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Donegal Hosts Ireland's Largest Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
Energia Renewables
Date: 2017-06-12
The Irish Farmers Journal is reporting the launch of the largest wind farm in Ireland. The 38-turbine facility came online last Thursday in Meenadreen, southwestern Donegal. The 95-MW, €135 million wind park was developed by Energia and generates sufficient power for 50,000 homes. (Source: Irish Farmers Journal, 8 June, 2017) Contact: Energia Renewables,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energia Renewables,  Wind,  

Calif. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall Slightly (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-06-12
In its annual emissions and greenhouse gas inventory, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports that the Golden State's 2015 emissions fell just 0.3 pct from the prior year.

While emissions from electrical plants fell in 2015, driven down partly by the rapid growth of large solar facilities, transportation related emissions rose, due in part to low fuel prices and an improving economy, both of which typically entice people to drive more. Transportation is the state's largest source of emissions with 39 pct.

Since peaking in 2004 at more than 489 million metric tons, California's emissions have fallen about 10 pct to 440 million metric tons. California legislation calls for emissions to return to their 1990 level of 431 million metric tpy by 2020, then drop another 40 pct by 2030. (Source: CARB, San Francisco Grate, Others, 9 June, 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  CARB,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Chanhe,  

Chicago Commits to Paris Climate Accord Guidelines (Ind. Report)
Paris Climate Accord
Date: 2017-06-12
In the Windy City, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has inked an executive order committing Chicago to follow the Paris Climate agreement's guidelines to cut its carbon footprint by limiting greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating their effects on the environment. The order includes a commitment to measure Chicago's greenhouse gas emissions every other year, starting next year with 2017's numbers. It also asks city departments to develop and accelerate plans to help Chicago meet its goals, and commits to consulting environmental experts to help departments do this.

The city previously committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 pct from the year 2005 to 2025 under the previous Obama presidential administration. (Source: Cicago Mayor Office, Chicoagoist, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Chicago Mayor's Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Trump,  

Queensland Investing $8.64Mn in Australian Bio-refinery (Int'l)
Bio Processing Australia
Date: 2017-06-12
In the Land Down Under, the government of Queensland reports it will invest $8.64 million of the state's $130 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund in New South Wales-based Bio Processing Australia's proposed $50 million (€33.7 million) bio-refinery. The investment is intended to help accelerate the project's development and construction.

The completed facility will incorporate a yeast processing plant, an oilseed crushing plant for the creation of non-food grade vegetable oil, and a biodiesel plant.

Construction is slated to get underway in 2018. Upon completion, the planned commercial scale facility would have the capacity to produce up to 26,000 tpy of soymeal, 2,000 tpy of yeast products and 15 mega litres per year of biodiesel. (Source: Bio Processing Australia, Biofuels Int'l, Others, 9 June, 2017) Contact: Bio Processing Australia , John Lockhart, CEO, +61 2 6365 2266,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio Processing Australia,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  

Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Targeting Chinese Markets (Int'l)
Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association
Date: 2017-06-12
Reporting from Jakarta, the Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association (APROBI) says its members can no longer rely on their exports to the US and European Union, and must look for new markets, particularly China which could absorb as much as 9 million kilolitres of biodiesel a year.

According to APROBI data, Indonesian biofuels production capacity presently stands at 11 million kilolitres per year, 4 million of which is sold to the domestic market. The remaining 7 million kilolitres are "idle" and could be sold in the Chinese market, according to APRBOI. (Source: Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association, Jakarta Post, June 12, 2017) Contact: APROBI, +62 21 2938 0882,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel ,  

Minn. Power's EnergyForward Plan Seeks PUC Approval (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Power,Allete
Date: 2017-06-09
Allete subsidiary Minnesota Power is touting the next step in its EnergyForward strategy for a reliable and competitive energy supply for customers and the region. Coupled with the company's existing renewable resources, 44 pct of the utility's energy will be drawn from renewable sources by 2025, subject to MInnesota PUC approval.

Minnesota Power is seeking Minnesota PUC approval for and additional 250 MW of wind power capacity, 10 MW of solar power capacity and 250 MW of combined-cycle natural gas generation. The new resources will increase the company's wind portfolio of 620 MW and double its solar generation capacity.

Minnesota Power aims to meet or exceed state standards for renewable power, energy conservation and carbon emission reduction through fleet transition of smaller coal units and the addition of renewable energy. The utility has already achieved a 25 pct renewable energy mix well ahead of the state's goal of 25 pct by 2025. Minnesota Power expects to reduce carbon emissions on its system by about 40 pct by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. (Source: Minnesota Power, PowerGrid, Others, June 7, 2017) Contact: Minnesota Power, ALLETE, Alan Hodnik, Pres., CEO, Dave McMillan, Exec. VP, (218) 722-2625,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Power,  Allete,  Renewable Energy,  

Cemex Touts ENERGY STAR® Challenge Success (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-09
In Houston, global building materials firm CEMEX USA reports two of its terminals have achieved the US EPA NERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy conservation. The terminals, located in La Mirada and San Diego (CA), each reduced their energy consumption by more than 10 pct. As previously reported the San Diego terminal achieved a 12.2 pct reduction in 2016, compared to 2015, and the the La Mirada terminal achieved a 23.2 pct reduction YoY.

The Energy Star Challenge for Industry is a national call-to-action to improve energy efficiency by 10 pct within five years. The Cemex terminals achieved it in just one year. The company plans to roll out the programme to all of its logistics operations. (Source: Cemex, Cemnet, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Cemex USA President, Ignacio Madridejos, Pres., Matt Wild, VP Logistics, Megan Lawrence, (713) 722-1799,; ENERGY STAR,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cemex,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  

CEM-8, IEA Affirms Importance of CCS, CCUS Development (Int'l)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-06-09
At the recently concluded International Energy Agency (IEA) 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM-8) meeting in Beijing, China, the energy ministers of Canada, China, Norway, and the United States, along with delegations from Australia , the European Commission, industry and key organizations, joined together to collaborate on driving further deployment of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). The countries represented in the discussion host 19 of the 22 CCS and CCUS projects currently in operation or under construction globally.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said, "I don't believe you can have a real conversation about clean energy without including CCUS. We have already seen the success of projects like Petra Nova in Texas, which is the world's largest post-combustion carbon-capture system," Sec. Perry said. The system at Petra Nova can capture 1.6 million tpy of CO2 from an existing coal-fired power plant unit, a capture rate of up to 90 pct from a supplied slipstream of flue gas.

According to IEA Exec. Dir. Dr. Faith Birol, "Investment has flowed to CCUS projects where there is a confluence of factors which constitute a viable business case. We need to find more such opportunities, where a commercial case for CCS can be built with reasonably modest well targeted public interventions." (Source: IEA, PR, Free Press Wire Service, 6 June, 2017) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, +33 1 40 57 65 00,; CEM-8,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  International Energy Agency,  CCS,  Carbon Capture and Storage,  

Global Clean Energy Offers Algae REIT Update (Ind. Report)
Global Clean Energy,
Date: 2017-06-09
Houston-based Global Clean Energy (GCE) Inc reports that until oil prices rise or conversion costs of feedstock fall, it will focus on the profitable production of algae indoors in the controlled environments of industrial warehouses. To that end, the company plans to purchase a turnkey plant production site and has identified numerous facilities in three southern states which meet size, transportation and water requirements.

GCE plans completing projected production figures, production goals, sales figures and site acquisition costs in the very near future, and will be meeting with its' underwriter to determine the REIT pricing, according to a release. Global Clean Energy plans on becoming the managing general partner and retain 20 pct equity ownership of the REIT. The final size of the offering will be determined based on the speed at which the operation can be built out. (Source: Global Clean Energy Inc., PR, 6 June, 2017) Contact: GLOBAL Clean Energy, INC., Investor Relations, (713) 852-7474,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Clean Energy,  Algae,  Biofuel,  

Indian Refinery Planning Bamboo Biofuels Production (Int'l)
Numaligarh Refinery
Date: 2017-06-09
In India, the Arunachal Pradesh Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry is reporting plans to develop a bamboo biofuel refinery, the first of its kind in India, at the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL) in Assam.

The Arunachal Pradesh government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NRL for supplying locally sourced bamboo for feedstock. Three-quarters of Arunachal Pradesh's abundant and fast-growing bamboo resources are presently wasted. (Source: Numaligarh Refinery, Indian Express, Think Change India, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Numaligarh Refinery,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bamboo,  Biofuel,  

Giant Reed Leaf Biofuel Feedstock Potential Studied (R&D)
University of Tuscia
Date: 2017-06-09
Researchers at the University of Tuscia in Italy are investigating Giant Reed (Arundo donax) as a potential energy crop for use in biofuels production. The researchers used RNA sequencing to characterize giant reed's leaf transcriptome. The highly productive, fast-growing reed is highly adaptable to marginal land.

The transcriptome was characterized to search for homologous transcripts of genes involved in important metabolic pathways, such as lignin and cellulose biosynthesis. Homologous transcripts of genes involved in stomatal development and those related to stress-associated proteins (SAPs) were also identified.

This study provides the first available leaf transcriptome for giant reed. These data will be highly useful for studying the mechanisms underlying its extreme adaptability. The identification of homologous transcripts of metabolic pathways also offers a platform for genetic improvement. (Source: Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA), 7 June, 2017) Contact: University of Tuscia, +39 0761 3571,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  

Economists Call for $100 Carbon Tax by 2030 (Int'l Report)
Carbon Tax,Carbon Price
Date: 2017-06-07
In a recently published report, Nobel Laureate and Columbia University Porf. Joseph Stiglitz and former World Bank chief economist Lord Nicholas Stern, meeting in Berlin, have suggested that carbon dioxide should be taxed at $40-$80 per ton by 2020 and be ramped up to $100 per metric ton or more by 2030 to help fight global warming. In the EU, carbon prices are presently slightly under $6 per ton.

According to the economists, the high price and price certainty would give businesses and governments an incentive to lower emissions even when fossil fuels are relatively inexpensive. They also suggest that poor countries could aim for a lower tax since their economies are more vulnerable.

On March 15, 2017 we quoted Lord Stern: "The basic scientific conclusions on climate change are very robust and for good reason. The greenhouse effect is simple science: greenhouse gases trap heat, and humans are emitting ever more greenhouse gases." (Source: AFP, Various Media, June, 207) Contact: Lord Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics, +44 (0) 20 7955-7871;,; Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University, (212) 854-1481,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Lord Nicholas Stern,  

Columbia Utility Developing Commercial Accounts Energy Efficiency Incentives Program (Ind. Report)
Columbia Water & Light
Date: 2017-06-07
In the Show Me State, the city of Columbia Water and Light utility reports it is developing an incentive program to encourage commercial and industrial customers to make energy efficiency improvements.

The utility, which has money each year for incentive programs including a lighting rebate and HVAC rebate, would not require additional funding from the city for the new program.

The Water and Light Advisory Board has approved further development of the new incentives program which is still in its conceptual stage. (Source: Columbia Water & Light, Columbia Tribune, 4 June, 2017) Contact: Columbia Water & Light, Tina Worley, Utility Services Manager, John Wulff, Key Accounts Energy Management, (573) 874-7325,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Eficiency Incentive,  

Idaho Sorghum, Biogas Plant Wins Local Dev. Approval (Ind. Report)
Treasure Valley Renewables
Date: 2017-06-07
In Parma Idaho, Treasure Valley Renewables has been given the green light by the Canyon County Planning and Zoning Commission Monday to move forward on a proposed sorghum and biogas facility near Parma. The project is awaiting state regulatory and environmental approvals.

The company plans to build a complex of three limited liability companies including Boise Biogas which will operate anaerobic methane gas digesters to produce biogas and byproducts that will result in fertilizer, compost and livestock bedding. DualFuel Technology will clean and compress the biogas so it can be delivered through a pipeline for retail sale, but the gas will not be stored on site. Another company, Bio Ag Resources will use sorghum fiber in a pulping process to make fiber-molded plates, bowls and other products. (Source: Treasure Valley Renewables, Idaho Press Tribune, 5 June, 2017) Contact: Treasure Valley Renewables, Neill Goodfellow, VP, 804 Nw 24th St B, Fruitland, ID, 83619, USA

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sorghum news,  Biogas news,  anaerobic digestion news,  Methane news,  

SunPower Solar Helps Mass. Schools Cut Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-07
The Bay State, which is among the top U.S. states for the most solar capacity, adding 6.9 MW of solar bringing the state's total installed and operating solar capacity to 1,487 MW. Solect Energy and Green Street -- members of SunPower's national dealer network -- will installthe additional 6.9 MW of solar energy with the installation of high-efficiency SunPower® solar systems at 10 Massachusetts schools.

In Easton, Solect Energy has constructed a 2.8-MW SunPower solar carport system at Stonehill College. The college will buy electricity generated by the system at a competitive rate under a power purchase agreement (PPA) arranged by SunPower which requires no upfront investment.

In Bridgewater, Green Street has developed a 4.1-MW SunPower® Helix™ Roof system at Ajax United Drive, LLC. Green Street will own the offsite solar power system and renewable energy credits while Attleboro Public Schools will purchase the power through a 20-year PPA. Energy from the system is expected to meet about 75 pct of electricity needs for five elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.

SunPower solar technology has also helped a number of Massachusetts schools save on energy costs, including Cape Cod Community College, Clark University, Edgerly School, Harvard University, and University of Massachusetts Lowell. (Source: SunPower Corp., PR, Stockhouse, June, 2017) Contact: Solect Energy ,; SunPower, Nam Nguyen, Exec. VP,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  Solar,  

DOE Seeks Biomass R&D Advisory Committee Nominees (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-07
The US is seeking nominees to to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Technical Advisory Committee. The committee meets quarterly to advise DOE and USDA Biomass R&D Initiative on priority technical biomass R&D needs and to make written recommendations to the Biomass R&D Board.

The next Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee meeting, which is open to the public, will take place June 15-16, 2017, in Washington, D.C. and will focus on developing advice and guidance that promotes R&D leading to the production of bio-based fuels and products.

Stakeholders interested in attending the meeting and/or presenting oral comments should contact Dr. Mark Elless Mark.Elless@EE.Doe.Gov and Roy Tiley Additional information is available HERE. (Source: DOE EERE, 5 June, 2017) Contact: DOE EERE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  DOE EERE,  

Bioenergy S.A Announces First Commercial Ethanol Deal (Int'l)
Bioenergy S.A.,Terpel
Date: 2017-06-07
In Colombian, Bioenergy S.A. reports it will begin selling ethanol to Bogota-based oil and gas wholesale distributor Terpel in a move that marks the beginning of the commercialization phase of its business. The initial order is for 110,000 liters.

Bioenergy S.A., which operates from its 504,000 lpd plant in Puerto Lopez in the department of Meta, has produced a total of 800,000 liters to date and is seeking agreements with other wholesalers, according to the company. (Source: Bioenergy S.A, Finance Columbia, 7 June, 2017) Contact: Bioenergy S.A., Rafael Pittaluga, GM, +578 6612432,; Terpel,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  

GE, Mainstream Launch Vietnamese Wind Partnership (Int'l)
Mainstream Renewable Power, GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-06-07
Further to our November 9, 2016 coverage, Mainstream Renewable Power, GE Renewable Energy and Vietnamese partner Phu Cuong Group are reporting a joint venture to develop a $2 billion, 800MW wind energy project in southern Vietnam. Upon completion, the Phu Cuong project will Vietnam's largest wind site.

The first 150-200MW phase is expected to reach financial close in 2018. GE will supply turbines to both phases of the project. (Source: Mainstream Renewable Power, GE Renewable Energy, Windpower Monthly, Other Media, 1 June, 2017) Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Andy Kinsella, CEO, +353 (0) 1 290 2000,; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, President and CEO, Onshore Wind,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Mainstream Renewable Power,  GE Renewable Energy,  

Siemens Release Comments on Trump's Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2017-06-07
"Siemens has committed to cut our global carbon footprint in half by 2020 and to make our global operations carbon neutral by 2030. This commitment is not contingent on international treaties or regulations.

"Siemens supports the Paris Climate Accord signed by 194 countries as it is an important element in enabling and encouraging governments, other businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to tackle climate change. Siemens is disappointed by President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

"Along with other major corporations from around the globe, Siemens understands that taking action to address the causes of climate change is not only prudent, but also makes economic sense. Siemens' $110 million investment targeting our facilities will pay for itself in just five years and generate at least $20 million in annual savings thereafter.

"The company recognizes that an increased push for energy efficiency, renewable energy technology and electric mobility, along with the growing digitalization movement and carbon pricing, will speed up a carbon-free future, supporting the growth of a global middle class as well as prosperity for developing countries and increased resilience of economies." -- Siemens, Public Release, June 6, 2016

Siemens is a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. In infrastructure and industry solutions the company plays a pioneering role. Contact: Siemens,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Trump,  

Forward Labs Touts Fast, Economical Solar Roofs (Ind. Report)
Forward Labs,Tesla Solar
Date: 2017-06-05
Palo Alto, California-based startup Forward Labs reports that its solar roof technology is 33 pct less expensive and more quickly installed than Tesla's individual shingle design solar roof. The roof's non-solar portions cost only $8.50 per square foot and the solar roof will cost about $3.25 per watt -- 33 pct less than Tesla's offering on average.

Forward Labs's solar roof is a standing-seam metal roof topped by a large piece of tempered glass beneath which sits an "optimal chromatic cloaking" layer.

The company is targeting homeowners looking to replace their roof or looking to design and build a new home, as well as new-construction professionals. The system goes beyond design. An average installation takes two to three days, according to the company. Multiple beta installations are already in operation, and Forward Labs is taking preorders for its first production roofs in 2018. (Source: Forward Labs, Tech Times, May, 2017) Contact: Forward Labs, Zack Taylor, CEO, (800) 408-3698,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar,  Forward Labs,  Solar,  Tesla Solar,  

Cuomo Holds Fast on Paris Accord (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-06-05
On June 1st in Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in an immediate respose to Trump's announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, ordered that all government agencies and all public benefit corporations and authorities with government-appointed heads will remain consistent with the greenhouse gas emission-reducing policies in the 2015 State Energy Plan. The 2015 State Energy Plan calls for a 40 pct reduction in the state's greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 to 2030, a commitment to source 50 pct of New York's electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, and a 23 pct increase in energy efficiency by 2030.

Under Cuomo's executive order, every affected entity will also need to adopt a plan for activities and programs to help reduce New York State's greenhouse gas emissions by March 31, 2018. The agencies are also directed to implement measures including no- and low-cost operational improvements, retro-commissioning, capital energy efficiency retrofits, and onsite renewable and high-efficiency heat and power projects. The state DEC and NYSERDA have also been directed to develop an approach to emissions reduction measurement for the affected entities to adopt.

According to Governor Cuomo, the White House's decision to abandon the Paris accord was "reckless”, with repercussions for the United States and the planet." "This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change. We (NeweYork) will not ignore the science and reality of climate change." (Source:, 1 June, 2017)Contact: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cuomo,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

Golden State Governor Pitching California-China Carbon Market Merge (Int'l)
California Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2017-06-05
After describing Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate accord as "Insane", California Governor Jerry Brown announced he would be holding meetings in Asia this week and would be discussing a possible merge of California's and China's carbon trading markets.

California has the largest carbon trading cap-and-trade system in the United States. China has has launched seven pilot regional trading schemes and plans to roll out a nationwide market later this year. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, 2 June, 2017) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jerry Brown,  California Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Market,  China Carbon Market,  

Xergi Delivering Largest Biogas Plant to date in Denmark (Int'l)
Date: 2017-06-05
Danish biogas plant designer and developer Xergi reports it will deliver its largest biogas plant to date to Arla Foods milk powder plant in Videbaek, in Denmark. The plant incorportaes five biogas digesters, each with a capacity of 9,500 cubic metres capable of handling around 600,000 tpy of agricultural and livestock waste biomass to produce 16.5 million cubic metres of bio-methane. A total of 40,000 tpy of the residual product Perlac 14 will be digested in the plant each year. The residual biomass is used as fertilizer by local farmers.

Xergi A/S is jointly owned by industrial conglomerate Schouw & Co. and DDH (Hedeselskabet). . (Source: Xergi, 2 June, 2017) (Source: Xergi, (503) 830-4086 – US Office,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xergi,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  Methane,  

World GBC Calls for 100 pct Net-Zero Carbon Buildings by 2050 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2017-06-05
New research from the World Green Building Council (WGBC) is calling for all new buildings to operate at net-zero carbon from 2030 and 100 pct of existing buildings to operate at net-zero carbon by 2050.

According to the WGBC, the construction sector needs a "dramatic" shift towards a zero-carbon built environment to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and to avoid the need for future major retrofits and to prevent the lock-in of carbon emitting systems for decades to come.

Access the full From Thousands to Billions -- Coordinated Action towards 100 pct Net Zero Carbon Buildings by 2050 report HERE. (Source: World Green Building Council, May, 2017) Contact: WGBC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Net-Zero Carbon,  

Opposition to Paris Accord Withdrawal Goes Green (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-06-05
In the wake of US president Donald Trump's withdrawal of the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate agreement on Thursday, expressions of disapproval echoed around the world including the "City of Lights" where city hall is now bathed in green light. Mexico City, Montreal, Boston, New York and others have also flipped the switch to green.

The dramatic green lighting is intended to mark the wide disapproval of the U.S. administration's decision. It is also intended to signal a policy shift and the wide-ranging repercussions for the climate and for Washington's ties with the world. US state leaders from Washington, California and New York all announced Thursday that they will form a US climate alliance in spite of Trump's withdrawal from the accord. (Source: AFP, i24 News, Various Other Media, 2 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  

USGBC LEED Earth Campaign Attracting New Members (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-05
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is reporting nine new countries -- Armenia, Trinidad and Tobago, French Polynesia, Nigeria, Oman, Morocco, Montenegro and Cambodia -- have certified their first LEED project or their first LEED v4 platinum building, as represented in the USGBC ongoing LEED Earth campaign.

The LEED Earth campaign offers LEED certification at no cost to the first project to earn LEED certification in countries where the rating system is still emerging, according to the USGBC. The campaign also offers free certification for the first LEED platinum project in any country. Presently, 32 countries are recognized by the LEED Earth campaign. (Source: USGBC, PR, 2 June, 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED,  Energy Efficiency,  

Cornell Tech Bloomberg Center Aims for Net-Zero Energy (Ind. Report)
USGBC,Cornell University
Date: 2017-06-02
Cornell Tech has announced details of its plan to achieve net-zero USGBC LEED Platinum energy efficiency status for the Bloomberg Center, the first academic building on the Roosevelt Island campus, scheduled to open in September.

Cornell Tech is the technology-focused campus of Cornell University located in New York City. In operation since 2012, Cornell Tech is a research and graduate-level education institution.

To meet net-zero, the Cornell Tech campus is employing solar power, geothermal ground source heat pumps, an energy-efficient facade balancing the ratio between transparency and opaqueness to maximize building insulation and decrease energy demand, and smart building features monitoring lighting and plug load use. The strategy to achieve a low-energy building is through a stepped approach prioritizing reduction in energy demand through load reductions as well as maximizing passive and energy efficient design, and using renewable energy to power the building systems.

The 4-story, 160,000 sq-ft Bloomberg Center is slated to open in September. (Source: Cornell Tech, Cornell Chronicle, 31 May, 2017) Contact: Cornell Tech, (646) 632-4948,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  

Brazil's Renova Energia Unloads TerraForm Global (Int'l, M&A)
Renova, TerraForm,Brookfield Asset Management
Date: 2017-06-02
Sao Paulo, Brazil-based renewable power generation company Renova Energia SA reports it is selling its minority interest in US renewables yieldco TerraForm Global Inc. to Toronto-headquartered Brookfield Asset Management Inc for $92.8 million in cash, plus $15 million as a compensation for ending arbitration proceedings against the US company.

Renova Energia also reports the termination of 188.2 average megawatts (MWa) of wind energy sale contracts, as part of a refocusing of its business.(Source: Renova Energia, Renewables Now, Others, 29 May, 2017) Contact: Renova Energia, +55 (71) 3352 2550,; Brookfield Asset Management, (416) 363-9491,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova Energia,  TerraForm,  Brookfield Asset Management,  

Enel Green Inks $365Mn Financing for 300Mw Mo. Wind Farm (Funding)
Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2017-06-02
Enel Green Power North America, the North American subsidiary of Enel Green Power reports it has inked a a tax equity agreement worth approximately $365 million with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan, for development of the 300 MW Rock Creek wind farm which is under construction in Missouri.

The project, which is expected to be commissioned and operational by the year end, will generate approximately 1,250 GWh of tpy of CO2. The project has a PPA in place with Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company. (Source: Enel Green Energy, 30 May, 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power North America,  Wind,  

MAKE Predicts 47GW of New Wind Capacity in Latin Amer. Over Next Decade (Ind. Report)
MAKE Consultant
Date: 2017-06-02
According to MAKE Consulting's just published 2017 Latin America Wind Power Outlook report, over 47 GW worth of new wind capacity is expected to be installed across Latin America over the next decade.

Brazil has been the dominant market to date installing 2.5 GW in 2016 alone, and exceeding 2.4 GW annually for three years in a row, but the report predicts an impending drop from 2019 due to slumping demand for electricity with no new wind Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) signed at auction in 2016,.

According to MAKE, Mexico has so far implemented a long-term series of power auctions which will support the country’s target of 35 pct renewable energy. Argentina has set a target of sourcing 20 pct of its electricity from renewable energy by 2025, while Chile, as part of its own 20%/2025 target, connected 498 MW worth of wind power in 2016. (Source: MAKE, May, 2017) Contact: MAKE Consulting, +45 7026 6628,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MAKE,  Wind,  

Republic Services Tripling Fleet RNG Fuel Use (Ind. Report)
Republic Services
Date: 2017-06-02
In Phoenix, non-hazardous materials waste recycling specialist Republic Services, Inc. reports it will triple its renewable natural gas (RNG) useage above 2016 levels through an expanded agreement with Clean Energy. The increase is expected to cut the company's 2,500 vehicle fleet emissions by approximately 110,000 metric tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) over a three-year period.

Clean Energy's Redeem™ brand of RNG fuel is derived from methane-biogas which is processed, purified and sent into the interstate natural gas pipeline and made commercially available to Clean Energy customers. RNG has the lowest carbon intensity of all commercially available transportation fuels. (Source: Republic Services, Inc., PR, May 31, 2017) Contact: Republic Services, Pete Keller, VP Recycling and Sustainability.; Clean Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Republic Services,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  Alternative Fuel,  

Integrated BioChem Wins Managed Ecosystem Fermentation Biomass Patent (New Prod & Tech)
Integrated BioChem
Date: 2017-06-02
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Integrated BioChem (IBC) has announced that it has received a Canadian patent for its Managed Ecosystem Fermentation (MEF) process. The United States Patent and Trademark Office already has issued three patents on the process for converting biomass into industrial chemicals.

MEF is a new manufacturing process that biologically converts cellulose and other organic materials into protein and industrial chemicals. It is a continuous, self-sustaining fermentation process that is focused on economics, resulting in a significant reduction in the energy required, thereby making the process environmentally and economically sustainable, according to IBC.

The MEF process takes inbound organic waste, such as food waste, paper and other food processing waste streams, and converts 95 pct of this material into saleable products. Using MEF, 3 to 10 tpd of waste can be processed in a plant the size of several 40-foot containers. Industrial chemicals created by the MEF process include enzymes, protein, lipids and phospholipids. These products are suitable for use in the paper, animal feed, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, lubricant, sealant and adhesive industries. (Source: Integrated Biochem, WasteToday, June, 2017) Contact: Integrated BioChem,

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EPA Halts Oil & Gas Industry Methane Standard (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2017-06-02
On Wednesday, May 31st, the US EPA put the kibosh on the 2016 New Source Performance (Methane) Standards for the oil and gas industry. The EPA's 90-day "hold order" requires companies to capture fugitive emissions, obtain engineer certifications and install leak detention devices while the Obama administration's rule is being "reconsidered." The rule was slated to go into force on June 3rd.

The EPA order is widely seen as yet another Trump attempt to discredit the Obama administration's climate change related initiatives, including the Paris agreement which Trump is threatening to withdraw the U.S. from.

Methane, which is relatively short-lived at 20 years, is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide when it comes to trapping heat. (Source: EPA, Reuters, Various Media Sources, 31 May, 2017)

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Earthjustice Statement on EPA Halting Methane Emissions Rule (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2017-06-02
"With reports suggesting that President Trump is on the brink of withdrawing from the landmark Paris climate agreement, the administration is now adding insult to injury by slamming the brakes on crucial air pollution protections. We're already in court defending this commonsense requirement to fix leaks that waste natural gas, sicken surrounding communities, and accelerate global warming. And now we'll be going to court again to reverse this delay of rules that protect communities from harmful oil and gas emissions." (Source: Earthjustice, Timothy Ballo, Attorney, 31 May, 2017) Contact: Earthjustice, Rob Friedlander, Advocacy Communications Manager, (202) 797-5249,,

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NRDC Will Sue as Trump Threatens Dismantling of Methane Pollution Protections (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Natural Resources Defense Council
Date: 2017-06-02
In Washington, the international not-for-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports it will go to court to block the Trump administration from withdrawing from the Paris Agreement and rolling back protections against dangerous methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.

NRDC Climate and Clean Air Program Director David Doniger issued the following statement: "On the heels of news reports that the U.S. will walk away from a global commitment to combat climate change, President Trump is sabotaging headway the U.S. has already made. The Trump administration is giving its friends in the oil and gas industry a free pass to continue polluting our air. EPA is continuing to put thousands of people in communities near these facilities at increased risk for asthma attacks and cancer. We will fight Trump's latest polluter giveaway in court." (Source: NRDC , PR, 31 May, 2017) Contact: NRDC, Kate Slusark Kiely, (212) 727-4592,,

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Airbus Offers Biofueled New Plane Delivery (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-06-02
Toulouse, France-headquartered aircraft manufacturer Airbus reports it is the first aircraft manufacturer to offer its customers the option of delivering new jets using a blend of sustainable jet fuel.

The biofuel delivery flight concept, originally devised by Cathay Pacific in 2015, is in keeping with Airbus commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of each flight starting with the aircraft delivery. Airbus says it will continue its efforts by collaborating with all stakeholders in the biofuels sector and is committed to environmental efficiency and to meeting international aviation's emission reduction targets. (Source: Airbus, PR, 1 June, 2017) Contact: Airbus, +33 5 61 93 55 55,

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REGI Opens Amsterdam Operations Center (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2017-05-31
Ames, Iowa-based advanced biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group Inc (REGI) is reporting the opening of an operations centre in Amsterdam to support the company’s international operations.

With 14 active biorefineries, a feedstock processing facility, R&D capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio, REG utilises an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert natural fats, oils, greases, and sugars into lower carbon intensity products. (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Various Media, 30 May, 2017) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Daniel J. Oh, Pres., CEO, Anthony Hulen, (703) 822-1972,,

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Daimler's $562Mn Li-Ion Battery Plant Expansion Underway (Int'l)
Date: 2017-05-31
Mercedes-Benz manufacturer Daimler reports it will invest approx. €500 million ($562 million) in its lithium-ion battery production facility in Kamenz, Germany. The plant is an expansion of an existing faility run by Daimler subsidiary Accumotive. The plant's product line will be used for electric vehicles and stationary energy storage applications. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler.

The plant, which is expected to begin production in mid 2018, will be the largest such facility in Europe, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. (Source: Daimler, ARS Technica, Various Media, 29 May, 2017) Contact: Daimler, Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH,

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Redflow Rethinking Residential Energy Storage Market (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-05-31
Australian flow-battery maker Redflow reports it is dialing back its pursuit of the residential energy storage market and will concentrate on telecommunications backup applications, as well as commercial, industrial, off-grid and weak-grid segments. In a release, the company said early adopters in the residential market did not translate into a viable long-term sales strategy.

Redflow previously contended that its 5-kilowatt, 10-kilowatt-hour ZCell outperforms lithium-ion batteries on a per-kWh basis on cost, fire safety, operating life and speed of charge.

The company will, however, continue to offer the residential ZCell battery in Oceania, Southeast Asia and Southern Africa while cutting back on activities in the U.S. and Europe and relocating its manufacturing from Mexico to a location in Southeast Asia to shorten the distance between production and customer. (Source: Redflow, GTM, May, 2017) Contact: Redflow, Simon Hackett, CEO, +61 73376 0008,,,; Redflow ZCell,,

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Samsung Unveils Home Energy Storage Products (New Prod & Tech)
Samsung SDI
Date: 2017-05-31
Seoul-headquartered energy solutions and electronic materials specialist Samsung SDI Co. Ltd reports it is offering a new lineup of residential energy storage system (ESS) products for the global market.

The company's high-capacity ESS modules are scalable to 39 basic modules with a capacity of 4.8 kWh. This means the storage capacity can increase up to 39 times or that a maximum of 188 kWh can be stored, amounting to 20 days of power consumption by an average European household. The company is also launching high-voltage ESS modules that can scale up to 600 volts from the current 50 volts. High-voltage battery modules enable homes to save costs of parts needed for voltage transformation.

According to market researcher B3, global sales of residential ESS products are expected to grow around 16 pct annually to about 146,000 units by 2020. In 2016, Samsung SDI had the largest share in the global residential ESS market with 30 percent, it said. (Source: Samsung SDI, Korea Herald, 29 May, 2017) Contact: Samsung SDI,

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Aussie Prohibition on CCS Funding May Soon be Lifted (Int'l)
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Date: 2017-05-31
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Clean Energy Finance Corporation my soon be permitted to invest in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology if the Turnbull government can convince parliament to approve the necessary regulatory changes. The $10 billion agency is presently banned from both nuclear and CCS technology investments.

The Business Council said carbon capture and storage technology would be critical in meeting Australia's emissions targets beyond 2030. The Australia Institute released a report on Tuesday that finds Australian governments have spent $1.3 billion on carbon capture and storage initiatives over the past 14 years with no large-scale projects resulting. (Source: Clean Energy Finance Corporation,, 30 May, 2017) Contact: Clean Energy Finance Corporation,,

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Notable Quotes
Paris Agreement
Date: 2017-05-31
"The world's transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy is the story of growth for this century. We're already seeing the potential that this transformation represents in terms of more innovation, greater resilience, more livable cities, improved air quality and better health. Our report builds on the growing understanding of the opportunities for carbon pricing, together with other policies, to drive the sustainable growth and poverty reduction which can deliver on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals." -- Joseph Stiglitz

Joseph Eugene Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the John Bates Clark Medal.

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CaGBC Touts Zero-Carbon Building Standard (Ind. Report Attached)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2017-05-31
In Vancouver, the Canada Green Building Council has released the country's first Zero Carbon Building Standard -- "the next evolution of green building."

The standard is designed to be broadly applicable for new and existing buildings and is the first program of its kind to make carbon reduction the key indicator for building performance.

A zero carbon building (ZCB) is "one that is highly energy efficient and produces onsite, or procures, carbon-free renewable energy in an amount sufficient to offset the " New buildings seeking Zero Carbon Building Design certification must model a zero carbon balance, have highly efficient envelope and ventilation systems to meet thermal energy demand intensity targets (TEDI), and produce at least 5 pct of their power requirements on-site via renewable energy systems, among other requirements. Existing buildings seeking Zero Carbon Building - Performance designation must meet most of the same demands as the new buildings, but are exempt from needing to produce on-site renewable energy or achieve the TEDI targets.

Designations for new, older buildings HERE. (Source: CaGBC,, 30 May, 2017)Contact: CaGBC, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184,

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TAF Launches Building Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (Ind. Report, New Prod & Tech)
Toronto Atmospheric Fund
Date: 2017-05-29
In Ontario, the not-for-profit Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) is reporting the launch of the Building Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (BEE-Cal) decision support tool for municipal planners. The Excel-based tool helps users calculate the estimated local impacts of various municipal energy efficiency options ranging from tighter building standards to financial incentives and energy benchmarking and reporting.

The BEE-Cal provides a preliminary analysis that can help initiate or inform a dialogue around energy efficiency on the municipal level. In addition to estimating carbon emissions reductions, the BEE-Cal also gauges potential energy savings, local job creation, and improved social equity through a number of metrics. The BEE-Cal allows users to:

  • Customize energy efficiency policies for a number of municipalities across Canada (through an embedded extensive database);
  • Compare potential impacts of different policies or groups of policies;
  • Estimate the potential benefits of energy efficiency policies;
  • Conduct a sensitivity analysis of a single policy using different impact levels, time length policy is in effect, and building types;
  • Assess whether a package of policies is sufficient to meet municipal goals or targets.

    The TAF, which invests in urban solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, aimms to reduce Toronto's GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2050. (Source: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, PR, 26 May, 2017) Contact: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, (416) 392-0271,,

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  • Potential Decline in Carbon Carrying Capacity Under Projected Climate-Wildfire Interactions in the Sierra Nevada -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    University of New Mexico, Carbon Storage
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Potential Decline in Carbon Carrying Capacity Under Projected Climate-Wildfire Interactions in the Sierra Nevada, just released study from a multi-university team of biologists shows what could be a startling drop in the amount of carbon stored in the Sierra Nevada mountains due to projected climate change and wildfire events.

    According to University of New Mexico Assistant Professor Matthew Hurteau and report co-author, roughly half of all human-emitted carbon is absorbed by vegetation and the ocean, and is stored through natural processes -- something that helps limit our actual carbon impact on the atmosphere. But, as forests begin to change due to global warming and large scale fires, the amount of forest carbon uptake will decrease, accelerating the amount of man-made carbon making its way into the atmosphere.

    Because California is experiencing warmer and dryer conditions due to global warming, certain tree species are not able to flourish across particular geographic regions like they once were. Less tree growth, means less carbon uptake in forests.

    The study also shows that wildfires will play a big role in the reduction of stored carbon. And while many of these incidents will occur naturally, Hurteau says we are, in part, to blame for their significance. Hurteau adds that researchers have identified strategies for reducing some of the fire risk by actively thinning forests to manage tree density and restoring surface fires.

    Download the Potential Decline in Carbon Carrying Capacity Under Projected Climate-Wildfire Interactions in the Sierra Nevada report HERE. (Source: University of New Mexico, PR, Scientific Reports, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Univ. of New Mexico, Prof. Mathew Hurteau, (505) 277-0863,,

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    Sky Solar Invests in PV Tech AmberWave Systems (Ind. Report)
    AmberWave, Sky Solar
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Hong Kong-headquartered ndependent power producer Sky Solar Holdings Ltd is reporting an unspecified strategic investment in New Hampshire-based building integrated pv technology firm AmberWave Systems Inc.

    As part of the investment, Sky Solar's Sky Capital America Inc unit will provide project financing, system design, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) management and operations and maintenance (O&M) services for the first 250 MW of AmberWave BIPV technology deployments.

    New Hampshire-headquartred AmberWave makes flexible silicon PV cells for solar integrated metal rooftops, unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites. (Source: Sky Solar, RenewablesNow, 23 May, 2017) Contact: SKY Solar Holdings, +81 3 5235 3470,; AmberWave Systems Inc.,

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    Renewables Net Metering Set for Newfoundland (Ind. Report)
    Labrador Hydro, Newfoundland Power
    Date: 2017-05-29
    The Public Utilities Board of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada's easternmost province, is reporting approval of a net metering policy for renewable energy power generators with a capacity of up to 100 kW. The scheme, which comes into force July 1, 207, will be open to Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Newfoundland Power Inc. customers generating power from wind, photovoltaic, geothermal, biomass, tidal, or wave energy sources of 100 kW or less up to a system total limit of 5 MW.

    Under the framework, the two utilities are responsible for developing and implementing net metering programs for their respective clients. The utilities will be updating their websites with additional information in the coming weeks and expect to be in a position to begin accepting customer net metering applications effective July 1, 2017. (Source: Newfoundland and Labrador PUB, PV Mag., 22 May, 2017) Contact: Labrador Hydro,; Newfoundland Power,; Public Utilities Board of Newfoundland and Labrador, (709) 726-8600,

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    Canada to Cut Oil-Gas Industry Methane Emissions (Reg & Leg)
    Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Date: 2017-05-29
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, has announced regulations to reduce methane emissions and air pollution from Canada's oil and gas sector.

    These regulations are part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to reduce methane emissions by 40 to 45 pct by 2025 and remove approximately about 20 megatonnes of CO2from the atmosphere a year -- equal to removing about five million passenger vehicles from the road each year.

    Quick facts on the proposed regulations:

  • Provinces and territories will have the flexibility to develop their own regulations to replace the federal ones provided they achieve similar outcomes;
  • The oil and gas sector is Canada's largest emitter of climate-warming methane gas and "volatile organic compounds", some of which are toxic to human health and are contributors to smog;
  • Reducing methane emissions is one of the lowest cost actions Canada can take to reduce greenhouse gases;
  • The proposed methane regulations will be phased in between 2020 and 2023;
  • Canada is also making significant financial investments of $14 million to support the work of Canadian companies working on methane-emission reductions in Mexico and Chile. Canada is also working with Mexico to support its commitment to developing methane regulations for oil and gas;
  • Canada has made progress in reducing volatile organic compound emissions through regulations for the transportation sector and industries outside of the oil and gas sector;
  • In total, 26 refineries, oil-sands up-graders, and petrochemical facilities would be affected by these regulations;
  • Under the proposed regulations, companies would need to regularly check and repair leaks from their equipment, use cleaner technologies to minimize emissions, monitor emissions at their property line, and report the results to the Government;
  • The proposed air pollution regulations would have the secondary effect of reducing methane from oil and gas facilities.

    The Government of Canada is supporting this committing $200 million to support clean-technology research, development, and demonstration and adoption of clean technology in the natural resources sectors. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, PR, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers, Press Secretary , 9613) 462-5473,

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  • Peatlands' Role in Climate Mitigation Examined (Ind. Report)
    International Institute for Sustainable Development
    Date: 2017-05-29
    Last week in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) held a thematic session on the management and protection of peatlands and role of peatlands in climate change mitigation and in the protection of biodiversity.

    Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Indonesia and Peru may contain some of the worlds large tracks of peatlands, with research suggesting that in the DRC alone, peatlands may hold 30 billion tons of carbon or three years worth of global carbon emissions.

    carbon emissions. In concert with the GLF, the Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR) of the CIGAR research found "unprecedented extents and volumes of peatlands in the tropics, three times the size of previous estimates, and mainly outside Asia. The research is meant to help countries find out if they have peatlands, determine their size and ascertain how best to protect them. (Source: IISD, 25 May, 2017) Contact: International Institute for Sustainable Development, (204) 958-7700,,; Global Peatlands Initiative, +254-(020) 762-5109,,

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    Empire State Moves to Cut Methane-Gas Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo
    Date: 2017-05-26
    In Albany, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has introduced 25 actions meant to reduce methane-gas emissions by 2020. The Governor's initiate is part of the state's effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 40 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. Methane accounts for approximately 10 pct of New York's total greenhouse-gas emissions.

    The plan, which establishes a strict monitoring system, will limit methane emissions from new and existing oil and gas infrastructure, support energy production or capture and combustion of methane at landfills and farms, and provide incentives to address methane leaks in pipelines. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Engineering News-Record, JM Eagle, 24 May, 2017) Contact: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo,

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