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Tour Operator Paying Self-Imposed $1Mn Carbon Tax (Ind.Report)
Rick Steves
Date: 2019-10-09
Popular U.S. tour and travel guide operator Rick Steves reports his company plans to donate $1 million directly to non-profits that work in the developing world countries that bear the worst effects of climate change. The donation is based on the recommended $30 carbon offset credit for every round-trip economy class ticket from the US to Europe.

He is particularly keen about organizations that attack the problem at a policy level. (Source: Rick Steves Travel, Quarts, 5 Oct., 2019) Contact: Rick Steves Travel, www.ricksteves.com

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


Porsche Carbon Offsetting Tool Offered in N. America (Ind. Report)
Porsche
Date: 2019-08-26
German automaker Porsch AG is touting the launch of Porsche Impact aimed at helping its North American customers lower their carbon footprint.

Porsche Impact is a web-based emissions calculator that allows Porsche owners to assess and compensate for CO2 emissions, based on mileage and average fuel consumption. Customers can then follow a quick link to make financial contributions to environmental projects designed to offset their individual carbon footprint.

Porsche Impact users can choose from four different internationally certified projects to support. The available programs are focused on forest protection in the U.S., hydropower in Vietnam, solar energy in Mexico, and habitat preservation in Zimbabwe.

The Porsche Impact offset programs are managed by South Pole, a Swiss-based provider of carbon offsetting projects and sustainability financing that has been active internationally for more than a decade. Impact has been available to customers in Germany, the UK, and Poland since late 2018. (Source: Porsche AG, PRN, 25 Aug., 2019)

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


Lufthansa Launches Sustainable Aviation Fuel Carbon Offsetting Platform (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Lufthansa
Date: 2019-08-21
In Berlin, German airline Lufthansa's Innovation Hub is reporting the launch of its "Compensaid" sustainability platform focused on carbon-neutral sustainable renewable fuels (SAF). The new platform will allow airline passengers to offset their individual carbon footprint by using SAF, reducing up to 80 pct of their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

"Compensaid" combines a global airline flight tracking tool with a sustainability platform that makes it possible to directly offset individual CO2 emissions. The platform offers two options for carbon offsetting -- the option to replace fossil fuel with SAF, which is calculated through a market-based surcharge on flights, or the alternative is to use Compensaid to support a reforestation project in Nicaragua, reducing CO2 emissions in the long-term. (Source: Lufthansa, Biofuels Int'l., 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Lufthansa Innovation Hub, Gleb Tritus, Dir., https://de.linkedin.com/in/glebtritus, welcome@lh-innovationhub.com; www.lh-innovationhub.com, www.lufthansagroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Lufthansa,  Carbon Offsetting,  Carbon Offset,  


AurCrest Gold, Blue Source Seek Forest Carbon Sequestration Opportunities (Ind. Report)
AurCrest Gold, Blue Source
Date: 2019-08-21
Toronto-based AurCrest Gold Inc. reports it and Alberta-headquartered Blue Source Canada have inked a Carbon Development & Marketing Agreement to collaborate to develop forest carbon sequestration opportunities on behalf of Canadian First Nations communities.

As previously reported, three Northwestern Ontario First Nations groups, AurCrest and carbon offset developer Blue Source, will work together to assess the potential of forests to capture and sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) within the First Nation's traditional territory for the development of Greenhouse Gas offsets.

AurCrest, a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of gold properties, holds a portfolio of properties in Ontario, which include the Richardson Lake and Bridget Lake gold properties. (Source: AurCrest Gold Inc., PR, 19 Aug., 2019) Contact: AurCrest Gold Inc. Christopher Angeconeb , CEO, (807) 737-5353, christopherangeconeb@gmail.com; Blue Source, (403) 262-3026, www.bluesource.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AurCrest Gold,  Blue Source,  Carbon Sequestration,  Carbon Offset,  


Gov. Cuomo's "Green New Deal of New York" Adopted (Reg & Leg)
Green New Deal,New York State
Date: 2019-08-16
New York State has adopted Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Green New Deal of New York" -- the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) -- an aggressive carbon-emissions-reduction plan for the Empire State to derive 100 pct of its electricity from zero-carbon emissions sources by 2040.

The CLCPA also commits New York to net-zero carbon emissions, economy-wide, by 2050, with an interim target of slashing emissions 40 pct below the state's 1990 emission levels by 2030. The Act also requires the state and industry to reduce their emissions by 85 pct , with the remaining 15 percent of the net-zero goal coming from carbon offsets.

For oversight and administration, the act will create a 22 member commission a various advisory panels to deal with buildings and construction, industry, land use and zoning, local governments, transportation, and more. These advisory panels are required to consult with a climate justice working group composed of representatives from low-income communities and environmental justice groups. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), Heartland Institute, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), www.governor.ny.gov, www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Green New Deal,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  


Delta, Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic Adopt Carbon Offsetting (Ind. Report, Int'l Report)
Delta, Air France, KLM,Vigin Atlantic
Date: 2019-08-05
International Air carriers Delta, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic report they will offset more than 1,800 metric tons of carbon emissions from more than 15,000 flights to and from Chicago during the 2019 GBTA airline industry trade show. Most of the carbon-offsets will be by way of purchases that fund the International Small Group and Tree Planting program (TIST).

TIST encourages subsistence farmers to improve their local environment and farms by planting and maintaining trees on degraded and/or unused land in India, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. As the trees grow, carbon captured is quantified and verified and certified greenhouse gas credits are sold in the global carbon market. More than 88,000 farmers in four countries have successfully planted 18 million trees and captured nearly five million metric tons of carbon dioxide to date.

Additionally, Delta is now piloting a program to build in carbon offsets for corporate accounts and is looking to expand. Since 2005, delta has cut its carbon emissions 11 pct as part of its goal of achieving carbon-neutral growth and reducing carbon emissions by 50 pct by 2050.

Since 2011 Air France reduced its CO2 emissions by 20 pct(g.CO2/passenger/km). KLM is reducing CO2 emissions by investing in fuel-efficient aircraft, using sustainable fuel and by offsetting emissions and other initiatives. For its part, Virgin Atlantic's "Change is in the Air" program primarily focuses on climate action, supply chain activities and nonprofit partnerships. In 2007 Virgin targeted of 30 pct reduction in CO2 (by passengers and cargo carried) by 2021. (Source: DTNews, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: International Small Group and Tree Planting, www.tist.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offset,  


European Airports Agree on Net-Zero Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
Airports Council International Europe
Date: 2019-07-01
Airports Council International Europe (ACIE), which represents over 500 European airports, is reporting passage of a resolution committing the industry to becoming net-zero for carbon emissions under its control by 2050 at the latest , without resorting to carbon offsets. In addition, 194 non-ACIE member airports have individually committed to the same goal, according to ACI Europe.

In 2018, Europe's airports handled a total of 2.34 billion passengers. The new net-zero commitment is expected to eliminate a total of 3.46 million tpy of CO2 emissions as of 2050, the organization says. In 2016 the industry committed to reaching 100 carbon-neutral airports by 2030 (Source: ACIE, Energy Manager, June 28, 2019 ) Contact: ACIE, www.aci-europe.org

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


Armstrong Fluid Tech Inks Net-Zero Bldg Commitment (Ind Report)
Armstrong Fluid Technology
Date: 2019-06-28
Toronto, Ontario-based international HVAC specialist Armstrong Fluid Technology reports it has signed on to the World Green Building Council Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment positioning energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization across global portfolios. Signatories to the Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment pledge to reach net-zero carbon operating emissions within their portfolios by 2030.

To meet this commitment, Armstrong will: implement energy efficiency measures to lower electricity and fossil fuel consumption; generate renewable energy on-site; and procure renewable generated electricity and carbon offsets.

The WGBC pledge calls for cities, states and regions to require all new buildings to operate at net-zero carbon from 2030, and all buildings, including existing buildings, operate at net-zero carbon by 2050. In addition to generating and obtaining renewable energy to meet reduced energy demand, the Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization. (Source: Armstrong Fluid Technology, PR, The News, 27 June, 2019) Contact: Armstrong Fluid Technology, Charles Armstrong, CEO, (416) 755-2291, info@armstrongfluidtechnology.com, www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com; World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council www.worldgbc.org/advancing-net-zero-status-report-2019

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  Energy Efficiency,  World Green Building Council,  


Notable Quote -- "Carbon Offsets Not Silver Bullets"
Carbon Offsets
Date: 2019-06-19
"UN Environment supports carbon offsets as a temporary measure leading up to 2030, and a tool for speeding up climate action. However, it is not a silver bullet, and the danger is that it can lead to complacency.

"The October 2018 report by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change made it clear that if we are to have any hope of curbing global warming we need to transition away from carbon for good: by traveling electric, embracing renewable energy, eating less meat and wasting less food." -- Niklas Hagelberg, UN Environment Climate Specialist. Contact: UN Environment, Niklas.Hagelberg, Niklas.Hagelberg@un.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Global Warming,  Carbon Offsets,  


Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card , says UN Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Carbon Offsets,UN Environment
Date: 2019-06-17
According to the UN Environment's Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card Report , buying carbon credits in exchange for a clean conscience while burning fossil fuels is under fire by private citizens, scientists and activists concerned with the way carbon offsets have been used by polluters as a free pass for inaction.

Annual emissions have to reduce by 29-32 gigatonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide (CO2e) by 2030 to maintain a fighting chance to stay below 1.5 degree C -- a five-fold increase on current ambitions, the report notes.

According to the report, carbon offset schemes were set up to allow the largest polluters who exceed permitted emissions’ levels to fund projects, such as reforestation, that reduce CO2 in the air, essentially balancing out their emissions equation. The types of carbon offset projects that are implemented range from forestry sequestration projects to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects (which reduce future CO2 emissions in the atmosphere).

Carbon offsets are useful while infrastructure and industry make the transition to electric mobility, alternative energy and the new technology necessary for low- and zero-carbon lifestyles. Where there are no viable alternatives in the short term, an offset scheme promises to cancel out the emissions in one place with emission-reducing actions in another.

Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) credits have also come under fire with a 2016 study found 85 pct of the offsets had a "low likelihood" of creating real reductions, and the UN has struggled to reconcile its support for offsets with evidence that they are problematic.

Download the UN Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card report HERE; (Source: UN Environment, Pro Publica, 10 June, 2019) Contact: UN Environment, Niklas.Hagelberg, Niklas.Hagelberg@un.org

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  


US Airlines Agree to UN Climate Change Plan (Ind. Report)
International Civil Aviation Organization
Date: 2019-05-29
According to Travel Pulse, virtually every U.S.-based airline has voluntarily agreed to the a UN's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) plan that caps emissions at 2020 levels and is administered by the U.N.-affiliated International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),

The participating airline majors include Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and United as well as smaller airlines like Piedmont and Republic and others.

CORSIA is designed to become mandatory after 2027. ICAO will use 2020 figures to determine the emissions cap. The airline industry as a whole has a problematic record when it comes to carbon footprints, and it was only set to get worse with the expected almost tripling of air travel by 2050. (Source: Travel Pulse, 27 May, 2019) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int; CORSIA, www.icao.int/environmental-protection/CORSIA/Pages/default.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News CORSIA,  Aviation Emissions,  International Civil Aviation Organization,  


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

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

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


AurCrest Gold, Lac Seul First Nation Investigate CCS (Ind. Report)
AurCrest Gold, Lac Seul First Nation
Date: 2019-05-08
Toronto-headquartered Canadian minerals exploration specialist AurCrest Gold Inc. reports it and the Lac Seul First Nation are partnering to investigate carbon sequestration opportunities in the First Nation's traditional territory in Northwestern Ontario.

Lac Seul First Nations seeks to determine the feasibility of valuing their traditional territory for purposes of CCS and monetizing carbon offset credits for sale to the benefit of the First Nation and its business partners.

AurCrest and its subsidiary Wiigwaasaatig Energy Inc. will work with the First Nation to finalize a definitive carbon credit management agreement to develop and implement sequestration project opportunities. (Source: AurCrest Gold Inc., Accesswire, 7 May, 2019) Contact: AurCrest Gold, www.aurcrest.ca; Lac Seul First Nation, www.lacseul.firstnation.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  


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

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

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

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


BikeFlights Touts Carbon Offset Sustainability Initiative (Ind Report)
BikeFlights
Date: 2019-04-24
Bicycle shipping specialist BikeFlights.com is touting the launch of a new sustainability initiative to reduce and offset the carbon emissions resulting from all of its shipments.

Under its initiative, BikeFlights.com purchases high quality carbon offsets through its partner carrier UPS which then retires an equivalent amount of carbon offsets from verified carbon reduction projects. Target projects have included improved forest management, methane and landfill gas destruction and wastewater treatment.

BikeFlights .com has also adopted other environmentally-friendly practices to be more sustainable, including helping to reduce the impact of customer travel, having a remote workforce, reducing its own materials consumption, sourcing boxes locally and recycling. It also works toward the sustainability of cycling as a sport. (Source: BikeFlights.com, PR, BikeBiz, 23 April, 2019) Contact: BikeFlights.com, Sue George, VP, (541) 705-2453, www.bikeflights.com

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


Green Mountain Energy Adds Solar at Texas Parks (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Energy
Date: 2019-04-22
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered Green Mountain Energy and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) have announced the completion of solar installations totaling more than 67 KW producing over 95,000 kWh pf power at three state parks across Texas as part of their ongoing sustainability partnership.

Previously, Green Mountain Energy provided a 21 KW rooftop solar array at TPWD's Sea Center Texas, a marine aquarium, fish hatchery and nature center. Additionally, the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club made a $40,000 donation to the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to help purchase and install a 11.2 KW solar array on the park's welcome center.

According to the company's website, "Green Mountain Energy Company is the nation's longest serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with a simple mission: to change the way power is made. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 63 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions." (Source: Green Mountain Energy, April, 2019) Contact: Green Mountain Energy, www.greenmountainenergy.com; TPWD, www.tpwd.texas.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Energy,  Solar,  


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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avista Utilities,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  


Voluntary Carbon Credit Trading Market (Report Available) Production Forecast from 2018 to 2023

Date: 2019-04-19
The newly released Global Voluntary Carbon Credit Tradin Market Report -- 2018-2023 report from Market Research covers market characteristics, sizes and growth, segmentation, regional breakdowns, competitive scenario, market share, trends and strategies, key players and other relevant issues.

The report finds the Asia-Pacific region will occupy for more market share in following years, especially in China, also fast growing India and Southeast Asia regions. In North America, the he United States, will still play an important role which cannot be ignored. Any changes from United States might affect the development trend of Voluntary Carbon Credit Trading.

The report identifies Top manufacturers/players: Carbon Credit Capital, Terrapass, Renewable Choice, 3Degrees, NativeEnergy, GreenTrees, South Pole Group, Aera Group, Allcot Group, Carbon Clear, Forest Carbon, Bioassets, Biofìlica, WayCarbon, CBEEX, Guangzhou Greenstone. Market Segment by Type, applications (REDD carbon offsets, renewable energy landfill methane projects and others) and regions.

Report details are HERE. Report Sample Copy HERE; Browse Full Report HERE (Source: Industry Research, Marilyn Coleman, 16 April, 2019) Contact: Industry Research, +1 424 253 0807 / +44 203 239 8187, sales@industryresearch.co

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credit Trading news,  Carbon Market news,  

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Amazon Employees for Climate Justice Submit Open Letter to Jeff Bezos, Amazon Board of Directors (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Amazon
Date: 2019-04-12
"To Jeff Bezos and Board of Directors:

"We, the undersigned 4,520 Amazon employees, ask that you adopt the climate plan shareholder resolution and release a company-wide climate plan that incorporates the principles outlined in this letter.

"Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world's imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis. We believe this is a historic opportunity for Amazon to stand with employees and signal to the world that we're ready to be a climate leader.

"Climate change is an existential threat. The 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report predicts that a warming of 2 degree C, which we're currently on track to surpass, will threaten the lives of hundreds of millions of people and put thousands of species at risk of extinction. We're already seeing devastating climate impacts: unprecedented flooding in India and Mozambique, dry water wells in Africa, coastal displacement in Asia, wildfires and floods in North America, and crop failure in Latin America. Vulnerable communities least responsible for the climate crisis are already paying the highest price.

"Amazon's leadership is urgently needed. We're a company that understands the importance of thinking big, taking ownership of hard problems, and earning trust. These traits have made Amazon a top global innovator but have been missing from the company's approach to climate change. For example: We (Amazon) haven't disclosed a company-wide plan to reach zero carbon emissions within the timeline required; Shipment Zero only commits to net carbon reductions; We have an AWS for oil & gas initiative devoted to helping fossil fuel companies accelerate and expand oil and gas extraction; We donate to climate-delaying legislators (Amazon has joined a variety of sustainability organizations like the Corporate Eco Forum and the American Council on Renewable Energy, we donated to 68 members of congress in 2018 who voted against climate legislation 100 pct of the time) ; and our sustainability goals lack context. "For example, we've set a goal of at least 50 solar installations in warehouse facilities by 2020. This represents only 6 pct of buildings in our global fulfillment network and a fraction of our overall carbon footprint .

"Our customer obsession requires climate obsession. This necessitates an immediate company-wide plan addressing climate change that demonstrates the following principles: Public goals and timelines consistent with science and the IPCC report ; A complete transition away from fossil fuels rather than relying on carbon offsets; Prioritization of climate impact when making business decision; Reduction of harm to the most vulnerable communities first; Advocacy for local, federal, and international policies; Fair treatment of all employees during climate disruptions and extreme weather events.

"In our mission to become 'Earth's most customer-centric company,' we believe our climate impact must be a top consideration in everything we do. We have the power to shift entire industries, inspire global action on climate, and lead on the issue of our lifetimes. We ask that you, as leaders responsible for our strategic direction, adopt the climate plan resolution and release a company-wide plan that incorporates the six principles above." (Source: Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  


BNP Paribas Launches Quant Carbon Offset Fund (Int'l Report)
BNP Paribas
Date: 2019-04-01
Paris-based BNP Paribas Asset Management is reporting the launch of a new Quant Europe Climate Carbon Offset Plan which aims to capture the performance of European liquid equities with high ESG standards. The strategy selects these according to their carbon footprint and the robustness of their energy transition strategy.

The fund also aims to offset the carbon footprint of the investment strategy, which is achieved through the use of Verified Emission Reductions certificates from the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project, which is based in south east Kenya. The project protects more than 200,000 hectares of endangered dryland forest.

The launch of this latest Ucits funds is in line with BNP Paribas AM's Global Sustainability strategy, which includes the plan to reduce the environmental impacts of its operations.

Paris, France-headquartered BNP Paribas S.A. is the world's 8th largest bank by total assets and currently operates in 77 countries. (Source: BNP Paribas, CityWire Selector, 29 Mar., 2019) Contact: Bank BNP Paribas, Neven Graillat, Chief Sustainability Product Officer at BNP Paribas Global Markets said: ‘The management of risks relating to www.group.bnpparibas/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News BNP Paribas,  Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Markets,  


Panasonic Belgium, Japan Plants Reach Zero Carbon Status (Int'l)
Panasonic
Date: 2019-03-25
Panasonic Group reported last week that two of its factories -- Panasonic Energy Belgium (PECBE) and Panasonic Eco Technology Center (PETEC) in Japan, simultaneously reached zero-carbon production status in February, 2019. The company is aiming for carbon-neutrality across all of its of its production facities worldwide by 2050.

Carbon emissions reductions at the two plants were achieved by installing onsite wind turbines, switching to 100 pct procured renewable energy, using carbon offsets that comply with Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) and switching its boilers to energy-saving models. (Source: Panasonic, edie.met, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: Panasonic Energy Belgium, +32 13 61 05 11, www.panasonic-batteries.com/en/about-panasonic-energy-belgium

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TPI Questions Global Airlines Emissions Target Commitment (Int'l)
Transition Pathway Initiative
Date: 2019-03-06
In the UK, research from the London School of Ecobomics, Grantham Institute Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) suggests climate targets set by 20 of the world's largest airlines are not in line with internationally agreed targets to limit average temperature rise to below 2C, as set out in the Paris Agreement.

The TPI research found none of the airlines assessed had a clear plan for cutting emissions from flights after 2025, with hopes instead pinned on the industry-wide carbon offsetting scheme under which all emissions growth after 2020 would be offset by carbon credits.

According to the TPI research, aviation currently accounts for around 2 pct of all global CO2 emissions, and around 12 pct of transport emissions. Even so, the aviation industry is expanding and could account for for a quarter of total emissions by mid-century.

The TPI is an investor-led initiative which uses analysis from the LSE's Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment to evaluate how prepared firms are for the coming low-carbon transition. (Source: LSE Grantham Institute, Business Green, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: LSE Transition Pathway Initiative, www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/tpi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Grantham Institute,  Aviation Emissions,  Climate Change,  


SAS Uses EuroBonus to Offset Flight Carbon Footprint (Int'l.)
SAS Airlaine
Date: 2019-02-01
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark,reports it will offset the flight carbon footprint of all tickets booked using a EuroBonus number, effective today, 1 Feb., 2019. In its efforts to reduce climate-changing emissions, the air carrier will also add more energy efficient aircraft to its fleet and use more biofuels.

By including carbon offset for its EuroBonus frequent flyer loyalty program members, 40 pct of SAS' passenger-related carbon dioxide emissions will be offset.

SAS aims to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 25 pct by the year 2030, when it intends to use biofuel corresponding to total fuel consumption for all SAS domestic flights within Scandinavia. (Source: SAS, FlightGlobal, RusTourismNews, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: SAS, Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, +372 606 84 60, www.flysas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAS Airline,  Carbon Emissions,  


Aviation Emissions Could Grow Sevenfold over 30 yrs. (Ind. Report)
International Civil Aviation Organization
Date: 2019-01-30
As we previously reported, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is projecting aviation carbon emission could grow seven-fold over the next 30 years -- 70 pct higher in 2020 than they were in 2005. ICAO forecasts that by 2050 emissions could have grown by between 300 pct and 700 pct.

Until recently, aviation had not been central to the climate change debate. Enjoying special status, aviation and shipping were excluded from the landmark Kyoto and Paris climate-change agreements. Urged to produce its own solutions, ICAO introduced a marginally successful global scheme in 2016 and the EU launched its Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) that serve the EU member countries.

A recent EC study of aircraft emissions notes that modern aircraft are 70 pct more fuel-efficient than 40 years ago and that while airlines with the highest load factors produce significantly less emissions per passenger than less successful ones, aviation still consumes 5 million bpd of oil and contributes about 2.5 pct of global emissions and that that 85 pct of carbon offset projects it had evaluated had failed to reduce emissions. (Source: International Civil Aviation Organisation, Irish Times, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Civil Aviation Organization,  Aviation Emissions,  EU ETS,  


$4.7Mn for California Soil Amendments CCS Research (R&D, Funding)
Carbon Sequestration,UC Davis
Date: 2019-01-21
In the Golden State, the University of California, Davis, and the UC Working Lands Innovation Center are reporting receipt of $4.7 million in grant funding over 3-years from the California Strategic Growth Council to research scalable methods of using soil amendments to sequester greenhouse gases like (CO2) in soil. The project aims to find ways to capture billions of tons of CO2 and bring net carbon emissions in California to zero by 2045.

The consortium will conduct and oversee 29 treatment and control sites across California and assess whether soil amendments -- pulverized rock, compost and biochar -- can bring additional carbon Capture and storage (CCS) co-benefits, such as improved crop and rangeland productivity and soil health to California growers and ranchers across diverse regions.

The sites range from croplands in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys to the Imperial Valley, as well as ranchlands from Marin County to Southern California.

In addition to UC Berkeley and UC Davis, the consortium also includes scientists from UC Merced, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and California State University, East Bay. The group will be working with the California Collaborative for Climate Change Solutions (C4S), Larta Institute, the Almond Board of California, commercial manufacturers of compost and biochar, ranchers and farmers, carbon offset registries, the USDA California Climate Hub, and UC Cooperative Extension. (Source: UC Davis, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: UC Davis, John Muir Institute of the Environment , Benjamin Houlton, Dir., (530) 752-7627, johnmuir.ucdavis.edu; California Strategic Growth Council, www.sgc.ca.gov, UC Working Lands Innovation Center Grant Award, www.sgc.ca.gov/programs/climate-research/docs/20181221-CCR_Summary_2019CCR20007.pdf

More Low-Carbon Energy News UC Davis,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Sequestration,  Greenhouse Gas,  


Heathrow Unveils Carbon Neutral Growth Plan (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Heathrow, ICAO
Date: 2018-12-05
In a first for the UK aviation industry, London's Heathrow Airport has revealed its four-part action plan to reduce and offset the growth in emissions from a planned carbon-neutral expansion in summer 2019

Heathrow's plan 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. (Source: Heathrow Airport, Various Aviation Media, Dec., 2018) Contact: Heathrow Airport, John Holland-Kaye, CEO, +44 0 8443 351801, www.heathrow.com; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

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Global Aviation Emissions Could Surge 700% by 2050, says ICAO (Int'l)
ICAO,European Commission
Date: 2018-11-07
According to European Commission (EC) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) data, by 2020, global international aviation emissions are projected to be around 70 pct higher than in 2005 and could grow by a further 300-700 pct by 2050.

Under the EU ETS, all airlines operating in Europe are required to monitor, report and verify their emissions, and to surrender allowances against those emissions. o date, the EU ETS is credited with reducing aviation sector's carbon footprint by more than 17 million tpy with compliance covering over 99.5 pct of aviation emissions.

The ICAO's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) aims to stabilize CO2 emissions at 2020 levels by requiring airlines to offset the growth of their emissions after 2020. During the period 2021-2035, and based on expected participation, the scheme is estimated to offset around 80 pct of the emissions above 2020 levels. (Source: ICAO, AgriLand, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

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PwC Joins RE100 Commits to 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
PwC
Date: 2018-10-22
International accountancy and consulting giant PriceWatershouse Coopers (PwC) reports its commitment to cut carbon emissions, source 100 pct renewable energy for its electricity consumption, and to offset all business air travel has been reinforced with membership in the Climate Group and CDP lead RE100 initiative. The commitment applies to 21 of PwC's largest firms accounting for 88 pct of revenues in 2018.

In addition to joining RE100, PwC has also committed to offsetting unavoidable emissions linked to air travel by investing in a range of voluntary carbon offsets. PwC network firms will select from a portfolio of offsetting projects to reflect their local priorities. Amongst the project portfolio are a biodiversity reserve in Borneo, a wind farm in Turkey, a cook stove project in China and a landfill gas project in New York state generating electricity for 18,000 homes and creating 420 acres of new wetlands. (Source: PWC, The Financial, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: PricewaterhouseCoopers, www.pwc.com; RE100, www.thre100.org; CDP, www.cdp.net

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EU Will Miss Aviation Emissions Target, Report Warns (Int'l)
Transport & Environment
Date: 2018-10-08
According to a report prepared for Brussels-based European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E), the EU will miss its 2030 aviation emissions target by almost 100 million tonnes if it adopts the new, air transport industry backed Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

T&E claims CORSIA would allow airlines to offset emissions growth, rather than necessarily reduce it, and offered only "cheap and ineffective" remedies for emissions, which contribute towards climate change. It also noted that CORSIA would save airlines more than €3bn a year compared with expanding an existing scheme.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN agency that developed CORSIA, said the scheme was one part of "ICAO's basket of measures designed to reduce carbon emissions from international aviation" and that improvements in aircraft technology, operations and sustainable aviation fuels would "achieve the international aviation sector's global goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020."

Beginning in 2019, CORSIA will require airlines to monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions to establish a baseline, before a pilot phase from 2021 to 2023 for volunteer states. From 2027, most of ICAO's 191 member states will have to participate. The EU is aiming to cut GHG emissions by 40 pct from 1990 by 2030. (Source: Transport & Environment, Financial Times, Oct., 2018) Contact: Transport & Environment, www.transportenvironment.org; CORSIA, www.iata.org/policy/environment/Pages/corsia.aspx; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

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Telenor Sweden Joins Fairtrade Climate Standard Scheme (Int'l)
Telenor Sweden,Fairtrade Climate Standard
Date: 2018-09-26
Swedish mobile telecommunication company Telenor Sweden reports it is the first telecommunications operator in the world to offset its carbon emissions using the Fairtrade Climate Standard of credits. It added that it is the first Swedish company to start reducing its CO2 emissions under the standard.

Fairtrade International and Gold Standard brought in the Fairtrade Climate Standard in 2015 to accompany the COP21 climate change talks in Paris, with the aim of protecting under-resourced societies that are vulnerable to environment damage.

In 2017, Telenor produced approximately 1,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide, mostly through operating its network and corporate travel. The company's efforts to cut its CO2 emissions will be carried out with the organizations ZeroMission and Fairtrade Sverige, through the Indian project Bagepalli Coolie Sangha. The credits are created by replacing inefficient heating and cooking with wood and kerosene by small-scale plants that generate renewable biogas for household use. (Source: Telenor Sweden Contact: Telenor Sweden, www.telenor.com; Fairtrade Climate Standard, www.fairtrade.net/standards/our-standards/climate-standard.html

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Apple Supporting Carbon Sequestration through Mangrove Restoration (Ind. Report)
Mangrove, Apple
Date: 2018-09-17
Smart Phone juggernaut Apple reports it is investing an undisclosed sum in a project in Colombia to restore mangroves and sequester as much as 17,000 metric tons (18,739 tons) of carbon dioxide in two years. That’s equal to the emissions that the fleet of vehicles updating Apple Maps will produce over the coming decade, according to the Apple release.

Beyond cutting the amount of carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere, scientists show that we will also need to pull carbon dioxide from the air to avoid catastrophic climate change. There are six so-called “negative-emissions technologies” that can help us get there: afforestation and reforestation; enhanced weathering (using minerals that capture carbon dioxide); soil carbon (tweaking the crops and forests we currently grow to absorb more carbon); biochar (using a special kind charcoal as to trap carbon dioxide); BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, which requires capturing carbon dioxide produced by burning biomass like wood and then burying it underground); and DAC (direct air capture, which involves the use of machines that are essentially trees on steroids to suck carbon dioxide from the air and bury it underground).

Among those negative-emissions technologies, mangrove restoration would be classed as reforestation. The Conservation International project would cover an area of 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) in the Sinu river delta. The NGO will use the money raised for the project to help the 12,000 people in the community who use the mangroves for food, firewood, and livelihoods. Conservation International believes the carbon offsets will provide financial security to the region and develop sustainable ways to support tourism and fisheries.

(Source: Apple, PR, Sept., 2018)

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Date: 2018-09-17
Apple’s newest smartphones may not have received all-round praise, but its latest environmental initiative surely should. On Friday (Sep. 14), the world’s most valuable company said it is investing an undisclosed sum in a project in Colombia to restore mangroves and sequester as much as 17,000 metric tons (18,739 tons) of carbon dioxide in two years. That’s equal to the emissions that the fleet of vehicles updating Apple Maps will produce over the coming decade.

“Mangroves live at the edge of the land and sea, providing local communities with coastal protection, habitat for their fisheries, and a wealth of biodiversity,” according to Conservation International, an NGO that’s leading the mangrove restoration project. “These and other ocean wetlands store up to 10 times the carbon per unit area as terrestrial forests, making them a vital ally in the fight against climate change.” A 2016 study of 3,000 deforested mangrove patches found that most of them were being cut down for the use of growing rice, palm trees, or expanding fisheries.

Beyond cutting the amount of carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere, scientists show that we will also need to pull carbon dioxide from the air to avoid catastrophic climate change. There are six so-called “negative-emissions technologies” that can help us get there: afforestation and reforestation; enhanced weathering (using minerals that capture carbon dioxide); soil carbon (tweaking the crops and forests we currently grow to absorb more carbon); biochar (using a special kind charcoal as to trap carbon dioxide); BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, which requires capturing carbon dioxide produced by burning biomass like wood and then burying it underground); and DAC (direct air capture, which involves the use of machines that are essentially trees on steroids to suck carbon dioxide from the air and bury it underground).

Among those negative-emissions technologies, mangrove restoration would be classed as reforestation. The Conservation International project would cover an area of 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) in the Sinu river delta. The NGO will use the money raised for the project to help the 12,000 people in the community who use the mangroves for food, firewood, and livelihoods. Conservation International believes the carbon offsets will provide financial security to the region and develop sustainable ways to support tourism and fisheries.

Earlier this year, Apple also announced that all of its electricity use in 45 countries is powered by 100% renewable energy. Some of the success of such environmental shifts are down to the lower cost of renewable energy, but much credit also goes to environmental campaigns like Greenpeace’s Click Clean that hold tech companies to account on their sustainability promises. That said, there’s still a long way to go if Apple plans to cut emissions from all its energy use. (Source: Apple, PR, Sept., 2018)


Co-op Promotes Reforestation to Offset CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
Coop Carbone
Date: 2018-08-31
In Quebec, the Arbre-Evolution co-op reports it is partnering with Coop Carbone to develop carbon-offsetting projects. Coop Carbone works with enterprises to identify, develop and fund carbon-offsetting projects.

Arbre-Evolution's pioneering approach to carbon offsetting focuses on the "social aspect of planting trees." Arbre-Evolution selects and supports projects from ideas put forward by businesses and community groups seeking to offset their carbon footprints through community tree planting and reforestation projects on publicly or collectively owned land.

In addition to its partnership with Coop Carbone, Arbre-Evolution is working with the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada. The co-op's approach enables communities and companies to be part of the process rather than simply purchasing carbon credits. (Source: Coop News, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Arbre-Evolution, (514) 207-3686, (418) 607-0697, info@arbre-evolution.org, www.arbre-evolution.org; Coop Carbone, Jean Nolet, Pres., http://coopcarbone.coop

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Cowichan Energy Plans Biofuel Stations Expansion (Ind. Report)
Cowichan Energy Alternatives
Date: 2018-08-29
In British Columbia, biofuels producer and distributor Cowichan Energy Alternatives (CEA) is planning to grow its biofuels retail network in the Cowichan Valley with additional biofuels stations.

The CEA currently processes approximately 500,000 lpy of biofuel from locally sourced used cooking oil The organization hopes to set up a second bio-fuel station at a cost of approximately $100,000 and to that end has applied to North Cowichan's Climate Action & Energy Plan for $30,000 in grant funding. The municipality is supplying $20,000 in funding.

The CEA was founded in 2008 as a non-profit organization focused on providing energy and greenhouse gas emissions inventories and planning services, renewable energy feasibility studies and implementation, and leading community carbon offsetting initiatives through the Community Carbon Marketplace. (Source: Cowichan Energy Alternatives, Lake Cowichan Gazette, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Cowichan Energy Alternatives, (250) 597-1491, www.cowichanenergy.org

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Finnair Customer Carbon Offsetting Scheduled for Take Off (Int'l)
Finnair
Date: 2018-07-30
Reporting from Helsinki, Filand's national aircarrier Finnair reports it will launch a new green initiative, enabling customers to contribute to biofuel or carbon capture initiatives when purchasing a ticket. The optional scheme will launch in 2019, with passengers able to choose between making a contribution towards biofuel, which will be blended and used on a future flight, or donating a sum of their choice to support carbon captures.

Finnair notes its research showed that 94 pct of Finns wanted to reduce their air travel emissions, with 76 pct willing to make a contribution towards this as part of their air fare for environmental initiatives. On average, most Finnair passengers were prepared to pay between €5 and €20 additional for a one-way flight within Europe. (Source: Finnair, 27 July 2018) Contact: Finnair, www.finnair.com

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Vermont Forest Reserve to Offset Calif. CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
Nature Conservancy Vermont.
Date: 2018-07-16
In the Green Mountain State, the Vermont Nature Conservancy is reporting that 5,400 acres (2,185 hectares) of forested land around Burnt Mountain will be the first Vermont site eligible for California's regulatory compliance market. Under the program, California businesses are required to reduce most carbon emissions or to purchase credits to offset their remaining emissions. The Nature Conservancy estimates that the credits will have an approximate value of $2 million over a 10-year period.

The forest, which is located across five northern Vermont communities, was previously part of a 26,000-acre (10,500-hectare) holding by the Vermont Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. In 2016 the two groups began separating the holding into 12 parcels, the majority of which will be working forestland.

The Nature Conservancy acquired the Vermont Land Trust's half-interest for the Burnt Mountain forest which conserved 11,000 privately owned acres. The Nature Conservancy plans to keep the site open for non-motorized recreation activities. (Source: Nature Conservancy,PR, 14 July, 2018) Contact: Nature Conservancy Vermont, Jim Shallow, Director Strategic Conservation Initiatives, Nature Conservancy Vermont, (802) 229-4425, www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/vermont/index.htm?src=r.v_vermont.local.na.vt

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Trees vs Grass for Carbon Sink Supremacy (R&D, Ind. Report)
UC Davis
Date: 2018-07-11
Researchers from the University of California, Davis have found that grasslands and rangelands are better carbon sinks than forests in present-day California. Years of warming temperatures, fire suppression, and drought have increased wildfire risks and turned the state's forests into carbon producers more than carbon consumers, according to the research.

Trees store much of their carbon within their leave and woody biomass, while grass stores most of its carbon underground. This means that when a tree catches fire, it releases its stores of carbon back into the atmosphere. But when a fire burns through grasslands, the carbon fixed underground tends to stay in the roots and soil.

The study suggests that grasslands and range lands should be given opportunities in California's cap-and-trade market, which was designed to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Their findings could also influence other carbon offset efforts around the world, especially those in semi-arid environments. This study states that, from a cap-and-trade and carbon-offset perspective, conserving grasslands and promoting rangeland practices that lead to reliable rates of carbon sequestration may help meet California's emission-reduction goals. (Source: UC Davis, earth.com, July, 2018) Contact: UC Davis, John Muir Institute of the Environment , Benjamin Houlton, Dir., (530) 752-7627, johnmuir.ucdavis.edu

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BP, Elion Partner on Forestry Carbon Offset Program (Int'l)
BP, Elion Group
Date: 2018-06-27
In Beijing, Elion Group and BP are reporting the signing of a carbon emission purchase contract for Chinese Certified Emissions Reductions (CCERs) from the forestry sector.

With the purchase of CCERS, BP will support the existing carbon stocks on nearly 1,400 sq. kilometers of desert oasis in the Inner Mongolia Kubuqi Desert. This agreement will also provide further support to Elion to further develop projects on ecological restoration in China, including the ongoing Kubuqi Desert ecosystem restoration project.

Elion is helping to accelerate the development of China's green finance, through the design and deployment of tools to help promote social capital investment in local environmental projects. (Source: Elion Group, BP, ACROFAN, 26 June, 2018)Contact: Elion Group, www.elion.com.cn.

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IPCC March Meeting Claims Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Date: 2018-06-18
The forty-seventh session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Paris in March has become the first to achieve carbon neutrality. The Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered IPCC worked with the Climate Neutral Now initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to offset carbon emissions involved in participants' travel to the meeting and arising from the meeting itself.

A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases made to compensate for an emission made elsewhere. (Source: IPCC, Public Service News Australia, 17 June, 2018)Contact: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, www.ipcc.ch; Climate Neutral Now initiative, https://unfccc.int/climate-action/climate-neutral-now; UNFCCC, https://unfccc.int

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Scottish Climate Change Legislation Aims 90 pct Emission Reduction by 2050 (Int'l, Reg. & Leg.)
Carbon Emissions, Climate Change
Date: 2018-05-28
At Holyrood, recently tabled Government of Scotland draft climate change legislation is targeting a 90 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, a goal which the UK Committee on Climate Change notes is "at the limit of feasibility", especially with the aim of achieving 100 pct reduction, or "net-zero" emissions soon as possible after that date.

Announcing the targets, Holyrood's climate change secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, Scotland will cut emissions by two-thirds without resorting to carbon offsetting to achieve our goal. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, Guardian International, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Scotland Climate Change Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, www.gov.scot/Topics/Environment/climatechange

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C4COIN Raises $450,000 in Seed Funding (Ind. Report)
C4Coin
Date: 2018-05-25
In the Big Apple, carbon negative blockchain technology developer C4Coin reports the closing of a $450,000 seed funding round led by Miles O'Brien. The funds will be used to grow the company's team and to advance foundational partnerships.

Founded in 2017, C4Coin will reward eco-conscious activities that generate verifiable carbon offsets. Users creating these offsets will receive carbon credit tokens called CO2KNs. These tokens can be retired through an innovative consensus protocol to earn a traditional crypto-asset called C4Coin.

The company plans to launch its blockchain in Q4 2018.

The name C4Coin stems from the biological process of carbon fixation. Plants take CO2 and inorganic Carbon 4 and break them down into organic, useable carbon and oxygen. (Source: C4Coin, PR, 24 May, 2018) Contact: C4Coin, Harrison Perl, CEO, www.c4coin.org

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Veridium, IBM Partner on VERDE Carbon Credit Tokens (Int'l)
Veridium
Date: 2018-05-18
Environmental FinTech company Veridium reports it is partnering with IBM to help transform the carbon credit market using blockchain technology.

Veridium, a collaborative initiative of EcoSmart Labs, Brian Kelly Capital Management, IDEAcarbon, Everland and CBL Markets, will leverage IBM's blockchain technology and expertise to transform carbon credits into a new type of digital asset that can be redeemed and traded. IBM will provide the token architecture and token interface with its various industry specific Hyperledger Fabric blockchain platforms.

According to Veridium, integrating the entire process of carbon accounting and offsetting into a digital token on a public, permissioned blockchain network can help make measuring environmental impact, transferring ownership rights, and redeeming the underlying carbon offset more efficient.

The token, called VERDE, will represent carbon accounting and offsetting backed by environmental assets, including Triple Gold REDD+ credits from InfiniteEARTH, which authored the first REDD+ forest carbon accounting methodology, a protocol now embodied in the UN Paris Agreement. (Source: Veridium, Block Tribune, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Veridium, Todd Lemons, CEO, www.veridium.io; IBM, Bridget van Kralingen, Senior VP, Industry Platforms and Blockchain, www.ibm.com/us-en

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Byogy Renewables Secures Path to Commercialization with ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification (Ind. Report)
Byogy
Date: 2018-04-11
In a release, San Jose, California-based biofuel specialist Byogy Renewables reports it welcomes last week's ASTM Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure approval.

This jet fuel specification is a direct nexus between the global ethanol industry and the aviation sector, connecting two mature industries that could never be linked in the past. Now ethanol can be used as a feedstock to make renewable jet fuel.

The new ASTM specification allows jet fuel, produced from ethanol under the ATJ process, to be sold commercially on a global basis.

The aviation sector is now subject to global de-carbonization compliance regulations beginning in 2020 under the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Given such great demand, and now with the ATJ specification in place, a full supply chain exists to effectively scale up and drive production costs down while carbon reduction policies are advanced. (Source: Byogy Renewables, Inc., PR, April, 2018) Contact: Byogy, Kevin Weiss, CEO, (408) 800-7704, www.byogy.com; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, www.astm.org

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ClimeCo Awarded Project Developer of the Year Honors (Ind. Report)
Climate Action Reserve
Date: 2018-04-09
Philadelphia-based ClimeCo Corporation reports it has been selectd as Project Developer of the Year by the Climate Action Reserve, in recognition for the Most Registered Carbon Offset Projects in 2017. The Climate Action Reserve (CAR), North America's premier carbon offset registry, presented the 2017 Project Developer of the Year Award for the Most Registered Projects, to ClimeCo Corporation during CAR's Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) annual conference. Award recipients were recognized for leadership to advance climate solutions and strengthen carbon markets through the development of successful carbon offset projects and permanent emissions reductions.

ClimeCo has registered more than 15 million carbon offsets across 172 reporting periods. The company's offset volume stems from reducing greenhouse gas emissions through several project types, to include N2O Abatement, Destruction of Ozone Depleting Substances, Agricultural Methane Capture, and Organic Waste Composting.

ClimeCo is a developer, broker and advisor of both voluntary and compliance grade environmental commodity market products across numerous project types, with specialized expertise in California cap-and-trade, voluntary market advisory and transactional services, and project financing of internal CO2 abatement systems. (Source: ClimeCo, PR, 6 April, 2018) Contact: ClimeCo, Bill Flederbach, President & CEO (484) 415-0501, nmarshall@climeco.com, www.climeco.com; Climate Action Reserve, www.climateactionreserve.org

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Philippines Developer Touts Forest Carbon-Emission Offsetting Initiative (Int'l Report)
www.ayalaland.com.ph
Date: 2018-03-19
In the Philippines, real estate giant Ayala Land Inc. and Center for Conservation Innovations Inc. report they are conducting carbon emission-offsetting forest preservation and reforestation program entitled Carbon Neutral by 2022. The program is aimed at maximizing the carbon storage potential of a 133-hectare forest in Alaminos, Laguna, to help abate the impacts of climate change.

In January, 2018, the company set aside 450 hectares of land to develop carbon-guzzling forests in line with its other low-carbon targets, including increased reliance on renewable energy, green building practices and increased energy efficiency. Ayala Land Inc. generates produces about 68,000 tpy of CO2, according to the company. tons of carbon dioxide a year.

The Center for Conservation Innovations Inc. will study five sites in different parts of the Philippines to determine a baseline carbon stock in the carbon-forest sites, three of which are within or adjacent to existing Alaya Land development projects. (Source: Alaya Land Inc., Business Mirror, 18 Mar., 2018)Contact: Center for Conservation Innovations, www.conservation-innovations.org; Ayala Land Inc., Anna Maria Gonzales, Sustainability Manager, www.ayalaland.com.ph

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Convenience Stores Cut Emissions with Carbon Offsets (Ind. Report)
Tri Star Energy
Date: 2018-03-16
In Tennessee, fleet fuel services provider Tri Star Energy, the owner of Twice Daily convenience stores, reports it is partnering with GreenPrint, the Arbor Day Foundation, and GROW Enrichment, to offer THRIVE.

The THRIVE program, which is set to launch in April, will reduce consumers' tailpipe emissions on all grades of fuel through certified carbon investment projects such as tree plantings, renewable energy development and others. In addition to the carbon offsets, the THRIVE program will plant 25,000 trees in Middle Tennessee with the Arbor Day Foundation. The program has also partnered with Nashville-based GROW Enrichment, a non-profit organization focused on community development through urban agriculture and nature conservation education. (Source: Tri Star Energy, Convenience Store Decisions, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Tri Star Energy, Steve Hostetter, CEO, www.tristartn.com; GreenPrint, (404) 207-1947, info@GreenPrintCorp.com, www.greenprintcorp.com; Arbor Day Foundation, www.arborday.org

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Saskatchewan Still Rejecting Ottawa's Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Canadan Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-03-14
In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government reports it has rejected the Province of Saskatchewan's requested exemption from the Liberal Gov. of Justin Trudeau's carbon pricing plan.

Saskatchewan's Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy doesn't include an explicit carbon tax and lowers the threshold of what is considered a "heavy emitter" from 50,000 tpy of emissions to 25,000 tpy. The provincial plan also calls for carbon offsets to be purchased by heavy emitters as well as a best performance credit for companies demonstrating low emissions or investments in reducing their emissions. The provincial government is refusing to accept the Canadian federal government's planned imposition of a carbon tax. (Source: Saskatchewan Environment Minister, Regina Leader-Post, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Saskatchewan Environment Minister, Hon. Dustin Duncan, (306) 787-0393, https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/government-structure/cabinet/honourable-dustin-duncan

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Ontario Developing Carbon Offset Protocols (Ind. Report)
Ontario,Carbon Offsets
Date: 2018-03-02
At Queens Park, the government of Ontario reports it is developing 13 proposed carbon offset protocols in cooperation with the province of Quebec and will work with the province's Environmental Commissioner (ECO) to address its concerns linked to several of the proposed offset methodologies.

ECO has recommended scrapping at least three of the protocols including additionality, permanence, mitigation potential and leakage. The ECO also recommended that forest management, afforestation and reforestation projects be ineligible to generate carbon offsets for use in the province's carbon market.

Ontario and Quebec -- two of the three WCI member jurisdictions -- are jointly developing the 13 protocols, with California-based Climate Action Reserve tasked with authoring them. (Source: Province of Ontario, Carbon Pulse, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Ontario Environmental Commissioner, https://eco.on.ca

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