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27 Feb 2017

The cost of climate inaction in the agricultural sector

This week key policymakers of the European Parliament discuss the EU’s largest climate instrument. Ahead of the debate, five organizations expose how a loophole in the law could significantly increase the costs of post-2030 climate efforts by delaying the required emission reductions in the agriculture sector. The Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) covers around 60% of…

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Opinion
By Femke de Jong on 25 Jan 2017

European Parliament draft reports help unlock low-carbon potential in non-ETS sectors

In 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the transport, buildings, agriculture and waste sectors. The Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) is the EU’s largest climate instrument and regulates about 60% of our total emissions. In recent weeks, rapporteurs from three European Parliament committees presented their visions for moving the legislation forward.

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Opinion
By Kelsey Perlman on 1 Dec 2016

Forests must not be used to undermine climate commitments

Forests and land-use remain a contentious issue in climate negotiations but are an essential part of many countries’ climate pledges. The sector should be used as an additional climate tool, not as an excuse to reduce ambition in others. At the UN climate conference in Marrakesh, discussions on land use remained gridlocked because of the…

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4 Apr 2016

Watch This! NGO Newsletter #14: Barro Blanco – construction nears completion without agreement with affected stakeholders

In February, 2015, the Panamanian government suspended construction of the Barro Blanco hydro dam after recognising the absence of agreement with affected stakeholders. One year later, the suspension has been lifted and the construction is close to completion. However, no dialogue or agreement with the affected local communities is within sight. One year ago, in…

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22 Dec 2015

Future land use policies need synced with carbon timescales

Land use remained a contentious topic at the Paris climate summit this December with onlookers wondering how land and its capacity to absorb carbon would be incorporated into the final agreement. While initial worries about the treatment of land in the Paris Agreement were ironed out in the final agreement, the development of rules and modalities in the coming years will need to permanently close doors to using the land to offset continued fossil fuel use.

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Opinion
1 Dec 2015

Leave poor land-use alone, he has his own problems

Land-use has always been a tricky subject, complicated even more by the fact that countries are putting land use into their INDCs, without clear measures and accounting rules. If, as with some parties, accounting rules hide CO2 released when harvesting, emissions will go unnoticed and the true amount of emission reductions achieved by land activities…

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17 Nov 2015

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #13: Is all carbon created equal?

One of the reasons climate change is so difficult to address is the sheer range of sources and sectors that contribute to the problem. Some policies and measures are targeted to address certain sources, but one of the perceived advantages of carbon markets is that they allow a number of sources to be bundled under…

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