China CO2 Price May Not Reflect Demand, New Energy Says

The first carbon-dioxide price reported in China’s Guangdong province at 60 yuan ($9.50) a metric ton is probably coordinated by government and may not reflect demand and supply, said Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Four Chinese cement makers bought 1.3 million tons of emission permits for the new carbon market at the price, the 21st Century Business Herald reported today. European Union carbon was today at 7.51 euros ($9.81) a ton on the ICE Futures Europe exchange in London as of 3:04 p.m.

“The price of 60 yuan a ton is negotiated between local government and the buyers, and does not reflect any supply and demand fundamentals,” Charlie Cao, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance in Beijing, said today.

“The emitters with potential capacity expansion plans need to purchase carbon credits to obtain project approval,” he said in an e-mailed note.

The cement companies plan to add about 25 million tons of annual production capacity, which will emit 13 million tons of carbon, the newspaper said in a report on its website. About 90 percent of the carbon-dioxide emissions will be covered by free quotas handed out by the government, with the companies needing to pay for the remaining 10 percent, it said.

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