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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple,  Energy Efficiency,  


Alliant Energy to Eliminate Coal, Carbon-Neutral by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2020-07-24
According to Madison, Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy's 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report, the company plans to eliminate all coal from its electric power generation by 2040 -- about 10 years sooner than its previous goal -- to speed up its carbon reduction goals by cutting emissions 50 pct from 2005 levels by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

As previously reported, Alliant plans to invest $900 million to add 675 mw of solar across six counties as part of its goal to add 1,000 mw of solar power by the end of 2023. Alliant subsidiary Wisconsin Power and Light anticipated its roadmap for retiring the use of coal and accelerating the company's transition to renewable energy would save customers between $2 billion and $6.5 billion over the next 35 years.

Download Alliant's 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report . (Source: Alliant Energy, Website, Wisc.NPR, 23 July, 2020) Contact: Alliant, Jeff Hanson, Environmental Serv. And Sustainability Director, (608) 458-3956, www.alliantenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Coal,  Carbon Neutral,  


Port Moody BC Details Climate Change Fight Plan (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2020-07-22
In British Columbia, the city of Port Moody (pop. 34,000+-) council is consider A proposed climate action plan that aims to achieve a 40 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and full carbon neutrality by 2050. Among the plan's 54 recommendations are:
  • Integrate consideration of climate change into all city processes like budget planning, stormwater management, etc.

  • Develop landscaping strategies for public lands that are resilient to climate change, as well as a green infrastructure program.

  • Implement strategies to protect, restore and connect environmentally sensitive areas, as well as manage invasive species.

  • Phased implementation of water metering on all properties.

  • Ensure the city is adequately staffed and equipped to respond to extreme weather events.

  • Create policy that encourages development of complete, compact communities that allow residents to easily access all their daily needs, target transportation hubs for development of dense, mixed-use neighbourhoods, and aim for the acquisition of park land on an ongoing basis.

  • Conduct climate audits on all civic buildings and develop a green buildings policy for the construction and renovation of city facilities.

  • Consider the creation of pedestrian priority zones.

  • Develop a zero-waste strategy for the community, as well as city facilities and events.

    City staff are in the process of prioritizing elements of the plan that can be implemented in its first two years, as well as determining requirements for funding, resources, and ways to track their progress. The strategy is expected be ready for council’s consideration in the fall. (Source: City of Port Moody, TriCity News, 20 July, 2020) Contact: City of Port Moody, Laura Sampliner, Sustainability Officer, www.portmoody.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Big Island Hawaiian Biomass Plant Future Still Unsettled (Ind. Report)
    Honua Ola Bioenergy
    Date: 2020-07-20
    In the Aloha State, Honua Ola Bioenergy reports it's almost completed 21.5-MW eucalyptus chip-burning biomass power plant in the Big Island community of Pepe'ekeo is likely to request the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reconsider a July 10 order that nixed a waiver of the competitive bidding process for a power purchase agreement between the project and Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO).

    In a statement, Honua Ola said it appeared the PUC "opted to contravene the Supreme Court's instructions to hold a hearing and to consider Honua Ola's evidence on the reduction of (greenhouse gas emissions)." According to the company, studies show the project is carbon neutral.

    Once operational, the plant will use state-of-the-art technology to generate 21.5 MW of renewable power fueled by organic material from sustainably grown, on-island feed stock from managed forests, according to the company website. (Source: Honua Ola Bioenergy, Hawaii Tribune Herald, 19 July 2020) Contact: Honua Ola Bioenergy, Warren Lee, Pres., (808) 964-1101, www.honuaolabioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO,  Honua Ola Bioenergy,  Biomass ,  


    SMUD Aiming for Carbon Neutrality by 2040 (Ind. Report)
    Sacramento Municipal Utility District
    Date: 2020-07-20
    In the Golden State, the publicly-owned utility Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) reports its 2018, 1,755,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reflected a 50 pct reduction of 1990 levels -- equal to the removal of 377,000 vehicles from the state's highways.

    In 2018, the utility adopted a plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, five years ahead of California's goal. The plan included a $7 billion investment over 20 years in nearly 2,900 MW of new carbon-free resources, including 1,500 MW of utility-scale solar, 670 MW of wind and 560 MW of utility-scale energy storage. (Source: SMUD, Utility Dive, 20 July, 2020) Contact: SMUD, 888-742-7683, www.smud.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sacramento Municipal Utility District,  GHG Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


    Cook County Releases Climate Change, Clean Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
    Cook County Illinois
    Date: 2020-07-17
    In Illinois, Cook County has released its 100 pct renewables by 2030 Clean Energy Plan and achieving a 45pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and making County-owned facilities carbon neutral by 2050. To that end, the Plan calls for:
  • reducing carbon emissions through energy efficiency at County-owned buildings and maintaining the reductions through monitoring, education and other best practices;
  • renewing the County's electricity supply through on-site solar energy generation, procurement of renewable energy and energy storage; and
  • supporting the Clean Energy Plan action steps through policies such as new building standards for County facilities.

    The County has begun implementing elements of the Plan and already reduced its GHG emissions by roughly one-third since 2010, primarily through energy efficiency. Solar installations are being designed for county buildings and lighting and a comprehensive building automation system upgrades are underway.

    Download the Cook County Clean Energy Plan HERE. (Source: Cook County, IndiaPost, July, 2020) Contact: Cook County, Toni Preckwinkle, Pres., (312) 443-5500, www,cookcountyil.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  


  • European Clean Hydrogen Alliance Launched (Int'l. Report)
    European Clean Hydrogen Alliance
    Date: 2020-07-15
    The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance will support the development of a clean and globally competitive hydrogen industry in Europe. Clean hydrogen technologies have the potential to achieve deep decarbonisation of some of Europe's most emitting industries, and play a key role in helping Europe to transition to a carbon neutral economy and become carbon neutral by 2050.

    According to the Alliance , from 2025 to 2030, hydrogen needs to become an intrinsic part of our integrated energy system, with at least 40 gigawatts of renewable hydrogen electrolysers and the production of up to ten million tonnes of renewable hydrogen in the EU. From 2030 to 2050, renewable hydrogen technologies should reach maturity and be deployed at large scale across all hard-to-decarbonize sectors, according to the EU.

    Download European Clean Hydrogen Alliance details HERE. (Source: European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, EU, Offshore Engineering, 14 July, 2020) Contact: European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, www.ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/policy/european-clean-hydrogen-alliance_en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen news,  


    Aussie Telecommunications Giant Claims Carbon Neutrality (Int'l.)
    Telstra
    Date: 2020-07-10
    Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications company , reports it has been "officially certified" as as carbon neutral by the Australian Climate Active Program

    To reach its goal, the company undertook a range of measures to reduce its emissions footprint, including the purchase of zero emissions renewables generated electricity, improved energy efficiency at some of its operational sites, and the purchase of carbon offsets from overseas, particularly in India, because of a lack of opportunities to invest in local carbon abatement projects. Of the remaining 2.33 million tonnes of Telstra's emissions footprint leftover to be offset 11,000 tonnes was offset using emissions reductions purchased from Australian based projects. (Source: Telstra, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Telstra, www.telstra.com.au; Australian Climate Active Program, www.climateactive.org.au

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


    Atos SE, Total Partnering on Carbon Neutrality Technology (Int'l.)
    Atos SE, Total
    Date: 2020-07-08
    Bezons, France-based multinational information technology service and consultancy Atos SE reports it will partner with French energy giant Total SA to develop technologies to advance carbon neutrality.

    The partnership follows Total's 2019 acquisition of Atos's Quantum Learning Machine, a quantum simulator used to test and accelerate algorithms for various fields, and in particular can be useful in discovering new materials for carbon capture or energy storage (CCS). (Source: Atos SE, Market Screener, 7 July, 2020) Contact: Atos SE, +33 1 73 26 00 00, www.atos.net; Total SA, +33 1 47 44 46 99, www.total.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  Total SA,  CCS ,  


    LG Chem Confirms Carbon Neutrality Pledge (Int'l. Report)
    LG Chem
    Date: 2020-07-06
    South Korean chemical and battery-manufacturer LG Chem reports it has initiated a carbon neutrality pledge to reduce annual carbon emissions to 10 million tpy by 2050 -- a 30 million tpy reduction from a projected 40 million tpy of emissions in 2050.

    To that end, the company plans to use more renewable energy, develop more eco-friendly chemical products and operate energy storage system (ESS) facilities that utilize recycled secondary battery cells.

    In its first step toward carbon neutral growth, LG Chem has initiated a renewable energy 100 (RE100) program at its plants worldwide. The company will also concentrate on developing carbon capture utilization storage (CCUS) and creating a circular economic system that recycles its products, including batteries, and waste. LG Chem ia also aiming for Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Landfill Zero certification for achieving at least a 90 pct diversion from landfills. (Source: LG Chem, PR, Korea Times, July, 2020) Contact: LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Chem,  Carbon Emission,  Carbon Neutral,  


    IETA Council Guidance on Net Zero Climate Ambition (Ind. Report)
    International Emissions Trading Association
    Date: 2020-06-29
    According to the Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered International Emissions Trading Association's (IETA) recently published IETA Council Guidance on Net Zero Climate Ambition "the global need for enhanced ambition in response to climate change is reflected in the Paris Climate Agreement. It seeks to inspire delivery of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) that align over time with its ultimate goal of holding global average temperature increases to well below 2 degree C, pursuing efforts towards 1.5 degree C. To get there, it aims to reach a balance of sources and sinks by mid-century. Current NDCs are far from this goal, and they need to move urgently in the 'net zero' direction.

    "There is a rich history of companies using voluntary strategies that set carbon neutrality goals for their business operations. These strategies focus on deep reductions and avoidances of emissions, while using verified offsets to compensate for any remaining emissions. But Paris calls on all of us to aim higher -- to reach for that balance in sources and sinks that many are calling a net zero goal. This signals even deeper reductions and increasing amounts of removals," the report notes.

    Download the IETA Council Guidance on Net Zero Climate Ambition report HERE. (Source: IETA, June, 2020) Contact: IETA, secretariat@ieta.org, Tel: +41 22 737 05 00 , Fax: +41 22 737 05 08, www.itea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Emissions Trading Association,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Glasgow Monitoring GHG Emissions in Real-Time (Int'l. Report)
    University of Strathclyde
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In the UK, scientists from the University of Strathclyde, in cooperation with the City of Glasgow , are installing a network of 25 sensors to monitor CO2 and other greenhouse gases -- carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and PM2.5.T -- as part of a trial to provide Glasgow City Council with real-time information on emissions sources and level citywide. Glasgow is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030.

    Results of the monitoring will be shared with the leaders of other global cities at a virtual conference in November, and will be presented at the COP26 environmental summit to encourage other cities to establish sensor networks.

    The emission monitoring program is part of the Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement (GEMM) project, a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley), The Optical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the Met Office and the National Physical Laboratory. (Source: University of Strathclyde Glasgow, PR, 27 June, 2020) Contact: University of Strathclyde Glasgow, www.strath.ac.uk; Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement (GEMM) project, www.gemminitiative.org/en-us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  


    Ford Targets Global Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Ford
    Date: 2020-06-26
    In Detroit, U.S. automaker Ford 21st annual Sustainability Report notes the company plans on achieving carbon neutrality globally by 2050, while setting interim targets to more urgently address climate change challenges.

    To that end, Ford will initially focus on three specific areas that account for approximately 95 pct of its CO2 emissions -- vehicle use, supply base, and the company's facilities -- to reduce CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. The company will also work with California for stronger vehicle greenhouse gas standards. As previously reported, Ford plans to use 100 pct locally sourced renewable energy for all its manufacturing plants globally by 2035 (Source: Ford Authority, 24 June, 2020) Contact: Ford, Bob Holycross, VP Sustainability, Environment and Safety, www.ford.com

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


    CNOOC Reports First Carbon-Neutral LNG Shipment (Int'l. Report)
    CNOOC,Shell
    Date: 2020-06-24
    CNOOC Gas & Power, China's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer, is reporting the purchase of the first of two carbon-neutral LNG shipments under a purchase and supply agreement with Shell. The purchase was offset by carbon credits through nature-based projects in China, Kallanish Energy reports.

    The inaugural agreement kick-starts the sale of carbon-neutral LNG through an online trading platform, which the Shanghai exchange described as a "global innovation." (Source: Shanghai Oil and Gas Exchange, Kallanish, 23 June, 2020) Contact: CNOOC Gas & Power, www.cnooc.com.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  Alternative Fuel,  Carbon Neutral Fuel,  Carbon Credit,  


    GORD, EESL Cooperating on MENA Energy Efficiency (Int'l.Report)
    Gulf Organisation for Research and Development
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In Qatar, the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions leading "green" buildings, sustainability and energy efficiency services provider, is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India's state-controlled Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to collaborate on and support local and regional energy efficiency projects in the Middle East.

    The MoU includes the deployment of large-scale smart metering systems, electric vehicle charging, energy efficient lighting sustainable and energy efficient HVAC systems, renewable energy projects, and consulting on sustainability and variou carbon neutral projects. (Source: GORD, MENAFN, The Peninsula, 22 June, 2020) Contact: GORD, www.gord.qa;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services news,  EESL news,  Energy Efficiency news,  India Energy Efficiency news,  


    Warsaw Joining EBRD Green Cities (Intl. Report)
    EBRD,C40
    Date: 2020-06-22
    The Polish capital city of Warsaw (pop. 1.8 million) reports it is joining the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's (EBRD) Green Cities urban sustainability program.

    The €1.5 billion EBRD Green Cities program helps member cities tailor solutions to their individual environmental needs with a unique combination of measures designed to move towards a lower-carbon and more liveable future. On joining the program, cities undertake a trigger project with EBRD finance and craft their own Green City Action Plan (GCAP) setting out further actions.

    Warsaw will receive the combined support of EBRD Green Cities and the climate leadership group C40 to develop a multi-decade investment plan and roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality while addressing its most immediate challenges in the short term.

    Warsaw's GCAP is supported by donor funding from Poland and Taipei China, and the EBRD and C40 will work together to help deliver the final action plan. This will be the first such cooperation within EBRD Green Cities, a fast growing program that now has 43 participating cities. (Source: Warsaw Business Journal, EBRD, 20 June, 2020) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, www.ebrd.com; C40 Cities, www.c40.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD Green Cities,  EBRD,  C40,  


    Dow Targeting Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Dow
    Date: 2020-06-17
    Midland Michigan-headquartered Dow has announced aggressive new commitments and targets to address both climate change and plastic waste:
  • By 2030, Dow will reduce its net annual carbon emissions by 5 million metric tons, or 15 pct from its 2020 baseline. Additionally, Dow intends to be carbon neutral by 2050, in alignment with the Paris Agreement, and is committed to implementing and advancing technologies to manufacture products using fewer resources and that help customers reduce their carbon footprints.

  • By 2030, Dow will help stop plastic waste by enabling 1 million metric tons of plastic to be collected, reused or recycled through its direct actions and partnerships. The company is investing and collaborating in key technologies and infrastructure to significantly increase global recycling.

    To date, Dow has reduced its GHG emissions by 15 pct; Incorporated a carbon price into its business planning; and invested in renewable power capacity -- Dow is the number one user of clean energy in the chemicals industry and ranks among the top 25 global corporations in terms of renewable power use, according to the company's Sustainability Report.

    Dow will also collaborate with leading academics, NGOs, auditing experts, technology partners and others in industry to incentivize the development and commercialization of low-carbon products and technologies that ultimately lower global GHG emissions and to ensure that companies are able to account for those GHG reductions., according to its Sustainability Report.

    Download the Dow 2025 Sustainability Goals report HERE. (Source: Dow Chemical, PR, 17 June, 2020) Contact: Dow Chemical, Mary Draves, VP Sustainability, Kyle Bandlow, 989-638-2417 , kbandlow@dow.com, www.corporate.dow.com/en-us.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  Dow Chemical,  


  • Carbon Neutral Alcantara Supports Global Sustainability (Int'l.)
    Alcantara
    Date: 2020-06-12
    Milan-based "life-style" products manufacturer Alcantara, the first Italian company to be certified as Carbon Neutral, reports its support for environmental sustainability and the struggle against climate change 'will remain a core value of our corporate culture, an important growth driver and a spur to developing our company's business strategy."

    Alcantara achieved carbon neutrality in 2019 by eliminating 61,558 tons of CO2 emissions at its facilities and supporting more then 40 international projects to offset the equivalent of nearly 37,000 tons of residual CO2 emissions that could not be eliminated in any other way based on current state-of-the-art technology.

    The company is also committed to continuous improvement in the field of sustainability and maximizing its use of bio-based raw materials in its production processes with a goal to create a totally bio-based product line (that is not a food-chain antagonist) in the future, consistent with available technologies. Its product portfolio includes a special version of the material composed of up to 25 pct of its weight from raw materials derived from post-consumer recycling as well.

    Alcantara is also committed to raising awareness for the importance of sustainability among its suppliers, encouraging them to measure, reduce and compensate for CO2 emissions. (Source: Alcantara S.p.A., PR, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Alcantara S.p.A, www.alcantara.com, www. sustainabilityreport.alcantara.com; twitter.com/alcantaraspa

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission,  Sustainability,  


    Neoen to Construct 30MW BESS in Finland (Int'l. Report)
    Neoen
    Date: 2020-06-12
    The Paris-based independent renewable energy asset producer Neoen reports it will construct Yllikkala Power Reserve One , a 30MW / 30MWh grid-connected battery energy storage system (BESS) in Finland to help integrate the growing capacity of local wind energy.

    Yllikkala Power Reserve One will help grid operator Fingrid by supplying fast-acting frequency regulation services to Finland's national electricity system.

    The plant will be sited in the south-east of Finland, near the city of Lappeenranta. Finland is targeting carbon neutrality at a national level by 2035. (Source: Neoen, Energy Storage, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Neoen, www.neoen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen news,  Energy Storage news,  Battery news,  


    Faurecia Taps Schneider Electric to Reach Carbon Neutrality (Int'l.)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2020-05-27
    Nanterre, France-based automotive technology company Faurecia Group reports the selection of France's Schneider Electric as a preferred partner to support its commitment to decarbonize its operations and reach CO2 neutrality by 2025.

    A significant part of greenhouse gas emissions in Faurecia's 300 worldwide operations are direct emissions from controlled facilities and indirect emissions from energy procured (scopes 1 and 2 respectively). The first stage of the program will include both purchasing energy produced with low-carbon fuels or from renewable sources, and reducing energy used by adopting innovative digital solutions for efficiency and heat recovery. In addition to this first milestone of CO2 neutrality in scopes 1 and 2 in 2025, Faurecia is also targeting CO2 neutrality in controlled emissions in 2030 and CO2 full neutrality by 2050. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Faurecia, www.faurecia.com; Schneider Electric, www.se.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  CO2,  Carbon Neutral,  


    Finnish Developer Planning 1.3 GW of New Wind Power (Int'l.)
    Metsahallitus
    Date: 2020-05-27
    Finnish state-owned land developer Metsahallitus is reporting plans to develop 1.3 GW of new onshore wind power, 400 MW of which is presently under construction, on state lands by 2030. The push for additional wind energy is part of the country's drive towards carbon neutrality by 2035.

    To date Metsahallitus , which is responsible for the management of one third of Finland's surface area , has developed 650 MW of onshore wind power on Finnish state lands. (Source: Metsahallitus, Website, Montel, 25 May, 2020) Contact: Metsahallitus www.metsa.fi/web/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Finland Wind news,  


    Houston Commits to Renewables for Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    City of Houston
    Date: 2020-05-22
    In the Lone Star State, the City of Houston's recently released Climate Action Plan has committed to 100 pct renewable energy. To that end, the city has teamed up with NRG Energy to power all municipal operations with renewable energy beginning in July, this year.

    Through the partnership, the City will receive 1,034,399 MWh of renewable electricity from a utility--scale solar facility each year over a 7 year contract projected to save the city a total of $65 million.

    Houston is a member of C40 Cities Global Climate Leadership Group , Vice Chair of U.S. Climate Mayors, and committed to reach carbon neutral status by 2050, according to the release. (Source: City of Houston, Planetary Press, 19 May, 2020)

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


    €30,000 Energy Efficiency Award 2020 Seeks Submissions (Int'l)
    Deutsche Energie-Agentur
    Date: 2020-05-04
    In Berlin, the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (German Energy Agency) reports the launch of its Energy Efficiency Award 2020 and is seeking submissions from private and public organizations that will help companies cut energy consumption and emissions that have an impact on the climate.

    The €30,000 Energy Efficiency Award 2020 is focused on cutting industrial energy consumption, increasing energy efficiency, reducing emissions and generally stimulating the transition to clean energy. The award is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

    Companies of any size and from any industry in Germany or abroad can submit one or more competition entries in the following categories:

  • Complex energy efficiency projects -- For a long time, companies have been implementing multi-layered energy efficiency projects where a large number of measures have to be coordinated with one another. Here systematic thinking and integrated solutions are being sought.

  • From clever to digital / the broad spectrum of energy efficiency -- In this category, low-investment measures are being sought just as much as mature technologies, or digitally supported optimization using software solutions or artificial intelligence, e.g. as part of an energy management system.

  • Achieving more together -- Energy Services as enabler of the energy transition The involvement of service providers is particularly useful where ambitious ideas hit up against limited finances, resources or lack of expertise. Such involvement can range from conception, planning and implementation of a system to finance, system control and maintenance.

  • Concepts for carbon neutral companies -- Innovative ideas and new approaches for a green economy. The energy transition needs innovative ideas. Companies that pursue new approaches to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, or conceive the energy transition in cross-sectoral or holistic terms.

    Download Energy Efficiency Award 2020 details at www.EnergyEfficiencyAward.de. (Source: Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH, May, 2020) Contact: Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH, Tom Raulien , +49 (0)30 66 777-652, +49 (0)30 66 777-699 - fax, raulien@dena.de; www.dena.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • Harvard's $40.9Bn Endowment Aims for Carbon Neutrality (Ind Report)
    Harvard College
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University is reporting a new pledge to reduce carbon and other GHG emissions by monitoring its $40,9 billion endowment investment portfolio with a view to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The net-zero pledge is a first among U.S. endowments. Harvard's is the world's largest educational endowment fund.

    The university's governing body, the Harvard Management Company (HMC), which administers the endowment, plans to reach net-zero by 2050 through a collaboration with faculty and other experts and careful work with asset managers to examine their portfolio's transparency and emission levels. HMC expects to formulate detailed plans to achieve net-zero emissions before the year end.

    Harvard's new pledge aligns with HMC's sustainable-investing framework, which was adopted in 2014 when Harvard signed on to the U.N.-sponsored Principles for Responsible Investment, a six-point outline for a global standard. (Source: Harvard Gazette, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Harvard Management Company, www.hmc.harvard.edu

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


    Allegheny College PA's First Carbon Neutral College (Ind. Report)
    Allegheny College
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In the Keystone State, Allegheny College (enrollment 1850 +-) in Meadville reports it is the state's first college or university and only the eighth in the nation to achieve carbon neutrality.

    Allegheny College's Board of Trustees established a climate action plan in 2010 that in part aimed to become a carbon-neutral institution by 2020.To that end, the school increased its energy efficiency by nearly 20 pct through retrofitting existing infrastructure, making system and behavioral changes, and opting for sustainable construction and renovation. It also shifted from fossil fuel-based energy sources to alternative energy sources by installing geothermal heating and cooling systems in four buildings, generating 8,500 kilowatt-hours of solar energy annually and by only buying energy from wind-generated sources. It offset remaining emissions by investing in projects that Allegheny College faculty and students are involved in, including, for example, a methane-capture project at a dairy farm. (Source: Allegheny College Times News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Allegheny College, Kelly Boulton, Sustainability Director, www.allegheny.edu

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


    Univ. Sask. Advances Waste-to-Green Fuel Technology (Ind. Report)
    University of Saskatchewan
    Date: 2020-04-22
    On the Canadian prairies, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are reporting the production of a high-quality syngasa fuel gas mixture, using crop and forestry residues, food waste such as cooking oil, municipal solid waste, cattle manure, petroleum and petrochemical waste, and even scrap tires using a process called supercritical water gasification.

    Unlike traditional methods that cause the emission of harmful CO2 into the atmosphere, the CO2 produced in the USask process helps plants produce oxygen, potentially making it a carbon neutral technology. While the researchers expect to see their improved water-based technology to be commercialized in three to five years, this method is not widespread yet due to high maintenance costs -- the salt in food waste corrodes the production tanks, according to the release.

    The research is funded by the federal agency NSERC, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research Chairs Program, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Saskatchewan government’s Agriculture Development Fund, Mitacs, and a few companies in the agriculture and energy sector. (Source: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Star Phoenix ,20 April, 2020) Contact: University of Saskatchewan, Sonil Nanda, Biological Engineering Research Associate, Ajay Dalai, Canada Research Chair of Bio-energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, 306-966-4768, ajay.dalai@usask.ca, www.usask.ca

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    Univ. Penn., Community Energy Ink 25-yr Solar PPA (Ind. Report)
    Community Energy
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania is reporting a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Radnor, Pennsylvania-based Community Energy for the creation of a solar power project moving the University significantly closer to meeting its commitment of a 100 pct carbon neutral campus by 2042.

    The PPA will result in the construction in central Pennsylvania of two new solar energy facilities totaling 220MW of electricity, all of which will be purchased by the university. Community Energy expects this to be the largest solar power project in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    The university notes it intends to retire all Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Credits produced by the project, meaning that the solar power generated will be above and beyond Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard requirements, and will be key to meeting the campus' carbon reduction goals.

    Download the University's Climate & Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 HERE. (Source: Univ. of Pennsylvania, PR, April, 2020) Contact: University of Pennsylvania, www.upenn.edu;Community Energy, Jay Carlis, Exec VP, 866-946-3123, www.communityenergyinc.com

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    OSU Releases Path to Carbon Neutrality Plan (Ind. Report)
    Ohio State University
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Columbus, The Ohio State University (OSU) has released a plan to slash its carbon emissions in half within this decade, accelerating the university's ability to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2050.

    In 2008, Ohio State established the goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitment. The university released its first Climate Action Plan in 2011 outlining actions the university could take to advance the carbon neutrality goal. As a result of those and other actions, through the 2019 fiscal year, the university decreased its carbon emissions by over 15 pct while still increasing the amount of built space by nearly 11 pct. The new Action Plan calls for:

  • Improving building energy efficiency;

  • Revising the university's Green Build and Energy Policy to more effectively control energy use as the university continues to grow and update its building spaces;

  • Extend on-campus solar PV and any future feasible technology for increased renewable power generation capacity;

  • Completing the existing university Green Fleet Action Plan and consider a future fuel switch from compressed natural gas to green hydrogen or renewable natural gas.

  • Create new incentives to reduce the impact of driving to and from campus, including expanding campus user access to electric vehicle fueling stations.

    This pace of activity is more aggressive than the International Panel on Climate Change's recommended carbon emission reductions necessary to avoid the most acute human impacts of climate change.

    Download the Path to Carbon Neutrality: Ohio State Climate Action Plan HERE (Source: Ohio State Univ., PR, 15 April, 2020)

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  • Global Aviation Emissions Down 38 pct in 2020 (Int'l. Report)
    Australian Institute
    Date: 2020-04-08
    The Canberra-based Australian Institute, a progressive public policy think tank, is estimating global CO2 emissions from the aviation sector could be slashed by 38 pct in 2020 as the industry faces longer-term pressure to become carbon neutral and COVID-19 pandemic caused disruptions.

    "The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in approximately 10.3 million tonnes of CO2 reduction in global air transport. CO2 emissions during February and March, with the remainder of March likely to show further deep falls," the study found. (Source: Australian Institute, April, 2020) Contact: Australian Institute, www.tai.org.au

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    BofA Addresses Climate Change Beyond Bus-as-Usual (Ind. Report)
    Bank of America
    Date: 2020-04-08
    Following up on our 24th Jan. report, the Bank of America's Alex Liftman, global environmental executive, believes “significantly accelerating progress on addressing big global issues like climate change requires going beyond business-as-usual financing to find innovative approaches that can help attract a larger share of capital from a broader set of investors."

    In January, BofA reported it achieved carbon neutrality a year ahead of schedule by reducing their location-based emissions by 52 pct since 2010, by purchasing 100 pct of their electricity from renewable sources, and, for unavoidable emissions, purchasing high-quality, third-party verified carbon credits. The bank also plans to transition away from purchasing unbundled renewable energy credits (RECS).

    Under its Environmental Business Initiative (EBI), the bank has deployed $145 billion to low-carbon sustainable activities since 2007, with another $300 billion committed to these efforts until 2030. (Source: Bank of America, April, 2020) Contact: Bank of America, www.bankofamerica.com

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    Consortium Reports Scandinavian eMethanol Projects (Int'l. Report)
    Liquid Wind,Carbon Clean Solutions, Haldor Topsoe,
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Goteborg, Sweden-based Liquid Wind, Axpo, COWI, London-based Carbon Clean Solutions, Haldor Topsoe, Nel Hydrogen and Siemens are reporting joining forces in a "power-to-fuel" project to convert CO2 emissions into cost-effective carbon neutral fuel.

    The stakeholders will combine their expertise and technology to capture waste carbon dioxide (CCU) and combine this with hydrogen, made from renewable electricity and water, to produce renewable methanol (eMethanol.

    Six individual 45,000 tpy facilities are planned across Scandinavia by 2030 with the first project in Sweden expected to be in production by 2023. The consortium aims to standardize the eMethanol facility and blueprint a 'digital twin for efficient replication than can be scaled and licensed internationally. The project is supported by a €1.7 million investment from EIT InnoEnergy. (Source: Liquid Wind, Manifold Times, 31 Mar., 2020) Contact: Liquid Wind, Claes Fredriksson, Founder & CEO, info@liquidwind.se,www.liquidwind.se; Carbon Clean Solutions Ltd., Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3755 1600, ccs@kekstcnc.com, www.carboncleansolutions.com; Haldor Topsoe, Morten Schaldemose, , EVP, www.topsoe.com

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    Russia Announces New Emissions Targets (Int'l. Report)
    Russian Ministry of Economic Development
    Date: 2020-03-30
    In Moscow, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development has, after extended procrastination and posturing, released a draft plan under which Russia, the world's fifth largest GHG emitter, would cut greenhouse gas emissions by one-third of 1990 levels by 2030.

    Under the plan Russian emissions are projected to rise to the equivalent of 2.08 billion tons of carbon dioxide by 2030 - 67 pct of the 3.11 billion tons recorded in 1990.

    By 2050, the draft plan projects emissions would fall to 1.99 billion tons -- 64 pct of 1990 levels -- and Russia would not become carbon neutral until much later than its original 2050 target.

    Details of the draft plan are expected to be included in Russia's updated Paris Climate Agreement climate action plan to be submitted to the UN later this year. The Kremlin previously pledged a 25 pct cut in emissions. (Source: Russian Ministry of Economic Development, Bellona, Mar., 2020)

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    Carbon Terminology Refresher (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-03-16
    From the Land Down Under, The Fifth Estate has offered the following brief clarifications of the plethora of commonly used carbon emissions related terms:
  • Net Zero Energy -- There's two ways of looking at this. The first is based on simple math, and means a building, precinct, process or region generates as much energy within its own boundaries or site as it pulls in from elsewhere over a specific period -- most often a year. The other definition is a building or precinct or region that generates 100 per cent of its own energy needs on site or within its boundaries.

  • Net Positive Energy -- When a building or precinct generates more energy than it uses and shares that energy through either a local microgrid or by sending it into the main grid, it becomes energy positive.

  • Carbon Negative -- Carbon negative is used for larger scales than individual buildings, such as precincts, regions, businesses or even entire nations. It means absorbing more carbon than all combined carbon emissions within the specific area or operation.

  • Carbon Neutral -- Carbon neutral is basically a balancing act where a building, business or region sequesters or offsets as much carbon as it emits.

  • Carbon Offsets -- All offsets are not created equal -- there are dirt-cheap offsets sloshing around the global carbon market from questionable projects in far-flung places. But not only are they scientifically and ethically questionable, they also will not meet the standards required for formal third-party carbon neutral certification. The best offsets deliver co-benefits beyond just sequestering carbon, such as improving biodiversity, increasing water quality or catchment protection, generating social benefits, local economic benefits or supporting Indigenous cultural practices and knowledge.

  • Operational Emissions -- Most carbon accounting undertaken for the purposes of carbon neutral certification focus on carbon emissions generated by the operation of a building, business or region. It's not just emissions from energy or fuel use though. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol defines three "scopes" or categories of carbon emissions as follows -- Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from "owned or controlled sources" such as a fleet of vehicles, a power plant or a manufacturing plant. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of energy used within a building, plant or region. Scope 3 emissions are all the indirect emissions in a business, process or region's value chain both upstream and downstream. This would include something like methane emissions from waste sent to landfill, or the emissions from energy used to make the widgets that a business procures then retails.

  • Embodied Carbon -- Basically, almost everything we use from a smartphone to a building, has embodied carbon. Embodied or upfront carbon refers to the emissions released during the manufacture and transport of building materials, and the construction as well the end-of-life-phases of built assets. (Source: Fifth Estate Australia, Mar, 2020)

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  • Creating a Low Carbon World, the Case for a Carbon Border Adjustment -- Steel Maker's Manifesto (Report Attached)
    ArcelorMittal
    Date: 2020-03-13
    Further to our 13 Dec., 20190 coverage, Belgium-based steel maker ArcelorMittal is calling for member states and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to support the introduction of a carbon border adjustment (CBA) as part of the European Commission's €1 trillion Green Deal aimed at making the 28-member trading bloc carbon neutral by 2050.

    In a manifesto -- Creating a Low Carbon World, the Case for a Carbon Border Adjustment -- ArcelorMittal notes CBA should be one of the first Green Deal measures adopted by the new European Commission, as it will help to create the market conditions and protections needed for companies to make investments and transition to carbon neutrality without disruption.

    Download ArcelorMittal's Climate Action in Europe manifesto HERE. (Source: ArcelorMittal, Mar., 2020) Contact: ArcelorMittal, Alan Knight, Corporate Responsibility GM, +32 9 347 31 11, www.corporate.arcelormittal.com

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    Fort Collins Aims for 20 pct Carbon Emission Drop by 2021 (Ind Report)
    Fort Collins
    Date: 2020-03-13
    In Colorado, the city of Fort Collins Climate Action plans calls for the city of 165,00 +- residents to reduce CO2 emission by 20 pct by 2021 and further reduce by 80 pct of 2005 levels by 2030. The plan calls for the city to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

    According to the Climate Action Plan, in total, Fort Collins emits 2 million metric tpy of carbon dioxide in community greenhouse gases.

    Fort Collins Climate Action Plan details HERE. (Source: City of Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain Collegian, 11 Mar., 2020) Contact: City of Fort Collins, Lindsay Ex, Climate Program Manager, www.fcgov.com

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    Neste Oyj Targets Carbon-Neutral Production by 2035 (Int'l Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2020-03-13
    Espoo, Finland-headquartered biofuels and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) producer Neste Oyi reports it is committed to reaching carbon neutral production by 2035. The commitment complements Neste's other strategic climate commitment of reducing customers' greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tpy by 2030. To that end, the company:

  • Continues to focus on energy efficiency to optimize the use of fuel gas, electricity, hydrogen and steam in its production. The improvements in the turnaround at Porvoo refinery in 2020 will decrease production emissions by more than 100 kt CO2eq annually;

  • Increases the use of renewable electricity at its production sites. As an example of this, Neste has already agreed to start using wind power in Finland;

  • Increases the weight of greenhouse gas emissions in the investment calculations and business case evaluation;

  • Explores new, less emitting production methods, for example utilizing biogas or electrolysis for hydrogen production;

  • Has started a project for GHG emission reductions at the Porvoo production site, focusing on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and identifies reliable compensation models for the remaining part which cannot be achieved by emission reductions.

    Neste is working on rolling out the detailed plan and timeline for implementing the initiatives aimed at carbon neutral production by 2035. (Source: Neste Oyi, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Neste Oyi, Salla Ahonen, VP Sustainability, +358 50 458 5076, media@neste.com, www.neste.com

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  • YVR Commits to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Vancouver International Airport
    Date: 2020-03-11
    In British Columbia, the Vancouver Airport Authority reports the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is aiming to become carbon neutral in 2020 and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    Under its previous 2020--2024 EMP sustainability plan, YVR reduced emissions, water use and waste to landfill, and invested in one of Canada's largest GeoExchange plants to bolster its ability to continue to reduce carbon emissions. (Source: Vancouver Airport Authority , PR, 10 Mar., 2020) Contact: Vancouver Airport Authority, Marion Town, director, Environment, www.linkedin.com/company/vancouver-airport-authority

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    Neste Reports Finnair Aviation Biofuel Partnership (Int'l. Report)
    Neste,Finnair
    Date: 2020-03-06
    Helsinki-headquartered air carrier Finnair and Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel refined from waste and residues, are reporting an agreement that will see Finnair gradually increase its use of Neste SAF in its operations and play a key role in Finnair's long-term target of carbon neutrality.

    The partnership will not only increase Finnair's use of SAF, but it will also boost the production of SAF in Finland. Growing availability is also important in order to make SAF more widely used and affordable for Finnair's future flight operations. (Source: Neste, PR, 5 Mar., 2020) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Finnair, Topi Manner,CEO, Arja Suominen, SVP, Communications, Kati Ihamaki, Director Corporate Sustainability, www.finnair.com

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    University of Pittsburgh Commits to Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
    University of Pittsburgh
    Date: 2020-03-02
    In the Steel City, the University of Pittsburgh reports it has committed to become carbon neutral on the Pittsburgh campus by 2037. Through partnerships, increased building and infrastructure efficiencies, expanded use of renewable energy sources and other measures, Pitt will build on the success of its ambitious Sustainability Plan and existing greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 22 pct between 2008 and 2017. Key initiatives to achieve this goal include:
  • Building Efficiency -- With 130 buildings, including 14 projects certified under U.S. Green Building Council standards, Pitt will continue pursuing its 50 pct reduction in energy use by 2030 in existing facilities. For new construction, the goal is an 80 pct reduction by 2030 in support of the 2037 neutrality goal.

  • Renewable Energy -- The University has committed to purchase at least 50 pct of campus electricity from renewable sources by 2030, including from a low-impact hydroelectric power plant in the Allegheny River that will come online by 2023.

  • Infrastructure Efficiency -- In 2009, Pitt built one of the most efficient steam plants in the nation which has helped reduce CO2 emissions to date. The University is also growing its current fleet of five zero emissions electric vehicles. Efficiencies in purchasing supply chains, materials diversion, greater utilization of active and shared transportation modes and offsets will also help Pitt to become carbon neutral.

  • Leadership and Collaboration -- Students, faculty and staff have embraced Pitt's commitment to sustainability and continue to develop new initiatives, many with funding support.

    The University's pledge exceeds the carbon reduction targets of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh. Pitt's progress toward carbon neutrality will be shared via a newly created online "sustainability dashboard" updated by the University Office of Sustainability. (Source: University of Pittsburgh, PR 28 Feb., 2020) Contact: University of Pittsburgh, Office of Sustainability, Dr. Aurora Sharrard, Dir., (412) 624-5122, asharrard@pitt.edu, sustainability@pitt.edu, www.sustainable.pitt.edu


  • Heathrow Claims 93 pct Emissions Cut (Int'l. Report)
    Heathrow Airport
    Date: 2020-02-24
    In the UK, carbon neutral Heathrow Airport reports it has cut emissions 93 pct since 1990 after investing £100 million in energy efficiency measures and onsite power generation facilities. Heathrow noted it uses strictly "Clean" energy as needed, purchased carbon credits for 2019-21, and aims to achieve zero emissions from its operations within the next fifteen years.

    As we previously reported, Heathrow's four-part action plan to reduce and offset the growth in emissions builds on the momentum of technological change within the aviation industry to make travel more sustainable. The plan outlines action on four key areas including: cleaner aircraft performance and technology; improvements to airspace and ground operations; increased use of sustainable aviation fuels; and developing and promoting new carbon offsetting technologies and options. Additionally, Heathrow is calling on the ICAO -- the UN body for international aviation -- to develop global goals for the uptake of sustainable alternative fuels, and calling for the UK Government to engage ICAO and fellow member states to agree on a 2050 carbon emissions reduction goal for international aviation

    Other UK airports and airlines have committed to bring UK aviation to net-zero status by 2050 -- Gatwick Airport claimed carbon neutrality through renewable energy and offsets in 2018 and Birmingham Airport has committed to net-zero by 2033. (Source: Heathrow Airport, PR Feb 21, 2020) Contact: Heathrow Airport, John Holland-Kaye, CEO, +44 0 8443 351801, www.heathrow.com

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    296 Finnish Municipalities Lower Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Finnish Environment Institute
    Date: 2020-02-21
    The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is reporting from Helsinki that only 16 of Finland's 310 municipalities failed to lower their GHG emissions by an average of 15 pct between 2005 and 2017.

    On the high end of the reductions scale, Finnish Lapland is estimated to have lowered its emissions by 121 percent, while emissions grew in Ilomantsi in North Karelia, far eastern Finland.

    The SKYE emissions figures are calculated according to standards set by the Carbon Neutral Municipalities Network which is backed by SYKE and the EU as part of a six-year climate project called Towards Carbon Neutral Municipalities and Regions.

    Finnish emissions must still be slashed by 70-80 pct if to country is to reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2035. (Source: Finnish Environment Institute, YLE News, 19 Feb., 2020) Contact: Finnish Environment Institute, Johannes Lounasheimo, +358 29 5251000, www.syke.fi › en-US

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    CEMEX Commits to Cutting Cement Production CO2 Emissions (Int'l.)
    CEMEX
    Date: 2020-02-21
    Global building materials and cement company CEMEX reports it supports the urgency of collective action to ensure compliance by all parties in the implementation of the Paris Agreement commitments and the fulfilment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Climate Action.

    To that CEMEX has been working to cut cement production related carbon emissions through investing in energy efficiency, using alternative fuels, increasing its use of renewable energy and increasing clinker substitution through alternative cementitious materials. Through these efforts the company has achieved a reduction of more than 22 pct in net specific CO2 emissions compared to a 1990 baseline.

    In 2019 CEMEX announced a goal to reduce 30 pct of its CO2 net emissions by 2030, but has raised its 30 pct taget to 35 pct our CO2net emissions by 2030, aligned with the Science-Based Targets Methodology.

    Download the CEMEX Our Contribution Towards a Carbon Neutral World report HERE. (Source: CEMEX, Feb., 2020) Contact: CEMEX, www.cemex.com

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    Infineon Aiming for 2030 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Infineon Technologies
    Date: 2020-02-21
    Neubiberg, Germany based semiconductor specialist Infineon Technologies AG reports it is aiming to become carbon-neutral by 2030, and will reduce its greenhouse gas footprint and cut direct and indirect emissions from electric power and heat production by 70 pct over 2019 levels by 2025.

    In order to achieve its target, Infineon is committed in particular to avoiding direct emissions and further reducing the energy it needs for its plants and processes. Further expansion of its energy efficiency program and efforts aimed at smart exhaust air treatment will play a key part in achieving its goal. The company plans to compensate for unavoidable emissions by purchasing green electricity with guarantees of origin. Emissions will also be compensated to a smaller part by certificates that combine development support and CO2 abatement, according to a company statement. (Source: Infineon Technologies, Automotive World, 20 Feb., 2020) Contact: Infineon Technologies, Jochen Hanebeck, CEO, +49 89 234 65555, www.infineon.com

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    Equinor Announces New Net-Carbon Intensity Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor
    Date: 2020-02-12
    Following up on our 10th Jan. report, Oslo-headquartered Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor -- fka Statoil -- reports the launch of a new climate roadmap aiming to ensure a competitive and resilient business model in the energy transition, fit for long term value creation and in line with the COP15 Paris Climate Agreement. In short, Equinor plans to:
  • Reduce the net carbon intensity, from initial production to final consumption, of the energy produced with at least 50 pct by 2050.

  • Cut absolute emissions from operated offshore fields and onshore plants in Norway by 40 pct by 2030, 70 pct by 2040 and towards near zero by 2050.

  • Slash CO2-emissions per barrel of oil and gas produced to below 8 kg by 2025 from operated fields;

  • Run carbon neutral operations globally by 2030;

  • Eliminate routine flaring before 2030;

  • Maintain methane emissions near zero;

  • Continue to apply an internal price on CO2-emission of at least $55 per tonne in all investment decisions;and

  • Continue support of the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). (Source: Equinor, PR, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: Equinor, Eldar Sætre, Pres., CEO, www.equinor.com

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  • LLNL Envisions CO2 Cuts Without Cutting CA Oil Prod. (Ind. Report)
    Lawrence Livermore National Lab
    Date: 2020-02-07
    In the Golden State, a new study from the US DOE's Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) has found that California can bury or offset 125 MW per year of CO2 by 2045 through land management practices, waste material processing, capturing atmospheric CO2 and storing the gas deep underground without negatively impacting the state's oil production.

    The study also suggests the local economy might be able to avoid fallout from Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to achieve carbon neutrality, in part, by managing the decline of California's Kern-centric oil industry and Kern's previously recognized geologic underground carbon storage capacity.

    The LNL report -- Getting to Neutral: Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California -- also notes the entire effort would cost less than $10 billion per year, or less than .05 pct of the state's economic output.

    According to the report, 84 megatons per year of CO2 emissions can be rerouted by creating biofuels from biomass and that carbon associated with such activities could then be buried. Another 25 megatons per year could be avoided by restoring woodlands, grasslands and wetlands, among other land-management practices. Additional savings could be pulled right out of the air using energy-intensive technology. (Source: Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Bakersfield.com,3 Feb., 2020) Contact: Lawrence Livermore National Lab, www.llnl.gov

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    Finns Launch Carbon-Neutrality by 2035 Roadmap (Int'l. Report)
    Finland Climate Change
    Date: 2020-02-05
    In Helsinki, the government of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has announced it will establish a muliti-million euro climate fund under the Finnish state-owned development and investment company VAKE. The initiative is part of the Marin government's long-awaited roadmap toward a carbon-neutral Finland by 2035. The fund will be targeted to combat the climate emergency, promote digitalization and expedite the transition to low-carbon industrial processes.

    The government also announced it will encourage "clean investments" by gradually lowering the electricity tax for manufacturing industries as of next year to the minimum level allowed in the European Union.

    The government also intends to increase carbon sequestration by three megatonnes by adopting a new climate programme for the land use, land-use change and forestry sector. The increase would account for less than 10 pct of the 35-megatonne change needed in the carbon balance to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035, according to the Finnish Climate Change Panel at the University of Helsinki.

    To meet its goal, Finland must cut its CO2e emissions from roughly 56.5 to 21.5 megatonnes by 2035. (Source: Finnish Climate Change Panel, Helsinki Times, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Finland Minister of the Interior, Maria Ohisalo, +358 295 480 171, +358 9 160 44635 - fax, www.intermin.fi/en/frontpage; Finnish Climate Change Panel, +358 50 4151201, www.ilmastopaneeli.fi

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    Nebraska MEAN Planning Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (ind. Report)
    Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska
    Date: 2020-02-05
    The Lincoln, Nebraska-based not-for-profit electric power wholesaler Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) is reporting plans to significantly slash its reliance on fossil fuels over the next 30 years and work to achieve a totally carbon- neutral power resource portfolio by 2050.

    To that end, MEAN's Power Supply Committee will develop policies around resource planning, portfolio optimization and emissions reduction. MEAN presently sources 50 pct of the power it supplies from renewables.

    MEAN provides cost-based power supply, transmission and related services to 69 participating communities in four states: Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming. (Source: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, Journal Star, Feb., 2020) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, Bob Poehling, CEO, 402-474-4759, www.nmppenergy.org

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    Net-Zero and Beyond -- What Role for Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage? (Int'l., Ind. Report Attached)
    Chatham House
    Date: 2020-02-03
    Further to our 23rd Feb., 2017 Chatham House, biomass and climate change report coverage, according to Net-Zero and Beyond -- What Role for Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage?, new report from the London-headquartered NGO Chatham House, the UK Government is over-prioritizing carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) and biomass in its net-zero plans and failing to account for the impact these technologies could have on land use.

    The potential unintended consequences of scaling up biomass energy carbon capture and storage (BECCS} in the UK and assesses the extent to which the technologies could deliver true and sustainable decarbonisation to the energy sector.

    BECCS has received a swathe of Government support and media coverage in recent times, both in the build-up to the ratification of the UK's 2050 net-zero goal, and after its implementation. Supporters of the technologies point out that biomass, unlike gas or other fossil fuels, is renewable, and that it is produces less emissions when burned. If these emissions can be captured for storage and reuse, the process can become carbon neutral or even carbon negative, firms including Drax have claimed.

    The report, however, warns that BECCS is "no silver bullet" for a net-zero energy sector. It claims that there has not been enough research into the likely energy output of BECCS or the environmental impacts of scaling up biomass supply chains, making it difficult to determine whether BECCS systems can be carbon-neutral across the life cycle.

    According to the report, deployment of BECCS at the scales assumed by the UK's modelling, on a global scale, would consume land equivalent to that currently accounted for by cropland. This could pose problems for food security, result in biodiversity loss and hamper plans to re-assess land-use in line with net-zero, Chatham House concludes. Chatham House claims that failures to account for biomass supply chain emissions undermine the assumption that BECCS systems are inherently carbon-neutral and is accordingly calling for stricter sustainability requirements for biomass feedstock and urging the Government to prioritise decarbonisation across carbon-intensive sectors, reshape its land-use strategies to ensure BECCS decisions are made after full considerations of all alternatives, both technology-based and nature-based.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: Chatham House, edie news, February 2020) Contact: Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs, +44 (0) 20 7957 5710, contact@chathamhouse.org, www.chathamhouse.org

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    EY Announces Carbon-Neutral by Year End Commitment (Ind. Report)
    Ernst & Young
    Date: 2020-01-31
    Reporting from London, Ernst & Young Global Limited (EY) has announced plans to be carbon neutral by the year end.

    To that end, EY will focus on reducing travel emissions, sustainable procurement practices and purchasing more renewable energy to power EY offices. It will also purchase carbon credits to offset the EY carbon footprint and invest in projects that reduce carbon emissions or remove carbon from the atmosphere, for example reforestation projects. The company is also expanding its global sustainability strategy which will focus on helping clients innovate and use technology to reduce their own carbon emissions, while driving sustainable economic growth. To date the company has:

  • Designed its environmental strategy in alignment with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) environmental principles, including measurement and reporting of the EY carbon footprint over the past 10 years.

  • Issued a global environmental statement in financial year (FY) 18, setting the expectation that the global EY network bears a collective responsibility to minimize its environmental impact.

  • Between FY17--FY19, EY decreased office energy emissions by over 11 pct while continuing to grow its business, resulting in a 25 pct reduction in energy emissions per full-time employee (FTE)

  • Over the past 15 years, its market-leading EY Climate Change and Sustainability Practice has supported EY clients' decarbonization and sustainability journeys by helping them implement a range of solutions crossing sustainability, supply chains and reporting.

  • Played a leading role in the World Economic Forum's International Business Council and developed a core set of common metrics and disclosures on non-financial factors to their investors and other stakeholders.

  • Introduced a global supplier code of conduct and procurement environmental criteria to improve the sustainability of products and services.

  • Collaborated with hotel suppliers to reduce waste, emissions and water use from EY people. EY people have dedicated time and skills to accelerate environmental sustainability through the EY Ripples program and helped scale nearly 100 impact enterprises focused on critical socio-environmental issues. (Source: EYGM, PR, 30 Jan., 2020) Contact: EY, Carmine Di Sibio, CEO, Steve Varley, EY Global Vice Chair – Sustainability , Alasdair Gee, Media, +44 (0) 20 7980 0612, Alasdair.Gee@uk.ey.com, www.ey.com

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