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Germany unlikely to meet CO2 reduction targets - DIW

Date: 21-Feb-03
Country: GERMANY

In 2002, CO2 emissions in Germany fell 1.5 percent to 834 million tonnes, as the weak economy and mild weather limited consumption of primary energy sources, the main factors generating greenhouse gases, it said.

"In the period 1991-2002, emissions were, however, only reduced by an annual average of just about one percent. On the back of these figures, it seems hopeless that (Germany) will meet its targets set for 2005," DIW said in a statement.

Germany aims to cut CO2 emissions by a quarter by 2005 compared to 1990, but to deliver on its pledges the country would need to reduce CO2 emissions by an annual 3.8 percent or around 30 million tonnes, it said.

"Such a high reduction was so far only seen at the beginning of the 1990s as a result of the immense economic slump in the former Communist states of Eastern Germany," DIW said.

Germany might also fail to meet targets on total greenhouse gas emissions set out in the Kyoto Protocol, it said.

Under Kyoto, Germany has committed itself to cutting total greenhouse gas emissions by 21 percent from 1990 levels over the period 2008-2012.

The Kyoto Protocol, agreed by the United Nations in 1997, aims to reduce the developed world's output of the gases which trap heat in the atmosphere with potentially grave long-term consequences for the global environment.

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