CAN Europe made a submission on the European Commission’s Consultation on reassessing carbon leakage rules under the EU-ETS.
Loss of competitiveness and so called “carbon leakage” have often been used as arguments to avoid stronger and more adequate climate action by the European Union, such as the implementation of a 30% reduction target by 2020. However, convincing scientific evidence offering clear proof of carbon leakage, related to the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), is still missing.
Climate Action Network Europe has frequently pointed out that the “carbon leakage” provisions in the reviewed EU ETS directive do not reflect adequate and peer reviewed science. They were, in fact, the result of an intensely political process.