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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 7 Jun 2021

Europe’s industry polluters make €50 billion in carbon market windfall profits

BRUSSELS, 7 June 2021 New analysis shows that the energy-intensive industry across Europe has profited up to €50 billion from 2008 to 2019 as a result of the free allocation of pollution permits under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The findings in the report from independent environmental consultancy CE Delft highlight the need…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 22 Apr 2021

New 1bn USD initiative raises the bar for forest carbon credits, but risk of abuse remains

A joint reaction by Carbon Market Watch and the Rainforest Foundation Norway to the announcement of a new coalition to finance forestry climate projects BRUSSELS/OSLO 22 April 2021 In the context of the US President Biden’s “Leaders’ Summit”, today, the US, UK and Norway, together with Amazon, announced a 1 billion USD initiative to purchase…

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Press release
29 Mar 2021

Lufthansa, BA, Air France were Europe’s most polluting airlines pre-Covid

Joint press release by Carbon Market Watch and Transport&Environment BRUSSELS 29 March 2021. Three of the biggest recipients of airline bailouts – Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France – were the three biggest European airline emitters before the pandemic grounded flights, official data shows.[1] It is the first time ever that the total emissions of…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 15 Sep 2020

EU lawmakers support the expansion of Europe’s carbon market to shipping as global talks are adrift 

BRUSSELS, 15 September 2020. The European Parliament has voted to extend the EU carbon market to cover international shipping, to establish a maritime decarbonisation fund and to set a mandatory reduction target for the carbon intensity of shipping. Carbon Market Watch welcomes the decision as a strong signal towards the UN shipping body that is…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 7 Jul 2020

Shipping pollution should be covered by Europe’s carbon market – EU lawmakers

BRUSSELS, 7 July 2020.  European Parliament environment committee members have voted to extend the EU carbon market to cover international shipping, to establish a maritime decarbonisation fund and to set a mandatory reduction target for the carbon intensity of shipping. Carbon Market Watch welcomes the decision as the first step towards putting a price on…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 30 Apr 2020

Airline bailouts set to double to €26bn as countries fail to impose binding green conditions 

By Carbon Market Watch, Greenpeace, Transport & Environment BRUSSELS 30 April 2020 Airline polluters are now seeking more than €26 billion in taxpayers’ money – double the amount of just a week ago – according to the European airline bailout tracker compiled by Carbon Market Watch, Greenpeace and Transport & Environment. Governments have agreed €11.5 billion…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 22 Apr 2020

Polluting European airlines seek €12.8 bn (and counting) in bailouts

Updated at 14:20 on 22 April to change TUI Germany to TUI Group Greenpeace, Transport & Environment, and Carbon Market Watch launch airline bailout tracker Brussels, 22 April 2020 – European airlines – some of the European Union’s biggest polluters – have sought an unprecedented €12.8 billion in government bailouts since the beginning of the…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 16 Mar 2020

ICAO decision on aviation carbon market rules a step in the right direction but fails to exclude all junk credits

MONTREAL/BRUSSELS, 14 March 2020. The UN aviation body ICAO’s Council has agreed to recognise carbon offsets from six existing offset programmes for use by airlines under CORSIA, the UN’s new carbon market for aviation. The Council’s 36 member countries also decided to limit the age of credits used as well as the type of projects eligible. However, the total supply of…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 11 Dec 2019

EU carbon market needs an overhaul to deliver Green Deal

MADRID/BRUSSELS 11 December 2019. The European Green Deal, presented today by the EU Commission, must lead to short-term action and a rapid introduction of a 65% emission reduction target for 2030. Carbon Market Watch welcomes the proposals to include the shipping sector under the EU carbon market and to reduce free allocation for the aviation…

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Press release
19 Sep 2019

Over 2 billion surplus pollution permits could flood Europe’s carbon market by 2030 – analysis

BRUSSELS 20 September 2019. The EU carbon market is currently unfit to accommodate national coal phase-outs scheduled in  Europe. EU policymakers should combine coal plant closures with the cancellation of pollution permits and strengthen the market stability reserve to absorb more surplus pollution permits off the market. Failing this, the market will be flooded with…

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