Lumbering toward carbon price limbo

The European Commission has smartly dodged a Polish roadblock on carbon market reforms, but only with a short-term proposal for boosting prices which could still leave these languishing until 2015 or beyond.

The European Commission is in favour of higher carbon prices to drive emissions cuts, but at least one EU member state, Poland, disagrees, and from there stems a skirmish which threatens the scheme.

EU allowances (EUAs) are trading at or near record lows, after recession dented pollution and demand for permits.


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