Emissions Trading System (ETS)

DEFINITION: A market-based ‘cap and trade’ on emissions that allows parties to buy and sell permits for emissions or credits. The ETS covers 45% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions emitted from energy-intensive sectors. In the UK, more than 700 UK-based energy intensive installations, including power stations, manufacturing facilities and oil refineries, participate in the system.

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