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Going green in hard times

There are two major issues affecting life in the United Kingdom at the moment; the economic crisis and climate change. As well as affecting daily life for most people, the working world has had to adapt to these circumstances. Businesses are keen to keep up their green credentials, as it gives them an edge over competitors by showing that they are mindful of their impact on the planet. So impor...

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Alstom to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions in Prague

French multinational conglomerate Alstom has signed a $40 million-contract to modernize a power station in Prague, significantly reducing its nitrogen oxide emissions. Under the contract, signed by the French conglomerate and the Mělník I power station, Alstom will drastically reduce the nitrogen oxide emissions of the six installed boilers of the power station by as much as 60 percent. Alstom will be a...

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Lead-free aviation gasoline developed by Shell

Shell has announced the development of a lead-free replacement for aviation gasoline, becoming the world’s first major oil company to do so. According to a company statement, their lead-free aviation fuel was developed after 10 years of research and development. It is a replacement for Avgas, one of the last common lead-containing transportation fuels, which is used by light aircraft and helicopters. “We are proud...

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Lego goes green, joins WWF’s Climate Savers

The Lego Group has joined the World Wide Fund for Nature’s Climate Savers Program, which allows the company to go green by setting an emissions reduction target and a goal for renewable energy use of the company. Under the agreement, Lego Group will work with its suppliers to co-create solutions that will address the supply chain carbon emission impact; will look into being more sustainable by the...

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Recycling will yield gold and other rare metals – U.N. study

The United Nations Environment Program, along with U.N. Institute for Training and Research, has released a study which finds that recycling can yield gold and rare metals. Based on the study “Guidelines for National Waste Management Strategies: Moving from Challenges to Opportunities,” recycling and waste management presents an “untapped opportunity,” and treated waste can be a recoverable...

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Livestock GHG emissions can be reduced – U.N. F.A.O. report

Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock can be reduced through available best practices and technologies, according to a new report released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. The report, titled “Tackling climate change through livestock: A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities,” is a comprehensive estimate of livestock’s contribution to global warm...

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World Bank’s new initiative can help reduce global emissions by the billions

The World Bank has just announced its plans for a new Low-Carbon Livable Cities Initiative which will support cities in developing countries in their low-carbon efforts. The initiative offers a comprehensive suite of tools and activities that are tailored to a city’s specific needs and level of progress on their climate-smart development path – this can range from greenhouse gas inventories and...

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Solazyme to provide algae oil for Unilever products

Renewable oil and bioproducts company Solazyme announced that they have executed a commercial supply agreement with consumer goods giant Unilever for algae-based oil. The San Francisco-based Solazyme specializes in transforming low-cost, plant-based sugars into high-value oils to replace petroleum based products. The commercial supply agreement with Unilever is for their Tailored Algal Oil...

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Ion Engineering gets $15 million for Nebraskan carbon capture project

Ion Engineering is pushing though with their pilot carbon capture project in Nebraska with funds from the Department of Energy. The company has announced that the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy will be providing $15 million for their one megawatt equivalent carbon capture project at the Nebraska Public Power District’s Gerald Gentleman Station in Sutherland, Nebraska. Ion and its...

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China’s cities to benefit from new GHG accounting tool

Various institutions have worked together to create a new greenhouse gas accounting tool that will help China’s cities with their emissions. The new tool, called the “Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool for Chinese Cities (Pilot Version 1.0), was made to measure and manage the GHG emissions of China’s cities, helping support city officials in making decisions around low-carbon planning and deve...

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