Climate Action

Commission starts written consultation on post-2020 carbon leakage provisions

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The European Commission today launches a public consultation on possible post-2020 carbon leakage provisions under the EU emissions trading system.

The aim of the consultation is to canvass opinions on different options for a system to avoid carbon leakage after 2020. Based on a questionnaire, the online consultation complements three stakeholder meetings to be held in the coming months. The consultation will run until 31 July 2014. Earlier replies are encouraged. 

The consultation focuses on how many allowances should be dedicated to addressing the risk of carbon leakage post-2020 and what respective roles free allocation and support for industrial innovation should play.


In its 22 January 2014 Communication on the 2030 climate and energy framework the Commission stated that “as long as there are no comparable efforts undertaken in other major economies, similar policies as in the current system (including an improved system of free allocation of allowances with a better focus) will also be needed after 2020 in order to ensure the competitiveness of Europe's energy-intensive industries.”