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ExxonMobil, Mosaic Partner on Carbon Capture Tech (Ind Report)
ExxonMobil, Mosaic Materials
Date: 2019-08-28
Irving, Texas-headquartered petroleum and energy giant ExxonMobil reports it is partnering with US-based Mosaic Materials Inc. to explore breakthrough technologies that can remove carbon dioxide from emissions sources. The two companies will evaluate opportunities for industrial uses of the technology at scale.

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,; Mosaic Materials, John Husk, VP, Bus. Dev.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon,  Mosaic Materials,  CO2,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  

French Energy Major Joins Nat. Carbon Capture Center (Ind. Report)
National Carbon Capture Center
Date: 2019-08-16
The U.S. DOE National Carbon Capture Center reports French energy major player TOTAL has joined its ranks. TOTAL is the second major oil and gas producer to sponsor the center -- following ExxonMobil in 2018. Active in more than 130 countries, TOTAL produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity.

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,  

ExxonMobil, Global Thermostat Partner on CCS Tech (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-07-03
Irving, Texas-headquartered U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil is reporting an agreement with NYC-based Global Thermostat to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology that can capture and concentrate CO2 emissions from the atmosphere and industrial sources with the goal of slowing climate change.

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,; Global Thermostat, Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky, CEO, 646-798-6217,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  CCS,  CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  

Major Mining Companies Among World's Mega Emitters (Int'l)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-05-13
In Rio de Janiero, Brazil, the Rio Times is reporting as many as 100 companies are responsible for more than 70 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to data from Carbon Disclosure Project (CFP) in July 2017.

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.

(Source: The Rio Times, May, 2019) Contact: The Rio Times, Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  

ExxonMobil, Nat. Labs to Collaborate on Lower-Emissions R&D (R&D)
Date: 2019-05-10
Irving, Texas-headquartered oil industry juggernaut ExxonMobil reports it will invest as much as $100 million over 10 years to research and to develop advanced lower-emissions technologies in collaboration with the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Biouels,  CCS,  

Microsoft Joins Climate Leadership Council (Ind. Report)
Climate Leadership Council
Date: 2019-05-03
Following up on our 17th April coverage, Microsoft reports it has joined the Climate Leadership Council. The Climate Leadership Council was founded by former secretaries of state James Baker and George Shultz, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, BP, ExxonMobil, and Shell, General Motors and others. Membership includes 3500+ economists, 27 Nobel laureates and 15 former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers.

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:

  • A gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax;
  • 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.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  

  • EPA Stalls on RFS "Hardship Waiver" Transparency (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-05-01
    Reuters is reporting the U.S. EPA has suspended work on its plan -- as announced on 12 April -- to publish the names of refineries granted "hardship waiver" exemptions from federal biofuels law after receiving blowback from the White House and parts of the oil industry.

    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,  

    ACC Energy Efficiency Improvement Awards Announced (Ind. Report)
    American Chemistry Council
    Date: 2019-04-15
    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reports 16 of its member companies are being recognized for implementing energy efficiency improvements in 2018.. The Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program is among ACC's many initiatives to improve energy efficiency. Member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing their environmental, health, safety and security plans.

    The 2019 Energy Efficiency Awards include:

  • Energy Efficiency Program award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy-efficiency improvements, with components such as establishing energy teams, goal setting, communications, management support and recognition;.

  • Significant Improvement in Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy efficiency in their manufacturing operations through technical innovations, creative projects or novel procedures or actions;

  • The Non-Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Improvement award is given for improvements resulting from energy-efficient lighting, insulation and other building improvements, as well as other non-manufacturing energy efficiency improvements.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

  • Trump Considers Contentious Climate Committee Appointment (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The Washington Post is reporting President Donald Trump may put climate-denying physicist William Happer at the head of the proposed Presidential Committee on Climate Securitywhich would evaluate whether climate change poses a national security threat.

    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, (609)258-2168 -fax,

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

    Montana Legislature Considering State Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
    Montana Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Helena, Montana lawmakers are reported to be considering a $10-per-ton tax on carbon dioxide from various sources, including coal-fired power plants, including the Colstrip Power Plant facility.

    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,  

    ExxonMobil, REGI , Clariant Ink Cellulosics R&D JV (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil, REGI , Clariant
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Irving, Texas-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it is entering into a joint research agreement with Renewable Energy Group (REGI) and Muttenz, Switzerland-based Clariant AG to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from agricultural waste and residues to produce biofuel. The partners will also work on a conceptual engineering study to validate the feasibility of the integrated process comprising the technologies of all parties.

    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,; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  REGI ,  Clariant,  Cellulosic,  Biodiesel,  Biouel,  

    Oil Giant Exxon Mobil Denied! (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
    Exxon Mobil
    Date: 2019-01-09
    In Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a significant ruling with its refusal to hear Houston-headquartered oil juggernaut Exxon Mobil's appeal in its 2016 suit with the state of Massachusetts.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon Mobil,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

    ExxonMobil Awarded RFS "Hardship Waiver" (Ind. Report)
    Exxon Mobil,Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2018-12-21
    Reuters is reporting the oil juggernaut ExxonMobil, with more than $19 billion in net income for 2017, has been granted a Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) "financial hardship waiver" from the EPA for its 60,000 bpd Billings Refinery in Montana.

    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,  

    NY Law Suit Claims ExxonMobil Misled Shareholders on Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change,ExxonMobil
    Date: 2018-10-29
    It is being widely reported by the New York Times and others that New York is suing the Houston-headquartered oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil, claiming that the company defrauded shareholders by downplaying the risks posed by climate change, according to the New York Times and other publications.

    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 Supports Americans for Carbon Dividends Effort (Funding)
    Exxon Mobil ,Americans for Carbon Dividends
    Date: 2018-10-12
    Hard on the heels of the recently released IPCCC report calling for "unprecedented action to combat climate change", Houston-headquartered oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. has announced it is adding $1 million to Americans for Carbon Dividends, a political campaign that would effectively create a carbon tax tied to Exxon's core products.

    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,; Americans for Carbon Dividends,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Americans for Carbon Dividends,  Exxon Mobil ,  Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  

    Little RI Takes On the Oil Giants over Climate Change (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2018-07-09
    The office of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin reports the nation's smallest state is suing the country's oils giants in the first-of-its-kind suit over direct harms to the state from man-made climate change.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

    Notable Quote -- The Pope Weighs In on Climate Change, Renewables
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-06-11
    "(It is) Disturbing that two-and-a-half years after the (Paris) deal was struck, carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gas levels remain very high. Yet even more worrying is the continued search for new fossil fuel reserves, whereas the Paris Agreement clearly urged keeping most fossil fuels underground. "Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization!

    "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,  

    Exxon Mobil Commits to 15 pct Methane Emission Cut (Ind. Report)
    Exxon Mobil
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Irving, Texas-headquartered petroleum and energy giant Exxon Mobil reports it is committing to new targets to reduce its worldwide methane emissions by 15 pct by 2020, compared to 2016 levels. The commitment includes reducing its natural gas flaring by 25 pct during the same timeframe.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon Mobil ,  Methane,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  

    Nova Scotia Joins Western Climate Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Western Climate Initiative
    Date: 2018-05-16
    In Halifax, the Government of Nova Scotia reports it has joined the Western Climate Initiative Inc., a not-for-profit corporation formed to provide administrative and technical services to states and provinces with emissions trading programs. According to Environment Minister Iain Rankin, joining the initiative will enable the province to use its IT system to manage and track its new cap-and-trade program which is expected to come online in June. The province currently does not plan to trade outside the province. Emissions caps have not yet been set.

    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,; Environment Minister Iain Rankin,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Climate Initiative,  Carbon Emissions,  Cap-and-Trade,  

    ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics Tout Algae Biofuels R&D (R&D)
    Synthetic Genomics ,ExxonMobil
    Date: 2018-03-09
    Following up on our June 21, 2017 coverage, Houston-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. are reporting an outdoor field study that will grow naturally occurring algae in several contained ponds in California. The research will enable the partners to better to understand fundamental engineering parameters including viscosity and flow, which cannot easily be replicated in a lab. The joint research program could lead to the technical ability to produce 10,000 bpd of algae biofuel by 2025.

    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,; ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP, R&D, (972) 444-1107,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Algal Fuels,  Biofuel,  ExxonMobil,  Synthetic Genomics ,  

    ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics Bullish on Algae Biofuel (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics
    Date: 2018-03-07
    ExxonMobil and La Jolla,California-based Synthetic Genomics report they are collaborating to produce up to 10,000 bpd of algae biofuel every day by 2025. The pair have been collaborating to create oil from algae since 2009.

    "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,; Synthetic Genomica, Oliver Fetzer, CEO, (858) 754-2900,

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

    XTO Energy Comments on Methane Reduction Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    XTO Energy, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2018-02-07
    "In November, 2017, ExxonMobil signed onto a commitment with several companies aimed at reducing methane emissions within the natural gas industry. That agreement built off earlier efforts announced in 2017 to enhance ExxonMobil's voluntary methane-reduction activities.

    "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.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News XTO Energy,  Methane,  GHG,  ExxonMobil,  

    Aera Energy, Glasspoint Announce Belridge Solar Thermal Power Plant Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Aera Energy, GlassPoint
    Date: 2018-01-19
    Aera Energy, which is jointly owned by Shell and ExxonMobil, is reporting a collaboration with GlassPoint to develop the Belridge solar thermal power plant near Bakersfield, California.

    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,; GlassPoint,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aera Energy ,  Solar Thermal,  

    Big Apple vs Big Oil Over Climate Change Disasters (Ind. Report)
    New York City,BP, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell,Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2018-01-15
    The New York City government is commencing legal action against "Big Oil" -- BP, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell -- in an effort to hold them responsible for present and future damage to the city from climate change. The sBig Apple's suit claims the companies together produced 11 pct of all of global-warming gases and that companies and that the oil industry in general has long been aware of the consequences of their processes and products but sought to obscure them.

    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,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City,  Climate Change,  BP,  Royal Dutch Shell,  Chevron,  Conoco-Phillips,  ExxonMobil,  

    ExxonMobil Partnerships Focus on Lowering Energy Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report, R&D)
    ExxonMobil partners with Singapore universities to focus on energy innovation, lower-emissions technologies
    Date: 2017-11-10
    Oil giant ExxonMobil reports it is partnering with Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore on the 2019 opening of the proposed Singapore Energy Center.

    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 ,  

    ExxonMobil, REG Tout Cellulosic Biodiesel R&D Progress (R&D)
    xxonMobil ,Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Clinton, New Jersey, ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group's REG Life Sciences unit report that by utilizing REG's patented fermentation technology their 2016 joint research program has demonstrated the ability to produce biodiesel through fermentation of renewable cellulosic sugars from agricultural wastes. The companies have agreed to extend the research program and to jointly explore the technology's scalability and commercial potential.

    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,; ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP, R&D, (972) 444-1107,, Twitter

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    ExxonMobil Plant Boosts Refinery Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-10-16
    US oil giant ExxonMobil is reporting the opening of its third cogeneration plant in Singapore to help increase energy efficiency at its Jurong refinery.

    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)

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    ExxonMobil Expands Methane Emissions Reduction Program
    Date: 2017-10-06
    Fort Worth-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil has announced an enhanced program to reduce methane emissions from its production and midstream facilities nation wide. across the United States.

    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,

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    Harvard Study Assess Oil Giant's Climate Change Communications -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-08-28
    A newly published study by Dr. Geoffrey Supran and Dr. Naomi Oreskes of Harvard University marks an important advance in the examination of fossil fuel companies' responsibility for climate change. The study presents an empirical document-by-document textual content analysis and comparison of 187 climate change communications from petroleum giant ExxonMobil, including peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications, internal company documents, and paid, editorial-style advertisements ('advertorials') in the New York Times. The paper examine whether these communications sent consistent messages about the state of climate science and its implications, Specifically, the report compares ExxonMobils' positions on climate change as real, human-caused, serious, and solvable.

    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.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: IOP Science, Union of Concerned Scientists, 23 Aug., 2017)

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    ExxonMobil, UW-Madison to Advance Biomass-to-Transportation Fuel Research (R&D)
    ExxonMobil, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Date: 2017-07-19
    Irving, Texas-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it and the University of Wisc.-Madison have agreed on a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. The agreement aims to build a stronger understanding of the basic chemical transformations that occur during biomass conversion into diesel and jet fuels.

    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,; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Prof. George W. Huber,(608) 262-3571,,

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    Exxon, BP, Shell Back $40 per Tonne Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2017-06-28
    Oil giants ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Total are among a group of large corporations that have announced their support for the Climate Leadership Council, a group of senior Republican figures who in February proposed a $40 per tonne carbon tax as part of a "free-market, limited government" response to address climate change. The $40 carbon tax, which would rise over time and encourage a shift towards renewable energy sources, would be returned to the American public as "carbon dividends" with a family of four receiving approximately $2,000 in the first year. The Climate Leadership Council proposal would dismantle all major U.S. climate regulations, including the Environmental Protection Agency's authority over CO2 emissions and an "outright repeal" of the Obama administration's clean power plan.

    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,,

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    Schneider Electric Supports Carbon Dividends Plan (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric,Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2017-06-26
    Global energy management and automation giant Schneider Electric is touting its participation in and support of the Climate Leadership Council, a newly launched market-based climate solution that is both pro-growth and pro-environment.

    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,; Schneider Electric,

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    ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics Tout Algae Biofuels R&D (R&D)
    ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics
    Date: 2017-06-21
    Following up on our Jan, 20, 2017 coverage, scientists from ExxonMobil and La Jolla, California-based Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI) are reporting development of a new strain of algae capable of converting carbon into a record amount of energy rich fat -- about 40 pct -- that can be turned into biofuels on an industrial scale.

    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,; ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107,

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    Notable Quote

    Date: 2017-02-27
    "A revenue-neutral carbon tax would promote greater energy efficiency and the use of today's lower-carbon options, avoid further burdening the economy, and also provide incentives for markets to develop additional low-carbon energy solutions for the future." -- Darren Woods, ExxonMobil, Chairman , CEO, Bloomberg, 24 Feb., 2017)

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    WRI Welcomes ExxonMobil's Support for Carbon Tax (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ExxonMobil, World Resources Institute
    Date: 2017-02-27
    Oil giant ExxonMobil's new Chairman & CEO Darren Woods recent blog post on the company's position on a carbon tax has been welcomed by the following statement by Sam Adams, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute:

    "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,; ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107,

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    Exxon, Synthetic Genomics Continue Algae Biofuels R&D (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil,Synthetic Genomics
    Date: 2017-01-20
    La Jolla, California-based Synthetic Genomics, Inc. and petroleum giant ExxonMobil are reporting the extension of their agreement to conduct joint research into advanced algae biofuels after making significant progress in understanding algae genetics, growth characteristics and increasing oil production.

    The two firms have been jointly researching and developing oil from algae for use as a renewable, lower-emission alternative to traditional transportation fuels since launching the program in 2009. Work continues toward developing strains of algae that demonstrate significantly improved photosynthetic efficiency and oil production through selection and genetic engineering of higher-performance algae strains.

    ExxonMobil is engaged in a broad range of research on advanced biofuels, partnering with universities and other companies. The purpose of these research and development programs is to explore new technologies and seek the best pathways toward scalable and cost-effective production of advanced biofuels. (Source: ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, PR, 18 Jan., 2017) Contact: Synthetic Genomics,; ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107,

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    Court Demands Exxon's Climate Change Research Files (Ind. Report)
    Exxon Mobil
    Date: 2017-01-16
    In the Bay State, Suffolk County Superior Court judge Heidi Brieger last Wednesday ordered Houston, Texas-headquartered Exxon to deliver 40 years or more of the company's carbon emissions and related climate change research. The order was a rejection of Exxon's emergency motion to kill the demand for documents from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is investigating allegations the company ignored internal scientific research going back to the 1970s.

    Exxon's defense was that Healey's investigation is "politically motivated." The oil giant, which is also facing a climate change investigation from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, has denied allegations of funding climate change denial organizations and campaigns. The company also rejects "long-discredited conspiracy theories that attempt to portray legitimate scientific observations and differences on policy approaches as climate denial." (Source: Exxon, CNN, Various Others , 12 Jan., 2017) Contact: Exxon,

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    Exxon, Fuel Cell Energy Alabama Power Plant for Carbon Capture Tests (Ind. Report)
    uel Cell Energy,ExxonMobil
    Date: 2016-10-31
    Danbury, Conn.-based FuelCell Energy, Inc. and oil giant ExxonMobil report they have selected Alabama power's 2,657 MW James M. Barry coal burning power plant to test a fuel cell carbon capture technology that uses a carbonate fuel cell to concentrate and capture a portion of the CO2 emissions from the power plant as part of the fuel cells' power generation process.

    The 2.3 MW pilot project will direct flue gas from the Barry plant to the fuel cells' air intake system where it will be compressed and cooled and combined with natural gas. The system will also eliminate about 70 pct of the nitrogen oxide from coal power plant's emissions. (Source: FuelCell Energy, Utility Dive, 28 Oct., 2016) Contact: FuelCell Energy, Inc., Kurt Goddard, VP; Chip Bottone, CEO, (203) 830-7494,,

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    ExxonMobil Joins MIT's Low-Carbon Tech Program (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil,MIT Energy Initiative
    Date: 2016-10-17
    The MIT University Energy Initiative (MITEI) is reporting ExxonMobil will expand its support for MITEI's R&D of low-carbon technologies by join MITEI's Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) Center.

    The CCUS was established in 2015 to advance research on specific, key technologies to address climate change such as electric power systems, energy bioscience, energy storage, materials for energy and extreme environments, advanced nuclear energy systems, nuclear fusion, and solar energy, in addition to CCUS.

    The CCUS will focus on developing scalable, affordable technologies for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide -- particularly from industrial operations and power facilities -- and storing it safely. This work will require innovations from disciplines including chemistry, biology, and engineering for carbon capture, and subsurface science and engineering at field scale for carbon storage. (Source: MIT Energy Initiative, MIT News Release, 13 Oct., 2016) Contact: ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP R&D, (972) 444-1000,; MIT Energy Initiative, Robert C. Armstrong, Dir., MIT CCUS Center, Prof. Alan Hatton, Department of Chemical Engineering, (617) 253-4588,,

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