Commission clarifies greenhouse trading scheme

EU aims to defuse claims that carbon commerce plan conflicts with pollution control rules

The European Commission's environment directorate has sought to quell criticism that its plans for an EU-wide carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions trading regime are incompatible with requirements under the 1996 integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC) directive.

In a "non-paper" published yesterday and aimed at government officials currently sizing up the trading proposals, the directorate explains in detail the relationship between the two.

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