The 12th annual EU ETS Compliance Conference was organised as a virtual event around the main theme ‘Meeting strengthened 2030 climate ambition’. Experts from nearly all EU ETS implementing countries participated in an extensive knowledge exchange and learning.
- emission trading
In the keynote presentation, Beatriz Yordi provided an overview of the Commission’s Fit-for-55 package and many details on the planned implementation of proposals for expansion and strengthening of the EU ETS emphasising that the revision package is the most comprehensive legislative framework in the world that is addressing climate and an evolution to a transformational change. “Carbon pricing is making a business case for climate action, with the proposals aiming to cover 75% of the EU emissions with carbon pricing.” Beatriz emphasised the important role of the implementing countries and thanked the competent authorities for their work that is becoming even more prominent in the future as the market extends.
Further presentations outlined specific elements of the revision package and shared recent developments and lessons learned to further support effective and efficient EU ETS compliance. Andreas Wendl-Damerius shared design choices and lessons learned from Germany‘s emissions trading scheme on fuels. Andreas illustrated the system design in phases, showed the fixed price path and explained how double charging is avoided. Key recommendations shared were to strictly operate the system’s MRVA together with excise duty tax system and to cover all fuels. System design choices and lessons learned were also the key focus of a joint presentation from DG CLIMA and EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency). Miguel Madeira showed the functionalities and selected data reported on CO2 emissions from shipping in the first three reporting years. Timothée Noël presented the details of the proposed extension of the EU ETS to maritime transport.
Sophie Wenger from Switzerland, Yong-Gun Kim from South Korea and Ted Jamieson from New Zealand introduced recent developments in their national ETS systems. Next, these three speakers joined in a panel debate together with Johannes Enzmann from DG CLIMA on the benefits of ETS cooperation and knowledge exchange between various systems. In a lively debate, participants were provided with details and reasoning on design choices, implementation steps and practical lessons learned.
As usual, the conference had a prominent role for the Compliance Forum Task Forces. In the morning of the Day 1 three parallel sessions were held in which the Task Forces on Monitoring and Reporting, on Accreditation and Verification, and on Aviation held a series of presentations on recent experiences in MRVA implementation, discussed lessons learned and identified ways forward and elements for further discussion. Day 2 included summary presentations for each of these Task Forces, along with a presentation on the future activities planned. Conference participants were invited to join the Task Force of their choice to participate in further knowledge exchange in the coming years.
A final set of plenary presentations informed participants on recent and upcoming updates of MRVA guidance and DG CLIMA’s MRVA support planned for the next year. Plans include organising the Compliance Conferences in the coming years as well as several training activities to support further harmonisation and effective implementation of EU ETS MRVA. Participants were invited to join these activities in the coming years.
On Friday, 26 November 2021, the training event on EU ETS monitoring and reporting of free allocation issues was organised as a virtual event in the framework of the EU ETS Compliance Forum.
- 1 - Yordi: FF55_ETS_24 Nov 2021
- 2 - Wendl: DE ETS fuels final
- 3b - Jamieson: New Zealand ETS
- 3c - Kim: South Korea ETS
- 5a - Madeira: THETIS MRV
- 5b - Noel: maritime
- 6 - Oudenes, Fallmann: guidance updates
- 7a - Tharan: TF MR
- 7b - Prendergast, Brynaa: TF AV
- 7c - Vassallo, Primard: TF Aviation
- 8 - Gonzalez Alvarez: COM plans and projects 2022
Parallel session - Track 1: Implementation of monitoring and reporting regulation
- T1.1 - Tenhovirta: Finnish_national_scheme
- T1.2 - Bjerg: DK Biomethane Model
- T1.3 - Buchner: Biomass_open-issues_GD3
Parallel session - Track 2: Implementation of accreditation and verification regulation
Parallel session - Track 3: Aviation in the EU ETS