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Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy News Since 1999

Date: 2022-01-14

Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy News Since 1999

Date: 2022-01-14

Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy News Since 1999

Date: 2022-01-14

Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy News Since 1999

Date: 2022-01-14

Date: 2022-01-14
Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. -- (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy and Fuels News Since 1999

Date: 2022-01-14
Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. -- (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy and Fuels News Since 1999

Date: 2022-01-14
Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. -- (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy and Fuels News Since 1999

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Date: 2022-01-14
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Date: 2022-01-14
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POET Touts 2021 Growth, Climate Challenge Progress (Ind. Report)
Date: 2022-01-14
Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol pioneer and world's largest ethanol producer POET last year reported a 40 pct increase in biofuel production capacity and a company roadmap to net carbon neutrality. POET also acquired six bioprocessing facilities in Iowa and Nebraska as well as two terminals in Texas and Georgia that brought the company's production capacity to 3 billion gpy of bioethanol.

The company also completed an on-site solar farm at POET headquarters and opened a second POET Pure 100 pct plant-based purified alcohol facility at POET Biorefining in Alexandria, Indian, aas well as broke ground the POET Bioproducts Institute at the Research Park at South Dakota State University. Environmental improvements at POET facilities, included installation of steam turbine technology at POET Biorefining in Mitchell, S.D. and renewable CO2 capture at POET Biorefining in Portland, Indiana. The company also partnered with Farmers Business Network to develop and use the Gradable platform at POET's 33 facilities, which tracks and records low-carbon-intensity practices by farmers so they can receive a premium for their crops in the future.

In September 2021, POET released its inaugural sustainability report along with a pledge to achieve net-zero emissions at its bioprocessing facilities by 2050. (Source: POET, Website Release, 11 Jan., 2022)Contact: POET, Jeff Brion, Pres., CEO, Joshua Shields, Senior V.P. Gov. Affairs and Communications, (605) 965-2200,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

Date: 2022-01-13
Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. -- (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy and Fuels News Since 1999

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Transportation Emissions and Climate Change -- Notable Quotes

Date: 2022-01-12
"The logistics industry is currently responsible for 11 pct of global carbon emissions. To fight climate change, the transport sector needs true decarbonisation." -- Uwe Brinks, CEO , DHL Freight,

Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy News Since 1999

Date: 2022-01-12

Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy News Since 1999

Date: 2022-01-12

Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy News Since 1999

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Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy News Since 1999

Date: 2022-01-12

USDA Invests $9Mn in Ag. Climate Hub Partnerships (Funding)
Date: 2022-01-12
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is reporting a $9 million investment in new Cooperative Extension and USDA Climate Hubs partnerships to bolster climate research and connect and share climate-smart solutions directly with the agricultural community. This investment is part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program that provides effective, translatable and scalable approaches to address climate change through regional partnerships, including the USDA Climate Hubs, and further extends outreach through organizations such as the Cooperative Extension Service.

The initial six funded projects include:

  • University of California (Davis) will develop multifaceted pathways with the California Climate Hub to climate-smart agriculture through stakeholder needs assessments, climate-smart agriculture trainings for technical service providers, regional workshops for farmers and ranchers, and student education with Extension service-learning opportunities. Participatory program development and delivery through extensive network of stakeholders, collaborators and supporters are at the core of this integrated proposal. ($1,500,000)

  • Pennsylvania State University will create an education program to help private forests adapt and mitigate climate change, prepare minority owners to take advantage of carbon market opportunities, and prepare the forestry extension workforce to better serve their clients in forest carbon and climate issues, in collaboration with the Northern Forests and Southeast Climate Hubs. ($1,500,000)

  • Montana State University will collaborate with the Southwest and Northern Plains Climate Hub staff and regional education and extension stakeholders to develop improved educational materials, modes of communication, and issue expertise that will help in assisting farmers and ranchers to better assess the sources of past crop and livestock production losses due to weather and climate disruption, as well as explore future projections for these causes of loss. ($1,500,000)

  • Ohio State University is partnering with the Midwest Climate Hub and multiple universities to increase Midwest adoption of regionally scalable climate-smart activities. The project will improve shared understanding of needs of the Midwest's diverse stakeholders, develop shared roadmaps for livestock and cropping systems, elevate perspectives and voices of historically underserved communities including black and indigenous communities, and strengthen climate science infrastructure through a re-imagined Extension-Midwest Climate Hub partnership. ($1,500,000)

  • The Desert Research Institute Native Climate (Reno, Nevada) project team will strengthen the role of USDA Climate Hubs in Indian country by enhancing Native agroecosystem resilience through expansion of climate services and outreach in the Southwest and Northern Plains Climate Hub regions. Activities are designed to foster trust between Climate Hubs and Native farmers, ranchers, and resource managers through equitable and culturally appropriate information sharing, putting community at the center of solutions for climate change and food and nutrition security. ($1,500,000)

  • The USDA Caribbean Climate Hub is partnering with minority-serving universities, including the University of Puerto Rico and the University of the Virgin Islands Extension, and non-profits to help historically under-served communities adapt to a rapidly changing climate and extreme weather events. They will develop education and Extension programs aimed at increasing climate literacy as well as helping land managers employ climate-smart agriculture and forestry techniques. ($1,500,000)

    USDA Climate Hubs are a collaboration across the Department's agencies. They are led by the Agricultural Research Service and Forest Service located at 10 regional locations, with contributions from other USDA agencies including the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Risk Management Agency. The Climate Hubs link USDA research and program agencies in their region with the delivery of timely and authoritative tools and information to agricultural producers and professionals. (Source: USDA, PR, Jan., 2022) Contact: USDA Climate Hubs,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA news,  Climate Hubs news,  Climate Change Mitigation news,  Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  

  • Ocean Warming in 2021 Sets New Record (Ind. Report)
    National Center for Atmospheric Research
    Date: 2022-01-12
    According to a report from National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, the world’s oceans underwent record warming in 2021 with the upper 2,000 metres of the ocean absorbing 235 zettajoules (ZJ) of heat in 2021 relative to the 1981-2010 average.

    In 2021, the oceans soaked up 14 ZJ more heat than in 2020, the paper showed. The paper also noted the oceans have been experiencing an unambiguous increase in heat since the late 1980s. The warming rates in 1986-2021 represents a maximum eight-fold increase compared to 1958–85. (Source: National Center for Atmospheric Research, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: National Center for Atmospheric Research, Kevin Trenberth, 303-497-1000, www.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Center for Atmospheric Research news,  Climate Change news,  

    Date: 2022-01-12
    Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy News Since 1999

    Date: 2022-01-12
    Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy and Fuels News Since 1999

    Date: 2022-01-12
    Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. -- (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy and Fuels News Since 1999

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    "Climate Change is the Problem -- Clean Energy is the Solution."
    Eileen Claussen
    Date: 2022-01-10
    "Climate change is the problem, clean energy is the solution." -- Eileen Claussen. Eileen Claussen is a former U.S. diplomat and senior climate and energy policy advisor to U.S. Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, National Security Council, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and its successor, the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Clean Energy news,  Eileen Claussen news,  

    Beijing Claims China ETS World's Largest Carbon Market (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Market
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In Beijing, the China Ministry of Ecology and Environment is reporting the country's national emissions trading system (ETS), which was officially launched this past July, saw the equivalent of $1.2 billion in turnover in 2021 and has surpassed the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) as the world's largest emissions trading system -- carbon market.

    A total of 2,162 power companies included in the country's carbon market produced an estimated 4.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2021, according to the Ministry data.

    In creating a national ETS, China began piloting emissions trading at the regional level in 2011, covering seven provinces and cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. As previously reported, China aims to bring its carbon emissions to a peak before 2030 and become carbon neutral before 2060.

    Besides the EU ETS and China, national or sub-national systems are already operating or under development in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States. (Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, CGTN, 5 Jan, 2022) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, www.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  EU ETS,  Carbon missions,  Climate Change,  

    Biofuel Groups Comment on EPA RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In comments on the US EPA's proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO), Growth Energy noted the propsal would "undercut blending requirements for biofuel in 2021 and retroactively waive 2.96 billion gallons from 2020 RVOs finalized almost two years ago." Under the proposal, 2022 volumes return to statutory levels, and the administration pledges to deny all improper small refinery exemption applications. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor commented that the proposal "sets an extremely troubling precedent of revising finalized volumes for 2020 and back-setting volumes for 2021 rather than driving growth in renewable fuels."

    National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Chris Edgington said corn farmers produce low-carbon ethanol that offers immediate emissions reductions allowing agriculture to help address climate change. Edington noted, "Our success helping you meet these commitments depends on EPA sending a clear and firm message that volume requirements will be enforced." (Source: Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network, Jan., 2022) Contact: National Corn Growers Association, NCGA,; Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Growth Energy,  National Corn Growers Association,  

    Bluesource Offering Ag Practices Carbon Credits Program (Ind. Report)
    Bluesource, Locus Agricultural Solutions
    Date: 2022-01-05
    Salt Lake City-headquartered environmental services and carbon finance markets specialist Bluesource is touting its new Regenerative Agriculture Program that gives the agricultural industry opportunities to gain value from carbon reduction and sequestration practices while addressing the challenge of climate change.

    The Bluesource Regenerative Agriculture Program is now underway through two collaborating partnerships on an initial 320,000 acres of U.S. farmland. A $5 million investment by Green Star Royalties, subsidiary of Star Royalties Ltd finances Bluesource's ability to provide upfront payments to farmers enrolling in the CarbonNOW® carbon farming program developed by Solon, Ohio-headquartered Locus Agricultural Solutions (Locus AG).

    Bluesource verifies the sequestered soil carbon and is marketing the associated carbon credits in the voluntary carbon market. It is estimated that this initial project will mitigate over 500,000 metric tpy of CO2e. (Source: Bluesource, Website PR, 17 Dec., 2021) Contact: Bluesource, 801 322 4750 ,;Locus Agricultural Solutions, (888) 331-5008,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credits.,  Carbon Capture,  Soil Carbon,  Carbon Seqestration,  

    Spades Touts Climate Resilience Enterprise (Ind. Report)
    Spades Touts Climate Resilience Enterprise (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2022-01-05
    Minneapolis-based specific benefit for profit corporation Spades reports it is developing three new tree planting projects involving 1,000,000 acres, 100 million trees, and 100 million MT of sequestered carbon, with dozens of projects in its pipeline. Spades biotechnology increases tree survival to improve climate resilience, investor returns, local economic development and provide returns via carbon offsets timber, and agroforestry.

    Spades proprietary solutions include Terrazone™ which helps fit people and land, negotiating between competing rural land uses, including the protection of habitat; Ecofit™biotech helps select the right combination of local tree species for current and future environments; engagement with the largest tree grower network in the world and local governments; and balanced finance to help unlock higher returns for investors, donors, and local landowners, applying monitoring and standards to track outcomes for 50 years.

    Spades projects are open to diverse habitats and locations, from temperate to tropical, coastlines to highlands, in developed and developing nations. The first three projects are in Africa and Latin America.

    Established in 2019, Spades is committed to developing profitable projects to reforest the world. Our vision is to sustain the world by integrating thriving human, environmental, and economic solutions. Spades' solutions meet multiple urgent, global needs of stakeholders. Reforestation, regenerative agriculture, integrated rural land use development, diversified ecosystems, greater food security, better water resources, carbon sequestration, air quality, and income and investment opportunities are just a few areas that will reap rewards from Spades work, according to the company.

    According to a May 2021 report by the UNCCD, more than 125 countries have made commitments to improve their land and ecosystems. National pledges to take action already cover over 1 billion hectares. (Source: Spades, PR, Jan., 2022) Contact: Spades for Life, Raymond Menard, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Reforestation,  Aforestation,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Sequestration,  

    "Climate Change is the Problem -- Clean Energy is the Solution."
    Climate Change, Clean Energy
    Date: 2022-01-03
    "Climate change is the problem, clean energy is the solution." -- Eileen Claussen.

    Eileen Claussen is a former U.S. diplomat and senior climate and energy policy advisor to U.S. Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, National Security Council, Pew Center on Global Climate Change and its successor, the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Clean Energy news,  

    Goldman Sachs Accelerating Transition -- Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures 2021 (Editorials & Asides)
    Goldman Sachs
    Date: 2022-01-03
    "Goldman Sachs has a long-standing commitment to address the impacts of climate change and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy -- we were one of the first major banks to acknowledge the scale and urgency of climate change in 2005. Since then, we have accelerated our efforts to integrate sustainability across our business, prioritizing climate transition and inclusive growth in our commercial efforts with clients.

    "As a financial institution, we believe the most meaningful role we can play in the global climate transition is to drive decarbonization in the real economy in partnership with our clients. We see significant opportunities in further mobilizing the full breadth of our business and franchise to support this effort, including:

  • Expanding our commercial capabilities to help our clients measure and manage their climate-related exposure, such as: a new cross-firm initiative to support our corporate clients on their decarbonization strategies; the recently launched Carbon Portfolio Analytics in our cross-asset digital client services platform, Marquee; and a holistic ESG client advisory model with a climate segment

  • Developing new financing tools that are tied to progress on climate transition, such as bonds linked to related key performance indicators

  • Investing in climate solutions and emerging technologies that will be critical to enabling decarbonization in the hardest-to-abate sectors.

    Download the Goldman Sachs Accelerating Transition -- Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures 2021 report HERE . (Source: Goldman Sachs, Dec., 2021) Contact: Goldman Sachs,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Goldman Sachs,  Low-Carbon Economy,  decarbonization ,  

  • Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy News Since 1999

    Date: 2021-12-31

    NBB Lauds Biodiesel Tax Incentive Benefits Study (Report Attached)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2021-12-31
    "The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) welcomed the release of a new report, The Economic Benefits of the Biodiesel Blenders' Credit from Capital Policy Analytics. The report calculates annual economic benefits of $15 billion and environmental benefits of $4.3 billion from U.S. biodiesel production. In 2020, the U.S. market for biodiesel and renewable diesel reached 3 billion gallons with support from the $1 per gallon tax incentive.

    "The current tax credit expires at the end of 2022. Letting it expire would harm the U.S. economy and the environment, the data show. A significant body of research also demonstrates that the biodiesel tax credit easily passes a cost-benefit analysis, and that the environmental benefits alone from each gallon of biodiesel that replaces petrodiesel exceed two dollars a gallon, or more than double the cost of the credit," the report notes.

    "Moreover, the report finds that in 2019 use of biodiesel reduced U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 18 million metric tons. The cumulative greenhouse gas emission reduction since the inception of the biodiesel tax incentive is more than 100 million metric tons. "The report authors write, 'We believe that ending the credit in 2022, when the current legislation providing for it expires, would be inadvisable and would likely devastate the market, resulting in the destruction of thousands of jobs, an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and other local air pollutants, and the undoing of much of what the previous 17 years accomplished -- namely, the establishment of a robust market for an important fuel and an essential tool for reversing climate change."

    "The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. The new report estimates that expiration of the tax incentive would eliminate as many as 3,000 jobs in the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry. The total employment loss throughout the supply chain associated with production would be between 7,500 and 9,000 jobs," according the NBB.

    Download the The Economic Benefits of the Biodiesel Blenders' Credit report HERE . (Source: NBB, Website PR, 16 Dec., 2021) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, 800) 841-5849,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  NBB,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit ,  

    Carbon50 Calls for 50-State Climate Change Solution (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-12-31
    A new network of former lawmakers, farm leaders, and clean energy advocates has gathered under the banner of Carbon-50 to support an inclusive, 50-state strategy to address climate change. "To confront the enormous threats posed by climate change, we need solutions that will outlast any single administration, and that requires an inclusive, 50-state strategy that creates green jobs from the coast to the farm belt. We urge policymakers to go beyond the traditional lip service and sincerely embrace the leadership potential of groups like farmers, who are eager to work with the Biden administration to promote renewable electricity, low-carbon biofuels, efficiency, and innovative techniques that can turn our farmland into a carbon sink,' the release noted.

    Carbon50 notes that 41 states already have more clean energy jobs than fossil fuel jobs, but the profile of those jobs is very different from state to state. The coalition supports broad-based solutions that are economically meaningful across a diversity of communities, and it opposes strategies that pit one low-carbon solution against another.

    To that end, the coalition has outlined principles for a 50-state carbon plan, available at (Source: Carbon50, May 2021) Contact: Carbon50,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon50 news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  

    Neste Targets 100 pct Renewables, Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Int'l.)
    Neste, Vattenfall
    Date: 2021-12-31
    Finland-headquartered renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste Corp., is reporting an 800 GWh power purchase agreement (PPA) with Vattenfall for hydropower from its Nordic hydropower plants for delivery in the beginning of January 2022.

    Neste aims to use 100 pct renewable electricity globally by 2023 and, in addition to the Vattenfall hydropower agreement, has increased the use of renewable electricity at its Porvoo refinery in Finland with wind power and has agreed on wind power deliveries with its partners Statkraft, Ilmatar and Fortum.

    Neste is committed to combating climate change and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions both globally and locally. To that end, the company aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its own production, cut emission intensity of the use of products sold by Neste and help customers reduce emissions with Neste's renewable and circular solutions. The company is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2035.

    Download Neste climate commitment details HERE . (Source: Neste Corporation, Website PR, 22 Dec. 2021) Contact: Neste Corp.,, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Vattenfall,  Carbon Neutral,  GHG,  Hydropower,  Renewable energy,  

    Future of Biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond (Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass, IPCC
    Date: 2021-12-31
    The attached The Future of Biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond article is from wood pellet manufacturer Enviva Biomass, "the world's largest producer of sustainable wood pellets, a renewable alternative to coal:

    "Wood-based bioenergy is part of an all-in renewables strategy to reduce carbon emissions and limit dependence on fossil fuels. The world's leading authority on climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognizes bioenergy as a renewable energy source that is critical to our low-carbon future. The IPCC also concludes that sustainable forest management is critical to prevent forest conversion to non-forest uses. We need bioenergy both to replace fossil fuels and to keep forests as forests," according to the Enviva.

    Download the Enviva The future of biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond report HERE . (Source: Enviva Biomass, Website PR, 30 Dec., 2021) Contact: Enviva, Exec. VP, Sales and Marketing, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560,; IPCC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Biomass Pellet,  Wood Pellet,  Net-Zero Emissions,  Climate Change,  IPCC,  

    China Pursuing Multi-Level Low-Carbon Effort (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2021-12-29
    In Beijing, the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is reporting China's commitment to peak its carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 is both national and regional in character.

    The Ministry notes various levels of government are adopting low-carbon policies for green zero-carbon and zero-emission clean energy heating, increased energy efficiency, decreased use of fossil fuels and increased use of renewable energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS), green and low-carbon logistics and infrastructure and other initiatives tailored to local conditions and industries which are exploring their own green development paths to achieve climate goals. (Source: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Xinhua, 29 Dec., 2021) Contact: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology,

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

    NYSERDA Awards $14.5Mn to Carbon Challenge Winners (Funding)
    Date: 2021-12-22
    In Albany, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) yesterday announced nearly $14.5 million in awards to the third-round winners of the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Carbon Challenge -- part of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Round XI awards. The awarded entities include: the City of New York; Columbia University Irving Medical Center; St. John's University; Cascades Containerboard Packaging Niagara Falls; Essity Hygiene in the Capitol Region; Holcim (US) Inc. in Ravena; and IBM Corporation.

    The winning entities have committed to high-impact actions that will shrink their carbon footprints and result in a reduction of over 1.2 million metric tpy of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking approximately 260,000 cars off the road. Yesterday's announcement supports the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 pct by 2050 and advance a just transition for difficult-to-decarbonize and energy-intensive economic sectors.

    Launched in May 2018 and administered by NYSERDA, the C&I Carbon Challenge is a competitive program that provides funding to large commercial and industrial energy users such as manufacturers, colleges, health care facilities and office building owners in New York State to develop various cost-effective clean energy projects that reduce carbon emissions.

    The winning proposals, submitted through the State's annual CFA process, demonstrate the highest potential for cost-effectively implementing carbon-reducing clean energy actions. Projects that benefit disadvantaged communities received extra points in the scoring criteria when determining awards.

    With yesterday's announcement, more than $31 million has been awarded through the C&I Carbon Challenge for projects that are reducing carbon emissions to improve statewide sustainability and combat climate change. Past awardees have collectively committed to reducing over 2.7 million metric tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of taking approximately 585,000 cars off the road.

    NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. (Source: NYSERDA, PR, 21 Dec., 2021) Contact: NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emisions,  Carbon Footprint,  

    Willdan Claims $90Mn NYCHA GHG Reductions Contract (Ind. Report)
    Willdan,New York City Housing Authority
    Date: 2021-12-20
    Anaheim, California-headquartered Willdan Group, Inc. reports it has been selected by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to provide innovative thermal load solutions to reduce emissions and address climate change.

    The $90 million design-build contract will see heat pump installations and upgrades to domestic hot water availability, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with NYCHA's sustainability agenda.

    The contract is aiming for a minimum 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions, compliant with New York City's Local Law 97. Construction work is slated to begin in November of 2021 (Pink Houses) and January of 2022 (Tilden Houses).

    The New York City Housing Authority is the largest public housing authority in North America, with 177,000 apartments within 335 housing developments. (Source: Willdan, PR, 14 Dec., 2021) Contact:New York City Housing Authority, › site › nycha; Willdan, Thomas Brisban, Pres., Al Kaschalk , VP Investor Relations , 310-922-5643,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  Willdan,  

    EcoPenguin, COTAP Partner to Help Counteract Cryptocurrency's Climate Impacts (Int'l. Report)
    EcoPenguin,Plan Vivo
    Date: 2021-12-20
    Amsterdan-headquartered EcoPenguin, the world's first carbon offsetting platform in the cryptocurrency space, is partnering with the non-profit Carbon Offsets to Alleviate Poverty (COTAP), the first carbon offset provider to accept all major cryptocurrencies, to provide the cryptocurrency community with convenient ways to take responsibility for its environmental footprint and mitigate its climate impacts.

    Cryptocurrencies are carbon-intensive and have a large climate impact, since they depend on high-powered computers to validate billions of transactions on a blockchain. Bitcoin currently accounts for 1 pct of global electricity consumption -- as much as entire countries -- and generates 95 Mtpy of carbon emissions and 1000 kg for a single transaction. Bitcoin miners have even brought disused coal plants out of retirement to meet their energy needs, according to the release.

    EcoPenguin's mission is to help decarbonize cryptocurrency and build a thriving, eco-friendly crypto community. COTAP's mission is to empower individuals and organizations in developed countries to address climate change and global poverty simultaneously.

    COTAP's carbon offsets counteract carbon emissions with tree planting, agroforestry, and forest protection operations in Nicaragua, Uganda, India, Fiji, Indonesia, and Mexico. The projects are all located in areas where income levels are less than $2 per day.

    COTAP offset projects are certified under Plan Vivo, the world's longest-standing voluntary standard for forest carbon, which stipulates that rural communities must own the carbon offset projects and must receive at least 60 pct of the revenues the projects generate.

    Download EcoPenguin White Paper HERE . (Source: EcoPenguin, PR, 20 Dec., 2021) Contact: EcoPenguin,; COTAP,; Plan Vivo Foundation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EcoPenguin,  Carbon Offset,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy News Since 1999

    Date: 2021-12-17

    Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy News Since 1999

    Date: 2021-12-17

    Low-Carbon Energy Publishing Ltd. (Incorporating EP Overviews Reports) -- Climate Change, Low Carbon Energy News Since 1999

    Date: 2021-12-17

    Penna. GOP House Stymies State's RGGI Membership (Reg & Leg)
    Pennsylvania, RGGI
    Date: 2021-12-17
    Further to our 28 February, 2020 coverage, on Wednesday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's GOP-controlled House voted to approve a resolution designed to block Gov. Tom Wolf's (D) ongoing effort to bring the Keystone State into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) fold. Wolf is expected to veto the House measure which failed to muster a two-thirds majority that would have prevented a veto.

    Under RGGI, participating states establish a regional cap on CO2 emissions, with the cap adjusted downward over time to reduce emissions further. Large fossil-fuel emitters essentially buy allowances for carbon they emit through an auction.

    Pennsylvania currently has the fifth-highest emitting energy sector in the nation. Under RGGI, the state's CO2 emissions would be reduced by 31 pct compared to 2019 levels. The final form regulation will cap emissions at 78 million tons in 2022 and would be gradually lowered to 58 million tons in 2030.

    RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. (Source: Office of the Governor, Enquirer, 16 Dec., 2021) Contact: RGGI,; Office of Penna. Gov. Tom Wolf, 717-787-2500,

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    Big Apple Joining "Green Buildings" Initiative (Ind. Report)
    New York City Council
    Date: 2021-12-17
    New York City Council is reporting the passage of legislation banning fossil fuels in new developments in the Big Apple. The bill would impact buildings of seven stories or less beginning in 2023 but would apply to all buildings by 2027. The bill is expected to be signed into force by Mayor Bill de Blasio before the year end.

    Under the legislation, new buildings would likely have to use more electricity -- largely generated using coal and natural gas.

    With the legislation, New York City would join other cities, such as Berkley, California, which started the "green buildings" initiative two years ago, in prioritizing an arbitrary climate change agenda over economic ends.(Source: New York City Council, PR, NPR, 15 Dec., 2021) Contact: New York City Council,

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    Goldman Sachs Sets Client Carbon Emissions Targets (Ind. Report)
    Goldman Sachs
    Date: 2021-12-17
    In the Big Apple, banking giant Goldman Sachs Group Inc. -- the second-largest investment bank in the world -- reports its emissions reduction efforts will initially focus on working with its corporate clients in high-emissions sectors -- oil and gas, power generation and auto manufacturing -- to reduce emissions by 2030.

    Starting with a baseline of 2019 levels, the bank said it would help oil and gas clients reduce emissions by 17-22 pct, power by 48-65 pct and autos by 49-54 pct by 2030 in support of reaching net-zero by 2050. According to the release, the bank's research shows that $56 trillion will be needed needed in green infrastructure investments globally to reach a net-zero economy by 2050.

    Goldman Sachs' new efforts come as climate-focused investors are calling on the major U.S. banks to rapidlyly and significantly scale back their financing of new fossil fuel development, saying current commitments to curb global emissions are not enough. In October, Goldman Sachs joined the United Nations-backed Net Zero Banking Alliance. (Source: Goldman Sachs, PR, CNBC, Dec., 2021) Contact: Goldman Sachs,

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    Seagrass, Blue Carbon's Role in Climate Change Fight Studied (Int'l)
    Date: 2021-12-17
    A new study by an international team of researchers led by Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon has found that some tropical seagrass meadows absorb significantly less carbon dioxide than previously thought and are accordingly less effective in removing and sequestering atmospheric CO2 and fighting climate change than previously thought.

    In the warm tropical waters, the metabolic processes of seagrass converts dissolved carbonates to lime which trickles to the seafloor. This results in the loss of carbonate, which would otherwise bind carbon dioxide. "The result is that these seagrass meadows hardly bind any carbon dioxide. On the contrary, they tend to release carbon dioxide through various other biochemical processes," according to Prof. Helmuth Thomas, Director of the Hereon Institute of Carbon Cycles and a coauthor of the study. (Source: Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Dec., 2021) Contact: Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Prof. Helmuth Thomas, Director of the Hereon Institute of Carbon Cycles,, Hereon Institute of Carbon Cycles,

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    CT, Gov. Inks Climate, Energy Efficiency Exec. Order (Ind. Report)
    Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont
    Date: 2021-12-17
    In Hartford, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) has issued a sweeping executive order requiring the state to review all public buildings for energy efficiency, develop home appliance standards and building codes aimed at reducing energy costs. expanding air quality monitoring statewide. The order will also create a new Connecticut Equity and Environmental Justice Advisory Council to address higher pollution levels and climate change mitigation, particularly in poorer and more racially diverse communities.

    Connecticut officials will also assess whether California's stricter emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles can be adopted in Connecticut. The order also directs state officials to work with cities and towns on projects to guard against the effects of climate change, including flooding.

    The governor's new executive follows a Sept., 2021, report that Connecticut was not on track to meet its goal of reducing GHG emissions by 45 pct over 2001 levels by 2030. (Source: Office of Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, PR, 16 Dec., 2021) Contact: Office of Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, 860-524-7397,, Twitter: @GovNedLamont,

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    First Gigaton Captured to Accelerate Carbon Capture (Ind. Report)
    First Gigaton Captured , Rocky Mountain INstitute
    Date: 2021-12-15
    Boulder, Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is reporting global climate technology startup accelerator Third Derivative (D3) has entered a new four-year partnership with the not-for-profit Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust to launch First Gigaton Captured. First Gigaton will work to find, fund, and scale the most promising Carbon Removal startups through a joint effort aimed to massively scale breakthrough negative emissions technologies.

    Third Derivative aligns the world's most promising climate tech startups with focused investors, corporate partners and market experts to increase the success and speed to market of these innovations. First Gigaton Captured will support the rapid deployment of viable carbon removal solutions to full commercial adoption with a dedicated Carbon Capture Cohort of startups admitted to D3's program in 2022. Key elements of the First Gigaton Captured partnership include:

  • Leveraging the expertise of D3 and the RMI to deliver a body of research that finds and highlights the most promising carbon capture and removal pathways.

  • Launching a deeply-resourced D3 Carbon Capture Cohort in 2022, supporting the market's most-promising carbon capture startups with deployable and high impact solutions including scientific and market experts to support technical advancement and direct funding opportunities to help startups advance their systems to integrated pilot scale.

  • Unlocking a significant amount of catalytic capital to accelerate the technical development of high impact DAC solutions, including funding proof-of-concepts, pilots, and first-of-a-kind commercial facilities., and

  • Cultivating the market demand for high quality carbon removal with leading corporate partners.

    In addition to the Grantham Trust partnership, 16 startups have joined the 46 current climate tech startups currently in Third Derivative's global accelerator program.

    Founded in 2020 by RMI and New Energy Nexus, Third Derivative (D3) is accelerating the rate of climate innovation by uniting and aligning committed investors, large corporations, and market and policy experts with the world's most promising climate tech startups. (Source: Rocky Mountain Institute, Website PR, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: Grantham Foundation,;D3,; RMI,

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  • US DOE EERE Launches Better Climate Challenge (Ind. Report)
    US DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-12-15
    The US DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) is challenging companies, states, municipalities, and other organizations to set ambitious, portfolio-wide, and near-term operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals to demonstrate leadership and share real-world pathways to address climate change.

    Through the Better Climate Challenge, partners will commit to a portfolio-wide goal of at least 50 pct by 2030 and DOE will support their efforts with technical assistance and peer-to-peer learning to share solutions to reduce emissions from their facilities and through power purchasing decisions.

    This effort will build on over a decade of experience through the Better Buildings Initiative to drive portfolio-wide accountable and transparent commitments across the public and private sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the commercial, industrial, and multifamily sector, while providing whole-of-government technical assistance to help those companies/organizations meet their targets. DOE has started engaging leaders across the U.S. economy. There are already 32 organizations that have joined Better Climate Challenge.

    Details HERE . (Source: US DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Nov-Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE, www.,

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    Biden Exec. Order Makes U.S. Federal Government Carbon Neutral by 2050 (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
    Date: 2021-12-13
    In Washington, on Wednesday the 8th, US President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order directing the federal government to use its "scale and procurement power" to produce 100 pct carbon pollution-free electricity by 2030 to meet 24/7 demand and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The Executive Order calls for:
  • 100 pct zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) government fleet acquisitions by 2035, including 100 pct zero-emission light-duty vehicle acquisitions by 2027;

  • Net-zero emissions from federal procurement no later than 2050, including a "Buy Clean Policy" to promote the use of construction materials with lower embodied emissions;

  • A net-zero emissions building portfolio by 2045, including a 50 pct emissions reduction by 2032; and

  • Net-zero emissions from overall federal operations by 2050, including a 65 pct emissions reduction by 2030.

    Additionally, the President also directed the federal government to orient its procurement and operations efforts in line with the following principles and goals:

  • Achieving climate resilient infrastructure and operations;

  • Building a climate- and sustainability-focused workforce;

  • Advancing environmental justice and equity;

  • Prioritizing the purchase of sustainable products, such as products without added perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); and

  • Accelerating progress through domestic and international partnerships.

    "President Biden's executive order demonstrates how the United States government will lead by example to provide a strong foundation for American businesses to compete and win globally in the clean energy economy while creating well paying, union jobs at home," said the White House. "The federal government will work with utilities, developers, technology firms, financiers and others to purchase electricity produced from resources that generate no carbon emissions, including solar and wind, for all its operations by 2030," a White House statement noted.

    Download the Executive Order HERE . (Source; The Whitehouse, 8 Dec., 2021) Contact: The Whitehouse,

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  • Scotland's 2022-23 Budget Stresses Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
    Scotland Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-12-13
    In Edinburgh, the Government of Scotland is reporting its 2022-23 budget will invest more than £2 billion ($2.654 billion) in tackling the climate emergency -- helping to protect and restore the natural environment, increase energy efficiency and slash emissions from homes, industries and transport -- including:
  • £ 336 million invested in energy efficiency and low carbon and renewable heat to deliver warmer, greener homes, including £160 million to support those least able to pay for home energy improvements, helping to cut emissions while tackling a major driver of fuel poverty and creating jobs across the country;

  • Almost £1.4 billion will be spent to maintain, improve and decarbonise Scotland's rail network. Free bus travel for young people will receive £110 million, and £150 million will be invested in active travel, such as walking and cycling. This will support efforts to cut car kilometres by 20 pct by 2030.

    "We are playing our part in tackling the global climate emergency head on. This budget carries forward the momentum created by COP26, with record investment in transforming Scotland into a net zero, climate resilient nation. We are prioritizing investment in the natural environment, including our vital woodlands and peatlands. We are also taking action to make our homes warmer and greener to help reduce emissions, while tackling fuel poverty and creating green jobs," according to Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, PR, 9 December 2021)

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  • National Grid Makes CDP Climate Change 'A' List (Ind. Report)
    National Grid, CDP
    Date: 2021-12-10
    London-headquartered National Grid reports has been recognized for tackling climate change leadership in corporate sustainability by the global environmental non-profit CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project. National Grid was recognized for its actions to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop a low-carbon economy, based on the data it reported through CDP's 2021 climate change questionnaire.

    In 2020, National Grid pledged to reduce its Scope3 greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions by 37.5 pct by 2034 and to reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG by 80 pct by 2030, rising to 90 pct by 2040 and to net-zero by 2050 from a 1990 baseline.

    CDP's annual environmental disclosure and scoring process is widely recognized as the gold standard of corporate environmental transparency. In 2021, over 590 investors with over $110 trillion in assets and 200 major purchasers with $5.5 trillion in procurement spend requested companies to disclose data on environmental impacts, risks and opportunities through CDP's platform. A record-breaking 13,000 companies responded.

    Download the full list of companies that made this year's CDP A List , along with other publicly available company scores HERE . (Source: National Grid, Website PR, 6 Dec., 2021) Contact: National Grid, Duncan Burt, Chief Sustainability Officer, +44 (0)20 7004 3000, ; CDP, Paul Simpson, CEO,

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