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Carbon Market Watch News
By Elisa Martellucci on 24 Nov 2021

A carbon market for buildings must be constructed on solid foundations

The EU must fix its current Emissions Trading System (ETS) before it embarks on the second phase focusing on buildings, writes Elisa Martellucci. This eventual ETS2 must be built, with close stakeholder involvement, on fair and equitable foundations. Anna is a young trainee at the European Commission. She arrived in Brussels and looked for an…

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Opinion
By Jonathan Crook on 27 Oct 2021

Net-zero illusions: The rise of ‘carbon-neutral’ fossil fuels

Like dry water and hot snow, carbon-neutral fossil fuels are pipe dreams and marketing gimmicks that do nothing to protect the climate, a new Carbon Market Watch investigation reveals. Jonathan Crook investigates. In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new greenwashing trend spreading like wildfire. It consists of oil and gas giants, like Shell, Total,…

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Carbon Market Watch News
By Elisa Martelluci on 29 Sep 2021

Harnessing people power to reduce emissions

A new project led by Carbon Market Watch seeks to empower European civil society to shape the EU’s Emissions Trading System and carbon pricing policies. Carbon Market Watch launched Emissions Trading eXtra (ETX) earlier this month. This new project aims to enhance European climate governance and optimise the functioning of the EU’s carbon market, the…

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Carbon Market Watch News
By Wijnand Stoefs on 28 Sep 2021

Penetrating the carbon removal smokescreen

Carbon dioxide removal, or carbon removal for short, is a controversial and widely misunderstood topic. Harnessed properly, it can help cool our planet and combat global heating. Misused, it can be reduced to an exercise in greenwashing and creative climate bookkeeping that enables polluters to continue polluting with impunity. Wijnand Stoefs explains. Carbon removal means…

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Opinion
By Wijnand Stoefs on 20 Sep 2021

There is no cheating the atmosphere

Simply throwing public money at misleading climate solutions, such as carbon capture and storage/utilisation, would be a huge mistake. Although books can be cooked, the atmosphere cannot be cheated. Back in June, fifteen Members of the European Parliament sent an open letter to European  Commisson Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson, Internal Market Commissioner…

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Carbon Market Watch News
By Kaisa Amaral on 1 Jul 2021

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter June 2021

Forestry offsets allow Colombian fossil fuel companies to dodge taxes Colombia has a carbon tax in place, but companies are allowed to buy offsets to avoid paying the tax.  Our new investigation finds that two large-scale Amazonian forestry projects have sold carbon credits for way more emission reductions than they have actually achieved. Such “hot…

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Carbon Market Watch News
By Kaisa Amaral on 3 Jun 2021

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – May 2021

Time to tackle the thorny issues at UN carbon market talks  Next week, UN negotiators continue the talks on the Paris Agreement’s Article 6 which lays the foundation for future global carbon markets. It is the last open element of the so-called Paris Rulebook to implement the global climate deal. Political leaders have failed to…

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Opinion
By Kaisa Amaral on 27 May 2021

Steel, cement and chemicals industries key to the clean transition 

The International Energy Agency outlines a path to a fossil-free future The International Energy Agency calls for an immediate stop to investments in and production of fossil fuels. For heavy industry decarbonisation, the “Net Zero by 2050” report relies too much on unproven technologies like carbon capture and storage. But it nevertheless sends a strong…

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Carbon Market Watch News
By Kaisa Amaral on 30 Apr 2021

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – April 2021

New hope for Europe’s carbon market? The latest EU carbon market data shows a record fall in CO2 emissions. But while the power sector pollution is on a steady decline year after year, for heavy industry, last year’s pandemic-induced drop is likely going to be short-lived. Industrial emissions in Europe have not reduced in the…

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Opinion
By Kaisa Amaral on 19 Apr 2021

Why Europe cannot rely on forests to meet its climate targets

EU Climate Law negotiators must keep emission reductions and forest protection as separate targets and agree to cut pollution by 65% over the next ten years.    Forests play a vital role as carbon sinks in efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change. They are essential for all life on Earth. They need protection so that they…

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