In today’s edition, steel-producer ArcelorMittal promises to have greener operations, while British Columbia, pledging to step up the fight against climate change while ruling out carbon caps, considers tougher building standards. Also, the pressure is on for Australia, as Washington joins other nations to question climate change policies (or the lack of) down under.

Quote of the day

“The reason we’ve grown our economy is because every penny from the carbon tax has been invested in tax cuts, and that’s the trick.”

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, in the Bloomberg News’ story British Columbia Carbon Plan Eyes Buildings While Caps Ruled Out

Lead stories

ArcelorMittal steels itself for revamped green push 
By BusinessGreen  
Steel and mining giant ArcelorMittal has this published a wide-ranging new sustainability, setting out a 10 point plan designed to boost steel recycling rates and help build a “low carbon future”.  

Apple Makes New Commitment To Fight Climate Change, But Has A Long Way To Go  
By James Gerken – The Huffington Post 
Apple on Monday released its 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report, underscoring its commitment to lessening the environmental impact of its products and operations.

British Columbia Carbon Plan Eyes Buildings While Caps Ruled Out
By Josh Wingrove – Bloomberg News
British Columbia, pledging to step up the fight against climate change while ruling out carbon caps, is considering tougher building standards, its premier said.

US challenges Australia on climate policy 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
The Obama administration is joining with other major countries to question Australia’s climate change policies. 

Australia can cut emissions without harming economy  
By Michael Edwards – AM
One day after Australia was questioned by the US and China on the slow pace of its greenhouse gas cuts, a new report suggests it can cut further and still keep growing its economy.

U.S. To Host Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate 
Press Release – US Department of State
Secretary of State John Kerry will open the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate hosted at the U.S. Department of State on April 19-20.


World Green Economy Summit 2015 
22 April 2015 – 23 April 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2015
North America’s premier conference on climate policy and carbon markets
Presented by the Climate Action Reserve
April 28-30, 2015
Los Angeles, California  

The National Fuel Cell Symposium 2015
Industry, government, and academia will convene to discuss the current state of the Stationary Fuel Cell development and deployment in the U.S.
May 7, 2015 
Sacramento, California 

Nearing the Finish Line: Perspectives and Updates on EPA’s Clean Power Plan (webinar)
April 23, 2015; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

Northeast RECs Regional Thought Leader Round Table
May 19, 2015; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Dentons: 1221 Avenue of the Americas, NY

EMA Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2015
Omni Parker House Hotel
Boston, MA


Marshall Islands calls for cap on shipping emissions
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen
The Marshall Islands has called for a new global target to reduce shipping emissions ahead of next month’s meeting of the International Maritime Organisation’s environment committee. 
***LB: Also in this story “The tiny South Pacific nation is the world’s third biggest shipping registry, but is increasingly threatened by rising sea levels linked to climate change.” 

Here’s What China Closing Coal-Power Plants Means for Emissions 
China’s recent scrapping of small coal plants will avoid the release of as much as 11.4 million metric tons annually of climate-warming carbon dioxide, helping the country cut emissions for the first time in more than a decade.

Natural gas / coal 


Ecotricity: Grass is greener when it comes to gas
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen 
The answer to UK energy security could literally be under our noses.

Clean tech

Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013
By Ashlee Vance – Bloomberg News
On May 8, 2013, Tesla Motors shocked just about everyone by posting its first-ever quarterly profit, reporting higher-than-expected demand for its Model S electric sedan.

BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2015 – Green Car of the Year shortlist announced 
BusinessGreen has today announced the shortlist for its coveted Green Car of the Year Award, the winner of which will be announced at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards on the evening of July 1st.

Jaguar Land Rover wins Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development 
By Andrew Sharman – Financial Times  
Jaguar Land Rover is turning the internal combustion engine into an unlikely emblem of sustainability.
***LB: Also in this story ” In the autumn, the Midlands-based carmaker opened a new £500m factory in Wolverhampton that will build all-aluminium, lightweight petrol and diesel engines at a rate of one every 36 seconds.”  


NGOs, Cities Use Economic Argument Will Win Industry Support For Stormwater Regs
By Kelli Barrett – Ecosystem Marketplace  
Stormwater, the dirty water that flows off pavement, rooftops and other impervious surfaces, is one of the biggest sources of water pollution in the United States. 

California Court Rules Water Pricing Plan Violates Law 
A California appeals court dealt a setback Monday to one of the main tools drought regulators want to use to force reductions in urban water use, saying a tiered pricing plan in the Orange County city of San Juan Capistrano that charged higher rates for big water consumers violated a voter-passed amendment to the State Constitution.  

U.S. EPA Avoids Stricter Water Pollution Standards for Gulf of Mexico 
By Codi Kozacek – Circle of Blue
Ever since 1972, when scientists first found troubling evidence of low oxygen levels during a survey of the Gulf of Mexico, a lifeless expanse of water has spread throughout the Gulf nearly every summer.

Zimbabwe Capital May Introduce Prepaid Smart-Water System
By Godfrey Marawanyika – Bloomberg News
Zimbabwe’s capital may introduce a prepaid smart-water system for some of its 3 million inhabitants to help assist in water conservation efforts.


Power to the people?: PTI workers storm grid station, restore electricity supply 
By Riaz Ahmad – The Express Tribune
Gathering in front of Hazar Khwani Grid Station on Ring Road, Industrial Grid Station on Kohat Road and Tajabad Grid Station on Monday morning, the PTI workers protested against hours-long power outages. 

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