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Emissions Banking and Trading Programs

The EBT programs consist of three cap-and-trade programs and two credit generating programs. These programs provide participants compliance flexibility in meeting air regulations while reducing emissions in Texas.


  • Emission Credit Program
    This program provides a method to generate credit by creating permanent emission reductions in nonattainment areas throughout Texas.
  • Mass Emissions Cap and Trade Program
    This market-based cap-and-trade program implements an annual nitrogen oxides emission cap for affected facilities in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria ozone nonattainment area.

Featured Items

  • NEWThe EBT team offers Pre-Application meetings for anyone who is interested in generating Emission Reduction Credits (ERC), Discrete Emission Reduction Credits (DERC), or Mobile Source Credits. To request a Pre-Application meeting with EBT, please send an email to and include the words “Pre-Application Meeting” in the subject line.
  • NEWAn updated version of the Emission Reduction Credit (ERC) Intent to Use Form (EC-3) is now available. Any applications submitted on a previous version of the EC-3 form after August 28, 2020 will not be accepted and will be returned to the customer. Please email the EBT team at if you have any questions on how to complete the updated form.

  • The following applications must be submitted electronically through the State of Texas Environmental Electronic Reporting System (STEERS). For assistance with the STEERS, contact EBT Staff. The EBT Program will no longer accept paper applications for these projects.
    • Annual compliance reports for the MECT, HECT, and EBTA Programs
    • Current or vintage trades for the MECT, HECT, and EBTA Programs
    • ERC and DERC generation
    • ERC and DERC trades
    • Authorized Account Representative (AAR) registration