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.
The cement industry has huge potential for emission reductions and innovation, but the current EU carbon market rules don’t reward industry frontrunners. On the contrary, the over-generous allocation of free pollution permits favors big incumbents.
German environmental groups have called upon the government to up national climate protection targets and have called a recent amendment to the country's Renewable Energy Act (EEG) "counterproductive". EURACTIV Germany reports.