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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,  


Etihad Targeting Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l. Report)
Etihad Airways
Date: 2020-01-17
The UAE national air carrier, Etihad Airways, reports plans to halve its 2019 net emission levels by 2035 and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The airline plans to reach its goal through a combination of internal initiatives, collaboration with industry partners, carbon offsets and optimized fuel management. Etihad is also committed to sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) biofuelsand is supporting the development of sustainable jet fuel made from municipal waste in Abu Dhabi. (Source: Etihad Airways, Biofuels Int'l. 16 Jan., 2020) Contact: Etihad Airways, Tony Douglas, CEO, Groupwww.etihad.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Etihad Airways,  SAF Fuel,  Carbon Emissions,  Aviation Emissions,  


Omaha Public Power District Commits to Net-Zero Carbon (Ind Report)
Omaha Public Power District
Date: 2020-01-08
In the Cornhusker State, the Omaha Public Power District OPPD) reports it aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Although the customer-owned utility generates most of its power from coal-fired plants, power from renewables jumped from 4 pct in 2010 to nearly 32 pct in 2018. OPPD is also planning to convert some of its coal facilities to natural gas to help it reach it net-zero carbon goal. (Source: OPPD, Net News, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: OPPD, Tim Burke, Pres., CEO, Mary Fisher, VP Energy Production , Russ Barker, Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, (877) 536-4131, www.oppd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News OPPD,  Net-Zero Carbon,  Omaha Public Power District,  


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,  


New UK Gov. Confirms Offshore Wind Commitment (Int'l. Report)
UK Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-12-30
In London, the newly elected majority Conservative government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed its election manifesto pledge to "enable new floating turbines" and increase the country's new offshore wind capacity from 30GW to 40GW by 2030.

The Johnson government's commitment to wind energy is part of its effort to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The government also confirmed its planned £800 million investment in a carbon capture storage (CCS) cluster by the mid-2020s. A further £500 million will also be provided to help energy-intensive industries move to low-carbon techniques and a low-carbon economy. (Source: BBC, Various Media,Dec., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Offshore Wind,  UK Renewable Energy,  


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,  


Amazon Announces New Renewable Energy Projects (Ind. Report)
Amazon
Date: 2019-12-04
Online shopping juggernaut Amazon is reporting three new renewable energy projects in the US and Spain that support its Climate Pledge to reach 80 pct renewable energy by 2024, 100 pct renewable energy target by 2030 and net-zero carbon by 2040.

Amazon's newest renewable energy project in Europe will be the company's first large-scale solar project generating 149 MW near Sevilla. The company's newest renewable energy solar projects in the US will be located in Lee County, Illinois and in Northern Virginia. Together, they total 180 MW and are expected to generate almost 400,000 MWh of renewable energy annually. Once complete, the three new renewable energy solar projects will provide an estimated 329 MW of additional renewable capacity.

To date, Amazon has launched over 70 renewable energy projects providing more than 1,900 MW and over more than 5.3 million MWh of renewable energy annually. These projects include 21 utility-scale wind and solar farms and more than 50 solar rooftops installed on fulfillment centers and sort centers around the globe. (Source: Amazon, PR, BusinessWire, Dec., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


UK Discount Airline to Offset Flight Carbon Emissions (Int'l.)
EasyJet
Date: 2019-11-20
In the UK, London-based discount air carrier easyJet reports it is implementing carbon offsetting plans to operate with net-zero carbon emissions across its fleet and flight network. The carbon offset program is expected to start immediately at a projected annual cost of roughly £25 million per year.

EasyJet's scheme exceeds the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) scheme. CORSIA is an emission mitigation approach for the global airline industry, developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization and adopted in October 2016. Measures include primarily offsets and "alternative" fuels. (Source: EasyJet, Various Media, Reuters, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: CORSIA, www.icao.int; EasyJet, www.easyjet.com/en/help/contact

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


Qantas to Reach Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Qantas Group
Date: 2019-11-13
Australian air carrier Qantas reports it is committed to cap its net emissions at 2020 levels, and to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

This includes offsetting all net emissions from Project Sunrise, the carrier's plan to operate non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York, should the project proceed. This will also extend to domestic flying, meaning that growth on key routes like Melbourne-Sydney will be carbon neutral.

Qantas will work with industry, research institutions and governments to develop the long-term solutions to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry over the next three decades. The airline currently operates the largest carbon offset program in the aviation industry, with around 10 pct of customers booking flights on Qantas.com choosing to offset their flights.

This additional investment will see Qantas Future Planet, which is already the largest private sector buyer of Australian carbon credits, support more conservation and environmental projects in Australia and around the world. Existing projects include protecting the Great Barrier Reef, working with Indigenous communities to reduce wildfires in Western Australia and securing over 7000 hectares of native Tasmanian forest.

Additionally, Qantas will invest $50 million over the next ten years to support the sustainable aviation fuel industry and continue to reduce its emissions through continued investment in more fuel efficient aircraft, more efficient operations and smarter flight planning to reduce fuel burn. (Source: Qantas Group, RusTourism News, 11 Nov., 2019) Contact: Qantas Group, Alan Joyce, CEO, (02) 9691 3636, info@qantas.com, www.qantas.com/au/en.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Qantas Group,  Aviation Emissions,  


UK Carbon Credit Scheme to Incentivize Tree Planting (Int'l)
DEFRA
Date: 2019-11-06
In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is launching a new £50 million Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme to boost tree-planting rates to combat climate change. The scheme promises landowners and farmers a long-term income stream to encourage them to create new woodlands.

The government is committed to planting 11 million trees by 2022, as part of its effort to hit net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 to tackle climate change.

Under the new scheme, farmers can sell the carbon dioxide they capture by growing trees in the form of Woodland Carbon Units (verified carbon credits) to the government for a guaranteed price every five or 10 years up to 2055/56. (Source: DEFRA, Farmers Weekly, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Woodland Carbon Guarantee, www.gov.uk/guidance/woodland-carbon-guarantee; DEFRA, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

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


Nova Scotia Touts Tough 10-Year Emissions Target (Reg. & Leg.)
Coal,Climate Change,Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment
Date: 2019-11-04
Reporting from Halifax, the province of Nova Scotia nvironment Ministry reports the introduction of legislation aimed at cutting the province's greenhouse gas emissions by 53 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 as well as moving the province to a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050.

The new legislation updates the 12-year-old Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act which lays out new goals to fight climate change and grow the green economy. The legislation also requires the government to develop a province-wide plan with specific targets to reduce emissions by the end of next year. The legislation also calls for a government fund to support community projects aimed at climate change mitigation. (Source: Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment, Halifax Herald, Nov., 2019) Contact: Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment, Hon. Gordon Wilson, (902) 424-3600, www.novascotia.ca › nse

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


Vistra Announces CO2 Emissions Reduction Targets (Ind. Report)
Vistra Energy
Date: 2019-10-30
Irving, Texas-headquartered electric power generator and provider Vistra Energy is reporting its long-term emissions reduction targets to achieve a greater than 50 pct reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions by 2030 as compared to a 2010 baseline and a greater than 80 pct reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions by 2050 as compared to a 2010 baseline. The company also aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions in the same timeframe assuming necessary advancements in technology and supportive market constructs and public policy, according to a release. Since 2010 Vistra's combined power generation portfolio has decreased CO2 equivalent emissions by more than 31 pct, removing nearly 170 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions from the atmosphere, according to the company which recently announced the anticipated retirement of approximately 2.5 GWs of coal assets in Illinois. The Illinois closure will further reduce the company's CO2 equivalents an additional 11 pct compared to a 2010 baseline.

In total, since 2010, Vistra and its predecessor companies have retired, or announced plans to retire, nearly 13 GW of fossil generation, including 14 coal generation plants and 3 natural gas generation plants.

Vistra notes it believes a national or regional, economy-wide carbon fee is the ideal public policy solution to appropriately incentivize investments in carbon-free and carbon-reducing technologies. (Source: Vistra, PR, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curtis Morgan, CEO, www.vistraenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vistra Energy,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  


San Antonio Adopts Net-Zero Carbon Climate Plan (Ind. Report)
San Antonio
Date: 2019-10-18
In the Lone Star State, the San Antonio City Council reports the adoption of a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan aimed at slashing the city's GHG emissions to net-zero by 2050.

San Antonio is the second major Texas city to adopt the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Austin passed a similar climate plan in 2014 and Houston and Dallas are working on their own climate planning efforts. (Source: City of San Antonio, Rivard Report, 17 Oct., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  Climate Change,  CO2,  San Antonio,  


British Airways to Offset UK Domestic Flight Emissions (Int'l.)
British Airways
Date: 2019-10-11
In the UK, British Airways (BA) reports thet beginning in Jan., 2020, it will offset the carbon emissions from all of its 75 daily domestic flights that collectively emit roughly 400,000 tpy of CO2 Emissions. BA notes that from next year its carbon emissions on international flights will be capped through the UN's offsetting scheme. BA's parent company IAG has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

In its offsetting, British Airways will invest in verified carbon reduction (VCR) projects worldwide, including renewable energy, rainforest protection and reforestation programmes. (Source: British Airways, Business Traveler, Oct., 2019) Contact: British Airways, www.ba.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News British Airways,  Aviation Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  VCR,  


Schneider Pursuing, Delivering Net-Zero CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2019-10-07
Global energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric reports 13 of its buildings globally are now "net-zero carbon" -- carbon neutral through a combination of its Energy Sustainability Services (ESS, )EcoStruxure and digital energy management solutions as enablers to operate with net- zero CO2 emissions.

Schneider Electric aims to drastically cut CO2 emissions from its operations, following a 1.5 degree C trajectory in line with Science-Based Targets. To that end, Schneider Electric reduced CO2 emissions by 130,000 tonnes, a 22 pct decrease (2018 compared to 2017) in just one year.

Schneider Electric has adopted the World Green Building Council's definition of "net-zero carbon buildings" as a building that is highly energy efficient and fully powered from on-site and/or off-site renewable energy sources, to achieve net-zero carbon emissions annually in operation.

Schneider Electric has delivered over 30 pct energy savings globally over the past 10 years since the start of its Schneider Energy Action energy efficiency program. In addition, as of October 2019, 45 pct of Schneider Electric's operations are powered with renewable electricity. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, voltimum, 6 Oct., 2019)Contact: Schneider Electric, Kakali Ray, VP Sales, www.schneider-electric.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  Schneider Electric,  Net-Zero Carbon,  Carbon Emissions ,  


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,  


UK Holding $25Bn Offshore Wind Farm Sites Auction (Int'l Report)
Crown Estate,Offshore Wind
Date: 2019-09-23
Further to our 30th August report, the Crown Estate in the UK is reported to have launched its first major auction of offshore wind farm leases in a decade, offering four new sites -- Dogger Bank Bidding Area, Eastern Regions Bidding Area, South East Bidding Area and Northern Wales and the Irish Sea Bidding Area -- with the combined potential of 7-8.5 GW -- sufficient power for more than six million UK homes. The first seabed rights could be awarded in early 2021, Crown Estate said.

The UK plans to generate one-third of its electricity from wind power by 2030 as part of efforts to reach its 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target.

Crown Estate acts as manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Crown Estate Scotland is expected to launch an offshore wind seabed licensing round for sites off the Scottish coast in October. (Source: Crown Estate, Aljazeera, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, +44 0 20 7851 5000, enquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk, www.thecrownestate.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Crown Estate,  Offshore Wind,  UK Offshore Wind,  


UCT Stresses Sustainability, Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
Green Building Council South Africa
Date: 2019-08-30
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Properties and Services Department is touting its sustainability plan aimed at reducing reduce energy consumption and achieving close to net-zero carbon emissions not later than 2050. The UCT sustainability plan includes:
  • extensive energy audits of building energy consumption;
  • intensified energy metering and monitoring;
  • improved, automated building management systems
  • energy efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning installations and retrofits;
  • "green" energy efficiency certification on new buildings;
  • replacing diesel powered shuttle transportation with electric buses;
  • solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on rooftops and parking areas -- a feasibility study is presently under way to determine which buildings and locations are most suitable for solar PV installations.

    Over the past 10 years UCT has converted electric hot water boilers in residences to energy-efficient heat pumps, conducted energy audits in some buildings and retrofitted energy-efficient lighting fixtures in one residence.

    In 2012 the university committed to green designs for all new buildings -- independently certified by the Green Building Council South Africa.(Source: Univ. of Cape Town, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: University of Cape Town, www.uct.ac.za; Green Building Council South Africa, +27 86 104 2272, www.gbcsa.org.za

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Gov. Cuomo's "Green New Deal of New York" Adopted (Reg & Leg)
    Green New Deal,New York State
    Date: 2019-08-16
    New York State has adopted Gov. Andrew Cuomo's "Green New Deal of New York" -- the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) -- an aggressive carbon-emissions-reduction plan for the Empire State to derive 100 pct of its electricity from zero-carbon emissions sources by 2040.

    The CLCPA also commits New York to net-zero carbon emissions, economy-wide, by 2050, with an interim target of slashing emissions 40 pct below the state's 1990 emission levels by 2030. The Act also requires the state and industry to reduce their emissions by 85 pct , with the remaining 15 percent of the net-zero goal coming from carbon offsets.

    For oversight and administration, the act will create a 22 member commission a various advisory panels to deal with buildings and construction, industry, land use and zoning, local governments, transportation, and more. These advisory panels are required to consult with a climate justice working group composed of representatives from low-income communities and environmental justice groups. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), Heartland Institute, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), www.governor.ny.gov, www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Green New Deal,  Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  


    Net-Zero Carbon "Achievable" says UK National Grid (Int'l Report)
    UK National Grid
    Date: 2019-08-09
    According to the UK National Grid's latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report, Great Britain could reach net-zero carbon in its electricity grid by 2050 -- if "immediate action" is taken across all key energy technology and policy areas, such as increased energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage (CCS), and "at a significantly greater scale than assumed."

    The report outlines five "credible pathways and scenarios for the future of energy" over the next 30 years. Two of the scenarios meet the country's old 2050 target of an 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, and a new "standalone sensitivity analysis on how net-zero carbon emissions could potentially be achieved by 2050."

    The report notes that achieve net-zero, British homes would need to use at least one-third less energy for heating by 2050 than today, while the electricity system would need to operate using only zero-carbon generation, and the power sector would need to deliver negative emissions, using technologies like biomass and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).

    Report details HERE. (Source: UK National Grid, July, 2019) Contact: UK National Grid, Kayte O'Neill, Head of Strategy and Regulation, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK National Grid,  Net-Zero Carbon,  CCUS,  CCS,  CO2,  


    PSEG Plans Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    PSEG
    Date: 2019-07-26
    In the Garden State, Newark-based Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG), which claims one of the lowest carbon emissions rates among the largest U.S. power producers, reports it expects to cut its power fleet's carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2046, from 2005 levels, and attain net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, assuming advances in technology and public policy. PSEG also notes it has no plans to build or acquire new fossil-fueled power plants and is committed to reporting annually on sustainability and climate using the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework, starting in 2020.

    PSEG claims a long history of addressing climate change as an embedded part of its business and culture including:

  • PSEG's emission rate in 2017 was 461 lb/MWh, below the International Energy Agency's (IEA) "Beyond 2C Scenario" 2030 projected CO2 emission rate for the U.S. electric sector of 510 lb/MWh. PSEG's projected emission rate upon the completion of our coal exit strategy will be 334 lb/MWh.

  • PSEG's Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating plants supply more than 90 pct of the Garden State's emissions-free power.

  • By 2021, PSEG will have retired or exited through sales more than 2,400 MW of coal-fired generation, thus nearing completion of its coal exit strategy. In June 2019, PSEG announced an agreement to sell its interest in the Keystone and Conemaugh coal plants in western Pennsylvania.

  • PSE&G energy efficiency programs are currently saving participants $242 million a year in energy costs and avoided emissions equal to removing 37,000 cars from the road for one year.

  • Looking forward, PSE&G's $2.5 billion Clean Energy Future investment proposal for 22 energy efficiency programs would allow participating customers to save $5.9 billion on their bills by helping them use less energy and reduce carbon emissions.

  • PSEG is also a leading developer of solar energy resources having invested approximately $1.8 billion in 674 MW of solar, including 262 MW in New Jersey and 412 MW in 13 other states. PSEG also supports New Jersey's efforts to develop offshore wind facilities.

    PSEG is a publicly traded diversified energy company with approximately 13,000 employees. Headquartered in with operating subsidiaries -- Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), PSEG Power and PSEG Long Island. (Source: PSEG, PR, 25 July, 2019) Contact: PSEG, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, www.corporate.pseg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PSEG,  Carbon Emissions ,  


  • Oil & Gas Producer Aims for Net-Zero Oil Sand Emissions (Ind Report)
    Canadian Natural Resources
    Date: 2019-07-26
    Calgary, Alberta-based Canadian Natural Resources, Canada's largest oil and gas producer reports it is aiming to achieve zero emissions in its oil sand operation by procuring innovating technologies, but has not indicated when or how it intended to achieve its goal.

    The company also noted it was one of the biggest carbon capture players in the market ranking fifth when it comes to carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) capacity. The also noted it cut its GHG emissions by 20 pct in the year 2014 and has stopped venting at primary heavy oil operations in Alberta by 72 pctt since 2014. (Source: Canadian Natural Resources, OilPrice, Industry Journal Pro, CBC News, 25 July, 2019) Contact: Canadian Natural Resources, Steve Laut, https://twitter.com, www.cnrl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG Emissions,  Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  CCS,  


    Heathrow Calls for Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Support (Int'l.)
    Heathrow
    Date: 2019-07-24
    Britain's busiest airport, Heathrow has urged the government to invest some of the nearly £4 billion raised from Air Passenger Duty (APD) every year to scale up the production of cleaner, more sustainable fuels -- specifically biofuels and other sustainable energy sources.

    Heathrow reports it has invested over £100 million on sustainability initiatives over the past six years aiming to operate "carbon neutral airport infrastructure” from 2020. "We support the government's goal to make the UK economy net-zero carbon by 2050, but we believe there is further scope for the government to help the aviation industry move faster by working with other governments to prioritize sustainable fuels for aviation, which is the hardest sector to decarbonize, and set common and progressive targets for the percentage of aviation fuel that must be from sustainable sources," according to a Heathrow update. (Source: Heathrow Airport, ttg media, 23 July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  


    Net-Zero Carbon "Achievable" by 2050, says UK National Grid (Int'l)
    UK National Grid
    Date: 2019-07-17
    According to the UK National Grid's latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report, Great Britain could reach net-zero carbon in its electricity grid by 2050 -- if "immediate action" is taken across all key energy technology and policy areas, such as increased energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage (CCS), and "at a significantly greater scale than assumed."

    The report outlines five "credible pathways and scenarios for the future of energy" over the next 30 years Two of the scenarios meet the country's old 2050 target of an 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, and a new "standalone sensitivity analysis on how net-zero carbon emissions could potentially be achieved by 2050."

    The report notes that achieve net-zero, British homes would need to use at least one-third less energy for heating by 2050 than today, while the electricity system would need to operate using only zero-carbon generation, and the power sector would need to deliver negative emissions, using technologies like biomass and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).

    Report details HERE. (Source: UK National Grid, ReNew Economy, July, 2019) Contact: UK National Grid, Kayte O'Neill, Head of Strategy and Regulation, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK National Grid,  Net-Zero Carbon,  


    Schneider Electric Touting 'Rethink Energy' Initiative (Int'l.)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-07-15
    In the UK, Telford-based Schneider Electric UK his reporting the launch of its 'Rethink Energy" initiative aimed at changing business, consumer and government attitudes to energy waste and help combat climate change.

    A Schneider Electric commissioned study of 2,000 UK adults and over 600 UK businesses revealed that just 10 pct of consumers want to do more to curb their current energy use, while 74 pct believe they already do enough. 68 pct of business leaders reported their organizations wasted energy, particularly in the form of inefficient building and office space, while 43 pct of corporate CEOs said their organization had not implemented any measures aimed at tackling these inefficiencies in 2018.

    The 'Rethink Energy' initiative is focused on: the role for energy in achieving a zero-carbon economy by 2050; £1 trillion price tag -- cost or opportunity; and what will drive change in the UK's demand for energy.

    "HM Treasury recently suggested it could cost the UK around £1 trillion to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, but it's not about cost, it's about huge savings. Sustainability is a cost that pays for itself and technology and innovation will be key to meeting the energy efficiency challenge," according Mike Hughes, Zone President, Schneider Electric UK & Ireland (Source: Schneider Electric UK, PR, voltimum, 13 July, 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric Ltd UK, +44 0870 608 8608, gb-customerservices@gb.schneider-electric.com , www.schneider-electric.co.uk/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  Net-Zero Carbon,  Climate Change ,  


    New York's "Green New Deal" Awaits Cuomo's Signature (Reg & Leg)
    Clean New Deal,Cuomo
    Date: 2019-07-10
    In Albany, the New York State legislature is reporting the passage of SB 6599/AB 8429, the Climate Leadership And Community Protection Act (CCPA) requiring the Empire State to source 100 pct carbon-free electricity by the year 2040 and reach net-zero carbon emissions across the state's entire economy by 2050.

    Under the CCPA, electric utilities will be forced to purchase around 9,000-megawatts of clean energy by 2035. The capital development and construction work related to converting the existing capacity to wind, solar and other clean and renewable sources will fall under the regulatory purview of the act which will make it illegal for hydroelectric power to receive subsidies because wind and energy will not be able to compete if long-term savings and reliability are taken into account..

    "The [bill] will virtually eliminate New York's greenhouse gasses, foster renewable energy production, create green jobs, invest in lower-income communities, and protect our planet," according to the bill's sponsor and chair of the NY Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D). Both chambers of the state Legislature passed CCPA and it now awaits the expected signature of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Source: Various Media, Post Journal, 7 July, 2019) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov, https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Clean New Deal,  Renewable Energy,  Cuomo,  


    European Airports Agree on Net-Zero Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    Airports Council International Europe
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Airports Council International Europe (ACIE), which represents over 500 European airports, is reporting passage of a resolution committing the industry to becoming net-zero for carbon emissions under its control by 2050 at the latest , without resorting to carbon offsets. In addition, 194 non-ACIE member airports have individually committed to the same goal, according to ACI Europe.

    In 2018, Europe's airports handled a total of 2.34 billion passengers. The new net-zero commitment is expected to eliminate a total of 3.46 million tpy of CO2 emissions as of 2050, the organization says. In 2016 the industry committed to reaching 100 carbon-neutral airports by 2030 (Source: ACIE, Energy Manager, June 28, 2019 ) Contact: ACIE, www.aci-europe.org

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    Armstrong Fluid Tech Inks Net-Zero Bldg Commitment (Ind Report)
    Armstrong Fluid Technology
    Date: 2019-06-28
    Toronto, Ontario-based international HVAC specialist Armstrong Fluid Technology reports it has signed on to the World Green Building Council Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment positioning energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonization across global portfolios. Signatories to the Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment pledge to reach net-zero carbon operating emissions within their portfolios by 2030.

    To meet this commitment, Armstrong will: implement energy efficiency measures to lower electricity and fossil fuel consumption; generate renewable energy on-site; and procure renewable generated electricity and carbon offsets.

    The WGBC pledge calls for cities, states and regions to require all new buildings to 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. (Source: Armstrong Fluid Technology, PR, The News, 27 June, 2019) Contact: Armstrong Fluid Technology, Charles Armstrong, CEO, (416) 755-2291, info@armstrongfluidtechnology.com, www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com; World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council www.worldgbc.org/advancing-net-zero-status-report-2019

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    BCIA Touts One Small Change Bldg. Efficiency Campaign (Int'l)
    Building Controls Industry Association
    Date: 2019-06-26
    In the UK, the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is reporting the launch of its One Small Change Campaign to drive a shift towards lower energy demand in buildings at an individual, as well as organizational level.

    BCIA is seeking to encourage initiatives that increase energy efficiency; bring building performance in line the UK government's recent commitments to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050; and cut building energy waste. To that end, BCIA is calling on the buildings control industry to share knowledge on different means of saving energy in buildings. (Source: Building Controls Industry Association, PR, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Building Controls Industry Association, Jon Belfield, CEO, +44 0 118 940 3416 www.bcia.co.uk

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    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

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    Madison Launches New Community Solar Grant Program (Funding)
    Madison Wisconsin
    Date: 2019-05-29
    In the Badger State, the city of Madison is touting the launch of its Backyard Solar grants program to help low-income residents install solar panels.

    Grants will be available to community organizations and housing developers through a competitive process and will fund up to 20-pct of a project's total cost. The city has reserved $10,000 for grants in 2019, but there is a resolution circulating among council members to add another $30,000.

    The Backyard Solar program is an addition to the MadiSUN residential program, which helps homeowners put solar panels on their rooftops. The City also offers a program that includes $30,000 in rebates for businesses that install solar.

    In 2017, Madison became the first city in Wisconsin to set a goal of 100 percent renewable energy and net-zero carbon emissions for both city operations and residents. (Source: City of Madison, 28 May, 2019) Contact: MadiSUN Program, https://madisunsolar.com; Renew Wisconsin, Heather Allen, program director for Renew Wisconsin, which administers the MadiSUN programs for the city, Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, (608) 255-4044, www.renewwisconsin.org

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    LG Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    LG
    Date: 2019-05-22
    Korean appliance manufacturer LG reports it will reduce carbon emissions from its global operations by 50 percent compared to a 2017 baseline by implementing various carbon reduction and increasing renewable energy, primarily solar energy initiatives. This effort will help bring LG closer to reaching its ultimate goal of carbon neutrality, achieving a net-zero carbon emissions footprint by balancing carbon emissions with carbon removal, according to a company release.

    Through a variety of strategic initiatives, the company will cut carbon emissions across its global production sites from nearly 2 million tons recorded in 2017 to 960,000 tons by the end of 2030. To that end, the company is looking to expand its high-efficiency facilities and technologies targeting greenhouse gas reduction and alleviating the creation of carbon emissions during the production process.

    Additionally, through the expansion of its Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, LG plans to secure UNFCCC Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits. (Source: LG, PR, May, 2019)

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    EU Nations Call for Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l)
    European Union
    Date: 2019-05-08
    The Financial Times is reporting eight EU member countries -- Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden -- have asked heads of the 28-member trading bloc states to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a net-zero level by 2050 and dedicate at least 25 pct of bloc's next seven-year budget to projects that fight climate change. The eight nations stressed that as a general principle, the EU budget should not finance policy detrimental to the fight against climate change.

    In seeming solidarity with the eight EU nations, the mayors of 210 EU cities including Athens, Bonn, Bratislava, Milan and Paris are also urging national leaders and the European Council to commit to the net-zero emissions 2050 target. {Source: EUROPA, Financial Times, 7 May, 2019)

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    50,000,000 Trees per year for 30 years Needed for UK to Reach Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Committee on Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In the UK, according to the Committee on Climate Change(CCC), a stark increase in woodland expansion -- 50,000,000 new trees per year -- is needed in the UK if the country is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The CCC analysis outlines that 32,000 hectares annually of net woodland increase is required for the next 30 years. This moves the UK from 13 pct to 17 pct woodland cover. This equates to a million new hectares of woodland cover, and around 1.5 billion trees. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, May, 2019) Contact: Committee of Climate Change, +44 (0) 207 591 6252, www.theccc.org.uk

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    GBCA Upgrades Building Green Star Ratings (Int'l. Report)
    Green Building Council of Australia
    Date: 2019-05-01
    In the Land Down Under, with more than 2250 projects under its belt the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) reports it is evolving its Green Star rating system and encouraging the built environment to achieve greater energy savings and net-zero carbon emissions.

    To that end, GBCA is honing in on carbon emissions to encourage a net-zero carbon future for the built environment, harnessing renewable energy and low-emissions technologies, offset and/or reduce the use of fossil fuels in buildings, and encouraging building developers and owners a to consider a building's total energy and environmental impact. For example, new credits will encourage a holistic approach to address and minimize a building's impact on neighboring buildings. (Source: Green Building Council Australia, InfraStructure, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au

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    Fiji Submits Low Emission Development Strategy to UNFCCC (Int'l)
    Fiji Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In the South Pacific, The Government of Fiji reports it is the 11th country to submit its long-term Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) 2018 -- 2050 strategy to the UNFCCC Secretariat.

    Fiji's LEDS sets out long-term emission reductions and defines sustainable and resilient economy-wide mitigations pathways until 2050. It also addresses: sector-specific targets and measures; social, economic and environmental dimensions; education, capacity building and awareness raising; and a framework for monitoring and evaluating the LEDS. It is also among of the world's first LEDS to address the Blue Carbon Sector and the island country's mangrove ecosystems.

    The LEDS also details Fiji's objective of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all economic sectors, and details the following potential low emission scenarios:

  • a Business-as-Usual (BAU) Unconditional Scenario that would be implemented and financed without reliance on external or international financing;
  • A BAU Conditional Scenario conditional on external or international financing to implement mitigation actions;
  • a High-Ambition Scenario that projects ambitions beyond those already specified, and achieves significant emission reductions by 2050 compared with the BAU scenarios; and
  • a Very High Ambition Scenario that projects ambitions well beyond those already specified, and in which most sectors achieve net-zero or negative emissions by 2050.

    Fiji aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all economic sectors without threatening the country's long-term development objectives. (Source: UNFCCC. Feb., 2019) Contact: UNFCCC, [Fiji LEDS 2018-2050, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, secretariat@unfccc.int, www.unfccc.int

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  • Manchester Plan Calls for All Net-Zero Bldgs by 2028 (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions,Greater Manchester Combined Authority
    Date: 2019-01-09
    In the UK, in its Greater Manchester Plan for Homes, Jobs and the Environment, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has pledged that all new buildings erected in the city region will be 'net-zero' carbon by 2028. The pledge is part of the GMCA's 20-year plan to decouple emissions from economic growth.

    More recently, the Government published its £420 million construction sector deal, outlining a course for halving building energy use and emissions by 2030. Even so, several industry bodies and corporations have argued that wider progress towards low-carbon infrastructure has been too slow -- particularly in light of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) global warming report's conclusion that the world must achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change. (Source: Greater Manchester Combined Authority, edie News, 7 January 2019) Contact: Greater Manchester Combined Authority, +44 161 778 7000, www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

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    Vancouver Commercial Tower to Pilot Green Standard (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-12-05
    Oxford Properties Group is touting its 36-storey, 161.5-metre Stack office tower as the tallest and first net-zero carbon emissions commercial building in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The 540,000 sq-ft building is scheduled for completion by 2022.

    The Canada Green Building Council estimated that in the past 14 years it has certified over 3,600 LEED buildings nationwide and registered over 7,600 buildings. (Source: Oxford Properties Group, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: Oxford Properties Group, www.oxfordproperties.com; Canada Green Building Council, www.cagbc.org

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    UKGBC Launches Net-zero Carbon Buildings Group (Int'l Report)
    UKGBC
    Date: 2018-11-30
    UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) is reporting the launch of a new industry task group of more than 30 experts from across the building value chain to develop an industry-led definition for net-zero carbon buildings. The task group is being supported by 12 leading industry bodies.

    The UKGBC initiative is a global campaign led by the World Green Building Council (WGBC), calling for all new buildings to be net-zero carbon in operation by 2030 and all existing buildings to achieve this standard by 2050. The initiate is expected to released in spring 2019. (Source: UKGBC, pbctoday, 29 Nov., 2018) Contact: UKGBC, Richard Twinn, Senior Policy Advisor, Julie Hirigoyen, CEO, +44 (0) 7580 0623, www.ukgbc.org

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    Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Possible by 2060, says India ETC (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-11-23
    Reporting from New Delhi, the recently launched Indian Energy Transitions Commission (India ETC) reports it initially plans to will focus on policy, research and outreach on decarbonizing the power sector.

    The organization's Mission Possible report notes that reaching net-zero carbon emissions from heavy industry and heavy-duty transport sectors is technically and financially possible by mid-century and even earlier at a cost of less than 0.5 pct GDP in developing global economies.

    The report outlines the possible routes to fully decarbonize cement, steel, plastics, trucking, shipping and aviation -- which together represent 30 pct of energy emissions today -- and could increase to 60 pct by mid-century as other sectors lower their emissions.

    The India ETC Mission Possible report is calling for the decarbonization of heavy industry and heavy-duty transport, a focus on carbon capture and storage (CCS) possibilities, increased reliance on renewable energy and increased energy efficiency are all crucial to reducing atmospheric CO2 and improving air quality. (Source: Indian Energy Transitions Commission, Economic Times, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: Indian Energy Transitions Commission, www.teriin.org

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    USGBC Launches LEED Zero for Green Building Projects (Ind. Report)
    USGReen Building Council
    Date: 2018-11-21
    The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is touting the launch of LEED Zero, a new program to address net-zero operations and resources in green building projects. LEED projects can achieve LEED Zero certification when they demonstrate net-zero carbon emissions, net-zero energy use, net-zero water use, or net-zero waste.

    LEED Zero recognizes specific achievements in building operations and rewards projects that have used LEED as a framework to address important aspects of green buildings and taken their buildings to the next level by designing and operating toward net-zero goals.

    LEED Zero encourages a holistic approach for buildings and places that will contribute to a regenerative future. This is part of a vision to ensure the next phase of USGBC's efforts will be LEED Positive, where buildings generate more energy than they use, and remove more carbon than they produce. (Source: USGBC, The Construction Specifier, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: USGBC LEED Zero, new.usgbc.org/leed-zero

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    EnergyCompass Streamlines Green Bldg. Design (New Prod & Tech)
    RWDI
    Date: 2018-11-14
    The RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists firm is touting the EnergyCompass, a newly launched tool aiming to improve energy literacy in Ontario and help construction professionals make better use of green building designs to reach the goal of net-zero carbon emissions.

    The EnergyCompass is a free data visualization platform that will streamline energy benchmarking and reporting during the design phase of building development projects. This tool seeks to accelerate the understanding and adoption of energy-saving solutions, improve conservation program delivery, reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from every proposed building development in Ontario.

    Users will be able upload energy models to Compass which will automatically extract more than 400 variables and complete the submission requirements for six building standards, including US Green Buiolding Council LEED, TGS, and Ontario Building Code (OBC) The data visualization platform will allow users to see the modeled building against a database, which will then inform the design. "Previously, data available through energy simulation studies has not been leveraged en masse to analyze performance trends or to benchmark similar buildings to improve energy performance," according to RWI principal Mike Williams.

    The RWDI EnergyCompass was developed in partnership with the Ontario Association of Architects and Toronto's Architecture 2030 District. (Source: RWDI, Nov., 2018) Contact: RWDI, Mike Williams, www.rwdi.com

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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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    City of Berkeley Commits to Net-zero Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    City of Berkeley
    Date: 2018-09-19
    At the recent Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, the City of Berkeley (pop. 102,000) pledged its commitment to 100 pct renewable energy by 2035 and to achieving net-zero carbon emissions for all buildings by 2050. Berkeley also signed onto an initiative providing greater access to energy-efficient cars and infrastructure at a lower cost. The new commitments are part of the city's effort to set goals in line with the 2016 Paris climate agreement.

    The announcement comes days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation pledging 100 percent clean energy use in California by 2045 and the University of California upgraded its Carbon Neutrality Initiative committing to 100 pct clean electricity use by 2025 and reducing energy consumption by 2 pct per year. according to the press release. (Source: City of Berkeley, PR, Daily Californian, 18 Sept., 2018) Contact: City of Berkeley, City Manager Office, (510) 981-7000, manager@cityofberkeley.info, www.cityofberkeley.info

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    UK Report Calls for Fast Greenhouse Gas Action (Int'l Report)
    Royal Academy of Engineering
    Date: 2018-09-17
    In the UK, The Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) have released a joint report outlining a plan of action which could help the UK lead the way in deploying technologies to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

    The report makes various recommendations that would allow the UK to achieve its target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and identifies and assesses technologies available that might allow emissions removal goals to be reached. It considers not only the UK, but the global picture and how these technologies might be deployed alongside each other to achieve global carbon removal by 2100 as per the Paris Agreement.

    Technologies discussed include ready-to-deploy methods as well as more speculative methods. Ready-to-deploy, land-based methods such as such as forestation, habitat restoration, and soil carbon sequestration could be quickly applied, but unfortunately these will become saturated within the century. Furthermore, these approaches alone will only allow the UK to achieve around one quarter of the target GGR required to reach net-zero emissions.

    Development of speculative methods, such as direct air capture, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and low-carbon concrete, is vital if sufficient GGR is to be achieved, the report says.

    Download the Greenhouse Gas Removal Report HERE. (Source: THE Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, Chemical Engineer, Sept., 2018) Contact: Royal Academy of Engineering, www.raeng.org.uk

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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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    Mayors Call for EU Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    EU Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-07-13
    The mayors of Paris, London, Milan, Barcelona and other Major European cities on July 9 jointly issued the following call for the EU to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement:

    "We urge the European Commission (EC) to set the 1.5 degree C and net-zero emissions goals of the Paris Agreement as objectives of this strategy to be achieved by 2050. To reach that goal, emissions in Europe must peak by 2020 and decrease until reaching carbon neutrality by mid-century."

    The group of ten European mayors are part of a wider coalition of 9,000 cities worldwide, that have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct by 2030 and to design adaptation strategies to address the possibly devastating impacts of climate change. (Source: Various Media, EURACTIV, 9 July, 2018)

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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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    Aussies "Officially" Define Carbon Neutral Buildings (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-10-11
    The Australian federal government has released standards for what officially constitutes a carbon neutral building or precinct, with the clear definition expected to help spur the transition to a net zero sector.

    A key hurdle to claiming carbon neutral status will be proving reduction in use of energy, through the attainment of at least a 4 Star NABERS Energy rating or a 4 Star Green Star Performance rating. The average NABERS Energy rating is now 4.4 stars.

    Buildings can either go for a base building rating or whole building rating, with the base building rating seen as a "stepping stone" towards whole building certification. The draft standard had a third pathway for certification for buildings that were ineligible for NABERS or Green Star rating -- directly through the federal government's Carbon Neutral Program -- however this has been deferred.

    The standard covers energy efficiency and operational energy emissions from resource consumption and waste generation necessary for a building's day-to-day operations. Embodied energy is not included, however the standard said embodied energy from construction materials and processes may be considered in future versions. The standards offer a pathway for property owners to make carbon neutral claims for their buildings and precincts. (Source: Green Building Council Australia, Fifth Estate, 10 Oct., 2017)Contact: NABERS, www.nabers.gov.au

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    Buildings Must be Net-Zero Carbon by 2050, says WGBS Report -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-07-21
    According to the World Green Building Council's (WGBC) new From Thousands to Billions -- Coordinated Action towards 100 pct Net Zero Carbon Buildings by 2050 report, the world building sector must operate at "net-zero carbon" by 2050. And, Since the building and construction sector is responsible for around 30 pct of global energy consumption and the associated emissions, this sector will play a significant role in finding the solutions.

    In the report, World GBC calls for all new buildings to operate at net zero carbon from 2030, and 100 pct of buildings must operate at net zero carbon by 2050. The report outlines how these goals can be achieved through concerted action by business, government and NGOs. Achieving these targets would help to ensure that the worst impacts of climate change are avoided, and bring about many other political and economic benefits.

    The International Energy Agency estimates that the current global building stock is 223 billion square meters, and will almost double to 415 billion square meters by 2050. According to the Global Alliance for Building and Construction, current renovation rates amount to less than 1 pct of the existing building stock each year. In order to achieve universal net zero carbon in the building sector by 2050, renovation rates must increase by 3 per cent every year starting in 2017, and must accelerate for every year of delay.

    Access the report HERE. (Source: WGBC, 17 July, 2017) Contact: WGBC, Terri Wills, CEO , www.worldgbc.org

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