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NYC v.s. Big Oil Alleging Climate Change Greenwashing (Reg & Leg)
NYC, ExxonMobil, American Petroleum Institute ,BP
Date: 2021-04-28
The City of New York is taking legal action against oil giants Exxon, Shell, BP and the(API) alleging they violated the city's Consumer Protection Law by engaging in "false advertising and other deceptive trade practices and have systematically and intentionally misled consumers in New York City about the central role their products play in causing the climate crisis."

New York City's Consumer Protection Law prohibits "any deceptive or unconscionable trade practice in the sale -- or in the offering for sale -- of any consumer goods or services." Deceptive practices are defined as, "any false, falsely disparaging, or misleading oral or written statement, visual description or other representation of any kind made in the connection with the sale -- or in connection with the offering for sale -- of consumer goods or services which has the capacity, tendency or effect of deceiving or misleading consumers."

The NYC suit alleges fossil fuel companies are misrepresenting the environmental benefits of the various fossil fuel products they sell and promote as "environmentally beneficial" while "omitting any mention of the products' role in aggravating climate change." NYC also alleged the fossil fuel companies "have worked tirelessly to "greenwash" their corporate brands and reputations to portray themselves as leaders in the fight against climate change, even though their products are the primary driver in causing it. (Source: City of New York, Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance, PR, 23 Apr., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenwashing,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  NYC,  ExxonMobil,  American Petroleum Institute ,  BP,  


ExxonMobil Confirms Global Clean Energy RD Deal (Ind Report)
Global Clean Energy,ExxonMobil
Date: 2021-04-28
Houston-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it will purchase renewable diesel from Global Clean Energy's Bakersfield, California biorefinery which is on schedule to begin production early in 2022. The Bakersfield facility will process up to 15,000 bpd of renewable diesel (RD) from Global Clean Energy's proprietary camelina feedstock.

As previously reported, the original 5-fear agreement signed in August 2020 committed ExxonMobil to purchase 2.5 million bpy of renewable diesel for distribution within California and potentially other US and international markets. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, Apr. 27, 2021) Contact: ExxonMobil, Andy Madden, VP Strategy and Planning, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com; Global Clean Energy, Global Clean Energy Holdings, Richard Palmer, CEO, 424-318-3618, contact@gceholdings.com, www.gceholdings.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Clean Energy,  Renewable Diesel,  Camelina,  ExxonMobil,  Biofuel,  


ExxonMobil, Porsche Testing Advanced Biofuels (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2021-04-02
Irving, Texas-based oil giant ExxonMobil Corp. and German auto-maker Porsche report they are jointly testing advanced biofuels and renewable, lower-carbon eFuels -- fuels made from hydrogen and captured CO2.

The first iteration involves Esso Renewable Racing Fuel, a blend of primarily advanced biofuels formulated by ExxonMobil in-house scientists and engineers. As early as 2022, the companies plan to test the second iteration of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel, which will contain eFuel components and is anticipated to achieve an up-to 85 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when blended to current market fuel standards for passenger vehicles.

The eFuel will be sourced from the Haru Oni pilot plant based in Chile that generates hydrogen, which is then combined with captured CO2 drawn from the atmosphere to produce methanol. ExxonMobil is providing a license and support for the proprietary technology to convert the methanol to gasoline, which will result in a lower-carbon fuel.

In the pilot phase, around 35,000 gallons of eFuels will be produced in 2022. As the fuel's primary user, Porsche will use the eFuels in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup starting in the season of 2022. The first on-track testing of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel occurred March 30, 2021 in Zandvoort, Netherlands, and will continue throughout the 2021 and 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race series. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: ExonMobil, Andy Madden, VP Strategy and Planning , ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, www. corporate.exxonmobil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  


ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions Launched (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2021-02-05
Houston-headquartered oil and gas major ExxonMobil is reporting the launch of ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions, a new unit to advance and deploy its low-carbon technology and carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects portfolio, including the company's possible support for a CCS project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

ExxonMobil is also reportedly advancing plans for more than 20 new CCS opportunities around the world, and plans to invest $3 billion on lower emission energy solutions over the next four years. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: ExxonMobil, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  CCS,  


Climate Change Notable Quote from Former ExxonMobil CEO
ExxonMobil
Date: 2021-02-05
"Whether or not anything we do will ultimately influence it (climate change) remains to be seen. One day we'll know the answer to that, but our ability to predict the answer to that is quite complicated." -- Rex Tillerson, Former ExxonMobil CEO, former Trump administration U.S. Sec. of State, Nov., 2020

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


Occidental, ConocoPhillips Pledge Net-Zero Emissions (Ind. Report)
Occidental, ConocoPhillips
Date: 2020-11-13
Houston,headquartered petroleum major Occidental Petroleum is reporting it will reach net-zero emissions for all the oil and gas it produces by 2040, but did not specify how it would meet its self imposed goal. The company has advocated policies that support CCS technology, including the 2018 expansion of a tax credit that provides $35 per ton of captured CO2 used for oil production, and $50 per ton for CO2 simply stored underground.

In an Oct. 19 press release, ConocoPhillips, also based in Houston, announced the adoption of a comprehensive framework to manage climate-related risk, meet energy demand and zero- out its direct greenhouse gas emissions, which are much less than the emissions that come from burning the oil and gas the company sells. Taken together, the two corporate pledges could increase pressure on ExxonMobil and Chevron, the nation's largest oil companies, which have yet to announce such far-reaching goals. (Source: Occidental Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, Inside Climate News, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: Occidental Petroleum, www.oxy.com; ConocoPhillips, www.conocophillips.com

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


Oil and Gas Majors Agree on GHG Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2020-11-13
As previously reported, the 12-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is reported to have agreed to reduce the average carbon intensity of their aggregated upstream oil and gas operations to between 20 kg and 21 kg of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per barrel of oil by 2025.

OGCI members include: Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, BP, China's CNPC, Total, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, Repsol, Petrobras, Occidental Petroleum, Eni and Equinor. (Source: OGCI, July, 2020) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


ExxonMobil's Marine Biofuel Cuts CO2 Emissions 40 pct (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-10-07
As previously reported in Sept., ExxonMobil's sea trial of "drop in" marine biofuel oil with Stena Bulk delivered a 40 pct reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the use of conventional high-sulphur bunker fuel. The trial included evaluation of onboard storage, handling, and treatment and the fuel was consumed in engines and other machinery onboard.

The marine biofuel is a 0.5 pct sulphur residual-based fuel or very low sulphur fuel oil processed with a second generation waste-based FAME component. The marine biofuel will initially be available in Rotterdam ahead of wider launch across the oil major's port network, according to a release. (Source: ExxonMobil, Seatrade News, sept., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Marine Biofuel,  Maritime Biofuel,  CO2 Emissions,  


Climate Change Notable Quote from Former ExxonMobil CEO
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-10-07
"Whether or not anything we do will ultimately influence it (climate change) remains to be seen. One day we'll know the answer to that, but our ability to predict the answer to that is quite complicated." -- Rex Tillerson, Former ExxonMobil CEO, former Trump administration U.S. Sec. of State

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


ExxonMobil Reports Marine Biofuel Oil Test Success (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-09-11
Marine fuel and lubes supplier ExxonMobil reports completion of a sea trial of the company's first marine bio fuel oil.

The marine biofuel oil is a 0.50 pct sulphur residual-based fue l (VLSFO) processed with a second generation waste-based FAME component. The fuel is expected to be available in Rotterdam before the year end.

The trial demonstrated that the marine biofuel oil, which can provide a CO2 emission reduction of up to 40 pct compared with conventional marine fuel, can be used in a relevant marine application without modification. (Source: ExxonMobil, ShipinSight, 11 Sept., 2020) Contact: ExxonMobil, Bryan Milton, Pres. ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Co, www.exxonmobil.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Marine Biofuel,  


Calif. Refiners Refocusing on Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
Renewable Diesel
Date: 2020-08-21
Further to our August 14 report, Phillips 66, Global Clean Energy, and Marathon Oil are reporting plans to convert their petroleum refineries in the Golden State to renewable diesel production.

Phillips66 plans to use fats and greases, along with used cooking oil and soybean oil, at its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo to produce 19 million bpy of renewable diesel, gasoline, and aviation fuel starting in 2024. A refinery conversion in Bakersfield will use camelina sativa, an oilseed crop grown in rotation with wheat. Global Clean Energy bought the facility in May. It plans to make renewable diesel starting in 2022 and has a deal to sell 2.5 million bbl per year of the fuel to ExxonMobil.

Marathon says it may convert its idled refinery in Martinez to renewable diesel, though it has not given an estimate of the plant's expected capacity or when it will come on-line. Neste, Valero, and REG are also supplying renewable diesel to California where fuel companies are required to purchase enough certified low carbon fuel to reduce the carbon intensity of the state's pool of transportation fuel 20 pct from 2011 to 2030. (Source: Phillips 66, Chemical & Engineering News, 18 Aug., 2020)Contact: Phillips 66, Brian Mandell, VP Marketing, Joe Gannon, 832-765-4547, joe.gannon@p66.com, www.p66.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Phillips 66,  ExxonMobil,  ,  


ExxonMobil, GCEH Ink Renewable Diesel Offtake Deal (Ind. Report)
Global Clean Energy Holdings,ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-08-14
ExxonMobil is reporting a 5-year off-take agreement with Long Beach, California-based Global Clean Energy Holdings (GCEH) to purchase 2.5 million bpy of renewable diesel from Global Clean Energy's Bakersfield, California, refinery which is being re-tooled to produce renewable diesel from camelina, cooking oil, soybean oil and distillers corn oil and other non-petroleum feedstocks.

Following scheduled production startup in 2022, ExxonMobil plans to distribute the renewable diesel within California and potentially to other domestic and international markets. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 12 Aug., 2020) Contact: ExxonMobil, Bryan Milton, Pres. ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants Co, www.exxonmobil.com/en/aviation; Global Clean Energy Holdings, Richard Palmer, CEO, 424-318-3618, contact@gceholdings.com, www.gceholdings.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Clean Energy Holdings,  ExxonMobil,  Renewable Diesel,  


Climate Change Notable Quote from Former ExxonMobil CEO
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-07-27
"Whether or not anything we do will ultimately influence it (climate change) remains to be seen. One day we'll know the answer to that, but our ability to predict the answer to that is quite complicated." -- Rex Tillerson, Former ExxonMobil CEO, former Trump administration U.S. Sec. of State

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


ExxonMobil Touts Carbon Capture Material (New Prod. & Tech.)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-07-27
Scientists from ExxonMobil, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered a new material that could capture more than 90 pct of CO2 emissions from natural gas-fired power plants, using low-temperature steam, requiring less energy for the overall carbon capture process.

Laboratory tests indicate the patent-pending materials -- tetraamine-functionalised metal organic frameworks -- capture CO2 emissions up to six times more effectively than conventional amine-based carbon capture technology.

By manipulating the structure of the metal organic framework material, the team of scientists and students demonstrated the ability to condense a surface area the size of a football field, into just one gram of mass -- about the same as a paperclip -- that acts as a sponge for carbon emissions, according to the release.

"Through collaborations with strong academic institutions and national labs like UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, we are developing a portfolio of lower-emissions energy solutions. This provides yet another example of one of the many new materials ExxonMobil is researching to reduce CO2 in the production of energy," according to the release. (Source: ExxonMobil, Smart Energy, 26 July, 2020)Contact: ExxonMobil www.exxonmobil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


Oil and Gas Majors Agree on GHG Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2020-07-22
The 12-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is reported to have agreed to reduce the average carbon intensity of their aggregated upstream oil and gas operations to between 20 kg and 21 kg of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per barrel of oil by 2025.

OGCI members include: Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, BP, China's CNPC, Total, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, Repsol, Petrobras, Occidental Petroleum, Eni and Equinor. (Source: OGCI, July, 2020) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,  Carbon Emissions,  


ExxonMobil, Princeton Renew Low-Emission Collaboration (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil, Princeton
Date: 2020-07-08
In New Jersey, the Princeton University Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment reports the renewal of a 5-year collaboration with Houston-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil to research lower-emission technologies and energy solutions.

The new, five-year agreement builds on ExxonMobil's participation in Princeton's E-filliates Partnership, a corporate membership program aimed at accelerating R&D and deployment of energy and environmental technologies through academia and industry partnerships.

ExxonMobil is the world-leader in carbon capture, sequestering (CCS) more carbon in the last 20 years than any other company. Princeton is advancing this technology with new research to better understand how stored CO2 flows within rocks and interacts with minerals and improving the understanding of underground storage capacity, according to the Princeton release.

Princeton researchers are also working to better understand the barriers, technology needs and opportunities of the global energy transition. This research is taking a comprehensive look at potential pathways to achieve net-zero emissions in the U.S. by 2050, and the investments in technology, infrastructure, and skill development to achieve that goal.

Princeton's Andlinger Center is one of five university energy centers ExxonMobil has partnered with to undertake fundamental research to provide low-carbon energy solutions while meeting global energy demand. (Source: Princeton, Strategic Research Institute, PR, GasOil News, 7 July, 2020) Contact: ExxonMobil, Princeton Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, 609-258-4899, www.acee.princeton.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Princeton,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  


Mitigating Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry -- Model Regulatory Framework ( ExxonMobil Report Attached)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-03-27
This model framework discusses key sources and control measures for methane emissions from oil and gas operations. Some issues for authorities to consider when establishing regulatory approaches are also provided where relevant. While this model focuses on upstream operations, many of the mitigation measures could be applicable to emission sources in other segments of the natural gas value chain such as distribution and storage.

Download the ExxonMobil Mitigating Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry -- Model Regulatory Framework HERE. (Source: ExxonMobil, April,2020) Contact: ExxonMobil, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Methane,  Methane Emissions,  


ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery Wins EPA ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-03-09
ExxonMobil reports it's Joliet Illinois Refinery has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR certification for industrial plant energy efficiency performance.

ExxonMobil notes it improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements including: improved process unit and energy-critical equipment reliability; implementation of seasonal energy efficiencies; improved the performance of heat exchangers, process heaters, and boilers in the refinery's steam system.

EPA ENERGY STAR program is a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all fifty states have earned the ENERGY STAR. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


Climate Change Notable Quote from Former ExxonMobil CEO
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-02-05
"Whether or not anything we do will ultimately influence it (climate change) remains to be seen. One day we'll know the answer to that, but our ability to predict the answer to that is quite complicated." -- Rex Tillerson, Former ExxonMobil CEO, former Trump administration U.S. Sec. of State

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Chnage,  Rex Tillerson,  


ExxonMobil Pursuing Wyoming Carbon Capture Project (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-01-31
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered ExxonMobil has filed an application with the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council to construct and operate the LaBarge Carbon Capture Project about 33 miles northeast of Kemmerer, according to a Kallanish Energy report.

If approved, the project would include the installation of additional equipment at the Shute Creek gas Plant in Lincoln County and at the CO2 Sales Facility in Sweetwater County, and construction of a CO2 disposal well in Lincoln County.

The project is expected to come in at roughly $263 million when completed in late 2022. (Source: ExxonMobil, Kallanish Energy , 30 Jan., 2020) Contact: ExxonMobil, Robert Armstrong, www.exxonmobil.com, www.twitter.com/exxonmobil

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  ExxonMobil CCS,  ExxonMobil,  Carbon Capture,  


ExxonMobil -- Climate Change, the Work Ahead Opinions & Asides)
ExxonMobil
Date: 2020-01-13
"As we wrap up 2019, it's useful to take stock of the past year and keep looking ahead to the future and what we need to do to accomplish our energy goals. We need to do a lot. We are at a crucial inflection point with climate change, as is all too clear from the regular stream of updates in our news feeds every day. ExxonMobil’s annual Energy Outlook, which came out recently, discusses how the world is still offtrack to meet certain climate goals without a lot of additional effort.

"That further work means continued technology innovation. We have to keep finding and inventing solutions to the myriad of individual problems posed by the dual challenge. These different efforts -- both within and outside of our own research labs -- are all essential to moving us forward. They include the important renewables work being done with wind, solar and geothermal by so many around the world; they also include research focused on carbon capture technology and biofuels -- and everything in between. On ExxonMobil’s end, we are proud of our portfolio of innovative emission-lowering projects that have led to more than 10,000 patents in the last decade. Since 2000, we've spent $16.5 billion on this kind of R&D.

"Moving into 2020, we need to stay focused on several key themes related to solving the dual challenge: scale, speed, collaboration and training the next generation of scientists, engineers and other problem solvers. Scale is everything in our efforts. Reducing carbon emissions to fight climate change as we simultaneously deliver more and more energy to a growing world is a big job. And it's not just one job. As I said earlier this year, 'Not only are the sizes we are talking about so big they are sometimes unfathomable, but we must deploy solutions globally AND across countless end uses. It's not one equation with one unknown, but multiple equations with multiple unknowns.'

"As we work to solve for these multiple unknowns, we are pursuing projects big and small. What they share in common is the strict requirement that they must lead to a scalable solution. Energy is gigantic, from the infrastructure that supports it to the markets that drive its supply and demand. Any solution we find in the lab, however brilliant, must be ready to immediately scale.

"And it needs to happen quickly. As we know, scientific discovery is an ongoing endeavor -- you can't put a deadline on invention. But we can accelerate innovation. First, we can follow the example of parallel processing from computer science. In our labs, we don't wait for the basic science to be definitively 'concluded' (if it even can be). We start the engineering while we're still doing the science and iterate between the two. That requires collaboration between different types of researchers and innovators – between our corporate lab and government and academic labs, for example -- and that's the other way we speed up scalable solutions: with partnerships. Partnerships are a force multiplier. They are absolutely key when it comes to solving the dual challenge. When I look back on the past year, I am proud of the scope and variety of partnerships we undertook as a company. To name just a few:

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (and other DOE-funded labs) -- in a 10-year, $100 million collaboration to bring advanced energy technologies to market at scale, focused on reducing carbon emissions.

  • IBM -- to collaborate on quantum computing that could help make energy exploration and extraction enormously efficient.

  • MIT Energy Initiative -- to extend our existing relationship supporting this project, which is committed to discovering new emission-reducing technology.

    Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) locations in Madras and Bombay -- to continue our research with scientists and students working on the ground in India to address the energy needs and challenges on the subcontinent, including studying life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in India's power sector.

  • Clariant and Genomatica -- to convert residue left over from farming into biofuel that can power trucks, ships and more. Clariant has expert processes to extract sugars from agricultural leftovers like wheat straw, while Genomatica turns sugars into biofuels.

  • Global Thermostat -- to evaluate the scalability of their innovative carbon capture technology, which removes CO2 from the atmosphere and industrial sources.

  • Microsoft -- to digitally transform 1 million acres of unconventional oil and gas fields in the Permian Basin, making it the largest-ever oil and gas acreage to use cloud technology, and also making it more efficient. Energy efficiency is an often overlooked area when we think about the dual challenge.

    (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, , 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil, Dr. Vijay Swarup, VP Research and Development , www.linkedin.com › dr-vijay-swarup-120a95159, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  ExxonMobil,  Vijay Swarup ,  


  • Port of Antwerp Consortium to Develop CCUS Infrastructure (Int'l.)
    Port of Antwerp
    Date: 2019-12-20
    In the Netherlands, a collaboration of eight players in the port sector -- Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, INEOS, ExxonMobil, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp and Total -- are reporting an agreement to conduct a study of the economic and technical feasibility of developing carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) at the Port of Antwerp.

    The consortium believes that both storing and using carbon can make a useful contribution to achieving the energy and climate objectives at Flemish, Belgian and European level and lead to reductions in CO2 emissions in the run-up to 2030. To that end, the Port of Antwerp and a number of other partners have submitted the necessary applications to the European Commission.

    The Port of Antwerp in Flanders, Belgium, is a port in the heart of Europe accessible to capesize ships. It is Europe's second-largest seaport, after Rotterdam. Antwerp stands at the upper end of the tidal estuary of the Scheldt which is navigable by ships of more than 100,000 Gross Tons as far as 80 km inland. -- Wikipedia. (Source: Port Staretegy, 18 Dec., 2019) Contact: Port of Antwerp , Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, +32 (0)3 205 20 11, www.portofantwerp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  


    ExxonMobil Contributes $1Mn to Promote Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    EXXON, Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2019-12-09
    The Americans for Carbon Dividends (ACD) political action group is reporting Houston-headquartered oil industry giant ExxonMobil Corp. has made a $1 million donation to ADC's lobbying campaign to promote a U.S. tax on CO2 emissions, a central factor in global warming. The contribution came less than a month after the oil giant agreed to contribute $100 million to oil companies' efforts to develop technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    The ADC aims to spend $5 million on an initial lobbying campaign to win support for the tax, said , senior vice president at the group. PAC is looking to build legislative support for its carbon tax. It proposes an initial $40 a ton tax on carbon dioxide that would increase over time, with the money raised to be returned to consumers. The PAC has raised $1 million each from Exelon Corp, First Solar Inc and the American Wind Energy Association and expects to reach its goal of a $5 million in coming months. (Source: Exxon, Denton Daily, Reuters, 8 Dec., 2019) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, Greg Bertelsen, www.clcouncil.org; Americans for Carbon Dividends, www.afcd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Exxon,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    PORTHOS Announces Rotterdam CCS Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    Air Liquide, Air Products, ExxonMobil , Shell
    Date: 2019-12-04
    In the Netherlands, the Port of Rotterdam CO2 Transport Hub and Offshore Storage Project (PORTHOS) is reporting a non-binding agreement with Air Liquide, Air Products, ExxonMobil and Shell to collectively work on preparations for the capture, transport and storage of carbon dioxide in Rotterdam for eventual storage in empty gas fields beneath the North Sea.

    The carbon capture will take place at Air Liquide, Air Products, ExxonMobil and Shell refineries and hydrogen production facilities in Rotterdam. The transport and storage of the CO2 beneath the North Sea will be prepared by Porthos.

    The Netherlands has clear climate objectives: the emission of greenhouse gases must be reduced by 49 pct by 2030 and by 95 pct by 2050 compared with 1990. One way to achieve the climate objectives is to capture CO2 for use or for storage underground (CCUS). The national coalition agreement and the national Climate Agreement underline the importance of CCUS for the energy transition. (Source: PORTHOS, Gas World, Dec., 2019) Contact: PORTHOS, +31 6 2246 6553, info@rotterdamccus.nl. www.rotterdamccus.nl/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Liquide,  Air Products,  CCS,  CCUS,  ExxonMobil ,  Shell ,  Carbon Capture,  


    Notable Quote from Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson
    Exxon,Climate Change
    Date: 2019-11-01
    "We (Exxon) knew it (climate change) was a real issue. We tried to understand how this (climate change) was going to affect everything." -- Rex Tillerson, former Exxon CEO and Trunp administration Secretary of State, testified Wednesday in a securities fraud lawsuit against Exxon brought by the New York attorney general's office.

    Tillerson was unceremoniously sacked with a tweet for disagreeing with Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and a myriad of other differences.

    Editor's Note: Somehow we would have expected something more insightful and profound than "We knew it (climate change) was a real issue" from a former Exxon CEO and U.S. Secretary of State!

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rex Tillerson,  Climate Change,  Exxon,  


    Oil & Gas Climate Initiative Commits to Cutting Emissions (Int'l)
    Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
    Date: 2019-10-28
    In London, the thirteen-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is reporting a $1 billion commitment to support the goals of the Paris Climate Accord -- including investments in carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and supporting carbon taxes and economic incentives aimed at reducing emissions.

    Initially, OGCI will help decarbonize multiple industrial hubs in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands and China. The OGCI also aims to build on the industry's reduction in methane emissions (9 pct in 2018) and to include carbon emissions in hope that future temperature increases will not exceed 2 degrees Celsius. To complement its methane emissions-intensity target, OGCI seeks to reduce collective average carbon intensity by 2025.

    The OGCI member companies -- BP, Chevron, CNPC, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Occidental, Pemex, Petrobras, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell and Total -- account for 32 pct of global operated oil and gas production, according to the OGCI website. (Source: OGCI, Alex Mills, Tims Record News, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, contact@climateinvestments.energy, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative ,  


    ExxonMobil Supports MIT Low-Carbon Energy, CCUS (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil,MIT Energy Initiative
    Date: 2019-10-21
    Irving, Texas-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it has extended its support of the MIT Energy Initiative's (MITEI) low-carbon energy research and education mission by renewing its status as a founding member for another five years. ExxonMobil first signed on as a member of the initiative in 2014.

    With its renewed membership, ExxonMobil will: extend its membership in MITEI's Center for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage CCUS; join MITEI's Center for Energy Storage, which seeks to develop new energy storage technologies for use in renewables-heavy electric power systems, electricity-powered transportation, and other applications; and join MITEI's Mobility Systems Center, its newest Low-Carbon Energy Center.

    Among MITEI projects supported by ExxonMobil is a new multi-level energy assessment tool, the Sustainable Energy System Analysis Modelling Environment, which assesses lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from various energy sectors. Other ExxonMobil-supported MITEI research includes an assessment of the future role for carbon capture and storage (CCS)technology in a portfolio of climate mitigation options and a project that models the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of solar power and demonstrates its low carbon intensity.

    ExxonMobil will also continue to support energy education through MITEI's undergraduate and graduate programs, including the Energy Fellows Program, which enables graduate students to engage in research in low-carbon energy areas of their choice and prepares them for careers addressing energy and climate challenges.(Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 21 Oct., 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil , Robert Armstrong, www.exxonmobil.com, www.twitter.com/exxonmobil; MIT Energy Initiative, Louis Carranza, Assoc. Dir., energy.mit.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  ExxonMobil,  


    ExxonMobil, IIT Madras Ink Biofuel Research Collaboration (Int'l)
    IIT Madras,ExxonMobil
    Date: 2019-10-14
    India's IIT Madras is reporting a five-year joint-research agreement with Houston-headquartered oil industry giant ExxonMobil Research in Energy and Biofuels (EMRE). The agreement is focused on biofuels, data analytics, gas conversion and transport. EMRE is the research and engineering arm of ExxonMobil Corporation.

    The project aims to deconstruct rice straw effectively, bagasse and other biomass varieties of Indian origin to produce sugars, which will directly feed into ExxonMobil's bio-conversion platform; convert the lignin present in biomass to valuable phenols using novel catalysts, and evaluate the environmental and economic implications of performing such conversions at scale.

    India is the world's 3rd largest agro-residues producer with the surplus potential of over 230 million tpy after China and Brazil. India's huge biofuel potential is expected to be realized shortly with the Government of India's plan to grow the biofuel industry into a $15.6 billion economy, according to the release. (Source: IIT Madras, Exxon Mobil, Contact: IIT Madras, Dr. R. Vinu, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, www.che.iitm.ac.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IIT Madras,  ExxonMobil,  Biofuel,  


    Shell, BP Join Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science (Int'l)
    Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science
    Date: 2019-09-20
    Petroleum giants BP and SIEP, Inc. (Shell) are reported to have joined the Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science (CAMS), an industry-led consortium researching methane emissions and delivering transparent data to evaluate the most effective methane emissions reduction strategies. Other CAMS participants include Cheniere, Chevron, Equinor, ExxonMobil, and Pioneer Natural Resources.

    CAMS undertakes scientific studies addressing methane emissions along the natural gas value chain, from production through end use. Studies will focus on detection, measurement and quantification of methane emissions with the goal of finding opportunities for reduction. CAMS' first project is to develop an open access oil and gas operations emissions calculator that will estimate methane emissions at a basin level and enable operators to evaluate effectiveness of mitigation strategies. (Source; CAMS, Green Car Congress, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: Collaboratory for Advancing Methane Science, www.methanecollaboratory.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methan,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  


    Big Oil Opposes Trump's Proposed Methane Rule Rollback (Ind Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2019-08-30
    The Trump administration reports it will loosen Obama era federal rules on methane, a significant contributor to the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Although shorter-lived than CO2 and is not emitted in as large amounts, methane is roughly 80 times more damaging to the atmosphere than CO2.

    The proposed rule will reverse standards enacted under President Barack Obama that require oil and gas operations to install controls on their operations to curb the release of methane at the well head and in their transmission equipment, including pipelines, processing and storage facilities.

    Despite EPA estimates the proposed changes would save the oil and natural gas industry between $17 million and $19 million a year, Shell, Exxon, BP and other major fossil fuels players are opposing the proposed rollback and urging the current standards be kept in place. (Source: EPA, Various Media, Wash. Post, 29 Aug., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  EPA,  


    ExxonMobil, Mosaic Partner on Carbon Capture Tech (Ind Report)
    ExxonMobil, Mosaic Materials
    Date: 2019-08-28
    Irving, Texas-headquartered petroleum and energy giant ExxonMobil reports it is partnering with US-based Mosaic Materials Inc. to explore breakthrough technologies that can remove carbon dioxide from emissions sources. The two companies will evaluate opportunities for industrial uses of the technology at scale.

    ExxonMobil V.P for R&D, Vijay Swarup, noted "New technologies in carbon capture will be critical enablers for us to meet growing energy demands, while reducing emissions. Our agreement with Mosaic expands our carbon capture technology research portfolio, which is evaluating multiple pathways -- including evaluation of carbonate fuel cells and direct air capture -- to reduce costs and enable large-scale deployment."

    Mosaic's technology utilizes porous solids known as metal-organic frameworks to selectively remove impurities such as CO2 from gas mixtures in an array of applications from submarines to power plants, according to the company website.

    With a working interest in approximately 20 pct of the world's total carbon capture capacity, ExxonMobil has been able to capture about 7 million tpy of carbon dioxide and has cumulatively captured more of it than any other company since 1970, according to the company. (Source: ExxonMobil, TradeArabia News Service, 27 Aug., 2019)Contact: ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com; Mosaic Materials, John Husk, VP, Bus. Dev., www.mosaicmaterials.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon,  Mosaic Materials,  CO2,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


    French Energy Major Joins Nat. Carbon Capture Center (Ind. Report)
    National Carbon Capture Center
    Date: 2019-08-16
    The U.S. DOE National Carbon Capture Center reports French energy major player TOTAL has joined its ranks. TOTAL is the second major oil and gas producer to sponsor the center -- following ExxonMobil in 2018. Active in more than 130 countries, TOTAL produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity.

    The National Carbon Capture Center serves as a neutral research and testing facility to advance technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-based power plants.

    Through the evaluation of over 60 technologies, the Center has already reduced the projected cost of carbon capture from fossil generation by one-third, according to the Center which is currently adding infrastructure to expand testing of carbon capture technologies for natural gas power plants.

    National Carbon Capture Center partners include DOE and its National Energy Technology Laboratory, American Electric Power, ClearPath, the Electric Power Research Institute, ExxonMobil, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Tennessee Valley Authority, Peabody Energy and Wyoming Infrastructure Authority.

    The National Carbon Capture Center is operated by the Southern Company and to date has worked more than 30 organizations from seven countries to evaluate and scale up emerging carbon capture technologies. (Source: National Carbon Capture Center , PR, AAAS, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: National Carbon Capture Center, John Northington, Dir., Marc Willis, (202) 586-3628, marc.willis@hq.doe.gov, www.nationalcarboncapturecenter.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  National Carbon Capture Center,  TOTAL,  Carbon Capture,  


    NEB Comments on Latest EPA "Hardship Waivers" -- Notable Quote
    RPA, Nebraska Ethanol Board
    Date: 2019-08-14
    "Over the past two years, the EPA has granted hardship waivers to refineries owned by companies like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. Their continued handouts to the oil industry comes during a time when heartland farmers are really struggling due to depressed commodity prices, flooding and trade wars. Securing access and demand for homegrown, cleaner-burning biofuels should be top priority from an economic and environmental standpoint, not destroying the marketplace program the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was created for." -- Roger Berry, Administrator, Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB).

    Berry was speaking in Lincoln, Nebraska on the EPA's granting of an additional 31 small refinery biofuel waivers for 2018. This follows the 54 waivers the Trump Administration granted in 2016 and 2017, which caused 2.6 billion gallons of demand destruction. These new waivers add another loss of 1.4 billion gallons, for a total loss of 4 billion gallons. Contact: Nebraska Ethanol Board, Roger Berry, (402) 471-2941, ethanol.nebraska.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nebraska Ethanol Board news,  Ethanol news,  EPA news,  "Hardship Waiver" news,  


    ExxonMobil, Global Thermostat Partner on CCS Tech (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2019-07-03
    Irving, Texas-headquartered U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil is reporting an agreement with NYC-based Global Thermostat to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology that can capture and concentrate CO2 emissions from the atmosphere and industrial sources with the goal of slowing climate change.

    Should the technical readiness and scalability of the technology be determined, pilot projects at ExxonMobil facilities could follow, according to a MobilExxon press release.

    As previously reported, ExxonMobil recently committed to spending as much as $100 million over 10 years with the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) on research to bring lower-emission tech to commercial scale. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 1 July, 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com; Global Thermostat, Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky, CEO, 646-798-6217, www.globalthermostat.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  CCS,  CO2 Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  


    Major Mining Companies Among World's Mega Emitters (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In Rio de Janiero, Brazil, the Rio Times is reporting as many as 100 companies are responsible for more than 70 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to data from Carbon Disclosure Project (CFP) in July 2017.

    The 25 largest polluters, responsible for 50 pct of CO2 emissions, are, by descending order: China (state-owned coal production), Aramco, Gazprom, Iranian National Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Coal India, Pemex, Russia (state-owned coal production), Shell, China National Petroleum, BP, Chevron, PDVSA, Abu Dhabi National Petroleum, Poland Coal, Peabody Energy, Sonatrach, Kuwait Oil, Total, BHP Billiton, ConocoPhillips, Lukoil, Rio Tinto, Nigeria National Petroleum, and Petrobras, the only Brazilian company on the list.

    The top 100 companies control most of the world's mineral rights, for oil, gas, and coal. Houston is considered the "home" of 7 of these 100 companies, followed by Jakarta, Calgary, Moscow, and Beijing.

    (Source: The Rio Times, May, 2019) Contact: The Rio Times, Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter, www.riotimesonline.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  


    ExxonMobil, Nat. Labs to Collaborate on Lower-Emissions R&D (R&D)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2019-05-10
    Irving, Texas-headquartered oil industry juggernaut ExxonMobil reports it will invest as much as $100 million over 10 years to research and to develop advanced lower-emissions technologies in collaboration with the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

    The research aims to advance potential scalable technologies that improve energy efficiency, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce emissions from the production of fossil fuels and petrochemicals, according to ExxonMobil. Initial collaborative efforts will explore ways to bring biofuels and carbon capture and storage (CCS) to commercial scale across the power generation, transportation, and manufacturing sectors. (Source: ExxonMobil, GreenCar Congress, 9 May, 2019)Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Biouels,  CCS,  


    Microsoft Joins Climate Leadership Council (Ind. Report)
    Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2019-05-03
    Following up on our 17th April coverage, Microsoft reports it has joined the Climate Leadership Council. The Climate Leadership Council was founded by former secretaries of state James Baker and George Shultz, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, BP, ExxonMobil, and Shell, General Motors and others. Membership includes 3500+ economists, 27 Nobel laureates and 15 former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers.

    According to the organization's website, The founding Members of the Climate Leadership Council believe that America needs a consensus climate solution that bridges partisan divides, strengthens our economy and protects our shared environment."

    The Council's carbon dividends solution embodies the conservative principles of free markets and limited government. It also offers an equitable, popular and politically-viable way forward, paving the way for a much-needed bipartisan climate breakthrough. The Council's carbon dividends program is based on four interdependent pillars:

  • A gradually rising and revenue-neutral carbon tax;
  • Carbon dividend payments to all Americans, funded by 100 pct of the revenue;
  • The rollback of carbon regulations that are no longer necessary; and
  • Border carbon adjustments to level the playing field and promote American competitiveness.

    Alongside a growing carbon tax, the Climate Leadership Council wants to rollback carbon regulations that are no longer necessary and pay these carbon taxes back to citizens in the form of dividends. The group also plans to push for rising carbon taxes in replacement of other climate legislation while protecting its members from historic climate damage payments, according to its website.

    Microsoft recently committed to a $15 per ton internal carbon tax and announced that its campus will soon be run with 100 pct carbon-free electricity. It also ramped up its data center plans to run on 70 pct renewable by 2023. (Source: Microsoft, Climate Leadership Council, WinBuzzer, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Tax,  


  • EPA Stalls on RFS "Hardship Waiver" Transparency (Ind. Report)
    RFS
    Date: 2019-05-01
    Reuters is reporting the U.S. EPA has suspended work on its plan -- as announced on 12 April -- to publish the names of refineries granted "hardship waiver" exemptions from federal biofuels law after receiving blowback from the White House and parts of the oil industry.

    The EPA currently does not name companies that apply for or receive the waivers, arguing the information is confidential. The corn industry wants that changed because it believes profitable companies are securing waivers, which is hurting farmers. Small refineries owned by profitable oil majors like ExxonMobil and Chevron are among those that have gotten waivers since 2017, according to the Reuters report.

    "Hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: Yahoo Finance, Reuters, 30 April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  "Hardship Waiver",  Ethanol Blend,  


    ACC Energy Efficiency Improvement Awards Announced (Ind. Report)
    American Chemistry Council
    Date: 2019-04-15
    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reports 16 of its member companies are being recognized for implementing energy efficiency improvements in 2018.. The Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program is among ACC's many initiatives to improve energy efficiency. Member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing their environmental, health, safety and security plans.

    The 2019 Energy Efficiency Awards include:

  • Energy Efficiency Program award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy-efficiency improvements, with components such as establishing energy teams, goal setting, communications, management support and recognition;.

  • Significant Improvement in Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy efficiency in their manufacturing operations through technical innovations, creative projects or novel procedures or actions;

  • The Non-Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Improvement award is given for improvements resulting from energy-efficient lighting, insulation and other building improvements, as well as other non-manufacturing energy efficiency improvements.

    The companies receiving awards in 2019 are Afton Chemical Corporation, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., Albemarle Corporation, Arkema Inc., BASF Corp., Celanase, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Dow, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, FMC Corp., Hexion Inc., Occidental Chemical, Olin Corp and SABIC. (Source: American Chemistry Council, PR, 15 April, 2019) Contact: ACC, ww.americanchemistry.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • Trump Considers Contentious Climate Committee Appointment (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-02-25
    The Washington Post is reporting President Donald Trump may put climate-denying physicist William Happer at the head of the proposed Presidential Committee on Climate Securitywhich would evaluate whether climate change poses a national security threat.

    Happer is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Princeton University, a veteran of the George H.W. Bush administration, is connected to fossil fuel companies including ExxonMobil, has acknowledged accepting payment for testimony from from Peabody Coal, and presently serves as Trump's deputy assistant for emerging technologies on the National Security Council.

    Happer is also known for his comment: "The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews." "There's no reason for climate hysteria. I don't think it's a problem at all, I think it's a good thing." (Source: Washington Post, Wikipedia, Media Matters, EVLONDO COOPER, Blog, , 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: William Happer, (609) 258-3020, (609)258-2168 -fax, dof@princeton.edu

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


    Montana Legislature Considering State Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
    Montana Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Helena, Montana lawmakers are reported to be considering a $10-per-ton tax on carbon dioxide from various sources, including coal-fired power plants, including the Colstrip Power Plant facility.

    The bill under consideration targets carbon emissions of 25,000 tons or more, meaning that small industrial polluters would avoid the tax. There are 22 major polluters in the state that would fall under the carbon tax. The businesses range from the Malteurop North America malting facility in Great Falls to the Colstrip Power Plant, tops the list at 14.3 million tpy of CO2, according to EPA pollution data. All told, 21 businesses subject to the tax produce 20.8 million tpy of CO2. The three biggest polluters after Colstrip are in the Phillips 66 refinery, Yellowstone Energy Limited Partners, CHS refinery and ExxonMobil refinery, all in the Billings area.

    If mandated, the carbon tax is expected to add about $210 million a year to the state's coffers, $21 million of which would be used to help affected communities transition away from fossil fuel-based economies. (Source: Various Media, Billings Gazette, 7 Feb., 2019)

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


    ExxonMobil, REGI , Clariant Ink Cellulosics R&D JV (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil, REGI , Clariant
    Date: 2019-01-24
    Irving, Texas-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it is entering into a joint research agreement with Renewable Energy Group (REGI) and Muttenz, Switzerland-based Clariant AG to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from agricultural waste and residues to produce biofuel. The partners will also work on a conceptual engineering study to validate the feasibility of the integrated process comprising the technologies of all parties.

    The partners aim to combine Clariant's Sunliquid® and REGI's processes into a seamless cellulosic biomass-to-biodiesel technology.

    Clariant will conduct trials at its pre-commercial plant in Straubing, Germany, using different types of cellulosic feedstock that will be converted into sugars for conversion by REG and ExxonMobil into high-quality, low-carbon biodiesel. (Source: Exxon Mobil, Chemistry Views, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact:Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com; REGI, Randy Howard, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  REGI ,  Clariant,  Cellulosic,  Biodiesel,  Biouel,  


    Oil Giant Exxon Mobil Denied! (Reg & Leg, Ind. Report)
    Exxon Mobil
    Date: 2019-01-09
    In Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a significant ruling with its refusal to hear Houston-headquartered oil juggernaut Exxon Mobil's appeal in its 2016 suit with the state of Massachusetts.

    In the appeal, the company was attempting to block the release of records of its knowledge of how burning fossil fuels changes the climate.

    Massachusetts Attorney General's suit claimed the world's largest investor-owned oil company violated state's consumer protection rules and misled investors about the impacts of fossil fuels on climate change as well as risks of climate change to its business.

    Exxon appealed the decision to the Supreme Court on the grounds that the Massachusetts attorney general did not have jurisdiction to compel the company to release documents relevant to its own climate change-carbon emissions research and data. (Source: Various Media, 8 Jan., 2019)Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com

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    ExxonMobil Awarded RFS "Hardship Waiver" (Ind. Report)
    Exxon Mobil,Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2018-12-21
    Reuters is reporting the oil juggernaut ExxonMobil, with more than $19 billion in net income for 2017, has been granted a Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) "financial hardship waiver" from the EPA for its 60,000 bpd Billings Refinery in Montana.

    ExxonMobil's poor cousin Chevron, with a net 2017 income of only $9.2 billion, also scored a "hardship waiver" for its refinery in Utah on the grounds that without the waiver its refineries would be "at disadvantage in this competitive market."

    Under the RFS, oil refiners must increasingly blend ethanol and other biofuels into their fuel each year or purchase blending credits from those that do. The 2005 regulation was intended to help farmers and to cut fuel imports. But small oil refineries can be exempted from the standard if they prove compliance would cause disproportionate hardship. The EPA granted 29 waivers for the 2017 compliance year, up from 14 in 2015 and 20 in 2016. (Source: ExxonMobil, OilPrice, Reuters, 20 Dec., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  RFS,  Hardship Waiver,  


    Washington State Rejects Carbon Tax, Again (Reg & Leg)
    Western States Petroleum Association
    Date: 2018-11-12
    The third time around wasn't lucky for Washington States I 1631 groundbreaking carbon tax , despite broad support from MicroSoft's Bill Gates, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and the far away New York Times, labor organizations, environmentalist and others.

    I 1631 aimed to charge oil companies and other significant emitters $15 per ton of carbon released -- increasing by $2 per year until 2035. The approximately $1 billion per year it was expected to raise was earmarked for clean energy projects, public transportation, environmental conservation, and green jobs programs.

    In 2016, another initiative, 732, proposed a tax on carbon in exchange for reduced sales and manufacturing taxes and creating a fund for low-income families–an approach intended to appeal to conservatives. The strategy missed the marked with only 40.7 pct of the vote. Earlier this year, too, the state legislature attempted to pass a carbon tax measure, but that died when it failed to collect enough votes in the Senate to advance.

    Organized opposition to I 1631 campaign was sponsored by the Western States Petroleum Association -- an umbrella organization for BP, Chevron, Shell,Exxon) and others. In Washington, 54.5 pct of Washington State's carbon emissions reportedly come from gas and diesel used in transportation. In most states, the power generation sector is credited with the bulk of the state's carbon emissions. (Source: Various Media, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of Washington Sate Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov; Western States Petroleum Association, www.wspa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News I 1631,  Carbon Tax,  Washington Carbon Tax,  Jay Inslee,  


    NY Law Suit Claims ExxonMobil Misled Shareholders on Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change,ExxonMobil
    Date: 2018-10-29
    It is being widely reported by the New York Times and others that New York is suing the Houston-headquartered oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil, claiming that the company defrauded shareholders by downplaying the risks posed by climate change, according to the New York Times and other publications.

    The legal action does not charge ExxonMobil with playing a role in causing climate change, but rather accuses the company of telling investors that it was using theoretical prices for carbon in evaluating projects, ranging from $20 to $80 a ton depending on the country, when in fact it often used a lower price or no price at all, according to the Washington Post. The action also alleges ExxonMobil's senior management was aware of these activities.

    BBC News reports that an ExxonMobil spokesperson claimed the oil giant "looks forward to refuting these claims as soon as possible and getting this meritless civil lawsuit dismissed." (Source: NY TIMES, BBC, Standard, Various Other Media, 24 Oct., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Climate Change,  


    Exxon Supports Americans for Carbon Dividends Effort (Funding)
    Exxon Mobil ,Americans for Carbon Dividends
    Date: 2018-10-12
    Hard on the heels of the recently released IPCCC report calling for "unprecedented action to combat climate change", Houston-headquartered oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. has announced it is adding $1 million to Americans for Carbon Dividends, a political campaign that would effectively create a carbon tax tied to Exxon's core products.

    Exxon notes its $1 million commitment is in keeping with its longstanding support for an imposed carbon tax rather than an array of environmental regulations that already drive up the cost of fossil fuels.

    Exxon's support marks the first such initiative by a major oil company. (Source: Exxon Mobil, Bloomberg, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com; Americans for Carbon Dividends, www.afcd.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Americans for Carbon Dividends,  Exxon Mobil ,  Climate Change,  Carbon Tax,  


    Oil, Gas Players Pledge to Slash Methane Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
    Date: 2018-09-26
    The 13-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) -- which includes Exxon Mobil, Chevron and others -- reports it is committed to cutting methane emissions to an intensity of 0.25 pct of all fossil fuel the group's member companies produces by 2025. The pledge could be cut further to 0.2 pct intensity, which would echo targets set individually by group members BP, Royal Dutch Shell and XOM to reduce methane emissions.

    The OGCI, which also counts France's Total as well as national oil companies of China, Mexico, Brazil and Saudi Arabia among its members, represents nearly a third of global oil and gas production. (Source: OGCI Website, Seeking Alpha, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,  


    Little RI Takes On the Oil Giants over Climate Change (Reg & Leg)
    Care2
    Date: 2018-07-09
    The office of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin reports the nation's smallest state is suing the country's oils giants in the first-of-its-kind suit over direct harms to the state from man-made climate change.

    The state alleges that 21 energy companies -- including ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips -- knew about the impact fossil fuels were having on the environment but failed to mitigate that risk and the "manifest real-world harms of the companies' actions or failures to act."

    The lawsuit specifically alleges the energy companies refuted scientific knowledge and actively pushed pseudo-scientific theories about climate change, and that for nearly a half century the oil companies knew that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products create greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes our climate. It also claims the oil companies used public messaging to dissuade consumers from accepting the climate change consensus which, the state says, meant the public did not realize the harms fossil fuels were doing to the world and therefore did not see the need to reduce their climate impact. The suit also alleges that the actions have the companies have directly contributed to climate change which has in turn created sea level rise and a number of other issues that the state is now having to spend money dealing with. (Source: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, Care2, July, 2018) Contact: Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, (401) 274-4400, www.riag.ri.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Notable Quote -- The Pope Weighs In on Climate Change, Renewables
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-06-11
    "(It is) Disturbing that two-and-a-half years after the (Paris) deal was struck, carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gas levels remain very high. Yet even more worrying is the continued search for new fossil fuel reserves, whereas the Paris Agreement clearly urged keeping most fossil fuels underground. "Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization!

    "The effects of climate change are not evenly distributed. It is the poor who suffer most from the ravages of global warming, with increasing disruption in the agricultural sector, water insecurity, and exposure to severe weather events. Many of those who can least afford it are already being forced to leave their homes and migrate to other places that may or may not prove welcoming." -- Pope Francis speaking to ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and other energy industry leaders at the recent Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home conference.

    Editorial Note: Pope Francis is known to consider climate change one of the key themes of his papacy and has described it as "one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day."

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

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