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 encourages Europe to agree on aviation-sector emissions
Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:22 AM


Deal reached amongst European institutions shifts focus to a global agreement on aviation in ICAO.

The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) supports a global solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation sector. The political agreement tentatively reached by European institutions is a step that would encourage and facilitate progress in reducing emissions through a market-based mechanism at the international level.

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IETA’s preliminary reaction to the European Commission’s Communication on establishing a policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030
Monday, March 03, 2014 03:04 AM


IETA welcomes the timeliness of the publication of the Commission’s Communication on putting in place a policy framework for climate and energy for the 2020-2030 period. This document starts the process to provide clarity on the trajectory post-2020 for the EU’s climate and energy policies. Such clarity is important to businesses that need a stable and predictable framework in which to operate.

IETA will work on reviewing the impact of this Communication for carbon markets, over the coming weeks. This paper represents a preliminary reaction from market participants to the 22 January publications.


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IETA urges Heads of States to support use of international carbon markets to reduce emissions cost effectively
Thursday, February 27, 2014 11:28 AM

February 27 2014

Honourable Ministers,

At the European Council meeting in March, the Heads of State will discuss the EU’s proposed Framework for putting in place a Climate and Energy strategy for the post-2020 period. As the former Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton administration, I appreciate the gravity of the decisions you must make on this critical issue. I would like to share a few important considerations on behalf of the 140 members of IETA, who are active in Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and carbon markets worldwide.

First, we applaud Europe’s global leadership in implementing an emissions trading solution to climate change.  The ETS met its environmental targets and allowed industry flexibility to keep costs down and remain competitive - even though the economic crisis has dampened demand.  The ETS has inspired other jurisdictions – from California to Australia to China – to begin implementing their own carbon pricing programmes.

Open letter to MEPs of the Environment Committee
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 03:06 AM


Brussels, Belgium - The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) is concerned with the objection to the backloading calendar and the uncertainty this creates for market participants 

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IETA considerations on introducing flexibility in the supply of allowances in the EU ETS
Friday, December 20, 2013 04:31 AM

A view on the different design considerations for introducing flexibility in the supply of allowances 

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IETA’s preferred option on the distribution of backloaded allowances
Monday, December 09, 2013 05:29 AM

IETA Members welcome the non-paper from the European Commission, which  provides clarity on the expected timetable for the implementation of backloading.

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IETA Response to Zero Carbon Allowable Solutions Paper, October 11, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013 11:15 AM
Stephen Porter
Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
5 E/8, Eland House
Bressenden Place

Zero Carbon Allowable Solutions: Input from the International Emissions Trading Association

The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) welcomes the initiative taken by the Department of Communities and Local Government to establish a low-carbon economy and support carbon reduction through establishing Zero Carbon Homes by 2016.  We are grateful for the opportunity to respond to DCLG’s proposals for “Allowable Solutions” as part of this initiative.

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