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Volvo: City Employees Commuted a Distance Corresponding to 235 Marathons without Carbon Emissions

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STOCKHOLM–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Regulatory News:
In only 10 weeks, employees of the City of Gothenburg have succeeded in reducing their carbon emissions through changes in their commuting habits using Commute Greener, a new mobile phone and web application from Volvo IT (STO:VOLVA) (STO:VOLVB). One of the groups actually succeeded in reducing its carbon emissions by as much as two thirds. To date, 9,900 zero-emission kilometers have been registered รข

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  • Published: Sep 30th, 2010
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Carbonfund.org Celebrates 7 Years: A Q&A with Its Founders

What was the biggest challenge of turning Carbonfund.org into a national leader?

EC: We had a big hurdle to get over in convincing people that you can reduce your carbon footprint at an affordable price. Once we were able to do that, the entire market changed. There were groups charging $20 or so to offset a ton of carbon. We knew we could do it in the $5-$6 range, and thats what we charged at that time. After we got over that initial hurdle of saying basically a certified ton is a certified ton, we were off to the races. It was that explanation that got our first large partners. Now were known for both our high-quality projects and our low cost-per-ton.

Was it difficult to balance family with a shared work life? Did you take turns worrying about work and family?

LC: Absolutely, and really when starting on a mission that has a great impact, ones going to talk about it a lot. Its hard to separate work and home. How we did it was deciding that Eric would take the lead on the organization, and Id take more of a part time role so that someone would take care of the kids.

Do you have advice for young families starting on an entrepreneurial path?

EC: I think you have to take chances in life. You probably get three, four or five chances in life to jump and see whats going to happen. And if you dont, youll always regret it. So being an entrepreneur, taking that chance, leaving that job, hiking that mountain or doing whatever it is you decideyou should. Its exciting and those opportunities almost always work out better, whether they are instantly successful or not. So I think young people should become entrepreneurs. Now, how you manage that within your family, within your relationships, is a challenge, and you need to work at that almost as hard as running your organization or business.

LC: I think there have to be rules to ensure some balance. At some point the work discussion has to end so you have time for specific days or hours that are only family-oriented. Starting an organization takes a lot of work and time, a lot of thinking and conversation. But its nice because your family is then invested in something; our daughters definitely feel theyre part of the organization weve created.

What are Carbonfund.orgs key priorities?

LC: You hear people talk about some of the solutions. The Obama administration talks about green jobs, and just the other night Bill Clinton was talking with David Letterman about green jobs and how easily the transformation can be made. Carbonfund.orgs role needs to be helping make solutions easy and affordable, including keeping the message simplethat there are simple solutions out there, while building support for understanding and reducing ones carbon footprint.

EC: One of the things weve done very well is that we have simplified the problem of climate change and have made carbon reduction projects simple to understand. I think some of the policy discussion may have gotten far too complicated, and I think many people think a solution to climate change is both really complicated and expensive. I think were uniquely established to show there are simple, affordable solutions.

What are Carbonfund.orgs biggest accomplishments from your perspective?

EC: One of our biggest accomplishments is that weve been able to prove theres a viable market for carbon. There were academic reports that said it would cost $50-$100 to reduce one ton of carbon. Those of us in the energy-efficiency sector and other industries knew that wasnt the case. At $50-$100 ton, there is no climate legislation because it simply breaks the bank. We were able to show that you can reduce carbon for $10 or less a ton, and that these are the types of carbon reduction projects that people will support.

Read more of the Q&A with Eric & Lesley Carlson here.

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  • Published: Sep 30th, 2010
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Zero carbon homes get the green light

| Sourced From Newbuilder |

Southamptons carbon footprint is set to be reduced after planning permission was granted by Southampton City Council for 11 new zero carbon rated homes. Radian Housing has been granted permission to build cutting edge carbon neutral homes on currently unused land.

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CIGIs Climate Change Conference Reduces Its Carbon Footprint Through Green Initiatives

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Step by step through a variety of green initiatives, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is leading the way environmentally at its upcoming, international, climate change conference. CIGI 10: Climate of Action takes place October 1-3, 2010.

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  • Published: Sep 30th, 2010
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UK Carbon Emissions From Shipping Six Times Higher Than Reported: New Study

| Sourced From Treehugger |

There’ve been lots of attempt to calculate the true climate change cost of globalized shipping

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Warning: get ready to pay for carbon

| Sourced From SMH |

AUSTRALIANS have paid a ”high price” for the emissions trading scheme delay and the Gillard government should establish a carbon market as soon as possible, according to blunt advice from the federal Treasury in the normally top-secret ”red book” prepared for an incoming Labor administration.

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Not easy going green on issue of carbon

| Sourced From Theaustralian |

THE politics of climate change are not getting any simpler to navigate.

TONY Abbott is not prone to political understatement. He says Julia Gillard’s post-election willingness to consider the imposition of a carbon tax means the government is “based on a lie”.

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Carbon tax ‘just revenue raising’, says Linc Energy chief Peter Bond

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LINC Energy chief executive Peter Bond does not believe the time is right for a carbon tax.

Mr Bond laments the call made last week by BHP Billiton chief executive Marius Kloppers for the federal government to impose one.

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EU Seeks Link With Federal, Not Local U.S. CO2 Trading

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Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) — The European Union will keep trying to link its carbon market, the worlds biggest, with any U.S. program at the federal level rather than regional systems.

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EU carbon prices inch up towards 15 eur/t

(Reuters) – European carbon emissions futures edged up on Friday, trying to regain some ground from the previous session’s losses, traders said.

EU Allowances for December delivery were up 3 cents or 0.2 percent at 14.92 euros ($19.91) a tonne, with light volume of 675 lots traded.

Certified emissions reductions were slow to trade.

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Park stewards introduce carbon offset program

| Sourced From Thestarphoenix |

Saskatchewan’s urban park stewards officially launched the first voluntary carbon offset program in the province Thursday.

The program allows people to offset their daily carbon emissions by making a proportional donation to a member of the Association of Saskatchewan Urban Parks & Conservation Agencies (ASUPCA) that would be used to plant trees and naturalize land in the respective parks and conservation zones.

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Back to the future on a carbon trade-off

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So, the minister for climate change in the new Labor minority government is who, exactly? The official listing nominates Greg Combet, the Coalition would have us believe it is Christine Milne, and for a fleeting moment last week it seemed to have been Marius Kloppers.

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Farming carbon

| Sourced From Sciencealert |

On 1 July this year NCOS came into effect. [1] It is designed to give Australian businesses, particularly farm businesses, opportunities to develop offset credits for voluntary carbon markets. Emissions from revegetation, forest management, and cropland and grazing land management

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Press Release: CADmeleon Supports Businesses as Carbon Reduction Commitment Deadline Approaches

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CADmeleon Carbon Consultants are well placed to support businesses in cutting carbon and energy consumption.

Online PR News

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N.W.T. floats carbon tax idea

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The Northwest Territories government wants the public’s thoughts on whether to introduce a carbon tax on gasoline, diesel and other fossil fuels.

A discussion paper released Thursday by the N.W.T. Finance Department floats the idea of a “revenue neutral” carbon tax that would encourage residents and businesses to cut down on how much fossil fuels they use, and therefore bring down the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated.

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Carbon trading looms

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NEW developments such as carbon trading and improving markets for forest products will be considered in the Fiji Forest Decree.

This is what stakeholders were told at the final consultation on the revised decree in Suva mid-week.

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  • Published: Sep 29th, 2010
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eBay Says Small, Online Retail Beats Brick-and-Mortar On Carbon Footprint & Calculates By How Much

| Sourced From Treehugger |

With a new debate ongoing on whether the touted environmental benefits of telecommuting are true, here’s a related tangent to consider: A new white paper done by Cooler at the behest of eBay attempts to quantify the carbon footprint reduction associated with small, online businesses.

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MARK-2-MARKET: Can we afford the carbon premium?

| Sourced From Businessspectator |

Who could possibly want to read another column on climate change after the blizzard of comment we had last week following Marius Kloppers’ speech? To get the CEO of the worlds biggest mining company to say that we need a carbon tax has jump-started this debate.

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Emissions Must Be Defined: Binding Objectives for Reducing Carbon Dioxide

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The leader of Switzerland today highlighted the centrality of the United Nations and the responsibilities of its Member States in meeting global challenges, ranging from promoting development to fighting climate change, as she addressed the annual high-level segment of the General Assembly.

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  • Published: Sep 29th, 2010
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Interop 2010: Companies To Benefit From Carbon Trading And Green IT

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Alongside corporate social responsibility, compliance with government norms and energy savings, enterprises in India are opening up to the commercial angle of Green IT and carbon credits. Now, carbon credits certificates are issued to corporations that reduce their emissions of green house gases.

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‘Promote carbon trading’

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The Centre should promote a carbon credit trading mechanism on lines of the Kyoto Protocol in the country to enable the plantation industry to earn carbon credits.

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EU Seeks Link With Federal Rather Than Local U.S. Carbon Trading

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Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) — The European Union

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Hybrid scheme the best of both worlds for cutting carbon

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A mix of ”cap and trade” and emissions taxes is needed to do the job.

Imagine you could only sell your house by auction, but weren’t allowed a reserve price. Doubtless auctions would be more exciting, with buyers hoping for a bargain. But it is also likely that house prices would fall. Many people would fear to invest in housing in case they sold on a bad day.

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Press Release: Secretary Vilsack Commends Dairy Industry for Efforts to Reduce Carbon Footprint

| Sourced From Usda |

Comprehensive Study Provides Scientific Baseline Measurement

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2010 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today commended U.S. dairy farmers and processors for their commitment to economic and environmental sustainability following the unveiling of a landmark carbon footprint study of the U.S. fluid milk sector.

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Combet admits carbon tax an option

| Sourced From Topnews |
Greg Combet, Climate Change Minister of the country has said that the government is looking forward to consider a carbon tax in the country. Federal Government may issue introduce this option soon. The minister has given a clear indication of such option in his statement.

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