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Fullerton Commits to $8.4Mn Energy Efficiency Project (Ind. Report)
Fullerton, Calif, Noresco
Date: 2022-03-11
In the Golden State, the City of Fullerton (pop. 139,000 +-) reports it has contracted with energy efficiency, resiliency and infrastructure solutions specialist NORESCO to implement an $8.4 million energy efficiency project guaranteed to save $12.1 million during the contract period. Funded entirely from generated savings, the project demonstrates that energy savings can help local governments tackle deferred maintenance while also expanding smart city technologies and distributed energy resources.

A ground-mounted photovoltaic system at the main water plant will provide renewable energy, and carport-mounted photovoltaic systems at city hall and the police department will provide shaded parking in addition to renewable energy. Fifteen dual port integrated electric vehicle chargers throughout the city will provide public access to clean transportation fuel and generate revenue for the city. The project will also enable the city to replace critical air-conditioning equipment that is at the end of its useful life and make other energy efficiency updates to building systems.

The upgrade of approximately 7,700 lighting fixtures with new LEDs will reduce energy consumption and extend the lifespan to at least 20 years. Additionally, NORESCO will assist the city in work with Southern California Edison to convert nearly 600 pole lights to LED technology. Smart city technology in parks will include improved lighting controls and motion activation, capable of providing greater public safety benefits.

The project also provides decarbonization benefits and is expected to reduce the city’s annual emissions of carbon dioxide by 2,793,572 pounds. The total expected reduction in greenhouse gases equates to planting 1,306 acres of trees, providing air quality improvements to the community.

The project includes a rigorous commissioning and measurement-based verification plan to ensure energy usage savings and operational success. It will also help prepare the city for conversion of series streetlight circuits to LED technology. Completion of the design package, cost calculations and budgets to convert a particularly problematic circuit will provide data the city needs to secure financing and then move forward with conversion. (Source: City of Fullerton, Website, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: NORESCO, Jim Williams, VP, www.noresco.com; City of Fullerton, (714) 738-6350, www.city offullerton.com

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


International Council on Clean Transportation -- Notable Quote
International Council on Clean Transportation,
Date: 2021-12-13
"With strong policy actions, it is possible to reduce (India's) CO2 emissions to half the present level by 2050. This possibility is despite the travel demand more than doubling by then." -- International Council on Clean Transportation, Dec., 2021, www.theicct.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Council on Clean Transportation news,   news,  


Ryanair Supports Future SAF Use (Int'l. Report)
Ryanair
Date: 2021-12-01
Irish low-cost air carrier Ryanair reports it has pledged to support the development of SAF to promote a carbon-neutral future and, to that end, aims to power 12.5 pct of its flights using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030.

As previously reported, the airline has joined the Fueling Flight Initiative as part of its pledge to turn the blue airline green. The Fuelling Flight initiative was convened by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) with technical advice from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). (Source: Ryanair, PR, 28 Nov., 2021) Contact: Ryanair, Tom Fowler, Sustainability Dir., www.ryanair.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Ryanair,  Fueling Flight Initiative,  


Topsoe Tech. Tapped for Cdn. Hydrogen Energy Complex (Ind. Report)
Haldor Topsoe,Air Products
Date: 2021-07-23
Denmark-headquartered Haldor Topsoe reports Air Products has selected Topsoe's SynCOR™ autothermal reforming technology to capture CO2 emissions from the production of blue hydrogen from natural gas at Air Products' planned facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The new facility, which is expected to come online in 2024, will capture over 95 pct of the produced CO2, which will then be stored underground. Hydrogen-fueled electricity will power the plant and offset the remaining 5 pct of emissions at the site. The complex will also produce liquid hydrogen for merchant sales and use as a clean transportation fuel.

The Edmonton hydrogen complex is part of Air Products' aim to produce over 1,500 tpd of hydrogen and capture more than 3 million tpy of CO2 in Alberta alone. Canada's clean energy diversification strategy has tagged hydrogen as a key enabler for Canada to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, the release notes. (Source: Topsoe, PR, Website, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Amy Hebert, CCO, Ulrik Frohlke, Media , +45 27 77 99 68, ulfr@topsoe.com, www.topsoe.com; Air Products, Robert Tikovsky, VP Process Gases, www.airproducts.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe,  Hydrogen,  Air Products,  


SCE Added 1,360 MW of Energy Storage in 2020 (Ind. Report)
Edison International, Southern California Edison,
Date: 2021-06-04
In the Golden State, Edison International's just released 2020 Sustainability Report notes its subsidiary Southern California Edison (SCE) added 1,360 MW of new energy storage in 2020 through its Charge Ready Program. The report also notes that SCE operated the lowest system average rate among California's investor-owned utilities in 2020.

The Edison International report also noted will continue work to finance or refinance projects in four environmental categories: renewable energy, clean transportation, energy efficiency/carbon reduction, or climate change adaptation. (Source: Edison International, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Edison International, Southern California Edison, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement and Management, www.sce.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Edison International,  Southern California Edison,  Energy Storage,  


Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition Announcement (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition
Date: 2021-03-22
"The Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition member organizations commend state agency and stakeholder efforts in recommending a clean fuels policy in Minnesota. We thank Governor Walz for establishing the Governor's Council on Biofuels and strongly support the Council's recommendation -- finding number 10, recommendation number 4 -- to move forward with a clean fuels policy in Minnesota. We also applaud the Minnesota Department of Transportation for establishing the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Council, which also included a clean fuels policy and implementation guidelines in its set of approved recommendations to the Department. A clean fuels policy will help assure that Minnesota remains in a leadership position with respect to clean fuels innovation, building on past successes.

"Minnesota is behind schedule in achieving the transportation greenhouse gas reduction and clean fuel adoption goals established through the bipartisan Next Generation Energy Act of 2007. We believe that a clean fuels policy, such as the proposed Future Fuels Act, can help get Minnesota back on track.

"We believe that the Future Fuels Act, designed based on recommendations in the Mid-continent Clean Fuels Policy Initiative's white paper A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest, can have many benefits for Minnesota, including:

  • Benefits for consumers through market access for clean fuels that are often lower cost or a better value than conventional fuels but currently face barriers to entry in the marketplace.

  • Large net-positive and equitable economic impacts for the state through increased investment in a broad portfolio of cleaner fuels, including ethanol, biomethane, biodiesel, other biofuels, electricity,and charging infrastructure.

  • Equitable access to clean transportation for all Minnesota communities.

  • Increased investment in cleaner fuels for all types of vehicles and a more innovative and prosperous clean fuels sector spurring consumer demand for cleaner products,

  • A technology- and fuel-neutral, performance-based approach that rewards the cleanest fuels without having government pick winners and losers and expands the fuels market.

  • Reductions in air pollution and increased health benefits, particularly in areas that have been disproportionately impacted by transportation pollution.

  • Economic incentives and market demand to maximize the resource value of organic waste (including manure, biosolids, and food waste), reducing the climate impacts of organic waste, and supporting counties' efforts to achieve state-mandated recycling goals.

  • Increased energy independence by relying less on imported resources and more on state resources.

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the two largest emitting sectors of transportation and electricity as well as in the agricultural sector.

  • A potential to support voluntary farmer-led efforts to invest in and adopt agricultural conservation practices that benefit soil health and water quality and reduce farm-level greenhouse gas emissions." (Source: Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition, www.BetterEnergy.org , Twitter: @GreatPlainsInst; Facebook: Great Plains Institute

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition,  Clean Fuel,  Biofuel,  


  • U. Birmingham, ARAI Partner on Clean Fuels, Emissions (Int'l, R&D)
    University of Birmingham,Automotive Research Association of India
    Date: 2021-03-08
    The UK's University of Birmingham Vehicle and Engine Technology Research Centre and the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to identify joint research interests in the fields of air quality and emissions management, alternative fuels and related clean transportation concerns.

    The University of Birmingham Centre works closely with UK industry in engine architecture and advanced engine technologies, helping to design the engines and fuels for the future. ARAI is India's premier automotive research and development institute set up by the automotive industry with the government of India.

    As part of the cooperation, the partners will work to develop and deliver hi-tech and environment-friendly vehicle systems, alternative fuels, and create a blueprint to tackle the challenge of particulate emissions in India. The partners also plan to support the development of transportation-related education programmes that will help produce future transportation researchers and industry leaders. (Source: ARAI, University of Birmingham, Autocar Pro News Desk , 8 Mar., 2021) Contact: University of Birmingham, Prof. Tim Jones, +44 (0)121 414 5936, t.s.jones@bham.ac.uk www.birmingham.ac.uk; ARAI, N. B. Dhande, Business Development and Corporate Planning, www.araiindia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel news,  Clean Fuel news,  Clean Transportation news,  


    CIBC Joins Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (Ind. Report)
    CIBC
    Date: 2021-02-26
    Following up on our 16 Dec, 2020 coverage, in Toronto, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) reports it has joined the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), an initiative led by the financial industry to develop a harmonized global standard to measure and disclose the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of loans and investments. Using jointly developed GHG accounting methodologies will help the bank align its targets with the Paris Climate Agreement, according to the bank release.

    In 2019, CIBC committed $150 billion in support of environmental and sustainable finance activities by 2027 and has to date achieved 28 pct of this goal. The bank also issued the climate-related disclosure report Building a Sustainable Future aligned with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

    In 2020, CIBC issued a $500 million(US), five-year green bond to help finance new and existing green projects, assets, and businesses that mitigate the risks and effects of climate change. These include renewable energy, green buildings, clean transportation, natural resource conservation, biodiversity conservation, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention and control. Also in 2020, CIBC ranked among the top-tier of global banks for climate change action by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

    CIBC, which recently became the first Canadian bank to join RMI's Center for Climate-Aligned Finance, has more than 10 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients and $768.545 billion (Cdn) in total assets. (Source: CIBC, Website News, Feb., 2021) Contact: CIBC, Nima Ranawana, 647-456-4556, nima.ranawana@cibc.com, www.cibc.com; Partnership for Carbon Accounting, www.carbonaccountingfinancials.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CIBC,  Carbon Emissions ,  Partnership for Carbon Accounting,  


    EU Aviation, NGOs Concur on SAF Climate Impact (Int'l.)
    European Climate Foundation, SAF, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, ClimateWorks Foundation
    Date: 2021-01-18
    As the European Union is about to unveil new targets for sustainable aviation fuel in 2021, a group of major European aviation companies, research and environmental groups have made recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and are calling for a more stringent policy approach to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the aviation sector's climate impact. The Fueling Flight Initiative was convened by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) to provide recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Technical advice was provided by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). A key element of the Fueling Flight Initiative is a regulatory framework that guarantees future-proof sustainability requirements. This cornerstone is needed to build-up production capacity and organise feedstock value chains while avoiding investments that either fail to deliver emission reductions or cause unintended environmental impacts. Download the full Consensus Statement on Guiding Principles for Supporting the Deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the EU HERE . (Source: European Climate Foundation, Website, Jan., 2020) Contact: European Climate Foundation, Pete Harrison, Executive Director, +44 203 929 0545, www.europeanclimate.org; ClimateWorks Foundation, www.climateworks.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Climate Foundation news,   SAF news,   Sustainable Aviation Fuel news,   ClimateWorks Foundation news,  


    EU Aviation Ind., NGOs Concur on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (Int'l.)
    European Climate Foundation,ClimateWorks Foundation
    Date: 2021-01-18
    As the European Union is about to unveil new targets for sustainable aviation fuel in 2021, a group of major European aviation companies, research and environmental groups have made recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and are calling for a more stringent policy approach to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the aviation sector's climate impact.

    The Fueling Flight Initiative was convened by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) to provide recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Technical advice was provided by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

    A key element of the Fueling Flight Initiative is a regulatory framework that guarantees future-proof sustainability requirements. This cornerstone is needed to build-up production capacity and organise feedstock value chains while avoiding investments that either fail to deliver emission reductions or cause unintended environmental impacts.

    Download the full Consensus Statement on Guiding Principles for Supporting the Deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the EU HERE . (Source: European Climate Foundation, Website, Jan., 2020) Contact: European Climate Foundation, Pete Harrison, Executive Director, +44 203 929 0545, www.europeanclimate.org; ClimateWorks Foundation, www.climateworks.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Climate Foundation,  SAF,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  ClimateWorks Foundation ,  


    EU Aviation, NGOs Concur on SAF Climate Impact (Int'l.)
    European Climate Foundation, SAF, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, ClimateWorks Foundation ,
    Date: 2021-01-18
    As the European Union is about to unveil new targets for sustainable aviation fuel in 2021, a group of major European aviation companies, research and environmental groups have made recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and are calling for a more stringent policy approach to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the aviation sector's climate impact.

    A key element of the Fueling Flight Initiative is a regulatory framework that guarantees future-proof sustainability requirements. This cornerstone is needed to build-up production capacity and organise feedstock value chains while avoiding investments that either fail to deliver emission reductions or cause unintended environmental impacts.

    The Fueling Flight Initiative was convened by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) to provide recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Technical advice was provided by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

    Download the full Consensus Statement on Guiding Principles for Supporting the Deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the EU HERE . (Source: European Climate Foundation, Website, Jan., 2020) Contact: European Climate Foundation, Pete Harrison, Executive Director, +44 203 929 0545, www.europeanclimate.org; ClimateWorks Foundation, www.climateworks.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Climate Foundation,   SAF,   Sustainable Aviation Fuel,   ClimateWorks Foundation ,   ,  


    CEC Investing in Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2020-12-23
    In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC), through its Clean Transportation Program, reports it will invest up to $115 million to construct 111 new hydrogen vehicle transportation fueling stations by 2027. The funding nearly doubles the Golden State's investments to date and will help California nearly achieve its goal to deploy 200 public hydrogen fueling stations.

    To date, the CEC has funded 45 open retail hydrogen stations with another 16 under construction. With the new $115 million dunding, there could be up to 179 stations in the state, including seven privately funded stations.

    The CEC Clean Transportation Program -- aka Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program -- invests up to $100 million annually in a broad portfolio of transportation and fuel transportation projects statewide. The CEC leverages public and private investments to support adoption of cleaner transportation powered by alternative and renewable fuels, according to its website. (Source: California Energy Commission , 21 Dec., 2020) Contact: California Energy Commission www.energy.ca.gov, CEC Clean Transportation Program, www.energy.ca.gov/programs-and-topics/programs/clean-transportation-program

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Hydrogen ,  


    CIBC Ranked Among Top Banks for Climate Change Action (Int'l.)
    CIBC, CDP
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In Toronto, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) reports receipt of a score of A- from the CDP (fka the Carbon Disclosure Project). Improving from a B rating in 2019, this score demonstrates CIBC's progress in environmental performance and reporting. The score also places CIBC among the highest ranking Canadian financial institutions and the top-tier of global banks. As part of CIBC's commitment to support environmental sustainability initiatives, the bank's actions include:
  • In 2020, increased its GHG emissions intensity target for operations to 20 pct over eight years (using 2018 as a baseline).

  • In 2020, issued a USD $500 million, five-year green bond to help finance new and existing green projects, assets, and businesses that mitigate the risks and effects of climate change. These include renewable energy, green buildings, clean transportation, natural resource conservation, biodiversity conservation, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention and control.

  • In 2019, announced a target of mobilizing $150 billion in environmental and sustainable finance activities by 2027.

  • In 2019, issued the climate-related disclosure report Building a Sustainable Future aligned with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

  • In 2019, set new targets to source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable sources and become carbon neutral by 2024.

    Toronto-headquartered CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with 10 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients and $768.545 billion (Cdn) in total assets. (Source: CIBC, PR, 14 Dec., 2020) Contact: CIBC, www.cibc.com/en/about-cibc/corporate-responsibility/environment.html; CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Disclosure Project,  CIBC,  CDP,  Climate Change,  


  • Israel Launches Energy Efficiency, Climate Change Plan (Int'l.)
    Israel Climate Chnage
    Date: 2020-11-18
    The Israeli Ministry of Energy is reporting the launch of a new, 10-year national energy efficiency plan aimed at reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to deal with the climate crisis .

    The plan includes promoting the transition to renewable energy, measures to reduce municipal electricity consumption, a reform in the import of electrical products, grant funding support for energy efficiency, building energy bench-marking and rating and an overall increased energy efficiency in government Ministries.

    The plan also calls for a ban on the sale of new fossil fuel burning and polluting vehicles as of 2030 and the installation of electric vehicle electric charging infrastructure and clean transportation incentives that the Ministry estimates will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 7.5 pct -- 6 million tpy. (Source: Israel Ministry of Energy, Xinhua, CanIndia News, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Israel Ministry of Energy, www.gov.il/en/departments/news?OfficeId=0caee7eb-1ebb-4c12-9ed8-7dce94badcb2&skip=0&limit=10

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


    CEC Earmarks $384Mn for Zero-Emissions Transport (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2020-10-16
    In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is reporting approval of a $384 million plan focused on closing gaps in zero-emission fuels and infrastructure to support Governor Gavin Newsom's executive order phasing out the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035.

    The 2020-2023 Investment Plan Update for the CEC's Clean Transportation Program -- fka the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program -- prioritizes funding for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, related workforce development and manufacturing.

    The plan approved the following: $132.9 million for light-duty EV charging infrastructure; $129.8 mn for medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs and infrastructure; $70 mn for hydrogen refueling infrastructure; $25 mn for zero-and near-zero-carbon fuel production and supply; $10 mn for COVID-19 recovery and reinvestment; $9 mn for ZEV manufacturing and $7.5 mn for workforce development.

    The Clean Transportation Program has provided nearly $900 million in funding to California alternative fuels and related projects since 2008. (Source: California Energy Commission,15 Oct., 2020) Contact: California Energy Commission, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Transportation Emissions,  


    Bank of Ireland Launches "Green" Bond Framework (Int'l. Report)
    Bank of Ireland
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In Dublin, the Bank of Ireland reports the launch of a framework that will enable the Bank to issue "Green" Bonds and finance additional renewable energy, green buildings, and clean transportation. This follows the 2019 launch of the Bank's Sustainable Finance Fund which has to date provided €600 million in green loans to home owners and businesses.

    Bank of Ireland's Responsible and Sustainable Business Initiatives include:

  • 50 pct carbon intensity reduction target for 2030 (on a 2011 baseline), within the Bank's operations and the 40 pct emissions reduction the Bank achieved since 2011.

  • €2 billion Sustainable Finance Fund encouraging and rewarding energy-efficient homes, investment in older properties to improve sustainability performance, and SME and agri investment in energy efficiency

  • The launch of Ireland's first Green Mortgage interest rate under which borrowers can receive a discount off fixed rate interest options -- from 1 to 10 years -- to finance the purchase, construction or renovation of residential buildings with an A-rated or to achieve an A-rated BER energy performance

  • Green Home Improvement Loan designed to fund energy efficient upgrades, borrowers offered loan a discounted rate for amounts from €2,000 to €65,000

  • Green Business Loan for businesses seeking to implement energy saving initiatives to reduce their energy costs and their carbon footprint

  • Providing finance to Renewable Energy projects which to date has provided the equivalent of 468,000 homes with renewable generated electricity

    In its effort to address climate change and climate change related risks, the Bank of Ireland became a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking in 2019 and a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD) in 2020. (Source: Bank of Ireland, PR, Finextra, 3 Sept., 2020) Contact: Bank of Ireland: Mark Spain, CSO, www.bankofireland.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Silver State Launches New Climate Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change, Nevada
    Date: 2020-08-26
    In Las Vegas, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has launched the new State of Nevada Climate Initiative (NCI) to further advance the Silver State's efforts to address climate change.

    The initiative is intended to serve as the State's official online climate resource providing a Nevada-wide framework for climate action. It will also provide a framework for Nevada policymakers to evaluate the alignment of various climate policies and programs with the timelines and benchmarks necessary for Nevada to achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction goals established by the Legislature in 2019 and reinforced in the Governor's Climate EO and Nevada's membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance.

    Nevadans are encouraged to weigh in on a variety of climate topics, including clean transportation policies, energy-efficient homes and buildings, renewable energy, climate justice focused on socio-economic and urban/rural disparities, and more. (Source: State of Nevada, KNTV Las Vegas, 24 Aug., 2020) Contact: State of Nevada Climate Initiative, climate@dcnr.nv.gov, www.climateaction.nv.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Maritime Shipping's Global Carbon Emissions Increase (Int'l.)
    IMO,International Council on Clean Transportation
    Date: 2020-08-10
    In a recently released report, the London-headquartered International Maritime Organization (IMO) notes that carbon emissions from shipping -- which handles roughly 90 pct of world trade -- rose in the six-year period to 2018 and accounted for 2.89 pct of the world's CO2.

    According to the study, CO2 emissions grew to 1,056 million tonnes in 2018 versus 962 million tonnes in 2012.

    The report also noted emissions in 2020 and 2021 would be significantly lower due to the impact of COVID-19 and that emissions over the next decades may be a few percent lower than projected depending on the recovery trajectory.

    The non-profit International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) said the growth of shipping was outpacing efficiency improvements and by 2050 emissions from the industry were projected to be up to 130 pct higher than 2008 levels. (Source: IMO, Brinkwire, Aug., 2020) Contact: International Maritime Organization (IMO), Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Council on Clean Transportation, www.theicct.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions,  IMO,  International Council on Clean Transportation ,  


    Netherlands Airport Operator Launch €750Mn Green Bond (Int'l)
    Royal Schiphol Group
    Date: 2020-04-15
    In the Netherlands, Royal Schiphol Group, the owner and operator of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, The Hague Airport and Lelystad Airport, is reporting the 2nd April launch of a €50 million green bond under its European medium term note programme. This green bond offering will support Royal Schiphol Group's investments, as defined in its Green Finance Framework, in green buildings and clean transportation at its various airport operations.

    The bonds will be listed on Euronext Amster Operated by the Schiphol Group. (Source: Royal Schiphol Group, CAPA, April 10, 2020) Contact: Royal Schiphol Group, www.schiphol.nl/en/schiphol-group

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  


    LNG Marine Fuel Misses the Boat on GHG Emission (Ind. Report)
    International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
    Date: 2020-02-21
    A new report just released by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) concludes that using LNG for maritime bunkers (martine fuel) may have little positive impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

    The ICCT analysis compares LNG, marine gas oil, very low sulphur fuel oil and heavy fuel oil used in marine engines in the LNG tanker and cruise sectors. However, results varied widely depending on engine technology. High-pressure dual fuel (HPDF) machinery came out top but the ICCT estimates that only 90 of the 750-plus LNG-fuelled ships in service use these engines. Moreover, using a 20-year global warming potential model and taking into account upstream emissions, combustion emissions and methane slip, there is no climate benefit from using LNG, regardless of engine technology, the analysis concludes.

    The ICCT's findings come as a serious blow to those who have advocated LNG as an interim fuel on the path to low- and zero-carbon propulsion technologies.

    Download the ICCT Climate Implications of Using LNG as a Marine Fuel report HERE. (Source: ICCT, Stand Earth.com, Seatrade, 29 Jan., 2020) Contact: International Council of Clean Transportation, twitter@theicct.org, communications@theicct.org, www.theittc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  Alternative Fuel,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions,  


    New Jersey Energy Master Plan Unveiled (Reg. & Leg, Ind. Report)
    New Jersey
    Date: 2020-01-27
    Garden State Governor Phil Murphy (D) has unveiled the state's Energy Master Plan, which outlines key strategies to reach the Administration's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2050. The Energy Master Plan outlines the following energy efficiency related strategies and includes an implementation plan that lays out next steps and timelines:
  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Transportation Sector, including encouraging electric vehicle adoption, electrifying transportation systems, and leveraging technology to reduce emissions and miles traveled.

  • Accelerating Deployment of Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources by developing offshore wind, community solar, a successor solar incentive program, solar thermal, and energy storage. It also involves adopting new market structures to embrace clean energy development and contain costs, opening electric distribution companies' circuits for distributed energy resources (DER), and developing low-cost loans or financing for DER.

  • Maximizing Energy Efficiency and Conservation, and Reducing Peak Demand including enacting 0.75 percent and 2 percent utility energy efficiency standards for natural gas and electricity, respectively, improving energy efficiency programs in New Jersey, adopting new clean energy and energy efficiency financing mechanisms, and strengthening building and energy codes and appliance standards.

  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Building Sector through decarbonization and electrification of new and existing buildings, including the expansion of statewide net zero carbon homes incentive programs, the development of EV-ready and Demand Response-ready building codes, and the establishment of a long-term building de-carbonization roadmap.

  • De-carbonizing and Modernizing New Jersey's Energy System through planning and establishment of Integrated Distribution Plans, investing in grid technology to enable increased communication, sophisticated rate design, and reducing our reliance on natural gas.

  • Supporting Community Energy Planning and Action in Under served Communities through incentivizing local, clean power generation, prioritizing clean transportation options in these communities, and supporting municipalities in establishing community energy plans.

  • Expand the Clean Energy Innovation Economy by expanding upon New Jersey's existing 52,000 clean energy jobs and investing in developing clean energy knowledge, services, and products that can be exported to other regions around the country and around the world, thereby driving investments and growing jobs. New Jersey will attract supply chain businesses to create dynamic new clean energy industry clusters and bring cutting-edge clean energy research and development the state. (Source: InsideNJ, PR, 27 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • GTI Launching Hydrogen Fuel Tech Center (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Gas Technology Institute
    Date: 2020-01-27
    In Des Plaines, Illinois, the not-for-profit Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a research, development and training organization focused on natural gas and energy markets, is reporting the launch of a hydrogen fuel technology center.

    GTI focuses its R&D efforts on the generation of clean hydrogen using hydrocarbon fuels that incorporate carbon capture and/or carbon sequestration CCS) in a cost-effective manner. These technology efforts are directed at both large-scale hydrogen production using natural gas feedstock, and smaller distributed hydrogen production for transportation or remote power generation using either gaseous or liquid hydrocarbon fuels, according to the release.

    Additionally, GTI is partnered with private industry to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate technologies that further the use of hydrogen (H2) as a transportation fuel by delivering infrastructure, vehicle, engine, fuel dispensing, and system solutions for clean transportation fuel cell vehicles. (Source: GTI, Green Car Congress, 26 Jan., 2020) Contact: GTI, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 - fax, info@gti.energy, www.gti.energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute ,  Alternative Fuel,  Hydrogen Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  GTI,  ,  


    UK National Grid Offers €500Mn Green Bond (Int'l. Report)
    National Grid
    Date: 2020-01-15
    In the UK, National Grid reports it is launching a €500 million green bond issuance to finance its expanded efforts in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable energy management and climate related initiatives. The offer is the British utility firm's first foray into the green bonds market since publishing its Green Financing Framework in November last year.

    Of the total €500 million issuance, 74 pct would be used for renewable energy, 13 pct for environmentally sustainable management, 11 pct for energy efficiency, and 2 pct for clean transportation and pollution prevention.

    BNP Paribas is acting as the sole green structuring advisor and joint book runner. (Source: National Grid, Business Green, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: UK National Grid, Kayte O'Neill, Head of Strategy and Regulation, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid ,  Green Bond,  


    Missoula Climate Resiliency Plan Nears Completion (Ind. Report)
    Montana Climate Change
    Date: 2020-01-15
    In Big Sky Country, Climate Smart Missoula, along with Missoula County, is reporting work on the Missoula Climate Resilency Plan aimed at reducing the effects of climate change in the Missoula area is underway.

    According to its website, the plan focuses on various areas -- energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable development, clean transportation, land and water management, forest and open land management, green buildings, education and outreach -- all of which are crucial to Missoula's climate mitigation and resiliency efforts.

    Download Climate Resiliency Plan details HERE and HERE (Source: Climate Smart Missoula, 8KPAX, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: Climate Smart Missoula, 406-926-2847, www.missoulaclimate.org

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    Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for the (CLEAN) Future Act Released (Reg. & Leg. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-01-10
    In the nation's capitol, U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) has released the legislative framework of the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for the (CLEAN) Future Act -- an ambitious new climate plan to ensure the U.S. achieves net-zero greenhouse gas pollution and 100 pct clean energy no later than 2050. The draft bill incorporates both proven and novel concepts, presenting a set of policy proposals that will put the U.S. on the path to a clean and prosperous economy. Specific to carbon emissions and climate change, the draft legislation:
  • Directs all federal agencies to use all existing authorities to put the country on a path toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It does not stipulate which energy sources or strategies qualify, instead taking a technology-inclusive approach to reaching net-zero emissions by mid-century. To ensure federal agencies' collective efforts remain on track, the draft legislation directs the EPA to evaluate each agency's plans, make recommendations and report on progress each year.

  • Empowers the states to complete the transition to a net-zero economy, based on the existing federalism model in the (Obama administration) Clean Air Act. The bill sets a national climate standard of net-zero greenhouse gas pollution in each state by 2050. States are then granted flexibility to develop plans to meet the 2050 and interim standards based on their policy preferences, priorities and circumstances. Each state must submit a climate plan to EPA, which then reviews and approves or disapproves each plan.

  • Establishes a National Climate Bank to mobilize public and private investments in low- and zero-emissions energy technologies, climate resiliency, building efficiency and electrification, industrial decarbonization, grid modernization, agriculture projects, and clean transportation.

  • The draft legislation reduces transportation emissions, the largest source of GHG emissions, by improving vehicle efficiency, accelerating the transition to low- to zero-carbon fuels and building the infrastructure needed for a clean transportation system. The bill directs EPA to set new, increasingly stringent greenhouse gas emission standards for light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including off-road modes of transportation. (Source: Office of Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., Jan., 2020) Contact: Congressman Frank Pallone Jr , Chairman, Energy and Commerce Committee, (202) 225-4671 (202) 225-9665 - fax, https://pallone.house.gov

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  • Credit Agricole CIB Offering Green Securities (Int'l Report)
    Credit Agricole,Daiwa Securities
    Date: 2019-12-30
    Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (Credit Agricole CIB) and Daiwa Securities Group have jointly announced the issuance and sales of Green Securities. This is the first time that Credit Agricole CIB will issue index-linked structured uridashi as green bonds denominated in Japanese yens and distributed by Daiwa Securities Co Ltd to Japanese individuals and institutional investors.

    An amount equal or equivalent to the net proceeds of the Green Securities will be used to finance and/or refinance one or more of the new or existing loans and investments including renewable energy -- wind and solar projects, bioenergy, energy efficiency, waste and water management, building sustainability, clean transportation and other "green" projects.

    Credit Agricole Group, sometimes called "la banque verte" due to its historical ties to farming, is the world's largest cooperative financial institution. It consists of a network of Credit Agricole local banks, the 39 Credit Agricole regional banks, and a central institute, the Credit Agricole S.A.. Credit Agricole supports environmentally engaged companies and projects which implement best practices in terms of energy transition and climate change strategies in line with the COP25 Paris Agreement. (Source: Daiwa Securities, Credit Agricole, PR, 23 Dec 2019) Contact: Daiwa Securities , www.daiwa-grp.jp › english; Credit Agricole, www.credit-agricole.fr

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    Norwegian Airline Offers Passenger CO2-Offsetting (Int'l Report)
    Norwegian Airline
    Date: 2019-12-09
    Norwegian, the low-cost airline reports it will join the UNFCCC's Climate Neutral Now Pledge to measure and report its greenhouse gas emissions, reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible and offset remaining emissions with UN Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).

    To that end, Norwegian has partnered with the Oslo-based climate company CHOOOSE to make it easy for customers to offset their carbon footprint as part of the ticketing process.

    When first selecting a flight, Norwegian informs customers how its flights' emissions compares to industry average. The CO2 emissions calculation is based on the official methodology of the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Council of Clean Transportation (ICCT) and Norwegian's own flight emissions data. Next, customers are offered a simple option to offset their calculated carbon footprint directly in the checkout process. For customers that opt in, offsetting is then performed through carefully selected CO2-reducing clean energy projects in regions Norwegian flies to. The projects are certified by the UN and the Gold Standard. The Gold Standard also includes contributions to other UN Sustainable Development Goals. (Source: Norwegian, PR, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: Norwegian, Geir Karlsen, Acting CEO, www.norwegian.com; CHOOSE, Andreas Slettvoll, CEO, hey@chooose.today, wwwchooose.today; International Council of Clean Transportation, www.theicct.org

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    Aviation Emissions Rising Faster Than Predicted (Int'l Report)
    International Council on Clean Transportation
    Date: 2019-09-20
    According to new analysis from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), commercial aviation emissions have increased by one-third since 2013 -- faster than aviation industry predictions and equivalent to the construction of 50 new coal power plants over the last five years.

    In 2018, emissions from passenger and cargo aircraft totaled 918 million metric tonnes (MMT), or 2.4 per cent of global emissions.

    The US, China, the UK, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates had the highest emissions from passenger aviation, while less developed countries accounted for just 10 pctof all emissions. (Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Business Green, Sept., 2019) Contact: ICCT, www.theicct.org

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    UK Clean Alt Fuels R&D Funding Announced (Int'l, Funding)
    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
    Date: 2019-08-28
    In London, the UK government reports £300 million will be spent on the development of "green" transportation.

    As part of the initiative, five new transport research networks will each receive £5 million for their work developing cleaner fuels and other tech innovations to reduce emissions and improve air quality.

    The new transport research networks will be led by the University of Birmingham, the University of Leeds, the University of Durham, Cardiff University and University College London with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). (Source: Air Quality News, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, +44 0 1793 444000, www.epsrc.ukri.org

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    Wind Turbine Maker Goldwind Joins Chinese Hydrogen Plan (Int'l.)
    Goldwind
    Date: 2019-07-22
    In Beijing, Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind reports it has become one of the first partners in a wind-to-hydrogen project in the city of Baicheng, Jilin province, northeast China.

    The project plans to eventually deploy 20 GW of wind turbines producing green fuel for a clean transportation system. The Baicheng project -- which also plans to include 15 GW of solar PV -- is the largest yet announced in China to explicitly integrate renewable generation and hydrogen infrastructure within a "hydrogen valley" producing more than one million tonnes of the fuel annually by 2035. (Source: Goldwind, PR,reve, 20 July, 2019) Contact: Goldwind, www.goldwindglobal.com

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    Oberon Fuels Planning Renewable Dimethyl Ether Production (Int'l)
    Oberon Fuels,California Energy Commission
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the Golden State, San Diego-based clean transportation fuel producer Oberon Fuels is reporting receipt of almost $2.9 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The funding is in support of a project to produce the the state's first renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), an economic fuel and key step in the development of a California-based, renewable hydrogen (rH2) pathway to zero-emission mobility fuel.

    Oberon plans to upgrade its existing DME pilot facility to demonstration scale to facilitate the first production of this renewable fuel. The company will test modified diesel trucks fueled with rDME, assess the feasibility of converting renewable methanol into rDME and developing associated fueling infrastructure, alongside commercial partners. (Source: Oberon Fuels, Bioenergy Insight, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Oberon Fuels, Rebecca Boudreaux, Pres., (619) 255-9361, Fax - (619)756-6470, info@oberonfuels.com, www.oberonfuels.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

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