Manage your emissions trading needs with confidence. Operating in the global environmental markets, RBC Capital Markets offers extensive expertise and full capabilities in emissions trading. We trade a variety of carbon products – including spot investments, forwards, futures, options and swaps. In addition, we offer bespoke emissions solutions, from structuring transactions to hedging strategies.

Our Services

As a leading trading partner, we offer opportunities to transact in

  • The EU-ETS (European Union Emissions Trading System)
  • California/Quebec Cap-and-Trade
  • RGGI (Region Greenhouse Gas Initiative)
  • Various voluntary markets

Client Benefits


From documentation to execution and delivery, we complete the process from beginning to end.

Innovative, Tailored Solutions

Our strategies are as unique as your organization.


Access the full spectrum of emissions trading opportunities.

Highly-rated Counterparty

The security of working with one of the strongest rated banks in the industry.

Regulated and Voluntary Markets

Organizations may be compelled to participate in a regulated carbon program or may choose to participate in a voluntary one. Regulated programs are based on government regulations and policies, compelling organizations to fulfill their annual cap obligations. Voluntary programs act in a similar way, but they function outside of government oversight. Why have companies been motivated to engage in voluntary carbon markets? The reasons are varied but they include:

  • Meeting voluntary corporate reduction targets
  • Preparing for potential regulatory requirements
  • Acknowledging investors’ increasing awareness of risks associated with carbon emissions


Company in North America has carbon compliance needs at its plant in Europe.


Company determines that it has to buy 100,000 EU Allowances (EUAs) in order to comply in this compliance year.


RBC completes an OTC sale of spot EU Allowances and sends the Company a contract for the trade.


A California power producer has California Carbon Allowances (CCAs) in its account from previous purchases but does not need to surrender them for compliance until the following year.


The company would like to free up capital for other reasons by utilizing these CCAs.


The power producer would enter into an agreement with RBC to sell its spot allowances now and purchase them back at a future date prior to when they need them for compliance. This works out for the company if the implied rate for this spread trade is lower than the company’s internal cost of capital.

Our Team

Anthony D’Agostino

Director, New York


Gordon Evens

Director, Environmental Products Trading, Toronto