NGO and industry letter to ETS trilogue negotiators: Time to agree on an EU ETS and CBAM that work for the climate and support industrial transformation

A strong reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and a well-designed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) can truly help slash emissions from the goods we produce and import, create a level-playing field for Europe’s low-carbon manufacturers and stimulate the demand and supply of clean industrial products. As the negotiations to finalise the reform …

A compromise too far: Why no deal at the European Parliament was better than a bad deal on EU’s carbon market – Updated

Since the European Parliament’s failure to reach an agreement on the comprehensive reform of the EU Emissions Trading System, MEPs have traded recriminations. However, those claiming that the defeated compromise deal was good for the climate are being disingenuous. Our analysis reveals it would have been catastrophic had it gone through. On 8 June 2022, …

June newsletter editorial: Dramatic week in climate politics shows undercutting ambition is unacceptable

Events followed by more than one member of the CMW team at a time are rare. On the occasion of the European Parliament’s vote on the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System on 8 June, several of us were glued to our screens following the parliamentary proceedings and sharing reactions in an online chat. …

Open letter to MEPs: time to vote for an EU ETS and a CBAM that work for the climate and support industrial transformation

A strong reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) and a well-designed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) can truly help slash emissions from the goods we produce and import, create a level-playing field for Europe’s low-carbon manufacturers and stimulate the demand and supply of clean industrial products.  Ahead of their vote on the ETS …

The Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism must replace EU carbon market freebies

The European Union must hold firm and act now to live up to its commitment to future generations by taking concrete steps to phase out free pollution permits under its Emissions Trading system, writes Laurence Lamy, head of EU Affairs at Cem’in’EU. The European Union is at a crossroads in its climate ambition. The coming …

NGO letter: Three key recommendations for CBAM ahead of ENVI committee vote

A well-designed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) can bolster climate ambition in the European Union and internationally. It can help slash emissions from the goods we produce and import, and can stimulate the demand and supply of green industrial products.  Ahead of their vote on the CBAM proposal on 17 May 2022, we urge members …

CBAM: Exploring MEP Chahim’s draft report

MEP Mohammed Chahim, the rapporteur of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) Regulation in the Environment Committee at the European Parliament, is in charge of drafting a report that includes proposed changes to the European Commission legislative proposal. The draft report was published in December 2021 and will be used to inform and influence the …

How to make the EU’s carbon border tax effective and fair

As the EU steps up its efforts to introduce a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, it is crucial that policymakers design the CBAM to support deep emission reductions while safeguarding the right of less-privileged countries to develop, writes CMW policy officer Agnese Ruggiero. French President Emmanuel Macron aims to prioritise the completion of the Carbon Border …

European Parliament’s proposed carbon market revamp a licence for industry to pollute

The European Parliament’s draft report by MEP Peter Liese on revising the EU’s Emissions Trading System fails to strengthen the scheme’s climate targets while opening up multiple routes to hand out more free emission allowances and offer offsets, enabling heavy industries to profit from their pollution. German Christian Democrat MEP Peter Liese has released his …