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Jul 6, 2010

Businesses push for decisions on EU carbon scheme

LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union is under pressure to finalize details on its emissions cap for industry from 2013, how carbon permits will be auctioned and the amount to be given to airlines when they join the EU’s scheme in 2012.

Businesses say they urgently need clarity on these still undecided elements surrounding the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme, the bloc’s main weapon to fight climate change, in order to minimize compliance costs in its third phase (2013-2020).

Jul 2, 2010

Kyoto may push factories to pollute more – U.N. report

LONDON (Reuters) – A Kyoto Protocol scheme may be encouraging projects to emit more greenhouse gases because of incentives to earn carbon offsets from subsequently destroying these, a U.N. report said.

The projects under investigation are the most lucrative under Kyoto’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and account for more than half carbon offsets sold under the scheme. Limiting their output could impact carbon prices.

Jun 30, 2010

Kyoto CO2 offset issuances grind to crawl in June

LONDON (Reuters) – June has been the worst month in over a year for the issuance of UN-backed carbon offsets, data compiled by Reuters showed, as auditor suspensions, bottlenecks and possible rule changes hinder requests from projects.

Only 3.4 million offsets have been issued by the U.N.’s climate change secretariat this month, the lowest level since May 2009, when 2.3 million were handed to clean energy projects registered under the Clean Development Mechanism. In the 12 months before June, the monthly average was 10.8 million.

Jun 28, 2010

Emissions auditors get poor grades for second year

LONDON (Reuters) – Firms that audit greenhouse gas-cutting projects approved under a Kyoto Protocol carbon offset scheme received poor grades from green groups for a second year, a report said on Monday.

Unqualified and insufficiently trained personnel was cited by WWF and Germany’s Oeko-Institute as a problem plaguing emissions auditors, accompanied by ambiguous scheme rules and a general failure to show that the clean energy projects they approved would not be feasible without getting carbon offsets.

Jun 22, 2010

Ozone treaty greenhouse gas proposals face battle

LONDON, June 22 (Reuters) – Developing countries may thwart
a North American effort to reduce the global use of
hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a potent greenhouse gas, a UN
official said on Tuesday.

HFCs, which are a byproduct of refrigerant chemicals, trap
over 12,000 times more heat than carbon dioxide.

Jun 14, 2010

Firms abusing Kyoto carbon trading scheme: watchdog

LONDON (Reuters) – Firms participating in a Kyoto Protocol carbon scheme are abusing it by artificially inflating their greenhouse gas emissions, thereby allowing rich nations’ emissions to rise significantly, a watchdog said on Saturday.

Under Kyoto’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), worth $2.7 billion in 2009, companies can invest in carbon-cutting projects in emerging economies, and in return get carbon offsets that can be used against their own emissions.

Jun 9, 2010

China fossil fuel CO2 jumps as global total falls

LONDON (Reuters) – China could face increasing pressure in U.N. climate talks after data released on Wednesday showed the country’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel rose by 9 percent in 2009, bucking a global downtrend.

China’s greenhouse gases from fuels like oil and coal grew to 7.5 billion tonnes, even though global emissions fell for the first time since 1998 as industrial output and fuel consumption dropped amid a global recession, BP data showed.

Jun 2, 2010

Barclays to buy Swedish carbon trader Tricorona

LONDON (Reuters) – Barclays Plc agreed a 98 million pound ($142.4 million) cash offer for Swedish carbon credits trader Tricorona AB, giving a vote of confidence in the carbon market ahead of the expiry of the Kyoto climate pact.

Barclays said on Wednesday it was offering 8 Swedish crowns ($1.01) a share for Stockholm-based Tricorona, which specializes in sourcing, developing and trading offsets from greenhouse gas reduction projects in developing countries.

Jun 1, 2010

Carbon market players say open to self-policing

LONDON (Reuters) – Carbon market players said on Tuesday they will consider developing self-policing rules after a call to action by the UN’s new climate chief, but warned that more political will is needed by governments to spur investment.

Christiana Figueres, who officially starts her new role in July, on Friday said market participants had “seriously impaired the trust of governments, civil society and non-profits,” through several scandals that rocked the largely unregulated $144 billion market last year.

May 28, 2010

Frustrated EU carbon traders play waiting game

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) – Major changes proposed to the European Union’s emissions market could dramatically alter the landscape for traders, who are increasingly frustrated by regulatory uncertainty and political stalemate.

A deeper 2020 EU greenhouse gas reduction commitment, qualitative and quantitative restrictions on carbon offset eligibility and details on carbon permit auctioning in the scheme’s third phase are among the decisions expected to be made this year by the 27-nation bloc’s executive.

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      "Michael Szabo is an environmental markets correspondent based in London, UK. His focus is on carbon emissions trading, but also looks at renewable energy and climate change policy and science. He also manages the Global Carbon Forum."
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