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Aussie Climate Change Road Map Introduced (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2020-05-22
Australia's conservative government on Thursday released a fresh technology roadmap to tackle climate change, targeting the use of natural gas, hydrogen, batteries and carbon capture, while avoiding the contentious issue of setting a carbon price.

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,

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

ICAT Offers Buildings Efficiency Guidance Assessment (Int'l Report)
New Climate Institute
Date: 2020-05-06
The Berlin-based New Climate Institute (ICAT) Buildings Efficiency Guidance provides guidance for assessing the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of buildings sector energy efficiency policies. The guidance provides a stepwise approach for estimating the effects of policy design characteristics and barriers associated with regulatory and financial support policies on GHG impacts.

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 , www.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Climate Institute ,  ICAT,  Paris Climate Accord,  Building Energy Efficiency,  

Barclays Bank Pledges Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
Barclays Bank
Date: 2020-04-01
In the UK, the world's 20th largest bank by assets -- £1.140 trillion ($1,415,190,300,000 US) -- Barclays Bank reports it plans to meet its 2015 Paris Climate Accord agreement and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Barclays Bank,  Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  

Vietnam Legislation Aimed at Fighting Climate Change (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-03-20
In Hanoi, the government of Vietnam reports the introduction of legislation to reduce the country of 98,000 resident's reliance on coal and advance its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, as per the Paris Climate Accord.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Coal,  Paris Climate Accord,  Vietnam Emissions,  

Cargill Expands, Confirms Climate Change Commitments (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-12-04
Minneapolis-headquartered agriculture industry giant Cargill reports it has adopted a Scope 3 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its global supply chains by 30 pct per ton of product by 2030.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP25,  Cargill,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

CO2 Emissions Down Slightly in the Land Down Under (Int'l. Report)
Auistralia,Climate Change
Date: 2019-12-02
According to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, year to June, Australia emitted 532 million tons of CO2 and equivalent greenhouse gases (Mt CO2 -e), a .01 pct drop from the previous 12-month period.

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,

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

Climate Transparency Reports G20 Emissions Targets Progress (Int'l.)
Climate Transparency,G20
Date: 2019-11-13
According to Climate Transparency's just released 2109 Brown to Green Report grading the climate performance of the G20 countries, Canada, South Korea and Australia are the furthest from meeting their Paris Climate Accord (COP15) greenhouse-gas emissions commitments.

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,

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Its Offical! US Begins Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal (Ind Report)
COP15, Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2019-11-06
On Monday, the Trump administration formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. The withdrawal will come into effect on Nov. 4, 2020.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Paris Climate Agreement,  COP15,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  

Notable Quote from Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson
Exxon,Climate Change
Date: 2019-11-01
"We (Exxon) knew it (climate change) was a real issue. We tried to understand how this (climate change) was going to affect everything." -- Rex Tillerson, former Exxon CEO and Trunp administration Secretary of State, testified Wednesday in a securities fraud lawsuit against Exxon brought by the New York attorney general's office.

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!

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rex Tillerson,  Climate Change,  Exxon,  

Oil & Gas Climate Initiative Commits to Cutting Emissions (Int'l)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2019-10-28
In London, the thirteen-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is reporting a $1 billion commitment to support the goals of the Paris Climate Accord -- including investments in carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and supporting carbon taxes and economic incentives aimed at reducing emissions.

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,,

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Pacific Forum Declares Region Climate Crisis (Int'l. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-08-07
Last week in Fiji, Pacific nation leaders meeting at the Pacific Islands Development Forum declared a regional "climate crisis" and expressed "grave" concerns about the impacts the climate crisis will have on the Pacific region.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Aussie Carbon Emissions Climb Fourth Consecutive Year (Int'l Report)
Australia Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-05-31
In the Land Down Under, Australia's National Inventory Report to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has revealed that Australia produced 537 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2-e) emissions in 2018 -- an increase from 2017's 534.7 million tonnes of CO2-e.

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,, 30 May, 2019)

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Total EU GHG Emissions Increase Slightly (Int'l. Report)
European Environment Agency
Date: 2019-05-31
According to the European Environment Agency's (EEA) Annual European Union Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2017 and inventory report 2019 the EU's total greenhouse gas emissions -- including international aviation -- rose by 0.7 pct in 2017 compared with 2016. From 1990 to 2017, the EU reduced its net GHG emissions by 21.7 pct and is therefore still exceeding its 20 pct Paris Climate Accord reduction target set for 2020.

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,

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Hoboken Steps Up to the Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-04-24
In the Garden State, the city of Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has signed an executive order adopting Hoboken's Climate Action Plan committing the city to "achieving carbon neutrality by 2050."

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:

  • Purchasing 100 pct renewable electricity for municipal facilities (went into effect April, 2019);

  • Installing energy efficient upgrades in 11 municipal buildings, resulting in cost savings of over $100,000 per year;

  • Introducing an affordable renewable energy purchasing program for homeowners to utilize wind and/or solar electricity;

  • Implementing electric vehicle charging stations across the City (Hoboken recently was awarded funding through the State for up to 14 EV charging stations);

  • Creating Hoboken's own community solar program, allowing low-moderate income residents to utilize solar energy from other parts of the State even if they can not install solar panels on their homes;

  • Replacing street and traffic lights with LED energy efficient lighting;

  • The city of 56,000 +- residents has also reaffirmed its commitment to exceeding the goals" of the Paris Climate Accord.

    "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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

  • Energy Efficiency Key to Hoboken's Climate Change Plan (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Garden State, the city of Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has signed an executive order adopting Hoboken's Climate Action Plan committing the city to "achieving carbon neutrality by 2050."

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  Energy Benchmarking,  Renewable Energy,  

    Saudi Arabia Moves to Mitigate Carbon Emissions (Int'l Report)
    Saudi Arabia, Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) reports the development of its first nationally determined contribution (NDC) under the 2015 Paris Climate Accord aiming to avoid up to 130 million tpy of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions by 2030. The country's power and water sectors together account for more than 40 pct of the kingdom's greenhouse gas emissions.

    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:

  • A portfolio standard that requires up to 50 GW of solar, wind and nuclear technology deployment;
  • A clean energy standard that simulates a set of national policies that reduce the carbon intensity of electricity and water production;
  • A partial fuel price reform, where fuel prices are gradually raised to about half of international price levels by 2030; and
  • A full fuel price reform where fuel prices are raised to international levels.

    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,,

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

  • Atmospheric Methane Levels on the Rise Again (Ind Report)
    Atmospheric Methane
    Date: 2019-03-04
    According to a study from the Royal Holloway University of London, atmospheric methane, a greenhouse gas that is approximately 32 pct more potent in terms of trapping heat and causing climate change than CO2, has not been increasing since 1999. But in 2007 the concentration began rising to levels that could imperil the Paris climate accord.

    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,,

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

    Australia to Meet Paris Climate Agreement Emissions Target (Int'l)
    Australian National University,Australia Emissions
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In the Land Down Under, a study from the Australian National University reports Australia is on track to meet its carbon emissions target under the Paris climate accord well before 2030. Under the Paris Climate accord, Australia committed to cut CO2 emissions by 26 to 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

    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,, +61 2 612 55905,; Australia National Greenhouse Gas Inventory,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  GHG,  Australia GHG,  Climate Change,  

    Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-01-21
    "The Paris deal is potentially a very important stepping stone and what is now needed are well informed lawmakers from across the political spectrum to help ensure it is implemented effectively and hold governments to account so that it can truly deliver." -- Andrew Hammond, Associate, London School of Economics,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Paris Climate Accord,  

    Shipping Giant Maersk Pledges Carbon-Neutral Ships by 2050 (Int'l)
    Date: 2019-01-02
    Global shipping giant Maersk Line the world's largest container shipping company with a fleet of 639 ships, reports its operations will be carbon neutral by 2050 to help fight climate change.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maersk,  Maritime Emissions,  

    Siemens Gamesa Joins Science Based Targets Initiative (Int'l)
    Science Based Targets Initiative
    Date: 2018-09-21
    At last week's Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco, Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Games Renewable Energy announced its commitment to develop a "measurable, science-based emissions reduction target" that will be independently approved and verified by the Science Based Target Initiative.

    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,; Science Based Targets initiative,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets Initiative,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Climate Change,  

    Notable Quotes
    Paris Climate Accord
    Date: 2018-09-10
    "The US is no longer playing the (Paris Climate Accord) game but it's still setting the rules."

    "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)

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

    Aussie PM Dropping Carbon Emissions Target? (Int'l. Report)
    Australia Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-08-20
    According to various media in the Land Down Under, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has abandoned planned legislation that would enforce a 26 pct cut in Australia's carbon emissions as agreed in the Paris Climate accord of 2015. The Prime Minister is now planning to control emissions with new regulations rather than legislation.

    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,, Various Media, 18 Aug., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tony Abbot,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emission,  Australia Carbon Emissions,  

    Ontario Premier's New Emissions Targets Expected in a "Very Timely Basis and People Don't Have to Worry about That." (Notable Quote)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-08-08
    At Queens Park in Toronto, the freshman government of Conservative populist Premier Doug Ford has tabled legislation -- Bill 4 -- to kill the province's cap-and-trade program and repeal the previous Liberal government's climate change plan. The bill gives the new Ford administration sweeping power to set its own targets and create its own climate plan without debate in the legislature nor to be enshrined in law.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Ontario Climate Change,  Doug Ford,  

    Ford Hits CO2 Emissions Target Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Reporting from Detroit, auto giant Ford Motor Company reports it has met its goal to reduce manufacturing emissions – eight years ahead of schedule.

    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. (Source: Ford Motor Company, PR, 27 June, 2018) Contact: Ford,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Ford,  

    EC Proposes Sustainable Finance in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    Global Witness,EC
    Date: 2018-05-28
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) announced last week an action plan on sustainable finance aimed at encouraging the EU financial sector to invest in a greener and cleaner low-carbon economy. The proposals are initially focused on environmental investments but social factors are expected to be included as the proposals progress.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Climate Change,  Deforestation,  ,  

    Paris Climate Accord Cash for Developing Countries Largely Outstanding (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-16
    Paris Climate Accord and other international observer organizations are urging rich countries to stop holding back their climate change financial support to developing countries, after the recently concluded UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting on the Paris Agreement Work Program held between 30 April to 10 May, in Bonn, Germany.

    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,

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

    EC Seeks Heavy-Truck Carbon Emissions Cuts (Int'l Report)
    European Commission
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) will reportedly vote this week on a plan to cut heavy-duty trucks' carbon dioxide emissions by 15 pct by 2025 and 30 pct by 2030. The proposals will offer incentives to encourage truckmakers to manufacture zero-emission vehicles but will not include mandatory production targets. The goals can be reassessed in 2022 in light of progress and technological developments. The European Parliament and national governments will need to approve the new rules, which are in line with an EC proposal for passenger vehicles made in November.

    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)

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

    German Financial Service Giant Abandoning Coal by 2040 (Int'l)
    German Allianz AG
    Date: 2018-05-07
    Munich, Germany-headquartered asset management and financial service giant Allianz AG reports it will no longer offer its insurance services to, or invest its capital in, the coal industry. The company plans to complete its exit from coal completely by 2040.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News German Allianz AG,  Coak,  

    BHP Quits World Coal Assoc. Over Climate Change Policies (Int'l)
    BHP Billiton
    Date: 2018-04-06
    Following-up on our Dec. 22, 2017 coverage, Australian global mining giant BHP Billiton is reporting its final decision to leave the World Coal Association (WCA) over differences on climate change. Although largely out of mining coal for power plants, BHP is the world's largest exporter of coal for steel-making.

    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,,; World Coal Alliance,

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    Hawai'i Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Report -- Attached (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-03-07
    In Honolulu, the Hawai'i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission has released its Hawai'i Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report warning of the dire consequences of climate change.

    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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    EP Cuts CO2 Emissions, Funds Low-Carbon Innovation (Int'l)
    European Parliament
    Date: 2018-02-12
    In Brussels, the European Parliament (EP) reports iy has passed legislation to strengthen European Union's curbs on industrial CO2 emissions so as to begin delivering on Paris climate accord pledges. The new law, already informally agreed with EU ministers, will accelerate the withdrawal of emission allowances available on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) Carbon Market which covers around 40 pct of EU greenhouse gas emissions. The new law provides for:
  • an increase in the yearly reduction of emission allowances to be placed on the market by 2.2 pct from 2021, up from the 1.74 pct planned at present -- this factor will also be kept under review with a view to increasing it further by 2024 at the earliest;
  • a doubling of the EU ETS Market Stability Reserve's capacity to mop up excess emission allowances on the market -- when triggered, it would absorb up to 24 pct of excess allowances in each auctioning year, for the first four years, thus increasing their price and adding to the incentive to reduce emissions.

    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,,

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  • Atlanta Plans 100 pct Clean Energy by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    Greenlink Group
    Date: 2018-01-22
    The city of Atlanta reports it plans to phase out all coal, natural gas and nuclear power generated electric power by 2035. Not just for city operations, but for everything and everyone within the city limits.

    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,; Greenlink Group,

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    Phoenix Pegs GHG Emissions Reduction Goal at 30 pct (Ind. Report)
    City of Phoenix
    Date: 2018-01-15
    In the sunny Southwest, Phoenix City Council is reporting approval of a new goal to reduce citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 pct below 2012 levels by 2025. The 30 pct reduction target keeps Phoenix on track to achieve its 2016 commitment to a 80 pct GHG reduction by 2050 -- a goal that allows the city to exceed the requirements of the Paris Climate Accord to which the city remains committed.

    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,,

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    NJ Plans Climate Alliance, Renewed RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Climate Alliance,Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2018-01-12
    The NJ Spotlight is reporting legislation (S-3317) is pending passage in the Garden State legislature that, if passed, would see New Jersy join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a multi-state initiative to curb carbon pollution in the wake of the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord.

    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,; RGGI, (212) 417-3179,

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    Maryland Joins U.S. Climate Alliance (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Climate Alliance
    Date: 2018-01-12
    Maryland has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a mult-state group of state and local leaders supporting the Paris Climate Accord. The move is in an apparent disagreement with U.S. President Trump pulling out of the agreement.

    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,

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    Cyprus Missing Paris Climate Accord, EU Energy Plan (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-01-03
    In Nicosia, the Cyprus Mail Online reports that despite the Cypriot government's claim that it has a national energy plan to help cut carbon emissions and fight climate change, "Cyprus is at an initial preparatory stage regarding the development of an integrated national energy and climate plan for the years the years 2021 to 2030, and no targets are set yet beyond 2020." The European Commission (EC) expected a draft energy and climate action plan to be submitted by Cyprus, and other EU member states, to be submitted before the end of 2017.

    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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    Ireland Reports Climate Change Mitigation Fund Plans (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-01-03
    In Dublin, the Irish Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) reports that "targeted increases in capital expenditure" will support the delivery of its €100 billion climate change mitigation -- climate action objectives plan to meet its Paris Climate Accord goals and commitments.

    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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    Mayors Endorse Chicago Climate Charter (Ind. Report)
    Mayors Climate Agreement
    Date: 2017-12-13
    Absent leadership from the Trump administration, more than 50 mayors from U.S. Canadian and American cities and townships participating in last weeks North American Climate Summit in Chicago signed the Chicago Climate Charter agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to meet goals comparable to those of the Paris climate accord, in each of their respective cities.

    The Chicago Climate Charter outlines concrete plans for meeting carbon emission reduction targets by the year 2025.

    Download the Chicago Climate Charter HERE. (Source: Futurism, Various Others, 10 Dec., 2017)

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    Irish CO2e Levels on the Rise Again (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-12-01
    As previously predicted, Ireland's total carbon emissions emissions rose 3.5 pct in 2016 to a total of 61.19 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e), according to the EPA. Unlike CO2, CO2e takes into account other greenhouse gas emissions from humans that contribute to climate change, such as methane and nitrous oxide, and distinguishes them from naturally occurring CO2.

    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 ,

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    Good News from Syria -- at Last! (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2017-11-08
    Yesterday in at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Syria, the last remaining non signatory to the Paris Climate Accord, announced it would now join the agreement.

    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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    CDP Report Takes Chemical Giants to Task on CO2 Emissions (Intl)
    Date: 2017-10-18
    Despite making progress on climate risks, the chemical industry is failing to meet the goals outlined by the Paris Agreement, says a new report by CDP. Catalyst for Change analyses 22 of the largest global chemical companies -- including AkzoNobel, DuPont, BASF and Dow Chemical -- with a total market capitalization of $650 billion and responsible for a quarter of all emissions of the sector at 276 million metric tpy of CO2 emissions. According to the report, rapid process innovations will be required in order for chemical companies to have any chance of aligning with the below 2-degree goal set out by the Paris agreement.

    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,

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    India Investigating Carbon Capture Utilization Storage (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-09-13
    The Press Trust of India is reporting that as part of India's Paris Climate Accord commitment, an Indian delegation attended an international meeting in Alabama last week looking into India's possible adaptation of Carbon Capture Utilization Storage (CCUS) from fossil fuel power plants and similar large-scale emitters.

    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,, ZeeBusiness, Sept., 2017)

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    Piedmont California Updating Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Paris Climate Accord
    Date: 2017-08-11
    In the Golden State, the city of Piedmont (pop. 11, 360) reports it is updating its existing seven year old Climate Action Plan to help residents and public and private entities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change.

    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,

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    Laguna Beach Sticks with Paris Climate Accord (Ind. Report)
    Laguna Beach, Paris Climate Accord
    Date: 2017-08-11
    In California, the Laguna Beach City Council reports it will support other cities and countries initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Climate Accord.

    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,

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    Kiwi NGOs Demand Zero Carbon Act to Fight Climate Change (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2017-08-09
    A group of 14 New Zealand NGOs has issued an open letter to every member of the country's Parliament calling for a Zero Carbon Act to fight climate change.

    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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    Ecuador Ratifies Paris Accord (Int'l. Report)
    Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2017-07-31
    In a formal announcement last week, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said his country has ratified the Paris Accord on Climate Change and has officially joined virtually every nation on earth -- except the U.S. under the Trump administration -- seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the effects of global warming.

    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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    Ireland Expected to Miss 2020 GHG Emissions Target (Int'l)
    Climate Change Advisory Council
    Date: 2017-07-28
    In the UK, the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) reports that 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.

    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,

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    Notable Quote

    Date: 2017-07-26
    "I was deeply concerned that other countries might have used it (Trump's US withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord) as an excuse to pull out of the Paris agreements. I was immensely gratified when, almost immediately after, the (entirety) of the world redoubled their commitment to the Paris Agreement almost as if they were saying, 'We'll show you, Donald Trump.'

    "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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    G20 Communique Chides Trump on Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    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)

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