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Preliminary US Emissions Estimates for 2018

Energy & Climate Staff, Rhodium Group Summary After three years of decline, US carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions rose sharply last year. Based on preliminary power generation, natural gas, and oil consumption data, we estimate emissions increased by 3.4% in 2018. This marks the second...


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Denmark has ended its support for heat pumps in district heating, having awarded grants to 33 projects last year

Charlotte McLaughlin, Ammonia21 Summary The Danish Energy Agency, having awarded 33 heat pump projects a total of DKK 51.3 (€6.87) million from 2017 to 2018, is now ending its grants for district heating heat pumps. “This was the last round of applications to the subsidy for large heat pumps...


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Portugal gets nod from EU for biomass energy support scheme

New Europe Online/KG Summary The energy support scheme for biomass will help Portugal increase the share of electricity produced from renewable sources to meet its climate targets. A Portuguese scheme to support biomass energy installations located close to forest areas regarded as...


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Time for transformation

Modern Building Services Summary Karen Fletcher reports on a recent seminar that highlighted the links between our need to decarbonise heat while transforming our approach to constructing high-quality, efficient dwellings. The UK has been relatively successful in the pursuit of lower national...


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DC council passes nation's most aggressive 100 percent renewable energy bill, mandates eliminating fossil fuels

Josh Siegel. Washington Examiner Summary T he Washington, D.C. city council on Tuesday unanimously passed the nation’s most aggressive 100 percent renewable energy bill, in what would be the fastest-acting climate change legislation in the country. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, is...


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More than 300 Local Officials From 40 States Call For Green New Deal, End of Fossil Fuels

Alexander C. Kaufman, HuffPost Summary In a little over a month, the so-called Green New Deal has won endorsements from more than three dozen sitting or incoming federal lawmakers as Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) makes a high-profile bid to shift debate over climate...


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The air we need to breathe

EURACTIV Summary This article is part of our special report Local utilities in the energy transition. Local infrastructure companies like Wiener Stadtwerke are already working hard to achieve the ambitious EU climate and energy goals for 2050. We can innovate and incite changes - but...


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Ukraine cities gear up to run on local clean energy by 2050

Angelina Davydova, Thomson Reuters Foundation Summary As Ukraine promises to strengthen its climate action plan, moves by cities to go green are showing the way, experts say. KATOWICE, Poland, Dec 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fossil fuel-dependent Ukraine will strengthen its climate...


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The Bulgarian Eco-Ministry will Provide BGN 111 Million to 7 Municipalities to Improve Air Quality

Novinte Summary The Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) announced the procedure through direct award of grants "Measures for improving the quality of the air" totaling BGN 111,442,101.58. The money is under the Operational Program "Environment 2014-2020" and the beneficiaries of the...


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Food waste will be used to heat homes under €77m climate project

Paul Melia, Independent.ie Summary Hybrid trains and the roll-out of fast chargers for electric cars are among the flagship projects to be delivered using a €77m award from the Climate Action Fund. District heating systems to power thousands of homes and businesses and more efficient...