Wind farms included in Dutch government's carbon credit purchase program

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Three wind farms are among the 18 projects being considered for sponsorship under the second round of the Dutch government's carbon credit purchase program, ERUPT. Under the program, based on the Kyoto Protocol's Joint Implementation mechanism, the Dutch government buys the emission rights from renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in countries with economies in transition (EIT) to set against the Netherlands' domestic emission targets. In the first round, which included a 60 MW wind farm in Poland, credits worth 3.6 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) were bought. In the current round a total of 27 projects were submitted, of which 18 will be considered further. Together the projects could yield 22.9 million tonnes CO2e in the period 2008-2012. The average price is around EUR 4.93 per tonne of CO2e. Apart from a single project in New Zealand, the rest of the 18 are spread throughout Central and Eastern Europe, with six situated in Bulgaria, five in Romania, three in Hungary, two in Slovakia and one in Estonia. Full details of the successful projects will be announced in the next few months, says Senter, the program's administrator.

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