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. IPCC chief disappointed by EU climate change plan

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Davos, Switzerland (AFP) Jan 23, 2008
The new EU stratgey unveiled Wednesday for slashing greenhouse emissions is "not up to expectations," the head of the UN's Nobel Prize-winning scientific panel on climate change said Tuesday.

The package announced by European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso set targets on EU nations to cut greenhouse gases and increase Europe's use of renewable energy and biofuels.

"One would say that maybe what has come out is not up to expectations," the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, told journalists on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Pachauri, who won last year's Nobel Peace Prize with former US vice president Al Gore, said he was sure that the targets would be "revisited over a period of time."

The commission strategy was designed to put into action the aim set by EU leaders last year to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels.

The use of renewable energies like biomass, wind and solar power will rise to 20 percent of all energy forms by then. Biofuels will also have to make up 10 percent of fuels used for transport.

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