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This chapter examines the international frontrunner EU ETS, which is so far the largest carbon market in the world and an important provider of experience in how to design a carbon market. The EU ETS has been assigned a cornerstone position in a more complex EU climate policy mix. However, the system has encountered problems, with a volatile and generally low carbon price. This makes further scrutiny of its design and the main shaping factors especially pertinent.