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  • Carbon credits are a key component of national and international emissions trading schemes that have been implemented to mitigate global warming.
  • Carbon credits are a key component of national and international emissions trading schemes that have been implemented to mitigate global warming.
  • Carbon credits are measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide. 1 credit = 1 tonne of CO2. Imagine 1 tonne of CO2 would fill a swimming pool the size of 10 by 25 metres and 2 metres deep.
  • The current prices of credit ranges from Euro 6 to Euro 12 per tonne of Co2. In 2004, 107 million tonne of Co2 were exchanges through green projects, a 38% rise from 2003. And considering the steep penalty for default at Euro 40 per tonne, the volumes can only rise.
  • India’s carbon credit market is growing, as many players (industries) are adopting the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
  • The revenue size of the global carbon credit market was about 5 billion euros in the year 2006 and ramped up to 40 billion euros last year.
  • India at present holds nearly 43 percent (28 million tonnes) of the certified carbon credits issued so far by the CDM executive board. The country is also actively participating in CDM projects.
  • India is the global market leader having already generated 29 million carbon credits and has another 139 million in the pipeline for sale.
  • The largest single market for carbon was traded under the European Trading Scheme (ETS), in which certain polluting industries such as energy and cement firms face a limit on the emissions they can produce.
  • Credits may also be retired, meaning taken off the market. They can donated to non-profit groups and are tax deductible in countries where trading is taking place.

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