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Shell Acquiring Floating Offshore Wind Developer Eolfi (M&A, Int'l)
Eolfi,Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2019-11-06
Paris-headquartered French floating offshore wind and solar energy developer Eolfi reports it is being acquired by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell.

EOLFI has a global presence and covers all stages of the value chain including project development, financing, construction and operation, according to the company website. (Source: Eolfi Website, Nov., 2019) Contact: Eolfi, +33 1 40 07 95 00, www.eolfi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Eolfi,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Shell Sinks $7.7Mn in Punjab Biomass Supply Business (Int'l Report)
Royal Dutch Shell,Punjab Renewable Energy Systems
Date: 2019-08-30
Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell Plc reports is subsidiary Shell India has invested $7.7 million in the Indian biomass supply company Punjab Renewable Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd. which is backed by Neev Fund and responsAbility.

Punjab Renewable, is involved in the collection, processing, storage and supply of paddy straw, cotton stalk, soya husk, maize cob and mustard stalk biomass for use in to power plants, biofuel production and various other applications.

Punjab Renewable notes it can handle more than 1,000 tpd and plans to scale up to 10,000 tpd in the next few years. (Source: VCCircle, Royal Dutch Shell, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Shell India, www.shell.in; Punjab Renewable Energy Systems, +91 22 2757 0498, www.prespl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Biomass,  


Shell Considering Solar Power at Singapore Site (Int'l. Report)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2019-08-07
Reuters is reporting oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is considering the installation of solar panels to power its 500,000 bpd B Pulau Bukom refining subsidiary site in Singapore, a company spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday.

The possible switch to solar at this and other sites is in keeping with the company's plans to improve energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. To that end, Shell has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Energy Market Authority of Singapore to jointly work on energy storage systems.

Globally, Shell is installing solar photovoltaic panels on the roofs of seven lubricant plants in China, India, Italy, Singapore and Switzerland. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, Reuters, Aug., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Solar,  


Velocys Reports £7 Mn Funding Round Progress (Ind. Report)
Velocys PLC British
Date: 2019-07-15
UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc is reporting British Airways and Royal Dutch Shell PLC have invested a combined £2.8 million in a £7 million fundraising round.

The proceeds will be used for front-end engineering design of Velocys' Mississippi biorefinery, to build on intellectual property, and to test catalyst and Fischer-Tropsch reactors. (Source: Velocys, Alliance News, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


Energy Efficiency in the Keystone State (Opinions Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2019-06-03
"In reviewing the recent Team PA Foundation report Pennsylvania Energy Horizons, produced by a year-long, community discussion-based exercise led by Royal Dutch Shell, I was encouraged to see an increasing role for renewables and transition to a low carbon economy in Pennsylvania.

"There is strategic importance to diversity in our energy sector and we should not rely solely on natural gas. Pennsylvania has more opportunities to grow energy efficiency and renewable-energy jobs than ever before, and the economic benefits would extend into rural, urban, and suburban communities across the commonwealth.

"Additionally, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that currently pending bipartisan energy efficiency legislation in Pennsylvania could unlock 30,000 jobs and about $6.4 billion in net savings by removing barriers to energy efficiency investment. These jobs not only put Pennsylvanians to work, but they advance energy-efficiency projects that drive down energy bill costs.

"The commonwealth's energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors are strong, poised for important growth, and must be part of the conversation." (Source: Sustainable Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pittsburgh, Joylette Portlock, Exec. Dir., (412) 258-6642, (412) 258-6645 (fax), info@sustainablepittsburgh.org, www.sustainablepittsburgh.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


Renewable Energy in the Keystone State (Opinions Editorials & Asides)
Sustainable Pittsburgh
Date: 2019-06-03
"In reviewing the recent Team PA Foundation report Pennsylvania Energy Horizons, produced by a year-long, community discussion-based exercise led by Royal Dutch Shell, I was encouraged to see an increasing role for renewables and transition to a low carbon economy in Pennsylvania.

"There is strategic importance to diversity in our energy sector and we should not rely solely on natural gas. Pennsylvania has more opportunities to grow energy efficiency and renewable-energy jobs than ever before, and the economic benefits would extend into rural, urban, and suburban communities across the commonwealth.

"Just recently, a bipartisan group of state senators announced legislation that would update Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard to include a target of 30 pct energy from Tier 1 renewable sources by 2030. This piece of legislation, Senate Bill 600, is growing in support and has a House companion bill, House Bill 1195.

"Additionally, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that currently pending bipartisan energy efficiency legislation in Pennsylvania could unlock 30,000 jobs and about $6.4 billion in net savings by removing barriers to energy efficiency investment. These jobs not only put Pennsylvanians to work, but they advance energy-efficiency projects that drive down energy bill costs.

"The commonwealth's energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors are strong, poised for important growth, and must be part of the conversation." (Source: Sustainable Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pittsburgh, Joylette Portlock, Exec. Dir., (412) 258-6642, (412) 258-6645 (fax), info@sustainablepittsburgh.org, www.sustainablepittsburgh.org

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


Shell Seeking UK CO2 Storage Development Subsidy (Int'l Report)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2019-04-24
In the UK, the Sunday Times is reporting oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell is seeking an unspecified subsidy from the British government to support Shell's development of underground carbon dioxide storage.

The requested subsidy is reportedly less than the roughly £40 million previously granted for renewable energy technologies, according to the Sunday Times. (Source: Talk Finance, Sunday Times, 23 April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell ,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  CO2,  


UK Parliament Pension Rethinking Fossil Fuel Investments (Int'l)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2019-04-10
The Guardian is reporting Trustees of the UK Parliamentarian's pension fund are reconsidering rules of investments to take climate change risks into account,. but not excluding fossil fuel and other high emissions organizations, in their investment decisions. At the same time, the Trustees are not committing to fully divest from high emission operations fossil fuels, but will consider such a move.

According to the Guardian report, nearly two-thirds of the UK's university and other public pension funds have either divested or reformed their rules, though some have retained their fossil fuel focus despite strong public pressure.

Presently, five of the fund's top 20 investments, representing more than £20 million are in fossil fuel companies including the UK-based BP, which makes up the biggest single shareholding by the fund. Others include Royal Dutch Shell and the French company Total. (Source: Business Green, Article first appeared in the Guardian, April, 2019) .

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Fossil Fuels,  


Shell Plans $300Mn Investment to Offset Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2019-04-10
Oil major Royal Dutch Shell reports it plans to invest $300 million in forests, wetlands and other natural ecosystems around the world over the next three years as part of its strategy to "act on global climate change." The investment programme will contribute to the Shell Group's three-year target, beginning in 2019, to reduce its net carbon footprint by between 2 pct and 3 pct, according to Shell.

Projects in Shell's pipeline include a 5 million tree planting initiative in the Netherlands, a 300-hectare reforestation project in Spain and an 800-hectare endangered native forest regeneration project in the state of Queensland. (Source: Shell, Various Media, Bunkerspot, April, 2019) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, Ben van Beurden, CEO, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Royal Dutch Shell,  Reforestation,  Carbon Sequestration,  


Shell Quitting AFPM Over Climate Change Policy "Misalignment" (Int'l)
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
Date: 2019-04-08
Citing "material misalignment" over climate change policy differences, petroleum industry giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc has announced it will leave the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)in 2020.

Shell claims its move is in line with the 2015 Paris climate agreement's goals to limit global warming by reducing carbon emissions to a net zero by the end of the century. It is also reflects investor pressure on oil companies, particularly in Europe, to change in their behavior around climate. Along that line, in 2018 Shell announced plans to introduce industry-leading carbon emissions targets linked to executive pay. (Source: Shell, Sustainable Business,Various Media, April, 2019) Contact: AFPM, Ben van Beurden, CEO, Pres., (202) 457-0480, www.afpm.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers ,  Shell,  Climate Change,  


Shell Wants Tighter Methane Leakage Regulations (Reg & Leg)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2019-03-15
Oil and gas giant, Royal Dutch Shell plc has recently urged Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tighten restrictions on methane leaks and emissions from oil and gas drilling and fracking operations, instead of loosening them as recently planned.

As previously reported in September 2018, the EPA proposed plans that would weaken a 2016 Obama administration rule by permitting companies to reduce attempts to inspect and repair pipelines and wells that leak methane. The recent proposal is anticipated to allow drillers to conduct inspections annually and allow 60 days to complete necessary repairs.

Oil and gas well methane leaks account for 10 pct of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The gas has over 80 times the heat-trapping potential of CO2 in the first 20 years of its escape into the atmosphere, according to the EPA. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, All Chem Research, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Methane,  Methance Leak,  


NEXT Renewable Fuels, Shell Trading Ink Supply Contract (Ind Report)
NEXT Renewable Fuels
Date: 2019-02-06
Oregon-headquartered renewable fuels producer NEXT Renewable Fuels Inc is reporting a long term agreement to supply renewable diesel to Houston, Texas-headquartered Shell Trading (US) Company. Shell Trading (US) Company is a corporation that acts as the single market interface for Royal Dutch Shell companies and affiliates in the United States.

NEXT Renewable Fuels will fulfill the contract with diesel produced at its $1-billion, 600 million gpy facility presently under construction in Port Westward, Oregon. The plant is slated for commissioning in 2021.

NEXT's renewable diesel is produced from used cooking oils, animal tallows and other 100 pct renewable feedstocks. (Source: NEXT Renewable Fuels, Renewables, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: NEXT Renewable Fuels, www.nextrenewables.com; Shell Trading (US) Company, www.shell.us

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


Oil, Gas Players Pledge to Slash Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-09-26
The 13-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) -- which includes Exxon Mobil, Chevron and others -- reports it is committed to cutting methane emissions to an intensity of 0.25 pct of all fossil fuel the group's member companies produces by 2025. The pledge could be cut further to 0.2 pct intensity, which would echo targets set individually by group members BP, Royal Dutch Shell and XOM to reduce methane emissions.

The OGCI, which also counts France's Total as well as national oil companies of China, Mexico, Brazil and Saudi Arabia among its members, represents nearly a third of global oil and gas production. (Source: OGCI Website, Seeking Alpha, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,  


US Bioenergy Market Report 2018 -- Report Offered (Ind. Report)
Bioenergy,Biofuels
Date: 2018-07-23
United States Bioenergy Market Report 2018 is latest research study released by HTF MI evaluating the market, highlighting opportunities, risk side analysis, and leveraged with strategic and tactical decision-making support. The study provides information on market trends and development, drivers, capacities, technologies, and on the changing capital structure of the U.S. Bioenergy Market.

The Study is segmented by ethanol, biodiesel & hydrocarbon fuels as well as by major applications/end-user industries such as transportation, off-grid electricity and cooking. It is also segmented by region and market size. Key manufacturers covered in the report include Archer Daniels Midland, BP, Cargill, POET, Royal Dutch Shell and Wilmar International.

Study details are HERE; Bioenergy Market: Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2023 report samples are HERE. Source: HTF Market Intelligence Consulting Private Limited, July, 2018) Contact: HTF Market Intelligence Consulting, Craig Francis, Marketing Manager, (206) 317-1218, sales@htfmarketreport.com, www.htfmarketreport.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  


Velocys Secures Funding for UK Waste-to-Jet Fuel Project (Int'l)
Velocys
Date: 2018-06-20
UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it has secured £4.9 million of funding for the next development phase of the waste-to-sustainable jet fuel project the company is developing in the UK. As part of the funding package a grant of £434,000 has been secured from the Department for Transport (DfT) under the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).

The project is being developed with support from oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and British Airways. The team is developing the engineering and business case for the construction of a first plant in the UK that will convert hundreds of thousands of tpy of post-recycled waste into clean-burning, sustainable fuels to be used by British Airways.

The fuel is expected to deliver over 70 pct greenhouse gas reduction and 90 pct reduction in particulate matter emissions compared with conventional jet fuel. The project partners expect to reach a final investment decision in the first half of 2020. (Source: Velocys, PR, Business Leader, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Notable Quote -- The Pope Weighs In on Climate Change, Renewables
Climate Change
Date: 2018-06-11
"(It is) Disturbing that two-and-a-half years after the (Paris) deal was struck, carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gas levels remain very high. Yet even more worrying is the continued search for new fossil fuel reserves, whereas the Paris Agreement clearly urged keeping most fossil fuels underground. "Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization!

"The effects of climate change are not evenly distributed. It is the poor who suffer most from the ravages of global warming, with increasing disruption in the agricultural sector, water insecurity, and exposure to severe weather events. Many of those who can least afford it are already being forced to leave their homes and migrate to other places that may or may not prove welcoming." -- Pope Francis speaking to ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and other energy industry leaders at the recent Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home conference.

Editorial Note: Pope Francis is known to consider climate change one of the key themes of his papacy and has described it as "one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day."

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Shell Invests in Bavarian Solar Battery Specialist Sonnen (Int'l)
Sonnen, Shell
Date: 2018-05-25
Anglo-Dutch petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell reports it has taken a stake in the Bavarian solar battery maker Sonnen by participating in a new €60 million ($70 million) financing round. Other investors included GE and Chinese wind power group Envision.

Sonnen provides battery storage systems to households with rooftop solar panels in Germany, Europe's biggest solar market, in the areas of charging infrastructure and battery storage. (Source: Shell, Handelsblatt Global, 24 May, 2018) Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP, www.sonnen-batterie.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen,  Shell,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Shell Shareholders Call for Tougher Carbon Targets (Int'l)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2018-05-21
Last week at oil giant Royal Dutch Shell's AGM, the Dutch pension fund AEGON, the Church of England and a growing number of major pension fund and other Shell shareholders supported a resolution calling for the company to set tougher carbon targets that are in line with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The resolution was also highlighted by 60 large investors managing more $10.4 trillion (£7.72 trillion ) in assets, though they stopped short of publicly backing it.

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, acknowledged the resolution was instrumental in Shell's plan to halve the carbon footprint of the energy it sells by 2050. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, Follow This, The Guardian, 29 May, 2018)Contact: Follow This, https://follow-this.org; Royal Dutch Shell, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell ,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Oil Majors Commit to Low-Carbon Energy (Ind. Report)
British Petroleum,Royal Dutch Shell,Low-Carbon Energy
Date: 2018-02-26
UK-headquartered petroleum giant British Petroleum plc (BP) has announced it is investing $500 million a year in a push for low-carbon energy. The oil company says it sees "significant commercial potential" in solar power and is becoming more active in trading carbon credits. It also plans to set targets for emissions from operations, according to Bloomberg.

As previously reported, Royal Dutch Shell plc recently announced it would spend as much as $1 billion a year on renbewable through its New Energies division. According to the report, Shell sees opportunities in hydrogen fuel-cells, liquefied natural gas, and next-generation biofuels for air travel, shipping and heavy freight. (Source: BP, CS News, Bloomberg, Various Media, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News British Petroleum,  Royal Dutch Shell,  


Big Apple vs Big Oil Over Climate Change Disasters (Ind. Report)
New York City,BP, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell,Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil
Date: 2018-01-15
The New York City government is commencing legal action against "Big Oil" -- BP, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell -- in an effort to hold them responsible for present and future damage to the city from climate change. The sBig Apple's suit claims the companies together produced 11 pct of all of global-warming gases and that companies and that the oil industry in general has long been aware of the consequences of their processes and products but sought to obscure them.

Although the City's legal strategy has been embraced by several California cities and counties, prior lawsuits seeking to blame companies for their role in causing climate change have generally been unsuccessful. For example, in 2017, California's Marin County, San Mateo County and the cities of Imperial Beach, San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Cruz took legal action related to climate change on the grounds that the oil companies were "public nuisances" and caused injury to the localities under common law. (Source: City of New York, Washington Post, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: Office of New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General, https://ag.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City,  Climate Change,  BP,  Royal Dutch Shell,  Chevron,  Conoco-Phillips,  ExxonMobil,  


Shell Pledges Major Carbon Footprint Cuts (Ind. Report)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2017-12-01
International petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell reports it plans to reduce its total carbon footprint by 20 pct by 2035 and cut it by 50 pct by 2050. It will also disclose information on its operation's energy consumption and overall carbon footprint on an annual basis. Shell has also pledged to invest up to $2 billion (£1.5 billion) per year through 2020 to help meet the goals of the Paris climate change agreement.

In a letter to the UN, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said: "We also plan to pursue further operational efficiencies in our assets and will seek to develop carbon capture and storage. And increasingly, we will work with nature, forests and wetlands to help compensate for those emissions from uses where alternatives do not yet exist or will take time to scale."

Perhaps Shell's most ambitious project is its Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS)project in Canada, which recovers carbon dioxide emissions from a major oil-sands project and then compresses it into a liquid for storage underground. The project is one of only a few in the world. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, NYT, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2017)

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


Biozin Licenses IH2 Woody Biomass-to-Fuel Technology (Ind. Report)
Biozin ,Gas Technology InstituteCriterion Catalyst Company
Date: 2017-11-17
Fareham, UK-based CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company (CRIUK) has awarded an FEL-2 license agreement for the IH2* technology which converts biomass to liquid transportation fuels, to Biozin Holding AS (BZH). CRI is a global catalyst company wholly owned by Royal Dutch Shell. It operates research laboratories, development facilities, manufacturing plants and business units throughout the world. Biozin Holding is a cooperation between Norwegian saw mill company Bergene Holm and Swedish oil company Preem, which intends to realise full scale biofuel production sites in Norway. The production facility is set to be located adjacent to the Bergene Holm sawmill in southern Norway.

The IH2 technology is a route to convert woody biomass and forest residues feedstock into renewable, low carbon transportation fuels. The process was invented by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, IL and scaled up by CRI Catalyst Company of Houston, Texas which holds exclusive worldwide licensing rights.

Biozin intends to utilize residues from Bergene Holm's mill, and forestry residues from the region. The product will be refined by one of Preem's refineries in Sweden. (Source: Criterion Catalyst Company, Biofuels Int'l, 15 Nov., 2017) Contact: CRI Criterion Catalyst Company, www.criterioncatalysts.com; Gas Technology Institute, www.gastechnology.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Criterion Catalyst ,  Woody Biomas,  Gas Technology Institute,  


Cosan Juggling Cane Production Between Sugar, Biofuel (Int'l)
Cosan,Raízen Energia
Date: 2017-08-21
In Brazil, Cosan SA reports it expects a better financial return on Brazilian ethanol sales than sugar sales and could adjust sugar and ethanol production accordingly if biofuel prices continue to rise. Cosan is also reportedly seeking acquisitions following the purchase of two sugar and ethanol plants from Tonon Bioenergia SA.

Cosan is a public listed Brazilian conglomerate producer of bioethanol, sugar, energy and foods. The company operates in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and the UK.

In related news, Sao Paulo-based Raizen Energia, a 50-50 JV between Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, reports it has earmarked 57 pct of cane production for sugar production but decreased sugar hedging for the year. (Source: Cosan, Raizen Energia, Biofuels Digest, Others, August 12, 2017) Contact: Raizen Energia, +55 (21) 2145-9000, fale@raizen.com,www.raizen.com.br/en/home; Cosan, ir.cosanlimited.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cosan,  Ethanol,  Sugarcane Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Raízen Energia,  


U.S. Carbon Tax Worth $2.1Tn, says Dem. Senators (Reg & Leg)
Carbon Tax,US Carbon Tax
Date: 2017-08-07
Following on our July 31st coverage, Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz (D) of Hawaii say they do not yet have Republican support for a new bill to tax carbon emissions, and have asked a conservative group to help them find the support.

According to Sens. Whitehouse and Schatz, the bill would raise $2.1 trillion in federal revenue over 10 years by requiring companies to pay $49 per ton of carbon emissions next year, a figure that would increase annually.

BP, Royal Dutch Shell, PepsiCo, Walmart and other major corporation have come out in suppoprt of a carbon tax and their support could prove to be the game-changer in garnering Republican support.

In 2016, candidate Trump and a majority of the House opposed the same tax on the grounds that it "would be harmful to American families and businesses, and would not be in the best interest of the United States."

The carbon tax would cut CO2 emissions 36 pct below 2005 levels by 2025. (Source: Gephardt Daily, Various Sources, UPI, July 28, 2017) Contact: U.S, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, (Dem.-RI), (401) 453-5294, www.csce.gov/about-csce/.../senator-sheldon-whitehouse-rhode-island

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sheldon Whitehouse,  Carbon Tax,  


Shell Commits $1Bn to Clean New Energies Division (Ind. Report)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2017-07-17
Bloomberg is reporting that Royal Dutch Shell will spend as much as $1 billion per year on its New Energies division as the company expands into renewable power and electric vehicles.

Shell sees opportunities in hydrogen fuel-cells, liquefied natural gas and next-generation biofuels for air travel, shipping and heavy freight, especially in countries and regions that are not locked into coal-driven fossil fuel energy.

Shell says these regions and countries can potentially transition directly onto a less energy-intensive pathways to development but will still require fossil fuels to develop steel, cement and other energy intensive industries. (Source: Shell, Strait Times, 10 July, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Renewable Energy,  Clean Energy,  


Shell, SBI BioEnergy Seal Development, Licensing Deal (Ind. Report)
Shell, SBI BioEnergy
Date: 2017-06-28
Reporting from Calgary, Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary Shell International Exploration and Production B.V., report an agreement under which Shell will develop and license Edmonton-based SBI BioEnergy's patented continuous catalytic process for converting various waste oils, greases and sustainable vegetable oils into lower carbon drop-ins for diesel, jet fuel and gasoline.

SBI's drop-in products do not require blending or any modifications to engines or infrastructures. Biofuels emit less CO2 than petroleum products so their addition to fuels has the potential to reduce transport emissions and help fuel suppliers meet lower carbon or renewable fuel standards.

Under the terms of their agreement, Shell and SBI will work together to demonstrate the potential of the technology and, if successful, scale up for commercial application. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, 27 June, 2017) Contact: Shell Canada, Andrew Murfin, General Manager, Advanced Biofuels, www.shell.ca; SBI BioEnergy, Inder Pal Singh, Pres., Ceo, (780) 413-9832, www.sbibioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  SBI BioEnergy,  Biofuel,  Drop-in FUel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Schneider Electric Supports Carbon Dividends Plan (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric,Climate Leadership Council
Date: 2017-06-26
Global energy management and automation giant Schneider Electric is touting its participation in and support of the Climate Leadership Council, a newly launched market-based climate solution that is both pro-growth and pro-environment.

The Climate Leadership Council is an international collaboration to promote a carbon dividends framework as an effective, equitable and politically viable climate solution. Schneider Electric joins a broad coalition of top companies and NGOs, including 11 of the largest companies in the world, as well as former U.S. Secretaries of State, Treasury and Energy, to advance a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens the economy and protects the environment.

The carbon dividends plan is based on: a gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax; monthly carbon dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100 pct of the revenue; the rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary; and border carbon adjustments to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.

The carbon tax is a market-based mechanism to drive emission reductions while the dividend ensures the plan is beneficial for working Americans.

BP, ExxonMobil, GM, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Royal Dutch Shell, Santander Bank, Total, Unilever, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy are among the Climate Leadership Council founding members. (Source: Schneider Electric, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org; Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council ,  Schneider Electric,  


Raizen Offers $245m for Brazilian Sugar Ethanol Facilities (Int'l, M&A)
Raizen Energia,Tonon Bioenergia
Date: 2017-06-14
Rio de Janeiro-based Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer Raizen Energia SA reports it has submitted a binding offer of $ 245 million to acquire two Brazilian mills belonging to Tonon Bioenergia SA.

The two sugar and ethanol mills, Santa Candida in Bocaina and Paraiso in Brotas, both in Sao Paulo, will be sold through a court-supervised auction with sealed proposals. Raizen is a joint venture between Cosan and Anglo-Dutch oil group Royal Dutch Shell Plc . Raizen reportedly produced 528 million gallons of ethanol in 2015. (Source: Raizen Energia, Cosan SA Industria e Comercio, Renewables Now, Others, 14 June, 2017) Contact: Raizen Energia, +55 (21) 2145-9000, fale@raizen.com, www.raizen.com.br; Tonon Bioenergia, +55 14 3666 9000, tononbioenergia.com.br;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Raizen Energia,  Sugar Ethanol,  Ethanol,  ,  


Oil Majors Invest $4.6Mn in Kite Wind Power Generation (Int'l)
Shell, Schlumberger, EON
Date: 2017-05-29
Oil giants Royal Dutch Shell, Schlumberger, and EON are reported to be backing the Kite Power Systems (KPS) initiative. The KPS initiative, which receive a total of $6.4 million in funding from its three investors, is slated to begin testing in Scotland later this summer.

KPS is constructing a 17-meter device that flies on high air currents above the ground and generates power by the kite's constant pulling and contracting tether cable. (Source: Shell, Schlumberger, EON, The Street, 26 May, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kite Wind,  Wind,  Shell,  Schlumberger,  EON,  


Shell AGM Nixes Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets (Int'l)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2017-05-24
Reuters is reporting that the international oil giant Royal Dutch Shell shareholders meeting in the Hague have overwhelmingly -- 94 pct -- rejected a proposal by an environmental activist group demand that the company set and publish annual carbon emissions reduction targets.

Shell executives claimed that binding emissions reduction targets would mean "tying its hands" and weakening the company because it would be forced to reduce production and sales. (Source; Royal Dutch Shell, Daily Mail, Reuters, 23 May, 2017)

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


Wind Kite Power Systems Attracts £5Mn Investment (Ind. Report)
Royal Dutch Shell,Kite Power Systems
Date: 2016-12-14
Anglo-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell reports it will join E.ON and Schlumberger to invest £5 million in in Essex, UK-based startup Kite Power Systems (KPS).

KPS's technology uses lightweight kites tethered to a turbine on the ground. Two kites work in tandem, with one rising on the wind to a height of 450 meters while the other falls. Their looping motion -- at speeds of up to 100mph -- rotates the turbine to generate electricity.

The Shell-led investment will finance a 500 kilowatt test facility at a former air force base in south-west Scotland next year. (Source: E.ON, Shell, Fin .Times, Others, Dec., 2016) Contact: Kite Power Systems, David Ainsworth, Interim CEO, www.kitepowersolutions.com; E.ON, Frank Meyer, Head of Innovation, www.eon.com/renewables; Shell, Geert van de Wouw, STV Managing Director, www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/innovating-together/shell-technology-ventures.html; Schlumberger, (281) 285-1300, www.slb.com

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Shell Exec. Bonuses to be Tied to GHG Reduction Goals (Ind. Report)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2016-12-05
At the Hague, Netherlands, petroleum Goliath Royal Dutch Shell reports it plans to link part of its executive bonuses to greenhouse gas emissions and conduct more active screening of future investments to further efforts to reduce the energy group's carbon footprint. The new initiative is in apparent response to increased investor pressure to adapt to international plans to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century and relatively flat oil consumption and prices over the past few years.

Shell, which previously linked executive remuneration to energy intensity, plans to seek shareholder approval for the three-year scheme at its annual general meeting next April. Shell aims to reduce oil field flaring and lower pipeline methane gas. The company could cut its carbon emissions by as much as 70 pct with these two initiatives, according to Shell. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, CBC, Others, 1 Dec., 2016)Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, +37 703 77911, www.shell.com

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