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Tasman ETS links will have impact here

Australian's Carbon Pricing Mechanism will enter its flexible pricing stage in 2015.

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Europe's airline rules stir controversy

The European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme has now included aviation in its emissions reduction sectors in a move fraught with controversy and disagreement.

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Australian election poses ETS problems

A big event in the future of the New Zealand Emission Trading Scheme will be the introduction of the Australian carbon tax flexible pricing period in 2015, Carbon Market Solutions says.

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NZ yet to decide on Kyoto stance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is working towards an agreement to sign on to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, set to start on January 1 - and the rule changes could have...

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Cap on CER numbers 'never been more important'

February and March saw optimism return to the New Zealand carbon market as good news from Europe helped float prices above $8 a unit.

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ETS signs good for Asia-Pacific pact

While most news about the international carbon market has been discouraging lately, there is still optimism within the Asia-Pacific region, Carbon Market Solutions says.

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Europe acts to right the ship

The carbon market is not in the state that was predicted a few years ago, Carbon Market Solutions says.

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Policy uncertainty makes for a foggy market

The New Zealand Government has confirmed that it is considering changes to the current Emissions Trading Scheme, and that the law and policy could be changed this year.

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Important steps in ETS proposals

Changes the Government is proposing to the Emissions Trading Scheme could have important consequences for those participating in the ETS, says Carbon Market Solutions - especially plans to limit the...

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Demand will stall if agriculture delay goes ahead

The Government's proposal to further delay bringing agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme could have serious consequences in the carbon markets, Carbon Market Solutions says

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Obama warms to climate change action

United States President Barack Obama has recently voiced his intention to address climate change issues during the up-coming election cycle, after criticism from environmentalists who have been...

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Foresters should have their say on new rules

While forestry talks at the 2011 UN climate change summit in Durban focused predominantly on the reduction of deforestation through mechanisms such as REDD and REDD+, there were other changes proposed...

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NZ facing the KP2 question

At the Durban climate change talks last year, Japan, Canada and Russia announced that they would not sign up to Kyoto Protocol 2.

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Back again next week ...

We have no market commentary from Carbon Market Solutions this week, but it will be back next week.

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Who's selling the ETS to the people paying for it?

While the world is watching the economic crises deepen in Europe, in Cologne, Germany, another large group of interested stakeholders is gathering to discuss the future and viability of the world's...

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No report this week

We have no market commentary from Carbon Market Solutions this week. Carbon News apologies to readers.

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Three years ... and not much has changed

Last year, we said that one of the critical features for a mature carbon market to develop was the issue of transparency, meaning that when we have liquidity and transparency, we can say quietly and...

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Why the lag in alternative energy progress?

The government, having won the last election, believes that it now has an overwhelming mandate to offer a range of State-owned enterprises to the market in order for it to capture revenues that will...

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Don't trade in the Holden on a push bike

Twenty years after he attended the Rio Earth Summit, Carbon Market Solutions' Wayne King looks at progress and hopes for the future:

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Carbon forestry in hibernation

The announcement from Government on the review undertaken in 2011 on the Emissions Trading Scheme will provide a continuation of the status quo for the next two years, and reveals fundamentally good...

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Time for a green tariff?

A "green" tariff for electricity (also known as a "feed-in" tariff in other countries) is an economic incentive provided by a government for those identified sectors or project developments to "get...

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A good word to use is languish ...

Do we really want to know what is going on with the carbon markets in Europe and elsewhere, Carbon Market Solutions asks.

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Was that the sound of a slamming door?

The announcement this week by Australia's Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet, of an arrangement between Australia and the European Commission whereby the Australian Carbon Pricing Mechanism is to be...

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Beware the carbon cowboys

When times get tough, usually those on the fringes of reputable commodity transactions fall away, only to begin a new life when a new commodity emerges - often seeking recognition and credibility in...

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Which way will landowners go?

In 2008, when the Emission Trading Scheme legislation was passed, a lot of attention was focused on those forest owners who still intended to change land use from forest to agriculture.

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Carbon not quite a cot case yet

The Emissions Trading Scheme has been described recently as comatose and on a stretcher, says Carbon Market Solutions.

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If the world burns, we burn

A number of comments made by the public about the Government's decision to not sign up to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol appear to be made from a position of lack of understanding...

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Dodgy Doha poor place for climate talks

As world leaders gather in Doha for the COP 18 climate change talks, Wayne King, a veteran of COP 1, reflects on progress to date.

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ETS progress? You're better off going fishing

By WAYNE KING, Carbon Market Solutions.  Now that the climate talks are completed in Doha, and before the Christmas break and the New Year, can we take stock and feel optimistic about agreed...

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Dull year behind us, flat year ahead

The past 12 months have seen little domestic activity in terms of NZU purchasing to meet obligations under the ETS.

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We've become small-scale and stand-alone

A mere 12-to-24 months ago, many in the carbon business in New Zealand believed the chances of synergising the New Zealand carbon markets with other markets, such as the emerging Australian carbon...

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Meet the ETS winners ... and losers

Depressed, depressed, and depressed sounds like a state of mind, and for some it could well be, but indications are that the erosion of the Emission Trading Scheme as a cost effective mechanism for...

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Carry-over of Kyoto units not what's wanted

The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ended on December 31.

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Renewable energy can be a reality in Pacific

Just over a week ago the Pacific Energy Summit was held in Auckland attended by a large number of energy stakeholders including Pacific Islands government delegations headed by leaders, as well as...

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Buy shares … and turn the heater off

When Labour and the Greens presented their energy policy aimed at restraining the ever- increasing electricity price, they were derided by all and sundry, including the Prime Minister, says Carbon...

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Is there something we haven't been told?

Carbon Market Solutions asks as to consider a situation now confronting many forest owners who opted into the Emissions Trading Scheme:

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Australia draws the battle lines

There's a carbon battle going on over the Tasman in the lead-up to that country's general election.

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Why the Pacific problem will not go away

While we here in New Zealand are worried about our pay checks and the next iphone due to emerge shortly, some thought needs to go out to our Pacific neighbours, says Carbon Market Solutions.

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Are we doing our bit? It seems not

Our previous opinion piece considered the increasing impacts of climate change on small island countries, such as our Pacific neighbours, but which also apply to other small island countries such as...

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What is NZ doing to help Pacific?

CARBON MARKET SOLUTIONS continues its look at what New Zealand is doing to help its Pacific island neighbours adapt to climate change:

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Islands have three-pronged approach to climate change

Carbon Market Solutions chief WAYNE KING continues his analysis of ways in which climate change is being addressed in the Pacific:

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Why it's important that we do our bit

With COP19 under way in Warsaw, CARBON MARKET SOLUTIONS looks at the background to international climate change agreements:

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What was going on at the Warsaw climate conference

The Warsaw climate change conference opened as super typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to ever make landfall, ravaged the Philippines.

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Market poised to move higher?

A day of consolidation yesterday, as Spot NZUs fixed at $3.37 on CommTrade. OMFinancial reports:

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Turmoil across the Tasman will be felt here

By WAYNE KING. Australia's media is drip-feeding news and commentary on the economic downturn in Australia - particularly in energy developments, the political turmoil revolving around the current...

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Our ETS is working ... but is it effective?

IS THE Emissions Trading Scheme working and will it be more effective after the forthcoming election?

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Market liquid and steady, but slow

Carbon continues to move sideways, holding around the $6 mark. OMFinancial reports:

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Paris aside, all will be revealed in the ETS review

Is the Paris Agreement a cause for celebration? Carbon Market Solutions director WAYNE KING takes a look:

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MARKET LATEST: NZUs $24.85

Spot NZUs opened at $24.80 bid and $24.95 offered this morning, after last fixing at $24.85.

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MARKET LATEST: NZUs $25.00

  Spot NZUs opened at $24.80 bid and $25.10 offered on the CommTrade platform this morning, after last fixing at $25.00.

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