Sunday, January 17, 2021

Environment Ministry, NASA to check dust

Korea’s Ministry of Environment announced Sunday it will again cooperate with NASA, this time with the help of satellite technology, to pinpoint the international and domestic factors behind local air pollution. According to NIER, the second joint study will likely launch around 2021 after a set of satellite instruments are launched jointly by Korea, the United States and Europe.... An excerpt...

Blockchain Adoption in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

"A report by the World Health Organisation ( WHO) states that about 100,000 people lose their lives every year due to counterfeit medicine in Africa alone. The report also estimates that 10% of medicine worldwide is counterfeit and rises to 30% in emerging regions. The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) estimates the loss of €10.2B annually...

British Steel gets £100m government loan to pay carbon bill

British Steel has secured a £100m loan from the government to pay its EU carbon bill, a source close to the company has said. The money means the private equity-owned firm will avoid a steep EU fine. The firm said earlier this month it needed the funds to settle its 2018 pollution bill due at the end of April.... An excerpt from...

New PostCO₂ price debate gathers speed within German grand coalition

More and more politicians from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grand coalition are showing openness to the idea of introducing a price on CO₂ and have entered a debate about its possible form and details, writes Konrad Schuller in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. While economy minister Peter Altmaier had long insisted the concept was not on the government’s agenda for this...

Western Balkans pump subsidies worth €1.2 billion into coal

Western Balkan countries, which have set their sights on EU membership, are still propping up coal power with large public subsidies worth more than €1.2 billion, a new report revealed on Monday (25 March). The subsidies are not in line with EU regulations or decarbonisation efforts. Without the subsidies, energy costs would soar by some 23% in Kosovo, 29% in...

Southeast Europeans ignore EU rules with €2.4bn coal subsidies

The €2.4bn-a-year sum covers both direct and hidden, indirect subsidies between 2015 and 2017. Indirect support includes allowances, exemptions or waivers that helped power plant operators avoid paying for CO2 emissions or operate at low or negative levels of profitability. Direct subsidies amounted to €414m. But eliminating the subsidies would be politically controversial – triggering a significant rise in household...

£480m joint investment will fund Europe’s largest waste-to-energy plant

Tata Chemicals Europe has announced that it will operate a new energy from waste plant (EFW) at its Lostock manufacturing site in Northwich, Cheshire in a joint venture worth nearly half a billion pounds. It is planned to divert 600,000 tonnes of residual waste from landfill and generate enough renewable electricity to reportedly power around 125,000 homes. This will offset...

British Steel Seeks £100 Million Government Loan After Being Left Out Of EU Scheme

British Steel is seeking a £100 million Government loan after failure to pass a Brexit deal left it out of an EU-wide carbon trading scheme, according to reports.British Steel is understood to be seeking the loan because of the EU’s decision to suspend usual permits for UK-based companies, under its carbon emissions trading system....An excerpt from Huffpost

Korea to shift all commercial vehicles to fuel cell energy by 2035

"South Korea is slated to set a goal of entirely shifting commercial vehicles -- including trucks and construction machinery -- to run on fuel cell energy by 2035 in its efforts to address serious fine dust problems, according to plans released by Transport Minister-nominee Choi Jeong-ho. On the same day, the Industry Ministry announced it would invest around 130 billion...

EU’s €750 million for clean energy

The European Commission is releasing €750 million for cross-border clean energy infrastructure projects. The projects – which fall under its Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – will represent a crucial element of the Energy Union, established to fundamentally transform Europe’s energy system, in the wake of the Paris agreement.... An excerpt from EU’s €750 million for clean energy

New York City Passes Bold Bill to Slash Buildings’ Climate Impact

Today, New York City (NYC) Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the Climate Mobilization Act, a six-bill package that many are saying is the largest legislative mandate to cut climate pollution by any city in the world.... An excerpt from IMT

Energia Group agrees €50 million bioenergy contract with Ireland waste firm Panda

Irish energy provider Energia Group has agreed a new €50 million deal with waste and recycling firm Panda to process 70,000 tonnes of organic waste. Waste will be converted into methane-rich biogas, using anaerobic digestion, to generate renewable electricity. Once fully operational, the plant is expected to produce 4.8 Megawatts of electricity per hour, making it one of the largest anaerobic...

Members of the European Parliament urge California to exclude REDD from its cap and trade scheme: “Adopting the Tropical Forest Standard would water down climate ambition in California, the...

Last week, six Members of the European Parliament wrote to the California Air Resources Board urging the ARB to reject the proposed California Tropical Forest Standard. In November 2018, the ARB held a public meeting about the proposed Tropical Forest Standard. But the Board failed to reach a decision at that meeting. The EU has never allowed forest credits in...

EU eyes step-by-step support for industry in €10 bln Innovation Fund

The EU’s new Innovation Fund aims to hold its first funding call in the second half of 2020 and give extended support to projects aiming to cut emissions among heavy industries, a conference heard this week....An excerpt from Carbon Pulse

Poland wins €215m EU grant for gas link to Norway

The European Commission officially signed a €214.9 million grant on Monday (15 April) for works on a new Baltic gas pipeline project aimed at connecting Poland and Denmark with Norway. The Baltic Pipe Project, also known as “Norwegian corridor”, aims at creating a new gas supply route in the European market that will lessen the region’s dependence on Russian imports. in...

German government examines CO₂ price – media reports

The country’s transport ministry also wants the new climate cabinet, recently set up by Chancellor Angela Merkel, to debate CO₂ pricing in multiple sectors, according to ministry documents seen by Clean Energy Wire — although a CO₂ price was not included in the ministry’s draft recommendations for reducing transport emissions. ... An excerpt from Clean Energy Wire

From Farm to plate — Blockchain technology in Agriculture supply chain

The technology offers ‘trust’ which has been missing in the Agriculture supply chain since its very inception. 1. Increased Traceability in Agriculture supply chain  2. Ensuring Food safety and security with Blockchain technology in the Agriculture supply chain  3. Supporting Small-scale farmers and cooperatives  4. Transforming transactions in Agriculture supply chain... An excerpt fromTokenAsia

$1 Billion In Iranian Crude Is Stuck At This Chinese Oil Hub

It's no secret that Beijing has chafed at American audacity to try and dictate whom Chinese refineries can and can't buy oil from. And in the latest example of just how aggravating the decision to end waivers for Iranian crude imports has been for the world's second-largest economy, Reuters reported that some 20 million barrels of Iranian crude have...

Blockchain-powered HADIC to empower halal industry

Serunai Commerce Sdn Bhd (Serunai), the developer behind the Global Halal Data Pool as well as the Verify Halal app, recently announced the launch of a blockchain-powered Halal digital chain, HADIC, which aims to create an integrated and secure digital halal ecosystem. HADIC is developed by Serunai and is supported by JAKIM. The system is linked to the International Halal...

Oil prices fell on Thursday, pulled down by record U.S. crude production that led to a surge in stockpiles.

Oil prices fell on Thursday, pulled down by record U.S. crude production that led to a surge in stockpiles. Outside the United States, however, oil markets remained tense as exemptions to U.S. sanctions on Iran expired, a political crisis in Venezuela escalates, and as producer club OPEC keeps withholding supply.... An excerpt from Reuters

Dubai Tourism Announces Sustainability Requirements to be Implemented Across Tourism Sector Over Next 18 Months

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced 19 sustainability requirements that hotel establishments across the emirate will be mandated to comply with under new direction in line with the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative. The requirements have been laid out to support the emirate’s hotel establishments in their compliance with the Dubai Tourism hotel classification...

Carbon market for ag set to debut in 2022

"The idea is to create opportunities for growers to participate in a voluntary carbon market where they would be rewarded for adopting conservation practices such as no-till farming and planting cover crops. Companies involved in the ESMC include ADM, Bunge, Cargill, General Mills, Indigo Agriculture, Mars and McDonald’s USA. Noble, the Soil Health Institute and The Nature Conservancy also are...

Thailand Petroleum Co. Tests Commercial Microgrid with Blockchain for Mall and Fuel Station

"Bangchak Corporation Public Co. Limited (BCP), a petroleum refiner in Thailand, is testing and demonstrating a commercial microgrid and blockchain energy trading platform at a community shopping mall anchored by a BCP fuel station in Bangkok."

OPEC Oil Output at 4-Year Low in April

PEC oil supply hit a four-year low in April due to further involuntary declines in sanctions-hit Iran and Venezuela and output restraint by top exporter Saudi Arabia. The 14-member Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped 30.23 million barrels per day this month, the survey showed, down 90,000 bpd from March and the lowest OPEC total since 2015, the Reuters...

Spain’s socialists win election with Green New Deal platform

Spaniards threw their weight behind a Green New Deal programme on Sunday, after re-electing the pro-climate Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE). The PSOE, which campaigned on a sweeping platform of ecological transition, clinched 29% of the vote and 123 seats in the 350-seat congress. It will need to form a coalition with populist left-wing party Unidos Podemos (UP), which has also called...

20.09.28~20.10.04 G20エネルギ -大臣会合

...9月27日から28日、議長国サウジアラビアの下、G20エネルギー大臣会合(テレビ会議)が開催されました。サウジアラビア王国のアブドルアジーズ・ビン・サルマン・ビン・アブドルアジーズ・エネルギー大臣(HRH Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister for Energy)が議長を務め、我が国からは、27日のセッションに梶山弘志経済産業大臣及び鷲尾英一郎外務副大臣が出席し、28日のセッションに長坂康正経済産業副大臣が出席しました。...今次会合では、循環炭素経済(CCE: Circular Carbon Economy)、エネルギー・アクセス、エネルギー安全保障・市場安定化等について議論が行われ、同会合の成果文書として、「G20エネルギー大臣コミュニケ(英文(PDF))」が発出されました。同コミュニケでは、新型コロナウイルス感染拡大が世界のエネルギー市場の不安定化を招いている状況に対し、エネルギーシステムの強靱化に向けた国際協力の重要性を確認しました。また、安全、安価で、持続可能なエネルギーへのアクセス実現の重要性を確認しました。さらに、昨年のG20大阪サミットにおいて確認された3E+S(Energy Security(エネルギー安全保障)、Economic Efficiency(経済効率)、Environment(環境)+Safety(安全))を実現するためにはエネルギー転換が重要であることを再確認しました。同コミュニケは、本年11月21日から22日に開催予定のG20サミットに提出される予定です。〔参考〕参加メンバー参加国等:26か国・地域(サウジアラビア(議長国)、日本(前議長国)、イタリア(次期議長国)、アメリカ合衆国、アルゼンチン、オーストラリア、ブラジル、カナダ、中華人民共和国、EU、フランス、ドイツ、イギリス、インド、インドネシア、メキシコ、トルコ、韓国、ロシア、南アフリカ、ヨルダン、ノルウェー、シンガポール、スペイン、スイス、アラブ首長国連邦)招待国際機関等:11機関(KAPSARC(キングアブドラ石油研究センター)、IEA(国際エネルギー機関)、IEF(国際エネルギーフォーラム)、IRENA(国際再生可能エネルギー機関)、NEA(原子力機関)、OECD(経済協力開発機構)、GCCSI(グローバルCCSインスティテュート)、CEM(クリーンエネルギー大臣会合)、MI(ミッション・イノベーション)、SEforALL(万人のための持続可能なエネルギー)、OPEC(石油輸出国機構))An excerpt from https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/press/release/press4_008798.html 20.09.28 (Mon.)World Leaders Sound Alarm About Climate Changehttps://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2020/09/27/world-leaders-to-u-n---if-coronavirus-doesn-t-kill-us--climate-change-willRepsol trabaja en proyecto pionero de captura y almacenamiento de CO2 para megayacimiento de gas en Indonesiahttps://www.elconfidencialdigital.com/articulo/ultima-hora/repsol-trabaja-proyecto-pionero-captura-almacenamiento-co2-megayacimiento-gas-indonesia/20200927143116166524.html食品ロスと気候変動を同時解決へ | 日経ESGhttps://project.nikkeibp.co.jp/ESG/atcl/column/00005/092500004/日本ロレアル・ブリュア社長「全拠点をカーボンニュートラルに」 | 日経ESGhttps://project.nikkeibp.co.jp/ESG/atcl/column/00004/092500002/温暖化対策、行動で示せ 熱波、山火事被害 ポルトガルの若者 33カ国を提訴「残された時間短い」 - 毎日新聞https://mainichi.jp/articles/20200928/ddm/007/030/169000c持続可能な航空燃料へEUの一歩 | トラベルジャーナルhttps://www.tjnet.co.jp/2020/09/28/%E6%8C%81%E7%B6%9A%E5%8F%AF%E8%83%BD%E3%81%AA%E8%88%AA%E7%A9%BA%E7%87%83%E6%96%99%E3%81%B8eu%E3%81%AE%E4%B8%80%E6%AD%A9/CPS Energy が2019年サステナビリティ報告書公開:紀伊民報AGARAhttps://www.agara.co.jp/article/8288320.09.29 (Tue.)Getting to the Sweet Spot in Curbing...

GEIDCO Chairman Liu Zhenya Held Talks with Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi

"Both sides had in-depth exchanges regarding how to expediate energy interconnection in Egypt and the region, and promote energy transition and sustainable development of clean energy, with broad consensus forged. Chairman Liu Zhenya briefed President Sisi on the progress and research results of GEIDCO and invited Egypt to join the African Energy Interconnection and Sustainable Development Alliance (AEISDA),GEIDCO signed cooperation...

EDF Renewables strengthens its presence in distributed solar power in China with its partner Asia Clean Capital

EDF Renewables in China is acquiring a majority stake in a 77 MWp rooftop PV assets portfolio from Asia Clean Capital (ACC), one of China’s biggest firms in this segment, for local and multinational companies and industries. For the past year, ACC and EDF Renewables have been in partnership in the construction and operation of a shared B2B portfolio of...

Europe’s largest port set to test its blockchain-powered energy trading platform

The Port of Rotterdam announced last week that its blockchain-based energy trading platform is “complete in principle” and it will begin testing it in the coming months. The news comes about 18 months after the port and the Rotterdam municipality set up its blockchain development group, BlockLab. It first announced it was developing the blockchain-based energy trading platform shortly after...

China Shipbuilding Industry Company Limited (CSICL) to Trial Blockchain for Supply Chain Finances

A recent report from Chinese media outlet People’s Daily has confirmed that China Shipbuilding Industry Company Limited (CSICL) is going to experiment with blockchain technology to see if it can be used to finance their upstream suppliers. CSICL is a subsidiary of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) which is one of the two biggest shipping conglomerates from China. CSICL is...