Kigali meeting to tackle super greenhouse gases

By Dominique SCHROEDER, Maritte Le RouxParis (AFP) Oct 8, 2016

Envoys from nearly 200 nations meet in Kigali next week to discuss ridding the world of HFCs, gases introduced to save the ozone layer only to unwittingly assail Earth's climate.

Observers are hopeful that after years of talks, countries are poised to commit to phasing out hydrofluorocarbons, rolled out in the 1990s to replace chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in refrigerators, aerosols, air conditioners and foam insulation.

CFCs were discontinued under the ozone-protecting Montreal Protocol when scientists realised they were responsible for the growing hole in the ozone layer, which protects Earth from the Sun's dangerous ultraviolet rays.

Dutch parliament votes to shut down all of the country’s coal plants

by Cat DiStasio

The Dutch parliament voted Thursday night to shutter the nation’s coal industryin order to achieve a 55-percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. The vote, which is not yet binding, would require shutting down the five coal power plants currently operating in the Netherlands, three of which just came online in 2015. Slashing CO2 emissions by 55 percent would bring the country’s emissions in line with the targets set by the Paris climate deal last December, and set a strong precedent among European nations for policies to slow the effects of climate change.

Asia-Pacific non-State actor dialogue on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement : Summary Report

Organized by: Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC), Bangkok
09 June 2016
Report from the dialogue
Regional circumstances and trends

Depressed prices for certified emission reductions (CERs) decreased enthusiasm for the clean
development mechanism (CDM) in the Asia-Pacific region (hereinafter referred to as the “region”).
Despite the state of the market, a large number of CDM projects continue to operate and request CER issuance in the region. However, carbon credit demand from the private sector has been growing lately, with international companies and the aviation industry increasingly showing interest in buying carbon credits to offset their emissions.