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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.



Press Release: IETA welcomes Alberta’s clarity on climate policy, extension of carbon market

Contact: Katie Sullivan, sullivan@ieta.org or +1 416 500 4335

TORONTO, 25 June – IETA welcomes Alberta’s decision to build on its existing market mechanism to tackle climate change, as sub-nationals continue to lead on carbon pricing and markets across North America.

IETA Statement on Papal Encyclical on Climate Change

Contact: Katie Kouchakji, kouchakji@ieta.org

GENEVA, 18 June - IETA welcomes Pope Francis’s call for climate action in the run-up to the Paris talks. He is right to call on all of us to do our part, especially those of us in the business community.  We share his hope that the nations of the world can come together in Paris to chart an ambitious path forward that delivers climate benefits and enhances sustainable economic growth.

IETA welcomes oil & gas CEO letter calling for carbon pricing


Contact: Katie Kouchakji, kouchakji@ieta.org 

GENEVA, 1 June – A letter from the CEOs of six oil and gas companies calling for carbon pricing to play a role in the future international climate change agreement is a welcome boost as climate negotiators begin a two-week meeting in Bonn, IETA says.

The CEOs of BG Group, BP, Eni, Shell, Statoil and Total signed the letter to UN climate chief Christiana Figueres and France’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius.

Bonn climate talks need to slim negotiating text

Contact: Katie Kouchakji, kouchakji@ieta.org 

GENEVA, 1 June – Climate negotiations opening today in Bonn, Germany must harness the momentum from February’s talks and start narrowing differences if the Paris deal is to be adopted in six months, IETA says today. 

In the two-week meeting, negotiators will tackle the so-called Geneva text for the first time since it was agreed in February. This 90-page text will form the basis of the Paris Agreement in December.

Press Release: Carbon Expo 2015 finds renewed optimism for future of carbon mechanisms


Isabel Hagbrink - Press World Bank Group - ihagbrink@worldbank.org
Katie Kouchakji - Press IETA - kouchakji@ieta.org
Marta Juvell - Press Fira de Barcelona - mjuvell@firabarcelona.com

BARCELONA, May 28 – Carbon market discussions among policy makers, business representatives, NGOs, think tanks and financial institutions ended on a high note today at the 12th edition of Carbon Expo. Organized by IETA, the World Bank Group and Fira de Barcelona, the event reaffirmed its status as the world's largest climate finance and carbon market conference. 

Press Release: World’s carbon markets case studies highlight different models of emissions trading

Contact: IETA: Katie Kouchakji, kouchakji@ieta.org

EDF: Jennifer Andreassen, jandreassen@edf.org or +1 202 572 3387

CDC Climat Research: Maria Scolan, maria.scolan@cdcclimat.com


BARCELONA, 27 May – Carbon markets around the world are continuing to expand and gather momentum, according to a series of case studies released by IETA, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and CDC Climat Research today, despite diverse challenges.
EUA prices seen on the up in IETA’s annual market sentiment survey

Contact: Katie Kouchakji, kouchakji@ieta.org

EUA prices seen on the up in IETA’s annual market sentiment survey

BARCELONA, 26 May – Respondents to IETA’s annual market sentiment survey expect European carbon prices to rise for the first time in four years. 
This years surveyconducted again by PwC, found that respondents expect the average Phase III EUA price to be €10.79 – up from €8 last year, and the first rise since 2011. Prices between 2020 and 2030 are expected to average €18.40, according to the survey of IETA’s members.
This 10th edition of IETA’s annual market sentiment survey found that respondents see a lower carbon price needed to drive low-carbon investment than five years ago, averaging €29.60 now compared with two-thirds saying a price of €40 or more is needed in 2010. 
However, unsurprisingly, an overwhelming number of respondents (88%) see carbon markets as an effective policy instrument – with 58% saying markets are the most effective driver of low-carbon investment, up from 36% in 2010. 
The Paris climate talks will lead to an expansion of global carbon markets, according to 58% of respondents – with strong growth seen in Asia and North America in particular. Notably, all respondents expect China to have a national ETS, with 64% expecting the market to be implemented by 2020.

“This year’s survey is a sign that, after a few years of crisis and reform, market participants see a stronger EU ETS in the future, and that sentiment is increasingly positive around the world,” says Dirk Forrister, CEO and President of IETA. 

“Recent years have seen a burst of activity in new market development, which is reflected in the survey. The message for Paris is that markets matter – and the challenge for policymakers is to bring together all these bottom-up efforts and find a way to make the links between domestic actions and international contributions.”

“Carbon market sentiment is on the rise for the first time in years,” says Jonathan Grant, director of PwC’s climate and sustainability practice. “It may seem obvious that IETA members would give this endorsement, but after years of low prices and policy turmoil in carbon markets around the world, business is still saying that market-based approaches are the most effective.”

He adds: “On Paris, there’s a big gap between the members’ ideal outcome and their actual expectations – few expect legally binding targets.  The IETA survey sends a clear signal to governments that the Paris agreement should accelerate the use of markets nationally and internationally.”

The survey report will be released at a press conference at Carbon Expo in Barcelona on 26 May at 9am CET. Hard copies will be available at the press conference and it can also be downloaded from the IETA website. 

Please download this press release here.

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