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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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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...
Bring it in – Price forecast competition 2017
16 January 2017
Last January we invited our clients receiving the Daily Newsletter to do the impossible and guess the highest settlement...

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EUA Dec17: Bears lining up in view of several risk factors
27 March 2017
Last Friday's sell off pushed the price of the EUA Dec17 to a new two-month low. After seven consecutive sessions in neutral...
EUA Dec17: Consolidation around the 200-day moving average
20 March 2017
The benchmark carbon contract moved in a narrow range between 5.09 and 5.25 euro last week, but could not get away from...
EUA Dec17: Four black candles pushed price back to 5 euro
13 March 2017
The benchmark carbon contract produced four black candles last week and the last, white candle is also very tiny. The price...

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