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IFC cooperating with Shenzhen on China carbon trading
Tue Apr 22 18:18:11 +0800 2014

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Shenzhen Emissions Trading Exchange to develop products that will help increase the volume of trades, create more business opportunities, and contribute to mitigating climate change.

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New UN climate mitigation report leaves no room to hide
Mon Apr 14 18:32:39 +0800 2014

After six years of intensive work reviewing all available science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its 2014 assessment on measures to mitigate climate change. Among its main findings is that the concentration of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) have grown more quickly during the last decade that in each of the previous three decades.

The study, drawing on work by more than 1,000 experts, said a radical shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy such as wind, solar or nuclear power would shave only about 0.06 of a percentage point a year off world economic growth.

Total annual anthopogenic GHG emissions by groups of gases 1970-2010

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Philippine GHG emission growth likely to accelerate
Mon Apr 14 17:36:48 +0800 2014

The contribution of the Philippines to global warming is only a drop in the bucket of the world’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but that drop may get bigger in the future.

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Climb down – only intra-EU flights to pay for CO2 emissions
Fri Apr 04 12:32:46 +0800 2014

Members of the European Parliament voted yesterday to back a deal reached with member states to alter the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) so that foreign airlines will not have to pay for the CO2 emissions they emit in EU airspace.

After the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) agreed a timeline toward a future global mechanism to reduce aviation emissions last September, the European Commission proposed a compromise that would exempt emissions taking place outside EU airspace, but still make foreign airlines pay for their emissions taking place within EU airspace.

European surrender on aviation emissions

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Climate change alarm bell rings louder. Is anyone listening?
Fri Apr 04 16:12:14 +0800 2014

Summary: 
Dr Saleemul Huq, a member of the IPCC Working Group 2, says it is taking longer to put together the mega assessment reports, so by the time they appear climate change science has already moved forward. He beleives adaption reports on specific topics could usefully be delivered within two years. He also hopes politicians will take heed of the climate change warning bell, which is ringing louder than ever.

I have just spent a gruelling week in Yokohama, Japan at the plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). There the summary for policymakers on climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability was adopted a day after the official closing, after an all-night marathon of work.

The co-chairs of the working group crafting the summary, Chris Field of the United States and Vicente Barros of Argentina, were on the podium for nearly 40 hours straight. The rest of us lead authors were also supposed to be there on standby in case any of the government delegates had questions on the text.

Alarm bell rings for climate change impacts

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Global corporate petition for trillion tonne cap on CO2
Wed Apr 09 12:52:42 +0800 2014

More than 70 companies worldwide – including some multinational giants such as Royal Dutch Shell, Adidas, Unilever – have released a communiqué urging governments to keep carbon emissions since the industrial revolution to a cumulative of 1 trillion tonnes. This is the emissions cap needed to keep warming below two degrees Celsius and avoid catastrophic impacts of climate change, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which for the first time calls for a trillion tonne cap to avoid the most damaging consequences of climate change.

Cimulative CO2 emissions attributatble to top 10 fossil fuel companies

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Japan’s post-Fukushima energy mix gets Greenpeace thumbs up
Thu Apr 03 18:01:59 +0800 2014

Despite the increase in carbon emissions over the last three years, Greenpeace said yesterday that Japanese efforts to reshape the country’s energy mix after the Fukushima Daicchi nuclear reactor meltdowns should serve as a model for the fight against climate change.

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China may create unified market for pollution permits by 2017
Fri Mar 28 15:13:06 +0800 2014

China’s State Council is reviewing plans to establish a nationwide cap-and-trade system for air and water pollution permits within three years after the ministries of environmental protection and finance submitted draft guidelines earlier this week.

The plan has been in the works for some time and first came to light in January when Zhou Shengxian, the Minister of Environmental Protection, said his department is looking to increase the use of market mechanisms to help clean up its environment.

China Pollution permits

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Heat, floods and hunger in store for an ill-prepared world: IPCC
Mon Mar 31 17:16:05 +0800 2014

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) today released the latest – and much anticipated – installment of its fifth assessment report, covering impacts of climate change on human lives, natural resources and marine ecosystem across the globe.

The report says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. 

Estimated impact on crop yields of a +3 degree rise in global temperature by 2050

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Fukushima – not so deadly after all
Thu Apr 03 17:35:44 +0800 2014

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Thanks to the swift evacuation a 30-km exclusion zone, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation has just given those affected by Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident a close to clean bill of health, which should come as a relief. CleanBiz.Asia executive editor Fergus O’Rorke believes the UN’s new report also serves as a useful reference in the on-going debate on the role of nuclear energy in combatting climate change.

Here’s a pop quiz. How many people have died as a direct result of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident: A) 15,884, B) 1 or, C) 0?

Until last week the correct answer was C but it can now be argued to be B as a worker at the wrecked nuclear plant died on Friday after being buried under gravel while digging a ditch. Answer A is actually the number of confirmed deaths as a result of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, which sort of puts things in perspective.

Map of Fukushima evacuation zones

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First China CERs come to market, 6th pilot exchange starts next week
Thu Mar 27 14:40:49 +0800 2014

China’s National Development and Reform Commission has given approval for two wind farm projects to supply carbon emission offsets to the country’s fledgling carbon markets. The two projects are expected collectively to generate around 1 million Chinese Certified Emissions Reductions (CCERs) offsets annually.

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UN author quits team, calls new climate change report ‘alarmist’
Fri Mar 28 15:05:29 +0800 2014

One of the 70 authors of a draft UN report on climate change said he had pulled out of the writing team because it was "alarmist" about the threat.

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Coastal Cambodians may be forced to abandon their beaches
Fri Mar 28 14:53:35 +0800 2014

Residents along Cambodia’s coastline may want to relocate to higher ground in the wake of a climate-change assessment that predicts much of the Kingdom’s coast could be submerged by rising sea levels, according to a report in the Phnom Penh Post.

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2013 6th hottest on record and worse weather to come
Tue Mar 25 17:32:05 +0800 2014

Much of the extreme weather that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe and the Pacific region last year can be blamed on human-induced climate change, the UN’s weather agency said in a report released yesterday.

In its annual assessment the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said 2013 was the sixth-warmest year on record while 13 of the 14 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century and each of the last three decades has been warmer than the previous one.

Extreme waether on the way - Super Tyhoon Haiyan strikes the Philippines

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Scientists say climate change offers chance to build a better world
Wed Mar 26 17:43:42 +0800 2014

Along with the enormous risks global warming poses for humanity are opportunities to improve public health and build a better world, scientists gathered in Yokohama for a climate change conference said Tuesday.

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Top 10 actions for Asia to counter climate departure
Wed Mar 26 17:31:17 +0800 2014

Call for 20 percent renewable energy and 20 percent energy efficiency improvement by 2020

Spurred on by “climate departure” impacts on many Asian locations from 2020 onwards, delegates to this month's Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Conference recommended 10 urgent actions to be taken in on energy, consumption and cities.

The APO Conference communique, which has been delivered to the United Nations and its agencies, is a wake-up call to all countries, as among the clearly-articulated calls-for-action, four relate to “Creating an Energy Future Sustainable for All”.

ASEAN climate action now

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China may create unified market for pollution permit by 2017
Fri Mar 28 15:13:06 +0800 2014

China’s State Council is reviewing plans to establish a nationwide cap-and-trade system for air and water pollution permits within three years after the ministries of environmental protection and finance submitted draft guidelines earlier this week.

The plan has been in the works for some time and first came to light in January when Zhou Shengxian, the Minister of Environmental Protection, said his department is looking to increase the use of market mechanisms to help clean up its environment.

China Pollution permits

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Is Scope 3 emission reporting the answer to palm oil methane?
Mon Mar 24 17:51:35 +0800 2014

A pair of academics at the University of Colorado recently co-authored a paper in Nature Climate Change, showing that the methane produced by a typical palm oil wastewater lagoon has the same annual climate impact as driving 22,000 passenger cars.

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IPCC report to warn Asia will be hit hardest by climate change
Mon Mar 24 18:22:26 +0800 2014

Although it should come as no great surprise, given the number of warnings issued by other bodies in recent years, a new report from the authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) due to be published this week will say coastal Asia is very vulnerable to climate change.

The final draft of the report – Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability – is being reviewed at a scientific meeting this week in Yokohama, Japan, and will form a key part of the IPCC's fifth assessment report on global warming, whose other sections will be published later this year.

Flooded Bangkok industrial estate

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GE in joint venture for Malaysian palm oil biogas
Tue Mar 25 17:40:41 +0800 2014

General Electric has signed a joint venture with Malaysian biotech firm, Green and Smart, to develop a waste-to-energy biogas plant from palm oil emissions.

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2013 sixth hottest year on record and there’s worse to come
Tue Mar 25 17:32:05 +0800 2014

Much of the extreme weather that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe and the Pacific region last year can be blamed on human-induced climate change, the UN’s weather agency said in a report released yesterday.

In its annual assessment the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said 2013 was the sixth-warmest year on record while 13 of the 14 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century and each of the last three decades has been warmer than the previous one.

Extreme waether on the way - Super Tyhoon Haiyan strikes the Philippines

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Joint report sets priorities for China-India low-carbon agenda
Wed Mar 19 18:00:16 +0800 2014

Asia’s two giants, China and India, are starting to talk about policy convergence to address the challenge of climate change, following the publication of a ground-breaking joint study.

The China-India Low Carbon Study 2014, launched in Beijing on Monday, is the first fruit of an initiative to study common challenges faced by the two nations and to try to evolve common solutions that maximize their joint leverage. While the findings of the new report would hardly rate as surprising, the fact that the two countries – usually portrayed as archrivals – are trying to collaborate is good news in itself.

Dr Rajendra Pachauri launches China-India Low Carbon Study 2014

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Thoughts from Ningbo on China and the renewables-only lobby
Thu Mar 20 12:13:43 +0800 2014

Summary: 
James Hansen, dubbed the father of climate change science, does the math on China’s growing energy consumption and is not surprised by the results. He says this shows those who claim the worst effects of climate change can be avoided without the help of nuclear power are being as doctrinaire as those who deny man-made greenhouse gas emissions are driving global warming.

Following the recent “Symposium on a New Type of Major Power Relationship” (see Beijing Charts), our Chinese hosts provided a tour of several cities and facilities, including factories producing solar panels and windmills. In Ningbo I wanted to stay in my hotel and write an op-ed on energy and climate, but was told this would be a major faux pas, so instead I stayed up one night writing World’s Greatest Crime Against Humanity and Nature.

The city we visited that day, with population at least comparable to New York City, was bustling in development and construction.

Ningbo from the river

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Australian Senate votes down Abbott’s move to repeal carbon tax
Fri Mar 21 17:29:16 +0800 2014

Australia’s new coalition Government under Tony Abbot was struck a blow yesterday when the country’s Senate rejected its move to repeal the controversial carbon tax.

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Stranded asset findings starting to be felt by big oil
Fri Mar 21 17:05:17 +0800 2014

Two years ago the Carbon Tracker Initiative released its ground-breaking Unburnable Carbon report, warning investors of the risks they face in backing huge fossil fuel reserves that can’t be burnt without massively exceeding the world’s rapidly shrinking carbon emissions budget.

Now Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest publicly-listed oil company in terms of production and refining capacity, has given into pressure from activist shareholders and, by the end of the month, will publish a Carbon Asset Risk report, which assesses the risk of its oil reserves becoming “stranded” by climate change.

Fossil fuel reserve distribution by stock exchange

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Climate change will cut crop production by 2% per decade - UN
Mon Mar 03 17:19:38 +0800 2014

Climate change will reduce the world's crop production by up to two percent every decade and inflict up to USD1.45 trillion of economic damage by the end of this century, according to a draft UN report leaked by Yomiuri Shimbun.

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Brazilians preparing low-emission iron ore for China market
Tue Mar 04 19:07:47 +0800 2014

In a bid to capitalize on Chinese efforts to curb pollution from its massive steel industry Brazilian mining giant Vale SA is developing a "green" blend of iron ore that it says requires less coking coal to produce steel in blast furnaces, thus reducing air pollution and carbon emissions.

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Singapore dry streak breaks as Malaysia looks to cloud seeding
Tue Mar 04 17:16:33 +0800 2014

Rain returned to Singapore on Monday afternoon, ending a dry spell that has plagued the country since mid-January.

In equatorial Singapore it rains in the afternoon more often than not but yesterday’s heavy showers, which fell on the west side of the island, were the first of any substance since mid-January.

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Watch the worlds forests cover change in near real time
Mon Feb 24 17:19:36 +0800 2014

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has teamed up with Google, World Resources Institute (WRI) and over 40 environmentalists to launch a near real-time forest monitoring system to track deforestation worldwide.

The new on-line forest monitoring and alert system, dubbed Global Forest Watch (GFW), will show tree losses around the world in high resolution and with frequent updates, UNEP said in a statement.

UNEP Forest Watch

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Cabinet shakeup to beef up Chinas environment ministry
Tue Feb 11 17:12:42 +0800 2014

Chinas decades-long struggle to bring pollution under control is likely to take a major turn at next months plenary meeting of the National Peoples Congress (NPC), the countrys legislature, with an upgrade to the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

Citing sources with ties to the leadership, Reuters has reported that the Chinese government is considering a sweeping reorganization of cabinet ministries next month that will dissolve the Ministry of Land and Resources and transfer some powers to the MEP, which is regarded as too weak to punish law-breaking polluters despite its status as a superministry.

China Ministry Revamp

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China says rich nations should cough up $490 bln for climate fight
Fri Mar 07 18:22:32 +0800 2014

China has called on rich nations to contribute USD490 billion to developing economies to help them combat the effects of a changing climate, Bloomberg reported today.

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China carbon tax may be shelved in favor of pollution levy
Thu Mar 13 16:42:15 +0800 2014

China may be back peddling on its ambitious plans for a carbon tax as local air pollution concerns bump climate change off the center stage and some developed nations also reconsider plans to tax greenhouse gas emissions, a top Chinese official said yesterday.

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UN climate funding not reaching tiny Pacific islands at most risk
Thu Mar 13 16:05:13 +0800 2014

At a meeting in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator where land-locked developing countries and small island states debated how to ensure future food security amid hotter weather and rising sea-levels, Kiribati's agriculture minister, Elisala Pita, slammed the UN’s funding mechanisms.

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Ukraine crisis means more gas for Asia but what to do about it?
Thu Mar 13 18:33:50 +0800 2014

Summary: 
Would you want to depend on Russia for your energy suppies? Europeans certainly don't and it seems very likley the US will help wean them off their Russian gas addiction, speeding the creation of a more unified global market. That's generally good news for Asia but policy makers across the region should be thinking about the long-terms effects cheaper and more plentiful supplies of natural gas could have, says CleanBiz.Asia executive editor Fergus O'Rorke.

Ukraine and the Crimea are a long way from Asia and, quite understandably, most people and countries across the region are rather less concerned than Europeans and Americans over Russia’s actions. We live an interconnected world, however, and although the eventual outcome of the Ukrainian crisis remains uncertain, there’s one sure bet that should have the attention of energy and climate policy makers across Asia.

US natural gas production 1990-2040

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The father of climate change science
Mon Mar 07 19:56:35 +0800 2011
Often described as the father of climate change science and occasionally the grandfather (following publication of his book Storms of My Grandchildren) James Hansen took time out from a busy trip attend the Climate Dialogue/C40 Cities Hong Kong conference to talk to CleanBiz Asia executive editor Fergus O'Rorke.

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Smog may cause nuclear-fallout conditions for China agriculture
Tue Feb 25 17:31:45 +0800 2014

China’s current bout of toxic smog is having a health impact beyond the country’s human or indeed animal population. According to scientists from China Agricultural University, it is also has a potentially devastating impact on plant life, threating the nation’s food supply.

He Dongxian, an associate professor with university’s College of Water Resources and Civil Engineering, told Beijing-based media on Monday that an experiment conducted over the last few months on smog's effect on plants had shown a drastic slowdown in photosynthesis, which is the main process that allows plants to survive.

China Nuclear Smog

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Natural disaster costs in China doubled in 2013
Tue Feb 25 17:22:59 +0800 2014

The cost of natural disasters in China rocketed last year to CNY421 billion (USD69 billion), more than twice that in 2012, much of which is being blamed squarely on the changing climate.

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Emerging economies continue to lead on climate change legislation
Thu Feb 27 16:47:19 +0800 2014

Nations have passed almost 500 laws to tackle climate change, with emerging economies led by China and Mexico making the most progress during 2013, according to a new study by Globe International, Global Legislators Organisation.

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Watch the world’s forests cover change in near real time
Mon Feb 24 17:19:36 +0800 2014

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has teamed up with Google, World Resources Institute (WRI) and over 40 environmentalists to launch a “near real-time” forest monitoring system to track deforestation worldwide.

The new on-line forest monitoring and alert system, dubbed Global Forest Watch (GFW), will show tree losses around the world in high resolution and with frequent updates, UNEP said in a statement.

UNEP Forest Watch

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Checks made as China suffers worst air pollution this year
Mon Feb 24 17:08:42 +0800 2014

It is a truism that, when it comes to environmental protection, China doesn’t lack good laws but rather the ability (or political will) to enforce them. That, however, may now be challenged as teams of government inspectors have been dispatched in response to the worst air pollution outbreak so far this year.

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Singapore dry streak breaks as Kuala Lumpur looks to cloud seeding
Tue Mar 04 17:16:33 +0800 2014

Rain returned to Singapore on Monday afternoon, ending a dry spell that has plagued the country since mid-January.

In equatorial Singapore it rains in the afternoon more often than not but yesterday’s heavy showers, which fell on the west side of the island, were the first of any substance since mid-January.

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With rivers progressing Hunan turns sights on land clean-up
Mon Feb 17 17:01:23 +0800 2014

One of China’s major industrial regions, the province of Hunan, is launching a green drive to try to clean up heavy metal contamination the province has suffered over the last few decades of frenetic growth.

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Vietnam within reach of EU sustainable forest recognition
Wed Feb 19 17:21:19 +0800 2014

Three European Union (EU)-funded projects worth EUR3 million (USD4.12 million), which aim to support Vietnam and four other SE Asian countries in combating illegal wood exploitation, were officially launched at a ceremony in Hanoi yesterday.

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Proposed new Singapore law to punish trans-boundary hazing
Thu Feb 20 15:41:08 +0800 2014

Singapore’s Environment and Water Resources Ministry is seeking public feedback on a legislative proposal that would make companies and other entities liable if they cause trans-boundary haze that effects the city state.

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Back from holidays, China talks up environmental plans
Wed Feb 12 15:29:38 +0800 2014

In its biggest move to improve poor air quality since the release of the country’s Airborne Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan five months ago, China will leverage pricing, taxation and investment, a senior environmental official has said.

"For a document (action plan) to be carried through, it must be followed with detailed and conscientious measures," Zhai Quing, vice minister at the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) told a post-Chinese New Year Beijing press briefing yesterday.

Zhai Quing

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New sheriff in town as China vows showdown with industrial polluters
Wed Feb 12 15:17:10 +0800 2014

Faced with mounting international and, more importantly, public pressure to clean up its heavily polluted environment, China’s leadership is determined to let industrial polluters know that there’s a new sheriff in town.

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World Bank offers massive online course on climate change
Thu Jan 09 18:00:22 +0800 2014

The World Bank will launch a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on climate change which brings together renowned scientists to provide a synthesis of the most recent scientific evidence and presents an analysis of likely impacts and risks, with a focus on developing countries.

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Chinas polluted farmland the size of Belgium
Wed Jan 08 16:49:33 +0800 2014

While much attention and money is being lavished on improving Chinas urban environment, it turns out that cleaning up the countryside could be an even bigger challenge after three decade of urban and industrial encroachment.

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Slowing China coal use wont really dent strong Asian demand
Tue Dec 17 15:25:01 +0800 2013

Tougher Chinese policies aimed at reducing dependency on coal are starting to have an effect but elsewhere in Asia demand remains buoyant, according to the latest Medium-Term Coal Market Report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Asia Coal Demand

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Europe heads for international aviation emissions showdown
Tue Feb 04 17:35:37 +0800 2014

Asian airlines flying to Europe may be in for a bit of a shock later this year if the European Parliament’s environment committee has its way. On Monday it backed changes to a draft law on greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry that would see international carriers obliged to account for all GHGs emitted on flights to and from Europe, starting in 2016.

EU ETS Law

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Cabinet shakeup to beef up China’s environment ministry
Tue Feb 11 17:12:42 +0800 2014

China’s decades-long struggle to bring pollution under control is likely to take a major turn at next month’s plenary meeting of the National Peoples’ Congress (NPC), the country’s legislature, with an upgrade to the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

Citing “sources with ties to the leadership”, Reuters has reported that the Chinese government is considering a sweeping reorganization of cabinet ministries next month that will dissolve the Ministry of Land and Resources and transfer some powers to the MEP, which is regarded as too weak to punish law-breaking polluters despite its status as a “superministry”.

China Ministry Revamp

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Black carbon in India and China may be 3 times worse than thought
Wed Jan 29 14:26:39 +0800 2014

A new study has found that global estimates of black carbon emissions in certain areas of India and China could be two to three more times concentrated than previously thought. Black carbon, a major element of soot, is a particle that is generated by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuel or biomass.

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China allows N2O offsets amid concerns of junk trades
Mon Jan 27 19:53:10 +0800 2014

China will allow big emitters to use offset credits from destruction of nitrous dioxide to meet domestic climate targets, giving its nod to a type of project that has been banned in other carbon markets.

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Another $330 bln of annual climate funding needed in China
Thu Jan 23 17:29:58 +0800 2014

China will need to come up with more than 2 trillion yuan (USD330.6 billion) in additional climate finance funds by 2020 to combat climate change and invest in low-carbon development, a new report said on Wednesday.

The report, which was prepared by the Research Center for Climate and Energy Finance (RCCEF) at the Central University of Finance and Economics, together with the Counselors' Office of the State Council, said that annual demand for climate financing would rise to 2.75 trillion yuan in 2020 and peak at more than 3.0 trillion yuan by 2040.

China climage finance

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China mothballs millions of hectares of polluted farmland
Thu Jan 23 17:10:58 +0800 2014

Arable land contaminated with heavy metals will be withdrawn from agricultural production, a senior Chinese agricultural official said yesterday.

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India lines up funding for national reforestation program
Fri Jan 24 16:42:03 +0800 2014

India’s central government looks set to approve INR130 billion (USD2.0 billion) of funding to get the Green India Mission under way.

First mooted in 2011, the Green India Mission (GIM) is a 10-year program aimed at improving the quality of five million hectares of degraded forests and bringing another five million hectares of non-forest areas under forest cover through social and farm forestry.

Green India Mission

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China allows N2O offsets amid concerns of ‘junk’ trades
Mon Jan 27 19:53:10 +0800 2014

China will allow big emitters to use offset credits from destruction of nitrous dioxide to meet domestic climate targets, giving its nod to a type of project that has been banned in other carbon markets.

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India's environment worst among large developing nations
Tue Jan 28 17:37:48 +0800 2014

India has emerged as Asia’s worst environmental performer, ranking just 155th out of 178 countries studied by Yale University researchers in their 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI).

A bottom performer on nearly every policy issue included in the 2014 EPI, with the exception of forests, fisheries, and water resources, India’s performance lags most notably in the protection of human health from environmental harm.

India Environmental Performance

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Black carbon in India and China may be 3 times that thought
Wed Jan 29 14:26:39 +0800 2014

A new study has found that global estimates of black carbon emissions in certain areas of India and China could be two to three more times concentrated than previously thought. Black carbon, a major element of soot, is a particle that is generated by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, biofuel or biomass.

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Is air pollution making Northeast Asian storms more powerful?
Wed Jan 22 17:54:21 +0800 2014

Extreme air pollution in Asia is affecting weather and climate patterns, according to a new study. Using climate models and data collected about aerosols and meteorology data from the last 30 years, the researchers found that air pollution over Asia – much of it coming from China – is impacting global air circulations.

Winter cyclones in northwestern latitudes including China, Korea and Japan have packed stronger winds and more rain as a result of rising levels of particulate pollution, they said.

Stormy weather in Northeast Asia

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Carbon offset deal with Pulau helps Japan trade credits for tech
Wed Jan 15 14:06:29 +0800 2014

Japan companies will earn carbon credits by assisting the tiny Pacific island state of Pulau cut its emissions under a new agreement between the two countries.

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Seven countries cop blame for bulk of global warming
Thu Jan 16 18:46:29 +0800 2014

A new study by Canadian researchers from Montreal’s Concordia University pins the majority of blame for global warming square on the shoulders of seven countries: the United States, China, Russia, Brazil, India, Germany and the United Kingdom.

The study “National contributions to observed global warming”, published yesterday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, reveals that these countries were collectively responsible for more than 60 percent of pre-2005 global warming.

7 biggest emitters

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Climate change mitigation may cost 4% of global GDP: UN report
Fri Jan 17 16:49:31 +0800 2014

Bloomberg has obtained an as yet unpublished United Nations report that states the cost of holding global temperatures to 2-degrees Celsius in order to avoid drastic changes in the planet’s climate may cost as much as four percent of economic output by the year 2030.

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World Bank offers “massive” online course on climate change
Thu Jan 09 18:00:22 +0800 2014

The World Bank will launch a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on climate change which brings together renowned scientists to provide a synthesis of the most recent scientific evidence and presents an analysis of likely impacts and risks, with a focus on developing countries.

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Higher targets set China NOx emission reduction
Fri Jan 10 18:00:43 +0800 2014

The 2014 target for reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission is China has been set at 5 percent, a level much more aggressive than in previous years, Minister of Environmental Protection Zhou Shengxian said at a national environmental conference on Thursday.

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Shanghai environmental spending not matching economic growth
Wed Jan 15 13:50:43 +0800 2014

Shanghai devoted a smaller share of its resources and has met a smaller proportion of its goals for environmental protection in the five years from 2008 to 2012, despite growing public dissatisfaction with the city's environment in recent years, the local statistics bureau said yesterday.

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Vietnam to steer support to cities under climate threat
Tue Jan 07 17:22:12 +0800 2014

A survey of the harshest effects of climate change on Vietnam’s urban areas is scheduled to be completed by 2020 under a project recently approved by the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Hoang Trung Hai.

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China’s polluted farmland the size of Belgium
Wed Jan 08 16:49:33 +0800 2014

While much attention and money is being lavished on improving China’s urban environment, it turns out that cleaning up the countryside could be an even bigger challenge after three decade of urban and industrial encroachment.

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Korea gives details of 2015 carbon trading plan
Wed Dec 18 12:01:32 +0800 2013

South Korea will fire up its long-discussed carbon exchange market in 2015, a representative of the country’s Finance Ministry confirmed yesterday.

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Indian government floats Rajiv Gandhi climate change scheme
Thu Dec 19 17:21:54 +0800 2013

The government of India has proposed setting up a climate change scheme in the name of the late Rajiv Gandhi which will include several new measures at a cost of INR290 crore (USD46.6 million).

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Guangdong kicks off carbon market with $1.2 mln in trades
Fri Dec 20 16:00:38 +0800 2013

China’s Guangdong Province racked up the first seven deals in its new carbon market yesterday trading about 120,000 tonnes of emissions for CNY7.22 million (USD1.2 million). Prices ranged between CNY60 and CNY61 per tonne, according to the provincial carbon emission trading market.

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Post Yolanda, Greenpeace presses Philippines on renewables
Fri Dec 13 15:14:42 +0800 2013

With the death from last month’s devastating typhoon Yolanda topping 6,000 with another 1,800 still missing and millions displaced, Greenpeace has called on the country to step up its renewable energy efforts, blaming the intensity of the storm squarely on climate change and the burning of fossil fuels.

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Toronto scientists find new super atmospheric GHG
Mon Dec 16 16:45:42 +0800 2013

Scientists from the University of Toronto have identified a chemical in the atmosphere that appears to be a long-lived greenhouse gas that breaks all other chemical records for its potential to affect the climate, according to a report by the Environmental News Service.

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Kerry pledges $17 mln climate aid on Vietnam return
Mon Dec 16 16:40:40 +0800 2013

While on his first visit to Vietnam since serving during the war, Senator John Kerry yesterday pledged USD17 million to help the country mitigate climate change and protect the Mekong River where he once commanded a patrol boat.

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Slowing China coal growth won’t really dent strong Asian demand
Tue Dec 17 15:25:01 +0800 2013

Tougher Chinese policies aimed at reducing dependency on coal are starting to have an effect but elsewhere in Asia demand remains buoyant, according to the latest Medium-Term Coal Market Report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Asia Coal Demand

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Slowing China coal use won’t really dent strong Asian demand
Tue Dec 17 15:25:01 +0800 2013

Tougher Chinese policies aimed at reducing dependency on coal are starting to have an effect but elsewhere in Asia demand remains buoyant, according to the latest Medium-Term Coal Market Report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Asia Coal Demand

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Experts fear further delays in China’s ecotax
Thu Dec 12 17:46:38 +0800 2013

Despite making noises about introducing a polluter pays system in China since early 2011, it now appears that such a move could be at least another year away, according to experts.

In fact, the Chinese Government has repeatedly said over the last two years that it would tax the country’s worst carbon emitters and polluters as it scrambles to find ways to stem the tide of growing unrest due to increased pollution in its air, water and soil.

China Green Taxation

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Less than 10% of HK’s listed companies reporting on carbon
Thu Dec 12 17:29:52 +0800 2013

A new report shows that fewer than 10 percent of Hong Kong listed companies are measuring or reporting on their carbon footprints

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New fund targets climate change resilience among Asia’s urban poor
Mon Dec 02 17:59:14 +0800 2013

Leaders from the Rockefeller Foundation, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have announced the launch of a new trust fund designed to scale up urban climate change resilience in 25 Asian cities.

The need for urban climate change resilience

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‘Bad planning’ leaves China highly vulnerable to climate change
Tue Dec 10 15:59:28 +0800 2013

The China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has admitted that the country is badly unprepared for climate change and the associated risks that it brings to the country’s economy and people.

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UN report highlights challenges to China’s green ambitions
Thu Nov 28 14:13:58 +0800 2013

China is facing significant environmental and social challenges that must be addressed if it is to achieve its sustainable development goals, according to a joint report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese government.

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How will China carbon markets work in a non-market economy?
Thu Nov 28 13:26:35 +0800 2013

This week, China will launch the pilots of its Beijing and Shanghai emmissions trading schemes. But the operating environment for these schemes will be vastly different to those in Australia or the European Union.

From 2013 China has introduced seven pilot trading schemes in key cities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. These schemes vary in scale, rules, and coverage: some cover over 50 percent of local greenhouse emissions; some are more lenient to the use of carbon offsets; some are open to the option of auctioning emission permits.

Shnaghai carbon trading

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Climate change may cost Pacific nations 12.7% of GDP
Tue Nov 26 16:29:01 +0800 2013

The economic loss suffered by the Pacific region could range from 2.9 percent to as high as 12.7 percent of annual GDP by 2100, according to a new study from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific includes modeling of future climate over the Pacific region, assessments of the potential impacts on agriculture, fisheries, tourism, coral reefs, and human health, and predictions of the potential economic impact of climate change for specific sectors and economies under various emissions scenarios.

Asia Pacific Islands

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Warsaw talks eventually yield deals on forests, financing
Mon Nov 25 16:18:21 +0800 2013

The UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw ended on Saturday, 24 hours behind schedule, with organizers declaring that governments are still on track to agree on a universal climate agreement in 2015 that will come into force from 2020. New decisions were adopted on loss and damage from climate change and cutting emissions from deforestation.

COP19 Talks

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Tepco, Mitsubishi plan clean coal plants at Fukushima
Mon Nov 25 16:06:40 +0800 2013

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) and three Mitsubishi group firms plan to build a new type of energy-efficient coal-fired power plants in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture.

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Climate change may cost Pacific nations 12.7% of annual GDP
Tue Nov 26 16:29:01 +0800 2013

The economic loss suffered by the Pacific region could range from 2.9 percent to as high as 12.7 percent of annual GDP by 2100, according to a new study from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific includes modeling of future climate over the Pacific region, assessments of the potential impacts on agriculture, fisheries, tourism, coral reefs, and human health, and predictions of the potential economic impact of climate change for specific sectors and economies under various emissions scenarios.

Asia Pacific Islands

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Beijing and Shanghai carbon exchanges to start this week
Tue Nov 26 16:22:15 +0800 2013

Pilot carbon trading schemes are to be launched in Beijing and Shanghai this week – following on from the launch of the Shenzhen’s market in June – bringing up another milestone in China’s efforts to bring its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under control.

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UN report warns of two-fold increase in N2O by 2050
Fri Nov 22 16:08:51 +0800 2013

Nitrous oxide (N20) emissions could almost double by 2050 if more aggressive action is not taken, undermining global efforts to curb climate change, the United Nations' Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Thursday.

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CO2 emissions may peak about 2020 but more ambition crucial
Tue Nov 19 16:47:07 +0800 2013

Amid the predictable doom, gloom and squabbling at the UN’s COP19 climate summit in Warsaw, there is at least one voice of optimism trying to make itself heard. Climate Action Network Europe and Germanwatch, a think-tank on North-South equity, believes that after the current phase of rapid growth it is possible that the world’s greenhouse gas emissions will plateau around 2020.

Country CO2 Performance Index

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Fast-start climate funding pledges just 20% of fossil fuel subsidies
Thu Nov 21 16:43:53 +0800 2013

While developed countries continue to debate how to honor their commitment to provide the Green Climate Fund with USD100 billion each year by 2020 to help developing countries reduce emissions and adapt to climate impacts, these same countries are providing five times more public support for fossil fuel production and consumption than they have so far pledged in climate finance according to a report released in Warsaw yesterday by Oil Change International (OCI).

Climate Funding vs Fossil Fuel subsidies

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Progress in Warsaw in $280 mln tripartite fund to save forests
Thu Nov 21 16:33:22 +0800 2013

Norway, UK and the US yesterday announced a USD280 million fund to protect forests and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions via the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) at COP 19 in Warsaw.

Working with the World Bank, the three partners announced the funding for a new initiative called ‘BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes’ which is a joint public-private partnership established to help to combat the loss of the world’s forests and significantly reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation before 2020.

COP19 Reforestation fund

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Shanghai 2nd out of the gate with carbon trading platform
Thu Nov 21 16:22:04 +0800 2013

Shanghai yesterday published out details for its carbon emission trading, setting the stage for it to become China’s second city to open a carbon market, , following in the footsteps of Shenzhen.

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Fast-start climate funding just 20% of fossil fuel subsidies
Thu Nov 21 16:43:53 +0800 2013

While developed countries continue to debate how to honor their commitment to provide the Green Climate Fund with USD100 billion each year by 2020 to help developing countries reduce emissions and adapt to climate impacts, these same countries are providing five times more public support for fossil fuel production and consumption than they have so far pledged in climate finance according to a report released in Warsaw yesterday by Oil Change International (OCI).

Climate Funding vs Fossil Fuel subsidies

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Pearl River Delta tops China’s air pollution table in October
Wed Nov 20 16:36:19 +0800 2013

The air in China’s southern Pearl River Delta (PRD) region was listed by the Environmental Protection Ministry as the country’s most polluted in October due to a sharp rise in ozone and particulate matters in the air.

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Japan slashes C02 goal, receives disingenuous response
Fri Nov 15 16:07:21 +0800 2013

Bowing to the inevitable, Japan has announced a much reduced carbon emissions target for 2020. The decision to aim for a 3.8 percent cut in emission below 2005 levels was announced in Tokyo Friday morning by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

Japan Fukushima

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China to get ambitious with eco-targets
Mon Nov 18 15:47:22 +0800 2013

China is on track to achieve its 2020 energy efficiency target ahead of schedule and will make even more ambitious proposals to realize low-carbon development for the years after 2020, senior climate advisers said.

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Tropical palm oil worse than contentious IPCC report claims
Mon Nov 18 16:03:46 +0800 2013

A controversial report is under-estimating the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by palm oil grown on tropical peatlands by nearly 50 percent, according to NGOs.

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Extreme weather is proving costly for China
Tue Nov 19 15:44:56 +0800 2013

China’s extreme weather conditions has caused an average of more than 2,000 deaths and up to CNY200 billion (USD32.8 billion) of direct economic loss every year since the 1990s, according to Beijing's latest report on the nation's climate change strategies.

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CO2 emissions could peak around 2020 but more ambition crucial
Tue Nov 19 16:47:07 +0800 2013

Amid the predictable doom, gloom and squabbling at the UN’s COP19 climate summit in Warsaw, there is at least one voice of optimism trying to make itself heard. Climate Action Network Europe and Germanwatch, a think-tank on North-South equity, believes that after the current phase of rapid growth it is possible that the world’s greenhouse gas emissions will plateau around 2020.

Country CO2 Performance Index

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Korea looks to grass roots to energize low-carbon drive
Wed Nov 13 14:51:57 +0800 2013

Despite concerns that it has weakened its commitment, South Korea remains determined to fight global warming by pushing through carbon reduction projects at home and boosting international co-operation, the nation’s ambassador for climate change said.

Korea Green Growth

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CO2 emissions up 20% by ‘35 despite spread of pricing says IEA
Wed Nov 13 14:45:43 +0800 2013

The share of global emissions subject to carbon pricing policies will rise to around 33 percent in 2035 from about 8 percent last year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its 2013 World Energy Outlook released yesterday.

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Taiwan seeks observer status at United Nations climate change talks
Thu Nov 14 16:53:07 +0800 2013

Whilst Taiwan has sought observer status in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for years, its governmental representatives were absent when 195 member countries began a meeting on Monday to discuss how the international world could limit average global temperature increases.

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Philippine typhoon disaster puts focus on climate debt
Thu Nov 14 17:46:57 +0800 2013

While the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda) looms large at the UN’s COP19 conference in Warsaw this week, activists in the Philippines are demanding compensation from economically developed countries for the damages experienced in the developing world due to climate change-related disasters.

Climate change rally in Manila

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CO2 emissions up 20% by ‘35 despite spread of carbon pricing says IEA
Wed Nov 13 14:45:43 +0800 2013

The share of global emissions subject to carbon pricing policies will rise to around 33 percent in 2035 from about 8 percent last year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its 2013 World Energy Outlook released yesterday.

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Unilever approaches key milestone on journey to sustainable palm oil
Wed Nov 13 14:38:34 +0800 2013

Multinational consumer goods giant Unilever says that by the end of 2014, all of the palm oil it buys globally will be traceable to known sources. It is committed to sourcing all its palm oil from RSPO-certified sources by 2020.

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Obsession with GDP bedevils China air pollution plans
Tue Nov 12 17:21:10 +0800 2013

China’s central government and provincial governments have been pushing out new air pollution control plans this year as deadly smog plagues the country’s northern cities. Without a more thorough reform of economic policy, however, the chances are these plans will fail, according to the head of the country’s climate change think-tank.

China's GDP pollution balance

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South Korea looks to grass roots to energize low-carbon drive
Wed Nov 13 14:51:57 +0800 2013

Despite concerns that it has weakened its commitment, South Korea remains determined to fight global warming by pushing through carbon reduction projects at home and boosting international co-operation, the nation’s ambassador for climate change said.

In recent months criticism has mounted over the relative lack of interest shown by President Park Geun-hye’s new administration in advancing the much-touted climate initiative, which hit its stride under former President Lee Myung-bak with his 2008 “low carbon, green growth” vision.

Korea Green Growth

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US upbeat on climate talks thanks to China co-operation
Mon Nov 11 18:10:38 +0800 2013

The United States and China, the two largest emitters of greenhouse gasses, have been at loggerheads for years over any international treaty that would mandate reductions. But the US envoy to climate talks that open today in Warsaw says this year's gathering is a "historic opportunity," in part because Washington has started working closely with Beijing on the issue.

This year is different because "we are all in this negotiation rather than in an 'us or them' mentality," Todd Stern said Friday. "We mean to make progress."

US climate change negotiator Todd Stern

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Philippines advocacy group formed to manage the environment
Thu Nov 07 14:32:13 +0800 2013

Policy experts from academe, business and government are at the forefront of a first-of-its-kind advocacy campaign to develop initiatives that will effectively regulate Philippine industries to ensure a more responsible stewardship of the environment.

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China’s environmental watchdog punishes assessment agencies
Thu Nov 07 14:24:56 +0800 2013

Thirty-four environmental impact assessment agencies have been penalized by China's environmental watchdog for "falsifying documents" or "poor quality" of assessment reports.

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Japan to commit $16 billion global warming aid at COP19
Fri Nov 08 17:21:57 +0800 2013

Japan will commit USD16 billion worth of global-warming aid at the UN climate-change conference opening in the Polish capital Warsaw next week.

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EU moving forward with initiative to shore up carbon price
Mon Nov 11 17:55:59 +0800 2013

The European Union’s Council of Minister has approved a temporary plan to fix the EUs’ troubled carbon market, which has seen prices plummet due to over-supply.

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China vows ‘flexibility’ at climate talks if rich nations ante up
Wed Nov 06 17:17:51 +0800 2013

China’s top climate official has said that it will be "flexible" on a new climate deal at the upcoming Warsaw climate talks providing developed countries keep to their promise to help fund mitigation steps by poorer countries.

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China on target with carbon intensity goals
Wed Nov 06 17:09:00 +0800 2013

The Chinese Government has published its latest annual report on efforts to address climate change in 2012. The report, entitled China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change, was released ahead of the UN’s COP19 climate change conference which kicks off in Warsaw next week.

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Greater ambition needed to keep temperature rise below 2°C
Wed Nov 06 17:47:47 +0800 2013

Should the global community not immediately embark on wide-ranging actions to narrow the greenhouse gas emissions gap, the chance of remaining on the least-cost path to keeping global temperature rise below 2°C this century will swiftly diminish and open the door to a host of challenges, according to a new UN report.

The Emissions Gap Report 2013 — involving 44 scientific groups in 17 countries and co-ordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) — released ahead of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP19) in Warsaw next week.

UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2013

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China speeds up legislation to tackle pollution
Thu Oct 31 15:59:58 +0800 2013

China is to speed up the introduction of environmental protection and resource management legislation amid rising public concern over pollution.

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Slowing CO2 emissions good news but not sufficient
Fri Nov 01 15:07:48 +0800 2013

The volume of greenhouse gases (GHGs) vented into the atmosphere hit a new high in 2012 but the year-on-year increase was relatively small and this may represent a more permanent slowdown, ultimately leading to a decline in global emissions according to a new report.

This year’s Trends In Global CO2 Emissions report, produced by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) on behalf of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, says global GHG emissions from burning fossl fules and cenment production hit a record 34.5 billion CO2-equivalent tonnes in 2012.

Global CO2 emissions per region 2013

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World Bank calls for urgent action to unlock clean energy financing
Fri Nov 01 17:19:35 +0800 2013

A low-carbon growth path is in the best interest of each country in East Asia, and governments should take action now to create an enabling environment to attract clean energy investments, coupled with public financing mechanisms to provide incentives to investors and unlock commercial financing, says a new World Bank report titled Unlocking Commercial Financing for Clean Energy in East Asia.

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PwC report finds world on track to blow carbon budget by 2034
Mon Nov 04 17:26:14 +0800 2013

According to a new report by PwC, the world is on track to blow the 2°C carbon budget, estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the next 89 years, within 21 years.

This puts the world on a path consistent with potential global warming of around 4°C by 2100, the most extreme scenario presented in the recent IPCC 5th Assessment Report on climate science.

PwC Carbon Report

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Pollution from China knows no boundaries
Tue Nov 05 16:47:47 +0800 2013

Korea is bracing itself as pollution levels ominously surge with more than 40 percent of the pollutants in the air in Seoul believed to have blown over from China.

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BASIC tells developed world to step up on climate change
Wed Oct 30 14:19:18 +0800 2013

Leading up to the Warsaw climate change conference next month, the BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) have called on developed economies to "do their homework" and offer financial and technology support to developing countries.

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By 2025 31% of global economy will face high climate risks
Wed Oct 30 16:48:43 +0800 2013

By 2025 almost one third of global economic output will be based in countries that face either an extreme or high risk from climate change impacts according to a new study. The sixth annual release of Maplecroft’s Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas reveals that countries projected to produce 31 percent economic falls into these two categories – a 50 percent increase on current levels and more than double since the company began researching the issue in 2008.

Maplecroft 2014 climate change threat map

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China’s coal-to-gas plans will worsen water and CO2 problems
Fri Oct 25 14:43:38 +0800 2013

China’s plans to develop a string of coal-to-gas plants as part of efforts to reduce the chronic air pollution problem afflicting its northern cities pose a threat to water supplies in arid regions where these plants are to be build, according to research by the World Resources Institute (WRI). It could also result in total carbon emissions that are double that of the coal-fire power and heating plants that are to be replaced by gas-fired facilities in these cities.

Synthetic natural gas plants will stress China's water supplies

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Regional think tank proposed to curb air pollution problems
Mon Oct 28 17:18:06 +0800 2013

With cross-border pollution a heated subject in Hong Kong, a leading Beijing-based expert has called on the city and its Pearl River Delta neighbors to establish a "regional think tank" that will work closely to tackle air pollution in the region.

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Chinese air pollution researchers zero in on PM1
Tue Oct 29 17:24:12 +0800 2013

With levels of PM2.5 (particulate matter of 2.5 microns in diameter) in the air measured every hour from multiple monitoring stations in China’s 74 largest cities, public health researchers are turning their attention to even smaller particles.

In a new study published in the public health journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers from the School of Public Health at Fudan University in Shanghai have demonstrated correlations of very small particulates and the incidence of particular illnesses.

China PM1 air particles

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More smog as gas shortage dents China’s coal reduction plan
Wed Oct 30 14:29:51 +0800 2013

China’s much touted plan to reduce its reliance on coal is already running into problems as the country experiences a severe shortage of gas, which it hopes to replace coal with, and raising the possibility of even more choking smog in the months to come.

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Japan set to drastically reduce emissions reduction target
Wed Oct 30 14:24:51 +0800 2013

Japan could set a new 2020 emissions reductions target of 3.8% on 2005 levels, the Nikkei newspaper reports.

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India blocking plan to cut highly-potent greenhouse gases
Thu Oct 24 16:31:16 +0800 2013

India is blocking an international plan to reduce the polluting gases used in air conditioners and refrigerators, claiming that negotiators are trying to use the wrong treaty to bring about changes.

International envoys have sought to bypass log-jammed United Nations climate-treaty talks by handing responsibility for reducing hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, to the Montreal Protocol, an instrument designed to protect the ozone layer rather than the climate, according to Bloomberg.

Monteal Protocol talks

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China’s coal-to-gas plans will exacerbate water and CO2 problems
Fri Oct 25 14:42:46 +0800 2013

China’s plans to develop a string of coal-to-gas plants as part of efforts to reduce the chronic air pollution problem afflicting its northern cities pose a threat to water supplies in arid regions where these plants are to be build, according to research by the World Resources Institute (WRI). It could also result in total carbon emissions that are double that of the coal-fire power and heating plants that are to be replaced by gas-fired facilities in these cities.

Synthetic natural gas plants will stress China's water supplies

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China to focus on coal and vehicles to battle smog
Fri Oct 25 14:11:49 +0800 2013

China’s smoggiest regions, including the capital Beijing, will focus on reduction of coal consumption and impose controls on vehicles as the country steps up its efforts to tackle pollution.

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ADB invests to drive energy efficiency in Southeast Asia
Fri Oct 25 14:03:43 +0800 2013

Hospitals, hotels, shopping malls, and many other businesses in Southeast Asian countries are expected to adopt cost-effective, energy-saving solutions once positive results are demonstrated through pioneering energy efficiency projects funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Floods shutter 17 factories in major Thai industrial zone
Tue Oct 22 16:03:37 +0800 2013

With flood water blocking roads, seventeen factories were temporarily shut in a major Thai industrial zone dominated by foreign companies.

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Environmental law rewrite reflects conflicted agenda
Tue Oct 22 19:40:29 +0800 2013

A third draft of proposed amendments to China’s Environmental Law was tabled at the bi-monthly meeting of National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee yesterday, addressing some of the criticism of the previous draft but opening new areas of controversy.

The key criticism of the last draft, that it severely limited the right to bring public interest litigation against polluters, has been reversed but only somewhat.

China environmental law

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China environmental law rewrite reflects conflicted agenda
Tue Oct 22 19:40:29 +0800 2013

A third draft of proposed amendments to China’s Environmental Law was tabled at the bi-monthly meeting of National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee yesterday, addressing some of the criticism of the previous draft but opening new areas of controversy.

The key criticism of the last draft, that it severely limited the right to bring public interest litigation against polluters, has been reversed but only somewhat.

China environmental law

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India and US remain defiant on new aviation emissions plan
Wed Oct 23 16:15:03 +0800 2013

India has voiced firm opposition to EU plans to impose a scaled-back carbon charge on flights over European airspace while a senior US lawmaker said the EU proposal runs afoul of a law intended to shield US airlines from such charges.

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Dense smog brings cities to a halt in northern China
Tue Oct 22 15:48:49 +0800 2013

With visibility reduced to less than 10 meters due to air pollution, Harbin, capital of China’s Heilongjiang province, was forced to take the unprecedented step of closing kindergartens, primary and middle schools. The city saw pollution levels soar past the highest point on the government's index for the second consecutive day.

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Australian researchers eye China's carbon-pricing scheme
Fri Oct 11 15:41:04 +0800 2013

With Australia moving to scrap its pioneering carbon-pricing scheme, China is expected to have seven pilot pricing systems in place no later than 2015, followed by a national scheme, according to a new survey from the Australian National University (ANU).

The survey, a joint initiative between the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy in the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy in Canberra and Beijing-based NGO China Carbon Forum, collected the opinions of 86 China-based carbon pricing experts.

The survey found strong confidence that China will introduce carbon-pricing mechanisms in coming years, that the price of emitting carbon will rise over time, and that China will have both a national emissions trading and a carbon tax by the end of the decade.

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Vietnam gears up for 2nd phase of National REDD+ Action Program
Tue Oct 15 16:48:11 +0800 2013

Vietnam has taken a further step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its agriculture and rural development sectors with the start of the UN-REDD Phase II Program.

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Shanghai publishes clean air action plan
Mon Oct 21 16:17:12 +0800 2013

Following close on the heels of Beijing, Shanghai has released a five-year action plan to improve the city's air quality by reducing the PM2.5 (particular matter of 2.5 microns or less) concentration by 20 percent by 2017 compared to 2012.

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Holy smoke! Funeral pyres are a major source of carbon aerosols
Mon Oct 21 16:13:18 +0800 2013

The open-air burning of funeral pyres in India and Nepal is a significant source of production of carbon aerosols, a new study has claimed.

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Climate change impacting China’s water tower
Wed Oct 09 15:31:22 +0800 2013

China’s Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve – which contains the headwaters of the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and the Mekong River – has and will continue to become warmer and wetter as a result of global warming, latest monitoring data shows.

The normally cold and dry headwaters area, on the remote Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, has seen average temperatures rise 1.98º C and rainfall increase between 1961 and 2012, Li Lin, a senior engineer with Qianghai Provincial Meteorological Bureau, told Xinhua.

Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve

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OECD makes clarion call for strong focus on carbon pricing
Thu Oct 10 15:37:40 +0800 2013

Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government action to tackle climate change, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Coming less than two weeks after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its latest scientific assessment, which said human influence on the climate system is very clear, the OECD’s strong stand on carbon pricing should serve as a useful counterbalance to politicians who want to back-pedal on climate change policies.

OECD Climate and carbon: Aligning prices and policies paper

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ASEAN member-states agree to adopt haze monitoring system
Thu Oct 10 16:05:44 +0800 2013

Southeast Asian nations have agreed to adopt a new system to improve monitoring of smog caused by fires, in an attempt to make plantation companies more accountable following the region's worst air pollution crisis in 16 years.

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Maintaining rich city biodiversity is possible and greatly needed
Mon Oct 07 14:26:34 +0800 2013

Increasing urbanization over the next few decades presents great challenges but also opportunities to curb climate change, reduce water scarcity and improve food security, according to the world's first global assessment on the relationship between urbanization and biodiversity loss.

The assessment, entitled Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO), argues that cities should facilitate for a rich biodiversity and take stewardship of crucial ecosystem services rather than being sources of large ecological footprints.

City biodiversity

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Man from Kiribati claiming climate change refugee status
Thu Oct 03 14:22:22 +0800 2013

A man from Kiribati, one of the lowest-lying nations on Earth, is trying to convince New Zealand judges that he's a refugee - not from persecution, but from climate change.

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UN aviation body agrees emissions deal
Fri Oct 04 11:46:57 +0800 2013

The United Nations civil aviation body has reached consensus on a roadmap to create what would be a market-based scheme to help curb carbon emissions from a major industry by 2020, but rejected a European proposal that would have let it apply its own market scheme to foreign airlines in the interim.

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EU concedes to pressure on airline emissions scheme
Fri Sep 06 17:56:10 +0800 2013

After more than two years of international bickering, the European Union has finally abandoned its attempts to apply its aviation emissions regulations on foreign airlines.

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EU commits $26.4 mln help Pacific states address climate change
Fri Sep 06 17:38:32 +0800 2013

The European Union (EU) announced on Thursday that it will provide 20 million Euro (USD26.4 million) to help Pacific states address the impacts of climate change and the urgent need to improve resilience to natural disasters.

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Singapore Airlines to study if biofuel fuel is a great way to fly
Mon Sep 09 18:07:03 +0800 2013

In a bid to clean up its skies, Singapore is to study the feasibility of airlines using alternative fuels.

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Indiana Jones brings a touch of Hollywood to Indonesia’s forests
Mon Sep 09 18:02:13 +0800 2013

Hollywood super star Harrison Ford, famous for his role as Indiana Jones, has been venturing deep into Indonesian forests and breathing the air of Jakarta.

Ford and his team are in Indonesia to work on their contribution to a documentary film on climate change, Years of Living Dangerously, which is being co-produced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie is set to premier in April 2014.

Indiana Jones and the forest fire

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Singapore Airlines to study if biofuel is a great way to fly
Mon Sep 09 18:07:03 +0800 2013

In a bid to clean up its skies, Singapore is to study the feasibility of airlines using alternative fuels.

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Harrison Ford not a big hit says Indonesia’s forestry minister
Tue Sep 10 15:34:15 +0800 2013

It seems that superstar actor Harrison Ford is not proving to be such a big hit during his visit to Indonesia to work on their contribution to a documentary film on climate change, Years of Living Dangerously.

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Half of Jakarta will be underwater by 2030
Fri Sep 13 15:44:29 +0800 2013

Half of Jakarta will be under water by 2030 due to global warming, according to predictions from Indonesia’s National Council on Climate Change (DNPI).

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China releases toughest-ever clean air action plan
Thu Sep 12 16:13:20 +0800 2013

In the strictest yet move to reign in its gagging air pollution problems, China has rolled out a five-year action plan which not only imposes strict targets on its cities and industries, but also has the potential to lay blame for failure squarely at the feet of politicians and officials.

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China will still struggle to meet green vehicles sales target
Fri Sep 13 16:07:36 +0800 2013

The prospects of China selling 500,000 green vehicles per year by 2015 still looks like mission impossible, despite the fact that new measures to curb air pollution will boost the development of the new energy auto industry, experts have warned.

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Indonesia says it will slash HCFCs by 97.5%
Mon Sep 16 17:24:55 +0800 2013

Indonesia is optimistic about slashing the production and use of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by up to 97.5 percent as part of the country’s commitment under the Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol, an official told the state-owned Antara News last week.

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China to mark out ecologically vulnerable zones
Tue Sep 17 14:17:56 +0800 2013

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection will mark out ecologically sensitive and vulnerable areas and functional zones before the end of next year.

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Are developing nations equally to blame for climate change?
Thu Sep 19 13:35:15 +0800 2013

Deciding which countries have contributed most to climate change depends on how you calculate historic and current emissions

European researchers say both the developed and the developing worlds may be almost equally responsible for contributing to climate change.

Their analysis goes to the heart of one of the most contested issues obstructing international negotiations for an effective agreement on cutting greenhouse gases (GHGs).

The developed world argues cuts should be based – in the long term, at least – on current GHG emissions; this means heavily polluting countries like China and India will have to make stringent GHG cuts.

Carbon being emitted in the developing world

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IPCC scientists say global warming hiatus won’t last
Mon Sep 23 16:30:00 +0800 2013

The apparent halt to global warming so far this century is unlikely to last much longer according to draft technical report by UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report, by 259 authors in 39 countries, is the first of four due in the next year about climate change by the IPCC.

The 127-page draft, which was obtained by Reuters, and a shorter summary for policymakers that are being finalized for release in Stockholm this Friday, say factors including a haze of volcanic ash and a cyclical dip in energy emitted from the sun may also have contributed to a slower warming trend.

Greenland ice sheet river

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Aviation officials under pressure on climate deal
Tue Sep 24 17:43:51 +0800 2013

With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change preparing to unveil its latest scientific report, pressure is on international aviation administrators to make substantive progress toward an agreement that would constrain growth of the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The 191 member states of the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) start their tri-annual assembly in Montreal today under unaccustomed scrutiny.

Aviation Emisssions Deal

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Aviation officials (somewhat) under pressure on climate deal
Tue Sep 24 17:43:51 +0800 2013

With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change preparing to unveil its latest scientific report, pressure is on international aviation administrators to make substantive progress toward an agreement that would constrain growth of the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The 191 member states of the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) start their tri-annual assembly in Montreal today under unaccustomed scrutiny.

Aviation Emisssions Deal

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Commission to find pathways to prosperity and safe climate
Wed Sep 25 16:49:06 +0800 2013
South Korea and Indonesia has joined forces with five other countries to launch an USD8.9 million analysis into the economic impacts of climate change.

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It’s back to school for climate change in Indonesia
Wed Sep 25 16:12:27 +0800 2013

In a bid to speed up efforts to reduce emissions in Indonesia, the country is introducing the "school of climate change" according to a senior official from the environment ministry.

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UK commits $56 mln to Asian CCS program, despite doubts
Thu Sep 26 13:27:28 +0800 2013

The United Kingdom will provide GBP35 million (USD56 million) funding to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) development in Asia, with a focus on China and Indonesia, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, said on Wednesday in Shanghai.

The announcement comes days before the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is due to release its landmark fifth assessment report, which is expected to provide a more scientific consensus than ever before that urgent action must be taken to tackle the threat of climate change.

Carbon capture and storage with UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey

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Japan’s new carbon goal may not reduce emissions
Wed Oct 02 16:22:37 +0800 2013

Japan is planning to cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 6 to 7 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels, but the new goal – based on an assumption that none of its nuclear power plants will be in operation – may get a cool reception from the international community since it may not represent a decrease from 1990 levels.

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ASEAN moving to power market dominated by coal says IEA
Wed Oct 02 15:58:04 +0800 2013

With Southeast Asia set to double its energy consumption over the next two decades coal will replace natural gas as the dominant fuel for electricity production, according to the International Energy Agency.

With their energy demand growing at more than twice the global average the 10 members of ASEAN will get 49 percent of their power from coal by 2035, up from 31 percent in 2011, the IEA said in its new World Energy Outlook Special Report, Southeast Asia Energy Outlook released today. The agency says ASEAN’s energy share from gas is projected to drop to 28 percent from 44 percent.

ASEAN CO2 emissions and intensity, 2011 and 2035 - IEA

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Japan signs carbon credit deal with Indonesia
Mon Sep 02 11:52:40 +0800 2013

Indonesia and Japan have signed a bi-lateral deal to smooth the way for Japanese companies to directly get carbon credits and projects. Known as a joint crediting mechanism (JCM), it bypasses the Kyoto greenhouse protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, in which the United Nations must screen and sign off on each company’s participation in it.

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Cross-straits green co-operation boosts Taiwan-China relations
Mon Aug 26 12:32:40 +0800 2013

Developing green technology is core to a new cross-strait's alliance. The launch of the Green Technology and Cultural Industry Alliance at the Beijing Taiwan Center, was attended by officials from both governments and aims to promote both green and cultural sectors between China and Taiwan.

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Australia's green bank faces bleak future
Thu Aug 22 13:18:32 +0800 2013

Australia's green bank is in line for the chop. According to the Sydney Morning Herald Tony Abbott, wrote to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s chairman, Jillian Broadbent, on the first day of the election saying he intended to shut it should the Liberal Party and its political partners win the upcoming elections.

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New Zealand back-tracks on carbon emission cuts
Mon Aug 19 18:18:46 +0800 2013

New Zealand's reputation of being a “green” country is likely to take another hit, following the government's decision to cut its commitment to reduce greenhouse gases.

Following close on the heels of a milk formula scare in China, the country's “100% Pure” marketing slogan may be further threatened by its decision to cut greenhouse gas emissions to just 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

How not to make climate policy

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WWF: Earth in the red on the natural resources balance sheet
Wed Aug 21 12:36:13 +0800 2013

On  August 20 we once again reached the bleak WWF-designated milestone of Earth Overshoot Day ‒ that is when humanity has used as much renewable natural resources as our planet can regenerate in one year - and its coming sooner every year.

According to the environmental group, this means means that for the rest of 2013, we are “in the red” – effectively “overdrawn” on the balance sheet of nature’s goods and services that we require to survive.

WWF Earth Overshoot day1

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DHL cuts carbon in Asia operations
Mon Aug 19 16:53:36 +0800 2013

DHL Express, the global delivery company, is claiming its fourth consecutive year of decreasing carbon emissions with an improvement of 7.4 percent in Asia.

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Laos and Japan sign carbon agreement
Fri Aug 09 15:27:29 +0800 2013

Laos and Japan have signed a carbon agreement. The bilateral co-operation agreement with the Japanese government is under a Joint Crediting Mechanism and for the provision of technical assistance on climate change.

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Tiajin Port to pilot low carbon operations
Tue Aug 13 16:33:07 +0800 2013

Tianjin Port has been given the go ahead from China’s Ministry of Transportation for a “pilot unit of green and low-carbon port” according to the China Daily.

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Philippine climate change group defends indefensible
Wed Aug 07 09:10:29 +0800 2013

The Philippine's Climate Change Commission (CCC) has jumped to the defense of President Benigno Aquino's national renewable energy policy, which has been slammed by environmental groups.

Commissioner Heherson Alvarez of the CCC told Greenpeace that the country's economic reality meant that coal-fired powers stations were a necessity and the president was fully supportive of renewable energy. He was responding to a Greenpeace statement that called the president's preference for coal-fired power as “alarming”.

Philippine Greeenpeace coal ship protest

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Vietnam’s trade & industry ministry pushes for greener policies
Mon Aug 05 15:49:44 +0800 2013

Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) is pushing for the implementation of the National Strategy for Green Growth. Its part in fulfilling the National Target Program on energy efficiency and conservation includes controlling, monitoring and improving industries' carbon emissions, developing bio-fuel and improve adaptability to climate change.

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China’s low-carbon spend estimated at $669 bln over five years
Wed Jul 31 16:46:03 +0800 2013
China's investment in renewable energy during the current five year plan is likely to reach CNY1.8 trillion (USD294 billion), with another CNY2.3 trillion (USD375 billion) invested in energy-saving and emission reduction measures, according to a senior government official.

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Pakistani approach to climate change looks like greenwash
Wed Jul 31 17:40:01 +0800 2013

In spite of Pakistan both dissolving it's climate change ministry and slashing its development budget by more than 60 percent, a Chinese company has promised to create a solar fund worth USD3 billion for the country. It's the sort of good news story the government is keen to see.

But for the country to pin its hopes on such promises, flies in the growing evidence that climate change will hit Pakistan hard. Its current conventional energy policies cannot cope with demand and only lip-service has been given to renewables.

The great Pakistan flood of 2010

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Punjab government awards 250 MW in new projects to 26 developers
Mon Jul 29 17:51:34 +0800 2013

The Indian state of Punjab has awarded 250 MW of solar projects to 26 private developers who are set to invest between USD420 million and USD500 million in the ventures.

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1st fruit from stepped-up China-US climate change dialog
Mon Jul 15 17:04:04 +0800 2013

China and the US have agreed on a new series of measures to reduce carbon emissions. Leaked to the Chinese media immediately after the opening ceremonies of the 5th China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Washington, news emerged that mini-climate talks had prefaced the opening and common ground had been agreed.

Five new initiatives aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants from the two countries most polluting sectors.

US-China Stetegic

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Aussie PM’s gamble sacrifices long-term climate policy
Wed Jul 17 12:39:56 +0800 2013

Summary: 
CleanBiz.Asia generally skips news from Australia because the country’s own media does a good job of reporting on sustainable policies and business. The exceptions are when Australian developments have implications for Asia, and none more so than the country’s carbon emission pricing scheme, which has been held up as a global example of good practice. In one fell swoop, however, Kevin Rudd – the country’s recently re-appointed Prime Minister – has turned Australia’s climate change policy into a shambles says executive editor Fergus O’Rorke.

Kevin Rudd, Australia's re-emergent Prime Minister, is gearing up for elections by announcing a plan – that can only be implemented after the election – to transition from the country’s current carbon tax to a cap and trade system in 2014 instead of 2015. His facts and figures were dominated by promising average households an annual saving of AUD380 (USD350) on gas and electricity bills.

In a magical piece of political jiggery-pokery he said the nation's 370 biggest greenhouse gas emitters would still pay for the carbon footprint but by switching from the tax to a European-style emissions trading scheme, they would pay less

Kevin Rudd looks at Australia's carbon market once again

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Secrecy hinders effective flood monitoring in south Asia
Mon Jul 22 13:51:51 +0800 2013

South Asia's political tensions are hampering co-operation on preparing flood warnings costing lives and property.

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China's carbon tax now delayed by economic concerns
Tue Jul 23 17:30:09 +0800 2013

A senior Chinese official has hinted that the country’s postponed carbon tax scheme will now be introduced until the 12th Five-Year Plan.

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Taiwan signs up to Google's disaster warning system
Thu Jul 11 12:46:01 +0800 2013
Taiwan has become the second Asian country to enter an agreement with Google on a natural disaster data center. The open data platform will share information on natural disasters such as typhoons and floods in Taiwan.

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The Naughties a decade of extremes say world weathermen
Thu Jul 04 15:06:20 +0800 2013

The world is warming faster than at any time since records begun, sea levels are rising faster than ever and deaths from heat-related illness jumped 20 times over the previous decade's tally. And Asia is the continent most likely to be hit by natural disasters.

These stark conclusions from the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) illustrate once more just how difficult it will be for the world to keep temperature rises to the 2-degree limits set by climate-treaty negotiators.

Extreme weather in the Philippines

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Garuda pledges biofuel use by 2015
Thu Jul 04 13:49:23 +0800 2013

Indonesia's national airline, PT Garuda, will use biofuel mixture on all of its aircraft from 2015 onwards. It estimates it will need 10 million litres of biofuel during the first year, said Novianto Herupratomno, the operation's director of Garuda and reported by Antara.

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The Climate Group launches iPhone game to drive consumer change
Thu Jul 04 16:21:21 +0800 2013

Runs on Apple’s iPhone and iPads, Carbon Crush is designed to promote ‘micro-carbon living’ by providing players with advice on how to reduce their personal emissions, minimize pollution and reduce waste as they play. There are three different challenge levels and twenty stages in total, all focussed on increasing an individual’s awareness about his or her own carbon footprint and its consequences.

Climate Group Carbon Crush

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Businesses must get real about environmental threats says UN
Mon Jun 24 17:15:48 +0800 2013

Adapting to a changing environment and seizing green economy opportunities will give companies competitive advantage

The future of existing private sector companies will increasingly hinge on the ability of businesses to adapt to the world’s rapidly changing environment, according to a new report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). To stay ahead of competitors, it says, they need to develop goods and services that reduce the impacts of climate change, water scarcity, emissions of harmful chemicals, and other environmental concerns.

Business, environment, balance

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Alarm over Chinese, Indian HFC-23 environmental blackmail
Tue Jun 25 16:19:31 +0800 2013

China and India are expected to release vast amounts of the chemical hydroflourocarbon-23 (HFC-23) into the atmosphere, causing global greenhouse gas emissions to skyrocket, according to a new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). HFC-23, a by-product in the production of a chemical (HCFC-22) primarily used in air conditioning and refrigeration, is 14,800 times more damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide (CO2).

Climate and HFC plant

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Ho Chi Minh City budgets $3.3b for climate change plan
Tue Jul 02 16:25:36 +0800 2013

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's largest municipality, has earmarked VND70.54 trillion (USD3.3 billion) for 36 projects to mitigate the effects of climate change, which is expected to severely affect the city.

Based on assessments of the impacts, the city government says it will have action programs in various phases to ensure they do not impact development.

It will focus on developing an energy-efficient economy as a cornerstone of its efforts to combat climate change. It will also rely on international co-operation to take measures against climate change.

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Indonesia investigating cases of corporate arson in Sumatra
Tue Jul 02 16:00:20 +0800 2013

Armed with a “zero burn” law, which has been on the statute books since 2009, Indonesian authorities say they are preparing to go after the possible corporate perpetrators of forest fires that have resulted in the worst-ever air pollution recorded in Singapore and southern Malaysia.

Little action has previously been taken against plantation companies since the first major Indonesian haze crisis in 1997.

Sumatran forest fire hotspots - June 2013

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Climate bond market doubled in 2012 to USD346 bln
Mon Jun 17 16:07:39 +0800 2013

Climate-themed bonds experienced a "bumper year" in 2012 as the market almost doubled to USD346 billion.

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UN Green Climate Fund picks Seoul for HQ
Thu Jun 13 16:50:39 +0800 2013

South Korea has signed a deal with the board of the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF) which will help the new UN fund establish its headquarters in Incheon, west of Seoul.

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Four energy policies can keep the 2°C climate goal alive - IEA
Tue Jun 11 12:01:56 +0800 2013

New report shows how to stop growth in energy-related emissions by 2020 at no net economic cost

Warning that the world is not on track to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, the International Energy Agency (IEA) on has urged governments to swiftly enact four energy policies that would keep climate goals alive without harming economic growth.

“Climate change has quite frankly slipped to the back burner of policy priorities. But the problem is not going away – quite the opposite,”

IEA Graph

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UN Green Climate Fund turns to Seoul
Thu Jun 13 16:50:39 +0800 2013

South Korea has signed a deal with the board of the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF) which will help the new UN fund establish its headquarters in Incheon, west of Seoul.

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China has a change of heart over hydrofluorocarbons
Mon Jun 10 18:15:33 +0800 2013

According to a statement from the White House, US President Barack Obama and his new Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed during their weekend summit to co-operate in fighting climate change by cutting the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

HFCs were developed as a replacement for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) – for use primarily as coolants and propellants – after the later were found to be destroying the Earth’s ozone layer. While CFCs have been phased out under the 1987 Montreal Protocol, the greenhouse gas qualities of HFCs have been raising alarms since they have a global warming potential 11,700 times higher than of CO2.

China agrees to cut HFCs

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New CO2 sequestration technique could offset ocean acidification
Thu May 30 16:53:27 +0800 2013

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California say they have discovered and demonstrated a new technique to remove and store atmospheric carbon dioxide while generating hydrogen and producing alkalinity, which can be used to offset ocean acidification.

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Asia steams ahead in carbon-cutting ratings
Wed Mar 27 17:24:47 +0800 2013

Asia, especially China, is now taking center stage in preparedness for the low-carbon economy according to a report released on Tuesday by The Climate Institute, an independent research organization based in Australia.

Three of the top G20 countries best placed to compete in the global low-carbon economy are now from East Asia, having overtaken their European and American competitors, according to an index which measures how carbon-competitive countries are.

Low carbon competitiveness index

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Shenzhen sets date for the start of carbon emissions trading
Sun Apr 07 10:23:33 +0800 2013

Shenzhen, the Chinese Special Economic Zone and across the border from Hong Kong, will open carbon emissions trading market on Monday 17 June, according to city’s mayor.

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Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh goes Dutch in fight against climate change
Mon Apr 08 17:35:10 +0800 2013

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City and the Dutch city of Rotterdam are set to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see them co-operate in the fight against climate change.

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Mekong region facing six degree-warming, climate extremes
Tue Apr 09 16:25:37 +0800 2013

Temperatures in South-East Asia's Lower Mekong Basin are set to rise by up to three times the global average temperature increase, according to a USAID-funded study.

Previous reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted that the basin would see increases in line with the global average of around two degrees Celsius.

But according to a preliminary report by the Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change Project (Mekong ARCC), parts of the basin could see annual temperatures increase by as much as six degrees Celsius by 2050.

Mekong climate shift

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Philippines bumps climate change budget by 13 times
Thu Apr 11 16:55:13 +0800 2013

The Philippine government has announced that it will increase its spending on climate change adaptation and mitigation from PHP1 billion (USD24.4 million) in 2011 to PHP13 billion (USD317 million) next year.

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Shanghai joins Shenzhen in announcing start of carbon trade
Thu Apr 11 17:02:21 +0800 2013

Shanghai – China’s domestic financial center – has confirmed it will start its carbon emissions trading exchange in June, becoming the second market to announce commencement of a carbon cap-and-trade scheme, after Shenzhen said last week that it would launch its carbon market on June 17.

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India may be coming around to binding carbon emissions cuts
Fri Apr 12 17:12:01 +0800 2013

India could be on the verge of departing from its long-held negotiating position on climate change and preparing to adopt binding emission reduction commitments.

A report in the Times of India says that as part of the preparation, the government is likely to commission four studies including one assessing by when the country’s emissions will peak in absolute terms.

“The year when India’s emissions trajectory peaks before it starts to dip is expected to influence the date from when the government will be ready to take on a cap in absolute terms on greenhouse gases under the new global climate compact to be signed in 2015,” the newspaper said.

India preparing to adopt emission reduction commitments

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Mekong region facing 6 degree-warming, climate extremes
Tue Apr 09 16:25:37 +0800 2013

Temperatures in South-East Asia's Lower Mekong Basin are set to rise by up to three times the global average temperature increase, according to a USAID-funded study.

Previous reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted that the basin would see increases in line with the global average of around two degrees Celsius.

But according to a preliminary report by the Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change Project (Mekong ARCC), parts of the basin could see annual temperatures increase by as much as six degrees Celsius by 2050.

Mekong climate shift

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US and China to intensify climate change co-operation
Mon Apr 15 16:26:43 +0800 2013

The United States and China will establish a high-level joint working group on climate change in order, they say, to intensify global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the face of "increasing dangers" from global warming.

The two countries "recognize that the increasing dangers presented by climate change measured against the inadequacy of the global response requires a more focused and urgent initiative", they said in a joint statement issued in Beijing on Saturday.

The issue of how to deal with climate change has long vexed relations between the world's two biggest economies, which are also the biggest greenhouse gas emitters.

China talks with US

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Asian nations seek voice in addressing melting Arctic ice
Tue Apr 16 15:29:09 +0800 2013

A new global forum aimed at intensifying the dialogue on the deteriorating conditions in the North Pole could include the likes of China, India and Singapore among its member countries.

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China accountable for 68% of new global energy emissions
Tue Apr 16 15:19:55 +0800 2013

A new report by the US based Climate Policy Initiative has revealed that China was responsible for a mammoth 68 percent of the increase in energy-related global CO2 emissions during the first decade of this century.

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Allowing carbon markets to collapse would be a disaster, report warns
Mon Apr 29 14:23:49 +0800 2013

Allowing carbon markets to collapse would be a “disaster” as they are a key driver for investment in the biggest emerging nations’ greenhouse-gas reducing efforts, according to the Center for American Progress.

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Australia calls China global leader in climate change fight
Mon Apr 29 17:03:49 +0800 2013

A new report by Australia’s Climate Commission says that China is one of the world’s bright spots in global action to curb the effects of climate change.

Though China remains the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, the report, The Critical Decade: global action building on climate change,  found that in 2012 China reduced the carbon intensity of its economy more than expected and almost halved the rate of growth for electricity demand.

China climate actions

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China faces $243 bln per year climate fund gap by 2020
Mon Mar 25 14:43:59 +0800 2013

China will need to raise up to USD243 billion of additional funds per year by 2020 in order to adequately finance action to curb the impacts of climate change and invest in low carbon development, according to a new report commissioned by the Chinese government’s powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The report, authored by The Climate Group and the Research Centre for Climate and Energy Finance at the Central University of Finance and Economics, China, is to be presented to the NRDC, the Ministry of Finance and other top Chinese government entities later this month. It calls for a two stage plan to reform China’s climate finance mechanisms by 2020.

China faces huge climate fund gap

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China mulls tax on resource-hungry, polluting products
Mon Mar 25 14:30:59 +0800 2013

China may introduce a consumption tax on products that make heavy use of resources and cause pollution, according to the China Daily.

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China scientist says South Asia behind receding glaciers
Tue Mar 26 15:26:07 +0800 2013

About 90 percent of glaciers in the world’s “Third Pole” are shrinking, accelerated by black carbon being transferred from South Asia to the Tibetan Plateau, a prominent Chinese scientist claims.

Covering more than five million square kilometers and with an average altitude of more than 4,000 meters, the Tibetan Plateau contains the headwaters of several major rivers flowing into surrounding countries and regions.

The region has been drawing increased scrutiny from the international academic community over the past three decades, but the results of former studies have been inconsistent, according to Yao Tandong, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research.

Tibetan glacier

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China will face $243 bln per year climate fund gap by 2020
Mon Mar 25 14:43:59 +0800 2013

China will need to raise up to USD243 billion of additional funds per year by 2020 in order to adequately finance action to curb the impacts of climate change and invest in low carbon development, according to a new report commissioned by the Chinese government’s powerful National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The report, authored by The Climate Group and the Research Centre for Climate and Energy Finance at the Central University of Finance and Economics, China, is to be presented to the NRDC, the Ministry of Finance and other top Chinese government entities later this month. It calls for a two stage plan to reform China’s climate finance mechanisms by 2020.

China faces huge climate fund gap

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Chinese scientist says South Asia behind receding glaciers
Tue Mar 26 15:26:07 +0800 2013

About 90 percent of glaciers in the world’s “Third Pole” are shrinking, accelerated by black carbon being transferred from South Asia to the Tibetan Plateau, a prominent Chinese scientist claims.

Covering more than five million square kilometers and with an average altitude of more than 4,000 meters, the Tibetan Plateau contains the headwaters of several major rivers flowing into surrounding countries and regions.

The region has been drawing increased scrutiny from the international academic community over the past three decades, but the results of former studies have been inconsistent, according to Yao Tandong, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research.

Tibetan glacier

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Centre for Southeast Asia climate and weather research launched
Wed Mar 27 16:41:29 +0800 2013

The Centre for Climate Research Singapore (CCRS), the first institution dedicated to tropical climate and weather of Singapore and the wider Southeast Asia region, has been officially opened.

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China CO2 tax to be delayed for at least a year
Thu Mar 07 18:33:12 +0800 2013

China’s tax authorities will wait at least another year to introduce a tax on carbon, deferring to concern that economic growth might suffer, according to a Ministry of Finance (MoF) official.

Planning for a carbon tax has been underway since China’s 12th Five-year Plan was announced two years ago. At the beginning of last year MoF experts suggested levying a carbon tax in 2012 at 10 yuan (USD1.6) per tonne of CO2, increasing to 50 yuan (USD8) per tonne by 2020. Just last month Jia Chen, head of the Ministry of Finance’s Tax Policy Division, revealed a new set of taxation policies, including a tax on CO2 emissions, designed to preserve the environment.

China carbon tax

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Better forecasting of Asia's rain fronts
Fri Mar 01 11:29:22 +0800 2013

Researchers have developed a more accurate model for predicting the amount of summer rainfall and number of tropical storms in East and South-East Asia.

The study, published last month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, advances understanding of the East Asian summer monsoon, a weather system that affects agricultural production and the lives of billions of people across the continent.

Researchers say the model could “significantly improve” monsoon and rainfall predictions in the region, which could aid governments and disaster-management specialists.

East Asia Monsooon

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‘Heart of Borneo’ gets conservation backing from ADB
Wed Feb 27 12:56:38 +0800 2013

The conservation of one of the world’s most critical but threatened forest areas in the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo is to get USD4.5 million financial support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Maldives to become first UNESCO biosphere reserve
Wed Feb 20 18:00:26 +0800 2013

The Maldives has pledged to become the first nation where the entire country and its exclusive economic zone will be a biosphere reserve.

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An EU-China airline emissions deal on the cards?
Mon Feb 18 16:19:23 +0800 2013

It appears that there may be light at the end of the tunnel in the ongoing dispute between China and the EU over aviation emissions by skirting the latter’s provocative Emissions Trading System (ETS).

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Study claims $9 bln daily cost of not using renewable energy
Tue Feb 12 18:05:53 +0800 2013

In a groundbreaking study issued by the World Future Council the future usage loss resulting from current oil, gas and coal consumption has been put at between USD3.2 and 3.4 trillion per year.

Opponents of renewable energy claim conventional energy sources are cheaper on the whole, but the new World Future Council report asks what costs are incurred when renewable energies are not used.

Renewable energy vs fossil fuels

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An EU-China deal on airline emissions on the cards?
Mon Feb 18 16:19:23 +0800 2013

It appears that there may be light at the end of the tunnel in the ongoing dispute between China and the EU over aviation emissions by skirting the latter’s provocative Emissions Trading System (ETS).

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Philippines Court of Appeals says yes to coal
Tue Feb 12 14:53:56 +0800 2013

The Philippines’ Court of Appeals has dismissed a “Writ of Kalikasan” case against the construction of a USD1.28-billion, 600-MW coal-fired power plant by Redondo Peninsula Energy (RP Energy) at the Subic Bay Freeport. The court’s decision allows PR Energy to push through with the project with the aim of providing baseload power to the Luzon grid by 2016.

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Wise resource management critical to economic survival
Thu Feb 07 17:36:20 +0800 2013

Delegates at the recent Delhi Sustainable Development Summit were told repeatedly that wiser management of resources in this time of uncertain climate and weather patterns could be key to some countries’ very survival.

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Obama's co-opting strategy to push green policy
Thu Feb 07 17:20:58 +0800 2013

There's been a debate rumbling on in the US environmental press as to how 'green' President Obama will be during his second term. There are some indications that he might be trying to outflank political opponents in subtle renewable policies, after having been dealt several body blows in previous policy fights.

Apart from having the apparently minor side-effect of trying to preserve the global ecosystem, any major policy edicts from the White House can have major economic benefits for international companies, and those in China in particular.

Obama inauguration

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Asian countries to put brakes on short-lived climate pollutants
Mon Feb 04 17:01:50 +0800 2013

Government representatives from 19 Asia Pacific countries are meeting in Bangkok to look at ways to catalyze fast action to reduce the impacts of short-lived climate pollutants – so-called SLCPs – in the region.

SLCPs – such as black carbon or soot, methane, tropospheric ozone and some hydrofluorocarbons – are responsible for a substantial fraction of both the warming experienced to date and the current rate of global warming and can be dangerous air pollutants, with various detrimental impacts on human health, agriculture and ecosystems.

Asian SLCP Meeting

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Vietnam aware of climate change dangers to power and coast
Tue Feb 05 14:58:25 +0800 2013

Vietnam's government is aware of the dangerous repercussions of climate change on energy supplies and demand. Deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Institute of Energy, Nguyen Ba Cuong, told a workshop that climate change impacts could cause an increase in demand for energy, leading to an increased dependence on imported energy, especially coal.

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Survey shows big GHG emission cuts from Japan industry
Thu Jan 31 16:55:43 +0800 2013

Japan's big manufacturers reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 15 percent annually on average over the past five years compared to 1990, according to a survey in the Nikkei.

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Climate change impacts in Pakistan becoming extreme
Fri Feb 01 16:09:48 +0800 2013

Data presented at a seminar on climate change in Pakistan highlighted trends where this South Asian country, which stretches from high, snow-capped mountains to a deltaic coast, could be in for a sharp rise in average temperatures and extremely erratic weather.

The seminar, held at the end of December, analyzed data in a new report produced by top non-government organizations, LEAD-Pakistan and the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan, with funding from the European Union.

Another flood in Pakistan

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Report urges new approach to China’s coal plant emissions
Fri Feb 01 16:00:30 +0800 2013

China should adopt a strategy of multi-pollutant control in reducing emissions from its coal-burning power plants, according to a report released this week.

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Azerbaijan joins UK and Canada in $280 mln IFC climate fund
Wed Jan 30 15:03:55 +0800 2013

World Bank group member International Finance Corporation (IFC) has created a USD280 million IFC Catalyst Fund to address issues related to climate change.

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China’s CO2 market experiment faces time and price imperatives
Wed Jan 30 17:09:01 +0800 2013

China is forging ahead with development of a national carbon market, beginning with seven pilot programs in major industrial centers, even as the viability of carbon markets is being questioned amid collapsing prices in Europe.

“This is a commitment, to a certain level, even a political commitment, at the very top level,” Changhua Wu, Greater China Director at the Climate Group, said at the CleanBiz.Asia seminar on China’s Emerging Carbon Market – Opportunities and Challenges Ahead held yesterday.

The Climate Group's Changwha Wu speaks at CleanBiz.Asia's China Carbon Market Seminar

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China key in move to green economy, global leaders told
Wed Jan 30 15:54:23 +0800 2013

Summary: 
Global and business elite receive stark warning at Davos: USD700 billion a year must be spent greening infrastructure investments by 2030 to avoid dangerous climate change. As Simon Zadek, a senor fellow at the Global Green Growth Institute points out, however, cash by itself is not going to do the job. Reform of trade rules and finance industry regulation are also needed to eliminate policy contradictions and encourage carbon-light economic development.

The world needs to spend a massive USD5 trillion a year on infrastructure to keep up with transport, energy and water needs, says a coalition of institutions including the OECD and World Bank.

That’s equivalent to the combined GDPs of the France and the UK, each and every year.

But finding the cash isn’t the only challenge, warn the authors of the report Green Investment, who presented their findings at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos – the world`s largest annual jamboree for business and politicians — last week.

WEC Green Growth Actional Alliance

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70% of companies believe climate change will hit business
Wed Jan 30 15:54:12 +0800 2013

Seven out of 10 companies believe that climate change has the potential to significantly affect their revenue, with over half saying that it was expected within five years.

Based on responses from 2,415 companies, made up of suppliers and 52 major buying businesses, the research by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Accenture found the risk of supply chain failure was “intensified by a chasm between the sustainable business practices of multinational corporations and their suppliers”.

Supply chain risks

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Green investment fund shrinks on China bank withdrawal
Wed Jan 30 15:44:56 +0800 2013

A high profile fund to buy renewable energy assets, announced in October as a partnership between private equity firm Terra Firma and the China Development Bank, is going ahead on a smaller capital base after the Chinese bank failed to commit.

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Yingli joins exclusive WWF climate club
Wed Jan 30 15:41:23 +0800 2013

Yingli Green Energy is the first Chinese company to join the WWF's Climate Savers program and has committed by 2015 to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by per MW of PV module production by 13 percent compared with 2010.

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Maersk cruises past CO2 target eight years ahead of schedule
Mon Jan 28 17:27:56 +0800 2013

Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, has reached its 2020 target of reducing CO2 emissions by 25 percent from its benchmark 2007 levels.

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Report on climate laws cites China and Mexico as leaders
Mon Jan 14 16:46:24 +0800 2013

A major international study scheduled for release at the 1st GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit to be held in London over the next two days will show that 32 of 33 major economies, led by China and Mexico, have progressed or are progressing significant climate and/or energy-related legislation.

The report, produced by the Global Legislators Union (GLOBE) in partnership with the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and supported by the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), shows that 18 countries made “significant” progress in 2012.

3rd GLOBE Climate Legislation Study

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World Bank to fund Nepal climate resilience program
Tue Jan 22 18:55:49 +0800 2013

In a bid to mitigate climate-related hazards in Nepal the World Bank is to fund a project that will improve the accuracy and timeliness of weather, flood forecasts and warnings for climate-vulnerable communities.

Funded by a Strategic Climate Fund grant of USD16 million, and a Strategic Climate Fund Loan of USD15 million, the Building Resilience to Climate Related Hazards Project : Indigenous Peoples Plan, also aims to develop agricultural management information services to help farmers mitigate climate-related production risks.

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Economics titan warns on climate change and Sino-Japanese rivalry
Tue Jan 22 18:47:47 +0800 2013

A Reuter's conference has outlined a pessimistic future for much of Asia as national security is threatened by fights over natural resources and global climate change hits business.

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Black carbon research points to opportunity
Tue Jan 22 18:58:46 +0800 2013

It is early days yet but the new research that shows that black carbon, more commonly known as soot, could be contributing twice as much to global warming than previously thought, and may have a future impact on climate talks. It has also been found to be affecting rainfall patterns on the Asian monsoon more than previously thought.

Particles from diesel engines, wood burners and coal fires, according to the research published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, have a total warming effect greater than methane and two thirds that of carbon dioxide. That was almost double the effect estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007.

The climate impact of aerosols

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Economic's titan warns on climate change and Sino-Japanese rivalry
Tue Jan 22 18:47:47 +0800 2013

A Reuter's conference has outlined a pessimistic future for much of Asia as national security is threatened by fights over natural resources and global climate change hits business.

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Japan to set new carbon emissions target by November
Fri Jan 25 17:03:26 +0800 2013

After many month of dancing around the issue, and the election of a new government last month, Japan will revise its targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by November when it completes a review of the current 25 percent reduction goal, which is now officially conceded to be out of reach.

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Davos summit told climate fight to cost $700 bln-a-year
Thu Jan 24 19:03:55 +0800 2013

World leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos this week were given the stark news that USD700 billion annual spend on green investments is required to save the planet from the harsh realities of climate change.

The figure – which amounts to USD14 trillion between now and 2030 – will be needed to meet global energy demand and avert the economic challenges that will be created by untracked climate change.

Davos Green Investment report

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Humanity should prepare to be downsized
Thu Jan 10 15:56:03 +0800 2013

Hobbit-sized humans, able to exist on less nourishing food, will have the best chance of survival in a warmer world, scientists say.

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Vietnam prepares for the worst from climate change
Tue Jan 08 12:44:16 +0800 2013

The Vietnam government has earmarked VND379 billion (USD18 million) for two programs this year to improve environment quality and the country's ability to cope with climate change.

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Global computing produces emissions equivalent to aviation
Mon Jan 07 17:01:53 +0800 2013

A new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology has concluded that the Internet and other information communication and technology (ICT) elements produce over 830 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year.

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Calls to make Vietnamese agriculture more sustainable
Thu Jan 03 12:43:59 +0800 2013

Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister, Hoang Trung Hai, has urged the country’s agriculture sector to make drastic changes in order to become more sustainable.

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Climate change and illegal logging a lethal combination
Fri Dec 21 12:44:43 +0800 2012

Questions are again being asked of how environmental degradation contributed to the human and financial cost of Typhoon Bopha (or Pablo, as it was known in the Philippines). With the toll continuing to climb well beyond 1,000 and another 841 still missing, and damages are being put in excess of USD173 million, the figures are sadly unsurprising.

Typhoon Bopa damage

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Snow, ice - festive cheer comes with sinking feeling
Thu Dec 27 13:49:45 +0800 2012

Summary: 
Shaking of the the post-Christmas torpor, CleanBiz.Asia associate editor Gerry O'Kane has been looking at new data about the state of the polar icesheets and reflecting on the implications for Asia.

Sitting in South-East Asia contemplating Santa Claus and Christmas largesse, it's easy to forget the snow and ice associated with Saint Nicholas. The European tradition of elves at the North Pole, sleighs and reindeer, dating from the 1820s doesn't have the same immediacy when you're preparing for a typhoon or sunning yourself on a beach.

But the future effects of having less snow and ice could make those typhoons more intense and perhaps make that beach disappear altogether.

Santa claus on a melting ice floe

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The ecological impact of growing consumption in China
Thu Dec 20 12:19:42 +0800 2012

Summary: 
China’s economic growth has had many benefits, most notably by lifting hundreds of millions of people out of absolute poverty. There can, however, be too much of a good thing. Civic Exchange’s Ewan Wright has been talking a look at the problems that arise from the China's consumptive growth trajectory.

At the Climate Change Conference, held in Doha earlier this month, United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Governments to “accelerate action” to ensure global temperatures do not rise above two degrees Celsius. Beyond this point there is strong consensus in the scientific community that climate change would result in severe human costs through, inter alia, rising sea levels and widespread droughts.

As a powerhouse behind the global economy, and as the world’s largest polluter, China, and more specifically its megacities must be at the center of these efforts.

China consumer growth

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Call for independent system to enforce India’s environmental laws
Mon Dec 17 17:10:13 +0800 2012

An Indian Supreme Court judge, AK Patnaik, has called for an independent regulatory system to enforce environmental laws and monitor the conservation of biodiversity in the country.

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ADB's 3-year, $525 mln plan for Cambodia
Wed Dec 19 13:52:32 +0800 2012

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced a new three-year assistance plan to Cambodia. The plan includes of USD525 million to help the country reduce poverty, promote growth and mitigate climate change, the bank said.

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Severe economic natural disaster threat to Asia warns UN
Wed Dec 19 13:51:44 +0800 2012

A new United Nations report has identified Asia, especially China, as the world’s most vulnerable region to climate change and natural disasters.

In assessing the financial impact of global disasters, the report says the economic toll in 2012 exceeded USD10 billion and that future disasters may represent a serious threat to the region’s otherwise healthy economies.

UNISDR flooding in Asia

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Hooked on the black stuff, part 2
Thu Dec 20 17:34:03 +0800 2012

News from the International Energy Agency (IEA) that coal will catch up with oil as the world's leading energy source by 2022 should come as no great surprise to readers of CleanBiz.Asia. It is nonetheless alarming.

The IEA’s Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2012 says that increased demand from India and China are fuelling the push.

Although the growth rate of coal slows from the breakneck pace of the last decade, global coal consumption by 2017 will stand at 4.32 billion tonnes of oil equivalent, versus around 4.40 billion tonnes for oil, based on IEA medium-term projections

Endless coal

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Developing nations demand $100 billion climate aid timetable
Thu Dec 06 17:31:21 +0800 2012

Developing nations, led by China, are demanding a detailed timetable for the USD100 billion a year in climate aid that is to be made available in 2020 and beyond under the Green Climate Fund agreed at the 2009 COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen.

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Up to $1.5 tln/year to fill gap in climate-friendly tech says ADB
Thu Dec 06 17:24:28 +0800 2012

Massive investment is required to develop and deploy climate-friendly technology if global warming is to be halted and developing countries prepared to cope with the adverse consequences of climate change, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) told climate change delegates in Doha earlier this week.

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India orders Doha delegation to give no quarter on emissions
Wed Dec 05 17:47:17 +0800 2012

The government of India has told its Doha delegation in no uncertain terms that it is not to pledge any further reductions in emissions intensity, according to a report in the Times of India.

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Stern warning on climate change for developing countries
Wed Dec 05 18:09:11 +0800 2012

The "brutal arithmetic" of climate change means developing countries must make the biggest cuts in greenhouse gas emissions going forward, according to Lord Nicholas Stern, author of the landmark Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.

A new paper written by Stern and colleagues from the UK’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy says countries are making “recklessly slow” progress on reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and need to choose a more rapid transition to low-carbon economic development and growth.

Nicholas Stern

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India orders Doha delegation ‘no compromise’ on emissions
Wed Dec 05 17:47:17 +0800 2012

The government of India has told its Doha delegation in no uncertain terms that it is not to pledge any further reductions in emissions intensity, according to a report in the Times of India.

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Rich world fossil-fuel subsidies five times climate aid
Mon Dec 03 17:04:29 +0800 2012

With the funds transferred between economically developed nations and the developing world to support climate change mitigation and adaption well behind target – and one of the major issues at the UN COP18 talks in Doha – a new report has revealed that rich countries spend five times more on fossil-fuel subsidies than on climate aid.

In 2011, 22 industrialized nations paid USD58.7 billion in subsidies to the oil, coal and gas industries and to consumers of the fuels, compared with climate-aid flows of USD11.2 billion, according to calculations by the Washington-based campaign group Oil Change International.

End fossil fuel subsidies

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Three top green business groups join forces against climate change
Tue Dec 04 16:57:37 +0800 2012

Three of the world’s largest energy and sustainability networks have joined forces within the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) to support electrical utilities’ efforts to tackle climate change and improve energy access.

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Three top green business groups unite against climate change
Tue Dec 04 17:06:34 +0800 2012

Three of the world’s largest energy and sustainability networks have joined forces within the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) to support electrical utilities’ efforts to tackle climate change and improve energy access.

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Thailand led world in 2011 weather-related losses
Wed Nov 28 16:30:46 +0800 2012

Thailand, followed by the US, suffered the most economic damage from extreme weather events in 2011, the Berlin-based research group Germanwatch says.

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Vietnam plans national carbon market from 2020
Mon Nov 26 17:52:23 +0800 2012

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a plan to manage the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and establish a global carbon trading scheme after 2020.

The carbon reduction plan is included in the country's commitment to implement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and other international conventions on environmental protection adopted by Vietnam.

Vietnam will compile a periodical report about greenhouse gas emissions every two years which will be based on results from the soon-to-be-established National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory System.

Vietnam carbon trading

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Doha talks a serious business for China as others soft pedal
Mon Nov 26 18:37:12 +0800 2012

For the past several days China’s official media has had a lot of focus – primarily for domestic consumption – on COP18, the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which began in Doha, the capital of Qatar, today.

The contrast with Western media could not be starker. Although not entirely scientific, a quick scan of the front pages on major news sites in the US and UK found not a single reference to the Doha talks.

NDRC vice minister Xie Zhenhua

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China's elite assess climate finance options: report
Thu Nov 22 16:24:48 +0800 2012

China has been called on to strengthen its institutions and governance in climate finance if it wants to tackle climate change. An independent report for China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) by The Climate Group and the Research Centre for Climate and Energy Finance at the Chinese University of Finance, says central and local government should be setting aside at least five percent of income to tackle climate change.

The report, Shaping China’s Climate Finance Policy, says not only are large sums required but the country needs create a new, high-level Climate Change & Energy Agency and an International Climate Development Agency.

China climage finance

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Calls for Vietnam's environmental laws to be redrafted
Tue Nov 27 11:46:25 +0800 2012

Planned future revisions of Vietnam's Environmental Protection Law should have stricter and smarter rules on environmental planning and monitoring. Government officials have also said that the earlier drafts have proved ineffectual.

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GHG from permafrost not fully counted in climate predictions
Tue Nov 27 16:00:08 +0800 2012

Policymakers and climate scientists must monitor and prepare for large CO2 and methane emissions from permafrost, says UNEP report

Permafrost covering almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere contains 1,700 gigatonnes of carbon, twice that currently in the atmosphere, and could significantly amplify global warming should thawing accelerate as expected, according to a new report released today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Warming permafrost can also radically alter ecosystems and cause costly infrastructural damage due to increasingly unstable ground, the report says.

Carbon cycle of tundra over time

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China's elite assess climate options: report
Thu Nov 22 16:24:48 +0800 2012

China has been called on to strengthen its institutions and governance in climate finance if it wants to tackle climate change. An independent report for China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) by The Climate Group and the Research Centre for Climate and Energy Finance at the Chinese University of Finance, says central and local government should be setting aside at least five percent of income to tackle climate change.

The report, Shaping China’s Climate Finance Policy, says not only are large sums required but the country needs create a new, high-level Climate Change & Energy Agency and an International Climate Development Agency.

China climage finance

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Doleful prospects for Doha
Fri Nov 23 11:37:21 +0800 2012

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It is the time of year when the world gathers to try and establish an international roadmap for dealing with climate change. CleanBiz.Asia executive editor Fergus O’Rorke has been reading the reports and has this perspective on the up-coming United Nations Framework on Climate Change talks in Doha.

Doha. Despite the evident energy, generosity and reasonable success of recent Qatari diplomatic efforts, their capital city remains synonymous with international diplomatic failure and national intransigence.

Eleven years ago the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched a new round of multinational negotiations for which there has been no agreement to date. The latest news headline on the WTO web page about The Doha Round says it all: “Chair reports no ‘no’ but also no ‘yes’ for farm talks proposal”.

UNFCC Qatar 2012

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Climate change impacts Vietnam worse than expected
Thu Nov 22 15:25:22 +0800 2012

Vietnam's own research is showing that the dangers to its coastal and river areas from sea level rises could be catastrophic, with up to 39 percent of the Mekong Delta and 20 percent of Ho Chi Minh City being lost. What's worse is that towns and cities have not made any preparations for flooding.

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GHG concentrations hit new record in 2011: WMO report
Wed Nov 21 17:45:58 +0800 2012

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2011, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, released Tuesday.

The report found that carbon dioxide rose to 390.9 parts per million (ppm), up two ppm on 2010 levels.

Since the start of the industrial era in 1750, about 375 billion tonnes of carbon have been released into the atmosphere as CO2, primarily from fossil fuel combustion, according to the report, which had a special focus on the carbon cycle.

State of greenhouse gases through 2011

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World's biggest companies call for global carbon pricing
Tue Nov 20 15:50:25 +0800 2012

A roll-call of multinational companies have called on governments ahead of Doha to introduce a global carbon price. They also called unequivocally on world leaders to find agreement in order to drive change “at a pace commensurate with the 2°C goal”.

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Launch completes China’s environmental satellite family
Tue Nov 20 15:41:28 +0800 2012

China on Monday launched the third satellite in its "Environment I" family to provide more data for environmental monitoring and disaster forecasting.

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Salt poisoning threatens Mekong Delta
Wed Nov 21 11:51:45 +0800 2012

Salt poisoning is hitting the Mekong Delta because of the annual floods have not happened. Both agriculture and water supplies are being affected, according to a report in the Vietnam News.

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APEC committee chooses Da Nang as next low-carbon town
Wed Nov 21 11:40:16 +0800 2012

The Vietnamese city of Da Nang was selected at last week’s 44th APEC energy meeting in Washington DC as the site of Low-Carbon Model Town Project, according to Pham Thanh Tung, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's International Co-operation Department.

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Salt poisoning threatens Mekong Delta crops
Wed Nov 21 11:51:45 +0800 2012

Salt poisoning is hitting the Mekong Delta because of the annual floods have not happened. Both agriculture and water supplies are being affected, according to a report in the Vietnam News.

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ADB counsels focus on green, inclusive growth
Wed Nov 21 15:21:10 +0800 2012

While advanced economies gradually rebuild their balance sheets, Asia’s emerging markets need to diversify sources of growth to boost GDP, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday during an address at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Global Dialogue in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Regulation seen driving CO2 risk and opportunity in Asia
Thu Nov 15 19:23:35 +0800 2012

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has enjoyed a reasonable bump in responses to its annual Asia ex-Japan survey with 129 of 400 companies in its target sample reporting, representing a 32 percent response rate compared to 27 percent in 2011.

As in 2011, PwC Hong Kong undertook an analysis of these submissions – and those made by Asia ex-Japan companies to the CDP Global 500 – to identify the region’s leaders. According to the report,  co-authored and analysed by natural capital research company Trucost Plc, South Korean companies are now the region’s clear leaders with a dozen included among the 20 ranked, along with five from Hong Kong and one each from China, India and Singapore.

Carbon Disclosure Project Asia ex-Japan leaders 2012

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Biomass power generation may hinder climate fight
Fri Nov 16 16:06:05 +0800 2012

A report by a group of UK campaign groups has warned that burning biomass (such as wood) in power stations may hinder attempts to tackle climate change.

Biomass-based power generation has been promoted as an economic means of low-carbon power but the report by Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the RSPB, warns that it will take too long for trees to re-absorb the carbon emitted by burning wood.

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Korea plans carbon trading tests next year
Fri Nov 16 16:04:29 +0800 2012

South Korea will start trial operations of its cap-and-trade carbon system next year. Nam Kwang Hee, director general of the Presidential Committee on Green Growth, told Bloomberg that Korea plans to use the European Union’s model for emissions trading.

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Climate change mitigation 'far cheaper than inaction'
Thu Nov 15 15:24:18 +0800 2012

Tackling the global climate crisis could reap significant economic benefits for both developed and developing countries, according to a new report.

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Vietnam pulls in over $1 billion in environment-related loans
Mon Nov 12 16:34:51 +0800 2012

The Word Bank has agreed to loan Vietnam USD449 million to improve “environmentally-friendly” electricity distribution, including the introduction of smart grids, throughout the country.

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China’s energy consumption to double by 2020
Mon Nov 12 16:27:02 +0800 2012

China's total power consumption is estimated to double by 2020, Liu Zhenya, general manager of the State Grid Corporation of China, the country's largest grid operator, was reported as predicting on Saturday.

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EU halts aviation carbon cap and trade — temporarily
Tue Nov 13 17:36:48 +0800 2012

The European Union (EU) announced yesterday that it will apply a one-year moratorium on the controversial inclusion of civil aviation under its Emissions Trading System (ETS), which has mandated that all airlines flying to and from EU pay for their carbon emissions.

The freeze follows threats of widespread international retaliation from such heavyweights as the US, China, Russia and India, and is said to allow for the EU rethink its approach.

Flights by airlines within the EU will still have to pay for their carbon emissions.

EU aviation emissions

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Vietnam hauls in over $1 billion in environment-related loans
Mon Nov 12 16:34:51 +0800 2012

The Word Bank has agreed to loan Vietnam USD449 million to improve “environmentally-friendly” electricity distribution, including the introduction of smart grids, throughout the country.

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South Korea sets tough rules for offsets under cap and trade
Wed Nov 14 16:07:29 +0800 2012

South Korea announced this week that its largest local polluters will be forced to cut domestic emissions before they will be given any carbon offset credits for reductions overseas, according to a Bloomberg report.

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China’s energy strategy will make waves for years to come
Mon Nov 12 15:46:15 +0800 2012

Summary: 
Short-term losses and international trade spats will have little effect on China’s dogged determination to secure a mix of energy sources, both from renewables and fossil fuels writes CleanBiz Asia assocaite editor Gerry O'Kane. The country's powerful commercial and strategic interests coincide, and a few nations are beginning to notice it and reassess their own policies.

The economic turmoil of the financial crash saw China being feted as a white knight with drawbridges being lowered to investment from Chinese companies. This has turned to bitterness, like a liberating army becoming an occupying force.

Even with struggling solar and wind sectors, China has become the dominant global power it terms of renewable energy companies. This has resulted in the US Department of Commerce increasing tariffs to between 23.75 and 250 percent on solar cells which it calls a way of offsetting subsidies provided by China through one mechanism or another.

CNOOC, Nexen and Canada's oil sands

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Chinese premier reaffirms eco stance on rattan and bamboo
Thu Nov 08 15:55:47 +0800 2012

Chinese vice premier Li Keqiang has reassured a group of visiting delegates representing the global bamboo and rattan industries that China is fully committed to boosting the development of the sector.

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Indonesia's fisheries most 'vulnerable to collapse'
Wed Nov 07 11:51:48 +0800 2012

Indonesia and Liberia's coral reef fisheries are most vulnerable to collapse, says a study that has ranked the vulnerability of coastal nations based on indicators for their coral reef management, fisheries and food security.

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Indian monsoon failure more frequent with warming
Wed Nov 07 11:14:10 +0800 2012

Global warming could cause frequent and severe failures of the Indian summer monsoon in the next two centuries, new research suggests.

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PwC report warns of a much hotter planet
Wed Nov 07 14:14:04 +0800 2012

The annual rate of reduction of carbon emissions per unit of GDP needed to limit global warming to 2°C, has passed a critical threshold according to new analysis from PwC. The rate of reduction now required has never been achieved before.

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Aid money for flood mitigation on Mekong
Thu Nov 08 15:51:17 +0800 2012

In a move reflecting the realization of the greater risk of flooding through climate extremes the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) has put together a USD87.4 million aid package for Laos and Vietnam.

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Forget the world as we knew it
Tue Nov 06 17:03:02 +0800 2012

Summary: 
On the eve of the 2012 US Presidential Elections CleanBiz Asia associate editor Gerry O'Kane paints a bleak picture of global climate change politics and the planets future.

It was like an elephant in the corner of the room as Hurricane Sandy came roaring through the Northeast United States, disrupting the lives of millions while chalking up to USD45 billion worth of damage, and yet neither presidential candidate mentioned climate change or flagged it as a policy imperative. Throughout the latter weeks of the campaign trail it became painfully obvious that neither Obama nor Romney were willing to utter policy pledges on climate change or anything environmental that could be considered hippy yogurt-weaving scare mongering.

Obama Greenpeace catastrophic climate change campaign

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Carbon export taxes could prevent trade wars
Mon Oct 29 15:08:52 +0800 2012

Summary: 
Carbon export taxes, imposed by individual countries like China, could help prevent trade disputes and quicken the introduction of a wider carbon price, says Michael Jakob.

Recent studies have highlighted that sizable amounts of carbon emissions are transferred between world regions in the form of traded goods and services. That is, considerably more emissions are generated for the production of imports to countries, such as the EU and US than those associated with their exports.

This observation has frequently been regarded as an indication that energy-intensive industries are being relocated from industrialized to developing and newly industrializing countries, especially to China.

Cabon tax

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Korea Southern aiming for stake in UK carbon capture project
Mon Oct 29 15:15:05 +0800 2012

A subsidiary of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) is in talks to buy a stake in a leading-edge carbon-capture and storage (CCS) project in the United Kingdom that may cost 5 billion pounds (USD8 billion) to develop.

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REDD+ biodiversity and carbon impacts change with landscape
Fri Oct 26 16:52:10 +0800 2012

Impacts of actions under Reduction of Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) – a UN mechanism to stem deforestation and degradation – on biodiversity and carbon vary across forest types and landscape conditions, a new global assessment shows.

Key findings of the preliminary assessment of links between biodiversity, carbon, forests and people, prepared by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations’ Global Forest Experts Panel (GFEP), were released recently at the international biodiversity meeting in Hyderabad.

Colorful chameleon

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UN report finds that APAC bears 80% the brunt of global disasters
Thu Oct 25 13:06:39 +0800 2012

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region have suffered 80 percent of the global economic losses caused by disasters during 2011, says a United Nations report released at the fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction that opened in Jakarta on Monday.

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Malaysia calls for science, business teamwork to boost green tech
Thu Oct 25 12:53:11 +0800 2012

The two-way communication between the scientific and business communities must be enhanced to ensure competitiveness of the Malaysian green technology industry in the global market, according to a report by Malaysia’s state-run news Agency, Bernama.

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Indonesia’s palm oil sector GHG emissions to overtake Canada
Fri Oct 19 14:36:57 +0800 2012

A new study by researchers at Stanford and Yale universities predicts that emissions from Indonesia’s palm oil industry alone could release 558 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2020 – an amount more than Canada’s total national emissions now.

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South Korea to push GHG emissions growth below that of GDP
Fri Oct 19 16:00:25 +0800 2012

South Korea’s Ministry of Environment has outlined its plan for the control of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from its major industries and may link an energy taxation system to emissions as part of efforts to reduce emissions.

As announced Monday, estimated emissions from 480 companies that are being reined in during 2013 are 590 million tonnes of CO2 and the target is to cut that back to 572 million tonnes for a reduction of 3.02 percent.

Comparison of South Korea's GDP and greenhouse gas emissions growth

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South Korea to push GHG emissions growth below GDP
Fri Oct 19 16:00:25 +0800 2012

South Korea’s Ministry of Environment has outlined its plan for the control of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from its major industries and may link an energy taxation system to emissions as part of efforts to reduce emissions.

As announced Monday, estimated emissions from 480 companies that are being reined in during 2013 are 590 million tonnes of CO2 and the target is to cut that back to 572 million tonnes for a reduction of 3.02 percent.

Comparison of South Korea's GDP and greenhouse gas emissions growth

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South Korea gets nod as Green Climate Fund HQ
Mon Oct 22 15:57:46 +0800 2012

The Board of the Green Climate Fund agreed on Saturday that Songdo, South Korea, be the permanent headquarters of the Fund, beating out Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland and Switzerland for the highly coveted position.

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Petronas levers investment in LanzaTech for carbon capture
Tue Oct 23 14:18:11 +0800 2012

Bio-fuel company LanzaTech is moving into the carbon capture sector following an agreement with Malaysia's national oil company, Petronas. The deal is the first concrete benefit to LanzaTech's third round of fund-raising which saw USD55.8 million raised, mainly from Malaysian investors.

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Climate Group calls on China to improve climate financing
Tue Oct 23 14:07:14 +0800 2012

The Climate Group said in a report issued on Monday that China should set up an effective institutional governance mechanism for its climate financing sector.

China should upgrade climate financing and improve related policies, said the report, titled "China's Climate Financing Management Mechanism."

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China’s new energy initiatives merely a local gov’t slush fund?
Wed Oct 24 07:50:04 +0800 2012

Following Beijing's repeated pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, local governments have been quickening their steps to accelerate the development of new energy sectors, including wind and solar power.

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Chinese city decrees tree planting for gov’t car users, residents
Thu Oct 18 18:28:35 +0800 2012

Authorities in Chenzhou, a city in central China's Hunan Province, said Wednesday that government car users are required to plant trees for carbon sinks, according to Xinhua.

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Environmental concerns used to halt Philippine mining projects
Thu Oct 18 14:00:00 +0800 2012

Environmental and revenue concerns have postponed any new mining concessions in the Philippines until new legislation has been approved.

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China launches survey to gauge environmental protection sector
Wed Oct 17 19:30:23 +0800 2012

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection yesterday launched a nationwide survey to examine the country’s environmental protection industry according to a report in the China Daily.

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Hilton to offset SE Asia customer events to fund renewables
Wed Oct 17 19:15:41 +0800 2012

Hilton Worldwide has launched a carbon offset program across Southeast Asia which will measure carbon generated at all events at 11 of its properties in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand at no additional cost to customers.

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Panasonic expands 'eco ideas' factory concept to Vietnam
Wed Oct 17 19:08:23 +0800 2012

Panasonic has opened an “eco ideas” Factory in Vietnam which is aimed at producing eco-friendly products with sustainable industry practices and raising the level of eco consciousness in the local community.

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Vietnam piloting policy making based on ecosystem services
Thu Oct 18 17:13:43 +0800 2012

A Global Environment Fund (GEF)-funded umbrella project, the Project for Ecosystem Services (ProEcoServ), will be in full swing in Vietnam In 2014 aimed at bundling ecosystem services into a biodiversity development and preservation policy decision making process.

ProEcoServ has been implemented in the country’s Ca Mau Province under the direction of the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment.

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China prepares to charge emission fees for cars
Thu Sep 27 18:22:48 +0800 2012

The Chinese government is preparing to charge emission fees on cars and is currently discussing this policy, according to Li Zuojun, deputy director of Resources and Environment Institute under the Development Research Center of the State Council.

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Pacific island staring global catastrophe right in the face
Tue Oct 02 17:33:31 +0800 2012

The United Nations is counting on the leadership and active engagement of Pacific island nations in tackling some of today’s pressing challenges, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegates at the first-ever meeting of the UN and Pacific Islands Forum Leaders.

He called on them to align priorities to tackle climate change objectives. Noting that Pacific States are also particularly vulnerable to disasters, he recognized the work done by these countries and their partners to implement the Pacific Regional disaster risk management framework of action.

Pacific island flooding

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New Japanese environment tax aimed at fantasy CO2 target
Wed Oct 03 16:59:54 +0800 2012

Japan introduced an environment tax on Monday which the government says is aimed at deterring greenhouse gas emissions but critics say will lead to higher prices for consumers.

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Belief in climate change is global mainstream, even in US
Fri Oct 05 18:19:15 +0800 2012

HK residents the most convinced of man-made climate change

An online poll of 13,000 adults in 13 countries, carried out on behalf of insurance group Axa, has found nine out of 10 believe that the climate has changed significantly in the past 20 years.

The survey was carried out from July 5 to August 6 in Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States by Ipsos Public Affairs.

Hong Kong residents and Mexicans appear most convinced about climate change, with 98 saying they were believers

Hot ice

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Japan may meet Kyoto carbon emission target
Mon Oct 08 18:52:33 +0800 2012

A new report from Japan’s Environment Ministry claims the country is on target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated average of 8 percent below 1990 levels for the five years ending in March, meaning it will meet its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.

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China’s big plug-in EV program an environmental hazard
Wed Oct 10 19:52:17 +0800 2012

New research from the The Norwegian University of Science and Technology study suggests that electric cars may be worse for the environment than petrol or diesel-powered cars. This could mean China’s ambitious plans to promote plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) could make things worse rather than better.

What’s the problem? PEVs rely on mains electricity to run, and most of the world’s electricity still comes from unsustainable sources. The study found the impact – especially on greenhouse gas emissions - even worse when coal is the main source of power generation, and China relies on coal for over 80 percent of its electricity.

Coal-powered electric vehicles

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Software for street-level CO2 emissions view
Thu Oct 11 11:53:50 +0800 2012

It is being claimed that new software developed in the US is capable of accurately measuring greenhouse gas emissions down to individual buildings and streets.

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Pepsi develops rapid carbon footprinting tool
Fri Oct 12 17:50:06 +0800 2012

PepsiCo has developed a tool to calculate the carbon emissions of different materials and activities in a company’s supply chain and operations, and within minutes pinpoint which of these carries the largest carbon footprint.

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South Korea doubles carbon reduction targets for 2013
Mon Oct 15 17:34:15 +0800 2012

South Korea’s economy ministry said today that it wants companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent to 553.4 million tonnes next year, effectively doubling the reductions achieved in 2012, as it prepares for its new cap-and-trade scheme starting in 2015.

The local industrial and power sectors are on track to record emission of 570.6 million tonnes this year which is a reduction of 8 million tonnes or 1.42 percent over 2011. The ministry said it wants to see further cuts of 17.2 million in 2013.

South Korea pinpoint map

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Germany pledges $352 mln to help green Vietnam
Mon Oct 15 18:04:34 +0800 2012

The German Government has committed to helping Vietnam to develop a green economy and vocational training by loaning the country EUR272 million (USD352 million), according to a report in the Vietnam News.

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China to promote low-carbon day from 2013
Thu Sep 20 18:33:14 +0800 2012

China’s State Council announced yesterday that it plans to promote a “National Low-Carbon Day” beginning next year in a bid to cut carbon emissions in the world’s second largest economy.

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Shenzhen targets 800 companies for carbon quota scheme
Thu Sep 20 19:07:21 +0800 2012

About 800 companies in China’s booming southern city of Shenzhen will be issued carbon quotas and face penalties for exceeding emissions targets from next year.

The city, which borders Hong Kong in the Guangdong province and was once home to the majority of the Pearl River Delta’s manufacturing operations, is one of seven carbon trading test zones appointed by the central government in October.

Shenzhen skyline at dusk

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Vietnam looks to clean up rural industry
Fri Sep 21 16:26:17 +0800 2012

The Vietnam government has updated parts of its rural industrial promotion resolutions to include cleaner and more environmentally-friendly guidelines. The original plan pushed rural production jobs primarily in craft products and was extended to 272 villages.

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Businesses unite with government to promote China biodiversity
Fri Sep 21 17:40:30 +0800 2012

Representatives from at least 13 companies gathered in Beijing recently to sign an agreement to co-operate with governmental agencies and research institutes for the promotion of biodiversity in China.

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China, EU agree to work closer together on climate policy
Fri Sep 21 17:13:29 +0800 2012

The European Commission (EU) announced on Thursday that it had struck an agreement with China to co-operate more closely on cutting carbon emissions through various project including the development of Chinese emissions trading schemes, according to Reuters.

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Koreans claim world’s most efficient carbon-capture technology
Wed Sep 12 19:07:45 +0800 2012

The Korea Institute of Energy Research claims to have developed a new carbon dioxide capture technology which is “the most energy-efficient among currently available methods”.

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Indonesia acts on Norway’s $1 bln notice over deforestation
Fri Sep 07 17:51:15 +0800 2012

Indonesia seems to be responding to Norway’s urging for it to stop “backtracking on its own policies to protect tropical forests,” and up to USD1 billion in aid promised by Oslo in exchange for Indonesia implementing the two-year moratorium hinged on proof of slower rates of forest clearance.

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APEC ministers will mull green product tariffs at Vladivostok
Fri Sep 07 17:37:24 +0800 2012

The annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting this weekend in the Far Eastern Russian city of Vladivostok has put drawing up a list of environmentally friendly goods on its agenda, according to a report in the China Daily.

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No international links to China carbon trading — yet
Wed Sep 05 17:34:30 +0800 2012

China is researching the foundation of a national carbon-trading market before linking with other countries' carbon trading schemes, a top climate change official was quoted by the China Daily.

The United States, Australia, Japan and the European Union are all discussing building a sub-regional or regional carbon market with China, said Xie Zhenhua, vice-chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, but the country is holding off while it gets its own ducks in a row.

China carbon trading

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Climate-smart agriculture aims to be part of the solution
Wed Sep 05 16:30:01 +0800 2012

Vietnam has been playing host to delegates from 150 countries to discuss food security and develop agricultural policies to mitigate climate change.

“We are facing unprecedented challenges in the context of over-exploitation of natural resources, increased negative impacts of drought, flooding, salinity, a rising sea level and other environmental consequences that are directly caused by humans,” Cao Duc Phat, Vietnam's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development told the opening plenary session of the 2nd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

Rice paddy farmer

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Shanghai rejects floods criticism
Mon Aug 27 14:41:31 +0800 2012

A Shanghai official has mounted a robust defense against claims made in new research, A flood vulnerability index for coastal cities and its use in assessing climate change impacts, published in the journal Natural Hazards, which ranked the Chinese city as being most at risk.

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China to revamp decades old environmental protection laws
Tue Aug 28 10:34:47 +0800 2012

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) Monday started its first reading of a draft amendment to the Environmental Protection Law, the China Daily reports.

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Water problems mount for South Asian farmers
Tue Aug 28 10:08:07 +0800 2012

The lack of rains in large, monsoon-dependent, agricultural areas of South Asia has compounded concerns expressed in a recent report about an impending global water crisis and its detrimental impact on agriculture.

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Oh Shanghai! China city tops flood vulnerability index
Wed Aug 22 19:14:17 +0800 2012

A new study, using a broad range of criteria and data, suggests Shanghai is the world's most vulnerable major city to flooding. In spite of gleaming skyscrapers and state-of-the-art mass transit systems, China's most flamboyant city surpasses other Asian coastal conurbations as being the most at risk from the rising sea levels driven by changing climate.

The new research, A flood vulnerability index for coastal cities and its use in assessing climate change impacts, published in the journal, Natural Hazards, looks not just at cities’ physical characteristics but also at their socio-economic and institutional systems, to assess the impact of flooding.

Satellite view of Shanghai

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Climate change may boost Southeast Asian agriculture
Wed Aug 29 14:01:03 +0800 2012

A somewhat contrarian piece of research suggests agriculture in Asia could benefit from climate change. Following numerous doom-laden reports on the effects of extreme weather conditions on populations and economies in the region, scientists from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) have predicted increased rainfall and temperature due to climate change could bring benefits to south-east Asian agriculture.

This contradicts the more common expectations that a warmer planet will reduce agricultural productivity in the region.

Mekong Delta rice farmer

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Shanghai has China’s first pilot CO2 emission trading scheme
Fri Aug 17 18:56:05 +0800 2012

Shanghai has become the first city in China to launch a pilot carbon emission rights trading scheme, marking a significant milestone in the country’s efforts to control and ultimately reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

About 200 major local polluters, including industrial companies whose annual carbon dioxide emissions reach 20,000 tonnes and non-industrial enterprises whose annual emissions total 10,000 tonnes, will take part in the trading, the city government said in a statement.

Shnaghai carbon trading

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Climate change, ozone depletion and marine destruction
Mon Aug 13 13:52:48 +0800 2012

Marine species are under threat from increased levels of ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation as a result of damage to the ozone layer according to a new study.

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First UNEP low-carbon transport initiative takes on Indian cities
Thu Aug 09 18:24:15 +0800 2012

India’s Ministry of Environment & Forests and the Ministry of Urban Development have launched a project called “Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India” as the first-ever transportation project to be financed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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China world first carbon capture and storage in saline aquifer
Wed Aug 08 11:53:02 +0800 2012

The first carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in China has sequestered 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, according to Shenhua Group Corporation, the country’s leading coal energy company.

Located in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region the CCS system has been operating for 15 months taking carbon dioxide from a Shenhua’s Direct Coal Liquefaction Megaton commercialized demonstration plant, which produces diesel and naphtha from coal.

China's potential carbon geo-sequeteration formations

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Mangrove offer Asian nations a sustainable resource
Sat Aug 04 01:02:19 +0800 2012

Asia's mangrove swamps may offer the region a future carbon trading option and pollution cleaning solution. Two new sets of research show that the value of mangrove swamps to the environment has been vastly underestimated and that there are solid arguments for including such habitat in carbon-trade schemes similar to REDD.

Mangrove swamp

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Mangrove offers Asian nations a sustainable resource
Sat Aug 04 01:02:19 +0800 2012

Asia's mangrove swamps may offer the region a future carbon trading option and pollution cleaning solution.

Two new sets of research show that the value of mangrove swamps to the environment has been vastly underestimated and that there are solid arguments for including such habitat in carbon-trade schemes similar to REDD+.

Mangrove swamp

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US GHG emissions at 20-year low, but there’s little to celebrate
Mon Aug 06 18:49:03 +0800 2012

According to figures released last week by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the country’s energy-related carbon emissions hit a 20-year low during the first quarter of the year.

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Japanese cleantech transfer deals for India, Indonesia and Vietnam
Tue Aug 07 13:25:21 +0800 2012

According to a report in the Nikkei newspaper, Japan is preparing to sign a technology-transfer agreement with India, aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions, later this year and will also sign similar accords with Indonesia and Vietnam.

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Inaugural UN green climate fund meeting finally scheduled
Tue Aug 07 16:26:40 +0800 2012

Coming five months later than originally planned, the first board meeting of the UN's Green Climate Fund (GCF) is scheduled for August 23-25, according to Reuters.

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Australia tips solar as its cheapest electricity source by 2040
Tue Aug 07 18:23:21 +0800 2012

A comprehensive new study has been published by Australia’s new Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE), providing “the best available and most up-to-date cost estimates” for 40 utility-scale electricity generation technologies between now and 2050, albeit under Australian conditions.

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Japanese building claims world's lowest CO2 emissions
Tue Aug 07 18:13:20 +0800 2012

One of Japan's largest construction companies is making a bold claim. Shimizu Corp believes its new Tokyo headquarters emits less carbon dioxide per square meter than any other building in the world.

Thanks to a myriad energy-efficiency technologies and renewable energy installations, the building uses only 38 kilograms per square meter of CO2 annually, estimates Shimizu. That's 62 percent less than the average emissions of most Tokyo office buildings, says the company.

Shimizu zero emisssions building

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EU spends over $306 mln to curb Indonesia’s carbon emissions
Fri Aug 03 10:47:13 +0800 2012

The European Union has spent 250 million euros (USD306 million) on environmental projects in Indonesia aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

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EU’s ETS opponents urge multilateral emissions approach
Thu Aug 02 18:32:09 +0800 2012

Seventeen countries opposed to an EU law that forces their air carriers to pay for the carbon they emit on flights to and from Europe reaffirmed they want to keep working on a multilateral framework under the United Nation’s global aviation body, a senior US official said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

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Finland throws support behind Vietnam’s climate battle
Thu Aug 02 18:14:51 +0800 2012

The Embassy of Finland in Vietnam launched a project to back Vietnam's central Quang Tri province to deal with climate change's impacts in agricultural production, Vietnam’s state-run news agency reported on Tuesday.

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Higher shipping costs with new N. American fuel standards
Thu Aug 02 18:05:15 +0800 2012

A long-planned environmental regulation requiring ships to use cleaner, low-sulfur fuel while operating near the North American coast took effect on Wednesday, despite concerns that suppliers may not be ready.

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Shanghai first off the mark with carbon trading guidelines
Thu Aug 02 18:21:05 +0800 2012

Shanghai municipal government issued guidelines for a pilot carbon trade market that will allow companies to buy and sell carbon credits, Xinhua announced today.

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Global investors re-examine climate change risk positions
Thu Jul 26 05:12:12 +0800 2012

Institutional investors concerned about climate change have retained, and in many cases, boosted their commitment to addressing the issue despite wider economic and financial challenges and continuing policy uncertainty according to a new report.

Jointly published by three institutional investor forums covering Europe, North America and Australia/New Zealand, the 2011 Global Investor Survey on Climate Change says more progress is needed in translating climate-related investment policies, research and risk assessments into investment decisions that reduce climate risks to portfolios and seek to capture climate-driven investment opportunities.

Asia Consumer survey

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Indonesian plant to produce 30 mln litres biofuel per annum
Mon Jul 23 11:19:53 +0800 2012
Indonesian plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara X says it will build a bioethanol production plant in Mojokerto, East Java, with a total capacity of 30 million litres of fuel annually

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China lays out plan for 50-GW solar by 2020
Mon Jul 23 11:29:02 +0800 2012

The Chinese government said it will accelerate the pace of solar power installations after 2015, part of a program including funds from the state to cap carbon emissions while satisfying the nation’s demand for electricity, according to a report in Bloomberg.

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China hopes to learn from Europe’s carbon-trading blunders
Mon Jul 23 11:52:39 +0800 2012

Price control mechanisms and tightly regulated markets are among the measures China is considering for its emissions trading schemes in a bid to avoid the price volatility and scandals that have hit Europe's USD148-billion scheme, Reuters Point Carbon reported Friday.

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China to train developing countries on climate change mitigation
Fri Jun 22 15:41:02 +0800 2012

China will offer training programs on climate change to 1,000 officials and technicians from developing countries from 2012 to 2014, a Chinese official told Xinhua in Beijing yesterday.

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Sustainable energy budgets require massive increase: report
Fri Jun 22 15:26:21 +0800 2012

Global investments in sustainable energy must increase by USD500 million a year to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to a report launched in Rio this week, website SciDev.com reports.

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India decries developed countries ‘weak’ political will
Fri Jun 22 15:19:03 +0800 2012

India Thursday said it is disappointed with the "weak" political will in developed countries to provide developing nations enhanced means of implementation of objectives of Green Economy, which will also be a "green-wash" if the process is not democratized.  

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Japan to step up its geothermal activities in Indonesia
Mon Jun 25 17:19:38 +0800 2012

Japan is seeking to increase its co-operation with Indonesia in the field of geothermal energy development as part of efforts to find energy sources to meet its needs, according to the Antara News Agency.

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Changing climate altering native species in Korean waters
Tue Jun 26 15:45:00 +0800 2012

South Korea’s National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR), President Ahn Yeon-soon under the Ministry of Environment yesterday released the results of a study that showed that growth of temperate and subpolar algae in waters off Jeju have decreased while subtropical/tropical algae have increased

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Foreign allies urge WTO to settle China rare earth dispute
Thu Jun 28 13:42:19 +0800 2012

The European Union, the United States and Japan on Wednesday requested a dispute settlement panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) after failing to resolve a battle over China's export restrictions on rare earth minerals, according to Reuters.

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With cap and trade looming, Korean firms record 9.1% GHG increase
Thu Jun 28 13:29:10 +0800 2012

Output of greenhouse gases at 467 companies which will probably be in South Korea’s proposed carbon market starting in 2015 rose 9.1 percent in 2010 according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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Report calls for immediate halt to hazardous Indian coal plant
Wed Jul 04 17:47:16 +0800 2012

An independent report into a huge coal power station being built in energy-starved India on Tuesday called for construction to be halted immediately due to environmental damage, according to AFP.

The Tata Mundra plant in the western state of Gujurat was approved by the government in 2006 and, when completed, will provide 4,000-MW of power to 16 million people across the fast-developing country, the news agency reported.

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Thai politics may undermine NASA’s SE Asia climate study
Mon Jul 02 15:28:31 +0800 2012

The US space agency NASA said last week that it was leaving the door open to reviving a canceled plan for a major Southeast Asia climate study that may have run afoul of internal Thai politics, according to Reuters.

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As new FiT kicks in Japan previews energy policy options
Mon Jul 02 18:07:25 +0800 2012

Japan opened several solar energy parks on Sunday as its new feed-in tariff (FiT) law came into force, requiring the country’s 10 regional electricity companies to purchase renewable energy at a fixed prices in a push for alternatives to nuclear power.

Ahead of the start of its new FiT regime the Japanese government held a press conference on Friday to present three long-term energy policy options for public debate. It aims to select one of the three in August, officially shifting the country away from its previous goal of raising the share of power generated by nuclear energy to at least 50 percent by 2030.

Japanese solar radiation levels

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Struggling Pakistan maps out strategy for sustainable future
Wed Jul 04 18:45:26 +0800 2012

Pakistan’s new national sustainable development strategy (NSDS) boasts a “green action agenda” and proposes to set up a knowledge management system that is based on science, technology and innovation, according to a report from website SciDev.

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Dual sea level studies bode ill for S. China and SE Asia
Thu Jul 05 16:05:00 +0800 2012

Two new studies show that a significant rise in sea levels due to climate change threatens the coastal areas of more than a thousand islands in South-East Asia, the Pacific region, and southern China,

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Chinese official sees little progress in 2012 anti-pollution efforts
Fri Jul 06 14:27:40 +0800 2012

A senior Chinese environmental official has warned that pollution control did not progress well in the country in the first half of this year.

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Iimmediate global action needed to save Asia’s Coral Triangle
Mon Jul 09 19:15:43 +0800 2012

Scientists meeting at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns, in Cairn, Australia this week have said that more than 85 per cent of reefs in Asia's “Coral Triangle" are directly threatened by human activities such as coastal development, pollution, and overfishing,

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Immediate global action needed to save Asia’s Coral Triangle
Mon Jul 09 19:15:43 +0800 2012

Scientists meeting at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns, Australia this week have said that more than 85 percent of reefs in Asia's “Coral Triangle" are directly threatened by human activities such as coastal development, pollution, and overfishing,

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Mitsubishi center to assist vessels meet global environmental curbs
Wed Jul 11 15:58:13 +0800 2012

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed "4UE-X3," a testing facility for full-scale low-speed, 2-stroke marine diesel engines, in the company's Kobe Shipyard and Machinery Works in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture.

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China carbon trading rules a big step forward: The Climate Group
Tue Jul 10 22:05:43 +0800 2012

The Chinese Government has released a regulation on domestic voluntary carbon trading and market development, which puts the nation on track towards achieving a compulsory carbon market.

According to NGO The Climate Group, China's influential National Development and Reform Commission (NRDC) has this month released a new document entitled The Interim Regulation of Voluntary Greenhouse Gases Emission Trading in China.

China carbon trading

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UNDP helps Malaysia study a carbon disclosure program
Wed Jul 11 03:55:16 +0800 2012

A carbon emissions' disclosure system is being developed by Malaysia as part of its green effort. The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is helping the Malaysian government with a study to develop National Carbon Disclosure Program, reports Xinhua.

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China moves set stage to become net importer of rare earth
Wed Jul 11 16:44:08 +0800 2012

China, the world's biggest producer of rare earth metals, is likely to turn an importer of the vital industrial ingredients by as early as 2014 as it boosts consumption in domestic high-tech industries rather than just shipping raw material overseas, according to Reuters.

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China coal pants look to US Fuel Tech to quell NOx emissions
Wed Jul 11 15:00:15 +0800 2012

US-based Fuel Tech has won three separate air pollution control orders worth USD3.9m in China utilizing the company’s Ultra technology, which limits emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from power plants.

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Scientists gather in Jakarta to discuss links to green economies
Thu Jul 12 13:27:06 +0800 2012
Some 100 scientists from 15 Asian countries are gathering this week in Jakarta at an international symposium to discuss the connection between science and green economy, Antara news agency reported.

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Indonesia prepares biomass FiT to help manage waste problems
Thu Jul 12 16:28:04 +0800 2012

The Indonesian government will soon be issuing a new pricing regulation for biomass power plants to encourage investors to take advantage of the city’s waste for power generation, an official with the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry said.

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Pacific island nations urge more access to climate funds
Sat Jul 14 17:29:47 +0800 2012

Pacific island countries have highlighted access to climate change funds in the region, saying it remains critical for the vulnerable countries, said the Suva, Fiji based Pacific Islands Forum in a press release yesterday

It also said that the regional countries stressed the need at the 2012 Forum Economic Ministers' Meeting (FEMM) recently held in Tarawa, Kiribati.

The ministers were updated on climate change financing efforts coordinated by the Forum Secretariat and other stakeholders.

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Is REDD+ a risky, uber-complex business?
Mon Jul 16 19:35:48 +0800 2012

Summary: 
The UN's Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation Plus program (REDD+) has had a difficult birth and awkward childhood. Depsite the complex challenges, however, the opportunities for REDD+ to mature into a vigorous and robust mechanism for climate change mitigation still exisit. Ciara Shannon of Eden Ventures has this analysis.

Tropical forests cover about 15 percent of the world’s land surface but every year around 13 million hectares of forest are cleared for crop cultivation, cattle, logging and mining (FAO 2010). Forests are both carbon guzzlers (sinks) and emitters (sources) and deforestation and forest degradation accounts for a whopping 15-17 percent of man-made GHG emissions each year.

In the context of climate change, a 50 percent reduction in GHG emissions is needed by 2030 to prevent global temperature rising above 2 degrees Celsius (IPCC 2007, AR4) but the positive news is that reducing deforestation is the “single largest opportunity for cost-effective and immediate reductions of carbon emissions.”

Rainforest bond

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Indian state shuts pharmaceutical plants over pollution violations
Mon Jul 16 19:09:39 +0800 2012

India’s Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board has ordered closure of 12 manufacturing units of different pharmaceutical companies for allegedly violating pollution regulations.

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Kyocera provides Marshall Islands hospital with solar power system
Mon Jul 16 15:00:00 +0800 2012

Kyocera Corporation along with Marubeni Corporation and Wakachiku Construction Co., Ltd. have collaborated to supply a solar power generating system to the Majuro Hospital in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a part of Micronesia.

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Air pollution fee for Taiwan in 2015
Wed Jul 18 03:41:10 +0800 2012
Taiwan's minister of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has revealed the country will start collecting air pollution fees in 2015.

The charge is part of the administration’s plan to cut down Taiwan’s greenhouse gas emission by resorting to the effective Air Pollution Control Act. Minister Shen Shih-hung pointed out that the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Bill should be the legal basis of the fees, although the bill has yet to clear the legislative floor, according to an exclusive interview Chinese-language Economic Daily.

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Biogas provides Vietnam villagers a cleaner sustainable lifestyle
Thu Jul 19 17:55:37 +0800 2012

The Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), an international community development organization, has built a biogas system in the Phong Binh commune of rural Vietnam to help provide villagers with a sustainable fuel source for their daily living needs.

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S. Korea fulfills marine tech ‘give-away’ for developing nations
Thu Jul 19 18:40:54 +0800 2012

Nine months after showcasing the protection of marine ecosystems at its international exhibition Expo 2012, the Korean government is in the process of transferring advanced technologies to the developing world.

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Monitoring system gives China coal province immediate GHG data
Thu Jul 19 19:12:31 +0800 2012

A monitoring system for greenhouse gas concentrations has been launched in north China’s coal-rich Shanxi province as local authorities hope to better deal with climate change by using first-hand emission data.

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China’s per capita emissions now on par with the EU
Thu Jul 19 18:10:24 +0800 2012

Last year, China's CO2 emissions rose by 9.0 percent, meaning the country produced the equivalent of 7.2 tonnes of the gas for each resident, according to a report by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.

The 27-nation European Union produced 7.5 tonnes of CO2 per person, while the United States remained one of the world's top CO2 emitters, with 17.3 tonnes per resident in 2011, according to the study.

China and India per capita carbon emissions vs Annex 1 countries

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Existing Indonesian geothermal plants burned by new prices
Sun Jul 22 13:43:18 +0800 2012
The Indonesian government has identified 23 existing geothermal power plant projects, with a total combined capacity of 2,114-MW, that are at risk of being halted because they are no longer feasible, according to the Jakarta Post.

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Energy, environment top of China’s strategic industries plan
Sun Jul 22 14:27:41 +0800 2012

China has released a plan for the development of its new strategic industries from now to the end of 2015, according to a statement released Friday by the State Council.

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Japan commits $3 bln, China $38 mln aid at Rio+20
Thu Jun 21 18:47:48 +0800 2012

Japan will provide USD3 billion in aid to developing countries in the next three years to make the transition to a green economy, the country’s foreign minister, Koichiro Gemba, announced yesterday in his address to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, yesterday.

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Indian consumers faulted for Indonesian deforestation
Wed Jun 20 16:40:43 +0800 2012

Surging demand for palm oil in India for cooking and everyday grocery items is driving tropical forest destruction in Indonesia, Greenpeace said on Tuesday.

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Differences aside, US and China agree new low-carbon initiatives
Fri Jun 15 13:25:46 +0800 2012

China and the United States are strengthening ties in reducing carbon emissions through new agreements involving energy efficiency cooperation, despite recent trade disputes over renewable energy products.

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Singapore government unveils climate change battle plan
Fri Jun 15 15:33:54 +0800 2012

Singapore has released a national climate change strategy document which outlines the country's plans to address climate change through a whole-of-nation approach, according to Channel News Asia.

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Foreign investors see good business in a green Taiwan
Tue Jun 19 17:07:46 +0800 2012

The largest group of foreign investors in Taiwan is backing the country’s Low Carbon Initiative (LCI) which aims to share European expertise in low-carbon solutions and initiate partnerships with the government and Taiwanese firms to speed up Taiwan's transition from a fossil-fuel-dependent economy to a low-carbon model.

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Int’l pressure may delay EU’s aviation emissions scheme
Wed Jun 20 15:31:06 +0800 2012

Draft proposals to tackle the carbon impact of aviation look set to be delayed until March 2013, according to the head of the UN body overseeing long-running negotiations to deliver a global deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions from the sector, according to UK website Business Green.

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Greenpeace faults India consumers for Indonesian deforestation
Wed Jun 20 16:40:43 +0800 2012

Surging demand for palm oil in India for cooking and everyday grocery items is driving tropical forest destruction in Indonesia, Greenpeace said on Tuesday.

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China owns wind and sun under new provincial decree
Wed Jun 20 16:33:34 +0800 2012

A new regulation imposed by China’s Heilongjiang Province last week is provoking some controversy in the energy sector as to who owns what.

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World Bank, New Zealand back 1,000-MW Indonesia geothermal bid
Wed Jun 20 16:23:02 +0800 2012

Indonesia’s Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE), a subsidiary of state oil and gas firm PT Pertamina, has launched a 1,000-MW geothermal energy investment package with financial assistance from the World Bank and the government of New Zealand, according to the Jakarta Post.

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Confidence and collaboration key to sustainable future
Thu Jun 14 19:54:01 +0800 2012

In the run-up to the UN’s Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development next week two groups of researchers have come out with the perspective that, in their different ways, point to the lack of sufficient belief rather than a lack of means as the principle barrier to a more sustainable future.

In its soon to be published book, Energy Technology Perspectives 2012 (ETP 2012), the International Energy Agency (IEA) points to a host of new technologies that are ready to transform the energy system, offering the potential to drastically reduce carbon emissions, enhance energy security and generate a huge investment return – if only the right policies are put in place.

Sustainable Development

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Seoul plans 100-MW of solar panels for 1,000 public schools
Thu Jun 14 19:26:12 +0800 2012

The Seoul municipal government said it is seeking to build solar power facilities at about 1,000 of its schools in an effort to cope with the effects of global climate change, the Korea Herald reported yesterday.

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Hooked on the black stuff: can China kick its coal addiction?
Wed Jun 13 16:07:13 +0800 2012

Summary: 
To those concerned with climate change China’s coal industry juggernaut appears to be out of control. However, a combination of water resource constraint and the impending development of unconventional gas in China is, at last, bring into view the prospect of China’s coal consumption peaking and then falling. CleanBiz Asia executive editor Fergus O’Rorke has this analysis.

The latest round of figures on global greenhouse gas emissions makes depressing reading.

Last month the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that, after a 3.2 percent rise of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) emission to 31.6 gigatonnes (Gt) in 2011, the world is running out of time to prevent catastrophic climate change.

"When I look at this data, the trend is perfectly in line with a temperature increase of 6 degrees Celsius (by 2050), which would have devastating consequences for the planet," Fatih Birol, IEA's chief economist told Reuters.

Maoist revolutionary Chinese coal miners

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Top China climate scientist says CO2 emissions may be overstated
Wed Jun 13 18:50:07 +0800 2012

Responding to the study published at the weekend in Nature Climate Change, which suggested China’s greenhouse gas emissions could be understated by nearly 20 percent, the director of the Climate Change Research Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences says his institute’s research points to the opposite conclusion.

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China’s green spending to reach $706 bln by 2015
Thu Jun 14 18:55:14 +0800 2012

Xie Zhenhua, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said yesterday that the value of the output from the energy conservation and environmental protection industry would reach 4.50 trillion yuan (USD706.58 billion) by 2015.

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China’s anti-ETS measures could include seizing EU aircraft
Wed Jun 13 15:18:03 +0800 2012

China will take swift counter-measures that could include impounding European aircraft if the EU punishes Chinese airlines for non-compliance with a scheme to curb carbon emissions, the China Air Transport Association warned yesterday, according to Reuters.

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Citing India coal deaths, IMF chief warns of rising eco-social crisis
Wed Jun 13 15:05:19 +0800 2012

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde said in Washington yesterday that pollution from coal generation plants was resulting in about 70,000 premature deaths every year in India.

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New research center will tackle China’s climate change challenges
Wed Jun 13 11:00:00 +0800 2012

China's top economic planner this week announced the establishment of a national research center designed to facilitate the country's efforts to cope with climate change, reports Xinhua.

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Tibet on board with first resource recycling market
Wed Jun 13 10:00:00 +0800 2012

Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region will start constructing its first resource recycling market at the end of June in the regional capital of Lhasa.

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Signs of hope but APAC still a leader in global unsustainability
Fri Jun 08 16:22:54 +0800 2012

The world continues to speed down an unsustainable path, despite over 500 internationally agreed goals and objectives to support the sustainable management of the environment and improve human well-being, according to a new and wide-ranging assessment co-ordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), launched Wednesday in Beijing on the eve of the Rio+20 Summit, assessed 90 of the most-important environmental goals and objectives and found that significant progress had only been made in four.

UNEP GEO5

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Gigatonne gap in China’s carbon dioxide inventories
Mon Jun 11 19:52:28 +0800 2012

China's carbon emissions could be nearly 20 percent higher than previously thought according to a new analysis of official Chinese data, suggesting the pace of global climate change could be even faster than currently predicted.

China is generally reckoned to have overtaken the United States in 2006 to become that world's top greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter and is currently thought to produce about a quarter of mankind's emissions that scientists say is heating up the planet and triggering more extreme weather.

But pinning down an accurate total for China's carbon emissions has long been a challenge because of doubts about the quality of its official energy use data.

Gigatonne gap in China's GHG invetories

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India’s steel industry fails to meet even basic environmental norms
Mon Jun 11 19:48:17 +0800 2012

India’s steel industry is lagging behind in meeting environmental norms according to a Green Rating Survey released by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

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Pakistan prefers nuclear to agriculture and climate research
Mon Jun 11 19:20:48 +0800 2012

Pakistan's 44 per cent hike in outlay for atomic energy in its 2012–2013 budget contrasts with a massive drop in funds for crop research and overshadows a much smaller hike in overall allocation for science.   

Despite drawing international attention in the past two years to its increased vulnerability to climate change, Pakistan allocated a meager 135 million Pakistani rupees (USD 1.43 million) to its newly formed climate change ministry – a fraction of the USD416 million given to the atomic energy sector in the budget presented on 1 June.

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission gets some spit and polish

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New renewables plan to accelerate China’s move to green economy
Mon Jun 11 20:01:00 +0800 2012

China will accelerate the industrialization of its renewable resources to foster a new industry with strategic significance, said Xie Zhenhua, vice minister of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on Friday.

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Nissan fund to generate CO2 credits for Japan's LEAF owners
Tue Jun 12 12:29:28 +0800 2012

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has launched the Nissan Zero Emission Fund, a new fund for individual Nissan electric vehicle (EV) owners in Japan which converts the amount of CO2 emissions that are offset by driving the electric Nissan LEAF to generate credits, according to a report in the Green car Congress..

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ADB Manila headquarters now powered by Suntech panels
Thu Jun 07 17:26:50 +0800 2012

Chinese photovoltaic (PV) company Suntech has completed installation of a 571-kW solar array at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila, the Philippines in partnership with local engineering, procurement and construction service provider Propmech.

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China government spurs on wind power developers
Thu Jun 07 17:03:33 +0800 2012

Among the 131 power projects approved by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) from the first half of the year, wind power accounts for 95 percent, reported Securities Daily earlier this week.

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World Bank issues dire warning of global garbage crisis
Thu Jun 07 17:58:05 +0800 2012

The World Bank predicted a sharp rise in the amount of garbage generated by urban residents between now and 2025 in a report released yesterday.

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China to ‘blacklist’ polluting companies from public listing
Mon Jun 04 16:49:08 +0800 2012

The China Securities Regulatory Commission and Ministry of Environmental Protection are expected to start exchanging results of their environmental protection inspections of companies applying for listings, according to a report by Economic Observer operated by Xinhua News Agency.

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Fujitsu pilot will help Thailand monitor industrial pollution
Mon Jun 04 16:17:04 +0800 2012

Fujitsu of Japan is offering to allow the Thai government to use its innovative environment monitoring system to ease pollution at Map Ta Phut industrial estate through a pilot project.

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Japan backpedals on emissions targets in wake of nuke shutdown
Mon Jun 04 17:10:21 +0800 2012

Japan’s deputy prime minister, Katsuya Okada, indicated last week that the government may scrap an international pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 because of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

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Cambodia’s largest micro financier boosts green farming
Tue Jun 05 18:56:34 +0800 2012

Cambodian microfinance institution PRASAC MFI Ltd says it is bolstering its green credentials by increasing loans for eco-friendly farming methods in the kingdom.

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Investors studying climate risk to key Asian industrial regions
Fri Jun 01 14:48:24 +0800 2012

The Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) and BNP Paribas have begun a unique collaboration to develop a series of reports with detailed scenario analysis of the impact of climate change-related risks in major cities and industrial and logistics centers in Asia Pacific.

In collaboration with a number of leading universities around Asia, projections and simulations will be created using computer modeling to establish the physical impacts on these areas and to determine the risks to high-value infrastructure, construction and supply chain assets.

Risk in the Pear River Delta

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China seeks to tie domestic carbon markets to global partners
Fri Jun 01 16:53:44 +0800 2012

China aims to link its domestic carbon market with others around the world as it seeks to cut emissions, a government official said according to Bloomberg.

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Vietnam holds SE Asia’s biggest wind potential: Expert
Fri Jun 01 17:05:59 +0800 2012

Vietnam has the biggest potential for generating wind power in all of Southeast Asia, said a Germany-based expert.

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China facing uphill battle on sustainable development: Report
Mon Jun 04 16:56:26 +0800 2012

China's sustainable development faces greater challenges ranging from a fragile natural ecological environment to resource constraints, senior Chinese officials said ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in Rio de Janeiro.

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S Korea to use 'waste' hydrogen to power pilot town
Tue May 29 13:04:37 +0800 2012

South Korea’s Ministry of Knowledge Economy said Monday that it will launch what it calls a "Hydrogen Town Pilot Project" in the first part of a program to establishing a community energy infrastructure that uses waste hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cell technologies, writes The Korea Herald.

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Korean atmospheric environmental research satellite by 2018
Tue May 29 17:51:11 +0800 2012

South Korea plans to launch its own geostationary satellite by 2018 for atmospheric environmental research over the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, the country’s Environment Ministry said on Monday.

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Korean atmospheric environmental satellite by 2018
Tue May 29 17:51:11 +0800 2012

South Korea plans to launch its own geostationary satellite by 2018 for atmospheric environmental research over the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, the country’s Environment Ministry said on Monday.

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Japan to lend green expertise to Thailand's eco-town program
Thu May 31 14:46:01 +0800 2012

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has agreed to assist Thailand in developing provincial level eco-towns under the Green Partnership Program between the two countries, it was revealed yesterday.

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World Bank grants China $5 mln to tackle climate change
Thu May 31 14:36:38 +0800 2012

The World Bank has announced a grant of USD5 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to China to support efforts to assess climate mitigation and adaptation technology needs and adopt corresponding global best practices under the government’s so-called China Climate Technology Needs Assessment Project.

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EU leads as global carbon market hits record $176 bln
Thu May 31 15:19:18 +0800 2012

Carbon market trading reached a record value of USD176 billion in 2011, rising 11 percent spurred by secondary trading volumes that offset lower prices and slowing economies, the World Bank said yesterday.

Companies and governments are turning to emissions trading as a tool for fighting climate change, with the EU the most active since its cap-and-trade scheme began in 2005.

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China inches closer to consumption tax on polluters
Thu May 31 15:00:00 +0800 2012

China is mulling whether to impose a consumption tax on "high-polluting, high resource consuming" products, according to officials from the Ministry of Environment Protection, The Global Times reported today.

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Back from the dead: carbon tariff plan for EU imports
Thu May 24 11:04:03 +0800 2012

The row over including the greenhouse gas emissions from civil aviation under the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) notwithstanding, France’s new government wants to the EU to impose a carbon tax on goods imported from outside Europe.

The idea is not new, having originally been floated by the European Commission in 2008 and championed by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit. At the time it was dismissed as being overtly protectionist.

EU CO2 tariff on imports

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Persistent environmental abuse hitting Indonesia’s GDP hard
Thu May 24 13:34:37 +0800 2012

The continuing environmental pollution and damage in Indonesia is eroding five percent of the country`s gross domestic product growth per year, according to the World Bank.

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Japan alarmed at record high CO2 levels
Mon May 21 17:55:36 +0800 2012

The average monthly concentration of carbon dioxide has topped 400 parts per million in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, the first time this level has been reached in Japan

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Pumping groundwater a big contributor to rising seas
Mon May 21 18:49:41 +0800 2012

Groundwater pumping appears to have been a significant factor in the rising sea levels recorded over recent decades.

Between 1961-2003 global sea levels rose by an average of 1.8 millimetres (0.07 inches) per year but, according to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), only 1.1-mm (0.04 inches) per year of this has been due to thermal expansion of the oceans and to meltwater from glaciers and icecaps

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Indonesia bows to int'l pressure on peatland protection
Tue May 22 11:33:12 +0800 2012

Indonesia's government said on Monday it would protect a strip of peatland in Aceh province at the centre of an international storm over palm oil development, in a case that had become a test of the country's commitment to halt deforestation, according to a Reuters report today.

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Norway doubts Indonesian forestry reforms can make the grade
Wed May 23 18:43:06 +0800 2012

Indonesia's progress in reforming its forestry sector will not be sufficient to meet its pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 26 percent by 2020, Norway's environment minister said in a Reuters interview yesterday.

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Vietnam government mandates use of biofuel mix in major cities
Fri May 18 10:00:00 +0800 2012

Vietnam’s car and motorbike drivers in several big cities must start buying petrol mixed with bio-fuel E5 by the end of next year, under new rules outlined by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) this week.

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Taiwan inks MOU with Dutch for joint green research projects
Fri May 18 12:59:12 +0800 2012

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), one of Taiwan’s leading scientific centers, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands to develop green energy applications.

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Beijing to impose near Euro V fuel standards
Fri May 18 13:10:19 +0800 2012

Beijing will introduce new fuel standards on May 31 that municipal officials say are nearly on a par with the European Union's Euro V, the first Chinese city to do so.

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Unsustainable water use threat to China, India & Pakistan future
Tue May 15 18:16:35 +0800 2012

The viability of water supplies throughout key regions of China, India, Pakistan, South Africa and the US are under threat from unsustainable domestic, agricultural and industrial demands, according to a new study that maps water use down to 10km² worldwide. 

The growth economies of China and India, and the world’s largest economy USA are identified by risk analysis company Maplecroft, in its newly released Water Stress Index, as having vast geographical regions and sector areas where unsustainable water use is outstripping supply.

Maplecroft 2012 water threat index map

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Beijing sets up subsidy scheme for local rain makers
Wed May 16 17:29:54 +0800 2012

China's central government is to launch a special fund to support weather modification operations by local authorities in areas prone to drought and haze, according to a Ministry of Finance announcement yesterday.

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Philippine government to ease lofty biofuel expectations
Wed May 16 18:38:48 +0800 2012

The Energy Department will revisit the country’s biofuel program and come up with “more realistic targets,” a government official said.

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Ten Chinese and Indian airlines slip EU emissions report deadline
Wed May 16 18:21:22 +0800 2012

A total of 10 Chinese and Indian airlines failed to submit carbon-dioxide emissions data for 2011, rebuffing European rules that seek to expand the region’s emissions trading system to include aviation, according to news agencies.

There has been “systematic non-reporting” of emissions to and from Europe from 10 airlines based in India and China, according to a statement on the European Commission’s website yesterday.

All other international carriers flying to or from Europe have complied, the European Union's climate chief told reporters on Tuesday.

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India miffed as UNDP suggests Asia take more climate action
Mon May 14 18:57:34 +0800 2012

The Government of India has taken umbrage over perceived “biases” in the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP's) Asia Pacific Human Development report, One Planet To Share – Sustaining human progress in a changing climate, which was released on Thursday.

The report argues that in the face of climate change, countries in Asia and the Pacific “will need to change the way they manufacture goods, raise crops and livestock, and generate energy.” This will mean “moving to greener, more resilient, lower-emission options that not only sustain the environment but also offer opportunities to the poor for employment and income.”

One planet to share

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India report shows increased climate risk to Himalayan forests
Tue May 15 16:09:08 +0800 2012

Citing a government report released recently, the Times of India reported that climate change will be an additional stress on Indian forests, especially in upper Himalayan stretches, which are already subjected to multiple challenges including over-extraction, livestock grazing and human impact.

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Beijing’s ozone pollutants now in full public view
Mon May 14 18:24:37 +0800 2012

Beijing’s environmental authority started publishing daily readings of ozone levels in the air over the weekend, in line with China's new edition of air quality guidelines, according to the Global Times.

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World’s largest capacity power line to reduce China’s emissions
Tue May 15 16:36:22 +0800 2012

A new power line boasting the world's largest capacity is underway in China's far western Xinjiang region, which, when complete, will ultimately reduce 317,000 tonnes of sulfur dioxide and 267,000 tonnes of nitrogen oxide that would result from transportation of coal.

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Beijing marks 1,200 heavy polluters for elimination
Thu May 10 18:08:52 +0800 2012

Beijing plans to eliminate 66 highly polluting enterprises this year in an effort to improve the city's air quality, the municipal environmental protection bureau announced Wednesday.

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Korea aspires to take center stage of global green growth
Mon May 14 17:59:17 +0800 2012

Korea, the world’s fifth-largest oil importer, is fast shifting its growth paradigm to an environmentally-friendly, energy efficient one to achieve both sustainable economic growth and protect the earth, according to the Korea Herald.

President Lee Myung-bak unveiled his plans for the country to play a leading role in drawing up a plan for sustainable growth at last week’s opening ceremony of the Global Green Growth Summit 2012, which was attended by national leaders, heads of international organizations, noted scholars and businesspeople,

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UNDP prompts dissipating Pacific islands to adopt clean energy
Wed May 09 15:42:59 +0800 2012

A UN Development Programme ( UNDP) official has released a proposal to change the energy sector for the Pacific Islands by substituting carbon-intensive energy sources with investments in clean energy.

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World bank urges governments to embrace sustainable growth path
Wed May 09 15:30:51 +0800 2012

The World Bank today released a report urging governments to think green when pursing growth policies, which can be inclusive, efficient, affordable and above all necessary to sustain economic expansion in years ahead.

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Nepal mountaineer takes WWF’s inaugural conservation award
Wed May 09 16:26:08 +0800 2012

Dawa Steven Sherpa, 28-year-old Nepalese mountain guide and adventure pioneer, has been awarded the first ever WWF International President’s Award during a special ceremony at global conservation organization WWF’s Annual Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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Indonesia govt hits back at green groups over deforestation charges
Wed May 09 16:01:50 +0800 2012

The Antara News reported yesterday that the Indonesia government has declared that a report regarding the country’s loss of almost 5 million hectares of forest and peatlands since the implementation of a moratorium on deforestation is a misleading falsehood.

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China slaps toughest energy over-use warnings on 6 regions
Tue May 08 13:45:08 +0800 2012

Six regions in China received "red-light warnings" for their failure in the first quarter of 2012 to do enough to conserve energy, according to a progress report the country released by the National Development and Reform Commission recently.

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Nepal festival to raise public awareness of water risks
Tue May 08 13:37:26 +0800 2012

A three- day Water Festival was held in Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu over the weekend aimed at increasing awareness among the public for sustainable use of water.

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India’s IFC-backed rooftop solar pilot expanded to 5 more cities
Tue May 08 13:17:03 +0800 2012

The World Bank’s IFC is supporting the Indian state of Gujarat to replicate a rooftop solar project first completed in Gandhinagar to five more cities, improving access to power and reducing air pollution from the burning of wood and fossil fuels.

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Vietnam targets 20% cut in emissions to exploit carbon trade
Mon May 07 18:59:41 +0800 2012

Vietnam will attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent in the agriculture and forestry sectors by 2020, according to a plan being developed by the Ministry of National Resources and Environment.

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Frost & Sullivan report green progress among Indian companies
Mon May 07 18:44:16 +0800 2012

Indian companies are increasingly becoming aware of sustainable practices and adoption of these, as they realize that it will help mitigate their sustainability issues and bring business benefits in the future, business consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan has said.

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Shenzhen's fume spewing cars first to face fines
Mon May 07 18:10:20 +0800 2012

The National Development and Reform Commission of Shenzhen Municipality announced yesterday that it expects to collect fees from owners of high-emissions vehicles by the end of this year.

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China looks to capping total energy use by 2015
Thu May 03 15:51:53 +0800 2012

China may set an energy consumption cap, equivalent to no more than 4.2 billion tonnes of coal, by 2015, an expert in the sector said.

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Japan now the land of the rising solar panel?
Thu May 03 15:33:59 +0800 2012

As Japan opens itself more to renewable energy to fill the void as the country reduces its dependence on nuclear power, Chinese solar companies are seeing a whole new market for expansion.

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China’s public transport fleets could run on kitchen waste
Thu May 03 15:21:04 +0800 2012

Researchers in east China's Zhejiang Province are working on a project that aims to convert kitchen waste into biofuel, according to Xinhua.

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Australian rare earths miner sues Malaysian opponents
Thu May 03 17:21:19 +0800 2012

Australian rare earths miner Lynas has launched legal action against the most vitriolic opponents of its proposed plant in Malaysia following fierce criticism that it is unsafe, according to AFP.

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Korean cap-and-trade legislation adds to global momentum
Fri May 04 10:51:23 +0800 2012

After many months of delay in the face of lobbying from business groups, South Korea has finally passed legislation that creates a cap-and-trade system to control its greenhouse gas output. In the end it was near unanimous, with the new emissions trading scheme, due to start in in January 2015, being passed by 148 votes in favor and none against with three abstentions.

The 2015 start-up coincides with new cap-and-trade schemes in Australia and California but is two years behind the Korean government's original schedule. Nonetheless, passing the Korean legislation marks another very significant step in the globalization of GHG emissions trading.

South Korean carbon emissions

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China encourages EU to take part in $796 bln green projects
Fri May 04 16:53:28 +0800 2012

China will invest more than 5 trillion yuan (USD796 billion) in energy saving and environmental protection projects and was hoping for closer collaboration between China and the EU, Vice Premier Li Keqiang  said yesterday during the EU-China Cooperation on Urbanization Forum in Brussels.

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Greens chide “weak” Indonesian deforestation pledge
Fri May 04 17:20:07 +0800 2012

A coalition of green groups in Indonesia on Thursday criticized a moratorium on deforestation as "weak", saying the year-long ban still excludes large tracts of the country's carbon-rich forests, according to news agencies.

Greenpeace, which is leading the coalition, said government maps that mark protected areas exclude 3.5 million hectares (8.6 million acres) of peatland -- biodiverse swamp-like forests that hold rich carbon reserves.

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China must act fast to clean up sprawling cities says World Bank
Fri May 04 17:10:46 +0800 2012

Several major Chinese cities have some of the world's highest per capita carbon footprints, a World Bank warned in a new report issued on Thursday. According to a story in the China Daily, greenhouse gas emissions in Tianjin, Shanghai and Beijing far exceed those of cities such as Paris, Tokyo, London, Barcelona and Jakarta the report stated.

Globally, most urban emissions come from transport, buildings and waste, but these three sectors only account for about 20 percent of China's urban emissions which are driven mainly by industry and power generation, largely because of its reliance on coal for energy.

World Bank's China cities report

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Bangladesh officials back opposition to mangrove coal plant
Thu May 03 14:02:57 +0800 2012

A report this week in the Gulf Times claims that Bangladesh’s environment department as well as environmental activists are opposing the setting up of a coal-fired power plant near the Sundarbans, which they fear would adversely affect the world’s biggest mangrove forest in Bagerhat district of Khulna.

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WWF calls on investors to step up on sustainable palm oil
Thu May 03 14:34:30 +0800 2012

WWF is urging investors to do more to promote sustainable palm oil, backed by findings from a new survey released during a high-level meeting of investors and producers in Singapore.

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Australians talk-up pan-APAC carbon trading pact
Wed Apr 25 17:03:17 +0800 2012

Australia’s minister of climate change and energy efficiency, Greg Combert, says the country’s carbon trading system could be linked to those in China and other Asia-Pacific countries, eliminating “competitive disadvantage” between the region’s economies.

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Australian carbon tax threat to East Timor gas revenues
Fri Apr 27 16:47:34 +0800 2012

The law of unintended consequences is poised to strike East Timor, one of the world’s poorest nations, which could lose millions of dollars as Australia’s new carbon tax takes a bite out of revenue from offshore natural gas fields shared between the two countries.

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Asian investors slowly finding a voice on climate change
Mon Apr 30 18:21:43 +0800 2012

Asia may represent an increasingly large chunk of global economic activity and greenhouse gas emissions but the institutional infrastructure for Asian investors to weigh in on the issue of climate change is still in its infancy.

That is not to say there is nothing happening. In the months since the foundation of the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) was announced, a large number of baby steps have been taken according to Alexandra Tracy, chairman of the Association for Sustianaiable and Responsible Investment in Asia, which provides AIGCC's secretariat.

An asian investor

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Honda develops LPG -powered portable generator
Mon Apr 30 20:37:29 +0800 2012

In what will be welcome news to many electricity-challenged Asian communities, Honda Motor Co has announced a portable generator capable of generating electricity by using propane gas which is far cleaner than the standard diesel or gasoline powered units.

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RenewableUK and Korean wind association ink to collaborate
Tue May 01 15:55:58 +0800 2012

RenewableUK, the trade and professional body representing the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, on Friday signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Korean Wind Energy Association.

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India’s 5-year-plan calls for $44.6 bln climate change warchest
Tue May 01 16:19:48 +0800 2012

The fight against climate change will take a strategic jump in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-2017) with the government intending to plough in almost Rs 2 lakh crore (USD44.6 billion) through the various missions, the working group on climate of the 12th Five-Year Plan has said.

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UBS and Malay officials face probe over illegal-logging money
Mon Apr 23 16:23:47 +0800 2012

UBS, Switzerland's largest bank, is facing money-laundering allegations following the disclosure of a series of documents linking Malaysian top politicians to secret UBS bank accounts in Hong Kong and Zurich.

According to Malaysian media reports, the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) and Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) have been tracing the flow of over USD90 million through UBS bank accounts in Hong Kong, which are alleged to be kickbacks for the illegal logging of tropical hardwoods in the Malaysian state of Sabah in Borneo, one of the world’s most biodiverse habitats.

Illegal-logging money probe of USB

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UBS and Malay officials face probe over illegal-logging money wash
Mon Apr 23 16:23:47 +0800 2012

UBS, Switzerland's largest bank, is facing money-laundering allegations following the   disclosure of a series of documents linking Malaysian top politicians to secret UBS bank accounts in Hong Kong and Zurich.

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US introduces federal rules on air pollution from fracking
Fri Apr 20 18:40:17 +0800 2012

In a move that will be closely watched elsewhere, particularly China, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the first-ever national standards to control air pollution from gas wells that are developed though hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Much of the air pollution from fracked gas wells is vented when they transition from drilling to actual production, a three- to 10-day process that is referred to as completion. During this time hundreds of tons of chemicals ranging from cancer-causing benzene, smog-forming volatile organic compounds, and climate-changing methane escape into the atmosphere.

Gas wellhead

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Mekong nations to focus $7.4 bln Japanese aid on environment
Mon Apr 23 14:40:30 +0800 2012

Japan is planning to pump 600 billion yen (USD7.4 billion) into developing infrastructure in countries along the Mekong River, much of which will be aimed at clean energy and climate change projects.

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China tax may allow resolution of EU climate aviation dispute
Mon Apr 23 14:10:30 +0800 2012

The EU is investigating whether a Chinese plan to use revenues from a passenger tax on international flights towards emissions reduction initiatives is sufficient to exempt the country's airlines from the bloc's own carbon reduction laws.

EU aviation emissions

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Swiss help HK probe Malaysian illegal logging money wash
Mon Apr 23 15:43:12 +0800 2012

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland confirmed on Friday that Switzerland has given legal assistance to Hong Kong in a money-laundering case against Musa Aman, Chief Minister of the Malaysian State of Sabah on Borneo and older brother of Malysia’s foreign minister, Anifah Aman.

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China, Iceland join forces to tap geothermal reserves
Mon Apr 23 15:05:18 +0800 2012

Iceland Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation for the development of geothermal energy.

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Asia to lead thriving global wind industry for years to come
Thu Apr 19 17:29:50 +0800 2012

Asia is again predicted to drive the wind power industry which is expected to top 46-GW globally in 2012, according to a five-year industry forecast released this week by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

The Brussels-based international trade association said in its annual market update report that by 2016 total global wind power capacity will be just under 500 GW, with an annual market in that year of about 60-GW.

Overall, GWEC projects average annual market growth rates of about 8 percent for the next five years, but with a strong 2012 and a substantial dip in 2013.

India an emerging wind power

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Ex-Im Bank, IFC prop up Indian cleantech sector
Wed Apr 18 14:34:23 +0800 2012

The US Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) has approved an USD80.32 million loan to India’s Reliance Power for the purchase of concentrated solar power (CSP) technology.

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Tata favors wind and solar over coal as smarter investment
Fri Mar 09 15:16:34 +0800 2012

India’s gigantic Tata Group has said that it will pursue renewable energy projects for its overseas investments as coal-fired plants become more difficult to justify, according to Bloomberg.

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Groups push for renewable energy at former Philippine US naval base
Mon Mar 12 16:51:13 +0800 2012

A group of businessmen and residents in the Philippines Subic Bay freeport are lobbying President Benigno Aquino III to consider the sprawling former US naval base for alternative energy projects, including wind and solar farms, instead of a planned coal-fired plant.

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Nonprofits join forces to build multi-country Asian ‘super grid’
Mon Mar 12 18:38:04 +0800 2012

Two major non-profit organizations have announced that they will start to co-operate on promoting an Asian super grid necessary for the acceleration of the deployment of renewable energy in Asia.

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Coal-fueled Shanxi province turns over a green leaf
Mon Mar 12 19:24:28 +0800 2012

Shanxi, a major powerhouse of China, is taking a lead in the country to make its resources-based economy greener and more diversified.

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EU digs in its heels over carbon tax as China retaliates
Mon Mar 12 19:14:16 +0800 2012

While the European Union said it is prepared to adopt counter-retaliatory measures in the face of retaliation by countries to the EU airline carbon emissions tax, experts noted that such moves are likely to be futile.

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Non-profits join forces to build multi-country Asian ‘super grid’
Mon Mar 12 18:38:04 +0800 2012

Two major non-profit organizations have announced that they will start to co-operate on promoting an Asian super grid necessary for the acceleration of the deployment of renewable energy in Asia.

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China’s environment paying the price of 20 years rampant growth
Wed Mar 14 18:20:24 +0800 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Wen Jiabao vowed yesterday in a report delivered during China’s annual legislative session that the country would “never seek economic growth at the expense of its ecological environment and public health.”

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Turn climate migration from threat to opportunity says ADB
Wed Mar 14 18:20:05 +0800 2012

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has warned of an upward surge in migration caused by climate change this century, and counseled governments in disaster-prone Asia-Pacific nations to promptly enact a broad range of measures to stave off future humanitarian crises.

In its new report, Addressing Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific, the ADB notes that more than 42 million people in the region were displaced by environmental disasters over the past two years alone. An undetermined number of those displaced became migrants, unable to return home or choosing to relocate to safer ground.

Addressing climate change migration in APAC - ADB

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Beijing to adopt European-level car emission regulations
Thu Mar 15 15:54:07 +0800 2012

In a bid to counter growing air pollution concerns, Beijing is reported to be looking at adopting vehicle emission standards as strict as those in Europe, according to Xinhua.

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Outlook for China's maritime environment "not optimistic"
Thu Mar 15 16:50:47 +0800 2012

The head of China's oceanic authority has said that the outlook for China's maritime environment is "not optimistic," calling for further efforts to build the ocean conservation culture, according to a report in Xinhua.

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Taiwan’s waste incinerators to power industrial air conditioning
Thu Mar 15 16:45:32 +0800 2012

Taiwan is poised to make better use of surplus heat generated by the nation’s 24 incinerating plants, according to the country’s Environmental Protection Administration.

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Law maker proposes lottery to raise cash for China’s clean-up
Thu Mar 15 16:29:22 +0800 2012

A Chinese legislator has raised eyebrows by trying to raise funds for environmental improvement projects through a public lottery.

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China's huge ground-water and carbon footprint nexus revealed
Thu Mar 15 17:03:17 +0800 2012

Irrigation in China dates back more than 2,500 years and has been a major factor in supporting Chinese civilization and prosperity over the millennia. While the traditional system of dams, levees, canals and sluices continue to be used, it has been greatly augmented by ground water pumping in recent decades.

The impact of this on water tables is quite well known but new research has revealed that the practice also has a significant carbon footprint. A paper, published in Environmental Research Letters, estimates that the pumping systems that support China’s immense irrigation network produce 33.1 MtCO2e (33.1 mega tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) per year.

Pumping China dry

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Asian cities head global list of flood vulnerability
Fri Mar 16 15:56:53 +0800 2012

The rapid growth of cities across the developing world has resulted in urban areas overtaking rural communities as being the most vulnerable to wide scale flooding, according to a report from the World Bank.

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China coal plant to transform oven gas to clean natural gas
Fri Mar 16 15:40:57 +0800 2012

An energy firm in north China's Hebei Province has started constructing the country's largest plant for producing natural gas from oven gas, according to Xinhua.

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Minister proposes relief for India's solar sector in budget speech
Mon Mar 19 17:13:58 +0800 2012

The Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday announced relief for the solar energy sector by proposing to scrap duties on imports of solar-thermal equipment as the country it seeks to reduce project costs for Reliance Power and other developers adding plants as part of his annual budget speech

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China sets serious targets for shale gas recovery
Mon Mar 19 18:11:18 +0800 2012

China has set a goal of producing 6.5 billion cubic meters of shale gas a year by the end of 2015 as part of a five-year plan to increase the country's capacity to tap the unconventional resource, China's top energy authority said on Friday.

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South Korea to take another go at cap-and-trade bill
Mon Mar 19 18:01:10 +0800 2012

South Korea will once again attempt to pass a bill that sets up emissions trading in 2015 and allows lawmakers to work out details later this year, a top climate official was quoted by Bloomberg today.

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Australia a long way off the low-carbon growth curve
Mon Mar 19 19:11:18 +0800 2012

A new report by Australian think tank The Climate Institute, backed by multinational GE, has found that Australia is the only G20 country that has gone backwards on its low-carbon competitiveness since 1995 and ranks 16th out of 19 countries in being ready to deal with a low-carbon world — ahead of just India, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

The Global Climate Leadership Review 2012 rankings are based on 19 measures, including emissions growth, energy generation, export industries, transport and investment in clean technology.

Australia from space

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2010 the hot one says British team
Tue Mar 20 11:21:07 +0800 2012

An update of HadCRUT, the global temperature dataset compiled by the UK Met Office’s Hadley Centre and the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, has resulted in 2010 rather than 1988 being listed as the hottest year on record.

Compiled from temperature observations obtained over land and sea, HadCRUT is used as a basis for a global temperature record going back to 1850. The latest version of the dataset, called HadCRUT4, includes newly available data; notably adding much more information from the sparsely observed higher northern latitudes.

Global temeratures

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Italian minister lauds China’s emissions, cleantech achievements
Tue Mar 20 15:42:43 +0800 2012

Corrado Clini, Italy's minister of environment, said Monday that China's efforts to reduce CO2 emissions will drive clean energy innovation and introduce new technology to the field.

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Coal-fouled Chinese city looks to a sunny, low-carbon future
Tue Mar 20 16:22:56 +0800 2012

The city of Datong, famous for its rich coal resources in China’s Shanxi province, is being transformed into a new center for solar energy, according to a report in the China Daily today.

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Singapore miffed at WWF carbon footprint report
Tue Mar 20 16:12:54 +0800 2012

Singapore is taking umbrage at a recent report published by the WWF that claims the Island state has the highest per capital carbon footprint in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Italy, China commit to expand joint environmental programs
Thu Mar 22 17:50:39 +0800 2012

The Italy Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea signed a MOU with China's Ministry of Environmental Protection last week to further promote bilateral cooperation in environmental protection between the two countries.

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APP’s continued deforestation a ‘double default’ on int’l creditors
Tue Mar 27 13:09:23 +0800 2012

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has been accused of a “double default” on international creditors, after an investigation revealed that the company has decimated tropical forests it promised to conserve under “legally binding” debt restructuring agreements.

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Vietnamese firm seeks to build 200-MW wind farm near HCMC
Thu Mar 29 13:54:04 +0800 2012

A private company is seeking permission from the government of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to build a large scale wind farm with 125 GE-supplied wind turbines in the outlying district of Can Gio’s Can Thanh Town.

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Vietnam to introduce Green GDP index by 2014
Thu Mar 29 14:53:00 +0800 2012

Vietnam is in the process of developing a "green" gross domestic product (GDP) index which is expected to be ready for use in 2014, according to a report yesterday in the Vietnam Economy News.

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Royal Dutch Airlines to fuel planes on refined Chinese cooking oil
Thu Mar 29 14:39:04 +0800 2012

The first 20 tonnes of processed waste oil refined from leftover Chinese cooking oil is en route to the Netherlands for further treatment into aviation fuel for Royal Dutch Airlines, the world’s first airline to adopt bio-fuel in June 2011.

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KLM to fuel planes on refined Chinese cooking oil
Thu Mar 29 14:39:04 +0800 2012

The first 20 tonnes of processed waste oil refined from leftover Chinese cooking oil is en route to the Netherlands for further treatment into aviation fuel for KLM, the world’s first airline to adopt bio-fuel in June 2011.

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New entity helps Japan firms reduce overseas environmental impacts
Fri Mar 30 10:56:23 +0800 2012

Japan’s Panasonic Corporation yesterday announced it will set up an engineering company for its energy saving, purification and recycling businesses for air, water and soil in Malaysia as part of the company's drive to globally expand its environmental engineering business.

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New entity helps Japan reduce overseas environmental impacts
Fri Mar 30 10:56:23 +0800 2012

Japan’s Panasonic Corporation yesterday announced it will set up an engineering company for its energy saving, purification and recycling businesses for air, water and soil in Malaysia as part of the company's drive to globally expand its environmental engineering business.

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Beijingers take to the rooftops to help clear the air
Tue Apr 03 16:39:17 +0800 2012

The Beijing municipal government has announced plans to improve the quality of the city's air by covering 100,000 sq m of roofs with greenery by the end of this year as public discourse over the city’s pollution heats up.

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Taiwan green energy center to promote public/private cooperation
Tue Apr 03 16:22:16 +0800 2012

Taiwan opened its first solar and wind power promotion office in Taipei City last week, underscoring a commitment by the ROC government to promoting green energy island-wide.

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Two Japanese reactors remain offline – for now
Wed Apr 04 15:38:59 +0800 2012

Japan needs more time to decide whether to restart two offline nuclear reactors, the trade minister said on Tuesday, as concerns about a summer power crunch vie with safety worries in the wake of last year’s Fukushima crisis, according to a Reuters report.

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Singapore, Indonesia to legally mandate energy conservation
Tue Apr 10 16:13:24 +0800 2012

Singapore’s parliament passed a new Energy Conservation Bill on Monday to introduce mandatory energy management practices for large energy users in the industrial and transport sectors.

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China hails first 100 days of world’s largest wind-solar plant
Tue Apr 10 16:00:00 +0800 2012

The national wind-solar demonstration project in China’s Zhangbei county, Zhangjiakou city, Hebei province, marked 100 consecutive days of safe operation last week with cumulative output of power over 100 million KWh.

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India threatens to scuttle climate talks over EU tax
Thu Apr 12 18:19:21 +0800 2012

The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme is "a deal-breaker" for global climate change talks, India's environment minister said, hardening her stance on a scheme that has drawn fierce opposition from non-EU governments, according to media reports today.

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Rising temperatures risk SE Asia’s multi-billion dollar cassava industry
Mon Apr 16 17:24:52 +0800 2012

According to research presented at the Climate Smart Agriculture conference in Bangkok last week, climate change may be causing outbreaks of new, invasive pests that could threaten Southeast Asia's multi-billion dollar cassava industry and the livelihoods of thousands of small farmers.

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Vietnam to establish its own Green Climate Fund
Tue Apr 17 17:07:57 +0800 2012

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to set up a national Green Climate Fund to facilitate future financial flow from the global Green Climate Fund into the country.

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US and Japanese GHG emissions both up in 2010
Tue Apr 17 18:51:10 +0800 2012

The United States and Japan have both reported that their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rose in 2010, reversing the declining trend of the previous years.

In its annual submission to the UN climate organization, the US said that its GHG emissions were up 3.2 percent in 2010 compared with the previous year after two consecutive year-on-year falls. Emissions hit 6.82 billion metric tonnes in 2010, up from 6.61 billion in 2009 but still below the 7.25 billion recorded in 2007 before the onset of the global recession.

Japan's post-Fukushima carbon intensity

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Three Gorges landslides to send 100,000 Chinese packing
Wed Apr 18 13:26:07 +0800 2012

About 100,000 people living in the southern China’s Three Gorges Dam area could be relocated over the next three to five years with massive landslides and bank collapses expected to hit the area, a government official said yesterday.

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Vietnam launches long-term national climate change plan
Thu Mar 08 17:03:26 +0800 2012

The Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) yesterday kicked off its new environmental initiative, dubbed the National Strategy on Climate Change

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Half 2011 targets missed but China confident on 5-year plan
Tue Mar 06 18:16:27 +0800 2012

China revealed yesterday that it had failed to attain half of its energy conservation and emissions control targets in 2011 but the country's top economic planner maintains that it will reach all the goals set out last year for the 12th Five-Year Plan.

Zhang Ping, minister of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), told journalists on the opening day of the Fifth Session of the 11th National People's Congress that targets for energy consumption per unit of GDP, carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP, and nitrogen oxide emissions were not met due to "a couple of complicated reasons".

Still shovelling plenty of coal in China

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Metro Manila celebrates arrival of first electric jeepneys
Tue Mar 06 19:54:29 +0800 2012

Any frequent traveler to smog-choked Manila will cheer the arrival of the first commercial electric jeepney service in the Philippines.

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Beijing City looks to replace coal-fired energy
Tue Mar 06 19:28:03 +0800 2012

Authorities in Beijing have committed to replace all coal-fired equipment in the city's core areas by 2013 in an effort to curb pollution stemming from its dominant energy source, according to Xinhua.

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Asia’s largest incinerator to supply 300 mln KWh to Beijing residents
Wed Mar 07 12:15:04 +0800 2012

When completed in October of this year, Asia’s largest incineration plant will be capable of processing 3,000 tonnes of  trash per day and while providing 300 million kWh of power per year to Beijing’s residents.

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Fukushima plan may pave way for new off-shore wind exports
Wed Mar 07 13:31:46 +0800 2012

Japan's earthquake and tsunami stricken Fukushima prefecture could rise from the rubble to become an export hub for offshore wind technology under plans put forward by a consortium to build the world's first floating wind farm.

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Boeing joins with China’s COMAC in green aviation drive
Wed Mar 07 13:17:18 +0800 2012

Boeing and a smaller rival Chinese aircraft manufacturer, The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), yesterday announced that they have entered an agreement to jointly promote energy saving and emission reduction in the civil aviation industry.

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Industry indecision makes EU action on ship CO2 likely
Tue Mar 06 19:34:05 +0800 2012

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) could soon find itself in the same predicament as its aviation counterpart in trying to fend-off European Union regulation on greenhouse gas emissions.

Aviation is responsible for 40 percent of the value of internationally traded freight but 90 percent of the world’s traded goods are transported by ocean-going vessels - making the trade implications of an EU move far wider.

The EU will get to grips with shipping emissions

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Sparkling Singapore tops list as Asia's worst carbon emitter
Tue Mar 06 18:51:56 +0800 2012

Singapore, which has long prided itself on its pristine cleanliness, had the largest carbon footprint per head in the Asia-Pacific in 2010, conservation group WWF said Monday.

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Though missing half 2011 targets, China confident on 5-year plan
Tue Mar 06 18:16:27 +0800 2012

China revealed yesterday that it had failed to attain half of its energy conservation and emissions control targets in 2011, the country's top economic planner maintains that it will reach all the goals set out last year for the 12th Five-Year Plan.

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Thais allot US$1 bln to forests after King expresses concern
Wed Feb 29 18:44:56 +0800 2012

The Thai government has put forest rehabilitation and preservation on the national agenda by allocating about USD99 million to regenerate land over the next five years, the Bangkok Post reported on Tuesday.

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Koreans to replant Indonesian rainforest for carbon credits
Mon Mar 05 19:17:16 +0800 2012

South Korea has signed an memorandum of understanding with Indonesia whereby it will receive 100 million tonnes of carbon emission credits over the next decade in return for planting trees in a 200,000-hectare plot of land in Sumatra.

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Two of three Chinese cities unable to meet new air standards
Fri Mar 02 19:32:03 +0800 2012

Only two days after China’s State Council announced new air quality standards, the, vice-minister of environmental protection, Wu Xiaoqing, said that two-thirds of China's cities cannot meet the standard and that air pollution control will be "an arduous task for the country."

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Sparkling Singapore tops list as Asia`s worst carbon emitter
Tue Mar 06 18:51:56 +0800 2012

Singapore, which has long prided itself on its pristine cleanliness, had the largest carbon footprint per head in the Asia-Pacific in 2010, conservation group WWF said Monday.

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EU aviation tax at risk as 29 countries ink opposition pact
Thu Feb 23 16:37:46 +0800 2012

The battle lines were firmly drawn in Moscow yesterday when 29 countries signed a joint declaration to oppose the EU’s aviation emissions tax scheme as part of an international conference on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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Eyeing greener fields, PwC shifts China climate specialist to UK
Thu Feb 23 17:23:56 +0800 2012

Allan Zhang, a specialist in China climate change policy and sustainable business has appointed to PwC’s UK Sustainability and Climate Change team.

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Opponents of EU aviation cap'n trade sign Moscow declaration
Thu Feb 23 16:54:35 +0800 2012
A joint declaration was signed in Moscow yesterday by representatives of 23 countries that oppose the European Union's inclusion of civil aviation in its greenhouse gas emissions cap and trade regime, the European Trading Scheme.

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Sino-Singapore Eco-City to get $2.54 bln cash injection
Fri Feb 24 16:50:38 +0800 2012

The Sino-Singaporean Eco-City in north China's port city of Tianjin will get another 16 billion yuan (USD2.54 billion) this year to speed up construction of the massive green city, one of the largest in the world, according to Xinhua.

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South Pacific states to create giant marine reserve
Fri Feb 24 18:14:38 +0800 2012

The 15 states of the South Pacific are to link up their marine reserves this year in an effort to sustainably manage one tenth of the world's oceans and boost maritime conservation globally.

At the World Oceans summit in Singapore this week the Micronesian and Polynesian nations, together with Australia and New Zealand, have been outlining their plan to implementing the network in conjunction with environmentalists to ease the impacts of over-fishing, pollution, acidification and climate change that are threatening their economic and social systems.

Pacific Oceanscape

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China bank regulator unveils plan for more green loans
Mon Feb 27 18:08:48 +0800 2012

Chinese banks have been urged to use green credits as a tool to support the nation to cut carbon emissions while achieving a sustainable growth, according to China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC).

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Sluggish climate change progress leaves HK SMEs adrift
Tue Feb 28 22:04:58 +0800 2012

The establishment of an “environmental super ministry” and the introduction of very aggressive emissions targets, particularly for the building industry, were mooted today as a way of getting Hong Kong’s small business community more engaged in helping combat climate change.

The suggestions came amid growing discontent among environmental experts over the performance the government of one of China’s most modern and wealthiest cities has shown towards environmental stewardship, and as Hong Kong prepares to appoint a new Chief Executive to lead it through the next five years.

Hong Kong skyline at night

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Shanghai ups air pollution war chest while Beijing gasps for relief
Wed Feb 29 17:49:30 +0800 2012

As its fellow countrymen in Beijing gasp for clean air in near record pollution levels, Shanghai says it will spend 10.3 billion yuan (USD1.6 billion) on air pollution reduction over the next three years, a 40-percent increase over the amount spent over the last three years combined.

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Three Chinese provinces to trial methanol-fueled vehicles
Wed Feb 29 17:29:59 +0800 2012

China's industrial authority said Tuesday that it will introduce trials for methanol-fueled cars in three provincial level regions starting this month.

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China begins testing first local aviation biofuel
Wed Feb 29 17:19:40 +0800 2012

China Petrochemical Corp, or Sinopec Group, announced yesterday that it had successfully produced China’s first jet biofuel at its chemical plant in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province

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China takes climate battle to the forests with 26 billion new trees
Thu Dec 15 12:38:03 +0800 2011

Date: 
December 15, 2011

China plans to plant 26 billion trees over the next 10 years, or two trees annually for every Chinese citizen, to greatly boost its environmental credentials, a senior forestry official said Tuesday, the Global Times reports.

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China urges Canada to remember is responsibilities despite Kyoto exit
Thu Dec 15 12:05:59 +0800 2011

Date: 
December 15, 2011

China yesterday voiced its regret over Canada's decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol, and expressed hope that Canada will continue to implement its commitments on emission cuts, acccording to Xinhua.

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Reasons to be cheerful (part 2)
Tue Dec 13 14:43:41 +0800 2011

Summary: 
Despite the predictably poor result of the COP17 negotiations, there's actually actually quite a lot to cheer about as 2011 heads towards it close. In his second installment of cheerful thinking CleanBiz Asia executive editor Fergus O'Rorke cast his eye over developments in United States and the prospects for replacing coal for base-load generation with nuclear power and geothermal.

The COP17 climate talks in Durban have come to an end with 16,000 delegates from 190 countries having struggled for a fortnight with the sheer procedural difficulties of negotiation on that scale. The drama of shifting alliances, with the less developed nations and island states siding with the EU to fire a warning shot across the bows of the BASIC block (or should that now be the BASICUS block) was diverting, but it is no surprise that the new roadmap for international action on climate change doesn't actually provide much guidance to the future.

December 13, 2011
Geothermal resources in the US

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New reports confirm significant reduction in Himalayan glaciers
Thu Dec 08 13:05:59 +0800 2011

Date: 
December 08, 2011

Millions of people are under threat from melting of Himalayan glaciers, according to scientists carrying out the most comprehensive ever assessment of climate change in the region.

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Climate change blamed for massive fish deaths in Philippines
Thu Feb 02 11:37:52 +0800 2012

Local officials are blaming climate change for the deaths of around 49 metric tonnes of fish found dead in Sebu Lake in the south Philippines province of South Cotabato.

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Google tops Greenpeace IT ranking, Apple shunned again
Thu Feb 09 19:38:24 +0800 2012

Greenpeace's has just released its 2012 Cool IT Leaderboard, with Google taking the top spot in the ranking technology firms' environmental efforts, seizing the crown from networking giant Cisco.

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Full environmental costing would cut average earning 41%
Fri Feb 17 13:26:00 +0800 2012

KPMG says sustainability megaforces' impact on business will accelerate

New research from KPMG International has found that that if companies had to pay for the full environmental costs of their production, they would lose 41 cents for every USD in earnings on average.

The finding is contained in a newly released study by the firm, Expect the Unexpected: Building Business Value in a Changing World, which identifies 10 “megaforces” that will significantly affect corporate growth globally over the next two decades.

Environmental footprint growth vs costs 2002-10 (Trucost 2012)

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Carbon emissions driving Pacific Ocean acidity to new high
Mon Feb 13 16:18:38 +0800 2012

The current trend of increasing ocean acidification, which threatens fisheries around the world, is driven mainly by man-made changes and is higher even than that seen at the end of the last ice age, some 11,000 year ago, a study has said.

Much of the carbon released by human activity ends up in the oceans, increasing their acidity and reducing the growth of corals and molluscs, which in turn may affect fisheries and aquaculture.

Ocean acidification process

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EU ready to talk but won't scrap aviation carbon tax
Mon Feb 13 17:22:40 +0800 2012

Europe is willing to discuss its new carbon emissions tax for airlines with disgruntled governments but has no plans to scrap the levy, a top EU official said Monday according to The Associated Press.

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Himachal Pradesh aims to be India's 1st carbon-neutral state
Mon Feb 13 17:09:53 +0800 2012

The Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is undertaking a "carbon-smart” growth strategy in order to become carbon neutral by 2020 according to its chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.

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PM bases India’s stance on climate change on ‘equity’
Fri Feb 17 14:49:40 +0800 2012

The Time of India reported yesterday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told chief climate negotiators of South Africa, Brazil and China that 'equity' and the principle of 'common but differentiated responsibilities' will remain central to India's stance at the UN talks as the world negotiates a post-2020 climate regime.

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Certifiers distance themselves from APP's sustainability claims
Wed Feb 15 11:44:50 +0800 2012

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) claims of independent sustainability certification for its operations aren’t supported by the certification schemes and assessors it has nominated, an investigation by WWF has found.

None of these certifications cover the most controversial operations of APP’s wood suppliers – mass clearing of native forests which are home to critically endangered tigers, elephants and orang-utans and clearing and drainage of peat areas which result in massive greenhouse gas emissions.

Asia Pulp & Paper communication strategy

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Taiwan sees results from CO2 reduction measures
Wed Feb 15 17:33:27 +0800 2012

The Taiwan government claims that some 229 energy projects it has promoted cut carbon emissions in the country by 4.82 million metric tonnes in 2011, according to a report by the Bureau of Energy under the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

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India, China unite on EU airline carbon tax spat
Wed Feb 15 17:19:47 +0800 2012

India and China joined forces on Tuesday in saying they firmly rejected the EU's "unilateral" decision to impose a carbon tax on air travel, the Associated Press reports.

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The good, the bad and the ugly of Asia's environmental rankings
Mon Feb 20 16:00:00 +0800 2012

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI), which recognizes economies in the world and their performance in protecting the environment, has ranked Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines and South Korea as “strong performers” beating out Australia, the United States and even ultra-clean Singapore, all of which could only manage “moderate performance” ratings.

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UN-backed plan to deliver solar to 33 mln poor by 2016
Fri Feb 17 15:19:32 +0800 2012

Up to 33 million people in Africa and Asia living in poverty will have access to low-cost energy by 2016 through a global initiative supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the UN agency announced Thursday.

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Urumqi to spend $712 mln on air pollution
Thu Feb 16 18:11:36 +0800 2012

China's northwestern city of Urumqi, one of the country's worst polluted cities during the winter months plans to invest 4.45 billion yuan (USD712 million) this year to curb air pollution.

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Opponents prepare for Moscow showdown on EU aviation tax
Tue Feb 21 17:21:13 +0800 2012

Twenty-six countries are set to meet this week in Moscow to discuss possible responses to the EU’s plan to place a levy on foreign airlines for the emissions they use on incoming and outgoing flights.

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ADB to help China design its pilot ETS
Thu Jan 26 17:12:21 +0800 2012

Date: 
January 26, 2012

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help China set up a pilot provincial emissions trading system that is expected to pave the way for a national scheme and help cut emissions of the largest green house gas emitter on the planet.

"Emissions trading encourages companies to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy supply, which would ultimately result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions" said Pradeep Perera, senior energy specialist in ADB's East Asia Department. "This pilot will provide valuable lessons for the design of a nationwide system to reduce the carbon intensity of the Chinese economy."

ADB to design China's Emission Trading Scheme

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EU now looking at ways to curb GHG emissions from ships
Wed Jan 25 15:19:55 +0800 2012

Date: 
January 25, 2012

Following on form its controversial move to extend its greenhouse gas emission trading system to cover the aviation industry, the European Union (EU) is now asking for views on how to curb emissions from the shipping sector. The consultation is open for submissions until 12 April.

Last week it published a consultation document which outlines a number of options, including a market-based mechanism that would apply to ships' emissions from the port they left to any EU port, and then on to the next port of call

A smoker at sea

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Seven China regions ordered to cap GHG, prepare for carbon market
Mon Jan 16 15:18:51 +0800 2012

Date: 
January 16, 2012

China on Friday ordered seven provinces and cities to set caps on greenhouse gas emissions in preparation for the launch of local pilot carbon markets, according to a notice issued by the country's state planning agency, Reuters reports.

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Incentive design key to cut Indonesia forest emissions
Sat Jan 14 17:08:55 +0800 2012

Date: 
January 14, 2012

Indonesia has the potential to realize major reductions in national greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation, and simultaneously earn significant new income for national and regional governments, if policies to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) are developed with strong and specific economic incentives, said scientists in a new paper published in the leading scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Deforestation in Indonesia

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Climate change chief puts China carbon tax into question
Fri Jan 13 17:08:34 +0800 2012

Date: 
January 13, 2012

Despite reports to the contrary, China remains undecided whether to tax carbon emissions, as the government weighs how it could impact plans to launch an emissions trading scheme and whether it is feasible given current high domestic tax levels, a senior official said in the US on Wednesday.

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Russia calls for Asian unity on environmental protection laws
Fri Jan 13 16:53:41 +0800 2012

Date: 
January 13, 2012

A session of parliamentarians from several countries of the Asian-Pacific region currently under way in Tokyo will consider Russia’s proposals to create a common system of laws for environment security, including nuclear security, in the region.

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Smog extending winter in south Asia
Mon Jan 09 16:10:49 +0800 2012

Date: 
January 09, 2012

Experts have noticed that smog intensity has increased so badly throughout Bangladesh, India and Nepal that it is extending winter and increasing health problems.

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Carbon tax likely for China polluters within 3 years
Fri Jan 06 12:51:36 +0800 2012

Date: 
January 06, 2012

China looks likely to levy a carbon tax within the next three years to tighten its regulations on polluting industries and put the economy on a greener path according to a China Daily report.

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India makes its own moves on aviation carbon reductions
Fri Feb 03 15:44:17 +0800 2012

Indian airlines and airports have been asked to record their annual carbon emissions in what would be a first step towards creating a national inventory that could be used to reduce the aviation sector's CO2 output, reports the Times of India.

The Directorate

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China bans airlines from paying into EU carbon scheme
Mon Feb 06 19:37:56 +0800 2012

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has told the country’s airlines that they may not pay a charge on carbon emissions imposed by the Europe Union (EU), and not to increase passenger fares or freight rates to allow for the EU charge without government permission.

The CAAC said in a statement that it had been authorized to issue the ban by the State Council, China's Cabinet.

The EU scheme, implemented from 1 January, levies a charge on flights that originate or terminate in any of the EU’s 27 member countries. It is estimated that around 4,000 airlines have been told by the EU to pay for their carbon emissions.

EU aviation emissions

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Report reveals the clean up costs of China’s prosperity
Mon Feb 06 19:29:50 +0800 2012

China is paying an increasing price for pollution brought about by economic development, says a report by the country's environmental protection academy.

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Vietnam increases sweeteners for green business adopters
Tue Feb 07 15:32:46 +0800 2012

Vietnam has adopted investment policies that will encourage businesses to use green technology for generating energy and manufacturing non-toxic products according to the VNEconomyNews.com.

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China’s growth sparks increase in environmental accidents
Tue Feb 07 15:20:11 +0800 2012

China is suffering from an increasing number of environmental accidents, mainly triggered by the rapid growth of the chemical industry in the wake of urbanization, a senior environmental official said.

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Slamming the West, India official seeks heavy fines for own polluters
Mon Feb 20 17:31:20 +0800 2012

Indian environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan is planning to extend a round-the- clock pilot program which monitors effluents of industries in the state of Tamil Nadu throughout the country, according to a report in the Deccan Chronicle.

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Even the military can’t duck China’s emissions cuts
Wed Feb 08 15:55:03 +0800 2012

Date: 
February 08, 2012
The Chinese government's efforts to save energy and reduce harmful emissions have spread from schools, enterprises and government departments and are now being applied to the country’s proliferating military.

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No green trade-off for higher speed trains
Wed Feb 08 16:43:27 +0800 2012

China's railway project builders have been told to reappraise and renew their environmental approvals to account for major design modifications designed to speed up trains, Xinhua reported today.

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Even the military can’t duck China’s emissions aspirations
Wed Feb 08 15:55:03 +0800 2012
The Chinese government's efforts to save energy and reduce harmful emissions have spread from schools, enterprises and government departments and are now being applied to the country’s proliferating military.

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China's farming calendar 'out of step' with climate change
Fri Feb 17 11:33:16 +0800 2012

The traditional Chinese farming calendar, still used by millions of farmers to guide their farming activities, should be adapted to reflect global warming, say scientists.

The 24 'solar terms', a set of timings reflecting the seasonal cycle, were laid down 2,000 years ago as a supplement to the traditional Chinese calendar. They are marked on the calendar under specific dates — two terms per month — and refer to agricultural activities.

The terms, which mark seasonal transitions and indicate the stages crop growth, include 'great cold', 'great heat', 'rain water', 'waking of insects' and 'grain in ear'.

Chinese farmers' calendar

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South Korea now moving ahead with carbon trading plan
Thu Feb 09 16:40:38 +0800 2012

A key committee of South Korea’s National Assembly has voted in favour of much delayed plans to introduce a national carbon emissions trading scheme from 2015. Approval by the Climate Change Committee paves the way for the bill to go before the Legislation and Judiciary Committee before being voted on in a plenary session of the Assembly on 16 February.

Under the planned legislation, a national cap-and-trade scheme similar to that deployed in Europe will be introduced in 2015, covering almost 500 carbon-intensive firms.

South Korean emissions

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EU buyers backing out of Chinese carbon credit commitments
Thu Feb 09 18:15:41 +0800 2012

According to a China Daily report, European companies are playing hardball with their Chinese counterparts over the price paid for Certified Emmission Reductions (CREs) under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

Following last year’s plunge in the price of carbon under the European Trading Scheme (ETS), about half of China’s CERs are being renegotiated or terminated, according to estimates by industry insiders. No official figures are available.

Carbon credits were one of the worst performing commodities in 2011 with prices plunging by about 70 percent.

Falling carbon credit prices raise China-EU problems

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Indonesia hits out at US plan to disqualify palm-based biodiesel
Fri Feb 03 15:54:06 +0800 2012

Indonesia’s state run Antara News Agency reported yesterday that the country is preparing to file an objection to a United States’ plan to impose biodiesel standards which, among other things, disqualifies biodiesel made from palm oil as a renewable fuel.

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Opposition boycotts threaten South Korean polluter pay laws
Tue Dec 20 10:53:27 +0800 2011

Date: 
December 20, 2011

South Korea said conflicts between opposition and ruling party lawmakers are disrupting efforts to make polluters pay for their emissions starting in 2015, according a Bloomberg report yesterday.

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China looks to raise $536 bln for environmental spending
Fri Dec 23 12:59:43 +0800 2011

Date: 
December 23, 2011

China needs about 3.4 trillion yuan (USD536 billion) of investments for environmental protection in the five years through 2015, the State Council said in a blueprint on pollution reduction.

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Philippine bank throws weight behind renewables
Fri Dec 23 13:13:47 +0800 2011

Date: 
December 23, 2011

The Philippine Sun reports that the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) has said it will fund renewable energy projects like solar, wind, hydro and biomass.

Land Bank of the Philippines National Director Under National Director Tommy de Leon told Sun.Star that the LBP, together with other government financing institutions, is mandated under the Renewable Energy Act to fund renewable energy projects. On the other hand projects are yet forthcoming.

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China to sue EU over carbon tax despite “dim” chance of success
Tue Dec 27 15:19:01 +0800 2011

Date: 
December 27, 2011

China's transport association will file a lawsuit against the European Union over an EU law to charge airlines for carbon emissions on flights to and from Europe, despite dim prospects of winning the legal action, Chinese media reported Monday.

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China takes hard line over EU court’s airline emissions decision
Fri Dec 23 14:56:48 +0800 2011

Date: 
December 23, 2011

Beijing has warned that the EU's highest court's decision to permit the controversial carbon tax on international airlines is protectionist and could ignite an international trade war.

In an editorial yesterday, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said the move is nothing short of "green protectionism and will deal a blow to the world aviation industry."

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China plans Asia's largest coal plant, despite clean air pledges
Thu Dec 29 12:39:08 +0800 2011

Date: 
December 29, 2011

China's Shenhua Group will build the largest coal-fired power station in Asia over the next five years, the Xinhua news agency said Tuesday, as the country struggles to meet its energy needs.

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India puts economic growth over any binding emissions pacts
Wed Dec 28 13:21:27 +0800 2011

Date: 
December 28, 2011
India will not sign any legally binding global agreement for emissions reduction, as the country needs to eradicate poverty through economic growth, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said today it was reported in the Times of India.

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New supercomputer model predicts 2012 seasonal climate
Wed Feb 01 16:28:04 +0800 2012

Here is the Asia Pacific 2012 seasonal weather forecast: Japan is set for a warm spring and the south of the country will by dryer than normal this summer, with lower than average rainfall also affecting eastern China. The Indian sub-continent will experience a weaker summer monsoon but meanwhile, in Indonesia and Australia, the winter rains will be heavier than normal.

Will these predictions turn out to be true? Professor Toshio Yamagata, head of the Application Laboratory at Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), is pretty sure they will be

APAC weather map

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New UN climate mitigation report leaves no room to hide
Mon Apr 14 18:32:39 +0800 2014

After six years of intensive work reviewing all available science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its 2014 assessment on measures to mitigate climate change. Among its main findings is that the concentration of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) have grown more quickly during the last decade that in each of the previous three decades.

The study, drawing on work by more than 1,000 experts, said a radical shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy such as wind, solar or nuclear power would shave only about 0.06 of a percentage point a year off world economic growth.

Total annual anthopogenic GHG emissions by groups of gases 1970-2010

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Bangladesh plans lifetime tax waiver for foreign renewables investors
Tue Apr 15 18:41:41 +0800 2014

Desperate for more renewable energy capacity, the government of Bangladesh is planning to give lifetime income tax waiver to foreign companies that invest in the country’s renewables sector.

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SE Asian island nations could benefit from ocean power
Tue Apr 22 11:17:26 +0800 2014

Southeast Asia’s island nations are especially well placed to benefit from technology that exploits a new potential source of energy from sea water: ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), experts have said.

The technology uses sea water from the ocean depths to generate electricity, and various pilot projects are already under way in the developing world.

For example, US aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin – a pioneer in the OTEC field – is working for China’s Reignwood Group to build a 10-MW pilot plant offshore from a new a “green resort community” that the company is developing on the coast of Southern China.

Ocean thermal energy conversion resources map

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Bangladesh lifetime tax waiver for foreign renewables investors
Tue Apr 15 18:41:41 +0800 2014

Desperate for more renewable energy capacity, the government of Bangladesh is planning to give lifetime income tax waiver to foreign companies that invest in the country’s renewables sector.

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Indian solar tops 2.6-GW, a hopeful sign for the future
Fri Apr 11 18:45:17 +0800 2014

Blessed with bountiful sunshine, particularly in the western states of Gujarat and Rajastan, India is slowly getting its solar power act together despite the many bureaucratic and financial impediments in the way of the industry. For the FY2013-14, which ended this March, the country added almost 950-MW of solar power capacity, bring its total 2.6-GW.

Clearly this is not in the same league as Germany’s 36-GW, China’s 21-GW or Japan’s 10-GW of installed capacity. Nonetheless the result should give encouragement to whomever takes the reigns in India after the current general election, to meet and exceed the country’s solar power targets.

Taj Mahal at sunset

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Philippine GHG emission growth likely to accelerate
Mon Apr 14 17:36:48 +0800 2014

The contribution of the Philippines to global warming is only a drop in the bucket of the world’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but that drop may get bigger in the future.

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Sri Lanka’s central bank warns on rising renewable energy costs
Mon Apr 14 17:14:06 +0800 2014

Sri Lanka's central bank has sounded a note of caution over the rising burden of renewable power on consumers as the proportion of non-conventional renewable power (NCRE) increases in the grid.

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Global corporate petition for trillion tonne cap on CO2
Wed Apr 09 12:52:42 +0800 2014

More than 70 companies worldwide – including some multinational giants such as Royal Dutch Shell, Adidas, Unilever – have released a communiqué urging governments to keep carbon emissions since the industrial revolution to a cumulative of 1 trillion tonnes. This is the emissions cap needed to keep warming below two degrees Celsius and avoid catastrophic impacts of climate change, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which for the first time calls for a trillion tonne cap to avoid the most damaging consequences of climate change.

Cimulative CO2 emissions attributatble to top 10 fossil fuel companies

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Japanese policy to support nuclear & coal, fudge renewables target
Thu Apr 10 11:42:42 +0800 2014

The final draft version of the Japanese Government’s energy report reinforces atomic power’s role in the country’s future and falls short of advocating specific goals for renewable energy use.

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Japan’s post-Fukushima energy mix gets Greenpeace thumbs up
Thu Apr 03 18:01:59 +0800 2014

Despite the increase in carbon emissions over the last three years, Greenpeace said yesterday that Japanese efforts to reshape the country’s energy mix after the Fukushima Daicchi nuclear reactor meltdowns should serve as a model for the fight against climate change.

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Renewable energy in 2013 – the good, the bad and the dumb
Tue Apr 08 17:38:59 +0800 2014

According to a new report – and not surprisingly – renewable energy’s share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year. 2013 was, however, the second year in a row that global investment in renewables fell, declining 14 percent to USD214.4 billion from 2012, which itself was 12 percent below the 2011 investment peak of USD279 billion.

Given the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent and very sobering report, that cumulative USD64.6 billion, 23 percent decline in annual investment is worrying.

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014

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POSCO getting into the synthetic gas business
Thu Apr 03 18:13:05 +0800 2014

South Korean steelmaker POSCO has established a new subsidiary for clean energy, which it has picked as a future growth engine.

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Fukushima – not so deadly after all
Thu Apr 03 17:35:44 +0800 2014

Summary: 
Thanks to the swift evacuation a 30-km exclusion zone, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation has just given those affected by Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident a close to clean bill of health, which should come as a relief. CleanBiz.Asia executive editor Fergus O’Rorke believes the UN’s new report also serves as a useful reference in the on-going debate on the role of nuclear energy in combatting climate change.

Here’s a pop quiz. How many people have died as a direct result of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident: A) 15,884, B) 1 or, C) 0?

Until last week the correct answer was C but it can now be argued to be B as a worker at the wrecked nuclear plant died on Friday after being buried under gravel while digging a ditch. Answer A is actually the number of confirmed deaths as a result of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, which sort of puts things in perspective.

Map of Fukushima evacuation zones

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Japan cuts back on solar in favor of more wind
Fri Mar 28 16:10:02 +0800 2014

Japan has moved to address the serious imbalance that has developed in renewable energy investment by cutting the feed-in tariff (FiT) for solar power by 11 percent from 1 April while introducing a new FiT for wind to encourage development of the strategically important offshore wind sector.

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China may create unified market for pollution permits by 2017
Fri Mar 28 15:13:06 +0800 2014

China’s State Council is reviewing plans to establish a nationwide cap-and-trade system for air and water pollution permits within three years after the ministries of environmental protection and finance submitted draft guidelines earlier this week.

The plan has been in the works for some time and first came to light in January when Zhou Shengxian, the Minister of Environmental Protection, said his department is looking to increase the use of market mechanisms to help clean up its environment.

China Pollution permits

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GE to take majority stake in Japan’s largest solar plant
Mon Mar 31 16:55:36 +0800 2014

US-based industrial giant General Electric (GE) will take a majority stake in what will be Japan’s largest solar power plant at 230-MW, more than  double Softbank’s 111-MW farm under construction on the island of Hokkaido.

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Japan lawmakers fail to agree renewables share of energy mix
Mon Mar 31 16:53:10 +0800 2014

Japan’s ruling parties failed on Friday to reach an agreement with the government on the content of an energy policy now being written, insisting that clean energy make up “significantly” more than 20 percent of the nation’s power by 2030.

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Large mass of ‘hot rock’ geothermal potential discovered in NW China
Tue Apr 01 17:21:39 +0800 2014

Geologists have found large masses of hot dry rock (HDR), a form of clean energy, in northwest China's Qinghai Province, local authorities announced yesterday.

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Indonesian geothermal project given $350 mln ADB boost
Tue Apr 01 17:10:51 +0800 2014

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a USD350 million financing package supporting the construction of the 320-MW Sarulla Geothermal Power Development Project in North Sumatra, Indonesia, an investment expected to unlock clean energy investments across the country, which holds 40 percent of the world’s geothermal resources.

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India lands $276 mln climate loan from European bank
Wed Apr 02 16:52:13 +0800 2014

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a long-term loan of EUR200 million (USD276.2 million) to India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd (IIFCL) to help finance projects that will contribute to the mitigation of climate change.

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Japanese nuke operators seek bank bail-outs
Wed Apr 02 16:42:09 +0800 2014

Japan's Kyushu Electric Power Co has become the second nuclear generator to seek state support this week as reactors across the country remain idled and industry losses mount three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Reuters reported.

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No slowdown in China’s polluting industry growth rate
Wed Mar 26 17:08:50 +0800 2014

Despite intense efforts by the government to get a grip on China’s stifling pollution problem, the Ministry of Environment said on Tuesday that the country’s high-polluting industries continued their fast-track growth last year.

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China may create unified market for pollution permit by 2017
Fri Mar 28 15:13:06 +0800 2014

China’s State Council is reviewing plans to establish a nationwide cap-and-trade system for air and water pollution permits within three years after the ministries of environmental protection and finance submitted draft guidelines earlier this week.

The plan has been in the works for some time and first came to light in January when Zhou Shengxian, the Minister of Environmental Protection, said his department is looking to increase the use of market mechanisms to help clean up its environment.

China Pollution permits

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Top 10 actions for Asia to counter climate departure
Wed Mar 26 17:31:17 +0800 2014

Call for 20 percent renewable energy and 20 percent energy efficiency improvement by 2020

Spurred on by “climate departure” impacts on many Asian locations from 2020 onwards, delegates to this month's Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Conference recommended 10 urgent actions to be taken in on energy, consumption and cities.

The APO Conference communique, which has been delivered to the United Nations and its agencies, is a wake-up call to all countries, as among the clearly-articulated calls-for-action, four relate to “Creating an Energy Future Sustainable for All”.

ASEAN climate action now

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China looks to move 20 polluting enterprises out of the capital
Wed Mar 26 17:40:52 +0800 2014

China's central government will relocate 20 state-owned enterprises headquartered in Beijing to other localities, which is expected to result in 500,000 residents leaving the capital, the Shenzhen-based Securities Times reported, citing an unnamed official.

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GE in joint venture for Malaysian palm oil biogas
Tue Mar 25 17:40:41 +0800 2014

General Electric has signed a joint venture with Malaysian biotech firm, Green and Smart, to develop a waste-to-energy biogas plant from palm oil emissions.

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India must shift incentive policies to meet renewable goals
Tue Mar 25 16:57:03 +0800 2014

India’s goals of doubling renewable energy capacity to 55-GW by 2017 will require a big change in government policy to become if it is to become a reality, according to a study by the Climate Policy Initiative and the Bharti Institute of Public Policy at the Indian School of Business.

The study underlines the fact that that: “Long-term, debt-related policies are more cost-effective than the existing policies.” This is a lesson that should be learned not just in India, but across Asia where tax-payers’ billion are being spent on feed-in tariff regimes that are producing sub-optimal results.

Tight-fisted investment in clean energy

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Japan readies to power up first geothermal plant in 15 years
Fri Mar 21 17:55:14 +0800 2014

Japan will switch on its first new geothermal power project in 15 years next month as the country continues to grapple with its post-Fukushima energy woes.

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Philippines to get $1 bln US trade funds for LNG and renewables
Mon Mar 24 18:00:47 +0800 2014

The Philippines' Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Export-Import Bank have signed a memorandum of understanding for USD1 billion worth of financing options to further develop the country's liquefied natural gas and renewable energy sectors.

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India must shift incentive policies to meet renewable energy goals
Tue Mar 25 16:57:03 +0800 2014

India’s goals of doubling renewable energy capacity to 55-GW by 2017 will require a big change in government policy to become if it is to become a reality, according to a study by the Climate Policy Initiative and the Bharti Institute of Public Policy at the Indian School of Business.

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First US, then China, now Japan as A123 changes ownership again
Tue Mar 25 17:46:56 +0800 2014

Japan’s NEC Corp said Monday it had succeeded in a second attempt to acquire a unit of A123 Systems LLC, an American provider of green-energy technologies that was funded by the Obama administration before filing for bankruptcy protection in 2012.

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Japan ups clean energy capacity by over 7-GW under incentive scheme
Fri Mar 21 17:41:29 +0800 2014

Japan has added 7,044-MW of clean energy capacity since it began an incentive program in July 2012 through the end of last year, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a statement yesterday.

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Stranded asset findings starting to be felt by big oil
Fri Mar 21 17:05:17 +0800 2014

Two years ago the Carbon Tracker Initiative released its ground-breaking Unburnable Carbon report, warning investors of the risks they face in backing huge fossil fuel reserves that can’t be burnt without massively exceeding the world’s rapidly shrinking carbon emissions budget.

Now Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest publicly-listed oil company in terms of production and refining capacity, has given into pressure from activist shareholders and, by the end of the month, will publish a Carbon Asset Risk report, which assesses the risk of its oil reserves becoming “stranded” by climate change.

Fossil fuel reserve distribution by stock exchange

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India’s dam building bonanza on shaky ground
Tue Mar 18 16:19:03 +0800 2014

Summary: 
India is in the midst of a massive hydroelectric dam building program, necessary, it says, to fuel the energy needs of its fast growing economy. Kieran Cooke, one of the editors of the Climate News Network, has been in India and reports on the country’s energy plans.

The northeastern India states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, east of Bangladesh and bordering China to the north, is an area described by politicians as India’s “future powerhouse” and is a key focus point of the country’s dam building program.

The ambition of planners in New Delhi is not in doubt. So far plans for more than 160 dams – both big and small – have been announced in the northeast, the majority of them to be built in the remote, mountainous state of Arunachal Pradesh and harnessing the waters of the mighty Brahmaputra river and its tributaries.

Map of planned dams in Arunachal Pradesh

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Asia Pacific to become laboratory for smart city development
Wed Mar 19 17:54:31 +0800 2014

Asia Pacific cities are facing a host of problems including rapid urbanization, stressed city finances, inadequate infrastructure, rising energy costs, congested transportation, climate change, and competition for global investment and skilled labor, all of which place unprecedented demands on city dwellers and officials.

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Japan to offer subsidies for end-user energy storage
Wed Mar 19 17:43:49 +0800 2014

Japan will offer to pay individuals and businesses up to two-thirds of the cost of lithium-ion battery storage systems for renewable energy, PV-Tech reports.

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Malaysia delays announcement of revised FiT quota
Wed Mar 19 18:00:56 +0800 2014

Announcement of the feed-in tariff (FiT) quota for the next round of bidding by Malaysia’s renewable energy project developers, has been deferred to the second quarter of this year. It was due to be released by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (Seda) yesterday,  

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Thoughts from Ningbo on China and the renewables-only lobby
Thu Mar 20 12:13:43 +0800 2014

Summary: 
James Hansen, dubbed the father of climate change science, does the math on China’s growing energy consumption and is not surprised by the results. He says this shows those who claim the worst effects of climate change can be avoided without the help of nuclear power are being as doctrinaire as those who deny man-made greenhouse gas emissions are driving global warming.

Following the recent “Symposium on a New Type of Major Power Relationship” (see Beijing Charts), our Chinese hosts provided a tour of several cities and facilities, including factories producing solar panels and windmills. In Ningbo I wanted to stay in my hotel and write an op-ed on energy and climate, but was told this would be a major faux pas, so instead I stayed up one night writing World’s Greatest Crime Against Humanity and Nature.

The city we visited that day, with population at least comparable to New York City, was bustling in development and construction.

Ningbo from the river

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Panasonic gives 4000 solar lanterns to Indian off-grid communities
Thu Mar 20 15:30:24 +0800 2014

As part of its ongoing plans to provide 100,000 solar lanterns to off-grid communities, Panasonic India has announced that it will provide 4000 solar lanterns to people based in areas with no power access, adding to the 5000 lanterns company gave away last year.

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India slashes 2014 renewables budget after underspend
Thu Mar 20 15:19:57 +0800 2014

India’s Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will have its budget for the coming year slashed dramatically, according to a report in PV Tech.

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Asian Development Bank switches over to 100% renewable energy
Fri Feb 28 16:35:27 +0800 2014

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) headquarters in Manila is now meeting all of its energy needs from renewable sources, following a geothermal power supply agreement with electricity distributor AdventEnergy, a unit of the Aboitiz Power Group which operates two geothermal plants with a combined 467-MW of capacity.

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China to go ahead with two more third-generation reactors
Mon Mar 03 15:07:00 +0800 2014

China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has given initial approval of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for two more AP1000 nuclear reactors to be built at Haiyang Nuclear Power Plant near Yantai on the coast of Shandong Province.

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Wind power output stretches its lead over nuclear in China
Wed Mar 05 17:47:33 +0800 2014

In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind pulled away—outdoing nuclear by 22 percent. The 135 terawatt-hours of Chinese wind-generated electricity in 2013 would be nearly enough to power New York State.

Once China’s Renewable Energy Law established the development framework for renewables in 2005, the stage was set for wind’s exponential growth.

China wind power vs nuclear power prower production - 1995-2013

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Last year China didn’t put its money where its mouth is on pollution
Wed Mar 05 16:56:44 +0800 2014

Despite its on-going political clamor about how the “war” against pollution is a national priority, the Chinese government doesn’t seem to be putting its money where its mouth is.

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Li’s work report vows to cut energy intensity by 3.9% this year
Thu Mar 06 18:40:34 +0800 2014

China aims to cut energy intensity by more than 3.9 percent this year to strengthen energy conservation and emissions reduction, according to a government work report.

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Malaysia moving to rebalance renewable energy incentives
Thu Mar 06 18:35:06 +0800 2014

The Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA) is revising the feed-in tariff (FiT) degression rates and bonus rates it will apply to new renewable energy projects in order to rebalance developer interest toward the biomass and biogas at the expanse of the solar sector.

“For biomass and biogas, the principle is to improve the feed-in-tariff rates to make it more attractive to the RE developers, as the take-up rate has been rather sluggish in the past two years,” SEDA chief executive Badriyah Abdul Malek told The Star.

Malaysia's solar biomass choice

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India to use coal tax to help fund $1 bln solar park
Thu Mar 06 18:29:24 +0800 2014

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has announced yet another plan to boost India’s rapidly growing solar power capacity with the establishment of a 1-GW PV park in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

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Coal: India’s secret weapon in the fight against climate change
Fri Mar 07 18:29:29 +0800 2014

Yes, you read it right although the headline is ironic. However, talk from across India’s energy sector it that there’s not much future to be had with coal.

The country’s coal ministry recently admitted that domestic production has fallen short of target for the sixth year in a row and, as a result, expensive imports will have to fulfil a greater share of market demand. Several power producers are already seeking higher tariffs to cover their losses as coal costs rose unexpectedly in September 2011 due to a change in the law in Indonesia, India's largest source for coal imports.

India Coal Shortage

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Asia’s mega hydropower boom driven by 'fools' and 'liars'
Tue Mar 11 18:02:39 +0800 2014

It is the world’s most prevalent form of renewable energy, dwarfing all other categories put together and accounting for 16 percent of global electricity generation in 2008, yet critics have been saying for years that big hydropower projects come at a steep cost to the environment. Now they have a robust economic cost-benefit analysis of the global hydropower industry to add more muscle to their anti-dam campaigns.

Dam Damage

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Asia Pacific to have its own green building leadership awards
Wed Mar 12 17:25:22 +0800 2014

The World Green Building Council (WGBC) has launched the inaugural Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building.

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Ukraine crisis means more gas for Asia but what to do about it?
Thu Mar 13 18:33:50 +0800 2014

Summary: 
Would you want to depend on Russia for your energy suppies? Europeans certainly don't and it seems very likley the US will help wean them off their Russian gas addiction, speeding the creation of a more unified global market. That's generally good news for Asia but policy makers across the region should be thinking about the long-terms effects cheaper and more plentiful supplies of natural gas could have, says CleanBiz.Asia executive editor Fergus O'Rorke.

Ukraine and the Crimea are a long way from Asia and, quite understandably, most people and countries across the region are rather less concerned than Europeans and Americans over Russia’s actions. We live an interconnected world, however, and although the eventual outcome of the Ukrainian crisis remains uncertain, there’s one sure bet that should have the attention of energy and climate policy makers across Asia.

US natural gas production 1990-2040

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Regulator clears way for Japanese reactors to restart
Fri Mar 14 17:36:33 +0800 2014

Japan's nuclear regulator said Thursday it will prioritize restarting two reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co's Sendai plant pending a final round of checks to ensure they meet new safety standards.

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Japan’s unbuilt solar projects get stay of execution
Mon Feb 24 17:06:27 +0800 2014

Companies responsible for about 3-GW of Japanese solar power projects that have gained approval to receive the feed-in tariff (FiT) but have not yet been built have been handed a temporary reprieve. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has now ruled that developers of the projects will be given until either March or August to get paperwork pertaining to land rights or equipment accreditation in order.

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Nuclear power ‘important’ under Japan’s latest draft energy plan
Tue Feb 25 16:40:43 +0800 2014

Japan today unveiled a draft energy policy which calls nuclear power an “important” energy source for the country, but waters down the strong pro-nuke language in an earlier version of the bill.

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Philippine fish farmers to capitalize on nutrient-rich geothermal water
Wed Feb 26 17:54:49 +0800 2014

Aquaculture farms in the south Philippine island of Mindoro will grow tons of seafood in a nutrient-rich, controlled temperature using water from a geothermal power plant being built by renewable energy producer, Emerging Power Inc (EPI).

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Bhutan looks to Nissan to reach zero emissions motoring
Wed Feb 26 17:51:01 +0800 2014

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has entered into an agreement with Japan’s Nissan Motor to supply electric cars for its taxis and government fleet, hoping to reduce reliance on imported oil.

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India well under 2013 National Solar Mission targets
Wed Feb 26 17:46:36 +0800 2014

Despite world record installations of grid connected solar of 39-GW for the year, led by China with 12-GW and Japan and the US with 4-GW each, India is unlikely to hit even its relatively modest goal of 1.1-GW for the current fiscal year ending March 31, according to an analysis by Bridge-to-India.

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India unveils its first zero-net energy building
Thu Feb 27 16:52:29 +0800 2014

India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, has officially inaugurated the country’s first net zero carbon building. The Indira Paryavaran Bhawan in New Delhi’s central government district is the head office of the Ministry of Environment & Forests and has been designed to accommodate about 1,000 officials.

According to an official statement the new building has a solar-passive design and has been constructed from energy-efficient building material. It is expected to be a trend-setter in the country and inspire people towards adoption of green technology, it said.

Indira Paryavaran Bhawan

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Cost-effective wind and solar possible for all claims IEA
Thu Feb 27 18:00:37 +0800 2014

A landmark study released by the International Energy Agency claims to shows that concerns over national power systems remaining reliable and cost-effective while supporting high shares of variable renewable energy (VRE) are overblown. The IEA acknowledges, however, that making the transition to energy system with a VRE component of 30 percent or more is easier for some countries than others, depending on the flexibility of their power industries.

Wind and solar - the variable elements of renewable energy

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Philippines set to kick start ADB e-trike program
Fri Feb 28 16:45:54 +0800 2014

The Philippines is about to make good on its deal with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to transform 100,000 of its noisy, fume-spewing public tricycles into environmentally friendly e-trikes.

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Four more mega solar projects for India but where’s the money?
Tue Feb 18 17:14:11 +0800 2014

Hot on the heels of the eventually successful round of bidding for 750-MW of projects under phase II, batch I of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), India’s central government has announced plans for four huge new solar developments that could add more than 2-GW in the coming financial year.

“It is proposed to take up four ultra-mega solar power projects, each with a capacity of over 500-MW in 2014-15,” Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said in his interim budget speech yesterday.

Tamil Nadu solar

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Kandi’s EV sharing scheme may expand to major cities
Mon Feb 24 17:12:44 +0800 2014

The Kandi Technologies Group, a Chinese electric carmaker that operates an electric car sharing program in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, says the service is already profitable and it has plans to expand it to other cities.

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World's largest fuel cell park up and running in South Korea
Thu Feb 20 15:52:05 +0800 2014

Gyeonggi Green Energy has completed develop of the world’s largest fuel cell park on a two-hectare site in the Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. The 58.8-MW facility, which took 13 months to build, provides baseload electricity to the national grid as well as heat to the local community.

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China can see 80% energy from renewables by 2050 … if only
Thu Feb 20 16:10:59 +0800 2014

By embracing conservation measures and renewable energy, China can transition to an 80 percent renewable electric power system by mid-century at far less cost than continuing to rely on coal, according to a new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released yesterday.

But to make this happen, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter would need to phase out the use of coal completely by 2040, engineer high carbon prices through emissions trading schemes and impose rigorous standards of energy efficiency.

A green future for China ... if only

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3-GW of unbuilt solar capacity may be scrapped in Japan
Mon Feb 17 17:07:13 +0800 2014

The old maxim “don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched” appears to be fully applicable to Japan’s solar sector. Over the weekend the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (MITI) announced that hearings will start soon on why 780 solar projects from 670 developers approved in Fiscal 2012 have not been completed. Together these amount to about 3-GW of capacity.

Japan Unbuilt solar

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Indonesia coal plant threatens lives, ecosystem: Greenpeace
Tue Feb 18 15:56:31 +0800 2014

Greenpeace Indonesia and local communities in Batang, Central Java, have alleged alarmingly high figures for greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants from a coal-fired power plant being built in the district.

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Developing Vietnam’s renewable energy sector a top priority
Tue Feb 18 16:07:52 +0800 2014

Vietnam considers the development of renewable energy a top priority in its national climate change strategy as the country's energy demands increase, say experts from the country’s National Energy Institute.

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Ageing wind farms are not a bad investment
Fri Feb 21 15:09:34 +0800 2014

There has been some debate about whether wind turbines have a more limited shelf-life than other energy technologies, with some opponents wind power claiming that ageing turbine technology may need replacing en masse after as little as ten years, which would obviously make wind power an unattractive investment.

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Energy efficiency spending in China tops US for first time
Wed Feb 19 16:51:13 +0800 2014

Last year China spent more on energy efficiency than the US for the first time, accounting for almost a third of the world’s total with USD4.3 billion invested, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Global energy efficiency spending rose almost five percent to USD14.9 billion in 2013.

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Indian greens alarmed by flood of pre-election industrial approvals
Thu Feb 20 16:10:06 +0800 2014

India’s environment ministry, which has been under the management of the Veerappa Moily – the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas – since late December, has issued USD40 billion worth of industrial project approvals in the last eight weeks. This has set alarm bells ringing among green campaigners in India who see the spate of approvals as cynical pre-election business bonanza.

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New sheriff in town as China vows showdown with industrial polluters
Wed Feb 12 15:17:10 +0800 2014

Faced with mounting international and, more importantly, public pressure to clean up its heavily polluted environment, China’s leadership is determined to let industrial polluters know that there’s a new sheriff in town.

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China puts a subsidy limit on 2014 solar installations
Thu Feb 13 15:12:46 +0800 2014

To better manage it new solar installations, China says it will not offer any subsidies beyond the 14-GW capacity it has targeted for this year, according to a statement on the National Energy Administration’s website.

Within the limit, the country set quotas for individual provinces based on local resources and the grid’s ability to handle the additional power. Projects exceeding a region’s quota won’t get subsidy.

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Key gateway open to northwest China renewables
Fri Feb 14 14:58:36 +0800 2014

The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) reckons it will deliver about 50 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity this year from the remote regions of Northwest China to the country’s center via its new 2,210-km Southern Hami-Zhengzhou ultra high-voltage power transmission line, which became operational at the end of January.

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New Tokyo gov starts public-private green energy fund
Mon Feb 17 16:55:30 +0800 2014

Newly elected Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe is following through on a campaign promise to create a joint public-private green fund for the development of renewable energy, according to the Japan Times.

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Back from holidays, China talks up environmental plans
Wed Feb 12 15:29:38 +0800 2014

In its biggest move to improve poor air quality since the release of the country’s Airborne Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan five months ago, China will leverage pricing, taxation and investment, a senior environmental official has said.

"For a document (action plan) to be carried through, it must be followed with detailed and conscientious measures," Zhai Quing, vice minister at the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) told a post-Chinese New Year Beijing press briefing yesterday.

Zhai Quing

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Cabinet shakeup to beef up China’s environment ministry
Tue Feb 11 17:12:42 +0800 2014

China’s decades-long struggle to bring pollution under control is likely to take a major turn at next month’s plenary meeting of the National Peoples’ Congress (NPC), the country’s legislature, with an upgrade to the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

Citing “sources with ties to the leadership”, Reuters has reported that the Chinese government is considering a sweeping reorganization of cabinet ministries next month that will dissolve the Ministry of Land and Resources and transfer some powers to the MEP, which is regarded as too weak to punish law-breaking polluters despite its status as a “superministry”.

China Ministry Revamp

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Clean energy makes up 61% of China’s 94-GW new capacity
Tue Feb 11 17:04:11 +0800 2014

China added an additional 94-GW of electricity generating during 2013 to reach 125-GW, up 9.3 percent over 2012, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said in a statement on Monday.

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India seeks World Bank loan to kick off world’s largest solar project
Mon Feb 10 16:43:53 +0800 2014

India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has begun the putting together a formal approach the World Bank for a USD500 million loan to support construction of the first 750-MW of what is expected to become the world’s largest solar project.

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Softbank to become commercial retailer of renewable power
Tue Feb 04 17:30:40 +0800 2014

Japanese telecoms conglomerate Softbank Corp announced on Friday that it is moving into the commercial power retail market in order to sell electricity from its renewable wind and solar subsidiaries.

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Fukushima pledges 100% renewable energy by 2040
Wed Feb 05 17:17:06 +0800 2014

Japan's Fukushima Prefecture has committed to become entirely energy self-sufficient using only renewable energy by 2040, according to a statement by the Hamburg, Germany-based World Future Council.

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Delhi needs policies, not denials, on air pollution
Thu Feb 06 15:16:01 +0800 2014

Having been singled out by a Yale University study as having worse air pollution in its capital than that of China’s, Indian bureaucrats have spent the last week pointing fingers or repudiating the findings and its metrics.

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China wind power consolidation phase over says GWEC
Thu Feb 06 17:17:36 +0800 2014

Global capacity grew “just” 12.5 percent in 2013

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has released its 2013 market statistics, showing the industry in China is back on a strong growth track after two years of falling installations in 2011 and 2012.

The global market for wind power, however, dropped by almost 10-GW to 35,467-MW, primarily due to a precipitous fall in US installations caused by a US Congress-created policy gap. Cumulative global capacity reached a total of 318,137-MW, a 12.5 percent increase over 2012.

Global wind energy growth 1996-2013 (GWEC)

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India looks to transition agiculture to solar-powered irrigation
Fri Feb 07 17:09:11 +0800 2014

India’s central government has a long-term plan to upgrade the country’s 26 million electric groundwater pumps, often powered by diesel generators, for more efficient solar-powered models.

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China PV makers look to solar farms to prop up earnings
Wed Jan 29 14:22:25 +0800 2014

Chinese solar panel makers, hit hard by trade disputes and supply gluts that led to massive losses and even bankruptcies, are looking to invest in solar power farms to boost earnings.

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Protests stall ambitious Thai rooftop solar scheme
Thu Jan 23 17:00:17 +0800 2014

Thailand’s ongoing political battles have hit the country’s ambitious rooftop solar scheme as installers wait in limbo for the now dissolved government to issue the permits they need to sell energy to the grid.

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Not waving, just recharging - nanotech to combat low batt syndrome
Fri Jan 24 16:55:27 +0800 2014

A pair University of Texas at Arlington researchers have come up with an innovative solution to mobile phone batteries constantly in need of recharging and home energy generation where large wind turbines are not possible.

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Not waving, just recharging - nanotech to combat low batt
Fri Jan 24 16:55:27 +0800 2014

A pair University of Texas at Arlington researchers have come up with an innovative solution to mobile phone batteries constantly in need of recharging and home energy generation where large wind turbines are not possible.

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China’s 12-GW solar market beyond all expectations in 2013
Fri Jan 24 16:32:40 +0800 2014

China’s solar power developers installed a record 12-GW of photovoltaic (PV) projects in 2013, and a booming market at the very end of the year may even have pushed installations up to 14-GW according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

No country has ever added more than 8-GW of solar power in a single year prior to 2013, and China’s record outstripped even the most optimistic forecasts of 12 months ago.

China Solar Boom

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Are Chinese drivers really ready for electric cars?
Mon Jan 27 20:29:53 +0800 2014

Summary: 
Despite bold proclamations of a future of electric vehicles by the millions and the enticement of generous incentives, new energy vehicles have simply not taken off in China. This is partly because new car owners want the real thing, but also that the made-in-China models are just not up to scratch. That may all be about to change when Elon Musk brings his popular, fully-featured Tesla range to the mainland at deals hard to ignore.

Thanks largely to its rather uncompromising top-down system of governance, China is more capable than most in delivering on ambitious development goals in a relatively short space of time. The massive growth of its renewable energy sector to become the world’s biggest (although not per capita), is a case in point.

By the same token, however, when the central planners get things wrong they can be spectacularly wrong.

Tesla China

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No letup seen in China’s drive to install massive solar capacity
Mon Jan 27 20:02:08 +0800 2014

After record-breaking installations of solar capacity in 2103, it appears China has no plan to lighten up on its clean energy targets and may even surpass the 12-GW it brought online last year.

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Airbus in pact with Malaysian groups to develop clean jet fuel
Tue Jan 28 17:31:38 +0800 2014

Airbus has announced a pact with Malaysian partners aimed at identifying suitable local feedstocks that may be used to produce cleaner jet fuel for its aircraft.

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Climate change mitigation may cost 4% of global GDP: UN report
Fri Jan 17 16:49:31 +0800 2014

Bloomberg has obtained an as yet unpublished United Nations report that states the cost of holding global temperatures to 2-degrees Celsius in order to avoid drastic changes in the planet’s climate may cost as much as four percent of economic output by the year 2030.

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India Solar Mission Phase II opening auction well oversubscribed
Tue Jan 21 18:11:14 +0800 2014

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the not-for-profit executing arm of India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), has reported heavy bidding for the first batch of allocation in phase II of the program.

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Japan adds 55% more solar capacity in just seven months
Thu Jan 23 16:25:42 +0800 2014

A new report released by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) reveals that the country installed 3,993-MW of new solar capacity from April 1st to October 31st 2013.

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Apac top in clean energy but global investment down again
Thu Jan 16 17:58:17 +0800 2014

Worldwide investment in renewable energy and energy-smart technologies dropped for the second year in a row last year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Revealing its preliminary full-year numbers, BNEF says the 2013 total of USD254 billion was down 12 percent from the USD288.9 billion in 2012, which itself was 9 percent lower than the record USD317.9 billion invested globally in 2011.

Global clean energy investment 2004-13 (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

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Mekong River countries fail to reach accord over new Lao dam
Tue Jan 21 17:16:43 +0800 2014

Member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) were unable to reach an agreement last week during a special session to decide whether the Don Sahong Dam should undergo regional decision-making, leaving future regional co-operation on the river in limbo.

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India planning offshore wind energy agency
Fri Jan 10 17:52:27 +0800 2014

India is planning to establish an agency to oversee the development of offshore wind farms. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, quoting minister Farooq Abdullah, cabinet approval is being sought soon to set up the agency.

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South Korea set to leave the nuclear power fast lane
Tue Jan 14 16:59:16 +0800 2014

South Korea’s energy ministry today announced changes to the country’s energy policy that cut the role of nuclear power in the country’s future energy mix. The plan is to reduce the country's reliance on nuclear power to 29 percent of total power supply by 2035, down from an originally planned 41 percent by 2030.

Greenpeace protests about South Korea's nuclear plans

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So long and thanks for your graft Mr Sjøtveit
Wed Jan 08 16:35:59 +0800 2014

It has been reported by Swiss-German rainforest NGO Bruno Masner Fund – citing “well-informed sources” – that Torstein Dale Sjøtveit, the controversial CEO of Sarawak Energy, will not have his contract renewed.

The Norwegian was employed in December 2009 on a three-year contract which was prolonged in 2012 for another two years and will expire in November 2014. The generous contract earned 59-year old Sjøtveit an annual USD1.2 million plus a number of benefits and made him one of the best-paid managers of Malaysia.

Torstein Dale Sjøtveit, Sarawak Energy

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Renewable energy village growing on Fukushima wasteland
Wed Jan 08 16:30:34 +0800 2014

A Renewable Energy Village has taken root in farmland contaminated by radiation fallout from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. The project's vision of combining solar panels with growing crops aims to inspire Japanese farmers to reclaim their abandoned livelihoods.

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China shows no sign of deserting struggling solar sector
Tue Jan 07 17:18:51 +0800 2014

China’s government is stepping in to further prop up its beleaguered solar sector, including the introduction of new guidelines that could weed out smaller domestic players.

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Despite pollution woes, no letup in China’s coal growth
Wed Jan 08 16:38:39 +0800 2014

China approved the construction of more than 100 million tonnes of new coal production capacity in 2013 - six times more than a year earlier and equal to 10 percent of US annual usage - flying in the face of plans to tackle choking air pollution.

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Slowing China coal use won’t really dent strong Asian demand
Tue Dec 17 15:25:01 +0800 2013

Tougher Chinese policies aimed at reducing dependency on coal are starting to have an effect but elsewhere in Asia demand remains buoyant, according to the latest Medium-Term Coal Market Report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Asia Coal Demand

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Billions of coal investments at risk as China improves
Thu Dec 19 17:27:11 +0800 2013

China’s moves to clean up emissions in the manufacturing industry is putting billions of dollars in investment in the Australian coal industry at risk, according to new report from the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford.

The study, commissioned by HSBC’s Climate Change Centre of Excellence, found that coal projects could be “stranded” by a range of Chinese measures, including environmental regulation, carbon pricing, investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

 Aussie Coal demand

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Half of 2014 world solar demand to come from AsiaPac
Fri Dec 20 16:26:37 +0800 2013

Solar photovoltaic (PV) demand in 2014 will be dominated by the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, which will account for approximately 50 percent of all new solar PV demand next year.

According to findings from the latest NPD Solarbuzz Asia Pacific PV Markets Quarterly report, almost 95 percent of new solar PV capacity in the APAC region in 2014 will come from just five countries: China, Japan, India, Australia, and Thailand.

Solar PV Demand from the APAC Region Between 2010 and 2014 - SolarBuzz

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Japanese solar pioneer says Fukushima is opportunity in disguise
Fri Dec 20 16:03:39 +0800 2013

The Fukushima disaster and the idling of Japan’s nuclear reactors for safety checks have opened the door for renewable energy, particularly solar, to compete with conventional power if improvements are made, says an industry expert.

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CNOOC to dump clean energy subsidiary
Mon Jan 06 15:38:09 +0800 2014

In a move that parallel western oil majors such as BP, China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) is planning to sell off its renewable energy subsidiary, CNOOC New Energy Investment Co, citing lackluster demand and high production costs.

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Two years later no sign of progress on Mekong dam study
Fri Dec 13 15:31:09 +0800 2013

On Saturday, Japan will host the Fifth Mekong-Japan Summit between the leaders of Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar in Tokyo, marking two years since the Mekong governments first agreed to work together to carry out a study on the impacts of dams on the Lower Mekong River’s mainstream, commonly known as the MRC Council Study.

Mekong River Council Study

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Post Yolanda, Greenpeace presses Philippines on renewables
Fri Dec 13 15:14:42 +0800 2013

With the death from last month’s devastating typhoon Yolanda topping 6,000 with another 1,800 still missing and millions displaced, Greenpeace has called on the country to step up its renewable energy efforts, blaming the intensity of the storm squarely on climate change and the burning of fossil fuels.

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Japan automakers trial EVs as building power source
Mon Dec 16 16:37:37 +0800 2013

Nissan is the latest Japanese automaker to explore electric "vehicle-to-building" system which pulls electricity from plugged-in vehicles during peak-use hours, when power is most expensive, and then sends it back to recharge the cars when grid prices fall.

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Slowing China coal growth won’t really dent strong Asian demand
Tue Dec 17 15:25:01 +0800 2013

Tougher Chinese policies aimed at reducing dependency on coal are starting to have an effect but elsewhere in Asia demand remains buoyant, according to the latest Medium-Term Coal Market Report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Asia Coal Demand

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Delhi airport starts up large-scale solar plant
Tue Dec 17 15:08:05 +0800 2013

Delhi International Airport has become the first in Asia to host a solar power plant with more than a megawatt of generating capacity with a 2.14-MW array of ground-mounted solar panels becoming operational.

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Solution to China air pollution is more dirty coal at power plants
Wed Dec 18 11:55:04 +0800 2013

A new joint study by the China Electricity Council (CEC) and New York NGO the Environmental Defense Fund recommends that to reduce pollution, China’s large power plants burn high polluting dirty coal and keep it out of the hands of smaller coal-burning operations which lack emissions control systems.

Burnig dirty coal

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The feasibility of developing renewable energy in Hong Kong
Mon Dec 09 16:27:32 +0800 2013

Summary: 
On paper the Hong Kong SAR Government’s energy strategy is that three to four percent of the city’s electricity should be generated from renewable sources by 2020. In reality, however, very little has been done to realize this gloal since it was unveiled in 2010. Civic Exhange’s Olivia Chen has been looking into the constraints of developing renewable energy capacity in the SAR.

Charismatic Swedish statistician and “edutainer” Hans Rosling recently gave a speech where he tackled common misperceptions about global issues. He emphasized that most people overestimate the amount of effort that has been channeled into developing renewable energy and concluded: “Let’s not make a joke of solar and wind – those are the real potentials for the future, no doubt … it’s very strange that people think they are so big already, when they are really small. We haven’t even started to tap the enormous potential of solar and wind energy.”

Projection of CLP's proposed Hong Kong offshore wind farm

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Take up solar or pay the price China tells power companies
Wed Dec 11 15:37:20 +0800 2013

Concerned about missing its target of connecting 5-GW of solar to its grid this year by up to 2-GW, the Chinese government has advised power companies to take up all excess solar energy in their respective coverage areas or be penalized.

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Philippine DOJ backs adoption of green building code
Mon Dec 02 17:33:45 +0800 2013

The Philippines Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) addition of green-building regulations in the National Building Code of the Philippines (NBCP).

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Environmentalists sue PetroChina over NE China toxic waste
Mon Dec 02 17:26:47 +0800 2013

A Chinese environmental group is suing PetroChina, the nation's largest oil and gas producer, for what it claims is severe pollution in northeastern Jilin Province.

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Japan building more batteries to store excess solar power
Tue Dec 03 17:17:35 +0800 2013

Okinawa Electric Power says it will build a large battery storage system to manage the growing excess capacity being produced by solar energy plants on the southern Japanese island.

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Solar to stand its own against gas by 2025
Thu Dec 05 15:53:08 +0800 2013

Despite predictions of an energy future dominated by cheap natural gas, unsubsidized utility-scale solar electricity will become cost-competitive with gas by 2025, according to Lux Research.

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China picks up its clean energy pace while coal drops
Thu Dec 05 15:44:44 +0800 2013

Battling some of the worst pollution it has ever faced and increasing discord from the public and its neighbors, China has so far this year substantially stepped up the pace of adding clean energy capacity.

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Chinese hydro-solar plant built to operate under all conditions
Fri Dec 06 17:10:38 +0800 2013

China this week began trials for a photovoltaic power plant which integrates solar- and hydro-power generation, thus allowing it to operate under different light and weather conditions.

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Japan’s nuclear watchdog demoted but not discharged
Wed Dec 11 15:43:24 +0800 2013

The Japanese government has ruled that it will allow the Japan Atomic Energy Commission will not be mothballed along with the country’s fleet of nuclear reactors, but will take on a diminished role dealing with the management of nuclear matters rather than promotion of the controversial energy source.

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Chinese nuclear sector buoyant as 3rd generation era dawns
Wed Nov 27 17:04:34 +0800 2013

Over the weekend, the 922-tonne dome for unit 1 of the Sanmen nuclear power plant in China's eastern Zhejiang province was raised into position atop the AP1000 reactor building. Sanmen's Unit 1 is the world's first nuclear power unit to employ Westinghouse's third-generation technology, which features passive safety systems.

Sanmen Nuclear Reactor

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UN report highlights challenges to China’s green ambitions
Thu Nov 28 14:13:58 +0800 2013

China is facing significant environmental and social challenges that must be addressed if it is to achieve its sustainable development goals, according to a joint report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Chinese government.

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EU confirms duties on Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel imports
Thu Nov 28 14:11:07 +0800 2013

EU member states have signed off on imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, in a move that Buenos Aires officials have warned could lead to another WTO challenge on biodiesel trade.

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Operators seek to halve costs for Fukushima floating wind
Fri Nov 29 11:56:59 +0800 2013

After successfully floating a 2-MW wind turbine 20 kilometers off the tsunami stricken coast of Fukushima, the operators of the project aim to put another 7-MW on the site at half the per kilowatt cost.

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Operators seek to halve costs for Fukushima floating wind farm
Fri Nov 29 11:56:59 +0800 2013

After successfully floating a 2-MW wind turbine 20 kilometers off the tsunami stricken coast of Fukushima, the operators of the project aim to put another 7-MW on the site at half the per kilowatt cost.

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Tata Cleantech to back Indian renewable energy services firms
Wed Dec 04 17:11:03 +0800 2013

Tata Cleantech Capital, a joint venture between Tata Capital Limited and International Finance Corporation (IFC), says it is looking at investing up to 25 billion rupees (USD401 million) into India’s renewable energy sector to take advantage of the country’s move away from fossil fuels.

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Japan floats plan to turn moon into solar plant
Mon Dec 02 17:51:20 +0800 2013

A Japanese construction company is proposing to solve the energy problems facing Japan, and ultimately the entire planet, by turning the moon into a solar power plant.

A team of Japanese engineers from Tokyo-based Shimizu plans on building the 'Luna Ring', which will run around the 6,800 mile lunar equator and be 248 miles in width, by remote-controlled robots, the Independent reported.

Japan's Space Solar

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China to drive green cars in 28 cities
Wed Nov 27 16:52:21 +0800 2013

China is driving demand for green cars with 28 cities and city clusters promoting the use of new energy vehicles, in an effort to help reduce air pollution. Many cities have been encouraging drivers to buy new energy cars, and now the government is stepping in to help by providing new subsidies for users and manufacturers from 2013 to 2015.

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HK Electric powers new energy efficiency fund
Tue Nov 26 16:13:55 +0800 2013

HK Electric will provide subsidies on a matching basis to owners of old residential blocks to carry out energy improvement projects in public areas of their buildings with the setting up of an energy efficiency fund.

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EU and Tianjin to collaborate low-carbon urbanization
Fri Nov 22 16:13:24 +0800 2013

Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change, Climate-KIC, and the fourth largest city of China, Tianjin, have agreed to collaborate on the JiefangNan Rd New Meijiang pilot, a low-carbon city project.

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Tepco, Mitsubishi plan clean coal plants at Fukushima
Mon Nov 25 16:06:40 +0800 2013

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) and three Mitsubishi group firms plan to build a new type of energy-efficient coal-fired power plants in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture.

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Beijing and Shanghai carbon exchanges to start this week
Tue Nov 26 16:22:15 +0800 2013

Pilot carbon trading schemes are to be launched in Beijing and Shanghai this week – following on from the launch of the Shenzhen’s market in June – bringing up another milestone in China’s efforts to bring its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under control.

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Fast-start climate funding just 20% of fossil fuel subsidies
Thu Nov 21 16:43:53 +0800 2013

While developed countries continue to debate how to honor their commitment to provide the Green Climate Fund with USD100 billion each year by 2020 to help developing countries reduce emissions and adapt to climate impacts, these same countries are providing five times more public support for fossil fuel production and consumption than they have so far pledged in climate finance according to a report released in Warsaw yesterday by Oil Change International (OCI).

Climate Funding vs Fossil Fuel subsidies

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Fast-start climate funding pledges just 20% of fossil fuel subsidies
Thu Nov 21 16:43:53 +0800 2013

While developed countries continue to debate how to honor their commitment to provide the Green Climate Fund with USD100 billion each year by 2020 to help developing countries reduce emissions and adapt to climate impacts, these same countries are providing five times more public support for fossil fuel production and consumption than they have so far pledged in climate finance according to a report released in Warsaw yesterday by Oil Change International (OCI).

Climate Funding vs Fossil Fuel subsidies

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Chinese city eyes industrial waste heat recycling to counter smog
Thu Nov 21 16:12:32 +0800 2013

The coming winter months usually means a sharp increase in air pollution in Northern China’s already smog-choked cities as communities fire-up their coal-powered heating systems.

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Philippine typhoon disaster puts focus on climate debt
Thu Nov 14 17:46:57 +0800 2013

While the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda) looms large at the UN’s COP19 conference in Warsaw this week, activists in the Philippines are demanding compensation from economically developed countries for the damages experienced in the developing world due to climate change-related disasters.

Climate change rally in Manila

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CO2 emissions may peak about 2020 but more ambition crucial
Tue Nov 19 16:47:07 +0800 2013

Amid the predictable doom, gloom and squabbling at the UN’s COP19 climate summit in Warsaw, there is at least one voice of optimism trying to make itself heard. Climate Action Network Europe and Germanwatch, a think-tank on North-South equity, believes that after the current phase of rapid growth it is possible that the world’s greenhouse gas emissions will plateau around 2020.

Country CO2 Performance Index

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Japan slashes C02 goal, receives disingenuous response
Fri Nov 15 16:07:21 +0800 2013

Bowing to the inevitable, Japan has announced a much reduced carbon emissions target for 2020. The decision to aim for a 3.8 percent cut in emission below 2005 levels was announced in Tokyo Friday morning by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

Japan Fukushima

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China to get ambitious with eco-targets
Mon Nov 18 15:47:22 +0800 2013

China is on track to achieve its 2020 energy efficiency target ahead of schedule and will make even more ambitious proposals to realize low-carbon development for the years after 2020, senior climate advisers said.

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Tropical palm oil worse than contentious IPCC report claims
Mon Nov 18 16:03:46 +0800 2013

A controversial report is under-estimating the amount of greenhouse gas emitted by palm oil grown on tropical peatlands by nearly 50 percent, according to NGOs.

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Malaysia banks on biomass for greener future
Tue Nov 19 15:50:31 +0800 2013

Malaysia is to increase its production of oil palm biomass to 100 million tonnes from the 83 million tonnes recorded last year by 2020.

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Realities set in as Japan’s solar hopes turn to disappointment
Tue Nov 19 16:59:12 +0800 2013

What was a vision of a solar-powered utopia barely more than a year ago is turning into a nightmare in Japan as developers experience increasing difficulties delivering the gigawatts of power they had hoped in the wake of the Fukushima-prompted nuclear shutdown.

Not only are investors, who climbed aboard the renewables bandwagon with visions of huge ROIs from generous feed-in-tariffs offered by the Japanese government to fuel its alternative energy drive, learning it is not as easy as they had expected, but the country’s utilities are looking at close to USD3.5 billion in additional annual costs for coal and gas imports.

Japanese Solar disppointment

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CO2 emissions could peak around 2020 but more ambition crucial
Tue Nov 19 16:47:07 +0800 2013

Amid the predictable doom, gloom and squabbling at the UN’s COP19 climate summit in Warsaw, there is at least one voice of optimism trying to make itself heard. Climate Action Network Europe and Germanwatch, a think-tank on North-South equity, believes that after the current phase of rapid growth it is possible that the world’s greenhouse gas emissions will plateau around 2020.

Country CO2 Performance Index

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CO2 emissions up 20% by ‘35 despite spread of carbon pricing says IEA
Wed Nov 13 14:45:43 +0800 2013

The share of global emissions subject to carbon pricing policies will rise to around 33 percent in 2035 from about 8 percent last year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its 2013 World Energy Outlook released yesterday.

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CO2 emissions up 20% by ‘35 despite spread of pricing says IEA
Wed Nov 13 14:45:43 +0800 2013

The share of global emissions subject to carbon pricing policies will rise to around 33 percent in 2035 from about 8 percent last year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its 2013 World Energy Outlook released yesterday.

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KFC Malaysia drives eco-friendly deliveries with electric scooters
Thu Nov 14 16:59:07 +0800 2013

The chicken will be able to cross the road even quicker in Malaysia now that KFC is using eco-friendly electric scooters.

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Japan to launch electricity sector reform
Thu Nov 14 16:42:07 +0800 2013

Japan is starting its most ambitious reform of its electricity sector since 1951, which could result in the break-up of the country’s powerful regional monopolies.

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Obsession with GDP bedevils China air pollution plans
Tue Nov 12 17:21:10 +0800 2013

China’s central government and provincial governments have been pushing out new air pollution control plans this year as deadly smog plagues the country’s northern cities. Without a more thorough reform of economic policy, however, the chances are these plans will fail, according to the head of the country’s climate change think-tank.

China's GDP pollution balance

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Low-velocity ocean current power system ideal for Taiwan
Wed Nov 13 13:44:54 +0800 2013

An innovative ‘underwater kite’ marine power plant has started producing electricity in the waters off Northern Ireland. Deep Green, developed by marine energy technology company Minesto, is the only known power plant that works cost-effectively in low-velocity tidal and ocean currents.

“This is a break-through for the entire renewable energy industry, ocean currents are the hidden treasure of renewable energy source,” said Minesto’s CEO Anders Jansson.

The Deep Green low-velocity ocean current power concept

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Singapore starts testing tidal power generation
Mon Nov 11 18:01:15 +0800 2013

A research group with Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has started testing country's first tidal power turbine system to examine the feasibility of tapping tidal energy to generate electricity for the city state.

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Greater ambition needed to keep temperature rise below 2°C
Wed Nov 06 17:47:47 +0800 2013

Should the global community not immediately embark on wide-ranging actions to narrow the greenhouse gas emissions gap, the chance of remaining on the least-cost path to keeping global temperature rise below 2°C this century will swiftly diminish and open the door to a host of challenges, according to a new UN report.

The Emissions Gap Report 2013 — involving 44 scientific groups in 17 countries and co-ordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) — released ahead of the Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP19) in Warsaw next week.

UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2013

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Beijing slashes new car quotas while propping up EVs
Wed Nov 06 17:13:00 +0800 2013

Beijing has announced that it will reduce new car sales by almost 40 percent next year, as it continues to battle choking smog to which vehicle emissions make a significant contribution.

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China on target with carbon intensity goals
Wed Nov 06 17:09:00 +0800 2013

The Chinese Government has published its latest annual report on efforts to address climate change in 2012. The report, entitled China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change, was released ahead of the UN’s COP19 climate change conference which kicks off in Warsaw next week.

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Toyota provides sneak peek at futuristic fuel cell car
Wed Nov 06 17:05:34 +0800 2013

Toyota this week released photos its FCV Concept hydrogen fuel cell vehicle which it hopes will take a lead in the promising fuel cell auto market as the Japanese car manufacturer succeeded in doing with the Prius in the hybrid sector.

Toyota Fule cell car

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Nissan to launch electric sports car
Fri Nov 08 17:30:55 +0800 2013

Japanese carmaker Nissan will unveil a sporty concept electric vehicle at the Tokyo Motor Show as the country’s number-two automaker presses on with its bid to tap the burgeoning green-car market.

Nissan E sportscar

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Wind farm off Fukushima starts to spin up
Mon Nov 11 17:56:30 +0800 2013

Japan has switched on the first turbine at a wind farm 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima, feeding electricity to the grid tethered to the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant onshore.

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Philippines to spark regional e-trike drive
Tue Nov 05 16:43:16 +0800 2013

With over 350 million tricycles on its roads, the Philippines is stepping up its efforts to introduce e-trikes in a bid to curb oil imports and pollution.

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Singapore firm unveils X-Fruit as biofuel super feedstock
Tue Nov 05 17:04:31 +0800 2013

A Singaporean company has unveiled a new hybrid plant, dubbed X-Fruit, which it claims could make a major contribution to meeting world demand for low-carbon transport fuel.

International Green Innovation (IGI), established by the CEO of a Malaysian iron ore mining concern, revealed that X-Fruit has been developed in Malaysia over a 10-year period from local and exotic plant sources.

X-Fruit biofuel

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India getting into gear with waste-to-energy initiative
Thu Oct 31 16:02:45 +0800 2013

India is all set to convert its trash to treasure as it gears up, albeit a bit slowly, to strengthen its waste-to-energy sector and boost recycling and reuse, with one expert estimating the annual earnings from biofuel alone at INR50,000 crore (USD11 billion).

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World Bank calls for urgent action to unlock clean energy financing
Fri Nov 01 17:19:35 +0800 2013

A low-carbon growth path is in the best interest of each country in East Asia, and governments should take action now to create an enabling environment to attract clean energy investments, coupled with public financing mechanisms to provide incentives to investors and unlock commercial financing, says a new World Bank report titled Unlocking Commercial Financing for Clean Energy in East Asia.

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PwC report finds world on track to blow carbon budget by 2034
Mon Nov 04 17:26:14 +0800 2013

According to a new report by PwC, the world is on track to blow the 2°C carbon budget, estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the next 89 years, within 21 years.

This puts the world on a path consistent with potential global warming of around 4°C by 2100, the most extreme scenario presented in the recent IPCC 5th Assessment Report on climate science.

PwC Carbon Report

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Japan may raise offshore wind tariffs to attract investors
Mon Nov 04 17:14:12 +0800 2013

Seeking more investment into its nascent offshore wind industry, Japan has announced that it plans tariffs that are higher than market norms, according to Bloomberg.

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More smog as gas shortage dents China’s coal reduction plan
Wed Oct 30 14:29:51 +0800 2013

China’s much touted plan to reduce its reliance on coal is already running into problems as the country experiences a severe shortage of gas, which it hopes to replace coal with, and raising the possibility of even more choking smog in the months to come.

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Japan set to drastically reduce emissions reduction target
Wed Oct 30 14:24:51 +0800 2013

Japan could set a new 2020 emissions reductions target of 3.8% on 2005 levels, the Nikkei newspaper reports.

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Chinese scientists claim 'smart window' breakthrough
Wed Oct 30 14:04:21 +0800 2013

Researchers at Shanghai University say they have invented the first "smart window" that can save energy and generate electricity.

Up until now, smart windows and solar cells could not be combined into one device. But scientists have made a breakthrough thanks to a new vanadium dioxide film, according to a report in the China Daily.

Chinese smart windows

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India’s Essar eyes waste water and desalination plants
Thu Oct 31 15:56:32 +0800 2013

India’s Essar Group, plans to increase its India water revenue more than fourfold by 2017 to meet the rising demand for water-treatment and supply projects.

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Vietnam wields the axe on hydropower plan
Mon Oct 28 17:57:58 +0800 2013

The Vietnamese Government says it has approved the removal of six potentially large and 418 small hydro-power projects from the national plan.

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South Korea under pressure to rethink nuclear power policy
Tue Oct 29 17:12:41 +0800 2013

What started with a few bogus safety certificates for cables shutting a handful of South Korean nuclear reactors has snowballed, with 100 people indicted and Seoul under pressure to rethink its reliance on nuclear power.

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Increasing use of natural gas can save China $820 bln
Wed Oct 23 16:10:41 +0800 2013

China will lead global gas demand and its increased usage of natural gas will save the nation around CNY5 trillion (USD820 billion) in its environmental costs by 2025, according to US firm General Electric Corp (GE).

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China to focus on coal and vehicles to battle smog
Fri Oct 25 14:11:49 +0800 2013

China’s smoggiest regions, including the capital Beijing, will focus on reduction of coal consumption and impose controls on vehicles as the country steps up its efforts to tackle pollution.

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ADB invests to drive energy efficiency in Southeast Asia
Fri Oct 25 14:03:43 +0800 2013

Hospitals, hotels, shopping malls, and many other businesses in Southeast Asian countries are expected to adopt cost-effective, energy-saving solutions once positive results are demonstrated through pioneering energy efficiency projects funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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India and US remain defiant on new aviation emissions plan
Wed Oct 23 16:15:03 +0800 2013

India has voiced firm opposition to EU plans to impose a scaled-back carbon charge on flights over European airspace while a senior US lawmaker said the EU proposal runs afoul of a law intended to shield US airlines from such charges.

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Japanese launch first combined cycle fuel cell for condos
Tue Oct 22 16:00:02 +0800 2013

Tokyo Gas and Panasonic Corporation are joining forces to offer what they claim is the world’s first home fuel cell for condominiums.

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India considers mandatory hydro purchasing by utilities
Wed Oct 09 15:36:52 +0800 2013

The government of India may force the country’s power utilities to buy a fixed amount of hydro power to reduce the amount of coal they burn, improve the country’s energy security and, most of all, prop up its struggling hydro industry.

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India and Germany to build green energy corridors
Fri Oct 11 15:32:26 +0800 2013

India and Germany are planning to invest USD6.9 billion into building the green energy corridors – a series of wind and solar farms in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu which aim to add 30-GW of capacity to the national grid by 2020.

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GE wind investment blows Greenko plans back on course
Fri Oct 11 15:31:25 +0800 2013

Indian clean energy producer Greenko announced a USD50 million investment by a unit of GE will put it on track to achieve 1-GW of operational wind capacity by 2017.

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India and Australia collaborating on clean fuel solution
Fri Oct 11 15:23:48 +0800 2013

A new Australian-Indian research partnership could provide a solution to a number of energy concerns and ultimately reduce the reliance of both countries on imported fuels, according to a latest research statement from CSIRO, Australia's national science body, on Thursday.

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Clean energy investment takes another steep dive
Tue Oct 15 17:31:24 +0800 2013

Global investment in clean energy was USD45.9 billion in the third quarter of this year down 14 percent from the second quarter and 20 percent below the figure for Q3'12, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

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Filling nuclear void with gas and coal will cost Japan $7 bln
Wed Oct 16 12:58:16 +0800 2013

As Japan continues to struggle with a shutdown of nuclear reactors and energy imports drive a record trade deficit, the country is looking to fire up 14 new gas and coal-fired power plants by the end of 2014, in a bid to move away from costly oil.

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US and China top global biofuel country ranking index
Wed Oct 16 12:48:46 +0800 2013

Although conventional biofuels derived from food-based crops account for only about 5 percent of global liquid fuels consumption in the transportation sector today, advanced biofuels – which avoid many of the social and environmental externalities that have undermined first-generation ethanol and biodiesel – offer long-term scalability and potential market growth across all global regions. 

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Regional power swap can avert Asia Pacific energy crisis
Wed Oct 16 11:58:30 +0800 2013

Cross-border power exchanges can play a central role in helping Asia and the Pacific meet its booming demand for power, which is set to sharply outpace the rest of the world over the next two decades, says a comprehensive new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

“Our projections show the region will consume more than half the world’s energy supply by 2035, with electricity consumption more than doubling as economic growth and rising affluence drive demand,” said S. Chander, Special Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships at ADB.

ADB Asia Pac Energy eport

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China driving global sales of e-scooters
Wed Oct 16 13:01:12 +0800 2013

Sales of e-scooters in China are expected to reach 9.4 million this year, compared to the 2.6 million that will be sold to the rest of the world and, according to a new report from Navigant Research, China’s Jiangsu Xinri E-Vehicle Company is the best positioned company in the e-scooter market in terms of strategy and execution.

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Hong Kong energy chief says future policy will be transparent
Mon Oct 21 16:27:39 +0800 2013

One of Hong Kong's energy chiefs has said the city’s energy future will rely on an "open and transparent" public consultation that will tell people the implications of their choices in favoring a particular energy mix.

Richard Lancaster, chief executive officer of the city's largest power firm CLP Holdings, who addressed the World Energy Congress in Daegu, South Korea, last week, said all relevant information, from energy security and environmental performance to costs, would be made available

Transparency

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Asian CSR awards recognize firms that embrace sustainability
Mon Oct 07 15:12:30 +0800 2013

Companies from Indonesia, India, and the Philippines that have successfully integrated sustainability in their business operations were recognized at the 2013 Asian CSR Awards held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

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National holidays have been a gas in China this week
Tue Oct 08 16:52:23 +0800 2013

Heavy smog has been covering most parts of north China since Saturday, the fourth day of the country’s National Day holiday, affecting at least seven cities and provinces including Beijing, Hebei, Henan, Shanxi, Shandong, Shaanxi and Tianjin.

The North China region – with its cluster of chemical, steel, power and cement plants – is struggling with air pollution problems and was subject to the country’s worst-ever smog episodes earlier back in January.

China national day smog

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India considers mandating hydro purchase by utilities
Wed Oct 09 15:36:52 +0800 2013

The government of India may force the country’s power utilities to buy a fixed amount of hydro power to reduce the amount of coal they burn, improve the country’s energy security and, most of all, prop up its struggling hydro industry.

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GCL-Poly probes CEO for breach of non-competition agreements
Wed Oct 09 15:27:49 +0800 2013

China-based polysilicon and wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd has revealed that it is investigating its chairmen and CEO, Zhu Gongshan, and his son, GCL company director Zhu Yufeng, to determine whether they have broken non-competition agreements by holding interests in co-generation projects in China.

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Tata Power acquires Gujarat wind farm to meet renewables targets
Wed Oct 09 15:16:15 +0800 2013

India’s Tata Power on Tuesday signed a share purchase agreement (SPA) for acquisition of 39.2-MW wind farm in Gujarat bring the company’s total generation capacity to 8.56-GW and its wind power portfolio to 437-MW.

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Softbank breaks ground on 111-MW PV plant
Wed Oct 09 15:07:56 +0800 2013

SB Energy Corp, the renewable energy arm of Japan’s SoftBank Group, along with its partner Mitsui & Co held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for massive 111-MW SoftBank Tomatoh Abira Solar Park in Hokkaido.

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OECD makes clarion call for strong focus on carbon pricing
Thu Oct 10 15:37:40 +0800 2013

Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government action to tackle climate change, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Coming less than two weeks after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its latest scientific assessment, which said human influence on the climate system is very clear, the OECD’s strong stand on carbon pricing should serve as a useful counterbalance to politicians who want to back-pedal on climate change policies.

OECD Climate and carbon: Aligning prices and policies paper

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Electric car charging stations power to 64,000 worldwide
Mon Oct 07 15:20:25 +0800 2013

The slow adoption of electric cars is the fact that there is simply not a charging station infrastructure in place to support them.

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SUNOWE to deploy 150-MW rooftop PV in China subsidy pilot
Fri Oct 04 11:25:59 +0800 2013

Chinese PV company SUNOWE Photovoltaic is to construct 150-MW of solar power plants by 2015 as part of China’s new subsidy program for industrial areas.

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Dangerous levels of radioactivity found at fracking waste site
Mon Oct 07 15:45:35 +0800 2013

Further evidence that, if not carefully monitored, shale gas exploration presents a potential public health hazard has been highlighted in a new study. Scientists in the US have, for the first time, found dangerous levels of radioactivity and salinity at a shale gas waste disposal site that could contaminate drinking water.

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Mega-solar helps India sell power at record lows
Mon Oct 07 15:27:29 +0800 2013

India plans to sell power at a record low rate thanks to a 4-GW solar photovoltaic farm that will more than double the nation’s sun-powered capacity.

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ADB loans India $700 mln to spur crucial private infrastructure
Fri Oct 04 11:43:34 +0800 2013

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved USD700 million in loans to support the Indian government’s efforts to accelerate investment in the country’s infrastructure which is urgently needed to ensure strong economic growth.

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China to lead 2014 solar energy boom
Fri Oct 04 11:39:16 +0800 2013

With plans to install more than 2-GW of photovoltaic (PV) by the end of 2013, China is to lead the fastest uptake of solar in recent history.

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Gamesa wins first Philippine sale
Fri Oct 04 11:33:28 +0800 2013

Spain’s Gamesa is set to make its first move into the Philippines with a 54-MW deal with Japanese developer Kanematsu.

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Acritaz and Cool Planet planning $60m Malaysian biofuel refinery
Thu Oct 03 15:25:28 +0800 2013

Cool Planet Energy Systems and Acritaz Greentech have signed an agreement to explore the construction of commercial biorefineries in Malaysia with ground breaking on the first facility set to begin in 2014.

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Laos plans to proceed with 2nd Mekong mainstream dam
Thu Oct 03 16:09:13 +0800 2013

Project threatens world’s largest inland fishery

Laos notified the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and member countries of its intent to build its second Mekong mainstream hydropower project, the 260-MW Don Sahong Dam. As the Don Sahong Dam will block the only channel available for dry-season fish migrations on the Mekong River, the move places the world’s largest inland fishery at stake.

Don Sahong Dam

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Japan targets 2030 space-based solar power system
Fri Oct 04 11:59:43 +0800 2013

Japan’s space agency, JAXA, is developing a method to harvest solar energy from geostationary satellites sitting 36,000 km above the Earth, and transmitting it down to the planet's surface in the form of either laser beams or microwaves.

The agency aims to launch a successful space-based solar power system by 2030, and is currently conducting ground-based experiments to determine the most effective way to transmit the energy across large distances.

Japan Space Solar

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India approves autonomous body to boost solar potential
Wed Sep 04 15:13:19 +0800 2013

India on Tuesday gave the nod to the setting up of a new autonomous organization aimed at taking better advantage of the country’s solar energy potential.

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Indian motorcycle maker plans 1-GW of renewable energy
Thu Sep 05 13:44:26 +0800 2013

India’s largest motorcycle maker, the Hero Group, has announced in a statement that it will develop 1-GW of renewable energy capacity by 2017.

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Fuel cells gain as Japan seeks disaster-proof energy sources
Thu Sep 05 13:40:45 +0800 2013

The fuel cell market is booming in Japan as the country seeks energy sources that are more capable of withstanding disasters while complementing utilities following the great eastern earthquake and tsunami of 2011 according to Bloom Energy Japan.

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US to provide $95 million loan for Pakistani wind project
Thu Sep 05 13:35:33 +0800 2013

The US and Pakistan have signed a USD95 million financing agreement for a renewable energy project in Sindh province, according to a report in the Times of India.

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Vestas lands another 100-MW China wind deal from Hanas
Fri Sep 06 17:51:05 +0800 2013

Danish wind manufacturer Vestas has been awarded a contract to supply 100-MW of hardware for the Yanchi wind farm in China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

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Gazprom and CNPC mega gas deal to meet China's insatiable demand
Fri Sep 06 17:02:29 +0800 2013

In a bid to meet China's soaring energy demands, China National Petroleum Corporation and Russian gas giant Gazprom, have agreed the basic terms of a long-awaited deal to deliver natural gas to the country, paving the way for a final deal to be signed by the end of this year.

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Singapore Airlines to study if biofuel fuel is a great way to fly
Mon Sep 09 18:07:03 +0800 2013

In a bid to clean up its skies, Singapore is to study the feasibility of airlines using alternative fuels.

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Singapore Airlines to study if biofuel is a great way to fly
Mon Sep 09 18:07:03 +0800 2013

In a bid to clean up its skies, Singapore is to study the feasibility of airlines using alternative fuels.

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Hong Kong targets zero bus emissions but it’s a long stretch
Tue Sep 10 15:58:05 +0800 2013

Hong Kong is moving slowly ahead in the use of zero-emission buses to ease roadside air pollution and improve overall air quality.

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said yesterday that the goal was for all buses in the city to eventually be zero-emission vehicles and that the government had set aside HKD180 million to subsidize bus firms to buy 36 electric buses.

Hong Kong Electric Bus

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Indian government slammed for disastrous incompetence
Tue Sep 10 16:04:48 +0800 2013


India’s Federal Government has come under fire for not setting up expert committees to examine the environmental impact of hydro-electric projects and construction works following the recent Uttarakhand disaster, with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) claiming half of judiciary energy was spent on waking up the government.

Uttarakhand flood disaster

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Japan aims to increase indoor LED lighting to 30% by 2030
Thu Sep 12 15:34:25 +0800 2013

Japan’s Ministry of Industry (MOI) says the country could of replace 60 percent of incandescent bulbs with LED/OLED lighting before 2030.

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Kazakhstan wins Chinese funding for 50-MW wind farm
Thu Sep 12 15:29:16 +0800 2013

A 50-MW wind farm which will be built in Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar district is to receive financial backing from the China Development Bank.

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Recharged Japan solar industry hits 10-GW capacity
Fri Sep 13 15:15:12 +0800 2013

Summary: 
Having been the first to break through 1-GW of cumulative solar PV back in 2004, Japan’s solar power industry became something of a has-been. Not anymore. Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, which devastated the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant and prompted the temporary (and perhaps permanent) shutdown of the rest of the country’s reactors, the industry has been become hyperactive. Solarbuzz vice president Finaly Colville has this analysis.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Japan have now reached the 10-GW  milestone for cumulative PV capacity, according to new research featured in the NPD Solarbuzz Asia Pacific PV Market Quarterly Report.

Japan is only the fifth country to reach this mark, after Germany, Italy, China and the US. Both the US and China reached 10-GW of solar PV within the past few months.

Japan's cumulative PV solar installed capacity to August 2013

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Japanese solar booms as coal consumption hits record
Fri Sep 13 16:18:06 +0800 2013

Japan’s on-going struggle to put its power generating industry on a sustainable footing is neatly illustrated but some recent news. It seems both the clean and dirty energy industries are prospering in the post-Fukushima environment.

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China will still struggle to meet green vehicles sales target
Fri Sep 13 16:07:36 +0800 2013

The prospects of China selling 500,000 green vehicles per year by 2015 still looks like mission impossible, despite the fact that new measures to curb air pollution will boost the development of the new energy auto industry, experts have warned.

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Vietnam ministry asks PM to intervene on risky dam plans
Mon Sep 16 17:16:54 +0800 2013

Two proposed hydro-power plants on Vietnam’s Dong Nai River would have such a serious environmental impact that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has asked the Prime Minister to step in.

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Investigation leads to Chinese duties on US-made polysilicon
Tue Sep 17 14:30:51 +0800 2013

China will impose preliminary anti-subsidy duties on solar-grade polysilicon imported from the US starting this Friday, the Ministry of Commerce has announced on its website.

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India signs $53 mln European loan to boost energy efficiency
Tue Sep 17 14:28:16 +0800 2013

India is set to enhance its energy efficiency projects thanks to a USD53 million long-term loan from The European Investment Bank (EIB), which will be supported by the Italian Export Credit Agency SACE.

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Huge Vietnam bio-fuel potential left untapped
Tue Sep 17 14:13:13 +0800 2013

Vietnam has great potential in bio-mass and bio-gas production but has failed to exploit this yet, say experts quoted by the Vietnam News Service Tuesday.

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China cites 58 firms for energy-saving production cuts
Tue Sep 17 14:10:07 +0800 2013

China has unveiled a list of 58 companies that should cut their excess production capacity by the end of the year as a part of the country's economic restructuring drive.

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Goldpoly to raise $30 mln to meet China PV demand
Tue Sep 17 14:04:59 +0800 2013

Hong Kong-listed Goldpoly New Energy is planning to issue a HKD233 million (USD30 million) convertible bond for the development, investment, acquisition, operation and management of PV power plants as well as for general working capital requirements.

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China clamps down on new solar manufacturing capacity
Wed Sep 18 18:01:39 +0800 2013

China, the world’s biggest maker of solar panels, will limit construction of new photovoltaic manufacturing plants to curb excess capacity, in a move that may spur consolidation within the industry.

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Debt-laden Suzlon unloads China wind farm for $28 mln
Thu Sep 19 14:05:11 +0800 2013

Frantically trying to stave off its mounting debt problems, once powerful Indian wind company Suzlon has sold off 75 percent of a farm in Tianjin, China for USD28 million to its local partner Poly LongMa Energy.

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Outside of Japan Asia still gung-ho about nuclear power
Mon Sep 23 16:13:35 +0800 2013

China, India and other Asian states have used a UN nuclear agency meeting to signal their determination to expand the use of atomic energy.

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India’s ultra mega green solar power disconnect
Tue Sep 24 14:21:54 +0800 2013

The disconnect between the Indian central government’s solar power ambitions and its on-the-ground policy implementation remains quite alarming. The fact that allocation of the first batch of development projects under the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) continues to be delayed appears to be no impediment to the announcement of grandiose new schemes.

At the end of last week the Department of Heavy Industry revealed plans to build the world’s biggest solar photovoltaic power plant.

India's ultra mega green solar power ambition

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Philippine RE company sees promise in biomass
Tue Sep 24 17:55:43 +0800 2013

Philippine renewable energy developer Asea One Power Corp has announced that it plans to spend about USD185 million over the next five years to build 60-MW of biomass power plant capacity.

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US solar group tables plan to settle China-US dispute
Tue Sep 24 17:51:10 +0800 2013

In an effort to bring an end to the long standing solar dispute between the US and China, the Washington-based Solar Energy Industries Association has tabled a proposal which would eliminate tariffs on solar equipment and establish a Chinese-fed fund on which US manufacturers could draw.

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Toshiba moves into wind farm business
Wed Sep 25 16:16:31 +0800 2013

Japanese giant Toshiba Corp has announced that it will enter the wind development space with the acquisition of Sigma Power Janex Co, which operates wind farms in Kyushu, Japan.

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US proposal to end solar dispute gains steam
Thu Sep 26 14:56:40 +0800 2013

A proposal tabled this week by a US solar energy industry association aimed at resolving the ongoing solar trade dispute between the US and China could well work according to a Chinese solar panel maker and industry expert said on Wednesday according to the Global Times.

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China’s green energy prospects tempt the French
Thu Sep 26 14:53:05 +0800 2013

With an eye on the lucrative China market, the French electric automation company Schneider Electric SA and energy management company Dalkia, have signed a strategic agreement to work together to help the country implement ambitious plans to improve energy efficiency and fight pollution.

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Phoenix gets the nod for Singapore’s biggest solar plant
Thu Sep 26 14:45:00 +0800 2013

Phoenix Solar AG is to build Singapore’s biggest solar photovoltaic plant as demand for larger units grows in the city state.

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UK commits $56 mln to Asian CCS program, despite doubts
Thu Sep 26 13:27:28 +0800 2013

The United Kingdom will provide GBP35 million (USD56 million) funding to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) development in Asia, with a focus on China and Indonesia, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, said on Wednesday in Shanghai.

The announcement comes days before the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is due to release its landmark fifth assessment report, which is expected to provide a more scientific consensus than ever before that urgent action must be taken to tackle the threat of climate change.

Carbon capture and storage with UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey

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Big battery project a symptom of Japan's power industry gridlock
Fri Sep 27 16:21:42 +0800 2013

A Japanese project to build the world’s largest storage battery system in Hokkaido this autumn underlines the country’s urgent need to restructure the electricity generating industry and invest in its national power distribution grid.

As has been extensively covered in CleanBiz.Asia, Japan’s generous post-Fukushima feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for renewable energy has simulated a massive boom in solar photovoltaic power plant construction in the last 15 months. The country recently passed the 10-GW mark in installed solar PV capacity and, according to some, will end up being the world’s biggest solar market in 2013.

Sumitomo Electric's Redox Flow grid battery system

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International energy co-operation crucial for China to meet energy demands
Fri Sep 27 16:09:44 +0800 2013

International energy co-operation (to use the official euphemism) is crucial if China is to seek out an effective solution to deal with its increasing energy demands, claims a leading industry expert.

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Solar PV nameplate capacity growth to top wind power this year
Mon Sep 30 16:07:21 +0800 2013

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) is predicting more solar photovoltaic electricity generating capacity will be added around the world this year than wind power.

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Ming Yang wins 87-MW Zhuhai offshore wind turbine contract
Wed Oct 02 16:17:01 +0800 2013

China Ming Yang Wind Power has secured the first tranche tender for turbines to be installed near Zhuhai Guishan Island in China’s Guangdong Province.

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Japan’s solar projects constrained by land and grid
Wed Oct 02 16:14:36 +0800 2013

Only 14 percent of the solar projects approved under a Japanese incentive program for clean energy were generating power by May due to land and grid constraints.

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India now getting ready for its 750-MW solar capacity auction
Wed Oct 02 16:09:49 +0800 2013

Following a gap of almost two years, India looks set to announce an auction of licenses to build solar-power plants, offering developers as much as 3 billion rupees (USD48 million) of direct grants for the first time.

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Korean team claims breakthrough in bacterial biofuel process
Wed Oct 02 16:07:07 +0800 2013

A research team from Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is claiming a major scientific breakthrough in the development of bacteria-generated biofuel.

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CLP India adopts pooled financing model for wind projects
Wed Oct 02 16:03:28 +0800 2013

Hong Kong-based CLP Holding’s Indian subsidiary is to adopt a pooled financing model for supporting wind farm projects and servicing debt, as opposed to the per-project financing most often seen in the industry.

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ASEAN moving to power market dominated by coal says IEA
Wed Oct 02 15:58:04 +0800 2013

With Southeast Asia set to double its energy consumption over the next two decades coal will replace natural gas as the dominant fuel for electricity production, according to the International Energy Agency.

With their energy demand growing at more than twice the global average the 10 members of ASEAN will get 49 percent of their power from coal by 2035, up from 31 percent in 2011, the IEA said in its new World Energy Outlook Special Report, Southeast Asia Energy Outlook released today. The agency says ASEAN’s energy share from gas is projected to drop to 28 percent from 44 percent.

ASEAN CO2 emissions and intensity, 2011 and 2035 - IEA

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Armstrong Fund raises $130 million at third closing
Tue Sep 03 14:02:06 +0800 2013

The International Finance Corporation’s IFC Catalyst Fund, Dutch-based FMO, and Switzerland’s SIFEM, have officially committed to the Armstrong South East Asia Clean Energy Fund third closing bring the total fund size to USD130 million.

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Beijing pollution battle aims to slash coal 50% by 2017
Wed Sep 04 14:57:51 +0800 2013

In yet another move to avoid the choking pollution that plagued China’s capital city earlier this year, the Beijing municipal government has vowed to slash coal consumption by more than 50 percent over five years based on 2012 level.

Under a clean air plan released on Monday the government hopes to reduce the proportion of coal in the city's total energy mix to below 10 percent to combat pollution from coal-fired emissions, according to reports in Chinese state-run media.

Bejing Coal Consumption

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Improve regulatory process for shale sector, India told
Tue Sep 03 14:05:23 +0800 2013

India has been warned that if it is to replicate the success of the US shale gas industry, the country needs to buck its ideas up on the regulatory process and general infrastructure.

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India urged to drop solar probe amid charges of irregularities
Wed Sep 04 15:25:48 +0800 2013

China Sunergy and First Solar Inc of the US are calling on India to drop its investigation into solar equipment dumping, saying the probe is undermined by errors, Bloomberg reported yesterday.

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Japan breaks ground for its largest PV plant
Tue Sep 03 13:53:15 +0800 2013

Eurus Energy is set to begin construction of Japan’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant to date.

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China solar makers see profits soar as margins rise
Tue Sep 03 14:11:21 +0800 2013

The sun is shining once again on China’s top solar-panel makers, as they return to profitability following two years of losses, after surging Asian demand drove up margins in the second quarter.

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New coal plants ‘will kill thousands’ in Guangdong, HK
Wed Aug 28 12:53:57 +0800 2013

New coal-fired power stations in Guangdong will lead to 16,000 premature deaths in China’s Guangdong province and neighboring Hong Kong over the next 40 years, according to research by an air-pollution specialist.

The research, conducted by Greenpeace and American air pollution expert Dr. H. Andrew Gray, estimates that PM2.5 air pollution from 96 power plants in operation in both Guangdong and Hong Kong caused nearly 3,600 premature deaths as well as 4,000 cases of asthma in children in the region during 2011.

Guangdong Coal Plants

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Toyota launches Indian-built hybrid in confused market
Thu Aug 29 07:54:23 +0800 2013

India's first locally made hybrid car has been launched by Japanese car maker Toyota Kirloskar. The new Camry Hybrid is priced at INR2,975,000 (USD43,400) and while high, is competitive against Toyota's more famous Prius. Toyota Kirlsokar has been selling the Prius, but since it was imported suffered customs duties of 100 percent.

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Japan finances geothermal plant in Indonesia
Thu Aug 29 07:50:02 +0800 2013

A Japanese-Indonesia venture have signed a deal to build a JPY6 billion (USD61 million) geothermal plant in Indonesia. Details are so far sketchy but Japanese finance firm Sumitomo and Fuji Electric have teamed up with Indonesian engineering company Rekayasa to build a 35-MWh electricity plant.

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China makes poor environmental decisions in Mekong area
Thu Aug 29 07:46:55 +0800 2013

A new book, gaining an increasing profile, has slammed Chinese enterprises for damaging the environment around the Mekong. Called the Blue Book and released by the Social Sciences Academic Press (China), it said the Great Mekong Subregion needed better international cooperation to protect the local environment.

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China shown to have illegally supported its solar makers
Thu Aug 29 08:02:19 +0800 2013

China is on a warning from the European Union that it has evidence that illegal subsidies have proved beneficial to Chinese solar companies. A Reuters exclusive says sources revealed that Brussels has concluded that Beijing broke World Trade Organisation rules with cheap loans, land, interest-free credit lines and tax breaks.

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India wind installations to blow away US for the first time
Fri Aug 30 14:52:12 +0800 2013

For the first time ever India is forecast to install more wind capacity than the US this year for as a tax-benefit window extending to 2015 is prompting US developers to delay setting up new projects.

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Renewables pushing South Japan grid to breaking point
Fri Aug 30 14:48:35 +0800 2013

Power grids in southern Japan are close to capacity for solar and wind projects as the country pushes to add stations that derive power from clean energy, according to a Bloomberg report.

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Suntech directors quit saying company has no plan
Fri Aug 30 14:44:22 +0800 2013

Suntech Power Holdings, the Chinese solar manufacturer whose main unit was pulled into bankruptcy earlier this year, has hit yet another crisis following the resignation of three directors including the former chairwoman, who claimed the company had no business plan.

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State oil companies slammed for failing China environmental tests
Fri Aug 30 14:59:18 +0800 2013

Two of China's three major state-owned oil producers have failed to pass their emission reduction goals for last year, according to the Environmental Protection Ministry.

The ministry has now halted all environmental impact approvals for construction of refineries and chemical plants by PetroChina and Sinopec as well as overhaul and expansion projects, apart from those that would upgrade fuel quality, conserve energy and cut pollution.

China oil refinery

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First phase of smart city for Da Nang
Mon Sep 02 11:46:13 +0800 2013

The Vietnamese town of Da Nang has rolled out the first phase of its smarter city program. Selected by IBM to receive support under its smarter cities program, one of 33 cities chosen around the world for the project, water and transportation infrastructure has been the focus of early research.

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China introduces new solar subsidy for plants with local customers
Mon Sep 02 11:36:02 +0800 2013

In an effort to reduce the strain on the national grid, China is introducing a solar subsidy for plants that have a close geographical market. A statement from the National Development and Reform Commission said it would add a subsidy of CNY0.42 (USD0.07) per kWh.

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Record demand from China and Japan boosts solar industry
Mon Aug 26 15:24:09 +0800 2013

Solar photovoltaic (PV) demand from China and Japan during the second half of the year is forecast to reach 9-GW, representing an increase of 100 percent compared to the first six months and 70 percent compared to the same period in 2012.

Overall, PV demand from the Asia Pacific (APAC) region will exceed 16-GW during 2013, up 90 percent year-on-year, and will account for over 40 percent of global PV demand this year, according to findings in the new NPD Solarbuzz Asia Pacific Major PV Markets Quarterly.

Asia Pacific Q2'13 Solar Outlook

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India plans $8 bln investment in green energy corridor
Wed Aug 28 12:45:43 +0800 2013

India says it has accumulated USD7.9 billion to create a 'green energy corridor'. It first announced the concept in April when Germany offered a EUR1 billion (USD1.3 billion) soft loan.

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Chevrolet announces EV for Korea market
Wed Aug 28 12:36:04 +0800 2013

GM Korea has launched an electric vehicle version of its Chevrolet Spark. Speaking at the launch of the car, Sergio Rocha, president and CEO of GM Korea, said, “The pure electric Spark EV represents another step forward on GM’s roadmap to providing a variety of solutions that benefit our environment and our customers as well.”

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Malaysia to release 1.5-GW of PV 'individual' quotas
Wed Aug 28 12:32:15 +0800 2013

Malaysia is due to release quotas for domestic photovoltaic operations that will be eligible for its feed-in tariff. Between August 28th and September 11th, three batches of quotas totalling I.5-GW will be available under the Solar Home Rooftop Program, says Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (Seda Malaysia).

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Yangtze’s aquatic ecosystem on ‘verge of collapse'
Fri Aug 23 14:55:17 +0800 2013

The aquatic ecosystem on the upper reaches of China’s Yangtze River is on the verge of collapse due to hydropower stations and excessive fishing.

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Korean companies eye Indonesia's biomass potential
Mon Aug 26 12:50:12 +0800 2013

Indonesia's forests look set to come under more pressure as South Korean companies look to develop a new biomass industry.

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VW and Thailand discuss joint eco-car production
Mon Aug 26 12:39:38 +0800 2013

Thailand's Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra has held talks with Christian Klingler, the chief executive officer of German car-maker Volkswagen, to talk about making eco-cars in Thailand.

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Cross-straits green co-operation boosts Taiwan-China relations
Mon Aug 26 12:32:40 +0800 2013

Developing green technology is core to a new cross-strait's alliance. The launch of the Green Technology and Cultural Industry Alliance at the Beijing Taiwan Center, was attended by officials from both governments and aims to promote both green and cultural sectors between China and Taiwan.

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China to lead world in wind power O&M expenditure by 2020
Tue Aug 27 05:08:21 +0800 2013

Wind power developments are set to boost the value of the operations and maintenance (O&M) market to USD 19bn by 2020, led by China, new research clams.

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Goldpoly to acquire 400-MW China solar power plants
Tue Aug 27 05:01:34 +0800 2013

Hong Kong’s Goldpoly New Energy Holdings Limited, has signed a conditional agreement to buy 400-MW of solar power plants in China.

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China's legislature demands better implementation of renewables
Wed Aug 28 12:29:29 +0800 2013

China's legislators have demanded better support for its renewable energy industry, which had already brought economic and social development and improved people's lives. Chen Changzhi, vice chairman of the standing committee of the National People's Congress, said the sector still faced obstacles in planning, purchase system, subsidies and technology, reported Xinhua.

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Indonesia ups biofuel ratios to help the economy
Thu Aug 29 07:59:16 +0800 2013

Jakarta says it is looking to develop biodiesel as way to contain Indonesia's growing current account deficit, rather than on environmental grounds. Deputy Finance Minister Mahendra Siregar said: “The policy is being finalized with an aim to reduce oil and gas imports significantly,” reported the Antara news agency.

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India's plans for world's largest CSP need honest soul-searching
Thu Aug 22 13:34:17 +0800 2013

In spite of delays to the pilot scheme for concentrated solar power (CSP) in the Indian state of Rajasthan, the national government has said it plans 4-GW of solar thermal capacity. “We have discussed the plant with the Rajasthan government and we aim to set up a solar thermal capacity near the Sambhar salt lake in Jaipur,” said Farooq Abdullah, union minister for new and renewable energy, reported the Economic Times.

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Gamesa wins more Indian corporate business
Thu Aug 22 13:24:38 +0800 2013

More Indian manufacturers are seeing the benefit of renewable energy, with Gamesa announcing the sale of 46 MW-worth of wind turbines to a paper company. A subsidiary of the Indian conglomerate ITC, ITC Paperboards and Speciality Papers Division plans to install 23 two-MW wind turbines.

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US, Japan EV-makers take different tacks on Asian market opportunities
Fri Aug 23 11:18:49 +0800 2013

A US EV-maker has signed a letter of intent for a joint-venture agreement with Taiwanese Taikang Technology Corporation. Smith Electric Vehicles will sell its branded vehicles to Taiwan, while it also intends to enter into a definitive licensing agreement, which will cover the assembly and distribution of all-electric vehicles in Taiwan, including a new factory.

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Maharashtra cracks down on renewable purchase obligations
Fri Aug 23 11:13:20 +0800 2013

Distribution firms in India’s Maharashtra region have been ordered to meet their obligation for buying renewable energy in the past four years, and will face having to pay stiff penalties if the backlog of their "renewable purchase obligation (RPO)" is not cleared by March 2014.

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Trans-Asia ramps up spending on Philippine wind project
Fri Aug 23 11:07:18 +0800 2013

Trans-Asia is boosting its spending to get ahead of schedule on its 54-MW San Lorenzo wind power project in Guimaras island in the Philippines

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corporation said that PHP120 million (USD2.7 million) needed for the project would come from proceeds from last year's stock rights offering (SRO), reported the Manila Bulletin.

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EU drops temporary biofuel tariffs on Indonesia
Thu Aug 22 13:38:41 +0800 2013

Temporary duties on Indonesian biofuels have been dropped by the European Union (EU). Indonesia's deputy trade minister, Bayu Krisnamurthi, told the Jakarta Post that a preliminary investigation by the EU showed insignificant subsidy margins and the temporary May tariffs were consequently dropped.

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Sarawak Energy ready to power up Corridor of Renewable Energy
Wed Aug 21 12:52:34 +0800 2013

Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) is set to award several power contracts worth a combined MYR1 billion (USD303.5 million) soon, as it gets ready to power up the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy.

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WWF: Earth in the red on the natural resources balance sheet
Wed Aug 21 12:36:13 +0800 2013

On  August 20 we once again reached the bleak WWF-designated milestone of Earth Overshoot Day ‒ that is when humanity has used as much renewable natural resources as our planet can regenerate in one year - and its coming sooner every year.

According to the environmental group, this means means that for the rest of 2013, we are “in the red” – effectively “overdrawn” on the balance sheet of nature’s goods and services that we require to survive.

WWF Earth Overshoot day1

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Solar rate cuts petition fails in Gujurat over 'windfall profits'
Wed Aug 21 13:02:02 +0800 2013

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has rejected a petition to cut the rate an electricity distributor pays for solar power. The Indian state's own distributor, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd, said that the solar companies were making “windfall profits” from overgenerous solar tariffs.

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Updated: Two Pakistan wind farms get CDM accreditation
Thu Aug 22 01:45:44 +0800 2013

Two new wind farm projects in Pakistan have gained UN accreditation under the clean development mechanism (CDM). German-based company UPM has successfully registered two 50 MW wind turbine projects, Foundation Wind Energy-I and Foundation Wind Energy-II, based about 50 kilometers southeast of Karachi.

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Armstrong Invests in Annex Power for regional solar expansion
Thu Aug 22 13:45:48 +0800 2013

Singapore-based Armstrong Asset Management says it is committing up to USD30 million from its South-East Asia Clean Energy Fund to finance an initial pipeline of solar photovoltaic (PV) and biogas power projects developed by Annex Power in Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia.

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Nuclear corruption brings energy rationing to Korea
Tue Aug 20 18:32:44 +0800 2013

Korea's energy sector is in turmoil as the effects of nuclear close-downs following the discovery of wide-spread corruption by the 'nuclear mafia'.

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Fukushima – now the leak safety tanks leaking
Wed Aug 21 12:59:28 +0800 2013

Japan's Fukushima disaster shows no signs of getting better, as Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has revealed that now the site's storage tanks are leaking radioactive water.

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Korean company plans 20-MW Philippine solar project
Mon Aug 19 17:41:15 +0800 2013

The Philippines is to receive a USD70 million investment for a new 20-MW solar project.  EC Cobuy Philippines, Inc's (ECCPI), chief executive officer, Stephen Chae, said the amount is the initial investment for the installation of materials and equipment for the solar power plant in the towns of Badoc and Vintar, in Ilocos Norte.

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Indian CSR law could boost solar rooftop prospects
Thu Aug 15 18:06:12 +0800 2013

Now that India’s large-sized companies are being obliged to spend two percent of their profit on corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, the country's rooftop solar installers are seeing rupee signs.

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New entrant to Japan's solar industry
Fri Aug 16 15:10:26 +0800 2013

Japan's solar industry continues to see expansion with the announcement of a new entrant to the solar market. Sojitz Corp, a multi-trading company with an energy and rare earth's arm, will invest JPY35 billion (USD362 million) to build four plants, with a combined capacity of 106 megawatts.

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Renewable energy pushes out traditional power plants in Europe
Fri Aug 16 13:14:55 +0800 2013

Renewable energy is beginning to impact the traditional gas and coal-fired power stations in Europe. German power giant RWE has announced the mothballing or shut-down some of its plants with an output of 3.1 GW in Germany and the Netherlands.

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Two Pakistan wind farms get CDM accreditation
Mon Aug 19 17:45:44 +0800 2013

Two new wind farm projects in Pakistan have gained clean UN accreditation under the clean development mechanism (CDM). German-based company UPM has successfully registered two 50 MW wind turbine projects, Foundation Wind Energy-I and Foundation Wind Energy-II, based about 50 kilometers southeast of Karachi.

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Record output from Chinese PV module makers
Tue Aug 13 17:22:17 +0800 2013

Yingli is leading the charge to recovery in solar PV markets, says research from NPD Solarbuzz. Second quarter 2013 PV module shipments for the top 20 suppliers exceeded 5.8-GW, its research said, up 21 percent on 2012 levels.

Q2’13 global solar PV module shipment (Solarbuzz)

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China cleantech sector helps drive global uptick
Wed Aug 14 18:06:09 +0800 2013

The global cleantech sector is looking healthier, with Asia Pacific producing the best growth globally according to highlights from Ernst & Young’s (E&Y’s) Cleantech industry performance 2013 report.

In spite of the difficult global economic conditions, key indicators from E&Y’s research show that the financial performance of public pure-play (PPP) clean tech companies has been improving and the renewable energy is showing signs of recovering. For its latest report E&Y analyzed 424 companies that derive more than half of their total value from clean energy.

The Chinese dragon driving growth

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Rapacious neighbors still trying to grasp Burmese energy
Thu Aug 15 14:35:19 +0800 2013

Summary: 
While Burma’s political transition appears to be staying well on track the country’s institutions remain weak, which leaves it open to manipulation by outsiders. CleanBiz.Asia associate editor Gerry O’Kane has been looking into a couple of recent examples of foreign shenanigans in the energy field.

Questions over the future of Burma's energy policy are arising yet again. Not only has Thailand's energy minister denied that bribes have been given by the state oil company PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) but China has stepped up its pressure to reignite the environmentally bankrupt Myitsone dam project.

Thai energy minister Pongsak Ruktapongpisal said that PTTEP had been doing business in Myanmar for over 20 years and had paid concession fees as specified in the contract. He added they had not paid any extra sum to any person close to the government and its accounts were checked by the Office of the Auditor General.

A polite request to Burma's energy-hungry neighbors

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Green sectors promoted to China “pillar” industries
Tue Aug 13 16:09:38 +0800 2013

Investment in China’s environmental and renewable sectors is set to accelerate as it is named a 'pillar industry'. As CleanBiz.Asia has been reporting, the State Council has been voicing increasing concerns about the environmental destruction across the country and a groundswell of environmental activism.

According to the State Council, the value of the energy-saving industry's output will reach CNY 4.5 trillion (USD728 billion) by 2015, an average annual growth of 15 percent, reported Xinhua.

Green China revolutionaries

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Flood of mini-hydropower planned for Mindanao
Tue Aug 13 16:23:14 +0800 2013

First Gen Corporation, the Philippine's leading clean and renewable energy company, has got the nod from the Department of Energy (DoE) to invest USD240 million in building several mini-hydropower projects under the Mindanao Power Development Program, in a race to get government feed-in tariffs (FiT).

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Philippine climate change group defends indefensible
Wed Aug 07 09:10:29 +0800 2013

The Philippine's Climate Change Commission (CCC) has jumped to the defense of President Benigno Aquino's national renewable energy policy, which has been slammed by environmental groups.

Commissioner Heherson Alvarez of the CCC told Greenpeace that the country's economic reality meant that coal-fired powers stations were a necessity and the president was fully supportive of renewable energy. He was responding to a Greenpeace statement that called the president's preference for coal-fired power as “alarming”.

Philippine Greeenpeace coal ship protest

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Taiwan cracks down on noise, with wind sector implications
Thu Aug 08 11:28:12 +0800 2013

Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration is introducing revised national noise standards as it admits noise is its number one problem. Notably, the new rules get even tougher on wind turbines.

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China Longyuan raises $300 mln
Thu Aug 08 10:06:36 +0800 2013

China's biggest producer of wind-power has raised USD300 million with a bond issuance, less than a year after a hybrid bond issuance. However China Longyuan Power raised less than the USD350 million that had been expected by the arrangers according to FinanceAsia.

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China's solar industry bedazzled but not out of the woods
Fri Aug 09 13:50:18 +0800 2013

Summary: 
The Chinese solar PV industry is in a more cheerful mood following the successful (from its perspective) conclusion of the European Union's anti-dumping probe. Not all that glitters is gold however and as CleanBiz.Asia asociate editor Gerry O'Kane explains, factors that got the industry into trouble in the first place are still in play and the EU is not quite done with its investigations.

China's solar industry is exuding signs of confidence again. Troubled Suntech and China Sunergy managed to regain their listings on the New York Stock Exchange, companies are gaining lines of credit again and order books look healthy. For all the cheer, however, there is still plenty of blinkered thinking on the future of the industry in China.

The country’s solar companies are feeling more confident now that Chinese trade negotiators put one over on their EU counterparts. The day after the EU/China solar trade agreement shares of Chinese solar panel makers rallied in New York while European solar shares fell.

Conentrated solar power plant

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Singapore's Temasek invests in biofuel company
Mon Aug 12 20:33:08 +0800 2013

Temasek, the Singapore government's investment arm, intends to invest USD60 million in US biotechnology company Amyris Inc. According to a Bloomberg report, Temasek will buy an initial tranche of USD35 million of convertible notes with an option to buy a further USD25 million.

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New technologies push advanced energy storages
Tue Aug 13 16:46:08 +0800 2013

New technologies, including capacitor battery technology, lithium titanate oxide, nickel-iron, and solar thermal, are swelling the pipeline of advanced energy storage projects. At the same time, new variants on older technologies, such as power-to-gas, are also coming online. These developments define an industry that is dynamic, if still not mature.

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Tiajin Port to pilot low carbon operations
Tue Aug 13 16:33:07 +0800 2013

Tianjin Port has been given the go ahead from China’s Ministry of Transportation for a “pilot unit of green and low-carbon port” according to the China Daily.

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China getting serious about concentrated solar power
Mon Aug 05 15:18:25 +0800 2013

China looks set to step up its interest in concentrated solar power (CSP) by commissioning US company BrightSource Energy as a technology supplier to the first commercial-scale CSP project to be undertaken as part of the US–China Framework for the Ten-Year Cooperation on Energy and Environment. It will also compile a national CSP Handbook for the country.

Noted for forging ahead with renewable energy projects in the past five years, the country has been surprisingly slow to develop CSP, with only a single 1-MW plant currently in operation. Another 53-MW of CSP capacity is, however, either under construction or on the drawing boards.

Conentrated solar power plant

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Siemens looks to Japan for renewables growth
Mon Aug 05 16:30:16 +0800 2013

German engineering company Siemens is looking to Japan for growth in its renewable energy division. Senior executive operating officer at Siemens Japan, Kenichi Fujita, told Bloomberg that it expects Japan to almost double its capacity of renewable energy by 2030 with wind power, a Siemens strength, providing more than half.

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Hold the champagne over approval of NZ’s biggest wind farm
Mon Aug 05 16:07:09 +0800 2013

New Zealand's commitment to renewable energy is once again called into question in spite of the environment court telling Genesis Energy it can proceed with its 860-MW wind farm.

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Sharp results show Japan's solar power frenzy
Tue Aug 06 10:46:02 +0800 2013

Japan's heady plunge into solar PV is being reflected in company performance, turning around the fortunes of some. Electronics manufacturer Sharp's solar-panel division reported a doubling of turnover and an operating profit of JPY6.8 billion (USD69 million) up from a JPY6.9 billion loss a year earlier.

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Asia's grid challenges to be tackled by new R&D center
Tue Aug 06 10:37:32 +0800 2013

A new smart grid technology centre, established by Dutch international sustainability consultancy DNV Kema, has been opened in Singapore. The DNV Kema Clean Technology Centre will look at grid supply reliability from renewable sources, smart grid management technologies and related policies in the light of the challenges posed by the growth of wind and solar power across Asia.

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US Ex-Im Bank pulls coal-fired power plant funding in Vietnam
Tue Aug 06 10:11:07 +0800 2013

A Vietnam power project has attracted criticism from the US Export-Import Bank on environmental grounds. The dispute between it and state-run PetroVietnam, may preface future financing hurdles for coal-fired power stations throughout Asia.

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Healthcare firm signs up Suzlon to power India manufacturing
Tue Aug 06 12:09:57 +0800 2013

French multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi has signed a contract with Suzlon Energy, India's largest wind turbine manufacturer, to build generating capacity to support local production.

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World's biggest grid storage system tests in Japan
Wed Aug 07 17:18:30 +0800 2013

The biggest test yet of grid electricity storage system is to be executed by three Japanese energy companies that have been commissioned by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to build and run systems with a total 80 megawatt hours (MWh) of capacity.

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Vietnam’s trade & industry ministry pushes for greener policies
Mon Aug 05 15:49:44 +0800 2013

Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) is pushing for the implementation of the National Strategy for Green Growth. Its part in fulfilling the National Target Program on energy efficiency and conservation includes controlling, monitoring and improving industries' carbon emissions, developing bio-fuel and improve adaptability to climate change.

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Blackstone considers Moser Baer Projects listing
Tue Jul 30 15:23:43 +0800 2013

News has emerged that global private equity company Blackstone Group is considering the floatation of its Indian energy company on the Singapore Stock Exchange. The company, Moser Baer Projects – an off-shoot from the near-bankrupt Indian solar panel maker – received USD300 million of Blackstone cash in exchange for a significant minority stake three years ago.

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China’s low-carbon spend estimated at $669 bln over five years
Wed Jul 31 16:46:03 +0800 2013
China's investment in renewable energy during the current five year plan is likely to reach CNY1.8 trillion (USD294 billion), with another CNY2.3 trillion (USD375 billion) invested in energy-saving and emission reduction measures, according to a senior government official.

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Pakistani approach to climate change looks like greenwash
Wed Jul 31 17:40:01 +0800 2013

In spite of Pakistan both dissolving it's climate change ministry and slashing its development budget by more than 60 percent, a Chinese company has promised to create a solar fund worth USD3 billion for the country. It's the sort of good news story the government is keen to see.

But for the country to pin its hopes on such promises, flies in the growing evidence that climate change will hit Pakistan hard. Its current conventional energy policies cannot cope with demand and only lip-service has been given to renewables.

The great Pakistan flood of 2010

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Thailand boosts solar target by 50% to 3-GW
Fri Jul 26 15:10:07 +0800 2013

The Thai government has approved new subsidized rates for rooftop and village-based projects which will see the country boost its solar power capacity to 3-GW by 2021, 50 percent more than previously announced.

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Punjab government awards 250 MW in new projects to 26 developers
Mon Jul 29 17:51:34 +0800 2013

The Indian state of Punjab has awarded 250 MW of solar projects to 26 private developers who are set to invest between USD420 million and USD500 million in the ventures.

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State Bank against retrospective cut to Gujarat solar tariff
Tue Jul 30 12:45:54 +0800 2013

Moves to cut the cost of solar power in Gujarat State have been criticized by the influential State Bank of India. Reports say that it is writing to the Gujarat regulator warning that a move to backtrack on contracts by reducing the price of solar power will curb investment.

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Nepal's Supreme Court blocks 900 MW hydropower project
Tue Jul 30 12:17:31 +0800 2013

Nepal's environmental pressure groups are looking forward to a more considered decision from the Supreme Court on postponing a 900-MW hydropower project on the Upper Karnali.

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Solar trade war in Europe far from over – 1st round to China
Tue Jul 30 15:39:37 +0800 2013

In spite of Chinese officials outmaneuvering their European Commission counterparts in what had been the world's biggest anti-dumping case, the main complainant, EU ProSun, has initiated legal proceedings over the solar power trade agreement.

The agreement, announced over the weekend, allowed the EU case to be settled without any tariffs or fines, with China guaranteeing not export solar panels to Europe for less than 74 cents a watt. As Associated Press pointed out, that price is about 25 percent lower even than when the case began last September.

Chinese Euros for solar PV

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Geothermal heat pumps look set for strong growth
Wed Jul 24 11:50:16 +0800 2013

Geothermal heat pump (GHP) systems - sometimes referred to as ground source heat pumps - are a growing part of the worldwide movement toward using renewable energy sources for building heating and cooling, according to a new report.

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China clean coal showcase a water resource catastrophe
Wed Jul 24 18:01:40 +0800 2013

Environmental group Greenpeace has accused the Shenhua Group, China’s leading coal energy company, of causing "drastic drops" in groundwater near one of its clean coal projects and of illegally discharging toxic wastewater.

In a new report on China coal industry Greenpeace say that Shenhua coal-to-liquid project near Ordos in Innner Mongolia has drained 50 million tonnes of groundwater from the water-scarce Haolebaoji region since 2006, shrinking the nearby Subeinaoer lake by 62 per cent. The Ordos plant had been hailed as an industry model and is the site of China’s first industrial-scale carbon capture and storage facility.

Shenhua Group's Ordos coal-to-liquid plant

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Calls to extend India solar dumping investigation to Japanese, EU firms
Wed Jul 24 12:09:24 +0800 2013

Indian solar companies are stepping up their anti-dumping campaign against international PV makers, by asking the government to extend its investigation into EU and Japanese manufacturers.

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China green credit policy may nix Australian coal project loans
Thu Jul 25 15:54:17 +0800 2013

Coal projects in the Australian state of Queensland, adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef – a World Heritage Site – may be in violation of China’s Green Credit Directive, which obligates its banks to assess environmental risks and to also suspend, or even terminate, loans to clients when major hazards are identified.

A number of these coal projects have received major financing from eight Chinese banks, which have now received a memorandum from international banking sector watchdog BankTrack and Australian environment group Market Forces.

Bulk carriers above a coral reef

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China, EU reported close to deal on solar panels
Fri Jul 26 15:44:25 +0800 2013

China and the European Union are reported to be close to an agreement that will resolve a dispute over Chinese solar panel imports and avert a potential trade war.

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1st fruit from stepped-up China-US climate change dialog
Mon Jul 15 17:04:04 +0800 2013

China and the US have agreed on a new series of measures to reduce carbon emissions. Leaked to the Chinese media immediately after the opening ceremonies of the 5th China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Washington, news emerged that mini-climate talks had prefaced the opening and common ground had been agreed.

Five new initiatives aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants from the two countries most polluting sectors.

US-China Stetegic

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Solar power rising fast as sun seen setting on nuclear
Mon Jul 15 18:16:17 +0800 2013

As new figures show clean energy enjoyed an upsurge in investment during the second quarter of this year, China has emerged as the first country to install over 3-GW of utility-scale solar capacity.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), solar and wind projects led a 22 percent overall increase in global investment in clean energy.

News on the nuclear industry, however, was not so good as 1.2-GW of new atomic energy capacity was brought on-line last year, compared to 32-GW of solar capacity

Sunset on nuclear power

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Ayala teams with foreign investors in new Philippines wind venture
Tue Jul 16 16:41:25 +0800 2013

The energy unit of the Philippine’s Ayala Corporation has announced a deal to develop 200-MW wind power projects in the north of the country in conjunction with two investment funds.

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Toyota's five steps to energy efficiency
Tue Jul 16 16:24:20 +0800 2013

Toyota is beginning a study to see how best to increase its energy efficiency by effectively using waste heat and excess electricity. The car company is examining how its manufacturing plants in Toyota City can benefit from reclamation technologies, with the goal of starting verification testing by end of March 2014, reports Ecoseed.

 According to Toyota there are five separate areas of study in optimizing heat and power sharing.

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ReneSola gets nose into Japan’s solar power feeding trough
Tue Jul 16 16:16:17 +0800 2013

China's solar module manufacturer, ReneSola, has announced a deal to supply 32-MW to Japanese commodity trader, Silicon Bank. Speaking about the contract, the company's  chief executive officer Xianshou Li said it heralded growth for ReneSola in the country.

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Skepticism as China’s State Council signs off on new solar power target
Tue Jul 16 17:07:02 +0800 2013

In a move to ease a glut in its solar panel industry China is now officially aiming to have 35-GW of solar power capacity installed by 2015. It only recently passed the 3-GW mark in terms of utility-scale solar installations.

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Guangdong Nuclear steps up solar power investment program
Wed Jul 17 14:38:51 +0800 2013

One of China's big state-owned nuclear players is moving further into solar power with a deal to develop a series of 100-MW solar power plants in Hubei and Jiangxi provinces, as well as the city of Ningbo.

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Indonesia’s Pertamina getting into mini-hydro development
Thu Jul 18 12:31:08 +0800 2013

Indonesia's state oil and gas company PT Pertamina has announced a three-year project to develop mini-hydro power plants in West Java in conjunction with PT Tirta Gemah Ripah.

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US solar manufacturers hit with China levies of up 57%
Fri Jul 19 15:47:13 +0800 2013

The solar tariff wars is hotting up with China announcing that anti-dumping duties would hit US and South Korean solar PV imports from July 24th.

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India's fracking plans called into question over water stress
Fri Jul 19 14:52:55 +0800 2013

India's plans for shale gas exploitation have come under unfavorable scrutiny by the country's Energy and Research Institute (TERI).

In unmistakable language its new report, Shale Gas in India: Look Before You Leap, says: “One of the key determinants of the viability of this technology is the availability of large quantities of clean water. This policy brief raises a red flag on this complementary input for exploiting shale gas resources in India, given that India is a water-stressed country and is fast approaching water scarcity conditions”.

India's shale gas basins

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Softbank’s fuel cell move highlights upswell in Asia
Mon Jul 22 13:07:35 +0800 2013

The announcement of Japan's telecom and Internet giant, Softbank, signing up with US-company Bloom Energy to distribute stationary fuel-cell technology belies a cleantech sector that is quietly flourishing in Asia.

Softbank and Bloom have created Bloom Energy Japan, a 50/50 partnership in which each is investing USD10 million. While sales of the new venture have not been projected, research from Navigant earlier in the year points to annual revenue from stationary fuel cells to grow from USD1.7 billion in 2013 to USD9 billion in 2022, with Japan and South Korea being seen as particularly healthy markets.

Bloom Energy fuel cell

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Second hydropower system from HK waterworks
Mon Jul 22 14:03:36 +0800 2013

Hong Kong's Water Supplies Department has revealed that by 2015 a second hydropower plant will be operational at its Tuen Mun Water Treatment Works.

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China's polysilicon industry in dire straits
Tue Jul 23 17:22:25 +0800 2013

China's polysilicon producers, who supply the key material to the country’s solar photovoltaic manufacturing industry, are in dire straits according to a report from the China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association.

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Biofuel from non-food feedstocks on the cusp of commercial scale-up
Tue Jul 23 17:10:20 +0800 2013

Worldwide production of biofuels is expanding more slowly than expected, says a new report.

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Calls to extend Indian solar dumping investigation to Japanese, EU firms
Wed Jul 24 12:09:24 +0800 2013

Indian solar companies are stepping up their anti-dumping campaign against international PV makers, by asking the government to extend its investigation into EU and Japanese manufacturers.

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Tata aiming at 50-MW solar per year
Wed Jul 24 12:03:33 +0800 2013

Tata Power, the energy arm of India's biggest conglomerate and one of the country’s largest independent power producers, says it will double its solar power capacity to 60-MW later this year.

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Tougher China air pollution guidelines, coal restrictions due
Thu Jul 25 12:45:18 +0800 2013

China's Ministry of Environmental Protection has announced that central government will release guidelines on fine particles pollution prevention and control. For the first time there will be guidance on how pollutants should be treated.

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Taiwan’s Democrats map out green energy blue print
Mon Jul 15 16:26:59 +0800 2013

Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has mapped out a blueprint to raise the production of green energy with the aid of three numbers “25-20-20”.

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An ‘innocent stroll’ sees China cancel controversial uranium plant
Mon Jul 15 16:32:09 +0800 2013

China has cancelled plans to build a uranium processing plant close to the southern city of Jiangmen, the day after hundreds of protesters took to the streets to oppose the project.

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Tariff cut considered for Gujurat's solar sector
Fri Jul 12 16:45:06 +0800 2013

Solar tariffs are under threat in India's sun state of Gujarat. Later this month regulators will consider a petition from state-run electricity board, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam (GUVN), that solar plant developers are getting unfair gains.

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Kerala's chief minister burnt by solar scam allegations
Fri Jul 12 16:55:10 +0800 2013

State politicians in the Indian state of Kerala passed this year's finance bill amid a solar storm of protest by opposition politicians. Allegations of a solar scam are dogging the state's chief minister, Oommen Chandy, and have sparked strikes and litigation.

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Thailand's PTT announces Australian links for algae biofuels
Thu Jul 11 13:02:37 +0800 2013

Thailand's PTT, the state-owned, Bangkok-listed oil and gas company, has announced plans to develop algae-based fuel products in conjunction with Australian researchers and open a production plant there in the future.

The company believes it can commercially competitive products ready for market by 2017. Currently algae-based biofuels cost up to five times as much to refine palm oil biofuels, but progress is being made.

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Korea's SK takes first step into electric vehicles eco-systems
Mon Jul 08 10:27:41 +0800 2013

Korea's largest oil refining and chemical company, SK Innovation, is teaming up with China's Beijing Automotive Group and Beijing Electricians in its first electric car battery joint venture. It is the Korean company's first step in planned entry to the electric car market.

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Solar auction system for Indonesia
Tue Jul 09 09:45:09 +0800 2013

Indonesia is to establish an auction system that aims to boost its solar power sector. The announcement from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry said successful bidders will be given a 20 year contract to sell the power to state utility firm Perusahaan Listrik Negara.

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Bangladesh's biggest solar plant dim news, off-grid a bright spot
Tue Jul 09 11:31:51 +0800 2013

Bangladesh has announced its largest grid-connected solar installation to date. However while neighboring India is installing projects in the multi-megawatt range with over 1.4-GW of solar power now linked to the national grid, Bangladesh's efforts remain small in comparison.

The new solar power plant is on the rooftop of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics building in Dhaka and has a 200-KW of peak generating capacity. In perspective this is the equivalent to lighting up 5,000 bulbs of 40-watts. The solar plant, installed by InGen Technology, comprises 670 300-watt panels, and will meet around 40 percent of the building’s electricity demand.

Solar-powered floating school in Bangladesh

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China's giant power firms urged to clean up their act
Tue Jul 09 10:18:51 +0800 2013

China's power corporations should develop their clean energy generation in a bid to improve the air quality nationwide, attendees concluded this week at the 2013 China Power Summit in Beijing, writes Xinhua.

The 2013 China Power Summit kicks off Wednesday in Beijing. The three-day summit includes nine sub-forums regarding the smart grid, solar photovoltaic energy, solar thermal energy, wind power and bio-energy.

Serious smog has choked the Beijing skies many times this year, leaving the city's residents suffering from the astonishingly bad air quality.

Coal-fired power plant in suburban Beijing

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India announces date for PV anti-dumping hearing
Mon Jul 08 10:35:10 +0800 2013

Following the lead of the US, the EU and China, India has announced July 18th as the preliminary hearing for its investigation into solar PV anti-dumping allegations. The investigation will look into manufacturers in China, Taiwan, USA and Malaysia.

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Applications lodged to restart 10 Japanese nuclear reactors
Tue Jul 09 10:04:23 +0800 2013

Four Japanese power companies are seeking to restart 10 nuclear reactors between them under new rules from the country’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA).

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China CleanTech Index down but solar turns round
Tue Jul 09 12:24:14 +0800 2013

The latest figures from the China CleanTech Index fell in June 2013 recording a 13.4 percent loss and underperforming all but one of its benchmarks. Indeed some explanation comes from the general downward movement of Chinese equities over the past few weeks.

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HCM City's green energy program stifled by lack of investment
Thu Jul 11 12:21:26 +0800 2013

Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh (HCM) city is nearly two year into its Green Energy program under the auspices of Ministry of Industry and Trade but is finding it hard to attract private investment. City officials admit it doesn't have enough cash to fund viable projects.

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More worries over Vietnam worries over hydropower construction
Thu Jul 11 13:18:18 +0800 2013

A series of dam failures in Vietnam at hydropower projects has seen local authorities order emergency inspections across the country. Cost cutting and profiteering are being names as the main cause for these construction failures, with investors also failing to live up to commitments such as relocation.

So dangerous is the problem that one province has closed eight projects.

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Coal-fired carbon emissions to be converted with algae
Wed Jul 03 12:25:19 +0800 2013

Australia's new polluter-pays policy is encouraging the use of clean tech to reduce tariffs. One of the country's largest coal-fired power stations company's has signed USD138 million contract to use algae to treat its carbon dioxide emissions and produce fuel.

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Solar and wind capacity pushing global energy storage market
Wed Jul 03 12:19:45 +0800 2013

New research is predicting that the market for energy storage systems (ESSs) to help cope with solar and wind power generation into grids will total 21.8-GW from 2013 to 2023.

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Japan announces another green fund for big regional projects
Wed Jul 03 12:12:09 +0800 2013

Japan is ploughing another JPY1.4 billion (UDS13.9 million) into clean energy projects this year. The Ministry of the Environment has announced a new fund to invest in regional companies and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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Sinovel divests following US indictment
Wed Jul 03 12:02:40 +0800 2013

Only the day after Sinovel Wind Group was charged with stealing trade secrets from its former US supplier, it announced the divestiture of four foreign units.

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China's solar companies' mixed fortunes continue
Thu Jul 04 13:54:42 +0800 2013

China's solar companies continue to have mixed fortunes with Yingli Green Energy announcing a new contract in the Malaysian residential market and Trina Holdings announcing full debt repayment while troubled LDK has been looking for cash again.

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Garuda pledges biofuel use by 2015
Thu Jul 04 13:49:23 +0800 2013

Indonesia's national airline, PT Garuda, will use biofuel mixture on all of its aircraft from 2015 onwards. It estimates it will need 10 million litres of biofuel during the first year, said Novianto Herupratomno, the operation's director of Garuda and reported by Antara.

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Thai Energy Conservation fund spends $11 mln this year
Thu Jul 04 14:23:55 +0800 2013

Thailand's Energy Conservation Fund has approved grants of THB352.6 million (USD11.34 million) to help finance 24 research and development projects for 2013.

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Double whammy on funding adds to coal industry woes
Thu Jun 27 17:17:33 +0800 2013

It’s been a bad week for big coal.

Already reeling from plunging stocks, a softening Chinese economy, and President Barack Obama’s plans to regulate emissions from US power plants, the coal industry has been hit again by news that the US Export-Import and the World Bank may soon put an end to almost all funding for international coal-fired plants.

Downhill for coal

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Heat transfer company makes China acquisition
Fri Jul 05 10:39:15 +0800 2013

Nasdaq-listed THT Heat Transfer Technology has completed the take-over of Beijing Juyuan Hanyang Heat Exchange Equipment. THT's subsidiary Siping Juyuan, paid Hanyang International CNY2.5 million (USD0.4 million) for the final 25 percent of the company.

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Southeast Asia’s solar PV growth prospects remain solid
Tue Jul 02 16:13:49 +0800 2013

Emerging solar photovoltaic (PV) markets in Southeast Asia are expected to benefit from a relatively stable political environment, access to financing, adequate infrastructure, and challenges created by high prices for imported fossil fuel, according to analyst firm NPD SolarBuzz.

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Vietnam's bioethanol industry taking a bath
Wed Jul 03 11:53:44 +0800 2013

Vietnam's ethanol producers are facing rising production costs, falling prices and a lack of demand.

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Yingli to develop 3-GW of solar power plants in Southeast China
Mon Jun 17 16:10:53 +0800 2013

Chinese solar manufacturer Yingli Green Energy, the world’s largest solar module manufacturer in 2012, has announced a huge deal to develop photovoltaic power plants in Yunnan province, Southeast China, with a combined capacity of 3-GW.

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Indonesia bets big on geothermal exploration
Wed Jun 19 15:55:18 +0800 2013

Indonesia is betting big on geothermal exploration as the nation seeks to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels for electricity.

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China calls for easier financing to aid solar makers
Wed Jun 19 15:15:50 +0800 2013

In a further attempt to prop up its besieged solar industry and help its makers clear massive over stock of cheap PV panels, China is encouraging its banks to loosen up their purse strings and power companies to make room for more solar-friendly generation.

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Nepal set to invest USD1bn in hydro power
Thu Jun 20 15:20:54 +0800 2013

The Nepali government is looking to tackle its energy crisis by allocating more than USD1 billion in its upcoming national budget to hydro power development.

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CNPC starts work on China’s first dedicated shale gas pipeline
Thu Jun 20 15:19:12 +0800 2013

China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), the country's largest oil and gas producer and supplier, has started to build the country's first dedicated shale gas pipeline in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

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HK electric taxis off line after BYD charging station melt down
Fri Jun 21 16:33:10 +0800 2013

Shares in the Warren Buffet-backed BYD Co plunged by almost 10 percent after a charging station built by the Chinese electric vehicle maker partially melted down in Hong Kong yesterday.

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Turbine makers vie to fulfill China’s 30-GW offshore ambitions
Fri Jun 21 16:29:14 +0800 2013

China’s ambitious target of installing 30-GW of offshore wind capacity by 2020 has many wind developers scrambling for a piece of the pie, but Siemens AG-backed Shanghai Electric Wind Energy is planning to grab 30 percent of the promising market within the next two years alone.

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Japan nuke owners request restarts to stop the bleeding
Mon Jun 24 17:11:47 +0800 2013

A number of Japan’s nuclear operators, including the owner of the stricken Fukushima plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), are optimistically hoping to restart several idled facilities as early as next month, according to a Reuters report.

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High costs undermine impact of Japan’s generous feed-in tariff
Tue Jun 25 15:24:23 +0800 2013

If Japan wants to take full advantage of the country’s clean energy incentives, which are three times as generous as those in Germany, it must cut the cost of installing solar panels and wind turbines, according to an official at the energy foundation set up by billionaire Masayoshi Son.

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India to revive wind-farm tax break, raise subsidy
Tue Jun 25 15:18:46 +0800 2013

Following a 47 percent drop in wind farm installations last year, India is looking to revive tax breaks for wind farms after the expiry of earlier incentive programs, according to two government officials.

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China planning distributed solar power pilot projects
Tue Jun 25 16:33:38 +0800 2013

China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) is formulating plans to set up distributed solar photovoltaic power generation demonstration plants across the country.

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Nepal gets on to the solar power bandwagon
Wed Jun 26 12:44:35 +0800 2013

Nepal is the latest emerging Asian nation to embrace solar power with a 20-MW project backed by the World Bank and a 30-MW facility to be built by China's Hunan Yueer.

The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has announced plans to diversify energy resources as it seeks to develop solar projects in the Himalayan country, in a bid to tackle the country’s power problems.

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Philippines could lose USD2.5 billion in renewable energy investments
Thu Jun 27 13:55:56 +0800 2013

The Philippines risks losing “over $2.5 billion in potential renewable energy investments” due to delays in the crafting of rules and mechanisms that were causing investor uncertainty, a 2013 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report said.

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IEA projects renewable power to surpass gas by 2016
Thu Jun 27 13:48:46 +0800 2013

IEA report sees renewable power increasingly cost-competitive with new fossil-fuel generation, but agency warns against complacency

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 in its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report (MTRMR).

According to the MTRMR, despite a difficult economic context, renewable power output is expected to increase by 40 percent in the next five years.

IEA Medium term outlook on renewables

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Double whammy on bank funding adds to coal industry woes
Thu Jun 27 17:17:33 +0800 2013

It’s been a bad week for big coal.

Already reeling from plunging stocks, a softening Chinese economy, and President Barack Obama’s plans to regulate emissions from US power plants, the coal industry has been hit again by news that the US Export-Import and the World Bank may soon put an end to almost all funding for international coal-fired plants.

Downhill for coal

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Vietnam drops hundreds of unviable hydro projects
Fri Jun 28 15:09:41 +0800 2013

Inspections by Vietnamese government ministries in 21 provinces have resulted in the country cancelling 338 hydro-power plant projects which would have provided about 1-GW of power. Another 169 projects may also get the chop.

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India to top China as world’s leading coal importer
Fri Jun 28 15:06:21 +0800 2013

India is burning coal in power plants at the fastest pace in 31 years. At the same time, domestic supplies of natural gas – the main alternative to coal – are falling at the quickest rate in Asia, data from 2012 compiled by oil giant BP show.

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US files federal charges against Sinovel for IP theft
Fri Jun 28 15:03:38 +0800 2013

China’s Sinovel Wind Group was indicted yesterday in US federal court over charges that it had stolen trade secrets from its former supplier, American Superconductor Corp (AMSC), as part of a legal battle that has been going on in US and Chinese courts for almost two years.

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FiT for purpose – is Malaysia getting renewables right?
Fri Jun 14 17:55:33 +0800 2013

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Tropical Malaysia has a well-developed plantation industry which accounts for a significant portion of the country's estimated 5-GW of biomass power potential. Given this resource, much of which is currently going to waste, CleanBiz.Asia executive editor Fergus O'Rorke wonders why the Malaysian Government is so keen to support the country's solar power sector.

The Malaysian Government is thinking about revamping the way it allocates feed-in tariff (FiT) to the solar power sector, as applications continue to far outstrip available budget.

Under the country’s Renewable Energy Bill the Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA) allocates FiT budget – split between biogas, biomass, small hydro and solar photovoltaic – on a first-come, first-served basis, every six months.

To fund the FiT Tenaga Nasional, the country’s state-controlled electricity company, charges customers on the Malaysian Peninsular a one percent levy on electricity bills.

Malaysia's solar biomass choice

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North America and Asia Pacific lead geothermal power market
Fri Jun 14 16:22:37 +0800 2013

North America and Asia Pacific lead the world in terms of geothermal power projects with 56 in the final stages of development, according to a recent report from Navigant Research.

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Japan prepares to break up power monopolies
Fri Jun 14 16:17:10 +0800 2013

Japan’s government has taken the first steps to revamp the country’s 16 trillion yen (USD166 billion) electricity industry and spur competition after a House of Representatives committee passed a resolution which will see the country’s utilities split power generation and distribution.

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Indonesia heating up geothermal power prices
Thu Jun 13 16:47:52 +0800 2013

The Indonesian government is to promote business certainty by raising the price of electricity produced by geothermal power plants. The authorities hope the move will boost a number of geothermal projects that have stalled due to financial problems.

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German PV maker hopes to build on China success
Mon Jun 10 18:22:02 +0800 2013

German solar manufacturing technology supplier teamtechnik says it has completed solar plants almost with about 600-MW capacity in the cities of Tianjin, Hengshui and Xinxian on behalf of Yingli Solar.

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Four energy policies can keep the 2°C climate goal alive - IEA
Tue Jun 11 12:01:56 +0800 2013

New report shows how to stop growth in energy-related emissions by 2020 at no net economic cost

Warning that the world is not on track to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, the International Energy Agency (IEA) on has urged governments to swiftly enact four energy policies that would keep climate goals alive without harming economic growth.

“Climate change has quite frankly slipped to the back burner of policy priorities. But the problem is not going away – quite the opposite,”

IEA Graph

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South Korea to restart reactor as power shortage looms
Tue Jun 11 14:00:04 +0800 2013

In the face of its worst power shortage for decades South Korea has given approval for a nuclear reactor – shut down for almost eight months due to faulty safety equipment – to be restarted.

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SB Energy gets a start in the Japanese wind sector
Tue Jun 11 13:30:35 +0800 2013

SB Energy, the renewable energy arm of Japanese telecom and Internet group Softbank, is teaming up with trading house Mitsui & Co and Green Power Investment Corp to build a 48-MW wind farm in western Japan.

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India looking to switch on solar city
Wed May 29 16:01:53 +0800 2013

The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) in India is looking to turn Rajarhat-New Town into a solar city after mandating that all commercial and residential high rises must install solar rooftop systems to meet at least two per cent of the buildings' electrical load requirement.

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China leads the world to a greater use of renewables
Wed May 29 17:04:11 +0800 2013

China has led the world in the greatest expansion in renewable energy and the largest energy savings between 1990 and 2010, according to a report released Tuesday by the World Bank.

India, for its part, has provided electricity to an annual average of 24 million people and provided 20 million a year with access to modern cooking and heating fuels since 1990.

The report, The Sustainable Energy For All Global Tracking Framework, was conducted by a World Bank-headed research team and involving the International Energy Agency, 13 other agencies and supported by the World Energy Council (WEC).

Global share in renewable energy 2010

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IFC to invest $1 mln in India energy technology startup
Wed May 29 15:08:25 +0800 2013

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has announced a USD1 million investment in Indian energy efficiency startup Ecolibrium Energy to develop technology which would help industrial and commercial enterprises to monitor and optimize their electricity use.

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Small hydro worse than large, China river study finds
Thu May 30 16:51:16 +0800 2013

A fresh look at the environmental impacts of dams on an ecologically diverse and partially protected river in China found that small dams can pose a greater threat to ecosystems and natural landscapes than large dams.

Although large dams are generally considered more harmful than their smaller counterparts, the research team’s surveys of habitat loss and damage at several dam sites on the Nu River and its tributaries in Yunnan Province revealed that, watt-for-watt, the environmental harm from small dams was often greater – sometimes by several orders of magnitude – than from large dams.

A hydro station on Nu River

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China Merchants inks another large solar deal
Thu May 30 16:38:04 +0800 2013

The China Merchants New Energy Group (CMNE) has announced a deal with the city of Xingtai to build 300-MW of solar projects.

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Kawasaki lays claim to cheap fuel from straw
Fri May 31 11:53:58 +0800 2013

Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries is claiming to be able to produce fuel for cars from farm waste at a cost that is competitive with imported ethanol made from food products, such as sugar cane, according to Reuters.

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Japan poised to take top PV position in revenue
Fri May 31 12:03:52 +0800 2013

Japan’s solar installations surged by a stunning 270 percent in the first quarter of 2013, positioning the country to surpass Germany to become the world’s largest photovoltaics (PV) market in terms of revenue this year, according to a new report by IHS research.

Although Japan is forecast to install less new solar PV capacity than China (which is forecast to be the largest market in GW installation terms) in 2013, the high prices of PV systems in Japan will drive it to become the world’s largest market in revenue terms.

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Vietnam quashes half of small-scale hydro plans
Mon Jun 03 16:40:09 +0800 2013

Vietnam’s National Assembly's Committee for Science, Technology and Environment has terminated almost half of the small-scale hydro-power projects included in the National Master Plan for Power Development until 2020, according to a report in the state-owned Vietnam News Service.

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China and India sign up as Renewables Club members
Tue Jun 04 14:53:28 +0800 2013

Ahead of World Environment Day, high-level representatives from 10 countries have come together to establish a global “Renewables Club”, with the goal of scaling up the deployment of renewable energy worldwide.

The Club is the brainchild of Germany’s environment minister, Peter Altmaier. Its founding members are China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Morocco, South Africa, Tonga, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, together with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Renewables Club

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Bloomberg now says Japan will be world’s largest solar market in 2013
Wed Jun 05 15:33:28 +0800 2013

Japanese government incentives to encourage clean energy following the Fukushima nuclear crisis will see the country succeed Germany as the world’s largest solar market by annual installations this year, ahead of China, according to revised projections from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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Japan Post to start solar delivery service
Wed Jun 05 16:47:09 +0800 2013

The Japanese postal service is planning to install solar panels on 286 post offices to produce 11-MW of energy for resale to national utilities.

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Philippines approves renewable energy project rules
Wed Jun 05 16:43:36 +0800 2013

The long awaited guidelines in the selection and awarding of certificates for renewable energy projects that will be found eligible for feed-in-tariff rates have finally been issued by the Philippines Department of Energy.

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WWF launches Seize Your Power campaign to boost clean energy
Wed Jun 05 15:35:04 +0800 2013

WWF today launched its new international campaign, under the slogan “Seize Your Power”, to get governments and financial institutions worldwide to increase renewable energy investment by at least USD40 billion over the next 12 months.

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Renewable-energy, clean tech key for a low-carbon Thailand
Thu Jun 06 16:44:50 +0800 2013

A "Road Map for a Low-carbon Thailand towards 2050" has been published to point the way for the Kingdom to develop sustainable energy whilst reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

Based on a joint Thai-Japanese research program which started in 2010, the new roadmap is aimed at supporting establishing policies for sustainable energy and the environmental transition of Thailand towards a low-carbon society.

The low-carbon Thailand (LCT) roadmap is a joint research initiative between Thammasat University's Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology

Thailand's low carbon future

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Japan energy plan to increase renewables spend
Thu Jun 06 16:23:06 +0800 2013

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s master plan to kick start the world third-largest economy includes a huge increase in spending on wind, geothermal and other renewable sources as part of a plan to spur investment in the nation’s electricity industry to about 30 trillion yen (USD299 billion).

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Thailand government agencies go solar to cut fuel costs
Thu Jun 06 16:16:05 +0800 2013

Thailand’s Energy Conservation Promotion Fund committee has agreed to invest THB2.147 billion (USD69 million) on renewables including THB1.8 billion for rooftop solar on 2,000 government buildings.

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First wind farm to open as Mongolia tries to wean itself off coal
Thu Jun 06 16:07:36 +0800 2013

The first wind farm in Mongolia and, at USD122 million, the largest project the country has undertaken in 30 years, is expected to begin operations on June 20, according to Bloomberg.

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Not content to stick to its knitting, Coal India ventures into solar
Tue May 28 16:33:30 +0800 2013

In a surprising diversification move Coal India – the giant state-controlled mining company – has decided to set up solar power projects across the country.

The reason for the world’s largest non-renewable energy producer venturing into the renewable sector, is a growing realization that India’s coal reserves are not going to last for long, the company told prospective bidders for solar power equipment contracts.

Coal India

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Not content with its knitting, Coal India ventures into solar
Tue May 28 16:33:30 +0800 2013

In a surprising diversification move Coal India – the giant state-controlled mining company – has decided to set up solar power projects across the country.

The reason for the world’s largest non-renewable energy producer venturing into the renewable sector, is a growing realization that India’s coal reserves are not going to last for long, the company told prospective bidders for solar power equipment contracts.

Coal India

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Gamesa lands turbine deals with Greenko and CLP India
Tue May 28 15:33:18 +0800 2013

Both Greenko Group and CLP India have chosen wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa to supply wind turbines for separate projects on the sub-continent.

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Indonesia hit with EU tariff on biodiesel imports
Wed May 29 15:49:46 +0800 2013

The European Union has imposed tariffs on biodiesel from Indonesia, expanding renewable-energy trade barriers after it earlier applied import levies against US-made biodiesel.

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India continues solar thermal push despite lackluster success
Wed May 29 15:44:56 +0800 2013

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the public sector company formed last year as the executive arm of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), is looking for partners to build four pilot solar thermal power projects in an apparent bid to increase the solar technology mix under the recently launched JNNSM Phase 2.

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Gamesa lands turbine deals with Greenco and CLP India
Tue May 28 15:33:18 +0800 2013

Both Greenko Group and CLP India have chosen wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa to supply wind turbines for separate projects on the sub-continent.

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Lopez group to spend $3.14 bln on Philippine power generation
Tue May 28 15:39:29 +0800 2013

One of the Philippines largest family-owned conglomerates, the Lopez Group, with interests in power, media, telecommunications, property, manufacturing and other sectors, says it will put another USD3.14 billion into new energy generation, including renewable energy.

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Hong Kong has new plan for solid waste – again
Tue May 21 20:24:31 +0800 2013

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Once more into the muck! Hong Kong’s government has announced a comprehensive plan to tackle the city’s looming problem with solid waste disposal – its third plan in less than 20 years. CleanBiz.Asia executive editor Fergus O’Rorke says that while there are still tweaks that can be made to make the plan more attractive, time is of the essence.

The Hong Kong Government has a new, multi-prongeed solid waste management plan that maps out the city’s strategy for the next decade. It's aimed at slowing the rate at which rubbish is sent to the city’s three existing mega-dumps, which are projected to reach capacity in 2015, 2017 and 2019 unless something is done.

Unveiled by Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing, Hong Kong: Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources 2013-2022 repackages the familiar mantra of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” as “Use Less, Waste Less” and envisages building of at least two organic waste treatment facilities together with a large waste-to-energy incineration plant.

Hong Kong's looming landfill problem

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Thailand’s Ratchaburi looking at ASEAN power plays
Wed May 22 16:56:59 +0800 2013

Thailand-based Ratchaburi Electricity has “seriously assessed” the potential to invest in neighboring countries including Cambodia.

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Israeli wave energy company turns on Chinese subsidiary
Wed May 22 16:40:39 +0800 2013

The Chinese government has signed an agreement with Israeli hydrokinetic developer Eco Wave Power (EWP) in a bid to promote economic trade and collaboration between the two parties.

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Philippines finally approves projects under delayed FiT
Thu May 23 15:39:05 +0800 2013

The Philippines’ Department of Energy has finally given the go ahead for three proposed wind farms, with a generating capacity totaling 208.5-MW, as the country looks to escalate the development of its wind power potential, estimated to be 76-GW. These approvals are the first to be given under the country’s feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for renewable energy.

While there has been plenty of interest from local and international investors in the Philippines wind sector since the passing of the country’s Renewable Energy Law in 2008, regulatory developments have been slow.

Philippines approves delayed wind projects

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Trouble up north a warning sign of Japanese gridlock
Fri May 24 16:03:16 +0800 2013

A statement last month from Hokkaido Electric Power Co, which provides electricity to Japan’s northernmost island, that it won’t be able to accommodate more than 400-MW of utility-scale solar-powered generating capacity appears to be having a cooling effect on the industry.

SB Energy, the renewable power arm of Softbank Corp, is reported by the Kyoto News agency to be re-evaluating the feasibility of three solar projects in the prefecture with a total planned capacity of 180-MW.

Hokkaido solar farm

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Presidential thumbs up for wind power to Taiwan’s nuclear-free vision
Mon May 27 16:21:37 +0800 2013

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said the country will continue to promote wind power generation as it seeks a diversified power supply and independent power generation.

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‘Please all parties’ policy harming growth in India’s solar industry
Mon May 27 16:14:19 +0800 2013

India’s ‘please all parties’ policy is taking the shine off growth in the country’s solar industry as it forgets one key stakeholder – the consumer – with installations flat-lining in 2013, according to a report by clean energy communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital.

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Presidential thumbs up for wind power to nuclear-free Taiwan
Mon May 27 16:21:37 +0800 2013

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said the country will continue to promote wind power generation as it seeks a diversified power supply and independent power generation.

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Sparring solar trade parties discuss resolution to dispute
Tue May 21 15:40:45 +0800 2013

China, the US and the EU appear to be looking for common ground in an effort to settle the long-running tit-for-tat dispute over the trade in solar equipment between the world’s largest economies.

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Japan Asia to refocus its solar business on homeland
Mon May 20 15:04:58 +0800 2013

The Japan Asia Group is reportedly preparing to roll out 500-MW of solar projects in Japan as it considers reducing its European operations, according to Bloomberg.

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China seen to be readying tariffs on EU, US solar imports
Mon May 20 15:21:23 +0800 2013

China may be on the verge of imposing anti-dumping duties on imports of polysilicon in apparent retaliation for levies the EU is considering and the US has already imposed on Chinese solar exporters.

According to a Bloomberg report, quoting anonymous sources, China’s Ministry of Commerce has completed probes that determined the US and EU are subsidizing producers of polysilicon and that imports of the commodity harmed its domestic companies.

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Goldman targets $487 mln war chest at Japanese renewables
Tue May 21 15:47:38 +0800 2013

Goldman Sachs is reported to have committed JPY50 billion (USD487 million) for the development of solar and wind power generating projects in Japan over the next five years.

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Philippine FiT scheme takes another baby step forward
Thu Mar 28 15:31:25 +0800 2013

After years of official wrangling, the Philippines looks like it will finally kick off its feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for renewable energy by next year, according to Agence France-Press (AFP).

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India hits 1.4-GW of solar, wants a lot more
Thu Mar 28 15:26:15 +0800 2013

The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) says the country now has a total 1.44-GW of grid connected solar capacity, and is targeting close to another 300-MW by the end of the month to bring the fiscal year’s total to 800-MW.  

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Foxxcon big on solar as electronics business slows
Thu Mar 28 15:22:20 +0800 2013

Taiwan’s Foxconn is moving more steadily into the solar PV market as its traditional business of building cellphones and other electronic devices starts showing cracks.

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Foxxcon big on solar as electronics business wanes
Thu Mar 28 15:22:20 +0800 2013

Taiwan’s Foxconn is moving more steadily into the solar PV market as its traditional business of building cellphones and other electronic devices starts showing cracks.

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Japan to list world’s first LNG futures
Tue Apr 02 16:09:22 +0800 2013

Japan will list the world’s first futures contract for liquefied natural gas (LNG) on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange (Tocom) within two years.

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Japanese cabinet agrees to power market liberalization
Wed Apr 03 17:03:55 +0800 2013

The Japanese cabinet is moving ahead with a proposal to revamp the country’s electricity industry and foster competition by obliging utilities to split power generation and distribution into separate businesses.

The plan, which requires parliamentary approval, is aimed at encouraging innovation and grid modernization as  Japan grapples with its energy policy after the shutting down of almost all its nuclear power plants in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The idea of liberalizing Japan’s electricity market has been around for years and was included in a series of economic overhauls, intended to improve the country’s competitiveness, being discussed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration.

Japan power market liberalization

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Japanese banks shell out $191 mln on wind farm expansion
Fri Apr 05 17:37:05 +0800 2013

A consortium of six Japanese banks led by the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) will loan 18 billion yen (UD191 million) for a lrage wind power project in western Japan.

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Biofuels poised for big growth as coal subsides
Fri Apr 05 17:31:59 +0800 2013

Biofuels are becoming big policy and big business as countries around the world look to decrease petroleum dependence, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector, and support agricultural interests. 

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Korea’s CK Solar to install 300-MW Pakistan solar
Fri Apr 05 18:12:56 +0800 2013

CK Solar Korea has reached an agreement to build a 300-MW solar park in Pakistan’s Balochistan province for a cost of around USD 900 million, according to a Pakistani official.

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China to build largest coal-to-gas project
Mon Apr 08 17:45:00 +0800 2013

In a bid to meet China’s rising demand for natural gas, state energy giant Sinopec Group is to invest up to USD11.3 billion (70 billion yuan) to build the country's largest coal-to-gas project.

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Ormat signs 330-MW Indonesian geothermal deals
Mon Apr 08 17:40:47 +0800 2013

Geothermal company Ormat Technologies says that Sarulla Operations has signed joint operating and energy sales contracts for its 330-MW Sarulla geothermal power project in Indonesia.

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Asia's future prosperity requires major change in energy use
Tue Apr 09 16:40:28 +0800 2013

Asia is moving along a dangerously unsustainable energy path that will result in environmental disaster and a gaping divide in energy access between rich and poor unless the region dramatically changes course, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report.

“Asia could be consuming more than half the world’s energy supply by 2035, and without radical changes carbon dioxide emissions will double,” said ADB chief economist Changyong Rhee. “Asia must both contain rising demand and explore cleaner energy options, which will require creativity and resolve, with policymakers having to grapple with politically difficult issues like fuel subsidies and regional energy market integration.”

ADB Asia energy challenge

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European solar industry split over trade war with China
Tue Apr 09 17:29:18 +0800 2013

Over 1,000 companies from across the European solar power industry sent an open letter to the European Commission warning that the potential outcome of the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation against Chinese solar manufacturers could have a grave impact on the industry.

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China market volatility drives global solar PV downturn in Q1’13
Tue Apr 09 17:18:46 +0800 2013

Seasonality and policy incentive deadlines from the end-market in China drove global solar PV demand down to 6.2-GW in 1Q’13, 23 percent below the previous quarter.

Over the next four quarters, China will account for more than 20 percent of global PV market demand, ranging between 0.9 and 3.6-GW, according to the new NPD Solarbuzz Quarterly report, but its volatile PV demand cycles will create new supply challenges for leading manufacturers.

Phases of PV demand from China, Europe and rest of the world

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High wind power capacity wasted on inadequate grid
Tue Apr 09 17:06:53 +0800 2013

The average amount of time wind turbines in China were generating electricity shrank last year according to data released by the country's energy watchdog, underlining the need to boost grid construction to absorb more wind power.

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China wind power generation up 41% on 2012
Wed Apr 10 17:09:37 +0800 2013

China generated 100.8 billion KWh of wind power in 2012, marking a 41 percent rise from 2011, the National Energy Administration said in a statement on its website yesterday.

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SE Asia to see 28% growth in PV demand by 2017
Wed Apr 10 17:02:51 +0800 2013

Solar PV demand from the Emerging Asia Pacific and Central Asia (EAPCA) region is forecast to exceed 3-GW by 2017, according to a new report by NPD Solarbuzz.

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JX Oil aims to lock up rights to First Solar cells in Japan
Thu Apr 11 16:49:11 +0800 2013

Japan’s largest refiner, JX Nippon Oil & Energy (JX) says it is in talkd with America’s First Solar to sell its share of US-based PV manufacturer TetraSun.

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India to build renewable energy corridor
Thu Apr 11 16:42:19 +0800 2013

India is to strengthen the renewable energy transmission system in several states thanks to a EUR1 billion (USD1.3 billion) soft loan from Germany. According to a top official the loan will be used to develop a "renewable energy corridor".

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China wind firmly in the hands of government
Fri Apr 12 16:43:58 +0800 2013

China’s state-owned enterprises are behind some 81 percent of the country’s booming wind power industry, according to data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA).

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New rules aimed to stop another Fukushima
Fri Apr 12 16:16:58 +0800 2013

Japan's nuclear watchdog has published new draft safety standards hoping it will prevent another Fukushima disaster.

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A geothermal giant begins to stir
Fri Apr 12 17:18:42 +0800 2013

Japan is considering at least 21 new geothermal power projects as it searches for alternative energy sources to replace at least some of its idled nuclear power plants.

Japan's generous feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for renewable energy, together with the lifting of a moratorium on geothermal prospecting in national parks, has sparked a revival in interest in the sector which hasn't seen any new capacity added since 1999. The government is guaranteeing smaller geothermal plants a rate of JPN40 (40 US cents) per kWh after tax (the same level as the FiT for solar energy) while plants of over 15-MW capacity get JPY27.3 (27.4 US cents).

Japan's geothermal ambitions

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India and neighbors to maximize hydro in major river basins
Mon Apr 15 14:43:16 +0800 2013

Nepal, India and Bangladesh are to jointly develop and finance hydropower projects in the Ganges river basin while Bhutan, India and Bangladesh have also agreed to co-operate on maximizing hydropower potential of the Brahmaputra Basin.

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ADB chips in to support waste-to-energy in smaller China cities
Mon Apr 15 14:39:44 +0800 2013

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending USD200 million in loans to the Dynagreen Environmental Protection Group to help small and medium-sized cities in China turn their growing mountains of solid waste into a sustainable source of renewable energy under an agreement signed on Friday in Beijing.

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China Wind Power to construct 700-MW of renewables with CNNC
Mon Apr 15 15:14:02 +0800 2013

Hong Kong-listed China Wind Power has signed a strategic co-operation agreement with CNNC Rich Energy to co-invest in a total of 700-MW of renewable energy capacity.

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Unilever factories and logistics reduce CO2 by 1 million tons
Tue Apr 16 14:56:28 +0800 2013

Consumer product giant Unilever has announced that its five-year strategy to slash carbon emissions has resulted in the reduction of more than one million tonnes of CO2 from its manufacturing and logistics operations.

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LDK default may signal another major solar failure for China
Wed Apr 17 16:56:55 +0800 2013

China-based LDK-Solar’s announcement that it could not pay almost USD24 million in debt due on April 15 has raised the specter of yet another massive solar-industry failure this year as the company needs to repay a loan 10 times larger by June.

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Japan FiTs attract 7.6-GW in renewables
Wed Apr 17 16:52:41 +0800 2013

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has announced that the country added 1.39-GW of clean energy capacity from April 2012 until January this year.

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EU grants $4.5 mln to help Philippines flip the green ‘switch’
Wed Apr 17 16:49:43 +0800 2013

The European Union (EU) has agreed to bestow PHP189 million (USD4.5 million) to the Philippines to help it promote cleaner and more energy-efficient initiatives in the country.

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The drive for clean energy has stalled says IEA
Wed Apr 17 17:00:00 +0800 2013

The rapid expansion of renewable technologies is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in an annual report to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).

“The drive to clean up the world’s energy system has stalled,” IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven told the CEM, which brings together ministers representing countries responsible for four-fifths of global greenhouse-gas emissions.

Market concentration of non-hydro renewables

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China eco-resort to pilot ocean thermal energy conversion
Wed Apr 17 16:44:04 +0800 2013

And now for something completely different: A Thai-Chinese “Red Bull” billionaire has teamed up with US aerospace and arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin to pilot a potentially revolutionary system that exploits the temperature difference between the deep sea and the surface to generate electricity.

The Reignwood Group – which produces Red Bull in China and is owned by Chanchai Ruayrungruang (also known as Yan Bin) – plans to use a 10-MW Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) off-shore power plant to provide electricity for a new “green resort community” it is developing somewhere on the coast of Southern China.

A OTEC system

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India looks to turn local content augment against US at WTO
Thu Apr 18 16:58:21 +0800 2013

India looks set to use the same argument on local regulations against the United States that the US has been accusing India of in its dispute over solar trade restrictions at the World Trade Organization.

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Japan to install world's largest battery to store solar energy
Thu Apr 18 17:23:46 +0800 2013

The Japanese government announced yesterday that it will install the world's largest battery to store renewable energy at an electrical substation in Hokkaido, where solar power generation facilities are rapidly increasing, according to a report by the Kyodo News Service.

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Hefei state takes over struggling LDK Solar
Thu Apr 18 17:01:43 +0800 2013

Financially battered Chinese solar PV maker LDK Solar yesterday announced the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary, LDK Solar High-Tech Co, located in China’s Hefei City of Anhui Province, to an affiliate of the Hefei City government, Hefei High Tech Industrial Development Social Service Corp, for approximately RMB120 million (USD19.4 million).

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Toshiba joins SunEdison in solar pant deal
Fri Apr 19 14:59:31 +0800 2013

Japan’s Toshiba Corp and US-based SunEdison have agreed to build solar power plants in Japan, according to the Nikkei.

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Fujian’s first nuclear power plant starts operations
Fri Apr 19 14:20:47 +0800 2013

The first reactor at the Ningde Nuclear Power Station in China’s Fujian Province became operational on Thursday. The 1.09-GW CPR-1000 reactor, which is largely domestically produced, is the first of four that will be running at Ningde by 2015.

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India to double non-hydro renewable energy capacity by '17
Fri Apr 19 15:48:29 +0800 2013

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced his government’s intention to double the country’s non-hydro renewable energy generating capacity by 2017.

"It is proposed to double the renewable energy capacity in our country from 25,000-MW in 2012 to 55,000-megawatts by the year 2017," Singh told the two-day Clean Energy Ministerial conference in New Delhi.

He said India that ramping up its use of wind, solar and biomass energies in the coming years, in line with the country’s low carbon strategy, was necessary for sustainable growth.

Renewable energy growth

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India's grid-connected wind and solar power capacity reaches 27 GW
Fri Apr 19 15:11:46 +0800 2013

India's grid-connected non-hydro renewable energy capacity, mainly solar and wind, has reached 27-GW, while the country’s total grid-connected power generation capacity is about 215-GW, according to a top Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) official.

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Toshiba joins SunEdison in solar plant deal
Fri Apr 19 14:59:31 +0800 2013

Japan’s Toshiba Corp and US-based SunEdison have agreed to build solar power plants in Japan, according to the Nikkei.

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LDK 4th quarter sales a debacle, confidence wanes
Fri Apr 19 16:25:17 +0800 2013

In addition to being hit with the same industry woes that all global solar manufacturers have had to contend with, including over-supply and collapsing prices, China’s LDK Solar is now watching sales tumble as customers desert the troubled wafer and module supplier.

Even as the company struggles to avoid the fate of its now bankrupt rival Suntech, LDK yesterday reported net loss of USD517 million for the quarter ending 31 December 2012. But what be even more telling is that its USD135.9 million in revenues for the final quarter of 2012 are only slightly half the USD230 million it predicted when it released its third quarter results at the end of last year.

LDK's disappointing 4th quater

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Tokyo’s pressure to conserve energy seen in world’s tallest tower
Mon Apr 22 16:29:09 +0800 2013

Builders of Tokyo Skytree, the 65 billion yen (USD656 million) broadcast tower which is almost double the height of the Empire State Building, say they aim to make their mark on more than just the Japanese metropolis’s skyline.

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US to support S. Korea's exports of nuclear power plants
Mon Apr 22 16:18:56 +0800 2013

The United States has agreed to actively support South Korea which is seeking to export its nuclear power plants, although government sources also say the countries have failed, at least for now, to renew their bilateral accord on civilian nuclear cooperation.

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India, Bangladesh sign $1.6 bln power plant JV
Mon Apr 22 16:06:28 +0800 2013

India and Bangladesh signed a USD1.6 billion joint venture agreement to build a 1,320-MW coal-fired power plant which is expected to be operational within five years.

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76% of Indian states fail to meet 2012 renewables targets
Tue Apr 23 16:58:17 +0800 2013

Greenpeace India on Monday said 22 States in India failed to meet their Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) targets.

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Sichuan quakes linked to China’s frenetic hydropower program
Tue Apr 23 17:11:41 +0800 2013

The massive hydroelectric dam building program in Southwest China may have a causal link to the magnitude-7 earthquake that rocked Lushan, in China’s Sichuan province on Saturday, killing 179 and leaving thousands injured and homeless.

The April 20 earthquake occurred along the same Longmenshan Fault Belt as the magnitude-8 tremor that killed more than 80,000 people in Sichuan five years ago. According to Fan Xiao, a geologist and chief engineer of the Regional Geological Survey Team of the Sichuan Geology and Mineral Bureau, the latest quake is likely to have been part of a stress adjustment process, making the region more dangerous after the Wenchuan quake.

Zipingpu dam in Sichuan

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US supporting Indonesian rural green energy to the tune of $332m
Wed Apr 24 16:42:05 +0800 2013

Indonesia and the US have launched a USD332.5 million project to promote economic development in the rural region.

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Osaka to get Asia’s largest solar PV airport installation
Wed Apr 24 16:35:12 +0800 2013

Osaka’s Kansai International Airport is to get the biggest solar installation at an Asian airport following an agreement to develop a 11.6-MW rooftop solar plant.

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India to offer big construction subsidies for new solar plants
Wed Apr 24 17:53:01 +0800 2013

Draft guidelines from Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) show India’s central government is prepared to offer subsidies of up to 30 percent on new solar plants, totaling 750-MW of capacity, to be built under Phase-II, Batch-1 of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

This is the first time such extensive direct grants, made under a “Viability Gap Funding” (VGF) scheme, have been offered to India’s solar power industry. The government, which has previously used the funding model to build roads, railways and coal-fired power plants, is seeking to boost renewable-energy output to curb chronic blackouts that shave an estimated 1.2 percentage points off annual economic growth.

Indian new solar plants will receive subsidies from gov

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Suzlon gets breathing space with $1.8 bln debt restructure
Wed Apr 24 17:42:51 +0800 2013

Indian wind turbine maker Suzlon on Tuesday said it has implemented a USD 1.8 billion debt restructuring package in an effort to put the company back on a sound business footing.

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Singapore zeros in on large users of industrial energy
Wed Apr 24 17:10:17 +0800 2013

New mandatory energy management requirements for large energy users in Singapore will come into effect Monday, April 29, the city-state’s National Environment Agency announced this week.

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China Eastern completes biofuel test flight
Thu Apr 25 15:26:53 +0800 2013

China Eastern Airlines has successfully completed its first test flight of an aircraft powered by biofuel.

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Yingli gets powered by $165 million CDB loan agreement
Thu Apr 25 15:23:01 +0800 2013

Yingli Green Energy has signed two loan agreements with the China Development Bank (CDB) totalling US$165 million.

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Renewable energy firm gets BOI perks
Fri Apr 26 15:49:21 +0800 2013

Asiapac Green Renewable Corp – a subsidiary of Canadian-registered but Frankfurt-listed Asiapac Capital Services – will enjoy tax perks after the Philippines’ Board of Investment approved its four mini-hydro power projects in the Mountain Province of northern Luzon.

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Vietnam’s leaders asked to kill controversial hydro projects
Mon Apr 29 14:54:14 +0800 2013

Authorities in Vietnam’s southern Dong Nai Province have asked the country’s National Assembly to reject the two proposed hydro-power projects, Dong Nai 6 and Dong Nai 6A, because of environmental risks.

There has been continuing controversy for two years over the Dong Nai 6 and Dong Nai 6A dam proposals due to their potentially serious environmental impact.

"Residents along Dong Nai River, including those in Ho Chi Minh City, would suffer an unimaginable disaster if the reservoirs of these hydro-power plants broke," said Tran Van Tu, chairman of Dong Nai People's Council, who also heads the group of National Assembly deputies from Dong Nai Province.

Dong Nai Hydro Plants

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LDK taps HK-based Fulai for another $25.75 mln share deal
Mon Apr 29 17:13:42 +0800 2013

Following the fire sale of one of its subsidiaries to a Chinese government entity earlier this month, financially battered LDK Solar has now announced that it will sell 25 million new ordinary shares to Fulai Investments Limited for USD25.7 million, which is about an 8 percent discount.

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EU launches another probe into China solar subsidies
Mon Apr 29 17:10:06 +0800 2013

The European Commission on Saturday announced it had initiated an anti-subsidy investigation into imports of solar glass from China acting on a compliant by the association EU ProSun Glass.

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ADB taking $30 million stake in India’s NSL Renewable Power
Thu May 02 13:59:05 +0800 2013

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is making a USD30 million equity investment in NSL Renewable Power (NRP), a subsidiary of the NSL Group, an agribusiness-to-infrastructure conglomerate.

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Toshiba lands major smart meter deal with Tepco
Fri May 03 11:19:49 +0800 2013

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) has called on Toshiba to supply it with smart meters as part of it ambitious plan to deploy such devices in 27 million Japanese households over the next 10 years.

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EU to propose punitive duties on Chinese solar panels
Mon May 06 15:50:25 +0800 2013

The European Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht,