DEFRA loses the initiative with delayed emissions allocation plan

The European Commission has decided that the UK's national allocation plan for the EU emissions trading scheme, submitted one month after the original deadline, is incomplete - and the plan is now unlikely to be approved until September. The Government has stuck to its intention of going beyond "business as usual" in the scheme's first phase - but has given itself a mountain to climb in the scheme's second phase if it is to get anywhere near its domestic target to cut CO2 emissions.

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