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Washington State Refineries To Use Benchmarking Methodology

Solomon Associates has  announced it has been working in collaboration with the refining industry and state officials in Washington to assist in establishing a regulatory framework designed to help control greenhouse gas emissions from Washington’s five petroleum refineries.   The Washington Department of Ecology has begun the process of controlling greenhouse gas emissions by adopting a new rule under RCW 70.94.154. The rule requires all Washington stationary sources to have reasonably available control technology (RACT). Refineries are being presented with two options to meet the requirement.   The first compliance option requires refineries to use Solomon’s Energy Intensity Index® (EII®) to benchmark their energy efficiency against other similar-sized refineries in the nation. Solomon’s proprietary metric is based on the industry’s largest database of energy management data and an in-depth understanding of refinery energy and emissions efficiency. EII has become the global refining industry gold-standard for assessing the efficiency of energy usage, one of the primary drivers of combustion-related greenhouse gas emissions.   As cited in the rule, a refinery will be considered compliant if it has a calculated EII equal to or more efficient than the EII value representing the 50th percentile EII of similar-sized United States refineries


Shippers Call 2016 Emission Reduction Goal 'Unrealistic'

Photo: Edward Stegle

The global shipping industry is unlikely to meet an end-2016 deadline for setting targets and developing a plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, Europe's shipping industry lobby said on Friday.   The European Commission this week called on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to present measures to cut emissions by the end of 2016. The move is part of an EU pledge to cut 1990-level greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030.  


ECSA Supports CO2 Monitoring with Bunker Record Books

The European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) supports a European Union initiative to monitor emissions. ECSA considers that the best way to collect the required data for monitoring compliance with exhaust gas emission regulations is by means of Bunker Delivery Notes (BDN). The EU said last year that it will pursue a system for monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas emissions starting early 2013, and ECSA said any system must be accurate, simple


Globe Express Brings In V4 for Clean Eco-Project

Mustapha Kawam: Photo credit GES

Globe Express Services (GES), a leading global logistics provider, say they have appointed V4 Advisors, an environmental advisory services company with extensive experience in the field of emission reduction, energy and water audit, air pollution, and renewable energy, to help them significantly reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. GES  will conduct its ‘Greenhouse Gas Audit’ using V4 Advisors’ globally recognized online platform based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol


EU Needs IMO Leadership to Reduce Shipping Emissions

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 The European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) has reiterated their support for International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as the proper leader of efforts to reduce shipping’ s greenhouse gas emissions at the start of the COP 21 Climate Change Conference in Paris.    “We fully support the idea that shipping has to contribute to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions” commented Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General


E Instruments International Intorduces the E8500 Combustion Analyzer

E Instruments E8500

The NEW E8500 combustion analyzer is a complete portable tool for EPA compliance level emissions monitoring and testing.  The E8500 is ideal for regulatory & maintenance use in boiler, burner, engine, turbine, furnace, and other combustion applications.   THE COMPLETE PORTABLE INDUSTRIAL COMBUSTION GAS & EMISSIONS ANALYZER E8500 Specifications and capabilities:      Wireless Communications with Computer & other Windows Devices


Two Long Beach Port Funded Projects Opened

Port helps Fund Homeless Center Garden and Solar Carport

  In a festive ceremony, two Port of Long Beach grant-funded environmental projects had their grand openings yesterday,  at the Century Villages of Cabrillo homeless rehabilitation complex in West Long Beach. Century Villages at Cabrillo was awarded grants under the Port’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Grant Program. One $161,455 grant went toward a solar energy system that will provide 150,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually, and another $170


EPA Award for Pentair

2015 ENERGY STAR Award Winners

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Pentair's Aquatic Systems with a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and educating consumers about energy efficiency. Pentair's accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2015. Pentair, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2013 is being honored for its leadership in manufacturing


UN's Ban Concerned on Global Warming Action

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, expressing deep concern about slow action to combat climate change, told governments at U.N. talks in Lima on Tuesday there was no "time for tinkering" and urged a radical shift to greener economies. Ban said there was still a chance of limiting global warming to an internationally agreed ceiling of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times to limit more floods, droughts, desertification and rising sea levels.


MARAD Evaluates Natural Gas v. Conventional Fuel Emissions

LNG Fuelling Wharf: Rendering courtesy of Harvey Gulf

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) informs it has released a study that evaluates total fuel cycle emissions for natural gas versus conventional marine fuels. This study was conducted as a part of MARAD’s Maritime Environmental & Technology Assistance program, which focuses efforts on emerging marine transportation and environmental issues. Results of the study showed that the use of natural gas as a propulsion fuel can reduce air quality pollutants and reduce major greenhouse gas


Shipping Must be Covered by ETS or Climate Fund – MEPs

Photo: European Federation for Transport and Environment AISBL

 The Paris climate agreement’s target of limiting global warming well below 2°C will be impossible without measures to curb shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions, MEPs told industry representatives last week.   


Innovation Paving the Way for Marine Industry in 2016

Photo: GE

From the price of oil to environmental regulation, 2015 was a year of turmoil and uncertainty for the marine sector. Despite this, there were some common global trends that will define 2016.   The Environment In December 2015, world leaders met at the COP21 conference to discuss climate


Yidong Terminal Orders Hybrid RTG Cranes

Photo: Corvus Energy

Yidong Terminal has ordered nine additional retrofit hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) produced by integrator CCCC Shanghai Equipment Engineering (CCCCSEE) for Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. (ZPMC), to be installed in Port of Shanghai.  


Low Bunker Prices Benefit Ship Owners in 2015

Graph: Poten & Partners

 As 2015 draws to a close and the Worldscale Organisation published the new 2016 Flat Rates, Poten and Partners goes through the annual exercise of updating Flat Rates in its systems.    This highlighted once again the significant changes in bunker prices that occurred over the


GloMEEP Energy Efficiency Project Gets Underway

GloMEEP Georgia workshop Courtesy IMO

  The first national workshop under the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships GloMEEP), Project, which aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping, has been held in Georgia.   


IRClass Backs India’s Efforts to Cut Emissions

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a ship classification society, has issued a ringing endorsement of the COP21 agreement at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris.   Arun Sharma, CMD, IRClass represented the voice of the Indian Shipping fraternity at the recently concluded


Maersk Group Welcomes the Final Paris Agreement

The High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport convened in Paris in connection to the COP21 to provide recommendations on sustainable transport. The Maersk Group is represented in the Group by CEO of APM Shipping Services Morten Engelstoft. Photo: Maersk Group

 The Maersk Group welcomes the final Paris agreement among some 195 countries, covering more than 90% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The Group is however disappointed that the outcome does not regulate the environmental impact of shipping.  


Maiden voyage of Wartsila LNG Powered Vessel

The LNG fuelled passenger ferry will operate between Cuxhaven and the island of Helgoland.

  The first ever newbuild liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled German seagoing vessel, which is powered by a complete Wärtsilä LNG propulsion solution, had its maiden voyage on December 11. The ship has been built at the Fr. Fassmer shipyard in Germany.


Ambitious Countries Must Push for Shipping in Climate Deal

Image: Institute for Atmospheric Physics

 Countries calling for an ambitious agreement at the Paris climate summit must insist that language on aviation and shipping emissions be reinserted or the prospects of keeping global warming below 2°C, let alone 1.5°C, will be fatally undermined, green groups have warned. 


Shipping Omitted from Latest Draft of COP21 Climate Talks Text

 Photo: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

 Shipping-maritime industry is smoked out of the recently published draft of the NFCCC COP21 climate agreement, currently being negotiated in Paris.    The most recent draft of the agreement, released Wednesday, was without language regarding the limitation of greenhouse gas


DNV GL, Hempel to Cooperate for Fleet Performance Improvement

(left to right): Claes Skat Roerdam, Fouling Control Marketing Manager at Hempel, Christian Ottosen, Group Vice President Marine Marketing at Hempel, Tor E. Svensen, DNV GL Group Executive Vice President, and Vincent Li, General Manager Maritime Advisory Greater China at DNV GL  (Photo: DNV GL)

Press release - To reap the benefits of any efficiency improvements, reliable measurement and analytics are essential, both to set baselines and to calculate returns. Today, at Marintec China trade fair, Hempel and DNV GL signed a cooperation agreement to work together to bring customers clear


COP21 - 2 billion Tonnes of Goods Shipped Using GHG Rating

Image by RightShip

 Market-led solution reduces shipping’s carbon dioxide emissions. Ahead of COP21, 26 of the 35 charterers that include vessel efficiency in their supply chain selection have come forward to highlight their proactive measures on climate change.   


Canada to Aid Developing Nations Fight Climate Change

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Courtesy Canada.Ca

  Canada will provide aid to developing countries to combat climate change, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday ahead of talks on global warming, which he has promised will show the country is serious about tackling the issue.


Gates to Launch Mega Clean Tech Initiative

Bill Gates Photo Microsoft

  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, GreenWire reported Friday. Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will agree to


Clean Energy Bunkers Isla Bella with LNG

Photo by Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

  Clean Energy Fuels Corp. participated in a little history last month when it supported General Dynamics (GD) NASSCO’s launch of the Isla Bella container ship, the first of its kind to operate on LNG fuel. Clean Energy provided bunkering services and fuel from its Boron






 
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