Consultation on carbon units, the net UK carbon account and carbon accounting
The purpose of this consultation was to seek views on the proposals for carbon accounting in the UK under the Climate Change Bill (now the Climate Change Act 2008). The Act requires the Secretary of State to make provision for a carbon accounting scheme by the introduction of new carbon accounting regulations. Carbon accounting is used to determine compliance with the carbon budgets and targets established under the Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. Whilst the basic requirements of a carbon accounting system are established in the Act, secondary legislation is required to establish the details.
We invited stakeholder views on our proposals for:
- the types of carbon units to be used in calculating the net UK carbon account,
- the circumsstances in which carbon units can be credited to and debited from the net UK carbon account, and how this will be done,
- ensuring that carbon units credited to the net UK carbon account cease to be available to offset other greenhouse gas emissions,
- how units will be tracked and accounted for accurately, and
- the administration of the scheme.
The deadline for responses was 19 January 2009.
The summary of responses was published on 22 April 2009.