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By Claire Roumet, Femke de Jong on 10 Oct 2017

Closing the loopholes in the EU’s centerpiece climate law

This piece was first published on Euractiv on 9 October 2017 EU member states can enable the upscaling of good examples of local climate action by closing loopholes in the Effort Sharing Regulation, a centerpiece of the EU’s climate policy, write Claire Roumet and Femke de Jong. This week, the EU environment ministers will adopt…

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By Aki Kachi on 18 Sep 2017

Governments pledging to boost carbon pricing must follow up with ambitious action

In the days of Trump, Irma, Harvey, Talim and Doksuri, it is important to have positive signs that people can also work together, especially on climate change. The tenth anniversary of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) on 1 September 2017 was one such occasion. One must hope that the gathering gave policymakers renewed ambition…

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By Gilles Dufrasne, Femke de Jong on 18 Sep 2017

European industry must become low-carbon to remain competitive

Low-carbon transition and digitisation are key priorities for the future of the European industrial sector, says the European Commission in a paper released today. However, current policies are inadequate to achieve a low-carbon future: industry’s greenhouse gas emissions have barely reduced in the last five years and this trend is projected to continue without further…

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By Aki Kachi on 20 Jul 2017

The Future of Californian Carbon Pricing after 2020

California is currently debating the future of its cap and trade program, which will play an important role in reaching its climate goals. The future of the system is controversial, but there have been a couple of important key reform proposals made by members of the California legislature, notably State Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and…

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By Kelsey Perlman on 13 Jul 2017

Now is the time to upgrade Europe’s aviation pollution rules

This article was first published on Green Air Online on 11 July 2017 Wed 12 July 2017 – Yesterday, the European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) voted on how the aviation sector should be treated under the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), in response to a decision by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to set…

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By Femke de Jong on 28 Jun 2017

A fair EU carbon market: but for whom?

This article was first published on Euractiv on 27 June 2017 Amid calls from heavy industry to get more free pollution permits in the name of a ‘fair’ EU carbon market, Europe’s workers, taxpayers, and the climate must not be forgotten in the system’s design reform, writes Femke de Jong. Today, the representatives of EU…

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By Femke de Jong on 30 May 2017

Who is still pursuing the Paris climate goals in Europe?

This article was first published on Euractiv on 29 May 2017 As the negotiations on Europe’s key climate policies draw to an end, it is time to take stock and ask if Europe, a self-proclaimed climate leader, is really delivering on its international commitments, writes Femke De Jong. Two months ago we released a ranking showing Sweden,…

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By Juliane Voigt, Pierre-Jean Brasier on 13 Apr 2017

UN climate fund should learn from past mistakes and reject large hydro dam projects

In a controversial move, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved three large hydro dam projects, despite concerns raised by civil society on the extensive adverse social and environmental effects these projects can have. This development has to be seen very critically, especially considering past negative experiences under the Clean Development Mechanism…

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By Kelsey Perlman on 30 Mar 2017

Global aviation deal used to prevent Europe’s ambition for the sector

A discussion is picking up steam in Europe about ambition in addressing aviation emissions after the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) created a global offsetting scheme last fall. Citing the ICAO measure, airlines have now set about trying to weaken the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Though still oversupplied, the EU ETS goes further…

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