July newsletter editorial: Keeping hope alive for 1.5

The EU’s recent failure to rise to the unprecedented challenge presented by the climate emergency should not lead us down the path to cynicism but must prod us to redouble our efforts to bring about meaningful change, writes Sabine Frank. “So, how do you know Y (the host)?” I asked at a recent party.  “We …

Carbon markets in a crystal ball: what does the future look like?

WEBINAR recording is available on YouTube, or watch below Date and time Wednesday, December 16th, 16-17:15 (CET) Background With numerous “net zero” and “carbon neutrality” pledges being announced, carbon markets are booming, but does this equal climate action? In this webinar, we will discuss the new financial sector-led taskforce to “scale up” the voluntary market, …

Open Letter to President Juncker: Towards an EU budget that is in service of achieving Europe’s climate objectives

Dear President Juncker, The co-signatories of this letter represent a broad group of business associations, civil society, think tanks and other organisations who are working together to bring strong support to the EU’s commitment to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement objectives. We are writing to urge you to ensure …

Financing partners face criticism as UN’s climate fund meets

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) board meets from 30 September- 2 October in Cairo, Egypt. Board members are expected to approve 16 funding proposals and accredit 5 new entities that will then be able to distribute funds. The GCF is under pressure to get on with the job of disbursing the 10 billion US dollars …

Climate Finance: Retreat should not spell defeat

The US President’s  withdrawal from international efforts to fight climate change casts a shadow over the future of climate finance. Some EU countries, cities and states within the US have already stepped forward, but more is needed from countries around the world to fill the gap.

Open letter to Green Climate Fund Board on keeping the fund fossil fuel free

March 2017 Dear Members and Alternate Members of the Board: We write to urge you to develop and adopt an investment policy for the treasury of the United Nations Green Climate Fund that maintains its current fossil fuel-free status and is consistent with international best practice for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards. To that …

European parliament committee calls for higher ambition in EU’s carbon market reform

The first committee of the European Parliament to cast an opinion on the revision of the EU’s carbon market this week voted for more climate ambition and the establishment of an international climate action fund. A majority of members of the development committee supported an increase in the rate by which emissions are cut each …

How EU’s carbon market can scale up international climate finance

The EU can use its Emission Trading System (ETS) to provide an innovative and substantial source of international climate finance much needed in developing countries. The ongoing EU ETS revision provides a great opportunity to establish a new ETS International Climate Action Reserve, which could channel over €3 billion per year to the Green Climate …

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 …