Xpansiv’s CBL VCM Rocks the Market with Big Block Trades, Unveils Xpansiv Connect™!

Xpansiv Sees Surge in Carbon Market Activity with Major Block Trades at Start and End of Week

Xpansiv’s CBL voluntary carbon market (VCM) activity saw noteworthy block trades at both the commencement and conclusion of the week. The week commenced with a substantial block trade of 175,000 N-GEO Trailing contracts settling at $0.35, representing the largest trade of the week at the lowest unit price. The data outlined in the report hails from the Xpansiv Data and Analytics database, offering a comprehensive repository of spot firm, indicative bids/offers, and transaction data. Xpansiv is a key provider of extensive market data sourced from CBL, distinguished as the world’s largest spot environmental commodity exchange. This encompasses daily and historical information on bids, offers, and transactions for various environmental assets such as Voluntary carbon credits, Compliance carbon, and Voluntary renewable energy certificates.

On Friday, block trades of 1.2 million metric tons of CBL N-GEO and CBL GEO December futures took place at $0.99 and $0.44, respectively, driving weekly price gains of 7% and 16% in the contracts. Noteworthy Trades and Trends from the CBL’s VCM Report included blocks of N-GEO-eligible carbon credits settling at prices up to $5.50, in line with the $5.40 monthly average for recent-vintage, spot AFOLU credit transactions on the exchange. Pilot-phase CORSIA GEO-eligible credit blocks traded up to $1.35, slightly below CBL’s $1.98 monthly average price for technology credits. Additionally, 111 OTC-matched ACCU credits were settled via the trading platform. Notable on-screen matched trades involved 500-ton lots of GS 11134 vintage 2022 Rwandan energy efficiency credits traded at $6.50, and VCS 1477 vintage 2016 Cambodian Mai Ndombe AFOLU credits traded at $1.25. A total of 275,167 tons were traded via the CBL spot exchange, with an additional 1,810,000 tons traded via CME Group’s CBL GEO Emissions futures complex. New offers in the voluntary carbon trading platform featured VCS REDD, ARR, and cookstove carbon credits at prices up to $11.00. A request-for-quote (RFQ) seeking bids for 30,000 MWh of South African solar I-RECs generated in 1H 2024 circulated at an indicated offer price of $1.00/MWh.

In the North American Compliance Market, significant activity was observed with over 70,000 PJM credits exchanged via CBL, primarily due to counterparties settling bilateral transactions through CBL’s post-trade infrastructure. Notably, 25,000 vintage 2023 Virginia credits were settled, along with 3,574 vintage 2024 DC solar credits and 14,643 vintage 2023 Maryland solar credits. Screen trading was concentrated in tier 1 PJM markets, where Pennsylvania vintage 2024 credits saw a rise to $35.00 on 9,551 credits traded. Similarly, vintage 2023 Maryland credits experienced a $0.25 increase to $28.00. Finally, there were 6,851 vintage 2024 Virginia credits traded on the CBL at $35.00. Xpansiv Connect™ to Revolutionize Market Infrastructure has been introduced by Xpansiv®, an open-access infrastructure designed to facilitate the scaling of the global energy transition. This initiative includes integration with leading multi-registry environmental asset management and automated settlement systems, offering stakeholders seamless access to the company’s sophisticated trading, post-trade settlement, meta-registry, and portfolio management platforms. These stakeholders include end users, brokers, banks, exchanges, and other service and platform providers. The platform is fully integrated with 13 leading global registries and supports 5 voluntary carbon credit marketplaces and a vast network of hundreds of direct market participants. Xpansiv is collaborating with prominent market participants globally to develop and enhance solutions and services using the platform, including Trafigura, MSCI Carbon Markets, GoNetZero™, and Patch. John Melby, Chief Executive Officer of Xpansiv®, emphasized the importance of launching this new system, stating: “We believe opening access to our proven, institutional-grade technology infrastructure will best support the ecosystem of interoperable technology and market solutions needed to achieve a timely and equitable global energy transition.”

Partnerships and Collaborations for a Sustainable Energy Transition have been key in the launch of Xpansiv Connect, marking a significant milestone as it opens up Xpansiv’s automated settlement and multi-asset, multi-registry portfolio management system to external trading platforms and exchanges for the first time. This move extends the accessibility of Xpansiv’s advanced infrastructure, which processes over 1 billion asset transfers annually, to a broader ecosystem of stakeholders. Among the partners exploring opportunities to leverage Xpansiv Connect are the Mercantile Exchange of Vietnam and insurers Oka and Kita. Existing partners such as BeZero Carbon, Sylvera, and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia are also supporting Xpansiv Connect. The carbon marketplace developed by the Regional Voluntary Carbon Market Company (RVCMC) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will implement Xpansiv Connect comprehensively, aiming to integrate its independent exchange matching engine with post-trade settlement and portfolio management system capabilities. The voluntary carbon credit market aims to become operational by the final quarter of 2024, facilitated by the implementation of Xpansiv Connect.

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons is the founder of Forestry & Carbon. Matt has over 25 years as a forestry consultant and is invoilved in numerous carbon credit offset projects.

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