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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.



Private Sector and Civil Society Declaration on Tackling Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and the Sustainable Management of Forests (REDD+), July 22, 2014

Tackling deforestation must be a key component of an effective and comprehensive global agreement if dangerous climate change is to be avoided and global warming kept below 2 degrees Celsius2. Supporting the sustainable use of forests is also a key component of securing livelihoods and value chains for communities and corporations worldwide, and is vital for global efforts to protect biodiversity and maintain ecosystem services.

The UNFCCC has made significant progress in establishing a framework for REDD+ as part of the efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from forests, with a view to securing its place in a new climate change agreement at Paris next year. Governments of more than 50 forested countries worldwide are making sustained efforts to participate in REDD+, backed by substantial public sector and non-governmental support and private sector investment. Successful REDD+ pilot initiatives have already resulted in 22 million tonnes of CO2 being reduced annually and 14 million hectares of threatened forests protected.

Australia needs to avoid climate policy vacuum, move on ETS, July 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rob Fowler, fowler@ieta.org or +61 402 298 569

MELBOURNE, 17 July – The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) is disappointed that Australia’s policymakers failed to adopt reforms to bring market pricing and global linkages to the Carbon Pricing Mechanism (CPM).  By simply repealing the CPM without broader reforms, political leaders created a policy vacuum.

The Senate today passed the motion to repeal the CPM, with 39 votes in favour and 32 against. This came despite industry proposals to speed up the introduction of market-based pricing, which would have brought lower costs to business, increased flexibility and aligned Australia’s climate policy closer to that of the EU, China the US and its other trading partners.

Climate change puts decades of development at risk in Africa, July 4, 2014
PRESS RELEASE - Continent needs market and financial mechanisms fit for purpose

6th Africa Carbon Forum 2014
July 2-4, Windhoek, Namibia

(Windhoek, 4 July 2014) – Climate change threatens to undo decades of earnest effort to develop Africa unless sufficient investment can be mobilized to spur sustainable development and make the continent more resilient.

This was the message delivered to about 400 participants at the 6th Africa Carbon Forum, gathered to share and learn the latest about market and financial opportunities associated with the international response to climate change.

The forum was opened by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Namibia, Hon. Uaheka Herunga, who stressed that the question now is not whether carbon markets will continue, but how they can be improved, and whether new mechanisms should be developed. In the context of the 2015 Paris agreement, the Minister urged participants to: “Send a strong message to governments around the world that the carbon market can make an important contribution to the objective of managing the challenge posed by climate change.”

IETA welcomes call for emissions trading in Australia

MELBOURNE, 25 June – The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) welcomes today’s call for an emissions trading system (ETS) in Australia – although the details remain to be seen.

Earlier today, coal mining businessman and head of the Palmer United political party Clive Palmer said that his party supports the abolishment of the existing fixed carbon price but would like to see it replaced with an ETS instead of the government-proposed Direct Action Plan1.

He added that his party, which holds three of the swing votes in the Senate as of 1 July2, will introduce legislative amendments to establish the ETS when the chamber votes on the fate of independent advisory body the Climate Change Authority.

IETA welcomes revival of market framework negotiations at UN climate talks

GENEVA, 17 June –The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) welcomes the resumption of negotiations on a global market framework for a future climate deal – but urged that governments intensify their efforts, if the 2015 deadline to finalise the agreement is going to be met.

Negotiators in Bonn, who met from 4-15 June, reignited discussions about how to link carbon market-based systems via the so-called Framework for Various Approaches (FVA) – which had stalled in the Warsaw talks at the end of 2013.  Paired with negotiations on  the design of a new market mechanism and reform of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the framework is envisioned to enable more robust use of market based solutions in the future.

With draft texts for the Paris deal due to be proposed in Lima1 in December, IETA calls on governments to step up their efforts to design a market framework for the new deal. IETA is encouraged that governments signalled interest in further elaborating views on the FVA by 22 September 2014.

IETA calls on ministers to intensify work on CDM, market frameworks

BONN, 4 June –The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) urges ministers convening in Bonn on 5-6 June to accelerate efforts to develop a framework for market-based approaches for the Paris 2015 climate deal. This agreement needs to enable links between market systems to keep costs in check, preserve competitiveness and promote the transition to a cleaner economy.

During the two high level ministerial dialogues, running parallel to the UN climate talks, ministers will consider how to encourage greater ambition in Paris – and how to target further emissions cuts ahead of a new climate deal entering into force after 2020.
With proposed texts due at COP 20 in Lima in December, IETA calls on ministers to draw lessons from the range of new market-based systems emerging around the world to determine how the Paris Agreement should undergird them.  Further, the Association urges that Ministers consider the role that the CDM can play in promoting action in the pre-2020 period.
IETA welcomes opportunity for markets to meet EPA emissions plan

WASHINGTON, DC, 2 June – The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announced emissions regulations for the power sector represent an important milestone for the United States. The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) looks forward to working with states to ensure that market-based flexibilities can help business meet the emissions reduction goals at the lowest cost.

The EPA today announced that it is proposing state-specific emissions rates for power plants, but with flexibility in how each state can meet its target. It also states that the EPA appreciates “the value in allowing and promoting multi-state reduction strategies”.

IETA is pleased to see that the proposed rule1 provides a pathway for a state or groups of states to convert their emissions rates into a market-based cap-and-trade system.

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