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Amyris, Solazyme Among EPA Green Chemistry Award Winners

Amyris, Solazyme, QD Vision and the Solberg Company have won EPA awards for their green chemistry technologies. The winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards have brought products to market that reduce energy, chemicals and water waste while cutting manufacturing costs, says Jim Jones, the EPA’s assistant administrator for … Read more »

CNG-Capable 2014 Ford F-150

Green Fleet Roundup: HyperSolar, BMW, Ford, Boeing

HyperSolar, the developer of a technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, says it is evaluating commercial methods for onsite hydrogen production at distribution points or fueling stations to meet the demand created by the launch of fuel cell cars next year from Hyundai, Honda … Read more »

RWE, Vattenfall Emit Most CO2 in EU System

RWE, Vattenfall Emit Most CO2 in EU System

RWE, Vattenfall and E.On have topped Carbon Data’s rankings of the most carbon-intensive companies in the European Union’s emissions trading scheme, same as last year. Steel manufacturers ArcelorMittal and Tata Steel and cement maker LaFarge were the three companies with the most freely allocated surplus EU carbon allowance for 2012. RWE … Read more »

Google Tests Biofuel Car

Google has been using Cool Planet Energy Systems’ biofuel blend to run a fleet vehicle at the search giant’s Mountain View, Calif. campus, according to the energy-tech startup. Google Ventures — along with General Electric, BP, ConocoPhillips, NRG and the Constellation Energy division of Exelon — is also an investor in the … Read more »

Lufthansa, Algae Tec to Build Algae-based Biofuels Plant

German carrier Lufthansa has signed a collaboration agreement with Australian-based Algae Tec to build a large-scale algae-to-aviation biofuels production facility in Europe. The agreement forms the basis of a long-term cooperation between the two companies for the industrial-scale production of crude algae suitable for conversion into aviation kerosene and conventional … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Production Tax Credit, Light Bulbs, Buffett on Keystone

President Barack Obama urged Congress to extend the Production Tax Credit and expand the 30 percent tax credit to investments in clean energy manufacturing, known as the 48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit. The remarks came at a speech on the economy at the State University of New York in … Read more »

Airlines Snap Up Bargain Carbon Permits, Rail at ‘Looney Tax’

Air France-KLM and Lufthansa are preparing for inclusion in the EU’s carbon trading scheme by buying allowances at low prices, while Ryanair has declared the program “eco-looney” and levied a 25 cent per passenger fee. All airlines departing from or landing into EU airports were brought into the Emissions Trading … Read more »

Lufthansa to End Biofuel Trials, Blaming Low Supplies

Lufhansa is ending trials using biofuels to power flights, because it can’t find reliable supplies, Reuters reports. The final flight in the trial program will see a Boeing 747-400 fly from Frankfurt, Germany, to Washington, D.C., on 12 January 2012. It will be the company’s first biofuel-powered transatlantic flight. But … Read more »

Lufthansa Customers to Pay for ETS

German airline Lufthansa will pass the extra cost that the European Union’s emissions trading system will add to its operation onto customers’ ticket prices, it has announced. Lufthansa anticipates total additional charges of €130 million ($170 million) in 2012 as a result of the tariffs and says the ETS distorts … Read more »

Airline Sustainability Reports Need Improvement, PwC Says

Airline Sustainability Reports Need Improvement, PwC Says

Southwest Airlines, UPS, Delta, Air France KLM, Iberia, LAN Airlines and Lufthansa produced the best sustainability reports by airlines last year, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis. Building Trust in the Air (pdf) rated all seven reports as “good,” meaning they scored 61 to 80 percent of possible points. No reports … Read more »

EU ETS to Cost Airlines $1.5bn in 2012; BA Hit Hardest

The cost for airlines of joining the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme in 2012 will be approximately €1.1 billion ($1.5 billion) using a carbon price of €12 per ton, or a total of €10.4 billion between now and the end of 2020, according to analysis by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon. … Read more »

Airlines to Be Second Biggest Sector in EU Carbon Market; Energy Firms Want Tough Targets

The aviation sector will be the second-largest industry in Europe’s carbon trading system when it joins the market next year, the European Commission (EC) announced today. The EC announced that airlines’ carbon dioxide limit will be 213 million metric tons in 2012 and 208.5 million metric tons in 2013, Bloomberg … Read more »