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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Up Again

As climate negotiators from around the world meet in Poland this week and next to figure out how to keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, they are hearing some discouraging news: Emissions of the biggest pollutant, carbon dioxide, are going up. For three years — 2014 through 2016 — the amount of atmospheric CO2 … Continue reading Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Up Again

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Global companies call for a minimum carbon price

To complement the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), a group of companies propose the introduction of a European or regional carbon price floor in the power sector and minimum carbon pricing for transport and buildings. Predictable and consistent carbon price signals are widely considered the most cost-effective way to stimulate climate friendly decision-making by … Continue reading Global companies call for a minimum carbon price

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Key steps Member States can take to aid Europe’s long-term climate commitments

On 19 October WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson participated to the 18th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency organised by the European Forum for Renewable Energy (EUFORES) in Vienna. In a panel discussion dedicated to the Clean Energy Package, Dickson presented the key provisions that will help the renewable electricity sector to contribute to … Continue reading Key steps Member States can take to aid Europe’s long-term climate commitments

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COP22: What next for the Paris Agreement?

When diplomats arrived in Marrakech for the next round of UN climate talks, they knew the conference would get off to a good start. Only a few days before the opening ceremony of COP22, the Paris Agreement formally entered into force. It gave diplomats renewed impetus as they began critical discussions on how to implement … Continue reading COP22: What next for the Paris Agreement?

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Renewables played crucial role in U.S. CO2 reductions

After a nearly 20-year upward trend, U.S. CO2 emissions from energy took a sharp and unexpected turn downwards in 2007. By 2013, the country’s annual CO2 emissions had decreased by 11% – a decline not witnessed since the 1979 oil crisis. Experts have generally attributed this decrease to the economic recession, and to a huge … Continue reading Renewables played crucial role in U.S. CO2 reductions

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Iberdrola announces the complete closure of its coal-fired power capacity

In line with its strong commitment to tackling the effects of climate change, Iberdrola has decided to complete the process of phasing out all its coal-fired power generation capacity worldwide. The technology represents 1.8% of the group’s total installed capacity of 48,062 megawatts (MW) and 1.5% of its electricity production for the first nine months … Continue reading Iberdrola announces the complete closure of its coal-fired power capacity

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Deal struck in carbon market reforms

Negotiators from the Council, the European Parliament and Commission last night reached a ‘provisional political deal’ on reforming Europe’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) for the next decade. A compromise was struck late in the night, according to which the so-called Modernisation Fund can no longer support financing for coal. An exemption was made for district … Continue reading Deal struck in carbon market reforms

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Member States agree on general approach on post-2020 ETS reform

Member States proposed to strengthen the Market Stability Reserve, a facility designed to take excess carbon permits out of the market from 2019 onwards. The rate at which it will take permits out of the market would be doubled. And permits stored in the reserve would be cancelled if a certain threshold is reached. The … Continue reading Member States agree on general approach on post-2020 ETS reform

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British wind energy cut carbon emissions by 36 million tonnes

enewable energy generated from wind farms in Britain has prevented the creation of around 36m tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over the last six years, a new study from the University of Edinburgh has found. Engineers said that their methodology could be applied to create more accurate estimates of future emissions savings and readings for … Continue reading British wind energy cut carbon emissions by 36 million tonnes

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100% Renewable Energy a must for limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees

United under the umbrella of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Campaign, cities, NGOs, Renewable Energy Industry Associations and academics from across the world highlight that implementing the Paris Agreement means phasing out fossil fuels and investing in a 100% Renewable Energy infrastructure immediately. At a High-Level Event in Marrakesh, leaders from this global 100% RE … Continue reading 100% Renewable Energy a must for limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees

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WindEurope CEO underscores need for strong governance on EU’s 2030 package

When diplomats arrived in Marrakech for the next round of UN climate talks, they knew the conference would get off to a good start. Only a few days before the opening ceremony of COP22, the Paris Agreement formally entered into force. It gave diplomats renewed impetus as they began critical discussions on how to implement … Continue reading WindEurope CEO underscores need for strong governance on EU’s 2030 package

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Renewable energy technologies ready to deliver on the Paris Agreement at all levels of deployment

The REN Alliance, a coalition of five renewable energy associations, joined forces at COP22 in Marrakech to demonstrate how renewable technologies working together can meet energy needs at island, rural, city, national and regional levels.   Among the most significant challenges facing society today is the impacts that global climate change can have on our … Continue reading Renewable energy technologies ready to deliver on the Paris Agreement at all levels of deployment

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World Wind Energy Award 2016 for 195 Countries who endorsed the Paris Agreement

On the occasion of the 15th World Wind Energy Conference 2016 in Tokyo, the Board of the World Wind Energy Association has decided to give the World Wind Energy Award 2016 to the 195 Governments plus the European Union who, during the UN Climate Change Conference COP21, reached the so called Paris Agreement, a landmark … Continue reading World Wind Energy Award 2016 for 195 Countries who endorsed the Paris Agreement

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China issues plan to reduce greenhouse gas emission

China will reduce carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 18 percent compared with that in 2015 by the end of 2020, the cabinet announced Friday. The government will restrict other greenhouse gas emission and start a carbon trading market in the next five years to help meet the commitment to peaking carbon dioxide … Continue reading China issues plan to reduce greenhouse gas emission

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IRENA welcomes Paris Agreement as strong enabler for renewable energy action

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Director-General Adnan Z. Amin issued the following statement upon the entry into force of the Paris Agreement today: IRENA welcomes the entry into force of the Paris Agreement and congratulates those Parties whose leadership made this a reality. The fact that this happened more quickly than anyone thought possible, sends … Continue reading IRENA welcomes Paris Agreement as strong enabler for renewable energy action

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Decarbonising the energy sector needs cost-efficient onshore wind energy

Today, the Paris Agreement comes into force, sending an important signal to companies investing in climate-friendly business. This step follows the agreement’s ratification by 55 countries, representing more than 55 percent of global CO2-emissions. Among these countries are China, the EU, India and the USA. At the core of the agreement is the notion to … Continue reading Decarbonising the energy sector needs cost-efficient onshore wind energy

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Paris defines 100% renewable energy as the new normal

The UN Climate Change Conference COP21 ended last weekend with 195 governments agreeing on a new climate treaty, and this Paris agreement is a big breakthrough! The agreement itself is indeed not detailed, includes no clear figures on limiting greenhouse gas emissions, no strong legal commitments on how to act. Hence my assessment is based … Continue reading Paris defines 100% renewable energy as the new normal

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World to markets: Invest now in climate solutions

Over the weekend global leaders agreed to change the course of our world by declaring the need to pivot to a clean, low-carbon future. Monday’s headlines struggled to convey the magnitude of their call to action: Washington Post: Countries just adopted a historic climate change accord Los Angeles Times: Nearly 200 nations join together to … Continue reading World to markets: Invest now in climate solutions

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Ambitious UN climate deal could be investment opportunity for European wind energy industry

China, India, Morocco, Brazil and Turkey are just a few of the countries that have made post-2020 national pledges on the deployment of wind energy in the coming years. In all 70 countries have identified wind as a key climate mitigation technology. Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: “The … Continue reading Ambitious UN climate deal could be investment opportunity for European wind energy industry

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COP21: global climate agreement marks historic step

The legally binding international climate agreement negotiated in Paris on 12 December offers a real glimmer of hope, though it will still not be enough to avert irreversible consequences from climate change. By recognising the importance of the world’s cities and regions, the agreement has, however, increased the prospects of a more effective and sustained … Continue reading COP21: global climate agreement marks historic step

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