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Telenor Sweden Joins Fairtrade Climate Standard Scheme (Int'l)
Telenor Sweden,Fairtrade Climate Standard
Date: 2018-09-26
Swedish mobile telecommunication company Telenor Sweden reports it is the first telecommunications operator in the world to offset its carbon emissions using the Fairtrade Climate Standard of credits. It added that it is the first Swedish company to start reducing its CO2 emissions under the standard.

Fairtrade International and Gold Standard brought in the Fairtrade Climate Standard in 2015 to accompany the COP21 climate change talks in Paris, with the aim of protecting under-resourced societies that are vulnerable to environment damage.

In 2017, Telenor produced approximately 1,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide, mostly through operating its network and corporate travel. The company's efforts to cut its CO2 emissions will be carried out with the organizations ZeroMission and Fairtrade Sverige, through the Indian project Bagepalli Coolie Sangha. The credits are created by replacing inefficient heating and cooking with wood and kerosene by small-scale plants that generate renewable biogas for household use. (Source: Telenor Sweden Contact: Telenor Sweden,; Fairtrade Climate Standard,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Telenor Sweden,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offset,  

Portugal Joins 206-Member Under2 Climate Coalition (Ind. Report)
Under2 Coalition
Date: 2018-06-20
The Under2 Coalition is reporting Portugal has became the latest national government to endorse the Under2 Coalition, the global network led by state and regional governments committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change.

With the addition of Portugal, the Under2 Coalition now includes 206 governments across six continents and 43 countries that collectively represent more than 1.3 billion people and $30 trillion GDP -- nearly 40 pct of the global economy. Under2 Coalition members commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 80-95 pct below 1990 levels or to less than two annual metric tons per capita by 2050.

The Coalition was founded in 2015 by California and the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg to galvanize climate action from sub-national governments in the build up to the COP21 climate summit when the historic Paris Agreement was reached. (Source: Under 2 Coalition, Climate Group, Website, June, 2018) Contact: Under2 Coalition, Tim Ash-Vie, Director of the Under2 Coalition Secretariat at The Climate Group,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Under2 Coalition,  Climate Change,  

BP Warns of Global Carbon Emissions Rise (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-18
According to oil giant BP, emissions rose 1.6 pct in 2017 after flat-lining for the previous three years -- a reminder the world was not on track to reach the goals of the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement.

BP notes that although renewable power generation grew by 17 pct in 2017, strong economic growth led to an above-average demand for energy, cut backs in energy efficiency and an increase in the demand for coal in China combined to drive up emissions, the company's annual statistical review of world energy found. According to BP, which has a limited presence in the power sector, the world's appetite for oil remained strong, as it grew 1.8 pct in 2017. (Source: BP, Guardian, June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

EC Proposes Sustainable Finance in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
Global Witness,EC
Date: 2018-05-28
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) announced last week an action plan on sustainable finance aimed at encouraging the EU financial sector to invest in a greener and cleaner low-carbon economy. The proposals are initially focused on environmental investments but social factors are expected to be included as the proposals progress.

The NGO Global Witness, known for its campaign against "blood diamonds", is calling for robust regulations to curb the excesses of financial deregulation which have driven global deforestation and other abuses that contribute to climate change.

The EC says it aims at becoming a global leader in fighting climate change and achieving the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions agreed at the COP21 Paris Climate accord meeting in December 2015. The impact of climate change already threatens financial stability and leads to major economic losses through floods, land erosion or droughts, the EC acknowledged. To achieve the EU's 2030 climate targets, approximately €180 billion per year of additional investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy would be needed. Mobilizing private capital to fund sustainable investment is essential, the EC added. (Source: EC, Brussels Times, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Global Witness,; European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Climate Change,  Deforestation,  ,  

China Expects to Meet COP21 Pledge Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
China Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-05-25
Speaking from Beijing, Xie Zhenhua, China's chief negotiator at the 2015 Paris climate agreement said the country could meet its pledge to cap carbon emissions ahead of its target of around 2030.

In late 2015, Chine, the world's biggest emitter of climate-warming greenhouse gases, had already met several objectives it promised to fulfil by 2020, including cutting its carbon intensity by 40 pct to 45 percent three years early, Xie Zhenhua added.

China launched the first phase of its nationwide carbon market last December after months of delays. It currently covers only the power sector but will be extended to other emitters at a later stage. (Source: New Stage, Various Media, Reuters, 27 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,  China Carbon Market,  China Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

UK Investing £21.5Mn in CCS and CCUS Technology (Int'l Report)
UK Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-05-23
In London, the UK Energy and Clean Growth minister, Claire Perry, has announced the government will invest £21.5m in expanding capabilities and reducing costs of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilization (CCUS) technology, both of which have been a government priority since COP21 in 2015. The country views CCS and CCUS as part of its wider efforts to reduce environmental COs and fight climate change.

The funding will be targeted towards innovations which could reduce the cost of CCUS technology and make the process more commercially viable at scale. There are currently 22 plants in operation, working to capture industrial carbon dioxide emissions.

The government will issue a call for CCUS innovation projects lasting up to 28 months and worth £15 million in grants. Projects will be able to apply for grants of up to £5 million each. An additional £6.5 million has been committed to the Accelerating Carbon Technologies research programme, on which the UK partners with nine other European countries to innovate in the carbon emissions sector. (Source: UK Ministry of Energy & Clean Growth, Government Europa, 23 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  CO2 Emissions,  Climate Change,  

Schneider Supports Ryerson Smart Building Analytics Lab (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric Canada,Ryerson University
Date: 2018-02-21
Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric Canada reports it is donation $1 million "in kind" to Ryerson University's planned new Smart Building Analytics Living Lab -- the first of its kind in Canada.

The new lab will be used to demonstrate savings in energy consumption and in capital and operating expenses for buildings of all sizes. As Canada seeks to achieve increasingly ambitious energy- and carbon-reduction goals in alignment with the COP21 outcomes, the laboratory will assist with increasing knowledge and experience in key areas including: improved understanding of emerging HVAC systems; optimization and performance improvement of existing HVAC systems; new data analytics algorithms, predictive models, and machine learning approaches to support building performance improvement in real-time, considering both human effects as well as environmental conditions.

The Smart Building Analytics Living Lab will be used as a direct connection into the real world of building management systems and energy management. From the facility, the Ryerson team will connect to building control systems using Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Building software platform including access control, lighting control, security, energy and HVAC systems. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric,; Ryerson University, (416) 979-5000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric Canada,  Smart Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management ,  

Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2017-11-15
"I actually don't know what that means, the 2C target". -- George David Banks, Special Climate Change advisor to U.S. Pres. Donald Trump

Banks has been involved with climate policy, of which the 2C target is a fundamental tenet, since the Bush administration. Contact: George David Banks,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  COP21,  

NRDC Identifies Expected COP23 Trends (Int'l. Report)
COP23,COP21,Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-11-06
The upcoming COP23 -- the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC -- round of international climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, will set the tone for how leaders will come together during the TU.S. Trump administration and how they will take action on climate change during the Trump era, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The NRDC has identified the following key themes it expects to dominate the meetings: (listen to the recording):

  • U.S. climate action continues despite President Trump -- While President Trump has announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, NRDC says it has witnessed a resounding revolt in the U.S. to against Trump's decision by Governors, Mayors, business leaders, and citizens. States are committing to expand renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cleaner transportation. Mayors are committing to go to power their cities with 100 pct renewable energy and are finding ways to use energy more efficiently. Business leaders are committing to power their companies with 100% renewable energy and to ensure that their supply-chains are helping solve climate change, not make it worse. In short, Trump may be trying to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, but we are still in and committed to helping deliver on America's climate targets.

  • Countries are acting at home -- Key countries are showing that they aren't waiting to implement new actions to reduce their emissions and meet their Paris targets. While not all countries are yet on track to meet their targets, noticeable progress has been made in some of the world's biggest emitting countries.

  • Paris Agreement "rulebook" matters a great deal -- The Paris Agreement established the essential foundations for how the world is going to advance international climate action for decades to come. Critical to its continued success will be ensuring that the "rulebook" for the Paris Agreement helps to ensure that countries meet their targets and creates incentives for countries to beat their targets. Countries agreed to finalize the details of the Paris rulebook next year, so this year's meeting needs to ensure strong progress towards building a system of strong rules to help ensure that the promise of the Paris Agreement is translated into reality in the years ahead.

  • While significant progress is being made by many key countries to meet their Paris Agreement targets, stronger action will be needed in the coming years if we are going to be on a safer climate trajectory. The Paris Agreement created a dynamic process for countries to adopt more aggressive commitments starting in 2020. Countries will need to be prepared to announce even stronger targets in the years to come. There are emerging positive signs that some key countries will be in a position to deliver even greater ambition than they promised in 2015, according the NRDC. (Source: NRDC, Blog, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: NRDC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRDC,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  COP21,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

  • Grocery Giant Supports COP21 with Renewable Electricity Pledge (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-05-17
    In the UK, grocery giant Tesco has pledged to source all of its global electricity requirements from renewables by 2030 in an effort to meet the climate change targets set at COP21.

    To date, Tesco has invested over £700 million in energy efficiency in its stores and distribution centres since 2007, and cut its emissions by 41 pct per square foot of its real estate for annual energy cost savings of approximately £200 million.

    Even so, the company acknowledges that more needs to be done to reach its targeted absolute reductions of 35 pct by 2020, 60 pct by 2025 and 100 pct reductions by 2050 compared to 2015 levels. To that end, Tesco intends to source all of its electricity from renewable sources, has signed on to the RE100 initiative, and will push its sustainability practices down the supply chain by encouraging the use of credible science-based targets on a two degree trajectory. Alternatively, suppliers will be asked to achieve absolute emissions reductions of 7 pct by 2020 and 35 pct by 2030. (Source: Tesco, Clean Energy, 15 May, 2017)Contact: Tesco, +44 (0) 11 44 1992 632222,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesco,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Renewable Energy,  

    N.S. Power on Track for 2020 Renewables Target (Ind. Report)
    Nova Scotia Power
    Date: 2017-05-08
    In Atlantic Canada, the Nova Scotia Power Corp. reports it is on track to reach its mandated target of 40 pct renewable energy by 2020. In 2016, 28 pct of the province's electricity came from renewable resources, the company said in a news release. The corporation is currently required to source 25 pct of its power from renewable sources, raising to 40 pct by 2020.

    Nova Scotia Power emitted 10.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gas-equivalent emissions in 2005, and 7.1 million tonnes in 2016 -- a more than 30 per cent reduction from 2005 levels, which puts the company at having achieved the COP21 target of a 30 pct reduction by 2030.

    There are about 300 wind turbines in service across the province as well as a small but growing hydro, tidal and biomass power capacity. (Source: Nova Scotia Power, CBC, May, 2017) Contact: Nova Scotia Power, Mark Sidebottom, VP Power Generation and Delivery,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nova Scotia Power,  Renewable Energy,  

    GE Touts Global Powering Efficiency Center to Help Reduce Coal Plant Emissions (Ind. Report)
    General Electric
    Date: 2017-03-08
    Following on our 15 June, 2016 coverage, General Electric (GE) is touting its new global Powering Efficiency Center of Excellence (COE) in Baden, Germany. COE applies a total plant hardware and software approach to boost the efficiency of new and existing coal-fired power plants and significantly reduce their emissions. CEO will also create financial and integrated solutions on a worldwide or regional basis.

    The COE aligns with GE's recent study finding that CO2 emissions from the world's steam fleet can be reduced by 11 pct when existing hardware and software solutions are fully applied. Coal-fired power generation provides electricity for about 40 pct of the world and accounts for nearly 75 pct of the electricity sector's carbon emissions due primarily to the inefficiency of older plants.

    GE's Digital Power Plant software is designed to help increase power plant efficiency, cut carbon emissions and meet COP21 greenhouse gas emissions goals. The software interprets data drawn from sensors across the power plant, highlights key factors that may affect performance and takes appropriate action through a closed -loop control system. According to GE, the software can cut CO2 emissions from coal-fired plants by 3 pct and reduce coal consumption by 67,000 tpy with the same MW of output based on a 1,000 MW power plant.

    GE's Digital Power Plant software can enhance the performance and reduce emissions of almost all steam plants -- including non-GE and legacy Alstom plants -- commissioned in the past 25 years, according to GE. (Source: General Electric, PR, 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: GE Power, Steve Bolze, President & CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  Coal Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

    K Line Touts CO2 Reduction Target Success (Int'l. Report)
    K Line
    Date: 2017-02-17
    The giant Japanese shipping line Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (K Line) reports it has set new CO2 emissions targets to cut CO2 emissions by 25 pct by 2030. The new SBI certified targets are scientifically consistent with the 2 degree C levels set by the COP21 Paris Agreement, according to K Line.

    In March 2015, the company launched its K Line Environmental Vision 2050 "Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow" initiative aiming to reduce CO2 emissions from its operating ships by half before 2050. (Source: K Line, Port Technology, 14 Feb., 2017)Contact: K Line,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News K Line,  Maritime Emission,  COP21,  Paris Agreements,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Parliamentarians Approve EU ETS Overhaul (Int'l Report)
    European Parliament
    Date: 2017-02-17
    Meeting in Brussels, European Union parlimentarians (MEPs) have agreed to boost greenhouse-gas emission curbs through the EU carbon market (EU ETS) and to bring EU climate policy into line with the aims of last December's COP21 Paris Agreement on climate change.

    MEPs approved the European Commission (EC) proposal to increase the "linear reduction factor" --- the yearly reduction of credits in order to deliver on the carbon curbs -- by 2.2 pct from 2021, as against 1.74 pct in the existing legislation. This factor should be kept under review with a view to increasing it to 2.4 pct by 2024 at the earliest, say MEPs. The parliamentarians also want to double the MSR's capacity to mop up the excess of credits on the market. When triggered, it would absorb up to 24 pct of the excess of credits in each auctioning year, for the first four years. They agreed that 800 million allowances should be removed from the MSR as of 1 January 2021.

    The draft measures were approved by 379 votes to 263, with 57 abstentions. MEPs will now enter into negotiations with the Maltese Presidency of the Council in order to reach an agreement on the final shape of the legislation, which will then come back to Parliament. (Source: EU, European Parliament, Press Release, Feb, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliament,  Carbon Emissions,  COP21,  EU ETS,  

    India Inks Kyoto Protocol Doha Amendment (Int'l. Report)
    Kyoto Protocol
    Date: 2017-01-27
    In New Delhi, the Indian government Union Cabinet reports it has ratified the Doha amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, mandating global actions to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 2013-2020 period. Although adopted in 1997, is yet to be ratified by most developed nations, including the U.S.

    The protocol mandated rich and developed countries to cut emissions in two phases, between 2005-2012, and then between 2013-2020, through the Doha amendment. It did not mandate any obligations on developing countries to cut emissions. With India’s ratification, 76 countries have now ratified the second commitment period and 144 countries need to ratify it for the Doha amendment to enter into force.

    The Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, on 11 December 1997 and entered into force on 16 February 2005. There were 192 parties (Canada withdrew effective December 2012)to the Protocol. (Source: Daily News & Analysis, Various Media, 25 Jan., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,  Climate Change,  Kyoto Protocol,  

    CDP Initiative Aims to Develop Credible Carbon Pricing for Investors (Ind. Report)
    CDP,Carbon Disclosure Project
    Date: 2017-01-25
    The London-headquartered Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), on behalf of the We Mean Business Coalition, reports it has has convened a panel of utilities and investment leaders from across the G20 under the Carbon Pricing Corridors initiative -- the world's first industry-led initiative aimed at defining the carbon prices needed for the power sector to meet the COP21 Paris Agreement. Over the next two years, the CEOs from PGGM, Engie, Bank of America, Iberdrola, YesBank, Hermes Fund Managers and other leaders will shape realistic prognoses of the range of investment-grade carbon prices needed to de-carbonize electric power generation through 2020, 2025 and 2030. During the course of 2017, the initiative will expand its scope beyond the power sector to include other high-emitting sectors.

    The recently published recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures point to the clear need for investors to be able to stress test their portfolios against a below 2 degree C scenario. The Carbon Pricing Corridors initiative is due to report on its initial projections for credible carbon price ranges in Spring 2017. (Source: CDP, Sustainable Brands, 23 Jan., 2017)Contact: CDP, Paul Simpson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3818 3946,; We Mean Business Coalition,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,  CDP,  Carbon Disclosure Project,  Carbon Emissions,  

    WCC Statement on Climate Justice (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2016-12-02
    The World Council of Churches (WCC) issued a Statement on Climate Justice. The statement reiterates the urgent concerns of churches in relation to climate change, and calls on all states to fulfill the commitments of last December's COP21 Paris Agreement which into legal effect after a rapid ratification process.

    Download the WCC Climate Change statement HERE. (Source: WCC, 28 Nov., 2016) Contact: WCC,

    Pakistani CO2 Emissions to Quadruple by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    Pakistan Climate Change Ministry
    Date: 2016-11-21
    Last week prior to the COP22 meeting in Marrakesh, the Pakistan Climate Change Ministry reported passage of the Pakistan Climate Change Act under which the Pakistan Climate Change Authority would be established to address the climate challenge. The Climate Change Minister, Zahid Hamid, also revealed thatthe country's GHG emissions will increase from 405 CO2 equivalent in 2015 to 1600 in 2030. This covers energy, agriculture, transport, industrial process, forestry and waste.

    The Minister added that for the country to cut its emissions from business as usual rates by 20 pct by 2030 it will need as much as $40 billion in "aid" at current prices. The Ministry also estimates a quadrupling of its carbon emissions from 5 sectors -- not including transport -- from the current 400 million to over 1.6 billion by 2030. Even with the 20 pct reduction in the GHG output, the country's carbon emissions will still have more than tripled by 2030, the Ministry said. (Source: Pakistan Climate Change Ministry, Pakistan Today, 15 Nov., 2016)Contact: Pakistan Climate Change Ministry,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  COP21,  COP22,  

    UNRP Calls for More, Faster Climate Change Adaptation Support -- 2 Reports Attached (Ind. Report)
    UN Environment
    Date: 2016-11-18
    According to the recently released UN Environment's Emissions Gap Report, developed countries should increase and accelerate their support to developing nations trying to adapt to the damaging impacts of climate change.

    Under the COP21 Paris Agreement, wealthy nations have pledged to mobilize $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation), adapt to rising temperatures, and to boost that figure from 2025.

    However, the report notes that the cost for developing countries of adaptation alone could range from $140 billion to $300 billion by 2030, and from $280 billion to $500 billion by 2050 --five times higher than previously estimated.

    UN Environment's Emissions Gap Report, released last week, found that the world is still heading for global warming of 2.9 to 3.4 degree C this century, far beyond the recommended limit of 2 degree C. Failure to meet the target will expose developing countries to even greater potential disruption, leading to significantly higher adaptation costs-although funding will still be required to soften the impact of climate change should targets be met.

    Download the Adaptation Finance Gap Report HERE. The Emissions Gap Report is available HERE. (Source: UNEP, Nov., 2016) Contact: UNEP,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  

    World Biogas Association Launched (Int'l Ind. Report)
    World Biogas Association
    Date: 2016-11-16
    A new trade body called the World Biogas Association (WBA) has been launched at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 22 at Marrakesh, Morocco. Following the adoption by the U.N. of a shared vision for transforming lives by 2030 through the Sustainable Development Goals and the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate agreement between the 195 national governments at the UNFCCC COP21 at Paris in December 2015, the founders have established the World Biogas Association to demonstrate the huge contribution the biogas and anaerobic digestion (AD) industries make to these goals and targets, and to facilitate the adoption of these technologies globally.

    In a statement, the WBA said its trade body is dedicated to supporting the growth of biogas and anaerobic digestion technologies to maximize their contribution to the UNFCCC Commitments and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. WBA founding members include the Italian Compost and Biogas Consortium , Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, HRS Heat Exchangers , American Biogas and others. (Source: World Biogas Assoc., PR, 14 Nov., 2016) Contact: World Biogas Association, Dr. Sarika Jain, Research and Policy Manager,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,  UNFCCC,  Biogas,  Methane,  Landfill Gas,  

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