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Lawmakers vote to end free CO2 pollution permits by 2030

Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee agreed a major overhaul of the EU’s carbon market on Tuesday (17 May), including ditching free permits to pollute by 2030 and expanding the EU's carbon pricing scheme to the maritime sector.

A united world order is needed to tackle the climate crisis

2022 has seen deepening divisions between countries, driven in part by the war in Ukraine and skyrocketing fuel and food prices. As policymakers look to tackle the climate crisis, they should focus on global, harmonised measures rather than bilateral decisions that could deepen divides, writes Carne Ross.
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“Affordable, green energy is the lifeblood of our industry, but our access to it is too limited,” says European Aluminium’s new Director General

Paul Voss, recently appointed Director General of European Aluminium, draws on his experience in the energy sector to answer questions about the impact of EU energy policy and the energy crisis on the aluminium industry.

United States lawmakers are at a CBAM tipping point

A levy on carbon-intensive products is in the works in the EU, which would mean producers of EU goods pay for their emissions wherever they are in the world. It will have a serious impact on Europe's trading partners, making dialogue and understanding crucial to its success, writes Mohammed Chahim after a visit to the US.

EU countries agree world’s first carbon tariff, but leave out controversial issues

The EU's 27 economy ministers reached an agreement on Tuesday (15 March) to introduce a carbon levy on imports of highly-polluting goods like steel, cement and fertilisers, but kicked the can down the road on controversial aspects like the use of revenues coming from the scheme.
Europe's East 08-03-2022

The Russian war in Ukraine and the Green Deal

In the light of the change of paradigm brought by the Russian war in Ukraine, there is no reason to halt or denounce the Green Deal, but it makes a lot of sense to significantly amend it, writes Radan Kanev.
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APPLiA’s Digital Interview – Why CBAM is detrimental to European Competitiveness

In the latest edition of APPLiA’s short digital interview series, Paolo Falcioni, APPLiA Director General, discusses how the EU’s proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism risks enabling a depressive industrial strategy that jeopardises the European economy and environment.

EU in balancing act over carbon border levy, industry concerns

The European Commission’s proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism is meant to replace free allowances distributed to industry under the existing EU ETS, but European steelmakers worry the transition will be a mess and leave them without protection from foreign competitors.

German industry wants export rebates, free certificates and a carbon border levy

As France continues to push for a new border levy for carbon-intensive products entering the EU, German stakeholders fear that the removal of their free permits to pollute could destroy their competitiveness abroad.

Europe’s carbon border levy could pose another post-Brexit challenge for Ireland

The European Union is planning to introduce a levy for carbon-intensive goods later this decade, but it risks creating more post-Brexit problems on the island of Ireland and landing importers of UK goods with potentially expensive new procedures.
Elections 28-01-2022

Pécresse riding the fine line between Macron and Le Pen on Europe

Valérie Pécresse, the right-wing candidate for Les Républicains, has presented her "patriotic and European" vision for Europe. It flirts between the one presented by 'not-yet candidate' Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen. EURACTIV France reports.

Scholz walks EU tightrope in push for ‘international climate club’

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has championed the creation of a "climate club" bringing together large economies pushing for more ambitious climate action. But as the EU pushes for a carbon tariff at its border, he is walking a diplomatic tightrope.

EU ministers mull carbon border tax, argue over nuclear’s green credentials

European Union environment ministers gathered in France Thursday (20 January) to mull climate policy and the merits of a carbon border tax, while airing differences on whether nuclear energy can be classified as "green".
Elections 19-01-2022

Presidential candidate Mélenchon ready to push for EU Treaty reform

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, presidential candidate of radical left party La France Insoumise, hopes to push member countries to break away from EU treaties "that block us" if he wins the election in April.

Lawmaker drafts ‘complete overhaul’ of EU carbon border levy

The EU lawmaker in charge of negotiating Europe’s upcoming levy for carbon-intensive imports has recommended drastic changes, including a quicker rollout and adding more products to the scope of the draft legislation.
Climate change 10-01-2022

How an open climate club can generate carbon dividends for the poor

Germany-led G7 can boost decarbonisation together with climate justice, write Andreas Goldthau and Simone Tagliapietra.

How to make the EU’s carbon border tax effective and fair

As the EU steps up its efforts to introduce a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, it’s crucial that policymakers design the CBAM to support deep emission reductions while safeguarding the rights of less-privileged countries to develop, writes Agnese Ruggiero.

New ‘own resources’ for EU budget will come from carbon market, executive says

The European Commission on Wednesday (22 December) announced its intention to use revenues from the EU carbon market and upcoming border levy as well as taxes on multinational companies in order to repay money borrowed for the bloc's €800 billion coronavirus recovery fund.
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5 Areas of Improvement in the CBAM proposal

Because of the aluminium industry’s unique challenges, the current Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) proposal will not contribute to reducing global CO2 emissions across our sector, but will accelerate the investment and employment leakage trend European industries have experienced over the past decades.
Economy & Jobs 13-10-2021

South Korean trade minister calls for closer ties with the EU

Ten years after the free trade agreement between the EU and South Korea was signed, South Korean trade minister Yeo seeks to modernize it by including investment protection and new technologies.
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Getting off the fence? The future of coal in the Western Balkans

Driven by ambitious targets and a set of sharp regulatory tools, the Green Deal is about to redefine the European economy and policy. As to be expected from a transformation of that magnitude, developments do not always follow a straight...
Energy 06-09-2021

Coal mine methane: a missed opportunity for EU’s CBAM

The EU’s carbon border adjustment mechanism had an opportunity to include methane in its scope and act against sources of the potent greenhouse gas, but this was left out of the final published draft. Future EU climate legislation cannot afford to make the same mistake, writes Anatoli Smirnov.

Carbon market largely unaffected by EU border levy, think tanks say

Over half of the heavily criticised free allowances, which allow certain EU companies to emit CO2 without paying, will remain unchanged under current plans for the tool designed to replace them, according to climate think-tanks.

EU industry shuns carbon border levy, calls for export rebates

European industries covered by the EU's future carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) have expressed doubts about the proposal, tabled last week. In addition to border measures, they are calling for an export rebate scheme to help green EU products compete on global markets.