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Comply with UK emissions levels for 2020 by April 2021

The EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS), is the largest multi-country, multi-sector greenhouse gas emissions trading system in the world. It includes around 1,000 power stations and industrial plants in the UK. These include power stations, oil refineries, offshore platforms and industries that produce iron and steel, cement and lime, paper, glass, ceramics and chemicals. Other of organisations, including aviation operators flying into or from a European airport are also covered by the EU ETS. Businesses should take necessary steps to ensure they meet compliance obligations by a certain date.

During the transition period from 1 February to 31 December 2020, the UK remains a full participant in the EU ETS. This means that participating UK operators must meet their 2020 compliance obligations.

UK operators will continue to be able to access their accounts in the Union Registry and any allowances they contain, for the purpose of 2020 compliance on 30 April 2021, and business should take necessary steps to ensure your business meets compliance obligations by this date.

Access to Union registry operator accounts after this date may no longer be possible. Additionally, as of 1 January 2021, trading accounts in the UK sections of the Registry will no longer have access to these accounts. If any account holders wish to continue holding allowances after their respective loss of access, they may wish to open a trading account in the Union Registry administered by an EU Member State and move their assets to this account.

Find out about meeting climate change requirements from 1 January 2021.

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