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UNFCCC Report summarizes 2009 UN Climate Change Conference.

April 8, 2010

UN Climate Change Secretariat published results of last year's UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Report details outcomes of UNFCCC Conference of Parties at its 15th session and Conference of Parties serving as meeting of Parties to Kyoto Protocol on its 5th session. Since closing of conference, UNFCCC has received submissions of national pledges to cut or limit emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 from 75 parties, which together account for more than 80% of global emissions from energy use. Read More

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UN Climate Change Negotiations to take place in April.

April 8, 2010

Following conference in Copenhagen, next round of formal UN climate change negotiations under UNFCCC is scheduled to take place April 9-11 in Bonn, Germany. According to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, decision to intensify negotiating schedule underlines commitment by governments to move negotiations forward towards success in Cancun. This is further strengthened by number of countries that have written to the secretariat with their country communications since Copenhagen. Read More

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CCX Integrates Best Practices into offset project protocols.

April 7, 2010

CCX® integrated internationally recognized best practices into offset project protocols. Specifically, ISO 14064-2:2006 and ISO 14064-3:2006 are integrated into project protocols, program guidance documentation, and processes. Further integration of best practice greenhouse gas accounting methods is also specified, as are enhancements to program forms and documentation. Various project management protocols have also been included. Read More

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T&E states that motor lobby attack on van CO2 law lacks credibility.

April 7, 2010

According to T and E, some of Europe's biggest-selling vans are already close to meeting proposed EU CO2 targets for 2016 after making improvements in fuel efficiency this year. European Commission's proposal for binding CO2 targets for vans states that manufacturers should cut van emissions to 175 g of carbon dioxide per km by 2016. Meanwhile, car industry lobby continues to claim that EU proposals for binding reduction targets are unrealistic. That claim is not credible, says T and E. Read More

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Commitment to Green Electric Cars is needed in Europe.

April 7, 2010

Independent report, commissioned jointly by Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace, and Transport and Environment, warned that putting more electric cars on the road could increase carbon emissions unless they run on green energy. The study warns that existing EU legislation on car emissions is flawed because it allows manufacturers to use sales of electric vehicles to offset continued production of gas-guzzling cars. Read More

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NREL to help California tackle solar energy grid integration.

April 7, 2010

California Public Utilities Commission has tapped experts at NREL to help stimulate solar energy research and build sustainable solar industry. Commission awarded NREL $2,785,000 in California Solar Initiative Research, Development, Deployment, and Demonstration program grants. Laboratory will direct development of software that will optimize energy investments in residential retrofit market and lead project to analyze penetration levels of photovoltaics into state's electricity distribution grid. Read More

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RMMSDC Names NREL as corporation of the year.

April 7, 2010

Minority business advocacy group named US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as its corporation of the year, citing contracts with and outreach towards minority-owned businesses. Award was determined by heads of minority-owned businesses who are members of Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (RMMSDC), which said NREL has provided needed opportunities to its members. "NREL has been a strong supporter," said RMMSDC President/CEO Stan Sena. Read More

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NREL and 3M sign agreement on renewable energy research.

April 7, 2010

U.S. Department of Energy's NREL announced series of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements with 3M that establish joint investigations in 3 key areas of innovation. Areas include moisture barrier films and flexible packaging for CIGS thin film solar cells; reflective coatings to protection and enhance performance of mirrors used in concentrating solar power; and alternatives to ethanol biofuel distillation that will increase throughput in production plants. Read More

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AEE Presentation to focus on emerging energy technologies.

April 7, 2010

Emerging Technologies Night - held by New England Chapter of Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) on April 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in Waltham, MA - will feature 9 industry professionals presenting emerging technologies that will also be on display. All presented technologies are all well beyond prototype stage, are commercially available, and have proven field use. Some technologies being presented include advances in features, cost, or services. Read More

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IPC revises standard for lead-free solders.

April 7, 2010

IPC has revised IPC J-STD-609, Marking and Labeling of Components, PCBs, and PCBAs to Identify Lead, Lead-Free, and Other Attributes. Presenting marking and labeling system that aids in electronics assembly, rework, repair, and recycling, standard provides additional codes for precise specification of certain lead-free solders. It offers guidance on using range of solder alloys now available. Maximum component temperature for assembly or rework processes is also defined. Read More

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IEA commends Italy on progress in energy policy.

April 7, 2010

Energy Policies of IEA Countries - Italy 2009 Review acknowledges that Italy has succeeded in diversifying gas supply routes, added electricity generating capacity, and is in the process of further diversifying fuels for electricity generation. However, Review points out that country's energy sector needs integrated long-term vision and that it remains vulnerable in several respects, such as high dependency on electricity imports and long delays in infrastructure development. Read More

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ASHRAE Conference will take place in Albuquerque, NM.

April 7, 2010

Taking place from June 26-30, 2010 ASHRAE Annual Conference will focus on its theme of Raising Efficiency to New Levels. Technical program, concentrating on energy efficient system design for high elevations and dry climates, features market-based papers and programs as well as traditional full-length Technical Papers and Conference Paper format. Technical program tracks include Energy Facts vs. Simulation; Refrigeration for Future; and Energy Conservation vs. New Generation. Read More

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EPA and DOE announce new steps to strengthen Energy Star program.

April 7, 2010

To help consumers save money and fight climate change, EPA and DOE are working to strengthen Energy Star program. DOE began tests on 6 common product types, including freezers, refrigerator-freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, water heaters, and room air conditioners. EPA and DOE are also developing expanded system that will require all products seeking Energy Star label to be tested in approved labs and require manufacturers to participate in ongoing verification testing program. Read More

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EPA Recognizes leaders in energy efficiency.

April 7, 2010

US EPA is honoring 110 select manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, home builders, and other organizations as 2010 Energy Star award winners. Specifically, organizations are being recognized for long-term commitment to fighting climate change through greater energy efficiency. Each winner falls into one of 3 major award categories: Sustained Excellence, Partner of the Year, and Excellence. Read More

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Papers on Net-Zero-Energy sought for 2011 Winter Conference.

April 7, 2010

Papers addressing industry's efforts to achieve zero-energy design are being sought for ASHRAE's 2011 Winter Conference. Scheduled for Jan 29 to Feb 2, conference technical program will focus on efficient use of energy, different design approaches and other topics related to refrigeration, standards and codes, and HVAC systems, equipment, applications, and fundamentals. Full-length technical papers or conference paper abstracts should be submitted by April 16. Read More

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EPA Energy Star Leaders quadruple savings in 2009.

April 7, 2010

EPA Energy Star Leaders prevented equivalent of over 220,000 metric tons of CO2 from being released and saved more than $48 million across commercial building portfolios in 2009. Milestones include 10% energy reduction across portfolio, which 58 organizations met, and top performer category, which requires buildings to perform in top 25% of similar structures, which 75% of Energy Star Leaders met. Over 100 organizations have been listed as Energy Star Leaders since 2004. Read More

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Green Groups Sue European Commission over withheld biofuels documents.

April 7, 2010

On March 8 of 2010, coalition of environmental groups filed legal action against European Commission over its refusal to release documents which contain previously undisclosed information on negative climate impacts of widespread biofuel use in EU. Lawsuit alleges several violations of European laws designed to promote transparency, democracy, and legitimacy in EU policy-making. Efforts to gain access to information began October 15 of 2009. Read More

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Heads of JODI review progress since 11th IEF Ministerial.

April 7, 2010

Ahead of 12th International Energy Forum, Heads of JODI organizations met in Cancun to review progress made since 11th IEF Ministerial, and to discuss development of Initiative going forward. Joint Oil Data Initiative, a global source of statistics on oil production, trade, consumption and storage, can help mitigate volatility by providing transparency to market. Heads of JODI organizations call on participating countries to further improve completeness and quality of data they submit to JODI. Read More

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Report Details Projected Costs of generating electricity.

April 7, 2010

Joint study by International Energy Agency (IEA) and OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Projected Costs of Generating Electricity: 2010 Edition, concludes future electricity costs will depend on costs of raising financial capital and price of carbon. Presented by IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka and NEA Director-General Luis Echávarri, report comprises latest data on costs of electricity generation for various fuels and technologies and establishes global benchmark for power supply costs. Read More

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RIA Webinars offered free during National Robotics Week.

April 6, 2010

Scheduled for April 10-17, 2010, National Robotics Week will include 3 free webinars. Business strategies for using robots are covered during "How Robots Help American Companies Compete in the Global Marketplace." "Career Opportunities in Robotics" will examine possibilities in education, research, and industry. Lastly, "Food Robotics" will cover how robots can safely process raw ingredients, improve primary and secondary packaging, handle pallets, and load delivery trucks. Read More