EU Climate Commissioner Hedegaard 'Reducing CO2 Emissions Early Can Save Money in the Longer Term'

In an interview, EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard discusses the upcoming energy summit in Brussels, the need for stronger energy efficiency regulations in Europe, the inevitable use of coal in the foreseeable future and plans for a low-carbon future.
An open pit coal mine near Jülich, Germany, with a coal-fired power plant in the distance: "For the foreseeable future, we can't fuel our economies without coal."

An open pit coal mine near Jülich, Germany, with a coal-fired power plant in the distance: "For the foreseeable future, we can't fuel our economies without coal."

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Interview conducted by Christoph Schult and Christian Schwägerl