Sunday, May 2, 2010

Europe should cut CO2 output by 30%: German minister

(AFP) – 13 hours ago - BONN — The European Union should raise its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 20 to 30 percent by 2020, German's environment minister said Sunday.

"The EU has good reasons, including economic ones, to rethink its current reduction offer," Norbert Rottgen said in a statement ahead of a climate meeting of some three dozen environment ministers outside Bonn.

"I will strongly advocate that the EU raise its target from 20 percent to 30 percent by 2020," measured against a 1990 benchmark, he said, adding that such a step would make Europe "a pioneer in the transformation towards a low-emission economy."

Germany had already committed to slashing its own emissions by 40 percent over the same period, he said. More >>>