The UK and Sweden are on track to meet Kyoto Protocol targets


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The UK and Sweden seem the only European signatories of the Kyoto Protocol countries likely to achieve their gas emission reduction of greenhouse gases, while this seems unlikely for Italy and Spain.

The agreement signed in Kyoto in Japan in 1997 155 has been ratified by countries and entered into force in February. Signatories European countries committed themselves to achieve by 2012 total level of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) 8% lower than 1990. Following this commitment, the EU considered it necessary to make a distribution of the burden of this goal among the fifteen Member States. This goal can be negative (-21% in Germany), no (0% for France) or positive (+ 15% for Spain). A positive goal means that a country is allowed to increase its greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 given its current economic development but only up to a certain threshold. Signatory countries must develop a coherent energy policy with objectives. They must each an action plan with a specific timetable that should allow them to reach those goals.

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