Emissions trading scheme

Electricity 12-07-2017

French power sector and NGOs demand clearer climate roadmap

In response to France’s climate package, the electricity sector has called for higher carbon taxes, while NGOs have criticised the vagueness of the country’s plan to increase European ambition on the issue. EURACTIV France reports.

Electricity 12-07-2017

Energy and climate scenarios 2050

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The EU has set a long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. But getting there will be a huge challenge that will require a transformation of our energy system.

Energy 05-07-2017

A reality check on power-to-liquids: How not to use renewable energy

By encouraging the use of clean energy sources to produce fossil fuel for cars, the proposed revision of the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) opens the door to massive public subsidies for costly, inefficient and polluting ‘solutions’, warns Jonas Helseth.

03-07-2017

Energy giants back calls to cut dirty power plant subsidies

A coalition of thirteen energy industry firms, including Siemens, Shell and Total, have launched a new joint initiative to limit the amount of state aid subsidies that are sent to highly-polluting fossil fuel plants across the EU. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.

29-06-2017

Can the invisible hand guide us towards a decarbonised energy system?

Prices for many sources of energy do not reflect their true environmental and social costs, writes Thomas Nowak who proposes abolishing fossil fuel subsidies as one of four necessary measures to drive the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Energy 28-06-2017

Report maps UK’s ‘uncertain’ energy landscape post-Brexit

As Britain looks set to leave the EU's Single Market, business consultants have attempted to map out the numerous challenges facing the energy sector after Brexit, making the case for a transition phase to smooth the exit path.

27-06-2017

A fair EU carbon market: but for whom?

Amid calls from heavy industry to get more free pollution permits in the name of a ‘fair’ EU carbon market, Europe’s workers, taxpayers, and the climate must not be forgotten in the system’s design reform, writes Femke de Jong.

Energy 22-06-2017

Will EU ministers heed Macron’s call to #Makeourplanetgreatagain?

Europe’s proposed 30% energy savings objective means less savings in the period 2020-2030 than in 2010-2020 and are in direct contradiction with the spirit of the Paris Agreement, writes Yamina Saheb as EU energy ministers prepare to meet on Monday (26 June).

Climate change 07-06-2017

UK leads the way on emissions reductions, despite overall increase across the EU

The UK recorded the largest decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union in 2015, although new research has found the emissions from the bloc increased for the first time in five years. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.

Climate change 01-06-2017

Science-based forest policies urgently needed for effective climate action

There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity to take effective climate action, and EU forest policies need to be more science-based to succeed, write Michael Norton and Jaana Bäck.

29-05-2017

Who is still pursuing the Paris climate goals in Europe?

As the negotiations on Europe’s key climate policies draw to an end, it is time to take stock and ask if Europe, a self-proclaimed climate leader, is really delivering on its international commitments, writes Femke De Jong.

Electricity 09-05-2017

Britain should stay in EU energy market in Brexit transition deal, think tank says

Britain should seek to remain in the European Union's energy market and carbon trading scheme in a transition period if a Brexit deal is not reached in two years, a report by think tank Chatham House said on Wednesday (10 May).

02-05-2017

Emissions trading and the sound of silence

MEP Ian Duncan was looking forward to a well-earned rest after earning the European Parliament's endorsement of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme reform. The European Council looked like it would take its time to agree with it but just two weeks after, as if by magic, it was game on!

Brexit 02-05-2017

UK’s nuclear energy in jeopardy after Brexit, MPs warn

The future of the United Kingdom's power supply has been jeopardised by Brexit and the government must act urgently to ensure nuclear power stations stay open, British lawmakers have warned. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

03-04-2017

Reformed carbon market must no longer fund coal

As the Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform enters its crucial trialogue phase, it is up to the European Parliament to fight its corner and ensure that future funding only goes towards projects that contribute to the clean energy transition, writes Joanna Flisowska.

03-04-2017

EU shift towards a low carbon economy should be socially just

The revision of the directive governing the operation of the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has been one of the most eventful lawmaking processes in recent years, writes Nikos Mantzaris.

Electricity 31-03-2017

EU energy forum feels winds of change in power sector

Although formal negotiations over a market design proposal are just beginning, a conference involving industry leaders and senior policymakers this week showed which way the winds of change are blowing in the electricity sector as the need to integrate intermittent wind and solar power increases.

Climate change 29-03-2017

Only three member states on track to meet Paris goals

Only three European countries are on course to achieve the Paris Agreement targets, according to research which ranks the UK in fifth position on its progress towards the landmark climate treaty. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.

Under Pressure:Will the Paris Agreement spell the end of the fossil fuel industry?
Climate change 27-03-2017

Under Pressure: Will the Paris Agreement spell the end of the fossil fuel industry?

The Paris Agreement on climate change is a landmark international agreement which caps global warming. Many campaigners argue that the United Nations deal spells the end for polluting fossil fuel industries.

03-03-2017

Poland challenges EU’s carbon market reform

Poland is challenging draft carbon market reforms agreed by most European Union governments this week, saying the deal is not binding because it did not have the full backing of the bloc's 28 nations, the country's environment ministry said yesterday (2 March).

02-03-2017

ETS reform agreement catches its architect by surprise

On Tuesday evening (28 February), the European Council agreed its position on the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). MEP Ian Duncan admits he didn’t really see it coming.

Climate change 01-03-2017

EU ministers reach compromise on carbon market reform

EU ministers reached a compromise on reforms to the carbon emissions market yesterday (28 February), moving the European Union closer to adopting rules that are crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Paper boss: EU’s Circular Economy Package could have been more ambitious

The European Commission’s Circular Economy Package could have been more ambitious, the director-general of the Confederation of European Paper Industries said in an interview about recycling, Brussels red tape and the shift to a low-carbon economy.

EU ministers likely to oppose EU carbon market regulation of shipping

European Union member states are likely to oppose the regulation of shipping in draft reforms to the bloc’s carbon market.

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