CP Daily: Monday July 18, 2016

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MEP Duncan set to give Carbon Forward 2016 keynote as organisers announce major partnership

Scottish MEP Ian Duncan will deliver a keynote address and hold a townhall-style forum on the opening day of the Carbon Forward 2016 conference on Oct. 13, the organisers announced Monday, adding that they had partnered with a specialist emissions trading firm to enhance the event.

Hubei carbon exchange calls on players to halt sell-off

The Hubei emissions exchange on Monday urged its members to stop dumping their surplus allowances, saying it would take measures beyond last week’s imposed sale restrictions to halt the recent sell-off and restore market confidence.

EU Market: EUAs retreat after hitting 3-week high above €5

EU carbon prices touched a three-week high of €5.08 early on Monday amid bullish analyst expectations and a positive energy complex, but faded into negative territory by late afternoon.

Australia merges energy, environment ministries

Australia’s environment ministry will merge with the energy portfolio under the leadership of coal-backing minister Josh Frydenberg after a Cabinet reshuffle Monday.

Carbon market veteran Marcu switches think-tanks, to stay in Brussels

Carbon market veteran Andrei Marcu has left his post at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) after almost five years to join a Swiss-based NGO.

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BITE-SIZED UPDATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Coming this fall… – Canada will unveil this autumn plans to introduce a national, unified carbon price, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna told Bloomberg TV on Friday, reiterating an announcement made by PM Justin Trudeau in March.  “We need a national price on carbon.  So that’s what we’re going to have in the fall … What we want to see is uniformity in terms of a national price, also that we’re doing it in a thoughtful way, and provinces and territories need to decide what they’re doing with the revenues,” McKenna said. Asked whether she’d force a carbon price on provinces that have resisted a new measure, she added “I don’t like the word forced. I think this is really an opportunity.”  The federal government will also publish an emissions reduction plan this fall that could include expanded, standardized emissions disclosure requirements for companies, she said.

Stay tuned for The Donald Show – Most congressional Republicans with even a hint of moderation on climate change are distancing themselves from Donald Trump and won’t be present for his nomination in Cleveland this week, Grist reports.  Four of the five Republican senators with a record of supporting climate action are skipping this year’s Republican National Convention, which begins on Monday. They are Mark Kirk of Illinois, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and John McCain of Arizona.

It’s a gas! – Natural gas will generate 34% of US power this year, with production peaking this month and next as the families fire up their air conditioners to cope with hot summer weather, according to Utility Dive.  Total gas generation will be 4% higher this year compared with 2015, according to new analysis from the EIA, with coal’s share of the power mix expected to be 30%, and nuclear and renewables following at 19% and 15% respectively.

Backtracking – The Philippines will not honour commitments it made under the Paris climate change deal, president Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech on Monday, Climate Home reports. “You are trying to stifle us,” Duterte said in widely reported comments. “That’s stupid, I will not honour that. You signed… That was not my signature.”  The agreement comes into force when 55 countries covering 55% of global emissions formally join. The Philippines accounts for less than 1% of the world’s emissions, and has not ratified the deal.

And finally… Not on our network – Fox News declined to run an ad that calls out the network for refusing to acknowledge human-caused climate change. The advertisement, sponsored by Friends of the Earth, shows a mock Fox News anchor reporting on extreme weather events while the newsroom slowly floods and then asks, “What will it take for Fox News to accept that humans are changing the climate?” Fox News, meanwhile, agreed to run other ads by Partnership for Responsible Growth (PRG) that show conservative leaders talking about the need for climate action. (H/T Climate Nexus)

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