The NTU evaluation includes desktop and bench-testing of a methanol-powered marine engine and the onboard testing of the same engine in a harbour craft vessel for a six-month sea trial. The sea trial will be followed by an engine "teardown" to test clearances and material compatibility.
The project is intended to demonstrate the benefits, and encourage the use of methanol as a marine fuel. Similar projects have reportedly shown that Methanol can be easily adopted as a marine fuel at reasonable cost and without the complexity of other low emission alternatives.
(Source: Methanol Institute, Bunkerspot, Jan., 2019) Contact: Methanol Institute, Chris Chatterton, Chief Operating Officer, (703) 248-3636, www.methanol.org; Nanyang Technological University, www.ntu.edu.sg
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Delta Forceis an internal performance contracting program that increases energy efficiency and guarantees energy savings. Delta Force identifies UVA projects that represent good opportunities for energy savings, funds those projects, then recovers 125 pct of the funding out of utility savings.
Delta Force efforts have resulted in short ROIs and millions of dollar in energy cost savings.
(Source: University of Virginia, CPower Energy Management, PR, 8 Jan., 2018)
Contact: University of Virginia, Jesse Warren, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
Sustainability Director -- Buildings & Operations,
University of Virginia, sustainability.virginia.edu;
Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award, www.smartenergydecisions.com/innovation-awards/2019-innovation-awards
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The DOER Green Communities Division provides technical assistance and financial support for municipal initiatives to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy in public buildings, facilities and schools, according to a news release.
In 2014, Marion's Energy Management Committee promoted a solar bylaw that has seen the installation of more than 100 solar projects. The town has also executed a power purchase agreement with Future Generation Wind to net meter electric power to town buildings and facilities for an annual savings in excess of $90,000. In addition, the town added electric vehicles to its fleet and replaced all of the town's cobra-head streetlights with more efficient LED fixtures for additional energy savings.
With the new Green Community designation the town has been awarded a grant of $132,672 to cover the cost of additional energy-saving projects. (Source: DOER Green Communities, Standard-Times, South Coast Today, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Mass. DOER Green Communities, www.mass.gov/orgs/green-communities-divisionGreen Communities
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Under the program, shoppers will gain one point for each 7 kg of CO2 emissions they are able to cut through replacing home appliances. One point will be worth ¥1 and exchangeable for gift tickets.
The program, which is expected to run until March 2021, is forecast to lower CO2 emissions by 140,000 tpy and reduce utility expenses by ¥6.9 billion. (Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan Times, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, www.metro.tokyo.jp/english
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Selections were made across three topic areas, outlined below. The first two aim to address fundamental scientific and engineering challenges of generating power from dynamic, low-velocity and high-density waves and currents. The third topic area is targeted to provide better information to reduce the costs and time to permit projects that include
Early Stage Device Design Research,
Controls and Power Take Off Design Integration and Testing, and
Dissemination of Environmental Data and Analyses to Facilitate the Marine Energy Regulatory Process.
(Source: US DOE, Water Power Technologies Office, Jan., 2019)
Contact: US DOE Water Power Technologies Office, ww.energy.gov/eere/water/water-power-technologies-office
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In the appeal, the company was attempting to block the release of records of its knowledge of how burning fossil fuels changes the climate.
Massachusetts Attorney General's suit claimed the world's largest investor-owned oil company violated state's consumer protection rules and misled investors about the impacts of fossil fuels on climate change as well as risks of climate change to its business.
Exxon appealed the decision to the Supreme Court on the grounds that the Massachusetts attorney general did not have jurisdiction to compel the company to release documents relevant to its own climate change-carbon emissions research and data.
(Source: Various Media, 8 Jan., 2019)Contact: Exxon Mobil, William M. Colton, VP Strategic Planning, www.exxonmobil.com
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The largest of the two methanol project, Caribbean Gas Chemical's plant in Trinidad and Tobago could start up as early as mid-2019.
Methanol from Trinidad comes into the US duty-free while shipments from Venezuela are hit with a 5.5 pct import tax. In 2017, 49 pct of all US methanol imports were from Trinidad, according to industry data.
The second new methanol project slated for startup in 2019 is US Methanol's 200,000 tpy Liberty One unit in Charleston, West Virginia.
Vancouver-based Methanex is also expected to make a final investment decision on a proposed 1.8 million tpy plant next to its two existing methanol plants. in Geismar, Louisiana.
(Source: US Methanol, Methanex, ICIS News, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: US Methanol, Frank Bakker, CEO, (681) 205-8511, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.usmeoh.com; Caribbean Gas Chemical, (868) 225-4242, www.cgcltt.com; Methanex, John Floren, Pres., CEO, (604) 661 2600, www.methanex.com
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The SAF initiative is part of JAL's Medium Term Management Plan to actively contribute and tackle Global Sustainable Development Goals, including the reduction of CO2 emissions.
(Source: Japan Airlines, PR, 8 Jan., 2019)
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The aid will be provided in the form of a feed-in premium (a top-up payment over the market price) to the selected installations for every unit of electricity produced, as well as an environmental tariff premium (PDIF) linked to the use of biomass.
The new installations will produce both electric power and combined heat and power (HP). The measure aims to incentivize forest owners to clean the forests at risk by using the forest residues to produce biomass energy and thus reduce the risk of future forest fires. in Portugal.
(Source: EC, eureporter, 9 Jan., 2019)
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Praj Industries commands an almost 70 pct market share in the Indian bio-energy business in India and is the only dominant player along with ISGEC ltd. (Source: Praj Industries, SI Reporter, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: Praj Industries, +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, email@example.com, www.praj.net
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The standards imposed by the ordinance requires all to newly constructed, low rise, single and multi-family units to be 30 pct more efficient than the current state minimum. For newly constructed multi-family units, they must be 20 pct more efficient than state minimums. To reach the new standards, the new ordinance suggests high performance attics and walls, high efficiency heating and water heating equipment, high efficiency fans, more efficient hot water distribution systems, and solar photovoltaic compliance credits. (Source: City of Arcata, Times Standard, 5 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Arcata, Emily Benvie, Environmental Programs Manager, (707) 822-5951, www.cityofarcata.org
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The poll noted more then half of the respondents expected at least 60 pct of their project pipeline to involve green construction by 2021. The research also notes a significant change in the perceptions surrounding "green" buildings. For example, the number of survey respondents who believe that green construction costs more than traditional building methods has decreased dramatically from over 75 pct in 2012 to less than 50 pct in the most recent survey.
The poll notes "green" building benefits include 88 pct savings in operating costs in the first year and a 7 pct increase in building asset values for new "green" construction, which has a clear influence on all green building professionals to continue their relationship with "green."
(Source: AIA, CRL, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: AIA, www.aia.org; World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO, www.worldgbc.org
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According to the World Bank, India generates more than 150,000 tpd of municipal solid waste (MSW), 83 pct of which is collected and less than 30 pct is treated. The country's daily waste generation is projected to reach 377,000 tpd by 2025.
The Indian government's Biofuel Policy of India 2018, stresses the future role of biofuels in addressing pollution and
envisages a 20 pct biofuel and gadcia, Tech Panda, Jan., 2019) Contact: BIOD Energy India, Shiva Vig, CEO and Director, +91 11 4728 9966, /+91 11 4728 9900, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Selby, UK-based Drax purchased Scottish Power's portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired generation, which comprises Scottish Power Generation Group and its wholly owned subsidiary, SMW.
The assets sale included the 440-MW Cruachan pumped storage hydro electric scheme in Argyll and Bute; run-of-river hydro locations at Galloway and Lanark; (126MW); a biomass-from-waste facility at Daldowie; and four Combined Cycle Gas Turbine stations in England.
(Source: DRAX Group, The National, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072, www.scottishpower.co.uk; DRAX Power, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com
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Since 1990, the UK has slashed its carbon emissions by more than 43 pct through a combination of cleaner power and lower overall demand for electricity. The country's electricity generation declined 1 pct in 2018, reaching its lowest levels since 1994.
Despite these trends the UK is still not on track to meet its legally binding carbon target during the 2023-2027 period, known as the fourth carbon budget, according to the Committee on Climate Change, the independent panel that advises the government on emissions policy. (Source: Carbon Brief, Financial Times, Jan., 2019)
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Decarbonization is critical to mitigating climate change which is already impacting California and its transportation system through the vicious cycle of wildfires and ensuing burn scar floods and mudslides occurring year-round, according to Caltrans.
The TDA is focused on minimizing transportation's environmental impact and dramatically reducing vehicle GHG emissions.
(Source: Caltrans, PR, 5 Jan., 2019) Contact: Caltrans, Laurie Berman., Director, www.dot.ca.gov; Transport Decarbonization Alliance, www.tda-mobility.org
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Presently, power plants spend up to $9.6 billion per to control mercury emissions, but the regulations that reduce mercury pollution only provides $6 million in direct benefits, according to the EPA. However, the same controls that reduce mercury also reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which are precursors to fine particle pollution, haze and ozone. These additional benefits were worth up to $89 billion in reduced fine particle pollution and $360 million in avoided climate change impacts, according to the Obama-era EPA.
Most utilities are already in compliance with the 2012 mercury rule by installing costly pollution controls that limit emissions of mercury and other pollutants. The agency proposed retaining current mercury emissions standards.
(Source: Dairyland Power Cooperative, Crosse Tribune, Jan., 2019) Contact:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, https://dnr.wi.gov/contact
More Low-Carbon Energy News , Emissions, Mercury Emissions, EPA ,
For the project, TEPCO intends to partner with an experienced European offshore wind power developer and spend about ¥1 trillion ($9.2 billion) on the 200, 5,000 kw, "fixed bottom" turbine offshore project.
The utility is also considering a nearby location for the full-fledged generator and intends to begin construction as early as fiscal 2019.
(Source: Tokyo Electric Power Company, PR, Japan News, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: TEPCO, www.tepco.co.jp/en
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The District, which currently captures and sells landfill waste bio-gas from the Glenmore Landfill, is re-evaluating its future organic waste diversion opportunities while maintaining existing landfill gas collection infrastructure and commitments with FortistarBC for the sale of gas, according to the final draft of the district's Solid Waste Management Plan which is awaiting provincial regulatory approval.
One of the solid waste management plan's goals is to re-evaluate organic waste diversification options while maintaining landfill gas collection.
A proposal for several small compost sites to mix residential food waste with yard waste are being considered at a projected cost of $25 million each.
The RDCO is applying to the province to have a bio-cover made of compost at Campbell Mountain Landfill, which would eliminate methane gas at that larger site. (Source: Regional District of the Central Okanagan, BC Local News, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: FortisBC, Roger Dall'Antonia, Exec. VP Technology, www.fortisbc.com; Regional District of the Central Okanagan, (250) 763-4918, email@example.com, www.regionaldistrict.com
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"There is a way to impose a fee on fossil fuels that does not negatively impact average Americans -- by returning the fee in the form of monthly dividend checks to households.
"Giving revenue to people can calm the carbon pricing angst seen in France. Starting at $15 per ton of carbon dioxide and increasing $10 per ton each year, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act will push the price of carbon to $100 per ton within a decade. Such an ambitious price will achieve at least 40 pct emissions reductions within 12 years.
That's what the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act does. Introduced November 28 in the U.S. House of Representatives, the bill will be re-introduced in the next session of Congress. We can lower fossil fuel emissions while protecting everyday Americans from increased prices of items that were created by burning fossil fuels. Americans can spend their dividends any way they choose.
"We must act -- scientists report that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are rising once again in the U.S. and worldwide. Failure to lower atmospheric greenhouse gases will lead to economic, social and health consequences that no one should want to bequeath to future generations." (Source: PennLive Letters, Jan., 2019) Contact: PennLive, www.pennlive.com
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The 180-MW project, to be known as the Coom Green Energy Park, has been granted regulatory approval.
(Source: Times of London, 6 Jan., 2019)
Coillte, www.coillte.ie; Brookfield Renewable Partners, (888) 327-2722, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://renewableops.brookfield.com
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The SolUnesco transaction includes the 150 MW Carvers Creek, 150 MW Moody Creek, 130 MW Red Brick, and 12.5 MW Rivanna projects located across the Commonwealth.
Together, the projects will generate sufficient electricity to power approximately 72,000 homes and would contribute over $11 million in state and local tax revenue, according to Apex. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, PR, 4 Jan., 2019) Contact: SolUnesco, Francis Hodsoll, CEO, (703) 672-5097, www.solunesco.com; Apex Clean Energy, Andrea Miller, VP Asset Management, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com
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Under the federal Clean Air Act, the SCAQMD service region must meet the 1-hour ozone, 8-hour ozone, 24-hour PM2.5, and annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards within the next 12 years.
Established in 1976, the Diamond Bar-based SCAQMD is responsible for regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the South Coast Air Basin, in Southern California.
(Source: SCAQMD, Sentinel News Service, 4 Jan., 2019) Contact: SCAQMD, Wayne Nastri, CEO, (909)396-2000, www.aqmd.gov/home/rules-compliance/rules
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel, Air Quality, Clean Air, SCAQMD, South Coast Air Quality Management District,
Cars, trucks and other gas-powered vehicles together now produce more greenhouse gas emissions than power plants. While the state still relies heavily on coal, a quarter of the state's electricity now comes from renewable sources, and that percentage will go up in future years as utilities retire more coal plants.
Agriculture emissions -- both from fertilizing row crops and raising livestock -- are also significant. The report lists agriculture as the state's No. 3 emitter, but for the first time, the MPCA included negative carbon emissions from forest regrowth in the report's agriculture section. Without the negative emissions from forestry as an offset, agriculture's emissions would roughly match those produced by transportation and electricity, at about 40 million tons of CO2 or the equivalent.
The state's 2007 Next Generation Energy Act set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels across Minnesota's economic sectors 15 pct by 2015, 30 pct by 2025 and 80 pct by 2050.
However, the state's emissions fell 12 pct through 2016, the latest year for which emissions data are available.
(Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency MPR, 5 Jan., 2018) Contact: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Todd Biewen, (651) 296-6300, (800) 657-3864, email@example.com, www.pca.state.mn.us
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No-till farming is a way of growing crops or pasture from year to year without disturbing the soil through tillage. No-till is an agricultural technique which increases the amount of water that infiltrates into the soil, the soil's retention of organic matter and its cycling of nutrients.
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 -- Farm Bill -- reauthorized many expenditures in the prior United States farm bill: the Agricultural Act of 2014. The $867 billion reconciled farm bill was passed by the Senate on December 11, 2018, and by the House on December 12, 2018. (Source: No-Till Farmer, Washington Post, USDA, Wikipedia, Jan., 2019)
Under the agreement, the sugar mills of the Department of Santa Cruz will provide advice and assistance to both sugar mill of Bermejo and sugarcane producers, to strengthen the exchange of knowledge and technical cooperation in order to expand the production of anhydrous ethanol as an additive. vegetable origin.
(Source: Ministry of Hydrocarbons , PR, BN Americas, Jan., 2019) Contact: Bolivia Ministry of Hydrocarbons,
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The pilot, which includes partnering with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), is the first to connect a battery storage system in the US wholesale energy market.
The project follows an agreement signed between NEDO and the California state government's Office of Business and Economic Development to promote the use of energy storage in the state.
Californian utilities are required under State law AB 2514 to complete the installation of storage battery capacity up to a certain proportion by 2024. (Source: NEDO, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Jan., 2019)
Contact: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, www.nedo.go.jp/english; Sumitomo Electric Industries, https://global-sei.com
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Luminant, a unit of Vistra Energy Corp., is currently working on a 300-MW/1,200-MWh facility at its Moss Landing Power Plant in California, which is expected to come online in late 2020. (Source: Luminant, PR, Renewables, Jan., 2019) Contact: Luminant, (214) 812-4600, www.luminant.com
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The state funding is part of the 2018 Regional Economic Development Council Awards to the Southern Tier, announced in mid-December by Empire State Development Commissioner Howard Zemsky.
The funding will also support the establishment of the college's Center for STEAM Innovation -- an interdisciplinary facility aimed at
preparing students in new and emerging technologies, design, and sciences. (Source: Corning Community College, PR, The Leader, 5 Jan., 2019) Contact: Corning Community College, www.corning-cc.edu
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The two facilities, which together cost about $830 million, have a combined capacity of about 2,600 GWh per year, have long-term PPAs -- the Rattlesnake Creek wind farm will sell its power to Facebook and Diamond Vista will supply power to software major Adobe Systems Inc. Diamond Vista also has three separate PPAs, the first two of which are for 100 MW each with global manufacturing company Kohler Co and City Utilities of Springfield. The third is for 84 MW with the Tri-County Electric Cooperative of Oklahoma.
Enel owns all of the "Class A" interests and manages and operates the wind farms.
With these two wind farms, the total renewable capacity added by Enel Green Power around the world this year reaches 2.6 GW, of which over 830 MW in North America. (Source: Enel Green Power North America, Jan., 2019)
Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com
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As part of the program, the school board is assessing its boilers campus-wide and is working with Columbus, Ohio-based utility American Electric Power (AEP)to improve overall campus-wide energy efficiency, energy efficient lighting, HVAC controls and trimming general energy related costs.
The board' aims to save $650,000 in total by June 30, of this year.
(Source: New Albany-Plain Local School District, This Week Community News, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: New Albany-Plain Local School District, Superintendent Michael Sawyers, www.napls.us
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The sale includes the 48-MW Enersol, 13.2-MW Megasol and 24.2-MW Phoenix solar photovoltaic (PV) parks. The transaction completes the sale of the third group of assets of the Glennmont Clean Energy Fund I.
(Source: Glennmont Partners, Renewables, 28 Dec., 2019) Contact: Glennmont Partners, +44 (0)20 3725 8318,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.glennmont.com; Tages Capital SGR, +44 (0)20 3036 6051 - London office, +39 02 87337 1 - Milan office, email@example.com, www.tagescapital.com
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The Tesla Powerpack system cost $66 million to build, which is a small number in comparison to the amount of funds saved over a mere 12 months.
The Tesla system also eliminated the need for a 35 MW local Frequency Control Ancillary Service (FCAS); decreased the South Australian regulation FCAS price by 75 pct; and helped connect South Australia to the National Electricity Market.
(Source: Neoen, Jan., 2019) Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack
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Benefuel's patented ENSEL catalyst technology produces a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, that meets and exceeds the ASTM 6751 standard. The ENSEL process combines esterification and trans-esterification, into a single step. This allows Benefuel to use a broad range of low cost, low carbon feedstocks resulting, in a negative carbon intensity fuel. (Source: Benefuel, Various Media, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.benefuel.net
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Technically, the operation is the first guarantee under the Lithuanian Leveraged Fund that was established in 2016 to maximise the funds available for the modernization programme, which is a key government priority. With it, the Lithuanian financing situation has seen an evolution from using financial intermediaries as agents to disburse ERDF and national funds, to an ERDF-backed guarantee to banks, who will use only their own funds to give out modernization loans. This final step will greatly improve the leverage of this financing, maximising the number of households that can receive cheaper loans. (Source: EIB, Emerging Europe, Jan., 2019)Contact: EIB, www.eib.org; Siaulių Bankas, www.sb.lt
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Malta Inc. is looking to commercialize the heat pump energy storage system that uses electricity to drive a heat pump which converts the electrical energy into molten salt thermal energy by creating a temperature differential.
Malta Inc. will work with industry partners including Sweden-based heat exchange manufacturer Alfa Laval, Hong Kong-based Concord New Energy Group and US-based Breakthrough Energy Ventures LLC (led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates), to make this technology cost-effective.
(Source: Malta Inc., Hudrocarbons 21, 3 Dec., 2019)
Contact: Malta Inc., https://x.company/projects/malta
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If fully supported by governments, the private sector and citizens, the Kigali Amendment will avoid up to 0.4 degrees C of global warming this century while continuing to protect the ozone layer. The amendment will substantively contribute to the goals of the COP15, Paris Climate Agreement.
The parties to the amendment have put in place practical arrangements for its implementation, including agreements on technologies for the destruction of HFCs and new data reporting requirements and tools. The amendment comes with provisions for capacity-building for developing countries, institutional strengthening and the development of national strategies to reduce HFCs and replace them with alternatives. Phasing down HFCs under the Kigali Amendment may also open a window to redesign refrigeration equipment that is more energy efficient, further increasing the climate gains.
Implementation of new targets set out in the amendment will be done in three phases, with a group of developed countries starting HFCs phase-down from 2019. Developing countries will follow with a freeze of HFCs consumption levels in 2024 and with a few countries freezing consumption in 2028.
Evidence presented in the latest Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion finds that the ozone layer in parts of the stratosphere has recovered at a rate of 1-3 pct per decade since 2000. At projected rates, Northern Hemisphere and mid-latitude ozone is scheduled to heal completely by the 2030s followed by the Southern Hemisphere in the 2050s and polar regions by 2060.
The UN Environment Ozone Secretariat is the Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The Secretariat facilitates and supports the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol and other stakeholders in implementing actions to protect and heal the ozone layer and contribute to climate change mitigation.
Download the Scientific Assessment of
Ozone Depletion: 2018 Executive Summary HERE. (Source: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, World Meteorological Organization , UN Environment, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, https://ozone.unep.org
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The UWI SRM project, which received Developing World Impacts Modelling Analysis (DECIMALS) grant funding,would involve blocking out a small amount of sunlight to cool the Earth by spraying reflective particles into the upper atmosphere. If successful, the study results could be important in regional climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. rejected, according to the UWI release.
. Through the DECIMALS grant, the research group from the UWI, Mona, will work alongside teams in Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Indonesia, Iran, Ivory Coast, and South Africa, and with some of the world's leading SRM modelling experts, ultimately publishing their findings at the end of 2020.
DECIMALS was set up by the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI), a non-governmental project founded in 2010 by Environmental Defense Fund, The World Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society.
(Source: University of the West Indies, Jamaica Gleaner, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: University of the West Indies, Dr Leonardo Clarke, principal investigator, (876) 927-1660-9 Exts. 2336/2339
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"The study points out that wind and solar electricity provided about 18 pct of Texas' power in 2017, but that thoughtful planning to optimize natural patterns of renewable energy output could further help those resources 'punch above their weight' as coal-fired power plants are retired. In fact, Texas, because of its size and climate, is uniquely positioned to replace coal power with electricity from a complementary mix of West Texas and Gulf Coast wind along with solar power from around the state.
" Tri Global Energy has been developing West Texas wind projects for 10 years and has become the number one developer of wind farms in the state. (Texas also leads the nation in production of wind power.) Tri Global CEO Billingsly also launched Sunfinity Renewable Energy nearly three years ago. Sunfinity is developing residential, commercial and utility scale solar energy in several states, including Texas.
"The rise of clean energy appears to be everywhere across Texas," said Billingsley. 'The state is speeding ahead to develop renewable energy and reaching new milestones all the time. But we've only begun to scratch the surface in terms of truly harnessing our clean, renewable resources. Texans will be the real winners, realizing both the environmental and economic benefits of renewables. The next several years will see amazing strides forward."
(Source: Tri Global Energy, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: Sunfinity, www.sunfinityre.com; Tri Global Energy, John B. Billingsley, CEO, 972.290.0825, email@example.com, www.triglobalenergy.com
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According to the IRFA, Iowa's biodiesel production is expected to make up nearly 20 pct of total U.S. production for 2018. The IRFA Shaw also emphasized that the state could do even more if the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) level for biodiesel was set to at least mirror projected U.S. biodiesel consumption and not undermined by small-refinery exemptions.
Compared to 2017, there was a shift in feedstock usage across the state toward more soybean oil. Soybean oil increased its market share to nearly 81 pct while animal fat usage declined from 11 pct to nearly 5 pct. Corn oil continued to make up about 10 pct of feedstock while used cooking oil (UCO)increased to about 4 percent. (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, KMA Land, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir., (515) 252-6249, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://iowarfa.org
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In 2015, the Obama administration determined that partial carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for new coal units.
The Trump EPA now proposes that the best system of emission reduction is the most efficient commercially-viable coal boiler combined with best industry practices. Under the new EPA proposal, new coal power plants would have to meet a standard of 1,900 pounds of CO2 per MWh rather than the current more stringent standard of 1,400 pounds per MWh. The Trump EPA's proposal is based on an updated analysis of the cost and geographic availability of CCS.
Presently, only two utility-scale CCS power plants in existence: Petra Nova in Texas and Boundary Dam in Saskatchewan.
The sale includes the: 200MW Meadow Lake 6 facility in Indiana and;and the 100MW Nation Rise project due online in Q4 of this year in Canada. EPDR completed the sale of 75 pct of Nation Rise with the other 5 pct to be sold when the project starts operations. (Source: EDPR Renewables, renews.biz,
2 Jan., 2019) Contact: EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 - Houston, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; Axium Infrastructure, Anne-Sophie Roy, (514) 954-3781, email@example.com, www.axiuminfra.com
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As part of its continuing compliance, CGSA has set-up a team to verify and create mechanisms to lower the port's industrial emissions, and has also
sponsored the preservation of 10,000 hectares of mangrove forests and 4,600 hectares of native forests as part of its carbon emissions-climate change mitigation efforts.
(Source: Port Strategy, 3 Jan, 2019) Contact: Sambito SA, +593 (2) 246 602, www.sambito.com.ec; Contecon Guayaquil, +593 4-600-6300, www.cgsa.com.ec/inicio.aspx
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