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Advanced Economies Lowered Carbon Emissions in 2019 (Int'l Report)
IEA
Date: 2020-02-12
According the International Energy Agency (IEA), global energy-related carbon emissions stopped growing and remained unchanged at 33 gigatonnes in 2019 even as the world economy expanded by 2.9 pct. The drop was primarily due to declining emissions from electricity generation in advanced economies, an increased reliance on wind and solar power, the declining role of coal and an increase in natural use as well as increased nuclear power generation. Milder weather in several countries and slower economic growth in some emerging markets was also a factor, according to the IEA release.

The US recorded the largest emissions decline on a country basis, with a fall of 140 million tonnes -- 2.9 pct. US emissions are now down by almost 1 gigatonne from their peak in 2000. In 2019, EU emissions fell by 160 million tonnes, Japan's emissions dropped by 45 million tonnes, while Emissions in the rest of the world grew by close to 400 million tonnes -- with almost 80 pct of the increase coming from Asian countries where coal-fired power generation continued to rise. (Source: IEA, ESI Africa, 11 Feb., 2020) Contact: IEA, Dr Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  IEA,  


IRENA's Future of Wind Energy Report Attached (Int'l)
International Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2020-01-27
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is reporting publication of its Future of Wind Energy reports, a few details of whic follow below:
  • The accelerated deployment of wind power, together with significant electrification, could provide a large part (6.3 Gt) of the annual reductions in CO2 emissions required by 2050.

  • Wind energy can cover more than a third of the world's energy needs , which adapts to the world's main power generation. To achieve this goal, the capacity of wind turbines installed in the world must reach 6,000 gigawatts, more than 10 times the current level, by 2050. This would include 5,000 GW of wind power on land and 1,000 GW of offshore wind farm plants.

  • Asia could soon become the dominant wind energy market in the world, representing more than 50 pct of the country's wind farms and 60 pct in 2050. Chinese wind power capacity could jump from 230 GW in 2018 to more than 2,600 GW in 2050.

    This report outlines the role of wind power in the transformation of the global energy system based on IRENA's climate resilient pathway, specifically the growth in wind power deployments that would be needed in the next three decades to achieve the Paris climate goals. Download the IRENA Future of Wind Energy Report HERE. (Source: IRENA, reve, 25 Jan., 2020) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

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  • Daybreak Proposes AZ Pumped-Hydro Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Daybreak Power
    Date: 2020-01-20
    In the Old Dominion State, Vienna-based gigawatt-scale energy storage projects developer Daybreak Power Inc. is reporting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has accepted the company's application for a preliminary permit for its proposed $3.6 billion, 2,200 MW Navajo Energy Storage Station at the retired Navajo Generating Station coal plant near Page, Arizona.

    The Navajo Energy Storage Station (NESS) is a pumped storage hydropower facility that would use water from Lake Powell and a new reservoir on a plateau above the lake to create a gigantic battery. The facility would use solar and wind energy to pump water to the upper reservoir, then release it through turbines to generate 10 hours of renewable energy each day to power cities in California, Arizona and Nevada.

    The NESS facility is Daybreak's second huge energy storage project, following its proposed 1,540 MW Next Generation Pumped Storage facility that would utilize water from Lake Mead and transmission infrastructure near Hoover Dam, according to the release. (Source: Daybreak Power,PR, Website, 17Jan., 2020) Contact: Daybreak Power, Jim Day, CEO, 703-624-4971,jim@gaybreakpower.com, www.daybreakpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pumped Hydro,  Daybreak Power,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    ExxonMobil -- Climate Change, the Work Ahead Opinions & Asides)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2020-01-13
    "As we wrap up 2019, it's useful to take stock of the past year and keep looking ahead to the future and what we need to do to accomplish our energy goals. We need to do a lot. We are at a crucial inflection point with climate change, as is all too clear from the regular stream of updates in our news feeds every day. ExxonMobil’s annual Energy Outlook, which came out recently, discusses how the world is still offtrack to meet certain climate goals without a lot of additional effort.

    "That further work means continued technology innovation. We have to keep finding and inventing solutions to the myriad of individual problems posed by the dual challenge. These different efforts -- both within and outside of our own research labs -- are all essential to moving us forward. They include the important renewables work being done with wind, solar and geothermal by so many around the world; they also include research focused on carbon capture technology and biofuels -- and everything in between. On ExxonMobil’s end, we are proud of our portfolio of innovative emission-lowering projects that have led to more than 10,000 patents in the last decade. Since 2000, we've spent $16.5 billion on this kind of R&D.

    "Moving into 2020, we need to stay focused on several key themes related to solving the dual challenge: scale, speed, collaboration and training the next generation of scientists, engineers and other problem solvers. Scale is everything in our efforts. Reducing carbon emissions to fight climate change as we simultaneously deliver more and more energy to a growing world is a big job. And it's not just one job. As I said earlier this year, 'Not only are the sizes we are talking about so big they are sometimes unfathomable, but we must deploy solutions globally AND across countless end uses. It's not one equation with one unknown, but multiple equations with multiple unknowns.'

    "As we work to solve for these multiple unknowns, we are pursuing projects big and small. What they share in common is the strict requirement that they must lead to a scalable solution. Energy is gigantic, from the infrastructure that supports it to the markets that drive its supply and demand. Any solution we find in the lab, however brilliant, must be ready to immediately scale.

    "And it needs to happen quickly. As we know, scientific discovery is an ongoing endeavor -- you can't put a deadline on invention. But we can accelerate innovation. First, we can follow the example of parallel processing from computer science. In our labs, we don't wait for the basic science to be definitively 'concluded' (if it even can be). We start the engineering while we're still doing the science and iterate between the two. That requires collaboration between different types of researchers and innovators – between our corporate lab and government and academic labs, for example -- and that's the other way we speed up scalable solutions: with partnerships. Partnerships are a force multiplier. They are absolutely key when it comes to solving the dual challenge. When I look back on the past year, I am proud of the scope and variety of partnerships we undertook as a company. To name just a few:

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (and other DOE-funded labs) -- in a 10-year, $100 million collaboration to bring advanced energy technologies to market at scale, focused on reducing carbon emissions.

  • IBM -- to collaborate on quantum computing that could help make energy exploration and extraction enormously efficient.

  • MIT Energy Initiative -- to extend our existing relationship supporting this project, which is committed to discovering new emission-reducing technology.

    Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) locations in Madras and Bombay -- to continue our research with scientists and students working on the ground in India to address the energy needs and challenges on the subcontinent, including studying life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in India's power sector.

  • Clariant and Genomatica -- to convert residue left over from farming into biofuel that can power trucks, ships and more. Clariant has expert processes to extract sugars from agricultural leftovers like wheat straw, while Genomatica turns sugars into biofuels.

  • Global Thermostat -- to evaluate the scalability of their innovative carbon capture technology, which removes CO2 from the atmosphere and industrial sources.

  • Microsoft -- to digitally transform 1 million acres of unconventional oil and gas fields in the Permian Basin, making it the largest-ever oil and gas acreage to use cloud technology, and also making it more efficient. Energy efficiency is an often overlooked area when we think about the dual challenge.

    (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, , 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil, Dr. Vijay Swarup, VP Research and Development , www.linkedin.com › dr-vijay-swarup-120a95159, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  ExxonMobil,  Vijay Swarup ,  


  • Greenlane Claims Calif. Biogas Upgrading Contract (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Renewables,SoCalGas
    Date: 2020-01-03
    Burnaby, B.C.-based Greenlane Renewables Inc is reporting its wholly owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd. has secured a new $8.3 million (Cdn) ($6.3 million) biogas upgrading contract with an unidentified California customer. Engineering work will begin immediately on the California-based landfill project. Order fulfillment will begin immediately upon completion of permitting and approval of submittals by the customer, expected by early to mid 2020, with delivery expected to occur within approximately six months of commencement.

    The facility is expected to process 1,600 standard cubic feet per minute of landfill gas to produce approximately 97 pct pure biomethane, or approximately 380,000 gigajoules (GJ) per year renewable natural gas (RNG) for direct injection into the local gas distribution network owned and operated by SoCalGas. In addition, the residual off-gas, a byproduct of the biogas upgrading process, will be blended with natural gas to generate power for on-site facilities and processes. (Source: Greenlane Renewables Inc. PR, 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  Greenlane Renewables,  Biogas,  Methane,  SoCalGas,  


    Eni Launches Kazakhstan Wind Farm Demo Project (Int'l Report)
    Eni S.p.A.
    Date: 2019-12-30
    Italian energy giant Eni S.p.A. is reporting the opening of 48-MW pilot wind energy project in Kazahstan, the country's largest. The wind farm is expected to generate roughly 200 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 172,000 tpy when fully operational.

    Eni S.p.A. notes it intends to invest as much as $1.5 billion in world wide wind energy projects. (Source: Eni, reve, 28 Dec., 2019) Contact: Eni S.p.A., www.eni.com/en_IT/home.page

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni S.p.A.,  Wind,  Kazakhstan,  


    Asia Surpassing European New Offshore Wind Additions (Int'l)
    Offshore Wind
    Date: 2019-12-18
    The global offshore wind industry is still very small with just 23 gigawatts worldwide -- 80 pct in Europe and 20 pct in Asia. Despite the majority of offshore wind units (18 gigawatts) being located in Europe currently, the Asia-Pacific region expects to add 37 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity through 2025 -- a faster growth rate than in Europe.

    Most of the Asian development is occurring in China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. China added 1.8 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity and approved an additional 13.1 gigawatts in 2018. The Taiwanese government plans to have 5.7 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2025 and an additional 5 gigawatts by 2030.

    Currently, Europe has the most offshore wind capacity followed by Asia. But, going forward, Asia is expected to add offshore capacity at a faster rate than Europe, with China and Taiwan leading the development. (Source: Institute for Energy Research, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Institute for Energy Research, www.instituteforenergyresearch.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


    Sutdy Examines Farming as CO2 Absorber (Ind. Report)
    University of Virginia
    Date: 2019-12-11
    A recently released study from the University of Virginia notes that farming, agriculture and other land practices presently contribute around 11 gigatons to CO2 emissions per year -- roughly one quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. However, the study argues that the land could actually be converted into an absorber of carbon, given the right conditions.

    Among the measures recommended by the study were richer countries transitioning to plant-based diets and reducing food waste, while aiding poorer nations to curb deforestation and restore degraded land. If a concerted global effort was made, land could be absorbing three gigatons of carbon by 2050, turning one of our biggest liabilities into a helping hand in the fight against climate change. The study also recommends:

  • 95 pct reduction in deforestation and land degradation by 2050. This would include more robust conservation policies in developing tropical countries, as well as the conversion of coastal wetlands into protected areas and the prohibition of peatland burning.

  • 25 pct reduction in agricultural emissions by 2050. This would include introducing synthetic or organic fertilizers, enhancing the water-agriculture interface in places where rice cultivation is a primary industry and managing emissions from fermentation and manure.

  • 50 pct adoption of plant-based diets by 2050. This would involve encouraging a healthier diet through consumer campaigns and governmental policies, as well as the development of new foodstuffs to entice unconvinced consumers.

  • 50 pct reduction of current level of food waste by 2050. This would involve tightening up gaps in the supply chain, improving consumer awareness through advertising campaigns and enhancing refrigeration and distribution capabilities in the developing world.

  • Restoration of forests, coastal wetlands and drained peatlands. This would involve financing ecosystem services, improving in local and national conservation policies and investing in restoration practices.

  • Improving forestry and agroforestry management. This would include optimising current forestation conservation process and integrating agroforestry into lands currently used for agriculture and grazing.

  • Enhancing soil carbon sequestration capabilities. This would include controlling soil erosion, reducing tillage of the land and restoring degraded soils, as well as the application of biochar where appropriate.

  • Deploying bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in developed countries. This would involve investing into the research and development of BECCS technologies and deploying them in relevant sites. (Source: University of Virginia, Environmental Technology, 1 Dec., 2019) Contact: University of Virginia, Stephanie Roe, Environmental Researcher, Report Lead Author, 434-924-7761, www.evsc.as.virginia.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon,  Carbon Storage,  


  • MIT Touts New Carbon Capture Technology (New Prod. & Tech.)
    MIT
    Date: 2019-12-04
    In the Bay State, MIT engineers are reporting the creation of a device to trap carbon dioxide while consuming less energy and at a lower cost than current technologies, according details published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science.

    The devise works much like a battery and absorbs the CO2 from the air that passes on its electrodes. And, unlike current carbon capture techniques, it works in a wide range of sizes ranges of concentrations. It could therefore be used to purify CO2 from flue gases from factories and power plants, or even extract it directly from the atmosphere.

    The new MIT system contains two thin sheets of soft electrodes covered with two different chemical compounds. During charging, one of the compounds -- polyanthraquinone -- reacts with CO2 and incorporates the gas into the electrode. The idea is to let a stream of flue gas or air through the unit during charging to clean it of CO2. Once the electrode is saturated, the device would go into discharge mode and pure CO2 released could be compressed to be stored underground or used for the manufacture of fuels and other chemicals.

    The system uses about one gigajoule of energy per ton of CO2 captured. Other existing methods can use up to 10 times more, according to Sahag Voskian, developer of the technology. (Source: MIT, Anthropocene Magazine, Tech Ballad, 1 Dec., 2019) Contact: MIT, Sahag Voskian, 617.253.4588, svoskian@mit.edu, www.hattongroup.mit.edu/sahag-voskian

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Captute,  MIT,  


    ORNL Process Sustainable Fuel Viability Studied (Ind. Report, R&D)
    Vertimass,ORNL
    Date: 2019-12-02
    A technology developed at the U.S. DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and scaled up by Irvine, California-based Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels while retaining the sustainability benefits of bio-based ethanol, according to a new analysis.

    ORNL worked with technology licensee Vertimass and researchers at 10 other institutions on a technoeconomic and a life cycle sustainability analysis of the process -- single-step catalytic conversion of ethanol into hydrocarbon blendstocks that can be added to jet, diesel, or gasoline fuels to lower their greenhouse gas emissions. This new technology is called Consolidated Dehydration and Oligomerization (CADO).CADO.

    The analysis, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that this single-step process for converting wet ethanol vapor could produce blend-stocks at $2/gigajoule (GJ) today and $1.44/GJ in the future as the process is refined, including operating and annualized capital costs. Thus, the blend-stock would be competitive with conventional jet fuel produced from oil at historically high prices of about $100/barrel. At $60/barrel oil, the use of existing renewable fuel incentives result in price parity, the analysis found.

    The conversion makes use of a type of catalyst called a zeolite, which directly produces longer hydrocarbon chains from the original alcohol, in this case ethanol, replacing a traditional multi-step process with one that uses less energy and is highly efficient. The conversion operation could be integrated into new biofuels plants or installed as bolt-on technology to existing ethanol plants with minimal new capital investment, the researchers noted.

    The project was supported by the Center for Bioenergy Innovation at ORNL, which in turn is supported by the DOE Office of Science. Scale-up R&D were supported in part by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and by Vertimass. (Source: ORNL, PR, NewsWise, Nov., 2019) Contact: US DOE Office of Science, www.energy.gov/science; DOE Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) at ORNL , Brian Davison, Chief Science Officer, Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com; DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov › eere › bioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ORNL,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Vertimass,  


    China leads the way as wind energy sees another year of stable growth
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2019-11-29
    The wind power energy industry installed 51.3 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity last year, a 3.6 percent fall when compared to 2017‘s growth, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said Tuesday. Despite this reduction, the international trade association said that the growth of the worldwide wind energy market had “been stable” since 2014, with more than 50 GW of new capacity installed each year. Total installed capacity stood at 591 GW at the end of 2018, which represents an increase of 9.6 percent compared to the end of 2017, the GWEC added. Installed capacity relates to how much energy can be produced at maximum output, not what is currently being generated. GWEC CEO Ben Backwell said that China had led “both onshore and offshore growth,” adding that “huge growth” was expected in Asia “through the coming decade and beyond.” Breaking the figures down, the onshore sector was responsible for 46.8 GW of new capacity in 2018, while the offshore wind market added 4.49 GW. In the onshore sector, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa were responsible for 10 percent of new installations last year. China led the way in offshore, installing 1.8 GW, while the U.K. and Germany installed 1.3 GW and 0.9 GW, respectively.

    another industry body, WindEurope, said that 12 countries in the EU had failed to install “a single wind turbine” last year. onshore wind fell by more than half in Germany last year and “collapsed in the U.K.,” stating that, in the EU, 2018 was “the worst year for new wind energy installations since 2011.” (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, reve, 26 Nov., 2019) Contact: WEC, Ben Blackwell, CEO

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  Global Wind Energy Council news,  

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    IEA Forecasts 50 pct Renewable Energy Increase by 2024 (Int'l.)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-11-18
    In its Renewables 2019 report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is forecasting renewable energy will increase by 50 pct to 1,200 gigawatts in 2024, due to drops in price and what the IEA described as "concerted authorities coverage efforts." In 2018, renewable capability hit over 2,500 GW. According to the Paris-headquartered IEA , "renewables are already the world's second-largest supply of electrical energy." (Source: IEA, Ankeny Daily, 17 Nov., 2019)Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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    Pertamina Earmarks $2Bn for Geothermal Development (Int'l. Report)
    Pertamina
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In Jakarta, Indonesian state oil and gas company PT Pertamina reports it will invest US$2 billion in the development of geothermal facilities in the coming six to seven years.

    The plan is in line with the company's commitment to achieve a 23 pct renewable energy mix target by 2025 and in accordance with Energy Law No. 30 of 2007.

    Pertamina will have an installed capacity of 670 gigawatts of electrical power from geothermal energy by 2020, raising to 100 gigawatts in 2025, according to a company release. (Source: Pertamina, Antara News, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Pertamina, Irfan Zainuddin, Pres., pge.pertamina.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pertamina ,  Geothermal,  


    Queensland Coal Emissions Killing Great Barrier Reef (Int'l.)
    Climate Analytics,Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
    Date: 2019-10-30
    A report from Berlin-based Climate Analytics GmbH notes that Queensland, Australia's current carbon emissions would "virtually guarantee the extinction of most of the Great Barrier Reef" within 12 years if replicated worldwide.

    The report recommends Queensland stop burning coal for power by 2030 to play its part in keeping global heating to 1.5 Celsius under the UN's Paris Agreement targets, agreed to by Australia in 2016. The report also notes hitting the necessary emissions reduction target would spell the end of Queensland thermal coal exports by 2040, as part of a "rapid and almost complete global phase-out" of coal for electric power genearation.

    Queensland is Australia's biggest carbon-emitting state and will blow its total "carbon budget" of 1.2 gigatonnes by 2031 if its CO2 emissions remain at their 2017 rate, the report found.

    The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has forecast that 70-90 pct of coral reefs worldwide will be lost at a 1.5C rise, with more than 99 per cent lost at 2C. Queensland accounts for 24 pct of Australia's energy and industry emissions and is targeting zero-net emissions by 2050. (Source: Climate Analytics, Australia Broadcasting Corp., 27 Oct., 2019) Contact: Climate Analytics, Bill Hare, Director, +49 (0)30 259229520, www.climateanalytics.org; Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Josh Thomas, CEO, www.gbrmpa.gov.au; Great Barrier Reef Foundation, www.barrierreef.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Analytics,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority ,  


    Singapore Targets 2 GWp Solar Energy by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    Singapore
    Date: 2019-10-30
    In Singapore, the Minister for Trade and Industry, Chan Chun Sing, is reporting Singapore aims to deploy at least two gigawatt-peak (GWp) of solar energy by 2030 -- up from the current target of 350 megawatt-peak (MWp) by 2020, which the Minister says Singapore is on track to meet. The two GWP figure will meet about 10 pct of today's peak daily electricity demand.

    also aims to deploy 200 MW of energy storage systems beyond 2025. To date, less than 1 MW of energy storage systems have been installed in Singapore. (Source: Minister for Trade and Industry, South China Morning Post, Business Times Singapore, Oct., 2019) Contact: Minister for Trade and Industry, www.mti.gov.sg

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    CAP Issues Framework for 100 pct Clean Future by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Center for American Progress
    Date: 2019-10-11
    The Washington-based Center for American Progress (CAP) has released a framework for how the U.S. could cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 43 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 -- consistent with the IPCC's special report on 1.5 degrees C of warming -- and set the U.S. on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050. To that end, the report calls for strong economy-wide targets; sets specific sector-by-sector benchmarks for success; estimates the emission reductions these would deliver; and discusses how to spur the rest of the world to follow along.

    The report lays out how we can build the 100 pct Clean Future in two parts. First, it highlights successful climate action by governors and legislatures in nine states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that have committed to 100 pct clean goals. CAP recommends building on that success at the national level by embracing three key pillars from some of those states: an ambitious 100 pct clean target; a worker-centered approach to ensure good paying, quality jobs; and a plan that is committed to reductions in legacy pollution that has disproportionately affected economically disadvantaged communities and communities of color.

    The second part of the report considers emissions by sector and recommends achievable benchmarks to guide a sustained, concerted, and urgent policy program to achieve a 100 pct Clean Future by 2050:

  • At least 65 pct of electricity must come from clean sources by 2030 and 100 pct no later than 2050.

  • Car and SUV sales must reach 100 pct zero-emission by 2035, and vehicle miles traveled in urban areas must be reduced 18 pct below baseline.

  • All new buildings and appliances must be electric and highly efficient by 2035.

  • The nation must invest at least $120 billion in agriculture by 2030, more than doubling conservation, research, and renewable energy funding.

  • We must cut manufacturing emissions 15 pct by 2030 and set in motion a technology agenda for deep decarbonization.

  • We must protect 30 pct of America's lands and oceans by 2030 and deploy climate-smart agricultural practices on 100 million acres, building toward a gigaton of new carbon sequestration by 2050.

    CAP offers policy recommendations to accomplish these benchmarks and deliver additional emission reductions throughout the report, including a combination of sector-specific deployment policies, direct federal spending, a broad price on carbon pollution, and mandatory emissions reductions in communities historically overburdened by pollution.

    Download the A 100 Percent Clean Future report HERE.

    Download CAP fact sheet HERE. (Source: Center for American Progress, PR, Oct., 2019) Contact: Center for Amercian Progress, Neera Tanden, CEO, Sam Hananel, 202-478-6327, www.americanprogress.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Center for American Progress,  Climate Change,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Humans Release 40 - 100XMore CO2 Than Volcanoes (Ind. Report)
    Deep Carbon Observatory
    Date: 2019-10-04
    A recent 10-year study from the Washington, DC-based Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) has found that human activities like burning fossil fuels and clearing forests generate as much as 100 times the carbon emissions of volcanic eruptions every year.

    Thge study notes that while volcanoes and other natural processes release 0.28 to 0.36 gigatonnes of CO2 per year, human activity released more than 37 gigatonnes in 2018 alone -- 40 to 100 times greater than those of volcanoes.

    The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is a global community of more than 1000 multidisciplinary scientists, including geologists, chemists, physicists, and biologists on a ten-year quest to understand the quantities, movements, forms, and origins of carbon in Earth. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provided $50 million seed funding over ten years to launch the Deep Carbon Observatory. This has leveraged a huge international investment in deep carbon science, with major research grants from both national and international agencies. (Source: Deep Carbon Observatory, Eco Watch, Oct., 2019) Contact: Deep Carbon Observatory, (202) 478-8818, web@deepcarbon.net, www.deepcarbon.net

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    Melting Arctic Permafrost Impact Costs Pegged at $70tn (Int'l)
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Date: 2019-09-27
    As previously reported, a study of the economic consequences of a melting Arctic from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) in Espoo has found that the release of methane and CO2 from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70 trillion to the worlds climate bill.

    The study authors contend their study is the first to calculate the economic impact of permafrost melt and reduced albedo -- a measure of how much light that hits a surface is reflected without being absorbed -- based on the most advanced computer models of what is likely to happen in the Arctic as temperatures rise.

    The study notes that on the current trajectory of at least 3 degree C of warming by the end of the century, melting permafrost is expected to discharge up to 280 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide and 3 gigatonnes of methane, which is 10 to 20 times more damaging to the the afmosphere than carbon dioxide. This would increase the global climate-driven impacts by $70 trillion between now and 2300, the report concludes. (Source: VIT, Weekened Leader, 22 April, 2019) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, +358 20 722 111, +358 20 722 7001 - fax., www.vttresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland news,  VTT news,  Climate Change news,  Methane news,  


    SEIA Considers Mass. DOER Solar Expansion Proposal (Ind Report)
    Mass. DOER
    Date: 2019-09-18
    In the Bay State, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) reports it has released plans to reform and expand the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program which incentivizes cost effective solar and promises to double the amount of solar in the commonwealth.

    To meet increasing customer demand for solar energy, DOER proposes adding 800 MW to the SMART incentive program, bringing the total to 2.4 gigawatts. The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) supports this expansion but, in comments to regulators, is calling for even more capacity to be added to the program. To that end, DOER has proposed the dollowing regulatory clarifications and fixes:

  • DOER proposes clarifying SMART metering configurations when projects are paired with storage. The clarification will impact residential and larger scale projects. These issues have drawn the ire of utilities, regulators and solar firms for the past year. DOER guidance on metering is critical.

  • DOER proposes an increase to the stepped-up incentive for municipal projects. A higher incentive would make it easier for cities, towns and school districts to go solar. In addition, DOER proposes more time for municipal projects to meet certain milestones for qualification, recognizing that public projects almost always have to go through a bidding process. SEIA agrees with the intent of this proposal.

  • Fixing compensation for solar projects serving on-site energy needs. Based on the current regulatory framework, some projects without a net metering allocation get reduced values. DOER proposes expanding the use of certain credits and changing the way energy compensation is calculated.

    According to SEIA, the most troubling aspects of DOER's plans involve the treatment of community solar projects, including a proposed five-fold increase in penalties for larger scale solar projects on certain lands. DOER calls for the new penalties to apply to a broader swath of community solar projects and for changes to apply to projects already in development. These proposals would have a negative impact on the community solar market. Increased penalties will halt solar development, with penalties ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to many millions, according to SEIA. (Source: Mass. DOER, Solar Energy Industries Assoc., 16 Sept., 2019)Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, doer.energy@mass.gov, www.mass.gov/doer; SEIA, Abigail Ross-Hopper, CEO, (202) 682-0556, info@seia.org, www.seia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mass. DOER,  Solar,  SEIA,  


  • WPA Takes Canadian Clean Fuel Standard to Task (Ind Report)
    Wood Pellet Association of Canada
    Date: 2019-09-09
    Since 2017, the government of Canada has been developing the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS), a low carbon fuel standard-type policy, to reduce the life-cycle carbon intensity of fuels and energy used in Canada. The CFS aims to achieve 30 million tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) of annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030.

    The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) has been providing input to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) as it works to design and shape the CFS. And, upon review of ECCC's proposed regulatory approach, WPAC is seriously concerned that the government will not allow end-use fuel switching in the buildings/stationary fuel use sector.

    WPAC believes it is unfair for ECCC to recognize fuel switching from gasoline to electricity or hydrogen in transportation, but not to recognize switching from heating oil to solid biofuels -- wood pellets or chips -- for Canada's second largest renewable energy product -- solid biomass heating. To that end, WPAC made the following representations to ECCC:

  • One of the three primary objectives of the CFS is low-cost compliance. By prohibiting recognition of fuel switching for stationary applications, ECCC will actually significantly increase the cost of CFS compliance, exclude the forest sector from participation in the short-term, and inhibit investment in the most proven commercial technology for displacement of heating oil -- wood pellet and chip boilers.

  • Canada consumes approximately three billion lpy of heating oil, the majority of which is consumed by Canadians in rural and Atlantic Canada. The latter accounts for 44 pct of heating oil consumption in the residential sector and 50 pct of heating oil consumption in the commercial/institutional sectors. Rural and Atlantic Canada also have among the lowest per capita income. ECCC's proposed regulatory approach will make CFS compliance for these low-income areas significantly more expensive than for those living in cities.

  • Under ECCC's proposed regulatory approach, the principal mechanism for ensuring compliance from heating oil primary suppliers will be to blend renewable diesel with heating oil. Since heating oil has low carbon intensity (CI) relative to other liquid fuels and much of the crude used to produce heating oil is sourced from outside of Canada, there is less opportunity for upstream reductions than with other liquid fuels. The 2030 target of 74 g CO2e/MJ is less than heating oil combustion emissions, meaning upstream efficiency improvements will be insufficient to meet the requirements. The only heating oil-miscible fuel that can also be stored outside in winter, as is often the case with heating oil, is renewable diesel.

  • Renewable diesel has a useful heat fuel cost of $65-82 per gigajoule (GJ) ($234-295 per MWh. In contrast, wood pellets, at $300-350 per tonne for residential sales, have a useful heat fuel cost of $20-24 per GJ. Wood pellets also have half the of default renewable diesel (29 g CO2e/MJ). Wood chips are half the carbon intensity of wood pellets which means, on an implied carbon price basis and assuming wholesale $0.75 per litre for heating oil, blending renewable diesel with heating oil has a fuel cost of $630/ per tonne CO2e to 884 per tonne CO2e. Switching from heating oil to wood pellets saves money on a fuel basis, in addition to avoiding taxes on heating oil. In this case, there is little reason to implement a complex policy such as the CFS.

  • Despite the billions of dollars invested in lignocellulosic liquid transportation biofuels, all technologies are still pre-commercial -- especially forest feedstock-based liquid transportation biofuels due to the recalcitrant structure of wood fibre. Co-processing of pyrolysis oil or biocrude in existing oil refineries at a meaningful volume will not occur before 2030. The forest sector represents over 75 pct of annually-available biomass resources in Canada and its exclusion from participation in the liquids class will dramatically increase the cost of fuel, especially in rural communities where wood chips and bioheat are a cost efficient and convenient source of energy. (Source: WPAC, Canadian Biomass, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: Wood Pellet Association of Canada, Gordon Murra, Exec. Dir., ; Environment and Climate Change Canada, www.canada.ca › environment-climate-change

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  • Mozambique Announces $200Mn PV Power Plant Project (Int'l.)
    Mozambique,Gigawatt Global
    Date: 2019-08-28
    In Maputo, the capital city of of Mozambique, the government's director of Mineral Resources and Energy is reporting the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Anglican church in Niassa and Amsterdam, the Netherlands-based Gigawatt Global for the construction of $200 million photovoltaic power plant in Lichinga, the capital of Niassa province, in northern Mozambique.

    The 50 MW project, which is expected break ground in September, will deliver its power production to the national grid. (Source: Construction Review Online, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gigawatt Global, +31 20 262 3893, info@gigawattglobal.com, www.gigawattglobal.com

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    DOE Releases Annual Wind Market Reports (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-08-26
    The U.S. DOE has released annual market reports documenting data and trends in wind installations, technologies, costs, prices, and performance through the end of 2018 for three sectors: utility-scale land-based, offshore, and distributed wind.

    According to the report, the utility-scale Land-Based Wind Sector had another strong year with 7,588 MW installed during 2018, accompanied by record low costs and prices. The U.S. distributed wind sector now stands at 1,127 MW from over 83,000 wind turbines across all 50 states. And the U.S. offshore wind industry has a pipeline of 25,824 MW in various stages of development. The report found:

  • The U.S. wind industry installed 7,588 MW of capacity last year, bringing total utility-scale wind capacity to over 96 gigawatts (GW).

  • Wind industry employment is at an all-time high, supporting 114,000 jobs

  • In total, 41 states operated utility-scale wind projects -- Texas leads the nation with nearly 25 GW of wind capacity, while California, Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma have more than 5 GW.

  • Wind energy provides 6.5 pct of the nation's electricity, more than 10 pct of total generation in 14 states, and more than 30 pct in Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

  • The trend of installing wind turbines that are larger and more powerful continued in 2018 and the price of wind energy being sold in long-term contracts is at an all-time low.

    The 2018 Distributed Wind Market report highlights include:

  • Distributed wind power is used at or near where it is generated, as opposed to wind power from wholesale generation, where power is sent to consumers via transmission lines and substations.

  • Employed by households, schools, farms, industrial facilities, and municipalities, distributed wind doesn't only refer to small-scale turbines; it includes any size turbine or array of turbines that generates power for local or on-site use.

  • U.S. wind turbines in distributed applications reached a cumulative installed capacity of 1,127 MW in 2018. This capacity comes from over 83,000 turbines installed across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

  • The trend of using larger wind turbines in distributed applications continued in 2018. The average capacity of large-scale turbines installed in distributed applications in 2018 was 2.1 MW -- almost double the capacity of turbines used in 2003.

  • Commercial and industrial distributed wind projects increased in 2018, representing 29 pct of total project capacity. Distributed wind for utility customers remained the most prevalent use, representing 47 pct of capacity in 2018.

  • Of small wind turbines (100 kilowatts or less) deployed in the U.S., turbines of less than 1 kW are contributing an increasingly larger percentage of both the total number of turbines (99 pct) and capacity (47 pct) of small wind projects.

    The 2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report found:

  • The U.S. offshore wind project development pipeline grew to a potential generating capacity of 25,824 MW across 13 states, including the Block Island Wind Farm commissioned in 2016.

  • Projects totaling 21,225 MW have exclusive site control -- a lease or other contract to develop the site. Most of these projects are on the Eastern seaboard, with one in the Great Lakes.

  • California and Hawaii have several early-stage floating offshore wind projects in the planning phase.

  • The DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) auctions for three lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts brought in winning bids of $135 million indicating strong interest and confidence in the U.S. offshore wind market.

  • Offtake prices for the first commercial-scale U.S. offshore wind project -- Vineyard Wind off the coast of Massachusetts -- came in lower than expected at $65–$75 per MWh.

  • Technology trends toward larger turbines continued, with offshore turbines installed globally in 2018 averaging 5.5 MW, and turbines with capacities of 10- 12 MW coming to market in the next couple years. (Source: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office., 23 Aug., 2019) Contact: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office

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  • Norwegian Startup Plans $4.5Bn Nordic Battery Hub (Int'l. Report)
    Freyr AS
    Date: 2019-08-19
    Norwegian startup battery specialist Freyr AS is reporting plans to construct Europe's first battery gigafactories in the municipality of Rana in northern Norway at an initial cost of 40 billion-krone ($4.5 billion).

    The company also plans to construct a 600-MW wind farm which is projected to cut the gigafactory's energy costs by 24 pct.

    Freyr is presently in a fund raising and permitting mode and has received a €7.25 million ($8.1 million) investment from EIT InnoEnergy. The company aims to raise as much as €25 million in additional funding within the next 12 months. Subject to funding and permitting success, production would start in 2023. (Source: Freyr AS, Bloomberg, Aug., 2019) Contact: Freyr AS, info@freyrbattery.com, www.freyrbattery.no

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    Ovo Energy Considering SSE's Household Supply Business (Int'l.)
    Ovo Energy, SSE, Offshore Wind, Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-08-12
    In the UK, Bristol-based household energy supplier Ovo Energy reports it is in talks for the possible £250 million purchase of the UK's second-largest energy company, SSE's household energy supply business -- SSE Energy Services.

    The SSE deal would add 5.7 million residential customers to Ovo's existing 1.5 million customers putting Ovo in second place after British Gas, which has 12 million domestic customers.

    A completed sale would leave SSE focused on its offshore wind farm activity and networks businesses as a generator and distributor of energy. SSE's offshore wind facilities include the Beatrice Offshore Wind farm in the Moray Firth. SSE also operates the biggest onshore wind energy fleet in the UK and Ireland and has consent to increase offshore wind generation from 1 gigawatt to about 3.3GW, which would make it the biggest offshore supplier. (Source: Ovo Energy, SSE, Guardian, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: SSE Energy, www.sse.co.uk; Ovo Energy, Stephen Fitzpatrick CEO, www.ovoenergy.com

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    CarbonCure, Linde Announce Strategic Alliance (Ind. Report)
    CarbonCure Technology
    Date: 2019-08-09
    Nova Scotia-based Canadian clean technology innovator CarbonCure Technologies (CarbonCure) and industrial gases specialist Linde, the world's largest industrial gas supplier, have partnered to introduce CarbonCure Technology to Europe, Southeast Asia and Oceania.

    The CarbonCure Technology enhances the competitiveness of the concrete industry through improved production efficiency and sustainability. The technology injects a precise dosage of captured waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into concrete during production. Once introduced, the CO2 chemically converts to a nano-mineral, creating manufacturing efficiencies while reducing the concrete's carbon footprint.

    The CarbonCure Technology is presently installed in nearly 150 concrete plants in North America and Southeast Asia, with more than 2.3 million cubic meters of concrete supplying a wide range of construction projects from airports, roads to high-rise towers.

    CarbonCure, the world leader in carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technology used in the production of concrete, is on a pathway to reduce 500 megatons of CO2 emissions annually. CarbonCure technology is estimated to be a $400 billion market opportunity with the potential to reduce up to 1.4 gigatons of annual CO2 emissions by 2030, according to the Global CO2 Initiative. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com; Linde, www.linde.com

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    EC Supports Six French Offshore Wind Farms (Int'l. Report)
    European Union,European Commission
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports the European Union's 28 member countries support six large offshore wind farms in French territorial waters and that the proposed projects are inline with, and thus qualify for, EU State financial aid. According to the EC release, the offshore wind projects will help France reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting competition in the single market.

    The six sites -- Courselles-sur-Mer, Fecamp, Saint-Nazaire, Iles d'Yeu / Noirmoutier, Dieppe / Le Treport and Saint-Brieuc -- are located in French territorial waters off the North-Western coast of France. Each of the wind farms will incorporate 62 to 83 turbines with an installed capacity of 450 to 498 MW per farm and will receive support in the form of feed-in tariffs over a period of 20 years.

    Construction of the first of the six wind farms is slated to begin construction this year for completion and commissioning in 2022. Once finalised, the wind farms will increase France's renewables generation capacity by about three gigawatts.

    The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the 28 member countries of EU trading bloc. (Source: EC, Modern Diplomacy, 27 July, 2019) Contact: European Commission, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/index_en

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    Notable Quotes -- New UK PM Boris Johnson Talks Climate Change
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-07-24
    "I can't stand this December heat, but it has nothing to do with global warming: We may all be sweating in the winter air, but remember, we humans have always put ourselves at the centre of cosmic events."

    "It is fantastic news that the world has agreed to cut pollution and help people save money, but I am sure that those global leaders were driven by a primitive fear that the present ambient warm weather is somehow caused by humanity; and that fear -- as far as I understand the science -- is equally without foundation. There may be all kinds of reasons why I was sweating at ping-pong [in December] -- but they don't include global warming."

    "As a species, we human beings have become so blind with conceit and self-love that we genuinely believe that the fate of the planet is in our hands -- when the reality is that everything, or almost everything, depends on the behaviour and caprice of the gigantic thermonuclear fireball (the sun) around which we revolve."

    "I am all for theories about climate change, and would not for a moment dispute the wisdom or good intentions of the vast majority of scientists. But I am also an empiricist; and I observe that something appears to be up with our winter weather, and to call it 'warming' is obviously to strain the language."

    "I wish I knew more about what is going on, and why. It is time to consult once again the learned astrophysicist, Piers Corbyn. Now Piers has a very good record of forecasting the weather. He has been bang on about these cold winters. Like JMW Turner and the Aztecs he thinks we should be paying more attention to the Sun. According to Piers, global temperature depends not on concentrations of CO2 but on the mood of our celestial orb." (Source: Various Media, Left Foot Forward, July, 2019)

    Editor's Note: Why do Johnson's comments sound familiar -- almost like "the Donald" Trump and former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott who will be long remembered for his comment that "The science of human-caused climate change is 'CRAP."

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    Highview Power Contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic Energy
    Highview Power
    Date: 2019-07-17
    In the U.K., London-headquartered cryogenic energy storage system specialist Highview Power reports it has contracted with Texas-based energy management firm Tenaska Power Services Co. to identify, model, optimize and provide energy management services for up to four giga-scale cryogenic energy storage plants in the U.S. over two years. The initial project is expected to be developed in the ERCOT market.

    At giga-scale, Highview Power's long-duration energy storage systems paired with renewables are equivalent in performance to thermal and nuclear baseload power. Highview Power's CRYOBattery™ is currently the only long-duration energy storage solution that is locatable and offers multiple gigawatt-hours of storage, representing weeks' worth of storage, rather than hours or days. (Source: Highview Power, PR, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Highview Power, Javier Cavada, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, info@highviewpower.com, www.highviewpower.com; Tenaska Power Services, www.tenaska.com

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    Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card , says UN Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Offsets,UN Environment
    Date: 2019-06-17
    According to the UN Environment's Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card Report , buying carbon credits in exchange for a clean conscience while burning fossil fuels is under fire by private citizens, scientists and activists concerned with the way carbon offsets have been used by polluters as a free pass for inaction.

    Annual emissions have to reduce by 29-32 gigatonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide (CO2e) by 2030 to maintain a fighting chance to stay below 1.5 degree C -- a five-fold increase on current ambitions, the report notes.

    According to the report, carbon offset schemes were set up to allow the largest polluters who exceed permitted emissions’ levels to fund projects, such as reforestation, that reduce CO2 in the air, essentially balancing out their emissions equation. The types of carbon offset projects that are implemented range from forestry sequestration projects to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects (which reduce future CO2 emissions in the atmosphere).

    Carbon offsets are useful while infrastructure and industry make the transition to electric mobility, alternative energy and the new technology necessary for low- and zero-carbon lifestyles. Where there are no viable alternatives in the short term, an offset scheme promises to cancel out the emissions in one place with emission-reducing actions in another.

    Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) credits have also come under fire with a 2016 study found 85 pct of the offsets had a "low likelihood" of creating real reductions, and the UN has struggled to reconcile its support for offsets with evidence that they are problematic.

    Download the UN Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card report HERE; (Source: UN Environment, Pro Publica, 10 June, 2019) Contact: UN Environment, Niklas.Hagelberg, Niklas.Hagelberg@un.org

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    Siemens Gamesa Claims EDF 126 Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
    Siemens Gamesa,EDF Renewables
    Date: 2019-06-12
    Wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports receipt of three new contracts that include service and maintainence from EDF Renewables for its new 4.5-MW turbine which will be manufacture in Hutchinson.

    The most recent award was the 232 MW Milligan project, located in Milligan County, Neb. For the project, Siemens will build 30 SG 4.5-145 and 36 SG 2.7-129 wind turbines. The 4.5-145 features a 71 meter or 233-foot long blade. With these recent orders, Siemens Gamesa eclipsed the 1-gigawatt mark for its SG 4.5-145 turbines sold worldwide. The other new projects are the 241 MW Coyote wind project in Texas, and 246 MW Oso Grande wind project in New Mexico. Coyote, located in Scurry County, Texas, will feature 48 SG 4.5-145 and 11 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Project completion is targeted for the summer of 2020.

    The Oso Grande wind project will also utilize 48 SG 4.5-145 and 13 SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Located about 43 miles southeast of Roswell, N.M., commissioning of this wind farm is slated for Q4, 2020.

    The SG 4.5-145 offers a flexible power rating, from 4.2 to 4.8 MW, depending on site conditions, the company stated in a release. It is optimized for medium wind onshore locations to maximize energy production with low noise emission levels. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Dodge City Daily Globe, 4 June, 2019) Contact: EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, Pres. & CEO, Sandi Briner, (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Americas Service, Darnell Walker, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int/products-and-services

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    Tesvolt Battery Storage Gigafactory Nears Startup (Int'l)
    Tesvolt
    Date: 2019-05-08
    German energy storage systems specialist Tesvolt GmbH reports Europe's first gigafactory for battery storage systems is being put into operation in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany.

    Tesvolt is establishing and financing new 1GWh production facilities for lithium storage systems without outside funding, while the EU will finance around 10 pct of the production line costs. (Source: Tesvolt, ESI Africa, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Tesvolt, Daniel Hannemann, +49 (0) 3491 8797-100, , www.tesvolt.com

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    Black Carbon Emissions Underestimated (Ind. Report, R&D)
    Blabk Carbon
    Date: 2019-05-01
    Although researchers have developed several historical inventories of black carbon (soot) emissions, new US EPA research suggests that U.S. soot emissions were 80 pct higher during the late 20th century than previously indicated.

    In particular, the researchers determined that the emissions from several key sources -- pre-1980 residential boilers and heating stoves, specific off-road engines, and heavy-duty diesel and light-duty gasoline-powered vehicles assembled prior to 1970 -- should be increased significantly.

    According to the research, between 1960 and 1980, the updated U.S. emissions totaled approximately 690 gigagrams per year in 1960 and 620 gigagrams per year a decade later. The revised inventory also exhibits a decreasing trend through 1980 that is not apparent in earlier reports. (Source: EPA, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 2019)

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    Melting Arctic Permafrost Impact Costs Pegged at $70tn (Int'l)
    Methane
    Date: 2019-04-26
    A study of the economic consequences of a melting Arctic from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) in Espoo has found that the release of methane and CO2 from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70 trillion to the worlds climate bill.

    The study authors contend their study is the first to calculate the economic impact of permafrost melt and reduced albedo -- a measure of how much light that hits a surface is reflected without being absorbed -- based on the most advanced computer models of what is likely to happen in the Arctic as temperatures rise.

    The study notes that on the current trajectory of at least 3 degree C of warming by the end of the century, melting permafrost is expected to discharge up to 280 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide and 3 gigatonnes of methane, which is 10 to 20 times more damaging to the the afmosphere than carbon dioxide. This would increase the global climate-driven impacts by $70 trillion between now and 2300, the report concludes. (Source: VIT, Weekened Leader, 22 April, 2019) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, +358 20 722 111, +358 20 722 7001 - fax., www.vttresearch.com

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    FortisBC Updates BC Renewable Natural Gas Project (Ind. Report)
    FortisBC
    Date: 2019-04-26
    On the Canadian Pacific coast, Surrey-based FortisBC reports the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG) has given it approval in principal for an agreement under which FortisBC will purchase landfill gas from the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill in Prince George. FortisBC will purify the gas and inject it into its distribution network as renewable natural gas (RNG).

    The Landfill presently generates sufficient gas to produce up to 100,000 gigajoules of RNG per year -- enough to heat 1,000 homes or more.

    According to the release, FortisBC currently works with five RNG suppliers and owns and operates two RNG purification plants on existing landfills. Subject to regulatory approvals, FortisBC will pay RDFFG a fixed price per gigajoule of energy for raw landfill gas. (Source: FortisBC, PR, 24 April, 2019) Contact: FortisBC, Douglas Stout, VP External Relations and Market Development, 604-576-7000, www.fortisbc.com

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    ADB committed highest-ever USD 3 billion in sovereign loans to India in 2018
    Asian Development Bank
    Date: 2019-04-19
    Private sector operations reached USD 3.14 billion, a 37 per cent increase from 2017, which is 14.5 per cent of ADB's overall commitment. PTI| In Manila, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB} newly released annual report, it committed $3.88 billion in sovereign loans, including sovereign loans and co-financing during the year ended December 2018, to India in 2018,

    The report notes that the demand for ADB assistance continued to grow in 2018. New commitments included $21.6 billion in loans, grants and investments from ADB's own resources, exceeding the target of $19.71 billion and up 10 pct from 2017. The Manila-headquartered ADB committed several projects in India, including in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Odisha. The report also noted that in India, ADB provided a USD 100-million loan to Ostro Kutch Wind, a renewable energy company owned by investment funds under the management of Actis Capital, for constructing and operating a 250-megawatt wind power project in Gujarat. Among others, it also provided USD 30 million in equity and USD 20 million in debt security to Annapurna Finance, a microfinance company. In March 2018, ADB signed a cooperation arrangement with the International Solar Alliance, headquartered in India, to promote solar energy deployment across Asia and the Pacific, particularly in South Asia. The alliance's major objectives include global deployment of over 1,000 gigawatt of solar generation capacity and investment of over USD 1 trillion into solar energy by 2030. (Source: ADB, Economic Times, 16 April, 2019)

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    Wind Sets Southwest Power Pool Grid Record (Ind. Report)
    Southwest Power Pool
    Date: 2019-04-15
    On the U.S. Great Plains, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) is reporting energy generated by wind supplied about 15.3 GW of 23.3 GW of needed power across its 546,000-square-mile service territory at 2:08 a.m. Wednesday -- about 65.7 pct.

    As of this week, there was 21.5 gigawatts of installed wind capacity within the SPP's territory. In 2009, just 3 GW of capacity was installed. Another 51.75 GW of wind capacity currently is being developed, as well as about 24.5 gigawatts of solar power and about 4.4 GWof battery storage.

    Oklahoma is among the states in the SPP's service area that contributed to increased wind-generated power capacity in 2018, commissioning new projects capable of generating 576 MW of electricity during the year. At the end of 2018, Oklahoma had 8,072 MW of wind power. (Source: Southwest Power Pool, The Oklahoman, April, 2019) Contact: Southwest Power Pool, www.spp.org

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    Shining Cities 2019 Report Lists Top U.S. Solar Cities (Ind. Report)
    Environment Texas Research & Policy Center
    Date: 2019-04-12
    In the Lone Star State, the Austin-based Environment Texas Research & Policy Center's recently released Shining Cities 2019 report notes that the United States' solar capacity has rapidly expanded to more than 60 gigawatts of installed capacity -- that's enough to power one in every 11 homes nationwide. The report also notes the amount of solar presently installed in just 20 cities outpaces the total amount of solar capacity in the United States in 2010. The amount of cities with more than 50 watts per capita installed has jumped from eight in 2013 to 23 in 2018.

    The Environment Texas report shows Los Angeles has the most capacity of any city, with 419.9 megawatts installed. It also has the potential to install a staggering 5.4 gigawatts on small buildings around the city, which would transform it into a production powerhouse. Other leading solar city include Burlington, Vermont; Las Vegas, Nevada, Honolulu, Hawaii, San Antonio, Texas, and Washington, DC.

    Download the Shining Cities 2019 report HERE. (Source: Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. April, 2019) Contact: Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. (512) 479-0388, www. environmenttexascenter.org

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    Dubai Plans World's Largest Concentrated Solar Power System (Int'l)
    ACWA Power
    Date: 2019-04-05
    In the UAE, Saudi Arabian firm ACWA Power reports it has been selected as the primary team for a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) system to be constructed in Seih Al-Dahal, 30 miles south from Dubai. When commissioned and online in 2030, the project is expected to produce 950 MW of power total -- 250 megawatts from PV panels and a further 700 from CSP.

    The Dubai CSP project's project molten salt tanks will store 15 hours of capacity. The project will involve building an 853-foot solar tower, which its developers claim will be the largest in the world. The solar park as a whole is expected to produce 5 GW gigawatts when completed. (Source: ACWA Power, Inverse, April, 2019) Contact: ACWA Power, +971 4 248 0800, www.acwapower.com/en

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    BNEF Touts CarbonCure as 2019 New Energy Pioneer (Ind. Report)
    CarbonCure
    Date: 2019-03-27
    In a press release, Halifax-headquartered CarbonCure Technologies Inc. , a leader in the utilization of captured CO2 in concrete production, reports it has been named a New Energy Pioneer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The New Energy Pioneers program is sponsored by BNEF and Cycle Capital Management.

    This year's 10 winning companies were selected from more than 185 applicants from 35 countries, and reviewed by an independent panel of industry experts. Candidates were evaluated based on their company's potential scale and global impact, their level of innovation and the momentum their business has gained within their market.

    CarbonCure's scalable clean technology is now available in more than 130 concrete plants in North America and Asia. The CarbonCure Technology allows concrete producers and governments to meet their climate goals without capital expenditure, and to generate new cost efficiencies and infrastructure improvements—truly a win-win solution.

    Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) technology deployed in the concrete industry is a $400 billion market opportunity, and has the potential to reduce up to 1.4 gigatonnes of annual CO2 emissions by 2030, according to the Global CO2 Initiative. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

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    Nordex Efficient New Turbine Production Underway (Int'l Report)
    Nordex
    Date: 2019-03-22
    Hamburg-headquartered German wind turbine giant Nordex Group reports it has begun production in Rostock, Germany, of the latest model in the Delta4000 range -- the N149/4.0-4.5 wind turbine. The N149/4.0-4.5 yields up to 28 pct more energy compared to the N131/3600 turbine, making it the company's highest yielding onshore turbine for low- to medium-wind regions. The Delta4000 series also includes the N133/4.8, which is suitable for strong-wind sites, according to the company website.

    "The first N149/4.0-4.5 turbines being manufactured in Europe in continuous flow production are now leaving the production line in , for orders already in excess of 700 MW," the company said in a press release.

    To date, Nordex has installed more than 25 gigawatts of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets. (Source: Nordex Group, PR, AA, 19 Mar., 2019)Contact: Nordex SE, Patxi Landa, CSO +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, www.nordex-online.com

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    Highview Power, TSK JV on Cryogenic Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Highview Power, TSK
    Date: 2019-03-20
    London, UK-headquartered long-duration energy storage specialist Highview Power and Spain's TSK, a global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company, are reporting a JV agreement to co-develop gigawatt-hour scale, long-duration energy storage systems using Highview Power's proprietary cryogenic energy storage solution.

    The new joint-venture company, named Highview TSK, will develop multiple projects in Spain, the Middle East and South Africa. An initial number of projects have been identified for several GWh of clean energy storage to be developed from 2019 through 2022.

    TSK has constructed over 20 GW of generation projects across 35 countries in both fossil fuel fired energy generation and renewable projects such as solar, wind, and biomass, including more than 10 energy storage projects.

    Highview Power's proprietary technology uses liquid air as the storage medium and can deliver anywhere from 20 MW/80 MWh to more than 200 MW/1.2 GWh of energy has a lifespan of 30 to 40 years. (Source:: Highview Power, PR BusinessWire, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Highview Power, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, www.highviewpower.com; Grupo TSK, +1 512 215 4452, www.grupotsk.com

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    BioMCN to Produce Renewable Methanol from CO2 (Int'l. Report)
    BioMCN
    Date: 2019-02-27
    Amsterdam-based Nouryon (fka AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and Gasunie New Energy are reporting an agreement to supply green hydrogen to BioMCN for the production of renewable methanol from CO2. the two companies are investigating the possible conversion of sustainable electricity into green hydrogen using a 20-MW water electrolysis unit in Delfzijl, the Netherlands.

    BioMCN will combine hydrogen from the intended facility with CO2 from other processes to produce renewable methanol, a raw material for bio-fuels and a variety of chemical feedstocks. Compared to fossil-based methanol this will reduce emissions by up to 27,000 tpy of CO2.

    According to Gasunie, "Gas infrastructure plays a connecting and facilitating role in the energy transition. We will be transporting different energy carriers, such as hydrogen and green gas, increasingly through our pipelines in the future. As independent network operator we can connect hydrogen from different suppliers for transportation to the major industrial clusters in the Netherlands. This network may have a capacity of 10 gigawatts or more by 2030." (Source: Nourvon, PR, Industry Europe, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Nouryon, Knut Schwalenberg , +31 88 969 78 09, www.nouryon.com; Gasuine, +31 50 521 1080, www.gasunie.nl/en; BioMCN, Soren Jacobsem Managing Dir., +31 (88) 664 7700, info@biomcn.eu, www.biomcn.eu

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    Australia to Meet Paris Climate Agreement Emissions Target (Int'l)
    Australian National University,Australia Emissions
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In the Land Down Under, a study from the Australian National University reports Australia is on track to meet its carbon emissions target under the Paris climate accord well before 2030. Under the Paris Climate accord, Australia committed to cut CO2 emissions by 26 to 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

    The study attributes the country's progress to the increasing growth in wind and solar power nationwide. The country is adopting renewable energy faster per capita than the rest of the world, the study said. The pipeline of new wind and solar systems is averaging about 6.3 GW a year, the study showed.

    The report notes that each extra gigawatt of renewables displaces about 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions from coal-fired power, implying that Australia's pipeline of renewables would cut emissions by about 12 million to 13 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. Assuming other sectors' emissions grow by 2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year, the net reduction would be about 10 million to 11 million tpy which would put Australia on track to meet its Paris target before 2030.

    The study, which was based on data from Australia's Clean Energy Regulator, found that for Australia to meet its target, emissions would have to fall to between 430 million and 442 million tpy of CO2 equivalent. However, as of the end of 2017, emissions had risen to 553.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, according to data from Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. (Source: Australian National University, SBS , Feb., 2019) Contact: Australian National University, Prof. Andrew Blakers, andrew.blakers@anu.edu.au, +61 2 612 55905, www.anu.edu.au; Australia National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, ageis.climatechange.gov.au

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    Annual Irish Wind Energy Costs Pegged at €1 per User (Int'l Report)
    Wind
    Date: 2019-02-01
    According to a recently released report from the London headquartered international energy and utilities consultants Baringa Partners, wind energy has delivered more than €2.3 billion per year in savings on the Irish wholesale electricity market for a net cost per user of €1 or less per year since 2000.

    To reach its figures, the independent report analyzed Ireland's electricity market from 2000 to 2020 and then simulated how it would have behaved without any wind energy on the system.

    The report found prices for consumers are lower than they would have been without any investment in wind power. The savings outweigh the amount of funding provided to support wind energy through the public service obligation (PSO) levy of €1.9 billion over the period.

    The report also notes capacity from wind has increased over that period from almost zero to 4.1 gigawatts. The cumulative cost of wind energy works out at €63 million, or 66 cent per person, per year, the report found. (Source: Baringa Partners, Irish Times, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Baringa Partners, Mark Turner, enquiries@baringa.com, www.baringa.com

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    UCI, NASA Notes Antarctica Ice Lose Acceleration (Ind. Report)
    University of California, Irvine
    Date: 2019-01-18
    A new report by NASA and the University of California, Irvine has found that Antarctica is losing six times more ice mass annually now than 40 years ago. The research team were able to determine that between 1979 and 1990, Antarctica shed an average of 40 gigatonnes of ice mass annually. From 2009 to 2017, about 252 gigatonnes per year were lost.

    The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Access the Four Decades of Antarctic Ice Sheet Mass Balance from 1979 - 2017 report HERE. (Source: University of California Irvine, Climate Action, Jan., 2019) Contact: University of California, Irvine, Eric Rignot, Chair of Earth System Science, Report Lead Author, (949)824-3739, erignot@uci.edu, www.ess.uci.edu/people/erignot

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    China Launches Subsidy-Free Solar, Wind Power (Int'l Report)
    National Development and Reform Commission
    Date: 2019-01-14
    Reporting from Beijing, the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is announcing the launch of a series of subsidy-free wind and solar projects this year. The projects are timed to cash in on a rapid fall in construction costs since 2012 and tackle a gaping payment backlog.

    In 2018 the government suspended all new subsidized solar capacity approvals after a record 53-gigawatt capacity increase in 2017 left it with a backlog of at least 120 billion yuan ($18 billion) in subsidy payments. The new subsidy-free projects will generate renewable power for sale at the same prices as non-subsidised coal-fired power plants, and will not have to comply with capacity quota restrictions.

    Under the new policy, grid companies will be encouraged to guarantee electricity purchases from pilot projects, lower transmission fees and support cross-regional deliveries of subsidy-free power. The government has already approved the construction of several subsidy-free wind farms, and solar generators have also achieved price parity in some regions.

    According to the NDRC, solar construction costs in China plunged 45 pct from 2012 to 2017, while wind project costs fell 20 pct over the same time frame. (Source: China National Development and Reform Commission, Reuters, 10 Jan., 2019)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

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    Citec, Highview Power Partner on Cryogenic Energy Storage (Int'l)
    Highview Power
    Date: 2019-01-11
    London-headquartered energy storage solutions provider Highview Power reports it has partnered with Vassa, Finland-based engineering firm Citec to modularize its gigawatt-scale cryogenic (liquid air) energy storage system. With a simplified design and streamlined engineering from Citec, a standard plant configuration of 50 MW/500 MWh can be easily and cost-effectively scaled up to multiple gigawatt hours, or down, without limitation.

    The first modular solution will be designed with a standard configuration of 50 MW/500 MWh. Work is expected to get underway this year. (Source: Highview Power, Alt Energy Mag, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: Highview Power, Javiar Cavada, Pres., CEO, +44 (0) 203 350 1000, www.highviewpower.com; Citec, Johan Westermarck, CEO, +358 6 324 0700, www.citec.com

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    US Offshore Wind Auction Draws $405Mn in Bids (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-12-17
    In Washington, the US Department of Interior (DoI) is reporting its recent offshore wind lease auction of about 390,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts has drawn a record $405 million in winning bids from Equinor Wind, Vineyard Wind and Mayflower Wind.

    If fully developed, the three parcels near Martha's Vineyard and Block Island could generate about 4.1 gigawatts of energy -- sufficient power for as many as 1.5 million homes.

    There are currently 15 active wind leases in federal waters that have generated more than $473 million in winning bids for nearly two million acres in federal waters, according to BOEM. (Source: US DoI,Workboat,Various Media, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Equinor Wind,(508) 717-8964, Vineyard Wind, www.equinor.com;www.vineyardwind.com

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    680 GW of New Wind Power by 2027, says Report (Ind. Report)
    Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.
    Date: 2018-12-14
    More than 680 gigawatts (GW) of new wind power is expected to come online around the globe in the next decade, according to new research from the international energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Wood Mackenzie announced this week that it had upgraded its Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update: Q4 2018 by 2 pct compared to only a quarter ago, with the majority of the expected growth to occur in the medium-term, boosting annual capacity additions from 2020 to 2023 by an average of 2.7 GW.

    In the long term, Wood Mackenzie forecasts that more than 680 GW of new on- and offshore wind power will be brought online through 2027. (Source: Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, CleanTechnica, Others, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, (617) 500- 4257 -- Boston Office, www.woodmac.com/research/products/power-and-renewables

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    UN says Global Efforts to Curb CO2 Off Track (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-12-07
    According to a United Nations 2018 survey, in 2017 CO2 emissions rose for the first time in 4 years to a record high. The rise is attributed to global economic growth and a decreasing momentum in addressing the issue on national levels.

    From 2014 to 2016, CO2 emissions from energy production and industries held reasonably steady at stable limits and the global economy saw a modest growth. Emissions rose by 1.2 pct in 2017, pushed by greater GDP. Although this number nay be small, it isn't as far as IPCC report about keeping global temperature rise below 1.5C is concerned.

    Presently, the Earth is heading towards a 3.2C rise by the end of the century. By 2030, global greenhouse gases emissions must be reduced by 55 pct and countries must increase their emissions reduction targets five-fold.

    To meet the COP15 Paris climate change goals, global emissions must peak by 2020, which is unlikely even by 2030 when the current rise in emissions is taken into account.

    But according to the report, all hope isn't lost. Non-state actors like high education institutions, businesses, regional, local and city governments can make major contributions to solving the problem. About 6,000 companies and over 7,000 cities from 133 nations have pledged to take action with revenue worth $36 trillion. With more than 500,000 publicly traded companies around the world, more can be done. This sector has the potential to cut down CO2 emissions by 19gigatonnes equivalent every year by 2030, keeping the world on the 2C path. Carbon trading systems and taxes cover just 15 pct of global carbon output, according to the UN report. (Source: UN, Industry News Network, Mary Bronson, 6 December, 2018)

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