Opalesque Commodities Briefing » Environmental Trading http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:03:38 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.5.1 en New platform cuts electricity bills for reduced carbon emission http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144551 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144551#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:59:02 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144551 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144551>Article Link</a> Polluters who have reduced their carbon emissions can now apply for a reduction to their electricity bill, thanks to a new system rolled out by the carbon trade center in Beijing. Electric Carbon Contract, a cooperation project between Beijing Environment Exchange and GP Power Electricity Group, was launched on Tuesday in Beijing. (more…)

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EU cement giants get €5bn carbon market windfall http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144550 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144550#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:58:50 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144550 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144550>Article Link</a> The EU carbon market is supposed to make polluters pay. But generous handouts to industries deemed at risk of losing business abroad are undermining the system, a watchdog has warned. Cement producers reaped a €5 billion windfall from the emissions trading system (ETS) between 2008 and 2015, their annual reports reveal. (more…)

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New Zealand to Save $31 Billion by Tapping Paris Carbon Markets http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144528 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144528#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:13:58 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144528 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144528>Article Link</a> New Zealand is seeking to offset its global warming emissions by investing almost $5 billion in green projects overseas, saving six times that figure to meet its Paris climate commitments. (more…)

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California Carbon Emissions story http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144527 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144527#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:13:45 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144527 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144527>Article Link</a> Demand for California pollution permits rebounded in the latest carbon auction after plummeting earlier this year, state officials said Tuesday. Still, the permits did not sell out, heightening uncertainty about the program’s future. (more…)

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China Emerges as Global Climate Change Leader after Trump Victory http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144501 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144501#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2016 23:03:28 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144501 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144501>Article Link</a> On Nov. 7, two days before the U.S. presidential election, diplomats and climate change experts from around world gathered in the Moroccan city of Marrakech to hash out commitments and chart the way forward to slow down global warming. At the time they did not have any premonition that a climate skeptic, who has described global warming as “a hoax created by China,” would be elected president of the United States. (more…)

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China to open first national carbon market http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144479 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144479#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 23:10:30 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144479 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144479>Article Link</a> China is planning to open a national carbon market next year, and the consequent scale of this market is expected to enable emissions reductions from 2020. According to experts, the market is particularly important as it will be the first of its kind to be set up at a national scale. (more…)

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China prepares for world’s biggest carbon market http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144478 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144478#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 23:10:17 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144478 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144478>Article Link</a> As Donald Trump’s victory plunges US climate action into uncertainty, China is going ahead with an ambitious policy. In the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential election, and his refusal to recognise climate change, China’s new carbon market is attracting particular attention. (more…)

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China to Trump: Climate change is not a hoax http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144452 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144452#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:19:26 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144452 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144452>Article Link</a> China just rejected US President-elect Donald Trump’s widely derided claim that global warming is a Chinese hoax created to harm the American manufacturing sector. Speaking at the UN climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said that his country couldn’t have invented climate change because previous Republican administrations actually put global warming solutions on the international agenda. (more…)

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China prepares to open national carbon market http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144435 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144435#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:13:27 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144435 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144435>Article Link</a> No immediate emissions reduction is expected when it opens next year, but the huge scale of China’s carbon market provides hope for reductions from 2020 onwards. In the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential election, and his refusal to recognise climate change, China’s new carbon market is attracting particular attention. (more…)

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China Outlines Plan To Combat Climate Change http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144434 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144434#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:13:14 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144434 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144434>Article Link</a> The ongoing Marrakech Climate Change Conference is the first meeting among member states since the Paris Agreement went into force, and also the first meeting that focuses on what actions will be taken. (more…)

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China prepares to open national carbon market http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144414 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144414#comments Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:40:46 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144414 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144414>Article Link</a> In the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the US presidential election, and his refusal to recognise climate change, China’s new carbon market is attracting particular attention. China’s move is not just one of the most important outcomes of the US-China bilateral climate talks – it may be the most watched national climate change move since the Paris Agreement came into force. (more…)

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Sustainable Business Will Move Ahead With or Without Trump’s Support http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144413 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144413#comments Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:40:26 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144413 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144413>Article Link</a> If we take the incoming president of the United States at his word, things look dire for the cause of sustainability. Donald Trump and many of his advisers appear hostile to action on climate change and to progress on many social issues that companies have already embraced, such as diversity and LGBT rights. (more…)

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Reducing carbon emissions: Responsibility of key nations http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144394 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144394#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:24:56 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144394 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144394>Article Link</a> US President-elect Donald Trump has expressed doubts over climate science, signifying it as a hoax. How can we expect such a country to pay for the carbon sink when Trump threatened to withdraw from the already ratified Paris Agreement? (more…)

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MIT: Emissions Trading For Transport = EU’s Cheapest Means Of Reducing Transport Emissions http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144393 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144393#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:24:43 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144393 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144393>Article Link</a> Rather than adopting an approach similar to the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standard in the United States, the European Union could achieve similar carbon dioxide emissions reductions simply by extending the existing emissions trading system to encompass transportation (in addition to the electricity generation and energy-intensive industries it currently covers), according to a new study from MIT and its research partners. (more…)

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Why Fighting Donald Trump On Climate Change Is A Waste Of Time http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144369 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144369#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:18:18 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144369 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144369>Article Link</a> Before everyone gets overly upset about Donald Trump and climate change consider this one thing: Donald Trump’s denial of climate change is irrelevant. (more…)

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Combating Climate Change Requires Smart And Urgent Action By World Powers – Analysis http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144368 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144368#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:17:49 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144368 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144368>Article Link</a> Paris climate agreement that was adopted at the Climate Change Conference in December 2015 to replace the Kyoto Protocol, came into force November 4. Within the framework of this document, representatives of 195 countries agreed, in particular, to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. (more…)

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Metals Discount Trump’s Emissions Stance http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144351 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144351#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:11:25 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144351 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144351>Article Link</a> Anyone expecting that President-elect Donald Trump will have a free hand in tearing up U.S. rules on auto emissions may find a rude shock in precious metals markets: The ratio between platinum and palladium prices is collapsing. The platinum-palladium ratio is close to its lowest levels since 2002. (more…)

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European climate chief sees China link on carbon trading http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144343 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144343#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:09:03 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144343 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144343>Article Link</a> The European Commission’s top climate official says a nationwide emissions trading scheme (ETS) to be rolled out in China next year could pave the way for a link-up to the EU system, taking a step towards an international carbon trading market. (more…)

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Why Donald Trump Is Wrong About Climate and China http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144318 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144318#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:23:49 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144318 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144318>Article Link</a> Donald Trump is all wrong about climate change. Not only does he risk becoming the only world leader who fails to understand that dangerous climate change is the central environmental challenge of our time. He also risks negating U.S. leadership on climate change at a time when the global community has reached consensus on the need to address this crisis. (more…)

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Climate Expert Says China Committed To Battling Climate Change http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144317 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144317#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:23:34 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144317 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144317>Article Link</a> With Donald J. Trump the President-elect of the United States, the momentous Joint Agreement on Climate Change, signed by U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, which was heralded as a rare moment of policy coordination, may soon be relegated to the dustbin of history. (more…)

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German coalition agrees to cut carbon emissions up to 95% by 2050 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144299 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144299#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:17:31 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144299 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144299>Article Link</a> Government divisions over approach to climate change plan are bridged, but targets will be reviewed in 2018 to consider their impact on industry. Germany’s coalition government has reached an agreement on a climate change action plan which involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95% by 2050, a spokesperson said. (more…)

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Calls mount for a global carbon price but progress is slow http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144276 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144276#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:43:16 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144276 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144276>Article Link</a> Adoption of the Paris climate accord could spur more action to limit fossil fuel use. It was one of the most curious moments in the run-up to the UN talks that sealed the landmark Paris climate change agreement last December. (more…)

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Trump can kill UN climate deal, warns EU carbon market chief http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144254 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144254#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2016 23:14:05 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144254 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144254>Article Link</a> The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States is a “real and imminent threat” to the fight against climate change, and “completely upends every single element” of the Paris Agreement, making it almost impossible to deliver, the MEP leading EU carbon market reform has warned. (more…)

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Opec says climate effort won’t quench oil thirst http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144242 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144242#comments Tue, 08 Nov 2016 23:11:29 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144242 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144242>Article Link</a> A global pact to battle global warming entered into force last week, but the latest long-term look into the energy market by the Opec oil cartel sees climate change measures failing to quench the world’s thirst for crude. (more…)

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The cleverest countries on climate change - and what the rest should be doing http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144226 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144226#comments Tue, 08 Nov 2016 23:06:54 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144226 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144226>Article Link</a> Virtually every clean energy record in the world has been broken in the past year. The most investment in clean energy ($329billion in 2015), the most new renewable capacity (a third more than in 2014), the cheapest ever solar power (in Chile, where it’s half the cost of coal), the longest a country has been run entirely on renewable electricity - 113 days over this summer in Costa Rica. (more…)

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China carbon market set to take off http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144209 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144209#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 23:09:41 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144209 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144209>Article Link</a> The State Council, China’s cabinet, has issued a new climate plan that targets an 18-percent cut in carbon emissions by 2020 compared to level in 2015. The central government is said to have already drafted detailed measures to develop a low-carbon economy by 2050, with plans to unveil the measures soon. (more…)

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COP22 Summit kicks off as Paris Agreement ratification reaches century mark http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144208 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144208#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 23:09:28 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144208 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144208>Article Link</a> UNFCCC climate chief Patricia Espinosa says Agreement’s early entry into force ramps up pressure on negotiators to complete treaty’s rulebook as quickly as possible. More than 100 countries have now ratified the Paris Agreement that came into force on Friday, as the next round of UN climate talks get underway today in Marrakesh. (more…)

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Greece set to win €1.75bn from EU climate scheme to build two coal plants http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144185 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144185#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2016 23:02:44 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144185 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144185>Article Link</a> Public funds from Europe’s carbon trading programme – set up to help poorer countries reduce emissions – will help build two plants that will emit about 7m tonnes of CO2 a year. (more…)

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US wants no backsliding on Paris climate commitments http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144184 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144184#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2016 23:02:25 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144184 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144184>Article Link</a> U.S. negotiators want to speed global efforts to slash carbon emissions — and keep developing nations like China and India from veering off course at next month’s COP22 climate summit in Morocco. (more…)

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EEX logs first trade in post-2020 EU carbon permits http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144163 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144163#comments Wed, 02 Nov 2016 23:12:57 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144163 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144163>Article Link</a> The European Energy Exchange (EEX) has registered its first trade in European Union emissions permits for the post-2020 trading period of the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), it said on Wednesday. (more…)

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Donald Trump’s Global Warming Stance Denounced by China http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144162 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144162#comments Wed, 02 Nov 2016 23:12:38 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144162 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144162>Article Link</a> In the wake of the failure of the U.N. summit in Copenhagen in 2010 to agree on methods to reduce global warming, an internal Chinese government think tank document obtained by Western media revealed their fears of a rich nation’s “conspiracy to divide the developing world” and stifle the rapidly growing Chinese economy with onerous and expensive environmental regulations China could ill afford. (more…)

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China criticises Donald Trump’s plan to exit Paris climate deal http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144141 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144141#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2016 23:17:15 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144141 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144141>Article Link</a> In a rare comment on a foreign election, veteran climate chief says a wise political leader should make policy in line with global trends. China on Tuesday rejected a plan by US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to back out of a global climate change pact, saying a wise political leader should make policy in line with global trends, a rare comment on a foreign election. (more…)

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China exceeds emission target http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144140 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144140#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2016 23:17:00 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144140 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144140>Article Link</a> China successfully reduced its carbon intensity by 20 percent during the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2010-15), surpassing its original 17 percent target, said a senior environmental official on Tuesday. (more…)

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Global carbon intensity falls as coal use declines http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144139 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144139#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2016 23:16:37 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144139 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144139>Article Link</a> China leads the charge for emissions efficiency, but faster progress is needed to meet the Paris climate goals, reports Climate Home. The amount of carbon needed to power the global economy fell to record lows in 2015, as coal consumption in major economies plummeted. (more…)

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Why aren’t environmentalists supporting a carbon tax in Washington state? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144120 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144120#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:32:29 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144120 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144120>Article Link</a> I used to live in Washington state. I’m no longer registered to vote there, but if I were, I would vote “Yes” on Nov. 8 for the Washington Carbon Emission Tax and Sales Tax Reduction, also known as Initiative 732, or I-732. (more…)

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IMO torpedos hopes for early shipping carbon reduction plan http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144119 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144119#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:32:10 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144119 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144119>Article Link</a> The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has been heavily criticised by climate campaigners for failing to draw up a comprehensive plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the sector at a meeting in London last week. (more…)

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How green bonds could speed progress towards Paris goals http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144102 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144102#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2016 01:18:24 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144102 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144102>Article Link</a> With the challenges for the Paris Agreement having shifted from ratification to implementation, increased attention is being directed to financial assistance to developing countries to help them achieve their commitments under the Agreement. In this context, there are high expectations for the contribution green bonds can make. This is logical and welcome. (more…)

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BlackRock calls for higher carbon price to tackle climate change http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144080 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144080#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2016 01:22:06 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144080 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144080>Article Link</a> Fund house says companies should pay more for the pollution they generate. BlackRock has called on governments globally to make businesses pay a higher price for the pollution they generate, in a move aimed at forcing companies to reduce their carbon emissions. (more…)

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Border carbon tax could cut emissions http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144041 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144041#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:11:00 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144041 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144041>Article Link</a> Major trading countries are urged to make a big contribution to the battle against climate change by introducing a carbon tax on imports. The US, China and the European Union (EU) should bring in border taxes on carbon emissions contained in imported products not already taxed in their countries of origin, according to a former New Zealand cabinet minister. (more…)

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Aviation to consume half of UK’s 1.5C carbon budget by 2050 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144023 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144023#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:12:34 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144023 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144023>Article Link</a> Aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions could consume around half the carbon budget available to the UK in 2050, even if the sector’s emissions growth is constrained. (more…)

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Vietnam pledges greenhouse gas mitigation http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144022 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144022#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:12:16 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144022 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144022>Article Link</a> Viet Nam will successfully implement commitments in greenhouse gas emission reduction and climate change mitigation, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha has said at the Assembly Meeting of the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) in Ha Noi. (more…)

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World Bank: Emissions trading could cut carbon mitigation costs by a third http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144007 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144007#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:32:02 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144007 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144007>Article Link</a> New analysis finds more international carbon trading could drastically reduce costs of delivering deep emissions cuts. The cost of mitigating climate change could be reduced by almost a third by 2030 through greater cooperation via carbon trading, according to a new report released this week by World Bank. (more…)

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Global Cooperation On Carbon Trading Could Reduce Climate Change Mitigation Costs By 32% http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144006 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144006#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2016 02:31:47 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144006 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=144006>Article Link</a> According to a new World Bank report released this week, increased global cooperation through carbon trading could reduce the cost of climate change mitigation by 32% by 2030. Released at an international carbon event held in Vietnam on Tuesday, the State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2016 report shows that increased international cooperation on carbon trading could enable large-scale emissions reductions at much lower costs than are currently present, based on the carbon mitigation goals currently outlined in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) filed under the Paris Agreement. (more…)

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Carbon trading co-operation could cut climate costs http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143986 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143986#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:12:41 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143986 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143986>Article Link</a> Global co-operation on carbon trading could reduce the costs of climate change mitigation by 32% by 2030. That’s according to a new report by the World Bank which adds the figure could rise to more than 50% by 2050. (more…)

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The Most Stable Currency On Earth Is Backed By … Carbon? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143965 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143965#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:25:46 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143965 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143965>Article Link</a> In a race toward global catastrophe, the Earth’s climate has been setting records faster than Katie Ledecky. 2014 was the hottest year on record, until 2015 supplanted it in the record books. After months of history-making heat, it is almost certain that 2016 will take the crown. (more…)

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Vietnam commits to 8 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143964 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143964#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:25:26 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143964 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143964>Article Link</a> Vietnam, one of the countries worst affected by climate change, has reaffirmed its commitment to an 8-percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, saying it can even do better with international support. A reduction of up to 25 percent could be possible if global organizations offer their helping hands, Tran Hong Ha, the environmental minister, said at a conference on Tuesday. (more…)

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More carbon trading could cut cost of climate change mitigation, says World Bank http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143944 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143944#comments Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:12:32 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143944 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143944>Article Link</a> Greater global cooperation through carbon trading could reduce the cost of climate change mitigation by 32% by 2030, according to a World Bank report. (more…)

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Green Climate Fund approves $745m funding round http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143926 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143926#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:23:06 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143926 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143926>Article Link</a> International agency signs off on 10 low carbon projects capable of mobilising $2.6bn of investment. The high profile Green Climate Fund has signed off on $745m of low carbon investment, taking funding from the agency past the $1bn mark. (more…)

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“Thirteen Five” Hunan will develop 30 million mu of carbon sinks http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143925 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143925#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:22:52 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143925 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143925>Article Link</a> ‘If the home has 1 acre of young trees, just care of forest growth, in addition to the benefits of trees after each year can be an additional 30 yuan of carbon trading income’ (more…)

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Hope for deal to scrap super greenhouse gases http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143905 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143905#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:18:58 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143905 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143905>Article Link</a> Hopes were high on Friday that world envoys meeting in Rwanda will agree to phase out potent gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners that are one of the biggest contributors to global warming. (more…)

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Craig Hart: Doubts swirl over China’s carbon trading plan http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143884 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143884#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 02:19:50 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143884 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143884>Article Link</a> China is planning to roll out a national greenhouse gas emissions trading market by 2017, creating the world’s largest market for carbon. For the program to be effective, however, a greater focus on the creation of a market economy and a deeper political commitment to the environment will be essential. (more…)

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Net zero emissions goal won’t impact current carbon budgets http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143883 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143883#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 02:19:36 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143883 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143883>Article Link</a> Climate advisors recommend government waits to enshrine net zero carbon target in law. The government’s climate advisors have said it is too early for the UK to set new climate targets, instead advising ministers to concentrate on making sure they meet current legal targets over the coming decades. (more…)

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Why the difference between taxing and trading carbon matters http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143857 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143857#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2016 22:16:10 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143857 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143857>Article Link</a> Carbon pricing is the headlines again. Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told premiers they could impose carbon pricing themselves or Ottawa would impose it for them. Yet, misunderstandings abound about what carbon pricing can and cannot do. The confusion comes from supporters and opponents alike. Even some economists, for whom prices are second nature, seem confused. (more…)

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Paris climate agreement to come into force http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143837 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143837#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2016 02:00:32 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143837 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143837>Article Link</a> Following the EU’s ratification, the Paris Climate Agreement has now passed the threshold for it to come into force. The agreement, which was created during last year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, needed 55 countries to ratify it before it could come into force. (more…)

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Macquarie tipped to become new owner of Green Investment Bank http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143818 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143818#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:13:30 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143818 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143818>Article Link</a> Australian investment bank Macquarie is poised to become the first private owner of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), according to reports this weekend that it has become the preferred bidder in the £2bn privatisation process. (more…)

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What the US can learn from Canada’s ambitious carbon tax plan http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143817 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143817#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:13:13 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143817 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143817>Article Link</a> Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will require every province to adopt a carbon tax or develop a carbon trading system by 2018. The idea could prove an interesting model for the United States. (more…)

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Canada to finalise carbon tax in just two months time http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143798 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143798#comments Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:30:47 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143798 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143798>Article Link</a> Prime minister announces nationwide carbon pricing will start in 2018 at C$10 per tonne. All Canadian provinces will have to adopt a carbon tax or develop a carbon trading system by 2018, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has announced. The news was met with some controversy. (more…)

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How will the EU Trade Secrets Directive affect my business? http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143797 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143797#comments Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:30:37 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143797 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143797>Article Link</a> All businesses have trade secrets. It could be something easy to identify, like a database of customer contacts, or a new product or service in development. It could be something less easy to describe, like a business process. The EU has recently published Directive 2016/943 on Trade Secrets, which will soon make its way into UK law. So, how will this affect your business? (more…)

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Lessons For The U.S. From Canada’s Ambitious Carbon Tax Plan http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143775 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143775#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2016 22:42:02 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143775 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143775>Article Link</a> Earlier this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped a bombshell: He’ll require every province to adopt either a carbon tax or develop a carbon trading system by 2018. Polluters in those that don’t would be hit by a gradually increasing federal tax starting that year. (more…)

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China’s national carbon market on the horizon http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143757 http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143757#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2016 23:26:44 +0000 VRS http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143757 <br> <a href=http://www.opalesque.com/Commodities_Briefing/?p=143757>Article Link</a> China’s first national cap-and-trade scheme is expected to start in 2017 and cover roughly 10,000 companies in eight industries. As illustrated in the chart below, the market will capture upwards of 4 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) annually, making it the largest carbon market in the world. (more…)

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