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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,  


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,  


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.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pure Storage news,  Carbon Emissions news,  GHGs news,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs news,  Aviation Emissions news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Utah,  GHGs,  Carbon Credit,  Carbon Offset,  Carbon Footprint,  Natural Gas,  


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

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


Tokio Marine Joins Net-Zero Insurance Alliance (Int'l. Report)
Tokio Marine
Date: 2022-01-21
Japanese insurance firm Tokio Marine Group reports it supports the transition to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is promoting measures to combat climate change through both mitigation and adaptation.

To that end, Tokio Marine is launching new insurance products and services designed to meet United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement and notes it has achieved carbon neutrality within its business activities for the last eight years.

The group has also led the discussions on climate change through its participation in international initiatives such as the Geneva Association and ClimateWise -- an international initiative to promote the transition of insurance underwriting portfolios towards a net zero GHG emissions by 2050. (Source: Tokio Marine Group, PR, 20 Jan., 2022) Contact: Tokio Marine Group, www.tokiomarinehd.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  


Shell's Quest CCS GHG Emissions Questioned (Ind. Report)
Shell Quest
Date: 2022-01-21
NGO Global Witness reports that oil giant Shell's Quest carbon capture project in Canada is pushing more greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere than it is capturing.

One of the few fossil hydrogen plants in the world to use a carbon capture system, Quest is a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at a hydrogen plant run by Shell on behalf of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project. Since 2015, the Quest facility has captured and stored more than five million tonnes of CO2, according to the Shell website.

An investigation by the NGO Global Witness found that over the same period Shell emitted 7.5 million tonnes of GHGs and 48 pct of the plant's carbon emissions are captured, significantly less than the 90 pct carbon capture rate promised. This rate drops to only 39 pct when including other greenhouse gas emissions from Shell's project, Global Witness notes. (Source: Global Witness, PR, Website, 19 Jan., 2022) Contact: Global Witness, Dominic Eagleton, Senior Gas Campaigner, www.globalwitness.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell Quest,  Hydrogen,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions,  


ExxonMobil Aims for Net-Zero GHG Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2022-01-19
Irving, Texas-headquartered oil industry giant ExxonMobil has announced its ambition to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions for operated assets by 2050, backed by a comprehensive approach to develop detailed emission-reduction roadmaps for major facilities and assets.

The net-zero ambition is contained in the company's Advancing Climate Solutions 2022 Progress Report -- fka the Energy & Carbon Summary. The net-zero aspiration applies to Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions and builds on ExxonMobil's 2030 emission-reduction plans, which include net-zero emissions for Permian Basin operations and ongoing investments in lower-emission solutions in which it has extensive experience, including carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and biofuels. The report notes that ExxonMobil's business strategy is resilient when tested against a range of Paris-aligned net-zero scenarios, including the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2018 Special Report and the International Energy Agency's Net Zero by 2050 scenario.

To help reach net zero for operated assets by 2050, the company plans to invest over $15 billion by 2027 on lower-emission initiatives and has identified more than 150 potential steps and modifications that can be applied to assets in its upstream, downstream and chemical operations.

Initial actions already underway prioritize energy efficiency measures, methane mitigation, equipment upgrades and the elimination of venting and routine flaring. Further high-impact reduction opportunities include power and steam co-generation and electrification of operations, using renewable or lower-emission power. The company expects to finalize detailed roadmaps that address approximately 90 pct of operations-related greenhouse gas emissions by the end of this year, and the remainder will be completed in 2023.

Download ExxonMobil's Advancing Climate Solutions 2022 Progress Report HERE . (Source: ExxonMobil, Website PR, Jan., 2022)

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Alberta Offers $30Mn Support for Carbon Capture Projects (Funding)
Emissions Reduction Alberta
Date: 2022-01-14
On the Canadian prairies, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is launching Carbon Capture Kickstart: Design and Engineering, a new $30 million funding competition that will accelerate development of industrial-scale carbon capture and transportation technology solutions in Alberta.

The Carbon Capture Kickstart competition supports pre-construction design and engineering and is focused on site-specific carbon capture, direct air capture, and carbon transportation infrastructure. Proposals can address emissions across industrial sectors: power generation, cement production, manufacturing, oil and gas, and more. All proposals must target specific large final emitter sites in Alberta. ERA will contribute up to 50 pct of the project cost to a maximum of $7.5 million. ERA will also identify opportunities to leverage funding for this call with support from other funding agencies, such as Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

All ERA funding recipients are required to produce a final outcomes report that is shared publicly for the broader benefit of Alberta. Funding recipients will be required to report on project outcomes, achievements, and lessons learned including GHG reductions, job creation, and other environmental, economic, and social benefits.

Download Kickstart details HERE .

Since 2009, ERA has invested revenues from the carbon price paid by large final emitters to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative clean technology solutions and committed $821 million toward 221 projects worth $6.6 billion that are helping reduce GHGs. These projects are estimated to deliver cumulative reductions of 42.3 million tonnes of CO₂e by 2030. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, Emissions Reduction Alberta, PR 14 Jan., 2022) Contact: Gov. of Alberta, Emissions Reduction Alberta, Kevin Duncan, 403.431.2859, kduncan@eralberta.ca, www.eralberta.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  Emissions Reduction Alberta ,  


Kraft Heinz Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Kraft Heinz
Date: 2021-12-29
Chicago-headquartered food processing giant Kraft Heinz Co. has announced a pledge to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its operational footprint (Scope 1 and Scope 2) and entire global supply chain (Scope 3) by 2050. As a milestone on its path to achieving net zero emissions, it will target a near-term emissions reduction of 50 pct by 2030 across all three scopes.

To that end, the Kraft Heinz net zero program aims to: promote regenerative and sustainable practices across the company's agricultural supply chain through its Sustainable Agricultural Practices Manual, which guides efforts to source 100 pct of Heinz ketchup tomatoes sustainably by 2025; transition to more circular and recyclable consumer packaging; procure a majority of the company's electricity from renewable sources by 2025; and continue the transition of key on-site manufacturing facilities to renewable energy sources.

In 2020 and 2021, Kraft Heinz conducted an assessment related to its total value chain emissions, including verifying all three scope emissions by an independent third-party. Its Scope 3 emissions account for approximately 95 pct of the company’s total emissions, so will be a primary focus of the reduction efforts.

Kraft Heinz will work in partnership with key suppliers, including ingredient and packaging suppliers, which account for approximately 62 pct and 12 pct of Kraft Heinz's Scope 3 footprint respectively, to reduce emissions across its value chain. That follows the company's own recently updated Supplier Guiding Principles as a north star. Other focus areas will include upstream and downstream transportation and distribution, end-of-life treatment and use of sold products.

Additionally, in 2021, Kraft Heinz renewed its commitment to set a science-based emissions reduction target by 2023, in alignment with the new Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) Net-Zero Standard, and will follow the most current, credible and widely accepted climate science standards available. (Source: Kraft Heinz, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Kraft Heinz, 800-543-5335, www.kraftheinzcompany.com

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


Sask. Methane Emissions Down by Half Since 2015 (Ind. Report)
Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources
Date: 2021-12-22
On the Canadian prairies, the Province of Saskatchewan Ministry of Energy and Resources inaugural Oil and Gas Emissions Management Regulations (OGEMR) Annual Emissions Report notes methane emissions from vented and flared gas at upstream oil facilities in Saskatchewan totaled 5.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2020 -- a 5.7 Mt CO2e reduction -- a nearly 50 pct drop from 2015 levels of 10.9 Mt. equivalent to taking more than 1.1 million cars off Saskatchewan roads for a year.

In 2019, the Saskatchewan Government released its Methane Action Plan (MAP) aimed at reducing methane emissions by 40 to 45 pct from 2015 levels by 2025. In 2021 the Government announced $500,000 to support innovative R&D carried out by the Saskatchewan Research Council, applied to measuring gas volumes and monitoring emissions in the oil and gas sector as well as issued a five-year moratorium on associated gas royalties aimed at encouraging the gas sector to invest in methane reduction projects. (Source: Sask. Ministry of Energy and Resources, Discover Weyburn, 21 Dec., 2021) Contact: Sask. Ministry of Energy and Resources, Bronwyn Eyre, Minister, 306-787-0804 www.saskatchewan.ca/government/government-structure/ministries/energy-and-resources

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Emissions,  GHGs,  CO2,  


Quebec's Emissions Targets in Doubt (Ind. Report)

Date: 2021-12-20
In Quebec City, the Quebec Coalition Avenir Quebec (the Coalition for Quebec's Future) confirmed the province's greenhouse gas emissions climbed in 2019, the latest year for which figures are available, putting Quebec further away from its Paris Agreement goals.

In announcing the setback, Quebec Environment Minister Benoit Charette -- in true to established political fashion -- laid blame on the policies of the previous government then added the present administration was tabling a bill that would put an end to the exploitation of fossil fuels in the province and other measures that will move the province closer to its 2030 goal of reducing GHG emissions 37.5 pct lower than 1990 levels. Presently, the province's emissions levels are only 2.7 pct below 1990 levels.

Federally, Canada's overall emissions went up up 0.2 above 1990 levels in 2019. (Source: Coalition Avenir Quebec, CBC, 18 Dec., 2021) Contact: Coalition Avenir Quebec, www.coalitionavenirquebec.org/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Qubec,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  


EcoPenguin, COTAP Partner to Help Counteract Cryptocurrency's Climate Impacts (Int'l. Report)
EcoPenguin,Plan Vivo
Date: 2021-12-20
Amsterdan-headquartered EcoPenguin, the world's first carbon offsetting platform in the cryptocurrency space, is partnering with the non-profit Carbon Offsets to Alleviate Poverty (COTAP), the first carbon offset provider to accept all major cryptocurrencies, to provide the cryptocurrency community with convenient ways to take responsibility for its environmental footprint and mitigate its climate impacts.

Cryptocurrencies are carbon-intensive and have a large climate impact, since they depend on high-powered computers to validate billions of transactions on a blockchain. Bitcoin currently accounts for 1 pct of global electricity consumption -- as much as entire countries -- and generates 95 Mtpy of carbon emissions and 1000 kg for a single transaction. Bitcoin miners have even brought disused coal plants out of retirement to meet their energy needs, according to the release.

EcoPenguin's mission is to help decarbonize cryptocurrency and build a thriving, eco-friendly crypto community. COTAP's mission is to empower individuals and organizations in developed countries to address climate change and global poverty simultaneously.

COTAP's carbon offsets counteract carbon emissions with tree planting, agroforestry, and forest protection operations in Nicaragua, Uganda, India, Fiji, Indonesia, and Mexico. The projects are all located in areas where income levels are less than $2 per day.

COTAP offset projects are certified under Plan Vivo, the world's longest-standing voluntary standard for forest carbon, which stipulates that rural communities must own the carbon offset projects and must receive at least 60 pct of the revenues the projects generate.

Download EcoPenguin White Paper HERE . (Source: EcoPenguin, PR, 20 Dec., 2021) Contact: EcoPenguin, www.ecopenguin.com/home; COTAP, www.cotap.org; Plan Vivo Foundation, www.planvivo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News EcoPenguin,  Carbon Offset,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


Aussies Investigate Reforestation to Offset Ag. Emissions (Int'l)
University of Western Australia
Date: 2021-11-29
In the Land Down Under, University of Western Australia researchers have found offsetting agricultural emissions through reforestation would cost Western Australian (WA) farms 15 pct of their profits and require between 8 and 11 pct of farmland to be forested. The report notes that WA's agricultural emissions have consistently decreased since 1990, led by reductions in livestock, which is more carbon emission intensive than crop production.

The study accounted for regional communities' opposition to reforestation and estimates the cost and distribution of land needed to achieve carbon neutrality. The report notes reforestation would be most effective if undertaken across a wide area of the grain-growing region, away from the most productive or expensive areas, on low-cost but reasonably fertile land that supports vegetation suitable for carbon storage.

Australia's Clean Energy Regulator has offered a carbon credit scheme for farmland reforestation projects buts its value to farmers was significantly less than cropping or livestock. For much of the last decade, obtaining carbon credits through the Commonwealth's Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) was the only government incentive offered for Australian farmers to reforest their land.

The study concluded that reforestation alone is not the most cost-effective path to decarbonising Australian agriculture and that carbon sequestration opportunities in pastoral regions are much more cost-effective than switching productive ag land into trees. (Source: University of Western Australia, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: University of Western Australia, School of Agriculture and Environment, Prof. Ross Kingwell , (+61 8) 6488 6000, www.uwa.edu.au/schools/agriculture-and-environment

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Reforestation,  


China Accounts for 31 pct of Global CO2 Emissions (Int'l.)
Global Carbon Project
Date: 2021-11-05
According to a Global Carbon Project 2021 report, China, which recovered more quickly from the economic consequences of the pandemic than the rest of the world, was responsible for 31 pct of CO2 emissions in 2020. If 2021 trends continue, a further increase in global emissions in 2022 cannot be ruled out, especially if road traffic and air traffic return to their pre-pandemic levels and coal consumption remains stable. The energy sector and industry are responsible for the sharp rise in CO2 emissions in China, according to the report.

Globally, CO2 emissions from fossil fuels fell by 5.4 pct in 2020 because of the Corona measures. However, the new report forecasts a 4.9 pct increase this year. Emissions from coal use are projected to be above 2019 levels in 2021, but still below the 2014 peak. Natural gas use emissions are also projected to rise above 2019 levels in 2021, continuing an upward trend that has persisted for at least 60 years. Only CO2 emissions from petroleum will remain well below 2019 levels in 2021.

The Global Carbon Project forecasts a 7.6 pct increase in EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2021 compared to 2020, which would leave emissions 4.2 pct lower than in 2019. The People's Republic of China has already been responsible for 25 pct of global CO2 emissions since 2007.

To have a 50 pct chance of stopping global warming at 1.5 degrees, humanity's remaining global CO2 budget has shrunk to 420 billion metric tons, according to the Global Carbon Project, and would be depleted in 11 years if CO2 emissions remain at 2021 levels, according to the report. (Source: Global Carbon Project, Munich Eye, 5 Nov., 2021) Contact: Global Carbon Project, +61-2-6246 5631, info@globalcarbonproject.org, www.globalcarbonproject.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Carbon Project,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  CO2,  


Neste Confirms, Extends Climate Emissions Commitments (Int'l.)
Neste
Date: 2021-11-01
Helsinki-headquartered Neste reports it has two existing and ambitious climate commitments: reaching carbon neutral production (Scope 1 & 2) by 2035 and helping its customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tpy of CO2e by 2030. Neste is now aiming to reduce Scope 3 emissions by 50 pct by 2040 compared to 2020 levels.

Neste aims to meet its climate objectives by increasing the share of renewable and circular solutions as well as working with suppliers and partners to reduce emissions across the company's value chain. As a concrete example of reducing the Scope 3 emissions, in 2020 the majority of Neste's product distribution logistics in Finland used Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ and in 2021, will run almost entirely on renewable diesel.

According to the release, Neste will sign the Business Ambition for 1.5 degree C Commitment Letter and will continue to build on its climate actions to keep them inline with the Paris Climate Accord 1.5 degrees C emission scenarios and recommendations of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). (Source: Neste Corp., PR, Website, 27 Oct. 2021) Contact: Neste Corp., Peter Vanacker, Pres., and CEO, Susanna Sieppi, VP Communications, +358 50 458 5076, media@neste.com, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  SBTi,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  Carbon Emissions,  


"Way Off Track" -- Atmospheric CO2 Hits Yet Another High (Int'l.)
World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2021-10-25
In its latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere in 2020 was 149 pct higher than pre- industrialization levels for yet another three million year record high.

According to WMO Sec. General Petteri Taalas, "The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin contains a stark, scientific message for climate change negotiators at (the upcoming) COP26. At the current rate of increase in greenhouse gas concentrations, we will see a temperature increase by the end of this century far in excess of the Paris Agreement targets of 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

"We are way off track." The small window of opportunity to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that meets the Paris Climate Goals is about to vanish." (Source: World Meteorological Organization, PR, 24 Oct., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs news,  Climate Change news,  CO2 Emissions news,  World Meteorological Organization news,  


Biomethane Key in Ireland's Decarbonization (Opinions & Asides)
ERVIA
Date: 2021-09-27
"We need to stop seeing gas and electricity as separate and look at how to decarbonise the end-to-energy system, not just individual fuels. As Ireland's gas network is one of the most modern in the world, there's a ready-made solution right under our feet.

"The gas network can be repurposed to carry decarbonised gases, such as biomethane and hydrogen, at minimal cost and disruption, and in turn play a critical role in an integrated gas and electricity system to decarbonise the country's energy needs.

"(ERVIA subsidiary) GNI's vision is for Ireland to replace natural gas with renewable gases, such as biomethane and hydrogen, to substantially reduce the country's carbon emissions while complementing intermittent renewable electricity and ensuring a secure energy supply , according to ERVIA CEO Cathal Marley speaking at the 25th annual Energy Ireland conference.

Dublin-headquartered state-own national gas and water utility ERVIA, through its subsidiary Gas Networks Ireland (GNI), operates Ireland's €2.7 billion national gas network and supplies more than 30 pct of Ireland's total energy, including 40 pct of all heating and over 50 pct of the country's electric power generation. (Source: ERVIA, PR, Website, Sept. 2021) Contact: ERVIA, Cathal Marley, CEO, +44 01 823 0300, www.ervia.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Biomether,  GHGs,  Decarbonization,  Ervia,  


Pacific Inst. for Climate Solutions Plans CCS Demo (Ind. Report)
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Date: 2021-09-27
In British Columbia, Canada, the University of Victoria and its Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and Ocean Networks Canada divisions are reporting plans for a demonstration project to equip a floating drilling platform with turbines that would gather carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester the CO2 in Cascadia Basin sub-sea basalt formations roughly 100 km off the coast of Vancouver Island in 2024.

The Solid Carbon Project demois projected to cost between $30 million and $60 million, with private companies stepping up and governments likely to follow, according to the release.

The project's next steps will include further investigation of the mineralization processes, efficient well injection strategies and ocean system architectures.

It is currently estimated that human activity adds about 51 billion tpy of GHGs to the atmosphere, according to the release. (Source: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Website, Sept., 2021) Contact: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions , Sybil Seitzinger, Exec. Dir., 250-853-3595 Fax 250-853-3597, pics@uvic.ca, www.pics.uvic.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


Drivers of Change for Local GHG Emissions Toolkit (Report Attached)
US DOE
Date: 2021-08-25
The City of Bellevue Washington and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) have developed a toolkit to give cities more detail on what is driving changes in local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from year to year. Supported by a financial assistance award from the Department of Energy Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning project.

the toolkit allows cities to attribute changes between two inventories to the impacts of policies and programs along with external drivers, such as growth or decline in the level of economic activity and changes to weather. This analysis will support policy-makers to better communicate about their progress and refine their policy approaches.

Download the Drivers of Change Analysis HERE. Download the toolkit HERE. (Source: US DOE EERE,Aug., 2021) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere; ICLEI-USA, www.icleiusa.org

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


"Dear Mr. President... Yours Truly, ACE" (Opinions & Asides)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2021-08-16
In a letter to President Joe Biden, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) called for the President to set the maximum statutory volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the 2021 and 2022 Renewable Volume Obligation rule-making and to pursue all options to ensure uninterrupted market access for E15. The letter notes these actions are the quickest way to reduce GHG emissions from the U.S. transportation fleet in the near term and support net-negative biofuel production that can help achieve a fully decarbonized transportation future.

"We recognize your goal is to electrify the vehicle fleet in the future, but the inconvenient truth is there are hundreds of millions more people driving vehicles capable of using low-carbon substitutes to petroleum such as E15 and E85 today than any other alternative. Since this reality will exist well into the future, increasing the use of ethanol today will immediately reduce GHGs while the production of electric vehicles (EVs) ramps up" the letter notes.

"In the near-term, a properly implemented RFS and year-round availability of E15 will meaningfully reduce the carbon intensity of the U.S. transportation sector by capitalizing on the existing vehicle fleet's ability to use lower-carbon biofuels. In the mid-term, the pending RVO decision will act as a harbinger for companies on how much to rely on your commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 when making investment decisions," the letter added.

"If the Administration is not willing to ensure the RFS will call for 15 billion gallons of low-carbon ethanol already being produced to replace petroleum at the pump, legitimate questions will be asked about the merits of non-binding executive orders setting national goals for less deployable decarbonization technologies," the letter concluded.

Download the full ACE letter HERE . (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, Website PR,11 Aug., 2021) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, www.ethanol.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  RFS,  E15,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel,  Biofuel,  


Israel Aims to Cut GHGs by 27 pct by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
Isreal Carbon Emissions
Date: 2021-08-02
In Tel Aviv, the Israel Environmental Protection Ministry has submitted updated targets for cuts to Israel's global warming gas (GHG) emissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The targets commit the state to slashing economy-wide net global warming gas (GHG) emissions by 27 pct by 2030 and 85 pct by 2050, relative to 2015. In quantitative terms, this means cutting emissions from 79 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2015 to 58 MtCO2e by 2030 and to 12 MtCO2e by 2050.

In terms of Israel's submission, the gases comprise carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6).

Specifically, electric power generation GHG emissions will be cut by 30 pct by 2030, compared with 2015, and by 85 pct in 2050. Industry will be expected to cut emissions 30 pct or more by 2030, compared with 2015. In transportation, all new municipal buses will have to be electric by 2026 and total emission increases from transportation will be capped at 3.3 pct in 2030 compared with 2015. By 2050, they will be at least 96 pct less than those of 2015. Furthermore, all cars weighing up to 3.5 tons that are registered in 2030 will have to emit no more than 5 pct of the average global warming gases emitted by similar-sized vehicles registered in 2020. (Source: Israel Environmental Protection Ministry, PR, Times of Israel, 1 Aug., 2021) Contact: Israel Environmental Protection Ministry, www.gov.il/en/departments/ministry_of_environmental_protection/govil-landing-pag

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Toronto Considers Tighter Building Efficiency Targets (Ind. Report)
City of Toronto,Toronto Atmospheric Fund
Date: 2021-06-30
In Ontario, part of the city of Toronto's proposed fourth update to the Toronto Green Standard and the city's goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the city could soon require developers to ensure new buildings have fewer carbon emissions and consume less energy, while adding more green roofs and electric vehicle parking spots, and other low-carbon, energy efficient features, according to the regional climate agency, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

If adopted, the updated standard would come into force in May 2022 and require new mid-high rise residential and commercial builders to cut annual greenhouse gases and energy use intensity a further 25 pct and 28 pct, respectively, compared to the current voluntary version.

Download Toronto Green Standard details HERE (Source: Atmospheric Fund, CBC, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, 416-359-7802, Fax: 416-338-0616, info@taf.ca, www.taf.ca

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Net-Zero Emissions Notable Quote
Antonio Guterres
Date: 2021-06-28
"We are running far behind in the race against time to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 by 2030, and net-zero emissions by mid-century" -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, June 26, 2021

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ePURE Member Ethanol Production Cuts GHGs 75 pct (Int'l., Report)
ePURE
Date: 2021-06-25
ePURE, the European ethanol industry trade association, is reporting production and use of renewable ethanol from ePURE members reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by an average of more than 75 pct compared to fossil fuels in 2020. It was the ninth consecutive year in which EU renewable ethanol increased its GHG reduction score.

According to the ePURE release, the record-breaking figure strengthens the already-convincing case for renewable ethanol as one of the best available tools the EU has for decarbonising road transport. With the European Commission's imminent "Fit for 55" legislative package expected to increase targets for emissions reduction and for renewable energy in transport, it is clear the EU will need to make the most of readily available low-carbon solutions such as ethanol.

The record-high GHG-saving performance of ePURE members' ethanol was also accompanied by significant production of animal feed (4.22 million tonnes) and of captured CO2 (0.87 million tonnes). The 2020 findings were compiled from ePURE members and certified by auditing firm Copartner.

ePURE's membership includes 19 producing companies with around 50 refineries across the EU and UK, accounting for about 85 pct of EU renewable ethanol production. (Source: ePURE, PR, Website, 23 June, 2021) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General, www.epure.org

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Neste, Boston Consulting Announce SAF Agreement (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2021-06-23
Helsinki-headquartered Neste is reporting an agreement with business management specialist Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for the purchase of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ to be delivered to airlines SAS and Finnair covering the volume of fuel used on all Nordic region flights taken by BCG employees. Through this new arrangement, BCG expects to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions on flights with these airlines.

BCG has committed to achieving net-zero climate impact by 2030, and supports efforts to scale up the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels to decarbonize air travel as part of its broader strategy to reduce emissions resulting from business travel. SAF is an important lever to reduce the climate impact of flying, and the use of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel offers up to 80 pct reduction in life cycle GHGs compared to conventional fossil jet fuel.

With this SAF-based solution, Neste's SAF is sold to organizations directly and delivered to their most frequently used airlines. The solution includes a third-party audit process to ensure that other customers cannot claim emission reduction on the same SAF volume. Neste's current MY SAF production capacity is approximately 34 million gpy. (Source: Neste, PR, Website, 17 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Corp., Sami Jauhiainen, VP Business Development, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Boston Consulting Group, www.bcg.com

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Gas Company Climate Planning Tool Touted (Ind. Report)
Environmental Defense Fund
Date: 2021-05-24
On behalf ofthe Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and through its development of a framework to estimate life cycle emissions of delivered natural gas, Washington, D.C.-based environmental consulting firm M.J. Bradley & Associates has developed the Gas Company Climate Planning Tool to help natural gas utilities and other stakeholders quantify the impacts of alternative supply- and demand-side scenarios.

This Excel-based tool can provide analytical support to users by evaluating: company-specific life cycle GHG emissions associated with delivered gas; GHG emissions across business-as-usual (BAU) and user-defined scenarios; and impacts and changes in emissions, social cost of carbon savings, and gas demand resulting from gas company upgrades and application of supply- and demand-side strategies.

The tool is pre-populated with data publicly reported by U.S. natural gas utilities and allows users to define analysis parameters and apply custom scenarios. Results are updated in real-time as inputs, assumptions, and strategies are changed.

Download Gas Company Climate Planning Tool details HERE. (Source: M.J. Bradley & Assoc., PR, May, 2021) Contact: M.J. Bradley & Assoc., Brian Jones, Snr. VP, 978-405-1275, bjones@mjbradley.com, www.mjbradley.com; Environmental Defense Fund, www.edf.org

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How U.S. Agriculture Can Be Part of the Climate Change Solution (Report Attached)
Climate Change
Date: 2021-05-21
Farmers are among the most-qualified people to help address greenhouse gases (GHGs) and related climate issues, according to How U.S. Agriculture Can Be Part of the Climate Change Solution, a new report commissioned by the Farm Journal Foundation.

While U.S. agriculture contributes about 10 pct of the total greenhouse gas emissions of the entire national economy, farmers could greatly reduce those emissions if they were provided with the right government incentives, according to the report. Expanding existing government programs could enable farmers to become more sustainable – helping them improve their soil health, increase livestock efficiency, convert animal waste into clean energy, and decrease reliance on fossil fuels. Farm businesses run on tight margins and are affected by volatile commodity markets, so farmers need incentives – such as tax breaks, cost share, technical assistance, or favorable loan terms – in order for sustainable investments to make financial sense.

The report makes the following recommendations: increase funding for federal programs that help farmers reduce GHG emissions; increase funding for agricultural research that helps farmers adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change; reintroduce and pass the Growing Climate Solutions Act; and make it more affordable for farmers to adopt more radical -- and highly impactful --interventions to improve their energy efficiency.

Download the full report HERE.

The report was co-authored by John Reilly of MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and Stephanie Mercier, senior policy adviser at Farm Journal Foundation. (Source: Farm Journal, May, 2021) Contact: Farm Journal Foundation, www.farmjournalfoundation.org

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China's Emissions Top OECD's Combined Total Emissions (Int'l.)
China Greenhouse Gas,OECD
Date: 2021-05-10
According to new research from the New York City-based Rhodium Group, China's heat-trapping, greenhouse gas emissions -- carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen triflouride (NF3) -- totaled 14.09 billion tons of CO2 equivalent in 2019, more than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 37 member nations emissions combined.

China accounted for 27 pct of global emissions followed by the U.S, with 11 pct with India in third place with 6.6 pct. Historically, OECD members have pumped four times more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than China since 1750. (Source: Rhodium Group, Bloomberg, May, 2021) Contact: Rhodium Group, 212.532.1157, 212.532.1162 -- fax, nyc@rhg.com, www.rhg.com: OECD, www.oecd.org

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Hexion Touts GHG Emissions Reduction Commitment (Ind. Report)
Hexion Inc
Date: 2021-05-10
Columbus, Ohio-headquartered resins and coatings producer Hexion Inc. reports that in order to help address climate change, it has committed to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 20 pct by 2030, compared to 2017 levels. The company's commitments includes Scope 2 and 3 emissions -- direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions -- from operations and consumed energy.

To reach its goal, Hexion has determined its most important areas of focus, which included formalizing the following:

  • Minimizing climate change impact -- Hexion will strive to protect against climate change throughout its business lifecycle by efficiently using natural resources, optimizing existing processes and enhancing products and technologies through continuous innovation.

  • Developing innovative sustainable products -- Hexion is committed that by 2030, all new products will incorporate sustainable attributes.

  • Reducing spills and releases -- Hexion has committed to reduce spill mass and releases by 80 pct by 2025.

  • Maintaining product stewardship -- Hexion remains committed to implementing the Responsible Care Product Safety Code and will continue to be transparent and communicate to key stakeholders regarding its stewardship programs such as risk reviews and reduction of substances of concern.

    As further validation of its commitment to more sustainable operations, Hexion received its first ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award and has been recognized for numerous successes in waste reduction and energy efficiency throughout the company since 2014. In that time, Hexion has reduced global energy intensity by 28 pct, executed more than 250 sustainability projects, and produced water and energy savings of approximately $14 million, including $2 million in 2020 alone. (Source: Hexion, PR, 10 May., 2021) Contact: Hexion, Craig Rogers, CEO, www.hexion.com

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  • Green Power, Silicon Ranch Commission Solar Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    Green Power EMC, Silicon Ranch
    Date: 2021-03-22
    Tucker, Georgia-based Green Power EMC, the not-for-profit renewable energy provider for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), and Silicon Ranch, one of the nation's largest independent solar power producers and the U.S. solar platform for Shell, reports completion of a 200-MW /AC solar portfolio of three utility-scale projects in southern Georgia. The total capacity is distributed across two counties in the southwestern and southeastern parts of the state and provides sufficient energy for more than 35,000 EMC households while offsetting more than 350,000 metric tpy of GHGs.

    The three solar projects were developed, funded, and constructed by Silicon Ranch, which also owns, operates, and maintains the solar arrays. Green Power EMC is purchasing all the energy and environmental attributes generated by the facilities on behalf of its Member EMCs for the next thirty years. (Source: Silicon Ranch, Website PR, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: Silicon Ranch, Matt Beasley, CCO, Rob Hamilton, (629) 202-4009, rob.hamilton@siliconranch.com, www.siliconranch.com; Green Power EMC, Blair Romero, (770) 270-7290, blair.romero@opc.com, www.greenpoweremc.com

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    Covenant Updates Planned Sask. Canola HDRD Plant (Ind. Report)
    Covenant Energy
    Date: 2021-03-22
    On the Canadian prairies, Macoun, Sask.-based renewable fuel specialist Covenant Energy provided the following update on its stand-alone Hydrogenation-Derived Renewable Diesel (HDRD) production plant to be constructed in southern Saskatchewan.

    When fully operational in 2023, the plant will: produce 6,500 bpd of renewable fuels including renewable diesel, arctic-grade renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF); reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) 80 to 85 pct when compared to fossil fuel diesel; create a demand for 35 million bushels of canola seed (worth roughly $500 million) to produce 325,000-350,000 tpy of canola oil feedstock; and use recycled hydrogen in the production process.

    The company has completed initial pre-FEED engineering and feedstock studies, as well as a marketing, demand, and pricing study. The plant is expected to begin production in 2023, subject to regulatory and other approvals. (Source: Covenant Energy, Website PR, Contact: Covenant Energy, Josh Gustafson, Pres., CEO, (306) 421-7442, joshgustafson@covenantenergy.ca; www.covenantenergy.ca

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    Amazon Likely Emitting More GHGs Than It Absorbs (Study Attached)
    Frontiers in Forests and Global Change
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Scientists have predicted for years that at some point the Amazon rainforest, known as "the lungs of the planet," would be overcome in its ability to scrub carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and could even emit more greenhouse gases than it absorbs -- a scenario the journal Frontiers in Forests and Global Change says has "probably already happened."

    The study looked at factors at play in the Amazon -- fires, deforestation, weather and the expansion of ranching -- and concluded that greenhouse gases including methane and nitrous oxide being emitted in the Amazon basin offset and most likely exceed the region's ability to soak up carbon dioxide.

    Access the full report HERE. (Source: Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, +41(0)21 510 17 40, Fax +41 (0)21 510 17 01, www.frontiersin.org

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    National Academies to Study Low-Carbon Transport Fuels (Ind Report)
    National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
    Date: 2021-03-01
    In the nation's capitol, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) reports it is forming a committee to study the current methods for life cycle analyses (LCA) of low-carbon transportation fuels in the U.S.

    Low carbon fuel standards, such as the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), are major US programs for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation fuels. These standards rely on life cycle assessment (LCA) as a tool to estimate fuel GHG emissions.

    The National Academies aims to develop a reliable and coherent approach for applying LCA to low-carbon fuel standards via a methodological assessment to identify the general characteristics and capabilities of GHG emissions estimation methods commonly needed across various types of low-carbon fuels programs applied at a national level. The committee will include the following considerations:

  • Direct GHG emissions over the entire lifecycle of a given transportation fuel, including feedstock generation or extraction, feedstock conversion to a finished fuel or blendstock, distribution, storage, delivery, and use of the fuel in vehicles.

  • Potentially significant indirect GHG emissions, such as those associated with indirect land use changes attributed to biofuels production.

  • Key assumptions, input parameters, and data quality and quantity for application of lifecycle GHG emission models for different regions of the U.S.

  • Needs for additional data, methods for data collection, standardized inputs for lifecycle analyses, and model improvements.

    The National Academies is seeking approximately 14 members with expertise in the fields of: life cycle analysis (LCA); fuel production and use (including fossil fuels, biofuels, and electricity); economics; greenhouse gas (GHG) emission modeling; uncertainty analysis; terrestrial ecosystems; and environmental policy decision-making.

    Details HERE (Source: National Academies. PR, 1 Mar., 2021) Contact: National Academiers, 202-334-2000, www.nationalacademies.org

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  • MEA Awards $1.3Mn Green Transport Incentives (Alt. Fuel, Funding)
    Maryland Energy Administration
    Date: 2021-02-26
    In Baltimore, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is touting its Clean Fuels Incentive Program's (CFIP) support for both the purchase of fleet alternative fuel vehicles and funding to expand the state's alternative fueling infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions via proven technology. The CFIP is designed to permanently "green" the state's transportation profile and improve air quality by reducing fossil fuels consumption.

    The fiscal year 2021 (FY21) CFIP awards of $1.3M will fund an array of clean fuel projects across the state, including one of the largest electric school bus deployments in the country, electric vehile charging stations and emission-reduced propane autogas vehicles.

    The MEA notes the transportation sector is responsible for the majority of Maryland's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Maryland Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Plan. The law requires the State to reduce GHG emissions 25 pct from a 2006 baseline by 2020, in a way that ensures a positive impact on Maryland's economy, protects existing manufacturing jobs and creates new jobs in the State. (Source: Maryland Energy Administration, PR, Feb., 2021)Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, Mary Beth Tung, Exec. Dir., Kaymie Owen, CMP 443-694-3651, kaymie.owen@maryland.gov, www.Energy.Maryland.gov

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    Bank of America Pledges Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Bank of America
    Date: 2021-02-15
    With assets of $2,031,940,000, the Bank of America -- the country' second largest bank by assets -- reports it is aiming to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its financing activities, operations and supply chain by 2050.

    To that end, Bank of America will need to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations as well as engage with its borrowers in order to "help accelerate their own transitions to net zero." The bank notes it plans to establish interim science-based emissions targets for "high-emitting portfolios, including energy and power."

    In the announcement, Bank of America laid out initial steps to cut its operational emissions by 2030, which include purchasing 100 pct zero carbon electricity and reducing energy use and potable water use by 55 pct, among other initiatives. The bank is also set to disclose its financed emissions by 2023 through the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials. (Source: Bank of America, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Bank of America, www.bankofamerica.com; Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, www.carbonaccountingfinancials.com

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    UC Davis, LADWP Collaborate on Energy/Water Conservation Study (Ind. Report)
    UC Davis, LADWP
    Date: 2021-02-08
    In California, a collaborative study conducted by the University of California-Davis (UC Davis) and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has found customer-focused water conservation programs are just as cost-effective -- and in some cases more cost-effective -- as energy efficiency programs in reducing electric power use, GHGs and other energy-intensive operations.

    In the study, UC Davis applied three different estimates of energy intensity, which is the amount of energy embedded within water. The first directly assessed the LADWP service territory; the second had an expanded boundary that included LADWP's imported water infrastructure systems; and the third was a broader estimate for the entire regional hydrologic zone. Researchers also analyzed data on the costs and estimated savings of LADWP's water conservation and energy efficiency programs.

    LADWP's estimated energy savings secured through water conservation programs -- high-efficiency washing machines, toilets/urinals and irrigation systems, and others -- was cost-competitive with LADWP's energy efficiency programs such as more efficient lighting, HVAC and refrigeration systems. (Source: UC Davis, PR, India Education Diary Bureau Admin, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: UC Davis Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Prof. Frank Loge, www.cee.engineering.ucdavis.edu; LADWP, Nancy Sutley, Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, (800) 342-5397, www.ladwp.com

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    2020 Hottest Year Yet, NASA Says (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    NASA
    Date: 2021-01-15
    According to NASA, globally, 2020 was the hottest year on record, effectively tying 2016, the previous record. Overall, Earth’s average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees F since the 1880s. Temperatures are increasing due to human activities, specifically emissions of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane.

    Continuing the planet's long-term warming trend, the year's globally averaged temperature was 1.84 degrees F (1.02 degrees C) warmer than the baseline 1951-1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. (Source: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, PR, 14 Jan., 2020) Contact: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, www.giss.nasa.gov

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    Norway More Than Tripling Carbon Tax (Int'l. Report)
    NOrway, Carbon Tax
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In Oslo, the Norwegian Environment Ministry's recently released Climate plan 2021-30 plan is aiming to more than triple the country's national tax on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the present 590 crowns to 2,000 Norwegian crowns ($237) per tonne by 2030.

    As previously noted, Norway -- western Europe's largest oil and gas producer -- aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct or more by 2030 compared with 1990 levels. (Source: Gov. of Norway, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Jan., 2020) Contact: Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, Sveinung Rotevatn, Minister, +47 22 24 57 11, postmottak@kld.dep.no, www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/kld/id668

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    University Earns $1.18Mn for Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Ind. Report)
    California State University Dominguez Hills
    Date: 2021-01-08
    In the Golden State, the California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in Carson is reporting receipt of over $1.18 million in performance payments from the Clean Energy Optimization Pilot, a four-year, $20 million effort for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    The Southern California Edison (SCE) administered program payments are funded through SCE's cap-and-trade auction revenues and is based on actual metered results. Success is measured on greenhouse emissions avoided, rather than the standard method of measuring reduced energy use.

    In qualifying for the payment, CSUDH upgraded its natural gas absorption chillers with electric chillers, and one large natural gas boiler with eight small condensing staged boilers for a 57 pct reduction in natural gas usage, a 2.8 million gallons drop in water usage in one year, and significantly cut to CSUDH's greenhouse gas emissions. Other energy savings initiatives included installation of new LED lighting and smart sensors in several campus buildings. (Source: California State University Dominguez Hills, PR, Daily Breeze, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: California State University Dominguez Hills, 310-243-3696, www.csudh.edu

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    Scottish GHG Reduction, CCUS Project Shares Funding (Int'l.) Report)
    Neccus
    Date: 2021-01-04
    In Scotland , Aberdeen-based Neccus reports it is one of six projects across the uk that will share £8 million in government funding to develop a net-zero road map to enable a sustainable reduction in large-scale industrial CO2 emissions.

    The six projects will receive a share of the multi-million-pound funding as part of a drive to create the world's first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040. All six areas receiving funding have high concentrations of industrial activity. The "industrial clusters mission" aims to support the delivery of four low-carbon regional zones by 2030 and at least one net-zero "green hotspot" by 2040, kick-started by the government's £170 million industrial decarbonisation challenge.

    The six winners will produce detailed plans for reducing emissions across major areas of industrial activity, where related industries have congregated and can benefit from utilising shared clean energy infrastructure such as carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS).

    NECCUS is an alliance of industry, government and experts, united by their determination to drive the changes and support the programmes needed to reduce carbon emissions from industrial sources in Scotland and beyond. At the heart of the NECCUS Alliance is a project known as Acorn which is set to deliver a carbon capture and storage programme for Scotland by 2024 and which can be scaled-up to support other carbon reduction projects across the UK and Europe in the 2020s. The project will also enable hydrogen to be used more widely as a source of clean energy. Both these technologies will be crucial if Scotland is to meet its carbon net zero target by 2045 and the UK by 2050, according to the Neccus website. (Source: Neccus, The Scotsman, 2 Jan., 2021) Contact: Neccus, www.neccus.co.uk

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    EPA Sets Aircraft Engine Carbon Emissions Limits (Reg. & Leg.)
    US EPA,ICAO
    Date: 2020-12-30
    In Washington, the US The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) it is adopting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards applicable to certain classes of engines used by civil subsonic jet airplanes and larger subsonic propeller-driven airplanes. These new standards are equivalent to the airplane CO2 standards adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2017 and apply to both new type design airplanes and in-production airplanes.

    The standards meet the EPA's obligation under the Clean Air Act to adopt GHG standards for certain classes of airplanes as a result of the 2016 Finding That Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Aircraft Cause or Contribute to Air Pollution That May Reasonably Be Anticipated To Endanger Public Health and Welfare for six well-mixed GHGs emitted by certain classes of airplane engines. Airplane engines emit only two of the six well-mixed GHGs, CO2 and nitrous oxide (N2O).

    Download HERE.(Source: US EPA, Dec., 2020) Contact: US EPA, www.epa.gov; ICAO, 514-954-8219, 514-954-6077 -- fax, icaohq@icao.int, www.icao.int

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    Green Pandemic Recovery Essential to Close Climate Action Gap (Report Attached)
    UNEP
    Date: 2020-12-18
    Each year, the UN Emissions Gap Report assesses the gap between anticipated emissions and levels consistent with the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming this century to well below 2 degrees C and pursuing 1.5 degrees C. The report finds that in 2019 total greenhouse gas emissions, including land-use change, reached a new high of 59.1 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent (GtCO2e). Global greenhouse gas emissions have grown 1.4 pct per year since 2010 on average, with a more rapid increase of 2.6 pct in 2019 due to a large increase in forest fires.

    A green pandemic recovery, however, can cut up to 25 pct off the emissions we would expect to see in 2030 based on policies in place before COVID-19. A green recovery would put emissions in 2030 at 44 GtCO2e, instead of the predicted 59 GtCO2e -- far outstripping emission reductions foreseen in unconditional NDCs, which leave the world on track for a 3.2 degrees C temperature rise. Such a green recovery would put emissions within the range that gives a 66 pct chance of holding temperatures to below 2 degrees C, but would still be insufficient to achieve the 1.5 degrees C goal.

    The report also notes that the growing number of countries committing to net-zero emissions goals by mid-century is a "significant and encouraging development" with 126 countries covering 51 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions adopting, announcing or were considering net-zero goals.

    Download the Green Pandemic Recovery Essential to Close Climate Action Gap report HERE. (Source: UNEP, Dec., 2020) Contact: UNEP, www.unep.org

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    €30Bn Dutch GHG Emissions Reduction Scheme Approved (Int'l.)
    European Commission
    Date: 2020-12-16
    The European Commission (EC) reports it has approved, under EU state aid rules, a €30 billion scheme to support projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands while contributing to the EU environmental objectives and supporting the EU Green Deal.

    The €30 billion scheme, which will run until 2025, will support cost effective renewable energy, use of waste heat, hydrogen production, carbon capture and storage(CCS) and other environmentally-friendly projects in line with EU rules.

    Scheme beneficiaries will receive support via a variable premium contract of up to 15 years, according to the EC release. (Source: European Commission, EU Reporter, 15 Dec., 2020)Contact: EU Green Deal, ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

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    Minnesota Climate Advisory Council Underway (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Climate Advisory Council
    Date: 2020-12-02
    Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) has announced his new Advisory Council on Climate Change will hold its first meeting this week as the state redoubles efforts to achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050.

    The state missed the target set in its 2007 Next Generation Energy Act that called for a 15 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2015. The state is also reportedly behind on meeting its next target of cutting emissions by 30 pct by 2025.

    Walz appointed the 15 members of the citizen council in September to advise his new Climate Change Sub-cabinet, a body headed by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner Laura Bishop. (Source: Office of Gov. Tim Walz, Star Tribune, 30 Nov., 2020) Contact: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Laura Bishop, Dir., 651-296-6300 or 800-657-3864, www.pca.state.mn.us; Minnesota Climate Advisory Council, www.climate.state.mn.us/advisory-council

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    US, Japan Ink CO2 Recycling Cooperation Memorandum (Int'l. Report)
    CO2
    Date: 2020-10-14
    At this week's Tokyo International Conference on Carbon Recycling, Japan and the United States inked a memorandum of cooperation to accelerate the research and development of technology to recycle carbon dioxide and turn it into fuel and chemical materials and share the results as part of their efforts to fight global warming.

    The two countries recognize "carbon recycling as one of the future's most promising options to achieve carbon neutral or net-negative carbon emissions and promote economic growth," the memorandum notes.

    Japan sees the technology involving the capture, storage, utilization and recycling of carbon dioxide as a promising solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and securing a stable energy source, according to the memorandum. (Source: Mainichi Japan, 13 Oct., 2020)

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    Powerfuel Proposes UK Carbon Neutral Waste-to-Energy Plant (Int'l.)
    Powerfuel Portland
    Date: 2020-10-12
    In the UK, Dorset-headquartered waste recycling and waste-to-energy firm Powerfuel Portland reports it has submitted a planning application to develop a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) facility to generate 15MW of electricity using up to 202,000 tpy of largely combustible organic, household and commercial municipal solid waste as fuel.

    The proposed Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) will use the latest technologies and best available techniques to safely and efficiently produce low carbon energy from non-recyclable waste. The facility could also feature a local heat network to provide sustainable heat for local services, businesses and housing projects.

    Modern ERFs are strictly monitored by the Environment Agency and subject applicable legislation including the control of emissions. ERFs can only operate with an Environmental Permit from the Environment Agency (EA) under the Pollution Prevention and Control regulations and operators must monitor and report emissions from the plant. A large proportion of the plant is devoted to cleaning emissions.

    Powerfuel's commitment is that the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from the ERF operation will be offset, making the project "carbon neutral", according to the company website. (Source: Powerfuel Portland, Website, PR, HUB4, 10 Oct., 2020) Contact: Powerfuel Portland, Steve McNab, Director, info@powerfuelportland.co.uk, www.powerfuelportland.co.uk

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    Built Green Canada launches Communities Program Pilot (Ind. Report)
    Built Green Canada
    Date: 2020-10-02
    Built Green Canada (BGC) is reporting the launch of its Communities Program pilot aimed expanding opportunities for developers focused on creating better, healthier homes and sustainable communities.

    The Communities' Program framework takes a holistic approach to development, consistent with Built Green's other third-party certified programs, and focuses on the optimization of health, resiliency, life-cycle sustainability, new urbanism, greenhouse emissions, green spaces and resource and energy consumption. From an environmental perspective, a sustainable community contributes to climate mitigation and contributes to Canada moving closer to meeting its reduced GHG emission targets in the Paris Agreement.

    Sustainable development results in reduced GHGs, water use, and waste; job creation as well as financial support for those already working in environmental services; and improved potential for development financing.

    Download Built Green Canada Communities Program details HERE.

    Since BGC's inception, builders have completed over 34,175 BUILT GREEN® certified homes in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. (Source: Built Green Canada, PR, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, CEO, 855-485-0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

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