In this edition, coverage of carbon capture features in our Leads section, including a digest piece from The Week. From the digest, we’ve pulled out Carbon capture: Move to control pollution stuck in the starting gate by the Financial Times. And, The Washington Post asks: Is China the last hope for carbon capture technology?
Quote of the Day:
“We’re seeing some significant development in North America, with the first coal-fired power plants fitted with carbon capture and storage being developed. But here in the UK there is still real uncertainty about the government’s ambition for CCS.”
–Luke Warren, chief executive of the UK’s Carbon Capture and Storage Association, in The Financial Times’ “Carbon capture: Move to control pollution stuck in the starting gate”
Mystery of the ‘Missing’ Global Warming
Have you heard the one about how global warming stopped in 1998? It’s been called a “pause,” a “hiatus,” a “slowdown” and a “siesta.” Above all, it’s a red herring, and it isn’t difficult to find where some of the ‘missing’ heat has gone.
US power plant pollution declines 10 percent from 2010
The amount of harmful greenhouse gas pollution spewed into the atmosphere by large US power plants has declined 10 percent since 2010, the US government said Wednesday.
Australia, U.N. spar over wildfires and climate change
Australia’s prime minister accused the U.N.’s climate change chief on Wednesday of “talking through her hat” when she drew a link between wildfires raging in his country and global warming.
EPA hits the road to seek input on power plant rules
The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday kicked off an 11-city “listening tour” as part of its effort to craft emissions rules for existing power plants under the Obama administration’s strategy to address climate change.
Why carbon capture technology hasn’t taken off
Carbon capture, recently considered an essential technology for curbing global greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the planet from catastrophic climate change, has lost momentum lately — and a whole lot of funding.
**RKB — The FT article included in this piece follows below.
Carbon capture: Move to control pollution stuck in the starting gate
In the past five years, governments around the world have committed some $25bn to developing a commercially viable way of capturing carbon dioxide from power stations and factories burning coal, gas and oil. So far, they have little to show for it.
**RKB — Setback is financial, not technical. From the article: Companies have for years been using captured CO2 in so-called enhanced oil recovery processes, where it is injected into oil reservoirs to help extract more of the fuel.
But fitting carbon capture equipment to a power station not only adds big costs to the venture, it also requires more of the electricity the plant generates, thereby making a plant more costly and less efficient than its rivals.
Is China the last hope for carbon capture technology?
The Washington Post
Remember carbon capture and storage? Five years ago, the idea of grabbing the carbon dioxide from coal and gas power plants and burying it deep underground was considered an essential technology for curbing the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions.
Key Companies Have Stepped Up on Climate Change. Will Governments Leave Them in The Lurch?
|For three years now, the people of Kenya’s Kasigau Corridor have been protecting 500,000 acres of endangered dryland forest to prevent 54 million tons of carbon dioxide from soaring into the atmosphere. That’s good for all of us, and as a reward they hope to earn REDD+ (reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation) carbon offsets for keeping greenhouse gasses locked in trees.
New approach to international forestry offset projects is introduced to the global market with adoption of Climate Action Reserve protocol
Climate Action Reserve
Marking a milestone for the Climate Action Reserve – North America’s most trusted, experienced and knowledgeable
carbon offset registry – and REDD+ initiatives, the Reserve Board of Directors today adopted the organization’s Mexico Forest Protocol.
Solar Power International
Climate Leadership Conference
Association of Climate Change Officers
February 24-26, 2014
San Diego, CA
Global push for carbon price grows
THE global push in favour of carbon markets is getting stronger. This week the IMF, the World Bank and the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) all stressed the need for carbon pricing to address climate change. And a new survey has found that there are high expectations that China will have a carbon trading scheme and a carbon tax in place by the end of the decade.
Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels
Oil and gas development is key to US future. Don’t ban it. Regulate it.
The Christian Science Monitor
Oil and gas production through ‘fracking’ and horizontal drilling will improve US energy security – and support US foreign policy. This development should be encouraged. The reasonable response to environmental and health concerns is sensible regulation, not wholesale bans.
ASB Biodiesel Opens Waste Oil Plant to Supply Hong Kong Drivers
ASB Biodiesel (Hong Kong) Ltd., a manufacturer of biodiesel from waste cooking oil, said it plans to source used oil locally and from countries in Southeast Asia to feed a new $165 million plant.
Sumitomo Forestry Partners to Build 50MW Biomass Plant in Japan
Sumitomo Forestry Co. (1911) and Sumitomo Joint Electric Power Co. will build a 50 megawatt biomass power plant on the northern island of Hokkaido.
UAE embraces future with green energy
Dubai: The UAE is well poised to offset rising energy demands now and in the future, say energy experts, with two massive new solar energy plants and the eventual addition of four new nuclear power generating plants now in the works.
Meridian IPO reaps $1.66bn
The New Zealand government raised $1.66 billion in its Meridian Energy Ltd IPO, pricing the shares low to help ensure a strong performance after listing and keep investors on side for two more partial asset sales.
Almost 11 Million in Bangladesh to Benefit From ADB Water Loan
Almost 11 million people in Bangladesh will benefit from a project loan to improve the water quality and bring new supplies to the capital city of Dhaka, the Asian Development Bank said.
EPA & Army Corps Propose Rulemaking On Clean Water Act Jurisdiction
The proposed rule developed jointly by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the Army Corps of Engineers on the Clean Water Act (CWA) could bring millions of acres of wetlands under the authority of the CWA. Meanwhile, the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP) has held three new webinars covering biodiversity offsetting in Australia and New Zealand.
International climate research college opens in Melbourne
Global research opportunities will be available to the next generation of climate change and energy experts to tackle major environmental issues, with the launch today of a new graduate research college in Melbourne.
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
Sub-national involvement in NAMA development (posted August 7, 2013)
Ecofys’ International Climate Policies Unit
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)
Four energy policies can keep the 2 Degree C climate goal alive (Posted June 10, 2013)
Maneuvering the Mosaic: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2013 (Posted June 10, 2013)