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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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Bonn: UN Climate Change Talks Aims to Put an End to CDM Market Fears

8th October, 2011

Diplomats gathered in Bonn, Germany for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to negotiate the ongoing indecision over what to do once the UN’s Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. As of yet nothing has been finalised, and this instability is affecting the compliance carbon market.

Due to the volatility of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) market, many companies and individuals are turning to the voluntary carbon market to offset their emissions. In 2010, twenty one FTSE 100 firms have purchased their carbon offsets from the voluntary sector, and six already claim to be carbon-neutral.

Understandably investment in the CDM fell in 2010 to a fifth of its record high in 2007 of US$7.4 billion. Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, told a news conference on the final day of U.N. talks from June 6-17 that a "lull in the market" was understandable due to the uncertainty about Kyoto.

"The collapse of the Kyoto Protocol is a plausible scenario," said Elliot Diringer, Vice-President of the Pew Centre on Global Climate Change.

Canada, Japan and Russia have already said they will not participate any further into the second round of the scheme. Big industry players such as the US, China, Brazil, and India are not bound to by the Protocol and decide to offset their emissions voluntarily. This leaves only the European nations as key players on supporting this scheme.

Although a concrete decision has not been made, technical issues such as designing a scheme for sharing clean energy technologies, reporting and verification (MRV) of national emissions, on the financing of a US$100 billion/year Green Climate Fund to support adaptation and emission reduction efforts in developing countries were made.

The next step for discussions is the 17th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC and the 7th Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, to be held in Durban, South Africa at the end of this year.