Saturday, February 27, 2021

EU toughens CO2 limits for cars in boost for electric vehicles

The European Union's plan to cut CO2 emissions from new cars by 37.5 percent by 2030 was approved by the European Parliament, removing the final political hurdle for the target. In a vote on Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, the assembly also fixed an interim CO2-cut goal for autos of 15 percent for 2025.... An excerpt from Automotive News Europe

Fine dust damages Hanoi’s air “mainly from the exhaust system of the car”

"Air pollution in Hanoi jumped sharply in the peak hours by about 70 percent of the fine dust emitted by cars and motorcycles." An excerpt from Shilfa

CO2 price of €200 for EU net zero: Shell (20.05.04 ~ 20.05.17)

… "Our analysis assumes a rising carbon pricing mechanism — whether explicit or implicit — to more than €200/t CO2 equivalent (CO2e) by 2050 to deliver and sustain the emission cuts and CO2 management necessary for the EU to reach climate neutrality," Shell said today. This is well above the current price of allowances under the EU's emissions trading...

‘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...

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...

AT&T, hit by higher natural disaster costs, unveils 30-year climate change model

AT&T is paying the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory to predict climate-related events that could damage the company's infrastructure over the next 30 years. The announcement follows several natural disasters that cost the telecommunications company $847 million since 2016, including $626 million in 2017 alone.... An excerpt from CNBC

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

[IMO] Bunker delivery note amendments enter into force as sulphur 2020 requirement looms

Amendments to the bunker delivery note relating to the supply of marine fuel oil to ships which have fitted alternative mechanisms to address sulphur emission requirements entered into force on 1 January 2019. The amendments to Appendix V of MARPOL Annex VI are intended to address situations where the fuel oil supplied does not meet low sulphur requirements, but has...

New World Bank chief confirms commitment to environment

Donald Trump’s choice to run the World Bank has moved swiftly to allay fears that his appointment will lead to a softening of the organisation’s approach to climate change. In his first day at the helm of the Washington-based institution, David Malpass said helping developing countries cope with global warming would remain central to the bank’s mission. Malpass also said there...

20.12.28~21.01.03 Germany rings in 2021 with CO2 tax, coal phase-out

...From January 1, 2021 the government will charge 25 euros ($30) per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions released by the transport and heating sectors.The pricetag was raised from the government's initially proposed 10 euros per tonne -- a number widely slammed as too low by Germany's Green party, environmentalists and scientists.The price will increase to 55 euros by 2025,...

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

Steelmaker Salzgitter expects policymakers to help fund massive decarbonisation project

German steelmaker Salzgitter has expressed confidence that policymakers will provide the support necessary to realise a large-scale hydrogen project to decarbonise its steelworks, which are responsible for nearly one percent of the country’s total CO2 emissions. Fuhrmann said the project’s first phase, which would cut the company's carbon output by one quarter, could be implemented by 2025 at a cost...

21.02.08~20.02.14 London loses carbon futures trading to Amsterdam, in Brexit hit to City

...Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) today said it will move its trading of European carbon futures and options to its Netherlands-based exchange in Amsterdam from London during the second quarter, in the latest sign of financial activity leaving Britain for the bloc due to Brexit. ... EU carbon allowances (EUAs) are the currency used in the EUs emissions trading system (ETS), the 27-member...

EUが水素社会へのシフトを宣言。2030年までに1000万トンの再生可能水素生産を目指す (20.08.10~20.08.16)

…2020年7月8日、EU(欧州連合)が『A Hydrogen Strategy for a climate neutral Europe 』という宣言を発表しました。意訳すると「欧州が気候変動に対応するための戦略として水素を重視する」といったところでしょうか。...まず2020~2024年までに6ギガワットの電力を使い100万トンのリニューアブル水素を生み出す計画としています。続いて、2025~2030年には40ギガワットで1000万トンの水素を生産することを目指します。そうして2030年以降は、主たるエネルギーを水素としてCO2フリーの社会を築くというのが目標です。… An excerpt fromhttps://clicccar.com/2020/08/16/1003574/ - 20.08.10 (Mon.). Arctic wildfires emit more CO2 in two months than whole of 2019 | Dhaka Tribunehttps://www.dhakatribune.com/world/2020/08/09/arctic-wildfires-emit-more-co2-in-two-months-than-whole-of-2019 - 20.08.11 (Tue.). Australia sets out plans to store CO2 in oil and gas reservoirs - Energy Live Newshttps://www.energylivenews.com/2020/08/10/australia-sets-out-plans-to-store-co2-in-oil-and-gas-reservoirs/. BASF calculates CO2 footprint of all products - Packaging Europehttps://packagingeurope.com/basf-calculates-co2-footprint-of-all-products/ - 20.08.12 (Wen.). CO2 GRO Inc. Discusses Their...

CO2 sucked out of the atmosphere can be reused for new chemical processes (20.06.15 ~ 20.06.21)

... DAC is implemented in pilot plants by several companies in Europe and North America, and on an industrial scale by a Swiss company called Climeworks. They plan to suck one percent of the global CO2 emission in 2025. For this task, they will need to install around 750,000 DAC units. After removing CO2 from the air, DAC plants have...

Hagel tells House Oversight Committee climate change is a threat to national security

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified Tuesday that the country must confront the danger posed by climate change. Hagel appeared alongside his old colleague, former Secretary of State John Kerry, at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that focused on climate change and national security. Hagel and Kerry recently led a group of 58 military and national...

Major businesses applaud Nevada for taking a leading role on climate change and clean energy

"On Tuesday, Gov. Sisolak announced that Nevada would join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 22 governors working to address climate change and advance the goals of the Paris Agreement. " An excerpt from Ceres 

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...

‘Historic breakthrough’: Norway’s giant oil fund dives into renewables

Norway’s $1tn oil fund, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, is to plunge billions of dollars into wind and solar power projects. The decision follows Saudi Arabia’s oil fund selling off its last oil and gas assets. Norway’s government gave the go-ahead on Friday for its fund to invest in renewable energy projects that are not listed on stock markets....

20.09.07~20.09.13 California’s climate crisis is deepening as 500,000 go dark

In a matter of weeks, California has been hit with two record-breaking heat waves, hundreds of blazes, freak lightning storms and dangerously poor air quality, and now unusually strong winds are threatening to knock down power lines and ignite more wildfires.That’s prompting the state’s largest utility to impose power cuts for more than 500,000 people, and with dangerous conditions...

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...

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...

Europol helps unearth Dieselgate leftovers in Spain

A Spanish haulier has been caught using emission cheating devices by law enforcement agencies, just as the European Parliament declared that Europe has not recovered from its Dieselgate hangover. Spain’s Civil Guard has launched an investigation into a Madrid-based haulage company after roadside checks found their trucks were installed with so-called emulators, which game air pollution control systems.... An excerpt from...

Occidental-backed company will build new U.S. CO2 removal plant (20.08.17~20.08.23)

… (Reuters) - A new venture backed by U.S. oil and gas producer Occidental Petroleum Corp will develop the largest ever facility to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere through a process known as direct air capture, the companies said on Wednesday.Occidental’s venture capital arm, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures LLC, has formed a company with sustainability-focused private equity firm...

Big investors call for zero emissions target, and a plan to get there

The Investor Group on Climate Change, which represents institutional investors with total funds under management of more than $2 trillion in Australia and New Zealand, is calling for a carbon price to be returned, and the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan to be updated to include a zero emissions target.... An excerpt from Renew Economy

Seoul To Plant 30 Million Trees By 2022 To Fight Fine Dust

A total of 30 million trees will be planted in Seoul by 2022 and two large forests will be formed as part of efforts to mitigate worsening air pollution and urban heat, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced Tuesday. A total of 480 billion won will be spent on the project over the next four years.... An excerpt from Pacific.epeak

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

20.11.16~20.11.22 Hawaiian Seaweed Makes Cows 90% Less Gassy – And That’s Good For Climate Change

Symbrosia is scaling the production of red seaweed, Asparagopsis taxiformis, for use as a ...  SYMBROSIA INC.The red seaweed is called Asparagopsis taxiformis, or A. taxiformis for short. The startup that’s turning it into a supplement for livestock is called Symbrosia. Research has shown that replacing just 0.4% of a cow’s feed with A. taxiformis reduces the amount of methane...

World Bank Executive Board Unanimously Approves David Malpass As Group’s Next President

“David Malpass, President Trump’s pick to be president of the World Bank and a longtime critic of the influence wielded by the bank and other multilateral institutions, was unanimously approved by its executive board on Friday. Mr. Trump nominated Mr. Malpass, the Treasury under secretary for international affairs, in February. ... An excerpt from KFF

UK carbon emissions down six years in a row

Emissions fell to 361 million tonnes, their lowest level since 1888 The amount of carbon pollution per person was 5.4 tonnes, the lowest it has been since 1858, the analysis by energy and climate website Carbon Brief indicates.... An excerpt from Energy Voice