DAERA Public Consultation Paper on Proposed Fees and Charges for NI Participants in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS)

Consultation opened on 05 February 2021. Closing date 02 April 2021.


The Department is consulting on the Proposed Fees and Charges for NI Participants in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) from 16 April 2021


Consultation description

The UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) replaced the UK’s participation in the EU ETS on 1 January 2021. The UK ETS applies to energy intensive industries, and aviation, by controlling emissions from greenhouse gases.

It covers activities involving combustion of fuels in installations with a total rated thermal input exceeding 20MW (except in installations for the incineration of hazardous or municipal waste). NI electricity generators do not participate in the UK ETS as they have remained in the EU ETS by virtue of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol in order to protect the Single Electricity Market (SEM).

Consequently, NI has a dual system of carbon emission trading – one for electricity generators who have remained in the EU ETS and one for all other non-generators who participate in the UK ETS.

This consultation paper only affects  installations that are covered by the new UK ETS. (A separate consultation covering a range of existing NI Environment Agency charges, including charges for installations remaining in the EU ETS, is currently in progress).

Deadline for responses

The closing date for responses is 2 April 2021 at 23:59. Please ensure your response is submitted by that date.

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