EU Climate Policy

News
By Femke de Jong on 25 Jan 2017

European Parliament draft reports help unlock low-carbon potential in non-ETS sectors

In 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the transport, buildings, agriculture and waste sectors. The Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) is the EU’s largest climate instrument and regulates about 60% of our total emissions. In recent weeks, rapporteurs from three European Parliament committees presented their visions for moving the legislation forward.

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Briefings
24 Jan 2017

European climate policy guide: Vol II – EU Effort Sharing Regulation

This guide aims to build knowledge and understanding of the EU’s Effort Sharing Regulation for civil society organizations who have little or no prior experience with EU climate policies. It provides introductory knowledge on how the EU ETS is designed and how it functions. Increased awareness should ultimately empower civil society to get involved in the ETS process.

Policy Event: Effort Sharing Regulation in numbers – low-carbon opportunities in non-ETS sectors

January 25th, 2017, 12:30 – 14:30 European Parliament, Brussels, Room A5E1 The event was kindly co-hosted by Members of the European Parliament Dr. Miriam Dalli (S&D), Mr. Benedek Jávor (Greens) and Ms. Merja Kyllönen (GUE). Programme and Presentations: 12:30-14:30 Dr. Miriam Dalli, Member of the European Parliament – Opening remarks Ms. Verena Graichen, Oeko-institut – Effort Sharing…

25 Jan 2017

Press release
15 Dec 2016

Europe’s emissions trading system lives to fight another day

Strasbourg, 15 December 2016. Today members on the European Parliament’s environment committee voted on the revision of the EU’s Emission’s Trading System (EU ETS). The vote enables faster cuts in Europe’s carbon pollution but falls short of putting a halt on free handouts to polluters. The EU ETS is the world’s largest carbon market and…

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Briefings
29 Nov 2016

Mythbuster Reload – Industry windfall profits from Europe’s carbon market 2008-2015 

This report interprets the findings of an updated CE Delft study that shows how energy-intensive companies in 20 European countries have massively profited from their pollution because they are deemed at risk of “carbon leakage”. “Carbon leakage” refers to the hypothetical situation where companies transfer production to countries with weaker climate policies in order to lower their costs. Under the current EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rules, industrial companies that are believed to be at risk of “carbon leakage” are awarded free emission allowances.

Letters
4 Nov 2016

Joint Statement by CEE civil society organisations on implementing the Paris Agreement

We, the undersigned 20 organisations from Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries and others supporting the cause welcome the entry into force of the Paris Agreement and call on Europe’s leadership to help put this historic climate deal into practice. Implementing the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C should be a key priority for…

News
By Agnes Brandt on 19 Oct 2016

New report underlines the risks for Europe’s bloated carbon market

According to a European Environment’s Agency (EEA) report published this week the oversupply of carbon permits in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) remains ‘substantial’. At a time when lawmakers are discussing how to get Europe’s flagship climate policy back on track, this report comes as an urgent warning to those trying to save the EU’s failing carbon market.

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News
14 Oct 2016

NGOs tell environment ministers to beef up effort sharing ambition

On Monday 17 October, the EU environment ministers’ will discuss for the first time the national 2030 climate targets for the transport, agriculture, waste and buildings sectors. Ahead of the meeting, a group of 29 organisations urges ministers to close loopholes in the climate law that will determine how the Paris Agreement is put into action in Europe.

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