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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Carbon Solutions,  


UGA Joins Drawdown Georgia to Fight Climate Change (Ind. Report)
University of Georgia
Date: 2021-05-03
Academics at University of Georgia-Athens (UGA) report they have joined Drawdown Georgia, an organization dedicated to combating climate change and significantly reducing Georgia's carbon footprint by the year 2030 based on solutions tailored to Georgia's unique social, economic and natural resources.

Between 2019 and the end of 2020, Phase One of Drawdown Georgia brought together experts from across the state to research and analyze the best possible solutions to reduce carbon emissions for the specific needs of the state economy, public health, environment and "social equity." Phase Two looking to implement these solutions and evaluate their effectiveness got underway in Jan., this year. (Source: University of Georgia, PR 2 May, 2021) Contact: Drawdown Georgia, www.drawdownga.org; UGA, 706-542-3000, www.uga.edu

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Air Transportation Association news,  SAF news,  


California Carbon Reduction Partnership Growing (Ind. Report)
Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
Date: 2021-04-12
In the Golden State, the Oakland-based not-for-profit Rising Sun Center for Opportunity is reporting the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, Bay Area Regional Energy Network, and East Bay Community Energy have joined other Bay Area industry, labor, and government agencies to work to "ensure equitable access to high-road jobs in the building decarbonization industry" and reducing the region's carbon footprint.

Other organizations joining the effort include the Construction Trades Workforce Initiative, Emerald Cities Collaborative, The Greenlining Institute, several builder groups, and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.

According to Rising Sun, most housing in the Bay Area uses natural gas for cooking, water heating, and space heating. Reducing residential carbon dioxide emissions will require new housing to be all electric new construction, as well as significant retrofitting of existing housing.

The effort is being funded by California High Road Training Partnership and California Climate Investments program. (Source: Rising Sun, PR, The Independent, 10 Apr., 2021) Contact: Rising Sun, Julia Hatton, CEO, 510-665-1501, www.risingsunopp.org

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


WBCSD, NBI Ink Net-Zero Buildings MOU (Ind. Report)
World Business Council for Sustainable Development,New Buildings Institute
Date: 2021-04-05
Reporting from Geneva, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Portland, Oregon-headquartered New Buildings Institute (NBI) are reporting a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) defining how the two organizations will collaborate to advance and promote energy efficiency, enhance resilience and achieve carbon reductions in buildings. This is critically important as buildings account for nearly 40 pct of carbon emissions globally.

Specifically, WBCSD and NBI are seeking to develop and disseminate effective solutions for full life cycle decarbonization of new and existing buildings and districts. In addition, the collaboration will work to expand the number of businesses and building owners investing in net-zero performance as well as grow capability of the building industry to meet this demand. Other intentions include accelerated adoption of zero-energy and zero-carbon standards and tools across the entire life cycle of buildings and promotion of the Building System Carbon Framework as a tool enabling decarbonization.

Both organizations work with a variety of stakeholders including building owners, designers, operators, consultants, government officials and businesses with building portfolios. The partnership is intended to engage with the critical market actors to accelerate and scale net-zero policies and practices that will dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment in the United States and share lessons learned across the world, according to the release. (Source: WBCSD, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: WBCSD Bill Sisson, Exec. Director, North America, www.wbcsd.org; NBI, Ralph DiNola, CEO, (503) 761-7339, Fax: (503) 968-6160, www.newbuildings.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Business Council for Sustainable Development ,  Energy Efficiency,  Net-Zero Emissions,  New Buildings Institute,  


Avfuel Supplying Neste MY SAF at Monterey Jet Center (Ind. Report)
Avfuel, Neste
Date: 2021-03-31
Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation reports it is now supplying Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM on a regular basis to its branded FBO, Monterey Jet Center (KMRY), in Monterey, Calif.

According to the release, each truckload of SAF that Avfuel delivers to Monterey Jet Center will provide a 22 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over the lifecycle compared to petroleum-based jet fuel. SAF is the most effective way to reduce a flight's carbon footprint and in the future could deliver up to 80 pct less greenhouse gas emissions versus traditional jet fuelif used in its neat form.

Avfuel is one of the first United States companies able to supply the fuel on a regular basis. Neste expects to produce 515 million gpy of SAF by 2023. (Source: Avfuel, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Avfuel, Craig Sincock, CEO, 734-663-6466, www.avfuel.com; Monterey Jet Center, 831-373-0100, www.montereyjetcenter.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Avfuel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


U. Mich. Endowment Fund Refocusing on Renewables (Ind. Report)
University of Michigan
Date: 2021-03-29
The University of Michigan Board of Regents has announced plans to achieve net-zero carbon footprint status for its $12.5 billion endowment by 2050.

To that end, the Board of Regents plans to move away from fossil fuel holdings in favor of a $140 million investment in solar and wind developments and projects to limit carbon emissions and to hasten the transition to a low-carbon economy, according to a release. (Source: University of Michigan, PR, Mining Journal, 27 Mar., 2021) Contact: University of Michigan, Mark Schlissel, Pres, 734-764-1817, www.umich.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


Rio Tinto Looks to Cut California Mine Emissions (Ind. Report)
Rio Tinto, Heliogen
Date: 2021-03-26
Australian mining giant Rio Tinto reports it will seek California state regulatory approval to install a concentrated solar power (CSP) facility provided by Pasadena-based Heliogen at Tinto's borates mine and processing hub in the US desert town of Boron.

The facility could complement the gas-fired power at the Boron site and reduce emissions by about 7 pct. Rio Tinto will also consider the potential for larger scale use of the Heliogen CSP technology at Boron to reduce the site's carbon footprint by up to 24 pct, according to the release. The mining giant is also considering Heliogen's technology at its other operations around the world which accounted for 14 pct of Scope 1 and 2 emissions from the group's managed operations in 2020, the release noted.

In 2020, Rio Tinto Rio pledged to cut its total Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions 15 pct lower than 2018 levels by 2030 and its emissions intensity to 30 pct below 2018 levels by 2030.

Haliogen counts Bill Gates and Steve Case among its early backers. (Source: Rio Tinto, PR, Website, Financial Review, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: Heliogen, Bill Gross, CEO, 626.720.4530, hello@heliogen.com, www.heliogen.com; Rio Tinto, www.riotinto.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rio Tinto,  CSP,  Heliogen,  Concentrated Solar,  Solar,  


Waste Knot Energy Pellets Cut Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
Waste Knot Energy
Date: 2021-03-26
In the UK, London-headquartered Waste Knot Energy is touting its "Green Knot" Solid Improved Recovered Fuel (SIRF) pellets -- made from non-recyclable waste dry commercial and industrial waste materials such as wood, card and paper -- for cement, steel and other energy-intensive industries looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

The high-calorific value of the pellets makes them a reliable, low-emission bulk alternative to coal and pet-coke for energy-intensive industries such as cement and steel, the company notes. According to Waste Knot Energy, "A detailed analysis of the carbon footprint of our pellets, conducted by independent environmental consultants, revealed highly positive results. It showed the pellets save 550kg of CO2 per tonne -- almost half a tonne of CO2 equivalent -- compared to sending the contents to landfill." (Source: Waste Knot Energy, PR, cemnet, 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: Waste Knot Energy, +44 0 7808 964640, info@wasteknotenergy.com, www.wasteknotenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste Knot Energy,  Biomass,  Biomass Pellet,  Carbon Emissions ,  


EU CEO Alliance Seeks Concerted Climate Strategy (Int'l Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2021-03-22
The CEO Alliance for Europe's Recovery, Reform and Resilience "Action Tank" of 10 European business leaders is calling for climate action.

Alliance member companies will together invest €100 billion or more by 2030 in decarbonising their companies and products as part of their corporate strategies supporting renewable energy, the European Green Deal, far-reaching climate protection measures and cooperation on practical solutions in cross sector climate protection projects.

The Alliance is aiming for an ongoing constructive dialogue with the EU Commission, a gradual introduction of a cross-sector CO2 price, ambitious coal phase-out dates and climate protection measures to make the EU the world's leading region for climate protection while unlocking investments, driving innovations in tomorrow's technologies and creating "future proof" jobs.

The CEO Alliance is working in concrete on joint projects: cross-EU charging infrastructure for heavy duty transport, integration of EU Power systems, digital carbon footprint tracking, sustainable healthy buildings, electric buses for Europe, green hydrogen value chain and rapid build-up of battery production. (Source: CEO Alliance for Europe's Recovery, Reform and Resilience, 20 Mar., 2021) Contact: CEO Alliance for Europe's Recovery, Reform and Resilience, Herbert Diess (Volkswagen), CEO uploads.volkswagen-newsroom.com/system/production/uploaded_files/16960/file/e194c6574115412a211500b8f19f457fa6b56e1f/210318_CEO_Alliance_Policy_Letter_Release_ENGLISH.pdf?1616136760

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


Stoke-on-Trent Energy Efficiency Projects Funded (Int'l.)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2021-03-22
In the UK, the city of Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been allocated funding from the government Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme for a series of energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects expected to cost the city roughly £4.3 million.

According to a council report, work at various city facilities and building will include: replacement of gas boilers with low-carbon air source heat pumps: installation of photovoltaic panels on six council buildings; a new building energy management system (BEMS) for 30 buildings, replacing the existing system, upgrading windows, and other energy efficiency measures. The report notes the energy efficiency improvements are "in line with the city council's asset management strategy to reduce energy consumption across the corporate estate."

When completed, the projects are expected to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by up to 1,659 tpy of CO2 and save an estimated £590,000 a year on energy costs. (Source: Stoke-on-Trent, PR, 21 Mar., 2021) Contact: Stoke-on-Trent City Council, www.stokesentinel.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  UK Energy Efficiency news,  


$52.5Mn to Support Manufacturers Energy Efficiency (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2021-03-10
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is reporting the availability of up to $52.5 million for DOE's Industrial Assessment Centers aimed at helping manufacturers and wastewater treatment facilities improve energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.

The funding will be distributed through DOE's Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) -- university-based programs that train students and offer no-cost efficiency improvement recommendations to small and medium-sized manufacturing facilities. To date, the IAC program has provided nearly 20,000 assessments and more than 145,000 recommendations for improvement measures. As a part of this funding opportunity, DOE will also launch a pilot project to expand IAC engagement with under served communities.

Assessments typically identify more than $130,000 in potential annual savings opportunities. (Source: US DOE. PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Advanced Manufacturing Office, www.energy.gov/eere/amo/advanced-manufacturing-office; . EERE Building Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Bioenergy,  CCS,  BECCS,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Carbon Solutions,  Glacial Lakes Energy ,  Corn Ethanol,  CCS,  


UNESCO Answers Culture, Climate Change Questions (Fact Sheet)
UNESCO
Date: 2021-02-26
In the attached release, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) examines the role of culture as a resource for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation because cultural heritage, natural heritage and creativity can all contribute to addressing the root causes of climate change. Natural heritage sites are key to protecting biodiversity and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Integrating a concern for the environment into cultural policies can also reduce the carbon footprint of the creative economy.

Specifically, UNESCO asks and answers: how is climate change impacting culture; why is culture important for addressing climate change, and: how is UNESCO addressing climate change in the field of culture?

Download the UNESCO fact sheet HERE. (Source: UNESCO, Feb., 2021) Contact: UNESCO, en.unesco.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNESCO,  Climate Change,  


Green Plains, Summit Carbon Solutions Carbon Offtake Agreement Announced (Ind. Report)
Green Plains, Summit Carbon Solutions
Date: 2021-02-24
Omaha-headquartered Green Plains Inc. reports three of its biorefineries have entered into a long term carbon offtake agreement with Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS), a subsidiary of Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group. With this announcement, the three biorefineries can dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of their biofuels and Green Plains' products will become true low-carbon ingredients for aquaculture, pet food, dairy and poultry companies and low carbon feedstocks for renewable diesel.

Green Plains will initially connect the biorefineries at Fairmont, Minn., Fergus Falls, Minn. and Superior, Iowa, and have the option to expand to additional locations as the pipeline network grows. When completed, SCS is expected to have infrastructure capable of capturing and sequestering 10 million tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to removing over two million cars from the road each year. (Source: Green Plains, Website PR, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Green Plains Inc., Todd Becker, CEO, Phil Boggs, VP, 402.884.8700, phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com; Summit Carbon Solutions, www.summitag.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains,  Summit Carbon Solutions,  


Summit Carbon Solutions Touts Biorefinery CCS Project (Ind. Report)
Summit Agricultural Group
Date: 2021-02-22
In the Hawkeye State, Alden-based Summit Agricultural Group is reporting creation of Summit Carbon Solutions, a new business platform that will address the global challenge of decarbonization by developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects and accelerating the transition toward sustainable, renewable energy by dramatically lowering the carbon footprint of biorefineries and other carbon dioxide emission sources throughout the Midwestern region of the United States.

When fully developed, Summit Carbon Solutions will have an infrastructure network capable of capturing and permanently storing more than 10 million tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to taking 2 million cars off the road per year. In addition to the project’s positive environmental impact, it will enhance the economic sustainability of the biofuels and agriculture industries.

To that end, Summit has partnered with a select group of leading biorefiners in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota to execute the first phase of the project, which will put them on the path of ultimately delivering a net-zero-carbon fuel. In addition to biorefiners, Summit Carbon Solutions will partner with other industries throughout the Midwest that have carbon reduction goals to help them capture and store their carbon emissions.

"This is a giant leap forward for the biofuels industry. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a future-focused solution that allows the biorefiners to lower their already attractive carbon footprint by up to 50 pct.Simply put, this will be the most impactful development for the biofuels industry and Midwestern agriculture in decades," according to the Summit Ag release. (Source: Summit Ag Group, Website PR, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: Summit Ag, Jon Probst, (515) 854-9812, jprobst@summitag.com www.summitag.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Agricultural Group news,  Biorefinery news,  CCS news,  


Facebook, UC Energy Partner on Data Center Efficiency (R&D)
Facbook, US Santa Barbara
Date: 2021-02-22
In the Golden State, the University of California Santa Barbara's Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE), a leader in silicon photonics, and Facebook are reporting a partnership to advance research into energy-efficient data centers and artificial intelligence (AI).

Facebook will provide a $1.5 million over three year grant in support of the research. Facebook will also help develop research projects and provide IEE researchers with insight from their prior experiences designing and operating data centers. Currently Facebook has eight operational data center sites in the U.S., with five on the drawing boards.

IEE will investigate advanced energy-efficient data center infrastructure, including low-power optical interconnects for computer networks and machine learning (ML) with reduced carbon footprint. (Source: UC Santa Barbara, Website PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: UC Santa Barbara, Rod Alferness, Dean -- College of Engineering, 805.893.4191, 805.893.7119 -- fax, www.iee.ucsb.edu news.ucsb.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News UC Santa Barbara,  Date Center Eddiciency,  Energ Efficiency,  


Summit AG Lowers Biorefining Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
Summit Agricultural Group
Date: 2021-02-19
Alden, Iowa-headquartered Summit Agricultural Group (Summit AG), a diverse farming, agricultural investment, and farm management firm, is reporting the creation of Summit Carbon Solutions -- a new business platform that will address the global challenge of decarbonisation by developing the world's largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.

When fully developed, Summit Carbon Solutions will dramatically lower the carbon footprint of biorefineries and other carbon dioxide emission sources throughout the U.S. Midwest and have an infrastructure network capable of capturing and permanently storing more than 10 million tpy of CO2.

Summit Carbon Solutions has partnered with leading biorefiners in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota to execute the first phase of the project, which will put them on the path of delivering net-zero carbon fuel. (Source: Summit Agricultural Group, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Justin Kirchhoff, Pres., (515) 854-9820, www.summitag.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biorefining,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  Carbon Footprint,  


$4Mn Helps NY Farms Address Climate Change Impacts (Funding)
NY Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program
Date: 2021-02-19
In Albany, the New York State Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program has awarded $4 million in funding to help 80 farms throughout the Empire State focus on best management practices to reduce greenhouse emissions, enhance soil health, promote energy savings, reduce their environmental footprints, prepare for extreme weather events resulting from climate change, and reduce CO2 greenhouse gases by an estimated 90,000 metric tpy.

"Extreme weather caused by climate change is becoming the new normal, and the results can be devastating to New York's farmers and the entire agriculture industry. Farmers need the resources to adapt to this new normal while continuing to make a living, and the Climate Resilient Farming Program is an important piece of that puzzle. This funding will help our farmers continue to care for their land, implement measures to reduce their carbon footprints and protect crops and livestock from extreme weather damage, while furthering our strongest-in-the-nation program to combat climate change," Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) noted in announcing the funding. (Source: NY Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: NY Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program, www.agriculture.ny.gov/soil-and-water/climate-resilient-farming

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Impact,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


Facebook donates $1.5 million to UCSB IEE in support of data center efficiency research

Date: 2021-02-07
Earlier this week, officials at UCSB announced a new partnership between its Institute for Energy Efficiency and Facebook, which is aimed at accelerating research into energy-efficient data centers and artificial intelligence. The social media giant, known as a leader in developing, building and operating highly reliable and efficient data centers, will provide a three-year, $1.5 million grant in support of the institute’s pioneering research, according to officials. Facebook will also help develop research projects and provide IEE researchers with insight from their prior experiences designing and operating data centers.

Through the partnership, IEE will investigate advanced energy-efficient data center infrastructure, including low-power optical interconnects for computer networks and machine learning with reduced carbon footprint. Committed to 100% renewable energy since 2018, Facebook has long believed that the first step is always to use the least amount of energy possible by building and operating the most energy efficient data centers in the industry. Facebook has committed to reaching net zero emissions across its value chain in 2030. (Source: UCSB, PR, Santa Barbara News Press, 7 Jan., 2021) Rod Alferness, dean of UCSB’s College of Engineering


LAVO Offers Hybrid Hydrogen Green Energy Storage System (Int'l.)
LAVO
Date: 2021-01-27
Australia-based LAVO is touting its hybrid hydrogen Green Energy Storage System as a replacement for lithium-ion battery units, which leave a massive carbon footprint during production.

The Green Energy Storage System for residential solar systems can store more than 40 kWh of electricity which is supposedly enough for days of off-grid power for an average household. Measuring 66 x 49 x 15.7 inches and weighing 714 lbs, the system's Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to monitor and control energy usage remotely. (Source: LAVO, Website, PR, Men Gear, Jan., 2021) Contact: LAVO, Alan Yu, Pres. www.lavo.com.au

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Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Enviva Biomass
Date: 2021-01-25
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • The aftermath of COVID-19 will push economies into a renewable future -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed how societies, businesses, and governments view the world. As various industries saw a decline in the demand for products and/or services throughout the pandemic, the energy industry witnessed the opposite. Energy production and distribution remained essential regardless of the pandemic.

    Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come. For this reason, we don't foresee a job loss, rather a job transfer -- or perhaps a job boom - in renewables in 2021. For those currently working in fossil fuels, this shift will present a great opportunity to transition skills as the energy sector continues to evolve into a clean energy future.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85% on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • BECCS on the short rise -- Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern United States and exports pellets primarily to power plants in the UK, Europe and Japan that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by up to 85 pct. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: Enviva Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP., www.envivabiomass.com

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  • Greater Victoria 2030 District Pushing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    2030 District
    Date: 2021-01-25
    In British Columbia, a new sustainability organization Greater Victoria 2030 District, part of North American network of cities, working to reduce emissions by promoting the concept of green buildings to significantly reduce the region's carbon footprint.

    Greater Victoria 2030 District is part of a North American movement that gives property managers resources and guidance to retrofit existing buildings with energy efficiency features, as an investment and marketability tool, one that also addresses climate change.

    Members commit to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct over 2007 levels by 2030. That means encouraging and helping property owners and managers create bench-marking reports, set efficiency targets, and create long-term plans to improve their building's performance in 10 to 15 years.

    A partnership between the Building Owners and Managers Association of B.C., City of Victoria, District of Saanich and UVic, Greater Victoria 2030 District has a wide variety of properties on its list including municipal and provincial office buildings. (Source: Greater Victoria 2030 District, PR, Website, Saanich News, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Greater Victoria 2030 District, Cora Hallsworth, Manager, www.2030districts.org/greater-victoria; 2030 Districts Network, Dave Low, davelow@2030districts.org, www.2030districts.org

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    UK Home, Office Energy Efficiency Standards Unveiled (Int'l.)
    UK Housing Minister
    Date: 2021-01-22
    In the UK, Housing Minister Chris Pincher this week announced that all new homes must be "more energy efficiency and zero-carbon ready" by 2025.

    Specifically, new homes are expected to produce 75-80 pct lower carbon emissions compared to current builds. An additional requirement is for new homes to have a reduced carbon footprint of 31 pct by 2021 compared to current levels.

    Additionally, all existing homes and home extensions will be subject to new energy efficiency standards focused on energy consumption, such as windows, lighting and HVAC systems. A consultation on higher energy performance targets for non-domestic buildings, was also announced. (Source: UK Housing Minister, edie, 21 Jan., 2021)


    DOE Funding Fossil-Based Hydrogen Projects (R&D, Funding)
    DOE Office of Fossil Energy
    Date: 2021-01-18
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports the availability of $160 million funding to help recalibrate the Nations fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production. The funding, for cost-shared cooperative agreements, is aimed to develop technologies for the production, transport, storage, and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress towards net-zero carbon emissions.

    Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE/FE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize advanced and novel technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS), 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.

    Funding is available for significant advancements in the following program areas:

  • Net-Zero or Negative Carbon Hydrogen Production from Modular Gasification and Co-Gasification of Mixed Wastes, Biomass, and Traditional Feedstocks -- The objective is to advance gasification technologies capable of improved performance, reliability, and flexibility to produce net-zero or negative carbon hydrogen by readily accommodating integration of pre-combustion carbon capture. An additional objective is utilizing low-cost and negative-cost feedstock materials, along with traditional feedstocks, to produce low-cost net-zero carbon fuels and chemicals.

  • Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell Technology (SOEC) Development -- The objective is to develop new or modified materials for SOECs and improve understanding of degradation mechanisms in SOECs for efficient and cost-effective production of hydrogen.

  • Carbon Capture -- The objective is to complete the initial design of a commercial scale carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) system that separates and stores more than 100,000 tpy net carbon dioxide of 95 pct purity, with 90 pct+ carbon capture efficiency, from a steam methane reforming (SMR) or autothermal reforming (ATR) plant producing 99.97 pct H2 from natural gas.

  • Advanced Turbines -- The objective is to advance the performance of gas turbine combustion systems fueled with high purity hydrogen, hydrogen and natural gas mixtures and other carbon neutral fuels (e.g., ammonia). An additional objective is to demonstrate a hydrogen-fueled rotating detonation engine in a gas turbine.

  • Natural Gas-Based Hydrogen Production -- The objective is to develop transformative natural gas decarbonization technologies to produce zero- or negative-carbon hydrogen, to meet the needs of future hydrogen markets.

    li> Hydrogen Pipeline Infrastructure -- The objective is to develop technologies that improve the cost and performance (e.g., resiliency, reliability, safety, integrity) of hydrogen transportation infrastructure, including pipelines and compression stations.

  • Subsurface Hydrogen Storage -- The objective is to develop technologies to improve the cost and performance (efficiency, safety, integrity) of subsurface hydrogen storage.

    The FOA will be used to solicit R&D for specific areas of interest aligned with the above seven program areas. Successful applications will be of different monetary values and project durations. Projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NRTL).

    Download the HYDROGEN STRATEGY -- Enabling A Low-Carbon Economy document HERE. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy DOE, PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

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  • Carbon Capture Included in DOE Fossil-Based Hydrogen Projects Funding (R&D, Funding)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2021-01-18
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports the availability of $160 million funding to help recalibrate the Nations fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production. The funding, for cost-shared cooperative agreements, is aimed to develop technologies for the production, transport, storage, and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress towards net-zero carbon emissions.

    Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE/FE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize advanced and novel technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS), 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. Funding is available for significant advancements in carbon capture as follows:

    Carbon Capture -- The objective is to complete the initial design of a commercial scale carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) system that separates and stores more than 100,000 tpy net carbon dioxide of 95 pct purity, with 90 pct+ carbon capture efficiency, from a steam methane reforming (SMR) or autothermal reforming (ATR) plant producing 99.97 pct H2 from natural gas.

    The FOA will be used to solicit R&D for specific areas of interest aligned with the above seven program areas. Successful applications will be of different monetary values and project durations. Projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NRTL). Download the HYDROGEN STRATEGY -- Enabling A Low-Carbon Economy document HERE. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy DOE, PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

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    PepsiCo Pledges Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2040 (Ind. Report)
    PepsiCo
    Date: 2021-01-15
    Beverage giant PepsiCo Inc. is pledging to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. The company's goals include curbing absolute emissions across its direct operations by 75 pct and its Scope 3 emissions -- those generated in the supply chain or by customers using the products -- by 40 pct from 2015 levels by 2030. Currently, Scope 3 emissions account for about 91 pct of PepsiCo's carbon footprint, according to Jim Andrew, chief sustainability officer.

    PepsiCo's climate goals were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, a collaboration of leading nonprofits that helps companies ensure their strategies match scientific need. The company has also signed on to the Business Ambition for 1.5 degree C pledge. (Source: PepsiCo Inc., Website PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: PepsiCo, www.pepsico.com/contact; Science Based Targets Initiative

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    Schneider Elec. Touts Wiser Energy System for Savings (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-01-13
    Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, reports its is partnering with builders across the country to help homeowners and builders make homes "smarter" more energy efficient and sustainable through the Wiser Energy System.

    The system is connected solution integrated into the home's electrical panel providing real-time information to optimize home energy usage and track savings. The system gives homeowners greater insight into energy usage and their carbon footprint. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Website, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Schneider Electric, Bradford Wills, Director: Strategic Customers & Programs, Home & Distribution, www.se.com

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    GEVO Contracts Koch for Expansion Projects (Ind. Report)
    GEVO
    Date: 2021-01-11
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO Inc. reports it has contracted with Koch Industries' Houston-headquartered subsidiary Koch Project Solutions, LLC to provide front-end engineering, design and project execution management services for the expansion projects that GEVO is in the process of financing with Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

    "GEVO's focus is on drop-in renewable resource-based hydrocarbons with a massively reduced carbon footprint. These hydrocarbons are the same as those derived from fossil-based oil, except that we make them from renewable resources. Because we use renewable resources, we can see how to reduce and eliminate tailpipe emissions, on a net-carbon basis and also reduce or even eliminate the pollutants that contribute to smog," GEVO CEO Patrick Gruber noted. (Source: GEVO, PR, 6 Jan., 2021) Contact: Koch Project Solutions, www.kochprojectsolutions.com; GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Philly Music Institute Increasing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    The Efficiency Network
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In Philadelphia, the Curtis Institute of Music announced in December 2020 that it would be starting a three-year project to increase the energy efficiency of its buildings on Locust Street. The project will include dramatic improvements to the energy performance resulting in a reduction in its carbon footprint and operating costs.

    The project is the result of an agreement between Curtis and Pittsburgh-based The Efficiency Network (TEN), which was selected through a competitive process. The project is supported by the Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Finance (PennSEF) program -- a partnership between the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE) and Pennsylvania Treasury. (Source: Curtis Institute of Music, PR, Blue & Green, 10 Jan., 2021) Contact: The Efficiency Network Inc., 855-429-1010, www.tensaves.com; Curtis Institute of Music, Larry Bomback, VP Admin., www.curtis.edu; Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Finance, www.thesef.org

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    Solar Carports Slated for New Mexico Gov. Buildings (Ind. Report)
    New Mexico General Services
    Date: 2021-01-08
    In Santa Fe, the New Mexico General Services Department's $32 million State Buildings Green Energy Project -- an initiative to cut the energy consumption of 30 buildings in Santa Fe and reduce the state government's carbon footprint -- is reporting construction is expected to get underway before the month end on 4 carport solar arrays on government buildings at a total cost of $9.7 million.

    The Green Energy Project includes installation of rooftop solar arrays on 16 buildings, the installation of window film, water conservation measures, and upgrades to HVAC systems and controls, lighting, and transformers.

    Upon completion, the project is expected to slash electric power bills for the buildings by 50 pct and save the state more than $1 million per year. (Source: New Mexico General Services Department, Pr., Jan. 2021) Contact: New Mexico General Services Department, 505-827-2000, www.generalservices.state.nm.us

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    Rhode Island National Energy Efficiency Program Leader (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2021-01-08
    According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Rhode Island ranks fourth in the nation as a leader in cost-effective energy efficiency programs, incentives, and energy efficiency investments that help residents and businesses use less energy to provide the same output. In doing so, these investments reduce energy consumption and costs as well as shrink the state's carbon footprint and create jobs throughout the green economy.

    According to the press release, Rhode Island has set aggressive energy savings targets for electric and gas utilities' programs that help residential and commercial customers save energy as part of its energy efficiency resource standard. The State government is also adopting cost-saving efficiency measures that are reducing energy demands and operating costs and has also entered into an innovative Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP) with National Grid that is actively supporting the deployment of cost-effective efficiency investments across public sector facilities. (Source: State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families, PR, 8 Jan., 2021) Contact: State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families, www.dcyf.ri.gov; ACEEE, www.aceee.org

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    NEST Increasing Green Bldg., Energy Efficiency Investments (Int'l.)
    NEST Pension
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In the UK, the £12 billion NEST workplace pension scheme reports plans to ramp up its investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency upgrades and green buildings in a bid to slash the carbon footprint of its portfolio, more than half of which will be within 'climate aware' strategies from February 2021.

    Working with Northern Trust Asset Management, the firm plans to tilt investment in companies based on a score calculated on energy efficiency, alternative energy, and green building, while reducing investment in companies with large oil or gas reserves, and those with high carbon intensity.

    As part of its 2050 net-zero strategy, NEST plans to roughly double its investment in emerging market equities from around £480 million to an estimated £930 million while reducing investments in fossil fuels and carbon-intensive firms. The move will take Nest's investments in dedicated "climate-aware" strategies to almost £8 billion from February 2021. (Source: NEST Pensions, PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact{ NEST, +44 0 300 0200 393, www.nestpensions.org.uk

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    Penna. Glass Plant Plans 2030 Carbon Neutral Operations (Ind. Report)
    Schott
    Date: 2020-12-14
    Mainz, Germany-headquartered international specialty glass manufacturer Schott has announced its 1969-vintage Duryea, Pennsylvania plant and its 42 other production sites in 22 countries well become carbon neutral by 2030.

    To that end, Schott is considerin the purchase of "green" electricity, replacing inefficient machinery, increasing overall energy efficiency and other measures at the Duryea plant to reduce its carbon footprint. (Source: Schott. PR, 11 Dec., 2020) Contact: Schott, Rob Gomeau, Mgr. Schott North America Advanced Optics, 570-457-7485, www.schott. Com

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    Braskem Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Braskem
    Date: 2020-12-07
    Polyolefins and biopolymers producer Braskem reports that under its 2009 long-term climate change and sustainability goals for 2020 the company aims to provide solutions that address climate change and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

    Under the plan, Braskem has invested in the development of I'm green ™ products sourced from renewable sources and recycled content, while in the same period reducing the intensity of carbon emissions from its operations by 20 pct. In 2018, Braskem further committed to 100 pct of plastic packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040. Braskem further committed to:

  • expand its I'm green ™ portfolio to include sales of 300,000 tons of recycled content products per year by 2025;

  • continue to expand the I'm green ™ portfolio to include sales of 1 million tpy of recycled content products by 2030;

  • work to divert 1.5 million tons of plastic waste away from incineration, landfill, or the environment by 2030;

  • deliver a 15 pct reduction in carbon emissions from Braskem operations by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality for Braskem's global operations by 2050.

    Braskem's I'm green™ brand was born in 2010 together with the world's first bioplastic (green polyethylene (PE)) produced on an industrial scale, using responsibly sourced sugarcane as raw material. Cultivation of sugarcane utilized in the production of I'm green ™ polyethylene captures CO2 and releases oxygen which means Braskem's bioplastic has a negative carbon footprint. From a cradle-to-gate life-cycle perspective, every ton of I'm green ™ Polyethylene produced equates to 3.09 tons of CO2 captured from the atmosphere, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Braskem's carbon neutrality strategy focuses on reducing emissions, offsetting emissions, capturing emissions, improving energy efficiency and increased use of low carbon and renewable energy in current operations. Additionally, Braskem will continue to explore and invest in new low carbon intensity process technologies. (Source: Braskem, Website PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Braskem, imgreen@braskem.com, www.braskem.com.br/imgreen/home-en

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  • Aussie Oil Giant Responds to Climate Change Pressure (Int'l.)
    Santos
    Date: 2020-12-02
    Under pressure from more than 43 pct of its shareholders, Santos, one of Australia's largest oil and gas companies, has announced it will become a "net-zero" emitter by 2040. To that end, the company aims to cut its direct emissions 26-30 pct on 2020 levels by 2030, purchase nature-based offsets such as tree-planting programs, accelerate the deployment of more renewable energy and utilize carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

    Santos' strengthened targets come as it nears a final investment decision for one of the world's cheapest CCS projects at its Moomba gas plant in South Australia. After completing the final field trial, successfully injecting 100 tonnes of CO2 into a depleted gas reservoir in the Cooper Basin, Santos is now waiting for the Clean Energy Regulator to finalize the methodology for CCS to qualify for federal carbon credits. (Source: Santos, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 Dec., 2020) Contact: Santos, Kevin Gallagher, CEO, Brett Woods, Exec. VP, Low Carbon Operations, +61 8 8116 5000, www.santos.com

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    OPG Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2040 (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Power Generation
    Date: 2020-11-27
    In Toronto, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has released its Climate Change Plan that includes an increased use of renewable energy, ambitious goals aimed at driving efficient, economy-wide decarbonization and economic renewal, while protecting the environment.

    The plan builds on the utility's decades of work to reduce its carbon footprint. In 2014, the company delivered the world's single largest climate change action to date when it stopped burning coal for electricity, and has continued to demonstrate clean power leadership with the expansion of its hydro fleet and partnerships such as the Gull Bay micro grid and Nanticoke Solar facility. OPG is currently working on refurbishing the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, which is one of Canada's largest clean power projects. Once refurbished, the continued operation of Darlington will avoid an estimated 297 million tpy of carbon emissions.

    "Our goals will be guided by several principles including: a commitment to adapt to new technologies and changing policies, be as transparent as possible, follow scientific evidence, respect Ontario customers, and meaningfully engage with Indigenous communities," the release notes.

    Download the OPG Climate Change Plan.HERE. (Source: OPG, Website PR, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: OPG Media Relations, 416-592-4008 , www.opg.com

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    IATA Launches New Exchange for Offsets Trading (Ind. Report)
    International Air Transport Association
    Date: 2020-11-25
    Geneva, Switzerland-based International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports the launch of the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE) the first centralized, real-time marketplace integrated with the IATA Clearing House (ICH) for the settlement of funds on trades in carbon offsets. ACE will be a key tool helping airlines efficiently manage these important transactions

    ACE, which was developed in conjunction with commodities trader Xpansiv CBL Holding, enables airlines and other aviation stakeholders, enable aviation industry players to offset their carbon footprint by purchasing credits in certified forestry projects, clean wind energy operations, protection of eco-systems and remote community-based, and other projects to cut emissions. The platform will be a key tool for airlines in fulfilling their obligations under CORSIA which was agreed by governments through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2016. (Source: IATA, Mirage, 25 Nov., 2020) Contact: IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, CEO, Director General, www.iata.org

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    Bezos Earth Fund Announces First Major Recipients (Funding Report)
    Bezos Earth Fund
    Date: 2020-11-23
    Amazon CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos has announced the first 16 recipients who together will receive a total of $791 million fro Bazo's $10 billion Earth Fund. The recipients are listed in order of funding:
  • Environmental Defense Fund -- $100 million grant will support work that includes completion and launch of MethaneSAT, a satellite that will not only locate and measure sources of methane pollution around the world, but also provide public access to data that ensures accountability and drives deep reductions of this pollutant. www.edf.org

  • The Natural Resources Defense Council -- $100 million to advance climate solutions and legislation at the state level, move the needle on policies and programs focused on reducing oil and gas production, protect and restore ecosystems that store carbon (like forests and wetlands), and accelerate sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices. www.nrdc.org

  • The Nature Conservancy -- $100 million to protect the Emerald Edge forest in the U.S. and Canada. www.nature.org

  • The World Resources Institute -- $100 million will be doled out over 5 years and will be used to develop a satellite-based monitoring system to advance natural climate solutions around the world. www.wri.org.

  • The World Wildlife Fund -- $100 million to help protect and restore mangroves, which store carbon and protect coastal communities from the ravages of climate-accelerated weather events www.worldwildlife.org.

  • ClimateWorks Foundation -- $50 million will be used to drive climate action in the transportation and industrial sectors.www.climateworks.org

  • The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice -- $43 million over three years to expand grant-making to organizations led by Black, Brown, and Indigenous women and other frontline leaders. www.hivedund.org

  • The Solutions Project -- $43 million over the next three years to accelerate the transition to 100 pct clean energy and equitable access to healthy air, water, and land. www.thesolutionsproject.org

  • The Climate + Clean Energy Equity Fund -- $43 million over 3 years to support grassroots organizing to build power and increase participation in our democratic processes. www.theequityfund.org

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies -- $30 million to advance efforts to increase the ability of crop plants, such as corn and soybeans, to capture and store atmospheric carbon via their roots in the soil. www.salk.edu

  • The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) -- $15 million over teo years to advocate for updates to the U.S. electrical grid that will speed the amount of wind, solar, and energy storage used in key states. www.ucsusa.org

  • Rocky Mountain Institute -- $10 million, $8 million of which will go to its carbon-free buildings campaign, which seeks to make all U.S. buildings carbon-free by 2040 by advocating for all-electric new construction and retrofitting existing homes and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. www.rmi.org

  • Dream Corps Green For All -- $10 million to continue its work creating a green economy that prioritized low-income communities and people of color.www.thedreamcorp.org.

    Eden Reforestation Projects -- $5 million to plant trees and alleviate extreme poverty in three countries.www.edenprojects.org. (Source: Bezos Earth Fund, Release, 16 Nov., 2020)

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  • Bendix Commits to Reduce Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    Bendix
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Ohio-headquartered Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC reports it has revamped its climate action plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2021 and cutting its carbon emissions in half by 2030 as part of its renewed commitment to adopt the aggressive climate strategy recently launched by its parent company, the Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse AG.

    During the company's 2009-2019 ECCO2 initiative Bendix exceeded the combined goals to reduce energy consumption by 30 pct from its 2009 baseline, by achieving a 42 pct reduction over the past 10 years. Bendix also saved more than 27 million kilowatt-hours of energy and an estimated $2 million over that time frame, through projects focused on more efficient use of lighting, HVAC and compressed air.

    Bendix is set to cut its greenhouse gas emissions from the 2018 baseline in half by 2030 through: continued energy efficiency projects; on-site generation of renewable energy; and the obtaining of green energy combined with carbon offsets. (Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, PR,Morning Journal, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, www.bendix.com

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    Carbon Offsets Support Mass. Habitat for Humanity (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Offset
    Date: 2020-11-11
    In the Bay State, Sandwich-based environmental consulting firm Horsley Witten Group has announced a carbon offset donation in support of the not-for-profit Habitat for Humanity's program for energy efficient and affordable new housing slated for construction this year in Orleans. The planned new housing will have a minimal carbon footprint, be highly energy efficient and incorporate renewable energy in construction.

    Horsley Witten measured the impact of their annual average 300,000 miles of travel across the country and quantified this footprint to then offset it through local opportunities. (Source: Cape Cod.com, 1o Nov., 2020) Contact: Horsley Witten Group, 508-833-6600, www.horsleywitten.com: Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org

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    Equestrian Federation Wins IOC-Dow Carbon Action Award (Int'l.)
    IOC-Dow Carbon Action Award,
    Date: 2020-11-09
    The Paris-headquartered International Equestrian Federation (FEI) reports it has again been awarded the IOC-Dow Carbon Action Award in recognition of the sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction efforts of sports organizations within the Olympic Movement.

    To be recognized, organizations had to be signatories to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, which was launched by the IOC, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2018. Applicants are also required to present detailed data on their 2020 carbon footprint as well as information on their carbon management and reduction plans. (Source: FEI, Around the Rings, 7 Nov., 2020) Contact: FEI, +41 78 750 61 42, www.dei.org

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    CDCR to Construct Calif. Detention Center Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Forefront Power,Sunworks
    Date: 2020-11-04
    In San Luis Obispo, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports it will construct a new 2-MW ground mount solar array at California Men's Colony (CMC) as part of its ongoing effort to reduce its carbon footprint. CDCR has installed solar arrays and wind turbines at 17 institutions and expects to complete the CMC solar project next summer when it will generate approximately 25 pct of the institution's annual electric power requirements.

    The system will be constructed by a third-party developer, Forefront Power, LLC. and their contractor Sunworks, Inc. and will be operated and maintained at the developer's expense with CDCR purchasing the solar array's power output at discounted rates under a 20-year ppa. (Source: CDCR, PR, 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: CDCR, Kathleen Allison, www.cdcr.ca.gov/green; ForeFront Power LLC, 855-204-5083, www.forefrontpower.com; Sunworks, Chuck Cargile, CEO, (866) 600-6800, www.sunworksusa.com

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    PG&E Offers ENERGY STAR Product Rebates (Ind. Report)
    PG&E, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2020-11-02
    In the Golden State, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports its continued to partnership with the US EPA ENERGY STAR program and others to promote the benefits of energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program to help consumers cut energy consumption, save money and shrink their carbon footprint. ENERGY STAR serves as a guide for customers shopping for appliances and looking for potential rebates, such as PG&E's, that help offset the cost of qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances.

    For example, PG&E customers that sign up for the utility's time-of-use rate plan and purchase a qualifying ENERGY STAR smart thermostat may be eligible for a $120 rebate through the end of the year. The amount of the smart thermostat rebate recently increased from $50. The purchase of a smart thermostat combined with a time-of-use rate plan can reduce costs by shifting heating or cooling needs to low energy demand times when energy demand and rates are lower, and the amount of renewable energy is higher. By way of illustration, PG&E notes the following ENERGY STAR product specific savings:

  • LED light bulbs -- ENERGY STAR certified lighting uses up to 90 pct less energy than incandescent bulbs, lasts 15 times longer and saves more than $50 in electricity bills over their lifetime. By replacing the five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs in a home with ENERGY STAR models, customers can save nearly $45 per year.

  • Washing machines and dryers -- Save more than $370 over the lifetime of an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer and even more with an ENERGY STAR washer/dryer pair. Clothes washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating use 25 pct less energy and approximately 33 pct less water than standard models.

  • Water heaters -- Water heaters account for 12 pct of residential energy consumption, costing a household of four up to $630 every year in energy costs. An ENERGY STAR certified electric water heater (known as Heat Pump Water Heaters) uses less than half the energy of a standard model. PG&E offers a $300 rebate for qualifying products.

    PG&E notes if every clothes washer, clothes dryer, dishwasher and refrigerator purchased in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR models, the equivalent of the greenhouse gas emissions from 450,000 cars would be avoided, and consumers would save more than $615 million in annual energy costs. (Source: PG&E, PR 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: PG&E, Aaron August, VP Business Development & Customer Engagement, www.pge.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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