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Newfoundland Carbon Tax Loaded with Exemptions (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-11-12
In Atlantic Canada, the province of Newfoundland-Labrador has unveiled its federally approved carbon tax, climate plan which at least on the surface, protects the province's crucial oil and gas industry. The province is reportedly planning to double oil production in the next decade.

The provincial plan offers exemptions for large producers and consumers alike, including the giant Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project which, when fully online in 2020, will allow the province to completely decommission the bunker oil-burning generator in Holyrood, which emits roughly 10 pct of the province's total 10.3 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the provincial carbon pricing scheme, home heating fuel, off-grid diesel generators, aviation fuel, the interprovincial ferry system and municipalities will be exempted and gasoline prices will rise substantially. After factoring in exemptions, only 76 pct of the province's total GHG emissions will be subject to carbon pricing. The provincial government has also reserved the right to scrap the scheme or any part thereof in the event that any other province refuse to set a plan or abide by the federal backstop, which is likely to happen.(Source: Province of Newfoundland-Labrador, Narwal, 9 Nov., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Canada Carbon Tax,  


Sunseap Floating Solar Farm Slated for Singapore Harbor (Int'l)
Sunseap
Date: 2018-11-12
In Singapore, Sunseap, a sustainable energy provider, reports it will construct a 5-MWp offshore floating photovoltaic (PV) solar system north of Woodlands Waterfront Park, along the Straits of Johor. When fully operational, the facility will generate about 6,388 MWh per year of renewable energy and eliminate about 2,600 tpy of GHGs over the next 25 years, according to the Sunseap release.

Sunseap previously worked on the world's largest floating PV test-bed in Singapore at Tengeh Reservoir. (Source: Channel News Asia, Sunseap, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Sunseap Group,Frank Phuan, Co-founder, CEO, +65 68 16 1000, www.sunseap.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunseap,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  


Kimberly-Clark Lauded for Energy Efficiency Leadership (Ind. Report)
Kimberly-Clark
Date: 2018-11-07
Kimberly-Clark Corporation reports receipt of its sixth consecutive EPA SmartWay®Excellence Award for leadership in environmental performance and energy efficiency. The company also scored a 2018 Responsible Business Award for Climate Action from the UK-based Ethical Corporation.

According to Kimberly Clark-Kimberly-Clark release, it has reduced its Scope 1 and 2 absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 18 pct compared with a 2005 baseline, putting the company on track to achieve its 2022 goal of a 20 pct reduction in GHG emissions four years ahead of schedule. (Source: Kimberly-Clark, PR, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: Kimberly-Clark, www.kimberly-clark.com; Ethical Corp., +44 0207 375 7212, http://ethicalcorp.com; US DOE SmartWay®Excellence Award, www.epa.gov/smartway

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


London Joins Global Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Drive (Int'l)
C40 Cities
Date: 2018-11-07
In the UK, London has joined the C40 Cities Group and 18 of the world's major cities in pledging to ensure that new buildings in the city operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

According to the UN Committee on Climate Change, buildings account for 50 pct or more of a city's emissions. In London, Los Angeles and Paris, the figure is pegged at well over 70 pct. In 2012, GHG emissions from buildings made up more than a third of the UK's total emissions.

The C40 Cities group is a network of 96 urban centers committed to bold action on climate issues. In addition to committing signatories to ensuring new buildings are net zero carbon by 2030, C40 members pledge that all buildings in a city, old or new, will meet net zero carbon standards by 2050.

The C40 Cities pledge is part of the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment for Businesses, Cities, States & Regions.

(Source: C40 Cities, PBC Today, 6 Nov., 2018)Contact: C40 Cities, www.c40.org: World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions,  


Notable Quote
ICAO
Date: 2018-11-07
"If global aviation was a country, it would rank in the top 10 (carbon) emitters." -- ICAO Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

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


WA. Carbon Reduction Targets Initiative Analyzed (Report Attached)
Low Carbon Prosperity Institute
Date: 2018-10-31
A recently published study by the Seattle-based Low Carbon Prosperity Institute (LCPI) offers new insights into the investment performance required for Washington State's Initiative 1631 to achieve its carbon-reduction goals. A proposed carbon fee on the ballot in Washington state -- I-1631 -- aims to use clean-energy investments to eliminate 20 million tpy of carbon pollution by 2035.

LCPI applied its proprietary Greenhouse Gas Reduction Explorer, a modeling tool used extensively by lawmakers to project outcomes of proposed carbon reduction policies, to evaluate possible investment scenarios that would achieve the policy'S carbon reduction goals and commitment to supporting causes and communities not directly related to reducing carbon emissions. According to the LCPI, achieving the I-1631 fee-freeze is only possible with two strict conditions: all available Clean Energy Account revenue generated by the initiative needs to go into carbon-reducing investments, and investments must perform with best-in-class cost-effectiveness as would be expected from commercial investment funds. Investments would also need to average in the range of $15 to $45 per ton of emissions reduced.

By comparison, the 2014 California Climate Investments program has spent on average, $67 per ton of emissions reduction. Beating California's investment performance can be achieved by harnessing emerging and rapidly cost-declining technologies, maximizing state investments with private dollars, factoring in the impact of the fee on project economics, and focusing on budget-friendly projects in the state such as capturing methane from waste, smart meters, electrification or biomass fuel switch, organics and recycling programs, cellulosic ethanol, bus fuel efficiency, increasing forest lands, and heating/cooling upgrades.

The LCPI was launched in 2018 as a project of the Washington Business Alliance and its PLAN Washington agenda. The LCPI's system design approach delivers the strategic guidance needed for states and countries to achieve long-term success in reducing greenhouse gases, reducing other waste, and building an even more powerful economy. LCPI uses a modeling system, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Explorer -- the "Gold Standard" for evaluating strategies proposals for managing climate-sensitive waste reduction.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Explorer details HERE.

Download the full report, citations and analysis HERE. (Source: Low Carbon Prosperity Institute , PR, BusinessWire, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Low Carbon Prosperity Institute, David Giuliani, Director and Co-founder, www.lowcarbonprosperity.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


San Diego Misses 2017 Carbon Footprint Reduction (Ind. Report)
Carbon Emissions, Climate Change
Date: 2018-10-29
In the Golden State, the city of San Diego Climate Action Plan progress report notes the city failed to reduce its GHG emissions in 2017 compared to 2016. While the city's carbon footprint was reduced in certain areas, such as electricity use and water use, increases in carbon emissions from the burning of natural gas by homes and businesses offset that progress and led to a statistical flatline. The city's own conservation efforts also faltered last year, with its electricity and natural gas consumption going up by 3 pct.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer's Mayoral spokesman Craig Gustafson noted that despite the stalling in 2017, the city of 1.42 million residents was still on track to meet its 2020 goal of reducing emissions by 15 pct. (Source: City of San Diego, KPBS, 26 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of San Diego 2018 Climate Action Plan www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/city_of_san_diego_2018_cap_annual_report.pdf

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


Japan Launches Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Satellite (Int'l)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Date: 2018-10-29
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) are reporting the launch and earth orbit entry of a Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT-2) on Monday from the Tanegashima Space Centre on Tanegashima island.

The GOSAT-2 satallite, which was developed and manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric, will orbit the earth at an altitude of 613 kilometres to gather data on methane, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. The satellite will also monitor air pollution by measuring levels of particulate matter such as PM 2.5.

The satellite will play "a major role in monitoring the impact of climate change and human activities on the carbon cycle and is expected to contribute to climate science and climate change related policies," Mitsubishi Electric said in a statement. Source: Mitsubishi Electric, AAP, SBS News, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Aerospace Exploration Agency, global.jaxa.jp;Mitsubishi Electric, www.mitsubishielectric.com/en/contact/index.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Mitsubishi Electric,  


Emissions, Energy Cutting Service Launched in Singapore (Int'l)
KBC Global
Date: 2018-10-22
In Singapore, energy software and services provider KBC Global is reporting the launch of a subscription-based service that in effect acts as a "second pair of expert eyes" on a subscribing firm's facilities and energy efficiency and consumption. The resulting information is upload on KBC's secured cloud platform. The service provider will be able to monitor the plant and thereafter analyse plant performance, identify possible improvement opportunities and formulate a plan that will optimize energy efficiency , cut costs and in turn reduce carbon emissions.

The subscription fee is paid for from a portion of the energy savings that are achieved. The KBC service follows on the heels of Singapore's Energy Conservation Act mandating large industrial emitters to report greenhouse gas emissions from 2021. The KBC measures will help Singapore achieve its pledge under the Paris Agreement on climate change to reduce emissions intensity by 36 pct from 2005 levels by 2030. The industrial sector currently accounts for about 60 pct of Singapore's GHG emissions, according to the National Environmental Agency. (Source: KBC Global, CAN, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: KBC Global, +65 6735 5488, www.kbc.global

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency Software,  


Calif. Cap-and-Trade Cash Supports rPlanet Recycling (Ind. Report)
California Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-10-19
In Sacramento, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is reporting approval of a $2 million California Climate Investment loan to El Segundo-based rPlanet Los Angeles LLC. The loan is in support of a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling facility in Vernon, California. The financing from the CalRecycle Greenhouse Gas Reduction Loan Program will enable rPlanet to transform 1,000 tpy of plastic scrap into packaging and reduce 1,500 metric tpy equivalent worth of of CO2 emissions.

CalRecycle's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Loan Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program designed to put billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the environment. The loan program provides direct, low-interest loans to expand capacity or establish new facilities in California that use recycled materials in their manufacturing processes. (Source: CalRecycle, Recycling Today, Oct., 2018) Contact: CalRecycle, Scott Smithline, Director, www.calrecycle.ca.gov; rPlanet, info@rplanetearth.com, www.rplanetearth.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  GHG,  California Cap-and-Trade,  


Mississauga, Ontario Preparing Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-10-19
In Ontario, the Toronto suburb of Mississauga -- pop. 721,000 -- reports its Climate Action Plan is now in the community consultation and education phase. The plan aims to raise awareness of increasing extreme weather trends, the local effects of climate change and how the city plans to respond and adapt to it.

The city's 10-year action plan aims to mitigate the effects of increasing weather extremes and a changing climate by reducing the city's overall greenhouse-gas emissions and adapt to changes already seen and recorded in the local climate. The plan is expected to be activated in 2019, following a 2-year consultation and planning process.

Mississauga climate data suggests the city can expect 20 to 30 pct more ice storms, three to four degree warmer winters, 44 millimetres more precipitation during the spring and fall, 20 millimetres more snowfall in the winter, 20 to 37 pct more intense rainfalls, 20 to 32 days of more heat waves, and 24 more days in the growing season. Forty-two per cent of the city's GHG emissions come from heating buildings, followed by transportation. (Source: City of Mississauga, Mississauga News, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Mississauga, Michael Cleland, Dir. Environment, Julius Lindsay, Climate Change Specialist, 905-615-4311, www.mississauga.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


Rwanda Imks Greenhouse Gases Reduction Agreement (Ind. Report)
Greenhouse Gas Management Institute ,Carbon Institute
Date: 2018-10-15
Rwanda and the Washington, DC-headquartered Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and Carbon Institute have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch an international 7-year partnership for carbon accounting in Rwanda, according to a statement from the Rwanda Ministry of Environment.

The agreement will enhance the implementation of Rwanda's Green Growth and Climate Resilience Strategy and enable the country to participate in international emissions reduction mechanisms including the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), and the mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). It will also allow Rwanda to become a regional training center for carbon accounting in the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) regions. The signatories will also collaborate to develop an Advanced Terrestrial Carbon Accounting Certificate programme at the University of Rwanda. (Source: Rwanda Ministry of Environment, Rwanda New Times, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, (202)350-9047, info@ghginstitute.org, https://ghginstitute.org; Rwanda Ministry of Environment, www.minirena.gov.rw

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas Management Institute,  Carbon Institute ,  


UK Business Execs Not Setting CO2 Reduction Targets (Int'l)
Veolia
Date: 2018-10-10
In the UK, a recent YouGov poll notes that 61 pct of C-suite executives and energy managers in the UK have not set GHG emission reduction targets across their businesses, despite the potential for achieving cost savings. The poll also found 73 pct of nearly 850 C-suite executives and energy managers claimed sustainability was "very important" for their organization. The survey also found that among respondents with an annual energy expense of £2 million or more, 45 pct rated the condition of their buildings as "OK or poor".

The survey was commissioned by resources management firm Veolia UK, which said the results highlighted the importance of businesses developing long-term energy efficiency plans, particularly in view of the UK's Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) and Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Phase 2 regulations. Moreover, under government plans, all larger businesses will be required to report their CO2 emissions from next year, the firm explained. (Source: Veolia UK, BusinessGreen, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: Veolia UK, Nick Painter, Energy Efficiency Head, www.veolia.com.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia ,  Energy Efficiency,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


N.H. Legislators Want Biomass Power Included Under RFS (Ind Report)
New Hampshire
Date: 2018-10-10
New Hampshire federal legislators Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D), Maggie Hassan (D) and Reps. Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Annie Kuster (D) have asked Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to resolve outstanding issues impeding the agency's ability to process biomass and waste-to-energy fuel pathways submitted under the RFS program. Expanding the RFS program to include power from biomass sources will incentivize renewable biomass power generation while simultaneously reducing pollution and GHG emissions, according to the letter.

The letter, dated October 3, notes that EPA issued its proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule in 2016 in an effort to gather additional information about the potential configurations of this new renewable electricity pathway but to date has failed to finalize the REGS rule or issue an approved renewable fuel pathway for biomass, waste-to-energy and other fuel sources.

The letter calls for Wheeler to immediately address all outstanding RIN registration requests and finalize a regulatory structure for biomass and waste-to-energy fuel pathways under the RFS program.

New Hampshire is currently home to There are currently seven biomass power facilities in New Hampshire that are on the verge of closing due to challenging power markets, the letter notes. (Source: Office of Sen Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, www.shaheen.senate.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  New Hampshire Biomass,  RFS,  


EU Will Miss Aviation Emissions Target, Report Warns (Int'l)
Transport & Environment
Date: 2018-10-08
According to a report prepared for Brussels-based European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E), the EU will miss its 2030 aviation emissions target by almost 100 million tonnes if it adopts the new, air transport industry backed Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

T&E claims CORSIA would allow airlines to offset emissions growth, rather than necessarily reduce it, and offered only "cheap and ineffective" remedies for emissions, which contribute towards climate change. It also noted that CORSIA would save airlines more than €3bn a year compared with expanding an existing scheme.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN agency that developed CORSIA, said the scheme was one part of "ICAO's basket of measures designed to reduce carbon emissions from international aviation" and that improvements in aircraft technology, operations and sustainable aviation fuels would "achieve the international aviation sector's global goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020."

Beginning in 2019, CORSIA will require airlines to monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions to establish a baseline, before a pilot phase from 2021 to 2023 for volunteer states. From 2027, most of ICAO's 191 member states will have to participate. The EU is aiming to cut GHG emissions by 40 pct from 1990 by 2030. (Source: Transport & Environment, Financial Times, Oct., 2018) Contact: Transport & Environment, www.transportenvironment.org; CORSIA, www.iata.org/policy/environment/Pages/corsia.aspx; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

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


Step Up Declaration Launched to Harness Technology, Reduce Emissions (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-10-05
The Step Up Declaration, a cross-industry coalition of 21 companies representing $750 billion in market capitalization has been launched at the Sept. 12-14 Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco. The coalition is dedicated to "harnessing the power of emerging technologies to reduce carbon emissions."

Participating coalition companies commit to activate their supply chains, advocate for strengthened political and regulatory mechanisms, and work together to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across every sector of society. The coalition, which includes Akamai Technologies, Bloomberg, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard and 17 others, was formed in response to a challenge issued in May 2018 by former UNFCCC Exec. Sec. Christiana Figueres urging the technology sector to "step up" its actions on climate change. (Source: Step Up Declaration, Oct., 2018) Contact: Step Up Declaration, www.stepupdeclaration.org

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


Summary for Policymakers Report on Climate Target Up for Review (Int'l. Report)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Date: 2018-10-03
An executive summary of the UN Summary for Policymakers report on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C will be vetted by diplomats under the 195-nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in South Korea this week.

The report considers what it will take to prevent the Earth's average surface temperature from rising beyond 1.5C (2.7 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels.

The report notes with "high confidence" that at current GHG emissions levels we will pass the 1.5C marker around 2040. The report adds that to have at least a 50-50 chance of a 1.5 C world, the global economy must, by 2050, become "carbon neutral" and CO2 emissions peak not later than 2020 then fall dramatically.

The 22-page Summary also details the amount of CO2 we can dump into the atmosphere and still stay under the 1.5C threshold.

The report also identifies scenarios on the best way to ramp up the fight against climate change: adoption of new technologies to radically reduce energy needs; major reductions in energy consumption habits; removing massive amounts of CO2 out of the air, either though large-scale reforestation, use of biofuels; and direct carbon capture. The report notes the share of primary energy coming from renewables would have to jump to at least 50 pct by mid-century, and the share of coal drop from about 28 to between 1 and 7 pct.

Download the Sumary for Policymakers HERE. (Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, PhysOrg, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, www.ipcc.ch

More Low-Carbon Energy News Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ,  Climate Change,  


Notable Quote Duly Noted
Christiana Figueres
Date: 2018-10-03
"The influence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts us all. When that incredible force is primed to catalyze exponential shifts in GHG emissions reductions all sectors of the economy, we can be stubbornly optimistic about delivering a livable planet to our children within the timeframe we have left to do so." -- Christiana Figueres, Sept., 2018

Christiana Figueres Olsen is a Costa Rican diplomat with 35 years of experience in high level national and international policy and multilateral negotiations. She was appointed Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in July 2010, six months after the failed COP15 in Copenhagen, according to Wikipedia. Contact: Christiana Figueres, http://christianafigueres.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Christiana Figueres,  GHG Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Notable Quotes Duly Noted
Vehicle Emissions
Date: 2018-10-03
"The amazing thing they're (the Trump administration) saying is human activities are going to lead to this rise of carbon dioxide that is disastrous for the environment and society. And then they're saying they're not going to do anything about it." -- Michael MacCracken

MacCracken was commenting on the Trump administration's freezing Obama era federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks manufactured after 2020. MacCraken served as a senior scientist at the US Global Change Research Program between 1993 and 2002. (Source: NY Post, 1 Oct., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  GHGs.CO2,  


Bioenergy: Opportunities and Challenges of Harnessing Waste to Reduce GHGs (Conferences and Events)
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Date: 2018-09-28
On October 11 in Vancouver, BC, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions will host Bioenergy: Opportunities and Challenges of Harnessing Waste to Reduce GHGs -- a sustainable pathway toward a low-carbon future in BC and beyond?

A panel of experts will discuss how municipalities, agri-industries and other sectors can utilize organic, commercial, agricultural and forest waste to produce clean and sustainable energy. What is the magnitude of CO2 emissions reduction that can be achieved by using waste for energy? What are the innovative technologies in BC and beyond that may reduce the cost of bioenergy? How big a role does bioenergy play in British Columbia's future energy demand? and other issues and questions will be addressed.

Bioenergy: Opportunities and Challenges of Harnessing Waste to Reduce GHGs event details page HERE. (Source: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, PR 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, 250-853-3595 Fax: 250-853-3597 pics@uvic.ca, https://pics.uvic.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions,  


Fiji Committing to Stronger NDC Standard (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2018-09-28
The South Pacific Island nation of Fiji reports it will raise its Paris Climate Agreement nationally determined contributions (NDC) by next year, engaging other than the energy sector achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

To that end, Fiji's new NDC will include other critical sectors such as land transport, maritime transport, domestic aviation, waste, agriculture and forestry. Fiji's current NDC is specific to the energy sector both in terms of a GHG baseline, where 2013 is considered the reference year, and in terms of potential mitigation actions. (Source: Fiji Times, 27 Sept., 2018)

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


Canadians Investigate Rising Antarctic Ocean Temp. (Ind. Report)
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Date: 2018-09-26
According to new research conducted by Environment and Climate Change Canada scientists and a colleague from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in he U.S., ocean water temperatures around Antarctica have been rising over the past several decades due directly and primarily to increases in man-made greenhouse gas emissions. The research also noted a drop in atmospheric ozone levels associated with the ozone hole is also contributing to warming, and that the waters around Antarctica are becoming less salty, consistent with known shifts in Southern Hemisphere rainfall patterns.

The researchers also found that: the Southern Ocean has been warming at about twice the average rate of the global ocean; GHG increases are the most important driver of recent warming and freshening of the Southern Ocean; and zone depletion is also driving the warming and freshening of the Southern Ocean. However, given the ozone recovery associated with the Montreal Protocol, which is now underway, it is anticipated that the impact of ozone changes on the Southern Ocean will diminish. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Sept., 2018) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Neil Swart, Research Scientist, www.ec.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas,  CO2 Emissions,  Environment and Climate Change Canada,  


UK Labour Commits to Net-Zero GHG Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
Climate Change UK
Date: 2018-09-26
In the UK, the Labour Party under the leadership of MP Jeremy Corbyn has committed to a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of this century. Labour has also committed to generate 60 pct of the country's energy from renewable and low carbon sources by 2030. Other Labour recommendations include:
  • Making every house in the UK energy efficient to reduce heat demand from buildings by almost 25 pct;
  • Providing 85 pct of electricity demand from renewable and low carbon sources;
  • Providing 44 pct of heating demand from renewable sources;
  • A seven-fold increase in offshore wind and a doubling in onshore wind; and
  • Almost tripling solar power.

    Taken together, these measures are expected to provide enough wind and solar power to power 19.5 million homes.

    According to the Labour shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey, man-made climate change represents an "existential threat" and the the UK must do better than the present Conservative government's target of cutting emissions by 80 pct by 2050. (Source: UK Labour Party, Press Association, Westmoreland Gazette, 24 Sep, 2018) Contact: UK Labour Party, https://labour.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  Climate Change,  


  • Amazon Mangroves Key to Carbon Storage, says Study (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-09-26
    In Corvallis, Scientists led by Oregon State University ecologist Prof. J. Boone Kauffman have determined for the first time that the Amazon's waterlogged coastal mangrove forests, which are being clear cut for cattle pastures and shrimp ponds, store significantly more carbon per acre than the region's rainforest.

    The recently released long-term study offers a better understanding of how mangrove deforestation contributes to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming.

    The Brazilian mangrove forest fringes the entirety of the Atlantic Coast at the mouth of the Amazon, the largest river in the world with the largest mangrove forest. Mangroves -- aka Blue Carbon -- represent 0.6 pct of all the world's tropical forests but their deforestation accounts for as much as 12 pct of GHG emissions from all tropical deforestation.

    Partial funding for the study was provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program. (Source: Oregon State University, KTVZ.COM, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Oregon State University, J. Boone Kauffman, Research Leader, www.researchgate.net/profile/John_Kauffman3

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Blue Carbon,  Carbon Sequestration,  Mangrove,  


    Most European Diesels Miss Vehicle Emissions Standards (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-09-24
    According to a new study in the September edition Atmospheric Environment, diesel cars sold by ten major automobile manufacturers in Europe between 2000 and 2015 generate up to 16 times more emissions on the road than in regulatory tests - a level that although not illegal exceeds European limits.

    The study noted that diesel cars in the EU emit considerably more nitrogen oxide (NOx) on the road than the regulatory limits. NOx emissions are known to contribute to ozone formation and various health problems.

    In 2015, diesel cars accounted for 41.3 pct of the total passenger car fleet in Europe. Diesel cars were originally promoted as producing less CO2 emissions compared to petrol engines. An increased awareness of the detrimental of NOx emissions on human health has led to changes in the EU standards on diesel exhausts in an effort to reduce these emissions. (Source: European Scientist, 22 Sept., 2018) Contact: MIT, Prof. Steven Barrett, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, (617) 253-2727, sbarrett@mit.edu, http://barrett.mit.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  NOx,  CO2,  GHGs,  


    Chinese Carbon Emissions Jump 3 pct in H1, 2018 (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2018-09-21
    A study from environmental group Greenpeace notes that in the first two quarters of 2018, China's carbon dioxide emissions rose 3 pct year on year, due primarily to a the country's growing demand for coal and increased steel production.

    Coal demand increased by 3 pct in the first half of 2018 with renewable energy sources unable to keep up with the spiraling demand for power over the period.

    As the world's major GHG producer, China has vowed to bring total emissions to a peak by "around 2030" as part of its commitments to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Some studies have suggested that China's total carbon emissions might already have peaked at a record 9.53 gigatonnes in 2013, with the economy now shifting to less-carbon-intensive high-technology sectors.

    China has been trying to ease its dependence on fossil fuels, and vowed in its latest energy five-year plan to cut the share of coal in its total energy mix from 64 pct in 2015 to 58 pct by the end of the decade. The figure stood at 60.4 pct in 2017. (Source: Economic Times Shanghai, Greenpeace, Reuters, 21 Sept., 2018

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


    Slovenia's CO2, NOx GHG Emissions on the Rise (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2018-09-14
    Reporting from the capital city of Ljubljana, the Slovenian Statistical Office notes the county's CO2 emissions rose by 3.8 pct in 2016 compared to the previous year. A total of 15.2 million tonnes of CO2 was generated in 2016. Nitrogen oxide (NOx)emissions also increased by 4.5 pct. (Source: Slovenian Statistical Office, STA, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Slovenian Statistical Office, +386 1 241 64 00, gp.surs@gov.si, www.stat.si/StatWeb/en


    Blockchain App for Carbon Credit Tokenization (New Prod & Tech)
    IXO Foundation,Gold Standard
    Date: 2018-09-12
    In Zurich, global sustainability finance specialist South Pole Group reports it is partnering with the IXO Foundation, developer of the Blockchain for Impact, and Gold Standard, the benchmark standard for climate and development projects, to develop an application and impact tokens on the IXO protocol to facilitate the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of data for compiling greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and originating carbon credits.

    The application protocol is intended to serve as a means of submitting verified data and automatically issuing certified carbon credits. The aim is to streamline and accelerate the data verification processes for GHG inventory management and carbon credit origination. The application protocol has the potential to reduce MRV costs by up to 10x in comparison to current practices and to allow real-time tracking of GHG inventories and issuance of carbon credits. (Source: South Pole Group, Crypto Land, Sept., 2018) Contact: Gold Standard, Marion Verles, CEO, +41 22 788 7080, www.goldstandard.org; IXO Foundation, Dr. Shaun Conway, Pres., www.ixo.foundation; South Pole, Sophie Smithers Renat Heuberger, CEO and Co-Founder, +41 43 501 35 50, www.southpole.com

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    Trump EPA Proposes Methane Regulations Roll Back (Reg & Leg)
    EPA
    Date: 2018-09-12
    In what many see as Pres. Donald Trump's ongoing effort to discredit his predessor's environmental and climate change track record, the Trump EPA will reportedly relax Obama-era rules regulating methane leaks.

    The Trump EPA is proposing Energy companies be afforded twice as much time to monitor and repair leakages of the harmful greenhouse gas from oil and gas wells -- a move the EPA says would make it easier for companies to comply with regulations. The Interior Department is also expected to release a rule that would end "flaring" methane at drilling sites.

    The new proposal weakens a 2016 Obama administration rule requiring energy companies to conduct leak inspections on their drilling equipment as regularly as every six months. Under the proposed new regulation, companies would perform a leak inspection at least once a year on most facilities, and every two years for low-producing oil and gas wells. Under the old rule, companies would have 30 days to repair methane leaks. The proposed new rule allows 60 days for repairs.(Source: EPA, Various Media, OZY, Presidential Daily Briefing 11 Sept., 2018)

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    Rice Paddies GHG Emissions Higher Than Previously Accepted (Int'l)
    Environmental Defence Fund
    Date: 2018-09-12
    According to a study from the non-profit Environmental Defence Fund (EDF), the amount of unaccounted-for nitrous oxide (N2O) global emissions from rice -- a staple food crop worldwide -- may be as high as the annual climate pollution from about 200 coal power plants and have significant impact on global warming and climate change. N2O is a long-lasting atmospheric pollutant more potent than methane or carbon dioxide CO2).

    The report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences noted that N2O rises when rice fields are allowed to dry before being "wetted" -- intermittent flooding -- for planting. In India alone, where the study took place across five intermittently flooded rice fields, N2O emissions "could be 30-45 times higher than reported under continuous flooding" researchers estimated. Overall, researchers calculated that N2O per hectare (2.5 acres) was three times higher than ever reported by research on intermittently flooded farms before. (Source: Environmental Defence Fund, South China Morning News, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Environmental Defence Fund, www.edf.org

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    Methane Emissions from Biogas Plants Report (Ind. Report)
    IEA Bioenergy
    Date: 2018-09-10
    The attached International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 37 report -- Methane emissions from Biogas Plants - Methods for Measurement, Results and Effect on Greenhouse Gas Balance of Electricity Produced -- addresses methane emissions from biogas applications.

    Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and therefore any fugitive methane emissions from a renewable energy production system are not conducive to reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

    The attached IEA Bioenergy report addresses: methods used for emission quantification; presents selected results of measurements; proposes mitigation measures; and puts methane emissions in a context of a standard greenhouse gas balance.

    Download the Methane Emissions from Biogas Plants report HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, 2018) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org, www.ieabioenergy.com

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    Learning to Use the Land so it Produces Fewer Greenhouse Gases (Ind. Report Attached)
    Global Environment Facility
    Date: 2018-09-05

    "Agriculture and forestry are a major source of greenhouse gases, contributing 20 -- 24 pct of all emissions. Livestock, fertilizers and burning biomass all produce greenhouse gases such as methane, nitrous oxide or carbon dioxide, or a combination of these and other gases. Deforestation and forest degradation are also major sources. However, agriculture and forestry can also act as carbon sinks -- plants take up carbon dioxide as they grow and store carbon in the soils. Land use is therefore part of the solution," according to the report.

    The 2016-2019 project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UN Environment was designed to help land management projects to evaluate their 'carbon benefits'. These can accrue in different land-use scenarios and ecosystems across the globe.

    Download Learning to Use the Land so it Produces Fewer Greenhouse Gases report details HERE. (Source: UN Environment, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: UN Environment, www.unenvironment.org; GEF, www.thegef.org

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    Trump's New Affordable Clean Energy Rule Fast Facts (Reg. & Leg.)
    Clean Power Plan
    Date: 2018-08-29
    On August 21, 2018, the U.S. EPA proposed the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule which would establish emission guidelines for states to develop plans to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

    The ACE rule would replace the 2015 (Obama administration) Clean Power Plan (CPP) which EPA has proposed to repeal because it "exceeded EPA's authority." The CPP was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court and has never gone into effect.

    The ACE rule has several components: a determination of the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for GHG emissions from coal-fired power plants, a list of "candidate technologies" states can use when developing their plans, a new preliminary applicability test for determining whether a physical or operational change made to a power plant may be a "major modification" triggering New Source Review, and new implementation regulations for emission guidelines under Clean Air Act section 111(d). The EPA notes that with CO2 emissions steadily declining:

  • EPA projects that, compared to a no CPP scenario, the ACE rule will reduce CO2 emissions in 2025 by between 13 and 30 million short tons, resulting in $1.6 billion in monetized domestic climate benefits;
  • EPA estimates that the ACE rule could reduce 2030 CO2 emissions by an amount equivalent to the annual emissions of up to 5 million cars. The rule could also reduce co-pollutant emissions by up to 2 pct.;
  • These illustrative scenarios suggest that when states have fully implemented the ACE rule, U.S. power sector CO2 emissions could be around 34 pct below 2005 levels;
  • CO2 emissions in the power sector have steadily declined in recent years due to a range of factors including market forces, technology improvements, regulatory and policy changes. As a result, the industry has increased the use of natural gas and renewable energy sources;
  • These trends have resulted in CO2 emission reductions even as the U.S. has sustained economic growth and job gains across the economy without the (Obama) Clean Power Plan ever going into effect;
  • The (Trump) ACE rule will continue this trend;
  • The power sector emitted roughly 1.9 billion tons of CO2 in 2017, compared to 2.7 billion tons in 2005 -- a 28 pct decrease.
  • Approximately 600 coal-fired electric generating units at 300 facilities could be covered by the ACE rule.

    According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. leads the world in reducing CO2 emissions with U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions falling by 14 pct between 2005 to 2017, with coal-related CO2 emissions down 39 pct over that period. During that time, global energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 21 pct.

    More information and additional fact sheets along with copies of the proposed rule and accompanying Regulatory Impact Analysis are available HERE, www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-08/documents/ace_trends.pdf. (Source: US EPA, EIA, 27 Aug., 2018)

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  • ACE Touts Low Carbon Corn Ethanol Benefits (Ind. Report)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2018-08-20
    The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is reporting the release of its White Paper -- The Case for Properly Valuing the Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol.

    The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was enacted, in part, to drive innovation and production of low carbon biofuels that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and as a result the program has replaced 10 pct of petroleum in the U.S. transportation fleet with carbon-friendly fuel. However, the EPA has yet to update its original corn ethanol GHG assessments of a decade ago to reflect today's significant GHG reduction benefits, the report says.

    "The ACE White Paper makes a compelling case that lifecycle GHG modeling must reflect the latest science if low carbon fuel programs are to achieve their desired results. The Great Plains Institute agrees there is a huge opportunity for existing corn ethanol plants to lower their carbon footprint through innovative technology and updated lifecycle modeling," said Brendan Jordan, VP of the Great Plains Institute.

    Download the full The Case for Properly Valuing the Low Carbon Benefits of Corn Ethanol White Paper HERE. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanoll, Aug., 2018) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, Ron Lamberty, VP, (605) 334-3381, https://ethanol.org; Great Plains Institute, (512) 278-7150, www.betterenergy.org

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    Fluence, Saulte Ste. Marie PUC Partner for Major Business Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
    Fluence
    Date: 2018-08-15
    In Ontario, the City of Sault Ste. Marie's designated electricity local distribution company PUC Distribution, and its operating affiliate PUC Services, report they are partnering with global energy storage specialist Fluence to offer innovative energy management solutions to their largest business customers. The partnership should result in both energy cost savings and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Fluence, which is jointly owned by Siemens and the AES Corporation, will work with PUC Services to help better manage energy delivery during peak demand, while contributing to Canadian carbon reduction mandates. The company will also provide their energy storage technology and accompanying engineering, procurement and construction services for a variety of energy management solutions.

    Together the companies will focus on helping business customers to shift their energy consumption away from periods of high demand to those times when energy use is lower. This effort supports the government of Canada's target to reduce GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2050 relative to 2005 levels. (Source: Sault OnLine, Aug., 2018)Contact: Fluence, www.fluenceenergy.com; PUC Services, Rob Brewer, CEO, (705) 759-6500, www.ssmpuc.com

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    UM Initiative Aims to Convert GHGs into Profitable Products (R&D)
    University of Michigan,CO2 Sciences
    Date: 2018-08-13
    In Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan is touting its Global CO2 Initiative aimed at removing carbon dioxide from the air and turning it into useful products. The initiative is funded with up to $4.5 million -- a maximum of $2.5 million in seed funding from Michigan Engineering and an additional $2 million in other fundraising commitments. The initiative aims to reduce the equivalent of 10 pct of current atmospheric CO2 emissions annually by 2030 -- approximately 4 gigatons that could potentially be converted into concrete and other construction materials, fuels, and carbon fiber.

    The Global CO2 Initiative combines the assets of the San Francisco nonprofit CO2 Sciences with what was previously the Beyond Carbon Neutral initiative at the U-M Energy Institute. While both endeavors aimed to accelerate the rate at which carbon dioxide is removed from the air, CO2 Sciences worked to find uses for that extracted greenhouse gas. The board of CO2 Sciences elected to donate its assets to U-M in order to leverage its resources and ecosystem.

    The initiative aims to drive the development of technologies that can capture and convert CO2 into a commodity -- providing commercial incentives to lower the concentration in the atmosphere.

    As a first step, the initiative will deploy, for free download, a first-of-its-kind toolkit that establishes a common model for assessing the climate and economic impacts of different technologies in the carbon conversion industry, as well as of CO2-based products themselves. The Life Cycle Analysis and Techno-Economic Analysis Toolkit (LCA/TEA) was developed in collaboration with institutions from around the world and to evaluate technologies for a global market. It is designed to help researchers and industry evaluate which carbon removal approaches or carbon-based products are most promising. The toolkit's initial partners include: the Technical University of Berlin, the University of Sheffield, RWTH Aachen and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. U-M is continuing to expand funding commitments and research partners for this initiative. The $2.5 million in seed funding from Michigan Engineering is part of its new Blue Sky Initiative designed to encourage daring research with high potential for societal impact. (Source: University of Michigan, Michigan News, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan, Volker Sick, Global CO2 Initiative Lead, www.globalco2initiative.org; CO2 Sciences, www.co2science.org

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    Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    C40 Cities
    Date: 2018-08-13
    According to Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities, a study funded by C40, an international coalition of cities seeking to fight climate change and promote better environmental policy, has found the carbon footprint of big cities was larger than previously estimated, when all the products and services a city uses are included.

    The report notes the difference between "consumer" cities such as New York and Paris, which have shrunken industrial sectors and lower local emissions, and "producer cities" in high manufacturing regions such as southeast Asia, which generate a lot of local pollution creating goods used elsewhere. This new calculus also showcases the value of local purchasing and food production.

    The report points to strategies that can be used to cut consumption emissions, including smarter purchasing, buying local, and reducing waste. Food policy can make a big difference. Cities can also focus more on retrofitting older building to conserve power. Download the Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities report HERE. (Source: C40, Curbed, 2018) Contact: C40, Mark Watts, Exec. Dir., contact@c40.org, www.c40.org

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    Little Crested Butte ID's Major Greenhouse Gas Emitter (Ind. Report)
    GHG
    Date: 2018-08-10
    In Colorado, in an effort to address carbon emissions climate change, the town of Crested Bute (pop. 1,600) has compiled a baseline inventory of the community's greenhouse gas emissions . The inventory is intended to identify emission sources and make the community more sustainable in terms of energy use. Addressing ways to reduce emissions generated from electrical use in Crested Butte buildings appears to be a starting point.

    The town's inventory ,was complied by Dr. Abel Chavez, director of the Community Solutions Incubation and Innovation (CS21) Lab of Western State Colorado University, compiled the inventory and associated report. The report noted that Crested Butte's footprint is "pretty average and in line with most of the United States in terms of metric tons of carbon dioxide produced."

    The town emits an estimated 51,000 metric tpy CO2, 48 pct of which is from electric power consumption. (Source: Town of Crested Butte, Crested Butte News, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Town of Crested Butte, Jessie Earley, Building Dept, (970) 349-5338, www.crestedbutte-co.gov

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    EPA Approves Sorghum Oil as Biodiesel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuel Standard ,National Sorghum Producers
    Date: 2018-07-27
    In Washington, the US EPA reports the issuance of a final notice determining biodiesel and heating oil produced from distillers sorghum oil via a transesterification process, and renewable diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, naphtha, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) produced from distillers sorghum oil via a hydrotreating process, would meet the lifecycle GHG emissions reduction threshold of 50 pct required for advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.

    The analysis considered a scenario where distillers sorghum oil is recovered from distillers grains with solubles (DGS) at dry mill plants that produce biofuel from grain sorghum and where the remaining reduced-oil DGS co-product is used as animal feed. The distillers sorghum oil is then used as a feedstock for conversion into certain biofuels.

    Additionally, the EPA is amending the RFS regulations by adding a new definition of "distillers sorghum oil" and replacing existing references to "non-food grade corn oil" with the newly defined term "distillers corn oil." (Source: EPA, National Sorghum Producers, Green Car Congress, 25 July, 2018) Contact: National Sorghum Producers, (806) 749-3478, info@sorghumgrowers.com, www.sorghumgrowers.com

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    Notable Quotes Worth Noting

    Date: 2018-07-25
    "To the Trump administration -- make no mistake about it -- we are ready to use every legal tool at our disposal to protect the current vehicle emission standards. The stakes are high for our families' health, the environment, and our economic prosperity." -- Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General responding to reports the Trump administration will propose stripping California's Clean Air Act waiver and authority to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions. Contact:Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General oag.ca.gov.

    "(If the Trump administration revokes California's Clean Air Act waiver) there is no question that California will immediately sue. I suspect that California has had a draft suit in its back pocket since the Trump administration began signaling that it might travel this route a few months ago. The lawsuit would further put automakers in regulatory limbo, possibly for years, while the Trump administration battles California in court." -- Belynda Reck, a Reed Smith environmental and products liability law. Contact: Reed Smith, www.reedsmith.com. (Source: Recorder, Various Other Media, 23 July, 2018)

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    GHG Emitter Lobbyists Outspend Greens 10 to One, says Study (Int'l)
    GHG
    Date: 2018-07-20
    According to Drexel University's Dr. Robert Brulle, lobby groups have spent more than $2 billion over the past 20 years in their efforts to influence climate change legislation in the US. The vast majority of this money has come from groups that stand to lose out from limits on carbon emissions -- the electrical utilities sector, fossil fuel companies and transportation.

    The electric utilities sector spent over $500 million followed closely by the fossil fuel sector at $370 million and the transportation sector at around $250 million. (Source: Climatic Change Journal, Independent UK, 19 July, 2018) Contact: Drexel University, Dr. Robert Brulle, drexel.edu/now/experts/Overview/brulle-robert

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    Kontrol Energy, Canyon Eng. Ink Reseller Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Kontrol Energy, Canyon Engineering Solutions
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Energy analytics software specialist Kontrol Energy Corp. is confirming a value-added reseller (VAR) agreement with New York State-based energy efficiency service and solutions provider Canyon Engineering Solutions.

    Through its real-time energy monitoring and smart algorithms, the Kontrol energy analytics technology provides deep energy savings through optimization, improves energy asset performance and can extend energy asset useful life.

    Kontrol Energy Corp. provides market-based energy solutions designed to reduce overall energy costs and a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. (Source: Kontrol Energy, PR, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Kontrol Energy, Paul Ghezzi, CEO , www.kontrolenergy.com; Canyon Engineering Inc | LinkedIn https://ca.linkedin.com/company/canyon-engineering-inc

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    NWT Touts Planned Carbon Pricing Proposal (Ind. Report)
    Northwest Territories
    Date: 2018-07-13
    In Yellowknife, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), a signatory to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, is touting its planned approach to implementing carbon pricing in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Some of the key components of the NWT approach to carbon pricing include:
  • Introducing a NWT carbon tax on fuels effective July 1, 2019 based on $20/tonne of GHG emissions. This would increase annually to $50/tonne;

  • Excluding aviation fuel from carbon pricing;

  • Rebating 100 pct of the carbon tax for heating fuel for most residents, businesses, and government;

  • Enhancing benefit programs to offset the impact of carbon pricing on NWT families through benefits that will be delivered through the Canada Revenue Agency on behalf of the GNWT;

  • Rebating the NWT Power Corporation for carbon tax payments related to fuel needed to produce electricity, in order to ensure electricity rates do not increase;

  • Establishing rebate program for large GHG emitters to partly offset the impact of carbon pricing and to incent investments to reduce GHG emissions;

  • Investing in GNWT initiatives that reduce emissions and address climate change as identified in the 2030 Energy Plan and NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework.

    The results of the federal-territorial analysis of the impact on carbon pricing in the NWT and the results of the public engagement on carbon pricing completed by the GNWT can be found HERE. (Source: Government of the Northwest Territories, Todd Sasaki, Senior Communications Officer, (867) 767-9151 ext. 14032, todd_sasaki@gov.nt.ca, www.gov.nt.ca

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  • Winnipeg Univ. Demos Urban Biomass Pellet Heating (Ind. Report)
    University of Winnipeg
    Date: 2018-07-03
    On the Canadian prairies, the University of Winnipeg (enrollment 9,360) in Manitoba reports it will convert its oil-fired heat and power production to woody biomass pellets this fall.

    Last fall the city center university installed two 100-kilowatt biomass boilers as supplementary heating sources and as a demonstration project in a partnership with Manitoba Hydro's Bioenergy Optimization Program. The university's sustainability and GHG reduction strategy includes a goal of 5 pct of total campus energy usage coming from renewable sources by 2025.

    The system is expected to use about 170 tpy of locally sourced pellets. (Source: University of Winnipeg, Manitoba-Cooperator, 26 May, 2018) Contact: University of Winnipeg, www.uwinnipeg.ca; Manitoba Hydro Bioenergy Optimization Program, www.hydro.mb.ca/your_business/bioenergy_optimization/index.shtm

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    Korean Steelmakers Face Heavy CO2 Emissions Cuts (Int'l)
    South Korean Ministry of Environment
    Date: 2018-07-03
    In Sejong City, the Korea Times is reporting the South Korean Ministry of Environment's recent plan to revise its 2016 roadmap for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions is weighing heavily on the country's steel makers, refiners and other big energy consuming industries.

    The Ministry's revised greenhouse gas emissions roadmap promised to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 37 pct from its business-as-usual levels by 2030 following signing of the Paris Climate Agreement the previous year. To that end, Korea should reduce 315 million tons of emissions, while it is expected to emit 851 million tons for 2030 without any reduction efforts.

    Under the previous roadmap, industries were supposed to cut emissions by 11.7 pct compared with 2030 BAU of 481 million tons, but the revision raised their target to 20.5 pct. They will have to cut 98.6 million tons of emissions, up from the previous 56.4 million tons. (Source: South Korean Ministry of Environment, Korea Times, 2 July, 2018) Contact: South Korean Ministry of Environment, http://eng.me.go.kr/eng/web/index.do?menuId=50

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    15 Swedish private companies account for 8 % of Sweden’s decrease in GHG emissions since 2010

    Date: 2018-07-03
    + The Haga Initiative is a network of companies with the aim of reducing carbon emissions from the business sector and highlighting the climate issue by showing that ambitious climate strategies lead to business advantages and improve profitability reports that 15 Initiative member companies have contributed with a decrease of emissions equivalent to approximately eight percent of Sweden’s total decrease between 2010 and 2017. Nine of the member companies have already reached the target of reducing emissions by 40 percent until 2020. The Haga Initiative has managed to decrease emissions while increasing profitability. . The Haga Initiative , which was initiated in 2010 by eight well known companies has been working towards the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent until 2020. At the time, the pledge was ambitious, however the pace of reductions has been much faster than anticipated and a majority of the companies have already reached the target. The Haga Initiative’s new goal sets the target at zero net emissions by 2030. Nine out of 15 companies have already reached the goal.

    The average member company in the Haga Initiative has decreased its GHG emissions by 47 percent while increasing turnover by 10.4 percent. This includes the companies’ own operations, purchased energy and business travels since each company’s base year. In total, 14 out of 15 companies have decreased their absolute emissions compared to base year. (Source: New Europe, 2 July, 2018) Nina Ekelund, executive director, the Haga initiative.


    JLL Surpasses Emissions, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability Targets (Ind. Report)
    JLL
    Date: 2018-06-29
    In its just released Global Sustainability Report, Chicago commercial real estate services provider JLL Inc. reported exceeding carbon emission reduction goals within its corporate offices and committing to set a Science Based Target by 2020. Reductions achieved on a per corporate office employee basis included a drop in building-related greenhouse gas emissions by 15 pct -- vs a 10 pct target -- building-related energy consumption by 12 pct and rented area by 10 pct.

    JLL exceeded its existing targets at the end of 2017, and reported annual performance highlights including:

  • $82 million in estimated U.S. client project savings through energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions by roughly the equivalent of removing 77,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year;
  • 452,000 metric tons of CO2e averted by advising on renewable energy projects saving seven times the amount of energy the firm uses in its own buildings across the world; and
  • 225 sustainable building certifications for clients.

    The new targets established in the Building a Better Tomorrow program include:

  • adopt a common sustainable procurement framework globally by 2020:
  • set a Science Based Target for JLL's global emission reductions, with interim goals including:
  • reduce building-related GHG emissions per corporate office employee by 2 pct per annum from 2017 to 2019; and
  • reduce building-related energy consumption per corporate office employee by 2 pct per annum from 2017 to 2019.

    JLL will also strengthen partnerships with various external organizations, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact, Green Building Councils, and others.

    According to UN estimates, real estate accounts for about 40 pct of the world's energy consumption and a third of all carbon emissions. (Source: JLL, PR, June, 2018) Contact: JLL, Christian Ulbrich, CEO,

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  • Seoul, Guangzhou, NYC Top Largest Carbon Footprints List (Int'l)
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Date: 2018-06-27
    The Chinese city of Guangzhou -- fka Canton -- has the second highest carbon footprint of cities worldwide, according to a new study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. With a population of approximately 14 million, Guangzhou emits an estimated 272.0 metric tpy of carbon dioxide.

    Only Seoul, with a population of 21 million, surpasses Guangzhou with an output of 276.1 metric tpy of GHGs. New York City, with 13.6 million people, holds third place at 233.5 metric tpy.

    Of the 13,000 cities included in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology study, 100 cities were found to be responsible for 18 pct of the world's total carbon emissions.

    Download research findings, including an interactive map and data tables HERE. (Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, That's China, 26 June, 2018)Contact: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Daniel Moran, Study Lead Author, +47 73 59 50 00, www.ntnu.edu

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    Study Finds Crop Rotation Reduces GHG Emissions (R&D Report)
    University of Illinois
    Date: 2018-06-25
    A University of Illinois - Urbana study conducted at the Northwestern Illinois Ggricultural Research and Demonstration Center has found that rotating crops increases yield and lowers greenhouse gas emissions compared to the continuous planting of either corn or soybean.

    Gevan Behnke, research specialist and doctoral candidate in University of Illinois' Department of Crop Sciences, compared greenhouse gas emissions from fields that had been maintained as continuous single crop planting, rotated corn-soybean or rotated corn-soybean-wheat planting and no-till management, for 20 years.

    Comparing the corn phase of a corn-soybean rotation to continuous corn showed an increased yield and a cumulative reduction in nitrous oxide emissions of approximately 35 pct. Nitrous oxide (N2O) is an extremely potent greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential almost 300 times higher than carbon dioxide. Tillage did not impact greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: University of Illinois, Farm & Field, 22 June, 2018) Contact: University of Illinois - Urbana, University of Illinois' Department of Crop Sciences, Gevan Behnke, (217) 333-3420, https://cropsciences.illinois.edu

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    Nat. Gas Methane Leaks Surpass Previous Estimates (Ind. Report)
    NOAA
    Date: 2018-06-25
    A 10-year National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global Monitoring Division study of the U.S. oil and gas industry has found that leaks of potent greenhouse gas methane -- the main ingredient in natural gas -- amounting to 13 million metric tpy. is 60 pct higher than the EPA's previously estimated 8 million metric tpy.

    In comparison, the environmental effect of methane leaks in 2015 reached the same level of the climate impact of carbon dioxide emissions from all U.S. coal-fired power plants combined in the same year.

    Essentially, the amount of methane loss due to leakage would have been enough to power 10 million homes, and calls into question claims that natural gas is friendlier to the environment than the use of coal fuels.

    Methane is as much as 80 times more harmful to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide and can contribute about 25 pct to global warming, and its effect can last over the first 20 years after being released. The study was published in the journal Science on June 21. (Source: NOAA, Inosurhoy, 23 June, 2018)Contact: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Benjamin Friedman, (301) 713-1208, www.noaa.gov

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