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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 Poland – within reach
12 July 2017
Vertis brings its award winning services closer to you and opens its first office in Warsaw, Poland. Regulatory and market...
EUA Dec17: The weakest performer of the energy commodities in 1H2017
05 July 2017
EUA price development In 2017 and in 2016, the benchmark carbon contract had a similar start to the year. As auction volumes...
Save the date: 6th July talk by Paul Bodnar, Rocky Mountain Institute
03 July 2017
On 6th July we are holding the next event in our series of talks. Paul Bodnar, Managing Director of the Rocky Mountain Institute...

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EUA Dec17: New 4-month high reached last week
17 July 2017
The benchmark carbon contract hit a new 4-month high and gained 1.5% last week helped by stronger fundamentals. The EUA...
EUA Dec17: Consolidation near the 5 euro level expected
03 July 2017
The benchmark carbon contract got support from strong auctions and higher power prices last week. As a consequence, it climbed...
EUA Dec17: Market expects progress in trilogue on Tuesday
26 June 2017
Although the supply of allowances increased by more than 70% in a weekly comparison, the benchmark carbon contract only...

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