What’s the difference between net-zero and carbon-neutral policies?

Renewable Energy World

As understanding of the climate crisis increases and the harm to ourselves, the environment, business, industry, and the economy that will follow, so a desire to not only reduce carbon but to be seen reducing carbon increases. This requires an initial carbon footprint measurement.

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.

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The world’s first ‘carbon-neutral’ cargo ship is already low on gas

Grist

When shipping giant Maersk announced last month it would operate a “carbon-neutral” vessel by 2023, the Danish company committed to using a fuel that’s made from renewable sources, is free of soot-forming pollutants — and is currently in scarce supply.

How the climate crisis is accelerating food systems reform

GreenBiz

More recently, the transport sector began to move away from fossil fuels. Carbon neutral, profit positive. dairy organization said it would transition the industry to "carbon neutral or better" by 2050.

Including Waste-to-Energy in the EU ETS won’t help sustainable waste management, says trade group

Envirotec Magazine

The waste management sector bears an essential role in the EU’s ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the group explained in a statement in early February. It is likely to trigger more landfilling of non-recyclable waste and more use of fossil fuels.

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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.

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.

‘Math Doesn’t Yet Add Up’ for Utility Decarbonization Goals: Deloitte

GreenTechMedia

So says a new report from Deloitte highlighting the known, yet often underappreciated, challenges faced by utilities across the country promising to zero out their carbon impact by midcentury. electric grid relies on fossil fuels for 63 percent of its generation, and according to the U.S.

The Glasgow Climate Pact: What does it mean for Canada’s climate policy?

Clean Energy Canada

And the initial language on phasing out coal and fossil fuel subsidies was watered down (to “phasing down” and “inefficient” subsidies) at the last minute by India and China with U.S. Finance is shifting away from fossil fuels .

Gasification platform demonstrates renewable gas production from SRF

Envirotec Magazine

A year after successfully producing biomethane from forest biomass, the GAYA platform has seemingly achieved a world first with the production of its first cubic metres of renewable gas from Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF).

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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A State-by-State Model of the US Net-Zero-Carbon Future

GreenTechMedia

carbon emissions to zero by midcentury will require trillions of dollars of investment and disrupt entire sectors of the economy reliant on fossil fuels. “That results in maps that show the state-level infrastructure for a zero-carbon economy.” Cutting U.S.

Can Gas-Fired Power Plants Coexist with a Net-Zero Target? Yes, Southern Company Insists

GreenTechMedia

utility can reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 while still keeping natural gas as a central part of its business, both to generate electricity and to sell to its customers. Southern Company intends to test the proposition that a U.S.

Lessons from a year of reporting on climate solutions in Cascadia

Grist

This story is part of the series Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia , which explores the path to low-carbon energy for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. The economics of carbon-free living have fallen into place. move toward a carbon-free energy future.

Gas Is Good But Not Good Enough Says European Investment Bank

GreenTechMedia

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will stop backing fossil fuel energy projects in 2021, except those using carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology or offsets to cancel out their emissions. The focus of the bank’s energy investment will turn from (unabated) fossil fuels to energy efficiency, storage, grid improvements and e-mobility among others.

Southern Company Commits to Net-Zero Carbon by 2050, but Seeks New Gas Plants for Now

GreenTechMedia

utilities in setting a net-zero carbon target for 2050, aiming to balance the emissions from its sizable fossil fuel-fired generation fleet and sprawling natural gas business with reductions to be gained by expanding its portfolio of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The 5 Biggest US Utilities Committing to Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

GreenTechMedia

Over the past three years, some of the country’s biggest utilities have been committing to a goal that few may have predicted they’d undertake on their own: weaning themselves off carbon-emitting generation by 2050. Jared Polis is pushing a 100 percent carbon-free plan.

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

Green Business Bureau

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. Transitioning from Plastic to Biodegradable Paper Reduces Your Carbon Footprint. However, plastics themselves are produced from fossil fuels – and they are known to release greenhouse gases such as methane and ethylene as they degrade.

Global Briefing: Rio Tinto loses lithium mining license in Serbia

Business Green

In order to tackle the crisis, he said no new coal plants of fossil fuel exploration projects should be developed, and he stressed the need to significantly pare-back existing coal power in the 2020s, particularly in developing countries that remain reliant on the high carbon power source.

Oregon Utility Using Greenwashing and ‘Renewable Natural Gas’ To Push Back on Potential Gas Bans

DeSmogBlog

If you live in Oregon, it’s likely you’ve been bombarded with misleading PR from the local utility company, Northwest Natural, about the potential for what the industry is calling renewable natural gas (RNG) — methane captured from places like landfills and repurposed into energy for homes.

Comment: Carbon net zero – we’re halfway there

Envirotec Magazine

Kyoto Protocol agreed to use as a benchmark for their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and 2050, the year many countries set as their target for carbon net zero. By Faye Bowser, Head of Energy Solutions, Siemens plc.

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Can burning biomass be sustainable?

Low Impact

In any case, why send wood pellets to Europe to substitute for coal, when North Americans burn more fossil fuels than Europeans do? Burning wood for energy emits more carbon on a per-unit-of-energy basis than burning coal. Carbon Debt. Where, one asks, is the carbon debt?

25 badass women shaping climate action in 2021

GreenBiz

Drawing on that mandate, Ardern declared a "climate emergency" and set the wheels in motion for New Zealand’s public sector to become carbon neutral by 2025. 25 badass women shaping climate action in 2021. Heather Clancy. Mon, 03/08/2021 - 02:00.

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Global corporate net zero drive 'resembles Wild West', BNEF warns

Business Green

The influential analyst firm looked at 30 major corporates that have announced net zero goals across the utility, fossil fuel, technology, and materials sectors, but found huge variation in the level and scope of ambition, concluding that "no two net zero targets are the same".

BP Names Next CEO as Zero-Carbon Era Looms

GreenTechMedia

One obvious way to deliver more energy with less carbon, Looney said, is "more renewables and gas, pushing coal out of power.". We need to compare gas to zero carbon — how will we decarbonize it?” ” Among other priorities, Looney went on to cite carbon capture, a long-term plan for hydrogen and a desire to end methane leaks from its own operations.

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Investigation: How the Meat Industry is Climate-Washing its Polluting Business Model

DeSmogBlog

Huang’s speech points to an industry nervous about its role in a carbon-constrained future. Studies show these activities represent the majority of the sector’s emissions, yet many meat companies exclude them when calculating their carbon footprint.

Eye-Catching Stories from 2021

Andrew Winston

Building New Renewables Is Cheaper Than Burning Fossil Fuels… here. Alibaba Group Announces Carbon Neutrality Goal by 2030… here. Maersk Seeks $150-a-Ton Carbon Tax on Shipping Fuel… here.

How to build a green hydrogen refinery for the maritime industry in Rotterdam

Mr. Sustainability

Summary - Over 20% of all Dutch emissions are coming from the Port of Rotterdam, of which the production of grey hydrogen from fossil feedstock is one of the main culprits. The end goal is to create circular fuel for the maritime industry in Rotterdam. How much would the fuel cost?

Can animal-based agriculture ever be truly sustainable?

Business Green

As the modern world strives to break its 100 year addiction to fossil fuel-based energy, there are still fundamental areas of our lives that present huge obstacles if nations are to deliver on their net zero emissions goals.

How the climate crisis is accelerating food systems reform

AGreenLiving

More recently, the transport sector began to move away from fossil fuels. Carbon neutral, profit positive Last year, a leading U.S. dairy organization said it would transition the industry to “carbon neutral or better” by 2050.

How to build a green hydrogen refinery for the maritime industry in Rotterdam

Mr. Sustainability

Summary - Over 20% of all Dutch emissions are coming from the Port of Rotterdam, of which the production of grey hydrogen from fossil feedstock is one of the main culprits. The costs for such a refinery would be in the billions, with fuel prices ranging from €900 to €3,000 per metric ton.

The Sierra Club's Top 20 Cool Schools

Green Market Oracle

Schools give us a glimpse into what carbon neutrality looks like. When classes went remote last March, Dickinson challenged students to bone up on local environmental justice issues, contact local representatives, and get their families to embrace low-carbon transportation.

The prospects for I-1631 eliminating 20 million tons of carbon pollution annually by 2035

Low Carbon Prosperity

In this Low Carbon Prosperity Institute (LCPI) analysis, we explore scenarios of carbon reduction investment performance based on the revenue allocation described in Initiative 1631. The measure is intended, but not required, to reduce carbon emissions in 2035 to 25% below 1990 levels, consistent with the state’s legislated target. The initial carbon pollution fee of $15 per (tCO2e) in 2020 increases annually by $2/tCO2e plus urban-area inflation.

Could trash-to-energy technology feed hydrogen demand?

Business Green

A group of exciting start-ups are exploring whether the world's trash mountains could become a valuable source of low carbon hydrogen fuels. One novel spin on emerging hydrogen fuel options is "clean hydrogen" made from trash.

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

AGreenLiving

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.

'We will be prepared to part company': Could BP's exit from three major oil and gas trade bodies set a new industry standard?

Business Green

Decision to quit three US trade bodies stems from differences over carbon pricing policies and methane regulation, as oil giant looks to build on net zero plans. In the case of oil and gas majors end use emissions account for a huge chunk of the company's overall carbon footprint.

2nd Annual WCS Talks Exceeds Expectations

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

Google prides itself on having been carbon-neutral since 2007, with data centers that use 50% less energy than is typical. Ani Rouskova of EOS Capital Advisors believes that solar has the greatest potential to take us off fossil fuels, which many think we must do by 2050. Here’s a cool one: Molly Morse of Mango Materials shared how her company uses methane gas to make biodegradable plastic. By Rosana Francescato.

Could trash-to-energy technology feed hydrogen demand?

AGreenLiving

Arlene Karidis Wed, 07/15/2020 – 01:00 One novel spin on emerging hydrogen fuel options is “clean hydrogen” made from trash. Early pioneers of these hydrogen-from-waste technologies such as Ways2H, SGH2 Energy (SGH2) and Standard Hydrogen say not only are they making carbon-free, energy-rich fuel, their approaches also will divert mountains of trash from landfills and waterways, cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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'We are running out of time': G20 Summit closes with mixed messages for COP26

Business Green

Following a two-day summit held this weekend in Rome, the G20 nations announced a collective pledge to achieve carbon neutrality "by or around mid-century" and formally endorsed the Paris Agreement's more stretching temperature limit of 1.5C Countries formally back 1.5C

Biden vs Trump on environmental issues and climate change

AGreenLiving

Meanwhile, the incumbent’s message seems to be that fossil fuels are A-OK. Fossil fuels The fossil fuel issue is a tricky dance for Democratic politicians. Biden pledged not to take any fossil fuel money for his campaign. As the U.S.

Online Event - VERGE Energy Conference

Green Market Oracle

It will specifically explore systemic solutions to the climate crisis focusing on clean energy, electrified, transportation, the circular economy, carbon removal and sustainable food systems. And what happens if the forest absorbs less carbon than expected?

Climate Excerpts from the January 14th Democratic Presidential Debate

Green Market Oracle

And given the fact that climate change is right now the greatest threat facing this planet, I will not vote for a trade agreement that does not incorporate very, very strong principles to significantly lower fossil fuel emissions in the world.The AFL-CIO does.

Climate Related Excerpts from the Ninth Democratic Primary Debate

Green Market Oracle

And the Green New Deal that I support, by the way, will create up to 20 million good-paying jobs as we move our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. That is more important than the profits of the fossil fuel industry.