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Friday, 18 March 2011

European businesses show big appetite for low carbon technologies

More than 150 proposals for large-scale demonstration projects involving innovative renewable energy and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies have been submitted under the EU's "NER 300" programme, the world's largest demonstration programme for such technologies. According to reports provided to the European Commission by 25 EU Member States, applications for 22 CCS projects and 131 projects involving innovative renewable energy technologies were received by the 9 February deadline for responses to the first call for proposals. The NER 300 programme aims to fund at least 8 carbon capture and storage (CCS) and at least 34 innovative renewable energy demonstration projects. The programme is so named because it will be funded from the sale of 300 million emission allowances held in the New Entrants Reserve (NER) of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). At the current carbon price, these allowances are worth 4-5 billion, but as project sponsors must also bring funding it is expected to leverage around the same amount in addition from private or other sources. A first call for proposals was launched in November 2010. Project sponsors had to submit their funding applications to their respective Member State authorities by 9 February.

Source: European Commission