Europe launches pact to boost clean energy
The move — which is supported by some African and Latin American countries in addition to all 15 EU states — comes in response to the failure of the World Summit on Sustainable Development to agree to any such targets.
"The World Summit has shown that energy, like water, is at the very core of the development agenda, but for development to be sustainable that energy needs to be clean," says European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström.
"Increasing the use of clean renewable energy will have multiple benefits for rich and poor countries alike, from cutting the emissions that are changing the global climate to improving the health of millions in the developing world who have to breathe the smoke of their wood-fired stoves."
Countries supporting the initiative include Argentina, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Hungary Iceland, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland and Uganda.
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