The coalition agreement for the 17th parliamentary term stressed that emission trading was the most promising climate action instrument for the development of a global carbon market. At the end of June 2009, the amending directive to modify the European Emissions Trading System, which commenced in 2013, was set for implementation into national law. The Working Group on Emissions Trading (AGE) took note of this situation in its 2010 working programme.
The AGE, on the other hand, focused on other issues during 2010-11: direct and indirect carbon leakage, identification of installations covered by ETS, monitoring, reporting and verification and defining the benchmarks that were to be developed on a free allocation basis by 2013. The legal implementation of both the amending directive and the directive on the inclusion of aviation activities in the EU ETS was planned for 2010. Amending the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Act (TEHG) took place in 2011.
During the course of 2010-11, adelphi supported the institutional set up of the AGE by providing staffing, administrative and financial management, consultation and member services.