Spain falls way behind on greenhouse emissions

20th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 April 2006, MADRID — Spain is lagging even further behind in its pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

20 April 2006

MADRID  — Spain is lagging even further behind in its pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the 1990 Kyoto Protocol, Madrid promised to cut fossil fuel emissions to 15 percent by 2012.

But according to a report by the World Watch magazine and the Spanish Comissiones Obreras(Labour Commission), emissions rose 53 percent in 2005, compared with levels in 1990.

The Spanish environment ministry supported the findings, saying since 2004, greenhouse gas emissions had gone up by 47 percent.

Cristina Narbona, environment minister, described the latest figures as "very unsatisfactory".

But she blamed the rise in emissions in 2005 on the drought, causing less power to be produced by renewable hydro-electric technology.

Narbona also claimed that 2006 would be the first time that carbon gas falls in Spain.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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