Poland may get CO2 permits from EU mid-April: source
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland may receive long-awaited permits for its 2008 carbon dioxide emissions around the middle of next month, a source close to the matter said on Monday.
Warsaw and Brussels recently reached agreement after months of negotiations on Poland's 2008 European Union allowances (EUAs) to industry.
Asked by Reuters when the permits would arrive, the source said: "From what I am hearing, this should happen around mid-April."
Up to 10,000 industrial installations around the 27-nation European Union participating in the European Trading Scheme must hand in sufficient carbon permits to cover all their 2008 carbon emissions by an end-April deadline.
Poland originally challenged EU's decision to limit its CO2 emissions to 208.5 million tons in 2008-2012, but may find it enough now as an economic slowdown hits energy demand.
Poland also has a surplus of 500 million tons under the global Kyoto Protocol accord but cannot sell them until it has agreed a new law though it is in talks with a number of states.
Delays in completing the new law have prompted some Polish media to accuse Environment Minister Maciej Nowicki of deliberately stalling the project, a claim he denied on Monday.
"Poland is still able to sell its CO2 permits (under Kyoto), but only on condition that the new law is created ...We are ready with international agreements and we hope to sign them once the bill is ready," he said.
Nowicki added that he hoped the bill would be approved by the government on Tuesday and that necessary work in parliament would not take longer than 2 months.
(Reporting by Anna Rajca and Gabriela Baczynska, writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Jason Neely)
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