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Better Buildings Challenge Adds Water Goal

The Energy Department is expanding the Better Buildings Challenge to include a new water savings goal. Interested partners can work directly with the Energy Department to advance data collection and analysis practices and share more solutions to common water saving barriers. The Energy Department will coordinate with other federal agencies, … Read more »

HFC-32 Refrigerant Receives EPA SNAP Approval

The EPA has announced the coming final approval of HFC-32 (R-32) refrigerant for use in certain refrigeration and air conditioning applications. This final action addresses President Obama’s Climate Action Plan that calls on EPA’s Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) program to identify and approve additional climate-friendly chemicals as determined by … Read more »

White House to Cut Methane Emissions from Oil, Gas

The oil industry has criticized the Obama Administration’s goal, announced yesterday, to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40-45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025. Methane emissions from oil and natural gas production are falling and the new proposed regulations could disrupt America’s energy renaissance, said … Read more »

What is the Future of Refrigerants in Building Systems?

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which limits emissions caused by some hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, has many facility owners and managers concerned about the future of refrigerants and what it means for new and existing building systems, EDC magazine reports. The magazine says that while there’s no single solution for every … Read more »

EPA Rule Limits Ozone-Depleting Refrigerants

The EPA on Friday issued a rule that reduces the domestic production allowances for HCFC-22 to the lowest level ever and proposes a complete phase-out within five years. HCFCs, or hydrochlorofluorocarbons, are a class of refrigerants that are damaging to the ozone layer and contribute to climate change. The rule … Read more »

industrial plant emissions

Coal Use Drives US Industrial Emissions Up 0.6%

Emissions from large industrial facilities were 20 million metric tons higher in 2013 than the prior year, or 0.6 percent, driven largely by an increase in coal use for power generation, according to the EPA’s fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data. The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program is the … Read more »

State Policies Effective In Reducing CO2

Different strategies used by states to reduce power plant emissions – such as emission caps and encouraging renewable energy – are both effective, according to a study by the University of Colorado. The findings are particularly relevant since the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan depends on individual states effectively cutting … Read more »

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NRG Invests $0.5bn to Cut Carbon Pollution

NRG Energy is investing more than half a billion dollars by 2016 to cut carbon pollution from its four coal-fired power plants in Illinois. The improvements will achieve 56 percent of Illinois’ statewide CO2 reductions called for under President Obama’s proposed carbon pollution standards, the company says. The Illinois efforts … Read more »

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States’ Carbon Plans ‘Need More Time’

States will likely need more time to submit their plans for meeting the new carbon rules for existing power plants, Janet McCabe, acting head of the EPA’s air office, said last week. According to Bloomberg, McCabe told a breakfast hosted by ICF International on July 17 that the EPA recognized … Read more »

DOE carbon capture

DOE Project Captures More Than 1 Million Metric Tons CO2

A carbon capture project at a hydrogen-production facility in Port Arthur, Texas — a US Department of Energy project, in partnership with Air Products and Chemicals — has captured more than 1 million metric tons of CO2 at the facility, the DOE says. Using a technology called vacuum swing adsorption, … Read more »


EPA Seeks to Reduce Landfills’ Methane Emissions

The EPA has proposed updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste landfills that would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas, which would reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The agency also is seeking public feedback on how and whether to update guidelines for … Read more »

Climate-Friendly Refrigerants Approval Proposed

The EPA is proposing to increase the options for refrigerants in the US that offer better climate protection without harming the ozone layer. This is the agency’s first action that addresses refrigerants under the Climate Action Plan, which calls on the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program to identify … Read more »

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