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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10007: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 28 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will carry out a run of the TIMES (The Integrated MARKAL-EFOM System) model for a scenario in which Scotland no longer has access to the European Union Emission Trading Scheme after the UK leaves the EU.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 14 July 2017

The Climate Change Plan modelling takes into account the EU ETS cap for the traded sector to 2020. In subsequent years, the Climate Change Plan modelling uses actual emissions from the traded sector rather than reflecting the impact of the ETS cap. This reflects the fact that individual countries' share of the cap beyond 2020 have yet to be determined.

The impact of the UK's exit from the EU on the role of emissions trading was not factored into the draft Plan since the UK Government has not yet taken a position on the UK's future relationship with the EU ETS. The EU ETS remains a fundamental part of UK and Scottish climate change legislation.