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The European Commission plans to set an emissions limit for power stations seeking to tap capacity mechanisms, Reuters reported on Monday, but the move drew fire from experts because it appeared to only apply to new plants.
EU carbon prices plunged well below €5 on Monday to their lowest level since Sep. 28 as fears grew about weakened utility demand in the face of next year’s 29% hike in auction volume.
The introduction of a national emissions trading scheme and expected reductions in coal tariffs could halve the Chinese coal sector’s profitability by 2020, according to a report.
The UK government has set the 2017 EUA price to be used to calculate penalties for non-compliance with the EU ETS.
Two weeks after the US presidential election, the US role in the Paris Climate Agreement remains foggy. While few expect the US to continue its leadership role in the fight to slow climate change, many believe a Trump administration will treat the Agreement with benign neglect rather than kick up a storm trying to withdraw from the deal. Here is an audio mosaic distilled from interviews we conducted during the talks.
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BITE-SIZED UPDATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Korean emissions down – South Korea’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 0.8% in 2014 to 690 million tonnes of CO2e, the government reported over the weekend. Increased nuclear power generation was the main reason for the first drop in emissions in six years. (Yonhap)
Fillon for France – Former prime minister Francois Fillon positioned himself as favourite to succeed Francois Hollande next May by winning Sunday’s centre-right presidential primary. Like Hollande, Fillon favours EU ETS reforms to push prices above €30, a far more ambitious line than his likely rival, the far-right’s Marine Le Pen.
Aussies out – In Australia, a Senate report has recommended that there should be a complete move away from coal-generated electricity, citing economic factors as the primary drivers, according to The Guardian reports. The report has the backing of both Labor and Green members of the committee. It calls for a comprehensive energy transition plan and the development of a mechanism to allow coal power stations to close in an orderly fashion. (H/T Carbon Brief)
Swiss nuke vote – Swiss citizens voted nearly 55% against an accelerated withdrawal from nuclear energy production on Sunday, as supply security concerns trumped safety fears and prevented a move that would have raised reliance on fossil fuels from Germany or imported nuclear power from France. (Reuters)
EEX options – The German energy bourse has registered its first trade in EUA options. The trade between Czech utility CEZ and an unnamed counterparty was registered on the Dec-16 contract with a volume of 250 lots, and brokered by Evolution Markets. EEX launched its EUA options contracts in October.
China survey – The UNDP, South Pole and the Environomist have launched their annual online China Carbon Market Survey. Interested parties are welcome to participate in the survey, which can be found here (in Chinese).
Shareholder pressure – US companies are due to face around 200 resolutions on climate change at their annual meetings next year, up from 174 this year, 167 in 2015 and 148 in 2014, even as President-elect Donald Trump looks set to loosen environmental regulations, according to a sustainability advocacy group Ceres. (Reuters)
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