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Canada GBC Updates Zero-Carbon Building Standard (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2020-03-11
In Ottawa, the The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) reports it is zeroing in on carbon reduction with updates to its Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard. Launched today, Version 2 is designed to accelerate adoption of zero carbon building practices and help Canada meet its climate targets while spurring innovation and job growth.

Canada's buildings are a top contributor to carbon emissions, and updates to the ZCB Standard reflect the urgent need for change. Today, building operations represent 17 pct of Canada's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or closer to 30 pct when embodied carbon from construction and materials are factored in.

CaGBC's made-in-Canada ZCB Standard provides the industry with a zero-carbon approach that works for any type of new or existing building. Version 2 draws on learnings from over 20 real-world ZCB-projects. These projects demonstrate that the industry is ready to raise the bar on expanded requirements for embodied carbon and energy efficiency. At the same time, Version 2 aims to get more buildings to zero, faster, by providing more options for different design strategies and by recognizing high-quality carbon offsets when necessary.

These updates balance the rigour needed to meaningfully eliminate carbon, while also being flexible enough for zero-carbon buildings to reach the mainstream. Since the ZCB Standard launched in 2017, CaGBC has proven through real-world projects and research, that zero- carbon buildings are technically and financially viable today -- across a wide spectrum of building types including schools, offices, multi-residential, commercial, and even industrial buildings. The updates provide the guidance for more owners and developers to build to zero now and as part of their plans for the future.

ZCB Standard v2 provides two pathways for any type of building to get to zero-carbon. ZCB-Design guides the design of new buildings, as well as the retrofit of existing structures. ZCB-Performance provides a framework for verifying buildings have achieved zero- carbon and must be revisited annually.

ZCB Standard v2 updates focus on these key components:

  • Embodied Carbon -- Projects must now reduce and offset carbon emissions for the building's life-cycle including those associated with the manufacture and use of construction materials.

  • Refrigerants -- ZCB Standard v2 encourages best practices to minimize potential leaks of refrigerants that, when released, can have significant short-term impacts on climate.

  • Energy Efficiency -- ZCB Standard v2 promotes the efficient use of clean energy with more stringent energy efficiency and air-tightness requirements.
  • Innovation -- ZCB-Design encourages innovation by requiring projects demonstrate two innovative strategies to reduce carbon emissions.

    (Source: Canada Green Building Council, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Peter Whitred, Senior Manager, Green Building Programs, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org; Zero Carbon Building Standard, www.CaGBC.org/zerocarbon

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


  • NYPA-Israeli Clean Energy Tech Competition Announced (Ind Report)
    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
    Date: 2020-03-09
    In Albany, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York Power Authority (NYPA)--Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million competition to attract Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to submit proposals to collaborate with New York's public utility on new clean energy technologies. NYPA is collaborating with the Israel Smart Energy Association on the project aimed at attracting Israeli companies that will advance power grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment.

    The competition will focus on research areas centered around meeting digital utility challenges such as electric vehicle charging, distributed energy solutions, grid modernization, energy storage, microgrids, cybersecurity, blockchain and energy trading, buildings/campus energy management, data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and use of drones/autonomous robots in power systems.

    Interested companies may apply and submit their proposals to the NYPA/Israel Smart Energy Challenge online. The deadline for submissions is April 20. A pre-bid conference for parties interested in applying to the Challenge is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at: Ha-Umanim Street 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. Register on Eventbrite or meetup.

    Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal climate and clean energy initiative puts the Empire State on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy and establishing a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, a commitment to develop nearly 1,700 MW of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,700 pct growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012.

    The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates the Green New Deal's clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, while calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The CLCPA also directs New York State agencies and authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050 and aim to invest 40 pct of clean energy and energy efficiency program resources to benefit disadvantaged communities. (Source: New York State Governor's Office, PR, Google News, 6 Mar., 2020)Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; Israel Smart Energy Association, www.isea.org.il; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  New York Power Authority,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Manchester Plans to Halve GHG Emission by 2025 (Int'l. Report)
    City of Manchester
    Date: 2020-03-02
    In the UK, the city of Manchester (pop. 2.8 million), in keeping with its pledge to reach net-zero carbon by 2038, has issued a call to "collective action" on the climate crisis with proposals to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

    To that end, the city council wants to retrofit as many of the 350 city-owned buildings with more efficient technology, install solar and wind energy generation capacity on city owned housing sites and complexes, and complete the ongoing replacements of the city's street lighting with low energy LED lighting. The city will also invest roughly £10 million to replace diesel power fleet vehicles with alternative fuel and electric vehicles. City staff will also be incentivized to use cleaner transportation and to conserve energy.

    The council also intends to plant 2,000 trees, hedge trees and four community orchards per year beginning this year. The city's existing tree coverage stores 124,330 tonnes of carbon, absorbs 4,980 tonnes and removes 84 tonnes of pollution, according to the city release.

    Under the plan, the city council will work with and continue to fund the Manchester Climate Change Agency to establish community-wide climate change related engagement activities and to encourage businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and sign up to the zero-carbon ambition. (Source: City of Manchester, Manchester Evening News, Mar.,2020) Contact: Manchester Climate Change Agency, www.manchesterclimate.com

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


    LNG Marine Fuel Misses the Boat on GHG Emission (Ind. Report)
    International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
    Date: 2020-02-21
    A new report just released by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) concludes that using LNG for maritime bunkers (martine fuel) may have little positive impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

    The ICCT analysis compares LNG, marine gas oil, very low sulphur fuel oil and heavy fuel oil used in marine engines in the LNG tanker and cruise sectors. However, results varied widely depending on engine technology. High-pressure dual fuel (HPDF) machinery came out top but the ICCT estimates that only 90 of the 750-plus LNG-fuelled ships in service use these engines. Moreover, using a 20-year global warming potential model and taking into account upstream emissions, combustion emissions and methane slip, there is no climate benefit from using LNG, regardless of engine technology, the analysis concludes.

    The ICCT's findings come as a serious blow to those who have advocated LNG as an interim fuel on the path to low- and zero-carbon propulsion technologies.

    Download the ICCT Climate Implications of Using LNG as a Marine Fuel report HERE. (Source: ICCT, Stand Earth.com, Seatrade, 29 Jan., 2020) Contact: International Council of Clean Transportation, twitter@theicct.org, communications@theicct.org, www.theittc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  Alternative Fuel,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Clean Energy Fuels Delivers 143Mn Gal. of RNG in 2019 (Ind Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels
    Date: 2020-02-14
    Newport Beach, California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is reporting it delivered 143 million gallons of Redeem™ Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)in 2019.

    In 2019, Clean Energy announced plans to exclusively offer zero-carbon1 Redeem at all of its fueling stations by 2025. At this pace Clean Energy would outdistance other alternative fuels, according to the release.

    Redeem was the first commercially available RNG vehicle fuel, derived from capturing biogenic methane that is produced from the decomposition of organic waste from dairies, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants, according to the release.(Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, 12 Feb., 2020) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels ,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


    Clean Energy Fuels Growing Redeem™ RNG Deliveries (Ind Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels
    Date: 2020-01-29
    Newport Beach, California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is reporting it delivered 143 million gallons of Redeem™ Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)in 2019.

    Redeem was the first commercially available RNG vehicle fuel, derived from capturing biogenic methane that is produced from the decomposition of organic waste from dairies, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants, according to the release.

    In 2019, Clean Energy unveiled ambitious goals to exclusively offer zero-carbon1 Redeem at all of its fueling stations by 2025. At this pace Clean Energy would outdistance other alternative fuels, including electric vehicles, which are not expected to hit that mark until 2045. according to the release. (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, PR, Jan., 2020) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy Fuels ,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


    UKGBC Office Energy Performance Targets Released (Report Attached)
    UK Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-01-17
    The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published new energy performance targets for commercial offices that are aiming to achieve net-zero carbon in operation. The targets were developed as an addition to UKGBC's landmark 2019 report Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition developed in collaboration with Verco, Better Buildings Partnership and BPF, with support from Arup, Carbon Intelligence, JLL UK and TfL.

    Details of the new energy performance targets include a trajectory of targets starting from current best practice with tightening targets every five years up to 2035, at which time offices aiming to be net-zero should be operating at the energy performance standards that will be needed by 2050.

    Download the Net Zero Carbon: Energy Performance Targets for Offices report HERE.

    Download Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition HERE. Source: UKGBC, Facilities Management Journal, Jan., 2020) Contact: UKGBC, Richard Twinn, Senior Policy Advisor, www.ukgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Green Building Council,  


    Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for the (CLEAN) Future Act Released (Reg. & Leg. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-01-10
    In the nation's capitol, U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) has released the legislative framework of the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for the (CLEAN) Future Act -- an ambitious new climate plan to ensure the U.S. achieves net-zero greenhouse gas pollution and 100 pct clean energy no later than 2050. The draft bill incorporates both proven and novel concepts, presenting a set of policy proposals that will put the U.S. on the path to a clean and prosperous economy. Specific to carbon emissions and climate change, the draft legislation:
  • Directs all federal agencies to use all existing authorities to put the country on a path toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It does not stipulate which energy sources or strategies qualify, instead taking a technology-inclusive approach to reaching net-zero emissions by mid-century. To ensure federal agencies' collective efforts remain on track, the draft legislation directs the EPA to evaluate each agency's plans, make recommendations and report on progress each year.

  • Empowers the states to complete the transition to a net-zero economy, based on the existing federalism model in the (Obama administration) Clean Air Act. The bill sets a national climate standard of net-zero greenhouse gas pollution in each state by 2050. States are then granted flexibility to develop plans to meet the 2050 and interim standards based on their policy preferences, priorities and circumstances. Each state must submit a climate plan to EPA, which then reviews and approves or disapproves each plan.

  • Establishes a National Climate Bank to mobilize public and private investments in low- and zero-emissions energy technologies, climate resiliency, building efficiency and electrification, industrial decarbonization, grid modernization, agriculture projects, and clean transportation.

  • The draft legislation reduces transportation emissions, the largest source of GHG emissions, by improving vehicle efficiency, accelerating the transition to low- to zero-carbon fuels and building the infrastructure needed for a clean transportation system. The bill directs EPA to set new, increasingly stringent greenhouse gas emission standards for light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including off-road modes of transportation. (Source: Office of Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., Jan., 2020) Contact: Congressman Frank Pallone Jr , Chairman, Energy and Commerce Committee, (202) 225-4671 (202) 225-9665 - fax, https://pallone.house.gov

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


  • Packard Foundation Warns Put a Brake on Bioenergy by 2050 to Avoid Negative Climate Impacts (Ind. Report)
    Packard Foundation
    Date: 2019-12-09
    According to the newly released Global Change Biology study from the Los Altos, California-based David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the burgeoning bioenergy sector must peak and decline in the next 30 years to alleviate extreme pressure on land. The study researchers assert that projections envisioning the use of biomass from crops, trees or grasses for fuel through 2100 overlook the technology's high carbon footprint and excessive land use.

    An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released last year found that many scenarios capable of reducing the threat of climate change relied heavily on bioenergy, predicting that energy from biomass could make up 26 pct of primary energy in 2050 -- up from 10 pct in 2020 -- and predicting that solar and wind combined would likely only account for 22 pct. Those scenarios often relied on significant use of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), which involves growing trees across a large area of land to produce wood pellets burned for energy, then capturing and sequestering the carbon emissions. In its analysis, though, the IPCC found significant challenges associated with a high reliance on bioenergy, noting in particular that the vast areas of land required to produce biomass for energy would compete with food production and other human needs.

    The Global Change Biology assessment examine a flurry of recent reports that suggest even more problems with large-scale bioenergy projects reliant on large tracts of land, and also show that more cost-effective alternatives will be available in the coming decades. Pulling from these recent studies, the authors establish three reasons why large-scale bioenergy must and can peak and decline in the next 30 years:

  • Large-scale bioenergy emits carbon. Carbon emissions from bioenergy can be greater in the near-term than emissions from the fossil fuels it is replacing, undermining the assumption that bioenergy is always a relatively low-emission and low-cost form of energy. Burning wood pellets, for example, creates a "double climate problem." Manufacturing and shipping wood pellets entails substantial emissions of fossil CO2, and it can take decades or centuries for harvested areas to return to pre-harvest carbon stocks.

  • Large-scale bioenergy puts a squeeze on land. Land is already a scarce resource, and it will become even scarcer with time due to an increase in the human population and a rise in the appreciation of the conservation value of natural and mostly-natural ecosystems--even if agricultural yields continue to increase. Because land is so limited, we should use it as efficiently as possible for energy production. In contrast to land-intensive bioenergy, the amount of electricity that can be produced from a hectare of land using photovoltaics is at least 50-100 times that from biomass.

  • Large-scale bioenergy is inferior to other solutions. And, by mid-century, land-intensive bioenergy will face fierce competition from superior technologies such as wind and solar energy, the development of efficient storage and other flexibility solutions, and the advent of more effective carbon removal technologies such as direct air capture with carbon storage.

    The assessment comes at a time when the bioenergy industry is ramping up worldwide, with the EU in the lead. Bioenergy currently accounts for 10 pct of the world's energy, and 50 pct of our renewable energy. In the EU, bioenergy accounts for two-thirds of all renewable energy (nearly half from wood). Two-thirds of the EU's "20 pct Renewable Energy by 2020" target depends on bioenergy. And the bloc is also about to greenlight the conversion of five large coal plants to bioenergy plants that burn imported wood pellets from overseas forests.

    Land-intensive electrical power projects in particular are picking up steam as governments and industry leaders seek to transform disused coal factories into new profit centers. Between 2006 and 2015, the production of wood pellets for biomass energy use quadrupled to 26 million tons. Worldwide, demand for globally traded wood pellets destined for use in phased-out coal plants or new dedicated bioenergy plants is expected to rise 250 pct by 2027.

    The study lays out a bioenergy trajectory that policymakers can use to encourage sustainable bioenergy while also opening the door for new technologies to replace land-intensive bioenergy in the very near future. These recommendations include improved accounting of the actual carbon emissions associated with the use of biomass, favoring biomass from waste, residues or land management practices that enhance carbon storage, and providing incentives for energy storage, direct air capture technologies, and low-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels. Above all, the authors argue that bioenergy projects should be avoided if they involve natural forests, such as converting natural forests to bioenergy plantations, or use land best suited for food crops. And the authors caution that claims that bioenergy projects are a zero-carbon form of energy should be met with skepticism.

    The Packard Foundation through 2020, will have awarded nearly $1 billion in grants to reduce carbon emissions, one of the its greatest program commitments in its 55-year history. (Source: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Dec., 2019) Contact: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Walt Reid, Director Conservation and Science Program, Report Author, 650-948-7658, www.packard.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  CO2,  CCS,  Biofuels,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Mich. Cities Planning Regional Carbon Neutrality Goal (Ind Report)
    City of Ypsilanti
    Date: 2019-11-22
    In Washtenaw County, Michigan, the city of Ypsilanti (pop. 22,000 +-) City Council reports it has resolved to develop a draft plan to achieve carbon neutrality in the community by 2035. The initiative is in line with the city's commitment to locally combat climate change and join the city of Ann Arbor in its sustainability efforts.

    The city of Ann Arbor has declared a climate emergency and set a goal to make the community carbon-neutral by 2030. Ypsilanti plans to work with Ann Arbor officials to develop a regional plan. Washtenaw County allocated $30,000 to hire a consultant to do a greenhouse gas inventory for the county to begin the action plan that could include moving away from fossil fuels, using clean energy, and balancing remaining carbon emissions with offsetting efforts like planting trees to achieve a zero-carbon footprint. (Source: City of Ypsilanti, MLive, 21 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Ypsilanti, 734-482-1025, www.cityofypsilanti.com

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


    New Mexico Releases Climate Strategy 2019 Report (Ind. Report)
    Mew Mexico Climate Change
    Date: 2019-11-22
    Since Governor Lujan Grisham (D) signed Executive Order 2019-003, bringing New Mexico to the forefront of states taking ambitious climate action, we have made rapid progress towards our goals. New Mexico joined the U.S. Climate Alliance and committed to a statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of at least 45 pct by 2030, as compared to 2005 levels. Legislation signed into law by the Governor during the 2019 legislative session demonstrates the seriousness and speed of our work: New Mexico's landmark Energy Transition Act contains one of the most ambitious renewable energy and zero-carbon electricity standards in the United States and establishes worker and community transition funds. New Mexico's electric utility efficiency standards are stronger than ever. The Climate Change Task Force, which spans all state agencies, has developed an initial suite of ambitious policies to accelerate the state's transition into a clean energy future.

    These policies, which include a methane emission reduction regulatory framework, an update to the state's building codes, and electricity transmission corridors to transport renewable electricity resources to market -- among many others -- are already beginning to come to fruition. This is only the beginning.

    Download the New Mexico Climate Strategy 2019 Report HERE. (Source: Arizona Climate Action, Las Cruces Sun News, Nov., 2019 Contact: Arizona Climate Action, www.climateaction.state.nm.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cliamte Change,  Low-Carbon Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


    IMO Updates Maritime GHG Emissions Strategy (Ind. Report)
    International Maritime Organization
    Date: 2019-11-18
    In London, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is reporting its Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships has agreed on a draft strategy on the voluntary reduction of GHG emissions from ships. The resolution urges IMO member states to develop National Action Plans that could include:
  • improving domestic institutional and legislative arrangements for the effective implementation of existing IMO instruments;

  • developing activities to further enhance the energy efficiency of ships;

  • initiating research and advancing the uptake of alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels;

  • accelerating port emission reduction activities; and fostering capacity-building, awareness-raising and regional cooperation;

  • facilitating the development of infrastructure for green shipping.

    IMO noted that it has already adopted mandatory technical and operational measures to improve the energy efficiency of ships and reduce GHG emissions, including the energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships of 400 GT and above. (Source: IMO. Bunkerspot, Nov., 2019)Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  


  • Manila Hosts First Zero-Carbon Certified Office Bldg (Int'l.)
    Zero-Carbon
    Date: 2019-10-14
    In Manila, ARTHALAND Corp. is reporting its 31-story Century Pacific Tower office building has been accredited as "green and sustainable" with EDGE Zero Carbon certification from International Finance Corp. (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.

    The first in the world, the Arthaland building was recognized for its projected savings of 45 pct in energy consumption, 64 pct in water use, and 34 pct incorporation of embodied energy in materials, surpassing the benchmark of 20 pct less use for each category. The Arthaland building is now the country's only triple-certified project Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE), LEED Platinum and green building system BERDE five-star ratings since it opened in 2018. (Source: Arthaland, Business Mirror, Oct., 2019) Contact: Arthaland Corp., +63 2 8403 6910, www.arthaland.com.ph; International Finance Corp., www.ifc.org; BERDE, www.berdeonline.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corp.,  


    247Solar Selects Capstone Microturbines (Ind. Report)
    Capstone Turbine
    Date: 2019-09-18
    Van Nuys, California-headquartered microturbine technology specialist Capstone Turbine Corporation Inc. is reporting receipt of an order from 247Solar Inc. for two C200S microturbines to be used in combination with 247Solar's technology to produce reliable, zero-carbon power generation.

    The 247Solar system uses mirrors (heliostats) to focus sunlight onto a solar receiver to heat air flowing through it, which is then used to drive the Capstone microturbines to produce electricity. That heated airflow can also be directed to a thermal storage system, and then transferred back into the Capstone microturbines at night when solar irradiance is not available.

    The first installation is slated for mid-2020 in Ouarzazate, Morocco, in collaboration with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN). Morocco is aiming to secure 52 pct of its energy mix from renewable sources by 2030. (Source: Capstone Turbine, Street Insider, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Capstone Turbine, www.capstoneturbine.com; 247Solar Inc., www.247sola.com; Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, www.masen.ma

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Turbine,  Solar ,  


    Brampton Releases Energy, Emissions Management Plan (Ind. Report)
    City of Brampton
    Date: 2019-09-04
    In southern Ontario, the city of Brampton -- pop. 594,000 +- -- reports the release of its strategy for lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy conservation, and the city's goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20 pct by 2024. The Brampton Energy and Emissions Management Plan 201-2024: A Zero Carbon Transition outlines how the city plans to achieve a zero-carbon transition for new and existing corporate facilities over the next five years. The plan focuses on minimizing emissions intensity, minimizing energy consumption, and maximizing cost recovery.

    Brampton is aiming foe a 30 pct emission reduction by 2030 and 80 pct by 2025. The interim target has been set to reduce GHG emissions by 20 per cent by 2024.

    In a release, the city notes has recovered $5.8 million in costs through energy-efficient programs, third-party funding, energy procurement and water rebates since 2014 and has introduced more than 13 renewable energy projects implemented 50 energy conservation projects in its effort to address emissions and climate change. (Source: City of Brampton, Brampton Guardian, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Brampton, 905.874.2130, www.brampton.ca

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


    Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card , says UN Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Offsets,UN Environment
    Date: 2019-06-17
    According to the UN Environment's Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card Report , buying carbon credits in exchange for a clean conscience while burning fossil fuels is under fire by private citizens, scientists and activists concerned with the way carbon offsets have been used by polluters as a free pass for inaction.

    Annual emissions have to reduce by 29-32 gigatonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide (CO2e) by 2030 to maintain a fighting chance to stay below 1.5 degree C -- a five-fold increase on current ambitions, the report notes.

    According to the report, carbon offset schemes were set up to allow the largest polluters who exceed permitted emissions’ levels to fund projects, such as reforestation, that reduce CO2 in the air, essentially balancing out their emissions equation. The types of carbon offset projects that are implemented range from forestry sequestration projects to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects (which reduce future CO2 emissions in the atmosphere).

    Carbon offsets are useful while infrastructure and industry make the transition to electric mobility, alternative energy and the new technology necessary for low- and zero-carbon lifestyles. Where there are no viable alternatives in the short term, an offset scheme promises to cancel out the emissions in one place with emission-reducing actions in another.

    Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) credits have also come under fire with a 2016 study found 85 pct of the offsets had a "low likelihood" of creating real reductions, and the UN has struggled to reconcile its support for offsets with evidence that they are problematic.

    Download the UN Carbon Offsets are Not Our Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card report HERE; (Source: UN Environment, Pro Publica, 10 June, 2019) Contact: UN Environment, Niklas.Hagelberg, Niklas.Hagelberg@un.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CDM,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offsets,  


    Heidelberg Pledges Carbon Neutral Concrete by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    HeidelbergCement
    Date: 2019-05-15
    The world's fourth largest cement company, HeidelbergCement reports it will slash direct emissions by 15 pct per tonne of its products by 2030 from 2016 levels. The initiative is in line with the company's vision to realize CO2-neutral concrete by 2050 at the latest. It is also in Keeping with the Paris Climate Agreement and asignal that the built environment is transitioning towards a zero-carbon future, the company said.

    The cement sector accounts for around 7 pct of global CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency. (Source: Heidelberg Cement, Climate Home News, 13 May, 2019) Contact: HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HeidelbergCement,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Making the Case for Building to Zero Carbon (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-04-05
    In its recently released Making the Case for Building to Zero Carbon report, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) proves Zero Carbon Buildings offer meaningful greenhouse gas reductions and positive financial returns over a 25-year life-cycle. It also notes the business case for Zero Carbon Buildings is going to get stronger each year due to the rising cost of carbon pollution.

    The report applies carbon reduction measures to seven building types -- low-rise office, mid-rise office, low-rise multi-unit residential, mid-rise multi-unit residential, primary school, big box retail and warehouse -- in the cities of Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

    The report found that the business case for Zero Carbon Buildings differs relatively little nationwide, despite differences in construction and utility costs, climate, carbon intensity of electricity, and other factors. Each region

    Download the CaGBC Making the Case for Building to Zero Carbon report HERE. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, April, 2019) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council ,  Zero-Carbon,  


    Xcel Energy Retiring Coal Plants by the Dozen (Ind. Report)
    Xcel Energy
    Date: 2019-04-01
    Following up on our March 11 coverage, Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy, a $30 billion utility reports it has shuttered a quarter of its coal power plants and will soon shut down another 25 pct of its coal fired power capacity as part of it plan to deliver zero-carbon electricity to its 3.6 million customers by 2050, making it the first large American power company to commit to that goal. goal.

    Xcel has already cut its emissions by 38 pct from 2005 levels and aims to further cut emission to 80 pct by 2030. To that end, Xcel is rapidly moving away from coal which in 2013 supplied 46 pct of the utility's power and expanding its renewable energy portfolio, which is expected to make up more than half its power by 2024. The company plans to build 12 new wind farms across seven states. Xcel aims to retire 23 coal units -- about half its capacity -- between 2005 and 2027. (Source: Xcel, WRAL, 29 Mar., 2019)Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

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    Panasonic Belgium, Japan Plants Reach Zero Carbon Status (Int'l)
    Panasonic
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Panasonic Group reported last week that two of its factories -- Panasonic Energy Belgium (PECBE) and Panasonic Eco Technology Center (PETEC) in Japan, simultaneously reached zero-carbon production status in February, 2019. The company is aiming for carbon-neutrality across all of its of its production facities worldwide by 2050.

    Carbon emissions reductions at the two plants were achieved by installing onsite wind turbines, switching to 100 pct procured renewable energy, using carbon offsets that comply with Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) and switching its boilers to energy-saving models. (Source: Panasonic, edie.met, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: Panasonic Energy Belgium, +32 13 61 05 11, www.panasonic-batteries.com/en/about-panasonic-energy-belgium

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    IEA Web Portal Provides Bldg Efficiency Solutions (New Prod & Tech)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2019-02-27
    The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting a new web portal to make innovative technical and market information available to energy and construction professionals. The portal provides actionable insights to policymakers, companies, investors and others to accelerate progress towards cleaner energy.

    The portal takes advantage of the IEA's expertise in tracking energy innovation -- from data on research, development and demonstration (RD&D) to analysis on public and private investment trends; from detailed technology roadmaps to timely commentaries; and from identifying "innovation gaps" to our global technology collaboration network.

    The technologies covered are grouped under power, buildings, transport, industry and energy integration. The content reveals the IEA's estimates of the market readiness of each one in terms of their ability to support the zero-carbon energy revolution.

    Access the portal HERE (Source: IEA, Fiftth Estate Australia, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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    Friends of the Earth Ireland Wants Carbon Tax Increase (Int'l)
    Friends of the Earth
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Dublin, Friends of the Earth Ireland has called on the Government to include the carbon tax in a series of decarbonisation measures rather than increasing it as a stand-alone policy. It is also urging the Government to take the lead on cutting emissions and making less polluting choices affordable and accessible for people.

    FoE has outlined 12 measures it said would enable a just transition to a zero-carbon future. The measures include: Special Saving Incentive Account-style schemes for insulating homes; solar panels for every school and feed-in tariff payments for solar power supplied to the grid; low or zero fares for buses, trams and trains; new investments in public transport; and a carbon tax refund scheme where the increase in the carbon tax would be returned to the tax payer. The group is also calling for a €20 increase in the carbon tax from January 1st 2020, and a €5 increase per year thereafter. (Source: Friends of the Earth,PR, Irish Times, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Friends of the Earth Ireland, Oisin Coghlan, Dir., +353 1 639 4652, www.foe.ie

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    CA Gov. Inks 2045 Zero-Carbon Electricity Bill SB100 (Reg & Leg)
    California SB100
    Date: 2018-09-12
    In Sacramento, California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's office reports the governor has signed bill SB100 mandating the Golden State's zero-carbon electricity by 2045 target into law. SB100 pushes California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 50 pct by 2025 and 60 pct by 2030 with a zero-carbon electricity grid in place by 2045.

    At the signing, Governor Brown noted, "To get to 100 pct clean energy in a manner that ensures reliability and reduces cost, we must use a variety of strategies -- energy storage, increased efficiency and adjusting energy use to the time of day when we have most power will all help with the transition." (Source: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, Various Media, Energy Storage, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gov. Jerry Brown,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  SM100,  


    Toyota NZ Pledges Continued Drop in Carbon Emissions (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-09-05
    Palmerston North-headquartered Toyota New Zealand reports it is pushing towards a zero-carbon future.

    According to the company's NZ CEO Alistair Davis, Toyota has a long-term plan by 2050 to reduce emissions from its fleet and activities worldwide by 90 pct. Davis also noted that:

  • The high proportion of renewable electricity in New Zealand means the conversion of the national fleet to electric and hybrid vehicles will play a crucial role in meeting the commitment of the transport and motor industry to reducing CO2 emissions;
  • One way to encourage suppliers and consumers to move toward lower-emission vehicles would be a "feebate" scheme that charges high emission vehicles and rewards low emissions. This could be complemented by a maximum age for imported vehicles, as the older the vehicle, the more emissions it typically produces;
  • However, road taxing will be necessary for the future to compensate for the fall in fuel tax revenue to maintain and build new roads for the growing population;
  • New Zealand also needs to encourage a greater scrappage rate of old vehicles which produce more emissions, as the rate has dropped with their greater reliability. (Source: Toyota, NZ Autocar, Sept., 2018) Contact: Toyota New Zealand, Alistair Davis, CEO, +64 800 869 682, www.toyota.co.nz

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  • Northeast 80X50 Pathway to Slash Emissions Unveiled (Ind. Report)
    National Grid,Siemens Power Technology International
    Date: 2018-07-13
    National Grid, a major electric and natural gas provider serving more than 20 million people in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, in collaboration with Siemens Power Technology International has unveiled its Northeast 80×50 Pathway plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 pct below 1990 levels by 2050.

    The National Grid plan calls for accelerating decarbonization of the electric sector; electrifying light-duty transportation; and overhauling heating methods through enhanced efficiency, electrification and oil-to-gas conversion, as necessary shifts to reach an interim 40 pct reduction by 2030.

    Zero-carbon electricity currently accounts for more than half of the Northeast's power generation with about 25 pct coming from large-scale hydropower and other renewables.

    In 2015, emissions from power generation were approximately 50 pct below 1990 levels. Overall emissions for the Northeast in 2015 fell 16 pct below 1990 levels. Achieving the 2030 target economically implies significant reduction in the reliance on the most expensive and polluting heating fuels: fuel oil, propane and kerosene. It means that a rapid transition from these fuels to heat electrification is needed, according to the National Grid release. (Source: National Grid, Commercial Property Exec., July, 2018) Contact: National Grid US, Dean Seavers, Pres., www.nationalgridus.com; Siemens Power Technology International, www.energy.siemens.com/ru/ru/energy-topics/smart-grid/services/power-technologies-international.htm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Power Technology International,  National Grid,  


    Waterloo U. Wins Zero-Carbon Green Building Award (Ind. Report)
    Canada GReen Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-20
    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)reports reports Cora Group's "evolv1" project at the University of Waterloo in Ontario has been awarded the the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Award. The Cora Group project is a commercial multi-tenant office building now under construction.

    A project fact sheet notes the building's sustainability elements included: a ventilation system that meets a defined threshold for thermal energy demand intensity; onsite renewable energy systems that provide a minimum of 5 pct of building energy consumption; maximized day-lighting opportunities; the building is oriented to minimize heat gain, using sustainable materials and high-performance building systems; and green roofs on 50 pct of the roofs throughout the campus. The facility achieved LEED Gold certification. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, DCN News services, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

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


    $1bn BEV Fund Supports Energy Storage Startups (Funding)
    Breakthrough Energy Ventures
    Date: 2018-06-15
    Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), the $1 billion fund launched by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma, Mukesh Ambani, and George Soros in 2016 to create new energy technologies and fight climate change, is making its first investment. Focusing on the area of energy storage, the fund is investing in two startups: Form Energy Inc.and Quidnet Energy.

    BEV will invest $6.4 million along with Evok Innovations in Quidnet Energy and $9 million along with Prelude Ventures in Form Energy. Both startups are developing new technologies to store power.

    Quidnet is developing pumped hydro into underground shale rock wells. Form Energy is developing batteries that can store large amounts of energy for extended time periods and overcome the limitations of lithium-ion batteries that can only store energy for short periods.

    BEV is "risk-tolerant" and will only invest companies that are capable of cutting global carbon emissions by 500 million metric tons annually. The fund aims aims to focus on grid-scale energy storage, zero-carbon liquid fuels, low-carbon building materials, and geothermal energy. (Source: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, PR, NewsBytes, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, www.b-t.energy/ventures; Form Energy Inc., https://www.linkedin.com/company/form-energy; Quidnet Energy, www.quidnetenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Form Energy,  


    World Green Building Council Launches Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Challenge (Ind. Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-13
    The World Green Building Council (WGBC) is reporting the issuance of The Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment challenge to the global building sector calling for the elimination of carbon emissions from building use by 2030.

    Participating companies will track, verify and report publicly on their buildings' energy and carbon metrics and encourage their supply chains and partners to make a similar commitment to reach net zero by 2030. The challenge comes on top of the WGBC's Advancing Net Zero program to promote and support the target that all buildings be net zero by 2050.

    The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment was developed in partnership with a wide stakeholder group including The Climate Group and C40. It forms part of EP100, a global corporate leadership initiative for energy-smart companies, delivered by The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy.

    Challenge details are at From Thousands To Billions: Coordinated Action Towards 100 pct Net-Zero Carbon Buildings By 2050 REPORT. (Source: World Green Building Council, The Fifth Estate, June, 2018)Contact: World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO, www.worldgbc.org

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    Methanol Endorsed as Sustainable Marine Fuel (Int'l Report)
    SUMMETH
    Date: 2018-06-01
    The Sustainable Marine Methanol (SUMMETH) research project is reporting that methanol offers immediate environmental benefits and a zero-carbon pathway and that there are no obstacles to the efficient use of methanol in converted diesel engines of small maritime ferries and coastal craft. The SUMMETH research switching to methanol would offer close to zero SOx and particulate matter emissions and significantly lower NOx emissions compared to conventional marine fuels or biodiesel.

    SUMMETH also concluded that there are no barriers to bunkering the ferries, since this is already carried out by truck and could easily be switched from diesel to methanol, enabling the ferry operator to immediately reduce particulate emissions and progressively reduce carbon emissions as renewable methanol becomes available.

    The SUMMETH research programme was conducted by SSPA, ScandiNAOS, Marine Benchmark, Lund University, the Swedish Transport Administration Road Ferries, Scania, SMTF and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland with the support from the MARTEC II network and co-funding by the Swedish Maritime Administration, Region Vastra Gotaland, Oiltanking and the Methanol Institute. (Source: SUMMETH, Bunkering, May, 2018) Contact: SUMMETH, +46 31 772 90 66, www.summeth.marinemethanol.com/?page=home; Swedish Maritime Administration, www.sjofartsverket.se/en; VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, www.vttresearch.com

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    Landfill Energy Expert to Lead Fortistar RNG Development Strategy (Ind. Report)
    Fortistar, LLC
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In the Empire State, White Plains-based Fortistar, LLC, a sustainability-focused private company helping to facilitate the transition to a zero-carbon economy, is reporting David Unger, former Director of Renewable Energy at Waste Management, has joined Fortistar as the Senior VP responsible for developing renewable natural gas (RNG) projects.

    RNG is carbon-neutral and chemically identical to geological natural gas, and can be used as a transportation fuel in natural gas vehicles and trucks.

    Fortistar is an opportunity-oriented, private investment and energy asset management firm focused on lower carbon energy operations, financing and development. Fortistar owns and operates lower carbon energy generating companies in the US and Canada that support the transition to a low carbon economy. These companies include cogeneration facilities; waste-heat recovery power plants; compressed natural gas fueling stations; landfill power plants; projects that reduce carbon in industrial facilities, and biomass facilities. Our portfolio of associated companies includes Generational Power, TruStar Energy, Primary Energy, Fortistar Methane Group, Fortistar Biomass Group, Carbonfree Chemicals, accoreding to Fortistar. (Source: Fortistar, PR, Citzens Tribune, 14 May, 2018) Contact: Fortistar, Mark Comora, Pres., (914) 421-4900, info@fortistar.com, www.fortistar.com

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    UK Construction Ind. Calls for Zero-Carbon Buildings by 2030 (Int'l)
    UK Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-03-28
    In the UK, over 50 business leaders have called on the government to set much stricter energy efficiency targets to help reduce carbon emissions and drive investment in the construction industry.

    According to the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), there is wide consensus on the role the built environment plays in the UK's carbon emissions and the UKGBC is looking to Government to provide policy certainty in order to drive investment and innovation.

    Download the building industry group letter HERE. (Source: Europe Carbon Reduction, UK GBC, Climate Action Program, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: UKGBC, Julie Hirigoyen , CEO, +44 (0) 20 7550 0625, info@ukgbc.org, www.ukgbc.org

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    Decarbonising Maritime Transport: Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    International Transport Forum
    Date: 2018-03-28
    Decarbonising Maritime Transport: Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035 , the International Transport Forum (ITF) identifies In the recently releasedfour potential decarbonization pathways for shipping that, it says, would result in a CO2 emission reduction of between 82 pct and 95 pct of the currently projected 2035 level. Remaining CO2 emissions would be between 44 and 156 million tonnes in 2035, according to the report.

    ITF has proposed three key recommendations: the setting of a clear, ambitious emissions-reduction target to drive decarbonization of maritime transport; supporting the realization of emissions-reduction targets with a comprehensive set of policy measure; and providing smart financial incentives to advance the decarbonization of maritime shipping.

    Download the full report HERE. (Source: International Transport Forum, Bunkerspot, Mar., 2018) Contact: International Transport Forum, www.itf-oecd.org

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    Golden Renewable Energy Raises Growth Capital from Fortistar
    Golden Renewable Energy,Fortistar
    Date: 2018-01-30
    YONKERS, N.Y.--(Business Wire)--Golden Renewable Energy, LLC (“GRE”), a market leading provider of waste plastic to energy technology, today announced that it has raised growth capital from Fortistar Capital, LLC (“Fortistar”), which invests in sustainability-focused and innovative energy sources that are helping to facilitate U.S. decarbonization efforts, to transition the United States to a zero-carbon economy Renewable Fuel Production Units (RFP), and in developing projects that incorporate its proprietary technology to provide environmentally sound solutions for the disposing of waste plastic.

    GRE’s modular and saleable Renewable Fuel Production (RFP) Unit is a continuous feed system that uses pyrolysis to convert residential, commercial and industrial waste plastics into GRE Renewable Diesel, which is comparable to ASTMD 396. Modular and conveniently compact in size, GRE’s RFP Units and their proprietary, patented process allow the pyrolysis conversion to take place efficiently, economically and in an environmentally responsible way. (Source: Golden Renewable Energy, PR, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: GRE, Nicholas T. Canosa, Pres., CEO, www.goldenrenewable.com Fortistar, www.fortistar.com

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    SUNY Announces 100 pct Renewables, Energy Storage Plan (Ind. Report)
    SUNY
    Date: 2018-01-24
    In a recent address, State University of New York system (SUNY, Chancellor Kristina Johnson announced a plan to source 100 pct of the electricity for its 2,346 buildings across its 64 campuses from zero-net-carbon, energy storage and renewable energy sources. Additionally, all new buildings will be designed for zero-net-carbon emissions.

    In 2017, SUNY spent $189 million on energy. SUNY estimates the switch to 100 pct renewable enrgy will reduce the system's carbon footprint by 400,000 tons of C02 equivalents per year. Making investments in renewable energy and storage, aligned with the recent initiative Governor Cuomo announced to install energy stored regionally in order to increase the resiliencies of our communities in case of a natural, or man-made disaster. (Source: SUNY, WAMC, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: SUNY, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, www.suny.edu/about/leadership/chancellor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero-Carbon Building,  SUNY,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  


    London Environment Strategy calls for Zero Carbon by 2050 (Int'l)
    London
    Date: 2017-10-11
    London Mayor Sadiq Khan's office has released a draft of the London Environment Strategy outlining the city's strategy to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The city's plan is backed by serious science and stakeholder consensus, according to the Mayor's office.

    The city's air quality strategy calls for Londoners to make 80 pct of their trips on foot, by bicycle or public transport and all taxis and cars-for-hire to be zero emission vehicles by 2033, buses by 2037, all new road vehicles by 2040, and the entire transportation system will be zero emission by 2050. As part of its strategy, London also plans to develop a resilient, low- or zero-carbon energy infrastructure that allows the city to generate more of its own energy.

    London has also joined the BreatheLife network , making it the world's first mega-city to commit to reaching the World Health Organization's air quality guidelines. (Source: Times of India, UNI, Oct., 2017) Contact: London Mayor Sadiq Khan, www.london.gov.uk/people/mayoral/sadiq-khan

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    New UK Lab Investigating Zero-Carbon Energy Solutions (Int'l)
    Northern Gas Networks
    Date: 2017-09-11
    In the UK, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), in partnership with Northern Powergrid and Newcastle University is reporting the launch of "Integrel", a new £30 million green energy R&D facility in Gateshead. The facility, which bills itself as the UK's first test centre for integrated energy system technology, will carry out research into battery energy storage, the use of hydrogen as an energy source and new ways of reducing the carbon output of energy storage and transport.

    The project is part of NGN's bid to develop a zero-carbon energy network in order to save its customers money and reduce reliance on coal, natural gas, and petroleum. (Source: Northern Gas Network, Telegraph, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: NGN Mark Horsley, CEO, +44 (0) 113 322 7950, www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk

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    CaGBC Launching Green Building Standards Organization (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council,Green Business Certification
    Date: 2017-08-30
    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) reports it has created a joint venture with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) to create Green Business Certification Inc. Canada, a new organization that will focus solely on project certification and professional credentialing of green buildings and businesses. New standards and certifications that GBCI Canada will oversee include a zero-carbon building standard which will be introduced in September.

    The new program will be in charge of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system for improving the efficiency of water and energy use in buildings. LEED certification was previously offered through CaGBC. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, Business Vancouver, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org; Green Business Certification Inc., www.gbta.org

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    From Thousands to Billions -- Coordinated Action towards 100 pct Net Zero Carbon Buildings By 2050 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-06-12
    The World Green Building Council (WGBC) has warned that every building on the planet must achieve net-zero carbon by 2050 to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius, the limit enshrined in the Paris Agreement.

    The building sector -- responsible for 30 pct of global emissions, roughly equivalent to that of China -- has a tough challenge ahead to meet the Paris Agreement targets, according to the WGBC. Presently, there are only 500 net-zero commercial buildings and 2,000 net-zero homes around the globe.

    The report lays out specific actions that the private sector, governments and NGOs can take to ensure all new buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030 and that all existing buildings are renovated to operate at net-zero carbon by 2050.

    The full report can be accessed HERE. (Source: World Green Building Council, 7 June, 2017) Contact: World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO, www.worldgbc.org

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    World GBC Calls for 100 pct Net-Zero Carbon Buildings by 2050 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-06-05
    New research from the World Green Building Council (WGBC) is calling for all new buildings to operate at net-zero carbon from 2030 and 100 pct of existing buildings to operate at net-zero carbon by 2050.

    According to the WGBC, the construction sector needs a "dramatic" shift towards a zero-carbon built environment to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and to avoid the need for future major retrofits and to prevent the lock-in of carbon emitting systems for decades to come.

    Access the full From Thousands to Billions -- Coordinated Action towards 100 pct Net Zero Carbon Buildings by 2050 report HERE. (Source: World Green Building Council, May, 2017) Contact: WGBC, www.worldgbc.org

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    CaGBC Touts Zero-Carbon Building Standard (Ind. Report Attached)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-05-31
    In Vancouver, the Canada Green Building Council has released the country's first Zero Carbon Building Standard -- "the next evolution of green building."

    The standard is designed to be broadly applicable for new and existing buildings and is the first program of its kind to make carbon reduction the key indicator for building performance.

    A zero carbon building (ZCB) is "one that is highly energy efficient and produces onsite, or procures, carbon-free renewable energy in an amount sufficient to offset the " New buildings seeking Zero Carbon Building Design certification must model a zero carbon balance, have highly efficient envelope and ventilation systems to meet thermal energy demand intensity targets (TEDI), and produce at least 5 pct of their power requirements on-site via renewable energy systems, among other requirements. Existing buildings seeking Zero Carbon Building - Performance designation must meet most of the same demands as the new buildings, but are exempt from needing to produce on-site renewable energy or achieve the TEDI targets.

    Designations for new, older buildings HERE. (Source: CaGBC, Renx.ca, 30 May, 2017)Contact: CaGBC, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org.

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    CaGBC Launches Zero-Carbon Buildings Standard (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-05-08
    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) reports it will unveil its Zero Carbon Buildings Standard at its Build Lasting Change Conference May 31-June 1 in Vancouver.

    To create the standard, CaGBC consulted with more than 50 stakeholders from government to academia to utilities, plus 40 institutions. They also researched North American and international programs designed to reduce the environmental impact of buildings, from construction to operations through the full life cycle.

    Access the CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative For Commercial, Institutional and Multi-Family Buildings in Canada HERE. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, April, 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org

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