In today’s edition, business is taking the lead. Not only did BP’s shareholders overwhelmingly support a resolution that would force the company to disclose some of its climate change-related risks, but also, the chief executive officers of 43 major international companies urged world leaders to come to an “ambitious” United Nations agreement to fight climate change.
Quote of the day
“It may seem contradictory, but to be fair all countries must be enabled to participate in the transition away from fossil fuels together and at the same time. If not, we will exceed the carbon budget and consign countries without the means to participate in the transition to renewable energy to a future based on expensive, obsolete and polluting fossil fuels.”
Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and ex-UN human rights chief, in the Guardian’s story Mary Robinson: Developing nations must move rapidly beyond fossil fuels
In historic move, BP’s shareholders adopt global warming resolution
By Andrew Freedman – Mashable
BP’s shareholders overwhelmingly supported a resolution on Thursday that would force the company to disclose some of its climate change-related risks.
***LB: Also in this story “The shareholder vote was extraordinarily lopsided, with about 98% of shareholders approving the resolution, which had the backing of BP’s chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg.”
Obama carbon rule foes face skeptical judges on early filing
By Andrew Zajac and Mark Drajem – Bloomberg News
Two of three judges hearing a challenge to a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to curb carbon emissions from power plants expressed skepticism about whether they had authority to even consider the case.
CEOs urge ‘ambitious’ UN climate pact
By Timothy Cama – The Hill
The chief executive officers of 43 major international companies are urging world leaders to come to an “ambitious” United Nations agreement to fight climate change.
Support for carbon tax reaches almost 70%
By Evan Lehmann – E&E
A large majority of Americans support taxing carbon emissions, according to polling results released yesterday, and favorability rises to two-thirds if the tax is used to send money back to households.
Mary Robinson: Developing nations must move rapidly beyond fossil fuels
By Fiona Harvey – The Guardian
Tackling climate change will require developing countries to move beyond fossil fuels far more quickly than the rich world has managed, the United Nations envoy on climate change has warned.
Brazil to Offer Ambitious Climate Plan With More Renewables
By Vanessa Dezem and Raymond Colitt – Bloomberg News
Brazil will increase the use of renewable energy, target zero net deforestation and push for low-carbon agriculture as part of its climate proposal, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said in an interview.
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
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
World Bank fossil fuel financing leapt in 2014 despite its calls to end subsidies
By Karl Mathiesen – The Guardian
The World Bank increased its financing for fossil fuel projects in the last financial year, according to a new analysis, despite repeated calls by its president to end the global subsidies for oil, coal and gas.
Natural gas / coal
Pro-fracking company asked to carry out safety study
By Ronan McGreevy – The Irish Times
The lead company employed to carry out a study on fracking in Ireland is a pro-fracking organisation involved in the controversial gas extraction method in the United Statesand Poland.
AGL to shut all coal-fired power stations by 2050 in bid to limit global warming
By Martin Farrer and Melissa Davey – The Guardian
One of Australia’s biggest energy companies, AGL, has pledged to shut all its coal-fired power stations by 2050.
Apple digs in on green with China solar, US forest projects
By Brandon Bailey – AP
In a quest to be more green, Apple says it is investing in Chinese solar power and preserving forests that make environmentally friendly paper.
***LB: Also in this story “The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions — initiatives that have won high marks from environmental groups.”
Could solar glass be coming to Canary Wharf?
Canary Wharf Group’s (CWG) high-profile Cognicity smart cities initiative reached a major milestone last night, as the company announced the first two winners of its clean tech innovation competition.
Experts: Powering your home with batteries is going to get cheaper and cheaper
By Chris Mooney – Washington Post
In the past few weeks, there’s been a battery of new studies on batteries. Not the kind in your cellphone, but a much more revolutionary make – the kind that is already powering many cars, and that might someday help power your home.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Return for Another Run
By Lawrence Ulrich – The New York Times
For decades, hydrogen has been the Dracula of automotive fuels: Just when you think a stake has been driven through its zero-emissions heart, the technology rises from the grave.
China targets dirty businesses in water pollution action plan
By Lucy Hornby – Financial Times
China has ordered the closure of small plants in 10 dirty industries and a clampdown on the tapping of underground water sources in a renewed effort to tackle contamination.
California Governor Brown hears business concerns about drought plan
By Sharon Bernstein – Reuters
California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday promised to consider the concerns of businesses affected by his order to cut urban water use by 25 percent as the prolonged drought in the most populous U.S. state drags into its fourth year.
Defecting from the Power Grid? Unlikely, Analysts Say
By Bobby Magill – Climate Central
Former Vice President Al Gore stood before a crowd of renewables investors, analysts and clean energy industry executives and declared the electric power grid in the U.S. as much of a technological dinosaur as landline telephones.