EU Emissions Trading Scheme Phase III (2013-2020) Public Consultation

Date released: Oct 18 2011

18th October 2011: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the competent authority for the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme in Ireland.  About 100 companies, mainly power stations and high energy users, participate in the Emissions Trading Scheme in Ireland and 11,000 companies are included across Europe. The original Directive establishing the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (Directive 2003/87/EC) was substantially revised by Directive 2009/29/EC in 2009.

The revision of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme has made substantial changes to the scope of the scheme and also to the methodology and level of free allocation of allowances to installations covered by the scheme from 2013 onwards. The new phase includes a greater emphasis on auctioning of allowances and harmonised rules for free allocation. 

The revised Emissions Trading Directive allows free allocation to all sectors, except installations for the production of electricity.  Greenhouse gas emissions from other installations will continue to be partly covered by free allocation in accordance with product benchmarks based on the 10 per cent most efficient greenhouse gas installations in the EU.

Public consultation

The EPA has gathered verified data from all holders of greenhouse gas permits and has determined the preliminary free allocation for each operator.  The EPA is now publishing the draft preliminary free allocations for a period of public consultation.  This list contains the preliminary allocation per installation in accordance with Article 10(7) of the Commission Decision on free allocation (2011/278/EU). 
Submissions in relation to this draft allocation table can be made by any person or organisation. Submissions should be made in writing no later than 5 pm on Friday 04 November 2011.

Further information, including the list, is available from the EPA website.


Notes to Editor:  

  1. Full details of the changes to the EU Emissions Scheme are available on the European Commission: Emissions Trading System http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/ets/index_en.htm web pages.
  2. Submissions should be made in writing no later than 5 pm on Friday 04 November 2011 to:
    EU ETS 2013-2020 Draft Allocations Public Consultation
    Climate Change and Environmental Research Unit,
    Office of Climate, Licensing, Research and Resource Use,
    Environmental Protection Agency,
    McCumiskey House,
    Richview,
    Clonskeagh Road,
    Dublin 14, Ireland.

Submissions may also be made by email to ghgpermit@epa.ie with the heading EU ETS 2013-2020 Draft Allocations Public Consultation in the subject field, to arrive no later than 5 pm on Friday 04 November 2011.

Further information: Annette Cahalane/ Emily Williamson, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours) or media@epa.ie