Environment Agency charge proposal for repatriated duties - Emissions Trading Scheme

Closes 29 Jan 2021

Opened 7 Dec 2020


We are consulting on the proposed charging scheme for the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The Government has not yet confirmed if a UK ETS or Carbon Emissions Tax will operate from 1 January 2021. This consultation is necessary for the operation of either policy.

We will not publish individual responses. This is due to the financial nature of our consultees' responses. We will publish a consultation response document which will summarise key themes on the GOV.UK website. If you respond on-line and provide an email address, your response will be automatically acknowledged. 

Why we are consulting

This consultation outlines our proposals for UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) charges, and covers charges that would apply if a Carbon Emissions Tax (CET) is introduced. The scheme is currently subject to EU legislation. The UK has left the EU and the transition period will end on 31 December 2020, when the UK will take on the responsibility for the administration of the scheme.  We will be the body on behalf of the UK Government administering the UK legislation of the scheme.  This will require us taking on additional duties.  

We have powers under legislation to recover the cost of some of our regulatory activities. Under these powers, people and organisations that require environmental regulation pay for the cost of those activities. This means they do not have to be funded from general taxes.

We invite you to comment on our proposals and whether you think they might be improved and made fairer.

Responding to the consultation

Please click on the 'online survey' link below to answer the consultation questions. 

Supporting information for the consultation includes the following:

To submit your response by email please send your completed UK Emissions Trading Scheme response form with the subject header of EA Charges Consultation - ETS to enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk before close of business on Friday 29 January 2021.

We encourage you to contact us through the online portal or by email. However, if you would prefer you can submit your response by post by downloading the UK Emissions Trading Scheme response form and sending it to:

Environment Agency
EA Charges Consultation - Emissions Trading Scheme
Horizon House
Deanery Road

To request a hard copy of the consultation document or the response form, please contact us on 03708 506 506 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm).

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