Europe 'should become the world's most climate-friendly region'

29 Jun 2010
Digg Digg LinkedIn LinkedIn Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter
EU Flag Green buildings and renewable energy systems could become more common after an EU official said she wants Europe to be the most climate-friendly region in the world.

Connie Hedegaard, climate action commissioner at the EU, acknowledged this was an ambitious goal, but said other areas are already challenging for this position.

Speaking to EurActive, the former Danish climate change and energy minister said this means Europe's status as a world leader will not preserve itself.

"Our competitors are moving extremely fast," Ms Hedegaard stated.

"If we do not make progress on this during the next five years, I would be extremely worried."

Ms Hedegaard also confirmed that she is favour of implementing a carbon tax in all EU member states.

She said that since there is already a minimum tax on fuel, a minimum tax on energy is also feasible.

Ms Hedegaard added that a policy along these lines has already worked in Denmark and made it one of Europe's most energy-efficient nations.

This comes after the UK's energy secretary Chris Huhne said adopting a higher target on reducing carbon emissions would be achievable and economically beneficial for Europe.
Digg Digg LinkedIn LinkedIn Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter