EU regulation on carbon auctioning enters force

Legislation establishing the auctioning regime for the third trading period of the EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS) entered force on Friday. About half of all carbon allowances are expected to be auctioned from 2013, compared with only 5% now.

Member states reached agreement on the rules in mid-July. The regulation will set up a central auctioning platform, although it will also permit member states to opt-out and establish their own. The compromise resolved a long-running dispute both within the European Commission and between member states.

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