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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: 5 euro gravity to be tested by high supply
20 February 2017
The risk of the plenary vote about the post-2020 reform kept traders away from the carbon market last Monday. The price...
EUA Dec17: Uncertainty about plenary vote pushed down the carbon price
13 February 2017
Despite slipping to 5.06 euro in the first hours of trading on Monday, the EUA Dec17 recovered after the strong auction...
EUA Dec17: Moving in a narrowing triangle
06 February 2017
After opening with a 3 cents gap up, the EUA Dec17 climbed higher continuously last Monday. The price hit an intra-day maximum...

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