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Aviva Launches Climate Transition European Equity Fund (Int'l.)
Aviva Investors
Date: 2019-09-13
In the UK, London-headquartered Aviva Investors is reporting the launch of its Climate Transition European Equity Fund that will focus on the transition to a low-carbon economy. The new fund has received €100 million seed investment from Aviva France.

The fund will invest in companies that derive revenues from goods and services that address climate change mitigation and adaptation, and companies aligning their business models with a warmer, low-carbon world. It will not invest in stocks exposed to coal, unconventional fossil fuels, Arctic oil and gas production, or thermal coal electricity generation. (Source: Aviva Investors, City Wire, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Aviva Investors, Euan Munro, CEO, www.avivainvestors.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviva Investors,  LowCarbon Energy,  


BHP Invests in Bio-Tech Start-up Cemvita Factory (Ind. Report, Int'l)
Cemvita Factory,BHP,BHP Billiton
Date: 2019-09-13
Australian mining major BHP Billiton reports it has taken a stake has taken a stake in Cemvita Factory Inc., a US biotech start-up developer of bio-engineered pathways that support carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration and utilization. Cemvita Factory is developing a portfolio of CO2 conversion microorganisms, including a platform that mimics photosynthesis and other natural processes.

emvita Factory's technology is based on established methods of synthetic biology to improve the metabolic capacity of environment-friendly photosynthetic microorganisms for CO2 use. These microorganisms may also be used for different purposes including the treatment of heavy metal or acidic contamination, using and sequestering CO2 in the process, according to the company. (Source: BHP Billiton, PR, Creamers Mining, Sept., 2019)Contact: Cemvita Factory Inc., www.cemvitafactory.com; BHP Billiton, Laura Tyler, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com, www.bhp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BHP Billiton,  Climate Change,  


BHP Plans Climate Change Investment, Greener Exec. Pay Pkg. (Int'l)
BHP Billiton
Date: 2019-09-13
In the Land Down Under, mining giant BHP Billiton is touting a five-year plan that will see the company spend $400 million on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and other technologies and measures to reduce carbon emissions. The plan also ties the group's executives remuneration packages closer to meeting environmental targets.

According to Group CEO Andrew Mackenzie, "For many years performance against emissions targets has been considered in BHP's executive remuneration plan. From next financial year we will clarify and strengthen this link and further reinforce the strategic importance of action to reduce emissions."

On Dec. 8, 2017, Dr. Fiona Wild, BHP VP for Sustainability and Climate Change, noted "We have knowledge of geology, markets and economics, so there's probably something we can bring to the table here in terms of our understanding around CCS to try to push this technology down the cost curve so it can be more readily available at scale and affordable costs." (Source: BHP, Western Australian, July, 2019) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com, www.bhp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BHP Billiton news,  Climate Change news,  


sPURE Touts European Ethanol's Emissions Reduction (Int'l)
ePURE
Date: 2019-09-11
The European renewable ethanol association ePURE reports in 2018 its members produced 5.81 billion litres of ethanol. 82 pct of which was used as fuel, which resulted in average greenhouse gas (GHG) savings of over 71 pct, compared to petrol. Of the remaining ethanol volumes, 9 pct was used in industry, with another 9 pct was used in food and beverages. ePURE members also produces 5.55 million tonnes distillers dried grain (DDGs) co-products for livestock feed.

Of the total volume of ethanol produced in 2018, The GHG-reducing performance of European ethanol increased for the seventh consecutive year. According to ePURE, "The emissions-reduction performance of EU ethanol continues to improve at a time when transport decarbonization is of critical importance. As Europe's leaders work to respond to voters' concerns about climate change and EU Member States struggle to meet their renewables targets, they should not overlook a homegrown solution that delivers results right now. Ethanol reduces emissions from today's car fleet and will be important for decarbonizing the vehicles that what will continue to be prevalent on Europe's roads for a long time." (Source: ePURE, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. General, +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Carbon Emissons,  Ethanol,  


Amundi, AIIB Partnering on Cimate Bond EM Fund (Ind. Report)
Amundi
Date: 2019-09-11
Paris-based Amundi Asset Management reports it is partnering with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to launch a $500 million Asia Climate Bond Portfolio to launch in January, 2020.

The strategy aims to accelerate climate action in the bank's members and address the underdevelopment of the climate bond market. The fund will invest in labelled green bonds and unlabelled climate bonds and will engage with issuing companies to help them transition their business models to increase climate resilience and green leadership.

Amundi is an asset management company with €1,425 billion of assets under management at the end of 2018, and is is the largest asset manager in Europe. (Source: Amundi, City Wire, 10 Sept., 2019)Contact: Amundi International, www.amundi.com; Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, www.aiib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  Climate Bond,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


WPA Takes Canadian Clean Fuel Standard to Task (Ind Report)
Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Date: 2019-09-09
Since 2017, the government of Canada has been developing the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), a low carbon fuel standard-type policy, to reduce the life-cycle carbon intensity of fuels and energy used in Canada. The CFS aims to achieve 30 million tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) of annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030.

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) has been providing input to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) as it works to design and shape the CFS. And, upon review of ECCC's proposed regulatory approach, WPAC is seriously concerned that the government will not allow end-use fuel switching in the buildings/stationary fuel use sector.

WPAC believes it is unfair for ECCC to recognize fuel switching from gasoline to electricity or hydrogen in transportation, but not to recognize switching from heating oil to solid biofuels -- wood pellets or chips -- for Canada's second largest renewable energy product -- solid biomass heating. To that end, WPAC made the following representations to ECCC:

  • One of the three primary objectives of the CFS is low-cost compliance. By prohibiting recognition of fuel switching for stationary applications, ECCC will actually significantly increase the cost of CFS compliance, exclude the forest sector from participation in the short-term, and inhibit investment in the most proven commercial technology for displacement of heating oil -- wood pellet and chip boilers.

  • Canada consumes approximately three billion lpy of heating oil, the majority of which is consumed by Canadians in rural and Atlantic Canada. The latter accounts for 44 pct of heating oil consumption in the residential sector and 50 pct of heating oil consumption in the commercial/institutional sectors. Rural and Atlantic Canada also have among the lowest per capita income. ECCC's proposed regulatory approach will make CFS compliance for these low-income areas significantly more expensive than for those living in cities.

  • Under ECCC's proposed regulatory approach, the principal mechanism for ensuring compliance from heating oil primary suppliers will be to blend renewable diesel with heating oil. Since heating oil has low carbon intensity (CI) relative to other liquid fuels and much of the crude used to produce heating oil is sourced from outside of Canada, there is less opportunity for upstream reductions than with other liquid fuels. The 2030 target of 74 g CO2e/MJ is less than heating oil combustion emissions, meaning upstream efficiency improvements will be insufficient to meet the requirements. The only heating oil-miscible fuel that can also be stored outside in winter, as is often the case with heating oil, is renewable diesel.

  • Renewable diesel has a useful heat fuel cost of $65-82 per gigajoule (GJ) ($234-295 per MWh. In contrast, wood pellets, at $300-350 per tonne for residential sales, have a useful heat fuel cost of $20-24 per GJ. Wood pellets also have half the of default renewable diesel (29 g CO2e/MJ). Wood chips are half the carbon intensity of wood pellets which means, on an implied carbon price basis and assuming wholesale $0.75 per litre for heating oil, blending renewable diesel with heating oil has a fuel cost of $630/ per tonne CO2e to 884 per tonne CO2e. Switching from heating oil to wood pellets saves money on a fuel basis, in addition to avoiding taxes on heating oil. In this case, there is little reason to implement a complex policy such as the CFS.

  • Despite the billions of dollars invested in lignocellulosic liquid transportation biofuels, all technologies are still pre-commercial -- especially forest feedstock-based liquid transportation biofuels due to the recalcitrant structure of wood fibre. Co-processing of pyrolysis oil or biocrude in existing oil refineries at a meaningful volume will not occur before 2030. The forest sector represents over 75 pct of annually-available biomass resources in Canada and its exclusion from participation in the liquids class will dramatically increase the cost of fuel, especially in rural communities where wood chips and bioheat are a cost efficient and convenient source of energy. (Source: WPAC, Canadian Biomass, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Gordon Murra, Exec. Dir., ; Environment and Climate Change Canada, www.canada.ca › environment-climate-change

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment and Climate Change Canada,  Wood Pellet Association of Canada,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet ,  


  • Coronado Developing Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    City of Coronodo
    Date: 2019-09-09
    In the Golden State, the City of Coronado -- pop. 24,400 +- -- reports it is developing a Climate Action Plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and to plan for a sustainable future.

    The Climate Action Plan will identify strategies and actions for reducing those greenhouse gas emissions generated by transportation and mobile sources, residential and non-residential energy consumption, water and wastewater treatment and its transport, and solid waste generation. The Plan will include a greenhouse gas inventory, forecast, reduction targets, and various reduction measures to achieve targets, and an implementation and monitoring strategy for continuous assessment, according to a City release.

    The plan will benchmark the City's current status relative to statewide emission goals; provide a roadmap for achieving statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets; create a plan that considers the City's needs and objectives; and provide guidance and measurable trigger points for the City to respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    Major strategies to reduce emissions will include increased energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative forms of transportation, water conservation, urban forestry, natural light and ventilation, and programs to "reduce, reuse, and recycle" consumer goods. A draft plan is expected by the first quarter of 2021. (Source: City of Coronado, Eagle Weekender, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Coronodo, Blair King, City Manager, (619) 522-7335, www.coronado.ca.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Fiji Proposes Sweeping Climate Change Legislation (Int'l. Report)
    Fiji,Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-09
    In the South Pacific, the more than 300 island archipelago nation of Fiji, one of the most threatened island nations by the potential ravages of climate change, is proposing new climate change legislation.

    The legislation will introduce a carbon credit scheme, reward climate-friendly infrastructure projects, and a plan for the possible relocation of climate change related threatened coastal communities.

    Fiji, with a population of roughly 910,000, also plans to make 30 pct of its exclusive economic zone a marine protected area with the entire area to be "sustainably managed" by 2030. The legislation is expected to be passed into law before the year end. (Source: Gov. of Fiji, Stock Daily Dish, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: Fiji Attorney General Aiyaz Saiyed-Khaiyum, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aiyaz_Sayed-Khaiyum

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Legislation,  Fiji,  


    Australians Announce "Blue Carbon" Science Hub (Int'l Report)
    Blue Carbon
    Date: 2019-09-09
    Further to our 10th July report, the Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has announced the establishment of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Indian Ocean Blue Carbon Hub aimed at protecting and restoring the health of ocean "blue carbon" mangrove ecosystems.

    The hub, which will be hosted by the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at the University of Western Australia, will be jointly funded by the federal government and CSIRO to the tune of $600,000 over three years. According to hub director Dr Mat Vanderklift, "Blue carbon ecosystems are highly effective at carbon storage and protecting coastal communities against storms. The Indian Ocean is disproportionately important in blue carbon globally. The hub will allow us to accelerate action and go beyond talking about it, to doing something about it."

    Mangrove systems sequester "blue carbon" -- CO2 absorbed from the atmosphere and locked up in coastal wetlands such as mangroves. (Source: The New Nation, Sept., 2019) Contact: Indian Ocean Blu Carbon Hub, Dr Mat Vanderklift, Dir. Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at the University of Western Australia, +61 8 6488 7270, www.uwa.edu.au › facilities › indian-ocean-marine-research-centre

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mangrove,  Blue Carbon,  Climate Change,  


    Trump DOE Dumps Inefficient Bulbs Phase-Out (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-09-06
    The New York Times and other media are reporting the Trump administration DOE has released new rules that annul Bush-era requirements on energy-saving light bulbs. The Bush-era regulation was to come into force on Jan. 1, 2020.

    . The new rules could make less-efficient bulbs for certain fixtures more common, potentially contributing to man-made climate change by increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Politically, it's part of the Trump administration's efforts to roll back climate and other environmental regulations. Energy conservation groups are expected to mount challenges to the Trump administration's move that is widely thought to border on "senseless." (Source: US DOE, NYT, 4 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Conn. Gov. Announces 100 pct Renewable Energy Goal (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In Hartford, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) has announced plans to eliminate the state's dependence on fossil fuels by 2040. The governor put forward this goal in his third executive order since taking office in January. The executive order requires the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to develop strategies to achieve a 100 pct zero carbon -- renewable energy -- target for the state's electric power sector by 2040.

    The Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3) was created by an Executive Order in 2015 and tasked with formulating strategies to help the state meet its 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act and the 2018 Act Concerning Climate Change Planning and Resiliency.

    The first act set out to reduce GHG emissions to 10 pct below 1990 levels by January 2020 and to 80 pct below 2001 levels by January 2050, while the second act aimed to reduce GHG emissions by 45 percent from a 2001 baseline by 2030, based on a GC3 recommendation. According to the newest executive order, the GC3 will be responsible for monitoring the execution of its proposed strategies and will submit a report to the administration on its implementation progress by Jan. 15, 2021. The GC3 will also develop a climate adaptation strategy in consultation with other state agency. (Source: Office of Gov. Ned Lamont, Yale News, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Office of Gov. Ned Lamont, twitter.com/GovNedLamont

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Democrats Table Community Energy Savings Act of 2019 (Reg & Leg)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In Washington, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and democratic Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Tina Smith are touting the introduction of the Community Energy Savings Program Act of 2019.

    The legislation is designed to address and intended to help homeowners lower household energy costs and mitigate climate change chaos. The Act, if passed into law, would provide low-interest financing for residential energy efficiency, renewable energy or energy storage upgrades -- reducing wasted energy and carbon pollution. These energy efficiency projects also help create good-paying jobs through the manufacturing and installation of materials used in energy efficiency upgrades.

    A summary of the Community Energy Savings Program is HERE. (Source: KTVZ, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: Office of Sen. Jeff Merkley, (503) 326-3386, Fax - (503) 326-2900, www.merkley.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


    Manchester NHS Organizations Declare Climate Emergency (Int'l)
    Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership,
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) organizations in Greater Manchester have declared a "climate emergency" and committed to far-ranging action to "slash carbon emissions and avert predicted illness and disease." Greater Manchester is the first integrated care system -- defined as NHS bodies and council social care working together -- in the country to declare a climate emergency.

    The joint Manchester NHS organizations will develop and agree upon that will meet its obligations under the Climate Change Act, to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Manchester NHS organizations will also support pledges made to the Greater Manchester Five Year Plan for the Environment, -- the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership -- which will build on existing work already underway to cut the harmful impact of NHS activity on the environment, such as cutting carbon emissions from energy use by improving efficiency and using low-carbon sources. It will also work with partners to improve local transport around NHS sites, to improve air quality and cut the impact of supply chain transport and encourage reducing waste, managing waste better and reusing or recycling. (Source: Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, PharmaTimes, 3rd September 2019) Contact: Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, www.gmhsc.org.uk

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


    Pacific Climate Change Centre Opens in Samoa (Int'l Report)
    Pacific Climate Change Centre
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In Samoa, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) reports the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC), a partnership between the Government of Japan and the Government of Samoa, is now open in Apia, Samoa. The PCCC will be a hub for climate change information, research, and innovation and will provide practical tools, knowledge, support and training to address the climate change adaptation and mitigation priorities of Pacific island people.

    The PCCC was funded by the Government of Japan, through grant aid to the Government of Samoa, and financial support provided by the Government of New Zealand. The 21 Pacific island member countries and territories of SPREP include: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna. The five metropolitan members of SPREP are: Australia, France, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America. (Source: Pacific Climate Change Centre, PR, 5 Sept., 2019)Contact: Pacific Climate Change Centre, www.sprep.org sprep@sprep.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Reading UK Top Performer in Cutting CO2 Emissions (Int'l Report)
    UK Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In the UK, the Borough of Reading is reportedly one of the top performing areas for reducing carbon emissions. The Reading area cut emission by 45 pct from 2007 to 2017, earning it a top spot among the UK's top 25 performing areas.

    Reading's 218,000 +- residents produce roughly 3.4 tpy -- the ninth lowest amount per person in southeastern England and 48th lowest in the UK. To further cut its emissions, the borough council declared a Climate Emergency and committed to work with partners to deliver a carbon neutral borough by 2030. (Source: Reading Chronicle, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Borough of Reading, www.reading.gov.uk

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


    More Climate Change Take-Aways from "The Donald" -- Notable Quotes
    Trump
    Date: 2019-09-06
    "1. Which country has the largest carbon emission reduction? AMERICA!

    "2. Who has dumped the most carbon into the air? CHINA!

    "3. 91 pct of the world's population are exposed to air pollution above the World Health Organization's suggested level. NONE ARE IN THE U.S.A.!"

    "The Donald" was defending his administration's role in cleaning the country's air and reducing carbon emissions to address climate change which Trump, as expected, says is "fake news" and doesn't exist.

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


    Great Barrier Reef "Very Poor" Outlook Due to Climate Change (Int'l)
    Great Barrier Reef
    Date: 2019-09-04
    In the Land Down Under, Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is reporting the Great Barrier Reef's long-term outlook has been dropped from "poor" to "very poor" due to the effects of climate change. The Authority's report calls for urgent action on climate change and other threats to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest such reef in the world.

    Rising sea temperatures and marine heat waves are doing the most damage to the reef's health, and if nothing is done to stop the current rate of global warming, the reef will be irreparably damaged, the report notes. Beside climate change, the reef is also suffering due to coastal development, direct human use, such as illegal fishing, and land-based run-off from agriculture.

    On 30th April, 2018, we reported the Australian federal government is allotting $500 million -- the largest single environmental protection package in the nation's history -- to help protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change and other treats.

    The government will partner with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in an agreement worth $444 million to mitigate the effects of climate change. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and The Department of the Environment and Energy will also receive $56 million in additional funding. $100 million will be used for reef restoration science and $40 million will be spent for monitoring the health of the reef system.

    In a recently published study, researchers revealed the extent of damage caused by global warming on the reef system. Investigations showed that two successive heat waves killed nearly half of the corals in the most pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef. (Source: The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, New Scientist, Sept., 2019) Contact: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Josh Thomas, CEO, www.gbrmpa.gov.au; Great Barrier Reef Foundation, www.barrierreef.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Great Barrier Reef,  Climate Change,  


    Irish "Environmentally Damaging" Climate Change Directed Spending Opposed (Int'l. Report)
    Social Justice Ireland
    Date: 2019-09-04
    In Dublin, Social Justice Ireland is criticizing the Government's €4 billion yearly incentives, lost and forgiven taxes and other expenditures as "potentially environmentally damaging." The not-for-profit organization suggests this €4 billion would go a long way to supporting a "Just Transition Fund" for low income households in rural Ireland most affected by the implementation of the necessary changes to support climate action.

    Social Justice Ireland notes these subsidies effectively cancel out 80 pct of all tax revenues collected through environmental taxes -- the carbon tax -- and thus undermine any positive impact environmental taxes might have.

    The group classed fuel allowances for low income households as a potentially damaging subsidy because they could result in increased greenhouse gas emissions through the unnecessary use of fossil fuels. The group suggests the subsidies be spent on fuel allowances for low income households to refurbish properties through improved energy efficiency. The group is also opposed to indirect subsidies -- including tax revenues forgone by the imposition of lower excise duties on diesel, kerosene, gas oil, aviation fuel, so-called green diesel and other fuel oil -- and most farm related subsidies as being potentially environmentally damaging.

    Also included in the €4 billion targeted by Social Justice Ireland are direct government subsidies such as the transfer of €115 million from electricity consumers through a PSO levy to subsidize the burning of peat for electricity to maintain jobs in the midlands. (Source: Social Justice Ireland, RTE.ie Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Social Justice Ireland, +353 1 213 0724, www.socialjustice.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Brampton Releases Energy, Emissions Management Plan (Ind. Report)
    City of Brampton
    Date: 2019-09-04
    In southern Ontario, the city of Brampton -- pop. 594,000 +- -- reports the release of its strategy for lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy conservation, and the city's goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20 pct by 2024. The Brampton Energy and Emissions Management Plan 201-2024: A Zero Carbon Transition outlines how the city plans to achieve a zero-carbon transition for new and existing corporate facilities over the next five years. The plan focuses on minimizing emissions intensity, minimizing energy consumption, and maximizing cost recovery.

    Brampton is aiming foe a 30 pct emission reduction by 2030 and 80 pct by 2025. The interim target has been set to reduce GHG emissions by 20 per cent by 2024.

    In a release, the city notes has recovered $5.8 million in costs through energy-efficient programs, third-party funding, energy procurement and water rebates since 2014 and has introduced more than 13 renewable energy projects implemented 50 energy conservation projects in its effort to address emissions and climate change. (Source: City of Brampton, Brampton Guardian, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Brampton, 905.874.2130, www.brampton.ca

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


    Aussie Green Bond Issuance Tops $15 billion (Int'l. Report)
    Climate Bonds Initiative.
    Date: 2019-09-04
    The Climate Bonds Initiative, an international, investor-focused not-for-profit organisation working solely on mobilizing the $100 trillion bond market for climate change solutions, reports the release of its Green Infrastructure Investment Opportunities Australia 2019 (GIIO) report, as well as the Green Finance State of the Market Australia (SoTM) 2019 report. The report notes Australia issued $15.6 billion in green bonds as of the end of June, placing Australia third in the Asia-Pacific region behind China (US$91.5 billion) and Japan (US$12.4 billion) and ahead of South Korea at (US$6.7 billion) and Indonesia with US$4 billion.

    Australia is tenth overall in cumulative global green bond rankings as of 30 June 2019. Total domestic issuance to date includes 35 deals -- some comprising multiple tranches -- from 15 issuers. Australia’s annual green bond issuance in the 2018 calendar year nearly doubled, from $3.3 billion in 2017 to $6 billion. (Source: Climate Bonds Initiative, Sustainability Report, Pro Bono News, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Climate Bonds Initiative, Sean Kidney, CEO, www.climatebonds.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bonds,  Low Carbon,  


    Malaysia Needs $7.8Bn to Reach Renewable Energy Target (Int'l)
    Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-04
    In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin has announced the country needs $7,821,660,000 in investment capital to achieve its target of 20 pct electricity generation from renewable energy (RE) sources by 2025.

    According to the Minister, the necessary funds would be contributed by the government, public-private partnerships and private financing. The Minister further announced "The Securities Commission has already done a six-month study on green financing; it had formed the financing task force (for this purpose). It gave a report on 21 action items to facilitate the necessary investment in RE and the government will look at all the action items and implement them accordingly." The Minister added, the government would continue its current incentives such as the Green Technology Financing Scheme and the Green Investment Tax Allowance to incentivize the growth of RE. (Source; Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Bernama , The Sun Daily, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Malaysain Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, www.mestecc.gov.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysia,  Renewable Energy,  


    Trump DOE Nixes Inefficient Bulbs Phase-Out (Ind. Report)
    DOE
    Date: 2019-09-04
    The New York Times and other media are reporting the Trump administration DOE has released new rules that annul Bush-era requirements on energy-saving light bulbs. The Bushera regulation was to come into force on Jan. 1, 2020.

    . The new rules could make less-efficient bulbs for certain fixtures more common, potentially contributing to man-made climate change by increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Politically, it's part of the Trump administration's efforts to roll back climate and other environmental regulations. Energy conservation groups are expected to mount challenges to the Trump administration's move that borders on senseless. (Source: US DOE, NYT, 4 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Light,  


    UK Commits £1.44Bn to Climate Change Fight (Int'l. Report)
    G7
    Date: 2019-08-30
    At the conclusion of the Biarritz G7 Summit, the Uk announced it would increase its contribution to cutting carbon emissions in the developing world to £1.44 billion over the next foru years. The UK's previous contribution of £720 million between 2014 and 2019 came from the UK's Green Climate Fund (GCF). The GCF supports projects to protect and preserve natural habitats in the developing world, including in the Amazon where fires continue to rage.

    The newly announced £1.44 billion funding, which will come from the UK aid budget and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will be earmarked for tackling climate change, including wildfires.

    During the Summit meeting, the G7 agreed to support a medium-term reforestation plan which will be unveiled at the UN in September. (Source: G7 Release, Various Media, Daily Mail, 27 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News G7,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emission ,  


    Ontario Files Top Court Challenge to Fed. Carbon Tax (Ind Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-08-30
    Reporting from Queens Park, Ontario Premier Doug Ford's (C) government reports it has filed a challenge with the country's top court against the Canadian Federal government's carbon tax.

    The province, Canada's most populous, argues that Ontario's Court of Appeal was wrong to find the carbon price was "constitutional and within the federal government's right to impose." Federal lawyers had argued that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act -- under which the carbon tax is imposed -- was a legitimate response to potentially catastrophic climate change. (Source: Various Media, Canadian Press, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Canada Carbon Tax,  Doug Ford,  


    Poll Finds N.M. Supports Strong Methane, Climate Policies (Ind. Report)
    New Mexico
    Date: 2019-08-30
    A recently released survey by Washingto, DC-based Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research Inc. for The Majority Institute (TMI) has found that New Mexicans strongly support policies, rules and regulations aimed at cutting methane and climate pollution, as well as transitioning to a 100 pct clean energy economy in New Mexico.

    The survey found strong and growing support to reduce methane waste and pollution and the implementation of new methane waste standards statewide as an important part of the boom in Permian Basin development. The survey also found that two-thirds of New Mexico voters want strong limits and the eventual elimination of carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: Majority Institute PR, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Majority Institute, 303-586-3176. www. majorityinstitute.com; Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research, 202-478-8330, www.gqrr.com

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


    Navy Sinks Climate Change Task Force (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Navy
    Date: 2019-08-28
    The Navy Times is reporting the U.S. Navy scuttled its Obama-era Navy Task Force Climate Change in March. The task force was designed to prepare naval leadership for global shifts in sea levels, melting ice sheets and ocean temperatures. Navy officials have been quoted as saying the task force's mission was "no longer needed" (under the Trump administration?).

    While Trump downplayed, denied and generally ignored climate change, his Pentagon continued to follow a the task force's "climate change adaptation roadmap" to protect against catastrophic storms that put coastal bases at tremendous risk. For example, Naval Station Norfolk, in Virginia -- headquarters of the Atlantic Fleet -- sea levels have risen nearly 15 inches since World War I. The facility floods about 10 times annually, a number estimated to rise to 280 events per yearby the year 2100, according to a report by The Union of Concerned Scientists.

    Former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and retired Marine Corp General and Trump Sec. of Defense James Mattis have warned against the possible catastrophic effects of climate change and the need to address it, relative to the military, but apparently to no avail. (Source: Navy Times, 27 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Navy,  Climate Change,  


    UK Investing £1.4Bn in Global GHG Emissions Fight (Int'l)
    Green Climate Fund
    Date: 2019-08-28
    The Environmental Journals is reporting the UK will spend £1.44 billion over the next four years to help developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The UK contributed £724 million between 2014 and 2019.

    Over 40 countries are currently funding similar projects through the Green Climate Fund (GCF) which has provided a total of $5.2 billion and mobilized over $13.5 billion of private sector and other co-investment for projects to reduce emissions and protect and preserve natural habitats in the developing world. GCF projects are expected to remove the equivalent of 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. (Source: Environmental Journal, Thomas Barrett, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Green Climate Fund, +82 32 458 6059, info@gcfund.org, www.greenclimate.fund

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Green Climate Fund,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Biden's Climate Plan in a Nutshell (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-26
    US Democratic former V.P. and 2020 presidental hopeful Joe Biden, like every candidate, has released his plan to address the climate change crisis.

    Biden's $1.7 trillion plan calls for a $400 billion over ten years investment in R&D targeted at: grid-scale storage; small modular nuclear reactors; zero net energy buildings; using renewables to produce carbon-free hydrogen; decarbonizing industrial heat needed to make steel, concrete, and chemicals; leveraging agriculture to remove carbon dioxide from the air; and sequestering carbon dioxide from power plants deep underground. A climate adaptation agenda.

    Biden's plan has all the usual "shoutouts to climate justice and protection for fossil-fuel workers who lose their jobs" and a program to "rally the world" to address climate change and reach zero-emissions by 2050. See the former Vice-President's website for details. (Source: Mother Jones, 24 Aug., 2019) Contact: Joe Biden, www.joebiden.com/climate

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    Climate Action Network Questions G7 Climate Commitment (Int'l)
    Climate Change,Climate Action Network Canada
    Date: 2019-08-26
    In its report on the recent G7 meeting, the Ottawa-based Climate Action Network, a global association of more than 1,300 climate groups, notes that the world's wealthiest countries -- including Canada -- are lagging instead of leading and need to do more in the fight against global warming.

    The report also notes Canada's current policies are consistent with global warming exceeding 4 C compared to pre-industrial levels, more than twice the stated goal of the Paris agreement of staying as close to 1.5 C as possible. The U.S. and Japan are also both in the 4 C category, while France, Italy, Germany and the UK -- the other four G7 members -- have policies consistent with more than 3 C in warming.

    The Climate Action Network ranks Canada's climate plan as having the same impact on global warming as the policies of the United States, where President Donald Trump has rejected the Paris agreement. Even so, the report applauds Canada's plan to eliminate coal as a source of electricity by 2030, the national price on pollution and the goal to stop selling combustion-engine cars by 2040. But it says all of the government plans "remain insufficient to meet Canada's targets and the Paris Agreement." Canada's current targets call for cutting emissions 30 pct of 2005 levels by 2030. (Source: Climate Action Network, Canadian Press, 24 Aug., 2019) Contact: Catherine Abreu,Exec. Dir., (855) 254-6638, nhattan@climateactionnetwork.ca, www.climateactionnetwork.ca

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    Amazon Wildfires -- Notable Quotes
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-26
    "We will never save the rain forest until a living tree is worth more to Brazil than an incinerated one." -- Johan Eliasch, The Telegraph, 25 Aug., 2019

    "The fires raging in parts of the Amazon rain forest are symptomatic of a 'climate emergency which does not know international boundaries. The Amazon is a global resource as well as a national one." -- The Bishop of Salisbury, Nick Holtam, Church Of England Environmental Affairs Leader

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  


    Porsche Carbon Offsetting Tool Offered in N. America (Ind. Report)
    Porsche
    Date: 2019-08-26
    German automaker Porsch AG is touting the launch of Porsche Impact aimed at helping its North American customers lower their carbon footprint.

    Porsche Impact is a web-based emissions calculator that allows Porsche owners to assess and compensate for CO2 emissions, based on mileage and average fuel consumption. Customers can then follow a quick link to make financial contributions to environmental projects designed to offset their individual carbon footprint.

    Porsche Impact users can choose from four different internationally certified projects to support. The available programs are focused on forest protection in the U.S., hydropower in Vietnam, solar energy in Mexico, and habitat preservation in Zimbabwe.

    The Porsche Impact offset programs are managed by South Pole, a Swiss-based provider of carbon offsetting projects and sustainability financing that has been active internationally for more than a decade. Impact has been available to customers in Germany, the UK, and Poland since late 2018. (Source: Porsche AG, PRN, 25 Aug., 2019)

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    Trump Dumps on Auto Giants for Backing Stricter Vehicle Emissions Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Trump
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford would be "very disappointed if he saw his modern-day descendants wanting to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn't work as well, because execs don't want to fight California regulators" (over vehicle emissions legislation).

    "The Legendary Henry Ford and Alfred P. Sloan, the Founders of Ford Motor Company and General Motors, are 'rolling over' at the weakness of current car company executives willing to spend more money on a car that is not as safe or good, and cost $3,000 more to consumers. Crazy! -- President "The Donald" Trump, Aug., 2019.

    Ford, GM, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen -- which interestingly was recently paid a more than $10 billion fine for deliberately skewering their vehicle emissions tests and cheating on excessive emissions levels -- have all struck a voluntary deal with California on emissions rules, defying Trump's bid to strip the state of its right to fight climate change by setting its own standards. According to California attorney general Xavier Becerra, Trump's proposed rules would create an extra 540 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases. (Scource: City A.A., 22 Aug., 2019)

    Editor's Note: It's hard not to ask -- "When will the Trump circus end?"

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    Melting Glaciers Having Unexpectedly Positive Effect on CO2, says Report (Ind. Report)
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
    Date: 2019-08-21
    In a recently released Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) paper -- Proglacial freshwaters are significant and previously unrecognized sinks of atmospheric CO2, researchers show that the watershed of Canada's Lake Hazen, which is fed by several glaciers, consumes CO2 as far as 26 miles downstream. According to the paper, this finding could change the way scientists think about how freshwater ecosystems will respond to a warming planet, forcing us to reevaluate the way that melting glaciers will contribute to climate change, at least in the near future.

    Paper Abstract -- "Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from freshwater ecosystems are almost universally predicted to increase with climate warming. Glacier-fed rivers and lakes, however, differ critically from those in non-glacierized catchments in that they receive little terrestrial input of organic matter for decomposition and CO2 production, and transport large quantities of easily mobilized comminuted sediments available for carbonate and silicate weathering reactions that can consume atmospheric CO2.

    "We used a whole-watershed approach, integrating concepts from glaciology and limnology, to conclusively show that certain glacier-fed freshwater ecosystems are important and previously overlooked annual CO2 sinks due to the overwhelming influence of these weathering reactions.

    "Using the glacierized Lake Hazen watershed (Nunavut, Canada) as a model system, we found that weathering reactions in the glacial rivers actively consumed CO2 up to 42 km downstream of glaciers, and cumulatively transformed the High Arctic's most voluminous lake into an important CO2 sink. In conjunction with data collected at other proglacial freshwater sites in Greenland and the Canadian Rockies, we suggest that CO2 consumption in proglacial fresh waters due to glacial melt-enhanced weathering is likely a globally relevant phenomenon, with potentially important implications for regional annual carbon budgets in glacierized watersheds."

    Download report details HERE. (Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Aug., 2019) Contact: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, www.pnas.org

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    Amazon Rainforest CO2 Capacity Investigated (Ind. Report)
    LBNL, US DOE
    Date: 2019-08-21
    The US DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and an international team of researchers addressing the "Amazon Forest Response to CO2 Fertilization Dependent on Plant Phosphorus Acquisition," has raised the issue and asked the question, "How long will the Amazon rainforest continue to act as an effective carbon sink?"

    The study, published August 5 in the journal Nature Geoscience, found that accounting for phosphorus-deficient soils reduced projected CO2 uptake by an average of 50 pct in the Amazon, compared to current estimates based on previous climate models that did not take into account phosphorus deficiency. The Amazon Basin is critical to help mitigate climate change due to its trees absorbing around a quarter of the CO2 released each year from the burning of fossil fuels.

    According to Berkeley Lab research scientist and study co-author Jennifer Holm, "Most predictions of the Amazon rainforest's ability to resist climate change are based on models that have outdated assumptions; one of those is that a sufficient supply of nutrients such as phosphorus exist in soils to enable trees to take in additional CO2 as global emissions increase," said . "But in reality the ecosystem is millions of years old, highly weathered, and therefore depleted of phosphorus in many parts of the Amazon."

    Agriculture, forestry, and other types of land use account for 23 pct of human-caused GHG emissions, yet at the same time natural land processes absorb the equivalent of almost a third of CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industry, according to the recently released International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on land and climate interactions. (Source: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, PR, Eureka Alert, 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE Office of Science, energy.gov/science; LBNL, Jennifer Holm, Research Scientist and Study Co-author, www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-holm-265600b, www.lbl.gov

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    Alaska's Temperature Soaring, Sea Ice Disappearing (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change,NOAA
    Date: 2019-08-19
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting July, 2019 was Alaska's warmest month on record as well as the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880.

    The state's average temperature in July was 14.5 degrees -- 3 degrees above average and 0.4 higher than the previous warmest month of July 2004. Anchorage, the state's largest city, soared to 32.22 degrees for the first on the 4th of July, 2019.

    As a sign of things to come, sea ice off Alaska's north and northwest shore and other Arctic regions retreated to the lowest level -- 7.6 million square kilometres -- ever recorded for July, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Centre at the University of Colorado. By way of comparison, the previous high sea ice loss was the size of South Carolina in July in 2012. (Source: NOAA, New Daily, AAP, 18 Aug., 2019) Contact: Alaska Division of Forestry, (907) 269-8463, Tim Mowry, forestry.alaska.gov; University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Centre, Brian Brettschneider, Climate Researcher, (907) 474-2484, www.uaf-iarc.org; NOAA, Benjamin Friedman, (301) 713-1208, www.noaa.gov

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    800,000 Year High Atmospheric CO2 Levels in 2019 (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-19
    In May, 2019, the Mauna Loa Observatory NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Hawaii reported atmospheric CO2 levels at 415.26 ppm, marking a historic precedent in the last 800,000 years. The Observatory also noted there is now more CO2 on the planet than ever since the dawn of humanity,

    The last time the planet came close to matching the climate of today was during the Pliocene Epoch when the Arctic was covered in trees instead of ice and sea levels were roughly 20 meters higher than today, according to Tech Wire (Source: Mauna Loa Observatory, Various Media, Journal Pioneer, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Mauna Loa Observatory, (808) 933-6965, www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/obop/mlo

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    60-Story Passive House Building Planned in Vancouver (Ind. Report)
    Passive House
    Date: 2019-08-16
    Now, according to In Vancouver, the Journal of Commerce is reporting the world's largest "passive building" a 60-story high-rise building is on the drawing boards. The building at 1075 Nelson will incorporate f a combination of new technology and biophilic design to achieve Passive House standards, and will feature trees on every third level in the center of the building to create a "green column."

    Founded in Germany for residential buildings, the standard, which helps designers design ultra-energy-efficient buildings by using passive heating and cooling systems that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate climate change. According to the International Passive House Association, the Passive House standard is relevant and useful to any climate.(Source: International Passive House Association, Journal of Commerce, Facilitiesnet, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: International Passive House Association, www.passivehouse-international.org

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    Boulder County Commissioners Support Colorado Communities for Climate Action Platform (Ind. Report)
    Colorado Communities for Climate Action
    Date: 2019-08-16
    In Colorado, the Boulder County Commissioners are reporting support for Colorado Communities for Climate Action -- a coalition of 27 local governments advocating for stronger state and federal climate policy.

    The coalition's policy statement includes 28 policy positions addressing statewide climate strategies, local climate strategies, energy generation, energy efficiency, transportation, fossil fuel extraction, and solid waste reduction. In 2018, the Boulder County Commission enacted 11 of the coalition's priorities including House Bill 1261, which codified statewide goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by at least 26 pct by 2025, increasing to 50 pct by 2030 and at least 90 pct by 2050. State Senate Bill 96 requiring the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to collect data on greenhouse gas emissions and propose new emission standards that will allow the state to meet those reductions in greenhouse gas emissions was also enacted.

    The coalition is also calling for the creation of a public process for evaluating retail energy options for local jurisdictions; accelerating the beneficial electrification of communities using renewable energy sources; expanding low-income energy efficiency and renewable energy programs; increasing funding for multi-modal and transportation alternatives; and fostering infrastructure to incentivize recycling and composting. Jason Smith, executive director of Colorado Communities for Climate Action, said because the team does so much work on the front end making sure each member of the coalition approves the language, he expects the other seven members to approve the 2019-2020 policy statement in short order. (Source: Colorado Communities for Climate Action, Colorado Daily, Longmont Times-Call, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Colorado Communities for Climate Action, Tom Easley, (303) 887-4626, easley@rockymountainclimate.org, www.cc4ca.org

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    Gov. Cuomo's "Green New Deal of New York" Adopted (Reg & Leg)
    Green New Deal,New York State
    Date: 2019-08-16
    New York State has adopted Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Green New Deal of New York" -- the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) -- an aggressive carbon-emissions-reduction plan for the Empire State to derive 100 pct of its electricity from zero-carbon emissions sources by 2040.

    The CLCPA also commits New York to net-zero carbon emissions, economy-wide, by 2050, with an interim target of slashing emissions 40 pct below the state's 1990 emission levels by 2030. The Act also requires the state and industry to reduce their emissions by 85 pct , with the remaining 15 percent of the net-zero goal coming from carbon offsets.

    For oversight and administration, the act will create a 22 member commission a various advisory panels to deal with buildings and construction, industry, land use and zoning, local governments, transportation, and more. These advisory panels are required to consult with a climate justice working group composed of representatives from low-income communities and environmental justice groups. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), Heartland Institute, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), www.governor.ny.gov, www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

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    US Sen. Booker to Propose Climate Stewardship Act (Reg & Leg)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-16
    In Washington, US presidential wannabe Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is reportedly set to table the Climate Stewardship Act, climate change related legislation that would fund the planting of 4.1 billion trees by 2030 and 16 billion by 2050. Booker's proposed legislation is intended to address climate change, reduce carbon emissions and energy use, and create more than 200,000 forestry jobs in the first ten years.

    The Climate Stewardship Act will be presented in September.

    The new trees will cover up to 64 million acres and will capture more than 13 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide by the end of the century -- equivalent to more than two full years of the country's current greenhouse gas emissions. Approximately 400 million trees will be planted in urban areas to provide cooling effects on heatwaves and help urban residents to reduce their energy usage. The Act will also establish a Reforest America cost-share programme, the Urban Wood initiative, the Stewardship Corps and provide funding to the US Forest Service and the Department of Interior. (Source: Office of Sen. Cory BookerVarious Media, Smart Energy, 15 Aug., 2019)Contact: Office of Sen. Cory Booker, https://twitter.com/CoryBooker

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    States, Cities Coalition Tackle Trump's ACE Rule (Ind. Report)
    Trump.Obama Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2019-08-14
    Reuters is reporting New York and California, along with 20 other states and seven cities on Tuesday sued to challenge the Trump administration EPA's replacement of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.

    The suit claims the Trump Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule will prolong the country's reliance on coal power, hinder states that pursue cleaner electricity generation, will not curb rising power plant carbon emissions and will prolong the operation of dirtier coal plants. (Source: HPMG News, Various Media, Reuters 13 Aug., 2019)

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    Helsinki Sustainability Programme Addresses Climate Change Concerns (Int'l.)
    City of Helsinki
    Date: 2019-08-14
    In Finland, according to a 2018 City of Helsinki survey, two thirds of the city's 1,292 million residents identified the climate crisis as their major concern when thinking about the future of the city. In response, Helsinki has launched Think Sustainably, the world's first online service that makes sustainable choices of retails, services, hotels and others as easy as using an app.

    Services, hotels and others filtered through the online programme are benchmarked against criteria developed by the City of Helsinki in collaboration with the independent think tank Demos Helsinki, local interest groups and sustainability experts. The service also includes a route planner feature that identifies emission-free transportation options in the city. The route planner provides CO2 emissions in grams per person per trip.

    Currently gathering feedback from users, the Think Sustainably service is publicly available with plans to roll the programme out further and review its impact in 2020.

    The process of developing the Think Sustainably service included researching the most significant factors of ecological sustainability related to different service categories. These dealt mostly with greenhouse emissions caused by energy production, the impacts of mobility and food, waste management, factors related to circular economy, protecting biodiversity, accessibility, and employment and preventing discrimination.

    The European Commission (EC) tagged Helsinki the most innovative region in the EU. It is also the first European city and, the second globally -- after New York -- to voluntarily report the implementation of its Sustainable Development Goals to the UN. (Source: City of Helsinki, PR, CISION, Yahoo Finance, Aug., 2019)Contact: Helsinki Think Sustainably , www.myhelsinki.fi/en/think-sustainably; Helsinki Marketing, Laura Aalto, CEO, +358 40 507 9660 , laura.aalto@hel.fi, www.hel.fi; Carbon Neutral Helsinki Initiative, Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen, Director, https://carbonneutralcities.org/cities/helsinki

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    Municipality of Waterloo Attacks GHG Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Waterloo
    Date: 2019-08-12
    In Ontario, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo reports it is aiming to join other regional centers -- the cities of Guelph and Markham -- in reaching Net Zero Carbon by 2050. To that end, in 2013 Waterloo developed Climate Action WR, a Climate Action Plan aimed at cutting the municipality's GHG emissions by 6 pct from 2010 levels by 2020 and 80 pct by 2050.

    Waterloo's 2015 emissions breakdown identified the transportation sector is the largest emitter of CO2 at 49 pct, followed by industrial, commercial, and institutional work places at 27 pct, residences at 18 pct, agriculture emitted 5 pct and waste management picked up the remaining 1 pct.

    Between 2010 and 2015 the Climate Action WR plan spearheaded 5.2 pct reduction in GHG emissions, the equivalent of 235,935 tonnes of CO2 emissions or 58,000 cars removed from the roads.

    Th meet its transportation-related GHG reduction goals, Waterloo has instituted a community bike and car share program, a light rail electric transit system and reduced bus traffic in the city. The municipality also established "green" building and energy efficiency standards, retrifited street lights to LED which are expected to reduce GHG emissions by 920 tpy. (Source: Municipality of Waterloo, Alternatives Journal, 3 Aug., 2019) Contact: Sustainable Waterloo Region, Tova Davidson,Executive Director, Samantha Tremmel, Acting Climate Action Manager, (519) 603-2223, www.sustainablewaterlooregion.ca

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    Land is Part of the Climate Solution -- IPCC Report (Ind. Report)
    IPCC,Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-12
    According to the attached Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, "land is already under growing human pressure and climate change is adding to these pressures." At the same time, keeping global warming to well below 2 degrees C can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors including land and food, the IPCC report notes.

    The report will be a key scientific input into forthcoming climate and environment negotiations, such as the Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14) in New Delhi, India in September and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, Chile, in December.

    The report notes that better land management can contribute to tackling climate change, but is not the only solution. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors is essential if global warming is to be kept to well below 2 degrees C, if not 1.5 degrees C.

    The IPCC assessments provide all levels of government with scientific information that can be used to develop climate policies and in international negotiations to tackle climate change.

    The IPCC, the world body for assessing the state of scientific knowledge related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks and possible response options.

    Download the UN IPCC Land is Part of the Climate Solution report HERE. (Source: UN IPCC, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

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    Notable Data, Facts and Statistics
    IPCC
    Date: 2019-08-09
    According to the IPCC, on average, the global temperature has already risen about 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This year -- 2019 -- is on track to be the third-hottest on record globally, according to Climate Central. 2018 was the fourth warmest, behind 2016 (the warmest), 2015, and 2017.

    Last year was also the hottest year on record for the world's oceans. Alarmingly, the air temperature over land is rising twice as fast as the global average, and has already risen more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (Source: IPCC, Aug., 2019) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

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    Singaporeans Want Taxes to Fund Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions, Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-09
    In Singapore, a recent Mediacorp survey of about 1,000 Singaporeans has found just over half of the respondents called for the use of current and future taxes to fund initiatives to tackle climate change. Forty-seven per cent of respondents said the Government should also use the national reserve funds in the climate change fight.

    Of the total, fully 96 pct said government should do more to combat climate change. To that end, the Government announced plans to a establish a new office and increase its budget to strengthen it's climate science efforts. (Source: Singapore Independent, CAN, 8 Aug., 2019)

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    EIB Loans to Fund 21 Spanish Wind Farms (Int'l., Funding)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2019-08-09
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it will provide €385 million in loan funding for Alfanar Group's construction of 21 wind farms totaling 547 MW in Andalusia, Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla Leon, Galicia and Navarra in Spain.

    The EIB, the world's first and largest issuer of green bonds, is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its 28 Member States. The EIB aims to dedicate at least 25 pct of its investments to climate change mitigation and adaptation, supporting low-carbon growth with climate resilience. In 2018, and for the ninth consecutive year, the EIB exceeded its climate finance target, providing €16.2 billion to promote climate action. (Source: European Commission, PR, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: European Commission, www.eceuropa.eu

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    Pakistani Bank Touts Afforestation, Climate Change Effort (Int'l)
    Khushhali Microfinance Bank
    Date: 2019-08-07
    In Islamabad, the Khushhali Microfinance Bank (KMBL) reports it is partnering with Punjab Forest Departmenth to plant and maintain 6,000 trees in Changa Manga area near Lahore. The afforestation initiative is intended to help maintain biodiversity and ecological balances and address climate change, according to a KMBL statement.

    KMBL president Ghalib Nishtar said the bank's small reforestation project aims to take a leading role in fighting climate change and embracing a greener future. The KMBL is "Green Office Certified" by WWF-Pakistan in recognition of its efforts to implement environmentally sustainable practices within the Bank. (Source: Khushhali Microfinance Bank, The International News, 8 Aug., 2019)

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    Pacific Forum Declares Region Climate Crisis (Int'l. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-07
    Last week in Fiji, Pacific nation leaders meeting at the Pacific Islands Development Forum declared a regional "climate crisis" and expressed "grave" concerns about the impacts the climate crisis will have on the Pacific region.

    In the declaration, the Pacific Islands Development Forum called on Pacific region governments of countries with high carbon emissions -- including coal mining Australia -- to immediately prohibit any new coal mining projects, phase out all existing production over the next 10 years, and stop hindering efforts to control climate change. The declaration also called for the Forum's 14-member states to immediately end subsidies on fossil fuel production and affirmed "that climate change poses the single greatest threat to the human rights and security of present and future generations of Pacific Island peoples".

    In keeping with the Forum's declaration, Fiji and the Marshall Islands announced they would revise their Paris Climate Accord nationally determined contributions commitments. (Source: Various Media, Radio NZ, 31 July, 2019)

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    Notable Quotes from the Land Down Under
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-07
    "We believe we will meet our Paris targets and we are very firm about that. Australia always meets its international targets.

    "We are a good international player, not every international country does meet its targets. Some of them fail very badly or don't take the environment seriously. We do take the environment seriously and we do believe that we have to listen very carefully on climate change [and] Pacific needs.

    "Pacific island countries feel the impacts of climate change more than other countries do and the issues are real, the mitigation issues are real, the adaptation issues are real, and Australia very much wants to partner and work on those issues." -- Alex Hawke, Australia Minister for International Development and the Pacific. Under the Paris Agreement, Australia is committed to cutting emissions per capita by 50 pct by 2030. (Source: Australia Minister for International Development and the Pacific, RNZ, 6 Aug., 2019)

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