Our work

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.



The Market Stability Reserve - where are we with the reform of the EU ETS?
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 03:47 AM

On 5 May, European institutions reached a provisional agreement on the Market Stability Reserve (MSR). This briefing details what was agreed and its implications for both the EU ETS and for the upcoming revision of the legislation to reflect the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework.

Please find the briefing here.

IETA's contribution to the stakeholder consultation on the Effort Sharing Decision
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 03:32 AM

IETA submitted its contribution to the stakeholder consultation on the Effort Sharing Decision.

Please find here the submitted form and here a user-friendly version of our submission.

IETA, Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group and EURELECTRIC letter to the European Commission on the publication of the EU ETS revision proposal
Monday, June 15, 2015 04:10 AM

Please find here a letter sent to the European Commission on behalf of IETA, the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group and EURELECTRIC, calling on the Commission to publish the legislative proposal to revise the ETS Directive with no undue delay before the summer

Enlisting government support for voluntary carbon management & offsetting to scale & accelerate climate action, ICROA & IETA White Paper, November 2014
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 08:26 AM

Scientific research coordinated by the IPCC suggests that policy and regulation is not keeping up with the urgency if the requirement to mitigate climate change impacts. The necessary policy and regulatory frameworks are evolving: top-down under the auspices of the UNFCCC, and bottom-up through the varied actions of individual governments and states.

Access the white paper here

Association Letter on MiFID II
Friday, April 17, 2015 04:08 AM

IETA signed an association letter about the ongoing Level 2 legislation drafting process of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive 2014/65/EU (MiFID II).

Please find the letter here.

Key Principles for Carbon Pricing in the 2015 Agreement
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:00 AM

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's views on the treatment of unallocated allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System
Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:00 AM


Please find here a paper detailing IETA’s views on unallocated allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System.

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