With the UN Climate summit now around the corner, today’s edition focuses on U.S./China’s efforts that could save the day – with cooperation on dozens of potential clean-energy breakthroughs. Other initiatives – in the sharing economy (in transportation and hospitality), could be reproduced to reduce consumption of water and gas.
Quote of the day
“What can be more effective than the two largest emitters of CO2, or greenhouse gases, going at it together, arm-in-arm?”
James Wood, director of advanced coal technology research for the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center at West Virginia University, in the Bloomberg News’ story U.S.-China Rifts on Hacking, Spying Put Aside for Climate
‘No’ vote sparks questions over Scotland’s energy future
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Like Scottish voters, the renewable energy industry was largely divided between yes and no. And even though the country rejected independence, power over Scotland’s future energy market remains up for grabs.
Russia says Ukraine gas talks preliminarily agreed for September 26
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Russia, Ukraine and the European Union had preliminarily agreed to hold new talks on resolving a gas-pricing dispute between Russia and Ukraine on Sept. 26, Russian news agencies reported on Friday.
What the sharing economy can learn from fleets
Mira Inbar, GreenBiz.com
Leaders of the sharing economy are disrupting traditional industries such as transportation and hospitality, but what if they played an equally disruptive role in reducing our consumption of natural resources such as water and gas.
***LB: Also in this story “UPS used 1.3 million gallons less fuel in 2012 than the year prior, in large part by using efficient routing systems and incentivizing drivers to change behavior.”
The Deepest Cuts
On September 23rd 120-odd presidents and prime ministers will gather in New York for a UN meeting on climate change.
U.S.-China Rifts on Hacking, Spying Put Aside for Climate
David J. Lynch, Bloomberg News
The threat of climate change is driving China and the U.S. — frequent rivals and the world’s two largest greenhouse-gas emitters — to collaborate on dozens of potential clean-energy breakthroughs.
China cautious on fresh commitments ahead of climate change summit
Stian Reklev, Reuters
China’s top climate change official on Friday stopped short of signaling new commitments to fighting climate change ahead of next week’s U.N. climate summit, saying China would explain “some positive actions” it will take after 2020.
How Cities Can Save Trillions, Curb Climate Change, and Improve Public Health
Wanli Fang, World Resources Institute
No strategy for reducing the impacts of global climate change is complete without addressing the challenge of urbanization.
Obama’s Cabinet goes to bat for climate action
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
If you are into basketball, call it a full-court press: The administration is holding little back when it comes to President Obama’s climate agenda as he prepares to call on global leaders to take ambitious action.
***LB: Also in this story “Next week, Cabinet members will be involved in events across the country “amplifying the president’s message that the time for ambitious climate action is now,” said senior White House adviser John Podesta on Thursday.”
EMA’s 18th Annual Meeting
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October 22 – 24, 2014
Santa Monica, CA
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
China debates how to impose carbon caps
Lucy Hornby, Financial Times
China has recognised the need to temper carbon emissions by imposing a cap but is engaged in fierce debate over how to do so, the nation’s chief climate change negotiator said on Friday.
Natural gas / coal
New coal plant regulations have ‘negligible effect,’ report says
Margo McDiarmid, CBC News
Canada could lag behind the U.S. when it comes to cutting emissions from coal-fired power plants, despite claims by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Canada is way ahead of its closest neighbour when it comes to cleaning up coal.
Petronas still eyeing year end for Canada LNG investment decision
Greg Kist, speaking at a Vancouver conference, said the final investment decision (FID) would hinge on whether the provincial government comes out with promised tax measures for the LNG industry before the new year.
***LB: Also in this story “British Columbia’s ruling Liberals have promised to release the details of its LNG-taxation scheme by November.”
The great frack forward
A hazy morning last September, 144 American and Chinese government officials and high-ranking oil executives filed into a vaulted meeting room in a cloistered campus in south Xi’an, a city famous for its terra-cotta warriors and lethal smog.
White House unveils solar power and energy efficiency boost
Will Nichols, BusinessGreen
The White House has unveiled more than 50 actions and commitments designed to provide a major boost to the US solar power and energy efficiency industries.
Solarcentury brings Africa’s largest solar carport to Kenya
Solarcentury has today announced it is to build Africa’s largest solar carport, after securing a deal to install the technology at the new Garden City Mall in Kenya.
London’s ‘first’ all-electric chauffeur service charges up
Will Nichols, BusinessGreen
Green executives can now get a taste of the Tesla Model S through Gliide, a new chauffeur service that uses only the pioneering electric saloon.
India’s farmers beating climate change with technology
Shilpa Kannan, BBC News
During the sowing and planting season, when water was needed the most, rain was largely absent.
***LB: Also i this story “He has been getting help from new technology, like the GreenSeeker – a handheld gadget that works as a crop sensor.”
Investors call for climate change deal
Institutional investors managing £15tn of assets have called for an ambitious global climate deal to give them certainty to invest in clean technology.
***LB: Also in this story “More than 340 institutions including BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, AXA Group and Legal & General Investment Management, have called for strong policies to drive action on climate change.”
Western U.S. Governors Begin Drought Discussions
Brett Walton, Circle of Blue
In the midst of a record-smashing dry cycle in the United States, the organization with the most influence over state and federal drought policy wants to do a better job managing the crisis.
Beer fight brewing over EPA rule
Tim Devaney, The Hill
A battle is brewing in the beer industry over a new regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that spells out the agency’s authority to regulate bodies of water.
Sustainability added to menu of UK’s 10,000 cafés
Will Nichols, BusinessGreen
Green tea can now truly live up to its name, with the launch next week of a new sustainability rating initiative for coffee shops and cafés.
***LB: Also in this story “The standard has been developed by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), which already rates 4,000 restaurants ranging from Michelin-starred eateries to fish and chip shops against a wide range of criteria, with particular focus on their sourcing policies and environmental impacts.”
Mitigating Climate Change Means Securing Community Land Rights, Says New RRI Report
Recognizing community land rights is a cost-effective way to store carbon, alleviate poverty and protect forests.
***LB: Also in this story “That’s according to the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), a NGO focused on the forest sector and land tenure reform.”