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Nordex Scores 188 MW Turbine Order for Finland Project (Int'l.)
Nordex, wdp
Date: 2021-01-11
Hamburg-based wind energy giant Nordex Group reports receipt of an order from Bremen, Germany-based wdp Europe GmbH for 33 units of its Delta4000 series N163/5.X turbines, and a 15 year service contract, for the 188 MW "Karhunnevankangas" project in Finland.

The turbines will be supplied in a project-specific operating mode of 5.7 MW, resulting in a total output for the wind farm of 188 MW. For the first time the Nordex Group will be installing the turbines on tubular steel towers with a hub height of 159 metres. Turbine installation and completion of the wind farm in the north of Ostrobothnia in western Finland is scheduled for 2022. (Source: Nordex, PR, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Zander, +49 (0)40 / 300 30 X 1116, fzander@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com; wdp Europe GmbH, Christian Schnibbe Head of Marketing & PR, +49 (421) 16866-10, +49 (421) 16866-10 -- fax, c.schnibbe@wpd.de, info@wdp.de, www.wpd.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  wpd,  


Norway More Than Tripling Carbon Tax (Int'l. Report)
NOrway, Carbon Tax
Date: 2021-01-11
In Oslo, the Norwegian Environment Ministry's recently released Climate plan 2021-30 plan is aiming to more than triple the country's national tax on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the present 590 crowns to 2,000 Norwegian crowns ($237) per tonne by 2030.

As previously noted, Norway -- western Europe's largest oil and gas producer -- aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct or more by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. (Source: Gov. of Norway, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Jan., 2020) Contact: Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, Sveinung Rotevatn, Minister, +47 22 24 57 11, postmottak@kld.dep.no, www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/kld/id668

More Low-Carbon Energy News Norway Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  GHGs,  


SkyNRG Building Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel Production Plant (Int'l.)
SkyNRG.LanzaTech
Date: 2021-01-11
The FLITE (Fuel via Low Carbon Integrated Technology from Ethanol) consortium, led by Amsterdam-headquartered SkyNRG and with LanzaTech as the technology provider, reports it will construct the first-of-its-kind LanzaJet™ Alcohol to Jet (AtJ) facility to convert waste-based ethanol to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at the rate of over 30,000 tpy.

This pre-commercial AtJ production plant will pave the way to implementing SAF production across Europe and around the globe, producing commercially relevant quantities of SAF to support future aviation industry climate targets. The project, which received €20 million in grant funding from the EU H2020 programme, is expected to be fully operational in 2024. (Source: SkyNRG, Website News Release, 7 Jan., 2020) Contact: SkyNRG, +31 20 470 70 20, info@skynrg.com, www.skynrg.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  LanzaTech,  SkyNRG,  


Mitsui, Bombora Partner on Wind-Wave Energy Projects (Int'l.)
Mitsui, Bombora
Date: 2021-01-11
In Japan, maritime merchant fleet operator Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Welsh marine energy developer Bombora are reporting an agreement to identify potential opportunities and applications for Bombora's mWave and wind energy projects in Japan the neighbouring area.

Bombora is currently in the final assembly phase of its 1.5MW mWave Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project in Wales with installation scheduled for mid-2021. Looking beyond the test and validation this year, Bombora is forging ahead with technological and commercial advancements. InSPIRE, Bombora's partnership project with global EPC contractor, TechnipFMC, to integrate mWave and wind generation on one floating offshore platform has already commenced. The first phase of the InSPIRE project will realise the demonstration of a 12MW Integrated mWave and wind floating platform. Phase two makes the leap to an industry leading 18MW. Significant gains are made from integrating mWave and wind onto a single platform. It is possible to generate 50 pct more power from seabed lease areas and 50 pct more consistent power than just offshore wind. Most important of all is the ability to accelerate the cost reduction pathway for this emerging sector, delivering a 20 pct lower cost of energy than floating offshore wind alone.

Japan aims to install 10GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 rising to between 30GW and 45GW by 2040 as part of the country's effort to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Bombora, Business News Pembrokeshire , 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Bombora, +44 1646 233140, www.bomborawave.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsui,  Bombora ,  Wind,  Wave Energy,  


Capstone Acquires 29-MW Ontario Wind Portfolio (M&A)
Capstone Infrastructure, wpd Europe
Date: 2021-01-11
Toront0-headquartered independent energy producer Capstone Infrastructure Corp. is reporting acquisition of four Ontario wind farms totaling 29-MW Ontario from Bremen, Germany-based wwpd Europe GmbH for an undisclosed price.

The four wind farms -- Springwood, Whittington, Napier and Sumac Ridge -- incorporate Senvion MM92 turbines and have long-term PPAs with an average of 14 years remaining of the contract term.

Capstone owns and operates hydro, wend,solar, biomass, and natural gas power plants totaling roughly 570 MW power generation capacity Canada-wide, according to its website. (Source: Capstone Infrastructure Corp., PR, Website, 11 Jan., 2020) Contact: Capstone Infrastructure Corp., David Eva, CEO, 416-649-1300, Fax: 416-649-1335, info@capstoneinfra.com, www.capstoneinfra.com; wdp Europe GmbH, +49 (421) 16866-10, F +49 (421) 16866-66, info@wdp.de, www.wpd.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Infrastructure,  Wind,  wpd ,  


UK Port of Tyne Fine Tunes Decarbonization Strategy (Int'l.)
Port of Tyne
Date: 2021-01-08
In the UK, the deep-water Port of Tyne in the north-east of England reports completion of a detailed modelling exercise and long-term analysis of its electric power network as part of its decarbonisation and clean energy strategy.

The analysis is intended to help port management understand both current and future energy requirements in line with Tyne's roadmap to net-zero emissions -- carbon neutrality by 2030 and an all-electric port by 2040.

In reaching its goal, the Port of Tyne recently invested in a fleet of electric vehicles, LED lighting and smart energy monitoring meters in every building and asset, and is presently evaluating the potential for installing solar panels on warehouse buildings. Port of Tyne has also launched Tyne Clean Energy Park as a strategic base for the region's rapidly growing renewable energy sector.

Port of Tyne is one of the UK's largest Trust Ports and is entirely self-financing with no government support. (Source: Port of Tyne, SmartCitiesWorldNews, 5 Jan., 2021) Contact: Port of Tyne Authority, Matt Beeton, CEO , +44 191 257 1373, www.portoftyne.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Port of Tyne,  Carbon Emissions,  


United Airlines Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
United Airlines
Date: 2021-01-08
Further to our 14th Dec, 2020 coverage, US air carrier United Airlines notes it recognizes the role it plays as an airline in contributing to climate change, its responsibility in solving it and has accordingly set a goal of going 100 pct green by reducing 100 pct of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

To that end, United notes "true sustainability is about taking on the biggest culprit in our industry -- the emissions generated by our aircraft." Accordingly, the company notes it is looking beyond using carbon offsets which "simply don't go far enough to address the emissions caused by our operations."

To achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, United aims to tackle its emissions from their source by continuing and accelerating development and investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). United well also make a multimillion-dollar investment to help fund start-up company 1Point Five's planned Direct Air Capture plant to capture, remove and store 1 million metric tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to the work of 40 million trees. (Source: United Airlines, PR, 6 Jan., 2021)Contact: United Airlines, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/united-airlines 1Point Five, www.1pointfive.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  SAF,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  United Airline,  Carbon Neutral,  ,  


NTR Renewable Income Fund Snares French Wind Farm (Int'l. M&A)
NTR,Eco Delta
Date: 2021-01-08
Dublin, Ireland-based Infrastructure fund manager NTR is reporting €90 million acquisition of the 22-turbine, Artigues et Ollieres wind farm in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region of France.

The project was acquired from independent French developer Eco Delta by the €500 million NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II, which focuses on wind, solar and energy storage in Europe.

The acquisition brings renewable energy assets under management by NTR through its two funds to 550 MW of wind and solar projects in Ireland, France, Sweden, Finland and the UK. (Source: NTR, PR, IPE, Jan., 2020) Contact: NTR, NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund, Manus O'Donnell, CIO, +353 1 206 3700, info@ntrplc.com, www.ntrplc.com; Eco Delta, www.ecodelta.fr/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Eco Delta,  


ADES, UAEU Ink Energy Efficiency MoU (Int'l. Report)
Abu Dhabi Energy Services
Date: 2021-01-08
Abu Dhabi Energy Services (ADES), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company , is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) will explore retrofitting the university's energy efficiency and sustainability campus wide.

As part of the agreement, DES will work closely with UAEU to assess its current power and water consumption trends and develop a comprehensive plan to improve energy efficiency across all school facilities in line with Abu Dhabi's Demand Side Management and Energy Rationalization Strategy 2030. The strategy targets a 22 pct reduction electric power consumption and a more than 32 pct reduction in water consumption.(Source: Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, Abu Dhabi Energy Services, Trade Arabia, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Abu Dhabi Power Corp., www.abudhabipower.ae; Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, www.taqa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


IHI Touts Amonia-Natural Gas Green Fuel Blend (Int'l. Report)
NEDO, IHI Corporation
Date: 2021-01-06
Tokyo-headquartered IHI Corporation, f.k.a. Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.,reports it has developed technology for the co-firing of natural gas and ammonia for thermal power generation. Ammonia does not emit carbon dioxide when burnt and could potentially slash CO2 emissions by more than half.

According to Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), which commissioned IHI to develop the technology, the development marks the first time a 60 pct ammonia fuel has been used in a large power-generating facility.

As previously reported, the Japanese government is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050 and considers ammonia as a fuel to help achieve that goal. (Source: IHI, NHK World News, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: IHI, +81-3-6204-7800, www.ihi.co.jp/en; NEDOO, www.nedo.go.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEDO,  CO2 Emissions,  Amonia,  Alternative Fuel,  Green Fuel,  


Lenovo Plans Global Product Carbon Offset Launch (Ind. Report)
Lenovo
Date: 2021-01-06
As part of its ongoing CO2 Offset Services initiative, computer manufacturer Lenovo is touting its recent carbon offsetting scheme for customer purchases of its Think-branded products worldwide. The offset scheme accounts for emissions produced from the manufacture and shipping of each individual product and up to five years of consumer use. Offsets are delivered through projects overseen by the UN and ClimeCo, -- one of the largest producers of US-based carbon credits.

The programme was initially launched as a pilot in the Nordics in February. During the first nine months, customers helped offset 26,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, the equivalent to almost 1,800 European flights.

. Lenovo is focusing on long-term decarbonisation. Last year, the company set science-based targets to halve emissions from its operations and reduce value chain impacts by 25 pct by 2030, with a view to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. The new targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and are aligned to limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, as envisioned by the Paris Agreement. (Source: Lenovo, PR, edie 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Lenovo, www.lenovo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


STM, Schneider Electric Partner on Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric
Date: 2021-01-06
In Singapore, global semiconductor specialist STMicroelectronics (STM) reports the selection of energy management and renewable energy specialist Schneider Electric as a strategic partner to support its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2027.

Under the agreement, STM and Schneider Electric will increase their cooperation on reducing STM's energy consumption, and increased use of renewable energy and identify and implement ocarbon avoidance and sequestration programs across all of STM locations. The companies will develop additional joint products, technologies, and solutions focused on energy efficiency improvements, supporting digital transformation in buildings, datacenters, industrial applications, and infrastructure.

STM is stepping up its planned global energy procurement of 100 pct renewable energy and to become carbon neutral by 2027, according to the release. (Source: STMicroelectronics, Website PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: STMicroelectronics, Jean-Marc Chery, Pres. & CEO, www.st.com; Schneider Electric, www.se.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  STMicroelectronics,  Schneider Electric,  Carbon Neutral,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


NY Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project Progressing (Ind. Report)
Verdant Power
Date: 2021-01-06
As previously reported, NYC-based marine renewable energy start-up Verdant Power has installed three tidal power turbine generators at its Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project in the city's East River tidal strait. The deployment of Verdant's technology is the first licensed tidal power project in the US.

The RITE project received $6 million US DOE funding and support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), as well New York-based private equity capital support.

The company notes it is waiting for an independent performance assessment from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal testing facility to deploy the technology outside of the US.

Since installation on 22 October, the TriFrame unit has generated an average 1MWh of power per day -- sufficient power power for 500 Manhattan apartments, according to the company. (Source: Verdant Power, Website, PowerTechnology, 4 Dec., 2020) Contact: Verdant Power, Trey Taylor, CMO, www.linkedin.com/company/verdant-power

More Low-Carbon Energy News Verdant Power,  Tidal Energy,  


ePURE Launches E10 Specific Website (Int'l. Report)
ePURE
Date: 2021-01-06
In Brussels, ePURE is touting its recently launched website specific to ethanol E10 blended transportation fuel.

ePURE represents the interests of European renewable ethanol producers to the EU institutions, industry stakeholders, the media, academia and the general public. ePURE speaks for 36 member companies and associations (including 19 ethanol producers), with around 50 plants in 16 EU Member countries, accounting for about 85 pct of EU renewable ethanol production. The organisation, established in 2010, promotes the beneficial uses of ethanol throughout Europe. (Source: ePURE, PR 3 Jan., 2020) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary-General, +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org; New E10 website, www.e10info.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Ethanol Blend,  E10,  


Voltalia's Fr. Guiana Woody Biomass Plant Begins Operation (Int'l.)
Voltalia
Date: 2021-01-06
The Paris-headquartered international renewable energy company Voltalia is reporting its Cacao forestry wood waste/woody biomass plant in Roura, French Guiana has begun operation. The €75 million plant has an installed capacity of 5.1 MW and 550 kW/250 Kwh storage capacity and is expected to prevent 28,500 tpy of CO2-equivalent emissions.

The company operates three solar, two biomass, and one hydroelectric, as well as battery storage units with a total installed capacity of 30 MW renewable energy facilities in French Guiana. (Source: Voltalia, PR, Website, Bioenergy Insights, 5 Jan., 2020) Contact: Voltalia, Sebastien Clerc, CEO, +33 (0)1 81 70 37 00, www.voltalia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltalia,  Woody Biomass,  


Neste Takes Stake in US Chemical Recycling Specialist (M&A, Int'l.)
Neste,Alterra Energy
Date: 2021-01-06
Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste is reporting acquisition of a minority stake in Akron, Ohio-headquartered chemical recycling specialist Alterra Energy . Neste says the partnership will help Alterra Energy commercialize its proprietary technology in Europe.

Alterra's patented technology transforms waste plastic into petrochemical products that can be further refined into various products and fuels.

(Source: Neste, Recycling Int'l., 5 Jan., 2021) Contact: Alterra, Frederic Schmuck, CEO, 330-752-1111, www.alterraenergy.com; Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  


New Mass. Climate Bill Awaits Gov. Baker's Signature (Reg & Leg.)
Massachusetts Carbon Emissions
Date: 2021-01-06
In Boston, the Massachusetts legislature has forwarded a bill overhauling the state's 2008 climate law to Governor Charlie Baker (D) for signature into law.

The new bill requires a 100 pct carbon emissions reduction -- carbon neutrality -- by 2050 as opposed to the 2008 climate legislation requiring an 80 pct reduction of 1990 level emissions by 2050.

If passed into law, the new bill would impose emissions sub-limits for certain sectors of the economy, specifically electric power, transportation, commercial heating and cooling, residential, industrial processes and natural gas distribution and service.

The bill also calls for increased carbon sequestration and requires municipal lighting to purchase 50 pct of non-carbon-emitting electricity by 2030, increased energy efficiency, increased reliance on renewable energy, a five-year moratorium on allowing wood-burning facilities to qualify as "non-carbon emitting resources", increased support for electric vehicles, and other initatives and requirements. (Source: Various Media, MassLive, Jan., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Climate Change,  


NY Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project Progressing (Ind. Report)
Verdant Power
Date: 2021-01-05
As previously reported, NYC-based marine renewable energy start-up Verdant Power has installed three tidal power turbine generators at its Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project in the city’s East River tidal strait as part of the company’s 5th generation tidal turbine system. The deployment of Verdant’s technology also marked the first licensed tidal power project in the US.

The RITE project received $6m in US DOE funding and support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in addition to New York-based private equity capital support. The company is also waiting for an independent performance assessment from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal testing facility to deploy the technology outside of the US.

According to Verdant Power co-founder and chief marketing officer Trey Taylor: “Given the East River’s depth and tidal current speed of 2.25m/s, the company’s fifth-generation system or ‘commercial standard system’ has been tailored to this site by using five-metre diameter rotors with 35kW nameplate generators -- three to a single TriFrame or 105kW. Since installation on 22 October, the TriFrame has generated an average 1MWh per day or enough power for 500 Manhattan apartments.” (Source: Verdant Power, Website, PowerTechnology, 4 Dec., 2020) Contact: Verdant Power, Trey Taylor, CMO, www.linkedin.com/company/verdant-power

More Low-Carbon Energy News Verdant Power news,  Tidal Energy news,  


Vestas Claims 95MW Brazilian Wind Turbines Order (Int'l. Report)
Vestas,European Energy
Date: 2021-01-04
Danish wend industry giant Vestas reports receipt of a 95 MW order from Soborg, Denmark-based large-scale wind and solar energy developer European Energy A/S, in partnership with Eolica Tecnologia, for the Ouro Branco and Quatro Ventos wind projects in the state of Pernambuco in Brazil.

The order comprises 21 V150-4.2 MW turbines delivered in 4.5 MW Power Optimized Mode with 120 metre towers as well as a ten-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service contract. Turbine delivery is slated for mid-2022 for commissioning by the end of the same year. (Source: Vestas, PR, 2 Dec., 2020) Contact: Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Eolica Tecnologia, +55 81 2128-8181, www.eolica.com.br; European Energy , Knud Erik Andersen, CEO, +45 88 70 82 16, www.europeanenergy.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  European Energy,  


Scottish GHG Reduction, CCUS Project Shares Funding (Int'l.) Report)
Neccus
Date: 2021-01-04
In Scotland , Aberdeen-based Neccus reports it is one of six projects across the uk that will share £8 million in government funding to develop a net-zero road map to enable a sustainable reduction in large-scale industrial CO2 emissions.

The six projects will receive a share of the multi-million-pound funding as part of a drive to create the world's first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040. All six areas receiving funding have high concentrations of industrial activity. The "industrial clusters mission" aims to support the delivery of four low-carbon regional zones by 2030 and at least one net-zero "green hotspot" by 2040, kick-started by the government's £170 million industrial decarbonisation challenge.

The six winners will produce detailed plans for reducing emissions across major areas of industrial activity, where related industries have congregated and can benefit from utilising shared clean energy infrastructure such as carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS).

NECCUS is an alliance of industry, government and experts, united by their determination to drive the changes and support the programmes needed to reduce carbon emissions from industrial sources in Scotland and beyond. At the heart of the NECCUS Alliance is a project known as Acorn which is set to deliver a carbon capture and storage programme for Scotland by 2024 and which can be scaled-up to support other carbon reduction projects across the UK and Europe in the 2020s. The project will also enable hydrogen to be used more widely as a source of clean energy. Both these technologies will be crucial if Scotland is to meet its carbon net zero target by 2045 and the UK by 2050, according to the Neccus website. (Source: Neccus, The Scotsman, 2 Jan., 2021) Contact: Neccus, www.neccus.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


Shanghai Pegged for China's National ETS Trading Platform (Int'l.)
China Carbon Market
Date: 2021-01-04
In Beijing, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment is reporting China will set up the trading platform of its long-awaited nationwide emission trade scheme (ETS) in Shanghai and the registry platform in the central city of Wuhan. Shanghai and Wuhan are among seven cities that have carried out pilot trading schemes since 2011.

The long-delayed scheme is expected to cover 2,267 power plants across China in its first phase and encourage firms to cut their greenhouse gas emissions through the purchase and sale of emission permits. Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to bring the country's carbon emission to a peak before 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality around 2060. Chine is presently the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

As reported in Dec., the China Securities Regulatory Commission is considering emissions trading futures to boost green development and help Beijing fulfill its promise to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.(Source: China Daily, Various Others, Jan., 2020)Contact: China Securities Regulatory Commission, www.csrc.gov.cnChinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Markets,  China ETS,  


EBRD Supports Macedonian Residential Solar Projects (Int'l. Funding)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Date: 2021-01-04
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it is committing €1 million in loan funding to Komercijalna Banka Skopje to support residential green investments in Macedomia. Komercijalna Banka Skopje the largest bank in North Macedonia and the fifth bank in the country to join the EBRD's Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF).

The funds will be available for green investments in the country's residential sector. Findable green investments will include high-performance green technologies, materials and solutions undertaken in privately-owned residential dwellings or buildings. (Source: EBRD, PR Website, 30 Dec., 2020) Contact: EBRD, Green Economy Financing Facility, www.ebrdgeff.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,  Solar,  


Siemens Gamesa Inks First Ethiopian Wind Contract (Int'l. Report)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2021-01-04
Siemens Gamesa is reporting its first wind power project in Ethiopia and will deliver 29 SG 3.4-132 wind turbines on a "turn key" basis to state-owned utility Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) for the 100 MW Assela wind farm about 100 miles south of the capital city of Addis Ababa.

When fully operational in Q1, 2023, the project is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 400,000 Ethiopian households and save more than 260,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.

Ethiopia is aiming to supply 100 pct of its domestic energy demand through renewable energy by 2030. Ethiopia has abundant resources, particularly wind with a potential 10 GW of installation capacity and presently 324 MW istalled capacity. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, PR, Scial News XYZ, 4 Jan., 2020) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Roberto Sabalza, CEO, Onshore Southern Europe and Africa, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


European Onshore Wind JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
Enercon,EWE
Date: 2020-12-28
Magdeburg, Germany-based Wind turbine manufacturer ENERCON GmbH owner's -- Aloys Wobben Foundation (AWS) and German energy firm EWE -- are reporting an agreement to form a 50:50 joint venture to develop onshore wind farms in Europe. The JV company will include Enercon's Dusseldorf-based power trading arm Quadra Energy.

The JV transaction, which is expected to close in spring 2021, subject to antitrust and other regulatory approvals, will be headquartered in Aurich, Lower Saxony.

The two JV partners plan to merge their existing development portfolios and pipelines to create a new company with over 2.3GW of installed capacity and another 9.4GW-plus to follow. The deal does not include development of wind turbine technology, sale of turbines and maintenance of wind farms, an AWS spokesman confirmed. (Source: ENERCON, Windpower Monthly, 22 Dec., 2020) Contact: ENERCON, Hans-Dieter Kettwig, CEO, +49 0 4941 9270, www.enercon.de/en; EWE, www.ewe.com; Quadra Energy, +49 211 9606900, www.quadra-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enercon,  Onshore Wind,  EWE,  


EU Stiffens 2030 Climate Change, Emissions Goal (Int'l. Report)
European Union,EC
Date: 2020-12-28
In Brussels, leaders of the 27 member states have agreed to cut their net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct from 1990 levels by 2030, substantially toughening an existing 40 pct target and putting the bloc "on a clear path towards climate neutrality in 2050".

To that end, EU emissions trading market already seeks to put a price on the carbon emissions that drive climate change. The price of permits rose to an all-time high above €31 euros a tonne on expectations that the supply of permits would be cut, to force deeper emissions cuts. The target is a compromise between wealthier, mostly western and Nordic EU countries that want more ambitious action and eastern states with coal-dependent power sectors and energy-intensive industries, which wanted specific conditions attached to emissions cuts.

The final deal gives a commitment to address "imbalances" in carbon market funding that could leave poorer countries worse off. The leaders agreed to meet again next year to tackle the question of GDP-based emissions targets. The Commission's proposals will speed a shift to electric vehicles and aim to mobilise investments in the huge low-carbon infrastructure that will now be needed - including a requirement for extra energy sector investments of €350 billion ($420 billion) per year this decade. (Source: EU, ET Auto, Dec., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Union,  European Commission,  Carbon Emissions,  


Japan Clarifies Renewable Energy, Carbon Neutrality Goals (int'l.)
Japan
Date: 2020-12-28
Last week in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga confirmed his government's goal of goal of generating more than half of the country's electricity primarily from offshore wind and other renewable energy resources and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Japan also aims to use nuclear and thermal power plants with carbon capture technology (CCS) to cover 30 to 40 pct of the nations electricity demand. Ammonia and hydrogen technologies are expected to supply roughly 10 pct of the country's power needs.

Japan was the world's sixth-largest greenhouse gas emitter in 2017. (Source: ADP, Manila Times, Various Media, 27 Dec., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Japan,  Renewable Energy,  Offshore Wind,  Carbon Neutral,  


Ottawa Releases Cdn. Federal Hydrogen Strategy (Report Attached)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2020-12-28
On December 16, 2020, the Canadian Liberal Gov. of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released its Hydrogen Strategy for Canada, an ambitious framework to cement hydrogen's role in Canada's path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and to make Canada a global leader in hydrogen technologies.

Hydrogen can be used as a fuel alternative for transportation, including light- and heavy-duty vehicles, transit buses and trains. It can also be used in power generation and can be burned on its own or blended with natural gas to heat residential and commercial buildings or provide high-grade heat for industrial processes. Hydrogen is also commonly used as feedstock for industrial processes such as petroleum refining, bitumen upgrading and the production of ammonia, methanol and steel.

Download the HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, 16 Dec., 2020) Contact: NARCAN, www.nrcan.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  Hydrogen,  Natural Resources Canada,  


Princeton Plan Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2046 (Ind. Report)
Princeton University
Date: 2020-12-23
In New Jersey, Princeton University has released its Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Net Zero program to achieve carbon neutrality by 2046. The program calls for:

  • Building new construction to higher standards including LEED and Passive House standards:

  • Phasing out nonrenewable energy sources, including natural gas used today to produce steam heat and power;

  • Expand solar array installations and geo-exchange technology;

  • Tightening the energy efficiency of existing buildings;

  • Installing a new, more efficient hot water distribution system;

  • Building highly efficient heat pump facilities;

  • Increased use of renewable energy, and other energy efficient and climate friendly initiatives.

    Download the program HERE. (Source: Pronceton University, Dec., 2020)


  • Eurus Energy's 2-MW Taiwan Solar PV plant Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Eurus Energy
    Date: 2020-12-23
    Tokyo-headquartered Eurus Energy Group reports its 1.98-MW Neipu Solar Power Plant solar park in Taiwan has begun commercial operations.

    The PV park was developed by Energy Investment Corp. which holds a 20 pct stake in the park, while Eurus Energy and Farglory Life Insurance Co Ltd hold 40 pct each. (Source: Eurus Energy, PR, Renewables Now, 22 Dec., 2020) Contact: Eurus Energy Holdings, +81-3-5404-5300 / FAX: +81-3-5404-5301www.eurus-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurus Energy ,  PV,  Solar,  


    Vestas Takes Stake in Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (M&A)
    Vestas,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2020-12-21
    Danish wind energy giant Vestas, the world's largest maker of wind turbines reports it has taken a €500 million ($612 million) 25 pct stake in the renewable asset manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

    CIP holds a 35 pct stake in the Beatrice offshore wind farm in the U.K. and 50 pct stake in Vineyard Wind in the U.S. as well as solar, energy storage, transmission and waste to energy projects and facilities. CIP runs seven funds with €14 billion under management. (Source: Vestas, PR, GTM 18 Dec., 2020)Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Vestas,  


    Beijing Considering Emissions Trading Futures (Int'l. Report)
    Securities Regulatory Commission
    Date: 2020-12-21
    Yesterday, the China Securities Regulatory Commission reported it is considering emissions trading futures to boost green development and help Beijing fulfill its promise to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

    As previously reported, China has piloted emissions trading in seven provinces and cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, since 2011 to explore market-based mechanisms to control greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: China Securities Regulatory Commission, China.org, Xinhua, 20 Dec., 2020) Contact: China Securities Regulatory Commission, www.csrc.gov.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Markets,  


    Indian Airport Lauded for Energy Conservation (Int'l. Report)
    Airports Council International,Airport Carbon Accreditation
    Date: 2020-12-21
    The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has bagged the prestigious gold award in Telangana State Energy Conservation Awards-2020 (TSECA). The award was presented for the airport's energy efficiency and conservation initiatives. Over the last three years, GHIAL energy conservation initiatives led to substantial energy savings and rapid dip in greenhouse gas emissions at the airport.

    RGIA is a carbon neutral airport with level 3 + Neutrality accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI) under its Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme. (Source: RGIA, PR, Telangana Today, 20 Dec., 2020) Contact: Airports Council International,Airport Carbon Accreditationwww.aci.aero

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Airports Council International,  Airport Carbon Accreditation ,  


    European Energy Offloads 17MW Danish Solar Farm (M&A, Int'l.)
    European Energy
    Date: 2020-12-21
    Soborg, Denmark-based large-scale wind and solar energy developer European Energy A/S is reporting London-headquartered alternative asset management firm Conquest Group has signed an agreement to acquire its recently operational 27MW Naessundvej solar project in the Jutland region of northwest Denmark.

    The Naessundvej project has a long term power purchase agreement (PPA) in place with Google.

    Conquest, which invests in long-term sustainable value stemming from European infrastructure and energy transition real assets, previously invested in the French market in 2017 and 2018 and in the Benelux region in 2019. Conquest's investment portfolio produced over 224GWh of renewable energy, representing the annual consumption of over 75,000 homes, and avoiding over 3130 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2019. (Source: European Energy, PR, renews, 21 Dec., 2020) Contact: Conquest, Frederic Palanque, Pres., twitter.com/fpalanque?lang=en; European Energy , Knud Erik Andersen, CEO, +45 88 70 82 16, www.europeanenergy.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Energy,  Solar,  


    Statkraft to Build, Sell, Manage Two Irish Wind Farms (Int'l.)
    Statkraft, Greencoat Renewables
    Date: 2020-12-21
    Oslo-headquartered Statkraft reports it will begin construction of the 37.8 MW Cloghan wind farm in County Offaly and 25.2 MW Taghart wind (25.2MW) in County Cavan , Ireland, early in 2021.

    Statkraft will manage the construction of both wind farms and provide operational management services in the operations phase then sell the two wind farms to Greencoat Renewables PLC when operational in 2022 for €123 million. The project and sale is in keeping with Statkraft's strategy to build, sell, operate and trade power, according to the release.

    Statkraft secured 15-year fixed price contracts for the two wind projects and two solar projects in Ireland's first competitive auction under the Government's new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS-1) earlier this year, according to the release. (Source: Statkraft AS, PR, 21 Dec., 2020) Contact: Statkraft, Torbjorn Steen, VP Communications, European Wind and Solar, +47 911 66 888, torbjorn.steen@statkraft.com, www.statkraft.ie; Greencoat Renewables, www.greencoat‐renewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Statkraft,  Wind,  Greencoat Renewables,  


    AustroCel Hallein Supplying Cellulosic Ethanol to OMV (Int'l.)
    AustroCel.OMV
    Date: 2020-12-21
    Austria's dissolving pulp producer AustroCel Hallein GmbH reports the first successful trial delivery of advanced cellulosic ethanol marks the start of the long-term cooperation between Vienna-based integrated, international oil, gas and petrochemicals company OMV and AustroCel Hallein GmbH. The Hallein-based bioethanol plant has an annual capacity of up 9.2 million gpy, making it the world's largest bioethanol plant based on wood.

    In the first year AustroCel Hallein will supply more than 400,000 gpm of second-generation bioethanol to OMV, beginning in Jan., 2021.

    Substituting fossil fuels will save around 45,000 metric tpy of CO2 a year. AustroCel GmbH has invested around €42 million in the new bioethanol plant which is expected to begine operating at capacity in January 2021. (Source: AustroCel GmbH, PR, Greencar Congress, 21 Dec., 2020) Contact: AustroCel Hallein GmbH, Jorge Harbring, CEO, +43 6245 8900, www.austrocel.com; OMV, www.omv.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Austrocel,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


    Termo Raises $10Mn to Energy Efficiency Platform (Int'l. Report)
    Termo
    Date: 2020-12-18
    Fondi, Italy-based greentech startup Termo -- fka Termostore -- reports it has raised $10 million in "a combined Series A and Series B funding" round from various investors.

    The company offers a digital service platform for energy efficienct, sustainable HVAC systems installation and maintenance for households. (Source: Termo, PR, TechEU, 18 Dec., 2020) Contact: Termo, Alessandro Andreozzi, 02 380 021 00i 02 380 021 info@termostore.it, www.termostore.it

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HVAC,  Energy Efficiency,  


    EU Adopts Bldg. Energy Efficiency Renovation Wave Strategy (Int'l.)
    European Commissions
    Date: 2020-12-16
    The European Commission (EC) reports the adoption of the Renovation Wave Strategy and other energy proposals and strategies fundamental to the implementation of the EU Green Deal and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 as well as emission reduction targets by 2030.

    The Renovation Wave Strategy aims to at least double the office building renovation rate in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency, save energy, reduce Europe's greenhouse gas emissions, foster digitalization and improve the reuse and recycling of materials, according to a press release. The release noted that by 2030, 35 million buildings could be renovated and up to 160,000 additional green jobs created in the construction sector.

    Buildings are responsible for about 40 pct of the EU's energy consumption, and 36 pct of greenhouse gas emissions. But only 1 pct of buildings undergo energy efficient renovation every year, so effective action is crucial to making Europe climate-neutral by 2050. (Source: EU, New Europe, Oct., 2020) Contact: EU Green Deal, ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  EU Green Deal,  


    UK Confirms Post-BREXIT Emissions Trading Scheme (Int'l. Report)
    UK Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In London, the UK Conservative government of PM Boris Johnson has confirmed the introduction of a national emissions trading scheme (UK ETS) to replace the EU system (EU ETS) when BREXIT comes into force on 1 Jan., 2021.

    The UK ETS would immediately lower the current EU cap on greenhouse gases that businesses can emit by 5 pct and thus provide greater certainty about the decarbonisation trajectory over the long term and deliver a "robust carbon price signal" to spur business to invest in carbon abatement -- CCS.

    The UK ETS would initially apply to electric power generation, aviation and other energy-intensive industries, and carbon pricing could be expanded across the economy, the paper showed.

    Britain is aiming for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and recently increased its emissions reduction target from 57 to 68 pct for 2030. (Source: Various Media, ENDS Europe, Yahoo Finance UK, 14 Dec., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  UK Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Phillips 66 Capital Program Includes Renewable Fuels (Ind. Report)
    Phillips 66
    Date: 2020-12-16
    Houston-headquartered petroleum giant Phillips 66 has announced its 2021 capital budget of $1.7 billion.

    The Refining budget includes pre-construction engineering and design costs related to the company's plan to reconfigure its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, California, to produce 800 million gpy of renewable fuel, making it one of the world's largest facilities of its kind.

    The conversion is expected to reduce the facility's greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct and help the Golden State meet its low carbon objectives. (Source: Phillips 66, Dec., 2020) Contact: Phillips 66, Jeff Dietert , IR, 832-765-2297, jeff.dietert@p66.com, www.p66.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Phillips 66,  Renewable Fuels,  


    Brookfield Renewable Acquires Distributed Generation Platform (M&A)
    Brookfield Renewable ,Exelon Generation Company.
    Date: 2020-12-16
    Toronto, Ontario-headquartered Brookfield Renewable Partners reports it has agreed to an $810 million acquisition of a scale distributed generation platform comprising 360 MW across nearly 600 sites in the U.S., a development pipeline of over 700 MW and a development and PPA origination team from Exelon Generation Company LLC.

    Brookfield Renewable Partners operates one of the world's largest publicly-traded renewable power platforms. Its portfolio consists of approximately 19,400 MW of capacity and 5,318 generating facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Hydroelectric power comprises approximately 64 pct of its portfolio. The also invests in, owns and operates wind, solar, distributed generation, and energy storage facilities. (Source: Brookfield Renewables, Website PR, 11 Dec., 2020) Contact: Brookfield Renewable Partners, (888) 327-2722, enquiries@brookfieldrenewable.com, www.bep.brookfield.com; Exelon Generation Company LLC, www.exeloncorp.com/companies/exelon-generation

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewable,  Exelon Generation Company.,  


    Motoring Assoc. Calls for Double EU Ethanol Blend Rate (Int'l.)
    ADAC
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In Munich, the German motoring association ADAC has proposed doubling the EU ethanol-gasoline blending rate from the presently allowed 10 pct ethanol maximum to 20 pct to achieve higher CO2 savings and contribute to the decarbonisation of the transport sector.

    As part of the new European Union (EU) Green Deal, many directives, including FQD, will be revised and the European Commission (EC) is expected to look at options to stimulate the uptake of renewable and low-emission fuels, as highlighted in the EU Climate Target Plan. (Source: ADAC, PR, ePURE Website, Dec., 2020) Contact: ADAC, Karsten Schulze, +49 89 22 22 22, www.adac.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol Blend Rate,  


    CIBC Ranked Among Top Banks for Climate Change Action (Int'l.)
    CIBC, CDP
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In Toronto, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) reports receipt of a score of A- from the CDP (fka the Carbon Disclosure Project). Improving from a B rating in 2019, this score demonstrates CIBC's progress in environmental performance and reporting. The score also places CIBC among the highest ranking Canadian financial institutions and the top-tier of global banks. As part of CIBC's commitment to support environmental sustainability initiatives, the bank's actions include:
  • In 2020, increased its GHG emissions intensity target for operations to 20 pct over eight years (using 2018 as a baseline).

  • In 2020, issued a USD $500 million, five-year green bond to help finance new and existing green projects, assets, and businesses that mitigate the risks and effects of climate change. These include renewable energy, green buildings, clean transportation, natural resource conservation, biodiversity conservation, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention and control.

  • In 2019, announced a target of mobilizing $150 billion in environmental and sustainable finance activities by 2027.

  • In 2019, issued the climate-related disclosure report Building a Sustainable Future aligned with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

  • In 2019, set new targets to source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable sources and become carbon neutral by 2024.

    Toronto-headquartered CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with 10 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients and $768.545 billion (Cdn) in total assets. (Source: CIBC, PR, 14 Dec., 2020) Contact: CIBC, www.cibc.com/en/about-cibc/corporate-responsibility/environment.html; CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Disclosure Project,  CIBC,  CDP,  Climate Change,  


  • €30Bn Dutch GHG Emissions Reduction Scheme Approved (Int'l.)
    European Commission
    Date: 2020-12-16
    The European Commission (EC) reports it has approved, under EU state aid rules, a €30 billion scheme to support projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands while contributing to the EU environmental objectives and supporting the EU Green Deal.

    The €30 billion scheme, which will run until 2025, will support cost effective renewable energy, use of waste heat, hydrogen production, carbon capture and storage(CCS) and other environmentally-friendly projects in line with EU rules.

    Scheme beneficiaries will receive support via a variable premium contract of up to 15 years, according to the EC release. (Source: European Commission, EU Reporter, 15 Dec., 2020)Contact: EU Green Deal, ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission ,  European Green Deal,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  


    BayWa Offloads First Croatian Wind Farm (Int'l. Report, M&A)
    BayWa r.e.,ECOwind
    Date: 2020-12-16
    BayWa r.e. reports the sale of its 10.25 MW Orjak wind farm in Croatia to Austrian energy services provider KI-Kelag International GmbH.

    The Orjak wind farm in the municipality of Omis was developed by BayWa r.e. subsidiary ECOwind and incorporates five 2.05 MW turbines generating over 25,000 MWh per year -- sufficient power for approximately 7,000 Croatian households. The project was BayWa's first project in Croatia and Southeast Europe where it is currently developing several projects.

    Croatia is aiming for 1.9 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. (Source: BayWa r.e, Balkan Green Energy, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: KI-Kelag International GmbH, www.kelag-international.com; BayWa r.e., www.baywa-re.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Wind,  ECOwind,  


    Northern Lights CCS Project Gets the Nod (Int'l., Reg & Leg)
    Shell,Equinor,Northern Lights
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In Oslo, the Norwegian parliament has announced its approval of the final investment decision for the Northern Lights project enabling the shipping, reception and sequestration of CO2 beneath the Northern North Sea.

    Northern Lights project partners TOTAL, Equinor, and Shell are now establishing a Joint Venture company responsible for all project activities, including business development.

    The Northern Lights project includes the development and operation of CO2 transport and storage facilities and will be the first cross-border, open-source CO2 transport and storage infrastructure network to offer European industrial emitters CCS opportunity.

    The first phase of the project will be completed in 2024 with a capacity of up to 1.5 million tpy of CO2. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: Northern Lights Project, Sverre Overaa, Director, sjov@equinor.com, Per Sandberg, Bus. Dev, prsa@equinor.com, www.northernlightsccs.com; TOTAL, www.total.com; Equinor, www.equinor.com; SHELL, www.shell.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Equinor,  Northern Lights,  CCS,  Shell,  


    I Squared Capital Selling Grupo T-Solar (Int'l. Report, M&A)
    I Squared Capital,Grupo T-Solar
    Date: 2020-12-16
    Global infrastructure investment manager I Squared Capital is reporting an agreement to sell Grupo T-Solar to Cubico Sustainable Investments Ltd, the renewable energy specialist jointly owned by Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and PSP Investments, for a total enterprise value of €1.5 billion ($1.82 billion).

    Grupo T-Solar has 274 MW of installed and regulated capacity in Spain and Italy with a 1.4-GW pipeline of solar photovoltaic projects.

    I Squared Capital is an independent global infrastructure investment manager focusing on energy, utilities, digital infrastructure, transport and social infrastructure in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The firm has $19.3 billion in assets under management and owns and operates a diverse portfolio of 26 companies. (Source: I Squared Capital, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: I Squared Capital, Andreas Moon, Managing Director, 786-693-5739, www.isquaredcapital.com; Grupo T-Solar, www.tsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grupo T-Solar,  Solar,  


    Korean Battery Maker Pledges 2050 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    LG Chem
    Date: 2020-12-14
    South Korean chemical and battery manufacturer LG Chem is reporting an energy supply deal with Chinese solar and wind electric power company Jiangsu Runfeng New Energy for 140GWh per year of renewable energy -- sufficient power for 30,000 households for over a year and to fully power LG Chem's Leyou New Energy materials cathodes plant in Wuxi, a city in Jiangsu province, China. The plant's switch to 100 pct renewable energy will also eliminate 100,000 tpy of carbon beginning in 2021.

    LG Chem aims to become over 90 pct carbon neutral within its electric battery materials operations in China and to achieve Carbon Neutral Growth by 2050, according to the company. (Source: LG Chem , PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Chem,  Carbon Neutral,  Renewable Energy,  


    Penna. Glass Plant Plans 2030 Carbon Neutral Operations (Ind. Report)
    Schott
    Date: 2020-12-14
    Mainz, Germany-headquartered international specialty glass manufacturer Schott has announced its 1969-vintage Duryea, Pennsylvania plant and its 42 other production sites in 22 countries well become carbon neutral by 2030.

    To that end, Schott is considerin the purchase of "green" electricity, replacing inefficient machinery, increasing overall energy efficiency and other measures at the Duryea plant to reduce its carbon footprint. (Source: Schott. PR, 11 Dec., 2020) Contact: Schott, Rob Gomeau, Mgr. Schott North America Advanced Optics, 570-457-7485, www.schott. Com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neuitral,  


    Notable Quotes from Virtual UN Climate Ambition Summit
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-12-14
    "If we don't change course, we may be headed for a catastrophic temperature rise of more than three degrees this century.

    "Can anybody still deny that we are facing a dramatic emergency? That is why today, I call on all leaders worldwide to declare a State of Climate Emergency in their countries until carbon neutrality is reached." -- UN Sec. Gen. Antonio Guterres speaking at last week's virtual UN Climate Ambition Summit.

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


    Xi Jinping Reiterates China's Climate Change Position (Int'l.)
    China Climate Change
    Date: 2020-12-14
    Speaking at last week's virtual UN Climate Ambition Summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated his previously reported Sept. pledge to peak China's carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

    The Chinese President added China, the world's largest GHG emitter, would cut CO2 per unit of GDP by 65 pct by 2030, from a 2005 baseline, and increase its forest stock by six billion cubic meters over the same time-frame. The cuts in carbon intensity are expected to be be achieved through an increased reliance on renewable energy.

    The virtual summit -- hosted by the UN alongside the UK, France, Italy and Chile -- was a "launch-pad" event for nations and businesses to announce enhanced climate pledges as part of the Paris Agreement, and marks five years since the landmark treaty was brokered at COP21. (Source: Various Media, 12 Dec., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP21,  Paris Climate Agreement,  China Climate Change,  

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