On 3 April, CEMBUREAU participated in DG Environment’s first stakeholder consultation on a study carried out by ENTEC on the implementation of an EU-wide NOxi-SO2 trading scheme. Many questions were raised by industry, Member States and NGOs during the exchange of views. For CEMBUREAU, the proposed introduction of a trading scheme is unnecessary and duplicative given the current regulatory framework. It will not improve the environmental performance of installations but will entail a financial burden and commercial disadvantage for EU industry. Moreover, industry is only partly responsible for NOx and SO2 emissions as there are many other sources. All stakeholders confirmed their opposition to the development of such a scheme.
ENTEC has requested further written contributions from industry on “outstanding” IPPCi installation emissions data, cost data for beyond BAUi measures and opinions and comments on options for emissions trading scenarios to be considered in the study. CEMBUREAU is preparing such a contribution and remains confident that the proposal can be avoided (see March Eurobrief).
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