Breaking from a decades-old tradition of avoiding criticism of US government policies, Shell's US boss Gretchen Watkins called on the US Environmental Protection Agency to tighten rules to plug methane leaks, a potent greenhouse gas. "It is a big part of the climate problem and frankly we can do more," Ms Watkins said in an interview. "We don't usually tell governments how to do their job but we're ready to break with that and say, 'Actually, we want to tell you how to do your job.'" She urged the EPA "to put in a regulatory framework that will both regulate existing methane emissions but also future methane emissions." The Trump administration in September proposed weakening requirements for repairing leaks of the greenhouse gas in drilling operations in a step to roll back an Obama-era policy intended to combat climate change. Meanwhile, Mr Trump has repeated the false claim climate change is not real and the science demonstrating the crisis is "fake". He appeared to be tweeting a … [Read more...] about Oil giant urges Trump to curb gas emissions over climate fear
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News / UK by Press Association 21/02/2019, 11:44 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Farmers are aiming to make food production more efficient, implement wildlife-friendly schemes and grow energy crops as part of “net zero emissions” plans. National Farmers’ Union president Minette Batters has set out ambitions to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the agriculture sector to zero overall by 2040, with a range of ways the industry thinks that can be achieved. These include schemes that could also improve the countryside for wildlife such as letting hedges grow, with estimates that doubling the volume of 10% of British hedges could capture almost 5% of farming emissions. Planting new farm woods and introducing better ways of managing the soil so it stores more carbon will also help reduce overall emissions, while also benefiting nature and landscapes. Farming more efficiently could also help cut the emissions from agriculture, … [Read more...] about Wildlife-friendly farming and efficiency to help cut agriculture emissions: NFU
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.19 By Leman Zeynalova – Trend: First-ever EU emission standards for trucks have been agreed, Trend reports citing a message from the European Commission. The European Parliament and the Council have reached provisional agreement on a Regulation setting, for the first time in the EU, strict CO2 emission standards for trucks, reads the message. This deal follows the agreement reached in December on new CO2 emission standards for cars and light vans in the EU for the period after 2020. “As part of the sets of legislative proposals on clean mobility introduced by the Juncker Commission, it is a further stepping stone for modernizing the European mobility sector and preparing it for climate neutrality in the second half of the century. Under today's agreement, emissions from new trucks will have to be 30 percent lower in 2030 compared to the 2019 emissions,” reads the message. Reportedly, the new legislation will help Member States' emission … [Read more...] about First-ever EU emission standards for trucks agreed
Climate targets only function if countries, cities and companies report their emissions accurately. A new project hopes to show how this reporting should be done, but building trust looks set to play a huge part in overcoming the challenge. In order to gauge emissions reduction progress, emitters have to declare how much greenhouse gas they are pumping out. At the international level, that process has provoked disagreement, particularly at the UN’s annual climate summits. At company and sectoral level, emissions accounting is patchy due to a lack of harmonised practices and standards, as well as lack of experience in actually doing it. Logistics experts maintain though that there is huge untapped potential. A new scheme, the LEARN project, hopes to improve how things are done by offering support to participating companies, developing training courses and engaging a network where best practices can be shared. During a stocktake last week of the first two years of the … [Read more...] about Trusting the accountant: How emissions reporting is set to change
PUBLISHED: 09:32 08 February 2019 Ross Bentley and Emily Beament Think tank Transport for Quality of Life says large scale changes to transport are needed Pictures: PAUL GEATER Archant The proposal comes as figures show transport was the biggest contributor to the UK’s carbon pollution problem in 2017. Transport now accounts for more than a quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissionsBus travel should become free to help people out of their cars and drive down greenhouse gas emissions, environmental campaigners have urged.According to data from the Business Department (Beis), transport emissions - excluding international flights and shipping - have fallen just 2% since 1990 and now account for more than a quarter (27%) of the total greenhouse gas output of 460 million tonnes - a bigger share than energy supplies, businesses, homes or agriculture. Suffolk County Council says it is “actively developing policies to promote greener travel options” … [Read more...] about Is free bus travel the answer to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution?