Emissions trading scheme

Energy 22-05-2018

Clean energy growth is outpacing climate targets

This week's Clean Energy Ministerial must send clear signal on the role renewables can play in raising climate action targets, writes Jennifer Morgan.
Climate change 29-03-2018

New climate strategy will set out a pathway to meet higher targets

Last week, EU leaders sent a clear message to the European Commission to ramp up its work to implement the Paris Agreement and accelerate the ongoing transition away from fossil fuels, writes Wendel Trio.
Climate change 25-01-2018

Greek coal: The EU’s dirty little secret

A decision imposed by the EU on Greece to sell a large proportion of its lignite coal assets could be disastrous for consumers and the sustainability of Greece’s energy model, warns Nikos Mantzaris.
Electricity 10-01-2018

To finance the energy transition, EU leaders must restore their ambition

The investment case for low-carbon energy is strong: increased economic growth and jobs, reduced transition risks, and the most cost-effective pathway to realising the goals of the Paris Agreement. Why, then, are EU energy ministers so reluctant to provide the legislative framework required to shift the trillions? writes Stephanie Pfeifer.
18-12-2017

The case for a price floor in the EU ETS

The recently adopted reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is insufficient to trigger cost-efficient decarbonisation of the economy, argue Christian Flachsland and Anna Leipprand. A carbon floor price that starts at a significant level and rises over time would address the problem, they write.
Electricity 14-12-2017

EU shouldn’t allow Greek violation of environmental legislation

It is no secret that the Public Power Corporation (PPC) heavily influences the Greek government, but the EU institutions should step in to prevent a violation of European environmental legislation, writes Nikos Mantzaris.
03-11-2017

A fair transition or lock-in to a coal-plagued future?

Are EU policymakers considering spending EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) funds in favor of coal?  It surely seems so if one examines carefully the recent history of the ETS file, writes Nikos Mantzaris.  
11-10-2017

Three ‘Fs’ to fix the Emissions Trading System

European lawmakers are meeting in Brussels on Thursday for (possibly) the final trialogue discussion on revisions to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Now is the time to turn rhetoric into real action, urges Rachel Solomon Williams.

Climate change 09-10-2017

Closing the loopholes in the EU’s centerpiece climate law

EU member states can enable the upscaling of good examples of local climate action by closing loopholes in the Effort Sharing Regulation, a centerpiece of the EU's climate policy, write Claire Roumet and Femke de Jong.
Electricity 29-09-2017

Smoke, mirrors and coal dust  

Making coal power look like a worthy candidate for taxpayer support in a Europe moving to low carbon generation is no easy trick. A recent study tried to pull off this illusion and failed miserably, explains Dave Jones.
Electricity 21-09-2017

Is German climate leadership being sacrificed on the altar of coal?

The pre-election politicking currently going on in Germany should ring alarm bells among climate policy advocates, warns Julian Schwartzkopff. If Angela Merkel does not take personal ownership of securing a climate-compatible coal phase-out, she could jeopardise her legacy as “climate chancellor”, he writes.
04-09-2017

Brexit, energy and climate policy: What is at stake for Europe

A crash Brexit would wreak chaos in both the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the effort sharing regulation necessary to deliver the 2030 climate and energy package, warn Shane Tomlinson and Manon Dufour.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!

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.
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.
Energy 14-02-2017

ETS vote will determine Greece’s energy future

The European Parliament will decide Wednesday (15 February) on the future of the emissions Trading System (ETS). But in this vote, it's not just EU’s leadership role in global climate policy at stake, writes Nikos Mantzaris.
Energy 14-02-2017

Split cement lobby forces MEPs to choose ahead of climate emissions vote

MEPs must pick between progressive and regressive wings of the cement sector in Wednesday’s vote on the Emissions Trading Scheme, writes James Nix.