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PabloBorondo Dec 03, 2018 01:47 PM
EU-ETS in Norway: Emissions from combustion.

When looking at the data from EU-ETS data viewer, I see that emissions from 20-combustion of fuels for Norway are significantly high. Why is that the case if the power system is almost decarbonised (i.e. only 2% coming from thermal). Are other installations from oil and gas extraction included?
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EEA Dec 13, 2018 11:23 AM
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EEA Dec 18, 2018 05:56 PM
Hello again,

In reply to your enquiry, the allocation to "main activity types" under the EU ETS cannot be seen as a clear indication from which type of installation emissions they are coming from.

Under activity type "20", there are mainly "Power stations and other combustion plants" but you will also find all other kind of installations there. If products are produced, there are several types of activities with relevant emissions to which ETS emissions have to be allocated. Operators are allowed to report these emissions together under certain circumstances. In such a case, they can choose the main activity type. There is no binding rule on how to allocate the main activity type. There is a guidance that it is considered as best practice to choose the one with the highest emissions as "main" activity type but as this might change over the years, it is not fixed and operators usually do not change their main activity types regularly.

There are also other ways to define types as "main" activity type. The following document addresses this point partly: https://acm.eionet.europa.e[…]il_2016_for_publication.pdf

There are several other challenges to attribute ETS emissions to inventory emissions. The following publication might be helpful in this regard:https://www.umweltbundesamt[…]_reporting_requirements.pdf

We hope this information may be useful to you.

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