This input to the European Commission consultation on options to stregthen the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was signed onto by 21 organisations. It raised only was concern, that the consultation excludes a fundamental, seventh option: ending the ETS by 2020 and replacing it with other regulatory climate policies. This is a serious omission that leaves this consultation incomplete as an input toward a legislative proposal. After two years of decline, the prices of emission permits and carbon credits have reached historic lows.
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This press release accompanies a joint declaration by more than 90 organisations, networks and movements from all over the world. 'It is Time to Scrap the ETS' lists the structural flaws of the ETS and the risks of trying to fix it. The organisations supporting this declaration conclude: “It is time to stop fixating on ‘price’as a driver for change. We need to scrap the EU ETS and implement effective and fair climate policies by making the necessary transition away from fossil fuel dependency.”
Ten years since the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Action Plan was launched, and one month before the introduction of the EU Timber Regulation which makes it a criminal offence to put illegally sourced timber on the EU market, new research by FERN has shown strong
This press release released to coincide with the launch of FERN's report Improving forest governance: A comparison on FLEGT VPAs and their impact concludes that we must learn from the VPAs and build on what works,the next step is to research the extent to which the VPA model can be used for other commodities and in other sectors.
By 2020, bioenergy will account for more than 10 per cent of total energy consumption in the EU. Scandinavian forests will be a significant source of biomass for energy, but intensified harvesting could substantially harm biodiversity and impact on the climate.