Carbon Credits: Promoting Sustainable Development or Trading in Pollution?

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Case Code : BECG095
Case Length : 16 Pages
Period : 2005-2009
Pub Date : 2009
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : -
Industry : Carbon Trading
Countries : Global

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According to proponents of carbon trading programs, carbon trading was the most cost-effective way of lowering CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. By treating emissions as a market commodity, it was easier for businesses to manage their emission levels...


The value of the global carbon market went up by 80% in 2007 as nearly 2.7 billion tons of carbon credits worth €40.4 billion were traded during the year.

Commenting on the growth of the carbon market, Endre Tvinnereim, a senior analyst at Point Carbon, said, "The 2007 numbers show that greenhouse gas emission trading has become a commodity market in its own right. The remarkable growth in the secondary CDM market shows companies are ready to invent new, creative tools for managing carbon constraints."...


Exhibit I: Graph showing a Decline in Carbon Credit Prices
Exhibit II: Green House Gas Emissions by Region
Exhibit III: Global Warming Potential of Green House Gases
Exhibit IV: Top CO2 emitters (as of 2005)
Exhibit V: Kyoto Protocol Targets
Exhibit VI: Advantages of Carbon Trading


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