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Eurobrief May 2011

Proposed EU ETS registry infrastructure rule change sent to Member States

The European Commission submitted proposals to Member States in May to change the rules governing the registry infrastructure underpinning the EU ETS.

Benchmarking decision published in Official Journal

The Commission Decision determining transitional EU-wide rules for harmonised free allocation of emission allowances has been published in the EU’s Official Journal (OJ).

Estonia NAP rejected by Commission for third time

Estonia’s national allocation plan (NAP) for the current phase of the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) has been rejected by the European Commission for the third time.

Commission updates list of airlines to fall under EU ETS

The European Commission has updated the list of airlines expected to fall under the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) as of 2012. The list now includes operators flying to and from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Environment Committee adopts draft report on "beyond 20%"

The adoption of the draft report on an Analysis of options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions and assessing the risk of carbon leakage took place in ENVI committee on 24th May.

CCS proposals pass Member State stage

Some 78 proposals for large-scale demonstration projects involving innovative renewable energy and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies have passed the Member State stage of the NER 300 programme and have been submitted to the European Investment Bank (EIB) under the EU's "NER 300" programme.

Cement industry identified as CCS-applicable in Eurobarometer report

A special Eurobarometer report on public awareness and acceptance of CO2 capture and storage mentions cement as one of the industries to which CCS can be applied.