Sharing burdens on greenhouse gas emissions

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It will be "impossible" to stabilise Finland's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2010 in accordance with the EU's "burden sharing" arrangement, the Finnish finance ministry has publicly stated. "We need a materially lighter obligation," the ministry says, according to the electronic news service ENDS Environment Daily. The country had committed to the agreement in March 1997 prior to the United Nations' climate summit in Kyoto. But a government source says by 2010 Finland's carbon dioxide emissions are forecast to increase by 30% from 1990 levels on a business-as-usual scenario. Stabilisation would require building a new 2000 MW nuclear power station, doubling the use of natural gas and introducing new energy taxes as well as continuing to import electricity at current volumes, the ministry says.

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