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WCI allowances are likely to lift from the market’s auction reserve price in the coming months but could surge more steeply if Wednesday’s record-breaking auction fails to sell out, according to analysts at ClearBlue Markets.
California officials released unofficial rulemaking documents to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) late on Tuesday, featuring more ambitious emissions reductions targets than previously discussed.
A concise guide to the programme, detailing principle targets and scope, progress and latest developments.
UPDATE- Oregon ‘cap-and-invest’ amendment would buy legislators over a year to hammer out programme design
(Updates Wednesday’s article with comment from primary bill sponsor Representative Ken Helm (D))
A new proposed amendment to Oregon’s ‘cap-and-invest’ proposal would temporarily strike the section of the bill governing programme design while keeping the more stringent GHG cap, a move that one key legislator told Carbon Pulse could be vital in ensuring that the legislation passes during the 2018 term.
Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) released two new draft offset protocols on Wednesday and launched a 45-day public review and comment period.
EU ETS prices could be slashed by as much as half their expected levels next decade as lawmakers prepare clean energy goals that will spur emission cuts steeper than the carbon market’s supply-curbing reforms can cope with, Thomson Reuters analysts said on Wednesday.
EU carbon prices fell for the second successive session on Wednesday to give back almost all of Monday’s gains that had pushed prices back towards their six-year high above €10.
Spain-based utility Iberdrola reported a 10% drop in its ETS-regulated thermal output over 2017 as the firm’s closure of its last UK coal plant curbed its EUA demand.
The European Commission’s top climate official Jos Delbeke is to leave his post after eight years as part of a wider reshuffle that sees him replaced by Mauro Petriccione, a senior commission trade official and Italian national.
Australia’s Department of Environment and Energy has released a proposal to reform its Safeguard Mechanism, a move that would make it easier for companies to increase their CO2 caps and exempt them from auditing their carbon output.
CO2 emissions from the roughly 1,300 participants in the Tokyo emissions trading scheme fell 0.1% last compliance year, with the vast majority of companies already having exceeded their 2019 goals.
BITE-SIZED UPDATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Mayors to Pruitt: “Don’t do it”- The group Climate Mayors published a joint letter on Tuesday calling on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to not carry out his efforts in repealing the Clean Power Plan. The letter, signed by 236 mayors from 47 states, cited a study from Pruitt’s own EPA that found tens of thousands of additional deaths would occur in the US if global temperatures exceed the 2C goal agreed upon in the Paris Agreement. The mayors also highlighted the massive costs that climate change-fueled disasters would have on coastal properties, including the loss of between $66 to $106 billion to sea level inundation by 2050. The EPA begins its latest round of public hearings on repealing the Obama-era policy on Wednesday. (InsideClimate News).
Capacity crunch – The lead cross-party industry committee of EU Parliamentarians took a stronger stance than member states on regulating so-called capacity mechanisms that would limit payments to coal-fired and less efficient gas-fired plants by attaching emissions limits to capacity payments. The vote is likely to set the parliament’s position ahead next month’s ballot of the whole assembly before final talks on the bill with member states. (Reuters)
Power it up – Australia’s federal government has criticised state administrations for setting “too ambitious” renewable energy targets, claiming it puts the nation’s energy security at risk. But rather than stand down, South Australia’s state Labor government says it will set a 75% renewable energy (and 25% storage) target by 2025 if it wins next month’s state elections. Its previous target was 50%, but that has already been met. (RenewEconomy)
Fossil tax – The EU should raise taxes on fossil fuels to help meet goals on climate change and plug a budget gap after Britain leaves the bloc, former senior EU officials said in a letter to EU leaders ahead of a discussion by European leaders this Friday on options for the bloc’s next long term budget from 2021 to 2027. The taxes were not among those suggested by the EU Commission, which has instead proposed that a share of the revenue from national auctions of EU ETS permits be used. (Reuters)