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EU to require efficiency increases for boilers
A below-the-radar vote in an obscure EU committee to set new efficiency standards for central heating boilers has sealed energy savings that could equal 10% of Europe's energy consumption by 2020, green groups say. After more than five years of haggling, the Ecodesign directive's regulatory committee in March voted through a text setting minimum green requirements for boilers and water heaters, which also forces them to be labelled for their energy savings potential. Stéphane Arditi, a senior policy officer for the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), told EurActiv that the ensuing emissions reductions would be "massive".
Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new standards for cars and gasoline which will not only improve their efficiency, but also reduce harmful pollution and prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses. Considering input from auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, these cleaner fuels and cars standards are an important component of the administration's national program for clean cars and trucks.
U.S. CO2 emissions falls to lowest level since 1994
Carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption in the United States during 2012 fell to the lowest level since 1994, finds a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a branch of the Department of Energy. The assessment concludes that some 5.3 billion metric tons of CO2 were emitted from coal, natural gas, and oil consumption during the year, a 3.7 percent decline relative to 2011 and 12.1 percent below the peak of 6 billion tons hit in 2007. The EIA cited increased use of natural gas and falling consumption of coal as the primary reason for the drop in emissions of the greenhouse gas.
Manufacturing Getting More and More Energy Efficient!
The amount of energy we use to manufacture the products we use every day is a significant part of the energy needed to support out lifestyle. As the planet gets more and more populated, can we continue to make manufacturing more efficient, or are thee limits to this? A new report by researchers at MIT and elsewhere finds that the global manufacturing sector has made great strides in energy efficiency: The manufacturing of materials such as steel, cement, paper and aluminum has become increasingly streamlined, requiring far less energy than when these processes were first invented. However, despite more energy-efficient manufacturing, the researchers found that such processes may be approaching their thermodynamic limits: There are increasingly limited options available to make them significantly more efficient. The result, the team observed, is that energy efficiency for many important processes in manufacturing is approaching a plateau.
Why Are Recycled-Content Products So Expensive?
Sellers of upcycled wares say this is one of the No. 1 queries they hear from customers, who wonder why the cost of clothing, accessories, home decor items and other household products always seems to be higher when picks are made from recycled...
- Beyond Vegetables: 5 Other Foods You Can Raise in Your Backyard
- Accessories Upcycled from CDs, Records and Musical Instruments
- Farm Uses Manure to Power its Dairy Trucks
- Tips for Growing Food in a Small Space
- Apple's Smaller Charging Connectors Don't Have to be a Big Waste Problem
- Built for Speed: Habitat Raises an Upcycled Structure in 48 Hours
- Precycle Your Personal Care and Beauty Products
- This Sweatshirt is Guaranteed to Last 10 Years
- How Your Spring Cleaning Can Benefit Charitable Causes
- Like a Swiss Army knife, transformer D*Table hides 8 tables in 1
- Passivhaus Precedents: Zero Energy House from 1970s recognized with award
- Public Perception of 13 Different Energy Topics analyzed in new Study
- Guest Post: Fuel Cells on the LEEDing Edge
- Opower Channels Home Efficiency Through Home Depot
- DistribuTECH Roundup: Silver Spring Lands Progress, SAIC and C3 Join Forces, and More
- Proximetry Breaks Into Big Smart Grid Networking With Cisco, CSC
- Smart Grid, Rendered in Space and Time
- Targeting Energy Efficiency From Both Sides of the Meter
- Energate Launches Broadband Smart-Grid-to-Home Connection
- On-Ramp and ElectSolve Target Muni, Co-op Markets
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World Green Top News
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