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By Kelsey Perlman on 22 Feb 2017

Planes and ships too must act on climate say EU lawmakers

Last week, the European Parliament adopted its position on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). While overall the position falls short of a true reform, the EU lawmakers did decide to include shipping in the EU ETS in the absence of climate action at the global level, and strengthened the rules for the aviation sector.

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Carbon Market Watch News
By Agnes Brandt on 2 Feb 2017

European Commission restricts free pollution permits to carbon-intensive industry

The European Commission last week finalized a decision to reduce the amount of free pollution permits handed out to energy intensive industry for the period up to 2020. This decision comes at a time when the European Parliament and EU ministers are deliberating over how many pollution permits heavy industry should get for free after 2020.

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Carbon Market Watch News
26 Jan 2017

Carbon Market Watch Newsletter – January 2017

Editorial The EU’s effort sharing regulation has grabbed our focus this month, as 2017 gets off to a challenging start for climate aficionados. Yesterday we had the pleasure of showcasing our new Effort Sharing Emissions Calculator to policymakers and NGOs at the European Parliament, where issues on climate change continue to be taken seriously. In December the European Parliament’s ENVI committee agreed on recommendation for phase IV of the Emissions Trading…

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Carbon Market Watch News
By Agnes Brandt on 19 Oct 2016

New report underlines the risks for Europe’s bloated carbon market

According to a European Environment’s Agency (EEA) report published this week the oversupply of carbon permits in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) remains ‘substantial’. At a time when lawmakers are discussing how to get Europe’s flagship climate policy back on track, this report comes as an urgent warning to those trying to save the EU’s failing carbon market.

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Carbon Market Watch News
14 Oct 2016

NGOs tell environment ministers to beef up effort sharing ambition

On Monday 17 October, the EU environment ministers’ will discuss for the first time the national 2030 climate targets for the transport, agriculture, waste and buildings sectors. Ahead of the meeting, a group of 29 organisations urges ministers to close loopholes in the climate law that will determine how the Paris Agreement is put into action in Europe.

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Carbon Market Watch News
21 Sep 2016

Effort sharing on the agenda

The EU Member States and the European Parliament have begun to work on a major piece of EU climate legislation that covers 60% of the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon Market Watch has analysed the Commission’s proposal and suggests ways to improve it.

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Carbon Market Watch News
21 Sep 2016

EU’s highest court rebuffs industry claim for more pollution freebies

Earlier this month, the EU Court of Justice ruled against a case by eight Swedish heavy industry operators that were asking for more free pollution permits under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) than they currently get. The EU ETS -meant to cut pollution- has so far provided industry a €24 billion pollution payout, a bill that taxpayers are picking up as governments forego scarce public money.

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