Analysis: Carbon emissions trading totals $118B in 2008

Feb 11 2009 | 7:52am ET

Allowances worth $118 billion for four billion tons of carbon emissions changed hands worldwide in 2008, according to investor information firm New Carbon Finance, an increase of 42% in the number of transactions over 2007.

Higher trade volumes and prices resulted in an 84% year-on-year increase in market value in 2008, according to the research firm, which analyzes the world’s carbon markets.

The European Union Allowance (EUA) market accounted for 70% of carbon emissions trading volume and 80% of value in 2008. One EUA permits the emission of one ton of carbon dioxide or an amount of any other greenhouse gas of equal global warming potential during a specified period.


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