Today, one day after negotiation started in Cancun, the European Environment Agency (EEA) launched its flagship assessment, The European Environment - State and Outlook 2010 (SOER 2010), in the European Parliament in Brussels. Unsurprisingly, it has a wealth of information related to how Europe is being impacted by, and is adapting to and managing, climate change. It follows on the heels of a report launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that finds that nations still have the chance to deliver almost 60 per cent of the emission reductions needed to keep global temperatures under a 2 degree celsius rise. However, only if the pledges made in Copenhagen are fully met. The window for cost-effective action is narrowing with every year of delay. Cancun represents the next opportunity to close the gaps and keep that window open as the world works towards a new international treaty.
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Energy Department Announces New Projects Between U.S. and China to Cut Emissions
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nine new energy performance contracting pilot projects that bring together U.S. and Chinese companies to boost the energy efficiency of buildings in China and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A combination of clean energy retrofits and upgrades will save the selected facilities on energy costs over the lifetime of the contracts by making them more energy efficient. The savings on utility bills created through the facility upgrades will be used to pay for the projects...
Aviation industry plans to curb emissions
The aviation industry has taken the first step towards limiting the ever-growing carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft in an attempt to reduce airline contributions to global warming. Delegates at the39th congress of the International Civil Aviation Organisation(ICAO) in Montreal, Canada, have finalised what they called “an historic agreement”, which begins in 2020 to offset carbon emissions from aircraft and create a sustainable future for international air travel. Until now, shipping and air...
Biodiesel Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple’s Carbon Emissions
The City of New York has taken another significant step in reducing the region’s carbon footprint by passing legislation today that incrementally displaces 20 percent of the heating oil sold within the city with cleaner-burning, sustainable, biodiesel. “New York City is once again setting an example for the rest of the Northeast to follow by ensuring consumers are provided with the nation’s cleanest heating oil,” said Donnell Rehagen, Chief Operating Officer of the National Biodiesel...
Air pollution from agriculture: EU exceeds international emission limit in 2014
Ammonia emissions in Europe have fallen since 1990, but by not as much as emissions of other air pollutants tracked under an internationally agreed United Nations convention. According to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), ammonia emissions increased in 2014, meaning several EU Member States as well as the EU now exceed their respective ammonia emission limits under the convention. Around 94% of ammonia (NH3) emissions in Europe stem from agriculture, mainly from activities such as manure...
Thai energy sector pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with COP21 agreement.
China ranks number one emitter of greenhouse gas while Thailand, the energy sector in particular, has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 % over the next 15 years in compliance with COP21 agreement, a seminar at SETA 2016 was told.In the seminar entitled “Sustainable Pathway to Low Carbon Energy Societies” organized by Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (Public Organization), or TGO, as part of the Sustainable Energy and Technology Asia 2016 exhibition and conference (SETA...