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More baseload gas plants to come?

Publication of the electricity units bidding into the UK capacity market shows large support for new gas and old coal

The case for additional actions under the EUETS has never been stronger

New ETS reforms guarantee that emissions reductions from coal phase-out, energy efficiency and renewables policy will not ‘pop up’ elsewhere in the EU

Looking for a perfect fit

The Effort Sharing Regulation doesn’t fit emissions – Trialogue needs real reform for a cost-effective climate change policy

EU fails to lead the way on smart carbon markets – Analysis of the ETS reform

Deeper analysis of last week’s EU Emissions Trading System reform, and the consequences for the EU within the Paris Agreement

Out of touch ETS reform puts Member States in the spotlight

 Last night’s trialogue agreement failed to restore the ETS as Europe’s flagship climate policy. The EU and Member States must now immediately look to how emissions can be cut rapidly before 2020 with other policies

Take part in our Call for Evidence on barriers to industrial decarbonisation

Deadline for submissions: 5pm CET on Sunday 31 December 2017

Recent reports

The future of the EUETS

The future of the EUETS

State of the EU ETS 2017

State of the EU ETS 2017

The ESR flexibility repair kit

The ESR flexibility repair kit

Germany: The New Carbon Haven

Germany: The New Carbon Haven

Something Nasty in the Woodshed

Something Nasty in the Woodshed

The ESR Safety Reserve: Too Safe to Succeed

The ESR Safety Reserve: Too Safe to Succeed

Aligning Europe’s Policies for Carbon, Efficiency, and Renewables

Aligning Europe’s Policies for Carbon, Efficiency, and Renewables

Why is a carbon-intensity threshold needed for Capacity Payments?

Why is a carbon-intensity threshold needed for Capacity Payments?

What is the European Project-based Mechanism?

What is the European Project-based Mechanism?

Brexit & the EU ETS: Greater as the sum or in parts?

Brexit & the EU ETS: Greater as the sum or in parts?

A tale of two surpluses

A tale of two surpluses

The Carbon Leakage Conundrum

The Carbon Leakage Conundrum

The Czech ETS fat cats. České tlusté kočky.

The Czech ETS fat cats. České tlusté kočky.

Stay the course: UK manifesto recommendations

Stay the course: UK manifesto recommendations

NEW DATA: European coal emissions plummet by 11% in 2016

NEW DATA: European coal emissions plummet by 11% in 2016

Any Port in a Storm – Recommendations for the ETS reform in trialogues

Any Port in a Storm – Recommendations for the ETS reform in trialogues

Replacing coal with an electricity storage industry – NIC response

Replacing coal with an electricity storage industry – NIC response

Starting a hydrogen economy on the east coast – NIC response

Starting a hydrogen economy on the east coast – NIC response

Building UK industrial CCS infrastructure – NIC response

Building UK industrial CCS infrastructure – NIC response

How to resuscitate a carbon market

How to resuscitate a carbon market

Phasing-out coal by 2023

Phasing-out coal by 2023

Assessing the ENVI proposal on ETS reform

Assessing the ENVI proposal on ETS reform

The Three Billion Tonne Problem

The Three Billion Tonne Problem

The Cement Industry of the Future

The Cement Industry of the Future

The Energy Transition in the Power Sector in Europe

The Energy Transition in the Power Sector in Europe

The missing link in the Effort Sharing Regulation

The missing link in the Effort Sharing Regulation

UK Capacity Market analysis

UK Capacity Market analysis

Caution! Free allocation on the rise

Caution! Free allocation on the rise

Comparing options for ETS reform

Comparing options for ETS reform

Addressing EU ETS Oversupply

Addressing EU ETS Oversupply

A tighter cap grows the funds

A tighter cap grows the funds

Why does the Carbon Price Support matter?

Why does the Carbon Price Support matter?

Puncturing the waterbed myth

Puncturing the waterbed myth

Cement Exposed: New data from EU cement sector shows no fall in CO2 emissions

Cement Exposed: New data from EU cement sector shows no fall in CO2 emissions

Lifting Europe’s Dark Cloud: How cutting coal saves lives

Lifting Europe’s Dark Cloud: How cutting coal saves lives

A Chance for Responsible Development: Financing the new Polish economic roadmap to 2030

A Chance for Responsible Development: Financing the new Polish economic roadmap to 2030

Last Chance Saloon for the EU ETS

Last Chance Saloon for the EU ETS

Consultation response – The Effort Sharing Regulation

Consultation response – The Effort Sharing Regulation

Germany and the EU ETS: Industrial leaders champion a strong EU climate law

Germany and the EU ETS: Industrial leaders champion a strong EU climate law

Bend it, Don’t break it: Introducing new flexibilities into the EU Effort Sharing Decision

Bend it, Don’t break it: Introducing new flexibilities into the EU Effort Sharing Decision

Europe’s dark cloud: How coal-burning countries make their neighbours sick

Europe’s dark cloud: How coal-burning countries make their neighbours sick

Commercialising CCS: Investor Perspectives

Commercialising CCS: Investor Perspectives

Stabilising the Market Stability Reserve

Stabilising the Market Stability Reserve

Getting In Touch With Reality

Getting In Touch With Reality

Response to the EC consultation on global aviation

Response to the EC consultation on global aviation

The Effort Sharing Dinosaur

The Effort Sharing Dinosaur

2015 ETS Emissions Analysis (1st April preliminary data)

2015 ETS Emissions Analysis (1st April preliminary data)

Amendment to the 2016 Energy Bill: Carbon Accounting Reform

Amendment to the 2016 Energy Bill: Carbon Accounting Reform

Who are EPH?

Who are EPH?

Options for Reforming the EU ETS

Options for Reforming the EU ETS

Cement – The Final Carbon Fatcat

Cement – The Final Carbon Fatcat

Honouring Paris

Honouring Paris

Sharing the Burden

Sharing the Burden

Improving the 5th UK carbon budget

Improving the 5th UK carbon budget

2015 European Power Sector Review

2015 European Power Sector Review

Carbon budget reforms in the Energy Bill

Carbon budget reforms in the Energy Bill

The Energy Bill & the coal phase-out: MP briefing

The Energy Bill & the coal phase-out: MP briefing

The case for a net zero Climate Change Act target

The case for a net zero Climate Change Act target

UK Capacity Market Analysis

UK Capacity Market Analysis

Amendments to the Market Stability Reserve proposal

Amendments to the Market Stability Reserve proposal

Consultation Response: A proposed amendment to the CFD Regulations

Consultation Response: A proposed amendment to the CFD Regulations

The EU is on track for 30% cuts by 2020

The EU is on track for 30% cuts by 2020

A new Energy Market Design for Europe

A new Energy Market Design for Europe

The CO2 Economy – Mineral Carbonation Technology Overview

The CO2 Economy – Mineral Carbonation Technology Overview

Feedback to the draft ETS Revision

Feedback to the draft ETS Revision

Bank of England bill – response

Bank of England bill – response

EC Consultation on the Circular Economy

EC Consultation on the Circular Economy

Harder, better, faster, stronger: The easy route to increased EU climate ambition

Harder, better, faster, stronger: The easy route to increased EU climate ambition

Discharging a political storm

Discharging a political storm

Putting the Emissions Trading Scheme in context

Putting the Emissions Trading Scheme in context

Financing Deep Decarbonisation in Industry

Financing Deep Decarbonisation in Industry

Consultation response – The ESD & the 2030 package

Consultation response – The ESD & the 2030 package

Call for Evidence on the 5th carbon budget

Call for Evidence on the 5th carbon budget

Update: 2014 EU ETS Emissions analysis

Update: 2014 EU ETS Emissions analysis

Decoding the deal – Explaining the Council agreement on the Market Stability Reserve

Decoding the deal – Explaining the Council agreement on the Market Stability Reserve

Lithuania and the ETS: Arguments for an enhanced MSR

Lithuania and the ETS: Arguments for an enhanced MSR

The Czech Republic in the EU ETS

The Czech Republic in the EU ETS

España en el RCDE

España en el RCDE

2014 EU ETS Emissions analysis

2014 EU ETS Emissions analysis

The German “Climate Contribution” vs the UK’s “Carbon Price Floor”

The German “Climate Contribution” vs the UK’s “Carbon Price Floor”

Response to the Consultation on revision of the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) Directive

Response to the Consultation on revision of the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) Directive

The Eternal Surplus of the Spineless Market

The Eternal Surplus of the Spineless Market

Voting recommendations for the MSR proposal in ENVI

Voting recommendations for the MSR proposal in ENVI

Romania in the ETS

Romania in the ETS

Avoiding the Avalanche

Avoiding the Avalanche

NGO joint recommendations on the ITRE Market Stability Reserve proposal

NGO joint recommendations on the ITRE Market Stability Reserve proposal

The UK Capacity Market – Auction results

The UK Capacity Market – Auction results

Request for Internal Review of Commission Carbon Leakage Decision

Request for Internal Review of Commission Carbon Leakage Decision

Amendments to the MSR proposal – alternative

Amendments to the MSR proposal – alternative

Response to the DECC Consultation on Implementing the EPS

Response to the DECC Consultation on Implementing the EPS

Is Europe’s new climate target a walk in the park?

Is Europe’s new climate target a walk in the park?

Consultation Response on Next steps in CCS – Developing an approach for the next phase of Carbon Capture & Storage projects in the UK

Consultation Response on Next steps in CCS – Developing an approach for the next phase of Carbon Capture & Storage projects in the UK

Slaying the Dragon: Vanquish the surplus and rescue the ETS

Slaying the Dragon: Vanquish the surplus and rescue the ETS

2020 surplus projection

2020 surplus projection

UK Capacity Mechanism

UK Capacity Mechanism

Emergency Briefing objecting to the 2015-19 carbon leakage list

Emergency Briefing objecting to the 2015-19 carbon leakage list

Do current EU energy and climate policies tackle coal?

Do current EU energy and climate policies tackle coal?

The Emission Trading Scheme post-2020 carbon leakage provisions

The Emission Trading Scheme post-2020 carbon leakage provisions

Consultation Response: Carbon Capture and Storage in the EU

Consultation Response: Carbon Capture and Storage in the EU

Europe’s failure to tackle coal: Risks for the EU low-carbon transition

Europe’s failure to tackle coal: Risks for the EU low-carbon transition

Policy Briefing on the Market Stability Reserve

Policy Briefing on the Market Stability Reserve

An introduction to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

An introduction to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

Sharing the Load: Poland’s coming of age on climate policy

Sharing the Load: Poland’s coming of age on climate policy

A 2030 Decarbonisation Obligation or Emissions Performance Standard: Breaking the deadlock on EU climate and energy targets

A 2030 Decarbonisation Obligation or Emissions Performance Standard: Breaking the deadlock on EU climate and energy targets

Carbon budgets vs GHG targets

Carbon budgets vs GHG targets

Aviation in the Emissions Trading Scheme: What happened in 2012 under Stop the Clock

Aviation in the Emissions Trading Scheme: What happened in 2012 under Stop the Clock

Europe’s 2020 confidence trick: Room to grow emissions under the current climate targets

Europe’s 2020 confidence trick: Room to grow emissions under the current climate targets

Benefitting from Carbon Markets? German Participation in CDM and JI during the first Kyoto Commitment Period

Benefitting from Carbon Markets? German Participation in CDM and JI during the first Kyoto Commitment Period

Amendments to UK greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme and national emissions inventory regulations – Consultation Response

Amendments to UK greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme and national emissions inventory regulations – Consultation Response

Reviewing the 4th carbon budget – Evidence submitted to the Climate Change Committee

Reviewing the 4th carbon budget – Evidence submitted to the Climate Change Committee

Review of the Balance of Environment and Climate Change Competences between the UK and the European Union – Evidence submitted to DEFRA

Review of the Balance of Environment and Climate Change Competences between the UK and the European Union – Evidence submitted to DEFRA

Progress on carbon budgets – evidence submitted to the UK Environmental Audit Committee

Progress on carbon budgets – evidence submitted to the UK Environmental Audit Committee

Drifting Toward Disaster: The EU ETS adrift in Europe’s climate efforts

Drifting Toward Disaster: The EU ETS adrift in Europe’s climate efforts

The Sovereign Emissions Rights Framework

The Sovereign Emissions Rights Framework

The UK Carbon Floor Price (2013)

The UK Carbon Floor Price (2013)

EC Consultation response on Structural Options to Reform the EU ETS

EC Consultation response on Structural Options to Reform the EU ETS

Carbon Fatcat Companies in Greece

Carbon Fatcat Companies in Greece

Klimagoldesel 2013 – Carbon Fatcat Companies in Germany

Klimagoldesel 2013 – Carbon Fatcat Companies in Germany

EU ETS at a crossroads: recalibrating an oversupplied market to spur investments and innovation

EU ETS at a crossroads: recalibrating an oversupplied market to spur investments and innovation

BIS consultuation submission on compensating Energy Intensive Users

BIS consultuation submission on compensating Energy Intensive Users

Event Note: Help or Hindrance? Offsetting in the EU ETS

Event Note: Help or Hindrance? Offsetting in the EU ETS

Help or Hindrance? Offsetting in the EU ETS

Help or Hindrance? Offsetting in the EU ETS

Belgian Carbon Fatcats

Belgian Carbon Fatcats

Response to the public consultation on the EU ETS backloading proposal

Response to the public consultation on the EU ETS backloading proposal

Czech Fat Cats

Czech Fat Cats

Losing the lead? Europe’s flagging carbon market

Losing the lead? Europe’s flagging carbon market

The UK Carbon Floor Price

The UK Carbon Floor Price

Aviation emissions and the EU ETS

Aviation emissions and the EU ETS

The ETS and the Energy Efficiency Directive

The ETS and the Energy Efficiency Directive

California’s set-aside model

California’s set-aside model

Der Klimagoldesel: Wer sind die Gewinner des EU Emissionshandels?

Der Klimagoldesel: Wer sind die Gewinner des EU Emissionshandels?

Submission to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee Inquiry into the EU ETS

Submission to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee Inquiry into the EU ETS

Buckle Up! Tighten the cap and avoid the carbon crash

Buckle Up! Tighten the cap and avoid the carbon crash

Carbon Fat Cats 2011

Carbon Fat Cats 2011

Industrial Gas Big Spenders: HFC and N20 adipic credit usage in 2010

Industrial Gas Big Spenders: HFC and N20 adipic credit usage in 2010

Fresh concerns over the transparency of the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS)

Fresh concerns over the transparency of the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS)

Carbo diem: Seizing Italy’s opportunities in the EU ETS

Carbo diem: Seizing Italy’s opportunities in the EU ETS

E R Who?: Joint Implementation and the EU Emissions Trading System

E R Who?: Joint Implementation and the EU Emissions Trading System

Cap or trap – How the EU ETS risks locking-in carbon emissions

Cap or trap – How the EU ETS risks locking-in carbon emissions

Carbon Fat Cats 2009 – Company Analysis of the EU ETS

Carbon Fat Cats 2009 – Company Analysis of the EU ETS

Hydro CERs and the EU ETS

Hydro CERs and the EU ETS

International Offsets and the EU 2009

International Offsets and the EU 2009

A closer look at voluntary carbon action

A closer look at voluntary carbon action

Rescuing the EU ETS from redundancy

Rescuing the EU ETS from redundancy

Carbon Fat Cats – Company Analysis of the EU ETS

Carbon Fat Cats – Company Analysis of the EU ETS

International offsets and the EU

International offsets and the EU

Lessons learned from the ETS

Lessons learned from the ETS

The Case of ArcelorMittal

The Case of ArcelorMittal

10 Reasons to engage with emissions trading

10 Reasons to engage with emissions trading

EU ETS S.O.S: Why the flagship emissions trading policy needs rescuing

EU ETS S.O.S: Why the flagship emissions trading policy needs rescuing

Submission to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into Carbon Markets

Submission to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into Carbon Markets

Proposal to introduce tax incentives for voluntary cancellation of permits

Proposal to introduce tax incentives for voluntary cancellation of permits

Out of touch ETS reform puts Member States in the spotlight

 Last night’s trialogue agreement failed to restore the ETS as Europe’s flagship climate policy. The EU and Member States must now immediately look to how emissions can be cut rapidly before 2020 with other policies

New 28 nation alliance join forces to take Europe Beyond Coal

Today Sandbag joins a new civil society movement to end coal in Europe before 2030. Europe Beyond Coal is a collective campaign to catalyse the move away from coal and towards clean energy.

Something Nasty in the Woodshed

Sandbag’s new report shows biomass subsidies are secretly funding coal

Subsidies to UK coal continue despite phase-out pledge

  A new report released today shows that despite the UK has given more than £3 billion in subsidies to fossil-fuel based power generation through the Capacity Market auctions, as well as billions in other subsidies. The government must now follow France and Germany in...

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The Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR)

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