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ALLCOT’s voluntary market report – February 2017

Published 21:23 on February 21, 2017  /  Last updated at 18:14 on March 22, 2017  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Conversations, EMEA, International, Other APAC, South & Central, Switzerland, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Voluntary markets have been steady over the past month with many buyers preparing their purchase strategy for the year rather than engaging actively in the market. Project developer and carbon trader ALLCOT provides a snapshot of the market.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: How two First Nations and a small Canadian town tapped carbon finance to better manage their shared forest

Published 17:15 on February 16, 2017  /  Last updated at 17:15 on February 16, 2017  /  Americas, Canada, Conversations, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Tom Cole, the operations manager at Cheakamus Community Forest, has a mental list of what he calls “Tom’s magic spots” – hidden-away gems he’s gotten to know over 30 years of exploring these British Columbia woods. One is a little lake that acts as an “absolute mirror”; he swears that “you can’t tell if you’re looking at the lake or looking at reality.”

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STATS: MEP roll-call vote data from the post-2020 EU ETS reform vote

Published 14:56 on February 16, 2017  /  Last updated at 14:56 on February 16, 2017  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, Views  /  No Comments

There were 14 roll-call votes as MEPs considered post-2020 reforms to the EU ETS at bill’s first reading on Feb. 15. Herein is a summary of how lawmakers voted on each amendment and the entire package.

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REPORT: Emissions Trading Worldwide – ICAP Status Report 2017

Published 15:49 on February 15, 2017  /  Last updated at 15:49 on February 15, 2017  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, China's National ETS, China's Pilot Markets, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, New Market Mechanisms, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, US, Views  /  No Comments

The International Carbon Action Partnership’s Status Report 2017, released on Feb. 15, provides a testament to the evolution of emissions trading from textbook assumptions to the real world. With the launch of China’s national ETS later this year, carbon markets will operate in economies generating close to half of the world’s GDP and covering more than 15% of global emissions.

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COMMENT: Should the UK stay or should it go? The consequences of a divorce with the EU ETS

Published 15:50 on February 14, 2017  /  Last updated at 14:50 on February 16, 2017  /  Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, International, New Market Mechanisms, Views  /  No Comments

As the UK prepares for Brexit, its future participation in the EU ETS is unclear. At least one MEP doesn’t think the country has a future in the market, while the British government says the issue is still part of ongoing negotiations. What alternatives does the UK have? Researchers at LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment outline a few of them.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: A price on carbon is neither liberal nor conservative. It’s just practical.

Published 14:52 on February 11, 2017  /  Last updated at 14:52 on February 11, 2017  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, Conversations, US, Views  /  No Comments

Earlier this week, a group of prominent Republicans called for a nationwide price on carbon to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and slow climate change. It’s a proposal we should all be talking about, but we know Congress won’t – at least not before 2018. Still, the proposal exists, and it may revive the only debate we should be having now: not if we should have a price on carbon, but how to determine it and what to do with the proceeds. Here’s a primer from Ecosystem Marketplace to help you along.

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INTERVIEW: The early stages of cap-and-trade compliance – Lessons learned from California

Published 17:01 on February 9, 2017  /  Last updated at 17:01 on February 9, 2017  /  Americas, Canada, Conversations, US, Views  /  No Comments

Mandatory and voluntary participants of Ontario’s recently launched cap-and-trade market need to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. US-based Tracy Kayhanfar, the Senior Director or Environmental Management with ConAgra Foods, describes some of the challenges they faced at the launch of California’s program and what lessons they take with them as they prepare to voluntarily participate in Ontario’s newly launched program.

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COMMENT: We can meet the US Paris Agreement commitment without federal support

Published 19:16 on February 8, 2017  /  Last updated at 19:17 on February 8, 2017  /  Americas, Canada, Climate Talks, Conversations, International, US, Views  /  No Comments

Actions from state governments, US corporations and foundations will play a key role in ensuring continued US progress toward Paris climate commitments should the Trump administration fall short, writes Peter Weisberg of The Climate Trust.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: Gorsuch brings distrust of government agencies to Supreme Court

Published 12:14 on February 3, 2017  /  Last updated at 12:14 on February 3, 2017  /  Americas, Conversations, US, Views  /  No Comments

On January 31, US President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals judge cut from the same conservative cloth as the justice he’s meant to replace, Antonin Scalia. His history with environmental cases is sparse, however, leaving the environmental community to wonder which way he’ll lean on critical policy such as the Clean Power Plan and Clean Water Rule that are currently tied up in litigation.

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COMMENT: Why is the EU cement sector resisting a CO2 border measure?

Published 18:28 on January 31, 2017  /  Last updated at 11:14 on February 1, 2017  /  Carbon Taxes, Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, Views  /  No Comments

Former cement industry executive Bruno Vanderborght questions why EU cement association Cembureau opposes a border carbon adjustment measure for the sector when it was once promoted the idea.

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