About: Ian Duncan

Climate change 20-01-2017

Emissions Trading Scheme by numbers

The EU’s Emission Trading Scheme reform took a huge step forward last year when the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted in favour of MEP Ian Duncan’s report. He talks us through the process and what happens next.
Global Europe 02-12-2016

The Brief: Hollande’s moral courage sets EU an example

President François Hollande had the guts and good sense to realise he wasn’t up to the job and quit the race to lead France last night.
Energy 25-11-2016

Lawmakers eye excluding coal from EU energy transition funds

Provisions in the EU’s carbon market designed to help poorer countries move to low carbon energy are being abused to subsidise fossil fuels and need to be dropped, 31 organisations and networks campaigning to end coal have said.
Climate change 09-11-2016

Trump can kill UN climate deal, warns EU carbon market chief

EXCLUSIVE/ The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States is a “real and imminent threat” to the fight against climate change, and “completely upends every single element” of the Paris Agreement, making it almost impossible to deliver, the MEP leading EU carbon market reform has warned.
Ian Duncan

Ian Duncan and the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men

EURACTIV’s Brian Maguire chats with Scottish MEP Ian Duncan, the Conservatives spokesman for energy and climate change in the European Parliament, in the latest in ‘Over A Beer’ video series.
Climate change 07-09-2016

Once the driving force of climate action, the EU has fallen behind

The inability of the EU's member states to agree on an effort-sharing deal could delay the ratification of the Paris Agreement until late 2017. This would see the climate deal enter into force without the world's biggest economic bloc. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 28-06-2016

MEPs try to stop emissions trading bill falling into Polish hands after Brexit vote

MEPs are today (28 June) trying to stop the stewardship of EU emissions trading legislation falling into the hands of a coal-supporting Polish member of the European Parliament.
Energy 24-06-2016

Brexit calls EU climate action into question as top MEP quits

The European Union’s plans to reform its broken carbon market have been thrown into turmoil, after the British lead MEP on the bill to revise the Emissions Trading System resigned after the UK voted to leave the bloc.

MEPs push for 2025 carbon market review to boost climate action

EXCLUSIVE/ The EU’s Emissions Trading System – currently being reviewed – could be revised again in 2025 to bring it in line with stronger international climate targets called for by the Paris Agreement on global warming, under proposals being scrutinised by leading MEPs today.
Brexit 05-04-2016

Lead EU carbon policymaker calls for help for British steel

Britain should abolish its carbon floor price to help the hard-hit steel industry, the lawmaker shepherding a reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) through parliament said on Tuesday (5 April).
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State of the Energy Union, one year on
Energy 25-02-2016

State of the Energy Union: Policy influencers debate the 1st year’s progress

A ranking of the top 40 policy experts with influence in EU Energy Union policy was unveiled at a debate on the “State of the Energy Union one year after its launch”.
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Agrifood 04-01-2016

Minimum pricing on alcohol still debated after court ruling

Introducing minimum pricing unit (MUP) on alcohol in the EU will likely restrict the single market, the Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled just before the Christmas break.
Climate change 11-12-2015

Poland drives rewrite of EU decarbonisation stance at COP21

Poland was singled out for blocking an EU push for decarbonisation in the latest draft COP21 agreement circulated on Thursday evening (10 November), earning the EU a "Fossil of the Day" award by green NGOs.
Climate change 11-12-2015

Ian Duncan: No optimism among EU delegation over draft COP21 deal

European Commission officials were so disheartened by negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), that they discussed re-writing the slimmed down draft agreement to cap global warming, the lead lawmaker on the reform of the bloc’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) told EURACTIV.

ETS lead MEP: ‘EU’s carbon market is like a car without fuel’

EXCLUSIVE/ The European Union’s carbon market is like a broken-down car without any fuel, the Scottish MEP steering the debate on reforms of the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) has told EURACTIV.
Brexit 07-09-2015

Tory tipped to lead ETS reform in EU Parliament

A Conservative MEP is hotly tipped to lead the European Parliament debate over reforms to the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), a cornerstone of the bloc’s fight against climate change.

How can developing countries make themselves heard at the UN Climate Change Conference?

Developing countries such as Bhutan, which are hard hit by climate change but contribute little to it, face significant challenges in reaching a fair agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, writes Ian Duncan.
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Economy & Jobs 02-07-2015

European Energy Union – What role for innovation?

The Energy Union will cut across a number of policy sectors including energy, transport, research and innovation, foreign policy, regional and neighbourhood policy, trade and agriculture, according to the EU executive's plans.
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Climate change 19-06-2015

The UK is sinking

Coastal nations are threatened by growing tides. Ahead of the UN climate change talks, they need to push for a deal that caps global temperature from rising more than 2°C, writes Ian Duncan and Ahmed Shiaan.
Development Policy 08-04-2015

Cost to developing nations of leaving fossil fuels in the ground must be recognised

The EU must find a way of recognising the economic cost of developing countries leaving their fossil fuels in the ground, ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, writes Ian Duncan MEP.
Brexit 27-03-2015

North Sea Grid will prove EU is serious about Energy Union

There is cross-party support and a common vision for a North Sea Grid as part of the Energy Union project. But it must be prioritised by policymakers, write Bas Eickhout and Ian Duncan.
Energy 29-01-2015

Scotland announces fracking ban

Scotland has imposed a moratorium on shale gas planning permits two days after a UK-wide ban was rejected by MPs in Westminster. 

Anne Glover’s EU advisor role reinstated, MEP says

The European Commission has agreed to retain the role of EU Chief Scientific Adviser, despite the departure of Anne Glover, an MEP claimed today (14 January).
Brexit 15-09-2014

MEPs could block Scotland’s EU membership if it pushes for euro opt-out

EXCLUSIVE: Members of the European Parliament could block an independent Scotland’s EU membership if it insists on keeping currency and border treaty opt-outs negotiated by the UK, sources in the two largest political groups in Brussels told EURACTIV.

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