CO2 Trading Going Mainstream (NDAQ, NMX, CME)

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In the 1990’s, carbon certificate trading was mostly unheard of.  This has also been largely untapped by American companies and by the American public.  Until Now.

The New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., the subsidiary of NYMEX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: NMX), also announced that it will introduce a U.S. Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative carbon allowance futures contract in the third quarter of 2008 that will be traded on the CME Globex, under the CME Group, Inc. (NYSE: CME).  This is expected to be the first exchange-traded contract for compliance with a government cap-and-trade program in the U.S.

It also looks like the NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. (NASDAQ: NDAQ) intends to launch a new index family for carbon dioxide emissions certificates this summer in its efforts with Nord Pool, according to Dow Jones.  After looking at Nord Pool’s website this has only been available to private investors, so this could be a real game changer.

The Chicago Climate Exchange, part of Climate Exchange plc (CLE.L), has allowed people to trade carbon futures now for years. 

If you want to do some research on your own about what is coming down the pipe, here are just a few of the links we have followed from over the years:

Carbon emission certificates are not without controversy.  While it does address the issues, many refer to it as a "pay to pollute."  That is an argument that will go on for years and we have no interest in getting in the middle of that.

It almost looks in a way like the U.S. may have joined the Kyoto Protocol, even if it isn’t official.

Jon C. Ogg
May 8, 2008