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  • 19 Oct 2017 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mexico climate forum to feed international climate process

    Eleventh Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum opens in Mexico City 

    Mexico City, Mexico, 18 October 2017 – Achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and true sustainable development will take broad-based engagement, especially by the private sector to drive innovation and investment, participants at the opening of Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) in Mexico City were told.

    Mexico suffered a serious earthquake last month that resulted in terrible loss of life and destruction. Mexico and Mexico City nonetheless pushed through with LACCF 2017, which has brought together private and public sector participants looking for ways to spur climate action under the theme Advancing the Paris Agreement – From Targets to Actions.

    “I think what has happened, and what is happening, underscores how vulnerable we are as human beings,” said Enrique Lendo, Head of International Affairs, Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico, reflecting on the earthquake and the numerous destructive hurricanes that have occurred in recent months. “They are a sign we need to renew our efforts, and strengthen our efforts,” said Mr. Lendo, citing innovative policy choices, such as carbon pricing and market-based instruments to drive investment in climate action, before officially opening LACCF 2017.

    Countries in 2015 adopted the Paris Climate Change Agreement aimed at keeping global temperature rise below 2oC through concerted climate action in all sectors. Meeting the goal will take a great deal of investment and resources; thus, strong engagement by the private sector and a broad range of non-state actors, including the most vulnerable.

    “Adopting urgent measures to combat climate change requires [one] to listen closely and attentively to all voices; to the private sector, industry, academia, civil society, indigenous peoples, since it is all of us who live the consequences of climate change,” said Antonio Molpeceres, UN Resident Coordinator in Mexico referencing remarks by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. “It is necessary that we all take part in these discussions, so that we are all actors in the creation and materialization of a true paradigm change that will lead us to a sustainable human development path.”

    This is the eleventh annual LACCF and the second time the event is being held back-to-back with the workshop of the Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) – LAC platform, creating the largest climate event in the region: The 2017 Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week.

    Events like LACCF are important venues not just for inspiring greater climate action but in which to express views that can make their way into international negotiations. Last year when they met in Morocco, countries established the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action to encourage and coordinate this broad engagement.

    The objective is to “turn countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement into concrete investment plans,” said Veronica Zavala, Country Representative, Inter-American Development Bank. She cited the need to “decarbonize our energy sector, which accounts for 40 percent of emissions in the region,” and pointed to the ample solar, wind and ocean power available in Latin American and the Caribbean.

    “Isolated endeavors cannot contribute radically to stabilize economies and mitigate the effects of climate change,” said Emilio Uquillas, Representative-director in Mexico for CAF–Latin American Development Bank. Mr. Uquillas stressed that the effects of climate change will be felt “as usual by the most vulnerable sectors of society” and called for “a scaling up of efforts.”

    The bulk of that scaling up will be done through investment by the business community, which is “managing enormous risk” from climate change and from its investments in climate action, said Dirk Forrister, Chief Executive Officer and President of the International Emissions Trading Association. “The business community is also looking around the corner to opportunity.”

    The inclusive approach called for in the Paris Agreement will be carried forward when countries meet in Bonn, Germany, next month for the UN Climate Change Conference, COP23, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, whose Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, is Mexico’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2006–2012. Ms. Espinosa is attending an important preparatory meeting in Fiji, which will preside over COP23.

    “For countries to achieve their commitments under the Paris Agreement, the private sector and public sector must work together to mobilize investment where it’s needed,” said Ms. Espinosa on behalf of the 10 co-organizers of LACCF 2017 in advance of the event. “Therefore, regional events like LACCF are taking on an increasingly important role linking investment to investment-worthy opportunities for climate action.”

    Market approaches and carbon pricing are important means of incentivizing climate action; such as was created by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the UNFCCC’s Kyoto Protocol. Participants in LACCF are keen to understand how carbon pricing mechanisms will evolve and inform implementation of such approaches under the Paris Agreement. Mexico, for example, has placed a carbon tax on eight fuels. The country is considering how those obligated under the carbon tax could pay using saleable Certified Emissions Reductions created by CDM projects, everything from wind power projects to projects that reduce or avoid industrial emissions.

    More generally, countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region, including Chile and Colombia, have been leaders in the development of carbon pricing mechanisms and are actively working to build multi-country engagement models. Key takeaways from the High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices <http://bit.ly/2qwj8YJ> were also discussed.  The report’s conclusion — that countries should pursue carbon pricing now, as an essential element of a multi-faceted strategy — resonated strongly with government representatives participating in the panel discussions.  Industry participants in the Forum noted that a strong and predictable carbon price trajectory, as called for in the Commission’s report, would help provide the stability the private sector needs to move investment into long-term, climate-friendly projects, dramatically increasing the total amount of resources available to address climate change.

    LACCF 2017 comprises high-level plenaries—including an address by former Mexican President Felipe Calderón scheduled for Friday, 20 October—workshops and roundtables to share the latest on climate finance, carbon pricing, sectoral climate action and data and information for transparency. It brings together key players from the private and public sectors—cooperating agencies, potential investors, project developers, service providers—to share the latest on climate action.

    LACCF is co-organized by:

    Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico

    United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

    UNEP DTU Partnership

    United Nations Development Programme

    World Bank Group

    Development Bank of Latin America

    Inter-American Development Bank

    Latin American Energy Organization

    United Nations Environment Programme

    International Emissions Trading Association


    For further information, please contact:

    Fabiana Rodrigues, UN Climate Change at:

    frodrigues(at)unfccc.int, +49 (0) 228-815-1288

    See also:

    Twitter: @UN_ClimateTalks, @UN_CarbonMechs  #LACCF2017

    Facebook: facebook.com/UNclimatechange, facebook.com/UNcarbonmechs

  • 18 Oct 2017 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contact: Katie Kouchakji, press@ieta.org  

    MEXICO CITY, 18 October – As this year’s Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum gets underway in Mexico City, IETA is releasing the first Spanish translations of its Emissions Trading 101 educational materials.

    The Emissions Trading 101 briefings are designed to inform a broader audience and newcomers to the carbon market on aspects of market design and trading, such as allocation, auctions, offsetting and emissions monitoring. The six briefings now available in Spanish cover: Article 6 of the Paris Agreement; Cap and trade: the basics; Benefits of emissions trading; Carbon pricing and competitiveness; Monitoring, reporting and verification; and Offsets in California.

    “Carbon pricing is on the rise across the world, and in particular across Latin America,” says IETA’s CEO and President Dirk Forrister. “As more nations look at emissions trading, businesses will need more resources such as IETA’s Emissions Trading 101 series to help them get to grips with the topic.”

    He adds: “For a complex topic, language can be another barrier to overcome, which is why we feel it is important to have our resources available in other languages whenever possible.”

    The full Emissions Trading 101 library, both in English and Spanish, is available on the IETA website.

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  • 18 Oct 2017 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contact Katie Kouchakji, kouchakji@ieta.org

    Brussels, 18 October - Ahead of today’s second trilogue meeting on the review of the EU ETS rules on international aviation, where measures to safeguard the bloc’s carbon market from an impact of a hard Brexit are to be discussed, IETA is calling on EU policymakers to protect the EU ETS from any adverse impacts.

    IETA’s statement urges both the European Parliament and the Council to agree on measures which would protect the EU ETS in the case of a hard Brexit, however:

    1. Taking into account all policy options with the respective benefits and costs related; impact on environmental integrity and market stability, sustained confidence in the market and existing transaction patterns.
    2. Ensuring that the adopted solution does not create uncertainty and can be implemented in a timely and orderly manner.
    3. Warranting that any measure agreed should be reversible in case of changed circumstances, especially if the UK decides to stay in the EU ETS and agrees to the terms and conditions of its continued participation (by the end of Phase 3 or beyond).

    IETA’s preferred solution would be that the EU and the UK agree on a continued participation by UK companies in the EU’s carbon market until the end of 2020 at a minimum.

  • 13 Oct 2017 11:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contact: Katie Kouchakji, press@ieta.org  

    BRUSSELS, 13 OctoberEU negotiators need to finalise the reform to the EU ETS at the next trilogue meeting, as negotiations yesterday failed to reach a final deal.

    While representatives from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission made progress in yesterday’s negotiations, the talks collapsed over a disagreement on coal safeguards proposed for the Modernisation Fund. This Fund is designed to support low-carbon transition in poorer EU Member States. The European Parliament called for a 450 g/kWh Emission Performance Standard for projects to receive modernisation funding. However, the EU Presidency opposed the Parliament’s demand. When the Parliament insisted on its position, the talks ended for the night with plans to resume soon.

    “We urge negotiators to redouble their efforts to reach a deal at the next trilogue meeting, set to be held before this year’s round of UN climate negotiations in a few weeks,” says IETA’s CEO and President Dirk Forrister. “An agreement is needed to send a strong signal that the EU is serious about its leadership role in the international climate policy arena and in helping make the Paris Agreement a success.”

    “Business has been calling for clarity and certainty on rules for a long time, especially as the launch of MSR is drawing ever nearer,” says Julia Michalak, IETA’s Director of EU Policy. “The reform process must finally bring predictability and boost confidence in the long-term future of the EU’s carbon market.”

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  • 22 Sep 2017 11:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contact: Katie Kouchakji, press@ieta.org  

    TORONTO, 22 September – A planned link between Ontario’s nascent carbon market and those of California and Québec is a positive step forward for North American climate cooperation and expanding regional carbon markets. 

    The agreement to link, formally signed today, is planned to be made in 2018. Ontario’s economy-wide cap-and-trade program, launched earlier this year, was designed to link to California and Québec’s existing greenhouse gas market. 

    “Sub-national climate change action continues to go from strength to strength across North America,” says IETA’s CEO and President Dirk Forrister. “The trilateral link between Ontario, Québec and California is major step forward and embraced by business on both sides of the Canadian-US border.”

    At the core of IETA’s mission is the call for linked carbon markets. Such connectivity offers greater flexibility to market participants, which results in lower costs for compliance – and thus households and consumers – as well as the opportunity to achieve greater emissions cuts at a lower cost than if jurisdictions operate unilaterally. 

    “The last two years have seen a surge in carbon pricing initiatives, not just in North America but globally,” says Katie Sullivan, Managing Director of IETA. “With this increased activity, we are seeing more interest in linking markets, as policymakers recognise the benefits of a wider and deeper marketplace.”

    She adds: “IETA has long advocated for linked markets – this development is a significant milestone for carbon markets, cooperation and climate leadership in North America.”

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  • 20 Sep 2017 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    LONDON, 20 September – IETA is today launching a facility to gather business thoughts on how Article 6 of the Paris Agreement should be operationalised.

    The web facility, added in the course of an overhaul of IETA’s website, was designed in response to observers being excluded from the formal UNFCCC submission process on the implementation of Article 6, which itself relates to market mechanisms. The publically accessible portal is launching with six submissions already, and will be open for further proposals in the run up to COP23 in Bonn.

    “Observers, and the business community in particular, have a lot to add to the UN climate process, particularly with regards to Article 6,” says Dirk Forrister, IETA’s CEO and President. “There is a wealth of thought leadership and experience among observers that we need to draw on if the Paris Agreement is to be a success.”

    Over the coming weeks, the information gathered via this facility will further inform IETA’s work on Article 6. IETA plans to produce a synthesis report of all submissions received, aimed at drawing governments’ attention to the unique insights the business community has to offer.

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  • 13 Sep 2017 11:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contact: Katie Kouchakji, press@ieta.org  

    BRUSSELS, 13 September – EU negotiators made progress tonight in talks to strengthen the bloc’s carbon market, a development which will build confidence in the long-term operations of the system, says IETA.

    Representatives from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission reached a conditional agreement on doubling the rate at which surplus emissions allowances will be removed from the market and placed in the Market Stability Reserve during the first five years of operation – a proposal which IETA supports.

    To address competitiveness concerns of trade-exposed industries, EU leaders also made progress on a set of measures: dynamic allocation, maintaining the current list of sectors at risk of “carbon leakage” until 2020, and rules for carbon leakage assessment at sectoral level.

    Negotiators also reached a provisional compromise to allow Member States to cancel allowances voluntarily when other national measures cause electricity generators to shutter, adding surplus to the carbon market. This aims to address the concern raised by IETA and other business groups about the need to address market impacts caused by overlapping policies.

    IETA welcomed tonight’s breakthrough, which came after several months of stalemate in the negotiations. Several issues still remain under discussion and the negotiations are not yet finalised, with further talks scheduled for 12 October.

    “The progress achieved is a welcome step towards enhancing the effectiveness of the EU ETS,” says Julia Michalak, IETA’s Director of EU Policy. “Parties should seize the momentum to bring the negotiations on EU ETS reforms to a swift conclusion. We urge European policymakers to accelerate their negotiations and finalise the EU ETS reform process well ahead of the UN climate talks in Germany in November.”

    She adds: “European businesses need certainty and clarity, and they need these sooner rather than later. Business plans and financial decisions are already being made for beyond 2020, which will be impacted by these reforms.”

  • 13 Sep 2017 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contact Katie Kouchakji, press@ieta.org

    BRUSSELS, 13 September In developing measures adopted to buffer the bloc’s carbon market from a so-called hard Brexit, policymakers should make every effort to promote market stability and build confidence in the EU ETS.

    Today, the European Parliament will hold a plenary vote on amendments to legislation underpinning the aviation sector’s involvement in the EU ETS. One proposed amendment seeks to ensure that any allowances issued by the UK from 1 January 2018, to any EU ETS participants, will be nullified if the UK will not remain a part of the EU ETS after it quits the bloc.

    While still analysing the full ramifications of the proposed amendment, IETA is firm in its belief that a hard Brexit would work to the detriment of the EU ETS. By dividing the currently harmonised market, a hard Brexit would add complexity in compliance and impair market functioning, reducing the economic efficiency of the programme. This is why IETA broadly promotes market solutions that extend across international borders, so that the long-term effort to meet Paris goals can be cost effective.

    IETA urges all policymakers to ensure that any measures adopted ensure stable market performance and sustain confidence in the market. IETA is concerned that the proposed amendment offers few details on critical features regarding its operation, making it complex to analyse.

    Julia Michalak, IETA’s Director of EU Policy, comments:

    “We appreciate that lawmakers are considering how to mitigate the impact of a ‘hard’ Brexit on the EU ETS. Given that this proposal, if adopted, would have a significant impact, we urge the European institutions to urgently clarify how it would be implemented without disrupting market performance. We also call on the UK Government to provide clarity on whether the UK intends to remain a part of or linked to the EU ETS, which would be the preferred solution until the current trading phase ends in 2020 – and ideally beyond.”

    IETA stands ready to work with lawmakers to ensure that post-Brexit arrangements do not undermine the smooth functioning of the market.

    More information on IETA’s position on the Brexit arrangements is available on our website.

  • 16 Aug 2017 11:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contact: Katie Kouchakji, press@ieta.org  

    LONDON, 16 August – IETA welcomes today’s agreement to link the Swiss and EU carbon markets. It may offer a model for other systems to connect to Europe’s market in the future. 

    Under the agreement, participants in the EU ETS will be able to use Swiss allowances for compliance, and vice versa.

    “Today’s development is a welcome step, both for the EU ETS and proof of concept for linking,” says IETA’s CEO Dirk Forrister. “This first link by the EU ETS to another market is an important milestone for the 12-year old market. The agreement could act as a template for other systems to connect to the EU ETS more quickly.”

    He adds: “IETA has long called for markets to link, as a wider pool of participants can lead to lower prices, greater market stability and improved liquidity. The linkage of carbon markets is good both for the environment and for businesses.”

    The five-year technical negotiations between the two parties concluded in 2016, and work began on an agreement and criteria for linking. Today, the European Commission adopted a proposal to sign the agreement and another to ratify it. The Council of the European Union will now need to discuss the proposals, and the European Parliament needs to consent to their signing.

    Upon signing, technical arrangements for the linkage will be made. Only once these are complete will the agreement be ratified. After ratification, the agreement will enter into force at the start of the following calendar year. Linkage is not expected to take place until at least 2019. 

  • 26 Jul 2017 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contact: Katie Kouchakji, press@ieta.org  

    LONDON, 26 July – Proposed reforms to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) will create a more dynamic market and offer business more clarity over the system’s future, IETA says today.

    The government today announced the final changes it will seek to the market’s design, following a comprehensive two-phase review of the NZ ETS. The first phase of changes were announced last year. Today’s announcement concerns the second part of the review.

    The four changes the government has agreed are to: introduce auctioning; allow international units again from 2020, but with restrictions; introduce a different price ceiling, replacing the current NZ$25 (US$18.57) fixed price option for participants; and make decisions on the supply for the NZ ETS on  a five-year rolling basis.

    “The changes proposed by the New Zealand government will make the market more flexible, adaptable to changing circumstances, and more predictable,” says Dirk Forrister, IETA’s CEO and President. “Enhanced clarity over the future of the NZ ETS is good for businesses which are making decisions about tomorrow’s investments today.”

    The NZ ETS began in 2008 and was the first carbon market in the Asia-Pacific. This is the second review of the programme since its inception, and the most extensive changes to its design. These changes, pending further consultation over the next 12-18 months, will make the market more readily able to link to others internationally.

    “IETA supports changes to make the NZ ETS more dynamic and outward looking,” says Stefano De Clara, director of international policy at IETA and coordinator of the Australia and New Zealand working group. “The proposals will align the market more closely with the Paris Agreement and strengthen New Zealand’s leadership role on carbon markets internationally.”

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