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The EU’s “flagship climate instrument” is up for vote in the European Parliament on 15 February.
The European Commission has proposed a reform of the EU carbon market cap-and-trade scheme - the Emissions Trading System (ETS) which would take effect in 2021.
The ETS needs reforming because there are too many carbon pollution permits available, meaning it doesn’t cost much to pollute. Many are also given out, so a lot of carbon is still emitted for free.
This means Member States get far less money from auctioning of allowances than they should - €120 billion more in revenues is possible if the ETS reform is a strong one, MaxiMiseR showed in December! If this money is then earmarked by Member States for climate action, investments in renewables and energy efficiency would shoot up.
In December, MEPs on the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted through a report which proposes measures that could help fix the ETS - including requiring all revenues to go to climate action, as recommended by MaxiMiseR.
On 15 February, WWF and its MaxiMiseR project are asking MEPs to show the climate some love by voting YES to the Environment Committee’s report. They should also ensure that emissions reductions are measured starting from real emissions levels not target levels in 2021, since real emissions will be lower by then than the targets require.
While Member States broadly support long-term climate planning, they mostly do not think increased EU policy ambition is needed, the MaxiMiseR survey results reveal.
Nine Member States responded to the survey - a 32% response rate, so not enough to draw overall conclusions on EU Member States as a whole. However, eight out of the nine support 2050 climate plans, which are currently known as Low-Carbon Development Strategies under EU law.
However while they may consider long-term planning important, they did not have a very high opinion of their national plans - three of the nine Member States stated that their LCDS is not high quality, with a further two saying said they do not yet have an LCDS.
The majority of respondents said they were satisfied with current levels of EU ambition on climate policy, with seven of the nine saying the 2050 EU benchmark of 80-95% emissions reductions on 1990 levels is a good benchmark.
Member States were also asked about ETS auctioning revenues. Eight out of nine Member States agreed that using revenues to finance climate policies can help to enhance public support for climate action. Nonetheless, many of them put their revenues into their national budget rather than earmarking them for climate action.
However a low carbon price - which means lower revenues for Member States - is seen to be a problem. Three respondents said this would have an impact on their funding for climate-related projects.
The questionnaire, built with the Ecologic Institute, was anonymous; the full results can be seen here.
The MaxiMiseR project is currently comparing and assessing EU countries' LCDS and will publish the scorecards soon. You can find out how we are evaluating them and the criteria we are measuring here.