Google China and Climate Change: “Google’s potential pullout from China over cyberattacks has climate change activists watching the scandal’s effect on U.S.-China relations that are crucial to progress on global warming….For now, environmentalists and other experts say they don’t see a threat to bilateral work on climate change and energy.” — The Hill
Do We Really Need Cap and Trade?: “America’s favorite green bogeyman, China, has the world’s most vibrant wind-power market, huge plans for growth in solar power, and a very ambitious schedule for new nuclear plant construction. All without any domestic caps on greenhouse-gas emissions.” — WSJ’s Environmental Capital
Cemex Braces for Costly Carbon: “Cemex, one of the world’s largest producers of building materials, is angling to bring down its carbon dioxide emissions and perhaps wind up with some credits it can sell.” The company says it’s “reducing its carbon footprint by shifting to renewable energy and by using biomass as inputs to its kilns,” and also looking into carbon capture. — NYT’s Green Inc.
Brazil Rolls Back Ethanol Blend Level: The Brazilian government has rolled back the anhydrous ethanol blend level in gasoline to 20 percent from 25 percent for a period of 90 days, effective 1 February. The move is expected to result in an additional 26.4 million gallons of hydrous ethanol (pure ethanol used in flex-fuel vehicles, as opposed to the stuff that’s blended with gasoline) that’s available each month. — Green Car Congress
New Phase for VPhase: VPhase has signed a deal to trial its device its energy-saving product (a device that attaches to a household fuse box and regulates the level of voltage coming in) at a social housing group in England, “highlighting how small energy efficiency firms could come to the fore as Britain enforces stringent emissions targets.” — Reuters