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GE Invests $200M to Build Ultra-Lightweight Materials

General Electric Aviation will invest more than $200 million to construct two factories that will mass-produce silicon carbide (SiC) materials used to manufacture ceramic matrix composite components (CMCs) for jet engines and land-based gas turbines. The factories will be built adjacent to one another on 100 acres in Huntsville, Alabama. … Read more »

GMZ Energy’s TEG Improves Vehicle Fuel Efficiency

GMZ Energy says it has successfully demonstrated a nano-structured, high-temperature thermoelectric generation (TEG) designed for automotive waste heat recapture. The unit generated an output power well in excess of its 200-watt design goal. GMZ Energy built the TEG as a part of an ongoing vehicle efficiency research program sponsored by … Read more »

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Meets GHG Goal Two Years Early

Northrop Grumman Corporation today said it has achieved its greenhouse gas reduction goal of 25 percent in three years, two years ahead of plan. In 2012, the global defense and security company realized a 25.3 percent GHG intensity reduction from its 2008 baseline, resulting in a 26.9 percent absolute emissions … Read more »

Defense Department ‘Should Continue’ LEED Certification

The US Department of Defense should continue to require that its new buildings or major renovations to facilities be designed to achieve a LEED-Silver or equivalent rating, according to a report from the National Research Council. Based on a review of empirical studies related to energy-efficiency and green building standards, Energy-Efficiency Standards and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Arctic Council Spill Plan, Chu Resigns, Defense Nominee Backs Alt Fuels

The eight-nation Arctic Council’s oil spill response agreement, obtained by Greenpeace ahead of the council’s meeting of environment ministers February 5-6 in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, is vague and ineffective, Greenpeace said. The activist group says the draft contains a series of major omissions including any discussion of oil company liabilities or … Read more »

Defense Sustainability Budgets to Rise 7.3%

Buyer sustainability management budgets in the defense industry are expected to rise by 7.3 percent over the next 12 months, compared to respondents’ previously expected increase of 7 percent in 2011 and 6.8 percent in 2010, according to a report by Strategic Defense Intelligence. Energy-efficient facilities and composite stack materials … Read more »

Lockheed Martin Aims to Cut Carbon 35% by 2020

Aeronautics company Lockheed Martin has announced a set of environmental goals that it hopes to meet by 2020 including a 35 percent absolute reduction in carbon emissions. As part of its “Go Green 2020” initiative, Lockheed also plans to reduce its facility energy use by 20 percent, the waste it … Read more »

Raytheon Sustainability Report: Carbon Emissions Drop 13%

Raytheon Sustainability Report: Carbon Emissions Drop 13%

Raytheon last year reduced its emissions of greenhouse gas equivalent by 13 percent, from 596,000 to 522,000 metric tons, according to the company’s latest sustainability report. About 92 percent of the defense contractor’s emissions are related to its energy consumption. Raytheon’s greenhouse gas emissions consisted of 82 percent indirect emissions … Read more »

Lockheed Meets Green Goals a Year Early

Defense company Lockheed Martin has achieved its five-year sustainability goals a year ahead of schedule. Lockheed Martin’s programs have reduced its corporate water usage by 25 percent and its carbon emissions by 30 percent, since 2007. The target for both metrics was a 25 percent reduction. Since 2007 the company … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Climate Pact Setback, California Tailpipe Rules, Biofuel Support

The world’s richest countries have all but given up on a new climate treaty that would take effect this decade ahead of next month’s talks in Durban, South Africa, The Guardian reported. Government officials from the United Kingdom, European Union, Japan and the United States said any global climate agreement … Read more »

EA6B Prowler Flies on Biofuel

An EA-6B Prowler successfully completed its inaugural biofuel flight , continuing the Navy’s move toward energy independence. The aircraft, from the “Salty Dogs” of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23, flew on a biofuel blend of JP-5 aviation fuel and camelina oil. The camelina seed contains 30 to 40 percent … Read more »

Thales Beats Four Goals, French Water Use Down 72%

Thales Beats Four Goals, French Water Use Down 72%

Thales beat four 2010 environmental goals, according to its latest Corporate Responsibility Annual Report – but the report did not say whether the aerospace and defense electronics company had missed any targets. According to the only environmental data table in the report (see above left), Thales beat 2010 targets on … Read more »