US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been fined for the carbon pollution caused by part of his aircraft real estate, joining the Bahrain royal family and Rupert Murdoch in breaching EU emissions trading schemes. EurActiv's partner edie.net reports.
The Paris climate agreement failed to have the desired impact on the European carbon market. Prices have fallen on the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) since the agreement was signed in December. EurActiv France reports .
EXCLUSIVE/ Adidas, Puma, Aldi, and Commerzbank are among more than 30 German business giants demanding an overhaul of EU climate and energy policy after Saturday’s landmark deal (12 December) to limit global warming at COP21.
SPECIAL REPORT / While the price of carbon remains low, support for pricing schemes is growing. Asia will soon overtake Europe as the home of the world’s biggest carbon markets. EurActiv France reports .
It was supposed to be the way the market would cut greenhouse gases by itself: governments selling companies permits-to-pollute, which they could trade among themselves. Over time, the number of permits would be reduced, and the cost to companies of failing to cut emissions would rise.
Without substantial reform of its Emissions Trading System, Europe cannot seriously claim a leadership role at the international negotiations in and after Paris, writes Anja Kollmuss of Climate Action Network Europe.
With transport emissions in the spotlight, the EU needs to nuance its approach to biofuels and consider complementary options to electrification if it wants to cut emissions in the near future, writes Géraldine Kutas.
With international climate discussions heating up ahead of the Paris COP21, European Finance Ministers can now determine key and critical elements to make a successful deal, writes Geneviève Pons-Deladrière.
EXCLUSIVE / France, the UK, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are backing a more targeted approach for heavy industries, at risk of closing down or relocating abroad, due to increased pressure to reduce global warming emissions.
Car makers will not invest in low carbon technology while polluting is cheap. Strict emissions standards are the only way to decarbonise road transport and stimulate a modal shift, argues William Todts.
Energy efficiency in aviation is improving too slowly, and the sector is set to miss its climate objectives, a recent study by the International Council on Clean Transport has found. Journal de l'Environnement reports .
Poorer EU countries will be given profits from the sale of carbon emissions allowances to modernise their energy infrastructure, in return for backing a binding 40% greenhouse gas reduction target last October.
Energy intensive industries will continue to receive free carbon emissions allowances, as compensation for the EU’s stricter climate rules, under planned reforms to the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), but fewer will be granted.
Reforming the European Union Emissions Trading System in 2020 could raise €80 billion for the fight against climate change, which could help fund climate adaptation in developing countries. EurActiv France reports .
The European Commission’s proposal for a reformed emissions trading scheme (ETS) should make a real contribution to the global fight against climate change. But it should also restore the competitiveness of Europe’s aluminium industry, writes Gerd Götz.
Air quality, energy policy, the Circular Economy and the new Common Fisheries Policy are among the main challenges facing Luxembourg , which assumed the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July. Journal de l'environnement reports .