Germany's environment minister has said Berlin will accept the European Commission's demand for a cut in carbon dioxide emissions, according to comments released Thursday.

The European Commission has demanded that 10 nations change their carbon dioxide emissions for the 2008-2011 period. Germany, the largest carbon polluter in the European Union, last month said it might take legal action over the Commission's demand for it to reduce its emissions limit from 482 million metric tons to just over 453 million. Berlin initially sought a compromise on 467 million tons, but the Commission stuck to its position.

"Germany had another basis for its calculations, but in the end we are only 2 percent apart," the daily Tageszeitung quoted Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel as saying in an interview to be published in its Friday edition.