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RWE to make deep carbon cuts

Germany's second biggest energy firm RWE plans to significantly cut CO2 emissions from its power stations by 2012, chief executive Jürgen Grossmann said in an interview published Sunday.

RWE to make deep carbon cuts
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Grossman told Welt am Sonntag newspaper that RWE plants would reduce their CO2 emissions from 180 million tonnes to 140 million tonnes before the end of 2012.

This includes closing 16 of our oldest units,” Grossman was quoted as saying. “We will make as much money with renewable energy as we do now.”

The German government has set itself the goal that one-third of the country’s energy should come from renewable sources by 2020.

“We’ll succeed in getting a full supply with renewables only if we can store electricity because the wind does not always blow and the sun does not always shine,” he said.

RWE, which employs 66,800 people, supplies electricity to 20 million customers and gas to 10 million.

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Sweden to set world’s first consumption-based emissions target

Sweden political parties have unanimously backed the world's first consumption-based emissions target, with the country aiming to hit net zero by 2045.

Sweden to set world's first consumption-based emissions target

The committee responsible for setting Sweden’s environmental goals on Thursday presented its proposals for what goals Sweden should set for greenhouse has emissions linked to the country’s consumption. 

“No other country in the world has done what we have done,” Emma Nohrén, chair of the climate goals committee, said at a press conference announcing the goals. “There has been a pioneering sprit.” 

About 60 percent of the emissions caused by people living in Sweden are released in other countries producing goods to be consumed in Sweden, meaning Sweden’s production-based emissions goals, like those of other countries, arguably misrepresent Sweden’s impact.  

In a press statement, the government said that as well as the 2045 consumption emissions target, the committee has suggested setting targets for the climate impact of its exports, include emissions from flights and cargo ships in its long-term national climate goals, and aim to include emissions from internal flights in its target for domestic transport by 2030.  

The committee also proposes that emissions from goods and services ordered by the public sector should decline at a faster rate than those of the rest of the country. 

Amanda Palmstierna, an MP for the Green Party who sits on the committee, said it was positive that the new goals had the backing of all seven of Sweden’s parliamentary parties. 

“It’s important that all the parties are backing this proposal so that it can become implemented,” she said. “Significant action is required now. We have so little time, as we saw in the IPCC report which came out on Monday.”  

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