With the adoption of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community has demonstrated its resolve to commit to a more sustainable future. To make progress towards this end, policies need to be streamlined in accordance with the objective of sustainable development. One policy area which currently stands in stark contrast to this objective relates to the subsidisation of fossil fuels. These subsidies do not only harm the environment, but also depress growth, reinforce inequality, add to health hazards and slow down the energy transition. The need to reform and ultimately phase them out is thus urgent.

The WTO could play an important role in this regard. Its binding nature and mechanism for enforcement and compliance might allow for the necessary shift from best-endeavour pledges to actual implementation. While the trade system has relevant tools in place for addressing subsidies, including mechanisms for notification and for review, a subsidy agreement as well as sectoral agreements applying to subsidies, these need to be upgraded to better respond to the challenges of the 21st century, including climate change. The recent ministerial statement on fossil fuel subsidies issued by 12 countries during MC11 is a first step in this direction.

This event aims to demonstrate the urgency of tackling fossil fuel subsidies and discuss several reform options which could be considered by the trade system. The dialogue will consist of two sessions. The first will showcase impacts of fossil fuel subsidies on climate change, health and the energy transition. The second session will make the case for using the trade system to address fossil fuel subsidies and discuss potential options to this end.

The event will take place at the Domaine de Penthes, Chemin de l'Impératrice 18, 1292 Pregny-Chambésy (Geneve), Switzerland.

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Date: Thursday, 24 May 2018 | 14:00-18:00

The event will be followed by a reception from 18:00-19:00.

Registration: We kindly request your advance registration

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

This is the launch event of two papers co-authored by ERCST/ICTSD and Bruegel, as part of the joint project 'Developing the EU Long-Term Climate Strategy'. This meeting will include a detailed presentation by the authors Andrei Marcu (ERCST/ICTSD) and Georg Zachmann (Bruegel), and will benefit from the participation of, among others, Eva Svedling, Swedish State Scretary for Climate Eva Svedling, and Artur Runge Metzger, Director at DG Climate.

The European commission has decided to renew its “Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon economy in 2050”. The Roadmap is an important policy document, bringing a long-term outlook to the EU’s decarbonization transition while promoting consistency with science, addressing energy-security and ensuring opportunities for growth and jobs.

However, much has changed since the Roadmap was issued in 2011. The Paris Agreement has raised global climate change mitigation ambition – setting the EU on the path towards zero-net emissions by 2050, and the scientific understanding of climate change has been further deepened through the more recent IPCC 5th Assessment Report. The EU’s Energy Union package needs to be factored into its internal longer-term climate policy perspective, as well as the decreased costs of mitigation technologies such as renewable energy.

The EU needs an updated long-term roadmap, not only to maintain consistency with longer-term objectives and for the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue, but also to ensure the long-term policy predictability necessary for enabling and maintaining the low-carbon transition and linked investments.

The project “Developing the EU Long-Term Climate Strategy”, a joint initiative of Bruegel and the European Roundtable Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST/ICTSD), aims to provide a “roadmap” for the development and delivery of the EU’s new long-term decarbonization strategy.

After the five workshops across the EU to gather the views of stakeholders, the two deliverables of the project are launched today:

i. A technical document, describing all potential choices that could be made in the new long-term climate strategy, with an analysis of the trade-offs implied.

ii. A policy document, presenting a number of inherently consistent set of choices that may serve as basis to build the new roadmap.

 

This project is made possible by the generous support of Sweden, Denmark, France and Germany, the European Climate Foundation, Climate-KIC, Enel, EdF and Shell.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 1:30pm

This meeting is the launch event of the 2018 State of the EU ETS Report. During this meeting, the authors will present the Report and their findings through a presentation, after which the Report will be discussed in a roundtable setting. 

 

The EU’s Emission Trading System has now been in operation for more than a decade, and underwent numerous reform measures, including the recently concluded Phase 4 review.

As any other undertaking it requires, periodically, an assessment regarding its well-functioning and delivery of its objectives. In this respect, the European Commission is required to annually assess, according to the EU ETS Directive, the functioning of the EU ETS and report back to the EU Parliament and Council.

While the European Commission has its role to play in providing an official report, it is also important that independent review and assessment of the functioning and delivery of the EU ETS takes place.

The “2018 State of the EU ETS” Report, the third of its kind, aims to provide such an independent contribution to the policy debate, which is needed to ensure that the EU ETS is “fit for purpose”. This Report discusses the current state of play in the EU ETS, analyses whether the system is performing and delivering, and discusses how the recently concluded Phase 4 review could affect its functioning from 2020 onwards. For all its faults, the EU ETS should not be compared to an ideal world, but the real options that would be available to address climate change. This will be the third report. 

 

The 2018 State of the EU ETS Report is a joint initiative by ERCST/ICTSD, Nomisma Energia, I4CE, Wegener Center at the University of Graz and EcoAct.

This will be the third report on the State of the EU ETS and builds on the report produced by this group of organizations in 2017, as well as the 2016 report produced by the current ERCST staff.

 

 

Please use the link on the right to register for this event. 

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The 2018 State of the EU ETS Report is a joint initiative by ERCST/ICTSD, Nomisma Energia, I4CE, Wegener Center at the University of Graz and EcoAct....

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

This meeting is intended as a brainstorming session with a small group of invited stakeholders and policy makers, with the aim to discuss and provide feedback on the outline and content of the 2018 State of the EU ETS Report, based on a detailed presentation.  

 

The brainstorm sessions will be focussed on the main chapters of the State of the EU ETS Report:

  • EU ETS ‘fit for purpose’ and relevant Policy and Governance Issues
  • Environmental delivery
  • Economic delivery
  • Market functioning
  • Making the EU ETS ‘fit for purpose’.

 

For each session, the authors of the Report will present the findings through a detailed PowerPoint presentation, which will allow for a discussion with the participants to address any gaps, or make any corrections needed.

 

The 2018 State of the EU ETS Report is a joint effort between ERCST/ICTSD, Nomisma Energia, I4CE, the Wegener Centre at the University of Graz and EcoAct.

 

 

*This meeting is by inviation only 

 

 

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The 2018 State of the EU ETS Report is a joint effort between ERCST/ICTSD, Nomisma Energia, I4CE, the Wegener Centre at the University of Graz and EcoAct.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - 2:00pm

This workshop held in Tokyo is part of the Informal Forum on Implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC process. This workshop followed SBSTA 47 held in Bonn. Article 6 negotiations are carried out under Agenda Item 11. An Informal Note was produced during SBSTA 47 which outlined draft elements for a text. The decision also mandated the SBSTA chair to produce a new informal document prior to SBSTA 48. This workshop intersected SBTSA 47 and 48 and aims to create an informal atmosphere where the main objective is to explore, discover, explain and understand different points of view related to the issues in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

The first day included the presentation of a straw man outlining elements of guidance under Article 6.2, building on the informal note and prior submissions by Parties. The paper will have been peer reviewed by a number of prestigious institutions from both developed and developing countries, who follow Article 6 negotiations.The straw man intends to eliminate duplications, but keep all substantive options, and produce a useful framework for discussion for negotiators in their informal deliberations and preparations leading to SBSTA 48 in Bonn, May 2018. This was followed by reactions and thought on Article 6.2.

The second day focused on Article 6.4. Invited speakers gave presentations on parts of the Art 6.4 Informal Note and discussed: any overlaps or duplications in the headings or options, any missing options, the need to eliminate overlaps to streamline the paper and provide clarity, the substance in every option, with pros and cons.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - 5:00pm