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Watch This! - Civil Society Newsletter
By Andrew Coiley on 31 Mar 2020

WT! -Climate action takes backseat as world fights virus

Watch This! Civil Society Newsletter   Dear members and colleagues, I hope this email finds you safe and healthy. This is the latest edition of the Watch This! – CMW’s civil society newsletter and it comes amid a time of uncertainly for many throughout the world. The selection of content for this quarterly edition had until only a few weeks ago,…

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Watch This! - Civil Society Newsletter
By Andrew Coiley on 31 Mar 2020

Climate action: learning from the corona response

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. — George Santayana   In recent weeks the City of New York reported a 50% increase in the number of cyclists traveling in and around the city to avoid using modes of transportation with higher risk of virus spread. Almost overnight the culture of face-to-face…

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Watch This! - Civil Society Newsletter
By Ed King (Guest) on 31 Mar 2020

COP26 in the year of health emergency

Briefing by  Ed King Global Strategic Communications Council (GSCC) COP26 + COVID19 – Media factsheet  As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen, major sporting, cultural and political events are either being postponed or cancelled. The UN’s climate body has announced it will not hold any physical meetings in Bonn and elsewhere up to the…

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Opinion
By Sam Van den plas on 26 Mar 2020

When COVID-19 met the EU ETS

The EU carbon market prices are plummeting as a result of the economic shutdown, underlining the need to strengthen the scheme to better sustain similar shocks in the future. No efforts should be spared to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, and it will be critical to ensure that European climate policies are not…

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Opinion
By Kaisa Amaral on 9 Mar 2020

What does the EU Climate Law have to do with cement?

Committing to climate neutrality in the long term sends an important signal, but getting there needs short-term climate action and will not happen without cleaning up Europe’s heavy industry.  The European Green Deal was unveiled by the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen in December 2019. It is the new Commission’s master plan…

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Opinion
By Wijnand Stoefs on 27 Feb 2020

High time the maritime sector sailed into the EU carbon market

The EU is considering putting a price on carbon pollution from ships in the absence of movement in the international talks. While not enough to curb the sector’s soaring emissions, bringing it under Europe’s carbon market would be a big step in the right direction. Right now finding the solutions to cut greenhouse gas (GHG)…

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Opinion
By Gilles Dufrasne on 26 Feb 2020

CORSIA: demand, supply and scaremongering

Warnings about a shortage of credits under the future aviation carbon market are unfounded. The upcoming decision on what airlines will be able to buy must, therefore, focus on ensuring that only credits from high-quality projects are eligible. It is crunch time again for the ICAO Council, the UN aviation agency’s decision-making body comprised of…

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Opinion
By Wijnand Stoefs on 23 Jan 2020

EU starts taking just transition seriously

The European Commission’s (EC) plan to mobilise more than 1 trillion EUR over the next 10 years to support the EU’s transition to climate neutrality sends a strong signal that the Commission is putting climate action at the centre of its work. It strengthens the case for raising the EU’s 2030 climate target to 65%….

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Opinion
By Gilles Dufrasne on 20 Jan 2020

International carbon markets at the frontier to the wild west

The failure to agree on rules for international carbon markets at COP 25 has been a victory for some and a disaster for others. Looking at it pragmatically, it was very much a “disaster averted” outcome since the rules on the table would have legitimised the use of markets riddled with loopholes. Far from ideal,…

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