Reviewed EU ETS (phase 4) Directive published

Emissions Trading System
19 March 2018


On 19 March 2018, after over two and half years of negotiations, the reviewed EU ETS Directive, Directive (EU) 2018/410, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. It will provide a legal basis for the implementing legislation of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for phase 4 (period 2021-2030).


The European Parliament formally approved the reviewed EU ETS Directive on 6 February, with the adoption of the inter-institutional agreement from November 2017. The Directive was adopted in plenary with 535 votes to 104, with 39 abstentions. A long list of implementing laws is yet to be drafted ahead of the ETS phase 4 (2021-2030).


The EU ETS system covers more than 12,000 ceramic installations across Europe, representing 10% of the total number of ETS industrial installations, but less than 1% of EU ETS industrial emissions. Cerame-Unie's position paper on the ETS directive review can be found here.