Europe must take emissions more seriously, say WWF
06 August 2004, source edie newsroom
Italy and Polland's National Allocation Plans (NAPs) have been heavily criticised by the WWF and described as "laughable".
Because the three countries put together emit as much carbon dioxide as Germany and France, the EU feels that it is important for them to cut emissions and try to meet climate goals.
Dr Stephan Singer, head of the WWF's European climate and energy unit, stated that the Italian and Polish NAPs had given their power and heavy industry sectors very generous emissions rights and went against the spirit of the trading scheme:
"EU governments should understand that strong targets help the climate and create a real demand for trading. However, weak targets undermine CO2 reduction commitments, make everyone a potential seller of emission rights and therefore kill the market."
Although he said it still was not perfect, Dr Singer said that the WWF had labelled Spain's NAP as "very ambitious", and that it showed a clear intention of reducing emissions each year in the power and industry sectors.
Since 1990, Spain has increased its overall emissions by over 40%, and Dr Singer commended the example they were setting by trying to reverse this. "To break this trend and actually start an absolute reduction path in the very next year shows leadership in the EU and a real commitment to tackle global warming," he said.
By Jane Kettle
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