Fuelling an emissions market

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The first carbon exchange-traded commodity (ETC) was launched in Europe at the end of October, paving the way for retail investors to gain exposure to the carbon emissions allowance futures market. The ETC was issued by ETF Securities (ETFS) and listed on the London Stock Exchange, tracking futures contracts in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The ETC represents a watershed for retail investors, as it provides them with direct exposure to carbon emissions pricing via spot and f