It is time we account for carbon in the products we use

For years we have discussed embedded carbon in the products we use. Kai Whiting, Sustainability and Stoicism Researcher and Luis Gabriel Carmona, Researcher in Sustainable Systems, Universidade de Lisboa write on The Conversation website that we must start accounting for the carbon in imported products if we are truly to meet our Paris climate objectives. … Continue reading It is time we account for carbon in the products we use

Canada’s dairy sector reducing its carbon footprint

While there is controversy over building a new pipeline in Canada, there is some good news for the energy transition from the dairy industry. Alex Binkley explains in an article on the National Newswatch website.   Dairy farmers making progress on reducing carbon emissions, DFC says The Canadian dairy sector managed to reduce its carbon … Continue reading Canada’s dairy sector reducing its carbon footprint

How to get shipping companies to reduce their GHG emissions

The International Maritime Organization recently adopted its first-ever deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions last week. The target is for shipping companies to reduce their emissions by at least 50 per cent from 2008 levels by 2050. Now the challenge is how to achieve those reductions. Paul Gilbert, Senior Lecturer in Climate Change Mitigation at … Continue reading How to get shipping companies to reduce their GHG emissions

New York City set to improve energy performance of its larger buildings

Up to 23,000 buildings could be required to significantly improve their energy performance, according to an announcement by Mayor de Blasio this week. William Neuman writes in the New York Times that of the 23,000 buildings, “14,500 are “the worst performing” in terms of energy efficiency”. This is an important development that should be replicated … Continue reading New York City set to improve energy performance of its larger buildings

EU less ambitious than US to regulate emissions from airplanes

Europeans are normally proud that their climate change policies are amongst the most ambitious globally. There was concern recently that the Volkswagen emissions test scandal was first identified by US regulators. Now, Arthur Neslen writes in the Guardian that the EU wants less stringent emissions standards than the US for new planes built after 2020. … Continue reading EU less ambitious than US to regulate emissions from airplanes

Shipping starting to use liquefied natural gas to reduce carbon emissions

In our global world, shipping is more important than ever. Henry Fountain writes in the New York Times about some shippers starting to use LNG in an effort to reduce overall emissions.   Taming Carbon Emissions From the ‘Invisible’ Shipping Industry With its cavernous cargo holds and gleaming white superstructure, the 730-foot Perla del Caribe, … Continue reading Shipping starting to use liquefied natural gas to reduce carbon emissions

New report showing renewables are successfully driving down carbon emissions in Europe

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has recently published an important report showing that wind, solar, biomass and other renewable energy technologies continued to grow in 2013. New data shows they have been an important driving force in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. Without the deployment of renewable energy since 2005, greenhouse gas emissions in … Continue reading New report showing renewables are successfully driving down carbon emissions in Europe

Energy-efficient lighting has been a boon for economic development but . . .

Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, co-founders of the Breakthrough Institute, an energy and environmental research center, provided an editorial in the New York Times about the value of energy-efficient products but to make a serious dent in carbon emissions there needs to be a shift to cleaner forms of energy. Do you agree?   The … Continue reading Energy-efficient lighting has been a boon for economic development but . . .