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GE Saves Power Plant 1.3M Gallons, $120,000 on Water Costs

A gas-fired power plant in Russia saved 1.3 million gallons of water annually and reduced water consumption enough to save $120,000 annually by using General Electric’s AZ8101 corrosion inhibitor technology. The power plant, TEC VAZ VoTGK, located in the Samara area of the Volga region of Russia, also decreased the … Read more »

Arctic

Climate Change Boosts Some Arctic Industries

Shipping, fishing and tourism in the Arctic are getting a boost from climate change — but at a price, says Reuters, adding the economic benefits aren’t a “cold rush.” Temperatures in the Arctic are rising twice as fast at the world average. This thaw has brought new industries to the icy … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GHG Reporting, Russian Pipeline, Chemical List

The EPA is proposing revisions and confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas systems source category and the general provisions of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. In particular, the EPA is proposing to revise or clarify certain definitions, calculation methods and data reporting requirements, and correct certain technical and … Read more »

Russia Dumps Olympics Construction Waste, Breaks ‘Cleanest Games’ Pledge

Russia has been dumping waste from construction projects associated with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, breaking a zero waste pledge the country made as a central pillar of its Olympic bid, reports the Associated Press. Russia’s bid promised “the cleanest games ever,” pledging to refrain from dumping construction waste … Read more »

Xylem

Contract Wins: Xylem, Tetra Tech, Presona, Rotork, Abt Associates

Xylem has won a contract worth RMB 11.48 million ($1.87 million) to provide an ozone generation and introduction system to help ensure a safe municipal water supply in the Jinshan district of Shanghai. Xylem will provide its Wedeco-branded ozone generation and introduction system and will also provide its integrated service … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: MARPOL, Sustainable Palm Oil, FIDE Certification, ISO 14001, LEED

ClassNK has issued its first-ever Statement of Fact for Tier III nitrogen oxide (NOx) reductions to a marine diesel engine with a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. The engine was fitted as the propulsion system for MV Santa Vista, a 37,800 dwt general cargo ship, built by Naikai Zosen, and … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Kyoto, Pfizer, BPA, RGGI

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend plans to place Bisphenol A (BPA) on a list of substances that may harm the environment, the Detroit Free Press reports. The EPA said last year that it would study the effects of BPA and consider putting … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: Siemens, Silica and Colin Firth

Siemens has developed an energy management system to help plant operators in the iron and steel industry to monitor and optimize their energy flows, Steel Guru reports. The Simetal Energy Management System is a modularly structured solution that can be expanded flexibly, the company said. The system helps make efficiency … Read more »

Russian City Saves $26,000 Annually with LED Street Lighting

The city of Kemerovo in Siberia is converting the city’s street lighting to LED technology, which is expected to save the city €20,000 or about $26,000 annually, while helping the city reduce CO2 emissions. Kemerovo has installed 200 street luminaires made by LLC TD Focus, which are equipped with Osram’s … Read more »

The Good and Bad of Russia’s Environmental Policies

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is allowing a paper mill to resume dumping waste in Lake Baikal, when he signed a decree that removed waste discharges in the production of pulp, paper and cardboard from a list of operations banned by environmental legislation around the world’s largest body of fresh … Read more »

Chinese Hackers May Have Leaked ‘Climategate’ E-mails

The hacking of computers containing climate change-related e-mails may have come from China, in the hopes of scuttling the Copenhagen climate talks, suggests an article from the Daily Mail. The hack-job that came to be called “Climategate” initially had been attributed to Russia, which in addition to China had little … Read more »

Copenhagen Climate Conference: Day 2

The second day of the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen for a 12-day conference kicked off on a high note with encouraging words from UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer. He said negotiators must use the first week of the conference to lay the groundwork for … Read more »