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EPA Pollution Plan to Cost Texas $2B

The EPA has proposed a plan to reduce harmful emissions of sulfur dioxide in parts of Texas and Oklahoma that would require operators of some of Texas’ coal-fired power plants to spend over $2 billion on emissions-reducing technology, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The plan, released Monday, … Read more »

China to Cap Coal Use in 2020

China plans to set a cap on coal consumption in 2020 as part of its efforts to achieve a recently announced goal of having carbon dioxide emissions peak by 2030. According to the New York Times, the State Council, China’s cabinet, released details of an energy strategy last week that … Read more »

Mercedes Tops List of Automakers Distorting Fuel Economy

Mercedes Tops List of Automakers Distorting Fuel Economy

Mercedes is the leader at manipulating the way vehicles are tested, producing official fuel economy figures in labs that cannot be replicated in the real world, according to a report by Transport & Environment. The report analyzes real-world fuel consumption by motorists that highlights the abuses by carmakers of the … Read more »

Denmark Considers Phasing Out Coal

Denmark should ban coal use by 2025, according to Helveg Petersen, Denmark’s climate, energy and building minister, as reported by Reuters. The cost of phasing out coal would not be significant, according to Petersen. Wind turbines are set to generate more than half of Denmark’s electricity by 2020. Petersen’s ministry … Read more »

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 »

KKR’s Green Portfolio Companies Cut Over 2.3 Million MT of GHGs

Del Monte Foods, Sealy and US Foods are among 25 of KKR’s Green Portfolio Program companies that have avoided more than 2.3 million metric tons of greenhouse gases and achieved about $1.2 billion in cost savings and new revenue between 2008 and 2013. KKR formed its Green Portfolio Program in … Read more »

Bay Area Lawmakers May Force Refinery Emission Cuts

San Francisco Bay Area lawmakers are moving forward with rules that would cut emissions at refineries as much as 20 percent, in a move that the industry worries may cut operational flexibility, according to SFGate. One rule proposed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District board last week would … Read more »

Nuclear Industry Calls Clean Power Plan Unfair

States and energy utilities say the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan – designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions – would penalize nuclear energy, a sector that produces no greenhouse gases, according to the Washington Examiner. The Clean Power Plan is intended to produce a 30 percent cut in power-sector emissions … Read more »

Website Aims to Lower Fuel Cost for Trucks

The Carbon War Room, together with the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, has launched Truckingefficiency.org, a website that aims to cut fuel costs for tractor-trailers by as much as 50 percent. The website includes about 70 trucking efficiency technologies, including aerodynamics, tires and idle reduction. According to the Carbon … Read more »

NYC to Slash GHGs 80% by 2050

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has made a pledge to decrease the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels. The pledge will be formally announced before the start of the UN Climate Summit today. On Sunday, the mayor announced an initiative to support the … Read more »

Ben & Jerry’s Partnership Decreases GHGs, Increases Farm Profits

Ben & Jerry’s Partnership Decreases GHGs, Increases Farm Profits

Green Dream Farm in Enosburg Falls, Vt., expects to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 12,900 metric tons over the next 10 years and save $30,000 annually as the result of a partnership with ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s and NativeEnergy, a carbon offset and project development company. The … Read more »

Report: EPA Should Use Sustainability Tools, Embrace Collaboration

The EPA should incorporate sustainability tools in its decision making and collaborate with private-sector companies and non-government organizations, according to a report by the National Research Council. The report was created at the EPA’s request, and builds on a 2011 report by the National Research Council, Sustainability and the EPA, … Read more »