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In accordance with the Emissions Trading Regulations S.I. 490 of 2012 no person shall carry out an activity listed in Schedule 1 at an installation resulting in emissions specified therein except under and to the extent authorised by a greenhouse gas emissions permit issued by the Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to the Regulations.
You are strongly advised to carefully read the EU Guidance on Interpretation of Annex I of the EU ETS Directive, along with Ireland’s S.I. 490 of 2012, and any updates thereafter.
Remember, if you carry out a regulated activity without a permit you are guilty of an offence under the Regulations. You must apply for a permit before you begin your regulated activities.
If you are still not sure if the regulations apply to you, please contact your regulator at email@example.com.
The scope of the ETS for Phase III (2013-2020) for stationary installations
The Directive 2009/29/EC amending Directive 2003/87/EC, has extended the scope of the EU ETS.
1. Combustion of fuels in installations with a total rated thermal input exceeding 20 MW (except in installations for the incineration of hazardous or municipal waste)
2. Production capacities exceeded for the associated activities listed below in Annex I
3. Activities performed in Annex I below where no thresholds are specified
Categories of Activities
1. Installations or parts of installations used for research, development and testing of new products and processes and installations exclusively using biomass are not covered by these Regulations.
2. The thresholds values given below generally refer to production capacities or outputs. Where several activities falling under the same category are carried out in the same installation, the capacities of such activities are added together.
3. When the total rated thermal input of an installation is calculated in order to decide upon its inclusion in the Community scheme, the rated thermal inputs of all technical units which are part of it, in which fuels are combusted within the installation, are added together. These units could include all types of boilers, burners, turbines, heaters, furnaces, incinerators, calciners, kilns, ovens, dryers, engines, fuel cells, chemical looping combustion units, flares, and thermal or catalytic post-combustion units. Units with a rated thermal input under 3 MW and units which use exclusively biomass shall not be taken into account for the purposes of this calculation. "Units using exclusively biomass" includes units which use fossil fuels only during start-up or shut-down of the unit.
4. If a unit serves an activity for which the threshold is not expressed as total rated thermal input, the threshold of this activity shall take precedence for the decision about the inclusion in the Community scheme.
5. When the capacity threshold of any activity in this Schedule is found to be exceeded in an installation, all units in which fuels are combusted, other than units for the incineration of hazardous or municipal waste, shall be included in the greenhouse gas emission permit.
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