SNAPSHOT: Renewables and Efficiency Jobs Surge While Fossil Employment Sags

 
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At the level of raw numbers, job creation in 2018 was one of the simplest, most straightforward pieces of the climate change puzzle: while renewable energy and energy efficiency delivered more than 10 million jobs around the world and promised many more in the near future, oil and gas producers were trying to actively trim their work force, while a crashing coal industry continued to lay off workers by the hundred.

In May, the International Renewable Energy Agency reported that renewables had created 10.3 million jobs worldwide as far back as 2016 and was on track to employ as many as 28 million people by 2050. An early September report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate was even more optimistic, projecting that “bold action” on climate could deliver more than 65 million low-carbon jobs and at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits by 2030.

Environmental Entrepreneurs identified the cities that had become “America’s top 50 clean energy job engines,” with more than half of the national total of nearly 3.2 million jobs. “Each day, more than three million Americans wake up and get to work building our clean energy economy,” E2 reported. “These workers install solar panels atop our homes and commercial buildings, manufacture wind turbines, and reduce wasted energy by making our homes, schools, and offices more energy efficient. And they now work in every zip code in the country.” Renewables employment was booming in the United States in spite of trade action against the country’s solar industry and assorted uncertainties at the state level, and New York’s new energy efficiency target included training for 19,500 workers.

Canadian fossil lobbyists continued to tout their industry’s commitment to job creation despite continuing efforts to “de-man” the industry, and U.S. fossils tried to court Hispanic and African-American communities by promising employment in a re-emerging offshore drilling industry. Labour-saving efficiencies wiped out thousands of fossil jobs in Alberta, although Canada’s railways went on a bit of a hiring spree as oil-by-rail shipments set new records. A moment of relatively high oil prices produced optimism but not euphoria in the Canadian oilpatch, as analysts conceded that even a full fossil recovery would not bring a huge spike in employment. Suncor introduced driverless trucks and cut 400 tar sands/oil sands jobs, and Parkland Institute political economist Ian Hussey cited declining jobs and tax revenue as evidence that the tar sands/oil sands era is over.

Globe and Mail columnist and self-described climate hawk Denise Balkissoon said a commitment to a just job transition would help bridge the divide over the intensely controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. I’m glad the oil sands are a sunset industry: they’re an absolute environmental nightmare,” she wrote. “That doesn’t mean those who work there are bad people, but that everyone in Canada needs to help them move on.”

The Dogwood Initiative shone a light on the coastal jobs in British Columbia that would be put at risk by Trans Mountain. Colorado ski operators and their employees stood to lose billions due to warmer, drier winters; the Trump administration’s attack on tailpipe emission standards was set to undercut the competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry; and questions about the future of work in a warming world were being met with deafening silence.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives issued a just transition report calling for a stronger social safety net for workers affected by the post-carbon transition. Ottawa unveiled its 2030 transition plan for coal workers and communities and appointed Hassan Yussuff of the Canadian Labour Congress and Lois Corbett of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick to co-chair its 11-member Just Transition Task Force. In early November, the task force called for a longer time span for retraining grants for coal workers. “It’s easy to say, ‘You’re going to phase out an industry, this is government policy,’” Yussuff said. “The next thing is, what will take its place? Because you can’t just shut down a coal generation facility.”

A study for Efficiency Canada calculated that the pan-Canadian climate plan will generate 118,000 energy efficiency jobs through 2030, Alberta introduced a new training course for solar and wind farm technicians, and a technicians’ course in Texas had students “climbing wind turbines to the middle class.” Coal miners and their work ethic were finding a home in the green economy.

In the United States, meanwhile, government data showed a purported coal industry recovery evaporating. The looming closure of the Navajo coal-fired generating station in Arizona imperiled 800 jobs, a West Virginia coal mine closure cost another 400, and eight coal executives took away US$10.2 million in salary and bonuses when the Westmoreland Coal Company went bankrupt. Oakland cancelled a coal export lease, Kentucky’s coal industry continued to decline despite Trump’s overblown promises to the contrary, Korean banks refused to finance the massive Adani coal mine in Australia, and the global coal industry was on track to shed 100,000 jobs this decade.

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Black Property Owners at Risk as U.S. Pipeliners Assert Eminent Domain

B.C. Offers 20% Power Subsidy for ‘Clean’ Biofuel, Hydrogen Industries

Vancouver Transit Agency Buys 15 New Electric Buses

Amazon HQ2 Turns to Halifax Start-Up for Lower-Carbon Concrete

Work from Home Pushes Bay Street Firms to Cut Office Footprint

Los Angeles Builds Partnerships, Engages Students with UN Sustainable Development Goals

Iberdola, Danone Build Europe’s Biggest Solar Project in Spain

Serbia Hires Norwegian, Belgian Developers for 800 MW of Wind by 2026

Aging Dams Could Put Large Populations at Risk by 2050

Biggest Snowfall in 50 Years Adds to Misery in Poor Madrid Neighbourhood

Norwegian Firm Aims to Make Green Hydrogen Cost-Competitive by 2025

Fossils Plan Biggest Geothermal Investments in Three Decades

Refocus Infrastructure Spending to Cut Carbon, Create Jobs, Blue Green Canada Urges

Canada is missing a big opportunity to create jobs, cut pollution, and advance a net-zero emissions agenda by failing to prioritize projects that use low-carbon building materials and cleaner construction processes, Blue Green Canada argues in a report issued this week.

Circular Approach Can Cut Automakers’ Carbon Intensity 75%, Resource Consumption 80%

A circular economy approach to auto manufacturing could cut the sector’s per-passenger life cycle carbon emissions by 75% and its “non-circular” resource consumption 80% while driving “transformative solutions for the automotive industry,” write two consultants from Accenture and one executive from the World Economic Forum in a recent post for the WEF blog.

Finnish City of Oulu Shows How Winter Cycling Can Rule

Though the blame for Canada’s dearth of winter cyclists is typically placed on weather, it is the lack of dedicated—and snow-cleared—bike routes that keeps people tethered to their cars and public transit, according to a video that profiles the 200,000-strong city of Oulu, Finland as Exhibit A for how to make winter cycling work.

Solar Will Deliver World’s Cheapest Electricity by 2030, WoodMac Predicts

2020 Sees UK Renewables Overtake Fossils for First Time

445-MW Coal Plant in Tampa to Close in 2023, 18 Years Early

Regulatory Rubber Stamp Sets Nova Scotia Behind on Climate, Coal

Toronto Firm Delivers Renewable Power for Off-Grid Electronic Devices

Toronto Heat Pump Project Shows 36% Saving on Electric Heat

Analyst Suggests Path to Clean Up Ontario’s Hydro ‘Mess’

NYC Takes Top Marks for Carbon-Free Transportation

U.S. Announces $123.6 Billion for Manufacturing Innovation

Sámi Herders Go to Court Against Norwegian Wind Farm

UAE Claims World’s First Solar Aluminium

Deutsche Bank Sees Climate Regs as Threat to German Automakers

Mining Giant BHP Admits Losses up to $1.25B on Australian Coal Mine

Australia’s Morrison Predicts Decades of Coal Wealth Ahead

Overbuilding, Pricey Coal and LNG Imports Drive Up Power Costs for Bangaldeshis

Shell Adds New Subsidiary to Boost EV Charging Capacity

Denver Sets 2030 Net-Zero Target for New Homes, Buildings

Abu Dhabi Funds Solar Project for 50,000 in Somaliland

Danish Vertical Farm Gets Power from Wind, Produces 1,000 Tons of Food Per Year

Fossils ‘Stunned’, ‘Aghast’ After Biden Pauses New Oil and Gas Leases

North American fossils are declaring themselves “stunned” and “aghast” at the wave of climate action emanating from the White House last week, with U.S. President Joe Biden ordering a pause on new oil and gas leases on federal land and climate advisor Gina McCarthy promising “the most aggressive” greenhouse gas reductions the country can achieve.

Job Prospects Evaporate, Student Interest Sags as Fossils Scramble for New Talent

A new generation of young professionals is coming back with an eloquent response to the idea that a declining fossil industry is a “slap in the face” to people who’ve set their sights on careers in fields like geology or petroleum engineering.

Major Canadian Solar Firm Denies Reports of Forced Labour

A Canadian solar company is claiming that no Uyghurs are employed at its 30-MW solar farm in China’s Xinjiang region, nor are any members of the persecuted Muslim community being forced into labour anywhere along its solar supply chain. But human rights observers say that last assertion doesn’t stand up to the evidence.

South Australia Hits 100% Solar with Lowest Prices in Country

Cenovus to Lay Off 2,150 as Spending Plan Emphasizes Debt Reduction

Feds Keep Lights Burning in Ottawa Buildings Despite Work from Home

U.S. Fossils Seek Farm Belt Allies to Fight Biden EV Plan

U.S. EV Charging Company Angles for $2.6 Billion in Public Offering

NREL Looks to Solar for Industrial Process Heat

Cambodia Lines Up Investors for $400M Large Hydro Project

Study Finds Only Small Carbon Reduction in Eliminating U.S. Dairy Herds

Climate Has African Cotton Farmers Relying More on Dangerous Pesticides

LNG in Vietnam Faces Regulatory, Market Obstacles

Tesla Battery Shipments Up 83% Last Year, Exceed 3 GWh

Three Floating Solar Plants to Deliver 265 MW in Greece

Can a City Truly Be 100% Renewable?

Sweeping Biden Executive Orders Halt Fossil Leases, Boost Renewables, Stress Environmental Justice and Scientific Integrity

With a set of three sweeping executive orders Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden launched an abrupt shift from four years of climate denial and inaction. The orders included measures to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, increase its reliance on renewable energy, accelerate government renewables procurement and research, restore scientific integrity, and begin addressing the searing inequities and environmental justice issues that had been allowed to fester under his predecessor’s watch.

‘Net Negative’ Claims from Alberta Fossils Underscore Flaws with Carbon Capture

Two Alberta-based fossil companies are reporting that they’ve reached “net-negative” carbon emissions, thanks to carbon capture technology. But while the news sounds promising for CCS—which experts increasingly believe will be necessary to keep average global warming below 2°C—there are still concerns about how emissions reductions are calculated, and how CCS may reduce the incentive to actually reduce emissions.

North Sea Fossil Work Force Faces Looming Job Cuts

PEI Farms, Fishing Operations Adapt to Climate’s ‘New Normal’

Construction Set to Start on Montana’s Biggest Wind Farm

170 Jobs Lost as SunPower Shuts Oregon Assembly Plant

Wisconsin Sees Booming Interest in Home Solar

Community Foundations Drive Sustainability in Republican-Red Sarasota County

UN Commission Sets Standards for ‘People-First’ Infrastructure

Illustrated Guide Promotes UN Habitat’s New Urban Agenda

Vulcan County, Alberta Sets Sights on 500-MW Wind Farm

The rural county in Alberta that brought Canada its biggest solar farm to date is at it again, with word this week that it is seeking regulatory approval for a 500-megawatt wind farm.

BP Slashes Fossil Exploration Team from 700 to 100 as Shift to Renewables Takes Hold

Colossal fossil BP has cut its oil and gas exploration team from more than 700 geologists, engineers, and scientists to fewer than 100, as new CEO Bernard Looney begins reorganizing the company’s operations in response to the climate crisis.

6,000 Home Batteries to Help Power Hawai’i’s Green Grid

UVic Divestment Plan Falls Short on Carbon Cuts, Reconciliation

IEEFA Warns Investors Off Two New Virginia Gas Plants

Iowa Utility Under Pressure to Shut Down Coal Plants

Minnesota Ratepayers to Save $160M from Wind Farm Repowering Project

EU Boosts Solar Output by 7 TWh in Third Quarter of 2020

Developers in Japan Shift Toward Green Buildings

Air Pollution Causes Nearly 30% of Miscarriages in South Asia

Climate Change Will Add ‘Profoundly’ to Child Malnourishment

Cyprus Touts Gas Pipeline as Part of 2050 Carbon-Neutral Goal

Better Charger Data Could Assuage EV Anxiety

EU Funds Farmers to Reduce Methane Belches from Livestock

Ocean Restoration Could Deliver 100,000 UK Jobs, £50-Billion Economic Boost

Time to Move On from Keystone, Ambassador Says, as Biden, Trudeau Talk Climate Cooperation

With U.S. President Joe Biden making climate action a top priority for his new administration, and an analyst warning that the Keystone XL pipeline cancellation will stifle Alberta’s fossil industry for years, Canada’s U.S. ambassador is saying that it’s time to move on and focus on other opportunities in the bilateral relationship.

Keystone Decision Triggers Calls for More Pipeline Cancellations [Sign-ons]

After President Joe Biden kept his promise to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, with a Day One executive order rescinding the presidential permit for the project, Indigenous campaigners and climate organizations were quick to respond with pressure on the United States and Canada to turn the decision into a trend.

Youth Activists Demand Voice in Climate Policy

Youth climate organizations like Fridays for Future have proven themselves to be non-partisan, passionately intersectional, and naturally animated by a dauntless “get-it-done” spirit. With such extraordinary power and capability in their hands, younger people must have a seat at the table on climate policy, two youth activists say.

EVs Surge Toward Mass Adoption as Sticker Price Falls, More Models Enter Market

Two new analyses show electric vehicles approaching a “tipping point” for mass adoption, with global sales rising 43% last year, battery costs plunging, and the number of models available in the United States expected to triple over the next three years.

Irving Refinery Cites Falling Demand after Laying Off 60 in St. John

U.S. Homebuilders Lobby to Block Climate-Safe Construction Codes

Turkey Places Itself Among Top Four Countries for Geothermal

Equinor May Sell Off Failed Fracking Operations in Montana, North Dakota

Inner Mongolia, China’s Biggest Coal Province, Defies National Goals

UAE Touts Blue Hydrogen as Pathway to Emission Cuts

Cameras On During Online Meetings Can Add to Carbon Footprint

Seven Big Producers Team Up to Deliver 25 GW of Green Hydrogen by 2026

Canadian E-Bus Maker, Battery Recycler Announce Successful Pilot Project

Vestas Cuts 220 Wind Manufacturing Jobs in Denmark, UK

‘Humiliated’ Kenney Demands Trade Sanctions, Could Sell Pipeline for Scrap as TC Shuts Down Keystone Construction

A “humiliated” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney demanded trade sanctions against the United States, TC Energy cut 1,000 construction jobs, Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal falsely claimed 10,000 to 11,000 jobs lost, and the Keystone XL pipeline was at risk of being sold off for scrap after President Joe Biden signed a Day One executive order cancelling the presidential permit for the intensely controversial fossil megaproject.

Canadian Carbon Price Proponent Pushes Back on False Narratives

Those peddling the notion that Canada’s federal government is holding back some portion of the federal carbon tax from its citizens are pushing a false narrative, writes Toronto-based Clean Prosperity, in an analysis that lays out the plain truth: nine out of every ten dollars is returned via taxpayer rebates, with the remainder going to support local emissions reduction projects.

After Early Momentum, Cascadia Region Loses Focus on Climate Action

Political infighting, misinformation campaigns, and serial communication failures have dashed any hopes that the Cascadia region would take the lead in the climate fight and significantly reduce its emissions by the end of last year. Now, angry young people are asking the courts to force their leaders to do a better job, and fast.

Fitch Sees Asian Solar, Wind Exceeding 1,500 GW by 2029

Hydrogen Train Deal Brings Investor Attention to B.C-Based Ballard

Analysts Tout Intertie Between Site C in B.C., Electricity Demand in Alberta

‘Charging Deserts’ for EVs Create Racial Divide in Chicago

$28-Million Rural Recovery Grant in Utah Boosts Fossils Instead

New Mexico Regulators Cite 100% Clean Power Law in Blocking Utility Gas Project

New Renewables Investment Follows South Korea’s Net-Zero Promise

Political Uncertainty Drives Fossils, Renewable Developers Out of Mexico

Indigenous Agroforesters Revive Palm Forests in Brazil

Colossal Fossil Total Buys French Biogas Company

$38-Million Investment to Help Nigerian Firm Bring Solar to West Africa

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Emerge as Affordable Backup for Solar Microgrids

Fossils Create Less than 1% of Canadian Jobs, Making 20-Year Phaseout ‘Very Feasible’, Study Concludes

The Canadian economy has added 42 new jobs for each one it has lost in fossil fuels since 2014, and a 20-year industry phaseout would only reduce fossil employment by about 8,500 positions per year—as many as the country usually creates every 10 days—concludes economist Jim Stanford in an analysis published this week by Environmental Defence.

Biden Brings a Policy ‘Sea Change’, Podesta Tells GreenPAC Webinar

An aggressive program of executive actions and green investments, a White House staffed with “climate champions”, and a concerted effort to rebuild the U.S. government’s scientific capacity and morale will all begin to take shape today with the inauguration of President Joe Biden, former White House counsellor John Podesta said Tuesday afternoon, during a webinar hosted by Toronto-based GreenPAC.

Campaign Promises, Cabinet and Senate Leadership Put Climate at Centre of Biden Agenda

When Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in later today as the 46th president and 49th vice-president of the United States, they’ll take office with a raft of campaign promises and a team cabinet nominees and committee chairs that hold the potential to deliver fast, decisive action on the climate crisis.

TC Energy Touts ‘Zero-Emissions’ Plan, Kenney Threatens Court Action as Keystone Cancellation Looms

Calgary-based pipeliner TC Energy touted a “zero-emissions” approach to its fossil fuel transportation business, the federal and Alberta government vowed to continue the fight, and Premier Jason Kenney admitted his province stands to lose a billion-dollar gamble as the reality sank in that U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline after he’s sworn in later today.

Be Wary of Plans for Direct CO2 Removal, Greenpeace Warns Investors

While direct carbon removal (DCR) technologies like afforestation and direct air carbon capture are showing up in climate plans across the corporate world, it will be sharp emissions reductions, not DCR, that actually will keep a 1.5˚C climate target in view, Greenpeace UK warns in a new report.

‘Smart Cities’ Hype Enters the Global South, after North American Projects Fall Short

While oft-criticized in North America for promising much and delivering little, the “smart city” concept is gaining a foothold in the Global South—a troubling development for those who worry about the incursions of Big Data, or see the projects as little more than oversized gated communities.

Massachusetts Governor Vetoes 2050 Net-Zero Law

Transition Off Carbon Could Disrupt 10 Million UK Jobs

Muskrat Falls Hydro Megaproject Gets $844M in Federal Debt Deferrals

Delay of Calgary’s Green Line LRT Could Cost Tens of Millions: Nenshi

Prince George Petrochemical Plan Gets New Lease on Life

Concrete Producer Lafarge Claims 30-70% Carbon Reduction

Cyclones Force India to Shut Down Wind Turbines, Curtail Power Production

Solar+Hydro Storage Brings Hawaiian Island to 80% RE

GM Canada Announces $1-Billion Electric Van Investment in Ingersoll, Ontario

Results of a ratification vote were to be released today after GM Canada and Unifor reached a tentative deal that will see the giant automaker invest C$1 billion to build electric vans at its CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario.

New Ministerial Mandate Letters Lay Out Federal Agenda on Climate, Green Recovery

While the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is still necessarily taking up most of the oxygen on Parliament Hill, climate action and a green recovery figure fairly prominently in a new batch of ministerial mandate letters released last Thursday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

McCarthy: 2021 Could Be ‘Pivotal Year’ for Climate Action

With climate action and ambition accelerating toward the end of last year, in Canada and internationally, and COVID-19 vaccine distribution under way, 2021 could be a pivotal year in the fight to get the climate crisis under control, writes Shawn McCarthy, senior counsel at the Sussex Strategy Group, in a post last week for Policy Options.

U.S. Expects 15.4 GW of New Grid-Scale Solar in 2021

Suncor Worker Dies After Dozer Falls Through Ice on Inactive Tailings Pond

Renewable Microgrid is Port of San Diego’s ‘Crown Jewel’

California Could Need 55 GW of Storage by 2045

Louisiana Sees Offshore Oil and Gas Hub Shifting to Wind

Pumped Storage Helps Stabilize UK Grid

Uzbekistan Sets Course for Up to 800 MW New Solar

Bangladesh Brings 50-MW Solar Plant Online

Orlando Utility’s ‘Net-Zero’ Plan Allows Continuing Fossil Fuel Use

Rising Seas Make Miami Beach Affordable Housing Crisis Worse

Five-Year Contract with Sichuan Supplier is Tesla’s Latest Lithium Supply Deal

Photo Essay Captures Iceland’s Drive to Net-Zero

New Offshore Drilling Permits Could Put Canada’s Climate Targets Out of Reach, Endangered Right Whales at Risk

The federal government is putting its own climate targets out of reach, triggering higher carbon dioxide and methane emissions, putting endangered North Atlantic right whales at further risk, and undercutting the new impact assessment process it adopted less than two years ago, according to environmental groups reacting to the approval of three new fossil exploration projects off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador earlier this week.

Carbon emissions from a coal plant in Germany

Higher Emissions from Fossil Plants Could Drive Up Global Power Demand by 27 Gigawatts

In a global first, a study just published in the journal Environmental Research Letters concludes that reliance on fossil-fuelled power plants in a warming world could drive up global electricity demand by as much as 27,000 megawatts.

Higher ‘Value of Carbon’ Guidance Could Boost Aggressive Climate Policy

New “value of carbon” guidance from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation could spur stronger climate action in all sectors, while encouraging land use reform and carbon sequestration. At US$125 per metric tonne, the new estimate blasts past the New York Public Service Commission’s 2020 rate of $43.

More Investment, More Renewable Options Needed to Hit Rapid Decarbonization Goals

Renewable energy investment is falling short of what’s needed to meet rapid decarbonization goals, and national implementation strategies often work to the disadvantage of small and medium-sized renewable energy producers, according to a think tank study released late last year.

South Asia Could See 63 Million Climate Migrants by 2050

Husky-Cenovus Merger Speeds ‘Hollowing Out’ of Calgary Downtown

Restoring Energy Efficiency Rules a Top Priority for Biden Administration

Nike, H&M Among 29 Brands Pressing Vietnam for More Renewables

Vancouver Weighs Fairness of Congestion Pricing

Feds Fund 100 Edmonton Building Retrofits Over Two Years

Plan for Gulf Coast LNG Terminal Runs Ahead of Schedule

Spain Issues New-Style Tender for 3 GW Solar, Wind

E-Bikes Drive Carbon-Free Future for East Africa

African Cities Provide Customer Base for Minigrids

Animal Products Priced Far Too Low to Reflect Climate Impacts

LNG Prices Hit Six-Year High

GE’s New 13-MW Offshore Wind Turbine Sets Off ‘Industry Arms Race’

Norway Boosts Carbon Tax to $237 Per Tonne by 2030

Norway will more than triple its national carbon tax by 2030, from kr 590 to kr 2,000 (US$70 to $237) per tonne of carbon dioxide, under a plan released last Friday by Environment Minister Sveinung Rotevatn.

Africa Needs ‘Decarbonization Shock’ to Prevent Decade of New Fossil Fuel Investments

It will take a “decarbonization shock” to jolt utilities and governments in Africa into a quick transition to renewable energy this decade that avoids investments in fossil fuel projects that will lock the continent into a future of high-carbon development, warns a report this week in the journal Nature Energy.

COVID Recovery Funds, Green Jobs Could Help Developing Countries Drive Down Emissions

COVID-19 recovery funds and green job investment could be a cornerstone for efforts by more than 20 developing nations to come up with new, improved national climate plans, according to a Seoul, South Korea-based organization that is working on Green New Deal-type plans with nearly a dozen different countries.

One-Third of Green Funds Invest in Fossil Stocks

Abu Dhabi Confirms Funding for 2-GW Al Dhafra Solar Plant, World’s Biggest

Greece Approves 2.8 GW of New Renewables

Desert-to-Power Plan to Deliver Solar for Sahel

Forest Carbon Offsets on the Agenda as France’s One Planet Summit Confronts Biodiversity Loss

Global leaders are in the midst of a high-stakes virtual summit today, aimed at rebooting international diplomacy on climate change and species extinction ahead of a United Nations biodiversity conference scheduled for October.

Vancity Sets 2040 Net-Zero Target for Entire Lending Portfolio

The Vancouver City Savings Credit Union is promising to bring its entire mortgage and loan portfolio to net-zero by 2040, 10 years ahead of the target set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as part of a five-part plan aimed at building climate action into the financial co-op’s business strategy.

Haley: $170/Tonne Carbon Price Still Needs Green Industrial Policy to Set Direction

While Canada’s pledge to achieve a carbon price of C$170 by 2030 gives the country “a credible shot” at hitting its 2030 climate targets, the invisible hand of the marketplace won’t deliver a just transition to a lower-carbon economy without a green industrial policy to chart the course, Broadbent Institute policy fellow Brendan Haley argues in a recent blog post.

Climate-Related Hunger, Drought, Conflict to Cost Kenya $62 Billion

Canada Pushes Back on ‘Unwarranted’ U.S. Solar Tariffs

Lion Electric Offers Amazon a 15.8% Share

Land Institute Urges Net-Zero Action on Toronto Rental Housing

Minto Hosts Hackathon to Find Energy, Circular Economy Solutions

Systemic Racism Limits Minority Businesses’ Access to Energy Efficiency Dollars

U.S. Farmers Face ‘Abandonment Issues’ with Obsolete Oil Wells

Turkish Manufacturer Opens EV Parts Plant in Georgia

Momentum from 2020 Drives Hopes for a Year of Climate Action

After a horrid year of pandemic lockdowns and searing inequalities that nevertheless produced surprising progress for climate action and carbon reduction commitments, several news outlets are looking ahead to 2021 with something that sounds an awful lot like optimism.

‘Baked-In’ Warming Will Push Temperature Rise Past 2°C, Adding Urgency to Net-Zero Push

Alongside the extreme weather events of 2020, new research that shows today’s atmospheric CO2 levels pushing average global warming beyond 2.0°C makes it that much more important to push a rapid decarbonization agenda, scientists say.

Democrats’ Senate Majority Means Green Policy Shift, Wider Rollback of Trump Deregulation

With Democrats poised to form a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate, following landmark run-off election wins this week by Senators-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia, the first two months of the Biden-Harris administration may be marked by a concerted push to roll back some of the worst deregulatory excesses of the Donald Trump years.

Suncor Writes Off $425 Million in White Rose Oilfield Off Newfoundland

CALGARY — The new operator of the White Rose offshore oilfield says no final decision has been made about its future despite a move by partner Suncor Energy Inc. to take a C$425-million impairment charge, or downgrade, on the value of its stake, The Canadian Press reports.

Eleventh-Hour Brexit Deal Could Bring UK into EU Carbon Market

IEA Predicts 2.6% Growth in Coal Demand Next Year

Fossil Worker Retraining Program Looks to Expand

Pandemic Brings Demand Dip for Higher-End Tesla Models

Rockefeller Aims for Sustainable Energy for a Billion People by 2030

Pandemic Drags Down Green Energy Projects in Developing Countries

With Plenty of Wind, Water, Scotland Has No Need for Nuclear, MP Says

Wilkinson Tips North American Ban on Gasoline Vehicles as Biden Inauguration Approaches

A North America-wide ban on new gasoline-powered vehicle sales may be on the agenda as the Canadian government begins building ties with the incoming Biden-Harris administration in the United States.

December Sees Three Dead, One Injured on Fossil Projects in Alberta, B.C., Minnesota

December was a hazardous month to work in the fossil industry, with workers killed or injured on projects in Alberta, British Columbia, and Minnesota.

$38-Million Subsidy Could Drive 10 More Years of Oil Drilling Off Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S, NL — Newfoundland and Labrador is giving C$38 million to the Hibernia offshore oil project in a bid to protect 148 jobs over 18 months.

Battery Packs Hit ‘Historic Milestone’ with Record-Low Price Below $100/kWh

Lithium-ion battery pack prices dipped below the milestone of US$100 per kilowatt-hour in 2020, and the average price of batteries plummeted 89% in a decade to land at $137/kWh, according to a year-end survey released in mid-December by Bloomberg NEF, formerly Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Federal Clean Fuel Standard Aims for 21-Megatonne Emissions Cut by 2030

Environment and Climate Change Canada has published draft rules for a new Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) that it says would focus primarily on fossil refineries, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from liquid fuels by nearly 21 million tonnes by 2030, and drive up the cost of a litre of gasoline by up to 11¢.

Opinion: Federal Nuclear Plan Confuses Science Fiction with Real Energy Technologies

Canada’s action plan for small modular nuclear reactors is nothing more than science fiction, writes analyst Burgess Langshaw-Power: idle dreams of an indefinite group of technologies which may be ready in a decade. In the meantime, renewable energy continues to leap ahead, mostly without any federal support.

New Congressional Funding, Tax Credit Extensions Create ‘Enabling Conditions for Decarbonization’

From solar and wind tax credits, to reductions in climate-busting hydrofluorocarbons, to financial support for battery storage, microgrids, combined heat and power, and carbon capture, the US$900-billion pandemic relief package adopted by the U.S. Congress late last month is being hailed as the most substantial federal investment and one of the biggest victories for climate action in a decade.

India Proposes Looser Deadline for Coal Emission Controls