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GE Helps Beijing Power Plant Reduce Emissions, Boost Efficiency

General Electric Power Generation Services has been selected to help a Beijing power plant reduce its emissions and boost efficiency. The cornerstone of China’s $40 bullion plan to power the 2008 Olympics was the Taiyanggong Thermal Power Station. The 780-MW natural gas-fired plant in Beijing was the first step in … Read more »

China Ban Slows, Stops GMO Seed Roll-Out

Syngenta and Dow AgroScience are tightly controlling US launches of new GMO seeds, and Bayer CropScience has decided to keep a new soybean variety on hold as the result of China’s import barriers of some US genetically modified crops, Reuters reports. In November 2013, Chinese ports began rejecting US imports saying they … Read more »

Using Slurry for Economical, Energy-Efficient Carbon Capture

By combining carbon-capturing solids and liquids to develop a “slurry,” scientists from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, University of California-Berkeley and Beijing  have created a carbon capture method that is relatively simple to implement on a large scale, economical and energy efficient, according to Nature Communications. Currently, carbon capture is … Read more »

Beijing Emissions Drop in Carbon Market’s First Year

Beijing’s carbon trading program cut helped cut CO2 emissions 4.5 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year, Reuters reports. The Chinese government did not say how many metric tons of CO2 were emitted or how many carbon permits were issued. Beijing’s market, which began in November, allows high-emitting companies … Read more »

Beijing smog

Beijing to Ban Coal

Beijing will close coal-fired power plants and facilities, and stop using and selling coal and its related products by the end of 2020 in an attempt to reduce air pollution, according to news reports. Xinhuanet reports the districts of Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai and Shijingshan will ban coal and … Read more »

IBM Helps China’s Air Quality Management

IBM has launched a 10-year initiative to help China deliver on its environmental and energy goals. Dubbed “Green Horizon,” the project focuses on three areas critical to China’s sustainable growth: air quality management, renewable energy forecasting and energy optimization for industry. Led by IBM’s China Research laboratory, the initiative will … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chemical Spills, Beijing Plant Ban, Enbridge

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, have written the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act, a bill aimed at ensuring industrial facilities are properly inspected by state officials. Inspired by the January 9 chemical spill in West … Read more »

Beijing Brings in Cleaner Buses to Cut Air Pollution

Beijing plans to replace its oil-burning buses with new models powered by electricity or natural gas by 2017 to reduce air pollution, Reuters reports. The Chinese capital will buy about 14,000 greener buses to replace two-thirds of Beijing’s bus fleet and halve carbon emissions. Air pollution in Beijing hit record … Read more »

PetroChina Buys First Chinese Carbon Offsets

PetroChina, the state-owned oil and gas company, bought 10,000 Chinese carbon offsets from wind power producer Longyuan on Friday for 16 yuan ($2.62) each, which Reuters reports is six times higher than international prices. The purchase, carried out on the China Beijing Environment Exchange, was the first Chinese Certified Emissions … Read more »

Beijing Parkview Green building

World’s First LEED v4 Certified Project: Haworth Showroom in Beijing

Haworth’s showroom in Beijing’s Parkview Green building has been recognized as the world’s first certified LEED project under the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) new LEED version 4 beta program, the furniture and office space manufacturer says. The USGBC awarded LEED Gold status after the project earned 71 out … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Sherwin-Williams, Duke Energy, Beijing Pollution

Sherwin-Williams has agreed to pay $1.35 million to reimburse the US for costs incurred to combat releases of hazardous substances at the Eagle Zinc Superfund Site in Montgomery County, Ill. In a consent decree filed with the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the US agreed not to sue … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Approval, SCOTUS Backs EPA, Fracking Rules

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Approval, SCOTUS Backs EPA, Fracking Rules

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved a revised route for the Keystone XL pipeline through the state, which leaves final approval of the pipeline project in the hands of the Obama administration. The State Department must review the 1,700-mile pipeline because it crosses an international border, but an earlier impact statement … Read more »