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Can Your Company Consume Clean Energy and Still Compete Globally?

Is there is a correlation between economic growth and the rate of growth in greenhouse gas emissions? If the current presidential campaign is the benchmark, one would suspect a close link. But, at least for the last two years, those heat-trapping releases are stable while global economic growth is on … Read more »

AkzoNobel, Photanol to Develop Photosynthesis-Based Chemicals

AkzoNobel and Photanol have partnered to create technology that mimics the way plants use photosynthesis with a goal of producing “green” chemical building blocks that will eventually replace raw materials AkzoNobel currently obtains from fossil-based production. AkzoNobel’s chemicals are used by the chemicals, detergent, construction, food, pulp and paper and … Read more »

Study: Calculating the True Cost of CO2 Emissions

Taking into account the full amount of carbon dioxide that power plants generate during their lifetime instead of tracking annual emissions could be a more helpful way to look at the impact of power plant emissions, according to a paper by researchers at University of California-Irvine and Princeton University. The … Read more »

System Control Offers Increased HVAC Efficiency For Smaller Buildings

New technology has made heating, venting and air conditioning building automation systems available and affordable for small- and mid-sized buildings, which can result in considerable savings over the life of a building, according to HPAC Engineering. In light-commercial buildings, packaged rooftops or heat pumps are controlled almost exclusively with thermostats. … Read more »

Algae Companies Ask EPA to Endorse Carbon Capture Efforts

Algae companies ready to bring their carbon capture and utilization efforts to the marketplace are asking the EPA to support the technology as a viable alternative to carbon capture and sequestration in its carbon pollution regulations, according to Environment & Energy Publishing. Algae companies need a large, constant amount of … Read more »

Rice Unveils Carbon Sequestering Material for Gas Wells

Rice University scientists have devised a way to separate carbon dioxide from natural gas at wellheads that is cheaper and more energy efficient than current industry practices. A porous material invented by the laboratory of Rice chemist James Tour (pictured) sequesters carbon dioxide at ambient temperature with pressure provided by the wellhead … Read more »

European Parliament Backs Stricter Vehicle Emissions Standards

The European Parliament passed tougher carbon dioxide standards for new cars with a one-year phase-in through 2020. The rules set an average limit of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer (g/km) for all new cars sold in the EU. The current limit is 130 g/km. The phase-in would apply … Read more »

CO2Meter.com Unveils Biogas Meter

CO2Meter.com, a provider of atmospheric gas measurement equipment, has developed a combination carbon dioxide and methane gas level meter for use in the biogas industry. It can measure up to 100 percent methane and 50 percent carbon dioxide levels in real time. The unit can also be used as a data-logger to … Read more »

CO2 Could Produce Valuable Chemical Cheaply

Brown and Yale Universities researchers say they have found a cheaper, more sustainable way to use CO2 to make acrylate, an important commodity chemical used to make materials from polyester fabrics to diapers. Chemical companies churn out billions of tons of acrylate each year, usually by heating propylene, a compound … Read more »

NREL ‘Bites’ Into Energy Scenarios

The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created an energy analysis tool to help individuals and educators experiment with energy use scenarios. The interactive Buildings, Industry, Transportation, Electricity, and Transportation Scenarios (BITES) allows users to explore how changes in energy supply and demand can impact carbon dioxide emissions and … Read more »

EPA Maintains GHG Thresholds, Focus on Larger Polluters

The EPA will maintain greenhouse gas thresholds that target the nation’s largest emitters, which account for nearly 70 percent of pollution from stationary sources. The final rule will shield smaller emitters from permitting requirements, and establishes a provision that allows companies to set plant-wide emissions limits, known as Plantwide Applicability Limitations, … Read more »

U.S. Emissions Up 3.2% As Economy Expands, Summers Heat Up

U.S. GHG emissions in 2010 rose by 3.2 percent from 2009, due to the expanding economy and an increased demand for air conditioning caused by warmer summer weather, the EPA said. Energy consumption rose across all economic sectors in 2010, and total emissions of the six main greenhouse gases – … Read more »