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Australia’s new NEG draft eases concerns ahead of crunch meeting

Published 10:03 on April 13, 2018  /  Last updated at 01:49 on April 14, 2018  /  Asia Pacific, Australia  /  No Comments

A new draft of Australia’s National Energy Guarantee (NEG) leaked this week addresses some technical concerns, but the federal government has yet to release an update on the more political issues of the scheme, such as its overall emissions target.

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IMO strikes provisional shipping emissions deal, awaits full sign-off

Published 16:05 on April 12, 2018  /  Last updated at 21:40 on April 12, 2018  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, EU ETS, International, Shipping  /  No Comments

Governments at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) agreed to a provisional deal on Thursday for an initial strategy to address international shipping emissions, including a 50% long-term emission cut target, with the resolution due to be signed-off officially on Friday.

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NZ ‘walking the talk’ with oil ban, but on uncertain path to zero emissions

Published 08:56 on April 12, 2018  /  Last updated at 08:56 on April 12, 2018  /  Asia Pacific, New Zealand  /  No Comments

New Zealand’s government on Thursday moved to burnish its environmental credentials by announcing a ban on all new offshore oil and gas exploration permits in a bid to reduce carbon emissions.

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Australian minister holds firm on NEG, eyes August deal

Published 10:46 on April 11, 2018  /  Last updated at 10:46 on April 11, 2018  /  Asia Pacific, Australia  /  No Comments

Australia’s Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg wants the final rules of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) agreed by August and legislated by the end of the year, he said Wednesday, showing little interest in compromising on issues that critics have identified as shortcomings of the scheme.

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SK Market: KAUs slide to 3-mth lows as supply outlook brightens

Published 10:07 on April 10, 2018  /  Last updated at 21:16 on April 10, 2018  /  Asia Pacific, South Korea  /  No Comments

South Korean carbon allowances have edged down to their lowest levels since Jan. 29 this week as available supply is slowly emerging.

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Australia issues over 1 mln offsets, with landfill operator claiming most

Published 15:05 on April 9, 2018  /  Last updated at 08:49 on April 10, 2018  /  Asia Pacific, Australia  /  No Comments

Australia has issued nearly 1.1 million carbon credits over the past two weeks, with around 40% of them going to landfill operator LMS Energy, data from the Clean Energy Regulator showed.

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UN’s IMO meets to craft initial climate effort for international shipping

Published 13:26 on April 9, 2018  /  Last updated at 09:28 on April 10, 2018  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, EMEA, EU ETS, International, New Market Mechanisms, Shipping  /  No Comments

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is grappling this week to secure an initial strategy to address shipping emissions, with countries edging towards agreeing a carbon-intensity goal initially and only later committing to absolute emission cuts and potentially using carbon markets.

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Cement firms must up game on climate action, urges investor watchdog

Published 00:01 on April 9, 2018  /  Last updated at 01:28 on April 9, 2018  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, EMEA, EU ETS, International  /  No Comments

Cement companies must double their rate of emission reductions to align with the 2C goal of the Paris Agreement, according to a report on Monday from non-profit CDP, which found EU ETS-regulated firms in particular lagging some rivals with operations in uncapped emerging economies.

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NZ Market: NZUs climb to 6-wk high on healthy demand

Published 10:32 on April 6, 2018  /  Last updated at 10:32 on April 6, 2018  /  Asia Pacific, New Zealand  /  No Comments

New Zealand carbon allowances notched a third consecutive day of gains on Friday, climbing to a 6-week high amid steady demand while sellers were few and far between.

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Vietnam prepares to slap CO2 targets on industry to meet Paris target

Published 10:21 on April 6, 2018  /  Last updated at 10:21 on April 6, 2018  /  Asia Pacific, Other APAC  /  No Comments

Vietnam is finalising a plan that will impose CO2 caps on all sectors of the economy and possibly on individual major emitters, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) said, though it remains unclear if the South East Asian nation will go for an emissions trading scheme or a carbon tax.

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