Dutch berated over climate change record

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14 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands has dropped from 15th to 29th place on a climate change performance index compiled by the Climate Action Network, a worldwide network of over 365 NGOs.

14 November 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands has dropped from 15th to 29th place on a climate change performance index compiled by the Climate Action Network, a worldwide network of over 365 NGOs.

The survey of 56 countries was presented at the UN summit on global warming being held in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Radio Netherlands reported.

Sweden ranked in top place, followed by the UK and Denmark. The US — which has not signed the Kyoto Protocol — came 53rd. Saudi Arabia ranked last.

A Dutch environmental group, Stichting Natuur en Milieu, said the Netherlands' slide down the rankings was to be expected.

It claimed the government is failing to promote energy conservation and has cut funding on renewable energy sources.

But Environment State Secretary Pieter van Geel said the European Commission had only complimented the Netherlands on the successful reduction of its carbon dioxide emissions two weeks ago.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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