Ger­many aims to make its EU pres­i­dency ‘cli­mate neu­tral’

Antelope Valley Press - - BUSINESS -

BER­LIN — Ger­man is aim­ing to make its six-month pres­i­dency of the Euro­pean Union “cli­mate neu­tral.” The gov­ern­ment says it will or­ga­nize events in such a way as to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions and off­set any that can’t be avoided. The En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry says the vol­un­tary move builds on ear­lier ef­forts by Aus­tria and Fin­land to re­duce the car­bon foot­prints of their pres­i­dency. Coun­tries that hold the ro­tat­ing po­si­tion usu­ally en­gage in a flurry of diplo­macy, host­ing hun­dreds of events with par­tic­i­pants from across the 27-na­tion bloc. Ger­many is Europe’s big­gest econ­omy and cur­rently ac­counts for about 2% of global green­house gas emis­sions.

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