Next week, EU environment ministers are to strike a deal on the reform of the Emissions Trading System (ETS). If governments do not treat the reform with more seriousness, the EU risks setting its carbon market up for another decade of failure, argues Wendel Trio.
The current proposals are clearly not in line with the EU’s commitment under the Paris Agreement to keep the temperature rise well below 2°C, let alone below 1.5°C. This would profoundly damage the EU’s reputation as a frontrunner in the fight against climate change and further deteriorate EU citizens’ trust in the bloc’s ability to act.
Business as usual is not good enough anymore. For the EU to stay at the top of the class on climate action, it urgently needs to review its targets and boost its post-2020 efforts, writes Wendel Trio.
Environment Council meeting on Monday should be used to demand deeper reform, or risk locking in low ambition for 15 years
CAN Europe chief responds to comments by European Parliament's lead ETS reform rapporteur Ian Duncan.
Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme urgently needs to be reformed and now is the last chance to do so. It is also a chance for the Parliament to show it is serious about COP21. The current draft fails in this regard, writes Wendel Trio.
To show leadership abroad, the EU must show its credentials through commitment to action. 2016 offers the perfect moment to do this, by pushing through a significant package of climate and energy legislation, write Montserrat Mir, Wendel Trio and Eliot Whittington.
At a meeting this week in Washington, fossil fuel subsidies should be prioritised in the discussion, so that renewable energy sources can at last be fully exploited, writes Maeve McLynn.
The countries from Southeastern Europe have the potential to achieve much more emission reductions compared to what they have put on the table in Paris.