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Windstream’s REIT Prepares to Launch

Windstream's board of directors has signed off on its planned spinoff of its network assets into a REIT.  It's a highly anticipated action of course, and one that could potentially shift the telecommunications landscape. ... [visit site to read more]

Friday Bytes: Akamai, Telefonica, CoreSite, Faction, Accedian

TGIF, and a very very wet one here after all the snow melt combined with two days of rain.  Here's a quick look at a few news items from around the world to close out the week:... [visit site to read more]

Volvo Beats Carbon Reduction Goal by 10M Tons

Volvo last year reduced the total lifetime CO2 emissions of its products by 40 million tons against a 2008 baseline, beating its goal by 10 million tons, according to the automaker’s 2014 sustainability report. The company also exceeded its target to reduce CO2 emissions from its production plants by 0.2 million tons (12 percent), compared […]

Siemens, Thinkstep Launch Material Management Software

Siemens and thinkstep (formerly PE International) have launched an integrated material management software product to manage the material lifecycle and streamline material driven product design. The new software, developed by thinkstep...Show More Summary

Nestlé, SAB Miller Increase Revenue up to 20% with Supply Chain Improvements

Nestlé, SAB Miller and UPS are among the 25 companies that have increased their revenue as much as 20 percent and cut supply chain costs up to 16 percent by implementing sustainable supply chain practices, according to a World Economic Forum report written in collaboration with Accenture. Beyond Supply Chains – Empowering Value Chains identifies […]

Novelis Produces 100% Recycled Aluminum

Novelis has launched the first independently certified material to be made of 100 percent recycled aluminum. The first product in the evercycle portfolio is designed for aluminum food containers. It is certified by SCS Global Services to contain 100 percent recycled aluminum, made up of 90 percent post-consumer content and 10 percent customer manufacturing scrap. […]

Automakers Surpassing GHG Standards

For the second consecutive year, the automotive industry outperformed the national greenhouse gas emissions standards. Overall industry compliance in model year 2013 was 12 grams of GHG/mile below what the 2013 standard requires. The...Show More Summary

BorgWarner Expands Emissions Technologies Manufacturing

BorgWarner has expanded its manufacturing facility at its campus in Ramos-Arizpe, Mexico, to meet increasing demand for emissions technologies in North America. The facility will produce exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) modules, ignition coils and coolant control valves for gasoline- and diesel-powered passenger cars, minivans and light-duty trucks. Show More Summary

U.S. Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Imports Decline 36% in 2014

After reaching record levels in 2013, U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36%, to 333 million gallons in 2014. Uncertainty surrounding Renewable Fuel Standard targets and the absence of a late-year influx of volumes from Argentina were two main factors in this decline. read more

Licence awarded for the second national commercial radio network

There’s news for digital radio today. Ofcom announced here that the licence for the second national commercial network, D2, has been awarded to the Sound Digital consortium, made up of Bauer, Arqiva and UTV. This is an important moment for digital radio as it could potentially double the number of national commercial stations broadcast on […]

Which city is now Britain’s on-street Wi-Fi capital?

Although I have now lived and worked in London for the past 43 years, my first 23 years were spending living and studying in Manchester and Manchester is now claiming to be the best city in the UK when it comes to Wi-Fi in the street. You can read more here.

System Improves Building Air Quality

A system to establish limits for the emission of hazardous chemicals from products used in buildings and homes has been developed by the European Union-wide Lowest Concentration of Interest Working Group. Cranfield University scientists, as members of the EU-LCI Working Group, have contributed to the development of the new procedure, intended to be adopted and […]

EPA to Energy Industry: Stop Being So Lazy!

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new emissions rule, whose draft was released Monday, appears to be aimed squarely at the nation’s massive coal-based utility industry. By 2030, power plants will have to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent from their 2005 level. Show More Summary

Verizon Pledges 50% Carbon Emissions Reduction by 2020

While power consumption is rising, Verizon has pledged to reduce its carbon intensity by 50 percent by 2020.

RadioShack Puts Customer Information on the Auction Block

Like many boom-to-bust tech firms before it, the now defunct RadioShack saw the remnants of its once respectable retail business put up for auction earlier this week; giving hungry vultures bidders the chance to start plundering the company’s remaining stock of trademarks, patents, and other intellectual property. But in an issue truly unique to the [...]

Sprint CEO Backs Net Neutrality

In a move that truly rivals anything we’ve seen so far in T-Mobile’s ongoing UnCarrier revolution, Sprint has done something that totally and absolutely sets it apart from the rest of the wireless industry: it has supported Net Neutrality. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure praised the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to impose utility style regulation to [...]

The Secret to Cost Effective Energy Storage

I am as optimistic as anyone about energy storage and try as I may I can’t (in my own head) separate the growth in electric vehicle sales and the inevitable flood of lower cost energy storage for stationary applications. There are deep and close connections that will flow both ways. read more

The Efficiency Experts

The Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement this week of new standards for power plant emissions produced howls of opposition from manufacturers and coal-country politicians. How can America’s utility industry hope to meet...Show More Summary

“Almost Everything It Wanted”

The political war surrounding the government’s efforts to limit emissions is ending not with a bang but a whimper. “It bears mention that EPA is getting almost everything it wanted in this case," Justice Antonin Scalia said on Monday while announcing the 5–4 verdict in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Show More Summary

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 21 - 27 March 2015

23 hours agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

I saw this sign (looks like it's from the UK) on Eric Fitch's Facebook page and it immediately conjured images of a 1950s horror film, which I turned into this blog post. If the sign is Photoshopped, that's okay with me. User's Guide - if you are new to...

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