Date lodged: 8 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the (a) UK Government and (b) European Commission regarding the EU emission trading scheme.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 22 March 2017
As indicated when I gave evidence to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on 22 February 2017, I have already written to the UK Government setting out the Scottish Government's hope and expectation that we will continue to remain part of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). I continue to press the UK Government for clarity on its approach to the EU ETS in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, and my officials remain in contact with UK Government counterparts on this matter. I attended the EU Environment Council on 28 February, where the future Phase IV of the EU ETS (2021-30) was discussed. The UK Government leads on discussions with the European Commission and with Member States on the EU ETS, on behalf of all the devolved administrations, and so the Scottish Government has not had direct discussion with the European Commission regarding this matter.