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EPA Rules Target Refrigerants’ Emissions

The EPA yesterday announced several new actions that aim to curb emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning. The agency proposed a rule that would improve the way refrigerant is sold, handled, recovered and recycled. The proposal would strengthen the existing requirements for handling … Read more »

New Manufacturing Hubs to Increase Efficiency, Save Costs

The US will invest more than $290 million in public-private funding for two new Manufacturing Innovation Hub Competitions, one in smart manufacturing at the Department of Energy and one in flexible hybrid electronics at the Department of Defense, President Obama announced late last week. Each institute will receive $70 million … Read more »

Navigant Forecasts Speed Bumps for Tesla, Fuel Cell vs. Battery EV Wars

Navigant Forecasts Speed Bumps for Tesla, Fuel Cell vs. Battery EV Wars

The coming year will see electric vehicles play a major role in the growth of car sharing programs, while electric motorcycles will come of age as a transportation method, according to a Navigant Research white paper that makes 10 predictions for the 2014 electric vehicles market. Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions … Read more »

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Feds OK DoD Funds for LEED Gold, Platinum

A law signed by President Barack Obama late last year lifts limitations on using US Department of Defense funds to pursue LEED Gold and Platinum certifications, CleanTechies report. This is a big deal, according to the blog, because the National Defense Authorization Act includes $527 billion in base defense spending … Read more »

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Green Globes Wins DoD Endorsement

In another victory for the Green Globes, the US Department of Defense has decided to allow its facilities to use the green building certification program. While the US Green Building Council’s LEED certification has long been the standard of choice for the federal government’s new construction and major renovations, the … Read more »

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EPA Raid on Gold Mining Town Under Investigation

Small-scale miners in an remote Alaskan gold mining town were surprised by an environmental task force of federal regulators decked out in full body armor, who swarmed the area to check for clean water violations. The tactics of the federal regulators, who descended on Chicken, a town of 17 full-time … Read more »

Asetek Participates in DoD Program, Opens Data Center Cooling Demo

The Department of Defense has selected Asetek’s ISAC (Inside Server Air Conditioning) liquid-cooling product to participate in its Transformative Reductions in Operational Energy Consumption (TROPEC) program. TROPEC is a collaborative DoD and Department of Energy program that targets energy efficiency for critical applications at military forward operations such as data … Read more »

DoD Data Centers to Use Asetek Liquid-Cooling

Asetek has been selected to perform a $2 million project to retrofit a major Department of Defense data center with its direct-to-chip liquid-cooling technology. The product, called RackCDU (short for Rack Coolant Distribution Unit), brings liquid-cooling directly to the hottest elements inside every server in a data center, and can … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Autumn Statement, China PM2.5, Toxic Train Wreck

UK Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement to parliament said that the UK will consider tax breaks for shale-gas exploration, as the ban on fracking is set to soon expire. The chancellor wants to give priority to gas because it’s cheaper than renewables and less harmful than coal. Osborne … Read more »

Cleanup of US Groundwater Contamination Limited by Technology

Cleanup of US Groundwater Contamination Limited by Technology

About 10 percent of the 126,000 contaminated groundwater sites in the United States are considered complex, with restoration unlikely in the next 50 to 100 years due to technological limitations, according to a National Research Council report. The report, “Alternatives for Managing the Nation’s Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites,” estimated the … 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 »

Report: NASA, DOD, GSA Use Information Tech to Cut Energy Use

NASA, the General Services Administration, the Department of Defense and the Smithsonian Institution have all used information and communications technologies to reduce energy consumption and emissions while at the same time cutting costs and meeting sustainability mandates, according to a report released by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. … Read more »