The Commission studies the Danish CO2-plan  

By Maj-Britt Meyer Hansen, 16. May 2007

The EU-Commission has carefully studied the Danish CO2 quota plan which distributes the country’s total emission of CO2 in the period from 2008 to 2012. The Commission has subsequently posed 37 questions to the Danish Government.

Regarding the Commission’s questions Director Hans Duus Jørgensen, Danish Energy Association, says:

- It is quite natural for the Commission to pose questions to the individual EU-countries’ quota plans – including Denmark. The Commission’s questions just show that the task is being taken seriously. It is a completely normal procedure, he says.

In the Government’s proposal for the so-called Allocation Plan, Danish industrial companies will have 87 percent of their requirements for CO2 quotas covered. The Danish energy sector will have 57 percent covered.

- The Danish Allocation Plan is a problem, because Denmark undertook an extra large burden of reduction in the 90’ies. The Danish companies are having to pay for it now and it is especially endangering the competitiveness of the Danish power stations. But it is not possible to change the old agreement, and with the given basis the Government’s plan is a sound piece of work, says Hans Duus Jørgensen.

- I do not expect the Commission’s questions to bring about any changes in the distribution of quotas in Denmark.


Environment and climate

Perspektiv

Production and consumption of energy both impact on the environment and on the climate. Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas can contribute to acidification of the environment, unless an effective smoke cleansing is implemented.

Burning fossil fuels also means emission of CO2 which contributes towards global warming.

At the same time a continuously steep increase in global energy consumption is taking place, which for the most part is due to burning coal, oil and gas.

Solving the environment and climate problem is dependant on international cooperation, the development of new clean energy technology and switching to CO2-neutral energy production – a task in which Denmark is actively participating.

Action

Fakta

We will work actively in international collaboration for a global climate agreement which will include all countries and with binding goals in ”The Post-Kyoto Period” after 2012.

We will contribute to a further development of climate friendly energy technologies by concentrating on CO2-neutral electricity production in Denmark, with additional use of renewable energy, CO2-neutral fossil production, waste based production and effectivization in all links in the production chain.

We give high priority to the EU’s CO2 quota system. We are working for the speediest possible implementation of a European CO2-quota system with a uniform distribution of quotas across country frontiers.

We are working for joint EU-measures with regard to the regional air pollution - possibly also using transferable NOx-quotas, so that in future the control will be completely managed by joint EU-measures.

Contact

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  • Managing Director
  • Hans Duus Jørgensen
  • T: +45 35 300 910
  • M: +45 25 291 910