Merkel in bid to bring US into emissions scheme

26th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

26 September 2006, BERLIN - Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel told a conference on sustainability Tuesday she would mount international efforts next year to reduce energy use and slow the pace of climate change. Merkel said Germany would put weight on those issues during its six-month presidency of the European Union as well as putting the issue back on the agenda among the Group of Eight (G8) countries. In a signal that she would resume efforts to bring the United States into a world scheme to reduce emi

26 September 2006

BERLIN - Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel told a conference on sustainability Tuesday she would mount international efforts next year to reduce energy use and slow the pace of climate change.

Merkel said Germany would put weight on those issues during its six-month presidency of the European Union as well as putting the issue back on the agenda among the Group of Eight (G8) countries.

In a signal that she would resume efforts to bring the United States into a world scheme to reduce emissions into the atmosphere, she said, "We have to convert the big emitters (of carbon dioxide)."

She said there were ambitious international targets to be met for a reduction in the gases that are partly blamed for climate change.

Her announcement that Germany would put the issue on the G8 agenda amounted to an indirect call for Washington to join in the so-called Kyoto Process designed to take some of the impact out of the climate change that many scientists say is already under way.

Germany would continue to play a leading role in improving the efficiency of energy use, she added. By doing so, it helped new technologies and prompted emerging nations such as China and India to follow suit.

DPA

Subject: German news

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