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Municipality of Waterloo Attacks GHG Emissions (Ind. Report)
Waterloo
Date: 2019-08-12
In Ontario, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo reports it is aiming to join other regional centers -- the cities of Guelph and Markham -- in reaching Net Zero Carbon by 2050. To that end, in 2013 Waterloo developed Climate Action WR, a Climate Action Plan aimed at cutting the municipality's GHG emissions by 6 pct from 2010 levels by 2020 and 80 pct by 2050.

Waterloo's 2015 emissions breakdown identified the transportation sector is the largest emitter of CO2 at 49 pct, followed by industrial, commercial, and institutional work places at 27 pct, residences at 18 pct, agriculture emitted 5 pct and waste management picked up the remaining 1 pct.

Between 2010 and 2015 the Climate Action WR plan spearheaded 5.2 pct reduction in GHG emissions, the equivalent of 235,935 tonnes of CO2 emissions or 58,000 cars removed from the roads.

Th meet its transportation-related GHG reduction goals, Waterloo has instituted a community bike and car share program, a light rail electric transit system and reduced bus traffic in the city. The municipality also established "green" building and energy efficiency standards, retrifited street lights to LED which are expected to reduce GHG emissions by 920 tpy. (Source: Municipality of Waterloo, Alternatives Journal, 3 Aug., 2019) Contact: Sustainable Waterloo Region, Tova Davidson,Executive Director, Samantha Tremmel, Acting Climate Action Manager, (519) 603-2223, www.sustainablewaterlooregion.ca

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


CarbonCure, Linde Announce Strategic Alliance (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure Technology
Date: 2019-08-09
Nova Scotia-based Canadian clean technology innovator CarbonCure Technologies (CarbonCure) and industrial gases specialist Linde, the world's largest industrial gas supplier, have partnered to introduce CarbonCure Technology to Europe, Southeast Asia and Oceania.

The CarbonCure Technology enhances the competitiveness of the concrete industry through improved production efficiency and sustainability. The technology injects a precise dosage of captured waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into concrete during production. Once introduced, the CO2 chemically converts to a nano-mineral, creating manufacturing efficiencies while reducing the concrete's carbon footprint.

The CarbonCure Technology is presently installed in nearly 150 concrete plants in North America and Southeast Asia, with more than 2.3 million cubic meters of concrete supplying a wide range of construction projects from airports, roads to high-rise towers.

CarbonCure, the world leader in carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technology used in the production of concrete, is on a pathway to reduce 500 megatons of CO2 emissions annually. CarbonCure technology is estimated to be a $400 billion market opportunity with the potential to reduce up to 1.4 gigatons of annual CO2 emissions by 2030, according to the Global CO2 Initiative. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com; Linde, www.linde.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCU,  Carbon Capture & Utilization,  CarbonCure Technology,  Concrete,  Linde,  Cement,  


Dominion Announces Energy Storage Pilot Projects (Ind Report)
Dominion Energy Virginia
Date: 2019-08-07
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based utility holding company Dominion Energy Virginia is reporting four utility-scale battery storage pilot projects totaling 16 megawatts -- the largest projects of their kind in Virginia.

The four proposed Central Virginia-based lithium-ion projects will cost approximately $33 million to construct and will provide key information on distinct use cases for batteries on the energy grid. Pending SCC approval, the pilots would be evaluated over a five year period once operational as currently expected in December 2020. The projects include:

  • Two battery systems totaling 12 MW at the Scott Solar facility in Powhatan County that will demonstrate how batteries can store energy generated from solar panels during periods of high production and help optimize the power produced by the solar facility.

  • A 2-MW battery at a substation in Ashland will explore how batteries can improve reliability and save on equipment replacement costs by serving as an alternative to traditional grid management investments such as transformer upgrades, necessary to serve customers during times of high energy demand.

  • A 2-megawatt battery at a substation in New Kent County serving a 20-MW solar facility will show how batteries can help manage voltage and loading issues caused by reverse energy flow, to maintain grid stability.

    Dominion notes it expects to cut generating fleet CO2 emissions 80 pct by 2050 and reduce methane emissions from its gas assets 50 pct by 2030. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Mark D. Mitchell, vice president – generation construction www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Virginia,  Battery Energy Storage,  


  • Bay State Municipal Power Plants Cutting CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Municipal Electric Association of Massachusetts
    Date: 2019-08-07
    Fuel Mix and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Municipal Light Plants in Massachusetts, an Anaysis Group study commissioned by the Municipal Electric Association of Massachusetts has found that the Bay State's Municipal Light Plants are leading the state and the New England region in reducing carbon emissions in their power portfolio.

    The study notes state-wide almost 94 pct of the power owned or contracted for by Municipal Light Plants come from sources that do not emit greenhouse gases. When including the market purchases, the MLP portfolio is about 75 pct non-emitting compared to the New England region at 57 pct and the Massachusetts investor owned utilities at only about 47 pct.

    According to Hudson Light General Manager Brian Choquette, "this study is critically important as it shows that MLPs, with local control at the municipal level, are leading the way in achieving the State's Greenhouse Gas goals." (Source: Analysis Group, Wicked Local Hudson, 6 Aug., 2019)Contact: Analysis Group, www.analysisgroup.com; Municipal Electric Association of Massachusetts, www.meam.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


    Mitsui Looks to Synthetic Methane to Cut Shipping Emissions (Int'l)
    Mitsui O.S.K.
    Date: 2019-08-05
    Tokyo-headquartered maritime shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL) reports it will focus on reducing its shipping operation CO2 emissions by using synthetic methane as an alternative to current fossil-based bunker fuels.

    With the same focus, the company has also joined the Carbon Capture and Reuse (CCR) Study Group which is looking into the implementation of effective carbon neutral measures to reduce the use of fossil fuels by offering alternative energies such as synthetic methane, which is generated by combining CO2 generated by industries with renewable energy-derived hydrogen. (Source: MOL, Bunkerspot, Aug., 2019) Contact: Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL), Junichiro Ikeda, Pres., CEO, www.mol.co.jp/en; Carbon Capture and Reuse Study Group, www.hitachizosen.co.jp/english/release/2016/11/002421.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Captureand Reuse,  Mitsui,  Methane,  


    Delta, Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic Adopt Carbon Offsetting (Ind. Report, Int'l Report)
    Delta, Air France, KLM,Vigin Atlantic
    Date: 2019-08-05
    International Air carriers Delta, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic report they will offset more than 1,800 metric tons of carbon emissions from more than 15,000 flights to and from Chicago during the 2019 GBTA airline industry trade show. Most of the carbon-offsets will be by way of purchases that fund the International Small Group and Tree Planting program (TIST).

    TIST encourages subsistence farmers to improve their local environment and farms by planting and maintaining trees on degraded and/or unused land in India, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. As the trees grow, carbon captured is quantified and verified and certified greenhouse gas credits are sold in the global carbon market. More than 88,000 farmers in four countries have successfully planted 18 million trees and captured nearly five million metric tons of carbon dioxide to date.

    Additionally, Delta is now piloting a program to build in carbon offsets for corporate accounts and is looking to expand. Since 2005, delta has cut its carbon emissions 11 pct as part of its goal of achieving carbon-neutral growth and reducing carbon emissions by 50 pct by 2050.

    Since 2011 Air France reduced its CO2 emissions by 20 pct(g.CO2/passenger/km). KLM is reducing CO2 emissions by investing in fuel-efficient aircraft, using sustainable fuel and by offsetting emissions and other initiatives. For its part, Virgin Atlantic's "Change is in the Air" program primarily focuses on climate action, supply chain activities and nonprofit partnerships. In 2007 Virgin targeted of 30 pct reduction in CO2 (by passengers and cargo carried) by 2021. (Source: DTNews, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: International Small Group and Tree Planting, www.tist.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offset,  


    Mitsui Looks to Synthetic Methane Marine Fuel (Int'l)
    Mitsui
    Date: 2019-08-05
    Tokyo-headquartered maritime shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL) reports it will focus on reducing its shipping operation CO2 emissions by using synthetic methane as an alternative to current fossil-based bunker fuels.

    With the same focus, the company has also joined the Carbon Capture and Reuse (CCR) Study Group which is looking into the implementation of effective carbon neutral measures to reduce the use of fossil fuels by offering alternative energies such as synthetic methane, which is generated by combining CO2 generated by industries with renewable energy-derived hydrogen. (Source: MOL, Bunkerspot, Aug., 2019) Contact: Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL), Junichiro Ikeda, Pres., CEO, www.mol.co.jp/en; Carbon Capture and Reuse Study Group, www.hitachizosen.co.jp/english/release/2016/11/002421.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane news,  Synthetic Methane news,  Misui news,  Marine Fuel news,  


    Calix Reports CO2 Capture Technology Test Success (Int'l Report
    Calix
    Date: 2019-08-02
    NSW Australia-based Calix Ltd. is reporting Project LEILAC (Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement), featuring Calix's CO2 capture technology for lime and cement, has been commissioned and is operating after preliminary testing at Heidelberg Cement's plant at Lixhe in eastern Belgium.

    The project consortium includes the world's largest lime and cement companies, with Calix as the core technology provider and project leader.

    Construction of the €21 million project was completed in early May. The project, which received €12 million from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is part of the EU's target of reducing CO2 emissions by 80 pct below 1990 levels by 2050. To that end, European cement industry needs to deploy carbon capture across 60 pct of its plants.

    Calix's patented "Direct Separation" carbon capture technology will enable Europe's cement and lime industries to reduce their CO2 emissions dramatically without significant energy or capital penalty. The technology works on both lime and cement meal, with calcination near to target levels and CO2 of more than 95 pct purity successfully separated at the top of the reactor, although not yet at full design capacity. which will be tested until the end of 2020. (Source: Calix, Manufacturing Mag., 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: Calix, Mark Sceats, CEO, +61 (2) 8199 7400, www.calix.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Calix,  Carbon Capture,  Cement,  


    ArcelorMittal Lauded for Carbon Innovations (Int'l Report)
    ArcelorMittal
    Date: 2019-08-02
    Belgium-based iron ore, metallurgical coal and steel maker ArcelorMittal reports Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has ranked ArcelorMittal first in low-carbon innovations, transition opportunities, data transparency, renewable energy use, and board and executive climate management. The steel and mining company, which ranked fifth in the CDP's 2016 report, was rated second overall in the latest report.

    The new CDP report is based on detailed analysis across a range of carbon and transitional indicators that could have a significant impact on company performance.

    ArcelorMittal recently announced its ambition to cut CO2 emissions globally and be carbon-neutral in Europe by 2050. The company is currently aiming for an 8 pct carbon footprint reduction by 2020. (Source: ArcelorMittal, Noria News, Reliable Plant, July, 2019) Contact: ArcelorMittal, Alan Knight, Corporate Responsibility GM, +32 9 347 31 11, www.corporate.arcelormittal.com; CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal,  Carbon Footprint,  CDP,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Swiss Researchers Tout CO2 Membrane Filter (New Prod & Tech)
    Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In Switzerland, researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)reporting development of a new class of high-performance membranes that exceed post-combustion carbon capture targets by a significant margin. The membranes are based on single-layer graphene with a selective layer thinner than 20 nm, and have highly tunable chemistry, meaning that they can pave the way for next-generation high-performance membranes for several critical separations.

    Current membranes are required to exceed 1000 gas permeation units (GPUs), and have a CO2/N2 separation factor above 20 -- a measure of their carbon-capturing specificity. The EPFL developed membranes show six-fold higher CO2 permeance at 6,180 GPUs with a separation factor of 22.5. The GPUs shot up to 11,790 when the scientists combined optimized graphene porosity, pore size, and functional groups (the chemical groups that actually react with CO2), while other membranes they made showed separation factors up to 57.2.

    Carbon capture can be done using high-performance membranes, which are polymer filters that can specifically pick out CO2 from a mix of gases, such as those emitted from a factory's flue. These membranes are environmentally friendly, they don't generate waste, they can intensify chemical processes, and can be used in a decentralized fashion. They are now considered as one of the most energy-efficient routes for reducing CO2 emissions. (Source: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Graphene-Info, Energy & Environmental Science, phys.org, July, 2019)Contact: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Kumar Varoon Agrawal, www.epfl.ch/en

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


    Toyota NA to Cut Carbon Emissions Through VPAAs (Ind Report)
    Virtual Power Purchase Agreement,
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor North America reports it is committing to aggressively reduce its carbon output in the US by entering into Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs) to reduce operation emissions by up to 40 pct over the next 3 years. The company plans to cut overall emissions from plant operations to zero by the year 2050.

    Under the VPPAs, which the company expects to commence later this year, Toyota NA will contract with renewable energy providers to generate wind and solar power that will be provided directly to regional electric grids. The supply of renewable power is expected to reduce use of fossil fuels and emissions. By powering its operations from the enhanced grid and applying Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) earned by funding the generation of renewable electricity, Toyota expects to substantially offset emissions from its North American facilities. This VPPA endeavor supports the company's Environmental Challenge 2050 which sets out the following global objectives:

  • 90 pct reduction in global average CO2 emissions from new vehicles vs. 2010 levels;
  • complete elimination of CO2 emissions from the entire vehicle life cycle; zero emissions at all manufacturing plants worldwide;
  • minimizing water usage and implementing water discharge management protocols;
  • promoting global deployment of end-of-life vehicle treatment and recycling, and;
  • connecting and promoting nature conservation activities outside of the Toyota Group in the communities where it operates. (Source: Toyota NA, Auto Connected Car News, 24 July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Toyota,  CO2,  Virtual Power Purchase Agreement,  CERs,  


  • EgyptAir Operates Record Sustainable Jet Fueled Flight (Int'l.)
    EgyptAir, World Energy,
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In Cairo, Egypt's national air carrier, EgyptAir is reporting receipt of its newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The Dreamliner flew 10,973 kilometres from Seattle to Cairo fueled solely by sustainable aviation fuel to become the world's longest sustainable flight.

    EgyptAir is the first operator to use Boeing's new sustainable fuel delivery program that gives airlines the option to pick biofuel for aircraft delivery flights. Sustainable aviation fuels have been shown to help reduce aircraft CO2 emissions by up to 80 per cent. The biodiesel biofuel used to power the Dreamliner was created from agricultural waste by Boston-headquartered World Energy at its Paramount, California facility which was designed to produce renewable jet fuel on a commercial scale. (Source: EgyptAir, N Lifestyle, 28 July, 2019) Contact: World Energy, 617-889-7300, Fax: 617-887-2411, info@worldenergy.net, www.worldenergy.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EgyptAir,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  World Energy ,  


    EC Supports Six French Offshore Wind Farms (Int'l. Report)
    European Union,European Commission
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports the European Union's 28 member countries support six large offshore wind farms in French territorial waters and that the proposed projects are inline with, and thus qualify for, EU State financial aid. According to the EC release, the offshore wind projects will help France reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting competition in the single market.

    The six sites -- Courselles-sur-Mer, Fecamp, Saint-Nazaire, Iles d'Yeu / Noirmoutier, Dieppe / Le Treport and Saint-Brieuc -- are located in French territorial waters off the North-Western coast of France. Each of the wind farms will incorporate 62 to 83 turbines with an installed capacity of 450 to 498 MW per farm and will receive support in the form of feed-in tariffs over a period of 20 years.

    Construction of the first of the six wind farms is slated to begin construction this year for completion and commissioning in 2022. Once finalised, the wind farms will increase France's renewables generation capacity by about three gigawatts.

    The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the 28 member countries of EU trading bloc. (Source: EC, Modern Diplomacy, 27 July, 2019) Contact: European Commission, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/index_en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


    Arctic Wildfires Release Unprecedented CO2 Emissions (Int'l.)
    Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2019-07-22
    According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) wildfires in the Arctic in June emitted as much CO2 as all of Sweden emits in a year. Speaking at a regular UN briefing in Geneva on July 12, WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis said "In June alone, these wildfires emitted 50 megatonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. This is the equivalent of Sweden's annual total CO2 emissions. This is more than was released by Arctic fires in the same month between 2010 and 2018 combined."

    The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), which has been tracking the fires, says the latitude and intensity of the fires, as well as the length of time they have been burning, have been particularly "unusual." According to CAMS "It is unusual to see fires of this scale at such high latitudes in June. But temperatures in the Arctic have been increasing at a much faster rate than the global average, and warmer conditions encourage fires to grow and persist once they have been ignited."

    Since the beginning of June, CAMS has tracked more than 100 intense and long-lived wildfires in the Arctic Circle with the most severe in Alaska and Siberia, where some have been large enough to cover almost 100,000 football fields.

    Copernicus, the EU's Earth Observation Programme, offers information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data. The Programme is coordinated and managed by the European Commission (EC) and implemented in partnership with the EU Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), EU Agencies and Mercator Ocean. (Source: Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service Contact: Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Mark Parrington, Snr. Scientist and Wildfires Expert, www.atmosphere.copernicus.eu; World Meteorological Organization, Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service,  World Meteorological Organization,  


    US Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Expected to Fall (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2019-07-17
    The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reported to be forecasting a 2.2 pct decrease in CO2 emissions for 2019, due primarily to fewer emissions from coal consumption while natural gas CO2 emissions increase and petroleum CO2 emissions remain virtually unchanged.

    For the remainder of 2019, EIA expects relatively mild forecast temperatures will keep energy demand and resulting energy-related CO2 emissions below 2018 levels. Accordingly, the agency forecasts CO2 emissions from coal will decrease by 169 million metric tonnes (MmMmt) in 2019, the largest decrease in CO2 emissions from coal since 2015.

    On the other hand, natural gas CO2 emissions are projected to rise by 53 Mmmt, largely due to forecast changes in the electric power generation mix as natural gas continues to grow as the most prevalent electricity generation fuel. Power generation consumes nearly 92 pct of the coal used in the U.S..

    EIA also projects CO2 emissions from petroleum consumption, which have risen every year for past six years, will be virtually flat in 2019. Petroleum accounted for 45 pct of energy-related CO2 emissions in 2018. (Source: Energy Information Administration, Kallanish Energy, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Energy Information Administration, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Dioxide Emissions,  EIA,  


    Maritime Giant Maersk Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l)
    Maersk
    Date: 2019-07-17
    As previously reported, Maersk, the world's largest maritime container shipping company, has committed to become carbon neutral by 2050.

    The shipping giant, which operates nearly 700 global vessels, has already substantially cut emissions and spent $1 billion to date in efficiency improvements aimed at the intermediate target of cutting emissions by 60 pct by 2030. To date, Maersk has reduced CO2 emissions by 46 pct -- roughly 9 pct more than the industry average.

    Maritime emissions were not covered by the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Maersk, ZME, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Maersk Line, www.maerskline.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Maritime Emissions,  Maersk,  


    China's CO2 Emissions Taper Off by 2030, says Bloomberg NEF (Int'l)
    Bloomberg NEF
    Date: 2019-07-15
    According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF), Bloomberg's primary research service on energy, China's power sector carbon emissions will peak in 2027, down to 79 pct of that in 2005 by around 2030 to easily fulfill fulfilling the sector's carbon reduction commitments within the Paris Climate Agreement.

    In 2050, carbon emission intensity or energy expenditure per unit of GDP in China's power sector, will decline to 5 pct of that in 2005, the Bloomberg report says. (Source: Bloomberg, China Daily, 10 July, 2019)

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


    Ghana, World Bank Deal to Cut Deforestation, CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
    World Bank
    Date: 2019-07-15
    In Accra, the World Bank (WB) has announced an agreement with the Ghana Forestry Commission to address the role of deforestation and forest degradation on climate change. Under the agreement, the World Bank five-year Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) will reward community efforts to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Ghana is the third country to initiate the deal.

    The Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) with the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) carbon fund, is administered by the World Bank and unlocks unlocks performance-based payments of up to $50 million for carbon emission reductions from the forest and land use sectors.

    Under the ERPA, the FCPF carbon fund commits to making initial results-based payments for reductions of 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. The agreement also specifies on carbon emission baselines, price per ton of avoided CO2 emissions, and a benefit-sharing mechanism. Ghana's emission reductions programme area covers 1.2 million hectares of forest reserves and national parks.

    In Ghana, forest degradation and deforestation are driven primarily by cocoa farm expansion, coupled with logging and a recent increase in illegal mining. (Source: World Bank, Ghana News Agency, 10 July, 2019) Contact: Ghana Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, CEO, +233 30 240 1210, www.fcghana.org; World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Deforestation,  


    Sudbury Considering Green Building Incentives (Ind. Report)
    City of Sudbury
    Date: 2019-07-10
    The Northern Ontario city of Sudbury Council is reported to be considering a motion that if passed would direct city staff to "produce a report in the third quarter of 2019 describing steps required to introduce incentives, such as rebates equivalent to a portion of development charges paid, for green development (energy efficiency) initiatives for multi-residential and non-residential buildings."

    The city of 165,000 +- residents recently announced it was reducing by one-half several development charges for select multi-unit residential buildings. Council also voted to incentivize the construction of energy efficient homes of less than 1,000 square feet. The city said "It is hoped that developers will incorporate green building technologies into new builds in order to reduce future CO2 emissions." (Source: City of Sudbury, Sudbury Star 8 July, 2019) Contact: City of Sudbury, 705-671-2489, www.greatersudbury.ca

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


    Wood Products Mitigate Under 1 pct Global CO2 Emissions (R&D)
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Date: 2019-07-08
    At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an research analysis across 180 countries found that global wood products -- all the paper, lumber, furniture and more -- offset less than 1 pct of of annual global carbon emissions -- 335 million tons of CO2 in 2015, 71 million tons of which were unaccounted for under current UN standards.

    Current U.N. guidelines only allow countries to count the carbon stored in wood products created from domestic timber harvests, not the timber grown locally and shipped internationally, nor products produced from imported lumber. These regulations create a gap between the actual amount of carbon stored in the world's wood products and what is officially counted.

    The researchers asked the question, can we continue to consume wood products and have climate change benefits associated with that consumption?" To address that question, the researchers developed a consistent, international analysis of the carbon storage potential of these products, which countries must now account for under the global Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

    They used data on lumber harvests and wood product production from 1961 to 2015, the most recent year available, from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. The researchers modeled future carbon sequestration in wood products using five broad models of possible economic and population growth, the two factors that most affect demand for these products. In 2015, that gap amounted to 71 million tons of CO2, equivalent to the emissions from 15 million cars. If those guidelines remain unchanged, by 2065 another 50 million tons of CO2 may go unaccounted for due to this gap. But this additional, uncounted carbon does not significantly increase the proportion of global emissions offset by wood products, according to the study.

    Craig Johnston, a professor of forest economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Volker Radeloff, a UW-Madison professor of forest and wildlife ecology, published their findings July 1 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Source: WU-Madison, PR, July, 2019) Contact: WU-Madison, Craig Johnston, (608) 890-3609, craig.johnston@wisc.edu, www.wisc.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Woody Biomass,  Carbon Storage,  


    ExxonMobil, Global Thermostat Partner on CCS Tech (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Irving, Texas-headquartered U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil is reporting an agreement with NYC-based Global Thermostat to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology that can capture and concentrate CO2 emissions from the atmosphere and industrial sources with the goal of slowing climate change.

    Should the technical readiness and scalability of the technology be determined, pilot projects at ExxonMobil facilities could follow, according to a MobilExxon press release.

    As previously reported, ExxonMobil recently committed to spending as much as $100 million over 10 years with the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) on research to bring lower-emission tech to commercial scale. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 1 July, 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com; Global Thermostat, Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky, CEO, 646-798-6217, www.globalthermostat.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  CCS,  CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  


    India Lowest Per-Capita G20 Emissions Emitters (Int'l)
    G20
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In India, the Hindu is reporting a 5 pct rise in India's overall CO2 emissions from the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported 2076.83 million tonnes in 2016 to around 2,299 million tonnes in 2018. In 2016, India was the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide behind China and United States. On a per capita basis, India is the lowest emitter among the G20 nations while Saudi Arabia is highest.

    Out of 32,314.20 million tonnes of emissions in the world in 2016, G20 nations contributed around 27,000 million tonnes -- roughly 80 pct. (Source: G20, The Hindu, Money Control News, 28 June, 2019) Contact: G20, www.g20.utoronto.ca; OCED, : +33 1 45 24 82 00, www.oecd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2Carbon Emissions,  


    PSEG Claims Among Lowest Power Producer CO2 Emissions (Ind Report)
    Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the Garden State, Newark-based power producer Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is touting its record as having one of the lowest carbon emissions rates of the nation's largest power producers, according to Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States , a recently released report by M.J. Bradley & Associates, Bank of America, CERES, Entergy, Exelon and NRDC. According to the report:
  • In 1993, PSEG became the first electric utility in the U.S. to volunteer to participate in the Climate Challenge Program; PSEG successfully met this goal and stabilized carbon dioxide emissions from its New Jersey plants to 1990 levels by 2000.

  • In 2002, PSEG joined EPA's Climate Leaders program to reduce the six greenhouse gases covered under the Kyoto Protocol. Under this program, PSEG committed to reduce its CO2-equivalent GHG emissions on a pound-per-mWh basis by 18 pct from 2000 levels by Dec. 31, 2008. PSEG surpassed this goal by achieving a 31 pct reduction, due primarily to the fact that more than half our power comes from nuclear generation.

  • In 2009, PSEG established a new goal of reducing company-wide GHG emissions by 25 pct from 2005 levels by 2025. PSEG met this goal 14 years ahead of schedule. PSEG achieved this goal through implementation of energy efficiency programs, deployment of renewable energy, increasing nuclear output and building clean, efficient natural gas generation.

  • Since 2010, PSEG has invested approximately $400 million in energy efficiency initiatives that reduce emissions in hospitals, multifamily housing and buildings occupied by nonprofits and government agencies.

  • In 2018, PSEG announced its new goal of eliminating 13 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent by 2030 from 2005 levels. The new goal expands upon previous reduction goals, including efficiency upgrades of existing combined-cycle natural gas fleets and the retirement of the company's New Jersey and Connecticut coal plants.

  • PSEG has invested $1.7 Billion in 625 MWs of solar, including 211 MWs in New Jersey and 23 projects in 14 states totaling 414 MWs. PSEG is New Jersey's leading developer of solar energy resources and is an active supporter of efforts to develop offshore wind facilities.

  • Supplying more than 90 pct of the state's emissions-free power, PSEG's Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating plants play a key role in supporting New Jersey's clean energy goals.

    Download the Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States report HERE. (Source: PSEG, CSRWire 28 June, 2019) Contact: PSEG, PSE&G, PSEGPower, www/investor.pseg.com

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  • European Airports Agree on Net-Zero Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    Airports Council International Europe
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Airports Council International Europe (ACIE), which represents over 500 European airports, is reporting passage of a resolution committing the industry to becoming net-zero for carbon emissions under its control by 2050 at the latest , without resorting to carbon offsets. In addition, 194 non-ACIE member airports have individually committed to the same goal, according to ACI Europe.

    In 2018, Europe's airports handled a total of 2.34 billion passengers. The new net-zero commitment is expected to eliminate a total of 3.46 million tpy of CO2 emissions as of 2050, the organization says. In 2016 the industry committed to reaching 100 carbon-neutral airports by 2030 (Source: ACIE, Energy Manager, June 28, 2019 ) Contact: ACIE, www.aci-europe.org

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    Dubai Claims 19 pct Cut in Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Dubai
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the UAE, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) is reporting the country's carbon emissions have decreased 19 pct compared to the Business As Usual (BAU) scenario and 10 pct below the Carbon abatement strategy 2021 target to reduce the carbon emissions by 16 pct by 2021.

    The DSCE uses the UN's MRV methodology (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) to track the Emirate's carbon emissions as part of its long term strategic plans to reduce its CO2 emissions. Data collected over the past 5 years shows a decline in the per capita annual consumption of electricity from 13626 kwh in 2015 to 11731 kwh in 2018. The decline is expected to reach 10538 kwh by 2025. (Source: DSCE, PR, Emirates 24/7, 30 June, 2019) Contact: DSCE, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, www.dubaisce.gov.ae/en

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    Statement from a Coalition of Free-Market State Think Tanks on Trump Administration Affordable Clean Energy Rule (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Affordable Clean Energy Plan
    Date: 2019-06-28
    Editor's Note: This publication, its editors and administration neither agrees or disagrees with the views presented in the following statement from the McIver Institute

    "The Trump administration's finalized Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule is a major victory for America's middle class, many of whom work in energy intensive industries like manufacturing and mining. It also represents a boon to America's least fortunate for whom energy costs represent a significant part of their budget. All Americans would have been harmed by the Obama administration's legally flawed Clean Power Plan. It would have dramatically increased the cost of electricity and was predicted to reduce global warming by only 0.018 degrees Celsius by 2100, an amount far too small to be measured.

    "After Congress rejected proposed cap-and-trade legislation, the Obama administration crafted the Clean Power Plan to force states into regional cap-and-trade plans. President Trump's plan disallows such plans for compliance and focuses, instead, on improving the efficiencies of individual plants.

    "The Clean Power Plan claimed to seek a 32 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, at an estimated compliance cost of $9 billion. The US Chamber of Commerce estimated a more realistic $75 billion in compliance costs. The Rule was met with bipartisan opposition by 27 states who won a Supreme Court stay of the Rule in 2016.

    "The Clean Power Plan was also completely unnecessary. Thanks to the Trump administration's commonsense approach, emissions have fallen by 28 pct since 2017 and are forecast to be reduced 35 pct by 2030. At a compliance cost of $0.3 billion for the ACE rule, these gains were at 250 times less cost than the previous administration's alternative." -- The MacIver Institute

    The MacIver Institute is joined by the Caesar Rodney Institute, the Center of the American Experiment, the Commonwealth Foundation, the Independence Institute, John Locke Foundation, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, the Rio Grande Foundation, and the Roughrider Policy Center in supporting the ACE. (Source: MacIver Institute, June, 2019) Contact: The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy Brett Healy, President 608.588.6477, bhealy@maciverinstitute.com, www.maciverinstitute.com

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    Notable Quote -- Woody Biomass and the EPA's ACE Rules
    Biomass
    Date: 2019-06-26
    "In a bit of an Orwellian logic, the (Trump) EPA's recently finalized ACE (Affordable Clean Energy) rules ... ignore the basis for why using biomass for power and heat is the principal pathway for decarbonization in most other developed countries. By only counting the CO2 emission at the source and ignoring the continuous adsorption of CO2 by sustainably managed forests, the EPA has excluded a proper consideration of the dynamics that keep the net CO2 added into the atmosphere neutral or even negative.

    "In Europe, wood pellets and wood chips are recognized as low carbon fuels because a full life-cycle analysis shows that under well-crafted (and necessary) sustainability criteria, the combustion of those fuels is carbon neutral. The supply chain carbon footprint accounting, given that fossil fuel are used in transportation and in the electricity used to upgrade the biomass into pellets, typically yields an 85 percent or more reduction in net CO2 added to the atmosphere. Because of the carbon benefits, biomass derived fuel makes up about 60 percent of the total renewable energy in the EU28." -- William Strauss, Pres, FutureMetrics, June 24, 2019

    Bethel, Maine-based FutureMetrics released the above statement criticizing the Trump Administration EPA's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Program for its treatment of biomass and calling the program's discussion of how to measure CO2 emissions "misguided."

    The ACE program, which replaces Obama's Clean Power Plan, specifies that biomass co-firing is not compliant with the ACE program. Contact: FutureMetrics LLC, William Strauss, 207-824-6702, 207-357-8708 Cell, WilliamStrauss@FutureMetrics.com, www.futuremetrics.info

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    Permafrost Collapses 70 Yrs Early (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-06-24
    "Climate scientists have been warning about the dangers of global warming for decades. Now, it's happening, in spades. It should be noted that America's politicians are guilty of ignoring warnings by their own scientists. Those warnings officially started 31 years ago when Dr. James Hansen, then head of NASA Institute for Space Studies, testified before the Senate[ in 1988: 'If the current pace of the buildup of these gases (GHG) continues, the effect is likely to be a warming of 3 to 9 degrees F from the year 2025 to 2050, according to these projections. This rise in temperature is not expected to be uniform around the globe but to be greater in the higher latitudes.'

    "Global warming is prominent throughout the North. Ergo, climate news doesn't get much worse (well, actually, it could, and will) than the collapse of permafrost in the Canadian High Arctic's extreme coldest region (where): 'Observed maximum thaw depths at our sites are already exceeding those projected to occur by 2090. The aforementioned study, from 2003-2016, found permafrost melt up to 240 pct more than previous years. In geological terms, that's like winning the Indy 500, hands down. That permafrost had been frozen solid for 'thousands of years.' Accordingly, scientists predicted the permafrost 'wouldn't melt for another 70 years.' Yet, the landscape has already collapsed by up to three feet.

    "Bottom line, the top 25 pct of the Northern Hemisphere, where permafrost is ubiquitous, is coming apart at the seams, and climate scientists are behind the eight ball while America's politicians deny the legitimacy of science and openly spit on the underlying thesis of anthropogenic global warming. In point of fact, Farquharson's '70-yr too early permafrost collapse' makes the onset of RGW look like a dead-ringer, but when?

    "There's no getting around the fact that ecosystems are collapsing. The evidence is too palpable to ignore. It's serious; it's deadly, and it could be too late to do much to stop it, other than a last-ditch WWII Marshall Plan Worldwide Consortium dedicated to converting the world to renewable energy, and forcing removal of CO2 from the atmosphere, yet, those solutions take years and years of planning, setup, construction, and billions upon billions of funding. It's not happening.

    Meanwhile, carbon that has been trapped in and under permafrost over eons readies to escape to turbo-charge an already over-saturated turbo-charged climate. It's literally happening right now. The waiting room is already full. Farquharson's study proves it, and Alaska's permafrost carbon emissions that compete with U.S. commercial CO2 emissions prove it, as sled dogs wade through it." (Source: Dissident Voice, Robert Hunziker, 21 June, 2019)

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    22Mn Trees Help Scotland Combat Global Climate Change (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change, Woodland Trust
    Date: 2019-06-17
    The Woodland Trust reports in 2018 Scotland planted over 22 million trees in a 11,200 hectare reforestation project aimed at addressing climate change. Scotland's reforestation effort surpassed anywhere else in the UK. England planted just 1,420 hectares of woodland in 2018, despite a target of 5,000 hectares being set.

    The percentage of woodland cover in the UK remains at 13 pct; England has 10 pct, while Wales and Scotland have 15 and 19 pct respectively. All of this is part of the country's effort to battle climate change, with the increased number of trees being described as a "critical contribution to the global climate emergency."

    Even so, studies show there's now so much CO2 in the atmosphere that an area larger then the entire US would have to be reforested just to capture 10 pct of the world's annual CO2 emissions.

    The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the United Kingdom concerned with the creation, protection, and restoration of native woodland heritage. It has planted over 43 million trees since 1972. (Source: Woodland Trust, UNILAD News, 12 June, 2019) Contact: Woodland Trust, www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

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    Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card , says UN Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Offsets,UN Environment
    Date: 2019-06-17
    According to the UN Environment's Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card Report , buying carbon credits in exchange for a clean conscience while burning fossil fuels is under fire by private citizens, scientists and activists concerned with the way carbon offsets have been used by polluters as a free pass for inaction.

    Annual emissions have to reduce by 29-32 gigatonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide (CO2e) by 2030 to maintain a fighting chance to stay below 1.5 degree C -- a five-fold increase on current ambitions, the report notes.

    According to the report, carbon offset schemes were set up to allow the largest polluters who exceed permitted emissions’ levels to fund projects, such as reforestation, that reduce CO2 in the air, essentially balancing out their emissions equation. The types of carbon offset projects that are implemented range from forestry sequestration projects to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects (which reduce future CO2 emissions in the atmosphere).

    Carbon offsets are useful while infrastructure and industry make the transition to electric mobility, alternative energy and the new technology necessary for low- and zero-carbon lifestyles. Where there are no viable alternatives in the short term, an offset scheme promises to cancel out the emissions in one place with emission-reducing actions in another.

    Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) credits have also come under fire with a 2016 study found 85 pct of the offsets had a "low likelihood" of creating real reductions, and the UN has struggled to reconcile its support for offsets with evidence that they are problematic.

    Download the UN Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card report HERE; (Source: UN Environment, Pro Publica, 10 June, 2019) Contact: UN Environment, Niklas.Hagelberg, Niklas.Hagelberg@un.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CDM,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offsets,  


    CO2 Emissions Rise at Fastest Rate since 2011 (Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2019-06-14
    Oil industry giant British Petroleum's (BP) just released 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy -- in its 68th year of publication -- notes that as energy consumption has grown, greenhouse gas emissions caused by the burning of fossil fuels, which account for around two-thirds of total emissions, rose by 2 percent in 2018 -- equivalent to driving an extra 400 million combustion engine cars onto the world's highways.

    According to the report, energy consumption growth was driven by natural gas, which contributed more than 40 pct of the increase. All fuels grew faster than their 10-year averages, apart from renewables, although renewables still accounted for the second largest increment to energy growth.

    The report found the rapid increase in carbon emissions was at least partially due to the sharp increase in abnormally hot and cold days around the world, which in turn led consumers to use more energy for cooling and heating. China, the US, and India together accounted for more than two-thirds of the global increase in energy demand, with US consumption expanding at its fastest rate for 30 years.

    Download the BP 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy HERE. (Source: BP, Statistical Review of World Energy, Digital Journal, June, 2019) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

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    Jan De Nul Group Eyes Drop-in Biofuel to Cut Emissions (Int'l)
    Jan De Nul Group
    Date: 2019-06-14
    The Luxembourg-based Jan De Nul Group reports it has been selected by the Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services (MDK) within the Department of Mobility and Public Works, for its focus on drop-in biofuel to achieve CO2 reduction targets.

    Under the Paris Climate Agreement, the Netherlands committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 15 pct by 2020.

    Jan De Nul Group provides maritime construction and maintenance services internationally.(Source: Jan DeNul Group, Wikipedia, Biofuels Digest, 12 June, 2019) Contact: Jan De Nul Group, +352 39 89 11,  +352 39 96 43 -- fax., info@dmmlux.com, www.jandenul.com/en

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    Netherlands Calls for Minimum CO2 Emissions Price (Int'l, Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-06-05
    In Amsterdam, the Government of the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte has proposed legislation setting a minimum price of €12.30 per tonne of CO2 emissions by electricity producers. If approved by parliament, the law would come into force in Jan., 2020, rising to €31.90 in 2030. The Dutch carbon tax would supplement the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS). (Source: Gov. of the Netherlands, Reuters, June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  


    CO2 Emissions Monitoring Satellites to Launch in 2025 (Int'l)
    European Space Agency
    Date: 2019-05-31
    In Paris, the European Space Agency (ESA) is reporting plans to launch three satellites to monitor world-wide carbon emissions collate emissions and climate change data for the UN global assessment of greenhouse gas emissions in 2028. The planned 2025 launch will form the world's first planet-wide emissions observation system.

    Currently, CO2 emissions are measured by conducting "inventories" of fuel burning on a country-by-country basis which, while it can provide a workable estimate of global emissions figures, is affected by poor measuring and reporting protocols by a number of national governments. It is also limited by the scope of the observation equipment used on satellites presently used to measure emissions and track climate change. The new satellites will orbit the planet 14 times a day, passing over each individual source of CO2 emissions approximately every two to three days. (Source: European Space Agency, Government Europa, 29 May, 2019) Contact: European Space Agency, Mark Drinkwater, +33 1 53 69 76 54, www.esa.int

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    Big Pharma GHG Emissions Higher Than Auto Industry's (Ind Report)
    The Conversation
    Date: 2019-05-31
    A recent study from The Conversation, an Australian not-for-profit media outlet that uses content sourced from academics and researchers, notes that the "global pharmaceutical industry is not only a significant contributor to global warming, but it is also dirtier than the global automotive production sector."

    More than 200 companies represent the global pharmaceutical market, yet only 25 consistently reported their direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions in the past five years. Of those, only 15 reported their emissions since 2012, the report notes.

    According to the report, the total global emissions of the pharma sector amounts to about 52 megatonnes of CO2e in 2015, more than the 46.4 megatonnes of CO2e generated by the automotive sector in the same year. The reports calculates the value of the pharma market is smaller than the automotive market the pharma market is 28 pct smaller yet 13 pct more polluting than the automotive sector. (Source: The Conversation, 27 May, 2019) (Contact: The Conversation, www.theconversation.com

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    KLM Secures Large Sustainable Aviation Fuel Uptake (Int'l Report)
    KLM, SkyNRG
    Date: 2019-05-29
    Dutch air carrier KLM is reporting a 10-year agreement for the development and purchase of 75,000 tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The agreement is in keeping with KLM's sustainability ambitions and will reduce its CO2 emissions by 200,000 tpy.

    KLM serves as one of the partners in a collaborative project -- called DSL-01 -- that will develop Europe's first dedicated SAF production plant which is expected to open in 2022 and produce 100,000 tpy of SAF and 15,000 tpy of bioLPG as a byproduct. Other partners in the project, which is expected to come in at roughly €260 million ($290 million), include Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, SkyNRG, and SHV Energy, a global LPG distribution company.

    SAF delivers a CO2 reduction of at least 85 pct compared with fossil fuel and contributes to a significant decrease in ultra-fine particles and sulfur emissions. (Source: KLM, AIN Online, 28 May, 2019) Contact:SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505. merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com; KLM Corporate Office, www.klm.com/Office

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    SkyNRG Developing European Sustainable Jet Biofuel Plant (Int'l)
    SkyNRG
    Date: 2019-05-27
    Further to our 10 Sept., 2018 report, Geneva, Switzerland-base aviation biofuel specialist SkyNRG is reporting it will develop Europe's first sustainable aviation fuel production plant in the Dutch province of Groningen. The new facility will use regionally sourced waste streams, such as used cooking oil to produce sustainable fuel and bio propane for KLM and SHV Energy respectively.

    Starting in 2022, the facility will produce 100,000 tpy of sustainable fuel which translates into the aviation industry reducing its CO2 emissions with 270,000 tpy year. The aviation industry is currently responsible for more than 2 pct of the global CO2 emissions.

    Compared with conventional jet fuel, SkyNRG's state of the art facility reduces life cycle CO2 emissions by at least 85 pct In addition, flights using sustainable aviation fuel create significantly less emissions of ultrafine particles and sulphur. (Source: SkyNRG, Climate-KIC, 27 May, 2019)Contact: SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505. merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

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    "Climate Change: A Hoax to Weaken the U.S." (Opinions & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-27
    The following appeared in a recent edition of the Exponemt Telegram newspaper in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The article and the opinions expressed in the article DO NOT represent those of LC Energy Publications.

    "We know that the Earth is warming; years ago it was covered in ice. Several times since it has gone through periods of being encapsulated in ice!!! Fifty-five thousand years old samples drawn from Antarctic core drills indicate the Earth was 2% warmer than it is today. The reason for this is that the proximity between the sun and the Earth is in a constant state of flux., "The United Nations has propagated an agenda that has a goal of establishing income equality between all countries. To reach that objective, they have decided on the 'Robin Hood' approach -- rob from the rich and give to the poor. Guess who the villain is -- that's right, the USA. How do they accomplish this? They develop a 'Chicken Little' narrative and generate a villain -- that rich country whose people live in luxury.

    "Please humor me while we address the UN's narrative. They repeatedly reiterate that 97 pct of the scientists say that the earth is warming and it is caused by humans and the use of 'fossil fuels.' In 1988, The UN formed a committee, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) 11,944 scientists were questioned. Of those, 66.4 pct (7,930) said they did not believe that was true. Of the other 4,014, 1,344 said they did not know leaving 2,670 that agreed, which is 22 pct, not 97 pct. That is the first big lie!!! The question I have is: How many of those 22 pct have a parochial interest in the warming equation? Bear in mind that our government spent $22 billion in 2016 to have this warming theory authenticated, with most going to academics.

    "Next, let's address the fossil fuel cause. 70.9 pct of the Earth's surface consists of ocean water. The National Oceanographic Survey Department states that the average depth of the ocean is 12,100 feet, which means there are 351,600,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water in the ocean.

    "Salt water weighs 8.5 lbs. per gallon. One pound of water uses 1 BTU to raise the temperature 1 degree Fahrenheit. All countries combined in 2015 produced 9 billion tons of coal. The heat factor of the Pittsburgh seam of coal is 12,000 BTU. Using the 35/65 pct factor with 35 pct used to generate electricity and 65 pct lost to the stack gases, allowing for 0 pct dissipated to the land masses or the atmosphere, all heat being transferred to the ocean, it would take 21,610 years to raise the temperature of the ocean 1 degree Fahrenheit!

    "We (the U.S.) are the only industrialized country that has cut CO2 emissions since 2005. Following is a list of coal-fired power plants in several other countries: Europe has 480 and is building 27 more; Turkey- 56 and building 93; South Africa-79, building 24; India- 589, building 446; Philippines- 19, building 60; South Korea- 58, building 26; Japan- 90, building 45; China- 2363, building 1171; and the USA- 359, building 0 . Totals: 4,075 existing and 1,892 under construction not including Russia, North Korea and Eastern Europe, with most of their electric generation being coal fired.

    "My fellow Americans, the most outrageous hoax that has ever been attached to any group of people since the beginning of mankind is attempting to be heaped on the United States of America -- all in the interest of taxing this country into oblivion. They are trying to do what two World Wars, communism and socialism could not accomplish, but it is being condoned and sanctioned from within by progressive liberals who apparently have had lobotomies, or missed a good chance, and our own politicians who gush with delight at the unending stream of $$$$ coming from this potential 'Cash Cow'"! (Source: WCWV, Exponent Telegram, 26 May, 2019) Contact: Exponemt Telegram, Mr. Phil Southern, (800) 982-6034, www.wvnews.com/theet/news

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    Tokyo Governor Aims for Zero CO2 Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-05-22
    In Japan, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is reporting plans to draw up a strategy -- by December 2019 -- to effectively reduce the city's carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050.

    Japan's government has set a goal of cutting domestic emissions by 80 pct by 2050. The Tokyo Metropolitan government has gone a step further and plans for effectively zero emissions in Tokyo by 2050. The strategy will include a 40 percent reduction in incinerated plastic waste by 2030.

    Koike announced her plans to representatives of 26 of the world's major cities at the Urban 20 Mayors Summit now underway in Japan.

    Urban 20 (U20) is a new diplomatic initiative, convened by C40 Cities and UCLG, to help cities develop collective messages and inclusive solutions for global issues such as climate action, the future of work and social integration, and related information. (Source: U20 Mayors, NHK World Japan, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Urban 20 Mayors, www.urban20.org

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    FedEx Touts Emissions Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    FedEx
    Date: 2019-05-22
    Courier and delivery service giant FedEx reports a 37 pct reduction in CO2 emissions intensity on a revenue basis across the enterprise since 2009 while revenue grew by 84 per cent.

    In its Global Citizenship report, FedEx highlights the fact that it will be adding 1,000 Chanje V8100 electric vehicles to its express fleet in California and will obtain 30 pct of jet fuel from alternative fuels by 2030. In reaching its goals, the company noted it is ahead of plan for its FedEx Cares goal of investing $200 million in more than 200 global communities by 2020. (Source: FedEx, PR, 20 May, 2019)

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    Gasum Opens First Swedish LNG Filling Station (Int'l Report)
    Gasum Oy
    Date: 2019-05-22
    In Espoo, Finland, the Nordic energy company Gasum Oy, a major biogas producer and distributor, is reporting the opening of its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) biogas filling station in the city of Vasteras, central Sweden, where it also owns a biogas production facility. In the long term, the company plans to expand its Swedish filling station network to 50 outlets.

    Under the European Union's emissions reduction standards, CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles are to be reduced by 30 pct by 2030. Sweden is aiming to reduce CO2 emissions from domestic traffic by at least 70 pct by 2030. (Source: Gasum,Regeringen.se, Europa, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Gasum Oy, Mikael Antonsson, +358 20 4471, www.gasum.com/en/About-gasum/Information-about-Gasum/Gasum-in-brief

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    Dominion Energy Supports Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy,CEO Climate Dialogue
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy, which relies heavily on nuclear power and is rapidly expanding its solar portfolio, reports it is joining the CEO Climate Dialogue, a coalition of corporations and environmental groups in support of a carbon tax and other measures designed to reduce CO2 emissions.

    CEO Climate Dialogue is aiming for economy-wide carbon emission reductions of 80 pct or more by 2050, with aggressive near- and mid-term emission reductions commensurate with that goal.

    The group also "aims to build bipartisan support for climate policies that will increase regulatory and business certainty, reduce climate risk, and spur investment and innovation needed to meet science-based emissions reduction targets." BP, Shell, BG&E, DTE Energy, Exelon and other energy majors are among the group's membership. (Source: Dominion Energy, Bacon's Rebellion, Blog, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Thomas F. Farrell, CEO, Keith Windle, VP Business Development, www.dominionenergy.com; CEO Climate Dialogue, http://business.edf.org/blog/tag/ceo-climate-dialogue

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    Heidelberg Pledges Carbon Neutral Concrete by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    HeidelbergCement
    Date: 2019-05-15
    The world's fourth largest cement company, HeidelbergCement reports it will slash direct emissions by 15 pct per tonne of its products by 2030 from 2016 levels. The initiative is in line with the company's vision to realize CO2-neutral concrete by 2050 at the latest. It is also in Keeping with the Paris Climate Agreement and asignal that the built environment is transitioning towards a zero-carbon future, the company said.

    The cement sector accounts for around 7 pct of global CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency. (Source: Heidelberg Cement, Climate Home News, 13 May, 2019) Contact: HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com

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    Sub-Sea CO2 Storage Leakage Studied (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Storage
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Researchers at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel investigating the possibilities and limits of the sub-sea CO2 storage report it is possible to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emissions by separating CO2 from flue gases and storing the captured CO2 in geological formations. The researchers also note negative emissions can be achieved by coupling biogas production with CO2 separation and storage.

    Assessments by the IPCC show that these approaches are essential parts of the technology mix needed to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees C.

    In Europe the largest potential to store CO2 is located offshore in deep saline aquifers and other sub-seabed geological formations of the North Sea where over 10,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled. At many of these wells, methane gas from shallow biogenic deposits is leaking into the environment because the surrounding sediments were mechanically disturbed and weakened during the drilling process. The study notes that CO2 stored in the vicinity of these wells may leak and ultimately return into the atmosphere.

    "We have performed a release experiment in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea to determine the footprint and consequences of such a leak", explains study lead author Dr. Lisa Vielstadte from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.

    In the study, CO2 released at the seabed in 82 meters of water was tracked and traced using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with chemical and acoustic sensors and additional measurements on board of Research Vessel Celtic Explorer. The resulting data showed that CO2 gas bubbles were completely dissolved close to the seafloor and the pH value of ambient bottom waters was lowered from a background value of 8.0 to a more acidic value of 7.0 at the release site as a consequence of the dissolution process. This bottom water acidification has detrimental effects on organisms living at the seabed", However, strong bottom currents induced a rapid dispersion of the dissolved CO2 such that the area at the seabed where potentially harmful effects can occur is small.

    Accordingly, the study tentatively concluded it is possible to store CO2 safely in sub-seabed formations if the storage site is located in an area with a small number of leaky wells, the report summarizes. (Source: Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel , PR, 14 May, 2019) Contact: GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Dr. Lisa Vielstadte, +49 431 600-0, Fax:+49 431 600-2805, www.geomar.de/en

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    Major Mining Companies Among World's Mega Emitters (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Rio de Janiero, Brazil, the Rio Times is reporting as many as 100 companies are responsible for more than 70 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to data from Carbon Disclosure Project (CFP) in July 2017.

    The 25 largest polluters, responsible for 50 pct of CO2 emissions, are, by descending order: China (state-owned coal production), Aramco, Gazprom, Iranian National Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Coal India, Pemex, Russia (state-owned coal production), Shell, China National Petroleum, BP, Chevron, PDVSA, Abu Dhabi National Petroleum, Poland Coal, Peabody Energy, Sonatrach, Kuwait Oil, Total, BHP Billiton, ConocoPhillips, Lukoil, Rio Tinto, Nigeria National Petroleum, and Petrobras, the only Brazilian company on the list.

    The top 100 companies control most of the world's mineral rights, for oil, gas, and coal. Houston is considered the "home" of 7 of these 100 companies, followed by Jakarta, Calgary, Moscow, and Beijing.

    (Source: The Rio Times, May, 2019) Contact: The Rio Times, Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter, www.riotimesonline.com

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    EU Countries Show CO2 Emissions Reduction Progress (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-05-10
    A new report from Eurostat, the European Union's statistics bureau, notes that 20 of the 28 EU member countries managed to reduce their CO2 emissions during 2018. Combined EU emissions from burning fossil fuels fell by 2.5 pct in 2018 compared to a 1.7 pct increase in 2017.

    Of the 20 countries that reduced emissions, Portugal made the largest reduction with 9.0 pct in 2018, followed by Bulgaria at 8.1 pct, Ireland at 6.8 pct, and Germany with a 5.4 pct drop.

    Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Finland's emissions were unchanged while Latvia's emissions jumped 8.5 pct in 2018. (Source: Eurostat, CPH Post, 9 May, 2019) Contact: Eurostat, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/home

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    Robt.Bosch Aims for 2020 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Bosch
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Stuttgart-based German automotive supply giant Robert Bosch LLC reports it plans to become fully carbon neutral by 2020.

    The company, which currently emits around 3.3 million metric tpy of C02, aims to achieve its goal by increasing energy efficiency, increasing the share of renewables in its energy supply mix to as much as 40 pct, accessing more green power and offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions. This includes financing climate protection projects such as wind power in the Caribbean or forest conservation in Africa to offset just under 40 pct of its energy consumption, according to the company release. The company expects its initiative to Icome in at a cost of €2 billion ($2.24 billion) but to deliver about €1 billion in energy efficiency savings. (Source: Robt. Bosch LLC, Various Media, Reuters, 8 May, 2019)

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    European CCUS Projects Network Scores Funding (Int'l Funding)
    European CCUS Project
    Date: 2019-04-26
    The European CCUS Project Network is reporting recxeipt of funding from the European Commission to support and inspire major carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects with the potential to deliver significant carbon emission reduction in Europe's industrial regions.

    The network will provide member projects with opportunities for sharing knowledge and best practices alongside guidance on how to increase public awareness and acceptance of CCUS technologies.

    Projects being considered as network members will have a focus on carbon capture and storage and/or CO2 utilization, and will need to demonstrate substantial overall CO2 emissions reduction in lifecycle analysis as well as a commitment to building a European CCUS industry through knowledge sharing. (Source: European CCUS Project Network, GasWorld, 25 April, 2019) Contact: European CCUS Project Network, John Scowcroft|, Manager,: +32 (0) 2 550 3960 John.Scowcroft@globalccsinstitute.com, https://ccsnetwork.eu

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    Cdn. Oilsands CO2 Emissions Far Higher than Reported (Ind. Report)
    Environment Canada
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In Ottawa, Environment Canada is reporting newly published research from Canadian federal scientists suggests a number of major oilsands operations in oil-soaked northern Alberta seem to be emitting significantly more carbon pollution than companies have been reporting, which could have profound consequences for government climate-change strategies.

    The researchers, mainly from Environment Canada, calculated emissions rates for four major oilsands surface mining operations using air samples collected in 2013 on 17 airplane flights over the area. In results published today in the journal Nature Communications, the scientists say the air samples from just those surface mining operations suggest their carbon dioxide emissions are 64 pct higher, on average, than what the companies themselves report to the federal government using the standard United Nations reporting framework for greenhouse gases. The findings suggest Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions would be around 2.3 pct higher than previously thought.

    The report suggests the differences between the new estimates and previously reported numbers are related to methodology. The standard "bottom up" method sees companies quantify the amount of fuel they use at each source of their operation, from extraction to delivery of crude to refineries. They then calculate their carbon emissions from their fuel use. The scientists behind the Environment Canada study used a "top-down" approach involving hundreds of air samples taken during more than 80 hours of flights over four major surface mining operations in northern Alberta: Syncrude Canada's Mildred Lake facility, Suncor's Millennium and North Steepbank site, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.'s Horizon mine, and what was then Shell's Albian Jackpine operation, now majority owned by Canadian Natural.

    The gap between the facilities' reported CO2 emissions and the levels calculated by researchers was 13 pct for the Suncor site, 36 pct for the Horizon mine, 38 pct for Jackpine and 123 pct for Syncrude. The study did not include emissions from all oilsands operations that use in-situ extraction, pumping steam into the ground to get the petroleum out. About 80 pct of oilsands reserves, and the majority of current production, require in-situ extraction. That means the overall amount of under reported greenhouse gas emissions could be significantly higher. (Source: Environment Canada, CBC News , 23 April, 2019) Contact: Environment Canada, John Liggio, www.linkedin.com/in/john-liggio-34349467

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    Va. Board Votes to Limit CO2, Join RGGI (Reg. & Leg., Ind. Report)
    RGGI, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Following up on our 19 Dec., 2019 report, in Richmond, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Air Pollution Control Board is reporting its approval of a plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants. The plan that would reduce GHG emissions in the Old Dominion State by 30 pct between 2020 and 2030.

    The DEQ also approved the state's proposed joining of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) aimed at cutting carbon emissions through a cap and trade program. New Jersy was a founding member of RGGI. Present membership includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. (Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Action Fund, Blue Virginia, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Air Pollution Control Board,(804) 698-4000, www.deq.virginia.gov; RGGI, www.rggi.org

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