25 Mar 2021, 14:04
Kerstine Appunn

Sale of emission allowances for German heating and transport fuels starts in autumn

Clean Energy Wire

The European Energy Exchange (EEX) in Leipzig has been mandated to sell emission allowances for heating and transport fuels under Germany’s recently started pricing scheme for CO2 in these sectors. The EEX will sell allowances at a fixed price during the first phase of the cap-and-trade scheme until the end of 2025, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) announced. The first sale date is scheduled for October 2021. Distributors of fuels, such as gas suppliers or mineral oil companies have to participate in the scheme and report their emissions for 2021 by July 2022 and surrender allowances according to the CO2 content of their sold fuels by September 2022 for the reporting year 2021.

Germany’s national emission trading scheme is intended to help reduce CO2 emissions in the heating and transport sectors. Initially, petrol, diesel, heating oil, LPG and natural gas will be part of the system until 2022; other fuels will gradually be added to the system, UBA said. The fixed price for an allowance and thus for a tonne of CO2 starts this year at 25 euros and will gradually rise to 55 euros by 2025.

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