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Policy Submissions
21 Oct 2020

Carbon Market Watch response to Verra’s proposal for scaling voluntary carbon markets and avoiding double counting post-2020

Carbon Market Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on Verra’s proposal. We echo Verra’s recognition that there is a need to differentiate between credits which do or do not meet all the requirements set (or to be set) under the Paris Agreement’s article 6 rules. However, we express concern that Verra’s proposed “labelling” approach…

Briefings
31 Jul 2020

Carbon markets 101 – the ultimate guide to global offsetting mechanisms

Introduction This briefing gives an overview of the current discussions under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement which establishes the foundation for market-based climate measures after 2020. It lays out key lessons from the Kyoto Protocol markets, highlights essential issues within the Article 6 negotiations, and provides recommendations on how to solve them. It concludes…

Briefings
7 Jul 2020

Cleaning up industry: why the EU’s strategy isn’t enough yet

Summary The new EU Industrial Strategy, released by the European Commission on 10 March 2020 as part of a larger industrial package, is the first sector-specific plan to be published since the European Green Deal was announced. It is an opportunity to put the EU economy on track towards climate neutrality, and put climate action…

Letters
2 Jul 2020

Joint letter on the ETS Innovation Fund

Dear Mr. Runge-Metzger, Mr. Holzleitner, Mr. Doubrava, Ms. Velkova, Financial support and investments for industry to innovate and deploy clean breakthrough technologies is crucial for the EU to achieve the objective of climate neutrality before 2050 and succeed in the fight against climate change. The ETS Innovation Fund represents a step in the right direction…

Policy Submissions
10 Apr 2020

Carbon Market Watch’s feedback on the inception impact assessment on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

Carbon Market Watch fully supports efforts to price GHG emissions, within and outside the EU.  The EU ETS has been successful for certain sectors, but has failed to incentivise large scale decarbonisation of European industry, in part because of its excessive measures to guard against the hypothetical risk of carbon leakage. Industrial companies have gained…

Briefings
31 Mar 2020

Carbon Border Adjustments: Climate Protection or Climate Protectionism?

Pricing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the most important tools to decarbonise economies, and it has been implemented in the EU since 2005 through the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). As part of this policy, the heavy industry benefits from large exemptions and receives nearly all of its allowances (i.e. pollution permits) for free….

Policy Submissions
11 Mar 2020

Carbon Market Watch input to public consultation on draft ETS state aid guidelines

Given that there is as yet no hard evidence of carbon leakage caused by indirect costs passed through by power companies, Carbon Market Watch cannot support using taxpayer money to protect the industry from an unproven “carbon leakage risk”. Indirect cost compensation, coupled with free allocation of emission allowances, undermines the polluter pays principle and…

Letters
28 Feb 2020

NGO letter to the European Commission on the industrial strategy

Civil Society Organisations’ recommendations for the new EU Industrial Strategy – Making the new European industrial strategy an enabler of a just transition to a carbon-neutral, circular and zero-pollution economy. Europe faces a climate and environmental crisis. Scientists, experts, the political classes and civil society all agree that we urgently need to decarbonise all sectors…

Briefings
2 Dec 2019

Empty targets? How to avoid trading of hot air under the Paris Agreement

Executive summary A very large number of carbon credits has been created through the three carbon markets of the Kyoto Protocol: the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Joint Implementation (JI) and International Emissions Trading (IET). It is unclear what will happen to these mechanisms in the future and whether these old credits will be used under…

Briefings
2 Dec 2019

How to keep hot air out of the Paris Agreement – technical proposal

This document is addressed to Article 6 negotiators and Heads of Delegations at COP25, and proposes a detailed and structured text to address the issues described in the briefing “Empty targets? How to avoid the trading of hot air under the Paris Agreement”. Key numbers from the briefing: ● The potential supply of available CERs…