Caveats, Risks and Warnings
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Risk, Price and Liquidity
Please find listed below some thoughts you should consider before purchasing carbon offsets.
We at The Trend is Blue want to make sure that your decision to purchase offsets is based on objective information: facts not fiction
The Trend is Blue provides no assurance that the voluntary market will follow or index the compliance markets in Europe or elsewhere. Holding carbon credits for the purpose of financial gain is speculative and involves risk. There is currently a thinly traded (illiquid) market for carbon credits
Buying carbon offsets to hold should only be done with a long term view. If you have been promised a short term profit then please reconsider your purchase.
Trading in carbon offsets/carbon credits involves risk, you may get back less than the total sum invested and in extreme cases lose your total investment. On the other hand you may profit from any possible upside movement to the price of the carbon credit. Any returns shown or suggested are a projection only and cannot be guaranteed.
Any prices of carbon credits shown are indicative only and are based on current exchange rates. Carbon credit prices can go down as well as up. It may be difficult to obtain the market process for VERs as many are transacted "over the counter" and as such values may vary from reseller to reseller.
Currently VERs are illiquid in comparison to the compliance of the EUA credit market. There may be a big difference between the buying and selling price of carbon credits. Trading in carbon credits involves risk. You may get back less than your total outlay and in extreme cases make no recovery. Any growth shown or suggested is a projection only and cannot be guaranteed.
Types of credits handled by the Trend is Blue and requirement of client's instruction before any sale.
The Trend is Blue deals in the physical delivery of carbon credits (VCS VER Spot Carbon Credits) only operating mainly in the voluntary credit market. The Trend is Blue use carbon credits from recognised and independently verified projects to ensure the emission reductions are effective. The credits can be held for any length of time. Your credits are sold only on your instruction and will never be sold collectively or without taking your specific sell order.
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Regulatory status and the need for clients' consultation with third parties advisers
This does not contain investment advice relating to your particular circumstances, recipients are advised to consult their own advisers and consider for themselves the legal, financial and other consequences of any purchase before doing so.
The Trend is Blue is committed to providing the best possible service for our clients, and we seek to uphold and maintain the highest possible standards with our customers. The Trend is Blue only supplies VCS VER Spot Carbon Credits and these are not categorised as an “Investment Product” under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. They are therefore not a regulated product and any customers purchasing VCS VER Spot Carbon Credits for investment or corporate social responsibility purposes should be aware that neither the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) nor the Financial Ombudsman Scheme (FOS) apply to the transaction or to any monies paid for the purchase of VCS VER Spot Carbon Credits.
Although spot trading does not require regulation the Carbon Registries (NYSE, CDC AND MARKIT) require all account holders to be regulated entities. Therefore we only use FSA regulated entities for the clearing and settlement of all transactions.
By providing a clear, transparent, description of the key conditions underpinning carbon credit integrity, we aim to provide the information our clients need to make an objective informed decision.
The carbon credits we source are as a minimum certified to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) to establish that the projects genuinely reduce CO2 emissions and most importantly are traceable and can be fully audited and therefore are totally transparent. We search for projects that have particular environmental, social and economic benefits.
As a matter of corporate policy and environmental integrity we avoid certain offset credits, for example;
- Industrial gases: N20, HFC, CF4, C2F6, SF6.
- Carbon offsets from coal plants because they are based on flawed methodology.
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