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Oil & Gas Climate Initiative Commits to Cutting Emissions (Int'l)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2019-10-28
In London, the thirteen-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is reporting a $1 billion commitment to support the goals of the Paris Climate Accord -- including investments in carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and supporting carbon taxes and economic incentives aimed at reducing emissions.

Initially, OGCI will help decarbonize multiple industrial hubs in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands and China. The OGCI also aims to build on the industry's reduction in methane emissions (9 pct in 2018) and to include carbon emissions in hope that future temperature increases will not exceed 2 degrees Celsius. To complement its methane emissions-intensity target, OGCI seeks to reduce collective average carbon intensity by 2025.

The OGCI member companies -- BP, Chevron, CNPC, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Occidental, Pemex, Petrobras, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell and Total -- account for 32 pct of global operated oil and gas production, according to the OGCI website. (Source: OGCI, Alex Mills, Tims Record News, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, contact@climateinvestments.energy, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative ,  


Shell, BP Join Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science (Int'l)
Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science
Date: 2019-09-20
Petroleum giants BP and SIEP, Inc. (Shell) are reported to have joined the Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science (CAMS), an industry-led consortium researching methane emissions and delivering transparent data to evaluate the most effective methane emissions reduction strategies. Other CAMS participants include Cheniere, Chevron, Equinor, ExxonMobil, and Pioneer Natural Resources.

CAMS undertakes scientific studies addressing methane emissions along the natural gas value chain, from production through end use. Studies will focus on detection, measurement and quantification of methane emissions with the goal of finding opportunities for reduction. CAMS' first project is to develop an open access oil and gas operations emissions calculator that will estimate methane emissions at a basin level and enable operators to evaluate effectiveness of mitigation strategies. (Source; CAMS, Green Car Congress, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science, www.methanecollaboratory.com

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


NEB Comments on Latest EPA "Hardship Waivers" -- Notable Quote
RPA, Nebraska Ethanol Board
Date: 2019-08-14
"Over the past two years, the EPA has granted hardship waivers to refineries owned by companies like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. Their continued handouts to the oil industry comes during a time when heartland farmers are really struggling due to depressed commodity prices, flooding and trade wars. Securing access and demand for homegrown, cleaner-burning biofuels should be top priority from an economic and environmental standpoint, not destroying the marketplace program the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was created for." -- Roger Berry, Administrator, Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB).

Berry was speaking in Lincoln, Nebraska on the EPA's granting of an additional 31 small refinery biofuel waivers for 2018. This follows the 54 waivers the Trump Administration granted in 2016 and 2017, which caused 2.6 billion gallons of demand destruction. These new waivers add another loss of 1.4 billion gallons, for a total loss of 4 billion gallons. Contact: Nebraska Ethanol Board, Roger Berry, (402) 471-2941, ethanol.nebraska.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Ethanol Board news,  Ethanol news,  EPA news,  "Hardship Waiver" news,  


Chevron Unveils Aussie CO2 Storage, Mitigation Project (Int'l)
Chevron
Date: 2019-08-09
In the Land Down Under, Perth-based energy major Chevron Australia Pty Ltd. and its JV partners at the Gorgon LNG project, in Western Australia, are reporting the launch of the Gorgon carbon dioxide (CO2) injection system -- the world's largest greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation project. When fully operational, the CO2 injection facility will cut Gorgon's GHG emissions by about 40 pct or more than 100-million tonnes over the life of the project.

The Gorgon facility incorporates features aimed at maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing GHG emissions, and in steady-state operations, is anticipated to have the lowest GHG emissions intensity of any LNG project in Australia. (Source: Chevron Australia, Mining Weekly, Creamer Media NZ, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, +61 8 9216 4000, www.chevron.com/about/contact

More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  Chevron,  Carbon Storage,  CO2,  


Chevron, California Bioenergy to Produce Biomethane

Date: 2019-06-26
Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and California Bioenergy announced a joint investment in a holding company with California dairy farmers to produce and market dairy biomethane as a vehicle fuel in the state. The holding company, CalBioGas, secured funding from Chevron to build infrastructure for dairy biomethane projects in California’s San Joaquin Valley, adding to the investment from dozens of dairy farmers. Manure storage on dairy farms results in the release of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. CalBio brings technology, operational experience and capital to help dairy farmers build digesters and methane capture projects to convert this methane to a beneficial use as renewable natural gas. The dairy biomethane projects are designed to send dairy biogas to a centralized processing facility, where it will be upgraded to RNG and injected into the local gas utility’s pipeline. The RNG is then marketed as an alternative fuel for heavy-duty trucks, buses, and eventually off-road and farm equipment. (Source: Transport Topics, 24 June, 2019)


CalBio, Chevron Partner on Dairy Biomethane Projects (Ind Report)
CalBioGas
Date: 2019-06-21
In the Golden State, Visalia-headquartered California Bioenergy LLC and oil giant Chevron are reporting a joint investment in CalBioGas LLC, a holding company with California dairy farmers to produce and market dairy biomethane as a transportation fuel in compliance with California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

CalBio will help dairy farmers build digesters and methane capture projects to convert methane into renewable natural gas (RNG). Chevron will fund as many as 18 digesters across three geographic "clusters" in Kern, Tulare and Kings counties. The three clusters of digesters have been awarded California Department of Food and Agriculture grants which must be augmented with additional capital to complete the projects. (Source: California Bioenergy, PR, Chevron, Renewable Energy, 20 June, 2019) Contact: CalBioEnergy, N. Ross Buckenham, CEO, 559-667-9560, info@calbioenergy.com, www.calbioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion,  California Bioenergy,  Chevron,  Biogas,  Methane,  Biomethane,  


Major Mining Companies Among World's Mega Emitters (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-05-13
In Rio de Janiero, Brazil, the Rio Times is reporting as many as 100 companies are responsible for more than 70 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to data from Carbon Disclosure Project (CFP) in July 2017.

The 25 largest polluters, responsible for 50 pct of CO2 emissions, are, by descending order: China (state-owned coal production), Aramco, Gazprom, Iranian National Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Coal India, Pemex, Russia (state-owned coal production), Shell, China National Petroleum, BP, Chevron, PDVSA, Abu Dhabi National Petroleum, Poland Coal, Peabody Energy, Sonatrach, Kuwait Oil, Total, BHP Billiton, ConocoPhillips, Lukoil, Rio Tinto, Nigeria National Petroleum, and Petrobras, the only Brazilian company on the list.

The top 100 companies control most of the world's mineral rights, for oil, gas, and coal. Houston is considered the "home" of 7 of these 100 companies, followed by Jakarta, Calgary, Moscow, and Beijing.

(Source: The Rio Times, May, 2019) Contact: The Rio Times, Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter, www.riotimesonline.com

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


EPA Stalls on RFS "Hardship Waiver" Transparency (Ind. Report)
RFS
Date: 2019-05-01
Reuters is reporting the U.S. EPA has suspended work on its plan -- as announced on 12 April -- to publish the names of refineries granted "hardship waiver" exemptions from federal biofuels law after receiving blowback from the White House and parts of the oil industry.

The EPA currently does not name companies that apply for or receive the waivers, arguing the information is confidential. The corn industry wants that changed because it believes profitable companies are securing waivers, which is hurting farmers. Small refineries owned by profitable oil majors like ExxonMobil and Chevron are among those that have gotten waivers since 2017, according to the Reuters report.

"Hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: Yahoo Finance, Reuters, 30 April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  "Hardship Waiver",  Ethanol Blend,  


ACC Energy Efficiency Improvement Awards Announced (Ind. Report)
American Chemistry Council
Date: 2019-04-15
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reports 16 of its member companies are being recognized for implementing energy efficiency improvements in 2018.. The Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program is among ACC's many initiatives to improve energy efficiency. Member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing their environmental, health, safety and security plans.

The 2019 Energy Efficiency Awards include:

  • Energy Efficiency Program award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy-efficiency improvements, with components such as establishing energy teams, goal setting, communications, management support and recognition;.

  • Significant Improvement in Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy efficiency in their manufacturing operations through technical innovations, creative projects or novel procedures or actions;

  • The Non-Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Improvement award is given for improvements resulting from energy-efficient lighting, insulation and other building improvements, as well as other non-manufacturing energy efficiency improvements.

    The companies receiving awards in 2019 are Afton Chemical Corporation, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., Albemarle Corporation, Arkema Inc., BASF Corp., Celanase, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Dow, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, FMC Corp., Hexion Inc., Occidental Chemical, Olin Corp and SABIC. (Source: American Chemistry Council, PR, 15 April, 2019) Contact: ACC, ww.americanchemistry.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • Carbon Engineering Claims Major New Investors (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Engineering
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Squamish, British Columbia-based Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) is reporting receipt of equity investments from Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Chevron Corporation's Chevron Technology Ventures. Carbon Engineering's proven Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology removes CO2 directly from the air and subsequently synthesizes it into clean transportation fuels.

    CE has been developing DAC technology since 2009 and capturing CO2 from the atmosphere at a pilot plant in Squamish, B.C. since 2015. The DAC plants are location-independent and can be co-located with an oilfield operation for enhanced oil recovery (EOR). Carbon Engineering's complementary AIR TO FUELS process combines CO2 from DAC with clean hydrogen from water electrolysis to provide a second pathway for reducing transportation emissions by synthesizing ultra-low carbon intensity liquid fuels.

    CE's AIR TO FUELS products are fully compatible with existing cars, trucks, ships and planes, allowing existing vehicles to reduce their carbon emissions without modification. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Green Car Congress, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: Carbon Engineering. Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Engineering,  EOR,  CHevron,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  


    ExxonMobil Awarded RFS "Hardship Waiver" (Ind. Report)
    Exxon Mobil,Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2018-12-21
    Reuters is reporting the oil juggernaut ExxonMobil, with more than $19 billion in net income for 2017, has been granted a Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) "financial hardship waiver" from the EPA for its 60,000 bpd Billings Refinery in Montana.

    ExxonMobil's poor cousin Chevron, with a net 2017 income of only $9.2 billion, also scored a "hardship waiver" for its refinery in Utah on the grounds that without the waiver its refineries would be "at disadvantage in this competitive market."

    Under the RFS, oil refiners must increasingly blend ethanol and other biofuels into their fuel each year or purchase blending credits from those that do. The 2005 regulation was intended to help farmers and to cut fuel imports. But small oil refineries can be exempted from the standard if they prove compliance would cause disproportionate hardship. The EPA granted 29 waivers for the 2017 compliance year, up from 14 in 2015 and 20 in 2016. (Source: ExxonMobil, OilPrice, Reuters, 20 Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  


    Biofuel Players Comment on New RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    RFS,Advanced Biofuels Business Council
    Date: 2018-12-07
    "Specifically, I'm glad levels for biodiesel are maintained and slightly increased. And although the levels for advanced biofuels and cellulosic biofuels don't represent the full potential of the industry, they are very promising and will help significantly." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R), www.grassley.senate.gov

    "It is time to get our America First fuel policy back on track, and we encourage the acting EPA administrator to hold oil refiners accountable and maintain the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard." -- Kyle Gilley, Snr VP External Affairs and Communications, POET, www.poet.com

    "The final targets open new possibilities for advanced and cellulosic biofuels, but without a check on abusive EPA waivers, we'll continue to see plants closing their doors or idling production. The agency cannot fulfill the president's commitments in the heartland without putting a lid on handouts to oil giants like Chevron and Andeavor." -- Brooke Coleman, Exec. Dir., Advanced Biofuels Business Council, www.advancedbiofuels.org

    "It reflects continued growth in the renewable natural gas industry. The growth in production of renewable natural gas and the completion of nearly 50 new production facilities from coast to coast since 2014 is proof positive that the RFS is working as intended for cellulosic and advanced biofuels." -- Johannes Escudero, CEO, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, www.rngcoalition.com

    "While the numbers are a positive step forward and they hold promise with a 15-billion-gallon commitment to starch ethanol and 418 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels, the billions of lost gallons due to excessive small refinery exemptions need to be accounted for." -- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grassley,  POET,  RFS,  Growth Energy,  


    Washington State Rejects Carbon Tax, Again (Reg & Leg)
    Western States Petroleum Association
    Date: 2018-11-12
    The third time around wasn't lucky for Washington States I 1631 groundbreaking carbon tax , despite broad support from MicroSoft's Bill Gates, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and the far away New York Times, labor organizations, environmentalist and others.

    I 1631 aimed to charge oil companies and other significant emitters $15 per ton of carbon released -- increasing by $2 per year until 2035. The approximately $1 billion per year it was expected to raise was earmarked for clean energy projects, public transportation, environmental conservation, and green jobs programs.

    In 2016, another initiative, 732, proposed a tax on carbon in exchange for reduced sales and manufacturing taxes and creating a fund for low-income families–an approach intended to appeal to conservatives. The strategy missed the marked with only 40.7 pct of the vote. Earlier this year, too, the state legislature attempted to pass a carbon tax measure, but that died when it failed to collect enough votes in the Senate to advance.

    Organized opposition to I 1631 campaign was sponsored by the Western States Petroleum Association -- an umbrella organization for BP, Chevron, Shell,Exxon) and others. In Washington, 54.5 pct of Washington State's carbon emissions reportedly come from gas and diesel used in transportation. In most states, the power generation sector is credited with the bulk of the state's carbon emissions. (Source: Various Media, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of Washington Sate Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov; Western States Petroleum Association, www.wspa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News I 1631,  Carbon Tax,  Washington Carbon Tax,  Jay Inslee,  


    Oil, Gas Players Pledge to Slash Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
    Date: 2018-09-26
    The 13-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) -- which includes Exxon Mobil, Chevron and others -- reports it is committed to cutting methane emissions to an intensity of 0.25 pct of all fossil fuel the group's member companies produces by 2025. The pledge could be cut further to 0.2 pct intensity, which would echo targets set individually by group members BP, Royal Dutch Shell and XOM to reduce methane emissions.

    The OGCI, which also counts France's Total as well as national oil companies of China, Mexico, Brazil and Saudi Arabia among its members, represents nearly a third of global oil and gas production. (Source: OGCI Website, Seeking Alpha, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,  


    Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Capture and Storage ,CCS
    Date: 2018-08-01
    The recently released Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers report provides detailed information on the driving factors and challenges that will define the upcoming development of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) market. The report examines existing opportunities in small markets for investors thorough an analysis of the competitive landscape and product offerings of key players including: Babcock & Wilcox, ENGIE, GE Power, The Linde Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Air Products and Chemicals, Aker Solutions, Amec Foster Wheeler, Chevron, Fluor, Hitachi, Net Power, Schlumberger, Shell, Siemens, Statoil, and Sulzer.

    According to the report, the CCS market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 9.18 pct. up to 2021.

    View report details HERE. Request a report Sample PDF HERE. (Source: Absolute Reports, July, 2018) Contact: Absolute Reports, www.absolutereports.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Sequestration,  


    Little RI Takes On the Oil Giants over Climate Change (Reg & Leg)
    Care2
    Date: 2018-07-09
    The office of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin reports the nation's smallest state is suing the country's oils giants in the first-of-its-kind suit over direct harms to the state from man-made climate change.

    The state alleges that 21 energy companies -- including ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips -- knew about the impact fossil fuels were having on the environment but failed to mitigate that risk and the "manifest real-world harms of the companies' actions or failures to act."

    The lawsuit specifically alleges the energy companies refuted scientific knowledge and actively pushed pseudo-scientific theories about climate change, and that for nearly a half century the oil companies knew that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products create greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes our climate. It also claims the oil companies used public messaging to dissuade consumers from accepting the climate change consensus which, the state says, meant the public did not realize the harms fossil fuels were doing to the world and therefore did not see the need to reduce their climate impact. The suit also alleges that the actions have the companies have directly contributed to climate change which has in turn created sea level rise and a number of other issues that the state is now having to spend money dealing with. (Source: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Care2, July, 2018) Contact: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, (401) 274-4400, www.riag.ri.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Chevron's Delayed Aussie CCS Project Set to Begin (Int'l)
    Chevron
    Date: 2018-07-03
    In the Land Down Under, oil giant Chevron reports it plans to start its long delayed carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at the Gorgon LNG facility on Barrow Island before the year end.

    Chevron has committed to storing 80 pct of the CO2 emitted from the Gorgon facility over a five-year period. The Barrow Island LNG includes a $2.5 billion CCS facility -- the largest in the world. Chevron predicts that in the first two years, 5.5m -- 8m tons of CO2 would be injected into a reservoir 2 km below the ground. (Source: Chevron, The Chemical Engineer, 3 July, 2018)Contact: Chevron Technology Ventures, Barbara Burger, Pres., (925) 842-1000, www.chevron.com/technology/technology-ventures

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron,  CCS,  


    Chevron Launches $100Mn Future Energy Fund (Ind. Report)
    Chevron Technology Ventures
    Date: 2018-06-22
    Chevron Technology Ventures LLC, the venture capital arm of San Ramon, California-headquartered oil giant Chevron Corp. is reporting the launch of the Future Energy Fund with an initial commitment of $100 million.

    The new fund will focus on technologies that will increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, such as improving grid management, developing renewables and alternative fuels. Details were not available. (Source: Chevron, Houston Business Journal, June, 2018) Contact: Chevron Technology Ventures, Barbara Burger, Pres., (925) 842-1000, www.chevron.com/technology/technology-ventures

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron,  Renewable Energy,  Alternative Fuels,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Big Apple vs Big Oil Over Climate Change Disasters (Ind. Report)
    New York City,BP, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell,Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2018-01-15
    The New York City government is commencing legal action against "Big Oil" -- BP, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell -- in an effort to hold them responsible for present and future damage to the city from climate change. The sBig Apple's suit claims the companies together produced 11 pct of all of global-warming gases and that companies and that the oil industry in general has long been aware of the consequences of their processes and products but sought to obscure them.

    Although the City's legal strategy has been embraced by several California cities and counties, prior lawsuits seeking to blame companies for their role in causing climate change have generally been unsuccessful. For example, in 2017, California's Marin County, San Mateo County and the cities of Imperial Beach, San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Cruz took legal action related to climate change on the grounds that the oil companies were "public nuisances" and caused injury to the localities under common law. (Source: City of New York, Washington Post, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: Office of New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General, https://ag.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City,  Climate Change,  BP,  Royal Dutch Shell,  Chevron,  Conoco-Phillips,  ExxonMobil,  


    Chevron Takes Equity Stake in Australian Novvi Group (M&A)
    Chevron Products,Novvi, Amyris , Cosan S.A.
    Date: 2016-12-16
    Chevron Products Co., a division of US oil and gas giant Chevron USA , and Melbourne, Australia-based renewable base oil technology lubricant manufacturer Novvi Group are reporting Chevron has made an unspecified equity investment into Novvi Group.

    Novvi is a joint venture of Emeryville, California-headquartered industrial biosecience specialist Amyris Inc., Cosan S.A., and American Refining Group. (Source: Chevron, Novvi Group, Biofuel Int'l, 15 Dec., 2016) Contact: Amyris, John Melo, CEO, (510) 450-0761, www.amyris.com; Novvi Group, Jeff Brown, CEO, www.novvi.com; Cosan S.A., www,cosan.com.br; Chevron, www.chevron.com/operations/products-services; American Refining Group, www.amref.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron,  Amyris ,  Cosan S.A.,  

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