News Digest Item
13 Mar 2017

“Special national targets for climate protection are counterproductive”

The Economic Council (of the CDU)

Special national targets for climate protection are “counterproductive” and should be abolished, writes the Economic Council of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in a concept paper on the EU energy market. The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) should be the central instrument to define a CO₂ “level playing field” price signal, it said.  Existing national targets should be limited to the non-ETS sectors heating and transport. The council calls for industry exemptions “at least as long as there’s no common G20 CO₂ price level.”

Find the concept paper in German here.

For background read the CLEW factsheet Understanding the European Union’s Emissions Trading System.

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