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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 | Added 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 | Added On: Nov 21, 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 | Added On: Oct 11, 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 | Added 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 | Added On: Apr 05, 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 | Added 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 | Added On: Dec 11, 2012
  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 | Added On: Dec 03, 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 | Added On: Nov 14, 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 | Added On: Nov 08, 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 | Added On: Nov 07, 2012
  12. Ecofin Letter Climate Finance (22 Oct 2012)Ecofin Letter Climate Finance (22 Oct 2012) (Details) | Size: 98.99 KB | Added On: Oct 23, 2012
  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 | Added On: Oct 17, 2012
  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 | Added 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 | Added On: Jul 03, 2012
  16. Letter to Minister Lidegaard concerning climate finance (June 2012)Letter to Minister Lidegaard concerning climate finance (June 2012) (Details) | Size: 39 KB | Added 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 | Added On: May 21, 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 | Added On: May 15, 2012
  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 | Added 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 | Added 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 | Added 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 | Added On: Feb 23, 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 | Added On: Feb 10, 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 | Added On: Feb 10, 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 | Added 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 | Added On: Nov 16, 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 | Added 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 | Added 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 | Added 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 | Added On: Jul 07, 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 | Added On: Jun 22, 2011
  32. CAN Europe MEP briefing #5 (20 June 2011)CAN Europe MEP briefing #5 (20 June 2011) (Details) | Size: 1.17 MB | Added 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 | Added 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 | Added On: Jun 17, 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 | Added On: Jun 17, 2011
  36. CAN Europe MEP briefing #4 (7 June 2011)CAN Europe MEP briefing #4 (7 June 2011) (Details) | Size: 513.37 KB | Added 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 | Added 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 | Added 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 | Added 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 | Added 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 | Added 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 | Added 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 | Added On: May 10, 2011
  44. CAN Europe Council briefing #1 (10 May 2011)CAN Europe Council briefing #1 (10 May 2011) (Details) | Size: 1.58 MB | Added On: May 10, 2011
  45. NGO Letter Spring EU Council (March 2011)NGO Letter Spring EU Council (March 2011) (Details) | Size: 1.1 MB | Added On: Mar 16, 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 | Added 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 | Added 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 | Added On: Jan 28, 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 | Added 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 | Added On: Sep 06, 2010
  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 | Added On: Sep 06, 2010
  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 | Added On: Jun 18, 2010
  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 | Added On: Jun 10, 2010
  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 | Added On: Jun 10, 2010
  55. G10 Letter for Commissioner Hedegaard's appointment (Feb.2010)G10 Letter for Commissioner Hedegaard's appointment (Feb.2010) (Details) | Size: 1.05 MB | Added On: Feb 18, 2010
  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 | Added On: Oct 23, 2009
  57. Green10_letter_to_Chancellor_Merkel_BRIEFING_09_01_2008Green10_letter_to_Chancellor_Merkel_BRIEFING_09_01_2008 (Details) | Size: 136.13 KB | Added On: Aug 25, 2009
  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 | Added On: Aug 25, 2009
  59. Letter to Environment Ministers (22 October 2007)Letter to Environment Ministers (22 October 2007) (Details) | Size: 50.04 KB | Added On: Oct 24, 2007
  60. Letter to Environmental Council on ETS (22/06/2007)Letter to Environmental Council on ETS (22/06/2007) (Details) | Size: 38.96 KB | Added On: Jun 22, 2007
  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 | Added On: Mar 25, 2007
  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 | Added On: Mar 25, 2007
  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 | Added On: Mar 25, 2007
  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 | Added On: Mar 25, 2007
  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 | Added On: Feb 25, 2007
  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 | Added On: Feb 19, 2007
  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 | Added On: Dec 15, 2006
  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 | Added On: Oct 02, 2006
  69. NGO_position_on_CCS_in_CDM (sept. 2006)NGO_position_on_CCS_in_CDM (sept. 2006) (Details) | Size: 49.69 KB | Added On: Sep 21, 2006
  70. Jun 2006_ Joint_NGOposition_inclusion of CCS in CDMJun 2006_ Joint_NGOposition_inclusion of CCS in CDM (Details) | Size: 49.77 KB | Added On: Jun 25, 2006
  71. Letter to Environment Council (Sept. 2005)Letter to Environment Council (Sept. 2005) (Details) | Size: 194.85 KB | Added On: Sep 25, 2005
  72. G10 letter to Barroso (July 2005)G10 letter to Barroso (July 2005) (Details) | Size: 197.49 KB | Added On: Jul 25, 2005
  73. Joint_statement_end_use_efficiency (Jun. 05)Joint_statement_end_use_efficiency (Jun. 05) (Details) | Size: 82.9 KB | Added On: Jun 17, 2005
  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 | Added On: Mar 16, 2005
  75. DEV-ENVNGO_jointletter (02/05)DEV-ENVNGO_jointletter (02/05) (Details) | Size: 90.79 KB | Added On: Feb 16, 2005
  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 | Added On: Oct 25, 2004
  77. (2004-Oct-05) CZ Letter NAP and climate policy(2004-Oct-05) CZ Letter NAP and climate policy (Details) | Size: 38.3 KB | Added On: Oct 20, 2004
  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 | Added On: Oct 04, 2004
  79. (2004-09-Sept) ICAO_NGOs Letter(2004-09-Sept) ICAO_NGOs Letter (Details) | Size: 229.08 KB | Added On: Sep 25, 2004
  80. CANe_CANCee_letterProdi-NAPs (07/04)CANe_CANCee_letterProdi-NAPs (07/04) (Details) | Size: 118.04 KB | Added On: Jul 13, 2004
  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 | Added On: Apr 25, 2004
  82. 2003-Nov_NGOletter_NAP2003-Nov_NGOletter_NAP (Details) | Size: 32.67 KB | Added On: Nov 25, 2003
  83. EB_letter_17_march_2003EB_letter_17_march_2003 (Details) | Size: 406.67 KB | Added On: Mar 12, 2003


Public ConsultationsPublic Consultations

  1. CAN Europe response to EC LULUCF and AGRICULTURE public consultationCAN Europe response to EC LULUCF and AGRICULTURE public consultation (Details) | Size: 33.11 KB | Added On: Jun 22, 2015
  2. CAN Europe Response to Consultation on the preparation of a legislative proposal on the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the European Union's greenhouse gas emission reduction commitment in a 2030 perspectiveCAN Europe Response to Consultation on the preparation of a legislative proposal on the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the European Union's greenhouse gas emission reduction commitment in a 2030 perspective (Details) | Size: 666.48 KB | Added On: Jun 22, 2015
  3. IPA 2014 Call for Proposals "Support to regional thematic networks of Civil Society Organisations"IPA 2014 Call for Proposals "Support to regional thematic networks of Civil Society Organisations" (Details) | Size: 74.2 KB | Added On: Apr 13, 2015
  4. CAN Europe Response to Consultation on Revision of the EU ETS DirectiveCAN Europe Response to Consultation on Revision of the EU ETS Directive (Details) | Size: 165.82 KB | Added On: Mar 24, 2015
  5. CAN Europe response to the Public consultation on the Options for Implementation of Proposals on the Future of the Energy CommunityCAN Europe response to the Public consultation on the Options for Implementation of Proposals on the Future of the Energy Community (Details) | Size: 549.44 KB | Added On: Mar 11, 2015
  6. 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 | Added On: Dec 15, 2014
  7. CAN Europe response to the Commission consultation on the retail markets CommunicationCAN Europe response to the Commission consultation on the retail markets Communication (Details) | Size: 56.89 KB | Added On: Apr 10, 2014
  8. 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 | Added On: Mar 03, 2014
  9. 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 | Added On: Feb 10, 2014
  10. 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 | Added On: Sep 10, 2013
  11. 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 | Added On: Jun 27, 2013
  12. 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 | Added On: Mar 01, 2013
  13. 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 | Added On: Feb 28, 2013
  14. 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 | Added On: Feb 22, 2013
  15. ENSURING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GLOBALLY: EU FOLLOW-UP TO RIO+20ENSURING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GLOBALLY: EU FOLLOW-UP TO RIO+20 (Details) | Size: 131 KB | Added On: Jan 15, 2013
  16. 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 | Added On: Jan 14, 2013
  17. 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 | Added On: Dec 17, 2012
  18. 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 | Added On: Dec 12, 2012
  19. 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 | Added On: Nov 23, 2012
  20. 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 | Added On: Oct 31, 2012
  21. 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 | Added On: Oct 16, 2012
  22. CAN Europe submission on maritime emissions (April 2012)CAN Europe submission on maritime emissions (April 2012) (Details) | Size: 71.35 KB | Added On: Apr 03, 2012


dirtyoildiplomacy

Dirty Oil Diplomacy: The Canadian Government’s Global Push to Sell the Tar Sands

Climate Action Network Canada has just launched their latest publication Dirty Oil Diplomacy. Based on hundreds of documents obtained under the Canadian freedom of information laws, the publication clearly outlines the Canadian government’s strategy for selling tar sands across the globe.

It exposes the domestic and foreign strategies for selling tar sands, Canada’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.The report also details the Pan European Oil Sands Advocacy Strategy created by the Canadian government, which was initiated in January 2010 at a number of Canadian Embassies in Europe. The strategy sought to strengthen links with relevant industry partners, while changing the perception of tar sands.

The full report is available here, and executive summaries in English and French are also available to download. 

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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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