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Swiss to follow through on Copenhagen pledge

Switzerland’s federal cabinet has reaffirmed a commitment to cut greenhouse gases by at least 20 per cent by 2020.

The cabinet said after its weekly session on Wednesday that it had agreed to join the Copenhagen Accord and said the cuts could be boosted.

“This target is in line with that of the EU. If other industrialised countries and emerging economies also announce substantial efforts to cut their emissions, Switzerland will raise its target to 30 per cent,” the cabinet said in a statement.

“The definitive decision on the size of the reduction target lies with the Swiss parliament,” it added.

The cabinet said it would continue to contribute financially to the Global Environment Facility, a project that helps developing countries with climate-relate schemes.

December’s two-week meeting in the Danish capital produced a weak resolution by global leaders to cut greenhouse gases. The accord is not legally binding and countries said they would try for another pact by the end of 2010. and agencies

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