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  • 19 Nov 2018 5:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LONDON, 19 November - IETA today publishes its priorities for the UNFCCC COP24 session which takes place in Katowice, Poland from December 2-14. This year’s meeting concludes a two-year process under which more than 200 countries have been developing high-level guidance for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

    COP24 is expected to complete work on the so-called “Paris Rulebook”, a set of rules and guidelines that will lay out the framework for international climate action. The Rulebook will include decisions on matters including finance, adaptation, loss and damage and, under article 6, the development of market mechanisms to help reduce global emissions.

    “Negotiators need to finalise guidance on a broad range of issues, so that nations and businesses can get to work on mobilising the finance to enable the significant emissions cuts that will help avoid catastrophic climate change,” said Dirk Forrister, IETA’s CEO.

    IETA will be encouraging the COP to agree key elements of Article 6 as rapidly as possible, so that Parties can make early decisions on how to meet the goals set out in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

    A clear set of decisions on issues including transparency, accounting (both in terms of finance and emissions reductions) and market mechanisms are crucial if governments are to start work, and private investment is to be leveraged in time, to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

    “These decisions are essential to give structure and coherence to the global climate effort,” said Forrister. “Any delay reduces the chances of keeping temperature increases to less than 2 degrees Celsius.”

    It’s clear that not all of the “Paris Rulebook” can be approved in Katowice: there remains much technical work to do. But a set of clear, high-level decisions can give a strong indication of the “direction of travel” and can offer countries the opportunity to make early choices in how to develop their NDCs and ramp up ambition.

    “Clarity on Article 6 is particularly important as this will be a key channel for private sector action,” said Stefano De Clara, IETA’s International Policy Director. “Investors need assurance that there will be strong safeguards in place to ensure robust accounting and a transparent mechanism for countries to generate carbon reductions that can be transferred internationally.”

    IETA has published its priorities for COP24 here, and also a detailed set of recommendations for strong decisions on Article 6, which governs “cooperative approaches” (Article 6.2: emissions trading); and the “emissions mitigation mechanism” (Article 6.4: emission offsets) which includes the transition of the Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation into the new mechanism.

    (For more information on COP24 and IETA’s participation at the event, visit our COP24 webpage at www.ieta.org/cop24.)

  • 08 Oct 2018 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GENEVA, 8 October - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius makes an important contribution to understanding the challenges – and benefits – of the 1.5 degree goal. It is clear to the business community that the international community has a long way to go in pursuing this goal.

    The report, published today, is a critical input for negotiators as they prepare for the COP24 meeting in Katowice in December. The talks will mark the culmination of the Talanoa Dialogue process, set up under the Paris Agreement to review progress towards its goals with an aim of encouraging national contributions of greater ambition.

    The contributors to the report conclude that human activities are estimated to have caused around 1 degree of global warming above pre-industrial levels already, and that warming “is expected to reach 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030 and 2052 if it continues at the present rate.”

    The IPCC makes explicit references to carbon pricing as “a necessary lubricant” to help balance out the impact of higher energy prices in a carbon-constrained world.

    "In a frictionless world, a unique world carbon price could minimise the social costs of the low carbon transition by equating the marginal costs of abatement across all sources of emissions," the report states.

    “As a business group, IETA stands ready to do our part in advancing a vision of greater ambition enabled by effective carbon markets,” said Dirk Forrister, CEO of IETA. “The World Bank’s State and Trends of Carbon Markets report (2017) found that cooperation can cut costs of achieving Paris goals by 30% by 2030 and 50% by 2050.”

    The IPCC report also highlights the important role that non-state actors can perform in achieving the Paris goals. Incentives need to be made available to encourage the private sector to take voluntary actions and go beyond compliance with national goals.

    “In IETA’s participation in Talanoa Dialogues with the business community around the world (New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Montevideo, Nairobi) in the past few months, we heard a clear, consistent and convincing call for wider use of market mechanisms, which could help make more action economically viable,” he continued. “But we also heard that the Rulebook matters – a lot.”

    “That’s why the work on the Article 6 element of the Paris Rulebook is vital this year, so that more companies can invest with confidence in climate action.”

  • 28 Sep 2018 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IETA is delighted to announce that Katie Sullivan, our Managing Director, has been named as a member of Canada’s “Clean16” for 2019.

    Canada’s Clean16 Awards are announced annually by Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organisation to recognise those individuals or small teams, from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years.”

    “Katie is THE subject matter expert on all things carbon pricing in the Americas and the Pacific Rim, leading the charge to let the market determine the best ways to innovate to eliminate carbon pollution,” said Gavin Pitchford, CEO of Delta Management Group.

    “On behalf of IETA’s 150+ corporate members, Katie leads efforts to identify market solutions that address the climate challenge, building cross-border and cross-sector partnerships worldwide,” Pitchford said.

    “Katie has helped shape effective job, investment and business-friendly climate plans, policies and financial structures, leading to billions of dollars in investment in the emerging low-carbon economy,” he added.

    “I’m very honoured to receive this award,” said Katie Sullivan. “It reflects the hard work of a lot of people in pushing for efficient and effective market mechanisms.”

    “Being recognised in this way is a great incentive to continue our important work.”

    “We are extremely proud that the Clean50 and Delta Management Group has honoured Katie with a Clean16 award,” said Dirk Forrister, IETA’s CEO. “Our community knows her hard work, dedication and enthusiasm for market solutions to climate change, so she absolutely deserves this recognition.”

    You can read more about the Clean50 summit and the Clean50 awards at www.clean50.com.

    About Delta Management Group / Canada’s Clean50:

    Leading sustainability and clean tech search firm Delta Management Group in 2011 founded, and remains the steward of, the Canada’s Clean50 awards, created to annually identify, recognise and connect 50 sustainability leaders from every sector of Canadian endeavour, in order to facilitate understanding, collaboration and innovation in the fight to keep climate change impacts below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Ancillary awards also recognise 10 Emerging Leaders and the Top 20 Sustainability Projects of the year.

  • 13 Sep 2018 10:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SAN FRANCISCO, 13 September -  IETA welcomes the agreement signed today between California and the European Union to strengthen bilateral cooperation on carbon markets.

    “It’s encouraging to see the two leading carbon markets taking a serious look at aligning their systems,” said Dirk Forrister, CEO of IETA.

    “Their Initiative could inspire others to develop similarly aligned systems, taking advantage of the Florence Process.”

    European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and California Governor Jerry Brown today signed a bilateral agreement to boost cooperation on the development of carbon markets.

    California and the EU will step up the frequency of exchanges on, amongst other issues, how carbon markets can send near- and long-term signals for investment, address concerns over economic competitiveness and maximise the public benefits of using market revenues.

    The partners will issue a report on the outcomes of these exchanges in a year.

  • 12 Sep 2018 6:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    SAN FRANCISCO, 11 September – California Governor Jerry Brown kicked off a high-level event focused on carbon pricing today, telling the audience: “Carbon pricing is simple and elegant. Just do it!”

    The one-day event, organised by the European Commission, State of California, Government of Canada, IETA, the World Bank and the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, highlighted how carbon pricing can deliver climate ambition. It comes as world leaders gather in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit, intended to drive ambition and accelerate action to delivering on the Paris Agreement’s goals.

    “Climate change does not wait for anyone,” Brown told delegates. He noted that his state’s cap-and-trade system has generated around $8 billion in revenues for the state, and that the market is “turning profit into a climate-friendly process”.

    Brown’s remarks came on the heels of him signing legislation for the state to use only carbon-free electricity from 2045, followed by an executive order for the entire state to be carbon neutral by 2045.

    “The Paris Agreement sets a goal for the world to be carbon neutral from 2050, so California’s goal to achieve this five years early is ambitious – and exactly what this week is intended to inspire,” says Dirk Forrister, IETA’s President and CEO. “California’s cap-and-trade system will have a vital role to play in realising these targets and driving the kind and scale of investments needed to transform the world’s fifth-largest economy into one which is low-carbon and fit for the future.

    “Well-designed carbon markets are key to any ambitious climate change response,” Forrister adds. “The world hosts a myriad of emissions trading systems, which are already reducing pollution and driving innovations – it is essential that governments move quickly to finalise the rules for the Paris Agreement so that these efforts are counted towards our shared goals, and to unleash the full potential of carbon markets.”

    “Business wants predictability and clarity on policy, so that crucial investment decisions can be made without fear of a costly change of direction,” says Katie Sullivan, Managing Director at IETA. “Well-designed markets enable the low-carbon transition to be made at a steady pace, without shocks to business and consumers.”

    “Today’s event highlighted how jurisdictions are embracing – or could embrace – smart carbon pricing while driving new clean business and investment opportunities and remaining competitive,” she adds. “The future is now.”

  • 03 Sep 2018 4:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bangkok, 3 September - International climate negotiators gather this week in Bangkok for the second part of the 48th meeting of Subsidiaries Bodies to the UNFCCC (SB48-2), with the objective of advancing work on the Paris Agreement "rulebook". The outcome of the talks, which is due to be adopted at COP24, will be a set of rules and implementing details needed to bring the Paris Agreement to life, including guidance for market provisions under Article 6.

    Negotiators are mindful that this is the last chance to narrow differences among Parties before COP 24. In the Article 6 discussions, Parties are tasked to produce a draft negotiating text by the end of this week, based on the revised versions of the three informal notes adopted at the first part of SB48 in Bonn in May.

    “It’s time for negotiators to get down to business in Bangkok, since they need to have a negotiating text ready by the start of COP24”  said Stefano De Clara, head of international policy at IETA. “This is the last opportunity to make progress ahead of COP 24, and the business community is hoping to see real momentum created in Bangkok.”

    "We expect the Article 6 talks to keep pace with the other main negotiating tracks - such as transparency, finance, technology and adaptation,” said Dirk Forrister, IETA’s president and CEO. "As much as we want closure on the Article 6 portion of the Paris rulebook, it has to be seen as part of a larger package for Katowice.” 

    IETA will closely follow the discussions on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, which aim to develop a set of guidelines and rules for cooperative approaches to implement nationally determined contributions (Art. 6.2), for a market mechanism to enable emission reductions (Art. 6.4) and for non-market mechanisms (Art. 6.8).

  • 28 Jun 2018 10:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    London, 28 June - IETA welcomes the ICAO Council's adoption this week of monitoring, reporting and verification rules for its CORSIA global offsetting system.

    CORSIA, or the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, is the first global sectoral emissions reduction system. Airlines will be required to calculate annually the emissions from their flights and buy carbon offsets equivalent to any increase over a baseline of 2019-2020 average emissions.

    The Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) adopted this week lay out the technical guidance on how airlines should monitor, verify and report their fleets’ carbon emissions.

    “IETA broadly welcomes the timely adoption of the SARPs,” says Sophy Greenhalgh, IETA Director. “Entities can now get going with the critical element of developing the sectoral baseline for calculating emissions going forward.”

    However, ICAO has yet to establish rules on which offset standards will be approved for use in CORSIA.

    “We are now awaiting news on the set-up of the process and governance for approving offset programmes and what further limitations and restrictions will apply with regards to vintage timeframes and project types,” Greenhalgh says.

    “Significant work in a short timeframe is now required to develop further details around emission unit eligibility, to give the carbon market and investors time to ensure a highly environmentally robust supply pipeline is available for CORSIA.”

    IETA calls for carbon market experts to add their input before those decisions are taken.

    “We welcome further opportunities for consultations on program design details,” Greenhalgh says. “We urge that ICAO make clear how it intends to intensify its process so that it can progress work before the next Council meeting in November on emissions unit criteria and other operational elements of CORSIA.”

    "It is essential to establish the quality specifications and approval processes as soon as possible for the market to deliver offsets that meet CORSIA’s environmental objectives.”

  • 15 Jun 2018 10:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TORONTO, 15 June - Ontario’s incoming government today issued a statement underlining new Premier-Designate Doug Ford’s determination to cancel the province’s cap-and-trade system, and to resist the federal government’s carbon price backstop policy.

    IETA is disappointed by the statement and hopes that Ontario’s new government can be convinced of the benefits of cap-and-trade: delivering pollution benefits, providing valuable funding for clean energy initiatives, and supporting job creation in the fast-growing clean tech sector.

    “Climate change is a real problem that impacts real people, and IETA supports international cooperation to address it at the lowest cost possible,” says Dirk Forrister, CEO of IETA.

    “Many countries and regions around the world know the benefits of market solutions and are moving to set up systems, including China, the world’s largest emitter. Ontario should remain a world leader in climate action."

    Ontario currently participates in the Western Climate Initiative along with Québec and California, and other states, provinces and countries are considering joining the regional carbon market.

    “This rushed decision is extremely dangerous and detrimental to Ontario businesses, consumers and trade partners,” says Katie Sullivan, IETA Managing Director. “The implications are far-reaching – not only across Ontario but beyond - and we hope the province pauses to revisit its position or assess other more viable options.”

    Note: a fact sheet about Ontario’s cap-and-trade system, and its links to the California and Québec markets can be found here.

  • 06 Jun 2018 5:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BRUSSELS, 6 June - Introduction of carbon floor prices by European countries would add unnecessary overlaps with new reforms to the bloc’s carbon market, creating risks of market distortions with no environmental benefits.

    Some EU countries are considering proposals that would “fragment the EU’s carbon market, reducing its efficiency and lead to competitive distortions,” according to a new position paper published today by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).

    The association is calling on EU member states to refrain from introducing national carbon floor prices and to focus instead on supporting the EU Emissions Trading System’s role as the primary tool for emissions reductions.

    “The major reforms adopted last year are still in the process of implementation,” says Dirk Forrister, IETA’s CEO. “It’s important that those decisions be allowed to work before adding more layers of policy. Floor prices aren’t needed when you have an operational market stability reserve (MSR) that automatically adjusts supply.”

    The MSR, which will begin to operate in January, will withhold from the market 24% of the calculated oversupply each year from 2019-2023, and 12% of the surplus each year thereafter. The European Commission estimates that the reserve will remove  around 397 million EUAs from circulation in 2019. 

    Under a national floor pricing mechanism, a country might set a minimum price for emissions that may or may not be higher than the EU ETS market price. During the four-year legislative process that produced the ETS reform package, EU leaders considered and rejected an EU-wide floor pricing option, instead selecting the MSR as a preferable policy. 

    IETA contends that adding this extra mechanism now would act as a tax and not as a dynamic incentive to find lowest-cost emission reductions. It would simply shift emissions from countries with high price floors to others with no floors, offering no real environmental gain.

    “A cap-and-trade system guarantees the delivery of the environmental target set by the cap and establishes a price that reflects the marginal cost of abatement,” says Simon Henry, IETA’s director of EU policy. “We call on Member States to maintain commitment to the EU ETS as the primary tool for European emission reductions and not introduce additional carbon pricing measures on industry.”

    IETA’s position paper can be found here.

  • 22 May 2018 11:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FRANKFURT, 22 May - Respondents to IETA’s annual GHG Market Sentiment survey are optimistic about the prospects for emissions trading around the world, despite concerns about an ambition gap between current trends and the Paris Agreement’s 2°C goal. 

    This year’s survey, conducted by PwC, yielded responses from 100+ IETA member representatives, from a variety of sectors and geographies. Responses showed an overall more positive sentiment towards emissions trading around the world, although an overwhelming majority caution that any shortcomings in the Chinese national ETS could have an impact on the mechanism’s reputation. 

    And for the first time since 2011, price expectations for Phase III of the EU ETS broke above €10, with the average price in this year’s survey settling at €15.21 – almost double last year’s average. 

    “The last 12 months brought a burst of energy to emissions trading around the world, from Latin America, across North American jurisdictions, and in China,” says IETA President and CEO Dirk Forrister. “Governments are getting serious about seizing the power of markets to achieve their climate goals.”

    He adds: “However, slow progress at finalising the rules for the Paris Agreement, including on market mechanisms, risks delaying further action and ambition. During this year of focus on increasing climate ambition to ensure the ‘better than 2°C’ goal is met, we urge governments to deliver a good rulebook that can foster market cooperation and inspire more action on the ground.” 

    Jonathan Grant, Director in PwC’s climate team, comments: “There is real momentum behind carbon markets around the world – price expectations are on the rise again.  And there are high stakes on the trading system in China.  Success there could inspire other countries to follow, but if it fails it could undermine action around the world.”

    “Governments need to get real about their climate ambition and start implementing policy in line with the Paris Agreement.  According to IETA members, there’s a huge gap between current price expectations and what’s needed to achieve the two degrees goal.”

    The survey report was released at Innovate4Climate in Frankfurt on Tuesday 22 May at 11am CET and will feature in a discussion at the event on Thursday 24 May at 9am CET. Hard copies will be available at the launch and it can also be downloaded from the IETA website.


    This year’s IETA survey was conducted among IETA members only, with more than one response per organisation possible, and open from 13 April to 1 May. We received responses from 119 IETA member representatives, from a broad range of locations and organisation types. Participants were given some freedom to select which sections and subject matter they answered on, and therefore a number of statistics are based on samples smaller than 119.

    Key findings from this year’s survey

    • 71% of respondents believe that if China’s ETS is not considered a success by the global community, the reputation of emissions trading worldwide will be affected. A similar percentage of respondents believe the launch of China’s ETS will encourage other countries to implement a carbon price.
    • Expected prices for the EU ETS in Phases 3 and 4 have increased for the first time in three years – to €15 and €22 respectively. However, over 50% of respondents do not believe the EU ETS Phase 4 reforms are sufficient to meet the 2°C goal of the Paris Agreement. 72% of respondents now believe the UK will remain part of the EU ETS post-Brexit - double the amount compared to last year.
    • Governments worldwide need “to get real” if they are to raise global climate ambition. Respondents believe that a carbon price of €50/tCO2 by 2030 is needed to achieve the 2°C goal, which far outstrips their current price expectations.
    • 90% of respondents believe a cap-and-trade system will emerge within five years in Latin America. There are also high expectations for broader Pacific Rim carbon market cooperation in within the same timeframe.
    • Ontario has dominated the most important carbon market developments in Canada over the last year. Both the launch of its cap-and-trade system (and subsequent linking to the WCI) and the threat of its dismantlement in the upcoming provincial elections have grabbed people’s attention.
    • States are once more at the forefront of climate change action in the US: 97% of respondents believe state regulation will be important or very important in driving private sector climate action in the US (vs 54% for federal regulation).

    Respondents are uncertain whether this year’s UN talks will successfully agree the rule book for the Paris Agreement or the status of the CDM after 2020. Furthermore, only 19% of respondents believe that developed countries will mobilise the promised $100 billion per annum of climate finance by 2020.

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