LA goal: 100% renewables

LA goal: 100% renewables

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.com follows:

“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!

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25% emissions from coal

25% global emissions from coal

Burning coal is the most polluting form of energy production: 25% of all greenhouse gases is from coal. Within the built environment a large share of emissions is because of coal combustion.

Coal is the main cause of global greenhouse gas emissions. A quarter of the emissions is because of the worldwide coal combustion.

World Resources Institute concluded this out of their latest calculation. Read More

Ships should reduce CO2

Ships need CO2 reduction

The shipping sector needs a robust and ambitious action plan in order to decrease the emissions in the sector.

Ships are responsible for more than 5.5% of the global emissions!

That’s why the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) wants the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) quickly to make firm commitments to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from shipping. Read More

MultiNationals reduce 15% emissions

MultiNationals

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.

Read about the actions they are taking. Read More

Fossil industries wastes $ 2.2 million investments

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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.

The money will be lost in a low carbon future.

Global action on climate change and renewable energy investments will ensure the waste for fossil energy companies. Research was done at the current and future projects from oil, gas and coal companies until 2025. It concluded which projects would stop because of political actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to below two degrees global warming.

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5 questions about our climate

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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

Climate Paris in Figures

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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

Will climate agreement be ambitious enough?

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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.

The fear will wrap in many guises: crumbling icebergs, dried-up lakes, burning forests, raging water and millions of people in need. Read More

Paris – Two CEOs stimulate international business climate action

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Monster greenhouse gas levels seen

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 is time to close coal power plants

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Monster greenhouse gas levels seen

In the fight against CO2 emissions, it is now time to close coal power plants In Europe. Investments in renewables and storage are crucial. 

Coal plants are big polluters.

The commissioning of new coal plants in Europe, is the main cause of the fact that the CO2 emissions has increased rather than decreased.

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Climate Summit Paris: remarkable step but not enough

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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

10 steps for industries to reduce your carbon footprint

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  • During the climate summit in New York hundreds of initiatives were announced to tackle carbon emissions
  • And the G7 world power nations agreed on increasing global warming with maximum 1 degrees Celsius comparing with 1990.

But all the agreements need the support of businesses and industries. So: What can your business or industry do to reduce your carbon footprint?  Read More

G7 stops rising temperatures. Call for cities

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Circular Economy: reduces, reuse, recycles and gets green

Just ahead of the major negotiations on an intended climate accord, the G7 reached an agreement on rising temperatures with maximum 2 degrees Celsius, compared with 1990!

A great advantage for Industries, cities, citizens and politics to start emission reductions pledges.

The aim is to continue to strengthen momentum ahead of the climate conference scheduled for Paris in December this year.

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5 Oil Companies want to tax CO2 Emissions

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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

Which Oil Company scored best in producing sustainable biofuel 2013?

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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

  1. Number 1 Salland
    This year the biofuels brought on the market by Salland have the lowest average GHG emission factor
  2. Number 2 Esso
  3. Number 3 Kuwait

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IKEA plans to invest 1.5 billion euro in Climate Change

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IKEA wants to produce at least 70% of the energy by 2016 and wants to increase it to full energy independence by 2020.

The next five years furniture giant IKEA will spend 1.5 billion euros (1,7 billion USD) to the development of renewable energy and other measures to help tackle climate change

  • 500 million euros (565 million USD) will be given to develop wind energy
  • Another investment of 100 million (112 million USD) will be spend for further development of solar energy
  • People in regions that are hardest hit by global warming will receive 400 million euros (450 million USD)

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Buildings can still save a lot of energy

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The AMC’s LED bulbs will be tested first before placing them on a large scale

Existing buildings can save much energy by taking energy-saving measures that will reduce your energy bill quickly.

Suzanne Oudmaijer, energy coordinator at the Amsterdam Medical Care Hospital (AMC) “With proper adjustment of systems we can accelerate energy savings.”

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European Circular Economy Is Growing Fast

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Resource productivity in the EU grew by 20% between 2000 and 2011. And another 30% is expected by 2030, resulting in an additional 2 million jobs.

The circular economy in Europe is growing fast. Products are remanufactured, reused, repaired and recycled.

Closing the Loop – from waste to raw materials.

It’s great to see how many materials are saved and how many jobs this circular economy is creating. Both the Netherlands and the UK are leading in the continent.

The benefits are clear: more jobs and a healthier environment.

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