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Letters
22 Jun 2016

Open letter to Members of the Development Committee of the European Parliament on the revision of the EU ETS

Dear Members of the European Parliament’s Development Committee, We, the undersigned, representing 60 networks and organizations from 23 countries, call on you to adopt an ambitious opinion on the revision of the European Union Emission Trading System (EU ETS), that will reflect the importance of taking into account the perspective of most vulnerable countries to…

Letters
17 Jun 2015

Letter to Commissioner Arias Cañete in view of European Commission consultation on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)

Dear Commissioner Arias Cañete,
The European Commission has consulted stakeholders about the role the EU’s land and forests should play in its 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. With this letter, the undersigned organisations are registering their views and state that Option 1 (LULUCF pillar), is their preferred option since it is the only one that could uphold the environmental and social integrity of the EU’s target. They call on the EU to have a clear position ahead of Paris on the need for two distinct global goals, one for LULUCF and another for other emissions, including non CO2 emissions from agriculture.

At the European Summit in October 2014, Heads of State agreed that, by 2030, the EU will domestically reduce its emissions by at least 40 per cent compared to 1990. In the run up to the United Nations climate summit in Paris, the EU should continue to show leadership to tackle climate change by upholding the environmental integrity of the ‘at least 40 per cent’ target. We believe that unless the following points are addressed, the EU is at risk not only of backsliding on its ambition and harming its credibility in this crucial year for climate, but it could entail damaging impacts on biodiversity and local communities.

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
Letters
12 Apr 2013

Open Letters to Airlines: Protect the integrity of the EU ETS; Abstain from using offset credits from HFC-23 and adipic acid projects

Carbon Market Watch together with 12 other environmental organisations sent open letters to the biggest airlines in Europe asking not to use industrial gas credits for their 2012 reduction commitments. See the list of airlines and responses below: Open Letter to Air Berlin Open Letter to Air France Open Letter to Alitalia Open Letter to…

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…

Letters
4 Oct 2012

Open Letter to Environment Council to Tackle Gigantic Kyoto-unit Surplus

CDM Watch together with 33 other national and international organisations sent letters to all 27 EU Member States urging them to agree on a common position at the upcoming Environment Council meeting regarding the surplus of AAUs and carry-over options from CP1 to CP2 during COP18. The letter asks EU ministers to support the G-77 + China proposal to cancel CP1 surplus at the end of CP2 and eliminate any possible surplus in CP2. It also asks each MS not to use AAUs for compliance during a CP2 and not to aquire JI credits of countries that have not signed up to a 2CP.