Since deploying Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Ctorage (BECCS) at its Yorkshire, Teeside power station, DRAX is set to go even further -- generating the negative emissions needed to meet the UK's net-zero climate target.
DRAX presently generates 12 pct of the UK's renewable electricity -- sufficient power for 5 million or more homes while supporting the deployment of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar. (Source: DRAX, Website PR, 9 Sept., 2021) DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com
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The biogas will be used for two functions: 460 scfm of treated biogas will fuel an INNIO engine to generate renewable electricity and heat to support the local operations and; over 1,500 scfm of raw biogas will be cleaned and injected into the national gas grid where it will be marketed into the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard program and capture D3 renewable identification numbers (RINs). The installation will also enable the avoidance of 150,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.
(Source: Clarke Energy Inc. USA, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: BioTown AG, Chad Hoerr, GM, (219) 984-5915, www.biotownag.com;
Clarke Energy, James Clarke, CEO, 262 565 5020,
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The companies plan to help address industrial CO2 emissions in one of the largest concentrated sources in the United States. Collectively, the 11 companies are considering using CCS technology at facilities that generate electricity and manufacture products that society uses every day, such as plastics, motor fuels and packaging.
If CCS technology is fully implemented at the Houston-area facilities these 11 companies operate, nearly 75 million metric tons of CO2 could be captured and stored per year by 2040. There are ongoing discussions with other companies that have industrial operations in the area to add even more CO2 capture capacity. They could announce their support at a later date and add further momentum toward the city of Houston's ambitions to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Wide-scale deployment of CCS in the Houston area will require the collective support of industry, communities and government. If appropriate policies and regulations are put in place, CCS could generate tens of thousands of new jobs, protect current jobs and reduce emissions at a lower cost to society than many other widely available technologies. The 11 companies will continue to advocate for policies that enable the long-term commercial viability of new, expanded and existing CCS investments in Texas. (Source: Houston CCS, PR, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: Houston CCS, Scott Castleman, (304)-421-2057, email@example.com, www. houstonccs.com
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The Geoprime® replaces raw materials used in the concrete production process, which can lead to up to 80 pct lower CO2 emissions for the raw materials compared to traditional, cement-based concrete production. Raw materials can account for the vast majority of emissions from a traditional concrete product at the manufacturing stage. The resulting Geoprime concrete materials offer superior performance and conform to EU standards, according to the release. (Source: Betolar Ltd., PR, Website, 15 Sep[., 2021) Contact: Betolar Ltd., Matti Lopponen, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, www.betolar.com
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Solugen aims to decarbonize the chemicals industry through its patented Bioforge processes, which gets bio-based feedstocks to produce chemicals and drastically reduce or eliminate emissions. The new funds will be used to boost the development of its Bioforge technology platform and expand the expand the company's product portfolio.
According to IEA, the chemical industry accounted for 880 million tonnes of CO2 in 2018, the third-largest source of global CO2 emissions.
(Source: Solugen, PR, Grit Daily, 12 Sept., 2021)
Contact: Solugen, Dr. Gaurab Chakrabarti, CEO, 713-380-2134, www.solugen.bio
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Twelve's carbon technology converts CO2 into materials that are traditionally made from fossil fuels and helps eliminate carbon emissions with its CO2Made® carbon negative chemicals and materials, as well as carbon neutral fuels.
The two firms have received $200,000 in grant funding from Impact Squared, a $1.1 million catalytic platform fund designed and launched by UK Barclays Bank and Unreasonable.
LanzaTech's carbon recycling Pollution To Products™ technology uses nature-based solutions to produce ethanol and other materials from waste carbon sources.
Twelve describes itself as a "new kind" of chemical company built for the climate era. The company's technology eliminates emissions by transforming CO2 into critical chemicals, materials and fuels, according to the release. (Source: LanzaTech, Website, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Twelve, www.twelve.co; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanzatech.com
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Pennsylvania currently has the fifth-highest emitting energy sector in the nation. Under RGGI, the state's CO2 emissions would be reduced by 31 pct compared to 2019 levels. The final form regulation will cap emissions at 78 million tons in 2022 and would be gradually lowered to 58 million tons in 2030.
RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. (Source: Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission, PR, City & State Pennsylvania, Sept., 2021) Contact:
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The upgrading to E10 is inline with a renewed push towards lowering carbon emissions through the massive transportation decarbonization plan (TDP) aimed at phasing out polluting vehicles. The plan also bans the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles starting in 2030, followed by a ban on hybrids in 2035 and petrol and diesel heavy trucks in 2040.
According to the London-headquartered UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) "The average UK biofuel CO2 emissions savings in 2019 were over 80 pct under the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation meaning that increasing the renewable fuel content of petrol will reduce overall CO2 emissions. It is also worth noting that renewable fuels added to UK petrol and diesel must meet the government's sustainability criteria." (Source: UK Petroleum Industry Association, The Express, Aug., 2021) Contact: UK Petroleum Industry Association, +44 20 7269 7600, www.ukpia.com
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builds carbon plants that enable CO2 emissions reduction, avoidance and removal and
creates high quality permanent carbon offsets. the company
recently raised $14.6 million from the Australian Federal government to help fund construction of a demonstration plant near Newcastle.
(Source: Itochu Corporation, Financial Review, 25 Aug., 2021) Contact: Mineral Carbonation International, Marcus Dawe, CEO, email@example.com, www.mineralcarbonation.com; Itochu Corporation, www.itochu.co.jp
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The new renewable fuel -- "Excellium Racing 100" -- will be produced on "bioethanol basis" from French industry wine residues and ETBE produced at TotalEnergies' Feyzin refinery near Lyon (France). This fuel should cut race car CO2 emissions by 65 pct or more, according to the release.
"Excellium Racing 100" will have all the required qualities for a racing fuel and will meet automakers' requirements, as well as the latest FIA criteria for sustainable fuels, by leveraging the expertise of TotalEnergies Additives and Fuels Solutions, according to the release. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: TotalEnergies , Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.totalenergies.com
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The ADSG’s goals include capability building, knowledge sharing and advocacy for issues such as energy efficiency, sustainability reporting and the circular economy.
As previously reported, Schneider Electric launched its sustainability consultancy in the Gulf with services tailored to the identification of energy efficiency savings, carbon offset programs, offsite renewable energy sourcing, electric mobility advising, and supply chain and logistics optimization. The company has committed itself to delivering 800 million tons of saved and avoided CO2 emissions to customers throughout the world, including Abu Dhabi and the UAE, by 2025. (Source: Schneider Electrdi, PR, 22 Aug., 2021)
Contact: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group, Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, www.adsg.ae
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Schneider and the ADSG will share knowledge on the latest research and solutions on carbon emissions reduction, energy efficiency and renewable energy and promote "a greener future for the UAE's capital."
The ADSG's goals include capability building, knowledge sharing and advocacy for issues such as energy efficiency, sustainability reporting and the circular economy.
As previously reported, Schneider Electric's sustainability consultancy in the Gulf offers services tailored to the identification of energy efficiency savings, carbon offset programs, offsite renewable energy sourcing, electric mobility advising and supply chain and logistics optimization. The company has committed itself to delivering 800 million tons of saved and avoided CO2 emissions to customers worldwide, including Abu Dhabi and the UAE, by 2025. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 22 Aug., 2021)
Contact: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group, Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, www.adsg.ae; Schneider Electric, Vicki True, 774-613-1158, email@example.com, www.se.com, twitter.com/SchneiderElec
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REintegrate's new decentralized production technology offers green e-methanol identical to fossil methanol, from renewable energy sources and CO2 from bio-waste. E-methanol provides a convenient transition to environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals with an ultra-high greenhouse gas reduction and a competitive rice to similar products such as green bio-products.REintegrate's process facilitates the re-cycle of CO2 emissions and the by-products (oxygen and heat) can be used in the industrial sector and for district heating, according to the company website.
With about 90 per cent of world trade transported by sea, global shipping accounts for nearly three per cent of the world's CO2 emissions. Maersk aims to have a carbon-neutral fleet by 2030 to meet its target of net-zero emissions by 2050, according to the release. (Source: A.P. Moller-Maersk, GFM News, 18 Aug., 2021)
Contact: A.P. Moller-Maersk, Morten Bo Christiansen, Hesd of Decarbonization, www.maersk.com;
Reintegrate, +45 6168 6212, www.reintegrate.dk
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Each carbon credit purchased will offset one metric ton of CO2 emissions through direct investment in a selection of carbon offset projects that meet the requirements of either the United Nations or the Gold Standard.
Avfuel calculates carbon credits based on an industry-standardized formula, measured in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the ISO 14064 Standard, and utilizes CO2 emission coefficients as assigned by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Source: JSSI, PR, Aviation Pros, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.avfuel.com;
JSSI, Neil Book, CEO , www.jetsupport.com
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The pipeline is part of the Aemetis Biogas Central Dairy Digester Project which is developing a network of lagoon digesters connected via a biogas pipeline to produce renewable natural gas (RNG).
The pipeline will transport the renewable biogas from the dairies to the Aemetis biogas upgrading facility at the Aemetis ethanol production plant in Keyes, California, where the biogas will be transformed into commercial-grade RNG for use as a carbon-negative “drop in” transportation fuel.
The planned 52 dairies in the Aemetis biogas project are expected to capture more than 1.4 million MMBtu of dairy methane and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to an estimated 5.2 million metric tonnes of CO2 each year. The captured methane will be transformed to carbon-negative transportation fuel to displace petroleum-based diesel throughout the State of California. The 5.2 million metric tonnes of annual CO2 emissions reduction from the Aemetis Biogas project is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to removing 1.1 million cars from the road.
Aemetis Carbon Zero products include zero carbon fuels that can “drop in” to be used in airplane, truck, and ship fleets. Aemetis low-carbon fuels have substantially reduced carbon intensity compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their lifecycle. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, Phone: (408) 213-0940,
Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com
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The study researchers found it took about half as much energy to produce jet fuel from pennycress as it did to produce jet fuel from canola or sunflowers, two other potential bio-jet fuel crops. Pennycress oil production used about a third as much energy as soybean oil production and the energy needed for turning pennycress into jet fuel was about the same as that used to produce fuel from the flowering plant camelina, another biofuel crop.
(Source: Ohio State Univ. News, 2 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ohio State University - Wooster,
Ajay Shah, Associate Professor of Food, Ggricultural and Biological Engineering, 330-263-3858, email@example.com, www.bsal.osu.edu
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Summit Carbon Solutions has partnered with 31 biorefineries across the U.S. Midwest to capture and permanently sequester their CO2 emissions and reducing the carbon footprint of ethanol produced at these facilities by approximately 50 pct, which will greatly accelerate their ability to produce a net zero or even carbon negative fuel, according to the release.
(Source: Summit Carbon Solutions , PR 28 July, 2021) Contact: Summit Carbon Solutions , Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, www.summitcarbonsolutions.com; John Deere, Cory Reed, President, Ag & Turf Div., www.deere.com
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The new facility, which is expected to come online in 2024, will capture over 95 pct of the produced CO2, which will then be stored underground. Hydrogen-fueled electricity will power the plant and offset the remaining 5 pct of emissions at the site. The complex will also produce liquid hydrogen for merchant sales and use as a clean transportation fuel.
The Edmonton hydrogen complex is part of Air Products' aim to produce over 1,500 tpd of hydrogen and capture more than 3 million tpy of CO2 in Alberta alone. Canada's clean energy diversification strategy has tagged hydrogen as a key enabler for Canada to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, the release notes.
(Source: Topsoe, PR, Website, 22 July, 2021)
Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Amy Hebert, CCO, Ulrik Frohlke, Media , +45 27 77 99 68, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.topsoe.com;
Air Products, Robert Tikovsky, VP Process Gases, www.airproducts.ca
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The facility will use the steam methane reforming method to break natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide which will be captured and stored permanently. Notably, hydrogen is considered clean when produced from natural gas.
The facility, which is expected to become a major supplier of alternative fuels for the marine shipping industry, fits with the Norwegian government's strategy to develop hydrogen and create long-term value from the country's energy resources.
"Hydrogen will play a vital role to accelerate decarbonisation. It has the potential to close as much as 50 percent of the gap in CO2 emissions required to achieve the 2-degree scenario, by replacing fossil feed-stock and fuel through clean hydrogen and ammonia production and thus reducing the carbon footprint of industrial companies and in the shipping sector", according to the Aker Clean Hysdrogen website.
Shell aims to become a net-zero emission business by 2050. (Source: Aker Clean Hydeogen, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell,
Aker Clean Hydrogen, email@example.com,www.akercleanhydrogen.com
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To complement the substantial spending on climate in the EU budget, Member States should spend the entirety of their emissions trading revenues on climate and energy-related projects. A dedicated part of the revenues from the new system for road transport and buildings should address the possible social impact on vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.
European Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en. (Source: EC, PR, 14 July, 2021)
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B&W is part of NREL's "Duration Addition to electricitY Storage" (DAYS) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) team, which is developing an innovative electric particle heater, pressurized fluidized-bed heat exchanger, a long-term thermal energy storage system that stores energy up to 100 hours, and other technologies to allow power producers to store solar or wind energy to generate grid-scale power..
"B&W's fluidized-bed heat exchanger will be able to generate up to 135 MW of power for up to 100 hours from stored clean thermal energy with zero CO2 emissions. By facilitating long-term storage of zero-carbon, renewable energy, this technology enables power producers to deliver power to the grid 24-hours a day, including during periods of peak demand, or when solar or wind are not optimal conditions," according to the B&W release.
B&W and NREL are also in discussions to develop a prototype heat exchanger that can be scaled-up for a pilot demonstration as part of NREL's Economic Long-Duration Electricity Storage Using Low-Cost Thermal Energy Storage and a High-Efficiency Power Cycle (ENDURING) project.
(Source: Babcock & Wilcox, PR, 12 July, 2021)
Contact: Babcock & Wilcox, Ken Young, CEO, www.babcock.com; NREL, (303) 275-4051,www.nrel.gov
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While the year-to-year increase of 1.8 ppm in the May CO2 peak was slightly less than previous years, CO2 measurements for the first five months of 2021 showed a 2.3 ppm increase over the same five months of 2020, close to the average annual increase from 2010 to 2019.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Covid-induced lock downs in 2020 led to a 5.8 pct decline in global energy-related CO2 emissions, the largest annual percentage decline since World War II. However, with the opening up of lock downs and pandemic-induced restrictions loosened, global CO2 emissions started climbing again. The IEA notes CO2 emissions will see a rise of 1.5 billion tonnes -- the second-largest annual increase ever -- in 2021. (Source: NOAA, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, June., 2021) Contact: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 858-534-3624, www.scripps.ucsd.edu; NOAA, www.noaa.gov
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The €1 million project will incorporate more than 2,000 PV panels with an installed capacity of 1 MWp and will cut roughly 595 tpy of CO2 emissions, according to the release. (Source: Enel X Romania, PR, Romania-Insider, 29 June, 2021)
Contact: Enel X Romania, www.enelx.com/ro/ro
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The long-awaited national carbon market will put a price on carbon and set emission permits and quotas for energy-intensive industries, will initially cover more than 2,200 companies in China's power sector. When finally online, China's market will overtake the EU ETS to become the world's largest, covering 12 pct of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange.
The release noted, the biggest barrier for launching a national market lies in the establishment of a multi-dimensional and flexible trading mechanism "It is very difficult to set a unified cap on carbon emissions because CO2 emissions vary in different regions, as does demand for electricity. Some provinces' energy consumption tilts to hydropower, while others rely on coal and accordingly standards for carbon emissions set at the beginning might be relatively moderate and prudent to reduce the impact on the overall economy," according to the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange.
Although China's total energy consumption is expected to be controlled within 6 billion tons of standard coal equivalent by 2030, government anticipates "moderate" carbon emissions growth, and the country's energy consumption from 2020 to 2030 should peak at 800 million tons of standard coal equivalent.
(Source: China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, China National Development and Reform Commission, Global Times, 28 June, 2021) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,
China Center for Energy Economics Research, Xiamen University, www.energyxmu.edu.cn
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The 7 pct biofuel blend reduces CO2 emissions by roughly 5 pct and is compliant with the International Standard Organisation's requirement for marine fuels and requires no substantial engine modifications, the release noted.
According to Anglo American CEO Peter Whitcutt, "The success of this trial marks an important step forward in establishing biofuel as a viable option, aligned with circular economic principles. These efforts also reinforce our commitment as an organisation to reduce emissions across the entire value chain, as we work towards carbon neutrality across our operations by 2040." (Source: Anglo American, Website PR, 28 June, 2021)
Contact: Anglo American, Peter Whitcutt, CEO , www.angloamerican.com; Alpha Biofuels, +65 6264 6696, www.alphabiofuels.sg; Toyota Tsusho Petroleum, www.toyota-tsusho-petroleum.com
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When operational in 2022, the facility will avoid more than 400,000 metric tpy of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to removing more than 95,000 vehicles from the road or equal to the carbon sequestered by almost 450,000 trees annually.
ACCIONA also owns and operates three wind farms, totaling more than 400MW of capacity, in Texas. Nationwide, the company operates over 1GWW of wind energy well as the 64MW Nevada Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) facility and plans to add more than 1.2GW MW of solar photovoltaic energy in the U.S. by the end of 2023.
(Source: ACCIONA, Website PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: ACCIONA, Joaquin Castillo, CEO-US, www.acciona.com
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The Borg CO2 project aims to capture and store up to 90 pct of the CO2 emissions from the Port of Borg and industrial facilities in the cities of Fredrikstad, Sarpborg and Halden which combined emit approximately 700,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. The captured CO2 will be liquified, shipped and eventually stored beneath the North Sea.
Borg CO2 and its partners have completed a first feasibility study and are proceeding with an extended feasibility study (pre-FEED) to be completed by the end of 2021 which Baker Hughes will support with its portfolio of carbon capture technologies and engineering services for the study and development of the hub. In addition, Baker Hughes and Borg CO2 will jointly evaluate the optimal structure for implementation of the carbon capture plants and pursue grant and incentive opportunities both in Norway and at the EU level. (Source: BakerHughes, Website PR, 22 June, 2021)
Contact: BakerHughes, www.bakerhughes.com; Borg CO2 AS, Jon Hermansen, +47 948 13 171, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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The project is the first ever landfill gas injection project to be financed by a long-term power purchase agreement in Europe. The facility, which will avoid 17,000 tpy of CO2 by substituting renewable natural gas (RNG) for natural gas, is expected to be commissioned in 2022.
As previously reported in April, , Waga Energy contracted with Brome-Missiquoi Intermunicipal Waste Management Board (RIGMRBM) in Quebec to construct a WAGABOX® purification unit at Cowansville landfill to produce biomethane (RNG). The project is the company's second contract in Canada and is expected to commissioned early in 2023.
Waga Energy will finance the construction of the unit and the connection of the installation to the gas network, operate and maintain the unit as well as purchase the RNG produced on-site for 20 years then sell the gas to a Canadian energy company. Cowansville landfill treats 75,000 tpy of waste from which the WAGABOX unit will produce 30 GWh of biomethane per year and supply 1,750 Quebec households with RNG, and avoid 5,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.
Waga Energy presently operates 10 WAGABOX units in France, representing a production capacity of 225 GWh per year of biomethane and has 6 units under construction.
(Source: Waga Energy, PR, Website, June, 2021) Contact: Waga Energy, Mathieu Lefebrve, CEO, www.waga-energy.com
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To that end, the governor noted the potential of, and opportunities offered by carbon capture and storage (CCS) for the state's oil and gas sector and the importance of related research work being carried out by the University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC). The Governor also noted the state is working on water recycling in oilfields, using carbon dioxide (CO2) in enhanced oil recovery, reducing CO2 emissions, reducing natural gas flaring, and other efforts to reduce emissions and address the climate change crisis. (Source: Office of Gov. Douglas Burgum, UNDEERC Website, 20 May, 2021)
Contact: Office of Gov. Douglas Burgum, (701) 328-2200. Fax: (701) 328-2205,
www.governor.nd.gov; UNDEERC, Niki Massmann, Communications, 701.777.5000,
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Using CPE's advanced energy storage technology, facilities can save on energy costs with zero capital construction cost. CPE's patented solution uses the thermal mass within a building's envelope and interior mass as energy storage to take advantage of cooler night time temperatures and air conditioning efficiency to store electricity.
Ozop Energy Systems manufactures and distributes renewable energy products in the energy storage, solar, microgrids, and EV charging sectors.
(Source: Ozop Energy, PR, 15 June, 2021)
Contact: Ozop Energy Solutions, Brian Conway, CEO, ww.ozopenergy.com; Clean Peak Energy Group LLC, Ed Levene, CEO, 203-614-1485 , www.cleanpeakenergy.us
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"We're going to look to the ocean to continue to help reduce pollution." -- U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry, Apr., 2021
"We can decarbonize the sector by using zero-carbon fuels like hydrogen and ammonia, instead of dirty fuel oil, to power transoceanic vessels, but the shipping industry has been slow to make to the switch." -- John Lewis, Clean Air Task Force
In April, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry announced the U.S. will join an international effort to achieve zero emissions by 2050 in the global shipping industry -- which emits 1 billion metric tpy of CO2, according to the Ocean Conservancy.
Roughly 90 pct of world trade is transported by sea and accounts for nearly 3 pct of the world's CO2 emissions. (Source: Ocean Conservancy, Various Media, June, 2021)
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Under the joint venture framework, the partners will originate and mature CCS ventures with emitters, infrastructure providers, service companies and financing partners, among others. According to Talos, the agreement requires zero up front capital commitments, and the partnership will share costs 50/50 in the initial phases. Talos is designated as the operating partner of the joint venture.
Storegga is the lead developer of the Acorn CCS and Acorn hydrogen projects in the UK. The Acorn project is the most advanced large-scale CCS project in the UK with final investment decision expected in 2022. (Source: Talos Energy, Website PR, 8 June, 2021)
Contact: Talos Energy, Timothy Duncan, CEO, (713) 328-3000,
(713) 351-4100 fax , www.talosenergy.com; Storegga Geotechnologies, Nick Cooper, CEO, email@example.com,
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While the year-to-year increase of 1.8 ppm in the May CO2 peak was slightly less than previous years, CO2 measurements for the first five months of 2021 showed a 2.3 ppm increase over the same five months of 2020, close to the average annual increase from 2010 to 2019.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Covid-induced lock downs in 2020 led to a 5.8 pct decline in global energy-related CO2 emissions, the largest annual percentage decline since World War II. However, with the opening up of lock downs and pandemic-induced restrictions loosened, global CO2 emissions started climbing again. The IEA notes CO2 emissions will see a rise of 1.5 billion tonnes -- the second-largest annual increase ever -- in 2021. (Source: NOAA, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, June., 2021)
Contact: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 858-534-3624, www.scripps.ucsd.edu; NOAA, www.noaa.gov
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The partnership intends to invest in high-impact EU-based projects initially in four sectors with a high potential to help deliver on the economic and climate ambitions of the European Green Deal -- green hydrogen; sustainable aviation fuels (SAF); direct air carbon capture; and long-duration energy storage. In doing so, it seeks to scale up key climate-smart technologies and speed up the transition towards sustainable industries in Europe.
Investment support will take the form of financial instruments and grants. The partnership will also be open to private, philanthropic and national investments by EU Member States through InvestEU or at project level, according to the EC release.
(Source: European Commissions, PR, 2 June, 2021) Contact: European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Pres Breakthrough Energy, www.breakthroughenergy.org
EU Innovation Fund, www.ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/innovation-fund_en; EU Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en
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When fully operational, Baltic Eagle, Iberdrola's second major offshore initiative in Germany after the installation of 350-MW Wikinger wind farm in 2017, will generate sufficient energy to meet 45 pct of the total electricity consumption of the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and it will displace 1.65 million tpy of CO2 emissions.
Iberdrola has 1.3 GW installed and is progressing with the construction of a further 2.6 GW and expects to have 12,000 MW offshore wind in operation by 2030.
The Group operates the 389-MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea (since 2014), 350-MW Wikinger in the German Baltic Sea (since 2017) and the 714-MW East Anglia One in British waters in the North Sea (since 2020). At different stages of planning and development are 496-MW Saint-Brieuc project, off the coast of Brittany in northern France, which will use 62 Siemens-Gamesa turbines each with 8-MW unit capacity; 800-MW Vineyard Wind, a joint venture with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, off the coast of Massachusetts; and Baltic Eagle. (Source: Ibersdrola, PR, Website, 25 May, 2021)Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.iberdrola.es; Vestas, www.vestas.com
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Additionally, the company's own reduction targets have now also received approval by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) confirming that they are in line with the 1.5 degree C scenario of the Paris Agreement .ABB has also joined the Business Ambition for 1.5 degree C Campaign, a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders, led by the UNGC.
ABB's Sustainability Strategy has a clear focus on areas with the biggest impact -- enabling a low-carbon society by reducing emissions, preserving resources, and promoting social progress underpinned by a strong commitment to integrity and transparency. As part of the strategy and starting in 2021, ABB has also added specific targets related to sustainability into its senior management remuneration, according to the release.
(Source: ABB Group, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: ABB, Theodor Swedjemark, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, www.abb.com
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To that end, the bank will implement a three-pronged strategy to reduce energy consumption, transition to renewable energy, and offset carbon footprint. The strategy calls for a decrease in absolute emissions and energy consumed from the current level of 3,15,583 MT CO2 emissions, converting 50 pct of its total sourced electricity to renewable energy, creating single-use plastic-free corporate offices, planting 250 million trees and reducing water consumption by 30 pct. The bank will also focus on offering loans for green products like electric vehicles at lower interest rates and is also working on a framework for issuing green bonds. (Source: HDFC Bank, PR, June, 2021) Contact: HDFC Bank, www.hdfcbank.com
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The facility incorporates 9, E-138 EP3 turbines from Enercon and is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 34,200 homes while offsetting 8,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: wdp AG, PR, June, 2021) Contact: wpd AG, www.wpd.de
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Ethanol, biodiesel and other products derived from organic material are almost exclusively produced by fermentation processes that create carbon as a by-product, with some processes wasting more than a third of this carbon as CO2 emissions. Accordingly, new pathways is needed for biofuel conversion that reduces carbon waste, prevents the loss of CO2 emissions, and in turn, maximises the amount of renewable fuel a conversion process yields.
The ECOSynBio award winners will work on the following methods to optimise biofuel production:
carbon-optimised fermentation strains that avoid CO2 waste; engineered organisms that can use a mix of different sources of energy and carbon and avoid evolving CO2; biomass-derived sugar or carbon oxide gas fermentation with internal CO2 recycling; cell-free carbon-optimised biocatalytic biomass conversion and/or CO2 use; and cross-cutting carbon-optimided bioconversion methods that have the potential for high-impact emissions reductions, according to the release. (Source: US DOE, May, 2021) Contact: US DOE
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In this partnership, the two companies are working on a process using a biological capability developed by Dr. Ramon Gonzalez, currently a Professor at the University of South Florida, that will allow the carbon in the off-gas to be utilized as a raw material for the production of chemical products like n-octanol. This innovative carbon recycling approach thereby reduces CO2 emissions from the industrial site and keeps fossil resources in the ground. LanzaTech's technology is already deployed at commercial scale transforming exhaust gas from steel production into ethanol. The collaboration has now paved the way to produce high value chemicals, such as n octanol through gas fermentation.
The two companies have also designed an innovative process concept to allow continuous product generation and purification. As a next step, the teams will focus on optimizing the biology and technology design to deliver an efficient production process, according to the LanzaTech release.
(Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 11 May, 2021)
Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, email@example.com, www.lanzatech.com; BASF
Dr. Detlef Kratz, Pres. Process Research & Chemical Engineering, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com
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The project would slash Alberta's CO2 emissions by more than 2 million tpy and help Canada reach its 2050 target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and storing (CCS) more than 90 per cent of the CO2 produced from energy required to produce the hydrogen.
Suncor will build and operate the hydrogen production and CO2 sequestration facilities and Atco will construct and operate the associated pipeline and hydrogen storage facilities. Roughly 65 pct of the hydrogen would be used by Suncor in refining processes and cogeneration of steam and electricity, reducing emissions by up to 60 pct at its Edmonton refinery. Another 20 pct would be added to the provincial natural gas grid to reduce emissions and the remainder will be sold to various users, according to the release.
The hydrogen production facility, which would be located at Atco's Heartland Energy Centre near Fort Saskatchewan, is expected to face an investment decision in 2024 and could be operational as early as 2028. (Source: Suncor, Canadian Press, 11 May, 2021)
Contact: Suncor, Mark Little, Pres. & CEO, www.suncor.com; Atco Ltd., www.atco.com/en-ca.html
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According to Bosch, this new fuel contains the equivalent of 33 pct renewable energy which reduces its CO2 emissions by 20 pct per kilometer traveled compared to gasoline. "On the path to environmentally friendly mobility we must ensure that we leave no technical opportunity untapped, starting with electromobility and ending with renewable fuels", claimed the president of Bosch's Propulsion Systems Solutions division, Uwe Gackstatter.
VW's director of Development of Internal Combustion Engines, Sebastian Willmann, stresses that Blue Gasoline is another "critical component in reducing vehicle emissions, as it is particularly suitable for use in plug-in hybrid models."
Technically, blue gas is gasoline or diesel that is a hydrocarbon fuel manufactured from hydrogen and carbon feedstocks instead of being refined from petroleum. Hydrogen comes in several colors. Black hydrogen comes from coal gasification and has 20X the mass of CO2 as of produced hydrogen.
(Source: Bosch, Shell, Volkswagen, Europe Press, Explica, 9 May, 2021)
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The PtL roadmap is intended to create the basis for the production of 200,000 tpy or more of sustainable kerosene for German air traffic by 2030 -- one-third of the current fuel requirement for domestic German air traffic. The plan aims to produce PtL fuels from green hydrogen and sustainable CO2 from bioenergy plants and other industry, sources therefore drastically reducing the overall amount of air traffic CO2 emissions.
Although PtL fuels have not yet been produced in relevant quantities or at market prices due to the lack of industrial-scale production facilities, the German government has committed to emissions-free aviation as part of the country’s low-carbon energy transition. (Source: German MBU, PR, Clean Energy Wire, May, 2021) Contact:German BMU, www.bmu.de
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Munich Airport is also pursuing an ambitious climate protection strategy for reducing CO2 emissions and operating the airport in a CO2-neutral manner by 2030. To that end, the airport will invest €150 million by 2030 to cut all CO2 emissions to net-zero by 2050. (Source: Munich Airport, Initiatives, May 2021) Contact: Munich Airport, www.munich-airport.com
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The overall project, which includes wind and solar generation parks, the pumped storage plant and associated electrical transmission facilities and structures, and a very large upper reservoir, will provide more than $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing and construction jobs over the next six years and offset more than 2.7 million metric tpy of CO2 emissions .
The CCEW project also addresses many national and regional issues including the transition to renewable energy and the mitigation of long-term effects of climate change. (Source: Voith, PR, 29 Apr., 2021)
Contact: Voith Hydro North America, Stanley J. Kocon, Pres., COO, www.voith.com/us-en/about-us/locations-in-the-united-states/u-s-hydro-locations.html, Voith GmbH, www.voith.com; Cat Creek Energy, www.catcreek-energy.com
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Mortons Lane Wind Farm incorporates 13 Goldwind GW82/1500 wind turbines and generates sufficient power for more than 4,000 homes while reducing up to 40,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.
(Source: Prime Super, PR, Inv. Daily, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Prime Super, 1800 675 839, www.primesuper.com.au; Mortons Lane Windfarm,
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To that end, VW is working to decarbonise its production and supply chains and has pledged that all its plants except for those in China will be powered purely by 'green' electricity by 2030. The auto giant is also introducing more sustainable components into the construction of its vehicles and says that CO2 emissions will now be a key criterion when awarding contracts to suppliers.
VW also aims to increase its share of EV sales to 70 pct of its European sales and 50 pct of its U.S. and China sales by 2030
The firm is also pushing to develop its battery recycling operation and intends to recycle more than 90 pct of the raw materials used in its batteries in the future. (Source: Volkswagen, PR, AutoCar, 27 Apr., 2021)
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According the CEC, China's major power companies invested roughly $20.6 billion in increased power generation capacity in Q1, 91 pct of which went to non-fossil fuel power generation. The CEC noted that China's newly installed power generation capacity will reach around 180 million kilowatts in 2021, of which about 140 million kilowatts of non-fossil energy power generation capacity will be put into operation.
China's installed capacity of coal power generation stood at 1.09 billion kilowatts at the end of March. The proportion of the total installed capacity fell below half for the first time since the end of 2020, before further dropping to 48.8 pct at the end of March this year, according to the CEC.
China ranked first in the world in newly installed wind capacity amid efforts to pursue greener development in 2020, the NEA data showed. Besides wind energy, the country is also a global leader in the production and use of solar energy and hydropower, among others.
As previously reported, China pledged to reach the CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. (Source: China Electricity Council, PR, Website, Apr., 2021)
Contact: China Electricity Council, english.cec.org.cn
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Halifax, Nova Scotia-headquartered CarbonCure's technology enables the production of concrete with a reduced water and carbon footprint without sacrifice to the material's reliability. Utilizing CarbonCure Technologies system, CO2 is injected into a concrete plant's reclaimer system which contains the water used to wash out concrete trucks and mixers. The CO2 is converted to a permanently embedded mineral with strength-enhancing properties which can then be incorporated into new concrete mixes. CarbonCure is backed by Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Amazon Climate Pledge Fund and others.
Los Angeles-based UCLA CarbonBuilt Inc. technology reduces the carbon footprint of concrete by more than 50 pct while reducing raw material costs and increasing profitability. The CarbonBuilt concrete formulation significantly decreases the need for ordinary Portland cement while enabling the increased use of low-cost waste materials. During the curing process, CO2 is directly injected from flue gas streams (like power plants or cement factories) into the concrete mixture where it is chemically transformed and permanently stored. Development began at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering in 2014 with support from private and corporate sponsors, the U.S. DOE and others.
Launched in 2015, the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE was a five-year global competition developed to address rising CO2 emissions by challenging innovators around the world to develop breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO2 into products with the highest net value.
(Source: XPRIZE, PR Website, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: Carbon XPRIZE, www.carbon.xprize.org; CarbonCure,
Jennifer Wagner, Pres., (902) 442-4020, www.carboncure.com; CarbonBuilt Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carbonbuilt.com
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Under the program, Schneider's Energy & Sustainability Services division will provide tools and resources to program participants to help them set and achieve their own carbon reduction targets. Suppliers will be first encouraged to quantify their CO2 emissions using the company's digital tools. Suppliers will then use that data to set goals and strategies for emissions reduction. Suppliers will also work towards their goals through decarbonization initiatives such as energy efficiency or renewables. The Zero Carbon Project will enable best practice exchange with peers and partners to access other innovative solutions for decarbonization.
(Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Construction Week, 19 Apr., 2021)Contact: Schneider Electric, Vicki True, 774-613-1158, email@example.com, www.se.com, twitter.com/SchneiderElec
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