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Carbon trading runs out of gas

Carbon trading runs out of gas

January 2, 2014

The volume of carbon trading has fallen heavily since the 2009 Copenhagen agreement, and market participants are advocating radical steps to revive the market.

Look to the futures market to solve carbon tax conundrum

August 27, 2013

When it comes to the issue of global warming, a carbon tax that forces all sides to put their money where their mouth is on the futures market could help to resolve a long-running debate.

TEASER-Green energy feels the chill

Green energy feels the chill

December 3, 2012

Tighter bank financing, falling government subsidies and rising US shale gas production are all putting the squeeze on the renewable energy industry.

commodities finance TEASER

ECB relieves pressure on commodities finance

December 3, 2012

The worst of the liquidity squeeze on eurozone banks has eased conditions for commodities finance during 2012, but the business still faces significant challenges.


Private equity and the rise of renewable energy

November 1, 2011

Private equity firms have cultivated greater interest in renewable energy during the past few years and with many governments paying more attention to renewables, offering subsidies to encourage investment in the sector, it appears their timing could not have been better. But can the pace of growth be maintained?

European Commission plots carbon markets recovery

June 30, 2011

A year that began with confidence-rattling fraud now heads towards a new emissions credit supply phase, updated green industry incentives and cautious hope for regional and global emissions targets.

Protests about nuclear power

The nuclear policy debate after Fukushima

June 1, 2011

The accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake and tsunami has led many countries to slow down or cease their nuclear energy programmes.

Sir David King, head of the Smith school of Enterprise and the Environment

UK low-carbon sector let down by banks and state, says scientist

February 14, 2011

Sir David King, former chief scientific advisor to the UK government, believes the UK's policy-makers and financiers fail to support its promising low-carbon sector. The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, which he heads, is working to change that.

The reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation movement, or REDD, was an emotive subject at the UN climate meeting in Cancun

Cancun maintains the status quo

January 31, 2011

The UN climate meeting in Cancun was widely viewed as being more productive than the 2009 event in Copenhagen, but many in the carbon trading markets came away feeling that too little had been achieved.

Chandran Nair teaser

Asia must not follow the consumption-based growth model of the West

December 23, 2010

Chandran Nair, founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow, argues that Asia should instead be brave in imposing limits on the exploitation of resources.

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