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IETA distributes its press releases and news advisories to all forms of media around the globe. If you are a member of the media and would like to be added to IETA’s distribution list, please contact Cédric Ammann, Communications Officer, at ammann@ieta.org.

The most recent press releases be found below, in reverse chronological order. Older items may be found in our  Press Release Archive.



Latest IPCC report highlights need to link climate change mitigation efforts, April 13, 2014
GENEVA, 13 April – The IPCC’s WGIII report released today highlights the need for governments to work together and link efforts to fight climate change – including improving the use of carbon markets.

The report, Mitigation of Climate Change, found that large-scale changes in the energy, industrial and transport sectors are needed if the world is to hold the global average temperature increase to 2°C.

It urges policy-makers to cooperate to effectively fight climate change, to make links between their actions and knowledge about the risks of inaction. It notes that experiences with cap-and-trade markets have succeeded despite economic challenges – and highlights the importance of broadening mitigation activities to include land use and forestry strategies. IETA urges policy-makers to heed the IPCC WGIII report and use the ongoing negotiations for a 2015 climate deal in Paris to set clear emissions reduction goals and pursue market based policies to keep costs down.

International Agreement – Warsaw Framework for REDD+ – not enough to save the World’s Tropical Rainforests, March 21, 2014

Joint Statement released on UN International Day of Forests: IETA/CMIA warns of private sector investment confidence waning.

Recent international climate negotiations in Warsaw were hailed by many as a success for their progress in establishing a policy framework to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).  

Indeed, the “Warsaw Framework for REDD+” provided technical guidance for REDD+ implementation and elements that will enable results based financing.  $280million in funding was pledged to a new initiative of the World Bank BioCarbon Fund (BioCF).

While the Warsaw Framework for REDD+ achieved incremental progress on these elements, IETA and CMIA are increasingly concerned that the Framework did not make clear the important role of the private sector in a future REDD+ regime, nor did it acknowledge that early actions will be recognized.   Given these shortcomings, the private sector are becoming ever more disenfranchised with REDD+, and if anything are scaling back, not scaling up, their activities in this area.

IETA welcomes the release of the 2030 Climate and Energy Package as a first step, but is concerned about Europe’s future leadership on international carbon trading


For Immediate Release - 22 January 2014

Brussels, Belgium -- IETA welcomes the publication of the European Commission’s package on the Climate and Energy Policies for the 2020 – 2030 period. Clarity post-2020 is essential for businesses, and today’s proposals provide an important political impetus to kick start work on the future framework.

“The Commission’s proposal to put forward a GHG emission reduction target for 2030 provides clarity on the policy direction for the EU. It is troubling that the connections to global markets appear to end with the emphasis on domestic action alone. If the Paris Climate Summit in 2015 is to succeed in building a cost effective global framework for protecting against warming over 2 degrees C, global markets are essential -  these must be practical and effective and, given the experience of the EU ETS and the CDM, Europe must look to provide leadership", said Dirk Forrister, IETA president and CEO. "That said, we are pleased to see that the Commission is open to future consideration of international market linkages.”

"The focus now shifts to European Member States. It is particularly important that the European Council agrees rapidly on a GHG target for Europe and clarifies the importance of international market linkages, including potential pathways from the CDM to the new markets of the future," said Forrister.

IETA encouraged by the European Parliament’s conclusion of the first-­‐reading agreement on backloading

For Immediate Release—10 December 2013

Brussels, Belgium - IETA welcomes the outcome of today’s vote in the European Parliament, which constitutes a political endorsement to allow the European Commission to change the auctioning schedules during Phase 3 of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for up to 900 million allowances.

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IETA Announces New Board Leadership & Members

For Immediate Release—3 December 2013

IETA Announces New Board Leadership & Members

Geneva: Following its 2013 General Meeting of its members held in Warsaw, Poland during the U.N. Climate Negotiations, IETA announced the appointment of a new Chair, Vice Chairs and three new members to its Board of Directors.
IETA Members appointed Bruce Braine, Vice President of American Electric Power to serve as Chairman of the Board.  They appointed Rick Saines (Counsel, Baker McKenzie) and Paul Dawson (Head of Regulatory Affairs, RWE Supply and Trading) to serve as Vice Chairs.  They will assume these posts in January 2014.
“I’m delighted that Bruce will take on the leadership of the IETA Board,” said David Hone, outgoing Chairman of the Council.  “Bruce is a deep thinker and strategist, with nearly 30 years of experience in US and international climate policy and market design.  He’ll have able assistance from Paul Dawson and Rick Saines, who have been active in carbon markets since their inception.”  Hone will continue to serve as a member of the Board.
Braine commented, “This is a critical juncture for the future of market-based solutions, as nations ‘do their homework’ in the lead-up to the Paris Summit in 2015.  IETA hopes this work will take account of the important role that market-based solutions will play in meeting environmental goals, keeping costs down and enabling economic growth.”

Offsetters joins the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance, November 26, 2013

Another Canadian “first” for industry leading Vancouver-based Offsetters

London, 26 November 2013 -- The International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA), a global alliance of the leading carbon management and offset providers announces Offsetters as its first Canadian member.

ICROA is an industry association whose membership is dedicated to providing quality services to support organisations to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to projects that support sustainable development. Its members operate across Europe, North America and Australia and it is housed in the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).

Business and Environment Groups Sign REDD+ Declaration

WARSAW (November 16, 2013) – On Saturday November 16, a number of groups representing business and environmental groups released a joint declaration addressing Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). The Climate Markets and Investors Association (CMIA), Code REDD, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Global Canopy Programme (GCP), and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) have stated the need for a balanced approach to financing REDD+ at a sufficient scale. It is a combination of market and non-market approaches, and private, public and philanthropic funding, that is needed.

Note: The REDD+ Declaration can be downloaded by clicking here. If you have any problems downloading please contact Mansell@ieta.org immediately.

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