UK provokes EC dispute over CO2 target

The UK has irritated several of its EC partners by refusing to accept that the Community is committed to stabilising its carbon dioxide emissions at 1990 levels by 2000. The conflict threatens to hold up the EC's ratification of the global Convention on Climate Change.

Until now, it has generally been assumed that the EC is firmly committed to the CO2 emission stabilisation target. However, following a dispute at the Environment Council on 16 December, the position is now confused, points out Nigel Haigh, Director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy.

The argument at the Council was about how a declaration by EC Environment and Energy Ministers in October 1990 should be interpre

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