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

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

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

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


Manulife Touts Real Estate Portfolio GHG Reduction Plan (Ind. Report)
Manulife Investment Management
Date: 2021-06-16
In Boston, Manulife Investment Management reports in its 2021 Real Estate Sustainability report it had set a GHG reduction target of 80 pct by 2050 across its $18.2 billion property portfolio 63 million sq-ft of office, industrial and retail space and over 6,500 multifamily units across Canada, the US and Asia.

Manulife developed a GHG model to identify multiple abatement opportunities and model reduction scenarios, and last year it conducted a "deep carbon retrofit study" of its corporate real estate to see where it could achieve immediate and longer-term reductions. Through carbon-emission reduction, Manulife Investment Management aims to be a key player in the transition to a low carbon economy.

Manulife's global climate action plan also commits to a 35 pct reduction of Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2035, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Manulife Investment Management, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Manulife Investment Management, www.manulifeim.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG news,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions news,  


DMT Completes Seabreeze Farm RNG Equipment Upgrade (Ind. Report)
DMT Clear Gas Solutions
Date: 2021-06-16
Tualatin, Oregon-based DMT Clear Gas Solutions, a leading technology supplier for biogas conditioning and upgrading, is reporting the renewable natural gas (RNG) facility at Seabreeze Farm in Delta, British Columbia is now operational. The third-generation dairy farm previously used water wash technology to convert biogas into RNG but now uses DMT's three-stage membrane separation technology, the Carborex®MS .

The facility upgrades 180 standard cubic feet per minute (SCFM), or 290 Nm3 per hour of biogas generated by 250 milk cows and 12,000 annual tons of off-farm organics. With DMT's biogas upgrading system, Seabreeze Farm produced up to 99.5 pct RNG for direct injection into the natural gas pipeline. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, the project equates to removing 650 vehicles from roadways or generating energy for 360 homes.

Seabreeze Farm sells the RNG to FortisBC, a natural gas and electricity utility that serves British Columbia's 1.2 million customers. (Source: DMT Clear Gas Solutions, Website PR, June, 2021)Contact: DMT Clear Gas Solutions, Robert Lems, GM, (503) 379-0147, www.dmt-cgs.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  DMT Clear Gas Solutions,  


Los Angeles Tops EPA ENERGY STAR Buildings List (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR
Date: 2021-06-16
The U.S. EPA's 13th annual U.S. Top Cities list of cities with the largest number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings during the previous year has ranked Los Angeles, California at the top of the big cities category with a total of 587 ENERGY STAR certified buildings.

The list ranked metropolitan areas in three categories -- the Top 25 Big Cities, Top Mid-Sized Cities and Top Small Cities.

To earn an Energy Star certification, buildings must be independently verified to be more energy efficient than 75 pct of similar buildings nationwide. On average, Energy Star certified buildings use 35 pct less energy than typical buildings and are responsible for 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: EPA, Wheeling News Register, 16 June, 2021) (Contact: DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov DOE Energy Star

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


Chart, TECO 2030 to Cooperate on Marine CCS Solutions (Ind. Report)
Chart Industries, TECO 2030
Date: 2021-06-14
Atlanta-based Chart Industries, Inc., a provider of technology, equipment and services related to liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, biogas and CO2 Capture and other applications, is reporting a 3-year MoU with Lysaker, Norway-headquartered TECO 2030 to jointly develop technological solutions that will capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by ships and subsequently store it in liquid form.

The agreement involves the joint development of onboard carbon capture solutions for ships using the Cryogenic Carbon Capture™ (CCC) technology developed by Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES) which was acquired by Chart in December 2020. The SES patented technology, which utilizes Chart's expertise in cryogenic equipment and systems, will separate the CO2 from the ships' exhaust gases, resulting in a high purity liquid CO2 product that is stored onboard in cryogenic storage tanks to be either permanently stored in underground geological formations or be used in CO2 -- consuming industries.

When fully developed, the carbon capture solution will be available as a key element in the TECO 2030 Future Funnel, an exhaust gas cleaning system for ships. TECO 2030 is also developing hydrogen fuel cells for the maritime industry. These will enable ships to switch from fossil fuels to green hydrogen produced by renewable energy and thereby emissions-free.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims to reduce carbon intensity in international shipping by 40 pct by 2030, and to cut the total annual greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008. (Source: Chart Industries, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Chart Industries, Wade Suki, CFA, Inv. Rel., 832-524-7489, wade.suki@chartindustries.com, www.chartindustries.com; TECO 2030, Stian Aakre, CEO, +47 907 08 440, stian.aakre@teco2030.no, www.teco2030.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Chart Industries,  TECO 2030,  Hydrogen,  


Cargill, HELM JV to Develop Iowa Biobased BDO Facility (Ind. Report)
Cargill
Date: 2021-06-11
Minnetonka, Minnesota-headquartered Cargill and HELM are entering into a joint venture, Qore, to help leading brands replace fossil-based chemistries with biobased intermediates and enabling them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

As part of the agreement, both companies are investing a combined $300 million to build the first commercial-scale, renewable BDO facility in the U.S. at Cargill's existing biotechnology campus and corn refining operation in Eddyville, Iowa. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.

The Qore joint venture will focus on producing QIRA, the next-generation 1,4-butanediol (BDO). Made biologically through the fermentation of plant-based sugars, QIRA can save up to 93 pct of greenhouse gas emissions when replacing today's widely used chemical intermediates made from traditional fossil sources. QIRA can be used the same way as its chemical counterpart but with significantly better environmental performance.

Qore has licensed San Diego-based Genomatica's BDO process technology and is using Cargill's global feedstock supply and fermentation manufacturing expertise to initially produce and distribute an expected 65,000 metric tpy of its first bio-intermediate, QIRA. HELM will work with brand owners, original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers to incorporate QIRA into their respective products. (Source: Cargill, PR, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com; Genomatica, www.genomatica.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cargill,  Genomatica,  


Alberta Establishing CCUS, Carbon Management Hubs (Ind. Report)
ALberta
Date: 2021-06-11
In Edmonton, "The Government of Alberta sees carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) as an integral part of our environmental and economic future. Injecting carbon dioxide underground is a proven process and has occurred in Alberta for decades. However, as a means to address greenhouse gas emissions and recognize the environmental benefit of CCUS, a strong regulatory system must exist. The regulatory system is especially important with the large volumes of carbon dioxide that need to be captured and injected to meet global climate targets. The system must establish a high level of rigor that accounts for and demonstrates the permanent storage of every tonne of carbon dioxide.

"Moving forward, the government will issue carbon sequestration rights through a competitive process, advancing the development of strategically located carbon storage hubs that will provide carbon sequestration services to a number of industrial facilities. The intent is to enhance Alberta's carbon management system by providing confidence to industry investors and Albertans that CCUS will be deployed in a responsible and strategic manner."

Download the Carbon Sequestration Tenure Management document HERE. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, Energy Operations, May, 2021) Contact: Gov. of Alberta, Energy, carboncapture.energy@alberta.gov.ca, www.alberta.gov.ca

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


NOVATEK, Severstal Ink GHG, Blue Hydrogen MoU (Int'l. Report)
NOVATEK
Date: 2021-06-07
In Russia, Saint Petersburg-based natural gas major NOVATEK and Russian mining and steelmaker Severstal are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of alternative/renewable energy and hydrogen energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the MOU, to two groups will develop a joint pilot project to produce blue hydrogen from natural gas and use technologies for carbon capture and storage (CCS). The partners also intend to develop jointly technical requirements, standards and engineering solutions for the manufacturing and supply of hydrogen transport pipelines, turbines, hydrogen storage systems and hydrogen transport tanks.

The partners have also agreed to cooperate in the production and supply of hydrogen, development of technological solutions for the use of fuel types based on hydrogen and its carriers, specifically ammonia. (Source: NOVATEK, Website PR, 4 June, 2021) Contact: Severstal, www.severstal.com; NOVATEK, +7 (495) 730-6013 ir@novatek.ru, www.novatek.ru/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News NOVATEK,  GHG,  Blue Hydrogen,  Hydrogen,  CCS,  Carbon Capture & Storage,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


Tallahassee Scores USGBC LEED Gold for Cities (Ind. Report)
U.S. Green Building Council
Date: 2021-06-07
In the Sunshine State, the state capital City of Tallahassee (pop. 195,000) reports it has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold for Cities certification.

To earn City LEED Gold certification, the City conducted an in-depth, cross-departmental data analysis and evaluation related to its strategic sustainability and resilience efforts. Following the receipt of a partial grant from USGBC in 2019, the city established a team to begin coordinating the certification of the City through the global LEED for Cities program. The following initiatives helped the City earn certification:

  • Integrative Planning -- The City received the maximum number of points available for its comprehensive planning and leadership.

  • Natural Systems and Ecology -- The City was awarded the maximum number of points available for its ecosystem assessment, green spaces availability, natural resource conservation and resilience planning.

  • Transportation and Land Use -- The City was awarded the maximum number of points available for its historical site preservation policies. It also received points for its transportation performance.

  • Water Performance -- The City earned LEED points for its annual water consumption per capita data and progressive water management policies.

  • Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions -- The City was awarded the maximum number of points available for energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management, which included an assessment of Tallahassee’s per capita and total GHG emissions. The City also earned points for its renewable energy generation and declining GHG intensity (GHG relation to GDP). Lastly, the City received the maximum points allowed for its net metering practices.

  • Innovation -- The City received the maximum number of points available for its innovative approaches to advancing sustainability and resiliency.

  • Regional Priority -- The City received regional priority credits for membership and participation in the Capital Area Sustainability Compact, its disaster preparation efforts, initiatives to reduce housing insecurity, as well as the City's significant efforts to protect Wakulla Springs. (Source: City of Tallahassee, June, 2021) Contact: City of Tallahassee, www.talgov.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Green Building Council,  LEED for Cities,  


  • Vitol Supplying Neste SAF at Heathrow (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Helsinki-headquartered sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste Oy reports Vitol Aviation, a fuel supplier at Heathrow Airports in the UK, is making Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ available beginning today, June 3rd, ahead of the G7 Summit to be held from 11 to 13 June 2021. Vitol Aviation intends to deliver further supplies ahead of COP26 to enable attendees to also transit to Glasgow with lower-emissions.

    Neste MY SAF is produced 100 pct from renewable and sustainable waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste. Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel, in its neat form and over the life cycle, reduces up to 80 pct of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil jet fuel use. (Source: Neste Oy, PR, Website, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Jonathan Wood, VP Europe, Renewable Aviation, Susanna Sieppi, +358 50 458 5076, media@neste.com , www.neste.com; Vitol , Andrea Schlaepfer, +44 (0)7525 403796, acs@vitol.com, www.vitol.com

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


    Maritime Zero-Emissions Mission Launched (Int'l. Report)
    Mission Innovation
    Date: 2021-06-04
    The governments of Denmark, Norway, and the United States, along with the Global Maritime Forum and the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping will lead a new Zero-Emission Shipping Mission aimed at accelerating international public-private collaboration to scale and deploy new green maritime solutions, setting international shipping on an ambitious zero-emission course. The Mission will also be supported by the governments of India, Morocco, the UK, Singapore, France, Ghana, and South Korea.

    Carrying 80-90 pct of global trade in a less carbon-intensive manner than other freight transport modes, international maritime shipping nonetheless represents about 2-3 pct of the world's total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Without immediate and concerted efforts, emissions from the sector could increase between 50 pct and 250 pct by 2050.

    Download the MISSION STATEMENT FOR ZERO-EMISSION SHIPPING HERE. (Source: Mission Innovation, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Mission Innovation, www.mission-innovation.net

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,  Solar,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


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

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

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

    Download the full report HERE.

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    Viridor Aims to Implement System-Wide CCUS (Int'l. Report)
    Viridor
    Date: 2021-05-21
    In the UK, Taunton, Somerset-headquartered waste management waste-to-energy specialist Viridor is reporting plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and expand carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology across it's energy-from-waste (EfW) portfolio with the aim of becoming a net zero emissions company by 2040 and the first UK net negative emissions waste and recycling company.

    To that end, Viridor is partnering with the HyNet NorthWest Consortium and will initially target carbon capture operations at its EfW site at Runcorn by 2026, which Viridor describes as "the first project of its kind in the UK." This CCS initiative will then be gradually rolled out to include the rest of the company's EfW portfolio. (Source: Viridor, PR, letserecycle.com, 20 May, 2021) Contact: Viridor, Kevin Bradshaw, CEO, +44 0 1823 721400, www.viridor.co.uk/energy/energy-recovery-facilities

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Viridor,  CCS,  CCUS,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


    ClearFlame Engine Technologies, Alto Ingredients Partner to Demonstrate Decarbonization of Diesel-Fueled Engines Using Ethanol Fuel (Ind. Report)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2021-05-19
    Geneva, Illinois-based ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a growing startup dedicated to the development of clean engine technology today announced a partnership with Alto Ingredients, Inc.-- fka Pacific Ethanol -- a leading producer of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients, to conduct pilot demonstrations of its proven solution for diesel engines using low-cost ethanol in Class VIII trucks.

    ClearFlame will provide Alto with a Class VIII truck retrofitted with a 500hp heavy-duty demonstration engine which can match diesel torque and efficiency by achieving true diesel-style combustion of any decarbonized fuel. In turn, Alto will provide fuel and fleet support enabling real-world on-road testing. ClearFlame anticipates its engine running on ethanol can reduce GHG vehicle emissions by more than 45 pct and offer an estimated 15-30 pct TCO savings when compared with a diesel-fueled solution.

    ClearFlame's technology enables low-carbon and carbon-negative fuels to be easily integrated into existing diesel engine platforms, offering a more sustainable and cost-effective solution than diesel fuel while utilizing existing liquid fuel infrastructure. It provides the same performance, efficiency, and rugged practicality associated with diesel engines, while eliminating the need for complex after treatment solutions. By replacing 100 pct of the petroleum fuel used with decarbonized fuels such as ethanol.

    ClearFlame's engine technology significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter and smog, helping to meet stringent emissions regulations while reducing overall engine cost. ClearFlame-enabled trucks will begin driving in late 2021, for fleet testing to begin in the first quarter of 2022. (Source: ClearFlame, PR, 17 May., 2021) Contact: ClearFlam Engine Technologies, www.clearflameengines.com; Alto Ingredients, Mike Kandriss, CEO, www.altoingredients.com.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  Alto Ingedients,  


    ePure Warns Against EU's Dismissal of Crop-Based Biofuels (Int'l.)
    ePure
    Date: 2021-05-19
    EURACTIV reports the European Commission's (EC) draft proposal to revise the Renewable Energy Directive, which raises the target for the share of renewable energy in transport but keeps in place a cap on the use of crop-based biofuel "risks hampering efforts to decarbonise the transport sector." The updated renewable energy directive proposal, due to be presented on 14 July as part of a broader package of climate legislation, upholds a limit on the use of first-generation biofuels made from food crops.

    Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General of ePURE, commented "Unfortunately, the Commission has recently shown it still seems inclined to seek to minimise the contribution of crop-based biofuels from the road transport energy mix -- even though such biofuels have been the main contributor to displacing fossil fuel and are essential to meeting 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Without liquid and gaseous biofuels, 99.7 pct of EU road transport energy would be fossil (fuel)", he noted. (Source: ePure, Website, 18 May, 2021) Contact: ePure, www.epure.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ePure,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Bioenrgy Crop,  


    Washington State Legislates Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (Reg & Leg)
    Washington State
    Date: 2021-05-19
    In Olympia, Washington state has passed legislation directing the Department of Ecology to develop a low carbon fuel standard for the state. The overall goal is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions attributable to each unit of the fuels to 20 pct below 2017 levels by 2038 based on: not more than 0.5 pct each year in 2023 and 2024; no more than an additional 1 pct each year beginning in 2025 through 2027; more than an additional 1.5 pct each year beginning 22 in 2028 through 2031; and no change in 2032 and 2033. The rules must establish a start date for the clean fuels program of no later than 1 January 2023.

    Additionally, the Department of Ecology may not increase the carbon intensity reductions required by the applicable clean fuels program standard beyond a 10 pct reduction in carbon intensity until: at least a 15 pct net increase in the volume of in-state liquid biofuel production and the use of feedstocks grown or produced within the state relative to the start of the program; and at least one new or expanded biofuel production facility representing an increase in production capacity or producing, in total, in excess of 60,000,000 gpy of biofuels is received after 1 July 2021, all necessary siting, operating, and environmental permits post all timely and applicable appeals. As part of the threshold of 60,000,000 gallons of biofuel, at least one new facility producing at least 10,000,000 gpy must have received all necessary siting, operating, and environmental permits.

    The rules must include standards for greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the transportation fuels throughout their life cycles, including but not limited to emissions from the production, storage, transportation, and combustion of transportation fuels and from changes in land use associated with transportation fuels and any permanent greenhouse gas sequestration activities. Some exemptions apply. (Source: Washington State, Office of Gov. Jay Inslee, PR, May, 2021)Contact: Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D), Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jay Inslee,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


    DOE Co-Optima Biofuel, Combustion Engines Initiative Winners Picked (Ind. Report)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2021-05-14
    In Washington, The U.S. DOE is reporting the selection of four projects totaling $1 million to conduct cutting-edge applied R&D concerning the interaction between promising biofuels and combustion engines. The projects will leverage a range of National Laboratory capabilities as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, and aim to help bring these fuel-engine combinations closer to commercial adoption. The Co-Optima initiative provides American industry with the scientific knowledge needed to maximize vehicle performance and efficiency, leverage domestic fuel resources, and reduce life cycle emissions. DOE awarded funding to the following projects:
  • Aramco Services Company (Houston, Texas), Marathon Petroleum Company (Findlay, Ohio), and Caterpillar (Peoria, Illinois) will work with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to identify bio-blendstock characteristics that will provide the best 87 anti-knock index gasoline for heavy-duty gasoline compression ignition engines.

  • The Coordinating Research Council (Alpharetta, Georgia) will work with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to develop an isotope ratio mass spectrometry method as a cost-effective means to identify renewable content in co-processed biomass- and fossil-derived fuels.

  • Cummins (Columbus, Indiana) will work with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop a deeper fundamental understanding of how physical and chemical fuel properties affect mixing-controlled compression ignition combustion in medium-duty engines through computational fluid dynamics simulations.

  • Shell (Houston, Texas) will work with ORNL and ANL to quantify how fuel volatility can be used to increase anti-knock performance, in order to increase engine efficiency and the use of biomass-derived fuels.

    Each awardee will receive up to $250,000 in National Laboratory assistance for experimental or computational projects that leverage innovative capabilities in the areas of bioblendstock fuel property, production, and combustion performance research. The projects will also focus on the impacts of adoption of co-optimized fuel-engine combinations. Each of the awardees has committed to a 20 pct cost share contribution.

    Sponsored by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy's (EERE) Vehicle Technologies and Bioenergy Technologies Offices, Co-Optima partners include ANL, LANL, PNNL, ORNL, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories, as well as more than 20 university and industry partners.

    EERE is focused on decarbonizing the transportation sector, the single largest source of domestic greenhouse gas emissions.

    Download Co-Optima Initiative details HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 10 May, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  Biofuel,  


  • Suncor, Atco Partner on Potential Hydrogen Project (Ind. Report)
    Suncor, Atco
    Date: 2021-05-12
    On the Canadian prairies, oilsands producer Suncor Energy Inc. and engineering, logistics and energy holding company Atco Ltd. -- both based in Calgary -- report they are partnering on a "multibillion-dollar" project to produce more than 300,000 tpy of hydrogen.

    The project would slash Alberta's CO2 emissions by more than 2 million tpy and help Canada reach its 2050 target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and storing (CCS) more than 90 per cent of the CO2 produced from energy required to produce the hydrogen.

    Suncor will build and operate the hydrogen production and CO2 sequestration facilities and Atco will construct and operate the associated pipeline and hydrogen storage facilities. Roughly 65 pct of the hydrogen would be used by Suncor in refining processes and cogeneration of steam and electricity, reducing emissions by up to 60 pct at its Edmonton refinery. Another 20 pct would be added to the provincial natural gas grid to reduce emissions and the remainder will be sold to various users, according to the release.

    The hydrogen production facility, which would be located at Atco's Heartland Energy Centre near Fort Saskatchewan, is expected to face an investment decision in 2024 and could be operational as early as 2028. (Source: Suncor, Canadian Press, 11 May, 2021) Contact: Suncor, Mark Little, Pres. & CEO, www.suncor.com; Atco Ltd., www.atco.com/en-ca.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Suncor,  CCS,  Atco,  Hygrogen,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    China's Emissions Top OECD's Combined Total Emissions (Int'l.)
    China Greenhouse Gas,OECD
    Date: 2021-05-10
    According to new research from the New York City-based Rhodium Group, China's heat-trapping, greenhouse gas emissions -- carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen triflouride (NF3) -- totaled 14.09 billion tons of CO2 equivalent in 2019, more than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 37 member nations emissions combined.

    China accounted for 27 pct of global emissions followed by the U.S, with 11 pct with India in third place with 6.6 pct. Historically, OECD members have pumped four times more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than China since 1750. (Source: Rhodium Group, Bloomberg, May, 2021) Contact: Rhodium Group, 212.532.1157, 212.532.1162 -- fax, nyc@rhg.com, www.rhg.com: OECD, www.oecd.org

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    Ithaca Energy Code Requires Net-Zero Const. by 2026 (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-05-10
    In the Empire State, the City of Ithaca has adopted the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (IECS) code requirements for new buildings and major renovations that will substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions while emphasizing affordability.

    The rules, which will go into effect on August 4, 2021, require all new buildings be constructed to produce 40 pct fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than those built to NY State code. The IECS will become more stringent in 2023, requiring an 80 pct reduction in emissions. Starting in 2026, net-zero buildings that do not use fossil fuels will be required (with exceptions for cooking and process energy).

    Partly due to broad community support and the increasing urgency of global climate change, Ithaca Common Council voted to accelerate the implementation timeline from the originally proposed step-up dates of 2025 and 2030.

    The IECS offers flexibility for builders to comply using the prescriptive Easy Path, a customized point-based system, or the performance-based Whole Building Path. Using the Easy Path, GHG reductions are achieved from electrification of space and water heating (e.g., heat pumps), renewable energy (e.g., community solar), and affordability improvements which reduce construction costs (e.g., efficient building shape).

    The IECS is an overlay to the state energy code, not a replacement, and is All other applicable code requirements must still be met. The Ithaca Energy Code Supplement is a major piece of the City's Green New Deal (GND) which aims to achieve an equitable transition to carbon-neutrality community-wide by 2030.

    Download Ithaca Energy Code Supplement at www.ithacagreenbuilding.com. (Source: City of Ithaca, PR, 7 May, 2021) Contact: City of Ithaca, JoAnn Cornish, Director Planning & Development, 607-274-6565, dgrunder@cityofithaca.org; Nick Goldsmith, Sustainability Coordinator, 607-274-6550 ngoldsmith@cityofithaca.org, www.cityof ithaca.org


    Hexion Touts GHG Emissions Reduction Commitment (Ind. Report)
    Hexion Inc
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Columbus, Ohio-headquartered resins and coatings producer Hexion Inc. reports that in order to help address climate change, it has committed to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 20 pct by 2030, compared to 2017 levels. The company's commitments includes Scope 2 and 3 emissions -- direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions -- from operations and consumed energy.

    To reach its goal, Hexion has determined its most important areas of focus, which included formalizing the following:

  • Minimizing climate change impact -- Hexion will strive to protect against climate change throughout its business lifecycle by efficiently using natural resources, optimizing existing processes and enhancing products and technologies through continuous innovation.

  • Developing innovative sustainable products -- Hexion is committed that by 2030, all new products will incorporate sustainable attributes.

  • Reducing spills and releases -- Hexion has committed to reduce spill mass and releases by 80 pct by 2025.

  • Maintaining product stewardship -- Hexion remains committed to implementing the Responsible Care Product Safety Code and will continue to be transparent and communicate to key stakeholders regarding its stewardship programs such as risk reviews and reduction of substances of concern.

    As further validation of its commitment to more sustainable operations, Hexion received its first ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award and has been recognized for numerous successes in waste reduction and energy efficiency throughout the company since 2014. In that time, Hexion has reduced global energy intensity by 28 pct, executed more than 250 sustainability projects, and produced water and energy savings of approximately $14 million, including $2 million in 2020 alone. (Source: Hexion, PR, 10 May., 2021) Contact: Hexion, Craig Rogers, CEO, www.hexion.com

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  • FACA Recommends USDA Carbon Bank Pilot Projects (Ind. Report)
    Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance
    Date: 2021-05-05
    The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) has developed the following specific recommendations for how the U.S. USDA should approach a potential carbon bank -- a voluntary policy mechanism to help reduce barriers that producers and landowners face to participating in voluntary carbon markets and adopting climate-smart practices.

    FACA recommends that USDA lay the foundation for a potential carbon bank by first developing a series of pilot projects aimed at:

  • Scaling climate solutions -- Pilot projects should help increase adoption of climate-smart practices that reduce, directly capture or sequester greenhouse gas emissions, and/or increase climate resilience. Pilots should deploy "critical climate infrastructure" to increase the capacity of farmers, ranchers and forest owners to adapt to climate change, while ensuring food and economic security.

  • Removing barriers to adoption -- Pilot projects should encourage the widespread adoption of climate-smart practices and critical climate infrastructure by removing barriers and making it easier for producers and landowners to adopt these practices.

  • Improving carbon accounting standards -- USDA should develop consistent and credible criteria to account for the carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas reduction benefits of climate-smart agriculture and forestry projects and practices.

  • Ensuring equitable opportunities -- Pilot projects must be developed with and provide equitable opportunities for minority, socially disadvantaged and small-scale producers.

  • Information gained from the pilots will serve two critical purposes -- First, it will help USDA build a durable foundation for a carbon bank that gains long-term bipartisan congressional support. Second, it will help USDA build confidence in how to verify the climate benefits delivered by specific practices and management approaches.

    According to the FACA, this approach will lay essential building blocks for a voluntary carbon bank that creates opportunities for all producers and landowners to participate in rapidly developing voluntary private markets and leverages private investment in agricultural and forestry climate solutions. As USDA develops a carbon bank, it must protect all existing funding for farm bill conservation and insurance programs, and it must ensure that a USDA-led carbon bank doesn't undermine voluntary private markets.

    The FACA consists of 70 member organizations representing farmers, ranchers, forest owners, agribusinesses, manufacturers, the food and innovation sector, state governments, sportsmen, and environmental advocates. These groups have broken through historical barriers to develop and promote shared climate policy priorities across the entire agriculture, food and forestry value chains, according to its website. (Source: FACA, Website PR, 3 Apr., 2021) Contact: FACA, www.agclimatealliance.com

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  • Jetflite Offers Neste SAF Fueled Private Flights in Finland (Int'l.)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Finland-headquartered business aviation company Jetflite AB is offering lower-emission private business flights in Finland. Jetflite is committed to sustainable aviation and is reducing greenhouse gas emissions with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. The first lower-emission flight by Jetflite will take place this month. Jetflite specialises in business flights, group charter and air ambulance services, aircraft management and air cargo services.

    As previously reported Neste's SAF supply capacity is currently 100,000 tpy but expected to grow to 1.5 million tpy when its expanded Singapore refinery comes on line in 2023.(Source: Jetflite, Neste, PR, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Jetflite, +358 20 510 1900 | sales@jetflite.fi www.jetflite.fi; Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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    Gevo's Northwest Iowa RNG Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    GEVO
    Date: 2021-05-03
    Following up on our April 19 coverage, Englewood, Colorado-based Gevo, Inc. reports it has broken ground on its Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from dairy cow manure project in Northwest Iowa. Upon completion and commissioning early in 2022, the facility is expected to generate roughly 355,000 MMBtu of RNG per year and significantly reduce methane from being released into the atmosphere.

    According to the release, Gevo's mission is to transform renewable energy and carbon into energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons that can be used for drop-in transportation fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel, that when burned have the potential to yield net-zero greenhouse gas emissions when measured across the full life cycle of the products.

    Gevo uses low-carbon renewable resource-based carbohydrates as raw materials and is in an advanced state of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, according to the release. (Source: GEVO, Website PR, 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Neste to Produce 500,000 tpy of SAF in Rotterdam (Int'l. Report)
    Neste Oyi
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi, the world's leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials, reports it will invest roughly €190 million to modify its existing renewables production capacity in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to enable production of up to 500,000 tpy of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The refinery presently produces mainly Neste MY Renewable Diesel™.

    Neste expects the project to be completed in the second half of 2023. This extends Neste's growing footprint in the Netherlands and demonstrates the shared sustainability ambitions of Neste, the Dutch government, and the Port of Rotterdam in particular. Together with the company's ongoing Singapore refinery expansion, Neste will have the capacity to produce 1.5 million tons of sustainable aviation fuel annually by the end of 2023. Currently Neste's sustainable aviation fuel annual production capacity is 100,000 tons. Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ in neat form and over the life cycle, reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 80 pct compared to fossil jet fuel. Neste's revenue in 2020 stood at €11.8 billion, with 94 pct of the company's comparable operating profit coming from renewable products, according to the release. (Source: Neste, PR, Website, 29 April 2021) Contact: Neste, Thorsten Lange, Executive VP Renewable Aviation, Matti Lehmus, Executive VP Renewables Platform, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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

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

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    EIB Commits €2Bn to Renewable Energy (Int'l. Report)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2021-04-26
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) last week reported approval of €3.4 billion ($4 billion) in new financing for climate action, including €2 billion ($2.418 billion) to support renewable energy projects in France and Germany, solar power in Spain and wind projects in Ireland. The financing will help improve energy distribution in Italy and covers a solar-plus-storage project that relies on both batteries and hydrogen.

    The EU has also committed to cutting net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 from 1990 levels and to be the first climate neutral continent by 2050. (Source: European Investment Bank, 23 Apr., 2021)Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

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    EU Aims to Become Ist Climate Neutral Continent (Int'l. Report)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2021-04-26
    Last week, the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced approval of €3.4 billion ($4.08bn) in new financing for climate action, including €2 billion to support the development of renewable energy projects in France and Germany, the increase in solar power consumption by homeowners across Spain, and wind projects in Ireland. The financing will help improve energy distribution in Italy and covers a solar-plus-storage project that relies on both batteries and hydrogen.

    The €3.4 billion package also includes €700 million for sustainable transport, €720 million for corporate research, innovation and business investment, and €837 million for urban investment, housing, education and communications.

    The EU has committed to cutting net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 from 1990 levels and the first climate neutral continent by 2050. (Source: European Invstment Bank, 23 Apr., 2021)Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org ;

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    Biden Admin U.S. Int'l. Climate Finance Plan Summary (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-04-26
    This Plan -- the first of its kind in the U.S. government -- focuses on international climate finance. For the purposes of this Plan, "climate finance" refers in part to the provision or mobilization of financial resources to assist developing countries to reduce and/or avoid greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

  • Scaling-Up International Climate Finance and Enhancing its Impact. The Administration is embracing ambitious but attainable goals regarding the quantity of public climate finance provided by the U.S, recognizing the urgency of the climate crisis, confronting the sharp drop in U.S. international climate finance during the FY 2018-2021 period, and understanding the need to re-establish U.S. leadership in international climate diplomacy. The U.S. intends to double, by 2024, our annual public climate finance to developing countries relative to the average level during the second half of the Obama-Biden Administration (FY 2013-2016).

    As part of this goal, the U.S intends to triple our adaptation finance by 2024.. The Biden Administration will work closely with Congress to meet these goals. U.S. agencies, working with development partners, will prioritize climate in public investments, enhance technical assistance and long-term capacity, align support with country needs and priorities, and boost investments in adaptation and resilience. For example, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will release a new Climate Change Strategy in November 2021. The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will update its development strategy to not only include climate for the first time, but also to make investments in climate mitigation and adaptation a top priority. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will adopt a new Climate Strategy in April 2021, centered on investing in climate-smart development and sustainable infrastructure, and aims to have more than 50 pct of its program funding go to climate-related investments over the next five years. Treasury will direct U.S. executive directors in multilateral development banks (MDBs) to help ensure MDBs set and apply ambitious climate finance targets and policies, in partnership with other shareholders.

    U.S. departments and agencies will enhance strategic coordination on providing and mobilizing international climate finance and technical assistance to ensure the complementarily of agency efforts, instruments, and expertise. Departments and agencies will increase collaboration and adopt best practices on incorporating climate considerations into their international work and investments, such as screening all projects for climate-related risks to ensure they are resilient.

  • Mobilizing Private Finance Internationally Public interventions, including public finance, must also mobilize private capital. Several efforts will help mobilize more private finance. For example, MCC will expand partnerships and the use of blended finance to catalyze private capital for climate projects. DFC will increase its climate-related investments beginning in FY 2023, so that at least one-third of its new investments are linked to addressing the climate crisis. The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) will identify ways to significantly increase, as per its mandate, its support for environmentally beneficial, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage exports from the United States. U.S. agencies, including DFC, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, EXIM, the Department of State, MCC, and USAID will work together to build a strong investable project pipeline.

  • Ending International Official Financing for Carbon-Intensive Fossil Fuel Based Energy Scaling back public investments in carbon-intensive fossil fuel-based energy is the necessary corollary to increasing investments in climate-friendly activities. Departments and agencies will seek to end international investments in and support for carbon-intensive fossil fuel-based energy projects. Departments and agencies will work with other countries, through bilateral and multilateral formula, to promote the flow of capital toward climate-aligned investments and away from high-carbon investments. Treasury, in partnership with other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and other U.S. government departments and agencies, will spearhead efforts to modify disciplines on official export financing provided by OECD export credit agencies, to reorient financing away from carbon-intensive activities.

  • Making Capital Flows Consistent with Low-Emissions, Climate-Resilient Pathways Financial markets are increasingly demanding investment opportunities that are consistent with low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate-resilient pathways Supporting the flow of capital toward activities that are consistent with those pathways involves building an ecosystem of data, information, practices, and procedures that enable financial market actors to internalize climate-related considerations into their decisions. This concept is embodied in the Paris Agreement’s Article 2.1(c) and has been widely embraced by financial policy makers and regulators around the world. The Treasury Department, in coordination with other U.S. agencies and regulatory bodies, as appropriate, will continue to promote improving information on climate-related risks and opportunities; identifying climate-aligned investments; managing climate-related financial risks; and aligning portfolios and strategies with climate objectives.

  • Defining, Measuring, and Reporting U.S. International Climate Finance Drawing on over a decade of experience in tracking climate finance, the U.S. intends to ensure that our future reporting is on the cutting edge of transparency and evolves along with our strategic approach to climate finance. This will include more detailed reporting, tracking finance for vulnerable populations, and enhanced reporting on mobilization and impact. The National Security Council staff will conduct a review of this Plan in FY 2023 to take stock of progress and assess whether changes are needed to increase ambition and impact. (Source: The White House, PR, 23 Apr., 2021)

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  • Environmental Defense Fund Lauds Biden's 50-52 pct GHG Reduction by 2030 Target (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    EDF
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Today, the Biden administration announced an ambitious and credible emissions target under the Paris Agreement to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52 pct below 2005 levels by 2030.

    "By announcing a bold target of cutting emissions 50-52 pct below 2005 levels by the end of the decade, President Biden has met the moment and the urgency that the climate crisis demands. The message from the White House is clear: The U.S. is ready to go all-in to beat the climate crisis. This target aligns with what the science says is necessary to put the world on the path to a safer climate, and vaults the U.S. into the top tier of world leaders on climate ambition. And it's backed up by numerous analyses demonstrating that it can be met through multiple pathways using existing technologies.

    "For four years, the world wondered what's going on with the U.S. Now they're going to have to race to keep up. With this ambitious and credible target, the U.S. has joined the EU and UK at the top of the global league table, recaptured a leadership role on climate -- and positioned itself to push for greater global ambition in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow. Now it's time for other major emitters to follow suit and commit to deeper reductions in their own emissions over this next decisive decade.

    "Going bold on climate will help America create the jobs of the future. By taking swift action to invest in clean industries and technologies, the United States can supercharge its competitiveness in the global clean energy economy. Leading businesses and investors already know this: That's why over 400 of them called on the administration to cut emissions at least 50 pct by 2030.

    "With this target in place, there's not a moment to lose to start achieving it with a whole-of-government approach that leverages action from the White House and Congress. The Biden administration can jump-start progress by putting in place critical clean air and climate protections under existing law and by working with Congress to enact transformative investments in the American Jobs Plan. These measures can support millions of good-paying union jobs and improve air quality for low-income communities and communities of color that have borne and continue to bear a disproportionate share of harmful pollution.

    "Critical near-term actions are available in three sectors: power, transportation, and methane from oil and gas. A key step toward meeting the 2030 target is an enforceable Clean Electricity Standard for the power sector that ensures reductions of 80 pct below 2005 by the end of the decade. With transportation as the largest source of climate pollution in the U.S. as well as a significant source of air pollution, electrifying cars, trucks and buses will be essential. And as the administration takes aggressive action to cut carbon emissions, it must also double down on actions to reduce methane -- the most immediate opportunity the world has to reduce warming now. As the world's largest oil and gas producer, the U.S. has both an opportunity and responsibility to take swift action to reduce oil and gas methane pollution here at home and be a leader in catalyzing international action on this global problem.

    "As the administration implements a whole-of-government approach to meet this target, it should ensure that policies expand access to economic opportunity, reduce exposure to harmful air pollution and empower American workers in every community.

    "We look forward to working with the administration, Congress, state and local leaders, businesses and advocates to help turn this bold commitment into strong policy action that delivers." (Source: Environmental Defense Fund, PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: EDF Nathaniel Keohane, Senior VP for Climate, www.edf.org

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    CMA CGM Investing in Low-Carbon Biomethane Fuel (Int'l. Report)
    CMA CGM
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In France, Marseille-based global ocean carrier CMA CGM Group reports it intends to invest in biomethane production facilities and is studying the viability of the liquefaction process and its potential as maritime shipping fuel. As a fuel for vessels, 12,000 tonnes of biomethane would provide the equivalent to a year's supply of fuel consumption for two 1,400-TEU ships operating on CMA CGM's European Balt3 line between St. Petersburg and Rotterdam, according to the release.

    The initiative is in line with the company' s objective to become carbon-neutral by 2050. CMA CGM Group notes it cut its overall CO2 emissions by 4 pct in 2020 following a 6 pct reduction in 2019, and has also lowered its CO2 emissions per container-kilometer by 49 pct since 2008. With CMA CGM's dual-fuel gas-power technology, it can reduce entire value chain greenhouse gas emissions, including CO2, by at least 67 pct, according to the company release. (Source: CMA CGM Group, PR, BreakBulk, 10 Apr., 2021) Group Contact: CMA CGM Group Rodolphe Saade, Chairman and CEO, +33 (0)4 88 91 90 00, www.cma-cgm.com

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

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

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

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

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    PSU $4.6Bn Endowment Aims for Net-zero Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Penn State University
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In the Keystone State, the Penn State University Office of Investments has announced it will eliminate greenhouse gas emissions associated with underlying investments, but not necessarily divesting fossil fuels, in Penn's $4.6 billion endowment by 2050.

    The goal supports efforts outlined in the 2015 Paris Agreement and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to reduce the world's net anthropogenic emissions to zero by 2050. This announcement builds upon Penn State's annual Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 report, released on Dec. 1, 2020, which summarized the University's latest progress in environmental sustainability made from 2019 to 2024 with a commitment to achieve a 100 pct carbon-neutral campus by 2042.

    Penn State has reduced its overall carbon emissions by 37.2 pct since 2009 and "greened" its physical footprint with 27 buildings achieving US Green Building Council LEED certification, 34 buildings having green roofs, and 14 acres of open space having been added through the creation of Penn Park. In 2020, the University signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the construction of two new solar energy facilities which will offset 75 pct of both the academic campus and the University of Pennsylvania Health System's electricity consumption through renewable energy. (Source: Penn State University, PR, The Pennsylvanian, Apr., 2021) Contact: Penn State University, 814-865-6528, www.bursar.psu.edu/endowments

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    Colorado Mtn. College Solar+ Storage Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    AMeresco
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting a partnership with Glenwood Springs, Colorado-headquartered Holy Cross Energy (HCE) for a solar and battery energy storage project at Colorado Mountain College's Spring Valley Campus.

    Under the agreement, Ameresco will install, maintain and own 4.5MW of solar PV and 15 MWh battery energy storage and sell the generated output to HCE under a long-term PPA.

    The project's avoided annual greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be 6,853 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which equates to the emissions benefit of removing 1,481 passenger vehicles from the road, or not burning 7,551,050 pounds of coal.

    Holy Cross Energy aims to source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030. (Source: Colorado Mountain College, PR. 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: Colorado Mountain College, www.coloradomtn.edu; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; Holy Cross Energy, Bryan Hannegan, CEO, (970) 945-5491, www.holycross.com

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

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

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

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    Japanese Loan to Support Indian Green Projects (Int'l. Report)
    Japan International Cooperation Agency
    Date: 2021-04-05
    In Tokyo, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAIC) reports it will loan up to ¥10 billion ($90 million)to India's Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd. -- a joint venture between Tata Capital and the World Bank-backed International Finance Corporation (IFC). Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd. will use the funds to provide "green loans" to companies that focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy , and others aimed at cutting carbon emissions and mitigating the impact of climate change.

    Tata Cleantech Capital has to date contributed to the development of 9.8 million kilowatts renewable energy and the reduction of 15.1 million tons of carbon dioxide. India has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per GDP by 33 to 35 pct by 2030 from the 2005 level under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Japan International Cooperation Agency, PR, Kyodo News, 3 Apr., 2021) Contact: Japan International Cooperation Agency, www.jica.go.jp; Tata Cleantech Cap., www.tatacapital.com/tccl.html

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    World Bank Releases New Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    World Bank
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Last week in Washington, the World Bank (WB) announced a new Climate Change Action Plan aimed at helping developing countries achieve measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and pledging to mobilize large-scale resources to aid the transition away from fossil fuels. The Plan will increase climate finance, focus on climate results and impact, improve and expand climate diagnostics and reduce emissions and climate vulnerabilities in key systems.

    The World Bank, the largest multilateral provider of climate finance for developing countries, provided $83 billion in climate finance over the past five years, peaking at $21.4 billion in 2020.

    Under the new plan, 35 pct of WB financing will have climate co-benefits, on average, over the next five years and 50 pct of WB climate financing will support climate change adaptation and resilience -- up from the 26 pct achieved on average in FY16-20 and an even more in dollar terms. The new Climate Change Action Plan will:

  • Focuse on climate results and impact -- WB will focus on measuring results and achieving impact, through a greater focus on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, adaptation and resilience goals, supported by new metrics.

  • Improving and expanding climate diagnostics -- WB will build a strong analytical base at the global and country level, including introducing new Country Climate and Development Reports that will support preparation and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Long-Term Strategies (LTSs), and which will feed in to all WBG Country Partnership Frameworks.

  • Reducing emissions and climate vulnerabilities in key systems: -- WB will support transformative investments in key systems that contribute the most to emissions and have the greatest climate vulnerabilities: for example, energy, food systems, transport, and manufacturing.

  • Aligning our financing flows with the goals of the Paris Agreement -- The Bank Group is committed to aligning financing flows with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. For the World Bank, we plan to align all new operations by July 1, 2023. For the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), 85 percent of new operations will be aligned by July 1, 2023 and 100 percent of these by July 1, 2025.

  • The World Bank Group has been instrumental in helping countries address climate change -- including delivering over $83 billion in climate finance over the past five years and reaching the highest level in a single year in 2020 at $21.4 billion. Through this plan, we will be doing more in terms of both dollars and impact.

    The World Bank Group reiterated it “will work with all stakeholders to address climate change challenges head on and support our clients to unlock the benefits of green, resilient and inclusive development." (Source: World Bank Group, PR, April , 2021)Contact: World Bank, International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

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  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Bay State Governor Inks Climate Legislation (Reg. & Leg.)
    Mass. Climate Change
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Following up on our Jan. 6th coverage, Bay State Gov. Charlie Baker (D) has signed into law climate legislation committing Massachusetts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, establish interim emissions goals between now and the middle of the century, adopt energy efficiency standards for appliances, authorize another 2,400 MW of offshore wind power and address needs in environmental justice communities.

    The new law requires that greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 be at least 50 pct lower than 1990 emissions, and that 2040 emissions be at least 75 pct lower and that 2050 emissions be at least 85 pct below 1990 emissions. The remaining 15 pct will be achieved through carbon sequestration and carbon banking.

    The bill also requires the Department of Public Utilities to consider emissions reductions on an equal footing as its considerations of power generation reliability and affordability within 90 days, that the governor appoint three green building experts to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards, and that the administration establish the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for the home energy efficiency program MassSave. (Source: Various Media, Sentinal Herald, 27 Mar., 2021)Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor

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    Mass. Climate Legislation Stresses Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
    Energy Eficiency
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Following up on our Jan. 6th coverage, Bay State Gov. Charlie Baker (D) has signed into law climate legislation committing Massachusetts to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, establish interim emissions goals between now and the middle of the century, authorize another 2,400 MW of offshore wind power and address needs in environmental justice communities.

    The legislation also calls for the governor to: appoint three green building experts to the Board of Building Regulations and Standards; adopt energy efficiency standards for appliances; and establish the first-ever greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for the home energy efficiency program MassSave. (Source: Various Media, Sentinal Herald, 27 Mar., 2021)Contact: Office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, www.mass.gov/governor; MassSave, (866) 527-7283, www.masssave.com

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    U.S. Gain Building RNG Station in Compton, CA (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Gain
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Appleton, Wis.-based U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture, reports it is partnering with AJR Trucking and its sister company, MDB Transportation Inc. to build a renewable natural gas (RNG) fueling station in Compton, California, near the port of Long Beach. MDB Transportation provides drayage and rail services in southern and central California

    The new RNG fueling station, which will be open to the public and other fleets, features fast-fill capabilities and an easy in, easy out design to accommodate heavy duty trucks servicing the port. It will be operational 24 /7 and meets the emission standards set by the Port of Long Beach and the Harbor Trucking Association (HTA).

    Since transitioning to RNG, AJR Trucking has replaced more than one million gallons of diesel fuel with RNG, eliminating over 2,200 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions -- equivalent of removing 1,234 cars off the road or planting more than 149,747 trees, according to the release. (Source: U.S. Gain, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: U.S. Gain, S. Lowney, (920) 381-2190 slowney@usgain.com, www.usgain.com; AJR Trucking, Jack Khudikyan, CEO, 310-707-1120, www.linkedin.com/company/ajr-trucking

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    Scottish Biomethane Fueling Station Construction Underway (Int'l.)
    CNG Fuels
    Date: 2021-03-26
    Following up on our Nov. 11, 2019 coverage, in Scotland, CNG Fuels reports construction is underway on the country's first public access biomethane heavy goods vehicle (HGV) refueling station at the Eurocentral industrial estate near Bellshill. The facility will have the capacity to fuel as many as 450 heavy transport trucks per day when it opens in November.

    Renewable biomethane from livestock manure is 35-40 pct cheaper than diesel and cuts vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85 pct, according to the CNG Fuels release. (Source: CNG Fuels, PR, insider.co.uk 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: CNG Fuels, Philip Fjeld, CEO, +44 0 7971 541 000,info@cngfuels.com, www.cngfuels.com

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    Lincoln Neb. Aims for 80 pct GHG Reduction by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Lincoln Neb
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In the Cornhusker State, the city of Lincoln City Council has release its Climate Action Plan to address the challenge of climate change and reduce emissions by 80 pct by 2050 .

    The Plan estimates that by 2050, the city's average daily temperature will rise five degrees, from 52 to 57 and the city of roughly 284,000 residents will see 340 pct more days with the heat index over 100 degrees and significant increases in rain and snow.

    The plan calls for: transition to low-carbon energy; a decarbonized and efficient transportation system: economic development goals aligned with climate realities; improved protections for and with Lincoln residents; building a resilient local food system; maximizing natural climate solutions; reduced waste; engaging residents in co-creating a climate smart future; incentivizing construction of energy efficient homes and buildings; investing in renewable energy and others

    Download the Lincoln City Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: City of Lincoln, Mar. 2021) Contact: City of Lincoln, Lincoln City Council, 402-441-7515 , www.lincoln.ne.gov/City/City-Council

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    MataSota-88 Climate Change Action Recommendations (Ind. Report)
    MataSota-88
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In the Sunshine State, the Sarasota-based not-for-profit public interest group ManaSota-88 has recommended the following in support of Manatee County's pending climate action -- climate change mitigation and coastal disaster plan:
  • Temporary moratorium on rebuilding after a storm -- The comprehensive plan should be amended to include a temporary moratorium on rebuilding not immediately needed for public health, safety, and welfare. Several coastal communities have adopted policies that authorize a moratorium of up to 60 days on the reconstruction of structures if at least 50 pct destroyed by storm, flood, wave, and wind damage. During the moratorium, the Board of County Commission can then consider purchasing damaged properties or pursuing other mitigation responses.

  • Redevelopment after a storm -- The County Commission should clearly indicate that any redevelopment after storm-damage will meet, at a minimum, the requirements of existing development codes and not negatively impact vegetation, beaches, or coastal dune systems.

  • Native vegetation -- The comprehensive plan should require any new development or redevelopment to plant or replant native vegetation.

  • Establish 50-year erosion rates -- The County should determine local beach erosion rates expected over 50 years. The comprehensive plan should also require the disclosure of specific hazardous conditions during property transfers.

  • Retreat from the Coast -- Retreat from the coast is the only viable long-term management option that will ensure the protection of the coastline.

    MataSota-88 notes that although the scientific evidence supporting climate change is overwhelming, there is a significant segment of the population that are either "ignorant of the facts or are learning disabled, unfortunately, many of the latter are some of our policymakers and business leaders." MataSota-88 calls for the Manatee County Commission to initiate a process that will address the challenges that global warming poses for Florida.

    ManaSota-88 believes it is of vital importance to focus attention on the need to develop policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its associated impacts of sea-level rise on coastal resources, according to the group's website. (Source: ManaSota 88, Website, Mar., 2021) Contact: ManaSota 88, (941) 966-6256 , manasota88@comcast.net , www.manasota88.org

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  • Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition Announcement (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition
    Date: 2021-03-22
    "The Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition member organizations commend state agency and stakeholder efforts in recommending a clean fuels policy in Minnesota. We thank Governor Walz for establishing the Governor's Council on Biofuels and strongly support the Council's recommendation -- finding number 10, recommendation number 4 -- to move forward with a clean fuels policy in Minnesota. We also applaud the Minnesota Department of Transportation for establishing the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Council, which also included a clean fuels policy and implementation guidelines in its set of approved recommendations to the Department. A clean fuels policy will help assure that Minnesota remains in a leadership position with respect to clean fuels innovation, building on past successes.

    "Minnesota is behind schedule in achieving the transportation greenhouse gas reduction and clean fuel adoption goals established through the bipartisan Next Generation Energy Act of 2007. We believe that a clean fuels policy, such as the proposed Future Fuels Act, can help get Minnesota back on track.

    "We believe that the Future Fuels Act, designed based on recommendations in the Mid-continent Clean Fuels Policy Initiative's white paper A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest, can have many benefits for Minnesota, including:

  • Benefits for consumers through market access for clean fuels that are often lower cost or a better value than conventional fuels but currently face barriers to entry in the marketplace.

  • Large net-positive and equitable economic impacts for the state through increased investment in a broad portfolio of cleaner fuels, including ethanol, biomethane, biodiesel, other biofuels, electricity,and charging infrastructure.

  • Equitable access to clean transportation for all Minnesota communities.

  • Increased investment in cleaner fuels for all types of vehicles and a more innovative and prosperous clean fuels sector spurring consumer demand for cleaner products,

  • A technology- and fuel-neutral, performance-based approach that rewards the cleanest fuels without having government pick winners and losers and expands the fuels market.

  • Reductions in air pollution and increased health benefits, particularly in areas that have been disproportionately impacted by transportation pollution.

  • Economic incentives and market demand to maximize the resource value of organic waste (including manure, biosolids, and food waste), reducing the climate impacts of organic waste, and supporting counties' efforts to achieve state-mandated recycling goals.

  • Increased energy independence by relying less on imported resources and more on state resources.

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the two largest emitting sectors of transportation and electricity as well as in the agricultural sector.

  • A potential to support voluntary farmer-led efforts to invest in and adopt agricultural conservation practices that benefit soil health and water quality and reduce farm-level greenhouse gas emissions." (Source: Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition, www.BetterEnergy.org , Twitter: @GreatPlainsInst; Facebook: Great Plains Institute

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