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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 »

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 »

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 »

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Construction GHG Assessment Tools in the Works

Researchers at Colorado State University have been awarded a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop measurement and assessment tools that architects and others can use to measure greenhouse gases produced by construction activity in real time. The green building assessment tools will be integrated with existing architectural … Read more »

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Northwest Ports Pledge 75% DPM Cut

The Northwest ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Metro Vancouver say they will reduce diesel particulate matter (DPM) by 75 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent, per ton of cargo, by 2015, according to the ports’ updated Clean Air Strategy. Both air pollution reduction targets use 2005 levels as … Read more »

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Cloud Computing ‘Can Reduce GHGs 95%, Save $2.2bn’

As cloud computing ramps up, it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent, leading to savings of more than $2.2 billion, according to a study sponsored by Microsoft Europe and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). Expanding cloud usage beyond the basics to large-scale information and communication technology (ICT) will scale … Read more »

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Color-Coded Stickers Help Reduce GHG Emissions

Color-coding systems can help facilities curb greenhouse gas emissions, reduce water and energy use, and cut operating costs, reports Cleaning and Maintenance Management. In an article for the magazine, Sustainability Tool CEO Stephen Ashkin says placing small, inconspicuous colored dots on a variety of electricity-hungry equipment and sources that use … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Arkansas GHG Plan, Science Advisory, Keystone Vote

The EPA has approved Arkansas’ program for permitting new and modified facilities that emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases – making the state the first in the region to replace a federal implementation plan with its own state program. This means businesses need to seek air permits from one regulatory agency … Read more »

Steel Companies’ CO2 Reporting Up, Emissions Steady

Steel Companies’ CO2 Reporting Up, Emissions Steady

At 1.8 tons of CO2 produced per ton of crude steel cast, the global steel industry’s greenhouse gas emissions haven’t changed since 2007, according to Worldsteel’s 2012 Sustainability Indicators. Established in 2003, the indicators measure the steel industry’s sustainability progress. The 2012 Sustainability Indicators capture data from 100 member and … Read more »