Mixed reactions to EC Climate plan

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Belgian Government has welcomed Climate Plan unveiled by Commission President José Manuel Barroso in Brussels on Wednesday

The Belgian Government has welcomed the Climate Plan unveiled by Commission President José Manuel Barroso in Brussels on Wednesday. The plan is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and arrest global warming.
Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt (Flemish liberal) told the VRT's Lukas Devos that the European Commission had listened to Belgium's arguments and reduced the initial cost of the plan by a third.

Until 2020 the necessary measures will cost less than 2 billion euros.

The European Commission accepted that Belgium was a small industrialised country with few opportunities to draw energy from renewable sources.

Belgium will focus on increasing the share of energy it draws from renewable sources.

Three wind farms will be constructed at sea including the largest in the world.

Belgium's main energy supplier Electrabel says that its customers will have to pay the extra costs.

The company argues that the target of 13% of energy from renewable sources is not feasible.

The Belgian Employers' Organisation VBO claims the plan is unaffordable and unrealistic.

The environment umbrella BBL and Greenpeace-Belgium are unenthusiastic about the plan too.

They feel a 20% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2010 is not enough.


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