Rejecting renewables trading "could be illegal"

Green certificate promotion body says failure to introduce at least partial market mechanism could breach EU law

The European commission could find itself breaching EU internal market rules if it fails to propose at least a rudimentary trading mechanism to help member states meet renewable energy consumption targets, an industry group said last week.

"Anything less than a partial mandatory market opening [of trade in renewables certificates] would be non-compliant with primary EU laws," according to Recs, a group of businesses involved in setting certification standards and mechanisms. Its claims were made after workshop to assess the legal issues around renewables trading.

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