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Monday, 04 April 2011

EU officials to limit travel in drive to cut CO2 emissions

The European Commission wants to lead by example on reducing CO2 emissions with a decision to apply the world's first personal carbon quotas on commissioners and other Brussels officials. Connie Hedegaard, the EU's climate commissioner, will unveil the measures today (1 April) as part of the Commission's contribution to the Rio Earth Summit in 2012. "The Commission should lead by example in the fight against global warming and cut travel wherever possible," Hedegaard said, emphasising the role that videoconferencing can play in reducing unnecessary travel. Janusz Lewandowski, the EU's budget commissioner, added: "With the current austerity mood, this is a measure that will also enable us to save on expenditure and keep costs under control." Personal carbon quotas impose a maximum quantity of CO2 that each individual may emit into the atmosphere each year. Those who exceed their quota – for instance those who travel frequently by air or those who drive large gas-guzzling cars – can buy unused credits from individuals who have not used their own.

Source: Euractiv