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MEAG Taking Stake in California Solar+Storage Projects (M&A)
MEAG
Date: 2021-09-17
Munich, Germany-based asset management company MEAG, acting on behalf of Munich Re, is reporting a strategic partnership with EDF Renewables North America to acquire a 50 pct stake in the Maverick VI 131MWdc solar project with 50MW/200MWh battery energy storage system, and the 179MWdc Maverick VII solar project, both of which are under construction in Riverside County, California.

When fully operational before the year end, the two facilities will generate sufficient power for 116,500 average California homes and offset more than 527,000m tpy of carbon emissions . The deal is expected to close in Q1, 2022, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

MEAG currently manages wind and solar assets with more than 1GW of total capacity in the US and Europe. (Source: MEAG, PowerTech, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: MEAG, www.meag.com; EDF Renewables North America, Sandi Briner, 858-521-3525, www.edf-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar+Storage,  MEAG,  EDF Renewables North America,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar+Storage,  MEAG,  EDF Renewables North America,  


Biofuel Pioneer POET Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
POET
Date: 2021-09-17
Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based biofuels pioneer and producer POET is reporting the release of The Sun, the Soil and the Seed, its inaugural sustainability report outlining the company's focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives.

POET pledges that its renewable, plant-based bioethanol reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 70 pct compared to gasoline by 2030 and that it will achieve net-zero carbon at its bio-processing facilities by 2050. To that end, the report notes the company is advancing operational efficiencies and promoting a sustainable society through both POET's business ventures and its philanthropic endeavors, according to the company release. (Source: POET, Website PR, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com, www. poet.com/sustainability

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


Canadian Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 "Net-Painful" (Report Attached)
Canadian Net-Zero Advisory Body
Date: 2021-09-17
"A net-zero future will require structural changes and shifts to social, economic, and behavioural norms," according to a study from Canadian Net-Zero Advisory Body. The report recommends carbon budgets to help motivate Canadians to reach government-specified net-zero targets. Significant "degrowth"or "deep decarbonization" that would shrink both production and consumption, not just of hydrocarbons but of everything in Canadian's current lifestyle, seems to be the goal.

Download the Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 report HERE.

Download Net-Zero Pathways HERE. (Source: Canadian Net-Zero Advisory Body, Sept., 2021) Contact: Canadian Net-Zero Advisory Body, www.nzab2050.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Emissions,  Net-Zero Emissions,  Climate Change,  


CCS Gains Industry Support in Houston (Ind. Report)
Houston CCS
Date: 2021-09-17
In Houston, eleven companies -- Calpine, Chevron, Dow, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Linde, LyondellBasell, Marathon Petroleum, NRG Energy, Phillips 66 and Valero -- have reportedly expressed interest in supporting the large-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in Houston and have agreed to begin discussing plans that could lead to capturing and safely storing up to 50 million metric tpy of CO2 by 2030 rising to roughly 100 million metric tpy by 2040.

The companies plan to help address industrial CO2 emissions in one of the largest concentrated sources in the United States. Collectively, the 11 companies are considering using CCS technology at facilities that generate electricity and manufacture products that society uses every day, such as plastics, motor fuels and packaging.

If CCS technology is fully implemented at the Houston-area facilities these 11 companies operate, nearly 75 million metric tons of CO2 could be captured and stored per year by 2040. There are ongoing discussions with other companies that have industrial operations in the area to add even more CO2 capture capacity. They could announce their support at a later date and add further momentum toward the city of Houston's ambitions to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Wide-scale deployment of CCS in the Houston area will require the collective support of industry, communities and government. If appropriate policies and regulations are put in place, CCS could generate tens of thousands of new jobs, protect current jobs and reduce emissions at a lower cost to society than many other widely available technologies. The 11 companies will continue to advocate for policies that enable the long-term commercial viability of new, expanded and existing CCS investments in Texas. (Source: Houston CCS, PR, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: Houston CCS, Scott Castleman, (304)-421-2057, scott@locuststreet.com, www. houstonccs.com

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


A4A Touts Sustainable Aviation Fuel Goal (Ind. Report)
Airlines for America
Date: 2021-09-15
The Washington, DC-based airlines trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) reports its member carriers have pledged to work with government leaders and other stakeholders to make 3 billion gallons of cost-competitive sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030. The trade organization is also committed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and to work toward a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable SAF.

To that end, A4A noted the need for positive government policy support, including a $1.50-$2.00 per gallon SAF blenders tax credit; public-private SAF research, development and deployment programs such as a new SAF and low emissions technology grant program under consideration by Congress and other collaborative initiatives.

"For decades, U.S. passenger and cargo carriers have been investing in increasingly fuel-efficient aircraft and operating them in more efficient ways, improving overall fuel efficiency by more than 135 percent year-end 2019, saving over 5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) -- equivalent to taking more than 27 million cars off the road on average in each of those years. Additionally, A4A and our members have helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020," the A$A release noted. (Source: Airlines for America, Website PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, CEO, 202-626-4141, www.airlines.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airlines for America,  SAF ,  


Growth Energy Comments on White House's SAF Commitment (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2021-09-15
Following a virtual discussion on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) with Biden Administration representatives , Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor welcomed the Administration's commitment to produce 3 billion gpy of SAF by 2030.

"Crop-based biofuels are necessary component in achieving the climate goals that we share with the White House and the aviation industry. We are energised by the potential opportunity to expand our role in reducing our nation's carbon emissions.

"With the appropriate investment in critical research and development and the right policy environment, we know our industry can continue to help decarbonise our transportation sector -- from passenger vehicles to our aircraft fleet. Importantly, to deliver game-changing solutions, we must have a healthy and thriving corn ethanol industry to make the long-term investments in research and development.

"To meet this challenge, it important that new tax incentives are guided by technology-neutral life-cycle assessments by scientists who understand the U.S. biofuel sector -- in this case, those at the US Department of Energy. US tax credits must reflect US-based modelling, and we will continue to press for policy that reflects the most up-to-date science available." (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 10 Sept., 2021)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Growth Energy,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  


NBB Applauds Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Ind. Report)
National Bioediesel Board, NBB
Date: 2021-09-15
In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has welcomed the proposed extension through 2031 of the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit in the House Ways & Means portion of the Build Back Better Act. The NBB noted:

"Biodiesel and renewable diesel are clean, low-carbon fuels that are widely available today to achieve the carbon reductions Congress is seeking. These fuels are 74 pct less carbon intensive than petroleum diesel on average and have prevented more than 140 million tons of carbon emissions since 2010. Moreover, they substantially cut emissions of particulate matter that impact cancer rates, asthma and other respiratory diseases, which can lower associated healthcare costs. The biodiesel tax credit continues to be extremely successful in expanding consumer access to these clean, low-carbon fuels while driving economic growth and job creation."

The NBB noted the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each U.S. bushel of soybeans. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, Website PR, 11 Sept., 2021) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, 800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Tax Credit,  Renewable Diesel,  National Biodiesel Board,  NBB,  


GE Technology to Advance Norwegian Decarbonization (Int'l.)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-09-15
GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions business reports receipt of a contract from Oslo, Norway utility Elvia to deliver an SF6 free substation in Heggedal featuring GE's g3 gas, an alternative to Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) -- a potent greenhouse gas.

The project scope includes the design, engineering, delivery, erection and commissioning of six bays of GE's F-35-41g 145 kV g3 insulated switchgear and associated electrical balance of plant. This represents the delivery of one of the most digitally advanced gas-insulated substations (GIS) in the world, with a GE digital solution that includes low power instrument transformers (LPIT) and GE's BWatch, an online digital monitoring system.

A recent EU Commission report concluded that fluoronitrile-based gas mixtures -- such as g3 gas -- may be the only insulating and switching gas alternative to SF6 when space is a constraint. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: GE Grid Solutions, 678-844-6777, www.gegridsolutions.com/hvmv_equipment/catalog/g3; Elvia, www.elvia.no

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


Betolar Geoprime® Cuts Concrete Materials CO2 Emissions (Int'l.)
Betolar Ltd
Date: 2021-09-15
Helsinki-headquartered materials technology specialist Betolar Ltd. is touting its new Geoprime® solution that converts multiple previously underused, high volume industrial side streams into a substitute for cement.

The Geoprime® replaces raw materials used in the concrete production process, which can lead to up to 80 pct lower CO2 emissions for the raw materials compared to traditional, cement-based concrete production. Raw materials can account for the vast majority of emissions from a traditional concrete product at the manufacturing stage. The resulting Geoprime concrete materials offer superior performance and conform to EU standards, according to the release. (Source: Betolar Ltd., PR, Website, 15 Sep[., 2021) Contact: Betolar Ltd., Matti Lopponen, CEO, matti.lopponen@betolar.com, contact@betolar.com, www.betolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Betolar news,  Concrete news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


Chinese Carbon Neutrality Notable Quote
China Carbon Emissions
Date: 2021-09-15
"(China's) Carbon neutrality will need huge investment for research and development, as 60 pct of the technology is still in the conceptual stage." -- Zhang Shaogang, VP, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sept., 2021)

China is the world's largest carbon-emitting country with 10 billion tpy of carbon emissions accounting for 30 pct of the world's total emissions. Industry, energy, construction and transportation account for 90 pct of the country's total carbon emissions.

In 2020, fossil fuels accounted for 84.3 pct of China's total energy consumption mix. Beijing is aiming to gradually replace coal which is expected to account for 43 pct of energy consumption by 2035, followed by oil and gas contributing 32 pct and renewable energy accounting for 25 pct.

Beijing has pledged China will reach peak carbon emissions in 2030 and become carbon neutral in 2060 at an estimated cost in excess of $21.3 trillion. (Source: China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sept., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Emissions,  


Nordic Oil Producer Commits $800 Mn to Reaching Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report))
Lundin Energy
Date: 2021-09-15
Stockholm-headquartered oil and gas company Lundin Energy AB reports it has committed $800 million to reach carbon neutrality, 70 pct of which has already been spent on electrification of the Johan Sverdrup and Edvard Grieg platforms and three renewable energy projects. As a result, the company's main producing assets will be at an industry leading low level of approximately 1 kg CO2 per boe, over 15 times better than the industry average by the end of 2022.

Additionally, through the sourcing of high quality, proprietary natural carbon capture projects and carbon credit offtake agreements, all future residual emissions will be neutralised. Alongside significant reductions in Scope 1 and 2 emissions, the Company is also actively reduce Scope 3 emissions for which it has influence or control over, such as through a hybrid support vessel fleet and the sourcing of carbon neutral materials. (Source: Lundin Energy AB, PR, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: Lundin Energy AB, Nick Walker, CEO, Tel +46 8 440 54 50, www.lundin-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lundin Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutrality,  


Jakarta Chops Norwegian Climate, Deforestation Pact (Int'l.)
Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative
Date: 2021-09-13
Following up on our July 13, 2021 coverage, In Jakarta, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry reports it has terminated its 2020 deal with Norway on cooperation to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation, due to lack of payment. The two countries have been cooperating on reducing deforestation, peatland and forest degradation and related climate change initiatives since 2010.

Norway offered a $56 million contribution to Indonesia, based on its 2016-2017 results on curbing deforestation under a United Nations-backed REDD+ forest-conservation scheme. . Apparently payment wasn't prompt enough for the Indonesians following its meeting of national greenhouse gas emission cuts by the equivalent of 11.2 million tonnes of carbon-dioxide emissions in the 2016-2017 period.

As previously reported, under the Paris climate agreement Indonesia committed to reduce carbon emission by 41 pct by 2030, with international assistance, and aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060.

The Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative noted it planned to continue supporting Indonesia's deforestation and other climate change mitigation efforts. (Source: Indonesian Foreign Ministry, 11 Sept., 2021) Contact: Indonesian Foreign Ministry, www.kemlu.go.id/portal/en; Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative, www.ndcpartnership.org/funding-and-initiatives-navigator/norways-international-climate-and-forest-initiative-nicfi ; Norway Minister of Climate and Environment, Sveinung Rotevatn, www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/kld/id66

More Low-Carbon Energy News Deforestation,  REDD+,  Climate Change,  Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative,  


Energy Efficiency Key in Notre Dame Carbon Goal (Ind. Report)

Date: 2021-09-13
Near South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame University President Fr. John Jenkins, speaking at the annual Notre Dame Forum's Care for Our Common Home: Just Transition to a Sustainable Future , announced the University aims to achieve a 65 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 compared to a baseline year of 2005, on its way to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

As a result of past renewable and energy efficiency initiatives -- the elimination of all coal usage, green roofs and other energy efficiency measures -- the university (12,600 enrollment) exceeded its 2010 goal of achieving a 50 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and cut energy consumption by 11 pct since 2008, despite an increased demand for space. (Source: Notre Dame University, Observer, 12 Sept., 2021) Contact: Notre Dame University, Paul Kempf, Utilities and Maintenance, 574-631-5000, www.nd.edu

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


Notre Dames Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Notre Dame University
Date: 2021-09-13
Near South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame University President Fr. John Jenkins , speaking at the university's annual Notre Dame Forum, "Care for Our Common Home: Just Transition to a Sustainable Future" announced the University aims to achieve a 65 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 compared to a baseline year of 2005, on its way to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Due to past energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives -- the elimination of all coal usage, large-scale solar installations, geothermal, green roofs and others -- the university (12,600 enrollment) has exceeded its previously reported 2010 goal of achieving a 50 pct reduction in carbon emissions per gross square foot by 2030 and cut energy consumption by 11 pct since 2008, despite an increased demand for space. (Source: Notre Dame University, Observer, 12 Sept., 2021) Contact: Notre Dame University, Paul Kempf, Utilities and Maintenance, 574-631-5000, www.nd.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Cementir's CCS Project Slated for 2022 Startup (Int'l. Report)
Cementir
Date: 2021-09-10
In Turkey, cement giant Cementir Group, through its subsidiary Aalborg Portland, aims to become the first global cement producer to capture, transport and store CO2 underground. The group is part of the consortium Project Greensand 2 that seeks funding for a pilot project aimed at capturing and storing CO2 underground in the North Sea.

The effort is in line with the Danish government's national targeted 70 pct reduction of carbon emissions by 2030. According to the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, the Danish part of the North Sea will be able to store up to 16Gt of carbon.

Project participants include Aalborg Portland, Ineos Oil & Gas Denmark, Wintershall Dea, Maersk Drilling, GEUS and over 20 other businesses, research institutes and universities. (Source: Cementir Group, PR, Cement News, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Cementir Group, info@cimentas.com, www.cimentas.com.tr

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


Otter Tail Seeks Additional Solar Capacity, Emission Cuts (Ind. Report)
Otter Tail power
Date: 2021-09-08
Fergus Falls, Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Company reports it has submitted its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to regulatory commissions in each of the three states it serves: Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Among its requested approvals, Otter Tail Power seeks to add 150 MW of solar power generation at an as yet to be determined location.

By 2023 Otter Tail Power customers will receive approximately 35 pct of their energy from renewable resources. The company aims to reduce carbon emissions from generation resources by approximately 50 pct from 2005 levels by 2025 and 97 pct by 2050, according to the release. (Source: Otter Tail Power Company, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Otter Tail Power, Stephanie Hoff, 218-739-8535, shoff@otpco.com, www.otpco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Otter tail Power news,  Solar news,  


Twelve, LanzaTech Partner for CO2-based Products (Ind. Report)
LanzaTech
Date: 2021-09-08
Berkeley, California-headquartered Twelve and biotechnology company LanzaTech report they have partnered to transform CO2 emissions into polypropylene, a key polymer with automotive and other industry applications.

Twelve's carbon technology converts CO2 into materials that are traditionally made from fossil fuels and helps eliminate carbon emissions with its CO2Made® carbon negative chemicals and materials, as well as carbon neutral fuels.

The two firms have received $200,000 in grant funding from Impact Squared, a $1.1 million catalytic platform fund designed and launched by UK Barclays Bank and Unreasonable.

LanzaTech's carbon recycling Pollution To Products™ technology uses nature-based solutions to produce ethanol and other materials from waste carbon sources.

Twelve describes itself as a "new kind" of chemical company built for the climate era. The company's technology eliminates emissions by transforming CO2 into critical chemicals, materials and fuels, according to the release. (Source: LanzaTech, Website, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Twelve, www.twelve.co; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  CO2,  Carbon Neutral Fuel,  


Aspiring Canadian Prime Minister's Climate Change Promises (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change canada
Date: 2021-09-08
The sitting Liberal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, if returned to office, will keep the existing carbon tax in place for provinces without a plan of their own and allow it to continue to rise to $170 per tonne by 2030. It would also provide grants of up to $5,000 for home energy efficiency retrofits and interest-free loans of up to $40,000 for deep retrofits. The Liberals would also spend $700 million to add 50,000 new electric vehicle chargers and hydrogen stations. -- Liberal Party of Canada, www.liberal.ca

The Conservatives, led by Erin O'Toole are pledging to scrap the existing carbon tax and replace it with mandatory personal carbon savings accounts that Canadians pay into for their carbon use and then use those funds for environmentally friendly purchases. The charge for those personal carbon savings accounts would begin at $20 per tonne and rise to no higher than $50 per tonne. The Conservatives, if elected, would also require 30 pct of light-duty vehicles to be zero emission by 2030. -- Conservative Party of Canada, www.conservative.ca

NDP candidate Jagmeet Singh will, if elected, set a target of reducing Canada's emissions by at least 50 pct from 2005 levels by 2030 and kill any and all fossil fuel subsidies, including federal support for pipelines. -- NDP, www.ndp.ca

The federal election is on 20 September, 2021.

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


Keystone State Close to RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
Pennsylvania, RGGI
Date: 2021-09-03
Fpllpwing up on our 14th July coverage, in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) reports it has given the nod for state's entrance into Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) -- a collective of states aiming to reduce carbon emissions by placing a cap and restrictions on the amount of carbon emitted by power plants.

Pennsylvania currently has the fifth-highest emitting energy sector in the nation. Under RGGI, the state's CO2 emissions would be reduced by 31 pct compared to 2019 levels. The final form regulation will cap emissions at 78 million tons in 2022 and would be gradually lowered to 58 million tons in 2030.

RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. (Source: Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission, PR, City & State Pennsylvania, Sept., 2021) Contact: RGGI, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Pennsylvania RGGI,  


Lenovo Stresses Climate Change, Mitigation Goals (Ind. Report)
Lenovo, SBTi
Date: 2021-09-01
In its annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based Lenovo Group reports it is committing to new goals in the areas of climate change mitigation, circular economy, energy efficiency and sustainable materials.

Lenovo is committing to achieving 50 pct improvement in energy efficiency for desktops and servers and 30 pct for notebooks and Motorola products by FY 2029/30. The company also aims to purchase 90 pct of electricity from renewable energy sources and remove one million tons of GHG emissions from its supply chain by FY 2025/26.

These goals further support its 2030 science-based targets, which include reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50 pct and decreasing emissions intensity throughout the products, suppliers and transportation value chain by 25 pct .

The company notes it is exploring a path to net-zero targets after being selected by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to road test science-based methodology for achieving net-zero emissions.

This is Lenovo's 15th annual ESG Report, covering the Fiscal Year 2020/21 (April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021). Download Lenovo’s ESG Report HERE . (Source: Lenova, PR, 30 Aug., 2021) Contact: Lenova, www.lenovo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Climate Change Mitigation news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  SBTi news,  


Equis' 50MW Japanese Biomass Power Plant Finds Funding (Int'l.)
Equis Development
Date: 2021-08-30
Singapore-headquartered Asian renewable energy and waste infrastructure developer Equis Development Pte. (Equis) reports it has secured $282 million in funding for construction of the 50 MW Niigata East Port Biomass Power Plant in Niigata, Japan, the company's third biomass plant in Japan.

When fully operational in October, 2024, the plant will generate sufficient electric power for roughly 117,000 households from sustainable wood pellets or palm kernel shells and save approximately 190 tpy of carbon emissions. Construction is expected to break ground in May 2022. (Source: Equis Development Pte., 26 Aug., 2021) Contact: Equis Development Pte, +65 6220 0040, equis@equis.com, www.equis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equis Development ,  Biomass Power,  


China Sinopec Plans Major Hydrogen Push to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation
Date: 2021-08-30
In Beijing, China's largest oil distiller and petrochemicals producer, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) is reporting plans to invest roughly 30 billion yuan ($4.6 billion) over 5 years to establish 1,000 hydrogen refueling stations with 200,000 tpy of capacity, and facilities run by renewable energy that can produce over 1 million tpy of the zero-emission fuel.

Sinopec's preliminary budget will fund the necessary R&D, production of hydrogen, purification, treatment, storage and transport facilities. The company will also upgrade its refineries and petrochemical plants to use "green" hydrogen in their operations to reduce their carbon footprint. The goal is to avoid 10 million tpy of CO2 by 2025.

The company also plans to install 7,000 solar power projects totaling 400 MW at its network of 30,00 fuel stations and increase its low carbon plant-based fuel supply capacity to provide 100,000 tpy of aviation biofuel (SAF) and 1.45 million tpy of ethanol by 2025.

Sinopec emitted 170.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2020, 84 pct of which were attributed to its oil refining and chemicals manufacturing operations, according to its latest sustainability report. (Source: Sinopec, S.China Morning Post, Sept., 2021) Contact: Sinopec, www.sinopecgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ,  Sinopec,  Hydrogen,  Carbon Emissions,  


UK Doubling Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (Int'l. Report)
UK Department for Transport
Date: 2021-08-27
In the UK, the Department for Transport has estimated doubling of the country's present E5 biofuel blend standard to E10 could cut transportation CO2 emissions by 750,000 tpy -- equivalent to taking 350,000 cars off the road.

The upgrading to E10 is inline with a renewed push towards lowering carbon emissions through the massive transportation decarbonization plan (TDP) aimed at phasing out polluting vehicles. The plan also bans the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles starting in 2030, followed by a ban on hybrids in 2035 and petrol and diesel heavy trucks in 2040.

According to the London-headquartered UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) "The average UK biofuel CO2 emissions savings in 2019 were over 80 pct under the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation meaning that increasing the renewable fuel content of petrol will reduce overall CO2 emissions. It is also worth noting that renewable fuels added to UK petrol and diesel must meet the government's sustainability criteria." (Source: UK Petroleum Industry Association, The Express, Aug., 2021) Contact: UK Petroleum Industry Association, +44 20 7269 7600, www.ukpia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  UK Department for Transport,  


Itochu Backs Aussie Carbon Utilization Start-up (Int'l.)
Itochu Corporation,Mineral Carbonation International
Date: 2021-08-27
Japan's Itochu Corporation reports it has invested in Canberra, Australia-based start-up Mineral Carbonation International (MCI), developer of a scalable carbon platform technology that converts industrial CO2 emissions into solid bulk materials used in new low-carbon products for construction, industrial and consumer markets.

MCI builds carbon plants that enable CO2 emissions reduction, avoidance and removal and creates high quality permanent carbon offsets. the company recently raised $14.6 million from the Australian Federal government to help fund construction of a demonstration plant near Newcastle. (Source: Itochu Corporation, Financial Review, 25 Aug., 2021) Contact: Mineral Carbonation International, Marcus Dawe, CEO, contactus@mineralcarbonation.com, www.mineralcarbonation.com; Itochu Corporation, www.itochu.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Itochu Corporation,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Utilization,  


Chinese Trucking Firm Goes Digital to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
China Carbon Emissions
Date: 2021-08-27
The Manbang Group, China's leading domestic freight service platform, reports it has turned to internet and "big-data" digital technology to help reduce carbon emissions.

With the intelligent recommendations of big data, the Manbang Group helps truck drivers find goods quickly and reduces empty-load rates and fuel consumption, reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 330,000 tonnes in 2020, the company said.

According to the Manbang Group release, Chinese transport sector carbon emissions account for about 10 pct of the country's total carbon emissions, with 80 pct of the total emissions from the road freight transport. The Manbang Group serves roughly 20 pct of the country's trucking with businesses in more than 300 Chinese cities. (Source: Manbang Group, Xinhua, 25 Aug., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Transportation Emissions,  China Carbon Emissions,  


EMBER Finds Global Power Emissions, Renewables Rising (Int'l.)
EMBER, Renewable Energy, Carbon Emissions, Sandbag
Date: 2021-08-27
In its new Global Electricity Review 2021 UK energy think tank Ember -- fka Sandbag -- noted that rising global electricity demand in the first half of 2021 outpaced growth in clean electricity, which led to an increase in emissions-intensive coal power. As a result, global power sector emissions increased beyond pre-pandemic levels. The Review analyses electric power data from 63 countries representing 87 pct of electricity demand.

The report notes that global power sector emissions rebounded in the first half of 2021 and are presently 5 pct above pre-Covid levels. The global demand for electricity also rose by 5 pct in the first half of 2021 compared to pre-Covid levels, 57 pct of which was met by wind and solar and 43 pct by coal fired power. (Source: EMBER, Website, Aug., 2021) Contact: EMBER, Dave Jones, (+44) 020 8144 8663, info@ember-climate.org,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EMBER,  Sandbag,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  


USDA Awards $26Mn in Biofuels Infrastructure Grants (Funding)
USDA, USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program
Date: 2021-08-25
Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced that USDA is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels, such as E15 and flex fuels such as E85, by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states. USDA is making the awards under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The announcement includes investments in 23 states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin.

The announcement marks the one-year anniversary of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. To date, USDA has invested $66.4 million for projects that are expected to increase biofuels sales by 1.2 billion gallons annually.

Through this program, USDA helps transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities offer higher ethanol and biodiesel blends to customers by sharing the costs to install fuel pumps, equipment and infrastructure.

In California, AltAir Paramount LLC will use a $1.5 million grant to install a pump, safety infrastructure and piping at its fuel distribution facility. Funds will also be used to retrofit and upgrade a biodiesel storage tank. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 135 million gallons per year.

In Ohio, United Dairy Farmers Inc. will use a $634,000 grant to replace 21 dispensers and four storage tanks at four fueling stations. The company also will install 13 dispensers at two more fueling stations in Ohio and Kentucky. This project is expected to increase ethanol sales by 4 million gallons per year.

In North Carolina, Zenith Energy Terminals Holdings LLC will use a $614,930 grant to install a truck rack biodiesel blending system at a fuel distribution facility. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 24 million gallons per year.

The National Biodiesel Board notes the funding for 12 projects from California to Connecticut will support nearly 771 million gpy of biodiesel per year and reduce the nation's carbon emissions by more than 7.2 million metric tpy at a cost of less than $2.25 per ton. (Source: USDA, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

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Swansea University Carbon Capture Research Funded (Int'l.)
Swansea University Energy Safety Research Institute
Date: 2021-08-25
In the UK, Swansea University's Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) is reporting receipt of £30,000 funding from the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) to investigate new materials for carbon capture from industrial processes.

Led by Dr Enrico Andreoli, ESRI ESRI delivers research across energy and energy safety-related disciplines including renewable energy, hydrogen, carbon capture and new oil and gas technologies.

Working with the University of Pisa and Immaterial Ltd, ESRI plans to use the funding to scale up materials in the lab and test the materials in industrial settings. The initiative is receiving £11.5 million in support from the Welsh government and the European Regional Development Fund's (ERDF) Industrial Carbon Emissions (RICE) project. RICE aims to drive forward new technologies for reducing emissions from Welsh industry. (Source: Swansea University Energy Safety Research Institute, PR, 24 Aug., 2021) Contact: ESRI, Dr Enrico Andreoli, +44 1792 205678, www.esri-swansea.org

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Syracuse U. Helps Manufacturers Cut Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
DOE Advanced-Manufacturing Office
Date: 2021-08-25
In the Empire State, Syracuse University reports it is among 32 schools that will work to help local manufacturers improve their energy efficiency, as part of a U.S. DOE $60 million investment aimed at helping small- and medium-sized manufacturers reduce their carbon emissions and lower energy costs while training the next generation of energy-efficiency workers.

The investment will help remove barriers to decarbonization across the manufacturing sector and advance the goal of reaching a clean-energy economy by focusing on: improving productivity; enhancing cybersecurity; promoting resiliency planning; providing training to entities located in disadvantaged communities; and engage in a new pilot project to expand to the commercial-building market.

To date, the program has provided nearly 20,000 no-cost assessments for small- and medium-sized manufacturers and more than 147,000 recommendations for improvement measures. Assessments typically identify more than $130,000 in potential annual savings opportunities. The program is managed by the DOE Advanced-Manufacturing Office. (Source: Syracuse University, PR, CNYBJ, 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: DOE Advanced-Manufacturing Office, www.energy.gov/eere/amo/advanced-manufacturing-office; Syracuse University, www.syracuse.edu

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China Industrial Bank Grants First Carbon Sink Loan (Int'l.)
Industrial Bank C.
Date: 2021-08-23
China's Industrial Bank Co., Ltd reports the issuance of a carbon sink loan totaling roughly $2.77 million to an unnamed company managing coastal wetlands in Jiaozhou Bay in east China's Shandong Province. The loan proceeds will be used for purchasing and planting crops with higher carbon uptake capacity on wetland for ecological conservation, according to the bank.

The issuance of the loan took into account an overall analysis on the wetland's carbon sequestration capacity as a fundamental factor, and the loan amount was based on the transaction prices in the national carbon market, with the wetland's long-term income from carbon trading as collateral, the bank noted.

China previously announced it will strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: China.org,, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: Industrial Bank Co., Ltd., www.cib.com.cn/en

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Portland Considering City Smokestack Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Portland Oregon
Date: 2021-08-23
In Oregon, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) reports Portland city officials are attempting to resurrect the 2018 Portland Clean Energy Fund -- a tax on emissions from industrial industries to raise about $8 to $11 million a year. The tax proceeds would be used to help meet the city's goal of slashing its carbon emissions in half by 2030 and reducing emissions to zero by 2050.

The Portland Clean Energy Fund has generated $109 million to date with another $52 million expected before the year end. The fund issues cash grants to nonprofits that will generate green energy projects and jobs for communities of color. (Source: Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Willamette Week, Aug., 2021) Contact: Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 503-623-7700, www.portlandoregon.gov/bps

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ArcelorMittal Touts Cdn. Steel Decarbonization Plan (Ind. Report)
ArcelorMittal
Date: 2021-08-23
Luxembourg-based steel maker ArcelorMittal is reporting its planned move from blast furnace basic oxygen furnace steel-making to new direct reduction of iron ore (DRI) and electric arc furnace (EAF) installations at its Dofasco steel mill in Hamilton, Ontario will reduce carbon emissions by approximately 3 million tons -- roughly 60 pct of the plant's total emissions -- by 2028.

ArcelorMittal's planned investment is contingent upon $400 million in Canadian federal government support and financial support from the Government of Ontario. (Source: ArcelorMittal, Aug., 2021) Contact: ArcelorMittal, www.corporate.arcelormittal.com

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Schneider Electric, ADSG Partner on Abu Dhabi Sustainability (Int'l.)
Schneider Electric,Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group
Date: 2021-08-23
International renewable energy and energy efficiency firm Schneider Electric reports it has joined the 50-member public-private Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG), the capital’s leading initiative to champion sustainability issues for both government and the private sector. Schneider Electric and the ADSG will share knowledge on the latest research and solutions for topics such as carbon emissions reduction, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Schneider Electric will also support the ADSG in key focus areas including youth engagement and sustainability reporting. Both entities will work side by side to promote a greener future for the UAE’s capital.

The ADSG’s goals include capability building, knowledge sharing and advocacy for issues such as energy efficiency, sustainability reporting and the circular economy.

As previously reported, Schneider Electric launched its sustainability consultancy in the Gulf with services tailored to the identification of energy efficiency savings, carbon offset programs, offsite renewable energy sourcing, electric mobility advising, and supply chain and logistics optimization. The company has committed itself to delivering 800 million tons of saved and avoided CO2 emissions to customers throughout the world, including Abu Dhabi and the UAE, by 2025. (Source: Schneider Electrdi, PR, 22 Aug., 2021) Contact: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group, Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, www.adsg.ae

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Schneider Electric, ADSG Partner on Abu Dhabi Sustainability (Int'l.)
Schneider Electric,Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group
Date: 2021-08-23
Global renewable energy and energy efficiency firm Schneider Electric's consultancy unit reports it has joined the 50-member public-private Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG), the capital's leading promoter of renewable energy and sustainability.

Schneider and the ADSG will share knowledge on the latest research and solutions on carbon emissions reduction, energy efficiency and renewable energy and promote "a greener future for the UAE's capital."

The ADSG's goals include capability building, knowledge sharing and advocacy for issues such as energy efficiency, sustainability reporting and the circular economy.

As previously reported, Schneider Electric's sustainability consultancy in the Gulf offers services tailored to the identification of energy efficiency savings, carbon offset programs, offsite renewable energy sourcing, electric mobility advising and supply chain and logistics optimization. The company has committed itself to delivering 800 million tons of saved and avoided CO2 emissions to customers worldwide, including Abu Dhabi and the UAE, by 2025. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 22 Aug., 2021) Contact: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group, Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, www.adsg.ae; Schneider Electric, Vicki True, 774-613-1158, vicki.true@se.com, www.se.com, twitter.com/SchneiderElec

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TC Energy, Irving Oil Ink Decarbonixation MoU (Ind. Report)
TC Energy, Irving Oil
Date: 2021-08-20
Calgary, Alberta-based natural gas-focused midstream energy service provider TC Energy and New Brunswick, Canada-headquartered petroleum refiner Irving Oil are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the development of clean energy projects in Atlantic Canada' The two firms will focus on decarbonizing existing assets and implementing technologies to reduce emissions, including at the 2004-vintage Grandview Cogeneration facility, a 90-MW low-carbon power plant at Irving Oil's 320,000 bpd Saint John refinery -- the largest in Canada.

The partnership will also consider medium and long-term opportunities that support the decarbonization of local industry through the production and delivery of low-emission hydrogen along with a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) network.

The scope, time limits and cost estimates of the joint initiatives will be determined by feasibility studies and outstanding regulatory procedures. (Source: TC Energy, Irving Oil, Zacks, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: TC Energy, 403-920-2000, www.tcenergy.com; Irving Oil, www.irvingoil.com/en-CA/discover-irving/contact-us

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AIR TO EARTH Offers Carbon Removal for Consumers (Ind. Report)
AIR TO EARTH
Date: 2021-08-20
New York-based AIR TO EARTH LLC® (A2E) is offering permanent carbon removal subscription plans that deliver measurable emission reduction results and advance the removal of legacy emissions using a three pillars approach -- pollution rights removal, natural carbon removal and technology innovation of direct air capture, an emerging pathway for removing CO2 directly from the Air for use or storage.

A2E issues, registers, and retires A2E carbon removal offsets on behalf of individuals, corporations and institutions seeking a measurable and low-cost way to offset difficult to abate carbon emission. Each A2E CRO represents one metric ton of avoided carbon emissions and is backed by carbon pollution rights that are permanently removed from use under an emissions reduction framework validated by 11 U.S. States and the U.S. EPA.

A2E has partnered with Kiss the Ground, Restore America's Estuaries and Texas A&M Energy Institute to advance natural carbon removal and innovate direct air capture. (Source: AIR TO EARTH, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: AIR TO EARTH LLC, Joseph Stark, Founder and CEO, 914.924.5505, jstark@airtoearth.com, www,airtoearth.com

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Northwestern Funded to Study Carbon Capture Systems (R&D)
Northwestern University
Date: 2021-08-20
In Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University reports it will receive $3.3 million in U.S. grant funding to examine how the dynamic behavior of promising carbon capture systems impacts the systems' ability to capture and release CO2. Specifically, the research team will study metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), porous materials with uniform structures that are promising solid sorbents -- a sponge of sorts for capturing CO2 from air.

The Northwestern grant is part of the DOE's recently announced $24 million in funding for nine research projects to explore and develop new methods of capturing carbon emissions directly from the air. The DOE-funded projects will support breakthroughs in the understanding of chemical and materials processes that limit current direct air capture (DAC) technologies and also provide a foundation for entirely new and more effective approaches for direct removal of CO2 from ambient air.

"Understanding how a sorbent works is fundamentally important for making the next generation of highly selective and stable sorbents for CO2 capture," said Northwester chemistry professor Omar Farha, principal investigator on the project. Farha and his team will study the chemical and structural changes that MOFs undergo during CO2 capture and release cycles. This knowledge is necessary for developing MOF sorbents for long-term DAC applications, Farha said.

The objective is to study these changes over a high number of capture-release cycles and find the reasons behind the reduction of the materials' CO2 capture efficiency over time. This includes understanding how these materials evolve under operating conditions as they undergo mechanical changes, develop heterogeneity, yield unwanted chemical reactions, degrade or accumulate impurities. The research will provide design rules for next-generation high-performance direct air capture sorbents. (Source: Northwestern University, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Northwestern University, Professor Omar Farha, 847-467-7468, farha-ofc@northwestern.edu, www.northwestern.edu

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JSSI, Avfuel Help Clients Offset Aviation Emissions (Ind. Report)
Avfuel
Date: 2021-08-18
Chicago-headquartered Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI) reports it is joining the industry push toward a more sustainable future by enabling clients to evaluate and reduce net carbon emissions by providing an online CO2 calculator to estimate emissions and facilitating an option to purchase carbon credits to offset emissions, and boost the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation.

Each carbon credit purchased will offset one metric ton of CO2 emissions through direct investment in a selection of carbon offset projects that meet the requirements of either the United Nations or the Gold Standard.

Avfuel calculates carbon credits based on an industry-standardized formula, measured in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the ISO 14064 Standard, and utilizes CO2 emission coefficients as assigned by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Source: JSSI, PR, Aviation Pros, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; JSSI, Neil Book, CEO , www.jetsupport.com

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Danish North Sea CCS Project Seeks Funding (Int'l. Report)
CCS,INEOS Energy
Date: 2021-08-18
In Copenhagen, a consortium of London, UK-based INEOS Energy, Wintershall Dea and 27 companies, research institutes and universities, reports it will file a grant application with Denmark's Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program to support a pilot project that would permanently store up to 8 MM metric tons/yr (8.81 MM tons) of CO2 --- roughly 25 pct of Denmark's total carbon emissions -- in the Nini West reservoir in the Danish North Sea. If the grant application is approved, the project could start by the end of 2021, with the offshore injection pilot staged in late 2022.

Under project proposal, emissions will be captured at the Aalborg Portland cement production complex in northern Jutland and shipped to the Nini West reservoir which is thought to hold storage potential of 0.5-1 MM metric tpy of CO2 by 2025, increasing to 4-8 MM metric tpy by 2030. The area is considered geologically stable and has retained gas and oil for 10-20 million years, according to the release. (Source: INEOS Energy,Website PR, Offshore, Aug., 2021) Contact: INEOS Energy, www.ineos.com

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Birla Carbon Aims for Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l.)
Birla Carbon
Date: 2021-08-16
Mumbai- India-headquartered global carbon black manufacturer Birla Carbon reports it plans to bring down its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The company's initiative, which is in line with The Paris Agreement and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Tire Industry Project SDG Roadmap, is in collaboration with sister companies to develop decarbonization initiatives through the Aditya Birla Science and Technology Center.

To reach net-zero carbon emission by 2050, Birla Carbon will focus on all three scopes in the measurement, reduction, and offsetting of carbon emissions. A majority of its carbon footprint reduction is expected to come from Scope 1 and 2 based on its direct and indirect emission reduction initiatives. A smaller portion of its reduction will come from scope 3 based on the operations of upstream and downstream industries in the value chain. The company will focus on research to discover new ways for the capture and conversion of carbons; reducing dependence on traditional manufacturing processes; increasing energy efficiency; increased use of alternative energy and feedstocks; and the addition of renewable energy solutions.

Part of the Aditya Birla Group, Birla Carbon provides innovative sustainable carbon black solutions that enhance the performance of paints and coatings, inks and toners, plastics, adhesives, sealants, textile fibers, mechanical rubber goods, and tires. The company's footprint extends across 12 countries with 16 manufacturing facilities and two technology centers in Marietta, Georgia (USA) and Taloja, India). (Source: Brila Carbon, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Birla Carbon, John Loudermilk, CEO, www.birlacarbon.com

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DOE Announces $83Mn to Increase Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Funding)
US DOE EERE
Date: 2021-08-16
In Washington, the US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has awarded $82.6 million in funding to 44 projects that will lower Americans' energy bills and help meet the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by investing in new energy efficient building technologies, construction practices, and the U.S. buildings-sector workforce.

The 44 projects across 20 states will improve building energy efficiency through innovations in thermal energy storage, building envelopes, lighting, HVAC, water heating -- as well as by bolstering the energy efficiency workforce with trainings, educational programs, and other technical support. The following are among the 44 funded projects:

  • North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota will develop a novel absorption material that will efficiently store thermal energy.

  • Baryon Inc. based in Wilmington, Delaware will develop an innovative air-conditioning system based on a new method of evaporative cooling combined with dehumidification that can consume 50 to 85 pct less energy than traditional air conditioning systems.

  • In Sidney, Ohio, Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions will design, fabricate, and validate a highly efficient refrigerated display case for use in supermarkets.

  • The New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark will design, prototype, install, test, and evaluate a high-performance residential wall retrofit that can achieve estimated heating and cooling energy savings of 30 pct or more.

  • The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance in Atlanta, Georgia, will develop training resources on electrified building systems such as electric heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, electric vehicle charging systems, and battery storage systems. These resources will help members of the workforce learn how to educate consumers on the benefits of these technologies.

    Download the full list of funded recipients HERE.

    The mission of the DOE EERE is to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of technologies and solutions to equitably transition America to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050, and ensure the clean energy economy benefits all Americans. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: US DOE EERE, Building Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

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  • Rolls-Royce Driving Toward Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Rolls-Royce Power Systems
    Date: 2021-08-13
    Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce Power Systems reports it will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35 pct , compared to its 2019 level, by 2030 through the use of new net-zero and zero carbon technologies, and a new focus on engines that run on sustainable fuels from as early as 2023.

    Key to meeting these goals is the certification of the most important engine products which will run on sustainable second generation biofuels and E-fuels from as early as 2023 and then be successively increased, according to the release. (Source: Rolls-Royce Power Systems,. PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Dr Otto Preiss, COO and CTO, www.rolls-royce.com/products-and-services/power-systems.aspx

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    "Act NOW, You Idiots" -- Aussie Green Groups Respond to IPCC Climate Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    IPCC
    Date: 2021-08-11
    "No more excuses and no more delays on climate change. This is decision time for every political and business leader in Australia. This is the issue on which you will be judged by history and by the children of Australia, whose futures are on the line.

    "The IPCC Working Group 1 report makes it clear that we are out of control and accelerating towards disaster. Only if we make deep, rapid emissions cuts including the complete phase out of climate-destroying coal, oil and gas do we have a chance of making it to a safer, habitable future powered by clean energy. We could have made emissions cuts decades ago that would have put us on a path to a safer future, but this was blocked by the vested interests of coal, oil and gas and the politicians who have subsidized and protected these big polluters." -- David Ritter, CEO, Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

    The Australian Greens political party noted the IPCC report made it clear the Australian government's current target of reducing emissions by 26 pct -- 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 were "a death sentence" and "amounts to criminal negligence" and called on the government to double or even triple its target.

    "Exceeding 1.5 degrees of warming means that we will lose the Great Barrier Reef, have widespread and sustained drought, more extreme weather events, and catastrophic bush fires will become the norm. The rest of the world understands that if we don't do more by 2030, we all go over the climate cliff," the Green Party warned.

    Not to worry! The the Australian Minister for Energy & Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, noted the (Australian) government remains committed to achieving net zero emissions "as soon as possible -- preferably by 2050." (Source: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Various Media, upstream, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, www.greenpeace.org.au

    Editor's Note --Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently abandoned planned legislation that would enforce a 26 pct cut in Australia's carbon emissions as agreed in the 2015 Paris Climate accord. The Prime Minister is now planning to control emissions with new regulations rather than legislation.

    The 2015 Paris Agreement was "reluctantly" signed by former Aussie PM Tony Abbott who is best remembered for his colorful description of climate change science as "a load of crap!"

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    JinkoSolar Modules LCA Certifified by TUV Rheinland China (Int'l.)
    JinkoSolar
    Date: 2021-08-09
    Shangrao, China-headquartered global solar energy specialist JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has received the first PV module LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) certificate in the Greater China region issued by TUV Rheinland (China) Ltd. The LCA certified modules are monocrystalline mainstream modules, with a total of 6 series and 43 sub-models.

    The LCA certificate issued by TUV Rheinland is an important foundation for the Italian EPD certification. Based on the requirements of ISO 14040/ISO 14044, it adopts a life cycle assessment method focusing on environmental impact such as global warming potential, from raw material mining to the production of silicon wafers, cells, modules, upstream and downstream transportation, power station construction, operation and maintenance to final dismantling and disposal, and comprehensively evaluates and demonstrates multiple environmental impacts of JinkoSolar's photovoltaic products throughout their life cycle index.

    Combining the world's carbon neutrality commitments and China's domestic 30/60 decarbonization goal, this certification can help companies fulfill their pledges on carbon emissions reduction through recognizing product low-carbon design, optimized energy management systems, and energy efficiency improvements, social responsibility for emissions and ecological impact, and achieve the ultimate goals of energy-saving and emissions reduction.

    JinkoSolar has 9 production facilities and 22 subsidiaries globally and a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 22 GW for mono wafers, 11.5 GW for solar cells, and 31 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2021. (Source: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., PR, 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., Kangping Chen, CEO, Stella Wang, +86 21-5180-8777 ext.7806 pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosdolar.com; TUV Rheinland, www.tuv.com

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    Denmark Touts Agriculture Climate Action Plan (Int'l.)
    Denmark Food and Agriculture Council
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Copenhagen, the Danish government is touting its recently released Danish Climate Action Plan for Agriculture.

    The plan, which includes a €100 million public investment in research and innovation for biogas fuels and other related technologies, includes a partial ban on farming on peat soil, through which carbon is being released, and a 7.1-million-ton reduction in CO2e emissions from agriculture. Under the plan, five million tons of CO2 is to be cut via new technologies such as pyrolysis that can convert livestock manure and straw into sustainable fuel.

    Existing methods such as afforestation, and removing from production at least 88,500 hectares of lowland soils with the most climate-damaging emissions, and converting them to their natural state, expected to cut 1.6 million tpy of CO2. .

    The government also aims to reduce nitrogen emissions from agriculture by 10,400 tons by 2027, increase support for organic agriculture and use EU funds to ensure a green transition within the agricultural sector. (Source: Denmark Food and Agriculture Council, Irish Examiner, 7 Aug., 2021) Contact: Denmark Food and Agriculture Council, Niels Peter Norring, Climate Director, www. agricultureandfood.dk

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    NJ Clean Energy Funding Climate-Carbon Projects (Funding)
    New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) , through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following organizations were funded:
  • Eion NJ Corporation, located in Princeton, is developing a specialty fine-grained mineral material that rapidly captures and stores carbon dioxide when applied to agricultural soils. ($75,000), www.dnb.com/business-directory/company-profiles.eion_corp.c300f040f3b70cd2ba87f619b617c01b.html

  • RenewCO2, LLC., located in Cranford, is developing an electrochemical process that converts carbon dioxide to plastic precursors and other value-added chemicals conventionally sourced from fossil fuels. ($75,000), www.renewco2.com (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

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  • KORE Power Plans Arizona Lithium-ion Battery Plant (Ind. Report)
    KORE Power
    Date: 2021-08-06
    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho-headquartered KORE Power Inc. reports it will construct a 1 million sq-ft lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Maricopa County, Arizona.

    The "KOREPlex" facility will support up to 12 GWh of battery cell production -- sufficient capacity to produce enough power for 3.2 million homes annually.

    KOREPlex will operate with net-zero carbon emissions through strategic partnerships and solar-plus- and storage co-generation and will increase the company's current 2 GWh annual production capacity to 6 GWh.

    KOREPlex construction is slated to get underway this year for production in Q2. 2023 (Source: KORE Power, Area Dev. News, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: KORE Power Inc., 208-758-9391, www.korepower.com

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    Wyoming, JCOAL Continue Carbon Tech. Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Japan Coal Energy Center
    Date: 2021-08-06
    In Cheyenne, the office of Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R) reports the state is continuing its partnership with the Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) in a 5-year collaborative first signed in 2016 to promote and strengthen the coal industry, technical cooperation and facilitation of coal related R&D , and development of a Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) test project at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center in Gillette.

    JCOAL operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, and is supported by more than 120 member coal-related businesses, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Nippon Steel and Toshiba. The organization works to promote overall coal activities, from coal mining to the field of coal utilization, toward a stable energy supply, sustainable economic growth and the reduction of the global environment emissions. (Source: Office of Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Office of Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, 307-777-7434, 307.632.3909 (fax), governor.wyo.gov/contact; JCOAL, www.jcoal.or.jp

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    Vantage Data Centers to Reach Net Zero Carbon by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Vantage Data Centers
    Date: 2021-08-04
    Denver-based Vantage Data Centers, a global provider of hyper-scale data center campuses, reports the company will achieve net zero carbon emissions globally by 2030, by reducing emissions that the company directly controls -- Scope 1 and 2 emissions, as well as reductions that it can guide or influence throughout its supply chain. The company's reduction targets are in alignment with the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) methodology.

    To reach its net zero goal the compay will focus:

  • Emissions Reduction -- Vantage is investing in technologies that target reductions in emissions, starting with a focus on energy efficiency and emissions reductions from on-site generators. The company will also develop processes and partnerships to reduce Scope 3 emissions outside of its control, such as emissions associated with customer IT and cooling loads.

  • Renewable Energy -- Vantage has already taken a proactive approach in designing highly efficient data center campuses with industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). The company offers renewable energy options to customers across all campuses globally and works with energy providers to advocate for and invest in additional renewable energy sources globally.

  • Supply Chain -- Vantage is working closely with its vendors and suppliers to decarbonize its supply chain.

  • Carbon Offsets -- Only in areas where emissions are unavoidable, Vantage will purchase offsets. The offsets purchased will provide funding for carbon removal projects and investments in communities where the company operates its data centers. (Source: Vantage Data Centers, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Vantage Data Centers, Amanda Sutton, Director of Sustainability, 408) 748-9830, www.vantage-dc.com/features/sustainability

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  • LG Energy Solutions Aims for 2050 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l.)
    LG Energy Solutions
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In South Korea, Seoul-headquartered advanced lithium-ion battery and energy storage systems specialist LG Energy Solutions reports it aims to transition all business operations to 100 pct renewable energy by 2030, establish a virtual circular value chain for resources by 2025, and eliminate some 960,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: LG Energy Solution, PR, 31 July, 2021) Contact: LG Energy Solutions, www.lgensol.com

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