EEB Position paper on Environmental Fiscal reform and EU emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS): the link National Allocation Plans (NAPs)

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Courtesy of European Environmental Bureau

1. An overview on National Allocation Plans

Within the framework of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, all EU 15 Member States are required, and 10 newly acceding countries (future Member States; hereafter NAC) are encouraged to publish National Allocation Plans (NAPs) to notify the Commission, by end of March 2004. This forms the corner stone of the Community’s climate change policies whose objective is to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective and economically efficient manner. Accordingly, “It is therefore important to ensure that the emissions trading scheme has a positive environmental outcome. The national allocation plans are the means to achieve this goal”.

National Allocation Plans should contain information on how a country will fulfil its emission reduction targets within all sectors – those participating in the EU-ETS and the non-participating ones3. It should also contain information on how countries intend to use the opportunity for Joint Implementation (JI), Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and bilateral emissions trading – the three Kyoto instruments – at national level.

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