Hey developed world: Iran plans carbon emissions trading market, official tells Reuters. Details lacking, for now. Meanwhile, EU leaders reportedly to delay decision on 2030 carbon target. Most governments in the 28-nation bloc need more time to reconcile differences over a proposal by the EU’s regulatory arm calling for tighter emissions restrictions and an overhaul of renewable energy policies by 2030, Bloomberg reports.

Quote of the Day:

“It’s very important that EU leaders set a time horizon in March for endorsement of the commission’s proposal — that’s a signal that Europe must send globally. Hopefully that will be June. Otherwise it may only be October or at the end of the year.”

–Tomas Wyns, a researcher at the Institute of European Studies at the Brussels Free University, in Bloomberg’s “EU Leaders Said to Delay Decision on 2030 Carbon Target”

Lead Stories

EU Leaders Said to Delay Decision on 2030 Carbon Target
European Union leaders intend next month to agree on a timeline for developing energy and climate targets for 2030, delaying a final decision on the policies, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

Iran plans carbon emissions trading market, official says
Iran plans to set up a carbon trading market to reduce industrial emissions of climate-warming gas, an official from Iran’s Fuel Conservation Organization (IFCO) told oil ministry news service Shana.

Australia to review renewable energy target
Australia will review its mandatory renewable energy target (RET), the government said Monday, sparking concerns among green groups that a weaker target could pave the way for new coal plants and increased pollution.

White House pledges $1 billion to prepare for climate change
President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled a $1 billion fund in his 2015 budget to help communities across the United States prepare for the impact of climate change.

Obama wants to spend $1 billion on climate adaptation
OK, we get it: The climate deniers in Congress don’t want the country to do anything to rein in greenhouse gas pollution from their favorite filthy industries.

John Kerry mocks those who deny climate change
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called climate change perhaps the world’s “most fearsome” destructive weapon and mocked those who deny its existence or question its causes, comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat.

Climate sceptic Dick Warburton to head Tony Abbott review into renewable energy target
The Age
The Abbott government has launched a formal review of Australia’s 20 per cent renewable energy target, choosing senior business figure and climate change sceptic Dick Warburton to head it.

While Britain Floods, Politicians Debate Climate Change
Politicians have looked weak in the face of such natural disaster, with many facing criticism from local residents for doing little more than turning up as “flood tourists” at the site of disasters, incapable of helping those in crisis and only there for a photo opportunity.

Science Linking Drought to Global Warming Remains Matter of Dispute
The New York Times
In delivering aid to drought-stricken California last week, President Obama and his aides cited the state as an example of what could be in store for much of the rest of the country as human-caused climate change intensifies.

Commentary: Could France and Germany create a common energy policy?
Financial Times
On Wednesday the cabinets of the France and Germany will hold a joint meeting in Paris. The occasion is highly symbolic – both in the way in which normal state-to-state relationships have replaced war in Europe, and in the continued commitment of the neighbours to maintain their alliance whatever their short-term political and personal differences. But the discussion this week could also produce substantive results.

Germany Needs to End Renewables Aid Earlier, Pfeiffer Says
Germany should end its clean-energy subsidy system early to reduce costs and contain rising power prices that threaten industries, according to a senior lawmaker in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition.


Climate Leadership Conference
Association of Climate Change Officers
February 24-26, 2014
San Diego, CA

The Microgrid, Distributed Energy, and Renewables: How They Work Together
February 25, 2014
New York

Round Table: California Clean Energy Markets and Policy Strategies
February 28, 2014
San Francisco,CA
Click here for more information and to register.

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2014
March 26-28, 2014
San Francisco, California

GLOBE 2014
13th Biennial Conference and Trade Fair on Business and Sustainability
March 26-28, 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia


Businesses soak up the cost of carbon
The Sydney Morning Herald
Last year Tony Abbott criss-crossed the country – often in a high-visibility vest and hard hat – condemning the carbon tax’s impact on business. He visited butchers, bakers, a guitar maker and a brickworks. And everywhere he went, he took his message of impending doom.

CARB seeking dismissal to portion of lawsuit challenging its emissions regulations
Commercial Carrier Journal
The California Air Resources Board has asked a federal court to dismiss portions of a lawsuit brought against its Truck and Bus Rule by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Obama appointees gather at Los Angeles City Hall for climate change discussion
Los Angeles Daily News
California’s historic drought, extreme snowstorms in the Midwest and growing concern about climate change were the focus of an environmental summit on Thursday at Los Angeles City Hall.

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

In Saskatchewan, a utility tries a coal power play
The Globe and Mail
SaskPower is drawing interest from around the globe with a coal-fired power plant that captures most of the carbon dioxide before it’s released into the atmosphere.

Bumper profits threaten US ethanol support
Financial Times
The US ethanol industry is enjoying bumper profits again, placing it in an awkward position as it battles plans by the Obama administration to scale back government support.

Despite Leaky Methane, is Natural Gas is Still Worth the Switch?
The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. is in a golden age for natural gas. Will leaky infrastructure bring it to an end? A new report, issued today in Science, is the latest to tackle the difficult issue of how much gas – and its primary ingredient, methane – leaks into the atmosphere. This may seem a bit arcane, but it’s a critical issue for the future of the energy industry and the transportation sector as well.
**The journal article, in Science.


India Budget Plans 2 Gigawatt of Solar Farms Next Year
India plans to start work on at least 2 gigawatts of solar farms in the year starting April that would nearly double its current photovoltaic capacity.

China Denies Claims Biggest Solar-Panel Producer Is Hurting U.S.
China, the biggest supplier of solar panels, denied its production is hurting U.S. interests after America’s International Trade Commission voted in favor of a complaint against imports from the Asian country.

Ethiopia uses electricity exports to drive ambition as an African power hub
Financial Times
In a region where religious differences often lead to political tension and the threat of violence, there is one area where they help: electricity exports.

Private equity retreats from renewables ‘fad’
Financial Times
Private equity houses are retreating from the much-hyped renewable energy sector in the wake of a swath of lossmaking investments.


Renewable energy credit market is on the upswing in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Since renewable energy tax credits began trading in Pennsylvania in 2008, prices spiked before retreating into a long and stubborn decline.


INTERVIEW-“Green and clean” tech Finland looks to Israel for inspiration
Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen is determined to overhaul his economy, and cites Israel’s success as a “start-up” nation brimming with high-tech innovation as his model.

Why Apple is Greenpeace’s newest hero
When I first started looking at Apple’s environmental performance in 2005, Apple was nearly as secretive about its environmental performance as it is about the details of the latest iPhone. But now, just eight years later, Apple has led the industry with commitments to make its products and operations more sustainable, and progressively has been opening up vital information on its operations and supply chain.


Op-Ed: Israeli Water, Mideast Peace?
The New York Times
Nuclear proliferation, religious militancy and income inequality are all major threats to Middle East stability. Sadly, a new one is brewing: water scarcity.

Water-Cleaning Technology Could Help Farmers
The New York Times
The giant solar receiver installed on a wheat field here in California’s agricultural heartland slowly rotates to track the sun and capture its energy. The 377-foot array, however, does not generate electricity but instead creates heat used to desalinate water.


State of Green Business 2014

California Carbon Market Watch: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Golden State’s Cap-and-Trade Program,Year One (January 8, 2014)

Assessing Corporate Emissions Performance Through the Lens of Climate Science (December 2013)
Climate Counts and Center for Sustainable Organizations

Use of internal carbon price by companies as incentive and strategic planning tool (Posted December 11, 2013)

OECD: Effective carbon prices (November 4, 2013)

Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 (Posted September 12, 2013)

The Future of China’s Power Sector (posted August 27, 2013)
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather (Posted July 14, 2013)
U.S. Dept. of Energy

Turn down the heat: climate extremes, regional impacts, and the case for resilience (Posted June 19, 2013)
World Bank

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