Below you'll find answers to some of the commonly asked questions about Carbon Match.
Carbon Match is New Zealand’s dedicated platform for direct trading of carbon credits. The aim is to make available to participants a regular and credible market price for carbon.▲ top
Approved buyers can place bids to buy carbon and approved sellers can place offers to sell carbon on the Carbon Match website. This can be done at any time, from anywhere with a connection to the internet. When the market next opens, Carbon Match will put bids and offers together (subject to the market rules) and create a binding contracts pursuant to the Carbon Match Standard Sale and Purchase Terms. Contact us to see a copy of our “Standard Sale and Purchase Terms”▲ top
On Carbon Match, approved buyers and sellers directly place their own anonymous Bids and Offers. This means market prices set by competitive and transparent interaction between participants. Carbon Match gives you more control and makes trading easy.▲ top
Carbon Match can be used by approved companies who have a liability under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, companies who have received an allocation of units, large forest owners, carbon aggregators, financial institutions, and speculative traders who wish to trade significant parcels on a frequent basis.▲ top
Bids and Offers are made anonymously. It is only after a “Match” has been made and a binding contract generated that the buyer and seller (and the Approved Escrow Agent) receive details of who they have traded with (although a “green” list enables entities to restrict who they can be “matched” with). Carbon Match does not disclose the identities of the parties to a transaction.▲ top
Yes. When you join Carbon Match, you can set up your own trade restrictions through the use of a Green or Red List. The Green List specifies Approved Participants with whom you are willing to trade. This means it is only possible for you to be matched with those on your Green List. Alternatively the Red List can be used to specify Approved Participants with whom you do not wish to trade. This means you can be matched with all Approved Participants except those on your Red List. Trade Restrictions are optional.▲ top
All emissions units capable of being surrendered for compliance within the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme can be traded on Carbon Match.▲ top
Not always, but a buyer will never pay more than their specified Bid price and a seller will never receive less than their specified Offer price. Bids and Offers are matched on the basis of price, time placed and any trading restrictions that either party may have in place. Please see our Market Rules for further explanation.▲ top
The normal trading window during which bids and offers can be “matched” (i.e. when trades go through) is between the hours of 10am and 5pm (NZ time) each business day.▲ top
After a “match” is made, the buyer and seller are emailed a legally binding Carbon Match contract note in pdf format. This confirms the trade and the terms and conditions for settlement. At this point, the buyer and seller, and the Approved Escrow Agent (if applicable) will discover each others’ identities and will be provided with contact details to enable settlement. While the price and volume of the “match” become information which can be observed by any approved participant logged into the site, Carbon Match does not disclose the identities of the parties to a transaction.▲ top
If you enter a bid or offer by mistake, you can withdraw it before the market opens by logging in to Carbon Match. We have a number of safeguards in place to help prevent this.▲ top
Once a match has been made, the seller will need to access their NZETR account in order to transfer the appropriate units to the buyer’s NZETR account. Once the buyer has received notification from the NZETR that the units have been received, the buyer then pays the seller. Alternatively, the Escrow service provided by Public Trust can be used at the seller’s discretion.▲ top
Once a match has been made, if a seller wants additional security while settling, they have the option of Escrow through Public Trust. Sellers send the relevant units to the Public Trust’s NZETR Escrow account, where they remain in safe custody until payment has been confirmed.▲ top
Carbon Match aims to maintain a high quality network of carbon traders. There are three aspects to this:
1. All potential participants go through a rigorous application process before they are approved to trade on Carbon Match.
2. In addition, participants can set their own Trade Restrictions, specifying exactly who they do or don’t want to trade with.
3. Finally there is the option for sellers to use Public Trust to hold the units in Escrow until payment has been confirmed.
If a party to a Match fails to settle the resulting trade, it is the responsibility of the other party to the trade to enforce its rights under the Sale and Purchase Agreement on the Standard Sale and Purchase Terms. Carbon Match is not involved in the process of settling trades. Carbon Match has no responsibility for and accepts no liability if a trade is not settled.▲ top
No, Carbon Match will NEVER ask you for your NZETR password or username. You retain full control of your NZETR account, and you are responsible for making the transfers required in order to settle any contracts into which you have entered by trading on Carbon Match. Please note, however, that in order to become an Approved Participant you will need to provide us with your NZETR account number. This is for the purpose of generating the contract note that you receive on making your match.▲ top
No, Carbon Match is not a registered or authorized securities exchange. Carbon Match is not regulated under section 36B of the Securities Markets Act 1988 or under any other New Zealand Securities Markets law. Carbon Match simply “matches” bids and offers based on price. Participants using the Carbon Match website trade at their own risk.▲ top
Carbon Match is consistent with the policy objectives of the NZ ETS. It aims to provide participants not only with a convenient way in which to trade, but also a transparent and credible market price for carbon. A credible carbon price is critical to further investment in forestry, energy and to driving behaviour which will see New Zealand meet its longer term climate change obligations and targets.▲ top
Carbon Match is intended for direct use by companies who have a liability under the NZ ETS, companies who have received an allocation of units, large forest owners, carbon aggregators, financial institutions, and speculative traders who wish to trade significant parcels on a frequent basis. Participants need to be approved by the market operator before they can begin trading. Companies wishing to join Carbon Match must contact us.▲ top
The majority of buyers on Carbon Match are interested in minimum parcels of 10,000 units or more and the site is intended for repeat buyers/sellers of units. However, sellers with smaller parcels may potentially sell their carbon units through Carbon Match via an aggregator. Talk to your local forestry consultant to see if they have joined Carbon Match, or check out our Carbon Match affiliates.▲ top
Carbon Match provides a data subscription delivering our daily trading data via an end-of-day emailed CSV file to up to 3 nominees in your organisation and the cost of this service is $750 +GST per quarter.▲ top