NEW YORK – Tuesday 18 October 2016 – CBL Markets, an exchange operator for environmental commodities, and the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, Inc. (MGEX), a Designated Contract Market and Derivatives Clearing Organization registered with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission,  today announced the first trade of the California Carbon Allowance (CCA) spot contract.

The CCA contracts launched by CBL Markets on Friday 14 October, represented individual spot contracts for vintages 2015 through 2019. The first trade was a vintage 16′ CCA that after some strong buy side support on the exchange eventually saw the price of $12.84 being transacted.

The partnership between CBL Markets and MGEX was announced in 2015, with MGEX providing support and services for a spot market exchange trading Allowances and Offsets in the state-based program. The California Cap-and-Trade Program is second in size only to the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme based on emissions covered and provides an example of how an economy-wide cap-and-trade system can function in the US.

“Our first trade in the California Cap and Trade market represents an important and exciting milestone for CBL Markets,” comments Ben Stuart, Head of Global Markets at CBL Markets. “We are committed to driving liquidity into the underlying environmental markets through our unique spot cleared product, and look forward to further expanding our offering in US environmental commodities.”

“Our expansion into environmental markets is an exciting and natural transition for MGEX following a long history in agricultural markets” added Mark G. Bagan, President and CEO, MGEX. “We look forward to continuing this partnership with CBL Markets as we identify new markets and opportunities to pursue.”

CBL Markets is the only exchange offering cleared spot trading of environmental commodities in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and now the California Cap-and Trade Program.

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CBL Markets provides market participants with access to the world’s environmental commodity markets. With a vision of bringing efficiency, transparency and liquidity to environmental markets, our multi-product exchange connects buyers and sellers around the world to facilitate the secure and seamless trading of environmental commodities, including Compliance Carbon, Voluntary Carbon, Renewable Energy and Water. For more information visit www.cblmarkets.com or follow us on Twitter (@cblmarkets).

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