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Standards and Compliance: 18 Endesa Buildings Certified, World’s First IEC 62368-1 for Samsung

Endesa has earned AENOR certification for its energy efficiency system (ISO 50001) and environmental management system (ISO 14001) at 18 of its offices in Spain. Six of these offices have also been granted certification for internal air quality (UNE 171330-3). The 18 buildings have floor space of more than 115,000 … Read more »

RWE, Vattenfall Emit Most CO2 in EU System

RWE, Vattenfall Emit Most CO2 in EU System

RWE, Vattenfall and E.On have topped Carbon Data’s rankings of the most carbon-intensive companies in the European Union’s emissions trading scheme, same as last year. Steel manufacturers ArcelorMittal and Tata Steel and cement maker LaFarge were the three companies with the most freely allocated surplus EU carbon allowance for 2012. RWE … Read more »

China’s $4bn Airbus Order Marks First Since Emissions Spat Began

China yesterday agreed to buy 50 Airbus planes from Franco-German parent company EADS in a deal worth up to $4 billion, the first major order since an emissions trading dispute erupted earlier this year between the European Union and Beijing. State-owned airline ICBC signed an agreement with EADS during Chancellor … Read more »

Shell, GE Urge EU to Prop Up Carbon Market

Thirteen of Europe’s biggest companies, including General Electric, Royal Dutch Shell and Statoil, sent a letter urging the European Union to pull 1.4 billion CO2 permits to prop up the carbon market and encourage investment in green technologies. The letter comes ahead of the European Commission’s review of carbon-permit auctioning … Read more »

China Threatens to Impound Aircraft Over EU Emissions Policy

China says it will take counter-measures that could include impounding European aircraft if Chinese airlines are penalized for not complying with the EU’s cap-and-trade scheme. The China Air Transport Association issued the ultimatum Tuesday in response to EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard’s warning that carriers had until the end of … Read more »

IATA Demands State Backing for Biofuels

Governments need to support the development of biofuels if the nascent industry is to become a staple in air travel and help reduce carbon emissions, trade body the International Air Transport Association has said. Speaking at the group’s annual general meeting in Beijing, IATA chief executive Tony Tyler said that … Read more »

United, American, Other Airlines Drop EU Carbon Trading Lawsuit, Urge U.S. to Act

American Airlines, United Continental and association Airlines for America have dropped their lawsuit challenging U.S. airlines’ inclusion in the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme, Reuters reports. Airlines for America, whose members include Delta, Southwest, US Airways, FedEx and UPS, as well as industry partners Airbus, Boeing, Honeywell and Pratt & … Read more »

Airbus ‘Could Lose Chinese Business’ Due to European Carbon Rules

Airbus’ parent company has warned that it stands to lose Chinese business if the European Commission ignores protests from airlines about its European emissions trading scheme, Fox Business reports. Louis Gallois, the chief executive of Airbus parent company European Aeronautic Defence & Space (EADS) told a conference call to analysts … Read more »

Airlines Snap Up Bargain Carbon Permits, Rail at ‘Looney Tax’

Air France-KLM and Lufthansa are preparing for inclusion in the EU’s carbon trading scheme by buying allowances at low prices, while Ryanair has declared the program “eco-looney” and levied a 25 cent per passenger fee. All airlines departing from or landing into EU airports were brought into the Emissions Trading … Read more »

Lufthansa Customers to Pay for ETS

German airline Lufthansa will pass the extra cost that the European Union’s emissions trading system will add to its operation onto customers’ ticket prices, it has announced. Lufthansa anticipates total additional charges of €130 million ($170 million) in 2012 as a result of the tariffs and says the ETS distorts … Read more »

Carbon Forecast Slashed; UN Seeks CDM Improvements

Point Carbon has slashed its carbon prices forecast for the third phase of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme by 10 euros per ton, against its July prediction, to 12 euros a ton. The analyst said price levels could drop to as little as €10/t between 2013 and 2015, before rising … Read more »

EU ETS to Cost Airlines $1.5bn in 2012; BA Hit Hardest

The cost for airlines of joining the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme in 2012 will be approximately €1.1 billion ($1.5 billion) using a carbon price of €12 per ton, or a total of €10.4 billion between now and the end of 2020, according to analysis by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon. … Read more »