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Titan LNG Supplying Marine bio-LNG in Mediterranean (Int'l.)
Titan LNG
Date: 2022-01-17
Amsterdam-headquartered Titan LNG reports it will deliver LNG and bio-LNG for Corsica Linea's new Ro-Pax LNG-fueled ferry, the A Galeotta, in the Port of Marseilles. The delivery is an expansion of Titan's operations into the Mediterranean and will enhance the availability of LNG, bio-LNG and in the long-term, hydrogen-derived LNG, in the region.

Titan will start with truck-to-ship operations until the 4,500 cubic-metre LNG-powered bunker vessel The Krios arrives to supply the wider Mediterranean region with lower and zero-carbon variations of LNG, such as bio-LNG and hydrogen-derived LNG as drop-in marine fuels. (Source: Titan LNG, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Titan LNG, Niels den Nijs, CEO +31 20 722 0724, www.titanlng.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  Bio-LNG,  Maine Biofuel,  Maritime Biofuel,  


China Pursuing Multi-Level Low-Carbon Effort (Int'l. Report)
China
Date: 2021-12-29
In Beijing, the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is reporting China's commitment to peak its carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 is both national and regional in character.

The Ministry notes various levels of government are adopting low-carbon policies for green zero-carbon and zero-emission clean energy heating, increased energy efficiency, decreased use of fossil fuels and increased use of renewable energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS), green and low-carbon logistics and infrastructure and other initiatives tailored to local conditions and industries which are exploring their own green development paths to achieve climate goals. (Source: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Xinhua, 29 Dec., 2021) Contact: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, http://english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/08/23/content_281474983035940.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  CO2,  


Blue Biofuels Touts King Grass Biofuels Feedstock (Ind. Report)
Blue Biofuels, USDA ARS
Date: 2021-12-17
Palm Beach Gardens , Florida-based Blue Biofuels (BIOF) and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) are reporting a collaboration on optimizing the yields of King Grass, a perennial grass biomass crop, that the Company is growing and using as feedstock for its patented "mechanocatalytic cellulose-to-sugar" (CTS) process at its research facility in Arcadia, Florida.

Blue Biofuels' CTS technology is a near-zero-carbon footprint system that can convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin. Sugars are subsequently processed into biofuels. Lignin may be further converted into biodegradable bioplastics or used in ion exchange resins.

Blue Biofuels believes that biofuel originating from its CTS process will be eligible for roughly $3 per gallon in D3 cellulosic Renewable Fuel Credits (RINs) , an incentive offered to all domestic cellulosic transportation fuel producers.

The EPA's newly proposed revised mandate for cellulosic ethanol for 2020 is 510 million gallons, for 2021 is 620 million gallons, and for 2022 is 770 million gallons. (Source: USADA, Blue Biofuels, Green Car Congress, Dec., 2021) Contact: Blue Biofuels, Ben Slager, 561-359-8222, www.bluebiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News King Grass,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Blue Biofuels,  USDA ARS,  


Cal. PUC Proposes Residential Solar Incentive Cuts (Ind. Report)
California Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2021-12-15
In Sacramento, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is reported to have proposed changes to the state's 1995 vintage net metering program.The proposed changes would reduce the discounts homeowners with rooftop solar and storage systems get on their electric bills when they sell extra energy back to the grid.

The state's power companies contend the savings solar customers get from the current incentives are so high that they are no longer paying their fair share for the operation of the overall energy grid. On the other hand, the solar industry counters that the changes will make it harder for the state to achieve its target of generating 100 pct of retail electricity from renewable or zero-carbon sources by 2045.

The Golden State presently has roughly 1.3 million residential solar systems -- a growing number since 2020 legislation requiring all new construction to have solar panels. Regulators also propose creating a $600 million fund to help low income households afford solar and storage. A five-member commission will vote on the final PUC reform proposal, likely in January. (Source: (Source: California Public Utilities Commission, Website Release, Titusville Herald News, AP, 13 Dec., 2021) Contact: California Public Utilities Commission, www.cpuc.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Public Utilities Commission,  Solar Incentive,  Rooftop Solar,  Solar+Storage ,  


RMI Report Touts Landfill Solar Potential (Report Attached)
Rocky Mountain Institute
Date: 2021-12-08
Some cities, counties and states across America have started converting closed landfills into solar sites to generate clean energy and transform their communities. The new report reveals that the potential for this practice is relatively untapped and could help boost the energy transition around the country. There are over 10,000 closed landfills in the United States. The Future of Landfills Is Bright estimates that 4,312 of these sites alone -- those for which adequate data is available -- could host at least 63 GW of solar capacity, or the equivalent of 70 pct of total installed US solar capacity through 2020. If this potential was fully realized, landfill solar installations could produce 83 TWh per year of clean electricity -- sufficient to power 7.8 million homes. The report also examines other benefits landfill solar can provide communities.

Currently, landfill solar projects are geographically concentrated in the northeast United States, with almost 75 pct of operating projects located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. But landfills are everywhere and there is a significant opportunity for cities, counties, and states around the country to expand adoption of this practice and generate multiple benefits for their communities.

The Future of Landfills Is Bright report outlines how states and local governments can jump-start landfill solar development by building on previous policies, incentives and best practices from governments that have led the way on landfill solar development.

Download the report, visit: HERE .

RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5 degrees C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future. RMI works in the world's most critical geographies and engages businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030, according to the RMI website. (Source: RMI, Website, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: RMI. Nick Steel, PR, 347-574-0887, nsteel@rmi.org, www.rmi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Institute,  Solar,  Landfill Solar,  


Inslee-Led Coalition Commits to Cut Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2021-11-08
A coalition of 68 U.S. state, regional and city governments led by Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D) reports it has affirmed their urgent commitment to addressing the climate crisis by signing a range of emissions-slashing actions ahead of 2030.

To that end, Inslee announced an executive order to fully electrify Washington state's public fleets and transition to a 100 pct zero-emission light duty fleet by 2035, as well as 100 pct zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty state fleets by 2040. Additionally , all new car sales must be zero-emission vehicles beginning 2035 and 100 pct zero-carbon energy by 2045, as well as ensuring 100 pct net zero operating emissions from new building construction from 2030. Other commitments include conserving at least 30 pct of land and coastal waters by 2030 and ensuring that at least 40 pct of expenditures benefit overburdened communities and vulnerable populations.

In the release Inslee noted, "We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to effectively mitigate climate change. The actions we take in the next five years will determine the fate of our species. I'm proud to stand with this global coalition of governors and mayors to go beyond pledges. Together, we are charting a path to make tangible, meaningful progress to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and get to net-zero by 2050. Now is the time for leaders to buckle down and get it done." (Source: Office of Gov. Jay Inslee, Nov., 2021) Contact: Office of Gov. Jay Inslee, 360.902.4111, www.governor.wa.gov

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


Ameresco, Trent Univ. Renew Energy Efficiency EPC (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2021-10-25
Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting it will partner with Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario , on an energy performance contract (EPC) for various energy efficiency upgrades including the installation of a 2.5MW/5 MWh battery energy storage system BESS, the replacement of aging switchgear components and the implementation of a carport canopy photo-voltaic (PV) and electric vehicle (EV) charging station. The PV and EV charging station will complement the newly installed BESS and reduce the University's greenhouse gas emissions.

The University’s renewed EPC with Ameresco builds on previous energy saving projects such as converting the campus lighting to LEDs, implementing smart ventilation systems and using solar energy to power the university's new zero-carbon Forensics Crime Scene Facility. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, 19 Oct., 2021)Contact: Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, www.ameresco.com , www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amersco,  Energy Efficiency,  


CC&L Infra., HyStor Partner on Green Hydrogen Projects (Ind. Report)
CC&L Infrastructure, HyStor Energy
Date: 2021-10-22
Toronto, Ontario-headquartered Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure (CC&L Infrastructure) is reporting a strategic partnership with HyStor Energy LP which will develop, commercialize and operate green hydrogen production, storage, and distribution at scale projects in the U.S. -- including the on-site production, storage, and delivery of green hydrogen as both a zero-carbon fuel and a means of storing and producing electricity.

HyStor Energy is already permitted for hydrogen storage at multiple U.S. Gulf Coast locations which together will form the backbone of a regional hub. This hydrogen hub will have co-located production, transmission, pipeline, rail and other infrastructure, linking these components to add value while driving economies of scale and attracting end-users. The hub is also expected to attract intellectual capital, spur innovation, create jobs and stimulate the local economy as well as deliver a major source of safe, reliable and 100 pct carbon-free energy, according to the release.

CC&L Infrastructure is an active investor and owner of renewable energy assets with a portfolio of more than 60 hydro, solar, and wind facilities totaling 1.4 GW capacity globally. (Source: CC&L Infrastructure, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: CC&L Infrastructure, Matt O’Brien, CEO, Kaitlin Blainey, VP, (416) 216-8047, kblainey@cclgroup.com, www.cclgroup.com; Hystorenergy, (888) 542-6074, info@hystorenergy.com, www.hystorenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CC&L Infrastructure,  HyStor Energy,  Green Hydrogen ,  


INEOS Announces €2Bn Green Hydrogen Investment (Int'l.)
INEOS,INOVYN
Date: 2021-10-20
London-headquartered INEOS Group reports it will invest more than €2 billion into electrolysis projects to make zero carbon, green hydrogen across Europe. Its first plants will be built in Norway, Germany, Belgium with investment also planned in the UK and France over a ten year period.

The first unit to be built will be a 20MW electrolyser to produce clean hydrogen through the electrolysis of water, powered by zero-carbon electricity in Norway. This project will lead to a minimum reduction of an estimated 22,000 tpy of CO2. In Germany INEOS plans to build a larger scale 100MW electrolyser to produce green hydrogen at its Koln site, will result in a reduction of carbon emissions of over 120,000 tpy. It will also open opportunities to develop E-Fuels through Power-to-Methanol applications on an industrial scale.

INEOS, through its London-based subsidiary INOVYN, is Europe's largest existing operator of electrolysis for green hydrogen production and has extensive experience in the storage and handling of hydrogen, according to the release. (Source: INEOS, Website PR, 18 Oct., 2021) Contact: INEOS, www.ineos.com; INOVYN, Wouter Bleukx, Hydrogen Business Manager, www.inovyn.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  INEOS,  INOVYN,  


FDA Calls for End of Forest Biomass Fired Power Production (Int'l.)
Forest Defenders Alliance
Date: 2021-10-15
The Forest Defenders Alliance (FDA), an alliance of over 100 NGOs, is calling on the European Union to end the burning of forest biomass as renewable energy. The FDA initiative wants Brussels to protect forests, rather than encourage more logging in order to produce biomass fuel that is burned in power plants.

The EU counts biomass fuel as a zero-carbon renewable energy, but environmentalists want it to be excluded from this criteria due to the fact that burning wood emits more carbon pollution than burning coal and regrowing trees, which NGOs say takes decades to centuries to offset the pollution.

The FDA is supported by the European Climate Foundation, the Ceres Trust, the Tortuga Foundation, and the Packard Foundation, and Fred Stanback. (Source: Forest Defenders Alliance, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Forest Defenders Alliance, www. forestdefenders.eu, twitter.com/ForestDefence

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


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

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

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


RMI Maps Pathway to Zero-Carbon Steel (Ind. Report Attached)
Rocky Mountain Institute
Date: 2021-10-04
In Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI} has released its latest report, Pursuing Zero-Carbon Steel in China: A Critical Pillar to Reach Carbon Neutrality, analyzing a specific path for the country's steel industry to reach zero-carbon by 2050.

China produces and consumes more than half of the world's steel, accounting for about 17 pct of the country's carbon emissions -- the country's second largest carbon emitting sector.

The report makes a preliminary analysis of the energy consumption structure of China's steel industry and estimates that under the zero-carbon scenario, China's steel demand will accelerate to peak and decline rapidly, and the product structure, energy consumption structure, and production process will undergo great changes. The report maps out the following three steps for the industry's decarbonization:

  • Demand reduction -- Under the zero-carbon scenario, China's steel production will peak in 2024 and decline to 621 million tons per year in 2050 -- 40 pc lower than the 2020 level.

  • Steel recycling -- China's secondary steel production will change from a supporting role to a mainstay, accounting for up to 60 pct of total steel production by 2050.

  • Switching to low-carbon alternatives -- Hydrogen direct reduced iron, smelting reduction with coal or hydrogen, and carbon capture and storage will all be important green steel-making routes to China. These methods will produce 250 million tons in total by 2050, resulting in a significant decrease in fossil-fuel-based steel production, from 90 to 20 pct, according to the report.

    Access the full report HERE. (Source: RM, Website Release, Sept., 2021) Contact: Rocky Mountain Institute, 970.927.3851 / Fax: 970.927.3420, www.rmi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  Rocky Mountain Institute,  


  • ESN Calls for Increased UK Energy Storage Incentives (Int'l. Report)
    Electricity Storage Network
    Date: 2021-09-22
    In the UK, the Exeter-based Electricity Storage Network (ESN) is calling for the Government, Ofgem and the grid operator to develop short and long-term incentives for investment in energy storage and encourage zero-carbon storage solutions to take over from gas. The association is also proposing market changes and development of a "much smarter and more flexible electricity system" that can match supply and demand more effectively.

    ESN noted that over the past few years, companies have installed over 1GW of batteries on the UK's electricity system, increasing storage capacity by a third .

    ESN was established in 2008 as the UK industry group dedicated to electricity storage. It includes a broad range of electricity storage technologies and members, such as electricity storage manufacturers and suppliers, project developers, users, electricity network operators, consultants, academic institutions, and research organization according to the organization's website. (Source: Electricity Storage Network, Website, PR, renews, 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: Electricity Storage Network, +44 0 1392 494 399, hstanley@regen.co.uk, www.regen.co.uk/the-electricity-storage-network

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electricity Storage Network,  Energy Storage,  Ofgem,  


    Hydrogen Aviation Fuel Center Slated for WA State (Alt. Fuel)
    Universal Hydrogen, Plug Power
    Date: 2021-08-06
    In Seattle, Universal Hydrogen, magniX, Plug Power and AeroTEC have announced the creation of a Hydrogen Aviation Test and Service Center at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington.

    The center will focus on the test flight and certification of Universal Hydrogen's retrofit conversion of a Dash-8 regional turboprop aircraft, scheduled for entry into commercial service in 2025. The Dash-8 conversion will be the first commercially-relevant hydrogen-powered aircraft on routes up to 1,000 kilometers.

    According to the release, early adopters of the zero-carbon emission technology include Ravn Alaska, Icelandair, and Spain's Air Nostrum, which have entered into letters of intent with Universal Hydrogen to convert their existing and future fleets to a hydrogen powertrain and for long-term hydrogen fuel supply contracts using Universal Hydrogen's modular capsule distribution network.

    The hydrogen powertrain comprises electric propulsion units (EPUs) from Everett, Washington-based magniX and fuel cells from Plug Power. Seattle-based AeroTEC will lead aircraft conversion, flight test, and certification activities, drawing on its own extensive experience with electric aviation and expertise from across the aerospace sector. The conversion work for U.S.-based airlines, flight test, as well as continuing airworthiness support would be based in AeroTEC's Moses Lake facility.

    To accelerate market adoption, Universal Hydrogen is also developing a conversion kit to retrofit existing regional airplanes with a hydrogen-electric powertrain compatible with its modular capsule technology. (Source: Universal Hydrogen, PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Plug Power, Andy Marsh, CEO, investors@plugpower.com, www.plugpower.com/hydrogen/genfuel; Universal Hydrogen, Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO, investors@hydrogen.aero, www.hydrogen.aero; AeroTEC, www.aerotec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Universal Hydrogen,  Hydrogen Fuel,  Aviation Fuel,  Plug Power,  


    Shell, MSC Partner on Low-Carbon Maritime Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
    MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,Shell
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Swiss-headquartered MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) reports it is partnering with Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd to develop and deploy "net-zero solutions" such as zero-emission alternative fuels and the technologies that will enable them with the ambition of contributing towards a "zero-carbon flexi-fuel concept vessel" to help the shipping sector's energy transition towards decarbonization.

    As previously reported, the two firms have worked together over the last 10 years on projects, including bunkering biofuels and ultra-low sulfur fuels, and envisage a range of net-zero fuel solutions such as hydrogen-derived fuels and the use of methanol as a marine fuel. The companies have also been exploring the potential benefits of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to bio-LNG or synthetic variants. (Source: Shell Marine, PR, gCaptain. 16 July, 2021) Contact: Shell Marine, Melissa Williams, President, www.shell.com/business-customers/marine.html; MCG Group, Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, +41 79 885 76 70, www.mcggroup.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,  Shell,  CCS,  


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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets initiative ,  Carbon Emissions,  GHG,  


    B&W, NREL Ink Renewable Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Babcock & Wilcox
    Date: 2021-07-12
    Akron, Ohio-headquartered Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) and the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are reporting an Intellectual Property Option Agreement that gives B&W field-limited exclusive rights to negotiate a licensing agreement that would allow B&W to market an advanced, particle-based thermal energy storage technology currently in development.

    B&W is part of NREL's "Duration Addition to electricitY Storage" (DAYS) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) team, which is developing an innovative electric particle heater, pressurized fluidized-bed heat exchanger, a long-term thermal energy storage system that stores energy up to 100 hours, and other technologies to allow power producers to store solar or wind energy to generate grid-scale power..

    "B&W's fluidized-bed heat exchanger will be able to generate up to 135 MW of power for up to 100 hours from stored clean thermal energy with zero CO2 emissions. By facilitating long-term storage of zero-carbon, renewable energy, this technology enables power producers to deliver power to the grid 24-hours a day, including during periods of peak demand, or when solar or wind are not optimal conditions," according to the B&W release.

    B&W and NREL are also in discussions to develop a prototype heat exchanger that can be scaled-up for a pilot demonstration as part of NREL's Economic Long-Duration Electricity Storage Using Low-Cost Thermal Energy Storage and a High-Efficiency Power Cycle (ENDURING) project. (Source: Babcock & Wilcox, PR, 12 July, 2021) Contact: Babcock & Wilcox, Ken Young, CEO, www.babcock.com; NREL, (303) 275-4051,www.nrel.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Babcock & Wilcox,  NREL,  Renewable Energy,  Energy STorage,  


    Albany Hosts World's First Triple Net-Zero Building (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-06-16
    In the Empire State, The Seventy-Six, a new housing development in the state capitol city of Albany is expected to be the first triple net-zero project -- energy, water, waste -- of its kind.

    The $250 million project is being developed by NYC-based Garrison Architects and will provide 242 units across 450,000 square feet. The project has received a Buildings of Excellence award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and a portion of $13 million in funding set aside for low- or zero-carbon multi-family buildings. The buildings sustainability features include:

  • Modular construction;

  • All energy for heating, cooling, lighting, and appliances generated from the state of the art solar, wind, and water installations.

  • Total water consumption will be reduced to zero through modern water collection and filtering technologies, focused on re-use for toilets and irrigation, and zero landfill contribution. Waste will be recycled, composted, and incinerated onsite.

  • Fully integrated green spaces with abundant trees, grass, and ornamental gardens and aquaponics farming that hosts live fish with vegetable gardens and incorporates the Complex's water filtration system into the process.

  • Modern, durable interiors with natural materials, sunlight, and critical ventilation and oversized windows and balconies with planters and irrigation, rooftop garden (green roofs) and others. (Source: South End Development, PR, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: South End Development, The Seventy-Six, www.southenddevelopment.com/the-seventy-six

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  Net-Zero Energy,  


  • Maritime Zero-Emissions Fuels Notable Quotes (Alt. Fuel)
    Ocean Conservancy
    Date: 2021-06-11
    "By 2030, we want ships capable of running on well-to-wake zero-emission fuels -- such as green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol, and advanced biofuels -- to make up at least 5 pct of the global deep-sea fleet measured by fuel consumption." -- US DOE

    "We're going to look to the ocean to continue to help reduce pollution." -- U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry, Apr., 2021

    "We can decarbonize the sector by using zero-carbon fuels like hydrogen and ammonia, instead of dirty fuel oil, to power transoceanic vessels, but the shipping industry has been slow to make to the switch." -- John Lewis, Clean Air Task Force

    In April, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry announced the U.S. will join an international effort to achieve zero emissions by 2050 in the global shipping industry -- which emits 1 billion metric tpy of CO2, according to the Ocean Conservancy. Roughly 90 pct of world trade is transported by sea and accounts for nearly 3 pct of the world's CO2 emissions. (Source: Ocean Conservancy, Various Media, June, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


    Transforming Businesses for a Zero-Carbon World (Brookfield Insight-- Attached)
    Brookfield Renewable
    Date: 2021-05-26
    Brookfield is one of the world's largest investors in renewable power with over 19,000 mw of generating capacity. The company's assets, located in North and South America, Europe, India and China, comprise a diverse technology base of hydro, wind, utility-scale solar, distributed generation, storage and other renewable technologies, according to its website.

    Download the Brookfield Transforming Businesses for a Zero-Carbon World paper HERE. (Source: Brookfield Renewable Energy, Website PR, May, 2021) Contact: Brookfield Renewable Energy, North America Infrastructure, Private Equity & Renewable Power, Claire Holland, 416 369 8236, www.brookfield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewable,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Biden Administration Addresses Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    White House
    Date: 2021-05-24
    In Washington, the Biden administration has announced new federal initiatives and investments in building energy efficiency and electrification in a move to achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 and put the United States on an irreversible path to a net-zero economy by 2050. The White House initiative includes:
  • Launching the low-carbon buildings pilot -- Through the Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Initiative and in coordination with Housing and Urban Development, DOE is announcing the first 55 commercial, industrial, and multifamily organizations to participate in the Low-Carbon Buildings Pilot program, which will share lessons learned for real world pathways to low and no emission buildings.

  • In partnership with the Advanced Water Heating Initiative, DOE is launching a new initiative to increase market adoption of high-efficiency, grid-connected Heat Pump Water Heaters which are two to four times more efficient than conventional water heaters in residential and commercial buildings.

  • New and expanded EPA partnership programs -- EPA is launching new residential and commercial sector partnerships to accelerate efficiency and electrification retrofits with a focus on under served residential households through the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade program, accelerate building electrification through an advanced ENERGY STAR certification for new residential buildings, and recognize commercial buildings through a new zero-carbon commercial building certification. It will also launch a new Greenhouse Gas tool linked to its Portfolio Manager tool.

  • New national research initiative focused on innovating clean and efficient building heating and cooling systems -- DOE will launch the Initiative for Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity (E3 Initiative), putting $10M toward accelerating the research and adoption of heat pump technologies. As part of the E3 Initiative, DOE will launch a Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology Challenge to accelerate the development of high performing cold climate heat pump technologies. Another important component will be new research efforts partnering National Laboratories and manufacturers to accelerate the development of lower to no global warming potential refrigerants that can be quickly commercialized.

  • National grid-interactive efficient buildings roadmap -- DOE is releasing the Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Roadmap with 14 recommendations to better integrate buildings with solar and wind power through smart operation of electricity demand and storage. Smart buildings allow consumers to have more choice over building operations and provide the ability to manage energy loads and reduce energy bills. Over the next two decades, national adoption of GEBs would create savings of $100 -- $200 billion across the electric power system and could decrease emissions in the power sector by 6 pct per year.

  • New Federal Building Performance Standards -- Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is launching an inter-agency Federal sustainability effort with General Serivices Administration (GSA), DOE, and EPA to develop the first-ever building performance standards (BPS) for the federal government. The BPS will establish metrics, targets, and tracking methods to reach federal carbon emissions goals. The performance standards will identify progressive performance milestones as well as the resources that agencies need to meet them.

  • Blueprint to integrate GEB Technologies into Energy Savings Contracts -- GSA is releasing a blueprint to integrate grid-interactive technologies into federal building renovation and improvement projects, particularly using energy savings, and utility energy savings contracts. The blueprint puts practical guidance and tools into the hands of building operators to help them integrate GEB technologies into current and future performance contracts.

  • New ENERGY STAR standards to advance heat pump technology and fast chargers for electric vehicles -- If all heat pumps, central air conditioners, and electric water heaters sold in the U.S. met the new ENERGY STAR standards, the energy cost savings would grow to $11 billion a year, and 255 billion ppy of GHG emissions would be avoided. These new standards will increase American households' and businesses' access to affordable heating, cooling, water heating, and transportation options.

    These actions -- involving the General Services Administration (GSA), Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- focus on key levers available within the administration's existing authority now, without waiting for the anticipated infrastructure package, the release notes. (Source: The White House, PR, 17 May, 2021)

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


  • OECD Progress Towards Zero Carbon Electricity by 2035 (EMBER Study Attached)
    EMBER, OCED
    Date: 2021-05-17
    "For countries eyeing economy-wide carbon neutrality in 2050, zero carbon power in the 2030s is a crucial short-term target. Recent Ember analysis found this timeline was the unspoken consensus behind US, UK and EU emission reduction plans, with power sector decarbonization in the next 10-15 years underpinning longer term goals.

    "The Energy Transitions Commission has called for all 'developed economies' to commit to 2050 economy-wide net-zero and near zero-carbon power sectors by the mid-2030s. 21 of 37 OECD countries have a 2050 net-zero target in place, with some taking steps to set goals around coal phase out or clean power in the next decade and a half. So what progress are OECD countries making towards electricity sector goals that will need to be met in the 2030s on the way to 2050?

    Download the EMBER OECD Progress Towards Zero Carbon Electricity by 2035 report HERE.

    Ember's objective is to accelerate the global electricity transition from coal to clean energy. By gathering, curating and analyzing data on the global power sector and its impact on the climate. We use our data and analysis to: support high impact policies; empower campaign organizations; and shape the global narrative, according to the EMBER website. (Source: EMBER, Website PR, 14 May, 2021) Contact: EMBER, www.ember-climate.org

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    Bloom Energy Deploys First Hydrogen Powered Fuel Cell (Ind. Report)
    Bloom Energy
    Date: 2021-05-12
    California-based Bloom Energy reports it and Seoul, South Korea-headquartered SK Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. have successfully deployed 100 kilowatts of solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) powered solely by hydrogen in Ulsan, South Korea, generating zero-carbon onsite electricity.

    Bloom Energy first announced its initial plans to enter the commercial hydrogen market in July 2020, which includes an intended 1-MW hydrogen-powered Energy Server installation with SK E&C by 2022. Additionally, Bloom Energy intends to supply its solid-oxide electrolyzer cells (SOEC), which are designed to produce green hydrogen via solar and battery, to South Korea in 2022 as part of the RE100 project. The green hydrogen produced by the SOEC, which is created through electrolysis by converting water and renewable electricity into hydrogen without carbon emissions, will be used to power the hydrogen SOFC.

    Hydrogen fuel cells, which convert hydrogen into electricity through a non-combustion electrochemical process, are increasingly recognized as an essential tool for full decarbonization, according to the release. (Source: Bloom Energy, PR, Chemical Eng., 28 Apr., 2021) Contact: Bloom Energy, K R Sridhar, CEO, Peter Gross, VP, (408) 543-1547, www.bloomenergy.com

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    Doosan Expands Green, Blue Hydrogen Production (Int'l. Report)
    Doosan Heavy Industries
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Changwon, South Korea-headquartered Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction reports it plans to produce clean -- "blue and green" --hydrogen, develop a hydrogen gas turbine and expand the company's hydrogen-related equipment business by 2022.

    To that end, Doosan is constructing a hydrogen liquefaction facility at its Changwon plant, which will produce "blue" hydrogen for future supply and utilization.

    "Blue" hydrogen is a low carbon-emitting hydrogen produced by capturing and storing the carbon emissions generated during the production of hydrogen from fossil fuels. Doosan will apply high-efficiency CCUS (carbon capture, utilization and storage) technology to produce blue hydrogen. The production of "green" hydrogen using zero-carbon emission wind power is also well underway on Jeju island. The option of applying small modular reactors (SMRs) to produce clean hydrogen is also being reviewed.

    Doosan has been developing a 100 pct hydrogen-fueled gas turbine combustor for a 5-MW hydrogen gas turbine model with its own technology. The company is also partnering with the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) to develop a hydrogen dual-fuel combustor for a 300-MW hydrogen gas turbine. Doosan has also developed and is preparing to launch a hydrogen storage tank to be used for hydrogen refueling. (Source: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, PR, 7 May, 2021) Contact: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, www.doosanheavy.com/en

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    Driving California's Transportation Emissions to Zero (Report Attached)
    University of California Institute of Transportation Studies
    Date: 2021-04-23
    The attached just released University of California Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) report aims to provide a research-driven analysis of options that can put California on a pathway to achieve carbon-neutral transportation by 2045.

    The report identifies scenarios, assumptions, and related strategies -- including transitioning to zero emission vehicles, accelerating the use of alternative fuel sources, and reducing vehicle miles traveled -- tools, options, tradeoffs and benefits for areas where action can be taken now, as well as where additional actions, targets, policies, research and technology development are needed in the medium and longer term. The policy options outlined in the study, when combined, could lead to a zero-carbon transportation system by 2045, while also improving equity, health, and the economy.

    Download the Driving California's Transportation Emissions to Zero report HERE. (Source: University of California Institute of Transportation Studies, Apr., 2021) Contact: University of California Institute of Transportation Studies, www.ucits.org

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    Fortistar Merger Launches Opal Fuels LLC (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Fortistar, TruStar Energy
    Date: 2021-04-23
    White Plains, N.Y.-based privately owned investment firm Fortistar LLC reports its renewable natural gas (RNG) portfolio company Fortistar Methane Group (FMG) and RNG fuel supply specialist TruStar Energy are merging under Opal Fuels LLC -- a fully-integrated renewable fuels supply company for North America.

    Founded in 1993, Fortistar provides capital to build, grow and manage companies that address complex sustainability challenges. The company utilizes its capital, flexibility and operating expertise to grow high-performing companies, first in power generation and now in mobility, carbon capture, the circular economy and other solutions that drive our transition to a zero-carbon future. As a team, Fortistar has financed over $3.5 billion in capital for companies and projects in the energy, transportation and industrial sectors, according to the company website. (Source: Fortistar, PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: TruStar Energy, Scott Edelbach, COO, www.trustarenergy.com; Fortistar, Mark Comora, CEO, (914) 421-4937, MComora@fortistar.com, www.fortistar.com

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    Major Business Support for Biden Administration's Climate Action Plan (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
    We Mean Business Cooalition
    Date: 2021-04-16
    On Tuesday, in an open letter organized by the We Mean Business coalition to President Biden, 310 businesses and investors with a footprint in the U.S. signed their support for the Biden administration's commitment to climate action and for setting a federal climate target to reduce emissions.

    An excerpt from the letter states, "To restore the standing of the U.S. as a global leader, we need to address the climate crisis at the pace and scale it demands. Specifically, the U.S. must adopt an emissions reduction target that will place the country on a credible pathway to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. We, therefore, call on you to adopt the ambitious and attainable target of cutting GHG emissions by at least 50 pct below 2005 levels by 2030."

    The letter demonstrates the U.S. business and investor communities' strong support for a highly ambitious 2030 emissions reduction target, or Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) pursuant to the Paris Agreement, in pursuit of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. Latest climate modeling shows that at least halving emissions by 2030 is achievable, and provides strong economic benefits. The Biden administration is expected to announce its NDC prior to the Leaders Summit on Climate.

    Business signatories of the letter collectively represent over $3 trillion in annual revenue and employ nearly 6 million U.S. workers across all 50 states. They range in size from small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to large multinational corporations, and represent a number of industries. Investor signatories collectively represent more than $1 trillion in assets under management and include CalSTRS, the New York State Comptroller, the New York City Comptroller and the California State Controller's Office, among others.

    "The U.S. business community is committed to doing its part to reduce emissions because it is good for the economy and helps us build back better. Companies want to work with the Biden administration toward a better future for all," said Maria Mendiluce, CEO of the We Mean Business coalition. "I applaud businesses and investors for raising their voices in support of at least halving U.S. emissions by 2030. This is what the climate crisis requires, and will strengthen the country's competitiveness and create more good jobs"

    "A strong national emissions reduction target is just what we need to catalyze a net-zero emissions future and build back a more equitable and inclusive economy," said Anne Kelly, vice president of government relations at Ceres. "Businesses of all sizes recognize that reducing emissions is vital to keeping the U.S. competitive, and protecting the health and well-being of people and the planet. By setting a strong target, the Biden administration can ensure the U.S. is ready to return to its role as a global climate leader and spur further action from the private sector."

    We Mean Business is a global coalition of nonprofit organizations working with the world's most influential businesses to take action on climate change. The coalition brings together seven organizations: BSR, CDP, Ceres, The B Team, The Climate Group, The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Together we catalyze business action to drive policy ambition and accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

    Business signatories to the letter include Apple; Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc.; BT Americas; Boston Consulting Group; Burton; Coca-Cola; Danone North America; DSM North America; Edison International; Facebook; GAP Inc.; General Electric; Google; H&M; Hewlett Packard Enterprise; HP Inc.; IKEA Retail U.S.; Johnson & Johnson; Kellogg Company; LafargeHolcim; Levi Strauss & Co.; Lyft, Inc.; MARS; Mastercard; McDonald's Corporation; Microsoft; National Grid; New Belgium Brewing; Nestle; Nike; Novozymes North America; Orsted North America; Ralph Lauren Corp.; Schneider Electric; Siemens; Solvay; Starbucks; Tiffany & Co; Unilever; Verizon; VF Corporation; and Walmart, among others. (Source: We Mean Business Coalition, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: We Mean Business Coalition, Maria Mendiluce, CEO, Kristen King, 904-608-1745, kristen@wemeanbusinesscoalition.org, www.wemeanbusinesscoalition.org

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    WBCSD, NBI Ink Net-Zero Buildings MOU (Ind. Report)
    World Business Council for Sustainable Development,New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Reporting from Geneva, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Portland, Oregon-headquartered New Buildings Institute (NBI) are reporting a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) defining how the two organizations will collaborate to advance and promote energy efficiency, enhance resilience and achieve carbon reductions in buildings. This is critically important as buildings account for nearly 40 pct of carbon emissions globally.

    Specifically, WBCSD and NBI are seeking to develop and disseminate effective solutions for full life cycle decarbonization of new and existing buildings and districts. In addition, the collaboration will work to expand the number of businesses and building owners investing in net-zero performance as well as grow capability of the building industry to meet this demand. Other intentions include accelerated adoption of zero-energy and zero-carbon standards and tools across the entire life cycle of buildings and promotion of the Building System Carbon Framework as a tool enabling decarbonization.

    Both organizations work with a variety of stakeholders including building owners, designers, operators, consultants, government officials and businesses with building portfolios. The partnership is intended to engage with the critical market actors to accelerate and scale net-zero policies and practices that will dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment in the United States and share lessons learned across the world, according to the release. (Source: WBCSD, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: WBCSD Bill Sisson, Exec. Director, North America, www.wbcsd.org; NBI, Ralph DiNola, CEO, (503) 761-7339, Fax: (503) 968-6160, www.newbuildings.org

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    Aker, Doosan Babcock Seek UK Renewable Energy Projects (Int'l.)
    Aker Solutions,Doosan Babcock
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Oslo, Norway headquartered engineering firm Aker Solutions reports it is partnering with UK-based Doosan Babcock to jointly deliver renewable energy and new hydrogen production plants and facilities for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects in the UK. Opportunities for other projects within the process and energy industries will also be explored.

    According to the release, the two firms together provide a full engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) solution for the UK's zero-carbon energy transition agenda and have already identified some key prospects. (Source: Aker Solutions, PR, 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: Aker Solutions, Kjetel Digre, CEO, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Rel., +47 450 32 090, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; Doosan Babcock, Andrew Colquhoun, CEO, www.doosanbabcock.com

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    Wisc. Seeks Low-Carbon, Clean Energy Roadmap (Ind. Report)
    Wisconsin Public Service Commission
    Date: 2021-03-12
    In Madison, Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) has 2-1 to launch an investigation into utilities' ongoing transition to zero-carbon electricity. The investigation seeks to identify economic and environmental benefits of a transition to clean energy and chart a course toward a clean energy future while maintaining reliable and affordable electricity.

    To that end, the PSC will review goals set by the state's five largest utilities to reduce carbon emissions 100 pct by 2050 and meet recommendations stemming from Gov. Tony Evers' executive order on clean energy, as well as the Governor's Climate Change Task Force and ideas for accelerating the clean energy transition as outlined by a Wisconsin group of utilities, consumer advocates and business groups. The investigation will also consider:

  • Retirement of fossil fuel power plants and deployment of new energy alternatives;

  • Increase in customers who generate their own power and are tied to the grid;

  • Increase in new technologies like battery storage;

  • Programs that help customers control their energy use and lower utility bills;

  • The design and operation of the regional transmission grid and wholesale markets.

    According to the most recent strategic energy assessment, 75 pct of the state's power is currently generated with fossil fuels. If nuclear were also excluded, 91 pct of the Badger State's power mix would need to be replaced with renewable energy sources.

    Under Wisconsin state law, the PSC is required to prioritize energy conservation and efficiency, as well as renewable energy resources, to the extent it's "cost-effective, technically feasible, and environmentally sound." (Source: Wisconsin Public Service Commission, PR, Wisc. NPR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Wisconsin Public Service Commission, Rebecca Valcq, Chairperson, (608) 266-5481, fax -- (608) 266-3957, www.psc.wi.gov

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  • Bangor, Maine Addresses Climate Emergency (Ind. Report)
    Bangor Maine
    Date: 2021-03-03
    In the Pine Tree State, the Bangor City Council unanimously passed a climate emergency resolution -- "Recognizing a Climate Emergency and Committing to a Municipal Climate Action Planning Process Consistent with the Maine Climate Action Plan, Maine Won't Wait". The resolve recognizes the "planet is experiencing a climate emergency", so the City of Bangor (pop. 30,400) will take the following specific actions :
  • Assisting Maine in decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45 pct in 2030 and 80 pct in 2050.

  • Establishing a base-line inventory of city-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Prioritizing zero-carbon solutions for local electricity, heating, and transportation systems to reduce further city-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Transitioning municipal operations to renewable energy by 2040.

  • Working to integrate climate action into all municipal planning efforts, polices, and procedures and aking sure the participation, inclusion, and support of all citizens are allowed.

  • Allowing for a just transition for local residents and creating local adaptation and resilience strategies. (Source: City of Bangor City Council, News Center Maine, 28 Feb., 2021) Contact: City of Bangor City Council, 207-992-4205, www.bangormaine.gov/Council

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  • Summit Carbon Solutions Touts Biorefinery CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    Summit Agricultural Group
    Date: 2021-02-22
    In the Hawkeye State, Alden-based Summit Agricultural Group is reporting creation of Summit Carbon Solutions, a new business platform that will address the global challenge of decarbonization by developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects and accelerating the transition toward sustainable, renewable energy by dramatically lowering the carbon footprint of biorefineries and other carbon dioxide emission sources throughout the Midwestern region of the United States.

    When fully developed, Summit Carbon Solutions will have an infrastructure network capable of capturing and permanently storing more than 10 million tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to taking 2 million cars off the road per year. In addition to the project’s positive environmental impact, it will enhance the economic sustainability of the biofuels and agriculture industries.

    To that end, Summit has partnered with a select group of leading biorefiners in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota to execute the first phase of the project, which will put them on the path of ultimately delivering a net-zero-carbon fuel. In addition to biorefiners, Summit Carbon Solutions will partner with other industries throughout the Midwest that have carbon reduction goals to help them capture and store their carbon emissions.

    "This is a giant leap forward for the biofuels industry. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a future-focused solution that allows the biorefiners to lower their already attractive carbon footprint by up to 50 pct.Simply put, this will be the most impactful development for the biofuels industry and Midwestern agriculture in decades," according to the Summit Ag release. (Source: Summit Ag Group, Website PR, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: Summit Ag, Jon Probst, (515) 854-9812, jprobst@summitag.com www.summitag.com

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    Dominion Plans $72Bn Clean Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Dominion Energy reports it could invest up to $72 billion through 2035 to transition its primary power source from fossil fuels to emissions-free, clean fuel alternatives.

    The company expects to invest $32 billion through 2025 to clean up its emissions profile as follows: $17 billion for zero-carbon generation -- offshore wind, nuclear power life extensions , solar energy and energy storage; $6 billion on electricity transmission and distribution projects such as making its system more resilient to cyber and climate threats; $6 billion on customer growth and other related activities; $3 billion on natural gas distribution modernization and renewable natural gas systems. More than 80 pct of those investments will reduce emissions.

    Specifically, the company noted:

  • $17 billion for offshore wind projects, including an estimated $8 billion to build a 2.6 GW offshore wind project in Virginia that it hopes to complete by the end of 2026;

  • $20 billion on solar projects expanding the company's capacity from 2.2 GW to 13.4 GW by 2035;

  • $7 billion for energy storage projects;

  • $4 billion to extend the life of its zero-emission nuclear power plants;

  • $15 billion on electric grid transformation projects and $9 billion on natural gas distribution modernization projects and renewable natural gas.

    Roughly $72 billion by 2035 would increase the company's zero-carbon power sources from 45 pct in 2020 to 70 pct by 2035 while improving its zero- and low-carbon sources from 90 pct to 95 pct. Dominion is also investing in early-stage hydrogen projects. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Emil Avram, VP Bus. Dev., www.dominionenergy.com

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  • "Imperfect Messenger" with a Climate Change Crisis Opinion -- Bill Gates (Opinions, Editorials & asides)
    Bill Gates
    Date: 2021-02-15
    In his new book -- How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: the Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need Microsoft multimillionaire Bill Gates acknowledges that he's an "imperfect messenger on climate change. "The world is not exactly lacking in rich men with big ideas about what other people should do, or who think technology can fix any problem," according to a book extract.

    "And I own big houses and fly in private planes -- in fact, I took one to Paris for the climate conference, so who am I to lecture anyone on the environment? I plead guilty to all three charges. I can't deny being a rich guy with an opinion. I do believe, though, that it is an informed opinion, and I am always trying to learn more."

    Gates notes that while he admires the passion of the "Extinction Rebellion", discounts Greta Thunberg's impact and sees the Green New Deal as "a fairy tale", he is convinced there isn't the time, money or political will to reconfigure the world energy sector in 10 years.

    According to Gates, a meaningful reduction in emissions demands an all-encompassing approach -- "zero-carbon ways to produce electricity, make things, grow food, keeping our buildings cool or warm, and move people and goods around the world. People need to radically change how they produce the worst climate offenders: steel, meat and cement. In his view, the single most useful thing individuals can do is to educate themselves and better judge the impact of various solutions. (Source: Bill Gates, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: the Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, Feb., 2021) Contact: Bill Gates, Gates Notes, www.gatesnotes.com

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    WH Climate Innovation Working Group Launched (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In Washington, the White House (WH) has announced a new Climate Innovation Working Group as part of the National Climate Task Force to advance President Biden's commitment to Advanced Research Projects Agency-Climate (ARPA-C).

    The working group is intended to help coordinate and strengthen federal government-wide efforts to foster affordable, game-changing technologies that can help achieve the goal of net-zero economy-wide emissions by 2050. The Climate Innovation Working Group will focus on:

  • Zero net carbon buildings at zero net cost, including carbon-neutral construction materials;

  • Energy storage at one-tenth the cost of today's alternatives;

  • Advanced energy system management tools to plan for and operate a grid powered by zero-carbon power plants;

  • Very low-cost zero-carbon on-road vehicles and transit systems;

  • New, sustainable fuels for aircraft and ships, as well as improvements in broader aircraft and ship efficiency and transportation management;

  • Affordable refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pumps made without refrigerants that warm the planet;

  • Carbon-free heat and industrial processes that capture emissions for making steel, concrete, chemicals, and other important industrial products;

  • Carbon-free hydrogen at a lower cost than hydrogen made from polluting alternatives;

  • Innovative soil management, plant biologies, and agricultural techniques to remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the ground; and

  • Direct air capture systems and retrofits to existing industrial and power plant exhausts to capture carbon dioxide and use it to make alternative products or permanently sequester it deep underground.

    The Climate Innovation Working Group will also emphasize research to bolster and build critical clean energy supply chains in the U.S. and strengthen American manufacturing and coordinate climate innovation across the federal government, research and universities. (Source: White House, PR, 12 Feb., 2021)

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  • Alfa Laval Joins Zero Carbon Shipping Organization (Int'l.)
    International Maritime Organization,Alfa Laval
    Date: 2021-01-29
    Lund, Sweden-headquartered fluids handling specialist Alfa Laval reports it has joined the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping advisory board.

    The collaboration will focus on accelerating the development of low- and zero-carbon technologies and fuels through joint projects and activities such as the recently announced "SOFC4Maritime" green fuels program.

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is targeting a 50 pct reduction of vessel-related greenhouse gas emissions amd overall decarbonization od the martime shipping industry by by 2050. (Source: Alfa Laval, PR, VPO, 27 Jan., 2021) Contact: Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center, Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO, info@zerocarbonshipping.com, www.zerocarbonshipping.com; Alfa Laval, +46 46 36 65 10, www.alfalaval.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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    Alfa Laval Joins Zero-Carbon Shipping Initiative (Int'l. Report)
    Alfa Laval, IMO
    Date: 2021-01-29
    Lund, Sweden-headquartered fluid handling specialist Alfa Laval reports it has joined the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping advisory board to accelerate the development of low- and zero carbon technologies for the marine industry.

    The collaboration will focus on accelerating the development of low- and zero carbon technologies through joint projects and activities such as the recently announced "SOFC4Maritime" initiative which targets solutions for green marine fuels.

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets a 50 pct reduction of vessel-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Source: Alfa Laval, PR, 27 Jan., 2021) Contact: Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center, Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO, info@zerocarbonshipping.com, www.zerocarbonshipping.com; Alfa Laval, +46 46 36 65 10, www.alfalaval.com: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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    UK Home, Office Energy Efficiency Standards Unveiled (Int'l.)
    UK Housing Minister
    Date: 2021-01-22
    In the UK, Housing Minister Chris Pincher this week announced that all new homes must be "more energy efficiency and zero-carbon ready" by 2025.

    Specifically, new homes are expected to produce 75-80 pct lower carbon emissions compared to current builds. An additional requirement is for new homes to have a reduced carbon footprint of 31 pct by 2021 compared to current levels.

    Additionally, all existing homes and home extensions will be subject to new energy efficiency standards focused on energy consumption, such as windows, lighting and HVAC systems. A consultation on higher energy performance targets for non-domestic buildings, was also announced. (Source: UK Housing Minister, edie, 21 Jan., 2021)


    Aemetis Planning "Carbon Zero" Production Plants (Renewable Fuel)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-01-20
    Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuel and biochemicals producer Aemetis Inc. reports its exclusively licensed technology for the production of below zero-carbon renewable fuel has been awarded US Patent No. 10907184 enabling the launch of Aemetis "Carbon Zero" production plants to commercialize the technology.

    Using patented technology exclusive to Aemetis for agricultural waste wood feedstock, the Carbon Zero plants are integrated with existing Aemetis production facilities to produce energy dense renewable fuels using renewable energy and below zero carbon intensity waste feedstocks.

    The first Carbon Zero production plant -- Carbon Zero 1 -- is planned for Central California on a former Army ammunition production facility. It will extract sugars from waste wood and process the sugar into renewable fuel.

    Aemetis' Carbon Zero plants are designed to convert below zero carbon feedstocks (waste wood and agricultural waste) and renewable energy (biogas, RNG, solar) into energy-dense liquid renewable fuels that when used in hybrid electric vehicles or other vehicle engines, will have a "below zero carbon" greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint across the entire lifecycle of the fuel, based on the Argonna National Laboratory"s GREET model, according to the release. (Source: Aemetis, PR, Website, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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    Saudi Prince Touts 100-mile Zero-Carbon City Project (Int'l. Report)
    NEOM
    Date: 2021-01-15
    In Riyadh, Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammed bin Salman has unveiled NEOM, a planned zero-carbon city project, called "The Line" -- a one hundred mile long metropolis built in a straight line featuring "zero cars, zero streets, and zero carbon emissions" -- with housing for one million inhabitants.

    The proposed city will be a half-trillion dollar green energy business zone created to help end Saudi Arabia's economic reliance on oil exports, according to Reuters. Construction is slated to begin in early 2021 and is expected to contribute $48 billion to the local economy. (Source: NEOM, Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, PR, Reuters, Jan., 2021) Contact: NEOM, www.neom.com

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    Ontario Ice Arena Scores Zero-Carbon Bldg. Certification (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-01-06
    In Ottawa, Ontario, the AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex reports it is the first Zero Carbon Building Performance Standard Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building certified arena. Modern Niagara, a Canadian mechanical, electrical, building services, and integrated building technology company, partnered with AMPED on the initiative.

    The arena is recognized for its energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures, reduced overall energy consumption, intelligent building automation, on-site renewable energy power generation, and replacing all fossil fuel consuming equipment on-site, such as gas-fired rooftop units, hot water heaters and the ice rink dehumidifier. (Source: AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex, Canada Green Building Council, 4 Jan., 2021 ) Contact: AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex, (613) 822-9000, www.ampedsportslab.com; Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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    UMass Lowell, Stony Brook Share Energy Storage R&D Funding (R&D)

    Date: 2021-01-04
    In the Bay State, the University of Massachusetts (UMass) and New York State's Stoney Brook University are reporting $7.36 million through fall, 2022, in equally shared U.S. Navy funding for nine multidisciplinary grid control, security and infrastructure monitoring; energy storage, materials and grid management, and zero-carbon fuels R&D projects and collaborate to develop related new training approaches.

    Both Centers are funded through the Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation. The DOE Office of Science-funded Energy Frontier Research Center and the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Integrated Electric Energy Systems are collaborating on the project. (Source: UMass, The Sun, Jan., 2020) Contact: UMass, Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy, Prof. Christopher Niezrecki, Julie Chen, www.uml.edu; Stoney Brook University, Tom Lanzilotta, Campus Sustainability and Energy Manager, www.stonybrook.edu

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    SINOPEC Leading CO2 Emissions Peak Research (Int'l. Report)
    SINOPEC
    Date: 2020-11-25
    Beijing-based integrated energy and chemical specialist China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINPOEC) is reporting three strategic cooperation agreements to take the lead in a joint research on green and low-carbon energy and the energy and chemical industry's carbon emissions peak and move toward carbon neutrality before 2030 following China's action plan.

    And in terms of greenhouse gas recovery and utilization, Sinopec is focusing on promoting the recovery and utilization of high-concentration CO2 tail gas from refining and chemical enterprises, carrying out CO2 flooding field tests and methane gas release recovery.

    Carbon emissions peak refers to the inflection point of total CO2 emission, after which the emissions will begin to decline. The carbon neutral target aims to achieve low-carbon and zero-carbon transformation of energy, realizes zero CO2 emissions, reduce other types of greenhouse gas emissions significantly as well as total man-made greenhouse gas emissions to zero through increasing carbon sinks and artificial negative emission measures.

    In recent years, Sinopec has promoted its green and low-carbon development tactic for the corporate development strategy, actively control its greenhouse gas emissions to achieve significant carbon emissions results. In the area of clean energy development, Sinopec has expanded its construction of natural gas production capacity and promoted the development of new energy resources such as biomass energy and geothermal energy, while driving forward the development and utilization of hydrogen energy. (Source: SINOPEC, PR, 24 Nov., 2020) Contact: SINOPEC, www.sinopecgroup.com/group

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    $5Bn Program Proposed to Help Decarbonize Shipping (Int'l. Report))
    IMO
    Date: 2020-11-18
    A group of international shipowner associations whose membership collectively controls more than 90 pct of the world's merchant fleet is calling on governments to move forward on a proposal for a $5 billion industry-financed research and development program to accelerate zero-carbon marine fuels and technologies. The R&D effort would be financed through a mandatory $2 per tonne of marine fuel consumed fee and would be overseen by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and managed through a non-governmental International Maritime Research and Development Board (IMRB).

    Although total emissions from shipping are presently about 7 pct lower than in 2008, there is a limit to what can be achieved so long as ships remain dependent on fossil fuels and global demand for maritime services continues to grow, the group said in a joint statement.

    Highlights of the International Maritime Research and Development Board (IMRB) proposal, as outlined by the trade groups, are as follows:

  • The IMRB would be quasi-independent, subject to IMO Oversight, with the sole duty to accelerate the research and development of low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels, energy sources, propulsion systems and other new GHG reduction technologies, operating under a Charter approved by the IMO.

  • An International Maritime Research Fund (IMRF) would provide industry financing for the IMRB research and development programmes, collecting about USD 5 billion over a ten-year period via contributions of USD 2 per tonne of fuel consumed by every ship.

  • Other relevant stakeholders such as energy suppliers, technology companies, research and development institutions and foundations would be welcome to participate and contribute to the International Maritime Research Board and its work.

  • The IMRB is designed to work itself out of a job in 10-15 years by delivering research and development projects that will then allow commercial entities to provide the technologies and services that will move proven technologies into the global fleet by the 2030s.

    In 2018 the IMO set its total emissions reduction from international shipping target 50 pct, or more by 2050 compared to 2008. (Source: IMO, gCaptain, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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  • CEC Earmarks $384Mn for Zero-Emissions Transport (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2020-10-16
    In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is reporting approval of a $384 million plan focused on closing gaps in zero-emission fuels and infrastructure to support Governor Gavin Newsom's executive order phasing out the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035.

    The 2020-2023 Investment Plan Update for the CEC's Clean Transportation Program -- fka the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program -- prioritizes funding for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, related workforce development and manufacturing.

    The plan approved the following: $132.9 million for light-duty EV charging infrastructure; $129.8 mn for medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs and infrastructure; $70 mn for hydrogen refueling infrastructure; $25 mn for zero-and near-zero-carbon fuel production and supply; $10 mn for COVID-19 recovery and reinvestment; $9 mn for ZEV manufacturing and $7.5 mn for workforce development.

    The Clean Transportation Program has provided nearly $900 million in funding to California alternative fuels and related projects since 2008. (Source: California Energy Commission,15 Oct., 2020) Contact: California Energy Commission, www.energy.ca.gov

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    Europe's Largest Bank Aims for Net-Zero Carbon by 2050 (Intl. Report)
    HSBC Bank
    Date: 2020-10-12
    London-listed, Asia-focused HSBC Bank reports it aims to "align its financed emissions -- the carbon emissions of its portfolio of customers -- to the Paris Climate Agreement goal to achieve net zero by 2050 or sooner." The bank -- Europe's largest with €2,219 billion in assets -- also aims to be net-zero in its operations and supply chain by 2030, according to a release.

    HSBC has earmarked between $750 billion and $1.0 trillion to assist the transition. Banking major Barclays committed to zero-carbon by 2050 in March as have oil giants BP and Shell which recently confirmed their commitment to meet the Paris Climate Agreement goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: HSBC, The Edition, 9 Oct., 2020) Contact: HSBC, www.hsbc.com

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    MSC Touts Hydrogen, Biofuels Maritime Fuel Mix (Int'l. Report)
    Mediterranean Shipping Company
    Date: 2020-10-07
    According to Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered global maritime shipping giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), hydrogen and biofuels are forecast to become key components of container shipping's future fuel mix and decarbonizing maritime fuels.

    MSC is pioneering the large-scale usage of biofuel blends of up to 30 pct for bunkering container ships on a routine basis in Rotterdam. The company is also looking at fossilfuel sourced LNG as a potential bridging fuel as part of the industry's transition towards a zero-carbon future. MSC also notes that industry partnerships could help accelerate the development of clean hydrogen and other other fuels. (Source: Mediterranean Shipping Company, Seatrade Maritime News, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: Mediterranean Shipping Company, Bud Darr,Exec. VP, 514 844 3711 -- Montreal Office, www.msc.com

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    Eastern New Energy Supports UK Businesses Decarbonization (Int'l.)
    Eastern New Energy
    Date: 2020-09-09
    In the UK, the University of East London is reporting the launch of the Eastern New Energy (ENE) programme aimed at building a stronger and locally focused low carbon economy in the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire region by supporting and helping area organizations understand and address the barriers to the decarbonization of communities, buildings, transport, and the economy in general.

    To that end, ENE will work with businesses, communities and others to: develop and deliver net zero action plans; construct new zero-carbon homes; retrofit existing homes and commercial buildings; transition vehicle fleets to lower carbon alternatives; develop community and commercial energy projects; and design, develop and bring to market new low carbon products and services.

    The ENE project is receiving up to £5.1 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund which will be managed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The environmental charity PECT will provide grants to eligible small and medium-sized businesses in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire to help catalyze capital investments in energy efficiency initiatives.

    PECT is an independent, grassroots charitable climate change focused organization that educates, inspires, and motivates individuals and organizations to change their behavior to deliver a positive environmental impact. PECT previously supported over 270 businesses and identified £1,400,000 of cost savings and 6,500 tonnes of carbon savings that could be realized through recommended actions. (Source: University of East London, Cambridge Network, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: PECT, Carly Leonard, CEO, +44 0 1733 882549, ene@pect.org.uk, www.pect.org.uk; University of East London, Eastern New Energy, www.uel.ac.uk/sri/eastern-new-energy

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    Nigeria Included in TOTAL's Zero Carbon Emissions 2050 Plan (Int'l.)
    TOTAL
    Date: 2020-09-02
    Prais-headquartered multinational oil and gas giant TOTAL Group reports it has incorporated Nigeria in its plan of achieving zero carbon emissions in production activities by 2050, as part of its drive to address global climate challenge.

    To reach Net Zero on Operations by 2050 or sooner, TOTAL will invest in renewable generated low carbon electricity, low cost oil, biofuels, and nature-based carbon sinks or carbon capture and storage (CCS). The company noted it would continue to strike a balance between enabling the energy transition by investing in renewable energy while continuing to provide oil and gas to meet the needs of customers and society. (Source: TOTAL, PR, This Day, 1 Sept., 2020) Contact: Total Group, www.total.com

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    Thames Valley Zero-Carbon Management Platform Online (Int'l.)
    Smarter Grid Solutions,Stantec
    Date: 2020-08-31
    Glasgow-based energy software specialist Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) reports the Thames Valley Live Lab has gone live. The project brings engineering consultancy Stantec, SGS and six local authorities together to implement their required moves towards net-zero carbon emissions.

    In 2019, the cloud-based project partnership was awarded £4.5 million as part of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) SMART Places Live Labs Programme -- two-year £22.9 million project funded by the Department for Transport and supported by project partners SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business, EY, Kier, O2, Ringway, and WSP.

    Local authorities are working on 8 projects across England to introduce digital innovation across SMART mobility, transport, highways maintenance, data, energy and communications.

    The Live Labs system is based on SGS's ANM Strata fleet distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) to create the Smart Energy Operations Platform (SEOP). (Source: Smarter Grid Solutions, Energy, 30 Aug., 2020) Contact: Smarter Grid Solutions, Graham Ault, executive director, www.smartergridsolutions.com; Stantec, www.stantec.com

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