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China to have world's 2nd largest carbon trading scheme by 2014

24th January, 2013

China will have the world's second largest carbon trading scheme by 2014, or twice as big as Australia's regime, a latest report showed Thursday.

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Carbon price of $29 'not implausible', says Blair Comley

20th January, 2013

THE head of the federal climate change department says it is "not implausible" the European carbon price could rise to $29 a tonne by mid-2015, when Australia's emissions trading scheme begins.

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EU Introduces High-Tech Security to Tackle Carbon Trading Cyber Crime

9th October, 2011

The European Commission is set to introduce new measures to tighten up security for the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Earlier this year numerous cyber attacks disrupted trading across the continent.

High-tech security used in the financial sector will be used to combat future cyber fraud within the carbon market. The move will also include the introduction of a Europe-wide Single Registry to replace national registries in early 2012.
The measures include the introduction of a trusted account list, strengthened customer checks, new account categories, and out-of-band confirmation of transactions.

In future, authorities will have the power to freeze allowances and accounts or delay transactions in cases of suspected fraud. Access to confidential information will be more widely available if necessary.  If frauds do occur, measures will be enforced to ensure that the market is not suspended.

"With these measures and a more harmonised approach for the third phase of the ETS due to start in 2013, we have certainly strengthened the integrity of the European carbon market," said climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard.

The UK climate change minister, Greg Barker, agrees that such proposals would lend increased protection to the carbon market, which has a significant presence in the City of London.
"The new rules will put serious obstacles in the way of carbon crooks, while ensuring this valuable market... can continue to function effectively," he said. "I want the City of London to remain the global capital for carbon trading and green finance, and today's decision is an important step to protect this market and restore confidence."