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Analysts at Energy Aspects left their EUA price forecasts unchanged on Friday, judging the Greek bail-out and higher-than-expected temperatures to have removed a bearish weight that had been hanging over the bloc’s carbon market.
EU carbon prices kept below €8 on Friday as the last auction to sell more than 2 million units for a month drew little interest.
The Shanghai Clearing House is considering getting involved in more commodity markets within the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, including the carbon market, it said Friday, according to the China Securities Journal.
Spot allowances in New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme barely moved throughout the week and closed Friday at NZ$6.85 ($4.51), unchanged from last Friday as traders continue to await news on the upcoming ETS review.
Closing prices, ranges and volumes for China’s regional pilot carbon markets this week.
Below is a table of Verified Emission Reduction (VER) prices and offered volumes, based on voluntary market data from Carbon Trade Exchange.
Bite-sized updates from around the world:
US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush acknowledges human activity contributes to climate change, but still takes a swipe at the current administration’s efforts to tackle it. He said the Clean Power Plan “oversteps state authority” called for the renewable fuel standard to be phased out. (Bloomberg BNA)
The US administration is expected to publish the final Clean Power Plan next week, most likely Monday. Think-tank Resources for the Future has gone long on what to look for in the final CPP regulations. It thinks the plan will include plenty of provision for flexible carbon trading that can by-pass political barriers but not the full flexibility of allowing for this between states that apply an emission cap (mass-based) and those that merely regulate on emissions intensity basis (rate-based).
The most equitable and straightforward way to move towards more low-carbon energy would be a global system of steadily escalating carbon taxes. In the absence of such an enlightened policy, though, there are other ways to encourage the spread of renewables such as removing fossil fuel subsidies and hiking the currently low public spending on low carbon energy research. (The Economist)
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