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.



IETA’s Views on International Credits in the EU
Monday, February 23, 2015 03:19 AM


Please find here a new paper detailing IETA’s views on the role of international credits in the EU Emissions Trading System post-2020.

IETA Policy Brief: IETA Market Provisions for the 2015 Agreement (Straw Proposal)
Friday, February 13, 2015 09:15 PM
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
IETA Two-Pager on Carbon Pricing for the 2015 agreement
Thursday, February 12, 2015 12:00 AM

IETA’s two-page ‘key principles for carbon pricing in the 2015 agreement,’ was 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.

Please download the document here.

2030 European Council Business Letter, September 2014
Thursday, October 09, 2014 08:26 AM
Dear Heads of State and Government of the European Union,

Our 57 companies, funds and associations represent more than 4.5 million employees worldwide. We each acknowledge responsibility for a sustainable economic future for Europe.

Timely decisions about the cornerstones of EU’s energy and climate policies beyond 2020 will substantially support confidence for the important investments. We would like to contribute towards a modern, resource-efficient and low carbon growth as a central driver for Europe’s economic recovery and competitiveness agenda, energy security aims, and delivering sustainable growth and job creation for decades to come.

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.

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