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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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Vertis enters renewable energy market and is member of RECS International
25 September 2017
Vertis Environmental Finance started the trading of Guarantees of Origin (GOs), a special tracking certificate that labels...
Vertis acquires Alco2
18 September 2017
Vertis Environmental Finance has completed the acquisition of Alco2, the Brussels based emissions trading firm. Alco2 team...
Vertis voted 2017 Best Research in Emissions by Energy Risk users
11 August 2017
In the survey by the top commodity and energy risk journal, Energy Risk Vertis has been voted 2017 Best Research in Emissions...

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EUA Dec17: Price heads back into trend channel
25 September 2017
Lower power prices and the deteriorating profitability of coal fired power plants weighed on the price of carbon last week...
EUA Dec17: Price might consolidate near 7 euro
18 September 2017
Despite hitting the highest level in 2 years at 7.72 euro last week, the EUA Dec17 finished the week 1.7% lower in a weekly...
EUA Dec17: Investors focus on the trilogue negotiations Wednesday afternoon
11 September 2017
The EUA Dec17 gained more than 1 euro in one week and hit an almost 2 year high on Friday. The benchmark carbon contract...

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