Estonian parlt passes bill amending Atmospheric Air Protection Act

  • 2020-05-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The Estonian parliament at a sitting on Wednesday passed a government-initiated bill amending the Atmospheric Air Protection Act and the Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act.

The bill was passed with 88 votes for and one against with no neutral votes.

In accordance with the bill, suppliers will be granted the option of fulfilling their obligation to monthly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions generated during the life cycle of fuel on a biannual basis in 2020 and annually from 2021.

The bill will also see amended the definition of supplier in order to impose a reporting obligation on businesses that release for consumption electricity, gas fuels and hydrogen used in transport.

The Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act will be amended to ensure legal clarity in the interpretation of the definition of shale oil. The law will also supplemented with a new combined nomenclature code, which will be used to designate the main oil products in Estonian oil industry. The said amendment, which has been proposed by the Ministry of Finance, stems from the implementation of a new laboratory method for determining aromatic compounds.