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By Kaisa Amaral on 30 Apr 2020

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – April 2020

Blank cheque bailouts to polluters are not the way out of the pandemic Dear friends, This week we heard encouraging messages from the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, an annual global meeting of environment and climate ministers. In their video statements (how else?), leaders from across the world vowed to deliver a green recovery. Their message was…

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Opinion
By Gilles Dufrasne on 1 Apr 2020

ICAO’s carbon market report offers valuable lessons for Article 6 talks

This opinion article was first published in Carbon Pulse on March 30, 2020 As part of the work to establish an international carbon market for aviation, CORSIA, a group of experts recently recommended restrictions for the types of carbon offsets that can and cannot be used by airlines. These restrictions were adopted by the UN aviation…

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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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By Ed King (Guest) on 31 Mar 2020

COP26 in the year of health emergency

* Update: Since COP26 was canceled, please read accordingly * 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…

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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 4 Mar 2020

Climate Law improves oversight over EU Member States’ climate policy planning

BRUSSELS 4 March 2020. The EU national energy and climate plans (NECPs) will become a key tool to monitor countries’ progress towards climate neutrality by 2050. PlanUp urges the Commission to strengthen the process and ensure effective coordination with the Member States to exploit the full potential of the NECPs.  Today, the European Commission unveiled…

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Carbon Market Watch News
By Kaisa Amaral on 28 Feb 2020

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – February 2020

International transport can no longer dodge climate responsibility  Dear friends, Two important climate meetings – on international aviation and shipping – will take place in March. International transport is not included in countries’ national climate pledges under the Paris Agreement. The task to address the massive climate impact of these sectors lies with the responsible UN…

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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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Carbon Market Watch News
By Kaisa Amaral on 31 Jan 2020

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – January 2020

The year of climate ambition  Dear friends, One year from now, the landmark Paris Agreement will have entered into force and before that, governments should have announced higher climate pledges to put the world on track to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. 2020 has already been dubbed as the year of climate ambition…

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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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