CO2 pricing for emissions in heating and transport sectors to start in new year in Germany
National emissions trading system for fuels creates more incentive for climate protection
Germany is set to launch the national emissions trading system for fuels on 1 January 2021. The trading system is intended to help reduce CO2 emissions in the heating and transport sectors. Until 2022, petrol, diesel, heating oil, liquefied petroleum gas and natural gas will initially be part of the national emissions trading system. Other fuels will gradually be included in the system. "Germany must become greenhouse gas neutral by 2050. This will only work if all sectors play their part. National emissions trading for fuels in the transport and heating sectors is an important step, because it means that their CO2 emissions will also carry a price," says President Dirk Messner of the German Environment Agency (UBA). The German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) at UBA is responsible for the implementation of the national emissions trading system as well as for EU emissions trading, which has been limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, industrial plants and intra-European air traffic since 2005.