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Austria takes a look at Swiss climate model

Environment Minister Moritz Leuenberger visited Vienna on Thursday to explain Switzerland's policies on climate change to neighbouring Austria.

At the invitation of Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer, Leuenberger opened a conference on ways that Austria could develop and strengthen its climate policies.

Leuenberger outlined the links between Swiss environment policies and those relating to transport and energy.

A government statement said that in view of the increase of CO2 emissions in Austria, Vienna was particularly interested in the way Switzerland is transferring goods traffic from road to rail and wanted to take a closer look at Swiss public transport policies.

Leuenberger also spoke on global climate policies, stressing how industrialised countries should be more ambitious than developing nations in setting goals for reducing greenhouse gases.

The conference was first held last year to set objectives and priorities for the Austrian government on climate issues. Political leaders and representatives from economic, environmental and scientific fields are attending it.

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