Ban on HFC-23 credits to apply from May 2013

International carbon credits from industrial projects aimed at cutting HFC-23 and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from adipic acid production will be banned in Europe from May 2013, four months later than the European Commission had initially proposed.

The decision was made on Friday following a meeting of member state representatives in Brussels. Governments had already said that the ban should not apply before 30 April, the deadline for complying with phase 2 of the emissions trading scheme (ETS).

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