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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.  


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


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


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


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


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.


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


Panama Canal’s Emission Reduction Initiatives Highlighted

Last week, the Panama Canal participated as a part of the Panamanian delegation 69th Session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting that took place in London. During this five-day meeting


AIDAprima Makes Maiden Call at Southampton

AIDAprima (Photo: AIDA Cruises)

AIDA Cruises’ new flagship AIDAprima docked in Britain’s Southampton port for the first time on the morning of April 27, 2016, as part of a four-day short cruise. AIDAprima will become the first cruise ship to depart from a German port all year round


EU Adopts New Arctic Policy

 The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have adopted a policy proposal that will guide the actions of the European Union in the Arctic region.   The European Union will step up its existing action and engagement in the region with 39


Hueneme Port Expands Ship Pollution Reduction Program

Port puts final touches on Shore Power Project Photo Port of Hueneme

The Port of Hueneme launched the second phase of its Grid-Connected Shore Power System, celebrating another next step forward in reducing air emissions and minimizing environmental impact. Among the community leaders attending the ribbon cutting were Congresswoman Julia Brownley


MHI Delivers AIDAprima

AIDAprima sailing to Hamburg (Photo: MHI)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) completed delivery of the AIDAprima, the first of two large cruise ships being built for AIDA Cruises at MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works. A ceremony to mark the occasion was attended by Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group, and Felix Eichhorn


Migrant Crisis Pushes Climate Change off EU Summit Agenda

Europe's migrant crisis has kicked climate change off the agenda of EU leaders' talks this week, officials said, prompting accusations from green campaigners that the European Union has given up its leadership on environmental issues.  


Green Shipping: Wessels Reederei Takes the Lead

Gerd Wessels, the 45 year old CEO of the Wessels Reederei GmbH, was elected in 2013 as Chairman of the Environmental Committee of the Technical Advisory Board of DNV GL. In this role he has championed a number of pioneering developments, such as the “Environmental Passport – Operation.” (Image: PPM News Service Pospiech)

International trade relies on transportation by sea, as about 85 percent of the freight volumes are shipped globally by vessels. But while maritime is widely regarded as the most environmentally benign of any transport system, maritime transport can cause a diverse environmental burden: It includes


Fuel Management Tech Helps CalMac Reduce Emissions

Photo: Royston

Fuel management technology is helping Scottish ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) to meet its targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.   Last year the company installed advanced Royston enginei fuel management systems across its entire large vessel fleet – the


Mitsui Delivers Bulker Ionic Unicorn

Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) has completed and delivered a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. Ionic Unicorn (MES Hull No. 1905) at its Chiba Works on March 28, 2016 to Ionic Unicorn Inc., Marshall Islands.   


SSI Urges IMO to Tackle GHG Emissions from Shipping

Image: Sustainable Shipping Initiative

 The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) has called on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to show its true intent to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions from shipping at the forthcoming Marine Environmental Protection Committee meeting (MEPC 69), which begins on 18th April 2016


How Japan Can Lead the Marine Renaissance

Image: GE

Being an island nation, Japan is inevitably dependent on seaborne trade. Over time, this has led to it becoming a strong player in the global maritime market.    Japan’s shipbuilding pedigree has gained the country a foothold in LNG carriers


Cheap Oil Slows Move to LNG as Bunker Fuel

Low oil prices are denting the take-up of liquefied natural gas as a cleaner source of energy to power ships, and it will be a few more years yet before the fuel makes serious inroads into the marine bunker market.   The global shipping sector is under pressure from governments to reduce


Sinopec Rolls Out Beihai LNG-import Terminal

Image: Sinopec

 China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec) has taken delivery of the first LNG cargo at its new terminal at Beihai City in Guangxi Zhuang, with the arrival yesterday of the LNG carrier Methane Spirit, delivering a cargo from ConocoPhillips-operated Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG)project in


Europe Cheers IMO Efforts on CO2 Reduction of Shipping

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European shipowners welcome the significant progress made this week at the 69th session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).    The basic features of a global CO2 data collection system have been agreed upon and further work on CO2 reduction commitments from


IMO Takes Further Action on Climate Change

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved mandatory requirements for ships to record and report their fuel consumption, in a move that sends a clear and positive signal about the Organization’s continuing commitment






 
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