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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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Getting the carbon out of emissions

Cambridge, MA; June 2013

Many researchers around the world are seeking ways to “scrub” carbon dioxide (CO2) from the emissions of fossil-fuel power plants as a way of curbing the gas that is considered most responsible for global climate change. But most such systems rely on complex plumbing to divert the steam used to drive the turbines that generate power in these plants, and such systems are not practical as retrofits to existing plants. Now, researchers at MIT have come up with a scrubbing system for carbon dioxide that requires no steam connection, can operate at lower temperatures, and would essentially be a “plug-and-play” solution that could be added relatively easily to any existing power plant.

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Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013

London, 12 June 2013

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013 is the sixth edition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report. Based on data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, it has become the world’s foremost reference document for renewable energy investment statistics, and for the examination of trends by region, country, sector and investment type.

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Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map: IEA

Paris, 10 June 2013

Governments have decided collectively that the world needs to limit the average global temperature increase to no more than 2 °C and international negotiations are engaged to that end. Yet any resulting agreement will not emerge before 2015 and new legal obligations will not begin before 2020. Meanwhile, despite many countries taking new actions, the world is drifting further and further from the track it needs to follow.

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