National Newswatch

Quebec-California cap-and-trade auction sells out

Aug 22 2017 — — The latest auction in Quebec and California’s joint cap-and-trade market has sold out. The sell-out is the second such auction in a row for the market, which Ontario plans to join next year. The Quebec-California market has seen an average of three-quarters of available credits sell at auction since 2014. The system aimed at lowering […]

The opportunity of green trade

Aug 22 2017 — — As part of the discussion around climate change and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, there’s been growing interest in the trade of clean technology and services, or “green trade.” The focus so far has been on the domestic market for the production and consumption of low-carbon energy, but there’s a much larger business opportunity awaiting […]

A tax on carbon could be the answer to corporate tax reform

Aug 21 2017 — Tax reform may be the last big initiative we will see out of Washington this year. Republican leaders have laid out an ambitious mission to make taxes “simpler, fairer, and lower” for American families, while also lowering tax burdens on small businesses and corporations so they can be more competitive. On the latter front, as […]

Team Canada should pull the NAFTA agenda toward a postcarbon world

Aug 8 2017 — — One of the early pieces of advice Canada is receiving as it prepares its strategy for renewed NAFTA negotiations with the United States is that when you’re up against a schoolyard bully who is determined to win at all costs, the best defence is a good offence. So could Donald Trump’s decision to pull his […]

Minnesota will double biodiesel blend to B20 in 2018

Aug 6 2017 — — Minnesota is set to double its biodiesel standards to a 20% blend, following endorsement from the commissioners of the state’s agriculture, pollution and commerce departments From next summer the state’s biodiesel standard will be 20%, up from the current 10%, the administration of Governor Mark Dayton announced at the state’s recent Farmfest. “Implementing the B20 […]

European Investment Bank Pumps $5B Into Renewables and Distributed Grid Upgrades

Aug 6 2017 — — Renewable energy projects from Western Europe to Southern India are set to benefit from a European Investment Bank financing package approved last month. The bank, the world’s largest international public lending institution, earmarked €4.3 billion ($5.1 billion) for energy sector initiatives within a €12.4 billion ($14.7 billion) investment war chest covering 53 projects.

Study predicts worsening killer heatwaves in Europe

Aug 5 2017 — — Europe’s death toll from weather disasters could rise 50-fold by the end of this century, with extreme heat alone killing more than 150,000 people a year by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists said on Friday. In a study in The Lancet Planetary Health journal, the scientists said […]

Report drives home point about electric vehicles

Aug 4 2017 — — I don’t hate electric cars. Science hates electric cars. Not to mention the marketplace. Currently (ho, ho — sorry, I just can never resist that one), they’re running at about 0.6 per cent of the market. And a report from the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), which bills itself as an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and […]

The environment in Canadian trade agreements

Aug 1 2017 — — The number of trade agreements that include environmental clauses is on the rise. Many agreements devote an entire chapter to environmental protection and address a broad range of issues including the protection of endangered species, hazardous waste management, climate change and forest conservation. Some of these clauses are even more specific and restrictive than those […]

Carbon pollution and car buying decisions

Jul 26 2017 — Most Canadians probably don’t know that Canada already has a tax on gas-guzzling vehicles. This isn’t surprising when you realize that the current tax applies only to luxury vehicles such as the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, retailing for well over $400,000. Buyers of that Lamborghini pay a meagre $4,000 in tax for a whopping 461 grams […]

Aylmer-based ethanol plant to double production with $120M expansion

Jul 25 2017 — — A $120-million expansion means an ethanol plant in Aylmer will double its production capacity, and hire for 25 new high skilled jobs. Ontario’s Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault toured the IGPC Ethanol Incorporated Plant Monday, as employees and political representatives gathered to celebrate the achievement.

Small nuclear power reactors: Future or folly?

Jul 25 2017 — MV Ramana — Nuclear energy companies are proposing small nuclear reactors as a safer and cheaper source of electricity. In June, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories put out a “call for a discussion around Small Modular Reactor (SMRs) in Canada,” and the role the organization “can play in bringing this technology to market.” The news release asserts that SMRs are […]

Small nuclear power reactors: Future or folly?

Jul 25 2017 — MV Ramana — Large nuclear reactors could fade into history, proponents of small modular nuclear reactors argue. The reality may be more complex. (Shutterstock) MV Ramana, Princeton University Nuclear energy companies are proposing small nuclear reactors as a safer and cheaper source of electricity. In June, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories put out a “call for a discussion around Small […]