Technology

UN shipping chief hails ‘miraculous’ progress on CO2 emissions

Countries are nearing agreement on how to tackle shipping’s carbon footprint, Kitack Lim tells industry conference, but resistance to a binding cap remains

Scotland sets 2032 ban on new diesel and petrol cars, funds carbon capture

First minister Nicola Sturgeon announced conventional car phase-out eight years ahead of the rest of the UK, plus finance for a carbon capture project in Aberdeenshire

Lobbying data reveals carmakers’ influence in Berlin

As a dieselgate-charged election approaches, data reveals German officials met with auto lobbyists more than once every two days to discuss the scandal

Gas tanker crosses thawing Arctic without icebreaker for first time

Sovcomflot vessel cut through thinning sea ice on the northern sea route to carry its cargo of fuel from Norway to South Korea in record time

Climate Weekly: EU heading for electric car quota

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EU ‘increasingly likely’ to implement electric car quota, despite denials

Quota on the production of electric cars by 2030 would be mandatory, according to sources

India’s electric vehicle revolution faces major hurdles

High costs and a lack of public charging stations pose a challenge to bold EV target, say experts, not helped by inconsistent government policy

Volvo electric vehicle push reflects China’s leadership ambition

Car giant’s move away from the internal combustion engine will fuel Chinese dominance in emerging clean technology

Technology

Aviation

Transparency is essential to make aviation climate deal work

As countries write the rules for airlines to offset their emissions growth, they must make sure there is no double-counting

British Airways: UN aviation deal won’t bite till 2030s

Lack of global coverage means new pact to limit aviation pollution will do little to limit carbon growth in 2020s says sustainability chief of one of world’s top airline groups

A global climate deal for aviation! So what next?

James Beard of WWF outlines the strengths and weaknesses of the carbon offsetting plan agreed for air travel – and work needed to align it with climate goals

Reaction: Aviation climate deal agreed in Montreal

A visionary approach or a green myth? Industry groups and campaigners give their verdict

UN aviation pact will not be aligned with Paris climate goals

Mention of the 1.5C and 2C global warming thresholds has been stripped from the latest text at Montreal talks

Qatar set to opt into UN aviation climate pact

Move by Middle Eastern airport hub boosts chances of a global deal to curb airline emissions in Montreal

EU urges global support for UN aviation climate plan

Leading airlines, US, China and EU all support plans for new UN aviation emissions deal, but green groups say it’s far to weak to limit 1.5C or 2C of warming

EU, Mexico, Marshall Islands back UN aviation pact

In a mini revival of the Paris “high ambition coalition”, developed and developing countries commit to voluntary carbon offsetting scheme

Aviation

Shipping

The tax-free shipping company that took control of a country’s UN mission

How the tiny, climate-threatened Marshall Islands came to be represented at UN shipping talks by a private company based in Virginia, 11,000km away

Pacific islanders: Shipping must comply with Paris climate goals

Representatives of four Pacific island nations join today at the IMO in London to ask the shipping industry to do its part to cut carbon emissions

Pacific islands are on a collision course with the shipping industry

The shipping industry could undermine global climate efforts. But Pacific islands and EU nations are joining together to force them to change.

China’s plan to cut shipping emissions

With pollution from shipping killing 18,000 Chinese every year, the government is cracking down on the use of dangerous fuels in port

Port of Amsterdam set to be coal-free by 2030

Major EU shipping hub is diversifying away from coal in line with a transition to lower carbon sources of energy, strategy paper reveals

Weekly wrap: Will China turn its back on coal?

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EU clashes with maritime industry over ship emissions

If the UN shipping body does not regulate climate pollution in international waters, EU lawmakers want to include the industry in the bloc’s carbon market

Mozambique expands coal port lapped by rising seas

Dignitaries celebrate the expansion of Maputo port, but experts warn fossil fuelled climate change threatens development gains

Shipping

Transport

Indonesia calls EU palm oil fuel ban ‘discriminatory’, ‘protectionist’

Indonesia’s foreign ministry has slammed the EU’s proposed ban on palm oil in biofuels

EU palm oil restrictions risk sparking trade spat

The European Parliament is set to back a ban on use of palm oil for biofuels, in a bid to protect rainforests, but exporters warn this would violate trade rules

US power sector emissions fall below transport: EIA

A shift away from coal curbed the electricity sector’s carbon footprint, while cars only got marginally cleaner

Fiat, Renault, VW scams will hasten rise of electric car

Emissions rigging scams are the “beginning of the end” of the diesel car, opening the door for electric vehicles

Beijing limits on car registration boost electric vehicles

Subsidies and regulations make EVs an appealing option, but the charging infrastructure needs to keep up with demand

German vice chancellor attacks China’s electric car targets

New proposals to set minimum quota for electric cars in China are “clearly discriminatory” toward German carmakers, says Sigmar Gabriel

Crib notes: shipping sulphur cuts offer hidden climate bonus

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Statoil chief: rise of electric cars will shrink oil industry

Once regarded as a joke, the electric car sector is growing fast with some predicting it could take a 35% share of car sales by 2035 – bad news for oil majors

Transport