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PSU $4.6Bn Endowment Aims for Net-zero Emissions (Ind. Report)
Penn State University
Date: 2021-04-09
In the Keystone State, the Penn State University Office of Investments has announced it will eliminate greenhouse gas emissions associated with underlying investments, but not necessarily divesting fossil fuels, in Penn's $4.6 billion endowment by 2050.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News New-Zero Carbon Emissions,  


Shell Invests in LanzaTech's LanzaJet SAF (Ind. Report)
Shell, LanzaTech
Date: 2021-04-09
Petroleum giant Shell reports it has invested in LanzaTech's LanzaJet unit to scale-up the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at LanzaJets 10 million gpy Freedom Pines Fuels alcohol-to-jet facility which is under construction in Soperton, Georgia.

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, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  LanzaTech,  LanzaJet,  SAF,  


Minn., California and Iowa E15 Sales on the Rise (Ind. Report)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2021-04-09
The Iowa Department of Revenue is reporting sales of E15 jumped 24 pct in Iowa in 2020 , despite the pandemic-related drop in overall fuel consumption. Iowa retailers sold 60.59 million gallons of E15 in 2020, up from 48.96 million gallons in 2019 and more than double the 2017 volume of E15 sales, despite a 14.3 pct drop in the state's overall petroleum consumption from 2019 levels.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  FlexFuel,  E15,  E85,  Biofuel Blend,  


A4A Commits to Net-Zero Emissions, SAF (Ind. Report)
Airlines for America
Date: 2021-04-07
Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced the commitment of its member carriers to work across the aviation industry and with government leaders to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and for a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and to make 2 billion gallons of SAF available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airlines for America news,  Aviation Emissions news,  SAF news,  


Ocean Winds Targeting Expansion Into Ireland (Int'l. Report)
Ocean Winds,China Three Gorges
Date: 2021-04-07
EDP Renewables and Engie joint venture company Ocean Winds reports it is evaluating the expansion of its global offshore wind portfolio -- 1.5 GW under construction and 4 GW in development -- to include a potential offshore wind farm 8 miles from the shore at County Wicklow, Ireland. To that end Ocean Winds has established Cailleach Offshore Wind Farm based in Edinburgh as a project delivery company.

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, communications@oceanwinds.com, www.oceanwinds.com; China Three Gorges Europe, www.hydropower.org/our-members/china-three-gorges-corporation

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Three Gorges ,  Ocean Winds,  Offshore Wind,  


Mitsui Plans $1.8Bn Investment by 2023 to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
Mitsui
Date: 2021-04-07
Japanese maritime shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. is reporting a plan to invest $1.8 billion over the next three years to achieve zero emissions from its fleet by 2050 and to develop new carbon-neutral businesses.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsui,  Carbon Emissions,  


Lotte Chemicals, Samsung Cooperation on Net-Zero Carbon (Int'l.)
Lotte Chemical,Samsung Engineering
Date: 2021-04-07
In South Korea, Seoul-headquartered Lotte Chemical is reporting a collaboration agreement with Samsung Engineering to expand, promote and jointly invest in the development and commercialization of eco-friendly technologies and the realization of carbon neutrality at Lotte Chemical.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lotte Chemical ,  Carbon Neutral,  Samsung Engineering,  


Gasum Supplying Liquified Biogas to Finnish Coast Guard (Int'l.)
Gasum
Date: 2021-04-07
Helsinki-headquartered biogas specialist Gasum reports Turku biogas plant has delivered its first shipment of liquefied biogas to the Finnish Border Guard (Coast Guard) in Helsinki. An additional shipment of liquefied biogas will be will be delivered to Helsinki in the coming weeks from Gasum's Risavika production plant in Norway.

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, ossi.lehtonen@gasum.com, www.gasum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gasum news,  LNG news,  Biogas news,  


Winter Weather Reduces Ethanol Production (EIA Report)
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Date: 2021-04-05
According to EIA's latest Weekly Petroleum Status Report, the colder-than-normal weather that affected much of the U.S. in mid-February and disrupted Midcontinent and Gulf Coast petroleum markets also affected fuel ethanol producers. Fuel ethanol production fell to the lowest levels since the onset of responses to COVID-19 in spring 2020. U.S. weekly fuel ethanol production fell to an average of 658,000 barrels per day (b/d) during the week of February 21, 2021, which was the lowest weekly production level since May 11, 2020, and 38 percent lower than at the same time last year, according to EIA's Weekly Petroleum Status Report. Production rates have since returned to average levels, but fuel ethanol inventories remain low.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Energy Information Administration,  thanol,  


Repsol Seeks €5.96Bn for Biofuels, Green Hydrogen (Int'l.)
Repsol
Date: 2021-04-05
In Madrid, Spain's Repsol is bidding for a share of Europe's €750 billion ($884 billion) pandemic recovery funds to support projects including new biofuel plants and 'green' hydrogen production made from renewable sources in a pivot away from oil and gas to supplying low-carbon energy.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Biofuel,  Green Hydrogen,  


Samsung Installs Solar Power for Three Plants (Int'l. Report)
Samsung Electronics
Date: 2021-04-05
In Seoul, Samsung Electronics Co. reports it is using solar power to reduce carbon emissions at four device solutions division factories in Onyang, Giheung, Hwaseong and Pyeongtaek. With the solar panels covering an area of 27,660 square meters, each division generates about 2,847 MWh per year which is being used to run electric vehicle charging stations, LED screens and other facilities.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung Electronics ,  Solar,  


Battery Nanomaterial Tech Startup Raises $3Mn (Int'l. Funding)
Nanom
Date: 2021-04-05
Reykjavik, Iceland headquartered battery nanomaterials specialist Nanom reports it has raised $3 million in seed funding for its process technology that boost battery performance and expects to announce its partners in the next few months.

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, n@nnom.com, www.nnom.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  


POET Launches POET Pure™ Plant-Based Products (Ind. Report)
POET
Date: 2021-04-02
Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered ethanol pioneer POET reports it has expanded production to include renewable CO2, renewable dry ice and all-natural, 100 pct plant-based pharmaceutical-grade purified alcohol as part of a suite of bio-based products under a new label, POET Pure™.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  DDG,  


A4A Commits to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Airlines for America
Date: 2021-04-02
Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced the commitment of its member carriers to work across the aviation industry and with government leaders in a positive partnership to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. As part of that commitment, A4A carriers pledged to work with the government and other stakeholders toward a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to make 2 billion gallons of SAF available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airlines for America ,  Aviation Emissions,  SAF ,  


Okinawa Power Plant Co-burning Coal, Woody Biomass (Int'l.)
Okinawa Electric Power
Date: 2021-03-31
Japanese power producer Okinawa Electric Power reports it has begun co-burning coal and woody biomass pellets at its Kin coal-fired power plant as part of normal operations. The plant can burn wood pellets made from domestically-supplied construction waste at the 220MW No.1 and No.2 coal-fired units, with the ratio of biomass mixture at around 3 pct.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Okinawa Electric Power,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Carbon Emission,  


Pacifico Renewables Adds 15.5 MW to Wind Portfolio (Int'l., M&A)
Pacifico Renewables
Date: 2021-03-31
Gruenwald, Germany-based independent energy producer Pacifico Renewables Yield AG is reporting acquisition of a 15.5 MW, 5-turbine onshore wind farm near Reudelsterz in Rhineland-Palatinate from New Energies Systems AG.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacifico Renewables ,  Wind,  


FAW-Volkswagen Touts Emissions Reduction Initiative (Int'l.)
FAW-Volkswagen
Date: 2021-03-31
In China, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd. (FAW-VW) has launched an initiative of promoting carbon emissions peaking and carbon neutrality in Beijing, in order to fulfil the company's social responsibility to realize green development in line with the national strategy to attain carbon neutrality by 2060.

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, yuyang_iec@faw.com.cn, www.faw.com/fawen/gyjt36/gjhz/faw-volkswagen/index.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News FAW-Volkswagen ,  Carbon Emissions,  


First4Milk Soil Carbon, Sustainability Project Launched (Int'l.)
First Milk, Neste, Agricarbon
Date: 2021-03-31
In the UK, milk producer First Milk is touting the First4Milk project which establishes a comprehensive and scientifically robust soil carbon baseline for First Milk farms. The project will see high intensity, field-by-field soil carbon stock quantified across 40 farms, with the intention to extend this to 100 First Milk farms by the end of 2021.

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, info@agriculturadeconservacion.org, www.agricarbon.eu: Neste UK, Robin Sundaram, Responsible Sourcing Manager, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Soil Carbon news,  Neste news,  Agricarbon news,  


BASF Aiming for Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l. Report)
BASF
Date: 2021-03-31
BASF reports it is aiming to reduce its production CO2 emissions by 25 pct by 2030 and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. To that end, the company plans to progressively switch to renewable energy sources and to invest up to €1 billion by 2025 in new technologies to reach its climate target and a further €2 billion to €3 billion by 2030.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF news,  Net-Zero news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


Avfuel Supplying Neste MY SAF at Monterey Jet Center (Ind. Report)
Avfuel, Neste
Date: 2021-03-31
Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation reports it is now supplying Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM on a regular basis to its branded FBO, Monterey Jet Center (KMRY), in Monterey, Calif.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Avfuel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Apple Planning Calif. Solar Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Apple
Date: 2021-03-31
IT giant Apple has announced plans to construct a 240 MWh, battery-based renewable energy storage facility at the California Flats solar installation in southeastern Monterey County, about 100 miles southeast of Apple's HQ in Cupertino.

The 240 MWh facility will store sufficient power for more than 7,000 homes for one day. (Source: Apple, Reuters, 31 Mar., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple news,  Energy Storage news,  Solar news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  


Southern Power Snares 109-Turbine S. Dakota Wind Farm (M&A)
Southern Power, Invenergy
Date: 2021-03-29
Atlanta-based energy wholesaler Southern Power is reporting the acquisition of its 14th and largest wind project to date -- the 300-MW Deuel Harvest Wind Farm in Deuel County, South Dakota -- from Invenergy. The 109-turbine Deuel Harvest facility was developed by Invenergy and came online Feb. 23, 2021.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power news,  Invenergy news,  Wind news,  


EWE, AWS Joint Venture to Manage, Operate Wind Projects (Int'l.)
EWE,Alterric
Date: 2021-03-29
In Germany, Aloys Wobben Stiftung (AWS) and EWE AG are reporting the launch of Alterric, their joint-venture onshore wind energy project management and operation service provider. The announcement follows December 2020 antitrust approvals and shareholders and investment agreements which came into force on 26th March, 2021 when the new company commenced its operations.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  EWE AG news,  


Oxy, NextDecade Ink Tex. LNG Plant CCS Agreement (Ind. Report)
Occidental Petroleum Corp,NextDecade
Date: 2021-03-29
In the Lone Star State, Houston-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) major NextDecade Corp. is reporting a term sheet agreement with Houston-headquartered Occidental Petroleum Corp. subsidiary Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV) to off-take and permanently store CO2 captured from the proposed Rio Grande LNG project in the Port of Brownsville, South Texas.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Occidental Petroleum Corp.,  CCS,  NextDecade,  LNG,  


EIA to Provide New Monthly Biofuels Report (Ind. Report)
U.S. EIA
Date: 2021-03-29
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports it will release expanded monthly biofuels data through a new report -- the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update on March 31, 2021. The first edition of this report will also modify petroleum and biofuel volumetric balances in the interactive Supply and Disposition summary data table in its Petroleum Navigator. Changes to the monthly biofuels data and petroleum and biofuel volumetric balances include:
  • The Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update replaces the Monthly Biodiesel Production Report, but the biodiesel report will continue to be the source of EIA's historical monthly biodiesel data before January 2021.

  • Table 1 of the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update will report expanded coverage of production capacities for biodiesel, fuel alcohol, and renewable fuels. Table 2 of the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update will replace Table 3 of the Monthly Biodiesel Production Report and reflect expanded coverage of the types of biofuel feedstocks consumed to include feedstocks used in the production of biodiesel, fuel alcohol, and renewable fuels.

    Changes to the Supply and Disposition summary data table include:

  • For the Renewable Fuels Except Fuel Ethanol product category, Renewable Fuels & Oxygenate Plant Net Production under Supply will include renewable fuels in addition to biodiesel. For the Renewable Fuels Except Fuel Ethanol product category, balance quantities reported as Adjustments under Supply will be discontinued, while balance quantities reported as Products Supplied under Disposition will be introduced.

  • For the Distillate Fuel Oil product category, biodiesel quantities reported as Adjustments under Supply will be discontinued.

  • For the Finished Petroleum Products product category, which includes Distillate Fuel Oil and Kerosene-Type Jet Fuel as two of the subcategories, quantities of petroleum products blended with biofuels at biofuel producing plants will be reported as Renewable Fuels & Oxygenate Plant Net Production under Supply.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EIA,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


  • French Offshore Wind Farm Wins EIB Credit (Int'l. Report)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2021-03-26
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports granting a €350 million line of credit to a consortium made up of EDF Renewables, Enbridge and wpd to co-finance construction of a planned €2 billion wind farm 10 km off the coast of Courseulles-sur-Mer, France.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  wpd,  Enbridge,  EDF Renewables,  Offshore wind,  


    Scottish Biomethane Fueling Station Construction Underway (Int'l.)
    CNG Fuels
    Date: 2021-03-26
    Following up on our Nov. 11, 2019 coverage, in Scotland, CNG Fuels reports construction is underway on the country's first public access biomethane heavy goods vehicle (HGV) refueling station at the Eurocentral industrial estate near Bellshill. The facility will have the capacity to fuel as many as 450 heavy transport trucks per day when it opens in November.

    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,info@cngfuels.com, www.cngfuels.com

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    China's Steel Emissions Expected to Fall 30 pct by 2030 (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-03-24
    According to the China Iron and Steel Association, China's crude steel output will peak at around 1.16 billion tonnes in 2025, when carbon emissions in the sector will also reach a peak then fall by 420 million tonnes -- 30 pct -- by 2030.

    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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    Toshiba Touts Rapid CO2 Conversion Device (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Toshiba
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In Tokyo, Japanese electronics giant Toshiba is touting a new CO2 collection-and-conversion device that rapidly processes CO2 into carbon monoxide with chemical reactions involving electricity, according to a release. Carbon monoxide can serve as a raw material for products such as aircraft fuel.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Toshiba,  Carbon Capture,  


    Ukraine, German Energy Efficiency Cooperation Announced (Int'l)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In Kyiv, the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine and Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH, the German Energy Agency are reporting a memorandum of cooperation on joint development of tools to improve energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in Ukraine, as well as to implement joint projects on a mutually beneficial basis.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition Announcement (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition
    Date: 2021-03-22
    "The Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition member organizations commend state agency and stakeholder efforts in recommending a clean fuels policy in Minnesota. We thank Governor Walz for establishing the Governor's Council on Biofuels and strongly support the Council's recommendation -- finding number 10, recommendation number 4 -- to move forward with a clean fuels policy in Minnesota. We also applaud the Minnesota Department of Transportation for establishing the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Council, which also included a clean fuels policy and implementation guidelines in its set of approved recommendations to the Department. A clean fuels policy will help assure that Minnesota remains in a leadership position with respect to clean fuels innovation, building on past successes.

    "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:

  • Benefits for consumers through market access for clean fuels that are often lower cost or a better value than conventional fuels but currently face barriers to entry in the marketplace.

  • Large net-positive and equitable economic impacts for the state through increased investment in a broad portfolio of cleaner fuels, including ethanol, biomethane, biodiesel, other biofuels, electricity,and charging infrastructure.

  • Equitable access to clean transportation for all Minnesota communities.

  • Increased investment in cleaner fuels for all types of vehicles and a more innovative and prosperous clean fuels sector spurring consumer demand for cleaner products,

  • A technology- and fuel-neutral, performance-based approach that rewards the cleanest fuels without having government pick winners and losers and expands the fuels market.

  • Reductions in air pollution and increased health benefits, particularly in areas that have been disproportionately impacted by transportation pollution.

  • Economic incentives and market demand to maximize the resource value of organic waste (including manure, biosolids, and food waste), reducing the climate impacts of organic waste, and supporting counties' efforts to achieve state-mandated recycling goals.

  • Increased energy independence by relying less on imported resources and more on state resources.

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the two largest emitting sectors of transportation and electricity as well as in the agricultural sector.

  • A potential to support voluntary farmer-led efforts to invest in and adopt agricultural conservation practices that benefit soil health and water quality and reduce farm-level greenhouse gas emissions." (Source: Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition, www.BetterEnergy.org , Twitter: @GreatPlainsInst; Facebook: Great Plains Institute

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  • EU CEO Alliance Seeks Concerted Climate Strategy (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-03-22
    The CEO Alliance for Europe's Recovery, Reform and Resilience "Action Tank" of 10 European business leaders is calling for climate action.

    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

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


    Canadian Solar Invests in SolarWorX (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Canadian Solar, SolarWorx
    Date: 2021-03-22
    Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. and SolarWorX, a Berlin based off-grid solar pioneer, are reporting a strategic partnership in which Canadian Solar will make a seven-digit investments in SolarWorX as part of the start-up's series A investment round. Other investors include EIT InnoEnergy and Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) one of the world's largest private-sector development financiers.

    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, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com; SolarWorx, Felix Boldt, CEO, www.solarworx.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar news,  Solar news,  


    Praj Claims HPCL Compressed Biogas Plant Order (Int'l. Report)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Pune, India-based ethanol producer, bio-based technologies and engineering specialist Praj Industries is reporting receipt of an order from Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) for a 5,250 M tpy compressed biogas (CBG) project at Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. The project, which will process 35,000 MT of regionally sourced rice straw as feedstock, could also save up to 15,000 M tpy of CO2 emissions when commissioned with the next 12 completed and commissioned within 12 months.

    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., info@praj.net, www.praj.net

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    Harvard Bldg. Complex LEED, Living Building Certified (Ind. Report)
    Harvard,USGBC, Living Building Challenge
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In the Bay State, Harvard University reports it's new 544,000 square-foot Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) in Allston has been awarded US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification. The complex also received the Living Building Challenge Petal certification.

    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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    Apple's Green Bonds Support Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
    Apple, Green Bond
    Date: 2021-03-19
    IT giant Apple reports it funded 17 Green Bond renewable energy projects that avoided an average of 921,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions in 2020 as part of its planned $4.7 billion Green Bond spend. The projects will generate 1.2 GW of renewable energy globally, with Apple adding over 350 MW of newly installed renewable energy over the last year in Nevada, Illinois, Virginia, and Denmark.

    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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    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends, Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-03-19
    The following has been submitted by the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer, ENVIVA Holdings LP:

    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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    GWEC Comments on China's Wind Power Growth (Int'l. Report)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2021-03-19
    According to the Belgium-based Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), in 2020 China broke the world record for most wind power capacity installed in a single year with 52 GW of new capacity -- doubling the country's annual installations compared to the previous year.

    "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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    China's Xinjiang Region Upping Wind, Solar Power Generation (Int'l.)
    China Wind, Renewable Enery
    Date: 2021-03-17
    According to the Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is taking the lead in China's renewable energy push, with wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power capacity jumped 135 pct from 2015 levels to a record high of 35.83 GW -- more than some developed countries including the UK, Belgium, Netherlands or Japan.

    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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    Jordan Announces Reforestation Climate Change Campaign (Int'l.)
    Jordan
    Date: 2021-03-17
    The Jordan Environment Ministry is touting a plan to plant 10 million trees over 10 years as part of the kingdom's effort to fight climate change. The programme focuses on eucalyptus, jujube and carob and other species that after the initial phase of taking root, can survive without a lot of additional water.

    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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    Palm Coast Community Center Scores LEED Silver Cert. (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In the Sunshine State, the city of Palm Coast -- pop. 81,000 -- reports its recently expanded 21,000 square feet Community Center has received US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for environmental sustainability and resource efficiency. The project earned LEED qualifying points for:
  • Location and Transportation -- surrounding density and diverse uses, bicycle facilities, reduced parking footprint, green vehicles;

  • Sustainable Sites -- construction activity pollution prevention, site assessment, open space, rainwater management, heat island reduction (reduce effects on human and wildlife habitats by reducing the impact of heat retaining components);

  • Water Efficiency -- outdoor water use reduction, indoor water use reduction, building-level water metering;

  • Energy and Atmosphere -- fundamental commissioning and verification, minimum energy performance, building-level energy metering, fundamental refrigerant management, optimize energy performance, enhanced commissioning (verifying the training of the staff and testing to operate the energy and water systems), enhanced refrigerant management (reduce ozone depletion by minimizing the emission of harmful compounds), green power and carbon offsets (100 pct of the total building energy consumption is offset by the use of renewable energy sources);

  • Materials and Resources -- storage and collection of recyclables, construction and demolition waste management planning, building life-cycle impact reduction (reuse or salvage at least 25 pct of the materials for the building), product disclosure and optimization -- environmental product declarations (utilize products and materials that have environmental, economical, and socially preferred life-cycle impacts), product disclosure and optimization -- material ingredients (Install materials that have a minimum level of recycled content), construction and demolition waste management (reduce construction waste that is disposed of in landfills);

  • Indoor Environmental Quality -- minimum IAQ performance, environmental tobacco smoke control, enhanced IAQ strategies (utilize mechanically and naturally ventilated ideals to promote occupant comfort), low-emitting materials (reduce concentrations for chemical contaminants), construction IAQ management plan (promote the well-being of the construction workers during construction), thermal comfort (provide multiple controls of the mechanical system to the building occupants), interior lighting (provide multiple controls of the lighting to the building occupants);

  • Innovation -- achieved a higher level of low-emitting materials and use of environmentally sensitive cleaning products to maintain the building;

  • Regional Priority Credits -- surrounding density and diverse uses (extra credit granted on the location of the project), thermal comfort (extra credit granted on the location of the project). (Source: City of Palm Coast, Palm Coast Observer, Mar., 2021) Contact: City of Palm Coast, www.palmcoastgov.com; USGBC, www.usgbc.org

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  • Alibaba's Ant Group Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Alibaba
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In China, e-commerce giant Alibaba Group's fintech arm Ant Group is reporting plans to become carbon neutral by 2030 and pledged its support to bring down emissions through technological innovations.

    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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    Neste Plans Rotterdam Biofuels Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-03-17
    Espoo, Finland-headquartered oil refiner and biofuels producer Neste reports the selection of the Dutch port of Rotterdam as the location for its next renewable products refinery. A final investment decision is expected in late 2021 or early 2022.

    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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    Maryland Senate Passes Climate Solutions Now Act (Reg. & Leg.)
    Maryland State Senate
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In Annapolis, the Maryland State Senate handily approved the Climate Solutions Now Act which would commit the state to curtailing climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions 60 pct below 2006 levels by 2030 and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045. The state's current five year old goal is for a 40 pct emission reduction by 2030.

    The new legislation orders the following climate change related initiatives:

  • Planting 5 million trees statewide, with 10 pct to go in underserved areas;

  • Requiring increased electric efficiency from utilities;

  • Shifting the state's fleet of transit buses and other vehicles to zero-emission electric motors;

  • Mandating carbon neutrality in most new state buildings and setting new energy conservation requirements for all buildings;

  • Making all newly constructed schools at least "solar-ready";

  • Addresses environmental justice concerns, directing state agencies to identify communities disproportionately affected by climate change and to take steps to ensure equitable investments in the mitigation efforts. (Source: Maryland State Senate, Mar., 2021) Contact: Maryland State Senate Office, (410) 260-6400; www.msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/sen.html

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  • Sinopec Developing Hydrogen Fuel in China (Alt Fuel, Int'l.)
    Sinopec
    Date: 2021-03-12
    In Beijing, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering have proposed the acceleration of the hydrogen energy industry in China.

    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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    China Releases 2021-25 Energy, Climate Change Plan (Int'l. Report)
    China
    Date: 2021-03-12
    In Beijing, the world's large GHG emitter's just released draft 2021-2025 Five Year Plan (FYP) is awaiting approval from the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC).

    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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    European Parliament Approves Border Carbon Tax, (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    European Parliament
    Date: 2021-03-12
    The 27-member European Union Parliament (EP) reports it has approved a proposal Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism -- a tax om imports from countries that do not impose a national carbon price. The tax is slated to come into force in 2023, with the precise details expected be announced in June, this year.

    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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    Clariant's Romanian Straw-Biofuel Plant Well Underway (Int'l)
    Clariant
    Date: 2021-03-12
    Muttez, Germany-based specialty chemicals producer Clariant is reporting construction of its straw-biofuel plant in Podari, southern Romania, is well underway and slated to go into production before the year end. The plant expects to use 250,000 tpy of locally sourced straw to produce 50,000 tpy of ethanol that will be blended with gasoline.

    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.librera@clariant.com, www.clariant.com

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    ANL Finds Major GHG Reductions for Fischer-Tropsch Electrofuel Production (Ind. Report, R&D)
    Argonne National Laboratory
    Date: 2021-03-10
    The Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) Systems Assessment Center reports its evaluation of the well-to-wheel (WTW) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of Fischer-Tropsch (FT) fuels produced via various electrolytic H2 pathways and CO2 sources -- found that using nuclear or solar/wind electricity, the stand-alone FT fuel production (Naphtha, jet, diesel) from various plant designs can reduce WTW GHG emissions by 90–108 pct relative to petroleum fuels.

    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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    Ellomay Inks 28-MW Spanish PV Plant EPC Agreement (Int'l.)
    Ellomay Capital
    Date: 2021-03-10
    Tel-Aviv-headquartered renewable energy developer Ellomay Capital Ltd. is reporting its solar plant construction unit Ellomay Solar S.L.U. has centered into a €15.32 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for a 28-MW photovoltaic plant in the municipality of Talavan, Caceres, Spain, with MYTILINEOS S.A.'s renewables and storage development business unit METKA EGN Spain S.L.U. Work began March 1 and is expected to be completed within 9 months.

    To date, Ellomay has evaluated numerous opportunities and invested in the renewable, clean energy and natural resources industries in Israel, Italy and Spain, including:

  • Approximately 7.9MW of photovoltaic power plants in Spain and a photovoltaic power plant of approximately 9 MW in Israel;

  • 9.375 pct indirect interest in Dorad Energy Ltd., which owns and operates one of Israel's largest private power plants with production capacity of approximately 860 MW, representing about 6 - 8 pct of Israel's total current electricity consumption;

  • 51 pct of Talasol, which owns a photovoltaic plant with a peak capacity of 300MW in the municipality of Talavan, Caceres, Spain;

  • Groen Gas Goor B.V., Groen Gas Oude-Tonge B.V. and Groen Gas Gelderland B.V., project companies operating anaerobic digestion plants in the Netherlands, with a green gas production capacity of approximately 3 million, 3.8 million and 9.5 million (with a license to produce 7.5 million) Nm3 per year, respectively;

  • 83.333 pct of Ellomay Pumped Storage (2014) Ltd., which is involved in a project to construct a 156 MW pumped storage hydro power plant in the Manara Cliff, Israel. (Source: Ellomay Capital Ltd., PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: MYTILINEOS S.A, www.mytilineos.gr; Ellomay Capital, Kalia Weintraub, CFO, +972 (3) 797-1111, hilai@ellomay.com, www.ellomay.com

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