Classification of installations under the M&R EU ETS rules

 

The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) covers about 11 000 installations, which are very diverse in their characteristics, therefore the EU ETS Monitoring and Reporting Regulation categorises them into four types based on their average annual emissions:

 

- a category A installation, where average verified annual emissions of the trading period immediately preceding the current trading period, with the exclusion of CO2 stemming from biomass and before subtraction of transferred CO2, are equal to or less than 50 000 tonnes of CO2(e);

 

- a category B installation, where the average verified annual emissions of the trading period immediately preceding the current trading period, with the exclusion of CO2 stemming from biomass and before subtraction of transferred CO2, are more than 50 000 tonnes of CO2(e) and equal to or less than 500 000 tonnes of CO2(e);

 

- a category C installation, where the average verified annual emissions of the trading period immediately preceding the current trading period, with the exclusion of CO2 stemming from biomass and before subtraction of transferred CO2, are more than 500 000 tonnes of CO2(e).

 

Furthermore, 'installations with low emissions' are those category A installations which emit less than 25000 tonnes CO2e per year.

 

Each installation's operator must classify each installation into one of the above following categories.

 

The “annual average emissions” here mean the annual average verified emissions of the previous trading period. As for annual reporting, emissions from biomass are excluded (i.e. zero-rated), but contrary to annual reporting, CO2 transferred out of the installation, if any, is counted as emitted, in order to give a better indication of the size of the GHG amounts occurring at the installation.

 

According to the Report on the functioning of the European carbon market, accompanying the document Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and to the Council, Climate action progress report, including the report on the functioning of the European carbon market and the report on the review of Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide of 18 November 2015 (COM(2015) 576 final), p. 8) for 2014, similar to 2013, 72% of installations were category A, 21% category B and only 7% (868 installations) were category C.

 

In 2014 over 5700 installations (51% of the total) qualified as 'installations with low emissions', compared to 5600 installations, 49% of the total, in the reporting year 2013.

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 December 2015 23:29
 

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