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Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) - Emissions Trading or cap-and-trade schemes aim to drive investment in clean technologies by putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions. Economists argue they represent one of the most efficient means of decarbonising economy as they allow market forces to determine the most cost effective means of cutting emissions. Cap-and-trade schemes such as the flagship EU ETS set an emissions cap that businesses cannot exceed and issue or sell firms with emissions allowances to cover their carbon footprint. Firms that go over the cap have to purchase additional emissions allowances, while those that operate below their cap can sell their excess allowances to others, providing companies with a clear financial incentive to stay within their emissions limit.

Latest - Emissions Trading Scheme

Washington State sets out carbon trading plans

Governor Jay Inslee publishes plan to introduce cap-and-trade scheme from mid-2016

Have your say 22 Dec 2014

Tax pollution not income to boost EU economy, say NGOs

New organisation Green Budget Europe established to push the case for rebalancing EU fiscal policy

Have your say 06 Nov 2014

Carbon tax demise leading to large rise in emissions, says academic

Removal of carbon price has led to a surge in the use of brown coal generators in Australian electricity sector, analysis shows

Have your say 04 Nov 2014

Big business and trade unions lead calls for bold EU climate change package

CBI and European Trade Union Confederation both issue plea for governments to deliver ambitious emissions reduction goals

Have your say 22 Oct 2014

Denmark's plan to offset transport emissions sparks EU row

Green champion’s push to funnel car emissions into the emissions trading system seen as attempt to bend rules

Have your say 21 Oct 2014

Davey: 'People are ready to do a deal'

Energy and climate change secretary explains why he is optimistic the EU is about to agree to a bold and ambitious new energy and climate change package

Have your say 17 Oct 2014

Davey hints at sweeteners for Eastern Europe as part of EU climate deal

Energy and climate change secretary confident an ambitious emissions reduction agreement can be done next week

Have your say 17 Oct 2014

Steelmakers must embrace low carbon shift if they are to secure their future

Study suggests more efficient practices will be crucial in attracting investment into the sector

Have your say 16 Oct 2014

EU carbon allowance surplus set to double by 2020

Sandbag research suggests oversupply may hit 4.5 billion allowances, undermining drive to low carbon economy

Have your say 15 Oct 2014

Businesses rally EU leaders to secure ambitious 2030 climate and energy package

Tesco, Unilever, EDF and Shell join major call for heads of state to agree 2030 targets later this month

Have your say 07 Oct 2014

Is the EU's carbon market safe from fraud?

Four British men were last week jailed for their part in a multi-million euro carbon allowance crime ring, but do the same security risks remain?

Have your say 29 Sep 2014

Decarbonising energy intensive industry: the future of the EU ETS and decarbonisation policy

EEF's Richard Warren argues those who characterise climate policy as a battle between clean tech and heavy industry, including BusinessGreen, are guilty of absurd simplification

Have your say 19 Sep 2014

Green energy industry joins forces to launch election wishlist

Six trade bodies call for greater support ahead of 2015 vote, setting parties six 'key tests' of their clean energy commitment

Have your say 07 Sep 2014

EU mulls €30bn low carbon fund for industry and member states

Draft proposals reportedly suggest increased support to help poorer member states and heavy industry meet 2030 climate goals

Have your say 02 Sep 2014

Report: China national carbon market on track for 2016 launch

Citing senior government official, Reuters reports legislation to underpin world's largest national carbon market expected to be finalised this year

Have your say 02 Sep 2014

Carbon prices to average €23 in the 2020, analysts say

But Thomson Reuters predicts without emissions trading scheme reform and 2030 climate targets EU Allowances may remain at €14

Have your say 01 Sep 2014

New coal power stations threat to EU’s emissions target

Burning Europe’s lignite reserves would wipe out carbon budget from 2020 until the end of the century, says Greenpeace

Have your say 27 Aug 2014

Manufacturers warn carbon costs will force them out of Europe

Industry organisation EEF calls for greater protection for energy intensive industries from cost of decarbonisation

Have your say 22 Aug 2014

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