Please accept our apology. E/E did not publish on October 21 due to technical issues.

In this edition, the type of story all the major outlets jump at: U.S. carbon emissions at their lowest in nearly 20 years, according to government data. We grabbed two of the many articles: USA Today’s take and from Reuters, which reports that the 3.8% drop in 2012 is the only decline seen during an economic growth year. Meanwhile, while U.S. figures head in that direction (at least for 2012), The Wall Street Journal’s China edition takes a look at smog outside Beijing.

Quote of the Day:

“$100 billion is the tail that is going to wag the dog. The financing needed is $1 trillion a year – that is what needs to be mobilized.”

–U.N. Climate chief Christiana Figueres in Reuters’ “Global climate spending falling further behind target – report”

Lead Stories

Global climate spending falling further behind target – report
Global spending to combat climate change fell last year and remains far below the level needed to prevent its most dangerous effects, a report by the Climate Policy Initiative said on Tuesday.

U.S. carbon emissions hit lowest level since 1994
USA Today
Heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise worldwide — but not in the United States, where energy efficiency and a switch from coal to less-polluting natural gas are reducing emissions.
**RKB — The EIA report, here.

U.S. energy-related carbon pollution at lowest since 1994
Carbon dioxide emissions from energy production in the United States fell to 5.29 billion tonnes in 2012 – its lowest level since 1994 – despite a growing economy and rising population, according to government data released on Monday.

Smog Puts Focus on Air Outside Beijing
The Wall Street Journal
Although Beijing’s air pollution has somewhat abated since earlier this month, parts of northern China on Monday were covered in thick smog, forcing the closure of some schools, airports and highways in the region.

Costa Rica’s carbon market is open for business
Tico Times
Costa Rica launched a one-of-a-kind environmental bank, BANCO2, Thursday afternoon to trade and verify carbon credits. But is there enough demand to sustain the novel market?

RGGI, Inc. Announces Election of New Executive Committee
Press Release
Collin O’Mara, Chair of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. (RGGI, Inc.) Board of Directors and Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, announced today the election of new members to the Executive Committee of the RGGI, Inc.

Opinion: Defective EU carbon trading scheme is adding billions to UK energy costs
City A.M.
YOU MAY never have heard of it, but a European scheme, designed to achieve carbon emissions targets that have already been met, is adding billions to consumer energy bills. This year and every year until 2020, the UK government will auction hundreds of millions of carbon credits – called European Union Allowances (EUAs) – into the market for use by power companies. At current prices of around 5 euro per credit, this should net the Treasury about 1bn euro (845m sterling) a year.

Analysis: U.S. ‘war on coal’ may be good fight for some manufacturers
When the Obama administration unveiled new emission regulations for coal-fired power plants earlier this year, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) blasted the proposed rules, saying they would hurt its members “twice” – as energy users and as polluters “next in line” for such rules.

Wind May Generate 18% of World Electricity in 2050: IEA
Wind power may multiply more than sixfold to generate as much as 18 percent of the world’s electricity in 2050, the International Energy Agency said, raising an earlier estimate by half.

Column: The next generation demands sustainable, innovative business
Christina Marule owns a spaza shop — the equivalent of a corner store — in rural South Africa. Five years ago she was forced to keep her young son out of school while she traveled to the nearest market, a half day’s trip away, to purchase products to sell in her store. Today, she manages inventory via text message from a mobile device. Her son is back in the classroom.


Solar Power International
October 21-24

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


Gore’s ’24 Hours of Reality’ to focus on carbon emissions
The Hill’s E2 Wire
Former vice president Al Gore’s climate project plans to explore the cost of carbon emissions next week at its annual “24 Hours of Reality” event.

US Chamber, Kochs join ‘social cost of carbon’ lobbying battle
The Hill’s E2 Wire
The nation’s most powerful business group has joined the growing ranks of parties formally lobbying against the Obama administration’s use of the “social cost of carbon,” a metric used to help tally the benefits of federal regulations that cut emissions.

Committee on Climate Change wades into energy bill row
Business Green
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has joined the ongoing debate over the cause of recent hikes in energy prices, with the release of new estimates showing that energy bills will have to increase next year by just one per cent, or around 10 sterling for an average bill, to cover the cost of low-carbon policies.

Successful carbon neutral courier service renewed for 3 years
Press Release
Standard Chartered Bank offsets record CO2 emissions in 2012 and signs up to DHL GOGREEN Carbon Neutral service until 2016

Natural Gas/Coal/Alternative Fuels

Shale Overload to Spur U.S.-China Fuel Trade: Energy Markets
U.S. exports of natural gas liquids, already at a record amid surging output from shale deposits, are poised to quadruple by 2020 as the expansion of the Panama Canal cuts shipping costs to Asia.

Energy Department looks deeper into oil-and-gas drilling boom
The Hill’s E2 Wire
The Energy Department is taking a closer look at the future of oil-and-gas drilling in regions where hydraulic fracturing has enabled surging production.

Coal Industry Eyes Comeback as Efficient Plants Encourage Use
Coal use in the U.S. is set to grow this year and next from a two-decade low as more efficient coal plants that can withstand new environmental regulations supplant old ones, an industry group predicted.

Germany’s Coal Reliance to Last Amid Renewables Drive, BDEW Says
Germany’s reliance on coal-fired plants will last even as Europe’s biggest power user seeks to get more of its electricity from renewable sources, according to the head of energy lobby group BDEW.

Kior to Get $100 Million From Khosla and Gates for Biofuel Plant
Kior Inc. (KIOR), operator of the first U.S. commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plant, received commitments for $100 million in financing from Khosla Ventures LLC and Gates Ventures LLC to expand production at its Columbus, Mississippi, plant.

Argentine scientists tap cow burps for natural gas
Argentine scientists have found a way to transform the gas created by the bovine digestive system into fuel, an innovation that could curb greenhouse gases that cause global warming.


Saudi Aramco Buys Canadian Solar Panels for Power Plant
Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the world’s largest crude exporter, agreed to buy 1.78 megawatts of photovoltaic panels from Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ) to expand the country’s biggest solar project.

EDF Agrees to Build U.K.’s First Nuclear Plant Since 1995
Electricite de France SA will build the U.K.’s first nuclear reactors since 1995 after reaching a deal with the government on guaranteed prices for the power they’ll generate.

Estover Gains Approval for Southeast U.K. Wood-to-Power Plant
Estover Energy Ltd. won approval to build a 65 million-pound ($105 million) plant in southeast England that will use wood to produce heat and power.


Xylem in Development Pact With Israel’s National Water Company
Xylem Inc., spun off two years ago from ITT Corp., agreed on a cooperative pact with the WaTech arm of Israel’s Mekorot Water Co. to develop water-security, supply and wastewater-treatment and reuse technologies, the White Plains, New York-based company said today in a statement. No terms of the accord were given.

Saudi Water Executive to Head International Desalination Group
A Saudi water executive, Abdullah al-Alshaikh, deputy governor for planning of the kingdom’s biggest desalinator, has been named president of the International Desalination Association.


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)
World Bank

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)
Ecosystem Marketplace

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