Judgment No. 6895/2008 of November 19, 2008 (Supreme Court of Spain, Administrative Litigation Division, Section 5)
Side A: Ladri Bail̩n, S.L. (Corporation)
Side B: Council of Ministers of Spain (Government)
Challenge to emissions allowance
A brick manufacturer, Ladri Bailén, S.L., brought suit against a decision of the Council of Ministers of Spain of January 21, 2005 approving the assignment of emission allowances to its factory in Bailén at a total of 57,033 tons of CO2 for the 2005-2007 period, or 19,011 tons per year. The Court declared the decision of the Council of Ministers null and void as a matter of both Spanish administrative and constitutional law, as well as the laws of the European Union. The administrative record did not adduce sufficient reasons for the decision to assign to the facility an amount substantially less than requested (27,346 tons of CO2 annually, or a total of 83,038 tons for the 2005-2007 period) , though the request had been substantiated by adequate evidence indicating that the factory had increased its production capacity. The Ministry of the Environment was ordered to conduct a new assignment of credits.