CEPS Carbon Market Forum

The CEPS Carbon Market Forum - launched in December 2011 - was initially designed as a three-year programme to provide an umbrella for its carbon market-related activities. It aims to provide a neutral space, where policy-makers and regulators meet carbon-market participants and other stakeholders to discuss carbon-market regulation and general policy issues.

It is headed by Andrei Marcu, Senior Advisor at CEPS. The discussion takes place in a structured and solution-oriented way, in order to enrich the rigorous intellectual analysis, which is the contribution that CEPS brings to the debate. Thereby, the "CEPS Carbon Market Forum" aims to provide the underpinning for "revitalising and expanding carbon markets" through dialogue and analysis of markets and market mechanisms, including:

  • international climate change policy
  • linking with other markets
  • international offsets and their role today and in the future
  • new mechanisms
  • dialogue with non-EU countries, OECD countries, emerging economies, other developing countries, OPEC, etc.

The CEPS Carbon Market Forum is open to researchers, NGOs, experts and other stakeholders, filling a gap in the institutional 'climate landscape'. It is a place where all views are welcome, ecouraged and listened to.


The CEPS Carbon Market Forum was launched on the occasion of its first event on "Climate change policy post-Durban", on 14 December 2011.
The keynote speaker at the inaugural meeting was Mr. Jos Delbeke, Director General, DG Climate Action, who gave a post-Durban perspective (please see presentation), together with a panel discussion involving representatives from business, civil society and the UN Secretary General's Office. The meeting was attended by over 150 people and provided a lively discussion.

Activities Report Carbon Market Forum 2012
Outline Activities Carbon Market Forum 2013


"Markets and non-markets in the 2015 Agreement"

"Think Tank Platform for Paris 2015"

The Platform brings together five leading EU thinks tanks (CEPS, E3G, IDDRI, IES-VUB and SWP) that offer active programmes in the area of climate change policy, in their desire to catalyse and contribute to the debate in the EU on its strategy and positioning in the 2015 negotiations in Paris, where a new global climate change agreement is to be reached.

Leakage Options for the EU

Special Events

Task Forces

3rd Task Force: EU Post-2020 Climate Change Policy Task Force
Last meeting (2nd): 22 May 2013

2nd Task Force: Review of EU ETS Issues
Last meeting (14th): EC Public Consultation on ETS Directive reform: Roundtable, 18 Feb 2015, Brussels

1st Task Force: New Market Mechanisms under the UNFCCC
Last meeting: Workshop on FVA, 16-17 September 2013, Paris

Output of the Task Forces

Marcu, A. (2013)  CEPS Carbon Market Forum Submission to the EC: Consultation on structural options to strengthen the EU Emissions Trading System, forthcoming publication 2013.
Marcu, A. (2012) The Future of the Clean Development Mechanism. Note on the report “A Call to Action” of the High-Level Panel on CDM Policy Dialogue Submission to the European Commission, 5 October 2012
Marcu, A. (2012) Backloading: A necessary, but not sufficient first step. Submission to the European Commission, 5 October 2012
Marcu, A. (2012) A Framework for Various Approaches under the UNFCCC: Necessity or luxury? Submission to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention AWG-LCA), 5 October 2012
Marcu, A. (2012) "Expanding Carbon Markets through New Market-based Mechanisms: A synthesis of discussions and submissions to the UNFCCC", CEPS Special Report, 2 May 2012
Marcu, A. (2011) "Post-Durban: Moving to a fragmented carbon market world?", CEPS Commentary, 22 December 2012


Andrei Marcu, CEPS Senior Advisor and Head of the CEPS Carbon Market Forum andrei.marcu@ceps.eu
Kerstin Born-Sirkel, CEPS Director of Corporate and External Relations kerstin.born@ceps.eu
Christian Egenhofer, CEPS Senior Fellow, Head of the Energy and Climate Change Programme christian.egenhofer@ceps.eu

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