Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. 24/7 Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

EU agrees to reform world's largest carbon market
Brussels (AFP) Nov 9, 2017

The EU struck a deal Thursday to overhaul Europe's emissions trading scheme after 2021, hailing it as a key step toward meeting its commitments under the Paris climate agreement.

But environmentalists complained it will be years before the effects make themselves felt from the overhaul of the world's biggest carbon market, which was tentatively agreed by the European Parliament and the member states.

"Today's landmark deal demonstrates that the European Union is turning its Paris commitment and ambition into concrete action," European Union EU Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said in a statement.

The deal must still be formally endorsed by the European Parliament and the member states.

The EU Emissions Trading System puts a cap on the amount of carbon dioxide allowed to be emitted by large factories and other companies.

The firms can trade in quotas of these emissions -- the idea being to provide a carrot to improve energy efficiency or switch to cleaner sources so that they keep within the ceiling.

However, critics said the carbon market, which covers about 40 percent of Europe's industrial emissions, has proven ineffective.

Carbon allowances were too generous, resulting in a carbon price too low to encourage savings.

Members of the European Parliament had pushed for more ambitious changes than those proposed by the commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation EU.

The commission said it accepted "significant changes" to the system in order to speed up emissions reductions and strengthen the Market Stability Reserve.

The MSR is designed to help ensure that carbon dioxide prices spur innovation in the field of energy efficiency.

The moves aim to reduce the oversupply of allowances on the carbon market.

The commission also agreed to new safeguards for European industry if needed to reduce the risk of carbon leakage.

- 'Meaningless' -

It also backed ways to help the industry and power sectors make the innovations and investments needed to transition to a low-carbon economy.

The European Parliament said two funds will be set up to spur innovation, including one to modernise energy systems in poorer member states.

MEPs pushed to ensure the latter fund is not used for coal-fired projects, except for district heating in the two poorest member states, provided that they offset the emissions by "using an equivalent amount of free allowances," it said.

The WWF activist group said the tentative deal makes the EU's pledges to the Paris climate pact "look meaningless" by paying heavy industry to continue polluting.

The WWF's Sam Van Den Plas said it was "a relief" for the EU to lower the supply of ETS allowances but regretted it will take "at least five more years" to take effect.

Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Europe, echoed those concerns.

"A few member states were able to push through substantial improvements to the original proposal from the European Commission, but these will bring positive impacts only in the long term," Trio said.

Markus Beyrer, who heads the industry group BusinessEurope, said the deal was a step in the right direction.

However, Beyrer added: "Unfortunately, the deal does not deliver on securing sufficient free allowances for industries exposed to investment leakage."

He then called on EU negotiators meeting this week at climate talks in Bonn, Germany to step up "efforts to bring to their industry a global level playing field."

Under the Paris climate deal, the EU plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared against 1990 levels and make renewable energy account for 27 percent of energy use.

First-ever US experiments at new X-ray facility may lead to better explosive modeling
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
For the first time in the U.S., time-resolved small-angle x-ray scattering (TRSAXS) is used to observe ultra-fast carbon clustering and graphite and nanodiamond production in the insensitive explosive Plastic Bonded Explosive (PBX) 9502, potentially leading to better computer models of explosive performance. "Carbon clusters are produced during the chemical process of detonation in high ex ... read more

Related Links
Carbon Worlds - where graphite, diamond, amorphous, fullerenes meet

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Stressed seedlings in space

Orbital ATK's to deliver supplies to International Space Station

How Does Your Space Garden Grow

NanoRacks Deploys Second Kaber-Class Microsatellite This Week, First On-Orbit Assembly

Vega launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco

Russia embezzlement probe at rocket firm Soyuz

Alaska Aerospace Launches Aurora Launch Services Company

Launch your design with Cheops

NASA Opens $2 Million Third Phase of 3D-Printed Habitat Competition

Insight will carry over two million names to Mars

Opportunity Does a Wheelie and is Back on Solid Footing

Martian Ridge Brings Out Rover's Color Talents

China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020

Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut

China launches three satellites

Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission

European Space Week starts in Estonia

New Chinese sat comms company awaits approval

Myanmar to launch own satellite system-2 in 2019: vice president

Eutelsat's Airbus-built full electric EUTELSAT 172B satellite reaches geostationary orbit

A new way to mix oil and water

Building better silk

Measuring atoms for better navigation and mineral detection

Discovery of a new structure family of oxide-ion conductors SrYbInO4

Scientists find potential 'missing link' in chemistry that led to life on earth

18-Month Twinkle in a Forming Star Suggests a Very Young Planet

Overlooked Treasure: The First Evidence of Exoplanets

Atmospheric beacons guide NASA scientists in search for life

Watching Jupiter's multiple pulsating X-ray Aurora

Help Nickname New Horizons' Next Flyby Target

Juno Aces 8th Science Pass of Jupiter, Names New Project Manager

Jupiter's X-ray auroras pulse independently

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement