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Neste Opens Calif. Renewable Diesel Fueling Stations (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2019-09-04
Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer reports the opening of three new cardlock renewable diesel commercial fueling stations in Northern and Central California' Neste's first California fueling station opened earlier this year, bringing the total number of commercial fueling stations to four.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost competitive, low-carbon fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to petroleum diesel. (Source: Neste, Various Trade Media, Biofuels Int'l, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  


NewEnergyBlue Licenses Inbicon Low-Carbon Fuel Tech. (Ind. Report)
Inbicon,NewEnergyBlue
Date: 2019-08-12
NewEnergyBlue LLC reports acquisition of exclusive rights to Inbicon bio-conversion technology throughout the Americas and will first employ it to turn North Dakota wheat straw into a high-value, carbon-neutral automotive fuel. The technology license was purchased from Denmark-based Orsted which developed the technology over 15 years at a cost exceeding $200 million.

NewEnergyBlue plans to construct a series of biomass refineries across grain belts and sugar-growing regions to process agricultural residues -- wheat straw, cornstalks, sugar bagasse and others -- into a high-octane advanced ethanol that's more than 100 pct below the carbon baseline of grain ethanol -- more than 140 pct below gasoline.

Using Inbicon technology , NewEnergyBlue's refinery utilizes high-pressure steam followed by an enzyme bath to break down the biomass fibers into sugars and lignin that are valuable for making liquid and solid biofuels. The company expects groundbreaking for its Spiritwood, North Dakota refinery in 2020. (Source: NewEnergyBlue, PR, 12 Aug., 2019) Contact: NewEnergyBlue LLC, Thomas Corle, CEO, Roger Moore, Brand Manager, (717) 626-0557, www.newenergyblue.com; Inbicon, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inbicon

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biomass,  Low Carbon Fuel,  


RNG Producer AMP Americas Raises $75Mn for Expansion (Funding)
AMP Americas
Date: 2019-07-26
Chicago-based AMP Americas, a clean-tech startup that turns cow manure into renewable natural gas (RNG) for transportation fuel, reports it has raised another $75 million for construction of two new facilities that would double its RNG production capacity. Solid location and ground breaking dates have not been disclosed .

At its existing facilities, AMP produces 5 million gpy of biodiesel from waste processed at nearby dairy farms. The new plants will allow AMP to produce almost 5 million additional gallons.

In addition to this new $75 million investment, AMP recently closed on an investment by an unnamed infrastructure investor as part of a recapitalization and sold its 20 ampCNG fueling stations to American Natural Gas for $41 million. It also launched an operating services business and expanded its RNG marketing and risk management business.

AMP was the first company to bring dairy RNG to market and is the only producer delivering dairy renewable natural gas to California trucking fleets, including UPS, under the low-carbon fuel standard, according to AMP. (Source: AMP Website, Crains, 25 July, 2019) Contact: Amp Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, info@ampamericas.com, (312) 300-6700, (312) 380-0206 - fax., www.ampamericas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AMP Americas,  RNG,  CNG,  


Biofuels in Canada 2019 Report Released (Ind. Report)
Advanced Biofuels Canada
Date: 2019-07-17
Vancouver-based Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABC) reports the release of its Biofuels in Canada 2019 report prepared by Navius Research Inc. (Navius). Advanced Biofuels Canada is a national industry association established to: promote the production and use of advanced biofuels in Canada; collaborate with other stakeholders to expand market access for sustainable low-carbon biofuels in Canada, and; collaborate broadly to de-carbonize transportation.

This 2019 analysis updates the Biofuels in Canada 2016, 2017 and 2018 reports, and is intended to evaluate and communicate the impact of renewable and low-carbon fuel policy in Canada by: quantifying the volumes of renewable transportation fuels consumed in each Canadian province(i.e. biofuel), characterized by fuel type, feedstock, and CI. The biofuels include ethanol, biodiesel and hydrogenation derived renewable diesel (HDRD); estimating their impact on GHG emissions and; estimating their impact on energy costs, now with an additional focus on how fuel taxes affect these costs.

View the Biofuels in Canada 2019 report HERE (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, July, 2019) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thompson, Pres., (604) 947-0040, ithomson@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  


Tesoro Fined for Low Carbon Fuel Standard Violations (Ind Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2019-06-07
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is reporting a $1.36 million settlement with Tesoro Refining & Marketing LLC -- now Marathon Petroleum Corp. -- for misreporting 1.9 billion gallons of gasoline, diesel, biodiesel and ethanol, including under-reporting 403 million gallons of LCFS deficit-generating fuels, thus violating the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

The LCFS requires that regulated fuel producers report the carbon generated in the production of transportation fuels sold in California. The inaccurate information spanned 24 quarterly reports.

The LCFS, which encourages the use of cleaner, low-carbon fuels, is one of several programs developed under The Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B.32). It works with other A.B.32 programs, such as cap-and-trade, the zero-emission vehicle program and the renewable portfolio standard, to achieve California's GHG-reduction goals. (Source: CARB, 31 May, 2019) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board ,  Low Carbon Fuel Standard,  


Air BP, Neste Partnering on Aviation Biofuels (Int'l Report)
Neste, Air BP
Date: 2019-04-15
Helsinki-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel fuel reports it is joining Air BP, a leading aviation fuel products and services supplier, to develop a robust supply chain for aviation biofuels in Sweden.

"Sweden is becoming a leading country in decarbonizing aviation with its proposal to introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden. Together with Air BP we are able to support air transport in Sweden in their efforts, and this collaboration gives both of us valuable insight into developing similar supply chains to decarbonize aviation in other markets," according to Neste President and CEO Peter Vanacker.

Air BP is the specialised aviation division of BP. Air BP services are available at over 1000 airport locations in 70 countries and serves airlines, commercial aviation and general aviation.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost competitive, low-carbon fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to petroleum diesel. (Source: Air BP, Innovators, 15 April, 2019) Contact: Air BP, Jon Platt, CEO, +27 (11) 488 5111, www.bp.com/en/global/bp-air.html; Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Neste,  BP,  


BCBN Seeking Biorefinery Market Analysis Contractor (Ind. Report)
BC Bioenergy Network
Date: 2019-03-29
The government of British Columbia, through the CleanBC Plan, is committed to growing renewable fuels production to 650 million lpy and increasing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard to 20 pct by 2030.

To that end, the B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is considering what actions to take to meet these targets, including support for the commercial production of renewable and low-carbon fuels in the province, reducing B.C.'s reliance on imported feedstocks and expanding B.C.'s existing renewable fuel production industry. In order to meet the CleanBC renewable fuels targets, significantly more renewable feedstocks will need to be sourced from within B.C. and more renewable fuels will need to be produced here.

To achieve this renewable fuel production commitment and help B.C. transition to a low-carbon economy, BC Bioenergy Network (BCBN) and the ministry are seeking a contractor to undertake a biorefinery market analysis outlining specific conditions required to attract major fuel producers to invest in building biorefineries in the province.

The contractor will provide a comprehensive report on the economic, technical, social and environmental factors that will be necessary to accomplishing the aforementioned objectives, and will include a biorefinery market analysis of all relevant products for the North American and global market -- identification of the opportunities and potential barriers to their development. Analysis should include discussions on how the availability of feedstocks required in biorefinery production affect the economics of establishing the facilities.

BC Biorefinery Investment RfP information and details HERE (Source: BCBN, 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: BCBN, Dr. Scott Stanners, Executive Director (604) 889-4549, Scott.Stanners@bcbioenergy.ca, www.bcbioenergy.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News BC Bioenergy Network ,  


Neste MY Renewable Diesel Now Available in Calif. (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2019-03-25
Hesinki-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel fuel producer Neste reports the opening of Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ cardlock dispensing facilities in San Leandro, San Jose, Ripon, and Keyes California.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost competitive, low-carbon fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to petroleum diesel. The fuel meets and often exceeds California's rigorous emissions standards while meeting consumer requirements for sustainability. (Source: Neste, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com, Jeremy Baines, VP Sales, usa@neste.com, (713)407-4400, www.NesteMY.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  


WBCSD Launches New Energy Solutions Project (Int'l Report)
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Date: 2018-12-17
The Swiss-headquartered World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is reporting the December 10th launch of its newest project, New Energy Solutions.

By facilitating cross-sectoral collaboration, the project aims to scale up pre-commercial and/or proven low-carbon technologies that are being deployed too slowly across the transportation and other energy sectors.

The New Energy Solutions project aims to help commercial and industrial companies from all sectors make headway with proven technologies and low-carbon fuels, the uptake of green bonds for renewable fuels and projects, corporate renewable power purchase agreements, and low-carbon microgrids for commercial and industrial customers.

Together, project members are identifying and implementing technologies, fuels and solutions that help companies transition to low-carbon energy sources in line with the Paris Agreement. (Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Climate Home, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: WBCSD, Maria Mendiluce, Managing Director, www.wbcsd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Business Council for Sustainable Development,  


CleanBC Climate Action Plan Targets Heavy Emitters (Ind. Report)
British Columbia
Date: 2018-12-07
In Vancouver, the province of British Columbia's just released CleanBC Climate Action Plan aims to cut the province's emissions by 18.9 million tonnes over the next 12 years. To reach its goal, the plan calls for increasing the use of electricity by all sectors -- including heavy industry and transportation -- and boosting the use of low-carbon fuels.

The plan depends most heavily on slashing industry emissions by 8.4 million tonnes, nearly half the total cuts planned -- achieving that with aggressive electrification, major new hydro transmission lines, and a $240-million a year technology fund.

Another third of the cuts would come from greener transportation, particularly a ban on emission-producing new vehicles within 20 years, clean fuel car incentive incentives, and an increased reliance on renewable fuel.

The plan also calls for increasing the provincial price on carbon emissions to $50 per tonne and ramping up buildings' energy efficiency each account for a further one-tenth emissions savings, the latter by retrofitting 51,000 provincially owned housing units and requiring at least 15 pct of natural gas use to come from renewable sources.

In 2015, the province's emissions were 61.6 million tonnes net after offsets -- equal to the annual CO2 emissions of 13.4 million passenger vehicles. (Source: Province of British Columbia, Star Metro Vancouver, CBC, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Province of British Columbia, CleanBC Climate Action Plan, www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/planning-and-action, www2.gov.bc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News BC Carbon Tax,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Flagstaff Adopts Climate Change Action Plan (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-26
In Arizona, the city of Flagstaff City Council reports the approval of the city's climate change action and adaptation plan to reduce the city's GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2050 and to prepare the city for the effects of climate change.

The plan calls for the city of approximately 79,500 residents to work with federal, state, local and tribal agencies to implement more aggressive "thinning" operations, better manage the city landfill to reduce GHG emissions, encourage higher density mixed-use developments, greater energy efficiency, a possible municipal carbon tax, and encourage the use of alternative forms of transportation and low-carbon fuels.

The plan doesn't specify a program timetable, costs or funding options. (Source: Flagstaff City Council, Arizona Daily Sun. 24 Nov., 2018) Contact: Flagstaff City Council, www.flagstaff.az.gov/1406/Mayor-City-Council

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


UK DfT Launches E10 Low-Carbon Fuel Consultation (Int'l Report)
UK Department for Transport
Date: 2018-07-23
In London, the UK Department for Transport (DfT) is reporting the launch of a consultation on whether and how it should introduce E10 fuel to the UK market. The consultation aims to help the DfT understand E10's potential impact on the market and to ensure that drivers understand and are are protected in the event of changes to the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO). The RFTO, which was announced earlier this year, requires transport fuel suppliers to increase the amount of renewable fuel supplied across the UK up to 2032. To meet these new targets, fuel suppliers could choose to increase the percentage of bioethanol in petrol beyond the current 5 pct (E5) up to a limit of 10 pct (E10).

The consultation includes proposals on: whether and how to introduce E10 petrol in the UK market; the reintroduction of an E5 protection grade to ensure standard petrol remains affordable and available; and the introduction of new fuel labeling at filling stations, on petrol pumps and on new cars.

Decarbonising petrol is increasingly important as the government moves towards the zero emissions future set out in the Road to Zero strategy earlier this month.

Road to Zero strategy details HERE. (Source: UK Department for Transport, 20 July, 2018) Contact: UK Department of Transport, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/secretary-of-state-for-transport

More Low-Carbon Energy News :ow-Carbon Fuel,  UK Department for Transport,  


UK Clean Growth Strategy Promotes Low-Carbon Fuels (Int'l)
Element Energy
Date: 2018-06-15
In London, the UK Government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched the first phase of a £20 million competition which focuses on market engagement and the potential scope for switching from fossil fuels to low-carbon fuels in industry.

The competition aims to stimulate early investment in fuel switching processes and technologies, so that a range of technologies are available by 2030 and beyond.

Download a Clean Growth Strategy executive summary HERE. (Source: GOV.UK, June, 2018) Contact: GOV.UK, www.gov.uk


Linde Submits Hydrogen Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Pathway Application in California (Ind. Report)
Linde LLC,California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-06-15
Linde LLC reports it has submitted a Tier 2 application for the California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for a Tier 2 pathway for hydrogen as a co-product from the commercial electrolytic production of sodium chlorate from a facility located in Quebec, Canada.

The produced hydrogen is liquefied and transported via truck to California fueling stations where it is "re-gasified" and compressed before being dispensed.

The LCFS currently has 14 certified pathways for hydrogen, with CIs ranging from 165.88 gCO2e/MJ (Linde Canada production of hydrogen from central reforming of natural gas), to 0 (hydrogen production via electrolysis using solar electricity) to -46.91 (landfill gas to on-site hydrogen production via cracking of methane). (Source: Linde, Green Car Congress, 14 June, 2018)Contact: California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, www.energy.ca.gov/low_carbon_fuel_standard; Linde LLC, www.lindeus.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Linde LLC,  Hydrogem,  California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard,  


Carbon Engineering CO2 Extraction Moves Towards Commercialization (Ind. Report)
Carbon Engineering
Date: 2018-06-11
According to a study by researchers at Calgary-headquartered Carbon Engineering, the cost of extracting a tonne of CO2 from the atmosphere now ranges between US$94 and $232. A 2011 analysis put the cost at $600 per tonne. Carbon Engineering has been operating a "direct air capture" pilot CO2-extraction plant in British Columbia since 2015.

Carbon Engineering's direct air capture technology design blows air through towers that contain a solution of potassium hydroxide, which reacts with CO2 to form potassium carbonate. The result, after further processing, is a calcium carbonate pellet that can be heated to release the CO2 which could be sequestered or used to make synthetic, low-carbon fuels.

When Carbon Engineering configured the air-capture plant for this purpose, they were able to bring costs down to as low as $94 per tonne of CO2. The company hopes to build a small facility that can produce 200 bpd of fuel by 2021, and then a commercial plant that can produce 2,000 barrels per day. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Greener Idea, 10 June, 2018) Contact: Carbon Engineering, carbonengineering.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Engineering,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  ,  


California Extending Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2018-05-02
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it is preparing to extend the state's 2011-vintage low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program through 2030, with additional emissions cuts aimed at ultimately reducing the carbon intensity of fuels sold in the Golden State by 20 pct.

The LCFS sets an average carbon content for fuels that declines annually. To stay below that standard, companies need to either change the balance of fuels they sell or buy credits to offset high-emitting fuels.

In addition to ratcheting down the compliance curve -- which currently ends in 2020 at 10 percent below a 2010 baseline -- CARB is looking at new sources of fuels to generate credits, including alternative jet fuel, and is planning to add a new methodology to encourage companies to deploy carbon capture and sequestration (CCS.) The agency is planning to approve the amendments this fall. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Climate Wire, Others, April 30, 2018) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board ,  CARB,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  CCS,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


Keene Exceeds GHG EMissions Reduction Goal (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-21
In New Hampshire, the city of Keene (pop. 23,400) reports its 2004 vintage Climate Action Plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions generated by municipal operations by 20 pct from 1995 levels, and emissions generated community-wide by 10 pct from 1995 levels, is ahead of schedule.

The city says it decreased its municipal emissions by 25 pct from 5,899 tons in 1995 to 4,423 tons in 2015, while community-wide emissions decreased by only 2.8 pct from 284,511 tons in 1995 to 276,512 tons in 2015.

Nearly half (46 pct) of the city and the community's greenhouse gas emissions are generated by the transportation sector followed by the residential sector at 28 pct and the commercial and industrial sector at 23 pct.

The emissions decrease can be partially credited to the city decreasing its use of fuel oil, including switching the heating operations of buildings from fuel oil to propane, installing energy efficient lighting, a switch to biodiesel and other low-carbon fuels, the installation of a solar PV system on the roof of City Hall, hydroelectric turbines at the water treatment plant, geothermal heating, and upgraded HVAC systems. (Source: City of Keene, Keene Sentinal, 18 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Keene, Mari Brunner, Planner, 352-5474, https://ci.keene.nh.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  


Lafarge Cement Researching Low-Carbon Fuel (R&D, Ind. Report)
Lafarge
Date: 2018-01-12
Cement manufacturing giant Lafarge Canada Inc, in cooperation with the University of Calgary, Queen’s University and Pembina Institute, is carrying out a million-dollar study on the environmental benefits of introducing lower-carbon fuels at its Exshaw Cement plant in Alberta, Canada.

Eight lower-carbon fuels will be put under closer scrutiny, including renovation/demolition waste, non-recyclable plastic, carpets and textiles, shingles, treated wood products, tire-derived fuels and rubber. These fuels have been successfully used at other Lafarge cement works in Canada and around the world. The research will also measure the environmental aspects of sourcing, processing and full-scale commercial operation of each alternative fuel compared with fossil fuels.

Project funding is being provided by Alberta Innovates, Emissions Reduction Alberta, Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. It includes research by Millenium EMS Solutions Ltd, Geocycle and WSP Global Inc. (Source: Lafarge Canada, CEMNET, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lafarge Canada, Rob Cumming, Environmental Director , (403) 292-1555, www.lafarge-na.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lafarge news,  Low-Carbon Fuel news,  Alternative Fuel news,  Cement news,  


NYC Ferries Studying Alternative Fuels Options (Ind. Report)
NYC
Date: 2018-01-08
In the Big Apple, the NYC Department of Transportation reports it will soon begin a 2-year study to assess the use of alternative , low-carbon fuels as opposed to standard petroleum diesel fuels on the Staten Island Ferry and others in the city's fleet.

The study is in response a City Council bill Dec. 19 city council bill and is a step toward requiring city ferries to use more efficient, environmentally-friendly fuels. The study will consider the use of alternative fuels such as biodiesel, hybrid electric and fuel-cell electric as well as the availability, storage, ferry compatibility, potential limitations and regulations relative the the use of alternative fuels. The city would convert the ferries to these energy sources if the study determines that using renewable fuels is feasible and practical. (Source: NYC Council, LIC Post, Various Media, Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels,  Biofuel,  


BC Low-Carbon Fuels Standard Consultations Underway (Ind. Report)
Advanced Biofuels Canada
Date: 2017-12-11
Advanced Biofuels Canada is reporting the government of British Columbia has launched consultations on the Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation (RLCFRR) on the feasibility of the carbon intensity targets.

The proposed targets include a required 15 to 20 pct total reduction in carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2030, as well as potential amendments regarding cost containment, refinery improvements, biojet recognition, and non-fuel credit generating activities.

The RLCFRR includes a renewable fuel mandate -- 5 pct in gasoline, 4 pct in diesel -- as well as a 10 pct below 2010 by 2020 low carbon fuel standard which was considered "possible, but challenging." (Source: Advanced Biofuels Canada, EIN, Dec., 2017) Contact: Advanced Biofuels Canada, Ian Thomson, President, (604) 947-0040, (778) 233-3889 , ithomson@advancedbiofuels.ca, www.advancedbiofuels.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuels Canada,  Low Carbon Fuel,  


NAIT Developing Long-Haul Trucking Low-Carbon Fuel (Ind. Report)
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology,Oberon Fuels
Date: 2017-11-13
On the Canadian Praries, the Edmonton-based Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) reports it has has partnered with industry stakeholders to bring all-weather low-carbon fuel to the long-haul trucking industry. Working with Mack Trucks, Westcan Bulk Transport, and Oberon Fuels, the effort is supported by the Alberta Ministry of Economic Development and Trade with funding of $368,000. .

NAIT researchers will work to develop fuel moisture management technology for dimethyl ether (DME), which is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel alternative made from natural gas or methanol produced from biomass feedstock. The technology aims to remove any residual water from the DME before injection into the engine, eliminated the risk of corrosion and reduced performance. NAIT plans to test the technology using Mack trucks from Westcan's operating in Alberta. (Source: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Truck West, 9 Nov., 2017) Contact: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Dr. Glenn Feltham, Pres., CEO, (780) 471-6248, www.nait.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News DME,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  LOw-Carbon Fuel,  


REGI Lauds California Low-Carbon Fuels Standard Extension (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2017-07-21
Ames, Iowa-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) is lauding California lawmakers for approving pro-low carbon fuels legislation A.B. 398. The legislation included a ten-year extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which encourages greater use of biomass-based diesel.

"As a leading provider of lower-carbon biomass-based diesel in California and North America, REG is thankful to Golden State legislators for these forward thinking actions that will further improve California's carbon reduction efforts and help provide cleaner burning fuel for its citizens. As a long-time Californian, I have seen firsthand how the LCFS and cap-and-trade have improved our air quality and enhanced our energy security. This long term commitment will further both of those worthwhile goals and provide many more environmental and economic benefits." (Source: REGI, July 19, 2017) Contact: REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, (703) 822-1972, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  


Driving Decarbonization: Pathways and Policies for Canadian Transport -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/.../climatechange/pan-canadian-framework.html
Date: 2017-07-12
As part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the Canadian federal government announced plans at the end 2016 to develop a national clean fuel standard (CFS). This report addresses several issues related to applying a CFS to transport.

The report examines the potential for biofuels to contribute to transport decarbonisation, assess the potential for a CFS to be the key policy driving transport decarbonisation, and conducts a modeling exercise in comparing a highly flexible CFS with carbon pricing to drive transport decarbonization in Canada.

Access the full Driving Decarbonization: Pathways and Policies for Canadian Transport report HERE. (Source: Energy and Materials Research Group (EMRG) School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University, June 29, 2017) Contact: Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, www.canada.ca/en/services/.../climatechange/pan-canadian-framework.html

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


Feds Uphold Calif. Low-carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
Low-Carbon Fuel, Ethanol
Date: 2017-06-26
In the Golden State, a federal judge has upheld most of California's pioneering low-carbon fuel standard but allowed oil companies and other fuel suppliers to challenge rules that may favor California ethanol producers over their Midwest competitors.

California's low-carbon fuel standard, part of a 2006 state law intended to reduce air pollution that causes global warming, requires suppliers of transportation fuel sold in California to achieve a 10 pct reduction in the amount of carbon released from their products by 2020 In 2011, the court blocked enforcement of the low-carbon standard, saying it appeared to establish a preference for California-produced biofuels. (Source: SF Gate, Others, 20 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Fuel Standard,  Biofuel,  EThanol,  


GoodFuels Program Aims to Accelerate Marine Biofuels Use (Ind. Report)
GoodFuels
Date: 2017-05-31
Dutch marine biofuels specialist GoodFuels is reporting the launch of its GoodShipping programme designed to 'accelerate' the amount of low-carbon fuels in the marine-fuel mix. The program allows the cargo owner to purchase low-carbon, compatible and sustainable drop-in biofuels rather than relying on the ship owner to change its fuel mix. The big difference with other sustainability initiatives is that the GoodShipping Program changes the marine fuel mix and thereby realizes a carbon reduction within the industry. Every ocean cargo owner can participate in the GoodShipping Program regardless of its volume, location, trade routes and existing contracts with carriers and/or freight forwarders.

The first Good Trade Lane will be launched in autumn 2017. GoodFuels' produces sustainable biofuels from waste and residues, and is supported by several NGOs. (Source: GoodFuels, PR, 30 May, 2017) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO , info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com/marine

More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuels,  Marine Biofuel,  Drop-in fuel,  


Pepsi Commits to Emissions Cuts, Increased Sustainability (Ind. Report)
PepsiCo
Date: 2017-05-24
Earlier this month, soft drink giant PepsiCo, Inc. reported their agreement with Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to report and verify the company's efforts to reach sustainability by 2025. Pepsi also announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions company wide by at least 20 pct by 2030.

To achieve their greenhouse gas and sustainability goals, PepsiCo will work with suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, explore alternatives to greenhouse gas-intensive materials, investigate low-carbon fuels and fleet operations, increase sustainable manufacturing operations, as well as partner with farmers and its suppliers to cut emissions. Since 2006, Pepsi has limited its greenhouse gas emissions and improved the energy efficiency of their legacy operations by 18 pct. (Source: PepsiCo, PR, May, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Emissions,  PepsiCo,  


Lanzanol Low-Carbon Fuel Demo Project Awarded $4Mn (Funding)
LanzaTechn PNNL
Date: 2017-04-03
The US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office reports it will supply $4 million in grant funding to LanzaTech for a 3 million gpy low-carbon jet diesels and fuels from industrial off gases demo project.

LanzaTech will recycle ArcelorMittal steel production waste gases to produce "Lanzanol", an ethanol intermediate. A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and LanzaTech developed process will be used to convert Lanzanol and ethanol to jet diesel or fuel and other cost-effective products.

The project participants include LanzaTech, PNNL, Petron Scientech, Nexceris, CRI Catalyst Company and Gardner Denver Nash, Ambitech and others. The fuels' environmental impact will be evaluated by Michigan Technological University and Audi will check the properties and effects of the fuel and diesel produced. The other project partners are Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative and Airlines for America. (Source: LanzaTech, Talk Daily News, 27 Mar., 2017) Contact: ArcelorMittal, www.arcelormittal.com; PNNL, www.pnnl.gov; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Virgin Atlantic,  


LCFS Driving New Advanced Biofuel Demand, says UNICA (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources BOard
Date: 2017-03-27
California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), America's second-largest driver of biofuels consumption after the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), could soon dramatically increase demand for low-carbon fuels under the California Air Resources Board (CARB) proposed statewide decarbonization scoping plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030.

This action is part of the Golden State's effort to reduce emissions 80 pct by 2050, as mandated by state legislation, and low-carbon transportation is key to reaching the goal. Transportation, primarily on-road travel, generates 40 pct of the state's total greenhouse gas emissions -- the single-largest source of statewide carbon dioxide emissions. Under the LCFS, which was first adopted in 2009, fuel producers nust reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of their products 10 pct from a 1990 baseline by 2020 and reduce emissions and other air pollutants.

Under the proposed scoping plan update, California's transportation fuel CI would become much more stringent. One alternative proposal would increase the LCFS target to an 18 pct CI reduction by 2030, which would avoid between $55 million and $340 million in economic damages related to climate change, according to CARB.

CARB's transportation fuel life-cycle analysis boosts the need for advanced biofuels capable of providing more energy with fewer emissions. Sugarcane ethanol has one of the lowest carbon intensities of all the fuels that are commercially available in California, and the commodity's designation as a low-carbon fuel under LCFS lifecycle CI assessments is an important attribute for increased supplies. Since 2011, Brazil has exported nearly 300 million gallons of sugarcane ethanol to California. Since 2004, Brazil's sugarcane ethanol industry has invested over $30 billion in production and capacity, and is slated to produce an estimated 7 billion gallons of ethanol during the 2016 harvest season. (Source: Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association Release, 24 Mar., 2017) Contact: Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, Leticia Phillips, North American Representative, (202) 506-5299, http://english.unica.com.br

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UK Firms Collaborating on Coffee-Waste Bioenergy (Int'l Report)
Caffe Nero,bio-bean,Biomass
Date: 2017-02-15
In the UK, Caffe Nero has unveiled plans to recycle coffee grounds from 122 of its London stores to make low-carbon fuel. The scheme is a collaborative effort between the coffee chain and clean technology company bio-bean.

According to the company, one tonne of waste coffee grounds can create 245 litres of biodiesel, enough to fill four cars. The company also claims that 218 tonnes of used coffee grounds can be processed into 98 tonnes of biomass pellets -- sufficient to heat 435 homes for a year. In addition to the production of 'coffee logs' for woodburners and biomass pellets for biomass boilers, bio-bean is now developing a system to convert the oils from coffee waste in to biodiesel for vehicles. (Source: Caffe Nero, Various Media, 13 Feb., 2017) Contact: Caffe Nero, Matt Spencer, Commercial Director, +44 117 929 4992, www.caffenero.com; BioBean, +44 203 744 6500, +44 (0) 7979 495640, info@bio-bean.com, www.bio-bean.com

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CARB Proposal Cuts Greenhouse Gases 40 pct by 2030 (Reg. & Leg.)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2017-01-25
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released a proposed plan to reduce GHG emissions by 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030. The plan builds on the state's successful efforts to reduce emissions and outlines the most effective ways to reach the 2030 goal, including continuation of the state's Cap-and-Trade Program. The proposed plan will continue to build on investments in clean energy and set the California economy on a trajectory to achieving an 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions by 2050.

Assembly Bill 32, signed in 2006, set California's initial goal to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and directed CARB to develop a climate change scoping plan -- to be updated every five years -- detailing specific measures needed to reach the target.

The proposed plan continues the Cap-and-Trade Program through 2030 and includes a new approach to reduce GHGs from refineries by 20 pct. It incorporates approaches to cutting super pollutants from the Short Lived Climate Pollutants Strategy and acknowledges the need to cut agriculture emissions.

Achieving the 2030 goal will require an enhanced focus on zero- and near-zero emission vehicle technologies; continued investment in renewable energy; greater use of low-carbon fuels; integrated land conservation and development strategies; coordinated efforts to reduce methane emissions and other short-lived climate pollutants; and an increased focus on integrated land-use planning to support livable, transit-connected communities. The plan finds that Cap-and-Trade is the lowest cost, most efficient policy approach and provides certainty that the state will meet the 2030 goals. California's Cap-and-Trade Program funds the California Climate Investments program, which funds statewide projects aimed at reducing GHG emissions. To date, $3.4 billion in cap-and-trade funds have been appropriated for the California Climate Investments program. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Jan., 2018) Contact: California ARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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£20Mn Committed to UK Low-Carbon Fuel Sector (Int'l)
UK Department of Transport
Date: 2017-01-13
In the UK, the Department of Transport has unveiled a £20 million investment for firms developing low-carbon vehicle projects including greater integration of biofuels into the country's transport energy mix. The investment is part of an overarching plan for all new cars and vans to be zero-emission by 2040.

Since the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) was created in 2008, around £1 billion of private investment in biodiesel and bioethanol plants has contributed £30 million to the UK economy, according to the Ministry which is considering raising the UK's biofuel to petrol and diesel blend rate to 9.8 pct.

According to Government figures, the freight industry accounts for around 30 pct of the country's CO2 transport emissions. Interestingly, government statistics indicate that transportation sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are gradually increasing while emissions from most other sectors of the economy have fallen. (Spurce: UK Department of Transport, edie, 11 Jan., 2017) Contact: UK Department of Transport, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/secretary-of-state-for-transport

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LanzaTech Scores $4Mn for Lanzanol Demo Plant (Funding)
LanzaTech,ArcelorMittal,PNNL
Date: 2017-01-04
Chicago-headquartered industrial waste gas to low-carbon fuel specialist LanzaTech is reporting receipt of $4 million in grant funding from the US DOE to create a demonstration-scale facility which will produce 3 million gallons of "Lanzanol", an ethanol extracted from steel manufacturing gases. The Lanzanol will converted into fuel via a process developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and scaled up by LanzaTech. The fuel has been flight tested by Virgin Atlantic Airlines. Initial analyses suggest the new fuel will cut carbon emissions by 65 pct compared to conventional jet fuel.

LanzaTech is currently building commercial ethanol facilities using waste gases in China with China's largest steel company, Shougang, and in Belgium with the world's largest steel manufacturer, ArcelorMittal. (Source: LanzaTech, Stuff NZ, 3 Jan., 2016) Contact: ArcelorMittal, www.arcelormittal.com; PNNL, www.pnnl.gov; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; Virgin Atlantic, Craig Kreeger, CEO, www.virgin-atlantic.com

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bio bean Purchasing Coffee Grounds for Biomass Pellets (Int'l)
bio-bean
Date: 2016-12-19
In the UK, London-headquartered coffee giant Costa is reporting the that more than 3,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds from its more than 850 stores are now being used to make low-carbon fuel by biomass specialists bio-bean. bio-bean produce biomass pellets and "coffee logs" for wood-burning stoves.

bio-bean's production facility in Cambridgeshire, can process as much as 50,000 tpy of waste coffee grounds into pellets and "coffe logs." (Source: Costa, BuisnessGreen, Dec., 2016) Contact: bio bean, +44 20 3744 6500, www.bio-bean.com

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Canada Plans National Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (Ind. Report)
Canada
Date: 2016-11-30
In Ottawa, the government of Canada reports it will develop a low-carbon fuel standard as part of its previously reported efforts to slash greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 megatons per year by 2030.

The proposed standard would be performance-based and set requirements to reduce the lifecycle carbon intensities of fuels supplied in a given year, based on lifecycle analysis. The Canadian standard would not prescribe specific low-carbon fuels or technologies but would encourage the use of low-carbon fuels in the transportatio and other sectors. The Standard will provide flexibility to fuel suppliers while taking into account regional differences and existing renewable fuel regulations. It will also complement the government's recently announced carbon pricing initiative, according to the government announcement. (Source: Gov't of Canada, Various Media, 25 Nov., 2016)

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US Carbon Energy Sector Emissions Plunge (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2016-10-24
As previously reported, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says that U.S CO2 emissions have fallen to their lowest level since 1991. The reporet found that emissions from the U.S. energy sector totaled 2,530 million metric tons during the first six months of 2016, which is the lowest in 25 years. The report also projected that energy-related CO2 emissions will decrease to 5,179 million metric tons in 2016.

Exceptionally mild weather and the swing to low-carbon fuels are being credited for the drop. Additionally, coal consumption fell 18 pct and natural gas consumption slipped 1 percent while renewable energy uptake jumped 9 pct in the first half of 2016, the report says. (Source: EIA, Nature World News, 21 Oct., 2016)Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov

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Biofrontiers - Responsible Innovation for Tomorrow's Liquid Fuels -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Biofrontiers, International Council on Clean Transportation
Date: 2016-10-19
The Biofrontiers Initiative, a group of biofuel companies and clean transportation think-tanks, has released a report calling for the European Commission (EC) to set binding targets for the development of advanced biofuels in the EU. The report: Biofrontiers - Responsible Innovation for Tomorrow's Liquid Fuels, examines the economic, environmental and technical issues associated with developing the next generation of low-carbon fuels.

According to the report, the EU needs to provide potential investors with the same off-take guarantees originally accorded to wind and solar power investors. The report suggests that these guarantee could be delivered through national blending targets, carbon intensity reduction targets and others initiatives.

Access the Biofrontiers - Responsible Innovation for Tomorrow's Liquid Fuels report HERE. Source: Biofrontiers Initiative, Oct., 2016) Contact: Biofrontiers Initiative, The International Council on Clean Transportation, www.theicct.org

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