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IHI Touts Amonia-Natural Gas Green Fuel Blend (Int'l. Report)
NEDO, IHI Corporation
Date: 2021-01-06
Tokyo-headquartered IHI Corporation, f.k.a. Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.,reports it has developed technology for the co-firing of natural gas and ammonia for thermal power generation. Ammonia does not emit carbon dioxide when burnt and could potentially slash CO2 emissions by more than half.

According to Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), which commissioned IHI to develop the technology, the development marks the first time a 60 pct ammonia fuel has been used in a large power-generating facility.

As previously reported, the Japanese government is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050 and considers ammonia as a fuel to help achieve that goal. (Source: IHI, NHK World News, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: IHI, +81-3-6204-7800, www.ihi.co.jp/en; NEDOO, www.nedo.go.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEDO,  CO2 Emissions,  Amonia,  Alternative Fuel,  Green Fuel,  


Hornsea III Offshore Wind Project Wins Approval (Int'l. Report)
Orsted,Hornsea
Date: 2021-01-06
Orsted reports its 2,400MW Hornsea Project Three offshore wind farm project off the East Coast of England has won development consent by the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

When fully operational, Hornsea Three could generate sufficient power for more than 2,000,000 UK homes and offset over 128.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over its operational lifetime. (Source: Orsted, insider media, Jan., 2020) Contact: Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Hornsea,  Offshore Wind,  


Enel's Castelmauro Wind Park Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
Enel Green Power
Date: 2021-01-06
Italian renewable energy developer Enel Green Power (EGP) reports construction is underway on its 7 turbine, 29.4-MW Castelmauro wind park in Molise, Southern Italy.

When fully online the wind farm will generate sufficient power for roughly 29,000 local homes and offset more then 36,000 tpy of CO2 emissions . (Source: Enel S.p.A., Enel Green Power, Jan., 2021) Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power,  Enel S.p.A.,  Wind ,  


Veolia Increasing Waste Wood Recycling, Processing (Int'l. Report)
Veolia
Date: 2021-01-06
In the UK, Veolia reports it is expanding its present 410,000 tpy waste wood recycling and processing capacity by 50,000 tpy in keeping with its commitment to recycling and renewable biomass energy.

To that end, the company's new Runcorn Wood Recycling Facility is designed to support the treatment of wood waste from the Merseyside area for use as flooring, furniture, worktops, and other particle board applications. Lower-grade material will be used for power generation.

In the UK, Veolia's renewable biomass energy operations have saved more than 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the last four years, according to the company. (Source: Veolia, Website, PR, 5 Jan., 2021) Contact: Veolia UK,www.veolia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia ,  Woody Biomass,  


Tata Steel, CII Developing "Green Steel" (Int'l. Report)
Tata Steel
Date: 2021-01-06
India's Tata Steel is reporting a collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Green Business Centre and relevant steel sector stakeholders to develop the GreenPro Label framework for steel rebars with the lowest environment impact. GreenPro Ecolabeled products are guaranteed to be made to the highest sustainability and quality standards and are recognized in Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) green building rating system.

To date, more than 125 building products and materials manufacturing companies have adopted GreenPro Ecolabel for more than 1,800 products for Green Building construction.

Buildings and construction together account for nearly 36 pct of global energy use and 39 pct of energy related CO2 emissions. Embodied carbon accounts for 11 pct of the building’s emissions and is primarily from materials like steel, cement, concrete, glass, according to CII. (Source: Tata Steel, CII Green Business Centre, Jan., 2021) Contact: CII Green Business Centre, +91 40 4418 5111, www.greenbusinesscentre.com; Tata Steel, www.tatasteel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata ,  


Scottish GHG Reduction, CCUS Project Shares Funding (Int'l.) Report)
Neccus
Date: 2021-01-04
In Scotland , Aberdeen-based Neccus reports it is one of six projects across the uk that will share £8 million in government funding to develop a net-zero road map to enable a sustainable reduction in large-scale industrial CO2 emissions.

The six projects will receive a share of the multi-million-pound funding as part of a drive to create the world's first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040. All six areas receiving funding have high concentrations of industrial activity. The "industrial clusters mission" aims to support the delivery of four low-carbon regional zones by 2030 and at least one net-zero "green hotspot" by 2040, kick-started by the government's £170 million industrial decarbonisation challenge.

The six winners will produce detailed plans for reducing emissions across major areas of industrial activity, where related industries have congregated and can benefit from utilising shared clean energy infrastructure such as carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS).

NECCUS is an alliance of industry, government and experts, united by their determination to drive the changes and support the programmes needed to reduce carbon emissions from industrial sources in Scotland and beyond. At the heart of the NECCUS Alliance is a project known as Acorn which is set to deliver a carbon capture and storage programme for Scotland by 2024 and which can be scaled-up to support other carbon reduction projects across the UK and Europe in the 2020s. The project will also enable hydrogen to be used more widely as a source of clean energy. Both these technologies will be crucial if Scotland is to meet its carbon net zero target by 2045 and the UK by 2050, according to the Neccus website. (Source: Neccus, The Scotsman, 2 Jan., 2021) Contact: Neccus, www.neccus.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


Siemens Gamesa Inks First Ethiopian Wind Contract (Int'l. Report)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2021-01-04
Siemens Gamesa is reporting its first wind power project in Ethiopia and will deliver 29 SG 3.4-132 wind turbines on a "turn key" basis to state-owned utility Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) for the 100 MW Assela wind farm about 100 miles south of the capital city of Addis Ababa.

When fully operational in Q1, 2023, the project is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 400,000 Ethiopian households and save more than 260,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.

Ethiopia is aiming to supply 100 pct of its domestic energy demand through renewable energy by 2030. Ethiopia has abundant resources, particularly wind with a potential 10 GW of installation capacity and presently 324 MW istalled capacity. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, Scial News XYZ, 4 Jan., 2020) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Roberto Sabalza, CEO, Onshore Southern Europe and Africa, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


CVR Energy Advancing OK Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
CVR Energy
Date: 2020-12-23
Sugarland, Texas-based CVR Energy Inc is reporting Board approval to advance work on a $110-million renewable diesel plant in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

When commissioned and fully operational, the facility will produce almost 100 million gpy of renewable diesel and roughly 6 million gpy of renewable naphth and significantly lower the company's annual Renewable Identification Number (RIN) exposure under the Clean Air Act's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

The use of RNG as a transportation fuel has reportedly increased 291 pct over the past 5 years, displacing close to 7.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). That is the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent of driving 18.6 trillion miles in a typical passenger cat. It is the CO2 emissions equivalent of consuming 842 million gallons of gasoline. This equates to the total amount of fuel used by 63,171 transit buses every year, according to trade data(Source: CVR Energy, PR, 22 Dec., 2020) Contact: CVR Energy Inc., David Lamp., CEO, (281) 207-3200, www.cvrenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs,  CVR Energy,  Renewable Diesel,  


Buildings-Related Carbon Emissions Hit Record High (Int'l.)
UN Environment Programme
Date: 2020-12-21
A new UN Environment Programme, Energy and Climate Branch report finds emissions from the operation of buildings hit a highest-ever level in 2019. Including construction, the building sector now accounts for 38 pct of total global CO2 emissions.

The 2020 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, from the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) found that while global building energy consumption remained steady year-on-year, energy-related CO2 emissions increased to 9.95 GtCO2 in 2019. This increase was due to a shift away from the direct use of coal, oil and traditional biomass towards electricity, which had a higher carbon content due to the high proportion of fossil fuels used in generation.

When adding emissions from the building construction industry on top of operational emissions, the sector accounted for 38 pct of total global energy-related CO2 emissions., according to the report.

To get on track to net-zero carbon building stock by 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that direct building CO2 emissions need to fall by 50 pct and indirect building sector emissions by 60 pct by 2030. This equates to building sector emissions falling by around 6 pct per year until 2030, close to the 7 pct decrease in 2020 global energy sector CO2 emissions due to the pandemic. (Source: UN Environment Programme, Energy and Climate Branch, UNEP, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: UNEP, Sophie Loran , +33-601-377-917, Sophie.Loran@un.org, www.unep.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  IEA,  UN Environment Programme,  


Peatland Carbon Storage Restoration Declared "Vital" (Int'l.)
Peat
Date: 2020-12-21
In the UK, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) analysis has revealed the scale of the challenge that the Northern Ireland Assembly and the other UK governments and agencies face to restore and maintain the country's peatlands, which play a pivotal role in combating climate change.

Peatland covers approximately 12 pct of the land area of Northern Ireland, but 86 pct of peatlands have been damaged by pressures, including drainage, overgrazing, afforestation, burning and extraction in lowland areas.

The RSPB's analysis shows peatlands avoid 1,992 tpy of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to 5 pct of total UK greenhouse gas emissions every year. According to Martin Harper, RSPB Director of Global Conservation, "Peatlands are an incredibly important habitat in the UK both for wildlife and for storing carbon. If our peatlands are not restored, they will emit twice as much carbon as would be captured by tree planting in the Committee on Climate Change's UK forestry targets for 2050."

(Source: RSPS, Farm Week, 20 Dec., 2020) Contact: RSPB, www.community.rspb.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Peat,  Carbon Storage,  Methane,  


Climatetrade, Algorand Partnership Announced (Int'l. Report)
Climatetrade,Algorand,
Date: 2020-12-04
Valencia, Spain-based carbon offsetter Climatetrade, a blockchain-marketplace for CO2 carbon offsetting, announced today it will leverage Algorand's scalable, secure and decentralized digital blockchain technology network to bring its technology to the next level.

Climatetrade brings transparency and traceability into carbon markets with blockchain solutions services to large corporations. Climatetrade and its customers will be use Algorand as its primary infrastructure layer and leverage its carbon offsetting capabilities.

Climatetrade aims to help companies achieve their sustainability goals by offsetting CO2 emissions and financing climate change projects. (Source: Cliamatetrade, Algorand Website PR, 2 Dec., 2020) Contact: Cliamtetrade, Francisco Benedito, CEO, www.climatetrade.com; Algorand, www.algorand.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climatetrade,  Carbon Offset,  


LafargeHolcim Commits $112Mn to Cut CO2 Emissions in India (Int'l.)
LafargeHolcim
Date: 2020-12-04
Swiss cement giant LafargeHolcim reports it has earmarked 100 million Swiss francs ($111.89 million) over the next two years on waste heat recovery "thermal heat" systems to cut CO2 emissions at six cement plants in India, as it looks to reduce its carbon emissions by 500,000 tons a year.

LafargeHolcim has committed to reduce its Scope 2 indirect carbon emissions by 65 pct compared with 2018 levels. The company has been working to reduce its carbon emissions which analysts have said have weighed on its share price as environmental concerns become increasing important for investors. (Source: LafargeHolcim, PR, 3 Dec., 2020) Contact: LafargeHolcim Ltd, Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Stephanie Sulcer, Communications, 847 716 0368, stephanie.sulcer@lafargeholcim.com, www.lafargeholcim.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LafargeHolcim,  Cement,  Carbon Emissions,  


UK Fast-Tracking Grid Decarbonization (Int'l. Report)
DRAX
Date: 2020-12-02
In the UK, aa report conducted by Imperial College London for Drax Electric Insights has found the UK's electricity grid has decarbonised faster than other countries in the last decade. The report notes renewable power has grown six-fold in the last 10 years, helping the UK cut its carbon intensity by 58 pct -- double the reduction seen in other major economies over the 2010-2120 period.

Over the last decade, coal-fired power generation dropped from 30 pct to just 2 pct with renewables rising simultaneously from 8 pct to supplying 42 pct of the UK's electricity. The shift to renewables means UK households have each reduced their CO2 emissions by .75 tpy, according to the report. (Source: DRAX, DRAX Electric Insights, Imperial College London, PR, 30 Nov., 2020) Contact: Imperial College London, Dr Iain Staffell, i.staffell@imperial.ac.uk, www.imperial.ac.uk: DRAX, Richard Peberdy, +44(0)1757 618381, www.drax.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  


England's Tallest Onshore Wind Turbine Gets the Nod (Int'l.)
Ambition Community Energy
Date: 2020-11-30
In the UK, Bristol City Council reports it has approved a planning application by Ambition Community Energy (ACE) for what is reportedly the 150-metre tall -- reportedly the world's largest -- onshore wind turbine to be erected in Avonmouth, near Bristol.

When fully operational, the 4.2 MW turbine will generate sufficient power for roughly 4,000 homes and save more than 2 tpy of CO2 emissions.

Ambition Community Energy (ACE) is a not-for-profit community interest company established by the resident-driven charity Ambition Lawrence Weston. (Source: Ambition Community Energy, PR, BusinessLive, 27 Nov., 2020)Contact: Ambition Community Energy, www.ambitionlw.org/community-energy


Vietnam Addresses Forest Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Forest Carbon Partnership Facility
Date: 2020-11-30
In Hanoi, the Vietnamese government reports it has joined the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) to improve forest protection, forest quality and sustainable forest management, thereby helping Vietnam realize its climate targets.

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) pledged to purchase 10.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions from six northern central provinces for a total $51.5 million via the Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA) in the 2018-2024 period, which was recently signed between the World Bank (WB) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples' organizations focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries, activities commonly referred to as REDD+.

The FCPF has to date worked with 47 developing countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, along with 17 donors that have made contributions and commitments totaling $1.3 billion. Vietnam is the first country in the Asia-Pacific region and fifth globally to reach such a milestone agreement with the FCPF. (Source: Nhan Dan Online, 29 Nov., 2020) Contact: Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, www.forestcarbonpartnership.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Carbon Partnership,  REDD+,  Carbon Emissions,  Deforestation,  


Whitehall Urged to Include Shipping Emissions in CO2 Targets (Int'l.)
The Committee on Climate Change,International Maritime Organization
Date: 2020-11-30
In London, the UK government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) is being urged by the Labour Party opposition to "take responsibility" for the UK's share of carbon emissions and include international maritime shipping emissions in the country's COP2 emissions targets. Maritime emissions account for roughly 3 pct of the UK's total CO2 emissions but are not presently included in climate targets, as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which advises the government on climate change and related issues.

Despite the CCC recommendations, the government last week signed a new International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreement that will let maritime emissions continue to grow until 2030 -- an approach experts contend is unlikely to be compatible with the UK's aim to be carbon neutral by 2050.

The IMO agreement is expected to allow emissions to grow by 14 pct by 2030, only 1 pct lower than the current expected trajectory of 15 pct growth if the sector is left to its own devices. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, Irish Independent, Nov., 2020) Contact: The CCC, +44 (0) 75 8510 4950, private.secretary@theccc.org.uk, www.theccc.org.uk; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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


VW Bunkering with GoodFuels B100 (Int'l. Report)
GoodFUels
Date: 2020-11-27
In an effort to lower its CO2 emissions by as much as 85 pct on certain vehicle shipments in Europe, German automaker Volkswagen Group reports it will bunker two of its maritime vehicle carriers with B100, "drop-in" biofuel from Dutch fuel supplier GoodFuels.

Because it substantially reduces CO2 and SOX emissions, GoodFuels' Bio Fuel Oil further ensures marine shipping firms' compliance with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 2020 Sulphur Cap, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction requirements and upcoming regulations to reduce carbon intensity from shipping. Refueling with B100 is expected to cut ship CO2 emissions by a minimum of 85 pct and eliminate SOx emissions. (Source: Volkswagen Group, PR, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: GoodFuels, +31 88 021 5100, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News B100,  GoodFuels,  International Maritime Organization,  


SINOPEC Leading CO2 Emissions Peak Research (Int'l. Report)
SINOPEC
Date: 2020-11-25
Beijing-based integrated energy and chemical specialist China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINPOEC) is reporting three strategic cooperation agreements to take the lead in a joint research on green and low-carbon energy and the energy and chemical industry's carbon emissions peak and move toward carbon neutrality before 2030 following China's action plan.

And in terms of greenhouse gas recovery and utilization, Sinopec is focusing on promoting the recovery and utilization of high-concentration CO2 tail gas from refining and chemical enterprises, carrying out CO2 flooding field tests and methane gas release recovery.

Carbon emissions peak refers to the inflection point of total CO2 emission, after which the emissions will begin to decline. The carbon neutral target aims to achieve low-carbon and zero-carbon transformation of energy, realizes zero CO2 emissions, reduce other types of greenhouse gas emissions significantly as well as total man-made greenhouse gas emissions to zero through increasing carbon sinks and artificial negative emission measures.

In recent years, Sinopec has promoted its green and low-carbon development tactic for the corporate development strategy, actively control its greenhouse gas emissions to achieve significant carbon emissions results. In the area of clean energy development, Sinopec has expanded its construction of natural gas production capacity and promoted the development of new energy resources such as biomass energy and geothermal energy, while driving forward the development and utilization of hydrogen energy. (Source: SINOPEC, PR, 24 Nov., 2020) Contact: SINOPEC, www.sinopecgroup.com/group

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


Quantifi to Support Carbon Cap Investment Strategies (Int'l.)
Quantifi,Carbon Cap Management
Date: 2020-11-25
Quantifi, a provider of risk, analytics and trading solutions, reports it has been selected by London-headquartered environmental asset management specialist Carbon Cap Management LLP to support its carbon emissions investment strategies. Carbon Cap's mission is to raise awareness about climate change and to provide solutions directly related to the capping and reduction of CO2 emissions.

Carbon Cap recently launched the World Carbon Fund, a globally diversified fund investing in multiple liquid and regulated carbon markets. The fund pursues an absolute return strategy, seeking to deliver positive returns with a low correlation to traditional and alternative asset classes. It also seeks to have a direct positive impact on climate change.

Quantifi's suite of integrated pre- and post-trade solutions allow market participants to better value, trade and risk manage their exposures and respond more effectively to changing market conditions. (Source: Quantifi, PR, 25 Nov., 2020) Contact: Carbon Cap, Michael Azlen, Founder and CEO, +44204 5265 480, investorinfo@carbon-cap.com, www.carbon-cap.com; Quantifi Solutions, Rohan Douglas, CEO, (212) 784-6815 -- NY, +44 (0) 20 7248 3593 -- London, www.quantifisolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Market,  Carbon Cap Management,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


Dutch bio-LNG Installation Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
Renewi, Nordsol, Shell
Date: 2020-11-20
Nordsol is reporting construction is underway on the Netherlands' first bio-LNG installation in Westpoort, Amsterdam. The installation, which is expected to come online within one year, will produce 3.4 kt of bio-LNG per year.

Using Nordsol technology, biogas -- 60 pct methane and 40 pct CO2 -- extracted from organic waste is converted into bio-LNG and liquid bio-CO2, a transparent and fair supply chain. The technology makes it possible to efficiently separate pure methane from the biogas and liquefy it into bio-LNG. The CO2 by-product is then reused in the market, therefore ensuring an additional reduction in CO2 emissions, leading to a 100 pct CO2 neutral fuel. (Source: Nordsol, Website PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Nordsol, +31 268 800 408, info@nordsol.com, www.nordsol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordsol ,  bio-LNG,  Methane,  Biogas,  


TOTAL, ADNOC Collaborate on CO2 Emissions, CCUS (Int'l. Report)
TOTAL, ADNOC
Date: 2020-11-16
In Abu Dhabi, the UAE state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) reports it is joining forces with the Paris-headquartered energy giant TOTAL to investigate joint R&D and deployment opportunities in CO2 emission reductions and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).

The framework agreement expands on the two companies' long-standing partnership and collaboration. Agreed upon targets include improved energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy for oil and gas operations as well as assessing the potential for enhanced oil recovery projects based on CO2 usage. (Source: ADNOC, TOTAL, Offshore, 13 Nov., 2020)Contact: ADNOC, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO, +971 2 7070000. +971 2 6023389--fax, www.adnoc.ae; TOTAL, www.total.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  ADNOC,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS ,  


Suez, BP to Explore UK CCS, CCUS Project (Int'l. Report)
Suez SA, BP
Date: 2020-11-16
Paris-based French waste and water management specialist Suez SA is reporting a memorandum of understanding with BP PLC to explore the feasibility of a carbon-capture, utilization and storage project in the U.K.

The project would develop a system to capture carbon-dioxide emissions from an energy-from-waste facility in the Teesside area. The captured carbon would be supplied to the CCUS project to then be transported and stored in a storage site in the North Sea. The project would allow the capturing of up to 10 million tpy of CO2 emissions -- equal to the annual energy use of over three million UK households, according to Suez. (Source: Suez SA, PR, Market Screener, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Suez AS, www.suez.com

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


US Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Fell in 2019 (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2020-11-13
According to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) US Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2019 analysis, total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions have fallen 15 pct since their 2007 peak.

US electric power sector emissions accounted for roughly one-third of US energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 -- emissions from coal fell by 15 pct in 2019, and emissions from natural gas increased by 7 pct. CO2 emissions from the industrial sector rose 1.1 pct and transportation sector emissions dropped by 0.2 pct.

More information on changes in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019, as well as trends in emissions since 1990, is available in EIA's US Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2019 report HERE. (Source: US EIA. Nov., 2020) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  US EIA,  


Sempra Supports Plant-based CCS R&D (Funding, R&D Report)
Sempra Energy, Salk Institute
Date: 2020-11-13
In the Golden State, San Diego-based Sempra Energy is donating $2 million to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies Harnessing Plants Initiative (HPI) to help fund a five-year study to advance plant-based carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies.

The institute's Harnessing Plants Initiative aims to fight climate change by optimizing a plant's natural ability to capture and store carbon and adapt to diverse climate conditions.

With the Sempra Energy funding, Salk researchers will develop a drought-tolerant, carbon-sequestering grass (sorghum) variety designed to grow on land in Southern California and store carbon in the soil for use with grain production, grazing or bio-energy feed stocks.

HPI aims to develop crop plants that have significant global acreages to store long-lasting carbon in the soil. Crop plants that are engineered to store more carbon in the soil for longer can lead to a potentially enormous reduction in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2).

HPI estimates that if, worldwide, 70 pct of the target crops are converted into carbon-sequestration-enhanced crop plants, 1.5 to 6 gigatons of CO2 can be sequestered per year, the equivalent of up to as much as one-third of human-caused CO2 emissions that accumulate in the atmosphere each year. (Source: Sempra Energy, PR, Power Engineering, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Salk Institute, Professor Wolfgang Busch, Pres., Harnessing Plants Initiative (HPI), 858-453-4100, www.salk.edu; Contact: Sempra Energy, Kevin Sagara, HPI Committee, Dennis V. Arriola, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (619) 696-2901, www.sempra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sempra Energy,  CCS,  Carbon Capture & Sequestration,  


FirstEnergy Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
FirstEnergy
Date: 2020-11-11
Akron, Ohio-headquartered FirstEnergy Corp. has released its Climate Position and Strategy Statement outlining the company's aggressive, business-wide plans to mitigate climate change risks, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The company also set an interim goal for a 30 pct reduction in greenhouse gases within the company's direct operational control by 2030, based on 2019 levels. Actions to achieve these goals include:
  • Hardening its transmission and distribution systems to reduce the physical risks of climate change;

  • Replacing conventional utility trucks with electric and hybrid vehicles and responsibly replacing other aging equipment that emits greenhouse gasses;

  • Reducing emissions at its small regulated generation fleet, while preparing for the transition away from coal-fired power in West Virginia by 2050;

  • Supporting renewable and distributed energy resources, including seeking approval in 2021 to construct a solar generation source of at least 50 MW in West Virginia;

  • Utilizing advanced technology to enable customers to manage their energy use;

  • Integrating carbon pricing into financial forecasting and empowering employees to identify opportunities that drive environmental responsibility.

    In 2015, FirstEnergy announced plans to achieve a 90 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 2005 levels by 2045. To date, the company has reduced CO2 emissions by approximately 80 pct by implementing new technologies and retiring or transferring generation assets. The new goals represent a significant expansion of this target and reflect FirstEnergy's transformation to a fully regulated utility. (Source: FirstEnergy Corp., PR, Website, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: First Energy, www.firstenergycorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FirstEnergy news,  Carbon Neutral news,  Carbon Emissions news,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FirstEnergy,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • EIB Funding Energy Efficient, Sustainable Bldgs. in Madrid (Int'l.)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2020-11-06
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Madrid-based GMP PROPERTY SOCIMI (Gmp), one of Spain's largest real estate groups, are set to finance green investments that reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in office buildings in Madrid.

    To this end, the EU bank will provide the Spanish company with €28 million in financing for the development of near zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) and retrofits aimed at improving energy efficiency. The operation is supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe.

    The primary energy savings covered by the EIB financing will be an estimated 3 420 MWh per year (MWh/year), implying CO2 emissions savings equivalent to the average emissions produced by 124 EU households a year.

    The EU bank is assisting this operation via a green energy loan, the features of which are fully in line with the requirements set out in its Climate Awareness Bonds programme. As a result, it is likely to be allocated to its portfolio of loan operations financed via the issuance of these bonds. (Source: European Investment Bank, European Commission, PR, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  


    JAL to Use Fulcrun BioEnergy Aviation Biofuels (Int'l. Report)
    Japan Airlines
    Date: 2020-11-06
    In Tokyo, Japan Airlines (JAL) reports it plans to regularly refuel aircraft connecting San Francisco and Japan with recycled aviation fuel made from household garbage produced by Fulcrum BioEnergy, starting as early as fiscal 2022.

    The airline is aiming to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 by introducing advanced jets and fuels and purchasing emission credits from other airlines.

    JAL invested roughly $8.6 million in Fulcrum in 2018. (Source: JAL, PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Japan Airlines,  Fulcrum BioEnergy,  Aviation Biofuel ,  


    Atlas Renewable Energy Finances Brazilian Solar Project (Int'l.)
    Atlas Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Miami-headquartered Atlas Renewable Energy is reporting a $67 million (US) loan from IDB Invest and Norway's DNB Bank ASA to finance construction of its 187 MW Jacaranda solar project in the municipality of Juazeiro, State of Bahia, Brazil.

    When fully operational, the Jacaranda solar project will generate 440GWh per year – sufficient power for 750,000 inhabitants -- and avoid approximately 35,000 metric tpy of CO2 emissions. The solar project has a 15-year PPA with a Brazilian subsidiary of the American material science giant Dow Inc.

    Atlas Renewable Energy develops, builds, and operates renewable energy projects with long-term contracts across Latin America. The company's portfolio is 2.2GW of contracted projects in development, construction, or operational stages, and aims to expand by an additional 4GW in the next years. (Source: Atlas Renewable Energy, Website News, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Atlas Renewable Energy, 786 358 5614, www.atlasrenewableenergy.com

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


    Enviva Releases First Corp. Sustainability Report (Report Attached)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered wood bioenergy -- wood pellet -- specialist Enviva is reporting the release of its first Corporate Sustainability Report. The report highlights the company's progress in helping southeaster U.S. landowners keep and use generational forestland and address climate change. The Sustainability Report notes:
  • Enviva has displaced approximately 16 million metric tons of coal and eliminated 31 million metric tons of CO2 emissions globally -- equivalent of the CO2 emissions of 8 coal-fired power plants in one year or more than 71 million barrels of oil.

  • Enviva aims to displace an additional 87 million metric tons of coal and eliminate an additional 172 million metric tons of CO2 emissions between 2020 and 2044.

  • Enviva is a leader in the wood products industry by comprehensively controlling operations emissions and using industry-proven air emission controls to reduce emissions from its manufacturing process.

  • Enviva partnered with The Longleaf Alliance to help conserve rare and threatened species and ecosystems and to help restore longleaf pine, a critical species in the pine forest ecosystem in the U.S. Southeast, through responsible wood sourcing.

  • Enviva provided more than $1.9 million in grants through its Forest Conservation Fund, resulting in more than 24,000 acres of forestland conserved across the U.S. Southeast.

    Enviva owns and operates nine plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 4.9 million MTPY in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida.

    Download the full Enviv sustainability report HERE. (Source: Enivia, Website PR , 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Enviva, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviv Biomass,  


  • ClearFlame Engine Technologies (New Subscriber Profile)
    ClearFlame
    Date: 2020-11-02
    "There is a great need in heavy-duty applications (e.g. long-haul trucking, construction, agriculture, marine and back-up power generation) for technologies that provide diesel-like performance but which are decoupled from the dirty emissions of diesel fuel. ClearFlame's mission is to break the bond between diesel engines and their fuel to create the fastest path to a sustainable future, equitably distributed to all the places that might be initially under-served by alternative solutions.

    Electrification is important, but it requires extensive infrastructure expansion. This is expensive and will take decades, and until that expansion is complete, little benefit is achieved in reducing climate change or improving air quality in the front-line communities that are harmed most by pollution. We cannot wait that long.

    "We believe the solution is our technology allows climate-friendly, renewable, decarbonized fuels to be used at the highest possible efficiency. Our technology can be adopted quickly. It uses existing liquid refueling infrastructure, and operators get the performance they expect while also relying on the existing base of engine technicians for service. Our solution provides "near-zero" emissions that are an order of magnitude better than even the cleanest diesel-fueled engines and is the fastest way for reducing CO2 emissions from heavy-duty engines. "Low carbon, renewable fuels are generally characterized as low in reactivity as measured by cetane number. These alternative fuels have historically required use of spark-ignited engines which have lower efficiency and are bore-size limited compared to compression ignition (Diesel) engines. These fuels were thought to be incompatible with compression ignition engines which traditionally require easily ignitable fuels.

    ClearFlame uses a high-temperature combustion system that overcomes cetane limitations. We are using insulation strategies and calibration changes like reduced charge air cooling and increased EGR to increase combustion temperatures just enough so that lower cetane fuels like alcohols will ignite reliably with short ignition delays. There is no fuel blending, no spark plugs and no petroleum. The ClearFlame combustion process leverages the no/low soot characteristics of alternative bio or e-fuels and produces engine-out exhaust with ultra-low PM levels that does not require a DPF. Further, because the engine is no longer smoke-limited, the air-fuel ratio is changed from lean to stoichiometric using "clean" EGR for dilution at lower loads, improving volumetric efficiency/power density, and leaving an exhaust stream suitable for 3-way catalysis. The SCR after-treatment system can be eliminated in favor of a 3-way catalytic converter allowing a substantial cost reduction and improvement in NOx reduction efficiency. DEF/AdBlue/urea is no longer required and system reliability is improved.

    The value added by being able to change fuels is tremendous because a very high efficiency combustion process can now be paired with use of 100 pct renewable, clean fuels providing a combination that surpasses all other alternatives in terms of CO2 mitigation, reduced criteria emissions and lower costs.

    ClearFlame Engine Technologies recognizes the importance of developing renewably-fueled combustion-based alternatives that complement electrification enabling sustainability in applications where liquid fuels will remain necessary.

    "Technologies that integrate globally deployed, decarbonized fuels with high-efficiency combustion can be implemented faster and at lower cost than even current diesel technology, providing the immediate scalability needed for rapid carbon mitigation. Such solutions can support electrification by providing low-cost range extension power to otherwise electrified drivetrains (e.g. in a series hybrid configuration), relieving the need for complete charging/H2 infrastructure buildout before scalability can be achieved." (Source: Subscriber profile submitted by ClearFlame Engine Technologies, Oct.,2020) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, John Howell, Bus. Dev., 508-404-9398, JohnH@clearflameengines.com, www.clearflameengines.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  Alternative Fuel,  


    Colorado Cement Plant CCS R&D Funded (R&D, Funding)
    LafargeHolcim
    Date: 2020-10-21
    Swiss cement and building materials giant LafargeHolcim reports receipt of $1.5 million in US DOE grant funding to research and develop a system to capture and sequester CO2 emissions on a commercial scale at its cement plant in Florence, Colorado.

    When completed in 2024, the facility will be the first in the U.S. to use carbon-capture technology on a commercial scale. As previously reported, LafargeHolcim worked with carbon capture technology provider Svante to build a pilot carbon-capture unit at a plant in British Columbia, Canada.

    The cement sector is widely reported as the the world's third-largest industrial energy consumer and is the second-largest industrial emitter of carbon dioxide, accounting for 7 pct of the global emissions, according to the International Energy Agency. (Source: LafargeHolcim, PR, Denver Post, 20 Oct., 2020) Contact: LafargeHolcim Ltd, Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Stephanie Sulcer, Communications, 847 716 0368, stephanie.sulcer@lafargeholcim.com, www.lafargeholcim.com

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


    JERA Updates Zero CO2 Emissions Roadmap Plan (Int'l. Report)
    JERA
    Date: 2020-10-16
    In Tokyo, Japan's largest power generation utility JERA Co. Inc. reports it will close all of its "inefficient" coal power plants by 2030, as part of a roadmap to reach zero CO2 emissions by 2050. To that end, JERA plans to: cut carbon emission intensity of its thermal power plants by 20 pct; develop renewable energy resources such as offshore wind; gradually increase the ratio of mixed combustion of fossil fuels, ammonia and hydrogen at its power plants; and improve efficiencies.

    Eighty pct of Japan's electricity presently comes from thermal power generation, which accounts for 40 pct of the country's total carbon emissions. (Source: JERA, PR 15 Oct., 2020)Contact: JERA, www.jera.co.jp/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JERA,  Carbon Emissions,  


    REGI Breaks Ground on Wind Turbine in Albert Lea (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2020-10-12
    Ames, Iowa-based biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) reports it has broken ground on a singe wind turbine installation at its biorefinery in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

    The project will be constructed and operated by Minnesota-based Juhl Energy and will save roughly 68,000 tons of CO2 emissions over the first 10 years of operation. ((Source: REGI, PR, Website, 9 Oct. 2020) Contact: REGI, 515-239-8000, www.regi.com; Juhl Energy, www.juhlenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  Wind,  Juhl Energy,  


    DNV GL Collaborating on CCS Tech. Commercialization (Int'l.)
    DNV GL,Technology Centre Mongstad
    Date: 2020-10-09
    in Oslo, Norwegian risk and verification consultancy DNV GL has forged a collaboration with the Sintef research institute and Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) to accelerate development, upscaling and commercialization of technologies for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects worldwide.

    CCUS is expected to contribute to a reduction of more than 2 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions by mid-century but scaling of such technology is seen as critical to achieving national and international targets for emissions cuts in line with the Paris Climate Agreement's goals.

    However, scaling of technology for carbon capture is currently not expected to start before 2030 and will not achieve a significant level until 2040 without government incentives and cost-reduction initiatives by the energy industry, according to DNV GL.

    The three collaborating parties provided input to Norway's proposed Longship CCUS project that will entail a full-scale chain for carbon capture, backed by state funding of up to $1.8 billion. The project incorporates innovative elements including capture of CO2 emissions from the cement industry, transport of CO2 by ship, and temporary storage of CO2 prior to pipeline transportation and storage, according to DNV GL. (Source: DNV GL, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: DNV GL, www.dnvgl.com; SINTEF, www.sintef.no; Technology Centre Mongstad, www.tcmda.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DNV GL,  CCS,  CCUS,  CO2 Emissions,  Sintef,  Technology Centre Mongstad,  


    ClearFlame Engine Technologies (New Subscriber Profile)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2020-10-09
    "There is a great need in heavy-duty applications (e.g. long-haul trucking, construction, agriculture, marine and back-up power generation) for technologies that provide diesel-like performance but which are decoupled from the dirty emissions of diesel fuel. ClearFlame's mission is to break the bond between diesel engines and their fuel to create the fastest path to a sustainable future, equitably distributed to all the places that might be initially under-served by alternative solutions.. Electrification is important, but it requires extensive infrastructure expansion. This is expensive and will take decades, and until that expansion is complete, little benefit is achieved in reducing climate change or improving air quality in the front-line communities that are harmed most by pollution. We cannot wait that long. Further, developing economies and marginalized locations may not be able to afford electric equipment and its required infrastructure, and will therefore be forced to continue using aged diesel assets that compromise air quality.

    "We believe the solution is our technology allows climate-friendly, renewable, decarbonized fuels to be used at the highest possible efficiency. Our technology can be adopted quickly. It uses existing liquid refueling infrastructure, and operators get the performance they expect while also relying on the existing base of engine technicians for service. Our solution provides "near-zero" emissions that are an order of magnitude better than even the cleanest diesel-fueled engines and is the fastest way for reducing CO2 emissions from heavy-duty engines.

    "Low carbon, renewable fuels are generally characterized as low in reactivity as measured by cetane number. These alternative fuels have historically required use of spark-ignited engines which have lower efficiency and are bore-size limited compared to compression ignition (Diesel) engines. These fuels were thought to be incompatible with compression ignition engines which traditionally require easily ignitable fuels. ClearFlame uses a high-temperature combustion system that overcomes cetane limitations. We are using insulation strategies and calibration changes like reduced charge air cooling and increased EGR to increase combustion temperatures just enough so that lower cetane fuels like alcohols will ignite reliably with short ignition delays. There is no fuel blending, no spark plugs and no petroleum. The ClearFlame combustion process leverages the no/low soot characteristics of alternative bio or e-fuels and produces engine-out exhaust with ultra-low PM levels that does not require a DPF. Further, because the engine is no longer smoke-limited, the air-fuel ratio is changed from lean to stoichiometric using "clean" EGR for dilution at lower loads, improving volumetric efficiency/power density, and leaving an exhaust stream suitable for 3-way catalysis. The SCR after-treatment system can be eliminated in favor of a 3-way catalytic converter allowing a substantial cost reduction and improvement in NOx reduction efficiency. DEF/AdBlue/urea is no longer required and system reliability is improved. The value added by being able to change fuels is tremendous because a very high efficiency combustion process can now be paired with use of 100 pct renewable, clean fuels providing a combination that surpasses all other alternatives in terms of CO2 mitigation, reduced criteria emissions and lower costs.

    ClearFlame Engine Technologies recognizes the importance of developing renewably-fueled combustion-based alternatives that complement electrification enabling sustainability in applications where liquid fuels will remain necessary.

    "Technologies that integrate globally deployed, decarbonized fuels with high-efficiency combustion can be implemented faster and at lower cost than even current diesel technology, providing the immediate scalability needed for rapid carbon mitigation. Such solutions can support electrification by providing low-cost range extension power to otherwise electrified drivetrains (e.g. in a series hybrid configuration), relieving the need for complete charging/H2 infrastructure buildout before scalability can be achieved." (Source: Subscriber profile submitted by ClearFlame Engine Technologies, Oct.,2020) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, John Howell, Bus. Dev., 508-404-9398, JohnH@clearflameengines.com, www.clearflameengines.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  


    Axpo, CGN Ink Belgian Wind Farm PPA (Int'l. Report)
    Axpo Holdings
    Date: 2020-10-09
    Axpo Holdings AG, Switzerland's largest renewable energy producer and marketer, is reporting a PPA with the French electric utility CGN Europe Energy (CGN) for 100 pct of a 82MW, 11-turbine onshore wind project in Estinnes, Belgium.

    "Axpo operates over 100 power plants. Our climate-friendly Swiss electricity mix consists of hydropower, biomass and nuclear energy and features very low CO2 emissions. As the largest producer of hydropower, and thanks to our investments in biomass and fermentation plants as well as small hydropower plants, we are the largest producer of renewable energies in Switzerland. Axpo supplies its customers with up to 3200 MW of capacity via a 2200-kilometre distribution network (110, 50 and 16 kilovolts)," according to the company website. (Source: Axpo Holdings AG, Website PR, 8 October 2020) Contact: CGN Europe Energy, www.cgnee.com; Axpo Holdings AG, +41 56 200 31 11, info@axpo.com, www.axpo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Axpo Holdings ,  Wind,  


    KPMG Touts Blockchain CO2 Emissions Offset Solution (Ind. Report)
    KPGM
    Date: 2020-10-09
    New York-headquartered global professional services firm KPMG is touting a new patent-pending blockchain solution intended to help organizations track, measure, report and offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to the company release, its Climate Accounting Infrastructure (CAI) platform is intended to complement an organization's existing systems including IoT sensors with outside data sources to set up an indelible record of emissions on a blockchain. (Source: KPGM, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: KPMG, Arun Ghosh, KPMG U.S. Blockchain Leader, www.home.kpmg/xx/en/home.html

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


    ExxonMobil's Marine Biofuel Cuts CO2 Emissions 40 pct (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2020-10-07
    As previously reported in Sept., ExxonMobil's sea trial of "drop in" marine biofuel oil with Stena Bulk delivered a 40 pct reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the use of conventional high-sulphur bunker fuel. The trial included evaluation of onboard storage, handling, and treatment and the fuel was consumed in engines and other machinery onboard.

    The marine biofuel is a 0.5 pct sulphur residual-based fuel or very low sulphur fuel oil processed with a second generation waste-based FAME component. The marine biofuel will initially be available in Rotterdam ahead of wider launch across the oil major's port network, according to a release. (Source: ExxonMobil, Seatrade News, sept., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Marine Biofuel,  Maritime Biofuel,  CO2 Emissions,  


    Michelin Wins LEED Green Building Certification (Ind. Report)
    Michelin, US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-10-07
    Greenville, South Carolina-based tire manufacturing giant Michelin North America, Inc. reports its southeast distribution center in Woodruff, S.C. has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficient materials, zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells solution to power its material handling lift trucks, and other energy efficiency features.

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Association (EIA) buildings account for roughly 40 pct of national CO2 emissions. LEED-certified buildings have 34 pct lower CO2 emissions, consume 25 pct less energy and 11 pct less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills, according to the USGBC. (Source: Michelin North America, Inc., PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Michelin North America, www.michelinman.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Michelin,  LEED Gold,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Repsol's Delta Wind Project Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Repsol
    Date: 2020-10-07
    Madrid-based Repsol is reporting its €300 million Delta wind project in the Aragon region of Spain is now grid connected and producing power.

    The Delta project is comprised of eight wind farms with a total of 89 wind turbines and 335 MW of installed capacity in the Zaragoza and Teruel provinces. The project is expected to initially operate on a trial basis and to enter into commercial operation at the end of the year when it will produce 992 GWh of clean energy per year, the equivalent of the average annual consumption of 300,000 households, and avoid 1 million tpy of CO2 emissions.

    The Delta wind farms is one of seven Repsol renewables projects on the Iberian Peninsula in different phases of development, adding up to a total capacity of 2,300 MW. This, together with its current 2,952 MW of total installed capacity, consolidates Repsol as a leading player in the generation of low emissions electricity in the Iberian Peninsula, according to the company release. (Source: Repsol, PR, 1 Oct., 2020) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100 / 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Wind,  Spain Wind,  


    Wartsila Aims to Cut Maritime CO2, SOX, NOX Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2020-09-30
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila Group reports its EU-funded three-year collaborative SeaTech project could produce significant reductions in maritime shipping industry fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and deliver a 400 pct return on investment.

    The SeaTech project aims is to research, develop, and integrate technologies that will deliver a 30 pct reduction in fuel consumption, a 46 pct reduction in CO2 emissions, a 94 pct reduction in particulate matter emissions, and a 99 pct reduction in Sox and NOx emissions, according to the release.

    The project aims to harness fuel-efficient propulsion methods through Wartsila's existing symbiotic ship engine and propulsion technologies -- a bio-mimetic dynamic wing mounted at the bow of the vessel to allow for wave energy augmented propulsion when the vessel navigates moderate and heavy sea conditions. (Source: Wartsila, Website PR, Marine Bunker, Sept., 2020) Contact: Wartsila, +358 10 709 0000, Fax -- +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  CO2,  SOX,  NOX,  Marine Emissions,  


    CEMEX Targets 55 pct CO2 Reduction by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    CEMEX
    Date: 2020-09-25
    Monterray, Mexico-based global cement maker and building materials supplier CEMEX reports it is targeting a minimum 55 pct CO2 emissions reduction in its European operations by 2030 and expects to achieve a 35 pct reduction in carbon emissions from cementitious materials by the end of this year, a decade ahead of CEMEX's 2030 global commitment as outlined in its previously released Climate Action strategy.

    To that end, CEMEX has driven the conversion away from fossil fuels to alternative fuel sources in its factories, with substitution rates now at 60 pct -- significantly higher than the European average of around 40 pct. The company also introduced its Vertua® carbon-neutral concrete in the UK and France and will gradually make it available its other markets. (Source: CEMEX, Website PR, 24 Sept., 2020) Contact: CEMEX, Fernando A. Gonzalez, CEO, Jorge Perez , +52 (81) 8888-4334,jorgeluis.perez@cemex.com, www.cemex.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CEMEX,  Cement,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Japanese Firms Plan Indonesian CO2 Storage Demo Project (Int'l.)
    J-Power,Pertamina
    Date: 2020-09-23
    In Tokyo, Electric Power Development Co. Ltd (J-Power) and consulting company Japan NUS Co. are reporting a planned 4-year under-ground carbon dioxide storage demonstration project at the Gundih gas field in Central Java Province, Indonesia. The project is in cooperation with the Indonesian government and state-owned oil company PT Pertamina and is expected to cost several billion yen (¥1 billion = $9.56 million +-).

    The project will "provide an opportunity for domestic companies to promote their high-level technology" for reducing CO2 emissions. About 300,000 tpy of CO2 are generated in the process of gas purification at the Gundih field, according to J-Power.

    Japan has targeted a 26 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by fiscal 2030 from fiscal 2013 levels and Indonesia is aiming for a 29 pct reduction from the business-as-usual level. (Source: J-Power, Mainichi Daily, 21 Sept., 2020) Contact: J-Power, + 03-3546-2211, +03-3546-9532 -- fax, www.jpower.co.jp/english; Japan NUS Co.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pertamina,  CO2,  CCS,  J-Power,  


    INEOS, ENGIE Announce 84-MW Wind Energy PPA (Int'l. Report)
    INEOS,ENGIE
    Date: 2020-09-23
    Specialty chemicals producer INEOS is reporting the largest ever wind energy PPA for heavy industry in Belgium. The 10-year agreement with energy producer ENGIE for the purchase of renewable electricity will avoid 1,150,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and give a significant boost to the further development of capital-intensive offshore wind market.

    Renewable energy will be supplied to INEOS from the Norther offshore wind farm in the North Sea beginning 1st January 2021. The long-term 84 MW commitment will initially be used by existing INEOS production sites and later by the chemicals complex Project ONE for the production of ethylene and propylene in Antwerp. (Source: INOES, PR, 22 September 2020) Contact: INEOS Propject ONE, Richard Longden +41 21 627 7063 or +41 7996 26123, John McNally, CEO , www.project-one.ineos.com/en; ENGIE, www.engie-fabricom.com/en

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    Cement Maker Targets 15 pct Emissions Cut by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    LafargeHolcim
    Date: 2020-09-23
    The world's largest cement maker LafargeHolcim Ltd reports it is stepping up efforts to cut CO2 emissions 15 pct by 2030 on its way net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    To that end the company plans to increase the use of low-carbon alternatives in cement mixtures and plans to operate its first net-zero cement plant by the end of the decade. The company presently operates five pilot plants that could potentially meet that goal by 2030.

    Swiss-based LafargeHolcim's targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative which requires companies to set shorter-term goals on the way to reaching net-zero. (Source: LafargeHilcim Ltd., PR, BNN, Sept., 2020) Contact: LafargeHolcim Ltd, Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Stephanie Sulcer, Communications, 847 716 0368, stephanie.sulcer@lafargeholcim.com, www.lafargeholcim.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LafargeHolcim,  Low-Carbon Cement,  Cement,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Parliamentarians Seek Maritime Emission Controls (Int'l. Report)
    Eueopean Union, IMO
    Date: 2020-09-18
    In Brussels, the European Parliament reports it has voted for the inclusion of CO2 emissions from maritime shipping in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and will begin negotiations with the 27-member trading bloc states on concrete legislation. Maritime transport is the only sector in which the EU has no specific obligations to reduce CO2 emissions.

    The European Commission (EC) proposed that reporting obligations by the EU and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) should be aligned. While MEBs agree, they noted that the IMO has made insufficient progress in reaching a global agreement on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Parliamentarians have therefore asked the Commission to examine the environmental integrity of the measures decided by the IMO as well as the targets set under the Paris Agreement.

    Although the Parliament demands that ships of 5000 gross registered tons or more should be included in the ETS, many parliamentarians still feel that this is not enough and are calling for shipping companies to reduce their annual average CO2 emissions per transport service for all their ships by at least 40 pct by 2030. (Source: EP, elecdrive, 17 Sept., 2020)Contact: International Maritime Organization (IMO), Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  EUETS,  


    CNOOC Offshore Wind Generates First Power (Int'l. Report)
    CNOOC Limited
    Date: 2020-09-16
    Hong Kong-headquartered CNOOC Limited is reporting its offshore wind power project Jiangsu Province is online and generating its first power.

    When fully operational and grid connected before the year end, the 300 MW project will incorporate 67 wind turbines and reduce CO2 emissions by 571,000 tpy compared with conventional coal-fired thermal power plants with the same generating capacity. (Source: CNOOC, Website PR, 15 Sept., 2020) Contact: CNOOC Ltd, www.cnoocltd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CNOOC ,  China Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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