EU’s CO2 permits missing from Holcim Romania registry

EU’s CO2 permits missing from Holcim Romania registry
Published: 02 December 2010

The European Commission said on Wednesday one million European carbon permits have gone missing from emissions registry account of the Romanian unit of Holcim due to a computer virus, Reuters reported.

Holcim Romania has said on its website that its account with the Romanian national registry for greenhouse gases was illegally accessed on November 16 and 1.6 million carbon permits went missing.

Subsequently, 600,000 permits have been traced but one million permits, valued by the company at around EUR15m (US$19.6m), are still unaccounted for, Reuters said.

"In the recent event, the use of a computer virus (called Nimkey) was reported," Reuters quoted an EU Commission spokeswoman as saying.