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More national EU ETS registries resume operations

The national emissions registry of Denmark resumed operations on 4 April following completion by the Commission of its review of the adequacy of the country’s national registry security measures.

EU's attempts further unilateral reduction of CO2 emissions

Last month’s Eurobrief editorial was devoted to why Europe’s Energy intensive industries believe setting CO2 targets to 2050 is unrealistic. The European Commission’s communication on this issue has now been published and looks at an overall CO2 reduction of 80% in 2050 in the EU.

Commission announces number of allowances for aviation under EU ETS

The number of allowances to be given to aviation each year under the emissions trading scheme (ETS) will be 212.9 million for 2012 and 208.5 million for 2013-20, according to the Commission.

Commission starts work on CO2 emissions from ships

The first meeting of the European Climate Change Programme Working Group 6 (Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships) was recently held.

Council and Parliament not opposed to draft benchmarks governing free allocations

The Council has decided not to oppose to the Draft Commission Decision determining transitional Union-wide rules for the harmonised free allocation of emission allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System from 2013. This means that now that the Council has given its consent

Consultation on future Guidelines for State aid in the context of EU ETS launched

The European Commission has invited Member States, citizens, companies and organisations to contribute to a consultation on future Commission Guidelines for State aid in the context of the amended EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

More than 150 CCS demonstration project proposals submitted

More than 150 proposals for large-scale demonstration projects involving innovative renewable energy and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies have been submitted under the EU's "NER 300" programme.