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France

The Kyoto effect

A German utility has sold seven years of carbon dioxide offsets from its wind turbines to a Canadian utility aiming to reduce its emissions to zero to avoid being penalised by government legislation in the future. French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin has significantly increased his country's targets for wind power, saying that France must contribute its share to boosting Europe's use of renewable energy. Both announcements are significant for the wind industry. Both are rooted in the political process set in motion in Kyoto to do something serious about climate change.

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