The latest proposal, which the government aims to turn into formal policy by September, is based on driving down energy storage costs to back up wind and solar power, electrifying industrial processes and scaling up hydrogen production. . Green groups, mining, energy and other big corporations oppose the plan for its continued reliance on fossil fuels, like gas and coal, and are calling for the imposition of a carbon tax to drive green investment.
The technology roadmap is designed to help Australia meet its Paris Climate Accord commitment to cut carbon emissions by between 26 pct and 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.
Although Australia is one of the world's biggest carbon emitters per capita Angus Taylor, the Minister of Energy and Emissions recently said it is not Australian government policy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
(Source: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hindustan Times, Reuters, 21 May, 2020)
Contact: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister, www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/taylor
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This guidance specifically covers regulatory and financial support policies that address both new building stock and existing building stock with retrofit. Users are guided on how to estimate the impacts of these policies for the residential sector, although this guidance may also be used for the commercial and public sectors. The guidance focuses on the assessment of impacts from built-in energy loads, including space heating, cooling, lighting and hot water. The guidance does not assess the impacts of appliances that are unrelated to heating, cooling and hot water.
ICAT assessment guides help policymakers and other users assess the impacts of countries' climate policies and actions. They can play a critical role in providing the information needed for effective policymaking, for implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions and for preparing reports under the enhanced transparency framework of the Paris Agreement and on progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
(Source: ICAT, May, 2020) Contact: New Climate Institute, Carsten Warneke, +49 221 999 83 302
email@example.com , www. climateactiontransparency.org/icat-toolbox, www.newclimate.org
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To that end, the bank expects to reduce its lending to fossil fuel energy producers by 30 pct, and cut lending to utilities by 15 pct over the next five years.
The bank also plans to focus its lending services on companies that are committed to the Paris agreement, increase green financing by £100 billion by 2030, and invest £175 million in environmental innovation initiatives over the next five years.
(Source: Barclays Bank, Financial News, 30 Mar., 2020)
Contact: Barclays Bank, www.british-business-bank.co.uk
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The four-pronged legislation includes; cap and trade; a ban on chemicals that destroy the ozone; corporate emission reporting rules; and a database of both emissions and the measures to decrease them.
The legislation includes measures to decrease emissions by focusing on reforestation, creating a
domestic carbon credit market, and drastically cut coal consumption which presently generates almost one-third of the country's electric power -- figure projected to increase by five times by 2030.
(Source: Various Media, VOA Khymer, 19 Mar., 2020)
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To that end, Cargill is focused on targeted supply chain interventions, programming and policy solutions benefiting farmers, customers and the broader food system including: accelerating sustainable progress in beef, advancing soil health, reducing carbon for sustainable shipping and Protecting forests in partnership with farmers . Cargill has also reinforced its intent to prioritize climate change concerns through pledging to the CEO Climate Statement, signing on to the We Are Still In coalition to continue supporting the Paris Climate Accord and convening at this week's UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid.
The commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from its global supply chain by 30 pct per ton of product by 2030, in combination with the previously announced operational goal to reduce absolute emissions by 10 pct , has been approved by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
(Source: Cargill, PR, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com
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Agricultural emissions exerted the strongest downward pressure, falling 5.9 pct on the previous year to 67.4 Mt CO2-e, driven by decimated livestock numbers as a result of both drought and this year's floods in northern Queensland. Electric power generation contributed 179.9 Mt CO2 -e, down 1.2 pct for the year and 1.8 pect for the quarter, although it remained by far the biggest single source of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Department credited increased use of renewable energy and decreases in coal and natural gas power generation for falling emissions levels. Transport sector emissions also fell by 0.5 pct while emissions in all other sectors increased. Fugitive emissions rose 4.4 pct as a result of escaped methane during the natural gas extraction process. Emissions from fossil fuels burned directly by industry increased 3.6 pct.
Australia's Paris Climate Accord targeted of 26 to 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. Currently, Australia's emissions are 12.5 per cent below 2005 levels. (Source: Australian Department of the Environment and EnergyFinancial Review, 29 Nov., 2019) Contact: Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, 1800 057 590, www.environment.gov.au
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The G20 nations account for 85 pct of global economic activity and in 2018 produced 80 pct of all greenhouse-gas emissions. About half the G20 members -- 19 countries with advanced economies plus the European Union collectively -- are on track to meet their current targets for cutting emissions by 2030 but those targets are much too mild. If every G20 member does not drastically scale up its targets, the G20 overall will produce more emissions in 2030 than it does today, according to the report.
Climate Transparency is a global partnership with a shared mission to stimulate a "race to the top" in G20 climate action and to shift investments towards zero carbon technologies through enhanced transparency. (Source: Climate Transparency, Nov., 2019) Contact: Climate Transparency, www.climate-transparency.org
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The notification comes more than two years after Trump announced he would pull the U.S. out of the agreement becuase it "imposed an unfair burden on the U.S. and (was) doing little to halt climate change."
The agreement aims to limit global temperature increases to less than 2 degrees Celsius, with each country setting its own nonbinding emission targets and reporting on its progress to reduce them. (Source: Various Media, 4 Nov., 2019)
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Tillerson was unceremoniously sacked with a tweet for disagreeing with Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and a myriad of other differences.
Editor's Note: Somehow we would have expected something more insightful and profound than "We knew it (climate change) was a real issue" from a former Exxon CEO and U.S. Secretary of State!
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Initially, OGCI will help decarbonize multiple industrial hubs in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands and China. The OGCI also aims to build on the industry's reduction in methane emissions (9 pct in 2018) and to include carbon emissions in hope that future temperature increases will not exceed 2 degrees Celsius. To complement its methane emissions-intensity target, OGCI seeks to reduce collective average carbon intensity by 2025.
The OGCI member companies -- BP, Chevron, CNPC, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Occidental, Pemex, Petrobras, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell and Total -- account for 32 pct of global operated oil and gas production, according to the OGCI website.
(Source: OGCI, Alex Mills, Tims Record News, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com
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In the declaration, the Pacific Islands Development Forum called on Pacific region governments of countries with high carbon emissions -- including coal mining Australia -- to immediately prohibit any new coal mining projects, phase out all existing production over the next 10 years, and stop hindering efforts to control climate change. The declaration also called for the Forum's 14-member states to immediately end subsidies on fossil fuel production and affirmed "that climate change poses the single greatest threat to the human rights and security of present and future generations of Pacific Island peoples".
In keeping with the Forum's declaration, Fiji and the Marshall Islands announced they would revise their Paris Climate Accord nationally determined contributions commitments.
(Source: Various Media, Radio NZ, 31 July, 2019)
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Despite Australia's Paris Climate Accord pledge to cut its emissions by between 26 and 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030 , Australia's carbon emissions have risen for the fourth consecutive year, according to the report.
(Source: Xinhua, China.org.cn, 30 May, 2019)
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In reaching these levels, less coal was used for heat and electric power production but this was offset by higher industrial and transport emissions, the latter increasing for the fourth consecutive year.
The report notes EU GHG emissions have decreased since 1990 as a combined result of policies, economic and structural factors and, on average, milder winters. The largest emission cuts have been made in the energy sector, due to efficiency improvements, increased use of renewables and a less carbon intensive mix of fossil fuels. -- more gas, and less coal and oil. Energy efficiency and renewable energy will continue to play a key role in cutting future emissions and helping the EU achieve its 40 pct reduction target by 2030. (Source: European Environment Agency, Various Media, Eurasia Review, 30 May, 2019) Contact: European Environment Agency, www.eea.europa.eu.
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The plan, establishes goals for greenhouse gas emission reduction for government operations and as a city overall. Progress will be evaluated through benchmarks every five years. The plan's features include:
"The city's Climate Action Plan, which its two-pronged emphasis on adaptation and mitigation, puts Hoboken at the forefront of what cities can do to combat climate change," Doyle said. "Our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with an aggressive window through becoming a net zero city and achieving carbon neutrality is the progressive path forward toward achieving that goal." (Source: Hoboken Patch, 23 April, 2019) Contact: City of Hoboken, (201) 420-2000, www.hobokennj.gov
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The plan establishes goals for greenhouse gas emission reduction for government operations and as a city based on: increased operating energy efficiency; building energy bench-marking; energy efficient upgrades in 11 municipal buildings resulting in over $100,000 per year in energy costs savings; LED street and traffic lighting; a commitment to 100 pct renewable energy and various other upgrades and initiatives. The city of 56,000 +- residents has also reaffirmed its commitment to exceeding the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
(Source: Hoboken Patch, 23 April, 2019) Contact: City of Hoboken, (201) 420-2000, www.hobokennj.gov
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According to KAPSARC, a continuation of current policies is expected to increase power sector emissions in 2030 by 70 pct over 2015 levels. Rationalising costs of fuel inputs is critical to driving large CO2 emissions reductions and providing a net economic benefit to the Saudi Arabian economy. In its calculations, KAPSARC evaluates alternative scenarios in terms of their practical implications on Saudi Arabia's CO2 emissions, electric power production, fuel consumption, investments and cost-effectiveness, as well as on the kingdom's oil exports and revenues. The suggested policy approaches include:
Under the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, solar energy would account for 25 pct of the emirate's energy supply requirements, nuclear 7 pct, clean coal 7 pct and natural gas 61 pct by 2030, with an extended goal to increase solar to 75 pct by 2050.
(Source: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Middle East Technical Review, 12 Mar., 2019)
Contact: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, Adam Sieminski, Pres., +966 11 225 1064, email@example.com, www.kapsarc.org
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According to the study,
about half of all methane emissions are churned out by the human activities including fossil fuel operations, agriculture and cattle farms. (Source: University of London, Canadian Homesteading, Mar., 2019)
Contact: University of London, Euan Nisbet, +44 1784 443809, E.Nisbet@rhul.ac.uk, www.pure.royalholloway.ac.uk
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The study attributes the country's progress to the increasing growth in wind and solar power nationwide. The country is adopting renewable energy faster per capita than the rest of the world, the study said. The pipeline of new wind and solar systems is averaging about 6.3 GW a year, the study showed.
The report notes that each extra gigawatt of renewables displaces about 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions from coal-fired power, implying that Australia's pipeline of renewables would cut emissions by about 12 million to 13 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. Assuming other sectors' emissions grow by 2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year, the net reduction would be about 10 million to 11 million tpy which would put Australia on track to meet its Paris target before 2030.
The study, which was based on data from Australia's Clean Energy Regulator, found that for Australia to meet its target, emissions would have to fall to between 430 million and 442 million tpy of CO2 equivalent.
However, as of the end of 2017, emissions had risen to 553.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, according to data from Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
(Source: Australian National University, SBS , Feb., 2019) Contact: Australian National University, Prof. Andrew Blakers, firstname.lastname@example.org, +61 2 612 55905, www.anu.edu.au;
Australia National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, ageis.climatechange.gov.au
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To reach its goal, carbon neutral ships must be commercially available by 2030, and the shipping industry must be fully transitioned into using new carbon neutral fuels and supply chains by 2050.
The Paris Climate Accord excluded pollution from international shipping and aviation in its goal setting on climate change. Because shippers cross multiple jurisdictions in the course of each trip, they were left to police themselves.
(Source: Maersk Line, PR, Savannah Now, 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: Maersk Line, www.maerskline.com
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The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a joint collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the We Mean Business coalition, intended to encourage and support companies to commit to making measurable reductions in their carbon emission levels at a scale that actively contributes to meeting the 2 degree C warming target set in the Paris Climate Accord.
Nearly 500 companies worldwide have committed to SBTI. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, SBTI, CleanTechnica, 18 Sept., 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com; Science Based Targets initiative, email@example.com, www.sciencebasedtargets.org
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"The US delegation in Bangkok was poisoning discussions aimed at creating a clear roadmap to implementing what nations agreed in the Paris deal." -- Anonymous Bangkok Meeting Climate Negotiators commenting last week on the US position which has been described as "starkly at odds with that of the developing nations, which insist that transparent and predictable finance is needed to effectively plan investment in new technologies and carbon reduction." (Source: Economic Times India, AFP, Various Media, 10 Sept., 2018)
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The 2015 Paris Agreement, which was signed on former PM Tony Abbott's watch, is considered an integral part of PM Turnbull's National Energy Guarantee.
Abbott, now part of the official opposition, recently commented that "had he known Trump and the Americans would pull out, he'd never have signed the damned thing in the first place." the Former Liberal Prime Minister will no doubt be remembered for his colorful and politically incorrect comment "The science of human-caused climate change is CRAP."
(Source: The Australian, news.au.com, Various Media, 18 Aug., 2018)
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The Ford administration's Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Act -- Bill 4 -- was introduced in late July and made good on one of the new Premier Doug Ford's key campaign promises to end the province's carbon price. Another of the premier's campaign promises was "$1 per can beer", which he has reportedly made good on in an uncanny imitation of the equally inexperienced U.S. freshman president "the Donald" Trump.
Bill 4 requires Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips to to set emissions targets without specifying what they should be based on. The bill also calls for Phillips to come up with a climate change plan but doesn't set a deadline for the plan. The Minister is also required to prepare progress reports on the climate change plan on a "regular basis", again without specificity.
It is unclear as to whether the targets will be in line with the internationally agreed Paris Climate Accord targets set in Paris or if and when further details might be revealed.
But not to worry. Again aping Trump, Phillips said the government's climate change plan will come in a "very timely basis and people don't have to worry about that."
"What, Me Worry?" -- Alfred E. Newman of MAD Magazine fame.
(Source: Various Media, iPolitics, 7 Aug., 2018)
Contact: Environment Minister Hon. Rod Phillips, www.ola.org/en/members/all/rod-phillips
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In 2010, Ford's Environmental Quality Office announced the company would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing operations by 30 pct per vehicle produced by 2025. A global manufacturing CO2 emissions reduction of more than 3.4 million metric tons from 2010 to 2017 is roughly equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from more than 728,000 passenger vehicles driven for one year.
Ford reduced its emissions footprint through energy conservation and efficiency changes at its manufacturing facilities, such as installing more than 100,000 LED light fixtures and updating paint operations.
Ford is presently setting renewable energy goals
but remains focused on reducing vehicle emissions by doing its share to deliver on CO2 reductions consistent with the Paris Climate Accord. sustainability.ford.com.
(Source: Ford Motor Company, PR, 27 June, 2018) Contact: Ford, www.sustainability.ford.com
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The NGO Global Witness, known for its campaign against "blood diamonds", is calling for robust regulations to curb the excesses of financial deregulation which have driven global deforestation and other abuses that contribute to climate change.
The EC says it aims at becoming a global leader in fighting climate change and achieving the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions agreed at the COP21 Paris Climate accord meeting in December 2015. The impact of climate change already threatens financial stability and leads to major economic losses through floods, land erosion or droughts, the EC acknowledged.
To achieve the EU's 2030 climate targets, approximately €180 billion per year of additional investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy would be needed. Mobilizing private capital to fund sustainable investment is essential, the EC added. (Source: EC, Brussels Times, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Global Witness,
European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu
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The funding is necessary for countries to develop, asses and improve national plans under the Paris Agreement. Without the timely funding, developing countries under the Paris Agreement will suffer the consequences of climate change induced disasters.
UN climate change talks are slated to resume in Bangkok September 3-8, 2018. (Source: Matangi Tonga Online, May, 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int
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If the heave-duty truck proposals are approved it will be the first time the EU has set binding limits for heavy-duty vehicles' carbon dioxide emissions. Europe approved CO2 limits for passenger vehicles in 2009 and light commercial vehicles in 2011, which came into force in 2015 and 2017, respectively.
Trucks comprise about 5 pct of the vehicles on EU roads but generate nearly 25 pct of emissions, making them an important target of the 28-member trading bloc's carbon reduction efforts. (Source: Financial Times, 12 May, 2018)
The EU committed in the Paris climate accord to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. (Source: EC, Financial Post, Various Media, May, 2018)
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The move is reportedly in response to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord and a transition away from high carbon energy generation technologies and to limit the effects of man-made climate change to a 2 degree C increase in average global temperatures.
(Source: German Allianz AG, MENAFN, 6 May, 2018) Contact: German Allianz AG, +49 89 38000, www.allianz.com
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BHP came under pressure from Australian green groups last year to leave any industry associations with policies that fail to match the company's support of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. The company indicated it will
continue to work with the Minerals Council of Australia in relation to its updated energy and climate policy position. (Source: BHP Billiton, Various Media, Business Day, 5 April, 2018) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com, www.bhp.com; World Coal Alliance, www.worldcoal.org
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According to the report, "Rapid warming of the atmosphere and oceans, caused by two centuries of unabated carbon emissions, is causing increasing rates of sea level rise, unprecedented in human history, that threatens natural environments and development on low-lying coasts. Sea level rise is an inevitable outcome of global warming that will continue through many centuries even if human-generated global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were stopped today. However, much of what happens with future sea level rise will depend on our ability, or inability, to implement aggressive global carbon emissions reduction programs envisioned through the 2016 Paris Climate Accord."
Download the full Hawai'i Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report HERE. (Source: MauiTime Weekly, 5 Mar., 2018)Contact: Hawai'i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission,
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The EP also approved two funds to help foster innovation and spur the transition to a low-carbon economy. A modernization fund will help to upgrade energy systems in lower-income EU member states. MEPs tightened up the financing rules so that the fund is not used for coal-fired projects, except for district heating in the poorest member states. An innovation fund will provide financial support for renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and low-carbon innovation projects.
The law also aims to prevent "carbon leakage" , i.e. the risk that companies might relocate their production outside Europe due to emission reduction policies. The sectors at the highest risk will receive their EU ETS allowances for free. Less exposed sectors will receive 30 pct for free.
(Source: European Parliament, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: European Parliament, Baptiste Chatain. +32 228 40992, firstname.lastname@example.org, eurooparl.europa.eu
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The plan is in line with other major cities and their commitments in the wake of Trump's announced plan to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord.
Atlanta's goal will require the addition of renewable energy, the purchase of renewable energy credits (RINs), and dramatically increased energy efficiency city wide, according to Matt Cox, CEO of the Greenlink Group, the Atlanta company working on the technical aspects of the plan.
The plan is due to city council by the end of the month. (Source: City of Atlanta, WABE 90, 19 Jan., 2018)Contact: City of Atlanta,
Megan O'Neil, Mayor's Office of Resilience, Energy Programs Manager, www.atlantaga.gov/government/mayor-s-office; Greenlink Group, www.thegreenlinkgroup.com
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The City Council has instructed to the appropriate city agencies to identify possible actions to help the City reach its goal: accelerating the transition to electric vehicles and alternate transportation; significantly increasing trees and shade in Phoenix; improving energy efficiency of new and existing buildings; and expanding options to purchase clean energy.
Last year the city of 4,574,351 residents committed to reducing GHG emissions by 40 pctby 2025 within its own facilities and operations.
(Source: City of Phoenix, AZBig Media, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Phoenix, www.coolphoenix.com, www.phoenix.gov/sustainability
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The Alliance is committed to working cooperatively with 13 other states to achieve the aims of the Paris Climate Accord and to strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information, and implement new programs to curb GHG emissions from all sectors of the economy.
New Jersey was a founding member of the
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), but withdrew from RGGI in 2012 during the reign of presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Chritie (R) who, in typical Trump terminology, called the program "gimmicky" and a "failure." The state is now expected to rejoin RGGI.
(Source: NJ Spotlight, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: U.S. Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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Fourteen other states, Puerto Rico and the District have joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, committing to uphold the emissions-reduction targets of the Paris climate accord, which the United States signed on to under former president Barack Obama.
Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act requires the state to cut its emissions by 40 pct by 2030, using 2006 levels as a baseline. (Source: WP, 10 Jan., 2018)Contact: U.S. Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org
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The EC requested each member state to produce and submit a draft integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate covering the period 2021-2030, with binding commitments on carbon emissions reduction, adoption of renewables and energy efficiency. Following review and inclusion of additional measures that may be requested by the EC, the binding plan should be submitted by January 1, 2019. In order to meet the goals of the EU energy roadmaps for 2030 and 2050, national plans are to be updated every five years, with the first update by January 1, 2024, with integrated national energy and climate progress reports to be submitted every two years.
National plans are required to demonstrate how they will contribute to achieving the EU targets of a 40 pct reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 in comparison to 1990, and achieving 27 pct renewable energy mix and a 27 pct increase in overall energy efficiency.
(Source: EU, Cyprus Mail Online, 30 Dec., 2017)
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The DPER plan calls for emissions credit trading, energy-efficiency grants, near zero-energy building standards, renewable electricity support schemes.
The DPER plan also calls for additional capital support for public transport, infrastructure for urban cycling and walking, a renewable heat incentive scheme, and an electric vehicle purchase grant scheme.
(Source: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, The Times, 31 Dec., 2017)Contact: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, +353 1 676 7571, +353 1 678 9936
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The Chicago Climate Charter outlines concrete plans for meeting carbon emission reduction targets by the year 2025.
The sharp rise in 2016 emissions is being widely attributed to an increase in demand for electricity, largely driven by gas, thereby increasing its emissions by 6.1 pct last year. While decreases were observed in coal and peat use, the use of renewable energy also dropped by 1.7 pct.
As we reported on July 28, the UK Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) says Ireland is likely to miss its 2020 targets to reduce emissions "by a substantial margin" which will have negative implications for 2030 Paris Climate Accord obligations.
CCAC says the lack of a framework to prioritize policies, including a switch away from the private car, and an "absence of decisions" in the recently launched National Mitigation Plan is contributing to the problem.
(Source: EPA, Various Media, SiliconRepublic, 27 Nov., 2017)Contact: Climate Change Advisory Council , www.climatecouncil.ie
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The Syrian announcement leaves the US "alone in the desert" as the world's only country -- large or small, rich or poor -- not signed on to the landmark climate deal after "The Donald" Trump announced the U.S. economy "couldn't afford the economic impact" of the deal.
In announcing the Syrian change of heart, the country's Deputy Minister of "The Syrian Arab Republic supports the implementation of Paris climate change accord, in order to achieve the desired global goals and to reflect the principles of justice and shared responsibility, but in accordance with the capabilities of each of the signatories." (Source: BBC, Various Media, 7 Nov., 2017)
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The chemical sector is responsible for an eighth of global industrial CO2 emissions. Despite the industry's ability to innovate on low carbon, it will struggle to fully de-carbonize if it doesn't make rapid and significant changes to its own highly polluting processes, the CDP report claims. The CDP report notes that the sector is still providing climate change solutions on the product side and is profiting from the low carbon transition, with around 20 pct of revenues coming from these products. representing close to $83 billion in revenues.
Download an executive summary of the CDP Catalyst for Change report HERE. (Source: CDP. Sustainable Brands,, 9 Oct., 2017) Contact: CDP, Paul Simpson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3818 3946, www.cdp.net
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The delegation aimed to "understand, explore and do a circumspective and preliminary analysis of steps to be taken in incorporating this technology into its suite of solutions", a media release said.
(Source: PTI, india.com, ZeeBusiness, Sept., 2017)
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The City Council recently resolved the city would follow the the Paris Climate Accord commitments, despite the Trump administration's withdrawal. The new Climate Action Plan will set goals in line with state goals to decrease greenhouse gasses by 40 pct below 2005 levels by the year 2030 and 80 pct below the 2005 level by 2050.
The new plan, which will be drafted by a six-person task force, is intended to become a model and leader for larger cities like Oakland, Berkeley and others.
In addition to CO2 emissions, the plan will address refrigerants and other gases that affect climate change.
The Climate Action Plan is expected to be completed this fall for adoption in early 2018. (Source: City of Piedmont, East Bay Times, 8 August, 2017) Contact: City of Piedmont, Emily Alvarez, Climate Action Task Force, City Planner, (510) 420-3070, www.ci.piedmont.ca.us
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To that end,
the council unanimously adopted a resolution that supports goals of the Paris Agreement and commits the city to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through additional policies and programs than those currently included in its own Climate Protection Action Plan.
The council also directed city staff to explore ways of measuring and reducing the city's greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: City of Leguna Beach, Daily Pilot, p Aug., 2017) Contact: City of Leguna Beach, City Council, (949) 497-3311, www.lagunabeachcity.net
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The proposed legislation would set a target of zero-net emissions of harmful greenhouse gases by 2050 and bind future Governments to act decisively to reduce emissions. It would also establish an independent body to make recommendations to government on how to enact greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
Oxfam, VSA, Unicef, and Amnesty International are among the NGOs that believe the New Zealand government is not doing enough to reach its Paris Climate Accord target of reducing its net emissions of harmful gases to 57.7 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. (Source: NZ Stuff, 8 August, 2017)
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This coming Thursday and Friday, Ecuadorean lawmakers and others from more than 20 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean will meet in Panama for the second Summit of the Parliament Network on Climate Change (RPCC) and Renewable Energies. The event was organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino), headquartered in Panama city, to discuss measures to fulfill the commitments agreed under the Paris Accord. The Global Environment Facility, the United Nations Environment Program, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the International Union for Conservation of Nature are among the organizations expected to attend. (Source: Various Media, telesur, 29 July, 2017)
Editor's note: While Ecuador, with a population of 16.39 million and a gdp of $97.8 billion compared the US with 323.1 million and a gdp of $18.57 trillion, can apparently afford the Paris Accord Uncle Sam can't, according to Pres. Donald Trump, and had to drop out.
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CCAC says the lack of a framework to prioritize policies, including a switch away from the private car, and an "absence of decisions" in the recently launched National Mitigation Plan is contributing to the problem.
The CCAC report also says
"It is urgent that effective additional policies are implemented to place the economy on an environmentally sustainable pathway to a low-carbon Ireland in 2050."
It also notes that while the National Mitigation Plan identified a range of options, "the introduction of, and commitment to new, cost-effective emission reduction policies and measures is essential."
It also recommends the removal of ongoing subsidies for power production from peat which, when co-fired co-firing with with 30pc biomass and 70pc peat, produce more emissions than coal.
(Source: Irish News, 27 July, 2017)
Contact: Climate Change Advisory Council , Professor John Fitzgerald, Chairperson, www.climatecouncil.ie
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"I really did think there was a chance (Trump) would come to his senses (and keep the U.S. in the Paris accord). But I was wrong about that." --
Al Gore, Climate Change and environmental activist, former US Vice President, Senator and Congressman , 24 July, 2017
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"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."