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Brussels, 13th July 2007
Emissions trading: Commission adopts decisions on amendments to five national allocation plans for 2008-2012
The European Commission today concluded the assessment of the proposed amendments to the allocation plans of Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Sweden notified before the legal deadline of end 2006. The Emissions Trading Scheme ensures that greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and industry sectors covered are cut at least cost to the economy, thus helping the EU and its Member States to meet their emission commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.
Amendments of assessed NAPs
The Commission has reached a decision regarding amendments to the allocation plans of Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Sweden. These Member States proposed amendments after the end of the Commission's assessment of the NAPs in November 2006 but before the deadline for submitting amendments of 31 December 2006.
The total number of allowances for the 2008-2012 trading period for both Ireland and Latvia has been increased by 1.18 and 0.14 million tonnes, respectively. The increase to the Joint Implementation (JI) and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) limits for Latvia (from 5 to 10%) and Lithuania (from 8.9 to 20%) have also been approved while the limit for Ireland has been reduced to 10%. Regarding Luxembourg, the Commission has agreed that no auctioning of allowances may take place, and that certain installations are partly or entirely withdrawn from the NAP, correspondingly reducing the total quantity of allowances by 0.2 million tonnes. No amendments were approved for Sweden's National Allocation Plan.
Germany and the Slovak Republic also submitted amendments between the end of the assessment period and before end 2006. The assessment of these amendments is ongoing.
Summary information on the 22 plans assessed to date:
Approved allowances for 2005-2007, verified emissions in 2005, proposed caps for 2008-2012, approved caps for 2008-2012, additional emissions covered in 2008 to 2012 and limit on the use of credits from emission-saving projects in third countries.
 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.
 The JI/CDM limit is expressed as a percentage of the member state’s cap and indicates the maximum extent to which companies may surrender JI or CDM credits instead of EU ETS allowances to cover their emissions. These credits are generated by emission-saving projects carried out in third countries under the Kyoto Protocol’s project-based flexible mechanisms, known as Joint Implementation (JI) and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
 Including installations which Belgium opted to exclude temporarily from the scheme in 2005
 Italy has to include further installations. The amount of additional emissions is not known at this stage.
 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.