SO2 trading mooted for Polish power firms

Regional development ministry says economic instruments vital to meet EU combustion plant targets

Poland’s regional development ministry has proposed a national system similar to the EU’s industrial greenhouse gas trading scheme under which Polish energy companies could instead trade allowances for sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions.

Such a scheme would be the first in Europe, though an SO2 cap-and-trade system was imposed on power firms in the USA over ten years ago.  Poland is among Europe’s largest SO2 emitters, mostly due to coal-fired power stations.

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