EU ‘on track to meet 2020 green goals but must step up long term efforts’

The EU needs be more ambitious and step up its efforts towards its 2030 and 2050 renewable energy and decarbonisation targets. That’s according to the European Environment Agency (EEA), which states the 28 Member States are collectively “well on their way” to meeting their 2020 green energy, efficiency and emission targets. However it adds the […]

Shipping firms call on UN body to regulate CO2

Shipping companies from around the world are calling for a framework to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), a coalition of firms worldwide, has made the request as the sector is gathering at the Marine Environmental Committee meeting in London this week. SSI believes the UN’s International Maritime […]

US power plants emissions fell by 6.2% in 2015

Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in the US fell by 6.2% in 2015. They emitted around two billion metric tons, accounting for 30% of the country’s GHG pollution, new data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed. The data gathered is from more than 8,000 large facilities in the country, out of which […]

Biomethane now valid for emissions reporting

Grid-injected biomethane gas is now eligible for company emissions reporting. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol – the global standard against which large organisations measure, manage and report greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) – has recognised that Green Gas Certificates, issued by its scheme, can support a business’s reporting of onsite GHG emissions. Through the use of these new certificates, which track […]

Mexico ‘to launch carbon cap and trade pilot scheme’

Mexico is likely to launch a carbon cap and trade pilot programme later this year. According to reports, it would be a 12-month programme ahead of a full scheme in 2018. Up to 60 companies can voluntarily join the scheme which will give them the chance to adapt to a forthcoming carbon credit system, in which polluters […]

Scotland ranks second in cutting emissions in Western Europe

Scotland has achieved the second highest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction in Western Europe. The country cut its emissions by 39.5% between 1990 and 2014, according to new data revealed by the Scottish Government. England achieved a 34% reduction while Wales and Northern Ireland cut almost 18% and 16.5% emissions respectively. In total, the UK […]

Project to review lifecycle emissions from bioenergy

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is to invest £160,000 in a project to review the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from bioenergy. It has appointed low carbon energy consultancy North Energy Associates (NEA) to lead the seven-month project. It will review Life Cycle Assesment (LCA) studies to collect data sources and to produce reliable information across different […]

EU proposes binding national emission targets

The European Commission has proposed binding annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets for Member States. They cover the transport, buildings, agriculture, waste, land-use and forestry sectors and aim to meet the agreed goals by 2030. The UK will have to cut emissions by 37% and countries such as The Netherlands and Denmark by 36% and 38% […]

Power plants produced 30% of US emissions in 2014

Power plants were the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the US in 2014. They accounted for 30% of total pollution in the country, new data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed. It added the nation emitted more than 6,000 million metric tons of CO2 in the same period. The transportation sector […]

UK among nations cutting emissions and growing economy

The UK is among 21 countries that have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) while growing their economies. An analysis by the World Resources Institute (WRI) found the UK achieved six years of “absolute decoupling”  between 2000 and 2014 where GDP grew at the same time Carbon Dioxide emissions declined. During that period, emissions dropped from 591 million metric tons to […]