Germany "will not budge on emissions trading"

Government will not give in to EU demands to reduce number of emission allowances, says minister

Germany will not comply with European commission demands for it to scale back its national plan (Nap) for the second phase of the EU emission trading scheme, the economics ministry said on Friday.

Last Wednesday, the commission rejected Germany’s Nap on the grounds that it was over-generous and included unfair exemptions for new energy-efficient power plants.  The Commission wants Germany to cap industrial CO2 emissions at 453m tonnes annually between 2008-2012 instead of the 465m tonnes proposed by Berlin (EED 29/11/06).

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