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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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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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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The government also plans to enact net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 legislation and other initiatives that would see 95 pct of the country's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2040. The plan also foresees eliminating pollution by buses and trucks and making farming carbon neutral.
(Source: AP, 212 Jan., 2020)
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Presently, the schools net emissions of about 175,000 metric tpy of CO2 are the university's centralized energy plant; decentralized heat and power generators; fleet vehicles; and faculty, staff and graduate student commuting. Projects are under way across campus aimed at identifying and implementing strategies to reduce emissions from each of them.
(Source: University of Maryland, Maryland Today, 9 Dec., 2019) Contact: University of Maryland, Maureen Kotlas, Exec. Dir.,Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk, firstname.lastname@example.org,
(301) 405-3960, www.essr.umd.edu
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The city of Ann Arbor has declared a climate emergency and set a goal to make the community carbon-neutral by 2030.
Ypsilanti plans to work with Ann Arbor officials to develop a regional plan.
Washtenaw County allocated $30,000 to hire a consultant to do a greenhouse gas inventory for the county to begin the action plan that could include moving away from fossil fuels, using clean energy, and balancing remaining carbon emissions with offsetting efforts like planting trees to achieve a zero-carbon footprint. (Source: City of Ypsilanti, MLive, 21 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Ypsilanti, 734-482-1025, www.cityofypsilanti.com
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With the largely symbolic declaration, Budapest's general assembly also proposed establishment of a city carbon neutrality plan in accord with the EU's plan to achieve climate-neutrality by 2050.
On a national level,
Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland are the only EU countries still opposing a bloc-wide plan to go climate-neutral by 2050. (Source: Various Media, EURACTIV.com , 6 Nov., 2019)
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The bill requires all greenhouse gases except methane from animals to be reduced to net zero by 2050. Methane emissions would be reduced by 10 pct by 2030 and 50 pct by 2050.
legislation establishes a Climate Change Commission to advise the government which has committed to plant 1 billion trees over 10 years and to ensure that the electricity grid runs entirely from renewable energy by 2035.
The bill also aims to fulfil New Zealand's obligations under the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. (Source: Daily Independent, Others, Nov., 2019) Contact: New Zealand Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/hon-james-shaw
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According to the company,
the "fund will allow us to expand the reach of our low carbon businesses beyond our own borders."
(Source: Total, Various Media, renews.biz, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: Total, +33 (0)1 47 44 45 46, www.total.com/en
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To that end, the company plans to offset CO2 emissions emissions at its 58 world-wide locations through investments in climate protection projects, renewable energies, and requiring its suppliers to
provide only CO2-neutral raw materials. (Source: Fuchs Petrolub, Renewables, 22 Oct., 2019)
Contact: Fuchs Petrolub SE, Nina Consagra, Marketing, Public Relations,
+49 (0) 621 3802-1207,
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Carbon neutrality is the highest level of carbon management performance under Airport Carbon Accreditation. In order to reach it, airports need to reduce CO2 emissions from those sources under their control as much as possible, and compensate for the remaining residual emissions with investment in high-quality carbon offsets. Carbon neutral airports at Level 3+ of the Airport Carbon Accreditation have to provide evidence of undertaking all the actions required by the programme prior to investing in carbon offsets.
(Source: ACI Europe, Travel Daily News, 17 Oct., 2019) (Contact: ACI Europe, Olivier Jankovec, Director General, www.aci-europe.org;
Airport Carbon Accreditation, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org
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Valmet's work will reduce emissions, increase plant efficiency, lower operating costs be operational in Spring 2021. Helen is aiming for 100 pct carbon neutrality in its energy production by 2035.
Valmets work includes a DNA District Heat Manager that optimizes the temperature of the district heating network flow, pressure differences and pumping, and coordinates the capacity of heating plants and district heat accumulators. It also automates the operations of district heating networks and plants for maximum efficiency. (Source: Valmet, Power Eng., Int'l, 14 Oct., 2019)
Contact: Valmet, Kai Janhunen, VP, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; Helen Ltd, +358 9 6171, www.helen.fi
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At its first carbon neutral plant in Klaipeda, Lithuania, PMI implemented multiple projects to optimize its energy usage and reduce carbon emissions: upgrading utilities equipment, such as chillers and compressors, and facilitating heat recovery to optimize fuel use for heating purposes; installing a biomass boiler; procuring certified renewable electricity and offsetting natural gas carbon emissions with biogas certificates. To offset the remaining carbon emissions, PMI invested in Gold Standard certificates from climate protection initiatives.
PMI is also pursuing initiatives to address the pressing climate challenge beyond its operations. For example, it is working with farmers and suppliers across its tobacco supply chain to lower the greenhouse gas emissions in the tobacco curing process by 70 percent by 2020 (vs. 2010) and to achieve zero-net deforestation of natural forest by 2025. PMI has also set and committed to science-based targets -- greenhouse gas emissions levels that science acknowledges as tolerable for the planet -- and to go beyond these in its operations by aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030.
Among its diversified portfolio, Philip Morris purchased General Foods Corp. in 1985 for $5.7 billion and Kraft Inc. in 1989 for $13 billion. Despite its move into foods, Philip Morris' tobacco business reportedly still accounts for 65 pct of its operating profit and 40 pct of its operating revenue.(Source: Philip Morris International, PR, 10 Oct., 2019} Contact: Philip Morris Int'l., Huub Savelkouls , Chief Sustainability Officer, +41 (0)58 242 5502, www.pmi.com/sustainability, www.pmi.com, www.pmiscience.com
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The survey of 502 senior business people found 1 in 10 said their company is already carbon neutral, and 14 pct said it will be in the next year. However, a third said they have no plans at all to become carbon neutral, despite 92 pct agreeing the climate is changing due to human activity.
The businesses surveyed included firms from the accounting, agriculture, hospitality, travel, education, and construction sectors.
On average, smaller firms were more likely to have no carbon reduction plan at all.
(Source: YouGov., Business Green, Oct., 2019)
Contact: YouGov, www.yougov.co.uk
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The Governor's executive order requires the Maine Climate Council to provide recommendations no later than Dec. 1, 2020, on ways to achieve a carbon neutral economy in Maine by 2045.
Under the order, the Maine state Department of Environmental Protection will develop a framework for accounting and tracking progress on greenhouse gas reduction, and reporting on such progress every other year. he order also directs that all actions taken to achieve carbon neutrality must grow Maine's economy and protect natural resources.
(Source: Office of Gov. Janet Mills, The Ellsworth American, 25 Sept., 2019)Contact:
Office of Gov. Janet Mills, www.maine.gov › governor › mills
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In May, the city of Glasgow followed the city of Edinburgh in declaring a climate emergency.
(Source: City of Glasgow, Clyde 1, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Glasgow, www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files/statistics/council-area-data-sheets/glasgow-city-council-profile.html
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The policy targets 50 pct renewable electricity for government operations by 2022 and 100 pct by 2025, rising to 100 pct renewable electricity by 2035.
The energy plan has specific targets for reducing the amount of per capita carbon produced each decade through 2050. The County also will produce a plan to transition away from internal combustion engines and increase the use of alternative and public transportation.
(Source: Arlington Connection, 25 Sept., 2019)Contact: Arlington County, www.arlingtonva.us
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The non-EU member sources about 60 pct of its electricity from hydropower, 33 pct from nuclear and the rest from fossil fuels. Of the total, fossil fuels still make up about 63 pct of which roughly 10 pct is from aviation -- the global average aviation emissions is between 2 and 3 pct. Switzerland's domestic carbon trading scheme includes aviation emissions in the same way the EU ETS system does and the two are linked. (Source: Various Media, EURACTIV, 29 Aug., 2019)
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The Climate Action Plan charts a detailed path for government, residents and businesses that would lead to an 80 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and full carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner. Several of the Plan's initiatives have been in place for years, including action plans to achieve water self-sufficiency by 2023 and zero waste by 2030. The plan also calls for new initiatives that will require major shifts in the local economy, buildings and transportation and an increased reliance on renewable energy.
The $800 million plan -- which includes $383 million worth of initiatives already taken by the City, as well as major new capital investments -- will "hopefully serve as a model for other cities," Santa Monica officials said.
(Source: City of Santa Monica, July, 2019) Contact: City of Santa Monica, Dean Kubani, Chief Environmental Officer, (310) 458-2213, www.smgov.net/departments/ose
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The shipping giant, which operates nearly 700 global vessels, has already substantially cut emissions and spent $1 billion to date in efficiency improvements aimed at the intermediate target of cutting emissions by 60 pct by 2030. To date, Maersk has reduced CO2 emissions by 46 pct -- roughly 9 pct more than the industry average.
Maritime emissions were not covered by the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Maersk, ZME, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Maersk Line, www.maerskline.com
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A Schneider Electric commissioned study of 2,000 UK adults and over 600 UK businesses revealed that just 10 pct of consumers want to do more to curb their current energy use, while 74 pct believe they already do enough. 68 pct of business leaders reported their organizations wasted energy, particularly in the form of inefficient building and office space, while 43 pct of corporate CEOs said their organization had not implemented any measures aimed at tackling these inefficiencies in 2018.
The 'Rethink Energy' initiative is focused on: the role for energy in achieving a zero-carbon economy by 2050; £1 trillion price tag -- cost or opportunity; and what will drive change in the UK's demand for energy.
"HM Treasury recently suggested it could cost the UK around £1 trillion to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, but it's not about cost, it's about huge savings. Sustainability is a cost that pays for itself and technology and innovation will be key to meeting the energy efficiency challenge," according Mike Hughes, Zone President, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland (Source: Schneider Electric UK, PR, voltimum, 13 July, 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric Ltd UK, +44 0870 608 8608, email@example.com , www.schneider-electric.co.uk/en
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The university with 12,600 students is launching a comprehensive plan aimed at reducing its environmental footprint, sourcing 100 pct of its power needs from renewable energy, and achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050.
(Source: Vanderbilt University, CleanLink, 2 July, 2019) Contact: Vanderbilt University, (615) 322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Charlottesville is the first city in the Commonwealth of Virginia to announce this ambitious goal of community-wide carbon neutrality, affirming its commitment to addressing the impacts of climate change and to mitigate the most significant consequences of a warming planet.
Other Virginia cities including Alexandria, Richmond, and the Town of Blacksburg, have set aggressive goals of reducing 80 pct of their community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Outside of Virginia, only nine US cities have reported community-wide carbon-neutrality goals.
The Charlottesville Climate Collaborative aims to build a Charlottesville culture of climate action through community-wide collaborations and programs that reduce climate pollution and advance the city's identity to include climate leadership. (Source: Charlottesville Climate Collaborative, Blue Virginia, July, 2019) Contact: Charlottesville Climate Collaborative, Susan Cruse, Exec. Dir., (434) 202-7993, www.cvilleclimate.org
The Rockland Energy Committee's recommendations call for hiring a full-time sustainability coordinator to create, execute and seek funding for programs to help achieve the energy goals; and hire a part-time staff member to perform marketing/public relations work to support those goals;
develop and deploy renewable energy power generation capacity sufficient to meet all city facilities and operations. The city plan also calls for the city to construct efficient buildings and update existing energy inefficient buildings; create a building improvement revolving loan fund; convert all city streetlights to LED bulbs; eliminate the city's reliance on fossil fuels for home heating; switch to and encourage low-carbon transportation and other appropriate measures.
(Source: City of Rockland, Republican Journal, 20 May, 2019) Contact:
City of Rockland, Nate Davis, Chair, Rockland Energy Advisory Committee, (207) 594-0300, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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Through a variety of strategic initiatives, the company will cut carbon emissions across its global production sites from nearly 2 million tons recorded in 2017 to 960,000 tons by the end of 2030. To that end, the company is looking to expand its high-efficiency facilities and technologies targeting greenhouse gas reduction and alleviating the creation of carbon emissions during the production process.
Additionally, through the expansion of its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, LG plans to secure UNFCCC Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits. (Source: LG, PR, May, 2019)
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Out of some 700 U.S. colleges and universities to sign a carbon neutrality pledge in 2007, Bates is one of only seven to date that have reached that goal. Bates cut its carbon footprint by: reducing energy consumption through efficiency measures; strengthening the culture of sustainability on campus and changing behaviors in concrete ways; and switching to renewable energy sources -- specifically, Renewable Fuel Oil (RFO), a wood-derived liquid that serves as the primary fuel for the college's central heating plant. (Source: Bates College, PR 16 May, 2019) Contact: Bates College, Marjorie Hall,
(207) 786-8248, email@example.com, www.bates.edu
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Reducing emissions from buildings -- which are responsible for nearly 70 pct of all greenhouse gas emissions -- is a key strategy of New York City's Green New Deal and commit the city to carbon neutrality by 2050.
As we previously reported, Trump Tower uses more energy than 93 pct of New York City's large residential buildings. Across the Big Apple, Trump owns at least eight buildings that do not meet 2030 emissions levels under the law. These include the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the Trump Building, the Trump World Tower, the Trump Tower, Trump Park Avenue, Trump Parc, Trump Parc East and Trump Palace. If Trump fails to clean up these buildings, he will owe approximately $2.1 million in fines every year beginning in 2030.
(Source: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, 6sqft,Various Media, 14 May, 2019) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
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The company, which currently emits around 3.3 million metric tpy of C02,
aims to achieve its goal by increasing energy efficiency, increasing the share of renewables in its energy supply mix to as much as 40 pct, accessing more green power and offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions.
This includes financing climate protection projects such as wind power in the Caribbean or forest conservation in Africa to offset just under 40 pct of its energy consumption, according to the company release. The company expects its initiative to
Icome in at a cost of €2 billion ($2.24 billion) but to deliver about €1 billion in energy efficiency savings.
(Source: Robt. Bosch LLC, Various Media, Reuters, 8 May, 2019)
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The company aims to neutralise its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions -- all direct sources of emissions owned or controlled by Verizon, the main ones being fuel to power fleet, heat buildings and power back-up generators. Scope 2 concerns indirect emissions sources generated off-site but purchased by Verizon.
As previously reported, in February, Verizon launched a $1-billion green bond to fund both new and existing environmentally friendly investments. (Source: Verizon, Renewables, 24 April, 2019)
Contact: Verizon, Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer, www.linkedin.com/in/james-gowen-6b4619143, www.verizon.com
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The Mayor's announcement comes on the heels of the City Council legislative package called the Climate Mobilization Act, the centerpiece of which is an emissions cap on buildings 25,000 square feet and up -- houses of worship and rent controlled and affordable housing excepted -- compelling landlords to retrofit their buildings beginning in 2024 or face hefty fines. The legislation aims to slash buildings' GHG emissions -- which currently account for almost 70 pct of the citywide total -- by 40 pct in 2030 and 80 pct by 2050.
OneNYC 2050 leverages and expands on that bill by banning construction of energy inefficient, glass-facade structures touches on pre-existing plans to shore up the city's defenses against climate change related natural disasters and storms. Mayor De Blasio projects these initiatives will cost the city roughly $14 billion. (Source: NYC, Various Media, Waste360, April, 2019)
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The plan, establishes goals for greenhouse gas emission reduction for government operations and as a city overall. Progress will be evaluated through benchmarks every five years. The plan's features include:
"The city's Climate Action Plan, which its two-pronged emphasis on adaptation and mitigation, puts Hoboken at the forefront of what cities can do to combat climate change," Doyle said. "Our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with an aggressive window through becoming a net zero city and achieving carbon neutrality is the progressive path forward toward achieving that goal." (Source: Hoboken Patch, 23 April, 2019) Contact: City of Hoboken, (201) 420-2000, www.hobokennj.gov
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The plan establishes goals for greenhouse gas emission reduction for government operations and as a city based on: increased operating energy efficiency; building energy bench-marking; energy efficient upgrades in 11 municipal buildings resulting in over $100,000 per year in energy costs savings; LED street and traffic lighting; a commitment to 100 pct renewable energy and various other upgrades and initiatives. The city of 56,000 +- residents has also reaffirmed its commitment to exceeding the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
(Source: Hoboken Patch, 23 April, 2019) Contact: City of Hoboken, (201) 420-2000, www.hobokennj.gov
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The funds from this higher fee will both maintain Microsoft's carbon neutrality and help the company take a tech-first approach that will put sustainability at the core of every part of the company's business and technology to work for sustainable outcomes and to cut
the company's operational carbon footprint.
(Source: Microsoft Blog, Brad Smith, Pres., 15 April, 2019)Contact: Microsoft Corporate Offices, www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information
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Schneider Electric is committed to reducing emissions and actively works towards making its operations more sustainable through:
According to the company's Planet & Society Barometer, which is audited by a third party, Schneider Electric slashed energy intensity by 42 pct between 2005 and 2017, and carbon intensity by 35 pct between 2012 and 2017.
The Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program hosted by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since 2012, the program has honored more than 150 recipients from diverse sectors across the U.S.
The Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since 2012, the program has honored more than 150 recipients from diverse sectors across the U.S.
A full list of the award recipients is available here: https://www.climateleadershipconference.org/clc_awards
(Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 22 Mar., 2019)
Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us; Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, www.c2es.org;
2019 Climate Leadership Awards, Climate Leadership Conference, www.climateleadershipconference.org/clc_awards
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The resolution, which is seen as a response to freshman US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's ballyhooed Green New Deal, would set non-binding goals and declare a climate emergency, citing recent devastating wildfires and the impacts of air pollution on child asthma.
The $100 billion would be spent over 12 years and come from existing funds, including the state's carbon emissions auction program and a gas tax increase to fund transportation projects. The resolution would say all of that money should be spent toward projects that reduce, sequester or remove greenhouse gas emissions.
California presently aims to eliminate fossil fuels for electric power generation and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.
To refresh your memory, download the complete Green New Deal proposal HERE.
(Source: The State, AP, 4 Mar., 2019) Contact: Calif. State Senator Sen. Henry Stern (D),
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Every day, 10,000 tons of waste are delivered to the city's waste treatment plant in Seropedica, northwest of Rio de Janeiro.
The plant turns household and industrial food and yard waste into methane biogas that is sold to industries or to the state's gas company.
According to the UN, the world's cities account for approximately 75 pct of the world's CO2 emissions and consume more than two-thirds of the world's energy.
(Source: COMLURB, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Feb., 2019)
Contact: COMLURB, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/comlurb, www.rio.rj.gov.br/web/comlurb; C40 Cities, www.c40.org
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The plan outlines strategies for the university to reach its sustainability goals, including cutting energy consumption, building energy efficient and weather-resilient infrastructure, and an increased focus on wind and solar renewable energy which, according to a BU release, could cut emissions from energy consumption by 31 pct by 2032.
Download the Boston University Climate Action Plan HERE.
(Source: Boston University, The Daily Free Press, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Boston University, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bu.edu
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In the declaration, the five countries commit to enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and intensify their cooperation to:
The Nordic Council of Ministers will prepare a proposal on how to follow up on the declaration by 31 August 2019.
The Copenhagen-headquartered Nordic Council is the official body for formal inter-parliamentary co-operation among the Nordic countries. Formed in 1952, it has 87 representatives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden as well as from the autonomous areas of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Aland Islands. (Source: Nordic Council of Ministers, IISDS, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Nordic Council of Ministers, Sunitha Senanayake, +45 33 96 02 00,
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To deal with that eventuality, the city has developed a Climate Justice Plan that pledges to make the city carbon neutral by 2050. To meet that goalthe city plans to slash building emissions which alone account for 71 pct of emissions in Providence. To reduce electricity use, the plan proposes a wholesale switch to renewable energy by 2050. This includes expanding rooftop solar installations, local microgrids, battery backup, and regional renewable energy power-purchase agreements. Emissions from heating will be reduced with enhanced energy-efficiency standards, green building codes, and the phasing out natural-gas use, according to the plan.
The Climate Justice Plan guarantees "social equity" to ensure that all of the city's business and residential regions benefit equally from climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts and programs. .The plan was developed with input from the city's Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, a collaboration between the city, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Groundwork Rhode Island.
The Climate Justice Plan proposes cleaning up the port by reducing emissions from vessels and eliminating the import and storage of hazardous and polluting material by 2040. A fee on fossil fuels shipped to the port and emissions produced there would be spent on environmental justice needs and climate-change adaptation along the waterfront.
Download Climate Justice Plan details HERE. (Source: Providence Office of Sustainability, ecoRI, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Providence Office of Sustainability, 401-680-5000, www.providenceri.gov/sustainability
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The city of 306,000, which has achieved its 2020 Energy Strategy goal of cutting carbon emissions by 26 pct, with a 39 pct reduction since 2005,
is also on track to meet its target of generating 20 pct of its energy from low-carbon sources by the end of this decade.
(Source: Nottingham City Council, Energy Live, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Nottingham City Council, www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk
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The 20 funded projects are expected to generate $4 billion in direct investment in the clean energy sector, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generate sufficient clean energy for nearly 550,000 homes. Combined with the renewable energy projects previously announced under democratic Governor Cuomo's Clean Energy Standard, New York has now awarded 46 projects worth more than $2.9 billion.
The awards also propel New York toward the Governor's ramped up mandate for 70 pct of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 -- up from 50 pct -- and helps guide the state toward achieving carbon neutrality across all sectors of its economy as quickly as possible including a 100 pct carbon-free electricity sector by 2040.
The 20 large-scale renewable energy projects include: Hannacroix Solar Facility - Greene County; Stillwater Solar - Saratoga County: Clay Solar - Onondaga County; Dog Corners Solar - Cayuga County; Excelsior Energy Center - Genesee County; Heritage Wind - Orleans County; Horseshoe Solar - Livingston County; Manchester Solar - Ontario County; Morris Ridge Solar - Livingston County; North Light Energy Center - Seneca County; Silver Lake Solar - Wyoming County; Hills Solar - Herkimer County; Mohawk Solar - Montgomery County; Skyline Solar - Oneida County; Watkins Road Solar I - Herkimer County; Roaring Brook Wind - Lewis County; Canisteo Wind - Steuben County; High Bridge Wind - Chenango County; Bakerstand Solar I - Cattaraugus County: and the Watkins Glen Solar Energy Center - Schuyler County.
All projects are expected to be operational by 2022, adding over 1,654 megawatts of renewable capacity in New York and generating over 3,800,000 megawatt hours of energy annually.The projects are expected to generate enough clean, renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions by more than 2 million metric tons, the equivalent to taking nearly 437,000 cars off the road.
NYSERDA will issue the next solicitation for large-scale renewable energy under the Clean Energy Standard on April 22, 2019. (Source: NYSERDA, 18 Jan., 2019)
Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
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Cuomo's plan also calls for New York's Clean Energy Standard mandate to be increased from its present 50 pct to 70 pct renewable electricity by 2030. To that end, the state plans to invest approximately
$200 million to facilitate the development of an offshore wind transmission grid.
Governor Cuomo will also direct the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Department of Public Service to expand their Solar For All programme. Cuomo is also calling for
roughly $1.5 billion in competitive awards that will support 20 large-scale solar, wind and energy storage projects totaling 1.65 GW in upstate New York. These projects could enter construction as early as August, while the overall capacity is planned to be operational by 2022. (Source: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Renewable, Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo
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More recently, the Government published its £420 million construction sector deal, outlining a course for halving building energy use and emissions by 2030.
Even so, several industry bodies and corporations have argued that wider progress towards low-carbon infrastructure has been too slow -- particularly in light of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) global warming report's conclusion that the world must achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change.
(Source: Greater Manchester Combined Authority, edie News, 7 January 2019) Contact: Greater Manchester Combined Authority, +44 161 778 7000, www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk
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Carbon farming uses land management and conservation to increase the amount of carbon that agriculture pulls out of the air and locks into the soil and vegetation. Existing carbon farming programs in California, the Midwest and other countries have shown that a 2.5 acre plot of pasture or rangeland can store about one metric tpy of carbon. The NC peatlands, once re-wetted, have much greater potential -- perhaps 15 to 20 times more -- meaning the land could yield hundreds of thousands of metric tpy of carbon.
The Duke project will launch with a 300 acre pilot which could be expanded depending on its results. To date, the university has invested approximately $300,000 on the project which could sell carbon credits to companies.
(Source: Duke University, Triangle Business Journal, Dec., 2018) Contact: Duke University, Curtis Richardson, Dir., Wetland Center, ww.researchgate.net/profile/Curtis_Richardson
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