Ballard and Anglo American Platinum partner on a range of fuel cell applications in South Africa

Green Car Congress

Ballard Power Systems and Anglo American Platinum Limited, the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals, are working in partnership on a number of early-stage stationary and motive power applications of fuel cells in the South African market. The companies deployed and demonstrated a 150 kW fuel cell system near the 17 th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Durban, South Africa in late-2011.

Toyota to start vehicle exports from India; Etios to South Africa in 2012; the priority of emerging markets

Green Car Congress

TKM), will begin exporting the Etios series sedan and hatchback to South Africa in March 2012. The models for export will be based on the Etios platform currently sold in India, but will be developed and produced to fit the lifestyles, consumer preferences, climate, road conditions and usage considerations in South Africa. Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) production and sales subsidiary in India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private, Ltd.

Trending Sources

Toyota to start vehicle exports from India; Etios to South Africa in 2012; the priority of emerging markets

Green Car Congress

TKM), will begin exporting the Etios series sedan and hatchback to South Africa in March 2012. The models for export will be based on the Etios platform currently sold in India, but will be developed and produced to fit the lifestyles, consumer preferences, climate, road conditions and usage considerations in South Africa. Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) production and sales subsidiary in India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private, Ltd.

PwC analysis finds meeting 2 C warming target would require “unprecedented and sustained” reductions over four decades

Green Car Congress

—Leo Johnson, Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC. Resilience will become a watch word in the boardroom—to policy responses as well as to the climate. —Jonathan Grant, director, sustainability and climate change, PwC.

Electric cars head to UN Durban climate change talks

Green Cars News

As climate talks in Durban, South Africa get underway today, a host of electric cars will be on hand to give COP17 delegates the chance to try out the cleaner future in the automotive industry. A dozen electric cars from the Renault-Nissan Alliance will be on hand for the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference which [.]. Green credentials Africa climate conference COP17 Electric cars

Climate Change #Liar-Deniers Are The New Racists

Creative Greenius

As evil and damaging as racism is to individuals and our society overall, the Climate LiarDeniers’s evil far exceeds the scope of race haters because the damage is done to everyone at a global level of catastrophe that no racial supremacist ever dreamed of. .

UN report projects that increasing use of HFCs likely to have a significant climate impact by 2050; equivalent to current total annual emissions from transport

Green Car Congress

The contribution of HFCs to climate forcing is currently less than 1% of all greenhouse gases. If HFC emissions continue to increase, they are likely to have a noticeable influence on the climate system. Climate and the Ozone Layer. HFCs are, along with CO 2 , methane and other gases, controlled under the UN’s Framework Convention for Combating Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol. Climate-friendly HFCs. Climate Change Emissions Policy

Global investment in renewable power reached $270.2B in 2014, ~17% up from 2013; biofuel investment fell 8% to 10-year low

Green Car Congress

billion) and South Africa ($5.5 Global investment in renewable power and fuels (excluding large hydro-electric projects) was $270.2

Kenya 23

Summary of decisions from Durban climate conference

Green Car Congress

Countries meeting in Durban, South Africa, managed to deliver an agreement after an extension to negotiations. Governments at the COP17 meeting decided to adopt some form of a universal legal agreement on climate change as soon. markets all remain in action as effective tools to leverage global climate action and as models to inform. Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Green Climate Fund. existing climate change.

Climate Talks End In Copenhagen Accord; Countries Settle On Non- Binding 2 ºC Warming Limit

Green Car Congress

Following an all-night session that sent two weeks of climate talks into overtime, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 15 th Conference Of Parties (COP 15) yesterday tentatively approved a non-binding, three-page political statement that had been hashed out the previous night in face-to-face meetings between leaders of Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, South Africa, the UK, and the United States at the Bella Centre near the Copenhagen airport.

Boeing partners with South African Airways to convert Solaris energy tobacco into jet fuel

Green Car Congress

Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from Solaris, a new hybrid tobacco plant optimized for seed production for energy applications. This initiative broadens cooperation between Boeing and SAA to develop renewable jet fuel in ways that support South Africas goals for public health as well as economic and rural development. The plant is extremely robust, and is able to grow in various climates and soils.

Devil in the Details: World Leaders Scramble To Salvage and Shape Copenhagens UNFCCC Climate Summit

Green Car Congress

Although most countries have already revealed their opening emissions reduction proposals, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer pointed out Thursday that “ we still await clarity from industrialized nations on the provision of large-scale finance to developing countries for immediate and long-term climate action. Climate Change And The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. Australia is considered to be one of the most vulnerable developed nations to climate change.

Shipping industry, Oxfam and WWF call on COP 17 delegates to provide IMO with clear guidance on reducing shipping GHG emissions; potential for contributing to Green Climate Fund

Green Car Congress

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa (COP 17), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS, which represents more than 80% of the world merchant fleet), Oxfam and WWF called on delegates to give the International Maritime Organization (IMO) clear guidance on continuing its work on reducing shipping emissions through the development of Market Based Measures (MBMs).

New Tool to Assist in Deciding Whether to Use Managed Relocation of Species in Adaptation to Climate Change

Green Car Congress

A new tool to help decision-makers determine if, when and how to use managed relocation of species to help them adapt to rapid climate change and other threats is described in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by a multi-disciplinary working group. David Richardson of Stellenbosch University in South Africa led the writing of the paper. Now, we are committed to greater degrees of climate change.

Study finds rising temperatures increase risk of unhealthy ozone levels absent sharp cuts in precursors

Green Car Congress

The RCPs were chosen to represent a broad range of climate outcomes, based on a literature review. Warmer temperatures and other changes in the atmosphere related to a changing climate, including higher atmospheric levels of methane, spur the chemical reactions that lead to ozone. To examine the impacts of climate change on ozone pollution, NCAR scientist Gabriele Pfister and her colleagues looked at two scenarios. Climate Change Climate models Emissions Health Policy

Copenhagen summit concludes: what was and was not achieved?

Green Cars News

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 15 Conference of Parties (COP 15) came to its conclusion after an all-night session that sent two weeks of climate talks into overtime. The result was the tentative approval of a non-biding, three-page political statement hashed out between the leaders of Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, South Africa, [.].

WHO report urges greater attention to improved land use, rapid transit, cycling and walking to achieve health co-benefits from transport GHG emissions mitigation

Green Car Congress

The review is the latest product of WHO’s Health in the Green Economy initiative, which is considering available evidence on health impacts from climate mitigation strategies for key economic sectors, as reviewed by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Fast action on black carbon, ozone and methane could help limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees C

Green Car Congress

The climate change benefit is estimated for a given year (2050) and human health and crop benefits are. °F), according to a new assessment released today in Bonn, Germany, during a meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Climate Change Emissions

First production Detroit SP:01 EV rolls off assembly line

Green Car Congress

en away from the SP:01, owners can use SAMI as a remote control unit via GSM, enabling them to locate the vehicle, turn on the climate control system and check the charge status. Detroit Electric has established distributors throughout Europe and Asia extending from the North (Iceland and Norway) and the East (Azerbaijan, South Korea, China and Hong Kong) to the South (South Africa), with additional countries due to join the growing global network over the coming months.

US, China, and G-20 agree to work to global phase down of HFCs

Green Car Congress

The US reached separate agreements with the G-20 and with China to address the rapid growth in the use and release of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This was agreed by: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey,the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union, as well as Ethiopia, Spain, Senegal, Brunei, Kazakhstan, and Singapore.

Global billionaires unite in “Breakthrough energy coalition” to support development of zero-carbon energy

Green Car Congress

As the UN climate conference COP21 opened in Paris, Bill Gates announced the formation of the “ Breakthrough energy coalition ”, an investment grouping of global billionaires focused on developing the technologies that will create a new zero-carbon energy mix. Patrice Motsepe, Founder and Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), South Africa. Tom Steyer, Businessman, Philanthropist, and President, NextGen Climate, US.

Indo-US task force to study HFC phase-down

Green Car Congress

HFCs are chemicals are potential substitutes for ozone-depleting and climate-warming CFCs and HCFCs currently being phased out under the Montreal Protocol treaty to protect the ozone layer. Although they don’t harm the ozone layer, HFCs are powerful climate warming gases and their emissions are expected to rise sharply over the next few decades without aggressive action, significantly contributing to climate change.

Elements of the Cancun Agreements

Green Car Congress

The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, ended on Saturday with the adoption of a package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world, according to the UN Environment Programme. The next Conference of the Parties is scheduled to take place in South Africa, from 28 November to 9 December 2011.

NSF Awards Rutgers $7.6M for Sustainable Energy Development, Graduate Education

Green Car Congress

Rutgers will focus on replacing environmentally harmful fossil fuels with renewable, economically sustainable fuels in collaboration with universities in the US, Brazil, China and South Africa. The development of biofuels and synfuels will require strategies adaptable to locations worldwide with diverse climates and geopolitical structures, ” said Eric Lam, the grant’s principal investigator and director of the Rutgers Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment.

Developing Countries Torpedo Plans for Cutting Carbon Emissions from Ships

Green Car Congress

The NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) reports that developing countries, led by China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Saudi Arabia, have blocked what would have been the first global agreement to cut carbon emissions from ships. Some developing countries appear to be worried about setting a precedent whereby a climate-related policy affects all countries equally.

InterAcademy Council to Conduct Independent Review of the UN IPCC’s Processes and Procedures at Request of United Nations and IPCC

Green Car Congress

The United Nations Secretary General and the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced have asked the InterAcademy Council (IAC) to conduct an independent review of the IPCC’s processes and procedures to further strengthen the quality of the Panel’s reports on climate change. We expect the recommendations from the IAC’s review to inform how the IPCC prepares its fifth major assessment of global climate change, due to be published in 2013-2014.

G20 Leaders Agree to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Green Car Congress

Inefficient fossil fuel subsidies encourage wasteful consumption, distort markets, impede investment in clean energy sources and undermine efforts to deal with climate change. The G20 is made up of the finance ministers and central bank governors of 19 countries: Argentina; Australia; Brazil; Canada; China; France; Germany; India; Indonesia; Italy; Japan; Mexico; Russia; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; South Korea; Turkey; United Kingdom; and the United States of America.