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*TOP STORY* Canada identifies eight project types for federal offset protocol development
The Canadian environment ministry on Thursday released a shortlist of project types for development under the federal offset system, as it clarified several other aspects of its protocol work under the ‘backstop’ output-based pricing system (OBPS).
*ASIA PACIFIC* Reported Japan coal shutdown could make major dent in CO2 emissions
Japan is planning to close or mothball up to 100 coal-fired power plants, according to unconfirmed media reports Thursday, a move observers say could slash the nation’s CO2 emissions by as much as 9%. Australia eases path for plantation forest carbon projects in five regional hubs
Australia has made it easier for plantation forests in high rainfall areas across five regional hubs to register as offset schemes and earn carbon credits under the Carbon Farming Initiative.
*AMERICAS* Tamaulipas becomes latest Mexican state to approve a carbon tax
The Tamaulipas Congress passed an $11/tonne carbon tax this week that will take effect in 2021, continuing the recent trend of Mexican states installing CO2 levies in response to the federal government’s energy policy. NA Markets: CCAs flatten on reduced demand as RGGI hits 14-month high
California Carbon Allowance (CCA) values stagnated below the WCI floor price on the secondary market this week, while RGGI allowances (RGA) rose to a 14-month high above the Emissions Containment Reserve (ECR) despite thin demand. RFS Market: RINs dip on report that US EPA to delay biofuel quota publication
US biofuel credit prices (RINs) unwound some of their recent gains on Thursday after a news outlet reported the EPA will indefinitely delay publication of next year’s biofuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
*EMEA* EU Market: EUAs hold above €27, retaining gains despite supply bump
EUAs recovered from an early drop to hold above €27 on Thursday, staying in touch with the previous session’s 11-month high and shrugging off news of a supply injection over the rest of the year.
*BITE-SIZED UPDATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD*
*Future now – *IEA chief Fatih Birol has called for governments to triple their innovation spend on clean energy technologies by 2030 if they are to have a chance of meeting their net zero goals by mid-century. As Bloomberg reports
*Signatures* *of the sick* – Climate-related ballot initiatives in the US are having a quiet election year, E&E News reports
*Mission methane -* CNPC, China’s largest oil and gas producer, is aiming to cut its methane emissions intensity
*Equinor musters up a green cluster – *The Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor has sketched out a plan to reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 900,000 tonnes per year at one of the UK’s largest industrial complexes in the Humber, according to Reuters
*Another clock is ticking -* Banks and insurers in Britain must implement by the end of 2021 plans they have drawn up to deal with risks to their businesses from climate change, the Bank of England said on Wednesday
*BoJo’s moon shot – *British PM Boris Johnson and his Transport Minister Grant Shapps have announced their ambition for the UK to produce the world’s first zero-emission long haul plane to cross the Atlantic, Reuters reports
*Eye in the sky – *Satellite data is showing the extent of timber harvesting and biomass loss across Europe’s forests, according to a study in Nature
*All clear -* Relaxed legislation since 2017 has coincided with an increase of almost 60% in the clearance of woody vegetation in the Australian state of New South Wales. Around 60,800 hectares were cleared in 2018, compared to the previous yearly average of 38,800 between 2009 and 2017. Some 73% of this clearance was not subject to any environmental assessment, according to the Guardian
*And finally… **Economic Protection Agency –* US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler called House Democrats’ new climate plan
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