Guidance

Meeting climate change requirements from 1 January 2021

How climate change regulations, emissions trading, ecodesign and energy labelling will change from 1 January 2021.

The UK has left the EU

This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It'll be updated if anything changes.

You can read about the transition period.

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Details

Find out how this would affect:

  • climate change regulations
  • emissions trading
  • energy using products
  • ecodesign and energy labelling

Last updated 22 April 2020

The deadlines for submission of Verified Annual Emissions Report for 2019 emissions (31 March 2020) and surrender of equivalent allowances to 2019 verified emissions (20 April 2020) still apply for participating UK operators.

Last updated 31 January 2020

The EU ETS will continue for the 2019 and 2020 compliance years during the transition period from 1 February 2020 to 1 January 2021.

5 November 2019

Updated with the latest information on the introduction of the Carbon Emissions Tax.

4 October 2019

Updated with more details on the Carbon Emissions Tax and with more specific information for aviation operators.

9 August 2019

Added summary of actions.

29 July 2019

Updated to confirm start date of the Carbon Emissions Tax; and to update the information on the Kyoto Protocol National Registry.

12 April 2019

The 2018 compliance deadline to surrender allowances for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is 30 April 2019.

The Carbon Emissions Tax will not be commencing on 15 April 2019. Further information on the implications of the extension for carbon pricing will be set out in due course.

29 March 2019

The 2018 compliance deadline to surrender allowances for the EU ETS is 10:59pm on 12 April 2019. If Brexit day is changed again, the compliance deadline will be 30 April 2019 (or immediately before exit in the event that exit day is before 1 May 2019).

11 March 2019

The 2018 compliance deadline to surrender allowances for the EU ETS is being extended from 15 March 2019 to 26 March 2019.

28 February 2019

We have added guidance for UK businesses providing EU ETS verification services to operators in EU countries.

Published 12 October 2018
Last updated 28 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Update: confirmation that existing deadlines have not changed in light of COVID-19.

  2. Updated with the latest information on the introduction of the Carbon Emissions Tax.

  3. Updated to confirm start date of the Carbon Emissions Tax; and to update the information on the Kyoto Protocol National Registry.

  4. The 2018 compliance deadline to surrender allowances for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is now 30 April 2019. The Carbon Emissions Tax will not be commencing on 15 April 2019. Further information on the implications of the extension for carbon pricing will be set out in due course.

  5. The 2018 compliance deadline to surrender allowances for the EU ETS is now 10:59pm on 12 April 2019. If EU exit day is changed again, the compliance deadline will be 30 April 2019 (or immediately before exit in the event that exit day is before 1 May 2019).

  6. The 2018 compliance deadline to surrender allowances for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is being extended from 15 March 2019 to 26 March 2019.

  7. We have added guidance for UK businesses providing EU ETS verification services to operators in EU countries.

  8. First published.