Court upholds German emission trading fees

Agency sees off glass maker's legal challenge to its handling of the EU carbon trading scheme

A German court has upheld the right of the country's environment agency to charge for certificates it gives to industrial plants taking part in the EU carbon emissions trading scheme. The agency has been charging 1.5-3.5 euro cents for each certificate to cover administrative costs. A glass melting plant challenged the practice, arguing that certificates should be distributed at no cost. The higher administrative court of Berlin-Brandenburg rejected the complaint, ruling that the fees were consistent with Germany's legal framework for the scheme. See environment agency press release.

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