Copy

February 2017 - (Links below & green)

- EU carbon market reform deal: Taking stock and moving forward
- Getting the G20 to move on fossil fuel subsidies and carbon pricing
- Planes and ships too must act on climate say EU lawmakers
Financial Times (letter): Carbon border tax could be extended to other industries [external link]
Press statement: EU’s climate reputation bruised as long-haul flight exemption extended

Editorial 

This month the European Parliament adopted its position on the EU Emissions Trading System reform. Earlier calls from nearly 100 000 citizens across Europe failed to motivate lawmakers into taking bolder steps to strengthen the EU’s key climate law. MEPs voted against steeper emission cuts and in favour of more free pollution permits. However, in a welcome move, they decided to include ships under the EU’s carbon market in the absence of global action on shipping emissions, and voted for strengthened rules on aviation.

All eyes are on Germany this year as the country hosts both the meeting of the most powerful countries in the world, the G20, and the 23rd UN climate change conference along with Fiji. The G20 have long been talking about ending fossil fuel subsidies, but with little action. Putting a price on carbon, on the other hand, has proven a popular tool to rein in emissions, with many of the G20 countries having such schemes. An end to subsidies, and a strong price signal could be powerful tools to fight against climate change. Will Chancellor Merkel manage to convince her peers to finally move on such climate action?

Happy Reading
Carbon Market Watch

Article by Agnes Brandt- 22 February 2017 

EU carbon market reform deal: Taking stock and moving forward

 
Last week the European Parliament adopted its position on the revision of the EU’s Emission Trading System (EU ETS) for the 2021-2030 period. Next week, EU environment ministers will try to reach an agreement on the reform deal. Time to take a fresh look at what is on the table, and what is at stake.
READ HERE

Article by Aki Kachi - 22 February 2017 
Getting the G20 to move on fossil fuel subsidies and carbon pricing

The 2015 diplomatic success of the Paris Agreement now seems far away. Today we are faced with a very different geopolitical reality both in general, and especially when it comes to climate policy. Germany, a country Europe often looks to for stability, now also finds itself in the global limelight in 2017 as it holds the G20 Presidency and will host the COP 23 along with Fiji in Bonn. 

READ HERE

Article by Kelsey Perlman -  22 February 2017 

Planes and ships too must act on climate say EU lawmakers


Last week, the European Parliament adopted its position on the revision of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). While overall the position falls short of a true reform, the EU lawmakers did decide to include shipping in the EU ETS in the absence of climate action at the global level, and strengthened the rules for the aviation sector.
READ HERE

Q&As: EU ETS - Carbon Border Tax  - 06 February 2017

How the EU ETS can incentivize cement’s low-carbon transition


Questions and answers on the introduction of an import inclusion scheme for cement
READ HERE

Press Statement - 03 February 2017 
Press Statement: EU’s climate reputation bruised as long-haul flight exemption extended


BRUSSELS 3 February 2017. The European Commission has proposed to continue to exempt all flights to and from Europe from paying for their pollution under the EU’s carbon market rules, following an international agreement on aviation emissions. An uncertain global agreement should not be allowed to undermine EU’s climate efforts.
READ HERE

Effort Sharing Emissions Calculator 

See how the EU's Effort Sharing Regulation is calculated across member states and sectors.  Watch out for the loopholes..!
Effort Sharing Emissions Calculator

Calendar: 

  • European Union - ENVI Council meeting 28 February 
  • EU ETS and aviation Policy Event: When Will Europe Act? How the aviation sector can reduce emissions through the EU ETS Wednesday 8 March, 2017, 13.00-15.00 European Parliament, Room: JAN 2Q2  Register here
  • Climate Battle: Student debate hosted in partnership with VUB, Brussels 28 March (contact us to join)
  • Civil Society Workshop – The road to a low carbon economy: strengthening the connection between local, national and European climate policy (registration) Madrid 5-6, April 2017

____________________________________


Publications:

  • Open letter to UN Special Rapporteurs: request to carry an on-site visit to assess situation regarding Barro Blanco
  • Joint NGO letter to IATA: Airlines shouldn’t use Montreal resolution to undermine domestic European climate ambition 
  • Press Statement: EU carbon market future in doubt as lawmakers fail with reform
  • European Climate Policy Guide: Vol II – EU Effort Sharing Regulation
  • Policy Brief: Industry windfall profits from Europe’s carbon market 2008-2015
  • Policy Brief: Cement’s pollution windfall from the EU ETS

___________________________________


Perm Links:


Copyright © 2016 Carbon Market Watch, All rights reserved.

Newsletter Archive 

Our mailing address is:
Carbon Market Watch 
Rue d'Albanie, 117
Brussels, 1060
Belgium

Contact Us

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 
Subscribe