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Friday, July 9, 2010
National: EPA’s Clean Air Transport Rule Creates a “Triple Witching Hour” of Criteria, Mercury and Carbon Regs for Coal Fired Utilities -
This week EPA released a redrafted 2005 Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) which plans to reduce emissions from power plants in the eastern U.S by as much a 71% for SO2 and 52% for NOx emissions below 2005 levels by 2014. With EPA’s recently released greenhouse gas tailoring rule, its forthcoming mercury MACT rule, and expected litigation, a large number of coal fired power plants are expected to shut down in the next few years. A new study estimates the costs could be as high as $750 billion.
Friday, July 9, 2010
National: EPA issues GHG Reporting Requirements for Four Facility Types -
On Monday, EPA will publish its expanded its mandatory reporting requirements for greenhouse gas emissions from four new facility types as well as establishing confidentiality provisions.
Friday, July 9, 2010
States: Massachusetts to Set Higher Standard for Biomass Projects and RECs -
The state will establish significantly more stringent limits on biomass energy plants to meet the Commonwealth’s renewable portfolio standard.
Friday, July 9, 2010
States: California Utility Opposes Proposition to Stop AB 32 -
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced it will oppose the state ballot initiative to suspend the state’s “Global Warming Solutions Act” know as AB 32.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Regional: Quebec and Ontario Commit to WCI Trading Program -
Canadian provinces Quebec and Ontario formally signal their intent to participate in WCI’s cap and trade program.
Friday, July 9, 2010
International: Airlines Continue to Push Back on EU ETS 2012 Aircraft Emissions Cap and Trade -
The European Union Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is requiring all aircraft landing and taking off in the 27-country alliance to start trading carbon credits in 18 months. Airlines continue to push back.
Friday, July 9, 2010
International: EU to Debate HFC-23 Eligibility for Carbon Offsets -
In September, the EU’s 27 member countries will discuss whether or not HFC-23 destruction should continue to be allowed to receive carbon offset credits in the third phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
Friday, July 9, 2010
International: UPS Expands Carbon Neutral Shipping Internationally -
UPS announced it has expanded its carbon neutral shipping program to 35 countries and territories across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Friday, June 25, 2010
National: White House and Climate Bill Sponsors Signal Smaller Scope -
The White House and climate bill co-sponsors Kerry and Lieberman are all signaling support for a utility-only cap and trade program. However, is that the real strategy or simply the façade on a potentially more sophisticated one?
Friday, June 25, 2010
National: Senate Gears Up To Attempt Fast-Track Passage of Climate/Energy/Oil Spill Bill -
Following Thursday’s Senate Democratic caucus meeting, the strategy is taking shape for moving forward on quickly on a climate bill in the wake of the Gulf Oil Spill.
Friday, June 25, 2010
National: White House Meeting on Climate Bill Postponed -
The President postponed his scheduled meeting Wednesday with key senators to attempt to cut a deal on the climate bill.
Friday, June 25, 2010
States: California Unveils Plans for Cap and Trade Program, Offsets -
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) shared their preliminary approach to cost containment, linkage, and creation to of regulatory compliant offsets for use by companies to comply with the state’s cap and trade program. CantorCO2e summarizes the major elements of two days of workshops where CARB revealed its initial thinking.
Friday, June 25, 2010
States: Initiative to Stop California AB 32 GHG Law on November Ballot -
The controversial voter referendum to suspend California’s “AB 32” Global Warming Solutions Act has qualified for the November ballot.
Friday, June 25, 2010
States: New Hampshire Joins RGGI States Siphoning Carbon Auction Revenue to Reduce Budget Shortfalls -
New Hampshire announced it will follow other states by offsetting a portion of its budget deficit by transferring funds generated from CO2 permit auctions.
Friday, June 25, 2010
International: Canada Proposes Nationwide Power Plant GHG Standards -
On Wednesday Canada proposed a 2015 emissions performance standard to phase out coal plants and stringently limit emissions from new coal plants.
Friday, June 25, 2010
International: New Australian Prime Minister Signals Position on Climate Change -
Australia’s new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, gave her first speech and spoke about what she wants Australia to do on climate change.
Friday, June 25, 2010
International: Airline Association Says Airlines Will Have to invest $1.3 Trillion to meet Carbon Targets -
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says airlines will collectively have to reduce hundreds of millions of tonnes over the next 10 years if the industry is to achieve its 1.5% annual fuel efficiency improvement target by 2020.
Friday, June 25, 2010
International: Aircraft Financiers and Insurers Concerned about Industry Compliance with EU ETS Carbon Targets -
The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) plans to cap and reduce aircraft carbon emissions has the aviation industry worried about aircraft operator defaults.
Friday, June 25, 2010
International: UN Talks Fail to Progress on Climate Change Treaty -
U.N climate treaty talks ended last week, again failing to make substantive progress on a global climate change treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol which ends in 18 months.
Friday, June 25, 2010
International: NGOs Propose Limits on CDM Crediting of Ozone Depleting Substances -
Environmental groups are lobbying the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to limit the number of allowable Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) credits that come from hydroflurocarbon-23 (HFC-23) destruction projects.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Industry: ALDI supermarket becomes the first to provide carbon footprint label- raising the bar for other businesses -
Australian discount supermarket chain ALDI has announced the release of a carbon footprint label for one of its products. This action follows similar developments in the UK and is expand rapidly with retailers worldwide.
Friday, June 25, 2010
National: EPA Releases Economic Impact Analysis of American Power Act -
American Power Act (APA) co-sponsors, Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman, released EPA’s economic impact analysis of the Act.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
National: Obama to Push for Climate/Energy Bill in Tonight's Oval Office Speech -
President Obama’s first prime-time Oval Office speech will include a push for passage of the climate/energy bill. Is it too late?
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Senate: Resolution to Block EPA GHG Rulemaking Defeated -
The Senate voted Thursday 53-47 against a Resolution of Disapproval to block EPA’s greenhouse gas rules, resulting in significant implications for the fate of the Senate Climate bill.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Senate: Majority Leader Begins Moving Climate Bill -
Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) met Thursday with senate committee chairs to map out strategy on the climate and energy bill scheduled to be voted on in July by the Senate.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Senate: Showdown Today on EPA GHG Rules -
Today the Senate votes on Senator Lisa Murkowski’s resolution to block EPA’s ability to regulate GHG emissions. It will be a close vote with some Democrats defecting to support the resolution
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Senate: Lugar Introduces Alternative Climate Legislation -
On Wednesday Senator Richard Lugar (R-IL), introduced climate and energy legislation that does not include cap and trade programs to achieve emission reductions. The bill had the support of a Senator who recently supported the American Power Act.
Friday, June 4, 2010
National: White House Criticized for NEPA Threshold Guidelines -
Environmental organizations and industry are criticizing the White House for inconsistency with states and federal agencies as it tries to finalize a threshold that triggers action by federal permitting agencies on GHG impacts.
Friday, June 4, 2010
National: Federal Court Dismisses Global Warming Lawsuit by Katrina Victims – For Now -
Judges’ conflicts of interest cause a reversal of an earlier decision by a federal appeals court on standing for a citizen group’s lawsuit against petroleum companies. Other lawsuits move forward.
Friday, June 4, 2010
States: California Moves Forward With Carbon Offset Protocol Review -
Following its revocation of approval of greenhouse offset credit protocols by the Climate Action Reserve (CAR), the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is moving forward with review and tweaking of new regulatory offset protocols for compliance with AB 32 carbon reduction targets. We have the details on the process they will soon unveil.
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