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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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...
Software and Hardware Upgrades Could Cut Global CO2 Emissions from Coal and Gas Power Plants by One Billion Metric Tons
GE today released a new analysis of global power plants, which found that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the world's fleet of coal and gas plants can be reduced by 10 percent -- the equivalent of removing 95 percent of cars off U.S. roads -- when existing hardware and software solutions are fully applied. The analysis is the first to quantify the emission reductions of using existing technologies to upgrade the global fleet of coal and gas-based power plants. "The technology to make coal and gas more...
ENER-G is highly commended for innovation in CHP emissions reduction
ENER-G`s UK research, development, engineering and manufacturing teams have designed and developed a new range of `ultra-low` NOx Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems. The technology is achieving emissions levels five times lower than the most widely accepted limit and half of the most stringent limit set by BREEAM and the Greater London Authority (GLA). The in-house team has dramatically reduced NOx emissions across its 50kWe to 230kWe fleet to less than 50mg/Nm3 @ 5% O2. Remarkably, this exceptionally...
Asia`s First Zero-Waste, Zero-Emission Business Forum in Singapore
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Initiatives, Singapore will welcome over 600 business & sustainability leaders, senior government officials, UN agencies and NGOs from across the globe for the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development (RBF) in Singapore on 22-24 November 2016.Large-scale conferences tend to be highly resource-intensive with major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and waste for the host city. Taking the environmental impact into consideration,...