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Dubai Financial Centre Awarded LEED Gold Cert. (Int'l. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2020-09-11
In Dubai, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Gate Avenue has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold accreditation and Green Building Certification Inc. for energy efficiency and building excellence from integrative design to human health to material use.

DIFC LEED qualifying features included: water conservation fixtures; extensive recycled content -- including concrete, steel and glass; energy efficient lighting; occupancy sensors; CO2 sensors; and others. (Source: Design Middle East, 10 Sept., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


ExxonMobil Reports Marine Biofuel Oil Test Success (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-09-11
Marine fuel and lubes supplier ExxonMobil reports completion of a sea trial of the company's first marine bio fuel oil.

The marine biofuel oil is a 0.50 pct sulphur residual-based fue l (VLSFO) processed with a second generation waste-based FAME component. The fuel is expected to be available in Rotterdam before the year end.

The trial demonstrated that the marine biofuel oil, which can provide a CO2 emission reduction of up to 40 pct compared with conventional marine fuel, can be used in a relevant marine application without modification. (Source: ExxonMobil, ShipinSight, 11 Sept., 2020) Contact: ExxonMobil, Bryan Milton, Pres. ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Co, www.exxonmobil.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Marine Biofuel,  


EU Member CO2 Emissions Continue to Fall (Int'l. Report)
European Commission Joint Research Centre
Date: 2020-09-11
According to a study by the European Commission Joint Research Centre, the 27 European Union member countries and the UK's fossil CO2 emissions fell by 3.8 pct between 2018 and 2019 on average. In all, annual European emissions are 25 pct below those of 1990, reaching 3,303 Mt.

On the other hand, global emissions continue to increase of 0.9 pct to 38 Gt of CO2. China's emissions rose 3.4 pct, India's were up 1.6 pct while U.S. emissions dropped 2.6 pct. (Source: European Commission Joint Research Centre, Paperjam.lu, Sept., 2020) Contact: European Commission Joint Research Centre, www.ec.europa.eu/info/departments/joint-research-centre_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission Joint Research Centre news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


Iberdrola's Channel Offshore Wind Project Progressing (Int'l. Report)
Iberdrola
Date: 2020-09-09
Spanish utility Iberdrola SA is reporting progress in the development of Saint Brieuc, its first commercial-scale offshore wind project in Brittany.

The €2.4 billion, 62-turbine project is expected to generate sufficient power for 835,000 people and avoid 100,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.

An Eiffage Metal and Engie Solutions JV will be in charge of the engineering and construction of the project's substation foundation and topside that houses the transformers and electrical equipment. ENGIE Solutions will carry out final assembly work and commissioning tests.

Fabrication work will be carried out by Eiffage in Belgium and Poland with a scheduled completion date early in 2022.

Over the next four years, Iberdrola notes it plans to invest up to €4 billion in offshore wind over the next four years. The company presently has operating facilities in the Irish Sea, in German waters of the Baltic and in the North Sea. The company has an installed capacity of 32,695 MW and a renewable energy project pipeline exceeding 58,000 MW, according to the news release. (Source: Iberdrola, Website News Release, Spt., 2020) Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Offshore Wind,  


Elkem Investing in Canadian Biocarbon Pilot Plant (Ind. Report)
Elkem
Date: 2020-09-09
Oslo, Norway-headquartered Elkem reports it will invest $19.7 million in a new pilot plant in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada to pilot an industrial biocarbon process specifically for silicon and ferrosilicon production.

The pilot plant will source raw materials including recycled bark, wood chips, sawdust, and wood shaves, with more than 2 million green tons (Gt) of potential raw material from local sources. The project has received financial support from the Canadian government, the Quebec government and the city of Saguenay.

The pilot is intended to verify Elkem's technology for renewable biocarbon, with a long-term goal of contributing to climate-neutral metal production. The technology has potential other industry application while contributing to reduced CO2 emissions, the company says. (Source: Elkem, Chemical Weeks, 9 Sept., 2020) Contact: Elkem, Michael Koenig, CEO, www.elkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Elkem,  Biocarbon,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  


DTE Energy Adding 420MW of Solar Power by 2022 (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2020-09-04
In the Motor City, DTE Energy is reporting the upgrading of its MIGreenPower voluntary renewable energy plan to bring an additional 420 MW of solar energy online by 2022. Per the updated plan, the new solar assets will source clean energy purchases from corporate, municipal and industrial customers participating in the company's MIGreenPower program.

If approved by the the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) DTE would increase its solar generation capacity by nearly ten times by 2022 when its wind and solar energy portfolio would generate sufficient energy to power 900,000 homes as well as offset approximately 4.7 million tons of CO2e.

DTE's energy generation portfolio presently has 15 wind parks and 31 solar farms capable of producing enough clean energy to power more than 500,000 homes. with plans to add three additional wind parks to its portfolio by the end of 2020. (Source: DTE, Zacks, 2 Sept., 2020)Contact: DTE Energy, Trevor Lauer, Pres., COO, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


DOE Awards $72Mn for Carbon Capture Tech (R&D, Funding)
U.S. Department of Energy
Date: 2020-09-04
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports the awarding of $72 million for the development and advancement of carbon capture technologies.

Of the total, $51 million will go to nine new projects for coal and natural gas power and industrial sources. These efforts seek to design initial engineering studies to develop technologies to capture CO2 generated as a by-product of manufacturing at industrial sites. The remaining $21 million will support 18 projects for "direct air carbon capture' technologies and the development and field testing of new materials for use in direct air capture.

"The primary mission of our office is to ensure that the United States can continue to rely on its fossil fuel resources for clean and secure energy. The advancement of carbon capture technologies, including direct air capture, contributes to that mission. Our ultimate goal is to mature these technologies so that they can be commercialized and brought to market", according to Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg. (Source: US DOE, 3 Sept., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Department of Energy,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  Direst Air Carbon Capture,  


Reed Biomass Power Plant Planned in Kazakhstan (Int'l. Report)
Kazakh Invest
Date: 2020-09-02
A new investment project supported by In Kazakhstan, the national investment company Kazakh Invest reports it is supporting KAMYSAY ATYRAU LLP plans to construct a reed-burning biomass power plant and biochar production facility in Atyrau. The project will be "eco-friendly" and the biomass fuel will be processed without chemicals or other harmful additives.

The roughly €1 million project -- the first in Central Asia to replace fossil fuels with biofuels on an industrial scale -- "will meet the needs of the local market for 'green' thermal and electric energy in remote communities, greenhouses, schools, hospitals and industrial facilities presently using fossil fuels. As a result, the volume of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere will be significantly reduced." Additionally, the plant hopes to export over 200,000 tpy of biochar to European markets, according to a release.

Kazakh Invest is seeking project funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank (WB) and the Development Bank of Kazakhstan (DBK). (Source: Kazakh Invest, Website News, 30 Aug., 2020) Contact: Kazakh Invest, +7 7172 620 620 www.invest.gov.kz

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biochar,  


Adv. Biofuel Show Promise for Replacing Fossil Fuels (Ind. Report)
Advanced Biofuel
Date: 2020-08-31
A new study led by Colorado State University is predicting significant climate benefits stemming from the use of advanced biofuel technologies. Accounting for all of the carbon flows in biofuel systems and comparing them to those in grasslands and forests, the team found clear strategies for biofuels to have a net carbon benefit.

John Field, research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU, said it has been a challenge for the biofuel industry to demonstrate commercial viability for cellulosic biofuels created from switchgrass and other non-edible plants.

The research team used modeling to simulate switchgrass cultivation, cellulosic biofuel production and carbon capture and storage (CCS), tracking ecosystem and carbon flows. Scientists then compared this modeling to alternative ways to store carbon on the land, including growing forest or grassland.

CCS technology is being used by at least one facility in Illinois that is processing corn to ethanol as a conventional biofuel to create ethanol, but these systems are not yet widespread. As part of the study, researchers created models to simulate what this would look like at a cellulosic biofuel refinery. "What we found is that around half of the carbon in the switchgrass that comes into the refinery becomes a byproduct that would be available for carbon capture and storage. The resulting byproduct streams of high-purity CO2 would not require much separation or clean-up before being stored underground," the study noted.

The research team analyzed three contrasting U.S. case studies and found that on land where farmers or land managers were transitioning out of growing crops or maintaining pastures for grazing, cultivating switchgrass for cellulosic ethanol production had a per-hectare mitigation potential comparable to reforestation and several-fold greater than grassland restoration.

Using switchgrass can be particularly helpful in parts of the country where planting more trees is not an option.

This research was partially funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the US DOE via the Center for Bioenergy Innovation, and the Sao Paulo Research Foundation in Brazil.

The study illustrates how deliberate land use choices support the climate performance of present-day cellulosic ethanol technology and how technological advancements and CCS addition could produce several times the climate mitigation potential of competing land-based biological mitigation schemes. These results affirm the climate mitigation logic of biofuels, consistent with their prominent role in many climate stabilization scenarios, the study concludes. (Source: Colorado State University, Green Car Congress, Aug., 2020) Contact: Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, John Field, (970) 491-1604, John.L.Field@colostate.edu, www.nrel.colostate.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel,  Cellulosic Biofuel,  Switchgrass,  


Haldor Topsoe Joins Danish Sustainable Fuel Project (Int'l. Report)
Haldor Topsoe
Date: 2020-08-28
Denmark-headquartered Haldor Topsoe reports it is partnering with Orsted, Copenhagen Airports, A.P. Moller- Maersk, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS, Nel, and Everfuel to develop a electrolysis-based hydrogen and sustainable fuels -- jet fuel, ammonia, and methanol -- production facility in the Greater Copenhagen .

The three-phase project is expected to be finalized by 2030. The first stage, which could be operational by as early as 2023, will comprise a 10 MW electrolysis plant producing renewable hydrogen for trucks and potentially buses. By 2027, the stage two facility equipped with a 250 MW electrolysis plant will combine the production of renewable hydrogen with captured CO2 from combustion of municipal waste or biomass to produce renewable methanol for maritime vessels and renewable jet fuel for planes. The last phase will upgrade the electrolysis plant's capacity to 1.3 GW and capture more CO2.

In addition to major partner investments, the project is seeking substantial funding from Innovation Fund Denmark. (Source: Haldor Topsoe, PR, 27 Aug., 2020) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Roeland Baan, CEO, +45 4527 2000, www.topsoe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe ,  Hydrogen,  Sustainable Fuel,  


Climeworks Touts Iceland Geothermal-Powered CCS Project (Int'l.)
Climeworks ,Carbfix
Date: 2020-08-28
ETH Zurich University spin-off carbon capture firm Climeworks AG reports it will partner with Carbfix and ON Power in a geothermal powered direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS) project in Iceland.

The planned facility will have the capacity to remove 4,000 tpy of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air using Climeworks' direct air capture (DAC) technology and Reykjavik Energy subsidiary Carbfix's natural underground mineralisation carbon storage method. (Source: Climeworks, PR 26 Aug., 2020) Contact: ON Power, Berglind Ran Olafsdottir, CEO, www.on.is; Climeworks, Christoph Gebald, CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com; CarbFix, www.carbfix.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbfix,  Climeworks ,  CCS,  Geothermal,  


EASAC Calls for Biomass Emissions, EU ETS Review (Int'l. Report)
EASAC, Biomass
Date: 2020-08-26
In Germany, the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) is reportedly calling for EU legislators to introduce a new requirement that net carbon emissions from "biomass power stations be properly accounted for and declared under the Emissions Trading System (ETS)."

The European Commission is presently reforming the rules on monitoring and reporting for the ETS the period 2021-2030. The draft regulation requires that biomass complies with the Renewable Energy Directive Sustainability criteria to be considered carbon neutral. This is a critical point to ensure that biomass comes from sustainable managed forests, that it does not lead to a decrease to the forest carbon stock, and it doesn't damage biodiversity or soil and water quality.

The current EU ETS only accounts for smokestack emissions and rates the carbon emissions of biomass burning at zero. However, EASAC said in a statement that it "should not be possible to just assume that millions of tons of carbon coming out of a power station stack are 'zero'. The ETS should be reformed to link accounting to the real effects on CO2 levels in the atmosphere. This will require calculating the 'carbon payback period' for each biomass facility and its supply chain. Regulators need to know how long it will take until the initial perverse effects of biomass on climate are overcome and net reductions in atmospheric CO2 concentrations achieved', according to the release.

"The European Commission, in its recent biodiversity strategy, has recognised that sustainable bioenergy is a win-win solution for energy generation and a key tool to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050. EU member states, as shown in their national energy and climate plans, rely on efficient and sustainable bioenergy to decarbonise their energy mix," the release added. (Source: EASAC, Website, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: EASAC, Professor Michael Norton, Environment Programme Director, info@easac.eu, +32 2550 2332 www.easac.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS news,  Biomass news,  Biomass Emissions news,  


SaskPower CCS Captures 75,000 tonnes of CO2 in July (Ind. Report)
SakPower
Date: 2020-08-21
On the Canadian prairies, Saskatoon-headquartered SaskPower is reporting its Boundary Dam Power Station captured 75,503 tonnes of CO2 in July at an average capture rate was 2,435 tpd -- the highest single month total for the CCS facility in 2020, and the highest figure for CO2 captured since July 2019 at 616,000 tonnes.

Since coming online in October, 2014, the facility has prevented roughly 3.48 million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. (Source: SaskPower, Contact: SaskPower, Mike Marsh, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  CCS,  Boundry Dam,  


Green Climate Fund Supports Ghana Forestry Project (Int'l. Report)
Green Climate Fund
Date: 2020-08-21
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved a $54.5 million facility for the Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project aimed at addressing deforestation and forest degradation in the Northern Savannah Zone of Ghana.

The Project, which will be implemented by the Forestry Commission (FC) of Ghana with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with multiple national and local institutions, civil society organizations and private sector, leveraged vertical funds with $30,100,000 grant from the GCF, about $15 million from the Government of Ghana and mobilized about $9 million impact investments from the private sector .

The project's outcomes included the restoration of 200,000 hectares of off-reserve savanna forest and 300,000 hectares of degraded shea parklands as well as the establishment of 25,500 hectares of forest plantations in severely degraded forest reserves. The project is expected to cut 25.24 million tonnes of CO2 over 20 years.

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. (Source: Green Climate Fund, Ghana Business News, 21 Aug., 2020)Contact: Green Climate Fund, +82.32.458.6059, info@greenclimate.fund, www.greenclimate.fund

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


Duke Energy Invests in SustainRNG Dairy Biogas Projects (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,SustainRNG
Date: 2020-08-19
North Carolina utility Duke Energy is reporting partnering with Charlotte-based SustainRNG, a North Carolina start-up firm, to work with southeastern US dairy farmers to develop biogas as an alternate fuel.

SustainRNG will engineer, finance, construct and operate RNG sites in collaboration with dairy farmers. Duke Energy has a minority share in SustainRNG and the option to invest in future operating projects.

Methane (biogas) is more than 80 times more potent as a global warming agent in its first 20 years in the atmosphere compared with CO2. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com; SustainRNG, Michael Shore, CEO, michael@SustainRNG.com, www.sustainrng.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Biogas,  SustainRNG,  Duke Energy,  


Post Brexit UK Retaining EU CO2 Emissions Regulations (Int'l.)
UK Department for Transport
Date: 2020-08-19
In London, according to a new Department for Transport consultation the UK will maintain a "regulatory regime as close to business-as-usual scenario for manufacturers and remain with EU regulation on CO2 emission standards" even after leaving the European Union at the end of this year.

The consultation document includes proposals aimed at avoiding confusion, especially as the country's vehicle fleet is heavier than the 27 country EU fleets. Moving from the EU fleet average to a UK specific value would "immediately make regulatory targets more demanding for all manufacturers," the consultation document notes.

When made into legislation as proposed, the UK will keep the EU's 15 pct CO2 emission reduction target for cars and vans from 2025, and a 37.5 pct reduction for cars and 31 pct for vans come 2030. Carmakers will face fines of £86 instead of €95 for every gram of CO2 exceeded. The limit is 95 grams per km, and manufacturers will still base their targets on the average weight of vehicles sold.

Download the Department for Transport document details HERE. (Source: UK Gov. Department for Transport, electrive.com, Aug., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Transportation Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions ,  


World GBC Claims Net Zero Carbon Bldg. Growth (Int'l Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2020-08-19
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has announced that the total number of signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment has reached 100, marking a doubling of participation in the programme in just over one year. The Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonisation across global portfolios.

Since inception, businesses and organizations signed up to the Commitment now cover nearly 6,000 assets, over 32 million sq-meter total floor area and $100 billion in annual turnover. By 2030, this means that the operational portfolio emissions of these Commitment signatories will be at net zero, affecting approximately 3.4 million tonnes of CO2 (tCO2e). (Source: World GBC, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: World GBC, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, www.worldgbc.org/thecommitment, www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Net Zero Carbon,  


EPA Urged to Stop Penalizing Ethanol Blends ( Editorials & Asides)
Urban Air Initiative,American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2020-08-17
In Washington, the Urban Air Initiative (UAI) -- a coalition of state corn grower organizations -- along with the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and the Clean Fuels Development Coalition last Friday filed comments asking the EPA not to penalize ethanol's ability to reduce carbon emissions.

The EPA is proposing to penalize the current Tier 3 test fuel that all automakers will use to meet CO2 emission standards because it contains 10 pct ethanol. This Tier 3 test fuel lowers CO2 emissions compared to the prior E0 test fuel from 1975. The EPA is creating this new penalty against ethanol by manipulating test procedures to inflate the tailpipe CO2 emissions of vehicles certified as using E10. Since the penalty would presumably increase with higher ethanol volumes, this rule would be a major disincentive for automakers to transition to higher ethanol blends.

"Basically ethanol can't win. First EPA ignores ethanol's ability to reduce toxic aromatics, and now it wants to penalize ethanol for being a more efficient, lower-carbon fuel additive. The EPA is making this more complicated than it needs to be. It's creating rules based on older, non-representative fuels in its testing. Plus, EPA has no authority to penalize a particular fuel. Automakers can take advantage of high octane ethanol but not if they are penalized before they even start. In short, let the market work," Urban Air President Dave VanderGriend commented.

"EPA's anti-ethanol bias is not limited to how it has badly mismanaged the Renewable Fuel Standard, it extends to the Agency's proposal to artificially inflate CO2 emissions from vehicles being tested on E10 blends for Tier 3 Test Fuel Procedures," ACE CEO Brian Jennings commented. (Source: Urban Air Initiative, PR, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Urban Air Initiative, Dave VanderGriend, Pres., www. fixourfuel.com; Clean Fuels Development Coalition, 301-718-0077, www.cleanfuelsdc.org; American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, (605) 334-3381, www.ethanol.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  American Coalition for Ethanol,  ACE,  Urban Air Initiative,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  


Bangkok Considering Thailand Carbon Tax (Int'l. Report)
Thailand
Date: 2020-08-14
The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting Thailand, which relies heavily on fossil fuels for its energy needs, is considering carbon pricing in an upcoming Climate Change Act to lead a clean energy transition and green economic development while maintaining energy security, supporting innovation, increasing efficiency and driving retirement of emission-intensive assets. The upcoming Climate Change Act is expected to outline specific instruments to prepare for a national emission trading system, with a cabinet decision due in 2022.

According to the IEA, Thailand's experience of carbon market mechanisms began in 2007, when the government established TGO to implement and manage GHG emissions projects. In 2103, the public body launched the Thailand Voluntary Emission Reduction programme, a baseline and credit programme. By 2020 it had 191 registered projects that are due to reduce emissions by 5.28 Mt CO2-eq annually and the Thailand Carbon Offsetting Program which encourages public and private organisations to calculate their carbon footprint and buy carbon credits to offset their unavoidable emissions.

In 2015 TGO launched the Thailand Voluntary Emission Trading Scheme to serve as a pilot, setting up the infrastructure to develop a national emission trading system and identify gaps and opportunities. The first phase (2015-17) established and tested the market's design features and the measurement, reporting and verification system. During the second phase (2018-20) TGO aims to encourage wider participation and develop participants' trading capabilities.

Thailand is aiming to reduce GHG emissions to 20.8 pct below the business-as-usual level by 2030. (Source: IEA , New Europe, Aug., 2020)Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  IEA,  


O2 UK Foresees CO2 5G Network Benefits (Int'l. Report)
O2 UK
Date: 2020-08-12
Slough, UK-based telecommunications service provider Telefonica UK Limited, trading as O2 UK, is predicting 5G could significantly reduce the UK's carbon emissions by cutting energy consumption over 15 years, with the greatest benefits to be reaped by utility companies and the home energy sector.

According to O2 UK, the next-generation networks to shed up to 269 megatonnes of CO2 from the country's emissions by 2035 making the technology vital to the UK achieving carbon neutral status by 2050.

According to a company release, smart technology could cut 181 megatonnes of carbon emissions from the utility and home energy sectors over the 15 year period. In 2018, England's total emissions amounted to 280 megatonnes.

O2 UK is aiming to become the UK's first net-zero mobil network by 2025. (Source: O2 UK, PR, MobilWorld, 12 AUG., 2020) Contact: O2 UK, Mark Evans, CEO, www.o2.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  O2 UK,  


Ammonia as Marine Fuel R&D Underway (Ind. Report)
IMO
Date: 2020-08-12
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) reports it is investigating and comparing the use of ammonia as an effective and environment friendly marine fuel to other carbon-neutral alternatives. Ammonia is a carbon neutral fuel with a high probability of being commercialized. To that end, NYK Line, Japan Marine United Corporation, and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) this month signed a joint R&D agreement for the commercialization of an ammonia-fueled ammonia gas carrier that would use ammonia as the main fuel.

Because CO2 is not emitted when ammonia is burned, ammonia is expected to be used as an alternative fuel for vessels. The IMO aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and 70 percent by 2050. (Source: IMO, SeaNews, 12 Aug., 2020) Contact: International Maritime Organization (IMO), Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Amonia,  Marine Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  Maritime Emissions,  


POET Increasing Bio-Based Industrial Alcohol Prod (Ind. Report)
POET
Date: 2020-08-12
Sioux Falls, SD-based ethanol producer POET is reporting it will scale up production of industrial and beverage-grade alcohol and is making significant investments to enhance operations at its biorefinery in Leipsic, OH, and is in the design phase for modification of a second industrial-grade plant in Alexandria, IN that will come online in early 2021.

POET is the world's largest producer of biofuels and has marketed various bio-based products including several animal feed solutions, renewable CO2, and JIVE, an eco-friendly asphalt rejuvenator and modifier. (Source: POET, Website News, Aug., 2020) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  


Maritime Shipping's Global Carbon Emissions Increase (Int'l.)
IMO,International Council on Clean Transportation
Date: 2020-08-10
In a recently released report, the London-headquartered International Maritime Organization (IMO) notes that carbon emissions from shipping -- which handles roughly 90 pct of world trade -- rose in the six-year period to 2018 and accounted for 2.89 pct of the world's CO2.

According to the study, CO2 emissions grew to 1,056 million tonnes in 2018 versus 962 million tonnes in 2012.

The report also noted emissions in 2020 and 2021 would be significantly lower due to the impact of COVID-19 and that emissions over the next decades may be a few percent lower than projected depending on the recovery trajectory.

The non-profit International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) said the growth of shipping was outpacing efficiency improvements and by 2050 emissions from the industry were projected to be up to 130 pct higher than 2008 levels. (Source: IMO, Brinkwire, Aug., 2020) Contact: International Maritime Organization (IMO), Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Council on Clean Transportation, www.theicct.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions,  IMO,  International Council on Clean Transportation ,  


Foundation for Climate Restoration Comments on Bipartisan CCS Legislation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Foundation for Climate Restoration
Date: 2020-08-10
"This is a momentous occasion for the climate restoration movement. I commend the U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) on their bipartisan legislation to research and develop carbon capture and sequestration technologies. This is a necessary step that the Foundation for Climate Restoration (FCR) has been advocating for, and we are pleased to see a commitment to robust research and development of these technologies from both sides of the aisle.

"The trillion tons of excess carbon in our atmosphere are the main driver of climate change. Therefore, even with net-zero emissions, which is critically important, we are not addressing 95 pct of the problem. Carbon capture technologies that remove this excess CO2, paired with uses for the captured carbon that are permanent, scalable, and financeable, must be our foremost commitment. This is critical to restoring a healthy, pre-industrial level of atmospheric carbon.

The CREATE Act of 2020 recognizes the importance of research and development of carbon capture and sequestration through direct air capture, enhanced carbon mineralization, bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration, forest restoration, soil carbon management, and direct ocean capture. These avenues of capture and sequestration have enormous potential to remove the excess carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and restore a safe and healthy climate. We are thus thrilled at the bipartisan effort to mobilize and scale these restorative technologies. Removal of atmospheric carbon, in concert with net-zero emissions, will safeguard the planet and ensure its survival for future generations."

(signed) Rick Parnell, CEO, Foundation for Climate Restoration (Source: Foundation for Climate Restoration, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Foundation for Climate Restoration, Rick Parnell, CEO, (650) 906-3016, www.f4cr.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Foundation for Climate Restoration,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  Climate Change,  


Two Months of Arctic Wildfires, Emissions Surpass 2019 Total (Int'l.)
Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service
Date: 2020-08-10
The European Union's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service is reporting out-of-control wildfires north of the Arctic Circle in the Siberian Arctic covered an area larger than one-third of Canada and released more greenhouse gases in two months than all of the fires last year combined.

"In terms of CO2, we estimate that 205 megatons of CO2 was emitted from wildfires within the Arctic Circle between June 1 and July 31 -- the annual total wildfire emissions for the Arctic Circle in 2019 were 182 megatons of CO2 -- more CO2 emissions than the annual output of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland combined. (Source: EU Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Dhaka Monitor, 6 Aug., 2020) Contact: Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, atmosphere.copernicus.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


EU, Swiss Carbon Markets Link Set for Sept. Launch (Int'l.)
European Commission
Date: 2020-08-07
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) is reporting the planned link-up of the EU and Swiss carbon markets is slated to be operational from September 21, this year. The two registries are not yet connected by a permanent link, but will use a provisional system to launch trading this year.

The EU carbon market is the 28-member trading bloc's flagship policy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, which it does by forcing power plants, factories and airlines to buy permits to cover some of the pollution they emit.

The EU carbon market covered just shy of 1.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) last year. The Swiss carbon market coveredless than 5 million tonnes of CO2e from industrial facilities in 2019. (Source: European Commission, europa.eu, Reuters, Aug., 2020)

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CCSL, Marubeni Partnering on CCUS Projects (Int'l. Report)
Carbon Clean Solutions ,Marubeni
Date: 2020-08-07
London-based Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL), a leader in low-cost carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and separation technology, is reporting a new strategic partnership with Marubeni Corporation, a major Japanese integrated trading and investment business conglomerate which is actively involved in the energy sector.

Through the partnership, the two companies will jointly support and develop Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) projects on a build-own-operate model. Projects in Europe will start immediately, focusing on capturing CO2 for utilisation in each market locally. Marubeni Corporation and CCSL will be actively looking to advance the partnership by investing in additional global projects.

The partnership builds on an existing and close relationship between the two companies. Marubeni invested in CCSL via the latest $22m Series B funding round. The funds will be used to grow the CCSL team and deliver its proven CO2 capture technology for CCUS projects across the steel, cement, waste management and refining & petrochemicals sectors. (Source: Carbon Clean Solutions, Website News, 6 Aug., 2020) Contact: Carbon Clean Solutions, Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3755 1600, ccs@kekstcnc.com, www.carboncleansolutions.com; Marubeni, www.marubeni.com

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China Powering Global Offshore Wind Energy Growth (Int'l Report)
Global Wind Energy Council
Date: 2020-08-07
According a new industry report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the world's offshore wind farm capacity could grow to 234GW by 2030 powered by a clean energy surge led by China where 2.4 GW of offshore wind power capacity came on stream in 2019.

The report also noted 75 pct of the world's offshore wind farms are in European waters but by the end of the decade China is expected to host more than a fifth of the world's offshore wind turbines, equating to 52GW.

The report notes the offshore wind industry could create 900,000 jobs globally over the next decade and that every 1GW of offshore wind helped to avoid 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere . (Source: GWEC, PR, reve, 6 Aug., 2020) Contact: GWEC, Ben Blackwell, CEO, Alyssa Pek, +32 490 56 81 39, alyssa.pek@gwec.net, www.gwec.net

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Repsol Produces Spain's First Aviation Biofuel (Int'l. Report)
Repsol
Date: 2020-08-05
Madrid-based integrated energy company Repsol SA is reporting production of 7,000 tons of aviation fuel made from biomass at its Puertollano Industrial Complex in Ciudad Real. The production is the first in Spain. The first 7,000 tons of aviation fuel made from biomass -- equal to the consumption of 100 Madrid-Los Angeles flights -- has a bio content under 5 pct in order to meet the quality standards established by international specifications. Using the fuel will prevent the release of roughly 400 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere -- equal to 40 Madrid-Barcelona flights.

As previously reported, Repsol is aiming to be zero emissions company by 2050 in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. To that end, The company recently announced the launch of two major pioneering decarbonization industrial projects at the Petronor refinery. The first project involves the construction of one of the largest plants in the world for producing net zero emissions fuels from CO2 and green hydrogen, generated with renewable energy. This facility will set a new benchmark in Europe thanks to the cutting-edge technology applied and the use of captured CO2 as raw material in the Petronor refinery. The second project is a plant for generating gas from urban waste, which will replace part of the traditional fuels used in Petronor's production process. (Source: Repsol, The Corner, Aug., 2020)Contact: Repsol SA, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, (+34) 91 753 8100, 91 753 8000, sacportal@repsol.com, www.repsol.com

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SwRI Scores Zero-Emission Power Plant Design Funding (Ind. Report)
SwRI
Date: 2020-08-05
In San Antonio, the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) reports receipt of $764,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a zero-emission fossil fuel power plant that in-corporates a supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycle, renewable energy, oxy-gen storage and carbon capture.

SwRI is leading one of 12 teams that received a competitive award to conduct Phase 1 of ARPA-E's FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program. FLECCS sup-ports research to develop enabling technologies that better respond to grid conditions in a highly variable renewable energy environment, such as natural gas power generators . At the conclusion of Phase 1, a sub-set of teams will advance to Phase 2 of the pro-gram, receiving additional funding to focus on building components, unit operations and prototype systems. (Source: SwRI,PR, Eureka, Aug., 2020) Contact: SwRIDr. Jeff Moore, Research Leader, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org; ARPA-E, Lane Genatowski, Director, arpa-e.energy.gov

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Shell Australia Acquiring Select Carbon (Int'l. Report, M&A)
Shell Australia
Date: 2020-08-03
In the Land Down Under, Perth-headquartered Shell Australia is reporting it will acquire carbon emissions offsetting specialist Select Carbon. The move is Shell's first acquisition for its nature-focused business division which invests in forests, grasslands, wetlands and other natural ecosystems around the world. The acquisition will contribute to Shell's ambition to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner.

Select Carbon partners with farmers and other landowners to develop carbon farming projects throughout Australia which aim to reduce emissions and capture CO2 while benefiting biodiversity and local communities. Carbon credits generated through Select Carbon's projects are offered through the Australian government's Emissions Reduction Fund and other markets, creating an additional revenue stream for farmers and landowners, according to the Shell release.

Select Carbon has to date developed and manages a portfolio of over 70 projects covering 9 million hectares across various ecosystems and agricultural uses in Australia, according to the Shell release. The acquisition of Select Carbon is subject to Australian regulatory approvals and expected to close before the year end. (Source: Shell Australia, S&P, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: Shell Australia, +61 8 9338 6600, www.shell.com.au; Select Carbon, +61 414 334 170, www.selectcarbon.com

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Citigroup Targets $250Bn for Low-Carbon Activities (Ind. Report)
Citigroup
Date: 2020-07-31
NYC-headquartered banking giant Citigroup Inc., the 4th largest US bank by assets, reports it aims to lend $250 billion for low-carbon renewable energy, clean technology, water quality and conservation, sustainable transportation, green buildings, energy efficiency, circular economy and sustainable agriculture and land use over the next five years.

The bank noted it is working to measure, manage and reduce the climate risk and impact of its portfolio of clients and to that end is is participating in the development and rollout of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, a framework that will help it measure the carbon footprint of its lending portfolios. Additionally, Citi is testing the methodology for the 2016 Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment, a tool that will enable it to look at its most carbon-intensive sectors and clients and measure their progress toward reducing global warming.

Citigroup is also aiming for a 45 pct CO2 emission reduction reduction in its operations by 2025 from a 2010 baseline and, to that end, aims to only use renewable electricity to power its facilities globally by the end of 2020.

In 2019, Citigroup assets totaled $1.951 trillion, equity totaled $193 billion and net income came in at $19.471 billion. (Source: Citigroup, PR, MarketScreener, 29 July, 2020) Contact: Citigroup, www.citigroup.com

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Middle East's Largest Wind Project Construction Progresses (Int'l.)
EDF Renewables, MASDAR
Date: 2020-07-31
In Saudi Arabia, the 400MW Dumat Al Jandal utility-scale wind farm being developed by EDF Renewables in partnership with Masdar is reporting receipt of 20 Vestas turbines, towers, blades and nacelles to be assembled at the Dumat Al Jandal site 900 km north of Riyadh.

Vestas will supply a total 99 Vestas V150-4.2MW turbines and is responsible for the project's engineering, procurement and construction under an (EPC) contract.

Dumat Al Jandal will be Saudi Arabia's first wind farm and the largest in the Middle East when completed and commissioned in Q1, 2022 when it will generate sufficient power for as many as 70,000 Saudi households while displacing around 988,000 tpy of CO2. (Source: MASDAR, July, 2020) Contact: MASDAR, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333, www.masdar.ae; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

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Petro Nova CCS Facility Mothballed (Ind. Report)
Petro Nova, NRG Energy
Date: 2020-07-31
Houston-headquartered power utility NRG Energy confirmed to the Australian Financial Review that it has mothballed its Petra Nova carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility in Texas due to its poor financial performance.

Since coming online in Jan., 2017, Petra Nova, the world's largest coal-fired power plant post-combustion CO2 capture system, captured over 3.9 million short (US) tons of CO2 which was used to produce over 4.2 million barrels of oil through enhanced oil recovery (EOR). (Source: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, NRG Energy, Australia Financial Review, 30 July, 2020)Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; NRG Energy, Mauricio Gutierrez, CEO, (609) 524-4500, www.nrgenergy.com

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Sarajevo Scores EBRD Energy Efficiency Support (Int'l. Report)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Date: 2020-07-31
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it is extending a €8 million loan to help the city of Sarajevo (pop. 360,000) increase city building energy efficiency. The funding is in addition to a €2 million EU grant for the refurbishment of 40 school and health buildings in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The energy efficiency works are a priority project under the Green City Action Plan for the Sarajevo Canton. The expected energy savings are estimated to be around 13.7 GWh and would result in 4,774 tpy of CO2 savings. Energy efficiency measures will include the introduction of cleaner and more efficient heating, better insulation, better lighting and overall improvements.

The 43-member EBRD Green Cities initiative is designed to help cities articulate a sustainable development vision and their strategic objectives as well as define actions and investments necessary to address priority environmental issues. (Source: EBRD, New Europe, 30 July, 2020) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, www.ebrd.com

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Duke Energy Invests in SustainRNG (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy, SustainRNG
Date: 2020-07-31
Charlotte, North Carolina-based utility giant Duke Energy reports it has taken a minority stake in SustainRNG, a company that plans to capture bovine emissions of methane on dairy farms in the Southwest with the potential scale up nationwide. SustainRNG's first farm-based project is slated to start in late 2021.

Methane is more than 80 times more potent as a global warming agent in its first 20 years in the atmosphere compared with CO2. (Source: Duke Energy PR, BNN, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com; SustainRNG, www.sustainrng.com

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BASF Calculates CO2 Footprint of 45,000 Products (Int'l. Report)
BASF
Date: 2020-07-29
German global chemicals giant BASF will provide its customers with total values of CO2 emissions -- carbon footprints -- for all of its products. The Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) comprises all product-related greenhouse gas emissions that occur until the BASF product leaves the factory gate for the customer: from the purchased raw material to the use of energy in production processes.

BASF will start with selected product and customer segments in the coming months and plans to make PCF data available for the entire portfolio by the end of 2021.

BASF SE is the largest chemical producer in the world. The BASF Group comprises subsidiaries and joint ventures in more than 80 countries and operates six integrated production sites and 390 other production sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Africa. (Source: BASF, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: BASF, Andreas Bode, Program Leader for Carbon Management R&D, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

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LafargeHolcim Intros ECOPact Low-Carbon Concrete (Ind. Report)
LafargeHolcim
Date: 2020-07-29
Chicago-based Aggregate Industries, a member of the LafargeHolcim family of companies in the US, is reporting the introduction of the ECOPact low-carbon concrete brand in the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions.

ECOPact is sold at a range of low-carbon levels, from 30 pct to 100 pct less carbon emissions compared to ordinary (CEM1) concrete. Up to 80 pct less carbon is achieved primarily through the use of lower CO2-intensive materials. For a fully carbon-neutral solution, the last 20 pct is reached through offsets with certified carbon projects.

In the United States, LafargeHolcim's low-carbon products and solutions portfolio includes low-carbon concrete, low-clinker cements, recycled aggregates and services that promote sustainability. LafargeHolcim companies include close to 350 sites in 43 U.S. states. (Source: LafargeHolcim, PR, July, 2020) Contact: LafargeHolcim, Jay Moreau, CEO, US Aggregates and Construction Materials, Stephanie Sulcer, Communications, 847 716 0368, stephanie.sulcer@lafargeholcim.com, www.lafargeholcim.com

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Climeworks Announces Iceland Carbon Capture Plant (Int'l. Report)
Climeworks
Date: 2020-07-29
Zurich-headquartered carbon capture technology specialist Climeworks AG is reporting its first carbon removal plant located on the slopes of an active volcano in south-west Iceland.

The plant is powered by waste heat from a geothermal energy plant using direct air carbon capture technology (DAC).

Climeworks technology consist of modular CO2 collectors that can be stacked to build machines of any size. Climeworks direct air capture machines are powered solely by renewable energy or energy-from-waste. Grey emissions are below 10 pct, which means that out of 100 tons of carbon dioxide that our machines capture from the air, at least 90 tons are permanently removed and only up to 10 tons are re-emitted, according to the company website. (Source: Climeworks, BTN News, 28 July, 2020) Contact: Climeworks, Jan Wurzbacher, co-founder and co-director, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com

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Notable Carbon Quote from BASF
BASF
Date: 2020-07-29
"We (BASF) think activities have to focus on avoiding CO2 emissions from the start. You might wonder why we call it carbon management, rather than decarbonization, a term many people are using. The chemical industry cannot be decarbonized because chemistry means chemical transformation and this is the lifeblood of the chemical industry. Most of the important substances that we use every day consist of a high degree of carbon. We can not and should not do without carbon, but we can manage it." -- Dr. Martin Brudermuller, BASF, Chief Technology Officer. Contact: BASF, Dr. Martin Brudermuller, www.basf.com/global/en/investors/basf-at-a-glance/corporate-governance/board-of-executive-directors/dr-martin-brudermueller.html

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2 GW Abu Dhabi Solar Power Project Partners Announced (Int'l.)
Emirates Water and Electricity Company
Date: 2020-07-27
In the UAE, the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) reports the award for the 2 GW Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Producer (IPP) project went to a consortium led by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) and MASDAR, with partners EDF and JinkoPower.

The project, the world's largest such facility will be located roughly 35 kilometers from Abu Dhabi city, has signed power purchase and shareholders' agreements with EWEC. When fully operational, the plant is projected generate sufficient energy for as many as 160,000 households and to reduce Abu Dhabi's CO2 emissions by more than 2.4 million metric tpy -- equivalent to removing approximately 470,000 cars from the road. It will also increase Abu Dhabi's total solar power capacity to approximately 3.2 GW. (Source: EWEC, Utilities Middle East, 26 July, 2020) Contact: Emirates Water and Electricity Company, www.ewec.ae/en/home; JinkoSolar, www.jinkosolar.com; MASDAR, MASDAR, +971 2 653 3333, www.masdar.ae;EDF RE, www.edf-re.com

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ExxonMobil Touts Carbon Capture Material (New Prod. & Tech.)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-07-27
Scientists from ExxonMobil, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered a new material that could capture more than 90 pct of CO2 emissions from natural gas-fired power plants, using low-temperature steam, requiring less energy for the overall carbon capture process.

Laboratory tests indicate the patent-pending materials -- tetraamine-functionalised metal organic frameworks -- capture CO2 emissions up to six times more effectively than conventional amine-based carbon capture technology.

By manipulating the structure of the metal organic framework material, the team of scientists and students demonstrated the ability to condense a surface area the size of a football field, into just one gram of mass -- about the same as a paperclip -- that acts as a sponge for carbon emissions, according to the release.

"Through collaborations with strong academic institutions and national labs like UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, we are developing a portfolio of lower-emissions energy solutions. This provides yet another example of one of the many new materials ExxonMobil is researching to reduce CO2 in the production of energy," according to the release. (Source: ExxonMobil, Smart Energy, 26 July, 2020)Contact: ExxonMobil www.exxonmobil.com

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New Zealand Emissions Projected to Rise Through 2025 (Int'l.)
New Zealand
Date: 2020-07-27
In Wellington, the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is projecting the country's net greenhouse gas emissions will peak at 72.04 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (Mt CO2e) in 2025 -- more than double 1990 levels.

Although these figures do not take into account the impact of the recently-strengthened Emissions Trading Scheme, the impact of that policy is expected to be limited over the next decade -- in 2030, net emissions will be 64.01 Mt CO2e with the stronger ETS as opposed to the 66.07 Mt CO2e projected in the MfE figures. They will also be well above where they need to be for New Zealand to meet its commitment under the Paris Agreement. (Source: New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, newsroompro, 27 July, 2020) Contact: New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, www.mfe.govt.nz

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Global Gas Flaring Jumps to 2009 Levels (Int'l. Report)

Date: 2020-07-27
Estimates from satellite data indicate that global gas flaring increased to levels not seen in more than a decade, to 150 billion cubic metres (bcm), or an equivalent to the total annual gas consumption of sub-Saharan Africa. The data was released by the World Bank-managed Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR), which comprises governments, oil companies, and international institutions working to end routine gas flaring at oil production sites around the world. The data shows that the 3 per cent rise, from 145 billion cubic metres (bcm) in 2018 to 150 bcm in 2019, was mainly due to increases in three countries, including the United States (up by 23 pct), Venezuela (up by 16 pct0 and Russia (up by 9 pct).

Gas flaring, the burning of natural gas associated with oil extraction, takes place because of technical, regulatory, and/or economic constraints. It results in more than 400 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions every year and wastes a valuable resource, with harmful impacts to the environment from un-combusted methane and black carbon emissions. (Source: World Bank Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership, This Day, 26 July, 2020) Contact: Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership, World Bank, (202) 473-1000, www.worldbank.org › programs › gasflaringreduction

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MHI Unit Upgrading Tokyo Waste-to-Energy Plant Efficiency (Int'l.)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,
Date: 2020-07-27
MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co ., division of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is reporting receipt of an order from Clean Authority of Tokyo to upgrade equipment and energy efficiency of the authority's 900 metric tpd, 22-Mw Minato waste-to-energy plant.

In addition to plant heavy equipment renovations and replacements as needed, the facility will also be upgraded to utilize new motors and inverters for electric components to increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by around 4 pct annually. The ¥7.6 billion ($72.2 million U.S.) project is scheduled for completion in January 2023. (Source: MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Contact: MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., www.mhiec.co.jp

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UCLA Granted $2.9Mn to Convert CO2 Into Concrete (Funding, R&D)
UCLA,CO2Concrete
Date: 2020-07-27
UCLA is reporting receipt of US DOE grant funding for the development of concrete from carbon dioxide emissions. The project is one of 11 sharing funding of $17 million from the US DOE's carbon utilization programme. A further $905,000 has been raised from industry partners and the UCLA discretionary funds.

CO2Concrete has a carbon footprint 50-70 pct lower than traditional concrete, and captures carbon dioxide from raw flue gas emitted by cement plants and other sources. One particular attraction of the process is that it does not need a conventional carbon capture system. Cement production reportedly accounts for 8 pct of man-made carbon dioxide emissions.

A test centre to demonstrate the process is located at Dry Fork Station, a coal-based power plant near Gillette, Wyoming. (Source: UCLA, Global Construction Review, 27 July, 2020) Contact: UCLA, Civil Engineering Prof. Gaurav Sant, www. samueli.ucla.edu/gaurav-sant

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Oil and Gas Majors Agree on GHG Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2020-07-22
The 12-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is reported to have agreed to reduce the average carbon intensity of their aggregated upstream oil and gas operations to between 20 kg and 21 kg of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per barrel of oil by 2025.

OGCI members include: Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, BP, China's CNPC, Total, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, Repsol, Petrobras, Occidental Petroleum, Eni and Equinor. (Source: OGCI, July, 2020) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

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Norwegian Full-Scale CCS Project Scores EFTA-ESA Funding (Int'l.)
Norway CCS
Date: 2020-07-20
Gassnova, the Norwegian state enterprise for carbon capture and storage (CCS) reports receipt of €2.1 billion in funding for its CCS Norway project from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Surveillance Authority (ESA).

The CCS Norway project is a central part of Norway's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and meet the European goal of climate-neutrality by 2050. The project would allow for the establishment of carbon capture facilities at Norcem, a cement factory in Brevik, and Fortum Oslo Varme, a waste-to-energy plant.

The captured CO2 is then to be transported and stored deep below the seabed in the North Sea. This part of the process is to be carried out by a joint venture between Shell, Total and Equinor, known as Northern Lights.

The €2.57 billion Full-Scale CCS Project promises to become the first of its kind to go live in Europe. The Norwegian government would cover around 80 pct of the project's estimated cost, according to a release. (Source: CCS Norway, GreenCar Congress, 19 July, 2020) Contact: CCS Norway, www.ccsnorway.com; Equinor, www.equinor.com; TOTAL, Investor Relations: +44 (0) 207 719 7962 l, ir@total.com, www.total.com; Norcem, www.norcen.no

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Anthropogenic Methane Emissions Sources Investigated (Ind. Report)
Methane
Date: 2020-07-20
"Emissions of methane (CH4) -- a planet-warming gas several times more potent than carbon dioxide -- have risen by nine percent in a decade driven by humanity's insatiable hunger for energy and food," a major international study has concluded .

"Methane has a warming potential 28 times greater than CO2 over a 100-year period and its concentration in the atmosphere has more than doubled since the Industrial Revolution," according to the report.

Download the report HERE. (Source: IOP Science, AFP, Science Alert, July, 2020) Contact: IOP, www.iop.org

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Vodafone Committed to 100 pct Green, Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
Vodafone
Date: 2020-07-20
In the UK, Berkshire-based telecommunications firm Vodafone Group Plc reports it remains committed to improving the energy efficiency of its base station sites and in its data and switching centres, which together account for 95 pct of the company's total global energy consumption. During 2020, Vodafone invested €77 million in energy efficiency and renewable projects, which led to annual energy savings of 186GWh. In 2019, the company achieving a 38.5 pct reduction in the total amount of GHG emissions per petabyte (PB) of mobile data carried.

Vodafone's energy efficiency initiatives are focused on sourcing and implementing more efficient network equipment, reducing energy demand by installing lower-energy power and cooling technologies, and cutting energy use by decommissioning and replacing legacy equipment. Vodafone's energy efficiency initiatives include:

  • Smart energy meters that enable businesses, municipal authorities and households to monitor, manage and reduce their energy use. Worldwide, Vodafone has over 12 million smart meter connections using its IoT technology, saving an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of CO2e.

  • Smart cities networked intelligently to improve the efficiency of energy-intensive services such as public transport, public road networks and street lighting. For example, in the city of Guadalajara, Spain, 13,500 LED lights were connected to a central management system, reducing street lighting energy consumption by 68 pct.

    (Source: Vodafone Group Plc, IoT Business News, July, 2020) Contact: Vodafone Group Plc., www.vodafone.com

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