Good examples

Canada to tax carbon emissions to hit Paris climate agreement targets

Canada is to introduce a tax on carbon emissions from 2018 to help it meet a commitment to the targets set by the Paris climate agreement, Justin Trudeau has said. “There is no hiding from climate change,” the Prime Minister said, “It is real and it is everywhere. We cannot undo the last 10 years of inaction. “What we can do is make a real and honest effort – today and every day – to protect the health of our environment, and with it, the health of all Canadians.” Mr Trudeau called for an initial levy of $10 (£6) per tonne of emissions by 2018 that would rise annually until it reached $50 (£30) a tonne by 2022. Read article here.

Promoting local food production in Romania

Romanian parliament unanimously passed an amendment to the country’s “Law on the Sale of Food Products” bill which states that every large supermarket in the country must ensure that 51% of the fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, honey, dairy products and baked goods they stock are “locally sourced”. Read article here.

A recent paper by Nathaniel Page and Răzvan Popa notes:
Romania is … rich in family farms … the large number of small-scale family farms is a source of strength in the national economy, culture, society, and sustainability of agriculture. This preponderance of small-scale family farms has until now has been seen as a weakness in Romania’s agriculture, a barrier to competitiveness that needs to be rectified. However, recently there has been a re-appraisal of the social and economic value of small-scale farming.

Promoting local food production in London

A new web based service to order locally produced vegetables and meat. Food produced on order at farms close to the buyer (less than 150 miles) are freshly delivered within 19 hours to the buyer using 100% electrical delivery vans. Major part of price payed to the farmer. Check out web page here.

Uruguay at 95% electricity from clean energy

In less than 10 years, Uruguay has slashed its carbon footprint without government subsidies or higher consumer costs, according to the country’s head of climate change policy, Ramón Méndez. In fact, he says that now that renewables provide 94.5% of the country’s electricity, prices are lower than in the past relative to inflation. There are also fewer power cuts because a diverse energy mix means greater resilience to droughts. Read article here.

Costa Rica running on 100% renewable energy for 2 months

Costa Rica is much more than a lush, green tourist paradise; it’s also a green energy pioneer. The small Central American nation has generated 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources for the past 113 days (Aug 2016), and the run isn’t over yet. The country, which draws clean energy from a variety of renewable sources, still has its sights on a full year without fossil fuels. Read article here.

Germany pushes to ban petrol-fueled cars

Germany’s federal council, the Bundesrat, has passed a resolution calling for a ban on combustion engine cars by 2030. German citizens would only be permitted to purchase electric or hydrogen-fueled cars. The resolution, which has received cross-party support but has no legislative effect, calls on the European Commission to implement the ban across the European Union. If the Paris agreement to curb climate-warming emissions is to be taken seriously, no new combustion engine cars should be allowed on roads after 2030. Read article here.

Volvo to use electric motors in all cars from 2019

Volvo Cars announced that every model from 2019 onwards would have an electric motor, making it the first traditional carmaker to call time on vehicles powered solely by an internal combustion engine.

“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive. “We believe the risk in staying with combustion engine technology is higher than taking this step towards electrical cars”.

This step will contribute to clean air, less noice and better health in cities, in addition to saving the climate. Read Financial Times article here.