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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.


Voluntary Carbon Market Expands 34% in 2010

10th October, 2011

A study compiled by Ecosystem Marketplace and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, has reported that the voluntary carbon market has surged 34% in 2010 as record volumes of emissions reductions were traded.

Due to sustained corporate buying and a heightened interest in avoided deforestation projects offset the impact of policy setbacks in the US.

The report was launched at Carbon Expo in Barcelona last week, with findings showing that the value of the market had risen from US$387 million to US$424 million, with 131 million voluntary carbon credits being traded in 2010, up from 94 million in 2009.

Last year 37 million tonnes of avoided deforestation credits were traded last year, which accounts to 29 percent, with 21 million tonnes (16 percent) in wind projects and 14 million tonnes (11percent) from landfill gas.

The rise in the voluntary market is set against a decline in the overall global carbon market, which is dominated by mandatory emissions trading schemes such as the EU ETS or the Kyoto protocol.

South America’s profile within the voluntary market has expanded due to increased investor confidence in forestry projects that aim to Reduce Emissions from Degradation and Deforestation (REDD), which follows guidelines issued by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

All projects must be approved and authenticated by the VCS before they can be sold as voluntary carbon credits.

The future is optimistic for voluntary carbon trading as the compliance market starts to contract. The expansion of the voluntary market is occurring on a daily basis, as investor confidence grows following the increased global economic recovery.

Download the report:
Back to the Future: State and Trends of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2010