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  1. Civil Society letter to Commissioner Timmermans - Responding to Business Europe (Dec 2014)Civil Society letter to Commissioner Timmermans - Responding to Business Europe (Dec 2014) (Details) | Size: 642.81 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 05, 2014
  2. Joint Letter: Impact Assessment For The 2030 Climate and Energy FrameworkJoint Letter: Impact Assessment For The 2030 Climate and Energy Framework (Details) | Size: 229.07 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 02, 2013
  3. Joint NGO letter on TNPs pursuant to the IED 10 October 2013Joint NGO letter on TNPs pursuant to the IED 10 October 2013 (Details) | Size: 703.13 KB | Last Updated On: Nov 05, 2013
  4. Letter to Minsters ahead of Environment Council concerning Warsaw & COP21 (Sep 2013)Letter to Minsters ahead of Environment Council concerning Warsaw & COP21 (Sep 2013) (Details) | Size: 127.59 KB | Last Updated On: Sep 20, 2013
  5. Letter to EU President/ Finance ministers in advance of ECOFIN conclusions (April 4th 2013)Letter to EU President/ Finance ministers in advance of ECOFIN conclusions (April 4th 2013) (Details) | Size: Empty | Last Updated On: Apr 22, 2013
  6. Civil Society Letter to MEPs about the CAP (28 Feb 2013)Civil Society Letter to MEPs about the CAP (28 Feb 2013) (Details) | Size: 5.09 MB | Last Updated On: Feb 28, 2013
  7. Letter to President Hollande on the Financial Transaction Tax (10 Dec 2012)Letter to President Hollande on the Financial Transaction Tax (10 Dec 2012) (Details) | Size: Empty | Last Updated On: Jan 29, 2013
  8. Loss and Damage NGO letter to Ministers at UNFCCC, Doha (3 Dec 2012)Loss and Damage NGO letter to Ministers at UNFCCC, Doha (3 Dec 2012) (Details) | Size: 4.48 MB | Last Updated On: Dec 11, 2012
  9. NGO Letter to Energy Council Ministers (14 Nov 2012)NGO Letter to Energy Council Ministers (14 Nov 2012) (Details) | Size: 164.32 KB | Last Updated On: Nov 20, 2012
  10. NGO Letter to Ministers on MMR (8 Nov 2012)NGO Letter to Ministers on MMR (8 Nov 2012) (Details) | Size: 225.88 KB | Last Updated On: Nov 20, 2012
  11. Joint letter to Commission on Internal Energy Markets (7 Nov 2012)Joint letter to Commission on Internal Energy Markets (7 Nov 2012) (Details) | Size: 187.4 KB | Last Updated On: Nov 20, 2012
  12. Ecofin Letter Climate Finance (22 Oct 2012)Ecofin Letter Climate Finance (22 Oct 2012) (Details) | Size: 98.99 KB | Last Updated On: Jan 21, 2013
  13. NGO letter on Climate Finance to Cyprus Presidency ( 15 Oct 2012)NGO letter on Climate Finance to Cyprus Presidency ( 15 Oct 2012) (Details) | Size: 228.58 KB | Last Updated On: Jan 21, 2013
  14. CAN Europe Pre-Doha letter to Environment Ministers (11 Oct 2012)CAN Europe Pre-Doha letter to Environment Ministers (11 Oct 2012) (Details) | Size: 159.2 KB | Last Updated On: Oct 11, 2012
  15. NGO letter to Commissioner Hedegaard on HFCs (3 July 2012)NGO letter to Commissioner Hedegaard on HFCs (3 July 2012) (Details) | Size: 588.99 KB | Last Updated On: Mar 29, 2013
  16. Letter to Minister Lidegaard concerning climate finance (June 2012)Letter to Minister Lidegaard concerning climate finance (June 2012) (Details) | Size: 39 KB | Last Updated On: Jun 15, 2012
  17. G10 Letter to President of the European Council (May 2012)G10 Letter to President of the European Council (May 2012) (Details) | Size: 271 KB | Last Updated On: May 23, 2012
  18. Open Letter to EU Member States Regarding Offsets in the EU ETS (15 May 2012)Open Letter to EU Member States Regarding Offsets in the EU ETS (15 May 2012) (Details) | Size: 2.63 MB | Last Updated On: Mar 29, 2013
  19. NGO Letter to European Energy Ministers on Energy Efficiency Directive - April 2012NGO Letter to European Energy Ministers on Energy Efficiency Directive - April 2012 (Details) | Size: 1.72 MB | Last Updated On: Apr 18, 2012
  20. NGO Letter to Commissioner Hedegaard on Maritime Emissions -  March 2012NGO Letter to Commissioner Hedegaard on Maritime Emissions - March 2012 (Details) | Size: 310.42 KB | Last Updated On: Mar 30, 2012
  21. Green10 Letter to Danish Ministers Lidegaard+Auken - March 2012Green10 Letter to Danish Ministers Lidegaard+Auken - March 2012 (Details) | Size: 165.68 KB | Last Updated On: Mar 26, 2012
  22. CAN-Europe Network letter to the Danish Presidency on Climate Finance (February 2012)CAN-Europe Network letter to the Danish Presidency on Climate Finance (February 2012) (Details) | Size: 614.82 KB | Last Updated On: Jun 15, 2012
  23. NGO Letter to Danish Presidency on Climate Finance - Feb. 2012NGO Letter to Danish Presidency on Climate Finance - Feb. 2012 (Details) | Size: 617.16 KB | Last Updated On: Mar 27, 2012
  24. NGO Letter to the Commission on HFCs ( 10 Feb 2012)NGO Letter to the Commission on HFCs ( 10 Feb 2012) (Details) | Size: 219.07 KB | Last Updated On: Nov 20, 2012
  25. Coalition for Energy Savings Letter to Energy Ministers on EED - Nov. 2011Coalition for Energy Savings Letter to Energy Ministers on EED - Nov. 2011 (Details) | Size: 117.46 KB | Last Updated On: Nov 17, 2011
  26. CAN-E, FoEE and WWF Letter to Energy Ministers - Nov. 2011CAN-E, FoEE and WWF Letter to Energy Ministers - Nov. 2011 (Details) | Size: 1.52 MB | Last Updated On: Nov 17, 2011
  27. Coalition for Energy Savings Letter to Commissioner Lowe - Oct 2011Coalition for Energy Savings Letter to Commissioner Lowe - Oct 2011 (Details) | Size: N/A | Last Updated On: Oct 31, 2011
  28. Coalition for Energy Savings Letter to Pres. Van Rompuy - Oct. 2011Coalition for Energy Savings Letter to Pres. Van Rompuy - Oct. 2011 (Details) | Size: N/A | Last Updated On: Oct 19, 2011
  29. CAN E Letter to EU ENVI Ministers Oct 2011CAN E Letter to EU ENVI Ministers Oct 2011 (Details) | Size: 157.36 KB | Last Updated On: Oct 04, 2011
  30. CAN-E Letter to ENVI Ministers on the Kyoto Protocol second commitment period (July 2011)CAN-E Letter to ENVI Ministers on the Kyoto Protocol second commitment period (July 2011) (Details) | Size: 99.15 KB | Last Updated On: Jul 13, 2011
  31. NGO letter: Energy Efficiency Directive and ETS (June 2011)NGO letter: Energy Efficiency Directive and ETS (June 2011) (Details) | Size: 1.56 MB | Last Updated On: Jun 29, 2011
  32. CAN Europe MEP briefing #5 (20 June 2011)CAN Europe MEP briefing #5 (20 June 2011) (Details) | Size: 1.17 MB | Last Updated On: Jun 20, 2011
  33. CAN Europe Council briefing #5 (20 June 2011)CAN Europe Council briefing #5 (20 June 2011) (Details) | Size: 1.17 MB | Last Updated On: Jun 20, 2011
  34. CAN-E Letter "NGO expectations for European action on International Climate Finance" (June 2011)CAN-E Letter "NGO expectations for European action on International Climate Finance" (June 2011) (Details) | Size: Empty | Last Updated On: Jul 13, 2011
  35. CAN-E Letter "NGO expectations for European action on International Climate Finance" (June 2011)CAN-E Letter "NGO expectations for European action on International Climate Finance" (June 2011) (Details) | Size: Empty | Last Updated On: Jul 13, 2011
  36. CAN Europe MEP briefing #4 (7 June 2011)CAN Europe MEP briefing #4 (7 June 2011) (Details) | Size: 513.37 KB | Last Updated On: Jun 07, 2011
  37. CAN-Europe Council briefing #4 (7 June 2011)CAN-Europe Council briefing #4 (7 June 2011) (Details) | Size: 509.87 KB | Last Updated On: Jun 07, 2011
  38. CAN-E, FERN (20 May 2011) Letter to Commissioner PiebalgsCAN-E, FERN (20 May 2011) Letter to Commissioner Piebalgs (Details) | Size: 224.15 KB | Last Updated On: May 25, 2011
  39. CAN Europe Council briefing #3 (23 May 2011)CAN Europe Council briefing #3 (23 May 2011) (Details) | Size: 451.62 KB | Last Updated On: May 23, 2011
  40. CAN-Europe EP briefing #3 (23 May 2011)CAN-Europe EP briefing #3 (23 May 2011) (Details) | Size: 456.66 KB | Last Updated On: May 23, 2011
  41. CAN-Europe EP briefing #2 (17 May 2011)CAN-Europe EP briefing #2 (17 May 2011) (Details) | Size: 1.12 MB | Last Updated On: May 17, 2011
  42. CAN Europe Council briefing #2 (17 May 2011)CAN Europe Council briefing #2 (17 May 2011) (Details) | Size: 1.11 MB | Last Updated On: May 17, 2011
  43. CAN-Europe EP briefing # 1 (10 May 2011)CAN-Europe EP briefing # 1 (10 May 2011) (Details) | Size: 1.58 MB | Last Updated On: May 17, 2011
  44. CAN Europe Council briefing #1 (10 May 2011)CAN Europe Council briefing #1 (10 May 2011) (Details) | Size: 1.58 MB | Last Updated On: May 17, 2011
  45. NGO Letter Spring EU Council (March 2011)NGO Letter Spring EU Council (March 2011) (Details) | Size: 1.1 MB | Last Updated On: Mar 23, 2011
  46. Joint letter to Barroso on 2050 Roadmap (March 2011)Joint letter to Barroso on 2050 Roadmap (March 2011) (Details) | Size: 779.28 KB | Last Updated On: Mar 02, 2011
  47. Coalition Energy Summit letter to President of EU Council (January 2011)Coalition Energy Summit letter to President of EU Council (January 2011) (Details) | Size: 392.39 KB | Last Updated On: Jan 31, 2011
  48. Letter to MEPs on EU Transparency (28_Jan_2011)Letter to MEPs on EU Transparency (28_Jan_2011) (Details) | Size: 1.27 MB | Last Updated On: Jan 31, 2011
  49. Letter to Environment Ministers urging closure of logging loopholes- Oct. 2010Letter to Environment Ministers urging closure of logging loopholes- Oct. 2010 (Details) | Size: 50.73 KB | Last Updated On: Oct 18, 2010
  50. CAN E letter to Joint Working Group on Fast Start Finance - Sept 2010CAN E letter to Joint Working Group on Fast Start Finance - Sept 2010 (Details) | Size: 1013.42 KB | Last Updated On: Jan 19, 2011
  51. CAN-E Joint Letter to EFC‐EPC Joint Working Group (Sep. 2010)CAN-E Joint Letter to EFC‐EPC Joint Working Group (Sep. 2010) (Details) | Size: Empty | Last Updated On: Jul 13, 2011
  52. Letter to Heads of State urging energy saving for EU 2020- June 2010Letter to Heads of State urging energy saving for EU 2020- June 2010 (Details) | Size: 156.91 KB | Last Updated On: Jan 19, 2011
  53. CAN E letter to EU Heads of State - June 2010CAN E letter to EU Heads of State - June 2010 (Details) | Size: 179.19 KB | Last Updated On: Jan 19, 2011
  54. CAN E lettre au president Francais avant le Summit UE Juin 2010CAN E lettre au president Francais avant le Summit UE Juin 2010 (Details) | Size: 183.56 KB | Last Updated On: Feb 15, 2011
  55. G10 Letter for Commissioner Hedegaard's appointment (Feb.2010)G10 Letter for Commissioner Hedegaard's appointment (Feb.2010) (Details) | Size: 1.05 MB | Last Updated On: Mar 25, 2011
  56. NGO joint letter to Council and MEPs on Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Oct. 2009)NGO joint letter to Council and MEPs on Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Oct. 2009) (Details) | Size: 356 KB | Last Updated On: Jan 19, 2011
  57. Green10_letter_to_Chancellor_Merkel_BRIEFING_09_01_2008Green10_letter_to_Chancellor_Merkel_BRIEFING_09_01_2008 (Details) | Size: 136.13 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 10, 2010
  58. Green10_letter_to_Chancellor_Merkel_on_Nature_Directives_09_01_2008Green10_letter_to_Chancellor_Merkel_on_Nature_Directives_09_01_2008 (Details) | Size: 251.64 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 10, 2010
  59. Letter to Environment Ministers (22 October 2007)Letter to Environment Ministers (22 October 2007) (Details) | Size: 50.04 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 16, 2010
  60. Letter to Environmental Council on ETS (22/06/2007)Letter to Environmental Council on ETS (22/06/2007) (Details) | Size: 38.96 KB | Last Updated On: Jan 19, 2011
  61. Letter to Ministers on Development G8+5 (23 March 2007)Letter to Ministers on Development G8+5 (23 March 2007) (Details) | Size: 109.99 KB | Last Updated On: Jan 19, 2011
  62. CAN-E letter to Ministers G8 - English version (08 March 2007)CAN-E letter to Ministers G8 - English version (08 March 2007) (Details) | Size: 103.87 KB | Last Updated On: Apr 21, 2010
  63. CAN-E letter to Ministers G8 - French version (08 March 2007)CAN-E letter to Ministers G8 - French version (08 March 2007) (Details) | Size: 36.41 KB | Last Updated On: Apr 21, 2010
  64. CAN-E letter to Ministers G8 - German version (08 March 2007)CAN-E letter to Ministers G8 - German version (08 March 2007) (Details) | Size: 27.29 KB | Last Updated On: Apr 21, 2010
  65. NGO letter: Joint NGO Statement on climate and energy policy ahead of the Spring Council (Feb. 2007)NGO letter: Joint NGO Statement on climate and energy policy ahead of the Spring Council (Feb. 2007) (Details) | Size: 55.4 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 20, 2010
  66. Feb 2007_ Joint NGO Statement on the combined climate and energy package ahead of the Env. CouncilFeb 2007_ Joint NGO Statement on the combined climate and energy package ahead of the Env. Council (Details) | Size: 55.56 KB | Last Updated On: Jan 19, 2011
  67. Letter to Environment ministers and Head of Delegation on post 2012 EU strategy (Dec. 2006)Letter to Environment ministers and Head of Delegation on post 2012 EU strategy (Dec. 2006) (Details) | Size: 152.02 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 17, 2010
  68. Letter to ENV. Ministers_Preparations for COP/MOP2, Nairobi: Post 2012 (10/2006)Letter to ENV. Ministers_Preparations for COP/MOP2, Nairobi: Post 2012 (10/2006) (Details) | Size: 59.1 KB | Last Updated On: Jan 19, 2011
  69. NGO_position_on_CCS_in_CDM (sept. 2006)NGO_position_on_CCS_in_CDM (sept. 2006) (Details) | Size: 49.69 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 17, 2010
  70. Jun 2006_ Joint_NGOposition_inclusion of CCS in CDMJun 2006_ Joint_NGOposition_inclusion of CCS in CDM (Details) | Size: 49.77 KB | Last Updated On: Jan 19, 2011
  71. Letter to Environment Council (Sept. 2005)Letter to Environment Council (Sept. 2005) (Details) | Size: 194.85 KB | Last Updated On: Apr 21, 2010
  72. G10 letter to Barroso (July 2005)G10 letter to Barroso (July 2005) (Details) | Size: 197.49 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 10, 2010
  73. Joint_statement_end_use_efficiency (Jun. 05)Joint_statement_end_use_efficiency (Jun. 05) (Details) | Size: 82.9 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 17, 2010
  74. Letter_Minister_(mar. 2005) Energy Council (A New Energy Policy for Europe)Letter_Minister_(mar. 2005) Energy Council (A New Energy Policy for Europe) (Details) | Size: 50 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 17, 2010
  75. DEV-ENVNGO_jointletter (02/05)DEV-ENVNGO_jointletter (02/05) (Details) | Size: 90.79 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 13, 2010
  76. NGOs letter to minister: Czech national allocation plan and climate policy (Oct. 2004)NGOs letter to minister: Czech national allocation plan and climate policy (Oct. 2004) (Details) | Size: 38.3 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 10, 2010
  77. (2004-Oct-05) CZ Letter NAP and climate policy(2004-Oct-05) CZ Letter NAP and climate policy (Details) | Size: 38.3 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 13, 2010
  78. Letter_proposal for domestic trading of GHG allowances (2002-Oct-04)Letter_proposal for domestic trading of GHG allowances (2002-Oct-04) (Details) | Size: 116.56 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 13, 2010
  79. (2004-09-Sept) ICAO_NGOs Letter(2004-09-Sept) ICAO_NGOs Letter (Details) | Size: 229.08 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 13, 2010
  80. CANe_CANCee_letterProdi-NAPs (07/04)CANe_CANCee_letterProdi-NAPs (07/04) (Details) | Size: 118.04 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 13, 2010
  81. NGOs' letter to Wallstrom, Commissioner for the Environment (Apr. 2004)NGOs' letter to Wallstrom, Commissioner for the Environment (Apr. 2004) (Details) | Size: 26.41 KB | Last Updated On: Feb 15, 2011
  82. 2003-Nov_NGOletter_NAP2003-Nov_NGOletter_NAP (Details) | Size: 32.67 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 13, 2010
  83. EB_letter_17_march_2003EB_letter_17_march_2003 (Details) | Size: 406.67 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 13, 2010


Public ConsultationsPublic Consultations

  1. NGO request for Commission internal review of emission allowances for industries (Dec 2014)NGO request for Commission internal review of emission allowances for industries (Dec 2014) (Details) | Size: 454.51 KB | Last Updated On: Dec 15, 2014
  2. CAN Europe responses to public consultation on ENVI state-aid (14 February 2014)CAN Europe responses to public consultation on ENVI state-aid (14 February 2014) (Details) | Size: 667.59 KB | Last Updated On: Mar 03, 2014
  3. SUBMISSION TO THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON AN ENERGY COMMUNITY FOR THE FUTURE (FEB 2014)SUBMISSION TO THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON AN ENERGY COMMUNITY FOR THE FUTURE (FEB 2014) (Details) | Size: 210.5 KB | Last Updated On: Feb 10, 2014
  4. CAN Europe response to the ENTSO-E consultation on Visions 2030 (sept 13))CAN Europe response to the ENTSO-E consultation on Visions 2030 (sept 13)) (Details) | Size: 250.08 KB | Last Updated On: Feb 10, 2014
  5. EU Commission Consultation: 2030 green paper on Climate and Energy framework (June 2013)EU Commission Consultation: 2030 green paper on Climate and Energy framework (June 2013) (Details) | Size: 390.3 KB | Last Updated On: Aug 05, 2013
  6. EU Commission: Communication on energy technologies and innovation (Mar 2013)EU Commission: Communication on energy technologies and innovation (Mar 2013) (Details) | Size: 44.65 KB | Last Updated On: Aug 05, 2013
  7. CAN Europe submission to public consulation on ETS structural measures (28 Feb 2013)CAN Europe submission to public consulation on ETS structural measures (28 Feb 2013) (Details) | Size: 205.11 KB | Last Updated On: Aug 05, 2013
  8. CAN Europe response to EU Commission Consultation on Internal Energy Markets (4 Feb 2013)CAN Europe response to EU Commission Consultation on Internal Energy Markets (4 Feb 2013) (Details) | Size: 45.57 KB | Last Updated On: Jul 25, 2013
  9. ENSURING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GLOBALLY: EU FOLLOW-UP TO RIO+20ENSURING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GLOBALLY: EU FOLLOW-UP TO RIO+20 (Details) | Size: 131 KB | Last Updated On: Feb 05, 2014
  10. ENTSO-E Consultation on Cost Benefit Analysis Methodology for the Ten Year Network Development Plan (Jan 2013)ENTSO-E Consultation on Cost Benefit Analysis Methodology for the Ten Year Network Development Plan (Jan 2013) (Details) | Size: 1.23 MB | Last Updated On: Aug 05, 2013
  11. Joint response to ENTSO-E on Visions 2030 (14-12-2012)Joint response to ENTSO-E on Visions 2030 (14-12-2012) (Details) | Size: 1.98 MB | Last Updated On: Aug 05, 2013
  12. Response to the EIB consultation on their energy lending policy (Dec 2012)Response to the EIB consultation on their energy lending policy (Dec 2012) (Details) | Size: 219.85 KB | Last Updated On: Jul 25, 2013
  13. Response to EIB Consultation on their Energy Lending Policy (Dec 2012)Response to EIB Consultation on their Energy Lending Policy (Dec 2012) (Details) | Size: 220.44 KB | Last Updated On: Aug 01, 2013
  14. EU Commission Consulation on State Aid for Environmental Protection (Oct 2012)EU Commission Consulation on State Aid for Environmental Protection (Oct 2012) (Details) | Size: 65.34 KB | Last Updated On: Aug 05, 2013
  15. CAN Europe's  EU Commission submission to ETS consultation (Oct 2012)CAN Europe's EU Commission submission to ETS consultation (Oct 2012) (Details) | Size: 122.51 KB | Last Updated On: Mar 05, 2013
  16. CAN Europe submission on maritime emissions (April 2012)CAN Europe submission on maritime emissions (April 2012) (Details) | Size: 71.35 KB | Last Updated On: Mar 29, 2013


[Brussels, October 14 2010] - At today’s Council meeting, EU Environment Ministers will decide whether or not the EU is going to get serious about combating climate change. Two major issues on the agenda, the EU’s emissions reduction target and how to count logging emissions, will definitively demonstrate the EU’s level of commitment to leading the fight against dangerous climate change. CAN Europe [1] is calling for an immediate move from the EU’s current weak 20% to a domestic 30% emissions reduction target, on the way to 40%, which must include strong, loophole-free rules for logging emissions.

“Over the past few months, we have seen increasing support at the very highest levels of the EU, supporting a move to 30% emissions reductions,” said Tomas Wyns, CAN Europe Senior Policy Officer.  Supporters of the move include, most recently, Danish Prime Minister Lars Rassmussen, in addition to the support already voiced by the the French, German and British governments.   The latest emissions data from the European Environment Agency shows that the EU is already emitting 17% less than in 1990, proving that the 20% target (by 2020) has almost been achieved (in 2010) without any effort. Therefore, a move to 30% would require minimal additional effort. Economic analyses by the European Commission and others also show that the move to 30% would come with important economic benefits. [2] In addition, reducing emissions now would make it more likely that the EU attains its own goal of 80-95% emissions reductions by 2050, as legislated in the EU Climate and Energy package of 2008.

It is worrisome that a a powerful group of big industrial polluters are working behind the scences to block a unilateral EU move to 30%. A recent report [3] shows that the European manufacturing indusrtry has made more than EUR14 Bil in additional profits using free allowances provided through the EU ETS, money that could instead be spent researching and implementing innovative technologies that would enable industries to move to 30% reductions.

Forestry rules represent another key debate for EU Environment Ministers today. European NGOs have two very simple asks in this area. First, the forestry sector must do its part in the global effort to reduce emissions, rather than contributing to the problem, and second, emissions must be counted in an honest and transparent manner. [4]

“At EU level, Sweden, Austria and Finland especially are resisting environmentally sound accounting rules, which would guarantee that their forestry sectors can chop down even more trees without having to count the emissions,” Wyns asserted.

Environmentally sound logging rules should be applied to both EU and international climate policy.  If these principles are not applied both levels, it would allow countries worldwide to use accounting tricks to hide the equivalent of the annual emissions of Spain. Such negligence would punch holes in the efficacy of any global climate deal. This issue should remain at the forefront of today’s meeting when Ministers discuss the EU’s position for the next climate negotiations in Cancun.

Notes:
[1] Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe is a coalition of over 130 citizens’ organisations in Europe working to stop the most dangerous effects of climate change.
[2] CAN Europe’s press briefing on the -30% emissions reduction target outlines economic arguments for making the move. http://www.climnet.org/resources/position-papers/doc_download/1692-30-press-briefing-may-2010.html
[3] http://www.climnet.org/resources/external-documents/doc_download/1691-ce-delft-report-energy-intensive-industries-making-windfall-profits-from-eu-ets-april-2010.html
[4] For details, see CAN Europe’s letter to environment ministers on forestry emissions rules (i.e., LULUCF)
http://www.climnet.org/resources/position-papers/doc_download/1711-can-e-letter-to-eu-environment-ministers-october-2010.html
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Market Stability Reserve

The EU ETS has faced a severe price crash due to a very large oversupply of pollution permits, called EU allowances (see the "About" section).

The Market Stability Reserve (MSR) as proposed by the European Commission tries to address this supply and demand imbalance and create more price stability. Under the proposal, EU allowances would automatically be put into the MSR when there is a large oversupply of emission allowances and released back into the market when allowances are scarcer.

But the current proposal needs to be strengthened if the MSR catalyze investments in energy-efficiency and renewable technologies.

We propose the following improvements to the European Commission's Market Stability Reserve proposal:

1. Start the Market Stability Reserve in 2016
2. Prevent back-loaded and unused allowances from re-entering the market
3. Make adjustments stronger when the supply is large
4. Limit the surplus from being used as future rights to pollute

 


Read the CAN Europe position on the MSR here.

The Market Stability Reserve is an important first step towards the structural reforms needed to turn the EU ETS into an effective instrument that encourages clean investments and controls emissions (see the "ETS after 2020" section)

 

The following issues must be addressed under upcoming legislative proposals following the October 2014 European Council conclusions on the EU's 2030 climate and energy framework:

Permanently addressing the surplus

The Market Stability Reserve does not provide a permanent solution to the surplus of EU ETS allowances, which may grow to over 4 billion by 2020. It only temporarily removes allowances and returns them to the market over time. Instead, surplus allowances need to be permanently removed as they weaken future climate targets and undermine an adequate pollution price signal. Legal proposals will have to provide a permanent solution that enables cancellation of surplus allowances.

Strenghtening the linear reduction factor

In the context of ratcheting up EU's 2030 emission target ahead of the Paris summit, the ETS linear reduction factor should be increased in line with an economy-wide target of at least 55% domestic greenhouse gas reductions by 2030 – a target required to ensure the EU's fair contribution to the global effort to prevent dangerous climate change. The European Commission's proposal to increase the linear reduction factor to 2.2% after 2021 is far from sufficient to achieve that purpose.

Revising the approach to protecting industries

When production costs for a business in one country get too high they may move their production to another country. So called „carbon leakage" occurs when the higher costs are due to stricter climate policies in one country and the company therefore moves to a country with weaker climate polices.

The European Commission's own impact assessment shows that there is no evidence for carbon leakage due to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). On the contrary, industrial sectors accumulated a surplus of one billion pollution permits, worth well over €5 billion. More than 97% of industry's emissions currently receive free pollution permits. From 2013-2020, industry will receive around 5.5 billion pollution permits for free! As a result, the ETS has rather been a benefit than a cost to many energy intensive industries.

Free allocation led to significant loss of government revenues from auctioning, increased overall costs of climate policy and failed to stimulate investments in emission reductions and innovative technologies. The EU's approach to carbon leakage therefore needs to be significantly altered in order to support clean and competitive industries in Europe whilst at the same time avoiding overcompensation. The polluter pays principle should be respected and will need supplementing with support for additional clean and innovative industry investments. Auctioning of emission allowances instead of free allocations ensures simplicity and transparency and provides revenues that can support industries making the transition to low carbon solutions.

For more information, read our briefing on the lack of evidence for carbon leakage and our presentation on carbon leakage and competitiveness.

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