Currently, 419 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied in period 2017/18, which is 3 pct of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. 179 million litres -- 43 pct -- of this fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements. Of this 179 million litres, Bioethanol comprises 43 pct of the supply, biodiesel 52 pct and biomethanol 5 pct. There was also a small volume of off-road biodiesel and biomethane.
Data on volumes of fuel, Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs) and Carbon & Sustainability (C&S) are held by the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) Administrator. Fuel volume data is submitted on a monthly basis by fuel suppliers to the RTFO Administrator and validated against HMRC duty payment data.
Download the full report HERE. (Source: UK Department for Transport, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: UK Department of Transport, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/secretary-of-state-for-transport
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They’re also asking for approval from the PSC to install wind turbines in Barton, Dade, Lawrence and Jasper counties at a cost of $1.5 billion dollars. With a $800 million dollar Production Tax Credit offered on wind generation, the cost of the project would be brought down to $700 million dollars. Empire-Liberty Utilities has been in talks with farmers in the area to lease 40,000 acres of land. Each two megawatt turbine is estimated to cost approximately $3 million dollars, and company officials say it’ll save you an undisclosed amount of money each month on your utility bill. Company officials also say they’re moving forward with this plan due to a high demand for green energy by their customers.
While Empire-Liberty Utilities has not included a request for a rate increase pertaining to this project, in the past, the rate increases are requested upon the completion of projects. Empire-Liberty Utilities currently has the highest power rates in the state of Missouri. This filing to close Asbury and build the wind farms will need approval from the Public Service Commission to move forward.
Empire-Liberty Utilities is hoping to have the plan approved before April 2019 in order to avoid having to install a $24 million dry landfill.
(Source: Empire District Electric, KZRG, 31 Oct., 2017)www.empiredistrict.com
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According to the partners, energy storage needs to account for only about 8 pct of a wind farm's capacity in order to eliminate almost 90 pct of fluctuations in energy production. The partners aim to improve functionality, stability and reliability, as well as reduce procurement and maintenance costs.
(Source: KK Wind Solutions, NA WindPower, Various Media31 Oct., 2017) Contact: KK Wind Solutions,
+45 9692 4300, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.kkwindsolutions.com; +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com; PowerCon, www.powerconcorp.com
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Prof Fitzgerald's recommends
an immediate ending of subsidies for peat extraction, vital to fuel fire-powered stations in the Midlands, a tax on farm-generated greenhouse gas emissions, more climate friendly governance, included the possibility of community ownership of renewable energy projects and a new agency to spearhead climate change as a priority in policy making.
(Source: Climate Change Advisory Council, Irish News, 5 Nov., 2017) Contact: Climate Change Advisory Council, +44 01 268 0180, email@example.com;
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For the project, microalgae will be cultivated and harvested to study the overall process, establish methods of mass production, and work to lower production costs. The testing is a continuation and expansion of a project backed by Japan's New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to produce algae-based biofuel. The initiative includes University of Kobe as part of an industry-government-academia effort.
(Source: IHI, Nikkei Asian Review, 2 Nov., 2017)
Contact: IHI, +81 (3) 6204-7800, www.ihi-ec.com; NEDO, www.nedo.go.jp/english
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Funding for the committee's recommendations has not yet been earmarked.
(Source: SF Gate, Beaumont Enterprise, Others, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Alaskan Gov. Bill Walker, https://gov.alaska.gov
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WegoWise is focused on improving the operational and sustainability performance of multifamily and commercial real estate. The company's software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform is used to benchmark utility and water usage in more than 58,000 buildings, comprising 2.4 million square-feet of multifamily housing in the United States.
(Source: WegoWise, PR, GlobeNewsWire, 31 Oct., 2017).
Contact: WegoWise, Laila Partridge, Pres., CEO, (617) 367-7346, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.wegowise.com
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The Indian research partner in IndZyme, VINSTROM, has collected microbial cultures from wildfire-prone areas of Indian rainforests and proven that they have a higher-than-normal resistance to inhibitor chemicals. During the project, these microbial cultures will be screened for new, more inhibitor-resistant cellulase enzymes as well as LPMO enzymes, whose activity may even be boosted by inhibitor chemicals. The next step will be studying the efficiency of these new enzymes in breaking down agricultural waste, such as straw, into fermentable sugars. The project will involve developing new enzyme screening methods and producing new information about compounds that inhibit or promote enzyme activity.
Lignocellulosic agricultural waste is among the most common renewable biomass resources. In Europe, wheat straw is one of the most abundant agricultural waste products. India has ample stocks of bagasse, the fibrous matter that remains after sugar cane stalks are crushed to produce sugar, but it is currently disposed of by incineration, causing considerable local emissions.
The three-year IndZyme project consortium consists of VTT (Finland), VINSTROM (India), RWTH (Germany) and the University of Tartu (Estonia). VINSTROM will screen the microbial cultures, after which VTT will analyse them for the enzymes they produce. RWTH will fraction the inhibitor compounds generated by biomass processing, after which VTT and the University of Tartu will characterise the enzymes and study their interactions with inhibitors. The project
The VTT coordinated project has a total budget of approximately €1 million. VTT and the Academy of Finland have together allocated €400,000 towards the project . (Source:
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, PR, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland,
Kristiina Kruus, Research Prof., +358-50-520-2471, email@example.com,
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In 2015, 42 pct of Denmark's total electric power demand was met by wind energy. The country has an overall wind energy capacity of 1.3 GW.
The US DOE estimates that 35 pct of US electric power will be generated by wind energy by 2050, with 20 pct of the total from offshore wind energy at an investment cost of approximately $400 billion. (Source: CPH Post Online, Various Media, 30 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Denmark Energy and Climate Minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt, www.efkm.dk/en
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In addition to the ignition of fossil fuels, an extremely powerful El Nino event -- a natural phenomenon that is exacerbated by man-made climate change -- is contributing to the high greenhouse gas levels. El Nino restricts the ability of plants to absorb CO2 whenever it causes extensive droughts. Normally, much of this excess carbon would be absorbed by the oceans -- the planet's major carbon sink.
Measurements taken in 51 different countries revealed that 2016's increased CO2 levels was 50 pct higher than the average of the past 10 years.
"The rate of increase of atmospheric CO2 over the past 70 years is nearly 100 times larger than that at the end of the last ice age," the report claims.
(Source: World Meteorological Organization, BBC News, Various Others, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: World Meteorological Organization, www.wmo.int
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The project utilizes 5 Siemens turbines measuring 584 feet high and 505 feet in diameter. The facility's onshore operations and maintenance base is in Peterhead, while the operations center is in Great Yarmouth. Batwind, a 1-MW lithium battery storage system for offshore wind energywill be installed to mitigate intermittency and optimize output. (Source: Statoil, Commercial Property Exec., 30 Oct., 2017)
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At the up coming COP23 meet in Bonn, China is expected to unveil a planned national carbon trading scheme launch in 2018. The Chinese plan, which is expected to be modeled after the European Union's carbon marketplace, still has "problems" that need to be fixed before the "very complex" scheme can be launched nationwide, according to Chinese climate policy makers in Beijing. (Source: Xinhua, Financial Times, 31 Oct., 2017)
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Infomart Portland achieved LEED Platinum certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The facility uses Direct Access rights to source hydro-electric power from the Bonneville Power Administration and has cut its CO2 emissions by 96 pct when compared to the national utility average.
Infomart Portland claims a 99 pct efficient Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.16 in full economization mode, 100 pct aisle containment, and natural cooling methods to run the facility at least 70 pct of the year. (Source: Infomat Data Centers, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Informat Data Centers, www.infomartdatacenters.com; USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The carbon capture and storage (CCS) research project, which began in 2002, was supported by the United States DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Based on the positive findings from the exploratory well drilling and seismic survey, AEP decided in 2007 to proceed with a 20 MW pilot test facility, with on-site CO2 capture, compression, transport, and injection. Battelle was then hired by AEP to continue providing geologic CCS expertise followed by a post-injection monitoring and site closeout phase ending in 2017.
It was the first CCS project at a working coal-fired power plant, it was funded primarily by private sources and helped establish the technical viability of CCS to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, and to store carbon dioxide in geologic layers with limited prior data.
The project demonstrated the full life-cycle, from inception, characterization well-drilling to find suitable storage zones, reservoir analysis, integration with pilot-scale system for a CO2 supply, injection, storage assessment, monitoring and final close-out in 2017. (Source: Battelle, PR. 28 Oct., 2017) Contact: Battelle, Katy Delaney, (614) 424-7208, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.battelle.org; AEP, Matt Usher, Director of New Technology Development & Policy Support, (800) 672-2231, www.aepohio.com;
Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, www.mrcsp.org
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PEMEX' 2017-2021 Business Plan includes curbs on greenhouse gases, increasing water recycling by 60 pct to save water at its refineries, and promoting an ecological corridor in the oil rich Gulf state of Veracruz, the company said.
Pemex had a total asset worth of $415.75 billion, and was the world's second largest non-publicly listed company by total market value in 2006 and Latin America's second largest enterprise by annual revenue as of 2009, surpassed only by the Brazilian National Oil Company, Petrobras. With the value of its publicly listed shares totaling $202 billion in 2010, representing approximately one quarter of the company's total net worth. The company has a total revenue of $117.5 billion in revenue in 2014.
(Source: PEMEX, PR, CEO, Xinhua, 29 Oct., 2017) Contact: PEMEX, Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya, CEO, www.pemex.com/en
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The IEA says that while some oil and gas companies are beginning to tackle methane in earnest, others downplay or deny the problem while others question the oil and gas industry's role in a low-carbon future.(Source: Environmental Defense Fund, PR, Facebook, Oct. 26, 2017) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund,
Fred Krupp, Pres. www.edf.org;
IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
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BioResource Development is installing new wells in addition to those already installed by the county, to which it will apply a vacuum that allows for the direct collection of waste gases. Those gases will then be processed to strip out moisture, carbon dioxide and other ambient gases like nitrogen and oxygen.
That leaves methane, the primary hydrocarbon that's piped through natural gas pipelines and into homes and businesses.
According to the EPA, there are currently 634 landfill gas projects in the U.S. (Source: BioResource Development LLC, Omaha World Herald, 27 Oct., 2017)
Black Hills Energy, www.blackhillsenergy.com; BioResource Development LLC, Greg MacLean, Pres., (402) 682-3680,
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One of the difficulties utilities have had with past PV systems is that solar power flows at varying rates based on the sun into the grid unchecked, forcing the utility to curtail or increase generation of power to balance the system.
Previously , residential PV systems owners could only set up battery storage systems while still receiving power from the utility.
This new PUC ruling allows existing Net Metering customers to add "nonexport" systems, such as batteries, while retaining their favorable status and authorized activation of new "advanced inverter" functions in PV and storage systems that support the grid during grid disturbances. (Source: Hawaii PUC, Maui News, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Hawaii PUC,
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The province is set to increase its carbon tax by $5 per tonne next April, raising the tax to $35 per tonne. (Source: British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Variuos Media, Canadian Press, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: British Columbia Ministry of Environment, (250) 387-6121, www.env.gov.bc.ca
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Public health advocates say the new rule is not strict enough, while business and clean energy supporters say the limits will hinder future wind development.
The Public Utility Commission, which tabled the proposal, say the 30 decibel standard will protect public health and will not completely rule out utility-scale wind energy. (Source: Vermont Public Radio, WRAL, 27 Oct., 2017)
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In 2013, Minneapolis adopted its Commercial Building Benchmarking and Transparency ordinance requiring large buildings to track and disclose their energy consumption.
All buildings subject to the benchmarking ordinance may participate in the Building Energy Challenge and are eligible for milestone awards. Buildings can qualify as challenge leaders by publicly committing to a 15 percent greenhouse gas reduction.
The Building Energy Challenge aligns with the city's Clean Energy Partnership in support of the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan.
(Source: Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership, minneapolismn.gov, Oct 27, 2017
Contact: Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership, https://mplscleanenergypartnership.org
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The 2,300-square-foot structure is designed as a model to encourage construction of sustainable and energy-efficient buildings throughout the region. The building will host the Centre for Advanced Research in Renewable Energy (CARRE) to promote energy efficiency, solar, wind and biomass energy R&D. The building is expected to save approximately 50,000 kilowatts of energy, which translates to a reduction of 34.5 metric tpy of CO2.
The net zero energy building project was implemented by the UWI Institute of Sustainable Development with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and technical assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). (Source: University of the West Indies, Jamaica Information Service, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of the West Indies, +876 927 1660, www.uwi.edu
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The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing platform HERO empowers property owners to make residential energy, efficiency and water conservation improvements and pay for them over time through an additional, voluntary line item on their property taxes.
Renovate America administers the PACE HERO program. (Source: Renovate America, Remodeling, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: Renovate America, Blair McNeill, VP Market Dev., www.renovateamerica.com
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The federal government of Justin Truseau (Lib) has demanded that provinces establish a carbon tax that would start at $10 a tonne next year and rise to $50 a tonne by 2022. Manitoba claims its $25 per ton tax is fairer, will remain consistent, and
"will achieve more than twice as many emissions reductions as the federal carbon tax."
Cumulative emissions are projected to drop by more than one megatonne over the next five years under the Manitoba plan -- 80,000 tonnes more than with the federal carbon tax, according to the Manitoba plan. (Source: Gov. of Manitoba, CBC, 27 Oct., 2017)
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The billion-dollar OGCI Climate Investments fund was established in 2016 to invest in technologies and business models with the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
OGCI is partnering with United Nations Environment and the Environmental Defense Fund to provide financial and technical backing for the world's first global methane study to fill gaps in the identification and quantification of global methane emissions. OGCI is also working with Imperial College London on research provide a more accurate picture of total greenhouse gas emissions across the natural gas value chain and to identify emission "hot spots."
Download the full OGCI A Catalyst for Change report
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The Air Resources Board played an instrumental role in uncovering the emissions defeat device installed by German car manufacturer Volkswagen on some of its vehicles, resulting in a worldwide scandal.
The 380,000-square-foot square facility has been billed as state-of-the-art and will be certified LEED Platinum, considered the highest level of energy efficiency for building standards. The building will also be the nation’s single largest net-zero energy structure, according to CARB, which means it will produce as much energy as it uses. Solar panels on the rooftop and over the parking lot will supply at least 3.5 megawatts of electricity. Construction at the site is slated to begin in February. (Source: UC Riverside, California ARB, UCR Today, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: UC Riverside,
Thousands of companies submit annual climate disclosures to CDP for independent assessment against its scoring methodology. The Climate A List is released alongside the Water A List and Forests A List. This is the first year that CDP has announced company scores across all three areas simultaneously, reflecting a holistic approach to corporate sustainability.
The CDP A List focuses on investors, companies and cities taking urgent action to build a sustainable economy by measuring and understanding their environmental impact. To achieve this, CDP runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts, and has built the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world. The CDP's network of investors and purchasers, representing over $100 trillion, along with policy makers around the globe, use CDP data and insights to make better-informed decisions.
Access the CDP Climate A List HERE, (Source: CDP, Oct., 2017) Contact: CDP, USA and Canada
Lance Pierce, Pres. North America,
(212) 378 2086, email@example.com, www.cdp.net
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By way of comparison, the European Union's total decline amounted to 770 million tons while the UK reported a 170 million metric ton decline. At the same time, China's carbon dioxide emissions grew by 3 billion metric tons, and India's grew by 1 billion metric tons.
According to the World Bank, U.S. per capita carbon dioxide emissions rank 11th among all countries. So, we are not the largest per capita emitter, but we do emit 2.2 times as much on a per capita basis as China. But, China has 4.3 times as many people, and that matters from an overall emissions perspective. China's lower per capita carbon dioxide emissions are more than offset by its greater population, so China emits over 70 pct more CO2 per year than the U.S.
Complete legislation governing EU biofuels and bioenergy from 2020-2030 be agreed upon by all EU member states.
(Source: EC, EU Eurostat, Argus, Others, Oct., 2017) Contact: European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu
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To attain its goal, COP 23 climate-neutral program will focus on energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy, offsetting unavoidable emissions, and other measures.
In a further effort to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport, the UNFCCC is partnering with Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL), aiming to promote the use of biofuels as lower-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels. EERL's Climate Ethanol Alliance of bioethanol producers aims to speed up the low-carbon transition of the transport sector through the promotion of climate action. (Source: UNFCCC, PR, IISD, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd, www.eerl.com;
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Project highlights include:
The project includes new energy efficient lighting, extensive water conservation measures, high efficient boilers and furnaces, ENERGY STAR appliances and energy efficient windows. The residential upgrades delivered $902,463 in energy and water savings last year, even though most had been installed and operational less than a full year.
This project was a partnership between The Housing Authority of the County of Lawrence and the residents of the upgraded housing units. The Efficiency Network, Inc., a Pittsburgh-area high technology energy efficiency and sustainability services provider completed most of the work.
(Source: New Caste News, 24 Oct., 2017) , executive director of the Contact: Housing Authority of Lawrence County, Gene DiGennaro, Exec. Dir., (724) 656-5100, www.lawrencecountyha.com
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"As you are aware, obligated parties such as oil refiners are required to submit RIN credits to the EPA to demonstrate compliance with the RFS. However, the merchant refiners of the Northeast are not able to acquire enough RIN credits to meet their RFS obligations because they have limited blending capacity. Therefore, they must purchase RINs on the secondary market, where prices have increased significantly,," Wolf's letter read.
Wolf's letter asked for a waiver "until or unless the market prices deflate. Absent this waiver, the Northeast and specifically Pennsylvania will experience significant economic impacts."
The Clean Air Act allows a waiver if the EPA administrator determines the implementation of RFS requirements would severely harm the economy of a state, a region or the country as a whole.
(Source: Feedstuffs, Various Media, Progressive Farmer, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, www.governor.pa.gov/contact
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The research station -- a partnership between Carbon Management Canada Research Institute and the University of Calgary -- offers a unique site to develop and demonstrate technologies to detect and monitor C02 and other fluids stored in underground reservoirs. It also aligns with the university's commitment to a low-carbon future and its emergence as a leader in carbon capture and storage research.
The 200-hectare CaMI field research station provides the step between modelling work that can be done on a bench scale and a full-scale field pilot. At the site, small amounts of CO2 will be injected into a reservoir 300 metres underground, where the CO2 remains a gas. The injection well at the site is surrounded by two observation wells and four water-monitoring wells to allow researchers to test a variety of technologies.
The CaMI field research station received funding from the federal Western Economic Diversification Program and is currently funded by the University of Calgary's Canada First Excellence Research Fund via the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources and Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes. CaMI also offers a subscription-based access to monitoring research outcomes from the field research station. Current joint industry partners include Statoil, Shell Global Solutions, RITE Japan, and Cenovus Energy. (Source: University of Calgary, PR, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes, (403) 210-9784, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://cmcghg.com; University of Calgary, www.ucalgary.ca/administration
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ORNL developed the cloning system to aid studies of drought-resistant plants that rely on a water-saving form of photosynthesis, a system that has already brought about a 50 pct increase in production.
ORNL and SimPath will continue to partner on the cloning tool, using feedback from SimPath's customers to enhance the system and fine-tune characteristics such as shelf-life, which determines the viability of live products. (Source: SimPath, ORNL, Bio-based World News, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: SimPath,
Robert Moseley, Pres., info@ simpathinnovations.com, http://simpathinnovations.com
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According to the environmental foundation Bellona, Norwegian industries -- Norcem, Yara and the Oslo municipal waste incineration plant -- currently need around 400 million kroner ($49.9 million) from the government -- more than the assigned budget, and are reconsidering their commitment to capture of carbon dioxide and CCS related projects. (Source: VG Forsiden, MENAFN, 21 Oct., 2017)
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The Mexican Deputy Minister of the Environment, Rodolfo Lacy , says those heavy polluters can purchase the right to emit more carbon. Sellers will be companies that succeed at emitting less than their permit, or those that do projects like tree plantings that reduce carbon pollution.
The government intends to integrate the Mexican carbon market with the California and Quebec market within five years. (Source: Mexico Minister of the Environment, Yale Climate Connections, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: Mexico Minister of the Environment, www.semarnat.gob.mx/English/Pages/home.aspxl
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The strategy emphasizes:
Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., which focuses on the renewable energy, biofuels, and new technologies sectors, holds the license to the patented technology CTS, a mechanical/chemical dry process for converting cellulose material into sugar for use in the biofuels industry. The company aims to retrofit existing and/or shuttered ethanol plants with the mechnocatalytic cellulosic conversion process, transforming them into carbon-neutral and waste-free production facilities. (Source: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., PR, 24 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Progressive Fuels Ltd., Curtis Chandler, President, www.progressivefuelslimited.com; )Contact: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Alliance Bio-Products, Daniel deLiege, Pres., (888) 607-3555x1106, email@example.com, www.alliancebioe.com
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The Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean (CSES-S) fund will provide technical assistance supporting up to six energy storage and/or grid modernisation proposals, from the Bank's Borrowing Member countries (BMCs).
Since its founding in 2016, the CSES-S Fund has supported 15 technical assistance projects including 10 capacity-building projects, 4 development support projects and one regulatory support project.
The Canadian Government provided $3.9 million in grant resources to the CDB to support Disaster Risk Management and Climate Project in Haiti as well as an Energy Efficiency and Solar PV Projects.
(Source: Caribbean Development Bank, Energy Storage, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Caribbean Development Bank , Tessa Williams-Robertson, Renewable Energy , www.caribank.org
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In 2013, Britain introduced a carbon price support mechanism under which power generators pay a levy of £23 per tonne of carbon emitted -- almost five times more than in the rest of the EU. These arrangements have prompted power generators to shut down many of their coal-fired power stations in the UK. (Source: SSE, Sandbag, Financial Times, 22 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Scottish and Southern Energy,
www.ssepd.co.uk; Sandbag, www.sandbag.org.uk
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Voltus's suite of energy management products and services delivers cash to commercial, institutional, and industrial customers at no-cost and no-risk in a simple, single page agreement. Combined with Voltus's industry-leading energy expertise and best-in-class cloud-based technology platform, this investment is meant to solidify Voltus as the world's leading provider of demand response.
(Source: Voltus Inc., 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: Voltus Inc., Veery Maxwell, Director of Energy Innovation,
Gregg Dixon , (617) 283-9387, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.voltus.co
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Amazon plans to meet its energy needs from the facility and sell the balance to the Texas grid.
The new West Texas wind farm is Amazon's 18th wind farm with 35 more wind operations in the works. (Source: Amazon Wind Farm Texas, Engadget, High Plains Public Radio, 19 Oct., 2017)
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Oil-soaked Alberta has set a goal of reducing methane emissions 45 pct by 2025 -- a target researchers say could be severely compromised by the study's findings.
The methane gas currently being wasted would supply almost all the natural gas needs of Alberta, and is worth $530 million per year -- an economic cost for governments in the form of lost royalties and taxes, and for industry in terms of revenue, according to the syudy.
(Source: Environmental Science & Technology, Other Media, Climate Nexus, 18 Oct., 2017)
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Specifically, Hickenloper's greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan ignores the state's major methane pollution producer -- the St. Louis-based Arch Coal-owned West Elk coal mine near Paonia, Colo. The mine spewed more methane into the air from 2011 through 2016 than any other man-made source and was the state's worst source of methane pollution, according to EPA data. In 2016 the West Elk Mine vented directly into the atmosphere. Mines can reduce methane pollution significantly by flaring the gas, putting it in a pipeline for household use or using it to generate power. But Arch Coal, which operates the mine on public land, has reportedly refused to implement these measures.
Hickenlooper's administration has rejected recommendations from its own inspectors to require coal mines to file permits disclosing other pollutants emitted when methane is vented.
In September the Trump administration proposed approval of an expansion of the West Elk Mine into 1,700 acres of wildlands in the Gunnison National Forest.
(Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 18 Oct., 2017) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, (520) 623-5252, email@example.com, www.biologicaldiversity.org; Arch Coal, www.archcoal.com; Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, www.colorado.gov/governor
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For the first time ICAO and the vast majority of its 191 member states recognize that aviation needs sustainable alternative fuels in the short term to effectively decarbonize the sector. There are numerous industry and state initiatives aiming at developing new technologies respecting sustainability criteria as well as enabling sensible business models. Therefore, beyond the questions of the targeted volume, ICAO role will be essential to frame those initiatives and exchange best practices around the world.
(Source: ICAO, EURACTIV, Oct 16, 2017 )
Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.icao.in
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