French Greens play spoilsport as EU Parliament votes on carbon market reform
(EurActiv, 17 Apr 2023) The French Greens in the European Parliament are expected to reject the proposed extension of the EU’s carbon market rules to transport and heating fuels in a vote in Strasbourg on Tuesday (18 April).
Update: The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group said on 17 April that they had changed their voting indication to “abstention”. The Polish ECR delegation will even vote against the reformed ETS, party sources told EURACTIV.
In December, negotiators from the European Parliament, the Commission and EU member states reached agreement on the reformed Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the EU’s carbon market and flagship climate policy tool.
A key sticking point in the reformed ETS was a proposal to extend carbon pricing to heating and transport fuels, such as petrol, diesel, heating oil and gas, which will start applying as of 2027.
The new carbon tax is expected to add 10 eurocents to the price of petrol, but its impact will be softened by the introduction of a new social climate fund worth €87 billion.
The agreement is now coming to the European Parliament for a final vote on Tuesday, where it is expected to win backing from the main political groups, including the Greens.
Ahead of the vote, MEPs expressed confidence that the package, including a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), will be approved.
EurActiv, 17 Apr 2023: French Greens play spoilsport as EU Parliament votes on carbon market reform