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ETS: Commission publishes ETS factsheet on delivery of emission cuts

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Between 2005 and 2010 the European cement industry has cut its specific CO2 emissions by an average of 23% per installation, compared to an average 8% cut in the overall EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETSi).

During a speech at the European Parliament on 14 July 2011, Ms. Connie Hedegaard, the EU Commissioner for Climate Action, pointed out that the EU ETS has been delivering real emission reductions. According to DG CLIMA calculations and based on data from the Community Independent Transaction Log (CITL), average annual emissions per installation in 2010 were around 8% lower than when the ETS was launched in 2005. Ms. Hedegaard commented that emissions have fallen quite significantly and that this fall cannot be attributed to structural changes in the number or sizes of installations included in the ETS.

On 15 July 2011, DG CLIMA published a factsheet with a detailed analysis of data showing cuts in CO2 emissions. The Commission calculated average annual emissions per installation, based on the annual verified emissions and the exact amount of installations emitting in the respective year. The results showed that in 2010 average emissions per installation were more than 17.000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent lower than in 2005, when the EU ETS was launched. Although emissions increased slightly in 2007 as Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU, and again in 2010 in line with the recovery from the economic crisis, average annual emissions per installation are now 8.3% below 2005 levels.

According to same data, the EU cement sector’s emissions cuts have been even more substantial. CEMBUREAU calculations based on CITL data show that the annual emissions of the average cement installation were 22.9% lower in 2010 than in 2005, when compared to an average of 8.3% lower emissions of ETS installations overall.

The results show that the 238 cement installations which are part of ETS emitted some 148.8Mt of CO2 equivalent in 2005. In 2010, instead, there were 243 installations that emitted 117.2Mt of CO2 equivalent. Overall, this corresponds to an annual emission reduction per cement installation of more than 143.000 of CO2 equivalent, compared to 17.000 tonnes from the average ETS installation!

According to the Commission, the new data demonstrate that the EU ETS is genuinely contributing to reducing the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions, while responding rationally to wider economic and market trends and giving participating installations the flexibility to cut emissions.

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