The European commission has demanded that member states set much tougher caps on carbon emissions in their national allocation plans for the second phase of the EU’s emission trading scheme. In decisions taken on ten plans (Naps) on Wednesday the commission called for an average cut in emissions of seven per cent compared to draft Naps submitted by governments (see separate article, this issue).
"Today’s decisions send a strong signal that Europe is fully committed to achieving the Kyoto target and making the trading scheme (ETS) a success", environment commissioner Stavros Dimas said. The commission has the right to veto Naps it believes are too generous to industry.
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