The UK Climate Change Programme envisaged that emissions trading would deliver carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) reductions of 2 million tonnes of Carbon (MtC) (equivalent to 7.3 million tonnes of CO 2 ) by 2010. As the UK Emissions Trading Scheme is expected to lead to CO 2 reductions of about 0.5 MtC (1.8 MtCO 2 ), the draft National Allocation Plan (NAP) indicated that the Government had decided that the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) would be used to achieve the remaining savings of 1.5 MtC (5.5 MtCO 2 ) by 2010.
The draft NAP confirmed that the UK is firmly committed to its domestic goal set out in the 2000 Climate Change Programme of moving towards a 20 per cent. reduction in CO 2 emissions below 1990 levels by 2010. Subject to a review of the effectiveness of the EU ETS as a vehicle for delivering cost effective emissions reductions, it is intended that the total quantity of allowances to be issued for the second phase of the Scheme running from 2008 to 2012 will be set to ensure that installations covered by the Scheme make an appropriate contribution to that goal. This will be taken into account in the review of the Climate Change Programme which will take place later this year.