The fallout from the European Parliament’s decision not to support the temporary adjustment to the auction timetable for allowances in the EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) has resonated widely across Europe. Increasing pressure is being put on Member States to explain their positions and get the process moving. Notably observers are looking to Germany who is yet to finalise a national position and whose voice is deemed critical in breaking the deadlock.
In the UK the debate has also reached new political heights, but for different reasons. Conservative MEPs failed to support the UK Government position which is highly supportive of the temporary adjustment to the ETS auction timetable, or ‘back-load’.
On the 24th April Tristram Hunt MP asked the Prime Minister, David Cameron why Conservative MEPs voted against a move which would leave British industry facing higher energy costs than their EU counterparts. Mr Cameron chose not to answer the question, instead attacking Labour MEPs.
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Further debate on the issue followed in the House of Lords on the 25th April when Baroness Worthington asked the Government Minister, Baroness Verma, to comment on what measures are being taken to ensure that all of the Government act in support of a unified, EU-wide approach to tackling climate change. The question was followed by an interesting debate in which the Conservative Minster expressed her “great disappointment that this occurred” and then clashed with Conservative Climate sceptic, Lord Lawson. Lord Lawson’s stated that: “the Conservative MEPs are to be warmly commended. The Government have got this completely wrong and it is fortunate for them that the ETS has been killed”. These comments confirm the fears of many who saw objections to back-load proposal as actually a way for climate sceptics to kill of the EU’s flagship climate policy.
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