Plugging in to emission reductions

Hybrid cars are taking off, promising substantial emission reductions over their conventional equivalents. Plug-in hybrids represent the next step, says David Sandalow

Learning the lessons of the EU ETS

In a little over 12 months, US power utilities will face caps on their carbon emissions for the first time, under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The scheme's designers can learn some crucial lessons from Europe's emissions trading experience, says Benoit de Vitry

An eye on the bottom line

Rob Lake's appointment at ABP marks a growing focus on environmental and social analysis at the pension giant. But, as he tells Jess McCabe, its objectives remain resolutely financial

Japan's brownfields brought to bear

Japan is coming to terms with its recent industrial heritage, bringing a boom to its soil remediation market. But new accounting rules and investor scrutiny could accelerate the disclosure of some hidden liabilities, say Greg Rogers and Miki Mitsunari

Going for the green and the gold

The first in-depth report on clean technology financing in Australia finds the country lagging behind North America and Europe, but developing areas of specialisation. Anastasia O'Rourke reviews its findings

Warm words, but a warming world

The US administration is finally catching up with the rest of the world when it comes to tackling global warming. The major emitters group meeting – convened by George Bush in Washington at the end of last month – saw US Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice make a clear and long-overdue pledge to show leadership on the issue. "It is our responsibility as global leaders to forge a new international consensus on how to solve climate change," she said, addressing representatives of the 16 countries, plus the EU and the UN, in the "major economies meeting on energy security and climate change", which brings together fast-growing large developing countries such as China, India and Brazil with the industrialised world.

Between a REC?and a hard place

Markets for carbon reductions and renewable energy certificates already co-exist in the US. But, with mandatory, national schemes planned, how they interact is becoming a pressing issue, say Jasmine Haneef and Ben Pinchin

Climate meetings set stage for Bali

High-level meetings held by the United Nations and the White House have helped build political will for a new global agreement to tackle climate change, according to observers. But, despite warm words from US President George Bush, the US remains opposed to mandatory limits on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Nuclear revival – threat or opportunity?

As governments mull over how to encourage low-­carbon generating capacity, renewable energy investors are looking anxiously for signs of support for nuclear power. But, say Sean Gammons and Richard Hern, it is far from clear how such support might weigh on their investments