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GOL Completes First International Flight with Alternative Biofuel

Brazilian airline GOL completed its first international commercial flight this week using farnesane, a recently approved renewable jet fuel that is made from sugarcane and produced by industrial bioscience company Amyris. The flight departed from Orlando, Florida on July 30, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. ET and traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil. … Read more »

Biodiesel Market to Grow 8.1 Percent

The global biodiesel market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.1 percent between 2013 and 2018, according to a report by Research and Markets. According to the report, one prominent driver in the market is the advantage of using biodiesel over diesel, noting that the market is … Read more »

Inspector General: EPA Met or Exceeded Most Internal Climate Change Goals

The EPA adhered to most climate change requirements for federal agencies and in some cases exceeded its goals and requirements related to water use, greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy, according to the Office of the Inspector General. The EPA was one of only three agencies out of 25 reporting … Read more »

Bacardi Employees Embrace Company-Wide Sustainability Initiative

Bacardi’s “Good Spirited” green initiative, launched earlier this year with the goal of eliminating landfill waste at all of its production sites globally by 2022, is off to a good start according to company reports. According to Jennifer Eckberg of Bacardi, employees have been quick to embrace the sustainability concept, and … Read more »

Major Companies Push LCD Suppliers to Make F-GHG Reductions

Major Companies Push LCD Suppliers to Make F-GHG Reductions

In the past year, five companies – Dell, HP, Lenovo, Best Buy and Wal-Mart – have come together to ask their LCD panel suppliers to reduce the amount of potent fluorinated greenhouse gases used during their manufacturing process, according to the EPA. Specifically, the companies asked that suppliers 1) develop … Read more »

ACEEE to EPA: Add Building Codes to Clean Power Plan

Building codes should be a part of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and omitting them means missing an opportunity for substantial energy savings, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The Clean Power Plan, proposed on June 2, is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fired electric-generating … Read more »

Plastic Waste Causes $13 Billion in Marine Life Damage

  Plastic waste causes $13 billion in annual financial damage to marine ecosystems, though the actual cost of plastic waste to the overall environment may be much higher, according to two reports released at a meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly. One report, the UN Environment Programme Year Book, … Read more »

Greenhouse Gas Emissions May Peak This Decade

China’s plan to cut coal use could mean global greenhouse-gas emissions may peak before 2020, Bloomberg reports, quoting a Greenpeace study. Twelve of 34 Chinese provinces have set targets that would lower coal consumption by 655 million metric tons by the end of the decade, which would reduce CO2 emissions … Read more »

US, China Pledge Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cuts

The US and China yesterday agreed on five initiatives to cut greenhouse gas emissions including reducing vehicle pollution, increasing carbon capture projects and improving buildings’ energy efficiency. The agreement is nonbinding and does not set specific emissions reduction targets. The US-China Working Group on Climate Change, established in April during … Read more »

Obama Xi Jinping Summit

US, China Agree to Cut Use of HFCs

President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to find ways to cut the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a gaseous compound used in refrigerants and insulating foams and a major source of greenhouse gases. The US and China will work together, and with other countries, … Read more »

National Association of Manufacturers

Industry Appeals EPA GHG Regulations

The National Association of Manufacturers, American Frozen Food Institute, American Petroleum Institute and other industry groups have appealed to the US Supreme Court to stop the EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions rules, which they say are too costly and threaten manufacturers’ global competitiveness. A federal appeals court last June upheld the … Read more »

NRC: Car Petroleum Use, GHG Emissions Could Drop 80%

NRC: Car Petroleum Use, GHG Emissions Could Drop 80%

The US could reduce petroleum use and cars’ greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 compared to 2005 levels by using more efficient vehicles, alternative fuels and implementing strong government policies, according to a study by the National Research Council. To reach the 2050 goals, vehicles must become dramatically more efficient … Read more »