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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Doha, NY Fracking, UK Energy Law

More than 17,000 participants are expected in Doha, Qatar for the United Nations’ 18th Conference of the Parties on climate change, beginning today. The meeting comes a month before the expiration of the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Last year’s Durban Platform called for richer countries to continue their … Read more »

Durban Parties Agree Kyoto Extension

Negotiators at U.N. climate talks in Durban yesterday agreed a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, to run from 2013 through 2017, pulling negotiations back from the brink days after the conference was supposed to have ended. The 190-odd countries also bound themselves to agree, in 2015, a deal … 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 »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Kyoto, Pfizer, BPA, RGGI

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend plans to place Bisphenol A (BPA) on a list of substances that may harm the environment, the Detroit Free Press reports. The EPA said last year that it would study the effects of BPA and consider putting … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Oil Drilling, UN Talks, China ‘Meets Environmental Goals’

The Department of the Interior on Friday outlined a plan to streamline permitting for offshore drilling, the Hill reports. The proposals by the department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) come as Republicans and some Democrats accuse the Obama administration of dragging its feet on energy permits. The … Read more »

7-Eleven Japan to Open 100 Eco-Stores This Month

Convenience chain 7-Eleven plans to open 100 “eco-friendly” stores in Japan by the end of February. The stores will follow the prototype set by the outlet across from the Shusse Inari shrine in Kyoto, the New York Times reports. The prototype is equipped with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and roof-mounted photovoltaic … Read more »

Ozone Treaty Could Reverse HFC Incentives

Talks on an ozone treaty in Geneva could result in a reversal of financial incentives for businesses that produce hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), according to a report in the Associated Press. The talks concern the 1987 Montreal Protocol, which encourages the use of HFCs to replace chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a more ozone … Read more »

Global Emissions Up 2%

Despite worldwide efforts to cut CO2 emissions, nations spewed 1.94 percent more CO2 emissions in 2008 than in 2007, according to new analysis by German-based renewable energy industry institute IWR, or the Institute for Renewable Energy. Noting that worldwide emissions are up 40 percent since the 1990 baseline for the … Read more »

Wavering Dem Climate Bill Support Could Mean 2010 Signing

Just a week ago climate legislation was said to be on the fast-track, with it set to come to a House vote within a month. But now even some Democrats appear to be threatening to derail the legislation, with some saying passage won’t come until next year. Such a delay … Read more »

Airlines Urge UN to Adopt Global Aviation Carbon Trading Scheme

To avoid having to comply with patchwork regulations from the United States, the European Union and other entities, a group of airlines is proposing a single global carbon emissions cap for the aviation industry. The cap, which would be based on the amount of fuel consumed by each carrier, would … Read more »

Bonn Climate Talks May Preview Obama’s Policies

Expectations are running high for the world climate talks starting March 29 in Bonn, Germany. The talks, which run through April 8, are but the first stage in crafting a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. The event will mark the Obama Administration’s first big statement on how the United States … Read more »

Japan Moving Forward With Trial Carbon Trading Market

Japan’s trial carbon-trading market is advancing, with 202 participants so far, according to Reuters. Still, the program faces hurdles. A government survey of applicants showed that just 20 percent of the respondents said they would engage in carbon trading. About 40 percent said they didn’t know and the other 40 … Read more »