Carbon Leakage

Carbon leakage is the situation in which, as a result of stringent climate policies, companies move their production abroad to countries with less ambitious climate measures, which can lead to a rise in global greenhouse gas emissions. In Europe, the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) covers the greenhouse gas emissions from the industry and …

More energy-intensive industries will pollute for free after 2015

The European Commission has unveiled a list of 175 industries that will receive protection from the costs of climate change policies (“carbon leakage”) up to 2019. Surprisingly more financial support will be handed over to energy-intensive firms, despite there being no evidence for the occurrence of carbon leakage so far. Carbon Market Watch calls upon the European Parliament and Member States to reject the new list. Energy-intensive industries should not be allowed to pollute for free and therefore other measures to address carbon leakage should be developed for the post-2020 period.

EU ETS regulators fail to disclose carbon offset purchasing data

Today, the European Commission released data on the number of international offsets used in 2013 by companies in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Unlike previous years, the European Commission only released aggregate information which means it is no longer possible to check the origin of the 133 million offsets that entered the EU ETS in 2013. Carbon Market Watch, Sandbag Climate Campaign and the Climate Market & Investment Association (CMIA) strongly condemn this lack in transparency as it significantly reduces civil society’s ability to scrutinize the carbon offset projects that were used.