The sharp rise in 2016 emissions is being widely attributed to an increase in demand for electricity, largely driven by gas, thereby increasing its emissions by 6.1 pct last year. While decreases were observed in coal and peat use, the use of renewable energy also dropped by 1.7 pct.
As we reported on July 28, the UK Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) says Ireland is likely to miss its 2020 targets to reduce emissions "by a substantial margin" which will have negative implications for 2030 Paris Climate Accord obligations.
CCAC says the lack of a framework to prioritize policies, including a switch away from the private car, and an "absence of decisions" in the recently launched National Mitigation Plan is contributing to the problem.
(Source: EPA, Various Media, SiliconRepublic, 27 Nov., 2017)Contact: Climate Change Advisory Council , www.climatecouncil.ie
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The Industry Committee also favoured a 10 pct blending mandate for advanced biofuels fuels and renewable electricity and widening the definition of advanced biofuels to anything that is not produced from food or feed crops. Under such a definition, unsustainable feedstocks, including co-products of the palm oil industry would qualify as advanced biofuels. In principle, the raw materials for advanced biofuels should be limited to waste and residues, which comply with the waste hierarchy, cascading use and strong sustainability criteria.
The Industry Committee also supports a 12 pct target for renewable energy in transport by 2030. The current 2020 target for renewables in transport is set at 10 pct. The share of biofuels in transport was 4,2 pct in 2015. (Source: OXFAM, EU, WebWire, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliment, Biofuel Feed Crop,
Together, the 158MW Orejana solar park and the 179MW Santa María facilities will generate sufficient power for more than 500,000 homes and cut approximately 280,000 tpy of carbon dioxide emissions.
(Source: Zuma Energia, Power Technology, 27 Nov., 2017)
Contact: Zuma Energia, www.zumaenergia.com
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Canadian Solar will develop and build three projects that will sell power to the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) under a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement for energy and 20-year for Clean Energy Certificates (CELs) at an average price of $21/MWh. The projects are expected to be connected to the grid in mid-June, 2020.
(Source: Canadian Solar,PR, StreetInsider, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com
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Vattenfall won the rights to build both the 600 MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm and the 350 MW Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord offshore wind farms within two months of one another towards the end of 2016.
(Source: Vattenfall, CleanTechnica, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2017)Contact: Vattenfall , Gunnar Groebler, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; Siemens Gamesa, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind, SiemensGamesa, Wind Turbine, Vattenfall, Offshore Wind,
In 2010, buildings accounted for 36 pct of the country's total annual power consumption and emitted 33.28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. In seven years, rapid urban migration is expected to increase the number of new buildings by 20 pct annually.
Since 2005, the IFC has invested $18.3 billion in long-term funding for climate-smart projects and mobilized an additional $11 billion from other investors. (Source: World Bank, International Finance Corp., ProudGreenBuilding, 29 Nov., 2017) Contact: World Bank IFC, www.ifc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Building Energy Benchmarking, World Bank International Finance Corp., Green Building, Energy Efficiency,
PAC projects are developed and implemented in collaboration with local, community-based organizations that rely on cultural knowledge to manage forest ecosystems. PAC's "measurement-to-monetization" services are provided at no cost to landowners. PAC services are available to verify emission reduction for Paris Agreement signatories.
PAC aims to reduce CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases by restoring nature. The company deploys carbon measurement infrastructure on forest lands to accurately measure carbon offsets for sale as carbon securities and carbon products. (Source: Planet Alpha Corp., PR, PRZen, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Planet Alpha Corp., D.V. Marino, CEO, https://planetalphaforest.earth
More Low-Carbon Energy News Deforestation, Planet Alpha, Fotest Carbon, Carbon Credits, Carbon Sequestration,
The Long-Term Infrastructure Plan states that, starting in 2019, lifecycle analysis -- a method for calculating the lifetime environmental impact of a product or service -- will be implemented as a way to support evidence-based infrastructure decisions. Lifecycle analysis helps ensure that infrastructure investments deliver maximum economic, social and environmental value.
(Source: Cement Association of Canada, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Cement Association of Canada, Lyse Teasdale, Director, Communications, Cement Association of Canada, Michael McSweeney, Pres., CEO, (613) 236-9471, ext 211, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cement.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement Association of Canada , Climate Change Adaptation, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Province of Ontario,
As of Jan. 1, Ontario will join Quebec and California's carbon market, which has also seen three sold out auctions in a row for current credits.
(Source: Western Star, Various Media, Canadian Pres, 29 Nov., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Market, Ontario Cap-and-Trade, Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Market,
United Ethanol's Milton plant processes approximately 45,000 bpd of corn into 50,000,000 gpy of ethanol, dry distiller's grain (DDGs) and modified distiller's grain .
Whitefox specializes in membrane-based technologies with a focus on efficient ethanol production. Their solution minimizes waste and emissions whilst increasing energy efficiency and returns on production. (Source: Whitefox, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: United Ethanol, David Cramer, Pres., CEO, (608) 868-5900, www.unitedethanol.com; Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446, (403) 210-2999 --Albverta Office), email@example.com, www.whitefox.com
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In a letter to the UN, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said: "We also plan to pursue further operational efficiencies in our assets and will seek to develop carbon capture and storage. And increasingly, we will work with nature, forests and wetlands to help compensate for those emissions from uses where alternatives do not yet exist or will take time to scale."
Perhaps Shell's most ambitious project is its Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS)project in Canada, which recovers carbon dioxide emissions from a major oil-sands project and then compresses it into a liquid for storage underground. The project is one of only a few in the world.
(Source: Royal Dutch Shell, NYT, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2017)
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Under the terms of their agreement, JGBC will offer several green building training opportunities to HTU students, conduct joint research efforts, and connect HTU's student with contractors and consulting firms in the green building sector. The agreement will also be available to graduates from other Jordanian universities and practicing green building and energy efficiency professionals.
The JGBC heads a network of 14 councils in 14 countries in the MENA region. (Source: MENAFN, Jordan News Agency, 20 Nov., 2017)Contact:
Jordan GBC, +962 6 552 0893, www.jordangbc.org; Al Hussein Technical University, +962 580 569 406, www.alhussein.jo
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Eficiency,
The rationale behind the DOWA project is that weather related uncertainties are a major cost driver of offshore wind energy. Consequently, numerical weather prediction (NWP) models are crucial to create resource assessments and annual energy production (AEP) estimates, as well as short-term trading, wind farm design, and other applications.
The consortium includes Whiffle -- a Delft University spinoff company , the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN).
Maritime Journal, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Whiffle
Remco Verzijlbergh, Co-founder and Director of Operations, www.weatherfinecasting.com
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"The latest news comes from the European Environment Agency, which reported this month that GHG emissions have risen for the third year in a row in the EU. Everyone from European Commission VP, Maros Sefcovic, to environmental lobby groups, is warning that we need to do more.
"By proposing a low-emissions fuel blending obligation of just 6.8 pct by 2030, starting from 1.5 pct in 2021, it would leave most of the transport energy mix taken up by fossil fuels.
"Yet, at the same time, they are proposing policies that would achieve less. The EC wants to reduce all crop-based biofuels -- even the ones like renewable European ethanol that deliver high GHG savings with low risk of adverse impact to almost nothing by 2030. And by proposing a low-emissions fuel blending obligation of just 6.8 pct by 2030, starting from 1.5 pct in 2021, it would leave most of the transport energy mix taken up by fossil fuels.
The European Parliament's various committees have been weighing in with their opinions over the last couple of months. The environment committee, the lead panel on the biofuels file, wants to go even further than the Commission, and phase out crop-based biofuels entirely by 2030.
"The transport committee could not find agreement on the environment committee language and ended up rejecting its own draft opinion on the legislation. This week the industry, research and energy committee and lead on the entire Renewable Energy Directive, will vote. Even traditional political groups are divided on the issue.
"The swirl of differing opinions means the RP may not have a clear line on this important issue going into plenary vote in January (2018). But it is not too late for MEPs to find common ground and move closer to what EU Member States want and have articulated coherently in their draft position: build on the success of the existing framework, leave in place the 7 percent cap on crop-based biofuels, and promote advanced biofuels and renewable electricity in addition to, not at the expense of, existing solutions."
(Source: ePure, Politico, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE, Biofuel, EU,
According to the ADB release, Afghanistan is reliant on imported energy from neighbouring countries to meet its domestic demand, despite only 32 pct of the population having access to grid-connected electricity.
The site and substation will be constructed to accommodate an additional 10-20MW of solar as needed. (Source: ADB, PV Mag., 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank, Solar,
ACP helps member cities implement greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions strategies that take into account the cities' development pressures and local context while emphasizing the importance of citizen engagement and working with relevant national ministries.
ACP is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the International Climate Initiative program. (Source: International Climate Initiative, ICLEI, PR, Rappler, 28 Nov., 2017)Contact:
International Climate Initiative, www.international-climate-initiative.com/en; Ambitious City Promises, www.iclei.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, GHGs, International Climate Initiative,
Premier Smith met with the Clinton Foundation at a high-level pledging conference at the UN in New York last week.
Attending nations offered more than $2 billion in pledges and loans to countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September. (Source: BVI News, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Clinton Foundation, www.clintonfoundation.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,
The Green Communities Designation and Grant program is intended to help Bay State towns and cities reduce municipal energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. DOER Green Communities receive grant funding for energy efficiency initiatives and projects and are eligible for additional similar grants. The city of Medford received $235,935 in 2017 from Green Communities grants.
Medford is also part of the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge and a member of the Global Covenant of Mayors, a UN effort to support the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: City of Medford Website, Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Medford,
Alicia Hunt, Director Office of Energy and the Environment, (781) 393-2137, email@example.com, www.medford-ma.gov; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources
More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources , Energy Efficiency,
The initiative is intended to encourage electric power producers to move away from coal in favor of solar PV and other renewable energy sources. The country is aiming at carbon neutrality by 2050.
Under the Powering Past Coal Alliance, of which Portugal is a member, countries commit to taking action such as setting coal phase-out targets and ending further investments in coal-fired electricity domestically and abroad.
(Source: Portuguese Environment Minister, Kallanish Energy, Others, 21 Nov., 2017)
Contact: Powering Past Coal Alliance, www.e3g.org/library/powering-past-coal-at-cop23; Portuguese Environment Minister, www.portugal.gov.pt/pt/ministerios/mamb.aspx
More Low-Carbon Energy News Powering Past Coal, Coal, Carbon Emissions, Climate NeutralCoal,
The easement would prohibit the land from being converted into "tilled crop land" and thus each acre will sequester approximately half of a metric tpy of carbon for a 20-year period.
In other words, it will keep that amount of carbon per acre in the ground, rather than release it into the atmosphere, according to Pinhead Institute Exec. Dir.
(Source: Pinhead Climate Institute, Tellerude Daily Planet, 26 Nov., 2017) Contact: Pinhead Climate Institute, Sarah Holbrooke, Exec. Dir., (970) 369-5190, sarak@http://www.pinheadinstitute.org, www.pinheadinstitute.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions ,
Announcing approval for the bigger tender on Wednesday, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) said that the competitive prices are encouraging distribution companies (discoms) to purchase wind power to meet their non-solar renewable purchase obligation (RPO).
According to the ministry, projects of at least 50 MW and up to 400 MW will be awarded per bidder. The off-take contracts will be for 25 years. (Source: SECI, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: India MNRE, www.mnre.gov.in; Solar Energy Corporation of India, www.seci.gov.in
More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewable Energy, India Wind,
The agreement allowed for future expansion of the solar array -- a project Heritage is now ready to undertake with the installation of additional panels capable of producing up to 2.25 more MW of solar power in spring 2018. Under the terms of the agreement, TCL&P can purchase all of that power at an estimated cost of 9.95 cents per kWh.
The arrangement would allow the city to take advantage of federal renewable energy credits and bring the city nearly 43 pct closer to meeting its 2020 goal.
In addition to offering to sell more solar power to TCL&P, Heritage is also proposing selling more wind energy to the city-owned utility. TCL&P already purchases 10 MW of power produced by five wind turbines. Heritage is offering to add two more wind turbines to the mix to sell TCL&P an additional 5 MW, and could begin supplying the additional wind power in January, 2018. (Source: Traverse City Light & Power, Ticker, 25 Nov., 2017) Contact: Traverse City Light & Power, (231) 922-4431, www.tclp.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Traverse City Light & Power, Renewable Energy,
(Source: Acciona Energia, renews, Others, 24 Nov., 2017)Contact: Acciona Energia, ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, Miguel Angel Alonso, Dir., Mexico, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com
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When fully operational, the 100MW/129MWh battery will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage plant in the world. The installation is being constructed adjacent to Neoen's Hornsdale wind farm near Jamestown. (Source: Tesla, Various Media, 24 Nov., 2017)Contact: Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla, Lithium Ion, Battery, Energy Storage,
As previously reported Ontario will link its cap-and-trade program with California and Quebec ,effective January 1, 2018, after which California, Quebec and Ontario will hold joint quarterly allowance auctions.
The most recent auction brought in around $862-million in revenue, setting record highs in consecutive quarters. The state set a minimum price per permit of $13.57 and the final auction price was $15.06. All available permits were purchased. The cap-and-trade program is set to run through 2030. The California Air Resources Control Board reports that carbon emissions dropped by nearly 5 pct in 2016 compared to 2015. California aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40-pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030.(Source: MML News, Various Other Media, Mondaq, 24 Nov., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Allowance Auction, Cap-and-Trade,
bio-bean collects and dries waste coffee grounds and works with biodiesel producer Argent Energy to process oil from the waste coffee grounds into a B20 biofuel. If used as a pure-blend for the bio component and mixed with mineral diesel to form a B20, 6,000 litres of coffee oil could power the equivalent of one London bus for a year.
This Shell-bio-bean collaboration is part of Shell's energy relay, which supports entrepreneurs turning bright energy innovations into a positive impact for communities around the world.
(Source: Shell, bio-bean, BusinessWire, Various Media, 19 Nov., 2017)Contact: bio-bean, +44 203 744 6500, +44 (0) 7979 495640, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bio-bean.com; Argent Energy, +44 0 1698 863 000,
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According to University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning Assist. Prof. Leila Tolderlund, "There really are a lot of pre-made modular green roof systems that meet EPA minimum requirements. Green roofs are more expensive to build than conventional roofs, but they tend to last four to five years longer than conventional flat roofs."
(Source: Denverite, 21 Nov., 2017)
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The new findings are based on the comprehensive GlobResp database, which is comprised of more than 10,000 measurements of carbon dioxide plant respiration from plant species around the globe.
Merging this data with existing computer models of global land carbon cycling shows plant respiration has been a potentially underestimated source of CO2 release. (Source: University of Minnesota, PTI, Indian Express, Nature Communications, 19 Nov., 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources, Peter Reich, (612) 624-4270, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, CO2, CO2 Emissions,
The Alliance is open to businesses and aims to have 50 members within the next 12 months. It also plans to spearhead efforts to move the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries beyond coal by 2030 -- and all nations by 2050.
The formation of the Alliance follows the launch earlier this month of the Europe Beyond Coal initiative, backed by 28 countries and European civil society groups united in their commitment to abandon coal energy. (Source: Innovators, 18 Nov., 2017) Contact: Europe Beyond Coal, https://beyond-coal.eu
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), www.oecd.org
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The health effects of air pollution from burning coal, including respiratory diseases and premature deaths, impose massive costs in both human and economic terms. A recent analysis found that more than 800 000 people around the world die each year from the pollution generated by burning coal.
As a result, phasing out traditional coal power is one of the most important steps governments can take to tackle climate change and meet our commitment to keep global temperature increase well below 2 degrees C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C. To meet the Paris Agreement, the analysis shows that coal phase-out is needed by no later than 2030, in countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Union, and by no later than 2050, in the rest of the world.
The cost of generating electricity from wind and solar power has plummeted: clean power is the low-cost option in a growing number of jurisdictions worldwide. Global investments in new renewable power now significantly surpass investments in new coal-fired electricity, and clean growth represents an opportunity worth trillions of dollars.
Countries moving toward low-carbon, climate-resilient economies are already seeing environmental, economic, and human-health benefits. Our coalition wants to help accelerate that transition.
Powering Past Coal brings together a diverse range of governments, businesses, and organizations, which are united in taking action to accelerate clean growth and climate protection through the rapid phase-out of traditional coal power. We commit to achieving that phase-out in a sustainable and economically inclusive way, while providing appropriate support for workers and communities. More specifically,
To support these goals, the partners in Powering Past Coal will work together to share real-world examples and best practices to support the phase-out of coal, including through climate financing, and adopt practical initiatives that support this transition, including developing clean-energy plans and targets.
Alliance partners include: Alberta (Canada),
Angola, Austria, Belgium, British Columbia (Canada), Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Ontario (Canada), Oregon, Portugal, Quebec (Canada), Switzerland, UK, City of Vancouver, Washington State."
(Source: Powering Past Coal Alliance, Nov., 2017)
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The University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources, Muswellbrook Shire Council and Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec) are collaborating to build a demonstration facility at Muswellbrook.
The process can reportedly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from a range of plant-based waste and could work in medium to large-scale facilities.
Research on the project will be carried out in phases over the next three to five years and will be tested at a demonstration facility based in Muswellbrook.
This new facility will be able to process two dry tpd of plant biomass.
(Source: Univ. of Newcastle, Farm Online, North Queensland Register, 21 Nov., 2017)21 Nov., 2017)
Contact: University of Newcastle, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources Prof. Peter Lewis, +61 2 4033 9000, www.newcastle.edu.au; ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://arena.gov.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, Biofuel, Woody Biomass, ARENA, Ethanol, Australian Renewable Energy Agency ,
The February 2012, Europe Bioeconomy Strategy addresses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into vital products and bio-energy.
EuropaBio is calling for a revised EU Bioeconomy Strategy to address: Biomass: Circular bioeconomy should be an integral part of EU-level frameworks and policies; Investment: Increase funding and improve coherence of financing mechanisms for the circular bioeconomy; Investment: Secure the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) 2.0; Markets: Incentives for bio-based products in strategic sectors; Markets: Promote bio-based products' visibility to stimulate market demand.
The industrial biotechnology industry in Europe is predicted to contribute between €57.5 billion and €99.5 billion and more than one million jobs to the EU economy by 2030, according to EuropaBio. (Source: EuropaBio, Bioenergy Insights, Nov., 2017) Contact: European Association for Bioindustries, Joanna Dupont Inglis, Dir. for Industrial Biotech and Cross-Sector Strategy, Nathalie Moll, Sec. Gen., +32 2 735 0313, www.europabio.org
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The plant, the first of its kind to convert non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into liquid biofuels and chemicals, will contribute to the city of Edmonton's goal of diverting up to 90 pct of household waste from landfill.(Source: Enerkem, Plant, 20 Nov., 2017)Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284 X 251, email@example.com, www.enerkem.com; Western Innovation Initiative, www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/14857.asp
More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Innovation Initiative, Enerkem, Municipal Solid Waste, Waste-to-Fuel, Biofuel, Cellulosic Ethanol,
The report, which draws on the views and insights of building sector leaders, aims to identify key actions that could help achieve low-carbon, energy-efficient buildings and foster a construction sector that will represent a tangible contribution to implementing the Paris Climate Agreement.
The reports says better whole life-cycle data capture, management and reporting will enable government decision-makers to develop more effective sustainability policies and incentive schemes, kickstart innovation and enable industry players to develop holistic strategies targeted at reducing carbon emissions.
In the EU, buildings account for 40 pct of EU energy use. It is estimated that the EU needs to invest around €100 billion annually in building renovations to meet its energy and climate goals.
The EU has increased the amount of public funds available for energy efficiency, but the European Commission has indicated that there is a need to boost private energy investments. (Source: Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, Property EU, Nov., 2017) Contact: Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, https://globalabc.org
As governments continue to recognize the impending risks of climate change, they are taking action by raising or setting new targets for building performance through energy efficiency legislation and strengthening building energy codes.
As previously reported, Qantas signed a landmark partnership with Agrisoma Biosciences , the Canadian based agricultural-technology company that developed carinata as a drop-in fuel.
(Source: Qantas, RusTourism News, 18 Nov., 2017) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com; Qantas, www.qantas.com/travel/airlines/company/global/en; Altair Fuels, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, (843) 720-8920, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.altairfuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma, Carinata, Jet Biofuel, Aviation Biofuel, Carinata, Altair Fuels ,
The report examined the location and carbon stored in habitat lost to cropland between 2008 and 2012 and found that 115 million metric tons of global carbon was released into the atmosphere, or nearly 29 million mtpy -- equivalent to six coal-burning power plants.
Download the US Cropland Expansion Released 115 Million Tons of Carbon (2008 - 2012) report HERE. (Source: Univ. of Wisconsin, Freemont News Messenager, 17 Nov.2017)
University of Wisconsin Madison, Center for Sustainability and
the Global Environment, Holly Gibbs, (608) 265-0572, www.sage.wisc.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, Corn Ethanol, Ethanol, Biofuel, Global Warming, Climate Change,
"The cost of compliance to this regulation puts at risk these energy-sector jobs in our region. In addition, these high costs also contribute to the cost of gasoline for residents and consumers," the legislators claim.
The legislators note the EPA has legal authority under the Clean Air Act to waive the renewable obligations “should they present a harm to a state or regional economy."
(Source: NJ Spotlight, Various Media, 17 Nov., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard, Ethanol Blend, RINs, Ethanol,
"We hope that all sides adhere to the principles of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities, and their respective capabilities, and consider the actual conditions of each country while pushing negotiations on implementing the Paris Agreement," Xie said.
He said he also hoped that all sides would speed up ratification of the Doha Amendment that establishes the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, and that developed countries would continue to uphold their obligation to provide funds, technology and capacity-building to developing countries. (Source: Global Times, Xinhua, 19 Nov., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News COP23, Climate Change,
"Over the past six weeks we have seen bioethanol prices fall significantly impacting Vivergo profit margins further. Whilst there have been some supply increases this year, the bioethanol market in Europe, and in particular the UK, remains constrained by the Government's inaction. As a result of these market conditions and legislative uncertainty, we have taken the decision to bring forward and extend our annual plant maintenance work to lessen the impact on the plants profitability. In the meantime, we will continue to work with all stakeholders and the Government to support the legislative process and the future roll-out of E10."
Vivergo's £350 million plant near Hull, Yorkshire, is one of Europe's biggest bioethanol producers and the UK's largest single source supplier of distiller dried grains (DDGs) animal feed.
(Source: Vivergo Fuels, Website, 10 Nov., 2017) Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800, www.vivergofuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo Fuels , Ethanol, Bioethanol, DDGs,
Installation of the more than 9,700 panels is slated to begin in December for completion in mid 2018. The project, which is expected to come in at approximately $10 million, will supply about 6 pct of Stuyvesant Town's and Peter Cooper Village's energy. (Source: FOX5NT, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Stuy Town Property Services, Rick Hayduk, CEO, GM, www.fsresidential.com/Property/Management
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The assets include a biodiesel refinery designed to produce 15 MMgy and patents encompassing Agron's centrifuge system and distillation steps to eliminate water washing in the production of distilled B100 biodiesel that meets or exceeds ASTM D-6751 specifications.
Western Iowa Energy is a BQ-9000-accredited biodiesel producer whose Wall Lake, Iowa, plant can produce 45 MMgy.
(Source: Agron Bioenergy, Ocean Park Advisors, 15 Nov., 20170
Contact: Western Iowa Energy , Brad Wilson, Pres. GM,
Agron Bioenergy, (831) 728-1300, www.agronbioenergy.com; Western Iowa Energy LLC, (717) 664-2173, www.westerniowaenergy.com
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The plants are currently funded through non-recourse project financing of €180 million and €60 million in lease agreements. The transaction is valued at €336 million and is is expected to close prior to 31 Jan, 2018, subject to financing and regulatory approvals.(Source: ERG, RE News, Various Media, Nov., 2017) Contact: ERG Power Generation,
Luca Bettonte, CEO, +39 06 845 571, www.erg.eu/en/home; ForVei, www.forvei.com
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"We should not negotiate (trade deals) with countries who are less ambitious than us because that would reduce our collective ambitions.
We need a border tax in which we'll make it possible for us to protect economic sectors as there are imports from countries who do not respect these goals and are not supporting the environmental transition."
The second largest bloc within the European Parliament, the Socialists and Democrats, is also calling for an EU border carbon tax.
(Source: SBS, Various Media, 15 Nov., 2017)
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Under the partnership Oracle Utilities will offer "personalized" energy efficiency guidance to 300,000 households across five territories in Japan. Currently close to 70 pct of the carbon emissions from Japanese households is attributed to energy use.
(Source: Oracle, Bay Street, Nov., 2017) Contact: Oracle Corporation Utilities, Rodger Smith, VP, www.oracle.com/industries/utilities/index.html,
Oracle Solutions for Utilities, http://www.oracle.com/us/ciocentral/oracle-utilities-capabilities-395893.pdf
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Although carbon dioxide emissions from Virginia's electric power plant's dropped by 21 pct between 2005 and 2014, they still account for almost one-third of the state's overall CO2 emissions, according to state data. (Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 14 Nov., 2017)
Contact: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Mike Dowd, Director, (804) 678-4000, www.deq.virginia.gov; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
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The 280ha facility utilizes 776,000 PV modules and generates sufficient electric power for 240,000 Chilean homes. El Romero Solar is presently supplying energy to Google's Chile-based site since January 2017.
The company expects to double its renewable energy capacity in Latin America to more than 2GW by 2020.
ACCIONA currently owns 897MW of wind and PV power capacity in Latin America, including Chile, Mexico, and Costa Rica. (Source: Acciona, Power Technology, 8 Nov., 2017) Contact: ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com
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