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More Buildings Reaching Carbon Reduction Targets

There has been a 200 percent increase over 2012 in the number of building design projects that meet the American Institute of Architects’ 60 percent carbon reduction target, according to a report released by AIA earlier this month. The AIA’s 2030 Commitment Program, introduced in 2009, is a voluntary initiative … Read more »

Efficiency Retrofits Save $4.3M Over 1 Year

Efficiency Retrofits Save $4.3M Over 1 Year

Efficiency retrofits of 236 properties showed a combined water and energy savings of $4.3 million over a one-year period, according to research by Bright Power and the Stewards of Affordable Housing. Although retrofitting commercial buildings has previously been shown to be profitable, convincing affected parties of the value of multifamily … 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 »

BSR Report: Future of Fuels is ‘Efficiency’

BSR Report: Future of Fuels is ‘Efficiency’

With world energy consumption set to rise by about 40 percent by 2030, the sources and structures of transportation fuel systems will radically change, according to a new BSR report. The Sustainability Impacts of Fuel — the first report in sustainability consulting firm BSR’s Future of Fuels initiative — assesses … Read more »

EIA Outlook: US Energy Use to Slow While Crude Production Rises

EIA Outlook: US Energy Use to Slow While Crude Production Rises

Energy consumption in the United States is expected to increase 0.3 percent a year between 2010 and 2035, a slower rate of growth than the two decades prior to the 2008 recession, while domestic oil production is forecast to rise, according to a recent government forecast. The US Energy Information Administration … Read more »

Bank of America to Cut Energy Use 25%, as Part of $50bn Environmental Initiative

Bank of America says it will reduce its energy consumption 25 percent by 2015, compared to 2004 levels, equal to eliminating 1.2 million MWh of annual energy use from its portfolio. Also by 2015, BoA plans to reduce its paper and water consumption by 20 percent, compared with 2010 consumption, … Read more »

IEA Offers Guidance on Industrial Energy Management Policies

IEA Offers Guidance on Industrial Energy Management Policies

Greater efficiency in the industrial sector is a major step towards improved energy security as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report that offers a step-by-step guide to implementing energy management policies for industry. Jointly developed by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Institute for … Read more »

Energy Use in Manufacturing Down 10% in Four Years

Energy Use in Manufacturing Down 10% in Four Years

Energy consumption in the U.S. manufacturing sector fell from 21,098 trillion Btu (tBtu) in 2006 to 19,062 tBtu in 2010, a decline of almost 10 percent, based on preliminary estimates released from the 2010 Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS), a quadrennial report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This decline … Read more »

5m Smart Meters Installed; Enbala, Fellon-McCord Partner Up

Five million smart meters have been installed nationwide as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to an update from the U.S. Department of Energy. Nearly 90 percent of the meters installed are in Florida, Texas, California, Idaho, Arizona, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Nevada. Smart meters provide utility companies … Read more »

General Mills Meets Half of 2010 Targets; Sets 2015 Packaging Goal

General Mills Meets Half of 2010 Targets; Sets 2015 Packaging Goal

General Mills has exceeded its targets on solid waste generation and water usage but fallen short of goals on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the company’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility report. The food manufacturer cut its solid waste generation by 33 percent between 2006 and 2010, compared … Read more »

U.S. Bank Chooses Hara for Energy Management

The country’s fifth-largest commercial bank has selected Hara to provide it with comprehensive energy and resource management software. Hara Environmental and Energy Management (EEM) software will help U.S. Bank identify energy reduction opportunities in its properties while tracking and measuring environmental initiatives, Hara said. Hara EEM will create a central … Read more »

Otis Elevators Makes ‘End to End’ Environmental Pledge

A $11.7 billion company billed as the world’s largest manufacturer of elevators, escalators and moving walkways has announced an umbrella program for its environmental initiatives. The Way to Green program encompasses design, manufacturing, production and end-of-life recycling, and will significantly enhance the company’s commitment to the environment, the Otis Elevator … Read more »