The goal supports efforts outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to reduce the world's net anthropogenic emissions to zero by 2050. This announcement builds upon Penn State's annual Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 report, released on Dec. 1, 2020, which summarized the University's latest progress in environmental sustainability made from 2019 to 2024 with a commitment to achieve a 100 pct carbon-neutral campus by 2042.
Penn State has reduced its overall carbon emissions by 37.2 pct since 2009 and "greened" its physical footprint with 27 buildings achieving US Green Building Council LEED certification, 34 buildings having green roofs, and 14 acres of open space having been added through the creation of Penn Park. In 2020, the University signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the construction of two new solar energy facilities which will offset 75 pct of both the academic campus and the University of Pennsylvania Health System's electricity consumption through renewable energy. (Source: Penn State University, PR, The Pennsylvanian, Apr., 2021) Contact: Penn State University, 814-865-6528, www.bursar.psu.edu/endowments
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Suncor Energy Inc., LanzaTech, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and British Airways are among the other LanzaJet investors.
LanzaJet's technology is uniquely able to produce up to 90 pct of its fuels as SAF, with the remaining 10 pct as renewable diesel. The LanzaJet process can use any source of sustainable ethanol for jet fuel production, including, but not limited to, ethanol made from recycled pollution, the core application of LanzaTech's carbon recycling platform, according to LanzaJet. (Source: LanzaTech, Shell, Digest, Apr., 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, LanzaJet, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, email@example.com, www.lanzatech.com
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Similarly, recent data from the Minnesota Department of Commerce showed 2020 E15 sales there nearly held steady with 2019 sales levels, despite the pandemic. Minnesota E15 sales were 93.46 million gallons, down 4 pct from 97.40 million gallons in 2019.
On the west coast, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) noted 40.37 million gallons of E85 were sold in the Golden State in 2020, down 0.6 pct from the 40.6 million gallons sold in 2019.
(Source: Iowa Department of Revenue Renewable Fuels Association, CARB, Biofuels News, 8 Apr., 2021) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, www.ethanolrfa.org
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Many A4A members have set net-zero emissions goals and are already investing in SAF, but the aviation industry requires a similar urgent commitment from policymakers, fuel producers and others in the feedstock and fuel supply chain to achieve meaningful scalability.
Additionally, A4A has helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to CORSIA to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020, according to the organization's website. (Source: Airlines for America, PR, Website, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, Pres., CEO, www.airlines.org
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In the UK, Ocean Winds will soon complete the 100-turbine, 950MW Moray East offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth.
When fully operational in 2022, the project is expected to generate sufficient energy for roughly 950,000 homes.
It is being developed by Moray Offshore Windfarm East, which is majority owned by Ocean Winds with Diamond Green and China Three Gorges holding minority positions. (Source: Ocean Wind, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Ocean Wind, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.oceanwinds.com; China Three Gorges Europe, www.hydropower.org/our-members/china-three-gorges-corporation
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To that end, the company is looking at initiatives and technologies designed to improve the performance of its shipping fleet and cut emissions. Mitsui is also investigating new business lines tied to the emerging technologies including offshore wind, wave energy, alternative fuels, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), LNG bunkering and liquefied CO2 ocean transport, according to a release. (Source: Mitsui, PR, Nikkei Asia, Apr., 2021) Contact: Mitsui, www.mitsui.com
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To that end, Samsung Engineering will help Lotte Chemical improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technologies, and promote Lotte's green hydrogen business and technology licensing.
As previously reported in February, Lotte Chemical declared "Green Promise 2030" an ESG management strategy for the implementation of its eco-friendly business and achieving growth without expanding carbon generation by 2030 and achieving net-zero carbon by 2050.
(Source: Lotte Chemical, PR, Business Korea, 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: Lotte Chemical, www.lottechem.com; Samsung Engineering, www.samsungengineering.com
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The Finnish government is aiming to make Finland carbon-neutral by 2035. Achieving this target will require significant emission reductions in both road and maritime transport. The use of biogas can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90 pct, making it the cleanest marine fuel available. Liquefied biogas can be used in the same applications as liquefied natural gas (LNG) as they can be mixed with each other and used simultaneously or alternately as fuel for the same ship. (Source: Gasum, PR, 1 April, 2021) Contact: Gasum, Turku Plant, Ossi Lehtonen, Plant Manager,
+358 40 411 9717, email@example.com, www.gasum.com
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Fuel ethanol operating margins and production rates are largely driven by fuel ethanol, corn, and natural gas prices. Estimated fuel ethanol margins fell to negative levels in February, when natural gas supplies were disrupted and natural gas spot prices approached near record-high levels. As a result, many fuel ethanol producers reduced production rates. Amid record-high natural gas prices, some fuel ethanol producers chose to sell natural gas supplies back into spot markets instead of producing fuel ethanol. U.S. weekly fuel ethanol production has since increased to an average of 922,000 b/d for the week ending March 19, but fuel ethanol inventories have yet to fully return to average levels after the supply disruption.
U.S. weekly inventories of fuel ethanol fell to 21.3 million barrels as of March 12, 2021, which marked the fourth consecutive weekly inventory withdrawal at a time when inventories typically build as we head into the summer driving season. The March 12 inventory level was 13 percent less than at the same time last year and the lowest inventory level since Nov. 27, 2020, when fuel ethanol production and inventories began increasing after reaching five-year lows, which occurred as a result of responses to COVID-19. Fuel ethanol prices and producer margins have since returned to average levels. Elevated prices for fuel ethanol renewable identification numbers (RINs) should also help drive higher fuel ethanol production rates and prompt fuel ethanol inventories to build closer to their normal seasonal averages in the coming weeks, as evidenced by the slight increase to 21.8 million barrels as of March 19, 2021.
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Weekly Petroleum Status Report, www.eia.gov/petroleum/supply/weekly
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Repsol has proposed 30 projects which it calculates will need total investment of €5.96 billion. The projects include a plant in partnership with oil giant Saudi Aramco to build in northern Spain, which will produce synthetic fuel for cars, trucks and aircraft using carbon dioxide captured from a nearby refinery, and hydrogen produced from electricity generated from renewables.
Another potential candidate is a refinery in southern Spain where Repsol aims to start producing advanced biofuels in 2023.
A planned extension to a hydroelectric plant in the northern region of Cantabria has also been included in the proposals. Repsol estimates adding a gigawatt of capacity to the Aguayo hydroelectric facility will cost around €700 million. (Source: Repsol, PR, Apr., 2021)
Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com
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Samsung made a full transition to renewable energy at all DS branches in China and the U.S. in 2019, vowing to continue its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. (Source: Samsung, Korea Business Wire, 3 April, 2021)
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The nanomaterial process technology has provided a 9x improvement for the Nickel-Iron batteries used in a wide range of large-scale energy storage devices, transportation and other applications. The technology can also be used to create solid state batteries with carbon fibre and a silk interposer treated with an electrolyte. This can be used to create batteries in the structure of electric vehicles such as cars and boats. The company has already created a pilot project where a 1 meter electric boat was constructed where the hull of the boat became the battery.
The nanoparticle process generates particles that are many orders-of-magnitude more effective in increasing energy surface in existing batteries by mixing them into the slurry that is a standard part of all battery manufacturing lines. Nanom has achieved scale in its manufacturing process and can already satisfy the requirements of battery markets which is a key challenge for nanoparticle production, according to the company release. (Source: Namon, PR, eeNews Europe, 5 Apr., 2021)
Contact: Nanom, Armann Kojic, CEO, +354 776 7555, 650 427 9060 – California Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nnom.com
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POET Biorefining -- Leipsic will produce up to 35 million gpy of purified alcohol which will include grain neutral spirits (GNS) and USP-grade alcohol. A second expansion at POET Biorefining --Alexandria is also scheduled to come online in Q2 2021.
POET, the world's largest biofuels producer, operates 27 facilities across 7 states. At full run rates, POET purchases 5 pt of US corn and produces 2 billion gpy of ethanol, 10 billion ppy of distillers dried grains, and 600 million ppy of corn oil. (Source: POET, PR, 31 Mae., 2021)
Contact: POET Pure, Darin Cartwright, VP, www.poetpure.com; POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com
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A4A and its member carriers are committed to working in partnership across the commercial aviation sector and beyond to help advance and deploy commercially viable technology, operations, infrastructure and SAF to meet these ambitious climate goals. At the same time, it is imperative that the U.S. federal, state and local governments implement supportive policies and programs that enable innovation, scale-up, cost-competitiveness and deployment in each of these areas, while avoiding the implementation of policies that would limit the aviation industry's ability to invest in emissions-reducing measures.
Many A4A members have set net-zero emissions goals and are already investing in SAF, but the aviation industry requires a similar urgent commitment from policymakers, fuel producers and others in the feedstock and fuel supply chain to achieve meaningful scalability.
U.S. airlines greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions currently accounts for less than two percent of the nation's GHG emissions inventory. U.S. airlines improved their fuel efficiency by more than 135 pct between 1978 and year-end 2019, saving over five billion metric tons of CO2 -- equivalent to taking more than 27 million cars off the road on average in each of those years. Additionally, A4A has helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to CORSIA to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020, according to the organization's website. (Source: Airlines for America, PR, Website, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, Pres., CEO, www.airlines.org
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Okinawa Electric Power also uses woody biomass at its 312MW Gushikawa coal-fired power plant and forecasts using a total 30,000 tpy of wood pellets for both plants and cutting its CO2 emissions by around 40,000 tpy.
The move to woody biomass pellet fuel is in line with the utility's plan cut greenhouse gas emissions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Okinawa Electric Power, Korea Herald,
Mar 29, 2021) Contact: Okinawa Electric Power, www.okiden.co.jp/en
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The onshore wind park is expected to generate roughly 37 GWh of green electricity p.a. and reduce CO2 emissions by almost 30,000 tpy. The project increases Pacifico's portfolio capacity by 19 pct to 96.6 MW. The company is aiming to increase its portfolio to 400 MW by 2023, according to the release. (Source: Pacifico Renewables, PR, Website, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Pacifico Renewables, Christoph Strasser, Co-CEO, www.pacifico-reneables.com; New Energies Systems AG, +49 2651 4915520, www.nesag.de
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FAW-VW notes it has been building green factories, adhering to green manufacturing, and continuously improving its environmental management system and launched the MEB platform since company establishment 30 years ago. "Our vision is CO2-neautral production without negative environmental impact during our complete production cycle," said FAW-VW technical VP Andreas Dick.
In December 2014, FAW-VW launched a comprehensive corporate social responsibility strategy, becoming one of the first auto companies in China to put forward a corporate social responsibility strategy in China. (Source: FAW-Volkswagen, PR, 30 Mar., 2021)
Contact: FAW-Volkswagen, +86-431- 8112-1212, email@example.com,
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The initial phases of the project are being conducted in partnership with Nestlé, which is supporting this as part of its climate journey roadmap, building robust scientific data, with partners, to effectively drive progress in carbon reduction through its supply chain.
The First4Milk sustainability programme aims to sequester 100,000 tpy of carbon in soils by 2025 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.
(Source: First Milk, Website PR, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: First Milk, www.firstmilk.co.uk; Agricarbon, + 34 957422099,
+ 34 957422168,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.agricarbon.eu: Neste UK, Robin Sundaram, Responsible Sourcing Manager, www.neste.com
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In 2018, BASF's worldwide emissions totaled 21.9 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents. In 1990, this figure was roughly twice as high. The new 2030 emissions goal represents a reduction of approximately 60 pct compared to 1990 levels, which exceeds the European Union's target of minus 55 pct. (Source: BASF, PR, European Coatings, 30 Mar., 2021)
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According to the release, each truckload of SAF that Avfuel delivers to Monterey Jet Center will provide a 22 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over the lifecycle compared to petroleum-based jet fuel. SAF is the most effective way to reduce a flight's carbon footprint and in the future could deliver up to 80 pct less greenhouse gas emissions versus traditional jet fuelif used in its neat form.
Avfuel is one of the first United States companies able to supply the fuel on a regular basis. Neste expects to produce 515 million gpy of SAF by 2023.
(Source: Avfuel, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Avfuel, Craig Sincock, CEO, 734-663-6466, www.avfuel.com; Monterey Jet Center, 831-373-0100, www.montereyjetcenter.com
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The 240 MWh facility will store sufficient power for more than 7,000 homes for one day.
(Source: Apple, Reuters, 31 Mar., 2021)
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The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility are being sold under two separate power purchase agreements -- a 25-year agreement with Great River Energy, expected to commence January 2023, and a 15-year agreement with Xcel Energy, expected to commence in October 2021. Southern Power will be the majority owner. Invenergy will retain a minority ownership position, and Invenergy Services will operate and maintain the facility.
With the addition of Deuel Harvest, Southern Power's wind portfolio consists of more than 2,533 MW of wind generation. Southern Power's wind facilities are a part of the company's 4,928-MW renewable fleet, which consists of 43 solar and wind facilities operating or under construction.
Southern Power and its subsidiaries own or operate 54 facilities operating or under development in 14 states with more than 12,498 MW of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and West Virginia. Southern Power is aiming for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
(Source: Southern Power, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Southern Power, www.southerncompany.com
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AWS -- sole shareholder of the Aurich-based wind energy converter manufacturer ENERCON -- and EWE AG each hold 50 pct of the shares in Alterric.
The shareholders have brought the existing wind farms and onshore projects belonging to ENERCON and EWE into their joint venture Alterric which has more than 2,300 MW of installed power in its portfolio and a project pipeline of more than 9,400 MW. Alterric aims to invest roughly €4 billion to expand its portfolio to up to 5 GW by 2030.
Alterric is the largest onshore green electricity producer in Germany, according to the company website. (Source: Alterric, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Alterric, www.alterric.com; Aloys Wobben Stiftung, www.aloys-wobben-stiftung.de; EWE, www.ewe.com/en
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The companies will negotiate a CO2 off-take and a sequestration and monitoring agreement for OLCV to transport CO2 from the facility for sequestration in an underground geologic formation in the Rio Grande Valley.
Next Decade aims to make the LNG facility a net-zero carbon emissions development with CCS and by purchasing carbon offsets, subject a final investment decision later this year. Construction is expected to get underway in 2022. (Source: NextDecade Corp., Website PR, Mar., 2021)
Contact: Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, Richard Jackson, Pres., U.S. Onshore Resources and Carbon Management, OLCV@OXY.COM, www.oxylowcarbon.com; NextDecade Corp., (713) 574-1880, www.next-decade.com
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Changes to the Supply and Disposition summary data table include:
The composition of the monthly data for the Fuel Ethanol product category of the Supply and Disposition summary data table will continue to be consistent with that of the historical data before January 2021. EIA plans to publish revisions to the new monthly biofuels data for 2021 and petroleum and biofuel volumetric balances with the release of the Petroleum Supply Annual data tables in August 2022, according to the release.
(Source: U.S. Energy Information , 26 Mar., 2021) Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov/index.php
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The project will incorporate 64 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines totaling 450 MW and is expected to enter service in 2024. (Source: EIB, PR, NA Windpower, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org
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Renewable biomethane from livestock manure is 35-40 pct cheaper than diesel and cuts vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85 pct, according to the CNG Fuels release. (Source: CNG Fuels, PR, insider.co.uk 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: CNG Fuels, Philip Fjeld, CEO, +44 0 7971 541 000,email@example.com, www.cngfuels.com
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In 202, China's steel sector
produced 1.065 billion tonnes of crude steel -- 57 pct of world production -- and accounted for roughly 15 pct of the country's total carbon emissions.
(Source: China Iron and Steel Association, Hellenic Shipping News, Reuters, 21 Mar., 2021) Contact: China Iron and Steel Association, english.chinaisa.org.cn
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According to Toshiba, in its present development stage, the equipment can process 1 tpy of CO2 but will be key to enabling carbon neutrality when combined with renewable energy and developed to commercial scale.
(Source: Toshiba, PR, NHK Japan, Mar., 2021) Contact: Toshiba, +81-3-3457-4511, www.global.toshiba
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Under the memorandum, areas of cooperation include: energy strategy and energy policy, considering measures to support energy efficiency and development of renewable energy; use of energy storage technologies; energy efficiency in industry and buildings; heat energy reforms; strengthening research, innovation and competitiveness.
The parties will cooperate to improve public policy instruments -- legislative initiatives, support mechanisms, etc. -- in Ukraine, considering the norms of EU directives and the experience of Germany; draft joint proposals for the introduction of innovative technologies in these areas; develop concepts, norms, methods; jointly develop and guide projects; and organize training and skill improvement for experts. (Source: State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, UkrinForm, MENAFN, PR, 23 Mar., 2021) Contact: State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, www.saee.gov.ua/en; German Energy Agency, www.dena.de
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"Minnesota is behind schedule in achieving the transportation greenhouse gas reduction and clean fuel adoption goals established through the bipartisan Next Generation Energy Act of 2007. We believe that a clean fuels policy, such as the proposed Future Fuels Act, can help get Minnesota back on track.
"We believe that the Future Fuels Act, designed based on recommendations in the Mid-continent Clean Fuels Policy Initiative's white paper A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest, can have many benefits for Minnesota, including:
Alliance member companies will together invest €100 billion or more by 2030 in decarbonising their companies and products as part of their corporate strategies supporting renewable energy, the European Green Deal, far-reaching climate protection measures and cooperation on practical solutions in cross sector climate protection projects.
The Alliance is aiming for an ongoing constructive dialogue with the EU Commission, a gradual introduction of a cross-sector CO2 price, ambitious coal phase-out dates and climate protection measures to make the EU the world's leading region for climate protection while unlocking investments, driving innovations in tomorrow's technologies and creating "future proof" jobs.
The CEO Alliance is working in concrete on joint projects: cross-EU charging infrastructure for heavy duty transport, integration of EU Power systems, digital carbon footprint tracking, sustainable healthy buildings, electric buses for Europe, green hydrogen value chain and rapid build-up of battery production. (Source: CEO Alliance for Europe's Recovery, Reform and Resilience, 20 Mar., 2021)
Contact: CEO Alliance for Europe's Recovery, Reform and Resilience, Herbert Diess (Volkswagen), CEO uploads.volkswagen-newsroom.com/system/production/uploaded_files/16960/file/e194c6574115412a211500b8f19f457fa6b56e1f/210318_CEO_Alliance_Policy_Letter_Release_ENGLISH.pdf?1616136760
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The funding will help SolarWorX expand its product portfolio and sales in its existing key markets -- Cameroon, Zambia and Nigeria, with South Africa as its base for selling to the sub-Saharan region -- without a stable grid connection.
SolarWorX offers a modular off-grid solar solution called Solego to harness and distribute energy from solar panels. The modular systems with 80Wh or 160Wh battery capacity can be stacked on top of each other and provide flexibility to power individual households, small businesses and entire communities.
Since 2010, Canadian Solar has developed, built and connected over 5.7 GWp in over 20 countries across the world. Currently, the Company has over 500 MWp of projects in operation, over 5 GWp of projects under construction or in backlog (late-stage), and an additional 11 GWp of projects in pipeline (mid- to early- stage). (Source: Canadian Solar Inc., PR, Website,
Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.canadiansolar.com; SolarWorx, Felix Boldt, CEO, www.solarworx.io
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The project will incorporate Praj's RenGas technology which was developed at Praj-Matrix, Department of Scientific and Industrial research (DSIR) certified the R&D centre. (Source: Praj Industries, PR, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev., email@example.com, www.praj.net
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The certifications are in line with the university's Sustainability Plan to be fossil-fuel neutral by 2026 and fossil-fuel free by 2050. (Source: Harvard University, Harvard Crimson, 18 Mar., 2021)
Contact: Harvard University, Heather A. Henriksen, Office of Sustainability, www.green.harvard.edu;
Living Building Challenge, www.living-future.org; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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In February 2016, Apple issued its first $1.5 billion Green Bond, following up with its second round of $1 billion in June 2017 after the Trump administration announcement of its intention to withdraw from the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement . In November 2019, Apple issued its third set of Green Bonds and its first in Europe, with two bonds each at €1 billion ($2.2 billion US).
Apple has invsted roughly $2.8 billion in projects that address carbon emissions. (Source: Apple, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Apple, www.apple com
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Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation.
In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement -- sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.
Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase.
ENVIVA is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA Holdings, LP owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports primarily to previously coal-fired power plants in the U.K., Europe and Japan. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021)
Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP. ENVIVA Biomass, Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com
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"The incredible and rapid growth of wind power in the region has been led by China, which now has more wind power capacity than Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America combined. We were expecting an installation rush in China last year due to the phase out of the onshore wind Feed-in-Tariff by the end of 2020, but the Chinese wind market exceeded our original forecasts by over 73 percent," the GWEC noted. "Top-down policies requiring wind and solar be integrated into the power grid, rather than subsidy support, would probably drive the greater transition to renewables", the GWEC added.
According to China's National Bureau of Statistics , the share of clean energy consumption in China has risen from 19.1 pct in 2016 to 24.3 pct in 2020. (Source: GWEC, PR, Xinhua, Mar., 2021) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www,gwec.net
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New-energy electricity generation in Xinjiang reached 84.5 billion kWh and accounted for 24 pct of the total electricity produced in 2020, mostly attributed to solar power. It is equal to the energy consumption of 27 million tons of standard coal, which would have released 72.9 million tons of carbon dioxide.
As previously reported, China aims to reach a carbon dioxide emissions peak before 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: Xiamen University Center for Energy Economics Research, Xinhua News Agency, China Global Times, 14 Mar., 2021) Contact: Xiamen University, Center for Energy Economics Research, www.en.xmu.edu.cn
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Although forests make up only one pct of the Indiana-size desert kingdom's territory, Jordan has an estimated 23 million orchard trees and the country's nurseries produce 2.5 million forest trees and 500,000 fruit trees per year. (Source: Jordan Environment Ministry, todayonline, 11 Mar., 2021)
Contact: Jordan Environment Ministry, +96265560113, www.moenv.gov.jo/EN/Pages/Protect_the_Environment
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To that end, Ant Group will establish a carbon neutrality fund for research and development of renewable energy and other green technologies. The company will also work with industry partners to promote green finance and will explore ways to use emerging blockchain technology to track its carbon reduction process in order to reach the proposed target.
Ant Group has detailed a roadmap to neutralize direct and indirect emissions associated with the purchase of electricity from this year (Scopes 1 and 2). By 2030, Ant Group will fully cancel out carbon emissions generated from other sources it does not own or control, covering areas such as supply chain and business travel (Scope 3).
In 2016, Ant Group's Alipay, China's leading digital payment platform, introduced the Ant Forest green initiative within the app to encourage low-carbon activities such as paying utility bills online and others to earn "green energy points" that can be used to plant trees or biodiversity conservation projects.
In September 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged that China would reach peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: Ant Group, PR, 12 Mar., 2021) Contact: Ant Group, www.antgroup.com
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The new Rotterdam facility will be roughly the same size as the company's €1.5 billion ($1.79 billion) refinery expansion currently under construction in Singapore. The Singapore plant produces renewable fuels from waste and residues such as used cooking oil, animal fat from food industry waste, fish processing waste and residues from vegetable oil processing. (Source: Neste, PR, 15 Mar., 2021) Contact: Neste, www.neste.com
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The new legislation orders the following climate change related initiatives:
According to the China Hydrogen Energy Alliance, by 2050, China's annual hydrogen demand will be close to 60 million tpy, which would help the country cut 700 million tpy from its carbon dioxide emissions.
Sinopec currently produces 3.5 million tpy of hydrogen. In 2020, the company began construction of an integrated hydrogen energy industry chain including hydrogen refueling stations and 10 oil-hydrogen blending stations and plans to establish 1,000 addition hydrogen refueling stations over the next 5 years.
As of the end of 2020, China had 128 hydrogen refueling stations ranking second worldwide only to Japan.
(Source: Sinopec, PR, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Sinopec, www.sinopecgroup.com; China Hydrogen Energy Alliance, www.h2cn.org
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The FYP targets are widely seen as indicators of China's economic and social development goals over the following five years but economic uncertainties brought about by the ongoing pandemic have overshadowed the 14th FYP and Chinese economists have reportedly suggested that no numerical GDP growth targets should be approved in the final plan. However, without GDP targets, it is difficult to assess the plan's impact on China's carbon emissions trajectory over the next five years, as its key climate targets are pegged to the performance of the Chinese economy.
Ahead of the release, climate experts had called for the inclusion of a carbon emissions cap. But the draft does not contain one. Instead, it continues with the approaches of previous FYPs in setting energy intensity and carbon intensity targets per unit of GDP. By 2025, according to the new FYP, China is to reduce energy intensity by 13.5 pct from 2020 levels, and carbon intensity by 18 pct. The country will also boost the share of non-fossil sources in its energy mix to roughly 20 pct by the end of the period, according to the plan.
On average, China's CO2 emissions rose by 1.7 pct each year during the 2016-2020 FYP. Despite low economic growth last year, emissions increased 1.5 pct year on year, approaching 10 billion tonnes in total. Assuming the country's GDP grows at an annual rate of 5.5 pct from 2021 to 2025, carbon emissions will still rise by 1.1 pct each year and the country could achieve a carbon emissions peak of around 10.5 billion tonnes shortly before 2030.
According to the China National Bureau of Statistics, coal provided 56.8 pct of China's energy in2020, the same year China pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.
(Source: Tsinghua University Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development, National Development and Reform Commission , China Dialogue, Mar., 2021)
Contact: National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), en.ndrc.gov.cn; Tsinghua University Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development, www.tsinghau,edu.cn
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The EU's tax is intended to prevent "carbon leakage" -- carbon emissions that go offshore in response to carbon pricing -- rather than actually being cut. The EU tax will be imposed on carbon intensive imports and will be equivalent to what EU-based industry must pay under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).(Source: EU, European Parliment, Mar. 2020) Contact: EU, www.europa.eu
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The €100 million facility received funding from the EU through the research and development program. (Source: Clariant, PR, Romania-Insider, 12 Mar., 2021)
Contact: Clariant AG, Christian Librera, VP Biofuels and Derivatives, +41 61 469 63 73, Christian.firstname.lastname@example.org, www.clariant.com
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When integrating the FT fuel production process with corn ethanol production, the WTW GHG emissions of FT fuels are 57--65 pct lower compared to petroleum counterparts.
The report modeled the FT fuel synthesis process using Aspen Plus, which showed that 45 pct of the carbon in CO2 can be fixed in the FT fuel, with a fuel production energy efficiency of 58 pct. (Source: ANL. PR, Mar., 2021)Contact: ANL, 630-252-2000, www.anl.gov
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