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Emissions trading: Commission approves France's national allocation plan for 2008-2012
Commission Européenne - IP/07/415 26/03/2007
Brussels, 26 March 2007
The European Commission today approved France's national plan for allocating carbon dioxide (CO2) emission allowances for the 2008-2012 trading period of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). The Commission accepted the total number of emission allowances proposed by France – equivalent to 132.8 million tonnes of CO2. The approval is conditional on France making one technical change to its plan. France withdrew the first version of its NAP in November 2006, which had proposed allowances totalling 155.6 million tonnes of CO2, and resubmitted an amended NAP in late 2006. The Commission’s decisions on NAPs aim to ensure that Member States meet their emission commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.
Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: "I welcome France’s sound revision of its national allocation plan. The French government has clearly shown the need to ensure that the Emissions Trading Scheme remains a successful weapon for fighting climate change that other regions and countries can emulate. The Commission will continue to assess all national plans in a consistent way and to create the scarcity in allowances that is essential for the scheme's success and for meeting Europe's Kyoto targets."
Assessment of the NAPs
Following the Commission's decisions in November 2006, January 2007 and February 2007 (IP/06/1650, IP/07/51, IP/07/136, IP/07/247), today's decisions on France's national allocation plan, as well as on those of the Czech Republic and Poland (see IP/07/412), bring to 17 the number of NAPs for the 2008-2012 period already assessed by the Commission.
NAPs determine for each Member State the 'cap,' or limit, on the total amount of CO2 that installations covered by the EU ETS can emit, and specify how many CO2 emission allowances each plant will receive.
The Commission is responsible for assessing Member States' proposed NAPs against 12 allocation criteria listed in the Emissions Trading Directive. The Commission may accept a plan in part or in full. The assessment criteria seek, among other things, to ensure that plans are consistent (a) with meeting the EU's and Member States' Kyoto commitments, (b) with actual verified emissions reported in the Commission's annual progress reports, and (c) with technological potential for reducing emissions.
Other assessment criteria relate to non-discrimination, EU competition and state aid rules, and technical aspects.
In this regard, the Commission is requiring changes to France's plan on the grounds that more information needs to be provided on how it will treat new entrants to the emissions trading scheme.
The Commission's approval of the plan will become automatic once France has provided this information.
Summary information on the 17 plans assessed to date:
Approved allowances for 2005-2007, verified emissions in 2005, proposed caps for 2008-2012, approved caps for 2008-2012 and additional emissions covered in 2008 to 2012
. Directive 2003/87/EC, as amended by Directive 2004/101/EC.
 The figures indicated in this column comprise emissions in installations that come under the coverage of the scheme in 2008 to 2012 due to an extended scope applied by the Member State and do not include new installations entering the scheme in sectors already covered in the first trading period.
 Including installations which Belgium opted to exclude temporarily from the scheme in 2005
 Additional installations and emissions of over 6 million tonnes are already included as of 2006.
 Verified emissions for 2005 do not include installations which the UK opted to exclude temporarily from the scheme in 2005 but which will be covered in 2008 to 2012 and are estimated to amount to some 30 Mt.
 The sum of verified emissions for 2005 does not include installations which the UK
opted to exclude temporarily from the scheme in 2005 but which will be covered in 2008 to 2012 and are estimated to amount to some 30 Mt.