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In unprecedented discussions, the Indian Parliament yesterday debated the air toxicity currently threatening the 48 million people residing in the Delhi NCR region. The debate saw opposition leaders demanding the government to set up a parliamentary panel to find long-term solutions to the problem. The air quality index in New Delhi exceeded 500 this month, about 10 times the recommended limit.
Energy major, ExxonMobil has been slammed by New York's attorney general for lying to the investors about its future profitability. The lawsuit against the company that will go for trial on Tuesday claims that the firm has been maintaining two sets of books; one for climate change regulations and the other underestimating the costs. This has made the firm appear more valuable to investors.
In protest against Shell’s plan to abandon parts of the giant structures in place in the British North Sea, Greenpeace activists, yesterday, boarded two Royal Dutch Shell oil platforms in the region. Photographs show two people climbing one of the giant, rusty structures and unfurling a banner which read “Clean up your mess, Shell!”. The British supermajor is currently looking for Governmental approval to abandon the steel legs of the platforms.
India’s biggest oil guzzler, IOCL has built an 850 metres long road by using 16 metric tonnes of single-use plastic waste in bitumen concrete. The downstream major has also called for ‘expression of interest’ from different parties and aggregators to regularly provide commercial amounts of such waste. IOCL officials said that the road was constructed outside the firm’s R&D facility in Faridabad on an experimental basis.
German clean-tech company Sunfire and Total have joined hands for a pilot project in Germany. The companies will try to produce methanol from renewables and carbon dioxide at the Leuna refinery. A plant is being constructed at the refinery which will be completed next year and production is expected to start in 2021. The plant will produce 500 tonnes of green methanol in the first three years.
The United Nations Climate Action Summit yesterday experienced an angry teenager climate change activist Greta Thunberg condemning world leaders for failing to take strong measures to combat climate change. “How dare you,” she said. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” the little climate change activist said. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres convened the summit in New York.
Ahead of its annual stakeholder dialogue event, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) has kickstarted a series of initiatives to facilitate carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and reduce emissions. The initiative is projected to unravel huge investments in CCUS and create the necessary conditions for a CCUS industry. The OGCI is looking to double the volume of CO2 currently stored worldwide before 2030.
Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP) at Mossmorran is operated by ExxonMobil. The plant is having flaring issues and Exxon has decided to invest £140m to reduce it. The plant manager of FEP said, "These planned investments demonstrate our commitment to long-term reliable operations at the site". Flaring accompanied by thick black smoke has become quite frequent which disturbs the residents. They have also complained of noise and light disturbance.
India's energy giant, ONGC has been fined Rs 2.05 crore by the Pollution Control Board, Assam. The board has slammed the firm for violating an order by the Supreme Court and causing pollution to the environment. ONGC disobeyed environmental laws in its six wells of Assam. The company will have to submit this amount within one month of the issuance of the order.
Environmental expert, RD Tripathi has denied the threat of an oil spill from the sinking of the dredger, Tridevi Prem, which sank near Mangaluru on September 2. Talking to reporters on Friday, Tripathi reasoned that since there was no blast or damage to the ship while it sank, the fuel compartments will remain intact. Chairman, NMPT had a similar reply, who based his argument on the water samples from the site.
Australia’s clean energy regulator today said that the country has achieved its 2020 target for producing electricity from large-scale renewable energy ahead of schedule. The achievement for Australia has come despite the slow wind and solar investment, and more than a decade of climate policy uncertainty. The target first set in 2001 aimed at producing 33,000 GWh of power from large-scale renewable energy by 2020.
MODEC has informed Petrobras about the cracks at the hull of FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, at the Espadarte field. Leakage of 1.2 cubic meters of residual oil was reported during the weekend. Seven vessels have been sent to the location for recovery and dispersion. FPSO Cidade do Rio de Janeiro is in departure procedure from Espadarte location.
Energy major, ExxonMobil and Mosaic Materials have entered into an agreement to work on reducing carbon dioxide from emissions sources. Mosaic has made progress in its research on a process involving porous solids to separate carbon dioxide from air or flue gas. Exxon has said that this agreement will add to its carbon capture technology research portfolio.
Chevron Corp yesterday informed about launching one of the world’s largest carbon capture and storage projects. The project involves infusing carbon dioxide into a deep reservoir under an island off Western Australia at Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project. Chevron said that approximately 3.4 to 4 million tonnes of CO2 will be buried every year after the facility reaches full capacity. Gases emitted from the Gorgon field contain at least 14% CO2.
World’s biggest listed miner and biggest coking coal producer, BHP, yesterday, said that it will commit $400 million over five years to cut emissions. BHP is first in line of miners to pledge to combat pollution caused when customers utilize its products. BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie said that the firm would focus on developing technology to reduce emissions both inside and outside the company.
Chinese environment ministry has revealed that greenhouse gas emissions hit 12.3 billion tonnes in 2014, an increment of 53.5% from 2005. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change requires Beijing to submit an official inventory to the UN on a systematic basis. Although the country has pledged to show “the highest possible ambition”, it is also looking to bring its total emissions to a peak by “around 2030”.
The continuously depleting natural resources have brought oil companies around the world in a difficult situation. With the Indian government focusing on 'Jal Shakti' in its second term, the energy giants of the nation are seeking corporate social salvation. ONGC has started its second clean-up drive in select areas of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Indian oil, on the other hand, is rejuvenating 37 water bodies across 14 states.
OPEC's secretary-general, Mohammed Barkindo, has referred to the climate change campaigners as "perhaps the greatest threat to our industry going forward". Barkindo was seemingly referring to the ongoing school strikes inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg's "Fridays for Future" movement. Barkindo continued to say, "Civil society is being misled to believe oil is the cause of climate change".