LONDON, June 4 (Reuters) – British lawmakers on Tuesday
rejected an amendment to the UK coalition government’s Energy
Bill which would have locked the power sector into tough carbon
cuts from 2014, two years earlier than planned, and limited new
gas plants being built after 2020.
Britain wants to explore the potential of shale gas to stem
its rising dependence on imported gas and the vote comes just
one day after it was estimated that UK shale gas resources could
be a lot higher than previously thought.
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain should revise its renewable transport fuel target and push the European Union to change its renewable energy goal to limit the use of unsustainable food-based biofuels, a committee of UK lawmakers said on Tuesday.
The use of biofuels is under scrutiny because some are thought to displace food production into new areas by forcing forest clearance and the draining of peatland. Such displacement is referred to as ILUC (indirect land-use change).
LONDON (Reuters) – British judges ruled on Wednesday that the UK government has breached European Union air quality law and asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for guidance on what action needs to be taken, delaying immediate improvements to air pollution.
Britain’s highest appeal court, the Supreme Court, said the government was in breach of an EU directive which put limits on nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning fuels which can damage people’s breathing.
LONDON (Reuters) – Most of the world’s largest companies do not report their greenhouse gas emissions fully or correctly and do not have the data independently verified, a study by an environmental research body showed on Wednesday.
Companies are under pressure worldwide from policymakers, and a public increasingly concerned with green issues, to report the environmental fallout of all activities related to their daily business – from plane journeys to office supplies.
OSLO/LONDON (Reuters) – Designers of everything from mobile phones to electric car batteries should make their products far easier to recycle to offset soaring demand for metals, two United Nations reports recommended on Wednesday.
Products should be made to become “designer minerals” at the end of their lifetimes so they can more simply be broken up and stripped of metals ranging from copper to gold, according to the twin studies.
LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) – More banks and trading houses
could abandon Europe’s carbon market, making government auctions
of permits more likely to fail, after the European parliament on
Tuesday rejected an emergency measure to prop up prices.
Prices for EU carbon permits under the Emissions
Trading Scheme (ETS) fell 40 percent to under 3 euros on Tuesday
after lawmakers rejected a plan to temporarily cut permit supply
by 15 percent for fear that higher carbon prices would cost
European jobs and harm economic growth.
LONDON (Reuters) – The development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.
With power generation still dominated by coal and governments failing to increase investment in clean energy, top climate scientists have said that the target of keeping the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius this century is slipping out of reach.
BRUSSELS/LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – EU politicians on
Tuesday hold a decisive vote on a plan to reduce a glut of
allowances that has devastated the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
(ETS), the world’s biggest carbon market.
Following months of bitter debate, the vote in a plenary
session of the European Parliament at around midday (1000 GMT)
is expected to be extremely close.
LONDON/BRUSSELS, April 10 (Reuters) – Europeans no longer
see the kind of pollution that within living memory killed
thousands of Londoners in the Great Smog of 1952, but the air
they breathe still bears invisible threats scarcely less deadly,
and little more controlled.
While attention is given to curbing the carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions blamed for global warming, substances more directly
harmful to human health, notably nitrogen oxides, are pumped out
of diesel engines and from European power stations burning coal
that is getting cheaper as Americans exploit new gas reserves.
BRUSSELS/LONDON, April 9 (Reuters) – Months of bitter
argument culminate next Tuesday in a make-or-break vote on an
attempt to prop up the European Union carbon prices, which
plunged to record lows earlier this year.
A proposal put forward by the European Commission last year
to remove temporarily some of the glut of carbon allowances that
has depressed the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was meant to be
a quick and easy fix.