Cement: EU Emissions Trading Scheme

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered at on 22 November 2010.

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Photo of Gordon Banks Gordon Banks Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on the likely financial costs to the cement industry in each EU member state of compliance with the EU Commission's proposal for a hybrid clinker benchmark for phase III of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Minister has met with representatives from the UK cement industry, to discuss the free allocation rules for phase III of the EU ETS (the benchmarking proposals).

The cement industry has provided information to the Minister and to BIS officials on the impact of the current benchmarking proposals within the UK. This information includes estimates of the financial costs of the proposals within the UK. These estimates vary depending on the level of the carbon price and how the proposals are implemented.

BIS does not hold data on the likely financial costs to the cement industry in other EU members states.

The information provided by the cement industry indicates that the UK's particular supply chain structure is significantly different to that of other members states. The benchmarking proposals do not currently take this difference into account.

BIS officials are working closely with DECC officials to analyse the proposals in detail in order to assess the impact on industry. They will also be having discussions with the European Commission on this issue and further discussions with industry before any conclusions are reached.

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