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For the EU, the Type of Target Really Matters

January 21, 2014 by David Hone

EU Emissions Targets

As the EU Commission gears up to release its 2030 Energy and Climate White Paper in Davos week, there is considerable discussion regarding the emissions reduction target that will be recommended. Historically the EU has been keen on multiple targets, but in recent years this has backfired.[read more]

The Continuing Spread of Carbon Pricing

January 17, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

Carbon Pricing Spread

For my first post this year it seems timely to review progress on implementing carbon pricing around the world. As I’ve previously noted, the spread of carbon pricing during the past decade has been remarkable. It has become a worldwide phenomenon.[read more]

Carbon Pollution Funds Poised to Deliver on Advancing Clean Energy in California

January 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Governor Brown’s administration made public yesterday details of the first expenditure plan for revenues generated from the sale of carbon pollution allowances under California’s cap-and-trade program. The plan proposes to spend $850 million to expand clean energy.[read more]


Exploring Microsoft's Carbon Price and Its 5 Steps to Carbon Neutrality

December 30, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Microsoft and Carbon Pricing

The number of companies taking tangible steps to prepare for and prosper in a lower-carbon economy is growing, even absent a national carbon tax or cap-and-trade regime. Their actions speak louder than the hyperbole that advocates are using to argue for and against paying for carbon emissions.[read more]

Emissions Reduction: The Rational Middle

December 21, 2013 by David Hone

People who frequent the two ends of the climate change discussion aren’t really helping. There is an apparent delight in throwing rocks at each other, with the group in the middle left to keep their heads down and make some attempt at crafting a solution to the CO2 issue that we have.[read more]

The Top 10 Developments in Clean Energy of 2013

December 19, 2013 by Jeremy Gottlieb

The end of the year is always a good time for reflection and introspection, but why should we stop at analyzing ourselves? As 2013 draws to a close, I invite you to take a couple of moments to relive some of the major highlights in clean energy that took place this year.[read more]

EU Climate Commissioner Insists on Importance of Renewables & Efficiency Targets [VIDEO]

December 11, 2013 by Kasper Peters

EU Climate Commissioner

Sonja van Renssen is joined by Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard for an exclusive interview on the 2030 climate and energy debate. In this interview, Commissioner Hedegaard stresses that the future lies with a more integrated energy policy at European Union level.[read more]

Biggest and Smartest Corporations Already Accounting for Carbon Pollution in Business Plans

December 10, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Corporations and Carbon

Twenty-nine corporations, including five major oil companies, are starting to account for coming carbon limits in their business plans, according to a new report by CDP. They recognize the era of unlimited pollution will soon end, and it’s time to rein in their share of global warming emissions.[read more]

California Cap And Trade Expanding In 2014 After Successful 2013

December 9, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Cali Cap and Trade

California’s cap and trade market will be expanding in 2014 after a very successful first year of operations that quelled fears of a possible European Union-style carbon allowance glut while powering a clean energy economic boom.[read more]

Early Reductions in Carbon Dioxide Emissions Remain Imperative

December 9, 2013 by Adam Whitmore

Carbon Dioxide Reduction

Many studies have looked at the rates of emissions reduction necessary to meet certain targets, most commonly looking at limiting temperature rise to 2°C. Some recently published analysis takes a complementary perspective.[read more]

Fast Fix: The List of Companies Preparing for a Carbon Tax Keeps Growing, But . . .

December 6, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Carbon Tax and Companies Preparing

The companies preparing for a carbon tax keeps growing, but whether Congress will act to inspire and refocus America’s economic priorities on cleaner energy future and the new investment and sustainable jobs that come with it seem as bleak as ever.[read more]

What Happened to Carbon Markets in Warsaw?

December 5, 2013 by David Hone

Warsaw and Carbon Markets

While there was plenty of talk at COP 19 about financing, national ambition, increasing pre-2020 ambition and adaptation, another core subject that struggled for high-level attention (the other one being CCS) was the idea of carbon pricing, specifically delivered through carbon markets.[read more]

Is a Carbon Tax a Sensible Alternative to Subsidies?

December 4, 2013 by Cutter Rolles

Governments around the world stimulate the development of renewables by offering subsidies. But fossil fuels are subsidized too. Given the realities of climate change and increasing global energy demand, a better option could be a carbon tax – which might promote renewables better than any policy.[read more]

E.ON CEO: "ETS should be the only climate target, all else should be left to the market.” [VIDEO]

December 4, 2013 by Kasper Peters

Climate Targets

Sonja van Renssen, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, is joined by Dr. Johannes Teyssen, who is the CEO of E.ON, in a discussion of the current situation of Europe’s energy sector, among other subjects.[read more]

World Energy Council: We Need Strong & Predictable Carbon Pricing

December 2, 2013 by Zachary Shahan

Carbon Pricing and the WEC

To help push for action at COP 19, the World Energy Council (WEC) recently published a report pushing for what many others — including some prominent Republicans (not the ones in office, unfortunately) — have been pushing for: strong and predictable carbon pricing.[read more]