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Banff Dist. Heating Switching from Nat. Gas to Biomass (Ind. Report)
Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change,
Date: 2021-03-03
In Ottawa, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson, is reporting the Ministry will invest $530,000 to support a project that converts wood, woody biomass and municpal waste into energy in the Rocky Mountains Town of Banff (pop. 8,000), Alberta.

The town's planned $1.3-million biomass district heating system will replace natural gas with wood waste--woody biomass to heat four municipal buildings. The project will see a roughly 6,000 tonnes reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the project's lifetime. The federal funding comes from the Government of Canada's Low Carbon Economy Challenge, which invests in projects that reduce carbon pollution, save money, and create good jobs. (Source: Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, CNW, Mar., 2021) Contact: Town of Banff, 403.762.1200, www.banff.ca; Canada Minister of Environment and Climate Change, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change,  Woody Biomass,  


Efficiency Manitoba Scores $64Mn in Gov. Funding (Funding Report)
Efficiency Manitoba
Date: 2021-02-01
On the Canadian Prairies, the province of Manitoba's Efficiency Manitoba agency is reporting the provincial and Canadian federal governments have each committed $32.3 million towards heating efficiency programs deployed through the Crown corporation.

The funding, totaling $64.6 million, is being invested in programs aimed at lowering the demand for natural gas and to bolster pre-existing insulation upgrades, smart thermostats and other energy efficiency incentive programs residential, commercial and industrial efficiency programs.used for heating and industrial purposes.

The federal funding for the energy efficiency initiative came from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund. (Source: Efficiency Manitoba, PR, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 Jan., 2021) Contact: Efficiency Manitoba, Colleen Kuruluk, CEO, 204-944-8181, www.efficiencymb.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Manitoba ,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ottawa, Edmonton Commit $280Mn to Emissions Reduction (Funding)
Emission Reduction Alberta
Date: 2020-11-06
The Alberta and Canadian federal governments have announced a commitment of $280 million in funding to support a range of emission reduction programs for small, medium and large industries in the province.

Funding includes $180 million from the province of Albert's industry-funded Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) Fund and up to $100 million from the federal government's Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund (LCELF).

The Government of Alberta will put up to $55 million towards Emission Reduction Alberta's (ERA) Energy Savings for Business program which targets small and medium-sized industrial and commercial facilities through the TIER fund. The TIER fund will leverage $30 million in funds with public and private investment including $25 million from the federal Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund.

Alberta businesses will be eligible for funding to cover a portion of their costs for cost-saving and emission reduction projects once the program launches in January 2021.

Projects can include commercially available energy-efficient upgrades such as HVAC technologies, weatherization, hot water systems, indoor/outdoor commercial and industrial lighting and control systems, and alternate power source, the release stated. (Source: Emission Reduction Alberta, DCN-JOC News, 5 Nov., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  Emission Reduction Alberta,  


Eastern New Energy Supports UK Businesses Decarbonization (Int'l.)
Eastern New Energy
Date: 2020-09-09
In the UK, the University of East London is reporting the launch of the Eastern New Energy (ENE) programme aimed at building a stronger and locally focused low carbon economy in the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire region by supporting and helping area organizations understand and address the barriers to the decarbonization of communities, buildings, transport, and the economy in general.

To that end, ENE will work with businesses, communities and others to: develop and deliver net zero action plans; construct new zero-carbon homes; retrofit existing homes and commercial buildings; transition vehicle fleets to lower carbon alternatives; develop community and commercial energy projects; and design, develop and bring to market new low carbon products and services.

The ENE project is receiving up to £5.1 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund which will be managed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The environmental charity PECT will provide grants to eligible small and medium-sized businesses in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire to help catalyze capital investments in energy efficiency initiatives.

PECT is an independent, grassroots charitable climate change focused organization that educates, inspires, and motivates individuals and organizations to change their behavior to deliver a positive environmental impact. PECT previously supported over 270 businesses and identified £1,400,000 of cost savings and 6,500 tonnes of carbon savings that could be realized through recommended actions. (Source: University of East London, Cambridge Network, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: PECT, Carly Leonard, CEO, +44 0 1733 882549, ene@pect.org.uk, www.pect.org.uk; University of East London, Eastern New Energy, www.uel.ac.uk/sri/eastern-new-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Decarbonization,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ottawa, Iqaluit Partner on Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-08-21
In Iqaluit, the Nunavut Minister of Northern Affairs and the Canadian federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change have announced an investment to support the South Baffin Energy Management Project. The project will help improve energy efficiency and introduce renewable energy in 45 buildings owned by the Government of Nunavut in the six communities that make up the South Baffin region.

The South Baffin Energy Management Project will receive $18.3 million through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund and $8.6 million from the Nunavut Department of Community and Government Services. Over the project's lifetime it is projected to cut 24,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades will include: solar panel installations; LED lighting; mechanical and control-system upgrades; building-envelope improvements; measures, such as air sealing; low-flow water-saving fixtures, and others. (Source: CNW Group. 20 Aug., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Notable Quotes on the Way to a Low-Carbon Economy
Climate Change
Date: 2020-07-22
"The transition to a low carbon economy is one of the most complex challenges we (banking industry) face, and it will require close collaboration between both the private and public sector to get there." -- Nigel Higgins, Barclays Bank, Chairman

"Banks have been a bit late to the game on climate action." -- Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Action Champion for the COP26 Climate talks

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


UK Climate Transition Global Equity Fund Launched (Int'l. Report)
Aviva Investors
Date: 2020-06-12
In the UK, London-based Aviva Investors has launched the Climate Transition Global Equity fund.

The Aviva Investors Climate Transition fund will take a long-term, high conviction investment approach, targeting global companies that derive material revenues from goods and services addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as investing in those companies aligning their business models for a warmer, low-carbon world. The fund will not invest in stocks exposed to coal, unconventional fossil fuels, Arctic oil and gas production or thermal coal electricity generation, and limits exposure to those producing oil and gas or gas-fired power generation.

The Fund aims to support the transition to a low carbon economy as global temperatures continue to rise due to climate change and outperform global equity markets. (Source: Aviva Investors, PR, What Investment Co, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Aviva Investors, David Cumming, Chief Investment Officer, www.avivainvestors.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviva Investors,  Low Carbon,  


Glencoe Commits to 30 pct Emissions Cut by 2035 (Int'l Report)
Glencore
Date: 2020-06-01
In its February 2020 climate change position paper, Barr, Switzerland-headquartered mining and metals giant Glencore Plc committed to supporting the transition to a low carbon economy and to reducing its scope 3 emissions -- included the natural depletion of the its oil and coal resource base over time.

The company notes it stands by its target of a 30 pct cut in scope 3 emissions by 2035 and expects to achieve a 10 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared to a 2016 base line. The company is expected to announce new longer-term scope 1 and 2 targets that support the Paris Climate Agreement goals during the course of the year. (Source: Glencore, The Independent, 29 May, 2020) Contact: Glencore, www.glencore.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


JinkoSolar Joins the RE100 and EP100 Green Initiatives (Int'l.)
JinkoSolar
Date: 2019-09-27
Shanghai-headquartered Solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. reports it has committed to the RE100 and EP100 initiatives which are led by the international not-for-profit Climate Group.

The RE100 initiative and its partner companies are committed to 100 pct renewable power and a low carbon economy. Accordingly, JinkoSolar will power all of its solar plants and global operations with 100 pct renewable power by 2025. By 2030, the Company will deploy an energy management system across its operations and improve its energy productivity by 30 pct when compared to 2016. JinkoSolar has also signed up for the EP100 Cooling Challenge to increase the energy efficiency of its cooling operations. (Source: JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., PR, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: Climate Group's global EP100 initiative, www. theclimategroup.org/EP100; Jinko Solar Holding Co. Ltd., Ripple Zhang, +86 21-5183 3105 pr@jinkosolar.com, www.jinkosolar.com; CDP, RE100, www.RE100.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News JinkoSolar,  Renewable Energy,  


Energy Efficiency in the Keystone State (Opinions Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2019-06-03
"In reviewing the recent Team PA Foundation report Pennsylvania Energy Horizons, produced by a year-long, community discussion-based exercise led by Royal Dutch Shell, I was encouraged to see an increasing role for renewables and transition to a low carbon economy in Pennsylvania.

"There is strategic importance to diversity in our energy sector and we should not rely solely on natural gas. Pennsylvania has more opportunities to grow energy efficiency and renewable-energy jobs than ever before, and the economic benefits would extend into rural, urban, and suburban communities across the commonwealth.

"Additionally, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that currently pending bipartisan energy efficiency legislation in Pennsylvania could unlock 30,000 jobs and about $6.4 billion in net savings by removing barriers to energy efficiency investment. These jobs not only put Pennsylvanians to work, but they advance energy-efficiency projects that drive down energy bill costs.

"The commonwealth's energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors are strong, poised for important growth, and must be part of the conversation." (Source: Sustainable Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pittsburgh, Joylette Portlock, Exec. Dir., (412) 258-6642, (412) 258-6645 (fax), info@sustainablepittsburgh.org, www.sustainablepittsburgh.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


Renewable Energy in the Keystone State (Opinions Editorials & Asides)
Sustainable Pittsburgh
Date: 2019-06-03
"In reviewing the recent Team PA Foundation report Pennsylvania Energy Horizons, produced by a year-long, community discussion-based exercise led by Royal Dutch Shell, I was encouraged to see an increasing role for renewables and transition to a low carbon economy in Pennsylvania.

"There is strategic importance to diversity in our energy sector and we should not rely solely on natural gas. Pennsylvania has more opportunities to grow energy efficiency and renewable-energy jobs than ever before, and the economic benefits would extend into rural, urban, and suburban communities across the commonwealth.

"Just recently, a bipartisan group of state senators announced legislation that would update Pennsylvania's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard to include a target of 30 pct energy from Tier 1 renewable sources by 2030. This piece of legislation, Senate Bill 600, is growing in support and has a House companion bill, House Bill 1195.

"Additionally, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that currently pending bipartisan energy efficiency legislation in Pennsylvania could unlock 30,000 jobs and about $6.4 billion in net savings by removing barriers to energy efficiency investment. These jobs not only put Pennsylvanians to work, but they advance energy-efficiency projects that drive down energy bill costs.

"The commonwealth's energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors are strong, poised for important growth, and must be part of the conversation." (Source: Sustainable Pittsburgh Downtown, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 May, 2019) Contact: Sustainable Pittsburgh, Joylette Portlock, Exec. Dir., (412) 258-6642, (412) 258-6645 (fax), info@sustainablepittsburgh.org, www.sustainablepittsburgh.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Winnipeg Methane Capture Wins $1.3Mn Fed. Support (Funding)
Winnipeg
Date: 2019-04-05
On the Canadian prairies, the City of Winnipeg, the capital city of Manitoba reports it has accepted $1.3 million in federal grant funding to expand methane capture at its landfill -- the province's second largest methane emitter. The federal grant will be combined with $2.4 million from Winnipeg's landfill rehabilitation reserve. The Winnipeg landfill presently flares or burns up the methane.

The funding comes from the federal Low Carbon Economy Fund, which is focused in part on projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Winnipeg (population 720,000 +-) aims to reduce waste-related greenhouse gases by more than 1.1 million tonnes over the next 30 years and reduce methane gas emissions at landfills by 75 pct by 2030. (Source: City of Winnipeg, CBC, April, 2019)Contact: Canada Low Carbon Economy Fund, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate.../low-carbon-economy-fund.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  


Fortistar Snares W. Penna. Renewable Natural Gas Facilities (M&A)
Fortistar, EDF Renewables North America
Date: 2019-04-03
In the Empire State, White Plains-based Fortistar LLC, in partnership with Ares Capital Corporation is reporting the acquisition of two western Pennsylvania-located landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) facilities, Greentree Landfill Gas in Kersey and Imperial Landfill Gas in Imperial, from EDF Renewables North America. Together, the two facilities have a a production capacity of 1.5 million decatherms of RNG per year.

Fueling trucks with Fortistar's RNG, will reduce 107,485 metric tons of CO2 per year -- equivalent to planting over 2.7 million trees each year.

Fortistar owns and operates lower carbon energy generating companies in the United States and Canada that support the transition to a low carbon economy. These companies include cogeneration facilities; waste-heat recovery power plants; compressed natural gas fueling stations; landfill power plants; projects that reduce carbon in industrial facilities, and biomass facilities. Fortistar associated companies include Generational Power, TruStar Energy, Primary Energy, Fortistar Methane Group, Fortistar Biomass Group, Carbonfree Chemicals, Golden Renewable Energy and ClockIN. (Source: Fortistar, PR 2 April, 2019) Contact: Fortistar, Mark Comora, CEO, www.fortistar.com ; Ares Capital Corporation, www.arescapitalcorp.com; EDF Renewables North America, Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, Sandi Briner , (858) 521-3525, www.edf-re.com, www.edf-renewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables North America,  Fortisatr,  Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  


PEI Landfill Gas Project Wins Low-Carbon Energy Funding (Funding)
Enwave Energy Corporation
Date: 2019-03-25
Toronto-headquartered Enwave Energy Corporation reports it is inline to receive as much as $3.5 million in funding through the Government of Canada's Low Carbon Energy Fund to upgrade and expand an existing waste-to-energy system that will divert an additional 23,000 tonnes of organic waste from the Charlottetown District Energy System regional landfill in Prince Edward Island. The project will reduce landfill methane emissions, increase annual energy production, and reduce PEI's fuel oil consumption.

According to Clean Energy Canada, the energy-efficiency measures in Canada's climate plan will help improve Canada's economy and environment between now and 2030 by creating 118,000 new jobs, boosting the nation's GDP by $356 billion, and save Canadian households an average of $114 a year.

The Low Carbon Economy Fund Challenge provides over $500 million in funding to support projects that will leverage ingenuity across the country to reduce emissions and generate clean growth. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Enwave Energy, PRN, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enwave Energy Corporation, (416)392-6838, www.enwave.com; Canada Low Carbon Energy Fund, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate.../low-carbon-economy-fund.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  Enwave Energy Corporation,  


Renewables World's Main Power Source by 2040 (BP Report Attached)
BP
Date: 2019-02-15
According to the UK-based energy giant BP, wind, solar, bioenergy and other renewables will account for roughly one-third of the world's electricity supplies by 2040, and as high as 50 pct in Europe and some other regions.

The attached BP Report notes that while oil took almost 45 years to go from 1 pct of global energy to 10 pct, and gas took more than 50 years, renewables are expected to do so within 25 years. In the event of a faster switch to a low carbon economy, that period comes down to just 15 years, according to the report.

Download the BP Energy Outlook 2019 HERE. (Source: BP, Feb., 2019) Contact: BP, www.bp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Bioenergy,  Renewable Energy,  BP,  


German Consultancy Exploring Iranian Energy Efficiency Market (Int'l)
DIW Econ
Date: 2018-11-30
In Tehran, DIW Econ, a Berlin-based subsidiary consultancy company of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), reports it has been investigating possible low carbon economy and energy efficiency projects in PSEEZ in Assaluyeh and have developed business and financing plans for at least two projects designed for Iran's existing infrastructure and compliant with energy consumption and industry regulations.

The company also developed bankable pre-feasibility studies for energy efficiency projects and for the derived market for energy and environment and elaboration of financing concepts for these projects. The German company is also planning similar projects in the southwestern Iranian city of Bushehr. (Source: DIW Econ, Tehran Times, 25 Nov., 2018)Contact: DIW Econ, +49 30-20 60 972-0, www.diw-econ.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


UK Committee on Climate Change Tables Woody Biomass Report (Int'l)
Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-19
W In London, the UK government advisory Committee on Climate Change's recently released Biomass in a Low Carbon Economy report is recommending waste wood biomass should be reused and recycled as an "end-of-life" solution to delay or prevent the release of CO2 back into the atmosphere. The report also calls for the integration of carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology with waste wood burning for energy generation wherever possible.

According to the CCC report, "There is significant potential to increase domestic production of sustainable biomass to meet between 5 pct and 10 pct of energy demand from UK sources by 2050. The lower end of this range can be delivered by fully exploiting the UK's organic waste resource (after reduction, reuse and recycling) whilst maintaining today's level of agricultural and forest residue use." The report also recommends the government "not provide further policy support (beyond current commitments) to large-scale biomass power plants that are not deployed with CCS technology." It also called for the government to limit support for bioenergy use in buildings to biomethane produced from anaerobic digestion, thus creating a demand for UK sourced food and garden waste.

Access the full biomass report HERE. (Source: The Committee on Climate Change, Nov., 2018) Contact: The Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Committee on Climate Change,  


Ottawa Rethinks Low Carbon Leadership Fund Plans (Funding)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-11-14
In Ottawa, Canada, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reports it plans to reinvest money allocated to Ontario as part of its Low Carbon Economy Fund in initiatives that improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions, save money and create jobs across Ontario. Trudeau's move comes as a counter to the newly elected populist conservative government of Premier Doug Ford nixed his Liberal predecessor's cap-and-trade program. Details are expected at a future date.

According to Ottawa, the Low Carbon Leadership Fund has made $1.4 billion of investment for climate action available to support provinces and territories, with a priority on energy efficiency which is expected to create 118,000 jobs by 2030, boost the GDP by $356 billion over the next 12 years and save Canadian households an average of $114 a year.

As previously reported, Canada's largest province has a lot to lose from Premier Ford's cap-and-trade cancellation. According to the Ontario Financial Accountability Office, Premier Ford's scrapping of the cap-and-trade program will cost the province $3 billion in lost revenue over the next four fiscal years. The watch dog agency added that the loss of revenue from the cap-and-trade cancellation will be greater than the savings the government will achieve by cancelling spending associated with the program. The Conservative Ford government revised the deficit to $15 billion last month, up from a predicted $11.7 billion. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Canadian Biomass, Various Media, Nov., 2018) Contact: Ontario Financial Accountability Office, Peter Weltman, (416) 644-0702, info@fao-on.org, www.fao-on.org; Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Doug Ford,  Cap-and-Trade,  


Xarbon, UNOPS Partner to Support Low-Carbon Economy (Int'l Report)
Xarbon Sustainability, nited Nations Office for Project Services
Date: 2018-07-18
In Hong Kong, Xarbon Sustainability Limited, a sustainability technology company using blockchain to improve carbon credit trading market transparency, is reporting a strategic partnership with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to support low-carbon economy development and has participated in co-investment of $18 million on a Korean-based OLED lighting project to offset carbon emission.

The Company has a partnership and received endorsement from the UNOPS, the operational arm of the United Nations dedicated to implementing projects for the United Nations System, to support low-carbon economy development by establishing digitalized carbon, aiming to improve education, awareness-raising and social impact on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning among different governments and organizations.

Xarbon launched the first Digital Carbon Credit "OCO", on top of the New Economy Movement Blockchain, which aims to future proof the carbon economy. The team believes that by applying blockchain technology to the carbon credit market, that OCO can improve transparency of carbon credit transfer, simplify user verification process, and incentivize individuals to uphold behavioral change. (Source: Xarbon Sustainability Limited, PR, Across Asia Communications, 18 July, 2018) Contact: Xarbon, http://xarbon.com/en; nited Nations Office for Project Services, www.unops.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xarbon Sustainability ,  Low Carbon Economy,  Carbon Credit,  Carbon Credit Trading,  


Nova Scotia Announces Rooftop Solar Rebates Program (Ind. Report)
Solar Energy
Date: 2018-06-29
In Halifax, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are touting a new "SolarHomes" program that will provide rebates of up to 30 pct off the purchase and installation costs of rooftop solar systems.

The programme is supported by the government of Canada's Low Carbon Economy Fund, through which Nova Scotia is eligible to receive $56 million for programmes that promote clean growth and reduce carbon pollution. The and is expected to assist at least 2,000 Nova Scotian households in going solar over the next four years. The average rebate is expected to be approximately $7,000 per household. (Source: NS Minister of Energy, Renewabls, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Minister of Energy, Hon. Geoff MacLellan, https://energy.novascotia.ca/department/minister

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Rebate,  


Alberta Nixes Commercial Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency Alberta
Date: 2018-06-13
According to a recent Energy Efficiency Alberta release, commercial customers do not qualify for newly announced incentives that promise up to $1 million annually to cover up to 50 pct of the capital costs of a slate of retrofit investments, contrary to previous announcements on the agency's website. The $88-million Custom Energy Solutions program, jointly funded from Alberta's carbon levy and the federal government's Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, is actually targeted solely to the industrial sector.

Although earlier expectations that office buildings and/or warehouse/distribution facilities would qualify for the new retrofit incentives have now been dashed, commercial customers in the prairie province are eligible for over 60 different product rebates for lighting, lighting controls, load sensing plug strips, variable frequency drives, boilers and water heating equipment. (Source: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Various Media, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Jessica Shumlich, Program Manager, (403) 815-4876, www.efficiencyalberta.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Alberta,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  Incentives ,  

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