UN carbon markets: Have we exchanged enough views already?

Far from the sandy beaches of the South Pacific, the 23rd UN climate talks (COP23) was a mostly dreary endeavour in the grey of November in Bonn. The negotiations on the Paris Agreement’s market provisions, the Article 6, moved the process an itsy bit forward, while still leaving all the critical issues open to further …

More ‘Paris spirit’ needed to spur climate action in the shipping sector

After 20 years of procrastination, shipping sector finally started discussing a strategy to address its emissions that represent almost 2.2% of global greenhouse gasses in 2012. The first of a number of working group sessions to outline a climate strategy was held in late June at the UN shipping body in London. Delegates will need …

Why should civil society get involved in carbon pricing policies

Carbon Market Watch has just released a new policy brief on carbon pricing. Aki Kachi, Carbon Market Watch’s international policy director, gives a brief introduction of what those policies can help achieve and why should civil society get involved. 2017 has among the highest ever recorded temperatures. There were days where it was too hot …

Governments pledging to boost carbon pricing must follow up with ambitious action

In the days of Trump, Irma, Harvey, Talim and Doksuri, it is important to have positive signs that people can also work together, especially on climate change. The tenth anniversary of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) on 1 September 2017 was one such occasion. One must hope that the gathering gave policymakers renewed ambition …

The Future of Californian Carbon Pricing after 2020

California is currently debating the future of its cap and trade program, which will play an important role in reaching its climate goals. The future of the system is controversial, but there have been a couple of important key reform proposals made by members of the California legislature, notably State Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and …

Market negotiations make little progress in Bonn

18 Jul 2017 Despite the political uncertainties around US’ participation in the Paris Agreement, technical negotiations on how to implement the climate deal, including through carbon markets, continued at the UN Climate Conference last May. While delegations stressed continued commitment to the Paris Agreement, little progress was made on the Article 6. Disagreements over the …

Climate Finance: Retreat should not spell defeat

The US President’s  withdrawal from international efforts to fight climate change casts a shadow over the future of climate finance. Some EU countries, cities and states within the US have already stepped forward, but more is needed from countries around the world to fill the gap.

Time to set sail for shipping climate action

After 20 years of procrastination, shipping sector is finally discussing a strategy to address its emissions that represent almost 3% of global greenhouse gasses. As the UN shipping body meets in London next week, ‘Paris spirit’ is needed to spur action in the sector. Summer 2017 – the UN shipping body, the International Maritime Organization …

Markets negotiations make little progress in Bonn

Despite the political uncertainties around US’ participation in the Paris Agreement, technical negotiations on how to implement the landmark climate deal, including through carbon markets, continued at the UN Climate Conference earlier this month. While delegations underlined continued commitment to the Paris Agreement goals, little progress was made on the Article 6. Disagreements over the …