Commission wants to backload up to 1.2 billion EU allowances

EU emissions trading scheme allowances could temporarily be set aside to push up the flagging carbon price in phase three. Three options have been proposed.

Auction volume changes under EU ETS backloading optionsBetween 400 million and 1.2 billion EU carbon allowances (EUAs) could temporarily be ‘backloaded’ or set aside to push up the carbon price in the third phase of the emissions trading scheme (EU ETS), says the European Commission.

The suggestion was made in a staff working document published alongside widely anticipated legislative proposals to change the carbon auctioning schedule for the next EU ETS phase in 2013-20.

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