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Environmental Policy Will Shift from Land to Sea As Demand for Shipping Services Doubles

Environmental Policy Will Shift from Land to Sea As Demand for Shipping Services Doubles

Environmental policy will see a clear shift from land to sea, as shipping is (and will remain) the most efficient way to transport vast amounts of goods long-distance, according to the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association chief executive Sturla Henriksen. Demand for shipping services will double in the next couple of decades, which … Read more »

Energy Efficiency Gaining Ground in Inefficient States, ACEEE Says

Energy efficiency is gaining momentum in states that have traditionally been behind the curve in pushing such technology, according to research by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy. But states that have usually ranked lowest on the ACEEE’s annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard must still address numerous barriers to energy … Read more »

Trusting Science to Help Create Environmental Policy

Public policy should be based on solid scientific research and it is often presumed that when policy decisions are made, decision-makers have utilized the available scientific resources and evaluated the significant potential impacts.  According to the World Health Organization, impact assessments are the vital links in the chain between evidence … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: UN Conference, Chevy Volt Fire Risk, Electric Bills to Rise

The United Nations Climate Change Conference kicks off in Durban today, presenting the last chance for countries to come to an agreement on extending the Kyoto protocol, Reuters reports. The news service reports that there is a chance countries may agree a stop-gap measure to prolong the protocol, and that developed … Read more »

Global Action Needed by 2017 to Prevent Dangerous Temperatures, IEA Says

Global Action Needed by 2017 to Prevent Dangerous Temperatures, IEA Says

The world needs to take internationally co-ordinated action by 2017 to keep temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, the International Energy Agency said in its World Energy Outlook 2011. In the outlook paper, released yesterday, the IEA said that to keep the global temperature rise under 2 degrees C, all … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Solyndra Threat, Smog Rule Battle, Johnson Controls Plant Shut Down

The Solyndra controversy is starting to pose a serious threat to future investments in renewable energy, the Hill reports. Congressional Republicans are planning a huge political fight over the failed, stimulus-funded$535 million loan guarantee to the now-bankrupt solar company (pictured during an Obama visit in 2010) and the issue could … Read more »

Obama Announces $510m for Biofuels

The Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy will invest up to $510 million over the next three years to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation, President Obama announced yesterday. Under the plan, companies will be invited to bid on biofuel projects and the government … Read more »

Building Cap-and-Trade System ‘An Ingenious Approach’

The world’s first cap and trade system just for buildings could prove a model for other municipalities seeking to cut emissions, according to a forthcoming journal article. Tokyo’s emissions trading program, launched in April 2010, demonstrates that effective regulation of building emissions is possible, according to the article by Yuko … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Boiler Rule Delay, Obama’s 56 mpg Plans, Asbestos Exports

The Environmental Protection Agency has further delayed issuing its final air toxics standards for boilers and certain solid waste incinerators, until April of next year. The EPA released the final Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators in February. At the time, the agency said it would “reconsider” certain … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Mercury, Renewable Fuels, MACT Boiler Rules

The EPA is making yet another extension to a public comment period, this time on proposed mercury and air toxics standards for coal plants. But the agency said the 30 day extension to the timeline for public input will not delay the issuing of final standards, scheduled for November. Last month … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Obama’s Cree Visit, Renewable Funding Cuts

President Obama is scheduled to meet today with his Jobs and Competitiveness Council, composed mostly of business executives, at the Durham, N.C., headquarters of LED manufacturer Cree. The council will deliver recommendations on speeding up growth in sectors including clean energy, manufacturing, construction and health care. According to the (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Fracking, Energy Acts, and EU Moves to Cut GHGs

Democrats and Republicans are blaming different parties for the cost of gasoline, which lingers near the $4 per gallon mark, Market Watch reports. On Tuesday, House Republicans released a report that said the Obama administration has stifled domestic oil and gas production. The report criticised proposed restrictions on the natural gas-drilling … Read more »