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Study: Cutting Emissions Could Pay for Itself

Money saved on health care spending related to carbon emissions could be 10 times what it would cost for policy implementation, according to research conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and published in Nature Climate Change. Researchers compared health care and other costs related to carbon emission-related illness to the costs of … Read more »

Coal Company Says EPA Partially to Blame for Layoffs

Alpha Natural Resources, a coal company based in West Virginia, has told 1,100 of its workers to prepare for layoffs because of EPA regulations and weak market conditions, according to The Hill. The company specifically stated that 11 mines across the state were “subject to being idled.” In a statement, … Read more »

EIA: US CO2 Emissions at 20-Year Low

EIA: US CO2 Emissions at 20-Year Low

US carbon dioxide emissions resulting from energy use during the first quarter of 2012 were the lowest in two decades for any January-March period, according to US Energy Information Administration figures. The country’s CO2 emissions from energy consumption totaled 1,340 million metric tons during the first quarter of 2012, down … Read more »

EIA Outlook: US Energy Use to Slow While Crude Production Rises

EIA Outlook: US Energy Use to Slow While Crude Production Rises

Energy consumption in the United States is expected to increase 0.3 percent a year between 2010 and 2035, a slower rate of growth than the two decades prior to the 2008 recession, while domestic oil production is forecast to rise, according to a recent government forecast. The US Energy Information Administration … Read more »

Coke, Sony, Volvo and Other ‘Climate Savers’ Cut CO2 by 100 Million Tons

Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Sony, Volvo and other members of WWF’s Climate Savers program cut their carbon dioxide emissions by more than 100 million tons over the period 1999 to 2011, according to an independent review of the program released today. The review, conducted by energy consultancy Ecofys, also … Read more »

The Business Case for Product and Value Chain Management

A World Resources Institute panel discussion with business leaders about the new GHG Protocol Product Standard and Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard. Panelists include Jonathan Newton, Supply Chain Sustainability Strategy, Ford Motor Company; Sam Kwong, Group EHS Manager, Swire Beverages; David Spitzley, Product Sustainability Manager, Kimberly-Clark; and Mark Scorsolini, … Read more »

Environmental Enforcement: Indiana Utility Settles Clean Air Claims for $600 Million

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) has agreed to invest approximately $600 million in pollution control technology to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, according to the Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed settlement (pdf) covers all of NIPSCO’s coal-fired power plants, which are located … Read more »

Xcel Energy to Spend $1.3B to Reduce Emissions

Xcel Energy has proposed a plan that will significantly reduce Colorado coal-fired generation emissions by retiring, repowering or retrofitting several of its power plants as called for under the recently enacted state Clean Air Clean Jobs Act. The total costs, if approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), will … Read more »

Vermont Resort Cuts Carbon Footprint with ‘Cow Power’

The Equinox resort will eliminate about 212 metric tonnes of carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions through its partnership with the Central Vermont Public Service’s “Cow Power” program, which promotes the development of renewable energy in Vermont generated from cow manure. As the only large resort in Vermont to be a part of … Read more »

District Energy System Upgrade Cuts Emissions 5% Annually in Downtown Grand Rapids

Veolia Energy has upgraded its Grand Rapids district energy heating and cooling system with a new custom-built condensing heat exchanger, which has reduced carbon-dioxide emissions by five percent annually, reports Rapid Growth. It also has cut fuel consumption by at least five percent. Veolia Energy Grand Rapids installed the “Economizer” … Read more »

U.S. Energy-Related GHG Emissions Fell 7% in 2009

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released an analysis that looks at the level and drivers of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2009. A key finding shows that energy-related CO2 emissions in the U.S. fell by 7 percent or 405 million metric tons — the largest drop since the start of … Read more »

Investments in GHG Mitigation Cut Oil Sector’s Emissions by 48M Metric Tons

Carbon-dioxide emissions emitted by the U.S. oil and natural gas industry dropped by more than 48 million metric tons from 2007 to 2008 thanks in part to investments in low-carbon technologies, according to a study sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute, reports The News Market. The study, “Emission Reductions Associated … Read more »