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Global Biomass Pellet Market -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Biomass
Date: 2018-06-18
The Global Biomass Pellet Market research report from QY investigates both historical data and current advancements in the market to provide map a reasonable trajectory of the biomass pellet market for an unbiased overview of the biomass pellet market.

The report includes market trends, essential variables, difficulties, opportunities, and future market development and prospects. The report also tracks the emerging applications, innovative technologies, and mergers & acquisitions.

According to the report, key players include: German Pellets, Enviva, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group, Pacific BioEnergy Corporation, Vyborgskaya Cellulose, Rentech, Graanul Invest Group, RWE Innogy, Lignetics, E-pellet, Drax Biomass, General Biofuels, BlueFire Renewables, Pfeifer Group. Geographis areas covered include: Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Middle-East & Africa and North America.

Pellet biofuels are made from a wide variety of compressed organic matter -- biomass including industrial waste and co-products, food waste, agricultural residues, energy crops, and virgin lumber. The factors driving the growth of the market include low GHG emission from biomass, increased government initiatives for renewable technologies, need for constant energy supply and massive untapped biomass potential.

Global Biomass Pellet Market report details are available HERE. (Source: QY Reports, Pr, June, 2018) Contact: QY Reports, +91-9764607607, sales@qyreports.com, www.qyreports.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Scholars Lauded for Sounding Climate Change Alarm (Int'l)
Mopntreal Protocol
Date: 2018-06-18
In Taipei, Taiwan, the Tang Prize reports Dr. James E. Hansen, former Director of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Council of Pontifical Academy of Sciences are co-recipients of the 2018 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development for their pioneering work on climate change and its impact on the sustainability of the earth. Their works lay the scientific foundation for international actions as the Paris Climate Agreement and the new global development-Agenda 2030.

In 1988, then Director of NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies, he famously announced in televised testimony before the US Congress that "global warming is here," as the observed temperature record exhibited an anomalous rise above the statistical noise of natural fluctuations. Dr. Hansen's testimony "was an important turning point in the history of global climate change."

In 1975, Indian-born Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Victor C. Alderson Professor in Applied Ocean Sciences, UC San Diego, noted the significant greenhouse effects of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halocarbons, particularly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used as refridgerants and in manufacturing. This was a significant indication that showed how gases not only CO2 but such as CFCs that deplete the ozone layer could have ramifications for climate. This finding was also at the core of future negotiations for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the ozone layer that followed in 1987. The Montreal Protocol benefits both the ozone layer and the climate system. Its effectiveness is much greater than the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol.

The Tang Prize, founded in 2012 by Dr. Samuel Yin, chairman of Ruentex Group, seeks to be an inspiring force for people working in all corners of the world. (Source: Source: Tang Prize Foundation, PR, 17 June, 2018) Contact: Tang Prize Foundation, Scarlett Tu, thetangmedia@tang-prize.org, www.tang-prize.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  GHGs,  Montral Accord,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


SBTi Approves IKEA's 80 pct Emissions Cutting Target (Ind. Report)
Science-Based Targets Initiative
Date: 2018-06-15
One of the world's largest home furnishings retailer, the Ikea Group , reports it aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its 363 stores in 29 markets as well as its supply and value chains by 80 pct by 2030 against a 2016 baseline, as approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

The new plan for 2030 additionally sets targets of slashing GHG emissions from customer and employee travel and customer deliveries in half, while achieving a minimum 15 pct reduction in absolute terms across the Group's value chain. In a statement, the company added that if the targets are met, they will represent a 70 pct reduced carbon footprint on the average product. (Source: IKEA, edie newsroom, 15 June, 2018) Contact: Ikea Group, Pia Heidenmark-Cook, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.ikea.com; Science-Based Targets Initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IKEA,  Carbon Emissions,  Science-Based Targets Initiative,  


States Act Against EPA Over Landfill Methane Rules Delays (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
Methane, EPA
Date: 2018-06-13
The AGs from eight states plus the Pennsylvania DEP have together filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the US EPA for its alleged failure to implement the Obama administration's 2016 municipal landfill emissions guidelines in accordance with the timeline mandated by the Clean Air Act (CAA).

The complaints are asking the court to issue a mandatory injunction compelling the EPA to implement and enforce the emissions guidelines without further delay.

The guidelines for existing landfills and the jointly issued New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) were revised primarily to control methane emissions that contribute to climate change.

The EPA estimated that the two rules will reduce methane emissions by approximately 330,000 metric tons -- with a global warming potential equivalent to 8.2 million metric tpy of CO2 by 2025. That is roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of 1.8 million cars on the road. (Source: Various Media, EPA, EHS Daily Advisor, 12 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHGs,  Emissions,  EPA,  Landfill Gas,  


Caesars Commits to 95 pct Carbon Emissions Cut (Ind. Report)
Science Based Target initiative
Date: 2018-06-08
In the Silver State, Las Vegas-based casino operator Caesars Entertainment Corporation reports it has set "science based" company-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets aligned with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

The SBTi is a collaboration among CDP (f.k.a. Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are considered "science-based" if they are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below two degrees C compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

Caesars Entertainment has committed to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions 30 pct by 2025, and 95 pct by 2050 from a 2011 base year. Since 2011, Caesars has reduced its total GHG emissions by 22.9 pct. (Source: Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Hotel Business, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Caesars Entertainment Corporation, www.caesarscorporate.com; Science Based Target initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Target initiative,  Carbon Emissions ,  


UNL Setting Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals (Ind. Report)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date: 2018-06-06
In the Corn Husker State, University of Nebraska-Lincoln UNL) emitted 182,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2016, according to data reported to the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System -- a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. According to STARS, UNL has maintained the smallest carbon footprint among Big Ten Conference institutions.

UNL electric power consumption has dropped from 240,000 Btu in 1997 to 146,000 Btu last year, even as square footage was added to campus, student enrollment grew, and more faculty conducted research. Much of the energy reduction is the result of investments in higher-efficiency heating and cooling units, lighting and heating room occupancy sensors, the shuttering of the school's coal fired coal-fired power and central heating plant, a push for greater use of renewable energy and other improvements and initiatives. (Source: UNL, Journal Star, 5 June, 2018) Contact: UNL, Lalit Agarwal, Director Utility and Energy Management, (402)472-4375, lalit@unl.edu, www.unl.edu Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, https://stars.aashe.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


Irish GHG Levels Rise with Dairy Ind. Expansion (Int'l Report)
Ireland EPA
Date: 2018-06-04
In Dublin, Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reporting that the country's total GHG emissions will increase from current levels to 2020, despite an EU target to cut emissions by 20 pct on 2005 levels from the non-Emissions Trading Scheme (non-ETS) sector -- agriculture, transport, residential, commercial, non-energy intensive industry and waste.

According to the latest projections, Ireland will only achieve a 1 pct reduction in emissions despite a targeted 30 pct reduction of emissions compared to 2005, with binding annual limits over the 2021-2030 period. These latest projections indicate that Ireland will exceed the allowable carbon budget implied by those limits by between 47--52Mt over the period, even assuming the allowed-for flexibilities are fully used.

The latest EPA projections show that increasing fossil fuel consumption and an expanding dairy and agriculture sector are leading to increased emissions. In particular:

  • Energy industry emissions -- electric power generation -- are projected to grow strongly from 2020 to 2025 as a result of an expansion of co-firing of peat and biomass;
  • Transport emissions are projected to increase from current levels by 17-18 pct by 2020 and by 17-20 pct by 2030. A decline in emissions is projected from 2025 to 2030, resulting from an acceleration in the number of electric vehicles on Irish roads;
  • Agriculture emissions are projected to increase by between 3-4 pct by 2020 and 6-7 pct by 2030 on current levels based on an expansion of animal numbers, particularly for the dairy herd. (Source: Ireland EPA, May, 2018) Contact: Ireland EPA, Dr. Eimear Cotter, Director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability, +44 053 916 0600, www.epa.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  


  • Wyoming Univ. CCS Project Wins CarbonSAFE Funding (Funding, R&D)
    Basiin Electric, University of Wyoming,
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In Laramie, the University of Wyoming (UW) is reporting receipt of $9.77 million in US DOE funding for a two-year, $12.25 million project to determine the feasibility of establishing a commercial-scale geological storage complex for carbon dioxide (CO2) in Wyoming.In addition to the $9.77 million federal grant, cost-sharing contributions from the partners will total about $2.47 million.

    For the project, UW, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), and other partners aim to demonstrate that over 50 million metric tons of CO2 could be stored underground near Basin Electric's 385-mw Dry Fork Station near Gillette.

    The grant for the project comes from the DOE's Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) initiative, which seeks to help mitigate CO2 emissions from consumption of fossil fuels. (Source: University of Wyoming, 25 May, 2018) Contact: University of Wyoming, Carbon Management Institute , Scott Quillinan, Project Manager, (307) 766-1121, www.uwyo.edu; Basin Electric Power, Paul Sukut, CEO, Matt Greek, Snr. VP Technology R&D, (701) 223-0441, www.basinelectric.com; DOE Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise , www.instrumentl.com/grants/carbon-storage-assurance-facility-enterprise-carbonsafe-storage-complex-facility DOE CarbonSAFE details, www.ieaghg.org/docs/General_Docs/Publications/Information_Papers/2017-IP47.pdf

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Basin Electric,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Storage,  CarbonSAFE,  CCS,  Basin Electric,  


    EU's GHGs Dip While Transport Emission Rise (Int'l Report)
    European Environment Agency
    Date: 2018-06-01
    According to the European Environment Agency's (EEA) Annual European Union Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2016 total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) decreased by 0.4 pct in 2016. The slight drop is attributed to the use of less coal for electric power and heat despite an increase in transport emissions for the third consecutive year.

    From 1990 to 2016, the EU has reduced its net greenhouse gas emissions by 22.4 pct , surpassing its 20 pct reduction target by 2020. These figures include emissions from international aviation, which are covered by EU targets but not accounted in national totals under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

    Emissions in the residential and commercial sector also increased because the winter of 2016 was slightly colder than the winter of 2015.

    EU greenhouse gas emissions have decreased since 1990 as a combined result of policies, economic factors and, on average, milder winters, the EEA analysis shows. The largest emission cuts have been made in the energy sector, due to energy efficiency improvements, an increased use of renewables and a less carbon intensive mix of fossil fuels -- more gas, less coal and oil. (Source: European Environment Agency, May, 2018) Contact: European Environment Agency, www.eea.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Environment Agency,  EU Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Dutch Gov. Appealing 2015 GHG Reduction Ruling (Int'l Report)
    Netherlands, GHG
    Date: 2018-05-30
    At the Hague, the Dutch government reports it has appealed a 2015 court ruling which ordered it to slash greenhouse gases by 40 pct over 1990 levels by 2020. The 2015 ruling came as a result of environmental rights group Urgenda's effort to force a national reduction of emissions blamed for global warming.

    The Dutch government's appeal of the 2015 court ruling, challenges the "extent of judges' control over the future policies of the state". A ruling in the case is expected in the coming months.

    In related news, the Dutch government has announced it intended to close two of its oldest coal-fire plants by 2025. Three remaining coal plants will also be closed no later then by 2030. The Netherlands is committed to cut its CO2 emissions by 49 pct by 2030. (Source: Various Media, Space Daily, 28 May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissionst,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Exxon Mobil Commits to 15 pct Methane Emission Cut (Ind. Report)
    Exxon Mobil
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Irving, Texas-headquartered petroleum and energy giant Exxon Mobil reports it is committing to new targets to reduce its worldwide methane emissions by 15 pct by 2020, compared to 2016 levels. The commitment includes reducing its natural gas flaring by 25 pct during the same timeframe.

    While much of the emission reductions will occur in Exxon Mobil's onshore shale operations in the U.S., the most dramatic declines will be in West Africa, the company claims.

    The energy sector -- including oil and coal -- is the largest source of U.S. methane emissions, which are a major contributor to the planet's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. DOE. (Source: ExxonMobil, Houston Chronicle, Others, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon Mobil ,  Methane,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  


    Global CO2 Emissions Pricing Schemes Worth $82Bn, says World Bank Report (Int'l. Report)
    World Bank
    Date: 2018-05-23
    In a just released report, the World Bank pegs the value of global schemes to put a price on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and designed to reduce greenhouse gases blamed for global warming at $82 billion, as compared to $52 billion in 2017. The report estimates that 25 emission trading schemes and 26 carbon taxes initiatives worldwide cover 11 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, or 20 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions.

    "Looking ahead, this trend is set to continue, as indicated by some of the jurisdictions which are planning carbon price increases," the World Bank report says. "This includes emerging carbon pricing initiatives, which are launching at relatively low price levels, with the intention of scaling up over time," the report added.

    Governments raised around $33 billion in carbon pricing revenues in 2017, compared with $22 billion the previous year, the report said. (Source: World Bank, Economic Times India, 22 May, 2018) Contact: World Bank, John Roome, (202) 473-3373, http://www.worldbank.org/en/about/people/j/john-roome

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  CO2,  GHG,  World Bank,  


    DRAX Power Piloting Europe's First Biomass CCS Project (Int'l)
    DRAX,C-Capture
    Date: 2018-05-21
    In the UK, DRAX Power reports it will pilot the first Bioenergy Carbon Capture Storage (BECCS) project of its kind in Europe at its biomass-fired power station in North Yorkshire. For the demonstration project, DRAX will partner with Leeds-based C-Capture and invest £ 400,000 in what could be the first of several pilot projects. C-Capture is a spin-out from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Leeds, established through funding from IP Group.

    BECCS is important to the climate change fight because the technology will remove the greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the atmosphere at the same time as electricity is produced and not contribute to climate change. A 2016 report by the Energy Technology Institute (ETI) suggests that by the 2050s BECCS could deliver roughly 55 million tpy of net negative emissions in the UK -- almost half the nation's emissions target. (Source: DRAX Power, The Business Desk, 21 May, 2018) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; C-Capture, Chris Rayner, founder of C-Capture and Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Leeds, www.c-capture.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Biomass,  CCS,  


    Cadent Gas Advancing UK's First Large-Scale Hydrogen Network (Int'l)
    Cadent Gas
    Date: 2018-05-18
    In the UK, Coventry-headquartered gas distribution giant Cadent reports it will invest over £900 million to develop a large scale hydrogen network to supply more than 10 major industries and refineries in the North West of England.

    Cadent claims the pipeline project will help cut the carbon emission by 1 million tpy, roughly equivalent of taking 600,000 vehicles off the road. Reports reveal that at the Cheshire-based new plant, hydrogen will be produced from natural gas using steam methane reformation methods with carbon capture and storage (CCS). (Source: Cadent Gas, AlgosOnline, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Cadent Gas, https://cadentgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cadent,  Hydrogen,  CCS,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions ,  


    Partners Developing Carbon-Free Aluminium Smelting (Ind. Report)
    Apple, RioTinto,Alcoa
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In Canada, IT giant Apple Inc. reports it is partnering with aluminium producers Alcoa Corp. and Rio Tinto Group to develop a new aluminum-making process that eliminates greenhouse gas emissions.

    The partnership, which will receive initial funding of $188 million (Cdn) ($US147 million), will be based in Montreal and have a research facility in Quebec's Saguenay region. Apple will invest $10 million in the project while Alcoa and Rio-Tino will invest $43 million between them. The Governments of Canada and the Province of Quebec will add an additional $94 million.

    The GHG emission reduction will be achieved by the replacement of a carbon anode -- which is normally burnt during the smelting process -- with an "advanced conductive material" that releases oxygen rather than carbon dioxide. The technology is still in development but expected to be available in 2024.

    (Source: Apple, Financial Post, Others, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Rio Tinto Canada, www.riotinto.com/canada; Alcoa, www.alcoa.com; Apple, www.apple.com/ca/contact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  GHG Emissions,  Apple,  Alcoa,  RioTinto ,  


    Methane GHG "Feedback Loop" Discovered in Freshwater Lakes (R&D)
    Cambridge University
    Date: 2018-05-07
    A new Cambridge University study of chemical reactions that occur when organic matter decomposes in freshwater reports that the debris from trees suppresses production of the greenhouse gas methane while debris from plants found in reed beds actually promotes methane. The report notes that the constantly evolving lakes of the northern hemisphere -- already a major source of methane -- could almost double their emissions in the next fifty years.

    The report findings suggest the discovery of yet another “feedback loop” in which environmental disruption and climate change trigger the release of ever more greenhouse gas that further warms the planet, similar to the concerns over the methane released by fast-melting arctic permafrost. The report also finds up to 77 pct of the methane emissions from an individual lake are the result of the organic matter shed primarily by plants that grow in or near the water. This matter gets buried in the sediment found toward the edge of lakes, where it is consumed by communities of microbes. Methane gets generated as a byproduct, which then bubbles up to the surface.

    The study, funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council, is published in the journal Nature Communications. (Source: Cambridge Univ., Eurasia Review , 6 May, 2018) Contact: Cambridge Univ., Dr. Andrew Tanentzap Department of Plant Sciences. +44 1223 333900, www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Cambridge University,  


    MIT, NREL Study Carbon Tax Effectiveness Scenarios (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
    Date: 2018-04-11
    According to researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a carbon tax on the use of fossil fuels coupled with returning the generated tax revenue to the public in one form or another, can be an effective way to curb GHG emissions and, depending on the mechanism chosen, could be fair and not hurt low-income households.

    In reaching their conclusion, the researchers considered carbon taxes at $25 and $50 per ton of carbon emissions produced and two rates of increase -- 1 pct or 5 pct per year -- as well as three different approaches to dispensing the revenue: an equal rebate to every household; a tax break for individuals; or a corporate tax break.

    The study showed that even the lowest taxation rates could lead to reductions sufficient to meet the U.S. near-term commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. However, the most efficient way of achieving those reductions, in terms of overall impact on the economy, is to use the revenue to reduce taxes on corporate profits or investment income. Rebating equal payments across the board was found to be the least efficient and individual tax breaks came in somewhere in between on both criteria. The researchers suggest a combination of tax breaks to corporations and rebates to the low-income families most affected by the tax could virtually eliminate the regressive aspects of the tax at very little cost in overall efficiency as well as be politically acceptable.

    Their analysis indicates that starting with a $50 per ton carbon tax and increasing it by 5 pct per year would lead to a 63 pct reduction in total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PR, AAAS, 5 April, 2018) Contact: MIT, Sloan School of Management, John Reilly, energy.mit.edu/profile/john-reilly

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  Carbon Emissions,  


    EU ETS Emissions Rise First Time in Seven Years (Int'l Report)
    EU ETS,EU
    Date: 2018-04-04
    The European Union Newsroom is reporting GHG emissions regulated by the trading block's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rose for the first time in seven years in 2017 due in part to stronger industrial output, according to European Commission data. About 45 pct of the EU's greenhouse gases is regulated by the EU ETS.

    The EU ETS is expected to contribute about 65 pct of the reductions necessary to meet the EU's target of cutting emissions by 20 pct from 1990 levels.

    UE ETS caps the emissions of around 12,000 power plants, factories, and airlines, forcing them to surrender one carbon permit for every tonne of CO2 emitted annually by the end of April of the following year. (Source: European Union Newsroom, Devdiscourse, 3 April, 2018) Contact: EU Newsroom, https://europa.eu/newsroom/home_en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU,  EU ETS,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  


    Bay State Farms Awarded Climate Change Mitigation Funding (Funding)
    Agricultural Climate Resiliency and Efficiencies
    Date: 2018-04-02
    In the Bay State, three farms have been awarded a total of $87,900 in grant funding under the new Massachusetts Agricultural Climate Resiliency and Efficiencies (ACRE) Program.

    The ACRE program lays out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and build a more resilient commonwealth. The ACRE program funds materials and labor for the implementation of practices that work toward improving soil health, reducing GHG emissions and sequestering carbon. As impacts to farms are expected to result from more frequent and severe storm events, increased precipitation, followed by periods of drought, higher overall temperature and increased evaporation rates, the program also offers incentives for agricultural operations to proactively address risks and strengthen their economic and environmental resiliency as they adapt to the changing climate. Proposals that address both mitigation and adaptation in their proposals are prioritized in funding. (Source: Mass. Agricultural Climate Resiliency and Efficiencies Program, Athol Daily News, 2 April, 2018) Contact: Mass. Agricultural Climate Resiliency and Efficiencies Program, www.mass.gov/files/documents/2017/11/01/ACRE_RFR_FY18.pdf{

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    China Threatens Retaliatory Tariffs on US Ethanol Imports (Int'l)
    Ethanol
    Date: 2018-03-30
    It is being widely reported that China is threatening to impose extra tariffs on imported ethanol and 27 other products from the US, following President Donald Trump's protectionist tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

    Chinese ethanol tariff would bring the total tariff on US ethanol imports to 45 pct, following a 30 pct tariff imposed by China in January 2017. The hike could virtually end US biofuel exports to China which is trying to increase its domestic ethanol production as it readies itself for a national policy requiring petrol to comprise 10 pct ethanol (E10) starting in 2020 -- a move aimed at assisting its wider efforts to reduce air pollution and GHG emissions. , China produced more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol in 2016, according to USDA data. (Source: Renewable News, NewsBase, Various Others, 29 Mar., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Ethanol Export,  Ethanol,  China Ethanol,  Ethanol Tariff,  


    Walmart Urging Chinese Suppliers to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
    Walmart
    Date: 2018-03-30
    US retail juggernaut Walmart Inc is reporting the launch of a program aimed at helping its Chinese suppliers cut their GHG emissions by 50 million tpy by the end of the next decade. The program would begin with around 100 major Chinese suppliers and provide tools to measure emissions and set targets.

    More than 800 Chinese factories are enrolled in a Walmart a 2014 energy efficiency programme that is reportedly saving $40 million a year in energy costs, according to Walmart. The company aims to eventually expand the programme to its entire China supply chain.

    China, the world's biggest producer of greenhouse gas, aims to cut its energy intensity by 15 pct over the 2016-2020 period.

    Walmart is aiming to slash 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from its global value chain by the end of 2030, equivalent to taking 211 million vehicles off roads for a year. (Source: Walmart, NASDAQ, 29 Mar., 2018)Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy, http://corporate.walmart.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Walmart,  China Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Walmart,  


    NYC Touts Small Bldg Energy Efficiency, Emissions Program (Ind. Report)
    Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio
    Date: 2018-03-26
    In the Big Apple, the Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio is touting the $6.6 million, three-year Community Retrofit NYC program. The 2016 program was created and funded by New York City to provide engineering, financial and construction management and energy-related advisory services to small- and mid-sized buildings -- from five to 50 units -- in 12 financially challenged districts to make older and often poorly maintained buildings more efficient and to help simplify the energy and water efficiency retrofit process. To date, Retrofit NYC has worked with 384 buildings

    The program is one of several launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio's Office of Sustainability and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as part of the mayor's commitment to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050.

    As buildings account for 40 pct of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the US could avoid 80,000 tons of GHG emissions by remodeling one out of every 100 homes, according to U.S. Green Council (USGBC). (Source: Community Retrofit NYC, NextCity, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Community Retrofiy NYC, www1.nyc.gov/site/communityretrofitnyc/index.page; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio,  


    PET Recycling Team Cuts Carbon Emissions by 10 pct (Int'l Report)
    PET Recycling
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Wollersdorf, Austria-based PET Recycling Team Gmbh reports it has obtained a measurement of the environmental impact of recycled bio-plastic PET (rPET) bottles and food containers. The calculated value was a CO2 equivalent of 0.45 kg for every kilogram of material produced.

    The plant produces approximately 31,000 tpy of rPET and generates a volume of emissions that would take a forest the size of 6,231 football fields to absorb -- the same amount of CO2 emissions the company says it is saving each year compared to the production of new PET material. The GHG emissions for recycled material from Wollersdorf are only a tenth as high as a new material, also known as virgin PET, has a CO2 equivalent of 2.15 kg per kilogram.(Source: PET Recycling Team Gmbh, PR, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: PET Recycling Team Gmbh, Gunther Lehner, CEO, +43 2622 433330, www.petrecyclingteam.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  CO2 Emissions,  PET Plastic,  Bioplastic,  


    Keene Exceeds GHG EMissions Reduction Goal (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-03-21
    In New Hampshire, the city of Keene (pop. 23,400) reports its 2004 vintage Climate Action Plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions generated by municipal operations by 20 pct from 1995 levels, and emissions generated community-wide by 10 pct from 1995 levels, is ahead of schedule.

    The city says it decreased its municipal emissions by 25 pct from 5,899 tons in 1995 to 4,423 tons in 2015, while community-wide emissions decreased by only 2.8 pct from 284,511 tons in 1995 to 276,512 tons in 2015.

    Nearly half (46 pct) of the city and the community's greenhouse gas emissions are generated by the transportation sector followed by the residential sector at 28 pct and the commercial and industrial sector at 23 pct.

    The emissions decrease can be partially credited to the city decreasing its use of fuel oil, including switching the heating operations of buildings from fuel oil to propane, installing energy efficient lighting, a switch to biodiesel and other low-carbon fuels, the installation of a solar PV system on the roof of City Hall, hydroelectric turbines at the water treatment plant, geothermal heating, and upgraded HVAC systems. (Source: City of Keene, Keene Sentinal, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Keene, Mari Brunner, Planner, 352-5474, https://ci.keene.nh.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    C40
    Date: 2018-03-12
    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, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: C40, Mark Watts, Exec. Dir., contact@c40.org, www.c40.org

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    Neste Project Slashes Palm Oil Mill Methane Emissions (Int'l)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-03-09
    According to a Helsinki-headquartered Neste release, Neste has long been exploring ways to reduce greenhouse gas emission from palm oil production.

    In 2015, the company initiated a two-year study project to verify the methane emission reduction for a newly applied effluent treatment method. The project, which was conducted by Meo Carbon Solutions in Indonesian palm oil mills in collaboration with Dutch palm oil company KLK. The project used a belt filter press to remove organic matter such as degrading parts of the oil palm fruit in the mill effluent, the source of the methane emissions. The Neste-lead project verified 50 pct reduction in methane emissions at palm oil mills, as validated by Neste.

    In Indonesia and Malaysia, approximately 70 pct of palm oil is produced without methane reduction methods. If all the producers in these countries were to adopt the studied new method, greenhouse gases would be reduced by approximately 4.5 million tpy, better than the 50 pct greenhouse gas emission reduction requirement defined in the Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED) for all biofuels, according to the Neste release. (Source: Neste Oyj, PR, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Neste, Annamari Enstrom, Senior Researcher, +358 10 458 7658, annamari.enstrom(@)neste.com, www.neste.com

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    Pasadena Passes Revamped Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    City of Pasadena
    Date: 2018-03-09
    In the Golden State, the Pasadena City Council reports it has approved a draft proposal for the revamping of the city's 2015 Climate Action Plan (CAP) aimed at reducing local greenhouse gases (GHG) 59 pct from 2009 levels by 2035.

    The new draft Pasadena Climate Action Plan builds upon and expands existing state programs and policies that address climate change and ultimately establishes a roadmap that enables the city to reach the State's goal of cutting GHG emissions 80 pct below 1990 levels by the year 2050.

    The Pasadena CAP strategies include: sustainable transportation and land use; increased energy efficiency and reductions in energy consumption; energy performance standards for buildings; a transition to renewable and carbon-neutral energy; increased urban greening with more trees and park green spaces to absorb CO2, and reducing solid wastes ; reducing solid wastes and associated GHG emissions -- collection, transportation and landfilling of waste as well as the methane created when solid waste in landfills and combustion facilities is decomposed. The plan would use Pasadena's website to provide education and outreach related to zero waste, as well as information on ways to reduce, divert and recycle waste.

    In 2009, Pasadena community-wide emissions were 2,044,921 metric tons of carbon dioxide.(Source: Pasadena Weekly, 8 Mar., 2018)Contact: City of Pasadena City Council, ww5.cityofpasadena.net

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    Hawai'i Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Report -- Attached (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-03-07
    In Honolulu, the Hawai'i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission has released its Hawai'i Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report warning of the dire consequences of climate change.

    According to the report, "Rapid warming of the atmosphere and oceans, caused by two centuries of unabated carbon emissions, is causing increasing rates of sea level rise, unprecedented in human history, that threatens natural environments and development on low-lying coasts. Sea level rise is an inevitable outcome of global warming that will continue through many centuries even if human-generated global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were stopped today. However, much of what happens with future sea level rise will depend on our ability, or inability, to implement aggressive global carbon emissions reduction programs envisioned through the 2016 Paris Climate Accord."

    Download the full Hawai'i Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report HERE. (Source: MauiTime Weekly, 5 Mar., 2018)Contact: Hawai'i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, www.climateadaptation.hawaii.gov

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    CHAR Technologies Snares ALTECH Group (M&A)
    ALTECH Group,CHAR Technologies
    Date: 2018-03-07
    Mississauga, Ontario-based CHAR Technologies Ltd. is reporting acquisition of the ALTECH Group in an effort to expand the offering of its SulfaCHAR and CleanFyre.

    SulfaCHAR removes hydrogen sulfide from renewable natural gas -- biogas from anaerobic digesters and landfill gas -- as well as other contaminants from industrial air emissions. CleanFyre® is a bio-coal product that is a cost effective substitute with similar energy potential to coal as a fossil fuel. The major advantage of bio-coal is that it is Greenhouse Gas (GHG) neutral. Companies replacing coal with CleanFyre will be eligible to earn GHG Credits in the fight for Climate Change.

    The ALTECH Group provides environmental engineering solutions to industry in North America in the areas of air pollution control, industrial energy efficiency, and process water recycling. (Source: CHAR Technologies, HazMat, 6 Mar., 2018) Contact: ALTECH Group, Alex Keen, akeen@altech-group.com, www.altech-group.com; CHAR Technologies, Andrew White, andrew.white@chartechnologies.com, www.chartechnologies.com

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    Low-Carbon Innovation Funding Offered in Ontario (Funding)
    Green Ontario Fund
    Date: 2018-03-07
    At Queens Park in Toronto, the government of Ontario has pledged up to $300 million in seed funding to advance low-carbon technologies and/or implement strategies to make greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction more economically viable. Ontario-based companies and organizations will have until May 7, 2018 to submit their concepts to the newly announced GreenON Challenge.

    According to the Green Ontario Fund, this funding opens up a broad range of possibilities and initiatives that support the "transformative adoption of low-carbon technologies and processes in buildings or the production of goods."

    Proposed low-carbon innovation projects seeking funding must be in Ontario and be completed within four years. They will not be eligible for any other funds derived from the provincial cap-and-trade program. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, REMI Network, 5 Mar., 2018) Contact: Green Ontario Fund, Parminder Sandhu, interim CEO, (888) 728-8444, www.greenon.ca

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    Renewables as Important as Nat. Gas in Cutting Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy,BNEF
    Date: 2018-03-05
    According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance's (BNEF) Sustainable Energy For America report for 2018 and the Environmental Defense Fund, the impact renewables have had on power sector emissions, which fell 10 pct from 2007 to 2013, have played a larger role in reducing power sector emissions in 2017 than switching to natural gas. Those emissions dropped a hefty 4.2 pct in 2017.

    Power generation now follows the transportation sector as the country's largest GHG emitter. In all, total US emissions are lower than they have been since 1991. According to the BNEF figures, between 2007 and 2013, renewables decreased total CO2 emissions by 2.3 to 3.3 pct -- about the same as the 2.5 to 3.6 pct that shifting from coal to natural gas contributed.

    Access the Sustainable Energy in America factbook HERE. (Source: BCSE, CleanTechnica, Other Media, 1 Mar., 2018)

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    $41.6Tn Needed to Hold Global Warming Under 2 degrees C, says Report (Ind. Report)
    Global Warming
    Date: 2018-03-05
    According to a report in the Lancet Planetary Health Journal, between $22.1 trillion and $41.6 trillion would be required between 2020 and 2050 for the world to hold average global warming under 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees c). The report adds the estimated cost of measures to limit Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions can be more than offset by reductions in deaths and disease from air pollution, which would cost between $22.1 trillion and 41.6 trillion between 2020 and 2050 for the world to hold average global warming under 2 degrees C.

    A lower aspirational limit of 1.5 degree C would cost between $39.7 trillion and $56.1 trillion, but air pollution deaths could be reduced by 21-27 pct to about 100 million between 2020 and 2050 under the 2 degree C scenario, and by 28-32 pct to about 90 million at 1.5 degree C, according to the report.

    The world's nations agreed on the 2 degree C limit in Paris in 2015, and committed to voluntary GHG emissions reduction targets that even if met, place the world on a 3 degree C trajectory, scientists say. (Source: ZeeBusiness, AFP, Lancet Planetary Health Journal, 3 Mar., 2018)

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    Stanford Data Center Lauded for Saving Energy (Ind. Report)
    Stanford Research Computing Center
    Date: 2018-03-02
    According to the US DOE ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance, the Stanford Research Computing Center (SRCC) uses nearly 40 pct less energy per square foot than the national median, prevents more than 1,300 metric tpy of GHGs and outperforms all similar buildings nationwide.

    The EPA recognition certifies that buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 pct of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation and other key metrics. (Source: Stanford University Information Technologies, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Stanford Research Computing Center, Scott Prevost, Manager, (650) 721-4040, srcc-support@stanford.edu, https://srcc.stanford.edu; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    Nova Scotia Advancing Cap-and-Trade Program (Ind. Report)
    Cap-and-Trade
    Date: 2018-02-23
    In Halifax, the Nova Scotian Department of Environment has moved the province closer to it's mandated cap-and-trade system with thew release of which will come into force January, 2019, with the release of what it is calling the "quantification, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions regulations." The province's cap-and-trade system is slated to come into force in January, 2019.

    The just announced rules are needed to determine the figure that will serve as the cap on emissions and how the province will monitor compliance with the law. Those new regulations also set out which companies will need to report emissions, including: facilities generating at least 50,000 tpy of GHG emissions; per year. oil and gas suppliers that import or produce 200 litres of fuel or more for consumption in Nova Scotia; natural gas distributors whose fuel, when burned, produces 10,000 or more tpy of GHGs.

    The The province estimates there are about two dozen companies that will fall under the legislation. Companies will be expected to pay for this work themselves. Those costs, along with whatever they may have to pay for exceeding the as yet undetermined emission limits, which will then be passed along to consumers. (Source: NS Dept of Environment, CBC, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Power, Mark Sidebottom, VP Power Generation and Delivery, www.nspower.ca; Nova Scotia Environment Department, Ian Rankin, Minister, Jason Hollett, Exec. Dir., Climate Change, https://novascotia.ca/nse

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    Neste Touts Neste MY Renewable Diesel for Cutting GHG EMissions (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-02-23
    According to Helsinki-headquartered renewable fuels specialist maker Neste, replacing fossil fuels with Neste's renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions altogether by a staggering 8.3 million metric tons or 8.3 billion kilograms in 2017 -- the equivalent to removing 3 million passenger cars from the roads for a full year.

    The amount of greenhouse gas emissions saved with Neste's renewable fuels, primarily Neste MY Renewable Diesel, increased by 1.6 million tons from 2016 thanks to increased production at Neste's renewable fuels refineries in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore.

    Refined from waste and residue raw materials, such as meat processing wastes, used cooking oils, and residues from vegetable oil processing, Neste MY Renewable Diesel provides up to 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions. Waste and residues account for the vast majority of Neste's renewable raw material usage. In addition to significantly reducing global climate emissions, replacing conventional diesel with Neste MY Renewable Diesel can improve local air quality by reducing local exhaust emissions, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and carbon monoxide. (Source: Neste, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, US VP Sales, (713) 407-4400, www.neste.com, www.nestemy.com

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    Univ. of Toronto Awarded $26Mn Green Project Funding (Funding)
    University of Toronto
    Date: 2018-02-21
    In Ontario, Canada's largest university, the University of Toronto reports plans to leverage $26.7 million in new provincial innovation funding to launch "green" projects across its three campuses as part of a program to reduce current and future greenhouse gas emissions. The new funding will be combined with $15.3 million previously earmarked for energy efficiency initiatives. The university aims to cut carbon emissions by nearly 12,000 tonnes by the year 2021.

    The money, which includes access to $44 million in interest free loans, comes from the proceeds of the province's cap-and-trade program, an integral part of Ontario's climate change action plan that calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050. To date, the university's downtown Toronto campus has reduced reduce its carbon footprint by 50,000 tonnes over the past decade despite while adding 25 new buildings and increasing the student population by 50 pct. (Source: University of Toronto Newqs, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: University of Toronto, www.utoronto.ca

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    CDP Reports Emissions Cuts Saved Companies $14Bn in 2017 (Int'l)
    CDP
    Date: 2018-02-21
    According to the environmental disclosure platform CDP's Closing the Gap: Scaling up Sustainable Supply Chain Practices report, major global companies significantly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their supply chains and saved approximately $14 billion as a result of emission reduction activities in 2017. The report is based on climate, water and deforestation-related data collected from over 4,800 companies, and points to increased awareness of climate change-related risks and opportunities down the supply chain.

    According to the findings, carbon emissions in supply chains are four times greater than those of a company's direct operations. Of those responding to CDP, over 75 pct of suppliers identified some climate change risks to their business, and more than 50 pct said they have integrated climate change into their business strategies. The number of companies that address emissions in their supply chains doubled within a year, with emission reductions totaling 551 million metric tonnes of CO2.

    The report also compares the efforts of suppliers in eight major economies to mitigate environmental risk. It finds that 80 pct of companies in France are likely to have climate change integrated into their businesses. Japanese companies have the highest rates of disclosure, and are the most likely to set emissions reduction targets. Of the organizations on the Supplier Engagement leader board, 33 pct are from the US, followed by 15 pct from the UK. (Source: CDP, PR, UNFCCC, Feb., 2018) Contact: CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

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    Los Angeles Curbs Building Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Reg & Leg)
    Los Angeles
    Date: 2018-02-21
    On February 6, the Los Angeles City Council adopted a resolution targeting drastic cuts to greenhouse gas emissions from commercial and residential buildings -- the latest step by the nation's second-largest city to shrink the environmental footprint of its built environment.

    The measure gives the city's Building and Safety Department and the Department of Water and Power (DWP) 90 days to recommend methods for reducing reliance on natural gas and shifting toward electricity from clean sources for heating, water heating, and cooking. The move also requires DWP to set ambitious goals for building electrification in 2028 and 2038.

    The targets are in line with L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti's sustainability plan which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60 pct before 2035. Currently, the L.A. region burns more fossil fuels in its buildings than in its power plants. (Source: City of Los Angeles, Architectural Record, 6 Feb., 2018)

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    PA. Oil, Gas Methane Emissions Higher than Reported (Ind. Report)
    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,EDF
    Date: 2018-02-21
    According to a new study conducted by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Keystone State's oil and gas operations emit more than 520,000 tpy of methane from leaky, outdated and malfunctioning equipment. The study also found emissions of volatile organic compounds, which contribute to smog and respiratory diseases like asthma, are nine times higher than reported to the state by the oil and gas industry. "Oil and gas methane emissions could be as high as five times what industry reports through the state methane and greenhouse gas reporting inventories," The report claims.

    The study concludes that without additional regulatory action by the state, more than 5,000,000 million tons of methane pollution could be emitted in Pennsylvania by 2025. The Pennsylvania DEP is presently finalizing methane reduction requirements for new, unconventional facilities which are expected to reduce emissions by about 3 pct. If the state regulations included existing unconventional sources, emissions would be 25 pct lower, according to the report. (Source: EDF, Public News Service, Allegheny Front, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov; EDF, Andrew Williams, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, www.edf.org

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    Transport UK's Worst GHG Polluiton Emitter (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Emissions,CO2
    Date: 2018-02-12
    The Irish Independent is reporting that, based on the latest data, the majority of UK's greenhouse gas emissions now come from transport. The figures suggest gasoline and diesel fueled transport now accounts for 26 pct of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions while 25 are from power generation sources.

    Since 1990, UK greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 41 pct while carbon dioxide -- the main greenhouse gas -- is down 36 pct, emissions from energy generation are down 57 pct from that point, transportation emissions are only down 2 pct from 1990 levels, making transportation the worst performing sector.

    To address the issue, the Government has announced plans to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 as part of efforts to tackle climate change and air pollution. (Source: The Independent, 6 Feb., 2018)

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    USC Converts Methane into Useful Chemicals (New Prod & Tech)
    University of California
    Date: 2018-02-09
    University of California (USC) Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute scientists report a new, more efficient pathway for converting the potent GHG methane directly into basic chemicals for manufacturing plastics and other valuable chemicals. Methane is reportedly 86 times more potent and damaging as a GHG than CO2 over a 20-year horizon, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

    USC researchers used a catalyst called H-SAPO-34 derived from a class of nanoporous crystals (zeolites) to convert methane directly to ethylene and propylene, or olefin. The USC method replaced traditionally difficult, expensive and inefficient processes that add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. The majority of ethylene and propylene is produced from petroleum oil and shale liquid cracking, which consumes enormous amounts of energy. Contact time is the key for this effective and simple catalyst to produce usable fuel from methane.

    While similar in structure and name, methane is not directly interchangeable with methanol, although most methanol is synthetically produced from methane. The USC scientists have reduced the steps necessary to efficiently convert methane to olefins.

    The research was made possible with the support of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy. (Source: University of Southern California News, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: (USC) Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute (213) 740-5962, loker.usc.edu

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    Ohio State, Univ. of Toronto Join University Climate Change Coalition (Ind. Report)
    University Climate Change Coalition
    Date: 2018-02-09
    The Ohio State University in Columbus reports it has joined the newly launched University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), an alliance of 13 leading North American research universities that will create a collaborative model to help local communities achieve their climate goals and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.

    As part of the coalition, and under a 2015 agreement with the province of Ontario, University of Toronto has also joined UC3 and has set a goal to reduce GHG emissions by 37 pct from 1990 levels by the year 2030. Despite a 26 pct growth in floor space and an 18 pct enrollment increase, U of T lowered its total greenhouse gas emissions by 32 pct from 2008 to 2016. The university is also developing programming to engage the Toronto area community in sustainability.

    In launching UC3, an initial group of universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico has committed to mobilize their resources and expertise to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states. All UC3 members have pledged to reduce their institutional carbon footprints, with commitments ranging from making more climate-friendly investments to becoming operationally carbon neutral.

    Specific to Ohio State's carbon footprint is a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and another to reduce total campus building energy consumption by 25 pct by 2025. Since 2015, Ohio State cut its emissions by 4.8 pct.

    Immediate goals for each UC3 member includes convening a climate change forum in 2018 to bring together community and business leaders, elected officials and other local stakeholders. UC3 will operate in close partnership with Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network, a group of hundreds of colleges and universities that have committed to taking action on climate.

    In 2016, the UC3 coalition together performed about one-quarter of the environmental science research conducted by all U.S. institutions, according to data collected by the National Science Foundation. From 2012 to 2017, researchers at UC3 member institutions were responsible for 48,518 publications on climate science-related topics, including environmental science, agricultural and biological sciences, energy, engineering, earth and planetary sciences, and more. (Source: The Ohio State University, University of Toronto, PR, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: The Ohio State University, osu.edu/initiatives/sustainability; Second Nature, http://secondnature.org/UC3; UC3 Climate Leadership Network, http://secondnature.org/climate-leadership-network-map; University of Toronto, University Climate Change Coalition, Prof. John Robinson, (416) 946-8939, https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/profs/john-robinson

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    Golden State GHG Emissions Falling, says EIA (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2018-02-07

    According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), from 1990 to 2015, California's electric power sector GHG emissions fell by 24 pct, commercial and residential sector emissions declined approximately 14 pct, and industrial emissions sank by 13 pct. Transportation-related emissions decreased from 2007 through 2013 but rose in 2014 and 2015. California's GHG emissions from agriculture and other uses are smaller in magnitude but have more than tripled since 1990.

    Overall, the state's total GHG emissions were 2 pct above 1990 levels as of 2015. Approximately 86 pct of the state's GHG emissions were related to energy consumption, according to the EIA. (Source: US EIA, Feb., 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    XTO Energy Comments on Methane Reduction Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    XTO Energy, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2018-02-07
    "In November, 2017, ExxonMobil signed onto a commitment with several companies aimed at reducing methane emissions within the natural gas industry. That agreement built off earlier efforts announced in 2017 to enhance ExxonMobil's voluntary methane-reduction activities.

    "As I wrote at the time about this multi-partner pact, advocating for sound policies and regulations is key to helping drive improvements. That's because even though the companies that signed the agreement are fairly large -- BP, Shell, Eni, Statoil, Total, etc. in addition to ExxonMobil) -- methane emissions constitute a very small fraction of the overall natural gas picture. The correct mix of policies and regulations could help the entire industry raise the bar.

    "So what would a framework for jurisdictionally appropriate regulatory action with regard to methane look like? Ultimately, ExxonMobil thinks it should include: new wells should follow "green completion" procedures; rules should promote Leak Detection and Repair programs; basic data should be reported to regulatory bodies for consolidation and to underpin a regulatory effort that both encourages and keeps up with continuous technological innovation." (Source: XTO Energy Blog, ExxonMobil, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: XTO Energy, Sara Ortwein, Pres., www.xtoenergy.com

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    Alaska 4th-Highest Per-Capita US GHG Emitter (Ind. Report)
    Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
    Date: 2018-02-05
    In Juneau, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reports Alaska has the fourth-highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the country, following West Virginia, North Dakota and Wyoming.

    The DEC also says Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions in the state have decreased by 8 pct since 1990, and that Alaska is 40th out of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., for total greenhouse gas emissions.

    In 2014, Alaskans contributed roughly 35 million metric tons of carbon and carbon equivalent. Thirty-nine states had higher overall greenhouse gas emissions, with Texas being the highest at almost 650 million metric tons and D.C. the lowest with just a few metric tons. Each of the states which came in higher in per-capita emissions has a population below 2 million and comparably large amounts of industry. Industry -- 54 pct -- percent) and transportation -- 35 pct -- are Alaska's largest greenhouse gas emitters by sector. (Source: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Juneau (Alaska) Empire, AP, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, (907) 465-5066, http://dec.alaska.gov

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    Appalachian State Offers Offsets for Future Forest Stewardship Workshop (Ind. Report)
    Appalachian State University
    Date: 2018-02-05
    Researchers from Boone, North Carolina-based Appalachian State University faculty are reporting receipt of Clabough Foundation funding to develop the OFFSET -- Offsets for Future Forest Stewardship and Education Together -- Workshop for forest managers landowners in the High Country and Blue Ridge Mountains area.

    The project aims to provide an overview of forest projects that can offset CO2 GHG emissions and the mechanisms for participation in forest conservation, reforestation, improved forest management and other related programs.

    The OFFSET Workshop will provide an overview and outline of specific carbon offset programs, voluntary and compliance carbon markets -- California cap-and-trade -- and the rules, regulations and guidelines for participation. Presenters will also outline different types of forest offset projects, describe the stages in the lifetime of a project, accepted carbon registries, carbon stock assessments, verification and current trends in the program. California's forest carbon offset program, baseline assessments of carbon stocks and an accounting methodology for forest offset activities that could occur in North Carolina, will also be covered. (Source: Appalachian Today, 29 Jan., 2018)Contact: Appalachian State University, http://earth.appstate.edu, http://rieee.appstate.edu


    Petrobras Joining Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (Int'l)
    Petrobras,Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
    Date: 2018-01-31
    In Brazil, Rio de Janeiro-headquartered Petrobras to is reporting it is joining the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a CEO-led group of oil and gas companies that intends to lead the industry's response to climate change and reduce greenhouse emissions. OGCI existing members include BP, CNPC, Eni, Pemex, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Statoil and Total.

    The OGIC's billion-dollar investment arm -- OGCI Climate Investments -- supports the development, deployment and scale-up of low emissions technology. Taken together, oil and gas production by OGCI member companies represents more than a quarter of the world’s oil and gas production.

    Petrobras, headquartered in Brazil, is a publicly-held company active in exploration and production, refining, marketing, transportation, petrochemicals, oil product distribution, natural gas, electricity, chemical-gas and biofuel segments. It has a presence in 19 countries and employees around 70,000 people. (Source: Petrobras, MarEx, Others, 28 Jan., 2018) Contact: Petrobras , Pedro Parente, CEO, sac@petrobras.com.br, www.petrobras.com; Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

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    Vermont Utility Doubles CO2 Reduction Goal (Ind. Report)
    Green Mountain Power
    Date: 2018-01-29
    In Vermont, Green Mountain Power (GMP) reports it has set an ambitious goal for carbon reduction in 2018 and beyond. The utility aims to partner with customers to drive down costs and eliminate more than 8,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions by using clean energy for the next two decades. The emphasis on renewabl energy is expected to eliminate more than 160,000 metric tons of carbon emissions and combined with past reductions is the equivalent of removing nearly 3,000 cars from our roads each year for the next 20 years.

    Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont. ( Source: Green Mountain Power , 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: Green Mountain Power , Mary Powell, CEO, Jeff Monder, (802) 770-3392, jeff.monder@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com (link sends e-mail)

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    GreenPrint to Cut Home Oil Services' Emissions (Ind. Report)
    GreenPrint,Arbor Day Foundation
    Date: 2018-01-22
    In Missouri, Home Service Oil and its Express Mart convenience store locations report they have partnered with Atlanta-based GreenPrint Corp. and the Arbor Day Foundation to offer customers a reduced emissions program beginning in March, 2018.

    The program will reduce consumers' tailpipe emissions at the fuel pump and on convenience store products and to wholesale distribution. Emissions are reduced through GreenPrint's proprietary platform and investments in certified carbon reduction projects.

    GreenPrint's program requires no new hardware or software, and no new tanks or equipment. GreenPrint's reduced emissions programs for fuel, which is licensed to convenience store chains, energy companies, and corporate fleets, currently reduces emissions on almost 500 million gpy across hundreds of retail locations and 80,000 corporate and municipal fleets in 11 countries. (Source: GreenPrint LLC, PR, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: GreenPrint, (404) 207-1947, info@GreenPrintCorp.com, www.greenprintcorp.com; Home Service Oil, (800) 467-5044, www.hsoil.com; Arbor Day Foundation, www.arborday.org

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    Arlington First LEED Community Platinum Recipient (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2018-01-22
    Last month, Arlington County, Virginia, became the first U.S. community to earn US Green Building Council's new LEED for Communities Platinum certification. The newly introduced recognition acknowledges the county's commitment to building a sustainable, environmentally conscious community.

    In 2007, the county launched Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE), which set a target to reduce the county government's carbon emissions 10 pct by 2012 compared to 2000 levels, and in 2013, adopted a Community Energy Plan (CEP) with a goal to reduce GHG emissions 75 pct by 2050. In 2017, the county became the first locality in Virginia to approve an ordinance allowing a Commercial-property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. (Source: USGBC, Construction Specifier, 19 Jan., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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