Consultation on the Emission Trading Scheme charges

Closed 18 Sep 2020

Opened 24 Jul 2020

Results Updated 19 Oct 2020

A summary of the responses the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) received on the Emission Trading Scheme Charging Scheme Consultation which was conducted over August and September 2020 is available below.

 

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Overview

This consultation document outlines the proposed changes for the fees we charge for regulating installations regulated by SEPA under the UK Emissions Trading System/Carbon Emissions Tax from 2021, how these charges have been developed, and how you can respond to this consultation. This scheme will replace the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Fees and Charges (Scotland) Scheme 2015 as amended, which covered charging under the EU Emissions Trading System.

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As part of SEPA’s work to deliver our “One Planet Prosperity - Our Regulatory Strategy” we ensure that changes still meet our goals. Greenhouse gas emissions are a major challenge to the environment and therefore the Emissions Trading Scheme is a key element in our strategy.

Why We Are Consulting

SEPA is the regulator for compliance and enforcement of the EU Emissions Trading System in Scotland, covering over 100 installation and aircraft operators. In support of this we levy a range of charges for different activities under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) as well as an annual subsistence fee. This is covered by the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Fees and Charges (Scotland) Scheme 2015, for EU ETS Phase 3.

The UK is in the process of leaving the EU. UK operators will no longer participate in the current Emissions Trading System which covers the EU, instead when the UK leaves the EU this scheme will be replaced by the UK Emissions Trading System/Carbon Emissions Tax. The following sections sets out how we intend to charge for work under the new regime moving forward.

Audiences

  • Industry

Interests

  • SEPA charges