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Commission draft regulation bans JI/CDM credits from projects involving the destruction of HFC-23 and N2O in EU ETS

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On 25 November 2010, the European Commission adopted a draft Commission Regulation that would ban the use of JI/CDMi credits from projects involving the destruction of hydrofluorocarbon 23 (HFC-23) and nitrous oxide (N2O) from adipic acid production in the EU ETSi as of 1 January 2013.

The impact assessment accompanying this document refers to a limited number of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) and Emission Reduction Units (ERUs) which have been surrendered for compliance purposes in the EU ETS. Regarding cement, the IA notes that “In 2009, operators used 82 million CERs or ERUs which was 4.39% of all surrendered allowance. 74% of all international credits surrendered in 2009 were done so by combustion installations. Cement sector was second with 9% and iron and steel third with 7%”.

The draft Regulation as published on 25 November 2010 and related documents are available here: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/news/index_en.htm#n2010112402