Tagged with Cleaner Production and Use

Eco-Competitiveness and Eco-Efficiency: Carbon Neutrality in Latin America

Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by René Castro http://bit.ly/1jeVXNB [Introduction] In 2014, world per capita greenhouse gas emissions, expressed in carbon dioxide equivalent terms (CO2e), exceeded 7 tons. Per capita emissions for Latin America and the Caribbean were even higher, at 9 tons CO2e. To achieve international goals for the stabilization of atmospheric concentrations of … Continue reading

Distributed Generation: Cleaner, Cheaper, Stronger – Industrial Efficiency in the Changing Utility Landscape

The Pew Charitable Trusts http://www.pewtrusts.org/~/media/assets/2015/10/cleanercheaperstrongerfinalweb.pdf [Energy Efficiency Markets] … industrial energy efficiency is on a growth trajectory in the U.S. — not as fast as some would hope, but expanding nonetheless. Characterized largely by combined heat and power (CHP), it is set to increase 22 percent by 2030, or even more if Congress extends clean … Continue reading

Carbon Supply Cost Curves: Evaluating Financial Risk to Coal Capital Expenditures

Carbon Tracker Initiative http://bit.ly/1shmw8v Following the oil report, this risk analysis focuses for the first time on the global coal industry, highlighting that $112bn of future capital expenditure (capex) in potential thermal coal production (excluding China) is at risk of becoming stranded. Profits in thermal coal are already hard to find in today’s market. Coal companies … Continue reading

Shale Gas Supply Chain Design and Operations toward Better Economic and Life Cycle Environmental Performance: MINLP Model and Global Optimization

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (May 31, 2015; DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b00122) / by Jiyao Gao and Fengqi You http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b00122 [Phys.org ] [Fengqi] You has designed computational models to analyze the “well-to-wire” life cycle of electricity generated from shale gas. His models account for a number of stages in the process, including freshwater acquisition, shale well drilling, fracking, … Continue reading

Global Supply Chains Ignoring Climate Change Risk: Carbon Disclosure Project Study

Supply Chain Sustainability Revealed: A Country Comparison Carbon Disclosure Project http://bit.ly/1EWHBaA [GreenBiz.com] Climate change warnings keep growing more dire, and the world’s business leaders now even cite water crises and extreme weather as top economic risks. And yet the supply chains leading to many of the world’s biggest companies reflect only middling attention to these … Continue reading

Estimating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Technologies Workshop: Summary and Presentations

US DOE, Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability http://1.usa.gov/1xQ92mX On September 30 and October 1, 2014, the Department of Energy hosted a 2-day workshop on “Estimating the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Technologies.” The purpose of the workshop was to foster discussion about the analytic challenges associated with valuing the diverse impacts of deploying distributed … Continue reading