According to recent data, buildings are currently responsible for about one-third of global energy consumption and about 30 pct of global energy-related CO2 emissions and 20 pct of total CO2 emissions. In an effort to reduce these emissions, Dow and USGBC will collectively advise two cities or communities to help in achieving LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification. Available for all building and home project types as well as cities and communities, LEED provides a framework to create highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement used in more than 167 countries.
(Source: Dow Building Solutions, PR, 17 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Dow Building Solutions, Jessica Robinson,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dow-dupont.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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"The most recent Environment Canada data show that nearly 40 percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions came from just 563 individual operations, mainly power plants, refineries and cement plants. They should be contributing their fair share towards meeting our commitments to slash GHG and avoid going above 1.5 degrees C global average temperature, as promised in Paris. Instead, those big polluters located in provinces that have refused to create their own carbon tax will have a special rate based on a complex pricing mechanism using energy intensity and an average of industry emissions," said Ms. May.
"With hundreds of millions of dollars a year in federal subsidies still going to the fossil fuel industry - which successive Canadian governments have promised to phase out since 2009 - the Trudeau government is already breaking its promise to Canadians," added Green Party climate critic and meteorologist Richard Zurawski. "The new proposal to give carbon tax breaks to the largest polluters is yet another squandered opportunity to show real leadership in the fight against climate change." (Source: Green Party of Canada, PR, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Green Party of Canada, Debra Eindiguer ,
(613) 240-8921, email@example.com, www.greenparty.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax news, Carbon Tax news, GHGs news,
The City Council has instructed to the appropriate city agencies to identify possible actions to help the City reach its goal: accelerating the transition to electric vehicles and alternate transportation; significantly increasing trees and shade in Phoenix; improving energy efficiency of new and existing buildings; and expanding options to purchase clean energy.
Last year the city of 4,574,351 residents committed to reducing GHG emissions by 40 pctby 2025 within its own facilities and operations.
(Source: City of Phoenix, AZBig Media, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Phoenix, www.coolphoenix.com, www.phoenix.gov/sustainability
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
Air travel mitigation fees will be added to a fund that a fund that will help finance finance university projects that make a measurable reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Air travel emissions account for approximately 5 pct of UCLA's greenhouse gas emissions, and have continued to grow during the last several years. UCLA is a signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which specifies that each institution decrease its emissions. UCLA's Sustainable Practices Policy also has a sustainable transportation component which includes a guideline regarding business-related air travel greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to a comprehensive carbon neutrality commitment. (Source: UCLA Newsroom, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: UCLA, Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.sustain.ucla.edu/airtravelfund
sustainability.ucr.edu/docs/acupcc-ig.pdf; American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, http://secondnature.org/climate-guidance/the-commitments
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Aviation Emissions,
"CleanFyre will leverage both Altech's experience and expertise, and CHAR's platform pyrolysis technology, the same technology used to create SulfaCHAR, to create a solution with strong market pull and significant growth opportunity," according to Char Technologies CEO, Andrew White. (Source: Char Technologies, Biomass Mag,, 11 Jan., 2018)
Contact: Char Technologies, Andrew White, CEO, www.sulfachar.com; Altech Technologies Systems, www.altech-group.com/altech-technology-systems-inc
More Low-Carbon Energy News Altech, Biocoal,
The Alliance is committed to working cooperatively with 13 other states to achieve the aims of the Paris Climate Accord and to strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information, and implement new programs to curb GHG emissions from all sectors of the economy.
New Jersey was a founding member of the
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), but withdrew from RGGI in 2012 during the reign of presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Chritie (R) who, in typical Trump terminology, called the program "gimmicky" and a "failure." The state is now expected to rejoin RGGI.
(Source: NJ Spotlight, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: U.S. Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Climate Alliance, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Paris Climate Agreement, Chris Christie, RGGI,
The Graciosa Hybrid Renewable Power Plant will combine solar and wind generation, together with energy storage using lithium-ion batteries supplied by Leclanche.
GEMS embodies intelligent energy applications that focus on monitoring and operating energy storage power plants and hybrid power plants formed by energy storage, thermal generation, wind and solar.
When fully operational, the system will enable 1 MW of solar and 4.5 MW of wind power to be supplied to the local electricity grid, reducing the islands' reliance on imported fossil fuels and significantly reducing GHG emissions.
(Source: Greensmith Energy, Energy Business Review, 8 Jan., 2018)Contact: Wartsila, Risto Paldanius, Dir. Energy Storage, +358 40 584 2767 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wartsila.com; Greensmith Energy, John Jung, President and CEO, Mallory Sass, Marketing, (408) 966-5950, email@example.com, www.greensmithenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greensmith Energy, Energy Management, Energy Storage,
China, the world's largest GHG emitter, pledged to slash carbon dioxide produced per unit of GDP growth by 18 pct over 2016-2020 and to cap total energy consumption at 5 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent by the end of the decade.
The remote western regions of Tibet and Qinghai, the rural southwestern region of Guangxi and the northeast rust-belt province of Liaoning all their targets, according to a China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) release.
(Source: Indian Express, Reuters, NASDAQ, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, China National Development and Reform Commission ,
From 2009 to 2013, Pasadena cut GHG emissions by 9 pct from 2.05 million metric tons of CO2 to 1.9 million. Most of the reduction was the result of decreased gasoline consumption and use of more efficient electric appliances. Even so, the city's GHG emissions rose by 64 pct.
Access the City of Pasadena/Draft Pasadena Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: City of Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley Tribune,
7 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Pasadena, ww5.cityofpasadena.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,
Since 1990, Canada's freight railroads have decreased their GHG emissions intensity -- the rail sector's carbon footprint relative to its traffic -- by 41.7 pct. despite a 76.8 pct increase in rail traffic over the same period.
(Source: Railway Association of Canada, Progressive Railroading, Jan., 2018) Contact: Railway Association of Canada, Gerald Gauthier , Acting Pres., www.railcan.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, Carbon Emissions,
While CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances were phased out by the mid-1990s, the study notes that the Antarctic ozone hole -- first discovered in 1985 -- "is healing slowly" because the man-made substances that caused the hole in the first place "have 50 - 100 year lifetimes."
Accordingly, researchers believe that it could be several decades before the ozone hole is eliminated altogether.
(Source: NASA Goddard, Common Dreams, Jan., 2018)
Contact: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Susan Strahan, Atmospheric Scientist, (301) 286-8981, www.nasa.gov/goddard
More Low-Carbon Energy News Montreal Protocol, NASA, Ozone, GHG, Climate Change,
The document published by the EPA states that depending upon the evaluation conducted by EPA of the lifecycle, the biodiesel and heating oil manufactured from distilling of sorghum oil through a process called transesterification, and the jet fuel, renewable diesel, and heating oil produced from distilling sorghum oil through a process called hydrotreating, to bring down greenhouse gas emissions by half.
(Source: National Sorghum Producers, CMFE News, 2 Jan., 2018) Contact: National Sorghum Producers, John Duff, Bus. Gir., (806) 749-3475, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://sorghumgrowers.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Sorghum Producers, Sorghum, Biofuel, Biofuel Feedstock, GHGs, RFS,
The Target provides real-time operational monitoring and analytics with cloud-based solutions and detailed asset management analytics. The company's technology is currently installed in more than 120 buildings spanning over 12 million square-feet.
Kontrol Energy Corp. is a leader in energy efficiency solutions and technology. Through a disciplined mergers and acquisition strategy, combined with organic growth, Kontrol Energy Corp. provides market-based energy solutions to our customers designed to reduce their overall cost of energy while providing a corresponding reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions., according to the company's website.
(Source: Kontrol Energy Corp, PR, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Kontrol., Paul Ghezzi, CEO, (905) 766-0400, email@example.com; www.kontrolenergy.com
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The EC requested each member state to produce and submit a draft integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate covering the period 2021-2030, with binding commitments on carbon emissions reduction, adoption of renewables and energy efficiency. Following review and inclusion of additional measures that may be requested by the EC, the binding plan should be submitted by January 1, 2019. In order to meet the goals of the EU energy roadmaps for 2030 and 2050, national plans are to be updated every five years, with the first update by January 1, 2024, with integrated national energy and climate progress reports to be submitted every two years.
National plans are required to demonstrate how they will contribute to achieving the EU targets of a 40 pct reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 in comparison to 1990, and achieving 27 pct renewable energy mix and a 27 pct increase in overall energy efficiency.
(Source: EU, Cyprus Mail Online, 30 Dec., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Paris, GHGs Climate Agreement, Renerable Energy, Energy Efficiency,
The JRC Energy efficiency and GHG emissions: Prospective Scenarios for the Chemical and Petrochemical Industry study suggests innovative energy technologies that it claims can significantly cut GHG carbon emissions without hindering the sector's growth. The inference is built on a model reckoning for fuel prices, GHG remittance and the payback period of technologies such as combined heat and power (CHP) and carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The JRC study establishes 26 key chemical products gauging for 75 pct of the industry's aggregate energy utilization and for a major part of its GHG emissions. Source: EU Joint Research Center, Chemicals News, 2 Jan., 2017)Contact:
EU Joint Research Center, https://ec.europa.eu/info/departments/joint-research-centre_en
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INL's process uses specialized liquid materials that renders CO2 soluble and allows the carbon capture medium to be directly added into a cell for electrochemical conversion to syngas. When syngas can be created from captured CO2 at substantial current densities, it increases the process chances for industrial application.
The INL researchers have applied for a provisional patent and are in talks with a Boston area company involved in electrochemical technology R&D, according to the INL release.
(Source: INL. Dec., 2017) Contact:
INL, (866) 495-7440, www.inl.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngas, Carbon Capture, GHG, Greenhouse Gas, Idaho National Lab,
The farming sector, where emissions are projected to jump 14 pct to 82 million tonnes between now and 2030, and the transportation sector projected to jump 11 pct to 112 million tonnes, are considered the major offenders, followed by emissions from direct combustion by industry.
According to the report, the government will "in principle" allow polluting companies to purchase foreign carbon credits after 2020 to manage liabilities under the NEG's emissions guarantee.
(Source: Australian Financial Review, Various Media, 19 Dec.,2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia GHG, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Climate Change,
Even low-carbon energy technologies like solar cells and wind power plants have associated greenhouse gas emissions, but those impacts pale in comparison with the emissions prevented by the displacement of fossil fuel sources, the study finds.
The study calculates the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions for a range of power sector technologies, and integrates energy, economic, and climate models to estimate the most cost-optimal strategies to combat climate change. The study finding refutes an argument made by some critics that even low-carbon sources of energy have "hidden" GHG emissions that would negate their climate benefits.
Access the study HERE.(Source: Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale News, Dec., 2017) Contact: Yale University, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Kevin Dennehy firstname.lastname@example.org; www.yale.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Wind, Solar, Renewable Energy,
To meet the 40 pct below 1990 levels emissions target, half of the state's electricity must come from renewable energy, and emissions of methane and other short-lived climate pollutants must be slashed by 50 pct. Buildings must be twice as energy efficient, and the state must be well on its way toward electrification of its transportation sector. Measures in the plan also aim to move the state toward its ultimate goal of a low-to-zero carbon economy economy by 2050.
Download the California 2017
HERE. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Dec., 2017)Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board, Climate Change, GHGs, Greenhouse Gases,
Advanced Biofuels Canada and other advocates have called on Ottawa to develop a Clean Fuels Strategy to ensure the success of the CFS. This multi-year initiative would support domestic production and distribution of low carbon fuels to allow the economic benefits of clean fuels to be realized by all Canadians. It would also address the effectiveness of complementary measures that, if well designed, will drive growth across the low carbon economy. Carbon pricing and fuel taxation are two areas where legacy policies and emerging rules can inadvertently discourage the production and use of clean fuels in Canada, according to the release.
Download the Canada Clean Fuel Standards regulatory framework HERE. (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, PR, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson,
(604) 947-0040, www.advancedbiofuels.ca; Environment and Climate Change Canada, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel, Biofuel, Advanced Biofuels Canada,
All CWI engines offer the choice of using compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG).
(Source: Cummins Westport, PR, NewsWire, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Cummins Inc., Rob Neitzke, President of Cummins Westport Jon Mills
Director - External Communications, (317) 610-4244, firstname.lastname@example.org
Westport Fuel Systems Inc., Caroline Sawamoto,
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On the other hand, emissions from transport were at record levels, with jumps in the use of diesel and aviation fuel.
Emissions in all other sectors either remained stable or increased slightly, according to NDEVR Environmental. (Source: NDEVR Environmental, Guardian, 10 Dec., 2017) Contact: NDEVR Environmental, +61 3 9865 1400,
Fax. +61 3 9865 1499, email@example.com, www.ndevr.com.au
In 2013, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy established the Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021, in cooperation with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, Dubai Carbon, and started an inventory of Dubai's GHG from 2011.
In 2016, Dubai reduced 23.08 tons of carbon emissions per capita, compared to 18.37 tons per capita in 2011.
(Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy,
Emirates News, Dec., 2017) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy,
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, www.dubaisce.gov.ae/en;
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, www.c40.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
The potential for high future GHG prices highlights the importance of further improving the economic competitiveness of clean-energy technologies, such as bulk energy storage, and promoting more widespread adoption of electric vehicles. According to the Brattle discussion paper, despite significant projected additions of renewable generation, the electric sector is not likely to achieve full decarbonization by 2050.
The Brattle discussion paper also notes that, given the current lack of federal support for a climate protection policy, similar approaches to GHG mitigation are being considered by other states and regions interested in pursuing policies for climate protection. For example, Quebec and Ontario have already joined California in the Western Climate Initiative's (WCI's) cap-and-trade program, and Oregon is considering an economy-wide cap-and-trade program and linkage to California as well.
The Future of Cap-and-Trade Program in California: Will Low GHG Prices Last Forever?, discussion paper is available for download HERE
(Source: The Brattle Group, PR, 5 Dec., 2017) Contact: The Brattle Group, (202 955-5050, (415) 217-1000, www.brattle.com
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The county, which is reportedly one of the nation's first such jurisdictions to make such a commitment, is now looking at its possible option -- greener building codes, increased renewable energy, energy efficiency and others -- to achieve its goal. (Source: Montgomery County Council, Wash Post, 5 Dec., 2017)
Contact: Montgomery County Council, (240) 777-7900, www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council
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The campaign describes bifuels as "the fastest and easiest way" to reduce transportation sector greenhouse gases and calls for Canada's present 5 pct ethanol blend mandate raised to 10 pct (E10).
Renewable Industries Canada, founded in 1984 as the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, represents the leaders of Canada's bioeconomy -- producers of renewable fuels and value added products that reduce GHG emissions.
RIC members provide renewable, clean-burning biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel -- fuels that help fight climate change and combat pollution and smog. At the same time, they produce value added products from renewable resources and continuously innovate to provide environmental and economic benefits.
The organization aims to promote the use of value-added products made from renewable resources through consumer awareness and government liaison activities.
(Source: Renewable Industries Canada, Dec., 2017)
Contact: Renewable Industries Canada, (833) 446-3385, www.ricanada.org
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In signing the MOU, the officials stressed the global importance of finding key CCS technologies with an estimated 1,600 coal-fired power plants planned or under construction in 62 nations.
The MOU cites CCUS as a key technology in global efforts to reduce GHG emissions. China has 922,000 MW of coal-fired generation in place.
(Source: NGI, 4 Dec., 2017)
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The most recent data show overall methane emissions from shale gas industry rising, while other air pollutants are falling. The DEP says the methane increase is mostly due to the growth in the number of facilities filing reports, while the average emissions per facility is staying relatively level.
Yet methane leaks are notoriously difficult to pin down. Without technology to continuously monitor emissions in real time, regulators must rely on self-reporting by the industry and inspections. (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 30 Nov., 2017) Contact: Pa. DEP, www.dep.pa.gov
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The draft rule proposes two starting levels for Virginia's carbon cap: 33 million or 34 million tons, starting in 2020 decreasing by roughly 3 pct each year.
The draft plan also calls for the state to link with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a nine-state carbon cap-and-trade program, in 2019. Participating RGGI states include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. To date, the RGGI auctions have raised $2.7 billion that is earmarked for clean-energy and energy efficiency programs. (Source: Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, WNPR, RGGI, Various Media, 30 Nov., 2017) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org; Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Mike Dowd, Director, (804) 678-4000, www.deq.virginia.gov; Virginia Air Pollution Control Board, www.deq.virginia.gov;
Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, https://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu
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According to Westec, its patented absorption technology offer new solutions and aims to make CO2 capture affordable by delivering performance improvements that would translate into 'significant' capital and operational cost savings for utility companies, refineries and cement kiln operators.
The cost of capturing carbon from industrial processes is being supported by the Norwegian state's carbon capture and storage enterprise Gassnova SF with a $2.2 million matching grant through their CLIMIT Programme.
As a result, Westec was discussing a possible licensing agreement of its technology with an unidentified Canadian customer. (Source: Westec, CEMNET, 30 Nov., 2017) Contact: SINTEF, www.sintef.no; Westec Environmental Solutions, www.wes-worldwide.com; Carbon Capture & Conversion Institute, ccci.cmcghg.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture & Conversion Institute, Westec Environmental Solutions, Carbon Capture ,
The state set a minimum price per permit of $13.57 and the final auction price was $15.06. All available permits were purchased. The cap-and-trade program is set to run through 2030. California aims to slash GHG emissions 40-pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030. (Source: California ARB, MML News, Various Others, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board, California Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Credits,
"The latest news comes from the European Environment Agency, which reported this month that GHG emissions have risen for the third year in a row in the EU. Everyone from European Commission VP, Maros Sefcovic, to environmental lobby groups, is warning that we need to do more.
"By proposing a low-emissions fuel blending obligation of just 6.8 pct by 2030, starting from 1.5 pct in 2021, it would leave most of the transport energy mix taken up by fossil fuels.
"Yet, at the same time, they are proposing policies that would achieve less. The EC wants to reduce all crop-based biofuels -- even the ones like renewable European ethanol that deliver high GHG savings with low risk of adverse impact to almost nothing by 2030. And by proposing a low-emissions fuel blending obligation of just 6.8 pct by 2030, starting from 1.5 pct in 2021, it would leave most of the transport energy mix taken up by fossil fuels.
The European Parliament's various committees have been weighing in with their opinions over the last couple of months. The environment committee, the lead panel on the biofuels file, wants to go even further than the Commission, and phase out crop-based biofuels entirely by 2030.
"The transport committee could not find agreement on the environment committee language and ended up rejecting its own draft opinion on the legislation. This week the industry, research and energy committee and lead on the entire Renewable Energy Directive, will vote. Even traditional political groups are divided on the issue.
"The swirl of differing opinions means the RP may not have a clear line on this important issue going into plenary vote in January (2018). But it is not too late for MEPs to find common ground and move closer to what EU Member States want and have articulated coherently in their draft position: build on the success of the existing framework, leave in place the 7 percent cap on crop-based biofuels, and promote advanced biofuels and renewable electricity in addition to, not at the expense of, existing solutions."
(Source: ePure, Politico, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE, Biofuel, EU,
ACP helps member cities implement greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions strategies that take into account the cities' development pressures and local context while emphasizing the importance of citizen engagement and working with relevant national ministries.
ACP is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the International Climate Initiative program. (Source: International Climate Initiative, ICLEI, PR, Rappler, 28 Nov., 2017)Contact:
International Climate Initiative, www.international-climate-initiative.com/en; Ambitious City Promises, www.iclei.org
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The MOU, highlights a range of activities over the next five years designed to reduce GHG emissions, including: boosting Renewable Natural Gas supply and use as a clean transportation fuel in Vancouver; improving air quality and reducing GHGs in transportation; developing a deep energy retrofit pilot project for commercial buildings; increasing investment in Low Carbon Energy Systems; increasing access to energy efficiency and conservation rebates for new buildings; and improving safety and efficiency of gas furnace retrofit installations.
To support the increased investment in energy-efficient buildings and Low Carbon Energy Systems, the City of Vancouver will be making several changes to its Green Building policies including an alignment with the B.C. Energy Step Code, a new province-wide standard for energy efficient buildings. This enables FortisBC to provide incentives to make new buildings more energy efficient in the City. In addition, the changes will create opportunities for more projects like FortisBC's Marine Gateway low carbon energy system, which uses waste heat recovery to heat homes and hot water in an efficient, low carbon manner.
The MOU supports Vancouver's commitment to improving air quality and reducing GHG emissions in the region by 80 pct below 2007 levels before 2050. (Source: FortisBC, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: FortisBC,
Roger Dall'Antonia, Exec. VP Technology, www.fortisbc.com;
City of Vancouver, vancouver.ca/green-vancouver.aspx
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As previously reported Ontario will link its cap-and-trade program with California and Quebec ,effective January 1, 2018, after which California, Quebec and Ontario will hold joint quarterly allowance auctions.
The most recent auction brought in around $862-million in revenue, setting record highs in consecutive quarters. The state set a minimum price per permit of $13.57 and the final auction price was $15.06. All available permits were purchased. The cap-and-trade program is set to run through 2030. The California Air Resources Control Board reports that carbon emissions dropped by nearly 5 pct in 2016 compared to 2015. California aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40-pct below 1990 levels by the year 2030.(Source: MML News, Various Other Media, Mondaq, 24 Nov., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Allowance Auction, Cap-and-Trade,
The report examined the location and carbon stored in habitat lost to cropland between 2008 and 2012 and found that 115 million metric tons of global carbon was released into the atmosphere, or nearly 29 million mtpy -- equivalent to six coal-burning power plants.
Download the US Cropland Expansion Released 115 Million Tons of Carbon (2008 - 2012) report HERE. (Source: Univ. of Wisconsin, Freemont News Messenager, 17 Nov.2017)
University of Wisconsin Madison, Center for Sustainability and
the Global Environment, Holly Gibbs, (608) 265-0572, www.sage.wisc.edu
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The U.N. award recognizes California Senate Bill 1383
aimed at cutting California's methane and hydrofluorocarbon gases to 40 pct and black carbon to 50 pct below 2013 levels by 2030. This year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) began the process of meeting the bill's targetswith the approval of approved new regulations to cut down on methane emissions from oil and gas field operations by more closely monitoring and repairing methane leaks. (Source: CARB, Various Media, WQED, 12 Nov., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
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McKenna is touting Canada's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including a national carbon pricing plan and federal-provincial moves to shut down traditional coal-fired power by 2030.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is proposing an American-led alliance that would encourage developing countries to adopt and invest in more efficient coal plants and stress "the role of cleaner and more efficient fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation."
(Source: Globe & Mail, 13 Nov., 2017)Contact:
Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, www.canada.ca/en/government/ministers/catherine-mckenna.html; Clair Perry-MP, www.gov.uk/government/people/claire-perry; U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, (202) 586-5000, https://twitter.com/secretaryperry?lang=en
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The IMO also reports the significant global reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships from 1 January 2020 is expected to further contribute to maritime GHG emissions through the anticipated resulting uptake of alternative fuels.
IMO also noted its capacity-building and technical cooperation with the UNDP-GEF-IMO global energy efficiency project (GloMEEP) and the European-Union funded maritime technology cooperation centre's network (GMN) project.
(Source: IMO, Marine Link, 7 Nov., 2017)Contact:
IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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CDFA, which also administers the Alternative Manure Management Program promoting non-digester manure management practices to reduce methane emissions, received 53 applications requesting a total of $29.5 million in grants.
Financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters comes from California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that uses Cap-and-Trade program funds to support the state's climate goals. CDFA and other state agencies are investing these proceeds in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide additional benefits to California communities.
The Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) and Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap and Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions.
(Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture, PR, Nov., 2017) Contact 2017 Dairy Digester Research and Development Program www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/dd;
www.cdfa.ca.gov; California Climate Investments, www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov
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In addition to the ignition of fossil fuels, an extremely powerful El Nino event -- a natural phenomenon that is exacerbated by man-made climate change -- is contributing to the high greenhouse gas levels. El Nino restricts the ability of plants to absorb CO2 whenever it causes extensive droughts. Normally, much of this excess carbon would be absorbed by the oceans -- the planet's major carbon sink.
Measurements taken in 51 different countries revealed that 2016's increased CO2 levels was 50 pct higher than the average of the past 10 years.
"The rate of increase of atmospheric CO2 over the past 70 years is nearly 100 times larger than that at the end of the last ice age," the report claims.
(Source: World Meteorological Organization, BBC News, Various Others, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: World Meteorological Organization, www.wmo.int
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The province is set to increase its carbon tax by $5 per tonne next April, raising the tax to $35 per tonne. (Source: British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Variuos Media, Canadian Press, 23 Oct., 2017) Contact: British Columbia Ministry of Environment, (250) 387-6121, www.env.gov.bc.ca
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To attain its goal, COP 23 climate-neutral program will focus on energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy, offsetting unavoidable emissions, and other measures.
In a further effort to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport, the UNFCCC is partnering with Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL), aiming to promote the use of biofuels as lower-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels. EERL's Climate Ethanol Alliance of bioethanol producers aims to speed up the low-carbon transition of the transport sector through the promotion of climate action. (Source: UNFCCC, PR, IISD, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd, www.eerl.com;
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The research station -- a partnership between Carbon Management Canada Research Institute and the University of Calgary -- offers a unique site to develop and demonstrate technologies to detect and monitor C02 and other fluids stored in underground reservoirs. It also aligns with the university's commitment to a low-carbon future and its emergence as a leader in carbon capture and storage research.
The 200-hectare CaMI field research station provides the step between modelling work that can be done on a bench scale and a full-scale field pilot. At the site, small amounts of CO2 will be injected into a reservoir 300 metres underground, where the CO2 remains a gas. The injection well at the site is surrounded by two observation wells and four water-monitoring wells to allow researchers to test a variety of technologies.
The CaMI field research station received funding from the federal Western Economic Diversification Program and is currently funded by the University of Calgary's Canada First Excellence Research Fund via the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources and Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes. CaMI also offers a subscription-based access to monitoring research outcomes from the field research station. Current joint industry partners include Statoil, Shell Global Solutions, RITE Japan, and Cenovus Energy. (Source: University of Calgary, PR, 25 Oct., 2017) Contact: Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes, (403) 210-9784, email@example.com, http://cmcghg.com; University of Calgary, www.ucalgary.ca/administration
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Oil-soaked Alberta has set a goal of reducing methane emissions 45 pct by 2025 -- a target researchers say could be severely compromised by the study's findings.
The methane gas currently being wasted would supply almost all the natural gas needs of Alberta, and is worth $530 million per year -- an economic cost for governments in the form of lost royalties and taxes, and for industry in terms of revenue, according to the syudy.
(Source: Environmental Science & Technology, Other Media, Climate Nexus, 18 Oct., 2017)
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In addition to the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, in 2014 De Blasio launched the 80X50 Initiative that would remove 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the city by 2030.
(Source: City of New York, Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Various Media, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
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ALUR's research suggests the use of biodiesel as a substitute for oil based diesel cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 70 pct and bioethanol reduces emissions by 66 pct.
According to the government statement, the results show that Uruguay is on target to meet its Paris Climate Agreement commitment of a 15 pct reduction in the consumption of petroleum-derived fuels in transport.
(Source: ALUR, Biofuels Int'l, Various Media , Oct., 2017) Contact: Alcoholes de Uruguay,
Dario Rodriguez, R&D, (598) 2309 02 42 / 46 int. 2000, www.alur.com.uy
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To qualify for compliance with the RFS program, any new production above the grandfathered gallons must meet a 20 pct greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction threshold when compared to the program's gasoline baseline. The efficient producer pathway petition process is designed to aid ethanol plants in gaining pathway approval for expanded production above those grandfathered volumes.
According to documents published by the EPA, The Andersons Marathon Ethanol plant achieves a greenhouse gas reduction of 22.5 percent when compared to baseline gasoline. A typical natural gas-fired dry mill ethanol plant that produces 100 percent dry distillers grains achieves a 16.8 percent GHG reduction when compared to the gasoline baseline.
(Source: EPA, Ethanol Producer, Various Media, 13 Oct. 2017)Contact: The Andersons Inc, (419) 893-5050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.andersonsinc.com
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Beginning in 2018,
the World Bank will report in its Corporate Scorecard aggregate GHG emissions from its investment projects in key sectors, including $11 billion invested in renewable energy and $4.5 billion in energy efficiency in the past five years. The World Bank is also taking steps to measure its clients' exposure to coal, and was "evaluating options to work with these clients to move toward more renewable energy options." noting that in In 2018 the bank tripled its climate change commitments through financial institutions to $1.4 billion.
(Source: World Bank, DEVEX, 14 October 2017) Contact: World Bank IFC, www.ifc.org
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The District of Houston's Climate Action Character commitments include the reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions to 33 pct of 2007 GHG levels by 2020 through the implementation of the Community Energy and Emissions plan as well as the Official Community Plan. I
Under the community plan, LED street lights were installed in 2016 and a life-cycle maintenance plan was completed for better energy management and greater energy efficiency.
The year, the District of Houston is increasing its use of renewable energy, "fine-tuning" its energy conservation and efficiency measures as well as its commitment to its Climate Action Charter commitments.
(Source: Green Communities Committee, Houston Today, 4 Oct., 2017)Contact: Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities, www.ubcm.ca; District of Houston, (250) 845-2238,
email@example.com, www.houston.ca; Green Communities Committee, www.toolkit.bc.ca
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