Minister admits Ireland not on target to meet Kyoto emissions commitments

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Irish environment minister Martin Cullen has admitted that under Ireland's existing climate change strategy the country will not meet its Kyoto Protocol targets for controlling emissions of greenhouse gases. Extra measures will be needed, he says, if Ireland is to meet its target of limiting emissions to 13% above 1990 levels. Launching a report by the environmental protection agency (EPA), which shows changes to Ireland's climate mirroring global trends, Cullen announced he is to review the implementation of the strategy. "We need to identify the additional measures needed for our Kyoto target and for the future reductions required." The Irish Wind Energy Association points out that Cullen highlights wind power as part of the solution. It calls on the government to implement without delay its promised EUR 40 million upgrade of the electricity network to support wind developments. If this funding is cancelled or delayed, the government's target of 500 MW of wind by 2005 will be in jeopardy, it warns.

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