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Carbon is still a new and volatile commodity, traded in an artificial market created by politicians. It’s a complicated and illogical world.

You want to know what’s going on and to understand how it affects your business. If something is not obvious, call us. We’re committed to helping you get a clear picture.

Meanwhile, get an insight into trading from our Trading Room. Or learn more about the carbon market from our Vertis Blog.

EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS)

The world’s largest environmental trading system is the EU ETS. It was launched in 2005 to combat climate change and is a major pillar of EU climate policy. The EU ETS currently covers more than 12,000 installations with an annual emissions of about half of the EU's emissions of CO2 and 40% of its total greenhouse gas emissions. 

Kyoto Mechanisms

The possibility to raise project finance through the sale of emission reductions derives from the so-called Flexibility Mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol. These innovative but complex mechanisms were created to help industrialised countries meet carbon cuts agreed in the Kyoto Protocol.

There are three Flexibility Mechanism: Joint Implementation, the Clean Development Mechanism and International Emissions Trading.

Other emissions trading systems

There are a growing number of emissions trading systems around the world. Wikipedia has a good roundup of them here.

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Where will you be when the carbon bubble bursts?
18 May 2017
On 18th May Vertis is co-hosting an event about the Carbon Tracker Initiative, which is creating a revolution in fossil...
The European Parliament’s post-2020 reform package explained
20 February 2017
On 15 February, the European Parliament adopted its position on the Phase 4 reform of the EU ETS. The report was adopted...

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EUA Dec17: Lack of auctions and higher power prices lifted the price above 5 euro
29 May 2017
With only three auctions and the German front year power price climbing back above 30 EUR / MWh, the benchmark carbon contract...
EUA Dec17: Breaking out from the declining trend channel
22 May 2017
With the exception of Monday, the benchmark carbon contract managed to increased every day last week. The rally lifted the...
EUA Dec17: Slipping lower slowly
15 May 2017
Despite opening 2 cents above last Friday’s settlement price, the EUA Dec17 turned lower already Monday morning. The weak...

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