|EU ETS linear reduction factor (LRF)|
The application of the Linear Reduction Factor (LRF) under the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) consists in the rule that in 2014 and in each subsequent year till 2020, the total quantity of allowances (cap) determined for 2013 on the basis of Article 9 and 9a of Directive 2003/87/EC decreases linearly by 1,74 % of the amount of allowances in 2010.
This decrease rate in absolute terms means the number of allowances will be reduced annually by a determined number of 38 264 246 allowances.
A separate non-declining cap applies to the aviation sector until 2020 (5% below the average annual emissions in the years 2004-06).
The linear reduction factor was decided in the context of the overall 20% reduction target and results in a 21% reduction compared to the EU ETS emissions in 2005.
Under the EU ETS free allocation architecture, the EU Member States have to take Linear Reduction Factor into account when deciding on the final annual amounts of allocation of emission permits to electricity generators for their heat production.
Article 3(u) of the EU ETS Directive defines an installation as 'electricity generator' if "on or after 1 January 2005, it has produced electricity for sale to third parties, and in which no activity listed in Annex I (of the EU ETS Directive) is carried out other than the combustion of fuels".
The LRF also applies to the free allocation of all phase 3 new entrants (EU ETS Handbook, p. 44, 46).
Apart from the Linear Reduction Factor, other elements taken into account by the EU Member States in the process of determination for the final annual amount of emission allowances allocated free of charge for each year over the period from 2013 to 2020 are the NIMs (National Implementation Measures - i.e. the instruments that substituted for the national allocation plans), and the cross-sectoral correction factor.
Legal instruments that must be abided by in this processs are Directive 2003/87/EC, Decision 2011/278/EU and other relevant provisions of Union law.
Pursuant to the European Commision's Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC to enhance cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments of 15 July 2015 (COM(2015) 337 final) 2015/148 (COD), the Linear Reduction Factor is proposed to be changed to 2.2% from 2021 onwards.
It is intended to ensure that the overall quantity of allowances ('cap') will decline at an increased annual pace resulting in an overall emission reduction of sectors under the EU ETS of 43% by 2030.
|Last Updated on Sunday, 22 May 2016 20:50|