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Can Global Emissions Be Reduced At All?

With delegates, energy / environment  Ministers, business representatives and NGO leaders arriving in Durban for COP 17, attention again turns to the pressing issue of actually reducing global emissions. The latest UNFCCC conference comes...

Posted November 25, 2011    

Success Slipping Away?

Earlier this year I looked at the prospects for the USA meeting its 2020 declaration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17% by 2020, relative to a 2005 baseline. Success at least looked feasible, driven by three significant factors:The reduction...

Posted November 18, 2011    

A Carbon Price for Australia - Finally!!

Depending on your take on events the toll has been as high as two Prime Ministers and one Leader of the Opposition, but Australia now has a carbon pricing mechanism operating in the economy (I say “now” in that even though it doesn’t formally start...

Posted November 9, 2011    

Where to Now For Aviation?

Last week’s first commercial flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner potentially marks the beginning of a new era for the aviation industry. Its composite construction and 20% better fuel efficiency (than the 767) continues a long term trend of...

Posted November 2, 2011    

Green Growth or Green Confusion?

I have just been at the inaugural Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) in Copenhagen. This was a high level event, opened by the Crown Prince of Denmark and the new Danish Prime Minister, then following the initial panel discussion there was an...

Posted October 17, 2011    

A Tale of Two Earths – The Future of the EU-ETS

The script of former Vice President Al Gore’s recent Climate Reality global web event started with the words, “Somewhere there may be an Earth where . . . . . . isn’t happening“ and went on to fill the blank with a series of climate events...

Posted October 10, 2011    

The Climate Reality Project – An Inconvenient Next Step?

Last week I went to the London showing of Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project - it was one of 24 consecutive presentations held around the world on the 15th of September. There was a lot to look forward to in attending this,...

Posted September 23, 2011    

Natural Gas, CO2 Emissions and Climate Change

As global natural gas production has risen and shale gas in the US impacts on the energy outlook for that country in particular, there has been increasing discussion about the impact of natural gas on climate change. Several scientific papers have...

Posted September 19, 2011    

Thoughts on 10 Questions about Climate Change from Australia

Over recent weeks one of the major Australian newspapers (The Melbourne Age) has asked readers to submit questions on climate change and at the same time opened a poll so that all readers could vote on the questions they most wanted to see answered...

Posted September 10, 2011    

The Times and the EU ETS

Last Saturday (August 27, 2011) The Times featured the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) on its front page.  Carbon markets are becomingly increasingly important and should appear in the mainstream media, but it’s also important that...

Posted September 2, 2011    

6 Energy Topics For US Presidential Candidates

As the US heads into the process of electing its next President, many subjects and issues will be debated. While climate change may not be the defining issue of the moment in the USA, given the long term importance of the subject it would be useful...

Posted August 19, 2011    

Does The EU ETS Need A Price Correction?

After a post-recession recovery to some €17, EU-debt driven jitters have hit the EU ETS and in recent days it has fallen close to €10 per tone of CO2. Some market watchers have praised this as indicative of a system which is responsive to the...

Posted August 12, 2011