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VW Faces More Emissions Charges, Installed ‘Defeat Devices’ in Porsches

The Volkswagen emissions scandal continues to grow as the automaker has been hit with more air pollution charges, covering additional model years as well as Porsche diesel vehicles. Today the EPA issued a second notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen … Read more »

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California Carbon Auction Sells All Allowances

California companies bought all 16.95 million allowances to release carbon emissions at the state’s most recent cap-and-trade auction, according to data posted on the state Air Resources Board’s website. The state’s seventh auction on May 16 sold carbon allowances for $11.50 each. An additional 4 million permits that can’t be used until … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: R2/RIOS, CARB, Green Seal, Soil Carbon

 eRecyclingCorps, a provider of carrier-grade mobile device trade-in services, said that it has achieved Responsible Recycling (R2) and Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) certifications for its Irving, Texas, headquarters. R2/RIOS indicates that eRC is operating at the highest industry standards for quality refurbishment, consumer data protection, environmental responsibility and employee … Read more »

Calif. Carbon Priced at $10.09 in First Auction

California’s inaugural sale of greenhouse gas permits under the state’s new cap-and-trade system raised nearly $300 million with emitting businesses paying $10.09 per metric ton for the right to release carbon in 2013. All of the 23.1 million permits offered at the auction to cover 2013 emissions were purchased, raising … Read more »

California Emissions Auction Kicks Off Amid Lawsuit, Low Trading Price

California will hold its first auction to sell carbon credits Wednesday amid growing political opposition, rule changes and legal threats that have already dampened carbon trading prices. The California Cap-and Trade Program Greenhouse Gas Allowance Auction will offer 23,126,110 year 2013 state-issued pollution allowances and 39,450,000 year 2015 future allowances … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EU ETS Delay, Wind PTC, Airline Bill

The European Commission proposed a delay in the EU ETS auction of 900 million carbon emission allowances currently scheduled for sale between 2013 and-2015. The allowances would be auctioned sometime later in the auction phase, which runs until 2020. The price of allowances was €9 on Monday, up nearly 9 … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: House Coal Bill, EU-China ETS, NY Fracking, Biofuel

The House will vote today on GOP legislation to roll back or prevent White House policies that Republicans call anti-coal. The bill would scuttle federal climate change regulations and rules to limit mercury and other toxins from coal-fired power plants, among other provisions. The White House has threatened to veto … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Calif. Carbon Market, Biofuel 2013 Targets, No More Solyndras Act

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Calif. Carbon Market, Biofuel 2013 Targets, No More Solyndras Act

The American Carbon Registry anticipates a 29 percent shortage of compliance offsets in the California carbon market as compared to total potential demand for compliance offsets in all compliance periods if no additional protocols beyond the existing four are adopted by the California ARB. The report also show that with … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Biofuels Producers Coordinating Council, California ETS, Carbon Bill

Eight biofuels groups are forming a coalition, the Biofuels Producers Coordinating Council, in reaction to calls to limit a federal mandate for renewable fuels because of the drought. The coalition aims to defend the renewable fuel standard, which requires 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol to be blended into traditional … Read more »

Calif. Carbon Credits Could be Free to Firms at Risk of Leaving State

The California Air Resources Board – the state’s air regulator – is considering giving free carbon credits for its forthcoming cap-and-trade program to companies deemed to be at risk of leaving the state when the program comes into force, according to reports. CARB, which will regulate the new program, is … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Groups Lobby Against LEED; Household Refrigeration, EPA SmartWay

Twenty trade groups from the plastics, vinyl and chemical industries, including the American Chemistry Council, The Vinyl Institute and the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, are lobbying to stop the General Services Administration from adopting the proposed LEED v4 construction standards. The groups say a chemical avoidance provision could eliminate the … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: SCS Biofuel, Energy Star Health Care, EMerge, Climate Action Reserve

Scientific Certification Systems said that it is the first US certification body to be accredited by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification biofuel certification system. SCS is now approved to conduct biofuel certifications, and ISCC Plus certification for food, animal feed and derivative chemicals produced from any feedstock. The certification … Read more »