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COMMENT: “Nothing surpasses the beauty and elegance of a bad idea”

Published 22:06 on September 22, 2021  /  Last updated at 22:06 on September 22, 2021  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, Switzerland, UK ETS, Views  /  No Comments

It hasn’t taken long for governments to notice the EU ETS, spitting out revenue at the rate of half a billion euros a week, and get the idea that here is a mechanism ready-made to be exploited at a time of crisis. But a new Greek proposal marks a “forehead-smacking moment” that betrays a worrying lack of understanding about the market and how it works.

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COMMENT: Is the EU carbon price rally over?

Published 15:51 on September 19, 2021  /  Last updated at 15:51 on September 19, 2021  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, UK ETS, Views  /  No Comments

So the latest peak in European carbon prices is over. EUAs climbed to a record of €63.35 on September 8 and have settled back at around €60 over the past week. I suppose the question is: is that it? Are we done for the year, or are prices going to stage yet another rally?

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CARBON FORWARD 2021: Amid global carbon credit boom, experts gather to discuss risks, opportunities

Published 20:27 on September 17, 2021  /  Last updated at 17:02 on September 21, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Aviation/CORSIA, Bavardage, Canada, Carbon Taxes, CBAM, China, China's National ETS, China's Offset Market, China's Pilot Markets, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Japan, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, New Zealand, Other APAC, REDD, RINs & LCFS, Shipping, South & Central, South Korea, Switzerland, UK ETS, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The sixth instalment of Carbon Forward – the premier annual environmental markets conference – is back, and it’s stacked with a first-class line-up of speakers to discuss the global boom in carbon credit prices, as well as government- and corporate-led efforts to scale up these markets.

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COMMENT: What does the current price of EUAs actually represent?

Published 23:59 on September 8, 2021  /  Last updated at 09:24 on September 9, 2021  /  Bavardage, Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, UK ETS, Views  /  No Comments

Despite all the excitement around EUA prices topping €60 for the first time and moving on to a new record above €63.19 this week, let’s remember that coal-fired power generation is actually more profitable in the near term than natural gas.

Wait, what? How did *that* happen?

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COMMENT: Putting China’s carbon market in perspective

Published 08:35 on August 2, 2021  /  Last updated at 10:34 on August 2, 2021  /  China, China's National ETS, China's Offset Market, Conversations, Views  /  No Comments

China’s recently launched national emissions trading system (ETS) has been both lauded and loathed by pundits. Some see it as hugely important, while others see it as little more than virtue signalling. The reality is somewhere in the middle, writes TransitionZero’s Matthew Gray.

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COMMENT: Playing with fire – the EU carbon market for buildings

Published 13:08 on July 9, 2021  /  Last updated at 13:18 on July 9, 2021  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, Views  /  No Comments

EU plans for an upstream cap on emissions from buildings and transport are both welcome and worrying, says Sanjeev Kumar of the European Geothermal Energy Council.

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COMMENT: We need to talk about the EU’s carbon market

Published 12:30 on July 2, 2021  /  Last updated at 12:30 on July 2, 2021  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, Views  /  No Comments

If Europe is serious about remaining a frontrunner in meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement, then it urgently needs an ambitious EU ETS reform to clean up its historic addiction to free handouts so the practices of sustainable frontrunners become the market norm, argues Leon de Graaf of #SustainablePublicAffairs.

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COMMENT: Climate impact claims to crowd in private sector finance

Published 16:56 on June 23, 2021  /  Last updated at 17:00 on June 23, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, China, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

There is growing interest in uses of the carbon market that do not rely on unique claims, and expanding the use of the voluntary carbon market to accommodate new claims can crowd in even more investment without being limited to a narrowing pool of options available for offsetting, writes Sarah Leugers of Gold Standard.

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COVID claims life of “beloved and honourable” California carbon market economist

Published 12:49 on June 21, 2021  /  Last updated at 13:21 on June 21, 2021  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, Bavardage, Canada, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, RINs & LCFS, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

A respected and admired economist covering California’s carbon market has passed away after falling ill with the coronavirus.

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COMMENT: Voluntary carbon market – broken more than breakthrough

Published 15:33 on June 17, 2021  /  Last updated at 18:39 on June 17, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, Bavardage, China's Offset Market, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The voluntary carbon market is supposed to be saving the world. Instead many carbon credit retailers are lining their pockets, warns market veteran and Redshaw Advisors founder Louis Redshaw.

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