China considers going ‘Carbon Neutral’, peaking Emissions

Mr. Sustainability

Summary - China considers going carbon neutral. China is considering carbon neutrality as part of its long term climate plan, the country’s foreign ministry announced following a summit with EU leaders. What else did you expect with this title?

On the road to carbon neutrality

Business Green

We began our sustainability journey over 25 years ago, and since then have made good progress, particularly in cutting carbon emissions. By 2030, Dow will reduce its net annual carbon emissions by five million metric tons versus its 2020 baseline.

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The Greenwashing Files: Fossil Fuel Giants Accused of ‘Deceptive’ Advertising

DeSmogBlog

Fossil fuel companies could face legal challenges over their misleading advertising, after a DeSmog investigation uncovered the extent of their “greenwashing” Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have put companies on notice with the publication of the Greenwashing Files.

Revealed: Two Thirds of Online Posts from Six Major European Fossil Fuel Companies ‘Greenwashing’

DeSmogBlog

Nearly two thirds of social media posts put out by six major European fossil fuel and energy companies since the end of 2019 present a “green” image of the company, despite the majority of their business activity remaining in fossil fuels, reveals new analysis by Desmog.

February Cleantech Roundup: Corporate Carbon Neutrality | New Mobility Modes | Climate Politics

Clean Energy Trust

Carbon neutral by 2050 is the go-to metric (to align with IPCC report goals). Dominion and BP made 2050 pledges; Consumers Energy in Michigan took a big step by committing to carbon neutrality by 2040, moving itself to the front of the pack in this space. (It

Italian gas giant Snam targets carbon neutrality by 2040

Business Green

Europe's biggest gas pipeline company unveils multi-billion Euro investment plan to transition to hydrogen and biomethane.

Governments Are Sending Oil Executives to COP26 Despite Climate Pledges. Here’s a Look at the Fossil Fuel Influence in Glasgow

DeSmogBlog

Fossil fuels are everywhere at this COP except in the decisions being negotiated by governments,” Nikki Reisch, the director of climate and energy at the Center for International Environmental Law, wrote to DeSmog from Glasgow.

'Symbolic moment': Renewables speed past fossil fuels as EU's biggest source of electricity

Business Green

Clean energy generated more electricity than fossil fuels in the EU over the first six months of 2020, largely due to a raft of new solar and wind installations dominating an electricity market pinched by Covid-19, new findings have shown.

'Moral need for action': University of Cambridge targets full fossil fuel divestment by 2030

Business Green

The University of Cambridge has committed to divest from all direct and indirect investments in fossil fuels by 2030, as the institution works towards its goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2038.

Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South

GreenBiz

Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South. On top of those impacts, as many scientists and environmental groups now say, wood pellets are not the hoped-for transition fuel championed just 11 years ago. .

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EU Ambassador: ‘Green Growth Will Be the Key’ to Europe’s Recovery

GreenTechMedia

Late last year, the European Union introduced a $1 trillion plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and achieve a just transition away from polluting technologies. Recommended reading: GTM : Moonshot Moment: Europe Announces Green Deal.

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China sets sights on carbon neutrality by 2060

Business Green

In landmark pledge for climate action President Xi announces China will aim to peak CO2 before 2030 and deliver climate neutrality before 2060. I welcome the announcement by President Xi that China has set a date for its CO2 emissions to peak and will become carbon neutral before 2060.

Europe’s Energy Giants Line Up to Endorse Green Deal

GreenTechMedia

On Wednesday the European Commission presented a sweeping 50-point plan centered around achieving net zero status in Europe by 2050. The proposals include a new climate law to be drafted within 100 days and stronger carbon taxes including the creation of so-called carbon borders. These would levy carbon taxes on imports to prevent the offshoring of emissions by firms that shift activities overseas. “Oil and gas exporters to Europe, including Russian gas and U.S.

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Ørsted reports bumper profits thanks to blustery December

Business Green

Norwegian wind giant says earnings ‘exceeded expectations’ in 2019 and is on track to be carbon neutral by 2025. By 2040, it has promised to ensure its supply chain is carbon neutral as well.

Europe’s wood pellet market is worsening environmental racism in the American South

AGreenLiving

On top of those impacts, as many scientists and environmental groups now say, wood pellets are not the hoped-for transition fuel championed just 11 years ago. Carbon loss is measured only when trees are cut, and not when they’re burned for power.

Stop perverse climate impact of biomass by radically reforming CO2 accounting rules, says advisory body

Envirotec Magazine

These might turn out to look quite different in the future, if carbon-accounting under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) were to be based on science and the real effects on climate. Much of the biomass employed in Europe is anything but carbon neutral. Today’s carbon accounting rules under the ETS that allow biomass stack emissions to be ignored, give forest biomass a free ride – despite its massive climate effects.

Six reasons the EU isn’t as green as it claims

Low Impact

Every year in June, the EU celebrates its annual ‘Green Week’ , in which Europe’s environmental elite gather to congratulate each other on how green they are. Neither do the EU’s ‘cohesion’ and ‘just transition’ funds exclude fossil fuel investments. But in Europe, only 0.1%

Could green hydrogen be key to a carbon-free economy?

GreenBiz

Could green hydrogen be key to a carbon-free economy? The Saudis are going big on something called green hydrogen — a carbon-free fuel made from water by using renewably produced electricity to split hydrogen molecules from oxygen molecules.

Investigation: Majority of Directors of World’s Top Insurance Companies Tied to Polluting Industries

DeSmogBlog

The findings raise concerns over a potential pervasive conflict of interest on the boards at a time when the international insurance sector is under pressure to halt its support for the fossil fuel industry. Fossil Financiers.

'Our future lies in hydrogen': Siemens and Uniper forge green hydrogen partnership

Business Green

Collaboration will investigate uses for hydrogen at Uniper's retiring coal plants as it takes aim at becoming carbon neutral by 2035. The decarbonisation of the gas industry, including gas-fired power generation, is essential if Germany and Europe are to achieve their climate targets.".

Former COP26 President Brings Shell, BP, Equinor Reps Into Climate Conference

DeSmogBlog

Among its delegates are representatives of European fossil fuel giants Shell, BP, Equinor and TotalEnergies, none of which have made plans to halt new drilling projects despite commitments to reach net zero and increase clean energy production.

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The top 25 most sustainable fleets

GreenBiz

Thanks to converging forces — including supportive policies, dropping battery costs and aggressive climate goals — transportation leaders at large and small organizations are increasingly turning to new zero-emission and low-carbon options that decarbonize fleets and in some cases save money.

Iberdrola Criticised for COP26 ‘Greenwash Gimmicks’ While Expanding Gas-Fired Power

DeSmogBlog

Iberdrola helps run an annual cycle ride to UN climate summits backed by the International Energy Agency, which recently called for an end to new fossil fuel developments if the Paris Agreement goals are to be met.

European Business Groups Voice Support for New ‘Fit for 55’ Climate Agenda While Lobbying to Water It Down

DeSmogBlog

Our current fossil fuel economy has reached its limit,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said at a press conference. “We But it opposes the EU’s efforts to end a tax break for jet fuel.

Nissan plots 20MW solar farm to power EV production at Sunderland plant

Business Green

Plans to decarbonise the biggest car plant in Britain took a major leap forward today, as Nissan announced its intention to build a 20MW solar farm at its Sunderland factory that will significantly reduce the operation's reliance on fossil fuels.

LNG Projects Make Claims of ‘Net-Zero’ to Ease Way for Expansion

DeSmogBlog

However, while on the surface it may appear to be a positive shift towards lowering the greenhouse gas impact of their projects, the rhetoric about carbon-neutral LNG is mostly hollow, in another attempt to greenwash new fossil fuel projects into existence.

Why the UK should commit to a zero carbon power system by 2035

Business Green

Less than one per cent unabated fossil fuels and at least 80 per cent wind and solar in the power mix required to meet UK climate targets, according to Ember's Tom Harrison. Zero carbon power by 2035. Does BECCS risk polluting the zero-carbon target?

BP and Ørsted Launch Green Hydrogen Partnership

GreenTechMedia

The initial 50 MW phase will produce 9,000 tons of green hydrogen per year, enough to displace 20 percent of the refinery’s existing fossil-fuel derived hydrogen. BP also said the excess hydrogen produced at Lingen could also become the feedstock for synthetic fuel production.

Can Shell help pilot a new era of sustainable aviation?

GreenBiz

One of the world’s largest oil and gas companies is betting that the future of flying is carbon-neutral. CORSIA applies only to international flights, which account for the majority of aviation’s carbon footprint and around 1.3 Fuels rush in. Going neutral, naturally.

WoodMac: Energy Sector Faces ‘Darwinian Challenge’ to Tame Climate Change

GreenTechMedia

Yet just as efforts toward that goal are finally scaling up — via the EU’s amplified climate targets, China’s new carbon-neutral target for 2060, and other examples — the coronavirus pandemic has introduced a massive dose of uncertainty.

Could trash-to-energy technology feed hydrogen demand?

GreenBiz

One novel spin on emerging hydrogen fuel options is "clean hydrogen" made from trash. . Today, more than 95 percent of hydrogen is fossil-based and does not rely on renewables. Still, there is potential for clean — low- or zero-carbon — hydrogen to take off, energy experts believe.

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Wood Mackenzie: Electric vehicles set to dominate global market

Business Green

Internal combustion engines sales will be overwhelmingly concentrated in Africa, Middle East, Latin America, and Russia, report predicts, as electrification abounds in Europe, US and China.

Mining Giants Embrace Renewables, But Decarbonization Remains a Steep Climb

GreenTechMedia

But while solar and wind have an obvious role to play in helping miners control their carbon emissions, the mining industry faces steep decarbonization challenges, analysts say. Growing demand for low-carbon supply chains.

Equinor moves ahead with CCS

Mr. Sustainability

In cooperation with Shell and Total, the project aims to create a carbon capture and storage hub in Norway, open to third parties. All signs are ‘Green for Go’ Where some are struggling to get carbon capture projects started, others are leading the way forward.

UN-Approved ‘Green’ Investors Funding UK Airport Expansion Bids

DeSmogBlog

carbon budget if left unchecked. UK airports have increasingly argued that they are already carbon neutral, or close to being so, but these claims exclude emissions from aircraft, which account for the majority of airports’ climate impact, and often rely on disputed offsetting schemes.

How Big a Difference Can Biodegradable Straws Make to the Environment?

Green Business Bureau

Across Europe, a single-use plastic ban will come into effect from 2021, targeting straws, cotton buds, and disposable cutlery, among other products. Rather, by using an alternative resource to fossil fuels, biodegradable straws enable a reduced ecological footprint across the whole of the product lifespan – from production to disposal. According to a recent study , two thirds of people across Europe and the Americas associate the word ‘plastic’ with ocean litter.

Google Pledges 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy by 2030

GreenTechMedia

Google on Monday pledged that by 2030 it will run its entire business on carbon-free energy — every hour of every day of the year. West driven by increased heat and dry conditions linked to global warming from human carbon emissions. Europe and Chile.

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20 C-suite sustainability champions for 2021

GreenBiz

The company, an early partner with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has positioned water and carbon emissions as equally critical in the climate crisis. Last year, Ecolab set a goal for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, getting halfway there by 2030.

It is oil over. Or is it?

Mr. Sustainability

An interview about the future of fossil fuels with Daniel Yergin, combined with perspectives from Mr. Sustainability At the start of 2021, an interview with Daniel Yergin appeared in the Financieel Dagblad. This movement started after an increase in fuel tax ’.

It is oil over. Or is it?

Mr. Sustainability

An interview about the future of fossil fuels with Daniel Yergin, combined with perspectives from Mr. Sustainability At the start of 2021, an interview with Daniel Yergin appeared in the Financieel Dagblad. This movement started after an increase in fuel tax ’.

Preparing for COP26

Envirotec Magazine

Alice Bordini Staden, who works on climate finance and policy with National Trust – Europe’s biggest conservation charity – said she thought it was going to go ahead, but likely in a hybrid format.

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How Siemens Energy Is Targeting the US Green Hydrogen Opportunity

GreenTechMedia

Most of the early-stage work on hydrogen’s grid storage potential is happening in Europe and Asia, but the U.S. It’s also examining the value of generating and storing hydrogen on-site, to allow the campus grid to maintain low-carbon power production amid larger grid failures.

IRENA: Renewable energy generates half a million new jobs worldwide in 2019

Business Green

In Europe, which had 1.3 For comparison, in the fossil fuel sectors women make up around 21 per cent of the workforce. Global Wind Energy Council chief executive Ben Backwell, meanwhile, urged policymakers to reconsider their support to the fossil fuel sector.