More than £100,000 in penalties have been levied on eight UK-based installations for breaches relating to the EU ETS, including two military air bases, the country’s prison service, and a brewery.
According to the data published on Tuesday by the climate and energy ministry, the latest fines are the result of non-compliance during the EU carbon market’s second phase (2008-2012).
The biggest penalty of just over £73,000 was imposed on RAF Brize Norton, the largest station in the Royal Air Force, for failing to surrender sufficient allowances to cover its emissions between 2008 and 2010.
The Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose was also fined £3,000 for not submitting verified emissions for 2012 by the Mar. 31, 2013 deadline.
The other non-compliance penalties included:
- £6,300 for SABIC UK Petrochemicals Limited for 2008
- £8,100 for food and agriculture giant Cargill plc for 2009
- £3,300 for glassmaker Encirc Limited for 2008-2011
- £1,700 for Her Majesty’s Prison Service for 2008
- £1,000 for Molson Coors Brewing (UK) Limited for 2010
- £3,550 for North Bristol NHS Trust for the all five years of Phase 2
The penalties follow a total £932,000 in EU ETS non-compliance fines imposed by the UK government on dozens of installations and airlines in the past year.
By Mike Szabo – firstname.lastname@example.org