The funding is necessary for countries to develop, asses and improve national plans under the Paris Agreement. Without the timely funding, developing countries under the Paris Agreement will suffer the consequences of climate change induced disasters.
UN climate change talks are slated to resume in Bangkok September 3-8, 2018. (Source: Matangi Tonga Online, May, 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Climate Change Mitigation, UNFCCC,
As well as commissioning managers and engineers, CPower Energy is approved to supply engineers for the offshore and onshore substations, wind turbine generators, logistics and supervisory control and data acquisition for the project.
When fully operational in 2020, East Anglia One will supply sufficient power for as many as 600,000 British homes.
CPower Energy personnel are expected to start construction work on the project in the next few weeks. (Source: CPower Energy, PR, Insider Media, May, 2018) Contact: CPower Energy, Peter Jorgensen, Managing Dir., +44 (0) 7920854394, email@example.com, www.cpower-energy.com; ScottishPower Renewables, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CPower Energy, Wind, Offshore Wind,
The report also examines the technologies, markets and factors influencing the markets for Cellulosic Ethanol. Markets are forecast based on historical activity and current opportunities, technical advances and challenges. The research includes historic data from 2013 to 2017 and forecasts until 2025.
Access Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market Research Report 2018 details HERE.
(Source: MarketInsights Reports, May, 2018) Contact: MarketInsightsReports , (704) 266-3234, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.marketinsightsreports.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethanol, Biofuel,
The PPA is a partner in the ongoing Sustainable Ports in the Adriatic-Ionian Region (SUPAIR) which aims to slash emissions from shipping and onshore port operations through the creation of a transnational network of port authorities working together to develop action plans and commit to actions that will lead to low-carbon and multimodal transport and mobility solutions.
(Source: Piraeus Port Authority,PR, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Piraeus Port Authority, +30 210 4550000, www.olp.gr
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Maritime Emissions,
The 120-acre housing co-op includes 20 apartment buildings, a daycare center, three schools, a public library, a business district, two shopping mall and a power plant, saves about 1.3 million therms annually as a result of energy efficiency measures. The co-op is on pace to meet the Big Apple's Carbon Challenge to reduce building emissions by 30 pct by 2025.
Rochdale Village recently completed several energy efficient improvements including, installation of low-flow shower heads in apartments, new roof installations on over 20 structures, and a campus-wide conversion to LED lighting. (Source: National Grid, Energy Insider, 15 May, 2018) Contact: National Grid, Louis Rizzo, Energy Programs Operations, www.nationalgridus.com/NY-Home/Contact-Us;
Rochdale Village, www.rochdalevillage.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Rebate, Energy Efficiency, Rochdale Village,
The new leadership team will focus on growing NYCEEC's lending platform and new initiatives to build energy efficiency and clean energy financing markets for commercial and multifamily buildings. On the horizon are the launch of C-PACE in New York City, the strategic expansion of NYCEEC's loan originations to an eight-state region including New York State, and continued innovation in support of critical initiatives such as net-zero affordable housing renovations through RetrofitNY.
NYCEEC is a non-profit finance company that provides loans and financing solutions for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. NYCEEC has financed over $135 million of energy efficiency and clean energy projects across hundreds of buildings and nearly 5,000 affordable housing units. (Source: NYCEEC, PR, PRNewswire, 15 May, 2018) Contact: NYCEEC, Susan Leeds, CEO, Posie Constable, Director of Business Development, Posie Constable, Head of Business Development, (646) 797-4630, email@example.com, www.nyceec.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation, Energy Efficiency ,
The newly approved Policy expands the scope of raw material for ethanol production by allowing use of sugarcane juice, sugar containing materials like sugar beet, sweet sorghum, starch containing materials like corn, cassava, damaged food grains like wheat and broken rice, and rotten potatoes. It also permits use of surplus food grains for production of ethanol for blending with petrol with the approval of National Biofuel Coordination Committee. The policy also encourages setting up of supply chain mechanisms for biodiesel production from non-edible oilseeds, used cooking oil and short gestation crops.
If constructed, the facility could produce 4,143.75 kg of methane gas and as many as 300 CNG cylinders per day.
(Source: Trichy Corporation, Times of India, 14 May, 2018) www.trichycorporation.gov.in
More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW, Municipal Solid Waste, Biogas, CNG,
If the heave-duty truck proposals are approved it will be the first time the EU has set binding limits for heavy-duty vehicles' carbon dioxide emissions. Europe approved CO2 limits for passenger vehicles in 2009 and light commercial vehicles in 2011, which came into force in 2015 and 2017, respectively.
Trucks comprise about 5 pct of the vehicles on EU roads but generate nearly 25 pct of emissions, making them an important target of the 28-member trading bloc's carbon reduction efforts. (Source: Financial Times, 12 May, 2018)
The EU committed in the Paris climate accord to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. (Source: EC, Financial Post, Various Media, May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Transportation Emissions, Vehicle Emissions,
According to the report, previous estimates, including a recent report by the Productivity Commission, suggested that buildings were responsible for roughly 5 pct of emissions or less. The new report, however, found buildings could amount to 20 pct of New Zealand's carbon footprint when considering their lifetime "embodied" emissions.
The thinkstep report arrived at the larger figure for the climate emissions of buildings than previous studies using a methodology that allocated emissions to a sector at the point of consumption, rather than production, and because it considers the entire life cycle of buildings, including the extraction of raw materials, material production, the electricity and energy use of the building, and the treatment of construction waste.
(Source: New Zealand Green Building Council, NZ Herald, 14 May, 2018) Contact: thinkstep, New Zealand Green Building Council, +64 9 379 3996, www.nzgbc.org.nz; thinkstep, Jeff Vickers, +49 711 34 18 17 0, www.thinkstep.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News New Zealand Green Building Council, Green Building, Carbon Emissions,
The project is part of Majid Al Futtaim's Shopping Malls business unit plan to install solar PV to power three of its shopping malls by 2018. The objective is to source a minimum of 7.5 pct of energy use on site via renewable energy at all new developments and a minimum of 5 pct in existing buildings.
(Source: ME Construction News, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Enova by Veolia, Anne Le Guennec, CEO, +971 (0) 420 38111, www.enova-me.com;
Majid Al Futtaim, www.majidalfuttaim.com
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fortistar.com
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The RENeW Nexus initative is supported by Power Ledger, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Synergy, Landcorp, Western Power, the City of Fremantle, and the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
Program participants will receive a WiFi metering device to remotely track data of both production and consumption of energy and water.
The collated data will be analyzed to find the best way to achieve an interconnected infrastructure of future smart cities that are able to utilize distributed renewable energy and alternative water systems.
(Source: Power Ledger, PR, ICOExaminer, May, 2018) Contact: Power Ledger, +61 8 9322 6659, www.powerledger.io; City of Freemantle, www./mysay.fremantle.wa.gov.au/renew-nexus
More Low-Carbon Energy News Power Ledger, Energy Management, Energy Efficiency, Smart Cities,
Focus on Energy delivers incentives and education to help utility customers cut energy consumption and save money through energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and projects.
Specifically, the commission recommendations included:
Under the MoU, the two organizations will collaborate on building energy efficiency and related issues using the US Green Building Council's LEED Platinum certification standards and programs.
The MoU supports DEWA's efforts to achieve the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce electricity and water use by 30 pct by 2030, and the Carbon Abatement Strategy to cut carbon emissions by 16 pct by 2021.
(Source: DEWA, Dubai Government Media Office, 13 May, 2018)
Contact: Green Business Certification Inc., www.gbci.org; Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.ae; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, Green Business Certification Inc., DEWA, USGBC, LEED Certification,
BP, which runs the BP Whiting Refinery on the Lake Michigan shoreline, also seeks to target a methane intensity of 0.2 pct going forward. To that end, BP recently installed flare gas recovery systems to reduce flaring at its refineries to zero by 2030. The company also wants to cut methane emissions and improve energy efficiency, which would account for 40 pct of emissions reductions BP strives toward. BP is also investing in 20 different carbon-neutral products, natural gas, biofuels, wind, solar, a more lightweight concrete and startups working toward lower-carbon energy. According to its recently released Advancing the Energy Transition Report BP aims to provide lower-emissions gasoline, develop lower-carbon fuels and expand its lower-carbon business in which it is investing $500 million per year.
Steven Jackson, First Solar's VP of Asia Pacific, said the Beryl project will be one of the first to use the company's new Series 6 thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules. (This means), the Beryl Solar Farm will maximize the energy produced from the site and deliver a lower levelized cost of electricity, Jackson added.
With a nameplate capacity of up to 445W and 18 pct efficiency, First Solar Series 6 modules are the highest power PV module available for large-scale solar projects.
The Beryl project will also use single axis tracking technology and Ingeteam inverters.
(Source: First Solar, May, 2018)Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, email@example.com, www.firstsolar.com
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With an estimated forestry residues potential of about 145 million tpy, the European Union has the potential to support the deployment of hundreds of such biorefineries.
Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies worldwide, and the only one in Europe, that is developing a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The Company initially focused on the production of isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can be converted into fuels, plastics, organic glass and other applications, according to the company.
(Source: Global Bioenergies, PR GlobeNewswire, 14 May, 2018) Contact: Global Bioenergies, Marc Delcourt, CEO, +33 (0)1 64 98 20 50, www.global-bioenergies.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Bioenergies, Neste, Isobutene, SkyNRG, Aviation Biofuel, Woody Biomass,
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon diesel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials, such as waste animal and fish fat, vegetable oils and used cooking oil. It emits up to 80 percent less carbon when compared to petroleum diesel. Unlike biodiesel, Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a drop-in fuel that requires no blending and is compatible with all diesel engines.
(Source: Neste US Inc., PR, May, 2018) Contact: Neste US Inc., Jeremy Baines, VP Sales, www.neste.com/en/corporate-info
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Tesco's net carbon footprint was 3.42 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) in 2017/18 versus 3.89 million CO2e the prior year.
The company has set targets in line with the Paris Agreement to reduce CO2 emission 35 pct by 2020, 60 pct by 2025 and 100 pct by 2050 versus 2015/16 levels.
It also plans to source 65 pct of it electric power requirement from renewables by 2020 and 100 pct by 2030. (Source: Tesco, Energyst, Various Media, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Tesco, www.tescoplc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions, Tesco, Energy Efficiency,
With XL Catlin's support, TNC will develop a system of credits assigning a market value to the resilience services provided by these historically under valueded cosystems. The hope behind this initiative is that, for the first time, insurance firms and other businesses will be able to offset their carbon footprint while simultaneously better underdstanding the contribution they are making to reducing coastal hazards in the world's most vulnerable coastal areas.
Coastal wetlands -- salt marshes, seagrass meadows and mangroves -- sequester billions of tonnes of "blue carbon" from the atmosphere at concentrations up to five times greater than terrestrial forests. As an increasing number of companies are purchasing carbon credits to offset their footprints, this credit will enable a valuation of the carbon sequestration and coastal resilience benefits that wetlands provide both businesses and communities.
Unlike other climate mitigation solutions coastal wetlands not only sequester carbon, they also protect coastlines by absorbing incoming wave energy and providing storm protection. Additionally, a recent study found that wetlands prevented $625 million in direct flood damages from Hurricane Sandy in the United States. As such, coastal wetlands provide both carbon sequestration and resilience services- a powerful combination in a world of changing climate.
TNC will explore different options to value the resilience services provided by coastal wetlands and to develop a credit product to support ongoing wetland conservation. One of these options could include a numeric ranking system assigning a dollar value to wetlands based on factors such as their potential for storm impact reduction, location relative to vulnerable communities, local economic activities and assets, and potential benefits from habitat restoration. The figures generated by the rankings, combined with the carbon storage capacity of a given wetland, would generate Blue Carbon Resilience Credits. These credits would then offer organizations the capacity to manage their carbon footprints whilst acting as the funding mechanism for wetland conservation, increasing coastal resilience for communities.
(Source: The Nature Conservancy, 10 May, 2018) Contact: The Nature Conservancy, Maria Damanki, Global Managing Director for the Ocean, www.nature.org: XL Catlin, Paul Jardine, CEO, www.xlcatlin.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,
The Commission says it has agreed to further tighten Real Driving Emissions (RDE) legislation by introducing independent control of emissions of vehicles during their lifetime. The Commission also proposes that from 2021 all new cars and vans must have "standardized and accessible fuel and energy consumption monitoring on board of the vehicle".
Following a three-month scrutiny period in the European Parliament and Council, the Commission will adopt the proposals, which would go into force January 1, 2019. (Source: EC, Auto Manufacturer Online, Others, 10 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,
"While there are certainly positives coming out of this meeting, there are several major potential pitfalls that will need to be mitigated as the administration sets out to implement these policies.
"(The) Farmers Union supports the administration's promises to make E-15 available for year-round use, yet it is absolutely essential we move our transportation fuel market into higher blends of ethanol like E-30. We also appreciate that a cap will not be put on RIN prices, as this would disincentivise the blending of homegrown, renewable fuels in our transportation fuel sector.
"However, this agreement contains no offset for the dozens of hardship waivers that the administration has handed out to oil refiners. These have waived up to 1.6 billion gallons in RFS volume requirements, effectively destroying demand for the surplus of corn that is keeping farm prices low for farmers. The agreement also includes a particularly detrimental plan to assign RIN credits to biofuel exports, which would both devastate domestic demand for biofuels and likely provoke our trading partners into retaliation.
"We urge the (Trump) administration to immediately begin implementing a plan that expands use of higher blends of ethanol, as our nation's family farmers need to be rid of burdensome stocks to start earning a decent price from the market. The administration must also avoid any plan that includes RIN credits for biofuel exports and pursue actions that restore the demand for biofuels that was lost as a result of hardship waiver handouts."
The meeting concluded with an agreement to allow year-round use of E15 gasoline, a limit on RFS 'hardship waivers' being handed out to refiners, and the possibility that RIN credits could be applied to exports of renewable fuel. No cap on RIN prices, nor any offset for the hardship waivers that were handed out to large refiners were included in the agreement. (Source: National Farmers Union, The Pig Site, 10 May, 2018)
Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600, https://nfu.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard , Biofuel, Biodiesel, E-15, National Farmers Union,
"GE believes in Chile's energy sector as a motor for development and we are determined to use our state-of-the-art wind technology to harness the vast wind potential in the country," Vikas Anand, general manager for GE's Onshore Wind Business in the Americas, said in a statement Wednesday.
The Chilean government aims to
60 pct or more of the county's electricity generated by renewable sources by 2035 , rising to 70 pct by 2050. The government also plans to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 pct compared to 2007 levels by 2030.
(Source: GE Renewable Energy, CNBC News, Others, 10 May, 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com; Arroyo Energy, www.arroyoenergygroup.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Arroyo Energy, GE Renewable Energy, Wind,
Rika plans to build in excess of 10 bio-CNG plants at a total cost of $100-150 million. Each plant will use approximately 100 metric tpd of paddy straw. The first plant is expected to come online in 2019.
Rika Biofuels is a specialist anaerobic digestion project developer, specializing in processing problem feed stocks, including high volume manures and agricultural wastes such as crop straws. (Source: Punjab Energy Development Agency, Rika Biofuels, Times of India, May, 2018) Contact: Rika Biofuels, Gregory Krupnikovs, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Punjab Energy Development Agency, +91 172 266 3382, peda.gov.in
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The new Guide follows the Eurostat Guidance note on the revised treatment of Energy Performance Contracts in government accounts, issued in September 2017, and explains its practical application, making use of technical assistance resources from the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH).
The Guide explains in detail how Energy Performance Contracts work and gives a clear overview of the potential impact on government finances. This will help Member States and other stakeholders to better understand the impact that the different features of these contracts have on the classification of the investment undertaken, on or off government balance sheet.
A major priority is energy efficiency as a part of a low-carbon economy. Here, so-called Energy Performance Contracts, or EPCs for short, can help mobilise private investment and expertise in energy efficiency in public sector buildings. Energy Performance in buildings is part of the legislative package "Clean Energy for all Europeans" -- a key element for achieving a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy.
The Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts is available HERE. (Source: EuroStat, European Commission, PR 8 May, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Sara Soumillion, email@example.com; EIB, Tim Smit , firstname.lastname@example.org, www.eib.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Performance, Energy Management, European Investment Bank,
The Minneapolis-headquartered CleanCapital-Carval partnership plans to acquire $1 billion in solar assets and has to date invested nearly $100 million in projects in 10 states, representing 21.6 MW of electricity.
CleanCapital acquires and bundles US solar farms, then finds qualified investors interested in its portfolios. 21.6 megawatts of electricity.
(Source: CarVal Investors, mpactAlpha, 8 May, 2018) Contact: CarVal Investors, (952) 444-780, www.carvalinvestors.com; X-Elio, +34 911 77 0010, www.x-elio.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CleanCapital , Solar, X-Elio,
In 2017, Greenbelt commissioned a commercial system in New South Wales, Australia that converts wheat processing waste into ethanol, and it received Ecolabel certification from the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726x101, email@example.com, www.greenbeltresources.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources, Ethanol,
Vancouver (51.6%) and Toronto (51%) are the pacesetters, followed by Sydney (46.5%) and Melbourne (28.8%). London sits bottom of the list of 10, with just 8.7 pct of its office space classed as green.
Download the CBRE International Green Building Adoption Index HERE.
(Source: CBRE, Global Construction,, 8 May, 2018)Construction Global Weekly Contact: CBRE, David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com
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The Andeavor announcement late on Monday came after Reuters reported last month that the EPA granted the company a "financial hardship waiver" that freed its smallest refining facilities from the regulation. Andeavor recorded net profits of $1.4 billion in 2017.
Andeavor's EPA hardship exemptions freed the company's refineries in North Dakota, Utah and New Mexico from having to blend biofuels or purchase RINs for the 2016 compliance period.
The company did not explicitly credit small refinery exemptions for the savings, according to the Reuters report. (Source: Andeavor, Reuters, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Andeavor, (210) 626-6000, www.andeavor.com; Philadelphia Energy Solutions, [endlink]www.pes-companies.com[endlink]
More Low-Carbon Energy News Andeavor, RFS, Philadelphia Energy Solutions,
Additionally, previously this year the utility filed a green tariff and a rate case including a community solar proposal that would allow the utility to acquire wind energy for city operations. The community solar proposal would add at least 3 cents per kilowatt hour for residential customers to the cost of electricity from solar.
(Source: KCP&L, Kansas City, Energy News, May, 2018) Contact: KCP&L,
Kim Winslow, Dir. of Energy Solutions, www.kcpl.com; Kansas City,
Dennis Murphey, Environmental Officer, (816)513-1313, www.kcmo.gov
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Korean solar energy specialist Daemyung GN, together with Intromedic, LS Industrial Systems and Korea East-West Power plan to invest approximately $925 million to construct the 300-MW solar power station. (Source: SoftBank, Maeil Business News Korea, 6 May, 2018) Contact; SoftBank, SBEnergy, SoftBank Group, www.softbank.jp/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News SB Energy Corp, SoftBank, Solar,
The report findings suggest the discovery of yet another “feedback loop” in which environmental disruption and climate change trigger the release of ever more greenhouse gas that further warms the planet, similar to the concerns over the methane released by fast-melting arctic permafrost. The report also finds up to 77 pct of the methane emissions from an individual lake are the result of the organic matter shed primarily by plants that grow in or near the water. This matter gets buried in the sediment found toward the edge of lakes, where it is consumed by communities of microbes. Methane gets generated as a byproduct, which then bubbles up to the surface.
The study, funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council, is published in the journal Nature Communications.
(Source: Cambridge Univ., Eurasia Review , 6 May, 2018) Contact: Cambridge Univ., Dr. Andrew Tanentzap Department of Plant Sciences. +44 1223 333900, www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk
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The report notes declines from 2005 to 2016 where the state has monitors in ground-level ozone, particulate matter 2.5 and 10, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and lead. Arkansas is one of only 12 states that meets all federal air quality standards, although it was not meeting ozone standards a few years ago.
Download the Arkansas State of Air Report HERE. (Source: Arkansas OnLine, 6 May, 2018) Contact: Arkansas DAQ, Tricia Treece, (508) 682-0744, www.adeq.state.ar.us; National Ambient Air Quality Standards, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Ambient_Air_Quality_Standards
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The move is reportedly in response to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord and a transition away from high carbon energy generation technologies and to limit the effects of man-made climate change to a 2 degree C increase in average global temperatures.
(Source: German Allianz AG, MENAFN, 6 May, 2018) Contact: German Allianz AG, +49 89 38000, www.allianz.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News German Allianz AG, Coak,
Under the 28 member trading bloc's current budget, $246.7 billion -- 20 pct of the budget -- is presently being spent out to 2020 on combating climate change through investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental protection, and other carbon reduction schemes.
(Source: European Commission, EuroStat, EU Newsroom, 6 May, 2018)Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, EC, European Commission, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change Adaptation,
According to EuroStat, Malta had the largest increase at 12.8 pct followed by Estonia 11.3 pct, Bulgaria 8.3 pct, Spain at 7.4 pct and Portugal at 7.3 pct.
The best performing countries in cutting CO2 emissions were Finland -5.9 pct, Denmark -5.8 pct, the UK at -3.2 pct, and Ireland at -2.9 pct.
Portugal's CO2 emissions represent 1.5 pct of the EU total, where Germany is the largest contributor at 23 pct..
(Source: EuroStat, TPN/Lusa, 6 May, 2018) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat
More Low-Carbon Energy News EuroStat, Carbon Emissions, European Union,
The legislation, which contradicts the 2016 Iowa Energy Plan encouraging greater energy efficiency,
caps spending on energy efficiency at 2 pct of annual sales for electricity utilities. It also limits utility expenditures on demand response programs at 2 pct of sales. (Source: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Energy News, Various Media, 7 May, 2018) Contact: Office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, www.reynoldsgregg.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Kim Reynolds, Energy Efficiency Iowa, Energy Efficiency Incentives, Energy Efficiency Rebates,
According to the World Green Building Council (WGBC), incorporating green design in hospital infrastructure can deliver an 8.5 pct reduction in hospital stays, 15 pct faster recovery rates, a 22 pct reduction in the need for pain medication and an 11 pct reduction in secondary infections. Green Star buildings also deliver significant savings, producing 62 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions and using 66 pct less electricity than average Australian buildings.
The Royal Adelaide Hospital incorporates abundant natural daylight, 3.8 hectares of landscaped environment with internal themed courtyards, sky gardens across the hospital's nine levels, and a 1.6 hectare green space footprint within the hospital.
The facility also incorporates, high efficiency water fittings, a water capture and recycling system, onsite co-generation heating system and other energy conservation and efficiency features.(Source: Green Building Council of Australia, Climate Control News, May, 2018) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Council of Australia, Building Energy Efficiency, Building Energy Management,
The report notes that although regulations are not the sole driver of the biogas industry, the report notes, they are a primary one. In Europe, which is home to the world's largest regional anaerobic digester market, the existence, stability and reliability of the legal and political framework is seen as the greatest influence on the market. Germany's rise to become a market leader came after the passage of major renewable energy legislation, and in the UK, the passage of a renewables obligation law provided the framework for a developing anaerobic digestion market.
Major players in the market mentioned in this report include ADI Systems, AsiaBioGas, BDI-BioEnergy, CH Four, CleanWorld, DVO, Ebara, Gasum, Hitachi Zosen, Inova, Kruger, MWH Global, Niras, Organic Power, Premier Tech Aqua, Republic Services, Sansuy and Turning Earth, among others.
Research details are available HERE.
(Source: BCC Research, 1 May, 2018) Contact: BBC Research, (866) 285-7215, www.bccresearch.com
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ReneSola has over 187 MW of operational DG solar projects and an additional 28 MW under construction, according to the company. By the end of 2018, it intends to own 350 to 400 MW of DG projects in China.
(Source: ReneSola Ltd., Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: ReneSola Ltd., China DG Solar, www.renesola.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ReneSola, Solar, China DG Solar,
The Golden State also seta new record for the instantaneous portion of demand met by renewable energy on Saturday at 73 pct, just 15 minutes before the solar record, with solar and wind alone meeting 64 pct of demand, exclusive of an estimated 6.6 gigawatts of behind-the-meter solar available in the state.
In 2017, California's renewable energy sources -- excluding large hydro plants -- represented 31 pct of Californias in-state electric power generation.(Source: California Independent System Operator
Contact: California Independent System Operator, www.caiso.com
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POET is recognized for its leadership in remaining focused on reducing the reliance of the United States on foreign energy, to revitalizing global agriculture, and providing a cleaner, affordable alternative to fossil fuels.
Since 2006, C has worked to bring together like minded companies to share ideas and partner to deploy bio-processes that can be economic in the long run without government subsidy. BDC holds two symposiums a year for its members, where leading edge information from various bio-companies is shared and tours are made of bio-facilities. BDC acts as a resource to members, working to broker partnerships that can lead to the deployment of commercial facilities. The organization recognizes the need for low cost feedstock, cost effective measures such as integration of processes, high value products, and good management to achieve the economics needed for success.
POET, the world's largest biofuels producer, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 30-year-old company has a network of 27 production facilities. POET, through its joint venture with DSM, also operates a commercial-scale cellulosic biofuel plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa (Source: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Biorenewable Deployment Consortium, Masood Akhtar, Pres.,(608) 332- 0189, Masood.Akhtar@biorenewabledc.org,
POET. Matt Merritt, Public Relations,
(605) 965-2225 / (605) 370-9959, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.poet.com
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The 10,000-tonne jack-up Seajacks Zaratan, will site all 20 SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines in the Taiwan Strait, with work set to start in the second quarter of 2019.
Seajacks will be installing the turbines for the Macquarie Capital, Orsted and Swancor-owned project in around 30 meters of water, up to 6 km off the coast of Miaoli County in northwest Taiwan. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Seajacks, Marine Log, 2 May, 2018) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable EnergyOffshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en; Seajacks UK Ltd., +44 1492 841400, www.seajacks.com
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The project, which will be carried out by a world-leading team of Finnish and Mongolian ice sculptors, is expected to take four weeks to complete and an undetermined period to melt.
GloMEEP member countries -- Argentina, China, Georgia, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, Philippines and South Africa -- will serve as lead pilot countries for implementing legal, policy and institutional reforms; undertake awareness-raising and capacity-building activities and establish public-private partnerships to support low-carbon shipping.
Jamaica, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), is currently staging a three-day session to assist maritime administrations, port authorities and their personnel to better understand sources of emissions in ports, identify strategies and solutions and train participants in the use of two new guides -- Guide for a Port Emissions Status Assessment and Guide for the Development of a Port Emissions Reduction Strategy -- which are being developed under the GloMEEP project.
GloMEEP is being undertaken through partnership involving the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). (Source: Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnership, Jamaica Information Service, 2 May, 2018) Contact:
GloMEEP International Maritime Organization, www.glomeep.imo.org
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The proposed new rules would deviate slightly from another much-heralded objective -- Requiring all new homes be "net-zero" meaning they would produce enough solar power to offset all electricity and natural gas consumed over the course of a year. Among the highlights:
The mandate dates back to 2007 when the California Energy Commission adopted the goal of making homebuilding so efficient the "newly constructed buildings can be net zero energy by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings."
(Source: California Energy Commission, Orange County Register, 4 May, 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission
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The French firm claims it achieved the target in equities by looking down the value chain at renewable energies and energy efficiency, as well as in listed mid-sized companies not represented in the index.
Natixis is a Paris-based corporate and investment bank created in November 2006 from the merger of the asset management and investment banking operations of Natexis Banque Populaire and IXIS. (Source: Mirova, CityWire, 3 May, 2018) Contact: Natexis Banque Populaire, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natixis
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The 2017 DEfR found that the share of ADB operations supporting climate change mitigation and/or adaptation rose to 49 pct in 2015 -- 2017, exceeding the 45 pct 2020 target. Climate change finance, including external sources mobilized by ADB, reached a record $5.16 billion in 2017. This puts ADB in a good position to achieve its $6 billion annual climate financing target by 2020.
(Source: Asian Development Bank, 3 May 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org
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