ICE European carbon trade suspended briefly on first day of migration

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By Nora Buli

OSLO (Reuters) – Trading in European emission allowances on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE (NYSE:)) was briefly suspended due to technical issues on Monday, the exchange said, the first day that trading migrated to the ICE Endex platform.

Trading resumed at 0910 GMT after the brief suspension.

Monday marked the start of trading of European carbon futures and options on ICE’s Netherlands-based exchange in Amsterdam, after a migration from London, as a result of Britain’s departure from the European Union.

EU carbon allowances (EUAs) are the currency used in the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS), the 27-member bloc’s main tool to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

Trading in the EUA benchmark Dec-21 contract resumed at 49.34 euros per tonne, following pre-suspension trading of 49.55 euros/tonne.

It traded at 50.11 euros/tonne at 0932 GMT.

Trading of British emission allowances, which started last month, is being operated from London and was not affected by the issue, the spokeswoman said.

European emission allowances could be traded on rival exchange European Energy Exchange, based in Germany, throughout the suspension on ICE Endex. On the EEX, the Dec-21 EUA traded at 50.05 euros/tonne.

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