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dynaCERT, KarbonClean Inks Distribution Deal (Ind. Report)
dynaCERT, KarbonKleen
Date: 2020-05-15
York, Ontario-based next generation Carbon Emission Reduction Technology developer dynaCERT Inc.-- the CERT in dynaCERT stands for Combustion Emission Reduction Technology -- is reporting receipt of an order for 3,000 HydraGEN™ from Wilmington Delaware-based KarbonKleen Inc. -- dynaCERT's Preferred Service Provider, the exclusive Dealership rights in the trucking industry in the U.S until December 31, 2024.

KarbonKleen essentially markets the product thru financing subscription agreements across North America.

dynaCERT's HydraGEN™ technology reduces harmful emission in diesel transport trucks -- NOx reductions of 88 pct, CO of 50 pct and particulate matter of 75 pct, all while increasing fuel-savings up to by 20 pct, according to dynaCERT. (Source: dynaCERT, Stockhouse, 13 May, 2020) Contact: dynaCERT, Jim Payne, CEO, 416 766 9691 ext 602, jpayne@dynacert.com, www.dynacert.com; KarbonKleen Inc, www.karbonkleen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News KarbonKleen,  dynaCERT,  Carbon Emissions,  NOx ,  


Norway's Trillion Dollar Fund Excludes Major Emitters (Int'l.)
Norwegian Wealth Fund
Date: 2020-05-15
In Oslo, Norway's $1 trillion wealth fund -- the world's largest such fund with 1.5 pct of all globally listed shares -- reports it is excluding some of the world's biggest carbon emitting and coal related commodities firms from its portfolio. power from coal. At the end of 2019, the Norwegian Wealth Fund held $1.6 billion in such companies, according to fund data.

The fund was established in 1996 to save Norway's oil revenues for future generations. (Source: Norwegian Wealth Fund, May, 2020) Contact: Norwegian Wealth Fund, www.nbim.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Norwegian Wealth Fund,  Coal,  


Iron Mountain GHG Emissions Cuts Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Iron Mountain
Date: 2020-05-15
Boston-based information management and storage specialist Iron Mountain Inc. reports it has cut its GHG emissions by 52 pct surpassing its original science-based target of 25 pct reduction by 2025.

The company is also on track to meeting its RE100 commitment of sourcing 77 pct of global electricity supply from wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources. The company also recently launched the Green Power Pass program to certify that 100 pct of the energy customers use at Iron Mountain's data centers comes from renewable sources and help businesses achieve their own emissions goals. (Source: Iron Mountain, Env. Energy Leader, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Iron Mountain Incorporated, (800) 899-4755, www.ironmountain.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG. Carbon Emissions,  


Nat Gas Futures Launches Emissions Mitigation Project (ind Report)
Natural Gas Futures
Date: 2020-05-15
Natural Gas Futures (NGF) is reporting a collaboration with FortisBC Inc., Seaspan Ferries Corporation, and Solaris Management Consultants Inc. to provide technologies for low-emissions engine systems, and quantitative emission characterization for inventory and policy development purposes.

To reduce the climate impacts of transportation systems, several approaches have been identified through which greenhouse gas (GHG) emission can be reduced, primarily through CO2 emission reduction. These approaches include electrification of powertrains, bio-derived fuels, and fuels with lower carbon content. For large engine applications (e.g., marine, stationary power generation, remote applications), electrification is not yet realizable, and bio-fuels carry energetic penalties and may require significant engine modifications. For such applications, natural gas (NG) and natural gas from renewable sources (RNG) are attractive alternatives because of their lower CO2 and NOx emissions, and the significant North American NG reserves.

While natural gas is an attractive engine fuel to reduce these pollutants, it can also result in exhaust-stream CH4 emissions, which have a global warming potential (GWP) 28 times that of CO2 (on a 100 year timescale). Thus, all GHG emissions must be considered to ensure that the benefits of NG and RNG are realized, without also incurring unintentional increases in GHG or other emissions. The key objectives of this project are to:

  • Characterize in-use emissions and engine operation from NG engines, with a particular focus on CH4, CO2, PM, and NOX, under real-world operating conditions.

  • Develop strategies for GHG and other emission reductions, under the partner's operational constraints.

    Provide data and guidance for policy development to support effective implementation of natural gas engines and ensure GHG reductions.

    The project has received $356,566 in research grant funding. (Source: Natural Gas Futures, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Natural Gas Futures, University of British Columbia, 604 827 0790 ngf@cerc.ubc.ca, www.naturalgas.apsc.ubc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas Futures,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Greece, Baltic State's 2019 CO2 Emission Fall (Int'l. Report)
    Eurostat,EU
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Eurostat, the European Unions statistics agency is reporting Greece posted an annual drop of 8.9 pct of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated from fossil fuel combustion in 2019 -- the third-highest rate of decrease among the 27 European Union member states.

    On a regional basis, Slovenia's CO2 emissions fell by an annual 4.9 pct, Romanian emissions dropped 4.2 pct, Bulgaria's CO2 emissions fell by 4.1 udring the same period and Croatian emissions fell by 0.2 pct -- the least among EU member states. (Source: Eurostat, May, 2020) Contact: Eurostat, ec.europa.eu/eurostat/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurostat,  EU Carbon Emissions,  


    After 40 years India's Emissions Finally Falling (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Brief,India Emissions
    Date: 2020-05-13
    After four decades of relentlessly rising carbon emissions, India's emission have begun falling. The drop in emissions is partially attributed to the country's COVID-19 lock-down, falling demand for transportation fuel and electric power, a decrease in coal-fired power generation -- down 31 pct in early April -- and the increased reliance on renewable energy, according to Carbon Brief. (Source: International Energy Agency, Carbon Brief BBC News, Various Media, May, 2020)Contact: Carbon Brief, www.carbonbrief.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Brief,  India,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    Indian Energy Efficiency Deliver Major Savings (Int'l. Report)
    Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-05-13
    The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is reporting several of the various energy efficiency programs in India has led to 113.16 billion units (BUs) in 2018-19 -- a 9.39 pct reduction in the country's net electric power consumption.

    The New Delhi-based agency's study aims to assess the impact of all the energy programs in India in terms of total energy saved and reduction in the amount of carbon emissions in 2018-19.

    According to the report, the total energy savings achieved in 2018-19 stood at 23.73 Mtoe (million tons of oil equivalent) -- 2.69 pct of the total primary energy supply, which was estimated to be 879.23 Mtoe during 2018-19. This includes both supply and demand-side sectors of the economy.

    Overall, the study concluded that various energy efficiency measures have translated into monetary savings of $11.9 billion (US) against the savings in 2017-18, which stood at $7.1 billion.

    The report also noted the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, in collaboration with BEE, is executing a global environment facility funded national project to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in selected MSME clusters in India. (Source: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Mercom, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, +91 11 26178352 - fax, www.beeindia.gov.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News India Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  


    UCLA Studies Post Pandemic Emissions Possibilities (Ind. Report)
    UCLA
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Golden State, a team of University of California- Los Angeles (USCLA) is reporting the state can achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and thus prevent thousands of deaths annually.

    The researchers note that since millions of Californians began staying at home and off the roads in March, air quality in the Golden State has visibly improved but that once life returns to normal, air pollution levels will likely, but need not return to pre-pandemic levels.

    In a peer-reviewed study published May 4 the researchers describe a pathway for California to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution that taken together would prevent about 14,000 premature deaths from air pollution–related illnesses each year and help reduce climate change by 2050. In addition to the finding that approximately 14,000 premature deaths per year could be avoided in California by 2050, achieving net-zero emissions could also: reduce acute respiratory symptoms in 8.4 million adults; cut asthma exacerbation in 1 million children; decrease the number of lost work days by 1.4 million; and cut cardiovascular hospital admissions by 4,500 per.

    The reports notes that while all communities would benefit, the state's top 25 pct most-polluted census tracts would receive approximately 35 pct of the health benefits resulting from the projected improvements in air quality.

    The study also notes that unlike with the current COVID-19 crisis, achieving net-zero emissions post-pandemic would benefit the economy. By 2050, the monetary savings of greenhouse gas reductions will exceed the annual health care cost by $109 billion a year.. The study's authors intend their research to help state and local policymakers take bold action on climate change. This study was partially funded by the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, a university-wide initiative aimed at applying UCLA expertise and research to transform Los Angeles into the most sustainable megacity by 2050. (Source: UCLA FSPH, Lauren Miura, 4 May, 2020) Contact: UCLA Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering , www.jifresse.ucla.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UCLA,  Carbon Emissions,  Clean Air,  


    Rio Tinto Shareholders Call for Binding Emissions Target (Int'l.)
    Rio Tinto
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Land Down Under, a recent meeting of London, UK-headquartered Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining giant Rio Tinto shareholders found 37 pct of voting shareholders unsuccessfully called for a resolution that would require the company to set binding emissions targets.

    While the resolution failed to pass, it attracted six times as much support as an identical one put up at the same meeting in 2019, according to the resolution's sponsor, environmental group Market Forces. Market Forces noted the vote "shows investors have woken up to Rio Tinto"s obfuscation and the huge risks to its business from climate change and transition." The resolution called on Rio Tinto to set science-based annual GHG emissions targets and disclose its performance against those targets. These would have included emissions classified as scope 3 -- those which are produced by Rio Tinto's customers. (Source: Rio Tinto, Guardian, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Market Forces, Julien Vincent, Exec. Dir., contact@marketforces.org.au, www.marketforces.org.au; Rio Tinto, www.riotinto.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rio Tinto,  Carbon Emissions,  


    DRAX Launches Biomass Supply Chain Carbon Calculator (Int'l.)
    Drax,DRAX
    Date: 2020-05-08
    In North Yorkshire, UK power generation company DRAX Group has launched a Biomass Carbon Calculator to help to decarbonize the production and transportation of biomass pellets, used for low carbon energy generation.

    The Biomass Carbon Calculator is in line with the company's drive to become carbon-negative by 2030 and the UK's effort to achieve net-zero carbon by 2050.

    The calculator, which will use real-time supply chain data to improve emission reporting and identify points where carbon reductions can be made, in compliance with the European Union's Renewable Energy Directive II. (Source: DRAX, Trade Media,6 May, 2020) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Drax,  DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass Pellet,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Reykjavik Announces Climate Change Related Funding (Int'l Report)
    Iceland
    Date: 2020-05-08
    In Reykjavik, the Icelandic government has announced several new environmental policies and proposals including grants totaling 550 million ISK ($3,750,000 US) to projects addressing climate change.

    Of the total 550 million ISK, roughly 200 million ISK will be invested in projects aiming to naturally store carbon dioxide long-term in order to reduce levels of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere. Carbon sequestration is a key part of the government's plan to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement's terms.

    Additional grants totaling 75 million ISK will support the creation of new birch forests; 25 million ISK will address land reclamation projects; 60 million ISK for land quality recovery schemes; and 20 million ISK will be dedicated to wetland recovery.

    A further 300 million ISK will be used to reduce Iceland's energy consumption and 50 million ISK has been earmarked for the government's recently launched climate fund to support climate change research and projects raising awareness of the impacts of global warming.

    The release notes the government aims to reduce carbon emissions by 40 pct by 2030. (Source: : Iceland Minister for the Environment, Reykjavik Grapevine, 1 May, 2020) Contact: Iceland Minister for the Environment, Gudmundur Ingi Guobrandsson, www.government.is/ministries/ministry-for-the-environment-and-natural-resources

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Eurostat Notes Plunging EU CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Eurostat,EU
    Date: 2020-05-06
    The EU Eurostat is reporting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from mainly oil and oil products, coal, peat and natural gas fell by 4.3 pct year on year in the 27 member trade bloc in 2019.

    According to Eurostat estimates, emissions fell in 2019 in the majority of EU member states, with the highest decrease in Estonia at 22.1 pct , followed by Denmark at 9.0 pct while Greece and Slovakia recorded a fall of 8.9 pct each. On the other hand, Luxembourg emissions rose 7.5 pct, Austrian emissions were up 2.8 pct followed by Malta with 2.0 pct and Lithuania with 1.6 pct.. (Source: Eurostat, Anadolu Agency, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Eurostat, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurostat,  EU Carbon Emissions,  


    TOTAL Aiming for Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int 'l. Report)
    TOTAL
    Date: 2020-05-06
    The Paris headquartered energy giant TOTAL reports it has set a target of net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner for its worldwide operations. In addition, the company will pursue a reduction of 60 pct or more by that date in the average carbon intensity of energy products used globally by its customers, rising to 100 pct for energy products used by customers in Europe.

    This will be achieved in intermediate steps of 15 pct by 2030, and 35 pct by 2040. The company aims is to become a broad-energy company, with oil and gas, low-carbon electricity and carbon-neutrality solutions as integral parts of its business.

    The company is presently targeting gross renewable power generation capacity of 25GW in 2025 and will continue to expand into renewable energies. The company allocates more than 10 pct of its capex to low-carbon electricity, which it claims is the highest of any majors, and plans to raise this percentage to 20 pct by 2030 or sooner. (Source: TOTAL, Offshore, 5 May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  Carbon Emissions news,  CO2 news,  


    Berkeley Considers Climate Action Plan Funding (Ind. Report)
    Berkeley Energy Commission
    Date: 2020-05-06
    In the Golden State, the city of Berkeley Energy Commission (BEC) is calling on the city council to develop a referendum asking voters to create an ongoing $5 million to $10 million per funding stream for a Climate Action Fund to supports the Berkeley Climate Action Plan measures aimed at reducing carbon pollution.

    The BEC suggested a 2.5 pct increase in the utility users tax or a 50-cent fee on Uber and Lyft fares to raise about $4 million per year. (Source: Berkeley Energy Commission, City of Berkeley, PR, Daily Californian, 6 May, 2020) Contact: Berkeley Energy Commission, www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Commissions__Energy_Commission_Homepage.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Forest Service Details State-by-State Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    USDA Forest Service
    Date: 2020-05-04
    USDA Forest Service reports the release of its Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals from Forest Land, Woodlands, and Urban Trees in the United States, 1990-2018 report, a state-by-state overview of carbon emissions and related trends and details on deforestation and reforestation across the 49 continental states. Estimates of carbon movement from the atmosphere into living trees, dead wood, and soil as well as state-by-state estimates of emissions from forest fires is included.

    The Forest Service scientists quantified the contribution of forests, harvested wood products, and urban trees to carbon capture and storage. They found that, collectively, these natural systems account for more than 95 pct of Earth's terrestrial carbon sink. The atmospheric carbon absorbed by forests, harvested wood, and urban trees is equal to more than 11 pct of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States each year between 1990 and 2018.

    Download the Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals from Forest Land, Woodlands, and Urban Trees in the United States, 1990-2018 report HERE. (Source: USDA Forest Service, April, 2020) Contact: U.S. Forest Service, www.fs.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  USDA Forest Service,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Merkel, Guterres Stay the Climate Change Fight (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Antonio Guterres
    Date: 2020-05-04
    Speaking at the closing of the annual Petersberg Climate Dialogue, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the COVID-19 crisis should not override the fight to prevent climate change.

    "We must not save on climate protection. This requires "a comprehensive package of measures and the establishment of an adequate price for CO2," Merkel admonished the annual meeting of statesmen and experts from 30 nations.

    At the same meeting UN Sec. Gen. Antonio Guterres noted, "Although we are now plunged into darkness (by the COVID-19 pandemic), we must see the crisis as an opportunity to build a new world, healthier and more resilient." (Source: COP 26, April, 2020) Contact: UN COP 26, www.unclimatesummit.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIg8HI7PyV6QIVyPBkCh1jiQgJEAEYASAAEgLLvPD_BwE

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climae Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Antonio Guterres,  Angela Merkel ,  


    UK County Surrey's Climate Change Strategy Announced (Int'l.)
    Surry County
    Date: 2020-05-01
    In the UK, the Surrey County Council (SCC) has approved Surrey's Climate Change Strategy, a collective approach for how the County can be net-zero carbon by 2050. to that end, the county's current rate of carbon consumption would have to decrease significantly.

    The County's strategy is broken down into eight key sectors; Organisation Emissions, Transport and Air Quality, Energy Generation, Housing and Planning, Buildings and Infrastructure, Waste, Resources and Circular Economy, Land Use and Food Systems, Industry and Economy -- each of which includes county-wide CO2e emissions reduction targets, strategic priorities and action identified to achieve them. The strategy aims for 66 pct overall emissions reduction by 2035.

    A summary of the Climate Change Strategy and action plan is HERE (Source: Surrey County Council , Surrey News, 29 April, 2020) Contact: Surrey County Council, www.surreycc.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    IMF Calls for Harmonized COVID-19, Climate Change Fight (Int'l.)
    IMF
    Date: 2020-05-01
    Earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called for fiscal measures implemented by governments against the COVID-19 pandemic to be harmonized to combat climate change and ensure an environmentally sustainable recovery from the pandemic.

    The IMF noted that if this recovery is to be sustainable the fight against the climate crisis must be part ov the effort. To that end, "when governments provide financial lifelines to carbon-intensive companies, they should mandate commitments to reduce carbon emissions" should be part of the agreement. Additionally, financial firms should be required to better disclose climate risks in their lending and investment portfolios, the IMF notes/

    The IMF also noted better ways of pricing in climate risk should be found and a substantially higher carbon price is needed to encourage climate-smart investment and to accelerate the shift to cleaner fuels and more energy efficiency. IMF also notes the current global carbon price is only $2 per ton, way below the levels needed to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius, which the IMF estimated to be $75 per ton. (Source: IMF, The Nation, 30 April, 2020) Contact: IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, Dir., www.imf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IMF,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  


    Claification -- Woody Biomass, Carbon Emissions Notable Quote
    Woody Biomass
    Date: 2020-05-01
    "Mature trees do not stop absorbing carbon. It's just the opposite. Carbon sequestration actually accelerates as a tree grows older. 'Managed forests' is usually code for trees farms full of longleaf pine that are cut [down] frequently and absorb a lot less carbon than mature forests."

    "From an emissions standpoint, the UK would be better off burning coal and leaving those (older) trees standing as long as possible." -- Bill Moomaw, Biomass Energy Researcher, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (Source: IPCC, Eco Business, Mongabay, 20 April, 2020)

    A Bioenergy & Alternative Fuels report subscriber noted the following:

    First, the 40 million acres, more or less, of managed southern pine plantations are loblolly pine not longleaf pine. These two pine varieties have important differences in growth rate and ecological values.

    Second, and more much importantly, mature pine forest do not 'accelerate' their storage as they mature. These are privately owned lands and the details of the site and management practices are very important, but the annually growth rate (carbon accumulation) on most pine sites slows after 15-20 years. The TOTAL carbon on the acre/hectare increase, but at a slower annual rate.

    Finally, and completely absent from these discussion that are typically led by scientist or environmental groups who do not have a clear understanding of the on the ground ownership and motivations of private landowners in the southern US, is that without a source of income some of these forest will be converted to some other uses, probably pasture, which has very limited carbon storage potential. In effect these EU experts are trying to shift the costs of carbon sequestration to private landowners. One can argue that if they want to sequester carbon in trees, and take on the additional risk of unplanned, large scale release from fire, disease or hurricane, that is fine, but they should pay the landowner for the carbon and the lost income.

    Editor's Note: We thank our reader for his input and clarification of our report.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


    Record Drop in Emissions Expected in 2020, says IEA (Int'l Report)
    IEA
    Date: 2020-05-01
    According to the Paris-headquartered International Energy Agency's (IEA) Global Energy Review, COVID-19 is expected to cause global energy emissions to fall a record 8 pct this year due to an unprecedented drop in demand for coal, oil and gas.

    The IEA predicts that global energy demand would fall 6 pct in 2020 -- the biggest year-on-year drop since World War II -- equivalent of losing the entire energy demand of India, the world's third-largest power consumer.

    Advanced economies are set to see the biggest declines, with demand in the United States down nine percent and an 11-percent fall in the EU likely. "This is a historic shock to the entire energy world. The plunge in demand for nearly all major fuels is staggering, especially for coal, oil and gas," said IEA executive director Fatih Birol.

    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, emissions had been rising year on year. (Source: IEA, Agence France Presse, 28 April, 2020)Contact: IEA, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Air France Bailout Loan Comes with Green Strings (Int'l. Report)
    Air France
    Date: 2020-05-01
    In Paris, the French government is calling on Air France and Air France-KLM to slash its overall carbon-dioxide emissions per passenger-kilometre by 50 pct by 2030, upgrade its fleet with more efficient aircraft, and commit to sourcing 2 pct of its fuel requirements from sustainable sources by 2025, if it is to qualify for the government's recently announced state-backed €4 billion ($4.4 billion) loan.

    The loan is dependant upon and in addition to a direct shareholder's loan of €3 billion to the Franco-Dutch airline group. (Source: Various Trade Media, Flight Global, 30 April, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Duke Energy Issues 2020 Climate Change Report (Report Attached
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2020-04-29
    According to Duke Energy's 2020 Climate Report the company reduced carbon emissions from electricity generation by an additional 8 pct in 2019 from 2005 levels, bringing total reductions to date to 39 pct -- on track to achieve its 2030 goal of reducing carbon emissions from electricity generation by at least 50 pct from 2005 levels and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    Download the 2020 Climate Change Report HERE. (Source: Duke Energy, April, 2020) Contact: Duke Energy, 2020 Climate Report, Phil Sgro, 800.559.3853, www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Climate Change,  


    Dane County WI Adopts Community Climate Action Plan (Ind Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-04-29
    In Wisconsin, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is touting the 2020 Dane County Climate Action Plan - Today's Opportunity for a Better Tomorrow (CAP) calling for a greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction of 50 pct countywide by 2030 with the goal of carbon-neutrality by 2050. The plan's goal to reduce GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2030 exceeds the 45 percent worldwide reduction goal set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030. CAP climate change emission reduction strategies include:
  • Increase electric vehicles sales (and transition heavy-duty trucks to electricity or renewable natural gas (RNG) vehicles.

  • Reduce vehicle miles traveled by shifting from driving alone to increase use of public transit, carpooling and biking.

  • Cut energy consumption by 2 pct per capita by 2030 by increasing the efficiency of old and new residential and commercial buildings.

  • Process 50 pct of livestock manure in anerobic digesters reducing GHG methane emissions, limiting phosphorus in area lakes and creating a new revenue source for farms.

    CAP notes these actions will result in major economic and health benefits, lead to energy security and great resilience to the harmful impacts of a changing climate, and address racial and economic equality to ensure the benefits of carbon reductions are equitably shared.

    In 2017, Parisi created the Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change (OECC) to lead public and private efforts across the county to address climate change. The OECC led by its director, Keith Reopelle, created the Council on Climate Change -- a work group of 38 local governments, energy utilities, businesses, and environmental and community organizations that provided input into the development of the CAP to reduce GHG emissions across all 61 cities, towns and villages as well as the private sector. (Source: Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change, Herald Independent, 26 April, 2020) Contact: Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change, Keith Reopelle, Dir., www.daneclimateaction.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


  • Sunrun Prevents 5Mn Metric Tons of CO2 Pollution (Ind. Report)
    Sunrun
    Date: 2020-04-27
    San Francisco-based home solar, battery storage, and energy services specialist Sunrun Inc. reports that through the generation of nearly 2,000 MW of solar energy its customers have saved hundreds of millions of dollars on their electricity bills and prevented more than 5 million metric tons of carbon pollution since the company's 2008 founding, according to the company's just released third annual Impact Report.

    According to the report: Sunrun systems have further prevented the emission nearly 5 million tons of nitrogen oxide pollution since 2008; produced 7.4 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy since 2007 -- equivalent to taking 1.3 coal-fired power plants offline for a year.

    Download the Sunrum Impact Report HERE. (Source: Sunrun, PR, April, 2020) Contact: Sunrun, Lynn Jurich, CEO, Patrick Jobin , ISVP, IR, (415) 373-5206, investors@sunrun.com www.sunrun.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunrun,  Solar,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Harvard's $40.9Bn Endowment Aims for Carbon Neutrality (Ind Report)
    Harvard College
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University is reporting a new pledge to reduce carbon and other GHG emissions by monitoring its $40,9 billion endowment investment portfolio with a view to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The net-zero pledge is a first among U.S. endowments. Harvard's is the world's largest educational endowment fund.

    The university's governing body, the Harvard Management Company (HMC), which administers the endowment, plans to reach net-zero by 2050 through a collaboration with faculty and other experts and careful work with asset managers to examine their portfolio's transparency and emission levels. HMC expects to formulate detailed plans to achieve net-zero emissions before the year end.

    Harvard's new pledge aligns with HMC's sustainable-investing framework, which was adopted in 2014 when Harvard signed on to the U.N.-sponsored Principles for Responsible Investment, a six-point outline for a global standard. (Source: Harvard Gazette, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Harvard Management Company, www.hmc.harvard.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon-Neutra,  ,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Allegheny College PA's First Carbon Neutral College (Ind. Report)
    Allegheny College
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In the Keystone State, Allegheny College (enrollment 1850 +-) in Meadville reports it is the state's first college or university and only the eighth in the nation to achieve carbon neutrality.

    Allegheny College's Board of Trustees established a climate action plan in 2010 that in part aimed to become a carbon-neutral institution by 2020.To that end, the school increased its energy efficiency by nearly 20 pct through retrofitting existing infrastructure, making system and behavioral changes, and opting for sustainable construction and renovation. It also shifted from fossil fuel-based energy sources to alternative energy sources by installing geothermal heating and cooling systems in four buildings, generating 8,500 kilowatt-hours of solar energy annually and by only buying energy from wind-generated sources. It offset remaining emissions by investing in projects that Allegheny College faculty and students are involved in, including, for example, a methane-capture project at a dairy farm. (Source: Allegheny College Times News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Allegheny College, Kelly Boulton, Sustainability Director, www.allegheny.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon-Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    ICE Global Carbon Futures Index Exchange Launched (Ind. Report)
    ICE Global Carbon
    Date: 2020-04-24
    Exchange operator ICE reports the launch of a new carbon market index, joining a growing number of companies seeking to track allowance prices in the world's major greenhouse gas emissions trading systems.

    The new ICE Global Carbon Futures Index is made up of prices from the EU ETS, the California-Quebec Market and RGGI markets which together represent some of the largest regional economies in the world. To date, 46 nations and more than 30 cities, states and regions have imposed a price -- carbon tax -- on carbon emissions.(Source: ICE, 23 April, 2020) Contact: ICE Global Carbon, www.theice.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICE Global Carbon,  Carbon Market,  


    North West UK Hydrogen - CCS Project Funded (Int'l. Funding)
    HyNet
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In the UK, the HyNet hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS) project reports receipt of Government funding to map out the northwestern region's journey to becoming the country's first net-zero carbon industrial sector by 2040.

    The £120,000 project, which is jointly funded by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) under the Industrial Decarbonization Challenge Fund (IDCF), will help determine how the North West region will decarbonise and meet its goal. The region -- Cheshire, parts of North East Wales, Warrington, Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester -- which collectively generates roughly 6 million tpy of industrial CO2 emissions. (Source: HyNet, GasWorld, 22 April, 2020) Contact: UK Research & Innovation Industrial Decarbonization Challenge Fund, www.ukri.org/innovation/industrial-strategy-challenge-fund/industrial-decarbonisation

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    Climate Change Notable Quote from BlacRock CEO
    BlackRock,Climate Change
    Date: 2020-04-22
    "Climate change has become a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects. Awareness is rapidly changing, and I believe we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance." -- BlackRock CEO Larry Fink wrote in his influential letter to corporate executives (Source: Eco Business, Mongabay, April, 2020) Contact: BlackRock, www.b;ackrock.com

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    Woody Biomass, Carbon Emissions Notable Quote
    IPCC
    Date: 2020-04-22
    "Mature trees do not stop absorbing carbon. It's just the opposite. Carbon sequestration actually accelerates as a tree grows older. 'Managed forests' is usually code for trees farms full of longleaf pine that are cut [down] frequently and absorb a lot less carbon than mature forests."

    "From an emissions standpoint, the UK would be better off burning coal and leaving those (older) trees standing as long as possible." -- Bill Moomaw, Biomass Energy Researcher, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (Source: Eco Business, Mongabay, 20 April, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions ,  


    Garden State Earmarks RGGI Funds Expenditures (Ind. Report)
    Office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In Trenton, the administration of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has earmarked roughly 75 pct of the estimated $80 million it will receive each year as its share of RGGI auction proceeds.

    Sixty percent of the RGGI proceeds will go to the New Jersey Economic Development Agency for clean electric transportation initiatives. The state Board of Public Utilities will each receive 20 pct and the state Department of Environmental Protection will receive 20 pct.

    The EDA will establish a Green Bank to leverage funds and stimulate opportunities in the clean energy -- and the funding to capitalize the initiative -- brings New Jersey in line with other leading clean energy states and provides a critical public-private partnership to spur investment in clean energy technologies during a moment of severe economic contraction.

    The NJ DEP will use its allocation to assist coastal communities in protection and enhancement of ecosystems such as salt marshes, tidal wetlands and seagrass beds, which are critical habitat for their ability to store and sequester carbon. The agency also will focus on projects to restore and improve the health of forests, which also store carbon. (Source: Office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, NJ Spotlight, April, 2020) Contact: Office of NJ Gov. Phil Murphy, twitter.com/GovMurphy; RGGI, www.rggi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy,  RGGI,  Climate Change,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions ,  


    Bend Completes Water Facility Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
    City of Bend,www.pacificpower.net
    Date: 2020-04-22
    In Oregon, the City of Bend is reporting installation of 324 solar base-mounted modules to generate 190 MWh of power on the city's water filtration facility west of Bend. The $266,000 project received $60,341 in grant funding from the Pacific Power Blue Sky Program.

    The new solar installation is expected to save the city $12,000 per year in energy costs reduce its carbon emissions by nearly 180,000 ppy over 20 years. The project is in keeping with the city's Climate Action Goals strategy aimed at increased reliance on renewable energy to reduce fossil fuel use at city owned facilities.

    Pacific Power Blue Sky Program details www.pacificpower.net/bluesky. (Source: City of Bend, PR, April, 2020) Contact: City of Bend, 541-388-5515, www.bendoregon.gov; Pacific Power, www.pacificpower.net

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    2020 Global Carbon Emissions Drop at Record High (Ind. Report)
    Global Carbon Project
    Date: 2020-04-22
    The Global Carbon Project -- commissioned by the Guardian -- projects carbon emissions could fall by as much as 2.5 billion tons in 2020 -- the highest-ever -- an unprecedented reduction of pct of the total CO2 in the atmosphere.

    There have been other significant drops in carbon emissions in the last century. Many have to do with various global recessions, with the second-largest drop of one billion tons occurring in conjunction with the early-1980s recession. Another substantial drop in emissions occurred after the end of World War 2, most likely due to a sudden end to the boom in factory military production. ( Source: Global Carbon Project, Electronics Weekly, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Global Carbon Project, www.globalcarbonproject.org

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    Mature Tree CO2 Absorption Rate Questioned (Int'l. Report)
    Western Sydney University
    Date: 2020-04-20
    In the Land Down Under, a newly released study from Western Sydney University has found that mature forests may absorb significantly less carbon dioxide than previously thought, suggesting Earth may be closer to a climate change tipping point than previous models suggested.

    Reseacrhers led by Professor Belinda Medlyn, spent four years pumping roughy 38 pct more CO2 than would naturally be absorbed into an adult eucalyptus forest and then measured how much CO2 the trees could absorb. Initially the trees absorbed 12 pct of the CO2 but were unable to capture the additional CO2 to prevent it from re-entering the atmosphere. Current climate change models estimate that mature trees should absorb and capture approximately 12 pct of the CO2 in the atmosphere.

    The study found that although the trees could absorb the expected 12 pct, they were unable to retain the CO2 through sequestration and passed about half of the CO2 they had absorbed into the soil, where it was processed and then returned to the atmosphere via soil bacteria or small fungi on the forest floor. The other half of the carbon dioxide was released through the trees themselves. (Source: Western Sydney University, Lifesly, 17 April, 2020) Contact: Western Sydney University, Prof. Belinda Medlyn, Research Leader, www.westernsydney.edu.au

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    Frederick, Md. Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Ind Report)
    City of Frederick
    Date: 2020-04-20
    The city of Frederick, Maryland, (pop. 72,500 +-) reports it has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 50 pct of 2010 levels by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050, and to take all efforts to safely draw down carbon from the air.

    To that end, the city will establish a Climate Emergency Mobilization work group of scientists and academic experts, relevant city departments, and others to formulate recommendations and steps to meet the city's goals. (Source: City of Frederick, Frederick News-Post, 17 April, 2020) Contact: City of Frederick, www.cityoffrederickmd.gov

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    Climate Change and COVID-19 Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-04-20
    "We will be quite vigilant that companies do not use this (COVID-19 pandemic) to cancel or postpone some (climate change) commitments they have already made. What is happening now is what we could see with climate change  ...  with a lot of supply and demand falling." -- Sebastien Thevoux-Chabuel, Portfolio Manager, Comgest Asset Management, +33 (0)1 44 94 19 00 17, www.comgest.com

    Comgest is one of eight major investment groups warning that tackling global warming must remain a priority for public companies, despite pressure on businesses globally after government measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic left whole sectors unable to operate. The investment groups noted businesses would be given leeway when it came to climate change this year, but warned against backtracking on targets to reduce carbon emissions. (Source: Financial Times, 20 April, 2020)

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    Japanese Banking Majors End Coal-Fired Plant Funding (Int'l.)
    Sumitomo Mitsui Financial
    Date: 2020-04-17
    Japanese financial services giant Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) Inc. reports it will no longer lend to new coal-fired power plants from May 1, 2020. Mizuho Financial Group Inc. will also cease financing for new fossil fueled power projects but may support upgrades to existing coal-fired plants aiming to lower CO2 emissions.

    Worldwide, Japanese banks are among the few major lenders who have stuck to backing coal projects. The nation's three major banks, SMFG, Mizuho and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, have been among the world's top five lenders to the coal power and mining industries over the past five years, according to Refinitiv SDC Platinum data. (Source: Sumitomo Mitsui Financial, Japan Times, 16 April, 2020) Contact: Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, www.smfg.co.jp/english

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    Seattle Cutting CO2 Emissions, Funding "Blue Carbon" Research Project (Ind. Report)
    Port of Seattle, US Gain
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Washington State, the Port of Seattle Commission reports approval of a 10-year Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) supply contract with U.S. Gain to enable the Port to reach its 2030 goal to cut carbon emissions by 50 pct almost a decade early.

    The $23 million contract allows the Port to purchase sufficient fuel to heat 55 pct of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) terminal and to power 100 pct of its bus fleet to reach its 50 pct port-wide carbon reduction goal. The fuel delivery begins October 1, 2020.

    Natural gas accounts for 75 pct of the Port's annual climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. This contract will result in the reduction of approximately 11,000 tpy of emissions the Port directly produces -- equivalent to heating 4,000 Seattle homes or taking 2,400 passenger vehicles off the roads each year of the contract.

    Port Commissioners also approved an Inter-local agreement with the Washington State Departments of Ecology and Natural Resources for the Smith Cove "Blue Carbon" pilot project. Blue Carbon is the carbon stored in coastal ecosystems of mangroves, tidal marshes and sea grass meadows contain large stores of carbon deposited by vegetation and various natural processes over centuries. These ecosystems sequester and store more carbon per unit area than terrestrial forests. The goal of the study is to evaluate how well transplanted kelp and eelgrass offshore of Smith Cove Park sequester carbon and reduce ocean acidification associated with carbon concentrations. (Source: Port of Seattle, PR, Travel Daily News, 16 April, 2020) Contact: US Gain, Bryan Nudelbacher, Dir. RNG Business Development, 920.381.2190, www.usgain.com; Port of Seattle Commission, 206-787-3034, www.portseattle.org

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    OSU Releases Path to Carbon Neutrality Plan (Ind. Report)
    Ohio State University
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Columbus, The Ohio State University (OSU) has released a plan to slash its carbon emissions in half within this decade, accelerating the university's ability to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2050.

    In 2008, Ohio State established the goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitment. The university released its first Climate Action Plan in 2011 outlining actions the university could take to advance the carbon neutrality goal. As a result of those and other actions, through the 2019 fiscal year, the university decreased its carbon emissions by over 15 pct while still increasing the amount of built space by nearly 11 pct. The new Action Plan calls for:

  • Improving building energy efficiency;

  • Revising the university's Green Build and Energy Policy to more effectively control energy use as the university continues to grow and update its building spaces;

  • Extend on-campus solar PV and any future feasible technology for increased renewable power generation capacity;

  • Completing the existing university Green Fleet Action Plan and consider a future fuel switch from compressed natural gas to green hydrogen or renewable natural gas.

  • Create new incentives to reduce the impact of driving to and from campus, including expanding campus user access to electric vehicle fueling stations.

    This pace of activity is more aggressive than the International Panel on Climate Change's recommended carbon emission reductions necessary to avoid the most acute human impacts of climate change.

    Download the Path to Carbon Neutrality: Ohio State Climate Action Plan HERE (Source: Ohio State Univ., PR, 15 April, 2020)

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  • PMW Tech Global Shipping Decarbonization Study Funded (Int'l.)
    PMW Technology
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In the UK, PMW Technology reports it has been awarded a T-TRIG grant by the Department of Transport for a six month study to examine the application of the company's unique A3C process to the challenge of decarbonizing global shipping.

    PMW Technology's award-winning A3C carbon capture process has a life cost of capture up to 70 pct lower than alternatives. The process uses a cryogenic physical separation to capture the carbon dioxide from a process gas stream. The physical separation is flexible and efficient, avoiding the costs of chemical consumption and environmental hazards associated with conventional processes. (Source: PMW Technology, Web Site, April, 2020) Contact: PMW Technology, Paul Willson, CEO, +44 0 783142 3915, Paul@PMWTechnology.co.uk, www.pmwtechnology.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission,  Marine Carbon Emissions,  


    Japan's GHG Emission Reductions Missing Paris Target (Int'l Report)
    Japanese Environment Ministry
    Date: 2020-04-15
    In Tokyo, the Japanese Environment Ministry reported the country's greenhouse gas emissions fall 3.9 pct in fiscal 2018 from the previous year, thanks in part to an increased reliance on nuclear energy.

    According to the Ministry release, the equivalent of 1.24 billion tons of CO2 was emitted in the year ended March 2019, a fifth annual decline and representing a low among comparable data going back to fiscal 1990.

    Emissions fell 12 pct compared with fiscal 2013, against its Paris Climate Agreement pledge for a 26 percent reduction by fiscal 2030, a target that Japan has itself said is not ambitious enough.

    While many of Japan's nuclear reactors were taken offline in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima crisis, output from the nine active units doubled from the previous year, reducing the need for coal, an increase in renewable energy and low demand for household heating due to a relatively warm winter, all contributed to the drop in CO2 emissions. Meanwhile, Japan's emissions of ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) rose 4.7 percent from the previous year. (Source: Japanese Environment Ministry, PR, 13 April, 2020) Contact: Japan Environment Ministry, +81-(0)3-3581-3351, www.env.go.jp/en/moemail, www.env.go.jp/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Paris Climate Agreement,  HFC,  


    Notable Quotes on Decarbonisation, Low-Carbon Innovations
    University of East Anglia Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
    Date: 2020-04-15
    "A rapid proliferation of low-carbon innovations distributed throughout our energy system, cities and homes can help drive faster and fairer progress towards climate targets.

    "Big new infrastructure costing billions is not the best way to accelerate decarbonisation. Governments, firms, investors and citizens should instead prioritize smaller-scale solutions which deploy faster. This means directing funding, policies, incentives and opportunities for experimentation away from the few big and towards the many small projects.

    "Large 'silver bullet' technologies like nuclear power or carbon and capture storage (CCS) are politically seductive, but larger scale technologies and infrastructures absorb large shares of available public resources without delivering the rapid decarbonization we need." -- Charlie Wilson, University of East Anglia Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Contact: Charlie Wilson, +44 (0)1603 591386, charlie.wilson@uea.ac.uk, www.tyndall.ac.uk

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    Tire Giant Cutting Plant Carbon Footprints with Renewables (Int'l.)
    Bridgestone
    Date: 2020-04-15
    Tokyo-headquartered global tire and rubber giant Bridgestone is reporting that as part of its effort to reduce its carbon footprint, three of its manufacturing plants -- one in Hungary and two in Poland -- are now being run using 100 pct renewable energy sources.

    This brings the total number of such factories to six with the other three such plants being the Goodyear factories in Spain's Bilbao, Puente San Miguel, and Burgos, which had started using electricity from renewable sources in 2018. (Source: Bridgestone, Tire & Parts News, 14 April, 2020) Contact: Bridgestone Tire, www.bridgestone.com/corporate/profile/index.html

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    When Will Climate Change Overwhelm the Ecosystem? (Ind. Report)
    Climate Action Alliance of the Valley
    Date: 2020-04-13
    In the Old Dominion State, the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley has noted a new CarbonBrief (8 April, 2020) study that addresses the question of "when the effects of climate change will begin to overwhelm ecosystems." The results suggest that unmitigated greenhouse gas emissions would expose tropical ocean ecosystems to potentially catastrophic temperature rise by 2030 and tropical forests by 2050.

    In a seperate study the Microbial Ecology Journal found that the ability of the North Atlantic to take up and sequester CO2 "appears to be smaller than has been assumed in climate modeling." (Source: Climate Action Alliance of the Valley, 11 April, 2020) Contact: Climate Action Alliance of the Valley, www.climateactionallianceofthevalley.org

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    Va.Governor Inks Virginia Clean Economy Act (Reg. & Leg. Report)
    Governor Ralph Northam
    Date: 2020-04-13
    Following up on our 11th March coverage, in the Old Dominion State, the Office of Governor Ralph Northam (D) reports the Governor has signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act into law. The legislation covers energy efficiency promotions and puts a timeline standard stating that coal-fired plants are to close by 2024, and Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power will be 100 pct carbon-free by 2045 and 2050, respectively. Under the Act:
  • Energy companies will pay penalties for not meeting the Act’s objectives and the revenue from the penalties will go towards job training and programs in disadvantaged communities.;

  • There will be a reduction of energy burned for low-income users and all energy-efficient standards and pilot programs are to be “in the public interest.”

  • 5,200 megawatts of offshore wind generation to harvest energy for generating electricity is "in the public interest." Distributed generation facilities including solar power, will have 16,100 megawatts of solar and onshore wind generation as it is also considered "in the public interest."

  • Net metering will be used, which credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid making it easier for the growth of rooftop solar power in the Commonwealth.

  • The state will establish a carbon cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions from power plants in compliance with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). (Source: Office of Governor Ralph Northam, Website, WAVY.com. 12 April, 2020) Contact: Office of Governor Ralph Northam, 804-786-2211, www.governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office, www.governor.virginia.gov; RGGI, www.rggi.org

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  • Notable Quote from Shell CEO
    Shell Oil
    Date: 2020-04-13
    "All of society, from consumers, to businesses, to governments, recognised the need to accelerate global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." -- Ben van Beurden, Shell Oil, CEO April, 2020)

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    Soil & Water Outcomes Fund Rewards Carbon Capture (Ind. Report)
    Cargill,Iowa Soybean Association.
    Date: 2020-04-13
    Minneapolis-headquartered global commodities trader Cargill Inc is reporting the launch of the Soil & Water Outcomes Fund with funding support from Cargill and the Walton Family Foundation.

    The Fund, a partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association and third-party verification company Quantified Ventures, will pay American farmers from $30 to $45 per acre for capturing carbon in their field soils and cutting fertiliser runoff. The Fund will then sell the environmental credits created to polluters such as cities and companies, including Cargill itself.

    Cargill estimates the practices would prevent runoff of 100,000 pounds of nitrogen and 10,000 pounds of phosphorus this year and sequester 7,500 tonnes of carbon in soils, equivalent to taking 1,480 cars off the road. (Source: Cargill, 5m The Pig Site, April, 2020) Contact: Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, Ryan Sirolli, Director of Row Crop Sustainability, www.cargill.com; Iowa Soybean Association, (515) 251-8640, www.iasoybeans.com

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    Office Bldg. Energy Efficiency Saves CDL $28Mn (Int'l Report)
    City Developments Ltd
    Date: 2020-04-13
    Singapore-headquartered property developer City Developments Ltd. reports it saved more than $28 million due to energy-efficiency initiatives and retrofitting works at eight office buildings from 2012 to 2019, The group also attained a 38 pct reduction in carbon emissions intensity from base-year 2007, meeting its interim 2019 target and putting it on track to achieve its target of a 59 pct reduction by 2030.

    CDL also noted its focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices has allowed the company to tap more green financing. Last year, CDL secured its first green loans amounting to $500 million for new property developments and a $250 million revolving credit facility to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals. (Source: CDL, Strait Times, 13 April, 2020) Contact: CDL, Sherman Kwek, CEO, www.cdl.com.sg

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    Berlin's ecoworks GmbH Raises €5Mn (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    ecoworks
    Date: 2020-04-10
    In Germany, Berlin-based startup ecoworks GmbH, a pioneer in the rapid modernization and upgrading of apartment building for greater energy efficiency, reports it has raised €5 million in seed financing.

    The company aims to reduce the total energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions using factory-produced facade and roof elements and per-assembled building technologies that reduce the amount of work required in completing a project by a whopping 80 pct. With its processes, ecoworks converts an inefficient building into a "de-centralised and small power plant by installing photovoltaic systems, thermal reservoirs, and heat pumps that generate more energy than needed by the building's occupants." The surplus green energy is fed into the public power grid. (Source: ecoworks GmbH, silicon canals, 7 April, 2020) Contact: ecoworks GmbH, www.ecoworks.tech

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    Climate Software Developer ClimateView Raises $2.5Mn (Int'l.)
    ClimateView,
    Date: 2020-04-10
    ClimateView, a Swedish software development company working on monitoring and visualization tools for greenhouse gas emissions, reports it has raised $2.5 million in its latest round of financing.

    ClimateView's software gives cities a window into their emissions, emissions levels and other sustainability and resilience information enabling them to plan accordingly for how best to proceed with decarbonization efforts and climate change mitigation plans. ClimateView's software provides a central hub of all development, emissions, and projected urban planning data to accelerate the planning process.

    The company's premier project has been its work with the Swedish Climate Policy Council, which used the ClimateView software and suite of services to release a publicly available digital roadmap using the company's Panorama software. (Source: ClimateView, NewsDio, April, 2020) Contact: ClimateView, Tomer Shalit, CEO, tomer@ climateview.global, www.climateview.global

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