Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (361)

Trevor Sargent

Ceist:

436 Mr. Sargent asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the form which the public consultation on the national allocation plan for greenhouse gas emissions under the EU emissions trading directive will take. [3746/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The Government has determined the allocation of emission allowances between the trading and non-trading sectors, for purposes of the emissions trading scheme under directive 2003/87/EC, having regard to a consultancy report, Determining the share of National Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Emissions Trading in Ireland, by ICF Consulting — London — and Byrne O Cleirigh — Dublin — which was prepared to underpin decision-making in this regard. A national allocation plan, NAP, in accordance with the requirements of the directive, will now be designed by EPA, as the designated national allocation authority and submitted to the European Commission by 31 March 2004. In its preparation of the NAP, it is a matter for the EPA to undertake appropriate consultations. A copy of the above-mentioned report is available in the Oireachtas Library.

Question No. 437 answered with QuestionNo. 435.