carbon markets

COP21: How are Carbon Markets Doing?

December 3, 2015 by David Hone

COP and Carbon Markets

The opening of COP21 has come and gone with some 150 statements from the pulpit by the largest collection of global leaders ever to assemble in one place. It wasn’t possible to listen to all of them as the group was split and parallel programmes ran in separate rooms.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Uncertain Power and Carbon Markets Change Investment Choices

April 21, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India and Energy Trends

The global energy system is in a period of rapid transformation: electricity plays an ever more important role, as do renewables, distributed generation and electric vehicles. New technologies and business models are disrupting and challenging a traditionally risk-averse and slow-moving industry.[read more]

Four Questions For Global Carbon Markets In 2015

January 6, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Carbon Markets in the Coming Year

The world’s carbon markets are one of the climate change fight’s biggest stories, and they’ve never been stronger. Cap-and-trade systems combined with carbon taxes to cut emissions and invest billions in clean energy technologies, while expanding to over 40 national and regional jurisdictions in 2014.[read more]

China Plans a Nationwide Carbon Market

September 22, 2014 by Henry Auer

China and the Carbon Market

China recently confirmed its eventual plan to place the entire nation under a carbon market (i.e., a cap-and-trade regime) in order to lower its annual rate of emitting carbon dioxide (CO2), the highly important and damaging greenhouse gas, beginning in 2016.[read more]


New EPA Carbon Regulation: What will the Impacts be on Consumer Power Costs?

July 14, 2014 by John Miller

EPA Carbon Regs and State Programs

To achieve regulatory compliance in the most cost effective manner the EPA advocates that States utilize flexible approaches. Will expanding existing ‘market based’ GHG reduction programs be a critical part of reducing future carbon emissions and reducing Consumers’ electricity bills?[read more]

Could Rising Aviation Emissions be Good for the Environment?

July 14, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

Aviation Emissions and the Environment

Emissions from international aviation are around 2% of total emissions, and are expected to roughly quadruple by 2050. Faced with this prospect, the governing body for aviation the ICAO last year decided to look at using market based measures to cap net international aviation emissions at 2020 levels.[read more]

Failings of Market Failure as a Guide to Policy

April 7, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

This post is a little more abstract than usual, with no data or charts. It looks at the framework that often underlies analysis of policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, though only taking a brief look at a subject that warrants much more extensive treatment.[read more]

To Be, or Not to Be: Carbon Markets Post 2020?

February 24, 2014 by David Hone

The US Submission on Elements of the 2015 Agreement has recently appeared on the UNFCCC website and outlines, in some detail, the approach the US is now seeking with regards “contributions”. Adaptation and Finance are also covered, although not to the depth of the section on Mitigation.[read more]

Carbon Markets Cut Emissions 17 Times Cheaper Than Subsidies

October 11, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Carbon Market Efficiency

The cornerstone appeal of carbon markets is their ability to cut emissions while simultaneously creating clean energy investments – but, as it turns out, they may actually be far more effective at this task than anyone could have ever imagined.[read more]

Can Market Forces Really be Employed to Address Climate Change?

May 28, 2012 by Robert Stavins

Debate continues in the United States, Europe, and throughout the world about whether the forces of the marketplace can be harnessed in the interest of environmental protection, in particular, to address the threat of global climate change.  In an essay that appears in the Spring 2012 issue of Daedalus, the journal of the American...[read more]


Audio & Slides: "How to Save a Planet On a Budget" Part 1 - Carbon Markets

December 20, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

Welcome to the audio archive & slides for the first chunk of our green finance summit "How To Save The Planet on A Budget". This first session focuses on carbon: 1. Carbon: Pricing It, Taxing It + Trading It, Moderated by Gernot Wagner Featuring: Janet Peace, Lee Thiessen, Lucas Merrill Brown[read more]

Upsetting the Offset

March 12, 2010 by David Levy

Note by David Levy, Climate Inc. editor: I’m posting this introduction to a new book, Upsetting the Offset by my academic colleagues Steffen Böhm and Sidhartha Dabhi because it presents an important and well-argued series of critiques of the carbon markets. Many readers might find that they disagree with the analysis in the book, but it’...[read more]

Are carbon credit markets inherently prone to fraud and manipulation?

February 12, 2010 by Michael Giberson

The headlines about fraud in Europe’s carbon credit trading system (2010: “Fraud Besets E.U. Carbon Trade System,” 2009: “Europol: $7.4 Billion Lost from Carbon Trading Fraud in Europe“) seem to confirm what some critics of carbon credit trading have been saying all along (2007: “Carbon Trading Open Invitation To Fraud,” 2007: “The...[read more]

Regional carbon markets have a tough go of it in a global economy

January 27, 2010 by Tim Haab

Banks and investors are pulling out of the carbon market after the failure to make progress at Copenhagen on reaching new emissions targets after 2012. Carbon financiers have already begun leaving banks in London because of the lack of activity and the drop-off in investment demand. via Because carbon is a...[read more]

Breaking: Sen. Dorgan (D-ND) to retire and what it means for climate legislation

January 6, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Sen. Byron Dorgan, a 18-year veteran Democrat, dropped a late-day bombshell, announcing he will retire when his term ends this year.  Dorgan’s announcement represents an opportunity for Republicans: North Dakota is a Republican-leaning state, where President Obama got just 45% of the vote last year. What’s not good news for...[read more]