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  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


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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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