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Why Your Firm Should Consider Products’ Total Cost of Ownership

As corporations look to cut their environmental costs, evaluating total cost of ownership — or the total direct and indirect costs of owning a product or service — provides a way to achieve greater environmental accountability and better resource management. It’s not an easy task. It requires executives to dive … Read more »

Navy Ship Runs on 100% Biodiesel

A US Navy ship has operated on a 100 percent drop-in renewable diesel fuel — a first, according to the biofuel makers Applied Research Associates and Chevron Lummus Global. Last week the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division’s Self Defense Test Ship completed final-phase testing of a 100 percent drop-in … Read more »

US Navy

US Navy Asks Largest Suppliers to Disclose GHG Emissions via CDP

The US Navy will ask its 100 largest suppliers to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, as well as strategies for cutting them, via CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project). The US military is the world’s largest fossil fuels user with the Navy and Marines representing a third of that use. The … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone XL Pipeline, Climate Envoy, European Emissions Market

The State Department released a report concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution, leaving an opening for President Obama to approve the politically divisive project, the New York Times reports. The department’s long-awaited environmental impact statement appears to indicate that the project could pass the criteria … Read more »

cellulosic biofuel

RFS in Limelight, but Cellulosics Hope to Steal the Show

As the Renewable Fuel Standard debate rages on in the halls of Congress, agencies are trying to stimulate the development of the fledgling advanced biofuels industry. Corn ethanol producers suffered a setback last month when the EPA cut its overall ethanol mandate for the first time since Congress instituted the … Read more »

York Compressor ‘Can Cut Navy’s Fuel Consumption 25%’

York Navy Systems has designed a prototype compressor for a new generation of high-efficiency shipboard chillers for the US Navy fleet that the company says can reduce fuel consumption by 25 percent. York Navy Systems began developing the chillers to improve shipboard HVAC systems in 2009 after winning an American Recovery … Read more »

CH2M Hill Ranked No. 1 Environmental Firm for Eighth Year

CH2M Hill Ranked No. 1 Environmental Firm for Eighth Year

CH2M Hill is the top US environmental firm, according to Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms list. The global consulting, design, construction and operations firm has held the No. 1 spot on ENR’s annual list since 2006. The No. 2 and No. 3 companies, URS and Veolia Environment North America, … Read more »

Dennis McGinn

Environmental Executive Moves: Kennecott, US Navy, City of Los Angeles, Flare

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Kennecott Utah Copper: The mining, smelting and refining company’s parent company, Rio Tinto, says Kennecott president and CEO Kelly Sanders will step down Sept. 1 following an April landslide that damaged an ore pit west of Salt Lake … 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 »

Smith Electric vehicle

Green Fleet Roundup: Smith Electric Vehicles, Volvo, Linde, ChargePoint

Smith Electric Vehicles has produced more than 700 all-electric Edison and Newton trucks (pictured), which have cumulatively generated more than 5 million miles on the road, offsetting an estimated 700,000 gallons of fuel and eliminating more than 10,000 short tons of greenhouse gases, the company says. Smith Electric fleet customers … Read more »

Contract Wins: NASA, World Bank, US Navy, EPA

United Conveyor Corporation has won a contract for 11 Dry Sorbent Injection (DSI) systems, which include 41 Viper Mills (pictured). Dry sorbent injection technology removes SO2, HCl and SO3 acid gas emissions. UCC says its patented Viper Mill is the only mill developed specifically for dry sorbent injection, and reduces … Read more »

Contract Wins: Andritz, Poet-DSM Biofuels, Microgrid Solar, Eaton

Andritz, through its US subsidiary Andritz Inc., has received an order to supply its advanced continuous biomass pre-treatment technology for the Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels commercial-scale biofuel facility, Project Liberty, being built in Emmetsburg, Iowa and scheduled for completion in Q4 2013. The facility will produce 20 million gallons per year … Read more »