LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Biofuels made from wood waste
and sugarcane have languished well below expectations for years
but new production coming on line promises explosive growth by
2015, the chief executive of producer Beta Renewables said on
The United States produced just 20,000 gallons of so-called
cellulosic biofuel last year, according to the U.S. Energy
Information Administration. That was a mere 0.04 percent of a
500-million-gallon target the U.S. government set in 2007.
LONDON (Reuters) – Public concern about environmental issues hit a 20-year low last year, a poll showed, as worries about the aftermath of the global financial crisis overshadowed growing evidence of man-made climate change.
Canada-based research group GlobeScan surveyed 22,812 people from 22 countries, asking them to rate the seriousness of six issues – air pollution, water pollution, species loss, automobile emissions, fresh water shortages and climate change.
LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Britain’s big first step in
developing wave and tide power will be harder to follow through
with full-scale commercialisation, speakers at a marine energy
conference said on Wednesday.
A harsh economic climate and overseas competition,
particularly from Asia, will make progress tougher.
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – European politicians backed an emergency plan to rescue the world’s biggest carbon market from collapse on Tuesday but hesitated to kick off the drafting of legislation, sending prices down by as much as 20 percent.
The carbon market, meant to be a pillar of the European Union’s climate policy, has fallen to a series of record low prices because of a huge surplus of allowances, mostly generated by recession in the euro zone.
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – European politicians backed an emergency plan to rescue the world’s biggest carbon market from collapse on Tuesday but hesitated to kick off the next stage of EU action, sending prices down by as much as 20 percent.
Meant to be a pillar of the European Union’s climate policy, the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has fallen to a series of record lows because of a huge surplus of allowances, mostly generated by recession in the euro zone.
LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – More efficient use of nitrogen
fertilisers could cut annual consumption by 20 million tonnes,
help the environment and save $170 million a year by the end of
the decade, scientists said in a report on Monday.
Nitrogen, phosphorous and other nutrients essential for
plant growth have long been used in fertilisers to meet world
food and energy demand.
BRUSSELS/LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Europe’s failure to
raise carbon prices enough to spur green energy use means more
nations are expected to follow the example of Britain and take
action on their own.
EU efforts in the immediate term are focused on a Feb. 19
vote in a committee of the European Parliament which will
provide the next signal of whether a plan to bolster the EU’s
Emissions Trading Scheme can proceed.
LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Britain needs a single coherent
strategy to become the most energy-efficient country in Europe,
Prime Minister David Cameron said in one of his strongest
speeches on the value of a low-carbon economy on Monday.
Cameron spoke at the launch of a new programme to accelerate
the deployment of energy-saving measures and get the most out of
the many existing government policies to improve energy use.
LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Growing palm oil trees to make
biofuels could be accelerating the effects of climate change,
new research showed on Wednesday, adding further weight to
claims the crop is not environmentally sustainable.
In a paper published in the journal Nature, an international
team of scientists examined how the deforestation of peat swamps
in Malaysia to make way for palm oil trees is releasing carbon
which has been locked away for thousands of years.
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – European Union carbon prices collapsed 40 percent to a fresh record low on Thursday after politicians opposed plans to prop up the market, raising concerns prices could soon slump to zero, likely signaling the death of the market.
Prices in the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) collapsed to 2.81 euros a metric ton (1.1023 tons) after a vote in the European Parliament’s energy and industry committee opposing a scheme known as “backloading” to support prices by extracting allowances from the market and reinjecting them later.