The Results Service

Here are the results of the first Carbon Trading magazine market survey

Original Publication: Carbon Trading Magazine
EMERYVILLE, Calif. ,

Words: Robin Lancaster

 

There was a time when a survey of the world’s carbon markets would focus almost wholly

on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)

and the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism

(CDM). But the times they are a changing.

This, the first Carbon Trading market survey, goes beyond those two markets to include North America, Australia and New Zealand and the voluntary sector. Future years could see further expansion to countries

and regions, such as China and Kazakhstan, while others could perhaps fall away.

Market participants were invited to vote in the survey over a three-week period in late October and early November. Voters were asked to make judgements based on efficiency and quality of service, reliability in the market and ability to adapt to changing market conditions.

The response, given the short time period the survey was open, was better than anticipated by the magazine. More than 400 people completed the online voting questionnaire during the three-week period – in future, it is

likely that more time will be given to complete the survey.

 

The EU ETS categories polled well, as would probably be expected of what is still the world’s largest carbon market. Trading giant Vitol topped the best trading company, with Barclays coming in as runner up. Vitol

also won the same category for the Clean Development

Mechanism (CDM) and was second in North America.

London-based broker Icap topped the best brokerage EU ETS category, just ahead of energy and environmental markets specialist Evolution Markets. Evolution was prominent in the other broking categories. The US-based company was the winner of best brokerage firm CDM, North America and the voluntary carbon market.

In the voluntary market, another sector that polled well, UK-based Climate Care stood out taking top spot in two categories – best trading company and best project developer – as well as joint winner of the best advisory firm category.

“We are delighted to be recognised again for our work in the voluntary market,” said Edward Hanrahan, director of Climate Care. “To win across the three main categories

 

 

Winner

Runner up

Best trading company

Vitol

Orbeo

Best  brokerage firm

Evolution Markets

Icap

Best project developer

South Pole Carbon

Tricorona

Best Designated

Operational Entity

DNV

TÜV Rheinland

Best  advisory firm

Climate Focus

ICF International

Best  law firm

Baker & McKenzie

Norton Rose

Best exchange

ICE

BlueNext

 

… is a strong validation of the integrated, holistic approach

 

 

 

EU Emissions Trading Scheme

 

Clean  Development Mechanism

 

 

 

 

Winner

Runner up

Best trading company

Vitol

Barclays

Best  brokerage firm

Icap

Evolution Markets

Best  verification

company

DNV

SGS

Best  advisory firm

ICF International

Ecofys

Best  law firm

Baker & McKenzie

Norton Rose

Best exchange

Intercontinental

Exchange (ICE)

European Energy

Exchange

 

 

 

 

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North America

 

 

Winner

Runner up

Best trading company

CE2 Capital

Vitol

Best  brokerage firm

Evolution Markets

Karbon

Best project developer

Environmental Credit

Corp

EOS Climate

Best validation company

First Environment

Scientific  Certification

Systems

Best  verification

company

First Environment

Scientific  Certification

Systems

Best  law firm

Baker & McKenzie

Van Ness Feldman

Best exchange

ICE

(No clear 2nd place)

 

 

 

Australia/New Zealand

 

 

Winner

Runner up

Best trading company

Westpac Bank

Macquarie Bank

Best  brokerage firm

OM Financial

Carbon Match

Best project developer

CO2 Australia

Climate Friendly

Best  advisory firm

Climate Friendly

CO2 Australia

Best  law firm

Baker & McKenzie

Norton Rose

 

 

that we bring to client and partner relationships,” he said. “Through the last 15 years of constant innovation, a

key driver for us has always been working with partners towards a shared end goal of maximising impacts for people, for the environment – and for our corporate clients and investors. Strong, enduring relationships, as well as continual benchmarking are essential to this success

and for this reason, peer and industry voted awards are particularly important to us,” he added.

The Carbon Neutral Company was the other winner of the best advisory company voluntary market, in what turned out to be the most contested title in the whole survey. The company also came in second in the best trading voluntary market poll.

Another voluntary market category that drew a lot of votes was best registry. This was won by Markit, with APX/ NYSE Blue coming in second. The best law firm in the voluntary market was Baker & McKenzie. The global firm was also successful in all of the other  law firm categories, with Norton Rose coming runner up in each one, apart

from the voluntary market section where Linklaters came second, and North America which saw Van Ness Feldman as runner up.

Other companies successful in the voluntary market part of the survey were US-based Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), which won both best validation and verification categories. SCS was also runner  up in the same groups for North America, which were head by First Environment.

The best voluntary market standard went to the US-

based Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), with Switzerland- headquartered Gold Standard coming a close second. The

 

VCS started out as the Voluntary Carbon Standard, but the name change last year signifies that it’s work is now stretching well beyond just the voluntary sector.

The CDM category also polled well, just behind the EU ETS and voluntary carbon market. It will be interesting to see how well the sector polls next year, after restrictions

on the use of CDM credits in the EU cap-and-trade system

– the largest source of demand – come into play.

This year, however, South Pole Carbon was the winner of the best project developer category, closely followed

by Sweden-based Tricorona. Norway-based DNV topped the best Designated Operational Entity (DOE) category – a DOE carries out validation and verification services on a project – and was also the best verifier EU ETS poll. Tüv Rheinland came in second in the CDM.

Netherlands-based Climate Focus came out winner of the best advisory firm CDM, with ICF International in second place. ICF did, however, win the same poll in the EU ETS section. The last category for the CDM was best exchange. This was won by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), which also headed the same category in the EU ETS and North America sections.

BlueNext, which recently announced that it will close, still polled in second place in the CDM category, while Leipzig-based European Energy Exchange came in second in the EU ETS poll. There was no clear second place in the North America section.

The North America section may well need to be split into separate categories in the future, with California and Quebec starting cap-and-trade schemes from 1 January. This year the continent was treated a whole and polled CE2 Capital Partners as best trading company and Environmental Credit Corp as best project developer.

Another section that may need to be split in the future

is Australia/New Zealand. This year’s results saw Australia- based bank Westpac win the best trading company, OM Financial win the best brokerage firm. CO2 Australia won best developer and came second in the best advisory company, which was won by Climate Friendly. The latter company was also runner up in the best project developer section. l

 

 

 

Winner

Runner up

Best trading company

Climate Care

Carbon Neutral

Company

Best  brokerage firm

Evolution Markets

Armajaro

Best project developer

Climate Care

South Pole Carbon

Best validation company

Scientific  Certification

Systems

SES Inc

Best  verification

company

Scientific  Certification

Systems

SES Inc

Best advisory company

=Carbon Neutral

Company, Climate Care

-

Best  law firm

Baker & McKenzie

Linklaters

Best standard

Verified Carbon

Standard

The Gold Standard

Best registry

Markit

APX/NYSE Blue

 

Voluntary Carbon Market

 

 

Carbon Trading would like to express its congratulations to all the winners and thanks all the people who took the time out to vote in the magazine’s first survey  of this kind.

SCS Media Contact

Linda Brown | Senior Vice President
SCS Global Services
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