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UKIFDA Calls for Household Transition to Biofuels (Intl. Report)
UK and Ireland Fuels Distributors Association
Date: 2020-06-29
In the UK, the UK and Ireland Fuels Distributors Association (UKIFDA) reports it is working with trade associations within the liquid fuels supply chain to lobby the UK Government and the Committee on Climate Change (TheCCC) to develop a transition that enables consumers not connected to the gas grid to cut their carbon emissions through a series of planned steps rather than one major heating system change that would include biofuel.

According the UKIFDA, biofuels would allow off-grid homes to switch to a more environmentally friendly fuel with lower carbon emissions . straightaway, with a view to fully transition over time. "Transitioning to biofuels is key in reaching both the UK Government's decarbonisation targets, and in a way that works for consumers,” UKIFDA chief executive, Guy Pulham added.

Details on the UKIFDA proposal are HERE. (Source: UKIFDA, Grampion, 28 June, 2020) Contact: UKIFDA, Guy Pulham, CEO, +44 0121 781 7267 , info@ukifda.org, www.ukifda.org; The UK Government and the Committee on Climate Change

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news,  TheCCC news,  


Reducing UK emissions: 2020 Progress Report (Int'l. Report)
The Committee for Climate Change
Date: 2020-06-26
In London, The Committee for Climate Change's (CCC) 2020 report to Parliament assess the country's progress in reducing UK emissions over the past year and makes recommendations on securing a green and resilient recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report recommends government Ministers seize the opportunity to turn the COVID-19 crisis into a defining moment in the fight against climate change. To that end, the report recommends the following investment priorities: low-carbon retrofits and buildings; tree planting, peatland restoration, and green infrastructure; strengthen in energy networks; transportation network upgrades; and moving towards a circular economy. The report also recommends: investing in the UK's workforce with "re-skilling" and retraining programmes and targeted science and innovation funding. (Source: UK Committee on Climate Change, Website ,June, 2020) Contact: The CCC, +44 (0) 75 8510 4950, private.secretary@theccc.org.uk, www.theccc.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News The Committee for Climate Change,  CCC,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


National Grid Supports UN Race to Zero Campaign (Ind. Report)
National Grid,UNFCCC
Date: 2020-06-10
National Grid reports it is supporting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) global "Race to Zero Campaign" and has to date cut its emission by 70 pct over 1990 levels.

To future meet its goals, National Grid is also: reducing SF6 emissions used in electrical equipment and swapping for alternatives; increasing energy efficiency; moving to renewable energy sources; researching the potential of hydrogen and renewable natural gas; and promoting similar actions among its supply chain and communities, targeting indirect emissions in particular.

In the US, National Grid it is working with customers to improve energy efficiency, investing in future energy systems through National Grid Partners, and supporting both solar and wind developments through Geronimo Energy. (Source: National Grid, PR, Energy Insider, 9 June, 2020) Contact: National Grid, John Pettigrew, CEO, www2.nationalgrid.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid,  Carbon Emission,  UNFCCC,  


Rolls-Royce Focused on Net Zero Carbon by 2050 (Int'l Report)
Rolls-Royce
Date: 2020-06-08
In the UK, London-headquartered Rolls-Royce reports it has joined the UN Race to Zero campaign in the run up to COP26 slated for Glasgow in Nov., 2021, and reiterates its commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. To that end, Rolls Royce reports it will:
  • Align its business to the Paris Agreement goals, to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C;

  • Use its technological capabilities to play a leading role in enabling vital parts of the economy to get to net zero carbon by 2050, including aviation, shipping, rail, and power generation;

  • Continue and accelerate accelerate its R&D and investment in efficient products and novel solutions to the climate change challenge;

  • Drive changes in the efficiency of engines and work together with the fuels industry to significantly ramp up the availability of lower carbon alternative fuels.

  • Accelerate the development of new technologies and capabilities for future low emission products, including pioneering the electrification of flight;

  • Achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from operations and facilities by 2030, by using 100 pct renewable energy, closed loop manufacturing techniques on high value metals, and deploy our cutting-edge microgrid capabilities.

    The global Race To Zero campaign mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, representing 449 cities, 21 regions, 992 businesses, 38 of the biggest investors, and 505 universities. These "real economy" actors join 120 countries in the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. Collectively these actors now cover nearly 25 pct of global CO2 emissions and over 50 pct GDP, according to the campaign website. (Source: Rolls Royce, Arabian Aeorspace News, 5 June, 2020) Contact: Rolls Royce, Warren East, CEO, www.rolls-royce.com: UN Race to Zero Campaign, www.unfccc.int/climate-action/race-to-zero-campaign

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


  • Trinidad-Tobago Granted $5Mn for Low-Carbon Research (Int'l,Funding)
    Trinidad-Tobago
    Date: 2020-05-22
    In Port of Spain, the Trinidad-Tobago Ministry of Planning Development is reporting receipt of $5 million in grant funding under the Global Environmental Facility (GEF for a national project on the development of low-carbon refrigeration and air conditioning technologies.

    The project, led by the National Ozone Unit -- Environmental Policy and Planning Division Ministry of Planning and Development, will help the country in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular those related to climate change. The project will also deliver global environmental benefits in terms of direct emission carbon dioxide equivalent (tO2eq) savings of at least 644,396 tCO2eq over the four-year period. Additionally, the project aims to fulfil Trinidad and Tobago's national priorities including: developing a resilient whole-of-government approach to climate change related disaster risk management and strengthening capacities to reduce risk; promoting energy efficiency and the efficient use of resources for increasing energy security through low-carbon alternative energy; and developing climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies .

    The project will also aid in meeting international commitments under the Montreal Protocol and United Nations Framework Convention to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC). (Source: Trinidad -Tobago Ministry of Planning, Loop News, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Trinidad -Tobago Ministry of Planning, +1 612 9700

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


    Sweden, UNDP Support Cambodian Climate Change Program (Int'l.)
    UN Development Programme
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Sweden and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are reporting their co-signing of new $3.34 million contribution agreement to support the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) from 2020 to 2022.

    The CCCA programme was implemented by UNDP and the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD). It has partnered with the Royal Government, NGOs, academia and private sector to respond to climate change challenges in Cambodia since 2009, with continuous financial support from Sweden, the European Union (EU) and UNDP. The programme is now entering into its third phase (CCCA-3).

    The CCCA grant programme provided opportunities for dozens of Government institutions, NGOs, universities and private sector partners to test climate change adaptation and mitigation approaches, and leverage financing for successful initiatives.

    In this third and new phase, the program will focus on deepening climate action in five key sectors: energy, public works and transport, rural development, environment, and education. The CCCA-3 also includes a grant facility for innovative climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, technical assistance for the overall coordination of the climate change response, and research partnerships to strengthen availability of data and knowledge on climate change in Cambodia. (Source: ScandAsia, 27 April, 2020) Contact: UN Development Programme, www.undp.org

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


    Congressional Biofuels Caucus Seeking Direct Biofuels Industry Relief (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    USDA
    Date: 2020-04-13
    Iowa Congressman Steve King (R), a member of the Congressional Biofuels Caucus, reports he has signed the attached bi-partisan letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that the USDA use "funds from the CARES Act to provide direct relief to the biofuels industry."

    Dear Secretary Perdue,

    "The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided USDA with additional resources to support farm income and prices during this economic downturn. The CARES Act included a reimbursement of $14 billion to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), and $9.5 billion for the Secretary to respond to the economic impacts of COVID-19. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prepares to address financial hardship in agriculture, we urge you to use funds from the CARES Act to provide direct relief to the biofuels industry.

    "Demand for fuel is declining as states implement stay-at-home orders and discourage travel. This sudden shift in demand is worsening market conditions to the point ethanol plants are halting production. The biofuels industry is a vital market for the commodities our farmers produce, and USDA must take immediate action to ensure plants can retain skilled workers and continue production when market conditions improve.

    "The biofuels sector provides a direct and significant boost to the value of corn and soybeans. Ethanol plants purchase two out of every five bushels of U.S. corn and biodiesel producers use over 8 billion pounds of soybean oil a year. Ethanol plants produce dried distillers grains (DDGs) as a byproduct, providing livestock farmers with a low-cost, high-protein component of animal feed. To assist with the response to COVID-19, some ethanol and biofuels plants have volunteered to produce hand sanitizer and disinfectant products to address nationwide shortages. And, ethanol plants produce high purity carbon dioxide that is critical for medical facilities and food processing. The biofuels sector plays a large role in the livelihood of America's commodity and livestock producers, and biofuels plants are major employers in many rural communities.

    "USDA should take immediate action to stabilize the biofuels industry with resources provided by the CARES Act. We look forward to working with you on this issue as USDA assists producers through this challenging time. Thank you for considering this request." (Source: Congressman Steven King, KIOW Radio, 12 April, 2020) Contact: Rep Steve King, steveking.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  USDA,  


    Senators Seeking Ethanol Ind. Support (Editorials, Opinions & Asides)
    Ethanol,Chuck Grassley
    Date: 2020-04-10
    In a recent letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Iowa's Sen. Chuck Grassley (R )and Sen. Joni Ernst(R) and a group of midwest senators, called for additional biofuel industry funding through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC).

    "As the country follows the advice of local and state governments and remain at home, motor fuel use has rapidly decreased. The decrease in fuel consumption has left (biofuel) production facilities little choice but to idle production or close completely.

    "Farm income and prices for corn and other crop commodities are directly linked to the health of the renewable fuel industry. Ethanol plants use 40 percent of all corn grown in the United States. Among other feedstocks, biodiesel and renewable diesel producers currently use over 8 billion pounds of soybean oil a year, creating demand that adds 13 percent to the cash price of a bushel of soybeans.

    "We have seen a significant drop in the price of corn and soybeans because of the decline in demand. Keeping plants open is vital for our states and we ask that you use the authority given by Congress to assist the biofuel industry during extremely difficult times. We are supportive of the proposals the biofuel industry has put forward to reimburse feedstocks and also believe that adding additional CCC funds to the Higher-Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program will drive future biofuel demand,” the senators continued," the letter said. (Source: Various Media, Atlantic News Telegraph, 8 April, 2020)Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), www.grassley.senate.gov; Sen. Joni Ernst, www.ernst.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chuck Grassley,  Ethanol,  


    Woods Hole Developing Arctic Carbon Monitoring System (Ind. Report)
    Woods Hole Research Center
    Date: 2020-02-24
    In the Bay State, the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC), in partnership with the Arctic Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA), reports it aims to develop a comprehensive monitoring and projection system for Arctic Carbon Cycling, complete with interactive web visualization, modeling, and policy engagement.

    Carbon emissions from thawing permafrost are omitted from the models and reports that inform international climate policy formulation by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Considering that permafrost carbon emissions will likely "use up" much of the remaining allowable carbon budget, incorporating these emissions into a policy framework is an immediate priority and will probably reveal the need for substantial reductions in allowable emissions from other sources.

    The ability to model and predict this potentially ruinous climate feedback is far from adequate today because of poor understanding of the processes that govern permafrost thaw and subsequent carbon emissions. These monitoring gaps severely limit the ability to integrate observations across the Arctic using remote sensing and modeling and thus to provide scientists and policy makers with reliable assessments and projections of current and future carbon emissions from a warming Arctic.

    Access Arctic Carbon Monitoring and Prediction System details HERE and HERE. (Source: Woods Hole Research Center, Feb., 2020) Contact: Woods Hole Research Center, 508-540-9900, 508-540-9700 - fax, info@whrc.org, wwwwhrc.org; Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, 617-495-1155, www.belfercenter.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woods Hole,  Woods Hole Research Center,  Permafrost,  Methane,  Climate Change,  


    IPCC Preparing First Climate Change Stock-Take Report (Int'l.)
    IPCC,UNFCCC
    Date: 2020-02-21
    Reporting from Geneva, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced it will consider the outline of the Synthesis Report for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6 SYR) on 24-28 February 2020 during its 52nd Session to be hosted by UNESCO in Paris.

    The Synthesis Report will present the latest state of climate knowledge to serve as the basis for international negotiations in time for the first global stock-take under the Paris Agreement in 2023.

    The global stock-take is a process under the 2015 Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to take stock of collective progress towards achieving the purpose of the Agreement and its long-term goals. It takes place every five years, with the first one in 2023.

    The outcome of the global stock-take will inform Parties to the Agreement in updating and enhancing, in a nationally determined manner, their actions and support for the goals of the Agreement, as well as enhancing international cooperation for climate action. (Source: IPCC, PR, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch; UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNFCCC,  Paris Climate Agreement,  IPCC,  


    73 Countries Commit to Climate Ambition Alliance, Net-Zero CO2 Emissions by 2050 (Int'l. Report)
    COP25,Climate Ambition Alliance
    Date: 2019-12-20
    The Chilean Presidency of the COP25 Meeting in Madrid has announced a renewed Climate Ambition Alliance aimed at accelerating the transformation necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change and stabilize the global average temperature rise at 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels.

    Countries participating in the Alliance commit to accelerate action by 2020 and achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. To that end, 73 countries have 'signaled their intention to submit an enhanced climate action plan" to the UNFCCC. An additional 11 countries have initiated an internal process to enhance ambition and to reflect this enhanced ambition in their national plans by 2020. Schmidt further announced that 73 parties to the An additional 14 regions, 398 cities, 768 businesses and 16 investors are also on board to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

    The Alliance will also focus on implementing measures to strengthen the protection of forests and oceans,improve water management, resilient infrastructure and sustainable cities. (Source: Government of Chile Press Release, Dec., 2019)Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP25,  Climate Change,  UNFCCC,  


    Green Climate Fund Supports Caribbean Climate Readiness (Int'l.)
    Caribbean Natural Resources Institute
    Date: 2019-12-18
    Efforts to enhance civil society's access and capacity to deliver climate finance and build resilience in the Caribbean have been bolstered by a $1.29 million grant from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

    The GCF grant will be implemented by the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) in collaboration with national designated authorities and leading civil society organizations in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States from 2020-2022. It aims to build the capacity of civil society organizations, including their knowledge, skills and organizational structures, to access climate finance and deliver climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. It also seeks to strengthen institutional mechanisms to enable civil society voice and participation in climate change decision-making nationally and regionally.

    CARICOM members include Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Suriname.

    The GCF is a funding mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that supports climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. The GCF's Readiness Support and Preparatory Grant Facility, which supports capacity building to enhance design and delivery of adaptation and mitigation projects, provided the $1.29 million grant. (Source: Caribbean Natural Resources Institute, St.Lucia News, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Green Climate Fund, +82.32.458.6059, info@greenclimate.fund, www.greenclimate.fund

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


    Norwegian Airline Offers Passenger CO2-Offsetting (Int'l Report)
    Norwegian Airline
    Date: 2019-12-09
    Norwegian, the low-cost airline reports it will join the UNFCCC's Climate Neutral Now Pledge to measure and report its greenhouse gas emissions, reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible and offset remaining emissions with UN Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).

    To that end, Norwegian has partnered with the Oslo-based climate company CHOOOSE to make it easy for customers to offset their carbon footprint as part of the ticketing process.

    When first selecting a flight, Norwegian informs customers how its flights' emissions compares to industry average. The CO2 emissions calculation is based on the official methodology of the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Council of Clean Transportation (ICCT) and Norwegian's own flight emissions data. Next, customers are offered a simple option to offset their calculated carbon footprint directly in the checkout process. For customers that opt in, offsetting is then performed through carefully selected CO2-reducing clean energy projects in regions Norwegian flies to. The projects are certified by the UN and the Gold Standard. The Gold Standard also includes contributions to other UN Sustainable Development Goals. (Source: Norwegian, PR, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: Norwegian, Geir Karlsen, Acting CEO, www.norwegian.com; CHOOSE, Andreas Slettvoll, CEO, hey@chooose.today, wwwchooose.today; International Council of Clean Transportation, www.theicct.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offsetting,  Airline Emissiuons,  Aviation Emissions,  


    ScottishPower Planning Major Onshore Wind Initiative (Int'l.)
    ScotlandPower,Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-11-27
    In the UK, a recent report from the Committee on Climate Change -- the official policy advisory group for the UK government -- warns that any hope the UK has of meeting its carbon-neutral by 2050 goal will require construction of at least 1,000 MW of onshore wind capacity every year for the next three decades as well as a quadrupling of offshore wind farm construction -- an unlikely scenario since wind farm construction in the UK has plummeted 80 pct since 2015 due primarily to a lack of government support.

    Even so, Glasgow-based ScottishPower Renewables, an amalgam of the 6 largest utility companies in Scotland, reports it is planning a major expansion of onshore wind projects and has identified 100 potential onshore sites in Scotland, and a few in Ireland, according to a Guardian report. (Source: The Guardian, Committee on Climate Change, CleanTechnica, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk; ScottishPower Renewables, Lindsay McQuade, CEO, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Committee on Climate Change,  ScotlandPower,  Wind,  Onshore Wind,  


    US DOE Funding Methanol Carbon Capture Project (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Gas ,Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Date: 2019-11-27
    Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the Richland, Washington-based US DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are reporting receipt of $300,000 in US DOE funding to design, fabricate and demonstrate a modular Integrated CO2 Capture and Conversion to Methanol (ICCCM) prototype for the combined capture and conversion of CO2 into methanol at an industrial CO2 source -- electric generation or anaerobic digestion facility.

    Over the next two years, the project will evaluate the compatibility of certain catalysts and solvents, design and build and test a reactor a project that would advance the development of Integrated CO2 Capture and Conversion to Methanol (ICCCM). SoCalGas has spent more than $10 million on the research and development of low or zero carbon technologies in the last three years. (Source: SoCalGas, Energy Global, 26 Nov., 2019) Contact: SoCalGas, Yuri Freedman, Senior Director of Business Development, www.socalgas.com; PNNL, Dr. David Heldebrant, www.pnnl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Carbon Capture,  ,  Southern California Gas ,  Methanol,  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,  


    NYStretch Energy Code -- 2020 Released in Albany (Ind Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-10-21
    In Albany, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is touting the release of it new NYStretch Energy Code -- 2020 to advance the development of energy-efficient buildings.

    The new code will help both consumers and municipalities interested in voluntarily adopting higher efficiency standards for new and renovated building construction projects.

    NYStretch is expected to deliver roughly 11 pct in energy savings over the model energy codes that will be the basis for the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (2020 ECCC-NYS), with ROI ranging from 6to 12 years. (Source: NYSERDA, 11 Oct., 2019)Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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


    Infosys Lauded with UN Global Climate Action Award (Int'l. Report)
    Infosys,UN Climate Change Secretariat
    Date: 2019-09-30
    The Indian business technology consultancy Infosys reports it has been awarded the United Nations Global Climate Action Award in the "Carbon Neutral Now", making it the only Indian corporate to be recognized for its efforts to combat climate change.

    In 2011, Infosys committed to become carbon neutral through an accelerated plan focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and offsetting carbon emissions.

    The UN Global Climate Action Awards are organized by the Momentum for Change initiative of the UN Climate Change Secretariat. (Source: Infosys, Economic Times, 29 Sept., 2019) Contact: UN Climate Change Secretariat, www.unfccc.int; Infosys, www.infosys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNFCCC,  Infosys,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  Climate Change,  


    SANEDI Joins Global CCS Institute (Int'l. Report)
    South African National Energy Development Institute,Global CCS Institute.
    Date: 2019-09-20
    The Sandon, South Africa-based South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) reports it has joined the Melbourne, Australia-headquartered Global CCS Institute. The move is intended to further the activities of the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SACCCS), a division of SANEDI.

    SANEDI's international membership includes governments, global corporations, private companies, research bodies and HGOs that are committed to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as an integral part of a net-zero emissions future.

    The South African government has pledged to cut its total CO2 emissions through increased energy efficiency, renewable energy, nuclear, cleaner mobility and CCS and others. (Source: SANEDI, ESI Africa, 18 Sept., 2019) Contact: SANDEI, Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager, +27 11 038 4300, www.sanedi.org.za; Global CCS Institute. +61 3 8620 7300, , www.globalccsinstitute.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  ,  


    WPA Takes Canadian Clean Fuel Standard to Task (Ind Report)
    Wood Pellet Association of Canada
    Date: 2019-09-09
    Since 2017, the government of Canada has been developing the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), a low carbon fuel standard-type policy, to reduce the life-cycle carbon intensity of fuels and energy used in Canada. The CFS aims to achieve 30 million tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) of annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030.

    The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) has been providing input to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) as it works to design and shape the CFS. And, upon review of ECCC's proposed regulatory approach, WPAC is seriously concerned that the government will not allow end-use fuel switching in the buildings/stationary fuel use sector.

    WPAC believes it is unfair for ECCC to recognize fuel switching from gasoline to electricity or hydrogen in transportation, but not to recognize switching from heating oil to solid biofuels -- wood pellets or chips -- for Canada's second largest renewable energy product -- solid biomass heating. To that end, WPAC made the following representations to ECCC:

  • One of the three primary objectives of the CFS is low-cost compliance. By prohibiting recognition of fuel switching for stationary applications, ECCC will actually significantly increase the cost of CFS compliance, exclude the forest sector from participation in the short-term, and inhibit investment in the most proven commercial technology for displacement of heating oil -- wood pellet and chip boilers.

  • Canada consumes approximately three billion lpy of heating oil, the majority of which is consumed by Canadians in rural and Atlantic Canada. The latter accounts for 44 pct of heating oil consumption in the residential sector and 50 pct of heating oil consumption in the commercial/institutional sectors. Rural and Atlantic Canada also have among the lowest per capita income. ECCC's proposed regulatory approach will make CFS compliance for these low-income areas significantly more expensive than for those living in cities.

  • Under ECCC's proposed regulatory approach, the principal mechanism for ensuring compliance from heating oil primary suppliers will be to blend renewable diesel with heating oil. Since heating oil has low carbon intensity (CI) relative to other liquid fuels and much of the crude used to produce heating oil is sourced from outside of Canada, there is less opportunity for upstream reductions than with other liquid fuels. The 2030 target of 74 g CO2e/MJ is less than heating oil combustion emissions, meaning upstream efficiency improvements will be insufficient to meet the requirements. The only heating oil-miscible fuel that can also be stored outside in winter, as is often the case with heating oil, is renewable diesel.

  • Renewable diesel has a useful heat fuel cost of $65-82 per gigajoule (GJ) ($234-295 per MWh. In contrast, wood pellets, at $300-350 per tonne for residential sales, have a useful heat fuel cost of $20-24 per GJ. Wood pellets also have half the of default renewable diesel (29 g CO2e/MJ). Wood chips are half the carbon intensity of wood pellets which means, on an implied carbon price basis and assuming wholesale $0.75 per litre for heating oil, blending renewable diesel with heating oil has a fuel cost of $630/ per tonne CO2e to 884 per tonne CO2e. Switching from heating oil to wood pellets saves money on a fuel basis, in addition to avoiding taxes on heating oil. In this case, there is little reason to implement a complex policy such as the CFS.

  • Despite the billions of dollars invested in lignocellulosic liquid transportation biofuels, all technologies are still pre-commercial -- especially forest feedstock-based liquid transportation biofuels due to the recalcitrant structure of wood fibre. Co-processing of pyrolysis oil or biocrude in existing oil refineries at a meaningful volume will not occur before 2030. The forest sector represents over 75 pct of annually-available biomass resources in Canada and its exclusion from participation in the liquids class will dramatically increase the cost of fuel, especially in rural communities where wood chips and bioheat are a cost efficient and convenient source of energy. (Source: WPAC, Canadian Biomass, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Gordon Murra, Exec. Dir., ; Environment and Climate Change Canada, www.canada.ca › environment-climate-change

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment and Climate Change Canada,  Wood Pellet Association of Canada,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet ,  


  • Pacific Climate Change Centre Opens in Samoa (Int'l Report)
    Pacific Climate Change Centre
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In Samoa, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) reports the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC), a partnership between the Government of Japan and the Government of Samoa, is now open in Apia, Samoa. The PCCC will be a hub for climate change information, research, and innovation and will provide practical tools, knowledge, support and training to address the climate change adaptation and mitigation priorities of Pacific island people.

    The PCCC was funded by the Government of Japan, through grant aid to the Government of Samoa, and financial support provided by the Government of New Zealand. The 21 Pacific island member countries and territories of SPREP include: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna. The five metropolitan members of SPREP are: Australia, France, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America. (Source: Pacific Climate Change Centre, PR, 5 Sept., 2019)Contact: Pacific Climate Change Centre, www.sprep.org sprep@sprep.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Land is Part of the Climate Solution -- IPCC Report (Ind. Report)
    IPCC,Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-12
    According to the attached Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, "land is already under growing human pressure and climate change is adding to these pressures." At the same time, keeping global warming to well below 2 degrees C can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors including land and food, the IPCC report notes.

    The report will be a key scientific input into forthcoming climate and environment negotiations, such as the Conference of the Parties of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP14) in New Delhi, India in September and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, Chile, in December.

    The report notes that better land management can contribute to tackling climate change, but is not the only solution. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors is essential if global warming is to be kept to well below 2 degrees C, if not 1.5 degrees C.

    The IPCC assessments provide all levels of government with scientific information that can be used to develop climate policies and in international negotiations to tackle climate change.

    The IPCC, the world body for assessing the state of scientific knowledge related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks and possible response options.

    Download the UN IPCC Land is Part of the Climate Solution report HERE. (Source: UN IPCC, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  Climate Change,  Global Waming,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Net Zero - UK's Contribution to Stopping Global Warming (Int'l Report)
    Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In London, the UK's top climate change advisory body, The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) May report calls for "clear" climate change leadership across all government departments and agencies with delivery in partnership with businesses and communities.

    According to the report, emissions reductions "must be vital to the whole of government and to every level of government in the UK. Policies must be fully funded and implemented across all sectors of the economy to drive the necessary innovation, market development and consumer take-up of low-carbon technologies, and to positively influence societal change."

    Download the CCC Net Zero-- The UK's Contribution to Stopping Global Warming report HERE. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, May, 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

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    UK Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 Target Costs Widely Varied (Int'l)
    Carbon Brief,Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-06-07
    Following up on our 6th May report, the UK, Chancellor of the Exchequer (Treasury) Philip Hammond has reportedly warned outgoing prime minister Theresa May that reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 could cost the UK over £1 trillion, according to the Financil Times newspaper. The Chancellor also noted the target would render some industries "economically uncompetitive without huge government subsidies." adds the FT.

    The 2050 net-zero target was recently recommended by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK's independent climate advisory body which estimated that reaching net zero would come in at £50 billion a year. The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy puts the figure at £70 billion, according to the FT.

    The Chancellor and Under-Treasurer of Her Majesty's Exchequer, commonly known as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, or simply the Chancellor, is a senior official within the Government of the United Kingdom and head of Her Majesty's Treasury. The office is a British Cabinet-level position. (£1 = $1.27 US) (Source: Financial Times, Carbon Brief, Various Media, June, 2019) Contact: The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP - GOV.UK www.gov.uk/government/people/philip-hammond; Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

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    New Credit Card Limits Climate Impact (Ind. Report)
    UNFCCC
    Date: 2019-06-03
    Swedish financial company Doconnomy is touting a new credit card that allows consumers to track and offset the emissions related their purchases.

    The card uses the Aland Index to quantify consumers' carbon footprint and compute offset costs using the World Bank's carbon price. Consumers can use the data supplied to either reduce their carbon footprint through behavior change, or to buy offset credits from UN-certified projects that reduce, avoid or remove GHG emissions.

    Users can also directly compensate for their GHG emissions, through projects meeting the criteria of UN-certified green projects. To identify the carbon dioxide (CO2) impact of each transaction, the Do card uses the Aland Index, developed in 2017 by Bank of Aland in Finland.

    Partnering with the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the initiative encourages users to compensate their carbon footprints in UN-certified projects that reduce, avoid or remove GHG emissions. The projects are implemented in developing countries and are rewarded with Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) as well as Gold Standard. Ranging from cleaner-burning cook stoves to wind-generated electricity and clean waste disposal, all projects contribute to global emissions reductionsA savings product by the company offers an interest rate that includes investment in climate-friendly projects. (Source: UNFCCC Press Release, 30 April, 2019) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

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    LG Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    LG
    Date: 2019-05-22
    Korean appliance manufacturer LG reports it will reduce carbon emissions from its global operations by 50 percent compared to a 2017 baseline by implementing various carbon reduction and increasing renewable energy, primarily solar energy initiatives. This effort will help bring LG closer to reaching its ultimate goal of carbon neutrality, achieving a net-zero carbon emissions footprint by balancing carbon emissions with carbon removal, according to a company release.

    Through a variety of strategic initiatives, the company will cut carbon emissions across its global production sites from nearly 2 million tons recorded in 2017 to 960,000 tons by the end of 2030. To that end, the company is looking to expand its high-efficiency facilities and technologies targeting greenhouse gas reduction and alleviating the creation of carbon emissions during the production process.

    Additionally, through the expansion of its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, LG plans to secure UNFCCC Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits. (Source: LG, PR, May, 2019)

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    CCC Recommend UK Carbon Neutral 2050 Deadline (Int'l Report)
    independent Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In London, the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK's top climate change advisory body reports it is set to recommend the government reduce carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 -- a target that is said to be viable, cost-effective and would put the UK on track to fully meet its Paris Climate Agreement commitment.

    According to the CCC, net-zero by 2050 could be achieved within a budget of 1-2 pct of GDP. It would require new policies across various government departments: low-carbon electricity would need to quadruple and low-carbon heating will be required throughout Britain building stock. All new cars and vans should be electric by 2035 or earlier, while novel technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) will become a necessity. Such reforms are especially urgent considering that the UK is currently set to miss its present legally-mandated target of an 80 percent cut in emissions by 2050. (Source: Independent Committee on Climate Change, yahoo News, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Independent Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

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    50,000,000 Trees per year for 30 years Needed for UK to Reach Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In the UK, according to the Committee on Climate Change(CCC), a stark increase in woodland expansion -- 50,000,000 new trees per year -- is needed in the UK if the country is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The CCC analysis outlines that 32,000 hectares annually of net woodland increase is required for the next 30 years. This moves the UK from 13 pct to 17 pct woodland cover. This equates to a million new hectares of woodland cover, and around 1.5 billion trees. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, May, 2019) Contact: Committee of Climate Change, +44 (0) 207 591 6252, www.theccc.org.uk

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    Ending Woody Biomass Power Gen. Subsidies Urged in UK (Int'l)
    Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and other environmental groups are calling for an end to the government's multi-billion pound subsidy programme for wood-fired electric power generation on the grounds that woody biomass does not fit the government's net-zero GHG by 2050 plan.

    Environmental groups, including to Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Biofuelwatch, the Dogwood Alliance, and the Southern Environmental Law Center, have noted that relying on woody biomass with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to achieve climate targets is "misguided" and will prove overly expensive. Biomass power generation reached a record 35.6 TWh in 2018, up by 12 pct year-on-year, according to government statistics.

    The environmental organizations say the UK should rely on genuinely zero-emission renewables like wind, wave, and solar power, energy efficiency and conservation, and smart resources like energy storage, rather than woody biomass power generation. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Renewables,May, 2019) Contact: Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

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    Canadian Global Warming Over TWICE GLOBAL RATE! (Ind. Report)
    Environment and Climate Change Canada
    Date: 2019-04-08
    According to the Environment and Climate Change Canada commissioned study -- Canada's Changing Climate Report (CCCR) -- Canada is, on average, experiencing warming at double the rate of the rest of the world, with Northern Canada heating up at almost three times the global average.

    Since 1948, Canada's annual average temperature over land has warmed 1.7 C, with higher rates seen in the North, the Prairies and northern British Columbia. In Northern Canada, the annual average temperature has increased by 2.3 C.

    The CCCR reports also claims Canada is experiencing increases in precipitation (particularly in winter), "extreme fire weather" and water supply shortages in summer, and a heightened risk of coastal flooding.

    The document says that while warming in Canada has been the result of both human activity and natural variations in the climate, "the human factor is dominant," especially emissions of greenhouse gases. The report says the national annual average temperature increase projected for the late century, compared to the reference period of 1986-2005, ranges from a "low-emission scenario" of 1.8 C to a "high-emission scenario" of 6.3 C. The report also predicts glaciers in western Canada will lose between 74 and 96 pct of their volume by the end of the century.

    Download the full report HERE. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, April, 2019) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, 800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

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    DOE Offering $28Mn for Wind Energy Research (Funding Report)
    US DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 2019-03-29
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $28.1 million in funding aimed at advancing wind energy nationwide across the land-based, offshore, and distributed wind sectors. Areas of interest under this funding opportunity include:
  • Using and Upgrading National-level Facilities for Offshore Wind R&D -- up to $7 million. Projects will conduct testing in support of innovative offshore wind research and development utilizing existing national-level testing facilities. A subtopic is included for projects that upgrade the capabilities of existing facilities to enable them to perform specific research activities.

  • Project Development for Offshore Wind Technology Demonstrations -- up to $10 million. This area of interest will fund supplemental project development activities to enable demonstration of innovative technologies and/or methodologies that reduce offshore wind energy risk and cost, at planned U.S. offshore wind plants that will be operational no later than 2025.

  • Tall Towers for U.S. Wind Power -- up to $5 million. Taller wind turbine towers can enable access to higher wind speeds, thereby increasing energy capture and reducing cost, but continued economies of scale are currently limited by transportation constraints. A project under this area of interest will validate manufacturing innovations and demonstrate cost-effective tall tower technology that can overcome the transportation constraints currently hindering U.S. wind turbine towers over 140 meters.

  • Wind Innovations for Rural Economic Development (WIRED) -- up to $6.1 million. Projects will support rural electric utilities and communities through two subtopics:1. Development of distributed wind integrated with other distributed energy resource solutions 2. simplification of distributed energy project development through standardized solutions and technical assistance.

    Concept papers for this funding opportunity are due April 25 and full applications are due June 15. Details and application requirements can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaIdb3bff091-3531-4356-b234-d079118ccce3.

    Additional information on the DOE's wind energy research can be found on the Wind Energy Technologies Office's website www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office. (Source: US DOE, Apr., 2019)

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  • Fiji Submits Low Emission Development Strategy to UNFCCC (Int'l)
    Fiji Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In the South Pacific, The Government of Fiji reports it is the 11th country to submit its long-term Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) 2018 -- 2050 strategy to the UNFCCC Secretariat.

    Fiji's LEDS sets out long-term emission reductions and defines sustainable and resilient economy-wide mitigations pathways until 2050. It also addresses: sector-specific targets and measures; social, economic and environmental dimensions; education, capacity building and awareness raising; and a framework for monitoring and evaluating the LEDS. It is also among of the world's first LEDS to address the Blue Carbon Sector and the island country's mangrove ecosystems.

    The LEDS also details Fiji's objective of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all economic sectors, and details the following potential low emission scenarios:

  • a Business-as-Usual (BAU) Unconditional Scenario that would be implemented and financed without reliance on external or international financing;
  • A BAU Conditional Scenario conditional on external or international financing to implement mitigation actions;
  • a High-Ambition Scenario that projects ambitions beyond those already specified, and achieves significant emission reductions by 2050 compared with the BAU scenarios; and
  • a Very High Ambition Scenario that projects ambitions well beyond those already specified, and in which most sectors achieve net-zero or negative emissions by 2050.

    Fiji aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all economic sectors without threatening the country's long-term development objectives. (Source: UNFCCC. Feb., 2019) Contact: UNFCCC, [Fiji LEDS 2018-2050, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, secretariat@unfccc.int, www.unfccc.int

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  • India Claims 20 pct Cut in Emissions Intensity (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Emissions, India
    Date: 2018-12-19
    The Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency reports India has achieved a 20 pct reduction in its emissions intensity against the 33 pct level India committed to attain by 2030 at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The government's programmes on energy conservation and efficiency including the star labelling programme, energy savings scheme for industrial units, LED lamps distribution and efficient buildings code are being credited for the reduction in carbon emissions. Other energy saving initiatives include a campaign to make default temperature setting of air conditioners at 24 degrees Celsius and a push for cleaner transportation.

    At COP15 in Paris, India committed to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33-35 pct by 2030 from the 2005 level. It also pledged to shift 40 pct of its installed power generation capacity to non-fossil-fuel-based energy resources. (Source: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Economic Times India, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency, www.beeindia.gov.in

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    Global CO2 Emissions Rise to Record High in 2018 (Int'l)
    Climate Cgange
    Date: 2018-12-17
    According to the recent IPCCC report, global CO2 and other GHG emission spiked to record highs in 2018, despite remaining relatively flat between 2014 and 2016. In 2017, global emissions grew 1.6 pct and is projected to rise 2.7 pct in 2018 bringing fossil fuel and industrial CO2 emissions to a record high of 37.1 billion tpy. The rise is being widely attributed to being driven by nearly 5 pct emissions growth in China, over 6 pct in India, and in many other nations. U.S. emissions grew 2.5 pct while EU emissions dropped just under 1 pct. (Source: IPCCC, Portland Press Herald, 5 Dec., 2019)

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    EC Strategy for a Climate Neutral Europe by 2050 (Report Attched)
    European Union, European Commission
    Date: 2018-11-30
    The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sets the goal to contain the rise in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C.

    To prepare for this transformation, the European Parliament and the European Council invited the European Commission (EC) to submit a long-term strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for the European Union, in accordance with COP15.

    The EC strategy confirms Europe's commitment to lead in global climate action through a socially-fair transition and provides a first indication of the direction of travel to frame what the EU could consider as its long-term contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature objectives.

    Presenting this vision will allow for a thorough debate involving European decision-makers, stakeholders and citizens at large to consider how the EU can make a fair contribution to meeting the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement and how this transformation can be achieved.

    Download the EU Climate Change Fact Sheet HERE. (Source: EU, Nov., 2018) Contact: EU, www.europa.eu

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    UK Committee on Climate Change Tables Woody Biomass Report (Int'l)
    Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2018-11-19
    W In London, the UK government advisory Committee on Climate Change's recently released Biomass in a Low Carbon Economy report is recommending waste wood biomass should be reused and recycled as an "end-of-life" solution to delay or prevent the release of CO2 back into the atmosphere. The report also calls for the integration of carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology with waste wood burning for energy generation wherever possible.

    According to the CCC report, "There is significant potential to increase domestic production of sustainable biomass to meet between 5 pct and 10 pct of energy demand from UK sources by 2050. The lower end of this range can be delivered by fully exploiting the UK's organic waste resource (after reduction, reuse and recycling) whilst maintaining today's level of agricultural and forest residue use." The report also recommends the government "not provide further policy support (beyond current commitments) to large-scale biomass power plants that are not deployed with CCS technology." It also called for the government to limit support for bioenergy use in buildings to biomethane produced from anaerobic digestion, thus creating a demand for UK sourced food and garden waste.

    Access the full biomass report HERE. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, Nov., 2018) Contact: The Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

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    UK CCC Recommends CCS-Equipped Bioenergy Plants (Int'l Report)
    UK Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2018-11-16
    In the UK, a newly released study from the government watchdog Committee on Climate Change is predicting bioenergys' contribution to the country's energy mix could meet between 5 and 15 pct of the UK's energy demand and slash the UK's total emissions by 50 MtCO2e/yr by 2050. The report also estimates that as much as 65 megatons of CO2, equivalent to up to around 15 pct of current UK CO2 emissions, could be sequestered through combined biomass and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) plants.

    Accordingly, the CCC recommends that the BEIS Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department (BEIS) and Treasury create a value for removing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it by extending carbon pricing. CCC also recommends that future biomass power plants receive government support only if they incorporate CCS technology. (Source: Committee on Climate Change, Utility Weeks, 15 Nov., 2018) Contact: CCC, Chris Stark, CEO, +44 (0) 207 591 6080, communications@theccc.gsi.gov.uk, www.theccc.org.uk

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    Achievements of the Clean Development Mechanism -- Harnessing Incentive for Climate Action 2001-2018 (Report Attached)
    Clean Development Mechanism
    Date: 2018-10-26
    "Over the past 17 years, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has seen peaks and valleys: from the years when it was widely used as one of the chief tools to fight climate change to the recent situation of reduced demand for its Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).

    "As this report shows, the CDM is harnessing the entrepreneurial power of markets and the private sector to meet goals on sustainable development and climate change – something that remains a priority today, not only for climate action but for financing in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.

    "It is helping bring climate action and sustainable development to the forefront of the global agenda -- through the thousands of projects in developing countries and by making international organizations, businesses and ordinary citizens aware of their own carbon footprints and what they can do to reduce and offset them. Perhaps most importantly, the CDM has established robust standards and methodologies to quantify and monitor emission reduction projects."

    Download the report HERE. (Source: UNFCCC, Oct., 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, secretariat@unfccc.int, https://unfccc.int

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    Green Climate Fund Earmarks $1Bn for Poor Nation Projects (Int'l)
    UN Green Climate Fund
    Date: 2018-10-24
    During a recently concluded four-day meeting in Bahrain, the South Korean-based UN Green Climate Fund announced approval of more than $1 billion funding for 19 new projects to help developing countries tackle climate change. The funding included projects linked to geothermal energy in Indonesia, greener cities in Europe and the Middle East, and protection for coastal communities in India. The Fund also agreed to start seeking fresh money next year as its initial capital of about $6.6 billion is expected to be exhausted soon.

    Download UN Green Climate Fund details HERE. (Source: UN Green Climate Fund, Hindu Business Line, Oct., 2018) Contact: UN Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund

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    Calif. Open Space District Adopting Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Following on the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCCC) climate change report the San Francisco Bay area Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has approved its own climate change policy and action plan. The plan sets ambitious emission reduction goals for the organization and providing a roadmap to achieve them.

    Midpen, which stewards more than 63,000 acres of public open space, including redwood forests which store large amounts of carbon, is targeting a reduction in emissions of 20 pct below its 2016 baseline by 2022, 40 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. To that end, Midpen will reduce emissions from vehicles, equipment, employee commutes, business travel, offices and tenant residences, using renewable diesel fuel, installing electric vehicle chargers,and others. The plan also identifies strategies for reducing or offsetting emissions from livestock grazing in Midpen's open space preserves, enhancing carbon sequestration, reducing preserve visitor transportation emissions and increasing staff and visitor awareness of climate change.

    This goal is in line with the Golden State's climate change policy and the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius.

    The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is a public agency committed to acquiring and preserving open space and agricultural land of regional significance, protect and restore the natural environment and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education. (Source: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Siliconner, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Ana Maria Ruiz, Dir., (650) 691-1200, (650) 691-0485 (fax), info@openspace.org, www.openspace.org/climate

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    Exxon Supports Americans for Carbon Dividends Effort (Funding)
    Exxon Mobil ,Americans for Carbon Dividends
    Date: 2018-10-12
    Hard on the heels of the recently released IPCCC report calling for "unprecedented action to combat climate change", Houston-headquartered oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. has announced it is adding $1 million to Americans for Carbon Dividends, a political campaign that would effectively create a carbon tax tied to Exxon's core products.

    Exxon notes its $1 million commitment is in keeping with its longstanding support for an imposed carbon tax rather than an array of environmental regulations that already drive up the cost of fossil fuels.

    Exxon's support marks the first such initiative by a major oil company. (Source: Exxon Mobil, Bloomberg, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com; Americans for Carbon Dividends, www.afcd.org

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    1.5C Impacts on Global Warming -- IPCC Report Attached (Int'l)
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Date: 2018-10-10
    Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a new assessment report. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5C compared to 2C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the IPCC said on Monday.

    The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, South. Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

    "With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated contribution of thousands of expert and government reviewers worldwide, this important report testifies to the breadth and policy relevance of the IPCC," said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC. Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries prepared the IPCC report in response to an invitation from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when it adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015.

    The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5C compared to 2C, or more. For instance, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5C compared with 2C. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5C, compared with at least once per decade with 2C. Coral reefs would decline by 70 -- 90 percent with global warming of 1.5C, whereas virtually all (99 percent) would be lost with 2C. Limiting global warming would also give people and ecosystems more room to adapt and remain below relevant risk thresholds.

    The report also examines pathways available to limit warming to 1.5C, what it would take to achieve them and what the consequences could be. The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5C would require rapid and far reaching transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of CO2 would need to fall by about 45 pct from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net-zero around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2from the air.

    Allowing the global temperature to temporarily exceed or 'overshoot' 1.5C would mean a greater reliance on techniques that remove CO2 from the air to return global temperature to below 1.5C by 2100. The effectiveness of such techniques are unproven at large scale and some may carry significant risks for sustainable development, the report notes.

    The report was prepared under the scientific leadership of all three IPCC working groups. Working Group I assesses the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II addresses impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III deals with the mitigation of climate change.

    The Paris Agreement adopted by 195 nations at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in December 2015 included the aim of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change by "holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels." As part of the decision to adopt the Paris Agreement, the IPCC was invited to produce, in 2018, the attached Special Report on global warming of 1.5C -- the first in a series of Special Reports to be produced in the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Cycle.

    The IPCC is the leading world body for assessing the science related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks, and possible response options.

    Download the IPCC Report on Global Warming HERE. (Source: IPCC, PR, 8 October 2018) Contact: IPCC, +41 22 730 8208 / 54 / 84, Fax. +41 22 730 8025 / 13, Sec@wmo.int, www.ipcc.ch

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

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

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    COP24 Preparatory Climate Talks Open in Bangkok (Int'l Report)
    UNFCCC
    Date: 2018-09-07

    The UNFCCC is reporting from Bangkok that in n preparation for the upcoming COP24 climate conference meeting this December in Katowice, Poland, world governments are meeting in Bangkok to prepare guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The guidelines will make the Paris Agreement work fairly and transparently for all. The Bangkok meeting is the last opportunity before COP24 to accelerate negotiations.

    The preparation of an official negotiating text on the implementation guidelines are needed to monitor progress on climate action, including measures to deal with climate impacts and are essential for determining whether emissions are being reduced at a sufficient rate to achieve the Paris Agreement's goals and to make the agreement's institutions fully operational beyond COP24. (Source: UN Environment, 3 Sept, 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, secretariat@unfccc.int, https://unfccc.int

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    Peabody Energy Increases Clean Coal Consortium Support (Funding)
    Peabody Energy
    Date: 2018-08-31
    St. Louis-based coal giant Peabody Energy has reportedly donated an additional $1.5 million for a total of $6.5 million since 2008, to the Washington University Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization (CCCU), of which Peabody is a founding member.

    The CCCU aims to make coal a safer and more affordable source of energy, with minimal impact on the environment. Donations fund new research projects, facilities, and outreach activities involving clean coal. The research projects are conducted by faculty from both Washington University and international partner universities. In total, the program has completed 24 research projects, 114 peer-reviewed papers and one book.

    The CCCU is a part of the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES), which was established in 2007 as a larger effort to coordinate research on energy, environment, and sustainability.

    According to Peabody Director of Corporate Communications Charlene Murdock, "Coal remains an essential part of the world' energy mix, and technologies are central to continuing to reduce the emissions profile." Murdock adds that "Peabody is dedicated to reducing emissions." (Source: Washington State University, Peabody Energy, Student Life, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: CCCU, Richard Axelbaum, Dir., cleancoal.wustl.edu; Peabody Energy, Glenn Kellow, CEO, Travis Snyder (314) 342-4351, www.peabodyenergy.com

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    Zero Carbon Project Touts Carbon Credit Purchase Program (Int'l)
    Zero Carbon Project
    Date: 2018-08-15
    The Zero Carbon Project is reporting the launch of its carbon credits purchasing program under which it will purchase and cancel international carbon credits from a range of projects reducing carbon emissions.

    On a weekly basis, the Zero Carbon Project will purchase 30 units, equivalent to the annual carbon emissions from around 10 typical households. This purchase will help reduce the 30 tonnes of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. Purchases and the projects they support will be announced to the Zero Carbon Project community, accompanied by an explanation of the different issues and aspects involved in the carbon market.

    The Zero Carbon Project carried made it first purchase and cancellation of CERs using the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) website platform, known as Climate Neutral Now. (Source: Zero Carbon Project, AZO CleanTech, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: Zero Carbon Project, Derek Meyers, CEO, www.zerocarbonproject.com

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    UN FAO Warns of Climate Change Impact on Fisheries (Ind. Report)
    UN Food and Agriculture Organization
    Date: 2018-07-27
    Just released research from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes that climate change is expected to significantly reduce fisheries globally by 2050, including in the Caribbean. The report also advises countries to build a more sustainable and resilient fisheries sector through climate adaptation and mitigation strategies that can protect marine species, as well as strengthen fisheries production, food security, revenues and fisheries governance.

    The FAO report -- Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture: Synthesis of Current Knowledge, Adaptation and Mitigation Options -- warns that if countries do not increase their efforts to build climate resilience at multiple stakeholder levels, including among fisheries, the disruptions will worsen as climate change progresses over the next three decades.

    At the national level, climate change adaptation activities within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement) are set out in countries' five-year Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

    The report found that within the Western Central Atlantic a total of 24 independent nations have submitted NDCs, of which 14 (mostly the Caribbean SIDS) specifically mention the fisheries sector, though primarily in the context of highlighting its vulnerability to climate change. (Source: UN FOA, Caribbean360, July 25, 2018) Contact: UN Food and Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org/home/en

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    IPCC March Meeting Claims Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Date: 2018-06-18
    The forty-seventh session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Paris in March has become the first to achieve carbon neutrality. The Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered IPCC worked with the Climate Neutral Now initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to offset carbon emissions involved in participants' travel to the meeting and arising from the meeting itself.

    A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases made to compensate for an emission made elsewhere. (Source: IPCC, Public Service News Australia, 17 June, 2018)Contact: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, www.ipcc.ch; Climate Neutral Now initiative, https://unfccc.int/climate-action/climate-neutral-now; UNFCCC, https://unfccc.int

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

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

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

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

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    Paris Climate Accord Cash for Developing Countries Largely Outstanding (Int'l)
    UNFCCC
    Date: 2018-05-16
    Paris Climate Accord and other international observer organizations are urging rich countries to stop holding back their climate change financial support to developing countries, after the recently concluded UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting on the Paris Agreement Work Program held between 30 April to 10 May, in Bonn, Germany.

    The funding is necessary for countries to develop, asses and improve national plans under the Paris Agreement. Without the timely funding, developing countries under the Paris Agreement will suffer the consequences of climate change induced disasters.

    UN climate change talks are slated to resume in Bangkok September 3-8, 2018. (Source: Matangi Tonga Online, May, 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

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    DTEK, China's CMEC Planning Massive Ukrainian Solar Project (Int'l)
    DTEK,China Machinery Engineering Corp
    Date: 2018-04-11
    Kiev-based power producer DTEK and China Machinery Engineering Corp (CMEC) are reporting their joint agreement to construct a 200-MW, €230 million ($282 million) solar power station in the central Ukrainian region of Dnipropetrovsk.

    The project will be financed with a combination of DTEK funds and a loan from CMEC. Detials were not immediately announced.

    DTEK is Ukraine's largest energy group with assets in coal mining, electricity generation and distribution, alternative energy and gas production. The company plans to increase its renewable capacity to 1,000 MW in 2019.

    CMEC, part of the China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach) group of companies, specializes in construction of power projects in generation, transmission, and distribution. (Source: DTEK, Reuters, 6 April, 2018) Contact: DTEK, https://dtek.com/en; China Machinery Engineering Corp, www.cccme.org.cn

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