Saturday, May 15, 2021

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

£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...

21.04.19~20.04.25 President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate

...Enhancing climate ambition and enabling the transformations required to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Launching a Global Climate Ambition Initiative. The U.S. government will support developing countries in establishing net-zero strategies, implementing their nationally determined contributions and national adaptation strategies, and reporting on their progress under the Paris Agreement. The Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),...

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

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...

21.03.22~20.03.28 Aramco seeks Chinese partnership for carbon capture and hydrogen goals

...LONDON (Bloomberg) --Saudi Aramco plans to “expand and intensify” cooperation with China on research in areas including hydrogen and ammonia production from natural gas, according to Chief Executive Officer Amin Nasser. Aramco is looking to work with China on blue hydrogen and ammonia, synthetic fuels and carbon capture utilization and storage, Nasser said at the China Development Forum in Beijing....

[GEIDCO] Liu Zhenya Meets with Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan

"They had in-depth exchange on facilitating energy transition and renewable energy development, and accelerating energy interconnection in Jordan and other Arab countries,with important consensus reached. By integrating with Arab States Energy Interconnection, Energy Interconnection of Jordan will enable it to export clean power to neighboring countries and Europe, which will further boost Jordan's economic growth, enhance transnational power trade capacity,...

[Australia] Wind, solar farms to be blacked out for up to 100 days due to grid upgrade

"Wind and solar farms in north west Victoria and south-west New South Wales have been warned that they face up to 100 days or more of zero output over the next year because of the need to upgrade the local transmission and distribution networks." An excerpt from Renew Economy

“Capacity Market Developments in the UK: the UK introduces interim changes to the capacity market whilst Tempus Energy’s crusade continues “

The UK announces interim measures for dealing with the capacity market in the standstill period imposed by the Tempus Decision. In the meantime, Tempus Energy is pursuing national legal action against the UK as well as launching a challenge against the European Commission's decision to approve the Polish capacity market.... An excerpt from JDSUPRA

Gazprom in Talks with CNPC over China Gas Deliveries

Russian gas major Gazprom has discussed deliveries to China with the country’s CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation), the Russian company said in a statement on Thursday, according to Reuters. Also on Thursday, the state-run gas giant said it would start filling the Power of Siberia pipeline, which supplies gas to China, in the third quarter, and deliveries to China...

Trump demands that OPEC produce more oil as prices get ‘too high’

President Donald Trump on Thursday called on OPEC to produce more oil, warning the organization that oil prices are climbing “too high” ahead of the producers’ June meeting to decide whether to extend output cuts.... An excerpt from Politico

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...

Royal Dutch Shell : Sets First Short-Term CO2 Target

"Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA.LN) has set a short-term carbon-dioxide emissions target for the first time, the company said Thursday. In December 2018, Shell agreed to set short-term CO2 targets as part of its long-term carbon reduction ambitions, following pressure from Climate Action 100+, a group of environmentally conscious investors representing more than $32 trillion in assets under management. At...

20.11.09~20.11.15 THE BIDEN PLAN FOR A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Joe Biden knows there is no greater challenge facing our country and our world. That’s why he is outlining a bold plan – a Clean Energy Revolution – to address this grave threat and lead the world in addressing the climate emergency. The Biden Plan will:1. Ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no...

California Cannabis Firm Completes Renewable Energy Project

Canndescent has completed its commercial-scale solar project in Desert Springs, California, the company announced on Monday. The 282.6-kilowatt system uses 734 solar modules to power the production facility. The Environmental Protection Agency and National Renewable Energy laboratory estimates the system offsets as much carbon as a 430-acre forest, reducing annual carbon emission by 365 metric tons. The California Energy Commission...

Six belt and road countries want renewables over coal: study

People living in six belt and road countries favour investment in renewable energy over the construction of coal-fired power plants, according to a study released by climate change group E3G. The survey, which analysed responses from citizens in Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam, found that the majority selected renewables as the type of energy their respective countries...

Energy Secretary Wants to Fast-Track U.S. LNG Export Projects

"Exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the U.S. continue to rise, as the use of natural gas for power generation increases in countries such as China, South Korea, Japan, and Mexico. Data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that four U.S. LNG export facilities combined to ship 483 LNG cargoes in 2018, a whopping 84% increase...

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

EBRD offsets own carbon emissions for first time

EBRD starts offsetting emissions from own operations including flights... An excerpt fromEBRD

France to launch GO monthly auctions from September

French energy exchange Powernext will launch from September monthly auctions for Guarantees of Origin (GOs), a tracker for electricity produced by renewable sources. “With the new auction system, buyers of GOs will for the first time be able to specify preferences for the source of the renewable electricity,” The GO auctions come as France plans to increase the share of...

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...

Turkey: accelerating the diversification of gas supply sources

A rapid change in the structure of gas imports by Turkey has been visible since the beginning of 2019 Turkey is importing increasing amounts of liquefied natural gas, capitalising on its higher import capacity (it has an annual regasification capacity of around 43 bcm) and attractive conditions on worldwide gas markets. The recent cuts in Turkey’s gas imports from Russia...

California’s wildfire threat could be an opportunity for clean-energy microgrids

"The state’s biggest investor-owned utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, are expected to de-energize power lines more frequently this year to stop them from igniting fires when the weather is dry and windy.  Whole communities can go dark for hours or even days.. With those concerns in mind, some energy companies are urging state officials to incentivize...