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Neste Lauds EU Fit for 55 Package (Opinions & Editorials)
Neste, Fit for 55
Date: 2021-07-23
Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi issued the following comments in welcoming the EU's "Fit for 55" commitment to long-term policies and the ambition to become climate neutral by 2050:

"As a whole, the Fit for 55 package seems to provide the tools to combat the climate crisis during this decade by raising the ambition level of emission cuts across different sectors of the economy. It will support the growth of renewable fuels markets in both road and aviation segments. The Commission's proposal to establish an EU-wide obligation to supply a growing minimum share of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) as of 2025 will create a large market and progressively cut down emissions from flying. The package also supports Neste's climate commitments, including to reach carbon neutral production by 2035. Now that the EC's proposals will enter the legislative process, it will be important to further raise the level of ambition and keep the focus on emission cuts by various solutions, not only by specific technologies," notes Neste VP for Public Affairs, Ilkka Rasanen.

"Neste firmly believes that all solutions are needed in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the societies. On European roads, the number of electric cars is growing at a rapid pace, which is a logical and welcome development as the power generation sector is embracing emission free technologies. However, achieving the ambitious climate targets requires both EVs and renewable transport fuels, as internal combustion engine vehicles will keep playing a key role for a long time, particularly in heavy-duty vehicles. The average age of cars in Europe is more than 10 years; this means that many new vehicles sold today will still be in use for another 15-20 years. When it comes to especially heavy-duty vehicles, internal combustion engines and renewable fuels, both biofuels and so-called e-fuels (Power-to-X), will be needed for a long time. After all, the combustion engine is not the problem when the fuel is renewable and sustainably produced. Already today, customers using the Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ made from 100 pct renewable raw materials can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 pct compared to fossil diesel.

"The aviation industry has already taken steps in the right direction by committing to the target of achieving carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. Neste, as the world's leading producer of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), is committed to helping the aviation industry meet the proposed EU-wide obligation.

"Following its sustainable sourcing principles, Neste continues to develop the availability of emerging, lower-quality waste and residue raw materials, as well as agricultural and forest harvesting residues, algae and municipal solid waste as future raw materials. Neste is also exploring Power-to-X technologies as a new renewable fuel." (Source: Neste, PR, Website 16 July, 2021)Contact: Neste, Ilkka Rasanen, Vice President, Public Affairs, +358 50 458 5123, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biofuel,  Fit for 55,  


Topsoe Tech. Tapped for Cdn. Hydrogen Energy Complex (Ind. Report)
Haldor Topsoe,Air Products
Date: 2021-07-23
Denmark-headquartered Haldor Topsoe reports Air Products has selected Topsoe's SynCOR™ autothermal reforming technology to capture CO2 emissions from the production of blue hydrogen from natural gas at Air Products' planned facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The new facility, which is expected to come online in 2024, will capture over 95 pct of the produced CO2, which will then be stored underground. Hydrogen-fueled electricity will power the plant and offset the remaining 5 pct of emissions at the site. The complex will also produce liquid hydrogen for merchant sales and use as a clean transportation fuel.

The Edmonton hydrogen complex is part of Air Products' aim to produce over 1,500 tpd of hydrogen and capture more than 3 million tpy of CO2 in Alberta alone. Canada's clean energy diversification strategy has tagged hydrogen as a key enabler for Canada to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, the release notes. (Source: Topsoe, PR, Website, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Amy Hebert, CCO, Ulrik Frohlke, Media , +45 27 77 99 68, ulfr@topsoe.com, www.topsoe.com; Air Products, Robert Tikovsky, VP Process Gases, www.airproducts.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe,  Hydrogen,  Air Products,  


Korean Chemicals Giant Plans $3.bBn Hydrogen Investment (Int'l)
Lotte Chemical
Date: 2021-07-14
South Korean chemicals maker Lotte Chemical reports it will invest $3.8 billion over 10 years on hydrogen production, in line with its target of supplying 30 pct of South Korea's demand for the clean fuel and of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The company plans to produce 600,000 tpy of clean hydrogen by 2030. Based on the by-product hydrogen being produced, 160,000 tons of blue hydrogen will be produced by 2025 using carbon capture technology.

By completing the green hydrogen value chain in 2030, Lotte Chemical plans to produce 600,000 tons of clean hydrogen that is a mixture of blue hydrogen (160,000 tons) and green hydrogen (440,000 tons), the company release notes. (Source: Lotte Chemical, PR, ICIS, July, 2021) Contact: Lotte Chemical, www.lottechem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lotte Chemical,  Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  


China's First Megaton CCUS Project Launched (Int'l. Report)
Sinopec
Date: 2021-07-07
In Beijing, one of China's largest integrated energy and chemical companies, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) reports it has initiated China's first megaton carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project, the Sinopec Qilu-Shengli Oilfield CCUS -- China's largest whole industrial chain CCUS demonstration base and application case for promoting the large-scale development of CCUS.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sinopec,  CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  


Delayed China Carbon Market Launch "Imminent" (Int'l. Report)
China Carbon Market
Date: 2021-06-30
According to the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, China's stalled national carbon market may start trading as soon as next month, but with more moderate standards than originally planned. Even so, the launch of what will be the world's largest carbon market is not expected to have an impact on the country's goal of hitting peak emissions before 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, analysts noted.

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, www.en.ndrc.gov.cn; China Center for Energy Economics Research, Xiamen University, www.energyxmu.edu.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  China National Development and Reform Commission,  China Carbon Market,  


Anglo American Claims Marine Biofuel Trial Success (Int'l. Report)
Anglo American , Alpha Biofuels.
Date: 2021-06-30
London-headquartered global mining giant Anglo American reports the successful conclusion of a chartered ship voyage from Singapore to South Africa using 7 pct biodiesel and 93 pct regular bunker fuel blend. The biodiesel, which was supplied by Toyota Tsusho Petroleum, was produced from waste cooking oil by Singapore-based Alpha Biofuels.

The 7 pct biofuel blend reduces CO2 emissions by roughly 5 pct and is compliant with the International Standard Organisation's requirement for marine fuels and requires no substantial engine modifications, the release noted.

According to Anglo American CEO Peter Whitcutt, "The success of this trial marks an important step forward in establishing biofuel as a viable option, aligned with circular economic principles. These efforts also reinforce our commitment as an organisation to reduce emissions across the entire value chain, as we work towards carbon neutrality across our operations by 2040." (Source: Anglo American, Website PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Anglo American, Peter Whitcutt, CEO , www.angloamerican.com; Alpha Biofuels, +65 6264 6696, www.alphabiofuels.sg; Toyota Tsusho Petroleum, www.toyota-tsusho-petroleum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Toyota Tsusho,  Alpha Biofuels. Biodiesel,  


Tahoe Touts GHG Reductions Progress (Ind. Report)
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Date: 2021-06-28
At Lake Tahoe Calif./Nev., the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has released a comprehensive report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory for the Tahoe Region and an evaluation of the environmental standards that measure Lake Tahoe's ecological health. Both show substantial improvements, according to the agency.

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, trpa@trpa.org, www.trpa.gov

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


Boise Aiming for Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
City of Boise
Date: 2021-06-18
In Idaho, the City of Boise (pop. 455,000 +-) City Council this week approved a long-term Climate Action Roadmap aimed at the city achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

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

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


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

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

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


Neste Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Int'l. Report)
Neste Oyi
Date: 2021-06-16
In Helsinki, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel producer Neste Oyi reports it is committed to using 100 pct renewable electricity in its global production operations and to become carbon neutral by 2035.

To that end, Neste has committed to approximately 40 pct of the electricity used at its Porvoo refinery will be renewable wind power in 2025 and will increase the share of renewable electricity with Guarantees of Origin, based on existing renewable electricity generation capacity. Guarantees of Origin will help increase the share of renewable electricity to 100 pct of Neste's electricity needs by 2023.

Neste aims to reduce the indirect greenhouse gas emissions of electricity purchases at its Porvoo refinery by approximately 50,000 tpy of CO2 equivalent. With all the wind power agreements combined, Neste will reduce indirect GHG emissions of its electricity purchases at its various Finnish production sites by approximately 120,000 tpy CO2 equivalent -- roughly the annual carbon footprint of more than 19,000 average EU citizens. (Source: Neste Oyi, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste Oyi,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Neutral,  


Aalto Studies Green Infrastructure to Cut Carbon Foot Prints (Int'l.)
Aalto University
Date: 2021-06-16
A new study led by Finland's Aalto University is the first to map out how green infrastructure can be a resource for cities on the path to carbon neutrality. The study, done in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the University of Helsinki, charted the lifecycle phases of plants, soils and mulches to determine the basic considerations needed to create standards for products commonly used in green urban spaces. p> The study identified the existing carbon footprint standards, widely used in the construction industry, that would need development if applied to green infrastructure. To do so, they compared the flows of carbon in soils, mulches and plants over their lifespans. The team then tried to translate these carbon flows into the standardised reporting format used for conventional building products.

The study recommendations provide a concrete basis for developing global and regional -- for example, European Union -- standards for green infrastructure. The aim is to ensure claims of carbon storage hold true, as well as eventually have a tool for landscape designers to help plan new areas or refurbishing existing urban spaces.

The recommendations are particularly relevant for countries and regions like the Nordics, where nature has been traditionally integrated into urban landscapes. However, they can also help other areas meet their carbon targets.

Researchers at Aalto University, together with consortium partners of the Co-Carbon project, are currently starting field tests to determine the exact carbon sequestration potential of plants at various stages of growth. While the carbon storage potential of trees is relatively well-known, the study is set to be the first to focus on plants and bushes, elements commonly used in urban landscaping. At Luke, researchers are developing a tool to model the changes in carbon storage of plants and soil at regional level due to land use changes. Such a tool could help planners target and maintain existing carbon storage in plants and soil. (Source: Aalto University, PR, Website, June, 2021) Contact: Aalto University, Dr. Matti Kuittinen, Dr. Matti Kuittinen, +358 5059 47990, matti.kuittinen@aalto.fi, www.aalto.fi; Natural Resources Institute Finland, Dr. Eeva-Maria Tuhkanen, Research scientist, +358 2953 26595, eeva-maria.tuhkanen@luke.fi, www.luke.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Foot Print,  


Maldives Seeking 40 MW/40 MWh of Battery Energy Storage (Int'l.)
Maldives
Date: 2021-06-11
The Maldives Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology is seeking bids from engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contractors to install battery energy storage systems (BESS) of 40 MW/40 MWh capacity on 11 islands.

The installations sought in this tender will be supported by a $23 million concessional loan to the Government of Maldives, allocated from the World Bank Clean Technology Fund.

The BESS installations will support high renewable energy penetration for island grids and ensure efficient operation of the existing diesel generators needed in the solar-diesel hybrid generation mix.

The island nation of 516,000 +- residents aims to be a low-carbon economy and to meet 30 pct of its daytime electricity requirements with renewable energy by 2023. It is also targeting carbon neutrality by 2030. Renewable energy presently accounts for only 4 pct of the national energy mix.

As previously reported, the Asian Development Bank approved a concessional loan worth $7.74 million and a project grant worth $2.73 million to advance the Maldives' existing Preparing Outer Islands for Sustainable Energy Development. (Source: Maldives Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Website, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Maldives Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, www.environment.gov.mv/v2/en; World Bank Clean Technology Fund, www.fiftrustee.worldbank.org/en/about/unit/dfi/fiftrustee/fund-detail/ctf

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


    UK Renewable Hydrogen Project to Use Food-Waste Biomethane (Int'l.)
    IBMS Group,BayoTech
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In London, IBMS Group reports it will partner with Albuquerque, New Mexico-based BayoTech Inc. to launch the UK's first renewable hydrogen project using food waste to generate biomethane as a feedstock. The project will produce 1000kg per day and provide fuel for mobility projects in the London and Surrey region of the UK.

    Using IBMS's food waste and biomethane expertise and BayoTech's modular SMR technology the partnership will create renewable hydrogen and high-grade fertiliser products from a multi-purpose eco facility. The project will produce 1,000 kilograms of renewable hydrogen per day to fuel zero-emission vehicles in London and Surrey.

    Further phases of the project will see carbon capture introduced to take the project from carbon neutral to carbon negative. The system is due to be online by Q2 of 2022, following which the system will be deployed at multiple locations around the UK to create a national network of carbon negative hydrogen production facilities.

    According to the release, regional hydrogen production and distribution reduces unnecessary costs, storage, and transport leading to a reduced carbon footprint overall when compared with traditional production models and electrolyser systems. (Source: IBMS Group, Website PR, 24 May, 2021) Contact: BayoTech, Steve Jones, VP Europe, 505-977-7954, www.bayotech.us, IBMS Group, Steve Sharratt, CEO, www.ibmsgroup.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IBMS Group,  BayoTech,  Renewable Hydrogen,  Biomethane,  


    Battery Maker Carbon Neutral Energy Houston Office Open (Int'l.)
    Carbon Neutral Energy
    Date: 2021-06-02
    Aberdeen, Scotland-based energy storage start-up Carbon Neutral Energy Ltd. (CNE) is reporting the opening of it U.S. office in Houston, Texas. As previously reported the company also recently launched a £300 million fund-raise effort.

    CNE's systems offer large capacity battery storage ranging from 1MW to 5MW in the form of a mobile unit with a suite of smaller static modules that can be combined to create mega storage banks. These can be customised to meet any size of customer power requirements at any location, potentially creating gigawatt storage systems, according to the CNE website. (Source: Carbon Neutral Energy, Website, PR, 1 June, 2021) Contact: Carbon Neutral Energy, Houston Office, 713-840-6414, info@carbonneutralenergyltd.com, www.carbonneutralenergyltd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral Energy,  Battery,  Energy Storage ,  


    Mitsubishi, Iberdrola Launch Renewable Energy, Decarbonisation Alliance (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-05-28
    Madrid-headquartered global renewable energy major Iberdrola and Yokahama-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), report they will jointly develop competitive, clean, and safe renewable energy solutions that promote the decarbonisation of industrial production.

    The partners will identify opportunities for large scale carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage projects for industry as well develop green hydrogen production facilities, battery storage systems and electrified heat production facilities with the aim of promoting carbon neutral industries in the short- and medium-term. (Source: Iberdrola, Mitsubishi, Power, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power, www.power.mhi.com; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es


    Calif. Legislates Zero-Emissions Ride-Share Vehicles (Reg & Leg)
    California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2021-05-28
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports adoption of a regulation requiring ride-share companies begin electrification of their California fleets starting in 2023 -- another step towards meeting California's 2030 climate goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40 pct below 1990 levels, achieving statewide carbon neutrality by 2045, aligning with Governor Newsom's Zero Emission Vehicle Executive Order and fulfilling the state's air quality goals.

    The Clean Miles Standard requires ride-share companies operating in California meet annual GHG and electrification targets, which will align ride-sharing companies with other corporate fleet requirements. By 2030, the regulation would require ride-share companies achieve a level of zero greenhouse gas emissions and to ensure 90 pct of their vehicle miles are fully electric.

    Download Clean Miles Standard details HERE. (Source: California Air Resources Board, PR, 20 May, 2021) Contact: CARB, Dave Clegern, 916-717-9652, dave.clegern@arb.ca.gov, ww2.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  Zero-Emissions,  Transportation Emissions ,  


    Asian Air Carriers Commit to 2050 Net-Zero Emissions (Int'l,)
    Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific
    Date: 2021-05-26
    Singapore Airlines Group -- Singapore Airlines, Scoot and SIA Cargo -- is reporting a commitment to invest in new-generation aircraft, adopt low-carbon technology such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), and source "high quality" carbon offsets to meet their recently announced goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    Likewise, Hong Kong-headquartered Cathay Pacific Group, one of the first air carriers in Asia to establish a timeline for achieving carbon neutrality, has announced plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. To that end, Cathay Pacific will investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), identify efficiencies including a new fuel-efficient fleet and reducing engine use on the ground, as well as take advantage of carbon offsets. (Source: Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, PR, Travel Weekly, May, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions news,  SAF news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Aviation Emissions news,  


    Johnson Controls Expands La Crosse Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2021-05-26
    In the Badger State, Milwaukee-headquartered Johnson Controls and the City of La Crosse have launched the next phase of the city's sustainability initiative. Building on the significant progress made through their initial sustainability investments, this next phase will deliver solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy efficiency installations throughout city fire stations, at community libraries and within several city parks as well as LED upgrades to the city's street lighting.

    The initial phases, which begun in 2019 and were completed Spring 2021, included solar arrays on 4 community buildings to generate $7.98 million in total savings and reduce energy consumption by 35 pct over the next 20 years.

    In the expanded second phase, city infrastructure updates are expected to add $3.2 million in total savings over the next 15 years for a total combined energy costs saving of $11 million.

    The City of La Crosse has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Johnson Controls Int'l., PR, May, 2021) Contact: City of La Crosse, www.cityoflacrosse.org; Johnson Controls, Antonella Franzen, IR, 609.720.4665, antonella.franzen@jci.com, www.johnsoncontrols.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  


    Mitsubishi, Iberdrola Launch Decarbonisation Alliance (Ind. Report)
    Mitsubishi Power,Iberdrola
    Date: 2021-05-21
    Madrid-headquartered global renewable energy major Iberdrola and Yokahama-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), report they will jointly develop competitive, clean, and safe energy solutions based on renewable energy that promote the decarbonisation of industrial production.

    The partners will identify opportunities for large scale carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage projects for industry as well develop green hydrogen production facilities, battery storage systems and electrified heat production facilities with the aim of promoting carbon neutral industries in the short- and medium-term. (Source: Iberdrola, Mitsubishi, Power, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power, www.power.mhi.com; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Power,  Iberdrola ,  


    OECD Progress Towards Zero Carbon Electricity by 2035 (EMBER Study Attached)
    EMBER, OCED
    Date: 2021-05-17
    "For countries eyeing economy-wide carbon neutrality in 2050, zero carbon power in the 2030s is a crucial short-term target. Recent Ember analysis found this timeline was the unspoken consensus behind US, UK and EU emission reduction plans, with power sector decarbonization in the next 10-15 years underpinning longer term goals.

    "The Energy Transitions Commission has called for all 'developed economies' to commit to 2050 economy-wide net-zero and near zero-carbon power sectors by the mid-2030s. 21 of 37 OECD countries have a 2050 net-zero target in place, with some taking steps to set goals around coal phase out or clean power in the next decade and a half. So what progress are OECD countries making towards electricity sector goals that will need to be met in the 2030s on the way to 2050?

    Download the EMBER OECD Progress Towards Zero Carbon Electricity by 2035 report HERE.

    Ember's objective is to accelerate the global electricity transition from coal to clean energy. By gathering, curating and analyzing data on the global power sector and its impact on the climate. We use our data and analysis to: support high impact policies; empower campaign organizations; and shape the global narrative, according to the EMBER website. (Source: EMBER, Website PR, 14 May, 2021) Contact: EMBER, www.ember-climate.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy news,  EMBER news,  Renewable Energy news,  


    New Zealand Touts Gov. Carbon Neutral Commitment (Int'l.)
    New Zealand
    Date: 2021-05-17
    In Wellington, the New Zealand Minister for Climate Change reports the government will allocate $67.4 million ($48.8 million U.S.) over four years to achieve the Carbon Neutral Government Program by 2025.

    The funding includes a significant boost of $ 19.5 million to the State Sector Decarbonisation Fund, and $41.8 million for leasing 422 low-emissions vehicles and charging infrastructure; clean energy upgrades at 36 schools, seven universities and 10 hospitals, all of which is expected to save 76,000 tonnes f carbon emissions over ten years, according to the release. (Source: NZ Ministry of Climate Change, Xinhua, 16 May., 2021) Contact: NZ Ministry of Climate Change, www. environment.govt.nz/publications/statement-of-intent-2008-2011/operating-intentions/climate-change

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral news,  New Zealand news,  


    LG Chem, KIST Partnering to Commercialize CCU (Int'l. Report)
    LG Chem,Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Date: 2021-04-30
    In South Korea, Seoul-headquartered chemicals giant LG Chem reports it is partnering with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) to develop source technologies and promote the commercialization of carbon capture and utilization (CCU) as well as hydrogen energy technologies, which are essential for realizing carbon neutrality. The two organizations aim to jointly develop technologies to produce green hydrogen and utilize thermoelectric energy.

    The South Korean government is calling for the reduction of annual greenhouse gas emissions to 536 million tons by 2030. (Source: LG Chem, PR, AJU, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Korea Institute of Science and Technology, +82 2-958-5114, www.kist_school.kist.re.kr; LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com

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

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

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

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

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

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    Carbon Terminology Refresher (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-04-30
    For greater clarity, the Fifth Estate has offered the following brief clarifications of the plethora of commonly used carbon emissions related terms:

  • Net Zero Energy -- There's two ways of looking at this. The first is based on simple math, and means a building, precinct, process or region generates as much energy within its own boundaries or site as it pulls in from elsewhere over a specific period -- most often a year. The other definition is a building or precinct or region that generates 100 pct of its own energy needs on site or within its boundaries.

  • Net Positive Energy -- When a building or precinct generates more energy than it uses and shares that energy through either a local microgrid or by sending it into the main grid, it becomes energy positive.

  • Carbon Negative -- Carbon negative is used for larger scales than individual buildings, such as precincts, regions, businesses or even entire nations. It means absorbing more carbon than all combined carbon emissions within the specific area or operation.

  • Carbon Neutral -- Carbon neutral is basically a balancing act where a building, business or region sequesters or offsets as much carbon as it emits.

  • Carbon Offsets -- All offsets are not created equal -- there are dirt-cheap offsets sloshing around the global carbon market from questionable projects in far-flung places. But not only are they scientifically and ethically questionable, they also will not meet the standards required for formal third-party carbon neutral certification. The best offsets deliver co-benefits beyond just sequestering carbon, such as improving biodiversity, increasing water quality or catchment protection, generating social benefits, local economic benefits or supporting Indigenous cultural practices and knowledge.

  • Operational Emissions -- Most carbon accounting undertaken for the purposes of carbon neutral certification focus on carbon emissions generated by the operation of a building, business or region. It's not just emissions from energy or fuel use though. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol defines three "scopes" or categories of carbon emissions as follows -- Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from "owned or controlled sources" such as a fleet of vehicles, a power plant or a manufacturing plant. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of energy used within a building, plant or region. Scope 3 emissions are all the indirect emissions in a business, process or region's value chain both upstream and downstream. This would include something like methane emissions from waste sent to landfill, or the emissions from energy used to make the widgets that a business procures then retails.

  • Embodied Carbon -- Basically, almost everything we use from a smartphone to a building, has embodied carbon. Embodied or upfront carbon refers to the emissions released during the manufacture and transport of building materials, and the construction as well the end-of-life-phases of built assets. (Source: Fifth Estate Australia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Tokyo Utility Plans 19-Turbine Offshore Wind Farm (Intl.)
    Tokyo Gas Co.
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Japanese gas and power utility Tokyo Gas Co. reports it will install 19 offshore wind turbines totaling 159.6 MW capacity near the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture in eastern Japan. The project, which will be funded by Wind Power Group Co. and Singapore-headquartered Vena Energy Holdings Ltd. is expected to generate sufficient power for roughly 70,000 homes when fully online in 2024.

    The Japanese government is aiming to generate up to 45 GW of renewable power per year by 2040 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Tokyo Gas Co., PR, reve, 10 Apr., 2021) Contact: Tokyo Gas Co., www.tokyo-gas.co.jp

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

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

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    Honeywell Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Honeywell reports it has committed to become carbon neutral in its operations and facilities by 2035 through a combination of further investment in energy savings projects, conversion to renewable energy sources, completion of capital improvement projects at its sites and in its fleet of company vehicles, and utilization of credible carbon credits. These initiatives represent a continuation of the company's sustainability efforts since 2004, which have already driven a more than 90 pct reduction in the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities.

    Honeywell notes its carbon-footprint reduction will continue to be driven through the company's rigorous, end-to-end business operating system. Honeywell's reductions will be reported publicly and third-party verified pursuant to The Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The company's efforts will result in carbon-neutral operations and facilities as it relates to direct emissions (Scope 1) and indirect emissions from electricity and steam (Scope 2). In addition, Honeywell has committed to addressing Scope 3 indirect emissions by enhancing its existing tracking system and partnering with industry leaders to identify and implement best practices while encouraging customers to adopt Honeywell's climate solutions and products.

    In 2019, Honeywell set a new "10-10-10" target to reduce global Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions intensity by an additional 10 pct from 2018 levels, deploy at least 10 renewable energy opportunities, and achieve certification to ISO's 50001 Energy Management Standard at 10 facilities by 2024. Honeywell also provides: process technology to produce biofuels, building energy savings performance contracts; energy conservation; investing in energy storage solutions such as flow batteries; and technologies to support the decarbonization of residential, commercial, and industrial energy by replacing natural gas with hydrogen.

    The company notes it has implemented more than 5,700 sustainability projects since 2010, saving an annualized $100 million in costs. (Source: Honeywell, Website PR, 8 April, 2021) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com

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    Lotte Chemicals, Samsung Cooperation on Net-Zero Carbon (Int'l.)
    Lotte Chemical,Samsung Engineering
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In South Korea, Seoul-headquartered Lotte Chemical is reporting a collaboration agreement with Samsung Engineering to expand, promote and jointly invest in the development and commercialization of eco-friendly technologies and the realization of carbon neutrality at Lotte Chemical.

    To that end, Samsung Engineering will help Lotte Chemical improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technologies, and promote Lotte's green hydrogen business and technology licensing.

    As previously reported in February, Lotte Chemical declared "Green Promise 2030" an ESG management strategy for the implementation of its eco-friendly business and achieving growth without expanding carbon generation by 2030 and achieving net-zero carbon by 2050. (Source: Lotte Chemical, PR, Business Korea, 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: Lotte Chemical, www.lottechem.com; Samsung Engineering, www.samsungengineering.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Toshiba Touts Rapid CO2 Conversion Device (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Toshiba
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In Tokyo, Japanese electronics giant Toshiba is touting a new CO2 collection-and-conversion device that rapidly processes CO2 into carbon monoxide with chemical reactions involving electricity, according to a release. Carbon monoxide can serve as a raw material for products such as aircraft fuel.

    According to Toshiba, in its present development stage, the equipment can process 1 tpy of CO2 but will be key to enabling carbon neutrality when combined with renewable energy and developed to commercial scale. (Source: Toshiba, PR, NHK Japan, Mar., 2021) Contact: Toshiba, +81-3-3457-4511, www.global.toshiba

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    China's Xinjiang Region Upping Wind, Solar Power Generation (Int'l.)
    China Wind, Renewable Enery
    Date: 2021-03-17
    According to the Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is taking the lead in China's renewable energy push, with wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power capacity jumped 135 pct from 2015 levels to a record high of 35.83 GW -- more than some developed countries including the UK, Belgium, Netherlands or Japan.

    New-energy electricity generation in Xinjiang reached 84.5 billion kWh and accounted for 24 pct of the total electricity produced in 2020, mostly attributed to solar power. It is equal to the energy consumption of 27 million tons of standard coal, which would have released 72.9 million tons of carbon dioxide.

    As previously reported, China aims to reach a carbon dioxide emissions peak before 2030, and carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: Xiamen University Center for Energy Economics Research, Xinhua News Agency, China Global Times, 14 Mar., 2021) Contact: Xiamen University, Center for Energy Economics Research, www.en.xmu.edu.cn

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    Alibaba's Ant Group Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Alibaba
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In China, e-commerce giant Alibaba Group's fintech arm Ant Group is reporting plans to become carbon neutral by 2030 and pledged its support to bring down emissions through technological innovations.

    To that end, Ant Group will establish a carbon neutrality fund for research and development of renewable energy and other green technologies. The company will also work with industry partners to promote green finance and will explore ways to use emerging blockchain technology to track its carbon reduction process in order to reach the proposed target.

    Ant Group has detailed a roadmap to neutralize direct and indirect emissions associated with the purchase of electricity from this year (Scopes 1 and 2). By 2030, Ant Group will fully cancel out carbon emissions generated from other sources it does not own or control, covering areas such as supply chain and business travel (Scope 3).

    In 2016, Ant Group's Alipay, China's leading digital payment platform, introduced the Ant Forest green initiative within the app to encourage low-carbon activities such as paying utility bills online and others to earn "green energy points" that can be used to plant trees or biodiversity conservation projects.

    In September 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged that China would reach peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: Ant Group, PR, 12 Mar., 2021) Contact: Ant Group, www.antgroup.com

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    Maryland Senate Passes Climate Solutions Now Act (Reg. & Leg.)
    Maryland State Senate
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In Annapolis, the Maryland State Senate handily approved the Climate Solutions Now Act which would commit the state to curtailing climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions 60 pct below 2006 levels by 2030 and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045. The state's current five year old goal is for a 40 pct emission reduction by 2030.

    The new legislation orders the following climate change related initiatives:

  • Planting 5 million trees statewide, with 10 pct to go in underserved areas;

  • Requiring increased electric efficiency from utilities;

  • Shifting the state's fleet of transit buses and other vehicles to zero-emission electric motors;

  • Mandating carbon neutrality in most new state buildings and setting new energy conservation requirements for all buildings;

  • Making all newly constructed schools at least "solar-ready";

  • Addresses environmental justice concerns, directing state agencies to identify communities disproportionately affected by climate change and to take steps to ensure equitable investments in the mitigation efforts. (Source: Maryland State Senate, Mar., 2021) Contact: Maryland State Senate Office, (410) 260-6400; www.msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/05sen/html/sen.html

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

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

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

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

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

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    FedEx-Supports Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture (Funding)
    FedEx, Yale University
    Date: 2021-03-05
    Yale University is reporting receipt of a $100 million gift from FedEx will help fund the new Center for Natural Carbon Capture.

    The Center is a key aspect of both Yale's broader Planetary Solutions Project -- a campus-wide effort to develop integrated, powerful solutions to Earth's climate and biodiversity crises -- and FedEx's goal of achieving carbon neutral operations globally by 2040.

    The Center aims to develop interventions that enhance the Earth's abilities to store carbon and other methods that model natural processes, as well as develop a portfolio of natural carbon removal strategies that combine both rapid and long-term approaches.

    Initial funding from FedEx will support four new professorships in science and engineering across the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. It also will provide research funding and essential instrumentation, support Yale's Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative's outreach work, and enable Yale to bring together researchers, corporations, policymakers, and others through conferences and events.

    Yale's Planetary Solutions Project encompasses three major goals: to mitigate global warming and environmental concerns, adapt to a changing planet, and engage individuals, organizations, and governments to facilitate action. Capturing and storing carbon is a key pillar of the mitigation goal, and the Center will be an essential part of that effort, as well as related work in energy efficiency and alternative energy. (Source: Yale News, 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: Yale School of the Environment, Indy Burke, Dean, Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture, www.planetarysolutions.yale.edu/center-natural-carbon-capture

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    Italy's Eni Aims for 2050 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Eni
    Date: 2021-02-22
    In Italy, Rome-headquartered Eni's Strategy 2021-2024 & 2020 reports it aims to cut absolute emissions by 25 pct by 2030, from 2018 levels, and by 65 pct by 2040 with an end goal of achieving carbon neutral status by 2050.

    The that end, the company will seek acquisitions to speed the green transformation and will increase its renewable energy capacity from today's 300 megawatts to 60 gigawatts in 2050. The company also plans more than €2 billion ($2.43 billion) of asset sales to help develop clean businesses -- including two possible new biorefineries in Italy and the U.S. and carbon capture and storage (CCS) units in the UAE and Libya. (Source: Eni, Website PR, 19 Feb., 2021) Contact: Eni, +39 06 598 21, Fax: +39 06 598 22141, www.eni.com/en-IT/home.htmlwww.eni.com/en-IT/home.html

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    S. Korea Touts $43Bn Offshore Wind Project (Int'l. Report)
    Korea
    Date: 2021-02-08
    In Seoul, the South Korean government is touting its planned $43 billion offshore wind farm odd Sinan -- said to be the world's largest offshore wind power complex.

    The project is in keeping with the government's effort to cut the country's reliance on nuclear power and imported coal and to grow its renewable energy sector to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Gov. of South Korea, Energy Infrapost, Feb., 2021)

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    TOTAL Joins Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (Int'l. Report)
    TOTAL,Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
    Date: 2021-02-08
    Paris headquartered energy major TOTAL reports it has joined the Copenhagen-headquartered Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (Center) as a strategic partner and accelerated its research and development program for carbon neutral shipping solutions.

    The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is a not-for-profit, independent R&D center working across the energy and shipping sectors with industry, academia and authorities. The Center aims to create an overview of viable decarbonization pathways, facilitate the development and implementation of new energy technologies, build confidence in new concepts and their supply chains, and accelerate the transition by defining and maturing viable strategic pathways to the required systemic change, according to its website. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 7 Feb., 2021) Contact: Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, www.zerocarbonshipping.com

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    France Exceeded 2019 CO2 Reduction Target (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-02-08
    Following up on our 3 Jan coverage -- Guilty as Charged! -- €1 Fine for Climate Inaction, the French Environment Ministry has acknowledged France failed to meet its target for reducing carbon emissions in 2019 with the caveat that the country's climate change progress has been "underestimated."

    "In 2019, France kept its climate commitments and that's excellent news," the Ministry said announcing that emissions fell by 1.7 pct that year, exceeding the target of 1.5 pct.

    In June 2020, the national emissions inventory agency CITEPA estimated that France produced 437 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2019, which represented a drop of only 1 pct from the previous year. But the environment ministry noted CITEPA has since revised its estimate to 441 million tonnes, a fall of 1.7 pct.

    Under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, France pledged to cut emissions by 40 pct by 2030 compared with 1990 levels, and aims to become carbon neutral by 2050. (Source: French Environment Ministry, AFP, Space Daily, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: French Environment Ministry, +33 140812122, www.ec.europa.eu/environment/ecoap/etv/ministry-ecology-sustainable-development-and-energy_en

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    China Emissions Trading System Sets Interim Rules (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Market
    Date: 2021-02-05
    In Beijing, a set of interim rules for carbon emissions trading management in China came into effect on Monday, marking a key step in the establishment of a unified national emissions trading system (ETS). A total of 2,225 power firms across the country assigned with CO2 emission caps can now trade their emission quotas via the system whereby firms that exceed their caps can purchase unused quotas from those with low emissions. A stable carbon trading among power generators will pave the way for the gradual expansion of the national ETS to include more industries, trading varieties and trading modes, thus promoting the system's healthy and sustainable development.

    In an effort to build a national ETS, the country has been piloting emissions trading at the regional level since 2011, covering seven provinces and cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. As previously reported, China aims to bring its carbon emissions to a peak before 2030 and become carbon neutral before 2060. (Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China Daily Global, Xinhua, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

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    Lundin Energy Accelerating Decarbonisation Strategy (Ind. Report)
    Lundin Energy
    Date: 2021-02-03
    Stockholm-headquartered oil and gas major Lundin Energy AB reports it is accelerating its Decarbonisation Strategy to target carbon neutrality for operational emissions from 2025, from the original target of 2030.

    According to a release, this change is underpinned by good progress on the electrification of the Company's main assets, investments in renewable energy to replace electricity usage and now a commitment to invest in proprietary natural carbon capture projects to offset any residual, hard to abate emissions.

    To offset any residual emissions, the company is partnering with Land Life Company BV to plant approximately 8 million trees between 2021 and 2025, capturing approximately 2.6 million tonnes of CO2. (Source: Ludin Energy, Website PR, Contact: Lundin Energy, +46 8 440 54, info@lundin-energy.com, www.lundin-energy.com

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    Qantas, BP Partnering on SAF, Carbon Emission Reduction (Int'l.)
    Qantas, BP
    Date: 2021-01-29
    In the Land Down Under, Qantas Airways Ltd , Air New Zealand Ltd and BP PLC are reporting a strategic partnership to explore advanced sustainable fuels (SAF), advocate for further aviation sector decarbonisation, renewable power solutions and generation, carbon management and new technologies to cut aviation and to become carbon neutral companies by 2050. (Source: Quantas, BP, Nasdaq, 28 Jan., 2021) Contact: Qantas Group, Alan Joyce, CEO, (02) 9691 3636, info@qantas.com, www.qantas.com/au/en.html; BP PLC, www.bp.com

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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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  • Seattle Updates Energy Efficiency, Conservation Code (Ind. Report)
    City of Seattle
    Date: 2021-01-25
    In Washington State, the City of Seattle reports it is proposing updates to the 2018 Seattle Energy Code. The proposed updates align with the Seattle 2030 District Goals, particularly that all buildings to be carbon neutral by the year 2050 -- a timeline that may be advanced to 2030 with the introduction of the Green New Deal.

    In order for buildings constructed today to reach the 2030 or 2050 targets the updated code may include:

  • Building envelope that functions at Seattle's 2050 standard for dependable energy savings for decades.

  • Eliminate combustion -- buildings should be carbon neutral today to avoid major upgrades later.

  • Buildings should incorporate efficient electrical systems for space heating and water heating, heat pump systems and similar equipment.

  • Renewable energy -- on-site installations, solar readiness for larger future rooftop systems aligned with the City's building goals and be as cost effective as possible for both owners and tenants.

    The code is intended to regulate the design and construction of buildings for the maximum energy efficiency and conservation as well carbon emissions reduction over the life of each building. Download code summary details HERE

    (Source: 2030 Districts, City of Seattle, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: City of Seattle, 2030 District, Matthew Combe, matthewcombe@2030districts.org, www.2030districts.org

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