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Pew Trusts Launches Blue Carbon Network (Ind. Report)
Pew Trusts
Date: 2022-04-29
Coastal wetlands -- including seagrass beds, salt marshes, and tidal forested wetlands -- can help protect coastal communities from severe storms and flooding. Because they are also incredibly efficient at capturing and storing carbon, these coastal habitats are natural allies in the fight against climate change. Such carbon stores found in coastal and marine ecosystems are known as "blue carbon."

Recognizing the climate mitigating role blue carbon can play, The Pew Charitable Trusts began working to protect and restore coastal wetlands in 2018, engaging with agencies, researchers, and stakeholders around the country and the world. In the U.S., the Pew Trusts focus is with states since they largely set the policies governing their coastlines. To help create stronger connections among state agencies, practitioners, researchers, and NGOs working on blue carbon, Pew is launching the Blue Carbon Network, to:

  • Provide experts and state officials with opportunities to discuss blue carbon science through convenings, resource materials, and information sharing.

  • Connect local, state, and national partners to share information and best practices related to blue carbon policy and management.

  • Troubleshoot challenges in coastal habitat data and mapping.

  • Identify data and approaches for developing greenhouse gas inventories for state coastal wetlands, including national resources available to states and how to overcome common challenges like incorporating seagrass and other submerged aquatic vegetation into those inventories.

  • Understand and address the effect of sea-level rise on carbon that is sequestered and stored in coastal landscapes.

  • Set realistic yet meaningful coastal habitat conservation and restoration targets within state climate mitigation strategies.

  • Develop tools that can help coastal managers better assess the blue carbon impact of restoration activities.

  • Navigate challenges and opportunities, such as financing and monitoring, for mainstreaming blue carbon into coastal habitat management.

    To date, Pew Trusts has collaborated with the Oregon Coastal Management Program, Silvestrum Climate Associates, and researchers from the Pacific Northwest Blue Carbon Working Group to develop a first-ever, state-level blue carbon inventory and specific policy-level recommendations for maintaining and enhancing carbon storage in Oregon's estuaries. These proposals have been incorporated into the Oregon Global Warming Commission's Natural and Working Lands and Waters proposal. And in North Carolina, Pew is working with researchers and officials to build the state's first greenhouse gas inventory for coastal wetlands. This inventory will likely be among the first in the world to include seagrass in addition to other tidally influenced wetlands such as marsh.

    Blue Carbon Network details are HERE . (Source: Pew Charitable Trusts, 29 April, 2022) Contact: Pew Charitable Trusts, Rebecca Theim, Communications, 202.540.6828. www.pewtrusts.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Storage news,  Blue Carbon news,  Climate Change news,  Seagrass news,  


  • GEVO, Farmers Edge Partner to Verify Sustainable Fuels (Ind. Report)
    GEVO,Farmers Edge Inc
    Date: 2022-04-11
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered GEVO and Farmers Edge Inc. in Winnipeg, Manitoba are reporting a memorandum of understanding to work together to deliver a one-of-a-kind, carbon inset management program and to support the sustainable development and full carbon lifecycle tracking of a carbon intensity (CI) score from low-carbon grain through renewable fuels production. The potential combination of Farmers Edge highly precise and proprietary datasets with GEVO's Verity Tracking platform and blockchain technology is expected to create value around agriculturally driven carbon impact.

    The focus of the collaboration is on extracting value from carbon insets, which represent the actions taken by an organization to fight climate change within its own value chain, as opposed to offsets, which are typically paying for a project to capture atmospheric carbon dioxide The companies plan to launch a program with US growers to measure and track carbon intensity scores for corn and soy in the production of sustainable aviation fuel and other low-carbon hydrocarbon fuels somewhere else, according to the release.

    The companies plan to launch a program with US growers to measure and track carbon intensity scores for corn and soy in the production of sustainable aviation fuel and other low-carbon hydrocarbon fuels. (Source: GEVO, Website PR, 5 April, 2022) Contact: Farmers Edge, Wade Barnes, CEO, www.farmersedge.ca; GEVO, David George, Snr. VP Verity Tracking, Dr. Paul Bloom, Chief Carbon and Innovation Officer, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO news,  Carbon Management news,  Carbon Intensity news,  CCS news,  


    B&W, Kiewit, Fidelis Touting Louisiana BECCS Project (Ind. Report)
    B&W, Kiewit, Fidelis
    Date: 2022-04-04
    Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) reports it is partnering with Kiewit Industrial to deliver Fidelis New Energy's planned 200-MW, net -negative carbon impact biomass plant and carbon capture (BECCS) project in Port of Greater Baton Rouge. Louisiana.

    The planned "Project Cyclus", which will use wood chips, wood waste, bagasse or "other opportunity fuels", to provide power for Houston-Headquartered Fidelis's 73,000 bpd sustainable aviation fuel, (SAF) renewable diesel, green hydrogen production facility.

    Fidelis will sequester the biogenic CO2 in a carbon sink developed and secured by its subsidiary, Capio Sequestration, LLC according to a previously announced operating agreement between Capio and the State of Louisiana. B&W will provide engineering, design, equipment and technology services to support the development of the biomass-fueled plant that will produce clean energy with a net-negative carbon impact of over 2 million tpy. (Source: Fedelis New Energy, Website PR, 31 Mar., 2022) Contact: Fidelis New Energy, Dan Shapiro, CEO, (832) 551-3300 , info@fidelisinfra.com, www.fidelisinfra.com; Kiewit Industrial, www.kiewit.com/markets/industrial; Capio SequestrationLLC, www.fidelisinfra.com/project/capio-sequestration

    More Low-Carbon Energy News B&W,  Kiewit,  Fidelis,  Biomass,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  BECCS,  


    Lafarge France Invests €46Mn to Cut Carbon Emissions (Int'l.)
    Lafarge,Holcim Group
    Date: 2022-03-16
    Cement manufacturer Lafarge France, a Holcim Group company, reports it will invest €46 million to produce cements with a reduced carbon impact in its plants in Saint-Pierre-la-Cour (Mayenne) and Bouc-Bel-Air (Bouches-du-Rhone) France.

    The investment is in line with the Holcim Group's strategy to accelerate green growth. By 2025, 25 pct of sales of ready-to-use concrete will have to come from the Group's 'EcoPAct' range, launched three years ago around low-carbon products. (Source: Lafarge France., PR, cement, 16 Mar., 2022) Contact: Lafarge France, www.lafarge.fr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Holcim Group,  Carbon Emissions,  Lafarge,  Cement,  


    Scottish Hydro Invest. Snares Hydro+Storage Schemes (Int'l.)
    Scottish Hydro Investment
    Date: 2021-06-21
    In the Highlands, Scottish Hydro Investment is reporting acquisition from Guinness Asset Management of the Glen Buck and Munergie hydro+storage schemes totaling 3 MW and more than 10GWh per year of storage capacity following a period of upgrade works. The project will generate sufficient energy for more than 2,600 homes and displace roughly 2,500 tpy of carbon emissions.

    The deal is co-sponsored by existing bank client CRF Hydro Power and the large corporate group Turner & Co which, together, through the newly formed joint venture Foster Turner Hydro, are providing an undisclosed level of equity. The deal also develops Virgin Money's existing portfolio of sustainable lending and represents another step in its pledge to halve the carbon impact of its loan book by 2030.

    CRF Hydropower owns and operates 11 hydro schemes with a combined capacity in excess of 7.7MW. FosterTurner Hydro owns 100 pct of the share capital of Scottish Hydro Investments, which in turn own the equity of Hydro Energy Trading and Green Energy Trading, which own and operate the Munergie and Glenbuck hydro electric schemes. (Source: Scottish Hydro Investment, insider.co.uk, 21 June, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro+Storage,  Energy Storage,  


    Forest-Woody Biomass Carbon Benefits Stressed (Ind. Report)
    US Industrial Pellet Association
    Date: 2020-02-26
    As previously reported, the Richmond, Virginia-based not-for-profit US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) is lauding the National Association of University Forest Resource Programs (NAUFRP) for its letter signed by more than 100 scientists and researchers calling on policymakers to consider key fundamentals related to forest-woody biomass and the benefits of wood energy.

    The letter, which noted that the "carbon benefits of sustainable forest biomass are well established", cites a report from UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) which notes -- "In the long term, a sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest carbon stocks, while producing an annual sustained yield of timber, fibre or energy from the forest, will generate the largest sustained mitigation benefit. Demand for wood helps keep land in forest and incentivizes investments in new and more productive forests, all of which have significant carbon benefits."

    Reviewing more than 30 years of scientific research on forest biomass utilization, scientists from Yale, Harvard, and Georgia to Washington, Idaho, Berkeley and others identified four fundamentals for science-based decision-making on biomass energy production:

  • The carbon benefits of sustainable forest biomass energy are well established.

  • Measuring the carbon benefits of forest biomass energy must consider cumulative carbon emissions over the long term.

  • An accurate comparison of forest biomass energy carbon impacts with those of other energy sources requires the use of consistent time-frames in the comparison.

  • Economic factors influence the carbon impacts of forest biomass energy. (Source: The US Industrial Pellet Association, 25 Oct., 2019) Contact: The US Industrial Pellet Association, Deth Ginter, Exec. Dir., J. Marcus, (804) 775.5894, JMarcus@theusipa.org, www.theusipa.org; National Association of University Forest Resource Programs, www.naufrp.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


  • Forest-Woody Biomass Carbon Benefits Stressed (Ind. Report)
    US Industrial Pellet Association
    Date: 2019-10-28
    The Richmond, Virginia-based not-for-profit US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) is lauding the National Association of University Forest Resource Programs (NAUFRP) for its letter signed by more than 100 scientists and researchers calling on policymakers to consider key fundamentals related to forest-woody biomass and the benefits of wood energy.

    The letter, which noted that the "carbon benefits of sustainable forest biomass are well established", cites a report from UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) which notes: "In the long term, a sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest carbon stocks, while producing an annual sustained yield of timber, fibre or energy from the forest, will generate the largest sustained mitigation benefit. Demand for wood helps keep land in forest and incentivizes investments in new and more productive forests, all of which have significant carbon benefits."

    Reviewing more than 30 years of scientific research on forest biomass utilization, scientists from Yale, Harvard, and Georgia to Washington, Idaho, Berkeley and others identified four fundamentals for science-based decision-making on biomass energy production:

  • The carbon benefits of sustainable forest biomass energy are well established.

  • Measuring the carbon benefits of forest biomass energy must consider cumulative carbon emissions over the long term.

  • An accurate comparison of forest biomass energy carbon impacts with those of other energy sources requires the use of consistent time-frames in the comparison.

  • Economic factors influence the carbon impacts of forest biomass energy. (Source: The US Industrial Pellet Association, 25 Oct., 2019) Contact: The US Industrial Pellet Association, Deth Ginter, Exec. Dir., J. Marcus, (804) 775.5894, JMarcus@theusipa.org, www.theusipa.org; National Association of University Forest Resource Programs, www.naufrp.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  US Industrial Pellet Association ,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


  • RTPI Launches Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign (Int'l)
    Royal Town Planning Institute
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the UK, the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign is calling for "radical" government action to help local planning authorities tackle climate change and reduce emissions generated in the built environment. Local planning departments are key to devising and implementing policies to rid the country's buildings, transport and infrastructure of greenhouse gases, as well as making projects carbon neutral. To that end, government departments at every level need the funding, resources and national policies to do the job, according to RTPI.

    Specifically, the RTPI Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign calls on the government to:

  • Reintroduce the requirement that all new-build homes are zero carbon and that measures and resources are put in place for existing homes to be zero carbon;

  • Develop a tool for assessing the carbon impact of existing and future local plans;

  • Ensure that climate change mitigation is a vital component of wider planning and infrastructure policy and that government listens to the planning profession in formulating that policy;

  • Give more resources to local planning authorities and empower devolved local and national governments to lead on climate change mitigation at local level and give them the resources to do so;

  • Invest in UK infrastructure for smart energy heat and sustainable mobility, including greater collaboration between the business, transport and housing/communities ministries.

    The Royal Town Planning Institute is the principal body representing planning professionals in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It promotes and develops policy affecting planning and the built environment. (Source: Royal Town Planning Institute, Housing Today, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Royal Town Planning Institute, Ian Tant, Pres., +44 0 20 7929 9494, contact@rtpi.org.uk, www.rtpi.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Town Planning Institute,  Climate Change,  

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