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Carbon Terminology Refresher (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2021-04-30
For greater clarity, the Fifth Estate has offered the following brief clarifications of the plethora of commonly used carbon emissions related terms:

  • Net Zero Energy -- There's two ways of looking at this. The first is based on simple math, and means a building, precinct, process or region generates as much energy within its own boundaries or site as it pulls in from elsewhere over a specific period -- most often a year. The other definition is a building or precinct or region that generates 100 pct of its own energy needs on site or within its boundaries.

  • Net Positive Energy -- When a building or precinct generates more energy than it uses and shares that energy through either a local microgrid or by sending it into the main grid, it becomes energy positive.

  • Carbon Negative -- Carbon negative is used for larger scales than individual buildings, such as precincts, regions, businesses or even entire nations. It means absorbing more carbon than all combined carbon emissions within the specific area or operation.

  • Carbon Neutral -- Carbon neutral is basically a balancing act where a building, business or region sequesters or offsets as much carbon as it emits.

  • Carbon Offsets -- All offsets are not created equal -- there are dirt-cheap offsets sloshing around the global carbon market from questionable projects in far-flung places. But not only are they scientifically and ethically questionable, they also will not meet the standards required for formal third-party carbon neutral certification. The best offsets deliver co-benefits beyond just sequestering carbon, such as improving biodiversity, increasing water quality or catchment protection, generating social benefits, local economic benefits or supporting Indigenous cultural practices and knowledge.

  • Operational Emissions -- Most carbon accounting undertaken for the purposes of carbon neutral certification focus on carbon emissions generated by the operation of a building, business or region. It's not just emissions from energy or fuel use though. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol defines three "scopes" or categories of carbon emissions as follows -- Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from "owned or controlled sources" such as a fleet of vehicles, a power plant or a manufacturing plant. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of energy used within a building, plant or region. Scope 3 emissions are all the indirect emissions in a business, process or region's value chain both upstream and downstream. This would include something like methane emissions from waste sent to landfill, or the emissions from energy used to make the widgets that a business procures then retails.

  • Embodied Carbon -- Basically, almost everything we use from a smartphone to a building, has embodied carbon. Embodied or upfront carbon refers to the emissions released during the manufacture and transport of building materials, and the construction as well the end-of-life-phases of built assets. (Source: Fifth Estate Australia)

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


  • NYC v.s. Big Oil Alleging Climate Change Greenwashing (Reg & Leg)
    NYC, ExxonMobil, American Petroleum Institute ,BP
    Date: 2021-04-28
    The City of New York is taking legal action against oil giants Exxon, Shell, BP and the(API) alleging they violated the city's Consumer Protection Law by engaging in "false advertising and other deceptive trade practices and have systematically and intentionally misled consumers in New York City about the central role their products play in causing the climate crisis."

    New York City's Consumer Protection Law prohibits "any deceptive or unconscionable trade practice in the sale -- or in the offering for sale -- of any consumer goods or services." Deceptive practices are defined as, "any false, falsely disparaging, or misleading oral or written statement, visual description or other representation of any kind made in the connection with the sale -- or in connection with the offering for sale -- of consumer goods or services which has the capacity, tendency or effect of deceiving or misleading consumers."

    The NYC suit alleges fossil fuel companies are misrepresenting the environmental benefits of the various fossil fuel products they sell and promote as "environmentally beneficial" while "omitting any mention of the products' role in aggravating climate change." NYC also alleged the fossil fuel companies "have worked tirelessly to "greenwash" their corporate brands and reputations to portray themselves as leaders in the fight against climate change, even though their products are the primary driver in causing it. (Source: City of New York, Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance, PR, 23 Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenwashing,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  NYC,  ExxonMobil,  American Petroleum Institute ,  BP,  


    First Carbon-Neutral Crypto Asset Fund Announced (Int'l.)
    One River Digital Asset Management
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Greenwich, Conn.-based One River Digital Asset Management (ORDAM), one of the largest institutional crypto fund managers, and Sao Paulo, Brazil-based MOSS, the world's largest carbon credit platform, are reporting plans to launch the world's first carbon-neutral crypto asset fund, enabling climate conscious investors the opportunity to benefit from exposure to Bitcoin and Ethereum while offsetting their carbon footprint.

    Through the provable "burning" of MCO2 tokens (via UNISWAP), ORDAM created the world's first carbon neural crypto asset offering. For every Bitcoin owned, ORDAM will buy and "plants" MCO2 tokens, offsetting carbon emissions.

    ORDAM is the first asset management company to offer carbon offsetting globally. (Source: MOSS, ORDAM, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: MOSS, www.moss.earth/en/home; One River Digital Asset Management, (203) 489-1440 , info@oneriveram.com, www.oneriveram.com/digital-assets-strategies

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credits,  


    Duke Energy Plans to Triple Renewable Energy by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In its just released 15th Sustainablilty Report, Charlotte, North Calolina-headquartered Duke Energy notes it plans to triple the amount of renewable energy it produces from company power plants and dramatically reduce carbon emissions by 2030.

    Currently, 7 pct of Duke Energy's company-owned electrical output comes from wind, solar and hydroelectric plants. That figure is projected to grow to 23 pct by 2030. The company is also undertaking its aggressive renewable energy build-outs with wind and solar projects currently under construction in Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. Over the next three years, Duke will also add 280 mw of pumped storage hydro capacity at its Bad Creek facility in South Carolina.

    The company is also overseeing the largest coal retirement in the industry and since 2010 has retired 51 coal-fired units and is aiming to cut carbon emissions 50 pct by 2030 to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. To that end, the company is on track to operate or purchase 16,000 mw of renewable energy capacity by 2025 and is investing in major electric grid upgrades, expanded battery storage, and exploring zero-emitting power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear, according to the release.

    Duke Energy also announced Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a new comprehensive brand for its non-regulated commercial renewables business. The brand unifies products and services offered by several Duke Energy subsidiaries, including Duke Energy Renewables, REC Solar and Duke Energy One. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 28 Apr., 2021) Contact: Duke Energy, Katherine Neebe, VP National engagement & Strategy, Chief Sustainability Officer, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Renewable Energy Carbon Emissions,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


    Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight, NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com. (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  NYSERDA,  


  • Environmental Defense Fund Lauds Biden's 50-52 pct GHG Reduction by 2030 Target (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    EDF
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Today, the Biden administration announced an ambitious and credible emissions target under the Paris Agreement to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52 pct below 2005 levels by 2030.

    "By announcing a bold target of cutting emissions 50-52 pct below 2005 levels by the end of the decade, President Biden has met the moment and the urgency that the climate crisis demands. The message from the White House is clear: The U.S. is ready to go all-in to beat the climate crisis. This target aligns with what the science says is necessary to put the world on the path to a safer climate, and vaults the U.S. into the top tier of world leaders on climate ambition. And it's backed up by numerous analyses demonstrating that it can be met through multiple pathways using existing technologies.

    "For four years, the world wondered what's going on with the U.S. Now they're going to have to race to keep up. With this ambitious and credible target, the U.S. has joined the EU and UK at the top of the global league table, recaptured a leadership role on climate -- and positioned itself to push for greater global ambition in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow. Now it's time for other major emitters to follow suit and commit to deeper reductions in their own emissions over this next decisive decade.

    "Going bold on climate will help America create the jobs of the future. By taking swift action to invest in clean industries and technologies, the United States can supercharge its competitiveness in the global clean energy economy. Leading businesses and investors already know this: That's why over 400 of them called on the administration to cut emissions at least 50 pct by 2030.

    "With this target in place, there's not a moment to lose to start achieving it with a whole-of-government approach that leverages action from the White House and Congress. The Biden administration can jump-start progress by putting in place critical clean air and climate protections under existing law and by working with Congress to enact transformative investments in the American Jobs Plan. These measures can support millions of good-paying union jobs and improve air quality for low-income communities and communities of color that have borne and continue to bear a disproportionate share of harmful pollution.

    "Critical near-term actions are available in three sectors: power, transportation, and methane from oil and gas. A key step toward meeting the 2030 target is an enforceable Clean Electricity Standard for the power sector that ensures reductions of 80 pct below 2005 by the end of the decade. With transportation as the largest source of climate pollution in the U.S. as well as a significant source of air pollution, electrifying cars, trucks and buses will be essential. And as the administration takes aggressive action to cut carbon emissions, it must also double down on actions to reduce methane -- the most immediate opportunity the world has to reduce warming now. As the world's largest oil and gas producer, the U.S. has both an opportunity and responsibility to take swift action to reduce oil and gas methane pollution here at home and be a leader in catalyzing international action on this global problem.

    "As the administration implements a whole-of-government approach to meet this target, it should ensure that policies expand access to economic opportunity, reduce exposure to harmful air pollution and empower American workers in every community.

    "We look forward to working with the administration, Congress, state and local leaders, businesses and advocates to help turn this bold commitment into strong policy action that delivers." (Source: Environmental Defense Fund, PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: EDF Nathaniel Keohane, Senior VP for Climate, www.edf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Honolulu Aims to Curb CO2, Increase Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Honolulu
    Date: 2021-04-23
    In the Aloha State, the city of Honolulu has released its One Climate: One Oahu climate action plan featuring key strategies to make three sectors within the city's control more environmentally sustainable: ground transportation, electricity and waste.

    The strategies include efforts to bolster electric vehicle use, electrify the city's bus fleet, increase city buildings energy efficiency, encourage high-density development and make it easier to convert to renewable energy sources, among others.

    The city plans to make $51 million worth of energy-efficiency upgrades to various buildings and facilities across the island and expects the energy savings to cover the costs plus net an additional $9 million in savings. (Source: City of Honolulu, Honolulu Civic Beat, 23 Apr., 2021) Contact: City of Honolulu, Matt Gonser, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, (808) 768-2277, resilientoahu@honolulu.gov, www.resilientoahu.org/our-team

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


    Carbon XPRIZE $7.5Mn Prize Winners Announced (Ind. Report)
    Carbon XPRIZE, CarbonCure
    Date: 2021-04-21
    XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world's grandest challenges, reports that CarbonCure Technologies and Las Angeles-based CarbonBuilt Inc. have both won $7.5 million in the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a prize that set out to convert CO2 emissions into valuable products and thus help fight climate change.

    Halifax, Nova Scotia-headquartered CarbonCure's technology enables the production of concrete with a reduced water and carbon footprint without sacrifice to the material's reliability. Utilizing CarbonCure Technologies system, CO2 is injected into a concrete plant's reclaimer system which contains the water used to wash out concrete trucks and mixers. The CO2 is converted to a permanently embedded mineral with strength-enhancing properties which can then be incorporated into new concrete mixes. CarbonCure is backed by Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Amazon Climate Pledge Fund and others.

    Los Angeles-based UCLA CarbonBuilt Inc. technology reduces the carbon footprint of concrete by more than 50 pct while reducing raw material costs and increasing profitability. The CarbonBuilt concrete formulation significantly decreases the need for ordinary Portland cement while enabling the increased use of low-cost waste materials. During the curing process, CO2 is directly injected from flue gas streams (like power plants or cement factories) into the concrete mixture where it is chemically transformed and permanently stored. Development began at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering in 2014 with support from private and corporate sponsors, the U.S. DOE and others.

    Launched in 2015, the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE was a five-year global competition developed to address rising CO2 emissions by challenging innovators around the world to develop breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO2 into products with the highest net value. (Source: XPRIZE, PR Website, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: Carbon XPRIZE, www.carbon.xprize.org; CarbonCure, Jennifer Wagner, Pres., (902) 442-4020, www.carboncure.com; CarbonBuilt Inc., info@carbonbuilt.com, www.carbonbuilt.com

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


    Schneider Elec. Suppliers to Halve CO2 Footprint by 2025 (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-04-21
    Energy automation, management and efficiency specialist Schneider Electric reports the launch of its Zero Carbon Project under which it will partner with its top 1,000 suppliers -- which represent 70 pct of Schneider's carbon emissions -- to halve their operations CO2 emissions by 2025.

    Under the program, Schneider's Energy & Sustainability Services division will provide tools and resources to program participants to help them set and achieve their own carbon reduction targets. Suppliers will be first encouraged to quantify their CO2 emissions using the company's digital tools. Suppliers will then use that data to set goals and strategies for emissions reduction. Suppliers will also work towards their goals through decarbonization initiatives such as energy efficiency or renewables. The Zero Carbon Project will enable best practice exchange with peers and partners to access other innovative solutions for decarbonization. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Construction Week, 19 Apr., 2021)Contact: Schneider Electric, Vicki True, 774-613-1158, vicki.true@se.com, www.se.com, twitter.com/SchneiderElec

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Global Carbon Emissions Notable Quote
    IEA
    Date: 2021-04-21
    "Global carbon emissions are set to jump by 1.5 billion tonnes this year -- driven by the resurgence of coal use in the power sector." -- IEA executive director Fatih Birol, Apr, 2021 Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org

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


    Post-COVID Energy Boom, Carbon Surge Expected (Report Attached)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2021-04-21
    As the world rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Global Energy Review 2021 is predicting a major surge in CO2 emissions from energy this year when emission levels will rise by the second largest annual amount on record but will still be slightly lower than 2019 levels. Carbon emissions fell by roughly 6 pct in 2020, according to the IEA.

    With the pandemic's expected decline, energy demand is booming in the developing world, with a rise of 3.4 pct predicted for this year -- this contrasts with richer economies, where overall energy use is expected to still be 3 pct below 2019.

    In the places where energy demand is growing, coal is playing a key role although overall global use of coal declined by around 4 pct in 2020, it is expected to rise by 4.5 pct this year, mainly in Asia where China is expected to account for more than half of the global growth in coal consumption this year.

    In the US and EU, the demand for coal is expected to rise -- although it will likely remain below 2019 levels -- and is likely to be close to the global peak seen in 2014.

    Download the IEA Global Energy Review 2021 report HERE (Source: IEA, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Carbon Emissions,  


    China-US Statement Addresses Climate Crisis (Editorials & Asides)
    China, Climate Change
    Date: 2021-04-19
    China and the United States have issued a joint statement addressing the climate crisis after talks between China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua and U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry from Thursday to Friday in Shanghai. The following is the full text of the statement:

  • China and the United States are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands. This includes both enhancing their respective actions and cooperating in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Both countries recall their historic contribution to the development, adoption, signature, and entry into force of the Paris Agreement through their leadership and collaboration.

  • Moving forward, China and the United States are firmly committed to working together and with other Parties to strengthen implementation of the Paris Agreement. The two sides recall the Agreement's aim in accordance with Article 2 to hold the global average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees C and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C. In that regard, they are committed to pursuing such efforts, including by taking enhanced climate actions that raise ambition in the 2020s in the context of the Paris Agreement with the aim of keeping the above temperature limit within reach and cooperating to identify and address related challenges and opportunities.

  • Both countries look forward to the US-hosted Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22/23. They share the Summit's goal of raising global climate ambition on mitigation, adaptation, and support on the road to COP 26 in Glasgow.

  • China and the United States will take other actions in the short term to further contribute to addressing the climate crisis: both countries intend to develop by COP 26 in Glasgow their respective long-term strategies aimed at carbon neutrality/net zero GHG emissions; both countries intend to take appropriate actions to maximize international investment and finance in support of the transition from carbon-intensive fossil fuel based energy to green, low-carbon and renewable energy in developing countries; each county will implement the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbon production and consumption reflected in the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

  • China and the United States will continue to discuss, both on the road to COP 26 and beyond, concrete actions in the 2020s to reduce emissions aimed at keeping the Paris Agreement-aligned temperature limit within reach, including: policies, measures, and technologies to decarbonize industry and power, including through circular economy, energy storage and grid reliability, CCUS, and green hydrogen; increased deployment of renewable energy; green and climate resilient agriculture; energy efficient buildings; green, low-carbon transportation; cooperation on addressing emissions of methane and other non-CO2 greenhouse gases; cooperation on addressing emissions from international civil aviation and maritime activities; and; other near-term policies and measures, including with respect to reducing emissions from coal, oil, and gas.

  • The two sides will cooperate to promote a successful COP 26 in Glasgow, aiming to complete the implementation arrangements for the Paris Agreement (e.g., under Article 6 and Article 13) and to significantly advance global climate ambition on mitigation, adaptation, and support. They will further cooperate to promote a successful COP 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming, noting the importance of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, including its relevance to climate mitigation and adaptation. (Source: China.org Xinhua, 17 Apr., 2021)

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


  • PA DEP Report Recommends Increased Solar+Storage (Ind. Report)
    Penna. DEP
    Date: 2021-04-19
    Reporting from Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) this week released the Pennsylvania Energy Storage Assessment: Status, Barriers, and Opportunities report that assesses energy storage capacity statewide and recommends significantly increasing it by pairing solar energy with storage for a cleaner, more resilient electric grid. The report identifies policies, programs, and incentives that decision-makers can pursue to add energy storage technologies to the state energy portfolio and determine the best path forward to increasing energy storage statewide.

    The report recommends pairing grid-scale solar arrays with battery storage to help reduce carbon emissions and increase grid resilience. One way to catalyze this would be to set a state energy storage capacity target, as seven other states have done. There are currently about 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of energy storage capacity in the state. This represents 22 operational or announced energy storage projects, including traditional pumped hydro storage facilities (1.07 GW), lithium-ion batteries (18 megawatts; MW), lead-carbon batteries (12.5 MW), ice and chilled water thermal storage (6 MW), and other technologies providing smaller amounts.

    For example, to get 10 pct of electricity from solar energy, the DEP Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Plan recommends increasing in-state solar energy from about 700 MW today to 11 GW by 2030. If 25 pct of this solar target were paired with a target of 1.5 GW of battery storage, Pennsylvania energy customers could save $273 million per year in wholesale energy costs and cut 2.5 million metric tpy of carbon emissions.

    The Pennsylvania Energy Storage Assessment recommends 14 other measures to foster energy storage investment and integration, including convening a statewide storage issues forum, designating public funding to accelerate storage deployment, establishing incentive programs for storage projects, and accelerating microgrid deployment at critical facilities. As of February, there were 64 solar-plus-storage projects, totaling more than 2.3 GW, in the Pennsylvania portion of the planning queue of PJM, the wholesale electric regional transmission organization serving all or part of 14 states.

    Download the report HERE (Source: Penna., PR, DEP Energy Programs Office MyChessCo, 18 Apr., 2021) Contact: Penna. DEP, www.dep.state.pa.us/Energy/Office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Penna. DEP,  Solar+Storage,  Solar Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    Warren Joins Power A Clean Future Ohio (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-04-19
    In the Buckye State, the city of Warren (pop. 40,000 +-) reports it has become the 12th community to join the Power A Clean Future Ohio coalition as part of the city’s effort to reduce its carbon emissions 30 pct by 2030 based on 2010 emissions levels.

    Power A Clean Future Ohio is a nonpartisan coalition and campaign dedicated to working with local communities to develop equitable clean energy solutions to benefit the well-being of residents, the environment and the economy. . Other cities in the coalition are Lorain, Lakewood, Euclid, Lima, Dayton, Cincinnati, Silverton, Bexley, Reynoldsburg, Lancaster and Athens. The coalition was launched in February 2020. (Source: Power A Clean Future Ohio, Tribune Chronicle, 18 Apr., 2021) Contact: Power A Clean Future Ohio, Joe Flarida, Exec. Dir., www.poweracleanfuture.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Philippines Pledges Conditional 75 pct Emissions Cut (Int'l.)
    Philippines
    Date: 2021-04-19
    In Manila, the Philippines' just submitted Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) pledge to the Paris Climate Accord UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) plans to reduce 75 pct of the country's carbon emissions by 75 pct -- up from the initial 30 pct pledge -- over the next two decades pegged against the projected cumulative economy-wide emission of 3,340.3 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). The heavily coal dependent Philippines recorded an average emission of 1.98 MtCO2e per capita in 2020, lower than the global average of four metric tons per capita.

    Of the 75 pct reduction pledge, 72.29 pct is conditional upon international aid while 2.71 pct is unconditional, according to the NDC filing.

    The Philippines is the last ASEAN country to formally commit to the 2016 Paris Agreement, following Cambodia and Brunei, which both submitted their NDCs last December. The According to UNFCCC , 192 out of 196 countries have already submitted their pledges. (Source: Philippine Climate Change Commission, ASEAN Economist, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: Philippine Climate Change Commission, Carlos Dominguez III, info@climate.gov.ph, (632) 8353 8494, www.climate.gov.ph

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Philippines news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Environmental Defense Climate Change Fund Notable Quote
    Environmental Defense Fund
    Date: 2021-04-16
    "Strong support from so many U.S. business leaders demonstrates now is the time to set an ambitious, achievable goal of cutting U.S. emissions by at least 50 pct by 2030.

    "Bold action from the U.S. is critical to put the world on a path to net zero emissions, accelerating American innovation and protecting front line communities from the worst impacts of climate change." -- Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund, Apr. 2021 Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Elizabeth Gore, Senior VP, Political Affairs, 202-572-3298, www.edf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    TOTAL, Siemens Ink LNG Emissions Reduct. Deal (Alt. Fuel, Int'l.)
    TOTAL, Siemens
    Date: 2021-04-14
    Paris-headquartered energy giant TOTAL reports it and Siemens Energy have entered into a technical collaboration agreement to study sustainable solutions for CO2 emissions reduction focused on natural gas liquefaction facilities and associated power generation.

    According to the company website, TOTAL is the world's second largest privately owned LNG player and expects have a global portfolio of nearly 50 million tpy by 2025. The company operates across the entire LNG value chain, from production and processing to trading, shipping, and distribution. (Source: Total, Rigzone, Others, 14 Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Siemens,  LNG,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight
    Date: 2021-04-14
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com

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  • China's Steel Emissions Expected to Fall 30 pct by 2030 (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-04-14
    According to the China Iron and Steel Association, China's crude steel output will peak at around 1.16 billion tonnes in 2025, when carbon emissions in the sector will also reach a peak then fall by 420 million tonnes -- 30 pct -- by 2030.

    In 2020, China's steel sector accounted for 57 pct of world production -- 1.065 billion tonnes of crude steel -- and accounted for roughly 15 pct of the country's total carbon emissions. (Source: China Iron and Steel Association, Hellenic Shipping News, 21 Mar., 2021) Contact: China Iron and Steel Association, english.chinaisa.org.cn

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    BP Planning Teeside Blue Hydrogen Plant (Int'l. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In the UK, London-headquartered group BP reports it has begun a feasibility study for Britain's largest blue hydrogen plant to be constructed in Teeside , northern England, by 2030. The planned 1-GW facility will produce roughly 20 pct of Britain's target of 5 GW of hydrogen capacity by the end of the decade.

    Blue hydrogen is produced by converting natural gas into hydrogen and storing the CO2 emissions from its production. The Teeside project could capture up to 98 pct of carbon emissions from the hydrogen production process. (Source: BP, PR, Economic Times, Mar, 2021); Contact: BP PLC, Sean Reavis, Senior VP, Low Carbon and Trading, www.bp.com

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    Rhode Island Act Eliminates CO2 Emissions by 2050 (Reg. & Leg.)
    Rhode Island
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In Newport, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) has affixed his signature to the 2021 Act on Climate which is designed to incrementally reduce and eliminate carbon emissions in the Ocean State by the year 2050. Plans on how to meet the goals of the bill will now be decided by a climate council involving members of the executive branch. The legislation will be regularly reviewed and updated every five years.

    The legislation's advocates say it will drive green jobs and deliver cleaner air and fight climate change while, as expected, opponents claim the legislation will be a big financial hit to homeowners and businesses. (Source: Office of Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, 10-WJAR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee, (401) 222-2080, Fax: (401) 222-8096, governor.ri.gov

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    California Carbon Reduction Partnership Growing (Ind. Report)
    Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In the Golden State, the Oakland-based not-for-profit Rising Sun Center for Opportunity is reporting the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, Bay Area Regional Energy Network, and East Bay Community Energy have joined other Bay Area industry, labor, and government agencies to work to "ensure equitable access to high-road jobs in the building decarbonization industry" and reducing the region's carbon footprint.

    Other organizations joining the effort include the Construction Trades Workforce Initiative, Emerald Cities Collaborative, The Greenlining Institute, several builder groups, and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.

    According to Rising Sun, most housing in the Bay Area uses natural gas for cooking, water heating, and space heating. Reducing residential carbon dioxide emissions will require new housing to be all electric new construction, as well as significant retrofitting of existing housing.

    The effort is being funded by California High Road Training Partnership and California Climate Investments program. (Source: Rising Sun, PR, The Independent, 10 Apr., 2021) Contact: Rising Sun, Julia Hatton, CEO, 510-665-1501, www.risingsunopp.org

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    Decarbonisation Funds Awarded in South Wales (Int'l. Report)
    UK Research and Innovation
    Date: 2021-04-12
    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) reports the awarding of £20 million funding to support the engineering phase of a £37 million decarbonisation programme that includes the use and production of hydrogen, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and CO2 shipping from South Wales.

    The programme is being led by the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) -- a partnership of organisations from the English border to Pembrokeshire's coastline that's working to promote green energy and the decarbonisation of industrial areas of Wales.

    The project partners include: Associated British Ports, Capital Law Limited, Industry Wales, Lanza Tech, RWE, Shell, Tata Steel, Tarmac, University of South Wales, Valero Energy, Wales & West Utilities and others. (Source: UK Research and Innovation, Wales Energy & Environment, 11 April, 2021) Contact: UK Research and Innovation, www.ukri.org; South Wales Industrial Cluster, www.swic.cymru

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    Honeywell Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Honeywell reports it has committed to become carbon neutral in its operations and facilities by 2035 through a combination of further investment in energy savings projects, conversion to renewable energy sources, completion of capital improvement projects at its sites and in its fleet of company vehicles, and utilization of credible carbon credits. These initiatives represent a continuation of the company's sustainability efforts since 2004, which have already driven a more than 90 pct reduction in the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities.

    Honeywell notes its carbon-footprint reduction will continue to be driven through the company's rigorous, end-to-end business operating system. Honeywell's reductions will be reported publicly and third-party verified pursuant to The Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The company's efforts will result in carbon-neutral operations and facilities as it relates to direct emissions (Scope 1) and indirect emissions from electricity and steam (Scope 2). In addition, Honeywell has committed to addressing Scope 3 indirect emissions by enhancing its existing tracking system and partnering with industry leaders to identify and implement best practices while encouraging customers to adopt Honeywell's climate solutions and products.

    In 2019, Honeywell set a new "10-10-10" target to reduce global Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions intensity by an additional 10 pct from 2018 levels, deploy at least 10 renewable energy opportunities, and achieve certification to ISO's 50001 Energy Management Standard at 10 facilities by 2024. Honeywell also provides: process technology to produce biofuels, building energy savings performance contracts; energy conservation; investing in energy storage solutions such as flow batteries; and technologies to support the decarbonization of residential, commercial, and industrial energy by replacing natural gas with hydrogen.

    The company notes it has implemented more than 5,700 sustainability projects since 2010, saving an annualized $100 million in costs. (Source: Honeywell, Website PR, 8 April, 2021) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com

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    PSU $4.6Bn Endowment Aims for Net-zero Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Penn State University
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In the Keystone State, the Penn State University Office of Investments has announced it will eliminate greenhouse gas emissions associated with underlying investments, but not necessarily divesting fossil fuels, in Penn's $4.6 billion endowment by 2050.

    The goal supports efforts outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to reduce the world's net anthropogenic emissions to zero by 2050. This announcement builds upon Penn State's annual Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 report, released on Dec. 1, 2020, which summarized the University's latest progress in environmental sustainability made from 2019 to 2024 with a commitment to achieve a 100 pct carbon-neutral campus by 2042.

    Penn State has reduced its overall carbon emissions by 37.2 pct since 2009 and "greened" its physical footprint with 27 buildings achieving US Green Building Council LEED certification, 34 buildings having green roofs, and 14 acres of open space having been added through the creation of Penn Park. In 2020, the University signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the construction of two new solar energy facilities which will offset 75 pct of both the academic campus and the University of Pennsylvania Health System's electricity consumption through renewable energy. (Source: Penn State University, PR, The Pennsylvanian, Apr., 2021) Contact: Penn State University, 814-865-6528, www.bursar.psu.edu/endowments

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    Notable NOAA Quote -- Emissions Reduction Progress
    NOAA
    Date: 2021-04-09
    "Progress in emissions reductions is not visible in the CO2 record. We continue to commit our planet -- for centuries or longer -- to more global heating, sea level rise, and extreme weather events every year.

    "If humans were to suddenly stop emitting CO2, it would take thousands of years for our CO2 emissions so far to be absorbed into the deep ocean and atmospheric CO2 to return to pre-industrial levels." -- Pieter Tans, Senior Scientist, NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory, June, 2020, www.research.noaa.gov

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    A4A Commits to Net-Zero Emissions, SAF (Ind. Report)
    Airlines for America
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced the commitment of its member carriers to work across the aviation industry and with government leaders to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and for a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and to make 2 billion gallons of SAF available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.

    Many A4A members have set net-zero emissions goals and are already investing in SAF, but the aviation industry requires a similar urgent commitment from policymakers, fuel producers and others in the feedstock and fuel supply chain to achieve meaningful scalability. Additionally, A4A has helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to CORSIA to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020, according to the organization's website. (Source: Airlines for America, PR, Website, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, Pres., CEO, www.airlines.org

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    Mitsui Plans $1.8Bn Investment by 2023 to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
    Mitsui
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Japanese maritime shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. is reporting a plan to invest $1.8 billion over the next three years to achieve zero emissions from its fleet by 2050 and to develop new carbon-neutral businesses.

    To that end, the company is looking at initiatives and technologies designed to improve the performance of its shipping fleet and cut emissions. Mitsui is also investigating new business lines tied to the emerging technologies including offshore wind, wave energy, alternative fuels, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), LNG bunkering and liquefied CO2 ocean transport, according to a release. (Source: Mitsui, PR, Nikkei Asia, Apr., 2021) Contact: Mitsui, www.mitsui.com

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    Stolt Tests GoodFuels Biofuel at Rotterdam (Int'l. Report)
    GoodFuels
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Oslo-headquartered Norwegian shipowner Stolt Tankers B.V. is reporting successful completion of GoodFuels marine biofuel trials at the port of Rotterdam .

    GoodFuels' marine biofuel is derived from used cooking oil (UCO), tallow, and waste animal fats and can reduce carbon emissions by up to 90 pct compared with conventional bunker fuels, according to GoodFuels. (Source: Stolt Tankers, PR. Argus, 7 Apr., 2021) Contact: Stolt Tankers, +47 22 80 75 80, www.stolt-nielsen.com; GoodFuels, Bart Hellings, CEO, EPS , Cyril Ducau, CEO, +31 88 021 5100, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

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    WBCSD, NBI Ink Net-Zero Buildings MOU (Ind. Report)
    World Business Council for Sustainable Development,New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Reporting from Geneva, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Portland, Oregon-headquartered New Buildings Institute (NBI) are reporting a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) defining how the two organizations will collaborate to advance and promote energy efficiency, enhance resilience and achieve carbon reductions in buildings. This is critically important as buildings account for nearly 40 pct of carbon emissions globally.

    Specifically, WBCSD and NBI are seeking to develop and disseminate effective solutions for full life cycle decarbonization of new and existing buildings and districts. In addition, the collaboration will work to expand the number of businesses and building owners investing in net-zero performance as well as grow capability of the building industry to meet this demand. Other intentions include accelerated adoption of zero-energy and zero-carbon standards and tools across the entire life cycle of buildings and promotion of the Building System Carbon Framework as a tool enabling decarbonization.

    Both organizations work with a variety of stakeholders including building owners, designers, operators, consultants, government officials and businesses with building portfolios. The partnership is intended to engage with the critical market actors to accelerate and scale net-zero policies and practices that will dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment in the United States and share lessons learned across the world, according to the release. (Source: WBCSD, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: WBCSD Bill Sisson, Exec. Director, North America, www.wbcsd.org; NBI, Ralph DiNola, CEO, (503) 761-7339, Fax: (503) 968-6160, www.newbuildings.org

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    Japanese Loan to Support Indian Green Projects (Int'l. Report)
    Japan International Cooperation Agency
    Date: 2021-04-05
    In Tokyo, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAIC) reports it will loan up to ¥10 billion ($90 million)to India's Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd. -- a joint venture between Tata Capital and the World Bank-backed International Finance Corporation (IFC). Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd. will use the funds to provide "green loans" to companies that focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy , and others aimed at cutting carbon emissions and mitigating the impact of climate change.

    Tata Cleantech Capital has to date contributed to the development of 9.8 million kilowatts renewable energy and the reduction of 15.1 million tons of carbon dioxide. India has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per GDP by 33 to 35 pct by 2030 from the 2005 level under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Japan International Cooperation Agency, PR, Kyodo News, 3 Apr., 2021) Contact: Japan International Cooperation Agency, www.jica.go.jp; Tata Cleantech Cap., www.tatacapital.com/tccl.html

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    Samsung Installs Solar Power for Three Plants (Int'l. Report)
    Samsung Electronics
    Date: 2021-04-05
    In Seoul, Samsung Electronics Co. reports it is using solar power to reduce carbon emissions at four device solutions division factories in Onyang, Giheung, Hwaseong and Pyeongtaek. With the solar panels covering an area of 27,660 square meters, each division generates about 2,847 MWh per year which is being used to run electric vehicle charging stations, LED screens and other facilities.

    Samsung made a full transition to renewable energy at all DS branches in China and the U.S. in 2019, vowing to continue its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. (Source: Samsung, Korea Business Wire, 3 April, 2021)

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    A4A Commits to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Airlines for America
    Date: 2021-04-02
    Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced the commitment of its member carriers to work across the aviation industry and with government leaders in a positive partnership to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. As part of that commitment, A4A carriers pledged to work with the government and other stakeholders toward a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to make 2 billion gallons of SAF available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.

    A4A and its member carriers are committed to working in partnership across the commercial aviation sector and beyond to help advance and deploy commercially viable technology, operations, infrastructure and SAF to meet these ambitious climate goals. At the same time, it is imperative that the U.S. federal, state and local governments implement supportive policies and programs that enable innovation, scale-up, cost-competitiveness and deployment in each of these areas, while avoiding the implementation of policies that would limit the aviation industry's ability to invest in emissions-reducing measures.

    Many A4A members have set net-zero emissions goals and are already investing in SAF, but the aviation industry requires a similar urgent commitment from policymakers, fuel producers and others in the feedstock and fuel supply chain to achieve meaningful scalability.

    U.S. airlines greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions currently accounts for less than two percent of the nation's GHG emissions inventory. U.S. airlines improved their fuel efficiency by more than 135 pct between 1978 and year-end 2019, saving over five billion metric tons of CO2 -- equivalent to taking more than 27 million cars off the road on average in each of those years. Additionally, A4A has helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to CORSIA to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020, according to the organization's website. (Source: Airlines for America, PR, Website, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, Pres., CEO, www.airlines.org

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    FAW-Volkswagen Touts Emissions Reduction Initiative (Int'l.)
    FAW-Volkswagen
    Date: 2021-03-31
    In China, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd. (FAW-VW) has launched an initiative of promoting carbon emissions peaking and carbon neutrality in Beijing, in order to fulfil the company's social responsibility to realize green development in line with the national strategy to attain carbon neutrality by 2060.

    FAW-VW notes it has been building green factories, adhering to green manufacturing, and continuously improving its environmental management system and launched the MEB platform since company establishment 30 years ago. "Our vision is CO2-neautral production without negative environmental impact during our complete production cycle," said FAW-VW technical VP Andreas Dick.

    In December 2014, FAW-VW launched a comprehensive corporate social responsibility strategy, becoming one of the first auto companies in China to put forward a corporate social responsibility strategy in China. (Source: FAW-Volkswagen, PR, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: FAW-Volkswagen, +86-431- 8112-1212, yuyang_iec@faw.com.cn, www.faw.com/fawen/gyjt36/gjhz/faw-volkswagen/index.html

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    First4Milk Soil Carbon, Sustainability Project Launched (Int'l.)
    First Milk, Neste, Agricarbon
    Date: 2021-03-31
    In the UK, milk producer First Milk is touting the First4Milk project which establishes a comprehensive and scientifically robust soil carbon baseline for First Milk farms. The project will see high intensity, field-by-field soil carbon stock quantified across 40 farms, with the intention to extend this to 100 First Milk farms by the end of 2021.

    The initial phases of the project are being conducted in partnership with Nestlé, which is supporting this as part of its climate journey roadmap, building robust scientific data, with partners, to effectively drive progress in carbon reduction through its supply chain. The First4Milk sustainability programme aims to sequester 100,000 tpy of carbon in soils by 2025 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. (Source: First Milk, Website PR, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: First Milk, www.firstmilk.co.uk; Agricarbon, + 34 957422099, + 34 957422168, info@agriculturadeconservacion.org, www.agricarbon.eu: Neste UK, Robin Sundaram, Responsible Sourcing Manager, www.neste.com

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    BASF Aiming for Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l. Report)
    BASF
    Date: 2021-03-31
    BASF reports it is aiming to reduce its production CO2 emissions by 25 pct by 2030 and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. To that end, the company plans to progressively switch to renewable energy sources and to invest up to €1 billion by 2025 in new technologies to reach its climate target and a further €2 billion to €3 billion by 2030.

    In 2018, BASF's worldwide emissions totaled 21.9 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents. In 1990, this figure was roughly twice as high. The new 2030 emissions goal represents a reduction of approximately 60 pct compared to 1990 levels, which exceeds the European Union's target of minus 55 pct. (Source: BASF, PR, European Coatings, 30 Mar., 2021)

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    Avfuel Supplying Neste MY SAF at Monterey Jet Center (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel, Neste
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation reports it is now supplying Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM on a regular basis to its branded FBO, Monterey Jet Center (KMRY), in Monterey, Calif.

    According to the release, each truckload of SAF that Avfuel delivers to Monterey Jet Center will provide a 22 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over the lifecycle compared to petroleum-based jet fuel. SAF is the most effective way to reduce a flight's carbon footprint and in the future could deliver up to 80 pct less greenhouse gas emissions versus traditional jet fuelif used in its neat form.

    Avfuel is one of the first United States companies able to supply the fuel on a regular basis. Neste expects to produce 515 million gpy of SAF by 2023. (Source: Avfuel, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Avfuel, Craig Sincock, CEO, 734-663-6466, www.avfuel.com; Monterey Jet Center, 831-373-0100, www.montereyjetcenter.com

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    Maryland Awards $3.3Mn for Energy Efficiency Projects (Funding)
    Maryland Energy Administration
    Date: 2021-03-31
    The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has today announced $3.3 million in funding for fiscal year (FY) 2021 Combined Heat and Power (CHP) grants enabling eight Maryland organizations to maximize energy efficiency, decrease carbon emissions and maintain services during a power outage.

    CHP systems combine technologies to efficiently reduce energy waste and offer cleaner, more resilient energy. CHP grants are funded by the Strategic Energy Investment Fund and are ideal for critical infrastructure facilities like hospitals, wastewater treatment plants, and critical manufacturers. CHP systems can also be implemented by businesses, multifamily housing facilities, and other industries where continuous access to reliable electricity and heat are needed.

    Download MEA CHP Resource Guide details HERE.

    The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) advises the governor and general assembly on all energy matters, promoting affordable, reliable and cleaner energy. MEA develops and administers programs and policy to support and expand all sectors of the state's economy while benefiting all Marylanders and implementing legislation. (Source: the Maryland Energy Administration, PR, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, 443-694-3651, www.Energy.Maryland.gov

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    Southern Power Snares 109-Turbine S. Dakota Wind Farm (M&A)
    Southern Power, Invenergy
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Atlanta-based energy wholesaler Southern Power is reporting the acquisition of its 14th and largest wind project to date -- the 300-MW Deuel Harvest Wind Farm in Deuel County, South Dakota -- from Invenergy. The 109-turbine Deuel Harvest facility was developed by Invenergy and came online Feb. 23, 2021.

    The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility are being sold under two separate power purchase agreements -- a 25-year agreement with Great River Energy, expected to commence January 2023, and a 15-year agreement with Xcel Energy, expected to commence in October 2021. Southern Power will be the majority owner. Invenergy will retain a minority ownership position, and Invenergy Services will operate and maintain the facility.

    With the addition of Deuel Harvest, Southern Power's wind portfolio consists of more than 2,533 MW of wind generation. Southern Power's wind facilities are a part of the company's 4,928-MW renewable fleet, which consists of 43 solar and wind facilities operating or under construction. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own or operate 54 facilities operating or under development in 14 states with more than 12,498 MW of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and West Virginia. Southern Power is aiming for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: Southern Power, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Southern Power, www.southerncompany.com

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    Oxy, NextDecade Ink Tex. LNG Plant CCS Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Occidental Petroleum Corp,NextDecade
    Date: 2021-03-29
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) major NextDecade Corp. is reporting a term sheet agreement with Houston-headquartered Occidental Petroleum Corp. subsidiary Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV) to off-take and permanently store CO2 captured from the proposed Rio Grande LNG project in the Port of Brownsville, South Texas.

    The companies will negotiate a CO2 off-take and a sequestration and monitoring agreement for OLCV to transport CO2 from the facility for sequestration in an underground geologic formation in the Rio Grande Valley.

    Next Decade aims to make the LNG facility a net-zero carbon emissions development with CCS and by purchasing carbon offsets, subject a final investment decision later this year. Construction is expected to get underway in 2022. (Source: NextDecade Corp., Website PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, Richard Jackson, Pres., U.S. Onshore Resources and Carbon Management, OLCV@OXY.COM, www.oxylowcarbon.com; NextDecade Corp., (713) 574-1880, www.next-decade.com

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    Bay State Governor Inks Climate Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
    Mass. Climate Change
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Following up on our Jan. 6th coverage, Bay State Gov. Charlie Baker (D) has signed into law climate legislation committing Massachusetts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, establish interim emissions goals between now and the middle of the century, adopt energy efficiency standards for appliances, authorize another 2,400 MW of offshore wind power and address needs in environmental justice communities.

    The new law requires that greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 be at least 50 pct lower than 1990 emissions, and that 2040 emissions be at least 75 pct lower and that 2050 emissions be at least 85 pct below 1990 emissions. The remaining 15 pct will be achieved through carbon sequestration and carbon banking.

    The bill also requires the Department of Public Utilities to consider emissions reductions on an equal footing as its considerations of power generation reliability and affordability within 90 days, that the governor appoint three green building experts to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards, and that the administration establish the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for the home energy efficiency program MassSave. (Source: Various Media, Sentinal Herald, 27 Mar., 2021)Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor

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    U. Mich. Endowment Fund Refocusing on Renewables (Ind. Report)
    University of Michigan
    Date: 2021-03-29
    The University of Michigan Board of Regents has announced plans to achieve net-zero carbon footprint status for its $12.5 billion endowment by 2050.

    To that end, the Board of Regents plans to move away from fossil fuel holdings in favor of a $140 million investment in solar and wind developments and projects to limit carbon emissions and to hasten the transition to a low-carbon economy, according to a release. (Source: University of Michigan, PR, Mining Journal, 27 Mar., 2021) Contact: University of Michigan, Mark Schlissel, Pres, 734-764-1817, www.umich.edu

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    Mass. Climate Legislation Stresses Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
    Energy Eficiency
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Following up on our Jan. 6th coverage, Bay State Gov. Charlie Baker (D) has signed into law climate legislation committing Massachusetts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, establish interim emissions goals between now and the middle of the century, authorize another 2,400 MW of offshore wind power and address needs in environmental justice communities.

    The legislation also calls for the governor to: appoint three green building experts to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards; adopt energy efficiency standards for appliances; and establish the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for the home energy efficiency program MassSave. (Source: Various Media, Sentinal Herald, 27 Mar., 2021)Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor; MassSave, (866) 527-7283, www.masssave.com

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    Nevada Considers Appliance Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    Nevada Office of Energy
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In Carson City, the Nevada legislature is considering Assembly Bill 383 which, if made law, would require the Director of the Nevada Office of Energy to adopt energy efficiency standards for a wide range of appliances used and sold in Nevada. According the Appliance Standards Awareness Project estimates, Bill 383 would save Nevadans more than $29 million a year by 2035 while removing the carbon emissions equivalent of 28,000 cars from our roads.

    The U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office administers the federal Appliance Standards Program under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act which functions as a central clearinghouse for appliance efficiency standards. Since the Appliance Standards Program launched in 1987, the DOE estimates American consumers have collectively saved more than $2 trillion in reduced energy consumption and associated spending. Federal standards cover roughly 90 pct of home energy use, 60 pct of commercial building use and 30 pct of industrial energy use, according to the DOE.

    In 2019, 42 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico considered more than 500 pieces of legislation related to energy efficiency. More than 80 measures were enacted. In Nevada, during the 2019 session of the State Legislature, lawmakers passed and signed into law AB54, a measure that set new efficiency standards for lights sold in the state. (Source: Nevada Office of Energy, Sierra Nevada Ally, 26 Mar., 2021) Contact: Nevada Office of Energy, 775-687-1850, www.energy.nv.gov

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    UK Offshore Energy Transition, Emissions Deal Released (Int'l.)
    UK BEIS
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In London, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released the North Sea Transition Deal, a landmark climate transition agreement to support the offshore oil and gas industry work force and supply chain during the switch to renewable energy and a net-zero emissions economy.

    The Deal includes an agreement for early reductions in production-site GHG emissions (not including emissions from product utilization) totaling 10 pctt by 2025, 25 pct by 2027 and 50 pct by 2030, with a goal of reaching net zero by 2050 -- a 15 million tonne reduction in CO2 emissions over the next ten years.

    Additionally, the deal commits to delivery of investments of up to $22 billion in new energy technologies, including hydrogen production and carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS). The government has pledged to spend $1.4 billion on CCUS projects by 2025, and expects to provide additional support for the development of CO2 pipelines, storage sites and wells. The deal also commits to a voluntary industry target of 50 pct local, UK-made content for all new energy technology projects by 2030, with the same set-aside for oil and gas decommissioning activity. (Source: UK BEIS, PR, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    Columbian Oil Giant Commits to Net-Zero Carbon by 2050 (Int'l.)
    Ecopetrol S.A.
    Date: 2021-03-26
    Bogata, Columbia-based Ecopetrol S.A. reports it plans to cut its CO2e emissions by 25 pct as compared to the 2019 baseline for Scopes 1 and 2 by 2030 and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The goals are a part of the Ecopetrol Group's Corporate Strategy and energy transition roadmap.

    Ecopetrol operates the largest refinery in Colombia, most of the country's oil-pipeline and polyduct network and is significantly increasing its share of bio-fuels. (Source: Ecopetrol S.A., PR, 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: Ecopetrol, Uribe Benninghoff, +571-234-5190, investors@ecopetrol.com.co, www.ecopetrol.co.co

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    Waste Knot Energy Pellets Cut Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Waste Knot Energy
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In the UK, London-headquartered Waste Knot Energy is touting its "Green Knot" Solid Improved Recovered Fuel (SIRF) pellets -- made from non-recyclable waste dry commercial and industrial waste materials such as wood, card and paper -- for cement, steel and other energy-intensive industries looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

    The high-calorific value of the pellets makes them a reliable, low-emission bulk alternative to coal and pet-coke for energy-intensive industries such as cement and steel, the company notes. According to Waste Knot Energy, "A detailed analysis of the carbon footprint of our pellets, conducted by independent environmental consultants, revealed highly positive results. It showed the pellets save 550kg of CO2 per tonne -- almost half a tonne of CO2 equivalent -- compared to sending the contents to landfill." (Source: Waste Knot Energy, PR, cemnet, 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: Waste Knot Energy, +44 0 7808 964640, info@wasteknotenergy.com, www.wasteknotenergy.com

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    UK Stiffening Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Int'l.)
    UK Dept. of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In London, the UK Dept. of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is proposing to implement tighter minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for privately rented non-domestic buildings to reach a long-term target of having an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of B by 2030. The measures are in line with the government's aim of reducing building energy consumption by 20 pct by 2030 and attain net-zero carbon emissions in the UK by 2050.

    Under current MEES regulations, landlords are, subject to certain exemptions, prohibited from granting new or renewed leases on non-domestic privately rented property with an EPC rating below E. From 1 April 2023, the ban will extend to prohibit the continuation of any existing lease of non-domestic premises with an EPC rating below E. There are stringent financial penalties for non-compliance

    Under the proposals ,subject to some exceptions, landlords will need to present a valid EPC by 1 April 2025 and then will have until 1 April 2027 to improve the building to at least an EPC rating of C. Landlords will then need to repeat the process by providing a valid EPC by 1 April 2028 and subsequently ensure that by 1 April 2030 the building has improved to at least an EPC rating of B. (Source: Dept. of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Mar., 2021) Contact: BEIS, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.beis.gov.uk

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    China's Steel Emissions Expected to Fall 30 pct by 2030 (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-03-24
    According to the China Iron and Steel Association, China's crude steel output will peak at around 1.16 billion tonnes in 2025, when carbon emissions in the sector will also reach a peak then fall by 420 million tonnes -- 30 pct -- by 2030.

    In 202, China's steel sector produced 1.065 billion tonnes of crude steel -- 57 pct of world production -- and accounted for roughly 15 pct of the country's total carbon emissions. (Source: China Iron and Steel Association, Hellenic Shipping News, Reuters, 21 Mar., 2021) Contact: China Iron and Steel Association, english.chinaisa.org.cn

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    Where's the Beef? -- Gates Promotes "Wild" Ideas on Climate Change
    Bill Gates
    Date: 2021-03-24
    "We need a lot of technologies ... synthetic meat, energy storage, new ways of making building materials ... We want to be open to ideas that seem wild."-- business magnate, philanthropist, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates commenting on his plans combat climate change. Contact: Gates Notes, www.gatesnotes.com

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