Monday, November 30, 2020

Environment Ministry, NASA to check dust

Korea’s Ministry of Environment announced Sunday it will again cooperate with NASA, this time with the help of satellite technology, to pinpoint the international and domestic factors behind local air pollution. According to NIER, the second joint study will likely launch around 2021 after a set of satellite instruments are launched jointly by Korea, the United States and Europe.... An excerpt...

Korea to shift all commercial vehicles to fuel cell energy by 2035

"South Korea is slated to set a goal of entirely shifting commercial vehicles -- including trucks and construction machinery -- to run on fuel cell energy by 2035 in its efforts to address serious fine dust problems, according to plans released by Transport Minister-nominee Choi Jeong-ho. On the same day, the Industry Ministry announced it would invest around 130 billion...

EU eyes step-by-step support for industry in €10 bln Innovation Fund

The EU’s new Innovation Fund aims to hold its first funding call in the second half of 2020 and give extended support to projects aiming to cut emissions among heavy industries, a conference heard this week....An excerpt from Carbon Pulse

New York City Passes Bold Bill to Slash Buildings’ Climate Impact

Today, New York City (NYC) Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the Climate Mobilization Act, a six-bill package that many are saying is the largest legislative mandate to cut climate pollution by any city in the world.... An excerpt from IMT

Dubai Tourism Announces Sustainability Requirements to be Implemented Across Tourism Sector Over Next 18 Months

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced 19 sustainability requirements that hotel establishments across the emirate will be mandated to comply with under new direction in line with the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative. The requirements have been laid out to support the emirate’s hotel establishments in their compliance with the Dubai Tourism hotel classification...

Carbon market for ag set to debut in 2022

"The idea is to create opportunities for growers to participate in a voluntary carbon market where they would be rewarded for adopting conservation practices such as no-till farming and planting cover crops. Companies involved in the ESMC include ADM, Bunge, Cargill, General Mills, Indigo Agriculture, Mars and McDonald’s USA. Noble, the Soil Health Institute and The Nature Conservancy also are...

Spain’s socialists win election with Green New Deal platform

Spaniards threw their weight behind a Green New Deal programme on Sunday, after re-electing the pro-climate Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE). The PSOE, which campaigned on a sweeping platform of ecological transition, clinched 29% of the vote and 123 seats in the 350-seat congress. It will need to form a coalition with populist left-wing party Unidos Podemos (UP), which has also called...

[ICAO] CORSIA implementation on course

Agreement was reached for the operationalization of TAB (Technical Advisory Body), a group of experts nominated by States with a mandate to make recommendations to the Council, regarding “eligible emissions units” for use by airlines in CORSIA.  The Council also approved the Emissions Units Criteria (EUC), which would be used by TAB to undertake the assessment of emissions unit programmes, and subsequently make recommendations on eligible units.  An open invitation will be issued on the ICAO CORSIA website, by which emissions unit programmes that wish to be considered by TAB for eligibility in CORSIA can apply. 

Maersk looks at biofuels as it sets its sights on carbon neutrality by 2050

The Mette Maersk, one of the company’s biggest vessels, will this month set off on a 25,000 nautical miles round trip from Rotterdam to Shanghai using a blend containing 20 percent of so-called second-generation biofuel produced from plant waste. The switch should save the environment 1.5 million kilograms of CO2, the equivalent of what 200 households emit in a...

Shipping and carbon: EU and IMO systems to align

"The globally applicable IMO DCS system currently runs in parallel with the EU MRV, thus duplicating regulation for shipping companies whose ships sail both inside and outside the EU." An excerpt from Hellenic Shipping News

EPA’s own adviser finds Trump’s rollback of fuel standards could cost jobs

An environmental adviser to the Trump administration projects that its attempt to reverse Obama-era fuel-efficiency standards could have a steep long-term toll on the U.S. economy and eventually cost the country hundreds of thousands of jobs. The research, by an outside adviser picked by former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt — and funded by grants from the auto industry...

S. Korea draws up W6.7tr budget bill to curb fine dust, boost economy

The South Korean government has drawn up an extra budget of 6.7 trillion won ($5.9 billion) in an effort to alleviate the fine dust problem and respond to economic downside risks, the country’s top fiscal policymaker said Wednesday.... An excerpt from Korea Herald

Nicola Sturgeon declares ‘climate emergency’ at SNP conference

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared a "climate emergency" in her speech to the SNP conference.... An excerpt from BBC

Three countries in Eastern Africa join the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

"Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda are now among the 56 countries and the first three in Eastern Africa who have joined the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA)." An excerpt from Climate&Agriculture Network for Africa"

German government would rather save the coalition than the climate, says activis

Despite ongoing protests from society and science, last week the German government approved the key components of its so-called climate packet. But Luisa Neubauer, a leading figure in Germany's Fridays for Future movement, says the package won't be enough for Germany to reach the climate goals outlined in the Paris Agreement. .... We have to perceive and understand ourselves as a...

BoE to implement TCFD climate impact recommendations

An excerpt from Central Banking

Shell launches $300m forest plan to offset carbon emissions

Several publications report that Shell is launching a $300m forestry programme in an attempt to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The Financial Times reports that the energy firm will invest the money over three years in various carbon offsetting schemes, including large forests in the Netherlands and Spain, and will “start offering motorists the option of purchasing carbon offsets...

Russia will ratify Paris Agreement after thorough analysis, says Putin

Moscow will make a decision on ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change after analyzing the aftermath of its implementation thoroughly, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a plenary session of the International Arctic Forum. ... An excerpt from TASS

Porsche announces carbon-offset programs for U.S.

All of the company's U.S. fleets will now be carbon-neutral, and a program called Porsche Impact will give customers a chance to offset their carbon emissions. Announced on Earth Day, Porsche will include all cars — about 425 of them — from its Los Angeles and Atlanta Porsche Experience Centers in its carbon-offset programs. Vehicles from the Porsche Passport subscription...

European bloc not considering joining China’s Belt and Road plans

EU officials confirmed that the bloc is not considering joining China’s Belt and Road initiative on Friday (26 April), contrary to what German Economic minister Peter Altmaier has previously said. The bloc decided not to become a member when the massive plan was presented more than five years ago. Member states are free to join individually, as nearly half of...

London Tackles Fast Fashion Waste

Londoners have saved over 750,000 items of clothing from landfill in six months, according to textile reuse charity TRAID. The amount of clothes saved so far, TRAID says, amounts to a carbon saving of 2,100 tonnes and a water saving of 353.6 million litres.. Commenting on the project, Mary Creagh MP, Chair of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), said: “The way...

European Parliament approves post-2020 CO2 emission targets for cars and vans

The legislation now requires final adoption by the European Council before publication in the Official Journal In December 2018, the EC, European Parliament and European Council finally reached an agreement to reduce CO2 emissions by 37.5% by 2030 for cars and 31% for vans, compared to the 2021 level. Both types of vehicle will also be subject to an interim...

Europe’s CO2 Mountain

Several options are available to those that are currently at risk of non-compliance. The first, and probably least desirable, is to fail to comply and pay fines. Another route that could – and we think will – be taken is pooling. For some manufacturers, this will be an attractive option, enabling them to comply as part of a larger...

Russia floats first law to regulate CO2 emissions

The draft bill would give the government powers to introduce greenhouse gas emission targets for companies, and charges for those that exceed them, with proceeds potentially going into a fund to support carbon-cutting projects. The legislation, which has been drawn up by the Ministry of Economic Development, is under consultation with other ministries and stakeholders and expected to be finalised...

Greenpeace calls on Hyundai to hasten shift to carbon-neutrality

South Korea’s largest automaker Hyundai Motor should speed up its efforts in changing its business portfolio toward carbon-neutral in order to avert a major blow in the global market within a year or two, according to senior Greenpeace activist Jude Lee. In the EU market only, Hyundai may face around 300 million euro ($3.3 million) in penalties from 2021 if...

Canada’s emissions target gets further away as 2017 report shows increase

The latest national inventory report on emissions, filed this week with the United Nations climate change secretariat, showed 716 million tonnes of greenhouse gases were produced in Canada in 2017, an increase of eight million tonnes from 2016.Canada's existing climate change action plan, which includes the carbon tax and subsidies to spur electric vehicle purchases, only gets Canada about...

Electric Vehicle Charging Carbon Coalition Named 2019 Climate Leadership Awards Winner

The EVCCC developed an innovative pathway to use voluntary carbon credit markets to improve electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure revenues and thus help support continued EV sales growth. The new method, pioneered by EVCCC, provides a blueprint to certify the reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that result when EVs are powered by electric vehicle charging stations compared with conventional...

[UK] Chancellor announces decarbonisation drive and £200m science funding

"Chancellor Philip Hammond has released details of his Spring Statement, including funding for science projects and initiatives designed to lower the UK’s carbon emissions. A series of measures designed to tackle the UK’s carbon emissions were also announced including efforts to help smaller businesses reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions... Another call to evidence on whether travel providers should be...

Holy grail’: how textile recycling can help slash emissions, pollution and landfill

"Textiles account for 10% of global carbon emissions. The industry is the world’s second-biggest industrial polluter, behind oil. BlockTexx.. The focus will be on recycling commercial fabrics – old towels and bedsheets from hotels and hospitals, work uniforms and unwanted clothing not given to charities. “If it’s ripped or torn or stained then you have to put that into...

Feds could tell you when to drive if carbon price law stands, court told

The law is so broad, a lawyer for the province said on Day 1 of a four-day Appeal Court hearing, that it would give the Ottawa powers that would destabilize Canada in the name of curbing the cumulative effects of global-warming emissions.“They could regulate where you live, how often you drive your car,” Josh Hunter told the five-justice panel....