Carbon offsets and credits require stringent accounting rules

Officials designing the rules of a carbon market among western US states and Canadian provinces have proposed allowing credits from other government-run emissions reduction programs to be traded in the regional market. Representatives from state environment agencies setting up the Western Climate Initiative, a carbon trading program among seven US states and two Canadian provinces, […]

Japan to help Indonesia meet climate change challenges

The Japanese and Indonesian governments have agreed to map out an assistance package by July 2008 to help Indonesia meet challenges presented by climate change, under Japan’s $10 billion climate aid initiative. The agreement was reached after Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura and Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani met in Tokyo during the two-day meeting […]

UN Bangkok Climate Change delegates to address critical issues

The UN Bangkok Climate Change Talks ended with agreement on a work program that structures negotiations on a long-term international climate change agreement, set to be concluded in Copenhagen by the end of 2009. “The train to Copenhagen has left the station,” UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said. “Not only do we have the […]

Australia joins International Carbon Action Partnership

Australia has joined the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), an association of governments working together on emissions trading. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed the new climate change partnership with the UK which is aimed at building a global low carbon economy and bolstering effective adaptation measures to combat increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Australia’s membership in […]

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong to join Rudd in China

Federal Climate Change Minister Penny Wong will join Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on the China leg of his overseas trip. Senator Wong has travelled to Beijing for a series of meetings to discuss how Australia and China can work together on climate change. “Australia needs to play a constructive and active role in finding common […]

Wind industry disagreement at EU conference

Representatives from European Union governments, the electric utility industry, NGOs and the European Parliament have debated a proposal to provide priority access for renewable energy during a panel discussion at the European Wind Energy Conference in Brussels. Eurelectric secretary general Hans ten Berge says the EU should make clear who will receive priority access and […]

Victoria launches new funding for renewable energy

The Victorian Government has announced a $72 million fund for large-scale sustainable energy projects at the opening of the Victorian Climate Change Summit. Premier John Brumby says the fund will go towards large-scale renewable energy projects across the state, such as solar energy, wave power, geothermal and biomass conversion. “Climate change is creating a climate […]

Wild weather cause power outages

Storms causing power outages in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania were caused by Cyclone Pancho, which rounded the south-western corner of Australia. It then blew out to sea before intensifying and causing mayhem across south-eastern Australia on Wednesday 2 April 2008. The Bureau of Meteorology’s severe weather expert Kevin Parkyn says the magnitude of the […]

Ferguson says coal relied on for forseeable future

“Despite the growth in renewables and nuclear power in the region, the reality is we will be reliant on coal, gas and other fossil fuels for the foreseeable future,” Federal Energy Minister Martin Ferguson highlighted in his speech to a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Partnership Joint Task Force in Melbourne. In his keynote address to […]

Russia 4th to connect to the UN carbon credit registry

Russia has become the fourth country to successfully connect to the UN carbon credit registry, effectively taking another step to trading carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol. Russia, alongside Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland, has connected its domestic carbon credit registry to the UN international transaction (ITL) log, according to a UN website. Based on […]