EEX publishes 2021 sell-off calendar for national Emissions Trading System

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The European Energy Exchange (EEX) has published the prospective 2021 schedule for sell-offs for the national Emissions Trading System (nEHS) in coordination with the German Federal Environment Agency. 

With the introduction of the nEHS at the beginning of 2021 a CO2 price for the heat and transport sectors is set at a national level for the first time.

The first sell-off session of the nEHS is expected to take place on 5 October 2021. The sessions will be held twice a week throughout the year, Tuesdays and Thursdays, for six hours each from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm CET. The last sell-off session in 2021 will presumably take place on 7 December 2021. 

Within the nEHS, a fixed-price phase is initially planned until 2025, during which the nEHS certificates will be issued at a legally fixed and annually increasing price. Up to and including 2025, the sale of such certificates will take place via EEX at fixed prices and move into an auction process from 2026 onwards. During the fixed price phase the number of available nEHS certificates will be unlimited. Further details are provided in the published sell-off calendar. 

EEX was awarded the contract for the sell-off platform for the national Emissions Trading System (nEHS) by the German Federal Environment Agency in March 2021. This was preceded by a public tender procedure. Being the central auction platform within the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) since many years, EEX will now also contribute its experience and expertise on national level and thereby further support a decarbonised future. 

All fuels covered by the German Energy Tax Act will be included in nEHS. These include gasoline, diesel, heating oil, liquefied petroleum gas, natural gas and, from 2023, coal, among others. The obligated parties under the nEHS are those companies and organisations which place fuels on the market, for example natural gas suppliers or companies in the mineral oil industry.

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