Carbon Footprint Articles

  • How new technologies are shrinking wastewater’s hefty carbon footprint

    Wastewater treatment plants are energy hogs. A 2013 study by the Electric Power Research Institute and Water Research Foundation reported that they consumed about 30 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, or about 0.8 percent of the total electricity used in the United States. Wastewater treatment’s high energy footprint is ironic because the organic matter in wastewater contains ...


    By Ensia

  • Let’s take a page from the Paris agreement and commit to a personal climate target

    As nations pledge greenhouse gas reductions, so should we More than 150 country representatives will convene in New York today to sign the historic Paris Agreement, a legally binding international pact to limit greenhouse gas pollution and build resilience to the effects of ...


    By Ensia

  • How can we reduce concrete’s hefty carbon footprint?

    Bit by bit, innovators are chipping away at this ubiquitous material’s environmental downsides A roomful of materials scientists, gathered at UCLA for a recent conference on “grand challenges in construction materials,” slowly passed a brick-size white block around the room. They held in their hands, briefly, part of the solution to one of those grand ...


    By Ensia

  • How can we reduce concrete’s hefty carbon footprint?

    A roomful of materials scientists, gathered at UCLA for a recent conference on “grand challenges in construction materials,” slowly passed a brick-size white block around the room. They held in their hands, briefly, part of the solution to one of those grand challenges. The white block, rock solid and surprisingly lightweight, was a new alternative to cement, the glue that holds ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Case study - Coil coater asks...`What carbon footprint?`

    Overview Our planet is getting warmer. At what rate it is occurring or how much human activity has to do with the increasing temperatures is a heated debate. One thing we do know for sure is that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a contributing factor in global warming and humans are responsible for a large portion of these emissions. These days, many individuals and businesses alike are trying ...

  • The best way we can reduce energy’s carbon footprint? Nurture nuclear.

    History shows us that nuclear power is the fastest, smartest approach to decarbonizing electricity. When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their vision for the environment as it relates to business, culture, ecosystems, energy, food, health, water and the world ( ...


    By Ensia

  • 4 Steps to Reducing Aviation’s Carbon Footprint

    We live in an increasingly hyper-mobile society with over three billion passengers being carried by the world’s airlines in 2013, and an estimated 31% growth in passenger demand by 2017.  This accounts for hundreds of millions of tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, greatly impacting global warming, climate change, and ultimately the sustainability of life on this wonderful ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Virtualised load management algorithm to reduce CO
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    emissions in the data centre industry

    The environmental footprint of ICT continues to increase. Data centres are key contributors of greenhouse gas emissions that pollute the environment and cause global warming. All data centres are overwhelmed with numerous servers as the major components of processing. These servers and other equipment consume high amounts of power, thereby emitting CO2. In an average server ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Itella - Carbon footprint calculation with the help of Tofuture - case study

    Itella is a service business whose core competency lies in information and product flow management. One of the key issues on Itella´s responsibility agenda is the carbon footprint of its service products, e.g. letters, parcels, unaddressed mail, magazine delivery and hybrid mail services. Tofuture helped Itella to introduce systematic carbon footprint calculation by developing a system that ...


    By Tofuture Oy

  • Winning With Zero Waste

    In the business of professional and collegiate sports, with top priority on championships, player injuries, and filling stadium seats, attending a meeting with Martin Tull, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance (Alliance), seems like a walk in the ballpark. “When we speak to potential members, we often say, ‘Would you like to know how other teams are saving millions of ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Basic principles of CO
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    emission calculations at airports: a case study from Turkey

    Carbon footprint of airports is managed by Airport Council International (ACI) with the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) programme. It is a 'European Carbon Standard' for airports. The programme assesses and recognises the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions with four levels of certification: 'mapping', 'reduction', 'optimisation' and 'neutrality'. Airports must have ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Case study - Itella

    ITELLA – Carbon footprint calculation with the help of Tofuture Itella is a service business whose core competency lies in information and product flow management. One of the key issues on Itella´s responsibility agenda is the carbon footprint of its service products, e.g. letters, parcels, unaddressed mail, magazine delivery and hybrid mail services. Tofuture helped Itella to ...


    By Tofuture Oy

  • Case study -Carbon footprint for major oil refining company in Abu Dhabi

    Anticipating Future Legislative Requirements In 2011 WKC assisted a major oil refining company in the UAE with an extensive programme to quantify their entire organizational GHG emissions in a systematic manner. The project was developed in anticipation of future legislation related to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction in the UAE, opportunities offered by the ...


    By WKC Group

  • Case study - Arla Foods

    Corporate Carbon Footprint This Case Study helped Arla Foods to present itself as a sustainable and environmentally aware company. Recognising the potentially important impact of climate change on its business, as well as its wider social responsibility to effectively manage its GHG emissions, Arla Foods has commissioned PE INTERNATIONAL to carry out a ...


    By thinkstep

  • Case studies - carbon management

    Comprehensive know-how and tools for Carbon Management Enhance your roadmap in Carbon Footprinting and climate-related communication. Carbon management allows your company to disclose, reduce and compensate carbon emissions, and demonstrate your commitment to a better environment. This sample of Carbon Management Case Studies includes the following companies: Alcan ...


    By thinkstep

  • Case study - dm drugstore market

    Product Carbon Footprint of toilet paper. The Case Study has served to make the company much more aware of the future-relevant subject of CO2 balancing. The notion of sustainability with the objective of treating natural resources with respect and reducing emissions is a firmly anchored principle of dm-drogerie markt. Ongoing analyses of CO2 emissions sources are therefore ...


    By thinkstep

  • ENER-G funded energy efficiency project reduces carbon footprint of Academy Health Club

    A green energy makeover will reduce the carbon footprint of Harrogate's Academy Health Club  by 306 tonnes per year, equivalent to the environmental benefit of removing more than 100 cars from the roads. The luxury health and fitness club has partnered with energy management specialist ...


    By ENER-G

  • Green legacy of Sochi 2014 boosted by Carbon Trust, UNDP and GEF

    Environmental legacy of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games strengthened thanks to new report prepared by the Carbon Trust, looking at the international carbon flows of embodied greenhouse gas emissions in Russia’s products and services. The environmental legacy of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games has been strengthened thanks to a new report prepared by the ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Carbon footprints of Scandinavian wastewater treatment plants

    This study estimates the carbon footprints of 16 municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), all situated in Scandinavian countries, by using a simple model. The carbon footprint calculations were based on operational data, literature emission factors (efs) and measurements of greenhouse gas emissions at some of the studied WWTPs. No carbon neutral WWTPs were found. The carbon footprints ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Role of primary sedimentation on plant-wide energy recovery and carbon footprint

    The goal of this paper is to show the effect of primary sedimentation on the chemical oxygen demand (COD) and solids fractionation and consequently on the carbonaceous and energy footprints of wastewater treatment processes. Using a simple rational procedure for COD and solids fraction quantification, we quantify the effects of varying fractions on CO2 and CO2-equivalent mass flows, ...


    By IWA Publishing

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