UK proposes two-year transition period for EU emissions trading system

The UK government wants the EU to allow a two-year ETS transition period to avoid UK businesses being fined for non-compliance due to leaving early following Brexit

The EU ETS covers power stations, industrial plants and airlines. Photograph: Antonio Guillem/123RFThe UK government has proposed a two-year transition period for the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to avoid problems that could be caused by leaving the current phase before it ends in 2020.

The move was revealed in a parliamentary written answer by minister of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Lord Prior in response to shadow minister for BEIS and exiting the EU Baroness Hayter.

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