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Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Increase in 2013

Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Increase in 2013

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the US increased from 5,267 million metric tons in 2012 to 5,396 million metric tons in 2013, or 2.5 percent, according to a report released yesterday by the US Energy Information Administration. The 2013 increase was largely the result of colder weather leading to an … 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 »

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 »

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 »

AkerSolutions carbon capture

Aker Solutions Conducts World’s First Cement CO2 Capture Tests

Aker Solutions has won a contract to perform the world’s first tests for capturing carbon dioxide emissions from a cement production plant. The CO2 technology company won the award from Norcem, in cooperation with the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA). It did not disclose the contract’s value. Aker Solutions says … Read more »

PNC Bank

PNC Investors Support Climate Change Risk Management

Some 22.8 percent of PNC Financial shareholders representing more than $5.4 billion dollars have voted in support of a resolution asking the company to assess its exposure to climate change in its lending, investing and financing activities. This is the first time that shareholders have been able to vote on … Read more »

Sony Pictures to Cut Carbon Footprint 15% by 2020

Sony Pictures Entertainment has set new environmental goals targeted for completion in 2020 including reductions in operational carbon emissions by 15 percent, compared to 2012 levels. The company also says it will encourage consumers to acquire films digitally, which it expects to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 75 percent … Read more »

Supersized Crabs Bulking Up on Carbon Pollution

Carbon pollution from power plants, factories and vehicles is settling in the ocean — and supersizing crabs, lobsters and shrimp, The Washington Post reports. But while these crustaceans bulk up as they absorb CO2, high levels of carbon cause oysters to grow slower. In the Chesapeake Bay, where crabs eat … Read more »

Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Hit Lowest Levels in 2012

Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Hit Lowest Levels in 2012

US energy-related CO2 emissions dropped in 2012 to their lowest levels since 1994, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Last year’s emissions — at 5.3 billion metric tons of CO2 — represent about a 4 percent decline over 2011’s 5.5 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions. With the exception … Read more »

NBA to Offset More Than 10m Pounds CO2

The NBA, partnering with Sprint and the Natural Resources Defense Council, has pledged to offset more than 10 million pounds of CO2 as it tips off NBA Green Week, which runs through April 12. NBA Green Week presented by Sprint includes community environmental projects, recycling programs and energy efficiency initiatives … Read more »

Ford Expands CO2-Cutting Paint Process

Ford Motor Company says it is expanding its 3-Wet paint capacity by 50 percent this year, adding the environmentally friendly process to four more plants on three continents. It expects the process to reduce CO2 emissions between 15 and 25 percent at those facilities. Ford says it was the first … Read more »

Manufacturers ‘Freaked Out’ about Climate Guidelines

Manufacturers are “very freaked out” by new climate change standards that President Obama will reportedly issue in the coming weeks, Bloomberg reports. According to the news agency, Obama will set guidelines that requires all federal agencies to consider the effects of major projects on air, water and soil pollution. Lobbyists … Read more »