Australian listed CO2 Group (COZ.AX) said it has formed a joint venture with Singapore-based carbon and renewable energy specialist Asia Energy Development Partners to give it greater access to the international carbon credit market. The joint venture company (60 per cent owned by CO2), already has a number of major contracts that will generate approximately 15 million Certified Emission Reduction Units (CERs) over a 21-year period. It says these CERs are currently valued at more than $A50 million.
“This is a very important step in the continued growth of our company,” said Andrew Grant, chief executive officer of CO2 Group, who will also be the chairman of CO2 Asia. “The creation of this joint venture provides us with international diversification, strong revenue growth and access to new and emerging markets in Europe and South East Asia. Most importantly, it will help us support our current clients to meet their compliance needs in Australia and New Zealand.” He said the company has a large pipeline of projects under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism in Vietnam and India. These credits can be traded in the European, Australian and New Zealand carbon trading schemes. Co2 as appointed David Tow, former head of carbon credit firm Perenia, to lead the joint venture.
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