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Sustainable Energy Means Business in the Port of Amsterdam

The realities of climate change and resource depletion are an immediate concern for the Netherlands. The country is at high risk from floods resulting from global warming, and natural gas resources are expected to expire in approximately ten years. read more

Illinois Considers Greenhouse Gas Metric for Evaluating Utility Performance

A new utility business model is the hot topic in statehouses and regulatory commissions across the country, as some argue utility earnings should be based on performance rather than volumetric electricity sales. This is due to many factors like tech innovations and changing consumer expectations. read more

Analytics for Solar and Energy Storage: Show Me the Money

Software that analyzes the complex interplay between solar PV, energy storage systems and customer energy use sounds like a great idea -- but is it something that companies are ready to pay for? This strongly depends on the level of maturity of the industry in question. read more

Forming a Shared Narrative on Climate Change

American anthropologist Margaret Mead may be most famous for her quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” In an equally astute moment, she also observed that “We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.” According to […]

Reflections from Halfway Across Asia

Over the course of this trip across Asia we’ve been interviewing people — especially older people — as we travel, asking them if they think the climate has changed in their lifetime. We’ve been surprised by the responses. So many people say that it has in fact gotten warmer. read more

THE WORLD HAS 15 YEARS TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS

This Is It: The Next 15 Years Will Seal the Fate of Earth's Climate Andrew Freedman, Sept. 16, 2014 (Mashable) “…[I]f infrastructure investments during the next 15 years follow the current path of high carbon dioxide emissions, the world...Show More Summary

WIND MAKES THE GRID MORE RELIABLE

Study of Eastern U.S. Shows Wind Energy Could Stabilize the Grid Robert Fares, Sept. 16, 2014 (Scientific American) “…[W]ind turbines might actually be a valuable tool for controlling and stabilizing the grid in the future…To understand...Show More Summary

New Report on Water Impacts of Shale Gas Development

On September 12th, the World Resources Institute held an event to unveil their new report on the fresh water impacts of shale gas development. The Wold Resources Institute report examines the availability of freshwater across shale plays globally. read more

SOLAR OIL DRILLING

Strange bedfellows: Solar power meets oil drilling Javier E. David, 14 Sept. 2014 (CNBC) “…GlassPoint Solar last week landed a $53 million investment from Royal Dutch Shell and the sovereign investment fund of Oman for its enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technology. Show More Summary

A SPORTS CAR THAT RUNS ON SALT-WATER

Salt water-powered electric car approved for roads in Europe 16 Sept. 2014 (dezeen Magazine) “…[A] company that claims to have developed the first electric car powered by salt water says the vehicle has now been approved for testingShow More Summary

Chevron’s Alternative Fuels Foray Fails

Chevron says its attempts at producing profitable, commercial-scale alternative fuels have failed. The oil company has spent “significant sums” and unsuccessfully evaluated more than 100 kinds of feedstock and 50 techniques for turning them into fuel, Bloomberg reports. “The smartest minds in my company and others haven’t yet cracked the code on pairing the right […]

Got Green Building Technology? GSA Wants You

The US General Services Administration has issued a request for information (RFI) this week for green building technologies in support of its Green Proving Ground (GPG) program. The program is seeking information from industry stakeholders,...Show More Summary

AkzoNobel, Photanol to Develop Photosynthesis-Based Chemicals

AkzoNobel and Photanol have partnered to create technology tha mimics the way plants use photosynthesis with a goal of producing “green” chemical building blocks that will eventually replace raw materials AkzoNobel currently obtains from fossil-based production. Show More Summary

GM Plant Avoids 38,425 Metric Tons of CO2

General Motors’ Toledo Transmission plant in one year reduced energy intensity by 30 percent, avoiding 38,425 metric tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere. The plant also reduced wastewater pretreatment discharges by 60 percent since 2009. For these and other efforts to reduce its environmental impact, the plant received an award from the National Pollution […]

White House, Industry Quicken Pace of HFC Phase-Down

The White House is convening industry leaders to pledge reductions in and replacements for HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), the super-potent climate-changing chemicals used in air conditioning and refrigeration, insulating foams, and aerosol products. read more

EPA’s Pollution Prevention Program Claims ‘Not Provable’

There is no proof that the EPA’s Design for the Environment program has cut use of hazardous chemicals, according to a report released by the agency’s inspector general, Bloomberg reports. In addition, the agency can’t claim the program is cost-effective because it has no controls in place to measure cost-effectiveness. In response to the report, […]

Century Foods Achieve Zero Waste to Landfill

Century Foods International of Hormel Foods reached a recycling rate of 93 percent in 2013 and achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status at all four of its plant locations last October, earning it the company’s 2013 Environmental Sustainability Best of the Best award. Century Foods International employees combined a number of efforts to achieve these results such as: […]

Demand for LEED Building Professionals Grows

Demand for the LEED Accredited Professional and LEED Green Associate credentials grew 46 percent over a 12-month period, according to the US Green Building Council. The study, conducted by USGBC education partner Pearson, using data provided by Burning Glass, found a total of 9,033 US job postings from March 2013 to February 2014 that required […]

Milliken Nucleator Cuts Packaging Waste

Milliken will launch a nucleator for injection molding high-density polyethylene (HDPE) at Pack Expo International in Chicago, Nov. 2-5. The new polymer additive allows packaging manufacturers to achieve increased levels of productivity and performance and a reduction in material waste, the company says. Show More Summary

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for September 2014 [VIDEO]

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues, including the Juncker Commission, new EU sanctions against Russia, and the Ukrainian gas debt. read more

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