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Submissions on Policy Issues to European Union

Consultation to the EU Commission: How to reconcile the Global Market Based Mechanism with the EU Emissions Trading System

Following the Paris Agreement and considering the agreed long-term goal, what kind of effort should come from international aviation and how should this develop over time? The international CNG2020 goal should be legally binding and enforced from the start of the GMBM in 2021. In the future, the cap should then be progressively tightened and […] more »

Letter to ensure that the 2030 Effort Sharing Decision, the EU’s largest climate instrument, is fit for purpose

A global climate deal was adopted last December in Paris, in which all countries agreed to take action on climate change. The Paris agreement is unique as it represents a historically significant milestone that aims to pursue efforts to limit global temperature rises to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. more »

Consultation on streamlining of planning and reporting obligations as part of the Energy Union governance

What this consultation is about: The Commission’s State of the Energy Union presented on 18 November 2015 states that “[t]he Energy Union needs a reliable and transparent governance process, anchored in legislation, to make sure that energy related actions at European, regional, national and local level all contribute to the Energy Union’s objectives.” This corresponds to similar calls […] more »

Open letter to EU Officials on Human Rights

We are writing on behalf of the undersigned organisations and members of the Human Rights and Climate Change Working Group[1], in advance of the UNFCCC Conference of the State Parties in Paris from November 30-December 11, 2015. more »

Letter to Commissioner Arias Cañete in view of European Commission consultation on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)

Dear Commissioner Arias Cañete,
The European Commission has consulted stakeholders about the role the EU’s land and forests should play in its 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. With this letter, the undersigned organisations are registering their views and state that Option 1 (LULUCF pillar), is their preferred option since it is the only one that could uphold the environmental and social integrity of the EU’s target. They call on the EU to have a clear position ahead of Paris on the need for two distinct global goals, one for LULUCF and another for other emissions, including non CO2 emissions from agriculture.

At the European Summit in October 2014, Heads of State agreed that, by 2030, the EU will domestically reduce its emissions by at least 40 per cent compared to 1990. In the run up to the United Nations climate summit in Paris, the EU should continue to show leadership to tackle climate change by upholding the environmental integrity of the ‘at least 40 per cent’ target. We believe that unless the following points are addressed, the EU is at risk not only of backsliding on its ambition and harming its credibility in this crucial year for climate, but it could entail damaging impacts on biodiversity and local communities. more »

Carbon Market Watch response to the EU consultation on addressing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and LULUCF in the context of the 2030 EU climate and energy framework

1. In your view, which of the multiple objectives of agriculture, forestry and other land use will gain most in relative importance by 2030?

It will be critical to ensure the long-term stability of carbon pools for carbon storage, biodiversity protection and ecosystem preservation in the future. Currently the emissions from land use represent a quarter of all human emissions and it is hence vital that the land use sector also contributes to tackling climate change.
The use of biomass is limited due to finite land availability and therefore the use of biomass should follow the cascading hierarchy and only as a last resort be used for lower-quality applications where other viable alternatives exist, which is the case with power generation.
Finally, it should be recognised that food security and sustainable farming should go hand in hand. Actions that support this include no-till farming, silvopastoral practises and demand-side measures to limit excess consumption. more »

Consultation on revision of the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) Directive

On 24 October 2014, the European Council agreed on the 2030 framework for climate and energy [1], including a binding domestic target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of at least 40% in 2030 as compared to 1990. To meet this target, the European Council agreed that the emissions in the EU Emission Trading System should be reduced, compared to 2005, by 43%. A reformed EU ETS remains the main instrument to achieve the emission reduction target. The cap will decline based on an annual linear reduction factor of 2.2% (instead of the current 1.74%) from 2021 onwards, to achieve the necessary emission reductions in the EU ETS. The European Council furthermore gave strategic guidance on several issues regarding the implementation of the emission reduction target, namely free allocation to industry, the establishment of a modernisation and an innovation fund, optional free allocation of allowances to modernise electricity generation in some Member States. more »

Open letter to Mr Stavros Lambrinidis – EU Special Representative for Human Rights

24 February 2015
Subject: Promoting human rights in all climate actions – EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy
Dear Mr Lambrinidis, the undersigned organisations urge you to include in the updated EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy an objective for the EU to pursue a human rights based approach in all areas of its external action without exception, including climate change related activities. Climate change is a global injustice to present and future generations, and one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time. We are highly concerned about the grave harm that climate change is already causing both in Europe and beyond, and will continue to cause, to people and communities as well as to the environment on which we all depend. more »

Responses to the stakeholder consultations on the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS)

Read: Questions for stakeholder consultation on Emission Trading System (ETS) post-2020 carbon leakage provisions here  Assumptions to be used for new EU ETS carbon leakage list 2015-2019 here Response to the consultation on Emission Trading System (ETS) post-2020 revision here

March Council Recommendations: European Council must close loopholes in the 2030 climate & energy framework

On 22 January 2014 the European Commission proposed a new reduction target for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 40% compared to 1990 as the centre piece of the EU’s energy and climate policy for 2030. In a significant move away from the earlier 2020 energy and climate framework, the Commission proposed that this target be […] more »