According to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, "It's time for leaders in Washington to make good on their commitments to clean, renewable energy and put a stop to Big Oil's efforts to restore its monopoly over the US fuel mix. The evidence is clear. Congress and the administration cannot decarbonise transportation without a growing role for low-carbon biofuels, which are vital to our climate, working families, and the economy.
The last thing we can afford are more handouts to the oil industry. Policymakers must act swiftly to ensure uninterrupted, year-round access to E15 and set ambitious biofuel blending levels, including a statutory minimum of 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel, under annual targets."
(Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org
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According to the CCSA, CCUS investment in the UK could reach £41 billion by 2030, opening up a huge opportunity to rapidly develop a strong domestic supply chain that can support UK jobs and economic growth to support domestic companies and develop a supply chain that supports manufacturing of related products and goods. Around 85 pct of the expected £41 billion expenditure over the next decade is estimated to focus on onshore power generation, industrial capture, and hydrogen production plants, according to the report.
A strong domestic supply chain for the CCUS industry would deliver significant benefits for regional economies in the UK's industrial heartlands, where a number of zero carbon cluster projects are currently being pursued bringing together heavy industrial, CCUS, and hydrogen production sites, the report notes. CCSA urges sector to seize opportunity to build up domestic supply chain in support of growing CCUS pipeline.
(Source: CCSA, BusinessGreen, 22 July, 2021) Contact: CCSA, Olivia Powis, Uk Office, +44 (0) 20 3031 8750
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Alliant noted the cost of the planting project has not yet been determined but would be funded by shareholders, not ratepayers.
To date this year, the state of Wisconsin has planted 4.8 million seedlings in rural areas and 42,000 seedlings in urban areas as part of its plan to plant 75 million trees to store almost 29 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 50 years. One million mature trees can store an estimated 500,000 tpy of carbon dioxide .
(Source: Alliant, PR, WPR, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Alliant, Jeff Hanson, Dir. Environmental Services and Corporate Sustainability, (608) 458-3956, www.alliantenergy.com
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The carbon removal programme supports technological and nature-based solutions such as afforestation, direct air capture, biochar, and bioenergy-based carbon capture and storage (CCS). Under the program, selected start-ups will receive training, finance, mentorship, and access to networks.
According to the release, the EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator programme for climate entrepreneurs connects start-ups with cleantech industry experts and accelerates climate positive solutions.
(Source: EIT Climate-KIC, 20 July, 2021)
Contact: EIT Climate-KIC, Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, climaccelerator.climate-kic.org; Munich Re,
Silke Jolowicz, Head of Sustainability, www.munichre.com; ERGO, www.ergo.com; ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch
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American is the first airline in North America to begin the validation process with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). In doing so, American is committing to develop a 2035 emissions reduction target that will be reviewed by the SBTi to confirm its consistency with the latest climate science.
By committing to SBTi, the air carrier becomes a signatory to the Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees C campaign and joins the UN-backed Race To Zero to rally support for a zero-carbon economy from businesses, cities, investors and other non-state actors. (Source: American Airlines, PR, AJOT, 16 July, 2021)Contact: American Airlines, www.headquarterscontacts.com/american-airlines; Science Based Targets, www.sciencebasedtargets.org
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Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize new and advanced technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen to enable the U.S. to extract the maximum economic value from fossil fuel energy resources. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS) capabilities, low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions.
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects, which fall under the following areas: Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) Technology Development for Hydrogen Production; Advanced CCUS Systems from Steam Methane Reforming Plants; Advanced CCUS Systems from Autothermal Methane Reforming Plants; and Hydrogen Combustion Systems for Gas Turbines.
The DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management funds R&D projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of fossil resources. (Source: NETL, DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, PR July, 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov
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The directive also prepares North Carolina for joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
It’s a cap-and-trade program for power plant emissions in 11 mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. (Source: North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, Website, PR, AP, 14 July, 2021)
Contact: North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, 877-623-6748, deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/water-resources-commissions/environmental-management-commission; RGGI, www.rggi.org
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Each of the mandates differ slightly. Yet, each result in elevated blend levels of Bioheat® fuel, including two of the mandates reaching B50 (50 pct biodiesel, 50 pct petroleum diesel):
Connecticut's mandate requires B5 by 2022, B10 by 2025, B15 by 2030, B20 by 2034 and B50 by 2035.
The Rhode Island mandate expands the B5 mandate to B10 by 2023, B20 by 2025 and B50 by 2030.
(Source: National Biodiesel Board, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: NBB, Floyd Vergara, Gov. Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org
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The new Index calculates the synthetic price of daily FFA time charter rates for both Capesize and Panamax vessels, which are adjusted for the cost of carbon. Price information is taken from the highly liquid EEX Dry Freight FFA market is then combined with EEX EUA Futures to create a daily "Zero Carbon FFA" rate which reflects a 100 pct carbon reduction.
(Source: European Energy Exchange, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: EEX, Steffen Koehler, COO, www.eex.com
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Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed an executive order starting the RGGI process in October 2019, as part of his overall climate goals of reducing state greenhouse gas emissions 26 pct by 2025 and 80 pct by 2050, compared to 2005 levels. The Pennsylvania DEP estimates RGGI participation will prevent between 97-227 million tons of carbon emissions between 2022 and 2030, depending on factors such as energy demand. Pennsylvania is among the country's top five carbon emitting states.
Under RGGI, power plants with a generation capacity of at least 25 MW and that send 10 pct or more of their power to the grid must purchase allowances for each ton of CO2 they emit. RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia.
(Source: Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board, Allegheny Front, 14 July, 2021) Contact: RGGI, www.rggi.org
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Manufacturers, power firms and airlines operating flights inside Europe are already covered by the scheme but, under the EU's recently released plan, maritime shipping would be phased into the ETS over a three-year period.
Emissions from sea voyages within the EU, plus 50 pct of ships' emissions from international voyages starting or ending in the EU, would fall under the existing ETS, plus emissions that occur when ships are at berth in EU ports, will be included.
(Source: European Commission, 14 July, 2021)
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In achieving the cutback, LG Innotek proactively performed green management activities with the goal of 'zero environmental impact including introducing renewable energy and expanding the application of high-efficiency production facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. LG Innotek also cut its consumption of water resources by 7 pct from the previous year through expanding investment in recycling and water management facilities, according to the report.
LG Innotek has an A- rating from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) on climate change for two consecutive years in 2019 and 2020 and on water security for four consecutive years between 2017 and 2020.
(Source: LG Innoteck, PR, 12 July, 2021) Contact: LG Innotech, www.lginnotek.com; Carbon Disclosure Project
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SBTi is a partnership between the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute, and the World Wildlife Fund. It focuses on partnering with companies to help guide emission reduction initiatives using science-based goals.
Dana Incorporated is an American supplier of axles, driveshafts, transmissions, and electrodynamic, thermal, sealing, and digital equipment for conventional, hybrid, and electric-powered vehicles. The company's products and services are aimed at the light vehicle, commercial vehicle, and off-highway equipment markets. (Source: Dana Incorporated, PR, 12 July, 2021)
Contact: DANA Corp, Doug Reedberg, Chief Compliance and Sustainability Officer, www.dana.com
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Funded in part with a $4 million grant from the Federal Government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), MicroBioGen's work will boost the role of second-generation (2G) biofuels in reducing carbon emissions and improving food security by enabling food and fuel production from abundant, low-value waste plant material. (Source: MicroBioGen, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy Commercial, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America,(919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com; MicroBioGen, Geoff Bell, CEO
(02) 9418 3182, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.microbiogen.com
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"On a positive note, 98 pct of respondents said that their organisation is investing in decarbonisation initiatives for the 12 months ahead. But the professionals, broadly, seemed keen to invest in initiatives with a low upfront cost and with quick payback times, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The most popular move cited by respondents is joining the UN's Race to Zero Initiative. There was also strong support for making processes more efficient, procuring renewable electricity and investing in emissions management and tracking.
"Only one-third of respondents worked for organisations with sustainable sourcing strategies, with two-thirds saying they would only align their sourcing strategies with net-zero if there were cost benefits. Similarly, only 35 pct of respondents worked for organisations that have already appointed a head of sustainability or are planning to do so this financial year."
The survey also revealed a gap in knowledge among members of the C-suites themselves. 74 pct of the respondents admitted that they do not have a complete understanding of their company's absolute carbon footprint and the changes that will need to be made to reduce emissions. (Source: Vendigital, July, PR, 2021) Contact: Vendigital, www.vendigital.com
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The Shanghai exchange is expected to surpass the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), currently the largest, which seeks to cap 1.61 billion tonnes of carbon emission this year. With an average traded price of $28.28 a tonne, the scheme raised $21.8 billion last year. Some $80.7 billion have been raised on the EU ETS since trading stared in 2005, according to International Carbon Action Partnership.
China's industrial sector reportedly accounted for 28.7 pct of carbon emissions in 2019, while the transport industry made up 8.6 pct and buildings contributed 7 pct, according to the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research. (Source: China Center for Energy Economics Research, Xiamen University,
Xinhua, South China Morning Post, 8 July, 2021) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, www.en.ndrc.gov.cn; China Center for Energy Economics Research, Xiamen University, www.energyxmu.edu.cn
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Under the agreement, SDCP will purchase power from the Jacumba Valley Ranch (JVR) Energy Park being developed by BayWa r.e.in San Diego County. The project will pair a 90MW (AC) solar photovoltaic array with a 70 MW/280 MWh DC-coupled battery energy storage system.
The project, which is expected to break ground early next year for commissioning and operation in Q1 2023. will generate sufficient power for least 52,000 households and offset more than 500,000 metric tons of carbon emissions over the life of the project. (Source: BayWa r.e. USA LLC, PR, 8 July, 2021)
Contact: San Diego Community Power, www.sdcommunitypower.org; BayWa r.e. USA, 949 398 3915, www.us.baywa-re.com
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The Project, expected to be put into production by the end of 2021, is considered "significant" to China's carbon emissions reduction capabilities and reaching it announced goal of reaching "peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060."
The Project is expected to cut carbon emissions by 1 million tpy -- equivalent of planting roughly 9 million trees or eliminating 600,000 cars. (Source: Sinopec, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Sinopec, www.sinopecgroup.com
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OPPD aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
(Source: Wartsila, Website PR, 6 July, 2021) Contact: Wartsila Energy, Mirja-Maija Santala, Marketing, +358 400 793 827, email@example.com, www.wartsila.com/energy; Omaha Public Power District, www.oppd.com
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The meeting, which included representative from both agencies, discussed the findings and implications of two major recent IEA reports -- the IEA's Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050 and its special report on Financing Clean Energy Transitions in Emerging and Developing Economies. The discussions covered on a wide range of topics, including what the US can do to support international climate finance; the future of oil and gas investments on the path to a net-zero world; and how to mobilize financing to speed up the deployment of clean energy technologies.
Download the IEA Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050 HERE . (Source: IEA, PR, 5 July, 2021) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org;
US Treasury Department, home.treasury.gov
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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
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"To make the average renewable hydrogen project competitive with a fossil alternative will require annual subsidies of as much as €24 billion this decade." --
Agora Energiewende www.agora-energiewende.de/en -- Bloomberg, July, 2021
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Within two years, the university research team hopes to capture up to 25 tpd of carbon emissions from a power plant near the new city of Neom, The project will cost roughly $25 million.
The cryogenic technology was developed by Salt Lake Cit, Utah-based Sustainable Energy Solutions and may cost between $35 and $40 a ton on a large scale, according to the release.
The Saudi national oil company Aramco is presently capturing and sequestering 40 million standard cubic feet of CO2 a day and is also working on technology that captures carbon emissions from car exhausts and stores it until it can be offloaded at fuel stations. (Source: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Arab News, 1 July, 2021) Contact: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Prof. William Roberts, +966 12 808 0900, www,kaust.edu.sa; Sustainable Energy Solutions, www.sesinnovation.com; Saudi Aramco, Ahmad A. Al-Saadi, Senior VP, Technical Services, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.saudiaramco.com
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Under the Paris Climate Accord, Russia, a major oil and gas producer, committed to cut its emissions to 70 pct of 1990 levels by 2030. (Source: Reuters, 2 July, 2021)
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The energy efficient buildings financed by Fannie Mae in 2020 alone resulted in 1.7 billion btu in annual energy savings -- equivalent to the amount of energy used to power more than 12,000 US homes for one year. They also saved around 800 million gallons of water, and an estimated reduction of 106,000 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to removing roughly 23,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year.
Fannie Mae is the largest global green bond issuer in the world over the past 10 years, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative, having issued over $88 billion in multi-family green mortgage-backed securities since the program began in 2012.
(Source: Fannie Mae, 2 July, 2021) Contact: Fannie Mae, Laurel Davis, Snr. VP, www.fanniemae.com
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If adopted, the updated standard would come into force in May 2022 and require new mid-high rise residential and commercial builders to cut annual greenhouse gases and energy use intensity a further 25 pct and 28 pct, respectively, compared to the current voluntary version.
Download Toronto Green Standard details HERE (Source: Atmospheric Fund, CBC, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, 416-359-7802,
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The long-awaited national carbon market will put a price on carbon and set emission permits and quotas for energy-intensive industries, will initially cover more than 2,200 companies in China's power sector. When finally online, China's market will overtake the EU ETS to become the world's largest, covering 12 pct of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange.
The release noted, the biggest barrier for launching a national market lies in the establishment of a multi-dimensional and flexible trading mechanism "It is very difficult to set a unified cap on carbon emissions because CO2 emissions vary in different regions, as does demand for electricity. Some provinces' energy consumption tilts to hydropower, while others rely on coal and accordingly standards for carbon emissions set at the beginning might be relatively moderate and prudent to reduce the impact on the overall economy," according to the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange.
Although China's total energy consumption is expected to be controlled within 6 billion tons of standard coal equivalent by 2030, government anticipates "moderate" carbon emissions growth, and the country's energy consumption from 2020 to 2030 should peak at 800 million tons of standard coal equivalent.
(Source: China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, China National Development and Reform Commission, Global Times, 28 June, 2021) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,
China Center for Energy Economics Research, Xiamen University, www.energyxmu.edu.cn
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The offset projects selected include: protecting forests in Indonesia; supporting renewable solar energy projects in India ; and providing efficient, clean burning cook stoves for rural families in Nepal. The offsets will be provided via the BlueHalo digital solution, which has been developed by Australia-based Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM). This allows passengers to immediately calculate and offset the emissions associated with their journey.
As previously reported, the SIA has committed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by: increased investments in new-generation aircraft; achieving higher operational efficiency; adopting low-carbon technology such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), and sourcing high quality carbon offsets.
SIA is a participant in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).
(Source: Singapore Airlines, Business Traveler, 27 June, 2021) Contact: Singapore Airlines, www.singaporeair.com
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The commitment by the IKEA and Rockefeller Foundations is the largest single philanthropic commitment ever on this issue.
Globally, nearly 760 million people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion continue to cook with traditional fuels like wood that not only contribute to carbon emissions but also causes 4 million deaths each year from indoor smoke.
Rockfeller Foundation assets total roughly $4.1 billion with annual grants of roughly $175 million. In 2019 the Foundation provided $103.8 million for development, according to the OECD. in 2019.(Source: IKEA, Rockefeller Foundations, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Rockeffler Foundation, www.rockefellerfoundation.org; IKEA Foundation, www.ikeafoundation.org
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The Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report notes the Tahoe Region surpassed the initial target of 15 pct GHG emission reduction by 2020. From 2005 to 2018, overall GHG emissions in Tahoe declined 38.7 pct although emissions from 2015 to 2018 increased by 4 pct, primarily from the transportation sector. Over the full inventory period, natural gas became the top source of GHG emissions in the Tahoe Basin, largely due to the heat inefficiency of older homes and buildings.
Strategies to reach carbon neutrality in the region also support Lake Tahoe Regional Plan goals for mixed-use, environmentally beneficial redevelopment in town centers. (Source: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, PR, South Tahoe Now, 26 June, 2021) Contact:
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Joanne S. Marchetta, Exec. Dir., (775) 588-4547,
(775) 588-4527 fax, email@example.com, www.trpa.gov
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The Pre-FEED work will focus on engineering design, further developing costs, economic modelling, and final site selection.
When fully operational in 2026, the first of its kind in Europe facility will permanently remove roughly 500,000 to one million tpy of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
According to the release, DAC technology, when combined with secure geological storage, delivers the permanent and verifiable removal of carbon dioxide from the air, reversing the emissions process. Carbon Engineering has to date raised more than $100 million from Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, Chevron Technology Ventures and others.
(Source: Carbon Engineering, Website PR, 23 June, 2021) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com
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"Through Better Buildings, leading organizations across the U.S. are demonstrating their commitment to use energy more efficiently. In partnership with DOE, they are sharing the solutions needed to tackle our climate crisis, create jobs, and build healthy, safe, and thriving communities," according Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.
The deal is co-sponsored by existing bank client CRF Hydro Power and the large corporate group Turner & Co which, together, through the newly formed joint venture Foster Turner Hydro, are providing an undisclosed level of equity. The deal also develops Virgin Money's existing portfolio of sustainable lending and represents another step in its pledge to halve the carbon impact of its loan book by 2030.
CRF Hydropower owns and operates 11 hydro schemes with a combined capacity in excess of 7.7MW. FosterTurner Hydro owns 100 pct of the share capital of Scottish Hydro Investments, which in turn own the equity of Hydro Energy Trading and Green Energy Trading, which own and operate the Munergie and Glenbuck hydro electric schemes. (Source: Scottish Hydro Investment, insider.co.uk, 21 June, 2021)
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At the same time, state legislators are debating a separate energy bill that could enshrine natural gas and fossil-fuel use for the next decade, limit the use of renewable energy and thus complicate the effort to join RGGI. "Joining RGGI would put North Carolina on a path to reduce carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 70 pct before 2030, and become carbon-neutral by 2050," according to Southern Environmental Law Center atorney Derb Carter,
RGGI requires companies to purchase an allowance for each ton of carbon-dioxide pollution they produce. RGGI member states have seen carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants drop 47 pct over the last decade.
RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia.
(Source: Southern Environmental Law Center, June, 2021) Contact: Southern Environmental Law Center, 919-967-1550, www.southernenvironment.org; RGGI, www.rggi.org
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The roadmap proposes that city operations are carbon neutral by 2035, that the community as a whole is carbon neutral by 2050 and that the community's resilience to climate change impacts is enhanced. In 2019 the city adopted an energy plan with a goal of 100 pct citywide clean electricity by 2035.
Boise's plan is guided by three principles: advancing equity, improving human health and wellness and growing a climate-friendly economy. It prioritizes emission reductions for energy and buildings, transportation and consumption and waste along with enhancing resiliency of the city's food systems, water and natural environment. It also includes 23 opportunities, or specific actions, such as shifting heating sources from natural gas to cleaner electricity or geothermal or planting trees within the city and in nearby forests. (Source: City of Boise, PR, Spokesman-Review, 16 June, 2021)
Contact: City of Boise, Public Works Dept., Steve Hubble, Climate Action Manager , 208-608-7150, www.cityofboise.org/departments/public-works
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ACI's goal relates to the carbon emissions under the direct control of airport operators and will be a crucial component of the aviation industry's contribution towards this global effort.
Airports have long taken a leadership role in addressing, minimizing, and mitigating the environmental impacts of aviation. This has been demonstrated through their ability to decrease emissions over the last 10 years, supported and enabled by Airport Carbon Accreditation despite significant traffic growth in that time. Building upon the commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 initially launched by ACI EUROPE in June 2019, ACI has created this ambitious long-term carbon goal to drive further action and support the decarbonisation efforts of airports as they respond to the climate challenge. Through a combination of new technology, operational efficiencies and infrastructure improvements, more than ten billion tonnes of CO2 have been averted by the industry since 1990, but we must build on this and accelerate our collective efforts to decarbonise, accoding to the ACI release.
The study underlying the setting of the goal was conducted by ACI World with consultants ICF and Airbiz, sponsored by Hong Kong International Airport, Oman Airports, the Schiphol Group, San Francisco International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Vancouver Airport Authority, and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority; the study was also sponsored by EXOLUM, World Fuel Services, and Terpel. (Source: Airports Council International, PR, June, 2021)
Contact: Airports Council International, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Director General, 514-373-1200,
Fax: 514-373 -1201, , www.aci.aero; Airport Carbon Accreditation, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org
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The CEIP 13 members generally represent community-based organizations will help PSE develop a 4-year roadmap outlining clean electricity targets, actions and programs and ways to equitably distribute benefits and reduce burdens that stem from electric planning decisions.PSE is aiming to equitably and sustainably reach beyond net zero carbon emissions by 2045.
Download PSE, CEIP details HERE.
(Source: Puget Sound Energy, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Puget Sound Energy , Mary Kipp. Pres., CEO, David Mills, Snr. VP, CSO, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com
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LG's new $300 million, 350,000 sq-ft building and campus incorporates 50 pc more green space on the 27-acre site, maintained woodlands and wetlands and planted more than 1,500 trees native to New Jersey. The facility features highly efficient LG HVAC technologies to maximize energy conservation and an 85,000-square-foot rooftop array of LG solar modules to generate clean electricity on-site and help reduce carbon emissions. Other award-winning technologies and systems from LG -- including digital signage displays and smart appliances -- are integrated throughout the property.
The LG campus is one of only 10 new construction buildings in the Garden State and one of 894 projects nation-wide to earn LEED Platinum. (Source: LG Electronics USA, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: LG Electronics USA, www.lg.com/us; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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"Moving forward, the government will issue carbon sequestration rights through a competitive process, advancing the development of strategically located carbon storage hubs that will provide carbon sequestration services to a number of industrial facilities. The intent is to enhance Alberta's carbon management system by providing confidence to industry investors and Albertans that CCUS will be deployed in a responsible and strategic manner."
Download the Carbon Sequestration Tenure Management document
HERE. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, Energy Operations, May, 2021) Contact: Gov. of Alberta, Energy, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.alberta.gov.ca
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Under the act, if more than 65 pct of carbon dioxide emissions from a given facility are captured and injected underground, then 100 pct of the eligible equipment can be financed with PABs.
Tax-exempt financing is permitted on a pro-rate basis if less than 65 pct of emissions are captured and sequestered. (Source: U.S. Senators Portman and Bennet, GasWord, 28 May, 2021) Contact:
U.S Senator Rob Portman, www.portman.senate.gov; U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, www.bennet.senate.gov
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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
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"That is a mountain of carbon that we dig up out of the Earth, burn, and release into the atmosphere as CO2 -- year after year. If we want to avoid catastrophic climate change, the highest priority must be to reduce CO2 pollution to zero at the earliest possible date." -- Pieter Tans, NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory, June, 2021, www.moaa.gov
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Pathways vision is anchored by a major Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) trunkline connected to a carbon sequestration hub to enable multi-sector tie-in projects for expanded emissions reductions. The initiative pathways to address GHG emissions includes:
In addition to collaborating and investing together with industry, it is essential for governments to develop enabling policies, fiscal programs and regulations to provide certainty for this type of long-term, large-scale investment. This includes dependable access to carbon sequestration rights, emissions reduction credits (RECs) and ongoing investment tax credits. (Source: Canadian Natural Resources, PR, Website, 9 June, 2021)
Contact: Canadian Natural Resources,
Tim McKay, Pres., (403) 517-6700,
Facsimile (403) 517-7350 , www.cnrl.com
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Under the MOU, to two groups will develop a joint pilot project to produce blue hydrogen from natural gas and use technologies for carbon capture and storage (CCS). The partners also intend to develop jointly technical requirements, standards and engineering solutions for the manufacturing and supply of hydrogen transport pipelines, turbines, hydrogen storage systems and hydrogen transport tanks.
The partners have also agreed to
cooperate in the production and supply of hydrogen, development of technological solutions for the use of fuel types based on hydrogen and its carriers, specifically ammonia. (Source: NOVATEK, Website PR, 4 June, 2021)
Contact: Severstal, www.severstal.com; NOVATEK, +7 (495) 730-6013
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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
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Combined, West Wyalong and Woolooga will produce approximately 673GWh of renewable electricity a year -- sufficient power for 100,000 Australian homes and cut carbon emissions by 540,000 metric tpy. The projects are expected to come online in mid-2022.
Queensland is aiming to have 50 pct of energy generation from renewable sources by 2030 and New South Wale has pledged to construct 12GW of clean energy over the next ten years. (Source: LighthouseBP, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Lighthouse BP, Adam Pegg, Country Manager, Australia (732) 429-3906, email@example.com, www.lightsourcebp.com
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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
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