Sunday, January 17, 2021

Gazprom saved 22.5 million tons of fuel-equivalent in 7 years

Russian gas giant Gazprom saved the equivalent of 22.5 million tons of fuel between 2011 and 2018 by modernizing facilities and introducing energy-efficient measures, Kallanish Energy understands. The company released a report Tuesday illustrating its compliance in terms of carbon emissions, with greenhouse gas emissions decreasing by 20% in the past five years. An excerpt from Kallanish Energy

Shell launches $300m forest plan to offset carbon emissions

Several publications report that Shell is launching a $300m forestry programme in an attempt to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The Financial Times reports that the energy firm will invest the money over three years in various carbon offsetting schemes, including large forests in the Netherlands and Spain, and will “start offering motorists the option of purchasing carbon offsets...

Climate change: How green is your parcel?

the Royal Mail ... committed to reducing its carbon emissions further. This week, Royal Mail is introducing eight e-trikes into its fleet. The vehicles are powered by a combination of pedal and battery power and will be delivered by posties in Cambridge, Sutton Coldfield and Stratford in London. It's part of a six-month trial and if successful could see the scheme extended. "Our e-trikes...

France continues to lead the way on ethanol blends

Renewable ethanol continues to build its popularity in France, where motorists have already made E10 (petrol containing up to 10% ethanol) the top-selling gasoline blend. Recently France has also made it possible for consumers to choose an even higher blend that not only reaps better emissions-reduction performance, but also saves money. E85, a petrol blend with up to 85%...

[ICAO] CORSIA implementation on course

Agreement was reached for the operationalization of TAB (Technical Advisory Body), a group of experts nominated by States with a mandate to make recommendations to the Council, regarding “eligible emissions units” for use by airlines in CORSIA.  The Council also approved the Emissions Units Criteria (EUC), which would be used by TAB to undertake the assessment of emissions unit programmes, and subsequently make recommendations on eligible units.  An open invitation will be issued on the ICAO CORSIA website, by which emissions unit programmes that wish to be considered by TAB for eligibility in CORSIA can apply. 

Ireland Becomes an International Laboratory for Blockchain Projects in Ag-Tech

According to Dr. Breslin, a number of American companies such as ConsenSys, IBM and Fidelity are working on various blockchain projects in Ireland while Deloitte has established a regional blockchain innovation lab there. IBM Ireland Research is conducting a blockchain project on food traceability from point of origin to consumers. Given the importance of cattle to Ireland’s economy — beef...

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...

EU plans for 2030 climate target can shape Cop26 momentum, ministers warn (20.03.02 ~ 20.03.08)

... In a letter to the EU Commission’s climate chief Frans Timmermans, environment ministers from 12 EU countries said the EU should present plans for a new 2030 climate target by June 2020, three months earlier than the Commission’s proposed date of September. The ministers raised concerns Brussels’ timetable would leave too little time for the goals to be agreed by...

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...

Russia needs EU guarantees on TurkStream project: PM

Russia needs guarantees from the European Commission before choosing Bulgaria as a route for the TurkStream natural gas pipeline project, the country’s prime minister told his Bulgarian counterpart Monday. An excerpt from AA

South Korea tests U.S. super light oil amid Iran waiver uncertainty – Reuters

South Korea has begun testing super-light U.S. oil sold by Anadarko Petroleum (APC +0.1%) as a substitute for Iranian crude, as it awaits word from the U.S. government on whether it can keep buying oil from Iran, Reuters reports.... An excerpt from Seeking Alpha

Navajo coal plant owners to move forward with decommissioning plans

The majority owner of the West’s largest coal-fired electricity plant is “closing in on” awarding five contracts to start decommissioning the plant, and could be ready to award them in April, the owner says. The Salt River Project, which owns 43 percent of the 2,250-megawatt Navajo Generating Station, also told Bloomberg Environment on March 19 that it’s not budging on...

Out of line’: top Australian companies accused of undermining Paris deal

New analysis shows 22 of Australia’s largest companies are actively working to undermine the Paris agreement targets, betting shareholders’ money on strategies that assume global climate change action fails. Investor action group Market Forces says those companies – worth a combined $121bn and representing 7% of the ASX300 – are “out of line and out of time” and has called...

[Space 10] SolarVille: Democratising Access to Clean Energy

".. it’s a working prototype of a miniature neighbourhood completely powered by solar energy. Built to a 1:50 scale, some households generate their own renewable energy using solar panels, while others automatically purchase excess electricity directly from the producer using blockchain technology. "

Following Oakland’s failed ban on coal transport, Richmond officials will consider their own

The Richmond City Council will soon consider an ordinance that would restrict the handling of coal and petcoke, a byproduct of oil refining, on port terminals in Richmond. A draft of the ordinance, introduced in December, has been approved by the city attorney, and it is expected to go to the council for a vote, although according to that...

Renewables Offset 35 Times More CO2 Every Year Than All Carbon Capture Projects Ever, New Analysis Finds

A new analysis by Clean Technica .... The analysis calculated that “wind and solar are displacing roughly 35 times as much CO2 every year as the complete global history of CCS.” Clean Technica's Mike Barnard concluded, “CCS is a rounding error in global warming mitigation.”... An excerpt from DesmogBlog

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The prize will be announced in October and awarded in December. If Thunberg wins, she would be the youngest recipient since Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 years old when she received the prize. 

Johnson sets out his climate crisis vision as Cameron turns down talks role (20.02.03 ~ 20.02.09)

... Johnson has brought forward the UK’s phaseout of diesel and petrol vehicles by five years to 2035, and hastened the phaseout of coal-fired power by a year to 2024. He reaffirmed the UK’s pledge to switch to a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, and urged other nations – without naming any – to do the same. ... Some observers see a...

IRENA and Global Green Growth Institute Sign Agreement to Advance Energy Transformation and Green Growth

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to cooperate on advancing renewable energy in pursuit of green growth, sustainable development and a climate-resilient low-carbon future... An excerpt fromEE Online

Crypto Mining Firms Must Invest In Green Energy, Says Montana County

In a pushback against power-heavy crypto mining, it has been reported on April 4, 2019, that the Montana County of Missoula has passed a motion requiring all new crypto mining projects to invest in renewable energy. ... An excerpt from

Equinor completes acquisition of Danske Commodities

Equinor has today completed the EUR 400 million acquisition of Danske Commodities (DC) announced in July 2018, after having received all required regulatory approvals.... An excerpt from Equinor

Bidder group with Chubu Electric wins 30km UK offshore transmission link

A consortium made up of Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (Chubu) and HICL Infrastructure Company has been selected as the preferred bidder for a new offshore electricity transmission link valued at approximately $663.75m (GBP500m) in the UK, an announcement revealed. The offshore electricity transmission asset will comprise of subsea cables, land cables, offshore substations and an onshore...

Energy blockchain pioneer Electron receives investment from OVO

"Kaluza, an OVO company, today announces a strategic investment in energy technology company Electron for a minority stake in the business." An excerpt from OVO

Brexit vote drives bullish EU ETS options market

"All of the open interest added yesterday was in call options with a strike price above the December 2019 contract's prevailing value — suggesting that options holders expect EU ETS prices to increase between now and December, when the contract expires." An excerpt from Argus Media

20.10.12~20.10.18 NASA Supercomputing Study Breaks Ground For Tree Mapping, Carbon Research

Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and international collaborators demonstrated a new method for mapping the location and size of trees growing outside of forests, discovering billions of trees in arid and semi-arid regions and laying the groundwork for more accurate global measurement of carbon storage on land. Using powerful supercomputers and machine learning algorithms, the...

[Report] Overview of blockchain uses by major energy companies: towards the democratization of a technology fit to the energy sector

"In 2018, one third of the top 250 energy companies in the Platts ranking publicly reported their involvement in at least one blockchain project. since its creation in 2017, the Energy Web Foundation has quickly established itself as the leading consortium for the energy sector. Today, more than 50 members - about 60% utilities and 40% technology companies - are...

Indonesia reports reduced deforestation, triggering first carbon payment from Norway

Indonesia confirms that carbon emissions from deforestation declined in 2017. When the emission figures are independently verified, Norway will guarantee payments to Indonesia for approximately 4.8 millions tons of CO2. This will be the first payment for reduced emissions during the climate and forest partnership between the two countries that started in 2010. In 2010, Norway pledged to support Indonesia with up...


..... “The global warming lobby has gone too far this time,” declared the innocuously named group, Government Accountability and Oversight, in a video posted on its website. GAO claimed that the lawsuits, which target Exxon Mobil, Shell Oil, and Chevron, among other corporations, represent a form of government overreach and that prosecutors are colluding with activist interest groups in an...

Exclusive: United States sets sights on China in new electric vehicle push

U.S. government officials plan to meet with executives from automakers and lithium miners in early May as part of a first-of-its-kind effort to launch a national electric vehicle supply chain strategy, according to three sources familiar with the matter. “There’s a real opportunity in the electric vehicle supply chain if the United States wakes up,” said Jonathan Evans, president of...

A Texan’s Big Bet on a Fossil-Fuel Future for California

Now Mr. Beal, 66, is betting that he can turn back the inroads of alternative energy. He is arguing before federal regulators that California policies discriminate against generators powered by fossil fuels like natural gas and coal as the state promotes sources like solar and wind power. Mr. Beal’s interest arises from his 2017 purchase — through Beal Bank —...