18 April 2009
After roughly a month’s break I shall shortly be back at work in Brussels in a new job with the WWF European Policy team. My main task is to coordinate various initiatives that lead to CO2 emission perfomace standards (EPS) being included in the Union’s new Industrial Emissions (IPPC) framework law (either by way of the currently open legislative proposal or in a subsequent one).
Given the growing and widespread loss of confidence in the ETS regime to deliver adequate GHG reductions soon enough, the EPS law is now a priority in our work on domestic mitgation strategy to ‘mind’ or to ‘close the gap’ between the measures so far adtoped and what is needed overall.
I plan to continue my bloging here, which – as previously – is done entirely in a personal capacity. The main aim of the blog remains to support the development of CCS as part of a comprehensive and adequate Union reponse to the global climate crisis. By sharing publicly in one place news, information and relevant documents from disparate sources, I aim to help others more efficiently to stay on top of policy and law-making debates. (The kind feedback many of you have given to me over the blog’s first year seems to suggest this is working very well.)
In my view, the CO2 EPS law will help CCS by providing (i) much greater regulatory certainty re technology deployment and (ii) predictable results re environmental protection, when compared to a system of rationing a (semi-)fixed amount of emission allowances and selling these to the highest bidders. Initially, EPS should only apply to the very largest installations in the power sector (>500MWth) which are currently responsible for the greatest share of CO2 emissions but number only a few hundred installtions (compared to 11,000 in ETS and 52,000 in IPPC today).
As many of you know, I am particularly interested in collaborateing across ALL sectors to advance this progressive agenda. To those of you in or visiting Brussels (or to those of you that post comments on-line) I look forward to our on-going work together.
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