Advisory about EU ETS

Reference: Skjern Paper

How do you get free carbon permits? Through advisory about EU ETS and professional applications to the EU Emission Trading System. Viegand Maagøe took that job upon themself so that Skjern Paper could keep their focus on the main task at hand.

Skjern Paper needed to apply for free carbon permits. This was due to both a new allocation period and the fact that they had to deliver excess heat from the paper production to Skjern’s district heating network. EU ETS is complicated and requires insight to make the right applications.

How we completed the assignment

Viegand Maagøe made the application, assisted the verfication and followed up with authorities. We used our competencies in analysing energy systems along with our experience with EU’s Emission Trading System. The energy turnover was described with measuring points and a method for calculating CO2 emissions so that it can be monitored in the upcoming years. Everything was put into the EU Comission’s two spreadsheets which counts as the application material.

Viegand Maagøe has i.a.:

  • Made a method description for measuring and calculating energy streams
  • Collected and examined historical data
  • Made the application and filled out the EU Commission’s spreadsheets
  • Assisted in verifying the application
  • Followed up with authorities
Skjern Paper

Reference: Skjern Paper

Contract period: 2019


Skjern Paper has worked out application material of high quality which ensures a streamlined course. Viegand Maagøe takes care of the communication with the authorities in regard to the process so that Skjern Paper can focus on the paper production.

First, all applications are processed by The Danish Energy Agency and then they go to the EU Comission before the permits are granted.

Facts about carbon permits

  • The purpose of the carbon permits is to tax CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and thus support green transition.
  • Companies, district heating plants and more are affected by the EU ETS either in the type of production or the size of the energy consumption, and have to annually deliver permits to EU corresponding to the actual carbon emissions from fossil fuels.
  • In two courses up until 2030 there can be applied for free carbon permits that can partially cover what is to be handed over.
  • There can also be applied for free carbon permits if a new company falls under the guidelines or the production is expanded, and in case of delivering ecess heat to a distroct heating unit.
  • The permit system means that the level of activity in a company has to be assessed annually, the emissions must be verified, and the monitoring plan must be maintained.

Viegand Maagøe assisted companies with these tasks.

Global Goals

The project contributes to the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development:

SDG 7 ’Affordable and Clean Energy’
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy.

SDG 12 ‘Responsible consumption and production‘
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.


Do you want to know more about the project and what we can do for you? Please, contact us.

Peter Kristensen

Chief Adviser, MSc in Engineering

Mobil: +45 31 75 17 23

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