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2030 Climate Challenge Finalists Announced (Ind. Report)
Carbon Leadership Forum
Date: 2021-02-10
Lever for Change is reporting the five finalist teams that will advance to the next stage of the 2030 Climate Challenge, a $10 million award launched in 2020 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by 2030.

The Challenge, sponsored by an anonymous donor, will fund proven, data-driven solutions tackling greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings, industry, and/or transportation sectors in communities across the country. The finalists include:

  • Carbon Leadership Forum / Seattle, Washington -- Building with Biomass: Using Buildings to Sequester Carbon at Gigaton-Scale carbonleadershipforum.org

  • RMI / Boulder, Colorado -- Scale Zero: Healthy, Zero-Emission, Affordable Housing for All. www.rmi.org

  • Solar United Neighbors / Washington, District of Columbia -- First Statewide Virtual Power Plant: Equitable Transition to Clean Energy. www.solarunitedneighbors.org

  • World Resources Institute / Washington, District of Columbia -- Turning Point: Driving Climate Action through Southeast Transportation Electrification, www.wri.org

  • World Wildlife Fund / Washington, District of Columbia -- Decarbonizing U.S. Industry with Renewable Thermal Energy. www.worldwildlife.org

    Finalist's project details are HERE. (Source: 2030 Climate Challenge, Website PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: 2030 Climate Challenge, www.2030climatechallenge.org Lever for Change, www.leverforchange.org

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  • SSEN Distribution Commits to Net-Zero Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    SSE,Scottish and Southern Electricity
    Date: 2021-02-03
    In the UK, London-headquartered utility Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution reports it is the first UK Distribution Network Operator to set science-based carbon emissions reduction targets.

    Responsible for developing the electricity distribution networks vital to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, SSEN Distribution has signed a commitment letter to set science-based reduction targets for its own operations, which will see the network operator strive to cut emissions further and faster.

    A science-based target is a target for greenhouse gas emissions reductions that is set based on the level of reduction that science says is required to prevent the worst impacts of climate change in line with the Paris Agreement -- to limit global warming to well-below 2 degree C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degree C. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wild Fund for Nature. (Source: SSE plc, Website, Jan., 2021) Contact: SSE, Shirley Robertson, ED2 Sustainability Strategy Lead, www.sse.com; Science Based Targets, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets,  Scottish and Southern Electricity ,  SSE,  Net-Zero,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Bezos Earth Fund Announces First Major Recipients (Funding Report)
    Bezos Earth Fund
    Date: 2020-11-23
    Amazon CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos has announced the first 16 recipients who together will receive a total of $791 million fro Bazo's $10 billion Earth Fund. The recipients are listed in order of funding:
  • Environmental Defense Fund -- $100 million grant will support work that includes completion and launch of MethaneSAT, a satellite that will not only locate and measure sources of methane pollution around the world, but also provide public access to data that ensures accountability and drives deep reductions of this pollutant. www.edf.org

  • The Natural Resources Defense Council -- $100 million to advance climate solutions and legislation at the state level, move the needle on policies and programs focused on reducing oil and gas production, protect and restore ecosystems that store carbon (like forests and wetlands), and accelerate sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices. www.nrdc.org

  • The Nature Conservancy -- $100 million to protect the Emerald Edge forest in the U.S. and Canada. www.nature.org

  • The World Resources Institute -- $100 million will be doled out over 5 years and will be used to develop a satellite-based monitoring system to advance natural climate solutions around the world. www.wri.org.

  • The World Wildlife Fund -- $100 million to help protect and restore mangroves, which store carbon and protect coastal communities from the ravages of climate-accelerated weather events www.worldwildlife.org.

  • ClimateWorks Foundation -- $50 million will be used to drive climate action in the transportation and industrial sectors.www.climateworks.org

  • The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice -- $43 million over three years to expand grant-making to organizations led by Black, Brown, and Indigenous women and other frontline leaders. www.hivedund.org

  • The Solutions Project -- $43 million over the next three years to accelerate the transition to 100 pct clean energy and equitable access to healthy air, water, and land. www.thesolutionsproject.org

  • The Climate + Clean Energy Equity Fund -- $43 million over 3 years to support grassroots organizing to build power and increase participation in our democratic processes. www.theequityfund.org

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies -- $30 million to advance efforts to increase the ability of crop plants, such as corn and soybeans, to capture and store atmospheric carbon via their roots in the soil. www.salk.edu

  • The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) -- $15 million over teo years to advocate for updates to the U.S. electrical grid that will speed the amount of wind, solar, and energy storage used in key states. www.ucsusa.org

  • Rocky Mountain Institute -- $10 million, $8 million of which will go to its carbon-free buildings campaign, which seeks to make all U.S. buildings carbon-free by 2040 by advocating for all-electric new construction and retrofitting existing homes and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. www.rmi.org

  • Dream Corps Green For All -- $10 million to continue its work creating a green economy that prioritized low-income communities and people of color.www.thedreamcorp.org.

    Eden Reforestation Projects -- $5 million to plant trees and alleviate extreme poverty in three countries.www.edenprojects.org. (Source: Bezos Earth Fund, Release, 16 Nov., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bezos Earth Fund,  Climate Change,  


  • Ocean Renewables Touted as Climate Change Solution (Ind. Report)
    Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
    Date: 2020-06-12
    The attached report from the Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition's (OREAC) Ocean Panel has found that ocean-based renewable energy, such as offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power, could meet nearly 10 pct of the global annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions needed to remain on a Paris-compliant 1.5 degrees C pathway in 2050.

    The report estimates that up to 85 pct of this decarbonization potential will come from offshore wind. 1,400 GW of offshore wind would power one-tenth of global electricity demand while saving over 3 billion tpy of CO2 -- equal to taking 800 million cars off the road.

    OREAC is spearheaded by Orsted and Equinor, and includes other major players in the global offshore wind industry: CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, MHI Vestas, MingYang Smart Energy, Mainstream Renewable Power, Shell, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, TenneT, and GE Renewable Energy. Additional partner organisations include Global Wind Energy Council, World Resources Institute, UN Global Compact, the Chinese Wind Energy Association and Ocean Energy Systems.

    Download the OREAC The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change report HERE. (Source: OREAC, PR, reve, June, 2020) Contact: OREAC, www.oceanrenewable.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition,  Ocean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wave Energy,  Tidal EnergyCarbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Schlumberger Joins Science Based Targets to Cut GHGs (Int'l Report)
    Schlumberger, Science Based Targets
    Date: 2019-12-23
    In the City of Lights, Schlumberger the world's largest oilfield service company reports it plans redefine is climate change and carbon emissions targets as well as join Science Based Targets, an emission reduction program sponsored by the U.N. Global Compact program, the London-based Carbon Disclosure Project, Washington, D.C.-based World Resources Institute and Switzerland-based World Wildlife Fund by 2021.

    According to a company statement, "The energy industry has a key role to play in reducing the effects of climate change. Schlumberger seeks to lead positive, measurable changes in greenhouse gas emissions within the industry to help reduce climate change. The application of our industry-leading environmentally responsible technologies will help drive process efficiency and environmental footprint reduction."

    Science Based Targets claims participation from 754 companies around the world. Under the program, participating companies assess and make their emissions reduction goals that are in line with what climate scientists say is needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, a global treaty signed in April 2016 to fight climate change. (Source: Schlumberger, Oil & Gas, Houston Chronicle, 20 Dec., 2019) Contact: Schlumberger, www.slb.com; Science Based Targets initiative, info@sciencebasedtargets.org, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schlumberger,  Science Based Targets,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


    Cargill Expands, Confirms Climate Change Commitments (Ind. Report)
    Cargill
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Minneapolis-headquartered agriculture industry giant Cargill reports it has adopted a Scope 3 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its global supply chains by 30 pct per ton of product by 2030.

    To that end, Cargill is focused on targeted supply chain interventions, programming and policy solutions benefiting farmers, customers and the broader food system including: accelerating sustainable progress in beef, advancing soil health, reducing carbon for sustainable shipping and Protecting forests in partnership with farmers . Cargill has also reinforced its intent to prioritize climate change concerns through pledging to the CEO Climate Statement, signing on to the We Are Still In coalition to continue supporting the Paris Climate Accord and convening at this week's UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid.

    The commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from its global supply chain by 30 pct per ton of product by 2030, in combination with the previously announced operational goal to reduce absolute emissions by 10 pct , has been approved by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). (Source: Cargill, PR, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP25,  Cargill,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Air France Touts Climate Impact Reduction Plans (Int'l. Report)
    Air France
    Date: 2019-10-02
    In an effort to counteract its climate impact, French carrier Air France reports it will offset 100 pct of the carbon emissions of its 500-odd daily internal flights by 2020, finance projects that support tree planting, forest protection and the global shift to low-carbon energy. The airline will also ban single-use plastics such as cutlery from local flights as from January, 2020, and start separating and recycling waste from October.

    The airline industry's carbon emissions, which at 285 grammes of CO2 emitted per kilometre travelled by each passenger, far exceed all other modes of transport, according to the European Environment Agency. Heavy duty transportation -- freight trucking, shipping and aviation -- represent more then 10 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions, says the World Resources Institute, a research body. (Source: Air France, AFP, The Local, 1 Oct., 2019)

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


    Dubai Joins Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative (Int'l.)
    Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
    Date: 2019-09-11
    The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reports it has joined the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Initiative, which is pledged to double the rate of energy efficiency improvement in the building sector by 2030.

    The BEA Initiative was launched by The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Johnson Controls (JCI) to increase awareness and adoption of building energy efficiency programs. The Initiative aims to build market awareness and action on local government leadership by example, particularly in the developing world, local benchmarking and sustainable building certification and labeling approaches, innovative financing to support efficiency investments and distributed energy systems at the building and community scale. (Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, Aug., 2019) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, DEWA CEO, www.dubaisce.gov.ae ; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com; Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative, www.buildingefficiencyaccelerator.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  World Resources Institute ,  Energy Efficiency,  Dubai Supreme Council of Energy,  DEWA,  


    WattTime Emissions Database Wins Google Funding (Ind. Report)
    WattTime,Google,World Resources Institute
    Date: 2019-05-22
    WattTime reports it plans to create a public database that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to track carbon emissions from all the world's large power. The project will receive $1.7 million in funding from the Google AI Impact Challenge. The tracking system will make it possible to hold polluting plants accountable to environmental standards as well as enable advanced new emissions reduction technologies.

    Joining WattTime in the carbon tracking initiative are non-profits Carbon Tracker, a financial think tank that analyses the economic impacts of the energy transition and the first organization to pioneer satellite-based power plant monitoring; and World Resources Institute (WRI) which maintains a comprehensive global power plant database. (Source: WattTime, PR, 20 May, 2019) Contact: WattTime, Gavin McCormick, Executive Director , (510) 201-9877, www.watttime.org; World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director,www.wri.org; Carbon Tracker, www.carbontracker.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tracker,  Carbon Emissions,  Power Plant Emissions,  WattTime,  Google,  World Resources Institute,  


    WattTime Emissions Database Wins Google Funding (Ind. Report)
    WattTime,World Resources Institute
    Date: 2019-05-20
    WattTime reports it plans to create a public database that will track carbon emissions from all the world's large power plants using artificial intelligence (AI). The project will receive $1.7 million in funding from the Google AI Impact Challenge.

    The tracking system will make it possible to hold polluting plants accountable to environmental standards as well as enable advanced new emissions reduction technologies.

    Joining WattTime in the carbon tracking initiative are non-profits Carbon Tracker, a financial think tank that analyses the economic impacts of the energy transition and the first organization to pioneer satellite-based power plant monitoring; and World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization that maintains a comprehensive global power plant database.

    (Source: WattTime, PR, 20 May, 2019) Contact: WattTime, Gavin McCormick, Executive Director , (510) 201-9877, www.watttime.org; World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director,www.wri.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Resources Institute ,  Carbon Emissions,  Google,  


    Johnson Controls Touts LEAN Energy Analysis Tool (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls, Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis
    Date: 2019-01-21
    In Milwaukee, Johnson Controls is reporting a partnership with Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis (CBRE), World Resources Institute (WRI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to test and deploy LEAN, an open-source, web-based analysis tool that identifies energy efficient building retrofit opportunities.

    The new LEAN initiative is part of the Johnson Controls and CBRE Innovation Lab, established three years ago to evaluate, connect and leverage products, services and energy data to create value for occupiers and investors of real estate, according to the company.

    Berkeley Lab will automate and improve the LEAN tool and create an open-source version for public use. CBRE will be an initial deployment partner and will use the tool to help their customers target cost-effective energy efficiency retrofit opportunities. WRI will use the open-source version of the tool to help local governments target these retrofit opportunities in both public and private buildings.

    Download Johnson Controls LEAN energy analysis technology details HERE. (Source: Johnson Controls, PR, Campus Safety, 20 Jan., 2019) Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, JVP Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com; CBRE Group Inc., David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, www.lbl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Johnson Controls,  CBRE,  World Resources Institute,  


    WRI Responds to Fourth National Climate Assessment Report (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
    World Resources Institute,
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In Washington, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has issued the following comments on the U.S. government's Global Change Research Program's just released Fourth National Climate Assessment report:

    "The message is loud, clear and undeniable: climate impacts are here and growing. The tragic Camp Fire in California serves as a stark illustration of how climate change is loading the dice for more extreme events that devastate people, homes and the economy. We should trust what we're seeing with our own eyes: more intense wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and heat waves. This is what climate change looks like and it will become far worse unless we rapidly shift to a low-carbon economy.

    "Climate change is already taking a toll on U.S. agriculture, health, tourism, fisheries, energy, transportation, infrastructure, businesses and more. For example, $1 trillion dollars of public infrastructure and private property along the U.S. coastline are at risk due to rising seas, increasing storm surges, and tidal flooding. No region of the country and no sector of the economy is immune. We must use all tools and pursue all policy levers to turn the tide. The NCA report makes it clear that we need a rapid and decisive shift to a low-carbon economy to achieve inclusive, long-term economic prosperity across the United States." WRI concluded. (Source: World Resources Institute, PR, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute, www.wri.org

    Download the National Climate Assessment 4 report HERE

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    Siemens Gamesa Joins Science Based Targets Initiative (Int'l)
    Science Based Targets Initiative
    Date: 2018-09-21
    At last week's Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco, Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Games Renewable Energy announced its commitment to develop a "measurable, science-based emissions reduction target" that will be independently approved and verified by the Science Based Target Initiative.

    The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a joint collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and the We Mean Business coalition, intended to encourage and support companies to commit to making measurable reductions in their carbon emission levels at a scale that actively contributes to meeting the 2 degree C warming target set in the Paris Climate Accord. Nearly 500 companies worldwide have committed to SBTI. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, SBTI, CleanTechnica, 18 Sept., 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com; Science Based Targets initiative, info@sciencebasedtargets.org, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Targets Initiative,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  Climate Change,  


    Farmland Trust Joins Carbon Sequestration Initiative (Ind Report)
    American Farmland Trust
    Date: 2018-07-18
    The Washington, DC-headquartered American Farmland Trust (AFT) reports it is joining other major agriculture and conservation organizations at a Learning Lab for the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Initiative. A team of over 50 technical experts from government, academia, and industry will provide technical assistance to state governments on how to draw down carbon from the air and sequester it in the soil across diverse systems such as farms, rangelands, forests, and wetlands. The lab wiil also help states develop strategies related to policy development and funding projects.

    AFT is working in partnership with the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG), American Forests, the Forest-Climate Working Group, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and The Trust for Public Land to support the Natural and Working Lands Initiative.

    The AFT's Farmers Combating Climate Change program aims to : protect farmland and promote smart growth to significantly reduce emissions; improve soil health to reverse climate change and improve productivity; and build support among the farm community and advance policies and environmentally sound farming practices to help keep farmers on the land. (Source: American Farmland Trust, AgDaily, July, 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Farmland Trust,  Carbon Sequestration,  Climate Change,  


    Farmland Trust Joins Carbon Sequestration Initiative (Ind Report)
    American Farmland Trust
    Date: 2018-07-11
    The Washington, DC-headquartered American Farmland Trust (AFT) reports it is joining other major agriculture and conservation organizations at a Learning Lab for the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Initiative. A team of over 50 technical experts from government, academia, and industry will provide technical assistance to state governments on how to draw down carbon from the air and sequester it in the soil across diverse systems such as farms, rangelands, forests, and wetlands. The lab wiil also help states develop strategies related to policy development and funding projects.

    AFT is working in partnership with the Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG), American Forests, the Forest-Climate Working Group, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and The Trust for Public Land to support the Natural and Working Lands Initiative.

    The AFT's Farmers Combating Climate Change program aims to : protect farmland and promote smart growth to significantly reduce emissions; improve soil health to reverse climate change and improve productivity; and build support among the farm community and advance policies and environmentally sound farming practices to help keep farmers on the land. (Source: American Farmland Trust, AgDaily, 9 July, 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Caesars Commits to 95 pct Carbon Emissions Cut (Ind. Report)
    Science Based Target initiative
    Date: 2018-06-08
    In the Silver State, Las Vegas-based casino operator Caesars Entertainment Corporation reports it has set "science based" company-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets aligned with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).

    The SBTi is a collaboration among CDP (f.k.a. Carbon Disclosure Project), the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are considered "science-based" if they are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below two degrees C compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

    Caesars Entertainment has committed to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions 30 pct by 2025, and 95 pct by 2050 from a 2011 base year. Since 2011, Caesars has reduced its total GHG emissions by 22.9 pct. (Source: Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Hotel Business, 7 June, 2018) Contact: Caesars Entertainment Corporation, www.caesarscorporate.com; Science Based Target initiative, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Target initiative,  Carbon Emissions ,  


    Emirates GBC Launches Regional Energy Benchmarking Program (Int'l)
    Emirates Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-06-04
    In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) is touting its Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Benchmarking Project for schools. The "first-of-its-kind" in the MENA region BEA project assesses the energy and water performance of existing buildings against similar buildings within the same typology. The project aims to establish the first industry energy and water benchmark for schools in the UAE.

    The BEA project is a global initiative led by World Resources Institute (WRI) under the UN program Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), which aims to double the global rate of building energy efficiency by 2030. Dubai is the first and only city in the Middle East committed to the BEA, and EmiratesGBC is serving as the BEA City Liaison in partnership with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) to measure energy performance of 100 buildings in Dubai across hotels, schools and malls.(Source: Emirates Green Building Council, ME Construction News, 3 June, 2018) Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, bea@emiratesgbc.org, www.emiratesgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  

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