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Germany Tries To Force More Wind Farms Upon Britain

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Ben Webster, The Times

Germany is seeking to force Britain and other European countries to commit themselves to building many more wind and solar farms under a new European Union target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Berlin is demanding that the 2030 emissions target, which the EU is negotiating as its contribution to a global deal on emissions, should include a minimum level of renewable energy.

Britain opposes this and says that countries should be allowed to meet their share of the target by whatever means they choose. This would give Britain the flexibility to focus on cutting carbon dioxide emissions by building more nuclear power stations and conserving energy, rather than by installing wind turbines and solar panels across large tracts of countryside.

Britain and Germany debated the 2030 target at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference in Warsaw yesterday.

Ed Davey, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, rejected the German proposal and said that Britain wanted freedom to decide how to cut emissions….

All 405 offshore turbines installed around the coast of Britain in the year to June 2013 were supplied by Siemens, which has a turbine factory in Denmark but has repeatedly delayed committing to building one in Britain.

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