13 June 2008
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 while allowing new high efficiency gas plants, particularly co-generation plants, to go ahead.
While such an amendment is not expected to succeed on this occasion, the move is seen as a stalking horse for amendments in other legislation at a later date.markjohnston