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Malaysia’s prime minister plans to launch controversial pro-palm oil campaign in response to EU ban

Things aren’t looking so hot for the palm oil industry right now, thanks to successful campaigning by environmental groups such as Greenpeace and others, highlighting the devastating environmental imp…

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China Will Launch World’s Largest Emissions Trading System

China has detailed plans for the world’s largest emissions trading system covering more than 1,700 power companies and 3 billion tonnes in total greenhouse gas emissions.
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State regulators launch wide review of North Slope oil fields following BP leak

Concerned that thawing permafrost might contribute to another oil and gas leak such as the one that BP experienced in April, Alaska oil-well regulators on Monday issued emergency orders to oil companies to provide details for a widespread review of all …
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LeasePlan & Uber To Launch EV Pilot In Amsterdam With Nissan LEAFs

The auto leasing firm LeasePlan is partnering with the on-demand taxi service Uber for the launch of a new pilot in Amsterdam that will see 30 all-electric Nissan Leaf EVs put into the hands of uberX drivers there, according to a new press release from the companies

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Wrightspeed & Ratto Group Launch 1st Commercial Range-Extended Electric Refuse Truck

Coming to a neighborhood near you: the world's first Wrightspeed-enabled refuse truck (PRNewsFoto/Wrightspeed Inc.)

Wrightspeed, a range-extended electric vehicle powertrain (for heavy-duty applications) manufacturer founded by a Tesla Motors co-founder, and the Santa Rosa–based refuse, yard waste, and recycling collection + processing firm The Ratto Group have launched the “first commercial application of a range-extended electric refuse truck.”

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Mexico Will Launch Carbon Pricing In November

Mexican President Pena Niento and US candidate Donald Trump, 9/1/16 (democracynow.org)

On Monday, September 7 (the Labor Day holiday in the US), the government of Mexico announced that the nation “south of the border” would soon join the growing ranks of countries that have adopted cap and trade to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Mexico’s pilot carbon pricing program will begin in November on a trial [&hellip

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Startup Leaders Launch Tech In Transit Challenge To Help Transportation Startups Get To Market

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The Tech in Transit Challenge gives early-stage transportation startups an opportunity to connect with the sector’s big players and funders

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$12,000 Colibri EV Set For Launch In Germany


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Buying a car anywhere isn’t cheap (except maybe for India), though there is a growing market for cheap transportation in an increasingly expensive world. It is notoriously expensive to buy a new car in Europe, though a small electric car company plans to launch a $ 12,000 city EV sometime in 2015, and if such a car can succeed anywhere, it’s Europe.

The Colibri is a German-built electric car with a goal-price of just 8,831 euros, or about $ 12,000 U.S., as well as a $ 74 monthly battery rental fee. Equipped with a tiny 6 kWh battery pack, the Colibri is strictly a city commuter, with room for a single person and a few bags of groceries. Weighing in at less than a thousand pounds, the Colibri claims a range of 68 miles per charge, and can scoot from 0 to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds. Despite its size, the designers claim it can comfortably fit people up to 6 feet 3 inches tall.

While the top speed is limited to 74 mph, most drivers probably won’t even come close to maxing out this miniscule EV. A full charge takes just two hours from a Level 2 charger, and you can supposedly squeeze two of these tiny cars into a normal parking space. There are no plans to sell the Colibri in the U.S., and a planned 2014 launch date was pushed back to 2015.

Though a car seems difficult to find a market for, Europe’s best-selling EV is similarly designed and priced. I am talking about the Renault Twizy, which doesn’t even have a fully-closed cockpit, but has found plenty of urban buyers looking for an alternative to mass transit. If the Colibri makes it to market, it could find a decent following, though America is still many years (and much higher gas prices) from embracing such a small, limited-use vehicle.

Source: Plug-in Cars

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Environmental NGOs launch BC oil-spill study – The Globe and Mail


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Environmental NGOs launch BC oilspill study
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In coming weeks, more than a thousand small, yellow cards will traverse the waters around Vancouver and the Gulf and San Juan islands, washing up along the shores of the Salish Sea. Those who stop to pick them up will see a simple message: “This could 
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India To Launch National Offshore Wind Energy Authority Soon


India is set to take a definite step towards opening the offshore wind energy sector to the developers. After deliberations for several months, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) is set to launch the National Offshore Wind Energy Authority (NOWA) to proliferate deployment of offshore wind energy projects in the county.

The National Offshore Wind Energy Authority will be responsible for carrying out resource assessment along the country’s coastline and survey potential project sites in the Exclusive Economic Zones in the territorial waters.

India is the fifth largest wind energy market in the world, in terms of installed capacity, with over 19,500 MW capacity installed as of 30 June 2013, accounting for about 65% of the total installed renewable energy capacity in the country.

Scottish Development International had conducted offshore wind energy assessment in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and indicated that 1 GW wind energy projects could be installed off the coastal cities of Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari. The agency is believed to have estimated India’s offshore wind energy resources at 350 GW.

According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Indian corporates like the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Tata Power have expressed interest in setting up offshore wind energy projects. Tata Power is believed to have submitted a formal request to set up a project off the coast of the western state of Gujarat. GWEC further reported that in June 2010 global giants like Areva, Siemens, and GE had announced plans to explore offshore wind energy opportunities in India.

Even though onshore wind energy is the most well-established renewable energy technology in India, offshore wind energy sector needs special attention to ensure sustainable growth. As noted by one of the members of India’s Planning Commission, the capital cost requirements for offshore projects is substantially higher than onshore projects. Offshore wind energy projects would require a promotional tariff higher than that offered for onshore wind energy projects. The highest preferential tariff offered for onshore wind energy projects is around $ 0.10 per kWh.

Another critical aspect related to offshore wind energy projects is security. As mentioned in an earlier article, the government has been talking to the Indian Coast Guard about this issue. There have been reports that the large wind farms pose security issues due to complications with radar imaging. India claims to have increased vigilance along its coastline since the 2008 Mumbai attacks and it surely doesn’t want to take a step backwards.

Transmission of energy is another challenge. The government is planning to set up a dedicated transmission corridor for renewable energy projects. Preparations for setting up this corridor have begin with the implementation of the Renewable Regulatory Fund (RRF). Solar and wind energy project developers are now required to forecast the energy they are going to supply to the grid with a set level of accuracy. The developers would have to pay a penalty if the energy supplied deviates beyond the set limit.

The establishment of a dedicated offshore wind energy authority could not have come at a better time. The government recently reintroduced a crucial incentive scheme for the wind energy sector. The Generation-based Incentive scheme had been one of the most attractive incentives for project developers in the wind energy sector. In its absence, India’s wind energy capacity addition fell to the lowest point in three years.

Image Credit: Middelgruden Offshore Wind Farm in Denmark. United Nations Photo | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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