EC faces failure on CO2 stabilisation goal

The EC could miss its objective of stabilising its carbon dioxide emissions at 1990 levels by 2000 by 4%, according to an analysis by the European Commission. Its conclusion is likely to provoke renewed debate about whether a Community mechanism is needed to share the burden of emission reductions among the Member States.

The Commission's analysis was based on national CO2 strategies submitted by Member States. Extracts from the analysis were obtained by the Association for the Conservation of Energy.

The key figures, shown in the table , show the Commission's estimates of what emissions each Member State is likely to achieve by 2000. An accompanying note says that these were based on a qualitative assessment, since some Member States have com

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