G8 will meet to set greenhouse gas reductions targets in a committee chaired by President Obama
Department of Interior has stated that 670,000 acres of lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (an agency within the Department of the Interior) would be studied to determine whether they could support large solar power arrays.
New U.S. government study shows current impacts of climate change, including drought in the Southwest and heat waves in the Northeast.
A BBC article on a lifecycle assessment study of various forms of private and public transportation demonstrates how a focus on fuel emissions alone can be too narrow; all emissions associated with constructing and maintaining infrastructure need to be considered.
The U.S. and China are working to iron out their differences ahead of negotiations on an international climate agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol.
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A key component of future federal Climate Change policy will be incorporation of renewable fuels into the transportation fuel mix, which currently comprises over 28% of U.S. energy consumption. Even renewable energy sources like biofuels use fossil fuel energy throughout their life cycle, so life cycle assessment is increasingly becoming an essential tool for understanding the carbon intensity of transportation fuels. California has approved a plan to reduce the life cycle carbon intensity of transportation fuel by 10% by 2020. The purpose of the regulation is to incentivize the development of lower carbon fuel for California’s transportation system. Any fuel with 10% less carbon than conventional transportation fuel can generate credits, which must be purchased by fuel producers that are non-compliant with the LCFS. We anticipate that a similar framework will be adopted at the national level. Since Ecoshift is familiar with the various design improvements in the acquisition and processing of fuels, and follows the ISO 14040 life cycle analysis guidelines, we can help you identify places to improve the physical pathway used to produce your biofuel. Once implemented with your fuel, we can then apply to CARB for a new pathway. You can download our complete service offering description here.
Radio interview of Dustin Mulvaney on KUSP [audio:KUSP_Dustin_4-19-09.mp3]
The Environmental Protection Agency has formally declared carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants that threaten public health and welfare, setting in motion a process that for the first time in the United States will regulate the gases blamed for global warming.
Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) are tradable commodities which represent proof that 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity was generated from a renewable energy resource. A green energy producer is credited with one REC for every megawatt hour of electricity produced. Each REC is coded with an identification number to ensure that it is not double-counted. Renewable energy produced is fed into the electrical grid, but the REC associated with that energy can be sold separately. An entity that desires to use renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions can purchase a REC from the energy producer and claim the emissions reductions associated with it. The purchaser only receives the REC, not the energy produced. RECs create incentives for carbon-neutral renewable energy by creating a commodity separate from the energy produced which in effect subsidizes renewable electricity generation. Renewable energy credits are fraught with controversy as to whether they actually create incentives for additional renewable energy, and we at EcoShift have the experience to determine REC fact from fiction.