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China Plan Bans Clean Coal from Green Bond Financing (Int'l. Report)
Peoples Bank of China,Climate Bonds Initiative
Date: 2020-09-11
According to China's central bank, the People's Bank of China, a proposal to stop recognizing clean coal as projects qualified for green bonds could attract more interest from foreign investors, as the policy change brings domestic standards closer to the more stringent international definition of green projects. Clean coal projects have always been excluded in green bonds that are certified by international standards.

In Q1 this year, China's issuance of green bonds that only met domestic definitions totaled US$7.97 billion, well above $4.37 billion for the globally aligned bonds, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI). For the second quarter through June alone, green bonds issued on the Chinese standards more than doubled to $5.92 billion from the previous quarter, while the globally aligned green bonds also nearly doubled to $2.82 billion, CBI added.

In 2019, locally aligned green debt in China totaled US$24.5 billion, less than $31.3 billion for the bonds aligned with the global standards, according to the CBI.

On the definition of projects, the international guidelines pay more attention to climate change mitigation and adaptation, while China's domestic rules emphasize environmental benefits such as pollution reduction, resource conservation and ecological protection in addition to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2019 CBI report. (Source: CBI, People's Bank of China, Hellenic Shipping News, Sept., 2020) Contact: People's Bank of China, www.pbc.gov.cn; Climate Bonds Initiative, www.climatebonds.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Bonds Initiative,  Clean Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Green Bond,  


Ottawa Plans Fuel Carbon Cuts, Clean Fuel Standard (Reg. & Leg.)
Clean Fuel Standard
Date: 2020-09-11
In Ottawa, Reuters is reporting the Canadian Liberal Gov. of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to require reductions in carbon intensity of fuels by 12 pct by 2030.

The move would require refiners to blend cleaner ethanol and other renewable fuels with gasoline and fossil fuels under a Clean Fuel Standard aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 million tonnes by 2030. The requirement would come into force in 2022, according to the Reuters report. Presently, Canada imports about 40 pct of the ethanol it uses. (Source: Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Reuters, 11 Sept., 2020) Contact: Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon.Jonathan Wilkinson, 613-995-1225, Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Fuel,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel Blend,  Clean Fuel Standard,  


Eastern New Energy Supports UK Businesses Decarbonization (Int'l.)
Eastern New Energy
Date: 2020-09-09
In the UK, the University of East London is reporting the launch of the Eastern New Energy (ENE) programme aimed at building a stronger and locally focused low carbon economy in the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire region by supporting and helping area organizations understand and address the barriers to the decarbonization of communities, buildings, transport, and the economy in general.

To that end, ENE will work with businesses, communities and others to: develop and deliver net zero action plans; construct new zero-carbon homes; retrofit existing homes and commercial buildings; transition vehicle fleets to lower carbon alternatives; develop community and commercial energy projects; and design, develop and bring to market new low carbon products and services.

The ENE project is receiving up to £5.1 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund which will be managed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The environmental charity PECT will provide grants to eligible small and medium-sized businesses in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire to help catalyze capital investments in energy efficiency initiatives.

PECT is an independent, grassroots charitable climate change focused organization that educates, inspires, and motivates individuals and organizations to change their behavior to deliver a positive environmental impact. PECT previously supported over 270 businesses and identified £1,400,000 of cost savings and 6,500 tonnes of carbon savings that could be realized through recommended actions. (Source: University of East London, Cambridge Network, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: PECT, Carly Leonard, CEO, +44 0 1733 882549, ene@pect.org.uk, www.pect.org.uk; University of East London, Eastern New Energy, www.uel.ac.uk/sri/eastern-new-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Decarbonization,  Energy Efficiency,  


Notable Quotes
NRDC
Date: 2020-09-04
"Our two biggest global environmental challenges -- climate change and biodiversity loss -- are inextricably linked so keeping forests standing must be a priority of all governments.

"Much of the wood burned in UK power plants is cut down and shipped from ecologically sensitive forests in the US Southeast. Those forests are efficient and powerful carbon- capture systems and support unique wildlife found nowhere else in the world. But they can't serve that important purpose if the trees are cut and turned into wood pellets, and don't grow back for decades." -- Sasha Stashwick, Natural Resource Defense Council www.nrdc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  NRDC,  


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,  


  • Notable Quote -- Alarm Sounded on Forest Biomass Emissions
    Science Advisory Council of the European Academies
    Date: 2020-09-02
    "We have repeatedly pointed out that the large-scale substitution of coal by forest biomass [to produce electricity] will accelerate climate warming and will increase the risks of overshooting Paris Climate Agreement targets.

    "The reason is simple: when the forest is harvested and used for bioenergy, all the carbon in the biomass enters the atmosphere very quickly, but it will not be reabsorbed by new trees for decades. This is not compatible with the need to tackle the climate crisis urgently." -- Michael Norton, Environmental Director, Science Advisory Council of the European Academies www.easac.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Biomass,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


    GreenCollar's Carbon Farming Projects Find Funding (Int'l. Report)
    GreenCollar
    Date: 2020-09-02
    In the Land Down Under, Australia's leading environmental markets project developer and investor GreenCollar reports it has secured funding for a series of carbon farming projects under the Queensland Government's $500 million Land Restoration Fund (LRF). The approved projects will generate roughly $9.5 million worth of Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) boosting farm-gate returns for regional Queenslanders and deliver multiple environmental and socio-economic co-benefits over the next 15 years.

    GreenCollar has more than 200 hundred projects covering over 6 million hectares under the Australian Federal Government's Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), accounting for approximately 50 pct of delivered abatement across the Australian carbon market to date. With its landholder partners, GreenCollar develops land-based carbon projects and facilitates the sale of the resulting credits to private and public organisations to offset their environmental footprint. (Source: GreenCollar, Mirage, 1 Sept., 2020) Contact: GreenCollar, James Schultz, Co-Founder and CEO, +61 2 9252 9828, www.greencollar.cp.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Farming,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Credits,  


    Nigeria Included in TOTAL's Zero Carbon Emissions 2050 Plan (Int'l.)
    TOTAL
    Date: 2020-09-02
    Prais-headquartered multinational oil and gas giant TOTAL Group reports it has incorporated Nigeria in its plan of achieving zero carbon emissions in production activities by 2050, as part of its drive to address global climate challenge.

    To reach Net Zero on Operations by 2050 or sooner, TOTAL will invest in renewable generated low carbon electricity, low cost oil, biofuels, and nature-based carbon sinks or carbon capture and storage (CCS). The company noted it would continue to strike a balance between enabling the energy transition by investing in renewable energy while continuing to provide oil and gas to meet the needs of customers and society. (Source: TOTAL, PR, This Day, 1 Sept., 2020) Contact: Total Group, www.total.com

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


    EDS Systems Touts GHG Emissions Monitoring Tool (Int'l. Report)
    EDS Systems
    Date: 2020-09-02
    Plano, Texas-based EDS Systems reports the launch of its cloud-based "EcoGauge" carbon tax analytics tool to assist organizations with the monitoring and management of their carbon emissions and to ultimately help reduce the administrative burden of compliance measurement and reporting, as well as carbon tax liabilities.

    EcoGauge helps remove the complexity inherent in greenhouse-gas (GHG) reporting and provides a near real-time view on GHG emissions and the effect of a manufacturing process change. EcoGauge generates an instant report that classifies emissions by source and calculates liability in terms of the Carbon Tax Act and carbon tax compliance.

    According to EDS, "EcoGauge is an effective solution for companies shifting to a more carbon-conscious mindset, because the cost of ignoring climate change will be far higher than the cost of reducing emissions through legislation such as the Carbon Tax Act." (Source: EDS, PR, Creamers, 2 Sept., 2020) Contact: EDS, Eckart Zollner, Bus. Dev., www.eds.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDS Systems news,  GHG Emissions news,  Emissions Monitoring news,  Carbon Tax news,  


    First German "Green" Bond Attracts Strong Demand (Int'l. Report)
    German Finance Ministry
    Date: 2020-09-02
    Today in Frankfurt am Main, Germany's first 10-year "green" bond offering reportedly drew bids for €30 billion ($35.480 billion US) -- five times the issue volume, according to Stuttgart-based German public bank LBBW.

    In August, the German Finance Ministry announced it would raise as much as €11 billion this year 2020 to support climate-related projects. A further bond issue is expected to be offered before the end of the year. (Source: German Finance Ministry, Space Daily, AFP, 2 Sept., 2020) Contact: LBBW, Elmar Voelker, +49 711 127-0, kontakt@lbbw.de, www.lbbw.de; German Finance Ministry, www.bundesfinanzministerium.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond news,  Climate Change news,  


    1t.org Touts Reforestation to Fight Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    World Economic Forum
    Date: 2020-08-31
    In Jan., 2020, the World Economic Forum launched 1t.org, an inclusive platform to support the global effort to conserve, restore and grow 1 trillion trees worldwide by 2030. Now, the Forum and American Forests are partnering to accelerate that vision through US leadership at home and abroad.

    In July, bipartisan leaders in Washington, DC passed the Great American Outdoors Act, the nation's largest forest conservation measure in 50 years. Leaders from the 25 U.S. Climate Alliance states and mayors across America are also setting public policies to conserve, restore and grow our forests. More federal legislation is on the way, including the bipartisan REPLANT Act that would reforest 1.2 billion trees on America's national forests by 2030.

    U.S. Chapter of 1t.org, led by American Forests and the Forum, launched this week to connect, empower and mobilize a global reforestation community to ensure the conservation and restoration of one trillion trees, the planting of 855 million trees, and supporting mapping technology and carbon finance that will lead to many more trees.

    In the US alone, forests currently capture 15 pct of the nation's carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, according to the release. (Source: 1t.org, World Economic Forum. The Print, 30 Aug., 2020) Contact: World Economic Forum, www.weforum.org; 1t.org, www.1t.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Economic Forum,  Reforestation,  Carbon Capture,  


    HSBC Creates $8.3bn Climate Fund (Int'l. Report)
    HSBC Global Asset Management
    Date: 2020-08-28
    In the UK, London-based HSBC Global Asset Management reports it has teamed up with Australian climate lawyer Martijn Wilder's investment firm Pollination to create a $6 billion "natural capital asset manager fund."

    The fund will invest in sustainable forestry, regenerative agriculture, water supply, ocean and coastal blue carbon projects, biofuels, and other worldwide projects that generate returns from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protect and restore biodiversity and other natural assets, and increase the earth's carbon sinks.

    The joint venture will launch two funds in 2021. The first will aim to raise $1 billion that will go into "natural capital" assets such as forestry and agriculture, while the second, a carbon trading fund, will aim to raise $2 billion from institutional investors. (Source: HSBC, Australia Financial Review, 27 Aug., 2020) Contact: HSBC Global Asset Management, www.global.assetmanagement.hsbc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HSBC,  Climate Change,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


    BHP Billiton Re-sets Emissions, Climate Change Targets (Int'l.)
    BHP
    Date: 2020-08-28
    In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based mining giant BHP reports the revamping of its strategy to reduce the company's operational emissions and set concrete targets to be reached by 2030 and its ultimate goal to become carbon-neutral by 2050.

    The company noted that carbon capture and storage (CCS), an increased reliance on renewable energy and other initiatives will be funded through a $400 million climate investment program announced in 2019. The company also plans to update its portfolio assessment to take into account its Paris Climate Agrement agreement goals, and will sell or demerge some of its coal mines to help meet those goals. Additionally, future executive remuneration will include an element tied to climate change actions. (Source: BHP Billiton, mining.com, 27 Aug., 2020) Contact: BHP Billiton, Dr. Fiona Wild, VP Sustainability and Climate Change, +61 3 9609 3333, www.bhpbilliton.com, www.bhp.com

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


    Russia's Medvedev Urging EU Carbon Border Tax (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2020-08-26
    In Moscow, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday called for a EU carbon border tax to comply with international agreements on climate.

    "If the tax is imposed, there should definitely be an effort to keep it in compliance with the EU framework convention on climate and Paris Climate Agreement. We have to hold bilateral talks on this with the EU and via dedicated international platforms, such as the WTO, the agencies that deal with climate change and relevant conventions," Medvedev noted while speaking at a meeting on the potential impact of the tax on Russia.

    Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev is a Russian politician who is serving as Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, headed by Vladimir Putin. He served as prime minister of Russia between 2012 and 2020. From 2008 to 2012, Medvedev served as president of Russia. (Source: Sputnik, 26 Aug., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Border Carbon Tax,  


    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,  


    Development Banks Commit $61Bn to Climate Finance in 2019 (Int'l.)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-08-24
    According to the 2019 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks' Climate Finance , in 2019 seven of the world's largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) provided $61.6 billion in climate financing, out of which $41.5 billion was offered to low-income and medium-income economies.

    Of the total, $46.6 billion was used for climate mitigation and the remaining $14.9 billion was used to help countries build resilience in tackling the impact of global warming.

    The seven banks include: African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group), World Bank Group (WBG) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB).

    Download the 2019 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks' Climate Finance report HERE. (Source: African Development Bank, Mercom India, Aug., 2020) Contact: African Development Bank, www.afdb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Half of World's Oceans Affected by Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-08-24
    A study published in Nature Climate Change notes that since the 1950s, the oceans have absorbed roughly 93 pct of the energy entering the climate system, and while most of that heating has been observed near the ocean surface, rising temperatures are now permeating even the deep ocean.

    Data based on recent measurements and nearly a dozen climate models, suggests climate change has already impacted up to about half -- 20 to 55 percent -- of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Ocean basins. What's more, in just six decades, these human-induced changes in temperature and salinity could very well spread to 80 pct of the world's oceans.

    The data suggests that during the second half of the 20th century human-induced warming was responsible for most observed ocean changes -- "statistically" and "unambiguously" different from what would occur naturally. Heat and salt from the ocean surface are usually transported relatively slowly to the ocean's interior, which means that many of the deepest parts experience a lag in human-induced changes. Some deeper areas, however, circulate quicker, and thus respond faster to emissions.

    In the new model, for instance, the Southern Ocean, which is relatively well-ventilated, experienced human-induced changes quite quickly, showing up as early as the 1980s. In the Northern Hemisphere, oceans took a little longer to respond, with most changes calculated to appear sometime between 2010 and 2040. Together, by 2020, the model shows somewhere between 20 and 55 pct of the world's oceans had been altered by anthropogenic climate change. By mid-century, these changes could make up 50 to 60 percent of the world's oceans, and by 2080, 55 to 80 pct, according to the study published in Nature Climate Change. (Source: Science Alert, Nature Climate Change, Aug., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Biden's Climate Action Plan Praised -- Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-08-21
    "The Biden plan is the most progressive and aggressive demand for climate action that any president has ever entered office with. But it's more than that. It creates the jobs we need. It builds a sustainable economy. And it delivers a more equitable and just future. It's exactly what's needed now." -- Tom Steyer, billionaire American hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist, liberal activist, fundraiser and former presidential contender commenting on Dem. presidential candidate Joe Biden's climate and energy action platform

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Ottawa, Iqaluit Partner on Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-08-21
    In Iqaluit, the Nunavut Minister of Northern Affairs and the Canadian federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change have announced an investment to support the South Baffin Energy Management Project. The project will help improve energy efficiency and introduce renewable energy in 45 buildings owned by the Government of Nunavut in the six communities that make up the South Baffin region.

    The South Baffin Energy Management Project will receive $18.3 million through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund and $8.6 million from the Nunavut Department of Community and Government Services. Over the project's lifetime it is projected to cut 24,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades will include: solar panel installations; LED lighting; mechanical and control-system upgrades; building-envelope improvements; measures, such as air sealing; low-flow water-saving fixtures, and others. (Source: CNW Group. 20 Aug., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Green Climate Fund Supports Ghana Forestry Project (Int'l. Report)
    Green Climate Fund
    Date: 2020-08-21
    The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved a $54.5 million facility for the Ghana Shea Landscape Emission Reductions Project aimed at addressing deforestation and forest degradation in the Northern Savannah Zone of Ghana.

    The Project, which will be implemented by the Forestry Commission (FC) of Ghana with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with multiple national and local institutions, civil society organizations and private sector, leveraged vertical funds with $30,100,000 grant from the GCF, about $15 million from the Government of Ghana and mobilized about $9 million impact investments from the private sector .

    The project's outcomes included the restoration of 200,000 hectares of off-reserve savanna forest and 300,000 hectares of degraded shea parklands as well as the establishment of 25,500 hectares of forest plantations in severely degraded forest reserves. The project is expected to cut 25.24 million tonnes of CO2 over 20 years.

    The GCF is a funding mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that supports climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. (Source: Green Climate Fund, Ghana Business News, 21 Aug., 2020)Contact: Green Climate Fund, +82.32.458.6059, info@greenclimate.fund, www.greenclimate.fund

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Climate Fund,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  Deforestation,  


    Zero Carbon Fund Set to Invest £1.5Mn (Int'l. Report)
    Zero Carbon Fund
    Date: 2020-08-19
    Havant, England-headquartered Zero Carbon Fund Ltd reports that after raising more than £1.5 million over the last 6+ months it is now moving into investment mode.

    The company aims to invest in ten EIS-eligible start-ups with breakthrough ideas that can scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least half a gigaton per year in some of the big unsolved problem areas in the climate space, such as energy storage, cooling, food & agriculture, industrial heat and carbon capture.

    Zero Carbon Capital delivers the fund in partnership with Sapphire Capital Partners and aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of hard science solutions to the most pressing issues of climate change.

    The Zero Carbon Fund is an EIS fund investing in early-stage companies on a mission to address climate change through technology innovation. The company invests in ambitious teams with breakthrough ideas that can scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half a gigaton per year and deliver long-term value, according to its website. (Source: Zero Carbon Fund, PR, 18 Aug., 20200 Contact: Zero Carbon Capital, Zero Carbon Fund, Pippa or Alex Cawley, info@zerocarbon.capital, www.zerocarbon.capital; Sapphire Capital Partners, www.sapphirecapitalpartners.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Carbon Fund,  GHGs,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


    CarbonNOW™ Scores Energy Globe Awards (Ind. Report)
    Locus AG
    Date: 2020-08-19
    Solon, Ohio-based Locus Agricultural Solutions® (Locus AG) reports its CarbonNOW™ project has been named the national winner in the Energy Globe Awards for its immediate impact on climate change and food security.

    CarbonNOW is the nation's first sustainable agriculture initiative to get farmers compensated for environmentally friendly growing practices. It will now go on to represent the United States in the global awards.

    CarbonNOW has received worldwide recognition for its proven ability to maximize crop productivity and feed a growing population, while minimizing the carbon footprint of agricultural practices by pulling substantial amounts of carbon back into the soil, according to the release. Through the project, farmers can access award-winning soil "probiotic" applications that allow them to sequester carbon, grow up to 43 pct more food, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 87 pct and receive financial compensation for current practices that minimize their carbon footprint.

    Locus AG gets its core scientific capabilities from its parent company, Locus Fermentation Solutions (Locus FS), an Ohio-based, globally recognized green technology company. (Source: Locus Agricultural Solutions, PR, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Energy Globe Award, www.energyglobe.info; Locus Agricultural Solutions, Teresa DeJohn, 440-724-1097, www.locusag.com


    World's Solar, Wind Generated Power Stands at 10 pct (Int'l. Report)
    EMBER
    Date: 2020-08-17
    According to London, UK-headquartered independent climate and "coal to clean energy" think tank EMBER's recently released Global Electricity Review 2020, power generation from wind turbines and solar panels generated 10 pct of the world's electricity in the first half of this year as coal-powered generation declined to the lowest half-year level since at least 1990.

    During the same period, coal-fired generation dropped by 8.3 pct but still accounted for 33 pct of global production -- too high to meet global climate change targets of keeping global temperatures from increasing by more than 2.7 F which, the report claims, needs coal power generation to fall by 13 pct per year for a decade, according to the report.

    The EMBER -- fka "Sandbag" -- report collected data from 48 countries which make up 83 pct of global electricity production. Download the Global Electricity Review 2020 report HERE. (Source: Ember, Aug., 2020) Contact: Ember, (+44) 020 8144 8663, ember-climate.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Solar,  Coal,  


    Death Valley Sets 54.4C Record Heat (Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2020-08-17
    Yesterday in Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, California, the US National Weather Service verified what could be the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth -- 130F (54.4C) with temperatures forecast to rise further this week. Before this, the highest temperature reliably recorded on Earth was 129.2F (54C) -- also in Death Valley in 2013. (Source: US National Weather Service, 16 Aug., 2020) Contact: US National Weather Service, www.weather.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  


    Bangkok Considering Thailand Carbon Tax (Int'l. Report)
    Thailand
    Date: 2020-08-14
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting Thailand, which relies heavily on fossil fuels for its energy needs, is considering carbon pricing in an upcoming Climate Change Act to lead a clean energy transition and green economic development while maintaining energy security, supporting innovation, increasing efficiency and driving retirement of emission-intensive assets. The upcoming Climate Change Act is expected to outline specific instruments to prepare for a national emission trading system, with a cabinet decision due in 2022.

    According to the IEA, Thailand's experience of carbon market mechanisms began in 2007, when the government established TGO to implement and manage GHG emissions projects. In 2103, the public body launched the Thailand Voluntary Emission Reduction programme, a baseline and credit programme. By 2020 it had 191 registered projects that are due to reduce emissions by 5.28 Mt CO2-eq annually and the Thailand Carbon Offsetting Program which encourages public and private organisations to calculate their carbon footprint and buy carbon credits to offset their unavoidable emissions.

    In 2015 TGO launched the Thailand Voluntary Emission Trading Scheme to serve as a pilot, setting up the infrastructure to develop a national emission trading system and identify gaps and opportunities. The first phase (2015-17) established and tested the market's design features and the measurement, reporting and verification system. During the second phase (2018-20) TGO aims to encourage wider participation and develop participants' trading capabilities.

    Thailand is aiming to reduce GHG emissions to 20.8 pct below the business-as-usual level by 2030. (Source: IEA , New Europe, Aug., 2020)Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  IEA,  


    Foundation for Climate Restoration Comments on Bipartisan CCS Legislation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Foundation for Climate Restoration
    Date: 2020-08-10
    "This is a momentous occasion for the climate restoration movement. I commend the U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) on their bipartisan legislation to research and develop carbon capture and sequestration technologies. This is a necessary step that the Foundation for Climate Restoration (FCR) has been advocating for, and we are pleased to see a commitment to robust research and development of these technologies from both sides of the aisle.

    "The trillion tons of excess carbon in our atmosphere are the main driver of climate change. Therefore, even with net-zero emissions, which is critically important, we are not addressing 95 pct of the problem. Carbon capture technologies that remove this excess CO2, paired with uses for the captured carbon that are permanent, scalable, and financeable, must be our foremost commitment. This is critical to restoring a healthy, pre-industrial level of atmospheric carbon.

    The CREATE Act of 2020 recognizes the importance of research and development of carbon capture and sequestration through direct air capture, enhanced carbon mineralization, bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration, forest restoration, soil carbon management, and direct ocean capture. These avenues of capture and sequestration have enormous potential to remove the excess carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and restore a safe and healthy climate. We are thus thrilled at the bipartisan effort to mobilize and scale these restorative technologies. Removal of atmospheric carbon, in concert with net-zero emissions, will safeguard the planet and ensure its survival for future generations."

    (signed) Rick Parnell, CEO, Foundation for Climate Restoration (Source: Foundation for Climate Restoration, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Foundation for Climate Restoration, Rick Parnell, CEO, (650) 906-3016, www.f4cr.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Foundation for Climate Restoration,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  Climate Change,  


    Notable Climate Change Quote from Apple CEO
    Apple Climate Change
    Date: 2020-08-10
    "Businesses have a profound opportunity to help build a more sustainable future, one born of our common concern for the planet we share. The innovations powering our environmental journey are not only good for the planet -- they've helped us make our products more energy efficient and bring new sources of clean energy online around the world.

    "Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth. With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change." -- Tim Cook, CEO, Apple, Aug., 2020

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Apple,  


    IAIA Releases Climate Change Position Statement (Report Attached)
    International Association for Impact Assessment
    Date: 2020-08-07
    In Washington, DC, the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) has released a position statement declaring its solidarity with the world's scientific community in expressing grave concern that the global climate emergency is accelerating the deterioration of systems that support life on Earth and is threatening our common future. This is the first official position statement in IAIA's 40 years of existence.

    The statement comes on the heels of a recent IAIA survey of over 900 impact assessment professionals showing that 75 pct of respondents believe it is highly important that impact assessment processes be applied to enhance climate change mitigation in anticipated post-COVID-19 infrastructure programs.

    Since the IAIA Board of Directors finalized the statement in March, a set of priority climate change actions have been developed and are being carried out by IAIA's Climate Change Section. IAIA will support these efforts through organizational actions, including:

  • Using its role as an Observer to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to support actions under the Paris Agreement and to request the Conference of the Parties and the UNFCCC to champion the precautionary use of IA processes as essential climate change adaptation/mitigation tools;

  • Liaising directly with institutional investors, insurance industry, and risk analysts on the importance of IA, since these sectors have far reaching effects on the long-term sustainability of policies and programs;

    Building vital relationships with journalists to create better bridges of communication between IA practitioners and both policy-makers and the general public.

    Download the IAIA's Full Climate Change Position Statement HERE .

    IAIA is a forum for advancing innovation, development and communication of best practice in impact assessment. Its international membership promotes development of local and global capacity for the application of environmental assessment in which sound science and full public participation provide a foundation for equitable and sustainable development. IAIA supports individuals and organizations involved in these and related disciplines by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and opportunities for collaboration, according to the organization's website. (Source: IAIA Webdite, Aug., 2020) Contact: IAIA, David Bancroft, Exec. Dir., (202) 567 7410, (701) 2977908, (701) 297 7917 -- fax, info@iaia.org, www.iaia.org

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  • Tel Aviv Outlines Climate Crisis Plan (Int'l. Report)
    C40 Cities
    Date: 2020-08-07
    In Israel, the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality is reporting a detailed, 3-phase climate action plan making it the first Israeli municipality program designed to cope with the threat of climate change. The plan is within the framework of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a global network of cities fighting global warming.

    Under the tree-part plan: experts identified the specific climate threats Tel Aviv is currently facing; listed the city's two key objectives -- temperature reduction and water management; determined how the city will meet its climate change related objectives.

    Over the next three years, the plan calls for an immediate response (for this year and the next), a gradual response (by 2030) and then the fostering of urban innovation in a more global approach.

    The immediate response includes steps like reducing the removal of trees, strict implementation of permeation requirements in construction plans and permits and enabling solar energy independence for public buildings during times of crisis. (Source: City of Tel Aviv, Al-Monitor, 6 Aug., 2020) Contact: C40 Cities, www.c40.org

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    Fulcrum Launches Climate-Aligned Fund (Int'l. Report)
    Fulcrum Asset Management
    Date: 2020-08-05
    In the UK, London-headquartered Fulcrum Asset Management is reporting the launch of the Fulcrum Climate Change (FCC) fund, a global equity fund that expands its product range and directly targets climate change.

    The FCC, with an estimated £70 million ($90.85 million) of initial capital, will focus on 150 -- 200 stocks invested across 25 themes, with no company in the portfolio having a higher temperature than 2.5 degrees.

    The FCC is the first active global equity fund to be "climate-aligned" -- meaning it is committed to having a portfolio temperature below 2 degrees as per the Paris Agreement target, according to Fulcum. (Source: Fulcrum Asset Management Contact: Fulcrum Asset Management, Andrew Stevens, CEO, +44 (0) 207 016 6450, www.fulcrumasset.com

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    Notable Quote from BlackRock CEO
    BlackRock
    Date: 2020-08-05
    "Climate change has become a defining factor in companies' long-term prospects. Awareness is rapidly changing, and I believe we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance." -- Larry Fink, BlackRock CEO in an April letter to corporate executives. (Source: Eco Business, Mongabay, April, 2020) Contact: BlackRock, www.blackrock.com

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    Greensboro N.C. Earns LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-08-05
    In North Carolina, the City of Greensboro is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Silver®certification for its sustainability efforts. The City began the process in May 2019 when it was one of 15 US cities to receive a grant to participate in the USGBC LEED for Cities and Communities Program, supported by Bank of America.

    Throughout the LEED certification process, the City worked to track and verify performance on a wide variety of sustainability indicators including energy, water, transportation, education, health and more. LEED for Cities provides a consistent rating system and independently verified data analysis, allowing comparison with local, regional and global peer cities.

    LEED-certification helps Greensboro advance City Council's goal of becoming a leading city in resilience, sustainability and energy independence, and to meet or exceed the state's commitment to address climate change and transition to clean, renewable energy. (Source: City of Greensboro, City News Release, 5 Aug., 2020) Contact: City of Greensboro , David Parrish, City Manager, www.greensboro-nc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC news,  LEED Certification news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Husky Energy Releases 2020 Carbon Goals (Ind. Report)
    Husky Energy
    Date: 2020-08-05
    Calgary, Alberta-based Husky Energy today released its 2020 ESG Report that includs a GHG emissions intensity reduction target of 25 pct by 2025 and the company's aim to be net zero by 2050 under the Paris Climate Agreement.

    To that end, the company notes it will continue to invest in new technologies and carbon offsets and will continue its technology partnerships with Svante on carbon capture. Additionally, all Husky business units will maintain a carbon management plan, including requirements to meet or exceed our 2025 25 pct emissions intensity reduction target, and all company senior executive contracts link compensation to meeting or exceeding carbon performance requirements. (Source: Husky Energy, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Husky Energy; Rob Peabody, CEO, Leo Villegas, Senior Manager, Investor Relations 403-513-7817, www.huskyenergy.com

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    Climate Change Notable Quote from BlackRock CEO
    BlackRock
    Date: 2020-08-05
    "Climate change has become a defining factor in companies' long-term prospects. Awareness is rapidly changing, and I believe we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance." -- Larry Fink, CEO, BlackRock CEO in an April letter to corporate executives. (Source: Eco Business, Mongabay, April, 2020) Contact: BlackRock, www.blackrock.com

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    Biden Camaign Supports Renewables (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

    Date: 2020-08-03
    The 2020 US Democratic presidential presumptive candidate Joe Biden's campaign has released his climate change and clean energy position with the following the following specifics:

    Wind and solar energy will be increased dramatically through the installation of 500 million solar panels and 60,000 made-in-America wind turbines.

    Any clean energy infrastructure financed with federal support "through the tax code" should include robust wage and labor requirements.

    Editor's Note: To ensure unbiased and equal coverage to all candidates , this publication will provide detailed coverage of the incumbent Republican Donald Trump's position on clean energy and climate change if and when his position paper is released.

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    EIB Commits €95Mn to Barcelona Climate Action Projects (Int'l.)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2020-08-03
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is reporting it will provide &euro95 million to finance roughly 40 projects in Barcelona that aim to support climate change mitigation and adaptation in the city of 5.58 million residents.

    In addition to strengthening the city's climate resilience, the funding will target approximately 20 projects within the city classified as "climate vulnerable." All new social infrastructure work will focus on zero-energy buildings, initiatives to improve energy efficiency, and reduce power consumption in public and municipal buildings.

    Barcelona declared a climate emergency in January 2020 and the investments now being promoted are in line with the declaration's objectives. (Source: EIB, Eurasia Review, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org

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    RI DEM Awards $4.3Mn to Climate Resilience Projects (Funding)
    Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
    Date: 2020-07-31
    In Providence, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reports the awarding of $4,360,600 in matching grants to 13 municipalities and community organizations for climate resilience projects across Rhode Island.

    The grants will fund 14 projects to restore and improve the climate resilience of vulnerable coastal habitats, as well as river and stream floodplains and related habitats. Funding includes $4 million from the 2018 Green Economy and Clean Water Bond, along with $360,600 from the 2014 and 2016 Green Economy Bonds for flood mitigation and storm water.

    Individual grants ranged from $60,000 to $500,000.

    Grant applications were evaluated and scored by a review committee consisting of members of DEM, RI Infrastructure Bank and RI Coastal Resources Management Council. (Source: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management , PR, GoLocalProv News, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Janet Coit, Director, 401-222-4700, www.dem.ri.gov

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    Biden Takes a Stand on Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-07-31
    The 2020 US Democratic presidential presumptive candidate Joe Biden's campaign has released the following position on clean energy and climate change:

  • Democrats commit to eliminating carbon pollution from power plants by 2035.

  • Wind and solar energy will be increased dramatically through the installation of 500 million solar panels and 60,000 made-in-America wind turbines.

  • Any clean energy infrastructure financed with federal support "through the tax code" should include robust wage and labor requirements.

  • Fossil fuel subsidies will be repealed.

  • California's primacy in Clean Air Act regulation of cars and trucks will be recognized and protected.

  • Oil and gas methane pollution will be reduced by the application of "robust" federal standards and targeted support for repairing and replacing aging distribution systems.

  • By 2030, all new buildings will achieve the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Within five years, the Democrats will "incentivize" tens of billions of dollars in private-sector investments to retrofit the energy efficiency of four million buildings.

  • The country's entire fleet of school buses will transition to zero-emission buses to reduce harmful air pollution within five years.

  • The US will rejoin the the Paris Climate Agreement. A new Executive Order should be issued on climate and environmental Justice. There will be a strong emphasis on building environmental justice governmental institutions and practices. An environmental justice fund will be created to make "historic investments" in low-income communities, and remediating Superfund and other contaminated sites will address other issues afflicting these communities. Democrats will employ screening and mapping tools to ensure racial and socio-economic equity in federal climate, energy and infrastructure programs.

  • Fossil fuel companies will be held accountable for cleaning up abandoned mine lands ,oil and gas wells and industrial facilities so they can be safely "repurposed," especially in the coal country.

  • Innovative technologies will be advanced that create cost-effective pathways for industries to decarbonize, including carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and "advanced nuclear" that eliminates risks associated with conventional nuclear technology.

  • America's natural carbon sinks on public lands will be increased by ensuring 30 percent of our lands and waters are conserved by 2030.

  • A new "climate test" will be applied to ensure that all major domestic and international infrastructure projects that require federal approval will avoid or minimize climate impacts, including impacts from export terminals.

  • The Federal Government should be reorganized by transforming the CEQ into a Council on Climate Change; establish a new office of Environmental Justice within the Department of Justice; create an Office of Climate Mobilization in the White House; establish a White House Council on frontline Environmental Justice where community and national leaders would inform the design and execution of climate change laws, policies and programs.

    Editor's Note: To ensure unbiased and equal coverage to all candidates , this publication will provide detailed coverage of the incumbent Republican Donald Trump's position on clean energy and climate change if and when his position paper is released.

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  • Energy Efficiency Included in Biden's Platform (Opinions & Asides)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-07-31
    The 2020 US Democratic presumptive presidential candidate Joe Biden's position paper on clean energy and climate change includes the following energy efficiency measures:

    "By 2030, all new buildings will achieve the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Within five years, the Democrats will 'incentivize' tens of billions of dollars in private-sector investments for energy efficiency retrofits for four million buildings."

    Editor's Note -- To ensure unbiased and equal coverage to all candidates, this publication will provide detailed coverage of the incumbent Republican Donald Trump's position on clean energy,climate change and energy efficiency if and when his position paper is ever released.

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    Climeworks Announces Iceland Carbon Capture Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Climeworks
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Zurich-headquartered carbon capture technology specialist Climeworks AG is reporting its first carbon removal plant located on the slopes of an active volcano in south-west Iceland.

    The plant is powered by waste heat from a geothermal energy plant using direct air carbon capture technology (DAC).

    Climeworks technology consist of modular CO2 collectors that can be stacked to build machines of any size. Climeworks direct air capture machines are powered solely by renewable energy or energy-from-waste. Grey emissions are below 10 pct, which means that out of 100 tons of carbon dioxide that our machines capture from the air, at least 90 tons are permanently removed and only up to 10 tons are re-emitted, according to the company website. (Source: Climeworks, BTN News, 28 July, 2020) Contact: Climeworks, Jan Wurzbacher, co-founder and co-director, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Climeworks,  Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credit,  Climate Change,  


    Climate Change Notable Quote from Former ExxonMobil CEO
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2020-07-27
    "Whether or not anything we do will ultimately influence it (climate change) remains to be seen. One day we'll know the answer to that, but our ability to predict the answer to that is quite complicated." -- Rex Tillerson, Former ExxonMobil CEO, former Trump administration U.S. Sec. of State

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    Ontario Earmarks $900Mn for Energy Efficiency Retrofits (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-07-24
    As part of its Climate Change Action Plan, the Province of Ontario plans to invest up to $900 million in grant funding over 4 years to retrofit social housing apartments and multi-tenant buildings with energy efficient and renewable energy technologies.

    The province is also planning to help improve efficiency in private residential apartment buildings by investing up to $400 million in an incentive program that will offer rebates or grants toward the purchase and installation of energy efficient technologies, such as boiler replacement and lighting retrofits. The plan will also prohibits landlords from passing along retrofit costs to tenants.

    Download the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan details HERE. (Source: Province of Ontario, HVAC, Mag. July, 2020) Contact: Province of Ontario, www.ontario.ca

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    Port Moody BC Details Climate Change Fight Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-07-22
    In British Columbia, the city of Port Moody (pop. 34,000+-) council is consider A proposed climate action plan that aims to achieve a 40 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and full carbon neutrality by 2050. Among the plan's 54 recommendations are:
  • Integrate consideration of climate change into all city processes like budget planning, stormwater management, etc.

  • Develop landscaping strategies for public lands that are resilient to climate change, as well as a green infrastructure program.

  • Implement strategies to protect, restore and connect environmentally sensitive areas, as well as manage invasive species.

  • Phased implementation of water metering on all properties.

  • Ensure the city is adequately staffed and equipped to respond to extreme weather events.

  • Create policy that encourages development of complete, compact communities that allow residents to easily access all their daily needs, target transportation hubs for development of dense, mixed-use neighbourhoods, and aim for the acquisition of park land on an ongoing basis.

  • Conduct climate audits on all civic buildings and develop a green buildings policy for the construction and renovation of city facilities.

  • Consider the creation of pedestrian priority zones.

  • Develop a zero-waste strategy for the community, as well as city facilities and events.

    City staff are in the process of prioritizing elements of the plan that can be implemented in its first two years, as well as determining requirements for funding, resources, and ways to track their progress. The strategy is expected be ready for council’s consideration in the fall. (Source: City of Port Moody, TriCity News, 20 July, 2020) Contact: City of Port Moody, Laura Sampliner, Sustainability Officer, www.portmoody.ca

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  • Notable Quotes on the Way to a Low-Carbon Economy
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-07-22
    "The transition to a low carbon economy is one of the most complex challenges we (banking industry) face, and it will require close collaboration between both the private and public sector to get there." -- Nigel Higgins, Barclays Bank, Chairman

    "Banks have been a bit late to the game on climate action." -- Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Action Champion for the COP26 Climate talks

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


    Woody Biomass for UK Power Strips Southern US Forests (Ind. Report)
    Southern Environmental Law Center
    Date: 2020-07-22
    As we previously reported in June, the Charlottesville, Virginia-based Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) reported it was joining with Biofuelwatch, the Dogwood Alliance and NRDC in the "Cut Carbon Not Forests Campaign."

    The campaign is intended to convince the UK to end more than £1 billion a year in government subsidies to biomass-fired power producers. A large portion of the biomass fuel used in the UK is sourced from forests in the Southeastern US then shipped to the UK -- Europe's largest user of biomass-fired electricity.

    "The UK classifies biomass electricity as a carbon-neutral fuel. It is anything but. Cutting live trees, shipping them thousands of miles across an ocean and then burning them to generate electricity both reduces forest capacity for carbon capture and releases more carbon pollution into the atmosphere. It is a lose-lose proposition for the environment and a definite contributor to climate change," according to the SELC release.

    Download Cut Carbon Not Forests campaign details HERE. (Source: Southern Environmental Law Center, PR, 22 June, 2020) Contact: SELC, David Carr, General Counsel , 434-977-4090, www.southernenvironment.org

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    Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Launched (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-07-20
    In Halifax, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines (NSDEM), along with program partners Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) are touting the recently launched Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Program aimed at helping building owners and operators reduce energy consumption and transition to the mandatory building energy labeling initiative announced by the federal government in the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

    The Nova Scotia pilot, which is funded by Natural Resources Canada and NSDEM, plans to enroll 25 buildings in year one, 150 in year two, and 200 in its third year.

    By using the free and secure web-based tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, owners of mixed-use, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings can discover the operational efficiencies of their properties, and benchmark against others in the sector to find ways to optimize energy and save money. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, July, 2020) Contact: Canada Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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    Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Program Launched (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-07-20
    New Nova Scotia energy benchmarking pilot to help building owners manage energy InIIiHalifax, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines (NSDEM), along with program partners Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) are touting their recently launched Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Program aimed at helping building owners and operators reduce energy consumption and transition to the mandatory building energy labeling initiative announced by the federal government in the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

    The Nova Scotia pilot is funded by Natural Resources Canada and NSDEM, supports building owners The Program plans to enroll 25 buildings in year one, 150 in year two, and 200 in year three.

    By using the free and secure web-based tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, owners of mixed-use, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings can discover the operational efficiencies of their properties, and benchmark against others in the sector to find ways to optimize and save money. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, July, 2020)

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    Oslo Bans Palm Oil Biofuels to Stop Deforestation (Int'l. Report)
    Palm Oil Biofuel
    Date: 2020-07-17
    In Oslo, the Norwegian Parliament has voted to ban the biofuels industry from purchasing and using unsustainably produced palm oil and palm oil related products that are directly or indirectly associated with deforestation and climate change.

    In September 2018, Greenpeace reported at least 25 palm oil exploiting companies -- Colgate-Palmolive , General Mills, Hershey, Kellogg's , Kraft Heinz, L'Oreal , Mars, Mondelez, Nestle , PepsiCo , Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever and others -- were to blame for the disappearance of 1,300 square kilometers of Indonesian jungle. (Source: The Swamp, Tewodros Kore News, 16 July, 2020)

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    Cook County Releases Climate Change, Clean Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
    Cook County Illinois
    Date: 2020-07-17
    In Illinois, Cook County has released its 100 pct renewables by 2030 Clean Energy Plan and achieving a 45pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and making County-owned facilities carbon neutral by 2050. To that end, the Plan calls for:
  • reducing carbon emissions through energy efficiency at County-owned buildings and maintaining the reductions through monitoring, education and other best practices;
  • renewing the County's electricity supply through on-site solar energy generation, procurement of renewable energy and energy storage; and
  • supporting the Clean Energy Plan action steps through policies such as new building standards for County facilities.

    The County has begun implementing elements of the Plan and already reduced its GHG emissions by roughly one-third since 2010, primarily through energy efficiency. Solar installations are being designed for county buildings and lighting and a comprehensive building automation system upgrades are underway.

    Download the Cook County Clean Energy Plan HERE. (Source: Cook County, IndiaPost, July, 2020) Contact: Cook County, Toni Preckwinkle, Pres., (312) 443-5500, www,cookcountyil.gov

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  • Global Methane Emissions Hit Record High (Ind. Report)
    Methane Emissions,Stanford University
    Date: 2020-07-17
    A report from Stanford University has found global methane emissions have risen to the highest levels on record. Between 2000 and 2017, levels of the potent greenhouse gas barreled up toward pathways that climate models suggest will lead to 3 -- 4 degrees Celsius of warming before the end of this century.

    In 2017, the last year when complete global methane data are available, the Earth's atmosphere absorbed nearly 600 million tons of methane which is 28 times more powerful than CO2 at trapping heat over a 100-year span.

    More than half of all methane emissions now come from human activities. Annual methane emissions are up 9 pct -- 50 million tpy -- from the early 2000s, when methane concentrations in the atmosphere were relatively stable. In terms of warming potential, adding this much extra methane to the atmosphere since 2000 is akin to putting 350 million more cars on the world's roads or doubling the total emissions of Germany or France.

    Throughout the study period, agriculture accounted for roughly two-thirds of all methane emissions related to human activities; fossil fuels contributed most of the remaining third. However, those two sources have contributed in roughly equal measure to the increases seen since the early 2000s.

    Methane emissions from agriculture rose to 227 million tons in 2017, up nearly 11 pct from the 2000 -- 2006 average. Methane from fossil fuel production and use reached 108 million tons in 2017, up nearly 15 pct from the earlier period.

    Methane emissions rose most sharply in Africa and the Middle East; China; and South Asia and Oceania, which includes Australia and many Pacific islands. Each of these three regions increased emissions by an estimated 10 to 15 million tpy during the study period. The U.S. followed close behind, increasing methane emissions by 4.5 million tons, mostly due to more natural gas drilling, distribution and consumption, the report notes. (Source: Stanford University News, 14 Jul, 2020) Contact: Stanford University, Rob Jackson, Department of Earth System Science, (650) 497-5841, rob.jackson@stanford.edu, www.stanford.edu

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