Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use rose to a record high of 31.6 Gt in 2011, according to preliminary estimates from the International Energy Agency.
The UK government has confirmed that small emitters and hospitals will be given the option to ‘opt out’ of the EU Emissions Trading System from 2013.
UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey yesterday unveiled details of the government’s long-awaited Energy Bill, which promises to radically overhaul the country’s electricity market.
Sixteen companies including Centrica, Shell, SSE, Doosan Power Projects and National Grid have signalled their intention to bid for funding under the government’s re-launched carbon capture and storage competition.
Greenhouse gas emissions covered by the European Union's Emissions Trading System were down 2% last year, according to official figures.
Global corporates taking part in WWF’s climate savers programme, including Coca-Cola, HP, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Lafarge, Nike, Tetra Pak, Sony and Volvo, have cut their collective CO2 emissions by over 100 million tonnes between 1999 and 2011.
Californian regulators are proposing new rules on cross-border carbon trading that would allow the Canadian province of Quebec and others to participate in its cap-and trade programme.
Environment Agency chair Lord Chris Smith gave a cautious ‘OK’ to fracking in the UK so long as it is done safely and with carbon capture and storage.
The world’s largest and most advanced carbon capture and storage test and development project opened at Mongstad in Norway on Monday.