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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Climate Accounting, R2:2013 Standard, Water Aerator

A new voluntary consensus standard for climate accounting metrics is in development under the ANSI process, and is now nearing draft publication. LEO-SCS-002 complements international standards for life-cycle assessment, and is aligned with the most recent discoveries in the field of climate science. For example, the draft standard’s climate metrics … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE Downplays EV Goal, UN Targets Venting

The Department of Energy backed away President Obama’s stated goal of putting 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015, and outlined its strategy of promoting advanced-drive vehicles. Under the new strategy, the DOE is supporting research into new battery technologies and manufacturing methods that would lower the cost … Read more »

Soot is ‘Second Largest’ Human Influence on Climate Change

Soot is ‘Second Largest’ Human Influence on Climate Change

Soot is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, according to the first quantitative analysis of this issue, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. The findings show that soot, also called black carbon, has a warming effect of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EU Biofuels, Norway Woos Industry, UN CDM Review, China Wind Quota

Draft EU legislation will impose a limit on the use of crop-based biofuels such as rapeseed and wheat that may be less climate-friendly and compete with food production. The draft rules will need the approval of EU governments and lawmakers, and include plans to shift to advanced non-land-using biofuels made … Read more »