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Airports, UNFCCC Sign Climate Neutrality Partnership

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Airports Council International (ACI) have formed a partnership to cut emissions from airports and bring the airline travel industry closer to climate neutrality. Emissions reductions will be achieved through the use of energy-efficient lighting, cooling and heating systems, solar energy, … Read more »

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Do Carbon Offsets Actually Increase Emissions?

A study released by the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) has revealed serious issues with the environmental integrity of carbon credit issued under Joint Implementation (JI). According to the review, about three-quarters of the carbon credits issued under JI may have actually increased emissions by about 600 million metric tons. JI … Read more »

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Carbon Market Hopes Dashed in Warsaw

UN talks on setting up new carbon markets, and creating global standards for such markets, have been postponed until June 2014. The development at the UN climate conference in Warsaw dashes hopes in one of the few areas where delegates expected progress. Developing nations attending the 19th conference of the UN … Read more »

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Carbon Markets ‘Toolbox’ Could Create Global Standards

Developed countries are considering Poland’s proposal for a carbon markets “toolbox” that would help nations set common standards and accounting rules to unify the world’s cap-and-trade systems. The idea also involves a platform for sharing best practices, and would aim to craft trading rules for a global market, Reuters reports. New … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Renewable Fuel Standard, Japan Slashes GHG Target

The EPA is likely to reveal the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard mandates today, Reuters reports. Agency officials have told industry representatives that the EPA may raise quotas above the level contained in a draft plan in August, Bloomberg reports. Japan has dramatically cut its 2020 emissions reduction target, from 25 percent … Read more »

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Warsaw Climate Talks Could ID Key Issues

Nations are meeting in Warsaw, starting today, to lay the groundwork for the world’s next major climate deal. The 19th conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will aim to commit countries to a timeline to achieve a new agreement in 2015, to take effect in 2020, Deutsche … Read more »

WRI Updates GHG Emissions Tool

WRI Updates GHG Emissions Tool

The World Resources Institute has updated its online tool that can help businesses manage and benchmark their greenhouse gas emissions. The latest version of WRI’s Climate Analysis Indicators Tool, CAIT 2.0, has improved functionality and other upgrades, WRI says. Originally launched this summer, CAIT 2.0 is a free portal that … Read more »

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Honeywell, DuPont Urged to Destroy HFCs

Honeywell and DuPont should destroy all of their hydroflourocarbon-23 (HFC-23), a chemical used in refrigerants and a potent greenhouse gas, according to an environmental group. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a nonprofit based in Washington DC and London, today released a report that says China and India are expected to … Read more »

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Why Reporting Nitrogen Trifluoride Matters

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol now requires nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), a chemical released in some high-tech industries including electronics manufacturing, to be included in GHG inventories under the Corporate Standard, Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard, and Product Standard. The amendment keeps the GHG Protocol’s reporting requirements aligned with those of the … Read more »

US Emissions Fell 1.6% in 2011

US Emissions Fell 1.6% in 2011

Greenhouse gas emissions in the US totaled 6,702,000 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2011, a 1.6 percent reduction from the previous year, according to an annual report by the EPA. The drop can be attributed to multiple factors including reduced emissions from electricity generation, improvements in fuel … Read more »

Unilever, Shell, Swiss Re, Skanska Back Carbon Pricing

More than 100 international corporations including food and consumer products company Unilever, energy giants Royal Dutch Shell and Statoil, re-insurer Swiss Re and construction company Skanska have called on policymakers to develop a clear, transparent and unambiguous global carbon price to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The joint statement, coordinated by … Read more »

UN, World Bank Unveil Carbon Finance Program for Philippines Pig Farmers

A UN and World Bank initiative has begun providing pig farms with incentives for using Earth-friendly waste treatment facilities. On July 26, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change registered a Programme of Activity for piggeries under the Methane Recovery from Waste Management Project, which allows farms across the … Read more »