The Romanian government on Wednesday April 28th 2010 gave its go ahead to a carbon trading scheme to cut greenhouse gas emissions, hoping to earn up to 2.5 billion euros (3.3 billion dollars) until 2012.
“Romania can trade about 300 million credits, divided into one-million-ton packages,” economy minister Adriean Videanu said during a press conference.
The money is set to go to environmental projects, including the closure of polluting companies and investments in renewable energy production.
Carbon dioxide is regarded as the principal greenhouse gas responsible for global warming.
Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely last week said Spain and Japan were interested in buying Romania’s permits, with negotiations due to start soon.
He added Romania was lagging behind in this field, as the trading should have started in 2008.
The carbon trading scheme was adopted under the Kyoto Protocol which sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The reduction in emissions under the protocol should be around five percent over the five-year period 2008-2012 compared to the level in 1990.