EnergySourceDec 23, 2021
Expanding the ETS to cover the road transport and building sectors would leave many Europeans behind
By Elena Benaim
An expansion of the EU's ETS to the road transport and building sectors would hit low-income Europeans hard without making a significant dent in emissions. To avoid foisting the costs of the transition onto those who can least afford it, EU policymakers should explore other avenues.
Elena Benaim is a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and associate at the Trade Programme of the European Climate Foundation. Her interests include the alignment of trade agreements with climate policies; the carbon border adjustment mechanism; decarbonization of emissions-intensive, trade-exposed goods; carbon markets; and transatlantic trade and climate policies relations.
Prior to joining the European Climate Foundation, Elena worked as a project assistant at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center. Elena holds a bachelor of laws from Università Degli Studi di Firenze where she focused her studies on European Union Law and International Trade Law. In 2020, she graduated with a master’s degree in Global Economic Governance and Public Affairs, a joint degree from Luiss Guido Carli School of Government and the Center International de Formation Européenne. This degree qualifies her as policy officer in European and international organizations.