02 June 2011 17:59 [Source: ICIS news]
“Despite our best efforts, the European Commission has not at all relented in this respect and we must turn to the Court of Justice in the EU to get the decision changed,” Pawlak said.
The economy ministry, meanwhile, said its research had recently identified one major chemical producer which said it would probably leave
“The new rules would be a triumph of ideas over common sense,” Pawlak said, pointing out that Poland was vastly more reliant on coal for energy than most EU countries, meaning its emission difficulties were that much more challenging to overcome.
The heating, cement and paper industries were other sectors that would be seriously undermined by the new ETS, he added.
EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard has said the new ETS system offers a fair degree of “proportionality” in regard to each member state’s available energy resources.
In March, European chemicals trade group Cefic urged the European Commission not to adopt new unilateral greenhouse gas targets that go beyond the originally stated 20% reduction by 2020, as it would adversely affect EU industry competitiveness.
The Polish Chamber of the Chemical Industry (PIPC) said it was preparing to lobby against the introduction of excessive unilateral greenhouse gas targets during
“The presidency will probably be the last chance for the chemical industry to win more favourable conditions,” PIPC director Jerzy Majchrzak said.
The European Court of Justice is tasked with interpreting EU law and ensuring its equal application across all EU member states.
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