Summary

In today’s edition, the first report detailing concrete actions – not just well-meaning pledges – that world’s largest economies must take to address climate change. And some actions already: the United States and China will partner together to cut greenhouse gases. Also, businesses see their environmental efforts rewarded.

Quote of the day

“All we have been doing in these negotiations for all these years is talking about things in the abstract. It’s not producing the deep technological changes that can get us to a low-carbon global economy.”

Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and a leader of the Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation Project, in the Guardian’s story UN issued with roadmap on how to avoid climate catastrophe

Lead stories 

UN issued with roadmap on how to avoid climate catastrophe
Suzanne Goldenberg, theguardian.com 
The United Nations was presented with a roadmap to avoid a climate catastrophe on Tuesday, prescribing specific actions for the world’s biggest economies to keep warming below 2C. 
http://jlne.ws/1qiyFor

UN Proposes Building Blocks of New Global Climate Deal
Alex Morales, Bloomberg
The United Nations left open the option for rich and poor nations to remain divided in their obligations on climate change, setting up a conflict over exactly who should cut greenhouse gases. 
http://jlne.ws/VIYMLM

Blueprints for Taming the Climate Crisis 
Eduardo Porter, New York Times
Here’s what your future will look like if we are to have a shot at preventing devastating climate change.
http://jlne.ws/1kD29JP

Want to limit global warming? Bring cash 
Marianne Lavelle, The Daily Climate
The world lacks not only the will, but the technology to achieve the deep carbon cuts needed to avert catastrophic climate change, according to a report presented to the United Nations today by leading research institutions in 15 countries. http://jlne.ws/1w04QdV

Responsible Business: Sustainable efforts show signs of paying off
Sarah Murray, Financial Times
There was a time when business investments in education, community initiatives, disaster relief or environmental conservation were treated as corporate philanthropy. 
http://jlne.ws/1my6TV4

U.S., China ink coal, clean energy deals but climate differences remain
Valerie Volcovici and Michael Martina, Reuters
The United States and China on Tuesday signed eight partnership pacts to cut greenhouse gases that will bring the world’s two biggest carbon emitters closer together on climate policy, but fundamental differences between the two sides remain. 
http://jlne.ws/VXrOrn

House GOP launches assault on climate rules
Laura Barron-Lopez and Timothy Cama, The Hill
GOP moves to block carbon rules: House Republicans unveiled their proposed 2015 spending bill for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Interior Department Tuesday, complete with major hits against the Obama administration’s top climate priorities.
http://jlne.ws/VJ3UPX

(UK) Government hits back in ‘zero carbon’ homes row
Will Nichols, BusinessGreen 
The (UK) government has rejected industry claims it has watered down its ambitious plans for low carbon buildings as “outdated and blinkered”.
http://jlne.ws/1mHXuMn

Ukraine has no plans to steal Russian gas bound for Europe-minister
Reuters
Ukraine has no intention of stealing Russian natural gas destined for Europe, the country’s energy minister said on Wednesday, after a senior Russian official said he expected Kiev to start stealing the fuel when its own supplies ran low. 
http://jlne.ws/1k50igK 

Events 

EPA’s Sec. 111(d) Proposal
Round Table
Jul 10, 2014 12:30pm – Jul 10, 2014 06:00pm EST 
Washington, D.C. 
Offices of Hunton & Williams, 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.,Washington, D.C. 
http://jlne.ws/1m8VwTV

EMA’s 18th Annual Meeting 
Join the Environmental Markets Association and environmental industry professional for two days of dynamic sessions, two nights of networking receptions, and countless opportunities to increase your business contacts. 
October 22 – 24, 2014
Santa Monica, CA
http://jlne.ws/1qaR5eE

FT European Gas Summit 
The FT European Gas Summit brings together leading and aspiring gas suppliers from around the globe, as well as energy industry experts, commentators and government decision makers to review the potential barriers to new gas supplies for Europe, and the impact on the region’s economic competitiveness. The summit will be chaired by Guy Chazan, Energy Editor, Financial Times. 
23 October 2014 
London, UK 
http://jlne.ws/1n34Gif  

Carbon

2Co Energy in talks to sell Don Valley CCS project
James Murray, BusinessGreen
2Co Energy Limited, the company behind the proposed Don Valley Power Project (DVPP) carbon capture and storage (CCS) development, has revealed it is in talks to sell the project to privately owned Norwegian CCS specialist Sargas. 
http://jlne.ws/1ndlWUW

Norway to buy 21 mln emission reductions for 48 mln euros
Marcello Teixeira, Reuters
Norway will buy 21 million U.N. backed certified emission reductions (CERs) for an average price of 2.28 euros each in its international tender to purchase carbon offsets, said the financial institution in charge of the deal on Monday.
http://jlne.ws/1rR8sAZ

ClimeCo Corporation Ranked 2nd Among Top Global Wholesale Carbon Offset Providers 
PRNewswire
ClimeCo celebrates its nomination of ” Runner-Up, Best Global Wholesale Provider” of voluntary carbon offsets , as announced by Environmental Finance. 
http://jlne.ws/1xR7N33

Natural gas / coal

Saudi Aramco to pump ‘tight’ natural gas at equal cost to US 
Bloomberg 
Saudi Arabian Oil Company plans to reduce the cost of producing natural gas from so-called tight rock formations, putting it on equal footing to gas from the best plays in the United States, according to a company official. 
http://jlne.ws/1w0oPJq

Will Senate Dems fight Manchin on coal rules?
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Senate Democrats appear unlikely to fight a provision in Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) Export-Import Bank legislation that would roll back a piece of President Obama’s climate agenda.
http://jlne.ws/1r7Vb4A

Geldof, “Gaz” and “Leccy” to the fore as national smart meter campaign kicks off
James Murray, BusinessGreen
The (UK) national programme to install smart meters in more than 25 million homes by the end of the decade officially gets underway today, with the government predicting the programme will “revolutionise” the energy market while helping to cut bills and greenhouse gas emissions.
http://jlne.ws/1mI1GvD

India needs to restructure Coal India to raise output -govt report
Reuters
India needs to restructure state behemoth Coal India Ltd quickly to raise output to feed fuel-starved power plants, the finance ministry said in a report, as the country grapples with rising imports amid a push for electricity to all.
http://jlne.ws/1oGDk3I

Cleaning up coal
John Kemp, Reuters (Column)
According to the popular narrative, coal is locked in a fight to the death with natural gas and renewables to supply clean electrical energy.
http://jlne.ws/1xR8327

Power

Apple extends solar farm plans
Dan Worth, BusinessGreen
Apple has been given the green light to start building another giant solar farm in North Carolina to power its data centers, in a move that has been backed by Greenpeace. 
http://jlne.ws/1ndHMHI

Conergy lines up £200m solar investment following Lumicity acquisition
James Murray, BusinessGreen
Renewable energy developer Lumicity has announced this week that it has sold its portfolio of UK solar farm projects to Conergy Group, in a deal that could see £200m of investment in the country’s solar sector.
http://jlne.ws/VJ3062

Skanska wins $78 mln power plant order in the US
Reuters
Skanska has signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract for a co-generation plant with an existing power client in the Midwest region of the United States. 
http://jlne.ws/1rRbuFB

EDF seeks to beef up power plant climate resilience
BusinessGreen 
Energy giant EDF Energy is to start work on a major new project designed to ensure new power plants are resilient to natural hazards, such as the increasingly extreme weather that the UK is likely to experience over the coming decades as a result of climate change. 
http://jlne.ws/1n6MUsG

SolarAid slashes supply costs to power up Africa
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Growing demand for solar power and technological improvements have allowed the sector to enjoy rapidly falling costs, even reaching grid parity in some areas of the world. 
http://jlne.ws/1sw4pI5  

Water

Barrasso pushes amendment to stop EPA water rule
Timothy Cama, The Hill
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) is trying to use a bill aimed at preserving federal lands for hunting and fishing as a vehicle to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to redefine its jurisdiction over the nation’s lakes and rivers. 
http://jlne.ws/U36mQk

French Cities Follow Paris in Ditching Privatized Water
Circle of Blue
More cities in France are starting to return to public water supplies, pressuring private water firms that control 60 percent of the country’s water market. 
http://jlne.ws/1oiMpNp

 

 

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