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Obama takes bold action to reduce emissions from U.S. power plants

on Monday, 02 June 2014.

Today President Obama announced a plan to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power stations by 30% by 2030 over 2005 levels

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/06/obamas-new-carbon-plan-makes-history-for-clean-energy?cmpid=WNL-Wednesday-June4-2014

His announcement was followed a day later by China announcing a nationwide cap on its carbon emissions from 2016 http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/6/4/carbon-markets/china-set-nation-wide-carbon-cap?utm_source=exact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=780068&utm_campaign=cs_daily&modapt=

Many see this as the world’s two largest emitters of carbon positioning themselves with a strong hand going into the International climate talks in Paris at the end of next year. What’s certain is that it represents a major shift in International climate negotiations, as the two biggest players have announced strong action to limit their own emissions and will be sure to use this as a reason to put pressure on other countries like Australia to follow suit. In particular, as Australia’s modest emissions targets in the last round were qualified by a promise to do more if concerted action was forthcoming from others, we may see pressure on the Australian Government to embrace stronger targets and associated measures to achieve them over the next few years. Australian businesses would be wise to prepare for this, and CCR is well positioned to advise you on the ramifications.

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The courses are now planned to be offered in Sydney and Brisbane in early February 2011plus another offering in Perth planned for June 2011.

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