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GGP Webinar image 14 March 2022

Carbon pricing is widely considered as a key mechanism to deliver the EU’s climate objectives within the European Green Deal and decrease greenhouse emissions globally. Given its importance, debates on the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) have taken centre stage in the current political discussions between Member States and within the European Parliament on the Fit for 55 Package. Discussions on these key policy files shifted into higher gear in March 2022 at the ECOFIN and ENVI Council meetings.

The high-level decision makers from Member States and the European Parliament, leading businesses, researchers, and NGOs who came together for the Green Growth Partnership webinar on 14 March had a fruitful exchange on the role of carbon pricing in the Fit for 55 Package and reducing emissions globally.

Against the backdrop of the devastating war in Ukraine and the need for the EU and Member States to rapidly reduce their dependency from Russian gas while dealing with increasing energy prices, the debate covered the topic of keeping the integrity and effectiveness of the Fit for 55 Package in order to prevent future energy and climate crises.

Please see the event notes here.

Please see the slides from the event here.


The Green Growth Partnership cordially thanks all the speakers who joined the event:  

Chair of the event:

  • Ursula Woodburn, Head of EU relations, CLG Europe and Green Growth Partnership

Opening Remarks:

  • Terhi Lehtonen, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland

Panel discussion ‘How can carbon pricing and a strong ETS contribute to the delivery of the Fit for 55 Package?’:

  • Jan Tuma, Head of Emission Trading Unit, Ministry of Environment from the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic
  • Peter Liese, MEP, Rapporteur for the ETS, ENVI Committee, EPP Group
  • Emma Wiesner, MEP, Shadow Rapporteur on the ETS, ENVI Committee, Renew Group
  • Erkki Maillard, EDF Senior Vice President EU affairs
  • Florian Zerzawy, Scientific Officer for Energy Policy, Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft
  • Sabine Frank, Executive Director at Carbon Market Watch

Panel discussion ‘The international dimension of carbon pricing – Which mechanisms to drive climate action globally? ’:

  • Dr. Helmut Hojesky, Head of Department for General Climate Policy, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria
  • Jouni Keronen, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Leadership Coalition
  • Thomas Hörnfeldt, Vice President Sustainability & Public Affairs, SSAB

The Green Growth Partnership (GGP) is a joint initiative between Ministers of the Green Growth Group (GGG) and CLG Europe. It provides a forum to promote positive exchange between progressive European governments and businesses, with regular involvement of like-minded parliamentarians, and other key stakeholders and opinion formers, determined to support the development of a climate neutral and prosperous Europe. CLG Europe is convened by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

See more information on CLG Europe's Fit for 55 Knowledge Hub.

See more information on the Green Growth Partnership.

Monday, 14 March, 2022 - 10:30