Judgment No. 7449/2008 of November 18, 2008 (Supreme Court of Spain, Administrative Litigation Division, Section 5)
Side A: Minera Catalana Aragonesa, S.A. (Corporation)
Side B: General Government Administration of Spain (Government)
Challenging to individual assignment of emissions
Minera Catalana Aragonesa, S.A. brought suit against the General Government Administration of Spain (Ministry of the Environment) challenging the decision of the Council of Ministers of Spain of July 14, 2006, approving the individual assignment of emissions credits to its ceramics facility in the region of Onda. Minera Catalana had requested the exclusion of the types of processes employed at its facility (the drying of barbotine, a mixture of clay and water, by atomization) in the definition of "combustion facilities" under Law 1/2005 of March 9th, as modified by Royal Decree 5/2005 of March 11th, which regulates the market for GHG emissions trading in Spain. The court found in Minera Catalana's favor, adopting its argument that because its combustion processes were not used for energy production they could not be included in the scope of Law 1/2005, and declared the decision of the Council of Ministers in this respect null and void.