Britain wins EU emission trading court battle

First jurisprudence on EU emission trading scheme insists on governments' right to revise allocation plans

The UK emerged victorious from a court battle with the European commission over the EU's emission trading scheme on Wednesday. The case marks the first jurisprudence on the scheme, which is one of the major planks of European efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Britain brought the case after the commission refused to accept an upward revision in the amount of carbon allowances it wanted give UK industry for the scheme's first phase, 2005-07. The commission's basic fear was that, if countries could increase allocations then the environmental aims of the scheme could be undermined.

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