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Chinese Data Center Emissions on the Rise (Int'l. Report)
Greenpeace East Asia
Date: 2019-09-11
According to a report by Greenpeace and the North China Electric Power University, in 2018, China's data centers consumed just over 2 pct of the country's power production and produced 99 million metric tons of carbon dioxide -- equivalent of about 21 million cars on the road. Of the 44 data centers surveyed for the report, 39 were powered by coal fired electricity.

The report predicts that within 5 years China's data center carbon emissions will spike from 99 million to 163 million metric tons -- the equivalent of 35 million vehicles.

Download the Greenpeace East Asia Powering the Cloud: How China's Internet Industry Can Shift to Renewable Energy report HERE. (Source: Greenpeace East Asia, CNN, 10 Sept., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Dubai Joins Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative (Int'l.)
Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
Date: 2019-09-11
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reports it has joined the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Initiative, which is pledged to double the rate of energy efficiency improvement in the building sector by 2030.

The BEA Initiative was launched by The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Johnson Controls (JCI) to increase awareness and adoption of building energy efficiency programs. The Initiative aims to build market awareness and action on local government leadership by example, particularly in the developing world, local benchmarking and sustainable building certification and labeling approaches, innovative financing to support efficiency investments and distributed energy systems at the building and community scale. (Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, Aug., 2019) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, DEWA CEO, www.dubaisce.gov.ae ; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com; Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative, www.buildingefficiencyaccelerator.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  World Resources Institute ,  Energy Efficiency,  Dubai Supreme Council of Energy,  DEWA,  


ARENA Supports Woody Biomass Renewable Bitumen Project (Int'l)
ARENA,Global Ecofuel
Date: 2019-05-10
In New South Wales, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it has awarded $350,000 to two companies -- Global Ecofuel and Boral Timber -- to investigate the production of renewable bitumen and diesel from sawmill woody biomass waste.

Under the $842,000 study, Boral Timber, a hardwood and softwood supplier, will explore the technical and financial viability of establishing a biorefinery near the Herons Creek sawmill. If constructed, the proposed biorefinery could cost around $35 million and could convert up to 50,000 tpy of waste sawmill residue into transport-grade renewable diesel and bitumen. (Source: ARENA, World Highways, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Boral Timber , Wayne Manners, Exec. Manager, www.boral.com.au/products/timber, www.boral.com; Arena, www.arena.gov.au/projects/hardwood-residue-bio-refinery-feasibility-study; Global Ecofuel Solutions, https://gefs.es

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  ARENA,  


EBRD Supports Albanian Green Energy, Floating Solar Projects (Intl)
ERBD
Date: 2019-03-18
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided a €9 million loan from its €85 million Western Balkans Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) to support investments in Albanian green energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects expected to cut over 21,000 tpy of CO2 emissions across the region.

ERBD also announced a 2-MW floating solar project being developed by Norwegian company Statkraft's Albanian subsidiary and floating solar technology developer Ocean Sun. The €2.3 million project will incorporate four units of 0.5 MW each. (Source: EBRD, The Balkanista, Mar., 2019) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com; Ocean Sun, info@oceansun.no, https://oceansun.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD,  Statkraft,  Solar,  Floating Solar,  


Joint $330Mn Investment in Indian Renewables Announced (Int'l)
CDC Group
Date: 2019-03-08
EverSource Capital, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund of India (NIIF) and Ayana Renewable Power are reporting plans to jointly invest $330 million in Indian renewable energy projects. The three group also intend to invest a further $1.7 billion in Indian and neighboring countries power generation, power transmission and distribution, transport, the gas midstream, and the water sector over the next three years.

The launch fund would be called the Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF). The UK government and India's National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) will be joint anchor investors in GGEF with a commitment of £ 120 million each.

The London-headquartered CDC is the UK's development finance institution that supports companies that help poor countries grow. (Source: CDC Group, Mercom India, Mar., 2019) Contact: CDC Group, Srini Nagarajan, Head of CDC Asia, +44 (0)20 7963 4700, +44 (0)20 7963 4750 - fax, enquiries@cdcgroup.com, www.cdcgroup.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News India Renewable Energy,  CDC Group,  ,  


Johnson Controls Touts LEAN Energy Analysis Tool (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls, Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis
Date: 2019-01-21
In Milwaukee, Johnson Controls is reporting a partnership with Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis (CBRE), World Resources Institute (WRI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to test and deploy LEAN, an open-source, web-based analysis tool that identifies energy efficient building retrofit opportunities.

The new LEAN initiative is part of the Johnson Controls and CBRE Innovation Lab, established three years ago to evaluate, connect and leverage products, services and energy data to create value for occupiers and investors of real estate, according to the company.

Berkeley Lab will automate and improve the LEAN tool and create an open-source version for public use. CBRE will be an initial deployment partner and will use the tool to help their customers target cost-effective energy efficiency retrofit opportunities. WRI will use the open-source version of the tool to help local governments target these retrofit opportunities in both public and private buildings.

Download Johnson Controls LEAN energy analysis technology details HERE. (Source: Johnson Controls, PR, Campus Safety, 20 Jan., 2019) Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, JVP Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com; CBRE Group Inc., David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, www.lbl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Johnson Controls,  CBRE,  World Resources Institute,  


Samoan Climate Change Program Funding Announced (Int'l Report)
Global Environment Facility
Date: 2018-11-26
In the South Pacific, 26 biodiversity, climate change adaptation and mitigation, land degradation and sustainable forest management and other related projects have been granted more than $635,000 in funding by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme. The projects were approved by the Samoan National Steering Committee (N.S.C.) based on the technical assessment from the Technical Advisory Group (T.A.G.).

The funding is intended to support Samoans most at risk given their strong dependency on natural resources for their livelihoods, while often living in fragile ecosystems throughout the island country. our planet's most pressing environmental problems.

Since its founding, the GEF has provided over $17.9 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $93.2 billion in co-financing for more than 4500 projects in 170 countries. Today, the GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global climate change and other environmental issues, according to the GEF website. (Source: Global Environment Facility, Samoa Observer, 24 November 2018) Contact: Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Global Environment Facility,  Samoa ,  


Learning to Use the Land so it Produces Fewer Greenhouse Gases (Ind. Report Attached)
Global Environment Facility
Date: 2018-09-05

"Agriculture and forestry are a major source of greenhouse gases, contributing 20 -- 24 pct of all emissions. Livestock, fertilizers and burning biomass all produce greenhouse gases such as methane, nitrous oxide or carbon dioxide, or a combination of these and other gases. Deforestation and forest degradation are also major sources. However, agriculture and forestry can also act as carbon sinks -- plants take up carbon dioxide as they grow and store carbon in the soils. Land use is therefore part of the solution," according to the report.

The 2016-2019 project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by UN Environment was designed to help land management projects to evaluate their 'carbon benefits'. These can accrue in different land-use scenarios and ecosystems across the globe.

Download Learning to Use the Land so it Produces Fewer Greenhouse Gases report details HERE. (Source: UN Environment, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: UN Environment, www.unenvironment.org; GEF, www.thegef.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Sink,  Greenhouse Gas,  GHGs,  Global Environment Facility ,  


Namibia Scores GEF Climate Mitigation, Environmental Funds (Int'l)
Global Environment Facility
Date: 2018-07-20
In the Namibian capital city of Windhoek, the Ministry of Environment is reporting receipt of NAD $186.5 million from the World Bank Global Environment Facility (GEF). Of the total NAD $186.5 million, NAD $13.44 million will be spent on climate change mitigation while NAD $84 million will be for biodiversity management and NAD $88.9 million towards combating land degradation, according to the Ministry statement. ($1,000,000 NAD = $74,017.26 US) (Source: Namibia Ministry of Environment, Nampa, 19 July, 2018) Contact: World Bank Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Environment FacilityClimate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


Geo. Fox Univ. Lands USDA Renewable Energy Grant (Funding)
George Fox University
Date: 2018-06-06
In Newberg, Oregon, George Fox University is reporting receipt of $100,000 in grant funding from the USDA Rural Development Assistance agency to develop ways to help small farmers and vintners improve their energy efficiency and adopt renewable energy technology.

The university is collaborating with Spark Northwest, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization dedicated to renewable energy development. Funding will be provided by the USDA over two years, beginning this fall. The grant positions the university for future USDA funding at the "energy-food-water-climate nexus" including precision agriculture, field drones and sensors and digitizing data. ((Source: George Fox University, Capital Press, 5 June, 2018) Contact: George Fox University, Bob Harding, Dean of the College of Engineering , (503)538-8383, www.georgefox.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  


GEF-SGP Funds Nigerian Climate Change Related Projects (Funding)
Global Environmental Facilit
Date: 2018-05-28
The Washington, DC-headquartered Global Environmental Facility-Small Grant Programme (GEF-SGP) reports it has granted $4.9 million dollars to Nigeria for more than 40 climate change mitigation projects such as tree planting to regenerate forests, biodiversity, land degradation, persistent organic pollutants and other climate change related environmental projects in 25 states between 2009 and 2017.

Funded by the GEF, SGP is implemented by UN Development Programme on behalf of the GEF partnership and is executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services. (Source: GEF-SGP, The Eagle Online, News Agency of NIgeria, 27 May, 2018) Contact: GEF-SGP, Ibironke Olubamise, Nigerian GEF-SGP Coordinator, www.thegef.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Environmental Facilit,  


GloMEEP Pilot Project Addressing Maritime Emissions (Int'l Report)
IMO
Date: 2018-05-04
In Kingston, Jamaica reports it is among 10 countries that have been selected to participate in the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project which aims to support the implementation of energy-efficiency measures to reduce maritime shipping industry greenhouse gas emissions.

GloMEEP member countries -- Argentina, China, Georgia, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, Philippines and South Africa -- will serve as lead pilot countries for implementing legal, policy and institutional reforms; undertake awareness-raising and capacity-building activities and establish public-private partnerships to support low-carbon shipping.

Jamaica, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), is currently staging a three-day session to assist maritime administrations, port authorities and their personnel to better understand sources of emissions in ports, identify strategies and solutions and train participants in the use of two new guides -- Guide for a Port Emissions Status Assessment and Guide for the Development of a Port Emissions Reduction Strategy -- which are being developed under the GloMEEP project.

GloMEEP is being undertaken through partnership involving the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). (Source: Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnership, Jamaica Information Service, 2 May, 2018) Contact: GloMEEP International Maritime Organization, www.glomeep.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  IMO,  


COP23 Updated on IMO's GHG, Climate Change Work (Int'l)
IMO
Date: 2017-11-13
From the COP23 climate conference meeting in Bonn, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) reports the IMO's draft strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships has certified more than 2,600 ocean-going ships to the mandatory energy efficiency design requirements, which have been in force since 2013.

The IMO also reports the significant global reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships from 1 January 2020 is expected to further contribute to maritime GHG emissions through the anticipated resulting uptake of alternative fuels. IMO also noted its capacity-building and technical cooperation with the UNDP-GEF-IMO global energy efficiency project (GloMEEP) and the European-Union funded maritime technology cooperation centre's network (GMN) project. (Source: IMO, Marine Link, 7 Nov., 2017)Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  


GEF Funding EESL's $454Mn Energy Efficiency Programme (Int'l)
Global Environment Facility, Energy Efficiency Services Limited
Date: 2017-11-06
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is reporting $454 million in funding to India's Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) Creating and Sustaining Markets for Energy Efficiency project. The project funding is comprised of a $20 million grant and co-financing of $434 million in the form of loans and equity, including a $200 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). EESL further proposes to build an `Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund' (EERF) for sustainable funding mechanism of energy efficiency projects in the country.

The EERF mechanism will support the 'proof of concept' investments for the new technologies of super-efficient ceiling fans, tri-generation technologies and smart grid-applications and ultimately scaling up energy efficiency financing and programme development to help cover initial investment costs of identified energy efficiency programmes like street lighting, domestic lighting, five-star rated ceiling fans and agricultural pumps.

The GEF project further brings together many technical and financing partners including United Nations Environment (UN Environment), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW). GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues. (Source: GEF, domain-b, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Limited, www.eeslindia.org; Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEF ,  Energy Efficiency Services Limited ,  


Net-Zero Energy R&D Building Opens in Jamaica (Ind. Report)
University of the West Indies
Date: 2017-10-30
In Jamaica, University of the West Indies (UWI) is reporting the opening of the Jamaica's and the Caribbean region's first net zero energy building in Kingston, Jamica.

The 2,300-square-foot structure is designed as a model to encourage construction of sustainable and energy-efficient buildings throughout the region. The building will host the Centre for Advanced Research in Renewable Energy (CARRE) to promote energy efficiency, solar, wind and biomass energy R&D. The building is expected to save approximately 50,000 kilowatts of energy, which translates to a reduction of 34.5 metric tpy of CO2.

The net zero energy building project was implemented by the UWI Institute of Sustainable Development with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and technical assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). (Source: University of the West Indies, Jamaica Information Service, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of the West Indies, +876 927 1660, www.uwi.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Energy,  


Ricardo Joins Global Industry Alliance to Support Low-Carbon Shipping (Ind. Report)
Ricardo
Date: 2017-07-24
UK-based Professional services firm Ricardo Energy & Environment were among those to back the launch of the new Global Industry Alliance (GIA). The initiative has been formed to support maritime industry players overcome barriers preventing the adoption and further development of sustainable energy technologies in the global shipping industry.

The new entity is framed by various UN initiatives and projects, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project. The initiative aims to reduce the barriers to the uptake of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly transportation energy systems that already exist. Often time the technology creates considerable environmental damage and cost reductions, although they come with upfront capital costs.

According to a statement from Ricardo following the launch of the GIA, the GIA partners will work together to address key barriers to transitioning maritime shipping towards a low carbon maritime future, focusing on a number of priority areas including energy efficiency technologies and operational best practices, and alternative fuels. (Source: Ricardo, Consultancy.UK, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Ricardo, Ricardo-AEA, Robert Bell, Managing Director, +44 (0)1273 455611, business.development@ricardo.com, www.ricardo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ricardo,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  


EmiratesGBC Collaboration Promotes Building Energy Benchmarking, Eficiency (Int'l)
Emirates Green Building Council
Date: 2017-03-17
In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) , in partnership with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), reports it is working with Dubai-based hotels, shopping malls and others on an energy benchmarking project to assess building efficiency.

The Benchmarking Project aims to support the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) initiative under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) an initiative led by the UN Secretary-General, and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The Benchmarking Project will measure the energy performance of 100 buildings in Dubai in the three focus groups of hotels, malls and schools. DSCE will support to the Benchmarking Project and mark the first BEA demonstration project in Dubai, which will serve as a referral point to advance energy efficiency of buildings in the city, and double the rate of efficiency by 2030. (Source: Emirates Green Building Council, CPI Financial, 14 Mar., 2017)Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, +971 4 346 8244, www.emiratesgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates Green Building Council,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


USF Planning 1,000-Panel Rooftop Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
University of South Florida
Date: 2017-03-08
In Tampa, the University of South Florida Student Green Energy Fund (SGEF) is reporting the approval of a $1.2 million rooftop solar panel project to be installed at the Marshall Student Center (MSC).

The 1,000 panel installation is expected to generate approximately 525,000 kilowatt-hours per year, the equivalent to the annual energy use of about 39 homes. The solar installation will also cut USF’s carbon footprint by an estimated 370 metric tpy of carbon dioxide.

Construction is expected to get underway later this month for completion in May or early June. Funding for the project is a combination of the Administrative fees and Facilities Planning budget. (Source: University of South Florida, 5 Mar., 2017) Contact: University of South Florida, www.usf.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


Jamaica Launches Renewables, Energy Conservation Effort (Int'l)
Jamaica
Date: 2016-12-12
In Kingston, the Jamaican government reports it is launching the Deployment of Renewable Energy and Improvement of Energy Efficiency in the Public Sector Project. The 3-year renewable energy project aims to cut public sector energy costs by increasing energy conservation and expanding Jamaica's renewable energy sector.

The $12,003,741 project is being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund and the the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is implementing the initiative through partnership with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).

Although Jamaica is 90 pct dependent on fossil fuels for its energy needs, the country's National Energy calls for over 20 pct of the island's overall energy mix to come from renewable sources by 2030. (Source: Jamaica Information Service, 8 Dec., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jamaica Renewable Energy,  Energy ConservationRenewable Energy,  

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