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Clean energy: Investments economically making sense

Date Added: February 02, 2012 09:04:29 AM
Author: Alen
Category: Business & Economy: Finance and Investment
Clean energy: Investments economically making sense The survey of the state of the voluntary carbon markets showed the largest market volume of CO2 transactions were led by corporations in 2010. The demand for carbon credits has been rising and businesses want to offset their carbon emissions which are generated through power usage, airline travel etc. The Carbon offset market provides the platform to offset carbon footprints generated by any industry and it was created after the formation of The Clean Air Act of 1991. The market provides consumers the platform to purchase tax deductible carbon credits. Research has found the highest percentage of purchase of carbon is mainly land based projects of reforestation in the over-the-counter market. Cities adopting low carbon developments A study conducted by the Centre for Low Carbon Futures found the cities which are adopting the go-green schemes get back the return in investment in 4 to 8 years. There are other benefits - it helps to create thousands of new jobs and cut energy bills. The study based on Leeds City Region, West Yorkshire, Harrogate and York showed carbon solutions are now feasible and the issue of climate change cannot be ignored as it has become an important part of the economy Carbon credits on airline travel In the last two weeks EU carbon permits rose 3% which was at 6.86 Euros ($8.66) a metric ton which was the biggest jump since Dec 20, while, the United National Certified Emission reductions credit rate was at 3.71 Euros per ton. As per study, the carbon tax on airline tickets will be less than 5% of the total cost and the cost will be tax deductible. There are other ways of calculating carbon tax on flights which includes - the joint tax on all the pollutants which will be calculated from the time period for which you take the flight, seat class and airline carrier. In the past year airline emissions decreased as airlines are enhancing fuel efficiency and creating new routings and air traffic control techniques to reduce emission per passenger per mile. The improvements in technology prevented 670 billion points of emission of carbon dioxide from U.S. flights in the years from 2000 to 2010 and saved 16 billion gallons of jet fuel which was valued higher than $33 billion. The need for carbon projects To reduce direct liability of carbon emission more and more carbon footprints generating organizations are searching for projects where they can enhance participation and generate carbon credits at a low investment level. With the implementation of carbon tax on airlines - the travel and tourism sector will be affected. Generation of carbon credits by investing in forest-land Carbon creditsare non-compulsory means to prevent global warming and it has now become a retail action where you can buy and sell carbon credits. Carbon dioxide is the gas which stays in the atmosphere for more than two hundred years and therefore, it is necessary to reduce the emission of carbon to prevent climate change, to enhance crop yield and to prevent deaths caused by climate changes (as found by NASA led research).The most effective ways to generate carbon credits are afforestation / reforestation and making use of renewable energies. Capital Alternatives’s provides various carbon investment opportunitiesincluding projects in the Brazilian and African rainforest. Capital Alternatives sells plots which are subleased to investors for a 45 year term, which, is registered in the name of the investor. The African and Brazilian projects specialize in creating REDD carbon credits, which are the most valuable voluntary carbon credits. Climate Care Global Ltd. is the team providing carbonaccreditation for the projects. Once an investor purchases the land, Climate Care Global arrange the audit and accreditation of the area to calculate the number of carbon credits gained for each plot, and these carbon credits can be traded at various carbon exchanges and international markets.
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