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BC Tables Low Carbon Fuel Standard Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
British Columbia
Date: 2022-05-16
Argus Media is reporting the Canadian Province of British Columbia has tabled legislation that would update the province's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) which limits the carbon intensity of transportation fuels. Higher-carbon fuels that exceed the annual maximum incur deficits that suppliers must offset with credits generated by distributing approved lower-carbon alternative fuels. The BC-LCFS requires a 20 pct reduction in fuel carbon intensity by 2030. (Source: BC Ministry of Transportation, Argus, 11 May, 2022) Contact: BC Ministry of Transportation, 604-660-2421www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/organizational-structure/ministries-organizations/ministries/transportation-and-infrastructure

More Low-Carbon Energy News British Columbia,  Low Carbon Fuel,  Carbon Credits,  CCS,  


TerraVest Touts RNG, Biogas Capabilities (Ind. Report)
TerraVest Renewables
Date: 2022-05-09
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-headquartered TerraVest Renewables reports it will offer its integrated clean energy solutions manufacturing capabilities to other renewable energy project developers, to spur industry growth. TerraVest Renewables to produce RNG and alternative fuels. The company has more than a dozen vertically integrated facilities in North America.

According to the company release, Canada harvests only about 14 pct of its biogas and RNG potential through its 279 projects. In the US, more than 2,200 sites represents roughly 15 pct of potential development. There are more than 10,000 biogas operations in Europe, according to the release. (Source: TerraVest Renewables, Website, May, 2022) Contact: TerraVest Renewables, Jason Green, info@terravestrenewables.com, www. terravestrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TerraVest Renewables,  Biogas,  RNG,  


Veolia Launches HVO Fuel Powered Fleet (Int’l. Report)
Veolia
Date: 2022-04-27
In the UK, Veolia is reporting an organic waste collection contract with the Broadland District Council and the launch of a new fleet of renewable hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) "green" fueled vehicles to collect food, garden and other wastes for recycling, The contract includes a commitment to reduce operational emissions and develop low carbon solutions.

HVO is a low carbon, low emission, fossil-free and sustainable alternative to conventional fossil diesel which eliminates up to 90 pct of net CO2 and reduces nitrogen oxide (NOX), particulate matter and carbon monoxide emissions. (Source: Veolia UK, April, 2022) Contact: Veolia UK, Pascal Hauret, Managing Director Municipal, Estelle Brachlianoff, CEO, Investor Relations: + 33 1 85 57 84 76 / 84 80, investor-relations@veolia.com, www.veolia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia ,  HVO,  Biofuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


AAPA Advocates Hydrogen as Alternative Marine Fuel (Ind. Report)
American Association of Port Authorities
Date: 2022-04-22
According to the Washington, DC-headquartered American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), hydrogen is energy dense enough for use in large, ocean-going vessels and is a viable alternative marine fuel. But, due to temperature and volume requirements, hydrogen requires large, unique infrastructure investments to scale for industrial purposes.

The AAPA notes that when hydrogen is used in a fuel cell or a mono-fuel internal combustion engine, it is a zero-carbon fuel. Alternatively, when it is used in a dual-fuel combustion engine, carbon emissions are significantly reduced compared to pure fossil fuels.

Currently, hydrogen is more expensive than natural gas and will require technological advancements to accommodate its storage on ocean-going vessels. However, setting up infrastructure for brown and grey hydrogen (i.e. hydrogen processed using coal or natural gas) can be an effective way to transition to green hydrogen fuel (i.e. processed using renewable energy sources, like solar or wind) when it becomes more cost effective. Industry pilot projects have implemented hydrogen as a maritime fuel source on small vessels successfully, paving the way for the widespread use of hydrogen as a marine fuel, according to the AAPA.

To promote the use of hydrogen in the maritime industry, the Hydrogen for Ports Act of 2021 seeks to establish a competitive grant program to support the purchase, installation, construction, facilitation, maintenance, and/or operation of hydrogen or ammonia-fueled technology in the maritime shipping industry. (Source: American Association of Port Authorities, PR, 21 April, 2022) Contact: American Association of Port Authorities, 703.684.5700, info@aapa-ports.org, www.aapa-ports.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Marine Fuel,  Green Hydrogen,  Amonia,  Alternative Fuel,  


LanzaTech, Bridgestone Partner on Recycling Tech. (Ind. Report)
LanzaTech, Bridgestone
Date: 2022-04-15
Nashville, Tenn.-headquartered auto tire manufacturing giant Bridgestone Americas reports it is partnering with Illinois-based alternative fuels and Carbon Capture and Transformation (CCT) specialist, LanzaTech NZ, Inc. to develop a post-consumer waste management strategy for end-of-life tires, while also driving increased adoption of sustainably sourced chemicals for commercial applications.

Applying LanzaTech's carbon capture and gas fermentation process to end-of-life tires yields sustainably produced chemicals such as ethanol and other products. In addition, Bridgestone and LanzaTech will jointly explore opportunities to co-develop proprietary microbe technology to produce more efficient pathways to produce butadiene, a key ingredient in new tire production.

LanzaTech's goal is to challenge and change the way the world uses carbon, enabling a new circular carbon economy where carbon is reused rather than wasted. Bridgestone aims to achieve carbon neutrality and make tires from 100 pct renewable materials by 2050. (Source: Bridgestone Americas, Website PR, 12 April, 2022) Contact: Bridgestone Americas, 615-937-1000 www.bridgestoneamericas.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Bridgestone ,  Carbon Emissions,  


Green Ammonia/Hydrogen Fuel Terminal Planed for Rotterdam (Alternative Fuels, Int'l. Report)
Green Amonia, Hydrogen
Date: 2022-04-13
Energy infrastructure specialist Gasunie, HES International (HES) and international tank storage specialist Vopak report they are partnering to develop an import terminal in Rotterdam for green ammonia as a hydrogen carrier. The terminal will operate on the Maasvlakte under the name ACE Terminal and is expected to be operational from 2026.

Basic design work is expected to begin this quarter and the eventual investment decision will be taken based on elements including customer contracts and the availability of the necessary permits.

According to the developers, the demand for green hydrogen in the energy and transportation the energy sector in the Netherlands and Germany is growing and an import terminal for green ammonia will be a vital part of a hydrogen infrastructure designed to meet the emerging needs.

Ghlin, Belgium-based HES currently operates at a location in Maasvlakte with quayside capacity and direct access from the sea. Gasunie also has existing infrastructure of storage tanks and a system of pipelines. Vopak, with six ammonia terminals around the world, has extensive experience in the safe storage of ammonia. (Source: HES International, PR Website, April, 2022) HES International, +32 (0)65 400300, www.hesinternational.eu; Gasune, www.gasunie.nl/en; Vopak, www.vopak.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Amonia,  Hydrogen,  


Icelandic Collaboration to Convert CO2 into Marine Alt. Fuel (Int'l)
Landsvirkjun
Date: 2022-04-13
In Reykjavik, Iceland's nation energy company Landsvirkjun and German investment company PCC SE are reporting an agreement to jointly explore carbon emissions capture and utilization (CCU) to be used to produce green methanol as an alternative marine fuel. The companies intend to look into capturing and utilizing carbon emissions from PCC's silicon metal plant in northeast Iceland.

According to the release, the production of green methanol requires a renewable carbon source from PCC's silicon metal plant, which emits about 150,000 tpy of CO2, and renewable power from Landsvirkjun's power stations. The process of methanol synthesis requires the input of pure CO2 and hydrogen from water electrolysis, with the only by-product being oxygen and water. (Source: Landsvirkjun, PR, April, 2022) Contact: Landsvirkjun, www.landsvirkjun.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Alternative Fuel,  Marine Fuel,  


Southern Co. Gas Identifies Pathways to Net-Zero (Ind. Report)
Southern Company Gas
Date: 2022-03-30
A new study for Atlanta-headquartered Southern Company Gas (SCG) details pathways for the company's four natural gas distribution companies to reach net-zero direct methane and other greenhouse gas emissions while using its existing infrastructure. The analysis demonstrates that Southern Company Gas expects to be able to fully support its parent Southern Company's goal to reach enterprise-wide, net-zero direct GHG emissions by 2050.

The study found that SCG's operating companies, in addition to continuing to reduce their operational GHG emissions, could offset direct methane emissions with renewable natural gas (RNG) projects. For example, in partnership with agricultural interests, such as dairy farmers or food processors, on-site facilities can convert animal, food and agricultural waste into a useful fuel for our customers and avoid the release of methane emissions.

The study also analyzed four different potential pathways for reducing emissions associated with SCG's residential and commercial customers' natural gas use in Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia. Two of the scenarios were based on increased building efficiency, high efficiency gas heating technology and the use of RNG. The third scenario focused on mandatory 100 pct electrification, and the last scenario used a hybrid natural gas/electric approach for building heating.

The study noted that the pathway incorporating natural gas efficiency technologies and RNG is lower cost and produces more GHG reductions than the mandatory 100 pct electrification pathway. Moreover, the study exhibits that energy costs can remain affordable by leveraging existing natural gas networks with new and energy-efficient technologies and renewable gas.

According to the study, the high-efficiency natural gas technologies pathway estimated almost 25 pct more GHG reductions at almost half the cost of the mandatory electrification pathway – in terms of direct and indirect equipment and energy expenses. The solutions and pathways proposed will be customized for each Southern Company Gas subsidiary, and the company will continue to work with state regulators, key policy makers and stakeholder groups to design workable plans for each utility.

The study's pathway for mitigating emissions from Southern Company Gas operations expands upon the company's ongoing efforts, including: continual infrastructure improvements; advanced leak detection and repair; strategic renewable natural gas integration; expanded alternative fuels for fleet vehicles; and enhanced measurement and reporting. The analysis shows the value of complementing these initiatives with methane capture offsets and research and development focused on modern technologies and carbon-neutral fuels. (Source: Southern Company Gas, PR, 25 Mar., 2022) Contact: Southern Company Gas, Kim Greene, CEO, www.southerncompanygas.com, www.southerncompanygas.com/environment

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Company Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  GHG ,  


Europe Can't Afford to Ignore Renewable Fuels, says ePURE (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
ePURE
Date: 2022-03-23
According to a new study carried out by Gear Up for Fuels Europe, decarbonising EU road transport will require a range of emissions-reduction solutions , including sustainable fuels and ethanol, not just electrification.

The report looked at the societal impacts and consequences of light duty fleet electrification on access to passenger vehicles for EU citizens. The study compared the cost-of-ownership of similar battery electric vehicle (BEV) and internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV) models in 16 EU Member States.

The research illustrates that by betting almost exclusively on electrification of the auto fleet as a decarbonisation solution -- the direction favored in the European Commission's "Fit for 55" package -- the EU risks greatly increasing the cost of vehicle ownership and thus potentially shutting out large sectors of the population.

The study found that BEVs reached price parity with ICEVs in many countries mostly due to advantageous subsidy schemes which create in return an increasing cost burden on governments. Still, with Europeans buying mainly second-hand car vehicles, the penetration of BEVs remained low. Without subsidies and without access to low-carbon electricity, the electric vehicle is the least favourable abatement option, saving less GHG emissions than alternative fuels and increasing the cost of ownership for drivers, the study notes.

In France, E85 is already the most cost-effective low-carbon mobility option, saving emissions at a lower cost of ownership compared to conventional petrol and electric cars. A subsidy system rewarding different options based on their full life-cycle GHG-reduction potential would level the playing field between low-carbon solutions to maintain choice and attractiveness for consumers.

The study concluded that higher volumes of renewable fuels will be needed in the road sector following the new higher targets set in the revision of RED II and the potential creation of a dedicated ETS for road transport. Renewable fuels are a complementary option to battery electric vehicles and can help drive faster decarbonisation of transport while benefiting the EU economy, industry and society, the report concludes. (Source: ePURE, Website 2 Feb., 2022) Contact: ePURE, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE news,  Renewable Fuels news,  Biofuel news,  


Wartsila Touts MethanolPac Fuel Supply System (Alt. Fuel)
Wartsila
Date: 2022-03-21
Marine and energy technology specialist Wartsila has developed a dedicated fuel supply system for methanol, MethanolPac, as interest grows in the methanol pathway to decarbonisation. Combined with the recently introduced Wartsila 32 Methanol engine and the company's retrofit and system integration capabilities, MethanolPac enables Wartsia to deliver methanol-capable fuel and power systems across a wide range of marine vessel segments.

Methanol is a widely available fuel that is carbon neutral when produced from renewable sources and is easier to handle than many other alternative fuels. But with very few vessels currently operating on methanol, industry experience of integrating such systems is limited. For many vessel segments, the Wartsila 32 Methanol and MethanolPac are among the first commercially available technologies for using methanol as a fuel. The Wartsila 32 Methanol is applicable either as a main engine or auxiliary generator on a wide range of vessel types from offshore support vessels to deep-sea merchant ships, the Wartsila release notes. (Source: Wartsila Corp., Website PR, 17 March 2022) Contact: Wartsila Corp, Mathias Jansson, Director, Fuel Gas Supply Systems, Wartsila Marine Power, +44 788 473 7177, gavin.lipsith@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com/marine, www.wartsila.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Alternative Fuel,  Wartsila,  


Pratt & Whitney Reports SAF Test Success (Ind. Report)
Pratt & Whitney, World Energy
Date: 2022-03-18
Aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies unit, reports it has successfully tested the GTF Advantage engine configuration with 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) provided by World Energy. The test marks a key step on the road toward 100 percent SAF operation of GTF-powered aircraft and is a key element of an extensive development program validating the engine's performance on 100 percent SAF in thrust transients, starting and operability.

Pratt & Whitney has been actively involved in testing SAFs for almost two decades and helped establish the technical standards that allow today's engines to operate on SAF blends of up to 50 percent with standard kerosene. Pratt & Whitney is working towards validating its engines to operate with 100 percent SAF, and collaborate closely with the (CAAFI) and ASTM International in service of that goal.

Pratt & Whitney used 100 percent Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosine (HEFA-SPK) fuel acquired from World Energy for the test. HEFA-SPK is a specific type of hydrotreated vegetable oil fuel used in aviation and is considered a leading alternative replacement for conventional jet fuel by CAAFI due to the sustainability of its feedstock. (Source: Pratt & Whitney, PR, 17 Mar., 2022) Contact: Pratt & Whitney, Graham Webb, CSO, 860-565-4321, www.pwgtf.com; World Energy, 617-889-7300, Fax -- 617-887-2411, info@worldenergy.net, www.worldenergy.net; Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, www.caafi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pratt & Whitney,  SAF ,  World Energy,  


U.S. Gain Suppling RNG to LA Sanitation Districts (Ind. Report)
U.S. Gain
Date: 2022-03-11
Appleton, Wisc.-based U.S. Gain , a leader in the development and distribution of alternative fuel and renewable thermal energy, is reporting an agreement with the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD to provide renewable natural gas (RNG) to fuel LACSD-owned fleet vehicles at two maintenance yards.

As part of their sustainability goals, LACSD received a Carl Moyer Program grant in partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and South Coast Air Quality Management District to work towards guidelines for reduced air pollution. As part of the grant, LACSD solicited proposals to help support their emission reduction goal, improve fleet operations, and find alternative solutions for fleet fueling. A condition of this grant was finding a supplier that had RNG ready within a short time frame. U.S. Gain's ability to supply fuel immediately was a differentiator.

California offers economic incentives for alternative fuel use, spurring interest from fleets across market sectors. Leading trucking, refuse, school, municipality, and transit fleets are using RNG as a preferred solution. U.S. Gain offers fueling contracts customized to partners' needs–ensuring volumes, terms, and environmental credit values match expectations. (Source: US Gain, Website PR, 9 Mar., 2022) Contact: US Gain, Scott Hanstedt, 800-274-4431, 920.381.2190, www.usgain.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Gain,  


Coca-Cola Delivery Fleets Switching to HVO (Ind. Report)
Coca-Cola
Date: 2022-03-04
Global soft drinks giant Coca-Cola (CCEP) reports its entire third party logistics fleet in the Netherlands is now running on 100 pct Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO100). The switch from fossil fuels to HVO will reduce GHG emissions across its third party logistics fleet by up to net 90 pct compared to the use of fossil fuels.

In the UK, Coke's previously reported switch to HVO100 fuel across all its haulage operations, cut emissions by 17,000 tpy of CO2e. All Cokes haulage in Sweden is powered by alternative fuels, such as HVO and biogas.

Coca-Cola is aiming to reduce its value chain GHG emissions by 30 pct by 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions by 2040. (Source: Coca Cola, Mar., 2022)

More Low-Carbon Energy News HVO,  Alternative Fuels,  Carbon Emissions,  


U.S. Gain to Supply RNG for Hydrogen Production (Ind. Report)
US Gain
Date: 2022-02-14
Appleton, Wisconsin-headquartered alternative fuels specialist U.S. Gain reports its renewable natural gas (RNG) supply will be used as a feedstock in hydrogen production, enabling a greener fueling solution for the California transportation market.

According to the US Gain release, "Hydrogen producers are quickly learning the importance of feedstock selection in the production process, especially when the hydrogen is distributed in regions with established clean fuel programs. Leveraging RNG in the hydrogen production process can dramatically impact the hydrogen's CI score. A lower CI score translates to improved environmental benefits and additional economic value. For hydrogen producers, the best low-carbon scenario comes from dairy-based RNG, which results in a CI score as low as -300." (Source: U.S. Gain, Website, PR, Feb., 2022) Contact: U.S. Gain, Stephanie Lowney Director of Marketing & Innovation, 920.381.2190, slowney@usgain.com, www.usgain.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Gain,  RNG,  Hydrogen,  


Europe Can't Afford to Ignore Renewable Fuels , says ePURE (Int'., Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
ePURE
Date: 2022-02-09
According to a new study carried out by Gear Up for Fuels Europe, decarbonising EU road transport will require a range of emissions-reduction solutions , including sustainable fuels and ethanol, not just electrification.

The report looked at the societal impacts and consequences of light duty fleet electrification on access to passenger vehicles for EU citizens. The study compared the cost-of-ownership of similar battery electric vehicle (BEV) and internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV) models in 16 EU Member States.

The research illustrates that by betting almost exclusively on electrification of the auto fleet as a decarbonisation solution -- the direction favored in the European Commission's "Fit for 55" package -- the EU risks greatly increasing the cost of vehicle ownership and thus potentially shutting out large sectors of the population.

The study found that BEVs reached price parity with ICEVs in many countries mostly due to advantageous subsidy schemes which create in return an increasing cost burden on governments. Still, with Europeans buying mainly second-hand car vehicles, the penetration of BEVs remained low. Without subsidies and without access to low-carbon electricity, the electric vehicle is the least favourable abatement option, saving less GHG emissions than alternative fuels and increasing the cost of ownership for drivers, the study notes.

In France, E85 is already the most cost-effective low-carbon mobility option, saving emissions at a lower cost of ownership compared to conventional petrol and electric cars. A subsidy system rewarding different options based on their full life-cycle GHG-reduction potential would level the playing field between low-carbon solutions to maintain choice and attractiveness for consumers.

The study concluded that higher volumes of renewable fuels will be needed in the road sector following the new higher targets set in the revision of RED II and the potential creation of a dedicated ETS for road transport. Renewable fuels are a complementary option to battery electric vehicles and can help drive faster decarbonisation of transport while benefiting the EU economy, industry and society, the report concludes. (Source: ePURE, Website 2 Feb., 2022) Contact: ePURE , www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fit for 55,  PURE,  Ethanol,  Carbon Emissions,  Decarbonization,  EU ETS,  


CUTRIC Compares RNG, CNG, Diesel Bus Fuels (Alt, Fuels Report)
Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium
Date: 2022-01-28
In partnership with Enbridge Gas, the Toronto-headquartered Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) has launched three holistic studies comparing buses powered with renewable natural gas (RNG), compressed natural gas (CNG), and diesel fuel.

Conducted separately for Calgary Transit, Orange County Transportation Authority, and TransLink, these four-month projects analyze factors ranging from fuel usage and vehicle maintenance to the total cost of ownership and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based on differing propulsion fuels in transit buses. Each project delivers a comprehensive review of existing CNG and RNG applications across Canadian and U.S. transit fleets, and determines total emissions based on transit fleet data from selected samples and average values.

"With thousands of RNG-fuelled buses already operating in transit fleets across the United States, CUTRIC's comparative analysis will determine whether RNG can quickly enable carbon-neutral mobility without sacrificing performance, reliability or range. The drive to eliminate emissions is rightly focused on the integration of new technologies, such as battery electric buses and hydrogen fuel-cell electric buses. RNG is often overlooked as another easily accessible, available and simple net-zero emissions alternative fuel for Canadian transit agencies today. Our study will show the extent to which RNG can support the drive-to-zero emissions today.

"RNG can play a vital role in reducing transit emissions by drastically reducing the cost and complexity of transitioning to zero emission buses It is interchangeable with the conventional natural gas used in existing and conventional CNG buses. It can be transported through existing pipeline systems to transit agency facilities using regular gas nomination and scheduling processes. With roughly 825 CNG buses on Canadian roads today, and with Canada's 10 operating RNG production facilities soon to be joined by another 230 that are in development, or under construction in Ontario alone, the technology is able to help displace diesel, one of the most carbon-intensive and costly fuels in the marketplace. "

CUTRIC is a socially responsible non-profit that spearheads, designs, and launches technology and commercialization projects that advance next-generation zero-carbon mobility and transportation solutions across Canada. It also develops low-cost simulation tools that help transit agencies predict how their electric buses, hydrogen fuel cell buses and autonomous smart vehicles will operate in real-time, according to the CUTRIC website. (Source: Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium, 26 Jan., 2022) Contact: CUTRIC, Josipa Petrunic, Pres.,, CEO, (437) 237-6384, www.cutric-crituc.org; Enbridge Gas, Malini Giridhar, VP Bus. Dev., www.enbridgegas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  CNG,  Enbridge Gas,  


Avfuel Supplying SAF to ACI Jet Orange in California (Ind. Report)
Avfuel
Date: 2022-01-12
Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation has added ACI Jet Orange County, near the John Wayne Orange County Airport, in southern California to its list of branded fixed-base operators (FBOs) now providing Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to air carriers using thie facilities. Avfuel delivered its first load of SAF to ACI Jet Orange County at the close of December 2021.

This new supply of SAF supports ACI Jet's customers who are looking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions immediately and significantly, according to the Avfuel release. (Source: Avfuel Corp, Website, PR, Bioenergy Int'l, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avfuel,  SAF,  


Motorcycle Makers Partner on Hydrogen Fueled Engines (Alt. Fuel)
Yamaha,Kawasaki
Date: 2022-01-05
Japanese motorcycle manufacturers Yamaha and Kawasaki are reporting a joint R&D agreement to develop hydrogen internal combustion engines for future motorcycle models. The companies see hydrogen as an alternative to electric power-trains, supporting the creation of zero-emission motorcycles that will expand hydrogen-powered mobility.

The agreement is part of a larger collaboration towards the goal of carbon neutrality, in which Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Yamaha Motor Company, Subaru Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation and Mazda Motor Corporation have entered into an agreement, according to the release.

Since 2010, Kawasaki has focused on hydrogen as a next-generation energy source and has developed technologies for the production, transportation and use of hydrogen throughout the supply chain. Kawasaki also plans to transport hydrogen using its proprietary liquefied hydrogen transporter. (Source: Yamaha, Kawasaki, The Bharat Express News, 4 Jan., 2022)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel,  


ArcelorMittal Expands LanzaTech Partnership (Int'l. Report)
ArcelorMittal Expands LanzaTech
Date: 2021-12-10
Steel production giant ArcelorMittal SA is reporting a $30 million investment in carbon recycling company, LanzaTech through its XCarb™ innovation fund.

The investment further expands ArcelorMittal's relationship with LanzaTech, which commenced in 2015 when the Company first announced plans to utilize LanzaTech's carbon capture and re-use technology at its plant in Ghent, Belgium. The €180 million Carbalyst® plant -- ArcelorMittal's flagship carbon capture and re-use technology project -- is currently under construction foe commissioning in late 2022.

LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology captures carbon-rich waste gases from the steelmaking process and converts them into sustainable fuels and chemicals, the plant will reduce ArcelorMittal Ghent's CO2e emissions by 125,000 tpy and produce 80 million lpy of bio-ethanol that can be blended with traditional gasoline and used as a low-carbon alternative transportation fuel. LanzaTech is also developing technology to convert captured emissions into a range of other chemical building blocks to make useful materials, such as textiles, rubber, and packaging. (Source: ArcelorMittal, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: ArcelorMittal , +44 20 7543 1128, www. corporate.arcelormittal.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal ,  LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  Alternative Fuels,  CCS,  


Oberon Fuels Expanding rDME Commercial Production (Ind. Report)
Oberon Fuels
Date: 2021-12-01
San Diego-based renewable dimethyl ether (rDME) transportation fuel producer Oberon Fuels is reporting the addition of three new team members to focus on expanding Oberon's production and rDME markets development.

Founded in 2010, Oberon Fuels is the only company currently producing rDME commercially. Renewable DME significantly reduces emissions and carbon intensity when used in place of traditional fuels: as an energy-dense, cost-effective means to transport and store renewable hydrogen; as a blending agent with liquified petroleum gas (LPG, or propane); and as a diesel replacement in compression ignition engines.

When produced using the Oberon process, the California Air Resources Board has calculated that dairy biogas-based rDME has an estimated carbon intensity (CI) value of -278. Renewable DME used as a transportation fuel can quickly decarbonize the transportation sector while greatly reducing the emissions of particulate matter, greenhouse gases and other pollutants, according to the company, (Source: Oberon Fuels, PR, 30 Nov., 2021) Contact: Oberon Fuels, www.oberonfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oberon Fuels,  DME,  Alternative Fuel ,  DME,  


Plug Power Tapped for Egyptian Green Ammonia Project (Int'l)
Plug Power
Date: 2021-11-26
Latham, New York-headquartered hydrogen fuel cell pioneer Plug Power Inc. reports it has been selected by Abu Dhabi-headquartered Fertiglobe as the technology provider for a 100 MW electrolyzer to produce green hydrogen as feedstock for the production of up to 90,000 tpy of green ammonia in Sokhna, Egypt.

Green ammonia is an ideal carrier fuel to store and transport hydrogen, and can help decarbonize numerous sectors which represent around 80 pct of current global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, including as an important alternative fuel in the power sector in Japan and other countries.

Fertiglobe -- a Netherlands-based OCI NV, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Scatec ASA and Orascom Construction (ORAS) partnership -- produces 6.7 million tpy of urea and merchant ammonia at subsidiaries in the UAE, Egypt and Algeria, making it the largest producer of nitrogen fertilizers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). (Source: Plug Power, Website PR, 24 Nov., 2021) Contact: Plug Power, Andy Marsh, CEO, www.plugpower.com; Fertiglobe, Ahmed El-Hoshy, CEO, www.fertiglobe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Plug Power,  Green Hydrogen,  Amonia,  


Japanese Automakers Partner on Hydrogen, Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
Toyota. Mazda,Yamaha, Subaru
Date: 2021-11-15
Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp has announced it will partner with Mazda Motor Corp, Subaru Corp, Yamaha Motor and Kawasaki Heavy Industries to explore the viability of hydrogen and synthetic fuels derived from biomass and other alternative green fuels for internal combustion engine cars.

Toyota is developing vehicles powered by hydrogen which is being promoted by the government as part of its plan to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050. (Source: Toyota, Various Media, Dhaka Tribune, 14 Nov., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Hydrogen,  


DFW Touts First Aviation Ind. SAF Circular Economy (Ind. Report)
Avfuel, Nests
Date: 2021-11-12
In the Lone Star State, in collaboration with Avfuel Corporation and Neste, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is reporting it is the first airport in the United States to test a collaborative circular economy sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project. As part of the project, Neste subsidiary Mahoney Environmental collects used cooking oil from more than 200 DFW airport concessionaires which Neste processes into Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) . To complete the project loop, Avfuel supplied 8,000 gallon “demo” load of the SAF to Corporate Aviation for its business aviation customers.

DFW, Avfuel and Neste will continue to explore opportunities to bring more SAF to commercial and cargo airlines at DFW airport . DFW is aiming become a net-zero operation by 2030. (Source: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Aviation Pros, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: Neste, Chris Cooper, VP Renewable Fuels, US, Peter Vanacker, Pres., CEO,+358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com; Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Avfuel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Bioenergy & Alternative Fuels Report Delivery Error Notice

Date: 2021-10-06
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ePURE Weighs-In on 'Fit for 55' Legislation (Opinions & Asides)
ePURE
Date: 2021-09-27
"The name 'Fit for 55' is already part of the EU common language -- shorthand for a sweeping set of proposals to remake the legislative landscape for energy and climate policy. (The "Fit for 55' package of proposals aim to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas *GHG) missions by at least 55 pct by 2030.)

"For the EU biofuels industry, the new proposals -- including major changes to policies on renewable energy, alternative fuels infrastructure, the Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and energy taxation, as well as a de facto deadline for the end of the internal combustion engine -- promise a potentially bumpy road ahead as the implications become clear to policymakers as they fine-tune this legislation in the coming months: unleashing the true potential of crop-based ethanol and creating a policy environment that can spark investment in advanced ethanol are must-have components of any realistic roadmap to carbon-neutrality.

"Transport Decarbonisation -- As usual, the signals from the Commission about whether biofuels can play a major role in transport decarbonisation are mixed. On the one hand, the Fit for 55 package sets important new goals for emissions reduction and creates a solid foundation for reaching them by giving a role to renewable liquid fuels in decarbonising transport. On the other, the Commission still hesitates to make the best use of emissions-reduction tools it has today, including biofuels -- even when targets have been raised to such a degree that their contribution is essential.

"Fully enabling biofuels in the drive to carbon-neutrality is just common sense. Even under a scenario in which electric vehicles make rapid gains in market share and the sale of internal combustion engines is phased out, the EU car fleet will consist predominantly of vehicles that run fully or partly on liquid fuel in 2030 and beyond. For these petrol and hybrid cars, renewable ethanol is the most cost-effective and socially inclusive way to reduce emissions. Europe cannot afford to ignore this View on transport decarbonization are mixed important part of the equation.

"Sustainability Issues -- With the main components of the Fit for 55 package, the Commission should fully maximize the tools it has on hand for decarbonisation -- especially the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). This is the third time since 2009 the Commission has tried to get RED right. With Fit for 55, the Commission finally realizes that to succeed it needs to focus on higher GHG intensity reduction targets that drive renewable energy in transport, without multipliers that hide the EU's continued reliance on fossil fuels.

Now that sustainability issues have been settled, the EU should unleash the potential of crop-based biofuels and encourage the wider deployment of advanced biofuels. The main questions about the sustainability of biofuels were settled after RED II was adopted in 2018 by phasing out high ILUC-risk biofuels.

"We know that deforestation and outdated 'food vs fuel' arguments do not apply to EU renewable ethanol. So with this revision we should be taking the next logical step and unleashing the potential of good biofuels. Other Fit for 55 components should work in concert to promote solutions that make a realistic impact on decarbonisation.

"The CO2 for Cars Standards should include more than just one technology and recognize the benefits of renewable fuels such as ethanol to reduce the carbon-footprint of cars on the road. The Energy Taxation Directive should incentivize renewable fuels, moving away from volume-based taxation and a parallel Emissions Trading System for transport should complement, not replace, binding national targets for emissions reductions in the Effort Sharing Regulation, and avoid increased fuel prices and social discontent.

"As the European Parliament and EU Member States go to work on this legislative package from the Commission in the coming months, it will be interesting to see whether Fit for 55 can be made fit for purpose." (Source: ePURE, Sept., 2021)

Editor's note -- ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association reports its members produced 5.57 billion litres (1.45 billion gallon +-) of ethanol and 6.16 million tonnes of co-products in 2020, with a significant increase in production of ethanol for industrial use. ePURE represents 35 members,including 19 ethanol producers with around 50 plants across the EU and UK, accounting for about 85 pct of EU renewable ethanol production. Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General, www.epure.org

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Univ. of Iowa Ups Miscanthus Bioenergy Use (Ind. Report)
Convergen Energy, University of Iowa
Date: 2021-09-22
In the Hawkeye State, the University of Iowa reports its met its goal of a 40 pct renewable energy mix by 2020 on its way to going coal free by 2025, with the use miscanthus grass pellet fuel. The university presently sources 42 pct or more of its power from renewable sources and one boiler exclusively fed biomass fuels.

The University initially grew and dried miscanthus and combined it with coal which was burned for power production. But this year the University sent its harvested miscanthus crop to Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Convergen Energy which incorporates miscanthus and non-recyclable paper as ingredients in fuel pellets to be burned for power production. The pellets are EPA-designated as a non-waste alternative fuel with reduced emissions over traditional fuels.

Fast-growing giant miscanthus can grow in marginal soil and produces twice the biomass of switch grass, according the USDA. (Source: University of Iowa, Gazette, 21 Sept., 2021] Contact: University of Iowa, Convergen Energy, 920 432 3200, info@convergenenergy.com, www.convergenenergy.com

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Calif. Fleets Increasingly Turning to NGVs (ALt. Fuel Report)
California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership
Date: 2021-09-13
In the Golden State -- where heavy-duty diesel trucks are the largest single combined source of smog-forming NOx, diesel particulate matter and other climate-altering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions -- the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership (CNGVP) reports fleets are increasingly turning to near-zero emission (NZE) natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG).

According to the CNGVP, investment in NZE NGVs is even more effective as fleets utilize carbon negative RNG. In Q1 2021, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program revealed that the average annual carbon intensity of compressed natural gas from renewable feedstocks was -16.57gCO2e/MJ, the lowest average of any currently available vehicle fuel. This means that fleet vehicles fueled by RNG in California are helping to remove more greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere than any other alternative fuel available, and ultimately help eliminate the climate impact of these heavy-duty vehicles. (Source: California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, Tom Swenson, Bus. Dev, Mgr Cummins, 909-396-2647, www.cngvp.org

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Chilean Low-Carbon e-Fuel Plant Construction Underway (Int'l.)
Porsche, Siemens
Date: 2021-09-13
Stuttgart, Germany-headquartered automaker Porsche and Siemens are reporting construction is underway on the Haru Oni manufacturing plant near Punta Arenas in Chile.

When fully operational in 2022, the facility is expected to produce 34,000 gpy of synthetic fuel before scaling up to 14.5 million gpy by 2024 and 145 million gpy by 2026, at an expected cost of roughly $7.6 per gallon. Electrolyzed hydrogen is combined with CO2 to make methanol, then gasoline.

Porsche notes its developing a synthetic fuel that emits 90 percent less CO2 than gasoline derived from fossil fuels. (Source: Porsche, Sept., 2021)

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United, Honeywell to Invest in SAF Startup (Ind. Report)
United Airlines, Honeywell,Alder Energy
Date: 2021-09-10
United Airlines Holdings Inc. and Honeywell International Inc. are reporting a multi-million dollar investment in Alder Energy LLC, a clean-technology company to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale.

Alder's technology converts woody biomass, forest and agricultural waste to produce SAF while using the same refineries, pipelines and engines as traditional fuel. United, which began using biofuels in 2009, has also pledged to buy 1.5 billion gallons of SAF over the next 20 years.

The company in 2015 made a similar commitment with alternative fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., agreeing to buy up to 900 million gallons of low-cost sustainable biofuels from waste, particularly woody biomass from the paper and pulp industry, the food industry and others.

The companies hope to commercialize the technology by 2025. (Source: United Airlines, PR, 8 Sept., 2021) Contact: United Airlines, Scott Kirby, CEO, www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/contact/headquarters.html; Alder Energy/Investment, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, info@alderinvestment.com, www.alderinvestment.com; Honeywell UOP, www.uop.com

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NGVAmerica Pledges Carbon Negative Fuels by 2050 (Ind. Report)
NGVAmerica
Date: 2021-08-23
In Washington, DC, NGVAmerica, the national organization representing the natural gas in transportation industry, reports that in 2020 renewable natural gas (RNG) from landfills, wastewater treatment plants, commercial food waste facilities, and agricultural digesters displaced fossil fuel derived conventional natural gas as the dominant on-road NGV fuel source nationwide. Moreover, the carbon intensity of RNG biofuel continues to drop. California fleets that fueled with bio-CNG in 2020 achieved carbon negativity for the year, with an annual average carbon intensity score of -5.845 gCO2e/MJ. Latest data puts the carbon intensity of bio-CNG in California's system at -16.57 gCO2e/MJ (Q1, 2021).

NGVAmerica has commited to:

  • Further accelerate the use of ultra-low to negative carbon natural gas in our fleets and as part of the supply provided to our transportation customers, marking 80 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050;

  • Support the procurement of natural gas from energy production and distribution companies that undertake responsible best practices to effectively minimize fugitive methane emissions and flaring; and

  • Support continued advancements in the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel by working with other stakeholders including government authorities to improve the efficiency of future natural gas engine technology and further control emissions from natural gas engines.

    There are currently 190 RNG production facilities in operation in North America with an additional 232 facilities under construction or under substantial development (e.g., permitting).

    NGVAmerica is a national organization of roughly 200 companies, environmental groups, and government organizations dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane. NGVAmerica member companies produce, distribute, and market natural gas and biomethane across North America, manufacture and service natural gas vehicles, engines, and equipment, and operate fleets powered by clean-burning gaseous fuels. (Source: NGV America, PR, 17 Aug., 2021) Contact: NGV America, Dan Gage, Pres., (202) 824-7360, www.ngvamerica.org

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  • Scottish Green-Methanol Project Partnership Announced (Alt. Fuel)
    Global Energy Group, Proman
    Date: 2021-08-23
    Inverness, Scotland-based Global Energy Group Ltd. (GEG) is reporting an agreement with Swiss methanol producer Proman to develop a commercial-scale renewable-power-to-methanol plant utilizing locally sourced captured CO2 to be located at the GEG-owned Nigg Oil Terminal in Scotland. Subject to ongoing technical feasibility studies, financing and development, Proman will become the owner, operator and off taker of the “Cromarty Clean Fuels Project“ green methanol production facility.

    Green methanol is a renewable, liquid used as a transportation fuel or chemical industry feedstock produced from recycled carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced from renewable electricity using proven technologies such as electrolysis. As a transportation fuel, green methanol drastically cuts greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating sulphur oxide and particulate matter, and significantly reducing nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions. (Source: Global Energy Group Ltd., Chem. Eng., 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: Global Energy Group Ltd., Tim Cornelius, CEO, www.gegroup.com; Proman, David Cassidy, CEO, +41 43 888 29 99 , Switzerland@proman.org, www.proman.org

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    JSSI, Avfuel Help Clients Offset Aviation Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel
    Date: 2021-08-18
    Chicago-headquartered Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI) reports it is joining the industry push toward a more sustainable future by enabling clients to evaluate and reduce net carbon emissions by providing an online CO2 calculator to estimate emissions and facilitating an option to purchase carbon credits to offset emissions, and boost the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation.

    Each carbon credit purchased will offset one metric ton of CO2 emissions through direct investment in a selection of carbon offset projects that meet the requirements of either the United Nations or the Gold Standard.

    Avfuel calculates carbon credits based on an industry-standardized formula, measured in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the ISO 14064 Standard, and utilizes CO2 emission coefficients as assigned by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Source: JSSI, PR, Aviation Pros, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; JSSI, Neil Book, CEO , www.jetsupport.com

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    Blue Hydrogen Found Worse for Climate than Fossil Fuels (Alt. Fuel)
    Cornell
    Date: 2021-08-16
    Blue hydrogen, an energy source that involves obtaining hydrogen by using methane in natural gas, is usually described as a "low-carbon option for generating electricity, powering vehicles, and even heating buildings." But researchers from Stanford and Cornell universities found that blue hydrogen's carbon footprint is more than 20 pct greater than that generated by natural gas or coal and around 60 pct higher than burning diesel oil for heat and causes more harm to the climate than conventional fossil fuels

    "Blue hydrogen provides no benefit. We suggest that blue hydrogen is best viewed as a distraction, something than may delay needed action to truly decarbonize the global energy economy, in the same way that has been described for shale gas as a bridge fuel and for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in general."

    "In the past, no effort was made to capture the carbon dioxide byproduct of gray hydrogen, and the greenhouse gas emissions have been huge. Now the industry promotes blue hydrogen as a solution, an approach that still uses the methane from natural gas, while attempting to capture the byproduct CO2", study co-author Robert Howarth noted.

    The vast majority of hydrogen (96 pct) is generated from fossil fuels, particularly from steam methane reforming (SMR) of natural gas, but also from coal gasification. In SMR, heat, and pressure are used to convert the methane in natural gas to hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The hydrogen so produced is often referred to as "gray hydrogen" -- this type is responsible for 6 pct of all-natural gas consumption globally, the study notes.

    Blue hydrogen is produced using the same reforming process that is used to create other types of hydrogen, but the CO2 that would ordinarily be released is captured and stored underground. As of 2021, there were only two blue-hydrogen facilities globally that used natural gas to produce hydrogen on a commercial scale, according to the study.

    The full study is available HERE. (Source: Cornell University, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Cornell University, Robert Howarth, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, (607) 255-6175, howarth@cornell.edu, www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth

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    DOE Funding MSW, Algae Bioenergy Technology R&D (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2021-08-11
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE has announced nearly $34 million in funding for 11 projects that will support high-impact research and development to improve and produce biofuels, biopower and bioproducts from municipal solid waste (MSW) streams and algae for conversion into low-carbon transportation fuels.

    Selected projects will both research and develop waste for energy conversion, improve algae farming practices to increase production, and further understanding of MSW potential as a fuel and energy source.

    Awardees across six projects will investigate various strains and farming practices of algae and explore new ways to improve their growth.

    Recipent list and details HERE. (Source: US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy , PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy

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    Eni, BASF Launch Bio-Propanol Biofuel Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Eni, BASF
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Italian energy giant Eni SpA and German industrial conglomerate BASF SE are reporting a joint initiative to develop a new technology to produce bio-propanol as a drop-in transportation fuel that could reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 65 pct to 75 pct compared to fossil fuels.

    The joint initiative aims to develop bio-propanol from glycerin, a side product in the production of industrial biodiesel that Eni would buy from European producers, with a BASF catalyst. Bio-propanol produced in this way has better chemical properties than bioethanol and is therefore a valuable component for the preparation of premium gasoline, according to the release. (Source: Eni SpA, BASF, PR Market Watch, 29 July, 2021) Contact: Eni SpA, www.eni.com; BASF Dr. Detlef Kratz, Pres. Process Research & Chemical Engineering, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

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    Holcim Launches ECOPlanet "Green" Cement (Ind. Report)
    Hoplcim
    Date: 2021-07-28
    Zub, Switzerland-headquartered cement maker Holcim Group Services Ltd is reporting the launch of its global range of green cement it ECOPlanet, which delivers at least 30 pct lower carbon footprint.

    ECOPlanet's sustainability profile is driven by innovative low-emission raw materials, including calcined clay and recycled construction and demolition waste. Its lower carbon footprint is further enhanced by decarbonizing its production process led by the use of alternative fuels.

    ECOPlanet is available in Germany, Romania, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, France, and Italy and will be distributed across 15 countries in 2021, with the objective of doubling its market presence by the end of 2022 to enable low-carbon construction at scale. (Source: Holcim Group, PR, 27 July, 2021) Contact: Holcim Group, ECOPlanet, Jan Jenisch, CEO, Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, +41 58 858 58 58, www.holcim.com

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    Shell, Aker Ink Norwegian Blue-Hydrogen MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Royal Dutch Shell plc is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lysaker, Norway-based Aker Clean Hydrogen and CapeOmega to explore the development of a large-scale blue hydrogen at Aukra on the west coast of Norway.

    The facility will use the steam methane reforming method to break natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide which will be captured and stored permanently. Notably, hydrogen is considered clean when produced from natural gas.

    The facility, which is expected to become a major supplier of alternative fuels for the marine shipping industry, fits with the Norwegian government's strategy to develop hydrogen and create long-term value from the country's energy resources.

    "Hydrogen will play a vital role to accelerate decarbonisation. It has the potential to close as much as 50 percent of the gap in CO2 emissions required to achieve the 2-degree scenario, by replacing fossil feed-stock and fuel through clean hydrogen and ammonia production and thus reducing the carbon footprint of industrial companies and in the shipping sector", according to the Aker Clean Hysdrogen website.

    Shell aims to become a net-zero emission business by 2050. (Source: Aker Clean Hydeogen, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen, post@akercleanhydrogen.com,www.akercleanhydrogen.com

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    Shell, MSC Partner on Low-Carbon Maritime Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
    MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,Shell
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Swiss-headquartered MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) reports it is partnering with Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd to develop and deploy "net-zero solutions" such as zero-emission alternative fuels and the technologies that will enable them with the ambition of contributing towards a "zero-carbon flexi-fuel concept vessel" to help the shipping sector's energy transition towards decarbonization.

    As previously reported, the two firms have worked together over the last 10 years on projects, including bunkering biofuels and ultra-low sulfur fuels, and envisage a range of net-zero fuel solutions such as hydrogen-derived fuels and the use of methanol as a marine fuel. The companies have also been exploring the potential benefits of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to bio-LNG or synthetic variants. (Source: Shell Marine, PR, gCaptain. 16 July, 2021) Contact: Shell Marine, Melissa Williams, President, www.shell.com/business-customers/marine.html; MCG Group, Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, +41 79 885 76 70, www.mcggroup.ch

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    EC European Green Deal -- "Fit for 55" -- Proposes Massive Transformation to Meet Climate Change Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
    European Green Deal
    Date: 2021-07-16
    On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (EC) announced the adoption of a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55), compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform our economy and society for a fair, green and prosperous future. The following proposals will enable the necessary acceleration of greenhouse gas emission reductions in the next decade:

  • The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) puts a price on carbon and lowers the cap on emissions from certain economic sectors every year. It has successfully brought down emissions from power generation and energy-intensive industries by 42.8 pct in the past 16 years. The EC is proposing to lower the overall emission cap even further and increase its annual rate of reduction and to phase out free emission allowances for aviation and align with the global Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and to include shipping emissions for the first time in the EU ETS.

    To complement the substantial spending on climate in the EU budget, Member States should spend the entirety of their emissions trading revenues on climate and energy-related projects. A dedicated part of the revenues from the new system for road transport and buildings should address the possible social impact on vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.

  • The Effort Sharing Regulation assigns strengthened emissions reduction targets to each Member State for buildings, road and domestic maritime transport, agriculture, waste and small industries. Recognizing the different starting points and capacities of each Member State, these targets are based on their GDP per capita, with adjustments made to take cost efficiency into account.

  • Member States also share responsibility for removing carbon from the atmosphere, so the Regulation on Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture sets an overall EU target for carbon removals by natural sinks, equivalent to 310 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030. National targets will require Member States to care for and expand their carbon sinks to meet this target. By 2035, the EU should aim to reach climate neutrality in the land use, forestry and agriculture sectors, including also agricultural non-CO2 emissions, such as those from fertilizer use and livestock. The EU Forest Strategy aims to improve the quality, quantity and resilience of EU forests. It supports foresters and the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030.

  • Energy production and use accounts for 75 pct of EU emissions, so accelerating the transition to a greener energy system is crucial. The Renewable Energy Directive will set an increased target to produce 40 pct of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. All Member States will contribute to this goal, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

  • To reduce overall energy use, cut emissions and tackle energy poverty, the Energy Efficiency Directive will set a more ambitious binding annual target for reducing energy use at EU level. It will guide how national contributions are established and almost double the annual energy saving obligation for Member States. The public sector will be required to renovate 3 pct of its buildings each year to drive the renovation wave, create jobs and bring down energy use and costs to the taxpayer.

  • A combination of measures is required to tackle rising emissions in road transport to complement emissions trading. Stronger CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans will accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility by requiring average emissions of new cars to come down by 55 pct from 2030 and 100 pct from 2035 compared to 2021 levels. As a result, all new cars registered as of 2035 will be zero-emission. To ensure that drivers are able to charge or fuel their vehicles at a reliable network across Europe, the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation will require Member States to expand charging capacity in line with zero-emission car sales, and to install charging and fuelling points at regular intervals on major highways: every 60 kilometres for electric charging and every 150 kilometres for hydrogen refuelling.

  • Aviation and maritime fuels cause significant pollution and also require dedicated action to complement emissions trading. The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation requires that aircraft and ships have access to clean electricity supply in major ports and airports. The ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels, known as e-fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

  • The tax system for energy products must safeguard and improve the Single Market and support the green transition by setting the right incentives. A revision of the Energy Taxation Directive proposes to align the taxation of energy products with EU energy and climate policies, promoting clean technologies and removing outdated exemptions and reduced rates that currently encourage the use of fossil fuels. The new rules aim at reducing the harmful effects of energy tax competition, helping secure revenues for Member States from green taxes, which are less detrimental to growth than taxes on labour.

  • Finally, a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (Tax) will put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products to ensure that ambitious climate action in Europe does not lead to 'carbon leakage.' This will ensure that European emission reductions contribute to a global emissions decline, instead of pushing carbon-intensive production outside Europe. It also aims to encourage industry outside the EU and our international partners to take steps in the same direction.

    European Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en. (Source: EC, PR, 14 July, 2021)

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  • Alt Fuels, Bioenergy, SAF Key in EU Fit for 55 (Int'l. Report)
    European Green Deal
    Date: 2021-07-16
    On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (ED) adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55), compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law.

    The EU Forest Strategy supports the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and EU Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

    The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

    European Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en. (Source: EC, PR, 14 July, 2021)

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    Keravan, Q Power Plan Synthetic Methane Fuel Prod.(Alt. Fuels, Int'l)
    Q Power,Keravan
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Finland-headquartered Keravan Energia Oy and Q Power have joined forces to produce carbon-neutral synthetic methane at the Kerava biopower plant in Finland. Synthetic methane fuel, which can be used as a transportation fuel and for energy production, is produced from CO2 recovered from the biogas plant's flue gases and hydrogen produced with carbon-neutral electricity.

    A feasibility study for an industrial-scale production plant will also be launched to investigate the various technical and economic implementation of the proposed plant. Subject to a final investment decision, the plant is expected to begin production by 2024. (Source: Keravan Energia Oy, PR, 13 July, 2021) Contact: Keravan Energia Oy, Jussi Lehto, CEO, +358 9 5849550, www.kervanenergia.fi; Q Power, Eero Paunonen, CEO, www/qpower.fi

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    BC Allows Increased Hydrogen, RNG Production (Ind. Report)
    British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-12
    In Victoria, the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation reports it has amended the province's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation (GGR) to allow utilities to increase the production and use of renewable natural gas (RNG), as well as green and waste hydrogen in the province. Under the amendment, utilities can:
  • Increase the amount of renewable natural gas utilities can acquire and supply from 5 pct to 15 pct of their total annual supply of natural gas;

  • Broaden the methods by which utilities can obtain hydrogen, RNG, and other renewable gases to include producing it or upgrading it themselves for injection into the pipeline, or paying a third party to do so, or purchasing hydrogen, synthesis gas, or lignin to displace the use of natural gas at customers' facilities;

  • Allow the current price cap of $30 per gigajoule that utilities can pay to acquire any of these fuels to increase with inflation and enabling utilities to acquire and supply green and waste hydrogen, synthesis gas, and lignin.

    The changes to the GGRR will help the province meet its CleanBC objectives and to increase the use of renewable natural gas in its system by 2030. (Source: BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation, PR, July, 2021) Contact: BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation, 604-660-2421, www2.gov.bc.ca

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  • Avfuel Supplies Million Air Burbank with SAF (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation reports it is collaborating with Million Air Burbank (KBUR) -- an Avfuel-branded FBO -- to supply Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Avfuel's first truckload of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) arrived at the FBO on June 24, this year.

    As previously reported ,Neste will supply Avfuel with SAF in sufficient volumes to meet the growing demands of Avfuel's customers, including fixed base airport operators, flight departments, original equipment manufacturers and commercial operators. Avfuel will be a branded SAF distributor for Neste and will sell the fuel under the brand name Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. (Source: Avfuel Corp., PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466,ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; Million Air Burbank, Priscilla Howden, GM, 818-843-8311, www.millionair.com; Neste, www.neste.com/products/all-products/aviation

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    GE, Safran Developing Hydrogen, SAF Aircraft Engine (Ind. Report)
    GE Aviation, Safran
    Date: 2021-06-28
    Cincinnati-based GE Aviation and Paris-headquartered Safran report they are developing a new aircraft engine aimed at reducing emissions by more than 20 pct of today's levels and work on technologies compatible with sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and hydrogen.

    The CFM joint venture, which manufactures engines for Boeing and Airbus, plans to design an open-fan engine, unlike a jet engine with a cover on a commercial aircraft. (Source: GE Aviation, Contact: GE Aviation, www.geaviation.com; Safran, +33 1 40 60 80 80, fax-- +33 1 40 60 81 02, www.safran-group.com

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    Maritime Zero-Emissions Fuels Notable Quotes (Alt. Fuel)
    Ocean Conservancy
    Date: 2021-06-11
    "By 2030, we want ships capable of running on well-to-wake zero-emission fuels -- such as green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol, and advanced biofuels -- to make up at least 5 pct of the global deep-sea fleet measured by fuel consumption." -- US DOE

    "We're going to look to the ocean to continue to help reduce pollution." -- U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry, Apr., 2021

    "We can decarbonize the sector by using zero-carbon fuels like hydrogen and ammonia, instead of dirty fuel oil, to power transoceanic vessels, but the shipping industry has been slow to make to the switch." -- John Lewis, Clean Air Task Force

    In April, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry announced the U.S. will join an international effort to achieve zero emissions by 2050 in the global shipping industry -- which emits 1 billion metric tpy of CO2, according to the Ocean Conservancy. Roughly 90 pct of world trade is transported by sea and accounts for nearly 3 pct of the world's CO2 emissions. (Source: Ocean Conservancy, Various Media, June, 2021)

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    Air Liquide, Samsung Plan Malaysian Methanol Plant (Alt. Fuel)
    Air Liquide
    Date: 2021-06-09
    French industrial gas giant Air Liquide Engineering & Construction reports it and Seoul, South Korea-headquartered Samsung Engineering are planning construction of a 5,000 tpd methanol production facility in Bintulu, Sarawak State, Eastern Malaysia.

    The methanol plant will utilise Air Liquide Engineering & Construction's proprietary process technology, Lurgu MegaMethanol, to convert natural gas into methanol. Air Liquide will license the technology required, as well as providing an Air Separation Unit (ASU) with a production capacity of 2,200 tpd of oxygen.(Source: Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, PR, Website, 5 June, 2021) Contact: Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, +33 1 49 83 55 55, www.airliquide.com/engineering-construction; Samsung Engineering, www.samsungengineering.com

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    Everfuel, Cabonline Developing Hydrogen Taxis Market (Alt. Fuel)
    Everfuel
    Date: 2021-05-21
    Herning, Denmark-based transportation fuels distributor Everfuel A/S is reporting an agreement with Cabonline, the Nordic region's largest taxi fleet operator, to jointly develop the market for taxis fueled by green hydrogen for zero emission mobility.

    Under the agreement, Cabonline will provide its participating taxi license holders with incentives to use new Toyota supplied Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The participating license holders will benefit from discounted hydrogen fuel prices at Everfuel's stations. The initiative will initially be offered only in Helsinki then expanded to Norwegian cities where Everfuel's hydrogen station network is established. (Source: Everfuel, PR, May, 2021) Contact: Everfuel, Jacob Krogsgaard, CEO,+45 2871 8945, jk@everfuel.com, www.everfuel.com

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    VW, Bosch, Shell Touting Blue Gasoline (Int'l, Alt. Fuels Report)
    VW, Bosch, Shell
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Stuttgart-based German technology provider Bosch, automaker Volkswagen and energy and petrochemical multinational Shell are touting the development of Blue Gasoline, which will be available at Bosch service stations this year.

    According to Bosch, this new fuel contains the equivalent of 33 pct renewable energy which reduces its CO2 emissions by 20 pct per kilometer traveled compared to gasoline. "On the path to environmentally friendly mobility we must ensure that we leave no technical opportunity untapped, starting with electromobility and ending with renewable fuels", claimed the president of Bosch's Propulsion Systems Solutions division, Uwe Gackstatter.

    VW's director of Development of Internal Combustion Engines, Sebastian Willmann, stresses that Blue Gasoline is another "critical component in reducing vehicle emissions, as it is particularly suitable for use in plug-in hybrid models."

    Technically, blue gas is gasoline or diesel that is a hydrocarbon fuel manufactured from hydrogen and carbon feedstocks instead of being refined from petroleum. Hydrogen comes in several colors. Black hydrogen comes from coal gasification and has 20X the mass of CO2 as of produced hydrogen. (Source: Bosch, Shell, Volkswagen, Europe Press, Explica, 9 May, 2021)

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    U.S. Biomass-Based Diesel Imports Jump 12 pct in 2020 (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2021-05-07
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel grew 12 pct to more than 31,000 bpd in 2020 due to the growing demand to meet government programs. This was the second consecutive year that the U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel increased.

    EIA notes nearly 60 pct of the U.S. biomass-based diesel imports in 2020 was renewable diesel, primarily from Singapore since 2015. Renewable diesel imports increased to a record-high level of more than 18,000 bpd in 2020 and biodiesel jumped to more than 12,800 bpd. Imports from Canada accounted for the majority of the U.S. biodiesel imports in 2020 at 7,500 bpd -- up 47 pct from 2019. (Source: US EIA, May, 2021)Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo

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    Driving California's Transportation Emissions to Zero (Report Attached)
    University of California Institute of Transportation Studies
    Date: 2021-04-23
    The attached just released University of California Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) report aims to provide a research-driven analysis of options that can put California on a pathway to achieve carbon-neutral transportation by 2045.

    The report identifies scenarios, assumptions, and related strategies -- including transitioning to zero emission vehicles, accelerating the use of alternative fuel sources, and reducing vehicle miles traveled -- tools, options, tradeoffs and benefits for areas where action can be taken now, as well as where additional actions, targets, policies, research and technology development are needed in the medium and longer term. The policy options outlined in the study, when combined, could lead to a zero-carbon transportation system by 2045, while also improving equity, health, and the economy.

    Download the Driving California's Transportation Emissions to Zero report HERE. (Source: University of California Institute of Transportation Studies, Apr., 2021) Contact: University of California Institute of Transportation Studies, www.ucits.org

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