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Cargill Expands, Confirms Climate Change Commitments (Ind. Report)
Cargill
Date: 2019-12-04
Minneapolis-headquartered agriculture industry giant Cargill reports it has adopted a Scope 3 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its global supply chains by 30 pct per ton of product by 2030.

To that end, Cargill is focused on targeted supply chain interventions, programming and policy solutions benefiting farmers, customers and the broader food system including: accelerating sustainable progress in beef, advancing soil health, reducing carbon for sustainable shipping and Protecting forests in partnership with farmers . Cargill has also reinforced its intent to prioritize climate change concerns through pledging to the CEO Climate Statement, signing on to the We Are Still In coalition to continue supporting the Paris Climate Accord and convening at this week's UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid.

The commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from its global supply chain by 30 pct per ton of product by 2030, in combination with the previously announced operational goal to reduce absolute emissions by 10 pct , has been approved by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). (Source: Cargill, PR, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP25,  Cargill,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Wa. Post Comments on China, COP25 (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
COP25
Date: 2019-12-04
"China is already the world's carbon-emitting leader, emitting nearly twice the levels of America in second place, and it is building up its lead. And in 2019, China's only significant climate change accomplishment was its slaughter of 100 million methane-producing pigs. But of course, that wasn't about climate change; it was about restraining a swine flu outbreak.

"And things are set to get worse as China opens dozens of new coal-fired power plants. China's carbon output is heading even higher in 2020, even as America's is projected to decline. This speaks to something: Chinese President Xi Jinping is lying when he says he takes climate change seriously. His dirty coal plants and opposition to European carbon tariffs, evidence Xi's global economic and political ambitions come first.

"The COP25 community doesn't seem to care. Instead, this week's summit has opened with a range of thinly veiled jabs at the United States. This, even though America is leading the world in reducing its carbon emissions.

"Why the choice to attack America and ignore China? Because most nations prefer pomp to practicality on this issue. They know they can attack America but keep trading with America. But it's not so simple when it comes to China. These nations know that China views trade through the distinct prism of Xi's mercantilist worldview. And led by President Emmanuel Macron of France, the European Union is keen to keep Beijing happy in order to maintain Chinese investment and trade deals. The contrast here between European leaders' rhetoric and activists' demands is striking.

"But it doesn't change the exigent truth. Until COP25 puts China front and center in its carbon reduction sights, these summits will continue to produce nothing but hot air." (Source: Washington Post, 3 Dec., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP25,  Climate Change,  


CO2 Emissions Down Slightly in the Land Down Under (Int'l. Report)
Auistralia,Climate Change
Date: 2019-12-02
According to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, year to June, Australia emitted 532 million tons of CO2 and equivalent greenhouse gases (Mt CO2 -e), a .01 pct drop from the previous 12-month period.

Agricultural emissions exerted the strongest downward pressure, falling 5.9 pct on the previous year to 67.4 Mt CO2-e, driven by decimated livestock numbers as a result of both drought and this year's floods in northern Queensland. Electric power generation contributed 179.9 Mt CO2 -e, down 1.2 pct for the year and 1.8 pect for the quarter, although it remained by far the biggest single source of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Department credited increased use of renewable energy and decreases in coal and natural gas power generation for falling emissions levels. Transport sector emissions also fell by 0.5 pct while emissions in all other sectors increased. Fugitive emissions rose 4.4 pct as a result of escaped methane during the natural gas extraction process. Emissions from fossil fuels burned directly by industry increased 3.6 pct.

Australia's Paris Climate Accord targeted of 26 to 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. Currently, Australia's emissions are 12.5 per cent below 2005 levels. (Source: Australian Department of the Environment and EnergyFinancial Review, 29 Nov., 2019) Contact: Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, 1800 057 590, www.environment.gov.au

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


COP25 UN Climate Conference Underway in Madrid (Int'l. Report)
COP25,World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2019-12-02
With today's opening, some 25,000 delegates and heads of state will meet for the next two weeks in the Spanish capital city of Madrid for COP25, the annual UN international conference on the global climate challenge and to address related concerns best illustrated by last week's World Meteorological Organization (WMO) report that "world greenhouse gas concentrations rose again in 2018, with carbon dioxide levels hitting 407.8 parts per million, a new record in human history."

COP25 was originally scheduled for Brazil but moved to Chile after Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, widely criticized by environmentalists for his policies on the Amazon region, took office last January. However, following lengthy spells of civil unrest in Chile, the Sebastian Pinera government there announced in early November that the country was ceding the hosting of COP25 to Spain, four weeks before it was set to start.

Despite having given formal notice on withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, the U.S. will attendant the Madrid meeting. (Source: UN COP25, Various Media, 30 Nov., 20190 Contact: COP25, www.ifema.es/en/cop25; World Meteorological Organization, Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int

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On the Way to Green Fuels? Israelis Grow CO2 Consuming Bacteria (Int'l Report, R&D)
Weizmann Institute of Science
Date: 2019-12-02
In Israel, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science have developed bacteria that survives solely on carbon dioxide (CO2) from their surroundings, instead of their regular food. The findings point to the possible future development of carbon-neutral alternative fuels.

The study , which was reported in the scientific journal Cell identified crucial genes for the process of carbon fixation, through which plants take carbon from CO2 to turn it into biomass. The research team added and rewired the needed genes to the bacteria. They also inserted a gene that allowed the bacteria to get energy from a readily available substance called formate, which can be produced directly from electricity and air.

The bacteria were gradually weaned off the sugar they were used to consuming and developed a taste for CO2. The researchers believe that the bacteria's new diet could ultimately be healthy for the planet.

biotech companies use corn syrup for cell cultures to produce commodity chemicals. Such cells could be induced to live on a diet of CO2 and electricity and spare the large amounts of corn syrup they live on today.

According to the study, bacteria could be further adapted to use renewable electricity, rather than taking their energy from a substance such as formate, and then store energy for later use. Such bio-fuel would be carbon-neutral, a crucial green development in the battle against climate change. (Source: Weizmann Institute of Science,The Jewish Press, 1 Dec., 2019) Contact: Weizmann Institute of Science, Professor Ron Milo, +972-8-934-9106 www.weizmann.ac.il

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Biofuel,  


Notable Quote -- UN Sec.Gen. Calls for Increased Renewable Energy
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterre
Date: 2019-12-02
"Our war against nature must stop, and we know that it is possible. We simply have to stop digging and drilling and take advantage of the vast possibilities offered by renewable energy and nature-based solutions." -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterre 1 Dec., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Antonio Guterre,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  


UN: Greenhouse Gasses Reach Record High

Date: 2019-11-29
Atmospheric levels of climate-changing greenhouse gases hit a record high in 2018, “with no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline,” the World Meteorological Organization said. In a report released Monday, the WMO said despite international pledges made under the Paris Agreement, the levels of carbon monoxide, methane and nitrous oxide all surged by higher amounts in 2018 than average for the past decade. The global average of carbon dioxide concentration reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million in 2017, the U.N. agency said. The concentration of methane was the highest recorded since 1998 while the levels of nitrous oxide, which is responsible for eroding the ozone layer was the highest ever recorded. "This continuing long-term trend means that future generations will be confronted with increasingly severe impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures, more extreme weather, water stress, sea level rise and disruption to marine and land ecosystems," according to a summary of the report. The report was released ahead of next month’s global climate summit in Madrid. “It is worth recalling that the last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration of carbon dioxide was 3-5 million years ago," WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said. At the time, the Earth's temperature was as much as 5 degrees warmer and sea levels were as much as 65 feet higher than they are now, he said. (Source: WMO, VOA News 26 Nov., 2019)


Newfoundland Lagging in Canadian Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Efficiency Canada
Date: 2019-11-27
In its just released provincial energy efficiency scorecard, Efficiency Canada, a new Carleton University headquartered think tank in Ottawa, has ranked Newfoundland and Labrador in 10th place for its lack of policies on everything from promoting electric vehicle use to improving efficient construction codes and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. "There's just a general lack of attention in Newfoundland to implementing efficiency policies relative to other jurisdictions" including British Columbia which came in first.

According to the score card, B.C.'s provincial government is charting progress toward 2032, when all new builds will have to be net-zero energy ready and produce as much clean energy as they consume.

In an effort to address energy efficiency, and by extension climate change, Newfoundland recently expanded its home energy savings program, doubling in the last budget year to $2 million in grants to low income households for insulation, hat pumps and other energy efficiency upgrades. (Source: Efficiency Canada, CBC, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Efficiency Canada, Brendan Haley, Policy Director, info@efficiencycanada.org, www.efficiencycanada.org ; Newfoundland Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, www.mae.gov.nl.ca

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


World Bank Issues $28.6Mn Blue Economy Bond (Int'l. Report)
World Bank
Date: 2019-11-27
The World Bank International Bank for Reconstruction and Development is reporting the issuance of a $28.6 million five-year Sustainable Development Bond as part of ongoing efforts to focus attention on the sustainable use of oceans and coastal areas -- the "Blue Economy." Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Ltd., through its Impact Advisory and Finance Department, acted as the sole manager of the transaction.

World Bank bonds support the financing of sustainable development projects and programs designed to promote strong governance of marine and coastal resources to support sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, reduce pollution in waterways and oceans and address climate change. The World Bank issues $50-$60 billion in the global capital markets every year.

"Absorbing approximately 30 pct of the CO2 created by humans and generating 50 pct of the world's oxygen, yet significantly underfunded from a private capital perspective, ocean health is critical," according to Marisa Drew, CEO of the Impact Advisory and Finance Department at Credit Suisse.

(Source: World Bank, Credit Suisse, The Asset, Nov., 2019) Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org; Credit Suisse, www.credit-suisse.com

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ScottishPower Planning Major Onshore Wind Initiative (Int'l.)
ScotlandPower,Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2019-11-27
In the UK, a recent report from the Committee on Climate Change -- the official policy advisory group for the UK government -- warns that any hope the UK has of meeting its carbon-neutral by 2050 goal will require construction of at least 1,000 MW of onshore wind capacity every year for the next three decades as well as a quadrupling of offshore wind farm construction -- an unlikely scenario since wind farm construction in the UK has plummeted 80 pct since 2015 due primarily to a lack of government support.

Even so, Glasgow-based ScottishPower Renewables, an amalgam of the 6 largest utility companies in Scotland, reports it is planning a major expansion of onshore wind projects and has identified 100 potential onshore sites in Scotland, and a few in Ireland, according to a Guardian report. (Source: The Guardian, Committee on Climate Change, CleanTechnica, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk; ScottishPower Renewables, Lindsay McQuade, CEO, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Committee on Climate Change,  ScotlandPower,  Wind,  Onshore Wind,  


WMO Warns of Record CO2 Levels -- Canada Falling Behind (Int'l.)
World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2019-11-27
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports world wide CO2 and other greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere are at a record high and still rising faster than ever with no sign of slowing down.

In a report released Monday, the WMO said despite international pledges made under the Paris Climate Agreement (COP 15), the levels of carbon monoxide, methane and nitrous oxide all surged by higher amounts in 2018 than average for the past decade. The global average of carbon dioxide concentration reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million in 2017, the U.N. agency said. The concentration of methane was the highest recorded since 1998 while the levels of nitrous oxide, which is responsible for eroding the ozone layer was the highest ever recorded. The report was released ahead of next month's global climate summit in Madrid.

This follows the overwhelming scientific consensus delivered earlier this month that the Earth is indeed facing a climate emergency. Over 11,000 scientists world wide, including 409 from Canada, signed a letter pleading for world leaders to take the crisis seriously, for the wealthy to change their habits and for those in denial to accept that global warming is human driven.

Specific to Canada, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed Canada to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and to reduce CO2 levels by 30 pct by 2030. In December 2018, Climate Change Canada projected Canada's total emissions by 2030 are only on track to be 19 pct below 2005 levels. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada,Various Media, Nov., 2019) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, (800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca › environment-climate-change; World Meteorological Organization, www.public.wmo.int/en

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Climate Change Loss and Damage Costs Assigned (Int'l. Report)
Climate
Date: 2019-11-27
A week ahead of a U.N. climate summit in Madrid, a coalition of more than 100 environmental groups is claiming that, based on their historic greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. and E.U. should be held jointly responsible for 54 pct of funding owed to developing nations already dealing with extreme flooding, droughts and mega-storms rendered more frequent and intense by global warming. The "loss and damage" inflicted by climate change is predicted to hit $300 billion per year within a decade.

The coalition found the U.S., the "largest polluter in history", should contribute at least 30.4 pct of loss and damage funding; the E.U. should pay 24 pct, while China, the largest current emitter, was obliged to fund 10.4 pct. The groups also noted the world's richest 10 pct cause 50 pct of emissions, while the world's poorest 50 pct cause 10 pct of emissions. (Source: Various Media, Globe Post, 25 Nov., 2019)

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Notable Climate Change Quote from the WMO
World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2019-11-27
"Climate change causes and impacts are increasing rather than slowing down. Sea level rise has accelerated and we are concerned that an abrupt decline in the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets will exacerbate future rise. As we have seen this year with tragic effect in the Bahamas and Mozambique, sea level rise and intense tropical storms led to humanitarian and economic catastrophes." -- Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Co-chair of the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Contact: World Meteorological Organization, www.public.wmo.int/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Meteorological Organization,  Climate Change,  ,  


Canada Stiffens Methane Emissions Regulations (Reg & Leg)
Methane,Environment and Climate Change Canada
Date: 2019-11-25
As previously reported, Environment and Climate Change Canada has announced proposed regulations to cut methane emissions from drilling and processing by 20 megatonnes a year.

Under the new regulations, affected companies would be required to regularly check and repair leaks from their equipment, use cleaner technologies to minimize emissions, monitor emissions at their property lines and report the results to the Canadian government.

The regulations are part of the Pan-Canada Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change to cut methane by 40 to 45 pct by 2025.

The Canadian oil and gas sector produces about 44 pct of the country's escaping methane which represents about 15 pct of Canada's greenhouse-gas emissions. The changes are expected to cost the industry an estimated $3.3 billion over the next 20 years. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, CBC, Various Media, Nov. 2019) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada,(800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Emissions,  GHG,  Climate Change,  Environment and Climate Change Canada,  


Notable Quote -- BP Economist Makes Emissions, Weather Connection
BP
Date: 2019-11-25
"If there is a link between the growing levels of carbon in the atmosphere and the types of weather patterns observed in 2018 this would raise the possibility of a worrying vicious cycle: increasing levels of carbon leading to more extreme weather patterns, which in turn trigger stronger growth in energy (and carbon emissions) as households and businesses seek to offset their effects."

"It's clear we're on an unstable path with carbon emissions rising at their fastest rate since 2011." -- Spencer Dale, BP Chief Economist Contact: Spencer Dale, www.bp.com/en/global/...economics/spencer-dale-group-chief-economist.html

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WB Loan Supports Armenian Climate Change Initiatives (Int'l Report)
World Bank
Date: 2019-11-25
The Amenian press service is reporting the World Bank (WB) has given the nod to a €45.8 million ($50 million) loan for the Armenia Governance Development Policy Operation (DPO) which supports the government's efforts to strengthen economic, fiscal, public sector governance and other initiative, including addressing climate change.

As part of the World Bank's global commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation, this operation will also support the assessment of the climate change impact of new regulations, as part of the implementation of a Regulatory Impact Assessment Framework, thus enabling policymakers to make quantitative assessments and informed decisions on climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives and related legislative and regulatory packages. (Source: ARMENPress, 22 Nov., 2019) Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

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


Notable Quote from the Kremlin and Comrade Putin
Climate Change
Date: 2019-11-22
"When these ideas of reducing energy production to zero or relying only on solar or wind power are promoted, I think humanity could once again end up in caves, simply because it won't consume anything.

"The technology is currently such that we simply won't be able to preserve civilization without hydrocarbons, nuclear energy or hydropower." -- Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, The Moscow Times, 20 Nov., 2019

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Mich. Cities Planning Regional Carbon Neutrality Goal (Ind Report)
City of Ypsilanti
Date: 2019-11-22
In Washtenaw County, Michigan, the city of Ypsilanti (pop. 22,000 +-) City Council reports it has resolved to develop a draft plan to achieve carbon neutrality in the community by 2035. The initiative is in line with the city's commitment to locally combat climate change and join the city of Ann Arbor in its sustainability efforts.

The city of Ann Arbor has declared a climate emergency and set a goal to make the community carbon-neutral by 2030. Ypsilanti plans to work with Ann Arbor officials to develop a regional plan. Washtenaw County allocated $30,000 to hire a consultant to do a greenhouse gas inventory for the county to begin the action plan that could include moving away from fossil fuels, using clean energy, and balancing remaining carbon emissions with offsetting efforts like planting trees to achieve a zero-carbon footprint. (Source: City of Ypsilanti, MLive, 21 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Ypsilanti, 734-482-1025, www.cityofypsilanti.com

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New Mexico Releases Climate Strategy 2019 Report (Ind. Report)
Mew Mexico Climate Change
Date: 2019-11-22
Since Governor Lujan Grisham (D) signed Executive Order 2019-003, bringing New Mexico to the forefront of states taking ambitious climate action, we have made rapid progress towards our goals. New Mexico joined the U.S. Climate Alliance and committed to a statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of at least 45 pct by 2030, as compared to 2005 levels. Legislation signed into law by the Governor during the 2019 legislative session demonstrates the seriousness and speed of our work: New Mexico's landmark Energy Transition Act contains one of the most ambitious renewable energy and zero-carbon electricity standards in the United States and establishes worker and community transition funds. New Mexico's electric utility efficiency standards are stronger than ever. The Climate Change Task Force, which spans all state agencies, has developed an initial suite of ambitious policies to accelerate the state's transition into a clean energy future.

These policies, which include a methane emission reduction regulatory framework, an update to the state's building codes, and electricity transmission corridors to transport renewable electricity resources to market -- among many others -- are already beginning to come to fruition. This is only the beginning.

Download the New Mexico Climate Strategy 2019 Report HERE. (Source: Arizona Climate Action, Las Cruces Sun News, Nov., 2019 Contact: Arizona Climate Action, www.climateaction.state.nm.us

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


SADC Supports Climate Adaptation, Mitigation Projects (Int'l., Funding)
Southern African Development Community
Date: 2019-11-20
The Gaborone, Botswana-headquartered Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat and the European Union (EU) are reporting the launch of an Intra African, Caribbean and Pacific Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) programme.

The 4-year programme, which is intended to strengthen the capacity of SADC Member States to undertake climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions, will receive €8 million in funding from the 11th European Development Fund

The programme is a European Union flagship initiative aimed at helping the world's most vulnerable countries address climate change. (Source: SADC Secretariat, PR, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: SADC, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Dir., +267 395 1863, registry@sadc.int, www.sadc.int

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Energy Efficiency Top Green-Office Priorities (Ind Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-11-20
In the UK, a recent survey of over 1,600 office workers has identified eco-friendliness, energy-efficient devices and green technologies are the top priority for environmentally conscious office workers.

The survey found the most sought after green office features are: energy-efficient utilities and devices; sustainable office stationary, materials and equipment; office challenges and green policies; eco-friendly office design and architectural features; abundant plant-life; chemical-free washing/cleaning products; an in-office sustainability team; energy efficient and eco-friendly utilities and devices; and a workplaces and company that combats climate change. (Source: Savoy Stewart, Coportae News, 18 Nov., 2019) Contact: Savoy Stewart, +44 0 20 7495 3666, info@savoystewart.co.uk, www.savoystewart.co.uk

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"Design Our Climate" Net-Zero Emissions Tool Touted (Ind Report)
Alberta
Date: 2019-11-18
On the Canadian prairies, the King's University Kings Center for Visualization of Science in Edmonton, Alberta is touting "Design Our Climate" (DOC), an interactive free tool that let users see where global greenhouse gas emissions are headed if we continue our current trajectory of exponential increase, and where we need to go to hit net-zero emissions by 2050.

The tool, which free through the KCVS website www.climatesolutions.kcvs.ca, is peer-reviewed by 25 global experts on a variety of intersecting fields including climate change, mitigation strategies and impacts and education.

The tool allows users to customize climate change mitigation strategies through adjusting multiple variables from five different sectors -- electricity, transportation, land use, buildings and materials. Each sector breaks down into sub-categories to reveal more specific information about how some variables are more carbon-intensive than others. The tool is supported by Energy Efficiency Alberta, a provincial government agency. (Source: Kings Center for Visualization of Science , The Tyee, 13 Nov., 2019) Contact: Kings Center for Visualization of Science (KCVS), Peter Mahaffy, Dir., www.climatesolutions.kcvs.ca; Energy Efficiency Alberta, 844-357-5604, www.efficiencyalberta.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  Energy Efficiency Alberta,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


German Parliament Approves Air Travel Carbon Tax (Int'l Report)
German Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-11-18
The AP is reporting the German parliament has approved a bill to introduce a previously agreed upon carbon tax on transport and heating sectors. The parliamentarians also approved a price hike for airline tickets on domestic and European flights, as part of a broader package of measures designed to tackle climate change.

The legislation includes tax breaks for commuters and people who invest in improving their home energy efficiency and insulation. (Source: MyNorthwest, AP, 15 Nov., 2019)

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Report Claims Most Countries Will Climate Targets (Int'l. Report)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2019-11-18
A new analysis from Changing America claims the climate plans of more than three-quarters of the world's countries are "totally insufficient."

  • To meet the Paris Climate Agreement (COP15)goal of limiting global warming to 2.7 F (1.5 C), countries must cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.

  • Three-quarters of the 184 countries that signed the COP15 Paris Climate Agreement have climate plans that experts deem "totally insufficient" in a new report.

  • The small group of nations the report identifies as having sufficiently ambitious climate change plans includes the 28 EU member countries, Norway, Switzerland and Ukraine.

  • The world is on pace to warm by a catastrophic 5.4-7.2 F (3-4 C) by the end of the century if current trends continue. If the nations fail to cut GHG emissions in half by 2030, damages from climate change-fueled hurricanes, droughts, fires and floods will total an estimated $2 billion a day, the report notes.

    The report also notes Russia, China, the US and India are responsible for half of all carbon emissions. (Source: Changing America, 15 Nov. 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  GHGs,  COP15,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Canadian Climate Action Plan Emissions Facts (Ind. Report)
    Climate Transparency’s 2019
    Date: 2019-11-15
    According to Climate Transparency's 2019 report card on Canada's climate plan and Canadian emissions within the G20:
  • Canada's per-capita emissions in 2016 were 18.9 tonnes per person, compared with a G20 average of 7.5 tpp. By way of comparison, the lowest per-capita emissions in the G20 were in India, at 1.9 tonnes, and the highest in Australia, at 21.8 tonnes.

  • Almost one-third of Canada's emissions come from transportation -- the second-highest in the G20 and still rising while they are falling in the G20 as a whole.

  • Buildings produced 13 pct of Canadian emissions, and Canada has no national strategy to reduce emissions from existing buildings. Building emissions in Canada are twice the G20 average, but while the G20 average has gotten slightly worse in the last five years, Canada has cut its emissions from buildings almost 10 pct.

  • Canada is among the three least likely G20 countries to hit its existing 2030 emissions-reductions targets, and are presently less than half of where Canada needs to go.

    Climate Transparency is an open global consortium with a shared mission to stimulate a 'race to the top' in climate action through enhanced transparency. For this purpose, comprehensive, comparable and credible information about government climate action is spread by bringing together the most important actors in assessing and communicating climate action for the benefit of key influencers and decision makers.

    According to its website, he Climate Transparency consortium produces the Brown to Green Report every year, providing a comprehensive overview of how the G20 countries are doing on the transition to a low-carbon economy. The report draws on the latest emissions data and covers over 80 indicators on decarbonisation, climate policies, finance, and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. Providing country ratings, it identifies leaders and laggards of climate action in the G20. Additionally, a country profile is produced for each of the G20 countries. (Source: New Climate Institute, Nov., 2019) Contact: New Climate Institute, www.newclimate.org

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


  • Belarus, Austria Partner on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation (Int'l)
    Belarus, Austria
    Date: 2019-11-15
    In Minsk, the Belarus News, Belarusian Telegraph Agency is reporting Belarus and Austria are joining forces to develop and promote climate change mitigation and adaptation, renewable energy and green economy projects. Other projects could include drafting and implementing national climate change related programs, identifying companies and organizations that will invest in renewable energy projects such as electric vehicle transportation and other green and zero-emissions technologies taking into consideration the needs of Belarus and Austria. (Source: Belarus News, Belarusian Telegraph Agency, 14 Nov., 2019)

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


    GCF Funds Climate Change Fight in Chile, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal (Int'l.)
    Green Climate Fund
    Date: 2019-11-15
    In South Korea, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is reporting approval of $161 million in funding for climate resilient projects in Chile, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal. The project, which are supported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), are aimed at building resilience and mitigating the effects of climate change.

    FAO supports countries to enhance their planning and capacities for climate change-related investments under the GCF Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme.

    In Chile, GCF has approved a new $63 million REDD+ Results Based Payment Funding Proposal to restore and conserve about 25,000 hectares of native forest. The project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.1 million tons of CO2, while promoting afforestation in more than 7,000 hectares and the sustainable management and conservation of over 17,000 hectares of forest.

    Land-locked Kyrgyzstan will benefit from a $30 million GCF grant supplemented by another $20 million for a project aimed at increasing carbon sequestration through forest and pasture rehabilitation.

    In Nepal, GCF allocated nearly $40 million in grant funding to address forest degradation, flooding and soil erosion in the Churia hills region. The Nepal Ministry of Forests and Environment will contribute $8 million to the 7-year effort.

    The GCF supports developing countries efforts to respond to the challenge of climate change, limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, and promote low-emission and climate-resilient development. (Source: UN Food and Agriculture Organization, PR, 13 Nov., 2019) Contact: UN Food and Agriculture Organization, +39 06 570 53625, FAO-Newsroom@fao.org, www.fao.org/home/en; Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Climate Fund,  Reforestation,  Carbon Sequestration,  Climate Change,  


    NZ Investing in Methane Measurement Satellite (Int'l Report)
    Methane
    Date: 2019-11-13
    The Government of New Zealand reports it is investing $26 million in an international mission to find and measure agricultural, industrial and oil and gas industry methane emissions from space.

    The state-of-the-art "MethaneSAT" satellite initiative is scheduled to launch in 2022. Data gathered by the satellite will be used to help shape and support New Zealand's climate change, emissions reductions efforts. (Source: NZ Newshub, 7 Nov., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Climate Change,  


    Finland City Pilots Personal Carbon Trading App (Int'l Report)
    City of Lahti
    Date: 2019-11-13
    In Finland, the city of Lahti (pop. 120,000) is the first city in the world to experiment with and test a personal carbon trading scheme -- a mobile phone app called CitiCAP -- that can detect the user's travel modes in real time, identify the user's transportation according to the speed, and calculate the corresponding carbon emissions, time and distance traveled. By choosing public transportation, walking or other sustainable travel modes the user can earn virtual credits exchangeable into sustainable services in the marketplace of the application.

    Lahti residents can volunteer to participate in the testing. Once they become users, they receive their personal carbon budget for mobility. The city plans to incorporate the CitiCAP app program in its urban transport planning to help cut carbon emissions and fight climate change. (Source: City of Lahti, Xinhuanet, 11 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Lahti, Anna Huttunen, Project Manager, www.lahti.fi

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Trading,  


    Governor Nixes California RNG Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
    California Independent Petroleum Association
    Date: 2019-11-13
    In Sacramento, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has vetoed AB 1195, a bill to allow the use of renewable natural gas (RNG)-- biomethane -- in the production of traditional transportation fuels in the Golden State. The governor alleged it would misapply the state's low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) regulation.

    Newsom claimed AB 1195 would require the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to allow RNG deliveries via common carrier pipelines to crude oil production or transport facilities from a source that CARB determines reduces methane emissions under the state's LCFS regulations.

    The bill was supported by the California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) on the grounds that it would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in support of the state's climate change initiatives. (Source: NGI Daily, 11 Nov., 2019) Contact: California Independent Petroleum Association, 916-447-1177, www.cipa.org; California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov; Calf. Gov. Gavin Newsom, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3150 - fax; https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ,  California Air Resources Board,  RNG,  Biomethane,  


    Climate Transparency Reports G20 Emissions Targets Progress (Int'l.)
    Climate Transparency,G20
    Date: 2019-11-13
    According to Climate Transparency's just released 2109 Brown to Green Report grading the climate performance of the G20 countries, Canada, South Korea and Australia are the furthest from meeting their Paris Climate Accord (COP15) greenhouse-gas emissions commitments.

    The G20 nations account for 85 pct of global economic activity and in 2018 produced 80 pct of all greenhouse-gas emissions. About half the G20 members -- 19 countries with advanced economies plus the European Union collectively -- are on track to meet their current targets for cutting emissions by 2030 but those targets are much too mild. If every G20 member does not drastically scale up its targets, the G20 overall will produce more emissions in 2030 than it does today, according to the report.

    Climate Transparency is a global partnership with a shared mission to stimulate a "race to the top" in G20 climate action and to shift investments towards zero carbon technologies through enhanced transparency. (Source: Climate Transparency, Nov., 2019) Contact: Climate Transparency, www.climate-transparency.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Transparency,  Climate Change,  G20,  


    Singapore Launching $2Bn Green Finance Hub Programme (Int'l.)
    Monetary Authority of Singapore
    Date: 2019-11-13
    In Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore reports it plans to create a $2 billion Green Investments finance programme intended to establish the country as a global green financing hub.

    The Green Investment Programme will direct funds to asset managers who will in turn invest the funds in public market firms focused on introducing environmental and sustainability considerations into investments in renewable and bioenergy technology, grid infrastructure, battery storage, green buildings, energy efficiency and optimizing energy conservation and consumption. (Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore, International Finance, 12 Nov., 2019) Contact: Monetary Authority of Singapore, +65 6225 5577, +65 6229-9229 -- fax, (212) 809 1900 -- US Office, www.mas.gov.sg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Finance,  Green Bond,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  


    Ames, Iowa Advances City GHG Inventory Study (Ind. Report)
    Ames Iowa
    Date: 2019-11-13
    In the Hawkeye State, the Ames City Council reports it will award a contract for its Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Forecasting, and Recommendations Report -- study of the city's greenhouse gas impact and to identify a solution to reduce it and to meet the city's sustainability goals. The study is expected to take six months to complete.

    The schematic of the greenhouse gas inventory is a forecast projections related to impacts of status quo actions, creating an Ames-specific carbon emissions baseline and identifying opportunities for the city to reduce carbon emissions.

    The study contract is being awarded to Maplewood, Minnesota-based greenhouse gas analyst group PaleBLUEdot. (Source: Ames City Council, Ames Tribune, 11 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ames City Council, 515-239-5105, www.cityofames.org/government/mayor-and-city-council; PaleBLUEdot, www.palebluedot.llc

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Aviation Emissions' Impacts On Air Quality Larger Than On Climate, study Concludes (Ind. Report)
    MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Date: 2019-11-11
    In the Bay State, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are reporting that growth in aviation causes twice as much damage to air quality as to the climate.

    The study notes reducing one type of emission can come at the cost of increasing another, either in absolute terms or by limiting potential reductions offered by new technology. The researchers applied the metrics to evaluate the effects of a global expansion in aviation, consistent in magnitude with its current annual growth, then used this as a benchmark for three scenarios: they considered a growth scenario with fuel efficiency increases and reductions in NOx emissions factors consistent with 10-year goals; they evaluated the trade-offs between the climate and air quality impacts of engine-based NOx emissions reductions; re-assessed the climate and air quality trade-offs of jet fuel desulphurization.

    According to lead researcher Dr. Sebastian Eastham: "Three components are responsible for 97 pct of climate and air quality damages per unit aviation fuel burn -- air quality impacts of NOx at 58 pct, climate impacts of CO2 at 25 pct, and climate impacts of contrails at 14 pct. It is important to note that 86 pct of the NOx impacts on air quality are due to the emissions from cruise as opposed to the landing and takeoff cycle.

    "To reduce the climate impacts of aviation, measures aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and contrails are likely to have the greatest net climate benefit. In contrast, 94 pct of air quality impacts are driven by NOx. This suggests that measures aimed at reducing NOx emissions during cruise could lead to the greatest net benefits", Eastham added.

    "Finally, we found the air quality impacts of aviation emissions significantly exceed the climate impacts, with air quality impacts being 1.7 to 4.4 times higher than the climate impact per unit of fuel burn," he concluded. (Source: MIT, Eurasia Review, 10 Nov., 2019) Contact: MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dr. Sebastian Eastham, Lead Researcher, 617-258-7537 www.aeroastro.mit.edu

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


    Budapest Declares Climate Emergency (Int'l. Report)
    Climate Emergency
    Date: 2019-11-11
    On Tuesday in Hungary, the city of Budapest joined a growing list of major cities worldwide and EU member states with its declaration of a climate emergency.

    With the largely symbolic declaration, Budapest's general assembly also proposed establishment of a city carbon neutrality plan in accord with the EU's plan to achieve climate-neutrality by 2050.

    On a national level, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland are the only EU countries still opposing a bloc-wide plan to go climate-neutral by 2050. (Source: Various Media, EURACTIV.com , 6 Nov., 2019)

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


    Common Weal Offers Climate Change Solutions Plan (Int'l. Report)
    Common Weal Scotland
    Date: 2019-11-11
    According to Glasgow-based Scottish think tank Common Weal's just released blueprint for a new Scottish Green Deal, Scotland should revolutionize global trading by replacing its value-added tax (VAT) with an environmental tax, introduce minimum pricing plans that reflect the true cost and damage of products to the planet, ban single use plastics and develop world-leading environmental standards on exports. The new plan also suggests it is time to rethink our addiction to polluting products.

    The report rejects the idea that environmental issues can be fixed by individuals, claiming the causes of the environmental threats we face are structural, which means the solutions must be too. Researchers estimate the ambitious plans will take 25 years from start to finish to implement at an estimated cost of £170 billion over that period. (Source: Common Weal, The Independent, 9 Nov., 2019) Contact: Common Weal, Robin McAlpine, Dir., www.commonweal.scot

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


    African TDB, UNEP Tout Climate Finance Collaboration (Int'l Report)
    UNEP,Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In Nairobi, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) is reporting a Memorandun of Understanding (MoU) with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) establishing a framework for the joint commitment to addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation, clean energy and other environmental issues and agendas.

    The two institutions will cooperate on supporting eligible TDB Member States to access Green Climate Fund resources to enable them to adapt to the changing climate and develop along a low-emission pathway.

    The African TDB is a multilateral, treaty-based development financial institution, with assets of $6 billion and the mandate to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration and sustainable development through trade finance, project and infrastructure finance, asset management and advisory services. The Bank supports sustainable development, including the reduction of climate risks and expansion of clean energy -- in line with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, UN Environment Program, PR, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, Michael Awori, COO, www.tdbgroup.org; UNEP, www.unenvironment.org

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


    Saudi Aramco Joins WB Zero Routine Flaring Initiative (Int'l.)
    Saudi Aramco
    Date: 2019-11-08
    Saudi Aramco reports it is joining Zero Routine Flaring by 2030, a World Bank climate collaboration initiative aimed at minimizing carbon emissions and addressing climate change.

    According to the release, as a result of Saudi Aramco's reservoir management best practices, flaring minimization and energy efficiency programs, the Company's 2018 upstream carbon intensity figure is among the lowest globally at 10.2 kilograms of CO2 equivalent per barrel of oil equivalent.

    Launched in April 2015, the Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 Initiative brings together more than 80 governments, oil and gas companies, and development institutions from around the world to eliminate routine flaring by 2030. (Source: Saudi Aramco, PR, Asharq AliAwsat, 6 Nov., 2019) Contact: Saudi Aramco, Ahmad A. Al-Saadi, Senior VP, Technical Services, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115, webmaster2@aramco.com, www.saudiaramco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Saudi Aramco ,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  World Bank,  


    HiTech Employees Demand Climate Change Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change, Google
    Date: 2019-11-08
    On a recent online petition, Google employees are calling on their company to issue a climate action plan that commits to zero emissions by 2030 and to refuse contracts that would support fossil fuels. Other tech giants Amazon and Microsoft employees have made similar demands on dealing with climate change and environmental responsibility. (Source: Various Media, ABC News, 5 Nov., 2019)

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


    Evanston Updates Climate Action Plan Progress (Ind. Report)
    City of Evanston
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In Illinois, the city of Evanston, in coordination with several public interest organizations, is reporting the progress of the city's 2018 Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP), a comprehensive guide against climate change.

    CARP objectives include building energy efficiency requirements, making the city of roughly 75,000 residents zero-waste by 2050 through recycling and composting programs and urging the federal government to impose a national carbon tax. (Source: Evanston City Council, The Daily Northwestern, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Evanston, Kumar Jensen, Sustainability and Resiliency Officer, www,cityofevanston.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    NZ Enacts Zero Carbon Climate Change Legislation (Int'l Report)
    New Zealand
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In Wellington, the Liberal Government of New Zealand is reporting passage of a bipartisan Zero Carbon bill aimed at combating climate change and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

    The bill requires all greenhouse gases except methane from animals to be reduced to net zero by 2050. Methane emissions would be reduced by 10 pct by 2030 and 50 pct by 2050.

    The legislation establishes a Climate Change Commission to advise the government which has committed to plant 1 billion trees over 10 years and to ensure that the electricity grid runs entirely from renewable energy by 2035. The bill also aims to fulfil New Zealand's obligations under the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. (Source: Daily Independent, Others, Nov., 2019) Contact: New Zealand Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/hon-james-shaw

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Risk,  New Zealand Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


    UK Carbon Credit Scheme to Incentivize Tree Planting (Int'l)
    DEFRA
    Date: 2019-11-06
    In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is launching a new £50 million Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme to boost tree-planting rates to combat climate change. The scheme promises landowners and farmers a long-term income stream to encourage them to create new woodlands.

    The government is committed to planting 11 million trees by 2022, as part of its effort to hit net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 to tackle climate change.

    Under the new scheme, farmers can sell the carbon dioxide they capture by growing trees in the form of Woodland Carbon Units (verified carbon credits) to the government for a guaranteed price every five or 10 years up to 2055/56. (Source: DEFRA, Farmers Weekly, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Woodland Carbon Guarantee, www.gov.uk/guidance/woodland-carbon-guarantee; DEFRA, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

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


    Its Offical! US Begins Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal (Ind Report)
    COP15, Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2019-11-06
    On Monday, the Trump administration formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. The withdrawal will come into effect on Nov. 4, 2020.

    The notification comes more than two years after Trump announced he would pull the U.S. out of the agreement becuase it "imposed an unfair burden on the U.S. and (was) doing little to halt climate change." The agreement aims to limit global temperature increases to less than 2 degrees Celsius, with each country setting its own nonbinding emission targets and reporting on its progress to reduce them. (Source: Various Media, 4 Nov., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Paris Climate Agreement,  COP15,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Nova Scotia Touts Tough 10-Year Emissions Target (Reg. & Leg.)
    Coal,Climate Change,Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment
    Date: 2019-11-04
    Reporting from Halifax, the province of Nova Scotia nvironment Ministry reports the introduction of legislation aimed at cutting the province's greenhouse gas emissions by 53 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 as well as moving the province to a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050.

    The new legislation updates the 12-year-old Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act which lays out new goals to fight climate change and grow the green economy. The legislation also requires the government to develop a province-wide plan with specific targets to reduce emissions by the end of next year. The legislation also calls for a government fund to support community projects aimed at climate change mitigation. (Source: Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment, Halifax Herald, Nov., 2019) Contact: Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment, Hon. Gordon Wilson, (902) 424-3600, www.novascotia.ca › nse

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    Korean Corporations Urged to Cut GHG Emissions (Int'l Report)
    Korea
    Date: 2019-11-04
    The Korean Times is reporting Korean companies consume over 50 pct of the electric power generated from coal-fired power plants and contribute 30 to 40 pct of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. The Times notes that Korean companies, the main consumers of electricity generated by the coal-fired plants, need to transition to renewables but to date have been largely noncommittal to dropping fossil fuels.

    According to Kim Ji-seok, a climate and energy specialist at Greenpeace Seoul, "there are two ways for local companies to replace their energy sources with renewable energy. One is to build their own power plant and the other is to purchase the energy from a renewable resources power generator. However, the latter is not legal here. Besides, electric power generated by such plants accounts for only 3.5 pct of the total electricity used in Korea, which is way too small to meet market demand," Kim said.

    The state-run Korean Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), which controls the majority of the country's electric power generation, is reportedly slow to adopt renewables. Another major factor attributing to high rate of greenhouse gases in Korea is the auto industry with Hyundai and Kia Motors emitting 401 million gross tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2018. (Source: Korea Times, Nov., 2019)

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


    Holland Fine-Tunes Climate Change Plan with Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
    Holland Michigan
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In Michigan, the city of Holland (pop. 35,000 +-) reports it is upgrading its Community Energy Plan -- the city's strategy to bring per capita GHG emissions down to 10 metric tons of carbon dioxide per capita over 40 years.

    With the recent the decommissioning of the coal-powered James DeYoung power plant and the opening of the Holland Energy Park natural gas plant, the city has already cut emissions from 24 metric tons per capita in 2010 to an estimated 17 metric tons as of 2017. Moving forward the the city plans retrofitting all city buildings for better energy efficiency, replacing streetlights with LEDs to cut energy costs, further cutting the use of fossils fuels and increasing reliance on renewable energy sources, and refining its Energy Plan to include:

  • reaching a total of 1,000 homes retrofitted through the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit program

  • growing capacity so that an additional 250 homes can be retrofitted annually

  • create local residential, commercial and industrial Energy Waste Reduction programs to replace expiring state programs

  • pilot and then study district heating at the Holland Civic Center to determine its effectiveness

  • achieve the highest rate of per-capita electric vehicle ownership in the state, twice the state average

  • draft a five-year plan for adapting the city's infrastructure for autonomous vehicles

  • secure a $3 million endowment for the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.

    If all interim goals for 2021 are met, the changes are predicted to bring CO2 emissions levels down to 15.75 metric tons per capita. With 82 percent of the city's electricity delivered to commercial or industrial facilities, Holland's business sector will be key to the continued progress toward its goals. (Source: City of Holland, Holland Sentinel, 3 Nov., 2019)

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  • Guterres Exhorts ASEAN-UN Summit to Climate Change Action (Int'l)
    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
    Date: 2019-11-04
    Speaking in Bangkok, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the negative impact of climate change on the sustainability at the press conference after the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in the capital city of Thailand.

    The UN Chief noted "Climate change is running faster than we are, and we all see the impact of climate change in natural disasters." He said that the sea level is rising much faster than expected and new research forecast that 300 million people will be flooded by sea water in 2050 if climate change can not be contained.

    The UN chief pointed out that efforts were needed to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century and to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 pct in the next decade. "If we miss these objectives, the situation will be catastrophic", Guterres said.

    Founded in 1967, the ASEAN includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. (Source: ASEAN Summit Report, Xinhua, 3 Nov., 2019)

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    B.C.Introduces Climate Change Accountability Act (Reg & Leg)
    British Columbia, Climate Change
    Date: 2019-11-01
    On Wednesday in Victoria, the British Columbia NDP Environment Minister George Heyman is reporting recently introduced legislation could, if passed, require annual reports on how much the province is spending to fight climate change, and whether that money is reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    The new Climate Change Accountability Act would also lead to interim greenhouse gas emission targets and sector-specific targets with a goal of keeping B.C. on track to meet its 2030 CleanBC greenhouse gas reduction commitments. The legislation would also establish an independent advisory panel to the minister.

    The NDP government's CleanBC climate change plan targets a 40 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2007 levels by 2030, increasing to60 pct by 2040 and 80 pct by 2050. (Source: Office of B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman, The Province, Post Media, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman, (604) 775- 2453, george.heyman.mla@leg.bc.ca, www.georgeheymanmla.ca

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    Study Calls Tropical Forest Climate Change Damage "Carbon Time Bomb" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    University of Queensland
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Research led by the University of Queensland in Australia has found the climate impact of selective logging, outright clearing and fire in tropical rainforests between 2000 and 2013 was conservatively underestimated by 6.53 billion tonnes of CO2. The study did not include emissions from other woodlands or the massive boreal forests in the high latitudes of the northern hemisphere.

    According to study co-author professor James Watson of the University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society, "We have been treating forests as pretty one-dimensional, but we know degradation impacts carbon. The bottom line is that we knew the numbers would be big, but we were shocked at just how big. This is a carbon time bomb and policymakers have to get to grips with this."

    The study notes that when countries declare greenhouse gas emissions from changes in forests, they do not account for the CO2 that forests would have continued to soak up for decades had they not been cleared or damaged. This is a measure known as 'forgone removal'. The study , which accounted for those emissions up to the year 2050, found 6.53 billion tonnes of CO2 for foregone emissions and the impacts of other damage that wasn't being counted. In total, the world's forests absorbed roughly 28 pct of human-caused emissions between 2007 and 2016, with tropical forests accounting for about half that absorption.

    Study details HERE. (Source: University of Queensland, Science Advances, Guardian, 31 Oct., 2019) Contact: University of Queensland, Prf. James Watson, +61 7 334 61645, james.watson@uq.edu.au, www.uq.edu.au

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    Evanston Claims Climate Action Plan Success (Ind. Report)
    Evanston, Illinois
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In the Land of Lincoln, the Cook County City of Evanston (pop. 75,000 +-) is touting the success of its recently enacted Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP).

    The plan calls for the city to be carbon neutral by 2050. The "outcome-focused" plan tracks the city's success in public outreach, education and behavioral change as well as in greenhouse gas emissions reduction and increasing renewable energy use. (Source: City of Evanston, Daily Northwestern, 31 Oct., 2019) Contact: City of Evenston, Bob Heuer, Climate Action Team Chairman, rjheuer@comcast.net, www.cityofevanston.org

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