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North Dakota Aiming for Carbon-Neutrality by 2030 (Ind. Report)
UNDEERC
Date: 2021-06-16
At the recent Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota Gov. Douglas Burgum (R) reiterated that his state -- the nation's second largest oil-producing state due in part to the Bakken/Three Forks Shale in the Williston Basin -- aims to become carbon-neutral by 1930.

To that end, the governor noted the potential of, and opportunities offered by carbon capture and storage (CCS) for the state's oil and gas sector and the importance of related research work being carried out by the University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC). The Governor also noted the state is working on water recycling in oilfields, using carbon dioxide (CO2) in enhanced oil recovery, reducing CO2 emissions, reducing natural gas flaring, and other efforts to reduce emissions and address the climate change crisis. (Source: Office of Gov. Douglas Burgum, UNDEERC Website, 20 May, 2021) Contact: Office of Gov. Douglas Burgum, (701) 328-2200. Fax: (701) 328-2205, www.governor.nd.gov; UNDEERC, Niki Massmann, Communications, 701.777.5000, eercinfo@undeerc.org, www.undeerc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDEERC,  Carbon Neutral,  CCS,  


Ozop, Clean Peak Ink Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
Ozop Energy, Clean Peak Energy
Date: 2021-06-16
Warwick, New York-based Ozop Energy Solutions' subsidiary Ozop Energy Systems, Inc. is reporting an agreement with Stamford, Conn.-based Clean Park Energy Group LLC (CPE) that focuses on using a building's existing thermal mass and air conditioning systems to create energy storage and reduce building related CO2 emissions.

Using CPE's advanced energy storage technology, facilities can save on energy costs with zero capital construction cost. CPE's patented solution uses the thermal mass within a building's envelope and interior mass as energy storage to take advantage of cooler night time temperatures and air conditioning efficiency to store electricity.

Ozop Energy Systems manufactures and distributes renewable energy products in the energy storage, solar, microgrids, and EV charging sectors. (Source: Ozop Energy, PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Ozop Energy Solutions, Brian Conway, CEO, ww.ozopenergy.com; Clean Peak Energy Group LLC, Ed Levene, CEO, 203-614-1485 , www.cleanpeakenergy.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy STorage,  


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

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

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

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

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


Talos Energy, Storegga Announce US CCS Joint Venture (Ind. Report)
CCS, Talos Energy
Date: 2021-06-09
In the Lone Star State, Houston-based Talos Energy and UK-based low-carbon projects/carbon removal firm Storegga Geotechnologies are reporting an exclusive joint venture to source, evaluate and develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) project opportunities on the US Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico and area containing over 100 facilities emitting more than 1 million tpy of CO2 emissions .

Under the joint venture framework, the partners will originate and mature CCS ventures with emitters, infrastructure providers, service companies and financing partners, among others. According to Talos, the agreement requires zero up front capital commitments, and the partnership will share costs 50/50 in the initial phases. Talos is designated as the operating partner of the joint venture.

Storegga is the lead developer of the Acorn CCS and Acorn hydrogen projects in the UK. The Acorn project is the most advanced large-scale CCS project in the UK with final investment decision expected in 2022. (Source: Talos Energy, Website PR, 8 June, 2021) Contact: Talos Energy, Timothy Duncan, CEO, (713) 328-3000, (713) 351-4100 fax , www.talosenergy.com; Storegga Geotechnologies, Nick Cooper, CEO, nick.cooper@storegga.earth, www.storegga.earth

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  Carbon Capture & Storage news,  


May 2021 CO2 Emissions Rise to Record High (Ind. Report)
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Date: 2021-06-09
Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego are reporting atmospheric carbon dioxide -- by far the most abundant human-caused greenhouse gas -- peaked for 2021 in May at a monthly average of 419 ppm, the highest level since accurate measurements began 63 years ago.

While the year-to-year increase of 1.8 ppm in the May CO2 peak was slightly less than previous years, CO2 measurements for the first five months of 2021 showed a 2.3 ppm increase over the same five months of 2020, close to the average annual increase from 2010 to 2019.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Covid-induced lock downs in 2020 led to a 5.8 pct decline in global energy-related CO2 emissions, the largest annual percentage decline since World War II. However, with the opening up of lock downs and pandemic-induced restrictions loosened, global CO2 emissions started climbing again. The IEA notes CO2 emissions will see a rise of 1.5 billion tonnes -- the second-largest annual increase ever -- in 2021. (Source: NOAA, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, June., 2021) Contact: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 858-534-3624, www.scripps.ucsd.edu; NOAA, www.noaa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration news,  Scripps Institution of Oceanography news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  


EC, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst Partnership Touted (Int'l. Report)
European Commission,Breakthrough Energy
Date: 2021-06-07
European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen and Bill Gates have announced a pioneering partnership between the European Commission and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst to boost investments in the critical climate technologies that will enable the net-zero economy. The new partnership aims to mobilize new investments of up to €820 million ($1 billion) between 2022-26 to build large-scale, commercial demonstration projects for clean technologies -- lowering their costs, accelerating their deployment, and delivering significant reductions in CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

The partnership intends to invest in high-impact EU-based projects initially in four sectors with a high potential to help deliver on the economic and climate ambitions of the European Green Deal -- green hydrogen; sustainable aviation fuels (SAF); direct air carbon capture; and long-duration energy storage. In doing so, it seeks to scale up key climate-smart technologies and speed up the transition towards sustainable industries in Europe.

Investment support will take the form of financial instruments and grants. The partnership will also be open to private, philanthropic and national investments by EU Member States through InvestEU or at project level, according to the EC release. (Source: European Commissions, PR, 2 June, 2021) Contact: European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Pres Breakthrough Energy, www.breakthroughenergy.org EU Innovation Fund, www.ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/innovation-fund_en; EU Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Breakthrough Energy,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Bill Gates,  


Iberdrola, Vestas Ink Baltic Eagle Turbine Agreement (Int'l.)
Iberdrola, Vestas
Date: 2021-06-04
Madrid-headquartered renewable energy major Iberdrola reports it has contracted with Vestas to supply 50 units of its V174-9.5 MW wind turbine -- including service and maintenance -- for Iberdrola's Baltic Eagle project which is being developed roughly 75 km off the island of Rugen, in the German Baltic Sea.

When fully operational, Baltic Eagle, Iberdrola's second major offshore initiative in Germany after the installation of 350-MW Wikinger wind farm in 2017, will generate sufficient energy to meet 45 pct of the total electricity consumption of the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and it will displace 1.65 million tpy of CO2 emissions.

Iberdrola has 1.3 GW installed and is progressing with the construction of a further 2.6 GW and expects to have 12,000 MW offshore wind in operation by 2030. The Group operates the 389-MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea (since 2014), 350-MW Wikinger in the German Baltic Sea (since 2017) and the 714-MW East Anglia One in British waters in the North Sea (since 2020). At different stages of planning and development are 496-MW Saint-Brieuc project, off the coast of Brittany in northern France, which will use 62 Siemens-Gamesa turbines each with 8-MW unit capacity; 800-MW Vineyard Wind, a joint venture with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, off the coast of Massachusetts; and Baltic Eagle. (Source: Ibersdrola, PR, Website, 25 May, 2021)Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es; Vestas, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Vestas,  Offshore Wind,  Baltic Eagle ,  


ABB Strengthens Commitment to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
ABB Group
Date: 2021-06-04
As part of its new Sustainability Strategy, Zurich-headquartered ABB Group is reporting a commitment to partner with its customers and suppliers to reduce their emissions and to achieve carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2030. ABB also announced that it has joined three initiatives led by the international non-profit Climate Group in line with its action plan and focus areas identified to reduce its own emissions:
  • ABB commits to electrifying its fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles by 2030. ABB in Sweden, for example, has already started to convert its around 700 company cars to all-electric vehicles, while ABB in the UK announced last year that the company will be transitioning its over 500 company cars to an all-electric fleet by 2025.

  • ABB commits to sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity until 2030. In 2020, 32 percent, of all the electricity used by ABB, was either purchased as certified green electricity or generated by the company's own solar power plants. Since 2020, ABB in Switzerland already sources 100 percent of its power from renewable sources.

  • ABB commits to establishing energy efficiency targets and continue deploying energy management systems at the company's sites. Already today, more than 100 ABB sites are covered by externally certified or self-declared energy management systems.

    Additionally, the company's own reduction targets have now also received approval by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) confirming that they are in line with the 1.5 degree C scenario of the Paris Agreement .ABB has also joined the Business Ambition for 1.5 degree C Campaign, a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders, led by the UNGC.

    ABB's Sustainability Strategy has a clear focus on areas with the biggest impact -- enabling a low-carbon society by reducing emissions, preserving resources, and promoting social progress underpinned by a strong commitment to integrity and transparency. As part of the strategy and starting in 2021, ABB has also added specific targets related to sustainability into its senior management remuneration, according to the release. (Source: ABB Group, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: ABB, Theodor Swedjemark, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, www.abb.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB Group,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


  • Indian Banking Major Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2031 (Int'l)
    HDFC Bank
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In Mumbai, India's largest bank with $3.8 billion (US) in assets. HDFC Bank has announced it plans to become carbon-neutral by 2031-- 32.

    To that end, the bank will implement a three-pronged strategy to reduce energy consumption, transition to renewable energy, and offset carbon footprint. The strategy calls for a decrease in absolute emissions and energy consumed from the current level of 3,15,583 MT CO2 emissions, converting 50 pct of its total sourced electricity to renewable energy, creating single-use plastic-free corporate offices, planting 250 million trees and reducing water consumption by 30 pct. The bank will also focus on offering loans for green products like electric vehicles at lower interest rates and is also working on a framework for issuing green bonds. (Source: HDFC Bank, PR, June, 2021) Contact: HDFC Bank, www.hdfcbank.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Footprint news,  Green Bond news,  


    wpd Commissions 36-MW French Wind Farm (Int’l. Report)
    wpd
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Bremen,Germany headquartered renewables developer wpd AG is reporting the commissioning of its 35.6-MW Auzay wind farm in the Pays de la Loire region of northwestern France.

    The facility incorporates 9, E-138 EP3 turbines from Enercon and is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 34,200 homes while offsetting 8,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: wdp AG, PR, June, 2021) Contact: wpd AG, www.wpd.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News wpd,  Wind,  


    ECOSynBio Commits $35Mn to Cutting Biofuel Production Carbon Footprint (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE ECOSynBio
    Date: 2021-05-17
    In Washington, the US DOE Energy Carbon Optimised Synthesis for the Bioeconomy (ECOSynBio) programme reports it is awarding $35 million to 15 research projects aimed at decarbonising biorefining processes across the transportation and agriculture sectors.

    Ethanol, biodiesel and other products derived from organic material are almost exclusively produced by fermentation processes that create carbon as a by-product, with some processes wasting more than a third of this carbon as CO2 emissions. Accordingly, new pathways is needed for biofuel conversion that reduces carbon waste, prevents the loss of CO2 emissions, and in turn, maximises the amount of renewable fuel a conversion process yields.

    The ECOSynBio award winners will work on the following methods to optimise biofuel production: carbon-optimised fermentation strains that avoid CO2 waste; engineered organisms that can use a mix of different sources of energy and carbon and avoid evolving CO2; biomass-derived sugar or carbon oxide gas fermentation with internal CO2 recycling; cell-free carbon-optimised biocatalytic biomass conversion and/or CO2 use; and cross-cutting carbon-optimided bioconversion methods that have the potential for high-impact emissions reductions, according to the release. (Source: US DOE, May, 2021) Contact: US DOE ECOSynBio, www.arpa-e.energy.gov/technologies/programs/ecosynbio

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news,  Biofuel Carbon Footprint news,  


    LanzaTech, BASF Tout Ind. Off-Gas n-Octanol Prod. (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech,BASF
    Date: 2021-05-14
    Transforming the carbon contained in industrial off-gases into valuable chemicals is the aim of a partnership between LanzaTech and BASF. Now the partners have achieved a key first success: With the help of special bacteria, they have been able to produce n-octanol at laboratory scale from carbon monoxide and hydrogen, the main components of emissions, e.g. from the steel industry.

    In this partnership, the two companies are working on a process using a biological capability developed by Dr. Ramon Gonzalez, currently a Professor at the University of South Florida, that will allow the carbon in the off-gas to be utilized as a raw material for the production of chemical products like n-octanol. This innovative carbon recycling approach thereby reduces CO2 emissions from the industrial site and keeps fossil resources in the ground. LanzaTech's technology is already deployed at commercial scale transforming exhaust gas from steel production into ethanol. The collaboration has now paved the way to produce high value chemicals, such as n octanol through gas fermentation.

    The two companies have also designed an innovative process concept to allow continuous product generation and purification. As a next step, the teams will focus on optimizing the biology and technology design to deliver an efficient production process, according to the LanzaTech release. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 11 May, 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; BASF Dr. Detlef Kratz, Pres. Process Research & Chemical Engineering, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  BASF,  


    Suncor, Atco Partner on Potential Hydrogen Project (Ind. Report)
    Suncor, Atco
    Date: 2021-05-12
    On the Canadian prairies, oilsands producer Suncor Energy Inc. and engineering, logistics and energy holding company Atco Ltd. -- both based in Calgary -- report they are partnering on a "multibillion-dollar" project to produce more than 300,000 tpy of hydrogen.

    The project would slash Alberta's CO2 emissions by more than 2 million tpy and help Canada reach its 2050 target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and storing (CCS) more than 90 per cent of the CO2 produced from energy required to produce the hydrogen.

    Suncor will build and operate the hydrogen production and CO2 sequestration facilities and Atco will construct and operate the associated pipeline and hydrogen storage facilities. Roughly 65 pct of the hydrogen would be used by Suncor in refining processes and cogeneration of steam and electricity, reducing emissions by up to 60 pct at its Edmonton refinery. Another 20 pct would be added to the provincial natural gas grid to reduce emissions and the remainder will be sold to various users, according to the release.

    The hydrogen production facility, which would be located at Atco's Heartland Energy Centre near Fort Saskatchewan, is expected to face an investment decision in 2024 and could be operational as early as 2028. (Source: Suncor, Canadian Press, 11 May, 2021) Contact: Suncor, Mark Little, Pres. & CEO, www.suncor.com; Atco Ltd., www.atco.com/en-ca.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Suncor,  CCS,  Atco,  Hygrogen,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    VW, Bosch, Shell Touting Blue Gasoline (Int'l, Alt. Fuels Report)
    VW, Bosch, Shell
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Stuttgart-based German technology provider Bosch, automaker Volkswagen and energy and petrochemical multinational Shell are touting the development of Blue Gasoline, which will be available at Bosch service stations this year.

    According to Bosch, this new fuel contains the equivalent of 33 pct renewable energy which reduces its CO2 emissions by 20 pct per kilometer traveled compared to gasoline. "On the path to environmentally friendly mobility we must ensure that we leave no technical opportunity untapped, starting with electromobility and ending with renewable fuels", claimed the president of Bosch's Propulsion Systems Solutions division, Uwe Gackstatter.

    VW's director of Development of Internal Combustion Engines, Sebastian Willmann, stresses that Blue Gasoline is another "critical component in reducing vehicle emissions, as it is particularly suitable for use in plug-in hybrid models."

    Technically, blue gas is gasoline or diesel that is a hydrocarbon fuel manufactured from hydrogen and carbon feedstocks instead of being refined from petroleum. Hydrogen comes in several colors. Black hydrogen comes from coal gasification and has 20X the mass of CO2 as of produced hydrogen. (Source: Bosch, Shell, Volkswagen, Europe Press, Explica, 9 May, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News VW,  Bosch,  Shell,  Alternative Fuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


    German MBU, Industry Agree on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (Int'l.)
    Sustainable Aviation Fuel
    Date: 2021-05-10
    In Bonn, the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and state governments and industrial leaders have agreed on a roadmap aimed at establishing climate-friendly power-to-liquid (PtL) aviation fuel production.

    The PtL roadmap is intended to create the basis for the production of 200,000 tpy or more of sustainable kerosene for German air traffic by 2030 -- one-third of the current fuel requirement for domestic German air traffic. The plan aims to produce PtL fuels from green hydrogen and sustainable CO2 from bioenergy plants and other industry, sources therefore drastically reducing the overall amount of air traffic CO2 emissions.

    Although PtL fuels have not yet been produced in relevant quantities or at market prices due to the lack of industrial-scale production facilities, the German government has committed to emissions-free aviation as part of the country’s low-carbon energy transition. (Source: German MBU, PR, Clean Energy Wire, May, 2021) Contact:German BMU, www.bmu.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  


    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,  


    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,  


    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,  


    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,  


    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,  


    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

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


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Carbon Emissions,  


    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    BASF Aiming for Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l. Report)
    BASF
    Date: 2021-03-31
    BASF reports it is aiming to reduce its production CO2 emissions by 25 pct by 2030 and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. To that end, the company plans to progressively switch to renewable energy sources and to invest up to €1 billion by 2025 in new technologies to reach its climate target and a further €2 billion to €3 billion by 2030.

    In 2018, BASF's worldwide emissions totaled 21.9 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents. In 1990, this figure was roughly twice as high. The new 2030 emissions goal represents a reduction of approximately 60 pct compared to 1990 levels, which exceeds the European Union's target of minus 55 pct. (Source: BASF, PR, European Coatings, 30 Mar., 2021)

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    UK Offshore Energy Transition, Emissions Deal Released (Int'l.)
    UK BEIS
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In London, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released the North Sea Transition Deal, a landmark climate transition agreement to support the offshore oil and gas industry work force and supply chain during the switch to renewable energy and a net-zero emissions economy.

    The Deal includes an agreement for early reductions in production-site GHG emissions (not including emissions from product utilization) totaling 10 pctt by 2025, 25 pct by 2027 and 50 pct by 2030, with a goal of reaching net zero by 2050 -- a 15 million tonne reduction in CO2 emissions over the next ten years.

    Additionally, the deal commits to delivery of investments of up to $22 billion in new energy technologies, including hydrogen production and carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS). The government has pledged to spend $1.4 billion on CCUS projects by 2025, and expects to provide additional support for the development of CO2 pipelines, storage sites and wells. The deal also commits to a voluntary industry target of 50 pct local, UK-made content for all new energy technology projects by 2030, with the same set-aside for oil and gas decommissioning activity. (Source: UK BEIS, PR, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    Suncor Investing in Svante CCS Effort (Ind. Report, Int'l.)
    Suncor,Svante
    Date: 2021-03-22
    Calgary, Alberta-based oilsands and refining giant Suncor Energy is reporting an investment in Burnaby, British Columbia-based carbon capture technology company Svante. The funds will help Svante accelerate the commercialisation of its novel carbon capture technology for the decarbonisation of industrial emissions and hydrogen production.

    With the latest investment, total proceeds raised under Svante's Series D financing equate to $100 million -- the largest single private investment into point source carbon capture technology globally to date, according to Suncor.

    Svante CEO Claude Letourneau noted, "Svante has generated a pipeline of potential new project opportunities capturing over 40 million tonnes of CO2 per year before 2030 from natural gas industrial boilers, cement and lime, and blue hydrogen industrial facilities, mainly in North America and spurred by both US and Canada federal CO2 tax credits and prices on CO2 emissions." (Source: Suncor, PR, GasWorld, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: Suncor, Mark Little, Pres. & CEO, www.suncor.com; Svante Inc., Claude Letourneau, , Pres., CEO, Julia McKenna , Inv. Relations, 604.456.0504, jmckenna@svanteinc.com, www.svanteinc.com

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    NextDecade Launches NEXT Carbon Solutions (Ind. Report)
    NextDecade
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Houston-headquartered natural gas major NextDecade Corporation is reporting the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary NEXT Carbon Solutions, LLC to develop one of the largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in North America at NextDecade's Rio Grande LNG project.

    The new company will also advance proprietary processes to lower the cost of utilizing CCS technology; help other energy companies reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the production, transportation, and use of natural gas; and generate high-quality, verifiable carbon offsets to support companies in their efforts to achieve net-zero emissions.

    NEXT Carbon Solutions' CCS project is expected to reduce permitted CO2 emissions at Rio Grande LNG by more than 90 pct without major design changes to the Rio Grande LNG project. As a result, Rio Grande LNG is expected to be the greenest LNG project in the world, according to the company release. (Source: NextDecade, Website, PR, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: NextDecade, Matt Schatzman, CEO, (832) 209-8131 phughes@next-decade.com, www.next-decade.com

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    Bipartisan CCS, Emissions Reduction Act Tabled (Reg. & Leg.)
    CCS
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In Washington on Mar. 16, a bipartisan group of legislators -- Sens. Chris Coons, (D-Del.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Reps. Marc Veasey (D-Tx) and David McKinley (R-WV) -- introduced the Storing CO2 And Lowering Emissions Act (SCALE Act) to help develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure as a critical means of reducing CO2 emissions and creating regional economic opportunities and employment.

    The SCALE Act would support the build-out of infrastructure to transport CO2 from capture sites to locations where it can be either utilized in manufacturing or sequestered. The bill would also build upon the U.S. DOE's existing CarbonSAFE program to provide cost sharing for deployment of commercial-scale saline geologic CO2 storage projects.

    The program would give priority to larger, commercial saline geologic storage projects that could serve as hubs for storing CO2 from multiple carbon capture facilities. It would also authorize increased funding to the U.S. EPA for permitting Class VI CO2 storage wells in saline geologic formations and provide grants for states to establish Class VI permitting programs , as well as provide grant funding for CO2 utilization products and support for state and local programs that create demand for materials, fuels and other products made from captured carbon. I would also help develop standards and certifications for products that use CO2.

    shows The SCALE Act provisions could create approximately 13,000 direct and indirect jobs per year through the five-year authorization, according to Decarb America Project. (Source: Office of Sen. Chris Coons, PR, 17 Mar., 2021) Contact: Office of Sen. Chris Coons, (202) 224-5042, www.coons.senate.gov

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    Praj Claims HPCL Compressed Biogas Plant Order (Int'l. Report)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Pune, India-based ethanol producer, bio-based technologies and engineering specialist Praj Industries is reporting receipt of an order from Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) for a 5,250 M tpy compressed biogas (CBG) project at Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. The project, which will process 35,000 MT of regionally sourced rice straw as feedstock, could also save up to 15,000 M tpy of CO2 emissions when commissioned with the next 12 completed and commissioned within 12 months.

    The project will incorporate Praj's RenGas technology which was developed at Praj-Matrix, Department of Scientific and Industrial research (DSIR) certified the R&D centre. (Source: Praj Industries, PR, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev., info@praj.net, www.praj.net

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    ACCIONA, Korea Zinc Partner on 923-MW Aussie Wind Farm (Int.l)
    ACCIONA
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Madrid-based ACCIONA and international metals group Korea Zinc Co. have reached an agreement to jointly develop the 923-MW MacIntyre Wind Farm in Queensland, Australia. Under the agreement Ark Energy, a subsidiary of Korea Zinc Co., will take a 30 pct stake in the project with ACCIONA retaining 70 pct. The project will incorporate 180 Nordex Delta 4000 turbines. ACCIONA will manage the project through its development, construction, operations and maintenance stages.

    ACCIONA has secured a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with CleanCo, Queensland's newest public electricity company, for 400MW of the MacIntyre Wind Farm's power production. The project will also power Sun Metals Corporation, a Korea Zinc Co. subsidiary in Australia. helping the metals group meet its target of obtaining 1

    In addition to the MacIntyre Wind Farm, ACCIONA will build the 103-MW Karara Wind Farm, owned by CleanCo. Together, the MacIntyre and Karara complex will generate sufficient power for nearly 700,000 homes and avoid roughly 3 million tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: ACCIONA, Website PR, 16 March, 2021) Contact: ACCIONA, +39 91 663 2850, www.acciona.com

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    UK Investing £150Mn for Rainforest Preservation (Int'l.)
    UK Rainforest
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In London, the UK has launched its new Mobilising Finance for Forests Programme, a £150 million fund to help protect rainforests equivalent to an area the size of Wales, cut millions of tonnes of carbon emissions and improve the lives of over 600,000 people in tropical forest communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The programme will support sustainable land-use projects and protect rainforest regions like the Amazon and Indonesian basins in communities vulnerable to climate change.

    This funding will help to remove 28 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, equivalent to the offsetting London's entire CO2 emissions annually over the next 15 years, through investing in eco-friendly projects like harvesting nuts, seeds, and coffee sustainably, restoring lost forests, diversifying crops to prevent soil erosion, and launching conservation activities -- restoring tropical forests as our most effective and natural carbon capture and storage sinks.

    The government program is expected to attract as much as £850 million in private investment, support thousands of green jobs across multiple sectors, such as agriculture, food, and technology in these regions, and to provide 23 pct of the reduction in carbon emissions and climate impacts needed over the next decade to meet the goals set in the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: UK Ministry of State, PR, 12 Mar., 2021) Contact: UK International Environment Minister Lord Goldsmith , www.gov.uk/government/people/zac-goldsmith

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    China Releases 2021-25 Energy, Climate Change Plan (Int'l. Report)
    China
    Date: 2021-03-12
    In Beijing, the world's large GHG emitter's just released draft 2021-2025 Five Year Plan (FYP) is awaiting approval from the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC).

    The FYP targets are widely seen as indicators of China's economic and social development goals over the following five years but economic uncertainties brought about by the ongoing pandemic have overshadowed the 14th FYP and Chinese economists have reportedly suggested that no numerical GDP growth targets should be approved in the final plan. However, without GDP targets, it is difficult to assess the plan's impact on China's carbon emissions trajectory over the next five years, as its key climate targets are pegged to the performance of the Chinese economy.

    Ahead of the release, climate experts had called for the inclusion of a carbon emissions cap. But the draft does not contain one. Instead, it continues with the approaches of previous FYPs in setting energy intensity and carbon intensity targets per unit of GDP. By 2025, according to the new FYP, China is to reduce energy intensity by 13.5 pct from 2020 levels, and carbon intensity by 18 pct. The country will also boost the share of non-fossil sources in its energy mix to roughly 20 pct by the end of the period, according to the plan.

    On average, China's CO2 emissions rose by 1.7 pct each year during the 2016-2020 FYP. Despite low economic growth last year, emissions increased 1.5 pct year on year, approaching 10 billion tonnes in total. Assuming the country's GDP grows at an annual rate of 5.5 pct from 2021 to 2025, carbon emissions will still rise by 1.1 pct each year and the country could achieve a carbon emissions peak of around 10.5 billion tonnes shortly before 2030.

    According to the China National Bureau of Statistics, coal provided 56.8 pct of China's energy in2020, the same year China pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: Tsinghua University Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development, National Development and Reform Commission , China Dialogue, Mar., 2021) Contact: National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), en.ndrc.gov.cn; Tsinghua University Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development, www.tsinghau,edu.cn

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    EP Votes to Retain Free CO2 Quotas for Industry (Int'l.)
    EU
    Date: 2021-03-10
    Yesterday in Brussels, the European Parliament (EP) rejected proposals to phase out free CO2 pollution credits for industries covered by the EU's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), even as the bloc plans to gradually replace the scheme with a border carbon tax to shield EU industries from "environmental dumping."

    The European Commission (EC) is expected to unveil its proposal for a carbon border tax in June as part of a package of climate laws aimed at cutting the EU's CO2 emissions by 55 pct by 2030. (Source: European Commissions, euractive, 10 Mar., 2021)

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    2020 Global Shipping CO2 Emissions Drop 1 pct (Int'l. Report)
    Marine Benchmark
    Date: 2021-03-08
    Maritime data provider Marine Benchmark is reporting global shipping CO2 emissions decreased 1 pct in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic curtailed 2020 shipping activity. CO2 emissions among the "Big-3" -- Tankers, Bulk Carriers and Containers -- actually increased 1.2 pct with a 2.4 pct decline in Container emissions offset by growth in the Bulker and Tanker sectors. However, the smaller sectors reversed this growth, with cruise ship emissions fell 45 pct.

    Maritime vessel CO2 emissions are calculated from the carbon content of the fuel consumed. Marine heavy fuel oil is approximately 86 pct carbon -- 3.15 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of fuel consumed. Since the carbon content of diesel (gas oil) is slightly higher, so too are the CO2 emissions per tonne of fuel consumed.

    Marine Benchmark's proprietary algorithms estimate vessel fuel consumption by main and auxiliary engines, based on utilising hourly AIS data for all International Marine Organization (IMO) registered ships spanning a ten 10 year period. (Source: Marine Benchmark, PR, Trade Arabia News Service 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: Marine Benchmark, Torbjorn Rydbergh, CEO, www.marinebenchmark.com; International Marine Organization, www.imo.org

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    Mitsui Invests in UK North Sea CCS Project (Int'l. Report)
    Mitsui
    Date: 2021-03-05
    Tokyo-based Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co Ltd reports it will invest in a 15.4 pct share in Storegga Geotechnologies which is developing the Acorn CCS project in the UK, North Sea.

    The project is being led by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Storegga Geotechnologies, Pale Blue Dot Energy, with support from Macquarie Group with a 21.5 pct shareholding and Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC with a 15.4 pct shareholding.

    The project is expected to be operational by the mid-2020s and will capture 340,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Mitsui, PR, OE, 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: Pale Blue Dot, Ian Phillips, Project Director, info@pale-blu.com, www.pale-blu.com; Mitsui & Co, www.mitsui-global.com

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    HeidelbergCement Joins HyNet Low-Carbon Ind. Cluster (Int'l.)
    HeidelbergCement,Progressive Energy
    Date: 2021-03-05
    HeidelbergCement's British subsidiary Hanson UK has become a partner in the HyNet North West consortium, which aims to create the world's first low-carbon industrial cluster in the northwest England, covering the largest concentration of advanced manufacturing and chemical production in the UK

    As a first step, a feasibility study will be conducted to provide a clear design basis and cost estimate for a carbon capture facility at Hanson's Padeswood cement plant and connection to the proposed HyNet North West CO2 network and storage system. The project will reduce regional CO2 emissions by up to 10 million tpy by 2030.

    The HyNet North West project includes production, storage and distribution of low carbon hydrogen which will help to decarbonise other industries whose CO2 emissions primarily come from fossil fuels.

    The HyNet project is led by Progressive Energy along with regional partners Cadent, CF Fertilisers, Eni UK, Essar, INOVYN, the University of Chester as well as Hanson. (Source: HeidelbergCement, PR, Cemnet, 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: Progressive Energy, www.progressive-energy.com; HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com

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    ENGIE Snares South African Concentrated Solar Plant (Int'l., M&A)
    ENGIE Africa
    Date: 2021-03-03
    ENGIE Africa is reporting an agreement to acquire from Abengoa a 40 pct equity stake in Xina Solar One, a 100 MW Concentrated Solar plant, plus a 46 pct stake in the Xina Solar operations and maintenance Company -- subject to regulatory approvals.

    The plant in the Northern Cape of South Africa is equipped with parabolic trough technology and a molten salt storage system. The plant's power is contracted through a 20 years PPA with the South African Electricity Public Utility)ESKOM. The CSP facility generates sufficient power for 95,000 South African households and prevents approximately 348,000 tpy of CO2 emissions.

    In South Africa, ENGIE has interests in a CSP plant (100 MW Kathu), a wind farm (94 MW Aurora), 2 solar photovoltaic plants (21 MW) and 2 thermal power peaking plants (670 MW Avon and 335 MW Dedisa). (Source, Engie Africa, PR, Voice of Africa, 1 Mar., 2021) Contact: Engie Africa, www.ENGIE-Africa.com

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    DRAX Advancing Planned Bioenergy CCS Project (Int'l. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-03-03
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based woody biomass power producer DRAX Group reports it plans to used bioenergy with carbon capture and ctorage (BECCS) to remove millions of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and create a negative carbon footprint for the company.

    The planned project is subject to its application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) -- a process which takes around two years to complete. If approved construction on the first of two 8 million tpy BECCS units could get underway in 2024.

    As we reopoert in Dec. 2020, an Imperial College London report for DRAX Electric Insights found the UK's electricity grid has decarbonised faster than other countries in the last decade and that renewable power has grown six-fold in the last 10 years, helping the UK cut its carbon intensity by 58 pct -- double the reduction seen in other major economies over the 2010-2120 period. The report also noted coal-fired power generation dropped from 30 pct to just 2 pct with renewables rising simultaneously from 8 pct to supplying 42 pct of the UK's electricity over the last decade.

    The shift to renewables means individual UK households have cut reduced their CO2 emissions by .75 tpy, according to the report. (Source: DRAX, PR, Yorkshire Post, Mar., 2021) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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    Glacial Lakes Joins Summit AG CCS Project (Ind Report)
    Summit Carbon Solutions,Glacial Lakes Energy
    Date: 2021-03-01
    Further to our 22nd Feb. report, South Dakota-based Glacial Lakes Energy (GLE) reports its four biorefineries with 360 million gpy total capacity have joined Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group's previously announced Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS) carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project. The project is projected to result in 10 million tpy reduction in CO2 emissions -- the carbon footprint equivalent of 2 million autos.

    Glacial Lakes Energy has signed an offtake agreement with Summit to supply the carbon dioxide at its plants located in Huron, Aberdeen, Mina, and Watertown. This partnership will allow more than 1.6 million tpy of CO2 to be captured, transported, and sequestered underground through Summit's transportation and storage platform which originates in Iowa and concludes in North Dakota.

    Glacial Lakes Energy is a four-plant biorefinery company operating in central and northeast South Dakota and solely owned by more than 4,000 shareholders of Glacial Lakes Corn Processors. Glacial Lakes Energy process roughly 125 million bpy of locally sources corn into 360 million gpy of ethanol, more than 1 million ypy of livestock feed, and 5,000 tpy of corn oil. (Source: Glacial Lakes Energy, Green Car Congress, 26 Feb., 2021) Contact: Glacial Lakes Energy, 605-882-8480 , www.glaciallakesenergy.com; Summit Carbon Solutions, Summit Ag, Jon Probst, (515) 854-9812, jprobst@summitag.com www.summitag.com

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    Thermal Energy Ups Brewery Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Thermal Energy International Inc.
    Date: 2021-02-26
    Ottawa, Ontario-headquartered energy efficiency and emissions reduction solutions specialist Thermal Energy International Inc. reports it has been commissioned by a multinational brewer to supply a turn-key heat recovery system to one of its North American sites.

    The system, valued at over $1,000,000, will feature Thermal Energy's proprietary FLU-ACE® condensing heat recovery unit and HeatSponge indirect heat recovery unit to recover waste heat exhausted from the site's boilers. The energy will then be repurposed to heat the water required for three separate applications -- reverse osmosis which removes contaminants, "deaeration" which protects the steam system from corrosive gases, and boiler makeup water.

    By reducing the steam load, the project is expected to increase energy efficiency, reduce fuel use, and save an estimated 8 million lpy of water as well as reduce CO2 emissions by over 1,800 metric tpy -- equivalent to removing more than 380 cars from the road.

    The turn-key project includes engineering, equipment, installation, commissioning, and training. The project is expected to be completed and revenue earned within nine months. (Source: Thermal Energy International, PR, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: Thermal Energy International Inc., William Crossland, Pres., CEO, 613-723-6776, Bill.crossland@thermalenergy.com, www.thermalenergy.com

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