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Neste Lauds EU Fit for 55 Package (Opinions & Editorials)
Neste, Fit for 55
Date: 2021-07-23
Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi issued the following comments in welcoming the EU's "Fit for 55" commitment to long-term policies and the ambition to become climate neutral by 2050:

"As a whole, the Fit for 55 package seems to provide the tools to combat the climate crisis during this decade by raising the ambition level of emission cuts across different sectors of the economy. It will support the growth of renewable fuels markets in both road and aviation segments. The Commission's proposal to establish an EU-wide obligation to supply a growing minimum share of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) as of 2025 will create a large market and progressively cut down emissions from flying. The package also supports Neste's climate commitments, including to reach carbon neutral production by 2035. Now that the EC's proposals will enter the legislative process, it will be important to further raise the level of ambition and keep the focus on emission cuts by various solutions, not only by specific technologies," notes Neste VP for Public Affairs, Ilkka Rasanen.

"Neste firmly believes that all solutions are needed in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the societies. On European roads, the number of electric cars is growing at a rapid pace, which is a logical and welcome development as the power generation sector is embracing emission free technologies. However, achieving the ambitious climate targets requires both EVs and renewable transport fuels, as internal combustion engine vehicles will keep playing a key role for a long time, particularly in heavy-duty vehicles. The average age of cars in Europe is more than 10 years; this means that many new vehicles sold today will still be in use for another 15-20 years. When it comes to especially heavy-duty vehicles, internal combustion engines and renewable fuels, both biofuels and so-called e-fuels (Power-to-X), will be needed for a long time. After all, the combustion engine is not the problem when the fuel is renewable and sustainably produced. Already today, customers using the Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ made from 100 pct renewable raw materials can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 pct compared to fossil diesel.

"The aviation industry has already taken steps in the right direction by committing to the target of achieving carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. Neste, as the world's leading producer of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), is committed to helping the aviation industry meet the proposed EU-wide obligation.

"Following its sustainable sourcing principles, Neste continues to develop the availability of emerging, lower-quality waste and residue raw materials, as well as agricultural and forest harvesting residues, algae and municipal solid waste as future raw materials. Neste is also exploring Power-to-X technologies as a new renewable fuel." (Source: Neste, PR, Website 16 July, 2021)Contact: Neste, Ilkka Rasanen, Vice President, Public Affairs, +358 50 458 5123, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biofuel,  Fit for 55,  


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

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

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


EC European Green Deal -- "Fit for 55" -- Proposes Massive Transformation to Meet Climate Change Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
European Green Deal
Date: 2021-07-16
On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (EC) announced the adoption of a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55), compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform our economy and society for a fair, green and prosperous future. The following proposals will enable the necessary acceleration of greenhouse gas emission reductions in the next decade:

  • The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) puts a price on carbon and lowers the cap on emissions from certain economic sectors every year. It has successfully brought down emissions from power generation and energy-intensive industries by 42.8 pct in the past 16 years. The EC is proposing to lower the overall emission cap even further and increase its annual rate of reduction and to phase out free emission allowances for aviation and align with the global Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and to include shipping emissions for the first time in the EU ETS.

    To complement the substantial spending on climate in the EU budget, Member States should spend the entirety of their emissions trading revenues on climate and energy-related projects. A dedicated part of the revenues from the new system for road transport and buildings should address the possible social impact on vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.

  • The Effort Sharing Regulation assigns strengthened emissions reduction targets to each Member State for buildings, road and domestic maritime transport, agriculture, waste and small industries. Recognizing the different starting points and capacities of each Member State, these targets are based on their GDP per capita, with adjustments made to take cost efficiency into account.

  • Member States also share responsibility for removing carbon from the atmosphere, so the Regulation on Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture sets an overall EU target for carbon removals by natural sinks, equivalent to 310 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030. National targets will require Member States to care for and expand their carbon sinks to meet this target. By 2035, the EU should aim to reach climate neutrality in the land use, forestry and agriculture sectors, including also agricultural non-CO2 emissions, such as those from fertilizer use and livestock. The EU Forest Strategy aims to improve the quality, quantity and resilience of EU forests. It supports foresters and the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030.

  • Energy production and use accounts for 75 pct of EU emissions, so accelerating the transition to a greener energy system is crucial. The Renewable Energy Directive will set an increased target to produce 40 pct of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. All Member States will contribute to this goal, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

  • To reduce overall energy use, cut emissions and tackle energy poverty, the Energy Efficiency Directive will set a more ambitious binding annual target for reducing energy use at EU level. It will guide how national contributions are established and almost double the annual energy saving obligation for Member States. The public sector will be required to renovate 3 pct of its buildings each year to drive the renovation wave, create jobs and bring down energy use and costs to the taxpayer.

  • A combination of measures is required to tackle rising emissions in road transport to complement emissions trading. Stronger CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans will accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility by requiring average emissions of new cars to come down by 55 pct from 2030 and 100 pct from 2035 compared to 2021 levels. As a result, all new cars registered as of 2035 will be zero-emission. To ensure that drivers are able to charge or fuel their vehicles at a reliable network across Europe, the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation will require Member States to expand charging capacity in line with zero-emission car sales, and to install charging and fuelling points at regular intervals on major highways: every 60 kilometres for electric charging and every 150 kilometres for hydrogen refuelling.

  • Aviation and maritime fuels cause significant pollution and also require dedicated action to complement emissions trading. The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation requires that aircraft and ships have access to clean electricity supply in major ports and airports. The ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels, known as e-fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

  • The tax system for energy products must safeguard and improve the Single Market and support the green transition by setting the right incentives. A revision of the Energy Taxation Directive proposes to align the taxation of energy products with EU energy and climate policies, promoting clean technologies and removing outdated exemptions and reduced rates that currently encourage the use of fossil fuels. The new rules aim at reducing the harmful effects of energy tax competition, helping secure revenues for Member States from green taxes, which are less detrimental to growth than taxes on labour.

  • Finally, a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (Tax) will put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products to ensure that ambitious climate action in Europe does not lead to 'carbon leakage.' This will ensure that European emission reductions contribute to a global emissions decline, instead of pushing carbon-intensive production outside Europe. It also aims to encourage industry outside the EU and our international partners to take steps in the same direction.

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Green Deal,  


  • Alt Fuels, Bioenergy, SAF Key in EU Fit for 55 (Int'l. Report)
    European Green Deal
    Date: 2021-07-16
    On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (ED) adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55), compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law.

    The EU Forest Strategy supports the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and EU Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

    The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

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

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


    DOE Updating Manufactured Home Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    US DOEm
    Date: 2021-07-14
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE reports it is considering new energy efficiency standards for "manufactured" -- pre-assembled -- housing and will release a supplemental notice of proposed rule-emaking in August that will be based on the 2021 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

    The new manufactured home standards would cover: the building thermal envelope; air sealing; installation of insulation; duct sealing; HVAC; service hot water systems; mechanical ventilation fan efficacy; and heating and cooling equipment sizing.

    Energy conservation portions of current manufactured housing regulations have not been adjusted since 1994. Roughly 7 million manufactured homes are in the U.S, Manufactured homes use 70 pct more energy per square foot than traditional "stick-built" homes, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). (Source: US DOE, ACEEE, 14 July, 2021) Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, www2.aceee.org; International Energy Conservation Code, www.iccsafe.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ACEEE,  International Energy Conservation Code,  


    Avfuel Supplies Million Air Burbank with SAF (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation reports it is collaborating with Million Air Burbank (KBUR) -- an Avfuel-branded FBO -- to supply Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Avfuel's first truckload of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) arrived at the FBO on June 24, this year.

    As previously reported ,Neste will supply Avfuel with SAF in sufficient volumes to meet the growing demands of Avfuel's customers, including fixed base airport operators, flight departments, original equipment manufacturers and commercial operators. Avfuel will be a branded SAF distributor for Neste and will sell the fuel under the brand name Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. (Source: Avfuel Corp., PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466,ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; Million Air Burbank, Priscilla Howden, GM, 818-843-8311, www.millionair.com; Neste, www.neste.com/products/all-products/aviation

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avfuel,  SAF,  Neste MY,  


    Fulcrum Completes Nevada Biofuel Plant Construction (Ind. Report)
    Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Pleasanton, California-based low-carbon transportation fuels from municipal solid waste-to-fuel specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy reports construction of the world's first commercial-scale facility that will convert household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel (RD) and renewable gasoline in Reno, Nevada, has been completed.

    The plant will convert 175,000 tpy of municipal solid waste into nearly 11 million gpy of syncrude, which would then be upgraded to transportation fuels with the brand Fulcrum Fuel.

    Start-up and commissioning of the facility and fuel production is slated for Q4 this year. The company is eyeing eight more locations in the US, which will produce over 400 million gpy of transportation fuel. (Source: Fulcrum BioEnergy, PR, 6 July, 2021) Contact: Fulcrum, Jim Macias, CEO, Rick Barraza, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum BioEnergy,  SAF,  Syncrude,  


    Koch Invests $100Mn in Znyth® Battery Maker Eos (Ind. Report)
    Eos Energy , Koch Industries
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Edison, New Jersey-based zinc battery manufacturer Eos Energy Enterprises Inc. is reporting a $100 million investment from Koch Industry subsidiary Koch Investments Group to help build the company's technology.

    Eos's manufacturing plant in Pittsburgh makes long-term energy storage Znyth® batteries that provide storage for renewable energy sources and can be used by utilities, industry and commercial businesses.

    The Znyth® battery is designed to last at least 5,000 cycles, or approximately 15 years, and is safe even in extreme temperatures. The Znyth® battery has a carbon payback time -- the time that it takes to offset GHG footprint -- that is twicew as fast as lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries and three times faster than sodium sulfur and vanadium redox, according to the company. (Source: Eos Energy, PR, Pittsburgh Business Times, July, 2021) Contact: Eos Energy, Joe Mastrangelo, CEO, www.eose.com; Koch Industries, Koch Investments, www.kochequity.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerSmart,  Eos Energy,  Battery Energy Storage,  Koch Industries,  


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  SAF,  Renewable Diesel,  


    CEC Launches RESNET Water Efficiency Rating (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2021-07-09
    In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) reports its accredited rating providers, CalCERTS and CHEERS, were recently approved by RESNET as official HERSH2O providers -- paving the way for the launch of the water efficiency rating program in California.

    Built off RESNET's nationally recognized Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, which is the gold standard for rating the energy efficiency of a home, HERSH2O was developed as a system for rating whole-house water efficiency including both indoor and outdoor uses through a consensus development process with input from more than 75 organizations.

    The approval of two of California's accredited rating providers comes as water resources are becoming increasingly strained in many parts of the country and the cost to upgrade aging water infrastructure is taking a toll. With water prices increasing faster than energy prices, there is the potential for water efficiency measures to impact cost savings throughout the US.

    The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

    The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is a not-for-profit, membership corporation recognized national standards-making body for building energy efficiency rating and certification systems in the United States . (Source: California Energy Commission, International Code Council, PR, July, 2021) Contact: International Code Council, Mark Johnson, Exec. VP, www.iccsafe.org; California Energy Commission, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  California Energy Commission,  


    IEA Report Notes SAF Commercialization Progress (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2021-07-09
    A new report by the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Bioenergy Task 39 has provided an extensive analysis of the current and potential technologies for production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

    According to the report, "Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) will have to play a major role if the aviation sector is to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. However, to date it added, commercialization has been slow and current policies have proved inadequate to accelerate commercialization and widespread deployment of the various technologies" described in the report.

    As described in IEA's recent publication Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector, although synthetic hydrogen-based jet fuels will also play an important role in the future, in the short-to-mid-term biojet fuels will predominate. Annual volumes of biojet fuel have increased in recent years, from less than 10 million litres in 2018 to likely more than 1 billion litres by 2023 (and potentially 8 billion litres by 2030). (Source: International Energy Agency, PR, July, 2021) Contact: International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org; IEA Bioenergy Task 39, www.task39.ieabioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  SAF,  Bioenergy,  


    Important Notice -- U.S Independence Day, Canada Day Holiday Publishing Schedule -- Important Notice
    Holiday schedule
    Date: 2021-07-02
    In recognition of the July 1st Canada Day and the U.S. July 4 Independence Day holidays, we will not be publishing on Monday, 5 July. We will resume our regular publishing schedule on Wednesday July 7.

    Enjoy a safe holiday.


    Velocys Taps Koch for Mississippi Biorefinery Project (Ind. Report)
    Velocys,Koch Project Solutions
    Date: 2021-06-30
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it has awarded a turnkey engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPC) contract to Koch Project Solutions for its 33 million gpy Bayou Fuels biorefinery project in Natchez, Mississippi.

    The project is expected to produce approximately 33 million gpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with negative carbon intensity and naphtha made from woody biomass from locally sourced pine. (Source: Velocys, PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Koch Project Solutions, www.kochprojectsolutions.com; Velocys Plc, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  SAF,  Koch Project Solutions,  


    GE, Safran Developing Hydrogen, SAF Aircraft Engine (Ind. Report)
    GE Aviation, Safran
    Date: 2021-06-28
    Cincinnati-based GE Aviation and Paris-headquartered Safran report they are developing a new aircraft engine aimed at reducing emissions by more than 20 pct of today's levels and work on technologies compatible with sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and hydrogen.

    The CFM joint venture, which manufactures engines for Boeing and Airbus, plans to design an open-fan engine, unlike a jet engine with a cover on a commercial aircraft. (Source: GE Aviation, Contact: GE Aviation, www.geaviation.com; Safran, +33 1 40 60 80 80, fax-- +33 1 40 60 81 02, www.safran-group.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Hydrogen,  SAF,  Safran,  Aviation Fuel,  


    Singapore Airlines Launches Voluntary Carbon Offsets (Int'l.)
    Singapore Airlines
    Date: 2021-06-28
    The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group has launched a voluntary carbon offset programme that allows passengers on both Singapore Airlines and Scoot to offset their carbon emissions via dedicated microsites beginning in late July, this year. Passengers will also be able to use "frequent flyer" points to offset emissions, starting in Q4, 2021.

    The offset projects selected include: protecting forests in Indonesia; supporting renewable solar energy projects in India ; and providing efficient, clean burning cook stoves for rural families in Nepal. The offsets will be provided via the BlueHalo digital solution, which has been developed by Australia-based Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM). This allows passengers to immediately calculate and offset the emissions associated with their journey.

    As previously reported, the SIA has committed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by: increased investments in new-generation aircraft; achieving higher operational efficiency; adopting low-carbon technology such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), and sourcing high quality carbon offsets.

    SIA is a participant in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). (Source: Singapore Airlines, Business Traveler, 27 June, 2021) Contact: Singapore Airlines, www.singaporeair.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Singapore Airlines,  Carbon Offsets ,  


    NRCAN Launches Canada Clean Fuels Fund (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resource Canada
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) has announced the Canada Clean Fuels Fund noting "Canada's clean fuels industry must immediately, and significantly, increase its current capacity to play the critical role needed in our net-zero future. To do this, it will be essential to overcome the barrier of the upfront capital cost that private sector investment faces in the build-out of new clean fuels production capacity."

    To that end, the Clean Fuels Fund will provide the private sector with cost-shared, conditionally repayable funding to build new, or retrofit or expand existing, clean fuel production facilities in Canada. Funding program benefits will:

  • grow the domestic production capacity for clean fuels including clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), across Canada;

  • offer new opportunities for Canada's energy sector in the transition to producing cleaner sources of energy;

  • support Canada's efforts to reach net-zero by 2050:

  • position Canada globally to reap economic, environmental, and social benefits of transition to clean energy.

    Download Canada Clean Fuels Fund details HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canada Clean Fuels Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resource Canada,  Clean Fuel,  


  • EnerSys® Now Offering Advanced Lithium-ion Battery (Ind. Report)
    EnerSys
    Date: 2021-06-28
    Reading, Pennsylvania-based energy storage specialist EnerSys® is reporting the addition of high-performance NexSys® iON batteries to its power solutions portfolio. Combining the latest lithium-ion chemistry with cost-effective modularity, NexSysiON batteries are engineered with sustainable Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) large format prismatic cell chemistry that has been heavily researched and built to deliver high energy capacity in a smaller footprint.

    NexSys iON batteries are designed to meet Automotive / Rigorous Functional Safety Standard ISO 26262, exceeding customary industrial compliance standards. With modular construction, the power system can maintain a high State of Charge (SOC) as a result of its speed of recharge capabilities and can be up-sized or down-sized as demands change.

    Ideal for heavy-duty applications, virtually maintenance-free NexSys iON batteries feature an integrated battery management system (BMS) that supports greater safety, reliability and battery life by performing auto-diagnosis, voltage limitation (charge and discharge) and communication of performance data.

    Utilizing a proprietary EnSite™ modeling software, EnerSys can work directly with the customer to "right-size" a NexSys iON battery and NexSys+charger to their vehicle fleet to help eliminate unwanted downtime associated with premature battery failure from improper equipment fitting or charging practices. (Source: Enersys, PR, 23 June, 20210 Contact: Enersys, www.enersys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerSys,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Neste's Porvoo Refinery Back On Line (Int'l. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Helsinki, Neste Oyi is reporting scheduled maintenance work at its Porvoo refinery in Finland has been completed and the refinery is back in production.

    The work came in at approximately €630 million, of which approximately €330 million was realized in the major turnaround in 2021. In 2020, only critical refinery maintenance work was completed due to the corona pandemic.

    Neste refines waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials. Neste is the world's leading producer of renewable diesel (RD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) developing chemical recycling to combat the plastic waste and helping customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. The company aims for carbon-neutral production by 2035.

    In 2020, Neste's revenue stood at €11.8 billion ($14.070 billion) with 94 pct of the company's comparable operating profit coming from renewable products, according to the company website. (Source: Neste Corporation, Website PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste ,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  Biofuel,  


    DOE Better Buildings Initiative Saves $13.5Bn (Report Attached)
    DOE Better Buildings Initiative
    Date: 2021-06-25
    According to the 2021 Better Buildings Progress Report, the DOE Better Buildings Initiative in collaboration with nearly 1,000 businesses, government, and other partners, saved $13.5 billion in energy costs and more than 130 million metric tons of carbon emissions in the past year -- equivalent to the greenhouse gases emitted by 28.2 million vehicles in a single year.

    "Through Better Buildings, leading organizations across the U.S. are demonstrating their commitment to use energy more efficiently. In partnership with DOE, they are sharing the solutions needed to tackle our climate crisis, create jobs, and build healthy, safe, and thriving communities," according Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

    Download the 2021 Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 22 June, 2021)

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


    Velocys Tech. Powers First Commercial Flight (Ind. Report)
    Velocys
    Date: 2021-06-23
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc is reporting a blend of convention aviation fuel and 25 pct sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by its proprietary technology using woody biomass residue feedstock has been used in a commercial flight by Japan Airlines -- the first commercial flight in the world to use SAF derived from gasified wood-chips synthesized into aviation fuel.

    The fuel was produced in a Velocys FT reactor from the hydrogen and carbon gases generated by the gasification of the wood-chips at a demonstration plant in Nagoya, Japan in 2020. The facility produced 2,366 liters of neat aviation fuel blendstock that met ASTM D7566 Annex1 standard and can be blended into conventional jet fuel up to 50 pct.

    SAF synthesized with the Velocys FT technology from gasified forestry residue has a 70 pct lower carbon intensity than conventional fossil jet fuel. FT-SAF offers significant additional air quality improvements thanks to 90 pct lower particulate emissions, 99 pct lower sulphur emissions and lower nitrogen oxide emissions than conventional fossil fuels, according to Velocys. (Source: Velocys, PR, 21 June, 2021) Contact: Velocys Plc, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  SAF,  


    Neste, Boston Consulting Announce SAF Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste is reporting an agreement with business management specialist Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for the purchase of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ to be delivered to airlines SAS and Finnair covering the volume of fuel used on all Nordic region flights taken by BCG employees. Through this new arrangement, BCG expects to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions on flights with these airlines.

    BCG has committed to achieving net-zero climate impact by 2030, and supports efforts to scale up the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels to decarbonize air travel as part of its broader strategy to reduce emissions resulting from business travel. SAF is an important lever to reduce the climate impact of flying, and the use of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel offers up to 80 pct reduction in life cycle GHGs compared to conventional fossil jet fuel.

    With this SAF-based solution, Neste's SAF is sold to organizations directly and delivered to their most frequently used airlines. The solution includes a third-party audit process to ensure that other customers cannot claim emission reduction on the same SAF volume. Neste's current MY SAF production capacity is approximately 34 million gpy. (Source: Neste, PR, Website, 17 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Corp., Sami Jauhiainen, VP Business Development, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Boston Consulting Group, www.bcg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  SAF,  


    Peoples Gas Announces Florida Dairy RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    Peoples Gas,Emers
    Date: 2021-06-21
    In the Sunshine State, Tampa-based Peoples Gas is reporting an agreement with Alliance Dairies to build, own and operate a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility on the dairy's property in Trenton near Gainesville.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Emera,  Peoples Gas,  


    ANA, JAL Test SAF Blends on Domestic Flights (Int'l. Report)
    JAL
    Date: 2021-06-21
    In Japan, All Nippon Airways Co.(ANA) and Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) last week announced separately that they used domestically produced sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) jointly developed by IHI Corp., Mitsubishi Power Ltd., and other firms on regular domestic flights.

    All Nippon Airways used an SAF made from algae, and Japan Airlines used a fuel made from a combination of algae and wood chips at a 1 pct blend rate with regular jet fuel. (Source: All Nippon Airways, Japan News, 19 June, 2021)

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    LanzaTech Part of Ind. Decarbonisation Project (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-06-21
    Chicago-headquartered LanzaTech reports it is working with the UK government and several industrial partners to construct and commission the world's first commercial-scale, ethanol-based ATJ (Alcohol-to-Jet) fuel production facility in South Wales.

    The plant will use ethanol feedstock produced from steel mill waste gases and other wastes to produce a more sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), thus contributing to industrial decarbonisation. The proposed facility will yield roughly 100 million lpy of ATJ Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK) to build out the entire supply chain from feedstock to wing. Using a 30 pct blend target, the 100 million litres of ATJ-SPK will yield c.330 million lpy of blended SAF.

    The LanzaTech ATJ facility will be further developed within Phase 2 of the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC), a consortium involving 17 partners led by Costain. This phase of SWIC is supported by £20 million in grant funding from Innovate UK with a further £17.6 million provided by industry. The project also aims to reduce industrial emissions at sites throughout South Wales, supporting Welsh NetZero targets. Within SWIC, LanzaTech will select the final project site, perform site-specific engineering, and obtain facility permits, with support from Costain. The funding is being awarded through UKRI's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) decarbonisation of industrial clusters phase two: deployment competition. It is delivered by the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge.

    LanzaTech will build and operate this first UK deployment of the LanzaJet™ ATJ technology. Then, both LanzaTech and its spin-out company, LanzaJet™, will develop multiple follow-on projects in the UK and globally as the market for sustainable jet fuel develops, primarily via a licensing model in which customers build, own, and operate facilities that use the LanzaJet™ technology. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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    NASA Study Finds SAF Reduces Jet Contrails, Fights Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    NASA
    Date: 2021-06-21
    According to a new study from the NASA Langley Research Center Airborne Science Program, aircraft using cleaner-burning sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) can produce between 50 pct and 70 pct fewer ice crystal contrails at cruising altitude than those using conventional aviation jet fuels.

    Contrails produce increases in temperature, further leading to climate change over time. Richard Moore, NASA's scientists, says that researchers know contrail formation from jet exhaust has more impact on climate than carbon dioxide emissions. The new study shows that a chance to use SAF that can help make immediate changes that could help save the planet.

    Download the NASA-DLR Study Finds Sustainable Aviation Fuel Can Reduce Contrails study HERE. (Source: NASA, June, 2021) Contact: NASA, Richard Moore, (757) 864-6043, Mobile -- (757) 759-1951, www.airbornescience.nasa.gov/person/Richard_Moore

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    Airbus Leads Sustainable Aviation Fuel Study (Int'l. Report)
    Airbus,TotalEnergies
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Netherlands-headquartered aircraft manufacturer Airbus SE, along with Safran, Dassault Aviation, Onera and Ministry of Transport, is reporting a joint in-flight study to determine the compatibility of un-blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with single-aisle aircraft and commercial aircraft engine and fuel systems, as well as with helicopter engines.

    The VOLCAN (VOL avec Carburants Alternatifs Nouveaux) project is the first time in-flight emissions will be measured using 100 pct SAF in a single-aisle aircraft.

    For the tests, Airbus is responsible for characterizing and analyzing the impact of 100 pct SAF on-ground and in-flight emissions using an A320neo test aircraft powered by a CFM LEAP-1A engine. Safran will focus on compatibility studies related to the fuel system and engine adaptation while Onera will support Airbus and Safran in analyzing the compatibility of the fuel with aircraft systems and will prepare, analyze and interpret test results to determine the impact of 100 pct SAF on emissions and contrail formation. Dassault Aviation will contribute to the material and equipment compatibility studies and verify 100 pct SAF bio-contamination susceptibility. The various SAFs used for the VOLCAN project will be provided by Paris-based TotalEnergies. (Source: Airbus, TradeArabia News , 12 June, 2021) Contact: Airbus, www.airbus.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com

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    Enerkem's Rotterdam Plant Refocused on SAF (Ind. Report)
    Shell Canada,Enerkem
    Date: 2021-06-09
    Montreal-headquartered biofuels producer Enerkem, Shell and the Port of Rotterdam are reporting plans to repurpose the Rotterdam waste-to-chemicals project to produce waste-to-sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

    The facility would use Enerkem's waste gasification technology and Shell's Fischer-Tropsch technology to process up to 360,000t tpy of "recycling rejects" and produce up to 80,000 tpy of renewable products, of which around 75 pct could be SAF and the remainder for road transportation fuels or other uses.

    Subject to regulatory approvals and a final investment decision, construction could begin soon for production starting in 2025 or 2026. (Source: Enerchem, PR, Argus, 8 June, 2021)Contact: Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800, communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

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    EC, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst Partnership Touted (Int'l. Report)
    European Commission,Breakthrough Energy
    Date: 2021-06-07
    European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen and Bill Gates have announced a pioneering partnership between the European Commission and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst to boost investments in the critical climate technologies that will enable the net-zero economy. The new partnership aims to mobilize new investments of up to €820 million ($1 billion) between 2022-26 to build large-scale, commercial demonstration projects for clean technologies -- lowering their costs, accelerating their deployment, and delivering significant reductions in CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

    The partnership intends to invest in high-impact EU-based projects initially in four sectors with a high potential to help deliver on the economic and climate ambitions of the European Green Deal -- green hydrogen; sustainable aviation fuels (SAF); direct air carbon capture; and long-duration energy storage. In doing so, it seeks to scale up key climate-smart technologies and speed up the transition towards sustainable industries in Europe.

    Investment support will take the form of financial instruments and grants. The partnership will also be open to private, philanthropic and national investments by EU Member States through InvestEU or at project level, according to the EC release. (Source: European Commissions, PR, 2 June, 2021) Contact: European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Pres Breakthrough Energy, www.breakthroughenergy.org EU Innovation Fund, www.ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/innovation-fund_en; EU Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

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    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

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    BIOGEST Announces French Biomethane-RNG Projects (Intl.)
    BIOGEST
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Vienna, Austria-based BIOGEST reports it has contracted to construct two biomethane (RNG) plants in France that will use regionally sourced agricultural, poultry waste and by-products to produce RNG.

    The first project, Enerfees, is located close to Rennes, joint by the Cooperative des Fermiers de Janze and ENGIE will produce 400 Nm3/h biomethane. The second project, Methagrilou,, near Le Mans will produce 130 Nm3/h of biomethane.

    BIOGEST's biomethane plant technology offers significant advantages in energy efficiency and operational safety, as well as an easy and cost-efficient maintenance system. During the fermentation process of both projects 94,400 tonnes (in total) of waste/year are transformed into high-quality organic fertilizer that acts as a substitute for chemical products. According to the Biogest website. (Source: BIOGEST, Website PR, 1 June, 2021) Contact: Biogest, Martin Schlerka, CEO, +43 1 2260700, office@biogest.at, www.biogest.at

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    Huawei World Energy Storage Standards Certified (Int'l. Report)
    Huawei
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Shanghai-headquartered global information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices provider Huawei reports its smart string energy storage system (ESS) for residential use, the LUNA2000, has scored 2PfG 2511 energy storage standard certification from German testing and certification service provider TUV Rheinland.

    The TUV Rheinland standars cover most of the safety risks involved with energy storage systems, and set rigorous technical requirements and test conditions in terms of electrical safety, battery safety, electromagnetic compatibility, functional safety, energy management, transportation safety, and environmental impact.

    The LUNA2000 series (LUNA2000-15-S0, LUNA2000-10-S0, LUNA2000-5-S0), designed to be a modular system, focuses on the functional safety of its electrical, battery, performance, BMS, EMS, and thermal management components. As such, the series are adaptable to a wide range of users and markets. Huawei's LUNA2000 product series not only satisfies the requirements of German and other EU markets, but are eligible to enter other markets in the world. (Source: Huawei, PR, 4 June, 2021) Contact: Huawei, Connie Wang, wangjing402@huawei.com, www.huawei.com; TUV Rheinland, www.tuv.com

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    Wartsila Commissions Philippines Energy Storage Projects (Int'l.)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2021-06-02
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila reports it has inked multiple energy storage contracts with Philippines-based SMC Global Power Holdings Inc. through its subsidiary, Universal Power Solutions Inc., in the Philippines during 2019-2020.

    The first two projects, Integrated Renewable Power Hub-Toledo and BCCPP, Limay, Bataan, have achieved final commissioning in May. The projects have a capacity of 20 MW / 20 MWh and 40 MW / 40MWh respectively, and are part of the earlier announced energy storage orders.

    These are the first energy storage systems supplied by Wartsila to the Philippines. The projects are delivered on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, and include Wartsila's propriety software and hardware solutions. The systems comprise the company's GridSolv Max system, a standardised energy storage solution that provides flexible and modular storage for the core hardware assets of the systems, including the batteries, a safety and fire system, and inverters, alongside the advanced GEMS Digital Energy Platform.

    According to the company website, "Wartsila is enabling the transition towards a 100 pct renewable energy future by designing and building flexible systems that integrate renewable energy sources, thermal assets and energy storage."

    In 2018, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) committed to meeting 23 pct of its primary energy needs from renewable by 2025. The region aims to leverage its abundant wind and solar resources and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, especially as grid systems are developing and economies growing. (Source: Wartsila, PR, 28 May., 2021) Contact: Wartsilia Energy, Bent Iversen, Senior Bus. Dev., +358 10 709 0000, Fax +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com/energy/explore-solutions/energy-storage; SMC Global Power Holdings, www.smcglobalpower.com.ph

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    Mitsubishi, Iberdrola Launch Renewable Energy, Decarbonisation Alliance (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-05-28
    Madrid-headquartered global renewable energy major Iberdrola and Yokahama-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), report they will jointly develop competitive, clean, and safe renewable energy solutions that promote the decarbonisation of industrial production.

    The partners will identify opportunities for large scale carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage projects for industry as well develop green hydrogen production facilities, battery storage systems and electrified heat production facilities with the aim of promoting carbon neutral industries in the short- and medium-term. (Source: Iberdrola, Mitsubishi, Power, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power, www.power.mhi.com; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es


    Shell Aviation, AmEx Partner to Increase SAF Supply (Ind. Report)
    Shell Aviation
    Date: 2021-05-28
    Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary Shell Aviation and American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) are reporting they will collaborate on encourage increased production sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), making the fuel more readily available and accelerating the aviation industry's pathway towards net-zero emissions.

    With their combined buying power, the two firms will help drive transformation of the aviation and corporate travel sector, support a net-zero emissions future and deliver a new solution to customers in support of their own energy transition and carbon reduction ambitions.

    Both firms have committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Shell Aviation, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Shell Aviation , www.shell.com/business-customers/aviation.html

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    UPM Advances Biofuel Growth Plans (Int'l. Report)
    UPM
    Date: 2021-05-28
    Following up on our 29 Jan., 2021 coverage, Helsinki-headquartered UPM has moved forward with its biofuels growth plans and has begun the basic engineering phase of a next generation biorefinery. The potential biorefinery would produce roughly 500,000 tpy of high-quality renewable fuels including sustainable jet fuel (SAF).

    UPM is review the operating environment primarily in two locations - Kotka, Finland, and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. (Source: UPM, 20 May, 2021)Contact: UPM, Jyrki Ovaska, CTO, +358 204 150 564, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com

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    Neste Testing Renewable Gasoline in Sweden (Ind. Report)
    Neste Oyi
    Date: 2021-05-26
    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 the final phase of testing of its 75 pct bio-based renewable gasoline is now beginning with complete commercial tests of the fuel to follow.

    According to the release, Neste's 75 pct bio-based renewable gasoline can reduce GHG emission by up to 65 pct over the fuel's life cycle when compared to fossil fuels. Neste is aiming to improve this figure to eventually achieve up to 90 pct emission reduction with an up to 95 pct bio-based content fuel.

    The present tests study the properties of the fuel and mix ratios to further reduce emissions before commercial tests. (Source: Neste, PR, Website, 21 May, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP Renewable Road Transportation, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

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    Climate-Smart Agriculture, Forestry Strategy (Report Attached)
    USDA
    Date: 2021-05-26
    In Washingto on January 27, 2021, Pres, Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, directing all Federal agencies to coordinate in a Government-wide approach to combat the climate crisis.

    In compliance with the Order and recognizing the role agriculture and forestry will play in climate change mitigation and resilience, the USDA submitted the agency's recommendations for a climate-smart agriculture and forestry (CSAF) strategy covering CSAF practices that decrease wildfire risk fueled by climate change, CSAF as a source sustainable bioproducts and fuels, and conservation actions that provide measurable carbon reductions and sequestration.

    The USDA report notes: "The adoption of on-farm biogas capture technologies and the production of biobased products can provide producers with new income streams while also reducing GHG emissions and improving water quality. Opportunities to generate income from these technologies include the generation of renewable electricity and the production of biobased products from manure, renewable natural gas (RNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). USDA should support producers as they enter these new markets and consider innovative finance mechanisms to provide upfront capital for biogas technologies and encourage the connection of multiple small operations to provide economical renewable energy production."

    Download the USDA Climate-Smart Agriculture, Forestry Strategy; 90 Day Progress Report HERE. (Source: USDA, May, 2021) Contact: USDA, www.usda.gov

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    TATC, Rainforest Energy Study Cdn Biomass Energy Project (Ind. Report)
    Rainforest Energy
    Date: 2021-05-26
    On the Canadian prairies, Saskatchewan's Touchwood Agency Tribal Council (TATC) and Calgary, Alberta-based Rainforest Energy Corp. (RFEC) are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the joint evaluation and development of biomass and other clean energy in the TATC member territory in Saskatchewan.

    The evaluation will consider the feasibility of a $250-million clean energy project at Punnichy, Sask. It involves the conversion of Indigenous-sourced waste biomass -- straw, hemp residue, logging slash, and others -- into 87 million lpy of low-carbon gasoline, sustainable jet fuel (SAF) and propane.

    RFEC is currently in offtake discussions with major crude oil refiners which need low-carbon fuel output to blend down its fossil fuel sales to meet the Canadian Clean Fuel Standard, according to the release. (Source: Touchwood Agency Tribal Council, Rainforest Energy , PR, 21 May, 2021) Contact: Rainforest Energy, Jeff Arsenych, Pres., CEO, jarsenych@rainforestenergy.ca, www.rainforestenergy.ca; Touchwood Agency Tribal Counci, Rod Favel, Economic Development Program Manager , (306) 835-2937, www.touchwoodagency.ca

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    Asian Air Carriers Commit to 2050 Net-Zero Emissions (Int'l,)
    Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific
    Date: 2021-05-26
    Singapore Airlines Group -- Singapore Airlines, Scoot and SIA Cargo -- is reporting a commitment to invest in new-generation aircraft, adopt low-carbon technology such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), and source "high quality" carbon offsets to meet their recently announced goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    Likewise, Hong Kong-headquartered Cathay Pacific Group, one of the first air carriers in Asia to establish a timeline for achieving carbon neutrality, has announced plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. To that end, Cathay Pacific will investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), identify efficiencies including a new fuel-efficient fleet and reducing engine use on the ground, as well as take advantage of carbon offsets. (Source: Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, PR, Travel Weekly, May, 2021)

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    UPM Advancing Planned Biofuel Growth (Int'l. Report)
    UPM
    Date: 2021-05-21
    Helsinki-headquartered UPM reports basic engineering is underway for a planned next generation 500,000 tpy biorefinery in Kotka, Finland or Rotterdam to produce renewable fuels including sustainable jet fuel (SAF). The company will next define the business case, select the most innovative technology option, including the use of green hydrogen in the production process, and determine the required investment to proceed.

    UPM has invested €179 million in the world's first biorefinery producing wood-based renewable diesel and naphtha called UPM BioVerno. The 130,000 tpy UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces UPM BioVerno diesel and naphtha from crude tall oil, a residue of the company's pulp production. (Source: UPM Website, May, 2021) Contact: UPM Biofuels, +358 204 15 111, Fax. +358 204 15 110, www.upm.com/businesses/upm-biofuels

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    Mitsubishi, Iberdrola Launch Decarbonisation Alliance (Ind. Report)
    Mitsubishi Power,Iberdrola
    Date: 2021-05-21
    Madrid-headquartered global renewable energy major Iberdrola and Yokahama-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), report they will jointly develop competitive, clean, and safe energy solutions based on renewable energy that promote the decarbonisation of industrial production.

    The partners will identify opportunities for large scale carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage projects for industry as well develop green hydrogen production facilities, battery storage systems and electrified heat production facilities with the aim of promoting carbon neutral industries in the short- and medium-term. (Source: Iberdrola, Mitsubishi, Power, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power, www.power.mhi.com; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

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    Vineyard Wind's 800-MW Offshore Project Progressing (Ind. Report)
    Vineyard Wind, BOEM
    Date: 2021-05-14
    Vineyard Wind reports receipt of the U.S. DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) Record of Decision (ROD) -- the federal review process for the 800-MW, 160,000-acre offshore wind project 15 miles off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.

    The project, which will incorporate as many as 84 GE Haliade-X wind turbines, will be the first commercial scale offshore wind farm in the country, according to Vineyard Wind -- a joint venture between AVANGRID subsidiary Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

    In response to comments and direct engagement with neighboring communities, environmental organizations and advocates, fisheries organizations, as well as governmental and tribal entities, the project has committed to: invest millions of dollars to develop and deploy innovative technologies and undertake scientific research to further safeguard marine mammals; to provide millions to compensate fishermen for potential loss of revenue and gear, as well as to enhance their ability to fish in and around the lease area; and use an Aircraft Detection Lighting System (ALDS) to ensure nighttime lights will only operate a few hours a year when aircraft are present.

    Vineyard Wind expects the project will reach financial close in the second half of this year and begin delivering energy to Massachusetts in 2023. (Source: Vineyard Wind, PR, T&D World, 11 May, 2021)Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

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    German MBU, Industry Agree on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (Int'l.)
    Sustainable Aviation Fuel
    Date: 2021-05-10
    In Bonn, the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and state governments and industrial leaders have agreed on a roadmap aimed at establishing climate-friendly power-to-liquid (PtL) aviation fuel production.

    The PtL roadmap is intended to create the basis for the production of 200,000 tpy or more of sustainable kerosene for German air traffic by 2030 -- one-third of the current fuel requirement for domestic German air traffic. The plan aims to produce PtL fuels from green hydrogen and sustainable CO2 from bioenergy plants and other industry, sources therefore drastically reducing the overall amount of air traffic CO2 emissions.

    Although PtL fuels have not yet been produced in relevant quantities or at market prices due to the lack of industrial-scale production facilities, the German government has committed to emissions-free aviation as part of the country’s low-carbon energy transition. (Source: German MBU, PR, Clean Energy Wire, May, 2021) Contact:German BMU, www.bmu.de

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    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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  • SAF Soon Available at Munich Airport (Int'l. Report)
    Munich Airport
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Munich Airport reports sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will be available to refuel aircraft at the airport from June. The fuel will be dispensed from an onsite depot as a 35 pct SAF-- conventional jet fuel blend 35 pct blend, ready for refuelling.

    Munich Airport is also pursuing an ambitious climate protection strategy for reducing CO2 emissions and operating the airport in a CO2-neutral manner by 2030. To that end, the airport will invest €150 million by 2030 to cut all CO2 emissions to net-zero by 2050. (Source: Munich Airport, Initiatives, May 2021) Contact: Munich Airport, www.munich-airport.com

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    The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid (Electriq Power, New Subscriber Profile)
    Electriq Power
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America.

    Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

    The PowerPod 2, launched in late 2020, is the next-generation version of Electriq Power's industry-leading PowerPod family. This latest system is equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4), or LFP, batteries, which are rapidly becoming the industry standard, allowing for longer battery cycle life, increased reliability, and enhanced safety. The new high-performance, cobalt-free model builds upon key features of the original PowerPod system and PowerPod LFP technology to create the optimal energy storage solution. Notable product enhancements of the PowerPod 2 include:

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;

  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;

  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);

  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity: AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);

  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;

  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE; Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE.

    The PowerPod 2 became the first fully integrated OpenADR 2.0b-certified residential battery storage system on the market, enabling Electriq Power to seamlessly partner with energy aggregators and participate in today's dynamic energy marketplace. Recent strategic partnerships have given Electriq Power a pathway forward into deployment and control of energy storage systems while maximizing value for microgrids. Additionally, as the company continues to build out its vision of increasing value-added services for Virtual Power Plants, Electriq Power has accelerated deployments of battery systems and established a foundation from which to provide real-time grid services to support utility infrastructure and grid operators across the country. (Source: Electriq Power, Feb., 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com

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  • Alfa Laval Claims €15.22Mn HVO, SAF Equipment Order (Int'l.)
    Alfa Laval
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Alfa Laval is reporting receipt of a €15.2 million order to supply a feedstock pre-treatment processing line to an un-named petroleum refiner to support the production of renewable diesel (HVO) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Europe.

    The order includes Alfa Laval high-speed separators and various compact heat exchangers along with other equipment, engineering, and services to provide a pre-treatment processing line to remove contaminants from fats and oil feedstock prior to the conversion to renewable diesel and SAF. Delivery is scheduled for 2022. (Source: Alfa Laval, PR, Website, May., 2021) Contact: Alfa Laval, +46 46 36 65 10, www.alfalaval.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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    USGBC Develops LEED Safety First Credits (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2021-05-03
    As part of its Healthy Economy strategy, the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched LEED Safety First credits that support project teams as they work toward reentry and safe operation. The Safety First Credits were designed to be "agile" and up-datable as more is known about the virus that causes COVID-19.

    Safety First LEED credits are helping building teams provide healthy spaces and assisting with building reentry. The credits outline sustainable best practices that align with public health and industry guidelines related to cleaning and disinfecting, workplace reoccupancy, HVAC and plumbing operations. The credits can be used by LEED projects that are certified or are undergoing certification.

    While all these measures are aimed at supporting how building design and operations can help mitigate the spread of disease, including the virus that causes COVID-19, they are also based on ensuring healthy indoor air and spaces even beyond the effects of a pandemic, and they could help frame future long-term updates to the LEED rating system.

    Download USGBC LEED Safety First details HERE. (Source: US Green Building Council, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org

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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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  Neste,  

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