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Israel Launches Energy Efficiency, Climate Change Plan (Int'l.)
Israel Climate Chnage
Date: 2020-11-18
The Israeli Ministry of Energy is reporting the launch of a new, 10-year national energy efficiency plan aimed at reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to deal with the climate crisis .

The plan includes promoting the transition to renewable energy, measures to reduce municipal electricity consumption, a reform in the import of electrical products, grant funding support for energy efficiency, building energy bench-marking and rating and an overall increased energy efficiency in government Ministries.

The plan also calls for a ban on the sale of new fossil fuel burning and polluting vehicles as of 2030 and the installation of electric vehicle electric charging infrastructure and clean transportation incentives that the Ministry estimates will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 7.5 pct -- 6 million tpy. (Source: Israel Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, CanIndia News, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Israel Ministry of Energy, www.gov.il/en/departments/news?OfficeId=0caee7eb-1ebb-4c12-9ed8-7dce94badcb2&skip=0&limit=10

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


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

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

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


Vietnam Updates GHG Emissions Target (Int'l. Report)
Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Date: 2020-11-16
In Hanoi , the Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's Department of Climate Change is reporting an updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) calling for a 9 pct reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a further cut of up to 27 pct if it receives international support through bilateral and multilateral co-operation under Paris Agreement mechanisms on climate change.

The new version has been submitted to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). (Source: Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, VNA, 14, Nov., 2020) Contact: UNFCCC, Monique Nardi, mnardi@unfccc.int, www.unfccc.int, Vietnam Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, www.monre.gov.vn › English

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNFCCC,  Vietnam,  Carbon Emissions,  


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

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

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


Japanese Companies Committed to Climate Change Fight (Int'l.)
Japan Climate Change
Date: 2020-11-16
In Tokyo, in recent Nikkei survey of 731 Japanese businesses, 42 pct of respondents said they reduced direct greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal 2019, with 20 companies claiming a decrease of 20 pct or more.

One in three companies said they aim to further curb emissions in fiscal 2020, while 45 pct said they are intent on reducing their environmental impact throughout their entire supply chains -- 4 pct more than in the previous poll.

The government of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is aiming for carbon-neutrality by 2050. (Source: Nikkei Asia, 16 Nov., 2020)

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


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

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

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

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


Occidental, ConocoPhillips Pledge Net-Zero Emissions (Ind. Report)
Occidental, ConocoPhillips
Date: 2020-11-13
Houston,headquartered petroleum major Occidental Petroleum is reporting it will reach net-zero emissions for all the oil and gas it produces by 2040, but did not specify how it would meet its self imposed goal. The company has advocated policies that support CCS technology, including the 2018 expansion of a tax credit that provides $35 per ton of captured CO2 used for oil production, and $50 per ton for CO2 simply stored underground.

In an Oct. 19 press release, ConocoPhillips, also based in Houston, announced the adoption of a comprehensive framework to manage climate-related risk, meet energy demand and zero- out its direct greenhouse gas emissions, which are much less than the emissions that come from burning the oil and gas the company sells. Taken together, the two corporate pledges could increase pressure on ExxonMobil and Chevron, the nation's largest oil companies, which have yet to announce such far-reaching goals. (Source: Occidental Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, Inside Climate News, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: Occidental Petroleum, www.oxy.com; ConocoPhillips, www.conocophillips.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


Bendix Commits to Reduce Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
Bendix
Date: 2020-11-13
Ohio-headquartered Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC reports it has revamped its climate action plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2021 and cutting its carbon emissions in half by 2030 as part of its renewed commitment to adopt the aggressive climate strategy recently launched by its parent company, the Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse AG.

During the company's 2009-2019 ECCO2 initiative Bendix exceeded the combined goals to reduce energy consumption by 30 pct from its 2009 baseline, by achieving a 42 pct reduction over the past 10 years. Bendix also saved more than 27 million kilowatt-hours of energy and an estimated $2 million over that time frame, through projects focused on more efficient use of lighting, HVAC and compressed air.

Bendix is set to cut its greenhouse gas emissions from the 2018 baseline in half by 2030 through: continued energy efficiency projects; on-site generation of renewable energy; and the obtaining of green energy combined with carbon offsets. (Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, PR,Morning Journal, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, www.bendix.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissiuons,  Carbon Footprint,  


Oil and Gas Majors Agree on GHG Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2020-11-13
As previously reported, the 12-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is reported to have agreed to reduce the average carbon intensity of their aggregated upstream oil and gas operations to between 20 kg and 21 kg of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per barrel of oil by 2025.

OGCI members include: Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, BP, China's CNPC, Total, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, Repsol, Petrobras, Occidental Petroleum, Eni and Equinor. (Source: OGCI, July, 2020) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


Arizona Plan Calls for Carbon-Free Utilities by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Arizona Corporation Commission
Date: 2020-11-11
In Phoenix, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) is reporting tentative approval of a plan requiring the state's regulated utilities to produce all of their power from carbon-free sources by 2050.

The plan sets interim goals of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2035, and by three-quarters by 2040. If given final approval, the changes would put Arizona's energy efficiency standards on par with California, Colorado, Nevada and other western states, according to the release. (Source: Arizona Corporation Commission, PR, Public News Serv., 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, Carolyn Buck, Sec.,602-542-3931 , cbuck@azcc.gov, www.azcc.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Corporation Commission news,  Renewable Energy Net-Zero Emissions news,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Univ. Maine, NASA to Monitor Forest Climate Progress (Ind. Report)
    University of Maine, NASA
    Date: 2020-11-11
    The University of Maine Center for Research on Sustainable Forests is reporting receipt of $500,000 in grant funding for a three-year study to help NASA's Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation science team develop and test methods for mapping carbon deposits and biological changes across a large, complex swath of eastern forest.

    The researchers will use data from NASA's newly launched ecosystem LiDAR (Light Detecting and Ranging) instrument, orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station. Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota will also participate in the study and will add the LiDAR data to their "FORest Carbon Estimation" project aimed at understanding and predicting how forests respond to changes in climate.

    Maine's forest and associated industry currently offset 75 pct of the state's annual carbon emissions, according to recent estimates by Center for Research on Sustainable Forests researchers. Maine is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2045 through reduced emissions and innovative policies to increase carbon sequestration, according to a release. (Source: Univ. of Maine, Maine Biz, Nov., 2020) Contact: NASA, (301) 286-2000, www.nasa.gov; University of Maine Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, Aaron Weiskittel, Dir., 207-581-3794, www.crsf.umaine.edu

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


    TOTAL, Partners Tout Next-Gen. CO2 Storage Simulator (Int'l. Report)
    TOTAL,Stanford University,LLNL
    Date: 2020-11-10
    Paris-headquartered energy major Total , US DOE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Stanford University have released GEOSX, an open source simulator for large-scale geological carbon dioxide (CO2) storage.

    GEOSX was developed using advanced new technologies in high-performance computing and applied mathematics and aims to improve the management and safety of geological CO2 repositories. Its computing performance is unmatched to date. The open-source nature of GEOSX aims to ensure a high level of transparency, sharing and community support to pave the way for the large-scale development of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies.

    GEOSX is the first major outcome of the five-year FC-MAELSTROM research project launched in 2018 by Total, Stanford University School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and LLNL. It draws on each partner's 20-plus years of expertise in simulation and high-performance computing research. GEOSX, www.geosx.org. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Total Marie-Noelle Semeria, Total's Chief Technology Officer Media Relations: +33 1 47 44 46 99 l presse@total.com l @TotalPress Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962 l ir@total.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stanford University news,  TOTAL news,  LLNL news,  CCS news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Storage news,  


    Siemens, Linde Partner on Decarbonization Efforts (Int'l. Report)
    Siemens, Linde
    Date: 2020-11-09
    Siemens Energy is reporting a collaboration with global gases and engineering firm The Linde Group to accelerate decarbonisation efforts in the global oil and gas, petrochemical sector and meet strict environmental regulations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    To that end, the two firms will jointly explore how Siemens Energy's technologies -- including gas turbines, steam turbines, compressors, and generators -- can be used in coordination with Linde Engineering's steam cracker technology and related processes for olefin production, purification, and separation. The companies will also explore how renewable technologies and energy storage can be leveraged to support decarbonization initiatives. (Source: Siemens, Linde, Trade Arabia, Nov., 2020) Contact: Linde Engineering, John van der Velden, Senior VP, www.linde-engineering.com; Siemens Energy Industrial Applications, Thorbjoern Fors, Exec.VP, www.siemens-energy.com/global/en/offerings/industrial-applications/industrial-energy.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Linde,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Equestrian Federation Wins IOC-Dow Carbon Action Award (Int'l.)
    IOC-Dow Carbon Action Award,
    Date: 2020-11-09
    The Paris-headquartered International Equestrian Federation (FEI) reports it has again been awarded the IOC-Dow Carbon Action Award in recognition of the sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction efforts of sports organizations within the Olympic Movement.

    To be recognized, organizations had to be signatories to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, which was launched by the IOC, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2018. Applicants are also required to present detailed data on their 2020 carbon footprint as well as information on their carbon management and reduction plans. (Source: FEI, Around the Rings, 7 Nov., 2020) Contact: FEI, +41 78 750 61 42, www.dei.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNFCCC,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Enbridge Sets New Environmental, GHG Goals (Ind. Report)
    Enbridge Inc
    Date: 2020-11-09
    Markham. Ontario-headquartered Enbridge Inc reports release of its expanded environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals and targets related to greenhouse gas emissions reduction, diversity and increasing transparency and accountability. The company's ESG goals include:
  • A new goal to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050; with an interim target to reduce GHG emissions intensity 35 pct by 2030;

  • Increased representation of diverse groups within our workforce by 2025 including acceleration of existing goals of 28 pct from Racial and Ethnic groups, along with new actions to enhance supplier diversity;

  • Further strengthening Board diversity with an increased goal of 40 pct representation of women and new goal of 20 pct of Racial and Ethnic groups by 2025;

  • Most transparency and reporting of safety and reliability targets that drive continuous improvement towards our goal of zero incidents, injuries and occupational illnesses, and implementation of robust cyber defense programs.

    The ESG goals support the company's strategic priorities to optimize its core energy delivery businesses and execute on the company's capital program with emphasis on modernization, technology and innovation. They also contribute to strengthening Enbridge's ability to capture new growth opportunities and adapt to a lower-carbon future over time, building on the Company's significant expansion into natural gas and rapidly growing renewables portfolio. (Source: Enbridge, AIT, Nov., 2020) Contact: Enbridge Inc., Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900, www.enbridge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enbridge,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Ottawa, Edmonton Commit $280Mn to Emissions Reduction (Funding)
    Emission Reduction Alberta
    Date: 2020-11-06
    The Alberta and Canadian federal governments have announced a commitment of $280 million in funding to support a range of emission reduction programs for small, medium and large industries in the province.

    Funding includes $180 million from the province of Albert's industry-funded Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) Fund and up to $100 million from the federal government's Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund (LCELF).

    The Government of Alberta will put up to $55 million towards Emission Reduction Alberta's (ERA) Energy Savings for Business program which targets small and medium-sized industrial and commercial facilities through the TIER fund. The TIER fund will leverage $30 million in funds with public and private investment including $25 million from the federal Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund.

    Alberta businesses will be eligible for funding to cover a portion of their costs for cost-saving and emission reduction projects once the program launches in January 2021.

    Projects can include commercially available energy-efficient upgrades such as HVAC technologies, weatherization, hot water systems, indoor/outdoor commercial and industrial lighting and control systems, and alternate power source, the release stated. (Source: Emission Reduction Alberta, DCN-JOC News, 5 Nov., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  Emission Reduction Alberta,  


    IDFC's 2019 Climate Finance Loans Total $197Bn (Int'l. Report)
    International Development Finance Club
    Date: 2020-11-06
    The International Development Finance Club (IDFC), a worldwide group of 26 national and regional development banks, is reporting its members supplied $197 billion in green finance in 2019, 95 pct of which went towards climate finance while the remaining $10 billion funded biodiversity projects , industrial pollution control and other environmental projects.

    Within the climate finance, 87 pct went towards green energy projects focused on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions while climate change adaptation accounted for 10 pct. Of the total $196 billion, $135.8 billion was lent in east Asia and the Pacific region, in line with the geographical make-up of the group and its spread of assets. (Source: International Development Finance Club, Nov., 2020) Contact: International Development Finance Club, www.idfc.org

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


    Yellow Door Completes 6,000 Panel Dubai Solar Array (Int'l Report)
    Yellow Door Energy
    Date: 2020-11-04
    In the UAE, Dubai-based solar energy and energy efficiency specialist Yellow Door Energy is reporting commissioning of a 2 megawatt-peak (MWp) solar plant for Future Pipe Industries (FPI) in Dubai Industrial City.

    The 6,000 panel, 18,000 square-meter array is expected to generate 3,200 MWh of energy in its first year of operation -- equivalent to reducing 1,300 tpy of carbon emissions. (Source: Yellow Door Energy, PR, 25 Oct., 2020) Contact: Yellow Door Energy, Jeremy Crane, CEO, +971 4 454 3033, www.yellowdoorenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Yellow Door Energy ,  Solar,  


    Qatar Airways Carbon Offset Program Takes Off (Int'l. Report)
    Qatar Airways ,Climate Car
    Date: 2020-11-04
    In Doka, Qatar Airways is reporting the launch of its voluntary carbon offset program that allows passengers to offset the carbon emissions associated with their journey with independently verified carbon reduction credits. Emissions will be offset with climate and sustainable development expert ClimateCare.

    The program is built on a partnership with the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Carbon Offset Programme, providing customers to offset emissions. IATA's Carbon Offset Programme has been approved by the independent audit organization Quality Assurance Standard which assesses how organizations calculate emissions, select offset projects and how they communicate this information to their customers. IATA is one of only four organizations worldwide to meet this standard. (Source: Qatar Airways, FTN, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: ClimateCare, Robert Stevens, CEO, +44 (0) 1865591000, business@climatecare.org, www.climatecare.org: IATA, Michael Gill, Director Aviation Environment, Alexandre de Juniac, CEO, +41 22 770 2967, (514) 874-0202 -- Montreal Office, www.iata.org; Qatar Airways, www.qatarairways.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Qatar Airways,  Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credits,  IATA,  ClimateCare ,  


    Malaysian Oil Giant Targets Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l.)
    Petronas
    Date: 2020-11-04
    In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas is reporting plans to be the first state-owned Asian energy company to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

    To that end, Petronas reports it will optimize hydrocarbon efficiency and carbon capture, employ more low-carbon and renewables-based solutions, and advance emission reduction technologies as part of its strategy to achieve its carbon neutrality goal.

    Petronas produces roughly 1.8 million bpd of oil equivalent (boe/d), is a major LNG exporter and operates about 400,000 bpd of refining capacity. (Source: Petronas, PR, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: Petronas, www.petronas,com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


    G20 Endorses Circular Carbon Economy (Int'l. Report)
    G20
    Date: 2020-11-02
    In their ministerial meeting on 27-28 September 2020, the G20 Energy Ministers endorsed the Circular Carbon Economy (CCE) Platform as a tool to manage emissions and foster greater world-wide access to energy. The Ministers also acknowledged the CCE Platform and its "4Rs" framework -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Remove -- as a holistic, integrated, inclusive, and pragmatic approach to managing emissions.

    According to the G20, the CCE "4Rs" will advance stable and secure energy markets and energy access for all while holistically managing emissions and advancing cleaner and more sustainable future.

    The G20 presented the CCE Platform that includes the CCE Approach, Accelerator and Guide -- a toolkit of opportunities and recommended options to be utilized by G20 members, each according to their different national circumstances, needs, and priorities.

    Collectively, G20 members represent roughly 80 pct of the world's economic output, two-thirds of global population and three-quarters of international trade. (Source: G20, Ritz Herald, 30 Oct., 2020) Contact: G20, www.g20.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Economy,  Carbon Emissions,  G20,  


    Irish Motor Fuel Supplier Launches Carbon Off-Set Programme (Int'l.)
    Maxol
    Date: 2020-11-02
    In Ireland, Dublin-based motor transportation fuel supplier Maxol Group has announced a carbon emissions offsetting programme to support domestic and global green initiatives, including the planting of 10,000 trees across Ireland, local community projects and global projects designed to offset duel and carbon emissions.

    Launched in conjunction with international sustainability company GreenPrint, the programme aims to help balance out the environmental impact of Maxol's new Premium fuel range that is being rolled out across its fueling station network.

    Under the Maxol plan, for every litre of Maxol premium fuel purchased, Maxol calculates the purchases carbon emissions and offsets them at 100 pct through investments in certified carbon offset projects around the world and Irish environmental initiatives. In addition, 10,000 trees will be planted in Ireland over the next two years in collaboration with Trees on the Land Initiative. (Source: Maxol, PR, Avondhu Press, 1 Nov., 2020) Contact: Maxol, Brian Donaldson, CEO, www.maxolcarbonneutral.ie; Trees on the Land Initiative, www.treesontheland.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  


    Platte River Lowers Emissions Reduction Goal (Ind. Report)
    Platte River Power Authority
    Date: 2020-11-02
    In Fort Collins, Colorado, not-for-profit wholesale electric power generation and transmission provider Platte River Power Authority reports it is moving ahead with its Integrated Resource Plan -- a road map for electric power production between 2021 and 2040 -- to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 90 pct of 2005 levels by 2030. To that end, the utility will shutter its coal-fired Rawhide Unit 1 power plant north of Wellington and possibly construct a new natural gas-powered plant.

    Platte River previously adopted a goal to achieve 100 pct non-carbon electricity by 2030. 2030. (Source: Platte River, Coloradoan, Contact: Platte River Power Authority, Jason Frisbie, CEO, 970-226-4000, www.prpa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Platte River Power Authority,  Carbon Emissions,  


    EDF Comments on Bill to Facilitate Development and Deployment of Carbon Removal Technologies (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Environmental Defense Fund
    Date: 2020-10-30
    "The United States needs to stay focused on aggressive action to cut greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, we recognize the need for carbon removal technologies and solutions in order to reach the goal of net zero emissions across the economy by 2050 and avert the worst impact of climate change.

    "EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) thanks Reps. Kuster (D-NH), McKinley (R-WV), Tonko (D-NY), Gonzalez (R-OH), Peters (D-CA), Fortenberry (R-NE), O'Halleran (D-AZ) and Schweikert (R-AZ) for their leadership in introducing the Carbon Removal, Efficient Agencies, Technology Expertise (CREATE) Act, an important bipartisan bill that coordinates efforts across the federal government to research, develop, and demonstrate these crucial technologies." (Source: Environmental Defense Fund, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Elizabeth Gore, Senior VP, Political Affairs, 202-572-3298, www.edf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    CF Ind. Commits to CCS, Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    CF Industries Holdings
    Date: 2020-10-30
    Deerfield, Illinois-based hydrogen and nitrogen products specialist CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has announced steps to support a global hydrogen and clean fuel economy through the carbon-free production of green and low-carbon ammonia.

    To that end, the company Board of Directors has authorized carbon capture and storage and other carbon abatement projects across its production facilities. The company is aiming for a 25 pct reduction in CO2e emissions intensity by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Additionally, the company has signed low-carbon and CCS Memorandums of Understanding with ThyssenKrupp and Haldor Topsoe. (Source: CF Industries Holdings, PR, Contact: CF Industries Holdings, Tony Will, CEO, www.cfindustries.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  CCS,  


    CF Ind. Announces Clean Fuel Commitment (Alt. Fuel, Ind Report)
    CF Industries Holdings
    Date: 2020-10-30
    Deerfield, Illinois-based hydrogen and nitrogen products specialist CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has announced steps to support a global hydrogen and clean fuel economy through the carbon-free production of green and low-carbon ammonia.

    To that end, The company Board of Directors has authorized construction of a 20,000 tpy green hydrogen production facility as well as CO2 sequestration and other carbon abatement projects across its production facilities. Additionally, the company has signed low-carbon and CCS Memorandums of Understanding with ThyssenKrupp and Haldor Topsoe and is in discussions with global utilities and maritime transportation providers interested in using low-carbon ammonia directly as a fuel.

    The company is aiming for a 25 pct reduction in CO2e emissions intensity by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: CF Industries Holdings, PR, Contact: CF Industries Holdings, Tony Will, CEO, www.cfindustries.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Clean Fuel,  Green Hydrogen,  


    AZ Regulators Mandate 100% Carbon-Free Energy by 2050 (Reg. & Leg.)
    Arizona Corporation Commission
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In Phoenix, the Arizona Corporation Commission reports approval of new regulations requiring electric utilities to source half of their power from renewable energy by 2035 and phase out utility coal- and natural-gas-burning power plants to cut carbon emissions in half by 2032 and 75 pct by 2040, rising to net-zero emissions in 2050. The carbon reductions would be based on how much carbon a utility's power plants emitted on average in the years 2016-18.

    The new rules update the state's 2006 Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff. (Source: Arizona Corporation Commission, PR, Arizona Republic, 29 Oct., 2020) Contact: Arizona Corporation Commission, www.azcc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Corporation Commission news,  Renewable Energy Net-Zero Emissions news,  


    Japan Aims for Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Japan
    Date: 2020-10-28
    In Tokyo, recently sworn-in Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has pledged his country will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    In a policy speech, Suga noted he intends to make a sustainable economy a pillar of his growth strategy and emphasized the need to shift away from fossil fuels to counter climate change as an opportunity rather than a burden. Under Japan's current energy plan, 56 pct of its energy requirements are met from fossil fuels. (Source: DD News, 27 Oct., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Japan Carbon Emissions,  


    Luxembourg CO2 Tax to Generate €148Mn in 2021 (Int'l. Report)
    Luxembourg,Carbon Tax
    Date: 2020-10-28
    In Luxembourg, the government statistics office Statec is projecting the government's planned carbon tax will add about 5 cents per litre for transportation fuel and add roughly €148 million to the national treasury in 2020. The tax, which will increase to €25 per tonne of carbon emissions in 2022 and €30 in 2023, is expected the generate between €200 million and €300 million by 2024.

    The carbon tax is intended to disincentivise the sale of combustion engine transportation. (Source: Delano.lu, 27 Oct., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell,Total Bid on CO2 Storage Pipeline (Int'l)
    BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell,Total
    Date: 2020-10-28
    International energy giants BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total and National Grid are reporting their formation of the Northern Endurance Partnership, a joint alliance, and the submission of a £75 million bid for government funding from the second round of the UK's £170 million Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge for a project that will shuttle carbon emissions captured from the Teesside and Humber industrial hubs to a porus rock aquifer beneath the seabed for permanent sequestration. The partnership claims Endurance could potentially cut the UK's emissions in half.

    The planned offshore pipeline network is key to the success of two major industrial decarbonisation projects being plotted on the UK's east coast -- Zero Carbon Humber and Net Zero Teesside -- aimed at capturing CO2 from local industry and then either finding other industrial uses for the CO2 or storing it under the North Sea. Both projects, Zero Carbon Humber and Net Zero Teesside, plan to capture and transport 17 million and 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions respectively every year, with commissioning in both cases earmarked for 2026. (Source: BP, UK Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, Business Green, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: UK Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, www.idric.org

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    Electrifying Heating in Existing Commercial Buildings (ACEEE Report Attached)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2020-10-28
    According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) recently released Electrifying Heating in Existing Commercial Buildings Could Cut Their Emissions 44pct report , replacing gas-burning heating systems in commercial buildings with efficient electrified heat-pumps could reduce these buildings' total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 44 pct and ultimately become "zero carbon" as the electric grid moves toward renewable energy sources.

    The report models the impacts of replacing several types of gas-based heating systems in existing commercial buildings with various electric heat pump systems. In some cases, electrifying heating already pays back for building owners. The report found that about 27 pct of commercial floor space heated with fossil fuel systems can be electrified today with a simple payback of less than 10 years. If policymakers enacted a package of public investments, incentives, and carbon pricing policies, the proportion of commercial building space that can be electrified with this payback would increase to 60 pct, the report notes.

    Access the ACEEE Electrifying Heating in Existing Commercial Buildings Could Cut Their Emissions 44pct report HERE. (Source: ACEEE, PR, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: ACEEE, 202-507-4000, www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Blue Planet Raises $10Mn to Advance CCUS (Ind. Report)
    Blue Planet Systems
    Date: 2020-10-26
    Hanover, Maryland-based Blue Planet Systems Corp. reports it has raised $10 million for the commercialization of its carbon capture and utilization (CCUS) system. The system converts diluted CO2 from fossil fuel-fired electric generating stations, cement or steel mills and petroleum refineries to carbonate for mineralization into calcium carbonate (CaCO₃) -- coarse, concrete-grade synthetic limestone. The company contends their solution is scalable, economically viable and more than compensates for Portland cement's carbon footprint.

    Blue Planet directly converts CO2 diluted in flue gas to carbonate, avoiding the costs and parasitic loads of purifying the greenhouse gas from a dilute stream in order to liquify it for underground disposal. Instead, the synthetic limestone is used in concrete where the CO2 is stored permanently.

    The company's first commercial plant is now under construction in Pittsburg, California. (Source: Blue Planet Systems Corp., PR Concrete News, Oct., 2020) Contact: Blue Planet Systems Corp., 800-921-1144, www.blueplanet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  CCUS,  Carbon Capture,  Cement,  


    EU Releases 2030 Climate Target Plan (Int'l. Report)
    European Union,EC
    Date: 2020-10-26
    In 2019, the EU endorsed a new target of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. However, it is predicted that current policies will only reduce emissions by 60 pct (as against 1990 levels) by 2050.

    To begin to address the challenge ahead, the European Commission (EC) published the 2019 Communication on the European Green Deal (EGD), a growth strategy to reset the EC's commitment to tackling climate change. The EGD outlined an all-sector approach to reducing emissions and decoupling economic growth from resource use. The EC committed to presenting an impact assessed plan to increase the existing target for 2030 of reducing emissions by 40 pct to at least 50 pct to 55 pct against 1990 levels.

    Based on this impact assessment, the EC published a Communication on Stepping up 2030 Europe's Climate Ambition (Climate Target Plan) in September 2020 proposing to increase the 2030 target to at least 55 pct emissions reduction by 2030. Under the Climate Target Plan renewable energy would meet 38 pct to 40 pct of gross final consumption in 2030, and energy consumption would further reduce in 2030, achieving savings of 36--37 pct (final energy consumption -- total energy consumed by end users) and 39--41 pct (primary energy consumption -- total energy used to meet final energy needs).

    Previously this month, the European Parliament (EP) voted to up the 2030 target to 60 pct , and urged the EC to explore options for setting 2040 targets and negative post-2050 targets. The EP also sought a greater role in setting the indicative trajectory for achieving the target, an EU carbon budget, and a more explicit focus on emissions in the maritime and aviation transport sectors.

    Access the Climate Target Plan HERE. (Source: EU, EC, mondaq, 25 October, 2020)

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    Oxford Launches Carbon Offsetting Principles (Int'l. Report)
    Oxford University
    Date: 2020-10-26
    In the UK, a multi-disciplinary team from the University of Oxford has released The Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting guidelines on how offsetting should be done to ensure it is trustworthy and effective in helping the world achieve carbon net-zero.

    The Oxford guidelines recommend a shift to verified carbon removal offsetting and to long-lived carbon storage, stating "users of offsets should increase the portion of their offsets that come from carbon removals rather than from emission reductions, ultimately reaching 100 pct carbon removals by mid-century to ensure compatibility with the Paris Climare Agreement goals". To that end, the guidelines also recommend:

  • Cut emissions, use high quality offsets, and regularly revise offsetting strategy as best practice evolves: prioritise reducing your own emissions, ensure environmental integrity, and maintain transparency;

  • Shift to carbon removal offsetting -- Users of offsets should increase the portion of their offsets that come from carbon removals;

  • Shift to long-lived storage -- This refers to methods of storing carbon that have a low risk of reversal over centuries to millennia, such as storing CO2 in geological reservoirs or mineralizing carbon into stable forms;

  • Support the development of net-zero aligned offsetting -- Using long-term agreements; forming sector-specific alliances; supporting the restoration and protection of a wide range of natural and semi-natural ecosystems in their own right; and adopting and publicising these Principles and incorporate them into regulation and standard setting for approaches to offsetting and net-zero.

    Access Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting HERE. (Source: University of Oxford, Smith School Enterprise & Environment, Sept., Oct., 2020) Contact: University of Oxford, Smith School, +44 0 1865 614942, enquiries@smithschool,ox.ac.uk, www.smithschool.ox.ac.uk

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  • Zero Carbon Humber Seeks Major Gov. Funding (Int'l., Funding)
    Zero Carbon Humber
    Date: 2020-10-23
    In the UK, Zero Carbon Humber has sent an open letter to energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng, calling on the government to back a major funding bid. This follows on from the 12 organisations behind the project submitting a bid to the second phase of the government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for £75 million of funding.

    The Zero Carbon Humber letter argues that if the bid was successful it would help unlock a potentially multi-billion pound project, reduce the UK's annual emissions by 15 pct and help the UK meet its international legally binding climate target.

    The Zero Carbon Humber partnership, which was first announced in May 2019, members include: Drax, National Grid Ventures , Equinor, international trade bodies, business and investment groups, local authorities , academic institutions and others.

    According to Zero Carbon Humber's website, "Industrial powerhouses like the Yorkshire and the Humber region are an essential and valued part of the UK's economy but produce high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions: the Humber is the most carbon intensive industrial cluster in the country, emitting 12.4 million tpy. Developing carbon capture usage and storage (CCS or CCUS) technology and hydrogen (H2) starting in Yorkshire and the Humber would preserve jobs by enabling energy intensive industries to continue to operate and thrive even against a backdrop of ever tighter emissions targets linked to the UK's carbon budgets. Without CCUS, the Humber will face perhaps insurmountable challenges. By drawing on the existing skills and infrastructure in it and the wider region, the Humber can become the base for the UK's first zero carbon industrial cluster, helping to create a cleaner environment for future generations whilst delivering new jobs and export opportunities for British businesses." 2021. (Source: Zero Carbon Humber, Current News, 23 Oct., 2020) Contact: Zero Carbon Humber, www.zerocarbonhumber.co.uk

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


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

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

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

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    Carbon-Neutral Food Processor Marks Anniversary (Ind. Report)
    Maple Leaf Foods
    Date: 2020-10-21
    Mississauga, Ontario-based food processor Maple Leaf Foods -- the world's first major carbon-neutral food company and the only food company in Canada to adopt science-based emissions targets aligned with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change goals -- reports it will mark one year as a carbon neutral company November 7, 2020.

    Maple Leaf's sustainability goals include a commitment to reduce its environmental footprint and food waste by 50 pct by 2025, and to cut absolute greenhouse gas emissions produced from its operations and electricity purchased by 30 pct by 2030 following science-based targets. To offset unavoidable emissions that cannot be reduced, the company has invested in 11 high-impact environmental projects across North America, including forestry, waste diversion and renewable energy initiatives to bring the company's net carbon footprint to zero. (Source: Maple Leaf Foods Inc., PR, 20 Oct., 2020) Contact: Maple Leaf Foods, www.mapleleaffoods.ca

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


    Emera Provides Update on ESG Progress
    Emera
    Date: 2020-10-19
    For more than 15 years, Emera’s strategy has been rooted in its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) commitments. This year’s sustainability report highlights Emera’s continued commitment to investing in cleaner and renewable energy, while focusing on increasing reliability and maintaining customer affordability. Some of the achievements highlighted in this year’s report include a 35 pct reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across Emera’s operations from 2005 levels and an increase in installed renewable capacity across Emera from 832 MW in 2018, to 1,107 MW.

    Decarbonization is central to Emera’s strategy, work that started in its home province. Nova Scotia Power has delivered one of the fastest transitions to cleaner energy in Canada and has already achieved greenhouse gas reductions that exceed the targets set by Canada in the COP 21 Paris Agreement.

    The utility boasts one of the highest integrations of wind energy in North America at 18 per cent of total generation. Emera also completed the $1.7 billion Maritime Link project, enabling clean hydro energy to flow between Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia in 2021. In Florida, Emera has increased its solar capacity at Tampa Electric from nearly zero just a few years ago, to approximately 600MW today, with another 650MW to be installed by 2023. Additionally, the $850 million Big Bend modernization project is underway to significantly reduce the use of coal at the facility by repowering one coal unit with natural gas and retiring a second coal unit. Of Emera’s $7.5 billion capital spending plan through to 2022, 60 per cent is committed to initiatives to make energy cleaner and more reliable.

    Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with approximately $32 billion in assets and 2019 revenues of more than $6.1 billion. The company primarily invests in regulated electricity generation and electricity and gas transmission and distribution with a strategic focus on transformation from high carbon to low carbon energy sources.

    Download the Emera Inc. sustainability report HERE (Source: Emera, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Emera, Scott Balfour, President and CEO, www.emera.com

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    DNV GL Partner in Offshore Wind Coordination Project (Int'l.)
    DNV GL,National Grid ESO
    Date: 2020-10-19
    DNV GL, the world's largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has been appointed by National Grid ESO as a lead partner in the Offshore Wind Coordination project in Great Britain.

    The project will analyze a coordinated approach for offshore grid development and shape the future national strategy of Great Britain's offshore grid through feeding into the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (UKBESS) Offshore transmission network review. The UK regulator OFGEM is also participating in the project.

    The project will review and recommend ways to improve how offshore wind farms are connected to the onshore transmission network. To that end, DNV GL will assess: technology availability (HVDC equipment); analyze technical and regulatory barriers and solutions; study implications on power system security and stability; develop offshore and onshore grid designs and; conduct societal cost-benefit analysis of the offshore grid.

    As offshore infrastructure is anticipated to be shared among multiple projects, it is projected that a harmonized development approach will result in optimal utilization of infrastructure, higher integration of offshore wind energy, reduction of carbon emissions and consumer bills, and provision of operational benefits to the onshore grid. Offshore wind continues to be a key electricity source for the UK government and supports its commitment for the country to be net zero by 2050. (Source: DNV GL. National Grid ESO, Oct., 2020) Contact: DNV GL, www.dnvgl.com; National Grid ESO, www.natopnalgrideso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News OFGEM,  DNV GL,  Offshore Wind,  National Grid ESO ,  


    Emera Inc. Provides ESG Progress Update (Ind. Report Attached)
    Emera
    Date: 2020-10-19
    Halifax, Nova Scotia-headquartered energy services firm Emera Inc. is reporting an update of its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) sustainability report and the company's commitment to cleaner and renewable energy while increasing reliability and affordability.

    To date this year the company reports a 35 pct reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across operations from 2005 levels and an increase in installed renewable energy capacity from 832 MW in 2018, to 1,107 MW. The report notes Emera's Nova Scotia Power unit delivered one of the fastest transitions to cleaner energy in Canada and has already achieved GHG reductions that exceed Canada's COP 21 Paris Climate Agreement commitments. Additionally, the utility boasts one of the highest integrations of wind energy in North America at 18 pct of total generation. In Florida, Emera has increased its solar capacity at Tampa Electric from nearly zero just a few years ago, to approximately 600MW today, with another 650MW slated for installation by 2023. Of Emera's $7.5 billion capital spending plan through to 2022, 60 pct is committed to cleaner energy initiatives.

    Emera Inc., which had approximately $32 billion in assets and more than $6.1 billion in revenue in 2019, primarily invests in regulated electricity generation and electricity and gas transmission and distribution with a strategic focus on transformation from high-carbon to low-carbon energy sources.

    Download the Emera Inc. sustainability report HERE. (Source: Emera, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Emera, Scott Balfour, President and CEO, www.emera.com

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    UK Farmers Aim for Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Int'l. Report)
    Barclays Bank
    Date: 2020-10-19
    In the UK, a Barclays Bank survey of 1,000 farmers has found that 83 pct of respondents believe they could be carbon-neutral by 2035 -- five years ahead of the 2040 target set by the National Farmers Union (NFU) -- while 16 pct claimed they were already carbon neutral.

    The survey found the average farmer is set to invest more than £195,000 over the next decade on renewable energy, improvements to their waste and slurry management and other in agri-technologies to achieve greater efficiency and sustainability. The survey also suggests that Brexit could accelerate the process of farmers becoming carbon neutral as more than two-thirds of respondents believed it could increase their farm's competitiveness after the UK leaves the EU. (Source: Barclays Bank, Farmers Weekly, 19 Oct., 2020) Contact: Barclays Bank, www.barclays.co.uk

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


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

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

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    Blue Flint Ethanol CCS Test Well Underway (Ind. Report)
    Blue Flint Ethanol.Midwest AgEnergy,CCS
    Date: 2020-10-16
    Following up on our June 22nd coverage, Blue Flint Ethanol, part of Midwest AgEnergy , reports test well drilling for its previously announced "Carbon Zero" carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiative at its corn-ethanol plant in Underwood, McLean County, Wyoming is underway. The roughly $35 million test well is expected to be complete within 6 weeks.

    The Blue Flint ethanol plant's roughly 200,000 tpy of carbon emissions are the result of its corn fermentation process which uses enzymes to break down the starch into glucose. Yeast then converts the glucose to ethanol, and C02 is released in the process. (Source: Blue Flint Ethanol, Bismark Tribune, 14 Oct., 2020) Contact: Blue Flint Ethanol, Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zuger, CEO, (701) 442-7500, www.midwestagenergy.com

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    Notable Quote on Global Emissions
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2020-10-14
    "Despite a record drop in global emissions this year, the world is far from doing enough to put them into decisive decline. Only faster structural changes to the way we produce and consume energy can break the emissions trend for good.

    "Governments have the capacity and the responsibility to take decisive actions to accelerate clean energy transitions and put the world on a path to reaching our climate goals, including net-zero emissions." -- Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., International Energy Agency (IEA, Oct., 2020 www.iea.org

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    US, Japan Ink CO2 Recycling Cooperation Memorandum (Int'l. Report)
    CO2
    Date: 2020-10-14
    At this week's Tokyo International Conference on Carbon Recycling, Japan and the United States inked a memorandum of cooperation to accelerate the research and development of technology to recycle carbon dioxide and turn it into fuel and chemical materials and share the results as part of their efforts to fight global warming.

    The two countries recognize "carbon recycling as one of the future's most promising options to achieve carbon neutral or net-negative carbon emissions and promote economic growth," the memorandum notes.

    Japan sees the technology involving the capture, storage, utilization and recycling of carbon dioxide as a promising solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and securing a stable energy source, according to the memorandum. (Source: Mainichi Japan, 13 Oct., 2020)

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    Rensselaer Researchers to Develop Air CO2 Capture Material (R&D)
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Date: 2020-10-14
    With the support of a grant from the Department of Energy, Miao Yu, the Priti and Mukesh Chatter '82 Career Development Chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, will develop a novel porous material capable of capturing even very small concentrations of CO2 in the air and collecting the gas for further use.

    The researchers will use amine molecules to trap the CO2, but the bond formed during that chemical reaction must be broken so that the gas can be gathered. And in order to do that, the material has to be heated. Yu and his team will take a unique approach that involves loading amine molecules into a porous material, such as carbon or silica, through which CO2 can pass and get trapped. Another porous coating will cover this material, trapping the amine molecules inside.

    The material will be electrospun into porous fibers, which can be woven into mats that could be hung vertically so that air could easily pass, or be blown, through them. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, Yu believes this technology has the potential to generate clean energy in remote places or after natural disasters. (Source: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 13 October 2020) Contact: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Miao Yu, yum5@rpi.edu. 518-276-6808, www.rpi.edu

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    UN Climate Change Fosters Regional Carbon Pricing (Int'l. Report)
    UNFCCC
    Date: 2020-10-12
    The Collaborative Instruments for Ambitious Climate Action (CiACA) workstream of the UNFCCC has concluded the first series of "virtual" regional dialogues on carbon pricing (REdiCAP) in Latin America, Caribbean, West Africa, East and Southern Africa and South East Asia.

    The dialogues aim was to create a platform to provide an opportunity for peer learning to countries that have an interest in carbon pricing instruments, which are crucial to help countries green their economies. The dialogues came at a crucial time with Parties committed to revising their national climate action plans -- Paris Climate Agreement Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) -- and willing to explore economic instruments to increase their ambition to tackle climate change.

    Several participating countries expressed interest in receiving the support provided through the CiACA initiative to explore the adoption of carbon pricing instruments. In response to a request for support, the CiACA team through the RCCs can assist the targeted institutions in facilitating consultations with key stakeholder and providing technical assistance to identify economic instruments that can be adopted by the country to contribute to achieving a low carbon future. (Source: UN Climate Change News, 9 October 2020) Contact: REdiCAP and CiACA , Monique Nardi, mnardi@unfccc.int, www.unfccc.int

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    Scottish Forest Carbon Offsets Service Launched (Int'l. Report)
    CarbonStore
    Date: 2020-10-12
    Scotland-based forestry company Tilhill reports the launch of CarbonStore, a new service for landowners looking to sell woodland generated carbon credits to companies aiming to offset their carbon emissions. Under the service, landowners will have the opportunity to use the CarbonStore website to openly market their woodland carbon, offering market leading value while also securing an honest price for companies and helping them maximise their carbon offsetting ambitions.

    Both Tilhill and CarbonStore are part of BSW, the UK's largest integrated forestry group. Also in partnership with CarbonStore are Maelor Forest Nurseries, a progressive commercial tree nursery and also part of the BSW Group. Together, the partnership can grow the tree seeds, design the new woodland creation schemes, plant the saplings, manage the trees and sell the carbon units. (Source: Tilhill, PR, Scottish Farmer, 11 Oct., 2020} Contact: Tilhill, David McCulloch, +44 0 1786 435000, Fax-- 01786 435001, enquiries@tilhill.com, www.tilhill.com; CarbonStore, +44 1786 649387, www.carbonstoreuk.com

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    Europe's Largest Bank Aims for Net-Zero Carbon by 2050 (Intl. Report)
    HSBC Bank
    Date: 2020-10-12
    London-listed, Asia-focused HSBC Bank reports it aims to "align its financed emissions -- the carbon emissions of its portfolio of customers -- to the Paris Climate Agreement goal to achieve net zero by 2050 or sooner." The bank -- Europe's largest with €2,219 billion in assets -- also aims to be net-zero in its operations and supply chain by 2030, according to a release.

    HSBC has earmarked between $750 billion and $1.0 trillion to assist the transition. Banking major Barclays committed to zero-carbon by 2050 in March as have oil giants BP and Shell which recently confirmed their commitment to meet the Paris Climate Agreement goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: HSBC, The Edition, 9 Oct., 2020) Contact: HSBC, www.hsbc.com

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