Joint position: Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) – a key to countering the EU’s coal addiction

Posted on 19 February 2014  | 
The European Union needs an Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) for CO2 from power plants as it will prevent lock-in to the worst-polluting infrastructure, say WWF, HEAL, ClientEarth, CEE Bankwatch Network, EEB, E3G, Change Partnership and Bellona in a joint position paper.

It will also provide a clear investment signal for the decarbonisation of the sector by complementing the Emission Trading System (ETS), and binding climate, renewable energy and efficiency targets. In this way, the EU 2030 climate & energy framework will provide regulatory certainty for all market actors throughout the EU.
Frimmersdorf power plant , coal-fired (lignite), run by RWE.Near Grevenbroich in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany .According to a WWF study, this power plant is the second worst climate polluter in Europe.
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