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Colin Bennett

The "Next Big Thing" in cleantech investing could be really… well, big. - 0 views

    Two strong potential candidates for the Next Big Thing in cleantech venture capital are nuclear and carbon capture and storage. I've spoken with numerous VCs recently who are looking for innovative ways to play in nuclear power. Bets have already been made by VCs in small-scale nukes, hot fusion, and technologies related to big-scale nukes. The hope is to find a low-cost solution that is practically zero carbon emissions and also provides reliable "base load" power. So in other words, the hope is for a lower-carbon replacement for coal power. The challenges are also significant, however, not least of which being time to market for any new innovations, as this interesting article illustrates. With the recent news that the DOE will be putting $2.4B into carbon capture and storage, and its inclusion in emerging climate legislation, it's also clear that CCS will be leaned upon as a hoped-for way of making our existing coal-fired generation infrastructure less impactful on the atmosphere, while still preserving its value as low-cost baseload power. So in other words, the hope is for a lower-carbon "fix" for coal power.
Hans De Keulenaer

Government makes U turn on zero carbon commitment - 1 views

  • The Government will introduce more realistic requirements for on-site carbon reductions,endorsing the Zero Carbon Hub's expert recommendations on the appropriate levels of on-site reductions as the starting point for future consultation, along with their advice to move to an approach based on the carbon reductions that are achieved in real life, rather than those predicted by models.
  • This will be complemented by cost-effective options for off-site carbon reductions, relative to the Government's pricing of carbon, and Government will work with industry through consultation on how to take this forward.
    A surprising reaction from the UK Green Building Council to a policy change that appears to make a lot of sense.
Suhit Anantula

RSA - Carbon Limited - Personal Carbon trading - About Carbon Limited - 0 views

  • In a 3 year project, the RSA is exploring the idea for personal carbon trading, originally described by David Fleming in 1996. CarbonLimited is bringing together expertise from the commercial, social and financial sectors to subject ideas about personal carbon trading to rigorous analysis. The project has so far been investigating how a personal carbon trading scheme might function, as well as analysing its potential social and economic impacts.
Sergio Ferreira

DOE Awards First Three Large-Scale Carbon Sequestration Projects - 0 views

  • Plains Carbon Dioxide Reduction Partnership; Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership; and Southwest Regional Partnership for Carbon Sequestration - will conduct large volume tests for the storage of one million or more tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in deep saline reservoirs. These projects will double the number of large-volume carbon storage demonstrations in operation worldwide.
    U.S Deputy Secretary of Energy Clay Sell today announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the first three large-scale carbon sequestration projects in the United States and the largest single set in the world to date.
Colin Bennett

New site argues less carbon = more jobs | Carbon - 0 views

    After years of Bush administration officials warning that a cap on carbon would be bad for business, the "conventional wisdom" has done an about-face.
Hans De Keulenaer

Carbon Pricing as a Policy Instrument to Decarbonize Economies | Energy Central - 1 views

  • The study analyzed the jurisdictional characteristics of 37 countries where carbon pricing mechanisms – both carbon taxes and cap-and-trade schemes – have been implemented or proposed as a means to support decarbonization.
  • Carbon leakage does not appear to represent an economically significant obstacle.
Phil Slade

CALM, Carbon Accounting for Land Managers - 1 views

shared by Phil Slade on 15 Jul 10 - Cached
    "Understanding the carbon balance of a business is a vital first step towards thinking about management decisions that may have some mitigating effect on climate change by reducing GHG emissions. The calculator has been updated with the latest UK National Inventory Report (1990-2006) data published in April 2009. This may change the output from previously entered data. Working through the steps below will help you calculate your carbon balance and understand the results. Step 1 - Get your data together. You will need physical data for crops, stock and energy use. Step 2 - Log-in (on menu bar) to enter your farm details or if you have previously used the calculator select a farm profile that has already been created by clicking on it. Step 3 - Create a calculation for the farm selected. If you have already created calculations for the farm selected you may also modify, copy or use any of these, also by clicking on the description. Step 4 - Enter data in the input screen. For more guidance visit the Help page. Step 5 - When finished obtain your CALM report by clicking "Report" at the top of the screen and choosing the output format you require. Step 6 - Use the mitigation advisory notes, available from the reports section, to assess ways you can improve your carbon balance."
Colin Bennett

Is carbon storage really all good? | Greenbang - 0 views

    Although interesting - and certainly backing carbon capture and storage (CCS), the article failed to discuss the negative points of the technology - instead relying on climate change numbers and fuel usage to back the argument.
Colin Bennett

Will carbon capture ruin groundwater supplies? | Greenbang - 0 views

    Now the Amercian Water Works Association Research Foundation (AWWARF) is to undertake a project to assess the potential impact underground carbon storage has on the quality of groundwater supplies.
Hans De Keulenaer

Environmental Capital - : Bank of America Puts a Price on Carbon - 0 views

  • Bank of America says it has decided to start factoring a cost of carbon-dioxide emissions into its decisions about whether to underwrite debt for new coal-fired plants. Specifically, the bank says it anticipates a federal cap that would require a utility to pay between $20 and $40 for every ton of CO2 its power plants emit. Today in Europe, which already has imposed caps, a permit to emit a ton of CO2 is trading at about $29. Bank of America’s announcement comes a week after three other big banks – Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley – announced their own “Carbon Principles” – voluntary standards those banks say will make them less likely to underwrite financing on conventional coal-fired power plants.
Colin Bennett

Ouch! Study pegs carbon capture's staggering cost | Carbon - 0 views

    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) are possible, but the cost of doing so - both early on and even as the technology matures - is likely to be staggering, according to a study from Harvard University's Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs.

Technology Review: Carbon-Capturing Rock - 0 views

  • Chemical reactions that pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it in the form of solid rock inside geological formations could offset billions of tons of carbon-dioxide emissions each year
    Chemical reactions that pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it in the form of solid rock inside geological formations could offset billions of tons of carbon-dioxide emissions each year
Hans De Keulenaer

Washing Carbon Out of the Air: Scientific American - 1 views

  • Machines with filters made from sorbent materials can bind carbon dioxide, extracting it from the air. With mass production,machines might capture CO2 at $30 a ton, less than the $100 or more charged for commercial CO2 supply. With improved sorbents, 10 million machines across the planet could reduce CO2 concentration by five parts per million a year, more than the rate of global increase right now.
Energy Net

Worldchanging: Bright Green: A New, Bold Plan for a Carbon-Neutral UK by 2030 - 0 views

    "Carbon neutrality by 2030 is the new standard for climate policies, and again the UK is leading North America in the climate debate with a bold national-level proposal about how to get there. The Centre for Alternative Technology just launched zerocarbonbritain2030 (ZCB2030), a collaborative project showing one possible scenario for making the entire UK carbon-neutral by 2030. ZCB2030 is a well-researched, well-written, and well-designed report on a set of possible pathways to a zero carbon Britain by 2030 (The goal, though bold, is not unique: Alex Steffen called for a very similar position for Seattle, a target which the Seattle City Council has included in their legislative priorities this year; and a variety of other nations and cities are approaching the same target, from Copenhagen to New Zealand). In 384 pages, CAT presents a comprehensive look at the kind of systemic changes needed to achieve dramatic emissions reduction in just 20 years in such areas as farming, energy generation, building codes, transportation planning, and economic frameworks. This report truly addresses the scope, scale and speed of the climate crisis and the solutions needed to create a bright green future. "
Peter Fleming

Small-scale wind energy | Carbon Trust - 0 views

  • Small-scale wind energy (wind turbines <50kW rated capacity) is receiving increasing interest as one of a number of microgeneration technologies with potential to reduce carbon emissions. Recent years have seen new products being made available on the UK market, which a survey by the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) suggests is growing quickly.
    • Peter Fleming
      Yes, but I heard that the energy generation of wind turbines was proportional to the square of the diameter. Therefore if you just half the diameter of a large one you quarter the energy captured.
  • However, the overall potential of small-scale wind energy to reduce carbon emissions, and the conditions under which maximum carbon reductions can be made, have not been entirely clear.
Jeff Johnson

Cogeneration Can Slash Carbon and Costs (ENN) - 0 views

    Cogeneration of electricity and heat is one of the most promising means of using existing technologies for sustainable ends, but it is also one of the most neglected and least understood. Cogeneration can dramatically increase energy efficiency, slash carbon emissions, and save money. Using cogeneration in combination with heat-pump technology and plug-in vehicles as part of a renewable electric grid, we could say goodbye to gasoline and to coal electricity generation and have a real chance in 10 to 20 years for an 80 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. This transition will not require rocket science but simply the integration of existing technologies.
Colin Bennett

Under construction: The fuel tank of the future - 0 views

    If the hydrogen economy is ever going to become reality, we will need a way to store the stuff without having to compress it to dangerously high pressures. The gas could then be fed to fuel cells to power the phones, laptops and automobiles of the future. Just such a technique may now be coming together in a Dutch lab, in the shape of a material in which billions of carbon buckyballs are sandwiched between sheets of graphene - another form of carbon.
Colin Bennett

Clean energy $ not enough to protect climate - 0 views

    While the global economic crisis will likely reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the impact over the long term is counterproductive to battling global warming, the Global Futures 2009 report asserts. Reduced funding for low-carbon energy technologies makes it less likely the world will reach the $500 billion-per-year investment needed by 2020 to ensure carbon emissions peak no later than that year.
Hans De Keulenaer

Environmental Capital - : Cheap Carbon Credits: To Japan, From Russia With Love? - 0 views

  • Japan, famous for its hybrid cars and solar panels, may become an environmental pioneer in another sense: buying cheap carbon offsets abroad to minimize the burden on its domestic industry to clean up its act at home.
Glycon Garcia

INTERVIEW-World Bank launches new carbon guarantee product | Markets | Reuters - 0 views

  • WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - The World Bank on Monday launched a new carbon credit trading guarantee that will allow private-sector firms in developing countries to tap the growing 40 billion euro ($63.11 billion) global carbon market, a senior official said.
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