EU ETS Regional Training on the MR and the A&V Regulations

Date: 10-11.09.2014
Place: Zagreb, Croatia
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

The European Commission actively supports climate cooperation in the region of the Western Balkans and Turkey. This was first implemented through the Regional Environmental Network for Accession (RENA), now followed by support through the Environment and Climate Regional Accession Network (ECRAN). The climate component of ECRAN focuses on sharing the EU experiences to facilitate development of the national climate policies with the aim to align with the EU acquis, including the capacity building on emissions trading.

The objectives of the Emissions Trading Working Group are to provide the essential regulatory building blocks and to increase the technical capacity for a well-functioning future national or regional ETS system, which could be or is modelled in line with the EU ETS. This would pave the way for further cooperation and linking with the EU ETS.

The following results are expected for this Working Group:

- To improve technical understanding of the EU ETS implementing provisions in relation to monitoring, reporting, verification and accreditation (MRVA) in the beneficiary countries, among the target group of industry and aircraft operators, as well as the Competent Authorities and potential verifiers.
- To identify institutional, legal and procedural arrangements for a future national or regional ETS system, which could be modelled in line with the EU ETS.

Objectives of the training:

- Support and speed up the preparation for and implementation of emissions trading in the candidate countries, with a particular focus on the monitoring, reporting, verification and accreditation (MRVA) requirements.
- Strengthen the understanding of the institutional, legal and procedural arrangements identified for the implementation of a national or regional emissions trading system in the beneficiary countries modelled along the EU ETS and its MRVA requirements.
- Exchange best practices in the implementation of MRVA requirements for emissions trading systems within the region, and between the EU Member State representatives and their counterparts in the beneficiary countries.
- Identification of the responsibilities and duties of the various actors in EU ETS compliance processes, related ministries and other organizations, and explanation of the coordination essentials to minimize problems during the first implementation of the regulation.

Expected Results of the workshop

The expected results are:
1. Improved understanding of the details of the Monitoring and Reporting (MR) regulation as well as of the Accreditation and Verification (A&V) regulation of the European Commission.
2. Insight in the approaches and experiences in the implementation of both regulations in EU Member States and candidate countries.
3. Better understanding of the required human and institutional resources for the implementation of the two regulations as part of an ETS system conform the EU ETS requirements.
4. Insights in the lessons learned, the risks involved and the bottlenecks of ETS implementation.