A short-term strategy on climate change

The UK's strategy for complying with the 1992 UN Convention on Climate Change was published on 25 January.1 The Government claimed that it made the UK the first country in the world to show in detail how it will reduce its emissions of the three main greenhouse gases. Relying mostly on voluntary measures, the strategy nevertheless delivered a nasty shock to ICI, and looks like requiring the landfill industry to invest in improved controls on methane emissions. But it has left some holes in the programme for controlling carbon dioxide emissions - and left the Government open to the charge that it will make the task of reducing CO2 emissions more painful in the early years of the next century.

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