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By Femke de Jong on 7 May 2018

Polluters should pay into the EU budget – but how?

As usual, much attention on the recent EU budget proposal for 2021-2027 has focused on how the money will be spent. But where the funds come from and who will pay for Europe’s carbon-free transition is just as important. The European Commission rightly proposes that polluters also contribute to the future EU budget, but how…

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News
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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Opinion
By Femke de Jong, Kaisa Amaral on 22 Feb 2018

European heavy industry can no longer dodge climate action

European manufacturing sector needs an urgent transformation in order to dramatically reduce its emissions and do its part to fight climate change. How can we guarantee a prosperous, climate-friendly European industrial base that provides jobs and brings societal benefits? This week is EU Industry Week, with the future of European manufacturing sector topping the agenda…

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Opinion
By Kaisa Amaral on 6 Feb 2018

Floor prices are necessary to support weak EU carbon market

EU has agreed on its carbon market rules for the 2021-2030 period, but carbon prices will remain below levels required to achieve the Paris climate goals. Meaningful and rising carbon floor prices either at the national or regional level would speed up pollution cuts by incentivising low carbon investments and making coal financially unattractive. This…

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Opinion
By Gilles Dufrasne on 29 Nov 2017

Swiss-European carbon market link: An omen for future ties?

After six years of negotiations, the European Union and Switzerland have signed an agreement to link their carbon markets. This means that Swiss industries will be able to use European emission allowances and vice versa. The deal is significant in its symbolic nature as it is the first time that two Parties to the Paris…

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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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Opinion
By Gilles Dufrasne, Femke de Jong on 18 Sep 2017

European industry must become low-carbon to remain competitive

Low-carbon transition and digitisation are key priorities for the future of the European industrial sector, says the European Commission in a paper released today. However, current policies are inadequate to achieve a low-carbon future: industry’s greenhouse gas emissions have barely reduced in the last five years and this trend is projected to continue without further…

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Opinion
By Kelsey Perlman on 13 Jul 2017

Now is the time to upgrade Europe’s aviation pollution rules

This article was first published on Green Air Online on 11 July 2017 Wed 12 July 2017 – Yesterday, the European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) voted on how the aviation sector should be treated under the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), in response to a decision by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to set…

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Opinion
By Femke de Jong on 28 Jun 2017

A fair EU carbon market: but for whom?

This article was first published on Euractiv on 27 June 2017 Amid calls from heavy industry to get more free pollution permits in the name of a ‘fair’ EU carbon market, Europe’s workers, taxpayers, and the climate must not be forgotten in the system’s design reform, writes Femke de Jong. Today, the representatives of EU…

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