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Carbon Footprint Measurements: Understanding the Basics

Carbon emissions are directly correlated with energy and other business inputs. Conducting a comprehensive business carbon footprint can help you identify bottom-line savings in the form of operational, process, and technological inefficiencies. It can also draw the attention of investors, the press, and others, helping you to improve the overall profile of your organization in the public eye. Finally, as climate change concerns continue to grow, knowing your carbon footprint gives you a competitive advantage as more and more companies are being asked to provide this information to potential business partners, investors, and customers.

February 6th

Cleaner Fracking Makes Cover Story at Chemical & Engineering News

Some companies have developed chemical treatments to remove contaminants and microbes from the wastewater, which can then be reused, while others use evaporators to separate fresh water from the brine. Bomgardner notes that treating the wastewater is a special challenge in the Marcellus Shale area of the Appalachian Basin, where wastewater — millions of gallons per well — must be trucked away for disposal. The cost of disposal is spurring oil and gas companies to adopt these and other technologies that could limit the amount of contaminated water that reaches people, plants and animals, the article notes.

October 18th

A Closer Look at Clean Coal & Electricity

Make no mistake about this topic: the majority of the world’s electricity is produced by coal, a huge contributor to global warming or climate change, or whatever else you prefer to call it. Scotto Cooney, editor of The Inspired Economist, has written on the subject.

September 6th

Letter on Plastics Industry & LEED Standards

For those wanting to remain informed about plastics in today’s world, we received this note today from Scott Cooney concerning plastics industry and LEED: Hey guys, Thought you might be interested in this: GreenBiz The American Chemistry Council is at it again. Cheers, Scott Photo: nist6ss

July 19th

ICF International Integrated Energy Outlook Projects 70 GW of Fossil-Fired Capacity Retirements over the Next Four Years

ICF International, a provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has released its Integrated Energy Outlook for the second quarter of 2012. The study highlights the near- and long-term future of gas prices; the impacts of proposed U.S. federal environmental regulations; and projections on pollution control installations, coal production, and renewable energy development.

June 20th

Coal Generation Drops 19 Percent in One Year in US

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May 18th

The “What Happened to the Methanol Economy?” Question

“Methanol in its own right is an excellent fuel. You can mix it into gasoline — it’s a much better fuel than ethanol. And we have developed a methanol fuel cell. Methanol is a very simple chemical that can be made in a very efficient way. It is just one oxygen atom inserted into methane, the basal component of natural gas; but methanol is a liquid material which is easily stored, transported, and used.”

March 16th