Summary

Today’s edition is a fair mix of institutional and business news. On the institutional front, stories about climate change and upcoming negotiations, and on the business front, efforts by heavy weights like Coca Cola to recycle and more than $400 million  invested into clean energy projects. 

Quote of the day

“Arnold always likes to say, `When the people elected me, they don’t see it as Republican air and Democrat air. They just want clean air.’ “

Bonnie Reiss, director of the Schwarzenegger Institute at the University of Southern California, in The Hill’s story Schwarzenegger to push climate change action

Lead stories

Shell’s Jekyll and Hyde Approach to Climate Change
Ben Elgin, Bloomberg Businessweek
In April, Royal Dutch Shell headlined a group of 70 companies that called on world governments to cap greenhouse gas emissions at a level that will contain global warming. 
http://jlne.ws/1p1nBJA

Biogas boost as M&S buys green gas certificates
James Murray, BusinessGreen
The UK’s nascent green gas sector has secured a major vote of confidence this week, as retail giant Marks & Spencer inked a landmark deal to purchase 35,000MWh of biomethane certificates.
http://jlne.ws/1pKa2yc

Coca-Cola and Tesco to re-use successful recycling campaign
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Tesco and drinks bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises have recycled a successful campaign that aims to encourage consumers to reduce the amount of rubbish they send to landfill. 
http://jlne.ws/WM2Wmk

Greenhouse gases hit record levels, fuelling climate and ocean acidification fears
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
The failure of the world to slash greenhouse gas emissions has been underlined by startling new figures today, which show that greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere rose by record levels last year.
http://jlne.ws/1saG5wZ

All eyes on UN climate negotiations
Laura Barron-Lopez and Timothy Cama, The Hill
The final countdown: With 15 months left until countries meet at the United Nations (UN) climate change talks in Paris, government leaders, corporations, and stakeholders are beginning intense campaigns to make sure a global greenhouse gas pact is forged. 
http://jlne.ws/1qItI9O

UN official: New York climate summit a ‘major turning point’
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
The United Nations climate summit in New York is expected to be a “major turning point” for negotiations on an international pact to address global warming, according to officials organizing the event.
http://jlne.ws/1s8ku8t

Greens hit $4 million for election campaigns
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund said it has raised $4 million this election cycle as part of its “GiveGreen” program, a record for the program. 
http://jlne.ws/1qBy57I

Schwarzenegger to push climate change action
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) will return to California’s state capital on Monday for a conference on the fight against climate change.
http://jlne.ws/1qaSO3k

U.S. Carbon Markets Just Dropped $400 Million On Clean Energy 
Silvio Marcacci, Clean Technica
Within the past three weeks, America’s carbon markets have invested more than $400 million into clean energy projects – as if we needed more proof of how quickly carbon markets can fund the world’s clean energy transition.
http://jlne.ws/1nHLkiO

Keystone foes target pipeline’s SD permit
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Anti-Keystone groups are targeting TransCanada’s move to re-certify its permits in South Dakota for the Keystone XL pipeline.
http://jlne.ws/Zfp3D5

Events 

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

Rio Tinto sees carbon capture as key to future coal use
Reuters
Global miner Rio Tinto Plc called on Tuesday for governments and industry to step up efforts to find ways to cut emissions from coal generation, because coal would remain the biggest source of power globally for decades to come.
http://jlne.ws/1xD8MXZ

Can Carbon Capture Technology Be Part of the Climate Solution?
David Biello, Environment 360
For more than 40 years, companies have been drilling for carbon dioxide in southwestern Colorado. Time and geology had conspired to trap an enormous bubble of CO2 that drillers tapped, and a pipeline was built to carry the greenhouse gas all the way to the oil fields of west Texas.
http://jlne.ws/ZfoDws

Natural gas / coal

Bad News for Obama: Fracking May Be Worse Than Burning Coal
Bill McKibben, Mother Jones
If you’re a politician, science is a bitch; it resists spin. And a new set of studies—about, of all things, a simple molecule known as CH4—show that President Obama’s climate change strategy is starting to unravel even as it’s being knit.
http://jlne.ws/1qaPEN9

Amid Ukraine crisis, Europe weighs fracking
Andrew Topf, Christian Science Monitor
Fracking has transformed the United States into the world’s largest producer of natural gas, and now Europe is weighing the pros and cons of the controversial technique as it seeks greater energy independence from its chief gas supplier, Russia. 
http://jlne.ws/1tqScUO

Power

Don’t toss out the good electricity with the bad
Kyle Aarons, C2ES (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions)
One way to reduce power plant carbon emissions is to reduce the demand for electricity. Encouraging customer energy efficiency is one of the building blocks underpinning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. 
http://jlne.ws/1uh8K4n 
***LB: Also in this story “The Clean Power Plan could inadvertently discourage states from deploying electric vehicles, electric mass transit, and other technologies that use electricity instead of a dirtier fuel.”

Clean tech

Tesla chief says self-driving cars just around corner
The Malaysian
The colourful entrepreneur said his firm was stepping on the accelerator in the race against rivals such as Google and Volvo to create a driverless car, which could revolutionise the road by drastically cutting mortality rates.
http://jlne.ws/1tHmCGc 

VW says fuel cell cars will struggle beyond Japan 
Bloomberg
Volkswagen Group says cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells will probably struggle to catch on beyond Japan’s borders.
http://jlne.ws/1AunSLI

Water

EPA tries again to explain water jurisdiction rule
Timothy Cama, The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released seven pages of questions and answers Monday on its proposal to redefine which lakes and streams it can regulate. 
http://jlne.ws/1qItVtD

 

 

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