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These politcal agreements reach yesterday in Council are now being transposed into the legal texts for the next stages, particularly Parliament plenary next week.

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This Martin Rowson cartoon, about Ireland and the Lison Treaty, also reminds me of ETS agreement reached in Council yesterday, particularly German’s plan to give auction revenue back to utilities (up to 15% investment aid) to build new coal-fired power stations without CCS. (Ref Article 10(3a)(new), printed in Annex 5 of the ‘final elements’ paper.)… » read more

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Today’s EU summit agreed to set aside upto 300 million ETS allowances to support the demonstration on CCS and innovative renewables technlogies, according to Reuters. The amound was increased from 150M then 200M over the course of the meeting. Final confirmation will be available when the Presidency Conclusions are posted on-line later today. Formal agreement… » read more

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[Linked now fixed.] Here is the provisional final text of the Proposal. It was assembled by the Council secretariate this week and is due to be signed off (‘closed’) by the last informal trilogue meeting beginning midday tomorrow (Saturday). After that, Parliament will adopt a legisaltive resolution in Plenary next week (debate Tuesday 15h-19h; voting… » read more

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Trialogue negotiations between Parliament, Council and the Commission broke up this evening (9.20pm) without a final agreement on the terms of the CO2 Storage directive. Negotiations will reconvene on Friday morning at 9.30am, after the next ETS trialogue meeting on Thursday evening. The ETS session will include further talks on on the proposed demonstrations aid… » read more

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With the kind help of those nice folks at Blogactiv, I’ve added a new picture to the top of this page. (Previously there was just a standard image.) The image is of one of the CO2 injection wells connected to the In Salah natural gas plant in Algeria, a joint venture between BP, Statoil, and… » read more

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As the final deals on the Package near, Poland (27 votes out of 345 in total) remains the most awkward negotiator. In particular, the unique Polish response to the ETS proposal was influence significantly on a now infamous report by EnerSys, which predicted much economic damage. That report, swallowed i.a. by Ernst & Young in… » read more

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Here is the lastest available version of the ‘trialogue’ negotiating text between Parliament, Council and the Commission. I note in Article 32, the Presidency is proposing to make capture ready only optional!

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Act now (60-second movie)

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I recently discovered this lecture series, organised by the Institute of European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (UVB). The events are free of charge and open to the public. There are still 4 of the 12 lectures still to run before the end of the year. Having attended one last week, I can confirm… » read more

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