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Thyssenkrupp to Install Green Hydrogen Facility in Rotterdam (Int'l)
Date: 2022-01-12
Essen, Germany-headquartered industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp AG reports its Dortmund, Germany-based thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers, Dortmund, has contracted with Royal Dutch Shell for Shell's proposed commercial-scale "Hydrogen Holland I" project in the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Under the contract, Thyssenkrupp will engineer, procure and fabricate a 200-MW electrolysis plant based on its large-scale 20 MW alkaline water electrolysis module. Construction work for the electrolyzers is slated for this coming Spring 2022 for startup and production in 2024, subject to Shell's final investment decision.

The Hydrogen Holland I facility will produce green hydrogen for industry and the transport sector, with electricity coming from offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust (Noord), by means of guarantees of origin.

Green hydrogen is a main pillar of the energy transition towards sustainable decarbonization. By 2025, countries representing over 80 pct of the global GDP are expected to enter the hydrogen economy with a dedicated hydrogen strategy, according to the release. (Source: thyssenkrupp, PR, Chemical Engineer, 10 Jan., 2022)Contact: Thyssenkrupp AG,; thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers, +49 231 5470,

More Low-Carbon Energy News thyssenkrupp,  Royal Dutch Shell,  Green Hydrogen,  

REG Comments on EPA Proposed RVOs (Comments & Asides)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2022-01-10
In Ames, Iowa, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) Pres. & CEO Cynthia 'CJ' Warner issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs):

"We are pleased to see that the Agency has proposed growth for 2022 in the biomass-based diesel and total advanced categories, as these support clean, renewable fuels that are enabling real decarbonization, right now. Demand for these products is growing as customers seek ready-now, low carbon solutions.

"In fact, with the anticipated increased capacity of renewable diesel coming online in 2022 to meet this demand, and the ample availability of feedstock to support this growth, we believe that the proposed advanced volumes are conservative and should be increased further. We look forward to continuing this important discussion with Administration officials.

"We are encouraged that the EPA is standing behind its sound analysis in proposing to deny all 65 pending small refiner exemption requests. Bio-based diesel delivers the powerful emissions reductions this country needs, and refiners themselves are participating in production of bio-based diesel in growing numbers. Consumers are demanding lower carbon fuels today and our industry stands ready for growth. Bio-based diesel has many benefits beyond carbon reduction. The industry is creating green jobs, contributing to cleaner air, supporting sustainable agriculture and growing rural economies." (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., PR, 8 Jan., 2021) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Cynthia Warner, CEO, Katie Stanley,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  RFS,  Renewable Energy Group,  EPA RVO,  Biodiesel,  

StormFisher Adds 3rd Anerobic Digester at Ont. Plant (Ind. Report)
Date: 2022-01-03
London, Ontario-headquartered StormFisher, a leader in circular economy decarbonization solutions, is reporting the construction of a third anaerobic digester at its London, Ontario, facility. Accompanied by a renewable natural gas (RNG) upgrading system, the plant is now the largest food-waste anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Canada, providing heat to 2,500 homes in Ontario and supporting transport with sustainable fuel.

StormFisher has over 10 years of plant operating experience across 7 different facilities and operates the largest private organic waste-to-energy biogas facility in North America.

This expansion was made possible by StormFisher's partnership with Generate, a leading North American sustainable infrastructure company, which owns and operates the London plant in partnership with StormFisher. (Source: StormFisher, PR, 29 Dec., 2021) Contact: StormFisher, Brandon Moffat, VP Dev., (519) 649-2464,

More Low-Carbon Energy News StormFisher,  Anaerobic Digestion,  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Date: 2022-01-02
    "As a financial institution, we believe the most meaningful role we can play in the global climate transition is to drive decarbonization in the real economy in partnership with our clients. We see significant opportunities in further mobilizing the full breadth of our business and franchise to support this effort. These include: Expanding our commercial capabilities to help our clients measure and manage their climate-related exposure, such as: • a new cross-firm initiative to support our corporate clients on their decarbonization strategies • the recently launched Carbon Portfolio Analytics in our cross-asset digital client services platform, Marquee • a holistic ESG client advisory model with a climate segment Developing new financing tools that are tied to progress on climate transition, such as bonds linked to related key performance indicators Investing in climate solutions and emerging technologies that will be critical to enabling decarbonization in the hardest-to-abate sectors As a financial institution, we believe the most meaningful role we can play in the global climate transition is to drive decarbonization in the real economy in partnership with our clients. We see significant opportunities in further mobilizing the full breadth of our business and franchise to support this effort, including:
  • Expanding our commercial capabilities to help our clients measure and manage their climate-related exposure, such as: a new cross-firm initiative to support our corporate clients on their decarbonization strategies; the recently launched Carbon Portfolio Analytics in our cross-asset digital client services platform, Marquee; and a holistic ESG client advisory model with a climate segment

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

  • Investing in climate solutions and emerging technologies that will be critical to enabling decarbonization in the hardest-to-abate sectors. Download the Goldman Sachs ACCELERATING TRANSITION -- TASK FORCE ON CLIMATE-RELATED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES REPORT 2021 report HERE . (Source: Goldman Sachs, Dec., 2021) Contact: Goldman Sachs,

  • CarbonCure Touts 500th Carbon Tech System Sale (Ind. Report)
    CarbonCure Technologies
    Date: 2021-12-29
    Nova Scotia, Canada-headquartered CarbonCure Technologies, a climate tech company that provides a suite of carbon dioxide removal technologies to the concrete industry, has announced the sale of its 500th system to the Don Chapin Company in Salinas, California, part of a three-plant rollout of CarbonCure Ready Mix.

    CarbonCure's long-term vision is to support the complete decarbonization of the concrete manufacturing process through continued innovation and rapid scaling of its suite of carbon mineralization solutions. Year over year, CarbonCure's output of sustainable concrete increased 91 pct across the industry. According to Carbon Cure, the company's carbon removal technologies have been used in more than 15.5 million cubic yards (11.9 million cubic meters) of concrete to date -- equivalent to building the Hoover Dam 4.5 times or the Pentagon 35 times -- and have saved more than 132,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide to date -- equal to the annual emissions from 28,750 cars. (Source: Carbon Cure Technologies, PR, 16 Dec., 2021) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure Technologies,  Carbon Emissions,  Cement,  Concrete,  

    REGI CEO Comments on EPA Proposed RVOs (Opinions & Asides)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2021-12-10
    Ames, Iowa-based renewable fuels producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) President and CEO Cynthia Warner issued the following statement regarding the EPA release of the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs).

    "We are pleased to see that the Agency has proposed growth for 2022 in the biomass-based diesel and total advanced categories, as these support clean, renewable fuels that are enabling real decarbonization, right now. Demand for these products is growing as customers seek ready-now, low carbon solutions.

    "In fact, with the anticipated increased capacity of renewable diesel coming online in 2022 to meet this demand, and the ample availability of feedstock to support this growth, we believe that the proposed advanced volumes are conservative and should be increased further. We look forward to continuing this important discussion with Administration officials.

    "We are encouraged that the EPA is standing behind its sound analysis in proposing to deny all 65 pending small refiner exemption requests. Bio-based diesel delivers the powerful emissions reductions this country needs, and refiners themselves are participating in production of bio-based diesel in growing numbers. Consumers are demanding lower carbon fuels today and our industry stands ready for growth. Bio-based diesel has many benefits beyond carbon reduction. The industry is creating green jobs, contributing to cleaner air, supporting sustainable agriculture and growing rural economies."

    In 2020, REGI produced 519 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering 4.2 million metric tons of carbon reduction. Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., PR, 8 Dec., 2021) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Cynthia Warner, CEO, Katie Stanley,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Renewable Energy Group,  RVO,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  

    AFFECT Energy Efficiency, BESS Funding Announced (Funding)
    Federal Energy Management Program
    Date: 2021-12-01
    In Washington, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is reporting the selection of federal agency projects to receive a combined total of $13 million in Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) funding. The grants, which are expected to lead to more than $737 million when leveraged with energy performance contracts from private industry, include the following:
  • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) -- USCG will implement the agency's first microgrid control system (MCS) coupled with solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage system (BESS) resilience energy conservation measures (ECMs), to provide 10 days of off-grid operation during a power disruption event.

  • Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic -- The project will provide a comprehensive approach to enhancing its climate change adaptation-resilience posture and energy efficiency across eight NIWC Atlantic sites located in South Carolina, Virginia, and Louisiana. NIWC will deploy solar PV and an MCS to enable renewable back-up generation while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

  • Internal Revenue Service -- Internal Revenue Service is pursuing a near-net zero, comprehensive energy efficiency and resilience project that will empower up to 30 days of off-grid operation in the event of utility power disruption, amplify energy efficiency to substantially reduce baseload energy use and corresponding GHG emissions, and deploy solar PV coupled with an MCS, BESS.

  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst -- A large-scale, wholistic energy efficiency and climate change adaption-resilience project will deploy 40 MW of solar PV combined with a 12-MWh BESS and two unique MCSs alongside a wide range of key energy efficiency and resilience ECMs.

  • DoE, Office of Science -- A new project will bundle comprehensive traditional energy efficiency ECMs and resilience technologies such as lighting, water fixtures, simple HVAC controls, solar PV, BESS, and pumped water storage to reduce energy use and GHG emissions.

  • U.S. DoD, Pentagon -- Project will implement improvements to energy and water efficiency, as well as resilience to climate change-attributed severe weather events, via a comprehensive list of ECMs that will reduce baseload energy and water use and GHG emissions while adding renewable energy technologies. The project will achieve a net GHG reduction cost-effectively via combined reductions in baseload electricity (49 pct), water (8 pct), and sewer costs (40 pct).

  • Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall -- The project will deploy an advanced, hybrid geothermal heat recovery chiller system coupled with energy efficiency and resilience ECMs to simultaneously reduce GHG emissions and address climate change adaptation-resiliency.

  • Eglin Air Force Base -- Within this integrated, comprehensive energy efficiency and resilience project, Eglin Air Force Base will implement various resilience ECMs including solar PV, an MCS coupled with a BESS, and natural gas generators while replacing aging chillers that serve critical loads such as data centers.

  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest -- A new project to integrate a cybersecurity-compliant MCS and 150-kW/600-kWh BESS with a total of 1.1 MW of solar PV to augment climate change adaptation-resilience, increase energy efficiency, and reduce GHG emissions, while allowing for full, continuous mission-critical operability of essential facilities and systems in the case of power disruption events.

  • GSA Region 4, Valdosta and Brunswick -- The project will deploy and demonstrate an advanced solar PV technology utilizing bifacial modules at two federal sites in Georgia, directly reducing GHG emissions and assisting GSA in meeting its internal agency commitment of achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2025. The project will also build out capabilities for these sites to consider implementing complementary resilience ECMs such as a MCS or BESS in the future. It will also validate an advanced, bifacial module solar PV technology, which if successful could be replicated and scaled throughout not only GSA Region 4 and the Southeast, but also more broadly across all GSA Regions nationwide.

  • GSA Region 7 -- This project will implement resilience ECMs including an MCS and BESS to boost climate change adaptation-resiliency, reduce GHG emissions by 47 pct, and provide the means to demonstrate GEB concepts such as advanced energy load-shifting and management, and demand response at sites in Laredo and Houston, Texas.

  • Joint Base Langley-Eustis -- This project will augment the capacity of a BESS to 1MW/4MWh, which will be coupled with a recommissioned energy management control system, cybersecurity-compliant MCS, and 1-MW solar PV array to meet the U.S. Air Forces' resilience requirements for energy performance contracts, allowing the base to shed noncritical energy loads and support mission-critical operations should climate change-induced severe weather such as hurricanes or other external forces result in an extended power disruption event.

    The project will also allow the joint base to reduce GHG emissions, improve energy efficiency, and provide peak shaving, demand response, energy time-of-use-shifting, dynamic frequency, and voltage regulation to reduce overall base electricity demand and energy costs.

  • Federal Aviation Administration -- A novel project to directly address federal building energy efficiency and load management, in coordination with their serving utility, to bundle electric vehicle supply equipment with a range of other energy efficiency and resilience ECMs including ground-mounted solar PV, LED lighting, HVAC upgrades, and variable frequency drives.

    The project will reduce GHG emissions by 89 pct by coupling electrification of buildings and transportation, which are key priorities of the Administration's decarbonization goals. (Source: US DOE Federal Energy Management Program, PR 1 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE, Federal Energy Management Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Federal Energy Management Program,  Energy Efficiency,  BESS,  Energy Storage,  

  • EBA Highlights Biomethane Ramp-up for Full Renewable Gas Deployment (Int'l. Report Available)
    European Biogas Association
    Date: 2021-11-29
    A just released report from the Brussels-headquartered European Biogas Association notes that 30 - 40 pct of Europe's total gas consumption could be made up of sustainable biomethane by the year 2050.

    The 11th edition of EBA Statistical Report provides an in-depth analysis of and biogas / biomethane's potential and the best pathways to ensure full deployment in a future energy mix.

    The report analyses the current availability of renewable gases in Europe, notably biogas and biomethane. Combined biogas and biomethane production in 2020 amounted to 191 TWh or 18.0 bcm of energy and this figure is expected to double in the next 9 years. By 2050, production can be at least five-fold reaching over 1,000 TWh or as high as 1,700 TWh.

    Agriculture- based biogas and biomethane plants make up the lion's share of the total production, which is now already more than the entire natural gas consumption of Belgium and represents 4.6 pct of the gas consumption of the EU. The biogas and biomethane industries also presently provide over 210,000 green jobs that expected to approximately 420,000 jobs by 2030 and one million or more by 2050. The report also highlights the needed collaboration as well between the biomethane and the other potential major renewable gases, such as green hydrogen in future years.

    Over the last decade, the delivery of dispatchable power and heat from biogas has been very important and its role will continue to some extent. However, the current trend places the emphasis squarely on sustainable biomethane production, and it is expected that this tendency will be amplified in the coming decade: biomethane is a versatile energy carrier, suitable for a range of sectors, including transport, industry, power and heating. 2020 saw the biggest year on year increase in biomethane production so far in spite of the pandemic, with an additional 6.4 TWh or 0.6 bcm of biomethane produced in Europe. An even bigger increase is to be expected in 2021, as a record number of new biomethane plants started production in 2020 and are due to become fully operational within 2021, the report notes.

    Future gas demand can be met by other renewable and low-carbon solutions such as green hydrogen. The development of synergies between green gases will be key to meeting future gas market demands. In line with this, the report highlights the need to develop a vision of how biomethane and hydrogen will integrate with each other in the future. Future infrastructure investments should aim to strengthen the distribution of renewable gases by considering the specific requirements of each gas as well as their most suitable development.

    The report points out as well a clear tendence towards the increasing use of sustainable feedstocks for biogas and biomethane production. These include mostly industrial waste, municipal waste or agricultural residues. It is also expected that the remaining energy crops to produce biogas will be replaced by sustainable cropping, for example with the introduction of sequential cropping systems which at the same time allows for carbon farming and revitalization of the soil.

    The contribution to sustainability is one of the benefits of biogas and biomethane production for our society, but there are many others. As the EBA report points out, a solid calculation of the economic value of the wider benefits of biogas and biomethane is needed, so that the revenue channels for biogas and biomethane producers can be diversified. The translation of these societal benefits into market signals would allow biogas and biomethane production to compete on fairer terms with other types of energy supply while at the same time further stimulating production plants to achieve the highest levels of societal benefit.

    In terms of use by sectors, the need for decarbonization of all transport modes will be especially relevant for the coming years and thus the need for further renewable gas uptake in that sector. According to the report launched today, the sustainable European Bio-LNG (liquified biomethane) production capacity by 2024, considering only confirmed plants, adds up to 10.6 TWh per year. This projected 2024 production capacity could fuel almost 25,000 LNG trucks for the whole year.

    The report, which includes new and more detailed country insights and forecasts, is available on the EBA website. (Source: EBA, PR, Website, 25 Nov., 2021) Contact: EBA, Harmen Dekker, Director,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Biogas Association,  Methane,  Biogas,  RNG,  

    EGA, GE Planning Decarbonisation, CCUS Roadmap (Int'l. Report)
    Emirates Global Aluminium, GE Gas Power
    Date: 2021-11-29
    In Abu Dhabi, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) and GE Gas Power are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint steering committee to develop a roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the operation of EGA's existing GE natural gas turbines by exploring hydrogen as a fuel, as well as carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) solutions. The roadmap will include a strategy to support low-carbon industries to contribute towards the achievement of the UAE's Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative.

    EGA has 33 GE natural gas turbines at Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah, with a total power generation capacity of 5,200 MW. Electricity generation accounts for a significant proportion of EGA's total greenhouse gas emissions, according to the release. (Source: Emirates Global Aluminium, Emirates News, 28 Nov., 2021) Contact: GE Gas Power Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Joseph Anis, Pres., CEO,; Emirates Global Aluminium,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Gas Powe,  r Decarbonization,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  CCUS,  

    Enel, The Road to 2030 in the 2022-2024 Strategic Plan; Powering Investments Toward Zero Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Enel Group
    Date: 2021-11-26
    According to Rome-headquartered energy giant Enel Group, "the world's journey towards Net Zero is under way and the processes of decarbonization and electrification of the global economy are key to avoiding the serious repercussions of a rise in temperatures above 1.5 degrees C. The most recently published scenarios agree that, to reach ambitious climate targets, the electrification of energy uses should accelerate together with a massive deployment of carbon-free energy.

    "Over the past ten years, renewables have become mainstream in power generation, allowing decarbonization to proceed at a faster pace. In addition, the next decade will be crucial to the achievement of the targets set by the Paris Agreement in 2015.

    This period is also set to be characterized by growing actions towards electrification, through which customers progressively switch their energy consumption towards electricity, lower power consumption and costs, improving energy efficiency and lower their carbon emission footprint. Enel has set its strategic actions accordingly:

  • The Enel Group Plan focuses on four strategic lines: (i) allocating capital to support a decarbonized electricity supply; (ii) enabling electrification of customer energy demand; (iii) leveraging full value chain's value creation; (iv) bringing forward Sustainable Net Zero.

  • Enel expects to mobilize total investments of €210 billion between 2021 and 2030, of which €170 billion directly invested by the Enel Group (+6 pct on the previous Plan) and €40 billion catalyzed through third parties.

  • Between 2020 and 2030, Group Ordinary EBITDA is expected to increase at a 5-6 pct Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) while Group Net Ordinary Income is expected to increase at a 6-7 pct CAGR.

  • The Group brings forward its Net Zero commitment by 10 years, from 2050 to 2040, both for direct and indirect emissions.

  • The value created by the Group for customers is expected to bring an up to 40 pct reduction in their energy spending, alongside an up to 80 pct reduction of their CO2 footprint1 by 2030.

  • In 2024, Group Ordinary EBITDA is expected to reach €21.0-21.6 billion compared to €18.7-19.3 billion estimated in 2021. Group Net Ordinary Income is expected to increase to €6.7-6.9 billion in 2024, compared to €5.4-5.6 billion estimated in 2021.

  • Enel's dividend policy for the period remains simple, predictable and attractive. Shareholders are expected to receive a fixed Dividend Per Share that is planned to increase by 13 pct up to € 0.43 per share, between 2021 and 2024.

  • The planned growth in earnings, coupled with the underlying Dividend Yield, is expected to translate into a 2022-2024 Total Return of around 13 pct. (Source: Enel Group, Website PR, 24 Nov., 2021) Contact: Enel Group, Francesco Starace, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Group,  Net Zero Emissions,  Decarbonization,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • Viridos, ExxonMobil Ink Algae Biofuels Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Viridos, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-11-24
    La Jolla, California based Viridos Inc. -- fka Synthetic Genomics -- is reporting an agreement with Clinton, New Jersey -headquartered ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company with the intent to bring Viridos' low-carbon intensity biofuels toward commercial levels. According to the release, "recent productivity advances in Viridos' technology are an opportunity to turn CO2 into renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), providing an essential component for the decarbonization of the heavy-duty transportation industry."

    Founded in 2005 by leaders in synthetic biology, Viridos is a powerhouse for innovative research, transplanting the first genome, synthesizing the first bacterial genome and creating the first synthetic cell. In the past few years Viridos' leadership in engineering microalgae has achieved greater than 5x bio-oil productivity increases by increasing both the oil content in the algae and the algae yield. The results from outdoor deployment of Viridos' bio-engineered strains in 2020 and 2021 mark the inflection point toward deployment," according to the release.

    Viridos is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping, according to the Viridos website. (Source: Viridos, Website PR, 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: Viridos. Dr. Oliver Fetzer, CEO, 858.754.2900,; ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Vijay Swarup, VP, R&D, 908-735-7102,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Synthetic Genomics ,  microalgae,  Viridos,  ExxonMobil ,  Algae Biofuel,  Biofuel,  

    JCI, DND Ink CFB Halifax Decarbonization Contract (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Milwaukee-headquartered sustainable building specialist Johnson Controls (JCI) reports it has contracted with Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) for decarbonization, infrastructure improvements and energy efficiency upgrades and improvements to 112 buildings at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax (Nova Scotia) and other area Defence facilities in alignment with DND's Greening Government Strategy and pledge to achieve net-zero government operations by 2050.

    CFB Halifax aims to achieve annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions of 23 pct and generate $3 million in savings annually, once upgrades have been completed.

    Under the $53 million performance contract, upgrades are being designed to decrease the Base's annual electric power consumption by 22 pct, GHG emissions by 15,000 tpy (23 pct) and natural gas use by 21 pct. The contract is aimed at: reducing energy needs; decarbonization and education; water conservation; increasing HVAC systems efficiencies; and others. Proposed measures to increase efficient energy production include heat recovery, steam trap repairs, high efficiency boilers and heat pumps.

    Johnson Controls has also contracted to perform similar sustainability upgrades at CFB Bagotville in Quebec, and CFB Patewawa and CFB Kingston in Ontario. (Source: Johnson Controls International Plc., PR, Website, Nov., 2021) Contact: Johnson Controls, Ryan Edlman, IR, (609) 720-4545,,, Johnson Controls OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings as a Service,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Control,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  Decarbonization,  

    COP26 Agreement "Solidifies Global March Towards Decarbonization", says EPRI CEO (Ind. Report)
    Electric Power Research Institute
    Date: 2021-11-15
    Palo Alto, California-headquartered independent, not-for-profit Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) CEO Arshad Mansoor, who was in attendance at COP26, had the following comments on COP26:

    "This agreement solidifies the global march towards decarbonization. It will take collaboration in technology and institutional innovation by countries around the world to reach both the near- and long-term goals. Cleaner electricity, accelerated electrification and the deployment of cleaner energy resources and fuels will play a critical role in all countries.

    "In particular, numerous sectors of the economy -- including transportation, buildings, and industry -- stand to achieve large carbon emissions reductions through increased energy efficiency, broader electrification, and the deployment of zero and low carbon fuels. Through collaborative research and development with public and private stakeholders, we are developing a broad suite of clean electric generation, storage, grid, and end-use technologies that will help countries decarbonize their electric sectors and reduce emissions across their economies. This will enable countries to choose what works best to meet those needs, while keeping electricity accessible, affordable, and reliable for all consumers."

    For the United States, carbon reductions across all sectors of the U.S. economy -- through cleaner energy, increased energy efficiency, and accelerated electrification -- will be crucial to achieving the 2030 U.S. climate goal. Accelerated electrification will help lower emissions from transportation, buildings, and industry, while reducing overall energy costs.

    In the longer-term, meeting national and global net-zero goals entails developing an array of technology options that are not commercial at scale today, including carbon capture utilization and storage, advanced nuclear, low-carbon fuels, and advanced electric end-uses.

    EPRI is working with its research partners on these technologies, engaging in collaborative global clean energy initiatives, including its Low-Carbon Resources Initiatives and Efficient Electrification Initiative. EPRI is also working on resilience, adaption, and equity issues which spans the organization's entire research portfolio.

    Download the EPRI Analysis: Immediate Action Across All Sectors Essential to Achieve U.S. Carbon Goals HERE . (Source: Electric Power Research Institute, Website, PR, 14 Nov., 2021) Contact: EPRI, Arshad Mansoor, CEO, Rachel Gantz, Media, 202-293-7517,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electric Power Research Institute,  Decarbonization,  COP26,  Climate Change,  

    U.S.-China Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s (Report Attached)
    Date: 2021-11-12
    Reporting from COP26 in Glasgow, China and the United States surprised their COP26 colleagues and the world on Wednesday with the announcement that they planned to cooperate on the following, and other, climate change related issues:
  • regulatory frameworks and environmental standards related to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in the 2020s;

  • maximizing the societal benefits of the transition to clean, renewable energy;

  • policies to encourage decarbonization and electrification of end-use sectors;

  • key areas related to the circular economy, such as green design and renewable energy resource utilization;

  • deployment and application of technology such as CCUS and direct air capture;

  • reduce methane emission, and others.

    Download details and the full U.S.-China Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s announcement HERE . (Source: US Dept. of State, 10 Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  

  • Irish Climate Plan to Cut GHG Emissions 51 pct by 2030 (Int'l.)
    Climate Change Ireland
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In Dublin, the Irish Government is touting its &euro:125 billion Climate Action Plan to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by 51 pct by 2030 and to reach net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. To that end the plan calls for:
  • An increase in renewable energy, including wind and solar, of up to 80 pct by the end of the decade, while a new offshore renewable energy plant will be constructed to tap into the potential of Ireland's maritime area

  • Development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to take carbon out of the atmosphere and remove further emissions from the existing system.

  • The plan allows homeowners to generate residential solar and wind energy and sell excess energy back to the national grid;

  • The plan calls for energy efficiency retrofits of 500,000 homes by 2030, with a target of up to 56 pct reductions in housing emissions in the next decade to be supported by low-cost loans and tax incentives. The plan also will phase out fossil fuels in new buildings and is promote the use of low-carbon technology in all new and existing commercial buildings;

  • In the transport sector, which accounts for roughly 20 pct of Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions, rail services, cycling infrastructures, and walking infrastructures will be expanded to enable 500,000 daily sustainable journeys by 2030. The plan also calls for the expansion of Ireland's electric bus and rail fleets, with 1,500 electric buses to be introduced by the end of the decade. Biofuels will be increased in Irish transport and the number of electric vehicles in Ireland will be increased to one million by 2030 for a 42-50 pct emissions reduction by 2030;

  • In the agriculture sector, which is the largest source of Ireland's emissions, government plans to significantly reduce chemical nitrogen fertilizer to 325,000 tpy annum increase organically-farmed land five-fold to 350,000 hectares. The plan also aims to improve animal feeding and breeding in a bid to reduce agriculture-based emissions by up to 30 pct over the next decade;

  • The plan additionally aims to reduce emissions in the enterprise sector by up to 41 pc tby 2030 and the Government will launch an online Climate Toolkit 4 Businesses which will allow companies to calculate their carbon emissions. The government’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) will seek to attract businesses to invest in decarbonization technologies.

  • Ireland will also reduce land and forestry emissions by between 37 pct and 58 pct under the plan, while a new forestry program is set to launch in 2023 to increase afforestation. (Source: Irish Central, 7 Nov., 2021)

  • ExxonMobil, Pertamina Considering CCS, CCUS Opportunities (Int'l.)
    ExxonMobil, Pertamina
    Date: 2021-11-03
    Reporting from COP26 in Edinburgh, Irving, Texas-based petroleum giant ExxonMobil and Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to evaluate the potential for large-scale deployment of low-carbon technologies including carbon capture and storage (CCS), carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and low-carbon hydrogen in Indonesia.

    By jointly examining subsurface data, the companies expect to identify geologic formations suitable to safely store CO2, and the potential for safe, commercially viable utilization of CO2.

    ExxonMobil established its Low Carbon Solutions business to commercialize low-emission technologies such as those to be assessed in Indonesia. The business is also pursuing strategic investments in biofuels and hydrogen to bring those lower-emissions energy technologies to scale for hard-to-decarbonize sectors of the global economy. ExxonMobil's Low Carbon Solutions has an equity share in more than 20 new CCS opportunities around the world and plans to invest $3 billion on lower emission energy through 2025.

    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) CCS could mitigate as much as 15 pct of global emissions by 2040, and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates global decarbonization efforts could be twice as costly without wide-scale CCS deployment. (Source: Exxon Mobil, PR 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 940-6007,; Pertamina,,; U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,

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    CleanBC Roadmap Ups RNG's Roll for FortisBC (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-11-01
    In British Columbia, Canada, FortisBC is reporting British Columbia's CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 reaffirms FortisBC's gas system will continue to play a key role in the province's decarbonization while accelerating the transition toward renewable energy, including renewable natural gas (RNG) and hydrogen. The roadmap includes a cap on emissions from natural gas use in buildings and industrial sectors as well as accelerated electrification in the transportation sector.

    According to the release, FortisBC expects to triple its supply of RNG by the end of 2022 and to assist in reaching CleanBC objectives. Under FortisBC's previously announced "30BY30" target the company targeted reducing its customer emissions by 30 pct by 2030 (compared to 2007 levels) by: investing in low and zero carbon transportation; supporting the growth of renewable gases; using LNG to help lower global emissions and increasing investment in energy efficiency and conservation. By the end of 2020, FortisBC reduced customer emissions by 420,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) -- equivalent to taking 128,000 cars off the road in one year. (Source: FortisBC, PR, Cdn. Biomass, 26 Oct., 2021) Contact: FortisBC, Roger Dall'Antonia, CEO, Pres.,,

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    DOE Awards $3.7Mn to GE for Grid Decarbonization (Funding)
    General Electric,DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
    Date: 2021-10-27
    GE reports receipt of $3.7 million in funding from the U.S. DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for two related projects to help accelerate the decarbonization of the U.S. electrical grid.

    The first award of $2.3 million to GE's Grid Solutions business relates to the development of a sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)-free 245 kilovolt (kV) dead tank circuit-breaker. The new circuit-breaker will use GE's g3 gas insulating and switching technology, which has a global warming potential that is 99 pct less compared with SF62, to deliver the same high performance as a traditional SF6 circuit-breaker. As g3 products have the same dimensions as SF6 equipment, there is no increase in emissions during the manufacturing process from additional material.

    The second award of $1.4 million to GE Research Center is part of a $2.7 million project led by the University of Connecticut focused on the life cycle management of g3 products, mainly gas leakages and by-product detection, capture and monitoring tools. Details on GE's g3 are HERE .

    According to ARPA-E Associate Director for Technology Dr. Isik Kizilyalli, "SF6 is a significantly more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide and can remain in the atmosphere for up to 3,200 years. ARPA-E anticipates any technology developed to replace SF6 could have a significant and widespread global impact as countries look to reduce, regulate, or eliminate SF6 emissions from their electrical grids." (Source: GE , Website Release, 27 Oct., 2021) Contact: GE Grid Solutions,; GE,; ARPA.E,,

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    JCI Touts OpenBlue Healthy Buildings Offereing (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2021-10-20
    Milwaukee-headquartered sustainable building specialist Johnson Controls (JCI) reports its OpenBlue Healthy Buildings offerings collaborated with 894 U.S. higher education institutions in its fiscal third quarter to implement healthy building strategies in preparation for campus reopening in fall 2021.

    Johnson Controls OpenBlue Healthy Buildings empowers higher education stakeholders to optimize their buildings to create a new standard for automated and scalable safety, wellness and energy efficiency.

    Global decarbonization targets and increasingly sustainability-minded applicants, donors and communities have driven higher education stakeholders to commit to ambitious sustainability goals. However, many energy efficiency and renewable energy projects were suspended or cancelled during the pandemic. OpenBlue Healthy Buildings ultimately allows schools to safely bring students back on campus, freeing up capital that can be reinvested in sustainability initiatives that keep colleges and universities on schedule in reaching their decarbonization targets. (Source: Johnson Controls, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Johnson Controls, Antonella Franzen, IR, 609-720-4665,,

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    Encycle, Enersponse Partner for Energy Management, Efficiency Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Encycle, Enersponse
    Date: 2021-10-20
    In the Golden State, San Marcos-headquartered Encycle Corporation, a software technology company focused on helping commercial and industrial customers dramatically improve the efficiency of their HVAC systems and energy efficiency programs using IoT-enabled services, reports it is partnering with Newport Beach-based energy resource management specialist Enersponse, an energy resource management leader that works with power suppliers across the nation to support grid sustainability and decarbonization. The partnership joins each company's technology offerings together as a cohesive approach to reducing HVAC energy consumption.

    Encycle's Swarm Logic® multi-patented energy management technology has been deployed at an enterprise level at over 1,000 sites with 10,000 rooftop units (RTUs). Using the company's energy-as-a-service (EaaS) model, typical Encycle customers save 10 pct to 30 pct on HVAC energy consumption, spend, and emissions with results verified by independent third-party reviews, affirming why the is becoming a prescriptive measure in various utility districts.

    Enersponse has enabled participation in utility programs for over 7,000 commercial sites to which they provide millions of dollars of incentives each year. To date this year, Enersponse has avoided over 5,000,000 lbs of CO2 emissions and saved almost 6,000 MWh of energy consumption. (Source: Encycle, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Enersponse, James McPhail, CEO , (949) 734-0043,,; Encycle, 760-481-7878,

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    Arbios Announces BC Woody Biomass-to-Fuels Plant (Ind. Report)
    Arbios Biotech, Licella Holdings
    Date: 2021-10-13
    In British Columbia, Canadian Forest Products and Sydney, Australia-based Licella Holdings joint venture Arbios Biotech reports it will construct a woody biomass- to-low carbon biofuel plant in Prince George, British Columbia. The plant will convert tree bark and sawmill wastes into high value renewable biocrude which can be further refined to produce low-carbon transportation fuels.

    The facility will convert 25,000 dry tpy of wood residue to 50,000 bpy of sustainable bio-oil when it begins production in the first half of 2023. The plant, which will utilize Licella' s patented Cat-HTR decarbonization platform , will be constructed on a portion of Canfor's Intercontinental Pulp Mill site and will have the potential to add four processing lines within the existing footprint. (Source: Arbios Biotech, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Arbios Biotech, Don Roberts, Chair,; Licella Holdings, +61 (02) 9119 6050,,; Canadian Forest Products,

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    Hy24 Hydrogen Infrastructure Investment Platform Launched (Int'1)
    Ardian, Hy24
    Date: 2021-10-06
    Paris-headquartered private global investment house Ardian and FiveT Hydrogen, a clean-hydrogen enabling investment platform, are reporting the launch of an equally owned joint venture Hy24 to invest in clean hydrogen infrastructure and global decarbonization.

    Hy24's first €1.5 billion fund will be set up and managed as an impact fund with the aim to reduce global carbon emissions, in accordance with Article 9 of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).

    The portfolio will be diversified across Europe, Americas and Asia and value chains from upstream projects like green hydrogen production, to downstream projects such as fleet and refueling stations. (Source: Ardian, PR, Website, 3 Oct., 2021) Contact: Ardian, +33 1 4171 9200,

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    RMI Maps Pathway to Zero-Carbon Steel (Ind. Report Attached)
    Rocky Mountain Institute
    Date: 2021-10-04
    In Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI} has released its latest report, Pursuing Zero-Carbon Steel in China: A Critical Pillar to Reach Carbon Neutrality, analyzing a specific path for the country's steel industry to reach zero-carbon by 2050.

    China produces and consumes more than half of the world's steel, accounting for about 17 pct of the country's carbon emissions -- the country's second largest carbon emitting sector.

    The report makes a preliminary analysis of the energy consumption structure of China's steel industry and estimates that under the zero-carbon scenario, China's steel demand will accelerate to peak and decline rapidly, and the product structure, energy consumption structure, and production process will undergo great changes. The report maps out the following three steps for the industry's decarbonization:

  • Demand reduction -- Under the zero-carbon scenario, China's steel production will peak in 2024 and decline to 621 million tons per year in 2050 -- 40 pc lower than the 2020 level.

  • Steel recycling -- China's secondary steel production will change from a supporting role to a mainstay, accounting for up to 60 pct of total steel production by 2050.

  • Switching to low-carbon alternatives -- Hydrogen direct reduced iron, smelting reduction with coal or hydrogen, and carbon capture and storage will all be important green steel-making routes to China. These methods will produce 250 million tons in total by 2050, resulting in a significant decrease in fossil-fuel-based steel production, from 90 to 20 pct, according to the report.

    Access the full report HERE. (Source: RM, Website Release, Sept., 2021) Contact: Rocky Mountain Institute, 970.927.3851 / Fax: 970.927.3420,

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  • China's Decarbonization Expected to Cost $21.3 trillion (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-10-01
    In Beijing, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) -- China's national foreign trade and investment promotion agency -- is projecting that the cost of China's pledge to decarbonize its economic activities and to reach peak carbon emissions in 2030 and carbon neutrality in 2060 will come in at $21.3 trillion -- almost equal to the present US national debt which stands at $28.8 trillion.

    According to CCPIT VP Zhang Shaogang, "the investment will be needed to adopt new technology and build facilities for a lower-carbon future, and to retool existing fossil fuel sites with carbon capture and storage facilities." Much of the investment will come from financial institutions and "social capital" in which carbon trading will play a key role.

    As previously reported, the China Development Bank has committed roughly $78 billion in loans to finance green energy projects over the next five years. (Source: China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sept.,2021) Contact: the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade,

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    Vanguard, Enbridge Announce RNG Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Vanguard Renewables, Enbridge
    Date: 2021-09-29
    Wellesley, Mass.-based Vanguard Renewables and Calgary-headquartered North American energy infrastructure developer Enbridge, Inc. are reporting an agreement whereby Enbridge will purchase upwards of 2 billion cubic feet per year of renewable natural gas (RNG) from the anaerobic digesters that Vanguard Renewables will invest $200 million to build in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest.

    Enbridge will invest roughly $100 million in upgrading equipment to convert the farm derived RNG into pipeline quality RNG and provide transportation and marketing services to market that gas to U.S. customers.

    Vanguard Renewables builds, owns, and operates the farm-based anaerobic digestion facilities that sequester the methane from food waste and manure, produce clean energy and low-carbon organic fertilizer, and support regenerative agriculture by returning the food nutrients back to the soil. Host farmers receive cost savings and a new income stream.

    In December 2020, Vanguard launched the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance alongside food industry leaders Dairy Farmers of America, Unilever, and Starbucks. The Alliance is committed to developing a circular solution for food waste reduction, recycling, and decarbonization of the manufacturing and supply chain. (Source: Vanguard Renewables, PR, The Daily Times, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Vanguard Renewables, John Hanselman, Founder and CEO, 781-232-7597,; Enbridge, Leanne McNaughton, Communications, 519-619-0370,

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    Biomethane Key in Ireland's Decarbonization (Opinions & Asides)
    Date: 2021-09-27
    "We need to stop seeing gas and electricity as separate and look at how to decarbonise the end-to-energy system, not just individual fuels. As Ireland's gas network is one of the most modern in the world, there's a ready-made solution right under our feet.

    "The gas network can be repurposed to carry decarbonised gases, such as biomethane and hydrogen, at minimal cost and disruption, and in turn play a critical role in an integrated gas and electricity system to decarbonise the country's energy needs.

    "(ERVIA subsidiary) GNI's vision is for Ireland to replace natural gas with renewable gases, such as biomethane and hydrogen, to substantially reduce the country's carbon emissions while complementing intermittent renewable electricity and ensuring a secure energy supply , according to ERVIA CEO Cathal Marley speaking at the 25th annual Energy Ireland conference.

    Dublin-headquartered state-own national gas and water utility ERVIA, through its subsidiary Gas Networks Ireland (GNI), operates Ireland's €2.7 billion national gas network and supplies more than 30 pct of Ireland's total energy, including 40 pct of all heating and over 50 pct of the country's electric power generation. (Source: ERVIA, PR, Website, Sept. 2021) Contact: ERVIA, Cathal Marley, CEO, +44 01 823 0300,

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    ePURE Weighs-In on 'Fit for 55' Legislation (Opinions & Asides)
    Date: 2021-09-27
    "The name 'Fit for 55' is already part of the EU common language -- shorthand for a sweeping set of proposals to remake the legislative landscape for energy and climate policy. (The "Fit for 55' package of proposals aim to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas *GHG) missions by at least 55 pct by 2030.)

    "For the EU biofuels industry, the new proposals -- including major changes to policies on renewable energy, alternative fuels infrastructure, the Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and energy taxation, as well as a de facto deadline for the end of the internal combustion engine -- promise a potentially bumpy road ahead as the implications become clear to policymakers as they fine-tune this legislation in the coming months: unleashing the true potential of crop-based ethanol and creating a policy environment that can spark investment in advanced ethanol are must-have components of any realistic roadmap to carbon-neutrality.

    "Transport Decarbonisation -- As usual, the signals from the Commission about whether biofuels can play a major role in transport decarbonisation are mixed. On the one hand, the Fit for 55 package sets important new goals for emissions reduction and creates a solid foundation for reaching them by giving a role to renewable liquid fuels in decarbonising transport. On the other, the Commission still hesitates to make the best use of emissions-reduction tools it has today, including biofuels -- even when targets have been raised to such a degree that their contribution is essential.

    "Fully enabling biofuels in the drive to carbon-neutrality is just common sense. Even under a scenario in which electric vehicles make rapid gains in market share and the sale of internal combustion engines is phased out, the EU car fleet will consist predominantly of vehicles that run fully or partly on liquid fuel in 2030 and beyond. For these petrol and hybrid cars, renewable ethanol is the most cost-effective and socially inclusive way to reduce emissions. Europe cannot afford to ignore this View on transport decarbonization are mixed important part of the equation.

    "Sustainability Issues -- With the main components of the Fit for 55 package, the Commission should fully maximize the tools it has on hand for decarbonisation -- especially the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). This is the third time since 2009 the Commission has tried to get RED right. With Fit for 55, the Commission finally realizes that to succeed it needs to focus on higher GHG intensity reduction targets that drive renewable energy in transport, without multipliers that hide the EU's continued reliance on fossil fuels.

    Now that sustainability issues have been settled, the EU should unleash the potential of crop-based biofuels and encourage the wider deployment of advanced biofuels. The main questions about the sustainability of biofuels were settled after RED II was adopted in 2018 by phasing out high ILUC-risk biofuels.

    "We know that deforestation and outdated 'food vs fuel' arguments do not apply to EU renewable ethanol. So with this revision we should be taking the next logical step and unleashing the potential of good biofuels. Other Fit for 55 components should work in concert to promote solutions that make a realistic impact on decarbonisation.

    "The CO2 for Cars Standards should include more than just one technology and recognize the benefits of renewable fuels such as ethanol to reduce the carbon-footprint of cars on the road. The Energy Taxation Directive should incentivize renewable fuels, moving away from volume-based taxation and a parallel Emissions Trading System for transport should complement, not replace, binding national targets for emissions reductions in the Effort Sharing Regulation, and avoid increased fuel prices and social discontent.

    "As the European Parliament and EU Member States go to work on this legislative package from the Commission in the coming months, it will be interesting to see whether Fit for 55 can be made fit for purpose." (Source: ePURE, Sept., 2021)

    Editor's note -- ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association reports its members produced 5.57 billion litres (1.45 billion gallon +-) of ethanol and 6.16 million tonnes of co-products in 2020, with a significant increase in production of ethanol for industrial use. ePURE represents 35 members,including 19 ethanol producers with around 50 plants across the EU and UK, accounting for about 85 pct of EU renewable ethanol production. Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General,

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    Tariff Proposal Could Devastate U.S. Clean Energy, says SEIA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Date: 2021-09-24
    "Steep duties proposed by an anonymous group of petitioners would devastate thousands of U.S. solar companies and cause the industry to miss out on 18 GW -- equivalent to the amount of solar capacity installed in all of U.S. history prior to 2015 -- of solar deployment by 2023, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

    "The petitions now before the Department of Commerce would create 50-250 pct duties on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) panels and cells from Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. They allege some companies are circumventing antidumping and countervailing duties (CVD) imposed on China in 2012. The three targeted countries account for 80 pct of all panel imports to the United States.

    "Over 190 of America's leading solar companies sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo outlining the catastrophic impact these duties would have on the livelihoods of 231,000 U.S. solar workers and on the nation's efforts to fight climate change. The letter signers include manufacturers, developers, installers, financiers and service providers from across the solar supply chain. 'I cannot overstate the dire threat that these reckless petitions are imposing on hundreds of thousands of American families,' said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA president and CEO. 'The anonymous petitioners are asking the Department of Commerce to not only misinterpret U.S. law, but also overturn a decade of department decisions in solar trade cases, all to benefit a few anonymous petitioners at the expense of the entire U.S. solar economy. We urge Commerce to use its discretion and dismiss these frivolous petitions.'

    "Wood Mackenzie forecasts the U.S. will install roughly 30 GW of new solar capacity in 2022 and 33 GW in 2023. The forecasts, which appear in the Solar Market Insight Q3 2021 report, are already well short of the pace needed to reach President Biden's decarbonization target for 2035 and implementing these duties would be a catastrophic blow to any chance of addressing climate change. The report also notes that recent trade actions, like the AD/CVD circumvention petition could exacerbate supply chain constraints and increase solar prices.

    "The letter makes the case that the anonymous solar tariff petitions are based on a false premise that manufacturing done in Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand is minor and insignificant, and that cells and panels are predominantly made in China and passed through the targeted nations. In fact, significant work is done in Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. Under the law they cannot be subject to AD/CVD circumvention claims and should be dismissed by the Department of Commerce." (Source: Solar Energy Industries Association, Website PR, 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: SEIA, Abigail Ross Hopper, CEO, Jen Bristol, Communications, (202) 556-2886,,

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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,

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    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,; Elvia,

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    ACE Seeks Hearings to Bolster Ethanol Industry (Opinions & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2021-09-03
    Reporting from Lincoln, Nebraska, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is calling on the Biden Administration and Congress to make ethanol part of discussion by considering the Next Generation Fuels Act of 2021 which was introduced last week by Rep. Cheri Bustos, (D-Ill.) as part of the administration's efforts to decarbonize the U.S. fuel supply.

    ACE wrote to Rep. Frank Pallone, (D-N.J.), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, "ACE encourages you to schedule a legislative hearing to hear from ethanol companies leading the way towards decarbonization and chart a path for policy that can help meet 2050 decarbonization goals. If appropriate, ACE or its member companies would be willing to testify at such a hearing," the letter noted.

    Ethanol industry groups have expressed support for the bill because it would require a number of steps to be taken to expand the ethanol market as part of the overall climate strategy.The bill would require a lifecycle assessment of transportation fuels using the Greenhouse gas and Regulated Emissions and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. (Source: ACE, PR, DTN, 1 Sept/. (Source: ACE, PR, DTN, 1 Sept. 2021) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO,

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    UK Doubling Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (Int'l. Report)
    UK Department for Transport
    Date: 2021-08-27
    In the UK, the Department for Transport has estimated doubling of the country's present E5 biofuel blend standard to E10 could cut transportation CO2 emissions by 750,000 tpy -- equivalent to taking 350,000 cars off the road.

    The upgrading to E10 is inline with a renewed push towards lowering carbon emissions through the massive transportation decarbonization plan (TDP) aimed at phasing out polluting vehicles. The plan also bans the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles starting in 2030, followed by a ban on hybrids in 2035 and petrol and diesel heavy trucks in 2040.

    According to the London-headquartered UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) "The average UK biofuel CO2 emissions savings in 2019 were over 80 pct under the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation meaning that increasing the renewable fuel content of petrol will reduce overall CO2 emissions. It is also worth noting that renewable fuels added to UK petrol and diesel must meet the government's sustainability criteria." (Source: UK Petroleum Industry Association, The Express, Aug., 2021) Contact: UK Petroleum Industry Association, +44 20 7269 7600,

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    Syracuse U. Helps Manufacturers Cut Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    DOE Advanced-Manufacturing Office
    Date: 2021-08-25
    In the Empire State, Syracuse University reports it is among 32 schools that will work to help local manufacturers improve their energy efficiency, as part of a U.S. DOE $60 million investment aimed at helping small- and medium-sized manufacturers reduce their carbon emissions and lower energy costs while training the next generation of energy-efficiency workers.

    The investment will help remove barriers to decarbonization across the manufacturing sector and advance the goal of reaching a clean-energy economy by focusing on: improving productivity; enhancing cybersecurity; promoting resiliency planning; providing training to entities located in disadvantaged communities; and engage in a new pilot project to expand to the commercial-building market.

    To date, the program has provided nearly 20,000 no-cost assessments for small- and medium-sized manufacturers and more than 147,000 recommendations for improvement measures. Assessments typically identify more than $130,000 in potential annual savings opportunities. The program is managed by the DOE Advanced-Manufacturing Office. (Source: Syracuse University, PR, CNYBJ, 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: DOE Advanced-Manufacturing Office,; Syracuse University,

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    ArcelorMittal Touts Cdn. Steel Decarbonization Plan (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-08-23
    Luxembourg-based steel maker ArcelorMittal is reporting its planned move from blast furnace basic oxygen furnace steel-making to new direct reduction of iron ore (DRI) and electric arc furnace (EAF) installations at its Dofasco steel mill in Hamilton, Ontario will reduce carbon emissions by approximately 3 million tons -- roughly 60 pct of the plant's total emissions -- by 2028.

    ArcelorMittal's planned investment is contingent upon $400 million in Canadian federal government support and financial support from the Government of Ontario. (Source: ArcelorMittal, Aug., 2021) Contact: ArcelorMittal,

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    Maersk Inks First Green Methanol Marine Fuel Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Maritime shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) is reporting a contract with Copenhagen-based REintegrate to produce roughly 10,000 tonnes of carbon neutral e-methanol, produced by using renewable sources such as biomass and solar energy which the vessel will need to operate each year.The entire Maersk fleet would require roughly 20 million tpy of green methanol fuel, according to the release.

    REintegrate's new decentralized production technology offers green e-methanol identical to fossil methanol, from renewable energy sources and CO2 from bio-waste. E-methanol provides a convenient transition to environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals with an ultra-high greenhouse gas reduction and a competitive rice to similar products such as green bio-products.REintegrate's process facilitates the re-cycle of CO2 emissions and the by-products (oxygen and heat) can be used in the industrial sector and for district heating, according to the company website.

    With about 90 per cent of world trade transported by sea, global shipping accounts for nearly three per cent of the world's CO2 emissions. Maersk aims to have a carbon-neutral fleet by 2030 to meet its target of net-zero emissions by 2050, according to the release. (Source: A.P. Moller-Maersk, GFM News, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: A.P. Moller-Maersk, Morten Bo Christiansen, Hesd of Decarbonization,; Reintegrate, +45 6168 6212,

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    TC Energy, Irving Oil Ink Decarbonixation MoU (Ind. Report)
    TC Energy, Irving Oil
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Calgary, Alberta-based natural gas-focused midstream energy service provider TC Energy and New Brunswick, Canada-headquartered petroleum refiner Irving Oil are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the development of clean energy projects in Atlantic Canada' The two firms will focus on decarbonizing existing assets and implementing technologies to reduce emissions, including at the 2004-vintage Grandview Cogeneration facility, a 90-MW low-carbon power plant at Irving Oil's 320,000 bpd Saint John refinery -- the largest in Canada.

    The partnership will also consider medium and long-term opportunities that support the decarbonization of local industry through the production and delivery of low-emission hydrogen along with a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) network.

    The scope, time limits and cost estimates of the joint initiatives will be determined by feasibility studies and outstanding regulatory procedures. (Source: TC Energy, Irving Oil, Zacks, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: TC Energy, 403-920-2000,; Irving Oil,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Decarbonization,  TC Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Irving Oil,  

    "Dear Mr. President... Yours Truly, ACE" (Opinions & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2021-08-16
    In a letter to President Joe Biden, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) called for the President to set the maximum statutory volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the 2021 and 2022 Renewable Volume Obligation rule-making and to pursue all options to ensure uninterrupted market access for E15. The letter notes these actions are the quickest way to reduce GHG emissions from the U.S. transportation fleet in the near term and support net-negative biofuel production that can help achieve a fully decarbonized transportation future.

    "We recognize your goal is to electrify the vehicle fleet in the future, but the inconvenient truth is there are hundreds of millions more people driving vehicles capable of using low-carbon substitutes to petroleum such as E15 and E85 today than any other alternative. Since this reality will exist well into the future, increasing the use of ethanol today will immediately reduce GHGs while the production of electric vehicles (EVs) ramps up" the letter notes.

    "In the near-term, a properly implemented RFS and year-round availability of E15 will meaningfully reduce the carbon intensity of the U.S. transportation sector by capitalizing on the existing vehicle fleet's ability to use lower-carbon biofuels. In the mid-term, the pending RVO decision will act as a harbinger for companies on how much to rely on your commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 when making investment decisions," the letter added.

    "If the Administration is not willing to ensure the RFS will call for 15 billion gallons of low-carbon ethanol already being produced to replace petroleum at the pump, legitimate questions will be asked about the merits of non-binding executive orders setting national goals for less deployable decarbonization technologies," the letter concluded.

    Download the full ACE letter HERE . (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, Website PR,11 Aug., 2021) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  RFS,  E15,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel,  Biofuel,  

    Birla Carbon Aims for Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l.)
    Birla Carbon
    Date: 2021-08-16
    Mumbai- India-headquartered global carbon black manufacturer Birla Carbon reports it plans to bring down its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The company's initiative, which is in line with The Paris Agreement and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Tire Industry Project SDG Roadmap, is in collaboration with sister companies to develop decarbonization initiatives through the Aditya Birla Science and Technology Center.

    To reach net-zero carbon emission by 2050, Birla Carbon will focus on all three scopes in the measurement, reduction, and offsetting of carbon emissions. A majority of its carbon footprint reduction is expected to come from Scope 1 and 2 based on its direct and indirect emission reduction initiatives. A smaller portion of its reduction will come from scope 3 based on the operations of upstream and downstream industries in the value chain. The company will focus on research to discover new ways for the capture and conversion of carbons; reducing dependence on traditional manufacturing processes; increasing energy efficiency; increased use of alternative energy and feedstocks; and the addition of renewable energy solutions.

    Part of the Aditya Birla Group, Birla Carbon provides innovative sustainable carbon black solutions that enhance the performance of paints and coatings, inks and toners, plastics, adhesives, sealants, textile fibers, mechanical rubber goods, and tires. The company's footprint extends across 12 countries with 16 manufacturing facilities and two technology centers in Marietta, Georgia (USA) and Taloja, India). (Source: Brila Carbon, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Birla Carbon, John Loudermilk, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Black,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  

    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,,; APOLLO, Peter Mintzberg, Inv. Relations, (212) 822-0528 ,

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

    JinkoSolar Modules LCA Certifified by TUV Rheinland China (Int'l.)
    Date: 2021-08-09
    Shangrao, China-headquartered global solar energy specialist JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has received the first PV module LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) certificate in the Greater China region issued by TUV Rheinland (China) Ltd. The LCA certified modules are monocrystalline mainstream modules, with a total of 6 series and 43 sub-models.

    The LCA certificate issued by TUV Rheinland is an important foundation for the Italian EPD certification. Based on the requirements of ISO 14040/ISO 14044, it adopts a life cycle assessment method focusing on environmental impact such as global warming potential, from raw material mining to the production of silicon wafers, cells, modules, upstream and downstream transportation, power station construction, operation and maintenance to final dismantling and disposal, and comprehensively evaluates and demonstrates multiple environmental impacts of JinkoSolar's photovoltaic products throughout their life cycle index.

    Combining the world's carbon neutrality commitments and China's domestic 30/60 decarbonization goal, this certification can help companies fulfill their pledges on carbon emissions reduction through recognizing product low-carbon design, optimized energy management systems, and energy efficiency improvements, social responsibility for emissions and ecological impact, and achieve the ultimate goals of energy-saving and emissions reduction.

    JinkoSolar has 9 production facilities and 22 subsidiaries globally and a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 22 GW for mono wafers, 11.5 GW for solar cells, and 31 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2021. (Source: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., PR, 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., Kangping Chen, CEO, Stella Wang, +86 21-5180-8777 ext.7806,; TUV Rheinland,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  PV Modules,  TUV Rheinland,  

    John Deere Invests in Summit Carbon Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Summit Carbon Solutions,John Deere
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Further to our Jun 3 coverage, Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group subsidiary Summit Carbon Solutions is reporting receipt of a strategic investment from Moline, Illinois-headquartered farm equipment manufacturer John Deere to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS). The project will accelerate decarbonization efforts across the agriculture industry by enabling the production of low carbon ethanol, resulting in the production of more sustainable food, feed, and fuel.

    Summit Carbon Solutions has partnered with 31 biorefineries across the U.S. Midwest to capture and permanently sequester their CO2 emissions and reducing the carbon footprint of ethanol produced at these facilities by approximately 50 pct, which will greatly accelerate their ability to produce a net zero or even carbon negative fuel, according to the release. (Source: Summit Carbon Solutions , PR 28 July, 2021) Contact: Summit Carbon Solutions , Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO,; John Deere, Cory Reed, President, Ag & Turf Div.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Carbon Solutions,  CCS,  John Deere,  

    B&W Claims Asian Emissions Control Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Babcock & Wilcox
    Date: 2021-07-28
    Akron, Ohio-headquartered Babcock & Wilcox is reporting two contracts valued at more than $11 million to design and supply advanced technologies to reduce emissions and generate cleaner energy at an unnamed power plant in Asia.

    B&W will upgrade the plant's existing combustion equipment, supplying a B&W AireJet ® low- nitrogen oxides (NOx) combustion system and other equipment to improve the unit's emissions and efficiency.

    According to its website, Babcock & Wilcox has earned more than 90 patents for carbon capture over the past four decades, and has been a leader in decarbonization research and development. The company's revolutionary ClimateBright™ decarbonization technologies can effectively separate CO2 while producing hydrogen, steam and/or syngas -- and have application for a range of industries including energy production, food manufacturing, steel, cement, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, carbon black, and pulp and paper. (Source: Babcock & Wilcox, PR, Website, Business Wire, 26 July, 2021) Contact: B&W, Jim Morgan, CEO, Megan Wilson, VP, Corporate Development & Investor Relations, 704.625.4944 ,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Babcock & Wilcox ,  Carbon Emissions,  

    Shell, MSC Partner on Low-Carbon Maritime Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
    MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,Shell
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Swiss-headquartered MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) reports it is partnering with Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd to develop and deploy "net-zero solutions" such as zero-emission alternative fuels and the technologies that will enable them with the ambition of contributing towards a "zero-carbon flexi-fuel concept vessel" to help the shipping sector's energy transition towards decarbonization.

    As previously reported, the two firms have worked together over the last 10 years on projects, including bunkering biofuels and ultra-low sulfur fuels, and envisage a range of net-zero fuel solutions such as hydrogen-derived fuels and the use of methanol as a marine fuel. The companies have also been exploring the potential benefits of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to bio-LNG or synthetic variants. (Source: Shell Marine, PR, gCaptain. 16 July, 2021) Contact: Shell Marine, Melissa Williams, President,; MCG Group, Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, +41 79 885 76 70,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,  Shell,  CCS,  

    UK Manufacturing Execs Misunderstand Carbon Footprint, Decarbonization, says Survey (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2021-07-12
    A survey of over 150 UK manufacturing executives conducted by management consultancy Vendigital has found a gap in understanding about calculating and reducing emissions in line with climate science and the national net-zero target. The survey investigated executive knowledge on carbon measurement and management, and their business's plans for transitioning to net-zero across their direct (Scope 1 and 2) and indirect (Scope 3) emissions.

    "On a positive note, 98 pct of respondents said that their organisation is investing in decarbonisation initiatives for the 12 months ahead. But the professionals, broadly, seemed keen to invest in initiatives with a low upfront cost and with quick payback times, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The most popular move cited by respondents is joining the UN's Race to Zero Initiative. There was also strong support for making processes more efficient, procuring renewable electricity and investing in emissions management and tracking.

    "Only one-third of respondents worked for organisations with sustainable sourcing strategies, with two-thirds saying they would only align their sourcing strategies with net-zero if there were cost benefits. Similarly, only 35 pct of respondents worked for organisations that have already appointed a head of sustainability or are planning to do so this financial year."

    The survey also revealed a gap in knowledge among members of the C-suites themselves. 74 pct of the respondents admitted that they do not have a complete understanding of their company's absolute carbon footprint and the changes that will need to be made to reduce emissions. (Source: Vendigital, July, PR, 2021) Contact: Vendigital,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  

    NY Offers Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In the Empire State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) has announced more than $9 million is available to establish the Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program to support breakthrough innovations to contribute to building New York as a hub for carbon-to-value technology. The new program will provide technical expertise that bridges research and development with the commercialization of products, grow entrepreneurial training for scientists, expand the State's innovation ecosystem, and accelerate economy-wide deep decarbonization.

    The Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program will be administered and funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which is seeking proposals for an organization to run the Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program.

    Carbontech describes a family of technologies that can convert different forms of carbon into a diverse array of valued products and services in a climate-beneficial way. These technologies include but are not limited to: low-embodied carbon cement, sustainable building materials, LED lighting systems, energy efficient home appliances, longer-lasting batteries, and more efficient heating-and-cooling systems, and others.

    Through its entrepreneurial support programs, the State has invested more than $28 million since 2009 through NYSERDA, supporting nearly 349 companies and generating more $780 million in private investments and $200 million in project finance capital have been created while supporting more than 440 new and improved clean and energy efficient products to market. (Source: NYSERDA, June, 2021) Contact: NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, CEO, (518) 862-1090,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  Low Carbon,  

    Baker Hughes, Borg CO2 Plan Norwegian CCS Hub (Int'l. Report)
    Baker Hughes, Borg CO2
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Houston-headquartered energy technology firm Baker Hughes and Borg CO2 AS, a Norwegian carbon capture and storage (CCS) developer for industrial clusters, are reporting a MoU to collaborate on a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project to serve as a hub for the decarbonization of industrial sites in the Viken region of Norway.

    The Borg CO2 project aims to capture and store up to 90 pct of the CO2 emissions from the Port of Borg and industrial facilities in the cities of Fredrikstad, Sarpborg and Halden which combined emit approximately 700,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. The captured CO2 will be liquified, shipped and eventually stored beneath the North Sea.

    Borg CO2 and its partners have completed a first feasibility study and are proceeding with an extended feasibility study (pre-FEED) to be completed by the end of 2021 which Baker Hughes will support with its portfolio of carbon capture technologies and engineering services for the study and development of the hub. In addition, Baker Hughes and Borg CO2 will jointly evaluate the optimal structure for implementation of the carbon capture plants and pursue grant and incentive opportunities both in Norway and at the EU level. (Source: BakerHughes, Website PR, 22 June, 2021) Contact: BakerHughes,; Borg CO2 AS, Jon Hermansen, +47 948 13 171,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Baker Hughes news,   Borg CO2 news,  CCS news,  

    ClearFlame Engine Technologies, Alto Ingredients Partner to Demonstrate Decarbonization of Diesel-Fueled Engines Using Ethanol Fuel (Ind. Report)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2021-05-19
    Geneva, Illinois-based ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a growing startup dedicated to the development of clean engine technology today announced a partnership with Alto Ingredients, Inc.-- fka Pacific Ethanol -- a leading producer of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients, to conduct pilot demonstrations of its proven solution for diesel engines using low-cost ethanol in Class VIII trucks.

    ClearFlame will provide Alto with a Class VIII truck retrofitted with a 500hp heavy-duty demonstration engine which can match diesel torque and efficiency by achieving true diesel-style combustion of any decarbonized fuel. In turn, Alto will provide fuel and fleet support enabling real-world on-road testing. ClearFlame anticipates its engine running on ethanol can reduce GHG vehicle emissions by more than 45 pct and offer an estimated 15-30 pct TCO savings when compared with a diesel-fueled solution.

    ClearFlame's technology enables low-carbon and carbon-negative fuels to be easily integrated into existing diesel engine platforms, offering a more sustainable and cost-effective solution than diesel fuel while utilizing existing liquid fuel infrastructure. It provides the same performance, efficiency, and rugged practicality associated with diesel engines, while eliminating the need for complex after treatment solutions. By replacing 100 pct of the petroleum fuel used with decarbonized fuels such as ethanol.

    ClearFlame's engine technology significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter and smog, helping to meet stringent emissions regulations while reducing overall engine cost. ClearFlame-enabled trucks will begin driving in late 2021, for fleet testing to begin in the first quarter of 2022. (Source: ClearFlame, PR, 17 May., 2021) Contact: ClearFlam Engine Technologies,; Alto Ingredients, Mike Kandriss, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  Alto Ingedients,  

    OECD Progress Towards Zero Carbon Electricity by 2035 (EMBER Study Attached)
    Date: 2021-05-17
    "For countries eyeing economy-wide carbon neutrality in 2050, zero carbon power in the 2030s is a crucial short-term target. Recent Ember analysis found this timeline was the unspoken consensus behind US, UK and EU emission reduction plans, with power sector decarbonization in the next 10-15 years underpinning longer term goals.

    "The Energy Transitions Commission has called for all 'developed economies' to commit to 2050 economy-wide net-zero and near zero-carbon power sectors by the mid-2030s. 21 of 37 OECD countries have a 2050 net-zero target in place, with some taking steps to set goals around coal phase out or clean power in the next decade and a half. So what progress are OECD countries making towards electricity sector goals that will need to be met in the 2030s on the way to 2050?

    Download the EMBER OECD Progress Towards Zero Carbon Electricity by 2035 report HERE.

    Ember's objective is to accelerate the global electricity transition from coal to clean energy. By gathering, curating and analyzing data on the global power sector and its impact on the climate. We use our data and analysis to: support high impact policies; empower campaign organizations; and shape the global narrative, according to the EMBER website. (Source: EMBER, Website PR, 14 May, 2021) Contact: EMBER,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy news,  EMBER news,  Renewable Energy news,  

    Bloom Energy Deploys First Hydrogen Powered Fuel Cell (Ind. Report)
    Bloom Energy
    Date: 2021-05-12
    California-based Bloom Energy reports it and Seoul, South Korea-headquartered SK Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. have successfully deployed 100 kilowatts of solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) powered solely by hydrogen in Ulsan, South Korea, generating zero-carbon onsite electricity.

    Bloom Energy first announced its initial plans to enter the commercial hydrogen market in July 2020, which includes an intended 1-MW hydrogen-powered Energy Server installation with SK E&C by 2022. Additionally, Bloom Energy intends to supply its solid-oxide electrolyzer cells (SOEC), which are designed to produce green hydrogen via solar and battery, to South Korea in 2022 as part of the RE100 project. The green hydrogen produced by the SOEC, which is created through electrolysis by converting water and renewable electricity into hydrogen without carbon emissions, will be used to power the hydrogen SOFC.

    Hydrogen fuel cells, which convert hydrogen into electricity through a non-combustion electrochemical process, are increasingly recognized as an essential tool for full decarbonization, according to the release. (Source: Bloom Energy, PR, Chemical Eng., 28 Apr., 2021) Contact: Bloom Energy, K R Sridhar, CEO, Peter Gross, VP, (408) 543-1547,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bloom Energy,  Fuel Cell,  Hydrogen,  

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