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Microsoft’s Carbon Fee Funds 15 Offset Projects

Microsoft has used funds raised over the past year from its internal carbon offset fee to invest in 15 resource conservation and renewable energy projects throughout the world including Brazil, India, Kenya, Mongolia, China and the United States. Funds raised through the fee also have been used for internal efficiency … Read more »

US Imposes 31% Duty on Chinese Solar Panels

The US government has imposed tariffs of around 30 percent on solar panels imported from China, sparking charges of “trade protectionism” from Chinese government officials and increasing friction between the two countries. The US Commerce Department ruled yesterday in favor of American companies that charged Chinese exporters had illegally “dumped” … Read more »

Consumer Sector Dominates Energy Harvesting

Consumer Sector Dominates Energy Harvesting

The consumer sector is leading the way in energy harvesting – using ambient energy to power small electronic devices, according to a report by analysis firm IDTechEx. In terms of market value, variety of applications and number of devices the consumer sector will continue to be the primary energy harvesting … Read more »

China, U.S. Keep Renewable Investment Top Spots

China and the United States have maintained the top two places in Ernst & Young’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index. The Chinese government has announced in the last quarter that it will hold tenders for 2GW of projects to reach its target of 5GW of offshore power by 2015. But … Read more »

U.S. Officially Pledges to Cut GHG Emissions by 17%

Bolstering the global warming deal made at the Copenhagen talks in December, the Obama administration officially pledged that the United States would cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, reports the Baltimore Sun. President Barack Obama said at the Copenhagen … Read more »

Demand Picks Up for Voluntary Carbon Credits

Demand is picking up in the voluntary carbon credit market particularly from the United States, according to carbon offset retailers and brokers, reports Reuters. The voluntary market operates outside mandatory emissions reduction schemes such as the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism or the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme, relying on … Read more »

Japan Tops ICT Sustainability Index

IDC has ranked Japan, with a score of 16, as the top-tier country with the greatest potential to reduce greenhouse gases by using information and communications technologies (ICT). The ICT Sustainability Index ranks the capability of the G20 nations to use ICT to reduce their CO2 emissions. United States followed … Read more »

U.S. GHG Emissions Fell 2.2% in 2008

U.S. GHG Emissions Fell 2.2% in 2008

At 7,053 million metric tons, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell 2.2 percent in 2008, when compared to 2007, according to a government report. Record oil prices and lower economic activity in 2008 led to the decline, which includes a 2.9 decrease in energy-related CO2 emissions, according to “Emissions of Greenhouse … Read more »

Canada Delays GHG Emissions Regs, Russia Ups Emissions Cuts

Add Canada to a growing list of countries that want to wait until a global climate deal is struck and the United States decides how it will regulate emissions before they regulate their own greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier this week, New Zealand made a similar announcement. There also appears to … Read more »

Nations Argue Over CO2 Emissions Cuts, Audits

The measurement, reporting and auditing of greenhouse gas emissions by each country is a key focus of U.N. climate negotiations leading up to climate talks in Copenhagen in December, reports Reuters. Rich nations are under pressure to cut their emissions 25-40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and spend billions … Read more »

U.S. Export-Import Bank Adopts Carbon Policy to Support Renewable Energy

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) says it is the first Export Credit Agency (ECA) to adopt a comprehensive Carbon Policy to help U.S. manufacturers produce renewable energy and climate-friendly technologies for the world market. The policy also includes a commitment to improve the bank’s transparency in … Read more »

17 Million Natural Gas Vehicles Predicted by 2015

The number of natural gas vehicles on the road globally will grow to 17 million vehicles by 2015, up from 9.7 million in 2008, according to a new report from Pike Research. The report, Natural Gas Vehicles, forecasts that the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for U.S. NGV sales will … Read more »