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DOE Funding Fossil-Based Hydrogen Projects (R&D, Funding)
DOE Office of Fossil Energy
Date: 2021-01-18
In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports the availability of $160 million funding to help recalibrate the Nations fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production. The funding, for cost-shared cooperative agreements, is aimed to develop technologies for the production, transport, storage, and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress towards net-zero carbon emissions.

Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE/FE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize advanced and novel technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS), low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions.

Funding is available for significant advancements in the following program areas:

  • Net-Zero or Negative Carbon Hydrogen Production from Modular Gasification and Co-Gasification of Mixed Wastes, Biomass, and Traditional Feedstocks -- The objective is to advance gasification technologies capable of improved performance, reliability, and flexibility to produce net-zero or negative carbon hydrogen by readily accommodating integration of pre-combustion carbon capture. An additional objective is utilizing low-cost and negative-cost feedstock materials, along with traditional feedstocks, to produce low-cost net-zero carbon fuels and chemicals.

  • Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell Technology (SOEC) Development -- The objective is to develop new or modified materials for SOECs and improve understanding of degradation mechanisms in SOECs for efficient and cost-effective production of hydrogen.

  • Carbon Capture -- The objective is to complete the initial design of a commercial scale carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) system that separates and stores more than 100,000 tpy net carbon dioxide of 95 pct purity, with 90 pct+ carbon capture efficiency, from a steam methane reforming (SMR) or autothermal reforming (ATR) plant producing 99.97 pct H2 from natural gas.

  • Advanced Turbines -- The objective is to advance the performance of gas turbine combustion systems fueled with high purity hydrogen, hydrogen and natural gas mixtures and other carbon neutral fuels (e.g., ammonia). An additional objective is to demonstrate a hydrogen-fueled rotating detonation engine in a gas turbine.

  • Natural Gas-Based Hydrogen Production -- The objective is to develop transformative natural gas decarbonization technologies to produce zero- or negative-carbon hydrogen, to meet the needs of future hydrogen markets.

    li> Hydrogen Pipeline Infrastructure -- The objective is to develop technologies that improve the cost and performance (e.g., resiliency, reliability, safety, integrity) of hydrogen transportation infrastructure, including pipelines and compression stations.

  • Subsurface Hydrogen Storage -- The objective is to develop technologies to improve the cost and performance (efficiency, safety, integrity) of subsurface hydrogen storage.

    The FOA will be used to solicit R&D for specific areas of interest aligned with the above seven program areas. Successful applications will be of different monetary values and project durations. Projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NRTL).

    Download the HYDROGEN STRATEGY -- Enabling A Low-Carbon Economy document HERE. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy DOE, PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogem,  DOE Office of Fossil Energy ,  


  • Carbon Capture Included in DOE Fossil-Based Hydrogen Projects Funding (R&D, Funding)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2021-01-18
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports the availability of $160 million funding to help recalibrate the Nations fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production. The funding, for cost-shared cooperative agreements, is aimed to develop technologies for the production, transport, storage, and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress towards net-zero carbon emissions.

    Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE/FE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize advanced and novel technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS), low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions. Funding is available for significant advancements in carbon capture as follows:

    Carbon Capture -- The objective is to complete the initial design of a commercial scale carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) system that separates and stores more than 100,000 tpy net carbon dioxide of 95 pct purity, with 90 pct+ carbon capture efficiency, from a steam methane reforming (SMR) or autothermal reforming (ATR) plant producing 99.97 pct H2 from natural gas.

    The FOA will be used to solicit R&D for specific areas of interest aligned with the above seven program areas. Successful applications will be of different monetary values and project durations. Projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NRTL). Download the HYDROGEN STRATEGY -- Enabling A Low-Carbon Economy document HERE. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy DOE, PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Hydrogen,  


    PepsiCo Pledges Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2040 (Ind. Report)
    PepsiCo
    Date: 2021-01-15
    Beverage giant PepsiCo Inc. is pledging to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. The company's goals include curbing absolute emissions across its direct operations by 75 pct and its Scope 3 emissions -- those generated in the supply chain or by customers using the products -- by 40 pct from 2015 levels by 2030. Currently, Scope 3 emissions account for about 91 pct of PepsiCo's carbon footprint, according to Jim Andrew, chief sustainability officer.

    PepsiCo's climate goals were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, a collaboration of leading nonprofits that helps companies ensure their strategies match scientific need. The company has also signed on to the Business Ambition for 1.5 degree C pledge. (Source: PepsiCo Inc., Website PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: PepsiCo, www.pepsico.com/contact; Science Based Targets Initiative

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Science Based Targets Initiative news,  


    Schneider Elec. Touts Wiser Energy System for Savings (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-01-13
    Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, reports its is partnering with builders across the country to help homeowners and builders make homes "smarter" more energy efficient and sustainable through the Wiser Energy System.

    The system is connected solution integrated into the home's electrical panel providing real-time information to optimize home energy usage and track savings. The system gives homeowners greater insight into energy usage and their carbon footprint. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Website, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Schneider Electric, Bradford Wills, Director: Strategic Customers & Programs, Home & Distribution, www.se.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  


    GEVO Contracts Koch for Expansion Projects (Ind. Report)
    GEVO
    Date: 2021-01-11
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO Inc. reports it has contracted with Koch Industries' Houston-headquartered subsidiary Koch Project Solutions, LLC to provide front-end engineering, design and project execution management services for the expansion projects that GEVO is in the process of financing with Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

    "GEVO's focus is on drop-in renewable resource-based hydrocarbons with a massively reduced carbon footprint. These hydrocarbons are the same as those derived from fossil-based oil, except that we make them from renewable resources. Because we use renewable resources, we can see how to reduce and eliminate tailpipe emissions, on a net-carbon basis and also reduce or even eliminate the pollutants that contribute to smog," GEVO CEO Patrick Gruber noted. (Source: GEVO, PR, 6 Jan., 2021) Contact: Koch Project Solutions, www.kochprojectsolutions.com; GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  Renewable Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    Philly Music Institute Increasing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    The Efficiency Network
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In Philadelphia, the Curtis Institute of Music announced in December 2020 that it would be starting a three-year project to increase the energy efficiency of its buildings on Locust Street. The project will include dramatic improvements to the energy performance resulting in a reduction in its carbon footprint and operating costs.

    The project is the result of an agreement between Curtis and Pittsburgh-based The Efficiency Network (TEN), which was selected through a competitive process. The project is supported by the Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Finance (PennSEF) program -- a partnership between the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE) and Pennsylvania Treasury. (Source: Curtis Institute of Music, PR, Blue & Green, 10 Jan., 2021) Contact: The Efficiency Network Inc., 855-429-1010, www.tensaves.com; Curtis Institute of Music, Larry Bomback, VP Admin., www.curtis.edu; Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Finance, www.thesef.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  The Efficiency Network news,  


    Solar Carports Slated for New Mexico Gov. Buildings (Ind. Report)
    New Mexico General Services
    Date: 2021-01-08
    In Santa Fe, the New Mexico General Services Department's $32 million State Buildings Green Energy Project -- an initiative to cut the energy consumption of 30 buildings in Santa Fe and reduce the state government's carbon footprint -- is reporting construction is expected to get underway before the month end on 4 carport solar arrays on government buildings at a total cost of $9.7 million.

    The Green Energy Project includes installation of rooftop solar arrays on 16 buildings, the installation of window film, water conservation measures, and upgrades to HVAC systems and controls, lighting, and transformers.

    Upon completion, the project is expected to slash electric power bills for the buildings by 50 pct and save the state more than $1 million per year. (Source: New Mexico General Services Department, Pr., Jan. 2021) Contact: New Mexico General Services Department, 505-827-2000, www.generalservices.state.nm.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    Rhode Island National Energy Efficiency Program Leader (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2021-01-08
    According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Rhode Island ranks fourth in the nation as a leader in cost-effective energy efficiency programs, incentives, and energy efficiency investments that help residents and businesses use less energy to provide the same output. In doing so, these investments reduce energy consumption and costs as well as shrink the state's carbon footprint and create jobs throughout the green economy.

    According to the press release, Rhode Island has set aggressive energy savings targets for electric and gas utilities' programs that help residential and commercial customers save energy as part of its energy efficiency resource standard. The State government is also adopting cost-saving efficiency measures that are reducing energy demands and operating costs and has also entered into an innovative Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP) with National Grid that is actively supporting the deployment of cost-effective efficiency investments across public sector facilities. (Source: State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families, PR, 8 Jan., 2021) Contact: State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families, www.dcyf.ri.gov; ACEEE, www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    NEST Increasing Green Bldg., Energy Efficiency Investments (Int'l.)
    NEST Pension
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In the UK, the £12 billion NEST workplace pension scheme reports plans to ramp up its investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency upgrades and green buildings in a bid to slash the carbon footprint of its portfolio, more than half of which will be within 'climate aware' strategies from February 2021.

    Working with Northern Trust Asset Management, the firm plans to tilt investment in companies based on a score calculated on energy efficiency, alternative energy, and green building, while reducing investment in companies with large oil or gas reserves, and those with high carbon intensity.

    As part of its 2050 net-zero strategy, NEST plans to roughly double its investment in emerging market equities from around £480 million to an estimated £930 million while reducing investments in fossil fuels and carbon-intensive firms. The move will take Nest's investments in dedicated "climate-aware" strategies to almost £8 billion from February 2021. (Source: NEST Pensions, PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact{ NEST, +44 0 300 0200 393, www.nestpensions.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


    Penna. Glass Plant Plans 2030 Carbon Neutral Operations (Ind. Report)
    Schott
    Date: 2020-12-14
    Mainz, Germany-headquartered international specialty glass manufacturer Schott has announced its 1969-vintage Duryea, Pennsylvania plant and its 42 other production sites in 22 countries well become carbon neutral by 2030.

    To that end, Schott is considerin the purchase of "green" electricity, replacing inefficient machinery, increasing overall energy efficiency and other measures at the Duryea plant to reduce its carbon footprint. (Source: Schott. PR, 11 Dec., 2020) Contact: Schott, Rob Gomeau, Mgr. Schott North America Advanced Optics, 570-457-7485, www.schott. Com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neuitral,  


    Braskem Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Braskem
    Date: 2020-12-07
    Polyolefins and biopolymers producer Braskem reports that under its 2009 long-term climate change and sustainability goals for 2020 the company aims to provide solutions that address climate change and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

    Under the plan, Braskem has invested in the development of I'm green ™ products sourced from renewable sources and recycled content, while in the same period reducing the intensity of carbon emissions from its operations by 20 pct. In 2018, Braskem further committed to 100 pct of plastic packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040. Braskem further committed to:

  • expand its I'm green ™ portfolio to include sales of 300,000 tons of recycled content products per year by 2025;

  • continue to expand the I'm green ™ portfolio to include sales of 1 million tpy of recycled content products by 2030;

  • work to divert 1.5 million tons of plastic waste away from incineration, landfill, or the environment by 2030;

  • deliver a 15 pct reduction in carbon emissions from Braskem operations by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality for Braskem's global operations by 2050.

    Braskem's I'm green™ brand was born in 2010 together with the world's first bioplastic (green polyethylene (PE)) produced on an industrial scale, using responsibly sourced sugarcane as raw material. Cultivation of sugarcane utilized in the production of I'm green ™ polyethylene captures CO2 and releases oxygen which means Braskem's bioplastic has a negative carbon footprint. From a cradle-to-gate life-cycle perspective, every ton of I'm green ™ Polyethylene produced equates to 3.09 tons of CO2 captured from the atmosphere, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Braskem's carbon neutrality strategy focuses on reducing emissions, offsetting emissions, capturing emissions, improving energy efficiency and increased use of low carbon and renewable energy in current operations. Additionally, Braskem will continue to explore and invest in new low carbon intensity process technologies. (Source: Braskem, Website PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Braskem, imgreen@braskem.com, www.braskem.com.br/imgreen/home-en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Braskem,  Bioplastic,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Aussie Oil Giant Responds to Climate Change Pressure (Int'l.)
    Santos
    Date: 2020-12-02
    Under pressure from more than 43 pct of its shareholders, Santos, one of Australia's largest oil and gas companies, has announced it will become a "net-zero" emitter by 2040. To that end, the company aims to cut its direct emissions 26-30 pct on 2020 levels by 2030, purchase nature-based offsets such as tree-planting programs, accelerate the deployment of more renewable energy and utilize carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

    Santos' strengthened targets come as it nears a final investment decision for one of the world's cheapest CCS projects at its Moomba gas plant in South Australia. After completing the final field trial, successfully injecting 100 tonnes of CO2 into a depleted gas reservoir in the Cooper Basin, Santos is now waiting for the Clean Energy Regulator to finalize the methodology for CCS to qualify for federal carbon credits. (Source: Santos, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 Dec., 2020) Contact: Santos, Kevin Gallagher, CEO, Brett Woods, Exec. VP, Low Carbon Operations, +61 8 8116 5000, www.santos.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Credit,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    OPG Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2040 (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Power Generation
    Date: 2020-11-27
    In Toronto, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has released its Climate Change Plan that includes an increased use of renewable energy, ambitious goals aimed at driving efficient, economy-wide decarbonization and economic renewal, while protecting the environment.

    The plan builds on the utility's decades of work to reduce its carbon footprint. In 2014, the company delivered the world's single largest climate change action to date when it stopped burning coal for electricity, and has continued to demonstrate clean power leadership with the expansion of its hydro fleet and partnerships such as the Gull Bay micro grid and Nanticoke Solar facility. OPG is currently working on refurbishing the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, which is one of Canada's largest clean power projects. Once refurbished, the continued operation of Darlington will avoid an estimated 297 million tpy of carbon emissions.

    "Our goals will be guided by several principles including: a commitment to adapt to new technologies and changing policies, be as transparent as possible, follow scientific evidence, respect Ontario customers, and meaningfully engage with Indigenous communities," the release notes.

    Download the OPG Climate Change Plan.HERE. (Source: OPG, Website PR, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: OPG Media Relations, 416-592-4008 , www.opg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  Ontario Power Generation news,  Climate Change news,  


    IATA Launches New Exchange for Offsets Trading (Ind. Report)
    International Air Transport Association
    Date: 2020-11-25
    Geneva, Switzerland-based International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports the launch of the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE) the first centralized, real-time marketplace integrated with the IATA Clearing House (ICH) for the settlement of funds on trades in carbon offsets. ACE will be a key tool helping airlines efficiently manage these important transactions

    ACE, which was developed in conjunction with commodities trader Xpansiv CBL Holding, enables airlines and other aviation stakeholders, enable aviation industry players to offset their carbon footprint by purchasing credits in certified forestry projects, clean wind energy operations, protection of eco-systems and remote community-based, and other projects to cut emissions. The platform will be a key tool for airlines in fulfilling their obligations under CORSIA which was agreed by governments through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2016. (Source: IATA, Mirage, 25 Nov., 2020) Contact: IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, CEO, Director General, www.iata.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Air Transport Association,  Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Offset ,  


    Bezos Earth Fund Announces First Major Recipients (Funding Report)
    Bezos Earth Fund
    Date: 2020-11-23
    Amazon CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos has announced the first 16 recipients who together will receive a total of $791 million fro Bazo's $10 billion Earth Fund. The recipients are listed in order of funding:
  • Environmental Defense Fund -- $100 million grant will support work that includes completion and launch of MethaneSAT, a satellite that will not only locate and measure sources of methane pollution around the world, but also provide public access to data that ensures accountability and drives deep reductions of this pollutant. www.edf.org

  • The Natural Resources Defense Council -- $100 million to advance climate solutions and legislation at the state level, move the needle on policies and programs focused on reducing oil and gas production, protect and restore ecosystems that store carbon (like forests and wetlands), and accelerate sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices. www.nrdc.org

  • The Nature Conservancy -- $100 million to protect the Emerald Edge forest in the U.S. and Canada. www.nature.org

  • The World Resources Institute -- $100 million will be doled out over 5 years and will be used to develop a satellite-based monitoring system to advance natural climate solutions around the world. www.wri.org.

  • The World Wildlife Fund -- $100 million to help protect and restore mangroves, which store carbon and protect coastal communities from the ravages of climate-accelerated weather events www.worldwildlife.org.

  • ClimateWorks Foundation -- $50 million will be used to drive climate action in the transportation and industrial sectors.www.climateworks.org

  • The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice -- $43 million over three years to expand grant-making to organizations led by Black, Brown, and Indigenous women and other frontline leaders. www.hivedund.org

  • The Solutions Project -- $43 million over the next three years to accelerate the transition to 100 pct clean energy and equitable access to healthy air, water, and land. www.thesolutionsproject.org

  • The Climate + Clean Energy Equity Fund -- $43 million over 3 years to support grassroots organizing to build power and increase participation in our democratic processes. www.theequityfund.org

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies -- $30 million to advance efforts to increase the ability of crop plants, such as corn and soybeans, to capture and store atmospheric carbon via their roots in the soil. www.salk.edu

  • The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) -- $15 million over teo years to advocate for updates to the U.S. electrical grid that will speed the amount of wind, solar, and energy storage used in key states. www.ucsusa.org

  • Rocky Mountain Institute -- $10 million, $8 million of which will go to its carbon-free buildings campaign, which seeks to make all U.S. buildings carbon-free by 2040 by advocating for all-electric new construction and retrofitting existing homes and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. www.rmi.org

  • Dream Corps Green For All -- $10 million to continue its work creating a green economy that prioritized low-income communities and people of color.www.thedreamcorp.org.

    Eden Reforestation Projects -- $5 million to plant trees and alleviate extreme poverty in three countries.www.edenprojects.org. (Source: Bezos Earth Fund, Release, 16 Nov., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bezos Earth Fund,  Climate Change,  


  • 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,  


    Carbon Offsets Support Mass. Habitat for Humanity (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Offset
    Date: 2020-11-11
    In the Bay State, Sandwich-based environmental consulting firm Horsley Witten Group has announced a carbon offset donation in support of the not-for-profit Habitat for Humanity's program for energy efficient and affordable new housing slated for construction this year in Orleans. The planned new housing will have a minimal carbon footprint, be highly energy efficient and incorporate renewable energy in construction.

    Horsley Witten measured the impact of their annual average 300,000 miles of travel across the country and quantified this footprint to then offset it through local opportunities. (Source: Cape Cod.com, 1o Nov., 2020) Contact: Horsley Witten Group, 508-833-6600, www.horsleywitten.com: Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credits,  


    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,  


    CDCR to Construct Calif. Detention Center Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Forefront Power,Sunworks
    Date: 2020-11-04
    In San Luis Obispo, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports it will construct a new 2-MW ground mount solar array at California Men's Colony (CMC) as part of its ongoing effort to reduce its carbon footprint. CDCR has installed solar arrays and wind turbines at 17 institutions and expects to complete the CMC solar project next summer when it will generate approximately 25 pct of the institution's annual electric power requirements.

    The system will be constructed by a third-party developer, Forefront Power, LLC. and their contractor Sunworks, Inc. and will be operated and maintained at the developer's expense with CDCR purchasing the solar array's power output at discounted rates under a 20-year ppa. (Source: CDCR, PR, 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: CDCR, Kathleen Allison, www.cdcr.ca.gov/green; ForeFront Power LLC, 855-204-5083, www.forefrontpower.com; Sunworks, Chuck Cargile, CEO, (866) 600-6800, www.sunworksusa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Forefront Power,  Sunworks,  


    PG&E Offers ENERGY STAR Product Rebates (Ind. Report)
    PG&E, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-11-02
    In the Golden State, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports its continued to partnership with the US EPA ENERGY STAR program and others to promote the benefits of energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program to help consumers cut energy consumption, save money and shrink their carbon footprint. ENERGY STAR serves as a guide for customers shopping for appliances and looking for potential rebates, such as PG&E's, that help offset the cost of qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances.

    For example, PG&E customers that sign up for the utility's time-of-use rate plan and purchase a qualifying ENERGY STAR smart thermostat may be eligible for a $120 rebate through the end of the year. The amount of the smart thermostat rebate recently increased from $50. The purchase of a smart thermostat combined with a time-of-use rate plan can reduce costs by shifting heating or cooling needs to low energy demand times when energy demand and rates are lower, and the amount of renewable energy is higher. By way of illustration, PG&E notes the following ENERGY STAR product specific savings:

  • LED light bulbs -- ENERGY STAR certified lighting uses up to 90 pct less energy than incandescent bulbs, lasts 15 times longer and saves more than $50 in electricity bills over their lifetime. By replacing the five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs in a home with ENERGY STAR models, customers can save nearly $45 per year.

  • Washing machines and dryers -- Save more than $370 over the lifetime of an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer and even more with an ENERGY STAR washer/dryer pair. Clothes washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating use 25 pct less energy and approximately 33 pct less water than standard models.

  • Water heaters -- Water heaters account for 12 pct of residential energy consumption, costing a household of four up to $630 every year in energy costs. An ENERGY STAR certified electric water heater (known as Heat Pump Water Heaters) uses less than half the energy of a standard model. PG&E offers a $300 rebate for qualifying products.

    PG&E notes if every clothes washer, clothes dryer, dishwasher and refrigerator purchased in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR models, the equivalent of the greenhouse gas emissions from 450,000 cars would be avoided, and consumers would save more than $615 million in annual energy costs. (Source: PG&E, PR 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: PG&E, Aaron August, VP Business Development & Customer Engagement, www.pge.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  ENERGY STAR,  


  • 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,  


    IRFA Opposing Zero Emissions Vehicle Legislation (Reg, & Leg.)
    IRFA
    Date: 2020-10-26
    In Washington, the Zero Emissions Vehicles Act Legislation recently introduced in the House and Senate calls for restricting the sale of passenger vehicles capable of utilizing biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel by 2025 with a complete ban in 2035.

    Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw says the bill mandates electric cars but doesn't take into account electric cars don't have zero emissions. Shaw claims biofuels have a better carbon footprint with lower emissions than electric vehicles that are powered by coal and suggests the best way to cut emissions is to set reduction targets and let the fuel and vehicle market decide how to achieve those goals. (Source: IRFA, WNAX, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: IRFA, Monte Shaw, Ecex. Dir., (515) 252-6249, (515) 225-0781 -- fax, www.iowarfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IRFA,  Zero Emission Vehicle,  Transportation Emissions,  


    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

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    Duke Plans Net-Zero Methane, Early Coal Retirements (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2020-10-14
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based gas and electric utility Duke Energy reports it expects to invest $123 billion -- $133 billion on a 10-year plan to significantly reduce its carbon footprint through accelerating coal plant retirements and achieving net- zero methane emissions in its natural gas business by 2030. Of the total proposed expenditures, $58 billion would be spent in 2020-24 and $65 billion -- $75 billion in 2025-29.

    According to a release, Duke plans to achieve net-zero methane emissions by 2030 partly with new technologies to enhance measuring and monitoring, operational efficiencies and damage prevention initiatives. The company also plans to: retire all coal-only units in the Carolinas by 2030; double the company's renewable portfolio to 16 GW by 2025; at least triple the renewable capacity for Duke's regulated utilities by 2030 and increase regulated renewable capacity to 40 GW by 2050, and add more than 11,000 MW of energy storage by 2050. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, Website, NGI, Oct., 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

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    Duke Plans Coal Retirements, Increased Renewables (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2020-10-14
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based gas and electric utility Duke Energy reports it expects to invest $123 billion -- $133 billion on a 10-year plan to significantly reduce its carbon footprint through accelerating coal plant retirements and achieving net- zero methane emissions in its natural gas business by 2030. Of the total proposed expenditures, $58 billion would be spent in 2020-24 and $65 billion -- $75 billion in 2025-29.

    According to a release, Duke plans to achieve net-zero methane emissions by 2030 partly with new technologies to enhance measuring and monitoring, operational efficiencies and damage prevention initiatives. The company also plans to: retire all coal-only units in the Carolinas by 2030; double the company's renewable portfolio to 16 GW by 2025; at least triple the renewable capacity for Duke's regulated utilities by 2030 and increase regulated renewable capacity to 40 GW by 2050, and add more than 11,000 MW of energy storage by 2050. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, Website, NGI, Oct., 2020)

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    DHL Touts "GoGreen" Marine Biofuels Option (Int'l. Report)
    DHL Group
    Date: 2020-10-05
    Global maritime forwarding specialist DHL Global Forwarding has announced it will be neutralising the carbon emissions of all its LCL ocean freight shipments from the 1st January 2021 in keeping with its commitment to clean and sustainable sea freight transport and to become the first logistics service provider to offer fully climate neutral ocean freight shipments.

    To that end, DHL's new "GoGreen" service allows freight forwarders to select vessels that use sustainable marine biofuel rather than the regularly used heavy bunker oil and thus reduce their carbon footprint at no additional cost. (Source: DHL, PR, Supply Chain, 29 Sept., 2020) Contact: DHL Group, www.dhl.com

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    DHL Offers "GoGreen" to Decarbonise Maritime Shipping (Ind. Report)
    DHL Global
    Date: 2020-09-30
    Global maritime forwarding specialist DHL Global Forwarding has announced it will be neutralising the carbon emissions of all its LCL ocean freight shipments from the 1st January 2021 in keeping with its commitment to clean and sustainable sea freight transport and to become the first logistics service provider to offer fully climate neutral ocean freight shipments.

    To that end, DHL's new "GoGreen" service allows freight forwarders to select vessels that use sustainable marine biofuel rather than the regularly used heavy bunker oil and thus reduce their carbon footprint at no additional cost. (Source: DHL, PR, Supply Chain, 29 Sept., 2020) Contact: DHL Group, www.dhl.com

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    DHL Offers "GoGreen" Marine Biofuels Option (Int'l. Report)
    DHL Global
    Date: 2020-09-30
    Global maritime forwarding specialist DHL Global Forwarding has announced it will be neutralising the carbon emissions of all its LCL ocean freight shipments from the 1st January 2021 in keeping with its commitment to clean and sustainable sea freight transport and to offer fully climate neutral ocean freight shipments.

    To that end, DHL's new "GoGreen" service allows freight forwarders to select vessels that use sustainable marine biofuel rather than the regularly used heavy bunker oil and thus reduce their carbon footprint at no additional cost. (Source: DHL, PR, Supply Chain, 29 Sept., 2020) Contact: DHL Group, www.dhl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Biofuel news,  Biofuel news,  


    Univ. of Houston Joins National CCUS Effort (Ind. Report)
    University of Houston ,Southern States Energy Board
    Date: 2020-09-21
    In the Lone Star State, the University of Houston Center for Carbon Management in Energy reports it is collaborating with the Southern States Energy Board -- a non-profit interstate compact of 16 southern states -- to promote the rapid deployment of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies.

    The collaborative work will be funded by a five-year, $3.5 million grant to the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) from the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy. The board is including Texas, and two territories, focused on energy and environmental issues.

    The Center for Carbon Management in Energy was launched as a University research center in 2019 to help industry reduce its carbon footprint and to find new business opportunities for carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases. SSEB's Carbon Management Program was created in 2003.

    SSEB's previous work in carbon management, including the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership program and the regional CCUS as well workforce development focused on public, industry and education. (Source: Univ. of Houston, PR, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: Univ. of Houston, Charles McConnell, Exec. Dir. Carbon Management and Energy Sustainability, 832-922-5799, www.uh.edu; Southern States Energy Board, Kenneth J. Nemeth, Exec. Dir., 770-242-7712, www.sseb.org

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    Tecogen Scores Manhattan Trigeneration Project Order (Ind. Report)
    Tecogen
    Date: 2020-09-18
    Waltham, Mass.-based Tecogen Inc, an on-site power, heating and cooling equipment supplier, reports receipt of an order for three InVerde e+ microgrid enabled cogeneration units for installation in a commercial building in NYC.

    The system will be part of a trigeneration plant providing 375 kW to the building and 120 tons of absorption cooling, as well as providing backup power to the complex in the event of a grid outage.

    An Energy Services Company (ESCO) will acquire and own the system and will sell energy to the complex at a discounted rate. Once installation is completed in 2021, Tecogen will enter into a long-term service agreement with the ESCO for the duration of the energy service agreement, and the facility will be serviced from Tecogen’s Piscataway, NJ service center.

    Tecogen Inc. designs, manufactures, sells, installs and maintains high efficiency, ultra-clean, cogeneration products including combined heat and power, air conditioning systems and high-efficiency water heaters for residential, commercial, recreational and industrial use. The company provides cost efficient, environmentally friendly and reliable products for energy production that, through patented technology, nearly eliminate criteria pollutants and significantly reduce a customer’s carbon footprint. (Source: Tecogen, Website PR, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: Tecogen Inc., 781-466-6400, www.tecogen.com

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    Bank of Ireland Launches "Green" Bond Framework (Int'l. Report)
    Bank of Ireland
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In Dublin, the Bank of Ireland reports the launch of a framework that will enable the Bank to issue "Green" Bonds and finance additional renewable energy, green buildings, and clean transportation. This follows the 2019 launch of the Bank's Sustainable Finance Fund which has to date provided €600 million in green loans to home owners and businesses.

    Bank of Ireland's Responsible and Sustainable Business Initiatives include:

  • 50 pct carbon intensity reduction target for 2030 (on a 2011 baseline), within the Bank's operations and the 40 pct emissions reduction the Bank achieved since 2011.

  • €2 billion Sustainable Finance Fund encouraging and rewarding energy-efficient homes, investment in older properties to improve sustainability performance, and SME and agri investment in energy efficiency

  • The launch of Ireland's first Green Mortgage interest rate under which borrowers can receive a discount off fixed rate interest options -- from 1 to 10 years -- to finance the purchase, construction or renovation of residential buildings with an A-rated or to achieve an A-rated BER energy performance

  • Green Home Improvement Loan designed to fund energy efficient upgrades, borrowers offered loan a discounted rate for amounts from €2,000 to €65,000

  • Green Business Loan for businesses seeking to implement energy saving initiatives to reduce their energy costs and their carbon footprint

  • Providing finance to Renewable Energy projects which to date has provided the equivalent of 468,000 homes with renewable generated electricity

    In its effort to address climate change and climate change related risks, the Bank of Ireland became a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking in 2019 and a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD) in 2020. (Source: Bank of Ireland, PR, Finextra, 3 Sept., 2020) Contact: Bank of Ireland: Mark Spain, CSO, www.bankofireland.com

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  • Richfield Joins Xcel's Partners in Energy Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In Minnesota, the City of Richfield is the latest community to join Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy Initiative to help the city achieve its energy goals and assist local residents and businesses in reducing their energy bills and carbon footprints.

    Partners in Energy provide communities with the tools and resources necessary to develop and implement an energy action plan that reflects the community's vision for shaping energy use and supply in its future. The program lasts for two years with the initial six to eight months dedicated to developing a strategic energy action plan and the remaining time focused on the implementing that plan.

    Communities accepted into the Partners in Energy initiative work with an Xcel Energy team that provides guidance, education, and resources for city staff, businesses and residents as they work to achieve measurable energy goals by a specified target date. While each community's energy action plan is unique, all plans identify strategies to meet specific goals. For example, they could include an education plan on energy conservation, finding ways to finance renewable energy sources such as wind and solar for city buildings, or promoting green technologies to businesses and residents. (Source: City of Richfield, PR, 2 Sept., 2020) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com, Xcel Energy Partners in Energy Initiative, www.xcelenergy.com/working_with_us/municipalities/partners_in_energy

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    CarbonNOW™ Scores Energy Globe Awards (Ind. Report)
    Locus AG
    Date: 2020-08-19
    Solon, Ohio-based Locus Agricultural Solutions® (Locus AG) reports its CarbonNOW™ project has been named the national winner in the Energy Globe Awards for its immediate impact on climate change and food security.

    CarbonNOW is the nation's first sustainable agriculture initiative to get farmers compensated for environmentally friendly growing practices. It will now go on to represent the United States in the global awards.

    CarbonNOW has received worldwide recognition for its proven ability to maximize crop productivity and feed a growing population, while minimizing the carbon footprint of agricultural practices by pulling substantial amounts of carbon back into the soil, according to the release. Through the project, farmers can access award-winning soil "probiotic" applications that allow them to sequester carbon, grow up to 43 pct more food, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 87 pct and receive financial compensation for current practices that minimize their carbon footprint.

    Locus AG gets its core scientific capabilities from its parent company, Locus Fermentation Solutions (Locus FS), an Ohio-based, globally recognized green technology company. (Source: Locus Agricultural Solutions, PR, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Energy Globe Award, www.energyglobe.info; Locus Agricultural Solutions, Teresa DeJohn, 440-724-1097, www.locusag.com


    Bangkok Considering Thailand Carbon Tax (Int'l. Report)
    Thailand
    Date: 2020-08-14
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting Thailand, which relies heavily on fossil fuels for its energy needs, is considering carbon pricing in an upcoming Climate Change Act to lead a clean energy transition and green economic development while maintaining energy security, supporting innovation, increasing efficiency and driving retirement of emission-intensive assets. The upcoming Climate Change Act is expected to outline specific instruments to prepare for a national emission trading system, with a cabinet decision due in 2022.

    According to the IEA, Thailand's experience of carbon market mechanisms began in 2007, when the government established TGO to implement and manage GHG emissions projects. In 2103, the public body launched the Thailand Voluntary Emission Reduction programme, a baseline and credit programme. By 2020 it had 191 registered projects that are due to reduce emissions by 5.28 Mt CO2-eq annually and the Thailand Carbon Offsetting Program which encourages public and private organisations to calculate their carbon footprint and buy carbon credits to offset their unavoidable emissions.

    In 2015 TGO launched the Thailand Voluntary Emission Trading Scheme to serve as a pilot, setting up the infrastructure to develop a national emission trading system and identify gaps and opportunities. The first phase (2015-17) established and tested the market's design features and the measurement, reporting and verification system. During the second phase (2018-20) TGO aims to encourage wider participation and develop participants' trading capabilities.

    Thailand is aiming to reduce GHG emissions to 20.8 pct below the business-as-usual level by 2030. (Source: IEA , New Europe, Aug., 2020)Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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    RIIB Finances $1.3Mn LED Streetlight Project (Ind. Report)
    Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
    Date: 2020-08-14
    In Providence, the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB) reports it provided $1.3 million in financing to the city of Pawtucket for the conversion of approximately 6,000 streetlights to LED lights for an expected energy costs savings. In 2017 the city borrowed $3.9 million trough RIIB for energy efficiency improvements in municipal buildings.

    Of the $1.3 million, $1 million is for streetlight conversions through the Efficient Building Fund (EBF), and $350,000 is a Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan for a storm water mitigation project adjacent to the future Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station.

    The Efficient Buildings Fund provides below-market interest rate loans to municipalities, school districts and quasi-state entities to invest in clean energy projects. Since 2016, the Efficient Buildings Fund has reduced energy, maintenance and debt-service costs for municipalities by approximately $66 million through investments in onshore wind, solar, LED lighting and highly efficient heating and cooling improvements. These projects are estimated to reduce emissions equivalent to the annual carbon footprint of 3,400 American homes. Overall, the Bank's Efficient Buildings Fund has provided $33 million in loans to thirteen borrowers across the state. (Source: Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, PR, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank , (401) 453-4430, www,rib.org

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    Klima Touting Individual Carbon Offset App (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Klima
    Date: 2020-08-12
    Berlin-headquartered Klima is touting its recently released app designed to help individuals offset their emissions by supporting credible carbon-reducing projects.

    The Klima app, designed for ease of use, quickly asks a few questions to estimate the user's carbon footprint based on factors such as the number of flights taken each year and the user's diet, then lets the user choose categories of well-vetted offsets to support through a monthly subscription. Offset options include tree-planting projects in Madagascar and Panama, solar power projects, and others. And, the monthly subscription cost drops as the user's carbon footprint falls. (Source: Lima, FastCompany, 12 August, 2020) Contact: Klioma, Markus Gilles, CEO, www.getklima.com

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    Apple Aims for Carbon-Neutrality by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Apple
    Date: 2020-08-10
    In its 2020 Environmental Progress Report, multinational technology giant Apple announced a 10-year roadmap to reduce emissions by 75 pct by 2030 while developing innovative carbon removal solutions for the remaining 25 pct of its comprehensive footprint.

    The company notes it is already carbon neutral for corporate emissions worldwide. By achieving the 2030 goal, the company would have brought its entire carbon footprint to net zero 20 years sooner than IPCC targets.

    Apple will implement the following and other measures to meet its carbon-neutral goal:

  • Invest in renewable energy -- Apple will remain at 100 pct renewable energy for its operations -- focusing on creating new projects and moving its entire supply chain to clean power. Apple has commitments from over 70 suppliers to use 100 pct renewable energy for Apple production -- equivalent to nearly 8GW in commitments to power the manufacturing of its products. Once completed, these commitments will avoid over 14.3 million metric tpy of carbon emissions . New and completed projects in Arizona, Oregon, and Illinois bring Apple's renewable capacity for its corporate operations to over 1GW -- equivalent to powering over 150,000 homes a year. Over 80 pct of the renewable energy that Apple sources for its facilities are now from Apple-created projects, benefiting communities and other businesses.

  • Expand investments in energy efficiency -- Apple will identify new ways to lower energy use at its corporate facilities and help its supply chain make the same transition. Through a new partnership with Apple, the US-China Green Fund will invest $100 million in accelerated energy efficiency projects for Apple's suppliers. In 2019, Apple invested in energy efficiency upgrades to over 6.4 million square feet of new and existing buildings, lowering electricity needs by nearly one-fifth and saving the company $27 million.

  • Carbon removal -- Apple is investing in forests and other nature-based solutions around the world to remove carbon from the atmosphere. The company has announced a first-of-its-kind carbon solutions fund to invest in the restoration and protection of forests and natural ecosystems globally.

    In partnership with Conservation International, the company will invest in new projects, building on learnings from existing work like restoring degraded savannas in Kenya and a vital mangrove ecosystem in Colombia. Through its work with The Conservation Fund, the World Wildlife Fund, and Conservation International, the company has protected and improved the management of over 1 million acres of forests and natural climate solutions in China, the US, Colombia, and Kenya.

    Download Apple's 2020 Environmental Progress Report HERE. (Source: Apple, July, 2020) Contact: Apple, www.apple.com

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  • Citigroup Targets $250Bn for Low-Carbon Activities (Ind. Report)
    Citigroup
    Date: 2020-07-31
    NYC-headquartered banking giant Citigroup Inc., the 4th largest US bank by assets, reports it aims to lend $250 billion for low-carbon renewable energy, clean technology, water quality and conservation, sustainable transportation, green buildings, energy efficiency, circular economy and sustainable agriculture and land use over the next five years.

    The bank noted it is working to measure, manage and reduce the climate risk and impact of its portfolio of clients and to that end is is participating in the development and rollout of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, a framework that will help it measure the carbon footprint of its lending portfolios. Additionally, Citi is testing the methodology for the 2016 Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment, a tool that will enable it to look at its most carbon-intensive sectors and clients and measure their progress toward reducing global warming.

    Citigroup is also aiming for a 45 pct CO2 emission reduction reduction in its operations by 2025 from a 2010 baseline and, to that end, aims to only use renewable electricity to power its facilities globally by the end of 2020.

    In 2019, Citigroup assets totaled $1.951 trillion, equity totaled $193 billion and net income came in at $19.471 billion. (Source: Citigroup, PR, MarketScreener, 29 July, 2020) Contact: Citigroup, www.citigroup.com

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    BASF Calculates CO2 Footprint of 45,000 Products (Int'l. Report)
    BASF
    Date: 2020-07-29
    German global chemicals giant BASF will provide its customers with total values of CO2 emissions -- carbon footprints -- for all of its products. The Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) comprises all product-related greenhouse gas emissions that occur until the BASF product leaves the factory gate for the customer: from the purchased raw material to the use of energy in production processes.

    BASF will start with selected product and customer segments in the coming months and plans to make PCF data available for the entire portfolio by the end of 2021.

    BASF SE is the largest chemical producer in the world. The BASF Group comprises subsidiaries and joint ventures in more than 80 countries and operates six integrated production sites and 390 other production sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Africa. (Source: BASF, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: BASF, Andreas Bode, Program Leader for Carbon Management R&D, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

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    UCLA Granted $2.9Mn to Convert CO2 Into Concrete (Funding, R&D)
    UCLA,CO2Concrete
    Date: 2020-07-27
    UCLA is reporting receipt of US DOE grant funding for the development of concrete from carbon dioxide emissions. The project is one of 11 sharing funding of $17 million from the US DOE's carbon utilization programme. A further $905,000 has been raised from industry partners and the UCLA discretionary funds.

    CO2Concrete has a carbon footprint 50-70 pct lower than traditional concrete, and captures carbon dioxide from raw flue gas emitted by cement plants and other sources. One particular attraction of the process is that it does not need a conventional carbon capture system. Cement production reportedly accounts for 8 pct of man-made carbon dioxide emissions.

    A test centre to demonstrate the process is located at Dry Fork Station, a coal-based power plant near Gillette, Wyoming. (Source: UCLA, Global Construction Review, 27 July, 2020) Contact: UCLA, Civil Engineering Prof. Gaurav Sant, www. samueli.ucla.edu/gaurav-sant

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    Renewables Included in Apple's Carbon-Neutral Goal (Ind. Report)
    Apple
    Date: 2020-07-24
    In its 2020 Environmental Progress Report, multinational technology giant Apple announced a 10-year roadmap to reduce emissions by 75 pct by 2030 while developing innovative carbon removal solutions for the remaining 25 pct of its comprehensive footprint. The company is already carbon neutral for corporate emissions worldwide. By achieving the 2030 goal, the company would have brought its entire carbon footprint to net zero 20 years sooner than IPCC targets.

    To that end, Apple will remain at 100 pct renewable energy for its operations -- focusing on creating new projects and moving its entire supply chain to clean power. Apple has commitments from over 70 suppliers to use 100 pct renewable energy for Apple production -- equivalent to nearly 8GW in commitments to power the manufacturing of its products. Once completed, these commitments will avoid over 14.3 million metric tpy of carbon emissions .

    New and completed projects in Arizona, Oregon, and Illinois bring Apple's renewable capacity for its corporate operations to over 1GW -- equivalent to powering over 150,000 homes a year. Over 80 pct of the renewable energy that Apple sources for its facilities are now from Apple-created projects, benefiting communities and other businesses.

    Download Apple's 2020 Environmental Progress Report HERE. (Source: Apple, July, 2020) Contact: Apple, www.apple.com

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    Energy Efficiency in Apple's Carbon-Neutral 2030 Plan (Ind. Report)
    Apple
    Date: 2020-07-24
    In its 2020 Environmental Progress Report, multinational technology giant Apple announced a 10-year roadmap to reduce emissions by 75 pct by 2030 while developing innovative carbon removal solutions for the remaining 25 pct of its comprehensive footprint.

    The company is already carbon neutral for corporate emissions worldwide. By achieving the 2030 goal, the company would have brought its entire carbon footprint to net zero 20 years sooner than IPCC targets.

    To that end, Apple will expand investments in energy efficiency and identify new ways to lower energy use at its corporate facilities and help its supply chain make the same transition. Through a new partnership with Apple, the US-China Green Fund will invest $100 million in accelerated energy efficiency projects for Apple's suppliers.

    In 2019, the company invested in energy efficiency upgrades to over 6.4 million square feet of new and existing buildings, lowering electricity needs by nearly one-fifth and saving the company $27 million.

    Download Apple's 2020 Environmental Progress Report HERE. (Source: Apple, July, 2020) Contact: Apple, www.apple.com

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    LanzaTech, NextChem Promote Circular Ethanol Prod. (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech, NextChem
    Date: 2020-07-24
    Rome-headquartered Italian renewable energy technology specialist NextChem and US carbon recycling company LanzaTech have signed an agreement under which NextChem will license LanzaTech "waste-to-ethanol" process line.

    With LanzaTech's biological "syngas fermentation" technology, ethanol is produced by bacteria, transforming the Circular Gas at low temperature and low pressure, improving the overall sustainability profile of the process. NextChem will exclusively license this technology in Italy and, on a project basis, in some foreign markets, according to the release.

    Circular ethanol derived from this process can be blended with gasoline displacing fossil inputs with recycled carbon, lowering the fuel's carbon footprint. When produced from biological wastes and residues, 40 pct of the circular ethanol can be considered as "advanced" under the EU Renewable Energy Directive. (Source: LanzaTech, NextChem, Hydrocarbon Eng., July, 2020) Contact: NextChem, Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO, +39 06 9356771, info@nextchem.it, www.nextchem.it; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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    Norwegian Full-Scale CCS Project Scores EFTA-ESA Funding (Int'l.)
    Norway CCS
    Date: 2020-07-20
    Gassnova, the Norwegian state enterprise for carbon capture and storage (CCS) reports receipt of €2.1 billion in funding for its CCS Norway project from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Surveillance Authority (ESA).

    The CCS Norway project is a central part of Norway's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and meet the European goal of climate-neutrality by 2050. The project would allow for the establishment of carbon capture facilities at Norcem, a cement factory in Brevik, and Fortum Oslo Varme, a waste-to-energy plant.

    The captured CO2 is then to be transported and stored deep below the seabed in the North Sea. This part of the process is to be carried out by a joint venture between Shell, Total and Equinor, known as Northern Lights.

    The €2.57 billion Full-Scale CCS Project promises to become the first of its kind to go live in Europe. The Norwegian government would cover around 80 pct of the project's estimated cost, according to a release. (Source: CCS Norway, GreenCar Congress, 19 July, 2020) Contact: CCS Norway, www.ccsnorway.com; Equinor, www.equinor.com; TOTAL, Investor Relations: +44 (0) 207 719 7962 l, ir@total.com, www.total.com; Norcem, www.norcen.no

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    Low Carbon Cement Buildings Partnership Extended (Int'l. Report)
    Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies
    Date: 2020-07-17
    French low-carbon cement pioneer Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies reports it is extending its partnership contract with Les Mureaux, France-headquartered construction giant GCC to develop effective low-carbon concrete buildings.

    The two companies have developed concrete formulations based on Hoffmann's H-UKR technology, a binder that has a substantially lower carbon footprint than traditional cement. (Source: Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies, World Cement, 15 July, 2020) Contact: Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies, David Hoffman, +33 2 51 460 600, contact@ciments-hoffmann.fr, www.ciments-hoffmann.com; GCC, Jacques Marcel, CEO, GCC, www.gccgroupe.com

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    Ameresco Wins Ore. School Energy-Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2020-07-17
    In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has partnered with the Bethel School District in Eugene, Oregon, on a comprehensive energy efficiency project at several of district's locations.

    The improvements Ameresco will implement under this energy savings performance contract (ESPC) come at no upfront cost to the district, and will be paid for over a 16-year contract term with the guaranteed cost savings they generate.

    Financed with a 2.37 pct loan, the $3.6 million project includes interior and exterior energy efficient LRD lighting upgrades, HVAC control improvements, low-flow plumbing, and other upgrades aimed at reducing the District's utility and operational costs as well as reducing its carbon footprint when completed in 2021. (Source: Ameresco, Framingham Source, 17 July, 2020)Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, Exec. VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

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    iOffset Carbon Offset as a Service Launched (Int'l. Report)
    iOffset
    Date: 2020-07-08
    In the UK, Lancaster-based carbon streaming service iOffset is reporting its launch with its inaugural commercial partnership with national car retailers, Motor Depot and CarSupermarket.com. iOffset's service will see the dealerships offset the projected future emissions of every used car sold for the first year of ownership.

    The company's "Offset as a Service" (OaaS) cost-effectively offset any product, service or transaction in full or in part, enabling investment into accredited projects that prevent the production of an amount of CO2 equal to a product's carbon footprint, through afforestation schemes, renewable energy and emerging technologies in carbon capture and storage. (Source: iOffset, PR, 7 July, 2020) Contact: iOffset, Mark Hammond, Founder , www.ioffset.co.uk

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    Midwest AgEnergy CCS Project Wins $3.4Mn Grant (Ind. Report)
    Midwest AgEnergy
    Date: 2020-07-01
    Midwest AgEnergy Group (MAG), the parent company to ethanol biorefinery, Blue Flint, near Underwood, ND and Dakota Spirit, a 75 million gpy biorefinery near Spiritwood, ND, is reporting receipt of $3.4 million in grant funding from the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The funding will be used advance the development of a potential carbon storage (CCS) system at the Blue Flint facility located next to Coal Creek Station near Underwood, ND.

    The research will involve drilling a stratigraphic test well to examine the geology near the Blue Flint facility to determine the potential and viability of permanently storing CO2 in a deep saline formation. If the sequestration project is successfully completed, the Blue Flint facility anticipates sequestering approximately 200,000 tpy of CO2. The result of the sequestration will be a lower carbon footprint for the facility and the ability to participate in the IRS 45Q tax credit program, incenting such activities. (Source: Midwest AgEnergy, Daily News, 29 June, 2020) Contact: Midwest AgEnergy, Jeff Zueger, CEO, (701) 442-7500/(701) 251-3900, www.midwestagenergygroup.com

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    San Diego County 100 pct Carbon Offsets Program Nixed (Reg & Leg)
    California Carbon Offset
    Date: 2020-06-19
    In the Golden State, the LA Times is reporting the 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego last week ruled against San Diego County's Climate Action Plan and its 100 pct carbon offset provision which the county was hoping would entice developers to housing projects on undeveloped land throughout unincorporated territory.

    State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra's office argued against the county's offset scheme on the grounds that it could undermine the state's goals of slashing carbon emissions by 40 pct by 2030 and 80 pct by 2050.

    The court noted that while the state has strict rules for monitoring and ensuring that offsets represent real reductions in greenhouse gas, the county had no such quality controls. Additionally, while the state's program has been largely limited to offset projects in the United States, San Diego county's program would have allowed the use of offsets generated anywhere around the world.

    The court also pointed out that the state's program under cap-and-trade has only allowed businesses to cancel out up to 8 pct of their emissions using offsets, while the county program would have allowed projects to offset upwards of 100 pct of their carbon footprint.

    While California allows businesses to use offsets under the cap-and-trade program, the state still counts those canceled-out emissions as part of its overall carbon footprint. Offsets were included simply as a cost-containment mechanism under the larger emissions-trading program, the LA Times noted. (Source: LA Times, 17 June, 2020) Contact: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, (916) 210-6000, oag.ca.gov

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    NY Replacing 500,000 Streetlights with Smart LEDs (Ind. Report)
    New York Power Authority
    Date: 2020-06-19
    In the Big Apple, the The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reports it will replace at least 500,000 city streetlights with energy-efficient and connected LED lighting.

    To that end, NYPA is teaming with Signify for connected LED luminaires and Interact City internet of things (IoT) lighting systems that will reduce energy consumption, energy and maintenance costs, and help cut the city's carbon footprint.

    To date more than 50,000 LED streetlights have been installed or are about to be installed under the program.

    NYPA is offering municipalities low-rate loans for lighting conversions, including the option to buy the physical street lighting assets from local utilities. (Source: NYPA, PR, electronics360, 19 June, 2020) Contact: NYPA, Gil Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

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