European Commission looks to tighten carbon market oversight

The European Commission has proposed tighter rules on spot trading of allowances in the EU emissions trading scheme to combat fraud. It proposes a single trading scheme registry for transactions.

The European Commission has launched a consultation to look at how spot trading in allowances within the EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) can be made more secure against market abuse and theft.1

The consultation paper, issued ahead of a stakeholder event that took place on 4 May, focuses on two options. The first would classify allowances (EUAs) as financial instruments, bringing them under existing regulatory controls. The second would introduce bespoke rules.

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