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Ireland Marine Institute to Study Blue Carbon (Int'l. Report)
Irish Marine Institute
Date: 2021-07-23
The Government of Ireland has tasked the Marine Institute -- the State agency responsible for marine research and innovation -- to undertake a collaborative research initiative aimed at investigating the climate-change mitigation potential of blue carbon and working towards creating an inventory that will assist the EU in meeting Ireland's climate-change objectives. Funding of up to €1.6 million has been earmarked for the project to run from 2021 to 2026.

The absorption and storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the world's oceans and coastal regions has been identified as one of the ways in which marine ecosystems can reduce the impacts of climate change. Launched in June 2020, Ireland's Programme for Government recognized the "the enormous blue carbon potential that the ocean has to offer in tackling climate change."

In preparation for the research programme, the Marine Institute commissioned Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration in Irish Waters and Coastal Habitats, a synthesis report to review existing knowledge on blue carbon habitats and their role as carbon sinks in Ireland.

Download the Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration report HERE. (Source: Marine Institute, PR, Afloat.ie, July , 2021) Contact: Irish Marine Institute, www.oar.marine.ie

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UK CCUS Sector Eyes £41Bn Investment by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
Carbon Capture and Storage Association
Date: 2021-07-23
In the UK, a report from the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) is projecting expenditure on UK carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects -- including hydrogen production and greenhouse gas removal -- is set to surge over the coming decade in response to UK climate targets, including the recently adopted goal to slash emissions 78 pct against 1990 levels by 2035.

According to the CCSA, CCUS investment in the UK could reach £41 billion by 2030, opening up a huge opportunity to rapidly develop a strong domestic supply chain that can support UK jobs and economic growth to support domestic companies and develop a supply chain that supports manufacturing of related products and goods. Around 85 pct of the expected £41 billion expenditure over the next decade is estimated to focus on onshore power generation, industrial capture, and hydrogen production plants, according to the report.

A strong domestic supply chain for the CCUS industry would deliver significant benefits for regional economies in the UK's industrial heartlands, where a number of zero carbon cluster projects are currently being pursued bringing together heavy industrial, CCUS, and hydrogen production sites, the report notes. CCSA urges sector to seize opportunity to build up domestic supply chain in support of growing CCUS pipeline. (Source: CCSA, BusinessGreen, 22 July, 2021) Contact: CCSA, Olivia Powis, Uk Office, +44 (0) 20 3031 8750 info@ccsassociation.org, www.ccsassociation.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Capture and Storage Association ,  


Alliant Energy Touts 1,000,000 Tree Planting Plan (Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2021-07-21
In its recently released 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report, Madison, Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy noted it will plant 1 million trees across its service area -- Wisconsin and Iowa -- as part of efforts to promote sustainability and transition to clean energy. The utility would be the state's first corporate partner to help Wisconsin fulfill its pledge of planting millions of trees in the next decade to help address climate change.

Alliant noted the cost of the planting project has not yet been determined but would be funded by shareholders, not ratepayers.

To date this year, the state of Wisconsin has planted 4.8 million seedlings in rural areas and 42,000 seedlings in urban areas as part of its plan to plant 75 million trees to store almost 29 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 50 years. One million mature trees can store an estimated 500,000 tpy of carbon dioxide . (Source: Alliant, PR, WPR, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Alliant, Jeff Hanson, Dir. Environmental Services and Corporate Sustainability, (608) 458-3956, www.alliantenergy.com

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EIT Climate-KIC Carbon Removal Program Supported (Int'l .Report)
Carbon Removal
Date: 2021-07-21
In Germany, Munich RE insurance group, in partnership with EIT Climate-KIC, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), report it is supporting the newly launched EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator program to remove CO2 form the air.

The carbon removal programme supports technological and nature-based solutions such as afforestation, direct air capture, biochar, and bioenergy-based carbon capture and storage (CCS). Under the program, selected start-ups will receive training, finance, mentorship, and access to networks.

According to the release, the EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator programme for climate entrepreneurs connects start-ups with cleantech industry experts and accelerates climate positive solutions. (Source: EIT Climate-KIC, 20 July, 2021) Contact: EIT Climate-KIC, Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, climaccelerator.climate-kic.org; Munich Re, Silke Jolowicz, Head of Sustainability, www.munichre.com; ERGO, www.ergo.com; ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch

More Low-Carbon Energy News ETH Zurich,  CCS,  DirectAir Carbon Capture,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Climate Change Quote from WMO CEO
World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2021-07-21
"We have always had extreme weather events, but because of climate change, we have started seeing them more often and they are more intense. Without climate change, we wouldn't have observed such high temperatures in western parts of Canada and the US, so that's a clear indication of climate change."

"Climate change will anyhow continue for the coming decades. If we are successful with climate mitigation, we could stop this negative trend in the 2060s. Until then we will see a growing amount of natural disasters and a growing amount of this kind of weather extremes and also more human losses and more economic losses than before. That means that we have to also adapt to climate change, the most important thing is to mitigate climate change, to stop using fossil fuels and also pay attention to our diet."

"The key is that we have to start acting now, we cannot wait for the coming decades,." -- Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General, Contact: World Meteorological Organization, public.wmo.int/en

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Ottawa Program to Help Mitigate Climate Change (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2021-07-21
In Ottawa. the Canadian Government Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities reports it is making further investments to construct, rehabilitate and expand critical public infrastructure susceptible to failures from natural hazards, extreme weather and climate change.

To that end, the Ministry has launched a new funding intake for the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) inviting Canada-wide communities to submit projects that will protect and strengthen their communities against environmental impacts of natural hazards and extreme weather events when considering current and potential future climate change impacts.

The DMAF was launched in 2018 as a $2 billion, 10-year program to help communities build the infrastructure they need to better withstand natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, earthquakes and droughts. Budget 2021 provided the DMAF with an additional $1.375 billion over 12 years. To date, over $1.9 billion has been announced through the DMAF for 69 large-scale infrastructure projects that will help protect communities across the country from the threats of climate change, according to the release. (Source: Infrastructure Canada, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Infrastructure Canada, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities , Emelyana Titarenko, 613-960-9251, www.infrastructure.gc.ca; Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund; www.infrastructure.gc.ca/dmaf-faac/index-eng.html

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


Am. Airlines Commits to SMTi to Cut GHG Emissions (Ind. Report)
American Airlines
Date: 2021-07-19
Dallas-headquartered American Airlines reports it is committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net-zero emissions by 2050, and align its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degree Celsius, and bring additional accountability to its approach to addressing climate change.

American is the first airline in North America to begin the validation process with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). In doing so, American is committing to develop a 2035 emissions reduction target that will be reviewed by the SBTi to confirm its consistency with the latest climate science.

By committing to SBTi, the air carrier becomes a signatory to the Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees C campaign and joins the UN-backed Race To Zero to rally support for a zero-carbon economy from businesses, cities, investors and other non-state actors. (Source: American Airlines, PR, AJOT, 16 July, 2021)Contact: American Airlines, www.headquarterscontacts.com/american-airlines; Science Based Targets, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

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EC European Green Deal -- "Fit for 55" -- Proposes Massive Transformation to Meet Climate Change Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
European Green Deal
Date: 2021-07-16
On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (EC) announced the adoption of a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55), compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform our economy and society for a fair, green and prosperous future. The following proposals will enable the necessary acceleration of greenhouse gas emission reductions in the next decade:

  • The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) puts a price on carbon and lowers the cap on emissions from certain economic sectors every year. It has successfully brought down emissions from power generation and energy-intensive industries by 42.8 pct in the past 16 years. The EC is proposing to lower the overall emission cap even further and increase its annual rate of reduction and to phase out free emission allowances for aviation and align with the global Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and to include shipping emissions for the first time in the EU ETS.

    To complement the substantial spending on climate in the EU budget, Member States should spend the entirety of their emissions trading revenues on climate and energy-related projects. A dedicated part of the revenues from the new system for road transport and buildings should address the possible social impact on vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.

  • The Effort Sharing Regulation assigns strengthened emissions reduction targets to each Member State for buildings, road and domestic maritime transport, agriculture, waste and small industries. Recognizing the different starting points and capacities of each Member State, these targets are based on their GDP per capita, with adjustments made to take cost efficiency into account.

  • Member States also share responsibility for removing carbon from the atmosphere, so the Regulation on Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture sets an overall EU target for carbon removals by natural sinks, equivalent to 310 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030. National targets will require Member States to care for and expand their carbon sinks to meet this target. By 2035, the EU should aim to reach climate neutrality in the land use, forestry and agriculture sectors, including also agricultural non-CO2 emissions, such as those from fertilizer use and livestock. The EU Forest Strategy aims to improve the quality, quantity and resilience of EU forests. It supports foresters and the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030.

  • Energy production and use accounts for 75 pct of EU emissions, so accelerating the transition to a greener energy system is crucial. The Renewable Energy Directive will set an increased target to produce 40 pct of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. All Member States will contribute to this goal, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

  • To reduce overall energy use, cut emissions and tackle energy poverty, the Energy Efficiency Directive will set a more ambitious binding annual target for reducing energy use at EU level. It will guide how national contributions are established and almost double the annual energy saving obligation for Member States. The public sector will be required to renovate 3 pct of its buildings each year to drive the renovation wave, create jobs and bring down energy use and costs to the taxpayer.

  • A combination of measures is required to tackle rising emissions in road transport to complement emissions trading. Stronger CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans will accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility by requiring average emissions of new cars to come down by 55 pct from 2030 and 100 pct from 2035 compared to 2021 levels. As a result, all new cars registered as of 2035 will be zero-emission. To ensure that drivers are able to charge or fuel their vehicles at a reliable network across Europe, the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation will require Member States to expand charging capacity in line with zero-emission car sales, and to install charging and fuelling points at regular intervals on major highways: every 60 kilometres for electric charging and every 150 kilometres for hydrogen refuelling.

  • Aviation and maritime fuels cause significant pollution and also require dedicated action to complement emissions trading. The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation requires that aircraft and ships have access to clean electricity supply in major ports and airports. The ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels, known as e-fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

  • The tax system for energy products must safeguard and improve the Single Market and support the green transition by setting the right incentives. A revision of the Energy Taxation Directive proposes to align the taxation of energy products with EU energy and climate policies, promoting clean technologies and removing outdated exemptions and reduced rates that currently encourage the use of fossil fuels. The new rules aim at reducing the harmful effects of energy tax competition, helping secure revenues for Member States from green taxes, which are less detrimental to growth than taxes on labour.

  • Finally, a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (Tax) will put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products to ensure that ambitious climate action in Europe does not lead to 'carbon leakage.' This will ensure that European emission reductions contribute to a global emissions decline, instead of pushing carbon-intensive production outside Europe. It also aims to encourage industry outside the EU and our international partners to take steps in the same direction.

    European Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en. (Source: EC, PR, 14 July, 2021)

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  • Energy Storage Notable Quote
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2021-07-16
    "Energy storage technology holds great promise in the fight against climate change. Strengthening current technology and advancing next-generation energy storage will allow us to integrate more renewables, such as wind and solar, which in turn will help to reduce emissions." -- U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R,Maine) July, 2021

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  


    LG Innotek Reports Efficiency Upgrades, Emissions Cuts (Int’l.)
    LG Group,Carbon Disclosure Project
    Date: 2021-07-12
    Seoul, South Korea-based materials and components manufacturer and an affiliate of the LG Group, LG Innotek reports it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 11 pct in 2020 from 2019 levels. The total reduction amount is about 45,000 tons (tCO2eq, carbon dioxide equivalent) -- equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas absorbed by 3.9 million trees in one year. The emission cutbacks were announced in the company's 2020-2021 LG Innotek Sustainability Report.

    In achieving the cutback, LG Innotek proactively performed green management activities with the goal of 'zero environmental impact including introducing renewable energy and expanding the application of high-efficiency production facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. LG Innotek also cut its consumption of water resources by 7 pct from the previous year through expanding investment in recycling and water management facilities, according to the report. LG Innotek has an A- rating from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) on climate change for two consecutive years in 2019 and 2020 and on water security for four consecutive years between 2017 and 2020. (Source: LG Innoteck, PR, 12 July, 2021) Contact: LG Innotech, www.lginnotek.com; Carbon Disclosure Project

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Group news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Disclosure Project news,  


    Climate First Bank Touts Solar Energy Loan Program (Ind. Report)
    Climate First Bank
    Date: 2021-07-09
    In the Sunshine State, the St. Petersburg-based Climate First Bank has unveiled its solar energy loan programs focused on residential and commercial uses.

    The flexible term loans program is aimed at addressing climate change, making renewable energy more accessible, increasing property values, drastically reducing or eliminating energy costs by retrofitting properties to the highest levels of energy efficiency.

    Climate First Bank is a signatory member of the B Corp Climate Collective Commitment: Net Zero 2030, pledging to achieve net zero on all greenhouse gas emissions, whether direct or indirect, by the year 2030. (Source: Climate First Bank, Website, PR, 7 July, 2021) Contact: Climate First Bank, Ken LaRoe, CEO, www.climatefirstbank.com

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


    Carbon Capture Shield, Inc - Reversing Climate Change Through Land Stewardship (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Capture Shield
    Date: 2021-07-09
    "What if it was possible to not only eliminate the entire human Carbon footprint, but also eliminate the use of toxic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides (saving the bees); eliminate the use of inorganic chemical fertilizers (protecting our waterways); increase soil health and resilience (buffering against disease, drought, and flood) while improving the size, yield, and nutrient density of crops grown in such living soil (with as much as 500 pct increase in yield); all while creating a global network of smallholder farmers and connecting them to a corresponding global market of conscious consumers?

    "This is the express goal of (Washington, DC-based) Carbon Capture Shield, Incorporated; a Delaware C-Corp formed in 2021, by a team with decades of experience in global farming, renewable energy, and government contracting: To shift 1 billion acres of farmland to Regenerative Agriculture by 2030. According to co-founder and President, Darryl J. Nicke II, 'Antibiotics have saved millions of lives but they also cause many problems by upsetting the natural balance of microorganisms that live in our gut. Probiotics can reverse and even completely cure many diseases caused by such imbalances. Similarly, herbicides, pesticides, and even chemical fertilizers have destroyed the natural balance of life in the soil. By supplementing and restoring that natural balance, you return Earth's Surface to its natural healthy state. This is Earth's natural defense against human activity and pollution. This is Earth's Carbon Capture Shield.'

    "With a clear vision, they have begun Phase 01 of a 10-year, multi-phase plan to transform the way humans care for our shared home, starting in your own backyard - literally. Americans dump more than 60 million ppy of pesticides on their lawns. Fourteen of the most used lawn pesticides are neurotoxins and suspected carcinogens, yet this is where our children play. Not only that, but lawn fertilizers are also a major source of water pollution. The EPA reports that pollution from fertilizers is "one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems." This does not even consider the dire effects on bees, butterflies, and other pollinators who visit these toxic home gardens.

    "Numerous solutions have been found by farmers and researchers all around the planet, and Carbon Capture Shield aims to "bring these solutions home" to anyone with a lawn - by introducing a line of lawn and garden products that are non-toxic and protect the environment while fertilizing your soil and helping the microcosmos of Living Soil.

    "Phase 01 will supply education and solutions for anyone with a lawn, in the form of edutainment and consumer products. Carbon Capture Shield has launched this initiative to educate and empower both farmers and consumers! Using their ability to create engaging media to inspire an avid base of conscious consumers, they will then use this market demand to encourage wary farmers into adopting the protocols of Regenerative Agriculture, and thereby restore the environment through promoting and upholding stewardship by all landholders, large and small." (Source: Carbon Capture Shield Inc., PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Carbon Capture Shield Inc., Darryl J. Nicke II, Pres., 407 603 6417, djnicke@carboncaptureshield.com, www.carboncaptureshield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Carbon Capture Shield,  Soil Carbon,  CCS,  Climate Change,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Mississauga Setting Private Bldg. Efficiency Standards (Funding)
    City of Mississauga
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In Ontario, the metropolitan Toronto area City of Mississauga (pop. 669,000 +-) is reporting receipt of $175,000 from the Government of Canada's $1.65 billion Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to create a comprehensive set of Green Development Standards for all new private buildings. The GMF was established in 2000 to fund works on developing environmental initiatives including energy efficiency and addressing climate change.

    Aligned with Mississauga's Climate Change Action Plan, the new Green Development Standards aim to improve energy efficiency and sustainability for private developments. It will target greenhouse gas emissions and include performance metrics that are "obtainable, quantifiable and enforceable." City staff will engage with residents and stakeholders for input later this year as work on the new standards begin. (Source: City of Mississauga, PR, Website, 2 July, 2021) Contact: City of Mississauga, 905-615-4311, www.mississauga.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Mississauga,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    Old King Cole's UK Dethroning Advanced to Oct. 2024 (Int'l.)
    U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In London, the U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports it has advanced the deadline to phase out coal from the UK's energy system by one year to 1 October 2024. From that date forward the UK will no longer use coal to generate electricity, a year earlier than planned.

    The move is in accord with government commitments to transition away from fossil fuels and decarbonise the power sector in order to eliminate contributions to climate change by 2050. The UK is similarly calling on all nations to accelerate the phase out of coal power.

    The UK has made huge progress in reducing the use of coal across the power sector, with coal accounting for only 1.8 pct of the UK's electricity mix in 2020, compared with 40 pct almost a decade ago. In 2020, the UK went 5,000 hours without coal-fired electricity and earlier this year broke a new wind power record, with just over a third of the country's energy coming from wind. The rise in the use of renewables has helped drive down the cost of green energy, with coal power now being more expensive in most countries. (Source: U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Website PR, 30 June, 2021) Contact: U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy , www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    Maine PUC Selects Solar, Wind Energy Projects (Ind. Report)
    Maine Public Utilities Commission ,Central Maine Power
    Date: 2021-07-02
    In Augusta, the Maine Public Utilities Commission is reporting the selection of bids for six new solar projects and an existing wind farm project as part of its mandated shift toward clean energy.

    The solar projects will contribute 100 pct of their output to supply Central Maine Power (CMP) and Bangor-based Versant Power customers and the existing wind project will contribute 50 pct of its output under long-term PPAs.

    For the wind project, the PUC selected Helix Maine Wind Development LLC in Franklin County, and solar projects from Glenvale LLC, Walden Renewables, Swift Current and C2 Energy Capital LLC.

    In 2019, Maine mandated amount of renewable energy in its energy mix to 80 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050, in keeping with the state's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.

    Download the full list of winning projects HERE. (Source: Maine Public Utilities Commission, Website PR, 29 June, 2021) Contact: Maine Public Utilities Commission, (207) 287-3831, (207) 287-1039 -- fax, www.maine.gov/mpuc; Central Maine Power, www.cmpco.com; Versant Power, www.versantpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Central Maine Power,  Maine Public Utilities Commission ,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    Putin Moves to Regulate Russia's Major Carbon Emitters (Int'l.)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Last week in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin inked legislation requiring the country's largest emitters and businesses to report their greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation, which comes into force in January, 2023, is described as "a first step towards carbon regulation to combat climate change."

    Under the Paris Climate Accord, Russia, a major oil and gas producer, committed to cut its emissions to 70 pct of 1990 levels by 2030. (Source: Reuters, 2 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Russia Carbon Emissions,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


    Canada Joins Climate Disaster Coalition (Ind. Report)
    Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
    Date: 2021-06-30
    In Ottawa, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, reports Canada has joined the Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, endorsing its Charter with a goal to promote the resilience of infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks.

    The Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2019, building on discussions on the need for multi-stakeholder approach to improve disaster resilient infrastructure at the G20 since 2017. The Coalition's 22 member countries include the UK, the United States, France, Germany, Japan, Chile, and Australia along with seven member organizations including the European Union and the World Bank Group.

    The Government of Canada's Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience included the following new funding for climate resilient infrastructure:

  • $1.4 billion over 12 years, starting in 2021-2022, to top up the Disaster and Mitigation Fund to mitigate the economic, social, and environmental impacts of climate change, and strengthen resilience.

  • $200 million over three years, starting in 2021-2022, to establish a standalone Natural Infrastructure Fund in recognition of the resilience and economic investments.

  • $11.7 million over five years, starting in 2021-22, to renew the Standards to Support Resilience in Infrastructure Program, so that the Standards Council of Canada can continue updating standards and guidance in priority areas to help communities to plan and build infrastructure that is more durable and resilient to a changing climate. (Source: Infrastructure Canada, PR, 29 June, 2021) Contact: Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148, www.infrastructure.gc.sa

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


  • POET Lauds Oregon Ethanol Blend Legislation (Ind. Report)
    POET, Ethanol Blend
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Salem, Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) has signed into law HB 3051 mandating all gasoline sold in Oregon contain at least 10 pct ethanol while allowing retailers to offer higher ethanol blends, like E15.

    "Oregon's diverse geography and unique landscape help make protecting the environment a clear priority for state policymakers. Plant-based renewable ethanol is 46 pct cleaner than traditional gasoline. This new law creates the pathway for higher blends of ethanol -- helping Oregon take meaningful steps to improve air quality and curb the effects of climate change by sustainably decarbonizing the light duty vehicles on Oregon's road today. Ethanol is also less expensive than gasoline, with E15 typically saving consumers three to 10 cents per gallon. By increasing the use of ethanol across the state, this law will also provide significant fuel savings for Oregon drivers," according to Joshua Shields, POET Senior VP.

    A study by Air Improvement Resource, Inc. showed that Oregon could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 190,000 metric tpy by increasing the use of higher blends by switching from E10 gasoline to E15, according to the release. (Source: POET, PR, Website, 23 June, 2021) Contact: POET, Joshua Shields, Senior VP, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol Blends,  E10,  E15,  


    IMF Proposes International Carbon Price Floor (Ind. Report)
    International Monetary Fund
    Date: 2021-06-28
    According to the Washington, DC-based International Monetary Fund (IMF), CO2 and other greenhouse gases must fall by a minimum 25 - 50 pct over the next decade to achieve the goal of restricting global warming to below 2 degree C. The fastest and most practical way to achieve this is by creating an international carbon price -- carbon tax -- floor arrangement, the IMF adds.

    The IMF notes carbon pricing has a wide environmental and social aim of encouraging producers and companies to reduce their carbon footprint in a bid to combat climate change, which is linked to greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to IMF, 80 pct of global emissions are currently un-priced and the average price for global emissions is only $3 a tonne. "As a knock-on effect, some countries and regions with high or rising carbon prices are considering placing charges on the carbon content of imports from places without similar schemes," the IMF said. But the IMF notes that the "charges on carbon content are insufficient instruments (to fight climate change) as carbon embodied in trade flows is typically less than 10 pct of a countries' total emissions."

    According to the IMF, a minimum carbon price "is an efficient, concrete, and easily understood policy instrument. Simultaneous action among large emitters to scale up carbon pricing would deliver collective action against climate change while decisively addressing competitiveness concerns. The focus on a minimum carbon price parallels the current discussion on a minimum for the tax rate in international corporate taxation." (Source: IMF, Daily Maverick 168, 24 June, 2021) Contact: IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, Dir., www.imf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Monetary Fund,  Climate Change Carbon Tax,  


    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,  


    World Bank Ups Developing Country Climate Action Support (Int'l.)
    World Bank Group
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Reporting from Washington, the World Bank Group has announced its new Climate Change Action Plan that aims to deliver record levels of climate finance to developing countries, reduce emissions, strengthen adaptation, and align financial flows with the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Action Plan for 2021-25 broadens World Bank Group efforts from investing in "green" projects to helping countries fully integrate their climate and development goals. The Plan also comes as countries seek sustainable pathways out of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Key highlights of the Action Plan include:
  • Providing major increases in climate finance. The World Bank is already the largest multilateral provider of climate finance for developing countries. The Plan includes a commitment to increase delivery to an average of 35 pct of total World Bank Group financing for climate over the duration of the Plan. At least 50 pct of International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank for Reconstruction and Developing (IBRD) climate finance will support adaptation.

  • Identifying and prioritizing opportunities for high-impact climate action to inform future World Bank Group climate engagements and investments. A new core diagnostic tool, the Country Climate and Development Report (CCDR), will help countries align climate action and development efforts and absorb new climate-related technologies as they emerge.

  • Boosting support to countries for implementing and updating their Nationally Determined Contributions and Long-Term Strategies pursuant to the Paris Agreement; and adjusting incentives by reducing subsidies for and increasing taxation of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Catalyzing and mobilizing private capital for climate action; stepped up efforts to develop carbon credit markets, green bonds and loan markets in countries; and support for global public goods in the poorest countries through IDA funds as well as other sources.

  • Prioritizing action in key systems -- energy, agriculture, food, water, land, cities. transport and manufacturing -- that must be transformed to address climate change, achieve a resilient and low-carbon future, and support the protection of natural capital and biodiversity. The Action Plan will place a strong emphasis on supporting a "just transition" out of coal.

  • Aligning all World Bank Group financing flows with the objectives of the Paris Agreement to support countries' climate commitments. The World Bank -- comprising of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and International Development Association (IDA) -- will align all new operations starting July 1, 2023. For the World Bank Group's private sector development arms, IFC and MIGA, 85 percent of Board approved real sector operations will be aligned starting July 1, 2023, and 100 percent of these operations starting July 1, 2025, two fiscal years later.

    The new Action Plan builds on the World Bank Group's achievements under its first Climate Change Action Plan which delivered over $83 billion in climate finance over five years, including a record $21.4 billion in 2020.

    Download Climate Action Plan details HERE. (Source: World Bank, PR 25 June, 2021) Contact: World Bank, Ferzina Banaji, (202) 372-5885, fbanaji@worldbankgroup.org, www.worldbank.org/climate, www.twitter.com/worldbank

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  • Clean Energy Fuels Unveils New Visual Identity (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp
    Date: 2021-06-23
    "The demand for low- and negative-carbon renewable fuel has increased as more companies look for solutions to address climate change. As the leading provider of renewable natural gas (RNG) for the transportation industry, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is now well-positioned to turn their customers' sustainability goals into reality.

    "At its annual shareholders meeting, Clean Energy introduced a new company logo, a cornerstone of an entirely new brand identity that aligns with its growing commitment to expand its renewable fuel solution. This includes investing in the development of RNG from dairies and other agricultural facilities both independently and with partners TotalEnergies and BP.

    "Currently, RNG represents 70 pct of the fuel sold at Clean Energy's nationwide network of stations, and the company is on a track to provide the fuel at all its stations by 2025, meeting one of its own sustainability goals." (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, Website PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew J. Littlefair, Pres., CEO, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

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    "One of the Most Ambitious (Climate Action Plans) in the Nation" Released (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-06-23
    In Maryland, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has released the county's Climate Action Plan that aims to reduce GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2027 and by 100 pct by 2035 compared to 2005 levels. The plan, which outlines 86 climate actions, is "one of the most ambitious climate plans in the nation for a local government", according to the release.

    The main elements of the Climate Action Plan include:

  • Reduce Emissions in the Energy, Buildings and Transportation sectors -- The plan recommends actions that include increasing the use of and investment in clean, reliable and affordable energy; implementing code requirements related to energy efficiency, solar installations and net-zero standards and building energy performance standards for existing buildings; expanding public transit service, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and a shared micro-mobility network; and supporting community-wide adoption of electric vehicles.

  • Center Racial Equity and Social Justice -- The plan considers the racial equity and social justice implications of each climate action through the identification of equity-enhancing measures. The plan also assesses impacts on communities most vulnerable to climate hazards.

  • Address Residual Emissions and Carbon Sequestration -- The plan identifies nature-based carbon sequestration actions including retaining, managing and expanding forests, wetlands, grasslands and urban tree canopy. It also seeks to increase carbon in soils through improved agricultural practices.

  • Reduce Climate Risk -- This will be achieved through actions that enhance the resilience of the community and infrastructure assets, including repairing and upgrading stormwater drainage and management systems; updating green streetscape and green infrastructure standards; hardening emergency shelters and installing resilience hubs; and updating floodplain maps.

  • Identify Ways to Pay for Climate Action -- Implementing the actions in the plan calls for commitment from the public and private sectors while leveraging local, State and Federal government resources. It will be critical to mitigate the cost impacts to low-and moderate-income residents in particular to ensure that the most vulnerable residents are not adversely impacted.

  • Enhance Climate Governance -- This will be accomplished through actions that institutionalize climate change considerations within Montgomery County Government processes and decision making; measure and report on progress; and foster creativity, collaboration and innovation to implement climate solutions.

  • Engage the Community as Partners in Climate Action -- Residents will be involved in the implementation of the plan through a climate communications coalition; a Community Justice Academy in which community ambassadors work with neighbors and the County to co-create community-based solutions; and enhanced partnerships with municipalities. The plan increases opportunities for climate change education in the public school system and calls for a statewide coalition of local governments and youth groups focused on advancing ambitious State climate policy.

    Download the plan details HERE. (Source: Montgomery County, PR June, 2021) Contact: Montgomery County Maryland, Marc Elrich, Climate Action Plan, County Executive , www.montgomerycountymd.gov

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  • NASA Study Finds SAF Reduces Jet Contrails, Fights Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    NASA
    Date: 2021-06-21
    According to a new study from the NASA Langley Research Center Airborne Science Program, aircraft using cleaner-burning sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) can produce between 50 pct and 70 pct fewer ice crystal contrails at cruising altitude than those using conventional aviation jet fuels.

    Contrails produce increases in temperature, further leading to climate change over time. Richard Moore, NASA's scientists, says that researchers know contrail formation from jet exhaust has more impact on climate than carbon dioxide emissions. The new study shows that a chance to use SAF that can help make immediate changes that could help save the planet.

    Download the NASA-DLR Study Finds Sustainable Aviation Fuel Can Reduce Contrails study HERE. (Source: NASA, June, 2021) Contact: NASA, Richard Moore, (757) 864-6043, Mobile -- (757) 759-1951, www.airbornescience.nasa.gov/person/Richard_Moore

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    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

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    New Mexico Climate Change Map Released (Ind. Report, Map Attached)
    New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
    Date: 2021-06-18
    In Santa Fe, the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (ECMD), in collaboration with the University of New Mexico's Earth Data Analysis Center, is reporting the release of a state Climate Change Map to help New Mexicans see how climate change can impact heat, precipitation, wildfires, flooding and how socioeconomic factors can contribute to the overall climate risk of an area.

    The heat category of the map includes past temperature data as well as projections for the future. According to the map, the greatest increase in temperatures will occur in the northern part of the state, which could see an approximately 3 pct increase in average temperatures between now and 2050. Temperatures will continue increasing after 2050, with the greatest change projected to occur between 2070 and 2099 when the northern part of the state could see a more than 8 pct increase in temperatures.

    Access the New Mexico Climate Change Map HERE. (Source: ECMD, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: ECMD , Louise Martinez , Dir., 505-476-3200 www.emnrd.state.nm.us; University of New Mexico’s Earth Data Analysis Center, 505-277-3622, www.edac.unm.edu

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

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

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    Prime Capital Nordic Wind Fund Tops €342Mn (Int'l.)
    Prime Capital
    Date: 2021-06-16
    Australian mortgage lender Prime Capital reports its Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund (PGEIF) focused on late development stage Nordic wind energy assets has reached total commitments of €342 million.

    The fund is the first infrastructure equity fund that received a Second Party Opinion from Sustainalytics, a provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, ratings and analysis. Prime Capital "identifies and secures attractive opportunities at an early stage, optimizing all technical and commercial aspects of the projects, including financing and power purchase agreements," according to the company.

    According to Sustainalytics, the fund aligns with its principles for green and responsible investments and "creates significant positive impact" with respect to the EU's climate change mitigation target. (Source: Prime Capital, PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact:Prime Capital, Mathias Bimberg, 1300 766 075, info@primecapital.com, www.primecapital.com, www. primecapital-ag.com/product/prime-green-energy-infrastructure-fund-s-a/?lang=en

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    Blue Carbon, Climate Change Mitigation Study Launched (Int'l.)
    Ireland Marine Institute
    Date: 2021-06-16
    The of Government of Ireland has tasked the Marine Institute -- the State agency responsible for marine research and innovation -- to undertake collaborative research aimed at investigating the climate-change mitigation potential of blue carbon and working towards creating an inventory that will assist the EU in meeting Ireland's climate-change objectives. Funding of up to €1.6 million has been earmarked for the project to run from 2021 to 2026.

    The absorption and storage of atmospheric CO2 in the world's oceans and coastal regions has been identified as one of the ways in which marine ecosystems can reduce the impacts of climate change.

    Launched in June 2020, Ireland's Programme for Government recognized the "the enormous blue carbon potential that the ocean has to offer in tackling climate change."

    In order to prepare the ground for such a large-scale research programme, the Marine Institute commissioned Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration in Irish Waters and Coastal Habitats, a synthesis report to review existing knowledge on blue carbon habitats and their role as carbon sinks in Ireland. Download the report HERE. (Source: Marine Institute, PR, Afloat.ie, June, 2021) Contact: Marine Institute, www.oar.marine.ie

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    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

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

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

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

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    Carbon Emissions Notable Quote
    NOAA
    Date: 2021-06-09
    "We are adding roughly 40 billion metric tons of CO2 pollution to the atmosphere per year.

    "That is a mountain of carbon that we dig up out of the Earth, burn, and release into the atmosphere as CO2 -- year after year. If we want to avoid catastrophic climate change, the highest priority must be to reduce CO2 pollution to zero at the earliest possible date." -- Pieter Tans, NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory, June, 2021, www.moaa.gov

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    WMO Says Chance of Earth Exceeding COP21 Climate Goals (Int'l.)
    World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2021-06-07
    According to the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) recently released Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update there is roughly 40 pct chance annual average global temperatures will temporarily exceed the 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels Paris COP21 Agreement goal. This probability is thought to have doubled compared to last year's predictions, due in part to the use of an improved temperature dataset offering accurate baseline predictions.

    The WMO also suggests a 90 pct chance that at least one year between 2021 and 2025 will eclipse the current standings for the warmest year on record, currently measured in 2016.

    Download the Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update HERE. (Source: WMO, PR, June, 2021) Contact: WMO, Clare Nullis, Media,, +41 79 709 13 97, cnullis@wmo.int, www.wmo.int

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    Notable Quotes from Texas Republican Senators Cornyn, Cruz
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-06-07
    "It's pure fantasy. This is part of the cult, or religion, of renewable energy. This is just the Green New Deal wearing other clothes." -- Sen. John Cornyn, (R-Tex.), 3 June, 2021

    "Climate change isn't science, it's religion. Look at the language, where they call you a denier. Denier is not the language of science," fellow Texas republican Senator Ted Cruz agreed.

    According to website, Cornyn's position on energy and climate change is to encourage conservation while "increasing the responsible production of our domestic sources of fossil fuels and exploring alternative sources to make our nation more energy-secure." (Source: Various Media, 6 June, 2021) Contact: Sen. John Cornyn, www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact; Sen. Ted Cruz, www.cruz.senate.gov

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    Carbon Terminology Refresher (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Emissions, Climate Change
    Date: 2021-06-06
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    SCE Added 1,360 MW of Energy Storage in 2020 (Ind. Report)
    Edison International, Southern California Edison,
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In the Golden State, Edison International's just released 2020 Sustainability Report notes its subsidiary Southern California Edison (SCE) added 1,360 MW of new energy storage in 2020 through its Charge Ready Program. The report also notes that SCE operated the lowest system average rate among California's investor-owned utilities in 2020.

    The Edison International report also noted will continue work to finance or refinance projects in four environmental categories: renewable energy, clean transportation, energy efficiency/carbon reduction, or climate change adaptation. (Source: Edison International, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Edison International, Southern California Edison, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement and Management, www.sce.com

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    Biden Budget Proposes $36Bn for Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
    Biden
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In Washington on Friday 27 May, US president Joe Biden released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 calling for more than $36 billion to fight climate change -- $14 billion more than the 2021 figure.

    The budget proposes $4 billion for climate change research and $7 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as a $2 billion investment aimed "putting welders, electricians, and other skilled laborers to work building clean energy projects." The budget also earmarks $6.5 billion in loans for clean energy, energy storage and transmission projects in rural communities.

    The funding would include $10 billion or more, a up roughly 30 pct from 2021, for clean energy innovation across non-defense agencies. (Source: The White House, PR, 27 May, 2021)

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    Biden Climate Change Budget Supports Clean Energy (Ind. Report)
    Biden, Climate Change
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In Washington on Friday 27 May, US president Joe Biden released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 calling for more than $36 billion to fight climate change, $14 billion more than the 2021 figure.

    The budget proposes $4 billion for climate change research and $7 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The budget also earmarks $6.5 billion in loans for clean energy, energy storage and transmission projects in rural communities with $2 billion earmarked for "putting welders, electricians, and other skilled laborers to work building clean energy projects." The funding would also include $10 billion or more, up roughly 30 pct from 2021, for clean energy innovation across non-defense agencies. (Source: The White House, PR, 27 May, 2021)

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    No Holds Barred Climate Change Notable Quote

    Date: 2021-05-28
    "We've got ten years left on climate (change). We need to get this sh*t right.

    "It's nice to get Wall Street and Silicon Valley on board with a vision of building a better planet, but I'm not doing this for the money. I'm doing it because -- in my heart of hearts -- we're totally f***ed if we don't stop climate change." -- Donnel Baird, CEO, BlocPower, Feb., 2021, www.blocpower.io

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    Shell Ordered to Slash Emissions 45 pct by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-05-28
    At the Hague, in what must certainly be a landmark ruling, a Dutch court has ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its emissions 45 pct by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. In its ruling, the Court found the oil giant's current climate strategy was "not concrete enough and full of caveats," and that the oil major has a legal obligation to reduce its emissions in line with international climate goals -- the Paris Climate accord and reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

    Seven environmental groups argued that Shell is violating its international climate obligations and threatening the lives of these citizens by continuing to invest billions every year in expanding its oil and gas production. Shell's net-zero strategy allows for oil and methane gas production to expand until 2025.

    Shell as quick to respond that it "fully expects to appeal today's disappointing court decision" and that "urgent action is needed on climate change which is why we have accelerated our efforts to become a net-zero emissions energy company by 2050, in step with society, with short-term targets to track our progress." (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, Various Media Reports, 26 May, 2021)

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    Climate-Smart Agriculture, Forestry Strategy (Report Attached)
    USDA
    Date: 2021-05-26
    In Washingto on January 27, 2021, Pres, Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, directing all Federal agencies to coordinate in a Government-wide approach to combat the climate crisis.

    In compliance with the Order and recognizing the role agriculture and forestry will play in climate change mitigation and resilience, the USDA submitted the agency's recommendations for a climate-smart agriculture and forestry (CSAF) strategy covering CSAF practices that decrease wildfire risk fueled by climate change, CSAF as a source sustainable bioproducts and fuels, and conservation actions that provide measurable carbon reductions and sequestration.

    The USDA report notes: "The adoption of on-farm biogas capture technologies and the production of biobased products can provide producers with new income streams while also reducing GHG emissions and improving water quality. Opportunities to generate income from these technologies include the generation of renewable electricity and the production of biobased products from manure, renewable natural gas (RNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). USDA should support producers as they enter these new markets and consider innovative finance mechanisms to provide upfront capital for biogas technologies and encourage the connection of multiple small operations to provide economical renewable energy production."

    Download the USDA Climate-Smart Agriculture, Forestry Strategy; 90 Day Progress Report HERE. (Source: USDA, May, 2021) Contact: USDA, www.usda.gov

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    Madrid Passes Major Fossil Fuels, Climate Legislation (Int'l.)
    Spain Climate Change
    Date: 2021-05-26
    In Madrid, the Spanish parliament has passed climate legislation that commits the country to cut emissions 23 pct by 2030, compared with 1990 levels.

    The legislation requires all companies in Spain to establish a clear climate action plan with emissions reduction targets that must be achieved over a period of five years. The law also immediately bans all new coal, gas and oil exploration and production permits, prohibits the sale of fossil fuel vehicles by 2040, aims to generate 74 pct of the country's electricity with renewable sources by 2030, and further ends Spanish fossil fuels production and fossil fuel subsidies by 31 December 2042. (Source: Various Media, Climate Change News, May, 2021)

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    $3.5 Mn Available to NY Climate Leadership Coordinators (Funding)
    NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
    Date: 2021-05-24
    In Albany, NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a new initiative designed to accelerate action on climate change by making $3.5 million available for contractors to provide technical assistance to municipalities working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. Selected contractors, called Climate Leadership Coordinators, will support climate action at the local level through outreach, education, planning, capacity-building, and assistance with project implementation.

    The State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking proposals for Climate Leadership Coordinators to serve as strategic planning agents to guide local governments in the development of successful local climate action programs. Using the State's Climate Smart Communities Certification program -- which recognizes municipalities for taking climate action by offering technical assistance, grants, and rebates for electric vehicles -- as a roadmap, the coordinators will provide technical support to communities to help reduce harmful emissions, build resilience to climate change, and thrive in the new green economy.

    The Climate Leadership Coordinators funding is part of New York State's multi-faceted Climate Smart Communities program, which is jointly sponsored by seven state agencies: DEC, NYSERDA, New York Power Authority, Department of State, Department of Health, Department of Transportation, and Department of Public Service. (Source: State of New York, PR, 21 May, 2021) Contact: NY Climate Smart Communities, www.climatesmart.ny.gov

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    Gas Company Climate Planning Tool Touted (Ind. Report)
    Environmental Defense Fund
    Date: 2021-05-24
    On behalf ofthe Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and through its development of a framework to estimate life cycle emissions of delivered natural gas, Washington, D.C.-based environmental consulting firm M.J. Bradley & Associates has developed the Gas Company Climate Planning Tool to help natural gas utilities and other stakeholders quantify the impacts of alternative supply- and demand-side scenarios.

    This Excel-based tool can provide analytical support to users by evaluating: company-specific life cycle GHG emissions associated with delivered gas; GHG emissions across business-as-usual (BAU) and user-defined scenarios; and impacts and changes in emissions, social cost of carbon savings, and gas demand resulting from gas company upgrades and application of supply- and demand-side strategies.

    The tool is pre-populated with data publicly reported by U.S. natural gas utilities and allows users to define analysis parameters and apply custom scenarios. Results are updated in real-time as inputs, assumptions, and strategies are changed.

    Download Gas Company Climate Planning Tool details HERE. (Source: M.J. Bradley & Assoc., PR, May, 2021) Contact: M.J. Bradley & Assoc., Brian Jones, Snr. VP, 978-405-1275, bjones@mjbradley.com, www.mjbradley.com; Environmental Defense Fund, www.edf.org

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    Vermont Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Forecast: 1990 -- 2017 (Report Attached)
    Vermong GHG
    Date: 2021-05-21
    "The concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the earth's atmosphere are increasing due to human caused emissions. Understanding Vermont's contribution to this global problem and the sources and sectors which are responsible for these emissions is a critical first step in mitigating climate change. The goal of this inventory is to provide that understanding of emissions for Vermont in a way that is consistent with other jurisdictions to enable the tracking of emissions levels through time and to help inform decisions on future mitigation pathways.

    "The Forecast tracks changes in emissions through time to determine progress toward the state's GHG reductions under the Global Warming Solutions Act's mandatory reductions of 26 pct below 2005 levels by 2025, 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030, and 80 below 1990 levels by 2050.

    Download the Vermont Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Forecast: 1990 – 2017 report HERE. (Source: Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation, May, 2021) Contact: Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation, www.dec.vermont.gov

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    How U.S. Agriculture Can Be Part of the Climate Change Solution (Report Attached)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-05-21
    Farmers are among the most-qualified people to help address greenhouse gases (GHGs) and related climate issues, according to How U.S. Agriculture Can Be Part of the Climate Change Solution, a new report commissioned by the Farm Journal Foundation.

    While U.S. agriculture contributes about 10 pct of the total greenhouse gas emissions of the entire national economy, farmers could greatly reduce those emissions if they were provided with the right government incentives, according to the report. Expanding existing government programs could enable farmers to become more sustainable – helping them improve their soil health, increase livestock efficiency, convert animal waste into clean energy, and decrease reliance on fossil fuels. Farm businesses run on tight margins and are affected by volatile commodity markets, so farmers need incentives – such as tax breaks, cost share, technical assistance, or favorable loan terms – in order for sustainable investments to make financial sense.

    The report makes the following recommendations: increase funding for federal programs that help farmers reduce GHG emissions; increase funding for agricultural research that helps farmers adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change; reintroduce and pass the Growing Climate Solutions Act; and make it more affordable for farmers to adopt more radical -- and highly impactful --interventions to improve their energy efficiency.

    Download the full report HERE.

    The report was co-authored by John Reilly of MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and Stephanie Mercier, senior policy adviser at Farm Journal Foundation. (Source: Farm Journal, May, 2021) Contact: Farm Journal Foundation, www.farmjournalfoundation.org

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    Net Zero by 2050 -- A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector (IEA Report Attached)
    IEA
    Date: 2021-05-19
    "The number of countries announcing pledges to achieve net-zero emissions over the coming decades continues to grow. But the pledges by governments to date -- even if fully achieved -- fall well short of what is required to bring global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050 and give the world an even chance of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degree C.

    "This report is the world's first comprehensive study of how to transition to a net zero energy system by 2050 while ensuring stable and affordable energy supplies, providing universal energy access and enabling robust economic growth. It sets out a cost-effective and economically productive pathway, resulting in a clean, dynamic and resilient energy economy dominated by renewables like solar and wind instead of fossil fuels. The report also examines key uncertainties, such as the roles of bioenergy, carbon capture and behavioural changes in reaching net zero."

    Download the IEA Net Zero by 2050 -- A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector report HERE. (Source: IEA, PR, May, 2021) Contact: IEA, www.iea.org

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    Calif. Budget Stresses Energy Storage, Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    California Climate Change
    Date: 2021-05-17
    In Sacramento, Governor Gavin Newsom's (D) just tabled revision to the California budget included $912 million to accelerate progress on climate change mitigation through the energy sector. Newsom's 2021-2022 May Revision to the Governor's Budget was published late last week.

    The proposed funding includes: $350 million of support for pre-commercial long-duration energy storage projects and a $250 million industrial energy efficiency General Fund.

    The budget also includes: a $35 million General Fund to support the state's policy goals like achieving 100 pct renewable electricity for retail customers by 2045; a $125 million food production facility fund to reduce energy use; and additional $20 million to foster the offshore wind sector; $3.2 billion to support zero emissions vehicles ; and $110 million to accelerate production of green hydrogen to reduce the Golden State's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom, 14 May, 2021) Contact: Office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom , Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Snr. Climate Advisor, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3160 - fax., www.gov.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Gavin Newsom,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


    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

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    Newsom Supports Climate Change Mitigation Through Energy Sector (Ind. Report)
    California Climate Change
    Date: 2021-05-17
    In Sacramento, Governor Gavin Newsom's (D) just tabled revision to the California budget included $912 million to accelerate progress on climate change mitigation through the energy sector. Newsom's 2021-2022 May Revision to the Governor's Budget was published late last week.

    The proposed funding includes: $350 million of support for pre-commercial long-duration storage projects; a $35 million General Fund to support the state's policy goals like achieving 100 pct renewable electricity for retail customers by 2045; a $250 million industrial energy efficiency General Fund; a $125 million food production facility fund to reduce energy use; and additional $20 million to foster the offshore wind sector; $3.2 billion to support zero emissions vehicles ; and $110 million to accelerate production of green hydrogen to reduce the Golden State's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom, 14 May, 2021) Contact: Office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom , Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Snr. Climate Advisor, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3160 - fax., www.gov.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Gavin Newsom,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  

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