Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Siemens to Install Rooftop Solar Arrays at Manhattan’s Javits Center

New York Power Authority has selected Siemens to design and install a 1.4-megawatt solar system on the green rooftop of the 17-story, LEED Silver-certified Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side. This will turn into New York City’s largest rooftop solar generation project to date... An excerpt from Commercial Property Executive

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...

Norway Says No To Billions Of Barrels Of Oil While Trump Seeks More Pipelines

Over the weekend, politicians in Norway dealt a major blow to their country’s powerful oil industry when the opposition Labor Party — Norway’s biggest political group and a traditional oil backer — said it would no longer support oil exploration off the Lofoten islands, a remote and biodiverse archipelago in the Arctic region. Norway, Western Europe’s largest oil and...

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

Exxon suffers a big setback in climate-change case involving its Everett oil terminal

A lawsuit filed by the Conservation Law Foundation against Exxon over its Everett petroleum terminal will advance in Boston federal court, thanks to a ruling that US District Court Judge Mark Wolf made from the bench earlier this month. ... An excerpt from Boston Globe

China wants to ban Bitcoin mining because it ‘seriously wasted resources’

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's chief planning regulator, has unveiled a paper with a proposal to ban Bitcoin mining, saying it has "seriously wasted resources."Many have already come to Quebec where hydro power is cheap, plentiful and non-polluting, but others have set up shop at dirty coal plants in Australia and elsewhere....An excerpt from Engadget

Greek power company welcomes investors from China in lignite unit tender

"The new tender for the concession of Greece's Public Power Corporation units at Megalopoli and Meliti opened last Friday, PPC’s management appears optimistic about the outcome of the new tender, relying chiefly on the participation of companies from third countries, especially China.  ..arguing that since Brussels is putting pressure on the Greek utility to divest, it cannot reject any potential investors...

The Carbon Offset Market: Leveraging Forest Carbon’s Value In The Brazilian Amazon

A government-run program in the Amazon rainforest in northwestern Brazil transforms forest carbon value into public wealth by focusing on labor rather than land rights. In the Brazilian state of Acre, some of the revenue from carbon credits is distributed to rural laborers and family farmers without land rights. ... An excerpt from Scien Mag

[CASA 1000 Project] Package TW02 for Design, Supply and Installation of Transmission Lines in Pakistan associated with CASA 1000 Project

"The countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic together have decided to develop a cross-border transmission interconnection amongst these four countries to facilitate transfer of surplus hydropower in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan in summer to energy deficit Pakistan and Afghanistan. The proposed CASA-1000 transmission infrastructure will transfer 1300 MW of power from Tajikistan to Pakistan. The aforesaid...

The African Development Bank pledges US$ 25 billion to climate finance for 2020-2025, doubling its commitments

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) will double its climate finance commitments for the period 2020-2025, the Bank’s President announced today at the One Planet Summit taking place in Nairobi. Akinwumi A. Adesina said that the Bank would commit at least US$25 billion towards climate finance. the Bank launched the African Financial Alliance for Climate Change (AFAC) to link all stock...

Smaller Impact From Carbon Tax In NS Due To ‘Cap And Trade’

On Monday, the federal government began levying its carbon tax on greenhouse gas-emitting fuels in four provinces that refused to take part in the national climate framework and create their own carbon pricing system.... An excerpt from CJLS

The Rockefeller’s “Climate Change Threat” Program Is In Jeopardy

The Rockefeller Foundation is about to disband its "100 Resilient Cities" climate-adaptation initiative, according to Bloomberg. The initiative was the largest privately funded climate adaptation program in the United States. Started in 2013, the program was meant to help cities like Boston, Miami and New York prepare for "threats related to climate change." Rockefeller plans to close the organization's offices...

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...

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...

How Bird is working to make its scooters a truly sustainable transportation option

The scooter company Bird wants to make urban transportation more sustainable by replacing short car trips in cities. But this goal is made more difficult because the company has its own sustainability challenges: the pollution from trips taken to collect the electric scooters so that they can be charged, the power used for charging, and the short life of...

Venezuela’s oil production drops by half during blackouts

Rolling blackouts across much of the country that started on March 7 paralyzed most of the country’s oil wells and rigs, which have slowly come back online. Oil output averaged less than 600,000 bpd during the blackouts, the people said, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. For the full month, daily production was 890,000...

Cap and trade revision includes refunds to cover higher fuel costs

Democratic leaders said cap and trade could boost transportation fuel costs $0.33 a day for households in the eastern part of the state, or around $120 a year. Oregon would return around one-fifth of the revenue expected from cap and trade to households at or below the median income level under a plan introduced Monday by advocates in the Legislature. The...

Gaetz drafting ‘Green Real Deal’ climate resolution

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is circulating a “Green Real Deal” resolution to counter the Green New Deal floated by Democrats, according to a draft copy obtained by POLITICO.... An excerpt from Politico

EverSource Capital to invest $1 billion in India’s renewable energy sector

EverSource Capital, a JV of Everstone and Lightsource, is looking to make the investment via its Green Growth Equity Fund NIIF and the UK government have invested £120 million each in EverSource Capital's Green Growth Equity Fund... An excerpt from Livemint

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

Climate and the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package (20.03.23 ~ 20.03.29)

... The measure does not include $3 billion for the government to buy oil and fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a provision sought by Republicans and President Trump. But it also does not have an extension of federal tax credits for wind and solar energy that Democrats had tried to attach. The package also has been stripped of language that House...

Renewable power generation in the UK has hit a record high

Britain's greenhouse gas emissions fell 2.5 percent in 2018, dropping for a sixth straight year but more slowly than before, as record output of renewable power ate away at coal-fired generation, government data showed on Thursday. Energy-sector emissions fell 7 percent as coal-fired power production dropped, amid record output from renewables such as wind and solar.... An excerpt from World Economic...

Citing climate differences, Shell walks away from U.S. refining lobby

Royal Dutch Shell Plc on Tuesday became the first major oil and gas company to announce plans to leave a leading U.S. refining lobby due to disagreement on climate policies, citing its support for the goals of the Paris climate agreement. In its first review of its association with 19 key industry groups, Shell said it had found “material misalignment”...

India’s Coffee Board unveils blockchain based marketplace

Yesterday India’s Ministry of Commerce & Industry announced the launch of a blockchain based marketplace app for coffee trading. This pilot project aims to provide coffee farmers with a fair price and increase traceability and transparency of the product. The Coffee Board of India developed the app with digital commodity platform Eka Plus.... An excerpt from Ledger Insights

Reducing carbon emissions: EU targets and measures

"Sectors not covered by the Emissions Trading System – such as transport, agriculture, buildings and waste management – still account for nearly 60% of the EU’s overall emissions. Emissions from these sectors will be cut by 30% by 2030 compared to 2005. New legislation aims to prevent emissions caused by deforestation and oblige each EU country to compensate changes in...

Energy Web Foundation Surpasses 100 Affiliates En Route to Becoming Largest Energy Blockchain Ecosystem

"Several major players have joined the Energy Web ecosystem as EWF Affiliates to reach this milestone, including German utility EnBW, French multinational energy company Total, and State Grid EV Service Co., a subsidiary of the State Grid Corporation of China, the world’s largest utility." An excerpt from Energy Web Foundation

Russia will ratify Paris Agreement after thorough analysis, says Putin

Moscow will make a decision on ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change after analyzing the aftermath of its implementation thoroughly, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a plenary session of the International Arctic Forum. ... An excerpt from TASS

Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow likely to be delayed by a year (20.05.18 ~ 20.05.31)

…Vital international climate talks due to be hosted by the UK are expected to be delayed until late next year because of the coronavirus crisis, it has emerged, dashing hopes they could be reconvened sooner. The UN talks, known as Cop26, were to be held in Glasgow this November, but in early April they were postponed as governments around...

Natural Habitat Adventures to Offset Carbon Emissions for All Travelers

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2019, Natural Habitat Adventures, the world's first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company, will now offset the carbon emissions stemming from all its guests’ air travel as of 2019 – effectively counteracting approximately 20,000 metric tons (roughly 40 million pounds) of CO2 in a single year. The decision is expected to boost the company’s...

[Australia] Questions raised over how $1bn of emissions funding have been allocated

"Scott Morrison recently announced the Coalition would inject another $2bn into the emissions reduction fund.. but serious questions have emerged about $1bn already allocated. problems with how emissions cuts from projects that involve managed regrowth of native forests and vegetation have been calculated. National emissions have risen each year since it was introduced." An excerpt from Guardian"