The European Union needs to “reactivate” its emissions trading system after carbon prices fell to a record low earlier this year, the bloc’s energy chief said.
“With six euros, it’s not really a working instrument,” EU energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger told reporters in Brussels today.
The European Parliament’s industry committee backed last week an option of withholding permits in the ETS in a draft amendment to an energy efficiency law.
The amendment is not “a direct instrument for our energy efficiency directive,” Oettinger said. “It will be a point in our agenda in the summer this year.