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Foreign investors to trade carbon permits in Shenzhen

By Bloomberg (China Daily) Updated: 2014-08-23 07:57

China, one of the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters, said it will allow foreigners to trade carbon permits in Shenzhen, making it the nation's first emissions exchange to welcome outside investors. 

Foreign investors to trade carbon permits in Shenzhen

The Shenzhen exchange has yet to set the date or finalize other entry procedures for foreign investors. The State Administration of Foreign Exchange has allowed foreign participation in principle, according to a statement on Friday on the website of the China Emissions Exchange.

The southern city of Shenzhen started carbon trading last year as the first of seven pilot programs in China. The exchanges, constituting the world's biggest emissions trading system after Europe, may be a precursor to a nationwide system.

"Foreign investors will be more active traders than Chinese companies with only a limited need to trade their allocations, adding to liquidity," said Charlie Cao, a Beijing-based analyst from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. "Most foreign investors have a carbon-trading background," bringing more experience to the market, he added.

Shenzhen is a natural place to start because it is home to the Qianhai financial area, a testing ground for trading the yuan more freely, Cao said.

"At the pilot stage, the possibility that China will open other carbon markets to foreign investors is low," he said.

Improved liquidity from additional investors will help price discovery and encourage companies to invest in energy savings and carbon reduction, according to the statement.

Foreign investors to trade carbon permits in Shenzhen

Foreign investors to trade carbon permits in Shenzhen

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