The world’s largest steel company seeks to annul parts of ETS

The world’s largest steel company ArcelorMittal has sought to annul key parts of EU ETS (emission trading scheme) at a Court of First Instance hearing in Luxembourg. However, CFI judges obtained the parties’ agreement to suspend the case following the hearing, pending the outcome of a European Court of Justice case which will rule on […]

CSIRO investigates injecting coal with bacteria to make methane

CSIRO scientists are investigating whether injecting coal seams with certain kinds of bacteria and CO2 can produce commercially viable quantities of methane gas. CSIRO’s Mohinudeen Faiz said research performed in the Sydney Basin shows that microbial activity can significantly increase the levels of methane in coal seam “sweet spots”. “We are discovering ways to culture […]

Texas approves net metering rule for solar power industry

The Public Utility Commission of Texas has voted unanimously to approve a net metering rule that the solar-power industry has argued will be onerous for solar panel owners and that will discourage the development of the state’s vast solar power potential. Under the rule, which is supported by retail electric providers and recommended by the […]

ASX eyes link to NZ emissions trading scheme

The Australian Securities Exchange wants the New Zealand Government’s emissions trading scheme linked to its Australian counterpart “at the earliest opportunity”. A trans-Tasman market would boost efficiency and allow trading to cut emissions at the lowest possible price, ASX general manager of emerging markets Anthony Collins has told the New Zealand Parliament’s finance select committee. […]

Failure to curb emissions will lead to severe climatic change

Failure to curb the world’s increasing emissions of greenhouse gases will lead to more severe climatic changes that will affect developing countries the most, according to a new World Bank-International Monetary Fund report. The report, Global Monitoring Report: MDGs and the Environment—Agenda for Inclusive and Sustainable Development, is an assessment of the world’s attempt at […]

Australian energy technology to improve coal

Australian energy technology developer GTL Energy Limited has been selected by a major North American energy consortium to provide its coal beneficiation technology to the proposed US$1.4 billion South Heart coal to synthetic gas project in North Dakota. Under a Memorandum of Understanding, project partners Great Northern Power Development (GNPD) and Allied Syngas Corporation, said […]

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 […]

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 […]