Emissions trading: Germany announces interim volumes of allocations for third trading period

German Emissions Trading Authority publishes list of installations

Free certificates will no longer be issued to power plant operators for electricity production in the third trading period (2013-2020). This announcement comes from the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), where the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) is also located. Some 1.4 billion emission certificates distributed to 1,814 installations will be allocated free of charge in Germany between 2013 and 2020. The figures on the list of the numbers of certificates allocated to each installation are provisional, as they must be reviewed by the European Commission and possibly reduced by a correction factor. Germany submitted its so-called NIMs List to the European Commission on 7 May 2012.

The DEHSt publication of the NIMs List (NIMs = National Implementation Measures) illustrates how the interim volumes of allocations have been distributed among the stationary stock of installations for the third trading period. This list of installations does not include new traders on the market, aviation operators or installations which are subject to trading in the third period but will no longer receive certificates.

The current figures do not reflect the final numbers of allocation certificates, as they do not take into account a possible adjustment by correction factor that might be applied throughout the EU and across all sectors. This correction factor will adjust the volumes of allocations in accordance with the existing budget of emissions certificates.

Every EU Member States must submit a NIMs List to the European Commission which then reviews and approves these lists. After that, DEHSt can make a final calculation of allocation volumes and issue notifications accordingly. The list of installations and its provisional figures have been published on the DEHSt web page.

Final figures for 2012 and 2013-2020 trading period have already been established for aviation operators. This list has also been posted on the DEHSt web page.

German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt)

The German Emissions Trading Authority at the Federal Environment Agency is the national authority entrusted with the implementation of European emissions trading for stationary installations and for the aviation industry. Its mandate includes management of the allocation and issuance of emission allowances, revision of emissions reports and operation of the emissions trading registry. It is also in charge of the administration of the project-based mechanisms Joint Implementation and Clean Development Mechanism.

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