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Dec 24, 2009

Copenhagen blame game not helpful: U.N. climate chief

LONDON (Reuters) – Countries should stop blaming each other for the weak outcome of the Copenhagen climate talks and sit down together to move the process forward, the U.N.’s top climate change official said on Wednesday.

It is still possible to reach a legally binding global treaty, and bickering among countries like China and Britain is unproductive, Yvo de Boer, the head of the UN’s climate change secretariat, told Reuters.

Dec 19, 2009

Investors give cautious thumbs up to climate deal

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Businesses and investment analysts cautiously welcomed a climate deal struck in Copenhagen on Friday, but complained that it was unclear how its commitments would be translated into law.

The private sector is expected to supply most capital to drive a global shift to a greener economy away from burning fossil fuels.

Dec 19, 2009

Canada says must go in tandem with U.S. on climate

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Prime Minister Stephen Harper brushed off criticism on Friday that Canada would act on climate change only in parallel with the United States, saying this was crucial because of North America’s economic integration.

“If the Americans don’t act, it will severely limit our ability to act, but if the Americans do act, it is absolutely essential that we act in concert with them,” he said.

Dec 18, 2009

House Republicans warn Obama on climate steps

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – As President Barack Obama labored behind closed doors to break a deadlock over efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Republicans from the U.S. Congress were outside those meetings urging him not to bother.

“We’re not going to let jobs be destroyed in America for some esoteric environmental benefit 100 years from now,” U.S. House of Representatives member Joe Barton told Reuters on the sidelines of the U.N. conference on climate change.

Dec 16, 2009

Brazil blocking expansion of carbon finance: source

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Brazil is blocking calls to expand carbon finance for emerging nations at U.N. talks, and a spat with Saudi Arabia over forestry and carbon-burying projects could impede a new climate deal, a source close to the talks said.

Several reforms to the $6.5 billion carbon offset market under the Kyoto Protocol, called the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), have been proposed at climate talks this week in Copenhagen, but few have been agreed so far.

Dec 15, 2009

Emissions rights could negate new climate pact: EU

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Trade in controversial carbon rights under the Kyoto Protocol after 2012 could undermine emissions targets agreed under a new global climate pact, the European Union environment commissioner said on Tuesday.

Under the Kyoto treaty, which expires in 2012, nations that are comfortably below their greenhouse gas emissions targets can sell the difference in the form of rights called Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) to countries struggling to meet their own targets.

Dec 15, 2009

Suzlon head sees wind turbine shortfall under pact

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Demand for new wind power could far outstrip supply under a new global climate deal, the founder of Asia’s largest wind turbine maker said this week, calling for new manufacturers to help industry to fill orders. Tulsi Tanti, also chairman of India’s Suzlon Energy, said due to the size of the 36.5 billion euro ($53.5 billion) wind turbine market, he does not consider existing manufacturers as competition.

“The market is so large. With a deal agreed here it will grow even bigger, so there’s a lot of room for the new players,” Tanti said on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen. “The industry hopes to grow more aggressively. The 10 (leading manufacturers) are not able to satisfy these targets, so we need more players.”

Dec 14, 2009

Closed UK steel plant to get EU carbon permits: government

LONDON (Reuters) – A steel plant in northeast England due to close in January will likely get its 2010 quota of free European carbon permits, worth around 100 million euros ($147 million), the UK government said on Friday.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) had said on Wednesday the 7 million European Union carbon permits, equal to one percent of Britain’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, could be auctioned with proceeds going to government coffers.

Dec 11, 2009

Lasting carbon price rise needs utilities: BarCap

LONDON (Reuters) – A sustained rise in European carbon prices in 2010 needs renewed buying from utilities rather than a positive outcome from U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen, Barclays Capital’s head of environmental markets said.

“The idea that Copenhagen causes a structural shift in price is not impossible but pretty unlikely. Unless utilities get behind the market it’s not going anywhere,” Louis Redshaw said.

Dec 9, 2009

UK to cash in on closed steel plant carbon permits

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s climate efforts were questioned on Wednesday after it said it would auction off rather than cancel millions of carbon permits to come from a closed steel plant, equal to one percent of UK greenhouse gas emissions.

The government said cancelling the European Union permits, allocated to a plant owned by Europe’s second largest steelmaker Corus in northeast England, would be a “lengthy process” so it would instead sell the annual rights to emit nearly 7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide back to industry.

    • About Michael

      "Michael Szabo is an environmental markets correspondent based in London, UK. His focus is on carbon emissions trading, but also looks at renewable energy and climate change policy and science. He also manages the Global Carbon Forum."
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