Germany’s new Emissions Trading System:
What do companies need to know?

Key Aspects & current developments

At the end of 2019, the Fuel Emission Trading Act (Brennstoffemissionshandelsgesetz, BEHG) was passed, which is a key element of German climate policy. The BEHG will introduce national emissions trading for the heating and transport sectors starting from 1 January 2021. Emissions from these sectors, which are not covered by the European Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS), will thus for the first time be subject to CO2 pricing.

After the so-called introductory phase with fixed sales prices, the emission certificates will be auctioned from 2026. Affected companies, especially energy suppliers and consumers, should prepare themselves in time.

Questions which are addressed in the English version of the video:

  • What is the current state of the regulation before the introduction of the BEHG?
  • How does the trading system work?
  • Which fuels are included?
  • Which obligations arise from the BEHG and the regulations around it?

In cooperation with Axpo, Lawyer & Salaried Partner, Dr. Tobias Woltering from the law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek will present the current status of the BEHG and the associated regulations.

The target group of the video is the energy sector and industry as well as all others who aim to get an overview of Germany’s National Emissions Trading System.

Download the English and the German version of the paper:

Dr. Tobias Woltering

Dr. Tobias Woltering is a lawyer since 2011 and is employed as a specialist for energy law at the law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. He advises German and international energy suppliers, plant operators, network operators, investors and project planners as well as large energy consumers. In his work he focusses on German and European energy regulation, energy contract law, and subsidies under the EEG. He also consults clients on compensation regulations and exemptions (e.g. EEG self-supply (“Eigenversorgung”), special compensation provisions (“Besondere Ausgleichsregelung”), individual grid fees (“Individuelle Netzentgelte”), etc.) and energy compliance (e.g. REMIT). In addition, Mr. Woltering has relevant experience in advising on legal matters concerning new technologies (e.g. e-mobility, battery storage).

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