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  • Published: Jan 31st, 2010
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Decision on van CO2 cap moves closer

Putting a cap on CO2 emissions from light commercial vehicles looks set to be high on Europes agenda during 2010.
The European Commission has proposed a limit of 175g/km (equating to 42.8mpg) from 2014 at which time 75% of van fleets sold in Europe must meet the average figure.

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  • Published: Jan 31st, 2010
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SIDEBAR: SmartWay Recognizes Freight Industry Leaders

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored 37 organizations in October with its 2009 SmartWay Excellence Awards for slashing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and saving fuel through significant improvements to their freight operations.

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  • Published: Jan 31st, 2010
  • Category: Global
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Greensense: Global warming leads to carbon footprint decade

Reading The first 10 years of the 21st century were recently named

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Press Release: Green Carbon and Trelise Cooper to do Business

Fashion designer Trelise Cooper and Managing Director of Green Carbon Seeby Woodhouse have partnered together to offset the carbon footprint of the Trelise Cooper head office and her New Zealand retail outlets. The two well-known Kiwi entrepreneurs met early in 2008 and embarked on a journey to measure and manage Coopers business emissions.

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  • Published: Jan 31st, 2010
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Nike cuts carbon footprint

Footwear manufacturer Nike reduced the emissions of its supply chain by four per cent in 2009 compared to 2008 levels, according to the firm’s corporate social responsibility report released yesterday.
Although the firm has been hit hard by the recession, revenue still grew by three per cent in 2009 and 14 per cent in 2008, indicating carbon cuts are not a result of decreased activity.

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Abbott checks out carbon farming

The Coalition is stepping up its focus on soil carbon as a key way to reduce Australia’s emisisons, with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott visiting biological farmers in New South Wales today.
Mr Abbott will release his climate policy before Parliament returns next week, and while it won’t include a carbon tax, it’s expected to focus on soil carbon and tree planting as key ways to reduce Australia’s emissions.

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  • Published: Jan 31st, 2010
  • Category: USA
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Opinion: Carbon Reporting Software Market Booming, Purchases Set to Increase 600% By 2011

Some people have good reason to be shocked that banks have pulled out of the carbon market, not least recent economics graduates whose dissertations on carbon finance now qualify them only for unemployment. And JP Morgan, which paid a jaw-splitting $204m for carbon trader Ecosecurities last September, must be feeling a little sore. Perhaps it relied on the GHG Emissions Credit Trading report (yours for a mere $397), which predicts a $4.5 trillion carbon market by 2020.

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  • Published: Jan 31st, 2010
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Opnion: Don’t let the carbon market die

Some people have good reason to be shocked that banks have pulled out of the carbon market, not least recent economics graduates whose dissertations on carbon finance now qualify them only for unemployment. And JP Morgan, which paid a jaw-splitting $204m for carbon trader Ecosecurities last September, must be feeling a little sore. Perhaps it relied on the GHG Emissions Credit Trading report (yours for a mere $397), which predicts a $4.5 trillion carbon market by 2020.

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  • Published: Jan 31st, 2010
  • Category: UK
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In UK, demolition equals carbon reduction

Meeting the UKs tough new carbon emissions standards may necessitate demolishing buildings from the 1960s and 70s according to Chief Construction Adviser Paul Morrell. He said due to the poor construction practices of the era, it is not possible to refurbish the buildings to a high enough standard.

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  • Published: Jan 31st, 2010
  • Category: UK
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Lancashire schools to bear brunt of carbon reduction

HEADTEACHERS could face costly bills for green measures after it was revealed schools accounted for 53 per cent of the county council’s carbon emissions.

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  • Published: Jan 31st, 2010
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Exelon clings to cap-and-trade plan for carbon

Remember that rosy time not so long ago when solving the problem of global warming and reducing our carbon footprints were among the most pressing issues at hand?
John Rowe does, and he’s not letting go of the memories.
The chief executive of Exelon Corp. admitted last week that his cherished cap-and-trade plan for cutting carbon emissions has encountered “serious trouble.”

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  • Published: Jan 31st, 2010
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French Carbon Tax Requires Tracking to Be Effective

Last Wednesday the much debated French carbon tax got a new chance at life. The tax was struck down on Dec. 29 after the countrys highest court called the bill anti-constitutional. The concern was that the proposed bill had too many exemptions, but there are other problems with the bill that havent yet been raised. First and foremost, the bill does not require anyone to track carbon emissions in the ambient air

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  • Published: Jan 31st, 2010
  • Category: Global
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Water agency explores the carbon market

Bethlehem’s water agency is looking to use its sprawling 23,000-acre watershed in the Pocono Mountains to bring the debt ridden utility a little more green.
The land contains thousands of black cherry, oak and other trees the authority can cash in not only by logging them, but also by keeping them standing.

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  • Published: Jan 31st, 2010
  • Category: Canada
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Opinion: The carbon tax we didn’t get

Jeffrey Simpson writes that the notion of a carbon tax was killed in the last federal election (Many Albertans Agree: A Carbon Tax Was Best – Jan. 23).

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  • Published: Jan 31st, 2010
  • Category: Global
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Opinion: Copenhagen had Negative Effect on Carbon Trading

Since the UN summit on climate change that took place in Copenhagen last December countries have been trying to figure out what to do in the aftermath. Most considered the summit to be a failure as it did not produce any binding legislation about carbon emissions. Even though some goals were outlined, the regulations are not nearly as strong as initially hoped.

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  • Published: Jan 30th, 2010
  • Category: Europe
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EU carbon rises as German power, UK gas firm

LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – European Union carbon emissions futures rose in Monday’s early trade as prices for German power and British natural gas firmed, traders said.
The benchmark contract for EU Allowances CFI2Zc1 was up 12 cents or 0.91 percent at 13.25 euros ($18.72) a tonne at 0748 GMT, having opened at 13.05 euros. Volume was light at 323 lots.

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  • Published: Jan 30th, 2010
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Cities face wrecking ball to meet carbon targets

Huge expanses of British town and city centres built in the Sixties and Seventies may have to be torn down to meet carbon emission standards for buildings.
In an interview with The Times, the Governments new chief construction adviser said that there may be no choice but to demolish buildings put up in those decades because it is impossible to refurbish them to a sufficiently high standard.

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  • Published: Jan 30th, 2010
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Firms Partner To Develop Carbon Offsets From Forests In Arkansas, Missouri

SAN DIEGO – A California firm and a Missouri company are collaborating to develop carbon offsets from more than 300,000 acres of privately owned forest in the Ozarks Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri.

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  • Published: Jan 30th, 2010
  • Category: USA
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Securities & Exchange Commission Issues Climate Guidance – Setting Stage For “Summer of Carbon”

The 5-member SEC has issued guidance for corporate reporting of financial risk associated with climate change. The guidance is less about long term costs of a factory being flooded out along the Houston Ship Canal, for example, and more about near term costs of concern to investors. (Do any investors pay attention to the long view?)

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  • Published: Jan 30th, 2010
  • Category: Asia
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Seoul to test-run carbon trading system

Seoul City will begin test-operating a carbon emission trading system in April in a bid to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The metropolitan government will run it for 54 public organizations in Seoul and encourage the private sector to voluntarily join the reduction efforts during the three-year trial operation period.

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  • Published: Jan 30th, 2010
  • Category: Canada
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Opinion: Carbon credit trading no fraud

Patricia Adams’ commentary demonstrates a profound lack of understanding of the carbon offset markets in the world at large and in Canada particularly.
Among many other errors of logic or fact, Ms. Adams condemns carbon trading as a haven for fraud; she misrepresents the checks and balances in place to prevent fraud; she paints all carbon reduction projects as phony Potemkin projects; she implies that CO2 has no value.

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Alliance views its carbon footprint

The Alliance Group has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 22% a unit of production since 2000 and hopes to help its farmer suppliers do the same.
The co-operative’s chairman, Owen Poole, said it was working with consultant AbacusBio to develop a carbon and energy audit, and bench-marking system, to help sheep, beef and deer farmers assess their emissions.

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  • Published: Jan 29th, 2010
  • Category: USA
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Opinion: Carbon dioxide may not be the real villain

Thanks to the patron saint of conservation, Al Gore, the challenge of climate change has come to mean lesser carbon emissions by consuming less. Future action seems to be premised on the sacrifice we make today. But is carbon dioxide the real villain? Scientists say that it is not the major greenhouse gas. Changes in carbon dioxide levels do not necessarily mirror human activity.

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Opinion: EU wants deeper carbon emissions cuts across the board

EU environment ministers taking part at an informal meeting in Seville said on 16 January that they stood by their offer to move to a 30% cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020 despite the failure of Decembers UN climate summit to secure a legally-binding agreement.
The ministers said keeping the proposal on the table would inject momentum into the deflated international climate talks after the failure of Decembers Copenhagen summit.

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  • Published: Jan 29th, 2010
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Opinion: Going Carbon Neutral: Austin Rocks

Concerned about the impact of climate change, some state and local governments are aggressively pursuing carbon neutral status, adopting policies and strategies aimed at reducing their carbon footprint. Over the next few months, we will be discussing what it takes to attain this goal, highlighting cities and states that are leading the way.

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