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Swiss energy-related CO2 emissions fall in 2018 despite stubborn transport output

Published 18:18 on July 19, 2019  /  Last updated at 20:23 on July 19, 2019  /  Carbon Taxes, EMEA, EU ETS, Switzerland  /  No Comments

Switzerland’s energy-related CO2 emissions continued falling in 2018, the government announced this week, though the decline was again mostly seen in the consumption of thermal fuels as transportation’s output was unchanged.

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Alberta large emitter carbon price of C$30/tonne “very likely” for 2020 -official

Published 22:24 on July 17, 2019  /  Last updated at 23:17 on July 17, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

Alberta will likely keep the C$30/tonne compliance charge in its proposed overhaul of the Canadian province’s trading programme for large emitters, a shift from the ruling United Conservative Party’s (UCP) original plan to lower the CO2 price below the federal ‘backstop’ rate next year, a government official said Wednesday.

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French environment minister De Rugy resigns over spending scandal

Published 15:06 on July 16, 2019  /  Last updated at 15:38 on July 16, 2019  /  Carbon Taxes, EMEA  /  No Comments

France’s energy and ecology minister Francois de Rugy has resigned after being embroiled in a scandal over spending taxpayer cash on lavish lobster dinners and home renovations.

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Impose CO2 price on German transport, buildings sectors before EU ETS transition -experts

Published 12:19 on July 12, 2019  /  Last updated at 14:28 on July 12, 2019  /  Carbon Taxes, EMEA, EU ETS, International  /  No Comments

Germany’s transport and building sectors should be assigned carbon prices either through a market or a tax before transitioning them into the EU ETS, government-appointed economic experts have recommended.

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Study to determine Canadian offset supply for federal OBPS expected this autumn

Published 21:49 on July 11, 2019  /  Last updated at 23:53 on July 11, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

The Canadian federal government has solicited a report to determine the potential for different offset protocols to supply credits to the country’s ‘backstop’ large emitter trading programme.

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Canadian Conservative climate plan would raise GHG output, costs vs Liberal strategy -analysis

Published 10:00 on July 11, 2019  /  Last updated at 10:13 on July 11, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes, International  /  No Comments

The Canadian federal Conservatives’ plan to eliminate or overhaul parts of the ruling Liberals’ climate and CO2 pricing strategy would prove costly and take the country further away from its Paris Agreement target, according to a report released Thursday.

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Alberta requests feedback on carbon price, credit limits for large emitter programme

Published 23:11 on July 9, 2019  /  Last updated at 00:35 on July 10, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

The Alberta government opened a consultation Tuesday on its proposed overhaul next year for the Canadian province’s carbon trading programme for large emitters, with the ruling United Conservative Party offering input on the CO2 regulation’s excess emissions charge and usage limits for offsets and performance credits.

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EU finmins keep ETS on table in search for post-Brexit cash, as flight tax plans advance

Published 16:55 on July 9, 2019  /  Last updated at 16:55 on July 9, 2019  /  Aviation, Carbon Taxes, EMEA, EU ETS, International  /  No Comments

EU finance ministers on Tuesday kept on the table the option of earmarking a fifth of ETS auction revenues for the post-Brexit 2021-2027 central EU budget, and discussed a bloc-wide aviation carbon tax as France pushed ahead with its own plans.

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New Brunswick abandons Canadian carbon tax court challenge

Published 12:38 on July 9, 2019  /  Last updated at 14:32 on July 9, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

New Brunswick is abandoning its plan to sue the Canadian government over the federal backstop carbon tax, the province’s premier announced late Monday, adding that his administration would still intervene in Saskatchewan’s Supreme Court appeal.

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Quebec to intervene in Saskatchewan’s Supreme Court appeal over Canada CO2 price

Published 22:01 on July 8, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:04 on July 8, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

Quebec will intervene on behalf of fellow conservative-led province Saskatchewan’s Supreme Court appeal against the Canadian federal government’s ‘backstop’ carbon pricing plan, it announced on Monday.

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