How to Invest in Carbon Credits
“Carbon will be the world’s biggest commodity market, and it could become the world’s biggest market over all” Barclays Capital
• Forecast 42% growth by 2012 according to Barclays Capital • Current market size $127bln expected to reach $2-3 trillion by 2020 • Ethical investment, helping to reduce climate change • Option to invest within a SIPP or ISA
How to get involved?
Validated Carbon Credits will give you access to the global carbon markets. They operate a hassle-free, unique platform that enables you to invest in a range of carbon credits generated from low carbon, energy efficiency and sustainability projects around the world.
Validated Carbon Credits are uniquely positioned to manage all of the carbon credit sourcing, purchase, settlement and registration processes and provide you with a unique login and password that enables you to trace your carbon credits on the public registry.
They also provide market updates to keep you informed and we only offer the highest quality carbon credits. The provider is directly integrated with Markit Environmental Registry; the world’s largest registry for voluntary carbon credits so you can be assured that there is always an end-to-end audit trail for all of your carbon credit investments.
Validated Carbon Credits are also able to assist you with the sale of your credits at the appointed time with access to multiple international buyers.
Things to take into consideration when purchasing carbon credits....
Are the credits visible on the public registry? If not, why not?
What standard are they? For investment purposes GS and VCS are the best options in the voluntary market.
To whom are you making your payment? It should go DIRECT to the provider / seller of the credits and NOT a third party escrow company or similar.
Where do your credits go once you have purchased them? If you have been invited to open a trading account then be aware of the costs which start at around 600$ USD plus further annual membership fees which are usually in the region of 100$ USD upwards.
What, if any, returns have you been promised? Remember carbon credits are spot trades and THERE ARE NO FIXED OR GUARANTEED RETURNS!
Ask about the exit strategy and how and when are your credits going to be sold? There are costs associated with this and you may have to do some work to find someone to sell on your behalf or open a trading account and manage yourself unless a genuine alternative is available.
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