In this edition, a meeting of the world’s biggest cities, unwilling to wait for federal moves, say they’ve doubled climate actions over two years. In other local developments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality authority over greenhouse gas permitting this week, ending a long battle between the federal agency and the state.
Quote of the Day:
“We will have to drive national policy. On so many issues there is such gridlock at federal level that it must be driven at the local level and that is where most of these things happen.”
–Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter in Bloomberg’s “Cities Almost Double Climate Actions Over 2 Years, C40 Says”
EU Parliament calls for three binding climate targets for 2030
Members of the European Parliament on Wednesday voted in favour of three climate and energy targets for 2030, rebuffing a Commission plan for just one fully binding goal.
France launches probe into EU carbon market reform plan
The European Commission’s proposed carbon price stabilisation mechanism is a “masterpiece of Brussels technocracy” that could fuel greater market volatility, says a group of academics on the proposed package of 2030 climate legislation, EurActiv.fr reports.
Oettinger feels the heat over climate remarks
Pressure is growing on the German energy commissioner, Günther Oettinger, over remarks he made at a BusinessEurope conference last week criticising the EU Commission’s 2030 climate and energy package, which he himself helped to design and launch.
U.S. Northeast carbon market emissions drop in 2013
Greenhouse gas emissions fell 6 percent in 2013 in the nine northeast U.S. states that participate in a trading scheme to cut carbon dioxide from power plants, helped by mild temperatures and some use of cleaner energy sources.
Cities Almost Double Climate Actions Over 2 Years, C40 Says
The world’s 63 biggest cities have almost doubled the activities they undertake to reduce climate change since 2011, according to a report from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
Waxman’s successor as top House climate hawk may need new perch
With the first two publicly declared contenders for Rep. Henry Waxman’s House Energy and Commerce post primarily focused on the “and commerce” pieces of the committee’s jurisdiction, the California Democrat’s successor as the House’s No. 1 climate hawk may have to find another perch from which to continue his legacy.
US spied on UN climate summit, Snowden leaks show
EU commissioners and experts expressed bewilderment after “worrying” revelations on Thursday (30 January) that the US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on heads of state during the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in late 2009.
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
Round Table: California Clean Energy Markets and Policy Strategies
February 28, 2014
Click here for more information and to register.
Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) 2014
March 26-28, 2014
San Francisco, California
13th Biennial Conference and Trade Fair on Business and Sustainability
March 26-28, 2014
Vancouver, British Columbia
Wide gap between New Delhi, Beijing smog policies
Think twice before taking a deep breath in New Delhi, where worsening air pollution has drawn comparisons with Beijing, the world’s pollution poster child.
E.P.A. Staff Struggling to Create Pollution Rule
The New York Times
In marathon meetings and tense all-day drafting sessions, dozens of lawyers, economists and engineers at the Environmental Protection Agency are struggling to create what is certain to be a divisive but potentially historic centerpiece of President Obama’s climate change legacy.
Texas: State Gets Power to Grant Emissions Permits
The New York Times
The Environmental Protection Agency gave the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality authority over greenhouse gas permitting on Tuesday, ending a long battle between the federal agency and the state.
Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels
Ethanol RINs break back above 50 cents; Philly refiner blames RFS
The price of Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits extended gains on Wednesday, with refiner buying helping push ethanol RINs for the 2013 compliance year past the 50 cent mark for the first time since September, traders said.
Global transport sector looks to ride natural gas boom
Natural gas has started to challenge oil as the dominant transport fuel with companies building gas-powered ships and installing networks of service stations on water and land.
E.ON, VNG may sell gas grid EVG Thueringen – sources
German utility E.ON and gas firm VNG AG are considering selling their jointly owned regional gas grid EVG Thueringen in an auction that could fetch 300-400 million euros ($406-540 million), two people familiar with the matter said.
California lawmakers preparing $644 million drought relief bill
California’s senate leader is preparing a $644 million emergency drought relief bill designed to quickly fund shovel-ready projects to combat the state’s severe water shortage, according to a draft of the bill.
National Water Quality Trading Alliance recently formed
A national consortium of leaders from the business, governmental, non-profit, and regulated community was recently formed to concentrate on enhancing and expanding market-based opportunities for improving water quality.
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)