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UK Farmers Union Launches Carbon-Netral by 240 Plan (Int'l. Report)
UK National Farmers Union
Date: 2019-09-11
In the UK, according to the National Farmers' Union (UFU) the farming industry creates 10 pct of the UK's emissions but can reduce gases almost completely by 2040 -- a decade ahead of the government's overall zero emissions target -- with its three-part carbon emissions reduction roadmap.

The NFU programs calls for: improved productivity, increasing the number of trees and hedges; growing more "energy" crops, applying farm chemicals more precisely, using satellite technology, capturing methane from manure for power, and others. (Source: UK National Farmers' Union, BBC News, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: UK National Farmers' Union, Minette Batters, Pres., +44 024 7685 8500, www.nfuonline.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  UK National Farmers Union,  


Reading UK Top Performer in Cutting CO2 Emissions (Int'l Report)
UK Climate Change
Date: 2019-09-06
In the UK, the Borough of Reading is reportedly one of the top performing areas for reducing carbon emissions. The Reading area cut emission by 45 pct from 2007 to 2017, earning it a top spot among the UK's top 25 performing areas.

Reading's 218,000 +- residents produce roughly 3.4 tpy -- the ninth lowest amount per person in southeastern England and 48th lowest in the UK. To further cut its emissions, the borough council declared a Climate Emergency and committed to work with partners to deliver a carbon neutral borough by 2030. (Source: Reading Chronicle, 5 Sept., 2019) Contact: Borough of Reading, www.reading.gov.uk

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


Biological Carbon-Neutral Jet Fuel Additive Touted (Ind. Report)
University of Idaho,USAF
Date: 2019-09-06
In Moscow, Idaho, University of Idaho and U.S. Air Force (USAF) researchers partnered to study a jet fuel additive report finding a substance which lowers the freezing point and improves the performance of jet fuel. The additive also cleans the fuel tank, adds antistatic properties to the fuel and begins to freeze at minus 58 degrees Celsius. Jet A, the most commonly used jet fuel, freezes solid at minus 40 degrees Celsius, the researchers stated.

The substance the team is studying as a jet fuel additive is entirely made of biological material. This makes the additive carbon neutral -- it continues the carbon cycle instead of adding excess carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Initially, the team was working to create a jet fuel, not an additive.

. The researchers are participating in an AFWERX grant program and have been awarded $25,000 to continue their research. (Source: University of Idaho Argonaut , 5 Sept., 2019)Contact: Univ. of Idaho, 208-885-6111, www.uidaho.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  USAF,  


Switzerland Targets Climate Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l Report)
Switzerland
Date: 2019-08-30
In Bern, the government of Switzerland reports it will hike its existing target of cutting it greenhouse gases by 70-85 pct by 2050 to 100 pct carbon neutrality by the same year.

The non-EU member sources about 60 pct of its electricity from hydropower, 33 pct from nuclear and the rest from fossil fuels. Of the total, fossil fuels still make up about 63 pct of which roughly 10 pct is from aviation -- the global average aviation emissions is between 2 and 3 pct. Switzerland's domestic carbon trading scheme includes aviation emissions in the same way the EU ETS system does and the two are linked. (Source: Various Media, EURACTIV, 29 Aug., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  Aviation Emissions,  EU ETS,  


Quito Airport Lands Airport Carbon Accreditation (Int'l)
Airport Carbon Accreditation
Date: 2019-08-28
In Ecuador, Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport reports it is Latin America's first international airport to achieve carbon-neutral status in ACI's Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

The Quito airport Operator, Corporacion Quiport, joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme in 2015 and has achieved carbon-neutral status through concrete actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce fuel consumption, increase energy efficiency, improve water management, maintain conservation areas for flora and fauna and more. The Quito Airport's 2018 carbon footprint was calculated at 3,273 tons of CO2 emissions, a 41 pct drop compared to 2014 as the base year (5,534 tons of CO2).

The airport offsets its direct emissions by buying certified carbon credits in sustainable projects including the MANOA REDD+ Project which works to preserve 74,000 hectares of forest in Rondônia State, Brazil. (Source: TASS, World Airport, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Airport Carbon Accreditation, +44 845 868 2708, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Airport Carbon Accreditation,  


Helsinki Sustainability Programme Addresses Climate Change Concerns (Int'l.)
City of Helsinki
Date: 2019-08-14
In Finland, according to a 2018 City of Helsinki survey, two thirds of the city's 1,292 million residents identified the climate crisis as their major concern when thinking about the future of the city. In response, Helsinki has launched Think Sustainably, the world's first online service that makes sustainable choices of retails, services, hotels and others as easy as using an app.

Services, hotels and others filtered through the online programme are benchmarked against criteria developed by the City of Helsinki in collaboration with the independent think tank Demos Helsinki, local interest groups and sustainability experts. The service also includes a route planner feature that identifies emission-free transportation options in the city. The route planner provides CO2 emissions in grams per person per trip.

Currently gathering feedback from users, the Think Sustainably service is publicly available with plans to roll the programme out further and review its impact in 2020.

The process of developing the Think Sustainably service included researching the most significant factors of ecological sustainability related to different service categories. These dealt mostly with greenhouse emissions caused by energy production, the impacts of mobility and food, waste management, factors related to circular economy, protecting biodiversity, accessibility, and employment and preventing discrimination.

The European Commission (EC) tagged Helsinki the most innovative region in the EU. It is also the first European city and, the second globally -- after New York -- to voluntarily report the implementation of its Sustainable Development Goals to the UN. (Source: City of Helsinki, PR, CISION, Yahoo Finance, Aug., 2019)Contact: Helsinki Think Sustainably , www.myhelsinki.fi/en/think-sustainably; Helsinki Marketing, Laura Aalto, CEO, +358 40 507 9660 , laura.aalto@hel.fi, www.hel.fi; Carbon Neutral Helsinki Initiative, Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen, Director, https://carbonneutralcities.org/cities/helsinki

More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Helsinki,  Climate Change,  


Mitsui Looks to Synthetic Methane to Cut Shipping Emissions (Int'l)
Mitsui O.S.K.
Date: 2019-08-05
Tokyo-headquartered maritime shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL) reports it will focus on reducing its shipping operation CO2 emissions by using synthetic methane as an alternative to current fossil-based bunker fuels.

With the same focus, the company has also joined the Carbon Capture and Reuse (CCR) Study Group which is looking into the implementation of effective carbon neutral measures to reduce the use of fossil fuels by offering alternative energies such as synthetic methane, which is generated by combining CO2 generated by industries with renewable energy-derived hydrogen. (Source: MOL, Bunkerspot, Aug., 2019) Contact: Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL), Junichiro Ikeda, Pres., CEO, www.mol.co.jp/en; Carbon Capture and Reuse Study Group, www.hitachizosen.co.jp/english/release/2016/11/002421.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Captureand Reuse,  Mitsui,  Methane,  


Mitsui Looks to Synthetic Methane Marine Fuel (Int'l)
Mitsui
Date: 2019-08-05
Tokyo-headquartered maritime shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL) reports it will focus on reducing its shipping operation CO2 emissions by using synthetic methane as an alternative to current fossil-based bunker fuels.

With the same focus, the company has also joined the Carbon Capture and Reuse (CCR) Study Group which is looking into the implementation of effective carbon neutral measures to reduce the use of fossil fuels by offering alternative energies such as synthetic methane, which is generated by combining CO2 generated by industries with renewable energy-derived hydrogen. (Source: MOL, Bunkerspot, Aug., 2019) Contact: Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL), Junichiro Ikeda, Pres., CEO, www.mol.co.jp/en; Carbon Capture and Reuse Study Group, www.hitachizosen.co.jp/english/release/2016/11/002421.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane news,  Synthetic Methane news,  Misui news,  Marine Fuel news,  


Santa Monica Poised for $2.6Mn Solar Projects Investment (Ind Report)
Santa Monica
Date: 2019-07-24
In the Golden State, the city of Santa Monica reports it expects to invest $2.6 million on the installation of solar panels on two buildings at the Santa Monica Airport and on the City Services Building (CSB) currently under construction behind City Hall.

The installations are part of the City's Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project to help meet its goal of making Santa Monica a carbon neutral city by 2050.

Seven city owned facilities presently have a total combined solar capacity of 442 kW. The new solar installations would add a total of 559 kW of capacity -- a 127 pct increase that would bring the total to 1.001 MW. (Source: City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Lookout, July 22, 2019) Contact: City of Santa Monica, www.smgov.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Santa Monica Adopts $800Mn Climate Change Plan (Ind Report)
Santa Monica
Date: 2019-07-24
At the end of May, the California city of Santa Monica -- pop. 94,000 +- adopted a 10-year Climate Action Plan to fight climate change that may well be the most costly and ambitious initiative of its kind for a city its size in the nation.

The Climate Action Plan charts a detailed path for government, residents and businesses that would lead to an 80 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and full carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner. Several of the Plan's initiatives have been in place for years, including action plans to achieve water self-sufficiency by 2023 and zero waste by 2030. The plan also calls for new initiatives that will require major shifts in the local economy, buildings and transportation and an increased reliance on renewable energy.

The $800 million plan -- which includes $383 million worth of initiatives already taken by the City, as well as major new capital investments -- will "hopefully serve as a model for other cities," Santa Monica officials said. (Source: City of Santa Monica, July, 2019) Contact: City of Santa Monica, Dean Kubani, Chief Environmental Officer, (310) 458-2213, www.smgov.net/departments/ose

More Low-Carbon Energy News Santa Monica,  Climate Change,  


Heathrow Calls for Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Support (Int'l.)
Heathrow
Date: 2019-07-24
Britain's busiest airport, Heathrow has urged the government to invest some of the nearly £4 billion raised from Air Passenger Duty (APD) every year to scale up the production of cleaner, more sustainable fuels -- specifically biofuels and other sustainable energy sources.

Heathrow reports it has invested over £100 million on sustainability initiatives over the past six years aiming to operate "carbon neutral airport infrastructure” from 2020. "We support the government's goal to make the UK economy net-zero carbon by 2050, but we believe there is further scope for the government to help the aviation industry move faster by working with other governments to prioritize sustainable fuels for aviation, which is the hardest sector to decarbonize, and set common and progressive targets for the percentage of aviation fuel that must be from sustainable sources," according to a Heathrow update. (Source: Heathrow Airport, ttg media, 23 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  


Maritime Giant Maersk Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l)
Maersk
Date: 2019-07-17
As previously reported, Maersk, the world's largest maritime container shipping company, has committed to become carbon neutral by 2050.

The shipping giant, which operates nearly 700 global vessels, has already substantially cut emissions and spent $1 billion to date in efficiency improvements aimed at the intermediate target of cutting emissions by 60 pct by 2030. To date, Maersk has reduced CO2 emissions by 46 pct -- roughly 9 pct more than the industry average.

Maritime emissions were not covered by the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Maersk, ZME, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Maersk Line, www.maerskline.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Maritime Emissions,  Maersk,  


Schneider Electric Touting 'Rethink Energy' Initiative (Int'l.)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2019-07-15
In the UK, Telford-based Schneider Electric UK his reporting the launch of its 'Rethink Energy" initiative aimed at changing business, consumer and government attitudes to energy waste and help combat climate change.

A Schneider Electric commissioned study of 2,000 UK adults and over 600 UK businesses revealed that just 10 pct of consumers want to do more to curb their current energy use, while 74 pct believe they already do enough. 68 pct of business leaders reported their organizations wasted energy, particularly in the form of inefficient building and office space, while 43 pct of corporate CEOs said their organization had not implemented any measures aimed at tackling these inefficiencies in 2018.

The 'Rethink Energy' initiative is focused on: the role for energy in achieving a zero-carbon economy by 2050; £1 trillion price tag -- cost or opportunity; and what will drive change in the UK's demand for energy.

"HM Treasury recently suggested it could cost the UK around £1 trillion to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, but it's not about cost, it's about huge savings. Sustainability is a cost that pays for itself and technology and innovation will be key to meeting the energy efficiency challenge," according Mike Hughes, Zone President, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland (Source: Schneider Electric UK, PR, voltimum, 13 July, 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric Ltd UK, +44 0870 608 8608, gb-customerservices@gb.schneider-electric.com , www.schneider-electric.co.uk/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  Net-Zero Carbon,  Climate Change ,  


Vanderbilt Scores LEED Gold for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Vanderbilt,US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-07-03
Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Tennessee reports its engineering and science building and Eskind Biomedical Library have been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for environmental initiatives and energy efficiency. Twenty other buildings on the Vanderbilt campus are LEED certified.

The university with 12,600 students is launching a comprehensive plan aimed at reducing its environmental footprint, sourcing 100 pct of its power needs from renewable energy, and achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050. (Source: Vanderbilt University, CleanLink, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Vanderbilt University, (615) 322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  


Charlottesville Aims for Carbon-Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Charlottesville Climate Collaborative,
Date: 2019-07-03
In the Old Dominion State, the not-for-profit Charlottesville Climate Collaborative is lauding the City of Charlottesville's commitment to reducing the city's emissions 45 pct by 2030, and becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

Charlottesville is the first city in the Commonwealth of Virginia to announce this ambitious goal of community-wide carbon neutrality, affirming its commitment to addressing the impacts of climate change and to mitigate the most significant consequences of a warming planet.

Other Virginia cities including Alexandria, Richmond, and the Town of Blacksburg, have set aggressive goals of reducing 80 pct of their community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Outside of Virginia, only nine US cities have reported community-wide carbon-neutrality goals.

The Charlottesville Climate Collaborative aims to build a Charlottesville culture of climate action through community-wide collaborations and programs that reduce climate pollution and advance the city's identity to include climate leadership. (Source: Charlottesville Climate Collaborative, Blue Virginia, July, 2019) Contact: Charlottesville Climate Collaborative, Susan Cruse, Exec. Dir., (434) 202-7993, www.cvilleclimate.org


Netherlands Announces Carbon Tax, Climate Change Plan (Int'l)
Carbon Tax,Netherlands
Date: 2019-07-01
At the Hague, the Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has announced wide-ranging measures aimed at addressing climate change -- including a carbon tax. The Ministry's measures are intended to cut the nation's carbon emissions by half by 2030.

The carbon tax is expected to start at €30 ($34) per ton of carbon emissions in 2021 and rise as high as €150 ($170) per ton in 2030, according to the government release. The Netherlands is aiming to generate 70 pct of its energy from by 2030 and to become 100 pct carbon neutral by 2050. (Source: Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Yahoo Finance, Various Media, 28 June, 2019) Contact: Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, +31 70 379 89 11, www.government.nl/ministries/ministry-of-economic-affairs-and-climate-policy

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


Burberry Targets 95 pct Emissions Reduction by 2022 (Int'l)
Science Based Targets initiative
Date: 2019-06-26
UK-headquartered luxury fashion giant Burberry reports it is targeting a 95 pct reduction in its scope 1 and 2 emissions against a 2016 baseline by 2022, as well as a targeted 30 pct absolute reduction in scope 3 emissions by 2030 against the same baseline. The new commitments expand on an existing goal to become a carbon-neutral operation by 2022.

According to the Burberry release, goals have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and are consistent to the reductions required to limit global warming to 1.5C.

Burberry has already achieved carbon neutral status across the Americas region, EMEIA retail stores and its UK operations and has reduced its market-based emissions compared to the 2016/17 year, having recorded a 43 pct over a two-year period. (Source: Burberry, edie, 25 June 2019)Contact: Burberry, www.burberryplc.com/en/contacts.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Science Based Targets initiative,  


Notable Quote -- Woody Biomass and the EPA's ACE Rules
Biomass
Date: 2019-06-26
"In a bit of an Orwellian logic, the (Trump) EPA's recently finalized ACE (Affordable Clean Energy) rules ... ignore the basis for why using biomass for power and heat is the principal pathway for decarbonization in most other developed countries. By only counting the CO2 emission at the source and ignoring the continuous adsorption of CO2 by sustainably managed forests, the EPA has excluded a proper consideration of the dynamics that keep the net CO2 added into the atmosphere neutral or even negative.

"In Europe, wood pellets and wood chips are recognized as low carbon fuels because a full life-cycle analysis shows that under well-crafted (and necessary) sustainability criteria, the combustion of those fuels is carbon neutral. The supply chain carbon footprint accounting, given that fossil fuel are used in transportation and in the electricity used to upgrade the biomass into pellets, typically yields an 85 percent or more reduction in net CO2 added to the atmosphere. Because of the carbon benefits, biomass derived fuel makes up about 60 percent of the total renewable energy in the EU28." -- William Strauss, Pres, FutureMetrics, June 24, 2019

Bethel, Maine-based FutureMetrics released the above statement criticizing the Trump Administration EPA's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Program for its treatment of biomass and calling the program's discussion of how to measure CO2 emissions "misguided."

The ACE program, which replaces Obama's Clean Power Plan, specifies that biomass co-firing is not compliant with the ACE program. Contact: FutureMetrics LLC, William Strauss, 207-824-6702, 207-357-8708 Cell, WilliamStrauss@FutureMetrics.com, www.futuremetrics.info

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  CO2 Emissions,  


Empire State Passes Carbon-Neutral 2050 Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
New York State
Date: 2019-06-24
Last Thursday in Albany, New York state legislators passed the Climate and Community Protection Act, one of the nation's most ambitious plans to slow climate change by reducing GHG emissions to zero by 2050. If signed into law by Governor Cuomo, the legislation would make New York the nation's second state -- after California -- to pass carbon-neutral economy legislation.

The New York act mandates reducing emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050, and offsetting the remaining 15 pct , making the state carbon neutral. The Act calls for reducing emissions by 40 pct by 2030 and using only carbon-free sources such as solar and wind to generate electricity by 2040. (Source: Business Day, Various Media, Reuters, 20 June, 2019)

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


Air Travelers Prefer Aviation Biofuels Over Env. Tax (Int'l)
International Air Transport Association
Date: 2019-06-24
According to International Air Transport Association (IATA) commissioned research, air passengers support the development of new technologies and sustainable aviation biofuels to reduce aviation carbon emissions rather than the imposition of an "environmental" tax on airline tickets.

The commercial air transport industry is targeting a cap of CO2 emissions through carbon neutral growth from 2020 and aims to halve emissions by 2050, compared to 2005 levels, ensure the aviation industry's compatibility with the Paris climate agreement goals. (Source: International Air Transport Association, Biofuels Int'l, 24 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel news,  Carbon Tax news,   news,  


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,  


  • Attis Completes Sunoco Corn Ethanol Plant Acquisition (M&A)
    Attis Industries,Sunoco LP
    Date: 2019-06-05
    Milton, Georgia-headquartered Attis Industries Inc is reporting completion of its $20 million acquisition of Sunoco LP's 100 million gpy corn ethanol plant and grain malting operation in Fulton, New York.

    The transaction includes a 6-month transition services agreement as well as a 10-year offtake agreement for the ethanol produced at the facility.

    According to an Attis release, "today, the United States consumes roughly 19 billion gallons of renewable fuel on an annual basis; however, Attis believes firmly that through the deployment of its innovative and transformative suite of green technologies, yearly production can nearly double while taking advantage of more carbon neutral feedstocks. Desperately needed innovation is required to realign existing production to the Renewable Fuel Standard's goal of 36 billion gallons by 2022." (Source: Attis Industries, Inc. , Website 3 June, 2019) Contact: Attis Ind., Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, www.attisind.com; Sunoco LP, www.sunocolp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Ethanol,  DDGs,  Attis Industries,  Ethanol,  Sunoco LP,  


    Aussie Super Fund Buildings Rated Carbon Neutral (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Neutral
    Date: 2019-06-03
    In the Land Down Under, the $11 billion Local Government Super superannuation fund reports its buildings portfolio has achieved carbon neutral certification by NABERS, a New South Wales Government administered building environmental rating program. To meet the requirements of the standard, Local Government Super purchased dual credit offset units supplied by Greenfleet, which will result in 5000 native trees being planted in Eastern Australia. In 2017, Local Government Super achieved a separate five star "green" rating for its direct property portfolio's energy efficiency -- first property portfolio to achieve that rating in Australia.

    Local Government Super's property portfolio is the first NABERS rated portfolio to achieve carbon neutral certification against the National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings. (Source: Local Government Super Financial Standard, 28 May, 2019) Contact: Local Government Super, www.lgsuper.com.au

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


    Aussie Super Fund Buildings Rated Carbon Neutral (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2019-06-03
    In the Land Down Under, the $11 billion Local Government Super superannuation fund reports its buildings portfolio has achieved carbon neutral certification by NABERS, a New South Wales Government administered building environmental rating program.

    To meet the requirements of the standard, Local Government Super purchased dual credit offset units supplied by Greenfleet, which will result in 5000 native trees being planted in Eastern Australia.

    In 2017, Local Government Super achieved a separate five star "green" rating for its direct property portfolio -- it was also the first property portfolio to achieve that rating in Australia.

    Local Government Super's property portfolio is the first NABERS rated portfolio to achieve carbon neutral certification against the National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings. (Source: Local Government Super Financial Standard, 28 May, 2019) Contact: Local Government Super, www.lgsuper.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  


    Rockland Plan Envisions Carbon Neutrality by 2045 (Ind. Report)
    City of Rockland
    Date: 2019-05-27
    In Maine, the City of Rockland reports it is considering a proposed Climate Action Plan calling for the community of roughly 7,200 residents to be carbon-neutral by 2045.

    The Rockland Energy Committee's recommendations call for hiring a full-time sustainability coordinator to create, execute and seek funding for programs to help achieve the energy goals; and hire a part-time staff member to perform marketing/public relations work to support those goals; develop and deploy renewable energy power generation capacity sufficient to meet all city facilities and operations. The city plan also calls for the city to construct efficient buildings and update existing energy inefficient buildings; create a building improvement revolving loan fund; convert all city streetlights to LED bulbs; eliminate the city's reliance on fossil fuels for home heating; switch to and encourage low-carbon transportation and other appropriate measures. (Source: City of Rockland, Republican Journal, 20 May, 2019) Contact: City of Rockland, Nate Davis, Chair, Rockland Energy Advisory Committee, (207) 594-0300, info@rocklandmaine.gov, www.rocklandmaine.gov

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


    Col. Sunset Bill SB19-236 Awaits Governor's Signature (Reg. & Leg.)
    Colorado PUC
    Date: 2019-05-24
    In Denver, with the expected signing of SB19-236 -- the Colorado PUC "Sunset" bill -- by Governor Jared Polis (D) Colorado will take its first step to becoming carbon free by 2030, which will probably be followed by an increased focus on renewable energy development.

    SB19-236, which has passed the State House and Senate, directs all utilities in the state to set a goal of 80 pct carbon reduction by 2030, followed by 100 pct carbon-free electric power generation by 2050. SB19-236 also allows electric utilities to use low-cost bonds to help refinance retiring fossil fuel generating facilities, a call for distribution system planning and plans to create new workforce and community transition opportunities. (Source: Colorado PUC, Various Media, PV Mag, May, 2019) Contact: Colorado PUC, (303) 894-2000, www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/puc

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


    LG Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    LG
    Date: 2019-05-22
    Korean appliance manufacturer LG reports it will reduce carbon emissions from its global operations by 50 percent compared to a 2017 baseline by implementing various carbon reduction and increasing renewable energy, primarily solar energy initiatives. This effort will help bring LG closer to reaching its ultimate goal of carbon neutrality, achieving a net-zero carbon emissions footprint by balancing carbon emissions with carbon removal, according to a company release.

    Through a variety of strategic initiatives, the company will cut carbon emissions across its global production sites from nearly 2 million tons recorded in 2017 to 960,000 tons by the end of 2030. To that end, the company is looking to expand its high-efficiency facilities and technologies targeting greenhouse gas reduction and alleviating the creation of carbon emissions during the production process.

    Additionally, through the expansion of its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, LG plans to secure UNFCCC Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits. (Source: LG, PR, May, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG,  CDM,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Bates Achieves Carbon Neutrality Ahead of 2020 Goal (Ind. Report)
    Bates College
    Date: 2019-05-17
    In Lewiston, Maine, Bates College reports it has achieved carbon neutrality one year ahead of its own commitment. The college reduced its campus carbon emissions by 95 pct and will account for its remaining footprint through the purchase of carbon offsets.

    Out of some 700 U.S. colleges and universities to sign a carbon neutrality pledge in 2007, Bates is one of only seven to date that have reached that goal. Bates cut its carbon footprint by: reducing energy consumption through efficiency measures; strengthening the culture of sustainability on campus and changing behaviors in concrete ways; and switching to renewable energy sources -- specifically, Renewable Fuel Oil (RFO), a wood-derived liquid that serves as the primary fuel for the college's central heating plant. (Source: Bates College, PR 16 May, 2019) Contact: Bates College, Marjorie Hall, (207) 786-8248, mhall@bates.edu, www.bates.edu

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


    Heidelberg Pledges Carbon Neutral Concrete by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    HeidelbergCement
    Date: 2019-05-15
    The world's fourth largest cement company, HeidelbergCement reports it will slash direct emissions by 15 pct per tonne of its products by 2030 from 2016 levels. The initiative is in line with the company's vision to realize CO2-neutral concrete by 2050 at the latest. It is also in Keeping with the Paris Climate Agreement and asignal that the built environment is transitioning towards a zero-carbon future, the company said.

    The cement sector accounts for around 7 pct of global CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency. (Source: Heidelberg Cement, Climate Home News, 13 May, 2019) Contact: HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HeidelbergCement,  Carbon Emissions,  


    "Your Polluting Buildings are Part of the Problem", de Blasio Tells Trump (Notable Quote)
    Climate Change, Bill De Blasio
    Date: 2019-05-15
    "Our message is loud and clear. We're tackling climate change head-on with NYC's Green New Deal and are the first city in the world to require all big buildings to cut their emissions, with the goal of a carbon neutral city by 2050. President Trump -- you're on notice. Your polluting buildings are part of the problem. Cut your emissions or pay the price." -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

    Reducing emissions from buildings -- which are responsible for nearly 70 pct of all greenhouse gas emissions -- is a key strategy of New York City's Green New Deal and commit the city to carbon neutrality by 2050.

    As we previously reported, Trump Tower uses more energy than 93 pct of New York City's large residential buildings. Across the Big Apple, Trump owns at least eight buildings that do not meet 2030 emissions levels under the law. These include the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the Trump Building, the Trump World Tower, the Trump Tower, Trump Park Avenue, Trump Parc, Trump Parc East and Trump Palace. If Trump fails to clean up these buildings, he will owe approximately $2.1 million in fines every year beginning in 2030. (Source: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, 6sqft,Various Media, 14 May, 2019) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor

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    Robt.Bosch Aims for 2020 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Bosch
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Stuttgart-based German automotive supply giant Robert Bosch LLC reports it plans to become fully carbon neutral by 2020.

    The company, which currently emits around 3.3 million metric tpy of C02, aims to achieve its goal by increasing energy efficiency, increasing the share of renewables in its energy supply mix to as much as 40 pct, accessing more green power and offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions. This includes financing climate protection projects such as wind power in the Caribbean or forest conservation in Africa to offset just under 40 pct of its energy consumption, according to the company release. The company expects its initiative to Icome in at a cost of €2 billion ($2.24 billion) but to deliver about €1 billion in energy efficiency savings. (Source: Robt. Bosch LLC, Various Media, Reuters, 8 May, 2019)

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    CCC Recommend UK Carbon Neutral 2050 Deadline (Int'l Report)
    independent Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In London, the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK's top climate change advisory body reports it is set to recommend the government reduce carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 -- a target that is said to be viable, cost-effective and would put the UK on track to fully meet its Paris Climate Agreement commitment.

    According to the CCC, net-zero by 2050 could be achieved within a budget of 1-2 pct of GDP. It would require new policies across various government departments: low-carbon electricity would need to quadruple and low-carbon heating will be required throughout Britain building stock. All new cars and vans should be electric by 2035 or earlier, while novel technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) will become a necessity. Such reforms are especially urgent considering that the UK is currently set to miss its present legally-mandated target of an 80 percent cut in emissions by 2050. (Source: Independent Committee on Climate Change, yahoo News, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Independent Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

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    Sign of the Times -- Solar Powers Coal Mine Museum (Ind. Report)
    Solar
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In the Land Down Under, the State Coal Mine -- Wonthaggi Coal Mining Museum state park reports it is now powered by a 91 KW on-site, ground-mounted solar PV array and a 41 kWh battery storage system as part of an "Old Energy New Energy Project" being run by the not-for-profit Energy Innovation Co-op aiming to demonstrate how renewable energy, energy efficiency and new technology are "changing the name of the energy game."

    The project is partially funded by over $241,000 from the state Labor Government's New Energy Jobs Fund and $58,460 from the Victorian government's Local Government Energy Saver Program -- a $3.4 million fund which supports resource constrained councils across regional Victoria to reduce their energy consumption and operating costs of community facilities. A further $15,000 grant from the state government supporting Bass Coast Shire Council in their goal to transition the community to zero-net emissions will support the expansion of work begun by the coastal community of Phillip Island, which has committed to to being carbon neutral by 2030. The Victorian Labor government has pledged a 50 pct Renewable Energy Target (VRET) by 2030. (Source: PV Mag., Various Media, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Wonthaggi Coal Mining Museum, www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/state-coal-mine-wonthaggi

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    Candidate Inslee Proposes Death to Old King Cole (Ind. Report)
    Jay INslee
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Further to our 4th March report, Washington State governor and U.S. 2020 presidential wannabe Jay Inslee (D) is touting his "100% Clean Energy for America Plan" to get the U.S. to net-zero emissions no later than 2045.

    To that end, Inslee's plan calls for nothing short of the death of Old King Coal and the complete retirement of the country's 852 coal-ired power plants, which currently accounts for about 27 pct of America's electricity mix, within a decade. The plan also calls for utilities to go 100 pct carbon neutral by 2030 and transition to running on zero emissions energy sources, like renewable or nuclear power, by 2035, and the elimination of all fossil fuel use in federal buildings by 2023. (Source: Jay Inslee, Earther, 3 May, 2019)Contact: Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

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    Carbon Farming in the Golden State (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2019-05-03
    "Agriculture is responsible for one-third of global carbon emissions, but an increasing number of farmers and ranchers think it can be a powerful ally in the fight to slow climate change, through a set of techniques called carbon farming.

    "The underlying principle of carbon farming is straightforward -- to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, where it drives climate change, and put it back into plants and the pedosphere, the Earth's living soil layer. One way farmers do this is by fertilizing their lands with nutrient-rich compost.

    "As plants grow, they store carbon in their leaves and roots and bank it in organic matter, such as decomposing plant pieces in the soil. Soil microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi, also store carbon. This prevents the carbon from escaping into the atmosphere and joining oxygen to form carbon dioxide.

    "Carbon farming has taken hold in California, which is increasingly stepping up as a pioneer of progressive climate policy in the U.S., even as the Trump administration denies the reality of climate change.

    "Today, more than 80 ranchers and farmers in the state are implementing the practice. And the number is likely to increase, since the 2018 Farm Bill includes provisions for a pilot program that gives farmers an incentive to farm carbon.

    "Grassland soils naturally absorb and store carbon in soil organic matter, but common agricultural practices, like plowing and tilling, diminish this ability by breaking apart the soil and releasing its stored carbon into the atmosphere. The good news is that carbon can be reabsorbed by the very same soil. Dozens of farming methods, including composting, managed grazing, no-till agriculture and cover crops, are thought to achieve this feat. Many of them mirror age-old, organic farming techniques.

    "The potential for land-based carbon sequestration in California is significant. Rangelands cover about 56 million acres, half the state's overall land area. According to The New York Times, if 5 pct of that soil is treated with compost, the carbon sequestered would offset about 80 pct of the state's agricultural emissions, the equivalent of removing nearly 6 million cars from the road. If scaled to 41 pct, it would render the state's agricultural sector -- now accounting for 8 pct of the state's overall emissions -- carbon neutral for years. This amount is anything but negligible: California is the most populous state in the U.S. and the country's second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Overall, it's responsible for 1 pct of global greenhouse emissions.

    "Ultimately, carbon farming may only pull a limited amount of carbon from the atmosphere. But in California, grasslands appear to be a less vulnerable carbon storage option than fire-prone forests. With global greenhouse gas emissions on the rise, we need to commit to using carbon farming." (Source: NPR, High Country News, May, 2019)

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    Communications Giant Aims for 2035 Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    Verizon
    Date: 2019-04-26
    NYC-headquartered telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc. is touting it plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035 through a program of direct emissions reduction, the purchase of renewable energy, carbon offsets and other measures. For 2025, Verizon aims for a 50 pct carbon intensity reduction.

    The company aims to neutralise its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions -- all direct sources of emissions owned or controlled by Verizon, the main ones being fuel to power fleet, heat buildings and power back-up generators. Scope 2 concerns indirect emissions sources generated off-site but purchased by Verizon.

    As previously reported, in February, Verizon launched a $1-billion green bond to fund both new and existing environmentally friendly investments. (Source: Verizon, Renewables, 24 April, 2019) Contact: Verizon, Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.linkedin.com/in/james-gowen-6b4619143, www.verizon.com

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    NYC Mayor Touts OneNYC2050 Carbon Neutrality Goals (Ind. Report)
    Bill de Blasio
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Empire State, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio is trumpeting the OneNYC 2050 plan aimed at slashing the Big Apple's greenhouse gas emissions 28 pct and putting the city on track to make a 40 pct cut in emissions by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

    The Mayor's announcement comes on the heels of the City Council legislative package called the Climate Mobilization Act, the centerpiece of which is an emissions cap on buildings 25,000 square feet and up -- houses of worship and rent controlled and affordable housing excepted -- compelling landlords to retrofit their buildings beginning in 2024 or face hefty fines. The legislation aims to slash buildings' GHG emissions -- which currently account for almost 70 pct of the citywide total -- by 40 pct in 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. OneNYC 2050 leverages and expands on that bill by banning construction of energy inefficient, glass-facade structures touches on pre-existing plans to shore up the city's defenses against climate change related natural disasters and storms. Mayor De Blasio projects these initiatives will cost the city roughly $14 billion. (Source: NYC, Various Media, Waste360, April, 2019)

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    Hoboken Steps Up to the Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Garden State, the city of Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has signed an executive order adopting Hoboken's Climate Action Plan committing the city to "achieving carbon neutrality by 2050."

    The plan, establishes goals for greenhouse gas emission reduction for government operations and as a city overall. Progress will be evaluated through benchmarks every five years. The plan's features include:

  • Purchasing 100 pct renewable electricity for municipal facilities (went into effect April, 2019);

  • Installing energy efficient upgrades in 11 municipal buildings, resulting in cost savings of over $100,000 per year;

  • Introducing an affordable renewable energy purchasing program for homeowners to utilize wind and/or solar electricity;

  • Implementing electric vehicle charging stations across the City (Hoboken recently was awarded funding through the State for up to 14 EV charging stations);

  • Creating Hoboken's own community solar program, allowing low-moderate income residents to utilize solar energy from other parts of the State even if they can not install solar panels on their homes;

  • Replacing street and traffic lights with LED energy efficient lighting;

  • The city of 56,000 +- residents has also reaffirmed its commitment to exceeding the goals" of the Paris Climate Accord.

    "The city's Climate Action Plan, which its two-pronged emphasis on adaptation and mitigation, puts Hoboken at the forefront of what cities can do to combat climate change," Doyle said. "Our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with an aggressive window through becoming a net zero city and achieving carbon neutrality is the progressive path forward toward achieving that goal." (Source: Hoboken Patch, 23 April, 2019) Contact: City of Hoboken, (201) 420-2000, www.hobokennj.gov

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  • Energy Efficiency Key to Hoboken's Climate Change Plan (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Garden State, the city of Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has signed an executive order adopting Hoboken's Climate Action Plan committing the city to "achieving carbon neutrality by 2050."

    The plan establishes goals for greenhouse gas emission reduction for government operations and as a city based on: increased operating energy efficiency; building energy bench-marking; energy efficient upgrades in 11 municipal buildings resulting in over $100,000 per year in energy costs savings; LED street and traffic lighting; a commitment to 100 pct renewable energy and various other upgrades and initiatives. The city of 56,000 +- residents has also reaffirmed its commitment to exceeding the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. (Source: Hoboken Patch, 23 April, 2019) Contact: City of Hoboken, (201) 420-2000, www.hobokennj.gov

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    Avista Targeting 100 pct Clean Energy by 2045 (Ind. Report)
    Avista Utilities
    Date: 2019-04-22
    Last week in Spokane, Avista Utilities reported it is committing to 100 pct clean energy by 2045 and to have a carbon neutral supply of electricity by 2027. According to the company's website, "reaching this goal will require further improvements in costs and technology associated with clean electric generation and energy storage as well as regulatory support." About 60 pct of of the utility's power presently is drawn from renewable energy sources, according to the website which notes the company may acquire carbon offsets to reach its goal.

    Avista serves customers in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and northeastern Oregon. (Source: Avista Utilities, Lewiston Tribune, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Avisya Utilities, Dennis Vermillion, Pres., Heather Rosentrater, VP, www.avistautilities.com

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    Vancouver Considers Climate Emergency Responses (Ind. Report)
    City of Vancouver
    Date: 2019-04-22
    In British Columbia, the city of Vancouver general managers of planning and engineering are recommending the city adopt the following "big moves" by 2030 in its response to the world's "climate emergency" and in keeping with the city's green initiatives to ensure the city becomes carbon neutral before 2050:
  • Aim to have 90 pct of its citizens live within an easy walk of their daily needs;

  • Accelerate its goal of having two-third of trips in the city by walking, biking or transit by 2030 (instead of 2040);

  • Have 50 pct of all kilometers driven on city roads by zero emissions vehicles;

  • Aim by 2025 to have all new and replacement heating and hot water systems in buildings produce zero emissions;

  • By 2030 reduce the carbon content of new buildings and construction projects by 40 per cent (compared to 2018);

  • By 2030 restore enough forest and coastal ecosystems in the city to remove one million tpy of carbon pollution by 2060.

    The goal is for the city to "do its part" to keep warming to the international climate community's goal of 1.5 degrees, said Matt Horne, the city's climate policy manager. The overall goal is to cut in half carbon pollution by 2030 -- a 90,000 tpy reduction of carbon compared to the 19,000 tpy the city has reduced between 2007 and 2017. The city is also aiming to phase out fossil fuels by 2023. (Source: City of Vancouver, Vancouver Sun, 16 April, 2019) Contact: City of Vancouver, Matt Horne, Climate Policy Manager, twitter.com/hornematt?lang=en, www.vancouver.ca

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  • Oxford Hosting Hybrid Energy Storage System Trial (Int'l)

    Date: 2019-04-22
    In the UK, the Oxford City Council has made it one of its primary concerns to tackle climate change by turning the city carbon neutral and to date has raise about £4 million in grant funding to that end -- 2.3 million for upgrading buses to be ultra-low emission or electric, 800,000 for electrical vehicle charging points, 474,000 for the introduction of the world's first pop-up charging points and 500,000 for the installation of taxi charging points.

    The £41-million project will be a large battery that stores energy and resupplies electricity directly back to Oxford's grid.

    The project will run for 36 months and if successful, the technology will be expanded to the 44 other sites across the UK. (Source: The Mayor EU, 20 April, 2019)

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    Microsoft Ups Internal Carbon Fee to $15 per Tonne (Ind. Report)
    Microsoft
    Date: 2019-04-17
    Tech giant Microsoft reports it will nearly double its internal carbon fee to $15 per metric ton on all carbon emissions. This internal Microsoft "tax" was established in 2012 to hold the company's business divisions financially responsible for reducing their carbon emissions.

    The funds from this higher fee will both maintain Microsoft's carbon neutrality and help the company take a tech-first approach that will put sustainability at the core of every part of the company's business and technology to work for sustainable outcomes and to cut the company's operational carbon footprint. (Source: Microsoft Blog, Brad Smith, Pres., 15 April, 2019)Contact: Microsoft Corporate Offices, www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information

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    Pa. Gov. Supports GHG Cap-and-Trade Petition Study (Ind. Report)
    Penna. Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-04-10
    In Harrisburg, the office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) reports the governor favors a formal study of a petition calling for the Keystone State to impose a cap-and-trade program that would make Pennsylvania carbon neutral by 2052. The governor has not, however, come out in support or opposition to the petition itself, or to a state cap-and-trade program.

    The roughly 400-page petition is scheduled for a preliminary vote April 16 before a 20-member environmental rulemaking board that includes several Wolf appointees. A positive vote would allow the Wolf administration's Department of Environmental Protection to study the petition and decide whether to recommend it for a rulemaking process, which requires another vote.

    The petition seeks to require polluters to buy permits for each ton of carbon they release. (Source: Office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, York Dispatch, AP, 6 Apr., 2019)Contact: Office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, www.governor.pa.gov

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    APS Testing Woody Biomass for Power Generation (Ind. Report)
    Arizona Public Service
    Date: 2019-04-08
    Following up on our Mar. 23rd coverage, in Phoenix, Arizona's largest utility Arizona Public Service (APS) Co. reports it plans to convert its coal-burning Cholla Power Plant near Holbrook to burn woody biomass waste and pine wood chips. The test conversion is intended to address the potential loss of jobs occasioned by an expected 2025 shutdown of the coal-burning facility to meet environmental-emissions regulations and to help prevent the growing wildfire-forest fire threat.

    After a 60-day test period, AAPS will update the Arizona Corporation Commission regarding whether converting the coal generator to burn biomass would be cost efficient, officials said. According to the US EPA , electricity from forest biomass is carbon neutral and does not contribute to climate change. (Source: APS, WRAL.com, AP. 6 April, 2019) Contact: APS, Barbara Lockwood, VP, www.aps.org

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    Schneider Elec. Scores 2019 Climate Leadership Award (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric,Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
    Date: 2019-03-25
    BOSTON, March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- In Boston, global energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric has been recognized for its commitment to carbon neutrality at the 2019 Climate Leadership Awards. The Organizational Leadership award recognizes the company's comprehensive greenhouse gas inventories and aggressive emissions reduction goals as well as its internal response and engagement of its employees, partners, and supply chain to commit to carbon neutrality.

    Schneider Electric is committed to reducing emissions and actively works towards making its operations more sustainable through:

  • Energy productivity -- Participation in the Climate Group's global EP100 initiative that brings together a growing group of energy-smart companies committed to using energy more productively, to lower greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate a clean economy;
  • Renewable electricity -- As a member of the RE100 initiative, Schneider Electric is one of the world's most influential companies committed to 100 percent renewable power;
  • Green Premium integrated offers -- By 2020, Schneider Electric is committed to achieving 75 percent of the Company's global sales under its Green Premium program.

    According to the company's Planet & Society Barometer, which is audited by a third party, Schneider Electric slashed energy intensity by 42 pct between 2005 and 2017, and carbon intensity by 35 pct between 2012 and 2017.

    The Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program hosted by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since 2012, the program has honored more than 150 recipients from diverse sectors across the U.S.

    The Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since 2012, the program has honored more than 150 recipients from diverse sectors across the U.S. A full list of the award recipients is available here: https://www.climateleadershipconference.org/clc_awards (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 22 Mar., 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us; Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, www.c2es.org; 2019 Climate Leadership Awards, Climate Leadership Conference, www.climateleadershipconference.org/clc_awards

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  • LA Council Considering City Develop Green New Deal (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-20
    In the Golden State, Los Angeles City Council reports it is considering the development of a Green New Deal (GND) for Los Angeles that mirrors the "principles and priorities" of the GND proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

    In April 2018, the Los Angeles City Council advanced a proposal to develop a Climate Emergency Mobilization Department to oversee efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide, and also cleared up $500,000 in funding in seed money for the project. Now the Council is "fleshing out" the Climate Emergency Mobilization Department's responsibilities to include the development of metrics to measure and track the city's greenhouse gas emissions, and develop an annual climate budget of greenhouse gasses and criteria pollutants to determine the city's allowable annual emissions, similar to how the city's financial budget determines its monetary expenditures.

    Los Angeles aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. (Source: Los Angeles City Council, City News Service, 19 Mar., 2019)Contact: Los Angeles City Council, 213-473-3231, www.lacity.org/your-government/elected-officials/city-council

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    $100Bn Clean Energy Resolution Tabled in California (Reg & Leg)
    California
    Date: 2019-03-08
    In Sacramento, Sen. Henry Stern and several Democratic California State lawmakers have tabled a proposal calling for the Golden State to invest $100 billion in clean energy to slash the state's carbon emissions and end its reliance on fossil fuels by 2030.

    The resolution, which is seen as a response to freshman US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's ballyhooed Green New Deal, would set non-binding goals and declare a climate emergency, citing recent devastating wildfires and the impacts of air pollution on child asthma.

    The $100 billion would be spent over 12 years and come from existing funds, including the state's carbon emissions auction program and a gas tax increase to fund transportation projects. The resolution would say all of that money should be spent toward projects that reduce, sequester or remove greenhouse gas emissions.

    California presently aims to eliminate fossil fuels for electric power generation and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

    To refresh your memory, download the complete Green New Deal proposal HERE. (Source: The State, AP, 4 Mar., 2019) Contact: Calif. State Senator Sen. Henry Stern (D), https://www.facebook.com/HenrySternCA, sd27.senate.ca.gov

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    Rio Reaching for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    C40 Cities
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Rio de Janeiro (pop. 6.7 million) part of the C40 Cities climate action initiative, reports it has committed to reducing its climate changing emissions by 20 pct between 2005 to 2020 as well as becoming carbon neutral by 2050. To that end, COMLURB, Rio's waste management company has declared the conversion of the city's buried municipal garbage into biogas for clean power generation key to the city's carbon neutrality and climate change fight.

    Every day, 10,000 tons of waste are delivered to the city's waste treatment plant in Seropedica, northwest of Rio de Janeiro. The plant turns household and industrial food and yard waste into methane biogas that is sold to industries or to the state's gas company. According to the UN, the world's cities account for approximately 75 pct of the world's CO2 emissions and consume more than two-thirds of the world's energy. (Source: COMLURB, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Feb., 2019) Contact: COMLURB, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/comlurb, www.rio.rj.gov.br/web/comlurb; C40 Cities, www.c40.org

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    Renovare Touts Biogas-to-Biofuel Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
    Renovare Fuels
    Date: 2019-02-20
    In the UK, London-headquartered Renovare Fuels is touting a new technology that cost effectively converts biogas into a high-grade liquid fuel that can be used as a direct replacement for fossil fuels. The technology is presently being showcased for the first time at Alliance Dairies in Florida.

    "By using a specially developed Fischer-Tropsch synthesis catalyst and advanced process engineering techniques, Renovare Fuels' technology can efficiently turn biogas into middle distillate fuel. The feedstock is sourced locally to the site and classified as a waste product, so the production cycle is objectively carbon neutral," according to the company. The abundance of waste products means that the production of the biodiesel promises a low-cost sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. Renovare Fuels believes that the fuel could be priced at under 50 UK pence per litre in a quantity that could reshape the energy sector. Renovare Fuels' technology, which was developed at the University of South Florida in conjunction with NASA and the US DOE, was proved successful in converting biogas into usable diesel during a trial at a US landfill in 2017, according to the company. (Source: Renovare, EngineerLive, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Renovare Fuels, Devin Walker, CTO, +44 (0) 20 3874 8111, Fax +44 (0) 20 3874 8110, www.renovare-fuels.co.uk

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