Carbon trade data 'not environmental information'

Data on carbon allowances sold under the EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS) are confidential information that cannot be disclosed before the end of a statutory five-year period after the transaction, an adviser to the European Court of Justice has said.

This information cannot be disclosed earlier under the directive on access to environmental information because it has no environmental value, according to an opinion issued by Juliane Kokott. It is commercially sensitive data, she pointed out.

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