‘UN ends Kyoto CO2 offset drought ahead of key meeting’

The United Nations’ (UN’s) climate secretariat on Thursday issued 228, 400 Kyoto Protocol carbon offsets to three Asian clean energy projects, ending a two-week issuance drought but failing to reassure concerned investors.

The offsets, called Certified Emissions Reductions, were given to two Chinese wind farms and an Indian biomass facility, and represented the largest daily issuance since June 16.

Under Kyoto’s Clean Development Mechanism scheme, investors can fund cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in emerging economies, and in return receive CERs from the UN, which can be used towards emissions targets or sold for profit.

The drop in CER issuances is one item that is likely to be discussed at a meeting of the CDM’s executive board this week.

“It’s taking longer to get CERs, so that delays project developer revenues and makes them harder to predict,” said Niels von Zweigbergk, CEO of Tricorona, a Swedish-based developer that was recently bought by Britain’s Barclays bank.

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‘DoE making progress with SA energy plan – Peters’

Engineering News, 30 July 2010

The Department of Energy (DoE) is progressing with the development of the second integrated resource plan, or IRP2010, and remains on track to deliver the document by September, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters told Engineering News Online on Friday.

Peters explained that consultations have been completed with working groups, and discussions would need to be held with the InterMinisterial Committee on energy before decisions were finalised.

The document would then be sent to the Cabinet, and if accepted, only then would it be made public.

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‘Poverty and climate change interlinked – Pandor’

Poverty and climate change are intimately interlinked and are both the Commonwealth’s most pressing current global challenges, said Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.

“We cannot eliminate poverty without increasing the use of energy. As developing countries take their people out of poverty, there has been a strong growth in greenhouse gas emissions.

“We cannot stop development in the developing world, but we can control the emission of greenhouse gasses,” she said.

Pandor was speaking at the opening of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association African Region Conference at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Tuesday.

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‘Coal miners should get involved in drafting of climate policy’

Engineering News, 28 July 2010

The coal industry must be organised and innovative when providing comments on the draft Climate Change policy, which is expected to be released imminently, said Imbewu legal sustainability specialists consultant Marie Parramon.

She said that coal miners should not simply oppose the document, but be constructive with its criticism, and provide the government with guidelines, so as to ensure the best policy development.

“If you don’t get involved with the drafting of the climate change policy at the early stages, you will not have the right to complain about it when it is implemented. It is important to be involved in the process, and understand the implications for your business,” she reiterated.

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‘Wind-energy developer pressing ahead with five SA projects’

Wind energy developer G7 Renewable Energies has confirmed that it is pressing ahead with the development of five possible wind farms in the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces, where the company hopes to launch project within the next two years.

Advertisements requesting public comment have been published for the five sites, including: one near Lamberts Bay; a second near Klawer; a third in the Richtersveld, south of Alexander Bay; a fourth near Witberg; and a fifth in the Roggeveld, between Matjiesfontein and Sutherland.

G7 added that these projects would precede several larger projects that it hoped to build, some producing up to 750 MW of power.

The sites were identified using a wind atlas produced by G7 director Dr Kilian Hagemann for his PhD in atmospheric science. Hagemann’s thesis concluded there was sufficient wind in South Africa to provide 35% of South Africa’s electricity. His calculations, done in 2008, were based on electricity demand in 2007.

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‘Developing nations see Cancun climate deal tough’

Engineering News, 27 July 2010

Reaching a binding climate deal at the upcoming UN conference in Mexico will likely be difficult, delegates from a group of developing nations said on Monday, spurring further doubts about a global climate accord this year.

Environment ministers from Brazil, South Africa, India and China — known as the BASIC group — meeting in Rio de Janeiro said developed nations have not done enough to cut their own emissions or help poor countries reduce theirs.

Delays by the United States and Australia in implementing schemes to cut carbon emissions has added to gloomy sentiment about possible results from the Cancun meeting.

“If by the time we get to Cancun (US senators) still have not completed the legislation then clearly we will get less than a legally binding outcome,” said Buyelwa Sonjica, South Africa’s Water and Environment Affairs minister.

“For us that is a concern, and we’re very realistic about the fact that we may not” complete a legally binding accord, she said.

BASIC nations held deliberations on Sunday and Monday about upcoming climate talks, but the representatives said those talks did not yield a specific proposal on emissions reductions to be presented at the Cancun meeting.

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Centre of Criminology Seminar Invite – Changing Lives: Agricultural Practices

2010 Environmental Security Seminar Series


Changing Lives: Agricultural Practices

A seminar series showcasing local, practical
examples of how ‘green’ knowledge is being put
into practice, that leads to improved well-being.


Speakers: Peter Johnston (CSAG, UCT)
Rob Small (Abalimi, Harvest of Hope)
Michael Back (Backsberg Winery)
Nigel Dorward (The Better Trading Company)

Facilitated by: Monica Graaff

Thursday 5 August 2010 at 18h00
LT 3, Level 2, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus, UCT
(refreshments served from 17h30)

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‘New UN climate chief urges governments to do more to face climate change’

New UN climate chief Christiana Figueres urged governments to make further progress in dealing world climate change on Thursday, just a few weeks before new round of UN climate talks.

“Governments must set full sail ahead to capture the powerful winds of change that humanity is wanting to release,” Figueres said at a press conference in Bonn.

“In Cancun, governments can set those sails higher. They can capture pledges they have made and begin to implement them,” she said.

She also asked industrialized countries to further raise their pledges on emission cutting as their current commitment is well below the requirements for the 2 degree consensus.

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‘China overtakes the United States to become world’s largest energy consumer’

International Energy Agency, 20 July 2010

‘IEA calculations based on preliminary data show that China has now overtaken the United States to become the world’s largest energy user. China’s rise to the top ranking was faster than expected as it was much less affected by the global financial crisis than the United States.

For those who have been following energy consumption trends closely, this does not come as a surprise. What is more important is the phenomenal growth in demand that has taken place in China over the last decade; also prospects for future growth still remain incredibly strong. Since 2000, China’s energy demand has doubled, yet on a per capita basis it is still only around one-third of the OECD average. Prospects for further growth are very strong considering the country’s low per-capita consumption level and the fact that China is the most populous nation on the planet, with more than 1.3 billion people.

China’s demand today would be even higher still if the government had not made such progress in reducing the energy intensity (the energy input per dollar of output) of its economy. It has also very quickly become one of the world’s leaders in renewable energy, particularly wind power and solar energy, and paved the way for a big expansion of nuclear power.

The worldwide implications of these new trends will be assessed in the upcoming World Energy Outlook 2010 to be released on 9 November 2010.’

A New Report Released -’World Investment Report 2010: Investing in a low-carbon economy’

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development‘s flagship report finds that while they are major carbon emitters, transnational corporations are also a source of ‘green’ investments and can play a crucial role in propelling the world towards a low-carbon future.

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