UK gets away with SO2 abatement on the cheap

A protocol to reduce emissions of sulphur dioxide into the next century was signed in Oslo on 13-14 June by most members of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The agreement will require the UK to reduce its SO2 emissions by 80% by 2010 from a 1980 baseline. But evidence submitted to a parliamentary inquiry by the Department of the Environment (DoE) has revealed that the UK's resistance to a tougher target was based on cost estimates which, at the upper end, are scarcely credible.

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