UK leads objections to new agreement on SO2

Negotiations on an international agreement to curb sulphur dioxide emissions into the next century made limited progress in September. Although the environmental objectives of the pact have been agreed, several countries proved reluctant to accept emission reduction targets for the end of the century which will need to be met if those objectives are to be achieved. Standing out from them all was the UK, which is now on course to regain its tag as the "dirty man of Europe".

The agreement under discussion will revise an existing protocol on sulphur dioxide which was added in 1985 to the 1979 Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution. Both measures were adopted under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and apply to western and eastern Europe, the former USSR, and Canada and the USA.

As explained in July (ENDS Report 222, pp 44-46&nbs

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