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US-China Carbon Pact Relies on Clean Technologies Helping Corporate America

US-China Carbon Pact Relies on Clean Technologies Helping Corporate America

Calling their quest to conquer climate change a “pillar” of the relationship, the White House says that this country and China will ink a deal on April 22 — Earth Day — that formally advances their mutual cause. The goal, it says, to get a grip on global warming before … Read more »

Nuclear Industry Calls Clean Power Plan Unfair

States and energy utilities say the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan – designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions – would penalize nuclear energy, a sector that produces no greenhouse gases, according to the Washington Examiner. The Clean Power Plan is intended to produce a 30 percent cut in power-sector emissions … Read more »

Branson, NGO Aim for More Ports Fighting CO2

The number of sea ports using ship evaluation systems to encourage lower carbon emissions will go from two to 10 in the next year, according to Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, as reported by Bloomberg. Branson is a founder of the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit that rates ship efficiency. … Read more »

South Korea to Increase Emissions Cap

South Korea is expected to introduce a carbon trading scheme that is about 3 percent larger than it had previously announced, according to Reuters. The South Korean government said last Thursday that it would distribute 1.687 billion metric tons of carbon-equivalent emission permits from 2015-17 as part of its trading … Read more »

Tenneco Unveils Tier 3 Emission Control Technologies

Tenneco has exhibited a demonstration vehicle equipped with several emission control technologies designed to meet upcoming US EPA Tier 3 emissions regulations. In addition to meeting the Tier 3 emissions regulations, the technologies are designed to deliver efficiency improvements that can help automakers further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. US EPA … Read more »

Software Offers Savings for Convenience Store Deliveries

Software Offers Savings for Convenience Store Deliveries

Transportation costs for convenience store deliveries can be cut by up to 20 percent – by reducing mileage and improving driver and vehicle utilization – with vehicle routing and scheduling optimization software created by Paragon Software Systems, the company says. Using the software, George’s Chicken was able to reduce its … Read more »

Shale Oil Benefits Could Pay for Smaller Carbon Footprint

The US could see about a 27 percent reduction in its carbon footprint if just half of the unanticipated economic benefits of shale gas and oil production were used in the efforts, according to agricultural economists at Purdue University. The researchers estimate that shale technologies annually provide an extra $302 billion … Read more »

Tips for Better Green Building

Tips for Better Green Building

Sustainable and efficient construction is possible if companies set their sights on just a few areas – reducing carbon emissions, managing water usage and waste, using green building materials and being mindful of biodiversity, according to a document released by the Green Construction Board. The document offers tips in five … Read more »

Global Carbon Market to Rise by Two-Thirds

The globally-traded carbon market will rise by two thirds from 2013 to this year to reach 64 billion euros, according to analysis by Thomson Reuters Point Carbon. The market was 39 billion euros in 2013, with volume increasing by 3 percent to 9.6 gigatons. Most of this year’s growth by … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE ‘Mishandled Waste,’ Energy Trust on Ice

The Department of Energy mishandled dangerous waste, placing it in a landfill before treating it – rather than after, as required –  and operating several waste storage units without proper permit authorization, according to a settlement with the EPA. An agency statement referred to a dangerous mix of hazardous and … Read more »

How Will Obama’s Plan Affect Business?

Over the next few days, we’ll be unpacking the proposals in Obama’s far-reaching climate plan to discover how they’ll affect energy, environment and sustainability professionals. First, the most widely heralded announcement: carbon limits for existing power plants, which a White House spokesperson said the EPA would issue by June 2014 and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Bonn Climate Talks, Water Act, Dam Protest

Delegates from 160 nations agreed in Bonn that a successor to the Kyoto Protocol should allow emissions targets to be tightened without further negotiations, if researchers find that floods, droughts and sea levels are worsening, Reuters reported. But a deep divide remains between China, which says developed nations should collectively … Read more »