CAN Europe position on the regulation of the governance of the Energy Union
CAN Europe calls on the European Parliament and Council to improve the proposed Energy Union governance legislation by taking into account some key political demands. Read now.
Centre for Climate Change, Economics and Policy working paper - Cars, carbon taxes and CO2 emissions (2015)
Is a carbon tax effective in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, and thereby mitigating climate change? The author estimates the reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2 ) from the transport sector in Sweden during the years 1990 to 2005 as a result of the introduction of a carbon tax and a value added tax (VAT) on transport fuel in the years 1990-1991. Read now.
Carbon Market Watch policy brief: Addressing aviation emissions under the EU Emissions Trading System
This paper makes recommendations to put aviation on track to do its fair share to address climate change. Read now.
European Commission overview of auctioning emissions allowances
This webpage explains how auctioning of allowances works under the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS). Read now.
DIW Berlin policy brief: Energy and Climate towards 2050 - Four Scenarios (March 2017)
The global energy transition is particularly sensitive to three main forces: the state of international politics which itself is contingent on security matters; the integration of economic and energy-related objectives and incentives; and, finally, the balancing between climate change mitigation and adaptation response types. Read now.
EEA report: Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016 (January 2017)
This report is an indicator-based assessment of past and projected climate change and its impacts on ecosystems and society. It also looks at society’s vulnerability to these impacts and at the development of adaptation policies and the underlying knowledge base. Read now.
Energy Post article on use of emissions trading revenues for low-carbon finance (2014)
EU member states used much more of the ETS revenues for low-carbon development than EU law suggests they should. This suggests that the ETS could become a major source of low-carbon finance in the future, writes Emil Dimantchev, senior analyst at Thomson Reuters, but more earmarking is needed. Read now.
GermanWatch paper on earmarking ETS allowances for climate action (2013)
This paper argues that ETS revenues could become an essential funding source already during the second and then the third EU ETS period. Starting in 2013, at least half of the allowances are being auctioned – and hence, much more and stable revenues could be generated (with the appropriate framework conditions). Read now.
IDDRI and Ecologic report: Developing 2050 decarbonization strategies in the EU: Insights on good practice from national experiences (February 2017)
This study highlights lessons that can be learned from recent experiences with 2050 decarbonization strategies in selected EU countries. It highlights examples of good practice and implications for the guidelines and requirements being drawn up by the EU. Read now.
IETA case study of EU ETS (2015)
The paper looks at the EU Emissions Trading System and its key policy features. Read now.
WWF infographic 'Five steps to fixing the EU ETS' (2016)
The graphic shows how EU institutions can strengthen the ETS during the current reform. Read now.
Joint NGO briefing on the governance of European climate and energy policies after 2020 (July 2015)
A credible governance framework is key to meeting the 2030 targets and delivering the Energy Union because it will reinforce investor confidence and energy security and enable citizens to take ownership of the transition. Read now.
London School of Economics article - Should the UK stay or should it go? The consequences of a divorce with the EU ETS (February 2017)
LSE evidence submitted to Parliamentary consultations on the effect of Brexit on UK climate policies concludes that, on balance, the best option for the UK is to negotiate to stay within the EU ETS. But what alternatives does the UK have? This article considers the options. Read now.
Oxfam paper on the EU ETS as a source of international climate finance
The ETS revision needs to include substantial changes to turn it into an effective mitigation and financing instrument, including the permanent cancellation of the large surplus of allowances and a move towards full auctioning of all allowances, argues this paper. Read now.
RFF paper on the architecture of the EU Emissions Trading System in phase 3
This paper goes through the changes to the ETS made in 2015.
Science article - A roadmap for rapid decarbonization (March 2017)
A subscriber-only article. Read.
UN Environment: Emissions gap report (November 2016)
The world must urgently up action to cut a further 25% from predicted 2030 emissions, says UN Environment report 2016. Read.
World Resources Institute working paper: Examining the alignment between the intended nationally determined contributions and Sustainable Development Goals (September 2016)
This paper explores the extent to which the Paris Agreement and the SDGs are aligned. Read.
WWF European Policy Office: webpage overview of 2050 climate plans
An overview of 2050 climate plans and the MaxiMiseR project.
WWF Germany's assessment of Germany's Climate Action Plan 2050 (2017 update) (March 2017)
WWF welcomes the guiding principles of the plan, but a huge discrepancy exists between these and the instruments proposed. Read.