Archive for March, 2009

Climate plans in Norway

Monday, March 16th, 2009

State, counties and municipalities with a climate plan in Norway:

Rogaland county

Stavanger city

Conferences: environment,

Monday, March 16th, 2009

EVS 24 – electric vehicles, conference number 24, Stavanger, Norway 13-16 May 2009

The banking system

Monday, March 16th, 2009

We must consider a separation of commercial banking from investment banking – ref. the 1933 American Glass-Steagall Act, dropped in the 1990s. 

Commercial banking crises can pose systems risks. Core banks should not be brought down by risky investment banking activities.

Investment banks should be able to create products, make innovative deals in the marketplace, follow their investing customers.

Thus the society´s role in bank supervision and regulation should be to see to it that the core commercial banking system is well run and well capitalised. Enough capital is of prime importance.

All countries should try to achieve this goal. International cooperation then should follow – if we can manage that.


Carbon Disclosure Project

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

“The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent not-for-profit organisation which holds the largest database of corporate climate change information in the world.”

“The data is obtained from responses to CDP’s annual Information Requests, issued on behalf of institutional investors, purchasing organisations and government bodies. Since its formation in 2000, CDP has become the gold standard for carbon disclosure methodology and process, providing primary climate change data to the global market place.”

“ CORE includes comprehensive corporate greenhouse gas emissions data, information on corporate emissions reduction targets and energy use, Management’s views on risks and opportunities that climate change presents and corporate governance with regard to climate change.”

The Scientific Advisory Board for climate work in Norway

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

We need to establish a set of reliable assumptions or data for the climate work. At the moment there is no established set of fundamentals that we can base our activities upon, and there are no authoritative voices that we can trust. Everybody including the politicians know what is most important and act acoordingly. We have a confused situation!

We need some kind of Scientific Advisory Board formed by a panel of internationally acknowledged scholars in climate research. The mandate is to provide advice and assessment of the quality and foci of the Norwegian environmental programme, as well as fostering the integration with the international research community, reports, IPCC etc.

All countries surely needs such a body?