CO2 prices hit record high

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By Nikolas Sachs, MBA – Associate Manager at denkstatt

In 2019, a scenario, in which the EU Emission Trading System (ETS) CO2 price might hit 100 EUR/t by 2030 was a high-case scenario from an expert’s point of view. At the time, a CO2 price of 25 EUR/t already felt overly high and projecting 100 EUR/t for 2030 felt like a stretch. On February 20th 2023, the price of a certificate for a ton of CO2 emissions within the EU ETS hit 100 EUR/t for the first time.

Reasons for rising CO2 prices and what we have to be prepared for

Short-term volatility and long-term uncertainty of carbon prices will remain high as large corporations and investors hedge and speculate on the CO2 price, all while we are already operating in a VUCA world surrounded by uncertainty. What is certain, however, is that CO2 prices are bound to expand in geographical and industry scope, as well as in price, so here are a few ways in which companies can prepare and manage these uncertainties.

How we support you in handling CO2 prices

We provide support where sustainable values need to be created. denkstatt has been accompanying its customers on their path to a sustainable and future-oriented business model for 30 years. Our extensive references and diverse cooperation prove our expertise. Feel free to contact us regarding the possible next steps your company is thinking about.

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