German court rebuffs emission trading plea

Germany's federal administrative court in Leipzig on Thursday rejected a legal challenge to the EU's CO2 emission trading scheme brought by cement maker HeidelbergCement. The company had contested the scheme's legality under the German constitution and EU law. A spokesman said it might now turn to the country's constitutional court. Even a victory at this level would now only affect the scheme's second phase from 2008, the spokesman conceded. Heidelbergcement earlier tried unsuccessfully to win an injuction delaying the start of the scheme's first phase on 1 January (EED 26/10/04). See press release, and German environment ministry reaction.

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