2010 September

Trading away the future

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2010 has been a bad year for the climate.

Not just for climate treaty negotiations – few expect a deal in Cancún in Mexico this December after the failure in Copenhagen last December. But also for the carbon markets that ultimately depend on strong policies.

Huge interests are at stake. Pioneering investors feel let down and are warning they could go to the wall. The uncertainty could go on until Cancún, or even longer.

This is on top of uncertainty over the post-2012 status of the UN clean development mechanism. The CDM’s future is further clouded by European Union proposals to stop many types of UN offsets from entering the EU Emissions Trading Scheme after 2012.

Why should we worry? There are several reasons. (more…)

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Further reading: costly wind power and all-renewable Scotland

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* UK wind farm costs will exceed fossil fuels for 20 years

* EU energy chief sees no deal on climate at Cancun

* Complex CRC could be replaced by new green tax

* Experts call for CRC’s second phase to be scrapped

* Plan for distributing EU ETS allowances may kill steel industry

* Germany approves plan for 80% carbon cuts by 2050

* Huhne sees Green Deal creating 250,000 jobs

* Scotland’s power entirely green by 2025: fuel bills will jump

* Korean firms face mandatory carbon and energy cuts

* Nottingham a leader at reducing carbon emissions

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CRC RIP?

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On Friday, the Committee on Climate Change was supposed to advise the government on how tightly it should cap carbon emissions under the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme when full cap-and-trade is introduced in 2013. 

Except that it didn’t. It said the emissions trading phase should instead be scrapped to make the scheme simpler. The ENDS Report explores the committee’s recommendations in a recent article. (more…)

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Further reading: calculating emissions and creating climate wealth

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* CDP survey: Large companies see opportunities in climate change

* Carbon-absorbent foam for power stations wins plaudits

* Finnair launches ‘first true’ aviation carbon emissions calculator

* Major economies meet: Now is the time to create climate wealth

* Cleaning up pollution to cost China 2% of GDP

* UN climate chief backs ‘transformational‘ CDM projects

* CDM Board decides new projects, timeline for HFC-23 decision

* Carbon emissions from UK homes rises in 2008

* Scottish emissions of SF6 and HFCs spiralling upwards

* Yes, really: Cows emit less methane when fed oregano

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Further reading: carbon cuts and cost savings

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* Europe could save billions by shifting to 30% carbon cuts

* Wales eyes £50 billion green energy investment bonanza

* Richmond’s CO2-linked parking charges under threat

* Carbon traders slam plan for CDM auditor liability

* Agency urged not to fine late CRC registrants

* EU ETS carbon price to peak at €18 per tonne in 2010

* Birmingham airport slashes CO2 output

* Transport Scotland tackles business travel emissions

* UNEP plans to save $800,000 per year through carbon cuts

* Poor installation undermining heat pump performance

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Preaching to the converted

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“Follow the carbon, find the cost savings.” This is the take-home message of a new report by analysts Verdantix for the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) setting out why more and more leading companies are defining carbon management as a strategic priority that can help save money, prepare for carbon regulation and protect brand reputation.

Sound familiar? It should. There’s been a steady flow of reports from investors, consultants and analysts in the past few years on how carbon management is moving up the political and business agenda, and how companies who ignore it do so at their peril. (more…)

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Further reading: Crashes, crime and nuclear power

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Britain’s energy challenge

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Energy policy in the UK is at a crossroads, and the decisions made now will reverberate for decades. At least 43 gigawatts of new electrical generation capacity, equivalent to half of Britain’s current total, will be needed by 2020, as all but one of its nuclear plants are retired and coal-fired power stations closed to meet EU air pollution standards.

A staggering £200bn of investment will be needed not only to maintain energy security against price spikes as North Sea resources dwindle and energy imports grow, but also to deliver the largest single contribution to a low-carbon economy. (more…)

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Zero-carbon homes target under threat

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On Sunday the Guardian ran a story revealing that government officials have accepted that the goal of making all new homes zero carbon by 2016 has to be watered down.

ENDS Report readers will know this has long been the risk. The target was established by the previous Labour government in 2006. But achieving it in any literal sense was always going to be impossible because homes depend on sources of energy generated elsewhere, at present, mostly from fossil fuels. (more…)

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Further reading – Lomborg’s U-turn, beating the cuts and Windows 7

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