Bold new initiative from European Commission to address carbon emissions

Andrew Warren, Chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation writes about a bold initiative to meet head on the inherent trade incompatibility caused by unpriced emissions from companies outside Europe. The column was in the May 2021 issue of Energy in Buildings & Industry.   The EU’s new tool to create a level playing field … Continue reading Bold new initiative from European Commission to address carbon emissions

Britain comes up with its own emissions trading scheme

On January 1st, EiD had a post about Britain, Brexit and ETS and where everything was heading. Now Andrew Warren, Chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation writes in February issue of Energy in Buildings & Industry about Britain’s own emissions trading scheme. Although the UK has set its own scheme, it is likely that, … Continue reading Britain comes up with its own emissions trading scheme

Proposed carbon border levy would be strong signal to EU firms

Neil Kellard, Dean, Professor in Finance, Essex Business School at the University of Essex writes on The Conversation website about the impact of the proposed carbon border levy. What are your views?   Why the EU's proposed carbon border levy is an important test for global action on climate change In the more than two … Continue reading Proposed carbon border levy would be strong signal to EU firms

BREXIT agreement requires UK to have an “effective” system of carbon pricing as of 1 January 2021 GHG emissions from power & heat generation, industry and aviation

The BREXIT agreement was finalised on Christmas eve and it passed the UK Parliament on New Year’s Eve. The agreement foresees the EU and UK co-operating on carbon pricing with "serious" consideration on linking carbon pricing systems in a way that "preserves the integrity of these systems and provides for the possibility to increase their … Continue reading BREXIT agreement requires UK to have an “effective” system of carbon pricing as of 1 January 2021 GHG emissions from power & heat generation, industry and aviation

New EEA briefing on the European Union’s Emissions Trading System

Greenhouse gas emissions from stationary installations covered by the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) dropped by 9.1% in 2019 from 2018 levels, the largest drop in a decade, according to the latest European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing on trends and projections in the EU ETS released this week.   Climate action in Europe: EU … Continue reading New EEA briefing on the European Union’s Emissions Trading System

Understanding the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS)

We must reduce GHG emissions to net zero by 2050 to have a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C. Human activities - mainly the burning of fossil fuels - are currently emitting far too much CO2 every year. One approach to reducing CO2 emissions is emissions trading – it is carrot-and-stick: emitters of … Continue reading Understanding the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS)

With Britain leaving the European Union, will it remain in the emissions trading system?

Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation and a regular contributor to EiD, questions what will happen to Britain’s participation in the world’s largest cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions now that it is working out its future relationship with the European Union. This article was first published in the November/December 2017 issue of … Continue reading With Britain leaving the European Union, will it remain in the emissions trading system?

More evidence of problems with EU Emissions Trading System

There are concerns in the UK that Tata Steel could close its operations, leading to severe job cuts and economic disruption. Looking at the company from another angle, Arthur Neslen writes in The Guardian about how the company has benefited from more than £700m in free carbon allowances and offsets, according to analysis of emissions … Continue reading More evidence of problems with EU Emissions Trading System

Explaining climate policies in Australia

Andrea Bunting writes a thorough overview on the greenleft website on the situation in Australia to balance climate policies with its priorities to be a major energy and commodity producer. It will be interesting to see Australia’s position at the global climate summit in Paris later this year. What’s wrong with emissions trading Australia’s climate … Continue reading Explaining climate policies in Australia

EU emissions trading faces a controversial future

One of the pillars of the EU’s climate change strategy has been its Emissions Trading System yet, even after 10 years, it has not lived up to its expectations. Andrew Warren writes an excellent article in the January issue of Energy in Buildings & Industry magazine, taking us back to the ETS’ beginnings and to … Continue reading EU emissions trading faces a controversial future