CERs: Buy or sell?

Prices for certified emissions reductions have sunk by more than 60 per cent since January 2011 and are expected to fall further. So is there still a market for UN-backed carbon permits?

LONDON (Reuters) - UN-backed carbon permits were among the worst performing commodities in 2011 and trading volume fell more than 35 per cent in January this year from December as the benchmark contract became very illiquid, renewing concerns about lack of demand.

Prices for United Nations carbon credits, called certified emissions reductions (CERs), have sunk by more than 60 per cent since January last year.

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