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European Commission adopts the carbon leakage list for the period 2015-2019

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27/10/2014

The European Commission adopted today the list of industry sectors and subsectors that are deemed to be exposed to a significant risk of carbon leakage for the period 2015 to 2019.

After the positive opinion of the Climate Change Committee (in which all Member States are represented), and with no objection raised by either the European Parliament or the Council during the three-month scrutiny period, the European Commission adopted today the list of industry sectors and subsectors that are deemed to be exposed to a significant risk of carbon leakage for the period 2015 to 2019. No further changes were made to the draft list that had been published on 5 May 2014.

Industry sectors and sub-sectors deemed to be exposed to a significant risk of 'carbon leakage' receive a higher share of free allowances because they face competition from industries in third countries which are not subject to comparable greenhouse gas emissions restrictions.

This second carbon leakage list provides regulatory predictability for industry for the period from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2019 and succeeds the first carbon leakage list that is still valid until 31 December 2014. According to the ETS Directive, it will be possible to add further sectors to the list if they comply with the criteria stated in the Directive, but it will not be possible to remove sectors from the list until its expiration.