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Land is Part of the Climate Solution -- IPCC Report (Ind. Report)
IPCC,Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Date: 2019-08-12
According to the attached Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, "land is already under growing human pressure and climate change is adding to these pressures." At the same time, keeping global warming to well below 2 degrees C can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors including land and food, the IPCC report notes.

The report will be a key scientific input into forthcoming climate and environment negotiations, such as the Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14) in New Delhi, India in September and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, Chile, in December.

The report notes that better land management can contribute to tackling climate change, but is not the only solution. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors is essential if global warming is to be kept to well below 2 degrees C, if not 1.5 degrees C.

The IPCC assessments provide all levels of government with scientific information that can be used to develop climate policies and in international negotiations to tackle climate change.

The IPCC, the world body for assessing the state of scientific knowledge related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks and possible response options.

Download the UN IPCC Land is Part of the Climate Solution report HERE. (Source: UN IPCC, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

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New Credit Card Limits Climate Impact (Ind. Report)
UNFCCC
Date: 2019-06-03
Swedish financial company Doconnomy is touting a new credit card that allows consumers to track and offset the emissions related their purchases.

The card uses the Aland Index to quantify consumers' carbon footprint and compute offset costs using the World Bank's carbon price. Consumers can use the data supplied to either reduce their carbon footprint through behavior change, or to buy offset credits from UN-certified projects that reduce, avoid or remove GHG emissions.

Users can also directly compensate for their GHG emissions, through projects meeting the criteria of UN-certified green projects. To identify the carbon dioxide (CO2) impact of each transaction, the Do card uses the Aland Index, developed in 2017 by Bank of Aland in Finland.

Partnering with the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the initiative encourages users to compensate their carbon footprints in UN-certified projects that reduce, avoid or remove GHG emissions. The projects are implemented in developing countries and are rewarded with Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) as well as Gold Standard. Ranging from cleaner-burning cook stoves to wind-generated electricity and clean waste disposal, all projects contribute to global emissions reductionsA savings product by the company offers an interest rate that includes investment in climate-friendly projects. (Source: UNFCCC Press Release, 30 April, 2019) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

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LG Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Int'l Report)
LG
Date: 2019-05-22
Korean appliance manufacturer LG reports it will reduce carbon emissions from its global operations by 50 percent compared to a 2017 baseline by implementing various carbon reduction and increasing renewable energy, primarily solar energy initiatives. This effort will help bring LG closer to reaching its ultimate goal of carbon neutrality, achieving a net-zero carbon emissions footprint by balancing carbon emissions with carbon removal, according to a company release.

Through a variety of strategic initiatives, the company will cut carbon emissions across its global production sites from nearly 2 million tons recorded in 2017 to 960,000 tons by the end of 2030. To that end, the company is looking to expand its high-efficiency facilities and technologies targeting greenhouse gas reduction and alleviating the creation of carbon emissions during the production process.

Additionally, through the expansion of its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, LG plans to secure UNFCCC Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits. (Source: LG, PR, May, 2019)

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Fiji Submits Low Emission Development Strategy to UNFCCC (Int'l)
Fiji Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-03-01
In the South Pacific, The Government of Fiji reports it is the 11th country to submit its long-term Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) 2018 -- 2050 strategy to the UNFCCC Secretariat.

Fiji's LEDS sets out long-term emission reductions and defines sustainable and resilient economy-wide mitigations pathways until 2050. It also addresses: sector-specific targets and measures; social, economic and environmental dimensions; education, capacity building and awareness raising; and a framework for monitoring and evaluating the LEDS. It is also among of the world's first LEDS to address the Blue Carbon Sector and the island country's mangrove ecosystems.

The LEDS also details Fiji's objective of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all economic sectors, and details the following potential low emission scenarios:

  • a Business-as-Usual (BAU) Unconditional Scenario that would be implemented and financed without reliance on external or international financing;
  • A BAU Conditional Scenario conditional on external or international financing to implement mitigation actions;
  • a High-Ambition Scenario that projects ambitions beyond those already specified, and achieves significant emission reductions by 2050 compared with the BAU scenarios; and
  • a Very High Ambition Scenario that projects ambitions well beyond those already specified, and in which most sectors achieve net-zero or negative emissions by 2050.

    Fiji aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all economic sectors without threatening the country's long-term development objectives. (Source: UNFCCC. Feb., 2019) Contact: UNFCCC, [Fiji LEDS 2018-2050, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, secretariat@unfccc.int, www.unfccc.int

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  • India Claims 20 pct Cut in Emissions Intensity (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Emissions, India
    Date: 2018-12-19
    The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency reports India has achieved a 20 pct reduction in its emissions intensity against the 33 pct level India committed to attain by 2030 at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The government's programmes on energy conservation and efficiency including the star labelling programme, energy savings scheme for industrial units, LED lamps distribution and efficient buildings code are being credited for the reduction in carbon emissions. Other energy saving initiatives include a campaign to make default temperature setting of air conditioners at 24 degrees Celsius and a push for cleaner transportation.

    At COP15 in Paris, India committed to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33-35 pct by 2030 from the 2005 level. It also pledged to shift 40 pct of its installed power generation capacity to non-fossil-fuel-based energy resources. (Source: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Economic Times India, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, www.beeindia.gov.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Emissions Intensity,  UNFCCC,  


    EC Strategy for a Climate Neutral Europe by 2050 (Report Attched)
    European Union, European Commission
    Date: 2018-11-30
    The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sets the goal to contain the rise in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C.

    To prepare for this transformation, the European Parliament and the European Council invited the European Commission (EC) to submit a long-term strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for the European Union, in accordance with COP15.

    The EC strategy confirms Europe's commitment to lead in global climate action through a socially-fair transition and provides a first indication of the direction of travel to frame what the EU could consider as its long-term contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature objectives.

    Presenting this vision will allow for a thorough debate involving European decision-makers, stakeholders and citizens at large to consider how the EU can make a fair contribution to meeting the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement and how this transformation can be achieved.

    Download the EU Climate Change Fact Sheet HERE. (Source: EU, Nov., 2018) Contact: EU, www.europa.eu

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    Achievements of the Clean Development Mechanism -- Harnessing Incentive for Climate Action 2001-2018 (Report Attached)
    Clean Development Mechanism
    Date: 2018-10-26
    "Over the past 17 years, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has seen peaks and valleys: from the years when it was widely used as one of the chief tools to fight climate change to the recent situation of reduced demand for its Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).

    "As this report shows, the CDM is harnessing the entrepreneurial power of markets and the private sector to meet goals on sustainable development and climate change – something that remains a priority today, not only for climate action but for financing in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.

    "It is helping bring climate action and sustainable development to the forefront of the global agenda -- through the thousands of projects in developing countries and by making international organizations, businesses and ordinary citizens aware of their own carbon footprints and what they can do to reduce and offset them. Perhaps most importantly, the CDM has established robust standards and methodologies to quantify and monitor emission reduction projects."

    Download the report HERE. (Source: UNFCCC, Oct., 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, secretariat@unfccc.int, https://unfccc.int

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    Green Climate Fund Earmarks $1Bn for Poor Nation Projects (Int'l)
    UN Green Climate Fund
    Date: 2018-10-24
    During a recently concluded four-day meeting in Bahrain, the South Korean-based UN Green Climate Fund announced approval of more than $1 billion funding for 19 new projects to help developing countries tackle climate change. The funding included projects linked to geothermal energy in Indonesia, greener cities in Europe and the Middle East, and protection for coastal communities in India. The Fund also agreed to start seeking fresh money next year as its initial capital of about $6.6 billion is expected to be exhausted soon.

    Download UN Green Climate Fund details HERE. (Source: UN Green Climate Fund, Hindu Business Line, Oct., 2018) Contact: UN Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund

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    1.5C Impacts on Global Warming -- IPCC Report Attached (Int'l)
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Date: 2018-10-10
    Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a new assessment report. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5C compared to 2C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the IPCC said on Monday.

    The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, South. Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

    "With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated contribution of thousands of expert and government reviewers worldwide, this important report testifies to the breadth and policy relevance of the IPCC," said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC. Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries prepared the IPCC report in response to an invitation from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when it adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015.

    The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5C compared to 2C, or more. For instance, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5C compared with 2C. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5C, compared with at least once per decade with 2C. Coral reefs would decline by 70 -- 90 percent with global warming of 1.5C, whereas virtually all (99 percent) would be lost with 2C. Limiting global warming would also give people and ecosystems more room to adapt and remain below relevant risk thresholds.

    The report also examines pathways available to limit warming to 1.5C, what it would take to achieve them and what the consequences could be. The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5C would require rapid and far reaching transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of CO2 would need to fall by about 45 pct from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net-zero around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2from the air.

    Allowing the global temperature to temporarily exceed or 'overshoot' 1.5C would mean a greater reliance on techniques that remove CO2 from the air to return global temperature to below 1.5C by 2100. The effectiveness of such techniques are unproven at large scale and some may carry significant risks for sustainable development, the report notes.

    The report was prepared under the scientific leadership of all three IPCC working groups. Working Group I assesses the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II addresses impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III deals with the mitigation of climate change.

    The Paris Agreement adopted by 195 nations at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in December 2015 included the aim of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change by "holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels." As part of the decision to adopt the Paris Agreement, the IPCC was invited to produce, in 2018, the attached Special Report on global warming of 1.5C -- the first in a series of Special Reports to be produced in the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Cycle.

    The IPCC is the leading world body for assessing the science related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks, and possible response options.

    Download the IPCC Report on Global Warming HERE. (Source: IPCC, PR, 8 October 2018) Contact: IPCC, +41 22 730 8208 / 54 / 84, Fax. +41 22 730 8025 / 13, Sec@wmo.int, www.ipcc.ch

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    Step Up Declaration Launched to Harness Technology, Reduce Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-10-05
    The Step Up Declaration, a cross-industry coalition of 21 companies representing $750 billion in market capitalization has been launched at the Sept. 12-14 Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco. The coalition is dedicated to "harnessing the power of emerging technologies to reduce carbon emissions."

    Participating coalition companies commit to activate their supply chains, advocate for strengthened political and regulatory mechanisms, and work together to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across every sector of society. The coalition, which includes Akamai Technologies, Bloomberg, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard and 17 others, was formed in response to a challenge issued in May 2018 by former UNFCCC Exec. Sec. Christiana Figueres urging the technology sector to "step up" its actions on climate change. (Source: Step Up Declaration, Oct., 2018) Contact: Step Up Declaration, www.stepupdeclaration.org

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    COP24 Preparatory Climate Talks Open in Bangkok (Int'l Report)
    UNFCCC
    Date: 2018-09-07

    The UNFCCC is reporting from Bangkok that in n preparation for the upcoming COP24 climate conference meeting this December in Katowice, Poland, world governments are meeting in Bangkok to prepare guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The guidelines will make the Paris Agreement work fairly and transparently for all. The Bangkok meeting is the last opportunity before COP24 to accelerate negotiations.

    The preparation of an official negotiating text on the implementation guidelines are needed to monitor progress on climate action, including measures to deal with climate impacts and are essential for determining whether emissions are being reduced at a sufficient rate to achieve the Paris Agreement's goals and to make the agreement's institutions fully operational beyond COP24. (Source: UN Environment, 3 Sept, 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, secretariat@unfccc.int, https://unfccc.int

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    Zero Carbon Project Touts Carbon Credit Purchase Program (Int'l)
    Zero Carbon Project
    Date: 2018-08-15
    The Zero Carbon Project is reporting the launch of its carbon credits purchasing program under which it will purchase and cancel international carbon credits from a range of projects reducing carbon emissions.

    On a weekly basis, the Zero Carbon Project will purchase 30 units, equivalent to the annual carbon emissions from around 10 typical households. This purchase will help reduce the 30 tonnes of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. Purchases and the projects they support will be announced to the Zero Carbon Project community, accompanied by an explanation of the different issues and aspects involved in the carbon market.

    The Zero Carbon Project carried made it first purchase and cancellation of CERs using the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) website platform, known as Climate Neutral Now. (Source: Zero Carbon Project, AZO CleanTech, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: Zero Carbon Project, Derek Meyers, CEO, www.zerocarbonproject.com

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

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

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

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

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    IPCC March Meeting Claims Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Date: 2018-06-18
    The forty-seventh session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Paris in March has become the first to achieve carbon neutrality. The Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered IPCC worked with the Climate Neutral Now initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to offset carbon emissions involved in participants' travel to the meeting and arising from the meeting itself.

    A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases made to compensate for an emission made elsewhere. (Source: IPCC, Public Service News Australia, 17 June, 2018)Contact: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, www.ipcc.ch; Climate Neutral Now initiative, https://unfccc.int/climate-action/climate-neutral-now; UNFCCC, https://unfccc.int

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    EU's GHGs Dip While Transport Emission Rise (Int'l Report)
    European Environment Agency
    Date: 2018-06-01
    According to the European Environment Agency's (EEA) Annual European Union Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2016 total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) decreased by 0.4 pct in 2016. The slight drop is attributed to the use of less coal for electric power and heat despite an increase in transport emissions for the third consecutive year.

    From 1990 to 2016, the EU has reduced its net greenhouse gas emissions by 22.4 pct , surpassing its 20 pct reduction target by 2020. These figures include emissions from international aviation, which are covered by EU targets but not accounted in national totals under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

    Emissions in the residential and commercial sector also increased because the winter of 2016 was slightly colder than the winter of 2015.

    EU greenhouse gas emissions have decreased since 1990 as a combined result of policies, economic factors and, on average, milder winters, the EEA analysis shows. The largest emission cuts have been made in the energy sector, due to energy efficiency improvements, an increased use of renewables and a less carbon intensive mix of fossil fuels -- more gas, less coal and oil. (Source: European Environment Agency, May, 2018) Contact: European Environment Agency, www.eea.europa.eu

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    Paris Climate Accord Cash for Developing Countries Largely Outstanding (Int'l)
    UNFCCC
    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, www.unfccc.int

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    Green Climate Fund Supports Zamibian Climate Efforts (Int'l)
    Green Climate Fund
    Date: 2018-03-05
    The South Korean-based Green Climate Fund (GCF) reports it has approved $84.5 million to support two Zambian projects in the energy and agriculture sectors, state media reported. Of the total, $52.2 million will go to the Zambia Renewable Energy Financing Framework supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB) while $32.3 million will be earmarked for an agriculture development project. The share reserved for agriculture will strengthen the capacity of farmers to plan for climate risks that threaten to derail development gains, promote climate resilient agricultural production and diversification practices to improve food security and income generation, improve access to markets, and foster the commercialization of climate-resilient agricultural commodities, and mitigate the effects of climate change on the energy sector.

    The GCF, part of the UNFCCC, assists developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. The GCF program in Zambia is managed by the National Designated Authority. (Source: Green Climate Fund, PR, Media Africa, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Green Climate Fund, +82.32.458.6000, www.greenclimate.fund; UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

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    Namibia Needs $33Bn to Meet Climate Change Commitment (Int'l)
    Development Bank of Southern Africa
    Date: 2018-03-05
    In the Namibia capital of Windhoek, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) are reporting the country will need nearly $33 billion (US) for climate change adaptation and mitigation as per its Paris Climate Agreement Implementation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.

    According to the Ministry, only 10 pct of the necessary funds can be sourced domestically. Fully 90pct of the needed funds will be raised from multilateral and bilateral sources in line with Article 4 of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) particularly the principle of common but differentiated responsibility. Namibia (pop. 2.587 million) has committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 89 pct by 2030. (Source: Namibia NewEra, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Development Bank of Southern Africa, www.dbsa.org; Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism, +264 61 284 2333, www.met.gov.na; UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

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    CDP Reports Emissions Cuts Saved Companies $14Bn in 2017 (Int'l)
    CDP
    Date: 2018-02-21
    According to the environmental disclosure platform CDP's Closing the Gap: Scaling up Sustainable Supply Chain Practices report, major global companies significantly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their supply chains and saved approximately $14 billion as a result of emission reduction activities in 2017. The report is based on climate, water and deforestation-related data collected from over 4,800 companies, and points to increased awareness of climate change-related risks and opportunities down the supply chain.

    According to the findings, carbon emissions in supply chains are four times greater than those of a company's direct operations. Of those responding to CDP, over 75 pct of suppliers identified some climate change risks to their business, and more than 50 pct said they have integrated climate change into their business strategies. The number of companies that address emissions in their supply chains doubled within a year, with emission reductions totaling 551 million metric tonnes of CO2.

    The report also compares the efforts of suppliers in eight major economies to mitigate environmental risk. It finds that 80 pct of companies in France are likely to have climate change integrated into their businesses. Japanese companies have the highest rates of disclosure, and are the most likely to set emissions reduction targets. Of the organizations on the Supplier Engagement leader board, 33 pct are from the US, followed by 15 pct from the UK. (Source: CDP, PR, UNFCCC, Feb., 2018) Contact: CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

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    NRDC Identifies Expected COP23 Trends (Int'l. Report)
    COP23,COP21,Paris Climate Agreement
    Date: 2017-11-06
    The upcoming COP23 -- the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC -- round of international climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, will set the tone for how leaders will come together during the TU.S. Trump administration and how they will take action on climate change during the Trump era, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

    The NRDC has identified the following key themes it expects to dominate the meetings: (listen to the recording):

  • U.S. climate action continues despite President Trump -- While President Trump has announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, NRDC says it has witnessed a resounding revolt in the U.S. to against Trump's decision by Governors, Mayors, business leaders, and citizens. States are committing to expand renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cleaner transportation. Mayors are committing to go to power their cities with 100 pct renewable energy and are finding ways to use energy more efficiently. Business leaders are committing to power their companies with 100% renewable energy and to ensure that their supply-chains are helping solve climate change, not make it worse. In short, Trump may be trying to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, but we are still in and committed to helping deliver on America's climate targets.

  • Countries are acting at home -- Key countries are showing that they aren't waiting to implement new actions to reduce their emissions and meet their Paris targets. While not all countries are yet on track to meet their targets, noticeable progress has been made in some of the world's biggest emitting countries.

  • Paris Agreement "rulebook" matters a great deal -- The Paris Agreement established the essential foundations for how the world is going to advance international climate action for decades to come. Critical to its continued success will be ensuring that the "rulebook" for the Paris Agreement helps to ensure that countries meet their targets and creates incentives for countries to beat their targets. Countries agreed to finalize the details of the Paris rulebook next year, so this year's meeting needs to ensure strong progress towards building a system of strong rules to help ensure that the promise of the Paris Agreement is translated into reality in the years ahead.

  • While significant progress is being made by many key countries to meet their Paris Agreement targets, stronger action will be needed in the coming years if we are going to be on a safer climate trajectory. The Paris Agreement created a dynamic process for countries to adopt more aggressive commitments starting in 2020. Countries will need to be prepared to announce even stronger targets in the years to come. There are emerging positive signs that some key countries will be in a position to deliver even greater ambition than they promised in 2015, according the NRDC. (Source: NRDC, Blog, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org

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  • Bahamas Faces $900m Climate Change Mitigation Bill (Int'l)
    UNFCCC,IDB
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Nassau, the Bahamian Government is estimating that due to its "accelerated vulnerability" to natural disasters it would require $900 million to mitigate climate change under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The government's estimate is based upon the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Climate-Resilient Coastal Management and Infrastructure Report on a $35 million project designed to develop a system for managing, and building resilience to, threats to the Bahamas coastline which is crucial to tourism and the overall economy. The Government of the Bahamas estimated the cost of implementing mitigation actions related to the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the UNFCCC to be over $900 million through 2030. (Source: IDB, Tribune 242, 31 Oct., 2017)Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int; Inter-American Development Bank, www.iadb.org

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    UNFCCC Reports COP 23 Climate-Neutrality Measures (Ind. Report)
    UNFCCC,Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd
    Date: 2017-10-27
    The UNFCCC has released details of its plans to ensure that the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) is "sustainable to the greatest possible extent."

    To attain its goal, COP 23 climate-neutral program will focus on energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy, offsetting unavoidable emissions, and other measures. In a further effort to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport, the UNFCCC is partnering with Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL), aiming to promote the use of biofuels as lower-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels. EERL's Climate Ethanol Alliance of bioethanol producers aims to speed up the low-carbon transition of the transport sector through the promotion of climate action. (Source: UNFCCC, PR, IISD, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd, www.eerl.com; UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

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    Airport Carbon Accreditation Participation Taking Off (Ind. Repot)
    Airport Carbon Accreditation
    Date: 2017-10-25
    ACI World reports that with 36 new applications to Airport Carbon Accreditation and more airports reaching a higher level of certification within the programme 201 airports are participating in Airport Carbon Accreditation: 27 in North America, 8 in Latin America; 118 in Europe; 10 in Afrca and 38 in Asia-pacific. From May 2016 to May 2017, accredited airports collectively reducing the CO2 emissions under their direct control by 202,184 tonnes of CO2.

    With four levels of accreditation covering all stages of carbon management -- Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality -- the Airport Carbon Accreditation program is independently administered, institutionally-endorsed and supported by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Commission (EC). (Source: Climate Neutral Now, Advance, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: Airport Carbon Accreditation Program, +44 845 868 2708, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org, http://airportco2.org

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    The Rise in Global Atmospheric CO2, Surface Temperature, and Sea Level from Emissions Traced to Major Carbon Producers -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2017-09-11
    "The question of responsibility for climate change is central to public and policy discourse over actions to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit adverse impacts. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established the principle of 'common but differentiated responsibilities' among nations, signaling the recognition that nations that had produced the larger share of historical emissions bore a greater responsibility for avoiding 'dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate.'

    "Reflecting this principle, the Paris Agreement establishes common commitments, for example to global net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the second half of this century, while allowing flexibility in mitigation efforts to accommodate different national capacities and circumstances."

    Access the report HERE. (Source: Springer Link, DOI, Climatic Change, 7 Sept., 2017)

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    Arendal Norway Pledges 100 pct Carbon Neutrality (Int'l)
    UNFCCC
    Date: 2017-09-08
    According to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as the world's first municipality to join the United Nation's Climate Neutral Now initiative, the entire Norwegian municipality of Arendal (pop 41,675) has pledged to become 100 pct climate neutral. Ardenal municipality's own operations have been climate neutral since 2008.

    To achieve its goal, the municipality aims to cut fossil fuel use in transportation, along with increasing the use of biofuels and electric vehicles as well as buying renewable power and increasing energy efficiency. (Source: UNFCCC, Sustainability & Environment, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

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    Green Climate Fund Supporting Egyptian Renewables (Int'l Funding)
    Green Climate Fund,EBRD
    Date: 2017-08-23
    The UN's flagship climate finance Green Climate Fund (GCF) reports it will begin its $150 million loan and $4.7 million grant contribution to a $1 billion renewable energy drive in Egypt next month. The London, UK-headquartered European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will implement the project as well as contribute $2.3 million in grant funding and $350 million of loans. Other international development banks and private sector players are expected to match that investment.

    The money, which will support the Egyptian target of generating 20 pct of electricity from renewable sources by 2022, will fund technical assistance with policy and planning and encourage investors to enter the clean energy market.

    The GCF, part of the UNFCCC, was established to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. (Source: Green Climate Fund, Climate Home, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Green Climate Fund, +82.32.458.6010, www.greenclimate.fund EBRD, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com; UNFCCC, wwwunfccc.int

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Growing Opposition to Trump's Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    American Institute of Architects
    Date: 2017-06-12
    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today reaffirmed its commitment to climate change mitigation and announced it was opposing the administration's decision to withdraw the United States as a signatory to the Paris Agreement. That accord, signed in late 2015 within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), commits the international community to fighting harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to AIA President Thomas Vonier: "The United States must remain a leader in the battle to cease harmful and needless practices that damage the planet and its climate, acting out of both environmental concerns and national economic interests. Instead of helping our economy, as the Administration contends, withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will put us behind our major global competitors.

    "The AIA will not retreat from its long-established efforts to conserve energy and to deploy renewable resources in buildings. We will continue to lead in efforts to curb the use of fuels and technologies that needlessly pollute our atmosphere and harm our environment. This makes good sense economically, and it is in the best interests of those we serve: our clients and the public.

    "We will also urge our members throughout the United States and the world to assist cities, states, organizations and citizen groups in meeting the aims of the climate accord." (Source: American Institute of Architects, June, 2017) Contact: American Institute of Architects, www.aia.org

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    Notable Quotes and Responses to Trump's Paris Climate Withdrawal

    Date: 2017-06-05
    "Today's decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.'s leadership position in the world. -- Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein

    "The ($15 million Bloomberg Philanthropies) pledge aims to fill a significant funding gap that comes as a result of President Donald Trump's announced withdrawal from the Paris agreement and proposed steep budget cuts for international programs, including on climate," -- Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg Philanthropies.

    Bloomberg's $15 million pledge aims to "support the operations" of the United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN agency that coordinates the Paris pact.

    "Protecting our planet and driving economic growth are critical to our future, and they aren't mutually exclusive. I deeply disagree with the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement." -- Bob Iger, CEO, Disney

    "Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world," -- Elon Musk, CEP, Tesla Motors

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Donald Trump,  

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    Global CCS Institute Calls for CCS Action (Ind. Report)
    Global CCS Institute
    Date: 2017-05-17
    Addressing a UNFCCC pre-COP23 meeting in Bonn, Germany, Global CCS Institute's European General Manager, John Scowcroft reported that "whilst climate change talks are worthy and necessary, more climate 'action' is needed if the Paris Agreement's 'below 2 degree' targets are going to be met. This year, we need to ensure that this agreement, and subsequent talks, translate into tangible results. Industry, governments and policymakers need to ensure that momentum is maintained and all clean technologies are given equal impetus to succeed," Scowcroft added.

    As 197 sovereign governments meet in Bonn ahead of this year's November COP23, the Global CCS Institute addressed the pressing need to accelerate the global deployment of CCS in the power sector and other industries. Despite positive CCS progress advancements over the last few years, especially in the US and China, the Global CCS Institute warns that more needs to be done to roll-out CCS and drive investment in the technology. There are currently 17 large-scale CCS facilities in operation with five more coming on stream within the next 18 months. (Source: Global CCS Institute, World Coal, 15 May, 2017) Contact: Gloibal CCS Institute, +61 3 8620 7300, info@globalccsinstitute.com, www.globalccsinstitute.com

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    Jamaica Joins UN REED Program to Curb GHG Emissions (Int'l)
    UNFCCC,REDD+,UNEP
    Date: 2017-05-15
    Jamaica reports it has embarked on the first phase of the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forestry Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), a global initiative to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

    The Programme aims to provide positive incentives to countries to contribute to climate-change mitigation through activities in the forestry and land use sectors. The programme falls under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and seeks to curb emissions, particularly in the forestry sector, most of which are tropical forests in developing countries.

    The UNFCCC developed a set of guidelines for countries to implement the REDD+ mechanism which are to be implemented over three phases. The first is REDD+ Readiness, where countries are expected to design national strategies and action plans alongside relevant stakeholders, to be able to combat the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, build capacity and develop policies.

    The phase also includes establishing a National Forest Monitoring System, which is a holistic system to monitor forest cover nationally over a period of time, as well as a measurement reporting and verification (MRV) system.

    The country will also establish the forest reference emission levels, to estimate the total carbon dioxide the forested areas are emitting on an annual basis. This is used as a baseline to determine how well the country does in REDD+ activities.

    A safeguard information system will also be set up to ensure that REDD+ activities are environmentally friendly and that any benefits accrued are distributed equitably to all stakeholders involved in the mitigation activities.

    The UN-REDD was launched in 2008 and builds on the convening role and technical expertise of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).Jamaica is receiving support for the programme through the Green Climate Fund of the UNEP. (Source: Jamaica Information Service, 12 May, 2017) Contact: Jamaica Information Service, +876 926 3590, jis.gov.jm; UNDP, www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home.html; UNFCCC, http://unfccc.int

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    Notable Quote
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2017-03-22
    "It is critical that the world captures every last bit of energy efficiency, if we are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to keep below dangerous rises in temperature. I am pleased that this important new study shows how information and communication technology can play an essential role in saving energy. Now we need more and effective government policies that reward such action and penalize delayed responses." -- Christiana Figueres, Former Exec. Sec., UNFCCC

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    Congo Hydropower Plant Verified Carbon Standard Certification Program Launched (Int'l Report)
    Aera Group,UNFCCC
    Date: 2017-01-30
    In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the 7,800-square-kilometre Virunga National Park and Africa's leading carbon finance group, Aera Group, are reporting the launch of a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) carbon certification process for the Matebe Hydropower plant.

    VCS is the world's foremost voluntary Greenhouse Gas program and this pioneering action offers the possibility for further carbon certification in Congo. This partnership, with one of the most exceptionally bio-diverse places in the world, is a first in eastern Congo for Aera Group.

    Matebe hydro-plant is part of a wider investment plan, called the Virunga Alliance initiated by the Virunga Foundation to provide energy for 4 million people in the Virunga National Park region. Matebe Hydropower will produce over 13.6 MW of clean and affordable electricity while avoiding an estimated 50,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.

    Aera Group is the leading carbon finance group in Africa with a portfolio of 40 projects in 17 countries and a record number of 24 African projects registered under the UNFCCC. Aera also has the largest volume of African carbon credits traded at 30 million tons. (Source: Aera Group, APO, Jan., 2017) Contact: Aera Group, Aurelie Lepage, A.Lepage@Aera-Group.fr, www.aera-group.fr; Virunga Foundation, www.virunga.org; Verified Carbon Standard, (202) 480-2282, secretariat@v-c-s.org, http://www.v-c-s.org

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    Athens Airport Lands Carbon Neutral Status (Int'l Report)
    Airport Carbon Accreditation
    Date: 2017-01-16
    The Athens International Airport reports it has achieved carbon neutral status (Level 3+) in ACI Europe's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. Including Athens, there are now 28 carbon neutral airports worldwide, the mjority of which are in Europe.

    According to ACI, since its opening in 2001, Athens International Airport has had an ardent and ever-evolving environmental agenda. It was one of the first airports to invest in solar technology, building a €20 million photovoltaic park on the airport site, and was among the early adopters who became accredited in the very first year of the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme (2009), renewing and successfully upgrading its certification over the intervening years. (Source: Athens International Airport,Climate Neutral Now initiative at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Jan., 2017) Contact: Airport Carbon Accreditation Program, +44 845 868 2708, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org

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    World Biogas Association Launched (Int'l Ind. Report)
    World Biogas Association
    Date: 2016-11-16
    A new trade body called the World Biogas Association (WBA) has been launched at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 22 at Marrakesh, Morocco. Following the adoption by the U.N. of a shared vision for transforming lives by 2030 through the Sustainable Development Goals and the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate agreement between the 195 national governments at the UNFCCC COP21 at Paris in December 2015, the founders have established the World Biogas Association to demonstrate the huge contribution the biogas and anaerobic digestion (AD) industries make to these goals and targets, and to facilitate the adoption of these technologies globally.

    In a statement, the WBA said its trade body is dedicated to supporting the growth of biogas and anaerobic digestion technologies to maximize their contribution to the UNFCCC Commitments and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. WBA founding members include the Italian Compost and Biogas Consortium , Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, HRS Heat Exchangers , American Biogas and others. (Source: World Biogas Assoc., PR, 14 Nov., 2016) Contact: World Biogas Association, Dr. Sarika Jain, Research and Policy Manager, sjain@worldbiogasassociation.org, www.worldbiomassassociation.org

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    UN Approves UAE Energy Efficiency Programme (Int'l Report)
    Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence
    Date: 2016-10-28
    In the UAE, Dubai Carbon and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) reports thay have agreed to incentivize the UEA energy efficiency retrofit markets under the UN backed Programme of Activities (PoA) framework. Under the framework, ESCO type and efficient lighting projects can earn carbon credits once included as Component Project Activities (CPAs) within the framework.

    The PoAs will be managed by Etihad ESCO, the Dubai Government owned SuperESCO vehicle, with consultancy support from Dubai Carbon, which will also act as the coordinator between UNFCCC, Etihad ESCO, DSCE and CPAs. Once registered, the PoA, Fostering an ESCO Industry in the UAE will become an umbrella programme for small-scale ESCO type projects, that from a financial point of view otherwise may not be suitable to apply for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project Activities. Meanwhile, the Lighting Efficiency PoA will support energy-efficient lighting retrofit projects that cut energy demand and associated emissions. (Source: Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence , PR, ZAWYA, 24 Oct., 2016) Contact: Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, +971 4 307 2600, www.dcce.ae; Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Ivano Iannelli, CEO, +971 4 307 2034, www.dubaisce.gov.ae

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    French Airport Scores Airport Carbon Accreditation (Int'l)
    Airport Carbon Accreditation
    Date: 2016-09-07
    In France, Nice Airport reports it has achieved level 3+ Carbon Accreditation under the independent Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. The airport met its carbon neutral goal two years ahead of its 2018 deadline and is now the world's 25th, and France's first, airport to achieve carbon neutrality.

    The independent Airport Carbon Accreditation programme helps airports measure their carbon footprint and take initiatives to drastically cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Level 3+ means the airport has continued to do so by becoming more energy efficient. Since 2010, Nice Airport claims to have cut its kilograms of CO2 per passenger by 75 pct. (Source: Nice Airport, UNFCCC, Various Media, 5 Sept., 2016) Contact: Airport Carbon Accreditation Program, +44 845 868 2708, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org

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