Kyoto protocol

Windmills and a powerstation (Photo: Notat)
The United Nations climate summit in Japan in 1997 agreed the “Kyoto protocol” to limit the emissions of gas and other materials into the atmosphere by 5% a year, in order to counter global warming.

The EU accepted a target reduction of 8% a year by 2008-12. According to the European Environment Agency (EEA) emissions of greenhouse gases were 1 per cent higher in 2001 than in 2000 – making it highly unlikely that the EU can now keep its promises set by the Kyoto Protocol.