Responsibilities in the EU ETS

In Sweden, several authorities have been given roles in the EU ETS and in the international emissions trading. Below is a short presentation of who does what.

Swedish Energy Agency

The Swedish Energy Agency is the national administrator defined in the Registry Regulation and account management authority defined in Swedish legislation. This means that the agency administers the Swedish part of the union registry, including support for account holders in the registry. The Energy Agency is also administering Sweden’s national holdings under the Kyoto Protocol and the Effort Sharing Decision. The agency also, together with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, provides support to the Government Offices in the work of developing the trading system.

The Swedish Energy Agency

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

Naturvårdsverket, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, is the supervisory authority for the EU ETS in Sweden, which means they are ensuring that Swedish operators in the system monitor and report their emissions in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations. The authority also reviews permits and make decisions on free allocation of allowances and possible rights to exchange international credits to participating Swedish operators.

As from 2018 the Environmental protection agency is also the designated Swedish authority for greenhouse gas permits.

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

Ministry of the environment and energy

The Ministry of the Environment is the ministry responsible for climate issues and thus also for emissions trading. Amongst other things, they participate in international climate negotiations, negotiations of EU legislation and is responsible for national legislation in this area.

The Ministry of the Environment


The Swedish Transport Agency

The Swedish Transport Agency is advising the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency regarding air traffic within the EU ETS.

The Swedish Transport Agency



SWEDAC is Sweden’s national accreditation body that accredits controllers who are given the right to verify emissions reports.


The European Commission

The European Commission’s Directorate – General for Climate Policy, DG Clima, is responsible for developing the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and monitoring Member States’ implementation of the scheme. The Commission is the central administrator of the Union Registry and manages the operation of the European Transaction Log, EUTL.

European Transaction Log, EUTL

The European Commission


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) administers the ITL, the international transaction log. ITL monitors and controls international emissions trading under the Kyoto protocol.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC