EU to fulfil Kyoto target early

BRUSSELS - The European Union will meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2010, two years before the global environment treaty's final deadline, a report by the EU executive showed yesterday.

The European Commission said projections indicated the 15 "old" EU member states would lower their combined emissions of gases, that scientists say cause global warming, to 9.3 per cent below 1990 levels by 2010.

"This clearly fulfils the 8 per cent reduction target from 1990 levels that the protocol requires the EU-15 to achieve during 2008-2012," the Commission said in a statement. Kyoto has a binding agreement that requires the EU 15 to lower emissions as a whole.

The 10 newest EU members were not a part of the bloc at the time the agreement was thrashed out. Of those countries, only Malta and Cyprus do not have required reduction targets.

Emissions from the full 25-nation bloc would be cut by more than 11 per cent from the 1990 level in 2010, the report said.

EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas warned states not to be complacent. Seventeen EU countries were projected to meet their emissions targets, while the others were "in the process of identifying further actions," the Commission said.

Officials from the European Union, considered a leader in the fight against climate change, are meeting other nations in Montreal to discuss ways to battle global warming after 2012, when the first period covered by Kyoto ends.



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