Shell Participates in First California Carbon Offset Futures Transaction
Apr 08, 2019
(SAN DIEGO, CA) – Shell Energy North America (US), L.P. (“SENA”) is pleased to announce that on April 7, 2019, the first exchange trade occurred for the California Carbon Offset futures contract (Contract: CCO).
The California Carbon Offset futures contract is a newly-listed product on the Intercontinental Exchange and enables trading in California Carbon Offsets, which represent reductions in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions under California’s Cap-and-Trade program. SENA is proud to have been part of the transaction for December 2021 delivery of California Carbon Offsets.
"The first trade of California offset futures is an important milestone in the progression of the California Cap-and-Trade program," commented Bill McGrath, Global Environmental Products General Manager for Shell Energy Europe Limited. "As a global environmental products business, we are very pleased that SENA has the opportunity to be a part of the launch of a product designed to increase liquidity and price transparency in the California offset program."
Engagement in the futures market for California-compliant offsets is a continuation of SENA’s commitment to market-based solutions to help address climate change.
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Shell Energy North America (U.S.), L.P. is part of the global Shell Energy Marketing & Trading business unit under the global Shell Energy brand. The Environmental Products business operates globally through regional Shell group* affiliates to help deliver environmental solutions which enable customers to manage their own local and regional GHG compliance obligations. It also supplies a variety of high-quality voluntary carbon offset solutions to meet the needs of its customers who made a strategic decision to reduce or eliminate their net carbon footprint.
The Environmental Products business is a global provider of energy products and services and is an industry leader in providing more and cleaner energy. The Environmental Products business offtakes, trades, markets and optimizes environmental products to meet customers’ current and future needs using skills that have been acquired over years of participation in national and regional markets, some of which the business helped shape through early market participation.
The Shell Energy Marketing & Trading business develops markets to drive increased demand for LNG, natural gas, power and environmental products to meet our suppliers’ and customers’ current and future energy needs. Its people across 30 locations bring decades of marketing and trading experience, a wealth of market knowledge, and deep understanding of the supply chain to innovate and develop tailored energy solutions for our customers.
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California’s Cap-and-Trade program launched January 1, 2012 and is intended to reduce GHG emissions by placing a cap on the total amount of GHGs emitted each year from specified sources. The cap declines annually under the program. Covered entities with business in California can respond to the declining cap by reducing their own emissions, or by purchasing allowances and offsets from other firms or projects. The result is a reduction in GHG emissions with the flexibility for covered entities to employ the lowest cost reduction options.
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