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S. Korea Touts $43Bn Offshore Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
Korea
Date: 2021-02-08
In Seoul, the South Korean government is touting its planned $43 billion offshore wind farm odd Sinan -- said to be the world's largest offshore wind power complex.

The project is in keeping with the government's effort to cut the country's reliance on nuclear power and imported coal and to grow its renewable energy sector to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Gov. of South Korea, Energy Infrapost, Feb., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Korea Wind,  


TOTAL Joins Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (Int'l. Report)
TOTAL,Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
Date: 2021-02-08
Paris headquartered energy major TOTAL reports it has joined the Copenhagen-headquartered Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (Center) as a strategic partner and accelerated its research and development program for carbon neutral shipping solutions.

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is a not-for-profit, independent R&D center working across the energy and shipping sectors with industry, academia and authorities. The Center aims to create an overview of viable decarbonization pathways, facilitate the development and implementation of new energy technologies, build confidence in new concepts and their supply chains, and accelerate the transition by defining and maturing viable strategic pathways to the required systemic change, according to its website. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 7 Feb., 2021) Contact: Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, www.zerocarbonshipping.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping,  


France Exceeded 2019 CO2 Reduction Target (Int'l. Report)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2021-02-08
Following up on our 3 Jan coverage -- Guilty as Charged! -- €1 Fine for Climate Inaction, the French Environment Ministry has acknowledged France failed to meet its target for reducing carbon emissions in 2019 with the caveat that the country's climate change progress has been "underestimated."

"In 2019, France kept its climate commitments and that's excellent news," the Ministry said announcing that emissions fell by 1.7 pct that year, exceeding the target of 1.5 pct.

In June 2020, the national emissions inventory agency CITEPA estimated that France produced 437 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2019, which represented a drop of only 1 pct from the previous year. But the environment ministry noted CITEPA has since revised its estimate to 441 million tonnes, a fall of 1.7 pct.

Under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, France pledged to cut emissions by 40 pct by 2030 compared with 1990 levels, and aims to become carbon neutral by 2050. (Source: French Environment Ministry, AFP, Space Daily, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: French Environment Ministry, +33 140812122, www.ec.europa.eu/environment/ecoap/etv/ministry-ecology-sustainable-development-and-energy_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  


China Emissions Trading System Sets Interim Rules (Int'l.)
China Carbon Market
Date: 2021-02-05
In Beijing, a set of interim rules for carbon emissions trading management in China came into effect on Monday, marking a key step in the establishment of a unified national emissions trading system (ETS). A total of 2,225 power firms across the country assigned with CO2 emission caps can now trade their emission quotas via the system whereby firms that exceed their caps can purchase unused quotas from those with low emissions. A stable carbon trading among power generators will pave the way for the gradual expansion of the national ETS to include more industries, trading varieties and trading modes, thus promoting the system's healthy and sustainable development.

In an effort to build a national ETS, the country has been piloting emissions trading at the regional level since 2011, covering seven provinces and cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. As previously reported, China aims to bring its carbon emissions to a peak before 2030 and become carbon neutral before 2060. (Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China Daily Global, Xinhua, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Markets,  China ETS,  


Lundin Energy Accelerating Decarbonisation Strategy (Ind. Report)
Lundin Energy
Date: 2021-02-03
Stockholm-headquartered oil and gas major Lundin Energy AB reports it is accelerating its Decarbonisation Strategy to target carbon neutrality for operational emissions from 2025, from the original target of 2030.

According to a release, this change is underpinned by good progress on the electrification of the Company's main assets, investments in renewable energy to replace electricity usage and now a commitment to invest in proprietary natural carbon capture projects to offset any residual, hard to abate emissions.

To offset any residual emissions, the company is partnering with Land Life Company BV to plant approximately 8 million trees between 2021 and 2025, capturing approximately 2.6 million tonnes of CO2. (Source: Ludin Energy, Website PR, Contact: Lundin Energy, +46 8 440 54, info@lundin-energy.com, www.lundin-energy.com

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


Qantas, BP Partnering on SAF, Carbon Emission Reduction (Int'l.)
Qantas, BP
Date: 2021-01-29
In the Land Down Under, Qantas Airways Ltd , Air New Zealand Ltd and BP PLC are reporting a strategic partnership to explore advanced sustainable fuels (SAF), advocate for further aviation sector decarbonisation, renewable power solutions and generation, carbon management and new technologies to cut aviation and to become carbon neutral companies by 2050. (Source: Quantas, BP, Nasdaq, 28 Jan., 2021) Contact: Qantas Group, Alan Joyce, CEO, (02) 9691 3636, info@qantas.com, www.qantas.com/au/en.html; BP PLC, www.bp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Qantas,  BP,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  Carbon Emissions,  


Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Enviva Biomass
Date: 2021-01-25
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • The aftermath of COVID-19 will push economies into a renewable future -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed how societies, businesses, and governments view the world. As various industries saw a decline in the demand for products and/or services throughout the pandemic, the energy industry witnessed the opposite. Energy production and distribution remained essential regardless of the pandemic.

    Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come. For this reason, we don't foresee a job loss, rather a job transfer -- or perhaps a job boom - in renewables in 2021. For those currently working in fossil fuels, this shift will present a great opportunity to transition skills as the energy sector continues to evolve into a clean energy future.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85% on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • BECCS on the short rise -- Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern United States and exports pellets primarily to power plants in the UK, Europe and Japan that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by up to 85 pct. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: Enviva Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP., www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviv news,  Woody Biomass Wood Pellet news,  CCS news,  Renewable Fuel news,  


  • Seattle Updates Energy Efficiency, Conservation Code (Ind. Report)
    City of Seattle
    Date: 2021-01-25
    In Washington State, the City of Seattle reports it is proposing updates to the 2018 Seattle Energy Code. The proposed updates align with the Seattle 2030 District Goals, particularly that all buildings to be carbon neutral by the year 2050 -- a timeline that may be advanced to 2030 with the introduction of the Green New Deal.

    In order for buildings constructed today to reach the 2030 or 2050 targets the updated code may include:

  • Building envelope that functions at Seattle's 2050 standard for dependable energy savings for decades.

  • Eliminate combustion -- buildings should be carbon neutral today to avoid major upgrades later.

  • Buildings should incorporate efficient electrical systems for space heating and water heating, heat pump systems and similar equipment.

  • Renewable energy -- on-site installations, solar readiness for larger future rooftop systems aligned with the City's building goals and be as cost effective as possible for both owners and tenants.

    The code is intended to regulate the design and construction of buildings for the maximum energy efficiency and conservation as well carbon emissions reduction over the life of each building. Download code summary details HERE

    (Source: 2030 Districts, City of Seattle, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: City of Seattle, 2030 District, Matthew Combe, matthewcombe@2030districts.org, www.2030districts.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Seattle,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumptio,  


  • Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ENVIVA
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The following has been submitted by ENVIVA Holdings, LP, the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer:
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) -- is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

  • COVID 19 Pandemic aftermath -- Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels and energy will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIV Holdings owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports pellets primarily to formerly coal-fired power plants in the U.K, Europe and Japan. ENVIVA makes pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: Enviva Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENVIVA,  Renewable Energy,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


  • Aluminum Giant Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Int'l. Report)
    En+ Group
    Date: 2021-01-22
    London and Moscow-based Russian energy and aluminum company En+ Group, the world's largest aluminium maker, is reporting it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 35 pct by 2030 and achieve carbon net-zero by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal and supportive of the global transition to a low-carbon economy.

    The company plan covers Scope 1 and 2 emissions across the group's entire operations, including aluminum production, heat and electricity generation. To that end, the company will convene a En+ Climate Change Taskforce and publish its final net-zero strategy in September 2021 ahead of the UN COP26 in Glasgow.

    The company notes its target of emitting less than 2.7 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per tonne of aluminum (scope 1 and scope 2 from electrolysis) by 2025, was met in 2017. (Source: En+ Group, PR, Website, Platts, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: En+ Group (London), +44 207 747 4900, Fax: +44 207 747 4910, Sustainable Dev . (Moscow), +7 495 642 7937, csr@enplus.ru, www.enplusgroup.com

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


    Steel Makers Moving from Coal to Hydrogen to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
    POSCO
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Korea is facing a similar situation. In Korea, steel makers POSCO (81.48 million tpy) and Hyundai Steel (22.24 million tpy) -- the country's largest CO2 emitters -- are reported to be investigating the use of hydrogen to replace coal in the steel making process.

    According to the Korea lron & Steel Association, making one ton of steel. Steel companies account for 25 pct of global industrial carbon dioxide emissions.

    In Dec, 2020, POSCO announced that it will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 by drastically reducing carbon emissions through a hydrogen reduction steelmaking method. Steel makers ArcelorMittal and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are also planning to adopt a hydrogen reduction steelmaking method. China, the world's largest steel producer, is avoiding the hydrogen reduction steelmaking method, according to the release. (Source: Korea lron & Steel Association, POSCO, PR, Business Korea, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Korea lron & Steel Association, www.kosa.or.kr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POSCO,  CO2 Emissions,  


    Bord na Mona Ending Peat Biomass Business, Going Green (Int'l.)
    Bord na Mona
    Date: 2021-01-18
    In Dublin, Ireland's state-owned energy company Bord na Mona reports it has permanently ended all peat harvesting on its lands as part of its "brown to green" strategy and transition to renewable energy.

    As part of its green strategy, Bord na Mona plans to have developed wind, solar and other assets capable of supplying around one-third of all Irish homes with renewable energy by 2030 and is seeking to raise €1.6 billion to fund a series of renewable energy projects in keeping with Ireland's objective to become carbon neutral by 2050.

    Bord na Mona also recently launched its Peatlands Restoration Plan, involving an investment of more than €115 million to convert Ireland's peatlands from fossil fuel sources to large-scale carbon capture sites. While peat harvesting is ceasing, the company will continue manufacturing peat briquettes until 2024. The Kilberry horticulture facility will also continue to operate as normal, supported by existing peat reserves, and the Edenderry Power Station will continue its transition to run exclusively on residual and sustainable biomass. (Source: Bord na Mona, PR, Website, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord na Mona,  Peat,  Renewable Energy,  Biomass Pellet ,  


    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 ,  


  • Minnesota Power Killing Coal Power, Adding Renewables (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Power
    Date: 2021-01-15
    Duluth-based utility Minnesota Power -- an Allete company -- reports it will retire the 335-MW coal-fired Unit 3 at its Boswell Energy Center in Cohasset by 2030 and convert the power plant's 468-MW Unit 4 to be coal-free by 2035.

    The utility will also add 400 MW of wind and solar power to its energy mix by 2035 . The company reached 50 pct renewables in December, 2020, and now plans to increase that to 70 pct by 2030, 80 pct carbon-free by 2035 and 100 pct carbon-free by 2050. (Source: Minnesota Power, PR, Website, Jan., 2021) Contact: Minnesota Power, www.mnpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Power,  Carbon Neutral,  Renewable Energy,  


    Mitsui, Bombora Partner on Wind-Wave Energy Projects (Int'l.)
    Mitsui, Bombora
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In Japan, maritime merchant fleet operator Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Welsh marine energy developer Bombora are reporting an agreement to identify potential opportunities and applications for Bombora's mWave and wind energy projects in Japan the neighbouring area.

    Bombora is currently in the final assembly phase of its 1.5MW mWave Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project in Wales with installation scheduled for mid-2021. Looking beyond the test and validation this year, Bombora is forging ahead with technological and commercial advancements. InSPIRE, Bombora's partnership project with global EPC contractor, TechnipFMC, to integrate mWave and wind generation on one floating offshore platform has already commenced. The first phase of the InSPIRE project will realise the demonstration of a 12MW Integrated mWave and wind floating platform. Phase two makes the leap to an industry leading 18MW. Significant gains are made from integrating mWave and wind onto a single platform. It is possible to generate 50 pct more power from seabed lease areas and 50 pct more consistent power than just offshore wind. Most important of all is the ability to accelerate the cost reduction pathway for this emerging sector, delivering a 20 pct lower cost of energy than floating offshore wind alone.

    Japan aims to install 10GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 rising to between 30GW and 45GW by 2040 as part of the country's effort to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Bombora, Business News Pembrokeshire , 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Bombora, +44 1646 233140, www.bomborawave.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsui,  Bombora ,  Wind,  Wave Energy,  


    UK Port of Tyne Fine Tunes Decarbonization Strategy (Int'l.)
    Port of Tyne
    Date: 2021-01-08
    In the UK, the deep-water Port of Tyne in the north-east of England reports completion of a detailed modelling exercise and long-term analysis of its electric power network as part of its decarbonisation and clean energy strategy.

    The analysis is intended to help port management understand both current and future energy requirements in line with Tyne's roadmap to net-zero emissions -- carbon neutrality by 2030 and an all-electric port by 2040.

    In reaching its goal, the Port of Tyne recently invested in a fleet of electric vehicles, LED lighting and smart energy monitoring meters in every building and asset, and is presently evaluating the potential for installing solar panels on warehouse buildings. Port of Tyne has also launched Tyne Clean Energy Park as a strategic base for the region's rapidly growing renewable energy sector.

    Port of Tyne is one of the UK's largest Trust Ports and is entirely self-financing with no government support. (Source: Port of Tyne, SmartCitiesWorldNews, 5 Jan., 2021) Contact: Port of Tyne Authority, Matt Beeton, CEO , +44 191 257 1373, www.portoftyne.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Port of Tyne,  Carbon Emissions,  


    United Airlines Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    United Airlines
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Further to our 14th Dec, 2020 coverage, US air carrier United Airlines notes it recognizes the role it plays as an airline in contributing to climate change, its responsibility in solving it and has accordingly set a goal of going 100 pct green by reducing 100 pct of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    To that end, United notes "true sustainability is about taking on the biggest culprit in our industry -- the emissions generated by our aircraft." Accordingly, the company notes it is looking beyond using carbon offsets which "simply don't go far enough to address the emissions caused by our operations."

    To achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, United aims to tackle its emissions from their source by continuing and accelerating development and investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). United well also make a multimillion-dollar investment to help fund start-up company 1Point Five's planned Direct Air Capture plant to capture, remove and store 1 million metric tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to the work of 40 million trees. (Source: United Airlines, PR, 6 Jan., 2021)Contact: United Airlines, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/united-airlines 1Point Five, www.1pointfive.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  SAF,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  United Airline,  Carbon Neutral,  ,  


    IHI Touts Amonia-Natural Gas Green Fuel Blend (Int'l. Report)
    NEDO, IHI Corporation
    Date: 2021-01-06
    Tokyo-headquartered IHI Corporation, f.k.a. Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.,reports it has developed technology for the co-firing of natural gas and ammonia for thermal power generation. Ammonia does not emit carbon dioxide when burnt and could potentially slash CO2 emissions by more than half.

    According to Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), which commissioned IHI to develop the technology, the development marks the first time a 60 pct ammonia fuel has been used in a large power-generating facility.

    As previously reported, the Japanese government is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050 and considers ammonia as a fuel to help achieve that goal. (Source: IHI, NHK World News, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: IHI, +81-3-6204-7800, www.ihi.co.jp/en; NEDOO, www.nedo.go.jp/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NEDO,  CO2 Emissions,  Amonia,  Alternative Fuel,  Green Fuel,  


    STM, Schneider Electric Partner on Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-01-06
    In Singapore, global semiconductor specialist STMicroelectronics (STM) reports the selection of energy management and renewable energy specialist Schneider Electric as a strategic partner to support its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2027.

    Under the agreement, STM and Schneider Electric will increase their cooperation on reducing STM's energy consumption, and increased use of renewable energy and identify and implement ocarbon avoidance and sequestration programs across all of STM locations. The companies will develop additional joint products, technologies, and solutions focused on energy efficiency improvements, supporting digital transformation in buildings, datacenters, industrial applications, and infrastructure.

    STM is stepping up its planned global energy procurement of 100 pct renewable energy and to become carbon neutral by 2027, according to the release. (Source: STMicroelectronics, Website PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: STMicroelectronics, Jean-Marc Chery, Pres. & CEO, www.st.com; Schneider Electric, www.se.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  STMicroelectronics,  Schneider Electric,  Carbon Neutral,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    New Mass. Climate Bill Awaits Gov. Baker's Signature (Reg & Leg.)
    Massachusetts Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-01-06
    In Boston, the Massachusetts legislature has forwarded a bill overhauling the state's 2008 climate law to Governor Charlie Baker (D) for signature into law.

    The new bill requires a 100 pct carbon emissions reduction -- carbon neutrality -- by 2050 as opposed to the 2008 climate legislation requiring an 80 pct reduction of 1990 level emissions by 2050.

    If passed into law, the new bill would impose emissions sub-limits for certain sectors of the economy, specifically electric power, transportation, commercial heating and cooling, residential, industrial processes and natural gas distribution and service.

    The bill also calls for increased carbon sequestration and requires municipal lighting to purchase 50 pct of non-carbon-emitting electricity by 2030, increased energy efficiency, increased reliance on renewable energy, a five-year moratorium on allowing wood-burning facilities to qualify as "non-carbon emitting resources", increased support for electric vehicles, and other initatives and requirements. (Source: Various Media, MassLive, Jan., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Climate Change,  


    Shanghai Pegged for China's National ETS Trading Platform (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Market
    Date: 2021-01-04
    In Beijing, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment is reporting China will set up the trading platform of its long-awaited nationwide emission trade scheme (ETS) in Shanghai and the registry platform in the central city of Wuhan. Shanghai and Wuhan are among seven cities that have carried out pilot trading schemes since 2011.

    The long-delayed scheme is expected to cover 2,267 power plants across China in its first phase and encourage firms to cut their greenhouse gas emissions through the purchase and sale of emission permits. Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to bring the country's carbon emission to a peak before 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality around 2060. Chine is presently the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

    As reported in Dec., the China Securities Regulatory Commission is considering emissions trading futures to boost green development and help Beijing fulfill its promise to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.(Source: China Daily, Various Others, Jan., 2020)Contact: China Securities Regulatory Commission, www.csrc.gov.cnChinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

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    Japan Clarifies Renewable Energy, Carbon Neutrality Goals (int'l.)
    Japan
    Date: 2020-12-28
    Last week in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga confirmed his government's goal of goal of generating more than half of the country's electricity primarily from offshore wind and other renewable energy resources and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

    Japan also aims to use nuclear and thermal power plants with carbon capture technology (CCS) to cover 30 to 40 pct of the nations electricity demand. Ammonia and hydrogen technologies are expected to supply roughly 10 pct of the country's power needs.

    Japan was the world's sixth-largest greenhouse gas emitter in 2017. (Source: ADP, Manila Times, Various Media, 27 Dec., 2020)

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    Princeton Plan Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2046 (Ind. Report)
    Princeton University
    Date: 2020-12-23
    In New Jersey, Princeton University has released its Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Net Zero program to achieve carbon neutrality by 2046. The program calls for:

  • Building new construction to higher standards including LEED and Passive House standards:

  • Phasing out nonrenewable energy sources, including natural gas used today to produce steam heat and power;

  • Expand solar array installations and geo-exchange technology;

  • Tightening the energy efficiency of existing buildings;

  • Installing a new, more efficient hot water distribution system;

  • Building highly efficient heat pump facilities;

  • Increased use of renewable energy, and other energy efficient and climate friendly initiatives.

    Download the program HERE. (Source: Pronceton University, Dec., 2020)


  • Beijing Considering Emissions Trading Futures (Int'l. Report)
    Securities Regulatory Commission
    Date: 2020-12-21
    Yesterday, the China Securities Regulatory Commission reported it is considering emissions trading futures to boost green development and help Beijing fulfill its promise to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

    As previously reported, China has piloted emissions trading in seven provinces and cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, since 2011 to explore market-based mechanisms to control greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: China Securities Regulatory Commission, China.org, Xinhua, 20 Dec., 2020) Contact: China Securities Regulatory Commission, www.csrc.gov.cn

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    Indian Airport Lauded for Energy Conservation (Int'l. Report)
    Airports Council International,Airport Carbon Accreditation
    Date: 2020-12-21
    The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has bagged the prestigious gold award in Telangana State Energy Conservation Awards-2020 (TSECA). The award was presented for the airport's energy efficiency and conservation initiatives. Over the last three years, GHIAL energy conservation initiatives led to substantial energy savings and rapid dip in greenhouse gas emissions at the airport.

    RGIA is a carbon neutral airport with level 3 + Neutrality accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI) under its Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme. (Source: RGIA, PR, Telangana Today, 20 Dec., 2020) Contact: Airports Council International,Airport Carbon Accreditationwww.aci.aero

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    CIBC Ranked Among Top Banks for Climate Change Action (Int'l.)
    CIBC, CDP
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In Toronto, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) reports receipt of a score of A- from the CDP (fka the Carbon Disclosure Project). Improving from a B rating in 2019, this score demonstrates CIBC's progress in environmental performance and reporting. The score also places CIBC among the highest ranking Canadian financial institutions and the top-tier of global banks. As part of CIBC's commitment to support environmental sustainability initiatives, the bank's actions include:
  • In 2020, increased its GHG emissions intensity target for operations to 20 pct over eight years (using 2018 as a baseline).

  • In 2020, issued a USD $500 million, five-year green bond to help finance new and existing green projects, assets, and businesses that mitigate the risks and effects of climate change. These include renewable energy, green buildings, clean transportation, natural resource conservation, biodiversity conservation, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention and control.

  • In 2019, announced a target of mobilizing $150 billion in environmental and sustainable finance activities by 2027.

  • In 2019, issued the climate-related disclosure report Building a Sustainable Future aligned with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

  • In 2019, set new targets to source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable sources and become carbon neutral by 2024.

    Toronto-headquartered CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with 10 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients and $768.545 billion (Cdn) in total assets. (Source: CIBC, PR, 14 Dec., 2020) Contact: CIBC, www.cibc.com/en/about-cibc/corporate-responsibility/environment.html; CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

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  • Korean Battery Maker Pledges 2050 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    LG Chem
    Date: 2020-12-14
    South Korean chemical and battery manufacturer LG Chem is reporting an energy supply deal with Chinese solar and wind electric power company Jiangsu Runfeng New Energy for 140GWh per year of renewable energy -- sufficient power for 30,000 households for over a year and to fully power LG Chem's Leyou New Energy materials cathodes plant in Wuxi, a city in Jiangsu province, China. The plant's switch to 100 pct renewable energy will also eliminate 100,000 tpy of carbon beginning in 2021.

    LG Chem aims to become over 90 pct carbon neutral within its electric battery materials operations in China and to achieve Carbon Neutral Growth by 2050, according to the company. (Source: LG Chem , PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com

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    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

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    Notable Quotes from Virtual UN Climate Ambition Summit
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-12-14
    "If we don't change course, we may be headed for a catastrophic temperature rise of more than three degrees this century.

    "Can anybody still deny that we are facing a dramatic emergency? That is why today, I call on all leaders worldwide to declare a State of Climate Emergency in their countries until carbon neutrality is reached." -- UN Sec. Gen. Antonio Guterres speaking at last week's virtual UN Climate Ambition Summit.

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    Xi Jinping Reiterates China's Climate Change Position (Int'l.)
    China Climate Change
    Date: 2020-12-14
    Speaking at last week's virtual UN Climate Ambition Summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated his previously reported Sept. pledge to peak China's carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

    The Chinese President added China, the world's largest GHG emitter, would cut CO2 per unit of GDP by 65 pct by 2030, from a 2005 baseline, and increase its forest stock by six billion cubic meters over the same time-frame. The cuts in carbon intensity are expected to be be achieved through an increased reliance on renewable energy.

    The virtual summit -- hosted by the UN alongside the UK, France, Italy and Chile -- was a "launch-pad" event for nations and businesses to announce enhanced climate pledges as part of the Paris Agreement, and marks five years since the landmark treaty was brokered at COP21. (Source: Various Media, 12 Dec., 2020)

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    Korean Battery Maker Going 100 pct Renewable (Int'l. Report)
    LG Chem
    Date: 2020-12-14
    South Korean chemical and battery manufacturer LG Chem is reporting a 140GWh per year renewable energy supply deal with Chinese solar and wind electric power company Jiangsu Runfeng New Energy. 140GWh per year is sufficient power for 30,000 households for over a year and to fully power LG Chem's Leyou New Energy materials cathodes plant in Wuxi, a city in Jiangsu province, China.

    The switch to 100 pct renewable energy will eliminate 100,000 tpy of carbon beginning in 2021. LG Chem aims to become over 90 pct carbon neutral within its electric battery materials operations in China and to achieve carbon ceutral crowth by 2050, according to the company release. (Source: LG Chem , PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com

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    S. Korea Planning Climate Response Fund (Int'l. Report)
    South Korea
    Date: 2020-12-09
    In Seoul, the South Korean Finance Ministry is reporting the government plans to overhaul its carbon emissions taxation scheme and create a tentatively named Climate Response Fund to fight climate change. The move is in keeping with a bid to transform the country's fossil-fuel reliant economy into a low-carbon economy and achieve its previously announced goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. The initiative is in line with the government's Green New Deal drive to slash GHG emissions by 24.4 pct by 2030 from 2017 levels to achieve sustainable growth through eco-friendly policies.

    In a related effort, the country will increase its efforts to scale down its dependence on fossil fuels and further develop green energy sources such as hydrogen and renewable energy.

    In 2019, coal accounted for 40.4 pct of the country's power generation followed by liquefied natural gas (LNG) at 25.6 pct and nuclear power with 25.9 pct. (Source: Yonhap, 7 Dec., 2020)

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    Chilean Forest Products Co. Claims Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Arauco
    Date: 2020-12-09
    Santiago, Chile-headquartered global forest products manufacturer Arauco reports it is the first forest products company to achieve carbon neutrality by following two complementary paths -- efficiencies at an operational level that allow the company to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and at the same time an increase in CO2 captures by the native forest, forest plantations, and carbon stored in forestry products. The company plans to further reduce its emissions by incentivizing suppliers to reduce their own footprints, continuing to replace fossil fuels, and increasing its use of by-products.

    According to Arauco Human Resources and Sustainability VP Charles Kimber, "Climate change is without a doubt one of the most serious problems being faced by our planet." (Source: Arauco, Woodworking Network, 7 Dec., 2020) Contact: Arauco, Charles Kimber, VP Sustainability, na.arauco.com

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    Mercedes-Benz Supply Chain to Become CO2 Neutral by 2039 (Int'l.)
    Mercedes-Benz
    Date: 2020-12-09
    Stuttgart-headquartered German automaker Mercedes-Benz is touting its Ambition 2039 Strategy aimed at transforming its entire supply chain to carbon neutrality by 2039.

    To that end, climate neutrality is incorporated into Mercedes-Benz' supplier contracts with an "Ambition Letter of Intent" being a core criteria for awarding contracts. From 2039 -- at the latest -- only production materials which are carbon neutral in all value creation stages will be used in Mercedes factories. Presently, roughly half of the automaker's approximately 2000 suppliers have signed an "Ambition Letter of Intent" and are committed to supplying only carbon neutral parts in the future. From 2022, Mercedes-Benz' own plants worldwide will manufacture vehicles on a carbon neutral basis, the company release added. (Source: Mercedes-Benz, Supply Chain Digital, 8 Dec., 2020) Contact: Mercedes Benz/Daimler, +49 711 17 0, Fax: +49 711 17 22244, dialog@daimler.com, www.daimler.com

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    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

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  • NZ Promises Carbon-Neutral Government by 2025 (Int'l. Report)
    New Zealand
    Date: 2020-12-04
    In Wellington, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reports her government's recently declared "climate emergency" was based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's findings that New Zealand's emissions would need to fall by around 45 pct from 2010 levels by 2023 and reach zero by around 2050.

    To meet its goal, the government promised the public sector will achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. Government agencies would be required to measure and report emissions and offset any they can't cut by 2025.

    The Prime Minister's first term Zero Carbon Bill banned new offshore oil and gas exploration, but exempted agriculture from emissions regulations. Nearly half of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions, mainly methane, come from agriculture.

    As we reported in July, the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is projecting the country's net greenhouse gas emissions will peak at 72.04 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (Mt CO2e) in 2025 -- more than double 1990 levels.

    Although these figures do not take into account the impact of the recently-strengthened Emissions Trading Scheme, the impact of that policy is expected to be limited over the next decade -- in 2030, net emissions will be 64.01 Mt CO2e with the stronger ETS as opposed to the 66.07 Mt CO2e projected in the MfE figures. They will also be well above where they need to be for New Zealand to meet its commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, newsroompro, Reuters, Dec., 2020) Contact: New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, www.mfe.govt.nz

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    Maine Climate Council Touted (Report Attached)
    Maine
    Date: 2020-11-30
    In Augusta, the Maine Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future reports the Pine Tree State has adopted some of the country's most ambitious climate change and renewable energy goals. These remain urgent during COVID-19, as the state strives to understand how the pandemic may affect our climate future, and how Maine can recover from the significant economic disruption it has caused.

    The Maine Climate Council, an assembly of scientists, industry leaders, bipartisan local and state officials, and engaged citizens to develop a four-year plan to put Maine on a trajectory to reduce emissions by 45% by 2030 and at least 80% by 2050. By Executive Order of Gov. Mills, the state must also achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

    Download the Maine Climate Council report, HERE. (Source: Gov. Office of Policy, Innovation and the Future. Nov., 2020) Contact: Maine Gov. Office of Policy, Innovation and the Future, Hannah Pingree, Director, www.maine.gov/future/contact

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    Whitehall Urged to Include Shipping Emissions in CO2 Targets (Int'l.)
    The Committee on Climate Change,International Maritime Organization
    Date: 2020-11-30
    In London, the UK government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson (C) is being urged by the Labour Party opposition to "take responsibility" for the UK's share of carbon emissions and include international maritime shipping emissions in the country's COP2 emissions targets. Maritime emissions account for roughly 3 pct of the UK's total CO2 emissions but are not presently included in climate targets, as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which advises the government on climate change and related issues.

    Despite the CCC recommendations, the government last week signed a new International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreement that will let maritime emissions continue to grow until 2030 -- an approach experts contend is unlikely to be compatible with the UK's aim to be carbon neutral by 2050.

    The IMO agreement is expected to allow emissions to grow by 14 pct by 2030, only 1 pct lower than the current expected trajectory of 15 pct growth if the sector is left to its own devices. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, Irish Independent, Nov., 2020) Contact: The CCC, +44 (0) 75 8510 4950, private.secretary@theccc.org.uk, www.theccc.org.uk; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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    Hong Kong Upstages Beijing's Carbon Neutrality Goal (Int'l. Report)
    Hong Kong
    Date: 2020-11-27
    Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam pledged in her annual policy address to the Legislative Council the semi-autonomous Chinese territory will reduce its CO2 emissions to netzero by 2050 -- a full decade ahead of mainland China's goal of 2060.

    The former British colony "will strive to achieve carbon neutrality within the next three decades and will update its climate action plan next year to set out more proactive strategies and measures to reduce carbon emissions," Lam said in her address.

    In a September virtual address to the U.N. General Assembly, China's President Xi Jinping said his country, the world's largest carbon emitter, aimed to launch a "green" revolution, reach peak emissions before 2030 and become carbon-neutral by 2060. (Source: Various Media Reports, Caixin, 26 Nov., 2020)

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    SINOPEC Leading CO2 Emissions Peak Research (Int'l. Report)
    SINOPEC
    Date: 2020-11-25
    Beijing-based integrated energy and chemical specialist China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINPOEC) is reporting three strategic cooperation agreements to take the lead in a joint research on green and low-carbon energy and the energy and chemical industry's carbon emissions peak and move toward carbon neutrality before 2030 following China's action plan.

    And in terms of greenhouse gas recovery and utilization, Sinopec is focusing on promoting the recovery and utilization of high-concentration CO2 tail gas from refining and chemical enterprises, carrying out CO2 flooding field tests and methane gas release recovery.

    Carbon emissions peak refers to the inflection point of total CO2 emission, after which the emissions will begin to decline. The carbon neutral target aims to achieve low-carbon and zero-carbon transformation of energy, realizes zero CO2 emissions, reduce other types of greenhouse gas emissions significantly as well as total man-made greenhouse gas emissions to zero through increasing carbon sinks and artificial negative emission measures.

    In recent years, Sinopec has promoted its green and low-carbon development tactic for the corporate development strategy, actively control its greenhouse gas emissions to achieve significant carbon emissions results. In the area of clean energy development, Sinopec has expanded its construction of natural gas production capacity and promoted the development of new energy resources such as biomass energy and geothermal energy, while driving forward the development and utilization of hydrogen energy. (Source: SINOPEC, PR, 24 Nov., 2020) Contact: SINOPEC, www.sinopecgroup.com/group

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    Xi Calls for G-20 Paris Climate Agreement Implementation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    G20
    Date: 2020-11-23
    Addressing the G-20 Leaders at the Riyadh Summit via video link, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the G-20 countries to take the lead in tackling climate change, follow the guidance of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and push for the full and effective implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.

    Xi also reaffirmed China's commitment to striving to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Xi noted "China has put in place the world's biggest clean energy system, and will pursue clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient use of energy and accelerate the growth of new energy and green industries to promote greener economic and social development in all respects."

    Xi added China supports deepening G-20 cooperation in reducing land degradation, conserving coral reefs, and cleaning up plastic from the ocean.

    While 19 of the G20 member country leaders were listening to Xi, the soon-to-be former U.S. President Donald Trump was tweeting and playing golf! Enough is Enough. (Source: G20, MINT, Various Media, 23 Nov., 2020)Contact: G20, www.g20.org; UNFCCC, Monique Nardi, mnardi@unfccc.int, www.unfccc.int

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    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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Wisc. Two Creeks Solar Park Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Wisconsin Public Service Corp.
    Date: 2020-11-09
    In Green Bay, Wisconsin Public Service Corp. (WPS) is reporting the state's first large-scale solar facility -- the Two Creeks Solar Park in Manitowoc County -- is now online.

    The 150-MW, 500,000-panel solar facility is jointly owned by WEC Energy Group and Madison Gas and Electric.

    WPS parent company-WEC Energy Group has committed to make its electric generation fleet net carbon neutral by 2050 and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 70 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. (Source: Wisconsin Public Service, EWC Energy Group, PR, 7 Nov., 2020) Contact: WEC Energy Group/Wind and Solar, Cody Craig, 414-221-2345, www.wecenergygroup.com; Wisconsin Public Service Corp., www.wisconsinpublicservice.com

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    Praj Industries Touts RNG Demo (Int'l. Report)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2020-11-09
    Pune, India-based Praj Industries is reporting the inauguration of a demonstration plant that deploys innovative technology for the production of Compressed Biogas (CBG) at the Praj Matrix R&D campus. The demo plant deploys Praj's technology that uses a proprietary microbial consortium made from agricultural residue feedstock.

    Also known as Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), CBG is part of Praj's Bio-Mobility™ portfolio which uses captive bio-based feedstock to produce carbon neutral transportation fuels.

    Since last 20 years, Praj has executed more than 50 biogas plants, most of which operate on industrial waste streams, according to the company website. (Source: Praj Industries, Website PR, 6 Nov., 2020)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev. info@praj.net, www.praj.net

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

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

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

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    South Korea Announces Carbon Neutrality by 2050 Goal (Int'l.)
    South Korea
    Date: 2020-10-28
    In Seoul, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has announced South Korea will invest in a "Green New Deal" that would see Asia's fourth and the world's tenth largest economy become carbon neutral by 2050.

    To that end, South Korea would replace its coal power generation with renewable energy, replace old buildings and public rental housing with eco-friendly facilities, and expand its fleet of electric and hydrogen power vehicles and rapid EV charging infrastructure. Moon is aiming for renewable energy to generate 20 pct of the coal-reliant country's energy mix by 2030, while closing 40 existing coal-fired power plants by 2034. (Source: Yonhap, Korean Herald, 28 Oct., 2020)

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    DEME Joins European Clean Hydrogen Alliance (Int'l. Report)
    DEME Group
    Date: 2020-10-21
    Zwijndrecgt, Belgium-based offshore wind farm developer DEME Group reports it has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, supporting the EU's hydrogen strategy and to help Europe become carbon-neutral by 2050.

    Last November, DEME inked a cooperation agreement with six other industry players in Belgium for the transport of green hydrogen, and this year, also entered into partnerships to develop industrial scale green hydrogen plants in Belgium, Oman and the Netherlands.

    Launched in July 2020, the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance includes more than 200 industry, national and local public authorities, civil society, and other stakeholders aiming to initiate an investment agenda and support the scaling up of the hydrogen value chain across Europe. (Source: DEME Group, Offshore, Oct., 2020) Contact: DEME Group, Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO, European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, www.ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/policy/european-clean-hydrogen-alliance_en

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

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

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