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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,  


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 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

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Climate Change,  CO2,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank ,  Wind,  


Iran, FAO Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Action (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-08-07
In Tehran, the Iranian government and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization are reporting the conclusion of a joint workshop to help strengthen the country's national capacity to access Green Climate Fund for climate change adaptation and mitigation actions.

Participating experts and relevant stakeholders discussed and defined necessary strategic investment criteria for prioritizing climate investments and a strategy to ensure a collective view of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts success.

In their meetings, the FAO emphasized the importance of climate-smart agriculture, sustainable forest and other natural resources management, and collaboration with national and international partners to successfully mitigate climate change threats. (Source: Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, PR, Tasnim, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: UN Food & Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org/home/en; Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_of_Environment_(Iran)

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


Climate-specific Tech Packages Help Cut Ag GHG Emissions (Int'l)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Date: 2019-08-07
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in cooperation with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports it has identified ways to reduce agricultural GHG emissions under various climate conditions using isotopic techniques.

When farmers apply fertilizer to their crops, plants convert the fertilizer into the nutrients the plants need to flourish. Some of the by-products related to these processes are released as GHGs -- nitrous oxide (N2O), carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) -- and the overuse of fertilizer is leading to the release of excessive amounts of GHGs. According to the FAO, agriculture, forestry and other land use make up close to a quarter of GHGs, and the use of synthetic fertilizers accounts for 12 pct of total agriculture GHG emissions.

These gases trap heat in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming and thereby altering the conditions under which food crops grow, affecting not only crop yields, but also food quality and food security. The release of N2O is particularly worrying because it's 300 times more powerful than CO2 in trapping heat, and 16 times more powerful than CH4 and can therefore greatly contribute to climate change mitigation strategies.

Nuclear techniques offer substantial advantages over conventional techniques for measuring GHG emissions. By adding nitrogen fertilizers labelled with stable isotope nitrogen-15 as a tracer, scientists can track the isotopes and determine how effectively the crops are taking up the fertilizer. The isotope is also used to quantify the amount of nitrogen that crops can acquire from the atmosphere through biological nitrogen fixation process.

The carbon-13 stable isotope technique, using the natural abundance of carbon-13 in the environment, allows researchers to evaluate soil quality and sources of carbon sequestered in the soil. This helps identify how various combinations of crop rotation, tillage and ground cover can enhance productivity and improve the efficiency with which increasingly scarce resources, such as water and chemical nutrients, are used. Carbon-13 is tracked to determine the movement and origin of carbon dioxide and methane. (Source: International Atomic Energy Agency, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: UN Food & Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org; International Atomic Energy Agency, www.iaea.org

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


Community Responds to Climate Ready Miami Strategy (Ind Report)
Miami Office of Resilience and Sustainability
Date: 2019-08-05
In the Sunshine State, the City of Miami Resilience and Sustainability Department is reporting the launch of the Climate Ready Miami strategy, a multi-year plan to address the risks of climate change, including flooding, storms, health and rising temperatures. Following a series of public meetings, the plan is expected to be released this fall.

The public meetings are meant to educate residents and gather information the community's climate change related concerns which will be considered in determining the strategy's programs and funding priorities.

In its initial meetings, a desire for more community education about climate change impacts and the role citizens can play in dealing with those impacts, were among the most often expressed concerns. The next seven meetings will be held over the next two months, supported with a grant from the Funders Network for Smart Growth and the Miami Foundation.

This past May, the cities of Miami and Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County, in partnership with The Miami Foundation and 100 Resilient Cities, released Resilient305, a regional plan with more than 50 actions covering environment, infrastructure and economic prosperity. Along with Climate Ready Miami, that will give the region a path for protecting citizens from the threats of climate change, a responsibility which the Trump administration has to date seemingly downplayed and ignored. (Source: City of Miami, Various Media, Utility Dive, 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Miami Office of Resilience and Sustainability, Alissa Farina, Programs Manager, www.miamigov.com/Government/Departments.../Resilience-and-Sustainability, www.miamidade.gov/planning/resilience.asp

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


Faibanks Borough Establishing Climate Task Force (Ind. Report)
Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition
Date: 2019-07-29
In Alsaska, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly reports passage of Resolution 2019-29 establishing a Climate Change Task Force to develop a plan to address the impacts of climate change.

The Climate Change Task Force will look at how community can adapt to the climate change impacts that are already happening -- wildfires,ice storms and other winter weather aberrations -- are going to be getting worse, as well as looking at reducing GHG emissions and climate change mitigation efforts . The resolution also calls for a joint borough and community climate change task force and an initial public meeting by November 15, 2019. (Source: Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Various Media, 27 July, 2019) Contact: Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Tristan Glowa, Coordinator, www.fairbanksclimateaction.org

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


EU, Ethiopia Ink €36 Mn Climate Finance Deal (Int'l, Funding)
EU,Ethiopia
Date: 2019-07-22
The EU is reporting a €36 million financing agreement with the Government of Ethiopia for that country's climate change budget supporting program. The program focuses on cutting forestry and industrial carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the impact of climate change.

The bulk of the EU's €33 million will be channeled through the Ethiopian government with €3 million of the total used to enhance the country's measurement, reporting and verification systems, to make them complaint with Paris Climate Agreement standards. The funded projects will be administered by the Ethiopian Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission and the Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with regional states. (Source: EU News, ENA News, Walta, 22 July, 2019)

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Independents Pollute Less Than Public Firms, Notre Dame Study Shows (Ind. Report)
University of Notre Dame.
Date: 2019-07-22
According to new research from the University of Notre Dame. private, independent firms are less likely to pollute and incur EPA penalties than public and private equity-owned firms. The study -- Corporate governance and pollution externalities of public and private firms -- is forthcoming in the Review of Financial Studies from Sophie Shive and Margaret Forster, finance professors in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. They found private, independent firms have lower carbon emissions from their operations, controlling for their size and output, than public and private equity-owned firms.

The study offers preliminary research into how finance can help mitigate climate change and sheds light on the debate about which type of corporate structure is better for reducing the "tragedy of the commons" when each entity consumes or spoils too much of a public good and harms society, rather than coordinating to use the resource wisely. The study finds no differences between private, sponsor-backed firms and public firms, controlling for industry, time, location and a host of firm characteristics. Within public firms, it identified a negative association between emissions and mutual fund ownership and board size, suggesting that increased oversight may decrease pollution.

Shive's research has been cited in national news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal. She has taught Introductory Finance, Investment Theory and Private Equity. A former economist at the International Monetary Fund, faculty at Ohio State University, and principal at Wanger Asset Management LLP, Forster teaches courses in investments, international finance and financial institutions. (Source: University of Notre Dame, 22 July, 2019) Contact: University of Notre Dame, Sophie Shive, 574-631-1477, sshive1@nd.edu, www.nd.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Notre Dame,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


Canadian Climate Risks, Adaptations Identified (Ind. Report)
Council of Canadian Academies
Date: 2019-07-10
At the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's request, an expert panel convened by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has identified and prioritized Canada's top climate change risks and determined that many costs and damages could be avoided with prompt and thoughtful adaptation.

The panel's report identifies the following areas of risk: agriculture and food, coastal communities, ecosystems, fisheries, forestry, geopolitical dynamics, governance and capacity, human health and wellness, Indigenous ways of life, northern communities, physical infrastructure, and water. The report outlines a multi-layered method of prioritizing adaptation measures based on an understanding of the risk, adaptation potential, and federal roles and responsibilities.

Download the report HERE. (Source: Council of Canadian Academies, Eric M. Meslin, PhD, CEO, Tijs Creutzberg 613-567-5000 ext. 232, tijs.creutzberg@cca-reports.ca, info@cca-reports.ca, www.scienceadvice.ca

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LA Touts Sustainability pLAn 2019 Climate Plan (Ind. Report)
LosAngeles
Date: 2019-07-10
In the Golden State, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is touting his Sustainability pLAn 2019, a "Green New Deal" to help the city of approximately 4 million residents deal with climate change.

The Los Angeles Green New Deal is intended to: reduce by 50 pct the number of census tracks lacking equity and environmental parity; create a $100,000,000 Transformative Climate Communities program; include an "Equity and Environmental Justice Impact Statement" in official City reports; and analyze the LADWP budget for environmental equity metrics. The program calls for both mitigation and/or adaptation measures to climate change impacts and will be folded into all other area climate emergency plans covering: energy and climate; climate change preparedness; green buildings; transportation; air Quality; environmental justice; urban greening; green economy; and others.

Additionally, Los Angeles City Council is creating a new Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization that will in turn will create a Climate Emergency Commission, hire a director for the new Climate Emergency Mobilization Office, and draft a Climate Emergency Declaration.

Download the Sustainability pLAn 2019 HERE. (Source: City of Los Angeles, City Watch, July, 2019)

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$84.9Mn Green Climate Funding Announced (Int'l. Report)
Green Climate Fund,UNDP
Date: 2019-07-08
Meeting in Songdo, Korea, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) reports its commitment of more than $84.9 million towards United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in Bhutan, Timor-Leste, the Marshall Islands and Ecuador.

According to the GCF release, Ecuador the second country to receive financial resources from the GCF for having successfully reduced its deforestation and corresponding greenhouse gas emissions. The funding is expected to help in reducing emissions by 20 pct from the forest and land-use sector by 2025.

Bhutan, the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) and Timor-Leste -- among the Asia-Pacific region's most vulnerable countries to climate change -- received grants for climate adaptation initiatives. In Bhutan, with GCF funding over 118,000 people are expected to benefit from more sustainable land and water management, more climate-resilient agriculture and reliable climate-resilient irrigation schemes. In Timor-Leste, GCF funds will be used to "climate-proof" key rural infrastructure and improve policies and planning for a national response to the impacts of climate change.

With the approval of the four new projects, UNDP has supported a total of 23 countries to access more than $785.7 million in GCF finance for full-sized climate change projects.

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 Development Programme, PR, July, 2019) Contact: UNDP, Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Executive Coordinator and Director, Global Environmental Finance, www.undp.org; Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Climate Fund,  UNDP,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  CO2,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


WB Supports Sri Lankan Climate Preparedness, Resilience (Int'l)
World Bank
Date: 2019-06-28
As part of its Climate Resilience Multi-Phase Programmatic Approach Project, the World Bank (WB) reports approval of $310 million in loan funding to reduce and mitigate flood risks and improve weather forecasting and early warning systems across the Bay of Bengal island nation of Sri Lanka. The loan, through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is the first of a three-phase investment program totaling $774 million over 8 years.

In 2017, Sri Lanka ranked second among countries most affected by extreme weather events -- extreme temperatures, flooding and drought -- and is expected to see a 1.2 pct drop in annual GDP by 2050 due to climate change. The Program is designed with flexibility for adaptive learning and the potential for private sector participation. (Source: World Bank, Modern Diplomacy, 27 June, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org

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MDB Climate Finance Hits Record $43.1Bn in 2018 (Ind. Report)
Climate Change,World Bank
Date: 2019-06-28
According to the 2018 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks' Climate Finance, climate financing by the world's largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) in developing countries and emerging economies rose to a high of $43.1 billion in 2018, boosting projects that help developing countries cut emissions and address climate risks -- an over 22 pct increase from 2017 where climate finance totaled $35.2 billion.

The report notes that $30.2 billion (70 pct) of the 2018 total was devoted to climate change mitigation investments that aim to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and slow down global warming. The remaining $12.9 billion (30 pct) was invested in climate change adaptation efforts to help address mounting impacts of climate change, including worsening droughts and more extreme weather events from extreme flooding to rising sea levels.

Since 2011, the six MDBS have committed nearly $237 billion in climate finance for developing and emerging economies. MDBs' climate finance aims to ensure that global financial flows are consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement.(Source: World Bank, Modern Diplomacy, June, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, Mehreen Sheikh, (202) 458-7336, msheikh1@worldbank.org, www.worldbank.org

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ASEAN Strengthening Climate Change Mitigation Capacity (Int'l)
Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Date: 2019-06-24
On Saturday in Bangkok, the Assoc. of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) -- Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos -- reports it's member states have agreed to share information and best practices and strengthen climate change mitigation capacity, build climate-resilient communities, address natural disasters in a "timely and systematic manner" and enhance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in order to build climate resilient communities in Southeast Asia. The bloc also intends to advance ASEAN's concerns based on consensus on common interests on climate change through joint statements in the upcoming climate summits in New York and Santiago, Chile.

The ten-nation ASEAN bloc supports the conservation and sustainable use of ASEAN's coastal and marine environment and is committed to promote biodiversity conservation and management and endeavor to mainstream biodiversity into the organization's various development processes. (Source: ASEAN, AFP, Manila Bulletin, 23 June, 2019) Contact: ASEAN, www.asean.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Association of Southeast Asian Nations,  ASEAM,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


RTPI Launches Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign (Int'l)
Royal Town Planning Institute
Date: 2019-06-21
In the UK, the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign is calling for "radical" government action to help local planning authorities tackle climate change and reduce emissions generated in the built environment. Local planning departments are key to devising and implementing policies to rid the country's buildings, transport and infrastructure of greenhouse gases, as well as making projects carbon neutral. To that end, government departments at every level need the funding, resources and national policies to do the job, according to RTPI.

Specifically, the RTPI Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign calls on the government to:

  • Reintroduce the requirement that all new-build homes are zero carbon and that measures and resources are put in place for existing homes to be zero carbon;

  • Develop a tool for assessing the carbon impact of existing and future local plans;

  • Ensure that climate change mitigation is a vital component of wider planning and infrastructure policy and that government listens to the planning profession in formulating that policy;

  • Give more resources to local planning authorities and empower devolved local and national governments to lead on climate change mitigation at local level and give them the resources to do so;

  • Invest in UK infrastructure for smart energy heat and sustainable mobility, including greater collaboration between the business, transport and housing/communities ministries.

    The Royal Town Planning Institute is the principal body representing planning professionals in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It promotes and develops policy affecting planning and the built environment. (Source: Royal Town Planning Institute, Housing Today, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Royal Town Planning Institute, Ian Tant, Pres., +44 0 20 7929 9494, contact@rtpi.org.uk, www.rtpi.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Town Planning Institute,  Climate Change,  


  • CEMEX Committed to UN Sustainable Development Goals (Int'l)
    United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals
    Date: 2019-05-29
    Monterrey, Mexico-headquartered global building materials specialist CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. reports it is strengthening its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    To that end, CEMEX is focusing on Climate Change Mitigation (SDG 13) and Environmental and Ecosystem Conservation (SDG 15) and other goals that are directly connected with the company's business and represent a better opportunity to contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda. (Source: CEMEX, PR, 27 May, 2019) Contact: CEMEX, Fernando A. González, CEO, www.cemex.com; United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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


    Finland Ukraine Trust Fund Supports Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation Projects (Int'l. Report)
    Finland Ukraine Trust Fund
    Date: 2019-05-17
    The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) established in 1990 through an intergovernmental treaty between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, is touting the Finland Ukraine Trust Fund.

    The Fund facilitates investments related to green growth and climate change mitigation and adaptation globally, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe, Baltic Sea, Arctic and Barents regions. The Fund provides project grant financing in the following areas: renewable energy and waste-to-energy; power and heat generation; district heating networks; energy efficiency in buildings and industry and other related area.

    To qualify for grant funding, projects must: be innovative; build on well-known and proven technology; be cost efficient; increase energy efficiency on system, sub-system or component levels; be environmentally sustainable; be financially sustainable after grant support; be examples of best practices and best available technologies (BAT); and be replicable.

    Grant funding can be provided to both public and private demonstration projects and is available for disbursement until the end of 2021.

    The Fund is financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and managed by NEFCO. The local coordinator is the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE)There are blending opportunities of the grant with NEFCO's other financing tools. Project owner's contribution is required, however technical assistance, such as e.g. consulting and software, can be supported with a grant up to 100 pct cent of the cost. (Source: Finland Ukraine Trust Fund, May, 2019) Contact: Finland Ukraine Trust Fund Coordination and Management Consultant: Project Director, Jarkko Olkinuora (Finland), +358 40 0805056, jarkko.Olkinuora@fcg.fi; Andrew Levkonyuk (Ukraine), +380 97 6405390, andrew.levkonyuk@fcg.fi; NEFCO, www.nefco.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  


    Belarusians Seeking Swedish Renewables Expertise (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2019-05-15
    In Minsk, the Belarus News (BelTA) is reporting the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in discussions with discussion with Sweden's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate on potential partnerships in environmental protection and climate change mitigation, as well as sharing Sweden's best practices in utilizing renewable energy and recycling household waste to produce energy.

    Details have not been announced. (Source: Belerus News, 14 May, 2019)

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    Pacific Islands Call for Unity in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In the South Pacific, FBC News is reporting the Samoan and Cook Islands governments have agreed to emulate Fiji in an integrated approach to mitigate the impact of climate change.

    The two island countries agreed that all Pacific Island countries must allow more flexibility in their economies, policies and infrastructures to consolidate the climate change fight.

    Cook Island's Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown called on all Pacific island countries to continue to work together to find avenues that can further mitigate climate change. (Source: FBC News, 11 May, 2019)

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    MA Communities Share Climate Change Preparedness Funding (Funding)
    Leominster
    Date: 2019-05-06
    The community of Leominster, Mass. reports it was among 27 communities receiving grant funding through the Mass. Municipal Vulnerability Prepardness programto complete climate change vulnerability assessments and develop climate change resiliency plans.

    Leominster, which scored $25,000, will share in $725,000 granted to the 27 communities, bringing the number of communities in the program to 184, or half of all Massachusetts municipalities. The grant and designation program provides communities with technical support, climate change data and planning tools to identify hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience. (Source: City of Leominster, Sentinel & Enterprise, 4 May, 2019)Contact: Mass. Municipal Vulnerability Prepardness Program, www.mass.gov/municipal-vulnerability-preparedness-mvp-program

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


    World Bank Fund to Support Climate-Smart Mining (Ind. Report)
    World Bank Group
    Date: 2019-05-06
    The World Bank is reporting the launch of the Climate-Smart Mining Facility fund to support the sustainable extraction and processing of minerals and metals used in clean energy technologies, such as wind, solar power, batteries for energy storage and electric vehicles. The new Facility focuses on helping resource-rich developing countries benefit from the increasing demand for minerals and metals, while ensuring the mining sector is managed in a way that minimizes the environmental and climate footprint.

    Facility partners include the German government and private sector companies, Rio Tinto and Anglo American. The Facility will also assist governments to build a robust policy, regulatory and legal framework that promotes climate-smart mining and creates an enabling environment for private capital. Facility projects may include:

  • Supporting the integration of renewable energy into mining operations, given that the mining sector accounts for up to 11 percent of global energy use and that mining operations in remote areas often rely on diesel or coal;
  • Supporting the strategic use of geological data for a better understanding of “strategic mineral” endowments;
  • Forest-smart mining -- preventing deforestation and supporting sustainable land-use practices; repurposing mine sites;
  • Recycling of minerals -- supporting developing countries to take a circular economy approach and reuse minerals in a way that respects the environment

    The World Bank is targeting a total investment of $50 million, to be deployed over a 5-year timeframe. The Facility will focus on activities around four core themes: climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; reducing material impacts and creating market opportunities, contributing to the decarbonization and reduction of material impacts along the supply chain of critical minerals needed for clean energy technologies. (Source: World Bank Group, Modern Diplomacy, May, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice, www.worldbank.org

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


  • Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-04-26
    "The international community needs more political will to undertake climate change mitigation, adaptation and climate finance activities. We are losing the race for climate change, which could be a disaster for Africa and the world. Africa will pay even higher price because of the dramatic impact in the continent even though Africa doesn't contribute much to the warming of the planet." -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking at the 32nd ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU). (Source: IANS, April, 2019)

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


    $1.7Tn per year Needed for Asian Climate Resilient Infrastructure (Int'l)
    Asian Development Bank
    Date: 2019-04-08
    According to the Manila-headquartered Asian Development Bank's (ADB) recently released study Asian Development Outlook 2019: Strengthening Disaster Resilience, developing economies across Asia are among the most vulnerable to climate change-natural disasters such as storms, floods, droughts, and have suffered damages estimated at $644 billion since 2000. Weather-related hazards caused the greatest share at $507 billion at 79 pct while geophysical hazards accounted for the remaining $137 billion dollars at 21 pct.

    The study notes an estimated $1.7 26 trillion per year must be invested in climate-change mitigation and adaptation measures and to construct disaster-resilient infrastructure in developing Asia. (Source: Asian Development Bank, ANI Siasat Daily, April, 2019)Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


    MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative Awarded $750,000 (Funding)
    MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative
    Date: 2019-03-20
    In the Bay State, the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative is reporting receipt of $750,000 in grant funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for a research project that aims to create an online database assessing the carbon intensity of financial institutions. The database would be available to educate and inform U.S. businesses, foundations, universities, and the general public, and possibly consumers , on aligning their choice of banks, investment targets, and insurance companies with sustainability practices, including climate change mitigation. Currently, no standards, databases, or mechanisms exist to assess the full range of financial services firms' carbon intensity.

    The research project's ultimate goal is to drive the re-allocation of capital away from carbon-intensive activities to lower-carbon assets in order to significantly reduce emissions and adverse impacts on the environment and of climate change.

    The shared vision of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative is to limit global warming emissions to keep global average temperature increase below 3.6 degrees F (2 degrees C) above pre-industrial levels, to protect the planet from climate change and promote human prosperity and health. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has calculated that to have an 80 pct chance of attaining this 3.6 degrees F limit, an additional $36 trillion in clean energy investment would be needed between 2014 and 2050 -- about $1 trillion per year more than is currently invested. (Source: MIT Sloan School of Management, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: MIT Sloan School of Management, Jason Jay, Director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, www.mitsloan.mit.edu; MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Marilyn Waite, Program Officer, www.hewlett.org

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    World Bank Earmarks $22.5Bn for African Climate Efforts (Int'l)
    World Bank Group
    Date: 2019-03-15
    The World Bank Group reports it will scale up support for both climate adaptation and climate mitigation initiatives in Africa to $22.5 billion over five years -- 2021-2025. The funding is part of the Bank Group's 2025 Targets to Step Up Climate Action, launched in December 2018 during the UN's COP24 in Poland.

    The funding is aimed at helping African countries manage the risks of a changing climate while unlocking new investment opportunities. The IFC and MIGA, the Group's private sector arms, will also grow their climate activities in Africa.

    More than half of the $22.5bn financing will be devoted to supporting adaptation and resilience in Africa. This year, for example, the World Bank will provide the government of Ethiopia with a results-based support program for adaptation and resilience, the largest done by the World Bank ever in Africa. The new operation, which is currently under preparation, will provide $500 million for results in improved watershed management and land administration systems.

    In addition, the World Bank, will carry out intensive Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) engagements with Rwanda and Kenya, under the framework of the NDC Partnership, and with generous support from Germany's BMZ. The engagements will help accelerate the implementation of, and raise the level of ambition for, their NDCs by supporting systematic mainstreaming and institutionalization of climate adaptation and mitigation across and within key development sectors and governance levels. (Source: World Bank Group, africanews.com, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org

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    NY State Offers Farmers $2.3 Mn to Address Cimate Change (Funding)
    Climate Change Mitigation
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In Albany, the Empire State dovernor Andrew Cuomo (D) has announced the availability of $2.3 million in funding to help New York farmers deal with climate change impacts to their businesses.

    Eligible projects may focus on reducing carbon footprints, saving energy, improving soil health, increasing irrigation capacity and emphasizing water management to mitigate the effects of drought, as well as heavy rainfall and flooding, on crops and livestock, according to a news release from Cuomo's office.

    The funding is available through the New York Climate Resilient Farming grant program, via the state's Environmental Protection Fund. Cuomo's office is calling for an additional $5 million for Climate Resilient Farming program projects. (Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Times Herald, 12 Mar., 2019)Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

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    Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-02-11
    "The international community needs more political will to undertake climate change mitigation, adaptation and climate finance activities. We are losing the race for climate change, which could be a disaster for Africa and the world. Africa will pay even higher price because of the dramatic impact in the continent even though Africa doesn't contribute much to the warming of the planet." -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking at the 32nd ordinary session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU). (Source: IANS, 9 Feb., 2019)

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    Providence Promoting Climate Justice, Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    Providence Office of Sustainability
    Date: 2019-01-30
    In Rhode Island, the City of Providence Office of Sustainability is projecting that the city of 180,000 residents will see 9 feet of sea-level rise by 2100 and the city's climate will equal south Florida's average temperature of 80.3 degrees F.

    To deal with that eventuality, the city has developed a Climate Justice Plan that pledges to make the city carbon neutral by 2050. To meet that goalthe city plans to slash building emissions which alone account for 71 pct of emissions in Providence. To reduce electricity use, the plan proposes a wholesale switch to renewable energy by 2050. This includes expanding rooftop solar installations, local microgrids, battery backup, and regional renewable energy power-purchase agreements. Emissions from heating will be reduced with enhanced energy-efficiency standards, green building codes, and the phasing out natural-gas use, according to the plan.

    The Climate Justice Plan guarantees "social equity" to ensure that all of the city's business and residential regions benefit equally from climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts and programs. .The plan was developed with input from the city's Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, a collaboration between the city, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Groundwork Rhode Island.

    The Climate Justice Plan proposes cleaning up the port by reducing emissions from vessels and eliminating the import and storage of hazardous and polluting material by 2040. A fee on fossil fuels shipped to the port and emissions produced there would be spent on environmental justice needs and climate-change adaptation along the waterfront.

    Download Climate Justice Plan details HERE. (Source: Providence Office of Sustainability, ecoRI, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Providence Office of Sustainability, 401-680-5000, www.providenceri.gov/sustainability

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    UK, New Zealand Joint Statement on Pacific Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-01-23
    The United Kingdom UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, along with the Gov. of New Zealand, issued the following joint statement on climate change:

    "New Zealand and the UK reaffirm a joint commitment to work with Pacific Island countries, which are uniquely affected by the impacts of climate change, to take action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change.

    "The Paris Agreement, signed and ratified by all Pacific Island countries, set the goals of holding the increase in the global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperatures increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

    "Pacific countries -- including those with medium to high per capita GDP -- continue to suffer from diseconomies of scale, external economic shocks, uncertainty caused by future climate impacts and catastrophic climatic events. The UK and New Zealand recognize that individual and coordinated action is required to address the vulnerabilities of Pacific Island countries to support their sustainable and prosperous future.

    "The UK and New Zealand are committed to supporting international action to address issues of oceans, access to development and climate finance, advice on climate induced migration and issues around climate induced insecurity across the Pacific.

    "The UK will open three new diplomatic posts in the Pacific next year -- Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga -- and a new UK regional development expert will be based in Fiji from 2019 onwards. These new UK posts will work with New Zealand and like minded partners to maximize the impact of multilateral spending to address Pacific Island Countries' vulnerability to climate risks." (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    Kigali Amendment Addresses Ozone Deleting HFC GHG (Int'l Report)
    Montreal Protocol
    Date: 2019-01-04
    With the recently announced Kigali Amendment hammered out in Niarobi, the world has taken an important step on the road to drastically reduce the production and consumption of powerful greenhouse gasses known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)-- an extremely potent greenhouse gas -- and limit global warming. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer came into force on 1st January 2019.

    If fully supported by governments, the private sector and citizens, the Kigali Amendment will avoid up to 0.4 degrees C of global warming this century while continuing to protect the ozone layer. The amendment will substantively contribute to the goals of the COP15, Paris Climate Agreement.

    The parties to the amendment have put in place practical arrangements for its implementation, including agreements on technologies for the destruction of HFCs and new data reporting requirements and tools. The amendment comes with provisions for capacity-building for developing countries, institutional strengthening and the development of national strategies to reduce HFCs and replace them with alternatives. Phasing down HFCs under the Kigali Amendment may also open a window to redesign refrigeration equipment that is more energy efficient, further increasing the climate gains.

    Implementation of new targets set out in the amendment will be done in three phases, with a group of developed countries starting HFCs phase-down from 2019. Developing countries will follow with a freeze of HFCs consumption levels in 2024 and with a few countries freezing consumption in 2028.

    Evidence presented in the latest Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion finds that the ozone layer in parts of the stratosphere has recovered at a rate of 1-3 pct per decade since 2000. At projected rates, Northern Hemisphere and mid-latitude ozone is scheduled to heal completely by the 2030s followed by the Southern Hemisphere in the 2050s and polar regions by 2060.

    The UN Environment Ozone Secretariat is the Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The Secretariat facilitates and supports the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol and other stakeholders in implementing actions to protect and heal the ozone layer and contribute to climate change mitigation.

    Download the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018 Executive Summary HERE. (Source: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, World Meteorological Organization , UN Environment, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, https://ozone.unep.org

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    UWI Studying Solar Radiation's Climate Change Impact (Int'l., R&D)
    University of the West Indies
    Date: 2019-01-04
    In Kingston, Jamaica, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona,reports it will study the impacts of solar radiation management (SRM) geoengineering on the world's most vulnerable countries. SRM geoengineering is a controversial proposal for reducing the risks of climate change by reflecting some sunlight away from the Earth, according to the UWI release.

    The UWI SRM project, which received Developing World Impacts Modelling Analysis (DECIMALS) grant funding,would involve blocking out a small amount of sunlight to cool the Earth by spraying reflective particles into the upper atmosphere. If successful, the study results could be important in regional climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. rejected, according to the UWI release.

    . Through the DECIMALS grant, the research group from the UWI, Mona, will work alongside teams in Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, and South Africa, and with some of the world's leading SRM modelling experts, ultimately publishing their findings at the end of 2020.

    DECIMALS was set up by the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI), a non-governmental project founded in 2010 by Environmental Defense Fund, The World Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society. (Source: University of the West Indies, Jamaica Gleaner, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: University of the West Indies, Dr Leonardo Clarke, principal investigator, (876) 927-1660-9 Exts. 2336/2339 (876)927-0253- fac., vcoffice@uwimona.edu.jm, www.uwi.edu

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    South America's First CO2-Neutral Tort Certified (Int'l)
    Carbon Neutral
    Date: 2019-01-04
    In South America, the Ecuador Ministry of Environment and the Quito-based environmental ratings agency Sambito SA, are reporting the Contecon Guayaquil SA (CGSA) port has been certified to ISO 14064-1 standards and is South America's first carbon neutral port.

    As part of its continuing compliance, CGSA has set-up a team to verify and create mechanisms to lower the port's industrial emissions, and has also sponsored the preservation of 10,000 hectares of mangrove forests and 4,600 hectares of native forests as part of its carbon emissions-climate change mitigation efforts. (Source: Port Strategy, 3 Jan, 2019) Contact: Sambito SA, +593 (2) 246 602, www.sambito.com.ec; Contecon Guayaquil, +593 4-600-6300, www.cgsa.com.ec/inicio.aspx

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    Samoan Climate Change Program Funding Announced (Int'l Report)
    Global Environment Facility
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In the South Pacific, 26 biodiversity, climate change adaptation and mitigation, land degradation and sustainable forest management and other related projects have been granted more than $635,000 in funding by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme. The projects were approved by the Samoan National Steering Committee (N.S.C.) based on the technical assessment from the Technical Advisory Group (T.A.G.).

    The funding is intended to support Samoans most at risk given their strong dependency on natural resources for their livelihoods, while often living in fragile ecosystems throughout the island country. our planet's most pressing environmental problems.

    Since its founding, the GEF has provided over $17.9 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $93.2 billion in co-financing for more than 4500 projects in 170 countries. Today, the GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global climate change and other environmental issues, according to the GEF website. (Source: Global Environment Facility, Samoa Observer, 24 November 2018) Contact: Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org

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    Taiwan EPA Funding Climate Change Mitigation Projects (Int'l)
    Taiwan EPA
    Date: 2018-11-16
    In Taipei, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) reports it will fund its first climate change mitigation research project aimed at raising public awareness of climate-related issues and fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration on environmental protection. Approximately NT$15 million ($485,405) has been earmarked for the project.

    While the agency previously subsidized projects for energy conservation and carbon reduction, this is its first funding project for climate action research in line with the Taiwanese government's 2015 Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act. (Source: Taiwan EPA,Taipei Times, Nov., 2018)Contact: Taiwan EPA, www.epa.gov.tw/mp.asp?mp=epaen

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    Ellgrass CO2 Sink Loss Studied (Int'l, Research Report)
    Carbob Sequestration
    Date: 2018-11-02
    In a new study spanning coastal areas of the Northern Hemisphere, researchers at Abo Akademi University explored the magnitude of organic carbon stocks stored and sequestered by eelgrass meadows -- the most abundant seagrass species in temperate waters.

    According to the study, eelgrass organic carbon stocks were comparable to organic carbon stocks of tropical seagrass species, as well as mangroves, salt marshes and terrestrial ecosystems. The researchers also found that on average, eelgrass meadows stored 27.2 tons of organic carbon per hectare, although the variation between the regions was considerable

    In the marine systems, the blue carbon species alone account for up to 33 pct of the total oceanic CO2 uptake. In contrast to terrestrial soils, which usually store carbon up to decades, the carbon stored in blue carbon ecosystems may persist for timescales of millennia or longer and thus, contribute significantly to climate change mitigation and alleviation of the rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. Despite the importance of these ecosystems, to date, none of them are included in the global carbon trading programmes. Alarmingly, in the past 50 years, at least one-third of the distribution area of coastal vegetated ecosystems has been lost. (Source: Abo Akademi University, Public Press Release, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Abo Akademi University, Christoffer Bostrom , Associate Professor in Environmental and Marine Biology, +358 50 431 8226, christoffer.bostrom@abo.fi, www.abo.fi

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    Corporate Ghana Admonished to Invest in Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation Projects (Int'l)
    Youth Icons Ghana
    Date: 2018-10-19
    Speaking in the capital city of Accra, Youth Icons Ghana president Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa, has admonished the country's financial institutions to invest heavily in climate change mitigation and adaptation projects to save the Ghanaian economy. According to him climate change presented both opportunities and threats and banks and financial institutions must position themselves to take advantage of the business opportunities of climate change as well as prepare themselves to withstand effects of climate change.

    According to Osei-Darkwa, "Projects such as smart-agriculture, afforestation and restoration of vital ecosystems would help combat climate change." Osei-Darkwa added that his not-for-profit NGO has established the Green Republic Project to plant more than 20 million trees by the year 2028 to absorb atmospheric CO2. (Source: Youth Icons Ghana Ghanaian Times, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Youth Icons Ghana, +233 (0) 264 268 686, +233 (0) 277 268686, info@youthiconsgh.org, www.youthiconsgh.org

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    Mississauga, Ontario Preparing Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-10-19
    In Ontario, the Toronto suburb of Mississauga -- pop. 721,000 -- reports its Climate Action Plan is now in the community consultation and education phase. The plan aims to raise awareness of increasing extreme weather trends, the local effects of climate change and how the city plans to respond and adapt to it.

    The city's 10-year action plan aims to mitigate the effects of increasing weather extremes and a changing climate by reducing the city's overall greenhouse-gas emissions and adapt to changes already seen and recorded in the local climate. The plan is expected to be activated in 2019, following a 2-year consultation and planning process.

    Mississauga climate data suggests the city can expect 20 to 30 pct more ice storms, three to four degree warmer winters, 44 millimetres more precipitation during the spring and fall, 20 millimetres more snowfall in the winter, 20 to 37 pct more intense rainfalls, 20 to 32 days of more heat waves, and 24 more days in the growing season. Forty-two per cent of the city's GHG emissions come from heating buildings, followed by transportation. (Source: City of Mississauga, Mississauga News, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Mississauga, Michael Cleland, Dir. Environment, Julius Lindsay, Climate Change Specialist, 905-615-4311, www.mississauga.ca

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    EIB, Indonesia Ink Green Infrastructure Development MoU (Int'l)
    EIB
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Reporting from Jakarta, the government of Indonesia and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed an agreement to further invest in and develop green infrastructure projects in support of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that will increase the country's resilience to climate change and other natural disasters in the medium and long term.

    The MoU is in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as the European Union and Indonesia's climate action agendas.

    The focus of the European Investment Bank's operations on climate mitigation and adaptation will provide additional opportunities for important projects for low carbon development, resilient cities and infrastructures. (Source: Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia, DevDiscourse, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia, +62 021-319 6207, www.bappenas.go.id; EIB, www.eib.org

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    ADB Green Bonds to Fund Climate Change Mitigation Projects (Int'l)
    Asian Development Bank
    Date: 2018-09-24
    Further to our May 4th coverage, the Manila-headquartered Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it has raised another $750 million in 10-year green bonds to help finance climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.

    Forty-six pct of the issue was distributed in Europe, Middle East and Africa and 28 pct in the Americas and 26 pct in Asia. Thirty-one pct of the issuance was purchased by banks, 25 pct by insurance companies and pension funds, 24 pct by central banks and official institutions, and 20 pct by fund managers.

    ADB issued its first US dollar-denominated green bond in 2015. ADB's financing of climate mitigation and adaptation reached a record $4.5 billion in 2017 and the institution is now in position to achieve its US$6 billion annual climate financing target by 2020. Of the total $6 billion, $4 billion will be dedicated to mitigation through scaling up support for renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and building smart cities, while $2 billion will be for adaptation through more resilient infrastructure, climate-smart agriculture and better preparation for climate-related disasters. ADB plans to raise around $23 billion from the capital markets in 2018. (Source: ADB, The Asset ESGForum, 23 Sept., 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

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    Ireland Launching Inaugural Green Bond Issue (Int'l Report)
    Ireland National Treasury Management Agency
    Date: 2018-09-14
    In Dublin, Ireland's National Treasury Management Agency reports it will launch its first green bond issuance in the coming months, and to that end is meeting with potential investors. The bond will be issued under the recently approved Irish Sovereign Green Bond framework.

    Funds from the placement will be applied to green projects addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation, water and natural resources depletion and the reduction of air pollution. (Source: Ireland National Treasury Management Agency, Renewables, Sept., 2018) Contact: Ireland National Treasury Management Agency, Frank O'connor, Director of Funding and Debt Management, +353 1 238 4000, info@ntma.ie, www.ntma.ie

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    Hawaiian Commission Recommends Ways to Deal with Climate Change Sea Level Rise (Ind. Report)
    Hawai’i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission
    Date: 2018-09-10
    Last week in Honolulu, the Hawaiian Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission adopted recommendations to guide the Aloha State's response to climate change impacts. The Commission's proposals include:
  • Supporting legislation for disclosure of private and public property offerings located in areas potentially exposed to rising sea levels;

  • Requesting all new development, redevelopment and modifications be directed away from beach areas;

  • Urging counties to incorporate the 3.2-foot sea level rise exposure area into their general and development plans;

  • Encouraging agencies and nongovernmental utility providers to identify and prioritize assets within exposed areas, identify adaptation measures and provide a status update to the climate commission;
  • Funding state programs to meet mitigation goals and to bring resources to help in planning and implementing measures to counter sea level rise and other climate-related impacts. (Source: Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, Maui News, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, www.climateadaptation.hawaii.gov/commission

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  • Sun Life, Intact Hosting Global Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Forum (Ind. Report)
    Sun Life Financial
    Date: 2018-09-05
    Toronto-headquartered Intact Financial Corporation, Canada's largest provider of property and casualty insurance, and Sun Life Financial, also based in Toronto, report they will co-host a global forum on climate-resilient critical infrastructure to be held in Toronto on Sept. 18. This forum is organized by The Geneva Association, an insurance industry think tank.

    Participants at the forum, called Pathways to Climate-Resilient Decarbonized Critical Infrastructure in the 21st Century, will examine critical infrastructure, prioritizing climate change mitigation and adaptation, challenges and opportunities for scaling up private investments in climate-resilience, and the insurance industry's role as underwriters, risk managers and investors.

    Invited guests include government officials and political leaders, chief investment officers and chief risk officers from the global re/insurance and financial sectors, as well as senior officials of international development banks and the United Nations. (Source: Intact Financial Corporation, Insurance & Investment Journal, 4 Sept., 2018) Contact: Sun Life Financial, www.sunlife.ca; Intact Financial Corporation, www.intactfc.com; The Geneva Association, www.genevaassociation.org

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    Saskatoon Scores Climate Environmental Initiatives Funds (Funding)
    City of Saskatoon
    Date: 2018-08-17
    On the Canadian Prairies, the City of Saskatoon has been approved for approximately $500,000 in environmental funding from the federal government via the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The funding is sourced from the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and the Green Municipal Fund (GMF),and is intended to address climate change resiliency and other green issues. The city also received $125,000 for climate change mitigation in January 2018. (Source: City of Saskatoon, JOC News Service, 15 Aug., 2015) Contact:City of Saskatoon, www.saskatoon.ca; Municipalities for Climate Innovation, https://fcm.ca

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    Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Announces Opportunity Projects Program Funding (Funding)
    Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
    Date: 2018-08-15
    In Victoria, British Columbia, the Pacific Institute for Climate (PIC) Solutions is calling for applications under its new Opportunity Projects Program -- partnership-driven research initiatives that aim to generate high-impact climate solutions. The program will award up to $60,000 per year for each project, with a total allocation of up to $600,000 annually.

    PICS' collaborative research approach is based on active engagement between solutions seekers, researchers and PICS to create timely, relevant research that can be actively implemented by users. This approach aims to contribute to climate solutions by bringing together the necessary knowledge, expertise, skills, and networks to solve pressing problems and realize opportunities.

    The program aligns with the PICS mandate to contribute to effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions in BC and beyond by linking leading evidence-based, climate solutions research with partners and users.

    Opportunity projects possess potential for impact in climate change mitigation and adaptation including emerging and novel issues. We welcome proposals across broad disciplines potentially involving more than one principle investigator and multiple graduate-level and postdoctoral researchers.

    With a commitment to build human resource capacity in BC, the program mandates participation by research faculty at one of our four collaborating universities with half of funds granted allocated to support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The program is open to researchers in BC and beyond. The deadline for application is Oct. 15, 2018.

    The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is a research and engagement network oriented toward delivering high-impact climate solutions that can be applied by users. Our four collaborating research universities in BC are University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia. PICS’ mandate is to produce leading evidence-based, climate solutions research that can be actively used by decision-makers to develop effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions. (Source: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, PR, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, (250) 853-3595, (250) 853-3597, pics@uvic.ca, www.pics.uvic.ca/opportunity-projects-program

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    Carbon Tax Included in Alaska Climate Action Plan Draft (Ind. Report)
    Alaska
    Date: 2018-08-03
    In Anchorage, Alaska Governor Bill Walker's Climate Action Leadership Team has been discussing a draft plan to tackle climate change, including a carbon tax to cover climate change mitigation and related initiatives and program costs.

    At least seven states have proposed carbon pricing legislation. Carbon pricing is basically this broad term for putting a price on CO2 emissions. It includes things like a carbon tax or a cap and trade program. Alaska's draft plan recommends the state should think about endorsing a national strategy to put a price on carbon while also taking steps to implement its own carbon tax. The most commonly talked about ways that could work is, as fuel comes out of the ground, oil and gas companies would pay a fee. And that cash would be used to help fund various energy efficiency projects and more studies to better understand the impacts of climate change.

    Download the Draft Climate Change Policy HERE (Source: KTOO Public Media, 1 Aug, 2018)

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    Forest Stump Harvesting for Bioenergy Examined (Ind. Report)
    Bioenergy
    Date: 2018-07-30
    Currently the growth in demand for biomass is driven primarily by the conversion of the energy system away from fossil energy sources in favor of renewable sources in line with the Paris climate agreement. An anticipated future bio-based economy will depend on large quantities of biomass also for other products such as chemicals and textiles. In forests managed to deliver pulpwood and sawtimber to the traditional forest industry only the stem wood is harvested leaving a substantial proportion of the tree biomass in the forest with roughly 20 pct of the tree biomass in branches and another 20 pct in stumps. This is the reason why some forest rich countries with managed forests also target stumps as a potential biomass source.

    Stump harvesting means an intensification of forest management in comparison with stem-only harvesting. Before large-scale extraction of stumps from managed forests can be recommended the environmental impact and sustainability of such a practice -- including the climate change mitigation potential, impacts on long-term forest growth, impacts on soils and surrounding waters, and impacts on biodiversity -- must be considered, according to the report. (Source: Advanced Science News, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Gustaf Egnell, 28 July, 2018) Contact: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Gustaf Egnell, +46-90-786 8455, +46-70-342 7586, gustaf.egnell@slu.se, www.slu.se

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    UN FAO Warns of Climate Change Impact on Fisheries (Ind. Report)
    UN Food and Agriculture Organization
    Date: 2018-07-27
    Just released research from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes that climate change is expected to significantly reduce fisheries globally by 2050, including in the Caribbean. The report also advises countries to build a more sustainable and resilient fisheries sector through climate adaptation and mitigation strategies that can protect marine species, as well as strengthen fisheries production, food security, revenues and fisheries governance.

    The FAO report -- Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture: Synthesis of Current Knowledge, Adaptation and Mitigation Options -- warns that if countries do not increase their efforts to build climate resilience at multiple stakeholder levels, including among fisheries, the disruptions will worsen as climate change progresses over the next three decades.

    At the national level, climate change adaptation activities within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement) are set out in countries' five-year Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

    The report found that within the Western Central Atlantic a total of 24 independent nations have submitted NDCs, of which 14 (mostly the Caribbean SIDS) specifically mention the fisheries sector, though primarily in the context of highlighting its vulnerability to climate change. (Source: UN FOA, Caribbean360, July 25, 2018) Contact: UN Food and Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org/home/en

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