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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.


Shell Supports the EU ETS Carbon Trading Scheme

9th October, 2011

Senior executives from the Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) showed their support for the European Union’s Emissions Trading Schemes (ETS) as a better phrase of tackling carbon pollution than projects organised by government subsidies of renewable energy.

Ann Pickard of Shell Australia said that other countries’ policies on encouraging investment in small scale renewable energy generation and biofuels had a minimal effect on the levels of carbon emissions despite the high cost of such projects.

A recent report commissioned by the Australian government discovered that the ETS has encouraged a transition from coal to gas-fired generation in the UK.

Shell has invested billions of dollars into the development of natural gas fields as they anticipate that there will be a high demand for the commodity as governments attempt to rein in their emissions. They expect to spend up to US$52,500 on gas export projects over the next decades, where many of them are based in Australia.

Australia also has a mandatory renewable energy target set in 2009 of generating 20% of its electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2020. The country is ranked as the second-biggest carbon emitter per head of population, which has prompted a plan to put a price on carbon in the near future. "We believe that the most efficient way to do this is to introduce a cap-and-trade emissions trading which a price signal will lead to behavioural change and therefore emissions reductions," Pickard said.

The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has pledged to roll out a new carbon tax by the middle of 2012, which will be followed by a new carbon trading scheme three to five years later.