Electric boilers fuel Diageo’s carbon-neutral whiskey distillery dream

GreenBiz

Electric boilers fuel Diageo’s carbon-neutral whiskey distillery dream. But Diageo’s new 72,000-square-foot distillery is designed to be completely carbon-neutral. Jesse Klein. Thu, 07/30/2020 - 00:30. Even whiskey is going electric.

Russian firm to offer natural gas-powered EV charging in London

Charged

L-Charge’s “rapidly scalable off-grid ultra-fast chargers” use energy from locally-stored fossil fuels rather than the electrical grid. L-Charge has tested a mobile gas-powered charging station in Moscow, and plans to use this to offer on-demand charging in London.

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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.

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.

California Moves to Tackle Another Big Emissions Source: Fossil Fuel Use in Buildings

GreenTechMedia

California regulators have allocated $45 million to incentives for heat pump water heaters through 2025, in another step on the path toward the state's 2045 carbon neutrality goal.

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.

Southern California Edison’s Vision for How the State Achieves Carbon Neutrality

GreenTechMedia

Natural-gas consumption is set for a sharp drop in California as the state pushes to achieve carbon neutrality by midcentury, according to utility Southern California Edison. Gas and other fossil fuels will continue to play a role, albeit one that is rapidly diminishing.

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.

Renewable Power Topped Fossil Fuels in UK During Q3

GreenTechMedia

Renewable energy sources generated more electricity than fossil fuels in the U.K. for the whole of the third quarter, the first time that has happened, according to research by the Carbon Brief. Fossil fuels’ share of the electricity mix was 10 times larger than renewables’ a decade ago, Carbon Brief's data shows. insisting that it could manage a carbon neutral grid as early as 2025.

Electric boilers fuel Diageo’s carbon-neutral whiskey distillery dream

AGreenLiving

Electric boilers fuel Diageo’s carbon-neutral whiskey distillery dream Jesse Klein Thu, 07/30/2020 – 00:30 Even whiskey is going electric. But Diageo’s new 72,000-square-foot distillery is designed to be completely carbon-neutral.

The Future(s) of Fossil Fuels - 2020

Mr. Sustainability

Even major oil and gas CEOs agree there might be no recovery after this crisis, certainly not to the ‘good-old-days’. A sudden collapse of the industry - called a carbon crunch - could lead to economic disaster of epic proportions. Is the oil and gas industry dying?

California Air Resources Board Releases Draft Scoping Plan Update

Clean Energy Law

Originally, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 required CARB to develop a scoping plan, to be updated every five years, that describes the approach California will take to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to achieve the goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

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October 2020 Cleantech Roundup: Net Zero Commitments | Electric Vehicle Tophats | Connected…

Clean Energy Trust

October 2020 Cleantech Roundup: Net Zero Commitments | Electric Vehicle Tophats | Connected Generators This month, I’m following a few trends: 2050 carbon neutrality commitments, electric vehicle design and manufacturing partnerships, and generator manufacturers acquiring grid services companies.

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.

Bioenergy aids energy transition at Grolsch wastewater plant

Envirotec Magazine

A regional cooperation for a greener beer brewing process and a greener regional gas network. This sustainable alternative for fossil natural gas will supply gas which is equivalent to the gas needs of approximately 700 households.

Is 'net zero' much ado about nothing?

GreenBiz

It feels almost quaint to remember way back when "80 by 50" — an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 — was a bold goal for a company or government entity to make. Is net zero the same as carbon neutral? Is 'net zero' much ado about nothing? Joel Makower.

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.

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. The natural gas conundrum. Leaving out emissions from natural gas burned by customers.

‘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.

How Much Do Electric Vehicles Help in Reducing Pollution?

The Environmental Blog

Foregoing fossil fuels, these vehicles are charged directly through a power outlet, generating no harmful emissions, and offering savings in the long run, despite their higher initial price.

Amidst Ukraine Crisis, Canada Is Quietly Trying To Boost Gas Exports to EU, Documents Show

DeSmogBlog

Senior Canadian officials are working with an Alberta company to open up new markets for natural gas in Germany, according to documents seen by DeSmog, contradicting a federal minister who says the Ukraine crisis can’t be solved by exporting more fossil fuels.

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.

Bankers Eager to Continue Funding Oil and Gas

DeSmogBlog

“I kind of remind people, I personally think oil is a renewable, it just takes a little bit longer,” said Mari Salazar, senior vice president and manager of Energy Financial Services for BOK Financial, an Oklahoma-based bank that caters to the oil and gas industry.

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.

New Report Shows Gap Between Utility Carbon Pledges and Climate Change Imperatives

GreenTechMedia

utilities have promised to eliminate their carbon emissions by midcentury. New research asserts most have undermined those goals by keeping coal plants running and building new natural gas plants meant to operate for decades to come. All but one call for new natural gas plants.

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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Government Defends Praising Tar Sands Industry Figures as COP26 ‘Climate Champions’

DeSmogBlog

A UK-Canada event last week praised 26 “exceptional individuals actively working to move Canada to net-zero emissions”, five of whom work for companies and investors involved in the fossil fuel industry, including the Canadian oil sands.

Duke Energy aims to double renewable energy capacity by 2030

Renewable Energy World

The announcement comes as Duke intends to deploy $63 billion of capital over the next five years, 80% of which is expected to support investments in grid modernization and zero or lower-carbon emitting generation. The Carbon Plan" would then be reviewed every two years and may be adjusted.

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.

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.

Why Flexible Gas Generation Must Be Part of Deep Decarbonization

GreenTechMedia

Today, California utilities primarily rely on combined-cycle gas turbines to fill in the gaps when solar generation sags. But increasingly, California and other places with high penetrations of renewables will need truly flexible gas power plants. Renewable power-to-gas comes of age.

Heathrow Airport inks deal with ENGIE to supply terminals with 'green gas'

Business Green

The deal will see biomethane from UK anaerobic digestion producers replace fossil fuel gas supplies across all Heathrow terminals.

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. The EIB's new financing criteria will make lending to gas projects very difficult.

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.

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.

Gasification platform demonstrates renewable gas production from SRF

Envirotec Magazine

Located in the heart of “Chemical Valley” in Saint-Fons (Rhône), France, the GAYA semi-industrial Research & Development platform took a historic step forward in the production of renewable gas on 17 November. This configuration maximises the production of renewable gas.

How Siemens Energy Is Targeting the US Green Hydrogen Opportunity

GreenTechMedia

Take the Intermountain Power Project , the coal-fired power plant in Utah converting to turbines that will use natural gas blended with 30 percent hydrogen, a proportion that will rise to 100 percent hydrogen over the coming decades.

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

DeSmogBlog

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — A Spanish energy giant has been criticised for touting its green credentials at COP26 with free solar-powered WiFi booths and a “cycling expedition”, while remaining involved in multiple gas power projects in Mexico. Wind and Gas.

GE to produce zero waste wind turbine blades by 2030, company says

Renewable Energy World

We are determined to work with our partners to reduce the carbon footprint of wind turbines; together we can be the example of how an industry transforms its value chain to support the green transition and the critical move to a circular economy.". Follow @EngelsAngle.

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

DeSmogBlog

On July 14, the European Union (EU) announced a sweeping package of climate proposals that will help the continent cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030, from a 1990 baseline. But it opposes the EU’s efforts to end a tax break for jet fuel.

Will low-carbon hydrogen will be the silver bullet in APAC?

Renewable Energy World

On Thursday the 19 th of August, the Climate Council in partnership with the law firm Shearman & Sterling, hosted an intriguing panel to discuss a major topic in the energy industry: Will low-carbon hydrogen be the silver bullet in APAC? By David Stent.

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.

Green hydrogen trialled at Port Talbot cement factory

Business Green

Hanson UK teams up with Swansea University for research into replacing fossil fuels in cement production. As a result concrete and cement production is a major emitter, estimated to be responsible for around eight per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.