Monday, November 30, 2020

EPA Reaffirms Commitment to Rolling Back Emissions Regulations

Trump administration officials representing the EPA and NHTSA held a "tense" late-February conference call with auto manufacturing executives on the topic of fuel economy standards giving them an ultimatum: support President Donald Trump’s plan to ease Obama-era regulations or side with California, which sets its own, stricter standards.... An excerpt from Green Fleet Magazine

Lebanon gasification plant shuts down temporarily

Operations shut down Jan. 24 at the award-winning waste-to-energy gasification plant in Lebanon to allow the city to evaluate the plant’s cost-effectiveness. PHG Energy, parent company of Aries Clean Energy, initially said the gasification would divert 8,000 tons of wood and bio-solid waste from the landfill, as well as convert 450 tons of tires into electricity. The plant is the...

Reducing carbon emissions: EU targets and measures

"Sectors not covered by the Emissions Trading System – such as transport, agriculture, buildings and waste management – still account for nearly 60% of the EU’s overall emissions. Emissions from these sectors will be cut by 30% by 2030 compared to 2005. New legislation aims to prevent emissions caused by deforestation and oblige each EU country to compensate changes in...

Johnson sets out his climate crisis vision as Cameron turns down talks role (20.02.03 ~ 20.02.09)

... Johnson has brought forward the UK’s phaseout of diesel and petrol vehicles by five years to 2035, and hastened the phaseout of coal-fired power by a year to 2024. He reaffirmed the UK’s pledge to switch to a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, and urged other nations – without naming any – to do the same. ... Some observers see a...

‘Ryanair is the new coal’: airline enters EU’s top 10 emitters list

Ryanair has become the first non-coal company to join Europe’s top 10 carbon emitters, according to EU figures. The Irish airline, which transports 130 million people a year, declared 9.9 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, up 6.9% on last year and 49% over the last five years, according to data in the EU’s latest emissions trading system registry.... An...

Lufthansa Group employees fly CO2 neutral on business trips

Business flights of the Lufthansa Group now CO2-neutral All official air travel for Lufthansa Group staff is now CO2-neutral, retroactively to 1 January 2019. In order to achieve this, CO2 emissions will be offset by the renowned Swiss climate protection foundation myclimate.... An excerpt from thenewsmarket

20.10.05~20.10.11 EU Parliament votes for 60% carbon emissions cut by 2030

The European Parliament voted on Tuesday (6 October) to update the EU’s climate target for 2030, backing a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, up from 40% currently.Lawmakers in the EU assembly voted the proposed amendment on the 2030 target by 352 votes to 326, with 18 abstentions.... An excerpt from 20.10.05 (Mon.)Where Trump and...

Eni will plant forests to eliminate CO2 from its oil operations

The Italian giant’s plan, which entails planting 20 million acres of forest in Africa, is the latest example of major oil companies bowing to pressure to do more to prevent runaway climate change. Its European peers Total SA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc have also set targets to reduce the carbon emitted from their own operations. The forests planted in...

Creation of a panel disputing climate change causes White House infighting

"The Trump administration is considering establishing a cohort of scientists led by climate denier William Happer" An excerpt by Roll Call

New EU CO2 limits on cars risk triggering an invasion of fake ‘electric’ vehicles – report

Currently plug-in hybrids are often big SUVs which are rarely charged because of their very limited electric range, and they emit as much or more CO2 as diesel or petrol cars do on the road . By allowing fake ‘electric’ cars to count towards the EV targets, it has become much easier for carmakers to earn the generous CO2...

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

How drones and satellite images are measuring the forests used for carbon offsets

"Diego Saez-Gil, cofounder of Pachama, a startup in Y Combinator’s current cohort that is building a new, technology-verified marketplace for forest carbon offsets." An excerpt from Fast Company

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...

U.S. EPA chief defends big energy projects, says climate not top priority

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil a proposal to speed state-level permitting decisions for energy infrastructure projects soon, the agency’s chief told Reuters on Thursday, blasting states that have blocked coal terminals and gas pipelines on environmental grounds.Based on Trump’s orders, Wheeler’s EPA has been tasked with clarifying a section of the U.S. Clean Water Act that has...

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...

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $30 Million for Front-End Engineering Design Studies for Carbon Capture Systems

" the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $30 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) for front-end engineering design (FEED) studies for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture systems. " An excerpt from US

Climate strikes, environmental protests in January 2020 (20.01.27 ~ 20.02.02)

Jan. 3: - The first climate strike of 2020 was led by the Fridays for Future movement, taking place across the globe from Uganda to Australia, with students not attending school for one day a week to raise awareness on the effects of climate change. Jan. 6: - A group of students at the University of British Colombia in Canada, ranging in...

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

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2018: IEA

Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a record high last year as energy demand and coal use increased, mainly in Asia, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday.... An excerpt from Reuters

Trump signs executive orders aimed at boosting energy infrastructure

President Donald Trump signed executive orders Wednesday targeting a key point of friction for natural gas pipeline development, particularly in the Northeast, but details of changes will be left for the Environmental Protection Agency to sort out. The first broad order addresses state water quality reviews, and combines other smaller steps, including a call for revamped LNG safety regulations. A...

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

England and France top bankers warn of financial risks associated to climate change

The heads of two major central banks have written a stark warning about the financial risks of climate change. Bank of England governor Mark Carney and France's François Villeroy de Galhau set out the dangers to the global economy in an open letter. “If some companies and industries fail to adjust to this new world, they will fail to exist,”...

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

Cap and trade revision includes refunds to cover higher fuel costs

Democratic leaders said cap and trade could boost transportation fuel costs $0.33 a day for households in the eastern part of the state, or around $120 a year. Oregon would return around one-fifth of the revenue expected from cap and trade to households at or below the median income level under a plan introduced Monday by advocates in the Legislature. The...

A New Peak Record for CO2 has been Reached—Three Months Earlier than Usual

" the fact that this new record happened nearly three months earlier than the usual annual peak—typically occurring in May—is raising concerns amongst researchers." An excerpt from Unknown Country

Dems demand Trump abide by Paris climate deal

The legislation — which is expected to be unveiled Wednesday, according to five sources — is part of a blitz by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats to refocus the House agenda as they adjust to a world after special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to the Justice Department. The bill is just one of several non-Mueller agenda items...

Climate and the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package (20.03.23 ~ 20.03.29)

... The measure does not include $3 billion for the government to buy oil and fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a provision sought by Republicans and President Trump. But it also does not have an extension of federal tax credits for wind and solar energy that Democrats had tried to attach. The package also has been stripped of language that House...

Out of line’: top Australian companies accused of undermining Paris deal

New analysis shows 22 of Australia’s largest companies are actively working to undermine the Paris agreement targets, betting shareholders’ money on strategies that assume global climate change action fails. Investor action group Market Forces says those companies – worth a combined $121bn and representing 7% of the ASX300 – are “out of line and out of time” and has called...

Pelosi to lead group of Democratic lawmakers to UN climate change conference (19.11.25~19.12.01)

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will lead a group of Democratic lawmakers to a United Nations conference on climate change less than a month after the Trump administration began formally withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord. The House speaker on Saturday announced she will lead the congressional delegation to the UN COP25 environmental summit "to combat the existential threat...

[Australia] Questions raised over how $1bn of emissions funding have been allocated

"Scott Morrison recently announced the Coalition would inject another $2bn into the emissions reduction fund.. but serious questions have emerged about $1bn already allocated. problems with how emissions cuts from projects that involve managed regrowth of native forests and vegetation have been calculated. National emissions have risen each year since it was introduced." An excerpt from Guardian"