EU car and van makers meet 2016 CO2 targets

All car and van manufacturers in the EU met their carbon dioxide (CO2) specific emission targets in 2016. The findings of the latest report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) show new passenger cars sold in the EU two years ago had CO2 average emissions of 118.1 grams (g) CO2/km. That’s 28% lower than in […]

EU approves Dutch €3.1m aid for CO2 transport infrastructure

The Dutch Government’s plans to provide €3.1 million (£2.7m) of public funding for the construction of CO2 transport infrastructure has been approved by the European Commission. Developed by OCAP CO2, it will transport waste carbon dioxide from energy production to greenhouses in PrimA4a horticulture area, where it will be used for crop growth. Currently these […]

New EU project targets large-scale CCS

A new European project aimed at reducing and reusing CO2 in industrial processes has been launched. Researchers from across Europe have joined forces to address large-scale carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) in specific industrial regions. The ‘Accelerating low carbon industrial growth through CCUS’ (ALIGN-CCUS) project aims to enable large scale and cost-effective implementation of […]

Aldi rolls out natural refrigerant units in UK stores

Aldi has announced it is installing natural refrigerant units across all its UK stores. Up to 100 fridges will be converted to use carbon dioxide as a coolant, which is a natural refrigerant with global warming potential lower than alternatives such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs are widely used in fridges, air conditioning and aerosol sprays. The […]

Carbon pricing initiatives ‘nearly doubled in five years’

The number of carbon pricing initiatives implemented or scheduled has almost doubled in the past five years. Eight new carbon pricing schemes have been put in place since 2016 – three at a national level and five at a sub-national level, according to the World Bank. A carbon price is the amount that must be […]

US energy-related emissions fell in 2016

The US saw a 1.7% fall in energy-related Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions last year. Emissions totalled 5,170 million metric tons (MMmt) on the year before, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The fall is said to be consistent with a decade-long trend, with energy-related emissions 14% below the 2005 level last year. Both oil […]

Warming soils ‘could make climate change worse’

Soils could release much more Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere as the climate warms. That’s according to new research by scientists, whose findings are based on a field experiment that, for the first time, explored what happens to carbon trapped in soil when all the layers are warmed. In this case, it extended to […]

Ponds that warm up ‘could accelerate climate change’

Rising temperatures could speed up climate change by increasing the amount of methane released by ponds and reducing Carbon Dioxide (CO2) stored in them. That’s according to new research, which saw scientists warming an array of ponds over seven years by 4-5ºC and studying the impacts on greenhouse gas emissions. They found changes after the […]

Plants helped stall CO2 growth between 2002 and 2014

The rate at which Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is building up in the atmosphere held steady between 2002 and 2014. That’s because plants grabbed more carbon from the air than in previous decades, a study from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory revealed. It found the atmospheric concentration of CO2 held steady at […]

CO2 concentration in atmosphere hits new high

Levels of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere reached a “symbolic and significant milestone” last year and surged to new records in 2016. It reached 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time for the entire year in 2015, marking the start of a “new era of climate reality”, according to the World Meteorological […]