EU Emissions Trading Scheme

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on exemptions for industries participating in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme from liability for payments under the UK Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) when phase 2 of the CRC is implemented in 2014.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Government's consultation on a package of simplification measures for the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme was launched on 27 March. Our CRC simplification proposals include measures to remove overlaps between the CRC and the EU Emissions Trading System and also the voluntary climate change agreements. We have proposed that EU ETS installations will no longer be required to purchase allowances for electricity supplies under the CRC. ETS installations are already exempt from buying allowances for other fuel use. The Department is currently considering responses to our consultation, which closed on 18 June, and decisions on the final CRC package will be announced in the autumn.

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