06 May '12, 7am

What Secrets Are Hiding Off Your Balance Sheet?

What Secrets Are Hiding Off Your Balance Sheet?

Another asset not yet captured on the balance sheet is the value of carbon. Today, much pollution incurs no cost to companies. Some air and water pollution is monitored, regulated, and occasionally fined. In two instances, cap-and-trade systems are already in place—for sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions. But we expect carbon taxes or cap-and-trade systems will eventually be the norm. When these systems are implemented, companies will need to scramble to systematically account for their emissions. A “credit” for carbon can be created for low-polluting companies that beat the standard. These carbon credits can then be traded from more efficient companies to less efficient companies. According to Bart Chilton, a commissioner of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the future market could be valued at $2 trillion, potentially trading more contracts than oil . Im...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/05/balance-sheet-csr-sus...

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