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Jul 17, 2014

Global carbon market hopes fades as Australia dumps CO2 trading

WELLINGTON/LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – The goal of a global
carbon market to tackle climate change, once touted to reach $2
trillion by 2020, received a major setback when Australia on
Thursday scrapped its planned carbon trading scheme, which would
have been the world’s third biggest.

Australia’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was to have
started in 2015 and linked with the world’s biggest market in
Europe — the first direct connection between major emissions
trading schemes and a test case for possible links between
schemes emerging in China and planned in Japan and the United
States.

Jul 15, 2014

UK energy sector under pressure to improve transparency

LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) – British energy companies are
under pressure to improve the way they announce outages or
capacity reductions at their plants after regulator Ofgem found
examples that could lead to market distortions.

Under European Union regulation called REMIT, introduced in
2011, energy generators have to publish information related to
any changes in capacity or use of their production, storage or
transmission facilities, such as outages or shutdowns.

Jul 1, 2014

EU states avoid green energy overhaul after court backs Swedish scheme

LONDON (Reuters) – Sweden’s renewable energy support scheme is compatible with European Union law, the EU’s top court said on Tuesday, in a ruling that means member states will avoid a radical overhaul of their renewable energy laws.

The EU’s Court of Justice (ECJ) said the ruling meant EU member states can continue to limit renewables support schemes to within their national borders.

Jul 1, 2014

EU top court rules Sweden’s EU renewables support is legal

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Sweden’s renewable energy support
scheme is compatible with European Union law, the EU’s top court
ruled on Tuesday, in a judgment that means member states will
avoid a radical overhaul of their renewable energy laws.

The EU’s Court of Justice (ECJ) said the ruling meant EU
member states can continue to limit renewables support schemes
to within their national borders.

Jun 24, 2014

Climate policies could lift global GDP by $2.6 trillion per year – World Bank

LONDON (Reuters) – Global economic output could rise by as much as an additional $2.6 trillion (£1.53 trillion) a year, or 2.2 percent, by 2030 if government policies improve energy efficiency, waste management and public transport, according to a World Bank report released on Tuesday.

The report, produced with philanthropic group ClimateWorks Foundation, analysed the benefits of ambitious policies to cut emissions from transport, industrial and building sectors as well as from waste and cooking fuels in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, the United States and the European Union.

Jun 24, 2014

Climate policies could lift global GDP by $2.6 trln/yr-World Bank

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) – Global economic output could
rise by as much as an additional $2.6 trillion a year, or 2.2
percent, by 2030 if government policies improve energy
efficiency, waste management and public transport, according to
a World Bank report released on Tuesday.

The report, produced with philanthropic group ClimateWorks
Foundation, analysed the benefits of ambitious policies to cut
emissions from transport, industrial and building sectors as
well as from waste and cooking fuels in Brazil, China, India,
Mexico, the United States and the European Union.

Jun 20, 2014

Europe set for compliance chaos with new ship fuel sulphur rules

LONDON, June 20 (Reuters) – Northern European regulators
will face a battle with many shipping companies over new EU
rules aimed at cutting pollution from ship fuels as some owners
are likely to find it cheaper to pay fines than to comply.

Ships are typically powered by heavy fuel oil or bunker oil,
both of which produce harmful pollutants such as sulphur dioxide
which can cause respiratory and heart problems.

Jun 11, 2014

American Vanadium eyes share of storage battery market

LONDON (Reuters) – American Vanadium is aiming to capture a 20 percent share of the global market for energy-storing vanadium flow batteries by 2020 after it begins production at the only vanadium mine in the United States, its chief executive said.

Most vanadium has traditionally been used to strengthen steel but the metal is now also being employed as a component in batteries to store large amounts of power from renewable energy sources or to balance the grid when there are surges in demand.

Jun 10, 2014

Smaller firms will lead East Africa’s oil and gas development

LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – Smaller oil explorers willing to
take financial and operational risks will lead the development
of East Africa’s oil and gas industry as majors ditch riskier
projects as margins fall, executives from several oil and gas
firms said on Tuesday.

The region has emerged as a significant prospect for the
export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) because of the size of
natural gas discoveries there and its proximity to Asia’s major
LNG consumers.

Jun 3, 2014

Britain’s solar boom seen even bigger this year

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s growth in solar capacity could be greater this year than last as firms snap up government subsidies for new large plants before they come to an end, said Foresight Group, a major British asset manager investing in the solar sector.

Last year, Britain installed a record of 1.5 gigawatts of new solar photovotaic (PV) capacity and overtook Italy to become the second-biggest European market after Germany, according to a major industry association.

    • About Nina

      "Based in London, Nina helps coordinate Reuters' coverage of European power, gas, coal and renewables markets with a focus on policies, investment and trading. She also covers environment, climate change and new clean energy technologies. Nina has twelve years of journalistic experience. Previously at Reuters Nina covered carbon markets in London and EU energy policy and competition in Brussels. Before joining Reuters, Nina worked as a journalist in the European pulp and paper sector in Brussels and for Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun, covering everything from UK politics and the Iraq War to sport and entertainment. Nina holds a first class ..."
      Joined Reuters:
      2007
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      Russian, Italian, French, basic Japanese, some Turkish
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