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Parliamentary questions
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20 January 2014
E-000472-14
Question for written answer E-000472-14
to the Commission
Rule 117
Konrad Szymański (ECR)

 Subject:  Lime industry on the carbon leakage list 2015-2019
 Answer in writing 

The lime industry in the EU is exposed to a risk of carbon leakage, which could result in the sector withdrawing entirely from the EU. In Poland, for example, this would mean the loss of some 300 jobs. The direct costs of removing lime from the carbon leakage list are estimated at EUR 1 billion.

In accordance with the previous classification of lime as a subsector, under PRODCOM 6, lime fulfilled the criteria for inclusion on the carbon leakage list. However, under the new criteria for classifying a product as being at risk of carbon leakage and applying Eurostat’s NACE 4 23.52 index, lime is not on the carbon leakage list.

Lime manufacturers say that it is justified to single out the lime industry as an independent subsector in view of its B2B status, a manufacturing process that differs from those in the mortar and plaster sector, different applications and different target markets. Furthermore, representatives of the lime industry state that two-thirds of the emissions come from the process of breaking down the stone, which should be excluded from the emission calculation.

Consequently, lime should be classified as subsector, in accordance with the PRODCOM 6 index, to obtain the emissions cost which is actually representative of the lime industry in the EU.

Is the Commission planning to leave the lime industry on the carbon leakage list 2015-2019?

Could the Commission reconsider designating lime as a subsector?

Is the Commission not concerned that the introduction of strict changes to the rules relating to the carbon leakage list 2015-2019, which will entail further carbon leakage beyond the EU’s borders, will lead ultimately to an increase in global CO2 emissions?

Original language of question: PLOJ C 288, 28/08/2014
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