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Joint NGO letter to IATA: Airlines shouldn’t use Montreal resolution to undermine domestic European climate ambition

Brussels, Belgium February 15th 2017   Dear Director General de Juniac, The undersigned organisations represent civil society working to limit aviation’s large and rapidly growing climate impact. We believe that the airline industry’s efforts ...

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Press Statement: EU carbon market future in doubt as lawmakers fail with reform

STRASBOURG 15 February 2017. Today the European Parliament adopted its position on the revision of the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for the 2021-2030 period. Regrettably, the lawmakers missed ...

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Policy Event: When Will Europe Act? How the aviation sector can reduce emissions through the EU ETS

Wednesday 8 March, 2017, 13.00-15.00 REGISTER (or below) The event is kindly co-hosted by Members of the European Parliament, Mr Peter Liese  (EPP) and  Ms Julie Girling (ECR). Confirmed speakers: Ms Laurence Graff (European Commission) Mr ...

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How the EU ETS can incentivize cement’s low-carbon transition

Questions and answers on the introduction of an import inclusion scheme for cement On 14 February 2017, the plenary of the European Parliament will vote on the revision of the EU ...

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Press Statement: EU’s climate reputation bruised as long-haul flight exemption extended

BRUSSELS 3 February 2017. The European Commission has proposed to continue to exempt all flights to and from Europe from paying for their pollution under the EU’s carbon market rules, ...

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European Commission restricts free pollution permits to carbon-intensive industry

The European Commission last week finalized a decision to reduce the amount of free pollution permits handed out to energy intensive industry for the period up to 2020. This decision ...

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Effort Sharing Emissions Calculator: Multiplying climate ambition in the EU

Covering 60% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) is the bloc’s largest policy instrument for tackling climate change. Sectors covered include waste, transport, agriculture, buildings, ...

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European Parliament draft reports help unlock low-carbon potential in non-ETS sectors

In 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the transport, buildings, agriculture and waste sectors. The Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) is the ...

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The Cement Industry of the Future

The Cement Industry of the Future

Tuesday 31st January, 12.30 - 14.00 European Parliament, Room A5E-1 RSVP here Confirmed panellists: Agnes Brandt - Carbon Market Watch Tarek Soliman - CDP Wilf Lytton - Sandbag Donal O'Riain - Ecocem Atle Lygren - EMC Cement With interventions from Jytte Guteland ...

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European climate policy guide: Vol II - EU Effort Sharing Regulation

This guide aims to build knowledge and understanding of the EU's Effort Sharing Regulation for civil society organizations who have little or no prior experience with EU climate policies. It ...

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2030 Climate and Energy Package  (Analysis here)

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HIGHLIGHTS

In a nutshell, key highlights of decisions on the 2030 climate and energy framework include:

  1. A binding target to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, possibly resulting in only 31% effective emission reductions

  2. A possible revision of the EU’s pledge after the climate summit in Paris next year, opening doors for the EU to increase its climate ambition and participate in the international carbon market

  3. Flexibilities to help achieve Member States’ targets for the non-ETS sectors, including offsetting non-ETS emissions with EU ETS allowances

  4. Continuation of free allocation of emission allowances to industry, worth €120-€300 billion

  5. Inclusion of land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) into the climate framework

  6. Financial support to the power sector in low-income states, including free allowances to power plants worth up to €11-€16.5 billion and a modernization fund worth €6-€9 billion

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2020 Package

The EU decided in 2008 to cut 20% of greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2020, together with a 20% renewables target. It stipulated that an increase to a 30 % reduction commitment would depend other developed countries taking on comparably ambitious emission reductions targets and that the economically more advanced developing countries make a contribution commensurate with their respective responsibilities and capabilities.

The EU’s 20 % GHG reduction target for 2020 is implemented through the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) and the Effort Sharing Decision (ESD) which defines reduction targets for the non-ETS sectors (e.g. transportation) in each EU Member State.

 

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