France has rejected European Commission demands that it slash the number of allowances it intends to distribute under the EU CO2 emission trading scheme (EED 20/10/04). The French environment ministry said this would impose a "heavy burden on certain sectors compared with the treatment they have received in other, often less well-documented European plans". It added that the figure its emission growth projection - challenged by the Commission - was well below that used by the UK, Ireland and Austria. See press release.
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