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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.


Floor price of carbon is 'key' to package

6th July 2012

A LEADING climate-change scientist who helped to design the Gillard government's carbon price regime says a floor price is a key part of the package.

It's been reported the government is considering scrapping the $15-a-tonne floor price that is scheduled to underpin the shift from Labor's carbon tax to an emissions trading scheme (ETS) in mid-2015.

But Will Steffen, who advised the government's multi-party climate-change committee, insists a floor price is a "fairly sound piece of the package".

The Australian National University academic said on Friday the floor price was intended to lessen the likelihood of "huge swings" in permit prices as was experienced in the early days of Europe's ETS.

"We wanted to make sure we had some consistency with some limits on how far that price moved early on, so the signal that investors and consumers are getting remains fairly consistent," Professor Steffen told reporters in Canberra.

The yet-to-be-regulated floor price is scheduled to rise by four per cent a year until 2018 when the market will set the cost of permits unconstrained.

The government has consulted with industry about how to implement the floor if the cost of international permits is lower than $15 in mid-2015.

A top-up mechanism is likely to be charged to make domestic and international units effectively the same price. European permits are currently $10 a tonne.

Source: Australian News