Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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...

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...

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...

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...

EUが水素社会へのシフトを宣言。2030年までに1000万トンの再生可能水素生産を目指す (20.08.10~20.08.16)

…2020年7月8日、EU(欧州連合)が『A Hydrogen Strategy for a climate neutral Europe 』という宣言を発表しました。意訳すると「欧州が気候変動に対応するための戦略として水素を重視する」といったところでしょうか。...まず2020~2024年までに6ギガワットの電力を使い100万トンのリニューアブル水素を生み出す計画としています。続いて、2025~2030年には40ギガワットで1000万トンの水素を生産することを目指します。そうして2030年以降は、主たるエネルギーを水素としてCO2フリーの社会を築くというのが目標です。… An excerpt fromhttps://clicccar.com/2020/08/16/1003574/ - 20.08.10 (Mon.). Arctic wildfires emit more CO2 in two months than whole of 2019 | Dhaka Tribunehttps://www.dhakatribune.com/world/2020/08/09/arctic-wildfires-emit-more-co2-in-two-months-than-whole-of-2019 - 20.08.11 (Tue.). Australia sets out plans to store CO2 in oil and gas reservoirs - Energy Live Newshttps://www.energylivenews.com/2020/08/10/australia-sets-out-plans-to-store-co2-in-oil-and-gas-reservoirs/. BASF calculates CO2 footprint of all products - Packaging Europehttps://packagingeurope.com/basf-calculates-co2-footprint-of-all-products/ - 20.08.12 (Wen.). CO2 GRO Inc. Discusses Their...

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...

£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...

欧州委、グリーンとデジタルを両翼とする新産業政策を発表(EU) (20.03.16 ~ 20.03.22)

... 欧州委員会は3月10日、「欧州新産業戦略PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」をまとめたコミュニケーション(政策文書)を公表した。(1)欧州産業の競争力の維持、(2)「欧州グリーン・ディール(2019年12月12日記事参照)」が掲げる2050年までの気候中立の実現、そして(3)「欧州デジタル化」への対応、が3本柱に挙げられている。 まず、競争力維持のために欧州委は、EUの特徴である欧州単一市場を一層深化させる必要があるとし、同戦略と合わせて「﷟単一市場の障壁の特定および対処PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」および「単一市場ルールのより良い実施と執行のための行動計画PDFファイル(外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きます)」と題した2つのコミュニケーションを発表した。両文書では、EU法規制の複雑さ(EUレベルと加盟国レベルでの法規制の関係など)や、加盟国ごとの税制および行政手続きの差異など、単一市場の課題を洗い出すとともに、行動計画が定めるイニシアチブの一環として、加盟国および欧州委から構成される「単一市場実施タスクフォース」を新設して各種の課題に対処していくとしている。 ... 気候変動およびデジタル化に関しては、「グリーンへの移行(Green Transition)」「デジタルへの移行(Digital Transition)」というキーワードを用いて、両課題への企業のスムーズな適応を促すための諸政策を挙げている。 ... ビジネスヨーロッパ(欧州産業連盟)は、欧州新産業戦略の発表に合わせて3月10日、「欧州がグリーンおよびデジタルへの転換を加速している中、世界のほかの地域ではアグレッシブな政策が採られ、一部の国がルールから外れた行動をとっている現状では、欧州は一層戦略的に行動しなければならない」など、包括的な戦略を後押しする声明外部サイトへ、新しいウィンドウで開きますを発表した。 ... An excerpt from https://www.jetro.go.jp/biznews/2020/03/389d30ebaafe0851.html - 20.03.16 (Mon.) . The U.K.’s lost seagrass meadows to be resurrected in climate fight https://grist.org/climate/the-u-k-s-lost-seagrass-meadows-to-be-resurrected-in-climate-fight . 「石炭火力への融資はリスク」 気候変動対策で株主提案 https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200316/k10012333021000.html - 20.03.17 (Tue.) . WW3: Climate change must be treated like world war if we are to survive - warning https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1255837/world-war-3-ww3-climate-change-global-warming-rising-sea-levels . 欧州委、グリーンとデジタルを両翼とする新産業政策を発表(EU) | ビジネス短信 - ジェトロ https://www.jetro.go.jp/biznews/2020/03/389d30ebaafe0851.html - 20.03.18 (Wen.) . Steep emissions plunge puts Germany's original 2020 climate target back on the cards https://www.renewablesnow.com/news/steep-emissions-plunge-puts-germanys-original-2020-climate-target-back-on-the-cards-691088/ - 20.03.19...

Italy Turns Its Back On Russian Gas

By the end of the year, the governments of Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Israel are expected to sign a multilateral agreement to build the EastMed pipeline, which promises to bring a natural gas bonanza to Europe (Edison.it, accessed on March 4). The EU aims to diversify gas imports away from Russia with the help of EastMed and TAP, in addition...

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

[US] Energy’s cyber office gets a boost

"The federal government's designated energy sector cybersecurity agency could see more than $50 million more to help industry fight cybersecurity threats to the electric grid and other critical energy infrastructure. Overall, however, the White House requested $31.7 billion for DOE, an 11 percent decrease from the 2019 enacted level." An excerpt from 

21.01.11~20.01.17 Prime Minister commits £3bn UK climate finance to supporting nature

... The Prime Minister Boris Johnson will today announce that the UK will commit at least £3 billion to climate change solutions that protect and restore nature and biodiversity over five years. The funding will be allocated from the UK’s existing commitment of £11.6bn for international climate finance and will deliver transformational change in protecting biodiversity-rich land and ocean, shifting...

21.01.25~20.01.31 President Biden Takes Executive Actions to Tackle the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, Create Jobs, and Restore Scientific Integrity Across Federal Government

President Biden Takes Executive Actions to Tackle the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, Create Jobs, and Restore Scientific Integrity Across Federal Government...President Biden set ambitious goals that will ensure America and the world can meet the urgent demands of the climate crisis, while empowering American workers and businesses to lead a clean energy revolution that achieves a carbon...

China’s State Development & Investment Corporation quits coal

China’s State Development & Investment Corporation (SDIC) has finalised its complete exit of the coal industry and will remove coal-related investments that have been one of its leading profit contributors. SDIC has US$1.46b of assets under management... An excerpt from AsianPower

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

20.12.28~21.01.03 Germany rings in 2021 with CO2 tax, coal phase-out

...From January 1, 2021 the government will charge 25 euros ($30) per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions released by the transport and heating sectors.The pricetag was raised from the government's initially proposed 10 euros per tonne -- a number widely slammed as too low by Germany's Green party, environmentalists and scientists.The price will increase to 55 euros by 2025,...

[Oregon] Grants for Renewable Energy Projects

"The Oregon Department of Energy recently announced $2.75 million in grant funding for renewable energy projects. Applications are due by April 22, 2019. " An excerpt from AOC

Dutch offshore grid connection open for feedback

"TenneT along with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK) invited the public to provide comments on the infrastructure for connecting the North of the Wadden Sea Islands offshore wind project to the grid. The deadline for submitting the comments is 18 April. the North of the Wadden Sea Islands zone is part of the government’s Offshore...

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline was flailing. Trump just revived it.

Just a couple of weeks ago, it looked like TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline was in hot water. Luckily for TransCanada, the company has a friend in the White House. Trump just signed a presidential permit that allows it to sidestep the courts and “construct, connect, operate, and maintain” the line between the U.S. and Canada, in addition to maintaining...

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 Altcoin.ist

Aquila Capital buys 700MW of Spanish renewable rights

The allowances offer a total capacity of more than 700MW – they allow more than 400MW of onshore wind projects and around 300MW of solar capacity to be built. The alternative investment specialist says construction is expected to commence by the end of 2019 with grid connection expected by 2021 – by this time it expects to have more than...

China and Russia ink deals to build reactors for Tianwan and Xudabao nuclear plants

Russian state nuclear corporation firm Rosatom will construct four VVER-1200 units for the two Chinese plants. According to a report by the World Nuclear Association, the contract is valued at more than $2.98b (CNY20b).... An excerpt from AsianPower

NS2 project on schedule after new EU rules

Construction on the $12 billion Nord Stream 2 (NS2) proceeds according to schedule after the EU passed new laws on natural gas pipelines, Kallanish Energy reports.... An excerpt from KallanishEnergy

Dubai Electricity reach financial closing for fourth phase of solar park

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and Silk Road Fund (SRF) has achieved financial close for the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Solar Park). With investments totalling AED50bn ($13.6bn) MBR Solar Park is reported to be the largest single-site solar park in the world,...

20.12.21~20.12.27 What The EU-UK Agreement Says About Energy And Climate

...In a new agreement between the UK and EU that narrowly averts a no-deal Brexit, the two sides boast that there will be stronger cooperation on energy and climate.The UK said the agreement facilitates the development of "hybrid projects" in the North Sea that combine offshore wind farms and giant undersea cables known as interconnectors. The UK even dangled...

South Korea-funded solar energy project brings power to Honduras’ rural poor

A solar energy project financed in large part by South Korea's export credit agency is bringing electricity to thousands of poor families in six of Honduras' 18 departments, officials in this capital said. South Korea's Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank) is providing $48.1 million in funding for the project, with the Honduran government pitching in with an additional $3...

The decree of self-consumption compensates surpluses and promotes collective consumption

The Minister council has approved the royal decree which regulates self-consumption electric in Spain, which includes a mechanism to compensate for surplus energy, enables the figure of collective self-consumption, opens the door to take advantage of the energy not consumed by the neighbor and reduces the procedures.... An excerpt from Spain's News

Eni signs agreement for Block A offshore Ras Al Khaimah

Eni has signed an exploration and production sharing agreement covering Block A Offshore Ras Al Khaimah, as well as the relevant joint operating agreement. The entry into the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah represents a further step in Eni’s positioning in the Middle East and the establishment of the company in the UAE where Eni already operates in Abu Dhabi...

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...

Turkey Is Second European Natural Gas Importer

Turkey became in 2018 the second largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer in Europe behind Spain, with 18.59 million cubic meters, according to the report of the International Group of LNG Importers published on Thursday. Algeria, Nigeria, Angola, Norway and Egypt were among the main LNG suppliers for Turkey.... An excerpt from Energy Market Price