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10 Jan, 2007 12:00

The EU Commission to talk on changes in energy policy

The EU Commission to talk on changes in energy policy

The European Commission is meeting to work out a common energy policy for the 27 EU members. As well as battling global warming, the commission will try to reduce the bloc's dependency on outside suppliers of oil and gas.

The EU could introduce targets for the use of bio fuels, wind power and solar energy to tackle its problems.

The Commission says the days of secure, cheap energy for Europe are over.

Besides that, the latest interruption in oil supplies from Russia through Belarus is certain to shape the debate in Brussels.

Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs says the proposals are also aimed at fighting climate change and making the EU's economy more competitive.

Sergey Kurayev, a climate expert from the Russian Regional Ecology Centre commenting for Russia Today on global climate change said that “in the late 1980s – early 1990s,  mankind became unanimously aware of the climate change problem. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was drafted, followed by the Kyoto Protocol acting as its tool. It took Russia a lot of time to ratify this protocol which came into force in 2005 only after it was adopted in 1997. The Kyoto Protocol is one of the tools which allows to tackle climate change, to lower the greenhouse gases emissions, primarily carbon dioxide, produced while burning fossil fuels. The Kyoto Protocol aims at decreasing such emissions. Industrial nations have to decrease this emission by 5%. This is very small amount and it will not stop climate change. So now negotiations on further ways to save the Eartth's climate system and  mankind are underway within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol. If nothing is done, by 2050, irreversible changes in the climate system could occur and result in its total misbalance, according to Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Climate Change acting under the UN auspices.”