The Feasta climate group has participated in the current review of the workings of the EU’s emissions trading system by proposing that all Europe’s transport emissions should be capped and tradable permits for the tonnage of carbon dioxide involved distributed each year to every adult EU resident. The Executive Summary is included below, or download the full document.
The EU’s emissions trading system should be scrapped in its present form and replaced with a much fairer, less distorting system, according to this briefing paper from Feasta’s Climate and Energy working group. The paper lists twelve reasons why the scheme is misconceived and proposes that, instead of emissions permits for 45% of the EU’s greenhouse emissions, currently worth €170 billion a year, being given free to 11,500 giant companies, permits for 100% of the emissions should give given on an equal per capita basis to every EU resident.
The Irish Government’s Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources published its Energy Green Paper, a discussion document on the country’s future energy supplies, on October 1st, and invited anyone interested to comment by December 1st. The Green Paper can be downloaded here in pdf format. The 98 comments the Department received have been posted on its website, here. Amazingly, the Green Paper ignored the near-certainty that global oil production will peak within the next 25 years. The only submissions which criticised the Department for this came from Feasta and from people associated with it or influenced by it. …
Feasta issued these two documents in response to a proposal by the European Commission concerning emissions of greenhouse gases from aircraft. We believe that the Commission’s proposal would distort competition between all forms of transport, hand windfall profits to airlines rather than citizens, and would fail to provide a model for the overall reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. We suggest an alternative approach which would involve placing a limit on emissions and other environmental damage from the entire transport sector.
Wednesday, 20th December 2006
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EU aviation proposals “distort competition between all forms of transport, hand windfall profits to airlines rather than citizens, and do not provide a model for the overall reform of the EU ETS.”
Feasta suggests alternative approach