The Carbon Accounting (Wales) Regulations 2018

Document Number:2018 No. 1301 (W. 255)
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 06/12/2018

Welsh Statutory Instruments

Climate Change, Wales


5 December 2018

Coming into force

6 December 2018

A draft of this instrument was laid before and approved by a resolution of the National Assembly for Wales in accordance with section 48(3) of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016(1).

Before the draft was laid the Welsh Ministers obtained and took into account the advice of the Committee on Climate Change, in accordance with section 49(1) of the Act.

Accordingly, the Welsh Ministers, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 33(2) and (3) and 36(1) , (2) and (4) of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 , makes the following Regulations.

Title and commencement

  1. —(1) The title of these Regulations is the Carbon Accounting (Wales) Regulations 2018.

    (2) These Regulations come into force on the day after the day on which they are made.


  2. —(1) In these Regulations —

    “the Kyoto Protocol” (“Protocol Kyotol”) means the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC signed at Kyoto on 11th December 1997;

    “the Registries Regulation” (“y Rheoliad Cofrestrfeydd”) means Commission Regulation (EU) No 389/2013 establishing a Union Registry pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, Decisions No 280/2004/EC and No 406/2009/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Commission Regulations (EU) No 920/2010 and No 1193/2011(2);

    “the registry administrator” (“gweinyddwyr y gofrestrfa”) has the meaning given in regulation 8(1) of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2012(3);

    “the UK registry” (“cofrestrfa’r DU”) means the registry established for the United Kingdom in accordance with the Registries Regulation;

    “the UNFCCC” (“Confensiwn Fframwaith y Cenhedloedd Unedig ar Newid yn yr Hinsawdd”) means the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change signed in New York on 9th May 1992;

    “the Welsh credit account” (“cyfrif credyd Cymru”) has the meaning given in regulation 4(1);

    (2) In these Regulations “cancellation” of a carbon unit means voluntary cancellation in accordance with the Registries Regulation and a unit is “cancelled” if the Welsh Ministers instruct the registry administrator to transfer it to the account known as the “Voluntary Cancellation Account” in the UK registry.

    Carbon units

  3. —(1) For the purposes of Part 2 of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 certified emission reductions are carbon units.

    (2) Each carbon unit has a value of 1 tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent.


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