zero 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • How Communities Are Reducing Ecological Footprints

    MUNICIPAL LEADERS from San Francisco to Melbourne are engaging in sustainability actions from banning plastic bags and bottled water to making commitments to address climate change. But within and beyond cities, growing numbers of local communities are also going green, according to a new Vital Signs Update from the Worldwatch Institute. Worldwide, the 379 “ecovillages” currently registered with ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Net Zero Waste – So What?

    Leading world organizations warn us that economic growth and social development cannot be sustained with our current consumption, production and disposal patterns. Yet in spite of increasing sustainability initiatives and better product and recovery technologies, global waste continues to grow at an alarming rate. According to ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) global communities ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Feeding yourself - The concept of a zero-emissions home

    The discipline of Ecological Engineering is an emerging field mimicking ecological processes, within natural or constructed imitations of natural systems to achieve engineering goals. Applying ecological engineering to a future, carbon intensive environment considers the transport of nutrients and energy within our local micro-systems to integrate and maximise eco-efficiencies. Zero emission ...

  • London Strives For Zero Waste Summer Olympics 2012

    When London made its bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, not only was “sustainability” front and center, equally paramount was leaving a legacy of public benefits to help justify the nearly $18 billion price tag. Both were also critical to London winning the right to host the games, which marks both the first time a city has done so three times (1908, 1948 and 2012) and the first time ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • What Is Zero Liquid Discharge and How Does It Work?

    Not every industrial facility that produces wastewater will require zero liquid discharge (ZLD). It is usually looked to as a last resort because it can be a complex process that requires a high initial investment. If a facility is located on a site that has severe water scarcity issues and/or astronomical discharge fees, it might be ...


    By SAMCO Technologies, Inc.

  • Are Voluntary Carbon Offsets for You?

    The rapidly growing market for voluntary carbon offsets presents challenges for companies who want to purchase offsets and, at the same time, avoid criticism of how they manage their carbon footprint. The reality for most businesses is that they cannot reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to zero, and if they do want to go the extra mile to achieve “carbon neutrality” or another target, they may ...

  • Hybrid buildings: a pathway to carbon neutral housing

    In the residential sector, there is growing interest in the concept of carbon neutral and net zero energy housing within the context of emerging climate change mitigation and energy security strategies. A hybrid building represents a new class of dwelling capable of achieving net zero energy, carbon neutral or zero carbon status. This article reports on the carbon footprints of alternative ...

  • Offset the carbon emissions of your marketing programs

    You can reduce and reuse as much as you can, but the reality is, it’s next to impossible to have a zero carbon footprint in a marketing department. That’s why most eco-minded businesses buy carbon offsets. What are carbon offsets? According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “a carbon offset is an emission reduction credit from another organization’s project that results in less carbon dioxide or ...


  • M.E. Heuck takes the carbon out of cookware

    Challenge As consumers make more and more purchasing decisions based on a product’s ‘green’ credentials, sustainable products have become more commonplace. Consumers readily abandoned companies that were not certified by a credible sustainability agency or group. Recognizing how important it was to adjust to changing consumer attitudes, Heuck, a renowned worldwide ...


    By FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS)

  • Bullfrog Power’s green energy and the new carbon pricing programs in Ontario and Alberta: your questions answered

    Here at Bullfrog Power, the team is pleased to see increasing provincial, federal and international action on climate to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. We’re supportive of a variety of both market-based and policy-based mechanisms to reduce carbon and fight climate change. We recognize that our customers may have questions about how these programs affect your decision to ...


    By Bullfrog Power Inc.

  • ES & E OZONATOR Publication Nov 2011

    Disposal of biohazardous material has long been a serious and costly problem for hospitals, clinics, research institutes, bio-industries, airports, ports and other generators of biohazardous and regulated medical waste. Until now, incineration, heat, steam or dangerous chemicals have been the only way to treat many of these wastes. Not only are these processes costly, but they leave a high carbon ...


    By OZONATOR Industries Limited

  • How 5 Global Brands Use Renewable Energy

    According to the Renewable Energy Policy Network, about 22.1% of the world’s energy needs are satisfied by renewable energy. Hydro power accounts for most of this (16.4%) and the remainder (5.7%) comes from solar, wind, biomass, and other renewable sources. While many governments are undertaking initiatives to keep the percentage share of renewable energy sources increasing, there are also ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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

  • Energy requirements for waste water treatment

    The actual mathematical models describing global climate closely link the detected increase in global temperature to anthropogenic activity. The only energy source we can rely on in a long perspective is solar irradiation which is in the order of 10,000 kW/inhabitant. The actual primary power consumption (mainly based on fossil resources) in the developed countries is in the range of 5 to 10 ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Chances for Bio-LNG

    Abstract An increasing effort is put into the utilization of organic waste streams in anaerobic digesters, producing useful products such as fertilizers and biogas. It becomes increasingly attractive to upgrade biogas to natural gas quality and consequently liquefy the gas to Bio-LNG. DMT Environmental Technology has been developing biogas treatment plants for over 25 years, closely ...

  • Tackling the Challenges Created by Water-Energy Nexus

    The energy industry is under tremendous pressure to minimize its carbon and water footprint. Tremendous amounts of water are required for the production of both oil and gas as well as power generation. In addition to the water consumed, there are also significant amounts of wastewater generated by these industries. This makes the energy industry the biggest consumer of water as well as its most ...

  • Modern Wastewater Treatment Solutions in a State-of-the-Art Pharmaceutical Production Environment

    From traditional wastewater treatment to zero-discharge strategy Traditional end-of-pipe solutions for dealing with effluents coming out of the production plant have being gradually substituted for an increasingly decentralised approach to treat selected wastewater streams in the most effective and economically sound way. Moreover, additional goals like reducing overall effluent emissions ...


    By EnviroChemie GmbH

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