Germany's CO2 reduction commitments examined

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Federal economy minister Werner Müller says he will be releasing an energy report in September 2001 which will examine Germany's CO2 reduction commitments. The planned closure of nuclear plant will prevent Germany reaching its 2020 target of a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the 1990 figure, he says, and warns against Germany "going it alone" in setting ambitious climate aims. He points out that the former Conservative government set CO2 targets on the assumption that economic growth would average 1% per year, but the figure will more likely be 2% for the period after 2010.

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