Emissions Trading Articles

  • Trends and projections in the EU ETS in 2016 — The EU Emissions Trading System in numbers

    About this report This 2016 report of the European Environment Agency (EEA) provides an analysis of past, present and future emissions trends under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), based on the latest data and information available from the European Commission (i.e. May 2016 data on verified emissions and compliance by operators under the EU ETS for the years up until 2015) and Member ...

  • Diversity and convergence: the 2016 Energy Barometer

    Energy professionals are a pretty diverse lot: engineers, managers, planners, finance people, lawyers and others. Lots of different perspectives but some remarkably convergent views have emerged from the 2016 Energy Barometer survey of 438 members of the Energy Institute. And the points on which they agree could be seen ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Implement Science based GHG reduction targets using four simple levers

    Antea Group has caught a view onto the horizon and what we see coming is a concerted effort on the part of businesses to take responsibility for their GHG emissions. An important step towards realizing this vision is establishing ambitious science based targets for reduction to 2020 and beyond.   What Are Science Based Targets? Until now greenhouse gas ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • How best to address aviation`s full climate impact?

    International regulation does not address non-CO2 emissions from aviation, despite their climate-warming effects. This study reports the findings of the AviClim research project, which investigated the feasibility of including CO2 and non-CO2 species in international protocols. Of several trading scenarios assessed, the authors found that a global emissions trading scheme for both kinds of ...

  • Can trading pollution like stocks help fight climate change?

    The gas produced by hog manure at farms across the U.S. punches holes in the ozone layer, overheats the planet, and angers neighbors with its peculiar odor, a mix of rotten egg and ammonia. All that's needed to clear the air is to cover the manure with a system of tarps that captures the gas, but many farms don't do it because it's too expensive. "If you don't give people incentives to come up ...


    By Associated Press

  • Approximated EU GHG inventory: proxy GHG estimates for 2014

    Objective of the report This report provides estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union (EU) and its Member States for the year 2014, covering the full GHG inventory (all sectors, except land use, landuse change and forestry (LULUCF), and all gases). These estimates are also referred to as approximated ('proxy') estimates or inventories in this report as they cover ...

  • Trends and projections in the EU ETS in 2015

    The European Union (EU) Emission Trading System (ETS) covers about 45% of the EU's total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. GHG emissions from the installations included in the ETS decreased by 24% between 2005 and 2014. The emission level reached in 2014 was the lowest since 2005, when the system was launched. It was also lower than the 21% reduction target for the year 2020. Between 2013 and 2014, ...

  • Questions and answers on the proposal to revise the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS)

    1. Why has the Commission proposed today a revision of EU ETS? The European Commission has presented a legislative proposal to revise the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) in line with the 2030 climate and energy policy framework agreed by the EU leaders in October 2014. The proposal is an integral part of the work on achieving a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Application of the EU Emissions Trading Directive

    Synthesising Member State reporting on the ETS The European Union (EU) emissions trading system (ETS) is one of the key climate policy instruments implemented in the EU to achieve its emission reductions objectives in a cost‑effective manner. The EU Emissions Trading Directive (EU, 2003, referred to hereafter as the 'EU ETS Directive'), and in particular Article 21 ...

  • Who really is responsible for climate change and industrial emissions policy in Canada?

    There seems to be no end to press releases announcing good things to deal with climate change and equally no end to criticism for alleged failings in this regard. All three levels of government share in the plaudits and criticisms for achievements or failures related to climate change, which is understandable given the lack of clarity as to who actually is responsible for climate change related ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Renewable energy in Europe — approximated recent growth and knock-on effects

    Background and policy To accomplish its transition to a low-carbon society by 2050, the European Union (EU) has adopted a set of intermediate climate and energy targets for 2020 and 2030. The energy sector will face particular challenges in the context of this ambitious transformation process, given the scale of change required in a relatively short period of time. Renewable energy ...

  • EU Commission calls for comments on emissions trading revisions

    On December 19, 2014, the European Union (EU) Commission called for comments on EU Emission Trading System Directive revisions. The revisions include changes to how carbon allowances will be made available to participants in the EU's emissions trading system after 2020 to reduce GHG emissions by at least 40 percent in 2030 compared to 1990. The ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Progress towards 2008–2012 Kyoto targets in Europe

    Latest data confirm that the EU is on track to over‑achieve its Kyoto Protocol target In October 2013, the EEA published its annual assessment of the progress of the European Union (EU) and European countries towards achieving their commitments under the Kyoto Protocol for the period 2008–2012, as Part A of the EEA report Trends and projections in Europe 2013 – Tracking ...

  • Trends and projections in Europe 2014

    Reporting the latest progress towards climate and energy targets in Europe This 2014 edition of the annual European Environment Agency (EEA) 'Trends and projections' report provides an updated assessment of the progress of the European Union (EU) and European countries towards achieving their climate mitigation and energy targets. The report also supports and complements the ...

  • Approximated EU GHG inventory: proxy GHG estimates for 2013

    Objective of the report This report provides estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union (EU) and its Member States for the year 2013, covering the full GHG inventory (all sectors, except land use, land‑use change and forestry (LULUCF), and all gases). These estimates are also referred to as approximated ('proxy') estimates or inventories in this report as they ...

  • A path forward for climate talks - If the 2015 U.N. climate talks in Paris are going to have a breakthrough, some drastic changes need to take place.

    Time and again the scientific urgency for global action on climate change is stifled by chaotic U.N. climate talks as politics and process prevents the world’s policy makers from coming up with a clear plan for 2020 to divide up the global effort of reducing greenhouse emissions.  Looking ahead to the 2015 talks in Paris, can the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate ...


    By Ensia

  • Why did GHG emissions decrease in the EU in 2012?

    Total GHG emissions (excluding LULUCF) in the EU decreased again in 2012, reaching its lowest level since 1990. This continued the trend of emission reductions, which started in 2004. In line with EEA predictions last year2 GHG emissions between 2011 and 2012 decreased by 1.3 % in the EU28 and by 0.8 % in the EU-15. Figure 1 shows total greenhouse gas emissions in the period 1990–2012, both ...

  • Emissions Trading in China: First Reports from the Field

    When Tianjin launched its carbon emission trading scheme (ETS) on Dec 26th 2013, it became the fifth ETS operating in China, following Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong. Now that five of seven pilots have started trading and the rest are expected to start in 2014, the aggregate of all emissions regulated in China through the seven pilots will be the second largest in the world, following ...

  • Living within Earth`s “Planetary Boundaries”

    Borneo’s lowland rainforests are one of the most biodiverse regions on earth, home to unique habitats, thousands of species of plants, and animals like Proboscis monkeys, Sumatran rhinoceroses, and orangutans. Yet more than 75 percent of its forests have been destroyed in recent decades. “Now it looks like something out of Lord of the Rings, due to hardwood harvesting and huge palm ...

  • Climate and energy country profiles – Key facts and figures for EEA member countries

    Definitions and sources Data on greenhouse gas emissions Total GHG emissions (UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol) 1990-to-2011 GHG emissions: total emissions as reported in 2013 national inventories under the UNFCCC, excluding net effects of land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) and excluding emissions from international aviation and ...

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