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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.

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.


European Investors Turn to Invest in Carbon After Interest Rate Risk

4th October, 2011

European institutional investors see changes in interest rates as the biggest threat to their investments, according to a study by Allianz Global Investors. As a result, investors are increasingly turning to the voluntary carbon market to diversify their investment portfolios.

Global economic growth remains slow, the International Monetary Fund forecasts a 4.3 percent growth this year due to the debt crisis in the euro zone and the market reaching boiling-point in developing economies.

A poll of 150 institutions including pension schemes and insurers, running €990 billion, ranked interest rate risk as the chief concern, followed by a stock market fall and the Europe's sovereign debt crisis.

30 percent of the respondents named uncertainty connected to interest rates, of which one third cited rising rates specifically. Rising interest rates generally push down the price of a fixed rate bond.

As markets remain unstable people are turning to invest in pollution. Carbon credits are not tied into the performance of banks nor the economy. It is completely unaffected and untouched by the economic crisis. The voluntary carbon market has emerged as the sector’s biggest player due to the Clean Development Mechanism market being uncertain because of the governments’ indecisiveness over the next step of the Kyoto protocol, which is set to end in 2012.

Areas of anxieties include interest rates, which are a considerable risk to achieving their financial goals in bonds investments, and sovereign debt risk in the wake of the bail-out packages extended to Greece, Ireland and Portugal.