Largest UK ETS emitter rejects union plans, confirms coal exit

Published 16:45 on January 18, 2024  /  Last updated at 17:24 on January 18, 2024  / Ben Garside /  EMEA, UK ETS

Tata Steel on Thursday rejected a workers’ union plan to keep its Port Talbot blast furnaces running, confirming its intention to reduce its carbon footprint by switching its energy source from coal to electricity.

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Czech ministries wrangle over ETS cash as EU nations face spending changes

Published 16:48 on January 3, 2024  /  Last updated at 16:48 on January 3, 2024  / Ben Garside /  EMEA, EU ETS

Czech government ministries are at odds over how their carbon market revenue is to be spent, delaying passage of ETS reforms into national law that are likely to trigger a step-up in spending among all EU nations.

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VCM Report: Year-end rush sees 2023 carbon credit retirements top 2022 levels

Published 17:45 on January 2, 2024  /  Last updated at 21:17 on February 1, 2024  / Ben Garside /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Nature-based, Paris Article 6, US, Voluntary

Voluntary carbon credit retirements in 2023 exceeded the levels of a year earlier on major registries after a surge in activity in December.

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Taiwan voluntary carbon exchange sees trades on launch day

Published 19:25 on December 22, 2023  /  Last updated at 19:26 on December 22, 2023  / Ben Garside /  Asia Pacific, Other APAC, Voluntary

An exchange backed by the Taiwanese government saw trade in international carbon credits on its inaugural day on Friday, with solid interest from domestic companies.

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VCMI’s new flexibility claim idea could backfire, report warns

Published 17:40 on December 22, 2023  /  Last updated at 17:42 on December 22, 2023  / Ben Garside /  Voluntary

Corporates would be left off the hook for climate targets if the VCMI’s new ‘flexibility’ claim idea for Scope 3 emissions is given the green light, warns a report that finds some companies could even increase their climate pollution up to 2030 as a result.

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Standardised REDD prices slide to multi-year lows

Published 19:30 on December 20, 2023  /  Last updated at 19:30 on December 20, 2023  / Ben Garside /  Nature-based, Voluntary

Benchmark prices based on avoided deforestation credits tumbled to fresh multi-year lows on Wednesday, continuing a lengthy decline as the voluntary carbon market awaits a shake-up from the ICVCM’s integrity labels.

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UK confirms will introduce carbon border measures by 2027

Published 08:26 on December 18, 2023  /  Last updated at 15:38 on December 18, 2023  / Ben Garside /  Carbon Taxes, CBAM, EMEA, EU ETS, International, UK ETS

The UK government announced Monday that it will introduce a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) by 2027 on big-emitting sectors, a deadline of a year later than the EU is due to introduce its own system.

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Business leader lays blame for UN’s Article 6 talks collapse firmly with EU

Published 23:49 on December 15, 2023  /  Last updated at 09:17 on December 18, 2023  / Ben Garside /  Americas, Aviation/CORSIA, Climate Talks, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Paris Article 6, Switzerland, US, Voluntary

The head of carbon trading business group IETA blames the EU for this week’s collapse of COP28 UN climate talks on Article 6 emissions trade, though expects such approaches to continue to develop apace within smaller groups of nations.

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FEATURE: Green hydrogen high on political agenda as race kicks off to price international trade

Published 19:21 on December 14, 2023  /  Last updated at 22:09 on December 14, 2023  / Ben Garside /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, China, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Japan, Middle East, Shipping, South Korea, UK ETS, US

Green hydrogen will still be a blip in the world energy mix by the end of the decade, but the US, China, and the EU have locked horns in a high stakes race for supremacy that could decide whether the dollar, the yuan, or the euro becomes the international trading currency of the fuel of the future.

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COP28: Norway pledges $50 mln for Brazil Amazon Fund

Published 19:44 on December 12, 2023  /  Last updated at 19:45 on December 12, 2023  / Ben Garside /  Americas, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Nature-based, South & Central

Norway has pledged to donate $50 million to Brazil’s Amazon Fund to help conserve the rainforest region, its first contribution since 2019.

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