This report looks at prospects for including road transport as part of an expanded EU-ETS (European Union – Emissions Trading Scheme), focussing on a number of the associated barriers in so doing. The barriers described relate primarily to: the legal dimensions of emissions ownership; the difficulties associated with reporting, monitoring and verifying mobile emissions sources; the dynamics amongst players involved in the production of “well to wheel” emissions; and the jurisdictional complexities of managing emissions trading for mobile sources.
This analysis was completed despite the fact that the idea of including road transport in the EU-ETS scheme was largely rejected by policy makers even in a post-2012 context. The recommendations presented as part of this report consider the possibility that emissions trading in the sector could become a reality only beyond 2020. In the concluding section, a brief analysis is provided on the prospects for including road transport as part of a closed system although the emphasis of the analysis completed focuses heavily on the prospects for integration in to the EU-ETS.
Edited extract from the introduction.