Beyond the constant propaganda, greenwashing… the post-Covid economic reopening and growth (by 5.5%) led to an increase in emissions (also up 5.7%) according to the Sustainability Observatory. Spanish carbon market emissions in 2022 grew by 9%, accounting for 34.1% of the country’s total emissions (which grew by an estimated 5.7%). In Europe, by contrast, emissions in the market in 2022 decreased by 7%.(In 2021, something similar happened: Europe decreased market…
Steffen Böhm (The Conversation) | Carbon trading was supposed to encourage companies to reduce their emissions. Yet for many years, the carbon price was trading well below €20 (£17) per tonne on the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), which is by far the most established market for trading carbon in the world. Most agreed that this did not send any financial signals to carbon-intensive industries to invest in green technologies….
According to Josu Jon Imaz, Repsol CEO, “it is not acceptable that there are industries which have to stop because they cannot assume the energy costs”. So he has asked the European institutions to immediately put more CO2 rights on the market which, in his opinion, would have an “immediate effect” on consumers’ electricity bills and on the competitiveness of industry. Imaz said that “European consumers are paying an oversized…
Energy-intensive crypto mining is no different than coal or oil a century ago. According to Cambridge University analysis, Bitcoin uses around 120 TWh of energy per year, on par with countries like Norway and Argentina, and is estimated to reach as much at 184 TWh, nearly the same consumption as that of London. That comes out to more than 90 million metric annual tons of CO2. Should progressives be thinking twice about greenhouse gas emissions from Bitcoin?
ASE Group | The rise in the price of CO2 emissions, up 36% so far this year to 45 euros per tonne (when a year ago it was around 15 euros per tonne) and in the price of gas, up 200%, is pushing up electricity prices across the continent, both current prices and those on the futures markets. Thus, for example, in Spain, the daily price of electricity on the wholesale market for the first 15 days of April stood at 58.13 €/MWh. This is 60% higher than at the end of March and also 60% above the average for the month of April in the last 5 years. If we compare it with April of last year, in the middle of the sanitary confinement, the price rises by 229%.
T.C. | According to data from the Sustainability Observatory, Spain reduced its emissions in the carbon market by 21% in 2020 (13% in 2019) in a year marked by the covid19 pandemic, in which the emissions of all the major companies fell, albeit with very notable differences between them: ENDESA decreases by 45%, FCC, EDP or IBERDROLA by around 25%, while the oil companies REPSOL and CEPSA or the gas company NATURGY have presented smaller decreases. The fuel combustion sector has decreased by a historic 26% between 2020 and 2019 while the oil companies, for example, have only decreased by 8%.
Growing concerns from US and European investors and regulators over the sustainability of integrated oil and gas companies’ business models have brought forward their potential impact on the sector’s credit quality to the medium from long term. Scope Ratings says the near-term, 2020 credit outlook for the integrated oil & gas sector remains stable.
Norbert Rücker (Head of Economics & Next Generation Research, Julius Baer) | The outline of the EU Green Deal, was announced yesterday with an overwhelming price tag underpinning its ambitions.The outline is comprehensive but vague, and the impact is elusive to date. Market forces continue to drive the transition.
Repsol expects to adjust the accounting value of some assets, with a post-tax accounting charge of approximately 4.8 billion euros in order to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. This adjustment will reduce specific reported income for 2019 but does not alter the company’s cash flow for the year nor the announced proposal to increase shareholder remuneration.
P.Canadell, /C.Le Quéré /G. Peters/ Robbie Andrew/ Rob Jackson via The Conversation | Strong energy demand is behind the rise in emissions growth, which is outpacing the speed at which decarbonisation of the energy system is taking place. Total energy consumption around the world increased by one sixth over the past decade, the result of a growing global middle class and the need to provide electricity to hundreds of millions of people living in poverty.