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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…

Policy Submissions
15 Nov 2012

Recommendations to SBSTA-37

This paper outlines key issues under discussion at the 37th Session of Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). Carbon Market Watch provides recommendations in particular to the following agenda items on CCS, LULUCF and new HCFC-22 facilities.

Policy Submissions
12 Apr 2012

Submission to the European Commission on “Including maritime transport emissions in the EU’s greenhouse gas reduction commitment”

CDM Watch welcomes this opportunity for input and stresses the need for the EU to act promptly and address shipping emissions in the EU to halt climate change below 2°C while it needs to take responsibility as a climate leader and influential party in the development of future international climate systems. Often EU’s decisions have served as blueprints for decisions on UN level. We believe that any legislation including shipping in the EU’s climate policy must reflect the best possible option capable to deliver real reductions within the sector first and with the highest possible environmental integrity while delivering real contribution to sustainable development. Our main comments include: 1) no international credits should be allowed into a maritime sector, 2) revenues for climate finance for abatement in the maritime sector should not come from selling international offsets and 3) at least 50% of revenues should be directed to the Green Climate Fund.

Policy Submissions
17 May 2011

Briefing to European Commission: Fresh concerns over the transparency of the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS)

download pdf here Briefing: Fresh concerns over the transparency of the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) NGOs welcome the European Commission’s moves to increase the security of the EU ETS. Bolstering security measures to ensure an effective trading system is of paramount importance. Increased security measures, however, should not come at the detriment of transparency…

Policy Submissions
28 Mar 2011

Submission to call for input (SBSTA): Inclusion of Forest in Exhaustion in the CDM

This submission regards the proposal to include forest in exhaustion in the CDM to be little more than an attempt to provide subsidies to industrial tree plantations in circumstances that encourage bad management practices and the establishment of plantations in inappropriate locations. Such a subsidy would insulate the wood growing and processing industries from commercial pressures to improve their efficiency, reduce wastage, increase recycling and select more suitable sites for plantation establishment. The “forests in exhaustion” proposal also risks undermining the recently established REDD+ mechanism by incentivizing the establishment of plantations under the CDM rather than the restoration of natural forest ecosystems under REDD+.

Policy Submissions
20 Jan 2011

CDM Watch statement on quality restrictions on the use of industrial gas offsets in the EU ETS

18 January 2011 – CDM Watch statement on quality restrictions on the use of industrial gas offsets in the EU ETS (download pdf here) At its meeting on 21 January, the Climate Change Committee, a body made up of technical experts from the 27 EU Member States, is scheduled to vote on the European Commission’s…