Australia and European Commission agree on pathway towards fully linking Emissions Trading Systems
The Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Hon Greg Combet MP, and the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Ms Connie Hedegaard announced on Tuesday 28 August 2012 that Australia and Europe will be linking their emissions trading systems.
A full two-way link, by means of the mutual recognition of carbon units between the two cap and trade systems, is to commence no later than 1 July 2018. Under this arrangement, businesses will be allowed to use carbon units from the Australian emissions trading scheme or the European Union Emissions Trading System for compliance under either system.
To facilitate linking, the Australian Government will make two changes to the design of the Australian carbon price. These are that:
- the price floor will not be implemented.
- a new sub-limit will apply to the use of eligible Kyoto units. While liable entities in Australia will still be able to meet up to 50% of their liabilities through purchasing eligible international units, only 12.5% of their liabilities will be able to be met by Kyoto units.
In recognition of these changes and while formal negotiations proceed towards a full two-way link, an interim link will be established, whereby Australian businesses will be able to use EU allowances to help meet liabilities under the Australian emissions trading scheme from 1 July 2015 until a full link is established, i.e. no later than 1 July 2018.
- Joint media release
- Fact sheet: Linking and Australian liable entities
- Fact sheet: Linking and Australian Emissions Intensive Trade Exposed (EITE) industries
- Fact sheet: Linking and the Carbon Farming Initiative
- Frequently asked questions
- Moving from a fixed carbon price to an emissions trading scheme (PDF 363 kB)