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Climate Bonds Initiative sets up energy efficiency working group(Environmental Finance)

The Climate Bonds Initiative has set up a working group to develop criteria for the certification of energy efficiency-related bonds, and is expecting its solar working group to issue a standard within the next few months. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3. Securities firm, 4. Asset management & Pension, 5.Climate Change & Carbon

Alarm rings at Monju N-reactor; no leak(Yomiuri)

Alarm rings at Monju N-reactor; no leak(Yomiuri)

FUKUI (Jiji Press)–The Japan Atomic Energy Agency said Monday that a sodium leak alarm went off in an auxiliary building at its Monju fast-breeder nuclear reactor at about 3:40 a.m., but later confirmed no leak had occurred. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Antinuclear protestors march through Tokyo, surround Diet building(Mainichi)

Antinuclear protestors march through Tokyo, surround Diet building(Mainichi)

Tens of thousands of angry citizens from all walks of life marched through Tokyo and surrounded the Diet building under scorching heat on July 29, demanding the government scrap its decision to reactivate nuclear reactors and break its dependence on nuclear power once and for all. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

IAEA inspects Onagawa nuke plantTeam to assess quake impact, how workers got facility shut down (Japan Times)

IAEA inspects Onagawa nuke plantTeam to assess quake impact, how workers got facility shut down (Japan Times)

ONAGAWA, Miyagi Pref. — The International Atomic Energy Agency started an inspection Monday in Miyagi Prefecture of the Onagawa nuclear plant, which was relatively undamaged by the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the area in March last year. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident, unclassified

TEPCO gets Y1 tril in public funds, putting it under gov’t control(Japan Today)

TEPCO gets Y1 tril in public funds, putting it under gov’t control(Japan Today)

TOKYO —The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant was effectively nationalised Tuesday as it received one trillion yen of taxpayer money to stay afloat.The public bailout of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) in the wake of last year’s tsunami-triggered accident gives the government 50.11% of the utility’s voting rights. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Complaint seeks resettlement and just compensation from royal Dutch Shell and UK banks for damage caused by Sakhalin II Oil and Gas project(Pacific Environment)

Today, residents living adjacent to a highly polluting liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) plant and oil and gas export terminals on Sakhalin Island, Russia, filed a complaint against Royal Dutch Shell and three of the largest UK banks: Royal Bank of Scotland (“RBS”), Standard Chartered, and Barclays, for their failure to adhere to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (“OECD”) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the “Guidelines”). … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1. BANK