In today’s edition, consumers are rewarding sustainable strategies undertaken by companies such as Unilever. Meanwhile, the number of patents for renewable energy products filed worldwide has fallen by 42% over the last three years, warns The Guardian. This could suggest that global investment in green energy is stalling. Finally, green cars are in high demand in the UK (in the Clean tech section).

Quote of the day

“Electric vehicle sales momentum is building at a phenomenal rate in the UK as the benefits of all-electric driving become more widely known and rapid charging infrastructure grows across the country.”

Paul O’Neill, electric vehicle manager at Nissan Motor GB, in the BusinessGreen’s story Mitsubishi Outlander chasing down Nissan Leaf in UK green car sales  (in the Clean tech section) 

Lead stories

Unilever: sustainable brands growing twice as fast 
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen 
Unilever brands leading its sustainability agenda accounted for half of the business’s growth last year and grew twice as fast as its other brands, the company will say today.

Renewable energy investment fading, patents data show 
By Julia Kollewe – The Guardian 
The number of patents for renewable energy products filed worldwide has fallen by 42% over the last three years,which could suggest that global investment in green energy is stalling. 
***LB: Also in this story “Research from commercial law firm EMW shows that 20,655 green energy patents were filed globally in 2014, for solar power, wind energy, biofuels and waste-generated energy – down from 35,590 in 2012.”  

White House: Prepare for climate change in infrastructure planning 
By Timothy Cama – The Hill 
The Obama administration is convening local and state leaders and experts Tuesday to encourage infrastructure planning to incorporate climate change preparation.

(Australia’s) Renewable energy target deadlock set to give way to compromise deal 
By Lenore Taylor – The Guardian 
Federal cabinet is set to agree to a compromise deal on the renewable energy target on Thursday, paving the way for a bipartisan agreement to break the investment drought caused by a year-long political deadlock. 

Fjords are unexpected natural allies against climate change: study 
By Alister Doyle – Reuters 
Fjords from Alaska to Norway soak up potentially damaging carbon from the atmosphere, making the steep-sided inlets an overlooked natural ally in offsetting man-made climate change, a study showed on Monday.  

E.P.A. Carbon Emissions Plan Could Save Thousands of Lives, Study Finds 
By Sabrina Tavernise and Coral Davenport – The New York Times 
New carbon emissions standards that were proposed last year for coal-fired power plants in the United States would substantially improve human health and prevent more than 3,000 premature deaths per year, according to a new study. 

Ghana’s bicycle which is creating jobs while it saves the soil 
By Corinne Jones – The Guardian  
Six years ago, Bernice Dapaah decided to forge an unconventional path into employment. About to graduate with a business administration degree but facing a bleak job market in Ghana, she joined forces with a handful of engineering students to create an innovative product from an abundant crop: bamboo.


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


Europe’s top carbon emitters swap 255 million UN offsets for EU permits 
By Susanna Twidale – Reuters 
Firms in Europe’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) have swapped a total of 255 million U.N.-backed carbon offsets for European Union emissions allowances (EUAs) from April 2013-2014, data published by the European Commission showed on Monday. 

Natural gas / coal

Texas: Bill Stops Cities From Banning Fracking
Lawmakers moved Monday to prohibit Texas cities from banning hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries, a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives. 

Norway’s oil fund slashes coal investments after criticism 
Norway’s $900 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s biggest, has reduced the value of its coal mining portfolio by almost 40 percent in the first quarter, its head told parliament on Monday.


Cheap solar lamps help villagers keep their health, and cut emissions 
By Katie Forster – The Guardian 
In Kenya, where less than a quarter of the 45-million population has access to electricity, a solar lamp project is helping rural communities save money on expensive and harmful fuel while reducing carbon emissions.

How Not to Build a Power Plant: a Tale From Java Island
By Fitri Wulandari and Emi Urabe – Bloomberg News 
It’s a bucolic scene: a farmer rests on a path between shimmering rice paddies in the afternoon sun, his tanned face staring across the flooded fields to the gray expanse of the Java Sea.

Clean tech

Mitsubishi Outlander chasing down Nissan Leaf in UK green car sales 
By Will Nichols – BusinessGreen 
The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid is the second most common green car in the UK even though it was only released last year, industry figures show. 
***LB: Also in this story “Analysis of DVLA data by the RAC Foundation show there were 5,273 of the SUV licensed in the UK at the end of 2014, putting it second only to the Nissan Leaf.” 


Climate change sparks tension in India’s tea gardens 
By Krishna N. Das – Reuters  
Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in India’s Assam.

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