Germany meets Kyoto target for CO2 emissions
November 28, 2008
Germany has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions below levels mandated under the Kyoto Protocol reports Bloomberg.
Industrial emissions by Europe’s largest economy fell 2.3 percent last year to 957 million tons of CO2. Under Kyoto Germany pledged to reduce emissions to an average of 974 million tons a year during the 2008-2012 commitment period — 21 percent below from 1990 levels.
Germany was helped by the integration of East Germany which saw its emissions plunge following the collapse of polluting industries after the fall of the Soviet Union. Germany has also embarked on an aggressive push to promote renewable energy, specially solar.