Daily Archives: April 13, 2010

Fiona Harvey

Like most other developed countries, European Union member states have pledged to cut their emissions to a collective 80 per cent or more below 1990 levels by 2050. A study by the continent’s leading utilities and energy experts, has come up with the surprising finding that such cuts could be achieved at a cost no higher than a high-carbon, “business as usual” regime. Read more

Kate Mackenzie

At least, not in a hurry. Changing preferences for vehicles and reactions to high oil prices have already prompted some big shifts in the industry, and increasingly, emissions and efficiency standards are driving yet more developments, in many parts of the world. Read more

Kate Mackenzie

The IEA has remained fairly calm about the climb in crude oil prices since they plunged in late 2008, pointing out the need for prices to be high enough to guarantee future supplies, which will inevitably be costly. This month, however, with crude above $80/barrel, there is more than a little concern around about both the effect of high oil prices – and the IEA can now be added to the list. Read more

Kate Mackenzie

China has softened its approach to foreign companies seeking government supply contracts, signalling that they will be able to apply for accreditation under “indigenous innovation” rules. But whether this affects moves to enact ‘buy American’ provisions for US clean energy projects is another matter.  Read more

Kate Mackenzie

- Massive nuclear fusion experiment draws near

- Why the US lags in waste-to-energy

- Big test for oil and mines sleaze clean-up efforts

- How tight credit could make oil crunch worse

- Should the US be taking on oil sands refining emissions? [And more] Read more

Kate Mackenzie

Sinopec buys Conoco’s 9% stake in Syncrude tar sands project – FT

Decarbonising European energy would add no long-term cost – FT

Shell defends Canadian oil sands investment – FT

Repsol and Eni to upgrade Venezuela gas find – FT

Investigators to look into cause of Massey mine blast – AFP

Daimler-Renault/Nissan join forces in green new world – FT [And more] Read more