EU fertilizer lobby urges splitting of ETS benchmarks

Published 12:24 on October 8, 2015  /  Last updated at 12:24 on October 8, 2015  /  EMEA, EU ETS  /  No Comments

The EU’s fertiliser industry has urged lawmakers to apply different tests in the way they calculate benchmarks used for determining the amount of free EUAs to give to industry to reflect different parts of the industrial process.

The EU’s fertiliser industry has urged lawmakers to apply different tests in the way they calculate benchmarks used for determining the amount of free EUAs to give to industry to reflect different parts of the industrial process.

“Any general adjustment allowances should not be uniform for all industries, but graduated, to allow sectors with the highest risk of carbon leakage to have their adjustments reduced, or even excluded,” said Marek Kaplucha, Vice-President of Fertilizers Europe, in a debate the lobby group co-organised in the EU Parliament.

As reported by The Parliament magazine on Thursday, he told the event:

“Two-thirds of our emissions are unavoidable. In terms of benchmarks, our suggestion is that they should reflect achievable technological progress – the one third of the emissions that we are able to reduce. We would like to see 100% free allowances for this part of the process.”

“The differentiation proposed by the Commission is welcome, but in our opinion does not go far enough. A correction factor of 0.2% should be applied for those benchmarks where actual achievable emissions reductions are significantly below 0.5%.”

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