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20.10.05~20.10.11 EU Parliament votes for 60% carbon emissions cut by 2030

The European Parliament voted on Tuesday (6 October) to update the EU’s climate target for 2030, backing a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, up from 40% currently.Lawmakers in the EU assembly voted the proposed amendment on the 2030 target by 352 votes to 326, with 18 abstentions....

20.09.28~20.10.04 G20エネルギ -大臣会合

...9月27日から28日、議長国サウジアラビアの下、G20エネルギー大臣会合(テレビ会議)が開催されました。サウジアラビア王国のアブドルアジーズ・ビン・サルマン・ビン・アブドルアジーズ・エネルギー大臣(HRH Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister for Energy)が議長を務め、我が国からは、27日のセッションに梶山弘志経済産業大臣及び鷲尾英一郎外務副大臣が出席し、28日のセッションに長坂康正経済産業副大臣が出席しました。...今次会合では、循環炭素経済(CCE: Circular Carbon Economy)、エネルギー・アクセス、エネルギー安全保障・市場安定化等について議論が行われ、同会合の成果文書として、「G20エネルギー大臣コミュニケ(英文(PDF))」が発出されました。同コミュニケでは、新型コロナウイルス感染拡大が世界のエネルギー市場の不安定化を招いている状況に対し、エネルギーシステムの強靱化に向けた国際協力の重要性を確認しました。また、安全、安価で、持続可能なエネルギーへのアクセス実現の重要性を確認しました。さらに、昨年のG20大阪サミットにおいて確認された3E+S(Energy Security(エネルギー安全保障)、Economic Efficiency(経済効率)、Environment(環境)+Safety(安全))を実現するためにはエネルギー転換が重要であることを再確認しました。同コミュニケは、本年11月21日から22日に開催予定のG20サミットに提出される予定です。〔参考〕参加メンバー参加国等:26か国・地域(サウジアラビア(議長国)、日本(前議長国)、イタリア(次期議長国)、アメリカ合衆国、アルゼンチン、オーストラリア、ブラジル、カナダ、中華人民共和国、EU、フランス、ドイツ、イギリス、インド、インドネシア、メキシコ、トルコ、韓国、ロシア、南アフリカ、ヨルダン、ノルウェー、シンガポール、スペイン、スイス、アラブ首長国連邦)招待国際機関等:11機関(KAPSARC(キングアブドラ石油研究センター)、IEA(国際エネルギー機関)、IEF(国際エネルギーフォーラム)、IRENA(国際再生可能エネルギー機関)、NEA(原子力機関)、OECD(経済協力開発機構)、GCCSI(グローバルCCSインスティテュート)、CEM(クリーンエネルギー大臣会合)、MI(ミッション・イノベーション)、SEforALL(万人のための持続可能なエネルギー)、OPEC(石油輸出国機構))An excerpt from https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/press/release/press4_008798.html 20.09.28 (Mon.)World Leaders Sound Alarm About Climate Changehttps://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2020/09/27/world-leaders-to-u-n---if-coronavirus-doesn-t-kill-us--climate-change-willRepsol trabaja en proyecto pionero de captura y almacenamiento de CO2 para megayacimiento de gas en Indonesiahttps://www.elconfidencialdigital.com/articulo/ultima-hora/repsol-trabaja-proyecto-pionero-captura-almacenamiento-co2-megayacimiento-gas-indonesia/20200927143116166524.html食品ロスと気候変動を同時解決へ | 日経ESGhttps://project.nikkeibp.co.jp/ESG/atcl/column/00005/092500004/日本ロレアル・ブリュア社長「全拠点をカーボンニュートラルに」 | 日経ESGhttps://project.nikkeibp.co.jp/ESG/atcl/column/00004/092500002/温暖化対策、行動で示せ 熱波、山火事被害 ポルトガルの若者 33カ国を提訴「残された時間短い」 - 毎日新聞https://mainichi.jp/articles/20200928/ddm/007/030/169000c持続可能な航空燃料へEUの一歩 | トラベルジャーナルhttps://www.tjnet.co.jp/2020/09/28/%E6%8C%81%E7%B6%9A%E5%8F%AF%E8%83%BD%E3%81%AA%E8%88%AA%E7%A9%BA%E7%87%83%E6%96%99%E3%81%B8eu%E3%81%AE%E4%B8%80%E6%AD%A9/CPS Energy が2019年サステナビリティ報告書公開:紀伊民報AGARAhttps://www.agara.co.jp/article/8288320.09.29 (Tue.)Getting...

20.09.14~20.09.20 Facebook says it’s cracking down on climate change misinformation. Scientists say it’s not doing enough.

Facebook says it’s moving aggressively to counter climate-change misinformation with a Climate Science Information Center that launched Tuesday and aims to connect users with science-based facts....Facebook is launching a Climate Science Information CenterDistrust from the climate science community grew in September 2019 when the C02 Coalition, which claims that carbon dioxide from humans is beneficial for the...

George Soros to Start $1 Billion School to Fight Nationalists, Climate Change (20.01.20 ~ 20.01.26)

... Billionaire George Soros said he will commit $1 billion to start a global university to fight authoritarian governments and climate change, calling them twin challenges that threaten the survival of our civilization. ... Taking into account the climate emergency and worldwide unrest, it’s not an exaggeration to...

Goldman Sachs Unveils $750 Billion Climate Plan For Investing in Solutions, and Vows Never to Support Arctic Drilling (20.01.13 ~ 20.01.19)

... David Solomon, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, recently wrote an editorial in the Financial Times in which he laid out the premise behind a $750 billon plan for a decade of investing, financing, and advisory activity that will exclusively cover nine climate-critical areas such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and carbon reductions.

MSCI to acquire Carbon Delta

Founded in 2015, Carbon Delta is a global leader for climate change scenario analysis. Together, MSCI and Carbon Delta will create an extensive climate risk assessment and reporting offering for the institutional market, providing global investors with solutions to help them better understand the impact of climate change on their investment portfolios and comply with mandatory and...

British Steel gets £100m government loan to pay carbon bill

British Steel has secured a £100m loan from the government to pay its EU carbon bill, a source close to the company has said. The money means the private equity-owned firm will avoid a steep EU fine. The firm said earlier this month it needed the funds to settle its 2018 pollution bill due at the end of April.... An excerpt from...

A South Korean Government-owned company’s $700 million on a Bylong coal mine now in question

THE South Korean Government has put a question mark under the strategic case for its controversial Bylong coal mine proposal with new plans to significantly cut coal-fired power use over the next two decades because of serious air pollution concerns and to reduce carbon emissions. A draft energy plan released last week lifts the renewable energy target from 20...

KEPCO to bear the brunt of soaring Korean CO2 prices

South Korean carbon prices rose to fresh record highs on Friday, leaving state-owned utility KEPCO to pick up the bill as the firm is obligated to compensate power companies for the CO2 allowances they have to buy.... An excerpt from Carbon Pulse

Russia’s Gazprom to begin gas injection into China pipeline in Q3

Gas giant Gazprom plans to start injections of Russian gas into the 38 Bcm/year capacity Power of Siberia pipeline in the third quarter of 2019 ahead of first commercial flows to China at the start of December, the company said late Thursday.... An excerpt from S&P Global

Advanced (Smart) Meter Rollout In Western Australia

Western Power is to install 238,000 advanced (aka smart) meters as part of its routine meter replacement program, and for all new meter installations. Western Power is a WA Government owned corporation that operates in the state’s South West Interconnected System (SWIS). Its transmission and distribution network runs from Albany in the south to Kalbarri in the north and Kalgoorlie...

“Equinor strengthens its commitment to climate leadership “

Equinor has climate at the core of its business strategy and has set short-, medium- and long-term climate-related targets for the company’s emissions to drive performance. The joint statement builds on this work, and Equinor commits to set out climate-related ambitions also beyond 2030. Equinor will continue to report on climate related risks and opportunities in line with the...

Russia’s Novatek Sells 20% In Arctic LNG 2 To Chinese Firms

Russian gas producer Novatek said on Thursday that it had signed agreements with two Chinese companies, under which the Asian firms will become shareholders in the Arctic LNG project with 10 percent each. Novatek, the largest Russian producer and exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), signed an agreement with CNOOC and another deal with China National Oil and Gas Exploration...

TEPCO Becomes First Utility Company in Japan to Express Support for Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Recommendations]

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) has become the first Japanese utility company to express its support for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations as it aims to further improve its contribution to the sustainable growth of society and ability to adapt to social change. ]... An excerpt from TEPCO

NHL to purchase carbon offsets to counter playoff air travel

The National Hockey League said on Monday it would purchase carbon credits to offset airline emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases during the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the first round of the playoffs, which has the highest number of teams traveling and is currently underway, the NHL will offset more than 465 metric tons of carbon emissions, equivalent to taking 99...

How Bird is working to make its scooters a truly sustainable transportation option

The scooter company Bird wants to make urban transportation more sustainable by replacing short car trips in cities. But this goal is made more difficult because the company has its own sustainability challenges: the pollution from trips taken to collect the electric scooters so that they can be charged, the power used for charging, and the short life of...

Bloomberg plugs US funding gap for UN climate body

The billionaire philanthropist has contributed $5.5 million to cover international climate negotiation costs and related initiatives in the private sector. Some of Bloomberg’s payment will cover core administrative costs at the UN climate headquarters in Bonn, according to the statement. Other funds are earmarked to support climate initiatives by states, cities, businesses and community groups, which run in parallel to...

Verizon pledges to go carbon neutral by 2035

Verizon chose today, Earth Day, to announce that the company will go carbon neutral by 2035 in terms of all sources of emissions owned or controlled by Verizon and all sources of emissions purchased by Verizon. The main sources of emissions owned by Verizon include fuel to power its fleet, heat it buildings and power its backup generators. Indirect emissions...

EY Signs Power Purchase Agreements To Initiate The Construction Of Two Wind Farms To Offset Carbon Emissions

EY US to be '100% renewable' starting in 2020 Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) announced today it has entered into renewable energy Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs) to initiate the construction of two large-scale Texas-based wind farms. The wind farms are scheduled to be operational mid-2020, and are expected to generate enough zero-carbon electricity to offset the absolute greenhouse...

Delta Is Offsetting the Carbon Emissions From 300,000 Passengers for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, Delta Air Lines is offsetting the carbon impact of more than 300,000 passengers’ flights. The airline announced Monday that it would offset the carbon emissions of passengers flying on domestic routes out of New York, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham and Atlanta on Earth Day.... An excerpt from Travel Leisure

Dutch supermarket chain Plus to use blockchain to track bananas along supply chain

Dutch supermarket chain Plus has announced its plans to leverage blockchain technology for tracking bananas along the supply chain. PLUS is an important player in the Dutch food market with 260 supermarkets. The PLUS Retail organization comprises the service office in Utrecht, three regional distribution centers in Haaksbergen, Ittervoort and Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, and a national distribution center in Middenbeemster.... An excerpt from...

Porsche announces carbon-offset programs for U.S.

All of the company's U.S. fleets will now be carbon-neutral, and a program called Porsche Impact will give customers a chance to offset their carbon emissions. Announced on Earth Day, Porsche will include all cars — about 425 of them — from its Los Angeles and Atlanta Porsche Experience Centers in its carbon-offset programs. Vehicles from the Porsche Passport subscription...

Natural Habitat Adventures to Offset Carbon Emissions for All Travelers

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2019, Natural Habitat Adventures, the world's first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company, will now offset the carbon emissions stemming from all its guests’ air travel as of 2019 – effectively counteracting approximately 20,000 metric tons (roughly 40 million pounds) of CO2 in a single year. The decision is expected to boost the company’s...

Greenpeace calls on Hyundai to hasten shift to carbon-neutrality

South Korea’s largest automaker Hyundai Motor should speed up its efforts in changing its business portfolio toward carbon-neutral in order to avert a major blow in the global market within a year or two, according to senior Greenpeace activist Jude Lee. In the EU market only, Hyundai may face around 300 million euro ($3.3 million) in penalties from 2021 if...

England and France top bankers warn of financial risks associated to climate change

The heads of two major central banks have written a stark warning about the financial risks of climate change. Bank of England governor Mark Carney and France's François Villeroy de Galhau set out the dangers to the global economy in an open letter. “If some companies and industries fail to adjust to this new world, they will fail to exist,”...

Volkswagen to Track Minerals Supply Chains Using IBM Blockchain

Volkswagen Group has announced it will use blockchain tech to track its mineral supply chains. The German automaker said Thursday that, in order to “responsibly source” minerals such as cobalt (used in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles), it has joined an open industry collaboration, which also includes Ford as a member.... An excerpt from Coindesk

Louis Vuitton turns to blockchain in battle against copycats

LVMH, owner of numerous leading brands including the luxury French label Louis Vuitton, is turning to blockchain technology in its fight against copycats. Initially, the technology will only be used for Louis Vuitton goods and Christian Dior perfumes. It will track the supply chain from raw materials to the point of sale and beyond, including for inbound products. This...

Eni signs agreement for Block A offshore Ras Al Khaimah

Eni has signed an exploration and production sharing agreement covering Block A Offshore Ras Al Khaimah, as well as the relevant joint operating agreement. The entry into the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah represents a further step in Eni’s positioning in the Middle East and the establishment of the company in the UAE where Eni already operates in Abu Dhabi...

BoE to implement TCFD climate impact recommendations

An excerpt from Central Banking

Finnish businesses set up ‘world’s first’ marketplace for carbon removal certificates

Puro is an internal start-up marketplace developed by Finnish electricity services firm Fortum. The company has been joined by 23 other organisations, mainly based in Finland, to create what it calls the “world’s first marketplace” for CO2 removal methods. The Puro marketplace is currently developing verification methodologies for atmospheric CO2 removal. Acting as a voluntary market mechanism, Puro will...