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Opportunities and Limits of CO2 Recycling in a Circular Carbon Economy: Techno-economics, Critical Infrastructure Needs, and Policy Priorities (Report Attached)
Columbia Universitys Center on Global Policy
Date: 2021-05-07
The attached report, part of the Carbon Management Research Initiative at Columbia University's Center on Global Policy, examines 19 CO2 recycling pathways to understand the opportunities, technical and economic limits of CO2 recycling products gaining market entry and reaching global scale.

The pathways studied consume renewable (low-carbon) electricity and use chemical feedstocks derived from electrochemical pathways powered by renewable energy. Across these CO2 recycling pathways, the authors evaluated current globally representative production costs, sensitivities to cost drivers, carbon abatement potential, critical infrastructure and feedstock needs, and the effect of subsidies. Based on this analysis, the paper concludes with targeted policy recommendations to support CO2 recycling innovation and deployment. Key findings of the analysis include :

  • CO2 recycling pathways could deliver deep emissions reductions. -- When supplied by low-carbon electricity and chemical feedstocks, CO2 recycling pathways have the combined potential to abate 6.8 gigatonnes of CO2 per year (GtCO2/yr) when displacing conventional production methods.

  • Some CO2 recycling pathways have reached market parity today, while the costs of remaining pathways are high. -- Electrochemical carbon monoxide (CO) production, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing, and the CarbonCure concrete process all have an estimated cost of production (ECOP) lower than the product selling price. These pathways have a combined carbon abatement potential of 1.6 GtCO2/yr. Most remaining pathways have an ECOP of 2.5 to 7.5 times greater than the product selling price. In particular locations and contexts, ECOP may be substantially lower, but these costs are representative of CO2 recycling at global scale.

  • Catalyst performance and input prices are the main cost drivers. -- The largest component of ECOP is electricity and chemical feedstock costs, and the main cost drivers are those who influence these two cost components. For electrochemical pathways, ECOP is most sensitive to catalyst product selectivity (the ability of the catalyst to avoid unwanted side reactions), catalyst energy efficiency, and electricity price. For thermochemical pathways, the largest cost drivers are product selectivity, chemical feedstock price, and the price of the electricity used to make the feedstocks.

  • CO2 recycling at the scale of current global markets would require enormous new capacity of critical infrastructure. -- Each pathway at global scale would consume thousands of tWh of electricity, 30--100 million metric tpy of hydrogen, and up to 2,000 Mt of CO2 annually. This would require trillions of dollars of infrastructure per pathway to generate and deliver these inputs, including a combined 8,400 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity and 8,000 GW of electrolyzer capacity across all pathways.

    Based on these findings, the authors recommend the following policy actions:

  • Ensure CO2 recycling pathways are fed by low-carbon inputs. -- Without low-carbon electricity and feedstocks, CO2 recycling could potentially be more carbon-intensive than conventional production.

  • Prioritize certain pathways strategically. -- CO2 recycling methane and ethane production are extremely uneconomic and should be deprioritized. All other pathways are more economically promising and could be the focus of a targeted innovation agenda to reduce costs. In addition, the following pathways that have an ECOP less than 5 times the selling price could be prioritized for early market growth: electrochemical CO production, green hydrogen, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing pathways, CO2 recycling urea production, and CO2 hydrogenation to light olefins, methanol, or jet fuel.

  • Target research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to catalyst innovation to bring down ECOP and reduce input demand. -- Policy makers can promote RD&D to improve the selectivity and energy efficiency of CO2 recycling catalysts. By decreasing a pathway's consumption of electricity and feedstocks, these innovations would both decrease ECOP and alleviate the sizable critical infrastructure needs.

  • Create demand pull for early market CO2 recycling products. -- Governments can use demand pull policies such as public procurement standards to bolster early markets for the most mature CO2 recycling pathways.

  • Promote build-out of critical infrastructure. -- To provide for the substantial infrastructure needs of CO2 recycling, policy makers can seek to remove barriers to and catalyze investment in building renewables installations, transmission lines, electrolyzers, and CO2 transport pipelines.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: Columbia University/ SIPA, Center for Global Energy Policy, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Columbia University, www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


  • TECO 2030 Touts Future Funnel Emissions System (Int'l. Report)
    TECO 2030
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Oslo-headquartered Norwegian engineering firm TECO 2030 ASA reports the launch of its market-ready TECO 2030 Future Funnel hybrid and closed-loop emissions systems aimed at reducing SOx, NOx, further improvement of PM and BC emission reductions and ultimately integrated CO2 capture technology.

    The closed loop system is primarily used for maritime vessels operating in areas where discharges overboard are prohibited and seawater alkalinity is low. The exhaust gases are washed on board, and substances are collected in a separate tank on board, which is emptied into ports for appropriate further treatment. The system gives ship owners a more flexible control of emissions and environmental impacts. (Source: TECO 2030, Website PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: TECO 2030 ASA, Tore Enger, CEO, +4792083800, tore.enger@teco.no, www.teco.no

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TECO 2030,  Maritime Emissions,  


    SAF Soon Available at Munich Airport (Int'l. Report)
    Munich Airport
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Munich Airport reports sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will be available to refuel aircraft at the airport from June. The fuel will be dispensed from an onsite depot as a 35 pct SAF-- conventional jet fuel blend 35 pct blend, ready for refuelling.

    Munich Airport is also pursuing an ambitious climate protection strategy for reducing CO2 emissions and operating the airport in a CO2-neutral manner by 2030. To that end, the airport will invest €150 million by 2030 to cut all CO2 emissions to net-zero by 2050. (Source: Munich Airport, Initiatives, May 2021) Contact: Munich Airport, www.munich-airport.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News sustainable aviation fuels,  


    Blue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis (Marine Conservation Society Report Attached)
    Marine Conservation Society
    Date: 2021-05-05
    In the UK, the Marine Conservation Society, in partnership with Rewilding Britain, has released Blue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis, a report on the ocean's vital role in fighting the climate crisis and blue carbon solutions as an effective strategy for hitting net zero by 2050. In recognition of the vital role oceans must play in climate change mitigation and adaptation, ocean-based solutions must be adopted with pace and at scale by 2030.

    Globally, the "rewilding" of key blue carbon securing marine and coastal ecosystems -- seagrass beds, saltmarshes and mangroves -- could deliver CO2 mitigation amounting to 1.83 billion tonnes. That is 5 pct of the emissions savings we need to make globally. This figure doesn't include the enormous quantities of carbon stored in fish and other marine life; in marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, seaweeds and shellfish beds; or the vast stores of carbon in our seabed sediments.

    The report motes that 500,000 km2 of the UK's shelf seas hold an estimated 205 million tonnes of carbon -- 50 million tonnes more than the entire quantity held within the UK's forests. Harmful fishing practices such as bottom trawling, and other activities such as dredging, disturb seabed sediments and have the potential to result in the loss of 13 million tonnes of carbon from vital blue carbon stores, including shellfish beds and kelp forests, over the next decade.

    Nature-based solutions could provide a third of climate change mitigations required to address the climate crisis, but currently they attract less than 3 pct of funds invested globally in addressing climate change, he report notes. Internationally, the UK is leading the way by committing to significantly increase its spending on nature-based solutions, including those offered by the ocean. This must be matched with equally ambitious actions at home. Investment in protecting our marine ecosystems is vital, for both biodiversity and blue carbon storage.

    The report makes the case for the development of a four nation Blue Carbon Strategy, focusing on three key action areas. First, scaling up marine rewilding for biodiversity and blue carbon benefits. Second, Integrating blue carbon protection and recovery into climate mitigation and environmental management policies. Third, working with the private sector to develop and support sustainable and innovative low-carbon commercial fisheries and aquaculture.

    With COP26 occurring in six months time, it has never been more pertinent for UK governments to take action. Ocean-based solutions must be part of the many urgent and varied solutions required to address the climate crisis.

    Download theBlue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis report HERE. (Source: Marine Conservation Society, PR Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Marine Conservation Society, Dr Chris Tuckett, Prog. Dir., info@mcsuk.org, +44 0 1989 566017, www.mcsuk.org

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


    Summit Carbon Solutions Adds Biorefinery Participants (Ind. Report)
    Summit Carbon Solutions
    Date: 2021-05-03
    Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group subsidiary Summit Carbon Solutions reports that since its February launch it has added Green Plains, Husker Ag, Louis Dreyfus Company other biorefineries to its network, bringing the current total to 30.

    Summit Carbon Solutions aims to address the global challenge of decarbonization by developing the world's largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. The company will accelerate the transition toward sustainable, renewable energy by dramatically lowering the carbon footprint of biorefineries and other industrial CO2 emitters throughout the U.S. Midwest. (Source: Summit Agricultural Group, PR, Apr,2021) Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, www.summitcarbonsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Carbon Solutions,  


    Cat Creek Taps Voith for Renewable Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Voith
    Date: 2021-05-03
    Voith Hydro North America reports it has been selected to design, manufacture and install 720 MW of ternary pumped energy storage equipment for the planned Cat Creek Energy and Water (CCEW) Project in Elmore County, Idaho.

    The overall project, which includes wind and solar generation parks, the pumped storage plant and associated electrical transmission facilities and structures, and a very large upper reservoir, will provide more than $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing and construction jobs over the next six years and offset more than 2.7 million metric tpy of CO2 emissions .

    The CCEW project also addresses many national and regional issues including the transition to renewable energy and the mitigation of long-term effects of climate change. (Source: Voith, PR, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Voith Hydro North America, Stanley J. Kocon, Pres., COO, www.voith.com/us-en/about-us/locations-in-the-united-states/u-s-hydro-locations.html, Voith GmbH, www.voith.com; Cat Creek Energy, www.catcreek-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Voith,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    Enbridge, Walker Ind., Comcor Partner on RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
    Enbridge Inc
    Date: 2021-05-03
    Calgary-based Enbridge Inc., environmental waste management specialist Walker Industries and Cambridge, Ontario-based Comcor Environmental, are reporting a partnership to jointly develop renewable natural gas (RNG) projects . The partnership aims to transform landfill waste into carbon-neutral energy, which will be injected into local natural gas distribution networks across Canada, reducing the overall carbon emission of the gas supply used to heat homes, power businesses and fuel vehicle fleets.

    The industry estimates over 33 Petajoules (PJ) of landfill derived RNG can be generated in Canada, potentially supplying energy to approximately 400,000 homes for a year. Canada has over 10,000 landfill sites, generating approximately 30 Megatonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) annually, accounting for 20 percent of national methane emissions, according to the release. (Source: Enbridge Inc., Website, PR, Greenlane, 28 Apr., 2021) Contact: Enbridge, Leanne McNaughton, Communications, 519-619-0370 leanne.mcnaughton@enbridge.com, www.enbridge.com; Comcor Environmental Limited, www.comor.com; Walker Industries, www.walkerind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Enbridge,  


    Qube's Methane Monitoring Alberta Regulator Approval (Ind. Report)
    Qube Technologies, Enhance Energy
    Date: 2021-05-03
    On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based Qube Technologies Inc. reports the Alberta Energy Regulator has approved Qube's alternative leak detection and repair pilot program to detect and repair climate-warming methane leaks from the Oil and Gas industry.

    Qube uses low-cost, high-sensitivity sensors to continuously and autonomously measure a host of gases in real-time to detect emissions faster than traditional industry approaches. Qube analyzes field data with the help of artificial intelligence and, by combining gas measurements, atmospheric data, and other operational inputs, can locate and quantify different leaks by emission source and severity, according to the release.

    In collaboration with Enhance Energy and Highwood Emissions Management, Qube has become the first continuous monitoring technology to successfully demonstrate emission reductions effectiveness in the eyes of a regulator. Enhance is an Alberta-based energy company that specializes in using carbon sequestration to improve the recovery of energy resources in a sustainable fashion. To date, Enhance has sequestered over 1 million tonnes of CO2. (Source: Qube Technologies Inc., Website, PR, 3 May, 2021) Contact: Qube Technologies, Alex MacGregor, CEO, Alex.MacGregor@qubeiot.com, www.qubeiot.com; Highwood Emissions Management, Thomas Fox, Pres., Thomas@highwoodemissions.com, www.highwoodemissions.com; Enhance Energy, www.enhancenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane news,  Methane Emissions news,  Methane Leak news,  


    Obama's Methane Emissions Regulations Reinstated (Reg. & Leg.)
    Obama Methane
    Date: 2021-04-30
    On Wed., the US Senate voted 52-42 to reinstate the Obama administration's 2019 federal limits on methane emission leaks from new and modified wells in 2016. Since 2016, Colorado and California have enacted more stringent methane emissions regulations.

    The Clean Air Task Force, the Environmental Defense Fund and other environmental organizations have called on the Biden administration to pledge a 40 pct or more reduction in U.S. methane emissions by the end of the decade as part of its recommitment to the Paris Climate agreement.

    On Oct. 1, 2019 we reported: The U.S. Department of the Interior (DoI) has announced its decision to ease Obama-era , 2016, regulations on methane leaks which the Trump administration describes as "burdensome on the private sector" restrictions on oil and gas industry."

    Under the Waste Prevention Rule, oil and gas producing companies were required to inspect their wells twice yearly and repair reported leaks within 30 days. The rollback of the regulation means companies are no longer obliged to check their wells and equipment more often than annually and have 60 days instead of 30 to complete repairs.

    Though not as long-lived as CO2, methane prevents as much as 80 pct more heat from escaping in the first 20 years of its release. Methane leaks are the largest drawback of the otherwise environmentally friendly switch from coal to natural gas as a source of energy. Natural gas releases half as much carbon dioxide when burnt.

    The rationale behind Trump's rollback on methane leaks restrictions was largely economic. It is estimated that drillers would save $734 million to $1 billion over the next 10 years. (Source: Various Media, ICN, 29 Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama ,  Methane Emissions,  


    Prime Super Snares Victorian Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l. Report)
    Prime Super
    Date: 2021-04-30
    In the Land Down Under, independent profit-to-members superannuation fund Prime Super has boosted its investment in renewable infrastructure with the purchase of the 19.5-mw Mortons Lane Wind Farm in Woodhouse, Victoria, from Hong Kong-headquartered holding company CGN New Energy.

    Mortons Lane Wind Farm incorporates 13 Goldwind GW82/1500 wind turbines and generates sufficient power for more than 4,000 homes while reducing up to 40,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Prime Super, PR, Inv. Daily, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Prime Super, 1800 675 839, www.primesuper.com.au; Mortons Lane Windfarm, www.mortonslanewindfarm.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Australia Wind,  


    First Certified Carbon Neutrally Produced Oil Sold (Int'l. Report)
    Lundin Energy
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Stockholm-headquartered independent oil and gas producer Lundin Energy AB is reporting the sale of the world's first ever certified carbon neutrally produced oil to Saras S.p.A from its Edvard Grieg field offshore Norway.

    The oil was carbon neutral across the full life of the field, including exploration, development, and Scope 1 and 2 emissions from production. In order to supply a fully carbon neutral with residual emissions of 2,302 tons of CO2 compensated through a nature-based carbon capture project certified by the Verified Carbon Standard. The trade was independently certified as carbon neutral by Intertek under its CarbonZero standard, according to the company. The company added that it will produce every barrel as carbon neutral from 2025. (Source: Lundin Energy, Rigzone Contact: Lundin Energy, Nick Walker, Pres., CEO , +46 8 440 54 50, Fax +46 8 440 54 59, www.lundin-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lundin Energy,  


    Volkswagen Targets Net Carbon Neutral by 2050 (Int'l. Report)
    Volkswagen
    Date: 2021-04-30
    German automaker Volkswagen reports it plans to cut CO2 emissions per vehicle in Europe by 40 pct by 2030 and to become net carbon neutral by 2050 to meet the climate targets introduced in the European Green Deal.

    To that end, VW is working to decarbonise its production and supply chains and has pledged that all its plants except for those in China will be powered purely by 'green' electricity by 2030. The auto giant is also introducing more sustainable components into the construction of its vehicles and says that CO2 emissions will now be a key criterion when awarding contracts to suppliers.

    VW also aims to increase its share of EV sales to 70 pct of its European sales and 50 pct of its U.S. and China sales by 2030 The firm is also pushing to develop its battery recycling operation and intends to recycle more than 90 pct of the raw materials used in its batteries in the future. (Source: Volkswagen, PR, AutoCar, 27 Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  Volkswagen,  


    Wartsila Launches Liquid CO2 Cargo Containment System (Int'l.)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Wartsila Gas Solutions reports its recently developed 7,500 cbm maritime cargo tank design suitable for LCO2 applications has been awarded awarded Approval in Principle (AiP) by the classification society DNV.

    Wartsila carried out an intensive engineering analysis to formulate an optimum design for the vessel containment systems and cargo handling systems, bearing in mind the specific nature of LCO2.

    Wartsila Gas Solutions is a market leader with innovative systems and lifecycle solutions for the gas value chain. Our main focus areas are handling of gas in seaborne transport (storage, fuel, transfer and BOG management), gas to power, liquefaction and biogas solutions, according to the company website. (Source: Wartsila, Website PR, 25 Apr., 2021) Contact: Wartsila Marine Systems, Elin Saure Hasund , 47 81548500 Elin.saurehasund@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com/marine

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  CO2,  Liquid CO2,  


    First Carbon-Neutral Crypto Asset Fund Announced (Int'l.)
    One River Digital Asset Management
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Greenwich, Conn.-based One River Digital Asset Management (ORDAM), one of the largest institutional crypto fund managers, and Sao Paulo, Brazil-based MOSS, the world's largest carbon credit platform, are reporting plans to launch the world's first carbon-neutral crypto asset fund, enabling climate conscious investors the opportunity to benefit from exposure to Bitcoin and Ethereum while offsetting their carbon footprint.

    Through the provable "burning" of MCO2 tokens (via UNISWAP), ORDAM created the world's first carbon neural crypto asset offering. For every Bitcoin owned, ORDAM will buy and "plants" MCO2 tokens, offsetting carbon emissions.

    ORDAM is the first asset management company to offer carbon offsetting globally. (Source: MOSS, ORDAM, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: MOSS, www.moss.earth/en/home; One River Digital Asset Management, (203) 489-1440 , info@oneriveram.com, www.oneriveram.com/digital-assets-strategies

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credits,  


    China's 2021 Renewables Capacity to Surpass Coal (Int'l. Report)
    China Electricity Council
    Date: 2021-04-26
    The China Electricity Council (CEC), a non-profit trade association representing China's power groups, is reporting China's installed capacity of producing non-fossil energy will surpass that of coal-fired power generation at about 1.12 billion kilowatts in 2021, accounting for 47.3 percent of the total capacity.

    According the CEC, China's major power companies invested roughly $20.6 billion in increased power generation capacity in Q1, 91 pct of which went to non-fossil fuel power generation. The CEC noted that China's newly installed power generation capacity will reach around 180 million kilowatts in 2021, of which about 140 million kilowatts of non-fossil energy power generation capacity will be put into operation.

    China's installed capacity of coal power generation stood at 1.09 billion kilowatts at the end of March. The proportion of the total installed capacity fell below half for the first time since the end of 2020, before further dropping to 48.8 pct at the end of March this year, according to the CEC.

    China ranked first in the world in newly installed wind capacity amid efforts to pursue greener development in 2020, the NEA data showed. Besides wind energy, the country is also a global leader in the production and use of solar energy and hydropower, among others.

    As previously reported, China pledged to reach the CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. (Source: China Electricity Council, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: China Electricity Council, english.cec.org.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Electricity Council,  Coal,  Renewable Energy,  


    IAG Commits to 10 pct SAF by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    International Airlines Group
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In London, International Airlines Group (IAG) reports it is the first European airline group to commit to powering 10 pct of its flights with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030. The Group will purchase one million tpy of SAF enabling it to cut its annual emissions by 2 million tonnes in 10 years -- equivalent to removing 1 million cars from Europe's roads each year. IAG is committed to net zero emissions by 2050.

    According to the IAG release, "with the right policy in place in the next ten years up to 14 plants could be built across the UK, creating 6,500 jobs and saving 3.6 million tpy of CO2." (Source: International Airlines Group, Website, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: International Airlines Group, Luis Gallego, CEO, www.iairgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  International Airlines Group,  


    Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight, NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com. (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  NYSERDA,  


  • Tiger Infrastructure to Invest in Summit Carbon Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Summit Carbon Solutions
    Date: 2021-04-23
    New York-based Tiger Infrastructure Partners is reporting an agreement to invest in Iowa-headquartered Summit Carbon Solutions, a new business platform that will address the global challenge of decarbonization by developing the world's largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. The company will accelerate the transition toward sustainable, renewable energy by dramatically lowering the carbon footprint of biorefineries and other industrial CO2 emitters throughout the U.S. Midwest.

    When fully developed, SCS will have an infrastructure network capable of capturing and permanently storing more than 10 million tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to removing 2 million cars off the road per year. The company has already secured binding agreements with a select group of leading biorefiners located in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota to partner with SCS for CO2 offtake.

    Tiger Infrastructure Partners is a middle-market private equity firm that invests in growing infrastructure platforms in communications, energy transition, transportation, and related sectors, primarily in North America and Europe.

    Summit Agricultural Group is a diversified agribusiness operator and investment manager with operations in the United States and Brazil. Summit deploys capital across the agricultural supply chain with a particular focus at the intersection of agriculture and renewable energy. (Source: Tiger Infrastructure Partners, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Summit Carbon Solutions, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, www.summitcarbonsolutions.com; Tiger Infrastructure, Emil W. Henry, CEO, www.tigerinfrastructure.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Carbon Solutions,  CCS,  


    German Bioethanol Production on the Rise (Int'l. Report)
    German Bioethanol Industry Association'
    Date: 2021-04-23
    In Berlin, the German Bioethanol Industry Association's (BDBe) recently published 2020 market data on certified sustainable bioethanol reported the overall fuel market and petro and bioethanol sales declined by almost 10 pct from 18.0 million tonnes to roughly 16.2 million tonnes due to the pandemic.

    The amount of ethanol and ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) used as an admixture in Super E10, Super Plus and Super E5 petrol fell by 4 pct to just under 1.10 million tonnes from 1.14 million tonnes the previous year. More than 125,000 tonnes of bioethanol were used for ETBE production -- equivalent to 42.8 pct more than the 88,000 tonnes used in 2019. By contrast, bioethanol as an admixture in petrol fell to 971,000 tonnes from 1.1 million tonnes in 2019.

    According to the release, in 2020 the use of bioethanol saved about 3 million tonnes of CO2 in transport

    The German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) represents the interests of its member companies and associations, spanning agricultural production of raw materials to industrial production and processing of bioethanol and its co-products (DDGS, CDS, biogenic carbon dioxide, gluten, yeast, biomethane, organic fertiliser). Different types of bioethanol are produced for use as transport fuels or for the beverage and industrial markets from agricultural feedstock, such as grains and sugar beet. Petrol at German filling stations contains between 5 pct and 10 pct certified sustainable bioethanol, the report notes. (Source: German Bioethanol Industry Association, Website, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: German Bioethanol Industry Association, Stefan Walter, MD, Carola Wunderlich, 49 (0)30 301 29 53 13, presse@bdbe.de, www.bdbe.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  


    FLSmidth, Heidelberg Cement Collaborate on Cement Plant CCS (Int'l)
    FLSmidth, Heidelberg Cement
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Copenhagen-headquartered global engineering firm FLSmidth is reporting it will deliver the necessary plant modifications allowing for downstream CO2 removal for Heidelberg Cement's carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at Norcem Brevik in Norway. Work on the he facility is slated to begin in the winter of 2022 for completion and commissioning early in 2024.

    FLSmidth provides sustainable productivity to the global mining and cement industries. We deliver market-leading engineering, equipment and service solutions that enable our customers to improve performance, drive down costs and reduce environmental impact, according to the company website. (Source: FLSmidth A/S, PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: FLSmidth, Nicolai Mauritzen, Investor Relations, +45 30 93 18 51, nicm@flsmidth.com, www.flsmidth.com/MissionZero; HeidelbergCement, Dr. Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Heidelberg Cement,  


    Hershey Announces BayWa Solar Projects Agreement (Ind. Report)
    BayWa r.e.
    Date: 2021-04-23
    The Pennsylvania-headquartered chocolate maker Hershey Co. reports it is partnering with BayWa r.e. and National Grid Renewables to develop solar projects that will help the company transition its Texas and North Carolina operations to renewable energy and reduce its carbon footprint.

    To that end, Hershey has a 15-year PPA with BayWa r.e. that will enable the financing and construction of Hershey's first utility-scale, 20-MW solar farm in Camden, NC. Hershey also has a PPA with National Grid Renewables for 50 MW, 118,000 MWh per year solar project currently under construction in Denton County, Texas.

    Combined, the two solar projects are projected to cut Hershey's CO2 footprint by 115,650 tpy and support the company's science-based GHG reduction targets. (Source: Hershey, PR, Baking Business, 21 Apr., 2021) Contact: BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC, Jam Attari, CEO, Christine Owens, VP Marketing, www.us.baywa-re.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Solar,  


    Honolulu Aims to Curb CO2, Increase Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Honolulu
    Date: 2021-04-23
    In the Aloha State, the city of Honolulu has released its One Climate: One Oahu climate action plan featuring key strategies to make three sectors within the city's control more environmentally sustainable: ground transportation, electricity and waste.

    The strategies include efforts to bolster electric vehicle use, electrify the city's bus fleet, increase city buildings energy efficiency, encourage high-density development and make it easier to convert to renewable energy sources, among others.

    The city plans to make $51 million worth of energy-efficiency upgrades to various buildings and facilities across the island and expects the energy savings to cover the costs plus net an additional $9 million in savings. (Source: City of Honolulu, Honolulu Civic Beat, 23 Apr., 2021) Contact: City of Honolulu, Matt Gonser, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, (808) 768-2277, resilientoahu@honolulu.gov, www.resilientoahu.org/our-team

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    Carbon XPRIZE $7.5Mn Prize Winners Announced (Ind. Report)
    Carbon XPRIZE, CarbonCure
    Date: 2021-04-21
    XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world's grandest challenges, reports that CarbonCure Technologies and Las Angeles-based CarbonBuilt Inc. have both won $7.5 million in the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a prize that set out to convert CO2 emissions into valuable products and thus help fight climate change.

    Halifax, Nova Scotia-headquartered CarbonCure's technology enables the production of concrete with a reduced water and carbon footprint without sacrifice to the material's reliability. Utilizing CarbonCure Technologies system, CO2 is injected into a concrete plant's reclaimer system which contains the water used to wash out concrete trucks and mixers. The CO2 is converted to a permanently embedded mineral with strength-enhancing properties which can then be incorporated into new concrete mixes. CarbonCure is backed by Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Amazon Climate Pledge Fund and others.

    Los Angeles-based UCLA CarbonBuilt Inc. technology reduces the carbon footprint of concrete by more than 50 pct while reducing raw material costs and increasing profitability. The CarbonBuilt concrete formulation significantly decreases the need for ordinary Portland cement while enabling the increased use of low-cost waste materials. During the curing process, CO2 is directly injected from flue gas streams (like power plants or cement factories) into the concrete mixture where it is chemically transformed and permanently stored. Development began at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering in 2014 with support from private and corporate sponsors, the U.S. DOE and others.

    Launched in 2015, the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE was a five-year global competition developed to address rising CO2 emissions by challenging innovators around the world to develop breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO2 into products with the highest net value. (Source: XPRIZE, PR Website, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: Carbon XPRIZE, www.carbon.xprize.org; CarbonCure, Jennifer Wagner, Pres., (902) 442-4020, www.carboncure.com; CarbonBuilt Inc., info@carbonbuilt.com, www.carbonbuilt.com

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    Schneider Elec. Suppliers to Halve CO2 Footprint by 2025 (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-04-21
    Energy automation, management and efficiency specialist Schneider Electric reports the launch of its Zero Carbon Project under which it will partner with its top 1,000 suppliers -- which represent 70 pct of Schneider's carbon emissions -- to halve their operations CO2 emissions by 2025.

    Under the program, Schneider's Energy & Sustainability Services division will provide tools and resources to program participants to help them set and achieve their own carbon reduction targets. Suppliers will be first encouraged to quantify their CO2 emissions using the company's digital tools. Suppliers will then use that data to set goals and strategies for emissions reduction. Suppliers will also work towards their goals through decarbonization initiatives such as energy efficiency or renewables. The Zero Carbon Project will enable best practice exchange with peers and partners to access other innovative solutions for decarbonization. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Construction Week, 19 Apr., 2021)Contact: Schneider Electric, Vicki True, 774-613-1158, vicki.true@se.com, www.se.com, twitter.com/SchneiderElec

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    Post-COVID Energy Boom, Carbon Surge Expected (Report Attached)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2021-04-21
    As the world rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Global Energy Review 2021 is predicting a major surge in CO2 emissions from energy this year when emission levels will rise by the second largest annual amount on record but will still be slightly lower than 2019 levels. Carbon emissions fell by roughly 6 pct in 2020, according to the IEA.

    With the pandemic's expected decline, energy demand is booming in the developing world, with a rise of 3.4 pct predicted for this year -- this contrasts with richer economies, where overall energy use is expected to still be 3 pct below 2019.

    In the places where energy demand is growing, coal is playing a key role although overall global use of coal declined by around 4 pct in 2020, it is expected to rise by 4.5 pct this year, mainly in Asia where China is expected to account for more than half of the global growth in coal consumption this year.

    In the US and EU, the demand for coal is expected to rise -- although it will likely remain below 2019 levels -- and is likely to be close to the global peak seen in 2014.

    Download the IEA Global Energy Review 2021 report HERE (Source: IEA, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org

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    China-US Statement Addresses Climate Crisis (Editorials & Asides)
    China, Climate Change
    Date: 2021-04-19
    China and the United States have issued a joint statement addressing the climate crisis after talks between China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua and U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry from Thursday to Friday in Shanghai. The following is the full text of the statement:

  • China and the United States are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands. This includes both enhancing their respective actions and cooperating in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Both countries recall their historic contribution to the development, adoption, signature, and entry into force of the Paris Agreement through their leadership and collaboration.

  • Moving forward, China and the United States are firmly committed to working together and with other Parties to strengthen implementation of the Paris Agreement. The two sides recall the Agreement's aim in accordance with Article 2 to hold the global average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees C and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C. In that regard, they are committed to pursuing such efforts, including by taking enhanced climate actions that raise ambition in the 2020s in the context of the Paris Agreement with the aim of keeping the above temperature limit within reach and cooperating to identify and address related challenges and opportunities.

  • Both countries look forward to the US-hosted Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22/23. They share the Summit's goal of raising global climate ambition on mitigation, adaptation, and support on the road to COP 26 in Glasgow.

  • China and the United States will take other actions in the short term to further contribute to addressing the climate crisis: both countries intend to develop by COP 26 in Glasgow their respective long-term strategies aimed at carbon neutrality/net zero GHG emissions; both countries intend to take appropriate actions to maximize international investment and finance in support of the transition from carbon-intensive fossil fuel based energy to green, low-carbon and renewable energy in developing countries; each county will implement the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbon production and consumption reflected in the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

  • China and the United States will continue to discuss, both on the road to COP 26 and beyond, concrete actions in the 2020s to reduce emissions aimed at keeping the Paris Agreement-aligned temperature limit within reach, including: policies, measures, and technologies to decarbonize industry and power, including through circular economy, energy storage and grid reliability, CCUS, and green hydrogen; increased deployment of renewable energy; green and climate resilient agriculture; energy efficient buildings; green, low-carbon transportation; cooperation on addressing emissions of methane and other non-CO2 greenhouse gases; cooperation on addressing emissions from international civil aviation and maritime activities; and; other near-term policies and measures, including with respect to reducing emissions from coal, oil, and gas.

  • The two sides will cooperate to promote a successful COP 26 in Glasgow, aiming to complete the implementation arrangements for the Paris Agreement (e.g., under Article 6 and Article 13) and to significantly advance global climate ambition on mitigation, adaptation, and support. They will further cooperate to promote a successful COP 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming, noting the importance of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, including its relevance to climate mitigation and adaptation. (Source: China.org Xinhua, 17 Apr., 2021)

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  • Philippines Pledges Conditional 75 pct Emissions Cut (Int'l.)
    Philippines
    Date: 2021-04-19
    In Manila, the Philippines' just submitted Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) pledge to the Paris Climate Accord UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) plans to reduce 75 pct of the country's carbon emissions by 75 pct -- up from the initial 30 pct pledge -- over the next two decades pegged against the projected cumulative economy-wide emission of 3,340.3 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e). The heavily coal dependent Philippines recorded an average emission of 1.98 MtCO2e per capita in 2020, lower than the global average of four metric tons per capita.

    Of the 75 pct reduction pledge, 72.29 pct is conditional upon international aid while 2.71 pct is unconditional, according to the NDC filing.

    The Philippines is the last ASEAN country to formally commit to the 2016 Paris Agreement, following Cambodia and Brunei, which both submitted their NDCs last December. The According to UNFCCC , 192 out of 196 countries have already submitted their pledges. (Source: Philippine Climate Change Commission, ASEAN Economist, 19 Apr., 2021) Contact: Philippine Climate Change Commission, Carlos Dominguez III, info@climate.gov.ph, (632) 8353 8494, www.climate.gov.ph

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    CoSAFA Aims to Accelerate SAF Usage (Ind. Report)
    National Air Transportation Association
    Date: 2021-04-19
    The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) aviation industry group is reporting establishment of the Council on Sustainable Aviation Fuels Accountability (CoSAFA), which is intended to accelerate the industry's movement toward further sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) use.

    According to the NATA release, the global aviation industry currently accounts for around 2 pct of man-made CO2 emissions. The aviation industry is committed to limit and reduce these emissions through the deployment of advanced technology, operational measures, infrastructure improvements and SAF.

    While most SAF transactions to date have involved a limited set of SAF producers and aircraft operators, there is increasing interest in multiple-party purchase and deployment agreements, according to the release.

    CoSAFA represents a unified vision across the aviation industry for advancing consistent, accurate accounting practices documenting the production and use of SAF in such multi-party transactions -- a crucial tool for further reducing the industry's carbon footprint.

    CoSAFA aims to work through an orderly, global approach toward providing the necessary transparency for multi-party SAF transactions, the release notes. (Source: National Air Transportation Association, PR, 16 Apr., 2021) Contact: National Air Transportation Association, CoSAFA, Tim Obitts, 202-774-1535, www.nata.aero

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    RNG NGV Fuel Use Up 25 pct in 2020 (Alt. Fuel, Ind. Report)
    Natural Gas Vehicles for America,Renewable Natural Gas Coalition,
    Date: 2021-04-16
    According to Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGV America) and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Coalition, 53 pct of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2020 was renewable natural gas (RNG) from organic agricultural, wastewater, landfill or food waste.

    RNG use as a transportation fuel grew 25 pct over 2019 volumes, increasing 267 pct over the last five years. NGVAmerica and RNG Coalition report that in 2020 a total of 646 million gallons (GGE) of natural gas were used as motor fuel. Of that, 345 million gallons (GGE) were from renewable sources. RNG use as a motor fuel in 2020 displaced 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), the report notes. There are 157 RNG operating production facilities in the US. Details can be accessed it RNG Coalition website. (Source: Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas www.rngcoalition.com; NGVAmerica www.ngvamerica.org

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    Environmental Defense Climate Change Fund Notable Quote
    Environmental Defense Fund
    Date: 2021-04-16
    "Strong support from so many U.S. business leaders demonstrates now is the time to set an ambitious, achievable goal of cutting U.S. emissions by at least 50 pct by 2030.

    "Bold action from the U.S. is critical to put the world on a path to net zero emissions, accelerating American innovation and protecting front line communities from the worst impacts of climate change." -- Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund, Apr. 2021 Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Elizabeth Gore, Senior VP, Political Affairs, 202-572-3298, www.edf.org

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    TOTAL, Siemens Ink LNG Emissions Reduct. Deal (Alt. Fuel, Int'l.)
    TOTAL, Siemens
    Date: 2021-04-14
    Paris-headquartered energy giant TOTAL reports it and Siemens Energy have entered into a technical collaboration agreement to study sustainable solutions for CO2 emissions reduction focused on natural gas liquefaction facilities and associated power generation.

    According to the company website, TOTAL is the world's second largest privately owned LNG player and expects have a global portfolio of nearly 50 million tpy by 2025. The company operates across the entire LNG value chain, from production and processing to trading, shipping, and distribution. (Source: Total, Rigzone, Others, 14 Apr., 2021)

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    Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight
    Date: 2021-04-14
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com

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  • BP Planning Teeside Blue Hydrogen Plant (Int'l. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In the UK, London-headquartered group BP reports it has begun a feasibility study for Britain's largest blue hydrogen plant to be constructed in Teeside , northern England, by 2030. The planned 1-GW facility will produce roughly 20 pct of Britain's target of 5 GW of hydrogen capacity by the end of the decade.

    Blue hydrogen is produced by converting natural gas into hydrogen and storing the CO2 emissions from its production. The Teeside project could capture up to 98 pct of carbon emissions from the hydrogen production process. (Source: BP, PR, Economic Times, Mar, 2021); Contact: BP PLC, Sean Reavis, Senior VP, Low Carbon and Trading, www.bp.com

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    CMA CGM Investing in Low-Carbon Biomethane Fuel (Int'l. Report)
    CMA CGM
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In France, Marseille-based global ocean carrier CMA CGM Group reports it intends to invest in biomethane production facilities and is studying the viability of the liquefaction process and its potential as maritime shipping fuel. As a fuel for vessels, 12,000 tonnes of biomethane would provide the equivalent to a year's supply of fuel consumption for two 1,400-TEU ships operating on CMA CGM's European Balt3 line between St. Petersburg and Rotterdam, according to the release.

    The initiative is in line with the company' s objective to become carbon-neutral by 2050. CMA CGM Group notes it cut its overall CO2 emissions by 4 pct in 2020 following a 6 pct reduction in 2019, and has also lowered its CO2 emissions per container-kilometer by 49 pct since 2008. With CMA CGM's dual-fuel gas-power technology, it can reduce entire value chain greenhouse gas emissions, including CO2, by at least 67 pct, according to the company release. (Source: CMA CGM Group, PR, BreakBulk, 10 Apr., 2021) Group Contact: CMA CGM Group Rodolphe Saade, Chairman and CEO, +33 (0)4 88 91 90 00, www.cma-cgm.com

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    Rhode Island Act Eliminates CO2 Emissions by 2050 (Reg. & Leg.)
    Rhode Island
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In Newport, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee (D) has affixed his signature to the 2021 Act on Climate which is designed to incrementally reduce and eliminate carbon emissions in the Ocean State by the year 2050. Plans on how to meet the goals of the bill will now be decided by a climate council involving members of the executive branch. The legislation will be regularly reviewed and updated every five years.

    The legislation's advocates say it will drive green jobs and deliver cleaner air and fight climate change while, as expected, opponents claim the legislation will be a big financial hit to homeowners and businesses. (Source: Office of Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, 10-WJAR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee, (401) 222-2080, Fax: (401) 222-8096, governor.ri.gov

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    Decarbonisation Funds Awarded in South Wales (Int'l. Report)
    UK Research and Innovation
    Date: 2021-04-12
    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) reports the awarding of £20 million funding to support the engineering phase of a £37 million decarbonisation programme that includes the use and production of hydrogen, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and CO2 shipping from South Wales.

    The programme is being led by the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) -- a partnership of organisations from the English border to Pembrokeshire's coastline that's working to promote green energy and the decarbonisation of industrial areas of Wales.

    The project partners include: Associated British Ports, Capital Law Limited, Industry Wales, Lanza Tech, RWE, Shell, Tata Steel, Tarmac, University of South Wales, Valero Energy, Wales & West Utilities and others. (Source: UK Research and Innovation, Wales Energy & Environment, 11 April, 2021) Contact: UK Research and Innovation, www.ukri.org; South Wales Industrial Cluster, www.swic.cymru

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    Notable NOAA Quote -- Emissions Reduction Progress
    NOAA
    Date: 2021-04-09
    "Progress in emissions reductions is not visible in the CO2 record. We continue to commit our planet -- for centuries or longer -- to more global heating, sea level rise, and extreme weather events every year.

    "If humans were to suddenly stop emitting CO2, it would take thousands of years for our CO2 emissions so far to be absorbed into the deep ocean and atmospheric CO2 to return to pre-industrial levels." -- Pieter Tans, Senior Scientist, NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory, June, 2020, www.research.noaa.gov

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    CO2, Methane Emissions Surged in 2020 (NOAA Ind. Report)
    NOAA
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Washington, just released research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found carbon dioxide and methane -- which is nearly 30 times more potent at trapping heat within the atmosphere than CO2 -- emissions surged in 2020.

    Research data collected at remote NOAA sampling locations indicated the global surface average for CO2 was 412.5 parts per million last year -- a 2.6 ppm increase. The global increase rate constituted the fifth-highest on record for a single year, after 1987, 1998, 2015 and 2016, according to NOAA. Atmospheric methane's annual increase for 2020 was 14.7 parts per billion, the largest in the 37 years NOAA has measured it. (Source: NOAA Research News, Website PR, 7 Apr., 2021) Contact: NOAA, oar.communications@noaa.gov, www. research.noaa.gov

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    Mitsui Plans $1.8Bn Investment by 2023 to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
    Mitsui
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Japanese maritime shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. is reporting a plan to invest $1.8 billion over the next three years to achieve zero emissions from its fleet by 2050 and to develop new carbon-neutral businesses.

    To that end, the company is looking at initiatives and technologies designed to improve the performance of its shipping fleet and cut emissions. Mitsui is also investigating new business lines tied to the emerging technologies including offshore wind, wave energy, alternative fuels, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), LNG bunkering and liquefied CO2 ocean transport, according to a release. (Source: Mitsui, PR, Nikkei Asia, Apr., 2021) Contact: Mitsui, www.mitsui.com

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    Turks Save $158Mn with Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
    Turkey Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In Ankara, the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Ministry reports the country’s investments in energy efficiency in 2020 totaled $635 million for a savings of $158 million.

    Turkey's 2017 National Energy Efficiency Action Plan targeted a 14 pct reduction in primary energy consumption and 66.6 million tons of CO2 equivalent emissions reduction by 2023. To help meet its goal, the country invested $4.8 billion in energy efficiency projects between 2017 and 2020 for a cumulative savings of $1.2 billion, the Ministry noted.

    The Turkish Efficiency Enhancing Projects plan identified 434 projects in the commercial buildings, energy, services and agriculture sector facilities and calls for a 15 pct increase in energy efficiency for public institutions up to the end of 2023. To that end, Turkey plans to invest around $11 billion for energy efficiency in all related sectors by 2023 for an expected savings of $30 billion by 2033. (Source: Turkey Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, Daily Sabah, 7 Apr., 2021) Contact: Turkey Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, +90 (312) 212 64 20, +90 (312) 222 57 60, bilgi@enerji.gov.tr, www.enerji.gov.tr/anasayfa

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    Gasum Supplying Liquified Biogas to Finnish Coast Guard (Int'l.)
    Gasum
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Helsinki-headquartered biogas specialist Gasum reports Turku biogas plant has delivered its first shipment of liquefied biogas to the Finnish Border Guard (Coast Guard) in Helsinki. An additional shipment of liquefied biogas will be will be delivered to Helsinki in the coming weeks from Gasum's Risavika production plant in Norway.

    The Finnish government is aiming to make Finland carbon-neutral by 2035. Achieving this target will require significant emission reductions in both road and maritime transport. The use of biogas can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90 pct, making it the cleanest marine fuel available. Liquefied biogas can be used in the same applications as liquefied natural gas (LNG) as they can be mixed with each other and used simultaneously or alternately as fuel for the same ship. (Source: Gasum, PR, 1 April, 2021) Contact: Gasum, Turku Plant, Ossi Lehtonen, Plant Manager, +358 40 411 9717, ossi.lehtonen@gasum.com, www.gasum.com

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    Aemetis Announces Carbon Capture Inc. Unit (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis,California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Cupertino, California-based renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports the the establishment of Aemetis Carbon Capture, Inc.

    The new unit will initially capture, dehydrate, compress, and sequester CO2 from Aemetis Biogas anaerobic dairy digester projects in California's Central Valley to further reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of its dairy biogas fuel.(Source: Aemetis, PR, 1 April, 2021)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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    500-MW Uzbekistan Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Masdar
    Date: 2021-04-05
    UAE-based renewable energy developer Masdar -- the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company -- is reporting an agreement with the Government of Uzbekistan to extend the capacity of its originally contracted Zarafshan wind farm project from 500-MW to up to 1.5 GW.

    In 2020, Masdar contracted with the Government of Uzbekistan to develop, construct, and operate the 500-MW Zarafshan wind farm project, its second utility-scale clean energy project in the country, and the largest wind farm in Central Asia. When fully operational in 2024, the project is expected to generate sufficient power for as many as 500,000 homes and displace 1.1 million tpy of CO2. (Source: Masdar, PR, Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing, 4 Apr., 2021)Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333, www.masdar.ae

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    POET Launches POET Pure™ Plant-Based Products (Ind. Report)
    POET
    Date: 2021-04-02
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered ethanol pioneer POET reports it has expanded production to include renewable CO2, renewable dry ice and all-natural, 100 pct plant-based pharmaceutical-grade purified alcohol as part of a suite of bio-based products under a new label, POET Pure™.

    POET Biorefining -- Leipsic will produce up to 35 million gpy of purified alcohol which will include grain neutral spirits (GNS) and USP-grade alcohol. A second expansion at POET Biorefining --Alexandria is also scheduled to come online in Q2 2021.

    POET, the world's largest biofuels producer, operates 27 facilities across 7 states. At full run rates, POET purchases 5 pt of US corn and produces 2 billion gpy of ethanol, 10 billion ppy of distillers dried grains, and 600 million ppy of corn oil. (Source: POET, PR, 31 Mae., 2021) Contact: POET Pure, Darin Cartwright, VP, www.poetpure.com; POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

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    ExxonMobil, Porsche Testing Advanced Biofuels (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-04-02
    Irving, Texas-based oil giant ExxonMobil Corp. and German auto-maker Porsche report they are jointly testing advanced biofuels and renewable, lower-carbon eFuels -- fuels made from hydrogen and captured CO2.

    The first iteration involves Esso Renewable Racing Fuel, a blend of primarily advanced biofuels formulated by ExxonMobil in-house scientists and engineers. As early as 2022, the companies plan to test the second iteration of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel, which will contain eFuel components and is anticipated to achieve an up-to 85 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when blended to current market fuel standards for passenger vehicles.

    The eFuel will be sourced from the Haru Oni pilot plant based in Chile that generates hydrogen, which is then combined with captured CO2 drawn from the atmosphere to produce methanol. ExxonMobil is providing a license and support for the proprietary technology to convert the methanol to gasoline, which will result in a lower-carbon fuel.

    In the pilot phase, around 35,000 gallons of eFuels will be produced in 2022. As the fuel's primary user, Porsche will use the eFuels in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup starting in the season of 2022. The first on-track testing of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel occurred March 30, 2021 in Zandvoort, Netherlands, and will continue throughout the 2021 and 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race series. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: ExonMobil, Andy Madden, VP Strategy and Planning , ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, www. corporate.exxonmobil.com

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    A4A Commits to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Airlines for America
    Date: 2021-04-02
    Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced the commitment of its member carriers to work across the aviation industry and with government leaders in a positive partnership to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. As part of that commitment, A4A carriers pledged to work with the government and other stakeholders toward a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to make 2 billion gallons of SAF available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.

    A4A and its member carriers are committed to working in partnership across the commercial aviation sector and beyond to help advance and deploy commercially viable technology, operations, infrastructure and SAF to meet these ambitious climate goals. At the same time, it is imperative that the U.S. federal, state and local governments implement supportive policies and programs that enable innovation, scale-up, cost-competitiveness and deployment in each of these areas, while avoiding the implementation of policies that would limit the aviation industry's ability to invest in emissions-reducing measures.

    Many A4A members have set net-zero emissions goals and are already investing in SAF, but the aviation industry requires a similar urgent commitment from policymakers, fuel producers and others in the feedstock and fuel supply chain to achieve meaningful scalability.

    U.S. airlines greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions currently accounts for less than two percent of the nation's GHG emissions inventory. U.S. airlines improved their fuel efficiency by more than 135 pct between 1978 and year-end 2019, saving over five billion metric tons of CO2 -- equivalent to taking more than 27 million cars off the road on average in each of those years. Additionally, A4A has helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to CORSIA to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020, according to the organization's website. (Source: Airlines for America, PR, Website, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, Pres., CEO, www.airlines.org

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    Okinawa Power Plant Co-burning Coal, Woody Biomass (Int'l.)
    Okinawa Electric Power
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Japanese power producer Okinawa Electric Power reports it has begun co-burning coal and woody biomass pellets at its Kin coal-fired power plant as part of normal operations. The plant can burn wood pellets made from domestically-supplied construction waste at the 220MW No.1 and No.2 coal-fired units, with the ratio of biomass mixture at around 3 pct.

    Okinawa Electric Power also uses woody biomass at its 312MW Gushikawa coal-fired power plant and forecasts using a total 30,000 tpy of wood pellets for both plants and cutting its CO2 emissions by around 40,000 tpy.

    The move to woody biomass pellet fuel is in line with the utility's plan cut greenhouse gas emissions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Okinawa Electric Power, Korea Herald, Mar 29, 2021) Contact: Okinawa Electric Power, www.okiden.co.jp/en

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    Pacifico Renewables Adds 15.5 MW to Wind Portfolio (Int'l., M&A)
    Pacifico Renewables
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Gruenwald, Germany-based independent energy producer Pacifico Renewables Yield AG is reporting acquisition of a 15.5 MW, 5-turbine onshore wind farm near Reudelsterz in Rhineland-Palatinate from New Energies Systems AG.

    The onshore wind park is expected to generate roughly 37 GWh of green electricity p.a. and reduce CO2 emissions by almost 30,000 tpy. The project increases Pacifico's portfolio capacity by 19 pct to 96.6 MW. The company is aiming to increase its portfolio to 400 MW by 2023, according to the release. (Source: Pacifico Renewables, PR, Website, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Pacifico Renewables, Christoph Strasser, Co-CEO, www.pacifico-reneables.com; New Energies Systems AG, +49 2651 4915520, www.nesag.de

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    FAW-Volkswagen Touts Emissions Reduction Initiative (Int'l.)
    FAW-Volkswagen
    Date: 2021-03-31
    In China, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd. (FAW-VW) has launched an initiative of promoting carbon emissions peaking and carbon neutrality in Beijing, in order to fulfil the company's social responsibility to realize green development in line with the national strategy to attain carbon neutrality by 2060.

    FAW-VW notes it has been building green factories, adhering to green manufacturing, and continuously improving its environmental management system and launched the MEB platform since company establishment 30 years ago. "Our vision is CO2-neautral production without negative environmental impact during our complete production cycle," said FAW-VW technical VP Andreas Dick.

    In December 2014, FAW-VW launched a comprehensive corporate social responsibility strategy, becoming one of the first auto companies in China to put forward a corporate social responsibility strategy in China. (Source: FAW-Volkswagen, PR, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: FAW-Volkswagen, +86-431- 8112-1212, yuyang_iec@faw.com.cn, www.faw.com/fawen/gyjt36/gjhz/faw-volkswagen/index.html

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    Azelio Claims Swedish Solar Energy Storage Order (Int'l.)
    Azelio
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Azelio reports receipt of and order for two of its TES.POD® energy storage units from Swedish-based Industrisi Amal AB.

    Azelio's TES.POD will store surplus energy from a 446 kW rooftop solar PV system. The installation will increase the projects renewable energy supply capacity by 24 pct and reduce CO2 emissions from energy use by 168 tpy.

    The system will combine the TES.POD with solar PV already installed by Svea Solar -- Sweden's largest solar PV installer and current collaborator with Azelio for joint projects. (Source: Azelio, Website PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46 709 40 35 80 jonas.eklind@azelio.com, Ralf Wiesenberg - VP Business Development, +34 699 30 86 36, ralf.wiesenberg@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

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