What does the carbon price hike mean for UK industry?

The EU emissions trading scheme is finally recovering from a ten-year slump, with prices now surpassing €20. Simon Pickstone investigates what it means for UK businesses

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The UK power and industrial sectors are facing a sharp increase in the price of allowances to emit greenhouse gases

After years of stagnation, the EU’s emissions trading scheme is back on track. Ranked as the best performing commodity of the year, an allowance to emit one tonne of carbon dioxide has risen from just €8 in January to beyond the €20 mark by September.

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