Consultation is well underway for Phase IV of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (we are currently in Phase III). You may be aware that we are working with DECC to try and simplify EU ETS for data centre operators.
Many facilities are captured by their emergency standby generating capacity, despite producing negligible emissions and compliance is a non-trivial task. We have been working separately with the Environment Agency to simplify existing compliance arrangements but DECC is now kindly giving
us a valuable opportunity to influence the future of ETS. At the workshop we will discuss the most problematic issues for low emitters and help them consider ways to make participation less burdensome at domestic level (member states have some discretion in the way they apply the scheme to low
emitters). We will hold this workshop with representatives of asphalt manufacturers (who are also very low emitters).
While this may sound like an unthrilling way to spend two hours, defining a pragmatic compliance pathway for low emitters for phase IV could dramatically reduce the compliance burden for operators.
If this is all news to you have a look at our Council communication on ETS (which presents our policy position) or on the ETS Briefing notes (which explain how to work out if any of your data centres are
captured by the legislation).
techuk briefing notes EUETS Phase III (pdf)Note 01d EUETS, CRC and CCA and, er, data centres (pdf) Communication: EU Emissions Trading Scheme (pdf)Low emitters workshop meeting notes (pdf)