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US Carbon Pricing Roundup for week ending Mar. 15, 2019

Published 22:25 on March 15, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:31 on March 15, 2019  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, US  /  No Comments

A summary of legislative action on carbon pricing and clean energy bills at the US state level taken this week, including the passage of a 100% clean electricity bill in New Mexico, calls for higher GHG targets in Maine, and a carbon sequestration financial package in Washington state.

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Implementation of Ontario emissions performance standard still mired in uncertainty   

Published 21:57 on March 15, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:16 on March 15, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes  /  No Comments

Concerns that Ontario’s proposed emissions reduction system for large emitters could be weaker than Ottawa’s ‘backstop’ programme may not matter if the provincial government won’t commit to the policy in the long-term amid legal and political uncertainty, stakeholders said at a webinar on Friday.

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Netherlands government buckles on CO2 tax as advisors flag climate plan shortfall

Published 20:24 on March 13, 2019  /  Last updated at 21:34 on March 13, 2019  /  Carbon Taxes, EMEA, EU ETS  /  No Comments

The Dutch government has vowed to introduce a carbon tax for companies, caving to pressure to force more climate costs onto business after advisers said its draft plan for meeting 2030 emission targets will fall short.

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Washington state legislature sends LCFS bill on to Senate

Published 19:40 on March 13, 2019  /  Last updated at 21:37 on March 13, 2019  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, RINs & LCFS, US  /  No Comments

Washington state representatives have approved a bill to implement a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), moving the proposal to the Senate where it faces a more uncertain future.

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UK to consult on mandating travel providers to offer passengers “genuinely additional” offsets

Published 14:17 on March 13, 2019  /  Last updated at 14:17 on March 13, 2019  /  Aviation, Carbon Taxes, EMEA, EU ETS, International, REDD, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The UK is considering forcing all transportation providers to offer “genuinely additional” carbon offsets to give passengers more opportunity to achieve carbon neutral travel, the government announced Wednesday.

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Chile seen allowing unlimited offsets for expanded CO2 tax, may add RECs

Published 22:37 on March 12, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:38 on March 12, 2019  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, Climate Talks, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, South & Central, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Chile could allow the unlimited use of domestic offsets as a compliance option under its expanded $5/tonne carbon charge, though industry is lobbying to include RECs as well, according to an industry expert.

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Washington state ETS bill to skirt this week’s legislative deadline

Published 19:49 on March 12, 2019  /  Last updated at 19:49 on March 12, 2019  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, RINs & LCFS, US  /  No Comments

A Washington state proposal to implement a WCI-modelled cap-and-trade programme will not be subject to Wednesday’s cut-off in the legislature and will likely have a public hearing in the coming weeks, a government spokesperson told Carbon Pulse.

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Maine committee defeats carbon tax proposal, though other measures still in play

Published 18:00 on March 11, 2019  /  Last updated at 18:00 on March 11, 2019  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, US  /  No Comments

A Maine legislative committee last week halted a representative’s plan to implement a $5/tonne carbon tax, but officials may take other measures to introduce or expand CO2 pricing in the US state.

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US Carbon Pricing Roundup for week ending Mar. 8, 2019

Published 20:20 on March 8, 2019  /  Last updated at 20:20 on March 8, 2019  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, US  /  No Comments

A summary of legislative action on carbon pricing and clean energy bills at the US state level taken this week, including carbon tax proposals in Hawaii and Maryland and 100% carbon-free electricity bills in Minnesota and New Mexico.

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Washington state ETS bill introduced as rival CO2 tax proposal clears senate committee

Published 16:55 on March 8, 2019  /  Last updated at 17:30 on March 8, 2019  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes, RINs & LCFS, US  /  No Comments

A Washington state senator formally introduced a cap-and-trade bill this week that would allow for a linkage with the WCI programme, while a separate $15 carbon tax proposal advanced in the upper chamber.

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