Study Tour “EU-ETS and Carbon Registry” to Germany

25 June-04 July 2013 – A delegation from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Tsinghua University, SinoCarbon Innovation & Investment Co., Ltd. as well as Beijing Environment Exchange visited Germany and Brussels in order to get a deeper insight into the EU-ETS, its decision-making procedure, regulations and the topic of carbon registry.

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In Germany, they met with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in order to learn about Germany’s Climate Policy and its interconnections with the EU-ETS as well as the role of different stakeholders in the decision-making processes. By visiting the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) the delegation deepened their understanding on an effective carbon registry system and its operation. The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) introduced the delegation to the topics of impact evaluation, forecasts of competitiveness impacts of the ETS, measures to support carbon price, models for analysing economic impacts of the ETS as well as GHG emission monitoring and reporting practices.

After visiting the three institutions, the participants had the chance to participate in two workshops. The FutureCamp Climate Group GmbH organized a workshop covering the issues of Allocation, Monitoring, Trading and Verification. At the workshop, experts shared valuable experiences and lessons learnt with the delegation. In Brussels, the delegation participated in a workshop on ETS Registry Design by the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA). Together with representatives of DG CLIMA from Norway, the delegation discussed lessons learnt from the EU-ETS and registry as well as options being considered for the Chinese ETS design, registry and the ETS pilot.