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By Gilles Dufrasne on 31 Aug 2018

Withdrawn UN advert shows why carbon offset scheme should be scrapped

The United Nations (UN) climate agency released a video this week mocking lifestyle changes, such as reducing meat consumption and flying, to promote the use of highly controversial credits to offset emissions. The video “Keep calm and offset” has since been removed, but inadvertently points to the main problems with offsetting, a concept that creates the illusion…

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Opinion
By Gilles Dufrasne on 19 Jun 2018

An elephant in the room

How offsetting threatens even the most ambitious carbon pricing initiatives As leaders from three major carbon pricing jurisdictions meet in Brussels this week, it is important to take stock of how effectively pollution is priced in China, Canada, and the EU, and how it can help deliver on Paris climate goals.   The 24th UN…

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Opinion
By Gilles Dufrasne on 7 Jun 2018

It’s time for rich countries to stop wasting money on fossil fuels

For almost a decade, the world’s most powerful economies have been making promises to stop channeling public money for fossil fuels that pollute our air and drive dangerous climate change, with little impact so far. This weekend’s G7 meeting in Canada is an opportunity to move from words to action. Expect intense discussions on a…

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Opinion
By Femke de Jong, Gilles Dufrasne on 16 Feb 2018

OECD: Governments must boost carbon pricing to address climate change

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says that taxes in major economies are far below the cost of pollution from the use of fossil fuels on climate and the environment, urging governments to do more to make polluters pay. A lax tax Taxes on high-carbon activities can trigger catalytic shifts towards low-carbon societies…

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Press release
19 Dec 2017

World moves closer to global pollution pricing as China launches carbon market

BRUSSELS 19 December 2017. The launch of the world’s largest carbon market sends an important political signal of China’s commitment to address climate change. Putting a price on pollution can incentivise the phase-out of fossil fuels, but the existing carbon markets have so far not delivered a high enough price to drive the transition to…

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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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Opinion
By Aki Kachi on 23 Nov 2017

UN carbon markets: Have we exchanged enough views already?

Far from the sandy beaches of the South Pacific, the 23rd UN climate talks (COP23) was a mostly dreary endeavour in the grey of November in Bonn. The negotiations on the Paris Agreement’s market provisions, the Article 6, moved the process an itsy bit forward, while still leaving all the critical issues open to further…

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Opinion
By Aki Kachi on 25 Oct 2017

Why should civil society get involved in carbon pricing policies

Carbon Market Watch has just released a new policy brief on carbon pricing. Aki Kachi, Carbon Market Watch’s international policy director, gives a brief introduction of what those policies can help achieve and why should civil society get involved. 2017 has among the highest ever recorded temperatures. There were days where it was too hot…

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