UNFCCC highlights updates on methodology approvals at WEIS 2012
The Kyoto Protocol period is due to end in 3 months, Carbon Funds discuss solutions and creates a roadmap to safe investments and exit strategies in clean tech at World Energy Investment Summit 2012, Le Royal Meridien, Shanghai.
Online PR News – 06-September-2012 –SHANGHAI (6 September 2012). The Center for Energy Sustainability and Economics conducted a survey that highlights the concern of carbon funds regarding the post-2012 scenario, highlighting the need for more stable exit strategies, clearer project methodology approvals and more profitable investment ventures.
The respondents cite that the steep fall of the EU ETS carbon price from 18 Euros a metric tonne to 4 Euros a metric tonne will remain until mid-2013. About 36% of the respondents see that until the debt crisis is over, there will be tougher capital investment climate, fewer project starts, more close downs and layoffs and further decline in price. The respondents believe that renewal of the EU ETS is necessary and other carbon markets will take prominence.
Whilst 20% are unsure whether the price will increase or there will be major game changing projects in the carbon space, interestingly a significant percentage (12 percent) cite the possibility of investing in other profitable businesses, few of which believe that LNG will be the hot topic among financiers, as they see positive economics governing players to convert to natural gas as fuel of choice.
20% remain upbeat that carbon price will remain stable this year and will increase on the second half of 2013, but warn that without policy push, the industry will turn to currently the most economically attractive track: fossil fuels. The respondents believe that the retraction of the political structured agreement of the Kyoto Accord was not a failure, but needs to evolve. Energy efficiency keenly interests investors as it requires the cheapest investments and gives out high returns, but it can only go so far.
“You know that it takes at least 5-15 years for your carbon investments to mature, but the extension to the Kyoto Protocol is only by 2020 and major buy-side institutions such as the EU ETS are still adjusting policies and restricting the use of CERs to only those sourced from LDCs,” says Frank Mercado, Director at the Center for Energy Sustainability and Economics. “This is an insane scenario for carbon funds where once we are expecting 18 Euros a metric tonne or higher potentially doubling to 36 Euros. Now, the price has crashed to barely 4 Euros and several carbon funds have already closed down as a matter of strategy, fund houses are asking fundamental questions such as ‘How do you ensure that we are not the next one?’ and ‘Is our money even coming back?’”
“Apart from there’s no clear indication of what’s going to happen after 2020, the adoption of second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol without a legally binding agreement for the period beyond 2012… is therefore not an international agreement as referred to in Article 11a (7) of the EU ETS Directive,” says Junji Hatano, Chairman and CEO, Carbon Asiatica (Japan).
“Attaining carbon credits involves going through a rigorous process that is governed by the United Nations, and other equally strict international bodies. The failure of the countries of the world to agree on the successor to the current Kyoto Protocol exacerbates the difficulties,” Hatano added. “Nonetheless, there are still opportunities.” Asiatica, with its professionals who collectively have vast experience, is in a unique position to help project owners explore these opportunities navigate that will be discussed specifically during the presentation.
Laurent Fessmann, Partner at Baker & McKenzie highlighted that “The future of carbon finance is filled with question marks - is the cap-and-trade model efficient enough to prevent long-term average global temperatures from rising more that 2ºC above pre-industrial levels? Will the clean development mechanism going be maintained and if so, under which form?”
Gajananna Hegde, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Team Lead in the Methodologies Unit in the Sustainable Development Mechanisms programme will be available to answer these questions and unveil methodology updates towards shaping a registry, new market-based mechanisms and transparent accounting on 18 September 2012 at the World Energy Investment Summit 2012 at the Le Royal Meridien, Shanghai.
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