Carbon reform may be shaken by European Parliament vote

Proposals designed to address the problem of oversupply in the EU ETS – including the EC’s proposal for a market stability reserve – are likely to become harder to pass thanks to recent elections, say analysts


The prospects for long-term reform of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) are likely to be hindered by the outcome of recent elections to the European Parliament, which took place from May 22–25, say analysts.

As a result of the elections, the share of parliamentary seats held by mainstream parties shrank in favour of far-right and Eurosceptic groups. Such groups tend to be opposed to EU regulation and less concerned about environmental issues, analysts note.

Marcus Ferdinand

Only users who have a paid subscription or are part of a corporate subscription are able to print or copy content.

To access these options, along with all other subscription benefits, please contact or view our subscription options here:

You are currently unable to copy this content. Please contact to find out more.

Sorry, our subscription options are not loading right now

Please try again later. Get in touch with our customer services team if this issue persists.

New to View our subscription options


Want to know what’s included in our free membership? Click here

This address will be used to create your account

You need to sign in to use this feature. If you don’t have a account, please register for a trial.

Sign in
You are currently on corporate access.

To use this feature you will need an individual account. If you have one already please sign in.

Sign in.

Alternatively you can request an individual account here