LCH.Clearnet Ltd (LCH.Clearnet) will launch its innovative over-the-counter (OTC) clearing service for the UK based spot market for carbon credits on 03 July 2009.
LCH.Clearnet is the global leading clearing house in carbon emissions and has been clearing the market since 2005.
The new service will extend LCH.Clearnet's emissions offering to include spot Emissions allowances (EUAs) and Certified Emission Reductions (CER) contracts with next day delivery and settlement, which will be undertaken by LCH.Clearnet using its Holding Account at the UK Emissions Trading Registry.
The initiative has been well received by the trading and broking community with members of the London Energy Brokers Association, including Cantor Co2e, GFI, ICAP, Spectron, TFS and Tullett Prebon expressing strong support.
The service will be complemented by LCH.Clearnet's cooperation with Trayport, the leading provider of multi-asset class electronic trading solutions. Cleared transactions will now automatically flow directly from Trayport's GlobalVision broker trading system screens to LCH.Clearnet's systems, greatly improving market efficiency and processing. This will automate the process and allow higher volumes of trades to be cleared faster. LCH.Clearnet has also teamed up with Climate Markets, an Emissions market specialist with over 8 years of experience, to promote and distribute the service to this growing marketplace.
Isabella Kurek-Smith, director of energy and freight said: "The introduction of this valuable service underscores our dedication to improve operational efficiency within the OTC environment. We feel that this development will encourage greater participation within the emissions trading market as it offers the OTC broking community the unique advantages that streamlined centralised clearing brings."