World Summit highlights range of clean energy plans

A broad coalition of stakeholders pledged support for a variety of clean energy initiatives at a United Nations-sponsored summit on sustainable development in Johannesburg, South Africa, last week.The proposals are all non-binding although individual countries may seek to codify the agreement to meet their own specific pollution targets.Among the items of interest for industry are two new partnerships, one with an upstream focus, the other downstream.UpstreamThe Global Gas Flaring Reduction Public-Private Partnership seeks support from national governments, development agencies, and the petroleum industry to reduce what the UN calls "the environmentally damaging flaring and venting of gas...

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