A watershed moment for Europe’s ETS

A backloading vote in EU Parliament next week should have little impact on the bloc's carbon price, from an economic standpoint. But given it's a sign of political resolve, the vote could prove the defining moment for Europe's ETS.

On April 16, the EU Parliament will take a vote on the so-called ‘backloading’ proposal to delay the issuing of EU emissions permits. The outcome of the coming vote is unclear.

If the measure gets passed, markets will take this as a sign there is political resolve to reform the EU ETS and breathe more ambition into the scheme. If not, then EU ETS prices are likely to collapse further than they already have.


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