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, www.telenor.com; Fairtrade Climate Standard, www.fairtrade.net/standards/our-standards/climate-standard.html
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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,www.under2coalition.org
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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)
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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, https://ec.europa.eu
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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)
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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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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, www.schneider-electric.ca; Ryerson University, (416) 979-5000, www.ryerson.ca
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Banks has been involved with climate policy, of which the 2C target is a fundamental tenet, since the Bush administration. Contact: George David Banks, http://www.energyandpolicy.org/george-david-banks-trump-wind-power
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The NRDC has identified the following key themes it expects to dominate the meetings: (listen to the recording):
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, www.tesco.com
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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, www.nspower.ca
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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, www.gepower.com
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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, www.kline.co.jp/en
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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)
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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)
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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, www.cdp.net;
We Mean Business Coalition, www.wemeanbusinesscoalition.org
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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, www.mocc.gov.pk
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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, www.unep.org
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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, email@example.com, www.worldbiomassassociation.org
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To that end, the government has recognized
the need to reactivate idle nuclear power plants and is calling for industrial, academic and government sectors to unite and increase their efforts to utilize renewables and other low-carbon energy, develop innovative technologies such as underground carbon dioxide storage (CCS), new materials and implement new emissions cutting initiatives.
(Source: Japan News, Yomiuri Shimbun, Nov. 9, 2016)
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A substantion portion of the $1 billion pledge will be used to advance Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Carbon Capture Use and Storage (CCUS) in gas-fired power plants and toward reducing leakages of methane, one of the most polluting greenhouse gases.
The 10 firms, which jointly produce one-fifth of the world's oil and gas, will also invest in improving efficiency in transport and energy-intensive industries.
(Source: Various Sources, Hart Energy, Others, 4 Nov., 2016)
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Under the COP21 Paris Agreement, Brazil pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions 37 pct from 2005 levels by 2025 and eliminate illegal deforestation by 2030. (Source: Climate Home, 27 Oct., 2016) Contact: Climate Home, www.climatechangenews.com
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In an apparent effort to placate environmental groups, the IMO created a "road map" towards 2023 final strategy to include additional studies on emissions.
Previously, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) -- Maersk, China Navigation, Wartsila and ABS -- called for the IMO to make specific CO2 reduction commitments, like those adopted the Paris COP21 climate agreement. SSI described this as a "minimum requirement". (Source: IMO, Maritime Exec., Others, 28 Oct., 2016)
Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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Under the terms of an existing agreement between the Norwegian government, Statoil, Shell and Sasol -- the partnership that regulates ownership and operations of the TCM site --
CCS is among the Government's top five priorities for addressing climate action and a national strategy to address climate change related issues and helping Norway meet 1.5 degree C target agreed at the COP21 conference in Paris.
(Source: Gov. of Norway, GasWorld, Others, Oct., 2016)
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As part of the initial commitments to the agreement, India plans to slash its carbon emission intensity -- emission per unit of GDP -- by 33-35 pct from 2005 levels over 15 years. The country also plans to generate 40 pct of its installed electricity capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2030. To achieve that goal, India will have to shift from coal-based power generation to renewable energy sources.
The Paris Climate Agreement comes into force on the 30th day after the date on which at least 55 countries accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions ratify it. (Source: Hindustan Times, Various Media, 4 Sept., 2016)
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The initiative, which was launched in 2011, supports the goals of the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement and the EU targets set for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the production, distribution, storage and use of sustain ably produced and technically certified aviation biofuels. (Source: Neste, Hydrocarbon Processing, 27 Sept., 2016)Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4379, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.neste.com; EU European Advanced Biofuels Flightpath Initiative, http://www.icao.int/environmental-protection/GFAAF/Pages/Project.aspx?ProjectID=9
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Under the deal being considered in MOntreal, airline emissions would effectively be capped in 2020, with carriers having to offset further growth. The estimated cost of the program could range from $5.3 billion to as much as $23.9 billion in 2035, depending on the going price of carbon at that time. (Source: Various Media, Nasdaq, Sept. 2016)
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"We didn't know how to get to the moon when JFK declared the moonshot but we worked hard, innovated and succeeded. The next administration will need to do the same to make sure the United States meets its climate goals." -- MIT Prof. John Sterman Contact: MIT, Prof. John Sterman, (617) 253-1951,
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In 2015, the government closed down five coal fired power stations and is expected to shutter its remaining coal power plants to help it meets it new goal.
The Netherlands overall greenhouse gas emissions were 12 pct lower in 2015 than in 1990, according to Reuters. (Source: Guardian, International, Reuters, Others, 24 Sept., 2016)