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Coverage of decarbonization since November 10, 2023.

Tackling health impacts of climate change and scaling up digital climate action in the spotlight at COP28

"...“The climate crisis is a health crisis, but for too long, health has been a footnote in climate discussions,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told delegates gathered in an auditorium in Dubai’s iconic Expo City, where much of the action at COP28 has been taking place this far.  According to WHO the climate crisis drives the extreme weather that is taking lives around the world..."

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5 Essential Principles of the Just Transition Work Programme for Climate Action

"...To ensure that these vulnerable people are not left behind, all climate action must be underpinned by principles of a just transition. Broadly, this means moving toward a green global economy in a way that  won’t create or exacerbate inequalities or cause other unintended economic and social harms. It also means creating opportunities in the green economy that benefit all people and communities and promoting sustainable development..."

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The CHFCA is excited to welcome Greenfield Global as a new member

"...Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Greenfield Global is family-owned and operated and has been awarded “Canada’s Best Managed Companies” Platinum-level designation since 2015. Greenfield’s low-carbon ethanol helps industry decarbonize and meet net-zero targets, while its team of researchers and engineers continue to innovate and produce other sustainable fuels and chemicals such as green hydrogen, green methanol, sustainable aviation fuel, and renewable natural gas. The company’s mission statement is to unlock the potential of people, partnerships, and nature to accelerate sustainable solutions for the health of the planet..."

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Smith, Freeland announce new $8.9B Dow investment in Alberta Globalnews.ca

"...Both the federal and provincial representatives claimed the Dow project was proof of success of their respective tax breaks and grants. Freeland pointed to Canada’s investment tax credits for clean hydrogen and carbon capture and storage. Smith pointed to Alberta’s Energy and Minerals’ Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program (APIP)..."

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Oil and gas well drillers want federal funding to help industry decarbonize Globalnews.ca

"...The drilling sector's emissions reduction efforts have not been as high-profile as those of the oilsands industry, which is proposing a $16. 5-billion carbon capture and storage project in northern Alberta that it says will help it reach net-zero emissions from production by 2050. But Scholz said there are many things oil and gas drillers can do to lower their carbon footprint, from rig electrification to hydrogen fuel blending to investing in battery energy storage systems for oil well drilling sites..."

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IEA report warns oil and gas companies against banking on carbon capture Globalnews.ca

"...In a report released Thursday, the Paris-based IEA said oil and gas companies need to start “letting go of the illusion” that “implausibly large” amounts of carbon capture are the solution to the global climate crisis. Carbon capture and storage refers to the use of technology to sequester harmful greenhouse gas emissions from industrial processes and store them safely underground. In Canada, carbon capture and storage has become a key pillar of the oil and gas sector's decarbonization goals..."

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What Is the Paris Agreement’s Article 2.1(c) on Climate Finance, and Why Does it Matter? Key Questions, Answered

"...As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) explains, ”there is sufficient global capital to close the global investment gaps… but there are barriers to redirecting capital to climate action. ” The challenge, then, is not necessarily raising additional finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation, but how to align all the world’s capital towards climate action..."

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Decarbonizing Freight: How U.S. Policies and Investments Are Reducing Emissions in the Sector

"...Transportation is the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the United States.  Freight emissions are an increasing share of total sector emissions, rising from 24% in 1990 to 32% in 2021. They were 60% greater than they were in 1990 in absolute terms..."

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Zero: Oil industry’s plan for climate action? More fossil fuels

"...The best performer was France’s TotalEnergies, which calls itself “a major player in renewable energy production,” including hydroelectricity, solar, wind power and biofuels. In 2022, Total’s green energy resources accounted for a negligible 1. 3% of total revenue..."

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HTEC to trial commercial hydrogen trucks

"...Before long-haul fleet operators run out and buy the latest, untested hydrogen fuel cell truck, they may want to wait to see what comes of a pilot project that HTEC will be running on various hydrogen powered commercial trucks..."

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The CHFCA is delighted to welcome Diesel Tech Industries as a new start-up member

"...Rebecca Goldsack, COO, Diesel Tech Industries, spoke about the advancement of hydrogen initiatives and joining the CHFCA family: “As a member of CHFCA, DTI eagerly anticipates collaborating and contributing to the advancement of hydrogen initiatives and collectively striving towards achieving decarbonization of the transportation industry to work towards Net Zero Goals of 2030/2050. We are enthusiastic about fortifying the CHFCA community through the provision of innovative new solutions. ”..."

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Publisher's Note: Slow and steady will not win the climate race Corporate Knights

"...The reason for this is the previous decade’s hyper-growth in clean technology is being driven by historic and in some cases unprecedented cost reductions. Whether we are talking electric cars, green power, energy storage, heat pumps or plant protein, the solutions to climate change are doubling every three to four years everywhere you look. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the world will add a record 440 gigawatts of new renewable capacity this year..."

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Jobs in decarbonization

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Document Management (DM) Technician

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Buildings Performance Consultant

"...Design and modelling of net zero buildings together with supporting clients on a range of decarbonization strategies to meet their goals..."

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"...Have a strong understanding of district energy/ central plant systems..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention decarbonization.

MN 133. SMS Equipment - Exploring Decarbonization and Electrification Trends

Duration: 35:24

"...In this episode, we have special guests Bryce Short, North America Sales & Marketing Manager from Komatsu Germany, and Dillon McKinnon, Manager of Mining Equipment Technology..."

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BE 38. Heating up to Net-Zero: Decarbonizing Operations Through Emission Free Energy Projects

Duration: 26:22

"...On this episode of Building Energy, we focus on the decarbonization of existing assets by utilizing waste heat as an emissions-free power generation source..."

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Hydrogen 101

Duration: 29:10

"...It’s the most abundant material in the universe, it composes the majority of the sun, and it's number one on the periodic table..."

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New Clean Fuel Regulation confirms investment environment for “decarbonizing” fuel

Duration: 20:44

"...The Canadian government has unveiled its awaited Clean Fuel Regulation (CFR), setting the stage for increased biofuel demand and production..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about decarbonization.

The impact of energy poverty (w/ Jock Finlayson)

"...The theory of “using higher-priced energy as a tool to accelerate decarbonization makes perfect sense – in bloodless computer models. ” Noted economist Jock Finlayson agrees and adds, “In the real world, it is a theory that does not survive contact with the harsh financial realities it imposes on most people. ”..."

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Is green hydrogen the answer to the climate crisis? | DW Documentary

"...Green hydrogen produces zero emissions and many believe it holds the key to limiting global warming..."

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Highlights 2021 Spring Meetings | Key Green Transitions: How Systems Are Changing for 👥 and 🌎

"...The event Key Green Transitions: How Systems Are Changing for People and Planet centered on the need to decarbonize key sectors of the economy that account for more than 90% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including energy, transport and food systems..."

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Ahoy Batteries! Electric Batteries On Board (w/ Brent Perry, Shift Clean Energy)

"...According to the European Commission website “Climate Action,” international shipping is a large and growing contributor to greenhouse gas emissions..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about decarbonization relevant to the latest news.

Maritime Energy Transition: Future Fuels and Future Emissions

"...This review provides an outlook on fuels that could help shipping respond to the decarbonization effort including Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), methanol, ammonia, and hydrogen..."

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Energy Efficiency for Manufacturing Using PV, FSC, and Battery-Super Capacitor Design to Enhance Sustainable Clean Energy Load

"...Energy efficiency (EE) are recognized globally as a critical solution towards reduction of energy consumption, while the management of global carbon dioxide emission complement climate change..."

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Assessing decarbonization pathways of China?s heavy-duty trucks in a well-to-wheels perspective

"...Meanwhile, the growing penetrations of battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell trucks, coupled with sufficient access to lower-carbon sources, could facilitate deeper reductions in emissions in the longer term..."

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Energy Transition in the United States, Europe and China: Latest Trends

"...The European Commission and industry regulators believe that the fundamental cause of the crisis lies in the insufficient speed of the energy transition and are trying to force it through the advancing development of wind and solar generation and mechanisms such as greenhouse gas emissions trading and cross-border carbon regulation..."

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Decarbonization via Nature-Based Solutions: National Policy and International Practice

"...Realizing this potential requires significant targeted work to adjust the regulation and reprioritization of forest management?from extracting wood from forests for processing to integrated forest management, including quantification and monetization of forest carbon sequestration ecosystem services..."

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Can green finance facilitate Industry 5.0 transition to achieve sustainability? A systematic review with future research direct

"...The research domain gave six major themes: Green Innovations (GI), Green Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Circular Economy (CE), Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM), Emerging Economies, and Net Zero Economy (NZE)..."

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Artificial Intelligence and the Decarbonization Challenge

"...The DSO was able to employ available and incoming distributed energy resource assets more effectively thanks to AI Similar to this, a German transmission system operator employed AI to produce more accurate grid loss forecasts..."

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Financing the hydrogen industry: exploring demand and supply chain dynamics

"...The hydrogen industry has garnered substantial attention as a pivotal solution in addressing the intricate challenges of energy transition and achieving decarbonization across diverse sectors..."

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Transport Digitalization

"...A powerful impetus was given by a recent climate change conference in Glasgow, following the results of which the governments of many countries undertook a commitment to ensure a net zero carbon footprint over the coming decades..."

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Regional Planning and Optimization of Renewable Energy Sources for Improved Rural Electrification

"...However, the urgency to meet net-zero global greenhouse gas emissions means that this resolution may not be the way forward..."

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Off-Grid Green Hydrogen Production Systems

"...The integration of green hydrogen produced by water electrolysis into a smart energy system ?or a smart grid?, is considered a promising solution to overcome the handicaps of the renewable electricity production and certain hard-to-decarbonize industrial sectors..."

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