EC Ministers make slow progress on IPPC, climate change

Little headway was made on the two major environmental initiatives discussed at the EC Environment Council on 4 October. The German Presidency took negotiations on the Directive on integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) down a blind alley, and failed as others had done before it to persuade the UK to accept the case for an EC carbon/energy tax. But the Council did bring a further shift in opinion towards the use of excise duties on fuels as a means of curtailing energy demand.

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