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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.


CME's Green Exchange launches 2013 carbon contract

Mon Jan 24, Reuters

CME Group's (CME.O) Green Exchange LLC said on Monday it would launch a post-2012 contract for U.N.-backed carbon credits on February 27.

The contract should help carbon traders price a policy shift which has narrowed the eligibility of certified emissions reductions (CERs) for use in the European Union's emissions trading scheme, the world's biggest such market.

The European Commission confirmed on Friday that from April 30 2013 it would ban CERs produced by big industrial projects in China and India which destroy potent greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbon-23 (HFC-23) and nitrous oxide. [ID:nLDE70K1D0]

Given a resulting shortened supply the move is expected to raise CER prices. The Green Exchange said its contract would be called the CERplusSM Futures contract and be available for trading from Feb. 27.

"The CERplus Futures contract introduces a new underlying unit of trade, called Relevant CERs, defined as CER units that will be deemed eligible for compliance purposes," the exchange said in a statement.

Carbon traders are struggling to interpret the price implications of the EU ban, one trader said on Monday.

The Green Exchange aimed to address that uncertainty with its new contract, it said.

"The specifications of the CERplus product are robust yet flexible enough to correspond to any change in EU legislation," said Henrik Hasselknippe, managing director for global product development.

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