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Industry pledges support for White House’s ‘Green Button’ initiative

Nine major utilities and electricity suppliers, as well as 13 technology companies, committed to President Barack Obama’s “Green Button” initiative, an effort to help consumers cut on energy bills. Modeled after the “Blue Button,” which provides consumers with a one-click download of their personal health data, “Green Button” helps consumers reduce energy costs, know what is the optimal size and cost-effectiveness of solar panels in one’s house, and check the payment status of energy efficiency retrofit investments through downloading “Green Button” data.


U.S.G.B.C. to recognize energy credits from U.K.’s Breeam

The United States Green Building Council has announced that its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Program will now recognize credits from Britain’s green rating program, the Building Research Establishment – Environmental Assessment Method or Breeam. The announcement came during a LEED International Roundtable meeting held March 16 in Paris, where leaders from across Europe convened to address regional issues in LEED for existing and historic structures in the European Union.


San Diego village earns LEED‐ND ‘Silver’ certification

The Village at Market Creek in San Diego, California, one of the area’s most innovative redevelopment efforts, has earned a “Silver” designation under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development or LEED‐ND rating system, becoming the third project in the United States to get LEED‐ND approval. “LEED for Neighborhood Development certification provides independent, third party verification that a development's location and design meet high standards of environmentally responsible, sustainable development,” said Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED at the United States Green Building Council.


Four more big names join D.O.E.’s low-carbon fleets program

Four more of the United States’ companies with the largest vehicle fleets have joined a Department of Energy program that helps in cutting consumption of fossil fuels. The agency’s National Clean Fleets Partnership invites the private sector to reduce the amount of fossil fuel they use nationwide. In the program, companies commit to improve the fuel economy of their existing fleets, alongside adopting alternative technology vehicles.


E.U. looking at binding national energy efficiency targets

European Union member countries need to set binding national energy efficiency targets for themselves if the bloc wants to achieve 20 percent primary energy savings in 2020. According to the European Commission’s latest estimate, given current conditions, the E.U. is only on track to achieve half its energy savings targets.


Australia’s carbon capture flagship to get $100 million

The Australian government and the state of Victoria are continuing this year with feasibility work for the 1 billion Australian dollar CarbonNet project, a part of the country’s “flagships” drive. CarbonNet, one of four short-listed projects under Australia’s Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships program, aims to capture carbon emissions from power plants, industrial processes and new coal-based industries in the Latrobe Valley, east of Melbourne, and store it in geological basins.


N.C. State, West Virginia University build energy-saving biofilter

A new biofilter, which uses organic materials to control pollution, designed by researchers from North Carolina State University and West Virginia University could lower both the pollutant emissions and energy costs of the livestock sector.


Doubling public transport by 2025 to save $ 140 billion – U.I.T.P.

Public transport market share must double by 2025 to save $140 billion from energy consumption while reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well, a report from a global network of public transport officials showed. The International Association of Public Transport (U.I.T.P.), based on well-documented urban economic and technological development projections and a partnership with the International Energy Agency.


Net-zero energy buildings may reduce high energy consumption of U.S. buildings, homes – report

Pushing for the construction of more net-zero energy buildings and homes may be the key to greatly reducing the United States’ overall energy consumption. The Zero and Net-Zero Energy Buildings + Homes report by Building Design+Construction, published by Illinois-based SGC Horizon L.L.C., suggests that further developing current net-zero energy building designs and harnessing support from concerned government agencies will help address the country’s overall energy consumption.


Sinen En-tech develops system that recycles steam by purifying it

Beijing Sinen En-tech, a developer of waste treatment technologies for industrial boiler steam system, has developed a patented technology to recycle steam while saving on water and coal. Their condensed water treatment equipment recycles an average of 100 tons of water per hour and saves 1 ton of coal per hour. This translates to a saving of up to 840,000 tons of water and 8,400 tons of coal per year.


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