German Emissions Trading Authority

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Date 30/01/2018

German upstream emission reduction ordinance entered into force

On 29/01/2018, the German upstream emission reduction ordinance (German: Upstream-Emissionsminderungs-Verordnung, UERV) was promulgated. This ordinance is the last step to implement Council Directive (EU) 2015/652 laying down calculation methods and reporting requirements for the quality of liquid fossil fuels.

The ordinance allows fuel suppliers to use upstream emission reductions (UER) for compliance with their greenhouse gas intensity reduction target. Starting in 2020, UER can be used up to a maximum of 1.2 percent of the specific target.

The Biokraftstoffquotenstelle at the Hauptzollamt in Frankfurt (Oder) is responsible for taxation-related aspects as well as the accounting of UERs on greenhouse gas intensity reduction targets. For further advice on tax-related matters please contact them at

The German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) at the German Environment Agency is responsible for the implementation of the UER ordinance. It examines project applications, supervises the actual emission reductions, and controls generation of UERs. Please contact if you have any further questions.

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