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Henkel

Lightweighting Is Auto Industry’s ‘Best Bet to Achieve CAFE Standard’

Lightweighting is the automotive industry’s best bet to achieve the 2025 corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standard, according to Chuck Evans, corporate vice president at Henkel’s automotive group. The US standard raises the average fuel economy of cars and light-duty trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In his … Read more »

Henkel

Lightweighting Is Auto Industry’s ‘Best Bet to Achieve CAFE Standard’

Lightweighting is the automotive industry’s best bet to achieve the 2025 corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standard, according to Chuck Evans, corporate vice president at Henkel’s automotive group. The US standard raises the average fuel economy of cars and light-duty trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In his … Read more »

jet fuel

FAA, Airlines, Universities to Develop Cleaner Jet Fuels

The Federal Aviation Administration has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) that aims to benefit airlines by developing cleaner jet fuels and exploring other ways to meet next-generation air transportation environmental and energy goals. Led by Washington State University and the … Read more »

Boise

Boise Switches to Rail, Cuts CO2 Emissions 60%

Packaging and paper products manufacturer Boise has cut CO2 emissions by 60 percent by switching from road to rail and packing its products more efficiently in rail containers, says a case study from Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). EDF, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has put together a … Read more »

airplane

Will Carbon Fiber ‘Lego Bricks’ Build Airplanes of the Future?

MIT engineers have developed carbon fiber “Lego bricks” — interlocking blocks that can be used to build large structures — that are 10 times stiffer than comparable lightweight materials, ExtremeTech reports. The online technology publication says robots could mass-produce these carbon fiber blocks, which could then be used to build … Read more »

GSE

Environmental Executive Moves: GSE, UNEP FI, Scope 5, Honest Buildings

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. GSE: The geosynthetic containment systems manufacturer says Mark Arnold, president and CEO, is leaving the company.  GSE’s board of directors has appointed Charles A. Sorrentino, a current member of the board, as interim president and CEO, effective immediately. … Read more »

MIT Creates ‘Plug-and-Play’ CO2 Scrubber for Existing Power Plants

MIT researchers have invented a “plug-and-play” carbon dioxide scrubbing system that they say could be added relatively easily to any existing power plant, and uses less power than existing systems. Most existing systems rely on complex plumbing to divert the steam used to drive the turbines that generate power in these plants. … Read more »

whiskey

Whiskey is for Making Biofuels?

Scottish startup Celtic Renewables says it can turn waste from the country’s £4 billion ($6 billion) whiskey-making industry into millions of gallons of renewable fuel, creating a £60 million ($90 million) biofuels industry, National Geographic reports. Only 10 percent of a distillery’s product is future whiskey, the magazine says. The … Read more »

Capturing Carbon on the Cheap

Some of the processes being looked at as cheaper ways of capturing carbon dioxide emissions include a government-led large-scale implementation at a power plant, a installation at a natural gas production facility and rolling out the technology to other industrial facilities, according to an article in the MIT Technology Review. Despite the … Read more »

Running Shoes

Running Shoes’ Carbon Footprint ‘More than 60% Manufacturing’

More than two-thirds of a running shoe’s carbon footprint can come from manufacturing processes, with a smaller percentage arising from acquiring or extracting raw materials, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers. The MIT team says a typical pair of running shoes generates 30 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. The … Read more »

Harvard gold and crimson dome

Harvard, MIT Recruit Firms to Sign Sustainability Compact

Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, cloud platform company Akamai Technologies and the city of Cambridge, Mass., have agreed to work collaboratively to address climate change issues at the local level. The groups say they hope to attract additional signatories from the corporate and nonprofit sectors. The Community Compact … Read more »

Dell

Earth Day Roundup: Dell, InterContinental Hotels, Delta, Haggar

In celebration of Earth Day today, a host of companies have announced eco-initiatives and sustainability targets. These include: InterContinental Hotels Group announced progress made with its online environmental management tool IHG Green Engage, which helps more than 2,300 IHG hotels reduce energy, water and waste consumption. The group exceeded its … Read more »