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Karin Kadenbach, Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu, Gilles Pargneaux, Frédérique Ries, Glenis Willmott, Michèle Rivasi, Ivo Belet, Biljana Borzan, Dubravka Šuica, Davor Škrlec, Pavel Poc, Kateřina Konečná, Margrete Auken, Jørn Dohrmann, Rikke Karlsson, Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Nils Torvalds, Françoise Grossetête, Angélique Delahaye, Mireille d'Ornano, Sylvie Goddyn, Jean-François Jalkh, Birgit Collin-Langen, Karl-Heinz Florenz, Peter Liese , Renate Sommer, Stefan Eck, Jens Gieseke, Norbert Lins, Susanne Melior, Zoltán Balczó, György Hölvényi, Tibor Szanyi, Nessa Childers, Lynn Boylan, Brian Crowley, Elisabetta Gardini, Marco Affronte, Alberto Cirio, Valentinas Mazuronis, Miriam Dalli, Bas Eickhout, Gerben Jan Gerbrandy, Annie Schreijer-Pierik, Andrzej Grzyb, Bolesław Piecha, Jadwiga Wiśniewska, José Inácio Faria, Daciana Octavia Sârbu, Cristian Silviu Buşoi, Miroslav Mikolášik, Pilar Ayuso, Francesc Gambús, Iosu Mirena Juaristi Abaunz, Soledad Cabezón Ruiz, Estefanía Torres martínez, Jytte Guteland, Julie Girling, Catherine Bearder, Seb Dance, Ian Duncan and The European Parliament’s environment committee

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Don’t let big polluters off the hook - act to make them pay the full price for the damage to our health, environment and climate. Vote for an ambitious reform of Europe’s main climate policy, for an effective price on carbon and for a decisive action against the threat of climate change. Don’t let dirty industry lobbyists dictate EU policies.

Why is this important?

When one of us makes a mess, we’re expected to clean it up. But when powerful corporations pollute and poison for profit, it is us who pay the staggering cost - with our health, damage to our environment and with our tax money.

Polluters must be made to pay, and thus urged to change their dirty ways. This is why the European Union came up with a way to make the polluting industries pick up the tab for the harm they cause, and pay for the climate-damaging gases they produce [1]. Except the price they pay is far too low, a result of a broken system that urgently needs fixing.

The European Parliament’s environment committee is about to hold a decisive vote on a proposed EU law to put a price on carbon pollution. We have a real chance to make factories and power plants pay for their climate-destroying pollution, but if we don’t act now, we might see a weak law freeze our efforts for the next 15 years.

Now is the time when our parliamentarians will be making up their minds – and they are facing huge pressure from all sides. Corporate lobbyists are using every possible trick to make sure the new law is weak.

The vote will be very close. There are 72 members in the committee. We know that 18 MEPs will support a strong law, but we also know that 18 members will oppose it. The remaining MEPs could vote either way, and we have reason to worry: in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, the mood in the committee is low and hopes for a strong climate policy are fading. The future of Europe’s fight against climate change will literally hang in the balance – and this is where we come in.

We will flood the undecided MEPs’ social media accounts with words of encouragement - and demands for action. We will deliver our petition directly to their offices. With 100,000 of us speaking in one voice directly to our elected representatives, we will make sure that each and every member of the committee knows, that the price of pollution – and the fight against climate change – matter a great deal to their voters. Join the call for action and call on MEPs in the ENVI committee to support genuine and ambitious reform of the European Emission Trading System for the period 2021-2030.

In particular, we call on the MEPs to [2] :

  • Push for faster reduction of emissions, much more ambitious targets and regular scaling-up of ambition,
  • Permanently cancel the surplus pollution permits which had driven down the carbon price and made it cheap for corporations to pollute,
  • Make the polluters pay, not pay the polluters - oppose granting free pollution allowances to fossil fuel industries.
  • Use the additional money for renewable energy and energy efficiency in Europe, and for measures to support those who really need it: European workers needing help with the low carbon transition and vulnerable people who are already suffering from climate impacts in developing countries.
  • This campaign is run in partnership with Climate Action Network Europe, Sandbag, Carbon Market Watch, WWF and Oxfam

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    References

    [1] The EU Emission Trading System is a “cap and trade system”: a limited amount of greenhouse gas emissions is allowed to be produced every year in the EU; permits to emit those gases are allocated, auctioned or traded on the market, and their price is meant to incentivise the polluting industries to reduce their emissions and modernise

    [2] Climate Action Network's position on the reform of the EU ETS

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