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Unlikely Bedfellows: Mines That Run On Solar Or Wind Power

London, August 2014

Mining companies are often seen as dinosaurs when it comes to making changes that will benefit the environment, but that perception may be shifting as some companies turn to renewable energy to cut costs and lighten their carbon footprint.

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Easy times over as carbon prices enter bullish corridor

Karlsruhe, 20 August 2014

With prices hitting a 5 month high of €6.50 today, established energy intelligence provider ICIS Tschach predicts a sustained increase in the price of European Trading Scheme (ETS) allowances. On current trajectories, prices are expected to hit double digits and a two-year high by year’s end. Such an increase would be a worrying trend for those with significant compliance obligations, especially large, carbon-intensive industrials.

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Tidal Stream and Wave Power

London, 14 August 2014

Global installations of tidal stream and wave power are set to grow to 148MW and 21MW respectively by the end of this decade, from almost nothing today, according to new research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, but these are still trifling amounts in the context of the world’s power system.

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Commission’s 2030 Energy efficiency target to lower carbon price

London, July 2014

The energy efficiency framework that has been outlined by the European Commission will lower European carbon prices if not compensated by the implementation of the Market Stability Reserve, according to the Point Carbon team at Thomson Reuters.

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Australia needs to avoid climate policy vacuum

Melbourne, 17 July 2014

The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) is disappointed that Australia’s policymakers failed to adopt reforms to bring market pricing and global linkages to the Carbon Pricing Mechanism (CPM).  By simply repealing the CPM without broader reforms, political leaders created a policy vacuum.



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$2.5 trillion to be invested in Asia renewables ...

London, 1 July 2014

The Asia-Pacific region will invest a massive $3.6 trillion over the years ahead to equip itself with the power capacity it needs for 2030. Two thirds of that sum will go on renewable generation technologies such as wind, solar and hydro-electric, according to a major report from research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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EPA Sensitive to Costs of Power Plant Rule

Washington, 16 June 2014

The U.S. EPA is sensitive to the possibility of higher electricity prices as a result of new emission regulations proposed earlier this month, an agency official said Sunday on Platts Energy Week, the all-energy news and talk show program.

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Peak Pollution: China Aims For The Top So It Can Go Down

London, 11 June 2014

City-dwelling Chinese may still be choking on smog, but amid all the haze, China may turning a corner in its fight on pollution. Top Chinese officials have hinted at the fact that China is working hard to achieve "peak" greenhouse gas emissions, which may come sooner than observers expect.

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EPA Report Shows Impact of Changing Climate on Americans’ Health and Environment

Washington, May 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the third edition of a report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States. The report pulls together observed data on key measures of our environment, including U.S. and global temperature and precipitation, ocean heat and ocean acidity, sea level, length of growing season, and many others.

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ICIS launches The Carbon Markets Almanac 2014

Cologne, 28 May 2014

Established energy market intelligence provider, ICIS, has announced the launch of The Carbon Markets Almanac 2014 at Carbon Expo in Koelnmesse, Cologne. The almanac provides a top-level view of global efforts to combat climate change with cap and trade systems, highlights key design characteristics of the different schemes worldwide, and includes breakout stories and spotlight articles discussing specific system features and overarching issues concerning emissions trading.

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