One of most-clicked stories this year was also one of the strangest: In March, authorities in China found 2,800 adult and piglet carcasses in the Shanghai River, and were forced to extract them in a grisly scene. Locals were worried the carcasses would contaminate Shanghai’s water supply, but authorities said there was no sign of contamination.
Sustainability is a hot topic in the food and beverage industry. As manufacturers seek to reduce...
The supply chain is getting greener and discussions about sustainability are cropping up in more...
Many manufacturers are aware that they need to continuously develop, produce and sell products that consumers want, but there seems to be a large disconnect between what manufacturers perceive as consumer demand, and what the case actually is. UL seems to believe that these trends, which may have otherwise gone unnoticed, could be a barrier between companies that succeed and those that don’t.
Energy usage continues to be a critical issue in the manufacturing sector, due to concerns over energy costs as well as the need to meet corporate sustainability requirements. But with advanced energy management technology, manufacturers more easily can meet their energy goals.
These conflict minerals — cassiterite, wolframite, coltan and gold — are mined in the DRC by various rebel groups and those who, generally speaking, do not bind themselves to any threshold of human rights. Because minerals mined in these countries go through a complex network of middlemen in the region and in East Asian processing plant, the exact source of a particular batch of gold can be difficult, if not impossible, to find.
However, the energy efficiency market is rapidly evolving to include no-first-cost financing options that finally enable companies to implement projects that not only have deeper energy savings with longer paybacks, but also improve the bottom line and the sustainability of their operations.
Any facet of aerospace, from production to the actual act of flying massive jets around the world, would appear, at face value, to be in direct opposition to sustainability, or being kind to the environment. And while that’s true to a degree, it would be ingenuous to state that there’s no concern for the environment among any of the wide array of companies involved in the aerospace industry.
It is clear that food manufacturers are finding sustainable ways to dispose of their food waste, with many companies already experiencing success in this area. But there is always room for improvement.
With more than half the world’s population now living in urban areas – a number that is projected to reach seventy percent by the middle of the 21st century – and with climate change and natural disasters posing new challenges, there is a growing market for sustainable, urban infrastructure planning and development.
Embedded right onto the plant floor, and located within the RPA Reusable Packaging Pavillion at booth #6458, is the new Reusables Learning Center, which is sponsored and endorsed by the Reusable Packaging Association.
It’s an energy evolution — fueled by the confluence of Industrial Internet Protocol (Industrial IP), EtherNet/IP communications and energy management applications in industrial plants. Industrial plants’ energy partners — their power suppliers — will play a central role in this progression, working to advance plants’ energy efficiency goals.
The need for a secure and reliable energy supply is a seldom mentioned but very important driver for many nations moving towards clean and renewable energy supply. Paradoxically, the very factors that have made many nations dependent on imported energy, like being surrounded by water, can work to their benefit since many island nations have great potential for marine energy.
Forty-three percent of energy leaders say their investment in energy efficiency next year is projected to be more than it was last year, according to survey results released today by Schneider Electric. Twenty-two percent said their projected investment would stay the same, and 10 percent reported their investment would be less than last year.
Companies and communities across the United States announced at least 58 clean energy and clean transportation projects in the second quarter of 2013 that could create as many as 38,600 jobs, according to a report released today by the nonprofit business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
The solar sector took a hit Tuesday during a broad market sell-off after LDK Solar said it would not make an interest payment on a bond that comes due on Wednesday. LDK Solar Co. reported its second-quarter results Monday. The company took a loss of $165 million, compared to $254 million a year ago. However its sales dropped 51 percent to $115 million.
A Colorado company has licensed a method of capturing carbon dioxide pioneered by a University of Alabama assistant professor, with the hope of developing the method as a more energy-efficient way of reducing emissions at fossil-fuel power plants.
The New Orleans-based company announced Tuesday that the plant is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and move to safe shutdown in the fourth quarter of 2014. The station will remain under the oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission throughout the decommissioning process.
First Solar Inc. said Monday that it sold a collection of solar projects in Canada totaling 50 megawatts to an investment partnership led by GE Energy's financial services arm. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal marks the first between First Solar and GE since their solar technology and commercial partnership was announced earlier this month.
How much money is the status quo costing your business? When you look at how you do business and how that impacts your electricity usage and spend, you start to realize that sometimes ‘business as usual’ can be taking away from your bottom line.
State regulators struggling to comply with federal clean-air standards said Wednesday they were likely to require major polluters to upgrade emissions controls, but that the effort may not be enough to deal with Utah's most serious episodes of air pollution.
Gina McCarthy on Tuesday told an audience gathered at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., that curbing climate-altering pollution will strengthen the economy. That vision runs counter to claims by Republican lawmakers and some industry groups that new rules will kill jobs and fossil fuel industries.
The survey found that almost half of the nearly 900 executives surveyed are still in the initial stages of their compliance efforts, while 16 percent have not yet begun gathering information, and 32 percent are still determining if the rule even applies to them.
The Motor Decisions Matter campaign is not just about motors anymore. After 12 years of promoting the benefits of sound motor management in commercial and industrial facilities, the MDM campaign is increasing its scope to motor-driven systems — a savings opportunity that is worth billions of dollars.
With servers responsible for storing and distributing data among employees and customers, alike, they are the backbone of just about every modern business. First, cooling is extremely important to the overall energy costs of your server room.
Three weeks after giving an ambitious speech to outline his proposal, the president begins the arduous task of executing it. Obama's plan is a complicated mix of rule-making and federal permitting that's tough to encapsulate in a neat sales pitch — and may be even tougher to put into action.
In a 344-311 vote, European lawmakers in Strasbourg, France, approved a proposal to delay an auction of allowances in the EU's emissions trading scheme. The delay is designed to boost the carbon price, which has dropped below 5 euros ($6.5) per ton due to an oversupply of allowances and Europe's economic slowdown.
After several years of taking a beating from the poor economy, new pollution rules and a flood of cheap natural gas, the coal industry was on the rebound this year as mining projects moved forward in the Western U.S. and demand for the fuel began to rise, especially in Asia.
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