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mpatsoules Oct 18, 2011 09:21 AM
I wonder about the mechanism related to the CO2 emissions from Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants and how the produced CO2 is taken into the Emission Trading Scheme account? To be more specific: What is the value of the CO2 emitted by a i.e. 2MW AD plant producing CH4 ?
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EEA Nov 11, 2011 10:54 PM
Dear mpatsoules,

EEA is actually not the major body dealing with the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS). We are solely reporting about European activities related to the EU ETS Scheme to the European Commission via our EEA Report 4/2011, 'Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2011':

Nevertheless, we have compiled some information that may be of interest to you:

1. Assuming that - by Anaerboic Digestion plants (AD plants) - you are referring to waste treatment plants, please be aware that “the ETS covers installations performing specified activities. Since the start it has covered, above certain capacity thresholds, power stations and other combustion plants, oil refineries, coke ovens, iron and steel plants and factories making cement, glass, lime, bricks, ceramics, pulp, paper and board." (Source: European Commission). Further information is available at the website of the Directorate-General for Climate (DG Climate Action) at:

2. Since AD plants mainly produce methane (CH4), please be aware that currently only CO2 emissions are covered by the ETS. No conversion factors have yet been developed to include other greehouse gases, such as methane.

For further questions on this specific matter, we suggest you to consult with DG Climate Action:

Please excuse the tardiness of our response. We hope this information is useful to you.