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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.

FACTBOX: China’s pilot emissions trading schemes

20 Aug 2012

BEIJING, Aug 20 (Reuters) - China’s seven pilot emissions trading schemes will cap carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power producers and industries and offer financial incentives to cut CO2 output in the world’s biggest emitting nation from next year.

China’s National Development and Reform Commission decided last year to try out carbon trading in seven regions with a total population of 240 million and a collective GDP of some $2 trillion.

VCS to support voluntary CO2 market in Colombia

Voluntary carbon market’s widely used carbon accounting program, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), will help Colombia develop a market for carbon offsets, making it easier for local companies to buy credits to reduce their carbon footprints. The VCS signed a partnership agreement with conservation group Fundacion Natura to foster projects to generate carbon credits and to market them to Colombia’s biggest companies, the VCS said.

The two groups will offer training to project developers, auditors and policymakers on new offset crediting mechanisms, with a focus on projects to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). VCS said it will provide guidance on the use of new crediting mechanisms for REDD.

California won’t hand out more free CO2 permits before auction

Despite pressure from industry, California will not increase the number of free permits it gives to its biggest carbon emitters prior to the state cap-and-trade system's Nov. 14 auction, the top air regulator said last week. Oil refiners and manufacturers have complained they will be put at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state businesses by being forced to purchase 10% of the allowances they need to meet California's mandatory carbon emission limits.

“At this point, the only way we could free up more allowances or change the shape of the auction would be through a rule change,” Mary Nichols, chair of the Air Resources Board (ARB), told reporters. “So as of this point, I think the auction will go forward with the roughly 10% of allowances,” she said. California will put about 61.3 million carbon allowances for sale on Nov. 14 at its inaugural auction. Under the cap-and-trade program's rules, allowances must be sold for at least $10 each, the auction floor price.

California carbon market to be short of offsets: report

17 Sep 2012

NEW YORK, Sept 13 (Reuters) – California’s carbon market could be 29 percent short of offset credits in its 2013-2014 pilot phase if regulators do not expand their list of allowable project types, making it more expensive for companies to achieve their required emissions cuts, a new report said.

China’s Guangdong to launch world’s 5th biggest CO2 market

11 Sep 2012

BEIJING, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Southern China’s Guangdong province will next year cap CO2 from 827 of its biggest-emitting facilities, including power generators and manufacturers, as it plans to launch a carbon trading market that will be the fifth biggest in the world.

Guangdong is the biggest of seven regions picked to launch pilot carbon trading markets over the next two years, as the world’s second biggest economy. The size of the Guangdong carbon market might increase over time, as local officials have started talks with Hubei province, another of the seven pilot regions, about linking their respective schemes.

Big banks weigh risks, rewards of California’s new CO2 market

07 Sep 2012

San Francisco, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Major banks are weighing whether to wade into the California carbon market, which experts believe could grow into a $40 billion a year market by 2020.

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