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Parliamentary question - E-000158/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question

    Answer given by Ms Ferreira on behalf of the European Commission

    The Commission indeed places great importance on limiting the environmental impact of industrial activity in the EU and this principle is one of the key considerations behind the European Green Deal[1], which aims to combat climate change and environmental degradation through the transformation of the EU into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy.

    In the context of the EU Emission Trading Scheme, greenhouse gas emissions have to be reported for each installation yearly. This data is publicly available in the EU Transaction Log. For the installation in question, data is available for the years 2005 to 2015, when the installation ceased operations[2]. Besides, emissions of pollutants from cement production are covered by EC laws[3].

    When using EU funds to invest in projects under the 2021-2027 programming period, EU regions and autonomous provinces like Trento need to support activities that would respect the climate and environmental standards and priorities of the EU and would do no significant harm to environmental objectives within the meaning of Article 17 of Regulation (EU) No 2020/852[4]. In addition, the objectives of the funds need to be pursued in line with the objective of promoting sustainable development taking into account the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the ‘do no significant harm’ (DNSH) principle[5] (cf. Regulation (EU) 2021/1060[6]) .

    Before submitting regional and national programmes to the Commission under the 2021-2027 programming period, Member States have to ascertain that the programmes comply with the DNSH principle. Therefore, any new actions intended to be supported for cement production, the autonomous province of Trento must ensure that such actions comply with the DNSH.

    Last updated: 31 March 2022
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