3 Minute Briefings

Our 3 Minute Briefings series is aimed at making complex issues digestible in 3 minutes or less. These are geared towards people who are interested in emissions trading and who may be knowledgeable about one part of it, and want to come up to speed quickly on a basic issue or some new issue or concept that everyone's talking about (or maybe even arguing about).

Our current topics include Cap & Trade Basics, Emissions Trading and the WTO, The EU Emissions Trading System and Why Emissions Trading is More Effective Than a Carbon Tax.

If you have an idea for a 3 Minute Briefing you'd like to learn more about, please contact us.

Key Principles for Carbon Pricing in the 2015 Agreement

IETA has created a two-page document, ‘key principles for carbon pricing in the 2015 agreement,’ drawn from previous IETA positions and the IETA Straw Proposal for Market Provisions for the Paris 2015 agreement.  This document includes specific IETA principles for market architecture in the agreement.

The document has also been translated in Español thanks to PwC Bogota.

IETA Market Provisions for the 2015 Agreement (Straw Proposal)
IETA released its ‘market provisions for the Paris 2015 Climate Agreement’ policy briefing ahead of COP 20 in Lima.  
IETA’s Straw Proposal on “Market Provisions for the Paris 2015 Climate Agreement is available here for download
Update on MRV of CO2 Emissions in the Maritime Sector in the EU

The discussion on maritime emissions at the EU level has, to date, mainly focused on Monitoring, Reporting and Verification provisions (MRV) and is still somehow far from the inclusion of the sector into the EU ETS. At present, the EU Commission has proposed to establish a reliable system and clear rules for monitoring, reporting and verification of maritime transport emissions in view of a future inclusion of the sector.


Access the briefing here.

International Markets

This briefing note provides a quick overview on the current state of carbon markets and emission trading schemes worldwide. 


The briefing can be downloaded here.

The EU ETS: the cornerstone of the EU’s climate strategy

This briefing note provides an overview on the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS). It covers design features, main characteristics, achievements, challenges and future priorities, dedicating particular attention to 2030 framework and EU ETS reform. 


The briefing can be downloaded here.

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