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Air France Touts Climate Impact Reduction Plans (Int'l. Report)
Air France
Date: 2019-10-02
In an effort to counteract its climate impact, French carrier Air France reports it will offset 100 pct of the carbon emissions of its 500-odd daily internal flights by 2020, finance projects that support tree planting, forest protection and the global shift to low-carbon energy. The airline will also ban single-use plastics such as cutlery from local flights as from January, 2020, and start separating and recycling waste from October.

The airline industry's carbon emissions, which at 285 grammes of CO2 emitted per kilometre travelled by each passenger, far exceed all other modes of transport, according to the European Environment Agency. Heavy duty transportation -- freight trucking, shipping and aviation -- represent more then 10 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions, says the World Resources Institute, a research body. (Source: Air France, AFP, The Local, 1 Oct., 2019)

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


Dubai Joins Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative (Int'l.)
Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
Date: 2019-09-11
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reports it has joined the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Initiative, which is pledged to double the rate of energy efficiency improvement in the building sector by 2030.

The BEA Initiative was launched by The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Johnson Controls (JCI) to increase awareness and adoption of building energy efficiency programs. The Initiative aims to build market awareness and action on local government leadership by example, particularly in the developing world, local benchmarking and sustainable building certification and labeling approaches, innovative financing to support efficiency investments and distributed energy systems at the building and community scale. (Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, Aug., 2019) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, DEWA CEO, www.dubaisce.gov.ae ; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com; Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative, www.buildingefficiencyaccelerator.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  World Resources Institute ,  Energy Efficiency,  Dubai Supreme Council of Energy,  DEWA,  


WattTime Emissions Database Wins Google Funding (Ind. Report)
WattTime,Google,World Resources Institute
Date: 2019-05-22
WattTime reports it plans to create a public database that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to track carbon emissions from all the world's large power. The project will receive $1.7 million in funding from the Google AI Impact Challenge. The tracking system will make it possible to hold polluting plants accountable to environmental standards as well as enable advanced new emissions reduction technologies.

Joining WattTime in the carbon tracking initiative are non-profits Carbon Tracker, a financial think tank that analyses the economic impacts of the energy transition and the first organization to pioneer satellite-based power plant monitoring; and World Resources Institute (WRI) which maintains a comprehensive global power plant database. (Source: WattTime, PR, 20 May, 2019) Contact: WattTime, Gavin McCormick, Executive Director , (510) 201-9877, www.watttime.org; World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director,www.wri.org; Carbon Tracker, www.carbontracker.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tracker,  Carbon Emissions,  Power Plant Emissions,  WattTime,  Google,  World Resources Institute,  


WattTime Emissions Database Wins Google Funding (Ind. Report)
WattTime,World Resources Institute
Date: 2019-05-20
WattTime reports it plans to create a public database that will track carbon emissions from all the world's large power plants using artificial intelligence (AI). The project will receive $1.7 million in funding from the Google AI Impact Challenge.

The tracking system will make it possible to hold polluting plants accountable to environmental standards as well as enable advanced new emissions reduction technologies.

Joining WattTime in the carbon tracking initiative are non-profits Carbon Tracker, a financial think tank that analyses the economic impacts of the energy transition and the first organization to pioneer satellite-based power plant monitoring; and World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization that maintains a comprehensive global power plant database.

(Source: WattTime, PR, 20 May, 2019) Contact: WattTime, Gavin McCormick, Executive Director , (510) 201-9877, www.watttime.org; World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director,www.wri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Resources Institute ,  Carbon Emissions,  Google,  


Johnson Controls Touts LEAN Energy Analysis Tool (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls, Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis
Date: 2019-01-21
In Milwaukee, Johnson Controls is reporting a partnership with Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis (CBRE), World Resources Institute (WRI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to test and deploy LEAN, an open-source, web-based analysis tool that identifies energy efficient building retrofit opportunities.

The new LEAN initiative is part of the Johnson Controls and CBRE Innovation Lab, established three years ago to evaluate, connect and leverage products, services and energy data to create value for occupiers and investors of real estate, according to the company.

Berkeley Lab will automate and improve the LEAN tool and create an open-source version for public use. CBRE will be an initial deployment partner and will use the tool to help their customers target cost-effective energy efficiency retrofit opportunities. WRI will use the open-source version of the tool to help local governments target these retrofit opportunities in both public and private buildings.

Download Johnson Controls LEAN energy analysis technology details HERE. (Source: Johnson Controls, PR, Campus Safety, 20 Jan., 2019) Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, JVP Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com; CBRE Group Inc., David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, www.lbl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Johnson Controls,  CBRE,  World Resources Institute,  


WRI Responds to Fourth National Climate Assessment Report (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
World Resources Institute,
Date: 2018-11-26
In Washington, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has issued the following comments on the U.S. government's Global Change Research Program's just released Fourth National Climate Assessment report:

"The message is loud, clear and undeniable: climate impacts are here and growing. The tragic Camp Fire in California serves as a stark illustration of how climate change is loading the dice for more extreme events that devastate people, homes and the economy. We should trust what we're seeing with our own eyes: more intense wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and heat waves. This is what climate change looks like and it will become far worse unless we rapidly shift to a low-carbon economy.

"Climate change is already taking a toll on U.S. agriculture, health, tourism, fisheries, energy, transportation, infrastructure, businesses and more. For example, $1 trillion dollars of public infrastructure and private property along the U.S. coastline are at risk due to rising seas, increasing storm surges, and tidal flooding. No region of the country and no sector of the economy is immune. We must use all tools and pursue all policy levers to turn the tide. The NCA report makes it clear that we need a rapid and decisive shift to a low-carbon economy to achieve inclusive, long-term economic prosperity across the United States." WRI concluded. (Source: World Resources Institute, PR, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute, www.wri.org

Download the National Climate Assessment 4 report HERE

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Resources Institute,  Climate Change,  


Siemens Gamesa Joins Science Based Targets Initiative (Int'l)
Science Based Targets Initiative
Date: 2018-09-21
At last week's Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco, Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Games Renewable Energy announced its commitment to develop a "measurable, science-based emissions reduction target" that will be independently approved and verified by the Science Based Target Initiative.

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a joint collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the We Mean Business coalition, intended to encourage and support companies to commit to making measurable reductions in their carbon emission levels at a scale that actively contributes to meeting the 2 degree C warming target set in the Paris Climate Accord. Nearly 500 companies worldwide have committed to SBTI. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, SBTI, CleanTechnica, 18 Sept., 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com; Science Based Targets initiative, info@sciencebasedtargets.org, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets Initiative,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Climate Change,  


Farmland Trust Joins Carbon Sequestration Initiative (Ind Report)
American Farmland Trust
Date: 2018-07-18
The Washington, DC-headquartered American Farmland Trust (AFT) reports it is joining other major agriculture and conservation organizations at a Learning Lab for the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Initiative. A team of over 50 technical experts from government, academia, and industry will provide technical assistance to state governments on how to draw down carbon from the air and sequester it in the soil across diverse systems such as farms, rangelands, forests, and wetlands. The lab wiil also help states develop strategies related to policy development and funding projects.

AFT is working in partnership with the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG), American Forests, the Forest-Climate Working Group, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and The Trust for Public Land to support the Natural and Working Lands Initiative.

The AFT's Farmers Combating Climate Change program aims to : protect farmland and promote smart growth to significantly reduce emissions; improve soil health to reverse climate change and improve productivity; and build support among the farm community and advance policies and environmentally sound farming practices to help keep farmers on the land. (Source: American Farmland Trust, AgDaily, July, 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Farmland Trust,  Carbon Sequestration,  Climate Change,  


Farmland Trust Joins Carbon Sequestration Initiative (Ind Report)
American Farmland Trust
Date: 2018-07-11
The Washington, DC-headquartered American Farmland Trust (AFT) reports it is joining other major agriculture and conservation organizations at a Learning Lab for the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Initiative. A team of over 50 technical experts from government, academia, and industry will provide technical assistance to state governments on how to draw down carbon from the air and sequester it in the soil across diverse systems such as farms, rangelands, forests, and wetlands. The lab wiil also help states develop strategies related to policy development and funding projects.

AFT is working in partnership with the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG), American Forests, the Forest-Climate Working Group, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and The Trust for Public Land to support the Natural and Working Lands Initiative.

The AFT's Farmers Combating Climate Change program aims to : protect farmland and promote smart growth to significantly reduce emissions; improve soil health to reverse climate change and improve productivity; and build support among the farm community and advance policies and environmentally sound farming practices to help keep farmers on the land. (Source: American Farmland Trust, AgDaily, 9 July, 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org

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


Caesars Commits to 95 pct Carbon Emissions Cut (Ind. Report)
Science Based Target initiative
Date: 2018-06-08
In the Silver State, Las Vegas-based casino operator Caesars Entertainment Corporation reports it has set "science based" company-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets aligned with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

The SBTi is a collaboration among CDP (f.k.a. Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are considered "science-based" if they are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below two degrees C compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

Caesars Entertainment has committed to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions 30 pct by 2025, and 95 pct by 2050 from a 2011 base year. Since 2011, Caesars has reduced its total GHG emissions by 22.9 pct. (Source: Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Hotel Business, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Caesars Entertainment Corporation, www.caesarscorporate.com; Science Based Target initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Target initiative,  Carbon Emissions ,  


Emirates GBC Launches Regional Energy Benchmarking Program (Int'l)
Emirates Green Building Council
Date: 2018-06-04
In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) is touting its Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Benchmarking Project for schools. The "first-of-its-kind" in the MENA region BEA project assesses the energy and water performance of existing buildings against similar buildings within the same typology. The project aims to establish the first industry energy and water benchmark for schools in the UAE.

The BEA project is a global initiative led by World Resources Institute (WRI) under the UN program Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), which aims to double the global rate of building energy efficiency by 2030. Dubai is the first and only city in the Middle East committed to the BEA, and EmiratesGBC is serving as the BEA City Liaison in partnership with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) to measure energy performance of 100 buildings in Dubai across hotels, schools and malls.(Source: Emirates Green Building Council, ME Construction News, 3 June, 2018) Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, bea@emiratesgbc.org, www.emiratesgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  


DONG Sets Science Based Emissions Reduction Target (Int'l)
DONG Energy, Science Based Target Initiative
Date: 2017-06-19
Copenhagen-headquartered offshore wind energy giant DONG Energy has confirmed that its target to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 96 pct by 2023 has been approved by the Science Based Target Initiative.

The Initiative is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and is a member of the We Mean Business Coalition. The Initiative is designed to provide companies "with a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions." The Initiative helps companies ensure and develop emissions reductions that are in line with the level of de-carbonization necessary to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees C compared to pre-industrial levels. (Source: DONG Energy, CleanTechnica, Others, 16 June , 2017] Contact: Science Based Targets initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org; DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Target Initiative,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  DONG Energy,  ,  


Notable Quotes on BLM Methane Rule Rejection
BLM Methane Rule,American Energy Alliance
Date: 2017-05-12
Following is a statement from World Resources Institute (WRI): "This was a smart move by the U.S. Senate to preserve a common-sense measure that helps companies cut methane waste from natural gas and oil production on public and tribal lands. This rule ensures that companies use modern technologies and best practices to reduce emissions of methane and associated pollutants, protecting public health and saving money for state governments and taxpayers.

"Methane causes far more warming than carbon dioxide emissions and must continue to be reined in to address the increasing threat of climate change." -- Sam Adams, WRI U.S. Director: Andrew Pickens , Communications Specialist, Climate Program, (202) 729-7940, andrew.pickens@wri.org, www.wri.org

American Energy Alliance issued the following statement: "The Senate just squandered an opportunity to protect American workers and families from a regulation aimed at making energy more expensive. The evidence against this regulation is overwhelming. Not only does this regulation fall outside of the BLM's jurisdiction, but the energy sector is already significantly reducing methane emissions without this top-down directive from the federal government.

"The cost of complying with this regulation will ultimately fall on the shoulders of the American people. Fortunately, the fight isn't over. It's now up to the Trump administration to do what the Senate failed to do and protect the American people from this unnecessary and costly regulation." -- American Energy Alliance , Thomas Pyle, Pres., www.americanenergyalliance.org

Earthjustice submitted the following comments: "By preserving this win-win rule that protects public health and saves taxpayers money at the same time, Congress is managing to slowly rebuild its credibility as an institution that can serve as a check against powerful corporate interests" -- Earthjustice, Jessica Ennis, Senior Legislative Representative, (202) 295-7619, www.earthjustice.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News BLM Methane Rule. Methane,  WRI,  Earthjustice,  ,  


WRI Lauds Congressional Republican Climate Resolution (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
WRI
Date: 2017-03-17
On Wedneday in the U.S.Congress, Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Ryan Costello (PA-6), and Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and 17 other republican legislator , introduced a House Resolution titled Republican Climate Resolution acknowledging that climate change is caused by human activity and calling on Congress to support economically viable solutions to combat this great challenge.

The World Resources Institute's U.S. Director Sam Adams, responded to the Republican Climate Resolution as follows: "Climate change should not be a partisan issue -- it is a scientific fact as undeniable as gravity, and an urgent threat to the United States' economic well-being. In these tumultuous times, it is encouraging that Republican members of Congress put forward this resolution to take measures to combat climate change that also grow the country's economy. Support for climate action by both U.S. political parties offers the firm foundation required to make real progress.

"Today, Republican members of Congress called for action to combat climate change. We look forward to their ongoing leadership to deliver on this commitment." (Source: WRI, 15 Mar., 2017) Contact: WRI, Andrew Pickens, Communications Specialist, Climate Program, (202) 729-7940, andrew.pickens@wri.org, www.wri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News WRI,  Climate Change,  


WRI Welcomes ExxonMobil's Support for Carbon Tax (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
ExxonMobil, World Resources Institute
Date: 2017-02-27
Oil giant ExxonMobil's new Chairman & CEO Darren Woods recent blog post on the company's position on a carbon tax has been welcomed by the following statement by Sam Adams, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute:

"It's a welcome sign that support for a carbon tax has been growing in recent weeks, including from the new CEO of ExxonMobil, who has reaffirmed the company's stated position in favor of a revenue-neutral carbon tax. After years of opposing climate action, it's time for ExxonMobil to fully align its considerable lobbying power, including through trade associations, to support an effective price on carbon.

"The announcement comes on the heels of a proposal from several respected Republican leaders for a carbon dividend. We are hopeful that these announcements will jump-start a serious bipartisan conversation about how to enact a federal carbon policy that drives down emissions and benefits people." (Source: World Resources Institute, 24 Feb., 2017) Contact: World Resources Institute, (202) 729-7600, www.wri.org; ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon,  ExxonMobil,  Carbon Tax,  WRI,  World Resources Institute,  

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