In today’s edition, India PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the U.S. yielded results, as an agreement between Delhi and Washington was reached on measures to help India with renewable fuels. Indeed, India could become, with sufficient investment, a solar superpower. Talking about solar, Japan may revise its incentive program to slow down the rush of solar power producers trying to secure higher rates before the end of the fiscal year. And finally, climate change will be the top priority for the US when it takes over chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015. 

Quote of the day

“Rather than a national imperative, what we have is a moral imperative. We have an obligation to protect this area of our earth for future progress, for the people that live there.” 

Robert Papp Jr, a retired admiral who was appointed by US secretary of state John Kerry as the first US Arctic envoy in July this year, in the Responding to Climate Change’s story US calls for ‘Sputnik’ style drive to save Arctic 

Lead stories 

Biome touts bioplastics as key to 3D printing revolution
Two of the biggest recent innovations in the plastics industry have been combined by a UK start-up in a bid to establish bioplastics as the default option for 3D printing applications.

Vivint Solar prices IPO
Residential solar panel installer Vivint Solar Inc priced its initial public offering at $16 per share, valuing the Blackstone Group LP -backed company at $1.68 billion. 
***LB: Also in this story “Lehi, Utah-based, Vivint Solar is currently the second-largest installer of residential solar panels in the United States after SolarCity Corp, which is backed by Tesla Motors Inc founder Elon Musk.”

Obama and Modi announce agreement on U.S.-India efforts to fight global warming
Joby Warrick, Washington Post
The Obama administration reached an agreement with India on Tuesday on measures intended to accelerate that country’s shift to renewable fuels, steps that officials say will reduce carbon emissions while helping India’s new government extend electricity to all of its 1.2 billion citizens.

India will be renewables superpower, says energy minister 
Damian Carrington,
India will be a “renewables superpower” according to its new energy minister, but its coal-fired electricity generation will also undergo “very rapid” expansion.

Financing Innovation Key To India’s Renewable Energy Expansion, Says NRDC 
Smiti Mittal, Clean Technica  
Growth in India’s renewable energy sector has accelerated at a rapid pace over the last few years through the support of favourable policy initiatives. In order to sustain this growth momentum India needs to implement innovative financing initiatives and ensure strict adherence to existing policies. 
***LB: Also in this story “A series of reports released recently by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) analyses the possible policy and financial initiatives that the Indian government and supporting institutions need to implement to boost the expansion of the country’s renewable energy infrastructure.”

Australian and Indian businesses lead calls for greener energy 
Sophie Yeo, RTCC, Responding to Climate Change
Indian and Australian businesses are among the most enthusiastic globally over switching to greener sources of energy. 
***LB: Also in this story “In India, 83% of businesses cite the switch to cleaner energy as important to their growth strategy over the next year – almost three times the international average.”

Japan May Apply Solar Brakes With Rate Overhaul, Yomiuri Reports
Chisaki Watanabe, Bloomberg News
Japan may revise its incentive program for clean energy to stem the rush of solar power producers trying to secure higher rates before the end of the fiscal year, the Yomiuri newspaper reported today.

US calls for ‘Sputnik’ style drive to save Arctic 
Sophie Yeo, RTCC (Responding to Climate Change)
Climate change will be the top priority for the US when it takes over chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015, says the US special representative to the Arctic.

California governor signs plastic bag ban
Timothy Cama, The Hill
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law Tuesday the first statewide ban on grocery and other single-use plastic bags. 
***LB: Also in this story “The law takes effect for grocery stores and pharmacies in July 2015, and convenience and liquor stores a year later.”


EMA’s 18th Annual Meeting 
Join the Environmental Markets Association and environmental industry professional for two days of dynamic sessions, two nights of networking receptions, and countless opportunities to increase your business contacts. 
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 
London, UK 


Carbon Pollution Standards for New and Existing Power Plants and Their Impact on Carbon Capture and Storage
Kyle Aarrons, C2ES (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions)
Using its authority under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a series of rules to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the power sector.

Mars chews over sustainable palm oil sourcing performance
Jessica Shankleman, BusinessGreen
Confectionary giant Mars is now more than half way towards hitting its target of only sourcing fully sustainable and traceable palm oil by 2015, as it strives to limit its impact on global forests.

Hershey’s partners with The Forest Trust to enhance palm oil sourcing policy 
Gurjit Degun, Supply Management
US confectionery brand Hershey’s has updated its palm oil sourcing policy to detail what it expects from its suppliers.

Natural gas / coal

Ukraine readies for winter without Russian gas
Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill
Ukrainians are working to insulate walls, seal up windows and buy heating equipment for winter this year because of the halt in gas supplies from Russia.


Brazil Sets Highest Auction Price for Solar to Spur Use
Vanessa Dezem and Anna Edgerton, Bloomberg News
Brazil’s energy regulator Aneel set a 262-real ($106.6) ceiling price for solar power, the highest for next month’s energy auction, in a bid to spur wider use.

Latin America And Caribbean Region Expected To Install 9 GW Of Solar In 5 Years 
Joshua S. Hill, Clean Technica  
That solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is poised to become a dominant energy generation technology throughout the world is of no surprise to most, but the sheer wealth of possibility being forecast throughout the middle and southern hemispheres begins to give an idea of just how prevalent the technology will be by the end of the decade. 

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