Extracts from the press conference by Stavros Dimas on the greenhouse gas emissions report

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-061877   Duration: 10:47:51  Lieu:
End production: 29/05/2009
On 29 May 2009, Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, welcomed during the press conference, the news that EU greenhouse gas emissions have fallen for the third consecutive year. The emissions inventory compiled by the European Environment Agency for 2007, the latest year for which complete data is available, shows that EU-15 emissions dropped by 1.6% from 2006 while the economy grew by 2.7 %. The reduction takes EU-15 emissions to 5.0% below their levels in the base year (1990 in most cases). This puts the EU-15 well on track to meet its Kyoto Protocol target of reducing emissions in the 2008-2012 period, to an average of 8% below the base year level. EU-27 emissions fell 1.2% over the year to stand 12.5% lower than in the base year. Stavros Dimas said also that it proves that they can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, without hindering economic development.

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10:45:28 Title 00:00:04
10:45:33 General view of the press room 00:00:10
10:45:43 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment: I'm very pleased to inform you that the emissions of greenhouse gas in the EU for the year 2007, for which we have complete data, have been reduced in the EU-27 by 1,2% in comparison to 2006, and in the EU-15, by 1,6% in comparison again to 2006. 00:00:34
10:46:17 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:46:23 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Stavros Dimas: We can have the reductions of greenhouse gases without hindering economic development. That's what we have proven in the EU. 00:00:13
10:46:36 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:46:42 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Stavros Dimas: The fact that we are already 4,3% below 1990 levels, shows that we are going to achieve confortably, I would say, our global target of reducing 8% by the year 2012. And to this, reduction will contribute the Emissions Trading System. 00:00:25
10:47:07 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:47:12 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Stavros Dimas: First of all, I have to tell you that there is really a great improvement in what the present administration, and Congress of the US in comparison to what they were doing a year ago. 00:00:17
10:47:29 Cutaway 00:00:07
10:47:36 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Stavros Dimas: In addition to what Kyoto provide, we have additional sanctions. So it is in the interest of Member States to comply. And this is what they will do in my opinion. And if they do not comply, they will have to pay. 00:00:15
10:47:51 Cutaway 00:00:06
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