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Landsec Touting Net Zero Carbon Commercial Development (Int'l.)
Landsec
Date: 2020-07-29
In the UK, London-based property developer Landsec is reporting progress in its plans for what aims to be the UK's first net zero carbon commercial building --The Forge -- a 139,000 sq ft office development in Southwark, London. The project aimes to be the first UK commercial building to meet UK Green Building Council's (UKGBC) net zero carbon buildings framework and associated energy performance targets. Landsec notes all future developments will be built to, and operate in line with, UKGBC's net zero carbon buildings framework.

In November, Landsec became the first UK REIT to align its carbon reduction target to a 1.5 degree C pathway of global warming. The externally approved science-based target will see Landsec reduce absolute carbon emissions by 70 pct from a 2014 baseline over the next ten years aimed at becoming a net zero carbon business by 2030. Landsec is one of the largest real estate companies in Europe with a £12.8 billion portfolio spanning 24 million sq ft of retail, leisure, workspace and residential hubs, with a growing focus on London. (Source: Landsec, Pr, July, 2020) Contact: Landsec, Mark Allen, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7413 9000, enquiries@landsec.com, www.landsec.com; UKGBC, Julie Hirigoyen, info@ukgbc.org, www.ukgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  UK Green Building Council news,  


UK Bankers for Net Zero Initiative Launched (Int'l. Report)
Net Zero Carbon Emissions
Date: 2020-07-22
In the UK, five lenders -- Barclays Bank , Handelsbanken , Ecology Building Society , Triodos, and digital lender Tide -- have launched the Bankers for NetZero initiative aiming to help businesses reduce risks involved in shifting to greener and more sustainable practices on the road to net zero by 2050.

Bankers for NetZero is run in partnership with the research and advisory firm Volans, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking and Re:Pattern, a strategy consultancy specialising in sustainable finance. Bankers for NetZero plans to issue a white paper on accelerating the UK's transition to a net zero economy before the end of the year. (Source: Yahoo, Reuters, 21 July, 2020)

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


Dole Pledges Net Zero Emissions by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Dole
Date: 2020-07-10
Dole Packaged Foods , the world's largest fruit producer and distributor, has announced its new sustainability pledge to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 20 years ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement deadline.

To that end, the company aims to achieve zero fruit loss at all Dole farms to markets and eliminate all fossil-based plastic packaging by 2024. (Source: Dole Packaged Foods, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Dole, www.dolesunshine.com

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


Amazon Announces $2 Billion Climate Pledge Fund (Ind. Report)
Amazon, Climate Change
Date: 2020-06-24
Online merchandising giant Amazon has announced an initial $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund to support the development of sustainable technologies and services that will enable Amazon and other companies to meet The Climate Pledge -- a commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040. This dedicated venture investment program will back visionary companies in various industries whose products and services will facilitate the transition to a zero carbon economy.

Amazon also released its 2019 sustainability report and an update on the company's sustainability goals and programs, including:

  • Amazon announced it's on a path to run on 100 pct renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of schedule. As part of The Climate Pledge, Amazon previously committed to reach 80 pct renewable energy by 2024 and 100 pct renewable energy by 2030.

  • To date, Amazon has announced 91 renewable energy projects around the globe totaling over 2,900 MW delivering more than 7.6 million MWh of renewable energy annually, enough to power 680,000 U.S. homes.

  • Amazon made two investments from its $100 million Right Now Climate Fund in nature-based solutions and reforestation projects around the world, including a reforestation project in the Appalachians in the U.S. and an urban greening initiative in Berlin, Germany.

  • Since 2015, Amazon has reduced the weight of outbound packaging by 33 pct and eliminated more than 880,000 tons of packaging material, the equivalent of 1.5 billion shipping boxes.

    Details of Amazon's sustainability goals are HERE. (Source: Amazon, PR, June, 2020) Contact: Amazon Inc., Amazon-pr@amazon.com, www.amazon.com/pr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Pledge,  Climate Change,  Amazon,  Jeff Bezos,  


  • BP Invests in Satelytics to Address Methane Leaks (Ind. Report)
    BP,Satelytics
    Date: 2020-06-24
    BP Ventures, the investment arm of BP, is reporting a $5 million investment in Toledo, Ohio-headquartered geospatial analytics specialist Satelytics to help the oil and gas giant accurately spot and remedy methane leaks which contribute to the greenhouse gas effect and climate change.

    BP plans to install Satelytics methane measurement capabilities at all its major oil and gas processing sites by 2023. This will be to measure the base level of methane in its current operations so that it can work towards cutting methane levels by 50 pct. BP's investment is in line with its goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    Satelytics is a cloud-based geospatial analytics software suite. Multi or hyper-spectral imagery gathered from satellites, UAV, planes, and fixed cameras alerting our customers in oil and gas, power, pipeline, rail, mining and water to identify operational challenges as early as possible. Pinpointing the specific problem, its location and magnitude, is critical to minimizing cost, impact, and operational disruption, according to the company's website. (Source" BP Innovations, PR, June, 2020) Contact: Satelytics, 419-728-0060, www.satelytics.com; BP Innovations, 702-528-3029, www.bpinnovations.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Satelytics,  ethane,  Methane Emissions,  BP,  


    Infosys Takes The Climate Pledge (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Climate Pledge
    Date: 2020-06-17
    Amazon is reporting Bengaluru, India-headquartered business consultancy Infosys Ltd has signed on to The Climate Pledge.

    The Climate Pledge calls on new signatories to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040 -- a decade ahead of the Paris Climate Accord's goal of 2050. It also calls for signatories to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis; implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions and other carbon emission elimination strategies; and neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially-beneficial offsets to achieve net zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.

    Infosys, which is one of the first companies to place an internal price on carbon, has an energy efficiency program that helped reduce its per-capita electricity consumption by 55 pct , and has invested in community-based emission reduction projects to help meet its net zero carbon goal. (Source: Amazon, PR, Business Wire, 16 June, 2020) Contact: Infosys, Salil Parekh, CEO, www.infosys.com; The Climate Pledge, www.theclimatepledge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Pledge news,  Infosys news,  Climate Chnage news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Paris Climate Agreement news,  


    OGUK Aiming for Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l. Report)
    Oil and Gas UK
    Date: 2020-06-17
    In the UK, the London-based industry group Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) reports it plans to cut its emissions to net zero by 2050 and to halve greenhouse gas emissions arising from exploration and production work on the UK Continental Shelf by 2030 -- then deliver a 90 pct emissions cut by 2040.

    To that end, OGUK aims to change its operations including reductions in flaring and venting, and major capital investment programmes aimed at using electricity rather than gas to power offshore facilities. The current OGUK targets would see the removal of over nine million tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions from its operations over the next decade.

    A total of 18.3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases were emitted from upstream oil and gas operations in 2018 -- 4 pct of total UK emissions. (Source: OGUK, Engineering & Technology, 16 June, 2020) Contact: OGUK, +44 (0) 1224 577250, communications@oilandgasuk.co.uk, www.oilandgasuk.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Net Zero Carbon news,  Climate Change news,  


    UK's Assura Joins Global Net Zero Buildings Commitment (Int'l.)
    Assura
    Date: 2020-06-10
    In the UK, Harrington-headquartered primary care property specialist Assura plc reports it was among 95 signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, which aims to see 100 percent uptake of net zero carbon buildings by 2050. The Commitment was made through the World Green Building Council.

    Sixty-two of the 96 Commitment participants are businesses and organisations, and collectively their action alone will reduce more than 3.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions.

    Assura, which owns more than 570 primary care buildings in the UK, is committed to ensuring all buildings they own, occupy and/or develop will operate at net zero carbon by 2030, or earlier, the company says. (Source: Assura plc , PR, 9 June, 2020) Contact: Assura plc, , Jonathan Murphy, CEO, www,assuraplc.com; World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Carbon news,  World Green Building Council news,  


    Rolls-Royce Focused on Net Zero Carbon by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Rolls-Royce
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In the UK, London-headquartered Rolls-Royce reports it has joined the UN Race to Zero campaign in the run up to COP26 slated for Glasgow in Nov., 2021, and reiterates its commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. To that end, Rolls Royce reports it will:
  • Align its business to the Paris Agreement goals, to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C;

  • Use its technological capabilities to play a leading role in enabling vital parts of the economy to get to net zero carbon by 2050, including aviation, shipping, rail, and power generation;

  • Continue and accelerate accelerate its R&D and investment in efficient products and novel solutions to the climate change challenge;

  • Drive changes in the efficiency of engines and work together with the fuels industry to significantly ramp up the availability of lower carbon alternative fuels.

  • Accelerate the development of new technologies and capabilities for future low emission products, including pioneering the electrification of flight;

  • Achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from operations and facilities by 2030, by using 100 pct renewable energy, closed loop manufacturing techniques on high value metals, and deploy our cutting-edge microgrid capabilities.

    The global Race To Zero campaign mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, representing 449 cities, 21 regions, 992 businesses, 38 of the biggest investors, and 505 universities. These "real economy" actors join 120 countries in the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. Collectively these actors now cover nearly 25 pct of global CO2 emissions and over 50 pct GDP, according to the campaign website. (Source: Rolls Royce, Arabian Aeorspace News, 5 June, 2020) Contact: Rolls Royce, Warren East, CEO, www.rolls-royce.com: UN Race to Zero Campaign, www.unfccc.int/climate-action/race-to-zero-campaign

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


  • New Jersey Energy Master Plan Unveiled (Reg. & Leg, Ind. Report)
    New Jersey
    Date: 2020-01-27
    Garden State Governor Phil Murphy (D) has unveiled the state's Energy Master Plan, which outlines key strategies to reach the Administration's goal of 100 pct clean energy by 2050. The Energy Master Plan outlines the following energy efficiency related strategies and includes an implementation plan that lays out next steps and timelines:
  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Transportation Sector, including encouraging electric vehicle adoption, electrifying transportation systems, and leveraging technology to reduce emissions and miles traveled.

  • Accelerating Deployment of Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources by developing offshore wind, community solar, a successor solar incentive program, solar thermal, and energy storage. It also involves adopting new market structures to embrace clean energy development and contain costs, opening electric distribution companies' circuits for distributed energy resources (DER), and developing low-cost loans or financing for DER.

  • Maximizing Energy Efficiency and Conservation, and Reducing Peak Demand including enacting 0.75 percent and 2 percent utility energy efficiency standards for natural gas and electricity, respectively, improving energy efficiency programs in New Jersey, adopting new clean energy and energy efficiency financing mechanisms, and strengthening building and energy codes and appliance standards.

  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Emissions from the Building Sector through decarbonization and electrification of new and existing buildings, including the expansion of statewide net zero carbon homes incentive programs, the development of EV-ready and Demand Response-ready building codes, and the establishment of a long-term building de-carbonization roadmap.

  • De-carbonizing and Modernizing New Jersey's Energy System through planning and establishment of Integrated Distribution Plans, investing in grid technology to enable increased communication, sophisticated rate design, and reducing our reliance on natural gas.

  • Supporting Community Energy Planning and Action in Under served Communities through incentivizing local, clean power generation, prioritizing clean transportation options in these communities, and supporting municipalities in establishing community energy plans.

  • Expand the Clean Energy Innovation Economy by expanding upon New Jersey's existing 52,000 clean energy jobs and investing in developing clean energy knowledge, services, and products that can be exported to other regions around the country and around the world, thereby driving investments and growing jobs. New Jersey will attract supply chain businesses to create dynamic new clean energy industry clusters and bring cutting-edge clean energy research and development the state. (Source: InsideNJ, PR, 27 Jan., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • UKGBC Office Energy Performance Targets Released (Report Attached)
    UK Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-01-17
    The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published new energy performance targets for commercial offices that are aiming to achieve net-zero carbon in operation. The targets were developed as an addition to UKGBC's landmark 2019 report Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition developed in collaboration with Verco, Better Buildings Partnership and BPF, with support from Arup, Carbon Intelligence, JLL UK and TfL.

    Details of the new energy performance targets include a trajectory of targets starting from current best practice with tightening targets every five years up to 2035, at which time offices aiming to be net-zero should be operating at the energy performance standards that will be needed by 2050.

    Download the Net Zero Carbon: Energy Performance Targets for Offices report HERE.

    Download Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition HERE. Source: UKGBC, Facilities Management Journal, Jan., 2020) Contact: UKGBC, Richard Twinn, Senior Policy Advisor, www.ukgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Green Building Council,  


    British Airways UK Carbon Offsetting Scheme Takes Off (Int'l.)
    British Airways,CORSIA
    Date: 2020-01-03
    Following up on our 11th October, 2019 coverage, British Airways reports it will begin offsetting carbon emissions on all flights within the UK, as part of its commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    Customers flying within the UK on flights operated by British Airways will have the carbon emissions from their flights offset by the airline and invested in verified carbon reduction projects such as renewable energy, protection of rainforests and reforestation programmes.

    In addition, British Airways' carbon emissions on international flights will be capped at 2020 levels through the United Nations' worldwide carbon pricing scheme called CORSIA, (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation).

    British Airways has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 through a range of initiatives, including offsetting emissions, flying more fuel-efficient aircraft, investing in sustainable aviation fuel and changing operating procedures, as well as working with stakeholders and governments to strengthen global climate policy.

    The airline and its parent company, IAG will invest a total of $400 million on alternative sustainable fuel development over the next 20 years. (Source: British Airways, PR, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: British Airways, www.ba.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News British Airways,  Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Offset,  CORSIA,  


    Goldman Sachs Commits to Net Zero Carbon Buildings (Ind. Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-12-13
    Investment banker Goldman Sacks is among seven private sector companies -- Hudson Pacific Properties, Lendlease, Funds Management Australia, and Petinelli -- that have signed on to the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. The pledge calls for "urgent action" to ensure buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030 or sooner.

    The Commitment positions renewable energy and energy efficiency as a central components to achieving decarbonisation across building portfolios. This represents the most cost effective, best practice approach to ensuring buildings are future-proofed against climate impacts. (Source: World Green Building Council, Circular, 12 Dec., 2019) Contact: World Green Building Council, The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, www.worldgbc.org/thecommitment, www.worldgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  Net-Zero Carbon,  


    Kingspan Commits to 45 pct Cut in Emissions by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    Kingspan
    Date: 2019-12-06
    In the UK, global insulation and building envelopes specialist Kingspan is reporting the launch of its 10-year strategy to address the impact of the company's business operations and manufacturing with commitments to cut its carbon emissions by 45 pct by 2030, as determined in the Paris Agreement, and to contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Kingspan's strategy includes:
  • Energy -- powering 60 pct of all Kingspan operations directly from renewable energy with a minimum of 20 pct of this energy generated on manufacturing sites (up from 5.9 pct today)

  • Carbon -- achieving net zero carbon manufacturing and a 50 pct reduction in product C02 intensity from primary supply partners;

  • Circularity -- upcycling of 1 billion PET bottles per annum into insulation products plus zero company waste to landfill across all sites;

  • Water: -- harvesting 100 million liters of Kingspan’s water usage from rainwater.

    In 2011, Kingspan announced a Net Zero Energy program with a 2020 target to match 100 pct of its operational energy use with renewable energy. The company is on track to achieve this goal. As part of this program, Kingspan also joined the Science Based Targets initiative, setting a target of 10 pct reduction in Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Kingspan, PR, Dec., 2019) Contact: Kingspan, +44 (0)1352 716100, info@kingspanpanels.com, www.kingspan.com

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


  • Helsinki Pledges Improved Building Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Helsinki
    Date: 2019-12-06
    The Finnish capital city of Helsinki (pop. 632,000) reports it has joined the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment developed by the World Green Building Council.

    The commitment, which has been adopted by both private companies and public authorities, pledges participants to ensure that the portfolios of buildings for which they are responsible produce net zero carbon emissions by 2030. And, since buildings generate more than half of Helsinki's carbon emissions, reducing heating consumption and increasing energy efficiency is central the city's effort. Accordingly, the city has set a range of targets and initiatives aimed increasing building energy efficiency.

    Helsinki has also introduced Climate Watch, an online tool for assessing the city's progress on each of the 147 measures outlined in its Carbon Neutral Helsinki 2035 Action Plan. (Source: City of Helsinki, Government Europa, 6 Dec., 2019) Contact: World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org; City of Helsinki, Esa Nikunen, Director Environmental Services, https://fi.linkedin.com/in/esa-nikunen-560b9a78

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  


    Energy Efficiency Key in Addressing Climate Emergency (Int'l.)
    Energy Savings Trust
    Date: 2019-10-28
    In the UK, London-headquartered Smart Energy GB has recently launched its Missing Piece Campaign highlighting energy efficiency as the missing element in the fight to mitigate against the effects of climate change. In particular, it notes that we will continue to be behind on the national target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 without a greater stress on using less.

    The Missing Piece Campaign draws on Energy Saving Trust and University of Salford research stats, not least the fact that if every household took energy efficiency measures now, we could achieve 11 pct of the UK's 2050 carbon target.

    UK home energy consumption represents over a quarter of nationwide total energy use and efficiency could result in a 26 pct reduction in natural gas imports by 2030, worth £2.7 billion.

    A key focus of the report is bringing all the UK's homes up to energy performance certificate (EPC) band C by 2035 through reasonable measures like installing insulation and more efficient heating systems. Should the government invest in programmes to support these measures, analysis suggests this would be money well spent, with a £3.20 return in GDP for every £1 invested. (Source: Energy Savings Trust GB, Blog, 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: Energy Savings Trust GB, +44 0 20 7222 0101, +44 0 20 7654 2444-fax, www.energysavingtrust.org.uk; Missing Piece Campaign, www.smartenergygb.org/en/missing-piece

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  


    WGBC Adds 63 Net-Zero Carbon Bldg. Signatories (Int'l Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-10-02
    The World Green Building Council (WGBC) is reporting 63 new signatories have joined the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment and pledged to ensure their own portfolios of buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030. Additionally, some cities, states and regions have pledged to enact regulations to ensure all new buildings operate at net zero carbon from 2030 and all buildings, including existing, operate at net zero carbon by 2050.

    The Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization across global building portfolios, in addition to generating and procuring renewable energy to meet reduced energy demand. The WGBC notes energy efficiency is the most cost effective, best practice approach to ensuring buildings are fit for purpose, future-proofed against climate impacts and, provide healthy and comfortable environments.

    Six states and regions as well as 26 cities, including Oslo, Heidelberg and Melbourne. are among the new participants. (Source: World Green Building Council, Oct., 2019)Contact: World Green Building Council, James Drinkwater, www.worldgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  World Green Building Council,  Net Zero Carbon,  


    Stora Enso Addresses Construction CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Stora Enso
    Date: 2019-09-25
    In Stockholm, Stora Enso reports it is participating in the World Green Building Week, the largest annual and global communication campaign on sustainable buildings organized by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

    Stora Enso develops and produces solutions based on wood and biomass for a range of industries and applications worldwide, leading in the bioeconomy and supporting our customers in meeting demand for renewable eco-friendly products.

    "Stora Enso has helped us lead the change towards a building sector that meets the decarbonization goals of the Paris Agreement, addressing both operational and embodied emissions. As a campaign ambassador and advocate for new policies such as the EU's 'Level(s)' framework that seek to mainstream life-cycle assessment, they are evidence to politicians that the sector is ready to deliver net zero carbon," according to James Drinkwater, Director of WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network.

    Carbon dioxide emissions from construction materials -- mostly cement and steel -- account for approximately 11 pct of all global emissions. Stora Enso has also supported the creation of the WorldGBC's Bringing embodied carbon upfront report that highlights the importance of emissions from materials.

    The World Green Building Council (WGBC) is the world's largest international organisation promoting the practice of sustainable building. Stora Enso Wood Products joined WGBC in 2017. (Source: Stora Enso, PR, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Stora Enso Wood Products Div., Jari Suominen, Div. Head, +43-664-6183907, jari.suominen@stroaenso.com, www.storaenso.com; World Green Building Council, James Drinkwater, www.worldgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Building Sustainability,  ,  Stora Enso,  World Green Building Council,  


    Kuehne + Nagel Aiming for CO2 Neutral Transport from 2020 (Int'l)
    Kuehne + Nagel
    Date: 2019-09-25
    Schindellegi, Switzerland-based global transport and logistics specialist Kuehne + Nagel reports it is proactively addressing the CO2 footprint of the transportation services performed by its suppliers -- airlines, shipping lines and haulage companies -- and will make all less-than-container-load (LCL) shipments CO2 neutral from 2020 onwards. The firm is aiming for comprehensive CO2 neutralisation (Scope 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) by 2030.

    To that end, Kuehne + Nagel's Net Zero Carbon programme leverages three fields of action: detection, reduction and compensation of CO2. The company has started its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand and has invested in various nature-based CO2 compensation projects, where carbon is being taken from the atmosphere. The emission credits obtained are in accordance with the highest international standards.

    Over the past years, Kuehne + Nagel has considerably reduced its own CO2 footprint and will continue to pursue its efforts. (Source: Kuehne + Nagel, Logistics & Materials Handling, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Kuehne + Nagel, Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO, www.home.kuehne-nagel.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kuehne + Nagel ,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Transportation Emissions,  


    Manchester NHS Organizations Declare Climate Emergency (Int'l)
    Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership,
    Date: 2019-09-06
    In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) organizations in Greater Manchester have declared a "climate emergency" and committed to far-ranging action to "slash carbon emissions and avert predicted illness and disease." Greater Manchester is the first integrated care system -- defined as NHS bodies and council social care working together -- in the country to declare a climate emergency.

    The joint Manchester NHS organizations will develop and agree upon that will meet its obligations under the Climate Change Act, to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Manchester NHS organizations will also support pledges made to the Greater Manchester Five Year Plan for the Environment, -- the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership -- which will build on existing work already underway to cut the harmful impact of NHS activity on the environment, such as cutting carbon emissions from energy use by improving efficiency and using low-carbon sources. It will also work with partners to improve local transport around NHS sites, to improve air quality and cut the impact of supply chain transport and encourage reducing waste, managing waste better and reusing or recycling. (Source: Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, PharmaTimes, 3rd September 2019) Contact: Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, www.gmhsc.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Emergency,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Municipality of Waterloo Attacks GHG Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Waterloo
    Date: 2019-08-12
    In Ontario, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo reports it is aiming to join other regional centers -- the cities of Guelph and Markham -- in reaching Net Zero Carbon by 2050. To that end, in 2013 Waterloo developed Climate Action WR, a Climate Action Plan aimed at cutting the municipality's GHG emissions by 6 pct from 2010 levels by 2020 and 80 pct by 2050.

    Waterloo's 2015 emissions breakdown identified the transportation sector is the largest emitter of CO2 at 49 pct, followed by industrial, commercial, and institutional work places at 27 pct, residences at 18 pct, agriculture emitted 5 pct and waste management picked up the remaining 1 pct.

    Between 2010 and 2015 the Climate Action WR plan spearheaded 5.2 pct reduction in GHG emissions, the equivalent of 235,935 tonnes of CO2 emissions or 58,000 cars removed from the roads.

    Th meet its transportation-related GHG reduction goals, Waterloo has instituted a community bike and car share program, a light rail electric transit system and reduced bus traffic in the city. The municipality also established "green" building and energy efficiency standards, retrifited street lights to LED which are expected to reduce GHG emissions by 920 tpy. (Source: Municipality of Waterloo, Alternatives Journal, 3 Aug., 2019) Contact: Sustainable Waterloo Region, Tova Davidson,Executive Director, Samantha Tremmel, Acting Climate Action Manager, (519) 603-2223, www.sustainablewaterlooregion.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  GHG,  


    UK Architects Aim for Zero Carbon Built Environment (Int'l)
    Royal Institute for British Architects
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the UK, the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) reports it is developing a five-year action plan to support the creation of a zero carbon built environment and to develop "measurable actions" to improve green standards and practices within the architecture profession in support of the UK's target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050..

    According to RIBA, the built environment is responsible for around 40 pct of the UK's total carbon footprint, and shifting to lower or zero carbon buildings is seen as critical for reducing the country's net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century. The Ethics and Sustainable Development Action Plan will aim to drive rapid improvements in industry standards and practice, government and intergovernmental policy and regulation, and in RIBA's own carbon footprint, the industry body said. Proposed green metrics include developing the whole-life net zero carbon standard for a building, as well as standard reporting metrics for energy and performance evaluation "where guidance is available.” (Source: RIBA, Business Green, 1 July, 2019)Contact: RIBA, Bew Derbyshire, Pres., +44 118 987 4900, www.architecture.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building news,  


    World GBC Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment Tops 50 Signatories (Ind. Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-05-31
    The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) reports 50 organizations have now signed up to the Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment and pledged to ensure their individual portfolios of buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030.

    The pledge also calls for cities, states and regions to require all new buildings operate at net-zero carbon from 2030, and all buildings, including existing buildings, operate at net-zero carbon by 2050.

    In addition to generating and obtaining renewable energy to meet reduced energy demand, the Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization.

    The WorldGBC's Advancing Net Zero Status Report 2019 details efforts to take on the challenge of decarbonizing the global building stock, and highlights leadership action from global businesses, governments and NGOs tthe goal of: certifying nearly 390 buildings globally as net zero carbon; raising awareness through advocacy activities of the urgency and achievability of net zero carbon buildings; and developing industry capacity through educational programmes and industry events.

    Download Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment details HERE. (Source: World Green Building Council, Canadian Architect, 30 May, 2019) Contact: World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council www.worldgbc.org/advancing-net-zero-status-report-2019

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  


    U20 Demands Climate Change Action (Opinions Editorials & Asides)
    U20
    Date: 2019-05-24
    At the U20 Mayors Summit Mayors meeting this week in Japan, the mayors of some of the world's major cities urged their national leaders to "leverage the tremendous potential of our cities as hubs of diversity and innovation for the purpose of tackling global challenges, including climate change." Cities from G20 member states, known as the Urban 20 (U20) presented the following recommendations on addressing climate change;

  • Set ambitious targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to peak no later than by 2020, reduce substantially by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.

  • Commit to decarbonizing the energy grid, with 100 pct renewable electricity by 2030, and 100 pct renewable energy by 2050.

  • Enact national regulations and/or planning policy to ensure new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030 and all buildings by 2050.

  • [Help] expedite the transition to zero-emission vehicles and support cities' efforts to diffuse such vehicles.

  • Reduce the generation of plastic waste -- phasing-out certain single-use and hard to recycle plastics in particular.

  • Ensure a just transition to decarbonized development.

    The U20 Communique was signed by the mayors, or governors of Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels-Capital Region, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Christchurch, Durban, Hamburg, Helsinki, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Osaka, Paris, Port Vila, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo City, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo and Tshwane. (Source: U20, Japan Today, 23 May, 2019)

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  • Half Amazon's Shipments to be Carbon-Neutral by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Amazon
    Date: 2019-02-18
    Internet giant Amazon is touting the launch of its Shipment Zero initiative that aims for net zero carbon emissions for deliveries. While it doesn't have a timetable for achieving perfectly carbon-neutral shipping, it expects half of shipments to be net zero by 2030. It believes the rise of aircraft biofuels, electric vehicles, renewable energy and reusable packaging will make that possible. To help mark its progress, Amazon plans to publish its overall carbon footprint later in 2019. (Source: Amazon, engadget, Feb., 2019)

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    London Joins Global Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Drive (Int'l)
    C40 Cities
    Date: 2018-11-07
    In the UK, London has joined the C40 Cities Group and 18 of the world's major cities in pledging to ensure that new buildings in the city operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

    According to the UN Committee on Climate Change, buildings account for 50 pct or more of a city's emissions. In London, Los Angeles and Paris, the figure is pegged at well over 70 pct. In 2012, GHG emissions from buildings made up more than a third of the UK's total emissions.

    The C40 Cities group is a network of 96 urban centers committed to bold action on climate issues. In addition to committing signatories to ensuring new buildings are net zero carbon by 2030, C40 members pledge that all buildings in a city, old or new, will meet net zero carbon standards by 2050.

    The C40 Cities pledge is part of the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment for Businesses, Cities, States & Regions.

    (Source: C40 Cities, PBC Today, 6 Nov., 2018)Contact: C40 Cities, www.c40.org: World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org

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    Canadian Cities Ink Net-Zero Green Buildings Agreement (Ind. Report)
    C40 Cities,World Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-09-07
    The mayors of Canada's largest cities --Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver -- report they have signed on to a global agreement comprising 19 cities to meet net-zero carbon standards by 2050.

    Led by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration requires cities to: establish a roadmap to reach net zero carbon buildings; develop a suite of supporting incentives and programmes; and report annually on progress. The pledge is part of the World Green Building Councils Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment for Businesses, Cities, States and Regions.

    Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver will take extra steps as part of a commitment to owning, occupying and developing only assets that are net-zero carbon by 2030. These steps include evaluating current energy demand and carbon emissions from municipal buildings, and identifying opportunities for reduction; establishing a roadmap to reach net zero carbon municipal buildings. (Source: C40, HPAC, 6 Sept., 2018) Contact: C40 Cities, www.c40.org: World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org

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    Emirates GBC Urging Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (Int'l)
    Emirates Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates GBC) has called upon all businesses, entities, and cities in the region to formally endorse and sign the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.. The Commitments aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and motivate national and regional governments to regulations or planning policy to drive construction of new buildings operating at net zero carbon from 2030, and enable all existing buildings to operate at net zero carbon by 2050.

    These targets are set to meet the Paris Agreement ambition of below 2 degrees of global warming. This month, 19 global cities, representing 130 million urban citizens, committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

    Emirates GBC recently established the Net Zero Centre of Excellence think tank and accelerator platforms to advance energy efficient net zero carbon buildings in the UAE. (Source: Emirates Green Building Council, PR, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: EmiratesGBC , Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman, engagement@emiratesgbc.org, www.emiratesgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Green Building Council,  


    London Launches Small Business Energy Efficiency Fund (Int'l)
    London
    Date: 2018-07-13
    In the UK, London Mayor , Sadiq Khan, has announced the £500 million Energy Efficiency Fund (MEEF) to help small businesses and public sector organizations invest in low carbon measures such as battery storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, small-scale renewable energy generation, upgrade existing infrastructure, reduce businesses costs, energy use, and cut carbon emissions.

    The MEEF will offer a flexible, wide range of funding options on a per-project basis through a consortium of funders including Lloyds Bank, NatWest, Santander UK, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and Triodos Bank. Amber Infrastructure Group will manage MEEF, and is now accepting applications.

    The MEEF is part of the Mayor's campaign to slash London's emissions by 60 pct below 1990 levels by 2025 before reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    Starting in October 2018, the City of London will source 100 pct of its power needs from renewable energy sources by installing solar panels on local buildings, investing in larger solar and wind projects, and purchasing clean energy from grid. The city has already initiated low-carbon projects to reduce CO2 emissions by over 35,000 tons. (Source: Office of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Ecopreneurist, Carolyn Fortuna, 12 July, 2018) Contact: London Mayor , Sadiq Khan, www.london.gov.uk/about-us/contacting-city-hall-and-mayor

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    World Green Building Council Launches Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Challenge (Ind. Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-13
    The World Green Building Council (WGBC) is reporting the issuance of The Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment challenge to the global building sector calling for the elimination of carbon emissions from building use by 2030.

    Participating companies will track, verify and report publicly on their buildings' energy and carbon metrics and encourage their supply chains and partners to make a similar commitment to reach net zero by 2030. The challenge comes on top of the WGBC's Advancing Net Zero program to promote and support the target that all buildings be net zero by 2050.

    The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment was developed in partnership with a wide stakeholder group including The Climate Group and C40. It forms part of EP100, a global corporate leadership initiative for energy-smart companies, delivered by The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy.

    Challenge details are at From Thousands To Billions: Coordinated Action Towards 100 pct Net-Zero Carbon Buildings By 2050 REPORT. (Source: World Green Building Council, The Fifth Estate, June, 2018)Contact: World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO, www.worldgbc.org

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    UK PM May Pledges Net-Zero Energy Buildings by 2030 (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2018-06-11
    In a recent speech at the Jodrell Bank observatory complex in Cheshire, UK the Prime Minister Theresa May is reported to have vowed to slash the energy use in buildings by half by 2030, as part of her Government's Industrial Strategy. The PM also pledged to halve the energy costs for existing commercial and residential buildings. Heat and power for buildings currently account for 40 pct of country's energy consumption.

    The Prime Minister noted that her government's Industrial Strategy would act as a "catalyst for new technologies" that could then be exported to a "global market for clean technologies." The strategy aims to achieve net zero carbon from 2030, as well as set long-term incentives for retrofitting homes and commercial buildings. (Source: edie, Various Other Media, May, 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Energy Efficiency,  Energy Effeciency,  Net-Zero,  


    World GBC Calls for Net-Zero Building Sector by 2030 (Int'l)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In London, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is reporting the launch of its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment calling on built environment sector to set ambitious targets that eliminate carbon emissions, track, verify and report on commitments to eliminate operational carbon emissions from their building stocks.

    The initiative is intended the help the building and construction industry meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The building and construction industry accounts for around one-third of global emissions and will need to play a crucial role in keeping the global temperature at sustainable levels. Energy consumption levels in the sector are set to be exacerbated in the next 35 years, with the global building stock expected to double to 415 billion square metres, according to the World GBC.

    In November 2017, the UK Government struck an agreement with the construction industry to halve emissions in the built environment over the next eight years. (Source: World Green Building Council, edie, 7 June, 2018) Contact: WGBC, Terri Wills, CEO , www.worldgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Building,  Green Building,  World Green Building Council,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

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