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Canadian Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 "Net-Painful" (Report Attached)
Canadian Net-Zero Advisory Body
Date: 2021-09-17
"A net-zero future will require structural changes and shifts to social, economic, and behavioural norms," according to a study from Canadian Net-Zero Advisory Body. The report recommends carbon budgets to help motivate Canadians to reach government-specified net-zero targets. Significant "degrowth"or "deep decarbonization" that would shrink both production and consumption, not just of hydrocarbons but of everything in Canadian's current lifestyle, seems to be the goal.

Download the Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 report HERE.

Download Net-Zero Pathways HERE. (Source: Canadian Net-Zero Advisory Body, Sept., 2021) Contact: Canadian Net-Zero Advisory Body, www.nzab2050.ca

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


GE Technology to Advance Norwegian Decarbonization (Int'l.)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-09-15
GE Renewable Energy's Grid Solutions business reports receipt of a contract from Oslo, Norway utility Elvia to deliver an SF6 free substation in Heggedal featuring GE's g3 gas, an alternative to Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) -- a potent greenhouse gas.

The project scope includes the design, engineering, delivery, erection and commissioning of six bays of GE's F-35-41g 145 kV g3 insulated switchgear and associated electrical balance of plant. This represents the delivery of one of the most digitally advanced gas-insulated substations (GIS) in the world, with a GE digital solution that includes low power instrument transformers (LPIT) and GE's BWatch, an online digital monitoring system.

A recent EU Commission report concluded that fluoronitrile-based gas mixtures -- such as g3 gas -- may be the only insulating and switching gas alternative to SF6 when space is a constraint. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: GE Grid Solutions, 678-844-6777, www.gegridsolutions.com/hvmv_equipment/catalog/g3; Elvia, www.elvia.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Jakarta Chops Norwegian Climate, Deforestation Pact (Int'l.)
Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative
Date: 2021-09-13
Following up on our July 13, 2021 coverage, In Jakarta, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry reports it has terminated its 2020 deal with Norway on cooperation to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation, due to lack of payment. The two countries have been cooperating on reducing deforestation, peatland and forest degradation and related climate change initiatives since 2010.

Norway offered a $56 million contribution to Indonesia, based on its 2016-2017 results on curbing deforestation under a United Nations-backed REDD+ forest-conservation scheme. . Apparently payment wasn't prompt enough for the Indonesians following its meeting of national greenhouse gas emission cuts by the equivalent of 11.2 million tonnes of carbon-dioxide emissions in the 2016-2017 period.

As previously reported, under the Paris climate agreement Indonesia committed to reduce carbon emission by 41 pct by 2030, with international assistance, and aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060.

The Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative noted it planned to continue supporting Indonesia's deforestation and other climate change mitigation efforts. (Source: Indonesian Foreign Ministry, 11 Sept., 2021) Contact: Indonesian Foreign Ministry, www.kemlu.go.id/portal/en; Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative, www.ndcpartnership.org/funding-and-initiatives-navigator/norways-international-climate-and-forest-initiative-nicfi ; Norway Minister of Climate and Environment, Sveinung Rotevatn, www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/kld/id66

More Low-Carbon Energy News Deforestation,  REDD+,  Climate Change,  Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative,  


Groundswell: Acting on Internal Climate Migration (World Bank Infographic Attached)
World Bank Group
Date: 2021-09-13
The World Bank report Groundswell: Acting on Internal Climate Migration projects that climate change could drive 216 million people to migrate within their own countries by 2050.

Hot-spots of internal migration could emerge as soon as 2030, spreading and intensifying thereafter. Immediate and concerted action to reduce global emissions and efforts to support green, inclusive, and resilient development could however reduce the scale of climate migration by as much as 80 pct.

Download the Groundswell: Acting on Internal Climate Migration HERE. (Source: World Bank, 13 Sept., 2021) Contact: World Bank, www.worldbank.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank news,  Climate Change news,  


100+ Taps Enexor to Mitigate Climate Change (Ind. Report)
Enexor Bioenergy,100+ Accelerator
Date: 2021-09-13
Franklin, Tenn.-based Enexor BioEnergy, LLC reports it has been selected by 100+ Accelerator for Climate Action for solutions to the world's environmental and social challenges.

Enexor BioEnergy's patented Bio-CHP technology provides on-site, renewable energy and carbon conversion solutions from organic and plastic waste by producing 24/7 continuous power and thermal energy for facilities and microgrids worldwide.

Sponsored by AB InBev, Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company, and Colgate-Palmolive, 100+ Accelerator selected 36 startups out of over 1,000 applicants from across the world to solve the sustainability challenges of their supply chains, with Enexor in their Climate Action category. (Source: Enexor Bioenergy, 13 Sept., 2021) Contact: 100+ Accelerator, www.100accelerator.com; Enexor BioEnergy, Lee Jestings, CEO, (615) 656-0762, info@enexor.com, www.enexor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News 100+ Accelerator,  Climate Change,  Enexor Bioenergy,  


Aspiring Canadian Prime Minister's Climate Change Promises (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change canada
Date: 2021-09-08
The sitting Liberal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, if returned to office, will keep the existing carbon tax in place for provinces without a plan of their own and allow it to continue to rise to $170 per tonne by 2030. It would also provide grants of up to $5,000 for home energy efficiency retrofits and interest-free loans of up to $40,000 for deep retrofits. The Liberals would also spend $700 million to add 50,000 new electric vehicle chargers and hydrogen stations. -- Liberal Party of Canada, www.liberal.ca

The Conservatives, led by Erin O'Toole are pledging to scrap the existing carbon tax and replace it with mandatory personal carbon savings accounts that Canadians pay into for their carbon use and then use those funds for environmentally friendly purchases. The charge for those personal carbon savings accounts would begin at $20 per tonne and rise to no higher than $50 per tonne. The Conservatives, if elected, would also require 30 pct of light-duty vehicles to be zero emission by 2030. -- Conservative Party of Canada, www.conservative.ca

NDP candidate Jagmeet Singh will, if elected, set a target of reducing Canada's emissions by at least 50 pct from 2005 levels by 2030 and kill any and all fossil fuel subsidies, including federal support for pipelines. -- NDP, www.ndp.ca

The federal election is on 20 September, 2021.

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


Keystone State Close to RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
Pennsylvania, RGGI
Date: 2021-09-03
Fpllpwing up on our 14th July coverage, in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) reports it has given the nod for state's entrance into Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) -- a collective of states aiming to reduce carbon emissions by placing a cap and restrictions on the amount of carbon emitted by power plants.

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: Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission, PR, City & State Pennsylvania, Sept., 2021) Contact: RGGI, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Pennsylvania RGGI,  


Energy Storage Notable Quote

Date: 2021-09-01
"Energy storage technology holds great promise in the fight against climate change. Strengthening current technology and advancing next-generation energy storage will allow us to integrate more renewables, such as wind and solar, which in turn will help to reduce emissions." -- U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R,Maine) July, 2021


Renewable Energy, Energy Storage Notable Quote
Energy STorage, Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-09-01
"Energy storage technology holds great promise in the fight against climate change. Strengthening current technology and advancing next-generation energy storage will allow us to integrate more renewables, such as wind and solar, which in turn will help to reduce emissions." -- U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R,Maine) July, 2021, www.collins.senate.gov/contact

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy STorage,  


Lenovo Stresses Climate Change, Mitigation Goals (Ind. Report)
Lenovo, SBTi
Date: 2021-09-01
In its annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based Lenovo Group reports it is committing to new goals in the areas of climate change mitigation, circular economy, energy efficiency and sustainable materials.

Lenovo is committing to achieving 50 pct improvement in energy efficiency for desktops and servers and 30 pct for notebooks and Motorola products by FY 2029/30. The company also aims to purchase 90 pct of electricity from renewable energy sources and remove one million tons of GHG emissions from its supply chain by FY 2025/26.

These goals further support its 2030 science-based targets, which include reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50 pct and decreasing emissions intensity throughout the products, suppliers and transportation value chain by 25 pct .

The company notes it is exploring a path to net-zero targets after being selected by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to road test science-based methodology for achieving net-zero emissions.

This is Lenovo's 15th annual ESG Report, covering the Fiscal Year 2020/21 (April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021). Download Lenovo’s ESG Report HERE . (Source: Lenova, PR, 30 Aug., 2021) Contact: Lenova, www.lenovo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  Climate Change Mitigation news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  SBTi news,  


Aussie GBC Promotes Home Green Star Energy Standard (Int'l. )
Australian Green Building Council
Date: 2021-09-01
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Green Building Council (GBCA) is touting a new Green Star Home Standard certification system that it says could cut residential energy bills by up to 75 pct.

The certification system, the world's first mass-market residential climate-positive certification, will see new homes throughout Australia constructed to withstand the effects of climate change with: solar power systems; water and energy efficiency features mitigating a number of potential emission or toxicity issues; smarter HVAC; energy efficient appliances: LED lighting; increased insulation and ventilation, all of which help drive down energy costs. The GBCA is presently collaborating with the Federal Government to usher the system into the current National Construction Code which presently only accounts for insulation levels.

Download Green Star Home Standard certification system details HERE . (Source: Green Building Council of Australia, PR, 31 Aug., 2021) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Davina Rooney, CEO, www.gbca.org.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australian Green Building Council news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


Mumbai Int'l. Airport Lands Energy Efficiency Award (Int'l.)
Mumbai International Airport
Date: 2021-09-01
In India, Mumbai International Airport reports receipt of the Confederation of India Energy Efficient Unit Award for Excellence in Energy Management 2021. The award lauds the airport for its sustainable and green initiatives, most importantly in assessing the reduction in specific energy consumption, innovation in identifying and implementing energy-saving projects, green supply chain, waste management, GHG Emission and climate change initiatives.

The Airport's initiatives include: a carbon management system, carbon neutrality, renewable energy installations, wastewater recycling and an effective waste management system enhancement in renewable energy capacity, and others that have delivered a 35 pct reduction in energy consumption and the reduction of 31,581 units (tCO2e) of GHG Emissions.

Mumbai International Airport is an ISO 50001:2018 Energy Management System certified company committed to continuous reduction in energy consumption and carbon footprint through various initiatives. The airport is also the only in airport in India to publish the Sustainability Report as per the latest GRI Standards and the first platinum-rated Indian airport within the Existing Building (O&M) Rating System for its environmentally sustainable profile. In addition, the airport also owns an Organic Waste Converter (OWC) project with a solar capacity of 5kWp for providing green power for its operations. (Source: Mumbai International Airport, International Airport Review, 1 Sept., 2021) Contact: Mumbai International Airport, www.csmia.adaniairports.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mumbai International Airport news,  


£4Mn Funding to Boost UK Biomass Production (int'l.)
Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2021-08-30
In the UK, the the government's Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme is reporting £4 million funding to 24 projects to boost domestinc production of biomass that can be used as sources of green energy. Individual projects my be awarded up to £200,000 from the total £4 million funding.

The 24 innovative projects, from start-ups and family-run businesses to research institutes and universities, will receive funding to produce low-carbon energy using organic materials. The projects will boost biomass productivity in the UK, through breeding, planting, cultivating and harvesting of organic energy materials.

Biomass -- non-food energy crops such as grasses and hemp, forestry wastes and marine-based materials such as algae and seaweed -- is backed by the UK's independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and is a small but important part of the renewable energy mix the UK requires to meet its climate change goals.

The Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme is funded through the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Business News Wales, 26 Aug., 2021) UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_for_Business,_Energy_and_Industrial_Strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Committee on Climate Change,  


China Reforestation, Climate Change Plan Touted (Int'l.)
China National Forestry and Grassland Administration
Date: 2021-08-25
In Beijing, the China National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA) is reporting plans to plant 500 million mu (about 33.33 million hectares) of forests and grasslands in the next five years to help the country achieve its commitment to peaking carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, as forests and grasslands are important carbon sinks that absorb and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The plan calls for planting 54 million trees and 46 million mu of grass each year over the next five years to increase the country's forest coverage rate to 24.1 pct and its grassland vegetation coverage to 57 pct by 2025, as outlined in the country's 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) on the protection and development of forests and grasslands. The country also aims to raise its forest stock volume to 19 billion cubic meters by the end of 2025, an increase of 1.4 billion cubic meters from last year.

China's forest carbon reserves have hit 9.2 billion tonnes, with an average annual increase of over 200 million tonnes over the past five years -- equivalent to a carbon sink of 700 million to 800 million tonnes, according to NFGA data. (Source: China National Forestry and Grassland Administration, Website PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: China National Forestry and Grassland Administration, www.iucn.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Reforestation,  Climate Change,  Carbon Sink,  Cargon Emissions,  ,  


Drivers of Change for Local GHG Emissions Toolkit (Report Attached)
US DOE
Date: 2021-08-25
The City of Bellevue Washington and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) have developed a toolkit to give cities more detail on what is driving changes in local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from year to year. Supported by a financial assistance award from the Department of Energy Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning project.

the toolkit allows cities to attribute changes between two inventories to the impacts of policies and programs along with external drivers, such as growth or decline in the level of economic activity and changes to weather. This analysis will support policy-makers to better communicate about their progress and refine their policy approaches.

Download the Drivers of Change Analysis HERE. Download the toolkit HERE. (Source: US DOE EERE,Aug., 2021) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere; ICLEI-USA, www.icleiusa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  


China Industrial Bank Grants First Carbon Sink Loan (Int'l.)
Industrial Bank C.
Date: 2021-08-23
China's Industrial Bank Co., Ltd reports the issuance of a carbon sink loan totaling roughly $2.77 million to an unnamed company managing coastal wetlands in Jiaozhou Bay in east China's Shandong Province. The loan proceeds will be used for purchasing and planting crops with higher carbon uptake capacity on wetland for ecological conservation, according to the bank.

The issuance of the loan took into account an overall analysis on the wetland's carbon sequestration capacity as a fundamental factor, and the loan amount was based on the transaction prices in the national carbon market, with the wetland's long-term income from carbon trading as collateral, the bank noted.

China previously announced it will strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: China.org,, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: Industrial Bank Co., Ltd., www.cib.com.cn/en

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


Hottest Month Ever Recorded, by the Numbers (Ind. Report)
NOAA
Date: 2021-08-16
Following up on our 9th June report, according to new global data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information, July 2021 has earned the unenviable distinction as the world's hottest month ever recorded!

  • Around the globe -- The combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 1.67 degrees F (0.93 of a degree C) above the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees F (15.8 degrees C), making it the hottest July since records began 142 years ago. It was 0.02 of a degree F (0.01 of a degree C) higher than the previous record set in July 2016, which was then tied in 2019 and 2020.

  • The Northern Hemisphere -- The land-surface only temperature was the highest ever recorded for July, at an unprecedented 2.77 degrees F (1.54 degrees C) above average, surpassing the previous record set in 2012.

  • Regional records -- Asia had its hottest July on record, besting the previous record set in 2010; Europe had its second-hottest July on record-tying with July 2010 and trailing behind July 2018; and North America, South America, Africa and Oceania all had a top-10 warmest July.

  • Extreme heat and global climate change -- With last month's data, it remains very likely that 2021 will rank among the world's 10-warmest years on record, according to NCEI's Global Annual Temperature Rankings Outlook. Extreme heat detailed in NOAA's monthly NCEI reports is also a reflection of the long-term changes outlined in a major report released this week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change offsite link.

    "Scientists from across the globe delivered the most up-to-date assessment of the ways in which the climate is changing. It is a sobering IPCC report that finds that human influence is, unequivocally, causing climate change, and it confirms the impacts are widespread and rapidly intensifying," according to NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. (Source: NOAA, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: NOAA, Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., Administrator, www.noaa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NOAA,  Climate Change,  


  • Blue Hydrogen Found Worse for Climate than Fossil Fuels (Alt. Fuel)
    Cornell
    Date: 2021-08-16
    Blue hydrogen, an energy source that involves obtaining hydrogen by using methane in natural gas, is usually described as a "low-carbon option for generating electricity, powering vehicles, and even heating buildings." But researchers from Stanford and Cornell universities found that blue hydrogen's carbon footprint is more than 20 pct greater than that generated by natural gas or coal and around 60 pct higher than burning diesel oil for heat and causes more harm to the climate than conventional fossil fuels

    "Blue hydrogen provides no benefit. We suggest that blue hydrogen is best viewed as a distraction, something than may delay needed action to truly decarbonize the global energy economy, in the same way that has been described for shale gas as a bridge fuel and for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in general."

    "In the past, no effort was made to capture the carbon dioxide byproduct of gray hydrogen, and the greenhouse gas emissions have been huge. Now the industry promotes blue hydrogen as a solution, an approach that still uses the methane from natural gas, while attempting to capture the byproduct CO2", study co-author Robert Howarth noted.

    The vast majority of hydrogen (96 pct) is generated from fossil fuels, particularly from steam methane reforming (SMR) of natural gas, but also from coal gasification. In SMR, heat, and pressure are used to convert the methane in natural gas to hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The hydrogen so produced is often referred to as "gray hydrogen" -- this type is responsible for 6 pct of all-natural gas consumption globally, the study notes.

    Blue hydrogen is produced using the same reforming process that is used to create other types of hydrogen, but the CO2 that would ordinarily be released is captured and stored underground. As of 2021, there were only two blue-hydrogen facilities globally that used natural gas to produce hydrogen on a commercial scale, according to the study.

    The full study is available HERE. (Source: Cornell University, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Cornell University, Robert Howarth, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, (607) 255-6175, howarth@cornell.edu, www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel. Climate Change,  


    JCI, Apollo Offering Bldg. Energy Efficiency Services (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2021-08-13
    Cork, Ireland-headquartered "smart" and sustainable building specialist Johnson Controls and funds managed by affiliates of New York-based Apollo Global Management, Inc., a global alternative asset manager, are reporting a partnership to provide turn-key sustainability and energy efficiency services at no up-front cost to help U.S and Canadian customers address building decarbonization and cut operating costs.

    The sustainability services will leverage Johnson Controls' energy efficiency performance contracting, along with its OpenBlue smart buildings technology and services, including the recently launched OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings as a Service. Apollo brings its infrastructure expertise and fund capital to offer customers flexible solutions to meet their energy savings and decarbonization objectives.

    The venture targets a range of efficiency offerings tailored to schools, campuses, data centers, healthcare facilities as well as commercial and industry facilities, as more customers look to meet environmental standards to combat climate change and reach their carbon neutrality goals. The partnership provides a new strategic option for addressing the North American segment of the estimated $240 billion global market1 for decarbonization retrofit and services over the next decade, according to the release.

    Download Johnson Controls recent survey on Net Zero buildings as a service offerings HERE (Source: Johnson Controls International plc, PR, 12 Aug., 2021) Contact: Johnson Controls, +41 52 6330374 Antonella Franzen, IR, 609.720.4665, antonella.franzen@jci.com, www.johnsoncontrols.com; APOLLO, Peter Mintzberg, Inv. Relations, (212) 822-0528 APOInvestorRelations@apollo.com , www.apollo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls news,  Energy Efficiency news,   news,  


    "Act NOW, You Idiots" -- Aussie Green Groups Respond to IPCC Climate Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    IPCC
    Date: 2021-08-11
    "No more excuses and no more delays on climate change. This is decision time for every political and business leader in Australia. This is the issue on which you will be judged by history and by the children of Australia, whose futures are on the line.

    "The IPCC Working Group 1 report makes it clear that we are out of control and accelerating towards disaster. Only if we make deep, rapid emissions cuts including the complete phase out of climate-destroying coal, oil and gas do we have a chance of making it to a safer, habitable future powered by clean energy. We could have made emissions cuts decades ago that would have put us on a path to a safer future, but this was blocked by the vested interests of coal, oil and gas and the politicians who have subsidized and protected these big polluters." -- David Ritter, CEO, Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

    The Australian Greens political party noted the IPCC report made it clear the Australian government's current target of reducing emissions by 26 pct -- 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 were "a death sentence" and "amounts to criminal negligence" and called on the government to double or even triple its target.

    "Exceeding 1.5 degrees of warming means that we will lose the Great Barrier Reef, have widespread and sustained drought, more extreme weather events, and catastrophic bush fires will become the norm. The rest of the world understands that if we don't do more by 2030, we all go over the climate cliff," the Green Party warned.

    Not to worry! The the Australian Minister for Energy & Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, noted the (Australian) government remains committed to achieving net zero emissions "as soon as possible -- preferably by 2050." (Source: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Various Media, upstream, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, www.greenpeace.org.au

    Editor's Note --Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently abandoned planned legislation that would enforce a 26 pct cut in Australia's carbon emissions as agreed in the 2015 Paris Climate accord. The Prime Minister is now planning to control emissions with new regulations rather than legislation.

    The 2015 Paris Agreement was "reluctantly" signed by former Aussie PM Tony Abbott who is best remembered for his colorful description of climate change science as "a load of crap!"

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  Climate Change,  Australia Climate Change,  


    IPCC Issues Dire Climate Change Report (Editorials & Asides)
    IPCC
    Date: 2021-08-11
    The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report addresses the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change.

    The assessment, after considering the latest advances in climate science and multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations, warns dangerous global warming of 1.5C to 2C will be exceeded before the end of the century unless deep cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions are made.

    The IPCC was created to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments on climate change, its implications and potential future risks, and to identify adaptation and mitigation options.

    The IPCC does not conduct its own research. IPCC reports are neutral, policy-relevant but not policy-prescriptive and are a key input into the international negotiations to tackle climate change.

    Download The Technical Summary (TS), the full Report Chapters, the Annexes and the Supplementary Materials which remain subject to revisions following the SPM approval HERE. (Source: IPCC, 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  Climate Change,  


    Denmark Touts Agriculture Climate Action Plan (Int'l.)
    Denmark Food and Agriculture Council
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Copenhagen, the Danish government is touting its recently released Danish Climate Action Plan for Agriculture.

    The plan, which includes a €100 million public investment in research and innovation for biogas fuels and other related technologies, includes a partial ban on farming on peat soil, through which carbon is being released, and a 7.1-million-ton reduction in CO2e emissions from agriculture. Under the plan, five million tons of CO2 is to be cut via new technologies such as pyrolysis that can convert livestock manure and straw into sustainable fuel.

    Existing methods such as afforestation, and removing from production at least 88,500 hectares of lowland soils with the most climate-damaging emissions, and converting them to their natural state, expected to cut 1.6 million tpy of CO2. .

    The government also aims to reduce nitrogen emissions from agriculture by 10,400 tons by 2027, increase support for organic agriculture and use EU funds to ensure a green transition within the agricultural sector. (Source: Denmark Food and Agriculture Council, Irish Examiner, 7 Aug., 2021) Contact: Denmark Food and Agriculture Council, Niels Peter Norring, Climate Director, www. agricultureandfood.dk

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


    Province, Feds Invest in Newfoundland Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    Newfoundland Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
    Date: 2021-08-04
    In Atlantic Canada, the Newfoundland Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is reporting a cost-shared funding more than $1 million for Efficiency and Fuel Switching projects for the Bruce II Sports Complex and Ralph Bennett Memorial Fire Hall in Channel- Port aux Basques.

    The funding will be used for heat pump system HVAC improvements, installation of energy star rated glazing, air sealing and lighting retrofits at the Bruce II Sports Complex. The Ralph Bennett Memorial Fire Hall will be switched from oil to electricity, with installation of insulation and more efficient windows and doors.

    The Town of Channel-Port aux Basques is receiving $490,000 from the Federal Government and $408,292 from the Provincial Climate Change Challenge Fund with the town contributing $326,707 in support of the project for the Bruce II Sports Complex. Funding of $58,631 is being provided by the Federal Government, along with $48,854 from the Provincial Climate Change Challenge Fund toward the Ralph Bennet Memorial Fire Hall project, with the Town contributing $39,092 in support of the project.

    The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador's Climate Change Challenge Fund is a competitive grant-based program to fund greenhouse gas reduction projects and supports capital projects that lower greenhouse gas emissions. Funding is available to organizations across commercial, municipal, not-for-profit sectors and, Indigenous governments and organizations. (Source: Gov. of Newfoundland and Labrador, PR, 2 Aug., 2021) Contact: Newfoundland Environment and Climate Change Ministry, Lynn Robinson, 709-729-5449, 691-9446, lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca, www.gov.nl.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Israel Aims to Cut GHGs by 27 pct by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Isreal Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In Tel Aviv, the Israel Environmental Protection Ministry has submitted updated targets for cuts to Israel's global warming gas (GHG) emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

    The targets commit the state to slashing economy-wide net global warming gas (GHG) emissions by 27 pct by 2030 and 85 pct by 2050, relative to 2015. In quantitative terms, this means cutting emissions from 79 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2015 to 58 MtCO2e by 2030 and to 12 MtCO2e by 2050.

    In terms of Israel's submission, the gases comprise carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

    Specifically, electric power generation GHG emissions will be cut by 30 pct by 2030, compared with 2015, and by 85 pct in 2050. Industry will be expected to cut emissions 30 pct or more by 2030, compared with 2015. In transportation, all new municipal buses will have to be electric by 2026 and total emission increases from transportation will be capped at 3.3 pct in 2030 compared with 2015. By 2050, they will be at least 96 pct less than those of 2015. Furthermore, all cars weighing up to 3.5 tons that are registered in 2030 will have to emit no more than 5 pct of the average global warming gases emitted by similar-sized vehicles registered in 2020. (Source: Israel Environmental Protection Ministry, PR, Times of Israel, 1 Aug., 2021) Contact: Israel Environmental Protection Ministry, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_environmental_protection/govil-landing-pag

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Isreal Carbon Emissions,  UNFCCC,  


    "Dear Mr. President, RFA Commits to Low-Carbon Fuel Performance Goals" (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In a recent letter to U.S. President Joe Biden, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) wrote: "As members of the RFA we share your vision for decarbonizing the transportation fuels sector and applaud your commitment to addressing climate change. We support your goals of achieving a 50 pct reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.

    "Low-carbon renewable fuels like ethanol are already helping our nation confront climate change by significantly reducing GHG emissions from the transportation sector. In fact, since 2008, the use of ethanol and other renewable fuels in the U.S. prevented nearly 1 billion metric tons of GHG from entering the atmosphere.

    "Today's ethanol already reduces GHG emissions by 52 pct, on average, when compared directly to gasoline. Furthermore, many of us (RFA members) are already producing advanced and cellulosic ethanol that is certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as providing a 65-75 pct GHG reduction compared to gasoline. But given the urgency of the climate crisis and the need to reasonably decarbonize, the RFA are committing today to the pursuit of the following carbon performance goals:

  • By 2030, ensure that ethanol reduces GHG emissions by at least 70 pct, on average, when compared directly to gasoline. This equates to a 33 pct reduction in ethanol's average carbon footprint from 45 grams CO2-equivalent per megajoule (g/MJ) today to about 30 g/MJ by 2030.

  • By 2050, ensure that ethanol achieves net zero lifecycle GHG emissions, on average. As ethanol producers continue to adopt carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) and other low- and no-carbon technologies between 2030 and 2050, U.S. ethanol can achieve net carbon neutrality, on average, by mid-century or even sooner.

    "Ethanol's carbon footprint continues to shrink rapidly, as new technology and innovation have improved the efficiency of the entire production process. In fact, a recent study by DOE scientists found that ethanol's carbon footprint shrunk by 23 percent between 2005 and 2019. While we are proud of these advances in efficiency and sustainability, many opportunities exist to deliver even greater GHG reductions in the near term," the letter noted. (Source: RFA, PR, 27 July, 2021) Contact: RFA, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association news,  GHG Emissions news,  CCUS news,  Ethanol Low-Carbon Fuel news,  


  • Canada Invests in Prairie Preservation, CO2 Storage (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-07-30
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced more than $25 million in funding from the Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund in 2021--2022 to conserve, restore, and enhance critical wetlands and grasslands, protect biodiversity and sequester carbon. The funding recipients include:
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada will receive up to $19.28 million over three years for projects to conserve and restore wetland and grassland habitats in the Prairies, including the restoration of croplands to grasslands. These lands will capture and store carbon, while providing a range of other ecological benefits.

  • Nature Conservancy of Canada will receive up to $4.05 million over three years for projects to retain and restore carbon stocks by conserving, restoring, and enhancing management of Prairie grasslands and wetlands; and

  • Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation will receive up to $2.4 million over three years for projects to conserve, restore, and enhance management of threatened grasslands and wetlands in order to store carbon while providing a range of other benefits for local communities in the agricultural zone of southwestern Manitoba, including improving water quality and supporting wildlife habitat.

    Collectively, these projects are projected to conserve up to 30,000 hectares; restore up to 6,000 hectares; and contribute to the enhanced management of up to 18,000 hectares of wetlands, grasslands, and riparian areas.

    The Government of Canada is investing $4 billion over the next ten years (2021--2031) in the Natural Climate Solutions Fund, which supports activities to build a more resilient economy and a healthier, greener future. Activities include: 2 Billion Trees Commitment, led by Natural Resources Canada ($3.19 billion); Nature Smart Climate Solutions, led by Environment and Climate Change Canada ($631 million); and Agricultural Climate Solutions, led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada ($185 million). (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, PR, 23 July, 2021) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change

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  • Carbon Tax Notable Quote
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2021-07-30
    "I think it's (carbon tax) not a bad thing. We know that there is a huge economic cost to greenhouse gas emissions, which comes home at some point in time, not immediately; but it could come later, a year later, a decade later, but these are the externalities. So I think we need to recognize that climate change is a result of unmanaged externalities."

    "Carbon markets and carbon taxes are two sides of the same coin in the sense that these are alternative ways of ensuring that polluters pay and carbon is a form of pollution." -- Pavan Sukhdev , WWF International, Pres.; Deutsche Bank, Former Managing Director

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    Norfolk Southern Touts GHG Emissions Reduction Plan (Ind. Report)
    Norfolk Southern Railway
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Atlanta-headquartered Norfolk Southern Railway reports it plans to cut scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 43 pct from a 2019 base year by 2034. The rail carrier's target has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and aligns with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

    Locomotive fuel accounts for over 90 pct of the railroad's carbon emissions. Norfolk Southern set a fuel-efficiency goal as part of its 2015 strategic plan, targeting an 8.6 pct improvement by 2020. The company exceeded that goal with a 9.4 pct improvement, which resulted in savings of more than 130 million gallons of diesel fuel and avoidance of approximately 1.3 million metric tonnes of emissions, according to the release. Norfolk Southern is making significant efforts to lower GHG emissions across the company, including:

  • $500 million of green bonds were recently issued by the company to fund eligible green projects. Norfolk Southern was the first Class I railroad in North America to launch green bond financing.

  • More than 700 locomotives were retired by the company in 2020, targeting older, less fuel-efficient models. Through precision scheduled railroading, the company has achieved operating efficiencies which allow for the movement of more freight with fewer locomotives, reducing fuel burn.

  • A company locomotive modernisation programme is converting older DC traction models to more reliable and efficient AC units, and quipping locomotives with smart energy management technology for increased fuel efficiency

  • An innovative public-private partnership program to recycle older locomotives into low-emission 'Eco' models is reducing emissions in urban communities on our rail network and enabling them to meet their Clean Air Act obligations.

  • An initiative to replace diesel-powered overhead cranes with hybrid and fully electric cranes at company intermodal facilities is projected to reduce emissions at those facilities by approximately 75 pct. (Source: Norfolk Southern Railway, PR, July, 2021) Contact{ Norfolk Southern Railway, www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/contact-us.html

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  • New Forest Scores £100,000 Climate Change Grant (Int'l.)
    UK National Park Authority
    Date: 2021-07-28
    In Hampshire, UK the New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) reports receipt of £100,000 in grant funding to help it investigate ways of combating climate change.

    The NPA is working in partnership with London-based Palladium Group, a global company specializing in identifying new ways to help the environment, to develop a pilot project that aims to encourage the private sector to invest in nature-based solutions. A scheme will identify areas where arable farmland and low-quality grassland could be turned into woodlands and wetlands to capture carbon. (Source: New Forest National Park Authority, Daily Echo, 26 July, 2021) Contact: New Forest National Park Authority, www.newforestnpa.gov.uk; Palladium Group, +44 20 7250 0556, www.thepalladiumgroup.com

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    Canadian Pacific Railway Releases Climate Strategy (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Pacific Railway , Science Based Targets
    Date: 2021-07-26
    Calgary, Alberta-headquartered Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has published its first comprehensive Climate Strategy outlining the railroad giant's plan to drive innovative climate action and a measured response to emerging climate-related risks impacting the rail sector. The Climate Strategy outlines CP's objectives: establishing a clear understanding of climate-related risk and opportunities ; reducing the 140 year-old company's carbon footprint; adapting operations to the physical risks of climate change; integrating climate factors across the business and engaging with stakeholders on climate action.

    To guide implementation of the Climate Strategy, CP has established two science-based emissions reduction targets that address 100 pct of CP's Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, and more than half of Scope 3 emissions. CP commits to reducing Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions intensity of its locomotives -- the company's largest source of emissions -- by in excess of 38 pct by 2030. CP also commits to reducing absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions from non-locomotive operations by in excess of 27 pct t by 2030. These targets are based on the most current methodology available to the transportation sector through the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

    CP has already taken significant steps to reduce GHG emissions, including installing a large solar farm at its Calgary corporate campus capable of generating more power than consumed annually by the main headquarters building. CP has also initiated a pioneering hydrogen locomotive program, and is currently building a hydrogen-powered locomotive using fuel cells and batteries to power the locomotives' electric traction motors. This initiative is important to generate critical industry knowledge and experience that will inform future development while supporting CP's emissions reduction targets.

    CP participates in leading sustainability disclosure frameworks including CDP, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Aligned with these frameworks, CP will continue to disclose annual emissions, management practices and ongoing energy efficiency initiatives, and commencing in 2022 will report to its shareholders on its progress on the Climate Strategy.

    In other railroad emissions and climate news, Norfolk, Virginia-based railroad Norfolk Southern Corp. has announced its science-based target to achieve a 42 pct reduction in scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2034 from a 2019 base year.

    Norfolk Southern's emissions reduction target has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and aligns with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Validation from the SBTi -- a joint initiative of CDP, UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute, and World Wide Fund for Nature -- confirms the company's target is consistent with reductions required to keep warming to well-below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels. (Source: Canadian Pacific Railway, PR, 26 July, 2021) Contact: CP, Keith Creel, Pres., CEO, 888-333-6370, www.cpr.ca

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    Ireland Marine Institute to Study Blue Carbon (Int'l. Report)
    Irish Marine Institute
    Date: 2021-07-23
    The Government of Ireland has tasked the Marine Institute -- the State agency responsible for marine research and innovation -- to undertake a collaborative research initiative aimed at investigating the climate-change mitigation potential of blue carbon and working towards creating an inventory that will assist the EU in meeting Ireland's climate-change objectives. Funding of up to €1.6 million has been earmarked for the project to run from 2021 to 2026.

    The absorption and storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the world's oceans and coastal regions has been identified as one of the ways in which marine ecosystems can reduce the impacts of climate change. Launched in June 2020, Ireland's Programme for Government recognized the "the enormous blue carbon potential that the ocean has to offer in tackling climate change."

    In preparation for the research programme, the Marine Institute commissioned Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration in Irish Waters and Coastal Habitats, a synthesis report to review existing knowledge on blue carbon habitats and their role as carbon sinks in Ireland.

    Download the Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration report HERE. (Source: Marine Institute, PR, Afloat.ie, July , 2021) Contact: Irish Marine Institute, www.oar.marine.ie

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    UK CCUS Sector Eyes £41Bn Investment by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Capture and Storage Association
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In the UK, a report from the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) is projecting expenditure on UK carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects -- including hydrogen production and greenhouse gas removal -- is set to surge over the coming decade in response to UK climate targets, including the recently adopted goal to slash emissions 78 pct against 1990 levels by 2035.

    According to the CCSA, CCUS investment in the UK could reach £41 billion by 2030, opening up a huge opportunity to rapidly develop a strong domestic supply chain that can support UK jobs and economic growth to support domestic companies and develop a supply chain that supports manufacturing of related products and goods. Around 85 pct of the expected £41 billion expenditure over the next decade is estimated to focus on onshore power generation, industrial capture, and hydrogen production plants, according to the report.

    A strong domestic supply chain for the CCUS industry would deliver significant benefits for regional economies in the UK's industrial heartlands, where a number of zero carbon cluster projects are currently being pursued bringing together heavy industrial, CCUS, and hydrogen production sites, the report notes. CCSA urges sector to seize opportunity to build up domestic supply chain in support of growing CCUS pipeline. (Source: CCSA, BusinessGreen, 22 July, 2021) Contact: CCSA, Olivia Powis, Uk Office, +44 (0) 20 3031 8750 info@ccsassociation.org, www.ccsassociation.org

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    Alliant Energy Touts 1,000,000 Tree Planting Plan (Ind. Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In its recently released 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report, Madison, Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy noted it will plant 1 million trees across its service area -- Wisconsin and Iowa -- as part of efforts to promote sustainability and transition to clean energy. The utility would be the state's first corporate partner to help Wisconsin fulfill its pledge of planting millions of trees in the next decade to help address climate change.

    Alliant noted the cost of the planting project has not yet been determined but would be funded by shareholders, not ratepayers.

    To date this year, the state of Wisconsin has planted 4.8 million seedlings in rural areas and 42,000 seedlings in urban areas as part of its plan to plant 75 million trees to store almost 29 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 50 years. One million mature trees can store an estimated 500,000 tpy of carbon dioxide . (Source: Alliant, PR, WPR, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Alliant, Jeff Hanson, Dir. Environmental Services and Corporate Sustainability, (608) 458-3956, www.alliantenergy.com

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    EIT Climate-KIC Carbon Removal Program Supported (Int'l .Report)
    Carbon Removal
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In Germany, Munich RE insurance group, in partnership with EIT Climate-KIC, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), report it is supporting the newly launched EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator program to remove CO2 form the air.

    The carbon removal programme supports technological and nature-based solutions such as afforestation, direct air capture, biochar, and bioenergy-based carbon capture and storage (CCS). Under the program, selected start-ups will receive training, finance, mentorship, and access to networks.

    According to the release, the EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator programme for climate entrepreneurs connects start-ups with cleantech industry experts and accelerates climate positive solutions. (Source: EIT Climate-KIC, 20 July, 2021) Contact: EIT Climate-KIC, Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, climaccelerator.climate-kic.org; Munich Re, Silke Jolowicz, Head of Sustainability, www.munichre.com; ERGO, www.ergo.com; ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch

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    Climate Change Quote from WMO CEO
    World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2021-07-21
    "We have always had extreme weather events, but because of climate change, we have started seeing them more often and they are more intense. Without climate change, we wouldn't have observed such high temperatures in western parts of Canada and the US, so that's a clear indication of climate change."

    "Climate change will anyhow continue for the coming decades. If we are successful with climate mitigation, we could stop this negative trend in the 2060s. Until then we will see a growing amount of natural disasters and a growing amount of this kind of weather extremes and also more human losses and more economic losses than before. That means that we have to also adapt to climate change, the most important thing is to mitigate climate change, to stop using fossil fuels and also pay attention to our diet."

    "The key is that we have to start acting now, we cannot wait for the coming decades,." -- Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General, Contact: World Meteorological Organization, public.wmo.int/en

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    Ottawa Program to Help Mitigate Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In Ottawa. the Canadian Government Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities reports it is making further investments to construct, rehabilitate and expand critical public infrastructure susceptible to failures from natural hazards, extreme weather and climate change.

    To that end, the Ministry has launched a new funding intake for the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) inviting Canada-wide communities to submit projects that will protect and strengthen their communities against environmental impacts of natural hazards and extreme weather events when considering current and potential future climate change impacts.

    The DMAF was launched in 2018 as a $2 billion, 10-year program to help communities build the infrastructure they need to better withstand natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, earthquakes and droughts. Budget 2021 provided the DMAF with an additional $1.375 billion over 12 years. To date, over $1.9 billion has been announced through the DMAF for 69 large-scale infrastructure projects that will help protect communities across the country from the threats of climate change, according to the release. (Source: Infrastructure Canada, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Infrastructure Canada, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities , Emelyana Titarenko, 613-960-9251, www.infrastructure.gc.ca; Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund; www.infrastructure.gc.ca/dmaf-faac/index-eng.html

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    Am. Airlines Commits to SMTi to Cut GHG Emissions (Ind. Report)
    American Airlines
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Dallas-headquartered American Airlines reports it is committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net-zero emissions by 2050, and align its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degree Celsius, and bring additional accountability to its approach to addressing climate change.

    American is the first airline in North America to begin the validation process with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). In doing so, American is committing to develop a 2035 emissions reduction target that will be reviewed by the SBTi to confirm its consistency with the latest climate science.

    By committing to SBTi, the air carrier becomes a signatory to the Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees C campaign and joins the UN-backed Race To Zero to rally support for a zero-carbon economy from businesses, cities, investors and other non-state actors. (Source: American Airlines, PR, AJOT, 16 July, 2021)Contact: American Airlines, www.headquarterscontacts.com/american-airlines; Science Based Targets, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

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    EC European Green Deal -- "Fit for 55" -- Proposes Massive Transformation to Meet Climate Change Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
    European Green Deal
    Date: 2021-07-16
    On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (EC) announced the adoption of a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55), compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform our economy and society for a fair, green and prosperous future. The following proposals will enable the necessary acceleration of greenhouse gas emission reductions in the next decade:

  • The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) puts a price on carbon and lowers the cap on emissions from certain economic sectors every year. It has successfully brought down emissions from power generation and energy-intensive industries by 42.8 pct in the past 16 years. The EC is proposing to lower the overall emission cap even further and increase its annual rate of reduction and to phase out free emission allowances for aviation and align with the global Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and to include shipping emissions for the first time in the EU ETS.

    To complement the substantial spending on climate in the EU budget, Member States should spend the entirety of their emissions trading revenues on climate and energy-related projects. A dedicated part of the revenues from the new system for road transport and buildings should address the possible social impact on vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.

  • The Effort Sharing Regulation assigns strengthened emissions reduction targets to each Member State for buildings, road and domestic maritime transport, agriculture, waste and small industries. Recognizing the different starting points and capacities of each Member State, these targets are based on their GDP per capita, with adjustments made to take cost efficiency into account.

  • Member States also share responsibility for removing carbon from the atmosphere, so the Regulation on Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture sets an overall EU target for carbon removals by natural sinks, equivalent to 310 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030. National targets will require Member States to care for and expand their carbon sinks to meet this target. By 2035, the EU should aim to reach climate neutrality in the land use, forestry and agriculture sectors, including also agricultural non-CO2 emissions, such as those from fertilizer use and livestock. The EU Forest Strategy aims to improve the quality, quantity and resilience of EU forests. It supports foresters and the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030.

  • Energy production and use accounts for 75 pct of EU emissions, so accelerating the transition to a greener energy system is crucial. The Renewable Energy Directive will set an increased target to produce 40 pct of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. All Member States will contribute to this goal, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

  • To reduce overall energy use, cut emissions and tackle energy poverty, the Energy Efficiency Directive will set a more ambitious binding annual target for reducing energy use at EU level. It will guide how national contributions are established and almost double the annual energy saving obligation for Member States. The public sector will be required to renovate 3 pct of its buildings each year to drive the renovation wave, create jobs and bring down energy use and costs to the taxpayer.

  • A combination of measures is required to tackle rising emissions in road transport to complement emissions trading. Stronger CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans will accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility by requiring average emissions of new cars to come down by 55 pct from 2030 and 100 pct from 2035 compared to 2021 levels. As a result, all new cars registered as of 2035 will be zero-emission. To ensure that drivers are able to charge or fuel their vehicles at a reliable network across Europe, the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation will require Member States to expand charging capacity in line with zero-emission car sales, and to install charging and fuelling points at regular intervals on major highways: every 60 kilometres for electric charging and every 150 kilometres for hydrogen refuelling.

  • Aviation and maritime fuels cause significant pollution and also require dedicated action to complement emissions trading. The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation requires that aircraft and ships have access to clean electricity supply in major ports and airports. The ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels, known as e-fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

  • The tax system for energy products must safeguard and improve the Single Market and support the green transition by setting the right incentives. A revision of the Energy Taxation Directive proposes to align the taxation of energy products with EU energy and climate policies, promoting clean technologies and removing outdated exemptions and reduced rates that currently encourage the use of fossil fuels. The new rules aim at reducing the harmful effects of energy tax competition, helping secure revenues for Member States from green taxes, which are less detrimental to growth than taxes on labour.

  • Finally, a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (Tax) will put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products to ensure that ambitious climate action in Europe does not lead to 'carbon leakage.' This will ensure that European emission reductions contribute to a global emissions decline, instead of pushing carbon-intensive production outside Europe. It also aims to encourage industry outside the EU and our international partners to take steps in the same direction.

    European Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en. (Source: EC, PR, 14 July, 2021)

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  • Energy Storage Notable Quote
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2021-07-16
    "Energy storage technology holds great promise in the fight against climate change. Strengthening current technology and advancing next-generation energy storage will allow us to integrate more renewables, such as wind and solar, which in turn will help to reduce emissions." -- U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R,Maine) July, 2021

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    LG Innotek Reports Efficiency Upgrades, Emissions Cuts (Int’l.)
    LG Group,Carbon Disclosure Project
    Date: 2021-07-12
    Seoul, South Korea-based materials and components manufacturer and an affiliate of the LG Group, LG Innotek reports it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 11 pct in 2020 from 2019 levels. The total reduction amount is about 45,000 tons (tCO2eq, carbon dioxide equivalent) -- equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas absorbed by 3.9 million trees in one year. The emission cutbacks were announced in the company's 2020-2021 LG Innotek Sustainability Report.

    In achieving the cutback, LG Innotek proactively performed green management activities with the goal of 'zero environmental impact including introducing renewable energy and expanding the application of high-efficiency production facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. LG Innotek also cut its consumption of water resources by 7 pct from the previous year through expanding investment in recycling and water management facilities, according to the report. LG Innotek has an A- rating from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) on climate change for two consecutive years in 2019 and 2020 and on water security for four consecutive years between 2017 and 2020. (Source: LG Innoteck, PR, 12 July, 2021) Contact: LG Innotech, www.lginnotek.com; Carbon Disclosure Project

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    Climate First Bank Touts Solar Energy Loan Program (Ind. Report)
    Climate First Bank
    Date: 2021-07-09
    In the Sunshine State, the St. Petersburg-based Climate First Bank has unveiled its solar energy loan programs focused on residential and commercial uses.

    The flexible term loans program is aimed at addressing climate change, making renewable energy more accessible, increasing property values, drastically reducing or eliminating energy costs by retrofitting properties to the highest levels of energy efficiency.

    Climate First Bank is a signatory member of the B Corp Climate Collective Commitment: Net Zero 2030, pledging to achieve net zero on all greenhouse gas emissions, whether direct or indirect, by the year 2030. (Source: Climate First Bank, Website, PR, 7 July, 2021) Contact: Climate First Bank, Ken LaRoe, CEO, www.climatefirstbank.com

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    Carbon Capture Shield, Inc - Reversing Climate Change Through Land Stewardship (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Capture Shield
    Date: 2021-07-09
    "What if it was possible to not only eliminate the entire human Carbon footprint, but also eliminate the use of toxic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides (saving the bees); eliminate the use of inorganic chemical fertilizers (protecting our waterways); increase soil health and resilience (buffering against disease, drought, and flood) while improving the size, yield, and nutrient density of crops grown in such living soil (with as much as 500 pct increase in yield); all while creating a global network of smallholder farmers and connecting them to a corresponding global market of conscious consumers?

    "This is the express goal of (Washington, DC-based) Carbon Capture Shield, Incorporated; a Delaware C-Corp formed in 2021, by a team with decades of experience in global farming, renewable energy, and government contracting: To shift 1 billion acres of farmland to Regenerative Agriculture by 2030. According to co-founder and President, Darryl J. Nicke II, 'Antibiotics have saved millions of lives but they also cause many problems by upsetting the natural balance of microorganisms that live in our gut. Probiotics can reverse and even completely cure many diseases caused by such imbalances. Similarly, herbicides, pesticides, and even chemical fertilizers have destroyed the natural balance of life in the soil. By supplementing and restoring that natural balance, you return Earth's Surface to its natural healthy state. This is Earth's natural defense against human activity and pollution. This is Earth's Carbon Capture Shield.'

    "With a clear vision, they have begun Phase 01 of a 10-year, multi-phase plan to transform the way humans care for our shared home, starting in your own backyard - literally. Americans dump more than 60 million ppy of pesticides on their lawns. Fourteen of the most used lawn pesticides are neurotoxins and suspected carcinogens, yet this is where our children play. Not only that, but lawn fertilizers are also a major source of water pollution. The EPA reports that pollution from fertilizers is "one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems." This does not even consider the dire effects on bees, butterflies, and other pollinators who visit these toxic home gardens.

    "Numerous solutions have been found by farmers and researchers all around the planet, and Carbon Capture Shield aims to "bring these solutions home" to anyone with a lawn - by introducing a line of lawn and garden products that are non-toxic and protect the environment while fertilizing your soil and helping the microcosmos of Living Soil.

    "Phase 01 will supply education and solutions for anyone with a lawn, in the form of edutainment and consumer products. Carbon Capture Shield has launched this initiative to educate and empower both farmers and consumers! Using their ability to create engaging media to inspire an avid base of conscious consumers, they will then use this market demand to encourage wary farmers into adopting the protocols of Regenerative Agriculture, and thereby restore the environment through promoting and upholding stewardship by all landholders, large and small." (Source: Carbon Capture Shield Inc., PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Carbon Capture Shield Inc., Darryl J. Nicke II, Pres., 407 603 6417, djnicke@carboncaptureshield.com, www.carboncaptureshield.com

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    Mississauga Setting Private Bldg. Efficiency Standards (Funding)
    City of Mississauga
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In Ontario, the metropolitan Toronto area City of Mississauga (pop. 669,000 +-) is reporting receipt of $175,000 from the Government of Canada's $1.65 billion Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to create a comprehensive set of Green Development Standards for all new private buildings. The GMF was established in 2000 to fund works on developing environmental initiatives including energy efficiency and addressing climate change.

    Aligned with Mississauga's Climate Change Action Plan, the new Green Development Standards aim to improve energy efficiency and sustainability for private developments. It will target greenhouse gas emissions and include performance metrics that are "obtainable, quantifiable and enforceable." City staff will engage with residents and stakeholders for input later this year as work on the new standards begin. (Source: City of Mississauga, PR, Website, 2 July, 2021) Contact: City of Mississauga, 905-615-4311, www.mississauga.ca

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    Old King Cole's UK Dethroning Advanced to Oct. 2024 (Int'l.)
    U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In London, the U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports it has advanced the deadline to phase out coal from the UK's energy system by one year to 1 October 2024. From that date forward the UK will no longer use coal to generate electricity, a year earlier than planned.

    The move is in accord with government commitments to transition away from fossil fuels and decarbonise the power sector in order to eliminate contributions to climate change by 2050. The UK is similarly calling on all nations to accelerate the phase out of coal power.

    The UK has made huge progress in reducing the use of coal across the power sector, with coal accounting for only 1.8 pct of the UK's electricity mix in 2020, compared with 40 pct almost a decade ago. In 2020, the UK went 5,000 hours without coal-fired electricity and earlier this year broke a new wind power record, with just over a third of the country's energy coming from wind. The rise in the use of renewables has helped drive down the cost of green energy, with coal power now being more expensive in most countries. (Source: U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Website PR, 30 June, 2021) Contact: U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy , www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    Maine PUC Selects Solar, Wind Energy Projects (Ind. Report)
    Maine Public Utilities Commission ,Central Maine Power
    Date: 2021-07-02
    In Augusta, the Maine Public Utilities Commission is reporting the selection of bids for six new solar projects and an existing wind farm project as part of its mandated shift toward clean energy.

    The solar projects will contribute 100 pct of their output to supply Central Maine Power (CMP) and Bangor-based Versant Power customers and the existing wind project will contribute 50 pct of its output under long-term PPAs.

    For the wind project, the PUC selected Helix Maine Wind Development LLC in Franklin County, and solar projects from Glenvale LLC, Walden Renewables, Swift Current and C2 Energy Capital LLC.

    In 2019, Maine mandated amount of renewable energy in its energy mix to 80 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050, in keeping with the state's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.

    Download the full list of winning projects HERE. (Source: Maine Public Utilities Commission, Website PR, 29 June, 2021) Contact: Maine Public Utilities Commission, (207) 287-3831, (207) 287-1039 -- fax, www.maine.gov/mpuc; Central Maine Power, www.cmpco.com; Versant Power, www.versantpower.com

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    Putin Moves to Regulate Russia's Major Carbon Emitters (Int'l.)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Last week in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin inked legislation requiring the country's largest emitters and businesses to report their greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation, which comes into force in January, 2023, is described as "a first step towards carbon regulation to combat climate change."

    Under the Paris Climate Accord, Russia, a major oil and gas producer, committed to cut its emissions to 70 pct of 1990 levels by 2030. (Source: Reuters, 2 July, 2021)

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    Canada Joins Climate Disaster Coalition (Ind. Report)
    Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
    Date: 2021-06-30
    In Ottawa, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, reports Canada has joined the Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, endorsing its Charter with a goal to promote the resilience of infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks.

    The Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2019, building on discussions on the need for multi-stakeholder approach to improve disaster resilient infrastructure at the G20 since 2017. The Coalition's 22 member countries include the UK, the United States, France, Germany, Japan, Chile, and Australia along with seven member organizations including the European Union and the World Bank Group.

    The Government of Canada's Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience included the following new funding for climate resilient infrastructure:

  • $1.4 billion over 12 years, starting in 2021-2022, to top up the Disaster and Mitigation Fund to mitigate the economic, social, and environmental impacts of climate change, and strengthen resilience.

  • $200 million over three years, starting in 2021-2022, to establish a standalone Natural Infrastructure Fund in recognition of the resilience and economic investments.

  • $11.7 million over five years, starting in 2021-22, to renew the Standards to Support Resilience in Infrastructure Program, so that the Standards Council of Canada can continue updating standards and guidance in priority areas to help communities to plan and build infrastructure that is more durable and resilient to a changing climate. (Source: Infrastructure Canada, PR, 29 June, 2021) Contact: Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148, www.infrastructure.gc.sa

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  • POET Lauds Oregon Ethanol Blend Legislation (Ind. Report)
    POET, Ethanol Blend
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Salem, Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) has signed into law HB 3051 mandating all gasoline sold in Oregon contain at least 10 pct ethanol while allowing retailers to offer higher ethanol blends, like E15.

    "Oregon's diverse geography and unique landscape help make protecting the environment a clear priority for state policymakers. Plant-based renewable ethanol is 46 pct cleaner than traditional gasoline. This new law creates the pathway for higher blends of ethanol -- helping Oregon take meaningful steps to improve air quality and curb the effects of climate change by sustainably decarbonizing the light duty vehicles on Oregon's road today. Ethanol is also less expensive than gasoline, with E15 typically saving consumers three to 10 cents per gallon. By increasing the use of ethanol across the state, this law will also provide significant fuel savings for Oregon drivers," according to Joshua Shields, POET Senior VP.

    A study by Air Improvement Resource, Inc. showed that Oregon could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 190,000 metric tpy by increasing the use of higher blends by switching from E10 gasoline to E15, according to the release. (Source: POET, PR, Website, 23 June, 2021) Contact: POET, Joshua Shields, Senior VP, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

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    IMF Proposes International Carbon Price Floor (Ind. Report)
    International Monetary Fund
    Date: 2021-06-28
    According to the Washington, DC-based International Monetary Fund (IMF), CO2 and other greenhouse gases must fall by a minimum 25 - 50 pct over the next decade to achieve the goal of restricting global warming to below 2 degree C. The fastest and most practical way to achieve this is by creating an international carbon price -- carbon tax -- floor arrangement, the IMF adds.

    The IMF notes carbon pricing has a wide environmental and social aim of encouraging producers and companies to reduce their carbon footprint in a bid to combat climate change, which is linked to greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to IMF, 80 pct of global emissions are currently un-priced and the average price for global emissions is only $3 a tonne. "As a knock-on effect, some countries and regions with high or rising carbon prices are considering placing charges on the carbon content of imports from places without similar schemes," the IMF said. But the IMF notes that the "charges on carbon content are insufficient instruments (to fight climate change) as carbon embodied in trade flows is typically less than 10 pct of a countries' total emissions."

    According to the IMF, a minimum carbon price "is an efficient, concrete, and easily understood policy instrument. Simultaneous action among large emitters to scale up carbon pricing would deliver collective action against climate change while decisively addressing competitiveness concerns. The focus on a minimum carbon price parallels the current discussion on a minimum for the tax rate in international corporate taxation." (Source: IMF, Daily Maverick 168, 24 June, 2021) Contact: IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, Dir., www.imf.org

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    Tahoe Touts GHG Reductions Progress (Ind. Report)
    Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
    Date: 2021-06-28
    At Lake Tahoe Calif./Nev., the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has released a comprehensive report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory for the Tahoe Region and an evaluation of the environmental standards that measure Lake Tahoe's ecological health. Both show substantial improvements, according to the agency.

    The Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report notes the Tahoe Region surpassed the initial target of 15 pct GHG emission reduction by 2020. From 2005 to 2018, overall GHG emissions in Tahoe declined 38.7 pct although emissions from 2015 to 2018 increased by 4 pct, primarily from the transportation sector. Over the full inventory period, natural gas became the top source of GHG emissions in the Tahoe Basin, largely due to the heat inefficiency of older homes and buildings.

    Strategies to reach carbon neutrality in the region also support Lake Tahoe Regional Plan goals for mixed-use, environmentally beneficial redevelopment in town centers. (Source: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, PR, South Tahoe Now, 26 June, 2021) Contact: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Joanne S. Marchetta, Exec. Dir., (775) 588-4547, (775) 588-4527 fax, trpa@trpa.org, www.trpa.gov

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