European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)

The forest industry considers that an emissions trading system should take into account and reward the industrial bodies that have led the way in reducing their emissions.

ETS design affects the competitiveness of the forest industry. In this connection, the forest industry is not a major source of carbon dioxide emissions. Furthermore, for a great number of years, it has actively worked to reduce these emissions.

The positions of the Swedish Forest Industries Federation:

  • We would like the future system to minimise the reduction of the free allocation of emissions rights.
  • We would like maximisation of the opportunity to receive compensation for indirect carbon dioxide costs attributable to higher electricity prices.
  • We would like reduction of the administrative burden. Cost-efficiency should be a fundamental starting point.
  • We would like the industry that is leading the way in sinking its emissions to be rewarded rather than punished.

It was in summer 2015 that the EU commission presented proposals for revised EU ETS legislation for 2021 to 2030. These proposals are now being negotiated in the EU parliament and by the member states in the European Council. The Swedish Forest Industries Federation is involved in influencing the design of the proposals. It is also active in dialogues with the Swedish government and members of the European Parliament.