Air Pollution, Carbon Credits, China, Clean Energy, Cleantech venture capital, Climate Change, Conservation, Emissions Reduction, Energy Efficiency, Hydro, Legislation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Thermal, U.S., Wind

China Goes Climate Cool

Spring 2008 (YES! Magazine, Anna Fahey) – Last summer, Chinese President Hu Jintao toured the country in short sleeves to show that his countrymen could turn their air conditioners down. In China, conservation is “in.” Fashions do change.

Global warming denial is out of vogue. Unfortunately, though, the climate change do-nothing set is sporting a new line: “Why should we bother fighting climate change when China’s emissions are increasing?”


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Japanese government to draft plan to boost green businesses

February 11, 2008 (Yomiuri Shimbun) – The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry plans to expand the nation’s environment-focused business sector to about 83 trillion yen in 2015, from 59 trillion yen in 2005, sources said. In June, the ministry plans to draw up policies to achieve this target that will include proposals for popularizing environmentally friendly technologies and businesses, according to the sources.

The ministry will promote the plan to participants at the Group of Eight summit meeting, which is to focus on environmental issues, to be held in Toyakocho, Hokkaido in July.

The ministry believes the domestic market for businesses involved in tackling global warming could grow by 54 percent to 49 trillion yen by 2015 from the 2005 level.


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6 Key steps to meet Singapore’s energy needs

February 10, 2008 (Lin Yanqin and Esther Fung) Spiralling oil prices, growing global demand for energy, limited and uncertain supplies from oil-producing countries, climate change from greenhouse gas emissions – these are the challenges faced by a Singapore dependent on imports for energy needs.But even if Singapore has to be a “price-taker” in meeting its energy needs, it can still turn “energy challenges” into “energy opportunities”.

To help make this happen, a master plan – outlined in the National Energy Policy Report – was unveiled by the Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang yesterday, with six strategies mapped out for Singapore’s energy future.

Steps will be taken to improve energy security by diversifying energy sources and the mix of fuels currently used to generate electricity. Plans are also in place to grow the value-add of the energy industry, now worth 20 billion, into a $34-billion industry by 2015, and triple the number of jobs to 15,300.


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China has made active response to climate challenge

December 24, 2007 (United Nations Resident Coordinator in China, Khalid Malik) – In outgoing 2007, almost all important intergovernmental panels have so far focused their core topics for discussion on climate change, and this year will surely go down into the annuals of the world history as a crucial year.Internationally, a great deal of talks or discussions globally acknowledge that China would replace the United States as the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gas in the next decade. People, nevertheless, do not known much about the unremitting, continuous efforts and contributions China has so far made in dealing with climate challenges. China was expected to invest 10 billion US dollars this year on the research and development of renewable energies, and was thus cited as the global No. 2 in term of the input made in this sphere, only next to Germany.

At a recent summit of East Asian Leaders in Singapore, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to reduce energy consumption (per unit of GDP) by 20 percent over the coming five years. This pledge of Wen’s is more or less the same with the commitment of the EU member states to reducing their greenhouse gases emission by 20 percent by the year 2020.

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One of First Climate Change Workshops Held in China

September 17, 2007 ( – An international workshop, sponsored by China’s top think tank and the UN Environment Program, recently in Beijing highlighted the significance in the participation of businesses in dealing with climate change. This is one of the first high-profile events for Chinese enterprises on the issue of climate change.

There is a large gap of awareness between Chinese enterprises and their international peers on the importance of integrating a program on climate change into their operational strategies and daily agendas. Experts and officials agree that it is not a question of whether or when, but how companies should face the risks and opportunities brought about by climate change.

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Air Pollution, Carbon Credits, Coal, Emissions Reduction, India

CDM Changes to Benefit Efficient Coal Power Units (India)

September 17, 2007 ( New Delhi: Indian power generation firms such as NTPC Ltd stand to benefit from a decision by the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Board to allow efficient coal-based power plants to benefit from the carbon trading scheme under the Kyoto Protocol.

In natural gas-starved India, coal is the preferred fuel for power generation firms, and several companies are investing in new power plants to feed the needs of an economy that grew at 9.4% in 2006-07 and 9.3% in the first three months of 2007-08.

“This will be very, very beneficial to India, looking at the current expansion in the (power) sector,” said Ram Babu, managing director, CantorCO2e India, a London-based firm which offers financial services to environmental and energy markets worldwide.

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Navine Fluorine Launches Thermal Oxidizer Project in Surat

Chennai, Aug. 2 (K.T. Jaganathan): Navin Fluorine International Limited (NFIL), an Arivind Mafatlal Group company, on Thursday, commissioned the clean development mechanism (CDM) project at its plant in Bhestan, Surat.

The CDM project was approved by the UNFCCC in March 2007 for generating 2.8 million tonnes of carbon emission reductions (CERs). The technology for the thermal oxidizer and the critical equipment and commissioning assistance was provided by Ineos Fluor.

“We are happy that the project, initiated to reduce green house gas emissions in June 2006 by introducing abatement technology by Ineos Fluor Ltd. of the U.K., has been completed on schedule. The first certification is expected to be carried out by SGS around end of August, 2007 and we expect to generate cashflows from 2008,” a release quoted. Vinesh Sadekar, Managind Director, as saying.

Navin Fluorine International Limited (NFIL) is the largest and one of the few integrated fluorochemicals complexes, manufacturing and marketing bulk and speciality fluorochemicals. The company primarily focuses on three businesses – refrigeration gases, chemicals/bulk fluorides and specialty organofluorines – with manufacturing facilities at Surat in Gujarat and Dewas in Madhya Pradesh. Navin Fluorine has among its client list several fortune 500 companies. In the domestic market, Navin Fluorine’s customers include some well known names like Ranbaxy, Matrix, Aurobindo, Hetero, Orchid, Lupin, UPL, Gharda, PI, etc.