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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.


Africa the Next Stop for the Carbon Market

18th October, 2011

carbon credits incentivesAfrica is tipped to become the next best place for carbon offset projects.

The future market is anticipated to be Africa, as Europe considers purchasing carbon credits from the developing nations that prove they have reduced their pollution in a bid to cutting greenhouse gases.

According to the UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development who cooperates with the United Nations Environment Programme, between now and the end of next year Africa will earn more than €291 million worth of carbon credits.

This year’s State of the voluntary Carbon Markets report by Bloomberg found that there has been an increased volume of carbon credits transacted from Africa based projects. Particularly as a result of forward sold emissions reductions from REDD activities and credits utilising project aggregation tools.

Nevertheless, Africa’s activities only represented 4 percent of all voluntarily transacted credits. 8 percent of those credits were supplied by companies headquartered in Africa. The voluntary carbon market is seen as the place to start increasing African based carbon projects in years to come.

An UN official said “The opportunities in Africa are increasing. I am convinced that the growing interest in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects will help turn the tide and contribute to firmly positioning Africa’s opportunities for the carbon market landscape beyond 2012,”

The spotlight will be on Africa as this year’s final round of the UN Climate talks will be hosted in Durban, South Africa in November.

EcoAct's Maradan sees hope in fund-based mechanisms, not only at the country level but also extending from the private sector. "I think the market will still be very difficult in 2011 but I can see it growing in the future from carbon funds, particularly those focusing on LDCs," he says.

"We have seen some trends with companies creating funds and they are increasingly willing to invest in projects and social aspects. All of that should bring more volume and activity to the voluntary market."