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EFRAG draft comment paper on emissions trading schemes

05 Dec 2012

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has issued a draft comment paper discussing the need for accounting guidance on emissions trading schemes.

In its draft comment paper, EFRAG highlights the initiative taken by the Autorité des normes comptables (ANC), noting that the French standard setter revived the debate on emissions trading schemes in May 2012, when it issued the discussion paper Accounting for Emissions Trading Schemes Reflecting Companies’ Business Models. Since IFRIC 3 Emission Rights was withdrawn in July 2005 and the project deferred in November 2010, discussion of specific guidance on the topic has stalled and resulted in diverging practices on the accounting of assets and liabilities arising from participation in an Emission Trading Scheme.

Using the ANC's discussion paper as a starting point, EFRAG's draft comment letter analyzes specific aspects of emissions trading schemes and poses questions to constituents, with the expectation that comments received will help shape the EFRAG recommendation to the IASB on specific accounting guidance on emissions rights.

Please click for the following documents on the EFRAG website:

Comments are invited by 30 April 2013.