Saturday, May 15, 2021

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...

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...

Avangrid Scores Utility PPA For 150 MW Washington Solar Project

"Avangrid Renewables is developing the 150 MW solar project, which would be the largest solar project in the state once completed, the company says.  “This is an incredible example of the public and private sector coming together to transform the trajectory of renewable energy in Washington state,” says Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who announced last October that eight state agencies...

Verizon pledges to go carbon neutral by 2035

Verizon chose today, Earth Day, to announce that the company will go carbon neutral by 2035 in terms of all sources of emissions owned or controlled by Verizon and all sources of emissions purchased by Verizon. The main sources of emissions owned by Verizon include fuel to power its fleet, heat it buildings and power its backup generators. Indirect emissions...

Entergy will need to add more renewable energy under proposal by New Orleans City Council

Members of New Orleans' City Council.. on Thursday took the first step in a process that would eventually require Entergy to generate a certain percentage of the electricity it sells using wind, solar or other renewable energy sources. A resolution, passed unanimously, directed the council's third-party energy consultant to draft for Entergy what's known as a "renewable portfolio standard," The...

Nuclear power excluded from EU’s green investment label

The European Parliament voted on a proposed classification for sustainable assets on Thursday (28 March), voting to exclude nuclear power from receiving a green stamp of approval on financial markets.... An excerpt from Euractiv

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

Saudi Aramco buys $1.2bn stake in South Korean refiner Hyundai Oilbank

The biggest shareholder in South Korean oil refiner Hyundai Oilbank said on Monday that state-owned Saudi Aramco has agreed to buy a 17 per cent stake in its oil processing operations for 1.4 trillion won ($1.24bn).Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings said in a regulatory filing that it had signed a sales agreement with Saudi Aramco that included an option for...

Although Portugal’s 2020 greenhouse gas emissions targets are within reach, additional effort and investments are necessary for the 2050 carbon neutral targets, the EU says.

Portugal’s wind power is expected to grow to around 7 GW by 2030, which is enough to cover almost 40% of the country’s electricity consumption,  Last month, new government passed legislation that reportedly allows project operators in Portugal to add turbines to up to 20% of the grid connection capacity at existing wind farms without regulatory permission. An excerpt from...

Gas deliveries to Hungary via TurkStream to begin in late 2021 — foreign minister

Russia will begin delivering its natural gas to Hungary via the Turk Stream pipeline in the second half of 2021, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said in a Rossiya-24 TV channel forecast on Thursday. The TurkStream project includes construction of a gas pipeline under the Black Sea to the European part of Turkey and further to...

Denmark Sets Up Rules for Thor Offshore Wind Farm

"The Danish Energy Agency has announced that tenders for the 800 MW offshore project will include grid connections." An excerpt from Windfair

Report Finds Global Banks Poured $1.9 Trillion into Fossil Fuel Financing Since the Paris Agreement was Adopted, with Financing on the Rise Each Year

A report released today by Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, Indigenous Environmental Network, Oil Change International, Sierra Club, and Honor the Earth, and endorsed by over 160 organizations around the world, reveals that 33 global banks have provided $1.9 trillion to fossil fuel companies since the adoption of the Paris climate accord at the end of 2015. Banking on Climate...

Germany takes steps to spur more investment in LNG terminals

Under the legislation, LNG companies will only pay a 10 percent share of the connection costs for LNG, giving them more scope to invest in LNG projects. The government wants to complement gas arriving from Russia, Norway and the Netherlands with other origins to give consumers more choices, while LNG suppliers like Qatar and the United States are seeking...

Italy Inc.’s China Embrace Ranges From Banks to Energy

"Snam will sign a memorandum of understanding with China’s Silk Road Fund for cooperation on international investments..  The move would help Snam to tap into China’s growing demand for gas and cut its reliance on coal.  Leading Italian banks, energy giant Eni SpA, gas distributor Italgas SpA and shipbuilder Fincantieri may also sign accords, the people said." An excerpt from Bloomberg

Gas wars part one: let’s be honest about Germany’s growing dependence on fossil gas

With the ink barely dry on Germany’s Coal Commission report recommending a phase out by 2038, the oil and gas industry is breaking out the champagne. in late January Chancellor Angel Merkel (CDU) addressed the 49th Annual World Economic Meeting and let the cat out of the proverbial bag: “if we phase out coal and nuclear energy, then...

Did Aramco Just Open Pandora’s Box?

The decades old discussion about Saudi crude oil reserves is far from resolved. The prospect repeats the previous official statements of reserves of 256.9 billion barrels of oil equivalent (sufficient for proved reserves life of 52 years), consisting of 201.4 billion barrels of crude oil and condensate, 25.4 billion barrels of NGLs and 185.7 trillion standard cubic feet of...

Is Nord Stream 2 at risk?

Given the political will both in Germany and in Russia to complete this pipeline, the amended Directive is unlikely to halt construction of Nord Stream 2 as some EU member states hoped. However, the amended Directive is capable of delaying or even suspending its operation. The most likely scenario would involve German authorities confirming Nord Stream 2 compliance with the...

[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

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...

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

[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,...

Oregon governor signs ban on offshore drilling

Oregon has permanently banned offshore drilling in the midst of a federal push to open 90 percent of federal waters to oil exploration. Gov. Kate Brown signed a measure on Wednesday to extend a temporary 10-year ban that was set to expire next year. There is currently no oil production in the state but the U.S. Department of the Interior...

KEPCO and GE Sign $320 Million Contract to Build an HVDC Energy Highway to Power South Korea’s Seoul City

Strategic mega deal contract to bring 4 GW power to Seoul’s metropolitan area. The project is expected to be completed by end of 2021... An excerpt from GE Press

UAE inaugurates three major projects under US$50 million Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund

Three climate-resilient solar power projects in the Bahamas, Barbados, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are being inaugurated this week under the US$50 million UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF), the largest renewable energy initiative of its kind in the region. UAE foreign aid for renewable energy projects now totals almost US$1 billion since 2013, supporting more than 40 countries.... An...

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...

Poor Russian crude quality leads Belarus to cut oil-product exports

Belarus is limiting oil-product exports as a result of a deterioration in the quality of crude supplied from Russia, state news agency Belta reported Monday. In mid-April, Belarus threatened to suspend Russian crude transit to Europe over ongoing economic disputes. Belarusian officials suggested part of the Druzhba pipeline, which delivers more than 1 million b/d of crude to Europe via...

PG&E wildfire-linked bankruptcy imperils big Bay Area green energy project

PG&E’s bankruptcy could torpedo an energy storage project in south San Jose, a potential failure that could shelve a welcomed green energy project and leave the fate of a big natural gas plant up in the air. The bankruptcy proceeding also could allow PG&E to reject contracts that it had signed, including pacts for dozens of solar, wind, and other...

S. Korea to cut import surcharge on LNG for power generation

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said the new rules will cut the levy on the more environment-friendly fuel used for power generation by 84 percent at 3.8 won (US$0.003) per kilogram from the previous 24.2 won. The lowering of the duties will go into effect starting in April. Over the upcoming spring, the ministry said it will also partially...

20.12.07~20.12.13 China targets steeper carbon cut by 2030

...China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, will cut its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of gross domestic product, or carbon intensity, by more than 65 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, said Xi.That compares to targets China announced in 2015 of lowering carbon intensity by 60-65 per cent by 2030.Xi also said on Saturday China will boost...

EU brings pipelines from non-EU countries under EU law

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted in favor of extending EU gas market rules to pipelines coming from non-EU countries including the Nord Stream II, the European Parliament announced on Thursday. The Parliament said the amended rules would create a more competitive EU gas market by ensuring that pipelines entering the EU's territory are opened up to other gas...