"That further work means continued technology innovation. We have to keep finding and inventing solutions to the myriad of individual problems posed by the dual challenge. These different efforts -- both within and outside of our own research labs -- are all essential to moving us forward. They include the important renewables work being done with wind, solar and geothermal by so many around the world; they also include research focused on carbon capture technology and biofuels -- and everything in between. On ExxonMobil’s end, we are proud of our portfolio of innovative emission-lowering projects that have led to more than 10,000 patents in the last decade. Since 2000, we've spent $16.5 billion on this kind of R&D.
"Moving into 2020, we need to stay focused on several key themes related to solving the dual challenge: scale, speed, collaboration and training the next generation of scientists, engineers and other problem solvers. Scale is everything in our efforts. Reducing carbon emissions to fight climate change as we simultaneously deliver more and more energy to a growing world is a big job. And it's not just one job. As I said earlier this year, 'Not only are the sizes we are talking about so big they are sometimes unfathomable, but we must deploy solutions globally AND across countless end uses. It's not one equation with one unknown, but multiple equations with multiple unknowns.'
"As we work to solve for these multiple unknowns, we are pursuing projects big and small. What they share in common is the strict requirement that they must lead to a scalable solution. Energy is gigantic, from the infrastructure that supports it to the markets that drive its supply and demand. Any solution we find in the lab, however brilliant, must be ready to immediately scale.
"And it needs to happen quickly. As we know, scientific discovery is an ongoing endeavor -- you can't put a deadline on invention. But we can accelerate innovation. First, we can follow the example of parallel processing from computer science. In our labs, we don't wait for the basic science to be definitively 'concluded' (if it even can be). We start the engineering while we're still doing the science and iterate between the two. That requires collaboration between different types of researchers and innovators – between our corporate lab and government and academic labs, for example -- and that's the other way we speed up scalable solutions: with partnerships. Partnerships are a force multiplier. They are absolutely key when it comes to solving the dual challenge. When I look back on the past year, I am proud of the scope and variety of partnerships we undertook as a company. To name just a few:
(Source: ExxonMobil, PR, , 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil,
Dr. Vijay Swarup, VP Research and Development , www.linkedin.com › dr-vijay-swarup-120a95159, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup ,
(Source: ExxonMobil, PR, , 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil,
Dr. Vijay Swarup, VP Research and Development , www.linkedin.com › dr-vijay-swarup-120a95159, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
The consortium believes that both storing and using carbon can make a useful contribution to achieving the energy and climate objectives at Flemish, Belgian and European level and lead to reductions in CO2 emissions in the run-up to 2030. To that end, the Port of Antwerp and a number of other partners have submitted the necessary applications to the European Commission.
The Port of Antwerp in Flanders, Belgium, is a port in the heart of Europe accessible to capesize ships. It is Europe's second-largest seaport, after Rotterdam. Antwerp stands at the upper end of the tidal estuary of the Scheldt which is navigable by ships of more than 100,000 Gross Tons as far as 80 km inland. -- Wikipedia. (Source: Port Staretegy, 18 Dec., 2019) Contact: Port of Antwerp , Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, +32 (0)3 205 20 11, www.portofantwerp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, CCUS,
The ADC aims to spend $5 million on an initial lobbying campaign to win support for the tax, said , senior vice president at the group.
PAC is looking to build legislative support for its carbon tax. It proposes an initial $40 a ton tax on carbon dioxide that would increase over time, with the money raised to be returned to consumers.
The PAC has raised $1 million each from Exelon Corp, First Solar Inc and the American Wind Energy Association and expects to reach its goal of a $5 million in coming months. (Source: Exxon,
Denton Daily, Reuters, 8 Dec., 2019)
Contact: Climate Leadership Council, Greg Bertelsen, www.clcouncil.org; Americans for Carbon Dividends, www.afcd.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council, Exxon, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
The carbon capture will take place at Air Liquide, Air Products, ExxonMobil and Shell refineries and hydrogen production facilities in Rotterdam. The transport and storage of the CO2 beneath the North Sea will be prepared by Porthos.
The Netherlands has clear climate objectives: the emission of greenhouse gases must be reduced by 49 pct by 2030 and by 95 pct by 2050 compared with 1990. One way to achieve the climate objectives is to capture CO2 for use or for storage underground (CCUS). The national coalition agreement and the national Climate Agreement underline the importance of CCUS for the energy transition.
(Source: PORTHOS, Gas World, Dec., 2019)
Contact: PORTHOS, +31 6 2246 6553,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Liquide, Air Products, CCS, CCUS, ExxonMobil , Shell , Carbon Capture,
Tillerson was unceremoniously sacked with a tweet for disagreeing with Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and a myriad of other differences.
Editor's Note: Somehow we would have expected something more insightful and profound than "We knew it (climate change) was a real issue" from a former Exxon CEO and U.S. Secretary of State!
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rex Tillerson, Climate Change, Exxon,
Initially, OGCI will help decarbonize multiple industrial hubs in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands and China. The OGCI also aims to build on the industry's reduction in methane emissions (9 pct in 2018) and to include carbon emissions in hope that future temperature increases will not exceed 2 degrees Celsius. To complement its methane emissions-intensity target, OGCI seeks to reduce collective average carbon intensity by 2025.
The OGCI member companies -- BP, Chevron, CNPC, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Occidental, Pemex, Petrobras, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell and Total -- account for 32 pct of global operated oil and gas production, according to the OGCI website.
(Source: OGCI, Alex Mills, Tims Record News, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, email@example.com, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative ,
With its renewed membership, ExxonMobil will: extend its membership in MITEI's Center for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage CCUS; join MITEI's Center for Energy Storage, which seeks to develop new energy storage technologies for use in renewables-heavy electric power systems, electricity-powered transportation, and other applications; and join MITEI's Mobility Systems Center, its newest Low-Carbon Energy Center.
Among MITEI projects supported by ExxonMobil is a new multi-level energy assessment tool, the Sustainable Energy System Analysis Modelling Environment, which assesses lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from various energy sectors. Other ExxonMobil-supported MITEI research includes an assessment of the future role for carbon capture and storage (CCS)technology in a portfolio of climate mitigation options and a project that models the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of solar power and demonstrates its low carbon intensity.
ExxonMobil will also continue to support energy education through MITEI's undergraduate and graduate programs, including the Energy Fellows Program, which enables graduate students to engage in research in low-carbon energy areas of their choice and prepares them for careers addressing energy and climate challenges.(Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 21 Oct., 2019)
Contact: ExxonMobil , Robert Armstrong,
www.exxonmobil.com, www.twitter.com/exxonmobil; MIT Energy Initiative, Louis Carranza, Assoc. Dir., energy.mit.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, CCUS, ExxonMobil,
The project aims to deconstruct rice straw effectively, bagasse and other biomass varieties of Indian origin to produce sugars, which will directly feed into ExxonMobil's bio-conversion platform; convert the lignin present in biomass to valuable phenols using novel catalysts, and evaluate the environmental and economic implications of performing such conversions at scale.
India is the world's 3rd largest agro-residues producer with the surplus potential of over 230 million tpy after China and Brazil. India's huge biofuel potential is expected to be realized shortly with the Government of India's plan to grow the biofuel industry into a $15.6 billion economy, according to the release. (Source: IIT Madras, Exxon Mobil,
Contact: IIT Madras, Dr. R. Vinu, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, www.che.iitm.ac.in
More Low-Carbon Energy News IIT Madras, ExxonMobil, Biofuel,
CAMS undertakes scientific studies addressing methane emissions along the natural gas value chain, from production through end use. Studies will focus on detection, measurement and quantification of methane emissions with the goal of finding opportunities for reduction. CAMS' first project is to develop an open access oil and gas operations emissions calculator that will estimate methane emissions at a basin level and enable operators to evaluate effectiveness of mitigation strategies. (Source; CAMS, Green Car Congress, 19 Sept., 2019)
Contact: Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science, www.methanecollaboratory.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methan, GHG, Greenhouse Gas,
The proposed rule will reverse standards enacted under President Barack Obama that require oil and gas operations to install controls on their operations to curb the release of methane at the well head and in their transmission equipment, including pipelines, processing and storage facilities.
Despite EPA estimates the proposed changes would save the oil and natural gas industry between $17 million and $19 million a year, Shell, Exxon, BP and other major fossil fuels players are opposing the proposed rollback and urging the current standards be kept in place.
(Source: EPA, Various Media, Wash. Post, 29 Aug., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, EPA,
ExxonMobil V.P for R&D, Vijay Swarup, noted "New technologies in carbon capture will be critical enablers for us to meet growing energy demands, while reducing emissions. Our agreement with Mosaic expands our carbon capture technology research portfolio, which is evaluating multiple pathways -- including evaluation of carbonate fuel cells and direct air capture -- to reduce costs and enable large-scale deployment."
Mosaic's technology utilizes porous solids known as metal-organic frameworks to selectively remove impurities such as CO2 from gas mixtures in an array of applications from submarines to power plants, according to the company website.
With a working interest in approximately 20 pct of the world's total carbon capture capacity, ExxonMobil has been able to capture about 7 million tpy of carbon dioxide and has cumulatively captured more of it than any other company since 1970, according to the company. (Source: ExxonMobil, TradeArabia News Service, 27 Aug., 2019)Contact: ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com; Mosaic Materials, John Husk, VP, Bus. Dev., www.mosaicmaterials.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon, Mosaic Materials, CO2, CCS, Carbon Capture,
The National Carbon Capture Center serves as a neutral research and testing facility to advance technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-based power plants.
Through the evaluation of over 60 technologies, the Center has already reduced the projected cost of carbon capture from fossil generation by one-third, according to the Center which is currently adding infrastructure to expand testing of carbon capture technologies for natural gas power plants.
National Carbon Capture Center partners include DOE and its National Energy Technology Laboratory, American Electric Power, ClearPath, the Electric Power Research Institute, ExxonMobil, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Tennessee Valley Authority, Peabody Energy and Wyoming Infrastructure Authority.
The National Carbon Capture Center is operated by the Southern Company and to date has worked more than 30 organizations from seven countries to evaluate and scale up emerging carbon capture technologies. (Source: National Carbon Capture Center , PR, AAAS, 15 Aug., 2019)
Contact: National Carbon Capture Center, John Northington, Dir., Marc Willis, (202) 586-3628,
More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL, National Carbon Capture Center, TOTAL, Carbon Capture,
Berry was speaking in Lincoln, Nebraska on the EPA's granting of an additional 31 small refinery biofuel waivers for 2018. This follows the 54 waivers the Trump Administration granted in 2016 and 2017, which caused 2.6 billion gallons of demand destruction. These new waivers add another loss of 1.4 billion gallons, for a total loss of 4 billion gallons.
Contact: Nebraska Ethanol Board, Roger Berry, (402) 471-2941, ethanol.nebraska.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Ethanol Board news, Ethanol news, EPA news, "Hardship Waiver" news,
Should the technical readiness and scalability of the technology be determined, pilot projects at ExxonMobil facilities could follow, according to a MobilExxon press release.
As previously reported, ExxonMobil recently committed to spending as much as $100 million over 10 years with the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) on research to bring lower-emission tech to commercial scale. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 1 July, 2019)
Contact: ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com;
Global Thermostat, Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky, CEO, 646-798-6217, www.globalthermostat.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil, CCS, CO2 Emissions, Carbon Capture,
The 25 largest polluters, responsible for 50 pct of CO2 emissions, are, by descending order: China (state-owned coal production), Aramco, Gazprom, Iranian National Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Coal India, Pemex, Russia (state-owned coal production), Shell, China National Petroleum, BP, Chevron, PDVSA, Abu Dhabi National Petroleum, Poland Coal, Peabody Energy, Sonatrach, Kuwait Oil, Total, BHP Billiton, ConocoPhillips, Lukoil, Rio Tinto, Nigeria National Petroleum, and Petrobras, the only Brazilian company on the list.
The top 100 companies control most of the world's mineral rights, for oil, gas, and coal. Houston is considered the "home" of 7 of these 100 companies, followed by Jakarta, Calgary, Moscow, and Beijing.
The research aims to advance potential scalable technologies that improve energy efficiency, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce emissions from the production of fossil fuels and petrochemicals, according to ExxonMobil.
Initial collaborative efforts will explore ways to bring biofuels and carbon capture and storage (CCS) to commercial scale across the power generation, transportation, and manufacturing sectors. (Source: ExxonMobil, GreenCar Congress, 9 May, 2019)Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, Biouels, CCS,
According to the organization's website, The founding Members of the Climate Leadership Council believe that America needs a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens our economy and protects our shared environment."
The Council's carbon dividends solution embodies the conservative principles of free markets and limited government. It also offers an equitable, popular and politically-viable way forward, paving the way for a much-needed bipartisan climate breakthrough. The Council's carbon dividends program is based on four interdependent pillars:
Alongside a growing carbon tax, the Climate Leadership Council wants to rollback carbon regulations that are no longer necessary and pay these carbon taxes back to citizens in the form of dividends. The group also plans to push for rising carbon taxes in replacement of other climate legislation while protecting its members from historic climate damage payments, according to its website.
Microsoft recently committed to a $15 per ton internal carbon tax and announced that its campus will soon be run with 100 pct carbon-free electricity. It also ramped up its data center plans to run on 70 pct renewable by 2023. (Source: Microsoft, Climate Leadership Council, WinBuzzer, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Tax,
The EPA currently does not name companies that apply for or receive the waivers, arguing the information is confidential. The corn industry wants that changed because it believes profitable companies are securing waivers, which is hurting farmers. Small refineries owned by profitable oil majors like ExxonMobil and Chevron are among those that have gotten waivers since 2017, according to the Reuters report.
"Hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct.
(Source: Yahoo Finance, Reuters, 30 April, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, "Hardship Waiver", Ethanol Blend,
The 2019 Energy Efficiency Awards include:
The companies receiving awards in 2019 are
Afton Chemical Corporation, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., Albemarle Corporation, Arkema Inc., BASF Corp., Celanase, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Dow, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, FMC Corp., Hexion Inc., Occidental Chemical, Olin Corp and SABIC.
(Source: American Chemistry Council, PR, 15 April, 2019) Contact: ACC, ww.americanchemistry.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
Happer is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Princeton University, a veteran of the George H.W. Bush administration, is connected to fossil fuel companies including ExxonMobil, has acknowledged accepting payment for testimony from from Peabody Coal, and presently serves as Trump's deputy assistant for emerging technologies on the National Security Council.
Happer is also known for his comment:
"The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews."
"There's no reason for climate hysteria. I don't think it's a problem at all, I think it's a good thing." (Source: Washington Post, Wikipedia, Media Matters, EVLONDO COOPER, Blog, , 23 Feb., 2019) Contact:
William Happer, (609) 258-3020,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Trump Climate Change,
The bill under consideration targets carbon emissions of 25,000 tons or more, meaning that small industrial polluters would avoid the tax. There are 22 major polluters in the state that would fall under the carbon tax. The businesses range from the Malteurop North America malting facility in Great Falls to the Colstrip Power Plant, tops the list at 14.3 million tpy of CO2, according to EPA pollution data. All told, 21 businesses subject to the tax produce 20.8 million tpy of CO2. The three biggest polluters after Colstrip are in the Phillips 66 refinery, Yellowstone Energy Limited Partners, CHS refinery and ExxonMobil refinery, all in the Billings area.
If mandated, the carbon tax is expected to add
about $210 million a year to the state's coffers, $21 million of which would be used to help affected communities transition away from fossil fuel-based economies.
(Source: Various Media, Billings Gazette, 7 Feb., 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Montana Carbon Tax, Climate Change, Carbon Tax, Carbon Emissions,
The partners aim to combine Clariant's Sunliquid® and REGI's processes into a seamless cellulosic biomass-to-biodiesel technology.
Clariant will conduct trials at its pre-commercial plant in Straubing, Germany, using different types of cellulosic feedstock that will be converted into sugars for conversion by REG and ExxonMobil into high-quality, low-carbon biodiesel. (Source: Exxon Mobil, Chemistry Views, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact:Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.regi.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil, REGI , Clariant, Cellulosic, Biodiesel, Biouel,
In the appeal, the company was attempting to block the release of records of its knowledge of how burning fossil fuels changes the climate.
Massachusetts Attorney General's suit claimed the world's largest investor-owned oil company violated state's consumer protection rules and misled investors about the impacts of fossil fuels on climate change as well as risks of climate change to its business.
Exxon appealed the decision to the Supreme Court on the grounds that the Massachusetts attorney general did not have jurisdiction to compel the company to release documents relevant to its own climate change-carbon emissions research and data.
(Source: Various Media, 8 Jan., 2019)Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon Mobil, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
ExxonMobil's poor cousin Chevron, with a net 2017 income of only $9.2 billion, also scored a "hardship waiver" for its refinery in Utah on the grounds that without the waiver its refineries would be "at disadvantage in this competitive market."
Under the RFS, oil refiners must increasingly blend ethanol and other biofuels into their fuel each year or purchase blending credits from those that do. The 2005 regulation was intended to help farmers and to cut fuel imports. But small oil refineries can be exempted from the standard if they prove compliance would cause disproportionate hardship. The EPA granted 29 waivers for the 2017 compliance year, up from 14 in 2015 and 20 in 2016.
(Source: ExxonMobil, OilPrice, Reuters, 20 Dec., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil, RFS, Hardship Waiver,
I 1631 aimed to charge oil companies and other significant emitters $15 per ton of carbon released -- increasing by $2 per year until 2035. The approximately $1 billion per year it was expected to raise was earmarked for clean energy projects, public transportation, environmental conservation, and green jobs programs.
In 2016, another initiative, 732, proposed a tax on carbon in exchange for reduced sales and manufacturing taxes and creating a fund for low-income families–an approach intended to appeal to conservatives. The strategy missed the marked with only 40.7 pct of the vote. Earlier this year, too, the state legislature attempted to pass a carbon tax measure, but that died when it failed to collect enough votes in the Senate to advance.
Organized opposition to I 1631 campaign was sponsored by the Western States Petroleum Association -- an umbrella organization for BP, Chevron, Shell,Exxon) and others. In Washington, 54.5 pct of Washington State's carbon emissions reportedly come from gas and diesel used in transportation. In most states, the power generation sector is credited with the bulk of the state's carbon emissions. (Source: Various Media, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of Washington Sate Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov; Western States Petroleum Association, www.wspa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News I 1631, Carbon Tax, Washington Carbon Tax, Jay Inslee,
The legal action does not charge ExxonMobil with playing a role in causing climate change, but rather accuses the company of telling investors that it was using theoretical prices for carbon in evaluating projects, ranging from $20 to $80 a ton depending on the country, when in fact it often used a lower price or no price at all, according to the Washington Post. The action also alleges ExxonMobil's senior management was aware of these activities.
BBC News reports that an ExxonMobil spokesperson claimed the oil giant "looks forward to refuting these claims as soon as possible and getting this meritless civil lawsuit dismissed." (Source: NY TIMES, BBC, Standard, Various Other Media, 24 Oct., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil, Climate Change,
Exxon notes its $1 million commitment is in keeping with its longstanding support for an imposed carbon tax rather than an array of environmental regulations that already drive up the cost of fossil fuels.
Exxon's support marks the first such initiative by a major oil company.
(Source: Exxon Mobil, Bloomberg, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact:
Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com; Americans for Carbon Dividends, www.afcd.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Americans for Carbon Dividends, Exxon Mobil , Climate Change, Carbon Tax,
The OGCI, which also counts France's Total as well as national oil companies of China, Mexico, Brazil and Saudi Arabia among its members, represents nearly a third of global oil and gas production.
(Source: OGCI Website, Seeking Alpha, 24 Sept., 2018)
Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,
The state alleges that 21 energy companies -- including ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips -- knew about the impact fossil fuels were having on the environment but failed to mitigate that risk and the "manifest real-world harms of the companies' actions or failures to act."
The lawsuit specifically alleges the energy companies refuted scientific knowledge and actively pushed pseudo-scientific theories about climate change, and that for nearly a half century the oil companies knew that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products create greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes our climate. It also claims the oil companies
used public messaging to dissuade consumers from accepting the climate change consensus which, the state says, meant the public did not realize the harms fossil fuels were doing to the world and therefore did not see the need to reduce their climate impact.
The suit also alleges that the actions have the companies have directly contributed to climate change which has in turn created sea level rise and a number of other issues that the state is now having to spend money dealing with.
(Source: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Care2, July, 2018) Contact: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, (401) 274-4400, www.riag.ri.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
"The effects of climate change are not evenly distributed. It is the poor who suffer most from the ravages of global warming, with increasing disruption in the agricultural sector, water insecurity, and exposure to severe weather events. Many of those who can least afford it are already being forced to leave their homes and migrate to other places that may or may not prove welcoming." -- Pope Francis speaking to ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and other energy industry leaders at the recent Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home conference.
Editorial Note: Pope Francis is known to consider climate change one of the key themes of his papacy and has described it as "one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day."
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
While much of the emission reductions will occur in Exxon Mobil's onshore shale operations in the U.S., the most dramatic declines will be in West Africa, the company claims.
The energy sector -- including oil and coal -- is the largest source of U.S. methane emissions, which are a major contributor to the planet's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. DOE.
(Source: ExxonMobil, Houston Chronicle, Others, 23 May, 2018) Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon Mobil , Methane, GHGs, Greenhouse Gas, Climate Change,
Under its program, Nova Scotia requires industrial facilities generating 50,000 tpy or more of greenhouse gas emissions to report emissions. About 20 industries -- including Nova Scotia Power, Northern Pulp, Lafarge, ExxonMobil, Imperial, Irving Oil and others -- will be covered by the program.
Regulations also cover petroleum product suppliers that import or produce 200 lpy of fuel or more for consumption and natural gas distributors whose products produce at least 10,000 tpy of greenhouse gas emissions a year. (Source: CBC, Canadian Press, 14 May, 2018)Contact: Western Climate Initiative, www.wci-inc.org; Environment Minister Iain Rankin, https://novascotia.ca/nse/dept/minister.asp
More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Climate Initiative, Carbon Emissions, Cap-and-Trade,
In 2017, ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics announced breakthrough research published in Nature Biotechnology that resulted in a modified algae strain that more than doubled oil content without significantly inhibiting growth, a key challenge along the path to commercial scalability.
(Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 6 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Synthetic Genomics,
Oliver Fetzer, CEO, www.syntheticgenomics.com;
ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP, R&D, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae, Algal Fuels, Biofuel, ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics ,
"The progress we are making in the lab toward engineering highly efficient algae strains that convert sunlight and CO2 into renewable high energy density biofuel is exciting and warrants continued research about how our technology will scale. Our (California) outdoor algal facility creates a perfect stepping stone from our labs to the greenhouse and to the outdoors to lay the foundation for a large scale commercial deployment of our technology in the future," Synthetic Genomics CEO Oliver Fetzer notes. (Source: ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, innovators, 6 Mar., 2018)
Contact: ExxonMobil, http://corporate.exxonmobil.com; Synthetic Genomica, Oliver Fetzer, CEO, (858) 754-2900, www.syntheticgenomics.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics , Algae, Algae Biofuel,
"As I wrote at the time about this multi-partner pact, advocating for sound policies and regulations is key to helping drive improvements. That's because even though the companies that signed the agreement are fairly large -- BP, Shell, Eni, Statoil, Total, etc. in addition to ExxonMobil) -- methane emissions constitute a very small fraction of the overall natural gas picture. The correct mix of policies and regulations could help the entire industry raise the bar.
"So what would a framework for jurisdictionally appropriate regulatory action with regard to methane look like?
Ultimately, ExxonMobil thinks it should include:
new wells should follow "green completion" procedures; rules should promote Leak Detection and Repair programs; basic data should be reported to regulatory bodies for consolidation and to underpin a regulatory effort that both encourages and keeps up with continuous technological innovation."
(Source: XTO Energy Blog, ExxonMobil, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: XTO Energy, Sara Ortwein, Pres., www.xtoenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News XTO Energy, Methane, GHG, ExxonMobil,
The project is being touted as the world's first such plant and California's largest. Ground breaking is slated for the first half of 2019 for startup in 2020.
The plant will consist of an 850MW solar thermal facility, which will deliver 12 million barrels of steam a year and a 26.5MW photovoltaic (PV) facility which will deliver electricity.
The plant will utilize GlassPoint's enclosed, curved trough technology and PV panels to generate renewable electricity, which will be used for the oilfield operations. (Source: Aera Energy, Power Technology, Jan., 2018) Contact: Aera Energy, (661) 665-5000, www.aeraenergy.com; GlassPoint, www.glasspoint.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aera Energy , Solar Thermal,
Although the City's legal strategy has been embraced by several California cities and counties, prior lawsuits seeking to blame companies for their role in causing climate change have generally been unsuccessful. For example, in 2017,
California's Marin County, San Mateo County and the cities of Imperial Beach, San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Cruz took legal action related to climate change on the grounds that the oil companies were "public nuisances" and caused injury to the localities under common law.
(Source: City of New York, Washington Post, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: Office of New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General, https://ag.ny.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City, Climate Change, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil,
The Center will focus on new technologies that could improve energy production, enhance energy efficiency and other efforts to mitigate the risk of climate change. ExxonMobil will support the center's wide range of early-stage research projects while the company's researchers and scientists collaborate with students and faculty at the two universities, as well as other industry contributors, once the center opens in early 2019.
In previous similar ExxonMobil initiatives, in 2014 the company became a founding member of the MIT Energy Initiative with a five-year, $25-million commitment to support faculty and student research efforts. In 2016, ExxonMobil announced a $15 million investment as a leading member of the University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute exploring transformational energy innovations. ExxonMobil is also a founding member of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University, supported by a $100-million commitment announced in 2002. GCEP is focused on developing fundamental, game-changing scientific breakthroughs that could lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions and a less carbon-intensive global energy system. (Source: ExxonMobil, World Oil, 7 Nov., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil , Carbon Emissions, Climate Change ,
The research also confirmed REG Life Sciences technology can achieve substantial reductions of full-lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional diesel fuel.
ExxonMobil is also actively researching other emission-reducing technologies, including algae biofuels and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). In June 2017, ExxonMobil and partner Synthetic Genomics, Inc. announced a joint research breakthrough in advanced biofuels involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content without significantly inhibiting the strain's growth. (Source: ExxonMobil, Auto Channel, Others, Oct., 2017)Contact: REG Life Sciences, Eric Bowen, VP, www.regi.com/technologies/life-sciences; ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP, R&D, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com, Twitter www.twitter.com/exxonmobil.
More Low-Carbon Energy News xxonMobil, Renewable Energy Group , Biodiesel, Cellulosic,
The 84-megawatt plant uses natural gas and waste heat from the refinery to generate both electricity and steam in order to power plant operations, replacing two older and less efficient boilers.
It will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of more than 150,000 four-room flats and improve energy efficiency by up to 5 pct resulting
in a cut in CO2 emissions by more than 265 kilotonnes -- equivalent to removing more than 90,000 cars from Singapore's roads, according to ExxonMobil.
(Source: ExxonMobil, Channel News Asia, 12 Oct., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobi, Energy Efficiency,
The program prioritizes actions at sites operated by subsidiary XTO Energy and includes efforts to develop and deploy new, more efficient technologies to detect and reduce facility emissions. The program includes a commitment to phase out high-bleed pneumatic devices over three years, extensive personnel training, research, and facility design improvements for new operations.
XTO's efforts include research conducted with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company and third-party equipment manufacturers to develop efficient, state-of-the-art equipment to detect, quantify and reduce emissions at production sites. These research efforts build on an extensive portfolio of more than two dozen existing methane research projects and pilots already under way.
ExxonMobil recently participated in methane emissions studies conducted by the University of Texas and Environmental Defense Fund and is
active in ongoing methane research, including participation in a methane measurement reconciliation study with the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and in supporting research currently underway at Harvard, the University of Texas Energy Initiative, and Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative. (Source: ExxonMobil, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil, Climate Change, Methane,
The paper concludes that ExxonMobil contributed to advancing climate science -- by way of its scientists' academic publications -- but promoted doubt about it in advertorials and thus misled the public.
Over the past two years, research has focused on a multi-step approach for converting cellulosic biomass to transportation fuels. A new approach with the potential to reduce the number of processing steps will be explored in this collaboration. This approach using solvents could potentially dissolve the entire biomass, which might make it possible to convert the whole biomass into fuel-sized molecules in a single reactor.
Another potential process involves the catalytic transformation of bio-derived ethanol into bio-derived diesel and jet fuel. This technology could potentially allow larger diesel and jet fuel molecules to be produced from renewable sources.
ExxonMobil also partners with MIT, Princeton, Michigan State, Stanford, University of Texas and Georgia Institute of Technology in a range of areas from the development of lower-carbon energy sources to energy-efficient plastics manufacturing.
(Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 17 July, 2017)
Contact: ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP R&D, for ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company
(972) 444-1107, www.exxonmoil.com;
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Prof. George W. Huber,(608)
262-3571, email@example.com, http://biofuels.che.wisc.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biomass, Biofuel ,
Backers of the Climate Leadership Council supporters hope that strengthening public support for carbon taxes, along with growing concern over increasingly sever weather will start to erode the decade-long impasse in US climate policy.
Other supporters and founding members of the plan included Unilever, PepsiCo, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson and the green groups Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy.
(Source: Carbon Leadership Council, Guardian, Various Others, June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Leadership Council, (202) 864-2552, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.clcouncil.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council, Carbon Tax,
The Climate Leadership Council is an international collaboration to promote a carbon dividends framework as an effective, equitable and politically viable climate solution. Schneider Electric joins a broad coalition of top companies and NGOs, including 11 of the largest companies in the world, as well as former U.S. Secretaries of State, Treasury and Energy, to advance a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens the economy and protects the environment.
The carbon dividends plan is based on: a gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax; monthly carbon dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100 pct of the revenue; the rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary; and border carbon adjustments to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.
The carbon tax is a market-based mechanism to drive emission reductions while the dividend ensures the plan is beneficial for working Americans.
BP, ExxonMobil, GM, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Royal Dutch Shell, Santander Bank, Total, Unilever, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy are among the Climate Leadership Council founding members. (Source: Schneider Electric, 20 June, 2017) Contact:
Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org; Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council , Schneider Electric,
Using CO2 to generate fat from algae is not necessarily new, but the amount of fat produced by this new strain of algae is hugely significant since fatty algae make the strain more fit to eventually produce biofuels at an industrial scale, according to the the researchers.
Algae based fuel emits fewer greenhouse gases than most other energy sources,and could potentially play a vital role in the transition to emission energy sources. Just as significantly, unlike other biofuel feedstocks such as corn or sugar cane, algae production on an industrial scale would not have a negative effect on food production.
SGI and ExxonMobil have been collaborating on algae biofuels R&D since 2009.
(Source: ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, Biofuels Int'l, Others, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Synthetic Genomics, www.syntheticgenomics.com; ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil , Synthetic Genomics, Algae, Biofuel,
Exxon, General Electric, BP, Tesla, Monsanto, Microsoft, Starbucks, Disney, and hundreds, if not thousands, of other national and international corporations and organizations, both large and small, as well as the 191 participant nations of the Paris Climate Accord -- with the exception of Syria and Nicaragua -- agree that "the Donald's" move displayed "an historic failure of American global leadership."
We agree with America's friends and foes alike -- President Donald J. Trump and his administration have displayed an historic failure of good judgement, accountability, responsible government and transparent leadership!
In our opinion, America needs a new team in the White House! -- Editor, LC Energy Reports
More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,
The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan's fossil fuels holdings include $30 million in Exxon shares, $4.8 million in Kinder Morgan and a share of royalties for oilsands extractor Cenovus, which the fund acquired for $3.3 billion in 2015.
Although Ontario teachers do not
vote directly for the fund's investments, which are overseen by a board appointed by the Ontario Teachers' Federation (OTF) and the provincial government, they can put pressure on the fund through motions at the OTF and by directly questioning the fund's executives.
(Source: Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, National Observer, Others, April 7, 2017) Contact: Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Ron Mock, CEO, (416) 226-2700, email@example.com, www.otpp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
"It's a welcome sign that support for a carbon tax has been growing in recent weeks, including from the new CEO of ExxonMobil, who has reaffirmed the company's stated position in favor of a revenue-neutral carbon tax. After years of opposing climate action, it's time for ExxonMobil to fully align its considerable lobbying power, including through trade associations, to support an effective price on carbon.
"The announcement comes on the heels of a proposal from several respected Republican leaders for a carbon dividend. We are hopeful that these announcements will jump-start a serious bipartisan conversation about how to enact a federal carbon policy that drives down emissions and benefits people." (Source: World Resources Institute, 24 Feb., 2017)
Contact: World Resources Institute, (202) 729-7600, www.wri.org; ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon, ExxonMobil, Carbon Tax, WRI, World Resources Institute,