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March 4, 2021

Hackers caused EUR 15 M-damages to Holcim

Holcim Romania’s carbon emission certificates accounts in the National Registry of Greenhouse Gas Emissions were hacked into on November 16 and unidentified persons operated the withdrawal of 1.6 million CO2 certificates. The company sustained EUR 15 M-damages, a release remitted to our editing office informs. Thus, one million carbon emission certificates were transferred to a Lichtenstein account. Another 600,000 certificates were transferred to an Italian company, which has carbon emission accounts registered in Italy and the United Kingdom. It appears a portion of the certificates were subsequently transferred to other accounts in the Czech Republic, UK and France, according to data supplied by Holcim Romania. Holcim turned to the European Commission to call on National Registries in the EU to track and to prevent the selling and dissemination of the stolen certificates.

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