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China Tops Renewables Capacity, Carbon Emitters List (Int'l.)
China National Energy Administration
Date: 2022-01-12
In Beijing, the China National Energy Administration is reporting China's accumulative installed capacity for renewable energy grew to i billion kilowatts as of the end of October, this year, doubling that in the end of 2015, and now accounts for 43.5 pct of the country's total installed power generation capacity, up 10.2 percentage points over the end of 2015.

China's installed capacity of hydropower, wind power, solar power and biomass power generation have reached 385 million kilowatts, 299 million kilowatts, 282 million kilowatts and 35.34 million kilowatts respectively, ranking China first in the world in renewable energy and carbon emissions, according to the release. China is aiming to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: China National Energy Administration, Website Release, Nov., 2021) Contact: China National Energy Administration, english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/10/01/content_281474991089761.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Energy Administration,  Renewable Energy,  China Renewable Energy,  


Beijing Claims China ETS World's Largest Carbon Market (Int'l.)
China Carbon Market
Date: 2022-01-07
In Beijing, the China Ministry of Ecology and Environment is reporting the country's national emissions trading system (ETS), which was officially launched this past July, saw the equivalent of $1.2 billion in turnover in 2021 and has surpassed the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) as the world's largest emissions trading system -- carbon market.

A total of 2,162 power companies included in the country's carbon market produced an estimated 4.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2021, according to the Ministry data.

In creating a national ETS, China began piloting emissions trading at the regional level in 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.

Besides the EU ETS and China, national or sub-national systems are already operating or under development in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States. (Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, CGTN, 5 Jan, 2022) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, www. english.mee.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  EU ETS,  Carbon missions,  Climate Change,  


Motorcycle Makers Partner on Hydrogen Fueled Engines (Alt. Fuel)
Yamaha,Kawasaki
Date: 2022-01-05
Japanese motorcycle manufacturers Yamaha and Kawasaki are reporting a joint R&D agreement to develop hydrogen internal combustion engines for future motorcycle models. The companies see hydrogen as an alternative to electric power-trains, supporting the creation of zero-emission motorcycles that will expand hydrogen-powered mobility.

The agreement is part of a larger collaboration towards the goal of carbon neutrality, in which Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Yamaha Motor Company, Subaru Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation and Mazda Motor Corporation have entered into an agreement, according to the release.

Since 2010, Kawasaki has focused on hydrogen as a next-generation energy source and has developed technologies for the production, transportation and use of hydrogen throughout the supply chain. Kawasaki also plans to transport hydrogen using its proprietary liquefied hydrogen transporter. (Source: Yamaha, Kawasaki, The Bharat Express News, 4 Jan., 2022)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel,  


Neste Targets 100 pct Renewables, Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Int'l.)
Neste, Vattenfall
Date: 2021-12-31
Finland-headquartered renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste Corp., is reporting an 800 GWh power purchase agreement (PPA) with Vattenfall for hydropower from its Nordic hydropower plants for delivery in the beginning of January 2022.

Neste aims to use 100 pct renewable electricity globally by 2023 and, in addition to the Vattenfall hydropower agreement, has increased the use of renewable electricity at its Porvoo refinery in Finland with wind power and has agreed on wind power deliveries with its partners Statkraft, Ilmatar and Fortum.

Neste is committed to combating climate change and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions both globally and locally. To that end, the company aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its own production, cut emission intensity of the use of products sold by Neste and help customers reduce emissions with Neste's renewable and circular solutions. The company is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2035.

Download Neste climate commitment details HERE . (Source: Neste Corporation, Website PR, 22 Dec. 2021) Contact: Neste Corp.,, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Vattenfall,  Carbon Neutral,  GHG,  Hydropower,  Renewable energy,  


BayWa r.e., Huhtamaki Ink Solar VPPA (Int'l. Report)
BayWa r.e.
Date: 2021-12-31
German enewable energy developer and services provider BayWa r.e. and Espoo, Finland-based global food packaging specialist Huhtamaki Oyi are reporting a 10-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) for two new BayWa r.e. solar projects in Spain.

The agreement for 200 GWh per year of green power will cover approximately 80 pct of Huhtamaki's electric power needs in Europe and is equivalent to an annual saving of over 89,000 tons of CO2, and enough electricity to power almost 25,000 households per year. Huhtamaki is targeting carbon neutral production and 100 pct renewable electric power by 2030. (Source: BayWa r.e., Website PR 20 Dec., 2021) Contact: Huhtamaki, Charles Heaulme, Pres., CEO , www.huhtamaki.com; BayWa r.e., www.baywa-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Solar,  


Kraft Heinz Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Kraft Heinz
Date: 2021-12-29
Chicago-headquartered food processing giant Kraft Heinz Co. has announced a pledge to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its operational footprint (Scope 1 and Scope 2) and entire global supply chain (Scope 3) by 2050. As a milestone on its path to achieving net zero emissions, it will target a near-term emissions reduction of 50 pct by 2030 across all three scopes.

To that end, the Kraft Heinz net zero program aims to: promote regenerative and sustainable practices across the company's agricultural supply chain through its Sustainable Agricultural Practices Manual, which guides efforts to source 100 pct of Heinz ketchup tomatoes sustainably by 2025; transition to more circular and recyclable consumer packaging; procure a majority of the company's electricity from renewable sources by 2025; and continue the transition of key on-site manufacturing facilities to renewable energy sources.

In 2020 and 2021, Kraft Heinz conducted an assessment related to its total value chain emissions, including verifying all three scope emissions by an independent third-party. Its Scope 3 emissions account for approximately 95 pct of the company’s total emissions, so will be a primary focus of the reduction efforts.

Kraft Heinz will work in partnership with key suppliers, including ingredient and packaging suppliers, which account for approximately 62 pct and 12 pct of Kraft Heinz's Scope 3 footprint respectively, to reduce emissions across its value chain. That follows the company's own recently updated Supplier Guiding Principles as a north star. Other focus areas will include upstream and downstream transportation and distribution, end-of-life treatment and use of sold products.

Additionally, in 2021, Kraft Heinz renewed its commitment to set a science-based emissions reduction target by 2023, in alignment with the new Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Net-Zero Standard, and will follow the most current, credible and widely accepted climate science standards available. (Source: Kraft Heinz, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Kraft Heinz, 800-543-5335, www.kraftheinzcompany.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero news,  Carbon Emissions news,  GHGs news,  


China Pursuing Multi-Level Low-Carbon Effort (Int'l. Report)
China
Date: 2021-12-29
In Beijing, the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is reporting China's commitment to peak its carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 is both national and regional in character.

The Ministry notes various levels of government are adopting low-carbon policies for green zero-carbon and zero-emission clean energy heating, increased energy efficiency, decreased use of fossil fuels and increased use of renewable energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS), green and low-carbon logistics and infrastructure and other initiatives tailored to local conditions and industries which are exploring their own green development paths to achieve climate goals. (Source: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Xinhua, 29 Dec., 2021) Contact: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, http://english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/08/23/content_281474983035940.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  CO2,  


GreenGasUSA, Duke Univ. Ink RNG Purchase Agreement (Ind. Report)
GreenGasUSA
Date: 2021-12-22
In Durham, North Carolina, Duke University and Charleston, South Carolina-based have announced a 20-year partnership under which Duke will purchase of renewable natural gas (RNG) which will be used to achieve carbon neutrality at the University's Campus.

Renewable Natural Gas is produced by capturing methane which is 28 times more damaging to the atmosphere greater than CO2. As demand for renewable sources of energy continues to increase, GreenGasUSA is committed towards partnering with world class educational institutions and businesses that are committed to environmental stewardship and improving technologies and processes to further reduce carbon emissions. (Source: GreenGasUSA, Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: GrenGasUSA, (307) 201-3516. sales@greengasusa.com, www.greengasusa.com; Duke University, www.duke.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News GreenGasUSA,  RNG,  


Nestle Australia Going 100 Pct Renewable Energy (Int'l. Report)
Nestle
Date: 2021-12-15
Swiss food giant Nestle is reporting its Australian unit, Nestle Australia, is switching its six Australian factories, two distribution center, three corporate offices, 20 retail boutiques, and laboratory to 100 pct renewable electricity, and, to that end, has partnered with CWP Renewables for its first wind energy power purchase agreement (PPA). The company is aiming to reduce its net emissions by 50 pct by 2030 and achieving net-zero by 2050.

CWP Renewables' Crudine Ridge and Sapphire wind farms in NSW will generate sufficient electricity to meet Nestle Australia's needs each year -- the equivalent of powering approximately 19,000 households per year. With the switch to renewable, Nestlewill avoid around 73,000 tpy of carbon emissions. The company is also committing to achieving carbon neutrality for several of its brands as well as making 100 pct of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 .

Download the Nestle Net Zero Roadmap HERE (Source: Nestle, Dec., 2021) Contact: Nestle, Nestle Oceania, Sandra Martinez, CEO, www.nestle.com; CWP Renewables, Jason Willoughby, CEO, www.wprenewables.com

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


Biden Exec. Order Makes U.S. Federal Government Carbon Neutral by 2050 (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
Biden
Date: 2021-12-13
In Washington, on Wednesday the 8th, US President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order directing the federal government to use its "scale and procurement power" to produce 100 pct carbon pollution-free electricity by 2030 to meet 24/7 demand and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The Executive Order calls for:
  • 100 pct zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) government fleet acquisitions by 2035, including 100 pct zero-emission light-duty vehicle acquisitions by 2027;

  • Net-zero emissions from federal procurement no later than 2050, including a "Buy Clean Policy" to promote the use of construction materials with lower embodied emissions;

  • A net-zero emissions building portfolio by 2045, including a 50 pct emissions reduction by 2032; and

  • Net-zero emissions from overall federal operations by 2050, including a 65 pct emissions reduction by 2030.

    Additionally, the President also directed the federal government to orient its procurement and operations efforts in line with the following principles and goals:

  • Achieving climate resilient infrastructure and operations;

  • Building a climate- and sustainability-focused workforce;

  • Advancing environmental justice and equity;

  • Prioritizing the purchase of sustainable products, such as products without added perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); and

  • Accelerating progress through domestic and international partnerships.

    "President Biden's executive order demonstrates how the United States government will lead by example to provide a strong foundation for American businesses to compete and win globally in the clean energy economy while creating well paying, union jobs at home," said the White House. "The federal government will work with utilities, developers, technology firms, financiers and others to purchase electricity produced from resources that generate no carbon emissions, including solar and wind, for all its operations by 2030," a White House statement noted.

    Download the Executive Order HERE . (Source; The Whitehouse, 8 Dec., 2021) Contact: The Whitehouse, www.whitehouse.gov

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


  • Platts Launches Carbon-Neutral Hydrogen Price Assessments (Ind. Report, New Prod. & Tech.)
    S&P Global Platts
    Date: 2021-12-13
    S&P Global Platts is reporting the launch of carbon-neutral hydrogen (CNH) price assessments at six locations around the globe, reflecting the carbon-accounted market value of the energy carrier in key hubs impartially between production pathways.

    The assessments consider carbon-neutral trading activity which avoid, remove or offset CO2 emissions in the production of hydrogen such as electrolysis and methane reforming combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS). The assessments reflect the carbon-neutral value of hydrogen as it leaves the production facility at key hubs in Northwest Europe, the Middle East, Far East Asia, Australia, California and the US Gulf Coast.

    The first assessments of Platts Carbon Neutral Hydrogen were published Dec. 9, with regional differentials already evident. CNH prices in the US were the lowest across the selection, with Platts USGC CNH priced at $1.70/kg. In the Asia-Pacific Region Platts CNH was assessed at $3.45/kg on an ex-works basis Australia, versus the Middle East CNH assessment of $4.05/kg. The Far East CNH price was much higher with a carbon neutral hydrogen price of $7.95/kg, while the assessment for CNH NW Europe was €7.35/kg ($8.30/kg).

    S&P Global Platts Analytics Hydrogen Production Asset Database shows a pipeline of around 20 million mt of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen production coming online by 2030, should all announced projects be realized. (Source: S&P Global Platts, PR, 9 Dec., 2021) Contact: S&P Global Platts, www.spglobal.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Platts,  Carbon Neutral,  Hydrogen,  


    Philly Raises City Buildings LEED Bar (Ind. Report)
    Philadelphia City Council ,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-12-10
    The Philadelphia City Council this week unanimously passed legislation that requirements new construction or major renovations of large city buildings meet US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification standards -- an upgrade from the presently required LEED Silver. The new requirement further encourages the use of on-site renewable energy, optimized energy performance, increased energy efficiency, the use of sustainable materials and other green and healthy building features.

    The bill, which received unanimous support in council and from the regional nonprofit Green Building United, shifts management of the program from the City Planning Commission to the Office of Sustainability, which plans to develop regulations that push contractors toward energy-related categories of points.

    Under the city's Climate Action Playbook released early this year, the city plans to cut municipal carbon emissions 50 pct and source 100 pct clean energy for municipal operations by 2030. The city has also committed to carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Philadelphia City Council Dec. 9, 2021)Contact: USGBC Peter Templeton, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Philadelphia City Council, www.phlcouncil.com

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


    Green Plains Releases Inaugural Sustainability Report (Ind. Report)
    Green Plains Inc.
    Date: 2021-12-08
    In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-headquartered biorefiner Green Plains Inc. has released its inaugural sustainability report outlining environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities, progress and targets. The report details a number of significant goals, including a commitment to carbon neutrality in operational emissions by 2050, increased community involvement and Board of Directors refreshment to increase diversity in governance and enhance shareholder rights .

    Green Plains Inc. is focused on the development and utilization of fermentation, agricultural and biological technologies in the processing of annually renewable crops into sustainable value-added ingredients. This includes the production of cleaner low carbon biofuels, renewable feedstocks for advanced biofuels and high purity alcohols. (Source: Green Plains Inc. , Website PR, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: Green Plains, Todd Becker, Pre., CEO, Phil Boggs, VP Investor Relations , 402.884.8700 , phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains Inc.,  


    Wartsila Supplying Solar Energy Storage in Chile (Int'l. Report)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2021-12-03
    Helsinki-headquartered technology group Wartsila reports it will supply a 8-MW / 32-MWh energy storage system to Santiago, Chile-headquarterd power producer Colbun, one of the country's largest power generation companies, to accelerate its transition to renewable energy.

    Wartsila will supply the energy storage system on an "engineering and equipment delivery "(EEQ) basis to Colbun's 230 MWp Diego de Almagro solar PV facility in the Atacama region. The system will provide frequency response and firm capacity to ensure adequate energy supply during peak periods to approximately 80,000 Chilean households.

    The project, Wartsila's first energy storage project in South America, is expected to become operational in Q4 of 2022. Chile is aiming for carbon neutral status by 2050. (Source: Wartsila, Website PR, 30 Nov., 2021) Contact: Colbun,(56 2) 2460 4000, www.colbun.cl; Wartsila Energy, Mirja-Maija Santala Manager, Marketing & Communications, +358 400 793 827, mirja-maija.santala@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com/energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  


    Velocys Joins SME Climate Hub, "Race to Zero" Campaign (Int'l)
    Velocys
    Date: 2021-12-03
    Oxford, UK-based advanced biofuels producer Velocys reports it has joined the SME Climate Hub, a global UN sponsored initiative to help small and medium-sized companies adopt sustainable measures as part of their activities to achieve the target net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as set in the COP15 Paris Climate Agreement.

    The SME Climate Hub is founded by the We Mean Business Coalition, Exponential Roadmap Initiative, the International Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations -- through the "Race to Zero" campaign -- in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Normative. The Campaign mobilizes and urges businesses, cities, regions, investors and civil society to adopt crucial measures to significantly impact global emissions by 2030, as a first step to achieve carbon neutrality in the future.

    "Velocys' high performance catalyst and reactor technology can generate negative-carbon-emissions SAF with the integration of carbon capture technologies. The compact, commercially-ready, patented Fischer-Tropsch reactor for the synthesis of hydrocarbons allows the production of advanced biofuels from large, sustainable carbon sources such as household waste and forest residues," according to the company website. (Source: Velocys, Website PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Velocys, Henrik Wareborn, CEO, +44 1865 800821, 713 275 5840 -- Houston office, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vedlocys,  SME Climate Hub,  SAF,  Carbon Capture,  


    Carbon Neutral Crypto ETF Invest. Funds Launched (Ind. Report)
    Purpose Investments
    Date: 2021-11-29
    In Toronto, Canadian asset manager Purpose Investments is touting two new cryptocurrency-based exchange-trading funds (ETFs) that offer carbon offsetting to investors. Exchange-traded funds are public trade, limited liability and passively managed investment funds that have many benefits such as performance, versatility and security.

    Purpose Investments has partnered with Patch to help measure the carbon footprint of crypto wallets and provide carbon removal solutions. The objective is to invest in controlled carbon offset schemes with the aim of providing carbon neutral exposure to customers BTC. Some of the projects it invests in include direct air carbon capture, biomass, mineralization or CO2 removal, forestry, marine composting and soil management. (Source: Purpose Investments, PR, WSC, 28 Nov., 2021) Contact: Purpose Investments, 877-789-1517, www.purposeinvest.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Purpose Investments,  Carbon Neutral,  


    Aussies Investigate Reforestation to Offset Ag. Emissions (Int'l)
    University of Western Australia
    Date: 2021-11-29
    In the Land Down Under, University of Western Australia researchers have found offsetting agricultural emissions through reforestation would cost Western Australian (WA) farms 15 pct of their profits and require between 8 and 11 pct of farmland to be forested. The report notes that WA's agricultural emissions have consistently decreased since 1990, led by reductions in livestock, which is more carbon emission intensive than crop production.

    The study accounted for regional communities' opposition to reforestation and estimates the cost and distribution of land needed to achieve carbon neutrality. The report notes reforestation would be most effective if undertaken across a wide area of the grain-growing region, away from the most productive or expensive areas, on low-cost but reasonably fertile land that supports vegetation suitable for carbon storage.

    Australia's Clean Energy Regulator has offered a carbon credit scheme for farmland reforestation projects buts its value to farmers was significantly less than cropping or livestock. For much of the last decade, obtaining carbon credits through the Commonwealth's Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) was the only government incentive offered for Australian farmers to reforest their land.

    The study concluded that reforestation alone is not the most cost-effective path to decarbonising Australian agriculture and that carbon sequestration opportunities in pastoral regions are much more cost-effective than switching productive ag land into trees. (Source: University of Western Australia, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: University of Western Australia, School of Agriculture and Environment, Prof. Ross Kingwell , (+61 8) 6488 6000, www.uwa.edu.au/schools/agriculture-and-environment

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Reforestation,  


    Chinese Carbon Emissions Drop for First Time Since Covid (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-11-26
    In Beijing, the independent Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) is reporting the world's largest GHG emitter and second biggest economy has vowed to peak emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 -- but authorities have struggled to cut the country's dependence on fossil fuels.

    China´s emissions fell dramatically in early 2020 due to COVID quarantines then rebounded to higher than 2019 monthly levels as cities and factories reopened. But in Q3 this year the country recorded a 0.5 pct year-on-year decline in emissions from fossil fuels and cement -- the first quarterly fall since the post-lockdown rebound.

    The decline was caused by a construction slump after Beijing cracked down on speculation and debt in the real estate sector, as well as high coal prices that resulted in power rationing across the country. "The drop in emissions could mark a turning point and an early peak in China's emissions total, years ahead of its target to peak before 2030, according to CREA. (Source: International News, CREA, AFP, 26 Nov., 2021) Contact: Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), www.energyandcleanair.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Emissions,  


    Eni's New Renewable Energy Arm Planning IPO (Int'l. Report)
    Eni
    Date: 2021-11-24
    In Rome, Italian oil, gas, and energy provider Eni is planning an initial public offering (IPO) of its retail and renewable energy arm, which it recently renamed Plenitude. The new company will comprise all group's business for the development of renewable energy, the sale of energy solutions, and the creation of a widespread EV charging network.

    Eni completed a 31 MW solar plant at one of its chemical industry sites in Sardinia and is planning to install 220 MW of PV power plants in the country as well as a 14 MW floating PV project. It also launched a partnership with Italian state-owned utility Enel to bring online 20 MW of hydrogen capacity between 2022 and 2023

    Eni is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050, according to the company website. (Source: Eni, PR, Website, 22 Nov., 2021) Contact: Eni, +39 06 598 21 / Fax: +39 06 598 22141 www.eni.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    NW Natural Gas Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    NW Natural Gas
    Date: 2021-11-22
    Portland, Oregon-headquartered NW Natural is touting its "VISION 2050: Destination Zero" plan to be carbon neutral by 2050 with a program of more aggressive energy efficiency actions coupled with new equipment technologies that reduce energy consumption, according to its website.

    The company is also seeking to replace conventional natural gas supplies with lower-carbon energy sources, including renewable natural gas (RNG) captured and converted from organic waste and trash and also clean hydrogen that can blend with waste carbon dioxide and be converted into synthetic natural gas. (Source: NW Natural Gas, PR, The Columbian, 20 Nov., 2021) Contact: NW Natural Gas, www.nwnatural.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NW Natural Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  RNG,  Carbon Neutral,  


    Neste Green Hydrogen, CCS Wins EU Innovation Funding (Int'l.)
    Neste,EU Innovation Fund
    Date: 2021-11-22
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oy is reporting the EU Innovation Fund has agreed to €88 million funding to its green hydrogen and carbon capture & storage (CCS) project at the company's refinery in Porvoo, Finland. The project introduces carbon capture and storage (CCS) and electrolysis solutions that allow decarbonisation of production at the refinery. The project is currently in the feasibility phase.

    The project will strongly contribute to the reaching of both Finland's and the EU's climate targets and has a significant role in Neste's target of carbon neutral production by 2035.Neste anticipates a reduction of more than 4 million tons of CO2 emissions can be achieved at the Porvoo refinery in the first 10 years of operation, according to the Neste release. (Source: Neste, Website PR, 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: Neste Corp.,, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Green Hydrogen,  CCS,  EU Innovation Fund,  


    China Tops Renewables Capacity, Carbon Emitters List (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In Beijing, the China National Energy Administration is reporting China's accumulative installed capacity for renewable energy grew to i billion kilowatts as of the end of October, this year, doubling that in the end of 2015, and now accounts for 43.5 pct of the country's total installed power generation capacity, up 10.2 percentage points over the end of 2015.

    China's installed capacity of hydropower, wind power, solar power and biomass power generation have reached 385 million kilowatts, 299 million kilowatts, 282 million kilowatts and 35.34 million kilowatts respectively, ranking China first in the world in renewable energy and carbon emissions. China has vowed to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: China National Energy Administration , Website Release, Nov., 2021) Contact: China National Energy Administration,english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/10/01/content_281474991089761.htm

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


    Enviva, J-Power Report Wood Pellet Supply MoU (Ind. Report)
    Enviva, J-Power
    Date: 2021-11-19
    Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet producer Enviva Partners LP is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tokyo-based utility Electric Power Development Co. Ltd. (J-Power) for the long-term, large-scale supply of U.S. produced sustainable wood biomass pellets to J-Power's coal-fired power plants in Japan.

    The agreement is designed to develop an executable and investable plan under which Enviva will build new infrastructure to produce and deliver up to 5 million metric tpy of sustainable wood pellets to permanently replace coal in J-Power's existing coal-fired power. J-Power is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050, as previously reported.

    Previously this year, Enviva announced its Net-Zero Commitment to reduce, eliminate, or offset all of its direct emissions by 2030. Enviva agreed to adopt innovative and improved lower-emission processes through investments in projects that result in real, additional, and third-party verified net-carbon reductions as part of this ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions from fossil fuels and improve energy efficiency. (Source: Enviva, PR , 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; J-Power, +03-3546-2211, +03-3546-9532 -- fax, www.jpower.co.jp/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  J-Power,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


    GoodShipping Touts Marine Biofuel Bunkerings, CO2 Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
    GoodShipping, GoodFuel
    Date: 2021-11-17
    In Rotterdam, GoodShipping has announced Ship to Zero, a new partnership with 18 companies that will substantially reduce emissions from shipping. Today, these cargo owners and other partners have completed the first in a series of bunkerings of sustainable marine biofuel.

    The Ship to Zero initiative brings together organisations spanning a range of nations and industries, all of which are committed to make an immediate and tangible climate impact. The initial partners -- Bugaboo, Cocoasource, DHL Global Forwarding, Dille & Kamille, Dopper, Geelen Counterflow, Lenzing, Loods5, Lush, Matsen Chemie, Nine & Co, Regent Ingredients, Samskip, Sipsmith, Tony's Chocolonely, YOGI Tea, Yumeko and Zaytoun -- have each committed to a specific reduction in GHG emissions related to the transport of their products or services. Translating these pledges into tangible, traceable and demonstrable climate impact, GoodShipping has completed the first 100 pct GoodFuels bio-bunkering of the container ship Samskip Innovator. The partnership will see advanced biofuels used for a total of four or five trips from Rotterdam to Hull (UK) resulting in a 4,000 tonne reduction in CO2 emissions.

    GoodFuels' renewable biofuels deliver an 80-90 pct well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction and are produced from certified sustainable feedstocks, according to the company.

    As GoodShipping is based on the mass balance principle , the vessel being refueled will not necessarily carry the cargo that the partner companies have decided to transport carbon neutrally. The CO2 reductions can be enabled on another oceangoing vessel, with GoodShipping's strict sustainable accountability criteria ensuring that the partners' decarbonisation commitments are delivered. (Source: GoodShipping, Website, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: GoodShipping, Tina Trinks, Commercial Manager, www.goodshipping.com/ship-to-zero; GoodFuels, Bart Hellings, COO, +31 88 021 5100, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodShipping,  GoodFuel,  Maritime Emissions,  


    Beijing Setting Energy Consumption, Emissions Benchmarks (Int'l.)
    National Development and Reform Commission
    Date: 2021-11-17
    In Beijing, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's central economic planner, is reporting it will implement a new set of carbon emissions and energy consumption benchmarks for the nation's power-hungry industries -- steel, cement, aluminum smelters, power production and others.

    The new standards, which will take effect from January 1, 2022, follow a sharp supply crunch and rationing last quarter that knocked factories out of production and cut electric power supplies to at latest 10 mainland provinces. China has also pledged to achieve peak carbon emission by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060.

    In 2020, coal generated roughly 57 pct of China's annual electric power output and heavy industries consumed more than 60 pct of electricity output. China's steel sector accounted for about 15 pct of carbon emissions and over 60 pct of the emissions from global steel companies, according to NDRC data. (Source: National Development and Reform Commission, South China Morning Post, 16 Nov., 2021) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

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    SK Innovation Taps Honeywell for Hydrogen Plant CCS Study (Int'l.)
    SK Innovation and Energy, Honeywell UOP
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Soul, South Korea-headquartered SK Innovation and Energy is reporting the selection of Des Plaines, Illinois, based Honeywell UOP for a feasibility study to retrofit a hydrogen plant with carbon capture and storage (CCS) of more than 400,000 tons of CO2 at its 840,000 bpd petroleum refinery in Ulsan, Korea. The captured CO2 would be stored in depleted natural gas reservoirs, beginning in 2026.

    The project is in line with South Korea's commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, according to the release. (Source: SK Innovation and Energy, Website PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: SK Innovation and Energy, www.eng.skinnovation.com; Honeywell UOP, www.uop.com

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    Neste Confirms, Extends Climate Emissions Commitments (Int'l.)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-11-01
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste reports it has two existing and ambitious climate commitments: reaching carbon neutral production (Scope 1 & 2) by 2035 and helping its customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tpy of CO2e by 2030. Neste is now aiming to reduce Scope 3 emissions by 50 pct by 2040 compared to 2020 levels.

    Neste aims to meet its climate objectives by increasing the share of renewable and circular solutions as well as working with suppliers and partners to reduce emissions across the company's value chain. As a concrete example of reducing the Scope 3 emissions, in 2020 the majority of Neste's product distribution logistics in Finland used Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ and in 2021, will run almost entirely on renewable diesel.

    According to the release, Neste will sign the Business Ambition for 1.5 degree C Commitment Letter and will continue to build on its climate actions to keep them inline with the Paris Climate Accord 1.5 degrees C emission scenarios and recommendations of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). (Source: Neste Corp., PR, Website, 27 Oct. 2021) Contact: Neste Corp., Peter Vanacker, Pres., and CEO, Susanna Sieppi, VP Communications, +358 50 458 5076, media@neste.com, www.neste.com

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    TotalEren, Kazakhstan Ink Wind+Storage Project MoU (Int'l. Report)
    TotalEren
    Date: 2021-11-01
    Paris-headquartered independent renewable energy power producer Total Eren is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National Wealth Fund and KazMunaiGas to work on the development, financing, construction and operation of hybrid power plants deploying 1 GW wind energy combined with 500 MW-1 GWh of energy storage system in central Kazakhstan.

    The project will incorporate roughly 200 wind turbines totaling 1 GW of installed capacity, coupled with a 500 MW-1 GWh battery storage system supplied by li-ion energy storage specialist Saft. The project will generate about 3,800 GWh annually for 30 years – sufficient power for more than 1 million people -- while reducing CO2 emissions by about 3.2 million tpy,

    Kazakhstan is aiming to increase the use of renewable in it energy mix by 15 pct by 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

    Total Eren develops, finances, builds and operates renewable energy power plants (solar, wind, hydro) representing a gross capacity of more than 3,500 MW in operation or under construction worldwide. (Source: TotalEren, Website RP, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: TotalEren, Solange Petit de Bantel, + 33 6 18 23 76 99, solange.debantel@total-eren.com, www.total-eren.com

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    Orbex Touts BioLPG Powered Space Rocket (Ind. Report)
    Orbex
    Date: 2021-10-29
    UK-headquartered Orbex is reporting its new Orbex Prime space rocket is poised to become the first in a new generation of ultra green launch systems, using renewable, ultra-low-carbon BioLPG sourced from Calor, the U.K.'s leading BioLPG supplier.

    BioLPG is a by-product from the waste and residual material from renewable diesel production. The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) factor for BioLPG is 90 pct lower than a fossil-based fuel such as RP-1, the highly-refined form of Kerosene typically used as rocket fuel, according to the release.

    Orbex is also committing to offsetting all emissions from the rocket and its launch operations, ensuring every launch is carbon neutral. Orbex plans to launch Prime from Space Hub Sutherland, the carbon-neutral Spaceport in the North of Scotland. (Source: Orbex, 25 Oct., 2021) Contact: Orbex, Chris Larmour, CEO , contact@orbec.space, www.orbex.space; Calor, www.calor.co.uk

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    SKF Commits to Net-Zero GHG Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    SKF Group
    Date: 2021-10-20
    Goteborg, Sweden-based industrial manufacturer SKF Group is reporting its commitment to reducing emissions from operations to net-zero by 2030 and to have a supply chain with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

    To that end, SKF commits to reduce CO2 emissions in its supply chain by 45 pct by 2035 rising to 60 pct by 2040. In addition, SKF has pledged to source at least 40 pct of steel from carbon neutral steel plants by 2040 and to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2040. SKF is also investing in more "green" energy and energy efficient manufacturing processes and requiring energy-intensive suppliers of steel and forgings to adopt the ISO 50001 standard for systematic energy management.

    From 2022, SKF's manufacturing site in Gothenburg will become the company's third site to achieve net-zero status along with SKF facilities in Tudela, Spain, and Steyr, Austria. SKF joined the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTI) in July 2021 and is advocating for change through its engagement in the SteelZero, RE100 and ResponsibleSteel initiatives. (Source: SKF, PR, Website, 20 Oct., 2021) Contact: SKF, Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, Patrik Stenberg, Head of Investor Relations + 46 31-337 2104, patrik.stenberg@skf.com, www.skf.com

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    Honeywell, Preem Trial Biomass Pyrolysis Oil Renewable Fuel (Int'l.)
    Honeywell, Preem
    Date: 2021-10-08
    Honeywell is reporting completion of a commercial refinery trial with Preem AB for co-processing of biomass-based pyrolysis oil in a fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) unit. Utilizing UOP's proprietary bioliquid feed system with Optimix™ GF Feed Distributor, pyrolysis oil was co-processed in the FCC at Preem's Lysekil refinery to produce partially renewable transportation fuel.

    Pyrolysis oil produced from sustainable solid biomass materials such as sawdust or agricultural residuals is a low carbon feedstock suitable for refinery upgrading. Biomass-based pyrolysis oil can qualify as an Annex IX Part A feedstock under the EU Renewable Energy Directive. Pyrolysis oil co-processed in an FCC is an economically attractive method of meeting RED biofuel mandates for Advanced Biofuels.

    Preem AB is Sweden's the largest fuel company with more than 18 million cubic MPY capacity, Preem refines and sells gasoline, diesel, heating oil and renewable fuels worldwide. By 2030, Preem will produce approximately 5 million cubic meters of renewable fuels, and thereafter aims to become the world's first climate neutral biofuels- and refining company.Honeywell is aiming for carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035 (Source: Honeywell , PR, OGM, Oct., 2021) Contact: Preem AB, Peter Abrahamsson, Sustainable Development, +46 (0)70-450 10 01, www.preem.se; Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions, Ben Owens, VP, GM, www.uop.com

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    RMI Maps Pathway to Zero-Carbon Steel (Ind. Report Attached)
    Rocky Mountain Institute
    Date: 2021-10-04
    In Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI} has released its latest report, Pursuing Zero-Carbon Steel in China: A Critical Pillar to Reach Carbon Neutrality, analyzing a specific path for the country's steel industry to reach zero-carbon by 2050.

    China produces and consumes more than half of the world's steel, accounting for about 17 pct of the country's carbon emissions -- the country's second largest carbon emitting sector.

    The report makes a preliminary analysis of the energy consumption structure of China's steel industry and estimates that under the zero-carbon scenario, China's steel demand will accelerate to peak and decline rapidly, and the product structure, energy consumption structure, and production process will undergo great changes. The report maps out the following three steps for the industry's decarbonization:

  • Demand reduction -- Under the zero-carbon scenario, China's steel production will peak in 2024 and decline to 621 million tons per year in 2050 -- 40 pc lower than the 2020 level.

  • Steel recycling -- China's secondary steel production will change from a supporting role to a mainstay, accounting for up to 60 pct of total steel production by 2050.

  • Switching to low-carbon alternatives -- Hydrogen direct reduced iron, smelting reduction with coal or hydrogen, and carbon capture and storage will all be important green steel-making routes to China. These methods will produce 250 million tons in total by 2050, resulting in a significant decrease in fossil-fuel-based steel production, from 90 to 20 pct, according to the report.

    Access the full report HERE. (Source: RM, Website Release, Sept., 2021) Contact: Rocky Mountain Institute, 970.927.3851 / Fax: 970.927.3420, www.rmi.org

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  • UMaine , City of Bangor Partnering on Climate Action (Ind. Report)
    Bangor Maine
    Date: 2021-10-04
    In the Pine Tree State, the University of Maine in Orono and the city of Bangor (pop. 37,800) report they are partnering to create a regional climate change action plan that targets greenhouse gas emissions in the area.

    The climate action plan will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 pct by 2030, achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050.

    The University of Maine Climate Change Institute -- one of the oldest climate change institutes in the U.S. -- is aiming to make UMaine carbon neutral by 2040. (Source: University of Maine Climate Change Institute, Website PR, Maine Campus, 4 Oct., 2021) Contact: University of Maine Climate Change Institute, 207.581.2190, contactcci@maine.edu. www.climatechange.umaine.edu

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    Big Mac Commits to Global Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    Mac Donalds
    Date: 2021-10-04
    Chicago-headquartered fast food giant McDonald's on Monday promised to effectively eliminate emissions across all its 39,000 global restaurants and supply chain by 2050, working with its franchisees and its suppliers, as well as its own internal teams, to reduce their contribution to climate change.

    The company notes it also plans to invest in renewable energy, cut back on restaurant waste. practice regenerative farming to fight climate change, and to join the United Nation's "Race to Zero" campaign and to sign onto the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) effort to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees C. (Source: Mac Donald's, PR,Restaurant News, Oct., 2021)

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    China's Decarbonization Expected to Cost $21.3 trillion (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-10-01
    In Beijing, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) -- China's national foreign trade and investment promotion agency -- is projecting that the cost of China's pledge to decarbonize its economic activities and to reach peak carbon emissions in 2030 and carbon neutrality in 2060 will come in at $21.3 trillion -- almost equal to the present US national debt which stands at $28.8 trillion.

    According to CCPIT VP Zhang Shaogang, "the investment will be needed to adopt new technology and build facilities for a lower-carbon future, and to retool existing fossil fuel sites with carbon capture and storage facilities." Much of the investment will come from financial institutions and "social capital" in which carbon trading will play a key role.

    As previously reported, the China Development Bank has committed roughly $78 billion in loans to finance green energy projects over the next five years. (Source: China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sept.,2021) Contact: the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, www.english.ccpitbj.org

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    Chinese Carbon Neutrality -- CCPIT Notable Quote
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-10-01
    "(China's) Carbon neutrality will need huge investment for research and development, as 60 pct of the technology is still in the conceptual stage." -- Zhang Shaogang, VP, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)Sept., 2021)

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

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

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    NYC Plans $191Mn Wind Infrastructure Investment (Ind. Report)
    New York City,New York City Economic Development Corporation
    Date: 2021-09-29
    In the Emoire State, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) reports it is planning a $191 million Offshore Wind Vision (OSW) program designed to make the region a leading destination for the offshore wind industry. The program aims to create 13,000 jobs and generate $1.3 billion in average annual investment while helping the city meet its goal of 100-pct clean electricity by 2040 and carbon neutrality by 2050.

    Under the plan NYCEDC will make commitments focused on three core areas: sites and infrastructure, business and workforce, and research and innovation. The city will work to develop best-in-class infrastructure that will support the construction and operation of offshore wind farms.

    The plan also commits the city to developing workforce training and support businesses and public-private partnerships to create good-paying, green jobs in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The city will also work to promote research and innovation in offshore wind so new technologies and approaches are created in New York City.

    NYCEDC will also work with the offshore wind industry and partners to launch an accelerator that will allow New York-based startups to build out the next generation of offshore wind technologies. (Source: New York City Economic Development Corporation, PR, Maritime Exec, 27 Sept., 2021) Contact: New York City Economic Development Corporation, www.edc.nyc

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    ADBA Sees Anaerobic Digestion Key in Climate Change Fight (Int'l.)
    Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association
    Date: 2021-09-27
    In a letter to Alok Sharma, President of the UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP26) to be held this November, the UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) urges the COP26 President to become an advocate for improving waste management to support the economy, job creation and the UK's fight against climate change by ensuring organic wastes are captured and transformed into valuable bioresources through anaerobic digestion (AD) to rapidly decarbonise UK's transport, heat, agriculture and food and drink and other key industries.

    The letter notes that by turning all of the country's organic wastes into bioresources, the AD industry could help: the UK achieve carbon neutrality, including delivering 30 pct of the 5th Carbon Budget shortfall; create 60,000 green jobs this decade; bring over £5 billion of private sector investment; boost the UK's exports to a $1 trillion global industry; and support the country's agriculture sector and food and drink industry.

    The letter notes "There are over 140 million tonnes of readily available organic wastes still being left undigested in the UK every year. Left untreated, they release methane -- a potent greenhouse gas -- directly into the atmosphere, which contributes to climate change and causes human health issues. Recycling these through AD means that turned into valuable bioresources, such as flexible green gas (biogas), bio-fertiliser (digestate), bioCO2 and other valuable bio-products. With the right support, the UK AD sector would become highly competitive globally", the letter notes.

    ADBA says the AD industry urgently needs a policy framework that brings together the multiple strands of work ongoing across government into a cohesive support strategy. The ADBA is presently working with key government departments in developing new strategies and in June, this year, launched the UK AD and Biogas Industry Climate Declaration committing the sector to "doing everything in its powers to deliver the greatest possible carbon reduction for the UK." (Source: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association, PR, 20 Sept., 2021) Contact: Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association , Charlotte Morton, CEO, Jocelyne Bia, Communications Consultant, +44 (0)20 3176 0592 Jocelyne.bia@adbioresources.org www.adbioresources.org

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    Honeywell, Wood Technologies Support SAF (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell, Honeywell UOP
    Date: 2021-09-24
    Honeywell is reporting the Honeywell UOP Ecofining process technology converts waste oils, fats, and greases into Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™, a drop-in replacement for jet fuel. When using a feedstock such as used cooking oils, lifecycle GHG emissions can be reduced by 80 pct at this stage compared to conventional petroleum jet fuel.

    As the next step in enhancing the Ecofining process technology offering, Wood plc's technology will be integrated to use the byproducts of the UOP Ecofining process technology to produce renewable hydrogen, reducing lifecycle GHG emissions a further 10 pct when compared to the total GHG emissions produced by conventional petroleum jet fuel. The renewable hydrogen is then injected back into the Honeywell Ecofining process to remove feed impurities and create a cleaner burning renewable fuel.

    The CO2 generated from the production of the hydrogen can be captured and routed for permanent underground sequestration using the Honeywell H2 Solutions technology suite, further reducing lifecycle GHG emissions an additional 10 pct when compared to the total GHG emissions produced by conventional petroleum jet fuel. The combination of technologies results in an aviation fuel that is effectively carbon neutral compared to petroleum fuels.

    The UOP Ecofining process is used in most 100 pct biofeed units producing renewable diesel and all the licensed renewable jet fuel production in the world today. Honeywell UOP currently has licensed 22 Ecofining units in nine countries processing 12 different types of renewable feedstocks.

    Wood is a global engineering and consultancy across the built environment and energy sector. The company provides consulting, projects, and operations solutions in more than 60 countries and is a pioneer in hydrogen production technology working with more than 120 hydrogen and synthesis gas plants worldwide. (Source: Honeywell, PR, 23 Sept., 2021) Contact: Honeywell, Honeywell Process Solutions, www.honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com ; Honeywell UOP, www.uop.com /newsroom. Wood Plc, Andy Hemingway, Pres., www.woodplc.com

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    AmEx Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    American Express,Science Based Targets Initiative
    Date: 2021-09-22
    American Express has announced it's commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2035 -- fifteen years ahead of the Paris Agreement's 2050 goal. To that end, the company will follow the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) methodology to set targets over the coming two years for its global operations and supply chain.

    American Express will also join the Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees C commitment and Race to Zero, AmEx will also provide at least $10 million in new philanthropic funding for organizations and initiatives that drive action on climate change through 2025. Since 2018, American Express has remained a carbon neutral company across its operations and has been powered with 100 pct renewable energy, according to the release. (Source: American Express, PR, 21 Sept., 2021) Contact: AmEx, Leah M. Gerstner, 212.640.3174, Leah.M.Gerstner@aexp.com, www.aexp.com; SBTi, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Mumbai Int'l. Airport Lands Energy Efficiency Award (Int'l.)
    Mumbai International Airport
    Date: 2021-09-01
    In India, Mumbai International Airport reports receipt of the Confederation of India Energy Efficient Unit Award for Excellence in Energy Management 2021. The award lauds the airport for its sustainable and green initiatives, most importantly in assessing the reduction in specific energy consumption, innovation in identifying and implementing energy-saving projects, green supply chain, waste management, GHG Emission and climate change initiatives.

    The Airport's initiatives include: a carbon management system, carbon neutrality, renewable energy installations, wastewater recycling and an effective waste management system enhancement in renewable energy capacity, and others that have delivered a 35 pct reduction in energy consumption and the reduction of 31,581 units (tCO2e) of GHG Emissions.

    Mumbai International Airport is an ISO 50001:2018 Energy Management System certified company committed to continuous reduction in energy consumption and carbon footprint through various initiatives. The airport is also the only in airport in India to publish the Sustainability Report as per the latest GRI Standards and the first platinum-rated Indian airport within the Existing Building (O&M) Rating System for its environmentally sustainable profile. In addition, the airport also owns an Organic Waste Converter (OWC) project with a solar capacity of 5kWp for providing green power for its operations. (Source: Mumbai International Airport, International Airport Review, 1 Sept., 2021) Contact: Mumbai International Airport, www.csmia.adaniairports.com

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    BorgWarner Takes $10Mn Stake In Enexor BioEnergy (M&A)
    BorgWarner, Enexor Bioenergy
    Date: 2021-08-25
    Auburn Hills, Michigan-headquartered multinational automotive supplier BorgWarner Inc. is reporting a $10 million investment in Franklin, Tenn.-based energy and carbon conversion solutions provider Enexor Bioenergy Inc.

    Enexor's patented and modular Bio-CHP system uses locally sourced biomass wastes or plastic waste to generate clean onsite energy. The investment is in line with BorgWarner's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035, the release notes. (Source: BorgWarner, PR, Benzinga 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: BorgWarner Inc., www.borgwarner.com; Enexor BioEnergy Inc., 615-656-0762, www.enexor.com

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    China Reforestation, Climate Change Plan Touted (Int'l.)
    China National Forestry and Grassland Administration
    Date: 2021-08-25
    In Beijing, the China National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA) is reporting plans to plant 500 million mu (about 33.33 million hectares) of forests and grasslands in the next five years to help the country achieve its commitment to peaking carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, as forests and grasslands are important carbon sinks that absorb and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    The plan calls for planting 54 million trees and 46 million mu of grass each year over the next five years to increase the country's forest coverage rate to 24.1 pct and its grassland vegetation coverage to 57 pct by 2025, as outlined in the country's 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) on the protection and development of forests and grasslands. The country also aims to raise its forest stock volume to 19 billion cubic meters by the end of 2025, an increase of 1.4 billion cubic meters from last year.

    China's forest carbon reserves have hit 9.2 billion tonnes, with an average annual increase of over 200 million tonnes over the past five years -- equivalent to a carbon sink of 700 million to 800 million tonnes, according to NFGA data. (Source: China National Forestry and Grassland Administration, Website PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: China National Forestry and Grassland Administration, www.iucn.org

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