Cyber-attack & data theft: Our response & service status

UK Emissions Trading System

Service status

A sophisticated criminal cyber-attack has had a major impact on the way SEPA works. We are working through all the services that we provide to understand what we need to do in the short and longer term to restore services. We are approaching this work with a sense of urgency.

Service status update: Emissions Trading Scheme

What are we able to do now?

We have restored access to ETSWAP and have now resumed a broadly normal service.

Contact us at emission.trading@sepa.org.uk if you wish to discuss any regulatory query. 

What should you do now?

Do continue to comply with the requirements of your permit or emissions monitoring plan.

We have now completed work to vary the conditions of permits to reflect the recently introduced legislative requirements relating to free allocation. As such, operators can now initiate their own variations and are advised to make any changes that have been raised previously in notifications. 

The new Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme charging scheme can be found here. Please refer to the service status update on payment of applications and subsistence fees for more detail on how payments can be made at this time.

Installation Operators must submit a verified Activity Level Report by 30 June 2021. To facilitate this, SEPA will return your recently submitted Annual Emissions Report and reopen the submission workflow on ETSWAP. You will then be able to attach your verified Activity Level Report and verification report and submit them to SEPA. We are planning on returning your AER from 1 May, however if you require your workflow opened sooner then please contact us.

Sign up for UK ETS updates

The UK Emissions Trading Scheme Authority, comprised of the four governments of the United Kingdom, is launching a new service for stakeholders who want to receive direct updates on the UK ETS.

Subscribers will receive notifications about the scheme, including UK ETS Authority guidance and templates, legislation, policy and consultations.

Sign up to receive UK ETS updates here.

UK Emissions Trading System

The UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) is one of the key policies introduced by the UK to address greenhouse gas emissions and help meet its 2020 emission reduction targets. The UK ETS will also contribute to delivering Scotland’s goal of a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2045.

Installations and aircraft operators covered by the UK ETS are those which carry out activities listed in Schedule 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020. These activities include combustion, production and processing of metals, production of chemicals, mineral industries, pulp and paper industries, carbon capture and storage and flights departing from or arriving in the UK.

This web page has been designed to assist operators, or others responsible for managing carbon emissions, by providing the necessary information and guidance for participation in the UK ETS.

Monitoring Methodology Plans

The data collection exercise in summer 2019 required you to submit to us a report on your installation’s activity levels (baseline data report) as well as a plan showing how you gathered that information (monitoring methodology plan MMP). The baseline data reports will be used to calculate the level of free allocation which your installation will receive for the period 2021 to 2025. The process of calculating your allocation is on-going at present. The monitoring methodology plan (MMP) also contained how you intend to monitor information relating to your installation’s activity level going forward. This plan should be implemented at present as the 1st report on your annual activity levels will be provided to us in 2021. We have produced an interim guidance note on MMPs to assist you in reviewing your MMP; this should illustrate what we will be looking for. The guidance note will be updated with further details on the activity level change regulations and the reporting process. It can be found in the related items section.

Information on UK ETS Hospital and Small Emitter Opt Out Scheme and Ultra Small Emitters

The UK ETS offers an opt out scheme for hospital and small emitter operators, allowing them to participate in the UK ETS without the need to participate in allowance auctions. Further information on participation within the UK ETS for these operators can be found on Gov.UK – Participating in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) from 1 January 2021

On behalf of the UK, SEPA published the “hospital and small emitter list for 2021-2025” of installations to be excluded from the EU ETS under Article 27 of the Directive from 1st January 2021 – Installations to be excluded under Article 27 scheme In accordance with the Schedule 7 of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020, an installation under the UK ETS is a hospital or small emitter for the scheme years in the 2021-2025 allocation period if the installation is included in the list

Ultra Small Emitters

The UK ETS offers an opt out scheme for ultra small emitters, providing for the exclusion from the main UK ETS of installations emitting less than 2,500 tCO2eq per year (excluding biomass emissions). In accordance with the Schedule 8 of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020, an installation under the UK ETS is an ultra-small emitter for the scheme years in the 2021-2025 allocation period if the installation is included in the Installations to be excluded under Article 27 scheme list.

Further Information

Further guidance and information can be found on the UK ETS Authorities pages at: Participating in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) from 1 January 2021

For any general policy related questions on the UK ETS, you can contact the Emissions Trading Scheme team at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy via emissions.trading@beis.gov.uk For any questions from operators relating to your specific installation and the UK’s opt-out schemes, please contact your regulator:

  • Scotland – emission.trading@sepa.org.uk
  • Wales – GHGHelp@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk
  • Northern Ireland – emissions.trading@daera-ni.gov.uk
  • England – ethelp@environment-agency.gov.uk

Civil penalties

Participants or operators who have not complied with their legal requirements and received a penalty:

RWG (Repair and Overhauls) Limited

Failure to comply with Regulation 9 of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Regulations 2012. A regulated activity was carried out at the Tullos Test Facility from 1 January 2013 to 01 August 2017 without a permit.

Penalty £55,106.53 (published August 2018)

Shell (UK) Limited

Failure to comply with condition 4 of a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permit. The operator did not surrender sufficient allowances to cover its annual reportable emissions from the installation at Fife NGL Plant by 30 April 2013, 30 April 2014 and 30 April 2015.

Penalty £40,056.00 (published July 2018)

ENGIE FM Limited

Failure to comply with condition 4 of a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permit. The operator did not surrender sufficient allowances to cover its annual reportable emissions from the installation by 30 April 2015.

Penalty £35,224 (published June 2018).

Contact us

If you have any questions or require any further information or advice on any aspect of the ETS, please contact us at emission.trading@sepa.org.uk.