The City of Los Angeles took a significant step toward realizing its global leadership potential. Mayor Garcetti released LA’s first-ever urban sustainability plan: the pLAn.
LA City Council members Paul Krekorian and Mike Bonin coauthored legislation for a fast route to 100% renewables for LA. With an appreciative nod from the Sierra Club, the news reported at 11district.comfollows:
“LADWP is on the verge of making significant investments in its infrastructure, and with that 100-year-old power system in need of significant upgrades, the city has an opportunity to re-create its utility in a way that recognizes the potential for a fossil-free future, demonstrates global leadership in its commitment to clean energy, and protects ratepayers from the increasing costs of carbon-based fuels.”
Under the current plan, emissions are expected to drop. Under a new plan, they could drop to zero!
These multinationals are supporting the 1.5 degree global warming with ambitious carbon reduces
These multinationals have made a commitment to go 100% renewable. Update: 58 companies with 50 million MWh of renewable energy! And the list is growing fast.
Sijbesma, CEO Royal DSM in the Huffington Post: “Our children and their children will thank us for finally stepping up.”
MultiNationals and carbon pricing
Royal DSM is applying an internal carbon price of €50 per ton CO2 equivalent when reviewing large investments. They call on business to do the same: it will make your business more future proof.
Facilitated by the World Economic Forum, around 80 CEOs voiced their support for a meaningful carbon price in the run-up to COP21. The current low oil price creates the right moment to introduce a price on carbon.
The United States is the greatest risk, CarbonTracker states, with a cost of $ 412 billion in stranded assets “unnecessary fossil projects in 2025. Second in risk is Canada (220 billion). Than China (179 million), Russia (147 billion ) and Australia (US $ 103 billion).
The next decade fossil energy companies will lose possibly $ 2.2 trillion in investments, according CarbonTracker in a recent report.
COP21: Rallies call for Paris climate change action
Will the negotiations in Paris lead to an international climate agreement? The question seems not to be whether the negotiations lead to an agreement but what bottom line, the results of the agreement will be.
Five questions about the climate issues. Read More
Berkeley Earth has just released analysis of land-surface temperature records going back 250 years, about 100 years further than previous studies. The analysis shows that the rise in average world land temperature globe is approximately 1.5 degrees C in the past 250 years, and about 0.9 degrees in the past 50 years.
With 195 participating countries and 3000 journalists we can expect a lot of news from Paris during the next days.
In advance, a summary of the top in figures. Read More
Businesses have a major role to play in driving low-carbon growth
Fear is a bad counselor, when it’s about terrorists and refugees. But it’s a welcome guest at the big climate summit that begins today in Paris. Global warming needs to be stopped, we are running running out of time.
Two Dutch CEO’s are firmly stimulating international companies to major climate action: Paul Polman (CEO Unilever) and Peter Bakker (president of the WBCSD) are leading the ‘Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative (LCTPi).
Already 86 large enterprises have signed the LCTPi. Read More
It’s already a historic climate summit. Delegates from 196 countries have to reach an agreement on combating global warming after 2020. The last major climate summit, Copenhagen in 2009, failed because there should be a comprehensive agreement.
More than 150 countries have applied on the eve of the climate conference in Paris in late November with plans and initiatives to stop the global warming.
But all these plans will not be enough to stay below the safe 2 degrees Celsius.
However, they slow down the warm-up, and they make sure that the 2-degree-target in the near future will be feasible without large investments. Read More
HIT HNG technology up to zero emissions power plants
Five European oil and gas companies, are calling for emissions-trading systems or taxes on carbon emissions for industries. They asked for it in a letter to the climate commission of the UN.
The challenge is to meet a higher demand for energy with less CO2 emissions, say oil and gas companies.
BP, Shell / BG Group, Eni, Total and Statoil are joining forces for an initiative calling for carbon pricing. The big 5 want to help shape climate policies to benefit natural gas, which produces about half the carbon emissions of coal when burned to create electricity. Read More
In 2005 more than 50% of the fuel was depending on natural gas. Just 10% was green powered. Looking at the data from 2013, the market for energy production has been preserved substantially. 35% of green energy and the share of polluting sources like natural gas and coal has been reduced.
Under the Dutch biofuels obligation, fuel suppliers are required to include a minimum share of biofuels in their overall sales of road transport fuels: 5.0% in 2013.
They also have to submit an annual report detailing the biofuels they sell on the Dutch market. The Dutch Emissions Authority published a selection of the results.
Ranking of fuel suppliers based on total GHG emissions of the seven biofuels mostly used in 2013
Number 1 Salland
This year the biofuels brought on the market by Salland have the lowest average GHG emission factor