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Boeing Releases 2020 Global Environment Report (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-08-03
U.S. aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing has released its 2020 Global Environment Report highlighting how the company is sustainably designing and building products while conserving resources and reducing waste across its global operations. Among the reports highlights:
  • Boeing is developing new products with 15 pct to 25 pct greater efficiency, in support of the aerospace industry's goal to achieve carbon-neutral growth in 2020 and drive a 50 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2050;

  • The company is securing more renewable energy to power operations by joining the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, a community of large energy buyers accelerating a zero-carbon energy future;

  • Reducing solid waste sent to landfills by 1 pct and water consumption by 7 pct since 2017, against a goal to drive a 20 pct reduction in both metrics by 2025;
  • Launching the 777 ecoDemonstrator flying test bed to assess renewable sustainable fuels and technologies;

  • The company is collaborating with external partners and local nonprofits to support environmental sustainability;

  • Boeing's fuel efficient product offerings are enabling the industry to achieve a global approach to carbon-neutral growth starting in 2020 and a 50 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

    Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. (Source: Boeing, PR, CAPA, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Boeing, Greg Smith, Exec. VP of Enterprise Operations, Interim leader of Communications

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boeing news,  Carbon Emissions news,  

  • LafargeHolcim Intros ECOPact Low-Carbon Concrete (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Chicago-based Aggregate Industries, a member of the LafargeHolcim family of companies in the US, is reporting the introduction of the ECOPact low-carbon concrete brand in the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions.

    ECOPact is sold at a range of low-carbon levels, from 30 pct to 100 pct less carbon emissions compared to ordinary (CEM1) concrete. Up to 80 pct less carbon is achieved primarily through the use of lower CO2-intensive materials. For a fully carbon-neutral solution, the last 20 pct is reached through offsets with certified carbon projects.

    In the United States, LafargeHolcim's low-carbon products and solutions portfolio includes low-carbon concrete, low-clinker cements, recycled aggregates and services that promote sustainability. LafargeHolcim companies include close to 350 sites in 43 U.S. states. (Source: LafargeHolcim, PR, July, 2020) Contact: LafargeHolcim, Jay Moreau, CEO, US Aggregates and Construction Materials, Stephanie Sulcer, Communications, 847 716 0368,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LafargeHolcim,  Low-Carbon Cement,  Cement,  Carbon Emissions ,  

    REGI Inks Calif. REG Ultra Clean® Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) is reporting an agreement with Sacramento, California-based petroleum products distributor Hunt & Sons, Inc. to supply REG Ultra Clean ® at 12 locations in Northern California.

    REG Ultra Clean is a premium renewable fuel and one of the lowest carbon intensity liquid transportation fuels on the market today which enables businesses to achieve sustainability targets with the performance they expect, according to the REGI release. (Source: REGI, PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: REGI, REG Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Gary Haer, 515-239-8000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  

    Alliant Energy to Eliminate Coal, Carbon-Neutral by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Alliant Energy
    Date: 2020-07-24
    According to Madison, Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy's 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report, the company plans to eliminate all coal from its electric power generation by 2040 -- about 10 years sooner than its previous goal -- to speed up its carbon reduction goals by cutting emissions 50 pct from 2005 levels by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

    As previously reported, Alliant plans to invest $900 million to add 675 mw of solar across six counties as part of its goal to add 1,000 mw of solar power by the end of 2023. Alliant subsidiary Wisconsin Power and Light anticipated its roadmap for retiring the use of coal and accelerating the company's transition to renewable energy would save customers between $2 billion and $6.5 billion over the next 35 years.

    Download Alliant's 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report . (Source: Alliant Energy, Website, Wisc.NPR, 23 July, 2020) Contact: Alliant, Jeff Hanson, Environmental Serv. And Sustainability Director, (608) 458-3956,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Coal,  Carbon Neutral,  

    LanzaTech, NextChem Promote Circular Ethanol Prod. (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech, NextChem
    Date: 2020-07-24
    Rome-headquartered Italian renewable energy technology specialist NextChem and US carbon recycling company LanzaTech have signed an agreement under which NextChem will license LanzaTech "waste-to-ethanol" process line.

    With LanzaTech's biological "syngas fermentation" technology, ethanol is produced by bacteria, transforming the Circular Gas at low temperature and low pressure, improving the overall sustainability profile of the process. NextChem will exclusively license this technology in Italy and, on a project basis, in some foreign markets, according to the release.

    Circular ethanol derived from this process can be blended with gasoline displacing fossil inputs with recycled carbon, lowering the fuel's carbon footprint. When produced from biological wastes and residues, 40 pct of the circular ethanol can be considered as "advanced" under the EU Renewable Energy Directive. (Source: LanzaTech, NextChem, Hydrocarbon Eng., July, 2020) Contact: NextChem, Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO, +39 06 9356771,,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  NextChem,  Ethanol ,  

    Port Moody BC Details Climate Change Fight Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-07-22
    In British Columbia, the city of Port Moody (pop. 34,000+-) council is consider A proposed climate action plan that aims to achieve a 40 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and full carbon neutrality by 2050. Among the plan's 54 recommendations are:
  • Integrate consideration of climate change into all city processes like budget planning, stormwater management, etc.

  • Develop landscaping strategies for public lands that are resilient to climate change, as well as a green infrastructure program.

  • Implement strategies to protect, restore and connect environmentally sensitive areas, as well as manage invasive species.

  • Phased implementation of water metering on all properties.

  • Ensure the city is adequately staffed and equipped to respond to extreme weather events.

  • Create policy that encourages development of complete, compact communities that allow residents to easily access all their daily needs, target transportation hubs for development of dense, mixed-use neighbourhoods, and aim for the acquisition of park land on an ongoing basis.

  • Conduct climate audits on all civic buildings and develop a green buildings policy for the construction and renovation of city facilities.

  • Consider the creation of pedestrian priority zones.

  • Develop a zero-waste strategy for the community, as well as city facilities and events.

    City staff are in the process of prioritizing elements of the plan that can be implemented in its first two years, as well as determining requirements for funding, resources, and ways to track their progress. The strategy is expected be ready for council’s consideration in the fall. (Source: City of Port Moody, TriCity News, 20 July, 2020) Contact: City of Port Moody, Laura Sampliner, Sustainability Officer,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

  • Recurrent Energy TX Solar Projects Close on Funding (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Solar,Recurrent Energy
    Date: 2020-07-22
    Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy, LLC has closed $282 million of debt financing for construction of its Maplewood and Maplewood 2 solar projects, in Pecos County, West Texas. The financing was provided by a bank clubled by Norddeutsche Landesbank (Nord/LB), which included Export Development Canada , Rabobank, National Bank of Canada and Bayerische Landesbank

    The 327MW Maplewood Solar Project will deliver clean energy to Anheuser-Busch under a PPA contributing to the brewer's 2025 sustainability goals for the United States, which include a 100 percent renewable purchased electricity target and a 25 percent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions across its supply chain.

    The projects will utilize Canadian Solar's high efficiency bifacial moduleswhich, relative to traditional monofacial modules,produce electricity from both sides of the panel thereby increasing total energy generation and improving reliability during winter months. (Source: Canadian Solar, PR, Website, 21 July, 2020) Contact: Canadain Solar,; Recurrent Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Recurrent Energy,  Solar,  

    McDonald's Launches Energy Efficient Flagship (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-07-22
    Fast food giant McDonald's has unveiled a new global flagship restaurant in Orlando, Florida that is aiming for the "ultimate efficiency" in energy usage and performance.

    The new facility will generate sufficient renewable energy on-site to cover 100 pct of its annual energy needs. McDonald's will also use the flagship as a learning hub to test energy efficiency measures for future operations. Data and learnings from the new restaurant will also support McDonald's global sustainability efforts, including progressing toward the company's science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 36 pct in restaurants and offices by 2030 compared to a 2015 base year.

    The new flagship restaurant features: an 8,000 square-foot , 1,066 panel solar roof; photovoltaic glass panels integrated throughout the building, 1,700 square feet of green, plant-covered "living walls", low flow plumbing fixtures; waste water capture and reuse; and louvers that open and close automatically to inhale cool air in and exhale warm air.

    To solidify the restaurant's Net Zero Energy status, McDonald's will also pursue the International Living Future Institute's Zero Energy Certification over the next year. (Source: McDonald's, PR, Catering Insight, July, 2020)

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

    India's Renew Power Plans Solar Cell Manufacturing (Int'l. Report)
    Renew Power
    Date: 2020-07-17
    The Economic Times is reporting New Delhi-headquartered indepentant power producer Renew Power Inc is planning to begin manufacturing solar cells with an initial capacity of 2000 MW. The company is backed by GoldmanSachs. (Source: Renew Power, Economic Times, July, 2020) Contact: ReNew Power Limited, Ms. Vaishali Nigam Sinha, Chief Sustainability Officer, +91 124 489 6670/80,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renew Power ,  Solar,  

    KB Home Claims Record 21 Energy Star Awards (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-07-17
    KB Home is reporting receipt of a record 21 EPA ENERGY STAR® Market Leader Awards in 2020 for energy-efficient construction and providing home buyers significant value through comfort, durability and energy utility bill savings. To date, KB Home has delivered more than 140,000 ENERGY STAR certified new homes.

    KB Home's ENERGY STAR certified new homes are up to 20 pct more energy efficient than standard new homes built to code and are tested and certified by independent third-party inspectors.

    The home builder estimates that its sustainably designed homes have cumulatively reduced energy utility bills for its homeowners by $780 million. Additionally, to date, the company has lowered its customers' CO2 emissions by an estimated 5 billion pounds, the equivalent of removing 490,000 cars from the road for one year, according to the release. (Source: KB Homes, PR, July, 2020) Contact: KB Homes, Jeffrey Mezger, CEO, Craig LeMessurier, 925-580-1583,, www.; ENERGY STAR, .

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Exelon Names $20Mn Climate Change Investment Initiative Winners (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In Chicago, Excelon Corp and the Exelon Foundation, an independent not-for-profit, have selected 10 startups to receive a combined $1 million in direct funding to develop new technologies to mitigate and build resiliency to the impacts of climate change in the inaugural year of the company's $20 million Climate Change Investment Initiative (2c2iSM).

    The Exelon Foundation invests directly in projects and people helping to address climate change mitigation and build resiliency to health and environmental pressures in under-resourced communities within Exelon's service area. Startup applicants were also required to demonstrate how their projects would meaningfully advance state and local jurisdictions' own sustainability goals under the US Climate Alliance.

    Of the startups selected in the first round of funding, 50 pct are minority or women-owned businesses, 60 pct of the projects are focused on greenhouse gas mitigation, 40 pct are addressing climate change resiliency and adaptation. First-round startups will receive $100,000 each from the Exelon Foundation. They are:

  • ATP-MD, a Maryland-based startup with two patented and cost-effective processes that generate multiple environmental benefits using specially-bred, non-evasive plants (bio-crops) and their resulting biomass;

  • BlocPower, a software platform developer for analyzing, financing, monitoring and managing clean energy projects, allowing building owners to identify and complete energy efficiency and electrification upgrades in urban communities.

  • Dynamhex, developer of a software platform leveraging complex energy consumption data that enables close collaboration among a range of city, community and utility stakeholders to achieve local carbon-reduction goals.

  • Greenprint Partners reduces water pollution and flooding by working with water utilities and landowners to design, build, finance and maintain high-impact green storm water infrastructure (GSI).

  • GrowFlux, a horticultural tech company that specializes in data-driven cultivation technology and offers an ecosystem of commercial-scale, wireless controls and sensors enable emerging indoor farms and automated greenhouses.

  • NETenergy, a Chicago-based hybrid energy storage/air conditioner technology specialist with the potential to reduce peak energy demand by over 50 pct, reduce peak energy consumption by 20 pct, and reduce overall energy consumption by more than 10 pct over standard air conditioners.

  • New Ecology, developer of a remote monitoring and optimization (ReMO) system to improve the performance of buildings with central boilers for increased efficiency and reduced utility costs.

  • Propagate Ventures developed an analytics and project development platform that reduce the cost and provide the resources needed for agroforestry, which is the strategic integration of fruit, nut and timber trees with agriculture crops to ensure long term resiliency.

  • Radiator Labs invented the Cozy™, a wireless, low-cost and easily installed retrofit that drops on top of steam heat radiators, providing a solution to the chronic problem of uneven heating in apartment buildings.

    The Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corporation are now accepting startup applications for year two of 2c2i. In partnership with Freshwater Advisors, 2c2i leaders are actively scouting for promising new startups and projects relevant to: greenhouse gas mitigation; protect urban infrastructure against flood, storm water and rising temperatures; climate change adaptation; and city sustainability and climate goals.

    For more information, visit (Source: Exelon, PR, 13 July, 2020) Contact: Exelon, Bill Gibbons, Communications, 708-932-6123,,

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

  • Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage Recognized by Exelon (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In Chicago, Excelon Corp and the Exelon Foundation, an independent not-for-profit, have selected 10 startups to receive a combined $1 million in direct funding from the company's $20 million Climate Change Investment Initiative (2c2iSM).

    Of the startups selected in the first round of funding, 50 pct are minority or women-owned businesses, 60 pct of the projects are focused on greenhouse gas mitigation, 40 pct are addressing climate change resiliency and adaptation. First-round startups will receive $100,000 each from the Exelon Foundation. Building energy management and efficiency and energy storage related winners include:

  • BlocPower, a software platform developer for analyzing, financing, monitoring and managing clean energy projects, allowing building owners to identify and complete energy efficiency and electrification upgrades in urban communities.

  • Dynamhex, developer of a software platform leveraging complex energy consumption data that enables close collaboration among a range of city, community and utility stakeholders . to achieve local carbon-reduction goals.

  • NETenergy, a Chicago-based hybrid energy storage/air conditioner technology specialist with the potential to reduce peak energy demand by over 50 pct, reduce peak energy consumption by 20 pct, and reduce overall energy consumption by more than 10 pct over standard air conditioners. www.netenergytes.can

  • New Ecology, developer of a remote monitoring and optimization (ReMO) system to improve the performance of buildings with central boilers for increased efficiency and reduced utility costs.

    The Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corporation are now accepting startup applications for year two of 2c2i. In partnership with Freshwater Advisors, 2c2i leaders are actively scouting for promising new startups and projects relevant to: greenhouse gas mitigation; protect urban infrastructure against flood, storm water and rising temperatures; climate change adaptation; and city sustainability and climate goals. For more information, visit (Source: Exelon, PR, 13 July, 2020) Contact: Exelon, Bill Gibbons, Communications, 708-932-6123,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Exelon news,  Energy Storage news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

  • IBM Trumpets CO2 Emissions Reduction Success (Ind. Report)
    IBM,Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2020-07-15
    IBM, a Founding Member of the Climate Leadership Council, reports it has reduced its operational CO2 emissions by 39.7 pct since 2005, well ahead of its goal of a 40 pct reduction in CO2 emissions by 2025. The company also notes 47 pct of the electricity it consumed in 2019 came from renewable sources, keeping the company on track to get 55 pct of its electricity from renewables by 2025. (Source: IBM Sustainability Report, July, 2020) Contact: IBM,; Climate Leadership Council, Greg Bertelsen,;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IBM,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  Climate Leadership Council,  

    Maritime Emissions -- Notable Quotes
    Maritime Emissions.Marine Emissions
    Date: 2020-07-13
    "The IMO (International Marine Organization) wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050. That means that the mainstream fuels we use today will be obsolete. We're working with inventors to help them develop new fuels. That's an exciting challenge to work with, and we can use our involvement to help customers prepare and know where to invest.

    "It's our job to make sure our customers are aware of these complexities. We need to use our knowledge to help them understand the impact of their shipping activities. The best way to do this is through a face-to-face dialogue. Then I can get a good understanding of what they are looking for and how it plays into their business model, and I can do my best to guide them based on the (emissions) data we can supply." -- Poul Woodall, IMO Director of Environment and Sustainability, Vice Chair, Green Ship of the Future

    "Cutting (maritime shipping) emissions to net zero by 2050 in Europe is ambitious and challenging. This is why each sector needs to contribute, also shipping. The EU ETS is the right instrument for this, but we must do it properly. We want a debate with all the relevant stakeholders and an impact assessment outlining the possible consequences by June 2021. Then we can make our final decision. Shipping companies that have already heavily invested in reducing their emissions over the last decade must not be penalized. Our goal is to reduce CO2 emissions in shipping by 50 percent by 2030, compared to 2008 levels." -- Pernille Weiss, EU MEP EU Today, 12 July, 2020 Contact: International Maritime Organization (IMO), Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions,  IMO,  EU ETS,  

    ASU Biodesign Institute C Scores Sustainability Award (Ind. Report)
    Arizona State University
    Date: 2020-07-13
    In Tempe, Arizona State University (ASU), home of the world's first school of sustainability and the first university-issued sustainability degree, reports its new $120 million Biodesign Institute C R&D center has been awarded Lab Manager magazine's Excellence in Sustainability prize, part of the first annual Lab Design Excellence Awards.

    Biodesign Institute C, which is also LEED Platinum certified by the US Green Building Council, is the third building in a set of four ASU scientific complexes focused on bio-inspired research for global impact. The building's sustainability and energy conservation features include: active chilled beams, which permit decoupling of space cooling loads from the required ventilation air; an enhanced run-around loop (ERAL) system in the air handling units; and other energy efficiency features.(Source: ASU, Lab Manager, July, 2020) Contact: ASU Biodesign Institute C,, USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona State University,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

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

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

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

    Food Lion Scores 19th ENERGY STAR Partner Award (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-07-10
    Salisbury, North Carolina-based 400-store across 10 states grocery retailer Food Lion reports receipt of the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for a 19th consecutive year.

    In addition to energy conservation, Food Lion adheres to sustainable sourcing standards, increased recycling to divert more waste from landfills, the use of motion sensor equipped energy efficient LED lighting and other sustainability and energy efficiency efforts.

    Since 2000, Food Lion's energy reductions in carbon emissions are equivalent to supplying the energy needed to charge more than 75.3 billion smart phones or providing 70,717 neighbors homes' energy for one year. (Source: Food Lion, PR, 10 July, 2020) Contact: Food Lion, Matt Yates, VP Brand Strategy, Kelly Powell, 704-310-3886,,; ENERGY STAR , and

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Portland, S. Portland Call for 100 pct Renewables (Ind. Report)
    City of Portland,South Portland
    Date: 2020-07-06
    In Maine, the city of South Portland and the city of Portland are reporting the continuance of their One Climate Future, a comprehensive action plan to advance shared municipal energy priorities, including preparation for an eventual phasing out natural gas use and requiring more sustainable and renewable heating options.

    As previously reported, the two cities' joint Municipal Energy Priorities 2020 aims for increasing data-gathering on energy use in privately owned buildings, and upgrading the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code requiring builders to meet higher standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. The cities have also committed to using only renewable energy for municipal operations by 2040 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 pct citywide by 2050. (Source: City of Portland, Herald-News, July, 2020) Contact: City of South Portland, Julie Rosenbach, Sustainability Director,; City of Portland, Jon Jennings, City Mgr., Troy Moon, Sustainability Coordinator, (207) 874-8685,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Portland,  South Portland,  Renewable Energy,  

    UK Retailers Collaborate to Combat Climate Change (Int'l.)
    British Retail Consortium
    Date: 2020-07-06
    In London, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) of major UK retailers is reporting plans to develop a "ground-breaking decarbonisation plan -- roadmap" on steps needed to accelerate progress to meet Net Zero UK emissions before 2050.

    The BRC effort will be conducted by environmental experts and published in the form of a road map, along with a wider industry commitment, in the run up to COP26. The work will build upon the Better Retail Better World campaign whereby retailers reduced their carbon emissions from operations by over one third since 2005.

    BRC is committed to cutting carbon emissions associated with their shops, distribution centres and logistics, but also, and most importantly, their supply chains and the products people are buying every day, according to a BRC press release. (Source: British Retail Consortium, Fibre2Fashion News Desk , July, 2020) Contact: British Retail Consortium, Peter Andrews, Sustainability Head,, + 44 (0) 20 7854 8900,

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

    Portland, S. Portland Tout Climate Action Partnership (Ind. Report)
    City of Portland,South Portland
    Date: 2020-07-06
    In Maine, the city of South Portland and the city of Portland are reporting the continuance of their One Climate Future, a comprehensive action plan for both cities shared municipal energy priorities, including preparation for an eventual phasing out natural gas use and requiring more sustainable and renewable heating options.

    As previously reported, the two cities' joint Municipal Energy Priorities 2020 plan aims for increasing data-gathering on energy use in privately owned buildings, and upgrading the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code requiring builders to meet higher standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. The cities have also committed to using only renewable energy for municipal operations by 2040 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 pct citywide by 2050. (Source: City of Portland, Herald-News, 6 July, 2020) Contact: City of South Portland, Julie Rosenbach, Sustainability Director,; City of Portland, Jon Jennings, City Mgr., Troy Moon, Sustainability Coordinator, (207) 874-8685,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Portland,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  

    NJ Township Joins Sustainable States Community Energy Challenge (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In the Garden State, Maplewood Township (pop. 25,250) reports it is joining thirty communities in five states in taking the Sustainable States Community Energy Challenge.

    The challenge offers technical assistance, tools and support to assess clean energy and energy efficiency goals and initiatives, and compares related energy achievements across similarly-sized cities, assess future initiatives, and provide project implementation assistance.

    The challenge is a partnership of the Sustainable States Network, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and five state-level sustainability programs, including Sustainable CT, Green Cities California, Sustainable Maryland, Minnesota GreenStep Cities, and Sustainable Jersey.

    Maplewood Township is certified at the silver-level with Sustainable Jersey and has undertaken a number of initiatives to reduce energy use. For example, Maplewood Township: installed public electric vehicle charging stations; implemented an energy aggregation program which reduces costs and increases renewable energy use for residents; completed energy audits of all main buildings; upgraded lighting for energy efficiency in the Municipal Building, the Public Works building and Memorial Library; achieved LEED certification for the police and courts building; replaced old traffic signals with LEDs; participated in a cooperative buying agreement for cheaper and greener energy for buildings and purchased hybrid vehicles when replacing township fleet vehicles. (Source: Maplewood Township, PT,, July, 2020) Contact: Sustainable States, Maplewood Township, Sustainable States Community Energy Challenge,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Ford Targets Global Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-06-26
    In Detroit, U.S. automaker Ford 21st annual Sustainability Report notes the company plans on achieving carbon neutrality globally by 2050, while setting interim targets to more urgently address climate change challenges.

    To that end, Ford will initially focus on three specific areas that account for approximately 95 pct of its CO2 emissions -- vehicle use, supply base, and the company's facilities -- to reduce CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. The company will also work with California for stronger vehicle greenhouse gas standards. As previously reported, Ford plans to use 100 pct locally sourced renewable energy for all its manufacturing plants globally by 2035 (Source: Ford Authority, 24 June, 2020) Contact: Ford, Bob Holycross, VP Sustainability, Environment and Safety,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Details of Amazon's sustainability goals are HERE. (Source: Amazon, PR, June, 2020) Contact: Amazon Inc.,,

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

  • GORD, EESL Cooperating on MENA Energy Efficiency (Int'l.Report)
    Gulf Organisation for Research and Development
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In Qatar, the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions leading "green" buildings, sustainability and energy efficiency services provider, is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India's state-controlled Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to collaborate on and support local and regional energy efficiency projects in the Middle East.

    The MoU includes the deployment of large-scale smart metering systems, electric vehicle charging, energy efficient lighting sustainable and energy efficient HVAC systems, renewable energy projects, and consulting on sustainability and variou carbon neutral projects. (Source: GORD, MENAFN, The Peninsula, 22 June, 2020) Contact: GORD,;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Services news,  EESL news,  Energy Efficiency news,  India Energy Efficiency news,  

    Warsaw Joining EBRD Green Cities (Intl. Report)
    Date: 2020-06-22
    The Polish capital city of Warsaw (pop. 1.8 million) reports it is joining the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's (EBRD) Green Cities urban sustainability program.

    The €1.5 billion EBRD Green Cities program helps member cities tailor solutions to their individual environmental needs with a unique combination of measures designed to move towards a lower-carbon and more liveable future. On joining the program, cities undertake a trigger project with EBRD finance and craft their own Green City Action Plan (GCAP) setting out further actions.

    Warsaw will receive the combined support of EBRD Green Cities and the climate leadership group C40 to develop a multi-decade investment plan and roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality while addressing its most immediate challenges in the short term.

    Warsaw's GCAP is supported by donor funding from Poland and Taipei China, and the EBRD and C40 will work together to help deliver the final action plan. This will be the first such cooperation within EBRD Green Cities, a fast growing program that now has 43 participating cities. (Source: Warsaw Business Journal, EBRD, 20 June, 2020) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,; C40 Cities,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EBRD Green Cities,  EBRD,  C40,  

    Cenergetic Cuts CCSD Energy Consumption 17 pct (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-06-19
    In the Palmetto State, the Charleston County School District (CCSD) reports its energy use has fallen by 17 pct since implementing an energy conservation program with Dallas-based K-12 schools energy efficiency specialist Cenergistic.

    To find savings, CCSD personnel worked closely with Cenergistic engineers, experts, and energy specialists to audit and optimize energy-using systems across the school district to achieve peak efficiency. Cenergetic tracked energy consumption at all CCSD campuses through state-of-the-art smart technology to identify and correct areas that need immediate attention.

    Since 2016, Cenergetic has created more than $7 million in savings, seen 61 different facilities gain ENERGY STAR® certification, and created a culture of sustainability among students and staff. The energy saved from the program equates to avoiding the carbon emissions produced by the average car driving approximately 100 million miles, according to the company. (Source: Cenergetic, Website, June, 2020) Contact: Cenergistic, Dr. Wm. Spears, CEO, (855) 798-7779,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cenergetic news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

    Winnipeg Launches Bldg. Energy Disclosure Project (Ind. Report)
    City of Winnipeg
    Date: 2020-06-19
    On the Canadian prairies, the city of Winnipeg (pop. 817,000) reports the launch of its Building Energy Disclosure (benchmarking) Project for commercial and institutional buildings. The free program enables building owners to better understand their building's energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) performance by tracking a building's energy and GHG performance on ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager as well as disclose key building profile and performance metrics for inclusion on a public disclosure map.

    Program participants will receive a personalized scorecard highlighting their building's key energy and GHG performance metrics, access to free educational workshops offered by the city and the Canada Green Building Council and assistance with identifying key building metrics including the creation of an ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager account.

    The program is made possible through a financial contribution from the Government of Canada's Department of Natural Resources.

    Download Winnipeg Building Energy Disclosure Project Details HERE. (Source: City of Winnipeg, DCN-JOC News Services June 19, 2020) Contact: City of Winnipeg,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmark news,  Building Energy news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

    Dow Targeting Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-06-17
    Midland Michigan-headquartered Dow has announced aggressive new commitments and targets to address both climate change and plastic waste:
  • By 2030, Dow will reduce its net annual carbon emissions by 5 million metric tons, or 15 pct from its 2020 baseline. Additionally, Dow intends to be carbon neutral by 2050, in alignment with the Paris Agreement, and is committed to implementing and advancing technologies to manufacture products using fewer resources and that help customers reduce their carbon footprints.

  • By 2030, Dow will help stop plastic waste by enabling 1 million metric tons of plastic to be collected, reused or recycled through its direct actions and partnerships. The company is investing and collaborating in key technologies and infrastructure to significantly increase global recycling.

    To date, Dow has reduced its GHG emissions by 15 pct; Incorporated a carbon price into its business planning; and invested in renewable power capacity -- Dow is the number one user of clean energy in the chemicals industry and ranks among the top 25 global corporations in terms of renewable power use, according to the company's Sustainability Report.

    Dow will also collaborate with leading academics, NGOs, auditing experts, technology partners and others in industry to incentivize the development and commercialization of low-carbon products and technologies that ultimately lower global GHG emissions and to ensure that companies are able to account for those GHG reductions., according to its Sustainability Report.

    Download the Dow 2025 Sustainability Goals report HERE. (Source: Dow Chemical, PR, 17 June, 2020) Contact: Dow Chemical, Mary Draves, VP Sustainability, Kyle Bandlow, 989-638-2417 ,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  Dow Chemical,  

  • Real Estate Community's Role in City Climate Policy (Ind. Report)
    Urban Land Institute
    Date: 2020-06-15
    "With leading cities refining their climate action plans and hundreds of more cities preparing to develop plans, the public and private sectors can unite around a set of principles to help accelerate progress toward these shared climate action goals. This recent report from ULI Greenprint, prepared in partnership with USDN, serves as a starting point for cities interested in engaging real estate leaders during the shaping of climate mitigation policies, and for real estate organizations to increase their understanding of the potential impact of these policies -- providing useful tools to help city officials and those in the real estate industry engage with each other in a meaningful and ongoing way.

    "Each of the principles identified in this report is a distillation of recommendations identified during the Urban Land Institute's City and Real Estate Sustainability workshops, in which more than 60 public and private sector leaders participated. They are also grounded in the context of specific best practices in cities across the to create building-level climate mitigation policy.

    "Each principle speaks to a specific strategy for creating successful climate mitigation policies at the local level, with an emphasis on what the city and real estate sector can do to better collaborate:

  • Calculate a baseline, then set interim and aspirational goals;
  • Involve stakeholders early and continuously;
  • Understand the business of real estate;
  • Align with the larger policy ecosystem;
  • Connect to a city's other social and economic goals;
  • Be comprehensive -- prioritize existing buildings and be flexible in achieving goals;
  • Foster a marketplace of support and ensure compliance, reward success, and accelerate transformation." (Source: Urban Land Institute, Website, June, 2020) Contact: Urban Land Institute,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Urban Land Institute,  

  • Stem Calif. Top Commercial Energy Storage Installer (Ind. Report)
    Stem Inc
    Date: 2020-06-15
    In the Golden State, Millbrae-based artificial intelligence -- driven energy storage services specialist Stem Inc reports it led commercial storage installations in California during 2019, with 106 sites totaling 26,991 kW, according to a recent analysis from the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA).

    Stem's Athena™ AI analytics platform enables customers and partners to optimize energy use by automatically switching between battery power, onsite generation and grid power. Stem's solutions help enterprise customers benefit from clean, adaptive energy infrastructure and achieve a wide variety of goals, including expense reduction, resilience, sustainability, environmental and corporate responsibility and innovation. Stem also offers full support for solar partners interested in adding storage to standalone, community or commercial solar projects – both behind and in front of the meter. (Source: Sten Inc., PR, June, 2020) Contact: California Solar and Storage Association, www.; Stem Inc., John Carrington, CEO, 877-374-7836,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stem Inc,  Energy Storage,  artificial intelligence ,  

    Carbon Neutral Alcantara Supports Global Sustainability (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-06-12
    Milan-based "life-style" products manufacturer Alcantara, the first Italian company to be certified as Carbon Neutral, reports its support for environmental sustainability and the struggle against climate change 'will remain a core value of our corporate culture, an important growth driver and a spur to developing our company's business strategy."

    Alcantara achieved carbon neutrality in 2019 by eliminating 61,558 tons of CO2 emissions at its facilities and supporting more then 40 international projects to offset the equivalent of nearly 37,000 tons of residual CO2 emissions that could not be eliminated in any other way based on current state-of-the-art technology.

    The company is also committed to continuous improvement in the field of sustainability and maximizing its use of bio-based raw materials in its production processes with a goal to create a totally bio-based product line (that is not a food-chain antagonist) in the future, consistent with available technologies. Its product portfolio includes a special version of the material composed of up to 25 pct of its weight from raw materials derived from post-consumer recycling as well.

    Alcantara is also committed to raising awareness for the importance of sustainability among its suppliers, encouraging them to measure, reduce and compensate for CO2 emissions. (Source: Alcantara S.p.A., PR, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Alcantara S.p.A,, www.;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission,  Sustainability,  

    Jersey City NJ Encourages Green Sustainable Dev. (Ind. Report)
    Jersey City
    Date: 2020-06-12
    In the Garden State, Jersey City officials are touting the Sustainability Incentive Program (SIP), a voluntary dual-pronged approach to development designed to reduce pollution while promoting sustainable development.

    The first green initiative incentivizes new and existing development to divert storm water from the sewer system by installing green infrastructure, as well as meeting strict energy and water conservation standards provided in US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines. If the building is built to LEED certifications, it will receive a discount on water and sewer connection fees based on that level of LEED accreditation.

    The second initiative is the Flood Overlay Zone Program, which will require new developments in FEMA-designated flood hazard zones to incorporate green infrastructure to help control localized flooding and minimize pollution runoff into local waterways. New developments will implement green infrastructure, such as rain gardens, green roofs, bioswales, and permeable pavement, to absorb and filter storm water runoff, which will help avoid combined sewage overflows in which sewage and wastewater overflow and pollute local waterways. (Source: Jersey City, PR, Hudson Reporter, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Jersey City Office of Sustainability, Kate Lawrence, Director(201)-547-4632,,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainability,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Infrastructure,  USGBC,  

    Stena Line Sinking Emissions Ahead of IMO Schedule (Int'l.)
    Stena Line, IMO
    Date: 2020-06-10
    The world's largest marine ferry service operator Stena Line reports it has cut both its total CO2 emissions and emissions per transported tonne, 10 years ahead of International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets which call for the shipping industry to reach zero emissions by 2050.

    According to the newly published sustainability overview A Sustainable Journey, Stena Line has reduced total CO2 emissions by 1.7 pct, corresponding to 24,000 tonnes of CO2 in total. The company has also reduced the emissions per transported tonnne of freight and passenger vehicles by 3.6 pct , meeting the IMO's targets for a 40 pct improvement in CO2 emissions efficiency from 2008 to 2030. (Source: Stena Line, Cruise & Ferry, June, 2020) Contact: Stena Line, Eric Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability , +46 (0)31 85 80 00,; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization ,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  

    Indian BMW Plant Stresses Efficiency, Sustainablity (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In India, a release from the 2010 vintage BMW Group Plant Chennai reports energy efficiency and sustainability is a top priority at the manufacturing facility which is taking an active lead towards a green and sustainable future.

    To that end, the plant is committed to increasing use of renewable energy to meet 100 pct of its energy needs by end of the year and has launched new initiatives for water conservation and tree plantation/biodiversity. A 1350 KW solar array presently supplies 40 pct of the plant's electric power and a recent conversion to LED lighting and other energy efficiency initiatives have cut power consumption by 50 pct.

    Water used for cleaning is treated and reused in landscaping and sensor-equipped taps and other efforts have cut water consumption by 45 pct -- from 40825 KL to 20594 KL for the period 2016 to 2019. Additionally, a new Rainwater Harvesting Project stores up to 2,000 kilolitres and meets 40 pct of the plant's requirements and treated sewage is used for toilet flushing. (Source: BMW Group Plant Chennai, Business Wire India, 5 June, 2020) Contact: BMW Group Plant Chennai,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BME news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

    UK Biofuel Supplier Scores HSBC Support During COVID Crisis (Int'l.)
    Biofuels and Oils Ltd
    Date: 2020-06-05
    In the UK, South Yorkshire-based biofuel supplier Biofuels and Oils Ltd, Britain's oldest registered International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) company, reports it has secured six-figure funding from HSBC UK to provide biofuel to a NHS hospital during the Covid-19 crisis.

    The funds will ensure the company can keep backup generators at hospitals fueled with a sustainable alternative to diesel, pay staff, delivery and related operating expenses, according to the company release. (Source: Biofuels and Oils Ltd, PR, EnergyLIive, 4 June, 2020) Contact: Biofuels and Oils Ltd., +44 0 20 3289 1062, Colin Campbell, Managing Dir.,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  Biodiesel news,  

    WB Funding Supports Pakistan's Climate Change Fight (Int'l.)
    World Bank
    Date: 2020-06-03
    In Islamabad, the Prime Minister's office is reporting a 5-year, $188 million funding agreement with the World Bank (WB).

    The funding is to support Pakistan's Hydromet and Ecosystem Restoration Services Project and will provide financial and technical support to disaster resilience and ecosystem restoration initiatives through more reliable and timely weather forecasting, improved disaster risk management services and overall environmental sustainability as well as help Pakistan achieve its green growth targets.It will also support the country's "10 Billion Tree Tsunami Afforestation Project" aimed at bolstering plantations and nature-based solutions to Pakistan's climate change adaptation and mitigation objectives. (Source: World Bank, Profit, 2 June, 2020)Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  World Bank,  Pakistan Climate Change,  

    USGBC Launches Global Economic Recovery Strategy (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-05-15
    The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a new strategy intended to leverage LEED -- and the communities implementing the rating system -- to support buildings and neighborhoods in a post-pandemic world.

    The Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy strategy promotes the idea that prioritizing the health of people, communities, and the planet is the fastest way to rebuild a healthier, more sustainable economy. USGBC is launching emergency guidance and upgrades to the LEED green building program to ensure that it reflects the realities that buildings, and more importantly, the people inside them, will face in the near future.

    Under the new initiative, USGBC will update current LEED strategies in LEED v4.1 that support indoor environmental quality, cleaning, occupant comfort, operations, better materials, and risk management, while finding opportunities to introduce new approaches given the current public health crisis.

  • Introduce new LEED strategies and launch new pilot credits to support social distancing, nontoxic surface cleaning, air quality, and infection monitoring.

  • Form CEO Advisory Councils to advise and support USGBC's CEO on how the organization, its programs, and the building and construction industries can prioritize sustainability in a post-pandemic world.

  • Accelerate the implementation of its USGBC Equity program to better address the social, health, and economic disparities within communities.

  • Call for ideas and perspectives from the broader market on how LEED and healthy spaces can evolve given the current public health crisis.

  • Adapt a review process for LEED and other green business certification programs, and amend its LEED process to incorporate the lessons learned.

  • Publish a series of best practice guidance reports to help project teams assist their occupants as they re-enter their spaces.

    According to USGBC, refining LEED strategies and providing guidance that clearly communicates the economic, health, and environmental benefits of sustainable buildings, communities and cities to people -- especially during this time of uncertainty -- will be a priority. (Source: USGBC, Env..Energy Leader, 13 May, 2020) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  

  • UK Oil Regulator Aims to Force 2050 Net-Zero Compliance (Int'l.)
    UK Oil and Gas Authority
    Date: 2020-05-08
    The UK's oil regulator UK Oil and Gas Authority has unveiled plans to force North Sea operators to meet the government's 2050 net-zero carbon by 2050 goals.

    To that end, the Authority proposes to amend its principle objective of maximizing economic recovery to bring in a number of low carbon obligations on operators, who would be open to penalties if they are not met. Changes include reducing flaring and emissions as much as possible, fully assessing low carbon development options like platform electrification, and requiring "good faith" negotiations on carbon capture and storage (CCS).

    Greenpeace noted "the Oil and Gas Authority's plan to achieve net-zero is unworkable, because it demands a continued reliance on fossil fuels, which is destroying our climate -- what we really need is a zero-carbon economy." (Source: UK Oil and Gas Authority, Energy Voice, Evening Standard, 6 May, 2020) Contact: UK Oil and Gas Authority, Mike Tholen, Sustainability Director, Andy Samuel, CEO, +44 0300 020 1010,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Oil and Gas Authority,  CCS,  Net-Zero Emissions,  CO2 ,  

    NAHB Releases Latest Green Building Standard (Ind. Report Attached)
    National Association of Homebuilders
    Date: 2020-05-06
    The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) reports release of its 2020 ICC-700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and available for public download and use.

    Introduced in 2008, the standard is a collaborative effort between NAHB and the International Code Council (ICC) to provide architects, builders and developers with parameters for designing and constructing homes and remodeling projects to exceed code requirements in areas pertaining to sustainability via third-party certification. In its fourth edition, the standard offers an alternative to the existing points-based system, allowing for certification via a new, mandatory checklist of "green" building practices.

    Download copy of the full standards HERE. (Source: National Association of Homebuilders, May, 2020) Contact: National Association of Homebuilders,

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    US-MAP Boosts Solar Perovskite Commercialization (Ind Report)
    Date: 2020-05-04
    NREL reports it has joined with the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds at the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Toledo to form the US Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium (US-MAPPS).

    While perovskite cells have shown promise in the lab, more work remains to be done to ensure that the technology is ready for commercial success, according to NREL. Manufacturing, durability, and sustainability remain challenges and will be the consortium's research focus. Members of US-MAP will share R&D, validation, and pilot manufacturing, which will reduce development costs and technology risks for potential investors.

    US-MAP has six major US-based industry players as founding members: BlueDot Photonics, Energy Materials Corporation, First Solar, Hunt Perovskites Technologies, Swift Solar, and Tandem PV. (Source: NREL, Renewable Energy Mag., 1 May, 2020) Contact: NREL, Center for Materials Science, Joseph J. Berry, 303-384-7611,, | HERE; US-MAP, HERE

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    Talkpool Deploys Semtech Devices to Conserve Energy (Ind Report)
    Date: 2020-05-01
    Camarillo, California-based performance analog and semiconductor specialist Semtech Corporation reports Talkpool, a provider of global Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and telecommunication network services, has incorporated Semtech's LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® protocol into its new line of sensor solutions for smart home energy monitoring and energy consumption reduction applications.

    Additionally, Talkpool's LoRa-based solutions assist in establishing building compliance with leading sustainability initiatives including LEED and BREEAM certifications. IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN® specification have been deployed in 100 countries. (Source: Semtech, PR, April, 2020) Contact: TalkPool,; Semtech, Ronda Grech, (805) 250-1263,,

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    Duke Energy Releases Sustainability Report (Ind. Report Attached )
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy reports the release of its 14th Sustainability Report highlighting the company's progress toward its sustainability goals:
  • Energy efficiency -- Duke Energy's goals to reduce customer energy consumption and peak demand were both exceeded in 2019. The company has set even more aggressive energy efficiency goals for 2020.

  • Renewable enewable energy -- Duke Energy plans to double its renewable energy portfolio within five years. In 2019, the company owned, operated and contracted over 8,000 megawatts (MW) of capacity. In the new report, Duke Energy is establishing a goal of 16,000 MW by the end of 2025.

    Download the Sustainability report HERE. (Source: Duke Energy, April, 2020) Contact: Duke Energy, Randy Wheeless, 704-382-8379,,

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  • Cora Group Bldg Reaches ZCB-Design Certification (Ind. Report)
    Cora Group
    Date: 2020-04-29
    The Waterloo, Ontario-headquartered Cora Group reports its 104,000 evolv1 building project in Waterloo has achieved Zero Carbon Building Standard Performance certification through the Canada Green Building Council's Zero Carbon Building program. The Waterloo building was previously ZCB-Design certified and is presently awaiting LEED Platinum certification.

    The building's sustainability features include: solar panels and a passive solar wall system; an open-loop geothermal system; 40,000-litre rainwater cistern and daylight harvesting; 28 electric vehicle chargers, and others. (Source: The Cora Group, DCN-JOC News Services , 28 April, 2020) Contact: Cora Group, Adrian Conrad, COO, (519) 570-2672,; Canada Green Building Council/Zero Carbon Certification, (866) 941-1184,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Canada Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  

    Richmond Airport VA Green Travel Alliance Award Winner (Ind Report)
    Virginia Green Travel Alliance
    Date: 2020-04-27
    The Virginia Green Travel Alliance is reporting the Capital Region Airport Commission (Richmond Airport) is receiving the Virginia Green Travel Star Award as the 2019 Green Transportation Facility of the Year for its concerted efforts to reduce its environmental impacts.

    The Virginia Green program is run through a partnership between the Virginia DEQ, Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. Recent Sustainability Measures at RIC include:

  • The Airport maintains over 75 recycling containers and encourages travelers and employees to participate in the recycling program. In the past four years, over 100 tons of material has been recycled;

  • In addition to purchasing Green Seal Certified products, the Airport also ensures that paper products are made from recycled material;

  • Water-efficient products have been installed to reduce consumption by 50 pct;

  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) EasyPark parking shuttles effectively reduce tailpipe emissions and ambient noise;

  • Various lighting systems have been upgraded to T5, T8 and LEDs and compact florescent lighting has replaced incandescent lights in canned lighting;

  • Electric carts replaced light-duty maintenance vehicles for use by Baggage Handling Systems Department and Utilities and Grounds Department;

  • Automated building management, mechanical, and LED lighting systems are utilized across airport property;

  • Energy-efficient glass is utilized throughout public spaces; Energy-efficient white thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) membrane roofing is used to reflect heat and cools roofs;

    An Energy Management System is utilized to ensure optimal operation of all HVAC equipment. (Source: Virginia Green Travel Alliance. WWBT , 24 April, 2020) Contact: Virginia Green Travel Alliance; Tom Griffin, Exec. Dr.,; Capital Region Airport Commission, Perry J. Miller, A.A.E., I.A.P., Pres., CEO, 804-226-3000,

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  • N.J. Plans Wind Innovation, New Development Institute (Ind Report)
    New Jersey Wind Council
    Date: 2020-04-27
    In the Garden State, the New Jersey Wind Council established by Governor Phil Murphy reports plans to create a Wind Innovation and New Development Institute (WIND) to serve as a center for education, research, innovation, and workforce training related to the development of offshore wind in New Jersey and the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. To that end the WIND institute will:

  • Establish a wind turbine technician occupation in New Jersey -- Wind turbine technicians are critical for industry growth and are in demand across the country. For each project, an individual original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requires dozens of wind turbine technicians to support installation and provide efficient turbine maintenance throughout the lifetime of the wind farm. New Jersey will need to train qualified wind turbine technicians to achieve Murphy's goal of producing 7,500 MW by 2035.

  • Expand the pipeline of trade workers with the skills and qualifications required for offshore wind;

  • Introduce a Global Wind Organization (GWO) Safety Certification program -- Working in the offshore wind industry requires workers on turbines, including wind turbine technicians, to complete the GWO's safety training. New Jersey currently does not provide GWO training.

    As previously reported, Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind is contributing $200,000 to clean energy research and educational outreach activities at New Jersey's Montclair State University's Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center (CESAC). The company will also aid in the advancement of energy research initiatives, the development of educational events and stakeholder engagement activities.

    The Wind Council report is HERE. (Source: New Jersey Wind Council, Maritime Exec., 25 April, 2020) Contact: New Jersey Wind Council,

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  • Enviva Biomass Touts 2020 Responsible Sourcing Policy (Ind. Report)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2020-04-24
    Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet specialist Enviva is touting its 2020 Implementation Plans detailing the company's commitment to responsible and sustainable wood sourcing in accordance with strict environmental standards.

    The 2020 Implementation Plans define the company's measurable goals in three sections -- sustainable forestry standards, verification and transparency, and conservation leadership across the U.S. Southeast, where the company owns and operates wood pellet production plants.

    According to a release, in 2020, Enviva plans to publish its first Corporate Sustainability Report describing how the company works to deliver on its mission to displace coal, grow more trees and fight climate change, its current environmental impact and sustainability practices and its goals for continuous improvement in sustainability of its business in the long-term.

    The company also plans to add 30,000 acres to the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and/or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified land base. Enviva will also strengthen its existing partnership with The Longleaf Alliance to actively seek longleaf restoration through its wood sourcing on private and public lands in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Virginia and the Carolinas. The company will also assist in the conservation of 3,500+ acres of bottomland hardwood (BLHW) forests to meet the company's 10-year goal of conserving 35,000 acres of BLHW forests by 2030.

    View Enviva's 2020 RSP Implementation Plans HERE. (Source: Enviva Biomass, PR, AP, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Enviva Holdings LP, Enviva Biomass, (301-657-5560),,

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    Allegheny College PA's First Carbon Neutral College (Ind. Report)
    Allegheny College
    Date: 2020-04-24
    In the Keystone State, Allegheny College (enrollment 1850 +-) in Meadville reports it is the state's first college or university and only the eighth in the nation to achieve carbon neutrality.

    Allegheny College's Board of Trustees established a climate action plan in 2010 that in part aimed to become a carbon-neutral institution by 2020.To that end, the school increased its energy efficiency by nearly 20 pct through retrofitting existing infrastructure, making system and behavioral changes, and opting for sustainable construction and renovation. It also shifted from fossil fuel-based energy sources to alternative energy sources by installing geothermal heating and cooling systems in four buildings, generating 8,500 kilowatt-hours of solar energy annually and by only buying energy from wind-generated sources. It offset remaining emissions by investing in projects that Allegheny College faculty and students are involved in, including, for example, a methane-capture project at a dairy farm. (Source: Allegheny College Times News, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Allegheny College, Kelly Boulton, Sustainability Director,

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    China Joins IEA Bioenergy Tech Collaboration Programme (Int'l.)
    IEA Bioenergy
    Date: 2020-04-24
    The IEA Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP) is reporting the People's Republic of China has joined the TCP, bringing the number of contracting parties to 26. China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) plans to join two IEA Bioenergy tasks -- Energy from Biogas (Task 37) and Climate and sustainability effects of bioenergy within the broader bioeconomy (Task 45).

    According to IEA data, in 2019 China accounted for over half of bioenergy additions in the power sector (4.7 GW) and is the third largest global producer of fuel ethanol. In 2018 heat and electricity derived from solid biomass accounted for approximately 186,000 jobs and approximately 145,000 for biogas.

    IEA Bioenergy's vision is to achieve a substantial bioenergy contribution to future global energy demands by accelerating the production and use of environmentally sound, socially accepted and cost-competitive bioenergy on a sustainable basis, thus providing increased security of supply whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy use, according to its website.

    The China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) is the national institution for assisting China's energy authorities in renewable energy (RE) policy research, and industrial management and coordination. CNREC will research RE development strategy, planning, policy and regulation; coordinate, regulate and implement industrial standardization; keep track of the development trend for RE industry and technology; push the establishment and improvement of the system for RE technology and product testing and certificating; implement, monitor and assess national pilot projects; manage and coordinate international and regional cooperation etc. (Source: IEA Bioenergy , PR 23 April, 2020) Contact: IEA Bioenergy,

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    Univ. Penn., Community Energy Ink 25-yr Solar PPA (Ind. Report)
    Community Energy
    Date: 2020-04-17
    In Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania is reporting a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Radnor, Pennsylvania-based Community Energy for the creation of a solar power project moving the University significantly closer to meeting its commitment of a 100 pct carbon neutral campus by 2042.

    The PPA will result in the construction in central Pennsylvania of two new solar energy facilities totaling 220MW of electricity, all of which will be purchased by the university. Community Energy expects this to be the largest solar power project in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    The university notes it intends to retire all Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Credits produced by the project, meaning that the solar power generated will be above and beyond Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard requirements, and will be key to meeting the campus' carbon reduction goals.

    Download the University's Climate & Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 HERE. (Source: Univ. of Pennsylvania, PR, April, 2020) Contact: University of Pennsylvania,;Community Energy, Jay Carlis, Exec VP, 866-946-3123,

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    Soil & Water Outcomes Fund Rewards Carbon Capture (Ind. Report)
    Cargill,Iowa Soybean Association.
    Date: 2020-04-13
    Minneapolis-headquartered global commodities trader Cargill Inc is reporting the launch of the Soil & Water Outcomes Fund with funding support from Cargill and the Walton Family Foundation.

    The Fund, a partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association and third-party verification company Quantified Ventures, will pay American farmers from $30 to $45 per acre for capturing carbon in their field soils and cutting fertiliser runoff. The Fund will then sell the environmental credits created to polluters such as cities and companies, including Cargill itself.

    Cargill estimates the practices would prevent runoff of 100,000 pounds of nitrogen and 10,000 pounds of phosphorus this year and sequester 7,500 tonnes of carbon in soils, equivalent to taking 1,480 cars off the road. (Source: Cargill, 5m The Pig Site, April, 2020) Contact: Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, Ryan Sirolli, Director of Row Crop Sustainability,; Iowa Soybean Association, (515) 251-8640,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Soybean Association,  Cargill ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  

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