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Microsoft Joins Climate Leadership Council (Ind. Report)
Climate Leadership Council
Date: 2019-05-03
Following up on our 17th April coverage, Microsoft reports it has joined the Climate Leadership Council. The Climate Leadership Council was founded by former secretaries of state James Baker and George Shultz, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, BP, ExxonMobil, and Shell, General Motors and others. Membership includes 3500+ economists, 27 Nobel laureates and 15 former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers.

According to the organization's website, The founding Members of the Climate Leadership Council believe that America needs a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens our economy and protects our shared environment."

The Council's carbon dividends solution embodies the conservative principles of free markets and limited government. It also offers an equitable, popular and politically-viable way forward, paving the way for a much-needed bipartisan climate breakthrough. The Council's carbon dividends program is based on four interdependent pillars:

  • A gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax;
  • Carbon dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100 pct of the revenue;
  • The rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary; and
  • Border carbon adjustments to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.

    Alongside a growing carbon tax, the Climate Leadership Council wants to rollback carbon regulations that are no longer necessary and pay these carbon taxes back to citizens in the form of dividends. The group also plans to push for rising carbon taxes in replacement of other climate legislation while protecting its members from historic climate damage payments, according to its website.

    Microsoft recently committed to a $15 per ton internal carbon tax and announced that its campus will soon be run with 100 pct carbon-free electricity. It also ramped up its data center plans to run on 70 pct renewable by 2023. (Source: Microsoft, Climate Leadership Council, WinBuzzer, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  


  • Cdn. Oilsands CO2 Emissions Far Higher than Reported (Ind. Report)
    Environment Canada
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In Ottawa, Environment Canada is reporting newly published research from Canadian federal scientists suggests a number of major oilsands operations in oil-soaked northern Alberta seem to be emitting significantly more carbon pollution than companies have been reporting, which could have profound consequences for government climate-change strategies.

    The researchers, mainly from Environment Canada, calculated emissions rates for four major oilsands surface mining operations using air samples collected in 2013 on 17 airplane flights over the area. In results published today in the journal Nature Communications, the scientists say the air samples from just those surface mining operations suggest their carbon dioxide emissions are 64 pct higher, on average, than what the companies themselves report to the federal government using the standard United Nations reporting framework for greenhouse gases. The findings suggest Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions would be around 2.3 pct higher than previously thought.

    The report suggests the differences between the new estimates and previously reported numbers are related to methodology. The standard "bottom up" method sees companies quantify the amount of fuel they use at each source of their operation, from extraction to delivery of crude to refineries. They then calculate their carbon emissions from their fuel use. The scientists behind the Environment Canada study used a "top-down" approach involving hundreds of air samples taken during more than 80 hours of flights over four major surface mining operations in northern Alberta: Syncrude Canada's Mildred Lake facility, Suncor's Millennium and North Steepbank site, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.'s Horizon mine, and what was then Shell's Albian Jackpine operation, now majority owned by Canadian Natural.

    The gap between the facilities' reported CO2 emissions and the levels calculated by researchers was 13 pct for the Suncor site, 36 pct for the Horizon mine, 38 pct for Jackpine and 123 pct for Syncrude. The study did not include emissions from all oilsands operations that use in-situ extraction, pumping steam into the ground to get the petroleum out. About 80 pct of oilsands reserves, and the majority of current production, require in-situ extraction. That means the overall amount of under reported greenhouse gas emissions could be significantly higher. (Source: Environment Canada, CBC News , 23 April, 2019) Contact: Environment Canada, John Liggio, www.linkedin.com/in/john-liggio-34349467

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environment Canada,  Carbon Emissions,  Oil Sands,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Shell Seeking UK CO2 Storage Development Subsidy (Int'l Report)
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the UK, the Sunday Times is reporting oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell is seeking an unspecified subsidy from the British government to support Shell's development of underground carbon dioxide storage.

    The requested subsidy is reportedly less than the roughly £40 million previously granted for renewable energy technologies, according to the Sunday Times. (Source: Talk Finance, Sunday Times, 23 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell ,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  CO2,  


    UK Parliament Pension Rethinking Fossil Fuel Investments (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2019-04-10
    The Guardian is reporting Trustees of the UK Parliamentarian's pension fund are reconsidering rules of investments to take climate change risks into account,. but not excluding fossil fuel and other high emissions organizations, in their investment decisions. At the same time, the Trustees are not committing to fully divest from high emission operations fossil fuels, but will consider such a move.

    According to the Guardian report, nearly two-thirds of the UK's university and other public pension funds have either divested or reformed their rules, though some have retained their fossil fuel focus despite strong public pressure.

    Presently, five of the fund's top 20 investments, representing more than £20 million are in fossil fuel companies including the UK-based BP, which makes up the biggest single shareholding by the fund. Others include Royal Dutch Shell and the French company Total. (Source: Business Green, Article first appeared in the Guardian, April, 2019) .

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Fossil Fuels,  


    Shell Plans $300Mn Investment to Offset Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2019-04-10
    Oil major Royal Dutch Shell reports it plans to invest $300 million in forests, wetlands and other natural ecosystems around the world over the next three years as part of its strategy to "act on global climate change." The investment programme will contribute to the Shell Group's three-year target, beginning in 2019, to reduce its net carbon footprint by between 2 pct and 3 pct, according to Shell.

    Projects in Shell's pipeline include a 5 million tree planting initiative in the Netherlands, a 300-hectare reforestation project in Spain and an 800-hectare endangered native forest regeneration project in the state of Queensland. (Source: Shell, Various Media, Bunkerspot, April, 2019) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, Ben van Beurden, CEO, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Royal Dutch Shell,  Reforestation,  Carbon Sequestration,  


    Shell Quitting AFPM Over Climate Change Policy "Misalignment" (Int'l)
    American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
    Date: 2019-04-08
    Citing "material misalignment" over climate change policy differences, petroleum industry giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc has announced it will leave the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)in 2020.

    Shell claims its move is in line with the 2015 Paris climate agreement's goals to limit global warming by reducing carbon emissions to a net zero by the end of the century. It is also reflects investor pressure on oil companies, particularly in Europe, to change in their behavior around climate. Along that line, in 2018 Shell announced plans to introduce industry-leading carbon emissions targets linked to executive pay. (Source: Shell, Sustainable Business,Various Media, April, 2019) Contact: AFPM, Ben van Beurden, CEO, Pres., (202) 457-0480, www.afpm.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers ,  Shell,  Climate Change,  


    Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund Moving to Renewables (Int'l)
    Norwegian Sovereign Wealth FundRenewable Energy
    Date: 2019-04-08
    In Oslo, the Norwegian government has reportedly gien the nod for the country's $1 trillion oil-rich Sovereign Wealth Fund fund, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, to start pumping as mush as $14 billion into wind, solar and other renewable energy power projects.

    In March, Norway's sovereign wealth fund noted it would dispose of its investments in 134 companies that explore for oil and gas, worth almost $8 billion. But it is retaining stakes in oil firms such as Shell and BP that have renewable energy divisions.The Norwegian fund is also selling off its stakes in more coal companies, having set a new limit for them of 20 million tons of reserves. The fund divested $6.5 billion of coal-related investments in 2015.

    The Norwegian move follows Saudi Arabian and other national funds founded on fossil fuels revenues as they ramp up their energy interest with renewables and other clean energy investments needed to combat climate change. (Source: Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, Grist, The Guardian, April, 2019) Contact: Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, www.nbim.no

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund,  Renewable Energy,  


    Shell Sustainability Report -- Net Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    Shell
    Date: 2019-04-03
    In a bid to halve its net carbon footprint by 2035, Shell, one of the world's biggest and most profitable oil and gas giants, plans to slash its net carbon footprint by half 2050 by diversifying its clean energy portfolio and investing in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. In the short term, the company is aiming for a 20 pct carbon footprint reduction by 2035 compared with its 2016 level as it seeks to adhere to the spirit and ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement.

    Download the Shell Sustainability Report-- Net Carbon Footprint HERE. (Source: Shell, www.shell.com

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


    Shell Supplying Dutch Maritime Biofuel Pilot Project (Int'l Report)
    Shell
    Date: 2019-03-22
    In the Netherlands, A.P. Moller -- Maersk A/S reports its is partnering with a group of Dutch multinationals, including Shell, in a maritime biofuels pilot program that will see one of Maersk's giant Triple E container ships sail 25.000 nautical miles from Rotterdam to Shanghai and back on a blend of up to 20 pct sustainable second-generation Biofuels.

    The fuel blend, which will eliminate 1.5 million kg of CO2 and 20,000 kg of sulfur emissions, is being supplied by Shell which, along with the other partners in the project -- Friesland Campina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, and Unilever -- is a member of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC). (Source: A.P. Moller -- Maersk A/S, Marinelog, Various Others, 22 Mar., 2019) Contact: A.P. Moller -- Maersk. Soren Toft, CEO, www.maersk.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  


    Shell Wants Tighter Methane Leakage Regulations (Reg & Leg)
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2019-03-15
    Oil and gas giant, Royal Dutch Shell plc has recently urged Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tighten restrictions on methane leaks and emissions from oil and gas drilling and fracking operations, instead of loosening them as recently planned.

    As previously reported in September 2018, the EPA proposed plans that would weaken a 2016 Obama administration rule by permitting companies to reduce attempts to inspect and repair pipelines and wells that leak methane. The recent proposal is anticipated to allow drillers to conduct inspections annually and allow 60 days to complete necessary repairs.

    Oil and gas well methane leaks account for 10 pct of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The gas has over 80 times the heat-trapping potential of CO2 in the first 20 years of its escape into the atmosphere, according to the EPA. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, All Chem Research, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell,  Methane,  Methance Leak,  


    Shell Launches Hong Kong Biodiesel Pilot Program (Int'l Report)
    Shell
    Date: 2019-03-13
    Shell is reporting the launch of its used cooking oil biodiesel pilot program with Maxim's Group , a food caterer, to use biodiesel from Maxim’s used cooking oil to power its 100 plus truck fleet Hong Kong.

    As the first and only biodiesel provider in Hong Kong, Shell's initiative will improves Hong Kong's energy security and lower the city's "well-to-wheel" CO2 by providing a more sustainable alternative to conventional diesel, according to a Shell release. (Source: Shell Hong Kong Ltd., PR, 12 Mar., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Shell,  


    Flint Hills Adding FQP Tech at Iowa Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    Flint Hills Resources
    Date: 2019-03-08
    In the Hawkeye State, Flint Hills Resources announced it will install Fluid Quip Process Technologies' (FQPT) patented Maximized Stillage Co-Products (MSC) system at its Shell Rock ethanol plant. This is the second installation of the FQPT MSC system among Flint Hills' seven ethanol plants located in Iowa, Nebraska and Georgia, and the fourth site in the nation where the FQPT system will be used.

    MSC technology allows dry mill ethanol plants to separate protein from the whole stillage that is a co-product of the ethanol-making process.

    The Shell Rock MSC project will require the addition of a new building and two protein dryers. Construction is slated to break ground this spring. Fluid Quip Process Technologies will provide the MSC technology, separation equipment, process engineering, construction oversight, and startup support.

    The Shell Rock plant produces 125 million gpy of ethanol, 300,000 tpy of dried distillers' grains (DDGs) and more than 3.5 million gpy of distillers' corn oil from 44 million bpy of locally source corn. (Source: Flint Hills Resources, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Flint Hills Resources, www.fhr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DDGs,  Flint Hills Resources,  Ethanol,  


    Shell Joins Rotterdam W2C Project Consortium (Int'l Report)
    Air Liquide,Shell,Enerkem
    Date: 2019-03-04
    Further to our July 17, 2018 report, a consortium comprising Air Liquide, Nouryon (fka AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam is reporting Royal Dutch Shell will join as an equal equity partner in Europe's first advanced waste-to-chemicals (W2C) and biofuels from non-recyclable waste materials facility in Rotterdam.

    The planned facility will convert up to 360,000 tpy of waste into 220,000 tpy of biomethanol -- a chemical building block that is used to manufacture a broad range of everyday products, as well as being a renewable fuel.

    The consortium was established as a dedicated joint venture company and has begun preparatory work covering detailed engineering and the permitting process. It aims to take the final investment decision (FID) before the year end.

    The project, which will use Montreal-headquartered Enerkem's proprietary technology, is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, the City of Rotterdam, the Province of Zuid-Holland and Innovation Quarter, the regional development agency. The facility's sustainable methanol output will be purchased by Nouryon and Shell. (Source: Shell, Port Of Rotterdam, Hellenic Shipping News,1 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Chemical,  Methanol,  Enerkem,  Shell,  Air Liquide,  


    Restalk Plans California Cannabis Waste Bio-Refinery (Ind. Report)
    Restalk,Circular Systems
    Date: 2019-02-22
    In the Golden State, Los Angeles-based Restalk Inc., a company focused on diversifying technologies and applications for cannabis bio-waste, reports the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Circular Systems, a social purpose company focused on transforming food crop waste into high value fiber for various industrial applications.

    Under the LoI, the two companies will undertake multiple joint venture projects to facilitate the development and scaling of Circular Systems' "Agraloop™" biomass processing technologies.

    The "Agraloop-Restalk" joint venture's primary activity will be processing cannabis and other agricultural waste biomass starting with waste generated within the Americas, particularly Northern California. The Agraloop Bio-Refinery pilot mill will develop strategically geolocated infrastructure. Which includes mobile and regional processing equipment to provide value added bio-mass focusing on up-cycling female cannabis waste as well as other regional biomass feedstocks including: industrial hemp, soy straw, wheat straw, rice straw, almond shells/hulls, and wool.

    The initial project is being coordinated with the assistance of the University of California, as well as Fibershed, a non profit organization focused on propelling sustainable and regenerative fiber production. (Source: Restalk Inc., Feb., 2019 Contact: Restalk Inc., Lucas Hildebrand, Pres., info@restalk.org, www.restalk.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cannabis,  Biomass,  Bio-waste,  


    Shell Acquiring Home Solar Battery Manufacturer (Int'l, M&A)
    Sonnen,Shell Overseas Investment
    Date: 2019-02-18
    Oil giant Shell Overseas Investment B.V. -- Shell New Energies reports it will acquire German battery maker Sonnen and roll it into a wholly owned subsidiary that will accelerate both company's integrated energy services and electric vehicle charging solutions. As previously reported Shell invested in Sonnen in 2018.

    According to Sonnen, 40,000 of its SonnenBatterie systems have been installed world wide, 3,000 of which are in Australia. Sonnen was the first battery manufacturer to participate in South Australia's Home Battery Scheme and the company has set up battery assembly operations in Adelaide.

    Sonnen provides battery storage systems to households with rooftop solar panels in Germany, Europe's biggest solar market, in the areas of charging infrastructure and battery storage. (Source: Shell, SolarQuotes Blob, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Shell New Energies, www.shell.ca/en_ca/energy-and-innovation/new-energies.html; Sonnen Inc., www.sonnen-batterie.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen,  Battery,  Solar Battery,  Energy Storage,  Shell,  


    Wind Energy Capacity Installations Rising in the Americas (Int'l)
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2019-02-06
    According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) shows North, Central and South America together installed 11.9 GW capacity of wind power in 2018,up 12 pct on 2017. In North America (Canada and USA) new capacity additions grew by 10.8 pct compared to 2017. In Latin America new capacity additions jumped 18.7 pct compared to 2017. The GWEC also notes:
  • the wind energy industry supports over 160,000 jobs in North America -- CanWEA and AWEA stats;

  • Brazil installed 2 GW of added wind farm capacity during 2018 and auctioned further capacity at world beating prices of as low as $22/MWh;

  • Mexico installed almost 1 GW of new wind turbines capacity, the highest capacity additions ever and now has a total capacity of 5 GW. The country expects to reach its target of generating 35 pct of its power capacity through renewables before 2024;

  • the North American offshore wind power market continues to develop with supply chain planning taking place, tenders for offshore leasing zones being conducted (Massachusetts), JV formations (EDF and Shell for New Jersey leasing zones) and industry players establishing offices (MHI Vestas). (Source: Global Wind Energy Council, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: GWEC, Ben Backwell, CEO, www.gwec.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council ,  Wind,  


  • NEXT Renewable Fuels, Shell Trading Ink Supply Contract (Ind Report)
    NEXT Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Oregon-headquartered renewable fuels producer NEXT Renewable Fuels Inc is reporting a long term agreement to supply renewable diesel to Houston, Texas-headquartered Shell Trading (US) Company. Shell Trading (US) Company is a corporation that acts as the single market interface for Royal Dutch Shell companies and affiliates in the United States.

    NEXT Renewable Fuels will fulfill the contract with diesel produced at its $1-billion, 600 million gpy facility presently under construction in Port Westward, Oregon. The plant is slated for commissioning in 2021.

    NEXT's renewable diesel is produced from used cooking oils, animal tallows and other 100 pct renewable feedstocks. (Source: NEXT Renewable Fuels, Renewables, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: NEXT Renewable Fuels, www.nextrenewables.com; Shell Trading (US) Company, www.shell.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels ,  Renewable Fuels,  


    Solar Frontier Breaks Thin-Film Cell Efficiency Record (Int'l)
    Solar Frontier,New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Kanagawa, Japan-based thin-film CIS solar panel manufacturer Solar Frontier K.K., a unit of Showa Shell Sekiyu KK, is claiming a world record conversion efficiency of 23.35 pct on a 1-sq-cm thin-film solar cell that does not contain any cadmium (Cd).

    Solar Frontier was working with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan when it broke the previous 22.9 pct record which it set in November 2017. (Source: Solar Frontier, Renewables Now, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, www.nedo.go.jp/english; Solar Frontier, www.solar-frontier.com/eng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Frontier,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  NEDO,  


    Equinor Awarded Seabed CO2 Storage Exploration Permit (Int'l)
    Equinor
    Date: 2019-01-16
    The Norwegian Government reports it has awarded an exploitation permit for CO2 storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf to Norwegian multinational energy company Equinor. The permitted area is close to the Troll oil and gas field in the North Sea.

    Equinor is currently performing front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies on storage with project partners Shell and Total. The FEED-studies will provide more accurate cost estimates necessary for an investment decision. Equinor will next prepare a Plan for Development and Operations (PDO) scheduled for delivery in 2019. An investment decision for the Norwegian full-scale CCS project is expected in 2020/2021. (Source: Equinor, Gas World, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  CCS,  Seabed Carbon Storage,  


    Shell Cansolv Quits SaskPower Carbon Capture Facility (Ind Report)
    Saskpower, Shell Cansolv
    Date: 2019-01-14
    Following up on our August 7, 2018 coverage, in Estevan, Saskatchewan, SaskPower is reporting Shell Cansolv has wrapped up its work at the carbon capture test facility in the Shand Power Station. Shell Cansolv, which had been working with SaskPower to test new improvements on the Cansolv technology at the test facility,noted it will be available to consult with SaskPower and support their products in use at the CCS plant.

    SaskPower reports it is not currently soliciting new tenants to replace Shell Cansolv for the test facility, but would welcome offers regarding the use of the facility. (Source: Saskpower, Estevan Mercury, Jan., 2019)Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com; Shell Cansolv, www.shell.com/business-customers/global-solutions/gas-processing-licensing/licensed-technologies/shell-cansolv-gas-absorption-solutions.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Saskpower,  Shell Cansolv,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    JAL Commits to Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Flights (Int'l)
    Japan Airlines
    Date: 2019-01-09
    Japan Airlines (JAL) is reporting it plans to operate select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo (Haneda Airport) with an aircraft fueled by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., beginning the month. In January 2009, JAL operated a test flight in Japan with SAF using a mixture of three second-generation biofuel feedstocks and in November 2017, the airline operated a passenger flight with SAF from Chicago to Tokyo. The airline also reports it plans to operate a charter flight with SAF made from recycled clothes.

    The SAF initiative is part of JAL's Medium Term Management Plan to actively contribute and tackle Global Sustainable Development Goals, including the reduction of CO2 emissions. (Source: Japan Airlines, PR, 8 Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel news,  Jet Biofuel news,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel news,  


    EDF, Shell Investing in New Jersey Offshore Wind (Ind. Report)
    EDF Renewables,Shell
    Date: 2019-01-02
    EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US LLC (Shell) are reporting their 50/50 joint venture, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC to co-develop approximately 2,500 MW of offshore wind energy in New Jersey waters. The lease area comprises 183,353 acres about eight miles off the coast of Atlantic City.

    The deal is subject to regulatory approvals. Construction is subject to positive final investment decision. If approved and constructed, the project could come online in the mid 2020s.

    EDF Renewables presently has 2,800 MW of offshore wind in development or operation in Europe -- Belgium, France, Germany and the UK. (Source: EDF, Shell, Citizens Tribune, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: Shell New Energies, Dorine Bosman, VP, Shell Wind Development, www.shell.com/newenergies; EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, Sandi Briner , (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-renewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  EDF Renewables,  


    Finnair Touts Biofuel, CO2 Emissions Offset Service (Int'l)
    Finnair,Nordic Environment Finance Corporation
    Date: 2018-12-12
    Further to our July 30th coverage, Finland's national air carrier Finnair reports it will offer a new service allowing customers to offset the CO2 emissions of their flights by funding emissions reduction projects or carbon sinks, or by supporting the use of biofuels, beginning in early 2019. Finnair's partners for its offset service will include Dutch SkyNRG company and for emission reduction projects, Finnairand the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), an international financial institution backed by the Nordic states.

    The Helsinki-headquartered airline is part of an initiative driven by Shell, SkyNRG, World Energy, San Francisco Airport and several other airlines, which aims to pave the way for a longer term, more resilient supply chain for sustainable aviation fuels, and thus supporting the aviation industry's common CO2 emission reduction targets. (Source: Finnair, Travel Daily, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Finnair, Kati Ihamaki, Director, Corporate Sustainability, www.finnair.com; Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, www.nefco.org; www.nefco.org; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Finnair,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Carbon Emissions,  ,  


    Consortium Committed to European Transport BioLNG (Ind. Report)
    BioLNG
    Date: 2018-12-10
    EuroNet is reporting a European Union co-funded BioLNG consortium's commitment to the expansion of LNG as a road transport fuel and new infrastructure that should ensure the long-term success and mass scale adoption across Europe.

    To that end, the consortium -- Shell, DISA, Scania, IVECO, CNH Industrial Capital Europe under the trademark of IVECO Capital and Nordsol -- will each deliver separate activities that will see 2,000 more LNG trucks on the road, 39 LNG fueling stations and the construction of a BioLNG production plant in the Netherlands. The LNG Retail stations will form part of a pan-European network and be built in Belgium, France, Germany the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. The stations will be located along core road network corridors from Spain to eastern Poland. (Source: BioLNG Euronet, Petrol Plaza, Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  


    Notable Quote

    Date: 2018-11-14
    "In general, you can say the statement that gas is cleaner than coal is mostly true, but actually that is irrelevant. This isn't about being cleaner than coal, it is about reducing the hell out of our greenhouse gas emissions." -- Roland Kupers ,former Shell Oil LNG executive; Environmental Defense Fund advisor.

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


    Washington State Rejects Carbon Tax, Again (Reg & Leg)
    Western States Petroleum Association
    Date: 2018-11-12
    The third time around wasn't lucky for Washington States I 1631 groundbreaking carbon tax , despite broad support from MicroSoft's Bill Gates, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and the far away New York Times, labor organizations, environmentalist and others.

    I 1631 aimed to charge oil companies and other significant emitters $15 per ton of carbon released -- increasing by $2 per year until 2035. The approximately $1 billion per year it was expected to raise was earmarked for clean energy projects, public transportation, environmental conservation, and green jobs programs.

    In 2016, another initiative, 732, proposed a tax on carbon in exchange for reduced sales and manufacturing taxes and creating a fund for low-income families–an approach intended to appeal to conservatives. The strategy missed the marked with only 40.7 pct of the vote. Earlier this year, too, the state legislature attempted to pass a carbon tax measure, but that died when it failed to collect enough votes in the Senate to advance.

    Organized opposition to I 1631 campaign was sponsored by the Western States Petroleum Association -- an umbrella organization for BP, Chevron, Shell,Exxon) and others. In Washington, 54.5 pct of Washington State's carbon emissions reportedly come from gas and diesel used in transportation. In most states, the power generation sector is credited with the bulk of the state's carbon emissions. (Source: Various Media, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of Washington Sate Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov; Western States Petroleum Association, www.wspa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News I 1631,  Carbon Tax,  Washington Carbon Tax,  Jay Inslee,  


    Shell CEO Promotes Reforestation to Meet 1.5C Degrees (Int'l)
    Shell Oil
    Date: 2018-10-12
    Speaking at the Oil & Money Conference in London on Tuesday, Shell Oil CEO Ben van Beurden argued that an increased reliance on renewable energy would not be enough to meet the Paris Climate Agreement goal of limiting climate change to 1.5C degrees.

    van Beurden noted that reforestation -- the planting of more trees -- was the only solution to meeting the goal of 1.5C. Reforestation is similar to afforestation, which is the process of restoring and recreating areas of woodland on land that was not previously forested.

    Removal of woodland areas and forests from the planet has become all too common, due to agricultural activities, logging, mining and forest fires. Forests soak up pollution and dust from the air, maintain the balance of CO2 and oxygen in Earth's atmosphere, build natural habitats and ecosystems and maintain the water cycle which prevents soil erosion.

    Reforestation can help mitigate global warming by reducing the amount of CO2 in the air. Trees use sunlight to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. Water also evaporates from leaves and this conversion of water to vapour removes heat from the air.

    The Shell CEO added that an Amazon-sized tree planting project is needed to meet global warming targets. (Source: Shell, iNews, 10 Oct., 2018)


    Oil, Gas Players Pledge to Slash Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
    Date: 2018-09-26
    The 13-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) -- which includes Exxon Mobil, Chevron and others -- reports it is committed to cutting methane emissions to an intensity of 0.25 pct of all fossil fuel the group's member companies produces by 2025. The pledge could be cut further to 0.2 pct intensity, which would echo targets set individually by group members BP, Royal Dutch Shell and XOM to reduce methane emissions.

    The OGCI, which also counts France's Total as well as national oil companies of China, Mexico, Brazil and Saudi Arabia among its members, represents nearly a third of global oil and gas production. (Source: OGCI Website, Seeking Alpha, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

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    ViennaGreenCO2 Biomass Plant Pilot Underway (Int'l Report))
    Vienna University of Technology
    Date: 2018-09-07
    On the heels of successful laboratory tests by the Vienna University of Technology in cooperation with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) and Shell, commissioning of a new system for the separation of CO2 from exhaust gases has begun on the grounds of the Wien Energie Biomass Power Plant in Simmering.

    The pilot facility is designed to capture one tpd of CO2. Like other CO2 capture technologies, the Vienna project also uses nitrogen derivatives (amines) to separate the CO2 from the exhaust gases of combustion processes and thus prevent it from entering the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. However, while currently best available methods use aqueous amine solvents, in this process, the CO2 from the exhaust gas in the multistage fluidiaed bed column will firstly 'dock' onto solid amine-functionalized particles and be redissolved in a second column by heat input.

    In the previous laboratory tests, more than 90 pct of the CO2 could be separated from the exhaust gases. The researchers expect to reduce separation costs per ton of CO2 by as much as 25 pct compared to the current best available technology. (Source: Vienna University of Technology, World Fertilizer, Sept., 2018) Contact: Vienna University of Technology, Dr. Ing. Gerhard Schony, Project Coordinator, www.tuwien.ac.at

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Carbon Capture,  


    UC Santa Barbara Lauded for Efficiency, Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    UC Santa Barbara
    Date: 2018-08-29
    The 2018 Sustainable Campus Index has tagged the University of California Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara) as a top performer in three categories of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2018 Sustainable Campus Index. The annual index ranks the nation's most sustainable colleges and universities, as measured by AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

    Highlighting innovative and high-impact sustainability initiatives from STARS-rated institutions -- UCSB holds a STARS Gold rating for sustainability impact areas related to academics, engagement, operations and administration.

    In existing buildings and new construction, UCSB is committed to the US Green Building Council's LEED green building rating system with more than 278,000 square feet currently certified as either LEED Platinum or Gold. UCSB also has an indoor air quality policy, a green cleaning policy and is ranked fifth, earning 69 pct, compared to an average of just 16.9 pct for institutions of comparable size in sustainable investments.

    AASHE's STARS is the leading tool for measuring higher education sustainability performance. With nearly 800 participating institutions, it is the most thoroughly vetted and extensively tested system of its kind. (Source: UC Santa Barbara, Sept., 2018) Contact: UC Santa Barbara, Shelly Leachman, (805) 893-8726, shelly.leachman@ucsb.edu, www.ucsb.edu; AASHE, Meghan Fay Zahniser , Sustainable Campus Exec. Dir., https://stars.aashe.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  Sustainability,  Energy Eficiency,  


    Seagrass Could Mitigate Ocean Acidification Effects of Climate Change, say Carnegie Scientists (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-08-06
    In Stanford, California, Carnegie Institution for Science researchers David Koweek and Ken Caldeira are reporting seagrass meadows can play a limited, localized function in relieving sea acidification in aquatic ecosystems. The researcher found the carbon dioxide can be absorbed into the sea where chemical reactions together with the seawater create carbonic acid, which can be corrosive to marine life, especially shellfish which build their own shells and exoskeletons from calcium carbonate.

    Seagrasses provide an important source of shelter and food for marine creatures, help combat erosion of the sediments which form the ocean bed, also filter bacterial pathogens in the water. In addition they consume carbon dioxide as a portion of the day photosynthetic activity.

    The researchers found that carbon dioxide uptake by seagrass meadows can impede the pH of the sea water into their immediate environment and help fight the effects of acidification and climate change at the brief term. (Source: Carnegie Institution for Science, Green Optimistic, Blog, eurekalert, 1 Aug., 2018) Contact: Carnegie Institution for Science, David Koweek, Ken Caldeira, (650) 427-0488, dkoweek@carnegiescience.edu, https://carnegiescience.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sea Grass,  Climate Change,  


    Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Capture and Storage ,CCS
    Date: 2018-08-01
    The recently released Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers report provides detailed information on the driving factors and challenges that will define the upcoming development of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) market. The report examines existing opportunities in small markets for investors thorough an analysis of the competitive landscape and product offerings of key players including: Babcock & Wilcox, ENGIE, GE Power, The Linde Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Air Products and Chemicals, Aker Solutions, Amec Foster Wheeler, Chevron, Fluor, Hitachi, Net Power, Schlumberger, Shell, Siemens, Statoil, and Sulzer.

    According to the report, the CCS market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 9.18 pct. up to 2021.

    View report details HERE. Request a report Sample PDF HERE. (Source: Absolute Reports, July, 2018) Contact: Absolute Reports, www.absolutereports.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Sequestration,  


    Battery Storage VC Funding Hits $539Mn in H1, says Mercom Report (Ind. Report)
    Mercom Capital Group
    Date: 2018-07-25
    Mercom Capital Group LLC consultancy's report on funding, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency sectors notes that venture capital (VC) funding for battery storage companies grew to $539 million in the first half of 2018, marking a 12 pct year-on-year rise. The data covers the second quarter and first half of 2018.

    According to the report, corporate funding in battery storage came from 34 investors, with the top dealan $80-million Series D financing round of behind-the-meter battery startup Stem Inc. Germany's Sonnen GmbH, raised $71 million in a financing round led by Shell Ventures. Massachusetts-based materials technology company Ionic Materials raised $65 million and Durapower raises $40 million while thermal energy storage provider Ice Energy also raised $40 million.

    The number of battery storage-related M&A transactions in the six months was eight, only one of which was with a disclosed value. This compares to two such deals in the first half of 2017, according to the Mercon report. (Source: Mercom Capital Group Contact: Mercom Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, info@mercomcapital.com, www.mercomcapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercom Capital Group,  Battery,  Energy Storage ,  


    US Bioenergy Market Report 2018 -- Report Offered (Ind. Report)
    Bioenergy,Biofuels
    Date: 2018-07-23
    United States Bioenergy Market Report 2018 is latest research study released by HTF MI evaluating the market, highlighting opportunities, risk side analysis, and leveraged with strategic and tactical decision-making support. The study provides information on market trends and development, drivers, capacities, technologies, and on the changing capital structure of the U.S. Bioenergy Market.

    The Study is segmented by ethanol, biodiesel & hydrocarbon fuels as well as by major applications/end-user industries such as transportation, off-grid electricity and cooking. It is also segmented by region and market size. Key manufacturers covered in the report include Archer Daniels Midland, BP, Cargill, POET, Royal Dutch Shell and Wilmar International.

    Study details are HERE; Bioenergy Market: Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2023 report samples are HERE. Source: HTF Market Intelligence Consulting Private Limited, July, 2018) Contact: HTF Market Intelligence Consulting, Craig Francis, Marketing Manager, (206) 317-1218, sales@htfmarketreport.com, www.htfmarketreport.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  


    IRENA Calls for Global Offshore Wind Standardization (Int'l)
    IRENA
    Date: 2018-07-20
    In Abu Dhabi, the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) just published Nurturing Offshore Wind Markets: Good practices for International Standardisation report concludes that "offshore wind energy stands on the cusp of rapid and widespread growth." The report, which is based on the findings of numerous interviews with industry experts, associations, literature, research and discussions with stakeholders in IRENA member countries, notes that globalization and trading of the technology require market confidence in the technology and internationally harmonized specifications, standards and quality control measures. are 'key instruments.'

    The report also calls upon the global offshore wind energy development industry to actively engage in ongoing international standardisation processes for the technology and to foster cross-fertilisation between offshore wind and other industry sectors - particularly those using similar technology or operating in similar environments, such as onshore wind and offshore oil & gas. (Source: IRENA, Maritime Journal, 16 July, 2018) Contact: IRENA, Francisco Boshell, Analyst -- Markets and Standards for Renewable Energy Technologies, +91 2 417 9000,www.irena.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  Offshore Wind,  


    Velocys Secures Funding for UK Waste-to-Jet Fuel Project (Int'l)
    Velocys
    Date: 2018-06-20
    UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it has secured £4.9 million of funding for the next development phase of the waste-to-sustainable jet fuel project the company is developing in the UK. As part of the funding package a grant of £434,000 has been secured from the Department for Transport (DfT) under the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).

    The project is being developed with support from oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and British Airways. The team is developing the engineering and business case for the construction of a first plant in the UK that will convert hundreds of thousands of tpy of post-recycled waste into clean-burning, sustainable fuels to be used by British Airways.

    The fuel is expected to deliver over 70 pct greenhouse gas reduction and 90 pct reduction in particulate matter emissions compared with conventional jet fuel. The project partners expect to reach a final investment decision in the first half of 2020. (Source: Velocys, PR, Business Leader, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Notable Quote -- The Pope Weighs In on Climate Change, Renewables
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-06-11
    "(It is) Disturbing that two-and-a-half years after the (Paris) deal was struck, carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gas levels remain very high. Yet even more worrying is the continued search for new fossil fuel reserves, whereas the Paris Agreement clearly urged keeping most fossil fuels underground. "Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization!

    "The effects of climate change are not evenly distributed. It is the poor who suffer most from the ravages of global warming, with increasing disruption in the agricultural sector, water insecurity, and exposure to severe weather events. Many of those who can least afford it are already being forced to leave their homes and migrate to other places that may or may not prove welcoming." -- Pope Francis speaking to ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and other energy industry leaders at the recent Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home conference.

    Editorial Note: Pope Francis is known to consider climate change one of the key themes of his papacy and has described it as "one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day."

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Shell, SkyNRG Collaborating on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (Ind. Report)
    Shell Aviation,SkyNRG
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Shell Aviation and Geneva, Switzerland-based SkyNRG are reporting a long term strategic collaboration aimed at promoting and developing long-term opportunities for low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel. The two firms will jointly fund the effort, according to the release.

    SkyNRG, which blends and distributes sustainable aviation fuel as well as developing regional supply chains, has supplied sustainable aviation fuel to more than 25 airlines worldwide, according to the release.

    Shell Aviation is a leading aviation fuel and lubricants supplier, delivering fuel to around 850 airports in 32 countries, according to the release. (Source: Shell Aviation, Bifuels Int'l, June, 2018) Contact: SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, CEO. Shell Aviation, Anne Anderson, VP, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com; Shell Aviation,www.shell.com/business-customers/aviation.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Shell Aviation,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    Shell Invests in Bavarian Solar Battery Specialist Sonnen (Int'l)
    Sonnen, Shell
    Date: 2018-05-25
    Anglo-Dutch petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell reports it has taken a stake in the Bavarian solar battery maker Sonnen by participating in a new €60 million ($70 million) financing round. Other investors included GE and Chinese wind power group Envision.

    Sonnen provides battery storage systems to households with rooftop solar panels in Germany, Europe's biggest solar market, in the areas of charging infrastructure and battery storage. (Source: Shell, Handelsblatt Global, 24 May, 2018) Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP, www.sonnen-batterie.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen,  Shell,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Shell Shareholders Call for Tougher Carbon Targets (Int'l)
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2018-05-21
    Last week at oil giant Royal Dutch Shell's AGM, the Dutch pension fund AEGON, the Church of England and a growing number of major pension fund and other Shell shareholders supported a resolution calling for the company to set tougher carbon targets that are in line with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The resolution was also highlighted by 60 large investors managing more $10.4 trillion (£7.72 trillion ) in assets, though they stopped short of publicly backing it.

    Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, acknowledged the resolution was instrumental in Shell's plan to halve the carbon footprint of the energy it sells by 2050. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, Follow This, The Guardian, 29 May, 2018)Contact: Follow This, https://follow-this.org; Royal Dutch Shell, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell ,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    UNDP Suggests Wrapping Buildings to Cut Heating Costs (Int'l Report)
    UNDP,Green Climate Foundation
    Date: 2018-05-16
    In Yerevan, the Armenian government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have launched a joint program to wrap multi-apartment buildings with a special high-tech shell to reduce the cost of heating by 50-60 pct and at the same time cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Green Climate Foundation has committed $20 million to the project and the Armenian government will in turn provide $9.8 million, according to UNDP Deputy Resident Representative to Armenia Dmitry Maryasin.

    Initially the program will not include buildings needing major repairs. The selection of buildings will be carried out on a competitive basis. The UNDP will also cooperate with banks to provide affordable loans to residents . (Source: UNDP, ARKA, 16 May, 2018) Contact: UNDP, www.undp.org; Green Climate Foundation, www.greenclimate.fund

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Climate Foundation,  UNDP,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Air Products Snares Shell's Biomass Gasification Technology Licensing Business (Int'l, M&A)
    Air Products, Shell Global Solutions International
    Date: 2018-05-09
    Industrial gases specialist Air Products is reporting its acquisition of the Coal Gasification Technology licensing business from Shell Global Solutions International for undisclosed amount. The deal includes Shell's associated patent portfolios for coal and biomass gasification and sharing of patent rights for residue and biomass gasification.

    The acquisition expands Air Products' offerings in synthesis gas (syngas) to provide turn-key sale-of-gas gasification facilities for coal and biomass and refinery residues, Air Products noted.

    Shell's subsidiaries include Cansolv Technologies Inc., a leader in gas treating and sulphur dioxide (SO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery technologies. CANSOLV's patented technology uses an aqueous amine solution to achieve highly efficient, selective absorption of sulfur dioxide (SO2) from post combustion flue-gases. The technology is a highly flexible system and is adaptable to a wide variety of industrial applications, gas flow rates and SO2 concentrations, according to the company website. (Source: Air Products, EBR, May, 2018) Contact: Shell Global Solutions International, www.shell.com/business-customers/global-solutions.html; Air Products, Marie Folkes, Pres. Industrial Gases, www.airproducts.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cansolv,  Shell Global Solutions International,  Air Products,  

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