ESG investing considers the return on investment of different sustainable practices that are designed to contribute to a low carbon future. Carbon pricing is a key component of navigating the latest ‘energy transition’ that is the long-term shift in the fuel mix to a net-zero-carbon economy.

The ICE Carbon Futures Index Family is made up of pricing from the three most actively traded carbon markets in the world: the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), which started in 2005 the California Cap and Trade Program, which started in 2013 and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which was established in 2009. Together these markets represent some of the largest regional economies in the world, and the secondary futures market for those programs which trade on ICE’s futures markets make up the majority of the volume in all carbon-based futures contracts.

The index family is comprised of single contract indices holding exposure to the ICE EUA, ICE California Carbon Allowance, and ICE Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative futures contracts, as well as a global carbon index that holds exposure to all three contracts. The index is available in excess return, total return, and spot return variants and is based off the calculation methodology found in the existing ICE BofA Commodity Index Methodology. Individual index methodology factsheets can be found at the links in the table below.

ICE Carbon Futures Index Family

Index Name Excess Return Total Return Spot Return Methodology
ICE Global Carbon Index ICECRBN ICECRBNT ICECRBNS Methodology
ICE EUA Carbon Futures Index ICEEUA ICEEUAT ICEEUAS Methodology
ICE CCA Carbon Futures Index ICECCA ICECCAT ICECCAS Methodology