Proposed amendments to UK Emissions Trading Scheme under consultation

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Proposed amendments to support effective operation of the UK Emission Trading Scheme (UK ETS) by addressing a number of residual technical issues identified during the development and legislation of the scheme.

The UK ETS was established in law in 2020, with the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020 (GGETS Order 2020) introducing the majority of legal provisions under the powers granted by the Climate Change Act 2008 (CCA 2008).

Amendments to the GGETS Order 2020 were subsequently made at the end of 2020 to enable the UK ETS to operate from 1 January 2021.

The legislation underpinning UK ETS is being delivered incrementally, through a series of statutory instruments. The timing and order of this series has been designed to ensure that specific legal provisions are introduced as they become operationally necessary.

All legislation required to establish the scheme was made in 2020. There are, however, outstanding legal provisions required, which, whilst not essential for the establishment of the UK ETS on the 1st January 2021, are considered as necessary for operation of the scheme.

The new consultation sets out the UK government and devolved administration proposed technical amendments to the UK ETS legislation, which is accompanied by two draft Statutory Instruments.

According to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), this consultation is of particular interest to:

  • individual companies
  • representatives of industrial, power and aviation sectors with obligations under the UK ETS
  • environmental groups

However, this consultation is not limited to these stakeholders and any organisation or individual is welcome to respond.

This consultation closes at

More information about this consultation and how to take part is available on the UK Government website.