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  • November 03, 2021 10:40 PM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (November 03)

    ATLANTA & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE), a leading global provider of data, technology and market infrastructure, today announced that ICE Bonds has connected with Adroit Trading Technologies, a premier order and execution management system (OEMS) for sophisticated over-the-counter-focused buyside traders. ICE Bonds’ fixed income over the counter marketplace will provide Adroit users with deep liquidity and price discovery across multiple protocols, including portfolio trading, request for quote (RFQ) and click-to-trade.

    “As fixed income markets continue to become more electronic and automated, market participants are searching for a combination of access to liquidity and an advanced execution platform,” said Peter Borstelmann, President of ICE Bonds. “Adroit’s trading technology provides seamless visibility and access to our leading data, analytics and liquidity pools, all in one consolidated view, which is a big benefit for our customers.”

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  • November 03, 2021 11:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (November 03)

    SYDNEY, NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO — Xpansiv market CBL, the world’s largest exchange for trading carbon credits, renewable energy certificates (RECs), water entitlements, and digital fuels, today announced carbon credit volume passed 100 million metric tons year-to-date—a gain of 384% over the same period a year ago.

    The growth reflects increasing demand from companies implementing net-zero programs to attain Paris Agreement goals, as well as an influx of corporates, financial institutions, offset project developers, and fund managers drawn to the exchange’s transparent order book, robust price discovery, and deep liquidity.

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  • November 02, 2021 10:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (November 02)

    SYDNEY, NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, LONDON — Xpansiv market CBL, the world’s largest spot exchange for energy and environmental commodities, has announced plans to launch the CCP-GEO, a standardized carbon offset contract specifically designed to align with the initial recommendations for Core Carbon Principles (CCP) defined by the Taskforce for Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets.  Xpansiv fully supports the CCPs and seeks to help drive an array of new voluntary market mechanisms to conform with CCP Working Group governance efforts.

    “The CBL CCP-GEO contract will provide market participants with a tradeable instrument that covers a broad range of high-quality credits that align with the CCP,” said Henrik Hasselknippe, Xpansiv Head of XMarkets. “We designed this new contract to complement the GEO and N-GEO under our Standard Instruments Program and to help scale market supply and delivery of credible credits.”

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  • November 02, 2021 8:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (November 02)

    Moody Aldrich Partners on Wednesday said it has acquired the assets of kWantix Trading LLC and kWantix Trading Advisors LLC, a Pittsburgh-based electricity trading hedge fund.

    MAP, an asset management company based in Marblehead, Mass., also has entered into a long-term technology licensing agreement with kWantera Inc. kWantix was founded as a subsidiary of kWantera in 2014. kWantera utilizes advanced data science and predictive analytics technologies to forecast energy markets and build tools for companies that buy, sell or consume energy. Since January 2015, kWantix has used this technology to trade power in a hedge fund structure, buying and selling electricity in the day ahead and real-time power markets,

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  • November 01, 2021 11:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (November 01)

    ClearBlue Markets Managing Director of Markets, Nicolas Girod, will be speaking at the Forestry & Agriculture Investment Summit, taking place virtually on November 16 & 17, 2021. The conference will gather leading investors with an active or planned strategy for investing into forestry, agriculture and nature-based solutions and look at the methods, mechanisms and measurements for those investments.

    Nicolas will join the Investing in Natural Forests panel at 1pm GMT

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  • October 29, 2021 8:30 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (October 29)

    SmartestEnergy Limited in the UK have issued their Industrial and Commercial (I&C) business customers with Energy Labels, enabling them to evidence zero-carbon emissions for the renewable electricity they procure on a site-by-site basis.  

    For a sixth year running, SmartestEnergy Limited in the UK have distributed Energy Labels to their UK I&C customers’ sites, recognising their commitment to a net-zero carbon future and evidencing zero-carbon emissions for their renewable electricity procurement.  

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  • October 28, 2021 10:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (October 28)

    Statkraft’s annual Low Emissions Scenario urges greater action to shift global course to come close to a 1.5-degree climate target. Renewables remain at the core of this strategy, but we won’t succeed without clean hydrogen, according to the report.

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  • October 20, 2021 8:00 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (October 20)

    HOUSTON –Bracewell LLP ranked among the top legal advisors for energy and utilities transactions in the United States, Canada and Europe in S&P Global’s Q3 2021 league tables. Bracewell was #17 by number of deals and #18 by transactional value.

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  • October 19, 2021 12:00 PM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    (October 19)

    Ecoslops, the cleantech that brings oil into the circular economy, is pleased to announce its agreement with  Mercuria Energy Group, one of the largest global independent energy traders with a presence in 50 countries and more than US$100 billion of revenue. 

    Ecoslops and Mercuria will work jointly on a feasibility study for developing collection and recycling port infrastructure (Marpol Annex I) in the Middle East and South East Asia regions that would meet the highest standards of service and compliance using state-of-the-art technology.

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  • October 18, 2021 12:51 PM | Lauren LeMunyan (Administrator)

    [October 18, 2021 – Washington, DC) - The Market Principles Committee of The Environmental Markets Association (EMA) announced the release of their latest position paper in response to the growing discussion around Carbon Taxes. The article co-authored by Christian Hofer of Sol Systems, Ryan Andre of C-Quest Capital, and Ken Nelson of Blue Delta Energy outlines and describes the advantages of carbon markets over carbon taxes as a market-based policy mechanism for reducing carbon emissions.

    As Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes in this world." During the Earth's climate crisis and the beginning of what scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction of biodiversity, failure to solve the problem of excess greenhouse gas emissions ("carbon emissions") will certainly lead to more of the former.  But does humanity's attempt to reduce carbon emissions need to result in the latter? 

    "The EMA Market Principles Committee is pleased to release this article discussing the advantages of carbon markets," said Christian Hofer, Chair of The Market Principles Committee. "Thoughtful market design is a critical aspect of successful market-based solutions. We hope that this article increases awareness and encourages more debate about the types of economic and environmental policies that the world is pursuing to solve the problem of climate change."

    Click here to read: "Carbon Taxes v. Carbon Markets: The Easy or the Right Way?

    EMA strongly supports the utilization of markets to achieve environmental policy goals. Well-designed markets yield many benefits, including, but not limited to, transparent price signals determined through competition, risk mitigation opportunities, incentives for technological innovation, efficient allocation of capital and resources, investor certainty, and ratepayer protection.  To that end, EMA endorses the following principles for meeting environmental policy goals through market-based programs:

    •       Tradeable Products

    •       Market-Based Pricing 

    •       Market Design that Fosters Transparency, Competition, and Liquidity

    •       Market Oversight 

    •       Market Integrity and Stability

    Click here to learn more about EMA's Market Principles.


    EMA's Market Principles Committee focuses on identifying and advancing market-based principles adopted by EMA through developing and disseminating educational resources and informational toolkits for EMA members and environmental market stakeholders.


    EMA is a 25-year-old pro-environment, pro-business, and pro-competitive markets industry trade association.  Its mission is to promote open, competitive, and tradable market-based solutions to solve environmental challenges using environmental commodities and financial instruments while simultaneously supporting sustainable economic development.  The EMA does this through education, advocacy, and networking opportunities for its members and the public.  Join us today at


    ABOUT CHRISTIAN HOFER, LEAD AUTHOR – Mr. Hofer is an EMA Board of Director and serves as Chair of the Market Principles Committee, which aims to increase awareness about the advantages of market-based solutions for achieving sustainable development.  He is a Senior Director of Trading at Sol Systems, a leading renewable energy infrastructure developer in North America.  Prior to his role at Sol Systems, he led corporate development for Skystream Markets, a firm dedicated to building environmental commodity trading platforms.  Mr. Hofer has over a decade of experience transacting in environmental and capital markets. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Connecticut School of Business, where he also published an economic thesis on the use of carbon offsets for implementing reforestation.


    ABOUT RYAN ANDRE, CO-AUTHOR – Mr. Andre is Deputy General Counsel at C-Quest Capital, a social impact project developer headquartered in Washington, D.C., utilizing carbon finance to provide access to clean energy technologies in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the health and welfare of those in need.  Mr. Andre's background is in domestic and international environmental law and policy.  Prior to his work with C-Quest Capital, Mr. Andre worked in private practice supporting and advising clean-tech companies on a diverse set of business and regulatory issues, including environmental markets, biofuels, renewable energy generation, and advanced recycling.  He has a master's degree in environmental policy from Cambridge University and a juris doctor from Vermont Law School. 


    ABOUT KEN NELSON, PEER REVIEWER AND CONTENT CONTRIBUTOR – Mr. Nelson is an EMA Board of Director and serves as Chair of the Policy Advocacy Committee, which serves as the clearing house for identifying, reviewing, and approving any action on policy matters as it pertains to local, regional, state and federal policy that impacts EMA and its members.  He is the co-founder and president of Blue Delta Energy, a firm that engages across the many environmental markets and advocates for policy frameworks to ensure its clients achieve their clean energy and emission reduction goals. He has traded the North American energy and environmental markets since 1989 and has extensive experience in power, transmission congestion, capacity, propane, natural gas, biofuels, RECs, energy efficiency credits, RINs, LCFS credits, carbon allowances and carbon offsets.  Prior to co-founding Blue Delta, Mr. Nelson led the renewables desk at Element Markets. He has also worked at Sempra Energy Solutions, Citigroup, TransAlta, Dynegy, PG&E Energy Trading, and Texaco. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana and an MBA in Finance and Business from the University of Houston.


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