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Toyota Constructs Zero-Emissions Building

Toyota has installed stationary pure hydrogen fuel cells at a zero-emissions facility at its Honsha Plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The new building is part of the automaker’s efforts to achieve its 2050 global environmental goal to eliminate carbon emissions in all operations. The pure hydrogen fuel cells, … Read more »

GE Hitachi Pumps Improve Nuclear Plant Safety

General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy is working with utility customers in Japan to deliver turbine water lubricated (TWL) pumps manufactured by ClydeUnion Pumps, an SPX brand. The steam-powered pumps are designed to ensure emergency reactor cooling in the event of a complete station blackout and can function when fully submerged … Read more »

Yatomi waste-to-energy plant

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Upgrades Waste-to-Energy Plant

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering will upgrade a waste-to-energy plant in Japan, revamping three stoker furnace type incinerators with a collective processing capacity of 330 tons per day. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries received the order from the Amachiku Environmental Office Association, an organization encompassing seven municipal entities in southwestern … Read more »

Boeing Biofuel ‘Roadmap’ to 2020 Olympics Takes Flight

Boeing and Japanese aviation industry stakeholders have charted a course to develop sustainable aviation biofuel for flights during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels — a consortium of 46 organizations including Boeing, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Japan’s … Read more »

Hydrogen Station in Amagasaki city

Toyota, Nissan, Honda Fund Hydrogen Infrastructure Project

Toyota, Nissan and Honda have agreed on key details regarding a new joint support project for the development of hydrogen station infrastructure in Japan. In addition to partially covering the operating costs of hydrogen stations — the companies will pay up to $90,000 per station — the three automakers have … Read more »

Toyota fuel cell car

Toyota Debuts Fuel-Cell Car Production Line

Toyota has launched its Mirai fuel cell sedan — the first mass market fuel-cell car — at a production ceremony on Tuesday at its Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Japan. The automaker plans to produce 700 units of the emissions-free vehicle by the end of December, Industry Week reports. Toyota also … Read more »

US Supply Chains More Vulnerable to Climate Risks

US Supply Chains More Vulnerable to Climate Risks

Lack of preparation currently leaves supply chains in Brazil, China, India and the US more vulnerable to climate risks than those in Europe and Japan, according to a report by CDP and Accenture. Supply chain sustainability revealed: a country comparison also finds suppliers in China and India deliver the greatest … Read more »

NTSB: Battery Defect Cause of Boeing 787 Fire

Defects in design and certification were responsible for a lithium-ion battery fire on a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Boston last January, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the incident. The fire prompted an immediate grounding of Dreamliners by the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as … Read more »

Environmental Industries Grew in 2013

The global environmental industry grew 3.6 percent in 2013, generating revenues of $1.047 trillion, while the US environmental industry grew just 0.7 percent in 2013 compared to 4.5 percent in 2012, according to research from Environmental Business International. The US environmental industry’s total of $344.84 billion in annual revenues represented … Read more »

US, Japan Pledge $4.5bn to Green Climate Fund

The US and Japan pledged a total of $4.5 billion to the Green Climate Fund over the weekend, with $3 billion from the US and $1.5 billion from Japan to help poor nations curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change. With Japan’s commitment, announced yesterday at the G-20 Summit … Read more »

Tech Firms Help Farmers Combat Climate Change

Panasonic, Fujitsu and other Japanese technology firms, looking for ways to offset decreased demand for their consumer electronics, are producing automated greenhouses and sensor-controlled fields to help farmers in Japan maintain constant conditions for their crops, according to Reuters. Heat and erratic weather in recent years has made it difficult … Read more »