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Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department will be tightening its qualifying standards for environment-friendly commercial vehicle models. The new policy on qualifying standards is slated to take effect on April 1, 2015. Only those vehicle models meeting the qualifying standards will be eligible for a concession in the First Registration Tax. “At present, the supply of Euro VI heavy duty commercial vehicle (weighing over 3.5 tons) with a better environmental performance is...

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President Obama reiterates the need to act against climate change

No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change according to United States President Barack Obama President Obama reiterated the need to combat climate change and his administration’s determination to continue to do so during his State of the Union address. “The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods,...

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Nebraska Supreme Court, House of Representatives supporting proposed Keystone pipeline route

Despite misgivings from the public and the White House, proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline project continue to push ahead. It can be remembered that the U.S. president’s stand on the pipeline is to not sign the bill if the Keystone Pipeline does pass Congress (see related story). However, both the Nebraska Supreme Court and the House of Representatives have signified support for the project. On January 9, the Nebraska Supreme Court threw out a lower court ruling and approved the Keystone Pipeline’s route. This decision was...

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Obama will not sign Keystone Pipeline bill

President Barack Obama will not sign the Keystone Pipeline bill, saying that it is still being considered if it is in the best interest of the country. During the press briefing, when asked if the president has taken a “fresh look” at the proposed legislation regarding the Keystone Pipeline, Press Secretary Josh Earnest noted that the present legislation is not altogether different than the legislation that was introduced in the last Congress. He further explained that the White House has put out a statement of...

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E.P.A.’s Clean Power Plan to save billions – N.R.D.C. report

The Natural Resources Defense Council finds that the power sector and its customers could save around $2 billion in 2020 as well as meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon reduction targets. According to N.R.D.C.’s analysis of E.P.A.’s Clean Power Plan (see related story), greater reliance on renewable sources of energy and energy efficiency would produce significant savings to the industry along with its millions of customers. “It’s clear that E.P.A. has ample room to significantly strengthen the Clean Power Plan,...

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Chile sets carbon tax on its vehicles

Chile has set a carbon tax on its vehicles, promoting vehicle and energy efficiency. Under the tax reform, which is the largest in the last three decades, carbon taxation of new cars purchased is based on nitrogen oxide and field electron emissions, according to the Fuel Economy labeling information. In addition, the reform also includes a “green tax” – a US$5 tax per ton of carbon dioxide emitted from thermal power plants. The tax reform was approved by...

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New Yorkers support renewables, opposes fracking – N.R.D.C. poll

A state-wide poll commissioned for the Natural Resources Defense Council reveals that New Yorkers oppose fracking and support clean, renewable energy. Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is the process of creating cracks in the deep-rock formations so as to gain access to natural gas or petroleum. According to the poll that was commissioned by the independent firm Franklin, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates – FM3 for the N.R.D.C.,..

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U.N. Conference generates $1.9 billion in support of small island developing states

Governments, business, and civil society organizations have partnered during the United Nations conference to commit around $1.9 billion in support of small island developing states. In the conclusion of the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa, committed over $1.9 billion to boost the capacity of the group of islands to achieve a sustainable development. The partnership formed during the conference is comprised of 166...

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Hong Kong environment secretary calls for vehicle owners to reduce emissions

Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing appealed to petrol and liquefied petroleum gas vehicle owners to reduce their emissions and comply with upcoming policy. The environment secretary noted that these petrol and L.P.G. vehicle owners should properly maintain their vehicles to reduce emissions and ensure their compliance with the new emissions control requirement that is expected to come into force next month. Mr. Wong pointed out that improving air...

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Hong Kong/Guangdong Joint Liaison Group gather for its third meeting

The Hong Kong/Guangdong Joint Liaison Group on Combating Climate Change held its third meeting, to discuss their work plan for the upcoming year. The meeting, which was held in Guangzhou last July 30, was co-chaired by the Secretary for the Environment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government Wong Kam-sing and the Director of the Guangdong Development and Reform Commission Li Chunhong. In the meeting, several details as part of the...

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