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Pillaging the EU’s carbon market to fight the energy crunch is self-defeating

Raiding the reserve that underpins the EU’s Emissions Trading System to reduce the European Union’s dependence on Russian gas is short-sighted and destructive, especially as far better solutions exist. The Market Stability Reserve (MSR) is an important element of the EU Emissions Trading System. It has proven effective in supporting the carbon price, and helped …

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Making the EU carbon market shipshape for the maritime sector

The proposed inclusion of international maritime transport in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is not only fair and in line with the ‘polluter pays’ principle, but also essential to helping the sector decarbonise. Due to a lack of progress at the global talks to tackle carbon pollution at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), …

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 …

EU Parliament sends carbon market review back to the drawing board

In an unexpected turn of events in the European Parliament, a watered-down carbon market package was rejected by a majority of MEPs. The review of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) Directive was referred back to the Environment Committee and will now overlap with  Member States finalising their position later this month. In Strasbourg …

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 …

Expanding the EU’s carbon market for aviation: Study and Briefing

A study commissioned by Carbon Market Watch and Transport & Environment (T&E), and conducted by TAKS, analysed the emission reductions, costs and auctioning revenues generated by extending the scope of the Emission Trading System (ETS) for aviation. The three scenarios analysed are 1) the European Commission’s (EC) proposal as part of the Fit For 55 …

MEPs must veto proposal to release allowances from the Market Stability Reserve to finance REPowerEU

Carbon Market Watch and other green NGOs express their grave concern about the European Commission’s proposal to generate €20 billion from the auctioning of allowances held in the Market Stability Reserve (MSR) of the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) in order to finance measures to help fund the REPowerEU plan, which includes gas and oil …

EU carbon market must lead to faster emissions cuts to tackle climate crisis, new research shows

If the European Union does not significantly strengthen its reformed flagship Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), it risks fuelling planetary heating that will exceed 1.5°C and even missing its own inadequate targets, two simulations show. The EU ETS must significantly raise its 2030 targets, lower its emissions faster than planned, and remove surplus allowances from …

MODEL ANSWERS: STUDIES REVEAL EU MUST REVAMP EMISSIONS TRADING SYSTEM TO LIVE WITHIN ITS CARBON BUDGET

Model answers: Studies reveal EU must revamp Emissions Trading System to live within its carbon budget

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest report underscores the urgency of the climate crisis: the effects of the climate breakdown are already being felt around the world, and will only become more destructive in the coming decades. Humanity is rapidly running out of time to keep planetary heating limited to the Paris Agreement’s …