IEA: global carbon dioxide emissions have rebounded strongly

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The Covid-19 crisis in 2020 triggered the largest annual drop in global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions since the Second World War, according to IEA data, but the overall decline of about 6% masks wide variations depending on the region and the time of year.

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Swansea team develops faster, greener way of producing carbon spheres

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A fast, green and one-step method for producing porous carbon spheres—a component for carbon capture technology and for new ways of storing renewable energy—has been developed by Swansea University researchers. Carbon spheres range in size from nanometers to micrometers.

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MIT researchers boost efficiency of carbon capture and conversion systems

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Researchers at MIT have developed a method that could significantly boost the performance of carbon capture and conversion systems that use catalytic surfaces to enhance the rates of carbon-sequestering electrochemical reactions. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Solar fuels

ExxonMobil, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab develop new MOF for carbon capture and steam regeneration

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Scientists from ExxonMobil, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new material that could capture more than 90% of CO 2 emitted from industrial sources using low-temperature steam, requiring less energy for the overall carbon capture process.

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DOE BETO to award $61.4M for low-carbon biofuels research to reduce transportation emissions

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million for technologies that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. ( DE-FOA-0002396 ) Topic areas for the “Bioenergy Technologies Office Scale-Up and Conversion” funding opportunity include high-impact biotechnology research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to bolster the body of scientific and engineering knowledge needed to produce low-carbon biofuels at lower cost. municipal solid waste, biosolids) into low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts.

Baker Hughes acquires exclusive license from SRI International for mixed salt process technology for carbon capture

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The MSP combines readily available potassium and ammonia (NH 3 ) salt solutions to enable reduced reboiler and auxiliary electric loads, emissions, and water usage. Our process has the benefits of a low manufacturing carbon footprint, reduced energy consumption and greater efficiency.

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Multicomponent catalytic system efficiently converts carbon dioxide to methanol

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Inspired by naturally occurring processes, a team of Boston College chemists used a multi-catalyst system to convert carbon dioxide to methanol at the lowest temperatures reported with high activity and selectivity.

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GWU team suggests C2CNT carbon nanotube composites could amplify reduction of GHG emissions

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Stuart Licht reports that the addition of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) produced from CO 2 by low-energy C2CNT (CO 2 to CNT) molten electrolysis ( earlier post ) to materials such as concrete or steel not only forms composites with significantly better properties, but amplifies the reduction of CO 2. Massive carbon dioxide avoidance by the addition of carbon nanotubes synthesized from CO 2 to CNT-composites. (A) A) Carbon mitigation with CNT-cement. (B)

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LLNL report lays out technology pathways for California to become carbon-neutral and then -negative by 2045; 3 pillars of negative emissions

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have identified a suite of technologies to help California to become carbon-neutral—and ultimately carbon-negative —by 2045. The key finding of this report is that carbon neutrality is achievable.

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General Motors plans to be carbon-neutral by 2040; eliminate LDV tailpipe emissions by 2035

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GM plans to become carbon-neutral in its global products and operations by 2040 and has committed to setting science-based targets to achieve carbon neutrality. In addition to GM’s carbon goals, the company worked with the Environmental Defense Fund to develop a shared vision of an all-electric future and an aspiration to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035. Carbon Offsets and Credits.

Wind-powered transatlantic car carrier could cut carbon emissions by 90%

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Sailing ships were once the backbone of international commerce, and now a Swedish shipbuilder is trying to give sails a high-tech update in order to reduce emissions. emissions Green Life

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Global Carbon Project: Global carbon emissions growth slows, but hits record high

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Driven by rising natural gas and oil consumption, levels of CO 2 are expected to hit 37 billion metric tons this year, according to new estimates from the Global Carbon Project (GCP), an initiative led by Stanford University scientist Rob Jackson. over 2018 emissions.

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Summit Ag Group launches world’s largest CCS project; to reduce carbon footprint of biorefineries by up to 50%

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Summit Agricultural Group, a diversified agribusiness operator and investment manager with operations in the United States and Brazil, has created Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS), a new business platform that will develop the world’s largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. In addition to biorefiners, Summit Carbon Solutions will partner with other industries throughout the Midwest that have carbon reduction goals to help them capture and store their carbon emissions.

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Haldor Topsoe and Aker Carbon Capture to cooperate on low-carbon hydrogen solutions

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Aker Carbon Capture and Haldor Topsoe have signed a memorandum of understanding with the intention to offer a complete solution for low-carbon hydrogen production. The solution combines Haldor Topsoe’s proven hydrogen process and Aker Carbon Capture’s post-combustion carbon capture technology to achieve low-emission and cost-effective production of ‘blue’ hydrogen. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Hydrogen Hydrogen Production

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Lifetime carbon emissions for EVs is much lower than previously suggested: Study highlights errors

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Lifetime carbon emissions of electric cars are much lower than previously suggested, according to a new study from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Factoring in emissions from. emissions

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Equinor Energy & Mitsubishi Heavy to collaborate on low-carbon technology to reduce carbon footprint of oil & gas operations

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Norway-based energy company Equinor Energy and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a low-carbon technology collaboration. The non-exclusive cooperation agreement will see both companies develop and use technology to reduce the carbon footprint of oil & gas operations. In particular, the companies will look at further developing the hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS/CCUS) value chains.

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DOE to award up to $24M to advance direct air carbon capture technology

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $24 million for research into technology that captures carbon emissions directly from the air, replicating the way plants and trees absorb CO 2. ( Although direct air capture of carbon dioxide (DAC) generally refers to the capture of CO 2 from ambient air, this FOA also considers the removal of CO 2 from partially concentrated air (e.g.,

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BNEF report finds hydrogen promising decarbonization pathway, but carbon prices and emissions policies required

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The falling cost of making hydrogen from wind and solar power offers a promising route to cutting emissions in some of the most fossil-fuel-dependent sectors of the economy, such as steel, heavy-duty vehicles, shipping and cement, according to a new report from BloombergNEF (BNEF).

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Cummins announces PLANET 2050 strategy; net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

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By 2050, Cummins is targeting net-zero carbon emissions. PLANET 2050 focuses on three priority areas: addressing climate change and air emissions; using natural resources in the most sustainable way; and improving communities. Specific 2030 goals related to parts, products, and company-managed facilities and operations are: Reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions from facilities and operations by 50% (science-based target). Cummins Inc.

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BMW i Ventures invests in Prometheus Fuels; CO2 air-capture and conversion to carbon-neutral gasoline

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BMW i Ventures has invested in Prometheus Fuels ( earlier post ), a company removing CO 2 from the air and turning it into zero-net carbon gasoline that it will sell at gas stations, at a price that competes with fossil fuels, starting as early as this year. By creating carbon-neutral gasoline from CO 2 captured from the air, Prometheus Fuels allows the climate impact of today’s internal combustion engines to be massively reduced immediately.

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ArcelorMittal launches XCarb; commitment to producing carbon-neutral steel

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XCarb will ultimately bring together all of ArcelorMittal’s reduced, low and zero-carbon products and steelmaking activities, as well as wider initiatives and green innovation projects, into a single effort focused on achieving demonstrable progress towards carbon-neutral steel. Across ArcelorMittal Europe - Flat Products operations, the company is investing in a broad range of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions from the blast furnace.

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Rio Tinto and Nippon Steel Corporation to cooperate on low-carbon emission steel value chain

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Rio Tinto, a leading global mining and metals company, and Nippon Steel Corporation, Japan’s largest steel producer, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) jointly to explore, develop and demonstrate technologies to transition to a low-carbon emission steel value chain. Japan’s recent announcement of its commitment to realize a carbon-neutral society by 2050 has given Japanese companies even greater impetus to accelerate their decarbonization activities.

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FedEx commits to carbon-neutral operations by 2040

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home of the world’s largest cargo airline, has set a goal to achieve carbon–neutral operations globally by 2040. To help reach this goal, FedEx is designating more than $2 billion of initial investment in three key areas: vehicle electrification; sustainable energy; and carbon sequestration. Key steps toward reaching the carbon neutral goal include: Vehicle Electrification. FedEx will continue to invest in alternative fuels to reduce aircraft and vehicle emissions.

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Alcoa to supply sustainable, low-carbon aluminum for wheels on Audi e-tron GT

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As part of a pilot project, Audi is procuring 20-inch wheels for the Audi e-tron GT electric car that are made from low-CO 2 emission aluminum supplied by Alcoa to RONAL GROUP, the wheel’s manufacturer. Emissions Manufacturing Materials Sustainability Weight reduction

Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, Rusheen Capital Management create company to deploy Carbon Engineering’s direct air capture technology

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Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Occidental, and Rusheen Capital Management, a private equity firm, have formed a development company, 1PointFive, to finance and to deploy Carbon Engineering ’s large-scale Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology.

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DHL to use biofuel to neutralize carbon emissions of all ‘less-than-container’ load shipments in ocean freight globally

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DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, says it will be neutralizing the carbon emissions of all less-than-container load (LCL) ocean freight shipments from 1 January 2021. As one of the leading ocean freight forwarders worldwide, and in line with Deutsche Post DHL Group’s "Mission 2050 – Zero Emissions", DHL is committed to lead the transition to clean and sustainable sea freight transport.

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Occidental Petroleum and Chevron invest in direct air carbon capture and synthetic fuels company Carbon Engineering

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Canada-based Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) CE) has received equity investment from two global energy companies: Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC (OLCV), a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation; and Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), the venture capital arm of Chevron Corporation. CE’s AIR TO FUELS products are fully compatible with existing cars, trucks, ships and planes, allowing existing vehicles to reduce their carbon emissions without modification.

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Study finds GHG emissions from corn ethanol now 46% lower than gasoline

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A new study by a team from Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E) has found that greenhouse gas emissions from corn ethanol are 46% lower than those from gasoline—a decrease in emissions from the estimated 39% done by previous modeling.

Global Carbon Project: Low growth in global carbon emissions continues for third successive year

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Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels did not grow in 2015 and are projected to rise only slightly in 2016, marking three years of almost no growth, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project. for 2016 marks a clear break from the rapid emissions growth of 2.3% The new data shows emissions growth remained below 1% despite GDP growth exceeding 3%. US emissions are projected to decrease by 1.7%

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ESA approves Norwegian CCS Full-Scale carbon capture and storage project; up to €2.1bn in aid

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The CCS Full-Scale project is a central part of Norway’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and meet the European goal of climate-neutrality by 2050. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Market Background

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Steelmaker ArcelorMittal Europe targets 30% cut in carbon emissions by 30% by 2030

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ArcelorMittal Europe announced a roadmap to reduce CO 2 emissions by 30% by 2030. The target for ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products is in line with an ambition announced in May to be carbon neutral in Europe by 2050. Emissions Fuels Manufacturing Materials

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NETL to award $13M to GTI and partners to advance carbon capture technology

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It seeks to achieve DOE’s Transformational Carbon Capture performance goal of CO 2 capture with 95% CO 2 purity at a cost of $30/tonne or less. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Coal Emissions

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New ICCT study finds low-cost carriers driving 90% of US airline CO2 emissions growth

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A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) on aviation fuel burn and associated greenhouse gas emissions has found that overall fuel burn and, therefore, CO 2 emissions from US airlines increased by 7% from 2005 to 2019. Aviation Emissions Market Backgroun

Lightning Systems reaccredited under bp?s Advancing Low Carbon Program

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Lightning Systems, a leading developer of zero-emission powertrains, has received reaccreditation under bp’s Advancing Low Carbon (ALC) program. The ALC program was created by bp to encourage bp and its partners to identify lower carbon opportunities.

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DOE announces $11.5M in Phase 1 funding for carbon capture and storage program; ARPA-E FLECCS

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million in funding for 12 projects as part of Phase 1 of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E’s) FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program. FLECCS project teams will work to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) processes that better enable technologies, such as natural gas power generators, to be responsive to grid conditions in a high variable renewable energy (VRE) penetration environment. ARPA-E Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Market Background

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DOE to provide $22M for research on capturing carbon dioxide from air

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide up to $22 million for research aimed at achieving breakthroughs in the effort to capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air (DAC). Accelerating success in direct air capture of carbon dioxide would strengthen America’s energy security and open new avenues for commercial applications. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Emissions

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ARPA-E announces $35M for technologies to reduce methane emissions

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ARPA-E announced up to $35 million for a new program focused on developing technologies to reduce methane emissions in the oil, gas, and coal industries: “Reducing Emissions of Methane Every Day of the Year” ( REMEDY ) ( DE-FOA-0002504 ). Systems must incorporate technologies that can operate at lean- and ultra-lean methane concentrations integrated with sensors and/or control algorithms to quantify emission reduction and ensure consistent operation.

Linde and Shell team up to commercialize lower-carbon technology for ethylene: E-ODH

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The catalytic process is an alternative route to ethane steam cracking, offering the potential of economic advantages, acetic acid co-production and significantly lower overall carbon footprint through electrification of power input. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Market Background

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ArcelorMittal and LanzaTech break ground on €150M project to convert blast furnace carbon emissions to ethanol

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Leading steel and mining company ArcelorMittal has begun construction of new premises at its site in Ghent, Belgium, to house a new installation which will convert carbon-containing gas from its blast furnaces into bioethanol. The technology in the gas conversion process, which utilizes microbes that feed on carbon monoxide to produce bioethanol, was developed by LanzaTech, with whom ArcelorMittal has entered a long-term partnership.

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Qantas Group targets net zero carbon emissions by 2050; $50M investment in sustainable aviation fuels

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The Qantas Group announced it will reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in a major expansion of the airline’s commitment to a more sustainable aviation industry. With actions starting from today, the Australian national carrier will immediately double the number of flights being offset; cap net emissions from 2020 onwards; and invest $50 million over 10 years to help develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry. Aviation Emissions Fuels Market Background

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CSIRO finds hydrogen could reduce aviation emissions within 5 years

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A new report from Australia’s national science agency CSIRO shows that clean hydrogen can significantly reduce aviation emissions with potential benefits seen within five years. Potential CO 2 emissions abatement using hydrogen-based technologies.

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Achates opposed-piston 3-cylinder 10.6L diesel emissions meet 2027 EPA, CA requirements

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opposed-piston heavy-duty diesel engine has achieved performance results that comply with pending 2027 requirements of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California to reduce sharply emissions of nitrogen oxides (NO x ). Diesel Emissions Engines Fuel Efficiency Heavy-duty

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Airstream to offset carbon from manufacture, pursue electric travel trailers

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Airstream trailers are a popular way to experience the outdoors, and now the company is looking at carbon offsets and electrification as a way to preserve the wilderness its products are designed for. emissions