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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-12-18

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  • [01] Athens to double Kyoto targets

  • [01] Athens to double Kyoto targets

    Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias on Tuesday noted that the Greek government will meet Kyoto Protocol objectives regarding the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, while he announced that Greece will double reduction levels on the 150 industries operating in the country in the period 2008-2012.

    Based on the initial plan forwarded to the European Union, a projected gas emission reduction was 8.9 percent, whereas now it will be raised 16.6 percent.

    "The increase was the result of consultations with the EU, considering that the EU has decided gas emission cuts of 20 percent by 2020," Souflias said.

    "Greece, within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol, has undertaken a commitment that the average greenhouse gas emissions increase in the period 2008-2012 will not exceed 25 percent compared to 1990," he said, adding: "Based on the national plan that has received EU approval, the gas emissions increase will exceed 25 percent until 2007 with a gradual reduction until 2012 that will result from the measures already adopted".

    Moreover, additional measures have been adopted to tackle the climate change such as intensification of inspections, promotion of renewable sources of energy, operational plans against air pollution in major urban centers, natural gas use and environmentally friendly transportation means.

    Souflias stated that this is a complete policy that will help the country meet the Kyoto Protocol objectives, stressing that it is unthinkable to accept that there are no measures that can tackle climate change.

    Referring to the UN Conference on Climate Change, held recently in Bali, he underlined that a last-minute compromise allows for optimism.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of a Public Power Corp. (PPC) plant in Kozani prefecture of northern Greece.

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