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Notable Quote
Saudi Arabia Energy Minister
Date: 2019-07-22
"Over the coming decade, liquids burning in our utilities will be virtually eliminated, while the share of gas capacity will grow from around 50 percent currently to nearly 70 percent, which will be the highest among the G20." -- Khalid al-Falih, Saudi Arabia Energy Minister Contact: Saudi Arabia Energy Minister, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalid_A._Al-Falih


India Lowest Per-Capita G20 Emissions Emitters (Int'l)
G20
Date: 2019-07-01
In India, the Hindu is reporting a 5 pct rise in India's overall CO2 emissions from the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported 2076.83 million tonnes in 2016 to around 2,299 million tonnes in 2018. In 2016, India was the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide behind China and United States. On a per capita basis, India is the lowest emitter among the G20 nations while Saudi Arabia is highest.

Out of 32,314.20 million tonnes of emissions in the world in 2016, G20 nations contributed around 27,000 million tonnes -- roughly 80 pct. (Source: G20, The Hindu, Money Control News, 28 June, 2019) Contact: G20, www.g20.utoronto.ca; OCED, : +33 1 45 24 82 00, www.oecd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2Carbon Emissions,  


U20 Demands Climate Change Action (Opinions Editorials & Asides)
U20
Date: 2019-05-24
At the U20 Mayors Summit Mayors meeting this week in Japan, the mayors of some of the world's major cities urged their national leaders to "leverage the tremendous potential of our cities as hubs of diversity and innovation for the purpose of tackling global challenges, including climate change." Cities from G20 member states, known as the Urban 20 (U20) presented the following recommendations on addressing climate change;

  • Set ambitious targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to peak no later than by 2020, reduce substantially by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.

  • Commit to decarbonizing the energy grid, with 100 pct renewable electricity by 2030, and 100 pct renewable energy by 2050.

  • Enact national regulations and/or planning policy to ensure new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030 and all buildings by 2050.

  • [Help] expedite the transition to zero-emission vehicles and support cities' efforts to diffuse such vehicles.

  • Reduce the generation of plastic waste -- phasing-out certain single-use and hard to recycle plastics in particular.

  • Ensure a just transition to decarbonized development.

    The U20 Communique was signed by the mayors, or governors of Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels-Capital Region, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Christchurch, Durban, Hamburg, Helsinki, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Osaka, Paris, Port Vila, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo City, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo and Tshwane. (Source: U20, Japan Today, 23 May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News G20,  Climate Change,  


  • "Zero Chance" of Limiting Global Warming Without Carbon Capture, says PwC (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Capture,PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Date: 2018-10-08
    According to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, there was "almost zero chance" of limiting global warming to below 2 degree C without carbon capture and storage (CCS). The report also noted that the gap between the current decarbonization rate and that needed to limit global warming to 2 degree C was widening and none of the G20 countries achieved the 6.4 pct rate required to limit warming to 2 degree C this year.

    At current decarbonization levels, the global carbon budget for 2 degree C would run out in 2036.

    Each year the global economy failed to decarbonize at the required rate, the 2 degree C goal would become more difficult to achieve. The gap between current decarbonization and that needed to limit global warming to 2 degree C was 6.4 pct a year, the PwC report added.

    London, UK-headquartered PricewaterhouseCoopers is a multinational professional services network of firms in 158 countries and 743 locations. (Source: PwC, The Australian, Graham Lloyd, Environment Editor, 7 Oct., 2018) Contact: PricewaterhouseCoopers, www.pwc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PricewaterhouseCoopers,  Climate Change,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


    OECD Report Urges More Effective Energy Taxes to Address Climate Change -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    OECD
    Date: 2018-02-19
    In its report Taxing Energy Use 2018 the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) finds that current energy taxes are insufficient to effectively address climate change.

    The report analyzes the coverage and magnitude of 2015 energy use taxes, and assesses changed between 2012 and 2015. Data is based on the OECD's Taxing Energy Use database, which compares taxes on energy use in 42 OECD and G20 economies, representing 80 pct of global energy use and associated CO2 emissions.

    The publication finds that, outside the road transport sector, 81 pct of emissions were untaxed, noting there was almost no change in emissions tax rates between 2012-2015. Overall, tax rates fell short of the €30 low-end estimate of climate cost per tCO2 for 97 pct of emissions. Though not addressed in this publication, the report notes that emissions trading systems had minimal impact on this broader trend.

    Emissions from coal-fired energy generation, which were responsible for nearly half of the carbon emissions associated with energy use in the 42 countries studied, remained untaxed in almost every country. In contrast, taxes on oil products were relatively high, exceeding €100 per tCO2. The share of road sector fuel emissions taxed above climate costs increased from 46 pct to 50 pct between 2012-2015, driven by fuel tax reforms in China, India and Mexico. Road transport fuel tax rates remained nonetheless below levels required to cover even non-climate external costs, according to the study. Additionally, in all but two countries, taxes on diesel for road use were lower than taxes on gasoline, despite diesel's known effects on air quality.

    The report concludes that, aside from increases in transport fuel taxes that occurred in some low to middle income economies, no structural change to taxation patterns on energy use materialized between 2012-2015. It recommends that, if public compensation for higher energy costs is deemed necessary, targeted transfers should be provided rather than lower tax rates or exemptions to maintain the environmental integrity of market-based instruments

    Download the Taxing Energy Use 2018 Report HERE. (Source: OECD, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, www.oecd.org

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


    Companies Quickly Adopting Carbon Pricing Schemes (Int'l Report)
    CDP,OECD
    Date: 2018-01-15
    The Economist is reporting that 41 OECD and G20 governments have announced either a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade scheme, or both. Add state and local schemes, and they cover 15 pct of the world's emissions, up from 4 pct in 2010.

    Of the approximate 6,100 worldwide companies that report climate-related data to CDP, 607 now claim to use "internal carbon prices" while 782 say they will introduce similar measures within two years. Total annual revenues of these 1,389 carbon-price champions amount to $7 trillion, according to the Economist.

    CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international non-profit that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to help manage their environmental impacts. (Source: CDP,Economist, Jan., 2017) Contact: CDP, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CDP,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Pricing,  


    India Beating China in Climate Change Measures (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2017-09-25
    According to the Bonn-based not-for-profit NGO Germanwatch, India is out-performing China on climate change protection measures deployed as rated by the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). The performance was analyzed on parameters such as emissions levels, development of emissions, renewable energies, efficiency and climate policy.

    Germanwatch notes that India's per capita emissions are "relatively low" despite the fact India is one of the ten largest CO2 emitters. It also states that India's 25 pct of the energy supply is covered by renewable energy and that the Indian government is running "one of the largest renewable capacity expansion programmes in the world".

    Over all, India's performance in areas of efficiency and emission levels puts India far ahead of China. When it comes to energy efficiency, India's performance has been categorized as a "poor". However, China trails India with a "very poor" performance in terms of energy efficiency too.

    Both India and China have performed almost equally when it comes to development of emissions, climate policy and renewable energies. Within the G20 economies, India's climate change performance is ranked 4th, while China is ranked 12th. (Source: Germanwatch, MoneyControl, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Germanwatch, www.germanwatch.org/en

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


    Perspectives for the Energy Transition -- Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy System -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency,IRENA
    Date: 2017-07-28
    In the jointly published and released Perspectives for the Energy Transition -- Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy System study, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have identified technically feasible pathways towards achieving a transition to a low-carbon energy economy.

    Published ahead of this months G20 Summit, the IEA/IRENA study explores the investments needed for an energy sector transition that would be consistent objective of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The two agencies note that investments in financing the clean energy transition would yield important co-benefits and that a transformation of the energy system in line with the 2 degree C goal is "technically possible but will require significant policy reforms, carbon pricing and additional technological innovation." The study also addresses policy interventions such as power market reform; significantly increased levels of investment in energy supply and end-use sectors; low-carbon fossil fuel technologies; steady, long-term price signals; near-term scaled-up budgets for technological innovation; and stronger price signals from phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and carbon pricing.

    Download the Pespectives for the Energy Transition -- Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy System Report HERE. (Source: IRENA, IISD, 25 July, 2017)Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000, www.irena.org; International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Energy,  Renewable Energy,  International Energy Agency,  IRENA,  


    G20 Communique Chides Trump on Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    G20
    Date: 2017-07-14
    "The Paris Agreement is irreversible !" That's the crux of the G20 Communique issued at the end of the Hamburg summit. In many ways, the message seems aimed directly at U.S. President Donald Trump and the U.S. withdrawal from the almost universally subscribed to agreement.

    "We remain collectively committed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions through, among others, increased innovation on sustainable and clean energies and energy efficiency, and work towards low greenhouse-gas emission energy systems.

    "We take note of the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from the Paris (Climate) Agreement. The United States of America announced it will immediately cease the implementation of its current nationally-determined contribution and affirms its strong commitment to an approach that lowers emissions while supporting economic growth and improving energy security needs.

    "We reiterate the importance of fulfilling the UNFCCC commitment by developed countries in providing means of implementation including financial resources to assist developing countries with respect to both mitigation and adaptation actions in line with Paris outcomes and note the OECD's report Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth.

    "We reaffirm our strong commitment to the Paris Agreement, moving swiftly towards its full implementation in accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances and, to this end, we agree to the G20 Hamburg Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth."

    Download the full G20 Communique HERE. (Source: G20, PR, Various Media, July, 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News G20,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


    Notable Quote

    Date: 2017-07-10
    "Climate protection increasingly makes economic sense across the G20 as renewable energy becomes cheaper than dirty coal and nuclear. Any G20 country that is still investing in coal and nuclear power plants is wasting their money on technology that will not be competitive in coming years." -- Tobias Austrup , Greenpeace Germany Renewable Energy Expert

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    CDP Initiative Aims to Develop Credible Carbon Pricing for Investors (Ind. Report)
    CDP,Carbon Disclosure Project
    Date: 2017-01-25
    The London-headquartered Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), on behalf of the We Mean Business Coalition, reports it has has convened a panel of utilities and investment leaders from across the G20 under the Carbon Pricing Corridors initiative -- the world's first industry-led initiative aimed at defining the carbon prices needed for the power sector to meet the COP21 Paris Agreement. Over the next two years, the CEOs from PGGM, Engie, Bank of America, Iberdrola, YesBank, Hermes Fund Managers and other leaders will shape realistic prognoses of the range of investment-grade carbon prices needed to de-carbonize electric power generation through 2020, 2025 and 2030. During the course of 2017, the initiative will expand its scope beyond the power sector to include other high-emitting sectors.

    The recently published recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures point to the clear need for investors to be able to stress test their portfolios against a below 2 degree C scenario. The Carbon Pricing Corridors initiative is due to report on its initial projections for credible carbon price ranges in Spring 2017. (Source: CDP, Sustainable Brands, 23 Jan., 2017)Contact: CDP, Paul Simpson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3818 3946, www.cdp.net; We Mean Business Coalition, www.wemeanbusinesscoalition.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,  CDP,  Carbon Disclosure Project,  Carbon Emissions,  

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