Starting gun fired for EU ETS review

European commission sets priorities for working group, promises legislation next year

The European commission has set a detailed agenda for strengthening and expanding the EU emission trading scheme from 2013.  In a paper released on Monday it promised legislative proposals in the second half of 2007. A working group under the European climate change programme will deliver recommendations by the end of next June.

Reflecting on the scheme’s performance to date, the commission acknowledges shortcomings, including over-allocation of emission allowances for the 2005-7 first trading period.  Key priorities must be to make the scheme simpler and more predictable, it says.

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