Preparations for EU carbon trading reviewed

Still no national emission allocation plans completed as participants await Commission guidance

The European Commission has taken stock of progress towards preparation of national allocation plans (Naps) that the 26 states due to participate in the European emissions trading scheme (ETS) must complete. Governments must submit details by 31 March of how greenhouse gas emission allowances are to be shared between industries and installations ready for the scheme to start in 2005.

According to information released by the Commission, around 14,000 installations will be covered by the scheme. There are around 6,000 in Germany alone and up to 2,000 each in the UK, France and Italy. A further 2,500 or so are in countries due to join the EU next year.

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