EEX to launch carbon derivatives contract

The contract will allow traders to hedge the price risk of European Union carbon allowances (EUAs) out to 2012. EEX has run a spot market for EUAs since March.

The EEX is waiting for German tax authorities to make a binding statement on how sales tax rules will be applied before launching the product.

Entering the carbon derivatives arena will bring EEX into direct competition with the European Climate Exchange, based in Amsterdam, and Oslo’s Nord Pool, which both already offer forward contracts for EUAs.

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