EU should avoid excessive greenhouse gas targets - Poland's PIPC

29 March 2011 16:30  [Source: ICIS news]

PRAGUE (ICIS)--The Polish Chamber of the Chemical Industry (PIPC) is preparing to lobby against the introduction of excessive unilateral greenhouse gas targets during Poland's upcoming six-month presidency of the EU, PIPC said on Tuesday.

"The presidency [from July to December of this year] will probably be the last chance for the chemical industry to win more favourable conditions," said PIPC director Jerzy Majchrzak.

"We need to convince other countries in the EU that the unilateral imposition of the proposed restrictions will be a real problem for the European chemical industry in its competition with the chemical industries of countries which are not subject to such strict emission regulations," he added.

The European Commission is considering the adoption of unilateral greenhouse gas targets that go beyond the originally proposed emission reduction target of 20% by 2020 from a 1990 baseline.

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) is concerned that targets as high as 25% or even 30% could be introduced. It has urged the European Parliament and European Council to stick to the 20% goal.

Another PIPC aim during Poland's EU presidency would be to call on policymakers not to expose chemical companies to unduly harsh conditions framed by new EU emissions trading system (ETS) rules, the chamber said.

It said that under the currently proposed new ETS rules, larger chemical firms would be made to buy emission allowances at public auctions from 2013, compared to the current situation in which the majority of the allowances are awarded free to chemical producers.

Energy officials in the Polish government are working on efforts at relieving the constraints of tighter emission rules on industry in Poland. However, their efforts are concentrated on securing carbon permit exemptions for a proportion of the country's coal-dominated power industry.

By: Will Conroy
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