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Airlines withdraw from UK emissions plan

British Airways PLC, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet PLC have pulled out of the UK government’s carbon emission reduction scheme after the air passenger duty was doubled, Forbes reports. The rise in the duty is from 5 stg to 10 stg for standard class passengers on European flights, from 10 stg … Read more »

IPPNY: DEC’s RGGI Pre-Proposal ‘Myopic’

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released a preliminary draft set of rules to implement the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in New York which includes the auction of 100 percent of emissions allowances. Comments are due by January 12. RGGI is a market-based cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon … Read more »

Milford, CT: Solar Panels, Windmills Not Enough

Milford, Connecticut is falling short of its goal of getting 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2010, forcing the Board of Aldermen to approve the purchase of energy certificates representing seven percent of the city’s annual kilowatt-hour consumption, The Connecticut Post reports. “Realistically, purchasing these certificates is … Read more »

2006 National Green Power Award Winners & Project Descriptions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy  and the Center for Resource Solutions recently announced the annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing leading national green power purchasers and suppliers. Descriptions of each award recipient’s efforts are from the EPA. They can be found in the 2006 Awards Ceremony … Read more »

LAX Adds 30 Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Los Angeles International Airport is buying 30 alternative-fuel buses and trucks – 21 compressed natural-gas transit buses, three liquefied-petroleum-gas light- and medium-duty refuse trucks, and six LPG stakebed trucks. The 21 buses will be purchased for $7,885,648 from North American Bus Industries. Reynolds Buick Pontiac GMC Trucks will provide the refuse … Read more »

New Mexico Releases Climate Group’s Recommendations

Governor Bill Richardson’s Climate Change Advisory Group announced today that New Mexico could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 267 million metric tons and create a projected $2 billion net economic savings for New Mexico’s economy over the next decade if the state adopts 69 policies they developed on climate … Read more »

Financial Services Institutions Eye Carbon Emissions

The largest global financial services organizations have carbon footprints in the region of 500,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, and an institution’s IT electricity consumption can be responsible for up to 65 percent of the total, according to Bank Technology News. Some financial institutions have taken steps to do … Read more »

Ethanol Plant Could be Fueled by Construction Waste

A proposed $175 million ethanol plant in Des Moines could pump about $20 million into city budgets in the next five years, the Des Moines Register reports. In addition, a business is exploring building a $22 million facility next to the plant to convert construction waste to gas that would … Read more »

Advertisers Pressure Magazines on Carbon Emissions

Magazine publishers such as Time Inc. and the Hearst Corporation are beginning to look at the impact of their carbon emissions on the environment. Earlier this year, Time Inc. participated in a study by the Heinz Center that looked at the amount of carbon dioxide emissions produced over the process … Read more »

EPA Asks Fortune 500 to Double Green Energy Use

The EPA has asked Fortune 500 companies to double their current level of green power purchasing. The goal of the green power challenge is to exceed 5 billion kilowatt hours of green power purchases. Five billion kilowatt hours could power more than 400,000 average American homes or avoid the equivalent CO2 emissions … Read more »

Virgin Unveils Fuel-Saving Plan

Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic plans to cut aviation emissions by towing aircraft to take-off areas at London airports, Reuters reports.  Virgin hopes to reduce the time engines are running before takeoff to about 10 minutes. Trials will take place at Heathrow and Gatwick using Boeing 747-400 planes, with a longer … Read more »

Hospital’s Clean Diesel Zone to Cover Vendors

Last year, Portland-area hospitals received a $250,000 grant from the EPA through the Oregon Clean Diesel Initiative (PDF) to establish a “clean diesel” zone (PDF), around all of its hospitals, Oregon Live reports. So far the grant has been used to ensure clean diesel emissions from vehicles in the hospitals’ own fleets. … Read more »

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