Reporting and review plan for greenhouse gases

Proposals for a reporting mechanism to enable the European Commission to monitor the EC's progress towards stabilising its carbon dioxide emissions at 1990 levels by 2000 were issued by the Commission on 1 June.1 The arrangements would pave the way for subsequent Community measures to ensure that the burden of curbing CO2 emissions is shared equitably among the Member States, and for future Community action on other greenhouse gases.

The proposal takes the form of a draft Decision, and is one of four in a package of action on CO2 unveiled by the Commission in May. The others are the carbon/energy tax and new programmes to promote energy efficiency and the renewables (ENDS Report 208, pp 33-5 ).

Although the tax in particular wo

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