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The Green Elephant

The Green Elephant

The Dutch entrepreneur Rogier Buker and the Dutch New Zealander Dirk de Jong developed a unique opportunity with their company “The Green Elephant” in Africa (Uganda). And this all with …….. elephant grass!
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The recent article in ‘Eindhovens Dagblad’ also nicely echoes the company’s main objectives; read more ….

Aarten Energy Solutions is supporting this company with achieving their goals. And we are very proud of this, because it is a development that offers important social, climatological and economic benefits for the local population.
For more information about “The Green Elephant” click here.

We will post news updates on our website at regular intervals.

Worldwide attention for climate and CO2 problems; 5 examples ….

Worldwide attention for climate and CO2 problems; 5 examples ….

UN Emissions Gap Report 2018: clear warning that our efforts to reduce CO2 must increase SIGNIFICANTLY
“Current commitments expressed in the NDCs are inadequate to bridge the emissions gap in 2030.
Technically, it is still possible to bridge the gap to ensure global warming stays well below 2°C and 1.5°C, but if NDC ambitions are not increased before 2030, exceeding the 1.5°C goal can no longer be avoided. Now more than ever, unprecedented and urgent action is required by all nations.
The assessment of actions by the G20 countries indicates that this is yet to happen; in fact, global CO2 emissions increased in 2017 after three years of stagnation”.
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Global Carbon report: global CO2 emissions are likely to increase again in 2018 compared to 2017 (ca. 2,7%); the second year in a row that emissions are rising (in 2017: + 1,6%).
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CE Delft states that the Netherlands may miss its CO2 target of 25 percent reduction in 2020 by 10 percent
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COP24 Katowice December 2018
The UN climate summits, or the so-called COP (Conference of the Parties), are global conferences where action for climate policy is negotiated. Read more .…

IEA: World Energy Outlook 2018
WEO 2018 details amongst others global energy trends and what possible impact they will have on supply and demand, carbon emissions, air pollution, and energy access. Read more ….

Green gas, many developments can be reported here as well ….

Green gas, many developments can be reported here as well ….

Production of green gas has risen sharply in 2018
Read more in the article of ‘Duurzaam Bedrijfsleven’….

Report (*) Green Liaisons (“Renewable molecules in addition to sustainable electrons – Contours of a road map Renewable Gases 2050”)
(*): commissioned by: KVGN, Groen Gas Nederland, TKI Nieuw Gas, GasTerra en Gasunie
The Netherlands can produce around 2.6 billion m3 of green gas by 2030, and about 11 billion m3 by 2050.
That is considerably more than the more than 100 million m3 that the grid operators transported in 2017.
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In 2030: 2 BCM green gas is potentially available for the built environment in NL
In a ‘Green Gas’ (**) workshop, held in November 2018 in The Hague, it was reported that it is possible to increase the production and supply of green gas in 2030 to such an extent that approximately 2 BCM for the built environment can be made available.
(**) workshop was held as part of the Follow-up Meeting Advisory Board Industry Table in the context of the activities concerning the Dutch climate agreement.

Navigant/Ecofys rapport: Gas for Climate
We have already reported on this before. The activities of, among others, Navigant/Ecofys show the enormous potential of green gas in Europe.
So when we talk about the use of green gas in the Netherlands, let’s also include the import factor.
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Groen Gas Nederland and CE Delft: Successful check on climate agreement plans for green gas in NL
The report states that green gas has a realistic potential in the Netherlands of 70 PJ (2 billion m3) per year in 2030. This results in a CO2 emission reduction of 3.6 Mton per year, plus 1-2 Mton per year in negative emissions.
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Groen Gas Nederland
In any case, it is worth following the green gas developments closely via the website of Groen Gas Nederland; Click here for more information.

In summary
The different studies and route maps sometimes show different numbers and images, which is for many people difficult to follow.
However, all of this shows that green gas, in addition to hydrogen, can make a very important contribution to the energy transition.
More information will follow soon.

Hydrogen; many important developments going on, a few are mentioned below ….

Hydrogen; many important developments going on, a few are mentioned below ….

Producing hydrogen directly from solar energy and wind energy; very interesting developments from a cost and energy (energetic) point of view. More information will follow in due course.

Maritiem Nederland: Study maps feasibility of hydrogen as fuel
The 123-page study by the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen charts the trends and perspectives for the use of hydrogen in inland navigation. According to the researchers, there is no doubt about the feasibility of hydrogen as fuel.

Zeeland gas pipeline becomes hydrogen pipeline: first step to national network.

Gasunie: the Hydrogen Coalition – concrete plans for a flying start of the hydrogen economy
A group of 27 environmental organizations, knowledge institutions, governments and companies, including Gasunie, submitted a concrete proposal last week to the negotiation tables for the Dutch Climate Agreement. Read more ….

Enpuls: Research of producing Green Hydrogen
Is the production of green hydrogen economically feasible? Enpuls researched this in collaboration with TNO and DNV GL. Read the results in 3 reports and the summary.
Note: the fact that we refer to this topic, does not mean that we endorse all conclusions. But it shows that hydrogen is in the spotlight.
We believe in large-scale application of hydrogen in the industrial field, in the built environment, and as fuel for freight traffic and shipping. It is clear that there is still work to be done.

IPCC report on Global Warming

IPCC report on Global Warming

“An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty”. A must read for all those involved in energy transition programmes !
Read more ….

Role of gas vs natural gas

Role of gas vs natural gas

Many articles appear in the media, which could be pretty confusing to the average homeowner. We have already communicated before that a balanced approach for gas is needed. And to make all of the Netherlands homes all-electric, is not a very realistic scenario. Of course, certain (new) neighbourhoods can and will be free of natural gas. But various areas will continue to use natural gas for a long time in combination with other sustainable measures.

It is important to bring the role of sustainable gases in the spotlight. Green gas and hydrogen. Especially green gas can already be used in houses and there are already several effective solutions available. We generally have a good gas network in the Netherlands, where we can make good and smart use of it for many years to come. Read more ….

important work is done in Europe by the “Gas for Climate” initiative, which states: “Gas and its infrastructure are important today and continue to be important in 2050, providing that a shift takes place towards renewable and low carbon gas to meet the Paris Agreement target of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees. Gas for Climate: a path to 2050 advocates an affordable solution in the transition to a sustainable energy system.“.  Read more ….

in this context it is worth to read a Ecofys report of 15 Feb. 2018; the summary includes:

“To achieve the Paris Agreement target of limiting global temperature increase to well below two degrees, a major redesign of the energy system is required. This study by Ecofys, a Navigant company, explores the role of gas in a fully decarbonised energy system by 2050. We conclude that it is possible by 2050 to scale up renewable gas (biomethane and renewable hydrogen) production in the EU to a quantity of 122 billion cubic metres by 2050. We also conclude that using this gas with existing gas infrastructure, smartly combined with renewable electricity in sectors where it adds most value, can lead to €138 billion societal cost savings annually compared to decarbonisation without a role for renewable gas”.

[Sept. 2018] desired CO2 reductions are well behind targets

[Sept. 2018] desired CO2 reductions are well behind targets

Interesting article in the Dutch newspaper FD dated September 15, 2018, in which the so-called global ‘Climate Gap’ is explained in more detail. Because of the conclusions of the “Paris agreement” in 2015, nearly 200 countries have submitted a so-called NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions), in which the CO2 targets are mentioned. Practice shows, however, that there are quite a few deviations worldwide. It is worrying to read this interim state of affairs, because we do not seem to keep the future temperature rise below 2 degrees. So action is needed, even though many countries do not yet fully understand this.

See also the analysis and work by the “Climate Action Tracker”; an organisation supported by Ecofys / Navigant; read more ….

See also the graph with the projected temperature development over the coming years, as a function of policy measures and actual actions; read more ….