EU-ETS services for industry

Compliance with the EU-Emissions Trading Scheme

With the beginning of the third period of the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) on 1 January, 2013 some significant changes entered into force which implies a greater administrative burden for operators of ETS-installations. Tasks like the complex application for free allocation or the preparation of the monitoring plans mid-year 2012 have already shown that the ETS is becoming far more complex. Furthermore, in case of capacity changes, operators of ETS installations have to prove, in accordance with the new allocation rules (commission decision on harmonized free allocation of emission allowances, 2011/278/EU), that the change is significant in order to get additional free allocation. Once this has been achieved, the new qualified capacity must be demonstrated by a daily monitoring for more than half a year.

Besides the pure administrative activities to ensure legal compliance, ETS operators will more often have to buy additional emission allowances from auctions or negotiated trades. For this, certain market intelligence regarding advantages and disadvantages of the different procurement possibilities, as well as information on current and future developments regarding the EU ETS is required. Thus, the EU ETS has become a year-round task for operators of ETS installations that can hardly be fulfilled sufficiently alongside the daily business in order to avoid penalties.

With its Carbon Complete Service, always adapted to the latest legal requirements, Ecofys offers its clients an all-inclusive, one-stop-shop package at a fixed price which guarantees compliance with all applicable legal EU ETS obligations. Our experts have years of experience, drawn from a wide variety of industries, optimising compliance with the EU ETS for energy-intensive companies. By taking care of all the time-consuming and knowledge-intensive ETS obligations Ecofys allows its clients to concentrate on their core business.

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Jan-Martin Rhiemeier
Sustainable Industries and Services
Martijn Overgaag
Sustainable Industries and Services
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