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Consultation on revision of the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) Directive


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Target audience

Please find information in Target group(s) section.

Why we are consulting


Consultation on revision of the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) Directive

Policy field(s)

Climate Action

Target group(s)

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from industry stakeholders, Trade unions, NGOs and public authorities

Period of consultation

From 19 December 2014 to 16 March 2015

Objective of the consultation

On 24 October 2014, the European Council agreed on the 2030 framework for climate and energy, including a binding domestic target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of at least 40% in 2030 as compared to 1990. To meet this target, the European Council agreed that the emissions in the EU Emission Trading System should be reduced, compared to 2005, by 43%. A reformed EU ETS remains the main instrument to achieve the emission reduction target. The cap will decline based on an annual linear reduction factor of 2.2% (instead of the current 1.74%) from 2021 onwards, to achieve the necessary emission reductions in the EU ETS. The European Council furthermore gave strategic guidance on several issues regarding the implementation of the emission reduction target, namely free allocation to industry, the establishment of a modernisation and an innovation fund, optional free allocation of allowances to modernise electricity generation in some Member States.

The strategic guidance given by European leaders on these elements will be translated into a legislative proposal to revise the EU ETS for the period post-2020. This constitutes an important part of the work on the achievement of a resilient Energy Union with a forward looking climate change policy, which has been identified as a key policy area in President Juncker's political guidelines for the new Commission.

The purpose of the present stakeholder consultation is to gather stakeholders' views on these elements. This consultation focusses on issues not yet addressed in the consultations recently conducted for the 2030 Impact Assessment , the Impact Assessment for the carbon leakage list for 2015-2019 and the consultation conducted on post-2020 carbon leakage provisions .

In order to take stock of the EU ETS (established by Directive 2003/87/EC) as a policy measure, this consultation also contains questions concerning the general evaluation of this policy measure. The questionnaire consists of 7 chapters. You are invited to answer questions on the chapters which are relevant to you.

How to submit your contribution

In the interests of transparency, the Commission asks organisations who wish to submit comments in the context of public consultations to provide the Commission and the public at large with information about whom and what they represent by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission's stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions. (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704, and Communication on ETI Follow-up, see COM (2007) 127 of 21/03/2007)

If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to Register now.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

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Contact details

Responsible service: Directorate-General Climate Action - Unit B1

E-mail: CLIMA-ETS-STRUCTURAL-MEASURESatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (CLIMA-ETS-STRUCTURAL-MEASURES[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Postal address:

European Commission
Directorate-General Climate Action
BU24 2/31
B-1049 Bruxelles
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