EU Carbon Allowances Have Second Weekly Gain on Auction Bidding
28 September 2016 | Mitigation
European Union carbon allowances rose a second week as bidding levels in almost-daily auctions rebounded from near their lowest in three years.
The cover ratio, or the volume of bids versus supply in the sales, advanced 51 percent on Thursday. The settlement price was above the market for benchmark allowances, which settled 5 percent higher that day. The futures are up 6.7 percent last week.
EU carbon dropped to its lowest for more than two years on Sept. 5 as a glut the size of a full year of supply curbs demand in the secondary market. Globally, carbon markets are failing to provide clear-enough market signals to drive investment toward green technologies, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat said Friday in a report on its website.
Last week’s gains occurred as the EU sought to fast-track its ratification of the UN climate deal struck in December in Paris. On Friday, Poland said speedy endorsement can only occur if its national interests are secured. The EU, which wants to lead the global fight against climate change, is under increasing pressure to formally join the deal after U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping ratified it on Sept. 3.
December benchmark EU carbon allowances rose 5.2 percent to 4.61 euros ($5.21) a metric ton on Friday at 3:35 p.m. on ICE Futures Europe in London. Front-month crude gained 4.2 percent last week, the most since Aug. 19, while U.K. natural gas for summer next year advanced 8.4 percent, according to ICE data.
Trading volume of benchmark carbon rose 41 percent to 59 million tons for the week, the most since July 15.