Timmermans wants to curb CO2 emissions trading

The trade in CO2 rights must be more effective, according to the European Commission. All polluting industries have received these emission rights, but a large part of them will probably be withdrawn now. Commissioner Timmermans wants to see as many emission rights as are actually polluted from now on.

Now there are too many rights. From next year, Timmermans wants to further limit the rights for polluting industries, according to the European Climate Action Plan. The Dutch European Commissioner wants to speed up the phase-out so that emissions are reduced. The intention is to keep the price high enough to make investments in greening attractive.

Tomorrow, during Budget Day, the Dutch cabinet will present plans for a Dutch CO2 tax. This tax will be less strict than the European tax, that is the intention. The Netherlands has previously argued in favour of a minimum price for emission rights for power stations.

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MEP Mohammed Chahim (PvdA) welcomes the plans. He thinks it is crazy that companies now have far too many emission rights. For example, there is no financial incentive from the system, while there really must be a significant reduction in emissions. Those who pollute have to pay

Esther de Lange, Vice-President of the Christian Democrat Group of the European Peoples Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats, agrees with Chahim that stricter requirements are needed. But she is afraid that the requirements will not go hand in hand with protective measures for industry. There must be a level playing field. I read little concrete about tackling state-sponsored companies, particularly from China, which can produce highly climate– and environmentally polluting products, thus pushing clean European companies out of the market

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At the Forum for Democracy, they fear that the climate plans will cause extra costs. Rob Roos fears that middle-income earners in particular will pay for the whole. TNO calculated last year that the energy transition will not create any extra jobs. That is not a real economy He fears that the Netherlands will turn into a large industrial area with mainly windmills and solar panels.

The Climate Action Plan has yet to be translated into concrete legislation. And that is the greatest criticism of Bas Eickhout of the Green Left. He is satisfied that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by at least 55% by 2030, but fears for the period between the announcement and Parliaments consideration of the laws. It will be a celebration of lobbying organisations all wanting more flexible measures for their own sectors

The VVD also supports the plans, but spokesman Jan Huitema misses nuclear energy in the plans. We cannot exclude techniques, we do not have that luxury The liberal spokesman also wants the rules to be clear. Not every few years new rules. Companies need clarity now, because otherwise they would not dare to invest