Emissions trading scheme Archives

  • Extended ETS outperforms carbon border adjustment in the power sector

    18-08-2020

    Creating a carbon border adjustment mechanism would not work as well as extending the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to reduce global emissions and further integrate energy exporting countries into the European power market, argue András Mezősi, Zsuzsanna Pató and László Szabó.

  • Green Deal – and electrification – should be the backbone of EU recovery plan

    Energy 15-05-2020

    The Green Deal is Europe’s growth strategy. Making it the backbone of the recovery plan is not only necessary in a climate perspective, but also from an economic point of view – in order to create growth and work opportunities that are sustainable in the long run, argue Nordic energy CEOs and top executives.

  • How the coronavirus outbreak affects the EU’s 2030 climate targets

    14-04-2020

    Ultimately, the coronavirus pandemic may slow down initial plans to adopt the European Climate Law and a number of other climate-related policy proposals, writes Robert Jeszke.

  • Inside the EU’s shadow climate fight

    09-03-2020

    The EU’s new industrial strategy, due out on 10 March, is an opportunity to shake up more than a decade of lethargic progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions from Europe’s heavy industries, writes Wilf Lytton.

  • The EU 2030 climate target is tomorrow

    Special Report | Promoted content | Energy & Environment 05-03-2020

    The European Climate Law falls short of providing meaningful financial compensation for Member States with different starting points like Poland. This is a very unfortunate development at time when more unity and more solidarity are needed in the EU.

  • Extending EU carbon market must not hinder more urgent reforms

    23-01-2020

    The European Commission’s proposal to include new sectors in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is not expected to significantly reduce emissions but could risk the stability of the EU’s carbon market and the decarbonisation of the power sector, argue Outi Haanperä and Verena Graichen.

  • Achieving 1.5°C warming goal requires rapid reform of EU carbon market

    15-01-2020

    To deliver quick results at least political cost, the European Commission should focus on two measures when revising the EU Emissions Trading Scheme: strengthening the cap and enhancing the Market Stability Reserve (MSR), write Mari Pantsar and Outi Haanperä.

  • Road transport in the EU ETS: A high-risk, low-reward strategy

    Energy & Environment 10-01-2020

    The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is not a good instrument to cut road transport emissions because it will raise petrol prices and fuel popular discontent, as seen in the past with the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ protests, writes William Todts. Road emissions …

  • Time to steer shipping into the EU carbon market

    Shipping 22-11-2019

    The UN shipping body’s failure to agree on immediate climate measures means the incoming European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, must make good of her promise to include the maritime sector under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), aruges Sam Van den plas.

  • Paying our way out of purgatory: Is carbon pricing enough?

    28-06-2019

    After the Pope backed a carbon tax to stem global warming earlier this month, Louise Sunderland argues carbon taxes will be efficient and cost-effective enough only when coupled with a strategic use of the revenues.

  • Why we need more than just the EU carbon market to tackle industrial pollution

    02-05-2019

    Latest data shows that the market-based solution alone is not enough to cut carbon pollution from heavy industry in line with the Paris Agreement goals. A new industrial policy mix is needed to ensure Europe is on a pathway to net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, writes Agnese Ruggiero.

  • The burden of coal at the doorstep of the Energy Union

    Electricity 18-03-2019

    At a time when the EU strives to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, coal still represents more than half of electricity across much of the Western Balkans and other EU neighbouring countries, writes Janez Kopač. Making things worse, coal plants are intensively supported by Chinese and US capital, without active opposition of the EU, he says.