The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) Order 2024

Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Commencement: 31st March 2024

Amends: The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020

Mini Summary

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020 establishes a UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) covering greenhouse gas emissions from power and heat generation, energy intensive industries and aviation.


Various duties apply.



The next application window for free allocations, as well as for Hospital Small Emitter and Ultra Small Emitter schemes, has been moved to 1st April 2025 – 30th June 2025. Operators not applying for free allocations must also provide information to the UK ETS Authority during this window.

This change was made in order to allow the UK ETS Authority to finalise the policy for the 2026-2030 allocation period. It aims to provide certainty to UK ETS operators about what the free allocation rules will be during the allocation period 2026-2030 before they apply.

Changes to publication dates

The lists of hospitals or small emitters and ultra-small emitters for the 2026-2030 allocation period must be published by 17th October 2025. The allocation table for the 2026-2030 allocation period must be published by 28th February 2026. 

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