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EU vows to push binding global climate deal
www.chinaview.cn 2005-07-29 03:26:46

    BRUSSELS, July 28 (Xinhuanet) - The European Union (EU) said on Thursday that it will push for legally binding global restrictionson greenhouse gas emissions.

    A spokeswoman made the comments after an earlier announcement of a voluntary pact, based on new technology, between the US and five Asia-Pacific states.

    The new pact will allow signed-up countries - currently the United States, Australia, China, India, South Korea and Japan - toset goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions individually, withno enforcement mechanism.

    The core approach is to develop clean technologies, such as low-emission coal-fired power stations, which can be used in developing countries as their energy needs increase.

    The signatories argue it complements, rather than weakens, the 1997 Kyoto agreement, which imposes targets on industrialized countries to cut their emissions.

    "We welcome any initiative that can combat climate change, but this has to be seen in a global context," said EU's environment spokeswoman Barbara Helferrich.

    "If it is simply technology and clean coal, it is no substitutefor agreements like the Kyoto Protocol and we do not expect it to have a real impact on climate change.

    "There will have to be binding global agreements, but on what scale and what basis is yet to be decided," she added. Enditem

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