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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,  


Growth Energy Calls for Congressional Biofuel Support (Ind. Report)
Growth Energy
Date: 2021-07-23
Growth Energy has launched a new online digital ad campaign urging President Biden and leaders in Congress to stop oil industry handouts and uphold their commitments to reduce carbon emissions, support low carbon biofuels and strong Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

According to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, "It's time for leaders in Washington to make good on their commitments to clean, renewable energy and put a stop to Big Oil's efforts to restore its monopoly over the US fuel mix. The evidence is clear. Congress and the administration cannot decarbonise transportation without a growing role for low-carbon biofuels, which are vital to our climate, working families, and the economy. The last thing we can afford are more handouts to the oil industry. Policymakers must act swiftly to ensure uninterrupted, year-round access to E15 and set ambitious biofuel blending levels, including a statutory minimum of 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel, under annual targets." (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Renewable Fuels,  


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 ,  


Shell, Aker Ink Norwegian Blue-Hydrogen MoU (Int'l. Report)
Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen
Date: 2021-07-21
Royal Dutch Shell plc is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lysaker, Norway-based Aker Clean Hydrogen and CapeOmega to explore the development of a large-scale blue hydrogen at Aukra on the west coast of Norway.

The facility will use the steam methane reforming method to break natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide which will be captured and stored permanently. Notably, hydrogen is considered clean when produced from natural gas.

The facility, which is expected to become a major supplier of alternative fuels for the marine shipping industry, fits with the Norwegian government's strategy to develop hydrogen and create long-term value from the country's energy resources.

"Hydrogen will play a vital role to accelerate decarbonisation. It has the potential to close as much as 50 percent of the gap in CO2 emissions required to achieve the 2-degree scenario, by replacing fossil feed-stock and fuel through clean hydrogen and ammonia production and thus reducing the carbon footprint of industrial companies and in the shipping sector", according to the Aker Clean Hysdrogen website.

Shell aims to become a net-zero emission business by 2050. (Source: Aker Clean Hydeogen, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen, post@akercleanhydrogen.com,www.akercleanhydrogen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  Aker Clean Hydrogen,  Blue Hydrogen,  Hydrogen,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy,  Tree Planting,  Carbon Emissions,  


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,  


Nicor's Illinois RNG Pilot Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
Nicor Gas
Date: 2021-07-21
Naperville, Illinois-headquartered Nicor Gas is reporting it Renewable Gas Interconnection Pilot has been approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), paving the way for new renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities to be interconnected.

With the project, Nicor Gas hopes to determine how RNG could be efficiently integrated into its natural gas distribution system at large and fill out its offerings with cleaner, reliable fuel.

The project will be promoted with an investment cap of $16 million, setting a tariff for the distribution system to interconnect renewable fuel production systems, theoretically allowing Nicor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its distribution system and create economic benefits for the region, including $78 million in total economic output over a project's 20-year lifespan -- the amount predicted for a single RNG project -- according to the release. (Source: Nicor Gas, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Nicor Gas, John Hudson III, Pres., CEO, www.nicorgas.com

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IATA Stresses Need for SAF Incentives (Opinions & Asides)
IATA
Date: 2021-07-21
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the reliance on taxation as the solution for cutting aviation emissions as outlined in the just released EU 'Fit for 55' proposal is "counter-productive to the goal of sustainable aviation." According the IATA, EU policy needs to support practical emission reduction measures such as incentives for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and air traffic management modernization.

To achieve aviation decarbonisation IATA pledges to promote the use of SAF which reduce emissions by up to 80 pct compared to traditional jet fuel. IATA noted insufficient supply and high prices have limited airline uptake to only 120 million litres in 2021. (Source: IATA, PR, 20 July, 2021) Contact: IATA, Willie Walsh, Dir. Gen. www.iata.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  IATA,  


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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Doe Funding Fossil-Based Hydrogen Prod., CCS R&D (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2021-07-19
The U.S. DOE reports the selection of 12 projects to receive approximately $16.5 million in cost-sharing, federal funding aimed at "recalibrating the nation's vast fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production." The selected projects will develop technologies for the production, transport, storage and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress toward net-zero carbon emissions.

Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize new and advanced technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen to enable the U.S. to extract the maximum economic value from fossil fuel energy resources. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS) capabilities, low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects, which fall under the following areas: Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) Technology Development for Hydrogen Production; Advanced CCUS Systems from Steam Methane Reforming Plants; Advanced CCUS Systems from Autothermal Methane Reforming Plants; and Hydrogen Combustion Systems for Gas Turbines.

The DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management funds R&D projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of fossil resources. (Source: NETL, DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, PR July, 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Hydrogen,  Fossil Fuel,  Carbon Emissions,  


Capstone Supplies Hydrogen Microturbines for Austrian Project (Int'l)
Capstone Green Energy Corporation
Date: 2021-07-19
Van Nuys, California-headquartered Capstone Green Energy Corporation -- fka Capstone Turbine Corp. -- reports it will supply two C65 microturbines to Austria-based Innovametall Stahl- und Metallbau for use in an ultra-low emissions Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system -- the first hydrogen-fueled microturbine system in Europe.

The system will initially run on 10 pct hydrogen blended with natural gas, with the amount of hydrogen expected to increase as Capstone approves higher blend levels in the future. The microturbine system is expected to be commissioned in October, this year.

Capstone provides customized microgrid solutions and on-site energy technology systems focused on helping customers around the globe meet their environmental, energy savings, and resiliency goals. Through its Energy as a Service (EaaS) business, Capstone offers rental solutions utilizing its microturbine energy systems and battery storage systems and comprehensive service contracts that guarantee life-cycle costs. (Source: Capstone Green Energy, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Capstone Green Energy, www.CapstoneGreenEnergy.com

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Generate Raises $2Bn for Sustainable Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
Generate Capital
Date: 2021-07-19
In the Golden State, San Francisco-based sustainable infrastructure specialist Generate Capital reports it has raised $2 billion in corporate equity to accelerate the deployment of sustainable infrastructure.

Generate builds, owns, operates and finances sustainable infrastructure that delivers affordable and reliable resource solutions for companies, governments and communities. Over the last seven years, Generate has built a portfolio of about $2 billion in sustainable infrastructure assets across the energy, waste, water and transport markets, deploying proven solutions that can have an immediate impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving resource efficiency.

Generate offers sustainability project developers and technology companies a comprehensive and flexible range of financial and operational solutions, establishing itself as the only "one-stop-shop" for sustainable infrastructure pioneers. The asset base the company owns, operates and finances includes renewable power, community solar, energy efficiency, microgrids, energy storage, electric mobility, hydrogen, wastewater, and waste management. (Source: Generate Capital, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Generate Capital, Scott Jacobs, CEO, (415) 480-2914, www.generatecapital.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency Sustainability.Microgrid,  


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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  • British Columbia Enables RNG, Hydrogen Investment (Ind. Report)
    Province of British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-16
    In Victoria, the Canadian Province of British Columbia is reporting amendments to its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation (GGRR) to encourage and increase the production and use of renewable nature gas (RNG) as well as green and waste hydrogen while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

    The amendments support the Province's upcoming hydrogen strategy, which will include ambitious goals to increase the production and use of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen to help achieve climate targets under CleanBC.

    The GGRR allows utilities like FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) and Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. to make time-limited investments, within spending and volumetric caps, to stimulate the domestic market for renewable gases and reduce GHG emissions. It also allows utilities to increase the amount of RNG, green and waste hydrogen, and other renewable energy they can acquire and make available to their customers by:

  • increasing the amount of renewable gas utilities can acquire and supply from 5 to 15 pct of their total annual supply of natural gas;

  • broadening the methods by which utilities can obtain hydrogen, RNG and other renewable gases to include producing it or upgrading it themselves for injection into the pipeline, paying a third party to produce it or upgrade it for pipeline injection, or purchasing hydrogen, synthesis gas or lignin to displace the use of natural gas at customers' facilities;

  • allowing the current price cap of $30 per gigajoule that utilities can pay to acquire any of these fuels to increase with inflation; and

  • enabling utilities to acquire and supply green and waste hydrogen, synthesis gas and lignin.

    The changes to the GGRR will help to achieve CleanBC objectives, which commit to a 15 pct renewable gas content in the natural gas system by 2030.

    Download the B.C. Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Clean Energy) Regulation, HERE. (Source: Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, PR, July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Province of British Columbia news,  RNG news,  Hydrogen news,  GHG news,  


  • Alt Fuels, Bioenergy, SAF Key in EU Fit for 55 (Int'l. Report)
    European Green Deal
    Date: 2021-07-16
    On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (ED) adopted 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.

    The EU Forest Strategy supports 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. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and EU Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

    The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon 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.

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fit for 55,  Bioeconomy,  European Green Deal,  SAF,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  GHG,  


    "Fit for 55" Calls for Energy Use Cuts, Increased Efficiency (Int'l.)
    European Green Deal
    Date: 2021-07-16
    On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (EC) adopted 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 the Fit for 55 proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform the EU economy and society.

    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 and 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, bring down energy use and costs.

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Green Deal,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  GHG,  


    NC Acts to Cut Power Plant Emissions (Ind. Report)
    North Carolina Environmental Management Commission
    Date: 2021-07-16
    Further to our 21 June coverage, in Raleigh, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission reports its will develop rules governing power plant pollution and emissions in an effort to reduce carbon emissions by 70 pct of 2005 levels by 2030 .

    The directive also prepares North Carolina for joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. It’s a cap-and-trade program for power plant emissions in 11 mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. (Source: North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, Website, PR, AP, 14 July, 2021) Contact: North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, 877-623-6748, deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/water-resources-commissions/environmental-management-commission; RGGI, www.rggi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Carbon Emissions,  


    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

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    Updated Bioheat® Mandates Demonstrate Value of Biodiesel (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2021-07-16
    The National Biodiesel Board reports Governors from Connecticut and Rhode Island signed graduated approaches to tackling carbon emissions into law this week through mandates requiring increased use of biomass-based heating oil (Bioheat®) over the next decade. A similar bill in New York awaits Governor Cuomo's signature, highlighting the growing momentum Bioheat fuel is experiencing in the region.

    Each of the mandates differ slightly. Yet, each result in elevated blend levels of Bioheat® fuel, including two of the mandates reaching B50 (50 pct biodiesel, 50 pct petroleum diesel): Connecticut's mandate requires B5 by 2022, B10 by 2025, B15 by 2030, B20 by 2034 and B50 by 2035. The Rhode Island mandate expands the B5 mandate to B10 by 2023, B20 by 2025 and B50 by 2030. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: NBB, Floyd Vergara, Gov. Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  Bioheat,  Biodiesel,  


    Renewable Energy Key in EU "Fit for 55" Green Deal (Int'l. Report)
    European Green Deal
    Date: 2021-07-16
    On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (EC) adopted 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 (Fit for 55)by 2030, 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 the proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform the EU economy and society for a fair, green and prosperous future.

    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 EU energy from renewable sources by 2030. All EU Member States will contribute to this goal, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry.

    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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    Equinor, SSE Tout Humber Hydrogen Storage JV (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor, SSE
    Date: 2021-07-15
    Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility could be switched to low carbon fuel as duo forge first end-to-end plans in race to Net-Zero emissions. Energy majors and Humber hydrogen partners SSE Thermal and Equinor are developing plans for one of the world’s largest storage sites for the fuel of the future. The two companies co-own Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility, where nine underground salt caverns - each the size of St Paul’s Cathedral - sit below coastal East Yorkshire agricultural land. Commissioned in 2011, at a cost of £290 million, an upgrade could involve conversion of existing caverns or the creation of new ones. Both SSE and Equinor are behind plans for a hydrogen-fuelled power station at Keadby, south of the Humber, with Equinor developing a hydrogen production plant, H2H Saltend on the North Bank. The partnership marks the UK’s first end-to-end hydrogen proposal, connecting production, storage and demand projects. With an initial expected capacity of at least 320GWh, Aldbrough Hydrogen Storage would be significantly larger than any hydrogen storage facility in operation in the world today. (Sopure: Equinor, PR, BusinessLIve, 15 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor news,   SSE news,  CCS news,  Hydrogen news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  


    DOE Addresses Homes, Bldgs. Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    DOE Better Building Initiative
    Date: 2021-07-14
    In Washington, the Secretary of Energy has announced sweeping actions to power more American homes and buildings with cleaner, smarter, and more affordable energy services that sharply reduce the buildings sector's energy consumption and contributions to the climate crisis.

    Residential and commercial buildings account for more than one-third of the climate-altering carbon pollution America releases each year, use about 40 pct of the nation's energy and waste more than $100 billion annually due to energy inefficiency, according to the DOE. To address energy waste and inefficiency the DOE Better Building Initiative "whole-building" solution calls for the following:

  • Investing in Buildings' Workforce of the Future -- New investments of up to $30 million for the American workforce will expand DOE's support for organizations -- including unions, trade associations, and educational institutions -- that train and support career pathways for a diverse, qualified, and well-paid workforce that enables high-performance buildings.

  • Advancing Efficiency in Heating and Cooling Systems -- A new national initiative focused on clean and efficient heating and cooling systems in buildings called the Initiative for Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity (E3) will advance the research, development, and deployment of clean heating and cooling systems like heat pumps, advanced water heaters, low-to-no global warming potential refrigerants, and smarter HVAC diagnostic tools.

  • Driving Adoption of Smart Building Technologies -- A National Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings will chart a path to triple the energy efficiency and demand flexibility of U.S. buildings within the decade -- worth $100 to $200 billion in energy cost savings -- by implementing 14 practical recommendations that accelerate the ability of buildings to both reduce and change the timing of energy use through smart building operations sensitive to broader grid dynamics.

  • Collaborating with Industry to Decarbonize Buildings -- The Better Buildings Low Carbon Pilot, a project of the Better Buildings Initiative, will work with commercial, industrial, and multifamily organizations to set commitments and share pathways to low and no carbon emission buildings.

  • Opening Up Windows for Collaboration -- The Partnership for Advanced Window Solutions (PAWS) will accelerate the national availability and adoption of advanced and highly efficient windows and window attachments that improve comfort and reduce building energy use.

    Started in 2011, the Better Buildings Initiative has partnered with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation's homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment upgrades and products and sharing successful best practices. Better Buildings partners represent more than 30 of the country's Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 U.S. employers, 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, and 13 pct of total commercial building space, as well as 17 federal agencies, 8 national laboratories, and more than 80 states and local governments. (Source: US DOE Building Technologies Office, PR, June, 2021) Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office, 202-586-9127, buildings@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Better Building Initiative,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Opal Fuels Announces RNG Fuel Supply Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Opal Fuels
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Opal Fuels LLC, a producer and distributor of renewable natural gas (RNG) for heavy-duty truck fleets, reports it has contracted with Contract Transport Services to sell 15 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) of RNG and construct a fueling station and related infrastructure at CTS's facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin. TruStar Energy, an Opal Fuels company, will manage the construction and operation of the station.

    CTS, which owns 103 CNG-powered trucks, has partnered with the U.S. EPA as a SmartWay affiliate to help reduce GHG emissions and improve fuel efficiency. As a result of its sustainability efforts, CTS won Wisconsin Clean Cities' 2019 Forward Fleet Award and was named a Top Green Fleet of 2019 by Heavy Duty Trucking. (Source: Opal Fuels LLC, PR July, 2021) Contact: Opal Fuels, www.opalfuels.com

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    LevelTen, World Kinect Help Source Renewable Energy, Reach Carbon Targets (Ind. Report)
    LevelTen, World Kinect
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Seattle-headquartered LevelTen Energy and energy management specialist World Kinect Energy Services are reporting a partnership that enables World Kinect to source PPAs for its clients through the LevelTen Energy Marketplace, the world's largest PPA marketplace.

    World Kinect can select the best PPAs for its clients from over 1,300 projects spanning 21 countries in North America and Europe. World Kinect can also request custom PPA proposals from over 470 project developers using LevelTen's RFP Automation Tool. In addition, the firm and its clients can leverage LevelTen's comprehensive suite of CFO-Ready™ analytics to select a PPA that best matches their energy usage, budget, timeline, location, risk tolerance, and more.

    World Kinect Energy Services also helps customers worldwide manage their exposure to climate and energy-related risk and develop and implement carbon reduction and renewable energy strategies, including commercial hydro, wind, and solar services. (Source: LevelTen Energy, PR, July, 2021) Contact: LevelTen Energy, (206) 531-0439, info@leveltenenergy.com, www.leveltenenergy.com; World Kinect Energy Services, www. world-kinect.com

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    EEX Launches Maritime Zero Carbon Freight Index (Int'l. Report)
    European Energy Exchange
    Date: 2021-07-14
    The European Energy Exchange (EEX) reports the launch of its new Zero Carbon Freight Index (ZCFI) that enables players in the Dry Freight market to see how the cost of carbon emissions could affect freight prices.

    The new Index calculates the synthetic price of daily FFA time charter rates for both Capesize and Panamax vessels, which are adjusted for the cost of carbon. Price information is taken from the highly liquid EEX Dry Freight FFA market is then combined with EEX EUA Futures to create a daily "Zero Carbon FFA" rate which reflects a 100 pct carbon reduction. (Source: European Energy Exchange, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: EEX, Steffen Koehler, COO, www.eex.com

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    Pennsylvania Moving Closer to RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
    RGGI
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Following up on our February 17 coverage, in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board reports it voted 15-4 to adopt the final regulation that would have the Keystone State join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-trade program that targets power sector carbon dioxide emissions. The rule now goes to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the Attorney General's Office for final review before publication.

    Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed an executive order starting the RGGI process in October 2019, as part of his overall climate goals of reducing state greenhouse gas emissions 26 pct by 2025 and 80 pct by 2050, compared to 2005 levels. The Pennsylvania DEP estimates RGGI participation will prevent between 97-227 million tons of carbon emissions between 2022 and 2030, depending on factors such as energy demand. Pennsylvania is among the country's top five carbon emitting states.

    Under RGGI, power plants with a generation capacity of at least 25 MW and that send 10 pct or more of their power to the grid must purchase allowances for each ton of CO2 they emit. RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. (Source: Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board, Allegheny Front, 14 July, 2021) Contact: RGGI, www.rggi.org

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    EU ETS Adding Maritime Emitters to Meet Climate Goals (Int'l.)
    EU ETS
    Date: 2021-07-14
    The European Union reports its Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) will soon include maritime emissions. The EU ETS, which forces major EU emitters to pay for each tonne of carbon dioxide they generate, is the keystone of an EU drive to cut net greenhouse gas emissions by 55 pct from 1990 levels by 2030.

    Manufacturers, power firms and airlines operating flights inside Europe are already covered by the scheme but, under the EU's recently released plan, maritime shipping would be phased into the ETS over a three-year period. Emissions from sea voyages within the EU, plus 50 pct of ships' emissions from international voyages starting or ending in the EU, would fall under the existing ETS, plus emissions that occur when ships are at berth in EU ports, will be included. (Source: European Commission, 14 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS news,  Maritime Emissions news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Ont. Increasing Opportunity for On-Farm RNG Prod. (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs,
    Date: 2021-07-12
    In Guelph, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs reports it is changing its biogas regulations to create new ways for farmers to expand the emerging biogas and renewable natural gas (RNG) market in the province and creating economic opportunities while maintaining the province's strict environmental protections.

    The revised regulation will enable new on-farm biogas systems and expansion of existing systems to be more easily approved and at a lower cost, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting waste from the landfill through increased maximum allowable limits and new types of off-farm anaerobic digestion materials and by encouraging production of renewable natural gas (RNG).

    According to the release, "changes to regulations under the Nutrient Management Act will create more opportunities for farmers to treat on-farm materials as well as other types of off-farm food and organic waste materials in on-farm regulated mixed anaerobic digestion facilities. This will enable an increase in on-farm production of biogas to generate renewable natural gas and will provide Ontario farmers with a new source of on-farm income. There are approximately 40 agri-food anaerobic digesters in the provinces $35 million-a-year biogas sector."

    General Regulation O. Reg. 267/03 under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002 establishes requirements for regulated mixed anaerobic digestion facilities. It is jointly administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. OMAFRA is responsible for approvals, training and certification. MECP is responsible for inspection and enforcement to ensure compliance. (Source: Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 5 July, 2021) Contact: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, 519-826-3100, www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-agriculture-food-and-rural-affairs

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  anaerobic digestion,  


    Nova Scotia Seeks Renewable Energy Production Boost (Ind. Report)
    Nova Scotia
    Date: 2021-07-12
    In Atlantic Canada, the government of Nova Scotia reports it will be issuing a request for proposals (RfP) to find ways to supply another 10 pct -- 350 MW -- of the province's electricity from renewable energy, including wind and solar. The government wants 80 pct of the province's energy generation to come from renewable sources by 2030.

    If achieved, the additional renewable energy generation would reduce the province's greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1 million tpy, according to a news release. (Source: CBC News, 10 July, 2021)

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    B&W, NREL Ink Renewable Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Babcock & Wilcox
    Date: 2021-07-12
    Akron, Ohio-headquartered Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) and the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are reporting an Intellectual Property Option Agreement that gives B&W field-limited exclusive rights to negotiate a licensing agreement that would allow B&W to market an advanced, particle-based thermal energy storage technology currently in development.

    B&W is part of NREL's "Duration Addition to electricitY Storage" (DAYS) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) team, which is developing an innovative electric particle heater, pressurized fluidized-bed heat exchanger, a long-term thermal energy storage system that stores energy up to 100 hours, and other technologies to allow power producers to store solar or wind energy to generate grid-scale power..

    "B&W's fluidized-bed heat exchanger will be able to generate up to 135 MW of power for up to 100 hours from stored clean thermal energy with zero CO2 emissions. By facilitating long-term storage of zero-carbon, renewable energy, this technology enables power producers to deliver power to the grid 24-hours a day, including during periods of peak demand, or when solar or wind are not optimal conditions," according to the B&W release.

    B&W and NREL are also in discussions to develop a prototype heat exchanger that can be scaled-up for a pilot demonstration as part of NREL's Economic Long-Duration Electricity Storage Using Low-Cost Thermal Energy Storage and a High-Efficiency Power Cycle (ENDURING) project. (Source: Babcock & Wilcox, PR, 12 July, 2021) Contact: Babcock & Wilcox, Ken Young, CEO, www.babcock.com; NREL, (303) 275-4051,www.nrel.gov

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    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

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    Dana Inc.Cutting GHG Emissions with SBTi Goals (Ind. Report)
    Dana Incorporated
    Date: 2021-07-12
    Maumee, Ohio-headquartered Dana Incorporated reports it will accelerate plans to reduce Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50 pct by 2030 and, to that end, has inked a commitment letter with the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) to help set its future emission targets. Dana is aiming to cut more than 300,000 tpy of carbon dioxide emissions.

    SBTi is a partnership between the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute, and the World Wildlife Fund. It focuses on partnering with companies to help guide emission reduction initiatives using science-based goals.

    Dana Incorporated is an American supplier of axles, driveshafts, transmissions, and electrodynamic, thermal, sealing, and digital equipment for conventional, hybrid, and electric-powered vehicles. The company's products and services are aimed at the light vehicle, commercial vehicle, and off-highway equipment markets. (Source: Dana Incorporated, PR, 12 July, 2021) . Contact: DANA Corp, Doug Reedberg, Chief Compliance and Sustainability Officer, www.dana.com

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    MicroBioGen Touts 2G Biofuels Technology Success (Int'l. Report)
    MicroBioGen,Australian Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2021-07-12
    In the Land Down Under, Sydney-based MicroBioGen reports the successfull demo-scale production of both high-protein food and low carbon bioethanol from non-food material using a single biological agent -- a genetically-modified version of the common yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae -- developed in Australia in collaboration with Novozymes

    Funded in part with a $4 million grant from the Federal Government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), MicroBioGen's work will boost the role of second-generation (2G) biofuels in reducing carbon emissions and improving food security by enabling food and fuel production from abundant, low-value waste plant material. (Source: MicroBioGen, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy Commercial, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America,(919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com; MicroBioGen, Geoff Bell, CEO (02) 9418 3182, geoff.bell@microbiogen.com, www.microbiogen.com

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    UK Manufacturing Execs Misunderstand Carbon Footprint, Decarbonization, says Survey (Int'l. Report)
    Vendigital
    Date: 2021-07-12
    A survey of over 150 UK manufacturing executives conducted by management consultancy Vendigital has found a gap in understanding about calculating and reducing emissions in line with climate science and the national net-zero target. The survey investigated executive knowledge on carbon measurement and management, and their business's plans for transitioning to net-zero across their direct (Scope 1 and 2) and indirect (Scope 3) emissions.

    "On a positive note, 98 pct of respondents said that their organisation is investing in decarbonisation initiatives for the 12 months ahead. But the professionals, broadly, seemed keen to invest in initiatives with a low upfront cost and with quick payback times, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The most popular move cited by respondents is joining the UN's Race to Zero Initiative. There was also strong support for making processes more efficient, procuring renewable electricity and investing in emissions management and tracking.

    "Only one-third of respondents worked for organisations with sustainable sourcing strategies, with two-thirds saying they would only align their sourcing strategies with net-zero if there were cost benefits. Similarly, only 35 pct of respondents worked for organisations that have already appointed a head of sustainability or are planning to do so this financial year."

    The survey also revealed a gap in knowledge among members of the C-suites themselves. 74 pct of the respondents admitted that they do not have a complete understanding of their company's absolute carbon footprint and the changes that will need to be made to reduce emissions. (Source: Vendigital, July, PR, 2021) Contact: Vendigital, www.vendigital.com

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


    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

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    Shanghai Emissions Contracts to Start Trading This Month (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Market,Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Following up on our June 30th coverage, the South China Morning Post is reporting the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange -- a crucial market-based mechanism to put China on track to reach carbon-neutral status by 2060 -- will begin trading of roughly 4 billion tonnes of carbon emissions contracts before the end of this month, July, 2021.

    The Shanghai exchange is expected to surpass the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), currently the largest, which seeks to cap 1.61 billion tonnes of carbon emission this year. With an average traded price of $28.28 a tonne, the scheme raised $21.8 billion last year. Some $80.7 billion have been raised on the EU ETS since trading stared in 2005, according to International Carbon Action Partnership.

    China's industrial sector reportedly accounted for 28.7 pct of carbon emissions in 2019, while the transport industry made up 8.6 pct and buildings contributed 7 pct, according to the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research. (Source: China Center for Energy Economics Research, Xiamen University, Xinhua, South China Morning Post, 8 July, 2021) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, www.en.ndrc.gov.cn; China Center for Energy Economics Research, Xiamen University, www.energyxmu.edu.cn

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    CSIRO Leading Program to Boost Hydrogen Capabilities (Int'l.)
    CSIRO
    Date: 2021-07-09
    In the Land Down Under, Australia's national science agency (CSIRO) reports it is leading a new $5-million Hydrogen RD&D International Collaboration Program aimed at strengthening development of Australia's hydrogen industry by supporting research, development and demonstration (RD&D) collaborations with international research organizations.

    The 2-year program will support collaboration between Australia's research institutions and leading international research organizations for the benefit of the domestic hydrogen RD&D community, as well as enabling RD&D linkages with partner countries. The program will seek to:

  • Increase collaboration within Australia between industry and the research community to realize transformative clean hydrogen industry solutions;

  • Build and strengthen national and international research and industry partnerships to support efforts to build clean hydrogen export pathways;

  • Advance low emission technology development within Australia in order to add value and reduce costs in all stages of the hydrogen value chain; and

  • Develop capability and solutions to respond to domestic and global clean hydrogen industry opportunities.

    The Hydrogen RD&D International Collaboration Program is funded by the Australian Government, and follows partnerships signed with Germany, Singapore and Japan to accelerate the development of low emissions technologies, including hydrogen, that will drive investment and job creation in Australia. (Source: CSIRO, PR, Website, Green Car Congress, 8 July, 2021) Contact: CSIRO, +61 3 9545 2176, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

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  • Ameresco, Northwestern Univ. Ink EaaS Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco, Northwestern Univ.
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting a a long-term energy-as-a-service (EaaS) agreement with Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, to address the university's energy-related deferred maintenance challenges with no up-front capital required.The university is aiming to slash its greenhouse gas emissions 30 pct by 2030.

    As part of the agreement, Ameresco will provide ongoing energy management and related services, in addition to identifying and implementing energy efficiency upgrades including building systems automation, LED lighting, HVAC, and alternative energy systems for the campus's 175 buildings and central plants. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Smart Cities World News, July, 2021) Contact: Northwestern Univ., www.northwestern.edu; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com

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    BayWa USA, SDCP Ink California Solar+Storage PPA (Ind. Report)
    BayWa r.e., San Diego Community Power
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Renewable energy developer and services provider BayWa r.e. is reporting a 20-year solar energy power purchase agreement (PPA) with San Diego Community Power (SDCP), the not-for-profit community choice energy program serving five cities in the San Diego region.

    Under the agreement, SDCP will purchase power from the Jacumba Valley Ranch (JVR) Energy Park being developed by BayWa r.e.in San Diego County. The project will pair a 90MW (AC) solar photovoltaic array with a 70 MW/280 MWh DC-coupled battery energy storage system.

    The project, which is expected to break ground early next year for commissioning and operation in Q1 2023. will generate sufficient power for least 52,000 households and offset more than 500,000 metric tons of carbon emissions over the life of the project. (Source: BayWa r.e. USA LLC, PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: San Diego Community Power, www.sdcommunitypower.org; BayWa r.e. USA, 949 398 3915, www.us.baywa-re.com

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    Emerson Automation to Increase Neste Biofuels Prod. (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-07-09
    St. Louis-headquartered Emerson Electric reports it will supply automation systems and software support to increase renewable diesel (RD) production to 1.3 million tpy by 2023 at Neste's expanded refinery in Singapore. With the expansion, the refinery will have additional capacity to produce up to 1 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable raw materials for polymers and chemicals, supporting the company's goal to reduce customers' greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tpy by 2030.

    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi is the world's largest producer for renewable diesel (RD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable waste and residue raw materials. (Source: Emerson, Neste, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Emerson, Ron Martin, 314 553 2000, www.emerson.com; Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

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    Dubuque Considering Residential Solar Pilot Program (Ind. Report)
    city of Dubuque
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In the Hawkeye State, the city of Dubuque (pop. 58,500 +-) city council is considering a $41,000 pilot program to help 10 low- to moderate-income home owners install solar panels.

    The cost of installing the panels would be about $10,000, but with tax credits, grants and the sale of energy credits, homeowners would pay about $2,600 and save between $800 to $1,000 annually in energy costs.

    The city also would pay homeowners in the program to cover the costs of the credits and claim them as part of its effort to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2030. (Source: City of Dubuque, PR, Times-Republican, 6 July, 2021) Contact: City of Dubuque, www.cityofdubuque.org

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    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

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    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

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    China's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    China Offshore Wind
    Date: 2021-07-07
    The China Morning Post is reporting the 29 June completion of China's largest offshore wind farm in the Yellow Sea off the coast of Rudong county in the eastern province of Jiangsu.

    The wind farm is expected to generate "a massive amount of renewable energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 1.46 million tonnes (1.6 million tons), helping the nation achieve its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2060", according to the release. (Source: South China Morning Post, 6 July, 2021)

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    Dubuque Considering Residential Solar Pilot Program (Ind. Report)
    City of Dubuque
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In the Hawkeye State, the City of Dubuque (pop. 58,500 +-) city council is considering a $41,000 pilot program to help 10 low- to moderate-income home owners install solar panels. The cost of installing the panels would be about $10,000, but with tax credits, grants and the sale of energy credits, homeowners would pay about $2,600, according to council documents. Households would save from $800 to $1,000 annually in energy costs.

    The city also would create a market for solar energy credits. The city would pay homeowners in the program to cover the costs of the credits and claim them as part of its effort to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030. (Source: City of Dubuque, PR, Times-Republican, 6 July, 2021) Contact: City of Dubuque, www.cityofdubuque.org

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    Pertamina Sinking $12Bn in New Renewables (Int'l. Report)
    Pertamina
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina says it needs to invest $12 billion to meet its target of generating 10GW of electricity from new and renewable energy sources by 2026. The transition to renewable energy is a key element in the government's plan to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions by 29 per cent by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2060.

    Pertamina's 10GW target is comprised of gas-to-power, renewable energy -- including geothermal -- and other new initiatives, such as an electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem and hydrogen pilot projects.

    The gas-to-power business segment is projected to contribute 6GW to the 10GW target. Existing gas-to-power projects include the 1.8GW gas and geothermal power plant Java 1 in West Java. The renewable energy business is expected to contribute 3GW. Solar power, biogas-fuelled power plants, smart grids and other new and renewable energy power plants are projected to contribute 1.9GW while the EV ecosystem, as well as green and blue hydrogen, are expected to produce 1GW by 2026. (Source: Pertamina, PR, Jakarta Post, 4 July, 2021)Contact: Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.petramina.com

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    Wartsila Thermal Balancing for OPPD to Increase Renewables (Ind. Report)
    Wartsila,Omaha Public Power District
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila reports it will supply equipment for a 156 MW multi-fuel engine power plant to the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) utility as part of the utility's "Power with Purpose" project aimed at adding 400 to 600 MW of utility-scale solar generation along with additional dispatchable balancing power. The equipment will be delivered to OPPD's new Standing Bear Lake Station plant located in Douglas County, Nebraska, in the second half of 2022 for expected startup in May, 2023.

    OPPD aims to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: Wartsila, Website PR, 6 July, 2021) Contact: Wartsila Energy, Mirja-Maija Santala, Marketing, +358 400 793 827, mirja-maija.santala@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com/energy; Omaha Public Power District, www.oppd.com

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    Neste MY RD Receives Industry's First TOP TIER Cert. (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi reports its Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ is the first renewable diesel (RD) brand to receive TOP TIER™ Diesel Fuel certification for its high quality and powerful performance.

    The TOP TIER standard was introduced in 2017 and has been endorsed by General Motors, Volkswagen, Detroit Diesel, Navistar, and Ford and other engine manufactureres.

    Neste MY Renewable Diesel is available in the U.S. at more than 1,400 delivery points across California and Oregon as well as in Europe in Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

    According to Neste, "Simply by switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel, fleet operators can immediately transform any diesel powered vehicle or equipment to release no new GHG emissions from the tailpipe with no extra costs and no modifications to existing engines." (Source: Neste Oy, Website PR, 6 July, 2021) Contact: TOP TIER, www.toptiergas.com/why_top_tier; Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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    IEA, US Treasury Discuss Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    IEA
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Last week in Washington, the International Energy Agency (IEA) executive director Fatih Birol met with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to discuss "how the energy sector can reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and what should be done to unlock more investments for clean energy transitions around the world."

    The meeting, which included representative from both agencies, discussed the findings and implications of two major recent IEA reports -- the IEA's Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050 and its special report on Financing Clean Energy Transitions in Emerging and Developing Economies. The discussions covered on a wide range of topics, including what the US can do to support international climate finance; the future of oil and gas investments on the path to a net-zero world; and how to mobilize financing to speed up the deployment of clean energy technologies.

    Download the IEA Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050 HERE . (Source: IEA, PR, 5 July, 2021) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org; US Treasury Department, home.treasury.gov

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