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(Source: Point Carbon, London, 24 June 2008) The European commission is on the verge of dropping its opposition to giving power companies extra allowances from the region’s cap and trade scheme to kick start the development of carbon capture and storage technology, claims an MEP.

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Here’s part of the 20-June EU summit communique covering climate & energy issues. The Commission is called on “to bring forward as soon as possible a mechanism to incentivise Member State and private sector investment to ensure the construction and operation by 2015 of up to 12 [CCS] demonstration plants“. Compared to the March 2007… » read more

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http://www.350.org/ I like this. Please visit the site, and pass on the link.

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One hundred and forty four votes was reasonable result this week for the first Parliamentary outing of legislative amendments that would require new fossil-fuelled power stations not to emit more than 350g CO2 per kilowatt hour of energy output. Such a limit effectively bans new CO2 unabated coal plants, while allowing high-efficiency gas plants including… » read more

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Here’s the BUZEK Report, reviewing the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan, as amended following the votes in the ITRE committee on 3 June. The document, a non-binding Parliamentary resolution, is due to be debated in Plenary on Wednesday 8 July and adopted the following day. Further changes in Plenary are of course possible. More background… » read more

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Parliament’s temporary commitee on climate change (CLIM) meets again on 23-24 June. The first day (at least) will be a hearing on “Achieving significant CO2 emission reductions in short time: learning from best practices regarding successful policies and technologies“. The second day’s agenda is not yet clear (to me) but a number of working papers… » read more

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In Strasbourg next week (Wed 18 June), the European Parliament will vote on a legislative amendment to EU electricity law requiring all new power plants not to emit more that 350g CO2 per kwh of output (i.e. both power and heat). A limit value of 350g effectively bans the construction of new conventional coal plants… » read more

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(Updated with DOYLE report.) The Draft Reports by Avril Doyle MEP and Satu Hassi MEP, which both impact on the development of CCS, will next be discussed in the Environment Committee on 25 June. The reports, in all languages versions, are being published here. The DOYLE Draft Report is available here too.

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While ENVI is the committee leading EP work on the CCS proposal, the ITRE committee is also involved. MEP Françoise Grossetête is ITRE draftswoman. Her Draft Opinion can be found here at point 8. The amendments deadline is 13 June at noon.

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