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EU Emissions Trading System Phase IV: Discretionary Aspects of Transposition

The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is a cornerstone of the European Union's policy to combat climate change and its key tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power-generation and from industry cost-effectively. The first, and by far the largest, international system for trading greenhouse gas emission allowances, the EU ETS covers more than 11,000 power stations and industrial plants (stationary installations) in 31 countries, as well as airlines that operate within the EU. Some 102 stationary installations and 15 aircraft operators currently come within the system in Ireland.

In 2021 Phase IV of EU ETS (Directive 2003/87/EC as amended including by Directive EU/2018/410) will commence and will feature a number of changes aimed at improving the functioning of the ETS to improve its capacity to deliver greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the power generation and industrial sectors.

There are a number of national discretions which require consideration as part of the transposition of Directive (EU) 2018/410. These discretions arise either in the new directive or exist from previous directives and fall to be re-considered now as part of national preparations for phase IV of the ETS.

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is seeking feedback from interested parties on the discretionary elements of Directive (EU) 2018/410 to inform the transposition process. The Department will review submissions received on foot of the public consultation and seek the Minister's approval for the proposed approach to transposing these discretions (with a view to the transposition deadline of 8 October 2019). All feedback is welcome and will inform the transposition by the Department.

The Department will launch a public consultation on these discretions for a period of 8 weeks.


Submissions, which should be no more than a maximum of 2,000 words, should be e-mailed to:

The closing date for submissions is 17:00 on Friday 11th January 2019.

Responses to this consultation may be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts and Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2014 and may be published on the website of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Any confidential or commercially sensitive information should therefore be clearly identified in submissions.

Consultation Documents



ETS Consultation Paper Consultation Paper.pdfETS Consultation Paper16/11/2018 16:40:00pdf446159

Consultation Submissions