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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 17 Sep 2020

EU Commission’s climate plan two steps forward, one step backwards

BRUSSELS 17 September 2020. The European Commission’s 2030 Climate Target Plan reiterates positive elements from the European Green Deal such as strengthening the EU carbon market and reducing free pollution permits to airlines. But the plan to rely on carbon sinks to reach the target waters down the overall ambitious plan and needs to be…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 15 Sep 2020

EU lawmakers support the expansion of Europe’s carbon market to shipping as global talks are adrift 

BRUSSELS, 15 September 2020. The European Parliament has voted to extend the EU carbon market to cover international shipping, to establish a maritime decarbonisation fund and to set a mandatory reduction target for the carbon intensity of shipping. Carbon Market Watch welcomes the decision as a strong signal towards the UN shipping body that is…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 7 Jul 2020

Shipping pollution should be covered by Europe’s carbon market – EU lawmakers

BRUSSELS, 7 July 2020.  European Parliament environment committee members have voted to extend the EU carbon market to cover international shipping, to establish a maritime decarbonisation fund and to set a mandatory reduction target for the carbon intensity of shipping. Carbon Market Watch welcomes the decision as the first step towards putting a price on…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 30 Apr 2020

Airline bailouts set to double to €26bn as countries fail to impose binding green conditions 

By Carbon Market Watch, Greenpeace, Transport & Environment BRUSSELS 30 April 2020 Airline polluters are now seeking more than €26 billion in taxpayers’ money – double the amount of just a week ago – according to the European airline bailout tracker compiled by Carbon Market Watch, Greenpeace and Transport & Environment. Governments have agreed €11.5 billion…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 22 Apr 2020

Polluting European airlines seek €12.8 bn (and counting) in bailouts

Updated at 14:20 on 22 April to change TUI Germany to TUI Group Greenpeace, Transport & Environment, and Carbon Market Watch launch airline bailout tracker Brussels, 22 April 2020 – European airlines – some of the European Union’s biggest polluters – have sought an unprecedented €12.8 billion in government bailouts since the beginning of the…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 16 Mar 2020

ICAO decision on aviation carbon market rules a step in the right direction but fails to exclude all junk credits

MONTREAL/BRUSSELS, 14 March 2020. The UN aviation body ICAO’s Council has agreed to recognise carbon offsets from six existing offset programmes for use by airlines under CORSIA, the UN’s new carbon market for aviation. The Council’s 36 member countries also decided to limit the age of credits used as well as the type of projects eligible. However, the total supply of…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 10 Mar 2020

EU industry strategy fails Green Deal test

BRUSSELS 10 March 2020. The European Commission’s new industrial strategy provides a strong narrative on the need to decarbonise Europe’s industrial sector but fails to put forward concrete measures to drive the transformation and address barriers on the road to climate neutrality. Carbon Market Watch calls for a swift adoption of industrial climate policies including…

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Press release
By Kaisa Amaral on 11 Dec 2019

EU carbon market needs an overhaul to deliver Green Deal

MADRID/BRUSSELS 11 December 2019. The European Green Deal, presented today by the EU Commission, must lead to short-term action and a rapid introduction of a 65% emission reduction target for 2030. Carbon Market Watch welcomes the proposals to include the shipping sector under the EU carbon market and to reduce free allocation for the aviation…

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Press release
19 Sep 2019

Over 2 billion surplus pollution permits could flood Europe’s carbon market by 2030 – analysis

BRUSSELS 20 September 2019. The EU carbon market is currently unfit to accommodate national coal phase-outs scheduled in  Europe. EU policymakers should combine coal plant closures with the cancellation of pollution permits and strengthen the market stability reserve to absorb more surplus pollution permits off the market. Failing this, the market will be flooded with…

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Press release
6 Mar 2019

ICAO agrees on offset criteria for aviation carbon market

During a closed door session, the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) –the UN body responsible for global aviation– approved the eligibility criteria for what offsets can be used under the new aviation pollution scheme. While an important step, the decision leaves the door open to billions of older ‘junk’ emission units that…

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