Emissions Trading

EU emissions trading for stationary facilities

The 3rd trading period for EU emissions trading began in 2013. It forms an integral part of European environmental policy for achieving the CO2 reduction targets set for 2020. With the amendment of Directive 2 003/87/EC in 2009, the requirements for emissions reporting were extended. This applies to existing plants, the newly added plants of the petrochemical and metal industry and a few other industrial sectors.

The monitoring of emissions and the relevant reporting are subject to an EU-wide monitoring regulation as of January 1st, 2013. In addition to the Verification Ordinance, which regulates additional conditions for accreditation and monitoring of the testing laboratory, it is part of the harmonisation process of the European regulations.

The CO2 emissions determined must continue to be submitted to the competent authority by March 31st in the form of the emissions report verified by an expert body. Since 2013 the emission reports are to be submitted directly to DEHSt (German Emissions Trading Authority) . The expert body shall enter the verified emissions quantity in accordance with TEHG in the Union Register 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.