About: carbon price

Energy 21-08-2018

EU carbon prices expected to rise quickly and accelerate energy transition

EU carbon prices could average €35-40 per tonne over 2019-2023, accelerating the switch from coal to gas and questioning the rationale for keeping old coal and lignite power plants running beyond 2021, said a new report by Carbon Tracker released on Tuesday (21 August).
Climate change 25-06-2018

Climate action should be a condition for future EU trade deals

The European Union should support France’s proposal to add compliance with the Paris Agreement as an essential element of EU trade accords, writes Steve Herz.
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Ministers highlight European divide over carbon price floor

While France is pushing for the implementation of a carbon price floor at EU level and is looking for allies in the bloc, Poland sees energy storage technologies as key to a successful European climate policy.
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Transport 09-04-2018

UN draft calls on international shipping to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

A working group of the UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) released an interim strategy on 6 April, which calls on international shipping to reduce total annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2008 levels by at least 50% by 2050.
Energy 22-03-2018

France to push for EU carbon price floor and border tariff

Paris will push for a carbon price floor at EU level, complete with a carbon tariff at Europe's external border for countries that don't sign up to the Paris Agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron said in Brussels on Thursday (22 March).

China launches largest carbon market in the world

China launched what will become the world’s largest carbon market on Tuesday (19 December), surpassing the EU’s flagship market mechanism to cap and trade emissions. The scheme is part of a host of major policies China is using to peak its GHGs by 2030.
Electricity 18-12-2017

Decarbonising Europe: Matching aspiration with action

With renewable electricity costs going through the floor, the EU should increase its 2030 targets and aim for close to zero carbon electricity by 2040. But while power decarbonisation is crucially important, it will not be sufficient to deliver a truly zero carbon economy, writes Adair Turner.

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.
Energy 29-11-2017

Engie boss: ‘Phasing-out coal, as quickly as possible’

Isabelle Kocher, the CEO of Engie, wants to "accelerate" the energy transition. After the COP23 in Bonn, she warns that Europe is "running out of time" and supports both "very high and mandatory" targets for energy savings, and for a carbon price floor.

Carbon market reform: Much ado about nothing?

The European Parliament and several member states, including France, have excluded new coal plants from future financing under the EU’s reformed carbon market. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 26-09-2017

Without carbon tax, we are heading for climate doom

A high tax on carbon emissions is strictly necessary to halt climate change, according to Gaël Giraud, chief economist in the French development agency (AFD). EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

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.
Climate change 12-07-2016

France aims to set carbon price of at least €50 by 2030

France has confirmed it will introduce a floor price for carbon emissions from coal power stations, which will increase from around €20 in 2020 to €50 in 2030. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Energy 25-05-2016

The game behind France’s carbon price floor

The carbon pricing measures announced by French President François Hollande will unfairly benefit EDF, the energy company's competitors have said.  EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
01-03-2016

ETS reform to quadruple refiners’ carbon costs, industry says

The next phase of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) will nearly quadruple European refiners' carbon costs to around 23 euro cents per barrel, up from six cents now, the head of the European refiners' industry body said on Tuesday.
Climate change 08-01-2016

European carbon market slumps after COP 21

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
Climate change 16-12-2015

The early success of COP21

The Paris climate conference largely succeeded on its first day in global participation, low carbon innovation and carbon pricing, writes Professor Michael Grubb.
Gérard Mestrallet
Energy 09-12-2015

Energy utilities push carbon pricing, lobby against renewable targets at COP21

The association of power companies working under the 'Magritte Group' umbrella, called on Tuesday (8 December) for carbon pricing, rather than renewable energy targets, to be the main tool for fighting climate change.
Climate change 26-11-2015

Jean-Paul Chanteguet: ‘Laurent Fabius must stay on as minister of foreign affairs post-COP21’

The follow-up to COP21 will be crucial, the president of France's National Assembly’s Environment Committee told Aline Robert, the Editor-in-Chief of EURACTIV France.
Climate change 24-11-2015

Global carbon pricing off menu at Paris climate talks

Climate experts say the need to agree on a global carbon price to cut pollution and aid clean technologies is a no-brainer, and yet the topic will have no place at the upcoming Paris climate talks.
Climate change 23-11-2015

Angel Gurria: ‘Climate challenge should be seen as an opportunity’

Years of inaction on climate change have significantly held back the world’s economic growth, according to the secretary general of the OECD. But fossil fuel subsidies are still commonplace, Angel Gurría told EURACTIV partner La Tribune.
Climate change 09-11-2015

‘Green revenues’ could help fund public spending and pay off national debts

The European Union will collect an expected €150 billion through the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) over the next decade. Alex Bowen looks at how best governments can spend this money.
Jim Yong Kim
Climate change 20-10-2015

World, business leaders call for global carbon pricing policies

A half dozen heads of state joined forces with leaders of cities and corporations on Monday (19 October) to call for wider adoption of carbon pricing policies ahead of a United Nations climate change summit in Paris in December.
Energy 03-07-2015

Time for pollution pricing to work for the climate

The reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme is an opportunity for the EU to restore its climate action leadership, argue six climate and development NGOs.