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EU urges Australia to make deeper carbon cuts

Source:  Copyright 2009, Reuters
Date:  May 18, 2009
Byline:  Mark Bendeich
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The European Union urged Australia on Monday to make deeper cuts to greenhouse gas emissions than it has committed to so far, saying the success of climate change talks this year depended on tougher action from rich nations.

Australia has committed to a 5 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2020, from 2000 levels, with an "aspirational" goal of cutting by 25 percent if other developed nations agree to similar reductions at the talks in Copenhagen in December.

Greens have dismissed the 5 percent commitment as ineffectual and well behind other rich nations such as EU states, which have pledged to cut emissions of carbon dioxide to a fifth below 1990 levels by 2020, the world's most ambitious climate policy.

Asked if the EU would call on Australia to turn its 25 percent conditional goal into a firm commitment, EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said: "Definitely, because we need support if Copenhagen should be a success."

"If developed ...

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