Edition for 29 April 2020

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UN chief: don’t use taxpayer cash to rescue carbon-intensive industries (Guardian)

  • But it is important that recovery programmes always keep an eye on the climate.
  • "We must not sideline climate, but invest in climate technologies."
  • She confirmed German support within the EU for a target of cutting emissions by 50-55% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels.
  • For instance, in the US the bailout of the airline industry is set to go ahead without conditions attached on their emissions, while the White House has moved to weaken a raft of environmental regulations.

Overcoming Taiwan's Energy Trilemma (Carnegie Endowment)

  • It offers promise by integrating gas and waste in ways that may mirror the uses of conventional natural gas.
  • Carbon-neutral RNG results from the capture and conversion of methane—for instance, from wastewater treatment or industrial facilities, both of which are prevalent in Taiwan—and its conversion into renewable energy.
  • The need to procure world-class technology means that improvements to the investment climate will be essential to attract global energy partners, not least from the United States.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked closely with Taiwan counterparts on a mechanism to manage solar PV waste.

Germany's Merkel calls for 'climate-friendly' coronavirus response (Deutsche Welle)

  • Chancellor Angela Merkel has reaffirmed Germany's commitment to climate protection, despite the enormous social and economic challenges posed by COVID-19.
  • The world must "keep a close eye on climate protection" as it faces the economic fallout of the pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday, speaking remotely for the Petersberg Climate Dialogue.
  • "We need a financial market that provides cheap capital for climate-friendly investments," said Merkel, during an address for the annual event usually held in Berlin.

South Korean Green New Deal Should Not Support Dirty Biomass (NRDC)

  • This post was co-written by Soojin Kim, a senior researcher at Solutions for our Climate (SFOC) an independent policy research and advocacy group based in South Korea.
  • South Korea, the world’s seventh largest greenhouse gas emitter, is heavily reliant on coal and has used dirty biomass energy to supplement that power under the mistaken theory that it’s better for the climate.

Everledger: New Climate-Conscious Tech to Mobilise Carbon Footprint Offsetting In Diamond Industry (Business Insider Singapore)

  • For the first time, emissions data from the diamond industry will be used to offset carbon footprint via blockchain technology.
  • Everledger has launched a climate holistic platform that will help India and US-based Shairu & Atit Diamonds to meet their consumers’ demand for environmental footprint information about every single diamond.
  • Besides the awareness about the carbon footprint generated by their supply chain, stakeholders in the value chain such as mining companies, diamond manufacturers, brands or retailers can now select whether they want to offset the diamond footprint directly on the Everledger platform user interface.

Project Takes A New Approach to Gauging New York City’s Emissions (Earth Institute)

  • Estimates say New York City releases about 50 million tons of carbon a year, but no one has actually measured it.
  • In 2017, New York City reportedly emitted nearly 50.7 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.
  • Current estimates of CO2, methane, and carbon monoxide vary widely depending on what method is used to calculate them, Commane explained.

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