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By Kelsey Perlman on 29 Mar 2018

Offset restrictions needed to avoid crash landing for the aviation pollution scheme

The future aviation offsetting scheme will end up having little impact on the sector’s soaring emissions unless restrictions are applied on what kind of offset credits airlines can purchase, a new study has found. The study, commissioned by the German government, looked at the scenario where all offset credits from the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism…

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28 Mar 2018

Carbonkiller buys out the bubble!

Carbonkiller is an initiative by the Dutch environmental organisation WISE that allows anyone to buy and destroy emission permits from the massively oversupplied European carbon market with the aim to raise the price and to increase public engagement in one of Europe’s key climate tools. The EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is Europe’s key…

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By Femke de Jong on 14 Mar 2018

Ending the era of cheap pollution in Europe?

Last week, at a conference organised by the French government, six EU countries discussed the possibility of introducing a minimum price to pollute. Although prices under the EU’s carbon market have lately risen above 10 Euros for the first time since 2011, they are still barely a third of what is needed to reach the…

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22 Feb 2018

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – February 2018

Editorial Europe’s carbon market reform for the next decade is a done deal, but while the EU’s pollution price has increased in recent weeks, prices are well below what’s needed to reach the Paris climate goals. Meaningful and rising carbon floor prices could provide the necessary push to phase out coal and encourage innovation. The Organisation for…

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By Femke de Jong, Gilles Dufrasne on 16 Feb 2018

OECD: Governments must boost carbon pricing to address climate change

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says that taxes in major economies are far below the cost of pollution from the use of fossil fuels on climate and the environment, urging governments to do more to make polluters pay. A lax tax Taxes on high-carbon activities can trigger catalytic shifts towards low-carbon societies…

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26 Jan 2018

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – January 2018

Editorial Happy 2018, a pivotal year for stepping up climate action The World Economic Forum’s latest Global Risk Report places climate change as the number one threat facing the world in 2018 – a hot topic at this year’s meeting of world leaders in Davos. Our message to the crowds gathered in the Alpine town:…

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By Gilles Dufrasne on 24 Jan 2018

Will this be the world’s most significant carbon pricing scheme?

Canada’s new nation-wide carbon pricing strategy is a promising step towards putting a robust price on pollution, but some of the scheme’s technical details such as intensity-based targets cast doubt on its environmental effectiveness. The start of a new year marks the launch of Canada’s nation-wide carbon pricing strategy, which was announced in 2016 as…

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30 Nov 2017

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – November 2017

Editorial The UN’s annual climate talks this year held in Bonn Germany saw moderate progress on implementing the Paris Agreement. However, critical questions on the functioning of future carbon markets remain wide open, making it impossible to assess if they will contribute to the fight against climate change. Meanwhile, the UN’s aviation body is drafting rules for…

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By Eva Filzmoser | Pierre-Jean Brasier on 30 Nov 2017

Closing a (violent) chapter: Santa Rita hydro dam project officially cancelled

In October, the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group (International Finance Corporation, IFC) confirmed the cancellation of a controversial Santa Rita hydroelectric project in Guatemala, approved under the UN’s carbon offsetting scheme Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The announcement follows a report by the IFC Ombudsman which found serious failings in the project…

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By Kaisa Amaral on 6 Nov 2017

Will Europe’s key climate tool become a fossil fuel subsidy scheme?

This week, the UN climate talks continue in Bonn on how to implement the landmark Paris climate change Agreement. At the same time in Brussels, the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) revision is drawing to an end. The biggest carbon market in the world, the EU ETS should lead by example, promoting a just…

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