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By Femke de Jong on 7 May 2018

Polluters should pay into the EU budget – but how?

As usual, much attention on the recent EU budget proposal for 2021-2027 has focused on how the money will be spent. But where the funds come from and who will pay for Europe’s carbon-free transition is just as important. The European Commission rightly proposes that polluters also contribute to the future EU budget, but how…

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By Femke de Jong, Kaisa Amaral on 22 Feb 2018

European heavy industry can no longer dodge climate action

European manufacturing sector needs an urgent transformation in order to dramatically reduce its emissions and do its part to fight climate change. How can we guarantee a prosperous, climate-friendly European industrial base that provides jobs and brings societal benefits? This week is EU Industry Week, with the future of European manufacturing sector topping the agenda…

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Opinion
By Kaisa Amaral on 6 Feb 2018

Floor prices are necessary to support weak EU carbon market

EU has agreed on its carbon market rules for the 2021-2030 period, but carbon prices will remain below levels required to achieve the Paris climate goals. Meaningful and rising carbon floor prices either at the national or regional level would speed up pollution cuts by incentivising low carbon investments and making coal financially unattractive. This…

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Opinion
By Gilles Dufrasne on 29 Nov 2017

Swiss-European carbon market link: An omen for future ties?

After six years of negotiations, the European Union and Switzerland have signed an agreement to link their carbon markets. This means that Swiss industries will be able to use European emission allowances and vice versa. The deal is significant in its symbolic nature as it is the first time that two Parties to the Paris…

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Opinion
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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Opinion
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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Opinion
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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Opinion
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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Opinion
8 Jul 2016

Debunking steel myths on the EU’s carbon market

In the past few months, carbon intensive industries have ratcheted up their efforts to convince policymakers that ‘real’ data should be used to assess how many free pollution permits to give out under the EU’s carbon market rules. Carbon Market Watch also values the use of accurate, up-to-date information in the debate on the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform. We therefore checked two recent claims by the industry.

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Opinion
16 Jun 2016

Making the EU ETS future proof – some tips for environment ministers

On Monday 20 June, the EU environment ministers will discuss whether the proposed revisions of the EU’s carbon market are enough to bring the bloc’s flagship climate instrument in line with the Paris climate change agreement. In this article, Carbon Market Watch answers key questions to help ministers come up with an appropriate response. Do…

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