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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IEA finds CO2 emissions flat for third straight year even as global economy grew in 2016
Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency, signaling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as well as structural changes in the global economy. Global emissions from the energy sector stood at 32.1 gigatonnes last year, the same as the...
Hitachi Zosen Receives First Order for Marine SCR System Compliant with Tier III NOx Emission Standards
Hitachi Zosen Corporationhas announced that it received an order today from a major Chinese manufacturer of large marine diesel engines, Dalian Marine Diesel Co., Ltd., for two units of a high-pressureselective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. This represents the first commercial order for exhaust gas removal equipment compliant with Tier III nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission standards* taking effect in January 2016 by one of Japan’s leading manufacturers of large marine diesel engines. Project outline The...
Oil’s methane emissions higher than feared
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China Issues Five-year Plan on Saving Energy, Cutting Emissions
The State Council, China`s cabinet, issued on Thursday a comprehensive plan on energy conservation and emission reductions for the 2016-2020 period. The plan listed 11 detailed measures to push forward China`s energy-saving and emission-reduction work, including reducing the coal consumption rate, promoting energy consumption in key areas, intensifying pollutant emission control, developing the circular economy, improving technological support, increasing financial policy support and enhancing management. Accordi...
Nuclear Retirements Could Lead to Significant Increases in Short- and Long-Term Carbon Emissions, According to Brattle Economists
A whitepaper by Brattle economists finds that the vulnerability of some U.S. nuclear power plants to premature retirement could create a major threat to the attainment of carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction. According to the Brattle analysis, the retirement of a 1,000 megawatt nuclear plant could increase CO2 emissions in the range of 4.1 to 6.7 million tons per year, or 0.52-0.84 tons per megawatt hour (MWh) of nuclear generation lost, depending on the region in which the nuclear retirement occurs. The Brattle...