The annual report on State and Trends of the Carbon Market 2012 presents an optimistic view of the carbon market, which despite adverse conditions, still grew by 11% in 2011, amounting to US$176 billion with US$10.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) traded during 2011.

The outcome of the December 2011 United Nations climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, provides an important new opportunity to move toward an international climate policy architecture that is capable of delivering broad international participation and significant global CO2 emissions reductions at reasonable cost.

This report by Copenhagen Economics has been commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers to give an overview of the industries at risk of carbon leakage in the Nordic countries, and estimate the expected extent of carbon leakage from unilateral climate policies in the Nordic countries.

Successful deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) is critically dependent on comprehensive policy support. While policy plays an important role in the deployment of many low-carbon technologies, it is especially crucial for CCS.

A discussion paper by the UNCTAD argues that Green Growth based on enhanced material, resource and energy efficiency, as well as a drastic change in the energy mix will not lead to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction necessary to avoid dangerous climate change.

Human-induced climate change poses enormous risks to our environment, economies and societies. Nations have come together under the auspices of the United Nations to debate what needs to be done to manage these risks.

This paper focuses upon the increasing propensity of the EU to engage in climate change unilateralism. EU climate unilateralism consists of two key components. First, it extends the reach of EU climate change law beyond the borders of the EU and regulates GHG-generating activities that may be viewed as taking place abroad.

This paper assesses the trade flows from a number of developing countries to the EU in some of the sectors that have been identified by the European Commission as particularly sensitive to carbon leakage.

Carbon Fat Cats 2011 sets out the analysis of those companies profiting most from Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The results matter because of their bearing on a crucial debate being held in Europe and the wider world – a debate about how to respond to profound challenges created by the economic dependence on fossil fuels, in particular the threat to a stable climate.

During the Carbon Expo taking place in Barcelona, Spain, the World Bank released the 2011 edition of its State and Trends of the Carbon Market Report, which indicates a slight decline in carbon markets compared to 2009.