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Carbon Trading in China: Short-Term Experience, Long-Term Wisdom

April 14, 2014 by Lucas Bifera

China Carbon Trading

Last week, Hubei Province became the sixth jurisdiction in China to launch a pilot carbon emissions trading program, joining Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, and Guangdong Province. In the coming months, two additional programs will be introduced in Chongqing and Qingdao.[read more]

EU Commission Expects Deal on 2030 Climate & Energy Package by Autumn, Says Director General for Energy [VIDEO]

March 21, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Climate & Energy Package

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist at, is joined by Dominique Ristori, Director General for Energy at the European Commission for an exclusive interview on the further steps to reach a deal on the 2030 climate and energy package.[read more]

EU Climate & Environment Briefing: All You Need to Know for March 2014 [VIDEO]

March 18, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Climate and the EU

Sonja van Renssen, leading journalist at, provides an overview of the latest developments in the field of European Environment Policy. Topics discussed include the European Union summit, the start of the ETS backloading plan, and new reporting rules for companies.[read more]

ETS: EU Pins Hopes on 2016 for Global Airline Emissions Deal [VIDEO]

March 12, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU and Global Airline Emissions Deal

Sonja van Renssen, leading environment journalist at, talks to Member of the European Parliament Peter Liese, rapporteur on Aviation in the EU ETS, about the provisional agreement on including aviation in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).[read more]


Making Clean Energy a Reality for All

March 10, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Clean Energy Access

Climate change is a global problem that requires a solution at scale with its extensive nature. This is an unfortunate reality that is often overlooked in climate policy debates, which in the past few decades have been focused on national efforts to develop economic mechanisms to regulate carbon.[read more]

Emissions Trading via Direct Action in Australia

March 4, 2014 by David Hone

Emissions Trading in Australia

The Australian Government has recently released a Green Paper which describes in much more fine detail its proposal for an Emission Reduction Fund (ERF), which is considered the principle component of its Direct Action climate policy.[read more]

To Be, or Not to Be: Carbon Markets Post 2020?

February 24, 2014 by David Hone

The US Submission on Elements of the 2015 Agreement has recently appeared on the UNFCCC website and outlines, in some detail, the approach the US is now seeking with regards “contributions”. Adaptation and Finance are also covered, although not to the depth of the section on Mitigation.[read more]


Carbon Dioxide Can Be A Resource Rather Than A Waste Product

February 19, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Carbon Dioxide Resources

China and India are adding coal faster than all other power sources. Nuclear power could displace a lot of coal use but faces years of political and technical headwinds and the industry will be challenged to maintain market share in the near term as older plants face decommissioning.[read more]

The EU's Recent Proposal for a 2030 EUETS Target Does Not Look Very Ambitious

February 18, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

EU Target Agreements

The European Commission has recently proposed a target of reducing EU greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Sectors covered by the EUETS (power generation and large industry) will be required to reduce emissions to 42% below 1990 levels.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: 2030 Climate & Energy Framework, Energy Efficiency & Energy Prices [VIDEO]

February 6, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU and Frameworks for the Future

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues, including the 2030 Climate & Energy Framework (emission reduction and renewables target) and postponed measures on energy efficiency.[read more]


Taking Stock of the EU's Proposed 2030 Climate Target

January 29, 2014 by Emil Dimantchev

EU Climate Targets

The 40% GHG target for 2030 featured in the EU Commission's white paper leads to an increase in the annual EU emission reductions, putting the EU on a linear track to an 80% emission reduction by 2050. However, it falls short of a "fair" contribution to the global 2°C target.[read more]

If We Could See Carbon Dioxide, Would We Take it More Seriously?

January 28, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Seeing Carbon Pollution

As an Australian who is concerned about our changing climate there is a long list of quotes from our new Prime Minister that I find irksome. But right at the top is his description of emissions trading as "a market in the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no one."[read more]

EU Climate & Energy Framework "Will Foster Innovation," Claims Climate Commissioner Hedegaard [VIDEO]

January 27, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Climate Framework and Innovation

Leading environment and climate journalist Sonja van Renssen is joined by Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard for an exclusive interview on the interaction between competitiveness and the 2030 Energy and Climate Framework.[read more]

EU Sets Binding Renewable Energy Targets After Tough Negotiations

January 24, 2014 by Joshua Hill

Following intense negotiations the European Union has announced a series of climate-based goals for the whole Union as part of the new EU framework on climate and energy for 2030. The new framework includes a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 40% below 1990 levels.[read more]


Commission Proposes a Market Stability Reserve for Europe's Carbon Market

January 23, 2014 by Emil Dimantchev

EU Commission Propositions

The European Commission has proposed to implement a market stability reserve in the European Carbon Market, triggering a much needed debate in Europe about the stability of the bloc’s carbon market. A stability reserve will enhance the predictability and credibility of EU's emissions trading system.[read more]