3 Minute Briefings

Our 3 Minute Briefings series is aimed at making complex issues digestible in 3 minutes or less. These are geared towards people who are interested in emissions trading and who may be knowledgeable about one part of it, and want to come up to speed quickly on a basic issue or some new issue or concept that everyone's talking about (or maybe even arguing about).

Our current topics include Cap & Trade Basics, Emissions Trading and the WTO, The EU Emissions Trading System and Why Emissions Trading is More Effective Than a Carbon Tax.

If you have an idea for a 3 Minute Briefing you'd like to learn more about, please contact us.


International Markets

This briefing note provides a quick overview on the current state of carbon markets and emission trading schemes worldwide. 

 

The briefing can be downloaded here.

 
The EU ETS: the cornerstone of the EU’s climate strategy

This briefing note provides an overview on the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS). It covers design features, main characteristics, achievements, challenges and future priorities, dedicating particular attention to 2030 framework and EU ETS reform. 

 

The briefing can be downloaded here.

 
Basic Design Elements of Cap and Trade Systems

This briefing note provides an overview on basic design elements of Cap and Trade Systems, such as target setting, allocation, offsets, data collection and monitoring and market oversight. The intent is to provide a snapshot of the typical features of Cap and Trade Systems.

 

The briefing can be downloaded here.

 
MIFID II- what consequences for trade in EU emission allowances?

Both spot and derivative contracts relating to EU ETS allowances are covered by the new Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MIFID II) and Regulation (MIFIR). On 15 April 2014, the Parliament voted to adopt MiFIR in a first reading agreement, together with the MiFID II Directive. Council adopted the legislation on 13 May 2014. MiFID II and MiFIR are expected to enter into force in June 2014, but the new rules will apply 30 months after MiFID II enters into force (i.e. by early 2017).

Download infochart here.

 
Use of Offset Credits across Emission Trading Systems and Carbon Pricing Mechanisms

This briefing note provides an overview on how the use of offset credits is regulated in different emission trading systems (ETS) and
carbon pricing mechanisms around the world. It takes into consideration systems that are active and under-development, and
looks at whether rules allow the use of domestic offsets, i.e. credits generated by non-covered projects in the same jurisdiction,
and/or international offsets, i.e. credits generated by projects in other jurisdictions. The intent is to provide a snapshot of the
regulations in place and facilitate the comparison of their design.

 

The briefing can be downloaded here

 
Allowance Reserves Across Emission Trading Systems - April 2014

This briefing note describes how the concept of an allowance reserve mechanism has been designed in different emission trading schemes around the world. It takes into consideration systems in Europe ( EU ETS) and North America (RGGI, California, and Quebec).  The intent is to provide a brief description of such reserves and facilitate the comparison of their design.

download the briefing here

 
Australia Carbon Pricing Update - March 2014

The Coalition government, led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has continued to take action to deliver on its campaign promise of repealing Australia’s carbon pricing mechanism, which featured a fixed-price emissions trading scheme (ETS) ranging in the mid-$20 (AUD) that would transition to a floating price by July 2015.  As of early March 2014, the “repeal legislation” has passed the coalition-controlled House but has yet to be agreed upon in the Senate, though upcoming elections could change the balance of power in favour of a repeal.  At the same time, the new government aims to develop an alternative policy based around an “Emissions Reduction Fund” involving a domestic crediting mechanism and a fund to purchase abatement from the private sector.  

Download the Update here

 
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