EU wants to tackle global warming

by RO on 週六, 24 三月 2007 評論
The European Commission has proposed a plan for tackling global warming. European leaders will debate and adopt it in March 2007. The plan, though bold, is much less ambitious than previously foreseen. Dubbed an Energy Policy for Europe, it does not propose to create a unified power market, one that could be overseen by a single regulator and benefit from a common front in dealing with energy suppliers. Experts say that it would be unrealistic to seek to unify energy policy in a trade bloc of 27 disparate countries, some rich, some much poorer. France, for instance, relies on nuclear power for 80 percent of its electricity, while others, like Poland, depend almost entirely on coal to generate electricity.
Under pressure from industries like steel, where executives fear losing business if Europe adopts stricter regulations than the rest of the world, the EU has finally recommended cutting emissions level by 20 percent from 1990 levels by 2020. The plan also includes proposals to encourage the "capture," or trapping, and storage of carbon dioxide emissions, including making it mandatory for all new coal-fired power stations after 2020 to incorporate the new, cleaner technologies. EU officials also highlighted the benefits of nuclear energy in efforts to curb carbon emissions. But widespread public skepticism about the safety and price of nuclear technology led EU officials to back away from pushing EU states to use nuclear power as a primary weapon against climate change. The commission also proposed measures that aim to reduce power consumption by about 20 percent by 2020 as another means of reducing emissions. Those measures, including better constructed homes and offices, could save consumers USD 130 billion, each year in fuel bills.

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