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Industry Reaches Milestone in Emissions Reductions

London, May 2001 - While governments continue to negotiate details of the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a global energy organisation has already recorded projects which will help remove the equivalent of over one billion tonnes (109)of carbon dioxide (CO2)emissions per year between 2000 and 2005.

The World Energy Council has established a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Pilot Programme and has recorded emissions reduction projects around the world in a comprehensive database, located at

Our GHG Emissions Reductions database now has information on over 600 projects, in 83 countries, which will be coming on stream by 2005 and which, in total, amount to a reduction of over 1 billion tonnes of GHG emissionsn per year? indicated WEC Secretary-General Gerald Doucet. Projects listed in the database may come from any industry, although most of them involve energy. They include conservation, improved efficiency, fuel switching, renewables, or new technologies.

We developed this database to provide an opportunity for industry around the world to have a central site to demonstrate what is being done to reducenemissions voluntarily, and what is committed to be done in the next few years, said Doucet. We wanted to keep it simple, available at no cost to anybody, and to avoid rules that have stymied government negotiations over Kyoto Protocols implementation. We have also opened the database to any organisation government, industry, or any other?that would like to showthe world what they are doing to reduce emissions.

Having reached 1 billion tonnes, WEC has set a new reduction target of 2 billion tonnes per year by
2005, and extended the project reporting time-frame to 2010. ?We are convinced that there is a lot more going on around the world, in the way of emissions reductions, that merits recognition. We will be contacting our member committees in over 90 countries, and asking them to encourage participation by their countrys industries in identifying and recording their emissions reduction projects.

The information in the database is not only helpful for the public and politicians to get a better understanding of world-wide efforts, it allows other industries to see which business opportunities exist and whom they might contact for a specific project. It will also let those seeking emissions credits or offsets identify promising projects.

Doucet explained that the information in the database should also be helpful to governments considering climate change response measures. The database shows clearly that progress can be made on a voluntary basis, and, with 83 countries involved, that participation is not something confined to the developed world, greenhouse gas emissions can be and are being reduced everywhere.

The World Energy Council was founded in 1923. Its mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all. It has member committees in over 90 countries and provides an independent, non-government, non-aligned viewpoint on energy matters. For further info, contact:

World Energy Council
Elena Virkkala Nekhaev, Manager Programmes
Telephone: +44 207 734 5996

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