January 2010

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: The EU's ETS at a glance

Carbon trading, carbon taxing and other forms of regulating greenhouse gases have been hot topics of conversation of late. Since it appears that these concepts will be dominating thought and affectin..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Carbon trading, carbon taxing and other forms of regulating greenhouse gases have been hot topics of conversation of late. Since it appears that these concepts will be dominating thought and affecting business plans for companies in the HPI into the foreseeable future, it is not a bad idea to examine the most established cap-and-trade system currently in existence, the one marshaled into form by the European Union (EU). The EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is basically a commodities market—a market-based policy tool that sets a cap on CO2 emissions from specific sectors. Analysts from Orbeo (www.orbeo.com) have studied the ETS extensively and have been briefing interested parties

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