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Local Climate Efforts: Too Little, Too Slow, Too Late?

Posted on 14 December 2009 by editor

By Feizal Samath

COLOMBO (IPS/TerraViva) – Some Sri Lankan experts are not pinning their hopes on the ongoing climate talks in Copenhagen, saying greenhouse gas emissions will continue to torment the world as long as western lifestyles remain the same. Continue Reading

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Portraits: “I Came to See What Will Happen with CO2 and Energy Policies”

Posted on 10 December 2009 by editor

 

 

 

Peter Sprengers, analyst with Norwegian company Statkraft. Credit: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

Peter Sprengers, analyst with Norwegian company Statkraft. Credit: Claudia Ciobanu/IPS

Peter Sprengers is a Carbon Business Analyst with Norwegian company Statkraft, Europe’s largest renewable energy company. Statkraft invests in hydro and wind power and in the novel osmotic power (the energy retrieved from the difference in salt concentration between sea water and river water).

 

“I came to Copenhagen to get a feeling about what is going to happen with CO2 and energy policies, because it has a huge impact on our business,” Sprengers told IPS.

“We are also trading in the carbon market. We are using CDM, developing projects in South Africa and in other countries in the world, and we get credits for them, so developments in the carbon market and the changing of the rules is very important for us,” he added.

Sprengers says he did not come to Copenhagen to lobby or to make an impact because he does not think he can have an impact. “The main decision-makers are the US and China at the moment,” he believes.

“I fear that the carbon market is becoming more and more complex,” Sprenger says. “What we were hoping for a few years ago was a global CO2 market, so all countries trade under one regime, but now it looks like it’s becoming more fragmented with different regimes in place.

“You have CDM and JI, but in the future there will be more new mechanisms. It is becoming so complicated that no one understands how it works.”

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CHINA: One Green Leap Forward, Two Steps Backward

Posted on 07 December 2009 by editor

By Antoaneta Bezlova

BEIJING  (IPS/TerraViva)  With low carbon seen as the new buzzword for government promotion and backed by Beijing as the new economic growth engine, China is poised for a green leap forward. But the political overtones of the drive and the zeal of local governments jumping on the low carbon bandwagon have raised concerns that the new green campaign may result in overcapacity, worsening China’s frictions with its trade partners. Continue Reading

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Energy, Negawatts and Smart Grids

Posted on 04 December 2009 by editor

By Julio Godoy

BERLIN (IPS/TerraViva) – Electricity is indispensable to modern life, but its generation is responsible for 40 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming and climate change.

While wind and solar energy are carbon free, they are heavily dependent on weather conditions. No wind blowing or no sun shining means no electricity – and this simple equation becomes more apparent as the use of wind turbines and solar power plants grows. Continue Reading

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