25 Dec '11, 9pm

European carbon market suffers in annus horribilis

European carbon market suffers in annus horribilis

PARIS: Europe's market in carbon emissions is hoping for outside help after a year in which prices slumped to record lows, savaging claims that trading in CO2 brakes the rise of dangerous greenhouse gases. Launched in 2005 and accounting for 97 percent of global carbon commerce, the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is the big daddy of initiatives which harness the power of the market against carbon dioxide. Under it, some 12,000 plants have been given CO2 quotas. If firms get below their ceiling they can sell the surplus on the ETS. If they are above it, they can meet their quota by buying what they need in the marketplace. But this carbon-cleanup incentive is falling short of what it was touted to be. After fluctuating in the past few years between 15 and 25 euros (19.5 and 32.5 dollars) per tonne of CO2, carbon crashed in 2011. Last week, it was changing h...

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