CCS Wire

Substantial news from Washington on Thursday as the United States Climate Action Partnership launched its comprehensive Blueprint for Legislative Action. Proposals for CO2 emission performance standards (binding limit values) on all new large power plants are included amonst many recommendations. In particular, all new plants should have binding EPS from 2015, and the same standards… » read more

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A ‘Interesting’ New Year to everyone! I’m catching up on all the things we missed while busy law-making. The new (12 November) IEA World Energy Outlook grabs my attention. If after the holiday period you need something to put your brain back in work mode, this is it. While the global economic situation will to… » read more

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In the end, only one amendment matters: number 146. In a departure from normal Parliamentary procedure, ALL the changes to the new directive, both by Council and by Parliament, are bundled into one single compromise amendment. The same applies to the other elements of the package, but unless requested I shall not post here. While… » read more

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Joint press statement by WWF, Greenpeace, CAN, Friends of the Earth and Oxfam on the outcome of the European Council on Friday.

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Negotiations on all remain elements of the climate-energy package were completed on Saturday during a series of trialog meetings between representatives of Parliament and Council. For details, see EP press notice here. Each of these informal agreements will be formally signed-off by Parliament next Wednesday and by Council in due course.

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These politcal agreements reach yesterday in Council are now being transposed into the legal texts for the next stages, particularly Parliament plenary next week.

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This Martin Rowson cartoon, about Ireland and the Lison Treaty, also reminds me of ETS agreement reached in Council yesterday, particularly German’s plan to give auction revenue back to utilities (up to 15% investment aid) to build new coal-fired power stations without CCS. (Ref Article 10(3a)(new), printed in Annex 5 of the ‘final elements’ paper.)… » read more

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