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Opinion
By Gilles Dufrasne on 28 Oct 2021

COP26: Kyoto-era carbon credits will not repay our debt to the climate

Outdated carbon credits issued under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism must be scrapped for the sake of the climate, argues Gilles Dufrasne. Carbon markets are high on the agenda of this year’s COP26 climate conference as countries meet again to agree on rules governing the Paris Agreement. One of the most contentious negotiation items…

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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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Press release
25 Oct 2021

Net-zero pipe dreams: Carbon-neutral fossil fuel claims amount to greenwashing

A new Carbon Market Watch report thoroughly investigates the growing number of fossil fuels that are being marketed as “carbon neutral” and concludes that they amount to brazen greenwashing. Published ahead of the COP26, the document challenges governments and industry to halt greenwashing practices and commit to binding fossil fuel phaseouts. Today, Carbon Market Watch…

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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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Press release
14 Jul 2021

European carbon market does not move with the climate urgency of our times

Brussels, 14 July 2021 – The European Commission’s proposals to improve the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and establish a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) are not in line with the Paris Agreement and Europe’s historic responsibility to cut emissions. The legislation initiative keeps neglecting the “polluter pays” principle of the EU Treaties and continues…

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Opinion
By Andrew Marshall on 30 Jun 2021

New EU ETS: time for steel, cement and chemicals to (be)come clean

The EU carbon market has helped drive down carbon pollution from Europe’s power sector but has failed to do the same for heavy industries such as cement, steel and chemicals. A part of the reason is the free allocation of pollution permits, which means that the industry has little incentive to clean up its act….

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 30 Jun 2021

Colombian fossil fuel companies abuse forestry offsets to avoid taxes – report 

BRUSSELS, 30 June –  A new investigation by Carbon Market Watch and the Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism (CLIP) finds that project developers exploit carbon market rules in Colombia to create more credits than the amount of emission reductions that the projects are achieving. These credits are then used by fossil fuel companies under…

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Carbon Countdown podcast
By Kaisa Amaral on 29 Jun 2021

How the heavy industry is profiting from the EU carbon market

Welcome to Carbon Countdown, a podcast by Carbon Market Watch covering all things carbon pricing and climate action Episode 3: How the heavy industry is profiting from the EU carbon market Carbon Market Watch · [Carbon Countdown] EPISODE 3: How the heavy industry is profiting from the EU carbon market Music: Ambient Technology by Joystock…

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Opinion
By Jonathan Crook, Gilles Dufrasne on 25 Jun 2021

UN carbon markets face continued stand-off

Science and respect for human rights must be at the heart of any future rulebook After 3 weeks of technical discussions between country negotiators, little progress has been made to approach agreement on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement pertaining to carbon markets. Countries have even reinforced their stance on certain long-held positions, which in…

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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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