UN Carbon Declines to Record as EU Moves to Ban ERU Credits

United Nations carbon offsets for December fell to a record as the European Union proposed a ban on carbon credits from emerging economies.

UN Certified Emission Reductions for December fell 4.2 percent to 1.36 euros a metric ton as of 2:02 p.m. on London’s ICE Futures Europe exchange. The futures contract for March also dropped to its lowest-ever price, declining 2.4 percent to 1.20 euros a ton, and the December 2013 contract weakened 1.9 percent to 1.55 euros, also a record.

Prices slid after the EU proposed to ban the use of UN Emission Reduction Units in its carbon market from April 2013, raising the possibility that countries would try to sell more offsets before the ban comes into effect.

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