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Date: 2018-12-12
"Ethanol is very important because it is part of the solution in terms of reducing the oil import dependence of many countries. At the same time, ethanol will help reduce CO2 emissions from the transport sector as well as other sectors." -- IEA Exec. Dir. Fatih Birol, speaking on the sidelines of the COP24 in Katowice in Poland.

The IEA, a Paris-based intergovernmental organization, was established in the framework of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1974 in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis. (Source: EIA, Various Media, 10 Dec., 2018)Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00,

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OECD says Carbon Prices Too Low to Combat Climate Change (Int'l)
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Date: 2018-09-19
According to the London, UK-headquartered Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), carbon prices in major advanced economies are too low to cut greenhouse gas emissions and counter the worst effects of climate change.

The pricing gap had narrowed, from 79.5 pct in 2015, but "Carbon prices need to increase considerably more quickly than in recent years in order to ensure a cost-effective low-carbon transition," the OECD says according to Reuters coverage. (Source: OECD, Reuters, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,

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OECD Report Urges More Effective Energy Taxes to Address Climate Change -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
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,

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

OECD Urges Increased Carbon Tax to Fight Climate Change (Int'l)
Date: 2018-02-16
In its new Taxing Energy Use 2018 report, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) calls for governments to start taxing CO2 emissions more aggressively, and warns that current taxation levels are not enough to fight climate change effectively.

The OECD study concluded that there was little change in energy taxation levels between 2012 and 2015, and that only 0.3 pct of emissions are taxed at a level that is equitable to the cost to the environment. The report also notes that coal taxes are few and far between, even though coal accounts for nearly 50 pct of carbon emissions in the 42 countries studied in the report. In only five countries does coal taxation exceed €5 per ton of CO2.

Carbon pricing is emerging as one of the main tools used by governments to limit emissions. China started to roll out its own carbon market this year and it will be the world's biggest by the time it is fully operational An update to the EU's own Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) was given the seal of approval by the European Parliament last week and the price of carbon has continued to climb ever since a draft deal was agreed in November. (Source: OECD, EURACTIV, 15 Feb., 2018) (Contact: OCED,

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Turkey Touts $11Bn NEEAP Energy Efficiency Plan (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-01-17
In Ankara, the Turkish government is touting its National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) under which it intends to invest $11 billion to cut primary energy consumption by 14 pct. NEEAP is supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

To achieve its goal, the the plan calls for: increased use of renewable energy; district central heating schemes; encouraging the use of combined heat and power; and others.

Of all the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, Turkey has the highest growth rate of energy demand, as per government figures. The country meets around 26 pct of its total power demand from domestic resources and is mainly dependent on imports. The government intends to develop 30 pct of its total installed capacity by 2023 to generate 34GW of hydropower, 20GW of wind energy, 5GW of solar energy, 1.5GW of geothermal and 1GW of biomass. (Source: Daily Sabah, OECD, 12 Jan., 2018)

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Powering Past Coal Alliance Launches in Bonn (Int'l Report)
Powering Past Coal Alliance
Date: 2017-11-22
Last week at COP23 in Bonn, the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which was launched at COP23, with the support of 27 worldwide and regional governments agreed to phase out existing coal plants and placed a moratorium on "new traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage."

The Alliance is open to businesses and aims to have 50 members within the next 12 months. It also plans to spearhead efforts to move the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries beyond coal by 2030 -- and all nations by 2050.

The formation of the Alliance follows the launch earlier this month of the Europe Beyond Coal initiative, backed by 28 countries and European civil society groups united in their commitment to abandon coal energy. (Source: Innovators, 18 Nov., 2017) Contact: Europe Beyond Coal, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),

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Powering Past Coal Alliance Declaration (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Powering Past Coal Alliance
Date: 2017-11-22
"In 2015, the world gathered in Paris and committed to taking action to spur clean growth and avoid catastrophic climate change. Today, coal-fired power plants produce almost 40 pct of global electricity, making carbon pollution from coal a leading contributor to climate change.

The health effects of air pollution from burning coal, including respiratory diseases and premature deaths, impose massive costs in both human and economic terms. A recent analysis found that more than 800 000 people around the world die each year from the pollution generated by burning coal.

As a result, phasing out traditional coal power is one of the most important steps governments can take to tackle climate change and meet our commitment to keep global temperature increase well below 2 degrees C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C. To meet the Paris Agreement, the analysis shows that coal phase-out is needed by no later than 2030, in countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Union, and by no later than 2050, in the rest of the world.

The cost of generating electricity from wind and solar power has plummeted: clean power is the low-cost option in a growing number of jurisdictions worldwide. Global investments in new renewable power now significantly surpass investments in new coal-fired electricity, and clean growth represents an opportunity worth trillions of dollars.

Countries moving toward low-carbon, climate-resilient economies are already seeing environmental, economic, and human-health benefits. Our coalition wants to help accelerate that transition.

Powering Past Coal brings together a diverse range of governments, businesses, and organizations, which are united in taking action to accelerate clean growth and climate protection through the rapid phase-out of traditional coal power. We commit to achieving that phase-out in a sustainable and economically inclusive way, while providing appropriate support for workers and communities. More specifically,

  • Government partners commit to phasing out existing traditional coal power and placing a moratorium on any new traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage, within our jurisdictions.
  • Business and other non-government partners commit to powering their operations without coal.
  • All partners commit to supporting clean power through their policies (whether public or corporate, as appropriate) and investments and restricting financing for traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage.

    To support these goals, the partners in Powering Past Coal will work together to share real-world examples and best practices to support the phase-out of coal, including through climate financing, and adopt practical initiatives that support this transition, including developing clean-energy plans and targets.

    Alliance partners include: Alberta (Canada), Angola, Austria, Belgium, British Columbia (Canada), Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Ontario (Canada), Oregon, Portugal, Quebec (Canada), Switzerland, UK, City of Vancouver, Washington State." (Source: Powering Past Coal Alliance, Nov., 2017)

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  • Canadian Climate Change Talk v.s. Action (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
    Date: 2017-11-06
    According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Gen. Sec. Angel Gurria, Canada is lagging on its commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions despite (Lib) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's well intended climate pronouncements and help getting international agreements signed. Gurria notes the irony of a pro-climate government like the Trudeau Liberals presiding over emissions increases while the U.S., under the climate change denier President Donald Trump, continues to reduce its greenhouse gas releases. Gurria adds that Alberta's discussions on eliminating the province's carbon tax sends the "wrong message to the rest of the world."

    The OEDC aims to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being worldwide. OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems and to better understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. The organization measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment, analyses and compares data to predict future trends, and sets international standards on a wide range of issues from agriculture and taxes to the safety of chemicals, and others. OECD works with business through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), and with labour through the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC). (Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, BNN, Canadian Press, 1 Nov., 2017) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,  

    UK Tops G7 Nations for Carbon Emissions Decline (Int'l Report)
    G7,Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
    Date: 2017-04-12
    According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), of the wealthy G7 nations, the UK has been the most successful in growing its economy and at the same time its economy and cutting greenhouse gas emissions over the last quarter century. During that time, the country's per capita economic output has more than doubled and its per-capita carbon dioxide emissions fell by a greater percentage than any of the rest of the group of industrialized nations.

    The average Briton's carbon footprint is now 33 pct less than in 1992 and they are more than 130 pct richer. According to the report, reasons for the shift include the 1990s "dash for gas" power, a switch to a more services-based economy, policies since the Climate Change Act was introduced in 2008, energy efficiency schemes and cutting methane from landfill sites. The report also questions the notion that the UK has simply shifted its emissions overseas, with more products bought from manufacture in countries such as China where the greenhouse gas output is then counted. Government data shows these so-called imported emissions peaked in 2007 before the financial crisis and are now, per person, almost exactly what they were in 1997, the study said. (Source: OECD, BelfastTelegraph, April, 2017) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  UK Carbon Emissions,  G7,  

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