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By Femke de Jong on 22 May 2018

Big polluters continue to get a free pass on Europe’s carbon market

Last week, the European Commission published a list of 44 industries, representing 90% of total industry emissions, that will continue to receive their pollution permits for free under Europe’s carbon market rules after 2020. Over-generous hand-out of free pollution permits doesn’t incentivise emission cuts, and policymakers will need to find other ways to put industry…

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28 Mar 2018

Carbonkiller buys out the bubble!

Carbonkiller is an initiative by the Dutch environmental organisation WISE that allows anyone to buy and destroy emission permits from the massively oversupplied European carbon market with the aim to raise the price and to increase public engagement in one of Europe’s key climate tools. The EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is Europe’s key…

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By Femke de Jong on 14 Mar 2018

Ending the era of cheap pollution in Europe?

Last week, at a conference organised by the French government, six EU countries discussed the possibility of introducing a minimum price to pollute. Although prices under the EU’s carbon market have lately risen above 10 Euros for the first time since 2011, they are still barely a third of what is needed to reach the…

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22 Feb 2018

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – February 2018

Editorial Europe’s carbon market reform for the next decade is a done deal, but while the EU’s pollution price has increased in recent weeks, prices are well below what’s needed to reach the Paris climate goals. Meaningful and rising carbon floor prices could provide the necessary push to phase out coal and encourage innovation. The Organisation for…

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30 Nov 2017

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – November 2017

Editorial The UN’s annual climate talks this year held in Bonn Germany saw moderate progress on implementing the Paris Agreement. However, critical questions on the functioning of future carbon markets remain wide open, making it impossible to assess if they will contribute to the fight against climate change. Meanwhile, the UN’s aviation body is drafting rules for…

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By Eva Filzmoser | Pierre-Jean Brasier on 30 Nov 2017

Closing a (violent) chapter: Santa Rita hydro dam project officially cancelled

In October, the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group (International Finance Corporation, IFC) confirmed the cancellation of a controversial Santa Rita hydroelectric project in Guatemala, approved under the UN’s carbon offsetting scheme Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The announcement follows a report by the IFC Ombudsman which found serious failings in the project…

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By Kaisa Amaral on 6 Nov 2017

Will Europe’s key climate tool become a fossil fuel subsidy scheme?

This week, the UN climate talks continue in Bonn on how to implement the landmark Paris climate change Agreement. At the same time in Brussels, the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) revision is drawing to an end. The biggest carbon market in the world, the EU ETS should lead by example, promoting a just…

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28 Sep 2017

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – September 2017

Editorial As work gets back in full flow, we are happy to send you this autumn’s first newsletter! This month, the European Commission outlined its priorities for the future of European industry, which include digitisation and decarbonisation. However, as emissions from Europe’s heavy industry have barely gone down with current policies, an industrial decarbonisation strategy…

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29 Jun 2017

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – June 2017

Editorial US President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement casts a shadow over financial support for developing countries to help them deal with the consequences of climate change and transition towards sustainable, low-carbon societies. New leadership is needed to fill in the climate finance gap. Responsible for almost 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the shipping…

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31 May 2017

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – May 2017

Editorial This month, negotiations on the Paris Agreement implementation continued at the UN climate conference in Bonn, but little progress was made in the closed door talks on future carbon markets. The eventual outcome of these negotiations is set to impact the aviation industry’s new offsetting scheme CORSIA. Ensuring environmental integrity and avoiding double-counting of emission reductions…

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