Debate “The EU ETS in 2030: how will it look like?” on Tuesday 26 January at 1pm CET – watch LIVE Streaming here
On 15 July, the European Commission unveiled its long-awaited proposals for a structural reform of the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) for after 2020. The proposals pleased no one: energy-intensive industries criticised the declining pot of free carbon allowances, while NGOs condemned the lack of ambition.
A fierce fight lies ahead. In September, MEP Ian Duncan, a Scotsman from the ECR Group, was appointed rapporteur and the Luxembourg EU presidency presented the plans to member states. Environment ministers will debate them at the next EU environment council on 26 October. Duncan envisages getting stuck into the meat of the debate early next year, after COP21 in Paris in December. Next year the European Commission is also due to present proposals for reducing non-ETS emissions and many expect the two sets of plans to be negotiated as a package.
Ahead of these negotiations, policymakers are getting their heads round all the options on the table. The Commission expects lots of ideas from MEPs and member states on how to take the reform forward. The bottom line is: can the EU ETS reclaim its place at the heart of EU climate policy?
What will the EU ETS look like in 2030? Will the proposals deliver the “robust” carbon price that Europe needs to drive forward climate action? How should a deal in Paris impact EU ETS reform? Can the proposals stem the tide for national market interventions? How can they be reconciled with those interventions to date? Is EU ETS reform the most significant industrial policy decision the Juncker Commission will take in its mandate?
Head of Unit “Emissions Trading System – Policy Development and Auctioning” in DG Climate Action
After joining the Commission in 1998 he worked for the DG for Economic and Financial Affairs and DG Environment. He has represented the Commission as a delegation member in several UN climate negotiation sessions. For several years he was responsible for the economic assessment of climate policy. He has been involved in the Commission’s work on emissions trading since 1998. In DG Environment he has coordinated a DG-internal task force for the Commission’s assessment of national allocation plans for phase 2 of the EU Emission Trading System. He also served as assistant to the Deputy Director-General of DG Environment and as assistant to the Director-General in DG Climate Action. Prior to his current assignment he was Head of Unit of the Economic Analysis and Strategy Unit in DG Climate Action.
He holds academic degrees from the University of Business and Economics in Vienna, Austria, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Bas Eickhout MEP, Greens/European Free Alliance
Shadow rapporteur for the ETS reform proposal
Bas Eickhout has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009 as a Greens/EFA Group MEP for the Dutch political party GroenLinks. He is a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). He was a member of the delegation of MEPs who went to the UN Climate Change Conference COP 20 in Lima in December 2014. Eickhout studied Chemistry and Environmental Science at the Radboud University in Nijmegen and lives in Utrecht.
Director Public Affairs, Cefic – The European Chemical Industry Council
Chris Scott-Wilson leads the day-to-day operation of Cefic advocacy activities, including strategic planning and policy development. He joined Cefic in 2012 after 14 years as president of the Scott-Wilson Partnership, advising on European Affairs.
Between 1987 and 1998 he was senior legal adviser at Guinness plc, advising on European law and policy. He additionally served as vice president of the Kangaroo Group and chairman of the consumer committee of AIM – The European Brands Association.
He began his career as a barrister in London, during which time he was also the research assistant for the then UK Shadow Attorney General.
Chris read physiology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. After lecturing for a year, he requalified in law and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1981.
Moderated by leading Environment / Energy journalist Sonja van Renssen.
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