Industry Market Trends

Manufacturers Save $1 Billion and 11 Million Tons of CO2 through Energy Efficiency

September 26, 2013

DOElogoThe U.S. Energy Department (DOE) recognized more than 120 manufacturers for making smart investments to save on energy costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve their bottom lines. Through the DOE's Better Buildings, Better Plants Program (Better Plants), over 1,750 plants across the U.S. have saved about $1 billion in energy costs and approximately 190 trillion British thermal units -- equivalent to about 11 million metric tons of COemissions. During keynote remarks at the World Energy Engineering Congress ths week in Washington, D.C., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan praised these manufacturers for their accomplishments and welcomed 12 new companies that joined the program over the last year. Read More

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Sustainability Happens When People and Innovation Collide

September 26, 2013

This is part three of the exclusive three-part Manufacturing Sustainability series, intended to delve deeper into the dynamics of sustainable manufacturing, what it means, how it is achieved, the value it can bring to the business enterprise and customers. This article focuses on the integration of people and innovation to drive sustainable manufacturing.  Read More

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Can Carbon Capture Technology Save America's Coal Power?

September 26, 2013

CCS--Carbon-Capture--CO2--008The Wall Street Journal reported recently that the Obama administration’s new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules on carbon emissions threaten to “block the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they are built with novel and expensive technology to capture greenhouse-gas emissions.”

One might add “unproven” technology as well, which we’ll get into later.

EPA released new rules “that would set the first national limits on heat-trapping carbon pollution from existing power plants," writes The Christian Science Monitor. "To meet the new standards, coal-fired plants would have to install expensive new technology to capture a portion of their carbon dioxide emissions and bury them underground. Experts say new gas-fired plants could meet the proposed standards without new technology.”  Read More