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South Korea to Increase Emissions Cap

South Korea is expected to introduce a carbon trading scheme that is about 3 percent larger than it had previously announced, according to Reuters. The South Korean government said last Thursday that it would distribute 1.687 billion metric tons of carbon-equivalent emission permits from 2015-17 as part of its trading … Read more »

Exporting US Coal to Asia Could Cut Emissions

Exporting US coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning it domestically, according to a Duke University-led study. The superior energy efficiency of South Korea’s newer coal-fired power plants would offset the large amount of emissions produced … Read more »

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Could Cigarette Butts Power Computers?

About 765,000 tons of cigarette butts are thrown every year in the US. Scientists from South Korea have found a sustainable use for this waste stream, converting cigarette butts into a high-performing material that could be integrated into computers, handheld devices, electrical vehicles and wind turbines to store energy. In … Read more »

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Germany, US, South Korea Dominate in Waste, Upcycling Innovations

Germany, the US and South Korea are on the forefront of developing innovations in waste minimization and upcycling, according to an analysis by Frost & Sullivan. The analysis, “National Innovation Ecosystems (Healthcare, CMF, Energy),” forecasts that these innovations will drive adoption of waste-to-energy technologies such as pyrolysis, waste gasification and anaerobic digestion … Read more »

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South Korea Carbon Price Could Skyrocket, Analysts Say

The South Korean government’s unwillingness to amend estimates of future greenhouse gas emissions could push its carbon price up to $93 per metric ton of CO2 , nearly 10 times higher than in Europe, when its cap and trade scheme launches in 2015, according to a report by Thomson Reuters … Read more »

US Firms Dominate Sustainability Yearbook

US Firms Dominate Sustainability Yearbook

Ten US-based companies including Abbott, Alcoa, Baker Hughes and Molson Coors have been awarded gold medals for sustainability practices in the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook 2014. This places the US higher than any other country in the rankings. The gold medal-winning US companies also include Ball Corp, Citigroup, Humana, Life Technologies, Owens Corning and … Read more »

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Novelis Completes Largest Aluminum Beverage Can Recycling Center in Asia

Novelis has completed its two-year, $400 million expansion program in South Korea that includes the largest aluminum beverage can recycling center in Asia, the company says. The expansion of its Yeongju and Ulsan plants increases the company’s production capacity in the region by more than 50 percent to approximately 1 … Read more »

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Green Fleet Roundup: MGM Resorts, CNG Cadillacs, Electric Buses and Forklifts, Johnson Controls

MGM Resorts International has launched what it says is the nation’s first commercial fleet of compressed natural gas fueled Cadillac Escalades (pictured). Converted by alternative fuel technology company World CNG, the six vehicles will service the Aria Resort and Casino as well as the Bellagio Resort and Casino. Yale Materials … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chemical Safety, Nuclear ‘Mafia’, Fry’s Electronics

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration failed to implement changes the board has urged for years, for safety improvements to refineries, chemical facilities, and sugar plants. CSB chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso said the regulatory changes – including a proposed standard to reduce or eliminate combustible … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Contenders for EPA, Interior Posts; Cingular Settlement

Outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has emerged as the top contender to be the new head of the EPA. An undisclosed source in Washington’s congressional delegation said that Obama is about to make the nomination. Gregoire was director of Washington’s Department of Ecology before being elected state attorney general in … Read more »