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Decarbonize Transportation with RNG (RNG Coalition Report Attached)
NGV America
Date: 2022-05-13
According to the Washington, DC-based Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGV America) and Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) , 64 percent of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2021 was renewable natural gas (RNG).

RNG use as a transportation fuel grew 13 percent over 2020 volumes, up 234 percent from 2017 levels. NGVAmerica and RNG Coalition report that in 2021 a total of 610 million gallons (GGE)2 of natural gas were used as motor fuel. Of that, 390 million gallons (GGE) were from renewable sources.

Captured above ground from organic material in agricultural, wastewater, landfill, or food waste, RNG can produce carbon-negative results when fueling on-road vehicles like short- and long-haul trucks, transit buses, and refuse and recycling collection vehicles. California Air Resources Board data confirms that the annual average carbon intensity (CI) value of California's bio-CNG vehicle fuel portfolio in its Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program was carbon negative and below zero at -44.41 gCO2e/MJ for calendar year 2021.

RNG use as a motor fuel in 2021 displaced 3.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e); lowered greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to removing the GHG from over 9.4 billion miles driven by the average passenger car; eliminated CO2 emissions, equivalent to removing CO2 emissions from more than 427 million gallons of gasoline consumed; and sequestered carbon, equal to 4.5 million acres of U.S. forests for one year.

NGVAmerica is a national trade association of sustainability solutionists and experts in the clean transportation field. Our roughly 200 members are dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles, ships and carriers powered by natural gas and biomethane. NGVAmerica member companies produce, distribute, and market natural gas and biomethane across North America, manufacture and service natural gas vehicles, engines, and equipment, and operate fleets powered by clean-burning gaseous fuels.

Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas is the non-profit association providing public policy advocacy and education for the sustainable development, deployment, and utilization of renewable natural gas in North America.

Download the Decarbonize Transportation report HERE (Source: Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Website, May, 2022) Contact: NGVAmerica, Dan Gage, Pres., www.ngvamerica.org; Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Johannes Escudero, Pres., Founder, www.rngcoalition.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG Coalition ,  RNG,  NGV,  bio-CNG America,  


Comerica Launching Renewable Energy Solutions Group (Ind. Report)
Comerica Bank
Date: 2022-05-11
Dallas, Texas-headquartered Comerica Bank reports it is expanding its Environmental Services Department with the introduction of a new Renewable Energy Solutions group dedicated to growing and supporting Comerica's renewable energy business.

The Renewable Energy Solutions group allows Comerica to better align credit resources, including underwriting and approval, drive greater organizational consistency, and benefit its broader sustainability objectives by driving green loan growth and improving the accuracy of data related to the bank's renewable efforts.

Since the department's origination in 2006, Comerica's ESD has seen significant achievements in the renewable energy space. In recent years, its historical experience in financing landfill gas and biomass has naturally evolved into financing independent renewable energy generators for other forms of renewables, including those involved in the solar, wind and anaerobic digestion industries, according to the Comerica release.

Comerica is a member of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), a global partnership of financial institutions that work together to develop and implement a harmonized approach to assess and disclose the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their loans and investments. Comerica Bank is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated, a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with reported total assets of $89.2 billion as of March 31, 2022. (Source: Comerica Incorporated, Website PR, 5 May, 2022) Contact: Comerica Incorporated, Matt Breight, Senior VP and ESD Group Manager, www.comerica.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Comerica Bank,  Renewable Energy ,  


Ice Cream Giant Pilot to Cut GHG Emissions by 2024 (Ind. Report)
Ben & Jerry's
Date: 2022-05-09
Burlington, Vermont-headquartered ice cream industry icon Ben & Jerry's is touting "Project Mootopia" and a commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions on 15 dairy farms to half the industry average by the end of 2024. Once proven, pilot project initiatives will be expanded to farms across Ben & Jerry's global dairy supply chain.

Dairy ingredients account for more than half of Ben & Jerry's total greenhouse gas emissions, so the company is focusing on dairy farms as the best opportunity to reduce its carbon footprint. The Project Mootopia pilot will use regenerative agricultural practices and new technology to address:

  • Enteric emissions -- managing methane-producing cow burps through a high-quality forage diet and innovative rumen modifiers that act as a digestive aid.

  • Manure -- managed through methane reduction technology such as digesters and separators, which reduce the need for commercial fertilizer.

  • Feed crops -- using regenerative practices to grow more grass and other feed crops to maintain healthy soils, increase carbon sequestration, improve the use of grassland, lower synthetic inputs, promote biodiversity, and raise the percentage of homegrown feed.

    Ben & Jerry's is committed to using renewable energy is taking a more meaningful and direct approach: attacking the systemic causes of climate change in its own supply chain to achieve measurable, Science Based Targets. The ice cream maker received $9.3 million to prove and scale regenerative practices on dairy farms from the Climate and Nature Fund of its parent corporation, Unilever. (Source: Ben & Jerry's, PR, 9 May, 2022) Contact: Ben & Jerry's, Jenna Evans, Global Sustainability Manager, www.corporateofficehq.com/ben-jerrys-corporate-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


  • EPA Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks Report Released (Report Attached)
    EPA
    Date: 2022-05-06
    The US EPA has released its 29th annual report, Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks , an overview of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 1990 to 2020. The GHG inventory covers; carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride.

    The GHG reductions reflected in this year's report reveal a 10.6 pct decrease from 2019 to 2020 and a 21.4 pct decrease from 2005 levels. CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion decreased 10.5 pct, and there was a 10.4 pct drop in emissions in the electric power sector. The electric power sector decrease is attributed to a decrease in electricity demand of about 2.5 pct and also reflects the continued shift from coal to less carbon intensive natural gas and renewables," the report notes.

    The annual report is submitted to the United Nations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change by April 15.

    Down load the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks report HERE . (Source: US EPA, PR, EHS Administration, May, 2022) Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EPA,  GHGs,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Methane,  


    TC Energy, GreenGasUSA to Develop RNG Hubs (Ind. Report)
    TC Energy , GreenGasUSA
    Date: 2022-05-02
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered energy infrastructure specialist TC Energy Corp. and Charleston, South Carolina-based GreenGasUSA, an owner and operator of renewable natural gas (RNG) value chain critical assets, are reporting a collaboration to explore development of a network of natural gas transportation hubs, including RNG. These transportation hubs would provide centralized access to existing energy transportation infrastructure for RNG sources, such as farms, wastewater treatment facilities and landfills.

    As part of this collaboration, GreenGasUSA will originate RNG, condition the gas to pipeline quality and transport it to the RNG hub. This is underpinned by firm transportation contracts with TC Energy for the transport of RNG. TC Energy will build, own and operate the RNG transportation hubs, developing critical steps towards the acceleration of methane capture projects and thus the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There are currently 10 RNG interconnects across TC Energy's U.S. Natural Gas footprint with plans to rapidly expand and provide more capability before the end of the year.

    The transportation hubs are expected to be under development in several states along TC Energy's 32,700-mile U.S. Natural Gas pipeline system within the next four years. The first hub is targeted for in service in the second quarter of 2023. (Source: TC Energy, Website Release, 27 April, 2022) Contact: TC Energy, Stan Chapman, VP, Gavin Wylie / Hunter Mau, 403-920-7911 or 800-361-6522, investor_relations@tcenergy.com, www.tcenergy.com; GreenGasUSA, Marc Fetten, CEO, (307) 201-3516. sales@greengasusa.com, www.greengasusa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TC Energy ,  GreenGasUSA,  RNG ,  


    Aker, Statkraft Partner on Indian, Brazilian Green Hydrogen (Int'l.)
    Aker Clean Hydrogen, Statkraft,SOWITEC
    Date: 2022-04-29
    Lysaker, Norway-headquartered integrated hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol producer Aker Clean Hydrogen reports it is collaborating with renewable energy developers Statkraft and SOWITEC to explore green hydrogen and ammonia production opportunities in India and Brazil's steel and fertilizer sectors. The collaboration aims to use green hydrogen as a substitute for grey hydrogen, fossil-fuel-based hydrogen, coal, and natural gas as feedstocks in the steel and fertilizer industries.

    The collaboration will undertake a large-scale hybrid project, merging renewable power generation and hydrogen and ammonia production for the fertilizer sector in Brazil -- the world's fourth-largest consumer of fertilizer. The collaboration will work toward nullifying the country's agricultural dependency on imported grey ammonia by producing green ammonia locally. The project is slated to be operational by 2027.

    India is the world's second-largest grey hydrogen consumer at roughly 7 million tpy -- expected to grow to 12 million tpy by 2030 jumping to 28 million tpy by 2050.

    According to Bloomberg NEF, the global steel industry will need an investment of $278 billion, in addition to using green hydrogen technologies to eliminate GHG emissions by 2050. (Source: Aker Clean Hydrogen, Website, PR, 28 April, 2022) Contact: Aker Clean Hydrogen, post@akercleanhydrogen.com, www.akercleanhydrogen.com; SOWITEC, www.sowitec.com/en; Statkraft, www.statkraft.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Clean Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  Statkraft,  SOWITEC,  


    Anaergia Commissions First Italian RNG Facilities (Int'l. Report)
    Anaergia
    Date: 2022-04-29
    Burlington, Ontario-headquartered Anaergia Inc. is reporting the commissioning of its Easy Energia Ambiente facility in Pontinia, Italy. The facility will anaerobically digest (AD) 36,450 tpy of landfill-diverted food scraps and other organic wastes into 3.215 million cubic mpy of renewable natural gas (RNG) that will be injected into the region's gas pipelines. The plant will also treat the AD digestate to create 4,500 tpy of natural fertilizer as well as sufficient water to meet all of the facility's requirements. Anaergia was the technology provider for the project and will own and operate the facility.

    Food waste is the third-leading source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. (Source: Anaergia Inc., 27 April, 2022) Contact: Anaergia, Andrew Benedek, CEO, (905) 766-3333, info@anaergia.com, www.anaergia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaergia,  RNG ,  


    BayoTech Touts Hydrogen for Heavy Duty Trucking (Ind. Report)
    BayoTech
    Date: 2022-04-25
    According to Albuquerque, New Mexico-based BayoTech Inc. "It's no wonder there's a global push to reduce emissions coming from heavy-duty vehicles. Transportation produces 29 pct of America's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions -- more than any other sector. In August 2021, the EPA announced a set of rules to reduce GHG emissions caused by the transportation sector. Many of these rules, which come into effect in 2027, target heavy-duty trucks. In addition, California's Advanced Clean Trucks regulations require truck manufacturers to increase the percentage of zero-emission vehicle sales.

    "Heavy-duty transport is the ideal use case for hydrogen. The long-range capabilities and fast refueling mean they can match and exceed the performance of diesel trucks -- while producing zero emissions at the tailpipe. Battery electric trucks -- the only other zero-emission alternative -- quickly run into payload issues. Long-distance trips require massive battery packs which reduces the amount of weight the truck can carry due to weight restrictions and cargo space. The further the trucks need to go, the less they can transport.

    "Storage space isn't a problem with hydrogen-powered trucks. Fuel cells take up less room than battery packs. For long-distance trips, where maximizing the amount of cargo per truck is a key consideration, this is a valuable benefit, according to BayoTech.

    "A hydrogen truck can complete a cross-country drive 35 pct faster than a battery-powered truck. Hydrogen trucks refuel 15 times faster than their battery-powered counterparts. Long-haul trucking also delivers diesel-like performance while producing zero emissions. High cargo capacity, fast fueling, and a lower total cost of ownership than electric trucks. It's the ideal combination. And as hydrogen fueling infrastructure expands, costs will reduce further.

    "The biggest question port operators and fleet managers have is about the source of the hydrogen. Where are they going to refuel their trucks? BayoTech's BayoGaaS® Hydrogen Hubs provide a low-cost, low-carbon fuel solution. We install and operate a hub to generate onsite hydrogen. The hubs are quick to deploy, have a small footprint of only 0.25 acres, and utilize existing natural gas infrastructure," according to the BayoTech release. (Source: BayoTech, Blog, April, 2022) Contact: BayoTech Inc., Steve Jones, 505-977-7954, www.bayotech.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BayoTech ,  Hydrogen,  


    Enbridge Gas, OWMA Announce RNG Pilot Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Enbridge Gas,
    Date: 2022-04-25
    Toronto-headquartered Enbridge Gas Inc., in agreement with the Ontario Waste Management Association (OMWA), is reporting a pilot project to use carbon-neutral renewable natural gas (RNG) in waste collection vehicles across Ontario.

    Currently, over 40 pct of the province's waste collection sector expenditures are related to transportation costs, which are expected to increase. The province's fleet of 3,650 waste collection and haulage vehicles consume about 130 million lpy of diesel.

    The RNG trial will enable existing Ontario gas-fueled waste vehicles to reduce GHG emissions by as much as 440,000 metric tpy -- equivalent to removing 100,000 passenger cars off the road each year. (Source: Enbridge Gas, PR, April, 2022) Contact: Enbridge Gas, Inc., Malini Giridhar, VP Business Development, Regulatory, Enbridge Gas Inc., www.enbridgegas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enbridge Gas,  RNG,  


    AirCapture, OCOchem Carbon Capture Project Funded (Funding)
    AirCapture, OCOchem
    Date: 2022-04-25
    Berkeley, California-based carbon capture specialist AirCapture LLC and Washington-based carbon dioxide conversion company OCOchem are reporting receipt of $2.93 million in US DOE grant funding to design and engineer an integrated carbon dioxide capture and conversion plant co-located at Nutrien's Kennewick Fertilizer Operations plant in Kennewick, Washington State.

    AirCapture develops on-site, modular technology that captures CO2 from the air using waste heat from manufacturing plants, enabling customer operations to go carbon neutral and even negative. OCOchem transforms recycled CO2, water and zero-carbon electricity to produce formic acid, a globally traded commodity chemical and emerging electro-fuel.

    The goal is to use both companies' technology to design an integrated carbon capture and conversion plant that uses waste steam from Nutrien's fertilizer facility to extract CO2 from the air and then convert it, with water and electricity, to make formic acid. The formic acid can then be stored, transported, and used directly in many industrial, consumer, transportation, and agricultural industries. Additionally, it can be used to transport green hydrogen safely and cost-effectively in an energy-dense liquid carrier form to a customer site where the hydrogen can be released for industrial use or as an alternative transportation fuel.

    Nutrien, one of the world's largest fertilizer manufacturers, has committed to achieve at least a 30 pct reduction in GHG emissions per ton of fertilizer by 2030. (Source: OCOChem, Website PR, 25 April, 2022) Contact: OCOchem, Todd Brix, Co-Founder and CEO , www. ocochem.com; AirCapture LLC, www.aircapture.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AirCapture,  OCOchem,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  


    EPA Canola Oil Pathways Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Ind. Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2022-04-22
    In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pathways for certain biofuels that are produced from canola/rapeseed oil and is providing an opportunity for comment on the Agency's lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) analysis of these pathways. With the approval, these fuel pathways would be eligible to generate Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), provided they satisfy the other definitional and RIN generation criteria for renewable fuel specified in the RFS regulations.

    The EPA's assessment considers diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, naphtha, and liquefied petroleum gas produced from canola/rapeseed oil via a hydrotreating process and proposes to find that these pathways would meet the lifecycle GHG emissions reduction threshold of 50 percent required to qualify to generate RINs for advanced biofuels (D5) and biomass-based diesel (D4) under the RFS program.

    Pathways for Renewable Fuels details are HERE and HERE . (Source: US DOE, April, 2022) Contact: EPA Renewable Fuels Program, 800-385-6164, FuelsProgramSupport@epa.gov, www,doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Renewable Fuels,  Canola,  RFS,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  


    MASDAR to Develop Renewables in Kyrgyzstan (Int'l. Report)
    MASDAR
    Date: 2022-04-18
    Abu Dhabi-based MASDAR, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, has signed a MoU with the Kyrgyz Republic's Ministry of Energy to explore the development of renewable energy opportunities in the Central Asian nation and support its clean-energy objectives.

    As per the agreement, MASDAR will explore the development of and investment in a range of renewable energy projects, including ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV), floating solar PV and hydropower projects, with a potential capacity of up to 1 gigawatt (GW).

    Kyrgyzstan, which aims to reduce GHG emissions by as much as 44 by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, presently generates roughly 90 pct of its electricity from aging hydropower plants. (Source: MASDAR, PR, Trade Arabia, 14 April, 2022)Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333, www.masdar.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MASDAR,  Renewable Energy,  


    First Solar, Gold Miner Partner to Decarbonize Energy (Ind. Report)
    First Solar
    Date: 2022-04-15
    Tempe, Arizona-headquartered First Solar, Inc. is reporting it will supply 260 MW of solar modules for Elko, Nevada-based Nevada Gold Mines' (NGM) planned solar power plant that is expected to supply roughly 17 pct of the gold mines power requirements. The new plant is expected to come online in Q2, 2023) The NGM mine is the single largest gold-producing complex in the world, according to the release.

    NGM, which produces 3.5 million ounces of gold per year, is a joint venture between Barrick Gold Corporation and Newmont Corporation. Barrick has committed to a 30 pct reduction in GHGs by 2030, and reaching net-zero operations by 2050. NGM will support Barrick's targets and has set an intermediate goal of reducing its GHG emissions by 20 pct by 2025, compared to its 2018 baseline. (Source: First Solar, Inc., PR, 13 April, 2022)Contact: First Solar, Mark Widmar, CEO, 602-414-9315, investor@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  


    TotalEnergies Accelerates Low-Carbon Fuels Targets (Int'l. Report)
    TotalEnergies
    Date: 2022-04-15
    Paris-headquartered super-major TotalEnergies is touting its accelerated strategy to reduce emissions related to sales of petroleum products (Scope 3 oil) by more than 30 pct by 2020 compared with 2015 levels. The company is also aiming for a 40 pct reduction in net Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 compared with 2015 and to reach net-zero by 2050.

    TotalEnergies is also expanding its targets to reduce methane emissions 50 pct from 2020 levels by 2025 and 80 pct from 2020 levels by 2030, in keeping with its move towards zero methane. To that end, TotalEnergies will invest $13 billion to $16 billion over the 2022 to 2025 period, with 60 pct of the funds earmarked for the development of decarbonised renewable energies and the remainder for biofuels, LNG, biogas, hydrogen and e-fuels. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, Mar., April, 2022) Contact: TotalEnergies, Bernard Pinatel, Pres., Refining and Chemicals, Pres. Gas, Renewables & Power, Investor Relations, +33 (0)1 47 44 46 46 l, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TotalEnergies,  Methane,  Biofuels,  Hydrogen,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


    IPCC Report Recognizes Risks of Bioenergy (Editorials & Asides)
    IPCC,
    Date: 2022-04-14
    "Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its final new report in a three-part series, prepared over years by hundreds of the world's leading scientists. It sends a very clear and final warning that we must rapidly cut emissions to avert climate disaster. It also emphasizes that using bioenergy -- especially the burning of trees -- is a VERY risky way to do this, and may not even work at all.

    "The biggest takeaway from this report is that the IPCC has SIGNIFICANTLY reduced the amount of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) it thinks is necessary to achieve net zero. The IPCC assumes that, in the future, bioenergy will be used with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). But it recognizes that even then the climate benefits of BECCS are disputed, and that the environmental risks are clearer than ever. Because of this, it drastically reduces the role of BECCS in its net zero scenarios, predicting that BECCS will remove only 2.5 billion tpy of emissions compared with its previous predictions of up to 16 billion tpy. The report supports this decision with statements such as: 'BECCS] may not prove as effective as expected, and its large-scale deployment may result in ecological and social impacts, suggesting it may not be a viable carbon removal strategy in the next 10-20 years.' It also states that '[l]ife-cycle emissions impacts from bioenergy are subject to large uncertainties and could be incompatible with net zero emissions in some contexts.' This all builds off of the second report in the series in which it recognized more risks of bioenergy than ever before.

    "It also recognizes the risks of bioenergy more than ever before. Both this report and the one the IPCC released in March highlight the major risks bioenergy can pose to nature (e.g., desertification, land degradation, biodiversity), food production, and water availability. In 2021, evidence mounted showing the significant impacts of biomass on global biodiversity. For example, information on logging in Estonia's protected areas became so concerning that the Estonian government banned logging in these areas for more than two years. Further, new satellite image analysis shows that logging of forests in the US Southeast has exceeded their growth (contrary to biomass industry claims) and decreased their carbon stocks.

    "In its moderated language, which must be signed off by all governments, this is IPCC code for a clear warning that, while its models include BECCS, they are just that -- models. They are not meant to describe reality and do not reflect the significant environmental and climate risks posed by this technology.

    "But while the IPCC urges governments to immediately cut emissions, protect forests, and use BECCS only in a very minimal way (if at all), the UK Government plans to do the exact opposite by increasing reliance on large-scale burning of trees for electricity to meet its climate goals. Its 2050 Net Zero Strategy, published in autumn 2021, states that it plans to rely on a significant level of BECCS over the coming decades, which is impossible without destroying global forests or carpeting the UK countryside with bioenergy crops (or both). And the UK is already the world's subsidizer of biomass energy.

    "We already know the impacts of both approaches. Drax power station recently published an annual report showing it burns over 8 million tpy of wood. Drax is part of a growing global wood pellet industry driving the destruction of some of the world's most precious forests. And the EU has tried the 'grow fields full of crops for fuel approach,' which actually increased greenhouse gases because it displaced food production, causing deforestation and climate damage elsewhere.

    "The best chance for the UK Government to heed the IPCC's warnings? Its new Biomass Strategy -- due out later this year -- must recognize that bioenergy is NOT zero carbon and that it has serious environmental and social impacts. It must stop handing over £2.7 million per day in subsidies to bioenergy generators -- and to refuse to grant new biomass subsidies, instead redirecting these funds to technologies that will actually cut emissions (e.g., wind, solar, home insulation to help lower people's energy bills)." (Source: Natural Resources Defense Council, Elly Pepper, 14 April, 2022) Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org; IPCC

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRDC news,  IPCC news,  Bioenergy news,  Biomass news,  BESS news,  CCS news,  GHG news,  Deforestation news,  Wood Pellet news,  


    Waste Connections Canada Plans Ontario RNG Facility (Ind. Report)
    Waste Connections Canada
    Date: 2022-04-13
    In Ontario, Canada, Vaughn-based Waste Connections of Canada reports it plans to invest more than $50 million (Cdn) to construct a new RNG facility at the Waste Connections Ridge Landfill in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. The RNG will be delivered through Enbridge Gas's local natural gas distribution system to homes and businesses.

    The project, which is expected to reduce GHG emissions by 110,000 tpy, will generate sufficient green energy to heat over 18,000 Ontario homes per. (Source: Waste Connections of Canada, PR, Website, April, 2022) Contact: Waste Connections of Canada, www.wasteconnectionscanada.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Enbridge Gas,  


    NOAA Reports Methane Climate-Related Feedback Loop (Ind. Report)
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Date: 2022-04-13
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting atmospheric methane gas levels have increased at a record-high rate compared to the previous year for the second year in a row.

    Although shorter-lived in the atmosphere than CO2, methane, which is 25 times more damaging to the atmosphere than CO2 -- is one of the most powerful greenhouse gasses which trap heat and contribute to increasing global temperatures associated with human-caused climate change. Given that relatively short lifespan, NOAA scientists are concerned that recent record increases in methane are evidence of a "climate-related feedback loop -- a naturally-driven cycle that likely can't be altered significantly by human activity or inactivity." (Source: NOAA, PR, April, 2022) Contact: NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory, www.noaa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,  Methane,  GHG,  


    N.H. Updating Renewables Portfolio, GHG Standards (Reg & Leg)
    New Hampshire
    Date: 2022-04-11
    In Concord, the New Hampshire Department of Energy Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's soon to be released update of the Granite State's 10-year energy strategy notes immediate action is needed across all sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions -- from "transitioning the state's energy system, to protecting natural ecosystems, to changing the way we use transportation."

    The updates notes New Hampshire leaders have been slower than their regional counterparts to create greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and supporting a transition to renewable energy.

    New Hampshire is the only New England State that doesn't mandate economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reductions and the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard for new renewable energy sources is the lowest in the region.

    Details on the New Hampshire Renewable Energy Portfolio are HERE . (Source: NH Dept. of Energy, NPR, April, 2022)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard,  Renewable Energy,  


    bp Joins Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (Int'l. Report)
    bp,International Maritime Organisation
    Date: 2022-04-06
    Petroleum giant bp reports it has become a "strategic partner" in the Singapore-based non-profit Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation Ltd. (GCMD).

    GCMD was established in August 2021 to help drive decarbonisation of the maritime industry and help the industry meet or exceed the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) GHG emission reduction goals for 2030 and 2050. It aims to achieve this by creating opportunities for cross-industry collaboration and sharing its projects' outcomes, aimed at helping fuel the energy transition within the maritime industry.

    bp's membership adds S$10 million (€6.7 million) in funding to GCMD's efforts. (Source: bp, PR website, April, 2022) Contact: International Maritime Organization (IMO), Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, +65 6979 7660, www.gcformd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organisation,  IMO. bp,  Maritime Emissions,  CO2,  


    Southern Co. Gas Identifies Pathways to Net-Zero (Ind. Report)
    Southern Company Gas
    Date: 2022-03-30
    A new study for Atlanta-headquartered Southern Company Gas (SCG) details pathways for the company's four natural gas distribution companies to reach net-zero direct methane and other greenhouse gas emissions while using its existing infrastructure. The analysis demonstrates that Southern Company Gas expects to be able to fully support its parent Southern Company's goal to reach enterprise-wide, net-zero direct GHG emissions by 2050.

    The study found that SCG's operating companies, in addition to continuing to reduce their operational GHG emissions, could offset direct methane emissions with renewable natural gas (RNG) projects. For example, in partnership with agricultural interests, such as dairy farmers or food processors, on-site facilities can convert animal, food and agricultural waste into a useful fuel for our customers and avoid the release of methane emissions.

    The study also analyzed four different potential pathways for reducing emissions associated with SCG's residential and commercial customers' natural gas use in Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia. Two of the scenarios were based on increased building efficiency, high efficiency gas heating technology and the use of RNG. The third scenario focused on mandatory 100 pct electrification, and the last scenario used a hybrid natural gas/electric approach for building heating.

    The study noted that the pathway incorporating natural gas efficiency technologies and RNG is lower cost and produces more GHG reductions than the mandatory 100 pct electrification pathway. Moreover, the study exhibits that energy costs can remain affordable by leveraging existing natural gas networks with new and energy-efficient technologies and renewable gas.

    According to the study, the high-efficiency natural gas technologies pathway estimated almost 25 pct more GHG reductions at almost half the cost of the mandatory electrification pathway – in terms of direct and indirect equipment and energy expenses. The solutions and pathways proposed will be customized for each Southern Company Gas subsidiary, and the company will continue to work with state regulators, key policy makers and stakeholder groups to design workable plans for each utility.

    The study's pathway for mitigating emissions from Southern Company Gas operations expands upon the company's ongoing efforts, including: continual infrastructure improvements; advanced leak detection and repair; strategic renewable natural gas integration; expanded alternative fuels for fleet vehicles; and enhanced measurement and reporting. The analysis shows the value of complementing these initiatives with methane capture offsets and research and development focused on modern technologies and carbon-neutral fuels. (Source: Southern Company Gas, PR, 25 Mar., 2022) Contact: Southern Company Gas, Kim Greene, CEO, www.southerncompanygas.com, www.southerncompanygas.com/environment

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Company Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  GHG ,  


    Pure Storage Touts Data Storage Emissions Cuts (Ind. Report)
    Pure Storage
    Date: 2022-03-30
    Mountain View, California-based data storage technology and services provider Pure Storage® reports release of its inaugural ESG report outlining the company's progress toward reducing carbon emissions.

    The report found that customers using its portfolio of data systems products achieved as much as a 80 pct reduction in direct carbon usage by compared to competitive products. The report also noted the company is committed to reduce its carbon footprint, including: a 50 pct intensity reduction in market-based Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per employee from FY20 to FY30; achieve net zero market-based Scope 1 and 2 emissions by FY40; 66 pct intensity reduction in use of sold products from Scope 3 emissions per effective petabyte shipped from FY20 to FY30 (Source: Pure Storage, PR, 29 Mar., 2022) Contact: Pure Storage, Charles Giancarlo, CEO, www.purestorage.com.

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    Ottawa Releases 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan (Report Attached)
    Canada Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2022-03-30
    "On climate change, Canada's average temperatures are rising at twice the global average, and three times in the North. Polluting less and taking steps to remove excess carbon from the air will be one of the most important undertakings in Canada's history. Last year, Canada increased its ambition on climate change under the Paris Agreement. The 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan describes the many actions that are already driving significant reductions as well as the new measures that will ensure that we reduce emissions across the entire economy to reach our emissions reduction target of 40 to 45 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 and put us on a path to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

    "Reaching our (Canada's) climate goals will also help ensure that the conditions are right to seize the growing economic opportunities of a clean future. This Plan includes $9.1 billion in new investments, and reflects economy-wide measures such as carbon pricing and clean fuels, while also targeting actions sector by sector ranging from buildings to vehicles to industry and agriculture. These measures will drive reductions while creating jobs for workers and opportunities for businesses.

    "The Government of Canada is working with Canadians in all parts of the country and all sectors of the economy to achieve Canada's climate goals and seize new economic opportunities."

    Download the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan HERE (Source: Gov., of Canada, 29 Mar., 2022)

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    Clean Ocean Advanced Biofuels Project Touted (Ind. Report)
    Clean Ocean Advanced Biofuels Project
    Date: 2022-03-28
    Canada's Ocean Supercluster is touting its $65 million Clean Ocean Advanced Biofuels Project, its largest project to date. In the project, Ontario-based Valent will work with a pan-Canadian team to produce Canada's first renewable diesel from abundantly available agricultural and forestry by-products.

    According to the press release, a major ocean industry challenge is needed for a range of environmentally sustainable, low greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and low-sulphur marine fuels available to end-users at a competitive cost and compliant with current and future fuel regulations. The Clean Ocean Advanced Biofuels project will address these challenges by introducing a low carbon biofuel across the marine ecosystem.

    Clean Ocean Advanced Biofuels Project partners include Valent Low Carbon Technologies, Ontario-based FORGE Hydrocarbons, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-headquartered Mara Renewables, Clearwater, Katal Energy, Horizon Maritime, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada. The project will produce fuel and solvents to be used in industry and a hydrocarbon material wth a total value of $65 million. The Ocean Supercluster will provide nearly $5.7 million in funding with the balance coming from the project's industry and government partners. The project's success will drive Canadian renewable diesel production and supply, reduce imports, and foster international market exports.

    Canada's Ocean Supercluster is a pan-Canadian, industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally relevant solutions.To date the Ocean Supercluster has approved more than 60 projects with a total value of $320 million which will deliver more than 110 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services. (Source: Canada's Ocean Supercluster, Website PR, Feb./Mar , 2022) Contact: Canada's Ocean Supercluster, Kendra MacDonald, CEO, 709.725.7070, www.oceansupercluster.ca; Valent Low Carbon Technologies, info@valentcorp.com, www.valentcorp.com; FORGE Hydrocarbons, (905) 815-7786, www.forgehc.com; Mara Renewables, www.maracorp.ca

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    Hitting Canada's Climate Targets with Biogas & RNG (Report Attached)
    Canadian Biogas Association
    Date: 2022-03-28
    "Biogas & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is a proven climate solution, with 279 projects across Canada already preventing more than 8 Mt CO2e of greenhouse gas emissions from reaching the atmosphere every year. But how much greater a role can biogas and RNG play in supporting Canada's 2030 and 2050 climate goals?

    "To determine this, the Canadian Biogas Association commissioned Navius Research to model the impact of a number of potential government policies on the GHG reductions happening through biogas and RNG. The Navius report presents and interprets the key findings of that modelling.

    "Previous analysis established that Canada is harnessing just 14 pct of the country's feasible biogas and RNG potential. The report's new modelling finds that the right mix of policies could harness much of this untapped potential and give a significant boost to Canada's 2030 and 2050 climate goals. When it comes to hitting Canada's first climate target, to reduce emissions 40 to 45 pct below 2005 levels by 2030, the right mix of policies could deliver 26.7 Mt CO2e in emissions reduction through biogas and RNG by 2030. Biogas and RNG could cut 642 kt of methane, or 16.5 pct of all Canada's methane emissions. When added to the government's targeted cuts from the oil and gas sector, biogas and RNG could help Canada achieve a 44.5 pct reduction in total methane emissions by 2030. Biogas and RNG can play a foundational role in achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, delivering up to 40.2 Mt CO2e in emissions reduction and, together with hydrogen over the longer term, help decarbonize the country's natural gas distribution networks and transportation systems.

    "The optimal policy mix for leveraging biogas and RNG to meet Canada's climate goals is a renewable gas mandate combined with a carbon offsets system that allows credits to be generated for methane destruction and utilization in landfills and agriculture. This policy mix delivers the maximum emissions reduction: 26.7 Mt CO2e in 2030 and 40.2 Mt CO 2e in 2050. On its own, a nationwide renewable gas mandate, with a minimum blend of 1 5pct in 2030, rising to 30 pct in 2040, achieves 18.9 Mt CO2e of reductions in 2030 and 36.2 Mt CO2e in 2050."

    Download the Hitting Canada's Climate Targets with Biogas & RNG report HERE . (Source: Canadian Biogas Association, Mar., 2022) Contact: Canadian Biogas Association, www.biogassassociation.ca

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    Clariant Joins Renewable Carbon Initiative (Int'l. Report)
    Clariant,Renewable Carbon Initiative
    Date: 2022-03-25
    Specialty chemicals producer Clariant AG reports it has joined the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI), a group of more than 30 chemicals and related companies aiming to support and accelerate the transition from the use of fossil carbon to the use of renewable carbon in the chemical industry. Switching to renewable carbon sources prevents additional fossil carbon entering the atmosphere and thus addresses a core problem of climate change.

    According to the release, over 70 pct of the greenhouse gas emissions can directly be related to additional fossil carbon that is extracted from the ground. While complete decarbonisation may be a feasible option for some sectors, organic chemistry will always depend on carbon since it is integral for the creation of chemicals and materials that are essential in almost all industries. The most promising solution is to reuse carbon already found in materials or in the atmosphere.

    According to the Clariant website, "The Renewable Carbon Initiative aims to support and speed up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials. RCI addresses the core problem of climate change, which is extracting and using additional fossil carbon from the ground that will eventually end up in the atmosphere. Companies are encouraged to focus on phasing out fossil resources and to use renewable carbon instead. (Source: Clariant, Website., 24 Mar., 2022) Contact: Clariant, Conrad Keijzer, CEO, www.clariant.com; Renewable Carbon Initiative, www.renewable-carbon-initiative.com

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    Impacts of Carbon Pricing on UK Aviation Sector ((Attached)
    Aviation Emissions
    Date: 2022-03-25
    The attached new report from Frontier Economics and Air Transport Analytics is published to assist the UK ETS Authority's development of the UK Emissions Trading Scheme.

    The report, commissioned by the Department for Transport and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, evaluates the impact of alternative approaches to carbon pricing, carbon leakage and the competitiveness of airlines in the UK. The report investigates how best to meet government objectives for carbon pricing, including: reducing emissions, mitigating carbon leakage risk and encouraging broader climate action in the UK and more widely for aviation.

    Access the Impacts of Carbon Pricing on UK Aviation Sector report HERE , (Source: Frontier Economics, Mar, 2022) Contact: Air Transport Analytics, www. airtransportationanalytics.com; Frontier Economics, +44 (0) 20 7031 7000, www.frontier-economics.com

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    Europe Can't Afford to Ignore Renewable Fuels, says ePURE (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ePURE
    Date: 2022-03-23
    According to a new study carried out by Gear Up for Fuels Europe, decarbonising EU road transport will require a range of emissions-reduction solutions , including sustainable fuels and ethanol, not just electrification.

    The report looked at the societal impacts and consequences of light duty fleet electrification on access to passenger vehicles for EU citizens. The study compared the cost-of-ownership of similar battery electric vehicle (BEV) and internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV) models in 16 EU Member States.

    The research illustrates that by betting almost exclusively on electrification of the auto fleet as a decarbonisation solution -- the direction favored in the European Commission's "Fit for 55" package -- the EU risks greatly increasing the cost of vehicle ownership and thus potentially shutting out large sectors of the population.

    The study found that BEVs reached price parity with ICEVs in many countries mostly due to advantageous subsidy schemes which create in return an increasing cost burden on governments. Still, with Europeans buying mainly second-hand car vehicles, the penetration of BEVs remained low. Without subsidies and without access to low-carbon electricity, the electric vehicle is the least favourable abatement option, saving less GHG emissions than alternative fuels and increasing the cost of ownership for drivers, the study notes.

    In France, E85 is already the most cost-effective low-carbon mobility option, saving emissions at a lower cost of ownership compared to conventional petrol and electric cars. A subsidy system rewarding different options based on their full life-cycle GHG-reduction potential would level the playing field between low-carbon solutions to maintain choice and attractiveness for consumers.

    The study concluded that higher volumes of renewable fuels will be needed in the road sector following the new higher targets set in the revision of RED II and the potential creation of a dedicated ETS for road transport. Renewable fuels are a complementary option to battery electric vehicles and can help drive faster decarbonisation of transport while benefiting the EU economy, industry and society, the report concludes. (Source: ePURE, Website 2 Feb., 2022) Contact: ePURE, www.epure.org

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    RNG Notable Quote
    RNG, US EPA
    Date: 2022-03-21
    "Developing RNG resources is one way to diversify fuel supplies and increase fuel security, provide economic benefits to communities and end users, improve local air quality and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions." -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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    GHG Emissions, Renewable Fuels Standard -- Notable Quote
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-03-18
    "As has been shown repeatedly, there is simply no evidence that the RFS increases GHG emissions on a lifecycle basis, compared to gasoline. Quite the opposite. Plant-based, cleaner-burning Biofuels provide almost 50 percent lifecycle GHG emission reductions compared to gasoline." -- Emily Skor, Growth Energy, CEO, Mr. 15 2022)

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    Growth Energy Calls on DOE to Set the Record Straight on Anti-Ethanol Study (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-03-18
    In Washington, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor sent a letter to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm calling on the DOE to address the most recent inaccurate and misleading study by Tyler Lark and others that claims to have been partially funded by the department.

    The study directly contradicts conclusions from DOE's own Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET) model, which has been tracking the impacts of corn-ethanol's lifecycle emissions since 1996. Last May, DOE's Argonne National Lab stated that, "for the United States, biofuels like corn ethanol can play a critical role in reducing our carbon footprint."

    "Failing to address this research's inconsistencies and departure from mainstream science could have negative consequences in our nation's quest to decarbonize the transportation sector -- both on the ground and in the air. According to recent research by the Rhodium Group, our (ethanol) industry's contributions in reaching net-zero emissions targets and decarbonizing the transportation sector will be necessary," wrote Skor.

    "The ethanol industry is continually finding new ways to innovate and reduce emissions throughout its production cycle, including by creating new applications for hard-to-decarbonize industries like aviation. We must rely on the best and most widely accepted science to achieve our climate goals and attain net-zero emissions by 2050."

    Download study details www.growthenergy.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/GROW-22014-PNAS-Handout-2022-02-16-R3.pdf] HERE . Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Technologies (GREET), HERE . (Source: Growth Energy, Website, PR, 15 Mar., 2022) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, www.growthenergy.org

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    Dominion Energy Utah Launches CarbonRight (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy Utah
    Date: 2022-03-18
    In Salt Lake City, Dominion Energy Utah is touting its CarbonRight, a new and affordable way for the utility's customers to significantly reduce their carbon footprint.

    The voluntary program will allow residential and business customers to offset carbon emissions from natural gas use and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Customers can purchase carbon offsets in $5 blocks on their monthly bill. A typical residential customer can offset their entire carbon footprint, achieving net-zero carbon emissions from their natural gas usage by purchasing one $5 block a month, or $60 a year.

    The independently certified carbon offsets offered come from projects that reduce landfill carbon emissions in Utah and Missouri, as well as a forest management project in Minnesota.

    . Dominion Energy Utah also offers a voluntary GreenTherm Program allowing customers to support renewable natural gas projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farms, food waste, landfills and other sources. The company is also advancing the use of zero-carbon hydrogen and carbon-beneficial renewable natural gas to significantly reduce emissions. (Source: Dominion Energy Utah, PR, Website, Mar., 2022) Contact: Dominion Energy Utah, Steven Ridge, VP, www.dominionenergy.com/utah

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    Azolla Hydrogen, Ivey Analyzing Hydrogen Fuel Network Optimization (Ind. Report)
    Azolla Hydrogen,
    Date: 2022-03-16
    Red Deer, Alberta-base hydrogen industry start up Azolla Hydrogen has initiated a promising Mitacs-funded project with the Ivey Business School at Western University, Ontario. Led together with Principal Investigator Dr. Fredrik Odegaard, the research project aims to analyze the pathways of optimizing hydrogen fuel networks. Azolla Hydrogen has identified a pathway to generate low-GHG hydrogen that is scalable and not reliant on the grid as power for electrolysis or fossil fuels for small modular reactors.

    The objectives of the research project are two-fold. First, Azolla seeks to analyze the processes and challenges in implementing an environmentally sustainable methanol-based hydrogen production network to supply vehicular fuel demand in North America. Second, Azolla aims to determine the optimal design of the aforementioned pathways to build a "clean fuel" network from the lens of a life cycle analysis.

    The research study will focus on designing and assessing feasible hydrogen fuel networks for the province of Alberta and the state of California as case studies. "The need for low-carbon fuels was yesterday. We simply cannot combat global warming without drastically changing the current fuel source of motor vehicles," says Dr. Odegaard, Associate Professor at the Ivey Business School. "However, we also need to better understand the life cycle of carbon production and design fueling networks that are environmentally sustainable and economically scalable. And so, I am very excited to be part of this research project." (Source: Azolla Hydrogen Ltd., PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Azolla Hydrogen Ltd., Jared Sayers, President and CEO, jsayers@azollahydrogen.com; The Ivey Business School at Western University, Dr. Fredrik Odegaard, www.ivey.uwo.ca, (519) 661-3206, Fax: (519) 661-3485, www.ivey.ca

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    Repsol, Navantia collaborate to decarbonise the maritime sector
    Repsol
    Date: 2022-03-09
    Madrid, Spain-based energy and petrochemical major and SAF producer Repsol and Navantia have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly develop innovative solutions to decarbonise maritime transport and to accelerate the energy transition and achieve carbon neutrality, in line with the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets of Spain, the EU, the UN and the International Maritime Organisation.

    The two companies will jointly evaluate the performance of new low carbon footprint liquid fuels to be supplied by Repsol ̶ biofuels and synthetic fuels ̶ in engines manufactured by Navantia, both propulsion and generation. Repsol will contribute its research infrastructures from its Repsol Technology Lab. Key to the implementation of the project will be the pilot plants and blending laboratories, where Repsol will formulate the widest range of fuels and biofuel blends with a low carbon footprint, specifically for maritime transport.

    The Navantia Engine Factory will provide the technical knowledge of the engines and will make its facilities in Cartagena available to the project, as well as test benches and diagnostic equipment.

    . Repsol and Navantia, through its CEDETH, will explore new areas of collaboration in hydrogen. In addition, Repsol will build one of the world's largest synthetic fuels plants in Bilbao, together with Saudi Aramco. (Source: Repsol, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

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    CNG Fuels Touts World's Largest Bio-CNG Refueling Station (Int'l.)
    CNG Fuels,
    Date: 2022-03-07
    London-headquartered CNG Fuels, the UK's leading operator of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refueling infrastructure and provider of compressed biomethane (Bio-CNG), is reporting the opening of the world's largest public access biomethane refueling station in Avonmouth, near Bristol, UK.

    The facility, which can refuel 80 HGVs per hour from 14 high-speed dispensers, is part of CNG Fuels's network of eight renewable biomethane refueling stations across the UK. The company plans to build a further 12 stations . When fully utilized, the station will cut 70,000 tpy of GHG emissions by taking diesel HGVs off the road. The site forms (Source: CNG Fuels, PR, Website, 3 Mar, 2022) Contact: CNG Fuel, Philip Fjeld, CEO , +44 (0) 203 907 3936, info@cngfuels.com, www.cngfuels.com

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    DOE Announces Pledges from 90+ Organizations to Slash Emissions by 50 pct Within Decade (Ind. Report Attached)
    US DOE
    Date: 2022-03-04
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE has announced a commitment from over 90 companies and organizations to reduce their carbon emissions by 50 pct by 2030 through DOE's Better Climate Challenge. This national public-private partnership calls on organizations nation-wide to set bold, portfolio-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets and share their innovative solutions and best practices with partners and across industries. To that end, DOE will provide technical assistance and convene peer-to-peer exchanges to facilitate solution sharing across their facilities and fleets. Inaugural partners in the Better Climate Challenge include IKEA Retail U.S., Hilton, Harley-Davidson, the Cleveland Clinic, and the State of Maryland and others. Public-private partnerships like the Better Climate Challenge are key to reaching a net-zero emissions economy by 2050 through an equitable clean energy transition.

    DOE's Better Climate Challenge partners have committed to reducing their enterprise-wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 pct within 10 years without the use of offsets. Partners will work with DOE to provide annual updates while working collaboratively to identify pathways and key areas for collaboration and improvement. By taking on this goal for their buildings and factories, partners in the Better Climate Challenge are helping the nation meet its economy-wide goal of a 50 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. If all organizations in the commercial, public, and industrial sectors reduced their U.S. GHG emissions by 50 pct, it would save nearly 1.5 billion metric tpy of CO2e, more than the emissions from every home in the country.

    DOE's Better Climate Challenge builds on over a decade of experience working with partners to set portfolio wide goals and to address barriers to greater energy efficiency though the Better Buildings Initiative. More than 950 organizations work with DOE as part of the Better Buildings Initiative and have shared more than 3000 innovative approaches and strategies for accelerating the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices.

    Download DOE Better Climate Challenge details HERE . (Source: US DOE, 28 Feb., 2022)

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    Coca-Cola Delivery Fleets Switching to HVO (Ind. Report)
    Coca-Cola
    Date: 2022-03-04
    Global soft drinks giant Coca-Cola (CCEP) reports its entire third party logistics fleet in the Netherlands is now running on 100 pct Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO100). The switch from fossil fuels to HVO will reduce GHG emissions across its third party logistics fleet by up to net 90 pct compared to the use of fossil fuels.

    In the UK, Coke's previously reported switch to HVO100 fuel across all its haulage operations, cut emissions by 17,000 tpy of CO2e. All Cokes haulage in Sweden is powered by alternative fuels, such as HVO and biogas.

    Coca-Cola is aiming to reduce its value chain GHG emissions by 30 pct by 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions by 2040. (Source: Coca Cola, Mar., 2022)

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    Viridos, ExxonMobil Partnering on Algae Biofuels R&D (Ind. Report)
    Viridos, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2022-03-02
    La Jolla, California-headquartered Viridos Inc. -- fka Synthetic Genomics -- reports it is partnering with global oil and gas giant ExxonMobil for research and production of biofuel from algae. The firms are aiming to produce 10,000 bpd of Veridos's low-carbon intensity algae biofuel.

    To that end, Viridos and ExxonMobil are leveraging learnings from past achievements, including the development of a high-oil algae strain that produces more than double the fat content of conventional algae.

    "In the past few years, Viridos' leadership in engineering microalgae has achieved greater than five times bio-oil productivity increases by increasing both the oil content in the algae and the algae yield. The results from outdoor deployment of Viridos' bio-engineered strains in 2020 and 2021 mark the inflection point toward deployment.

    "These advancements in bioengineering have positioned Viridos to be the leading enterprise in algal technology with the potential to facilitate significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the heavy transportation sector," according to Viridos. (Source: Viridos, Website, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Viridos. Dr. Oliver Fetzer, CEO, 858.754.2900, www.viridos.com; ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP, R&D, 908-735-7102, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com

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    Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Facts, Update (Report Attached)
    Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
    Date: 2022-02-28
    The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a cooperative effort among eleven Eastern states to reduce carbon dioxide (CO 2) emissions from power plants within each participating state.

    Together, the participating states have established a regional cap on CO2 emissions, which sets a limit on the emissions from regulated power plants within the RGGI states. Over time, the regional cap declines, so that CO 2 emissions decrease in a planned and predictable way. Since its inception, RGGI emissions have reduced by more than 50 pct -- twice as fast as the nation as a whole -- and raised over $4 billion to invest into local communities.

    RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. Pennsylvania also aims to join.

    Download the RGGI fact sheet HERE (Source: RGGI, Feb., 2022) Contact: RGGI, www.rggi.org

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    AlbaCore Capital Launches Carbon Conscious Investing (Int'l)
    AlbaCore Capital Group
    Date: 2022-02-23
    London-based carbon credit specialist AlbaCore Capital Group reports the launch of Carbon Conscious Investing (CCI), the first European private market solution to provide line-by-line greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting for a corporate credit portfolio.

    The model and methodology, developed in-house by AlbaCore, reflects the portfolio's GHG footprint for all scenarios including when public data is not available. The GHG data is integrated into AlbaCore's internal risk system that is monitored on an ongoing basis to continue to refine the CCI footprint analysis as data quality improves and regulatory pressure encourages more companies to report.

    The CCI solution will provide quarterly reporting on the GHG footprint of the portfolio as a whole and on a name-by-name basis, which is verified by a third party, enabling AlbaCore's CCI investors to measure the externalities of their investments in relation to the GHG footprint across asset classes. (Source: AlbaCore Capital Group, PR, 22 Feb., 2022) Contact: AlbaCore Capital Group, Matthew Courey, COO, +44 20 7881 6000, www.albacorecapital.com

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    Norsk Hydro Invests in Carbon Capture Specialist Verdox (M&A)
    Norsk Hydro
    Date: 2022-02-23
    Oslo, Norway-based aluminium producer Norsk Hydro is reporting the acquisition of a $20 million minority stake in Woburn, Mass.-based carbon capture firm Verdox Inc., a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) spin-out company.

    Hydro plans to use Verdox technology at existing smelters it would both speed up its decarbonisation and ensure the plants long-term operation. As previously reported, Hydro aims to slash its CO2 emissions by 30 pct by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050 at the latest.

    According to the Verdox website, "Traditional carbon capture systems function like sponges for CO2. When CO₂ comes in contact with the capture material, it is soaked up and trapped inside of the structure. The CO2 is then squeezed out in the release process by applying large amounts of heat, which breaks the bonds between the CO2 and the capture material. This process uses vast amounts of energy and is therefore difficult to scale.

    "Verdox, in contrast, has designed an electric system that makes it easier to both soak up the CO₂ and squeeze it back out. The design of our capture devices allows for gases to flow through with less resistance, making the soaking process more efficient. Instead of squeezing out the CO₂ with heat, we also only apply a specific voltage to the capture material to release the CO2 This radically different approach allows for far more efficient capture and release of CO2 using only electricity, and without the need for heat or water." (Source: Verdox Inc., Website, PR, Feb., 2022) Contact: Verdox Inc., Brian Baynes, CEO, www.verdox.com

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    Veolia Plans Emissions-Cutting French Biomass Project (Int'l.)
    Solvay, Veolia
    Date: 2022-02-18
    Brussels-based chemicals producer Solvay SA and Veolia Environnement SA are reporting the launch of a €225 million project aimed at replacing coal with biogas for the production of clean energy at Solvay's soda-ash plant at Dombasle , France.

    The new facility, which will be constructed by Solvay and operated by Veolia, is expected to cut the plant's CO2 emissions by 50 pct when fully operational in 2024.

    Veolia, one of the world's largest biogas energy producers, aims to maximize the recovery of biogas in the form of biomethane and to develop more green energy production capacity to help combat climate change, according to the company.(Source: Solvay SA, PR, DJ 16 Feb., 2022) Contact: Solvay Ventures, www.solvay.com/en/innovation/solvay-ventures; Veolia, Estelle Brachlianoff, CEO, Investor Relations: + 33 1 85 57 84 76 / 84 80 , investor-relations@veolia.com, www.veolia.com

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    EPA Reports Drop in US GHG Emissions in 2020 (Ind. Report)
    US EPA
    Date: 2022-02-18
    The US EPA's recently released annual greenhouse gas inventory draft reports greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S. decreased 7.4 pct from 1990 to 2020. The report notes that the COVID pandemic drove a record 9.1 pct decrease in U.S. emissions from 2019 to 2020 alone.

    According to the report, CO2 accounted for 78.8 pct of all U.S. GHG emissions in 2020 -- total CO2 emissions decreased 8.1 pct from 1990 to 2020 and Methane (CH4) accounted for 10.9 pct of all U.S. GHG emissions in 2020. Total methane emissions decreased 16.6 pct from 1990 to 2020.

    Download the report HERE . (Source: US EPA, RNG Coalition, Feb., 2022) Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov

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    London Methane Emissions Higher Than Estimated (Int'l. Report)
    Imperial College London
    Date: 2022-02-18
    In the UK, atmospheric measurements by researchers at Imperial College London have found the city is releasing more of the potent greenhouse gas methane, primarily from natural gas infrastructure leaks, than landfill sites as previously thought. Although shorter-lived, methane, which is as much as 80 pct more potent than CO2 and produces a far stronger warming effect, is a major concern addressing climate change.

    Estimates of methane emissions are typically based on a "bottom-up" approach, where emissions were calculated based on statistics. For example, cows produce some methane, so knowing on average how much methane each cow produces and multiplying this by the number of cows in the UK gives an estimate of the emissions from cows for the country as a whole. The new study instead used a "top-down" approach of sampling the actual atmosphere in London to check if the measurements agreed with the "bottom-up" methane emissions.

    These figures were compared to two emissions inventories, bottom-up estimates. While one inventory correlated relatively well with the measurements in total methane concentration, the other (UK National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory, UK NAEI) appeared to underestimate methane emissions by 30-35 pct.

    The UK was one of over 100 countries that pledged to reduce methane emissions 30 pct by 2030 as part of the recent COP26 meeting in Glasgow. (Source: Imperial College London, Website PR, Feb., 2022) Contact: Imperial College London, Dr. Heather Graven, +44 (0) 20 7594 5226, www.imperial.ac.uk/people/h.graven

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    Pertamina, Marubeni Partner to Cut Indonesian Emissions (Int'l.)
    Pertamina, Marubeni
    Date: 2022-02-18
    Japanese trading house Marubeni Corporation reports it is partnering with Indonesian state-owned refiner Pertamina to develop decarbonisation projects in Indonesia. Projects include developing bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) at Marubeni's Indonesian pulp mill, producing biomass fuels, and participating in or developing projects to generate carbon credits.

    Marubeni plans to withdraw from coal-fired power projects by 2050 and to achieve carbon neutrality the same year. Pertamina and the Indonesian government are aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29 pct from 2020 levels by 2030. (Source: Marubeni, PR, Feb., 2022) Contact: Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.petramina.com; Marubeni Corp., www.marubeni.com

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    Neste Customers Cut GHG Emissions 10.9 Mn Tons in 2021 (Int'l.)
    Neste
    Date: 2022-02-16
    Helsinki-headquartered biofuels producer Neste Corp. is reporting in 2021 its renewable and circular solutions helped customers reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally by 10.9 million tons -- equal to the annual carbon footprint of 1.7 million average EU citizens or the removal of 4.2 million passenger cars from the roads for a full year.

    Neste has committed to reaching carbon neutral production by 2035 and to lead the transformation towards a carbon neutral value chain by 2040 and reduce the use phase emission intensity** of sold products by 50 pct by 2040 compared to 2020 levels.

    Neste has refineries in Finland, the Netherlands and Singapore and produces approximately 3.3 million tpy of renewable fuels. Capacity will increase to 4.5 million tpy with completion of the previously reported extension of its Singapore refinery in Q1, 2023. Additionally Neste's Rotterdam sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project is expected to produce 1.5 million tpy of SAF by the end of 2023. (Source: Neste, PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Neste Corp., Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

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    EBB Releases Fit for 55 Position Paper (Int'l. Report)
    European Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2022-02-16
    In Brussels, the European Biodiesel Board (EBB), a trade group of biodiesel producers, has released its High-Level Position Paper on the 'Fit for 55' legislative package. The 'Fit for 55' package of proposals aim to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas (GHG) missions by at least 55 pct by 2030.

    According to the EBB, the demand for green liquid fuels in Europe was set to double by 2030 as the EU maritime, aviation and heavy-duty road transport industries pursue decarbonisation. FuelEU Maritime and the ReFuelEU Aviation mandates will require around 42 million tonnes of oil equivalent to meet the targets set out in the revised renewable energy directive.

    Download the High-Level Position Paper on the Fit for 55 paper HERE (Source: European Biodiesel Board, Website, Feb., 2022) Contact: European Biodiesel Board, Xavier Noyon, Sec. Gen, Xavier.noyon@ebb-eu.org, www.ebb-eu.org

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    EU GHG Emissions Jump 6 pct in Q3, 2021 (Int'l. Report)
    Eurostat
    Date: 2022-02-16
    Eurostat, the European Union statistics agency, is reporting Slovenian CO2 emissions fell by 2.6 pct year-on-year in Q3, 2021 -- the largest annual drop in CO2 emissions among the 27 member state trading bloc.

    Over the same Q3 timeframe, EU-wide greenhouse gas emissions increased by 6 pct to 881 million tonnes, largely due to the effect of the economic rebound after the sharp decrease of activity in the same quarter of 2020 brought by the COVID-19 crisis. (Source: Eurostat, Feb., 2022) Contact: Eyrostat, www.ec.europa.eu › European Commission › Eurostat

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    Clean Ocean Advanced Biofuels Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
    Date: 2022-02-16
    Canada's Ocean Supercluster is touting its $65 million Clean Ocean Advanced Biofuels Project, its largest project to date. In the project, Ontario-based Valent will work with a pan-Canadian team to produce Canada's first renewable diesel from abundantly available agricultural and forestry by-products.

    According to the press release, a major ocean industry challenge is the need for a range of environmentally sustainable, low greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and low-sulphur marine fuels available to end-users at a competitive cost that are compliant with current and future fuel regulations. The Clean Ocean Advanced Biofuels project will address these challenges by introducing a low carbon biofuel across the marine ecosystem.

    Clean Ocean Advanced Biofuels Project partners include Valent Low Carbon Technologies, Ontario-based FORGE Hydrocarbons, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-headquartered Mara Renewables, Clearwater, Katal Energy, Horizon Maritime, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada. The project will produce fuel and solvents to be used in industry and a hydrocarbon material wth a total value of $65 million. The Ocean Supercluster will provide nearly $5.7 million in funding with the balance coming from the project's industry and government partners. The project's success will drive Canadian renewable diesel production and supply, reduce imports, and foster international market exports.

    Canada's Ocean Supercluster is a pan-Canadian, industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally relevant solutions.To date the Ocean Supercluster has approved more than 60 projects with a total value of $320 million which will deliver more than 110 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services. (Source: Canada's Ocean Supercluster, Website PR, Feb., 2022) Contact: Canada's Ocean Supercluster, Kendra MacDonald, CEO, 709.725.7070 www.oceansupercluster.ca; Valent Low Carbon Technologies, info@valentcorp.com, www.valentcorp.com; FORGE Hydrocarbons, (905) 815-7786, www.forgehc.com; Mara Renewables, www.maracorp.ca

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    Clean Fuels Alliance America Seeks RFS Certainty (Ind. Report)
    Clean Fuels Alliance America
    Date: 2022-02-11
    In Washington, the Clean Fuels Alliance America (fka National Biodiesel Board) last week submitted comments supporting the EPA's proposal to deny pending small refinery exemptions. In its proposal the Alliance commented on nearly every aspect of the wide-ranging proposal but expressed particular concern with EPA's triggering "reset" authority and proposals for regulating biointermediates.

    "We ask EPA to provide certainty to the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry, do not unlawfully use the reset authority to retroactively adjust the 2020 volumes, and be cautious of unintended consequences associated with the biointermediates provisions", Kurt Kovarik, Clean Fuels' VP of Federal Affairs, commented

    Clean Fuels estimates that the 2018 exemptions reduced demand for biodiesel and renewable diesel by 190 million gallons and that the exemptions that EPA granted beginning in 2017 impacted 550 million gallons of biomass-based diesel, resulting in 5.2 million metric tons of additional greenhouse gas emissions. "If EPA were to grant the pending 2019 small refinery exemptions, we estimate that biodiesel and renewable diesel will experience a future market loss of approximately 200 million gallons, resulting in 1.9 million MT of GHG emissions in the atmosphere that could have otherwise been avoided," Kovarik notes. "EPA's denial of pending small refinery exemptions is not just appropriate, but required," Kovarik added.

    "Clean Fuels and its members appreciate the administration's commitment to getting the RFS back on track. We urge EPA to finalize the volumes quickly, account for small refinery exemptions fairly, and grow the market for biofuels through a timely rule for 2023 and beyond."

    Download the Clean Energy Alliance America comments HERE (Source: Clean Energy Alliance America , Website, 7 Feb., 2022)Contact: Clean Energy Alliance America, 833-232-3110, www.cleanfuels.org

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    Europe Can't Afford to Ignore Renewable Fuels , says ePURE (Int'., Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ePURE
    Date: 2022-02-09
    According to a new study carried out by Gear Up for Fuels Europe, decarbonising EU road transport will require a range of emissions-reduction solutions , including sustainable fuels and ethanol, not just electrification.

    The report looked at the societal impacts and consequences of light duty fleet electrification on access to passenger vehicles for EU citizens. The study compared the cost-of-ownership of similar battery electric vehicle (BEV) and internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV) models in 16 EU Member States.

    The research illustrates that by betting almost exclusively on electrification of the auto fleet as a decarbonisation solution -- the direction favored in the European Commission's "Fit for 55" package -- the EU risks greatly increasing the cost of vehicle ownership and thus potentially shutting out large sectors of the population.

    The study found that BEVs reached price parity with ICEVs in many countries mostly due to advantageous subsidy schemes which create in return an increasing cost burden on governments. Still, with Europeans buying mainly second-hand car vehicles, the penetration of BEVs remained low. Without subsidies and without access to low-carbon electricity, the electric vehicle is the least favourable abatement option, saving less GHG emissions than alternative fuels and increasing the cost of ownership for drivers, the study notes.

    In France, E85 is already the most cost-effective low-carbon mobility option, saving emissions at a lower cost of ownership compared to conventional petrol and electric cars. A subsidy system rewarding different options based on their full life-cycle GHG-reduction potential would level the playing field between low-carbon solutions to maintain choice and attractiveness for consumers.

    The study concluded that higher volumes of renewable fuels will be needed in the road sector following the new higher targets set in the revision of RED II and the potential creation of a dedicated ETS for road transport. Renewable fuels are a complementary option to battery electric vehicles and can help drive faster decarbonisation of transport while benefiting the EU economy, industry and society, the report concludes. (Source: ePURE, Website 2 Feb., 2022) Contact: ePURE , www.epure.org

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