Work on the EU's proposed renewable energy directive continues behind-the-scenes. It seems that a link between "green power credit" trading and an international system for trading C02 emission credits will be required by Europe's governments. A draft of the proposed directive failed to be put before Europe's energy minister in early December as planned (Windpower Monthly, January 200). The linking of climate change and renewables policies is being heralded as good news by at least some sections of the pro wind lobby, mainly because it moves clean energy technologies further up the political agenda. Wind is increasingly being seen as providing part of the solution to meeting C02 commitments by governments. Any system for European-wide green power credit trading, it seems, will also need to integrate a system for allocation of C02 emission credits. This was the prevailing opinion of a high-level information meeting hosted in Brussels on December 9 by the EC's energy directorate and attended by national representatives. Participants were taken through the details of how green credit trading can work. The question of which country should earn the associated C02 credit -- the buyer or the seller -- proved to be a hot potato.
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