Under the agreement, Maire Tecnimont Group's subsidiaries and FerSam will undertake feasibility studies for jointly producing green ammonia and developing a second-generation bioethanol project based on Sao Paulo, Brazil-based GranBio's 2G Ethanol technology to which NextChem acquired exclusive worldwide rights in 2020.
Maire Tecnimont Group will contribute technological and know-how in terms of project development, design and engineering and execution to the partnership. (Source: Maire Tecmimont Group, Website PR, 30 June, 2021) Contact:
Maire Tecmimont Group, www.mairetecnimont.com; NextChem, +39 327 0663447, email@example.com, www.nextchem.com; FerSam Uruguay, www.fersam-group.com; Branbio, www.grabio.com.br
More Low-Carbon Energy News Granbio, Green Amonia, Bioethanol, Maire Tecnimont , NextChem, Renewable Diesel,
The facility, which is expected to produce 105,000 MMBtu per year of RNG to serve about 4,400 homes, will capture waste from approximately 6,500 cows and clean it to pipeline-quality natural gas that can be safely used by any natural gas appliance or other natural gas application.
In 2017, Peoples Gas was the first utility to receive approval from the Florida Public Service Commission to pursue renewable natural gas service in the state, and among the first in the nation.
Peoples Gas is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. (Source: Peoples Gas, PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Peoples Gas, Timothy O'Connor, VP Sustainability, www.peoplesgas.com;
Emera, Scott Balfour, President and CEO, www.emera.com
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.chartindustries.com;
TECO 2030, Stian Aakre, CEO, +47 907 08 440, email@example.com, www.teco2030.no
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Under the joint venture framework, the partners will originate and mature CCS ventures with emitters, infrastructure providers, service companies and financing partners, among others. According to Talos, the agreement requires zero up front capital commitments, and the partnership will share costs 50/50 in the initial phases. Talos is designated as the operating partner of the joint venture.
Storegga is the lead developer of the Acorn CCS and Acorn hydrogen projects in the UK. The Acorn project is the most advanced large-scale CCS project in the UK with final investment decision expected in 2022. (Source: Talos Energy, Website PR, 8 June, 2021)
Contact: Talos Energy, Timothy Duncan, CEO, (713) 328-3000,
(713) 351-4100 fax , www.talosenergy.com; Storegga Geotechnologies, Nick Cooper, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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The JRTC at LaVilla received 63 out of 65 eligible credits for the Build Design and Construction category, which is used for new constructions or major renovations of existing spaces. LEED Gold certification requires between 60-79 credits.
JRTC at LaVilla facility's energy efficiency LEED qualifying features include: LED lighting complete with occupancy sensors, dimming and daylight harvesting; low-flow plumbing fixtures; energy-efficient HVAC systems; an indoor air quality management plan; heat reflective cool roof; bio-swales, rain gardens and bio-retention areas to pre-treat surface water runoff from the site and reduce water used for irrigation by 50 pct; and other features. (Source: Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), PR, June, 2021)
Contact: Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), 904-630-3181, www.jtafla.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The project was primarily funded through the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) by the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) with the goal of confirming the ability of the Mt. Simon Sandstone to accept and store one million metric tons of carbon dioxide over a period of three years -- equivalent to the annual emissions from about 1.2 million passenger cars, according to the EPA .
Working together through the MGSC, the Illinois State Geological Survey at the University of Illinois designed, implemented, and monitored the project. ADM was the host and operator.
ADM notes it also began injection operations at a second CCS project, the Illinois Industrial Sources Carbon Capture and Storage Project, in Decatur in April 2017. The project is currently permitted to operate through 2022 and has the potential to store up to 5.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Collectively, these two projects have successfully stored more than 3.4 million metric tons to date.
The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
(Source: ADM, Corporate Release, Website, 19 May, 2021) Contact: ADM, Alison Taylor, Chief Sustainability Officer, Jackie Anderson , 312-634-8484, email@example.com, www.adm.com; Illinois State Geological Survey, www.isgs.illinois.edu
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The IMO's newest upper limit, which took effect at the start of 2020, reduced the sulfur content of ships' fuel oil to 0.5 pct from 3.5 pct targeting at least a 50 pct reduction in GHG emissions from international shipping by 2050, relative to 2008 levels. To reach the IMO goal, ship owners can either install sulfur scrubbers to reduce emissions, or they can adopt a different, low-sulfur fuel. Both options carry an additional cost.
The NREL-directed research provides a starting point for establishing the feasibility of ships using biofuels, including the economics of marine "drop-in" biofuels weighed against the cost of burning heavy fuel oil (HFO), which presently accounts for roughly 75 pct of the fuel used.
The research concluded that, if shipping had no competition, the U.S. has sufficient bio-feedstocks for producing substantial amounts of marine biofuels to displace fossil fuels. With ships using 400 million metric tpy of fuel, a blend of 5 pt biofuels translates to about 5 billion gallons.
The research was funded by the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office and by the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration.
Download Biofuel Options for Marine Applications: Techno-Economic and Life-Cycle Analyses report details HERE. (Source: NREL, May, 2021) Contact: NREL, Eric Tan, Snr. Research Engineer, www.nrel.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Marine Biofuel, Maritime Biofuel, nternational Marine Organization,
The 800-MW Vineyard Wind energy project will generate sufficient energy for as many as 400,000 homes and contribute to the Biden administration's goal of generating 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. The project will be located approximately 12 nautical miles offshore Martha's Vineyard and 12 nautical miles offshore Nantucket in the northern portion of Vineyard Wind's lease area. (Source: US DOI, Various Media, 15 May., 2021)Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind, Vineyard Wind,
The battery projects, which range from 20 to approximately 300 MW across three states, are expected to be developed over the next three to five years. The projects will leverage the company's advantaged asset footprint and legacy transmission interconnection assets, including those within densely populated areas with high power demand. The battery storage installations will support grid resiliency as Talen's wholly-owned coal-fired facilities transition to run on lower carbon fuels, including natural gas and co-located renewables.
Talen's first two planned battery storage development projects are 20-MW demonstration projects adjacent to its H.A. Wagner (Baltimore, Md.) and Camden, N.J. generation facilities. The H.A. Wagner generation facility is among the coal-fired facilities that Talen announced will cease burning coal by the end of 2025The Camden battery project is expected to serve as an added capacity resource adjacent to this natural gas generation facility. The company expects to begin construction on these demonstration projects in Q4 2021.
Talen Energy owns and/or controls approximately 13,000 MW of generating capacity in wholesale U.S. power markets, principally in the Mid-Atlantic, Texas and Montana. (Source: Talen Energy, PR, 3 May, 2021)
Contact: Talen Energy, Alex Hernandez, Pres., Olivia Sigo,
Dir. Finance & Investor Relations,
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Battery storage, charged with power from renewable energy or from the grid at off-peak times of lower demand, can be used to reduce businesses' draw from the grid at peak times and already the ability to use this peak shaving to lower Demand Charges, levied on commercial users of electricity in the US, offers a way to lower electricity costs significantly.
New York State's climate protection policy aims to deploy 1,500MW of energy storage by 2025 and to meet 70 pct of electricity load through clean and renewable sources by 2030 on the path to 100 pct clean electricity by 2045. (Source: CPower, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: CPower, 844-276-9371, www.cpowerenergymanagement.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CPower, Energy Management, Energy Storage, Fynamic Load Management,
Maritime vessel CO2 emissions are calculated from the carbon content of the fuel consumed. Marine heavy fuel oil is approximately 86 pct carbon -- 3.15 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of fuel consumed. Since the carbon content of diesel (gas oil) is slightly higher, so too are the CO2 emissions per tonne of fuel consumed.
Marine Benchmark's proprietary algorithms estimate vessel fuel consumption by main and auxiliary engines, based on utilising hourly AIS data for all International Marine Organization (IMO) registered ships spanning a ten 10 year period. (Source: Marine Benchmark, PR, Trade Arabia News Service 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: Marine Benchmark, Torbjorn Rydbergh, CEO, www.marinebenchmark.com; International Marine Organization, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO, Marine Benchmark, Marine Emissions, Maritime Emissions, CO2 ,
The fiscal year 2021 (FY21) CFIP awards of $1.3M will fund an array of clean fuel projects across the state, including one of the largest electric school bus deployments in the country, electric vehile charging stations and emission-reduced propane autogas vehicles.
The MEA notes the transportation sector is responsible for the majority of Maryland's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Maryland Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act Plan. The law requires the State to reduce GHG emissions 25 pct from a 2006 baseline by 2020, in a way that ensures a positive impact on Maryland's economy, protects existing manufacturing jobs and creates new jobs in the State.
(Source: Maryland Energy Administration, PR, Feb., 2021)Contact: Maryland Energy Administration, Mary Beth Tung, Exec. Dir.,
Kaymie Owen, CMP
443-694-3651, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.Energy.Maryland.gov
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Subject to Essential Energy's final investment decision, the biorefinery will produce 200,000 tpy of high-quality renewable diesel from natural oil, waste vegetables oils,tallow and other advanced bio-feedstocks. NextChem will be the exclusive engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project which is expected to be operational in 2023. (Source: Maire Tecnimont, PR, CI 15 Feb., 20210)
Contact: Essential Energy USA Corp., email@example.com www.essentialenergyllc.com; Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., www.mairetechnimont.com; NextChem, +39 327 0663447, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nextchem.com
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Fintoil's 200,000 tpy refinery -- the world's third largest crude tall oil (CTO) refinery -- is expected to begin commercial operations mid summer of 2022 using Neste Engineering Solutions's patented NEXPINUS technology to refine a kraft pulp byproduct to produce feedstock for renewable second-generation renewable diesel.
In addition to crude fatty acid, the distillation process separates rosin, sterol pitch, and turpentine, which are sold for further refinement. (Source: Fintoil, PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: Fintoil, Timo Saarenko, +358 50 310 4425, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fintoil.com; Neste Engineering Solutions, www.neste.com/about-neste/who-we-are/neste-engineering-solutions
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The company also announced the launch of its emissions-free bulk carrier and tanker designs alongside an investment partnership with classification society DNV, which will assess Windship Technology's whole-ship design with a view to classifying emission reductions, safety and operability.
Each Windship rig is a three-wing foil set of 36 to 48 metres in height, depending on the size of the ship. The Windship wind power system provides significant thrust, material fuel and emissions savings and exceeds the 80 pct CO2 reduction that will be required by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) by 2050, according to the company website.
(Source: Windship Technology, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Windship Technology, Lars Carlsson, Director of Windship Technology, +44 (0) 1590 672000
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"The intent of the RFS is to blend more biofuels into our nation's transportation fuel supply. Period. It is not meant to have oil companies use questionable legal tactics to avoid blending biofuels and then demanding that the agency further delay compliance," Bliley said.
Bliley also reminded EPA about the benefits of biofuels as America works toward its clean climate goals, stating that "With recent research showing that greenhouse gas emissions from corn ethanol are 46 pct lower than gasoline, it makes no sense why EPA should continue to exempt oil companies and further delay them from complying with their blending obligations."
EPA's proposal would extend the RFS compliance deadline for the 2019 compliance year to November 30, 2021 and extend the RFS compliance deadline for the 2020 compliance year to January 31, 2022. (Source: Growth Energy, PR, Website, 9 Feb., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, Chris Bliley, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org
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The collaboration will focus on accelerating the development of low- and zero-carbon technologies and fuels through joint projects and activities such as the recently announced "SOFC4Maritime" green fuels program.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is targeting a 50 pct reduction of vessel-related greenhouse gas emissions amd overall decarbonization od the martime shipping industry by by 2050. (Source: Alfa Laval, PR, VPO, 27 Jan., 2021) Contact:
Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center, Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO, email@example.com, www.zerocarbonshipping.com; Alfa Laval,
+46 46 36 65 10, www.alfalaval.com;
IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization, Marine Biofuel, Alfa Laval,
The collaboration will focus on accelerating the development of low- and zero carbon technologies through joint projects and activities such as the recently announced "SOFC4Maritime" initiative which targets solutions for green marine fuels.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets a 50 pct reduction of vessel-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Source: Alfa Laval, PR, 27 Jan., 2021) Contact:
Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center, Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zerocarbonshipping.com; Alfa Laval, +46 46 36 65 10, www.alfalaval.com: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO, Alfa Lava, Zero-Carbon, Maritime Emissions, Shipping Emissions, CO2,
Eelpower is investing in lithium-ion batteries from BYD. SUSI purchased 40MW of Eelpower's existing electricity storage assets, which along with the new assets will continue to be managed by Eelpower.
(Source: Eelpower, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact:
Eelpower, Mark Simon, CEO, email@example.com, www.eelpower.co.uk; SUSI Partners, Marco van Daele, Co-CEO and CIO, www.susi-partners.com
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Under the MoU Enel will leverage NextChem's hydrogen technology and engineering expertise to convert solar energy into green hydrogen to be supplied to a bio-refinery.
Under the agreement, NextChem will act as technology and engineering partner and full turnkey EPC contractor, providing Enel Green Power with the necessary technical assistance in relation to the development and implementation of the project. (Source: Maire Tecnimont, PR, 9 Dec., 2020) Contact: Maire Tecnimont S.p/A., www.mairetechnimont.com; Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com; NextChem, +39 327 0663447, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nextchem.com
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MEG, a raw material for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) which has numerous applications including beverage bottles. Currently, MEG is predominantly made from fossil-based feedstocks, such as naphtha, gas, or coal. The global MEG market represents a value of roughly $25 billion.
(Source: Haldor Topsoe, Website PR, 27 Nov., 2020) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Kim Knudsen, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, +45 4527 2000, www.topsoe.com; Braskem, Roberto Simoes, CEO, www.braskem.com.br/usa
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The five-storey building incorporates 330 precast white cement panels with reflective surfaces organized around the light filled atrium and live trees at varying levels. The building incorporates various LEED qualifying energy efficiency features and underground parking, modern wet and dry teaching labs, classrooms, study spaces, faculty offices, meeting rooms and a 400-seat lecture hall. The project was partially funding through the federal government's Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) and matched by the Province of British Columbia.
(Source: Simon Fraser University, PR, Construction Business, 1 Dec., 2020) Contact: Simon Fraser University, Larry Waddell, Chief Facilities Officer, www.sdu.ca;
Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, email@example.com, www.cagbc.org
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The MITAGS partnership is Orsted's latest step to forge ties with local stakeholders and to expand offshore wind related training in the Chesapeake region.
MITAGS recently received $300,000 in grant funding from the state to create the Global Wind Organization Basic Safety Training platform. Development of the full course is expected to be completed soon and offered in 2021. (Source: Orsted, Baltimore Business Journal, Dec., 2020) Contact: MITAGS, 410-859-5700, www.mitags.org; Orsted, +45 99 55 97 22, 857-284-1430 -- US Boston Office, www.orsted.com
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Despite the CCC recommendations, the government last week signed a new International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreement that will let maritime emissions continue to grow until 2030 -- an approach experts contend is unlikely to be compatible with the UK's aim to be carbon neutral by 2050.
The IMO agreement
is expected to allow emissions to grow by 14 pct by 2030, only 1 pct lower than the current expected trajectory of 15 pct growth if the sector is left to its own devices. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, Irish Independent, Nov., 2020) Contact: The CCC, +44 (0) 75 8510 4950, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.theccc.org.uk;
IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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The two companies will blend UED's VLSFO and Neutral Fuels biofuel, creating a maritime fuel that meets the International Maritime Organization (IMO) standard, thereby cutting emissions of carbon dioxide. Limiting sulfur in shipping fuels to 0.5 pct as mandated by the IMO reduces a significant source of atmospheric pollution.
Neutral Fuels biofuels are produced from used vegetable cooking oil, have no land-use issues, are not in competition with food production, and do not cause or support deforestation, according to the company website. (Source: Neutral Fuels, Website PR, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: Neutral Fuels, Gary Hubbard, CCO, +971 (0) 50 384 283, email@example.com,
www.neutralfuels.com; Uniper Energy, www.uniper.energy; International Maritime Organization, www.imo.org
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Because it substantially reduces CO2 and SOX emissions, GoodFuels' Bio Fuel Oil further ensures marine shipping firms' compliance with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 2020 Sulphur Cap, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction requirements and upcoming regulations to reduce carbon intensity from shipping. Refueling with B100 is expected to cut ship CO2 emissions by a minimum of 85 pct and eliminate SOx emissions.
(Source: Volkswagen Group, PR, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: GoodFuels, +31 88 021 5100, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.goodfuels.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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The draft amendments to the MARPOL convention would require ships to combine a technical and an operational approach to reduce their carbon intensity. This is in line with the ambition of the Initial IMO GHG Strategy, which aims to reduce carbon intensity of international shipping by 40 pct by 2030, compared to 2008.
The draft amendments will now be put forward for formal adoption at MEPC 76 session, to be held during 2021.
Although total emissions from shipping are presently about 7 pct lower than in 2008, there is a limit to what can be achieved so long as ships remain dependent on fossil fuels and global demand for maritime services continues to grow, the group said in a joint statement.
Highlights of the International Maritime Research and Development Board (IMRB) proposal, as outlined by the trade groups, are as follows:
In 2018 the IMO set its total emissions reduction from international shipping target 50 pct, or more by 2050 compared to 2008.
(Source: IMO, gCaptain, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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The first biofuel tested at the Centre will be one produced in India by MASH Energy, which is created through pyrolysis of waste biomass.
The company also noted it is in talks with additional biofuel producers, as well as other research partners including Aalborg University, where fuels derived from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) technology that can turn any wet organic material into an energy-dense bio-crude, are in focus.
(Source: Alfa Laval, Manifold Times, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, Lars Bo Andersen, Manager, +46 46 36 65 00,
email@example.com, www.alfalaval.com/industries/marine-transportation/marine/alfa-laval-test-and-training-centre; MASH Energy, www.mash-energy.com; IMO. www.imo.org
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The National Health Service pumps out 4 to 5 pct of England's carbon emissions. Globally, in the 36 countries with the largest economies, healthcare sectors accounted for more than 4 pct of global carbon dioxide pollution, more than aviation or shipping, according to the release.
(Source: UK National Health Service, eg24 news, Oct., 2020)
Contact: UK National Health Service, Sercimon Stevens, CEO, www.nhs.uk
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The European Commission (EC) proposed that reporting obligations by the EU and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) should be aligned. While MEBs agree, they noted that the IMO has made insufficient progress in reaching a global agreement on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Parliamentarians have therefore asked the Commission to examine the environmental integrity of the measures decided by the IMO as well as the targets set under the Paris Agreement.
Although the Parliament demands that ships of 5000 gross registered tons or more should be included in the ETS, many parliamentarians still feel that this is not enough and are calling for shipping companies to reduce their annual average CO2 emissions per transport service for all their ships by at least 40 pct by 2030. (Source: EP, elecdrive, 17 Sept., 2020)Contact: International Maritime Organization (IMO), Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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Conventional biofuel production often involves genetically engineered plants that can produce essential chemical compounds, or bioproducts. These bioproducts are extracted from the plant, and the remaining plant parts are converted into fuel. This led LBNL scientists to investigate exactly how much bioproduct does a plant need to determine if the whole extraction process to be determined efficient, and how much bioproduct should be produced to reach the target ethanol selling price of $2.50 per gallon.
To do this, the researchers studied existing data of well-studied plant-based bioproduct production. They used this data to make simulations that will determine the factors involved in extracting bioproducts using the context of bioethanol refinery, which means that bioproducts will be extracted from the plant and the remaining plant materials will be converted to ethanol. Their results determined that the bioproduct levels needed to accumulate in plants to offset the production cost recovery is quite feasible. Using limonene as an example, they calculated that an accumulated 0.6 pct of biomass dry weight would already produce net economic benefits to biorefineries. To illustrate, it means harvesting 10 dry metric tons of sorghum mass from one acre will only need 130 pounds of recovered limonene from that biomass to say that the whole production process is efficient, according to the release.
The LBNL researchers note this new finding can provide new insights into the role of bioproducts to improve biorefinery economics and offer the first quantitative basis for implementation of this cost-saving strategy for future studies on plant-based biofuel breeding and engineering. The scientists also recommended that crops need to be engineered to produce a broad range of bioproducts in order to provide options and diversify products in the market. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, April, 2020) Contact: LBNL, Laurel Kellner, Media, 510-590-8034, LKellner@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov
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Because CO2 is not emitted when ammonia is burned, ammonia is expected to be used as an alternative fuel for vessels.
The IMO aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and 70 percent by 2050. (Source: IMO, SeaNews, 12 Aug., 2020) Contact: International Maritime Organization (IMO), Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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According to the study, CO2 emissions grew to 1,056 million tonnes in 2018 versus 962 million tonnes in 2012.
The report also noted emissions in 2020 and 2021 would be significantly lower due to the impact of COVID-19 and that emissions over the next decades may be a few percent lower than projected depending on the recovery trajectory.
The non-profit International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) said the growth of shipping was outpacing efficiency improvements and by 2050 emissions from the industry were projected to be up to 130 pct higher than 2008 levels.
(Source: IMO, Brinkwire, Aug., 2020) Contact: International Maritime Organization (IMO), Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Council on Clean Transportation, www.theicct.org
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The El Wind Mui Dinh Wind Farm began commercial operation in April, 2019, with 16 Enercon 2.35-MW wind turbines. Banpu has a 20-year full-comprehensive maintenance services agreement with Enercon GmbH.
(Source: Banpu Public Co Ltd., Nation Thailand, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: Banpu Public Co Ltd., Somruedee Chaimongkol, CEO, www.banpu.com
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The partnership will combine GranBio's biomass and second-generation biofuels expertise with NextChem's engineering intelligence and Group global presence, to offer integrated services -- feasibility studies, development of integration projects, engineering and construction of factories worldwide, according to the release.
GranBio's 2G ethanol technology has been implemented in its $220 million factory located in Sao Miguel dos Campos, in Alagoas. Currently, the company has the capacity to produce around 7.9 million gpy of 2G ethanol.
GranBio developed a flexible model for the use of sugarcane, corn stover, straw, woody biomass and other waste to produce cellulosic ethanol. (Source: GranBio, PR, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: GranBio, Paulo Nigro, CEO, www.granbio.com.br; NextChem, Ilaria Catastini, Coomunications, +39 327 0663447, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.nextchem.com; Maire Technimont, www.mairetecnimont.com
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"It's our job to make sure our customers are aware of these complexities. We need to use our knowledge to help them understand the impact of their shipping activities. The best way to do this is through a face-to-face dialogue. Then I can get a good understanding of what they are looking for and how it plays into their business model, and I can do my best to guide them based on the (emissions) data we can supply." -- Poul Woodall, IMO Director of Environment and Sustainability, Vice Chair, Green Ship of the Future
"Cutting (maritime shipping) emissions to net zero by 2050 in Europe is ambitious and challenging. This is why each sector needs to contribute, also shipping. The EU ETS is the right instrument for this, but we must do it properly. We want a debate with all the relevant stakeholders and an impact assessment outlining the possible consequences by June 2021. Then we can make our final decision. Shipping companies that have already heavily invested in reducing their emissions over the last decade must not be penalized. Our goal is to reduce CO2 emissions in shipping by 50 percent by 2030, compared to 2008 levels." -- Pernille Weiss, EU MEP EU Today, 12 July, 2020
Contact: International Maritime Organization (IMO), Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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The report investigates alternative fuels such as biofuels, liquefied natural gas, and hydrogen, to help meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) regulations and calls for the maritime shipping industry to at least halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while reducing CO2 emissions intensity by at least 40 pct by 2030, rising to 70 pct by 2050, relative to a 2008 baseline.
To that end, the research report found that industry stakeholders should prioritize five solutions over the next few years -- scale-up customer demand; global regulatory alignment; cross-sector R&D; scale-up controlled pilot projects; coordinated industry commitment. The report also notes reducing emissions from the current fleet can be partially achieved by implementing operational measures such as lubricant quality, digitalization, and the use of data and smart navigation strategies.
Download the Decarbonized Shipping Shipping: All Hands on Deck report HERE (Source: SHELL, July, 2020) Contact: SHELL, www.shell.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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The report also notes reducing emissions from the current fleet can be achieved by implementing operational measures such as lubricant quality, digitalization, and the use of data and smart navigation strategies.
Download the Decarbonized Shipping Shipping: All Hands on Deck report HERE (Source: SHELL, July, 2020) Contact: SHELL, www.shell.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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"We are writing to request further information about petitions reportedly received by the U.S. EPA from small refiners seeking exemption from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for past compliance years.
"The petitions in question were discussed during your testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on May 20, 2020. On the same day, U.S. DOE Under Secretary Mark Menezes confirmed that EPA is 'send[ing] over' past-year petitions for DOE review. Mr. Menezes described the petitions as 'gap filings' intended to reconstitute after-the-fact a continuous string of exemptions for select oil companies 'to be consistent with the Tenth Circuit decision.'
"This attempt to circumvent the courts and the RFS should be rejected out of hand. Even if EPA granted retroactive 'gap' exemptions without simultaneously returning the number of RINs associated with the exemption to the petitioner, such exemptions would be inconsistent with EPA's own policies and regulations, legal precedent, and Congressional intent.
"These 'gap filings' appear to be little more than the latest in a string of oil industry tactics designed to subvert the law and sidestep a court order to uphold the RFS.
Read the full letter HERE. (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., 9 June, 2020) Contact: RFA, www.fuelsamerica.org
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According to the newly published sustainability overview A Sustainable Journey, Stena Line has reduced total CO2 emissions by 1.7 pct, corresponding to 24,000 tonnes of CO2 in total. The company has also reduced the emissions per transported tonnne of freight and passenger vehicles by 3.6 pct , meeting the IMO's targets for a 40 pct improvement in CO2 emissions efficiency from 2008 to 2030.
(Source: Stena Line, Cruise & Ferry, June, 2020)
Contact: Stena Line, Eric Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability , +46 (0)31 85 80 00, www.stenaline.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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To future meet its goals, National Grid is also: reducing SF6 emissions used in electrical equipment and swapping for alternatives; increasing energy efficiency; moving to renewable energy sources; researching the potential of hydrogen and renewable natural gas; and promoting similar actions among its supply chain and communities, targeting indirect emissions in particular.
In the US, National Grid it is working with customers to improve energy efficiency, investing in future energy systems through National Grid Partners, and supporting both solar and wind developments through Geronimo Energy. (Source: National Grid, PR, Energy Insider, 9 June, 2020) Contact: National Grid,
John Pettigrew, CEO, www2.nationalgrid.com
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As a marine fuel, LNG meets all current and forthcoming IMO and EU regulations. In addition, the use of LNG removes all Sox emissions and particles and reduces Nox emissions by 85 pct compared to heavy fuel oil. LNG also lowers CO2 emissions by at least 20 pct, according to the release.
(Source: Gasum, Port News, June, 2020) Contact: Gasum, +358 800 122 722, www.gasum.com: Heerema, www.heerema.com
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The project is expected to commence construction later this year and will be supported by a long-term power purchase agreement once operational.
With this acquisition, Capital Dynamics manages 7.3GW of gross power generation across more than 100 projects in the US and Europe. (Source: Capital Dynamics, PR, IP&E, 26 May, 2020)
Contact: Capital Dynamics European Clean Energy Infrastructure, Simon Eaves, Dir., +44 20 7297 0200 -- London Office, www.capdyn.com
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Geronimo Energy has more then 2.4 GW of wind and solar operational or under construction, and a multi-gigawatt development pipeline.
First Solar recently expanded its manufacturing capacity to meet the demand for Series 6 modules, starting production at its new module manufacturing facility in Lake Township, Ohio, in October 2019, making First Solat the largest solar manufacturer in the Western Hemisphere. (Source: First Solar, May, 2020) Contact:
Geronimo Energy, Ben Adamich, (952) 988-9000, email@example.com, www.geronimoenergy.com;
First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.firstsolar.com
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