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20.10.12~20.10.18 NASA Supercomputing Study Breaks Ground For Tree Mapping, Carbon Research

Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and international collaborators demonstrated a new method for mapping the location and size of trees growing outside of forests, discovering billions of trees in arid and semi-arid regions and laying the groundwork for more accurate global measurement of carbon storage on land. Using powerful...

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....

EUが水素社会へのシフトを宣言。2030年までに1000万トンの再生可能水素生産を目指す (20.08.10~20.08.16)

…2020年7月8日、EU(欧州連合)が『A Hydrogen Strategy for a climate neutral Europe 』という宣言を発表しました。意訳すると「欧州が気候変動に対応するための戦略として水素を重視する」といったところでしょうか。...まず2020~2024年までに6ギガワットの電力を使い100万トンのリニューアブル水素を生み出す計画としています。続いて、2025~2030年には40ギガワットで1000万トンの水素を生産することを目指します。そうして2030年以降は、主たるエネルギーを水素としてCO2フリーの社会を築くというのが目標です。… An excerpt fromhttps://clicccar.com/2020/08/16/1003574/ - 20.08.10 (Mon.). Arctic wildfires emit more CO2 in two months than whole of 2019 | Dhaka Tribunehttps://www.dhakatribune.com/world/2020/08/09/arctic-wildfires-emit-more-co2-in-two-months-than-whole-of-2019 - 20.08.11 (Tue.). Australia sets out plans to store CO2 in oil and gas reservoirs - Energy Live Newshttps://www.energylivenews.com/2020/08/10/australia-sets-out-plans-to-store-co2-in-oil-and-gas-reservoirs/. BASF calculates...

欧州委、グリーンとデジタルを両翼とする新産業政策を発表(EU) (20.03.16 ~ 20.03.22)

... 欧州委員会は3月10日、「欧州新産業戦略PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」をまとめたコミュニケーション(政策文書)を公表した。(1)欧州産業の競争力の維持、(2)「欧州グリーン・ディール(2019年12月12日記事参照)」が掲げる2050年までの気候中立の実現、そして(3)「欧州デジタル化」への対応、が3本柱に挙げられている。 まず、競争力維持のために欧州委は、EUの特徴である欧州単一市場を一層深化させる必要があるとし、同戦略と合わせて「﷟単一市場の障壁の特定および対処PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」および「単一市場ルールのより良い実施と執行のための行動計画PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」と題した2つのコミュニケーションを発表した。両文書では、EU法規制の複雑さ(EUレベルと加盟国レベルでの法規制の関係など)や、加盟国ごとの税制および行政手続きの差異など、単一市場の課題を洗い出すとともに、行動計画が定めるイニシアチブの一環として、加盟国および欧州委から構成される「単一市場実施タスクフォース」を新設して各種の課題に対処していくとしている。 ... 気候変動およびデジタル化に関しては、「グリーンへの移行(Green Transition)」「デジタルへの移行(Digital Transition)」というキーワードを用いて、両課題への企業のスムーズな適応を促すための諸政策を挙げている。 ... ビジネスヨーロッパ(欧州産業連盟)は、欧州新産業戦略の発表に合わせて3月10日、「欧州がグリーンおよびデジタルへの転換を加速している中、世界のほかの地域ではアグレッシブな政策が採られ、一部の国がルールから外れた行動をとっている現状では、欧州は一層戦略的に行動しなければならない」など、包括的な戦略を後押しする声明外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きますを発表した。 ... An excerpt from https://www.jetro.go.jp/biznews/2020/03/389d30ebaafe0851.html - 20.03.16 (Mon.) . The U.K.’s lost seagrass meadows to...

EU plans for 2030 climate target can shape Cop26 momentum, ministers warn (20.03.02 ~ 20.03.08)

... In a letter to the EU Commission’s climate chief Frans Timmermans, environment ministers from 12 EU countries said the EU should present plans for a new 2030 climate target by June 2020, three months earlier than the Commission’s proposed date of September. The ministers raised concerns...

Johnson sets out his climate crisis vision as Cameron turns down talks role (20.02.03 ~ 20.02.09)

... Johnson has brought forward the UK’s phaseout of diesel and petrol vehicles by five years to 2035, and hastened the phaseout of coal-fired power by a year to 2024. He reaffirmed the UK’s pledge to switch to a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, and urged other nations – without...

Climate strikes, environmental protests in January 2020 (20.01.27 ~ 20.02.02)

Jan. 3: - The first climate strike of 2020 was led by the Fridays for Future movement, taking place across the globe from Uganda to Australia, with students not attending school for one day a week to raise awareness on the effects of climate change. Jan. 6: -...

Pelosi to lead group of Democratic lawmakers to UN climate change conference (19.11.25~19.12.01)

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will lead a group of Democratic lawmakers to a United Nations conference on climate change less than a month after the Trump administration began formally withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord. The House speaker on Saturday announced she will lead the congressional delegation to the UN COP25 environmental...

Climate Change Could Make Russia Great Again

A decade ago, geologists estimated that 30 percent of the world’s natural gas reserves and 13 percent of its petroleum deposits were trapped beneath the ice floes of the Arctic Circle, along with rare minerals and other valuable resources. As the rising temperature melts the icebergs, not only will those resources become accessible but, as U.S. Secretary of State...

Members of the European Parliament urge California to exclude REDD from its cap and trade scheme: “Adopting the Tropical Forest Standard would water down climate ambition in California, the...

Last week, six Members of the European Parliament wrote to the California Air Resources Board urging the ARB to reject the proposed California Tropical Forest Standard. In November 2018, the ARB held a public meeting about the proposed Tropical Forest Standard. But the Board failed to reach a decision at that meeting. The EU has never allowed forest credits in...

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...

New PostCO₂ price debate gathers speed within German grand coalition

More and more politicians from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grand coalition are showing openness to the idea of introducing a price on CO₂ and have entered a debate about its possible form and details, writes Konrad Schuller in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. While economy minister Peter Altmaier had long insisted the concept was not on the government’s agenda for this...

Europe’s largest port set to test its blockchain-powered energy trading platform

The Port of Rotterdam announced last week that its blockchain-based energy trading platform is “complete in principle” and it will begin testing it in the coming months. The news comes about 18 months after the port and the Rotterdam municipality set up its blockchain development group, BlockLab. It first announced it was developing the blockchain-based energy trading platform shortly after...

Spain’s socialists win election with Green New Deal platform

Spaniards threw their weight behind a Green New Deal programme on Sunday, after re-electing the pro-climate Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE). The PSOE, which campaigned on a sweeping platform of ecological transition, clinched 29% of the vote and 123 seats in the 350-seat congress. It will need to form a coalition with populist left-wing party Unidos Podemos (UP), which has also called...

Putin says OPEC+ still committed to crude production agreement

Russian president Vladimir Putin said Saturday that Russia is meeting its obligations under the OPEC/non-OPEC crude production agreement, and participants remain committed to the arrangement, despite ongoing uncertainty over world energy market developments.... An excerpt from S&P Global

Nicola Sturgeon declares ‘climate emergency’ at SNP conference

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared a "climate emergency" in her speech to the SNP conference.... An excerpt from BBC

French low-carbon label plants seeds of agricultural and forestry transition

Created by a decree adopted on 28 November 2018, the low-carbon label was officially presented to the Ecological Transition Ministry on 23 April. Its aim is to encourage the development of projects that reduce and sequester greenhouse gas emissions. The label intends to promote these projects throughout the country, regardless of whether companies, local authorities, associations or even individuals are...

EU-Russia-Ukraine Gas Transit Talks Possible in May, Official Says

The next round of negotiations between Ukraine, Russia, and the European Commission on the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after 2019 could be held in the coming weeks, Vice President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic has said, according to Ukranews.... An excerpt from Russia Business Today

Gazprom in Talks with CNPC over China Gas Deliveries

Russian gas major Gazprom has discussed deliveries to China with the country’s CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation), the Russian company said in a statement on Thursday, according to Reuters. Also on Thursday, the state-run gas giant said it would start filling the Power of Siberia pipeline, which supplies gas to China, in the third quarter, and deliveries to China...

Is Nord Stream 2 at risk?

Given the political will both in Germany and in Russia to complete this pipeline, the amended Directive is unlikely to halt construction of Nord Stream 2 as some EU member states hoped. However, the amended Directive is capable of delaying or even suspending its operation. The most likely scenario would involve German authorities confirming Nord Stream 2 compliance with the...

European bloc not considering joining China’s Belt and Road plans

EU officials confirmed that the bloc is not considering joining China’s Belt and Road initiative on Friday (26 April), contrary to what German Economic minister Peter Altmaier has previously said. The bloc decided not to become a member when the massive plan was presented more than five years ago. Member states are free to join individually, as nearly half of...

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...

“Britain has been surviving without coal power since Thursday “

At the moment, Great Britain is drawing no power from burning coal. None at all. And it hasn’t since last Thursday. According to tweets from the UK’s national grid the country has been going without coal power for 86 hours straight. The streetlights are still working, the internet is still switched on and the kettles are still boiling. In...

Poor Russian crude quality leads Belarus to cut oil-product exports

Belarus is limiting oil-product exports as a result of a deterioration in the quality of crude supplied from Russia, state news agency Belta reported Monday. In mid-April, Belarus threatened to suspend Russian crude transit to Europe over ongoing economic disputes. Belarusian officials suggested part of the Druzhba pipeline, which delivers more than 1 million b/d of crude to Europe via...

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,”...

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...

Nestlé and Carrefour use IBM’s blockchain to track mashed potato supply chain

Swiss food giant, Nestlé, and supermarket chain, Carrefour, have announced that they will use IBM’s blockchain technology to track a French mashed potato brand.“Using the QR code on the product’s packaging, each consumer will be able to use a secure platform on their smartphone to access information on the production supply chain, including the varieties of potato used, the...

‘Unrelenting and unhedgeable’: the EU’s largest emitter on Brexit’s carbon trading risks

The risks presented by Brexit to the largest emitting company in the EU ETS are unrelenting and unhedgeable, according to RWE Supply and Trading’s head of regulatory affairs....An excerpt from Carbon Pulse