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 the EU’s Framework for Climate and Energy Policies post-2020
Monday, October 13, 2014 03:42 AM

At the European Council meeting next week, member states will be discussing the European Commission’s proposals for 2030 – including reforms to the EU ETS. IETA calls on member states to seriously consider introducing proposed reforms to the EU ETS as soon as possible.

Please find 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.

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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

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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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