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posted by Dave on 22nd Apr 2015

The CSU's proposal to simply cancel a small number (22Mt) of EU emissions allowances is not a plausible alternative to the proposed Climate Contribution policy. Given the current state of the EU ETS, targeted policies to deliver real emissions reductions today are more important than the indirect reductions implied by cancellation of emissions allowances.

To reduce its contribution to the growing risk of climate change, Germany is right to pursue policies that reduce its reliance on the most polluting and inefficient source of electricity. Low carbon prices and other non-price barriers mean that some of the most polluting power stations in Europe are continuing to emit at full capacity even when lower-carbon power is available. The proposal published earlier this year by the German Energy Ministry is a good way of reducing Germany's emissions and hitting its target for 2020 by increasing the costs of the oldest lignite power stations. Cancelling 22 million tonnes from the ETS does not come anywhere close to being a credible alternative.

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