Re Greenhouse Gas Emission Allowance: United Kingdom v. Commission of the European Communities (Court of First Instance of the European Communities, First Chamber, 2005)
Jurisdiction: European Union
Principle law(s): EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) (Directive 2003/87/EC establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC)
Side A: United Kingdom (Government)
Side B: Commission of the European Communities (Government)
Core objectives: Challenge to a Commission decision that refused to allow an increase in UK's emission of greenhouse gases.
SummaryEuropean Court reversed a Commission of the European Communities decision barring the UK from amending its national allocation plan (NAP) under Article 9 of Directive 2003/87, which established a scheme for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission allowance trading within the European Community. A Member State is entitled to propose amendments to its NAP after it has been notified to the Commission, and until its adoption of its decision under Article 11(1), even if the amendments increase the total quantities of GHG emissions. The court found that the Commission made an error of law in rejecting the amendments proposed by the UK as inadmissible.
Related laws and policies
EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) (Directive 2003/87/EC establishing a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the Community and amending Council Directive 96/61/EC)
This Directive establishes a Community GHG emissions trading scheme from 2005, to enable the Community and the Member States to meet their Kyoto Protocol commitments. Directive 2004/101/EC reinforces the link between the EU's emission allowance trading scheme and the Kyoto Protocol by making the ...