IPE-ECX carbon futures contract faces fierce competition

London’s International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) and the Amsterdam-based European Climate Exchange (ECX) are set to offer CO 2 futures contracts under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

ECX Carbon Financial Instrument (CFI) futures will be offered electronically on the IPE from April 22, with the first settlement being December 2005, the exchanges announced.

The battle for prominence in this potentially lucrative new market is fierce among exchanges. Oslo-based power exchange Nord Pool officially started trading what it calls an 'exchange-listed forward' on February 28, although members have been trading the contract since February 11. "This is our own adaptation of a

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