Chinese Concern Over US PV Investigation

China’s Ministry of Commerce released a statement January 26 stating its serious concern over the United States’ Commerce Department’s decision January 23 to open investigations into subsidies and dumping of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic solar cells, modules, and panels from China. The International Trade Commission will release a preliminary decision by February 14, with a decision on the level of duties expected from the Commerce Department between March and June.

Ethanol Antidumping Circumvention Complaint

European ethanol producer association ePure filed a complaint with the European Commission January 29, finding that United States’ ethanol producers are circumventing European Union antidumping duties through exports to Norway. The bloc imposed antidumping duties last February. Since then, U.S. ethanol exports to Norway have substantially increased, and Norway’s ethanol exports to the EU have increased tenfold in one year.

Final Piece of IPCC Climate Document Released

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report January 30 finding that it is clearer than ever that climate change and related extreme weather events are linked to human activity. The report is the final piece of the document, “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis,” and is the basis for the conclusions in the Summary for Policymakers publication.

Aviation Partially Included in EU ETS

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee approved January 30 a plan to partially include international flights in the European Union’s Emissions Trading System. The full parliament will vote on the measure April 3, and renew a dispute with the United States over the extent to which the trading system should cover aviation.