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ICE announces record trading and participation across North American environmental markets with strong growth in renewable energy markets. Learn more
Environmentals

Environmentals

Connect to a global environmental portfolio to price climate risk

Sustainable markets to price climate risk. Where there is risk, there is opportunity. Climate risk mitigation is influencing the energy landscape and requires a price signal for the conservation and cultivation of nature. The energy transition is a long-term phenomenon, underpinned by a market-based economy that can deliver cost-effective, scalable solutions. Creating an asset class to properly value natural capital will also be key for a sustainable future.

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ENVIRONMENTAL MARKETS

Why they’re needed and how they work

ICE has been a leader in environmental markets for nearly two decades. Today, our environmental markets span Europe and North America — the world’s most liquid environmental markets. Our range of products are integral to valuing externalities and balancing the world’s finite carbon budget to meet a 1.5°C pathway to limit climate change. This is the era of carbonomics.

Who uses environmental markets?


Corporates subject to carbon cap and trade programs and renewable fuel standards use our markets to meet obligations and manage their risk in a cost-effective way. Market participants can deliver carbon allowances, carbon credits and renewable energy certificates into a range of registries in Europe and North America.

A growing number of corporates are signing up for voluntary commitments around the world. This means increasingly diverse stakeholders can use ICE’s markets to offset their carbon liability, invest in green attributes or benchmark their internal cost of carbon. Policy makers rely on price signals from environmental markets to gauge the effectiveness of their programs and ensure desired outcomes — such as driving investment in renewables and the use of less-carbon-intensive fuels. Investors can use the price signals from ICE markets and indices to help assess climate transition risk in their portfolios, and then access liquidity pools for managing risk and allocating capital to benefit from energy transition opportunities.

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Unpacking Fit for 55 Webinar Series

The European Parliament is introducing a set of ambitious new climate legislation called ‘Fit for 55’ in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. To understand the implications of Fit for 55, join ICE and industry experts for an educational webinar series.
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The Fit for 55 package is a set of proposals to revise EU legislation to help cut net greenhouse gas emissions by 62% by 2030. For many companies, the proposals mean that they will have more carbon tonnes at risk - incentivizing them to seek abatement options that support a path to net zero emissions.

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