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British Steel’s Brexit woes may be tip of the Iceberg - Report

Steel News - Published on Fri, 19 Apr 2019

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Bloomberg reported that British Steel Ltd’s carbon market bill that pushed it to seek a GBP 100 million government loan in the face of Brexit may be the tip of the iceberg for Europe. Mr Federico Di Credico MD of ACT in Amsterdam said that “British Steel is a bigger case but this problem is not isolated. This has been a common practice with many, many industrial players to take advantage of the fact that free allowances were simply given at an early date. It’s not possible any longer in the UK this year due to the Brexit drama.”

Ms Julia Michalak, EU affairs director at the International Emissions Trading Association, said that “It’s no surprise that the EU ETS Directive allows for banking, but not for borrowing in between phases. The rules are clear and should be taken into account by market participants when deciding their compliance strategies.”

Thousands of UK and European Union companies regularly opt to sell their free handouts of carbon permits before they’re needed, counting on borrowing from next year’s allocation to meet their pollution obligations. While the strategy’s risk has been most visible in Britain after EU officials suspended free allowances in the UK as part of Brexit planning, it’s set to spread across Europe.

The situation in continental Europe will be even more pronounced toward the end of next year, when the carbon permit current trading period -known as Phase 3 in the EU’s Emissions Trading System ends. While emitters can use Phase 3 allowances for compliance in Phase 4 that runs from 2021 to 2030, a process called banking, they can’t use the next phase’s allowances to cover discharges in the 2013-2020 period.

The price on carbon in the EU flagship cap-and-trade program, which puts emissions limits on almost 12,000 facilities owned by manufacturers and power producers, almost tripled last year after an overhaul that alleviated a glut of permits.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Fri, 19 Apr 2019
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