EEL News Service 2007/8, 19 April 2007

Added to Policy Areas, Climate Change

* IPCC Report: poorest regions suffer most
The summary for policymakers of the second working group contributing to the fourth IPCC climate change report (2007) contains important conclusions and new findings over climate change, adaptation and vulnerability. Notwithstanding the efforts of China, Saudi Arabia and USA to soften some of the harsh findings included in the draft report, the final version of the summary for policymakers forecasts that the world poorest countries will suffer most from climate change, that water shortages will increase and that diseases will spread more easily.

* Commission decision on Hungary National Allocation Plan (EU ETS)
On 16 April 2007, the Commission released a decision on Hungary NAP requiring the Hungarian authorities to lower the carbon allowances proposal for the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) by 12.4 percent. According to the NAP, Hungarian firms will be allowed to use carbon credits form JI and CDM projects with a maximum of 10 percent of the domestic amount. Hungary is the 16th EU country facing a cut in the allowance proposal by the Commission.

Added to Policy Areas, Dangerous Substances

* Commission guidelines on the IPPC Directive
In April 2007, the Commission published the guidelines on the interpretation and implementation of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (IPPC) 96/61/EC. The guidance is the outcome of the Commission responses to frequently asked questions from stakeholders. This is not an official position of the Commission and thus it can not be used in legal proceedings.

Added to Policy Areas, General

* Green paper on market based instruments for environment and related policy purposes COM(2007)140
On 28 March 2007, the Commission published a green paper aiming at the fostering of the use of market based instruments in the EU. The paper is in line with the framework set by the new European energy and climate change agenda, in which market-based instruments and general fiscal policies should play a major role in order to achieve the set objectives. Additionally, the green paper considers the intensification of the usage of market-based instruments, both at the EU and the national level.

Added to National Pages, France

* New draft law on liability
On 4 April 2007, Nelly Olin, the French minister of environment presented a new French draft law on the transposition of the environmental liability Directive 2004/35/EC. The draft law received heavy critique from several French environmental organisations which considered it too industrial friendly.

Added to National Pages, Poland

* Legal solutions to market obstacles for accelerated use of biomass fuel
This paper by R. Mott and R. Nawrocki (2007) focuses on biomass fuel and other renewable energy sources instruments in Poland.

Added to Events

* CO2 introductory training course
Point Carbon, leading carbon market analysts and consultants, is holding a 1-day introduction into all aspects of global carbon markets
Date: 26 April 2007, 9.00-16.00 (registration 8.30-9.00)
Venue: NH Atlanta Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

* Carbon Expo
Global carbon market, fair and conference
Date: 2 – 4 May 2007
Venue: Cologne Congress Centre, Germany

Added to Job Postings

* EBRD – European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
PPC Officer – Principal level, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Deadline: 1 May 2007

* United Nations Environment Programme
Administrative Officer, P-3, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention.
Location: Geneva
Deadline: 18 May

* Haute Europe
Senior consultant European Affairs – generating projects that are eligible for participation from Europe.
Location: Zwanenburg, the Netherlands
Deadline: n.a.

Wybe Th. Douma (T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague)
Jens Hamer (Academy of European Law, Trier)

Leonardo Massai (T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague)
Ruben Vermeeren (T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague)
Sara Woods (T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague)

Technical realisation:
Marco van der Harst (T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague)