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LONDON, 16 August – IETA welcomes today’s agreement to link the Swiss and EU carbon markets. It may offer a model for other systems to connect to Europe’s market in the future.
Under the agreement, participants in the EU ETS will be able to use Swiss allowances for compliance, and vice versa.
“Today’s development is a welcome step, both for the EU ETS and proof of concept for linking,” says IETA’s CEO Dirk Forrister. “This first link by the EU ETS to another market is an important milestone for the 12-year old market. The agreement could act as a template for other systems to connect to the EU ETS more quickly.”
He adds: “IETA has long called for markets to link, as a wider pool of participants can lead to lower prices, greater market stability and improved liquidity. The linkage of carbon markets is good both for the environment and for businesses.”
The five-year technical negotiations between the two parties concluded in 2016, and work began on an agreement and criteria for linking. Today, the European Commission adopted a proposal to sign the agreement and another to ratify it. The Council of the European Union will now need to discuss the proposals, and the European Parliament needs to consent to their signing.
Upon signing, technical arrangements for the linkage will be made. Only once these are complete will the agreement be ratified. After ratification, the agreement will enter into force at the start of the following calendar year. Linkage is not expected to take place until at least 2019.