The new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) aims to address the potential gap in climate policy ambition between the member states of the European Union and third countries by putting a carbon price on specific imports to the EU. In July 2021, the European Commission issued its long-awaited proposal on this core element of the Fit for 55 package which is now awaiting further action in the European Parliament. Continue Reading
With the Fit for 55 package, the European Union aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 55 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2030. An essential part of this strategy is the so-called Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), an extension of the existing Emissions Trading System (ETS). By applying the same rules and levies both to inner-European production and to foreign imports from countries that do not meet the EU’s “climate-friendly” production standards, the CBAM aims to level the playing field between domestic and external producers. Continue Reading
“Does every degree matter?”, S&D MEP Delara Burkhardt asked on Twitter. Several MEPs, including herself, strongly believe so. A number of them reacted to the latest IPCC’s report titled The Physical Science Basis of Climate Change, which was published on the 9th of August.
The first part of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) has prompted reactions from several key figures in the European Parliament and the European Union, particularly from the Greens/EFA and The Left. Continue Reading
20th of July at 10:00-10:30 (Zoom).
After being delayed by the European Commission, the ‘fit for 55’ package has finally been unveiled. VoteWatch will be taking a close look at the legislation, assessing the positioning of MEPs concerning the content of the key proposals.
We will show what the current political majorities are, how the views of MEPs are being altered over time and how they differ from one component to the other (including GHG targets, CBAM or hydrogen amongst others). Continue Reading
17th of June at 10:00-10:30 (Zoom)
MEP Jytte Guteland, S&D coordinator in the ENVI Committee in the European Parliament, and rapporteur on the European Climate law, joins our webinar tomorrow to discuss how the EP is likely to react to upcoming legislation from the Commission.
The delay by the European Commission to present its ‘fit for 55’ package may also be due to hesitations in assessing the level of political support for some of the key provisions of this package. Continue Reading