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China's power sector heads towards a cleaner future

Beijing, 27 August 2013

China’s power sector is expected to go through significant changes through to 2030, according to a new report released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. China will add 88GW of new power plants annually from now until 2030, which is equivalent to building the UK’s total generating capacity every year.

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62 countries now have Biofuels friendly policies

Toronto, 22 August 2013

According to the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), 62 countries now have biofuels friendly policies in place whose ethanol production alone has replaced the need for over 2 million barrels of crude oil per day. The significant growth in the global biofuels industry to 62 countries with biofuels friendly policies can be viewed on the GRFA’s new Interactive World Biofuels Map at www.globalrfa.org

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Experts surer of manmade global warming

Oslo, August 2013

Climate scientists are surer than ever that human activity is causing global warming, according to leaked drafts of a major U.N. report, but they are finding it harder than expected to predict the impact in specific regions in coming decades.

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Australian carbon price forecasts

London, August 2013

Thomson Reuters Point Carbon has announced its initial forecasts for emission volumes and price developments in the Australian cap-and-trade scheme:

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Solar Shipment Index shows June upswing in global PV market

London, 1 August 2013

The world solar photovoltaic industry, dogged by overcapacity and consolidation in recent years, saw a pick-up in shipments as well as firmer prices in June. So reveals Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s new Solar Shipments Index, based on a survey of leading manufacturers in the PV supply chain.

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Low cost of reducing international aviation emissions should encourage more ambitious targets

London, 30 July 2013

Analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) shows that the aviation industry can achieve its goal of carbon-neutral growth from 2020 – and even strengthen that goal considerably – by tapping into the available supply of high-integrity, low-cost carbon credits.

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Interactive ETS map

London, July 2013

Emissions Trading Schemes (ETS) are a key instrument in the mitigation of climate change. The Interactive ETS Map allows users to visualize the status of ETSs around the world, to access information on the schemes and to compare key design elements across ETS.

Interactive ETS Map

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New report points to huge potential for tidal energy in Scotland

London, 11 July 2013

RenewableUK today welcomed new research published by Oxford University, which highlights the huge potential of tidal power in the Pentland Firth. The report says that tidal turbines in the currents between the Scottish mainland and the Orkney Islands could generate up to 1.9 Gigawatts of energy, which represents almost half of Scotland’s entire electricity requirements.

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New Paper proposes cost-effective climate policy

London, 3 July 2013

A new paper, published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, proposes a radical new climate policy approach that offers to be the most cost-effective means of curbing CO2 emissions, while automatically adjusting the stringency of the policy to the severity of the problem.

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Renewables to surpass gas by 2016 in the global power mix

New York, 26 June 2013

Power generation from hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources worldwide will exceed that from gas and be twice that from nuclear by 2016, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today in its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report (MTRMR). According to the MTRMR, despite a difficult economic context, renewable power is expected to increase by 40% in the next five years. Renewables are now the fastest-growing power generation sector and will make up almost a quarter of the global power mix by 2018, up from an estimated 20% in 2011. The share of non-hydro sources such as wind, solar, bioenergy and geothermal in total power generation will double, reaching 8% by 2018, up from 4% in 2011 and just 2% in 2006.

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