The Carbon Crooks

Tom Heinemann, Denmark, 2013

57 min.DK/Documentary

The EU's first carbon credit was put on sale in 2005. The idea was that the trading of carbon would reduce CO2 emissions and thereby curb global warming.
But the system has collapsed and instead Denmark became the centre of one of the world's fastest growing scams. Experts and Europol estimate that the European treasuries lost some 10 billion euros to hackers and VAT fraudsters from around the world.
The carbon credit system has collapsed - and prices have dropped by 90%. It has never been cheaper to pollute than today and carbon emissions have never been higher in the history of mankind.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Varm luft for milliarder
Danish title Varm luft for milliarder
Keywords Climate changes, Climate policy, CO2, CO2 quotas, CO2 reduction, Developing countries, CO2 emission
Director Tom Heinemann
Producer Søren Steen Jespersen
Director of Photography Bo Tengberg
Editor Niels Ostenfeld
Sound Peter Schultz
Composer Rishi
Appearance Al Gore, Rob Wainwright, Bill Clinton, Connie Hedegaard
Production country Denmark
Production company Larm Film
International sales DR International Sales
TV release 09.09.2013, DR 1
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Larm Film
Co-production Heinemann Media
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Danida, Bertha Britdoc Documentary Journalism Fund
In collaboration with DR


Direction Tom Heinemann
Research Ronni Abergel
Research Peter Voergaard
Research Aziz Zaeed
Research Sonu Madhavan
Research Dan Adeli


Producer Søren Steen Jespersen
Creative producer Michael Christoffersen
Production manager Esther Wellejus
Technical coodinator Jonas Abildgaard


Cinematographer Bo Tengberg
First assistant camera Mark Thyrring
First assistant camera Sven Bloch
First assistant camera Dror Kasinsky
First assistant camera Yuki Eikawa
First assistant camera Kamal Musale
First assistant camera Mika Koskinen
First assistant camera Lotte la Cour


Editor Niels Ostenfeld
B-editor Henrik Fleischer


Music Rishi


Sound designer Peter Schultz

Visual effects

Graphic design Rune Brink Hansen
Colourist Lasse Marcussen


Voiceover Nikolaj Coster-Waldau


Appearance Al Gore
Appearance Rob Wainwright
Appearance Bill Clinton
Appearance Connie Hedegaard

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Festival screenings

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Festival Festival date
Dokufest Prizren 2014-08-16
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2014-05-09
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