Emissions Trading

EU emissions trading for stationary facilities

Emissions trading in Europe was introduced as a result of the international climate protection agreement of Kyoto. It is an important component of European environmental policy to achieve the CO2 reduction targets set after the UN Climate Conference in Paris.

The CO2 emissions determined annually are recorded in an emissions report via the Form Management System (FMS) of the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt). This report is checked and verified for sufficient security, conformity and plausibility by an inspection body approved by the national accreditation body (Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH - DAkkS) in accordance with EU Regulation 765/2008. The final emission report must be submitted to the competent authority by March 31st.

The annually determined CO2 emissions are recorded in an emissions report. This is checked and verified by an expert bodyapproved by the national accreditation body (DAkkS: Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH) in accordance with EU Regulation 765/2008 for sufficient safety, conformity and plausibility.

The 4th trading period for the European Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) starts on 1 January 2021 and will last until 2030 inclusive.

An important innovation in the 4th trading period is the now required additional verification of the information in the communication on operation, as this forms the basis for the dynamic adjustment of the free allocation.

Basis for emissions reporting

The basis for emissions reporting still is the Directive 2003/87/EC, as amended by Directive (EU) 2018/410. The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Act (TEHG) is the national implementation of the EU Directive. The monitoring of emissions and the relevant reporting are subject to an EU-wide monitoring regulation (EU) 2018/2066, which is part of the harmonisation process of European regulations, in addition to the verification regulation (EU) 2018/2067, which regulates the additional conditions for the accreditation and monitoring of the verification body.

  • Verification of allocation applications, capacity expansions and emission report
  • Independent, professional and timely verification of emissions and tonne-kilometre data
  • Checking the compliance of the monitoring and reporting methodology (monitoring plan) with the Monitoring Regulation
  • Within the framework of the test report, concrete recommendations and advice on improving the emission data management system and the structures for quality assurance and control
  • Regular information on current developments and changes in emissions trading through our newsletter (german) and various events of the GUTcert Academy (german)

  • Transparency: For your future annual reports, you will benefit from a detailed audit report with tips for systematically improving your data quality and process descriptions.
  • Efficiency: Your time expenditure is minimized and timely verification is guaranteed with timely award of contract - thanks to our broadly based pool of environmental verifiers and auditors: We are many, fast and effective.
  • Industry knowledge: Our technical experts know what you are talking about - they are familiar with your industry, have many years of experience in emissions trading and, if required, are additionally qualified to certify to ISO 14001, ISO 9001 or ISO 50001, among others.
  • Contact person: You are always up to date with the latest developments in emissions trading and can always rely on competent contact persons for all procedural questions.
  • Global network: Your worldwide branches are in good hands with us - through our global network within the AFNOR-Groupe. We speak your language, no matter where.