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European Parliament Event: ”THE MISSING LINK – Is there a future for other carbon markets joining the EU ETS?”

Tuesday 5 May 2015, 12:00 to 14:30

European Parliament – Room ASP 5E2

***See reports & presentations in the links below***


Giovanni LA VIA, EPP

Matthias GROOTE, S&D



  • Policy Brief: Towards a global carbon market – Risks of linking the EU ETS to other carbon markets here
  • Report: Towards a global carbon market – Prospect for linking the EU ETS to other carbon markets here


The number of regions and countries that are putting a price on carbon pollution is vastly increasing. China, for example, announced that it will roll-out a national carbon market from 2016 onwards, South-Korea’s national cap-and-trade system started early 2015 and South Africa will implement a carbon tax from 2016.

The role carbon markets will play in a future climate treaty to be adopted by the end of this year is still unclear. Yet, several countries and regions, such as Japan and the European Union (EU), see an important role for international carbon markets. They support a bottom-up approach to international climate policy inter alia by linking individual carbon markets with the goal to establish a global carbon market. One of the first attempts to link existing carbon markets is currently being negotiated between the EU and Switzerland.

This lunch event focuses on the ongoing negotiations to link the EU and the Swiss Emissions Trading System (ETS) and gives insights into the Chinese carbon market developments. The launch of a new policy briefing by Carbon Market Watch provides details on which principles need to be adhered to and included as criteria for linking in the revision of the EU ETS directive in order to ensure that any future linking does not compromise the integrity of EU’s climate policies.

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(See presentations in the links below)

12:00     Sandwich lunch reception

12:30     Introduction, MEP Bas Eickhout

12:40     The procedures for EU ETS linking and an update on the Swiss-EU linking negotiationsDamien Meadows, DG CLIMA, European Commission

12:55     Insights into the Swiss ETS and the future Swiss climate policies
Sophie Wenger, Climate division, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment

13:10     Insights into the Chinese ETS developmentsLi Shuo, an Alexander van Humboldt Fellow

13:25     The risks and benefits of ETS linking and recommendations for ETS linking safeguardsFemke de Jong, Carbon Market Watch

13:40     Reaction by MEP Matthias Groote

13:45     Discussion, Q&A, moderated by MEP Bas Eickhout

14:25     Closing remarks, MEP Giovanni La Via

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