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Policy Submissions
10 Apr 2018

Carbon Market Watch’s response to the public consultation on the EU ETS Innovation Fund

Europe’s energy-intensive industries need an urgent transformation in order to dramatically reduce their emissions in line with the Paris climate goals. This is far from the reality: EU industrial emissions rose by 2% in 2017 and projections show that they are not expected to decline up to 2030. One of the more challenging elements of…

Policy Submissions
31 Jan 2018

Submission on methodology to determine the list of sectors and subsectors deemed exposed to a significant risk of carbon leakage

This feedback was submitted to the European Commission, expressing Carbon Market Watch’s views on the inclusion of sectors on the carbon leakage list of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). The carbon leakage list identifies all sectors which are deemed by the Commission to be at risk of leakage, i.e. the geographical displacement of…

Policy Submissions
15 Nov 2017

Response to impact assessment of the carbon leakage list for the period 2021-2030

The assessment of the carbon leakage list for the post-2020 period will need to be informed by the performance of the carbon leakage provisions to date. So far, the excessively generous handout of free permits has resulted in over 25 billion euros windfall profits (e.g. the polluter has been paid, rather than having been made…

Policy Submissions
6 Feb 2017

How the EU ETS can incentivize cement’s low-carbon transition

On 14 February 2017, the plenary of the European Parliament will vote on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for the 2021-2030 period. Members will vote on the report of the environment committee (ENVI) which was adopted in December 2016. A key element of the compromise reached between all major political groups in ENVI is the introduction of a mechanism that requires importers of cement and clinker to also pay for their pollution, while ensuring that carbon costs are reflected in material prices.

Policy Submissions
17 Jun 2015

Carbon Market Watch response to the EU consultation on addressing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and LULUCF in the context of the 2030 EU climate and energy framework

1. In your view, which of the multiple objectives of agriculture, forestry and other land use will gain most in relative importance by 2030?

It will be critical to ensure the long-term stability of carbon pools for carbon storage, biodiversity protection and ecosystem preservation in the future. Currently the emissions from land use represent a quarter of all human emissions and it is hence vital that the land use sector also contributes to tackling climate change.
The use of biomass is limited due to finite land availability and therefore the use of biomass should follow the cascading hierarchy and only as a last resort be used for lower-quality applications where other viable alternatives exist, which is the case with power generation.
Finally, it should be recognised that food security and sustainable farming should go hand in hand. Actions that support this include no-till farming, silvopastoral practises and demand-side measures to limit excess consumption.

Policy Submissions
24 Mar 2015

Consultation on revision of the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) Directive

On 24 October 2014, the European Council agreed on the 2030 framework for climate and energy [1], including a binding domestic target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of at least 40% in 2030 as compared to 1990. To meet this target, the European Council agreed that the emissions in the EU Emission Trading System should be reduced, compared to 2005, by 43%. A reformed EU ETS remains the main instrument to achieve the emission reduction target. The cap will decline based on an annual linear reduction factor of 2.2% (instead of the current 1.74%) from 2021 onwards, to achieve the necessary emission reductions in the EU ETS. The European Council furthermore gave strategic guidance on several issues regarding the implementation of the emission reduction target, namely free allocation to industry, the establishment of a modernisation and an innovation fund, optional free allocation of allowances to modernise electricity generation in some Member States.

Policy Submissions
19 Aug 2014

Responses to the stakeholder consultations on the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS)

Read: Questions for stakeholder consultation on Emission Trading System (ETS) post-2020 carbon leakage provisions here  Assumptions to be used for new EU ETS carbon leakage list 2015-2019 here Response to the consultation on Emission Trading System (ETS) post-2020 revision here

Policy Submissions
28 Aug 2013

Submission to the EC for Stakeholder consultation on Assumptions to be used for new EU ETS carbon leakage list

A public consultation asked the opinion of stakeholders on issues related to the determination of the new carbon leakage list. These issues concern in particular certain assumptions that have to be made when applying the overall approach spelled out in the EU ETS Directive. In response to this consultation Carbon Market Watch – Nature Code submitted these comments.

Policy Submissions
3 Jul 2013

Submission to EC Consultation on Green Paper: A 2030 Framework for Climate & Energy Policies

Herein this submission we take the opportunity to provide our main messages, answers to questions and our recommendations for action.

Source: Climate Action Tracker
Policy Submissions
28 Feb 2013

EC Consultation on structural options to strengthen the EU Emissions Trading System

Carbon Market Watch, a project by Nature Code, welcomes the opportunity to provide its views to the European Commission on the Consultation on structural options for the EU Emissions Trading System. While supporting the submission of the Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe), we would like to take the opportunity to provide more detailed comments…