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Using Slurry for Economical, Energy-Efficient Carbon Capture

By combining carbon-capturing solids and liquids to develop a “slurry,” scientists from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, University of California-Berkeley and Beijing  have created a carbon capture method that is relatively simple to implement on a large scale, economical and energy efficient, according to Nature Communications. Currently, carbon capture is … Read more »

CECO Environmental Acquires SAT Technology

CECO Environmental announced yesterday that it has acquired SAT Technology, a provider of volatile organic compounds abatement services for the Chinese air pollution market. Based in Shanghai, SAT Technology has about $5 million in annual revenue and 17 employees. CECO will keep the entire SAT Technology organization, including its president, … 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 »

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 »

UPS Announces New Sustainability Goals For 2020

According to a report released by UPS, the company has already met its goal of reducing its air and ground fleet’s carbon intensity by 10 percent, prompting the company to set a new goal of 20 percent reduction in carbon intensity from transportation by 2020. The increases are calculated against … Read more »

Fish Lose Fear of Predators with Elevated CO2

Higher carbon dioxide emissions that eventually find their way into ocean waters could cause fish to lose their fear of predators, potentially damaging the entire marine food chain. A study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (Aims), James Cook University and the Georgia Institute of Technology found the behavior … Read more »

Electrolux Sets CO2 Reduction Target

Electrolux has set a new target to halve the company’s CO2 impact by 2020 compared to 2005. The target was set in its just-published Sustainability Report for 2013. Product efficiency is seen by the appliances company as the key to reducing its impact on emissions .The new carbon target to … Read more »

Process Uses CO2 to Produce Chemicals

Liquid Light has unveiled its new process for the production of major chemicals from carbon dioxide to showcase its demonstration-scale ‘reaction cell’ and confirm the potential for cost-advantaged process economics. Liquid Light’s first process is for the production of ethylene glycol, with a $27 billion annual market. The chemical is used … Read more »

Power Plants Cut CO2 Emissions 7% in Three Years

Power Plants Cut CO2 Emissions 7% in Three Years

US power plants cut emissions from nitrous oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and CO2 in 2011 even as overall electricity generation increased, according to data from the Energy Information Administration and the EPA. In 2011, power plant NOx and SO2 emissions were 70 percent and 72 percent lower, respectively, than … Read more »

Agriculture, Livestock Remain Major GHG Sources

Agriculture, Livestock Remain Major GHG Sources

Global greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector totaled 4.69 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2010, the most recent year for which data are available — an increase of 13 percent over 1990 emissions, according to Worldwatch Institute. By comparison, global CO2 emissions from transport totaled 6.76 billion … Read more »

Unilever Cuts 1 Million Metric Tons CO2

Unilever says it has reduced CO2 from its manufacturing and logistics operations by more than 1 million metric tons since 2008, saving the company more than €300 million ($394.8 million). For manufacturing, this represents a reduction of 31.5 percent per metric ton of production, a company spokesperson tells Environmental Leader. … 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 »

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