Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- European Union carbon permits had their biggest monthly gain in a year after the bloc cut 2014 supply by about a fifth to help deal with a glut.
December allowances jumped 9 percent to 7.18 euros ($9.95) a metric ton on the ICE Futures Europe exchange in London at 4:40 p.m., extending the monthly gain to 28 percent. They reached 7.33 euros on Feb. 24, the highest in 14 months.
The European Commission confirmed yesterday it would remove 400 million tons of allowances this year from expected sales on exchanges. The bloc has for more than three years been trying to fix the glut, which reached a record 2.4 billion tons last year, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimate.
“The supply cut has started to restore confidence that’s been lost in the EU carbon market,” Martin Schoenberg, the head of policy at London-based Climate Change Capital, said today by phone. “The price rise also shows there’s a growing belief in the political support for a permanent repair.” The firm is a unit of Bunge Ltd., the White Plains, New York-based agriculture and food company.
Reduced supply will begin on March 12 on ICE and on March 17 for sales held by the European Energy Exchange in Leipzig, Germany, which handles most auctions. The total sold this year via auctions will fall 42 percent to 528 million tons after the market intervention, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said.
Permits didn’t reach the Feb. 24 high today because the market is still absorbing “an awful lot of auction volume” from the past four months, said Louis Redshaw, the former head of carbon at Barclays Plc who trades from home in London.
“The full price impact of backloading won’t materialize until the market is short overall, which may not start to happen until towards the end of the year,” he said today in an e-mailed response to questions.
An 11 percent drop in permit prices on Feb. 25 showed some traders betting on higher prices panicked, Redshaw said.
The EU is seeking to boost employment as it protects the climate by limiting emissions. Lawmakers must ensure the bloc’s policies foster growth of industry when deciding climate and energy goals for 2030, manufacturers including ArcelorMittal said yesterday.
The group of 137 companies, which also includes ThyssenKrupp AG and Tata Steel Ltd., called on EU leaders to propose concrete steps to boost the share of European industry in the bloc’s economy and avoid carbon costs for companies prone to relocation of production abroad, the companies said in yesterday’s statement.
They also urged an overhaul of the EU emissions market and action to reduce the energy price gap with the U.S.
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