Yes, it was Earth Day, so, in today’s edition, another corporation promises to act against climate change: McDonald’s pledged to end deforestation across its entire supply chain. Also, European antitrust regulators on Wednesday charged the Russian energy giant Gazprom with abusing its dominance in natural gas markets. And finally, scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris.  

Quote of the day

“McDonald’s brings size and scale to the debate of sustainable sourcing. Their reach is large, they are global, they work closely with the suppliers and so this outreach can only help.”

David McLaughlin, vice president of agriculture at the World Wildlife Fund, in the Guardian’s story McDonald’s to axe deforestation from its global supply chain

Lead stories

Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris  
By Steve Connor – The Independent 
There is a one-in-ten chance of the world being 6C warmer than it is today by 2100 which would lead to cataclysmic changes in the global climate with unimaginable consequences for human civilisation, leading climate researchers have warned in an “Earth Statement.”

E.U. Charges Russian Energy Giant Gazprom With Abusing Its Dominance
By James Kanter – The New York Times
European antitrust regulators on Wednesday charged the Russian energy giant Gazprom with abusing its dominance in natural gas markets, a move amounting to a direct challenge to the authorities in Moscow. 

McDonald’s to axe deforestation from its global supply chain 
By Siri Srinivas – The Guardian 
Global fast-food giant McDonald’s on Tuesday pledged to end deforestation across its entire supply chain. 

Meet The Big Oil CEO Who Backs A Global Tax On Carbon
By Christopher Helman – Forbes
Last year Eldar Saetre took over as CEO of Statoil , the Norwegian oil giant. As Statoil’s former CFO, and a 35-year veteran of the company, Saetre, 59, has slipped comfortably into the role vacated by Helge Lund, who left to become CEO of BG Group , which is being acquired by Royal Dutch Shell.

Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill to Improve Energy Efficiency
By Coral Davenport – The New York Times  
Congress on Tuesday passed a bill focused on improving energy efficiency in buildings and water heaters, a move celebrated by both parties for breaking longstanding partisan gridlock.

(Australia’s) Greg Hunt says cutting emissions by 30% by 2025 is an ‘onerous’ goal 
By Melissa Davey – The Guardian 
Cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2025 would be an “onerous” task, Australia’s environment minister has said.
***LB: Also in this story “On Tuesday the Climate Change Authority (CCA) recommended the cut and said Australia should also increase its commitment to cut 2000-level emissions by 2020 from 5% to 19% if it wanted to be taken seriously at the Paris climate change talks in December.” 

Earth Day: scientists say 75% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in ground 
By Adam Vaughan – The Guardian
Three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground if humanity is to avoid the worst effects of climate change, a group of leading scientists and economists have said in a statement timed to coincide with Earth Day. 

Obama maps out energy infrastructure plan 
By Timothy Cama and Devin Henry – The Hill
The Obama administration rolled out an energy infrastructure plan Tuesday that it said would help business and boost jobs. 

House clears energy efficiency bill 
By Cristina Marcos – The Hill 
The House sent long-stalled legislation to the president’s desk on Tuesday to improve energy efficiency in buildings.

Biden goes into sales mode on energy plan  
By Devin Henry – The Hill
Vice President Biden began selling the Obama administration’s energy infrastructure investment plan on Tuesday, pitching it as a pro-business, pro-middle-class economic driver at a utility provider in Philadelphia. 


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


Guangdong plans to open China’s first carbon futures exchange 
Guangdong is looking to open the mainland’s first carbon futures exchange, with the backing of the central government, which would boost the province’s role in carbon trading as a mainland-wide market takes shape. 

Report finds China could feasibly get most of its energy from renewables by 2050 
By Umair Irfan – E&E
Renewable energy could economically provide China the majority of its energy by midcentury, according to a new report. 

Study Finds Low Cost in Reducing Methane Emissions 
By Reducing methane leaks from oil and gas operations around the world could provide a relatively inexpensive way to fight climate change, according to a new report commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund.

Natural gas / coal   

Small north Texas quakes likely linked to oil, gas operations – study 
A series of earthquakes that rattled a small community northwest of Fort Worth, Texas, more than a year ago were linked to oil and gas operations, according to a scientific study released Tuesday.


Japan’s floating ‘mega-solar’ power plants come online 
You can easily find solar panels on rooftops, in fields and even on a plane, but now solar technology has found another way to leave firm land in the form of two floating solar farms in Japan.

Utility, critics file more arguments as New Mexico regulators weigh power replacement plan
By Susan Montoya Bryan – Associated Press
New Mexico’s largest electric provider is defending its plan to replace power from part of an aging coal-fired plant with a mix of coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar generation.

Clean tech

Biome Bioplastic sets sights on industrial-scale green plastic production 
A leading developer of emerging bioplastic technologies has revealed plans for a new £3m research programme designed to accelerate the commercial development of plastics made from waste organic material. 
***LB: Also in this story “Biome Bioplastic has been responsible for a series of breakthroughs in the fledgling bioplastic market, developing the first compostable coffee pods and demonstrating how bioplastics could play key role in the emerging 3D printing.” sector.


Regulators Revise Proposed Water Cuts
By Karen Jordan – Los Angeles Business Journal 
After receiving more than 250 comments about the state-imposed water restrictions, the State Water Resources Control Board has released a revised list of proposed mandatory water cuts, giving some cities a break while hammering others where water usage is highest.  

California drought: Brown administration to stick with strict conservation targets, despite court ruling 
By Paul Rogers and Howard Mintz – San Jose Mercury News
Gov. Jerry Brown is sticking to his statewide mandatory water conservation targets, his administration said Tuesday, even as a new appeals court ruling limits the ability of cities and water districts to hit people with punishing rates to encourage them to save water.  

California isn’t the only state with water problems 
By Ellie Kincaid – Business Insider
Americans tend to take it for granted that when we open a tap, water will come out. 


Green Deal energy efficiency scheme has ‘best week ever’  
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen  
UK households signed up for around £2.25m of energy efficiency improvements last week, according to new figures from the government-backed Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC).

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