Poland defies commission over carbon trade cap

Warsaw cuts allocation to industry but cap still well above limit imposed by Brussels

The Polish government is defying the European commission over the cap on its industrial carbon dioxide emissions in the EU greenhouse gas trading scheme for 2008-12.

In a revised national allocation plan (Nap) issued late last week Poland said it would curb its initial allocation to industry, but still plans to distribute far more permits than allowed under a commission-imposed limit laid down in March.

The revised Nap would grant Polish firms in the trading scheme 260m tonnes of CO2 annually. This is down from the 284.6m tonnes proposed by Warsaw in its first Nap but is still well above the 208.5m tonne allowance approved by the commission (EED 26/03/07).

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