The IoT Could Ensure No Building is Left Behind

Net Zero Energy Buildings

Urban innovation: Will the digitalization create sustainable cities? Huffington Post, October 31, 2016 Imagine a city. In the center, a brand-new supermarket has been equipped with digital solutions that constantly monitor the cooling systems’ performance to make more out of the energy used. Maybe a new skyscraper is popping up next door to the supermarket. … Read more

The Transition to a Low-Carbon Future Post-Election

States, Power Companies Lead in Cutting Carbon; Election Not Slowing Expected 2017 Progress EDF, January 10, 2017 2016 was a big year for progress in the U.S. power sector. Renewable energy sources provided 16.9 percent of the country’s electricity in the first half of 2016, up from 13.7 percent for all of 2015. The country’s first offshore wind farm opened … Read more

Identifying Options for Re-Use of CO2

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CO2 Utilization: A Look Ahead The Energy Collective, January 9, 2017 Finding ways to convert carbon dioxide from an energy and industrial sector waste product to a useful commodity could spur the development of new technologies, products, and industries while limiting emissions to the atmosphere of climate-altering pollutants. In 2016, U.S. policymakers demonstrated leadership in … Read more

Amsterdam to Reduce Natural Gas Usage

Gita Subramony, ERS, for Zondits Currently, 90% of the homes in Amsterdam use natural gas to provide heat. City Lab takes a look at how the Netherlands’ capital is planning on moving away from natural gas as a heat source. The city is planning on switching buildings over to a district heating system, starting with … Read more

The Stakes Are High for California Policymakers With SB 32

California is about to find out what a truly radical climate policy looks like Vox, September 9, 2016 Within the United States, California is No. 1 (by far) in solar power and No. 3 in wind power. It boasts the third-lowest carbon dioxide emissions per capita behind New York and Vermont. Since 2000, the state has managed to shrink its overall carbon footprint slightly … Read more

Energy Efficiency Saves Taiwan’s Manufacturing Sector NT$8.5 Billion

Energy efficiency helps manufacturers save over NT$8.5 billion a year Focus Taiwan, August 29, 2016 The local manufacturing sector has reduced its costs by about NT$8.55 billion (US$269 million) per year during 2009-2015 period as it has adopted measures to improve energy efficiency, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said Monday. During that period, more … Read more

Immigration Rates Into Australia Impact Carbon Emissions

Population policy to impact emissions targets Phys, June 14, 2016 Current immigration rates into Australia, and associated projected population growth, will make greenhouse gas emissions targets even more difficult to achieve in the future, a University of Adelaide-led study has found. The researchers investigated how much Australia needs to reduce its per capita emissions to … Read more

Carbon Lighthouse is a Guidepost for Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency In Buildings Is Improved By Carbon Lighthouse Cleantechnica, June 14, 2016 Carbon Lighthouse improves building energy efficiency to save its clients money, and to combat climate change. Stanford University, Tesla Motors, and Kilroy Realty are just several of the organizations it has worked with so far. CEO and co-founder Brenden Millstein answered some questions … Read more

Reefer Units Challenge the Limits of Thermal Efficiency

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Reefer units get quieter, more efficient CCJ Digital, May 10, 2016. Image credit: I, 天然ガス, CC BY-SA 3.0 Transportation refrigeration units (TRU) are reaching heights of sophistication that rival the modern tractors that pull them across the highway. And like their truck counterparts, TRUs have made many strides to throttle back fuel consumption while also … Read more

Paris Climate Agreement to Mark Historic Earth Day

Paris Climate Agreement

Amber Plante, ERS, for Zondits. April 21, 2016 All eyes will be on United Nations headquarters in New York on April 22, 2016, as United States President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and representatives from approximately 150 other countries gather to sign the Paris Agreement, a historic document that tackles climate change head-on by reducing … Read more