Energy Efficiency and Climate Change News

8 March 2013

The IEA’s Energy Efficiency and Climate Change News directs you to articles about energy efficiency and climate change issues that are written and owned by others.  The selection is intended to be balanced and the views and analysis expressed by the authors of such articles do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the IEA Secretariat or IEA member countries.

General Policy
Industry, business and utilities
Appliances, equipment and lighting
Emissions Trading/Carbon Market

Climate Change Negotiations

General Policy

French Minister Backs Changes to Fuel Taxation

France should put an end to diesel’s tax advantage over petrol to improve air quality, French environment minister Delphine Batho said response to recommendations from the country’s court of auditors on environmental taxation.


President Obama Nominates New Energy Department and EPA Heads

President Obama on March 4 nominated Ernest Moniz to replace Steven Chu as Secretary of Energy, and Gina McCarthy to take over U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leadership from Lisa Jackson.


Time of the Essence for Germany's Energy Switch: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Thursday that time was of the essence if Germany was to shift to renewable energy and power intensive industries should expect cuts to their benefits and exemptions.


Lawmakers Push Structural Measures to Prop Up Carbon Price

MEPs will vote in plenary mid-March on a non-binding hard-hitting report on the EU’s Energy Roadmap 2050, which calls for the EU to start taking carbon allowances off the market by steepening the 1.74% annual decline in numbers allocated to member states in the EU’s Emissions Trading System and considers implementing a carbon price floor.


India Sets Goal to Nearly Double Wind Power in Five Years

India has set a target of installing 15 gigawatts of new wind power capacity by 2017, which will nearly double the nation’s wind generation as it seeks to boost energy output while controlling greenhouse gas emissions.


Pakistan Considers Carbon Tax on Big Emitters

Pakistan is considering taxing carbon emissions from the country’s fossil fuel industry as it seeks to reduce its impact on the world’s climate, the government said in its national climate change strategy, launched 5 March.


Report: Europe Could Halve Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2030

By 2030, Europe could be generating more than 40% of its energy from renewables, using 38% less energy than in 2005 and emitting 50% less greenhouse gases than it did in 1990, a new WWF report shows.



Industry, business and utilities

RWE CO2 Demand Up 29 Pct, Says 2013 Bill to Reach 1.2 Bln Euros

Power generator RWE Group, the EU’s biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, needed to buy 58.4 million carbon permits in 2012, up 29 percent or 13.1 million as lower coal and carbon prices meant the German energy company ran its coal plants hard.


Energy Firm RWE Gives Up On Renewables Target

German utility RWE, Europe’s biggest CO2-emitting company, has slashed its investment plans for renewable energy due to financial constraints, it said on Tuesday 5 May.


CO2 Australia Buys State-Owned Offset Developer

Sydney-listed carbon forestry company CO2 Australia has acquired Ecofund, a voluntary carbon market firm owned by the Queensland state government, it announced Monday.


Australian Industry Urges Government to Launch CO2 Market Immediately

Australia's biggest industry lobby group representing 750,000 workers urged the government on Thursday to immediately scrap its levy on CO2 emissions and launch a domestic carbon market to keep a lid on electricity prices.



New BPIE Guide Supports EU Member States In Developing Ambitious Renovation Strategies

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the energy performance of buildings across Europe, has produced a first level guide to develop renovation strategies for existing buildings.


ICCA unveils new Roadmap on Buildings Technology

The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) released a report demonstrating that products of chemical can help the buildings sector address climate mitigation both in terms of cost efficient reductions in energy consumption as well as providing technologies to decarbonise energy production. The Buildings Technology Report can be found at


Appliances, equipment and lighting

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Hedegaard Urges Car Suppliers to Get Behind CO2 Targets

Connie Hedegaard delivers keynote speech at the Annual reception of CLEPA, the European association of automotive suppliers encouraged industry players to seize the opportunity in new CO2 and fuel economy standards to lead technology innovation.


VW Group pledges to cut CO2 emissions as EU debates law

Europe’s biggest carmaker VW Group has vowed to cut the carbon dioxide emissions of its fleet to 95g CO2 per km, in line with EU Commission proposal that has so far split lawmakers across Europe.


EC Releases Guidelines on Financial Incentives for Clean and Energy Efficient Vehicles

The European Commission has published a Commission Staff Working Document on “Guidelines on Financial Incentives for Clean Energy and Energy Efficient Vehicles.” The document provides guidelines and proposes a common framework for using grants, loans, tax deductions, and other financial incentives to increase the number of clean and efficient vehicles in EU member States.


Fuel Quality Rules Face Defeat in WTO, MEP Insists

The EU risks being challenged at the World Trade Organization (WTO) if the European Commission fails to consider the legal and trade impacts of its Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) which penalises fuels with highest life-cycle GHG values, an MEP has warned.


New Research Fuels Global 'ETS for Airlines' Idea

Airlines will only approach the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s goal of ‘carbon neutral growth’ from 2020 with a global market-based measure such as an emission trading system (ETS), says a new study by a leading atmospheric scientist.


Emissions trading/Carbon market

 Consultation on EU-Australia Carbon Market Link by 2015 Opened

On 5 March, the Australian Government launched an online public consultation on registry options to facilitate the linking of the Australian and European Union emissions trading systems. Australian and European stakeholders alike are invited to participate.


 International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) proposes EU ETS Reforms

The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) lays out its proposal on behalf of its members for structural reform of the EU emissions trading system submitted in the open consultation process, saying 2030 targets should be the driver of CO2 market reform.


EU Court Dismisses Polish Challenge to EU Carbon Permit Rules

The European Union's second highest court on Thursday dismissed a Polish challenge against the European Commission over the allocation of free carbon permits to energy-intensive industry.


Mints Replace Gadgets as EU CO2 Market Loses Its Shine

Attendance at industry conferences aimed at carbon market professionals has collapsed 90 percent over the past four years, as lawmakers dither over whether to intervene in the EU USD148-billion carbon market, creating uncertainty over the future of the world's biggest cap-and-trade scheme.


EU Likely to Tackle Carbon Market Overhaul This Year -Hedegaard

The European Union is likely to start work on overhauling the world's biggest carbon market in the second half of 2013 once it has reached agreement on a short-term fix to prop up prices, Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said.


NZ Carbon Nudges Higher on U.N. Offset Ban Fears

New Zealand units (NZUs) for spot delivery edged higher over the past seven days to close Thursday at NZD1.90 up 25 cents, after the government proposed to curb access to cheap U.N. carbon credits in the nation's Emissions Trading Scheme.


Climate change negotiations

Energy Data Paints Dirtier Picture of Europe

Data from 18 European nations suggests electricity demand and carbon dioxide emissions across Europe rose last year, albeit marginally, as cheap coal and carbon prices meant many big nations turned to coal to power their economies.


China Steepens Annual Carbon Target For 2013

China aims to cut its carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 3.7 percent this year, the government said Tuesday, a slightly steeper target than the previous year which the country easily achieved.


Group pitches target for major CO2 emitters as 2 degree goal slips away

U.S. think tank has proposed that the world’s 17 biggest emitters set a target to source 40 percent of their electricity from zero-carbon sources by 2035 to meet a UN-agreed goal to stabilise global temperature rises at 2 degrees C – a goal that new data shows will be nearly impossible to achieve.


EP Rapporteur Seeks Tighter Restrictions on F-Gases

The European Parliament’s rapporteur on new rules to cut emissions of fluorinated gases wants to strengthen the proposal tabled by the EU executive in November to reintroduce bans on HFC in new commercial refrigeration equipment abandoned by the EU executive.


ILUC Proposal Vulnerable To WTO Rules, Says Lawyer

The proposed draft directive on the indirect land-use change (ILUC) impact of biofuels could be in breach of several World Trade Organization (WTO) rules if it were adopted without any changes, a legal expert has warned.