Brexit: EU ETS compliance deadline pushed back again

The government has announced that UK participants in the EU emissions trading scheme will be given additional time to meet their compliance obligations ahead of the UK’s delayed exit from the EU.

The fresh extension will mean operators will have until 12 April - the date by which the UK has been told by the EU to come up with a new Brexit plan - to surrender allowances under the EU ETS.

But if the EU exit day is amended again, the compliance deadline will be 30 April or immediately before exit in the event that exit day is before 1 May, the government said last week.

The EU ETS covers around 1,000 installations and approximately 140 aircraft operators in the UK and covers approximately 45% of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions, according to a statement issued last month by clean growth minister Claire Perry.

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