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IRENA, ICS Cooperating on Maritime Decarbonisation (Ind. Report)
IRENA,
Date: 2022-01-17
The London-headquartered International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is reporting an agreement with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to support the decarbonisation of the maritime shipping sector through the use of renewable technologies and fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia.

To that end, the partnership will develop a framework over the next two years for the decarbonisation of the shipping sector focused on "the need to ensure an equitable energy transition for developing economies" and that corresponds with the aims of the Just Transition Maritime Task Force, which the ICS, the United Nations Global Compact and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) unveiled at COP26. (Source: ICS, PR, Bunkerspot, Jan., 2021) Contact: International Chamber of Shipping, Guy Platten, www.ics-shipping.org; IRENA, Director-General Francesco La Camera,, +97124179000, info@irena.org, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping ,  IRENA,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


Scotland's 2022-23 Budget Stresses Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
Scotland Energy Efficiency
Date: 2021-12-13
In Edinburgh, the Government of Scotland is reporting its 2022-23 budget will invest more than £2 billion ($2.654 billion) in tackling the climate emergency -- helping to protect and restore the natural environment, increase energy efficiency and slash emissions from homes, industries and transport -- including:
  • £ 336 million invested in energy efficiency and low carbon and renewable heat to deliver warmer, greener homes, including £160 million to support those least able to pay for home energy improvements, helping to cut emissions while tackling a major driver of fuel poverty and creating jobs across the country;

  • Almost £1.4 billion will be spent to maintain, improve and decarbonise Scotland's rail network. Free bus travel for young people will receive £110 million, and £150 million will be invested in active travel, such as walking and cycling. This will support efforts to cut car kilometres by 20 pct by 2030.

    "We are playing our part in tackling the global climate emergency head on. This budget carries forward the momentum created by COP26, with record investment in transforming Scotland into a net zero, climate resilient nation. We are prioritizing investment in the natural environment, including our vital woodlands and peatlands. We are also taking action to make our homes warmer and greener to help reduce emissions, while tackling fuel poverty and creating green jobs," according to Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, PR, 9 December 2021)

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


  • UK Biomass Power Station Reports Declining Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    Lynemouth Biomass Power Station
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In Northumberland, UK, the Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, the first UK coal-fired station to fully convert to biomass electric power generation , reports its CO2 emissions fell to 43 pct below grid average for 2020-21. The Station burns approximately 1.4 million tpy of woody biomass pellets, largely imported from the U.S. and Canada, to generate 420 MW of low-carbon electricity -- sufficient power for around 450,000 homes.

    Lynemouth Power Station was among leading bioenergy organisations in the COP26 launch of the Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy aiming for the sustainable growth of the bioenergy sector to 2050 and reaffirms the commitment to sustainability principles including the management of natural resources, carbon accounting and protecting biodiversity, according to the release. (Source: Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, +44 191 261 1821, www.lynemouthpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lynemouth Biomass Power Station,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    $413Mn Pledged to Climate Change Vulnerable Countries (Int'l.)
    COP26
    Date: 2021-11-15
    Last week at COP26, Belgium, the Belgian region of Walloon, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States pledged $413 million in new funding for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).

    The LDCF, hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is the only dedicated source of climate resilience funds for the 46 Least Developed Countries, which have contributed the least to carbon emissions and face some of the highest risks from the effects of climate change. The LDCF, along with the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), is mandated to serve the Paris Agreement. Both funds are managed by the GEF.

    The LDCF is enabling Least Developed Countries to prepare for a more resilient future. LDCF funding helps recipient countries address their short-, medium- and long-term resilience needs and reduce climate change vulnerability in priority sectors and ecosystems.

    LDCF backing helps countries implement National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPAs) -- country-driven strategies for addressing their most urgent adaptation needs. The LDCF works with partner agencies to bolster technical and institutional capacity at the national and local level, to create a policy environment that encourages investment in adaptation solutions, to reduce systemic barriers to progress, and to promote innovation and private sector engagement. LDCF funding areas include agriculture and food security; natural resource management; water resources; disaster risk management and prevention; coastal zone management; climate information services; infrastructure; and, climate change induced health risks. (Source: UN GEF, 9 Nov., 2021) Contact: Least Developed Countries Fund, www.thegef.org/topics/least-developed-countries-fund-ldcf

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26,  Climate Chnage,  Climate Change Mitigatio,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    UN Sec.-General Antonio Guterres Comments on Conclusion of COP26 (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    COP26
    Date: 2021-11-15
    "The approved texts are a compromise. They reflect the interests, the conditions, the contradictions and the state of political will in the world today. They take important steps, but unfortunately the collective political will was not enough to overcome some deep contradictions.

    "As I said at the opening, we must accelerate action to keep the 1.5 degree goal alive. Our fragile planet is hanging by a thread." -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

    Download the Secretary-General's Statement on the Conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 HERE . (Source: COP26. UNFCCC, 13 Nov., 2021) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc,int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,  Climate Change,  COP26,  


    COP26 Agreement "Solidifies Global March Towards Decarbonization", says EPRI CEO (Ind. Report)
    Electric Power Research Institute
    Date: 2021-11-15
    Palo Alto, California-headquartered independent, not-for-profit Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) CEO Arshad Mansoor, who was in attendance at COP26, had the following comments on COP26:

    "This agreement solidifies the global march towards decarbonization. It will take collaboration in technology and institutional innovation by countries around the world to reach both the near- and long-term goals. Cleaner electricity, accelerated electrification and the deployment of cleaner energy resources and fuels will play a critical role in all countries.

    "In particular, numerous sectors of the economy -- including transportation, buildings, and industry -- stand to achieve large carbon emissions reductions through increased energy efficiency, broader electrification, and the deployment of zero and low carbon fuels. Through collaborative research and development with public and private stakeholders, we are developing a broad suite of clean electric generation, storage, grid, and end-use technologies that will help countries decarbonize their electric sectors and reduce emissions across their economies. This will enable countries to choose what works best to meet those needs, while keeping electricity accessible, affordable, and reliable for all consumers."

    For the United States, carbon reductions across all sectors of the U.S. economy -- through cleaner energy, increased energy efficiency, and accelerated electrification -- will be crucial to achieving the 2030 U.S. climate goal. Accelerated electrification will help lower emissions from transportation, buildings, and industry, while reducing overall energy costs.

    In the longer-term, meeting national and global net-zero goals entails developing an array of technology options that are not commercial at scale today, including carbon capture utilization and storage, advanced nuclear, low-carbon fuels, and advanced electric end-uses.

    EPRI is working with its research partners on these technologies, engaging in collaborative global clean energy initiatives, including its Low-Carbon Resources Initiatives and Efficient Electrification Initiative. EPRI is also working on resilience, adaption, and equity issues which spans the organization's entire research portfolio.

    Download the EPRI Analysis: Immediate Action Across All Sectors Essential to Achieve U.S. Carbon Goals HERE . (Source: Electric Power Research Institute, Website, PR, 14 Nov., 2021) Contact: EPRI, Arshad Mansoor, CEO, Rachel Gantz, Media, 202-293-7517, rgantz@epri.com, www.epri.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electric Power Research Institute,  Decarbonization,  COP26,  Climate Change,  


    "Meek and Weak" -- COP26 Notable Quote
    COP26
    Date: 2021-11-15
    At the closing of the COP26 conference in Glasgow, COP26 President Alok Sharma emotionally said he was "deeply sorry" for the way the COP26 conference unfolded and for its failure to live up to the scale of the climate change threat .

    Sharma described the conferences final , last minute climate pact as "meek and weak" in that it recognized the need for cuts in carbon emissions but put off the pledges needed to achieve them until next year. (Source: COP26, The Independent, 13 Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26 news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  


    U.S.-China Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s (Report Attached)
    COP26
    Date: 2021-11-12
    Reporting from COP26 in Glasgow, China and the United States surprised their COP26 colleagues and the world on Wednesday with the announcement that they planned to cooperate on the following, and other, climate change related issues:
  • regulatory frameworks and environmental standards related to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in the 2020s;

  • maximizing the societal benefits of the transition to clean, renewable energy;

  • policies to encourage decarbonization and electrification of end-use sectors;

  • key areas related to the circular economy, such as green design and renewable energy resource utilization;

  • deployment and application of technology such as CCUS and direct air capture;

  • reduce methane emission, and others.

    Download details and the full U.S.-China Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s announcement HERE . (Source: US Dept. of State, 10 Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  


  • Ottawa Advocates Global Carbon Tax as COP26 Ends (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2021-11-12
    In Glasgow, in a last kick at the COP26 can, the Canadian government is calling for a global carbon tax that would be applied on all fossil fuel consumption around the world. A global carbon tax would help "level the playing field" for countries like Canada who already have their own carbon pricing system in place. The majority of Canadians -- 55 pct -- reportedly support a global carbon tax, with Quebecers, Canadians aged 18 to 34 and those living in urban areas showing the highest levels of support.

    As previously reported, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's controversial national carbon tax came into force in Jan., 2019, with carbon priced at C$20 ($15 US) per metric ton rising to C$50 per ton by 2022.

    In other COP26 news, the French Minister for Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili announced her country will join the COP declaration on Clean Energy Transition and end French public financing subsidies for fossil fuels in 2022, well ahead of the government's original 2035 commitment. (Source: COP26, EU Parliament News, 12 Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Canada Carbon Tax,  


    Cop26 Calls for Acceleration of Net-Zero Carbon Promises (Int'l )
    COP26
    Date: 2021-11-10
    The COP26 Climate Change summit in Glasgow is preparing the first draft of its final report. The first draft of the "COP cover decision" reminds countries that under the COP15 Paris Agreement they can submit new, more ambitious climate pledges at any time and to that end is asking countries to "revisit and strengthen the 2030 targets in their nationally determined contributions, as necessary to align with the Paris Agreement temperature goal by the end of 2022."

    According to the draft, the push for more regular reviews of climate plans is seen as necessary because countries' current 2030 pledges would lead to 2.4C of warming. The draft also calls on countries to "accelerate the phasing-out of coal and subsidies for fossil fuels," and "urges" developed countries to "urgently scale-up" financial support for developing countries to respond to their needs to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    Areas in which new offers are wanted, includes the issue of financing for countries vulnerable to climate change. The COP26 presidency noted that the current provision of climate finance for adaptation is insufficient to respond to worsening climate change impacts in developing country Parties [and] urged developed country Parties to "urgently scale-up their provision of climate finance for adaptation so as to respond to the needs of developing country Parties." (Source: COP26, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: COP26, Alok Sharma, Pres,www.cop26.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Notable Quote from COP26 Host
    COP26
    Date: 2021-11-10
    "There's still much to do. This is bigger than any one country and it is time for nations to put aside differences and come together for our planet and our people. We need to pull out all the stops if we're going to keep 1.5C within our grasp." -- British PM Boris Johnson , 10 Nov., 2021

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26,  


    Saudi Prince Affirms Carbon Emissions Commitments (Int'l. Report)
    Saudi Arabia, COP26
    Date: 2021-11-10
    In Glasgow, oil giant Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday announced the country was responding to the climate crisis and affirmed the its commitment to reduce emissions by 278 million tpy by 2030 and reach a net-zero carbon economy by 2060.

    Prince Abdulaziz noted Saudi Arabia's efforts would be in line with its efforts to realize world energy markets stability. The Prince added that the country plans to become a major hydrogen producer and that its climate-focused investment plans stands at $185 billion. (Source: COP26, N UK, 10 Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26 news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Aussie PM Creates $1 Bn CCS, Low-Emissions Support Fund (Int'l.)
    COP26, Australia Climate Change
    Date: 2021-11-10
    In the Land Down Under, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) has announced a $1 billion ($738 million US) investment fund to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) and other emerging low-emissions technologies.

    The fund, which is expected to attract more than $500 million ($369 million US) in industry matching funds, would be administered by the government-owned green bank Clean Energy Finance Corp. that was established to increase investment in the clean energy sector.

    Australia is a major greenhouse gas emitter and among the world's largest coal and liquid natural gas exporters. The government is aiming to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 and the reach net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Various Media, 10 Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26,  CCS,  Clean Energy,  


    COP26 Pledges Major Methane Emissions Cuts -- Notable Quote
    COP26
    Date: 2021-11-08
    "To deliver it (30 pct methane emissions cut by 2030) will require treating the over 100 billion tonnes of organic wastes produced by human activity every year, across agriculture, food waste, food manufacture, and wastewater.

    "With that in mind, we must develop a strategy that enables our sector to deliver its full potential across all sectors and geographies. A blueprint for rapid roll-out will increasingly be demanded in the next couple of years and, as the industry experts, we need to be proactive in preparing for a decade of delivery." -- Charlotte Morton, CEO, World Biogas Association commenting on methane emissions cuts prior to COP26 in Edinburgh. Contact: World Biogas Association, Charlotte Morton, CEO, +44 20 3735 8116, www.worldbiogasassociation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26,  Methane,  Methan Emissions,  


    Danfoss A/S Touting Energy Efficiency at COP26 (Int'l.)
    Danfoss
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In an information campaign aimed at the participants of COP26 , UK-based Danfoss A/S , a leading provider of solutions enabling the green transition, says energy efficiency delivers more than 40 pct of the reduction in energy-related emissions the world needs to fully achieve international climate and energy goals. Danfoss solutions are used in refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, power conversion, motor control, and mobile and industrial machinery.

    The campaign is focused on energy efficiency as annual global improvements hit a decade low in 2020. Numbers from the International Energy Agency (IEA) show that energy intensity improved by only 0.8 pct in 2020, roughly half the rates, corrected for weather, for 2019 (1.6 pct) and 2018 (1.5 pct).

    "It is imperative that decision makers at COP26 prioritise energy-efficiency. It is the most important single component in reaching the Paris goals, it is extremely cost effective, and it can boost economies and create jobs," according to the release. (Source: Danfoss A/S, PR, 8 Nov., 2021) Contact: Danfoss A/S, Kim Fausing, CEO, +45 26 10 95 19, kim.fausing@danfoss.com, www.danfoss.com .

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Danfoss news,  Energy Efficiency news,  COP26 news,  


    COP26 Commits to End Old King Coal's Reign (Int'l. Report)
    COP26
    Date: 2021-11-05
    On Wednesday at COP26 in Edinburgh, 40 countries, major banks and other organizations signed on to the Global Coal to Clean Power Transition Statement and/or joined the Powering Past Coal Alliance agreeing to phase out coal power generation by 2030.

    Indonesia, South Korea, Poland, Vietnam and Chile were among the signatories to the agreement while major banks have committed to cease financing coal. This is in addition to China, Japan, Korea and the G20 commitments to stop overseas finance for coal generation by the end of the year and to hasten the deployment of clean power-renewable energy power generation.

    ACWA Power, the EDF Group, EDP, Engie, Iberdrola, National Grid, Orsted, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, SSE and others also signed on to the statement. COP26 host country The UK has pledged to phase out coal power completely by 2024 and to achieve a decarbonised power system by 2035.

    Statement details and full list are HERE . (Source: COP26, PR, 4 Nov., 2021) Contact: COP26, www.cop26.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26,  Coal,  


    IRENA, WEF Launch Green Hydrogen Roadmaps (Int'l. Report)
    IRENA, World Economic Forum
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Reporting from COP26 in Glasgow, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Switzerland-based World Economic Forum (WEF) are reporting the launch of a jointly developed series of Enabling Measures Roadmaps for Green Hydrogen aimed at empowering policymakers to prioritise policies for green hydrogen and accelerate its deployment at the international level in pursuit of a net-zero energy system aligned with a climate-safe 1.5 degrees C scenario.

    According to the release, the global momentum for green hydrogen is growing as a cornerstone of the shift away from fossil fuels. The rapid uptake of green hydrogen is essential for sectors like aviation, international shipping and heavy industry, where energy intensity is high and emissions are hardest to abate. The roadmaps show the top ten measures and critical timelines for their implementation in areas such as cost reduction, demand growth, international standards, infrastructure, and technology developments measures needed to boost the green hydrogen economy globally and enhance public-private dialogue to turn industry recommendations into concrete policy measures and accelerate action on the path to net-zero.

    Download the Green Hydrogen roadmaps HERE . (Source: IRENA, Website PR, 4 Nov., 2021) Contact: IRENA, +97124179000, info@irena.org, www.irena.org; World Economic Forum, www.weforum.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  World Economic Forum,  Green Hydrogen,  


    Boris Waxes Poetic on COP26 Palm Deforestation Deal (Int'l. Report)
    COP26, Indonesia Palm Oil
    Date: 2021-11-03
    "A landmark agreement to protect and restore the Earth's forests. These great teeming ecosystems -- these cathedrals of nature -- are the lungs of our planet." -- UK PM Boris Johnson, 1 Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26,  Indonesia Palm Oil,  


    Indonesia to Cut Palm Deforestation by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Indonesia Palm Oil
    Date: 2021-11-03
    At COP26 in Edinburgh, the world's largest palm-oil producer, Indonesia has agreed to end deforestation by 2030.

    Indonesia, which has 35.6 million acres (56,250 square miles) of palm plantations on deforested land -- has been widely criticized for clearing forests for palm oil cultivation for biodiesel and other applications.

    The EU has vowed to boycott and end palm oil imports from Indonesia and Malaysia which has erupted into a legal row between the parties.

    As previously noted, TuK Indonesia, an NGO advocate for the environment, reported the estimated total wealth of the top 27 families in the palm oil industry at more than $88 billion -- roughly 8 pct of the country's GDP. Among the top producers, Wilmar International, which produces 2.3 million kiloliters per year of palm oil biodiesel, is the major recipient of Indonesian government subsidies to the palm oil industry. Wilmar scored 55 pct of the total $530 million from the BPDP-KS distributed to five palm oil companies in 2017. (Source: Various Media, COP26 Release, Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indonesia Palm Oil,  


    EC Pres. von der Leyen Calls for Carbon Tax Action (Int'l. Report)
    COP26
    Date: 2021-11-03
    "We need to agree to a robust framework of rules, for example, to make global carbon markets a reality. Put a price on carbon, nature cannot pay that price anymore. We have to give strong commitments to reduce emissions by 2030.

    "Net zero by 2050 is good, but it's not enough" -- European Commission Pres. Ursula von der Leyen.

    Although the 27-country EU trading bloc has pledged to cut its emissions at least 55 pct by 2030 from 1990 levels, von der Leyen urged other non-EU member countries to commit to deeper emissions cuts this decade. (Source: European Union, EC Audiovisual Service, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Pres., Frans Timmermans, Climate Chief, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/timmermans_en, www.ec.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  von der Leyen,  


    ExxonMobil, Pertamina Considering CCS, CCUS Opportunities (Int'l.)
    ExxonMobil, Pertamina
    Date: 2021-11-03
    Reporting from COP26 in Edinburgh, Irving, Texas-based petroleum giant ExxonMobil and Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to evaluate the potential for large-scale deployment of low-carbon technologies including carbon capture and storage (CCS), carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and low-carbon hydrogen in Indonesia.

    By jointly examining subsurface data, the companies expect to identify geologic formations suitable to safely store CO2, and the potential for safe, commercially viable utilization of CO2.

    ExxonMobil established its Low Carbon Solutions business to commercialize low-emission technologies such as those to be assessed in Indonesia. The business is also pursuing strategic investments in biofuels and hydrogen to bring those lower-emissions energy technologies to scale for hard-to-decarbonize sectors of the global economy. ExxonMobil's Low Carbon Solutions has an equity share in more than 20 new CCS opportunities around the world and plans to invest $3 billion on lower emission energy through 2025.

    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) CCS could mitigate as much as 15 pct of global emissions by 2040, and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates global decarbonization efforts could be twice as costly without wide-scale CCS deployment. (Source: Exxon Mobil, PR 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 940-6007, www.exxonmobil.com; Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.petramina.com; U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, www.ipcc.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Pertamina,  CCS,  Hydrogen. CCUS,  


    "We're digging our own grave" with Climate Change -- U.N, Sec. Gen. Antonio Guterres
    Antonio Guterres , COP26
    Date: 2021-11-01
    Speaking at today's opening of COP26 in Glasgow, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres noted examples of the rapidly changing planet due to "our addiction to fossil fuels" which he said is "pushing humanity to the brink." The Sec. General also highlighted what can be done to keep the Paris Climate Accord's 1.5 degrees Celsius goal alive and achievable.

    "I will establish a group of experts to propose clear standards to measure and analyze net-zero commitments from non-state actors which will go beyond mechanisms already established in the Paris Agreement."

    WWe face a stark choice -- either we stop it (climate change) or it stops us. It's time to say, 'enough.' Enough of brutalizing biodiversity. Enough of killing ourselves with carbon. Enough of treating nature like a toilet. Enough of burning and drilling and mining our way deeper. We are digging our own graves. We need maximum ambition from all countries on all fronts to make Glasgow a success," the Sec. Gen. noted. (Source: various Media, 1 Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change.Antonio Guterres news,  


    "Way Off Track" -- Atmospheric CO2 Hits Yet Another High (Int'l.)
    World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2021-10-25
    In its latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere in 2020 was 149 pct higher than pre- industrialization levels for yet another three million year record high.

    According to WMO Sec. General Petteri Taalas, "The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin contains a stark, scientific message for climate change negotiators at (the upcoming) COP26. At the current rate of increase in greenhouse gas concentrations, we will see a temperature increase by the end of this century far in excess of the Paris Agreement targets of 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

    "We are way off track." The small window of opportunity to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that meets the Paris Climate Goals is about to vanish." (Source: World Meteorological Organization, PR, 24 Oct., 2021)

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


    Tanzania Tags $157MN for Climate Change Mitigation (Int'l.)
    Tanzania
    Date: 2021-10-13
    In Dar Es Salamm, the Tanzanian Ministry for Union Affairs and the Environment reports it has earmarked roughly $157 million in the 2021/2022 financial year for reducing the effects of climate change, adaptation and climate change mitigation projects included construction of walls along the Indian Ocean to reduce erosion caused by sea level rise.

    The Tanzania government also notes that at the upcoming 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, it will call for the "international community to honor agreements on mitigation efforts and urge the international community to encourage countries affected by climate change to protect and restore ecosystems, put warning systems in place and make infrastructure and agriculture more resilient to avoid loss of homes, livelihoods and lives." (Source: Tanzanian Ministry for Union Affairs and the Environment, Xinhua, 12 Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  


    Building Climate Change Resilience -- Notable Quote

    Date: 2021-10-13
    "Let's win the race to a zero emissions and resilient built environment, regions and cities. We can't win the Race to (net) Zero (emissions) without winning the Race to Resilience as well. Climate breakdown and the pandemic multiply inequalities -- social, environmental and economic gaps are widening across nations and across the Global North and South.

    "By 2030, we must catalyse action by non-state actors that builds the resilience of four billion people from groups and communities who are vulnerable to climate risks." -- Nigel Topping, UN High-Level Climate Action Champion at COP26, www.buildingtocop.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Resilience news,  COP26 news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  


    AIM for Climate Support Grows (Ind. Report)
    AIM for Climate
    Date: 2021-10-06
    In Washington, the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) initiative to transform the global agricultural sector reports it has the support of 30 nations -- including Canada and the United States -- as well as the The UN Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom's COP26 Presidency, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. AIM for Climate will be officially launched at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, this November.

    AIM for Climate is focused on dramatically increasing public and private investment for innovation in climate-smart agriculture and food systems.

    The initiative was announced by U.S. President Joe Biden and UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at President Biden's Leaders Summit on Climate in April, this year.

    AIM for Climate will focus on three main investment channels: scientific breakthroughs via basic agricultural research; public and private applied innovation and research for development; and the development and deployment of practical, actionable research and information. (Source: AIM, PR, 5 Oct., 2021) Contact: AIM for Climate, www.aimforclimate.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  AIM for Climate,  Climate Change,  


    ADBA Sees Anaerobic Digestion Key in Climate Change Fight (Int'l.)
    Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association
    Date: 2021-09-27
    In a letter to Alok Sharma, President of the UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP26) to be held this November, the UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) urges the COP26 President to become an advocate for improving waste management to support the economy, job creation and the UK's fight against climate change by ensuring organic wastes are captured and transformed into valuable bioresources through anaerobic digestion (AD) to rapidly decarbonise UK's transport, heat, agriculture and food and drink and other key industries.

    The letter notes that by turning all of the country's organic wastes into bioresources, the AD industry could help: the UK achieve carbon neutrality, including delivering 30 pct of the 5th Carbon Budget shortfall; create 60,000 green jobs this decade; bring over £5 billion of private sector investment; boost the UK's exports to a $1 trillion global industry; and support the country's agriculture sector and food and drink industry.

    The letter notes "There are over 140 million tonnes of readily available organic wastes still being left undigested in the UK every year. Left untreated, they release methane -- a potent greenhouse gas -- directly into the atmosphere, which contributes to climate change and causes human health issues. Recycling these through AD means that turned into valuable bioresources, such as flexible green gas (biogas), bio-fertiliser (digestate), bioCO2 and other valuable bio-products. With the right support, the UK AD sector would become highly competitive globally", the letter notes.

    ADBA says the AD industry urgently needs a policy framework that brings together the multiple strands of work ongoing across government into a cohesive support strategy. The ADBA is presently working with key government departments in developing new strategies and in June, this year, launched the UK AD and Biogas Industry Climate Declaration committing the sector to "doing everything in its powers to deliver the greatest possible carbon reduction for the UK." (Source: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, PR, 20 Sept., 2021) Contact: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association , Charlotte Morton, CEO, Jocelyne Bia, Communications Consultant, +44 (0)20 3176 0592 Jocelyne.bia@adbioresources.org www.adbioresources.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Associationm Biomethane,  GHG,  Climate Change,  


    Vitol Supplying Neste SAF at Heathrow (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Helsinki-headquartered sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste Oy reports Vitol Aviation, a fuel supplier at Heathrow Airports in the UK, is making Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ available beginning today, June 3rd, ahead of the G7 Summit to be held from 11 to 13 June 2021. Vitol Aviation intends to deliver further supplies ahead of COP26 to enable attendees to also transit to Glasgow with lower-emissions.

    Neste MY SAF is produced 100 pct from renewable and sustainable waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste. Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel, in its neat form and over the life cycle, reduces up to 80 pct of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil jet fuel use. (Source: Neste Oy, PR, Website, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Jonathan Wood, VP Europe, Renewable Aviation, Susanna Sieppi, +358 50 458 5076, media@neste.com , www.neste.com; Vitol , Andrea Schlaepfer, +44 (0)7525 403796, acs@vitol.com, www.vitol.com

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    Blue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis (Marine Conservation Society Report Attached)
    Marine Conservation Society
    Date: 2021-05-05
    In the UK, the Marine Conservation Society, in partnership with Rewilding Britain, has released Blue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis, a report on the ocean's vital role in fighting the climate crisis and blue carbon solutions as an effective strategy for hitting net zero by 2050. In recognition of the vital role oceans must play in climate change mitigation and adaptation, ocean-based solutions must be adopted with pace and at scale by 2030.

    Globally, the "rewilding" of key blue carbon securing marine and coastal ecosystems -- seagrass beds, saltmarshes and mangroves -- could deliver CO2 mitigation amounting to 1.83 billion tonnes. That is 5 pct of the emissions savings we need to make globally. This figure doesn't include the enormous quantities of carbon stored in fish and other marine life; in marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, seaweeds and shellfish beds; or the vast stores of carbon in our seabed sediments.

    The report motes that 500,000 km2 of the UK's shelf seas hold an estimated 205 million tonnes of carbon -- 50 million tonnes more than the entire quantity held within the UK's forests. Harmful fishing practices such as bottom trawling, and other activities such as dredging, disturb seabed sediments and have the potential to result in the loss of 13 million tonnes of carbon from vital blue carbon stores, including shellfish beds and kelp forests, over the next decade.

    Nature-based solutions could provide a third of climate change mitigations required to address the climate crisis, but currently they attract less than 3 pct of funds invested globally in addressing climate change, he report notes. Internationally, the UK is leading the way by committing to significantly increase its spending on nature-based solutions, including those offered by the ocean. This must be matched with equally ambitious actions at home. Investment in protecting our marine ecosystems is vital, for both biodiversity and blue carbon storage.

    The report makes the case for the development of a four nation Blue Carbon Strategy, focusing on three key action areas. First, scaling up marine rewilding for biodiversity and blue carbon benefits. Second, Integrating blue carbon protection and recovery into climate mitigation and environmental management policies. Third, working with the private sector to develop and support sustainable and innovative low-carbon commercial fisheries and aquaculture.

    With COP26 occurring in six months time, it has never been more pertinent for UK governments to take action. Ocean-based solutions must be part of the many urgent and varied solutions required to address the climate crisis.

    Download theBlue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis report HERE. (Source: Marine Conservation Society, PR Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Marine Conservation Society, Dr Chris Tuckett, Prog. Dir., info@mcsuk.org, +44 0 1989 566017, www.mcsuk.org

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    Environmental Defense Fund Lauds Biden's 50-52 pct GHG Reduction by 2030 Target (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    EDF
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Today, the Biden administration announced an ambitious and credible emissions target under the Paris Agreement to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52 pct below 2005 levels by 2030.

    "By announcing a bold target of cutting emissions 50-52 pct below 2005 levels by the end of the decade, President Biden has met the moment and the urgency that the climate crisis demands. The message from the White House is clear: The U.S. is ready to go all-in to beat the climate crisis. This target aligns with what the science says is necessary to put the world on the path to a safer climate, and vaults the U.S. into the top tier of world leaders on climate ambition. And it's backed up by numerous analyses demonstrating that it can be met through multiple pathways using existing technologies.

    "For four years, the world wondered what's going on with the U.S. Now they're going to have to race to keep up. With this ambitious and credible target, the U.S. has joined the EU and UK at the top of the global league table, recaptured a leadership role on climate -- and positioned itself to push for greater global ambition in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow. Now it's time for other major emitters to follow suit and commit to deeper reductions in their own emissions over this next decisive decade.

    "Going bold on climate will help America create the jobs of the future. By taking swift action to invest in clean industries and technologies, the United States can supercharge its competitiveness in the global clean energy economy. Leading businesses and investors already know this: That's why over 400 of them called on the administration to cut emissions at least 50 pct by 2030.

    "With this target in place, there's not a moment to lose to start achieving it with a whole-of-government approach that leverages action from the White House and Congress. The Biden administration can jump-start progress by putting in place critical clean air and climate protections under existing law and by working with Congress to enact transformative investments in the American Jobs Plan. These measures can support millions of good-paying union jobs and improve air quality for low-income communities and communities of color that have borne and continue to bear a disproportionate share of harmful pollution.

    "Critical near-term actions are available in three sectors: power, transportation, and methane from oil and gas. A key step toward meeting the 2030 target is an enforceable Clean Electricity Standard for the power sector that ensures reductions of 80 pct below 2005 by the end of the decade. With transportation as the largest source of climate pollution in the U.S. as well as a significant source of air pollution, electrifying cars, trucks and buses will be essential. And as the administration takes aggressive action to cut carbon emissions, it must also double down on actions to reduce methane -- the most immediate opportunity the world has to reduce warming now. As the world's largest oil and gas producer, the U.S. has both an opportunity and responsibility to take swift action to reduce oil and gas methane pollution here at home and be a leader in catalyzing international action on this global problem.

    "As the administration implements a whole-of-government approach to meet this target, it should ensure that policies expand access to economic opportunity, reduce exposure to harmful air pollution and empower American workers in every community.

    "We look forward to working with the administration, Congress, state and local leaders, businesses and advocates to help turn this bold commitment into strong policy action that delivers." (Source: Environmental Defense Fund, PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: EDF Nathaniel Keohane, Senior VP for Climate, www.edf.org

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    John Kerry Comments on Climate Change -- Notable Quotes
    John Kerry, Climate Change
    Date: 2021-03-31
    "Forcing countries to decarbonise in response the climate crisis is not the way to go. We need to go where the emissions are to start with.

    But everybody needs to be involved. We don't want to make the mistakes of the past going back to the 1800s ... and none of us can do this alone. We must do this together. That is what we did in Paris. That is what we must do when we go to Glasgow" he said in reference to the COP26 climate talks next November.

    "This is not about politics ... The planet is screaming at us, with the feedback loops that are telling us every single day, 'get this done', not to mention the next generations saying 'hey adults please be adults, make the decisions we need to make.'

    "We can't willy nilly ignore the next 10 years. If we don't do enough in the next 10 years we cannot keep the Earth's (average) temperature to 1.5 degrees." -- US Climate Envoy John Kerry speaking to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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    Aluminum Giant Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l. Report)
    En+ Group
    Date: 2021-01-22
    London and Moscow-based Russian energy and aluminum company En+ Group, the world's largest aluminium maker, is reporting it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 35 pct by 2030 and achieve carbon net-zero by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal and supportive of the global transition to a low-carbon economy.

    The company plan covers Scope 1 and 2 emissions across the group's entire operations, including aluminum production, heat and electricity generation. To that end, the company will convene a En+ Climate Change Taskforce and publish its final net-zero strategy in September 2021 ahead of the UN COP26 in Glasgow.

    The company notes its target of emitting less than 2.7 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per tonne of aluminum (scope 1 and scope 2 from electrolysis) by 2025, was met in 2017. (Source: En+ Group, PR, Website, Platts, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: En+ Group (London), +44 207 747 4900, Fax: +44 207 747 4910, Sustainable Dev . (Moscow), +7 495 642 7937, csr@enplus.ru, www.enplusgroup.com

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    UK Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution (Int'l Report Attached)

    Date: 2020-11-20
    The recently released Ten Point Plan will mobilize £12 billion of government investment, and potentially 3 times as much from the private sector, for green-- renewable energy technology and finance, laying the foundations for decades of economic growth by delivering net-zero emissions in a way that creates jobs

    The UK, the first major economy to embrace a legal obligation to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, will establish Task Force Net Zero to advance this national priority, and through next year's COP26 Summit,will urge countries and companies worldwide to join the UK in delivering net zero globally.

    Download the UK Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution policy paper HERE. (Source: Gov. UK Dept. for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Nov., 2020) Contact: UK Dept. for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    Australia to Invest $18Bn in Low Emission Tech. (Int'l. Report)
    ARENA,Australia
    Date: 2020-09-28
    In the Land Down Under, Ministry for Energy and Emissions Reduction reports the Australian government expects to invest $18 billion in new low emission technologies over the next ten years to reduce carbon emissions. The ministry also released the government's first Low Emission Technology Statement aimed at making new technologies cost-competitive with existing technologies.

    To that end, the new plan aims to: reduce the production cost of hydrogen; lower the cost of long duration battery storage systems; reduce the price of soil carbon measurement; decrease the cost of carbon capture storage (CCS) to under $20/ton; cut the production cost of low emission aluminum and for low emission steel; and others.

    Accordingly, the government will establish a Technology Investment Framework and invest around $1.9 billion in a new energy technology package and complete its Long Term Emission Reduction Strategy before the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

    As previously reported, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) recently received $1.62 billion in government funding to enhance the utilization of low emission technologies to cut emissions across the chain. (Source: Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, ARENA, Mercom India, 27 Sept., 2020) Contact: Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon Angus Taylor, +02 6277 7120, angus.taylor.mp@aph.gov.au www.minister.industry.gov.au; ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

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    Notable Quotes on the Way to a Low-Carbon Economy
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-07-22
    "The transition to a low carbon economy is one of the most complex challenges we (banking industry) face, and it will require close collaboration between both the private and public sector to get there." -- Nigel Higgins, Barclays Bank, Chairman

    "Banks have been a bit late to the game on climate action." -- Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Action Champion for the COP26 Climate talks

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    UK Retailers Collaborate to Combat Climate Change (Int'l.)
    British Retail Consortium
    Date: 2020-07-06
    In London, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) of major UK retailers is reporting plans to develop a "ground-breaking decarbonisation plan -- roadmap" on steps needed to accelerate progress to meet Net Zero UK emissions before 2050.

    The BRC effort will be conducted by environmental experts and published in the form of a road map, along with a wider industry commitment, in the run up to COP26. The work will build upon the Better Retail Better World campaign whereby retailers reduced their carbon emissions from operations by over one third since 2005.

    BRC is committed to cutting carbon emissions associated with their shops, distribution centres and logistics, but also, and most importantly, their supply chains and the products people are buying every day, according to a BRC press release. (Source: British Retail Consortium, Fibre2Fashion News Desk , July, 2020) Contact: British Retail Consortium, Peter Andrews, Sustainability Head, info@brc.org.uk, + 44 (0) 20 7854 8900, www.brc.org.uk

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

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

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

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    Rolls-Royce Focused on Net Zero Carbon by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Rolls-Royce
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In the UK, London-headquartered Rolls-Royce reports it has joined the UN Race to Zero campaign in the run up to COP26 slated for Glasgow in Nov., 2021, and reiterates its commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. To that end, Rolls Royce reports it will:
  • Align its business to the Paris Agreement goals, to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C;

  • Use its technological capabilities to play a leading role in enabling vital parts of the economy to get to net zero carbon by 2050, including aviation, shipping, rail, and power generation;

  • Continue and accelerate accelerate its R&D and investment in efficient products and novel solutions to the climate change challenge;

  • Drive changes in the efficiency of engines and work together with the fuels industry to significantly ramp up the availability of lower carbon alternative fuels.

  • Accelerate the development of new technologies and capabilities for future low emission products, including pioneering the electrification of flight;

  • Achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from operations and facilities by 2030, by using 100 pct renewable energy, closed loop manufacturing techniques on high value metals, and deploy our cutting-edge microgrid capabilities.

    The global Race To Zero campaign mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, representing 449 cities, 21 regions, 992 businesses, 38 of the biggest investors, and 505 universities. These "real economy" actors join 120 countries in the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. Collectively these actors now cover nearly 25 pct of global CO2 emissions and over 50 pct GDP, according to the campaign website. (Source: Rolls Royce, Arabian Aeorspace News, 5 June, 2020) Contact: Rolls Royce, Warren East, CEO, www.rolls-royce.com: UN Race to Zero Campaign, www.unfccc.int/climate-action/race-to-zero-campaign

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