Over the past two weeks, Richard Smith has written a series of posts on Naked Capitalism about Carbon Neutral Investments and carbon credit scams. REDD-Monitor provided two handy guides to these posts, here and here.
On 3 February 2016, the High Court in London ordered 19 companies into liquidation, following an investigation by the Insolvency Agency. One of the companies is CNI (UK) Ltd, whose director Edward Carlton had previously worked as “Head of UK Operations” at Carbon Neutral Investments.
Naked Capitalism is a blog set up by Yves Smith. She’s an expert on investment banking and the founder of Aurora Advisers, a New York-based management consulting firm. Carbon Neutral Investments is a company that, before it changed its name, provided services for a long list of companies that sold carbon credits as investments.
In September 2013, I wrote about a company called Wellz Zable. The company is based in London and sells carbon credits as an investment. The website is full of the usual nonsense that these companies put out about carbon credits. Like this, “A number of buyers are purchasing different types of credits under all of the trading mechanisms in order to spread risk across their portfolio.”
Wellz Zable is another company based in London that is selling carbon credits as investments. “Carbon credits provide investors with a unique opportunity to become involved in an innovative and rapidly growing asset class,” the company claims on its website, “whilst also helping to mitigate the worlds emission of carbon dioxide.”
Three years ago, I wrote a post about a Dubai-based Eventus Alternatives, a company that specialised in selling carbon credits to retail investors. A week after the post, Eventus Alternatives’ solicitors threatened to sue me for US$250,000. Three years later, the company’s ex-director, Phil Wombwell, wrote a nice email asking me to remove the post.
Carbon Neutral Investments is a UK-based company that, until recently, offered two services. First, it worked with companies to sell them carbon offsets to make them “carbon neutral”. Second it provided clearing and settlement services for companies selling voluntary carbon credits.