Boza: New EU pollution norms may get CEO out of the market

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The new proposals of European directives in the energy sector impose certain technical barriers, which will practically remove coal based energy production from the market, but Romania is not prepared for this, said Sorin Boza, General Manager of the Complex Energetic Oltenia.

“This package (of  European directives – e.n.) provides the CO2 emission reduction at 550 grams per kWh produced. Today, Complexul Energetic Oltenia and the lignite producers have about 940 grams together. But we must all know that if tomorrow, we will build a new lignite plant, it could not produce below 700 grams. It is technically impossible. it is important to understand why 550 and not 750. It limits us technically”, said Boza, quoted by Agerpres.

According to him, CE Oltenia has invested one billion euros of its own funds for installations that reduce pollution and today it can be said that it produces green energy.

“The European directive package would eliminate coal, and Romania is not ready to give up all the coal”, said the CE Oltenia official.

Earlier, the minister of Energy Toma Petcu has shown that Romania is disadvantaged by the new proposals for European directives, which are not favorable for the development of the coal based energy production.

“The perspective of the new energy package that the European Commission is debating is at least worrying for Romania if it is adopted in its current form, and this will be felt especially in the coal production sector, which has always proved to be indispensable for Romania during times of high consumption in winter or during periods of drought. And today, as we speak, coal provides about one-third of the domestic consumption. Romania must strongly support at Brussels that each state will set its own mix, depending on the national resources”, added Petcu.

In his opinion, traditional resources, especially coal, are not in competition with renewable resources, they are complementary.

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