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C40 Reports Falling Carbon Emissions in 30 Cities (Ind. Report)
C40
Date: 2019-10-11
According to the 94 member, C40 Cities Group, global progress in addressing climate change and meeting the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement goal of collectively lowering carbon emissions to below 2 degrees C has been "uneven and even discouraging." On the high side, C40 notes that the cities of Austin, Athens, Lisbon, and Venice have joined 26 other major cities in steadily reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

This latest news is an update to C40's 2018 analysis which identified 30 cities across the global north that have hit their "peak" emissions before 2015, meaning they have since reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by an average 22 pct.

The 30 cities are: Athens, Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Copenhagen, Heidelberg, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, New Orleans, New York City, Oslo, Paris, Philadelphia, Portland, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, Venice, Warsaw, and Washington, D.C. (Source: C40, City Lab, 9 Oct., 2019) Contact: C40 Cities, www.c40.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  C40,  


Google's EIE to Help Cut Air Pollution, CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
Google
Date: 2019-10-11
Tech giant Google has announced is touting Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE)⁠, a new tool that uses Google's global mapping data to help gauge and reduce carbon emissions and measure renewable energy potential across cities.

The EIE will initially be available in Europe starting with Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, with Wolverhampton and Coventry to follow soon. Copenhagen will get what Google is calling "hyperlocal, street-level air quality data" as part of EIE Labs, which will help streamline and optimize action against climate change by piloting climate-focused datasets. Dublin has already been utilizing the new tool to help track emissions from transportation modes.

Review EIE details HERE. (Source: Google, Oct., 2019) Contact: Google EIE Lab, insights.sustainability.google/labs

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Transportation Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Transportation Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  


British Airways to Offset UK Domestic Flight Emissions (Int'l.)
British Airways
Date: 2019-10-11
In the UK, British Airways (BA) reports thet beginning in Jan., 2020, it will offset the carbon emissions from all of its 75 daily domestic flights that collectively emit roughly 400,000 tpy of CO2 Emissions. BA notes that from next year its carbon emissions on international flights will be capped through the UN's offsetting scheme. BA's parent company IAG has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

In its offsetting, British Airways will invest in verified carbon reduction (VCR) projects worldwide, including renewable energy, rainforest protection and reforestation programmes. (Source: British Airways, Business Traveler, Oct., 2019) Contact: British Airways, www.ba.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News British Airways,  Aviation Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  VCR,  


CAP Issues Framework for 100 pct Clean Future by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Center for American Progress
Date: 2019-10-11
The Washington-based Center for American Progress (CAP) has released a framework for how the U.S. could cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 43 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 -- consistent with the IPCC's special report on 1.5 degrees C of warming -- and set the U.S. on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050. To that end, the report calls for strong economy-wide targets; sets specific sector-by-sector benchmarks for success; estimates the emission reductions these would deliver; and discusses how to spur the rest of the world to follow along.

The report lays out how we can build the 100 pct Clean Future in two parts. First, it highlights successful climate action by governors and legislatures in nine states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that have committed to 100 pct clean goals. CAP recommends building on that success at the national level by embracing three key pillars from some of those states: an ambitious 100 pct clean target; a worker-centered approach to ensure good paying, quality jobs; and a plan that is committed to reductions in legacy pollution that has disproportionately affected economically disadvantaged communities and communities of color.

The second part of the report considers emissions by sector and recommends achievable benchmarks to guide a sustained, concerted, and urgent policy program to achieve a 100 pct Clean Future by 2050:

  • At least 65 pct of electricity must come from clean sources by 2030 and 100 pct no later than 2050.

  • Car and SUV sales must reach 100 pct zero-emission by 2035, and vehicle miles traveled in urban areas must be reduced 18 pct below baseline.

  • All new buildings and appliances must be electric and highly efficient by 2035.

  • The nation must invest at least $120 billion in agriculture by 2030, more than doubling conservation, research, and renewable energy funding.

  • We must cut manufacturing emissions 15 pct by 2030 and set in motion a technology agenda for deep decarbonization.

  • We must protect 30 pct of America's lands and oceans by 2030 and deploy climate-smart agricultural practices on 100 million acres, building toward a gigaton of new carbon sequestration by 2050.

    CAP offers policy recommendations to accomplish these benchmarks and deliver additional emission reductions throughout the report, including a combination of sector-specific deployment policies, direct federal spending, a broad price on carbon pollution, and mandatory emissions reductions in communities historically overburdened by pollution.

    Download the A 100 Percent Clean Future report HERE.

    Download CAP fact sheet HERE. (Source: Center for American Progress, PR, Oct., 2019) Contact: Center for Amercian Progress, Neera Tanden, CEO, Sam Hananel, 202-478-6327, www.americanprogress.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Center for American Progress,  Climate Change,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Tour Operator Paying Self-Imposed $1Mn Carbon Tax (Ind.Report)
    Rick Steves
    Date: 2019-10-09
    Popular U.S. tour and travel guide operator Rick Steves reports his company plans to donate $1 million directly to non-profits that work in the developing world countries that bear the worst effects of climate change. The donation is based on the recommended $30 carbon offset credit for every round-trip economy class ticket from the US to Europe.

    He is particularly keen about organizations that attack the problem at a policy level. (Source: Rick Steves Travel, Quarts, 5 Oct., 2019) Contact: Rick Steves Travel, www.ricksteves.com

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


    Climate Crisis and Michigan Report Released (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-10-09
    Climate Crisis and Michigan, a recently released report from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) highlights data on how the climate is changing and how the Great Lakes State could be impacted. The report covers a wide range of issues and includes data and research from several federal agencies.

    According to Sen. Stabenow, Michigan currently ranks first in the Midwest for clean energy jobs and fifth in the country. Michigan's clean-energy industry is expected to grow another 9 pct in 2019, more than any other Midwestern state.

    Download the The Climate Crisis and Michigan report HERE. (Source: Sen. D. Stabenow, UpNorthLive, 8 Oct., 2019). Contact: Sen. D. Stadenow D. Mich.), www.stabenow.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Steel City Adopts U.N. Sustainability Goals (Ind. Report)
    United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
    Date: 2019-10-07
    In the Keystone State, the city of Pittsburgh (pop. 2.355 million metropolitan area) reports it is the second U.S. city to incorporate United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into its practices, planning and policies. The city's initiative is expected to affect more than $4 billion worth of public and private projects regionally over the next 12 years.

    The 17 U.N. sustainability goals identify and address climate change and other important issues facing the globe. The 17 goals will help inform coordinated and collaborative programs and partnerships with universities and nonprofit, business and civic sectors, and establish the city as a leader in achieving a more sustainable and equitable future. (Source: City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 5 Oct, 2919) Contact: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/envision2030.html; Pittsburgh Sustainability Office, https://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/sustainability-resilience

    More Low-Carbon Energy News United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,  Climate Change,  


    Climate Change Mitigation Technologies in Europe (Ind. Report)
    UNEP
    Date: 2019-10-07
    "In October 2014, the European Union committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. This represents a significant challenge, which can only be met through the development and deployment of new climate change mitigation technologies (CCMTs)."

    The attached UNEP study analyses the position of Europe in the global race to develop new CCMTs, using data on patent applications, trade in CCMT capital goods, foreign direct investment in CCMTs, climate change policy stringency, carbon emissions and public expenditure on CCMT research and development activities, to investigate inventive and associated economic activity in CCMTs in Europe, according to the UNEP study introduction.

    Download the full UNEP, EPO report HERE. (Source: UNEP, Oct., 2019) Contact: UNEP, www.unep.org, www.epo.org

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


    UK Park Stresses Peatland's Role in Climate Change Fight (Int'l.)
    Exmoor,Carbon Sequestration
    Date: 2019-10-07
    In the UK, the Exmoor National Park Authority has this week declared a climate emergency and agreed to work towards being a carbon neutral Authority by 2030. The Authority also agreed to sign on to the Devon Climate Declaration, alongside 25 other organizations, and to join forces with both Devon and Somerset County Councils to formulate carbon plans that meet or exceed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) targets.

    The Exmooor National Park Authority noted it has already cut its carbon emissions by 30 pct by: improving energy efficiency within Authority-owned buildings; installing renewable energy along with a scheme to facilitate installation of 73 new renewable energy systems in local communities, farms and houses across Exmoor; the restoration of nearly 2,500 hectares of peatland in the National Park through the Exmoor Mires Partnership, with plans to extend this to at least 3,000 hectares.

    Peatlands are the UK's single most important terrestrial carbon store, containing 20 times more carbon than all UK forests. A functioning bog absorbs around 0.87 tpy of carbon per hectare year while dry peatland releases CO2 -- degraded peat in England is emitting an estimated 11 million tpy of CO2. (Source: Exmoor National Park Authority, Somerset County Gazette, 6 Oct., 2019) Contact: Exmoor National Park Authority, +44 1398 323665, www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Peatland,  CO2,  Carbon Sequestrartion,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sequestration,  


    Humans Release 40 - 100XMore CO2 Than Volcanoes (Ind. Report)
    Deep Carbon Observatory
    Date: 2019-10-04
    A recent 10-year study from the Washington, DC-based Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) has found that human activities like burning fossil fuels and clearing forests generate as much as 100 times the carbon emissions of volcanic eruptions every year.

    Thge study notes that while volcanoes and other natural processes release 0.28 to 0.36 gigatonnes of CO2 per year, human activity released more than 37 gigatonnes in 2018 alone -- 40 to 100 times greater than those of volcanoes.

    The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is a global community of more than 1000 multidisciplinary scientists, including geologists, chemists, physicists, and biologists on a ten-year quest to understand the quantities, movements, forms, and origins of carbon in Earth. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provided $50 million seed funding over ten years to launch the Deep Carbon Observatory. This has leveraged a huge international investment in deep carbon science, with major research grants from both national and international agencies. (Source: Deep Carbon Observatory, Eco Watch, Oct., 2019) Contact: Deep Carbon Observatory, (202) 478-8818, web@deepcarbon.net, www.deepcarbon.net

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


    UK's GHG Emissions Cuts Slowing Down (Int'l. Report)
    Ofgem
    Date: 2019-10-04
    In London, the UK energy regulator OFGEM is reporting the UK's progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions slowed in 2918, falling by 2.5 pct from 3 pct in 2017 -- the smallest reduction since 2012.

    The country's GHG emissions have fallen by 42 pct since 1990, more than any other large advanced economy, due largely to the decarbonisation of electric power generation. Even so, the agency notes "significant" investment and policy intervention, particularly in renewables, would be needed to meet the UK's legal goals of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

    OFGEM has made decarbonizing the economy a priority in its new corporate strategy and has promised to set out more detail on this early next year. "OFGEM's latest state of the market report shows the progress made so far to decarbonise the economy but much more needs to be done. We want the UK to remain a global leader in bringing down greenhouse gas emissions, and our major objective is to help the country rise to the challenge of cutting emissions to net-zero by 2050 at the lowest possible price to consumers", OFGEM chief economist Joe Perkins said. (Source: OFGEM, Isle of Wight County Press, 3 Oct., 2019)Contact: OFGEM, Chris Lock, +44 0207 901 7225, www.ofgem.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Ofgem,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  


    YouGov Surveys UK Business Decarbonization Plans (Int'l Report)
    Carbon
    Date: 2019-10-02
    A recent survey of climate change attitudes by the UK-based global research firm YouGov has found that roughly 46 pct of UK businesses plan to be 'carbon neutral' by 2030, while a further 8 pct have already met their neutral emissions goals

    The survey of 502 senior business people found 1 in 10 said their company is already carbon neutral, and 14 pct said it will be in the next year. However, a third said they have no plans at all to become carbon neutral, despite 92 pct agreeing the climate is changing due to human activity.

    The businesses surveyed included firms from the accounting, agriculture, hospitality, travel, education, and construction sectors. On average, smaller firms were more likely to have no carbon reduction plan at all. (Source: YouGov., Business Green, Oct., 2019) Contact: YouGov, www.yougov.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News YouGov,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Neutrality,  


    Air France Touts Climate Impact Reduction Plans (Int'l. Report)
    Air France
    Date: 2019-10-02
    In an effort to counteract its climate impact, French carrier Air France reports it will offset 100 pct of the carbon emissions of its 500-odd daily internal flights by 2020, finance projects that support tree planting, forest protection and the global shift to low-carbon energy. The airline will also ban single-use plastics such as cutlery from local flights as from January, 2020, and start separating and recycling waste from October.

    The airline industry's carbon emissions, which at 285 grammes of CO2 emitted per kilometre travelled by each passenger, far exceed all other modes of transport, according to the European Environment Agency. Heavy duty transportation -- freight trucking, shipping and aviation -- represent more then 10 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions, says the World Resources Institute, a research body. (Source: Air France, AFP, The Local, 1 Oct., 2019)

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


    Solar, Wind Now Cheaper Than Coal, says IPPC (Ind. Report)
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-30
    According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) order to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees C over pre-industrial averages within this century -- the goal set by the Paris climate agreement -- the entire world would have to transition to 100 pct clean energy by the middle of the century -- a lofty goal. But up until now, clean energies haven't bee cost competitive in a market flooded with cheap natural gas, coal, and oil. But now, renewables that one needed financial incentives to be adopted at any serious scale, have fallen in price to the point that no government subsidies are required.

    Download the report HERE. Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Yahoo Finance, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Wind ,  


    Major Steelmakers Ink MOU to Cut Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Rio Tinto, China Baowu Steel Group
    Date: 2019-09-30
    London, UK-headquartered Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining giant Rio Tinto and China Baowu Steel Group, one of the China's largest steel producers, are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to "develop and implement new methods to reduce carbon emissions."

    "The MOU will enable the formation of a joint working group tasked with identifying a pathway to support the goal of reducing carbon emissions and improve environmental performance across the steel value chain. The working group will establish a joint action plan on how to best utilize the parties' complementary strengths in research and development, technologies, processes, equipment, logistics, industry coordination and policy advisory capacities to combat climate change and improve environmental performance."

    World-wide, the steel industry produced 9 pct of the world's carbon emissions, according to the Rio Tinto a news release. Rio Tinto notes it divested its coal assets last year. (Source: Rio Tinto, Xinhua, Kitco News, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: China Baowu Steel, www.baowugroup.com; Rio Tinto, www.riotinto.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rio Tinto ,  China Baowu Steel Group,  


    Soros Major Climate Strike Funder (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    George Soros
    Date: 2019-09-30
    According to Breitbart, last week's Global Climate Strike was partially funded by Hungarian-American investor and philanthropist billionaire investor George Soros.

    Environmental groups active in the climate change issue reportedly received close to $25 million from George Soros between 2000-2017 through his Open Society Network, according to Breitart's 28 Sept. coverage. (Source: Breitbart, 28 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Infosys Lauded with UN Global Climate Action Award (Int'l. Report)
    Infosys,UN Climate Change Secretariat
    Date: 2019-09-30
    The Indian business technology consultancy Infosys reports it has been awarded the United Nations Global Climate Action Award in the "Carbon Neutral Now", making it the only Indian corporate to be recognized for its efforts to combat climate change.

    In 2011, Infosys committed to become carbon neutral through an accelerated plan focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and offsetting carbon emissions.

    The UN Global Climate Action Awards are organized by the Momentum for Change initiative of the UN Climate Change Secretariat. (Source: Infosys, Economic Times, 29 Sept., 2019) Contact: UN Climate Change Secretariat, www.unfccc.int; Infosys, www.infosys.com

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


    Notable Quote from the Land Down Under
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-30
    "You (Australia) are the keepers of an extraordinary section of the surface of this planet, including the Barrier Reef, and what you say, what you do, really, really matters,"

    "And then you suddenly say: 'No it doesn't matter ... it doesn't matter how much coal we burn ... we don't give a damn what it does to the rest of the world." -- Sir David Attenborough, an English broadcaster and natural historian commenting on Australia's attitude to addressing climate change. (Source: Business Insider Australia, Sept., 2019) Contact: Sir David Attenborouhj, www.imdb.com/name/nm0041003

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


    Glasgow Targets Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-09-30
    In Scotland, the port city of Glasgow (pop. 600,000 +-) on the River Clyde reports it is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 -- seven years ahead of the city's initial net-zero emissions plan. The goal of carbon neutrality follows a key recommendation made by the city's Climate Emergency Working Group as part of efforts in tackling climate change.

    In May, the city of Glasgow followed the city of Edinburgh in declaring a climate emergency. (Source: City of Glasgow, Clyde 1, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Glasgow, www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files/statistics/council-area-data-sheets/glasgow-city-council-profile.html

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


    "No Climate Emergency" says CLINTEL (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    CLINTEL
    Date: 2019-09-27
    Previously this wekk in New York, the newly launched Netherlands-based Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL), a global network of 500 prominent climate deniers, scientists and professionals, declared "there is no climate emergency" to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

    Professor Guus Berkhout of The Netherlands, who organized the Declaration, said: "So popular is the Declaration with scientists and researchers worldwide that signatories are flooding in not only from within Europe but also from other countries such as the United States and Canada, Australia and New Zealand."

    The group warns the U.N. that "the general-circulation models of climate on which international policy is at present founded are unfit for their purpose" and that the "models which have predicted far more warming than they should are not remotely plausible as policy tools in that in that they ... exaggerate the effect of greenhouse gases such as CO2 and ignore the fact that enriching the atmosphere with CO2 is beneficial."

    The CLINTEL letter invites the Secretary-General to work with the CLINTEL global network to organize a constructive, high-level meeting between world-class scientists on both sides of the climate debate in early 2020. (Source: CLINTEL, Sept., 2019) Contact: CLINTEL, Professor Guus Berkhout, +31 651214 737 guus.berkhout@clintel.org, www.clintel.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  CLINTEL,  


    Pittsburgh Firms Support Methane Emissions Ruductions (Ind. Report)
    Equitrans Midstream Corporation
    Date: 2019-09-27
    In the Steel City, Equitrans Midstream Corp. (ETRN) and EQM Midstream Partners LP (EQM) have come out in support of the US oil and gas industry's ongoing efforts to reduce methane emissions and therefore oppose the US EPA's proposed rollback of methane regulations.

    The EPA's April 2019 inventory report showed total methane emissions are down 15.8 pct since 1990 -- insufficient to achieve regulatory compliance on methane emissions in order to address the global impacts of climate change.

    ETRN and EQM currently utilize various methane mitigation methods across their operations and are evaluating additional enhancement and mitigation efforts, such as: expansion of the Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programme; pneumatic controller upgrades; re-compression of pipeline gas prior to maintenance procedures; and upgrading existing stations with air or electric starts.

    ETRN is a member of the Environmental Partnership -- a voluntary reduction programme offered through the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the ONE Future Coalition of natural gas companies working together to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain to 1 pct pct. (Source: ETRN, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: Equitrans Midstream Corporation, Diana Charletta , Pres., CEO, www.equitransmidstream.com; EQM Midstream Partners, www.eqm-midstreampartners.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  EPA,  


    Melting Arctic Permafrost Impact Costs Pegged at $70tn (Int'l)
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Date: 2019-09-27
    As previously reported, a study of the economic consequences of a melting Arctic from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) in Espoo has found that the release of methane and CO2 from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70 trillion to the worlds climate bill.

    The study authors contend their study is the first to calculate the economic impact of permafrost melt and reduced albedo -- a measure of how much light that hits a surface is reflected without being absorbed -- based on the most advanced computer models of what is likely to happen in the Arctic as temperatures rise.

    The study notes that on the current trajectory of at least 3 degree C of warming by the end of the century, melting permafrost is expected to discharge up to 280 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide and 3 gigatonnes of methane, which is 10 to 20 times more damaging to the the afmosphere than carbon dioxide. This would increase the global climate-driven impacts by $70 trillion between now and 2300, the report concludes. (Source: VIT, Weekened Leader, 22 April, 2019) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, +358 20 722 111, +358 20 722 7001 - fax., www.vttresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland news,  VTT news,  Climate Change news,  Methane news,  


    Notable Climate Change Quotes
    Climate Change, World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2019-09-25
    "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 Climate Change,  World Meteorological Organization ,  


    Maritime Giant Maersk Aims for Zero Emissions Vessels by 2030 (Int'l)
    Maersk.Martime Emissions
    Date: 2019-09-25
    At the UN climate action summit in New York. senior figures from the maritime, infrastructure, energy and finance sector, including shipping giant Maersk and oil company Shell, joined the "Getting to Zero Coalition" and pledged zero emissions shipping will be a commercial reality by the end of next decade.

    To that end, the companies will seek to coordinate the launch of clean fuels and vessels while making sure that these are supported by adequate ports, finance and policy incentives.

    The initiative is in keeping with UN International Maritime Organization's (IMO) pledge to halve emissions from 2008 levels by 2050. Currently responsible for 2 - 3 pct of annual global emissions, the international shipping industry could see its emissions jump up to 250 pct by 2050 in the absence of any action. (Source: Maersk, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Maersk Line, Soren Skou, CEO,www.maerskline.com International Maritime Organization Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  Maritime Emissions,  Maersk,  Climate Change,  


    EU Fossil Fuels Subsidy Growth Worth Noting (Int'l., Funding)
    European Union
    Date: 2019-09-25
    "European governments often appear to champion low-carbon policies. Yet, In 2017, European Union countries collectively spent $87 billion subsidizing the cost of fossil fuels -- at a time when the world needs to act to stop climate change. The 2017 amount is nearly 2.5 times more than they spent in 2010." (Source: pressenza, Radek Stefanski, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of St Andrews, 24 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Union,  Fossil Fuel Subsidies,  


    Banks Use PCAF to Track Investment Carbon Footprints (Ind. Report)
    Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials
    Date: 2019-09-25
    In the EU, more than 50 banks and other financial institutions representing nearly $3 trillion in assets are reporting they will assess and disclose the impact their loans and investments will have on climate change through the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), an industry-wide effort to standardize how companies measure the carbon footprints of their investments.

    PCAF is a global partnership of financial institutions that work together to develop and implement a harmonized approach to assess and disclose the GHG emissions associated with their loans and investments. PCAF enables transparency and accountability and will develop an open-source global carbon accounting standard for financial institutions, according to a Reuters report. (Source: PCAF, euronews, Reuters, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, Giel Linthorst, Executive Director, +31 6 1136 6935, info@carbonaccountingfinancials.com, www.carbonaccountingfinancials.com

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


    NZ Climate Change Risk Assessment Framework Released (Int'l.)
    National Climate Change Risk Assessment
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Reporting from Wellington, the New Zealand Climate Change Minister James Shaw has released a framework for the upcoming National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA).

    Aimed at identifying national level climate change adaptation and mitigation opportunities, the framework includes 17 categories of climate-related hazards most likely to "result in substantial risks to the nation's well being", including warmer temperatures, sea-level rise, ocean chemistry changes, increased fire risk and coastal erosion. It also includes the effect those hazards have on both physical and non-physical assets.

    The framework is intended to "improve the ability of decision-makers to make informed decisions in the presence of inevitable and, in some cases, substantial and irreducible uncertainty" and to "improve other stakeholders' understanding and foster and support the broader public interests in the quality of the decision-making process," according to the Minister. (Source: Radio New Zealand, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: National Climate Change Risk Assessment, www.mfe.govt.nz/climate-change/assessing-climate-change-risk

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


    China Fighting Climate Change with Nature-Based Solutions (Int'l.)
    Ministry of Ecology and Environment
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In Beijing, China's top environmental authority, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment has reaffirmed the country's commitment to fulfilling its Paris Agreement climate change pledge through the adoption of "nature-based solutions" and "greater efforts to improve biodiversity, forestation, and water resources, among other priorities."

    From 2005 to 2018, China's carbon emission intensity dropped by 45.8 pct, the Ministry noted, adding that the government will continue to promote climate adaptation, as well as carbon trading, to reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

    China's carbon emissions are widely expected to peak between 2021 and 2025 -- several years ahead of 2030, the target China set for itself as part of the Paris Agreement. (Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Peoples Republic of China, PR, Xinhua, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Ministry of Ecology and Environment,  Climate Change China,  Paris Climate Afreement,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Half of UAE Residents Believe Climate Change Real (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-23
    A recent 28 country survey of climate change attitudes by the UK-based global research firm YouGov found just 52 pct of UAE respondents acknowledged man-made climate change as a reality, compared to 69 and 66 pct of respondents in Spain and Italy, respectively. Regionally, 42 pct of Egyptians said they believed in man-made climate change, followed by just 35 pct of respondents in Saudi Arabia.

    Interestingly, of the 30,000 people in 28 markets covered in the study, the percentage of respondents who don't believe in man-made climate change is only higher in the United States at 10 pct and Norway at 8 pct. (Source: UAE News Arabian Business, 22 Sept., 2019)Contact: YouGov, www.yougov.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Germany Plans Multi-Billion Euro Climate Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Tax, German Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In Berlin, German chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government has reportedly agreed on a carbon price -- tax to meet its targeted 55 pct cut in carbon emissions by 2030. The price -- tax -- for CO2 emissions in transport and buildings is expected to come into force in 2021 at an estimated cost of €54 billion ($60 billion) by 2023.

    The German system will be based on a trade in emissions certificates under the EU's emissions trading scheme (EU ETS). Germany is on course to miss its 2020 target of reducing 1990 greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct, according to the Times of Aman report. (Source: Times of Oman, 22 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  German Carbon Tax,  


    China Upping Financial Support to Address Climate Change (Int'l.)
    Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment
    Date: 2019-09-20
    In Beijing, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment reports it will increase "green" financial support for initiatives and programs aimed at reducing carbon emissions and climate change as well as mitigating the effects of climate change.

    To that end, China will unveil national standards and endeavor to launch local climate financing pilot zones, and guide local governments to explore tailored development paths and modes to deal with key climate issues, according to the Ministry.

    The Ministry also called for greater international cooperation in climate financing to promote the implementation of climate-friendly projects abroad. China introduced a market mechanism to control carbon emissions with a nationwide trading system in December 2017. (Source: Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Peoples Republic of China, PR, Xinhua, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

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    Cement Giant Commits to Cutting Carbon Footprint (Int'l. Report)
    LafargeHolcim
    Date: 2019-09-20
    Swiss-based worldwide cement giant LafargeHolcim reports it has earmarked €145.4 million ($160.3 million) specifically to reduce its carbon footprint by improving the carbon-efficiency of its products. The company aims to reduce annual CO2 emissions in Europe by a further 15 pct -- 3 million tonnes, by 2022.

    The full amount will be invested in advanced equipment and technologies to increase the use of low-carbon fuels and recycled materials in the company's processes and products. Additional funds are to be earmarked in the future for the introduction of new carbon-efficient materials and services, according to the release. LafargeHolcim's project scope will cover more than 80 projects across 19 European countries over the next three years. (Source: LafargeHolcim, PR, 19 Dept., 2019)Contact: LafargeHolcim, Rene Thibault, www.lafargeholcim.com

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    Danish Climate Change Telethon Raises $2.57Mn (Int'l. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-18
    The German newspaper Deutsche Welle (DW) is reporting Danish individuals and companies alike responded to a recent climate change "telethon" fundraising with donations totaling approximately €2.4 million ($2.57 million) to fund the planting of approximately 1 million trees in the Scandinavian country.

    For every 20 Danish kroner (€2.70 or $3.00) donation one tree is to be planted, and 20 pct of the total donations will be earmarked for forest conservation efforts in Denmark. (Source: DW, 15 Dept., 2019)

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    F4CR Calls for Global Action on Climate Restoration by 2050 (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Foundation for Climate Restoration
    Date: 2019-09-18
    The New York-based not-for-profit Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR) ihas released the findings from its first Wite Paper -- Climate Restoration: Solutions to the Greatest Threat Facing Humanity and Nature Today. Key points from the report include:
  • Current international commitments to limit temperature rise to 2 degree C over pre-industrial conditions would still leave atmospheric CO2 at levels 50 pct higher than humans have ever experienced -- presenting conditions humans are unlikely to survive long-term.

  • Climate Restoration is possible using both technologies and financing available today.

  • Climate Restoration solutions must be permanent, scalable and financeable. Examples of solutions that meet these criteria include mineralizing CO2 into synthetic limestone, large-scale restoration of native forests and promoting photosynthesis and healthy fisheries through ocean restoration methods.

  • Because commercially viable carbon sequestration solutions already exist, the private sector can play a significant role in leading the way toward Climate Restoration. Companies are already buying carbon byproducts and can use their purchasing power to restore the climate if we further raise awareness of products derived from Climate Restoration methods and establish a supportive policy environment.

    Download the Climate Restoration: Solutions to the Greatest Threat Facing Humanity and Nature Today White Paper HERE.

    Climate Restoration is the global movement to return the Earth's climate systems to the safe and healthy state in which humanity and our natural world evolved. This requires returning atmospheric CO2 to safe levels of less than 300 parts per million (ppm) and restoring sufficient Arctic ice to prevent permafrost melt and the resulting disastrous methane emissions. Over the course of the last 100 years, CO2 levels have already increased by nearly 50 pct, exceeding 415 ppm in 2019, and continue to climb. (Source: Foundation for Climate Restoration , PR, 17 Sept., 2019) Contact: Foundation for Climate Restoration, Rick Parnell, CEO, (347) 741-1503, www.f4cr.org

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  • Carbon Tax Included in Germany's €40Bn Climate Pkg. (Int'l.)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-16
    In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CD) governing coalition is reportedly expected to release it latest plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 55 pct by 2030 compared to the 1990 levels. The government's package of measures, which could cost well over €40 billion ($44.6 billion) until 2023, is slated to be released on Friday, September 20.

    The government's plans are expected to include a broad range of issues such as extending grants for electric car buyers, expanding a network of charging stations, raising road taxes for polluting vehicles, improving building energy efficiency, raising a green surcharge on air travel and a possible carbon tax.

    As previously reported, Germany is expected to miss its own emissions goals for 2020. (Source: DW, 15 Sept., 2019)

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    Galway Adopts Statutory Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (Int'l)
    Galway,Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-16
    In Ireland, the City of Galway City Council is reporting the adoption of a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the period from 2019 to 2024. The strategy aims to prepare the city of roughly 90,000 residents for, and to mitigate the effects of climate change.

    The Strategy contains 31 individual adaptation actions covering governance and support, critical infrastructure and buildings, natural and cultural capital, water resources, flood risk management, and community services. These adaptation measures will be implemented over the next ten years to help cope with climate change.

    The adoption of the Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019-2024 is mandated under the National Adaptation Framework, requiring all Local Authorities to have such a plan in place by the end of September 2019. (Source: City of Galway, www.galwaycity.ie; National Adaptation Framework, www.dccae.gov.ie

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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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)

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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