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Net Zero Markets to launch Global Carbon Emission Reduction contract with EEX and ACX

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Net Zero Markets, a company dedicated to developing risk management, trading and investment products in the global environmental markets space, has signed agreements with the European Energy Exchange (EEX) and AirCarbon Exchange (ACX) to list the Global Emission Reduction (GER)®, Net Zero Market’s flagship contract – an innovative approach to address the pain points of the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM).[1] The agreements with EEX – a leading exchange for carbon compliance schemes worldwide – and ACX – a pioneer in the VCM space, headquartered in Singapore – make the GER accessible across multiple time zones to global Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) participants.

Thanks to the product’s innovative design, it will be appropriate for use by offsetters, offset retailers, project developers, investors and the wider trading community. Net Zero Markets believes widespread availability and use is critical to enable the increased liquidity necessary for the VCM to scale, ultimately supporting Net Zero targets.

The GER is built on the foundation of existing standards with appropriate overlays and innovative features that align with a path to Net Zero. The company expects the GER to be progressively listed on the exchanges and commence trading early in 2022.

Louis Redshaw, CEO of Net Zero Markets: “We are delighted to be working with EEX and AirCarbon on the launch of the GER. We have developed this product in conjunction with industry participants and believe its unique and innovative design will achieve the key goals of promoting liquidity and transparency to ensure funding flows to the projects that are needed to meet Net Zero.

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While well-meaning companies have bought and retired carbon offsets to play their part towards achieving Net Zero, many more are either confused and put off by the complexity of the market or have found later down the line that their offsets are not as effective as they had been led to believe.

This has created a dynamic where companies and other offsetters need to become experts in the carbon markets to be able to do the right thing. Net Zero Markets firmly believes that this is a prime reason why the VCM has not reached its full potential. Consumers shouldn’t need to be experts. If effective offsetting and removal is to happen at scale, buyers need to have confidence and the products need to be simple and transparently priced. The GER is designed to deliver all of these things in line with the recommendations of the Task Force for Scaling the Voluntary Carbon Markets.[2] It is the perfect antidote to further fragmentation of the market.”

William Pazos, Managing Director of AirCarbon Exchange: “We are extremely excited to be working with the industry leading team at Net Zero Markets. Their wealth of experience in commoditizing emissions markets, coupled with our position as a leader in bringing commodity infrastructure to the carbon markets, has been instrumental in formulating the GER.

The process of creating the underlying spot GER architecture on ACX has been developed over a full year. We are now poised to deliver to the market a simple and elegant solution to the current pursuit of a core carbon contract. While many are trying to legislate a core contract, the GER creates this by delivering a broad-based solution in one contract.”

Tobias Paulun, Chief Strategy Officer of European Energy Exchange: “The voluntary carbon market can play a strategic role to achieve the Paris Agreement, complementing mandatory carbon pricing mechanisms. I am confident the GER represents the innovation that is needed and expected in the Voluntary Carbon Markets.

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The GER is planned to be offered alongside our existing products for carbon compliance markets in Europe at EEX but also in North America at Nodal Exchange, thus making them accessible to our global trading community.

An integrated offering for carbon markets, with both Spot and Futures instruments available, is key to bring the necessary liquidity to the market and scale up the VCM. We are excited to build this new market, together with our partners at NZM and ACX, but also with our customers.”

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PayPal receives New York crypto trust charter

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The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has granted PayPal Digital a limited purpose trust charter, a designation typically held by digital asset custodians and some stablecoin issuers.

Last August, PayPal launched its PYUSD stablecoin, marking the first stablecoin from a BigTech company. Paxos Trust Company, which also holds an NYDFS limited trust charter, currently issues the PYUSD stablecoin. Paxos has been PayPal’s partner for its cryptocurrency services since inception. Consequently, the new trust charter may signal PayPal’s intention to take over the custody of its clients’ crypto-assets and potentially move the issuance of PYUSD in-house.

Despite reaching out to PayPal for clarification on the purpose of the trust charter, no response was received before publication.

The PYUSD stablecoin is still in its early stages, with its recent integration for cross-border payments via PayPal’s Xoom app. The stablecoin’s market capitalization has grown to nearly $400 million, up from $190 million in early April. Notably, wallets associated with the issuer Paxos hold over $125 million, possibly on behalf of PayPal. The top five wallets constitute 71% of the stablecoin balance, with 17 wallets holding $1 million or more, accounting for 97% of the total holdings.

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The largest holders include Paxos, Crypto.com, Curve (DeFi), Defiance Capital, and Frax (DeFi). Among these, Crypto.com holds a balance of $103 million and Bullish holds $23 million.

Additionally, in November, the SEC’s enforcement division issued a subpoena requesting documents related to the issuance of the PYUSD stablecoin.

Source: ledgerinsights.com

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Hong Kong SFC to conduct compliance checks on crypto firms

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The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has announced that it will conduct on-site compliance checks on local virtual asset trading platforms (VATPs) that are still completing their regulatory applications following the June 1 licensing deadline.

In a notice issued on May 28, the SFC emphasized that all local crypto trading platforms must be either licensed or “deemed-to-be-licensed” by the regulatory body before the June 1 deadline. Operating an unlicensed VATP in Hong Kong after this date will be considered a criminal offense, and the SFC will actively pursue non-compliant companies.

In the coming months, the SFC will perform on-site inspections of deemed-to-be-licensed VATP applicants to evaluate their compliance with regulatory requirements. These inspections will focus on how firms safeguard client assets and implement Know Your Customer (KYC) processes.

The SFC urged investors to trade cryptocurrencies only on SFC-licensed platforms to ensure their protection. It also cautioned companies seeking licenses against actively marketing their services or onboarding new retail clients until they are formally licensed. Additionally, firms must prevent mainland Chinese residents from accessing their services, adhering to China’s ban on cryptocurrency trading.

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Earlier this month, it was reported that the number of crypto exchanges seeking operational licenses in Hong Kong had been decreasing. Eleven crypto companies and exchanges, including well-known platforms like OKX and Huobi’s local arm, withdrew their applications ahead of the deadline. Currently, only 18 applications remain pending approval.

In response to the upcoming licensing requirements, some crypto firms have proactively taken steps to ensure compliance. For example, Gate.HK, a crypto exchange, halted all activities related to acquiring new users and marketing, prevented existing users from making deposits, and began delisting tokens on May 23. The exchange plans to relaunch its services after restructuring its platform to comply with Hong Kong’s regulatory requirements.

According to the SFC, only two companies, OSL Digital Securities Limited and Hash Blockchain Limited, have been granted licenses to operate in Hong Kong so far.

Source: tradingview.com

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Argentina crypto group plans to set up a blockchain valley in Buenos Aires

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The crypto community in Argentina is planning to establish a “blockchain valley” in Buenos Aires as part of the Crecimiento movement, which has a following of 500 individuals.

This group includes prominent figures in the country’s crypto ecosystem, such as Diego Guitérrez, co-founder of Bitcoin Layer 2 Rootstock; Marcelo Cavazzoli, CEO and co-founder of Lemon Cash, a leading crypto purchasing app in Latin America; and Elian Alvarez, a general partner at Ripio Ventures.

Significantly, Crecimiento’s core team has the support of advisors to Argentina’s new libertarian president, Javier Milei.

Crecimiento aims to create a hub for crypto and technology-oriented business founders in the capital, offering a comprehensive three-dimensional plan. This includes bringing 5 to 10 million people on-chain by offering exclusive items, boosting the number of tech-related startups, and providing necessary support.

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The group’s mission is to work with Argentina’s newly crypto-friendly government to bolster the cryptocurrency sector through initiatives like tax rebates, industry investment, and simplified regulations.

During his campaign, President Milei highlighted the benefits of Bitcoin, associating it with a sense of freedom, though no formal statements have been made on the subject. Nonetheless, the group has been actively collaborating with officials to establish their crypto center in Buenos Aires.

Maria Milagros Santamaria, a Web3 lawyer, noted that regulators are showing a high level of positivity toward their proposals and are requesting specific plans regarding the crypto sector to move forward. She mentioned that there are only a few individuals opposed to the initiative, and fortunately, their numbers are minimal.

Source: cryptonewsz.com

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