The Vatican to go carbon neutral

July 13, 2007

The Vatican has agreed to become the first entirely carbon neutral sovereign state.

In a brief ceremony earlier this month, the Vatican declared it had accepted KlimaFa's offer to create a new Vatican Climate Forest in central Europe that will offset all of Vatican City's carbon dioxide emissions for this year.

Cardinal Paul Poupard presided said the donation means an entire section of a national park in central Europe will be reforested.

"In this way, the Vatican will do its small part in contributing to the elimination of polluting emissions from CO2 which is threatening the survival of this planet," Poupard said in a statement.

The new Vatican Climate Forest will be created in Hungary's Bukk National Park under the KlimaFa Climate Parks program. Its dimensions will be determined by the Vatican's 2007 energy usage and the success of its current emission reduction efforts, the company said in a release.

Budapest-based KlimaFa is the EU forest subsidiary of climate ecorestoration pioneer Planktos Corp.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: The American 'allergy' to global warming: Why?

Related Stories

The American 'allergy' to global warming: Why?

September 24, 2011

(AP) -- Tucked between treatises on algae and prehistoric turquoise beads, the study on page 460 of a long-ago issue of the U.S. journal Science drew little attention.

Where There's Smoke ...

April 22, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- Native Americans used smoke signals to indicate danger, and a white plume is sent up by the Vatican when a new Pope is chosen. Now, a new research project by Tel Aviv University researchers and their colleagues ...

Recommended for you

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.