On 27th of April 2018, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has published the Guidance on participating in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). This guidance explains the EU’s cap and trade system, including details of the phases of delivery of the System.
The EU Emissions Trading Scheme is a key pillar of European climate policy. The system works by putting a limit on overall emissions from covered installations which is reduced each year. Within this limit, companies can buy and sell emission allowances as needed. This ‘cap-and-trade’ approach gives companies the flexibility they need to cut their emissions in the most cost-effective way.
This Guidance provides information on the UK’s application for Phase III free allowances via its National Implementation Measures (NIMs), as well as details of compliance and verification. There are also sections on emissions regulation for the aviation industry and the UK’s Small Emitters and Hospitals Opt-out Scheme.
The contents of the Guidance are the following :
- Delivery phases of the Emissions Trading System
- Free allocation of allowances
- Carbon leakage and the EU ETS
- New Entrants Reserve
- Complying with the EU ETS
- Aviation in the EU ETS
- Small Emitter and Hospital Opt-out Scheme
Guidance – Participating in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), published on the 27th of April 2018 on the Government webpage.