Emissions trading scheme

Energy 12-03-2018

Scientist: CCS ‘has to make sense’ for Paris climate goals

Keeping global warming below 2°C will be “more difficult, a lot more expensive, and a lot more delayed” without carbon capture and storage (CCS) – even with the sharp fall in renewable energy costs taken into account, Prof. Mike Norton told EURACTIV in an interview.

Sustainable finance expert: Investment transparency is crucial

A high-level expert group released on Wednesday (31 January) a report to help guide the European Commission in its quest to make the EU's economy sustainable. One of the members of the group explained some of the detail in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Electricity 15-11-2017

Think tank: Coal crisis, not climate policy, is forcing Polish energy overhaul

The unfolding crisis in the coal sector is leaving Poland with a looming power generation gap which is forcing decision-makers to reconsider the country’s energy mix. But politicians have until now delayed hard decisions and a transparent debate about it, says Joanna Maćkowiak Pandera.
13-09-2017

Eurelectric: EU carbon market reform ‘won’t get us to 2050’

The energy transition requires deep CO2 emissions cuts of 80-95% across the economy by 2050, says Kristian Ruby. “And the current proposal won’t get us there,” he told EURACTIV.com as three-way talks to reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme get underway.
Energy 11-09-2017

John Cooper: On fossil fuels, the European public is ‘a little bit misled’

A lot is at stake for the energy security of Europe if political correctness was to dictate imposing one technology against the other, John Cooper, Director General of FuelsEurope told EURACTIV.com.

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.
Energy 23-11-2016

Analyst: ‘Member states can strong-arm Brussels on energy policy’

From nuclear plants in the UK and Hungary to coal-fired power stations in Germany, member states always manage to forge ahead with their energy projects, according to Georg Zachmann, who calls on EU leaders to sit down and seriously discuss the Energy Union’s governance.
Energy 22-11-2016

Eurelectric boss: ‘Orchestrated’ power markets must end

If European Union leaders don’t believe markets can work, then there’s no point having a carbon price to encourage renewable energies. And the energy market will always be “orchestrated” by national governments keeping fossil fuels subsidised, says Hans Ten Berge.
Climate change 11-12-2015

Ian Duncan: No optimism among EU delegation over draft COP21 deal

European Commission officials were so disheartened by negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), that they discussed re-writing the slimmed down draft agreement to cap global warming, the lead lawmaker on the reform of the bloc’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) told EURACTIV.
Climate change 10-12-2015

Quebec minister: ‘Regions are driving the development of carbon pricing’

The Canadian province of Quebec has recently established a carbon market, and linked it to California’s market, in the hopes of inspiring more regional North American initiatives. 
Connie Hedegaard, pictured in October 2013

Hedegaard: ‘We have to be careful about what we label as red tape’

The European Commission's drive to cut down EU legislation may sound like a good idea. But it can also do more harm than good, by reinstating borders in the single market, warns Connie Hedegaard.
Trade & Society 17-06-2013

Think tank: EU should abandon renewables ‘decarbonisation monopoly’

Europe needs to maintain an ambitious policy on climate change but abandon its approach which gives renewable energies a de facto monopoly over the decarbonisation of the energy system, argues André Ferron and Claude Fischer in an interview with EURACTIV.
Climate change 16-06-2010

Researcher: Move to 30% CO2 cuts feasible if distributed across sectors

The EU could cut emissions by 30% by 2020 without incurring any additional costs, according to Niklas Höhne, director of energy and climate policy at renewable energy consultancy Ecofys. But the switch to a higher target needs to be balanced across sectors, he told EURACTIV in an interview.
Energy 27-10-2009

Advisor: ‘Investment strategy’ needed to cut emissions

The EU should look into pouring a high proportion of carbon revenues into energy efficiency, but not before an institutional framework to reallocate the money efficiently is in place, Richard Cowart, director of European Programmes for the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), told EURACTIV in an interview.
Development Policy 22-05-2009

World Bank: ‘Offsets will play a role post-Kyoto’

Emissions offsets will play an important role in any future global climate deal, but it will be necessary to scale up the climate efforts and move from projects to programmes, Joëlle Chassard , who manages the World Bank's carbon finance unit, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Development Policy 08-12-2008

Ramsay: UN climate talks must move beyond rhetoric

The Pozna? climate negotiations should maintain "realistic" expectations and focus on defining the issues that must be addressed once the new US administration has taken office and all interested parties are sitting at the table, William Ramsay, formerly deputy director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), told EURACTIV in an interview.
Climate change 04-03-2008

Analyst: Carbon markets ‘bullish’ after EU climate proposals

The growing scarcity of CO2 emissions permits expected to result from tighter EU regulation is sending favourable signals to the carbon market, according to Per-Otto Wold, CEO of Point Carbon.
Transport 12-11-2007

Aircraft emissions: EP plans could ‘destroy our competitiveness’

Proposals put forward by Parliament's environment committee have "the potential to completely kill the competitiveness of the industry", the Association of European Airlines’ General Manager of Communications Françoise Humbert told EURACTIV in an interview ahead of a key vote in Parliament on including aviation in the EU's carbon emissions trading scheme. 
Energy 24-10-2007

Shell: CCS to help world face energy ‘hard truths’

In an interview with EURACTIV, Shell Vice-President for CO2 Bill Spence says carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology will be fundamental in making fossil fuels environmentally acceptable as global demand for oil, coal and gas is set to continue surging in the coming decades.