Sunday, June 17, 2007

Call for Spain to switch fully to renewables

"Some 4,000 environmental campaigners gathered in Barcelona on Saturday to press the government to commit Spain to switch fully to renewable sources by 2050, Greenpeace said.

The Socialist government promised in its 2004 election manifesto to abandon progressively the Spanish nuclear programme, which currently accounts for 23 percent of national electricity production.

But he added that the Socialist energy manifesto for the 2008 general election had not yet been drawn up."

From RawStory

Booming economy makes Spain worst EU offender in fight to cut levels of CO2

Spain is the worst offender among the large countries, emitting 15.4 million tonnes more CO2 in 2005 than the previous year, a rise of 3.6 per cent.

The 15 pre2004 members of the EU agreed to cut their greenhouse gases by 8 per cent by 2012 under Kyoto, but have so far achieved a cut of 2 per cent, a rate of progress causing deep concern among campaign groups. EU leaders are pinning their hopes on the second phase of their carbon-trading scheme, from 2008 to 2012, even though it failed to make cuts in its first two years.

From the Times of London