Study says French C02 target unattainable

9th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - An official commission has concluded that France cannot meet its target of slashing carbon dioxide (C02) emissions by a factor of four by 2050, the business daily La Tribune reported Tuesday.

9 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) -  An official commission has concluded that France cannot meet its target of slashing carbon dioxide (C02) emissions by a factor of four by 2050, the business daily La Tribune reported Tuesday.

The report, to be published later this week, says that "with the strongest determination in the world, France could cut its CO2 emissions by a factor of 2.1 by 2050, even by 2.4, but certainly not by four," the newspaper reported.

In 2005, France set a target of cutting its emissions of C02, one of the main gases responsible for global warming, by a factor of four by 2050.

"Taking account the needs for growth, it appears difficult to obtain (a reduction) of greater than a factor of two by 2050 unless there are technological breakthroughs which were not taken into account as they appear improbable," the newspaper quotes the report as saying.

The commission, headed by Jean Syrota, the former head of France's energy regulator, includes 76 officials, business leaders and politicians.

AFP

Subject: French news

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