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IETA regularly provides input to institutions such as the UNFCCC, CDM Executive Board, the European Commission and the US government.

Position Papers

IETA staff frequently produce a variety of policy position papers to explain and advocate our stance on important and timely global climate matters.

Our most recent Position Papers can be found below, in reverse chronological order. Older items may be found in our Position Paper Archives.



IETA comment on Commissioner Arias Canete’s appointment, September 10, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 09:35 AM

Today, European Commission president-designate Jean-Claude Juncker nominated Spain’s Miguel Arias Canete as the next climate and energy commissioner.

Dirk Forrister, president and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association, said:

“It’s a welcome step that the new Commission seems set to focus more on an integrated and coherent approach, with different Commissioners working together to shape EU-wide policies rather than DGs working separately from one another. It will be essential for the EU’s 2030 climate & energy framework to address both climate and energy issues simultaneously.  The two have to go hand in hand for a successful climate outcome.

IETA's Response to Call for Inputs on GCF Investment Framework, August 18, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014 02:58 AM

As an Accredited Private Sector Observer organization and close follower of the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) recognizes the vital role the Fund should play in fostering the transformative paradigm shift required to build lasting low-carbon and climate resilient communities in developing regions. We therefore welcome this opportunity, announced in the 7 August “Call for Inputs”, to share private sector insights to help inform the development of GCF’s Investment Framework.

Access IETA's response here

IETA Response to South Africa’s Carbon Offset Paper for Public Comment, June 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014 10:13 AM

IETA Response to South Africa’s Carbon Offset Paper for Public Comment

Access the document here.

IETA’s reaction to the proposed Market Stability Reserve (MSR), June 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014 01:43 AM

IETA’s reaction to the proposed Market Stability Reserve (MSR)

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IETA’s statement on carbon leakage provisions in the EU ETS, June 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014 01:42 AM

IETA’s statement on carbon leakage provisions in  the EU ETS.

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Statement on the suitability of Carbon Credits for investment by the General Public, May 2014
Thursday, June 05, 2014 10:40 AM

CMIA/ICROA/IETA Position Statement:

Statement on the suitability of Carbon Credits for investment by the General Public

Purpose of this document

This statement is jointly issued by The Climate Markets and Investment Association (CMIA) and The International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA) & International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by channelling finance to energy efficiency, renewable power, ecosystem protection and other climate mitigation opportunities is critical to maintaining a stable climate. However the associations caution individual investors against using emissions trading instruments, specifically carbon credits, unless they are experienced enough and knowledgeable enough to fully understand the significant risks they face by doing so, and are able to bear the financial losses (which could be the total of sums invested) that could arise if they do elect to invest.

CMIA, ICROA & IETA are industry associations which were created and exist to promote emissions trading as an effective means for business to control pollution at least cost.  They represent the interests of over 165 business organisations, spanning the globe, which are involved in market-based programmes to control environmental impacts.

IETA CDM Task Force: IETA Input on the CDM Modalities & Procedures April 2014
Thursday, May 01, 2014 07:34 AM

Here is IETA's input to the UNFCCC on the review of the CDM modalities and procedures. This call for input was issued by the SBI at COP 19/CMP 9 in Warsaw (UNFCCC document available here) and asks for technical advice and guidance on a few particular elements of the CDM modalities and procedures. 

IETA has responded to each query on the modalities and procedures, and our underlying message is to not undermine confidence in the market and to strengthen opportunities for project participants and investors in the CDM. 

You can view IETA’s 2013 input on the first review of the CDM modalities and procedures here

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