First domestic Australian CER trade

The first Certified Emission Reduction (CER) trade between two Australian counterparties has been made by Victorian electricity generator Loy Yang Power (LYP) and Queensland-based commodity trading and risk management firm Arcadia Energy Trading. The trade was for 100,000 tonnes to be delivered in December 2011.

The deal allows LYP to hedge a small proportion of its potential carbon exposure upon the introduction of the proposed cap and trade Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) in 2010.

"Despite our significant concerns in regard to the viability of the proposed CPRS legislation, it is very important that LYP supports the development of a liquid secondary market for the trading of carbon to ensure LYP is able to manage its carbon risk effectively," said LYP's manager of emissions trading implementation group Richard Wrightson.

LYP is part owned by Australian energy firm AGL and Tokyo Electric Power and is already active in the Australian carbon markets through the trade of Australian Emissions Units (AEUs).

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