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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,

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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)

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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,

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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,  

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