carbon trading market Articles

  • Understanding the voluntary carbon market

    The monitoring, reducing and offsetting of carbon emissions by corporations, organisations and individuals is rapidly moving from an ‘if’ and ‘why’ scenario to a ‘when’ and ‘how’ one. For the Kyoto Protocol signatory nations, this shift is one that combines elements of education, obligation and cooperation. For the few nations that have not signed on to the Kyoto Protocol, the change in ...

  • Establishing a global carbon market

    In its 2007 publication Policy Directions to 2050, the WBCSD proposes an outline for a post-2012 international framework. It features four key elements: The establishment of a quantifiable long-term (50-year) trajectory for the management of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Global cooperation to accelerate energy technology development and deployment and enable the rapid transfer of ...

  • Efficiency’s role in carbon cap-and-trade

    We hear a lot about how efficiency will play an increasingly important role as the United States undertakes efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. But how does that play out in a practical sense under cap-and-trade programs?The Offset Quality Initiative provides insight in a new white paper on greenhouse gas offsets: ...

  • Transnational aspects of a linked carbon market

    As greenhouse gas emissions trading systems emerge worldwide, the prospect of linking these systems has increasing economic appeal. However, there are a number of, practical and political considerations to take into account which may in many cases outweigh this theoretical attractiveness. There are also several legal instruments and approaches that can be used to link schemes ranging, from the ...

  • Regulatory challenges for financial and carbon markets

    The controversy about how financial derivatives markets are to be regulated that has been opened up by the credit crunch is in many ways parallel to the widening debate over regulation of carbon markets. Both markets involve hitherto untried attempts at commodification: in the case of the financial markets, commodification of an unprecedented range of uncertainties, and in the case of the carbon ...

  • Emissions Trading (Cap and Trade)

    The Kyoto Protocol, adopted by 170 nations but not the US, established the initial carbon trading market. The goal of an emissions trading plan is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Typically, a government agency sets an annual limit (cap) on the amount of emissions generated. Companies that emit greenhouse gases are given credits or allowances which represent the right to emit a ...


    By BSC Sustainability Services

  • The risks and opportunities in starting a carbon trading firm within the carbon marketplace

    This paper looks at the viability of starting a carbon trading firm in Australia, based on the understanding and nature of carbon trading and its acceptance and implementation in the economy. The main function of the firm is to work as a broker on behalf of organisations or individuals for buying and selling carbon credits. A broad overview of the evolution of the carbon trading market and the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • MANAGING GREENHOUSE GASES IN THE DEVELOPING CARBON MARKETS

    Introduction On February 16, 2005, the Kyoto Protocol entered into force following Russia’s ratification after a lengthy period of uncertainty. Although the US and Australia have stated that they will not ratify the Protocol, here, too, there are initiatives by state governments and by the private sector to reducegreenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Firms are now faced with important strategic ...


    By ENVIRON

  • Achieving the benefits of carbon trading: It`s all in the design

    The global carbon market is real and growing rapidly. The World Bank reported that the market grew in 2006 to reach US$30 billion and that the value of carbon credits being bought and sold nearly tripled in 2006 from 2005 levels. For 2007, indications are that this rapid pace of growth has continued, driven by regulations at the national level under the Kyoto Protocol, at the corporate level ...

  • Personal carbon trading and sustainable consumption: the art of the state

    Anticipating a new prominence for the carbon market and lifestyle change in post-2012 implementation of ambitious carbon mitigation targets in OECD countries, including the UK, this paper draws on Foucauldian scholarship to support an argument that personal carbon trading (PCT) may be consistent with New Labour's understanding of the role of the 'consumer citizen' in modern Britain, and that PCT ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Kenya to launch Africa’s first carbon trading hub

    Kenya plans to launch a carbon trading platform to facilitate the trade of carbon credits and to help drive renewable energy. Kenya plans to create a carbon trading market to help drive clean tech and carbon emissions reduction within the country and across Africa. The carbon trading platform is expected to be open for business by the middle of next year, and it will be the first of its kind in ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • The emerging Canadian carbon market: New fundamentals and opportunities

    Steps have recently been taken by the Ontario government to implement a cap and trade system in Ontario, and by the Canadian federal government to facilitate trading of offset credits for greenhouse gas ('GHG') emissions.Ontario introduced enabling legislation on May 27, 2009 (Bill 185) to amend the Environmental Protection Act (Ontario) to allow the provincial government to establish a cap and ...


    By McMillan LLP

  • Voluntary carbon market is fast becoming big business

    If anyone had doubts about the importance of the voluntary carbon market they would certainly have been overcome by the announcement last month by Merrill Lynch of a new carbon offset service to assist businesses to reduce emissions through voluntary offsets. In partnership with ICF International, Merrill Lynch’s new Green and Gold initiative is the latest in a series of moves by major financial ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Converging Markets

    The crucible in this scenario for the international climate regime is the emergence of an effective and liquid international carbon market with participation of private entities. In order to make the carbon market effective a bilateral negotiation track will develop, operating in parallel with the multilateral track under the UNFCCC. The purpose of the bilateral track is to integrate the various ...


    By Springer

  • How Carbon Trading Can Help Preserve Coastal Ecosystems

    Introduction The ocean is the largest long-term carbon sink on the planet, storing and cycling 93% of the earth’s CO2 . The ocean’s vegetated habitats, in particular mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrasses, comprise only 0.05% of the plant biomass, but store equal amount of carbon as terrestrial biomass per year, and thus stand among the most ...


    By Climate Institute

  • Maximum carbon intensity limitations and the agreement on technical barriers to trade

    Emission of greenhouse gases is a global problem. Any nation seeking to restrict such emissions by its manufacturers should avoid putting them at a disadvantage in world and domestic markets where they are likely to compete with producers that do not bear the cost of emission controls. One approach being considered in the United States would be adoption of technical regulations limiting the ...

  • EU emissions trading scheme to bring small carbon savings

    EU emissions trading scheme to bring small carbon savings Campaign group call for tighter caps on carbon emissions covered by the ETS in Europe each year. A new report by carbon emissions trading campaign group Sandbag predicts that the five year period of the EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) ending in 2012 is set to deliver carbon savings of less than a third of 1% of total carbon ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Explaining the construction of global carbon markets: REDD+ as a test case?

    Market–based instruments increasingly shape international environmental governance. Against this background, this paper puts forward a conceptual framework on the development of regulated global carbon markets. Regarding the adoption of carbon trading as an instance of wider shifts in governance allows us to benefit from the rich literature on (international) institutional change. At the same ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Market convergence through the back door: Inadvertent integration of the world’s carbon markets under NAFTA

    Canada has promised to set up a greenhouse gas trading program to facilitate its greenhouse gas emissions reductions and has expressed an interest in tying its program to the European Union Emission Trading Scheme. At the same time, the United States Congress is contemplating legislation that would set up the country’s own, domestically-scaled GHG trading program and attempt to insulate it from ...

  • China readies national carbon market to fight climate change

    BEIJING (AP) - At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing's financial district suggest a booming market. A closer look indicates otherwise: The scrolling list rotates the same dozen or so trades, all from last year. The lights from the Beijing Environment Exchange - one of seven pilot markets in China for trading carbon - raises ...


    By Associated Press

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