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Italy among EU worst performers in GHG reduction

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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Italy among EU worst performers in GHG reduction

Italy produces some 550 million tons of greenhouse gases, thus ranking third among European biggest polluters, according to the report "Ambiente Italia 2010" (Italy Environment 2010). It ranked fifth in 1990 and 4th in 2000. The most serious problems affecting the Country include mobility, legality, waste, and the "best practices" that are scattered throughout the Country are not sufficient to "create a system and characterize an united effort of the whole community". In particular, the report stresses that since 1990 - the year of reference for the emissions reduction target of 6.5 per cent by 2010 set with the Kyoto Protocol - the growth of Italian gross emissions grew by 7.1%, mainly due to increased consumption for transport (+24%), production of electricity (+14%) and heating for civil use (+5%). Net emissions, considering the changes of land use and the increase of forest area, grew by 5%. These figures contrast with the European level which registered a decrease by 4.3% (in the EU-15) compared to 1990, with Germany, UK and France that have already exceeded the targets of the Kyoto Protocol, followed by the Netherlands.

Source: Green Planet