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Italy’s Environment Minister says EU CO2 targets too costly

7 oktober, 2008

Som ett komplement till mitt tidigare inlägg Six EU states ready to block climate plan kommer här några kommentarer i en intervju idag från Italiens miljöminister Stefania Prestigiacomo. Som också har insett de gigantiska kostnaderna för dessa nonsensåtgärder.

Men våra inhemska varianter pratar fortfarande på i nattmössan om att Sverige skall gå i täten och ta ledningen. Arma svenska folk med sådana värdiga representanter i Sveriges regering och riksdagen.

http://www.forbes.com/afxnewslimited/feeds/afx/2008/10/07/afx5517633.html

Italy minister says EU CO2 targets too costly-report

10.07.08, 8:11 AM ET

MILAN, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The global financial turmoil has made European plans to cut carbon emissions steeply by 2020 too costly and its burden should be shared with other countries, Italy’s Environment Minister was on Tuesday quoted as saying.

By 2020 the European Union aims to cut greenhouse gases emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels and have 20 percent of energy coming from renewable sources with overall costs estimated at about 0.5 percent of gross domestic product a year.

‘In this period of international economic difficulties it is absurd that Europe alone should take on a heavy burden of costs to achieve very modest environmental benefits,’ Stefania Prestigiacomo told Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore in an interview.

Meeting the EU targets, including debated car emission reductions, would cost Italy unsustainable’ 20-25 billion euros ($27.18 billion to $33.98 billion) a year, while its contribution to the overall carbon dioxide reduction goal was a tiny 0.3 percent, Prestigiacomo said.

Italy would like to ‘improve’ the EU package by scrapping binding mechanisms and clarifying criteria on how target burden is distributed among the countries, she said.

The EU also should get the world biggest polluters, such as the United States, China and India, involved more actively in fighting climate change to make it really efficient, she added.

‘We are ready to accept sacrifices if they bring real benefits, not virtual,’ she said ahead of European ministers’ meeting on climate change and energy policy on Oct. 15.

(Reporting by Svetlana Kovalyova; editing by James Jukwey) ($1=.7358 EURO)

Copyright Thomson Financial News Limited 2008. All rights reserved.

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