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Renewables Global Futures Report launched

Abu Dhabi, 16 January 2013

REN21 have launched their new flagship publication, the REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC), produced by REN21 in co-operation with ISEP, the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policy of Japan. The Report presents the range of credible possibilities for the future of renewable energy, grounded in the opinion of 170 leading experts worldwide and the projections of 50 recently published scenarios.

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Carbon Pricing Mechanism Developments

London, December 2012 - Commodities Now

New international trading opportunities and implications for business:Legislation implementing key changes to Australia's Carbon Pricing Mechanism (CPM) passed Parliament on 26 November 2012. The package of 7 Acts gives effect to the Government's announcement on 28 August 2012 that it will be establishing a linking arrangement with the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS): Baker McKenzie:

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Inconvenient Truths Not Spoken About at Doha

London, 16 December 2012

The Doha climate change conference concluded this week with what has become a familiar ring. Nothing much of import happened and increasingly fewer people noticed.  Oh, the issues at the surface are still the same as they have been since they first flamed out in 2009 at Copenhagen.  These events have become a global debate over wealth redistribution with the poorer countries trying to guilt the richer ones into paying them not to pollute their own backyards—-and if that is not silly enough trying to get the first world nations to pay reparations to the third world for their economic success.

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Doha provides gateway to a 2015 global agreement

London, December 2012

The 18th Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP-18) has come to a close in Doha with a more detailed roadmap to a 2015 global agreement and a renewed Kyoto Protocol. In keeping with recent custom, the negotiations ran over time with a final agreement reached late on Saturday night. The final result failed to produce strong commitments to new binding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. However, Doha ultimately achieved its two overriding goals of keeping the Kyoto Protocol operational as a transitionary measure and laying the path for a more comprehensive international agreement for the post 2020 period to be agreed by 2015.

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CME Group Ethanol Outlook Report - Dec 10, 2012

Chicago, 10 December 2012

Senate affirms U.S. military biofuels program – In a big win for the U.S. biofuels industry, the Senate in late November voted to support U.S. military use of biofuels.  The Senate in a bipartisan vote of 62-37 voted to strip a provision from the annual Defense Appropriations bill that would have prevented the U.S. military from buying any fuels that cost more than traditional fuels, a measure directly aimed against biofuels.  The U.S. military has identified its dependence on petroleum as a national security risk.  The military is actively promoting biofuels to diversify its fuel mix.  The advanced biofuel industry is depending heavily on the U.S. military for coinvestment in research and pilot projects that will help commercialize advanced biofuels and bring down their cost.  The U.S. military is the big customer that the advanced biofuels industry needs to ensure there is demand for its product during and after the commercialization phase.

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Environmentally sustainable energy systems

Doha, December 2012

The World Energy Council’s (WEC) global ranking of country energy sustainability performance has revealed that most of the over 90 countries assessed are still far from achieving fully sustainable energy systems.

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IETA Unveils Issues Agenda for COP18 in Doha

Doha, 26 November 2012

With the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP 18) commencing this week, IETA unveiled a list of high-priority issues that governments should address in Doha over the next two weeks. “Our Issues Agenda is aimed at a single objective for business,” said Dirk Forrister, CEO of IETA.  “We need a future international policy framework that uses carbon markets to stimulate businesses to invest in climate action at the scale of the need.  Right now, too much private capital is sidelined, waiting for clearer policy signals from governments.”

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GHGs gap widening as nations head to Doha

London, November 2012

Action on climate change needs to be scaled-up and accelerated without delay if the world is to have a running chance of keeping a global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius this century. The Emissions Gap Report, coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Climate Foundation, and released days before the convening of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Doha, shows that greenhouse gas emissions levels are now around 14 per cent above where they need to be in 2020.

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CCS can compete in low cost, low carbon energy future

London, 21 November 2012

The Carbon Capture and Storage Cost Reduction Task Force has today published an interim report confirming that fossil fuel power generation with carbon capture and storage (CCS) has the potential to compete cost-effectively with other low-carbon forms of energy in the 2020s.

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Climate change evident across Europe: urgent need for adaptation

London, 21 November 2012

Climate change is affecting all regions in Europe, causing a wide range of impacts on society and the environment. Further impacts are expected in the future, potentially causing high damage costs, according to the latest assessment published by the European Environment Agency today. The report, ‘Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012’ finds that higher average temperatures have been observed across Europe as well as decreasing precipitation in southern regions and increasing precipitation in northern Europe. The Greenland ice sheet, Arctic sea ice and many glaciers across Europe are melting, snow cover has decreased and most permafrost soils have warmed.

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