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Midwest AgEnergy CCS Project Wins $3.4Mn Grant (Ind. Report)
Midwest AgEnergy
Date: 2020-07-01
Midwest AgEnergy Group (MAG), the parent company to ethanol biorefinery, Blue Flint, near Underwood, ND and Dakota Spirit, a 75 million gpy biorefinery near Spiritwood, ND, is reporting receipt of $3.4 million in grant funding from the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The funding will be used advance the development of a potential carbon storage (CCS) system at the Blue Flint facility located next to Coal Creek Station near Underwood, ND.

The research will involve drilling a stratigraphic test well to examine the geology near the Blue Flint facility to determine the potential and viability of permanently storing CO2 in a deep saline formation. If the sequestration project is successfully completed, the Blue Flint facility anticipates sequestering approximately 200,000 tpy of CO2. The result of the sequestration will be a lower carbon footprint for the facility and the ability to participate in the IRS 45Q tax credit program, incenting such activities. (Source: Midwest AgEnergy, Daily News, 29 June, 2020) Contact: Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500/(701) 251-3900, www.midwestagenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Midwest AgEnergy,  Ethanol,  Blue Flint Ethanol,  CCS,  


UK Contractors Declare Initiative to Address Climate Change (Int'l)
UK Contractors Declare
Date: 2020-07-01
In the UK, a group of major contractors -- Multiplex, BAM Construct UK, BAM Nuttall, Canary Wharf Contractors, Morgan Sindall, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and Willmott Dixon -- have launched the UK Contractors Declare initiative to address climate change and drive the construction industry to net-zero carbon not later than 2050.

Working as part of the wider global Construction Declares movement, Contractors Declare is already engaging with Architects Declare and Engineers Declare to promote a unified strategic approach to lobbying government and driving meaningful and effective change. To that end, Contractors Declare has committed to:

  • Raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for mitigation and adaptation action among our employees, clients, peers, collaborators and supply chains.

  • Advocate for faster change in the building industry towards regenerative practices and higher Governmental investment to support a just transition, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Establish climate mitigation and adaptation principles, as well as maximise biodiversity and air quality enhancement. This will be demonstrated through commitments, actions and achievements. Seek for us and our key supply chains to set targets for our own emissions and for the assets we design and build using recognised standards aligned to the 1.5-degree scenario.

  • Evaluate all new projects against the aim to contribute positively to mitigating climate and biodiversity breakdown, to adapt to climate change using nature-based solutions and encourage our clients to adopt this approach. Share knowledge and research on an open-source basis, to address the climate and biodiversity emergencies.

  • Support the upgrade of existing assets for extended use as a more carbon-efficient alternative to demolition and new build whenever there is a viable choice, as well as support and promote the use of life cycle costing, whole-life carbon modelling and post-occupancy evaluation/performance measurement.

  • Adopt and support more regenerative principles, with the aim of achieving net-zero in line with recognised standards. For buildings, this should be in line with the UKGBC's industry created definition of net-zero carbon.

  • Work together with engineers, designers, clients, collaborators and supply chain to further reduce construction waste and transition to a circular economy and accelerate the shift to low embodied carbon materials to reduce embodied carbon by at least 40 pct by 2030, based on the World Green Building Council call to action.

    According to Contractors Declare , buildings and construction account for nearly 40 pct of energy-related CO2 emissions while also having a significant impact on natural habitats. (Source: UK Contractors Declare , PR, June, 2020) Contact: UK Contractors Declare, www.contractorsdeclare.co.uk

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


  • Waterford Ireland Joins Mayors Covenant to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
    Waterford Ireland,Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
    Date: 2020-07-01
    In Ireland, the Waterford City & County Council reports it has joined the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and committed to cutting CO2 emissions within its administrative area by at least 40 pct by 2030 through improved energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy sources and increasing its resilience by adapting to the impacts of climate change.

    The Covenant of Mayors commit to preparing a Baseline Emission Inventory and a Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessment and submit a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan. They also pledge to mainstream mitigation and adaptation considerations into relevant policies, strategies and plans. The Council will be required to report on the implementation of its Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan every two years. (Source: Waterford City & County Council, WaterfordLIve, 29 June, 2020) Contact: Waterford City & County Council, +353 76 110 2020, www.waterfordcouncil.ie; Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, www.globalcovenantofmayors.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy ,  


    Sweden Extends Biogas/Biofuels Carbon Tax Exemptions (Int'l.)
    EC
    Date: 2020-07-01
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) has approved Sweden's 10-year carbon CO2 tax exemption extension for non-food based biogas used in heat generation and transportation fuel .

    In its ruling, the EC noted the exemptions were "necessary and well-suited to stimulate production and consumption of domestic and imported biogas and bio-propane without distorting market competition." single market (Source: European Commission, EU Observer, Argus, 30 June, 2020) Contact: European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Pres., Frans Timmermans, Climate Chief, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/timmermans_en, www.ec.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  European Commission ,  


    TEP Touts Clean Energy Expansion Plan (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2020-06-29
    Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reporting plans to provide more than 70 pct of its power from wind and solar resources as part of a cleaner energy portfolio that will reduce carbon emissions 80 pct by 2035.

    The 15-year 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for a dramatic expansion of wind and solar power resources, supported by efficient natural gas fired generators and energy storage systems the retirement of TEP's remaining coal-fired power plants over the next 12 years. Key IRP elements include:

  • 2,457 MW of new wind and solar power systems, including 457 MW that will be coming online over the next year.

  • 1,400 MW of new energy storage systems.

  • A proposal to ramp down and ultimately retire two units at the coal fired Springerville Generating Station in 2027 and 2032.

  • Eliminating the use of surface water for power generation and a 70 pc treduction in groundwater use.

  • Continued support for energy efficiency programs to reduce usage and peak power demands.

    TEP's CO2 emission reduction goal was developed in partnership with the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment with input from a diverse group of customers, community leaders, local government representatives and environmental advocates. The target represents TEP's fair share of worldwide efforts to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius under the 2015 Paris Agreement. TEP's plan would reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 pct, according to the release.

    Download the TEP 2020 Integrated Resource Plan, HERE. (Source: TEP, PR, 26 June, 2020) Contact: TEP, Joseph Barrios , (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power,  Renewable Energ,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


  • Glasgow Monitoring GHG Emissions in Real-Time (Int'l. Report)
    University of Strathclyde
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In the UK, scientists from the University of Strathclyde, in cooperation with the City of Glasgow , are installing a network of 25 sensors to monitor CO2 and other greenhouse gases -- carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and PM2.5.T -- as part of a trial to provide Glasgow City Council with real-time information on emissions sources and level citywide. Glasgow is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030.

    Results of the monitoring will be shared with the leaders of other global cities at a virtual conference in November, and will be presented at the COP26 environmental summit to encourage other cities to establish sensor networks.

    The emission monitoring program is part of the Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement (GEMM) project, a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley), The Optical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the Met Office and the National Physical Laboratory. (Source: University of Strathclyde Glasgow, PR, 27 June, 2020) Contact: University of Strathclyde Glasgow, www.strath.ac.uk; Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement (GEMM) project, www.gemminitiative.org/en-us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  


    TEP Plans 80 pct Carbon Emissions Cut by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In Arizona, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reporting plans to provide more than 70 pct of its power from wind and solar resources as part of a cleaner energy portfolio that will reduce carbon emissions 80 pct by 2035. The utility's 15-year 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for a dramatic expansion of wind and solar power resources, increased energy storage systems and energy efficiency and the retirement of TEP's remaining two coal-fired power plants in 2027 and 2032. The changes are expected to avoid more than 50 million tons of CO2 emissions over the next 15 years.

    TEP's CO2 emission reduction goal was developed in partnership with the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment with input from a diverse group of customers, community leaders, local government representatives and environmental advocates. The target represents TEP's fair share of worldwide efforts to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius under the 2015 Paris Agreement. TEP's plan would reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 pct, according to the release. (Source: TEP, PR, 26 June, 2020) Contact: TEP, Joseph Barrios , (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    DRAX, Mitsubishi Tout Biomass/Bioenergy CCS Pilot (Int'l. Report)
    DRAX,Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
    Date: 2020-06-26
    In the UK, Drax Group and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. (MHIE) are reporting a new 12-month bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at the Drax Power Station in the Humber region, North Yorkshire.

    The pilot, which is expected to get underway this autumn, will test two of MHI's proprietary solvents -- KS-1TM Solvent which is presently being used at 13 commercial plants including Petra Nova in Texas where it is capturing 1.4 million tpy of CO2 , and KS-21TM Solvent which is designed to achieve significant performance improvements and cost savings, according to MHIE.

    Implementing BECCS at Drax could deliver 16 million tpy of negative emissions -- a third of the negative emissions the UK needs from BECCS to reach its zero carbon targets by 2050, according to DRAX. (Source: DRAX, MHI, Cdn. Biomass, 24 June, 2020) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44(0)1757 618381 www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,  DRAX,  CCS,  Biomass,  


    Ford Targets Global Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Ford
    Date: 2020-06-26
    In Detroit, U.S. automaker Ford 21st annual Sustainability Report notes the company plans on achieving carbon neutrality globally by 2050, while setting interim targets to more urgently address climate change challenges.

    To that end, Ford will initially focus on three specific areas that account for approximately 95 pct of its CO2 emissions -- vehicle use, supply base, and the company's facilities -- to reduce CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. The company will also work with California for stronger vehicle greenhouse gas standards. As previously reported, Ford plans to use 100 pct locally sourced renewable energy for all its manufacturing plants globally by 2035 (Source: Ford Authority, 24 June, 2020) Contact: Ford, Bob Holycross, VP Sustainability, Environment and Safety, www.ford.com

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


    Northern Ireland GHG Statistics Show Steady Decrease (Int'l.)
    Northern Ireland
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In the UK, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) recently released statistical bulletin on greenhouse gas emissions for Northern Ireland (NI) outlines slight decreases for period 1990-2018.

    In 2018, Northern Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions were estimated to be 19.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent -- a decrease of 2 pct compared to 2017. The longer term trend showed a decrease of 20 pct compared to the base year 1990.

    The largest sectors in terms of emissions in 2018 were agriculture at 27 pct, transportation with 23 pct, and power generation at 15 pct. The largest decreases, in terms of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), were in the energy supply, waste management and residential sectors.

    The decreases were driven by improvements in energy efficiency, fuel switching from coal to natural gas, which became available in the late 1990s, and the introduction of methane capture and oxidation systems in landfill management. Northern Ireland accounted for 4 pct of UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2018.

    Details are HERE. (Source: DAERA, Farming Life,23 June, 2020) Contact: DAERA, www.dera-ni.gov.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  


    New Tech Converts CO2 to Renewable Natural Gas (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Southern California Gas Co., Pacific Gas and Electric , Opus 12
    Date: 2020-06-24
    Southern California Gas Co., Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and clean-tech startup Opus 12 are reporting further advancement of a new electrochemical technology that converts the CO2 content in raw biogas to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas (RNG). Opus 12's proprietary Polymer Electrolyte Membrane electrolyzer uses electricity to convert water and CO2 into renewable natural gas in one step.

    While current biogas-upgrading technology removes the CO2 from biogas, this new technology captures the CO2 and converts it into additional renewable fuel. The new demonstration shows that improved catalyst activity could speed reactions by five times and nearly double conversion efficiency, making the technology commercially competitive with other new biogas upgrading methods, according to the release.

    The 12-month R&D effort was funded by SoCalGas and PG&E, and builds on an initial 2018 feasibility study. (Source: PG&E, Market Screener, 22 June, 2020) Contact: Southern California Gas Co., (909) 307-7070, www.socalgas.com; Pacific Gas and Electric, www.pge.com; Opus 12, www.opus-12.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Biogas,  Southern California Gas ,  Pacific Gas and Electric,  Opus 12 ,  


    Enel Green Power's 144 MW Chilean Wind Project Underway (Int'l.)
    Enel Green Power Chile
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In Santiago, Enel Green Power Chile reports construction is underway on a $177 million two-park wind energy project totaling 144 MW in the Chilean municipality of Renaico, Araucania region.

    The two wind parks -- Las Vinas at 58.5 MW and Puelche with 85.5 MW -- are expected to generate sufficient energy for 230,000 homes and avoid 382,000 tpy of CO2 emissions -- when commissioned and online in June, 2021. (Source: Enel Green Power Chile, PEI, 24 June, 2020) Contact: Enel Green Power Chile, James Lee Stancampiano, GM, +56 2 2847 9000, www.enelgreenpower.com/countries/south-america/chile

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Chile,  Enel Green Power ,  


    Eni Acquires 3 Italian Onshore Wind Farms (Int'l Report, M&A)
    Eni SpA
    Date: 2020-06-24
    Eni SpA reports its integrated energy affiliate Eni New Energy has purchased 100 pct interest in three Italian onshore wind projects -- CDGB Enrico, CDGB Laerte and Wind Park Laterza from Asja Ambiente Italia. In total, the wind projects are expected to produce 35.2 MW (MW) of power at peak capacity and help eliminate 33,400 tpy of CO2 emissions.

    Project construction is slated to get underway in Q3, 2021. (Source: Eni SpA, Zacks, 26 June, 2020) Contact: Asja Ambiente Italia, www.asja.energy; Eni SpA, www.eni.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni SpA,  Wind,  Asja Ambiente,  


    Milking the Plant Report 13 Dairy Companies Produce More Emissions than the Entire State of Florida! (Ind. Report Attached)
    Institute of Agriculture & Trade Policy
    Date: 2020-06-22
    Thirteen of the world's largest dairy corporations combined to emit more greenhouse gases in 2017 than major polluters BHP, the Australia-based mining, oil and gas giant or ConocoPhillips, the U.S.-based oil company. Unlike growing public scrutiny on fossil fuel companies, little public pressure exists to hold global meat and dairy corporations accountable for their emissions, even as scientific evidence mounts that our food system is responsible for up to 37 pct of all global emissions, according to the attached report.

    The report notes "the total combined emissions of the largest dairy corporations rose by 11 pct in just two years (2015-2017) since we last reported on them. Even as governments signed the Paris Agreement in 2015 to significantly rein in global emissions, these companies’ increase of 32.3 million tonnes (MtCO2eq) of GHGs equates to the pollution stemming from 6.9 million passenger cars driven in one year (13.6 billion litres or 3.6 billion gallons of gasoline). Some dairy companies increased their emissions by as much as 30 pct in the 2015-17 period."

    Download the Milking the Planet Report HERE. (Source: Institute of Agriculture & Trade Policy (IATP), 15 June, 2020) Contact: IATP. www.iatp.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs news,  CO2 news,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions news,  


    Blue Flint Ethanol CO2 Storage Project Funded (Ind. Report)
    Blue Flint Ethanol
    Date: 2020-06-22
    The North Dakota Industrial Commission reports it will invest $3.4 million on a project to investigate the suitability of the geology around the Coal Creek Power Plant in Underwood, North Dakota for underground CO2 storage. The Lignite Energy Council also approved the investment. The Coal Creek plant is slated for closure in 2022.

    The $7 million project was proposed by Blue Flint Ethanol, also of Underwood. The ethanol plant uses the CO2 in its processing of corn. (Source: Prairie Public Broadcasting News, 22 June, 2020) Contact: Lignite Energy Council, Jason Bohrer, Exec. Dir., 701-258-7117, www.lignite.com; Blue Flint Ethanol -- MidWest Ag Energy, 701-442-7500, 701-442-7514, www.midwestagenergy.com/fccp-blue-flint-19634; Blue Flint Ethanol, Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500/(7010 251-3900, www.midwestagenergygroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Flint Ethanol,  COs,  CCS,  


    DOE Invests $17Mn to Advance Carbon Utilization R&D (Funding)
    DOE Office of Fossil Energy
    Date: 2020-06-19
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected 11 projects to receive approximately $17 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects for carbon utilization. The projects will develop and test technologies that can utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) from power systems or other industrial sources as the primary feedstock. The research goal of DOE's Carbon Utilization Program is to reduce emissions and transform waste carbon streams into value-added products.

    "According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the International Energy Agency, fossil fuels will continue to power our world well into the future. Therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure these fuels are utilized as cleanly and efficiently as possible," said Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes. "DOE's Carbon Utilization Program is investing in cutting-edge technologies to allow us to capture carbon oxides, which will reduce emissions, and then recycle them into economically valuable services like enhanced oil recovery or products like plastics and carbon fibers."

    Projects resulting from this FOA will validate the concept, estimate the technology cost, and demonstrate that the carbon life cycle of the products offers a path toward an environmentally sustainable and economically viable product. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the selected projects.

    Additional information, including a full list of the 11 funded projects is HERE. (Source: US DOE , PR, 16 June, 2020) Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy Carbon Utilization Program, www.energy.gov/fe/carbon-utilization

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Office of Fossil Energy news,  CCU news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    China's Emissions Dramatically Up Since 2011 (Int'l. Report)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-06-19
    According to BP's Statistical Review of World Energy, China's CO2 emissions increased by 3.4 pct in 2019, higher than the ten-year average growth rate of 2.6 pct and the highest growth rate of Chinese emissions since 2011.

    Chinese CO2 emissions accounted for the single largest share of global carbon emissions in 2019 at 28.8 pct. The country was also the key driver of energy consumption growth in 2019 when global growth slowed to 1.3 pct from 2.8 pct energy demand growth in 2018, according to the BP report. (Source: BP, Oil Price, 17 June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Emissions news,  


    OGUK Aiming for Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l. Report)
    Oil and Gas UK
    Date: 2020-06-17
    In the UK, the London-based industry group Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) reports it plans to cut its emissions to net zero by 2050 and to halve greenhouse gas emissions arising from exploration and production work on the UK Continental Shelf by 2030 -- then deliver a 90 pct emissions cut by 2040.

    To that end, OGUK aims to change its operations including reductions in flaring and venting, and major capital investment programmes aimed at using electricity rather than gas to power offshore facilities. The current OGUK targets would see the removal of over nine million tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions from its operations over the next decade.

    A total of 18.3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases were emitted from upstream oil and gas operations in 2018 -- 4 pct of total UK emissions. (Source: OGUK, Engineering & Technology, 16 June, 2020) Contact: OGUK, +44 (0) 1224 577250, communications@oilandgasuk.co.uk, www.oilandgasuk.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Net Zero Carbon news,  Climate Change news,  


    Norcem, Aker Solutions Ink CO2 Capture Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    CCS,Norcem,Aker Solutions
    Date: 2020-06-17
    Aker Solutions and HeidelbergCement-owned Norcem are reporting an agreement to advance the engineering, procurement and construction of a CO2 capture, liquification and intermediate storage plant at Norcem's cement plant in Brevik, Norway.

    The project will use Aker Solutions' Advanced Carbon Capture (ACC) technology and its HSE-friendly S26 amine solvent.

    The Akers Solutions--Norcem project is subject to Norwegian government approval and funding of the project. If completed, the plant could become the world's first large-scale capture plant at a cement producer. (Source: Aker Solutions, Cement News, 17 June, 2020) Contact: Aker Solutions, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; Norcem, www.norcem.no

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Solutions,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  Norcem,  Cement,  CO2,  


    ThyssenKrupp, RWE Partnering on Climate Neutral Steel (Int'l. Report)
    ThyssenKrupp, RWE
    Date: 2020-06-15
    German industrial giants and major carbon emitters RWE and Duisburg-based steelmaker ThyssenKrupp Steel report they are joining forces with a view to reducing steel-making carbon emissions.The two firms have agreed to work together towards "a longer-term green hydrogen partnership to reduce CO2 emissions from steel production and to eventually reach 'carbon-neutral' steel production by mid 2020's" according to a ThyssenKrupp release.

    According to ThyssenKrupp , hydrogen required for iron production is to be produced by electrolysis, in which water is broken down into hydrogen and oxygen. The two companies agree that only electricity from renewable sources should be used to operate the electrolysers.

    To that end, RWE plans to develop 100 MW electrolysis capability that could supply green hydrogen at its power plant site in Lingen. (Source: ThyssenKrupp, PR, SteelTimes Int'l., June, 2020) Contact: RWE, Roger Miesen, CEO of RWE Generation, www.group.rwe/en; ThyssenKrupp Steel, www.thyssenkrupp-steel.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ThyssenKrupp news,   RWE news,  Carbon Emissions news,  CO2 news,  


    Enel Connects 14.4 MW Teruel Wind Farm to Spanish Grid (Int'l.)
    Enel Green Power
    Date: 2020-06-15
    Enel Green Power reports it has connected the 14.4 MW, €14.8 million Oriche wind farm in Teruel province, to the Spanish power grid.

    The facility incorporates four, 3.6 MW turbines to generate close to 48 GWh per year for 15,000 homes and prevents 31,800 tpy of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. (Source: Enel Green Power Spain, PR reve, 12 June, 2020) Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com › country-spain

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Spain,  Wind,  


    Repsol Planning Green Hydrogen SynFuels Plant (Int'l.)
    Repsol
    Date: 2020-06-15
    Madrid-based Spanish integrated energy company Repsol SA reports it is collaborating with Saudi Aramco and will construct a 10-MW, green-hydrogen plant to produce synthetic fuels at its Port of Bilbao refinery. The €60 million ($67.5 million) project is part of a larger €80-million decarbonization project that will include a carbon-capture project and a fuel-from- municipal waste plant. The project is expected to be completed and operational in 2024.

    Repsol's TechLab and Aramco have signed a memorandum of understanding to carry out the technological development of the project, which will combine green hydrogen generated from renewable sources with CO2 emissions from the refinery as raw materials. This will produce 3.6 million lpy of transportation fuel. (Source: Repsol SA, PR, S&P Global, 15 June, 2020) Contact: Repsol SA, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, (+34) 91 753 8100, 91 753 8000, sacportal@repsol.com, www.repsol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Synfuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Green Hydrogen,  Hydrogen,  Carbon Capture,  


    Swiss Air Passengers to Pay CO2 Tax on Tickets (Int'l. Report)
    SwissAir
    Date: 2020-06-12
    The Swiss parliament reports it has moved to impose an environmental tax of between CHF30 and CHF120 ($32 and $126) per ticket for flights departing Switzerland.

    The tax is expected to generate revenues of about CHF500,000 ($528.7 million) a year, half of which is to be refunded to Swiss citizens, according to a legal amendment under discussion in parliament. The legal amendment also includes a tax on fuel imports as well as the creation of a climate fund. (Source: Swissinfo, 10 June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  SwissAir,  


    BMW i Ventures Investing $12.5Mn in Prometheus Fuels (Ind. Report)
    BMW, Prometheus Fuel
    Date: 2020-06-12
    BMW i Ventures reports it will invest $12.5 million in Santa Cruz, California-based Prometheus Fuels.

    Prometheus Fuels is developing tools to filter atmospheric CO2 using water, electricity, and nanotube membranes to produce commercially-viable carbon-neutral fuels. Replacing all fuels made from oil and gas with zero-net-carbon fuels can reduce approximately 25 pct of global carbon emissions. "By using our zero net carbon fuel, which recycles the CO2 that's already in the air, we can extend the runway we have to solve the climate crisis," according to Rob McGinnis, founder and CEO of Prometheus. (Source: BMW I Ventures, BMWBLOG, June, 2020) Contact: Prometheus Fuels, Rob McGinnis, CEO, www.prometheusfuels.com; BMW i Ventures, www.bmwiventures.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Prometheus Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


    SJ Environmental Turns Landfill Waste into Energy (Ind. Report)
    SJ Environmental
    Date: 2020-06-12
    "Reducing carbon emissions has been and will continue to be a major topic of conversation around the world. From the Paris Agreement to stock market dips, ways to reduce CO2 is something we can't avoid.

    "To protect the environment, oil companies are adding biofuels to their portfolio. Most of the biofuels being produced today are created from recycled cooking oil or crops. Unfortunately, these sources are not sustainable. Crops require a vast amount of water and land and release CO2 into the air when harvested. Using crops as an energy source is also driving up food costs because fewer crops are available for consumption.

    "Scientists at Houston, Texas-based SJ Environmental have developed a process that turns food, animal and human waste into biofuel rather than sending it to a landfill. So, rather than planting crops for the sole purpose of turning it into fuel, crops can now be used to feed people and the natural waste that is a byproduct of food consumption is then turned into clean-burning biofuel." Contact: SJE Environmental, Dennis Umali, Operations Manager, (346) 374-7192, info@sje-usa.com, www.sje-usa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SJ Environmental,  Landfill Waste,  Bioenergy,  


    Ocean Renewables Touted as Climate Change Solution (Ind. Report)
    Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
    Date: 2020-06-12
    The attached report from the Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition's (OREAC) Ocean Panel has found that ocean-based renewable energy, such as offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power, could meet nearly 10 pct of the global annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions needed to remain on a Paris-compliant 1.5 degrees C pathway in 2050.

    The report estimates that up to 85 pct of this decarbonization potential will come from offshore wind. 1,400 GW of offshore wind would power one-tenth of global electricity demand while saving over 3 billion tpy of CO2 -- equal to taking 800 million cars off the road.

    OREAC is spearheaded by Orsted and Equinor, and includes other major players in the global offshore wind industry: CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, MHI Vestas, MingYang Smart Energy, Mainstream Renewable Power, Shell, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, TenneT, and GE Renewable Energy. Additional partner organisations include Global Wind Energy Council, World Resources Institute, UN Global Compact, the Chinese Wind Energy Association and Ocean Energy Systems.

    Download the OREAC The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change report HERE. (Source: OREAC, PR, reve, June, 2020) Contact: OREAC, www.oceanrenewable.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition,  Ocean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wave Energy,  Tidal EnergyCarbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Carbon Neutral Alcantara Supports Global Sustainability (Int'l.)
    Alcantara
    Date: 2020-06-12
    Milan-based "life-style" products manufacturer Alcantara, the first Italian company to be certified as Carbon Neutral, reports its support for environmental sustainability and the struggle against climate change 'will remain a core value of our corporate culture, an important growth driver and a spur to developing our company's business strategy."

    Alcantara achieved carbon neutrality in 2019 by eliminating 61,558 tons of CO2 emissions at its facilities and supporting more then 40 international projects to offset the equivalent of nearly 37,000 tons of residual CO2 emissions that could not be eliminated in any other way based on current state-of-the-art technology.

    The company is also committed to continuous improvement in the field of sustainability and maximizing its use of bio-based raw materials in its production processes with a goal to create a totally bio-based product line (that is not a food-chain antagonist) in the future, consistent with available technologies. Its product portfolio includes a special version of the material composed of up to 25 pct of its weight from raw materials derived from post-consumer recycling as well.

    Alcantara is also committed to raising awareness for the importance of sustainability among its suppliers, encouraging them to measure, reduce and compensate for CO2 emissions. (Source: Alcantara S.p.A., PR, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Alcantara S.p.A, www.alcantara.com, www. sustainabilityreport.alcantara.com; twitter.com/alcantaraspa

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission,  Sustainability,  


    DOE Better Buildings Initiative Trumpets Success (Report Attached)
    DOE Better Buildings Initiative
    Date: 2020-06-12
    In Washington, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Initiative 2020 Progress Report, the program has saved participants nearly $11 billion, avoid 105 million tons of CO2 emissions and cut water use by 8.5 billion gallons over the last decade.

    The program includes 32 Fortune 100 companies, 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint and 13 pct of the nation's commercial building space. The program challenges businesses, manufacturers, cities, states, universities and school districts to improve building energy efficiency by at least 20 pct over a decade.

    Download the full report HERE. (Source: US DOE, June, 2020) Contact: US DOE, Better Buildings Initiative, www.betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Better Buildings Initiative,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Crown Estate Scotland Seeks Offshore Wind Developers (Int'l.)
    Crown Estate Scotland
    Date: 2020-06-12
    Crown Estate Scotland, which manages the country's seabed, is reporting the launch of ScotWind Leasing , a new round of offshore wind leasing in Scottish waters.

    The offshore wind program could help Scotland meet a net-zero by 2045 future, deliver more than enough green electricity to power every Scottish household , save six million tpy of CO2 and be worth more than £8 billion, according to the release. ScotWind Leasing details are available from Crown Estates Scotland. (Source: Crown Estates Scotland, The National, June, 2020) Contact: Crown Estate Scotland, www.crownestatescotland.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scotland Offshore Wind,  


    Pale Blue Dot Appoints Carbon Capture Project Engineer (Int'l.)
    Pale Blue Dot
    Date: 2020-06-12
    In Scotland, Aberdeenshire-headquartered Pale Blue Dot Energy reports it has tapped Jersey-based Petrofac to support front end engineering design and concept work on its Acorn carbon capture and hydrogen production project at the St Fergus gas terminal, near Peterhead. The project has secured funding from the EU and UK and Scottish governments.

    Project partners, including Chrysaor, Shell and Total, aim to reform North Sea natural gas into clean hydrogen, with carbon dioxide emissions safely mitigated through the carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure. The Acorn project holds the first UK CO2 appraisal and storage licence to be awarded by the Oil and Gas Authority. (Source: Pale Blue Dot, Thomson Media, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Petrofac Engineeing, Johm Pearson, CEO, www.petrofac.com: Pale Blue Dot, Ian Phillips, Project Director, info@pale-blu.com, www.pale-blu.com; pale-blu.com › acorn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Pale Blue Dot,  


    Valmet Supplying Automation to UK Landfill Gas Project (Int'l. Report)
    Valmet,Viridor
    Date: 2020-06-10
    In Finland, Espoo-headquartered Valmet Oyi reports it will supply automation to a gas clean-up system at Viridor's Dunbar Landfill site in East Lothian, Scotland, UK. The first-of-its-kind system allows the successful capture of CO2 and transforms landfill gas into transport fuels.

    The clean-up system will be supplied by the Dutch company CarbonOrO for a July delivery and a fall startup and commissioning.

    Viridor Waste Management Ltd. has the UK's largest network of more than 300 advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities. The company works in partnership with more than 150 local authority and major corporate clients with 32,000 customers across the UK.

    CarbonOrO's mission is to mitigate climate change by turning landfills or anaerobic digestion plants into a source of renewable energy or extracting CO2 out of flue gas. (Source: Valmet Oyj, PR, June, 2020) Contact: CarbonOrO, Pieter Verberne, GM, www.carbonoro.com; Viridor, www.viridor.co.uk; Valmet, +358 4 0505 2001, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet,  Landfill Gas,  Viridor,  


    Adani Green Energy Claims Major Solar Award (Int'l. Report)
    Adani Green Energy
    Date: 2020-06-10
    Ahmedabad, India-headquartered Adani Green Energy Ltd. (AGEL) has won the first of its kind manufacturing linked solar agreement from the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

    As a part of the award, AGEL will develop 8 GW of solar projects at various locations as well as establish 2 GW of additional solar cell and module manufacturing capacity no later then 2022. The award will entail a single investment of $6 billion and displace 900 million tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime.

    With this win, AGEL will now have 15 GW capacity in operation, under construction or under contract. (Source: Adani Green Energy Ltd., Website, Equity Bulls, 9 June, 2020) Contact: Adani Green Energy Ltd., +91-79-2656 5555, info@adani.com, www.adanigreenenergy.com; Solar Energy Corporation of India, www.seci.co.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Adani Green Energy ,  Solar,  Solar Energy Corporation of India ,  


    UNDEERC Awarded $500,000 for North Dakota CCS Project (Funding)
    UNDEERC
    Date: 2020-06-10
    Reporting from Bismarck, the North Dakota Industrial Commission reports it has awarded $500,000 in Renewable Energy Programme funding to the Energy & Environmental Research Centre at the University of North Dakota (UNDEERC) for the development of North Dakota's ethanol and carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility near Richardson.

    Research for the facility will build on the successful outcomes of three phases of work which have been carried out since 2016. A CO2 Storage Facility Permitting Guidance Document will be compiled as part of the project to serve as a resource for other North Dakota renewable energy or biofuel producers interested in pursuing utilization of CCS technology, according to the release. "This project continues to help maximize the marketability of North Dakota ethanol through evolving CCS incentive programmes," the commission noted in a statement. (Source: North Dakota Industrial Commission, 6 June, 2020) Contact: North Dakota Industrial Commission, www.dmr.nd.gov; UNDEERC, 701-777-5000, www.undeerc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDEERC,  CCS,  Ethanol,  


    Notable Quote -- Emissions Reduction Progress
    NOAA
    Date: 2020-06-10
    "Progress in emissions reductions is not visible in the CO2 record. We continue to commit our planet -- for centuries or longer -- to more global heating, sea level rise, and extreme weather events every year.

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NOAA news,  CO2 news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Norsk e-Fuel Plans Norwegian Renewable Fuel Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Norsk e-Fuel
    Date: 2020-06-10
    The Norwegian consortium Norsk e-Fuel reports it is planning Europe's first commercial plant in Heroya, Norway for hydrogen-based renewable aviation fuel. The plant will produce 10 million lpy when commissioned in 2023 before expanding production to 100 million lpy of renewable fuel before 2026, according to a Reuters report.

    Using electrolysis, renewable energy, water and CO2 captured from air are converted into syngas. Renewable fuels, such as jet fuel, are then produced through further processing and refining. The end products can then be used directly in existing infrastructures, the consortium said. The upscaled, industrial sized plant will serve as blueprint for a nationwide roll-out of the project, it added.

    The consortium members include: Sunfire GmbH; carbon dioxide capture technology firm Climeworks AG; engineering company Paul Wurth SA and green investment company Valinor. (Source: Norsk e-Fuel, Reuters, 9 June, 2020) Contact: Norsk e-Fuel, info@norsk-e-fuel.com, www.norsk-e-fuel.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Norsk e-Fuel news,  Aviation Fuel news,  Renewable Fuel news,  


    Stena Line Sinking Emissions Ahead of IMO Schedule (Int'l.)
    Stena Line, IMO
    Date: 2020-06-10
    The world's largest marine ferry service operator Stena Line reports it has cut both its total CO2 emissions and emissions per transported tonne, 10 years ahead of International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets which call for the shipping industry to reach zero emissions by 2050.

    According to the newly published sustainability overview A Sustainable Journey, Stena Line has reduced total CO2 emissions by 1.7 pct, corresponding to 24,000 tonnes of CO2 in total. The company has also reduced the emissions per transported tonnne of freight and passenger vehicles by 3.6 pct , meeting the IMO's targets for a 40 pct improvement in CO2 emissions efficiency from 2008 to 2030. (Source: Stena Line, Cruise & Ferry, June, 2020) Contact: Stena Line, Eric Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability , +46 (0)31 85 80 00, www.stenaline.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization ,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  


    BMW Continues GoodShipping Biofuel-Oil Bunker Tests (Int'l.)
    BMW,GoodFuel
    Date: 2020-06-10
    European vehicle logistics provider United European Car Carriers (UECC) reports is partnering with car manufacturer BMW Group to continue to test marine Bio Fuel-Oil (BFO) on UECC's "roll on, roll off" car carrying vessels. The BFO -- based on cooking oil -- being used for the trial is supplied by Netherlands-based GoodFuels.

    BMW Group will be joining the previously announced trial with the GoodShipping Program , where BFO is being tested on UECC's 2,080-vehicle carrier M/V Autosky. By covering the fuel premium for a biofuel volume corresponding to BMW Group’s freight that will be shipped on M/V Autosky during the trial period, BMW Group will be able to claim a CO2 emission reduction of 80 to 90 pct for these shipments -- more than 400 tonnes of carbon. The marine biofuel is virtually sulfur oxide (SOx) free and delivers 80 to 90 pct well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents, according to GoodFuels. (Source: Manifold Travel, United European Car Carriers, PR, June, 2020) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 88 021 5100, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuel,  BMW,  Marine Biofuel,  


    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,  


  • Gasum Completes Norwegian LNG Marine Fuel Bunkering (Int'l.)
    Gasum
    Date: 2020-06-08
    The Finnish state-owned energy company Gasum is reporting a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering for the world's largest semi-submersible crane vessel, which is owned by Netherlands-based marine contracting firm Heerema.

    As a marine fuel, LNG meets all current and forthcoming IMO and EU regulations. In addition, the use of LNG removes all Sox emissions and particles and reduces Nox emissions by 85 pct compared to heavy fuel oil. LNG also lowers CO2 emissions by at least 20 pct, according to the release. (Source: Gasum, Port News, June, 2020) Contact: Gasum, +358 800 122 722, www.gasum.com: Heerema, www.heerema.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Gasum,  Marine Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  LNG,  


    DTU IDs CO2 Capturing Enzymes (Int'l. R&D, New Tech & Prod.)
    Technical University of Denmark,
    Date: 2020-06-08
    Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU Bioengineering report they have identified a number of enzymes that can capture CO2 and transform it into sustainable chemicals with the use of electricity from the wind turbines. The specific enzymes can effectively convert carbon dioxide into formic acid and then into methanol.

    The DTU Bioengineering scientists contend that Denmark can become a market leader if there is a high production of the particular enzymes.

    According to the researchers, 200 tonnes of the enzyme can capture one million tpd of CO2. A new technology needs to be developed to produce enzymes on a large scale, the DTU release notes. (Source: DTU Bioengineering , CPH Post, 6 June, 2020) Contact: DTU Bioengineering, (+45) 4525 2600 , info@bio.dtu.dk, www.bioengineering.dtu.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  


    WMO Reports New Climate Change Record Highs (Int'l. Report)
    World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2020-06-08
    According to the Geneva, Switzerland-based World Meteorological Organization (WMO) May, 2020, was the warmest month on record worldwide, with one observing station reporting CO2 levels hitting a record high.

    The WMO release notes that although lock-downs due to the COVID-19 virus have led to improvements in air quality and cleaner skies in many places the effects are temporary and the pandemic will not have a long-term affect on climate change. The WMO also notes the long term and economic slowdown from COVID 19 is not a substitute for sustained and coordinated climate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    "Unfortunately carbon dioxide concentrations measured at the Mauna Loa observing station in Hawaii reached a new record in May," the WMO noted. The most above-average temperatures were recorded over parts of Siberia where they were up to 10 degrees C above average. Records also were shattered in Alaska and Antarctica, according to the WMO release. (Source: WMO, Newsgram. 6 June, 2020) Contact: WMO, Clare Nullis, spokesperson, public.wmo.int/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Meteorological Organization ,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  


    Notable Quote on Carbon Emissions
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-06-05
    "The reductions in CO2 emissions we are seeing now are a start, but if CO2 goes right back to where it was, that it will mean very little in the fight against climate change. It's important to note that we are seeing a reduction in CO2 emissions, but not concentrations in the atmosphere."

    "These reductions in CO2 are important in showing that we can reduce CO2 quickly. Many of us have learned to drive less (a lot less) and somehow life goes on. It would be nice if we could all continue to work from home long term for at least a day or two a week." -- Prof. Dan Jaffe, University of Washington, June, 2020 Contact: UW College of Environment, Prof. Dan Jaffe , 425-352-5357, djaffe@uw.edu

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


    NZ Freshwater Reforms to Lead to Major Emissions Reductions (Int'l.)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-06-05
    In Wellington, the New Zealand Government's wide-ranging freshwater reforms and land-use policies -- including afforestation of farmland -- "has the potential to result in substantial annual net emissions reductions," according to recently released Cabinet papers.

    "The majority of emissions reductions are through sequestration and are a result of anticipated land-use change primarily due to the interaction of the sediment proposal and the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). It is expected that a portion of hill country pasture will be converted to forestry between 2025 and 2050, as afforestation is a cost-effective option for achieving the sediment bottom line. The maximum amount that could profitably be converted is estimated at 600,000 hectares. However, on-farm mitigations through [freshwater farm plans] will play a role and contribute to achieving the sediment bottom line without changing land use, so it is uncertain how much contribution land-use change will make. Depending on the degree to which new sediment requirements are met with afforestation, three different emissions reductions scenarios were drawn up," according to the papaers.

    Even the most conservative scenario found a reduction of 35 million tonnes of CO2 or the equivalent amount of another greenhouse gas (Mt CO2e) by 2050. The most optimistic emissions reduction scenario for the freshwater reform package projected a sink of 97.2 Mt CO2e. New Zealand's annual gross emissions are around 80 Mt CO2e. Excluding the sediment policy, the freshwater package is still estimated to present impressive reductions, on the order of four million tonnes of CO2e by 2050, the papers note. (Source: Newsroom NZ, June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aforestation. Reforestation,  Soil Carbon,  Carbon Sink,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Bureau Veritas, Shell Ink Global GHG Reduction Agreement (Int'l.)
    Bureau Veritas
    Date: 2020-06-05
    In Paris, laboratory testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas reports the signing of a global framework agreement intended to help global energy and petrochemicals giant Shell reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from operations.

    Methane emissions are a major component of indirect greenhouse gas emissions generated along the oil and gas value chain. Shell has set a target to maintain methane emissions intensity below 0.2 pct by 2025. Bureau Veritas will provide support and help enable the company meet that target. (Source: Bureau Veritas, PR, 4 June, 2020 Contact: Bureau Veritas, Bruno Ferreyra, , Exec. VP., Delphine Doungouss, Media, +33 (0)1 55 24 70 95, Delphine.doungouss@bureauveritas.com, www.bureauveritas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bureau Veritas,  Shell Oil,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  CO2,  Methane,  


    Endesa SA Recognized for Cutting Carbon Footprint (Int'l, Report)
    Endesa SA
    Date: 2020-06-05
    In Madrid, the Spanish utility Endesa reports it is the only company in the Spanish energy sector to be awarded the Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition's Climate Change Office's "Calculate+Reduce+Compensate" triple seal for registering its Carbon Footprint for or two consecutive years.

    Endesa was recognized for its commitment and effort in calculating its carbon footprint and compensating for it through the 'Endesa Forest' initiative for the restoration of forests in degraded or burned areas.

    The Ministry's Carbon Footprint Register is compiled by the Ministry for Ecological Transition, through the Spanish Climate Change Office (OECC). Companies can register voluntarily, and the register consists of three sections: carbon footprint and commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions; CO2 absorption projects; and carbon footprint compensation. The objective of this register is to contribute to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, to increase absorption by carbon sinks in the Spanish national territory and thus to facilitate compliance with international commitments assumed by Spain relating to climate change.

    Endesa has cut its CO2 emissions 66 pct since 2005 and aims for a 70 pct cut by 2030 compared to 2017 emissions levels. (Source: Endesa SA , 3 June, 2020) Contact: Endesa SA, www.endesasa.com; Spanish Climate Change Office, www.ctc-n.org/about-ctcn/national-designated-entities/spanish-climate-change-office-ministerio-de-agricultura

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Endesa,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Greenalia's Gran Canaria Floating Wind Farm Underway (Int'l Report)
    Greenalia
    Date: 2020-06-05
    In Spain, Coruna-based independent power producer and renewable energy specialist Greenalia reports construction of its first floating offshore wind energy installation is underway.

    The 50 MW GOFIO wind farm Southeast of the Island of Gran Canaria incorporates four 12.5 MW marine wind turbines to generate sufficient energy for as many as 70,000 homes while avoiding 140,000 tpy of CO2 emissions, according to the company release. (Source: Greealia, PR reve, 3 June, 2020) Contact: Greenalia, +34 902 905 910, info@greenalia.es, www.greenalia.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Greenalia,  


    CarbonCure Joins World Cement Association (Ind. Report)
    CarbonCure
    Date: 2020-06-05
    In London, the World Cement Association has announced that Nova Scotia, Canada-based CarbonCure has joined its international community as an Associate Corporate Member.

    CarbonCure technology injects waste CO2 captured by industrial gas suppliers into concrete during mixing, enabling the production of stronger, more sustainable concrete. Every cubic metre of concrete made with this technology reduces an average of 17 kg of carbon emissions, meaning an average high-rise built with CarbonCure concrete would save approximately 680 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

    CarbonCure's technology is installed in nearly 250 concrete plants across North America and Southeast Asia, with more than 4.2 million cubic metres of concrete supplying a wide range of construction projects from airports, roads to high-rise towers. (Source: World Cement, PR, 2 June, 2020) Contact: World Cement Assoc., Ian Riley, CEO , +44 333 939 80 83, www.worldcementassociation.org; CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure,  CO2,  


    Naturgy Increasing Renewables, Cutting Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Naturgy
    Date: 2020-06-05
    In Madrid, Spanish power and gas utility Naturgy Energy Group SA reports it is adapting its business to a more sustainable model focused on environment, social action and good corporate governance (ESG) as well as reducing its GHG emissions by at least 21 pct by 2022 compared to 2017. The utility also aims to cut CO2 intensity in power generation by 22 pct and to ensure that 34 pct of generation capacity is from renewable sources. (Source: Naturgy, Website,2 June, 2020) Contact: Naturgy, www.naturgy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Naturgy,  Wind,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  


    Alliant Energy Announces New Wisconsin Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
    EDF Renewables, Alliant Energy
    Date: 2020-06-03
    In the Badger State, Madison-headquartered Alliant Energy is reporting plans to acquire and advance 675 MW of solar in the mostly rural Grant, Jefferson, Richland, Rock, Sheboygan and Wood Counties.

    When fully operational, the projects will generate sufficient power for 175,000 homes per year -- making Alliant Energy the largest owner-operator of solar in Wisconsin. Alliant previously announced its plan to install 1,000 MW of solar generation in Wisconsin by 2023.

    The projects, along with the recently announced retirement of the Edgewater Generating Station in Sheboygan, further Alliant Energy's goal of reducing CO2 emissions from fossil-fueled generation by 40 pct. (Source: Alliant Energy, PR, 26 May, 2020) Contact: Alliant Energy, Susan Gille, Inv. Rel, (608) 458-3956, www.alliantenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    London Plans Post-Brexit Emissions Trading Scheme (Int'l. Report}
    Carbon Market, EU ETS
    Date: 2020-06-03
    With the fast approaching Brexit finalization, the UK is floating a UK Emissions Trading System (ETS) to replace the European Union's system (EU ETS) from which it will be excluding at the end of the year.

    The British ETS would have a £15 per tonne of CO2 fixed auction reserve price, including a cost containment mechanism to prevent price spikes.

    The roughly 1,000 UK factories and plants presently covered under the EU ETS will be covered by the UK system, The British government also noted it would consider a mutually beneficial a link between a UK ETS and the EU ETS . (Source: Financial Post, Various Media, Reuters, June, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Market,  EU ETS,  Carbon Trading,  

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