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DEWA's Massive MBR Solar Park Advancing (Int'l. Report)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2022-01-17
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it has increased the production capacity of the first project of the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park from 300 MW to 330 MW.

The Solar Park's fifth phase will generate sufficient power for more than 270,000 residences in Dubai and will reduce carbon emissions by 1.18 million tpy. The Park is expected to be completed in 2023, according to DEWA.

In November 2019, DEWA announced the consortium led by ACWA Power and Gulf Investment Corporation as the Preferred Bidder to build and operate the 900MW 5th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, using photovoltaic solar panels based on the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) model. To implement the project, DEWA established Shuaa Energy 3 in partnership with the consortium led by ACWA Power and Gulf Investment Corporation. DEWA owns 60 pct of the company and the consortium owns the remaining 40 pct. (Source: DEWA, PR, 16 Jan., 2022) Contact: DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Thayer, CEO, Waleed Bin Salman, VP Business Development, www.dewa.gov.ae

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Wyoming CO2 Storage Project Making Progress (Ind. Report)
University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources
Date: 2022-01-17
The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources is reporting a second deep test well for site characterization is being drilled near Basin Electric's Dry Fork Station near Gillette, in Wyoming, where the CarbonSAFE drilling program is working to determine the suitability of the underground geological formations for commercial-scale carbon dioxide storage (CCS).

The drilling project is underway at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, a facility that provides space for researchers to test, in a real-life setting, carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technologies using 20 MW of actual coal-based flue gas.

Phase 2 of CarbonSAFE investigated the storage complex feasibility with the drilling of a test well at the site and a 3D geophysical survey. The well was completed at a total depth of 9,873 feet, and 625 feet of core samples from nine different geological formations were collected for analysis, which has now been concluded.

Adjacent to the first well that was completed in 2019, the new well will allow researchers to gain valuable data and fully characterize the geologic layers of the subsurface site, including the target storage reservoirs and the caprock seals. The second well is also expected to provide data to help the team design a testing program to measure the response of injection -- using water -- within the formations. (Source: University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, Minimg.com, 16 Jan., 2022)Contact: Wyoming Integrated Test Center, Jason Begger, Managing Director, jason@wyomingitc.org, www.wyomingitc.org; Basin Electric Power Cooperative University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, (307) 766-1121, www.uwyo.edu/ser

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


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,  


Biofuels Notable Quotes from Growth Energy's CEO
Growth Energy
Date: 2022-01-14
"If we want to decarbonise the transportation sector, we must use all the tools in the toolbox – including plant-based biofuels like ethanol, which reduce carbon emissions by 46 pct compared to gasoline.

"Affordable for drivers, earth-friendly, and engine smart, biofuels are the most abundant and readily available climate solution to immediately reduce carbon emissions for cars on the road today.

"The research shows that our climate goals cannot be realized without harnessing the power of homegrown energy. That's why it is critical that policymakers ensure that our farmers and rural producers remain at the forefront of the nation's efforts to accelerate our transition to a healthier, zero-emission, 100 pct renewable energy future." -- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy, 12 Jan, 2022 Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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POET Touts 2021 Growth, Climate Challenge Progress (Ind. Report)
POET
Date: 2022-01-14
Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol pioneer and world's largest ethanol producer POET last year reported a 40 pct increase in biofuel production capacity and a company roadmap to net carbon neutrality. POET also acquired six bioprocessing facilities in Iowa and Nebraska as well as two terminals in Texas and Georgia that brought the company's production capacity to 3 billion gpy of bioethanol.

The company also completed an on-site solar farm at POET headquarters and opened a second POET Pure 100 pct plant-based purified alcohol facility at POET Biorefining in Alexandria, Indian, aas well as broke ground the POET Bioproducts Institute at the Research Park at South Dakota State University. Environmental improvements at POET facilities, included installation of steam turbine technology at POET Biorefining in Mitchell, S.D. and renewable CO2 capture at POET Biorefining in Portland, Indiana. The company also partnered with Farmers Business Network to develop and use the Gradable platform at POET's 33 facilities, which tracks and records low-carbon-intensity practices by farmers so they can receive a premium for their crops in the future.

In September 2021, POET released its inaugural sustainability report along with a pledge to achieve net-zero emissions at its bioprocessing facilities by 2050. (Source: POET, Website Release, 11 Jan., 2022)Contact: POET, Jeff Brion, Pres., CEO, Joshua Shields, Senior V.P. Gov. Affairs and Communications, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com, www.poet.com/sustainability

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


Hawaiian Electric Solar Installations Top 1,000 MW (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2022-01-14
In the Aloha State, Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric is reporting a total of 1,019 MW of solar capacity has been integrated into Hawaiian Electric grids as of Dec. 31, 2021. At the end of 2021, there were 92,504 systems with 1,019 MW of solar capacity and 121 MW of battery storage on the five islands served by Hawaiian Electric. About 312 MW of that solar capacity is from grid-scale facilities with contracts to sell power to the utility.

In 2021, 4,656 private rooftop systems with 51 MW of capacity were added to the company's five island grids, which now have a total of 92,504 systems. This represents an increase of 5.3 pct over the 2020 total of 87,848.

Twenty-one percent of Hawaiian Electric's residential customers have rooftop solar. On the five islands served by Hawaiian Electric, 32 pct of single-family homes have rooftop solar.

With a commitment to cut carbon emissions from power generation 70 pct from 2005 levels by 2030, Hawaiian Electric is aiming to add 50,000 rooftop solar systems with energy storage capacity on homes and businesses over the next nine years, as well as develop community solar projects state wide.

Hawaiian Electric is committed to cut carbon emissions from power generation 70 pct from 2005 levels by 2030. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 13 Jan., 2022) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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Willdan Designs NYC Emissions Reduction Action Plan (Ind. Report)
Willdan
Date: 2022-01-14
Anaheim, California-headquartered Willdan Group, Inc. reports it has completed the development of New York City's Local Law 97 (LL97) Implementation Action Plan for near-term greenhouse gas emissions reductions for the city's portfolio of government and private buildings. LL97 requires NYC operations to reduce emissions 40 pct by 2025 and 50 pct by 2030, compared to a 2006 baseline.

The action plan calls for a broad set of interventions, including:

  • investments in cost-effective emissions reduction opportunities;
  • converting more municipal buildings' heating to electric power;
  • expanded solar installations to generate 100 MW of solar power on City properties annually by 2025;
  • 100 pct renewable electricity to power city government operations by 2026;
  • energy and emissions reduction projects at wastewater and water treatment facilities; and
  • electric vehicles and renewable fuels for New York City's vehicle fleet.

    Willdan is a nationwide provider of professional technical and consulting services to utilities, government agencies, and private industry. The company's services span a broad set of complementary disciplines that include electric grid solutions, energy efficiency and sustainability, engineering and planning, and municipal financial consulting. E3, a Willdan Company, develops long-term pathways for deep decarbonization and guides strategic decisions for utilities, regulators, developers, and investors as they implement new public policies and respond to technological advances. (Source: Willdan, PR, Website, 6 Jan., 2022) Contact: Willdan, Al Kaschalk, VP Investor Relations, 310-922-5643, akaschalk@willdan.com, www.willdan.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Willdan Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • China Tops Renewables Capacity, Carbon Emitters List (Int'l.)
    China National Energy Administration
    Date: 2022-01-12
    In Beijing, the China National Energy Administration is reporting China's accumulative installed capacity for renewable energy grew to i billion kilowatts as of the end of October, this year, doubling that in the end of 2015, and now accounts for 43.5 pct of the country's total installed power generation capacity, up 10.2 percentage points over the end of 2015.

    China's installed capacity of hydropower, wind power, solar power and biomass power generation have reached 385 million kilowatts, 299 million kilowatts, 282 million kilowatts and 35.34 million kilowatts respectively, ranking China first in the world in renewable energy and carbon emissions, according to the release. China is aiming to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: China National Energy Administration, Website Release, Nov., 2021) Contact: China National Energy Administration, english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/10/01/content_281474991089761.htm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Energy Administration,  Renewable Energy,  China Renewable Energy,  


    Transportation Emissions and Climate Change -- Notable Quotes

    Date: 2022-01-12
    "The logistics industry is currently responsible for 11 pct of global carbon emissions. To fight climate change, the transport sector needs true decarbonisation." -- Uwe Brinks, CEO , DHL Freight, www.dhl.com


    USDA Invests $9Mn in Ag. Climate Hub Partnerships (Funding)
    USDA
    Date: 2022-01-12
    In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reporting a $9 million investment in new Cooperative Extension and USDA Climate Hubs partnerships to bolster climate research and connect and share climate-smart solutions directly with the agricultural community. This investment is part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program that provides effective, translatable and scalable approaches to address climate change through regional partnerships, including the USDA Climate Hubs, and further extends outreach through organizations such as the Cooperative Extension Service.

    The initial six funded projects include:

  • University of California (Davis) will develop multifaceted pathways with the California Climate Hub to climate-smart agriculture through stakeholder needs assessments, climate-smart agriculture trainings for technical service providers, regional workshops for farmers and ranchers, and student education with Extension service-learning opportunities. Participatory program development and delivery through extensive network of stakeholders, collaborators and supporters are at the core of this integrated proposal. ($1,500,000)

  • Pennsylvania State University will create an education program to help private forests adapt and mitigate climate change, prepare minority owners to take advantage of carbon market opportunities, and prepare the forestry extension workforce to better serve their clients in forest carbon and climate issues, in collaboration with the Northern Forests and Southeast Climate Hubs. ($1,500,000)

  • Montana State University will collaborate with the Southwest and Northern Plains Climate Hub staff and regional education and extension stakeholders to develop improved educational materials, modes of communication, and issue expertise that will help in assisting farmers and ranchers to better assess the sources of past crop and livestock production losses due to weather and climate disruption, as well as explore future projections for these causes of loss. ($1,500,000)

  • Ohio State University is partnering with the Midwest Climate Hub and multiple universities to increase Midwest adoption of regionally scalable climate-smart activities. The project will improve shared understanding of needs of the Midwest's diverse stakeholders, develop shared roadmaps for livestock and cropping systems, elevate perspectives and voices of historically underserved communities including black and indigenous communities, and strengthen climate science infrastructure through a re-imagined Extension-Midwest Climate Hub partnership. ($1,500,000)

  • The Desert Research Institute Native Climate (Reno, Nevada) project team will strengthen the role of USDA Climate Hubs in Indian country by enhancing Native agroecosystem resilience through expansion of climate services and outreach in the Southwest and Northern Plains Climate Hub regions. Activities are designed to foster trust between Climate Hubs and Native farmers, ranchers, and resource managers through equitable and culturally appropriate information sharing, putting community at the center of solutions for climate change and food and nutrition security. ($1,500,000)

  • The USDA Caribbean Climate Hub is partnering with minority-serving universities, including the University of Puerto Rico and the University of the Virgin Islands Extension, and non-profits to help historically under-served communities adapt to a rapidly changing climate and extreme weather events. They will develop education and Extension programs aimed at increasing climate literacy as well as helping land managers employ climate-smart agriculture and forestry techniques. ($1,500,000)

    USDA Climate Hubs are a collaboration across the Department's agencies. They are led by the Agricultural Research Service and Forest Service located at 10 regional locations, with contributions from other USDA agencies including the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Risk Management Agency. The Climate Hubs link USDA research and program agencies in their region with the delivery of timely and authoritative tools and information to agricultural producers and professionals. (Source: USDA, PR, Jan., 2022) Contact: USDA Climate Hubs, www.climatehubs.usda.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA news,  Climate Hubs news,  Climate Change Mitigation news,  Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


  • OSU Research Touts Scrubbed CO2 Emissions MOF (R&D)
    Oregon State University
    Date: 2022-01-10
    In Corvallis, Oregon State University led researchers are touting a new three-dimensional, lanthanide-based metal organic framework (MOF) that can catalyze the production of cyclic carbonates while scrubbing CO2 from factory flue gases or from biogas -- a mix of carbon dioxide, methane and other gases.

    A MOF is an inorganic-organic hybrid, a crystalline porous material made up of positively charged metal ions surrounded by organic "linker" molecules, in this case lanthanide metals and tetracarboxylate linkers. The metal ions make nodes that bind the linkers' arms to form a repeating structure that looks something like a cage; the structure has nanosized pores that adsorb gases, similar to a sponge. MOFs can be designed with a variety of components, which determine the MOF's properties.

    Lanthanide-based materials are generally stable because of the relatively large size of lanthanide ions, as well with lanthanide MOFs, where the acidic metals form strong bonds with the linkers, keeping the MOFs stable in water and at high temperatures which is important because flue gases and biogas are hot as well as moisture rich.

    Kyriakos.Stylianou@oregonstate.edu, www.oregonstate.edu

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    Bay State Setting Truck Emissions Standards (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
    Date: 2022-01-10
    In Boston, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) last week reported plans to adopt California's accelerated truck standards requiring an increasing percentage of all medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold to be zero-emission starting in 2025. The regulations will require manufacturers to increase zero-emission truck sales in the state between 30 and 50 pct by 2030 and 40 and 75 pct by 2035.

    The move will make Massachusetts one of five states -- including Washington, Oregon, New York, New Jersey -- to adopt California's stringent rules which call for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    The move follows the collapse of a multi-state Transportation Climate Initiative which called for a cap-and-invest program targeting gas and diesel fuel consumption. TCI was projected to reduce regional emissions by as much as 26 pct in the next 11 years.

    The transportation sector accounts for roughly 40 pct of the Bay State's total greenhouse gas emissions, according to the DEP. (Source: Mass. DEP, Jan., 2022) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, 617-292-5500, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-environmental-protection

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection,  Transportation Emissions,  CO2 ,  


    Blackstone Invests $3Bn in Invenergy (Ind. Report)
    Blackstone, Invenergy, CDPQ
    Date: 2022-01-10
    Blackstone Inc. is reporting funds managed by Blackstone Infrastructure Partners have entered into a definitive agreement with the Canadian province of Quebec's giant ($389.7 billion CAD) pension fund Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ) and Invenergy for a roughly $3 billion equity investment in Invenergy Renewables Holdings LLC.

    The investment will help accelerate Invenergy's renewables development activities. CDPQ and Invenergy management remain majority owners of the company and Invenergy will continue as managing member.

    Invenergy Renewables is a major renewable energy developer with over 175 projects totaling nearly 25,000 MW developed across four continents, focused on partnerships with utilities, financial institutions and commercial and industrial customers. The company is building both the largest wind and solar projects in the United States, that combined will deliver nearly 3 GW of clean energy by 2023.

    Since 2019, Blackstone has committed nearly $13 billion in investments that it believes are consistent with the broader energy transition. Additionally in 2020, Blackstone announced a plan to reduce carbon emissions by 15 pct in aggregate within the first three years of ownership across all new investments where Blackstone has control over energy usage, according to the company. (Source: Blackstone, PR, 9 Jan., 2021) Contact: Invenergy LLC, Ryan Van Portfliet, Renewable Energy Development, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergy.com; Blackstone Inc, www.blackstone.com; CDPQ, www.cdpq.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Balckstone,  CDPQ,  Invenergy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Increased Energy Efficiency Funding Available in Scotland (Int'l.)
    Scotland Zero Carbon Buildings
    Date: 2022-01-10
    In Glasgow, Scotland's Zero Carbon Buildings Ministry is reporting increased funding is available this year through various home energy programmes to make homes warmer and more efficient, while supporting efforts to tackle fuel poverty and helping householders manage their energy bills. More than £160 million ($216 million) of funding is being invested in 2021/22 as follows:

  • £50 million for Warmer Homes Scotland, the Scottish Government scheme helping households in fuel poverty make their homes warmer and more affordable to heat;

  • £30 million in green heating and energy efficiency projects in social housing;

  • £21 million through the Home Energy Scotland Loan and Cashback Scheme to enable homeowners to apply for up to £7,500 in cashback if they take out a loan to install green heating systems, such as a heat pump, as well as up to £6,000 towards eligible energy efficiency measures to reduce poor energy efficiency;

  • £64 million for Area Based Schemes targeting communities blighted by fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency, reducing costs and carbon emissions from heating their homes.

    To date more than 150,000 households have been funded by the program and saved an average an average of £300 per year on their fuel bills whilst reducing carbon emissions by a collective 3.4 million tonnes over the lifetime of these improvements. (Source: Gov, of Scotland, Home Energy Scotland, PR, Scottish Housing News, 8 Jan., 2021) Contact: Home Energy Scotland, +44 0 808 808 2282, www.homeenergyscotland.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Efficiency Funding news,  


  • LafargeHolcim Espana CCUS JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
    LafargeHolcim,Carbon Clean
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In Madrid, cement producer LafargeHolcim Espana is reporting the launch of ECCO2, a joint venture with London-headquartered Carbon Clean and Sistemas de Calor to develop carbon capture technology for use at the producer's Carboneras cement plant in Almería.

    When commissioned in early 2023, the carbon capture system will capture 10 pct of the Carboneras plant's CO2 emissions that will be marketed plant for use as a gas in local agricultural greenhouse operations. (Source: LafargeHolcim Espana, PR World Cement, Jan., 2022) Contact: LafargeHolcim Espana, +34 912 13 31 00 www.lafargeholcim.es; Carbon Clean, Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, +44 20 3865 0638, www.carbonclean.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LafargeHolcim,  Carbon Clean,  CCS CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Beijing Claims China ETS World's Largest Carbon Market (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Market
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In Beijing, the China Ministry of Ecology and Environment is reporting the country's national emissions trading system (ETS), which was officially launched this past July, saw the equivalent of $1.2 billion in turnover in 2021 and has surpassed the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) as the world's largest emissions trading system -- carbon market.

    A total of 2,162 power companies included in the country's carbon market produced an estimated 4.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2021, according to the Ministry data.

    In creating a national ETS, China began piloting emissions trading at the regional level in 2011, covering seven provinces and cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. As previously reported, China aims to bring its carbon emissions to a peak before 2030 and become carbon neutral before 2060.

    Besides the EU ETS and China, national or sub-national systems are already operating or under development in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States. (Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, CGTN, 5 Jan, 2022) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, www. english.mee.gov.cn

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    World Bank Talks Carbon Pricing (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    World Bank
    Date: 2022-01-07
    "The phrase put a price on carbon has now become well known with momentum growing among countries and business to put a price on carbon pollution as a means of bringing down emissions and drive investment into cleaner options.

    "There are several paths governments can take to price carbon, all leading to the same result. They begin to capture what are known as the external costs of carbon emissions -- costs that the public pays for in other ways, such as damage to crops and health care costs from heat waves and droughts or to property from flooding and sea level rise -- and tie them to their sources through a price on carbon.

    "A price on carbon helps shift the burden for the damage back to those who are responsible for it, and who can reduce it. Instead of dictating who should reduce emissions where and how, a carbon price gives an economic signal and polluters decide for themselves whether to discontinue their polluting activity, reduce emissions, or continue polluting and pay for it. In this way, the overall environmental goal is achieved in the most flexible and least-cost way to society. The carbon price also stimulates clean technology and market innovation, fueling new, low-carbon drivers of economic growth.

    "There are two main types of carbon pricing: emissions trading systems (ETS) and carbon taxes:

  • An ETS -- sometimes referred to as a cap-and-trade system -- caps the total level of greenhouse gas emissions and allows those industries with low emissions to sell their extra allowances to larger emitters. By creating supply and demand for emissions allowances, an ETS establishes a market price for greenhouse gas emissions. The cap helps ensure that the required emission reductions will take place to keep the emitters (in aggregate) within their pre-allocated carbon budget.

  • A carbon tax directly sets a price on carbon by defining a tax rate on greenhouse gas emissions or -- more commonly -- on the carbon content of fossil fuels. It is different from an ETS in that the emission reduction outcome of a carbon tax is not pre-defined but the carbon price is.

    "The choice of the instrument will depend on national and economic circumstances. There are also more indirect ways of more accurately pricing carbon, such as through fuel taxes, the removal of fossil fuel subsidies, and regulations that may incorporate a 'social cost of carbon.' Greenhouse gas emissions can also be priced through payments for emission reductions. Private entities or sovereigns can purchase emission reductions to compensate for their own emissions (so-called offsets) or to support mitigation activities through results-based finance.

    "Presently, some 40 countries and more than 20 cities, states and provinces already use carbon pricing mechanisms, with more planning to implement them in the future. Together the carbon pricing schemes now in place cover about half their emissions, which translates to about 13 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions." (Source: World Bank, Website, 2022) Contact: World Bank, www.worldbank.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Carbon Tax,  Cap-and-Trade,  Carbon Emissiuons,  EU ETS,  


  • AEGIS Hedging Solutions Acquires Emission Advisors (M&A)
    AEGIS Hedging Solutions
    Date: 2022-01-05
    In the Lone Star State, The Woodlands-based AEGIS Hedging Solutions is reporting the acquisition of Houston-headquartered Emission Advisors, a leader in the environmental markets.

    Emission Advisors works with companies across multiple sectors to understand, purchase, sell, and retire voluntary and compliance offsets in multiple environmental markets including: voluntary carbon offsets; emission reduction credits (ERCs); carbon allowances (California Cap and Trade Program and RGGI; regional emissions markets (Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Mass Emissions Cap and Trade Program and Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (RECLAIM); renewable energy Certificates (RECs); Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits; RINS under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program; and Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) allowances. The company provides structured environmental compliance, brokerage, consulting, and portfolio optimization services to a large diverse client base.

    AEGIS simplifies commodity and environmental markets for companies serious about managing their commodity exposures and/or emission footprints. AEGIS has unmatched technology and expertise to deliver market insights, tailored hedge strategies, efficient trade execution, and full-cycle management of hedge positions -- all designed for regulatory compliance. (Source: AEGIS Hedging Solutions, PR, 5 Jan., 2021) Contact: AEGIS Hedging Solutions, Bryan Sanbury, CEO; Emission Advisors , Mike Taylor , 713-385-3321, mtaylor@aegis-hedging.com, www.aegis-hedging.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AEGIS Hedging Solutions ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Offset,  


    Spades Touts Climate Resilience Enterprise (Ind. Report)
    Spades Touts Climate Resilience Enterprise (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2022-01-05
    Minneapolis-based specific benefit for profit corporation Spades reports it is developing three new tree planting projects involving 1,000,000 acres, 100 million trees, and 100 million MT of sequestered carbon, with dozens of projects in its pipeline. Spades biotechnology increases tree survival to improve climate resilience, investor returns, local economic development and provide returns via carbon offsets timber, and agroforestry.

    Spades proprietary solutions include Terrazone™ which helps fit people and land, negotiating between competing rural land uses, including the protection of habitat; Ecofit™biotech helps select the right combination of local tree species for current and future environments; engagement with the largest tree grower network in the world and local governments; and balanced finance to help unlock higher returns for investors, donors, and local landowners, applying monitoring and standards to track outcomes for 50 years.

    Spades projects are open to diverse habitats and locations, from temperate to tropical, coastlines to highlands, in developed and developing nations. The first three projects are in Africa and Latin America.

    Established in 2019, Spades is committed to developing profitable projects to reforest the world. Our vision is to sustain the world by integrating thriving human, environmental, and economic solutions. Spades' solutions meet multiple urgent, global needs of stakeholders. Reforestation, regenerative agriculture, integrated rural land use development, diversified ecosystems, greater food security, better water resources, carbon sequestration, air quality, and income and investment opportunities are just a few areas that will reap rewards from Spades work, according to the company.

    According to a May 2021 report by the UNCCD, more than 125 countries have made commitments to improve their land and ecosystems. National pledges to take action already cover over 1 billion hectares. (Source: Spades, PR, Jan., 2022) Contact: Spades for Life, Raymond Menard, CEO, www.spades.life

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Reforestation,  Aforestation,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Sequestration,  


    Michigan Big Wild Forest Carbon (Offsets) Project Touted (Ind. Report)
    Michigan DNR, Bluesource
    Date: 2022-01-03
    In Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Salt Lake City-headquartered environmental services and carbon finance markets specialist Bluesource are touting their previously announced Bluesource/DNR Big Wild Forest Carbon (Offsets) Project allowing state residents and companies to offset their carbon emissions through the purchase of carbon credits. These credits signify carbon taken out of the atmosphere and stored in trees through photosynthesis.

    The project will be conducted on 100,000 acres in The Big Wild of the Pigeon River Country State Forest in the Northern Lower Peninsula. Plots of land have already been measured, but credits will not be issued until May 2022. Bluesource has 76 similar projects covering 3 million acres nationwide and has been effective in helping to generate millions of carbon offsets, according to Bluesource.

    Michigan utility DTE has committed to purchase all of the Big Wild Forest Carbon Project carbon credits for the next 10 years at an estimated cost of $10 million as part of its strategy to attain net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. DTE residential customers can voluntarily choose to offset their carbon emissions partially or fully by making payments ranging from $4 to $16 per month. (Source: Bluesource, Jan., 2021) Contact: Bluesource/DNR Big Wild Forest Carbon Project, 801 322 4750 , www.bluesource.com; Michigan DNR Big Wild Forest Carbon Project, Scott Whitcomb, 800-292-7800 www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79134_103466---,00.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credit,  Bluesource,  


    Carbon50 Calls for 50-State Climate Change Solution (Ind. Report)
    Carbon50
    Date: 2021-12-31
    A new network of former lawmakers, farm leaders, and clean energy advocates has gathered under the banner of Carbon-50 to support an inclusive, 50-state strategy to address climate change. "To confront the enormous threats posed by climate change, we need solutions that will outlast any single administration, and that requires an inclusive, 50-state strategy that creates green jobs from the coast to the farm belt. We urge policymakers to go beyond the traditional lip service and sincerely embrace the leadership potential of groups like farmers, who are eager to work with the Biden administration to promote renewable electricity, low-carbon biofuels, efficiency, and innovative techniques that can turn our farmland into a carbon sink,' the release noted.

    Carbon50 notes that 41 states already have more clean energy jobs than fossil fuel jobs, but the profile of those jobs is very different from state to state. The coalition supports broad-based solutions that are economically meaningful across a diversity of communities, and it opposes strategies that pit one low-carbon solution against another.

    To that end, the coalition has outlined principles for a 50-state carbon plan, available at www.Carbon50.org (Source: Carbon50, May 2021) Contact: Carbon50, www.Carbon50.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon50 news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  


    Future of Biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond (Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass, IPCC
    Date: 2021-12-31
    The attached The Future of Biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond article is from wood pellet manufacturer Enviva Biomass, "the world's largest producer of sustainable wood pellets, a renewable alternative to coal:

    "Wood-based bioenergy is part of an all-in renewables strategy to reduce carbon emissions and limit dependence on fossil fuels. The world's leading authority on climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognizes bioenergy as a renewable energy source that is critical to our low-carbon future. The IPCC also concludes that sustainable forest management is critical to prevent forest conversion to non-forest uses. We need bioenergy both to replace fossil fuels and to keep forests as forests," according to the Enviva.

    Download the Enviva The future of biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond report HERE . (Source: Enviva Biomass, Website PR, 30 Dec., 2021) Contact: Enviva, Exec. VP, Sales and Marketing, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

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    China Boasts "Green" Development, Buildings Growth (Int'l. Report)
    China Green Building
    Date: 2021-12-31
    In Beijing, China's Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development is reporting the country's "green" buildings has exceeded 6.6 billion square meters, in line with the government's push to raise building energy efficiency standards, cut energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions nationwide.

    To that end, the Ministry recently issued a guideline of institutional mechanisms and policy systems for green development in urban and rural areas to be established by 2025. The Ministry will also formulate a 14th "five-year plan" on urban and rural living environment planning and taking measures to promote and coordinate eco-environmental construction standards, energy efficiency and "green" development, the release noted. (Source: Xinhua, China.org.cn, 25 Oct., 2021)

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    CNG Fuels Claims Scotland's First Biomethane Station (Int'l.)
    CNG Fuels
    Date: 2021-12-29
    In the UK, London-headqauartered CNG Fuels Ltd. is reporting the opening of Scotland's first public access biomethane gas refueling station between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The facility can refuel up to 450 heavy trucks per day with biomethane sourced from food waste.

    Biomethane will cut carbon emissions by 90 pct and reduce lifetime vehicle cost by 30-40 pct compared to diesel fuel, according to the release. (Source: CNG Fuels, PR, 17 Dec., 2021) Contact: CNG Fuels Ltd., +44 20 3907 3936, www.cngfuels.com

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    Bloom Energy Tapped for Indian Green Hydrogen Microgrid (Int'l.)
    Bloom Energy
    Date: 2021-12-29
    San Jose, California-headquartered hydrogen fuel cell specialist Bloom Energy reports it has been tapped by NTPC Limited, India's largest energy conglomerate and utility, to provide electrolyzer and hydrogen-powered fuel cell technologies for India's first green hydrogen-based energy storage deployment. Thee project aims to explore large-scale, off-grid hydrogen energy storage and microgrid projects at strategic locations throughout the country.

    The collaboration will utilize Bloom Energy's solid oxide, high temperature electrolyzer to generate green hydrogen from solar powered electricity. The project is expected to commence in 2022.

    Bloom Energy's high-temperature electrolyzer produces hydrogen more efficiently than low-temperature PEM and alkaline electrolyzers. Bloom's solid oxide fuel cells combine ambient air with natural gas, biogas, hydrogen, or a blend of fuels to produce electricity through a non-combustion electrochemical reaction, resulting in reduced carbon emissions, harmful air pollutants, and water use compared to grid alternatives, according to Bloom. (Source: Bloom Energy, PR, 20 Dec., 2021) Contact: Bloom Energy, Edward Vallejo, (267) 370-9717, Edward.Vallejo@bloomenergy.com, www.bloomenergy.com ; www.bloomenergy.com/technology/powering-the-future; NTPC Limited, www.ntpc.co.in

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    Kraft Heinz Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Kraft Heinz
    Date: 2021-12-29
    Chicago-headquartered food processing giant Kraft Heinz Co. has announced a pledge to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its operational footprint (Scope 1 and Scope 2) and entire global supply chain (Scope 3) by 2050. As a milestone on its path to achieving net zero emissions, it will target a near-term emissions reduction of 50 pct by 2030 across all three scopes.

    To that end, the Kraft Heinz net zero program aims to: promote regenerative and sustainable practices across the company's agricultural supply chain through its Sustainable Agricultural Practices Manual, which guides efforts to source 100 pct of Heinz ketchup tomatoes sustainably by 2025; transition to more circular and recyclable consumer packaging; procure a majority of the company's electricity from renewable sources by 2025; and continue the transition of key on-site manufacturing facilities to renewable energy sources.

    In 2020 and 2021, Kraft Heinz conducted an assessment related to its total value chain emissions, including verifying all three scope emissions by an independent third-party. Its Scope 3 emissions account for approximately 95 pct of the company’s total emissions, so will be a primary focus of the reduction efforts.

    Kraft Heinz will work in partnership with key suppliers, including ingredient and packaging suppliers, which account for approximately 62 pct and 12 pct of Kraft Heinz's Scope 3 footprint respectively, to reduce emissions across its value chain. That follows the company's own recently updated Supplier Guiding Principles as a north star. Other focus areas will include upstream and downstream transportation and distribution, end-of-life treatment and use of sold products.

    Additionally, in 2021, Kraft Heinz renewed its commitment to set a science-based emissions reduction target by 2023, in alignment with the new Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Net-Zero Standard, and will follow the most current, credible and widely accepted climate science standards available. (Source: Kraft Heinz, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Kraft Heinz, 800-543-5335, www.kraftheinzcompany.com

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    CarbonCure Touts 500th Carbon Tech System Sale (Ind. Report)
    CarbonCure Technologies
    Date: 2021-12-29
    Nova Scotia, Canada-headquartered CarbonCure Technologies, a climate tech company that provides a suite of carbon dioxide removal technologies to the concrete industry, has announced the sale of its 500th system to the Don Chapin Company in Salinas, California, part of a three-plant rollout of CarbonCure Ready Mix.

    CarbonCure's long-term vision is to support the complete decarbonization of the concrete manufacturing process through continued innovation and rapid scaling of its suite of carbon mineralization solutions. Year over year, CarbonCure's output of sustainable concrete increased 91 pct across the industry. According to Carbon Cure, the company's carbon removal technologies have been used in more than 15.5 million cubic yards (11.9 million cubic meters) of concrete to date -- equivalent to building the Hoover Dam 4.5 times or the Pentagon 35 times -- and have saved more than 132,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide to date -- equal to the annual emissions from 28,750 cars. (Source: Carbon Cure Technologies, PR, 16 Dec., 2021) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

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    China Pursuing Multi-Level Low-Carbon Effort (Int'l. Report)
    China
    Date: 2021-12-29
    In Beijing, the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is reporting China's commitment to peak its carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 is both national and regional in character.

    The Ministry notes various levels of government are adopting low-carbon policies for green zero-carbon and zero-emission clean energy heating, increased energy efficiency, decreased use of fossil fuels and increased use of renewable energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS), green and low-carbon logistics and infrastructure and other initiatives tailored to local conditions and industries which are exploring their own green development paths to achieve climate goals. (Source: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Xinhua, 29 Dec., 2021) Contact: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, http://english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/08/23/content_281474983035940.htm

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    GreenGasUSA, Duke Univ. Ink RNG Purchase Agreement (Ind. Report)
    GreenGasUSA
    Date: 2021-12-22
    In Durham, North Carolina, Duke University and Charleston, South Carolina-based have announced a 20-year partnership under which Duke will purchase of renewable natural gas (RNG) which will be used to achieve carbon neutrality at the University's Campus.

    Renewable Natural Gas is produced by capturing methane which is 28 times more damaging to the atmosphere greater than CO2. As demand for renewable sources of energy continues to increase, GreenGasUSA is committed towards partnering with world class educational institutions and businesses that are committed to environmental stewardship and improving technologies and processes to further reduce carbon emissions. (Source: GreenGasUSA, Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: GrenGasUSA, (307) 201-3516. sales@greengasusa.com, www.greengasusa.com; Duke University, www.duke.edu

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    NYSERDA Awards $14.5Mn to Carbon Challenge Winners (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-12-22
    In Albany, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) yesterday announced nearly $14.5 million in awards to the third-round winners of the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Carbon Challenge -- part of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Round XI awards. The awarded entities include: the City of New York; Columbia University Irving Medical Center; St. John's University; Cascades Containerboard Packaging Niagara Falls; Essity Hygiene in the Capitol Region; Holcim (US) Inc. in Ravena; and IBM Corporation.

    The winning entities have committed to high-impact actions that will shrink their carbon footprints and result in a reduction of over 1.2 million metric tpy of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking approximately 260,000 cars off the road. Yesterday's announcement supports the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 pct by 2050 and advance a just transition for difficult-to-decarbonize and energy-intensive economic sectors.

    Launched in May 2018 and administered by NYSERDA, the C&I Carbon Challenge is a competitive program that provides funding to large commercial and industrial energy users such as manufacturers, colleges, health care facilities and office building owners in New York State to develop various cost-effective clean energy projects that reduce carbon emissions.

    The winning proposals, submitted through the State's annual CFA process, demonstrate the highest potential for cost-effectively implementing carbon-reducing clean energy actions. Projects that benefit disadvantaged communities received extra points in the scoring criteria when determining awards.

    With yesterday's announcement, more than $31 million has been awarded through the C&I Carbon Challenge for projects that are reducing carbon emissions to improve statewide sustainability and combat climate change. Past awardees have collectively committed to reducing over 2.7 million metric tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of taking approximately 585,000 cars off the road.

    NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. (Source: NYSERDA, PR, 21 Dec., 2021) Contact: NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    Quebec's Emissions Targets in Doubt (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-12-20
    In Quebec City, the Quebec Coalition Avenir Quebec (the Coalition for Quebec's Future) confirmed the province's greenhouse gas emissions climbed in 2019, the latest year for which figures are available, putting Quebec further away from its Paris Agreement goals.

    In announcing the setback, Quebec Environment Minister Benoit Charette -- in true to established political fashion -- laid blame on the policies of the previous government then added the present administration was tabling a bill that would put an end to the exploitation of fossil fuels in the province and other measures that will move the province closer to its 2030 goal of reducing GHG emissions 37.5 pct lower than 1990 levels. Presently, the province's emissions levels are only 2.7 pct below 1990 levels.

    Federally, Canada's overall emissions went up up 0.2 above 1990 levels in 2019. (Source: Coalition Avenir Quebec, CBC, 18 Dec., 2021) Contact: Coalition Avenir Quebec, www.coalitionavenirquebec.org/en

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    Korean Carbon Emissions Trading Market Expanding (Int'l. Report)
    Korea Market
    Date: 2021-12-20
    In Busan, South Korea, the Korea Exchange (KRX) -- South Korea's sole securities exchange operator founded in 2015 -- is reporting 20 local brokerage houses have been approved to participate in Korean carbon emissions/carbon credit trading.

    To date, 650 registered businesses as well as five market makers -- the Korea Development Bank, Industrial Bank of Korea, Korea Investment, SK Securities and Hana Financial Investment -- have been approved to participate in the market.

    The value of the local carbon emissions trading market grew from 1.6 billion won ($1.3 million) in 2018 to 2.5 billion won in 2020. The South Korean emissions credit price is around 30,000 won per ton, up from 8,000 won in 2015. (Source: Korea Exchange, Korea Times, Dec., 2021) Contact: Korea Exchange, www. global.krx.co.kr/main/main.jsp

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    Willdan Claims $90Mn NYCHA GHG Reductions Contract (Ind. Report)
    Willdan,New York City Housing Authority
    Date: 2021-12-20
    Anaheim, California-headquartered Willdan Group, Inc. reports it has been selected by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to provide innovative thermal load solutions to reduce emissions and address climate change.

    The $90 million design-build contract will see heat pump installations and upgrades to domestic hot water availability, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with NYCHA's sustainability agenda.

    The contract is aiming for a minimum 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions, compliant with New York City's Local Law 97. Construction work is slated to begin in November of 2021 (Pink Houses) and January of 2022 (Tilden Houses).

    The New York City Housing Authority is the largest public housing authority in North America, with 177,000 apartments within 335 housing developments. (Source: Willdan, PR, 14 Dec., 2021) Contact:New York City Housing Authority, www1.nyc.gov › site › nycha; Willdan, Thomas Brisban, Pres., Al Kaschalk , VP Investor Relations , 310-922-5643, akaschalk@willdan.com, www.willdan.com

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    Ameresco Announces £1.09 Welsh Energy Conservation Project (Int'l.)
    Aneresco
    Date: 2021-12-20
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency service firm Ameresco, Inc., is reporting its partnership with Merthyr Tydfil Council in Wales on a £1.09 million energy conservation project.

    Known as the former "Iron Capital of the World", Merthyr Tydfil is transforming itself into a modern commercial hub and smart city. With the help of Ameresco, the city council will look to provide solutions across the council's 31 sites, including upgrades to the town's aging infrastructure, optimizing the lifespan of the existing equipment, installing nine solar pv systems and 30 LED lighting upgrades, and implementing smart heating and hot water systems.

    Upon completions in March, 2022, the project is expected to save the city £136,000 from its annual energy cost of £1.2 million and reduce carbon emissions from buildings by 251 tpy. The project also marks progress toward Merthyr Tydfil's goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, as outlined by the Welsh government. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, 16 Dec., 2021) Contact: Merthyr Tydfil Council, Judith Jones, +44 1685 725000, www.merthyr.gov.uk;Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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    EcoPenguin, COTAP Partner to Help Counteract Cryptocurrency's Climate Impacts (Int'l. Report)
    EcoPenguin,Plan Vivo
    Date: 2021-12-20
    Amsterdan-headquartered EcoPenguin, the world's first carbon offsetting platform in the cryptocurrency space, is partnering with the non-profit Carbon Offsets to Alleviate Poverty (COTAP), the first carbon offset provider to accept all major cryptocurrencies, to provide the cryptocurrency community with convenient ways to take responsibility for its environmental footprint and mitigate its climate impacts.

    Cryptocurrencies are carbon-intensive and have a large climate impact, since they depend on high-powered computers to validate billions of transactions on a blockchain. Bitcoin currently accounts for 1 pct of global electricity consumption -- as much as entire countries -- and generates 95 Mtpy of carbon emissions and 1000 kg for a single transaction. Bitcoin miners have even brought disused coal plants out of retirement to meet their energy needs, according to the release.

    EcoPenguin's mission is to help decarbonize cryptocurrency and build a thriving, eco-friendly crypto community. COTAP's mission is to empower individuals and organizations in developed countries to address climate change and global poverty simultaneously.

    COTAP's carbon offsets counteract carbon emissions with tree planting, agroforestry, and forest protection operations in Nicaragua, Uganda, India, Fiji, Indonesia, and Mexico. The projects are all located in areas where income levels are less than $2 per day.

    COTAP offset projects are certified under Plan Vivo, the world's longest-standing voluntary standard for forest carbon, which stipulates that rural communities must own the carbon offset projects and must receive at least 60 pct of the revenues the projects generate.

    Download EcoPenguin White Paper HERE . (Source: EcoPenguin, PR, 20 Dec., 2021) Contact: EcoPenguin, www.ecopenguin.com/home; COTAP, www.cotap.org; Plan Vivo Foundation, www.planvivo.org

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    Penna. GOP House Stymies State's RGGI Membership (Reg & Leg)
    Pennsylvania, RGGI
    Date: 2021-12-17
    Further to our 28 February, 2020 coverage, on Wednesday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled House voted to approve a resolution designed to block Gov. Tom Wolf's (D) ongoing effort to bring the Keystone State into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) fold. Wolf is expected to veto the House measure which failed to muster a two-thirds majority that would have prevented a veto.

    Under RGGI, participating states establish a regional cap on CO2 emissions, with the cap adjusted downward over time to reduce emissions further. Large fossil-fuel emitters essentially buy allowances for carbon they emit through an auction.

    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: Office of the Governor, Enquirer, 16 Dec., 2021) Contact: RGGI, www.rggi.org; Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, 717-787-2500,www.governor.pa.gov

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    Big Apple Joining "Green Buildings" Initiative (Ind. Report)
    New York City Council
    Date: 2021-12-17
    New York City Council is reporting the passage of legislation banning fossil fuels in new developments in the Big Apple. The bill would impact buildings of seven stories or less beginning in 2023 but would apply to all buildings by 2027. The bill is expected to be signed into force by Mayor Bill de Blasio before the year end.

    Under the legislation, new buildings would likely have to use more electricity -- largely generated using coal and natural gas.

    With the legislation, New York City would join other cities, such as Berkley, California, which started the "green buildings" initiative two years ago, in prioritizing an arbitrary climate change agenda over economic ends.(Source: New York City Council, PR, NPR, 15 Dec., 2021) Contact: New York City Council, www.council.nyc.gov

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    Goldman Sachs Sets Client Carbon Emissions Targets (Ind. Report)
    Goldman Sachs
    Date: 2021-12-17
    In the Big Apple, banking giant Goldman Sachs Group Inc. -- the second-largest investment bank in the world -- reports its emissions reduction efforts will initially focus on working with its corporate clients in high-emissions sectors -- oil and gas, power generation and auto manufacturing -- to reduce emissions by 2030.

    Starting with a baseline of 2019 levels, the bank said it would help oil and gas clients reduce emissions by 17-22 pct, power by 48-65 pct and autos by 49-54 pct by 2030 in support of reaching net-zero by 2050. According to the release, the bank's research shows that $56 trillion will be needed needed in green infrastructure investments globally to reach a net-zero economy by 2050.

    Goldman Sachs' new efforts come as climate-focused investors are calling on the major U.S. banks to rapidlyly and significantly scale back their financing of new fossil fuel development, saying current commitments to curb global emissions are not enough. In October, Goldman Sachs joined the United Nations-backed Net Zero Banking Alliance. (Source: Goldman Sachs, PR, CNBC, Dec., 2021) Contact: Goldman Sachs, www.goldmansachs.com

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    Seagrass, Blue Carbon's Role in Climate Change Fight Studied (Int'l)
    Seagrass
    Date: 2021-12-17
    A new study by an international team of researchers led by Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon has found that some tropical seagrass meadows absorb significantly less carbon dioxide than previously thought and are accordingly less effective in removing and sequestering atmospheric CO2 and fighting climate change than previously thought.

    In the warm tropical waters, the metabolic processes of seagrass converts dissolved carbonates to lime which trickles to the seafloor. This results in the loss of carbonate, which would otherwise bind carbon dioxide. "The result is that these seagrass meadows hardly bind any carbon dioxide. On the contrary, they tend to release carbon dioxide through various other biochemical processes," according to Prof. Helmuth Thomas, Director of the Hereon Institute of Carbon Cycles and a coauthor of the study. (Source: Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Dec., 2021) Contact: Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Prof. Helmuth Thomas, Director of the Hereon Institute of Carbon Cycles, www.hereon.de/index.php.en, Hereon Institute of Carbon Cycles, www.hereon.de/institutes/carbon_cycles/index.php.en

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    CT, Gov. Inks Climate, Energy Efficiency Exec. Order (Ind. Report)
    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont
    Date: 2021-12-17
    In Hartford, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) has issued a sweeping executive order requiring the state to review all public buildings for energy efficiency, develop home appliance standards and building codes aimed at reducing energy costs. expanding air quality monitoring statewide. The order will also create a new Connecticut Equity and Environmental Justice Advisory Council to address higher pollution levels and climate change mitigation, particularly in poorer and more racially diverse communities.

    Connecticut officials will also assess whether California's stricter emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles can be adopted in Connecticut. The order also directs state officials to work with cities and towns on projects to guard against the effects of climate change, including flooding.

    The governor's new executive follows a Sept., 2021, report that Connecticut was not on track to meet its goal of reducing GHG emissions by 45 pct over 2001 levels by 2030. (Source: Office of Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, PR, 16 Dec., 2021) Contact: Office of Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, 860-524-7397, ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/Contact/Email-Governor-Lamont, Twitter: @GovNedLamont, portal.ct.gov/governor

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    First Gigaton Captured to Accelerate Carbon Capture (Ind. Report)
    First Gigaton Captured , Rocky Mountain INstitute
    Date: 2021-12-15
    Boulder, Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is reporting global climate technology startup accelerator Third Derivative (D3) has entered a new four-year partnership with the not-for-profit Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust to launch First Gigaton Captured. First Gigaton will work to find, fund, and scale the most promising Carbon Removal startups through a joint effort aimed to massively scale breakthrough negative emissions technologies.

    Third Derivative aligns the world's most promising climate tech startups with focused investors, corporate partners and market experts to increase the success and speed to market of these innovations. First Gigaton Captured will support the rapid deployment of viable carbon removal solutions to full commercial adoption with a dedicated Carbon Capture Cohort of startups admitted to D3's program in 2022. Key elements of the First Gigaton Captured partnership include:

  • Leveraging the expertise of D3 and the RMI to deliver a body of research that finds and highlights the most promising carbon capture and removal pathways.

  • Launching a deeply-resourced D3 Carbon Capture Cohort in 2022, supporting the market's most-promising carbon capture startups with deployable and high impact solutions including scientific and market experts to support technical advancement and direct funding opportunities to help startups advance their systems to integrated pilot scale.

  • Unlocking a significant amount of catalytic capital to accelerate the technical development of high impact DAC solutions, including funding proof-of-concepts, pilots, and first-of-a-kind commercial facilities., and

  • Cultivating the market demand for high quality carbon removal with leading corporate partners.

    In addition to the Grantham Trust partnership, 16 startups have joined the 46 current climate tech startups currently in Third Derivative's global accelerator program.

    Founded in 2020 by RMI and New Energy Nexus, Third Derivative (D3) is accelerating the rate of climate innovation by uniting and aligning committed investors, large corporations, and market and policy experts with the world's most promising climate tech startups. (Source: Rocky Mountain Institute, Website PR, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: Grantham Foundation, www.granthamfoundation.org;D3, www.Third-Dirivative.org; RMI, www.rmi.org

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  • Aussie Air Carrier Commits to SAF (Int'l. Report)
    Qantas.BP
    Date: 2021-12-15
    In the Land Down Under, air carrier Qantas reports it will be the first Australian air carrier to fly commercial trips using sustainable fuel alternatives (SAF) under a deal to buy 10 million litres of biofuels from BP in 2023 and 2024 for flights departing London's Heathrow Airport. The SAF will be blended with regular jet fuel to reduce carbon emissions on its flights from London by 10 pct, according to the release.

    Qantas has committed to spending $50 million on sustainable aviation fuels before 2050 as part of its net-zero emissions by 2050 plan. (Source: Qantas, PR Dec., 2021) Contact: Qantas, Andrew Parker , Sustainability Officer, Alan Joyce, CEO, (02) 9691 3636, info@qantas.com, www.qantas.com/au/en.html; BP, www.bp.com

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    Nestle Australia Going 100 Pct Renewable Energy (Int'l. Report)
    Nestle
    Date: 2021-12-15
    Swiss food giant Nestle is reporting its Australian unit, Nestle Australia, is switching its six Australian factories, two distribution center, three corporate offices, 20 retail boutiques, and laboratory to 100 pct renewable electricity, and, to that end, has partnered with CWP Renewables for its first wind energy power purchase agreement (PPA). The company is aiming to reduce its net emissions by 50 pct by 2030 and achieving net-zero by 2050.

    CWP Renewables' Crudine Ridge and Sapphire wind farms in NSW will generate sufficient electricity to meet Nestle Australia's needs each year -- the equivalent of powering approximately 19,000 households per year. With the switch to renewable, Nestlewill avoid around 73,000 tpy of carbon emissions. The company is also committing to achieving carbon neutrality for several of its brands as well as making 100 pct of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 .

    Download the Nestle Net Zero Roadmap HERE (Source: Nestle, Dec., 2021) Contact: Nestle, Nestle Oceania, Sandra Martinez, CEO, www.nestle.com; CWP Renewables, Jason Willoughby, CEO, www.wprenewables.com

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    US DOE EERE Launches Better Climate Challenge (Ind. Report)
    US DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-12-15
    The US DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is challenging companies, states, municipalities, and other organizations to set ambitious, portfolio-wide, and near-term operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals to demonstrate leadership and share real-world pathways to address climate change.

    Through the Better Climate Challenge, partners will commit to a portfolio-wide goal of at least 50 pct by 2030 and DOE will support their efforts with technical assistance and peer-to-peer learning to share solutions to reduce emissions from their facilities and through power purchasing decisions.

    This effort will build on over a decade of experience through the Better Buildings Initiative to drive portfolio-wide accountable and transparent commitments across the public and private sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the commercial, industrial, and multifamily sector, while providing whole-of-government technical assistance to help those companies/organizations meet their targets. DOE has started engaging leaders across the U.S. economy. There are already 32 organizations that have joined Better Climate Challenge.

    Details HERE . (Source: US DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Nov-Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE, www. betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

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    Standard Solar Nails Virginia Schools Solar Arrays (Ind. Report)
    Standard Solar
    Date: 2021-12-15
    Rockville, Maryland-headquartered solar energy specialist Standard Solar Inc. is reporting the completion of seven rooftop solar arrays totaling 3.3 MW for Isle of Wight County Schools in the Old Dominion State. Combined, the 7 arrays arrays are projected to produce an estimated 4,252-MWh of clean energy each year while offsetting carbon emissions equivalent to 7.6 million miles driven by an average car.

    The arrays, on the rooftops of Carrollton Elementary School, Carrsville Elementary School, GD Tyler Middle School, Smithfield Main, Windsor Elementary School and Windsor High School, make Isle of Wight County Schools among the first in the area to transition to renewable energy. According to a report by Generation180, 89 Virginia schools had installed solar as of the close of 2019. Standard Solar owns and operates more than 225 MW of solar across the U.S.. (Source: Standard Solar, Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Standard Solar, John Finnerty, Director of Project Development, 240-479-1519, john.finnerty@standardsolar.com, www.standardsolar.com

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    LanzaTech Collaborates on Carbon Emissions Fabrics (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-12-15
    Chicago-headquartered ethanol producer LanzaTech is reporting a collaboration with Inditex that led to the design of a capsule collection for the retail group's Zara Brand that incorporates fabric made with carbon emissions, avoiding their emission into the atmosphere (CarbonSmart™).

    LanzaTech's biological process captures and converts steel mill emissions that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. LanzaTech recycles the emissions into Lanzanol (ethanol) through a fermentation process. The Lanzanol is then converted into low carbon monoethylene glycol by the company India Glycols Limited which is then converted into low carbon polyester yarn by Far Eastern New Century (FENC).

    Beyond industrial emissions, LanzaTech converts various feedstocks including agricultural or household waste into ethanol through a fermentation process much like that of beer or wine, only using waste carbon from sugars and microbes, instead of yeast, according to the release. (Source: LanzaTech, PR, 13 Dec., 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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    Elysian Carbon Mgmt. Wins $350Mn Funding Commitment (Funding)
    Elysian Carbon Management
    Date: 2021-12-13
    In the Lone Star State, San Antonio-headquartered start-up Elysian Carbon Management is reporting an initial capital commitment of $350 million from EnCap Flatrock Midstream , also in San Antonio, to develop integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) solutions.

    Elysian is focused on development projects for carbon management and the funding will help the company work on the design, engineering, contracting, permitting and construction of projects that will capture carbon dioxide emissions from primarily industrial emitters such as refineries, ethanol plants, cement plants, power plants, for storage at Elysian facilities. The company is aiming to reduce carbon emissions by at least 10 million metric tons per year, (Source: Elysian Carbon Management, Midland Reportere-Telegarm, 11 Dec., 2021) Contact: Elysian Carbon Management, Bret Logue, CEO, www.crunchbase.com/organization/elysian-carbon-management; EnCap Flatrock Midstream, www.efmidstream.com

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    Biden Exec. Order Makes U.S. Federal Government Carbon Neutral by 2050 (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
    Biden
    Date: 2021-12-13
    In Washington, on Wednesday the 8th, US President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order directing the federal government to use its "scale and procurement power" to produce 100 pct carbon pollution-free electricity by 2030 to meet 24/7 demand and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The Executive Order calls for:
  • 100 pct zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) government fleet acquisitions by 2035, including 100 pct zero-emission light-duty vehicle acquisitions by 2027;

  • Net-zero emissions from federal procurement no later than 2050, including a "Buy Clean Policy" to promote the use of construction materials with lower embodied emissions;

  • A net-zero emissions building portfolio by 2045, including a 50 pct emissions reduction by 2032; and

  • Net-zero emissions from overall federal operations by 2050, including a 65 pct emissions reduction by 2030.

    Additionally, the President also directed the federal government to orient its procurement and operations efforts in line with the following principles and goals:

  • Achieving climate resilient infrastructure and operations;

  • Building a climate- and sustainability-focused workforce;

  • Advancing environmental justice and equity;

  • Prioritizing the purchase of sustainable products, such as products without added perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); and

  • Accelerating progress through domestic and international partnerships.

    "President Biden's executive order demonstrates how the United States government will lead by example to provide a strong foundation for American businesses to compete and win globally in the clean energy economy while creating well paying, union jobs at home," said the White House. "The federal government will work with utilities, developers, technology firms, financiers and others to purchase electricity produced from resources that generate no carbon emissions, including solar and wind, for all its operations by 2030," a White House statement noted.

    Download the Executive Order HERE . (Source; The Whitehouse, 8 Dec., 2021) Contact: The Whitehouse, www.whitehouse.gov

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  • Dubai Slashed Carbon Emissions One/Third in 2020 (Int'l.)
    Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
    Date: 2021-12-13
    In the UAE, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy is reporting Dubai cut its carbon emissions by one-third in 2020, exceeding the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy's targeted 16 pct by 2021. Dubai is aiming for a carbon-neutral economy by 2050.

    Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050 are aiming to provide 100 pct of energy from clean energy sources by 2050, and the Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy is aiming to reduce electricity and water demand by 30 pct by 2030. (Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, PR, Khaleej Times, 12 Dec., 2021) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman, www.dubaisce.gov.ae/en

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    National Grid Makes CDP Climate Change 'A' List (Ind. Report)
    National Grid, CDP
    Date: 2021-12-10
    London-headquartered National Grid reports has been recognized for tackling climate change leadership in corporate sustainability by the global environmental non-profit CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project. National Grid was recognized for its actions to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop a low-carbon economy, based on the data it reported through CDP's 2021 climate change questionnaire.

    In 2020, National Grid pledged to reduce its Scope3 greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions by 37.5 pct by 2034 and to reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG by 80 pct by 2030, rising to 90 pct by 2040 and to net-zero by 2050 from a 1990 baseline.

    CDP's annual environmental disclosure and scoring process is widely recognized as the gold standard of corporate environmental transparency. In 2021, over 590 investors with over $110 trillion in assets and 200 major purchasers with $5.5 trillion in procurement spend requested companies to disclose data on environmental impacts, risks and opportunities through CDP's platform. A record-breaking 13,000 companies responded.

    Download the full list of companies that made this year's CDP A List , along with other publicly available company scores HERE . (Source: National Grid, Website PR, 6 Dec., 2021) Contact: National Grid, Duncan Burt, Chief Sustainability Officer, +44 (0)20 7004 3000, www.nationalgrid.com ; CDP, Paul Simpson, CEO,

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