Montreal Climate Exchange announces May 30 as date for launch of trading in MCeX carbon futures



    MONTREAL, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montréal Climate Exchange (MCeX), a
joint venture of the Montréal Exchange (MX) (TSX: MXX) and the Chicago Climate
Exchange(R) (CCX), announced today that it plans to launch trading of futures
contracts on Canada carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) units on May 30, 2008,
subject to regulatory approval.
    "MCeX is moving quickly to launch the first exchange-traded carbon
futures contract in Canada," said Luc Bertrand, President and CEO of MX and
chair of MCeX. "We are enthusiastic about creating this new derivatives market
and about the launch of trading."
    "The demand for environmental derivatives continues to grow worldwide and
the time is right to build a critical mass of trading activity in Canada,"
said Dr. Richard Sandor, Chairman and Founder of the Chicago Climate Exchange.
"MCeX products will meet demand from industrial participants to manage their
emissions risks at the lowest cost while also creating continuous incentives
for technological innovation that reduce carbon emissions."
    The MCeX partners initially announced the plan in July 2007 based on an
assessment of the federal government's air emissions policy released in April
2007 and following detailed consultations with potential market participants,
including large industrial emitters. The MCeX set the launch date after the
federal government announced further details of its greenhouse gas emissions
regulations, including targets for intensity-based Canadian emissions
reductions and offsets program terms.
    "The Government of Canada has provided greater regulatory certainty
regarding intensity-based emissions reduction targets and the definition of a
single compliance standard for tradable credits," added Mr. Bertrand. "This
will enable emitters to more accurately forecast their individual
intensity-based reduction targets and exposures."
    "Clear regulations are always welcome news for buyers, sellers and market
operators. Our aim is to offer a market based solution that will optimize the
policy guidelines set by the federal Government and support the reduction of
carbon emissions in a cost effective manner."

    Regulatory Filing on Market Rules

    MX filed an application with its lead regulator, the Autorité des marchés
financiers (AMF), requesting approval of market rules designed to govern the
trading of MCeX environmental products on its electronic trading platform,
SOLA(R). A decision on the AMF application is expected in the near future.

    The MX application filed for approval by the AMF describes two key
benefits that will be offered by MCeX contracts:

    
    - A price discovery mechanism that generates the price signals needed by
      large industrial emitters to measure the "cost of a tonne of carbon".
    - A method of managing risk associated with price fluctuations using
      carbon futures contracts.
    

    In the application, MX commits to operate a transparent, secure and
liquid market that earns the confidence of traders, investors and market
participants. The rules provide that Canada carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e)
units futures contracts will be traded on the MX electronic trading platform,
SOLA(R). MX will settle and guarantee contracts through its clearing house,
the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation, which is AA rated by Standard
and Poor's. This arrangement will reduce trading, settlement and counterparty
risk for market participants.
    The MX application cites World Bank estimates that the world market for
carbon amounts to about $100 billion. Trading activity on public carbon
markets has grown rapidly in recent years to reach US$30 billion in 2006.
    Furthermore, recent estimated figures from market participants show that
the global carbon market activity was worth over US$60 billion in 2007.

    About the Montréal Climate Exchange

    The Montréal Climate Exchange (MCeX), a joint venture of Montréal
Exchange Inc. and the Chicago Climate Exchange(R), is aiming to establish the
leading market for publicly traded environmental products in Canada.

    About Montréal Exchange Inc.

    The Montréal Exchange (MX) is the Canadian derivatives exchange. The MX
offers trading in Canadian interest rate, index and equity derivatives.
Clearing, settlement and risk management services are provided by an AA rated
clearing house, the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation, fully owned by
the MX. Our integrated trading and clearing services are supported by a
proprietary suite of exchange technologies, known as SOLA(R). The MX also has
interests in: the Boston Options Exchange (BOX), a U.S. automated equity
options market, for which MX is the technical operator; the Canadian Resources
Exchange (CAREX), a new corporation created with NYMEX that is dedicated to
developing the Canadian energy market; and the Montréal Climate Exchange
(MCeX), a joint venture with the Chicago Climate Exchange(R), aiming to
establish the leading market for publicly traded environmental products in
Canada. For more information about the Montréal Exchange, please visit
www.m-x.ca.

    About Chicago Climate Exchange, Inc.

    CCX is a financial institution whose objectives are to apply financial
innovation and incentives to advance social, environmental and economic goals.
CCX, which began trading in 2003, is the world's first and North America's
only legally binding rules-based greenhouse gas emissions allowance trading
system, as well as the world's only global system for emissions trading based
on all six greenhouse gases. CCX members are leaders in greenhouse gas
management and mitigation, including offset providers and offset aggregators,
and located throughout the United States. CCX members derive from all sectors
of the global economy, including the public sector, and emissions reductions
being achieved through CCX by major utilities, corporations, cities, states
and counties, are the only reductions in North America being achieved through
a legally binding compliance regime, subject to independent third party
verification provided by FINRA and price transparency. The founder, Chairman
and CEO of CCX is economist and financial innovator Dr. Richard L. Sandor, who
was named a Hero of the Planet by Time magazine in 2005 for his founding of
CCX, and in 2007 as the "father of carbon trading." For a full history of CCX,
full roster of CCX members, daily prices and other Exchange information, see
www.chicagoclimateexchange.com.




For further information:

For further information: Jean Charles Robillard, (514) 871-3551,
jcrobillard@m-x.ca

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