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Briefings
10 May 2022

Why the EU must strengthen its climate target, including in the Emissions Trading System

There are multiple arguments for why the EU’S 2030 climate target aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% is not compatible with the 1.5°C temperature goal of the Paris Agreement. The EU thus will need to look at how it can do more. Substantial additional action in all economic sectors and in…

Why the EU must strengthen its climate target, including in the Emissions Trading System
Investigation
10 May 2022

The Revision of the European Union Emissions Trading System Directive: Assessing Cap and Market Stability Reserve Reform Options

  The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is a central element of EU climate policy. The successful reform of the EU ETS is thus crucial for the implementation of the objectives of the European Green Deal. Reforms are required in the following four aspects of the EU ETS.   The first aspect is…

The Revision of the European Union Emissions Trading System Directive: Assessing Cap and Market Stability Reserve Reform Options
Briefings
9 May 2022

How to advocate for effective EU carbon pricing

The Emissions Trading System (ETS) is one of the key EU climate policies and its reform is essential for the successful implementation of the EU Green Deal and the achievement of the Union’s 2030 climate targets. Advocating for a strong revision of the EU ETS is an inherent part of civil society’s work to help…

Letters
4 May 2022

Vote for an EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) that works for the climate and industrial transformation

In this joint letter, some 30 NGOs and green manufacturers urge MEPs to vote to end free pollution permits under the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and to use the extra revenue raised to finance more ambitious climate action.

Policy Submissions
2 May 2022

Carbon Market Watch reply to European Commission public consultation on the certification of carbon removals – EU rules

If done well the Carbon Removal Certification Mechanism (CDR-M) can determine what is actually Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) or not, and keep false solutions out of this field. Time and resources are scarce and must be invested in real removals, and not in CCU and temporary storage. These may have climate benefits (by crowding out…

Letters
20 Apr 2022

Open Letter: Time to vote for an EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) that works for climate and industrial transformation

In this joint letter, Carbon Market Watch, WWF, CAN Europe, the EEB and other environmental organisations call on the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) to vote for ambitious reforms to the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) that will ensure that the EU’s carbon market will benefit the climate and lead to sustainable industrial decarbonisation in Europe.

Briefings
31 Mar 2022

Decarbonising Steel: Options for reforming the EU’s Emissions Trading System

Steelmaking is one of the most carbon-intensive industries in the European Union. The sector emits 221 megatonnes of carbon dioxide each year. To ensure the EU achieves climate neutrality well before 2050, it is necessary to drastically reduce emissions in the steel sector. The EU’s Emissions Trading System is the key instrument for incentivising emissions…

Letters
10 Mar 2022

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) must be linked to reform of EU carbon market – Joint NGO statement

In this joint statement, Carbon Market Watch and 12 other NGOs urge EU member states to link the proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) to the reform of the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). This includes abolishing free pollution permits under the EU ETS.

4 Mar 2022

EU ETS 101- A beginner’s guide to the EU’s Emissions Trading System

The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is often referred to as a cornerstone of EU climate policy. It aims to reduce emissions by pricing greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution from the power, industry and aviation sectors. It not only seeks to promote investments in emission reductions by making energy-intensive business as usual expensive, but it…

Briefings
11 Jan 2022

A brief explanation of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)

Our FAQ document on the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) explaining its objectives, how it will work in practice, which sectors are covered, what happens during the transition phase, and more. This is a downloadable PDF. The text is also available as a webpage: A brief explanation of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).