Breakthrough Energy Ventures Launches $1B Green Fund

Joanna Schroeder

A new green venture fund has been created by Breakthrough Energy Coalition (BEC) called Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV). The $1 billion investor-led fund will finance emerging energy technologies with the goal of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions to near-zero. The announcement was made earlier this month during the climate talks. “It is extremely exciting for us to launch this fund …

Alternative energy, bioenergy, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change

Sweden Releases Climate Roadmap 2050

Joanna Schroeder

Sweden has unveiled its Climate Roadmap – the country’s plan to help meet the EU initiative Roadmap 2050 for climate, transportation and energy. One key area to meet these goals, finds the plan, is the bio-based economy. For Sweden, its forest and forestry sector will play a major role in this emerging bio-based economy through more sustainable forest management, its …

biomass, biomaterials, Climate Change, International

Finnish #Climate Report Phases out Coal, Ups #Biofuels

Joanna Schroeder

On November 30, 2016, the Finnish Government began discussing its approved National Energy and Climate Strategy that was released on November 24th. “National Energy and Climate Strategy to 2030,” outlines the country’s strategies and gives detailed actions that will be undertaken for the country to reach European Union (EU) climate objectives through 2030 as well as to help Finland to …

advance biofuels, Alternative energy, bioenergy, biojet fuel, Climate Change

Study Looks at Biofuel Crops, Land Change & Climate

Joanna Schroeder

A new study has looked at how converting land to grow biofuel crops impacts greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers at the DOE Argonne National Laboratory found that in the past analyses only looked at the changes in the amount of carbon stored in the soil and vegetation of these converted lands that were previously forests, grasslands or pastureland. So the research …

biofuels, Climate Change, Indirect Land Use, Research

WEO-2016 Finds Renewables, Natural Gas Future Winners

Joanna Schroeder

According to the 2016 World Energy Outlook (WEO-2016), the winners to reach energy demand growth through 2040 will be renewables and natural gas. The annual report is published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and finds that the era of fossil fuels is long from over. Natural gas will continue to expand and coal and oil usage will decrease. This …

bioenergy, biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change

Biofuture Platform Announced During COP22

Joanna Schroeder

One of the first transportation-fuel related climate initiatives was announced during COP22 this week. The Biofuture Platform was launched in COP22 host country Marrakech by co-hosts Brazil and Morocco, and is a coalition formed to accelerate development and scale up deployment of modern sustainable low-carbon alternatives to fossil based solutions in transport fuels, industrial processes, chemicals, plastics and other sectors. …

advance biofuels, bioenergy, biofuels, Climate Change, Environment

MSU Awarded $6M Biofuel, Carbon Grant

Joanna Schroeder

Montana State University (MSU) has received a $6 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy and water systems. MSU will be working alongside the University of Wyoming and the University of South Dakota to address the sustainability profiles of biofuels and carbon capture technologies that would be introduced in …

advance biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Research, water

Paris Agreement in Force, GRFA Stresses #Biofuels Role

Joanna Schroeder

On November 4, 2016 the Paris Agreement, reached during COP21 and signed by nearly 200 countries, went into force. This is the first enforceable accord setting targets to curb global carbon emissions with the goal of limiting global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. With the agreement now ‘official,’ the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) …

advance biofuels, Climate Change, Environment, Ethanol

Novozymes Named to Climate “A-List”

Joanna Schroeder

The international non profit CDP, an organization that runs a global carbon disclosure system, has announced its annual “A-List” of highest scoring companies on climate action. On the list was Novozymes for its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the business risks of climate change. “Apart from being honored to once again be recognized as a global leader on …

Climate Change, Environment, Novozymes

GFRA Tells G20 to Take Immediate Climate Action

Joanna Schroeder

On the heels of the recent data showing that global temperature rise has been accelerating at faster rates than were anticipated when negotiating the Paris Agreement during COP21, Bliss Baker, president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GFRA) is calling on G20 countries to take immediate climate action on reducing GHG emissions. The climate data was released by National Aeronautics …

biofuels, Climate Change, Ethanol