EU Emissions Trading Scheme

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Answer of 14 April 2016 to Question 33419, what the next steps are and when she expects to come to a final position on the UK and French tiering proposal for Phase IV of the EU Emissions Trading System.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Government supports the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) as a market-based approach to achieve least-cost decarbonisation and maintain a level playing field across the EU. Negotiations to reform and strengthen the EU ETS for the next phase of the system are still in the early stages. Following the joint UK-France proposals on tiering of EU ETS free allowances in February, officials have continued to discuss this in greater detail with counterparts in other Member States, as well as with members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and industry representatives. EU ETS negotiations are at an early stage and we expect to develop our thinking further over the coming months.

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