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Future of Biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond (Editorials & Asides)
Enviva Biomass, IPCC
Date: 2021-12-31
The attached The Future of Biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond article is from wood pellet manufacturer Enviva Biomass, "the world's largest producer of sustainable wood pellets, a renewable alternative to coal:

"Wood-based bioenergy is part of an all-in renewables strategy to reduce carbon emissions and limit dependence on fossil fuels. The world's leading authority on climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognizes bioenergy as a renewable energy source that is critical to our low-carbon future. The IPCC also concludes that sustainable forest management is critical to prevent forest conversion to non-forest uses. We need bioenergy both to replace fossil fuels and to keep forests as forests," according to the Enviva.

Download the Enviva The future of biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond report HERE . (Source: Enviva Biomass, Website PR, 30 Dec., 2021) Contact: Enviva, Exec. VP, Sales and Marketing, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Biomass Pellet,  Wood Pellet,  Net-Zero Emissions,  Climate Change,  IPCC,  


Shell Nails Solar, Energy Storage Developer Savion Acquisition (M&A)
Shell New Energies
Date: 2021-12-20
Houston-headquartered Shell New Energies US LLC, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, is reporting the acquisition of Kansas City.-based utility-scale solar and energy storage developer Savion EnergyLLC.

Savion specialises in developing solar power and energy storage projects and currently has more than 18 gigawatts of solar power and battery storage under development for a variety of customers, including utilities and major commercial and industrial organizations. Savion, which has a pipeline of more than 18 GW of solar and energy storage projects with over 100 projects under development in 26 states, will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell under its existing brand within Shell's Renewables & Energy Solutions Integrated Power business.

The Savion acquisition complements Shell's existing investments in the U.S. in a range of zero- and lower-carbon assets and technologies and continues Shell's strategy to develop an integrated power business as it moves to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society. (Source: Shell, Savion LLC , PR, 17 Dec., 2021) Contact: Shell New Energies, www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/new-energies.html; Savion Energy, Diana Scholtes, CCO, info@savionenergy.com, www.savionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell New Energies,  Savion,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  Energy Storage,  


Aussie Air Carrier Commits to SAF (Int'l. Report)
Qantas.BP
Date: 2021-12-15
In the Land Down Under, air carrier Qantas reports it will be the first Australian air carrier to fly commercial trips using sustainable fuel alternatives (SAF) under a deal to buy 10 million litres of biofuels from BP in 2023 and 2024 for flights departing London's Heathrow Airport. The SAF will be blended with regular jet fuel to reduce carbon emissions on its flights from London by 10 pct, according to the release.

Qantas has committed to spending $50 million on sustainable aviation fuels before 2050 as part of its net-zero emissions by 2050 plan. (Source: Qantas, PR Dec., 2021) Contact: Qantas, Andrew Parker , Sustainability Officer, Alan Joyce, CEO, (02) 9691 3636, info@qantas.com, www.qantas.com/au/en.html; BP, www.bp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Qantas,  BP,  


Biden Exec. Order Makes U.S. Federal Government Carbon Neutral by 2050 (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
Biden
Date: 2021-12-13
In Washington, on Wednesday the 8th, US President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order directing the federal government to use its "scale and procurement power" to produce 100 pct carbon pollution-free electricity by 2030 to meet 24/7 demand and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The Executive Order calls for:
  • 100 pct zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) government fleet acquisitions by 2035, including 100 pct zero-emission light-duty vehicle acquisitions by 2027;

  • Net-zero emissions from federal procurement no later than 2050, including a "Buy Clean Policy" to promote the use of construction materials with lower embodied emissions;

  • A net-zero emissions building portfolio by 2045, including a 50 pct emissions reduction by 2032; and

  • Net-zero emissions from overall federal operations by 2050, including a 65 pct emissions reduction by 2030.

    Additionally, the President also directed the federal government to orient its procurement and operations efforts in line with the following principles and goals:

  • Achieving climate resilient infrastructure and operations;

  • Building a climate- and sustainability-focused workforce;

  • Advancing environmental justice and equity;

  • Prioritizing the purchase of sustainable products, such as products without added perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); and

  • Accelerating progress through domestic and international partnerships.

    "President Biden's executive order demonstrates how the United States government will lead by example to provide a strong foundation for American businesses to compete and win globally in the clean energy economy while creating well paying, union jobs at home," said the White House. "The federal government will work with utilities, developers, technology firms, financiers and others to purchase electricity produced from resources that generate no carbon emissions, including solar and wind, for all its operations by 2030," a White House statement noted.

    Download the Executive Order HERE . (Source; The Whitehouse, 8 Dec., 2021) Contact: The Whitehouse, www.whitehouse.gov

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


  • Cabot Aims for Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Cabot Corp
    Date: 2021-12-03
    In the Bay State, Boston-based Cabot Corporation reports it is aligning its sustainability agenda with the Paris Climate Agreement to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

    Cabot intends to follow the methodology established by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) to achieve its 2025 Sustainability Goals and to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 20 pct using 2005 as the baseline on its way to net-zero emissions by 2050. To date, the company has realized 77 pct of this goal.

    Cabot Corporation is a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company and a leading provider of rubber and specialty carbons, activated carbon and other products. (Source: Cabot Corp., Website PR, 2 Dec., 2021) Contact: Cabot Corp., www.cabotcorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cabot Corp. news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Net-Zewro Emissions news,  SBTi news,  


    BASF Renewable Energy Subsidiary Planned (Int'l. Report)
    BASF
    Date: 2021-12-01
    BASF reports it will be bundling its activities in renewable energies under the umbrella of BASF Renewable Energy GmbH, as of 1 January 2022. The subsidiary will focus on supplying the BASF Group in Europe with electricity from renewable energies, electricity trading activities in Europe and global consulting for BASF and its Group companies in the field of renewables.

    BASF expects that its renewables-based electricity consumption in Europe will increase in order to reach the company's net-zero emissions goals. BASF Renewable Energy GmbH will supply the European sites with these additional volumes in line with demand and will initiate new projects to generate clean energy from own production, as well as through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). (Source: BASF, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: BASF, Horatio Evers, Managing Director, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  Renewable Energy,  


    Singapore Boosting Carbon Capture Targets (Int'l. Report)
    Singapore Economic Development Board
    Date: 2021-11-24
    The Singapore Economic Development Board reports it aims to increase the city state's carbon capture capacity to at least 2 million tpy by 2030 and to establish a carbon capture technology testbed on Jurong Island, which is dominated by a large oil refinery hub. The islands hosts BP, DuPont, Chevron, Singapore Petroleum Company, Singapore Refining Company along with Shell and ExxonMobile, both of which have expressed interest in building carbon capture facilities in the region.

    Singapore is aiming to reach two million tonnes of carbon capture from carbon-intensive activities based around Jurong Island by 2030. It will aim for more than six million tpy of carbon abatement by 2050. To that end, the Board will work with sustainable industrial development government agency JTC (formerly the Jurong Town Corporation) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research to study the feasibility of a carbon capture and utilization (CCU) test bed facility on Jurong.

    Additionally, the Board has set a 2030 target for its energy and chemicals sector to boost their output of sustainable products (such as biofuels) by 50 pct compared with 2019 levels and by four times from 2019 levels by 2050.

    Singapore's climate action plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2060 has been rated as "critically insufficient" by Carbon Action Tracker . According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Singapore emitted more than 47 million tonnes of CO2 in 2019. (Source: Singapore Economic Development Board, E&T, 24 Nov., 2021) Contact: Singapore Economic Development Board, www.edb.gov.sg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Singapore news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCS. CCUS news,  


    BASF Aiming for Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l. Report)
    BASF
    Date: 2021-11-24
    As previously reported, BASF is aiming to reduce its production CO2 emissions by 25 pct by 2030 and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. To that end, the company plans to progressively switch to renewable energy sources and to invest up to €1 billion by 2025 in new technologies to reach its climate target and a further €2 billion to €3 billion by 2030.

    In 2018, BASF's worldwide emissions totaled 21.9 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents. In 1990, this figure was roughly twice as high. The new 2030 emissions goal represents a reduction of approximately 60 pct compared to 1990 levels, which exceeds the European Union's target of minus 55 pct. (Source: BASF, PR, European Coatings, 30 Mar., 2021) BASF, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

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


    Growth Energy CEO Touts Ethanol Production (Comments & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In a recent release , ethanol trade industry association Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor noted, "Ethanol production has long been an economic engine for our rural economies. The United States has 210 biorefineries in 27 states with the capacity to produce more than 17 billion gallons of low-carbon, renewable fuel. Our industry is the second largest customer for U.S. corn growers and will buy nearly $30 billion worth of corn this year to make ethanol and an expanded range of bio-based products such as high-protein animal feed, renewable chemicals, and corn oil.

    "Renewable fuels like ethanol remain the most affordable and abundant source of low carbon fuel on the planet -- and are critical to meeting today's CO2 reduction goals. The latest research shows that without biofuels there is no way to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Even when you factor in the projected growth of electric vehicles, the Energy Information Administration states that the vast majority of cars on the roads will run on liquid fuels by 2050.

    "Higher blends of low carbon ethanol can be used in our current vehicle fleet to accelerate our transition to a 100 pct renewable energy future. Simply put, America cannot decarbonise the transportation sector without home-grown biofuels. To meet the growing demand for renewable energies, we first need a strong and thriving rural economy and biofuel industry." (Source: Growth Energy, Sheppard of the Hills Gazette, 20 Nov., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Renewable Fuels,  Ethanol,  


    Aussie PM Creates $1 Bn CCS, Low-Emissions Support Fund (Int'l.)
    COP26, Australia Climate Change
    Date: 2021-11-10
    In the Land Down Under, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) has announced a $1 billion ($738 million US) investment fund to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) and other emerging low-emissions technologies.

    The fund, which is expected to attract more than $500 million ($369 million US) in industry matching funds, would be administered by the government-owned green bank Clean Energy Finance Corp. that was established to increase investment in the clean energy sector.

    Australia is a major greenhouse gas emitter and among the world's largest coal and liquid natural gas exporters. The government is aiming to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 and the reach net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Various Media, 10 Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26,  CCS,  Clean Energy,  


    U.S. DOE Launches "Carbon Negative Shot" Initiative (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE is touting "Carbon Negative Shot", the third project under its Energy Earthshots Initiative. The new program aims to remove gigatons of CO2 from the atmosphere and store it at a cost of less than $100 per ton of net CO2-equivalent.

    The initiative is the DOE's first major effort in carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and a call for innovation in the expanding field of CDR -- a key facet of the plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. CDR technology captures CO2 directly from the atmosphere for storage in geological, biobased, and ocean reservoirs or in value-added products to create negative emissions. CDR technology still requires a significant R&D investment to be cost-effective, economically viable and deployed at scale.

    According to U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, "By slashing the costs and accelerating the deployment of carbon dioxide removal -- a crucial clean energy technology -- we can take massive amounts of carbon pollution directly from the air and combat the climate crisis. With our Carbon Negative Shot, we can help remove the greenhouse gases already warming our planet and affecting our health -- positioning America as a net-zero leader and creating good-paying jobs for a transitioning clean energy workforce. The combination of the Carbon Negative Shot with our massive investments in hydrogen, battery storage, renewables, and decarbonized fossil energy, can make net-zero emissions a reality here and abroad." (Source: US DOE, PR, InceptiveMind, 8 Nov., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, www.energy.gov/fecm/office-fossil-energy-and-carbon-management

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Carbon Capture,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  Carbon Storage,  


    SoCalGas Opens 16th Public RNG Fueling Station (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Gas
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In the Golden State, L.A.-based Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is reporting the opening of its sixteenth public renewable natural gas (RNG) fueling station in Menifee, The new fueling station will exclusively offer renewable natural gas (RNG), a clean, sustainable fuel made from methane that would otherwise be emitted from landfills, dairy farms, and other waste sources.

    The use of RNG as a transportation fuel in California has increased 177 pct over the last five years. In 2020, over 92 pct of natural gas trucks in California were fueled by RNG, displacing 1.83 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), according to the SoCalGas release.

    SoCalGas noted it is currently working with the SunLine Transit Agency to test two technologies that will produce hydrogen from RNG at SunLine Transit Agency's hydrogen fueling station in Thousand Palms, California. The research project, called "H2 SilverSTARS," will produce renewable hydrogen to fuel SunLine's fleet of 21 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses.

    SoCalGas is the largest gas distribution utility in North America to set a net-zero emissions target that includes scopes 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, Website, 4 Nov., 2021) Contact: SoCalGas, www.solcalgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  RNG,  


    Irish Climate Plan to Cut GHG Emissions 51 pct by 2030 (Int'l.)
    Climate Change Ireland
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In Dublin, the Irish Government is touting its &euro:125 billion Climate Action Plan to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by 51 pct by 2030 and to reach net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. To that end the plan calls for:
  • An increase in renewable energy, including wind and solar, of up to 80 pct by the end of the decade, while a new offshore renewable energy plant will be constructed to tap into the potential of Ireland's maritime area

  • Development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to take carbon out of the atmosphere and remove further emissions from the existing system.

  • The plan allows homeowners to generate residential solar and wind energy and sell excess energy back to the national grid;

  • The plan calls for energy efficiency retrofits of 500,000 homes by 2030, with a target of up to 56 pct reductions in housing emissions in the next decade to be supported by low-cost loans and tax incentives. The plan also will phase out fossil fuels in new buildings and is promote the use of low-carbon technology in all new and existing commercial buildings;

  • In the transport sector, which accounts for roughly 20 pct of Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions, rail services, cycling infrastructures, and walking infrastructures will be expanded to enable 500,000 daily sustainable journeys by 2030. The plan also calls for the expansion of Ireland's electric bus and rail fleets, with 1,500 electric buses to be introduced by the end of the decade. Biofuels will be increased in Irish transport and the number of electric vehicles in Ireland will be increased to one million by 2030 for a 42-50 pct emissions reduction by 2030;

  • In the agriculture sector, which is the largest source of Ireland's emissions, government plans to significantly reduce chemical nitrogen fertilizer to 325,000 tpy annum increase organically-farmed land five-fold to 350,000 hectares. The plan also aims to improve animal feeding and breeding in a bid to reduce agriculture-based emissions by up to 30 pct over the next decade;

  • The plan additionally aims to reduce emissions in the enterprise sector by up to 41 pc tby 2030 and the Government will launch an online Climate Toolkit 4 Businesses which will allow companies to calculate their carbon emissions. The government’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) will seek to attract businesses to invest in decarbonization technologies.

  • Ireland will also reduce land and forestry emissions by between 37 pct and 58 pct under the plan, while a new forestry program is set to launch in 2023 to increase afforestation. (Source: Irish Central, 7 Nov., 2021)


  • Vattenfall Aims for Net-Zero Emissions by 2040 (Int'l. Report)
    Vattenfall
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Stockholm-headquartered wind energy giant Vattenfall is reporting plans to further increase its emissions reduction targets for 2030 and beyond, aiming to reach net-zero by 2040. The new targets are set to help keep the global warming at a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius and have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), providing external validation in line with the latest climate science research. To that end, Vattenfall has committed to:
  • phase out coal from all operations by switching the last two coal-fired heat assets, Moabit and Reuter West in Berlin, to a combination of biomass, heat pumps, power-to-heat, and natural gas;

  • add four times the capacity of wind and solar to the grid compared to what Vattenfall has now in operations;

  • help partners and society to electrify industrial processes, including in steel, cement, heavy transport, chemicals, and more, enabling emissions reductions beyond Vattenfall's own value chain, and;

  • have 25 times as many electric charging points in operation, compared to 2020.

    Vattenfall has also committed to being net-zero along its full value chain in 2040, meaning that in 2040, the company's steeper decarbonisation trajectory will have continued and all CO2 emissions from the whole value chain, including emissions from suppliers and customers, will either have been eliminated or offset via negative emissions. Vattenfall's new emission reduction targets:

  • reduce emissions intensity in the company's operations (Scope 1+2) by more than 77 pct by 2030 compared to 2017 (SBTi approved);

  • reduce absolute emissions from use of sold products (Scope 3) by 33 pct by 2030 compared to 2017 (SBTi approved), and:

  • reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

    (Source: Group Vattenfall, Website PR, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: Vattenfall, www.group.vattenfall.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  Net-Zero Emissions,  CO2,  


  • First Saskatchewan Utility-Scale Solar Project Online (Ind. Report)
    SaskPower, Saturn Power
    Date: 2021-11-01
    On the Canadian Prairies, SaskPower is reporting the 10-mw Highfield Solar Facility in Swift Current, Saskatchewan is now online an generating sufficient power for roughly 2,500 homes. The facility is the first of four 10-MW solar power facilities set to be added to the province's grid in the next two years and is inline with SaskPower's targeted 50 pct renewable energy capacity by 2030 and net-zero emissions from power production by 2050.

    Baden, Ontario-based renewable energy and energy storage developer Saturn Power will own and manage the Highfield Solar site while selling the project's power production to SaskPower. (Source: SaskPower, PR, Global News, Oct., 2021) Contact: Saturn Power, Doug Wagner, CEO, 519.804.9163 info@staurnpower.com, www.saturnpower.com; SaskPower, Mike Marsh, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  SaskPower,  Saturn Power,  


    Australia's Moomba CCS Project Set to Go (Int'l. Report)
    Santos, Beach Energy
    Date: 2021-11-01
    In the Land Down Under, Santos Ltd and Adelaide-based joint venture partner Beach Energy Ltd. are reporting a final investment decision to proceed with the $220 million ($165 million US) Moomba carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in South Australia, with startup expected in 2024.

    The Moomba CCS project is registered with the Clean Energy Regulator. The Clean Energy Regulator's CCS method provides a crediting period of 25 years, over which period the project will qualify for Australian Carbon Credit Units for emissions reduction from Moomba CCS project.

    The project will be one of the biggest and lowest cost in the world and will safely and permanently store 1.7 million tpy of carbon dioxide, according to the Santos release.

    Santos Ltd. holds a 66.7 pct interest in the Moomba CCS project and is operator. The remaining interest is held by oil and gas producer Beach Energy which is aiming to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Santos Ltd., PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Beach Energy, Matt Kay, CEO, www.beachenergy.com.au; Santos Ltd., Kevin Gallagher, CEO, + 61 2 8016 2832, www.santos.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  Australia CCS news,  Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Cognizant Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Cognizant
    Date: 2021-10-20
    Teaneck, New Jersey-headquartered global business consultancy Cognizant reports it has committed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030. Cognizant's commitment calls for reducing emissions by 50 pct from the company's global operations and supply chain by 2030, and by 90 pct by 2040, with the remaining emissions negated with carbon offsets. Specific initiatives to achieve net-zero include:
  • Aligning to climate science -- Cognizant is developing a science-based emissions reduction target that is aligned with the need to keep global average temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and will submit this target for third-party validation with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

  • Ongoing investments in renewable energy -- Building on initial success in India, where over a quarter of Cognizant's energy has come from renewable sources since 2020, Cognizant plans to expand its use of onsite solar energy and enter new power purchase agreements with clean energy developers. It will also continue as a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, a global initiative bringing together the world's most influential businesses committed to procuring 100 pct renewable electricity.

  • Increasing energy efficiency -- Cognizant will be investing in new energy efficient equipment and technologies across its owned offices and data centers throughout the world. In 2019 and 2020, the company improved energy efficiency across several offices in India, replacing outdated conventional power supply systems with modular systems, upgrading conventional lighting with energy efficient LED fittings, and retrofitting cooling systems.

    In addition to its own net zero agenda, Cognizant is developing and deploying solutions enabling its global client base to double down on reducing their own carbon footprints, reducing waste, and sustainable product development by leveraging technology advancements in AI, data and analytics, cloud and IoT. Examples include: transitioning energy-intensive data centers to public cloud use; designing IoT-enabled smart buildings that manage electricity, heating, cooling and water consumption more efficiently to reduce power needs; and using IoT and cloud solutions in transportation and supply chain applications for real-time vessel emissions monitoring to improve shipping route planning and increase fuel efficiency. (Source: Cognizant, Website PR, 19 Oct., 2021) Contact: Cognizant, Brian Humphries, CEO , Sophia Mendelsohn, Chief Sustainability Officer , Jodi Sorensen, jodi.sorensen@cognizant.com, www.cognizant.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cognizant news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Renewable Energy news,  


  • Whitehall Considers Mortgages Tied to Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    UK Finance
    Date: 2021-10-20
    In London, the UK banking and financial services trade organization UK Finance is reporting government is considering plans to link mortgages to 'green' home energy performance-efficiency improvements by imposing targets for lenders, to help decarbonize the UK's ageing and leaky housing stock and to meet its its net-zero emissions by 2050 strategy.

    Measures being considered include voluntary targets for banks to improve the average energy performance certificate rating of the homes in their lending portfolio to at least band C (medium energy efficiency rating0 by 2030. Those targets could become mandatory "if insufficient progress" were made by mortgage lenders, according to the release.

    According to the UK Nationwide Building Society , the average cost of energy efficiency improvements for a single home is about £8,100, rising to a an average £25,800 for homes with a F or G (low) energy efficiency rating. The average annual savings of “greening” a home are estimated at about £1,780 per year, meaning owners of older properties would only start to reap financial benefits after 14 years, according to UK Finance. (Source: UK Finance, Guardian, 19 Oct., 2021) Contact: UK Finance, www.ukfinance.org.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  UK Finance,  


    SKF Commits to Net-Zero GHG Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    SKF Group
    Date: 2021-10-20
    Goteborg, Sweden-based industrial manufacturer SKF Group is reporting its commitment to reducing emissions from operations to net-zero by 2030 and to have a supply chain with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

    To that end, SKF commits to reduce CO2 emissions in its supply chain by 45 pct by 2035 rising to 60 pct by 2040. In addition, SKF has pledged to source at least 40 pct of steel from carbon neutral steel plants by 2040 and to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2040. SKF is also investing in more "green" energy and energy efficient manufacturing processes and requiring energy-intensive suppliers of steel and forgings to adopt the ISO 50001 standard for systematic energy management.

    From 2022, SKF's manufacturing site in Gothenburg will become the company's third site to achieve net-zero status along with SKF facilities in Tudela, Spain, and Steyr, Austria. SKF joined the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTI) in July 2021 and is advocating for change through its engagement in the SteelZero, RE100 and ResponsibleSteel initiatives. (Source: SKF, PR, Website, 20 Oct., 2021) Contact: SKF, Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, Patrik Stenberg, Head of Investor Relations + 46 31-337 2104, patrik.stenberg@skf.com, www.skf.com

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


    Paytech Nexi Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2040 (Int'l.)
    Paytech Nexi, SBTi
    Date: 2021-10-13
    Nexi, the European Paytech firm, has reportedly obtained approval for its CO2 emissions reduction targets for Nexi in Italy by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) -- the global network born from the collaboration between WRI, CDP, WWF and the United Nations Global Compact -- and has committed to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions in Italy by 42 pct by 2030, starting from the 2020 baseline. Nexi has also pledge that 78 pct of its suppliers in Italy will have Science Based Targets (SBTi) by 2025. To that end, Nexi will implement:
  • the replacement of natural gas with alternative low-carbon heating solutions in offices;

  • the purchase of 100 pct renewable electricity, including for owned and outsourced data centers;

  • the renewal of the company fleet through the introduction of hybrid cars;and

  • the direct involvement of the main Point of Sales and ATM terminals suppliers to align them with SBTi's target setting framework. (Source: Paytech Nexi, PR, CrowdFund Insider, 10 Oct., 2021) Contact: Nexi, Paolo Bertoluzzo, Group CEO, www.nexi.it

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


  • Building Climate Change Resilience -- Notable Quote

    Date: 2021-10-13
    "Let's win the race to a zero emissions and resilient built environment, regions and cities. We can't win the Race to (net) Zero (emissions) without winning the Race to Resilience as well. Climate breakdown and the pandemic multiply inequalities -- social, environmental and economic gaps are widening across nations and across the Global North and South.

    "By 2030, we must catalyse action by non-state actors that builds the resilience of four billion people from groups and communities who are vulnerable to climate risks." -- Nigel Topping, UN High-Level Climate Action Champion at COP26, www.buildingtocop.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Resilience news,  COP26 news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  


    Jakarta Planning Carbon Tax, Carbon Market (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2021-10-08
    The world's top exporter of thermal coal and the eighth-largest carbon emitter, Indonesia is set to become Asia's fourth country to introduce a carbon tax as part of a tax overhaul, approved by parliament on Thursday.

    The carbon tax, which will be introduced at a minimum rate of 30 rupiah ($0.0021) per kilogram of CO2 equivalent (CO2e), will be imposed at the floor rate on coal-fired power plants from April, 2022, while a carbon trade mechanism is established. A carbon market is expected to be in operation by 2025.

    Indonesia is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2060 or sooner. (Source: Various Syndicated Media, Reuters, 8 Oct., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    Canadian Oil & Gas Seeking CCS Tax Credits (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
    Date: 2021-10-08
    In Calgary, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) reports it and oil and gas companies have asked the Canadian Department of Finance to design a tax credit to pay for 75 pct -- a level high enough to provide an economic return and comparable to similar US tax credits -- on the cost of constructing carbon capture facilities .

    Canada, the world's fourth-largest oil producer, is aiming to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and will provide incentives for at least two previously reported carbon capture hubs to sequester at least 15 million tpy of carbon by 2030. (Source: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), Oct., 2021) Contact: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Ben Brunnen, VP Oil Sands, 403-267-1100, www.capp.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers ,  CCS,  


    Shell, Island Green Power Ink UK Solar+Storage Agreement (Int'l,)
    Shell, Island Green Power
    Date: 2021-10-08
    In the UK, Shell and London-headquartered global solar energy developer Island Green Power are reporting a framework agreement to develop over 700 MW of utility-scale solar PV projects with co-located battery storage potential in the UK.

    . Shell is aiming to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, partially through increasing renewable power generation. In February, Shell announced it would spend between $2 billion and $3 billion per year on renewables and energy solutions y to help reach net zero status by 2050. (Source: Shell, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Island Green Power, +44 0 20 3475 0777, info@islandgp.com, www.islandgp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell news,  Island Green Power news,  


    DOW Plans Net-Zero Integrated Ethylene Site (Ind. Report)
    DOW
    Date: 2021-10-06
    Midland, Michigan-based chemicals giant DOW Inc. reports it plans to construct the world's first net-zero carbon emissions integrated ethylene cracker and derivatives site.

    The project is expected to produce about 3.2 million metric tons of certified low- to zero-carbon emissions polyethylene and ethylene derivatives by 2030 -- more than triple the company's ethylene and polyethylene capacity from its Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta site, while retrofitting the site's existing assets to net-zero carbon emissions. (Source: DOW Inc. Website PR, Oct., 2021)

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


    LyondellBasell Aiming for Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l.)
    LyondellBasell
    Date: 2021-10-01
    Rotterdam-headquartered chemicals and refining giant LyondellBasell has announced a strategy to achieve an absolute 30 pct reduction of scope 1 and scope 2 emissions by 2030 and to achieve net-zero emissions from global operations by 2050. In 2019, LyondellBasell announced an initial GHG emissions reduction target of 15 pct per ton of product produced by 2030 (relative to 2015 levels), and to raise the 15 pct target at a later date.

    To that end, the company has developed an achievable pathway to an absolute reduction in scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions by 30 pct (relative to 2020 levels). This approach includes: enhanced energy management and low emission steam; flare minimization; use of lower-emitting fuels; process electrification and furnace upgrades; and sourcing at least 50 pct of electricity from renewable sources. The company is also actively embedding emissions reduction efforts into certain business processes including long-range planning and risk management, and identifying collaboration opportunities across multiple sectors to accelerate the scale up and deployment of breakthrough technologies.

    The company notes it is committed to transparency by reporting our climate risk as well as our progress in reducing GHG emissions annually in the CDP climate change questionnaire and according to the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD). (Source: LyondellBasell, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: LyondellBasell, www.lyondellbasell.com

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


    Equinor Notable Quote -- Hydrogen and CCS
    Equinor
    Date: 2021-10-01
    Equinor Date: 2021-07-19 "Without CCS and hydrogen, at scale, there is no viable path to net-zero and realizing the Paris goals." -- Equinor, Andres Opedal, Pres. and CEO, June , 2021, www.equinor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor news,  Hydrogen news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  Paris Climate Agreement news,  


    TotalEnergies, Safran Focus On Sustainable Aviation Fuels (Int'l)
    TotalEnergies, Safran
    Date: 2021-09-29
    Paris-headquartered TotalEnergies is reporting an agreement with French aviation industry safety and sustainability specialist Safran to jointly reach net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050, and to accelerate the reduction of aviation CO2 emissions, advance the use of Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), make currently used engines compatible with up to 100 pct SAF and to optimize engine/SAFl energy efficiency and environmental performance. This collaboration may extend to other fields, such as adapting fuel systems to SAF or developing new-generation battery systems for electric motors.

    Sustainable aviation fuels are an immediately available solution for significantly reducing CO2 emissions from air transportation, as they can presently be used in blends of up to 50 pct without modifying existing supply chain infrastructure, aircraft or engines, according to the release.

    French legislation calls for aircraft to use at least 1 pct SAF by 2022 for all flights originating in France, while the European Commission calls for a ramp up to 2 pct by 2025 rising to 5 pct by 2030 as part of the European Green Deal. (Source: TotalEnergies, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Safran, +33 1 40 60 80 80, fax -- +33 1 40 60 81 02, www.safran-group.com; TotalEnergies, Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  TotalEnergies,  Safran,  SAF,  Aviation Fuels,  Aviation Emissions,  


    Marriott Touts Net-Zero Emissions Game Plan (Ind. Report)
    Marriott
    Date: 2021-09-24
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered hotel and hospitality industry giant Marriott International has outlined its net-zero strategy building on its existing 2025 sustainability goals.

    Marriott's current sustainability strategy aims to "reduce environmental impacts through the construction and operation of sustainable hotels and responsible sourcing while protecting and restoring ecosystems" including: reducing use of single-use plastics; introducing an internal food waste prevention and reduction educational campaign; creating a responsible sourcing guide for Marriott's suppliers; creating a certifications database to help Marriott properties operate more responsibly and work towards the goal of 100 pct of the portfolio receiving a third-party sustainability certification; and develop ecosystem restoration and carbon sequestration projects.

    Other initiatives "may" include: increased use of renewable energy and building electrification to maximize use of renewable electricity; continued modifications to building design standards for greater energy efficiency including the installation of smart thermostats, automation systems and other energy efficiency upgrades.

    Marriott aims to reach net-zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Source: Marriott Int'l., PR, Business Traveler , 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: Marriott Int'l., Anthony Capuano, CEO, 301-380-3000, www.headquartersof.com/marriott-international-corporate-headquarters-info

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marriott,  


    AmEx Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    American Express,Science Based Targets Initiative
    Date: 2021-09-22
    American Express has announced it's commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2035 -- fifteen years ahead of the Paris Agreement's 2050 goal. To that end, the company will follow the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) methodology to set targets over the coming two years for its global operations and supply chain.

    American Express will also join the Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees C commitment and Race to Zero, AmEx will also provide at least $10 million in new philanthropic funding for organizations and initiatives that drive action on climate change through 2025. Since 2018, American Express has remained a carbon neutral company across its operations and has been powered with 100 pct renewable energy, according to the release. (Source: American Express, PR, 21 Sept., 2021) Contact: AmEx, Leah M. Gerstner, 212.640.3174, Leah.M.Gerstner@aexp.com, www.aexp.com; SBTi, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets Initiative,  Climate Change,  Net-Zero Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Shell Advancing Dutch CCS Equipped Biofuel Project (Ind. Report)
    Shell
    Date: 2021-09-22
    In the Netherlands, Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) is reporting a final investment decision to construct an 820, 000 tpy biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam, formerly known as the Pernis refinery.

    When fully operational the facility will be among the largest in Europe to produce Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD).

    The facility is expected to incorporate carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in the manufacturing process and store CO2 in a depleted North Sea gas field through the Porthos project. A final investment decision for Porthos is expected next year. The facility could produce enough renewable diesel to avoid the equivalent CO2 emission of removing 1 million cars from European roads for one year.

    As previously reported, the Porthos project, which was established by EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is anticipated to store more than 37 million tonnes of CO2 over 15 years.

    Shell is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, PR, Hydrocarbon Eng., 21 Sept., 2021) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, www.shell.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Porthos,  Royal Dutch Shell,  SAF,  Renewable Diesel,  CCS,  


    Canadian Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 "Net-Painful" (Report Attached)
    Canadian Net-Zero Advisory Body
    Date: 2021-09-17
    "A net-zero future will require structural changes and shifts to social, economic, and behavioural norms," according to a study from Canadian Net-Zero Advisory Body. The report recommends carbon budgets to help motivate Canadians to reach government-specified net-zero targets. Significant "degrowth"or "deep decarbonization" that would shrink both production and consumption, not just of hydrocarbons but of everything in Canadian's current lifestyle, seems to be the goal.

    Download the Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 report HERE.

    Download Net-Zero Pathways HERE. (Source: Canadian Net-Zero Advisory Body, Sept., 2021) Contact: Canadian Net-Zero Advisory Body, www.nzab2050.ca

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


    Jakarta Chops Norwegian Climate, Deforestation Pact (Int'l.)
    Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative
    Date: 2021-09-13
    Following up on our July 13, 2021 coverage, In Jakarta, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry reports it has terminated its 2020 deal with Norway on cooperation to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation, due to lack of payment. The two countries have been cooperating on reducing deforestation, peatland and forest degradation and related climate change initiatives since 2010.

    Norway offered a $56 million contribution to Indonesia, based on its 2016-2017 results on curbing deforestation under a United Nations-backed REDD+ forest-conservation scheme. . Apparently payment wasn't prompt enough for the Indonesians following its meeting of national greenhouse gas emission cuts by the equivalent of 11.2 million tonnes of carbon-dioxide emissions in the 2016-2017 period.

    As previously reported, under the Paris climate agreement Indonesia committed to reduce carbon emission by 41 pct by 2030, with international assistance, and aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060.

    The Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative noted it planned to continue supporting Indonesia's deforestation and other climate change mitigation efforts. (Source: Indonesian Foreign Ministry, 11 Sept., 2021) Contact: Indonesian Foreign Ministry, www.kemlu.go.id/portal/en; Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative, www.ndcpartnership.org/funding-and-initiatives-navigator/norways-international-climate-and-forest-initiative-nicfi ; Norway Minister of Climate and Environment, Sveinung Rotevatn, www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/kld/id66

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Deforestation,  REDD+,  Climate Change,  Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative,  


    Lenovo Stresses Climate Change, Mitigation Goals (Ind. Report)
    Lenovo, SBTi
    Date: 2021-09-01
    In its annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based Lenovo Group reports it is committing to new goals in the areas of climate change mitigation, circular economy, energy efficiency and sustainable materials.

    Lenovo is committing to achieving 50 pct improvement in energy efficiency for desktops and servers and 30 pct for notebooks and Motorola products by FY 2029/30. The company also aims to purchase 90 pct of electricity from renewable energy sources and remove one million tons of GHG emissions from its supply chain by FY 2025/26.

    These goals further support its 2030 science-based targets, which include reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50 pct and decreasing emissions intensity throughout the products, suppliers and transportation value chain by 25 pct .

    The company notes it is exploring a path to net-zero targets after being selected by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to road test science-based methodology for achieving net-zero emissions.

    This is Lenovo's 15th annual ESG Report, covering the Fiscal Year 2020/21 (April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021). Download Lenovo’s ESG Report HERE . (Source: Lenova, PR, 30 Aug., 2021) Contact: Lenova, www.lenovo.com

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


    Maersk Inks First Green Methanol Marine Fuel Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Maersk
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Maritime shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) is reporting a contract with Copenhagen-based REintegrate to produce roughly 10,000 tonnes of carbon neutral e-methanol, produced by using renewable sources such as biomass and solar energy which the vessel will need to operate each year.The entire Maersk fleet would require roughly 20 million tpy of green methanol fuel, according to the release.

    REintegrate's new decentralized production technology offers green e-methanol identical to fossil methanol, from renewable energy sources and CO2 from bio-waste. E-methanol provides a convenient transition to environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals with an ultra-high greenhouse gas reduction and a competitive rice to similar products such as green bio-products.REintegrate's process facilitates the re-cycle of CO2 emissions and the by-products (oxygen and heat) can be used in the industrial sector and for district heating, according to the company website.

    With about 90 per cent of world trade transported by sea, global shipping accounts for nearly three per cent of the world's CO2 emissions. Maersk aims to have a carbon-neutral fleet by 2030 to meet its target of net-zero emissions by 2050, according to the release. (Source: A.P. Moller-Maersk, GFM News, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: A.P. Moller-Maersk, Morten Bo Christiansen, Hesd of Decarbonization, www.maersk.com; Reintegrate, +45 6168 6212, www.reintegrate.dk

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Tallgrass Takes Majority Stake in Hydrogen-to-Power Project (M&A)
    Tallgrass Energy, H2 Power
    Date: 2021-08-11
    Laewood, Kansas-based Tallgrass Energy LP is reported to have taken a 75 pct majority stake in Escalante H2 Power -- a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-to-power project at a retired 253-MW coal-fired power plant near Prewitt, New Mexico. Texas-based fuel processing, conversion and purification company Newpoint Gas will retain a 25 pct stake in the partnership, which licensed its zero-emission technology that converts natural gas into hydrogen for the project.

    The project, which is expected to cost $250 million, includes construction of a net-zero emissions hydrogen purification plant that will produce commercial-scale fresh water,and an underground carbon dioxide sequestration facility. (Source: H2 Power, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Tallgrass Energy LP, William Moler, CEO, (913) 928-6060 www.tallgrassenergy.com; H2 Power LLC, www.linkedin.com › company › h2powerllc

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    Biogas, Net-Zero Emissions Notable Quote
    Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association
    Date: 2021-08-09
    "There's no net-zero without biogas. AD (anaerobic digestion) and biogas alone can make up 30 pct of the 5th Carbon Budget shortfall identified by the CCC by 2030. This includes mitigating especially harmful methane emissions from organic wastes.

    "However, we can only deliver this if the British Government unlocks the current policy barriers to industry growth. Our Declaration provides a clear set of actions the Prime Minister needs to implement to unleash our (biogas) sector's potential."

    Charlotte Morton, CEO, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), Aug., 2021, www.adbioresources.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AnAaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association,  Net-Zero Emissions,  Biogas,  anaerobic digestion,  


    Korean Battery Maker Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l.)
    SK Innovation
    Date: 2021-08-02
    South Korean battery manufacturer SK Innovation reports publication of its Net-Zero Roadmap 1.0 detailing outlining the company's plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

    SK Innovation set a step-by-step goal to achieve 100 pct Net Zero before 2050 after reducing 12.43 million tons of CO2 generated in Scope 1 and 2 as of 2019 to 25 pct in 2025 and 50 pct in 2030. The company plans to invest roughly $1.3 billion to cut down 2.5 million tons of carbon emissions by 2030 by improving energy efficiency, transitioning to 25 pct renewable energy by 2025 and 100 pct by 2030. The company also plans to adopt Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, develop environmentally-friendly products, elevate factory operation efficiencies participate in carbon offset programs to further cut battery and materials business emissions 13.6 million tons by 2035. (Source: SK Innovation, PR 2 Aug., 2021)Contact: SK innovation, www.eng.skinnovation.com

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    Duke Energy Tops 10,000-MW Renewable Energy Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy reports that with the commissioning and startup of the 144-MW Pflugerville Solar project in Texas it now owns, operates, or purchases more than 10,000 MW of solar and wind energy throughout the U.S. from both its regulated and non-regulated businesses.

    The company's renewables portfolio includes nearly 200 sites in 22 states, with over 1,000 MW of new projects under construction throughout the country, including Florida, Texas, and the Carolinas.

    Duke Energy has set a goal of reaching 16,000 MW of renewables by 2025 and 47,000 MW by 2050. The company also aims cut carbon emissions by at least 50 pct by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Duke Energy, Website, PR, July 29, 2021) Contact: Duke Energy, Brian Savoy, Exec. VP Strategy and Commercial Officer, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy Funded (Ind. Report)
    Government of British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-26
    In Victoria, the Government of British Columbia reports it and Shell Canada are each committing $35 million funding toward the new B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy and are collaborating to decarbonize the economy and scale up clean energy. The Government of Canada has committed up to $35 million for the Centre's projects. The funding is expected to leverage additional public and private-sector investments and participation.

    The Centre will bring together innovators, industry, governments and academics to accelerate the commercialization and scale-up of B.C.-based clean-energy technologies. It will also be a catalyst for new partnerships and world-leading innovation to deliver near- and longer-term carbon emission reductions, according to the release.

    The Centre, which is scheduled to launch this fall, will initially focus on: carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); the production, use and distribution of low-carbon hydrogen; biofuels and synthetic fuels (including marine and aviation fuels --SAF); renewable natural gas; battery technology, storage and energy management systems; and initiate new technology pathways to accelerate larger reductions on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The Centre will be established as an independent member-based, non-profit corporation to attract a wide range of companies and partners focused on low-carbon innovation and scaling up B.C.-based clean-energy technology. (Source: BC Government PR, 16 July, 2021) Contact: Gov. BC, www.gov.bc.ca

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    Am. Airlines Commits to SMTi to Cut GHG Emissions (Ind. Report)
    American Airlines
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Dallas-headquartered American Airlines reports it is committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net-zero emissions by 2050, and align its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degree Celsius, and bring additional accountability to its approach to addressing climate change.

    American is the first airline in North America to begin the validation process with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). In doing so, American is committing to develop a 2035 emissions reduction target that will be reviewed by the SBTi to confirm its consistency with the latest climate science.

    By committing to SBTi, the air carrier becomes a signatory to the Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees C campaign and joins the UN-backed Race To Zero to rally support for a zero-carbon economy from businesses, cities, investors and other non-state actors. (Source: American Airlines, PR, AJOT, 16 July, 2021)Contact: American Airlines, www.headquarterscontacts.com/american-airlines; Science Based Targets, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

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    Equinor, SSE Tout Humber Hydrogen Storage JV (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor, SSE
    Date: 2021-07-15
    Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility could be switched to low carbon fuel as duo forge first end-to-end plans in race to Net-Zero emissions. Energy majors and Humber hydrogen partners SSE Thermal and Equinor are developing plans for one of the world’s largest storage sites for the fuel of the future. The two companies co-own Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility, where nine underground salt caverns - each the size of St Paul’s Cathedral - sit below coastal East Yorkshire agricultural land. Commissioned in 2011, at a cost of £290 million, an upgrade could involve conversion of existing caverns or the creation of new ones. Both SSE and Equinor are behind plans for a hydrogen-fuelled power station at Keadby, south of the Humber, with Equinor developing a hydrogen production plant, H2H Saltend on the North Bank. The partnership marks the UK’s first end-to-end hydrogen proposal, connecting production, storage and demand projects. With an initial expected capacity of at least 320GWh, Aldbrough Hydrogen Storage would be significantly larger than any hydrogen storage facility in operation in the world today. (Sopure: Equinor, PR, BusinessLIve, 15 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor news,   SSE news,  CCS news,  Hydrogen news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  


    Pertamina Sinking $12Bn in New Renewables (Int'l. Report)
    Pertamina
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina says it needs to invest $12 billion to meet its target of generating 10GW of electricity from new and renewable energy sources by 2026. The transition to renewable energy is a key element in the government's plan to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions by 29 per cent by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2060.

    Pertamina's 10GW target is comprised of gas-to-power, renewable energy -- including geothermal -- and other new initiatives, such as an electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem and hydrogen pilot projects.

    The gas-to-power business segment is projected to contribute 6GW to the 10GW target. Existing gas-to-power projects include the 1.8GW gas and geothermal power plant Java 1 in West Java. The renewable energy business is expected to contribute 3GW. Solar power, biogas-fuelled power plants, smart grids and other new and renewable energy power plants are projected to contribute 1.9GW while the EV ecosystem, as well as green and blue hydrogen, are expected to produce 1GW by 2026. (Source: Pertamina, PR, Jakarta Post, 4 July, 2021)Contact: Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.petramina.com

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    IEA, US Treasury Discuss Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    IEA
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Last week in Washington, the International Energy Agency (IEA) executive director Fatih Birol met with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to discuss "how the energy sector can reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and what should be done to unlock more investments for clean energy transitions around the world."

    The meeting, which included representative from both agencies, discussed the findings and implications of two major recent IEA reports -- the IEA's Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050 and its special report on Financing Clean Energy Transitions in Emerging and Developing Economies. The discussions covered on a wide range of topics, including what the US can do to support international climate finance; the future of oil and gas investments on the path to a net-zero world; and how to mobilize financing to speed up the deployment of clean energy technologies.

    Download the IEA Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050 HERE . (Source: IEA, PR, 5 July, 2021) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org; US Treasury Department, home.treasury.gov

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    Biofuels On The Road to Net-Zero Emissions -- Notable Quote
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-06-30
    "There's no path to net-zero emissions by 2050, which is a Biden goal, without biofuels." -- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy, June, 2021, www.growthenergy.org

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

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


    VINCI Airports Announces Lyon Airports Carbon Sink (Int'l. Report)
    VINCI Airport
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In France, VINCI Airports is reporting a reforestation program to absorb the residual emissions of Lyon-Saint Exupery and Lyon-Bron airports.

    The first project of this program, conducted in partnership with the French National Forest Office and the Rhone Departmental Council, is located about 30 kilometers away from Lyon-Saint Exupery airport, and will restore, reforest, maintain and manage 3.6 hectares with locally resilient species selected for their strong capacity to adapt to water stress and absorb CO2. This reforestation project, which will sequester more than 500 tons of CO2 over the planting's growth period, aims at achieving the Low Carbon Label certification.

    By developing other similar projects within a five-year framework agreement with the Rhone department, VINCI Airports will create a network of forest sinks in the Rhone region that will offset 100 pct of Lyon airports' residual emissions and enable Lyon-Saint Exupery airport to become the first French commercial airports to achieve net-zero emissionsby 2026. (Source: VINCI Airports, PR, June, 2021) Contact: VINCI Airports, Nicolas Notebaert, CEO, www.vinvi-airports.com

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    Shell Aviation, AmEx Partner to Increase SAF Supply (Ind. Report)
    Shell Aviation
    Date: 2021-05-28
    Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary Shell Aviation and American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) are reporting they will collaborate on encourage increased production sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), making the fuel more readily available and accelerating the aviation industry's pathway towards net-zero emissions.

    With their combined buying power, the two firms will help drive transformation of the aviation and corporate travel sector, support a net-zero emissions future and deliver a new solution to customers in support of their own energy transition and carbon reduction ambitions.

    Both firms have committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Shell Aviation, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Shell Aviation , www.shell.com/business-customers/aviation.html

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    Shell Ordered to Slash Emissions 45 pct by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-05-28
    At the Hague, in what must certainly be a landmark ruling, a Dutch court has ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its emissions 45 pct by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. In its ruling, the Court found the oil giant's current climate strategy was "not concrete enough and full of caveats," and that the oil major has a legal obligation to reduce its emissions in line with international climate goals -- the Paris Climate accord and reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

    Seven environmental groups argued that Shell is violating its international climate obligations and threatening the lives of these citizens by continuing to invest billions every year in expanding its oil and gas production. Shell's net-zero strategy allows for oil and methane gas production to expand until 2025.

    Shell as quick to respond that it "fully expects to appeal today's disappointing court decision" and that "urgent action is needed on climate change which is why we have accelerated our efforts to become a net-zero emissions energy company by 2050, in step with society, with short-term targets to track our progress." (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, Various Media Reports, 26 May, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell news,  Carbon Emissions news,  

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