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Chilling out: the road to greener air conditioning

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Oct. 5, 2010)

Air-conditioning units that use renewable energy, such as solar power or cold seawater, are approaching the commercial production stage - a milestone that could reduce climate change and help phase-out greenhouses gases known as HCFCs (Hydrochlorofluorocarbons). This was one of the key outcomes of a conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week to ...

EPA Approves New Coolant for Car Air Conditioning

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Mar. 1, 2011)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued final approval for a new refrigerant for use in motor vehicle air conditioning systems that does not deplete the ozone layer, which helps protect the environment and people’s health. The new chemical, HFO-1234yf, may now be used in air conditioning for new cars and light trucks. When ...

Canada takes lead in turning waste heat into green air conditioning for electric cars

by GLOBE Foundation  (May 3, 2012)

Vancouver-based Future Vehicle Technologies Inc. (FVT) has already piqued the interest of driving enthusiasts with a high-performance electric sports car that uses just two litres of gas per 100 kilometres. The six-year-old company is going even greener with a technology that would overcome one of the biggest barriers to hybrid cars-finding a way ...

New analysis provides business case for climate-friendlier air conditioning in India

by Natural Resources Defense Council  (Jun. 25, 2013)

As India rapidly expands its automobile and room air conditioning usage, which could strain the country’s electricity grid and substantially add to global warming emissions, it has a unique opportunity to “leapfrog” outdated refrigerant technology and build domestic and export industries based on more climate friendly ...

Cooling by sound - a new way to lower energy costs of air conditioning

by GLOBE Foundation  (Mar. 6, 2010)

The Palo Alto Research Center (PARC),  is developing a new form of refrigeration that could be three times as efficient as existing forms. It's based on thermoacoustics, a technology that works for cooling at extremely low temperatures (such as for liquefying gases), but hasn't been used for cooling at room temperature (what you need for ...

Was it `the green Olympics?`

by World Resources Institute WRI  (Aug. 25, 2008)

Are the Beijing Olympics a signal that China can pursue both economic growth and a cleaner environment? When we look back at the Beijing Olympics, great sporting moments will stay with us. Watching Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt break world records made all the air quality concerns leading into the Olympics seem like distant memories. But before the ...

Vehicle emissions in real driving conditions: Council gives green light to second package

by EU Council of Ministers  (Feb. 12, 2016)

On 12 February 2016, the Council  gave its green light  to the adoption of the second package of rules to introduce real driving emission (RDE) tests.  The new tests are intended to measure more accurately pollutant emissions from cars and other light vehicles.  The need for new tests For their approval, ...

Four Seasons Hotel`s roof made 26% cooler, will reduce air-conditioning costs

by Trading Green Ltd.  (May 22, 2010)

The Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, is always looking for new ways of reducing energy costs and improving its environmental friendliness. The highest energy cost being air-conditioning, the most cost-effective way of reducing its cost is to protect the whole building"s envelope from solar radiations. ...

EPA approves new coolant for car air conditioning systems / better climate protection without harming the ozone layer

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Feb. 28, 2011)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued final approval for a new refrigerant for use in motor vehicle air conditioning systems that does not deplete the ozone layer, which helps protect the environment and people’s health. The new chemical, HFO-1234yf, may now be used in air conditioning for new cars and light trucks. When ...

Residential heating and air-conditioning equipment market strives for energy efficiency, finds Frost & Sullivan

by Frost & Sullivan  (Jun. 17, 2010)

Consumers" demand to go green, along with higher energy efficiency, compels manufacturers to increase R&D spending for North American heating and air conditioning equipment. Not only will this help withstand competition for this market, it will also withstand volatile fuel prices that play a part in the demand for energy-efficient systems. ...

Green infrastructure in street canyons could reduce air pollution

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Nov. 8, 2012)

Planting vegetation in city streets could significantly reduce air pollution in urban street canyons, according to new research. Traffic pollutants are deposited on vegetation at a higher rate than on hard, built surfaces and could reduce the concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and PM10 in the air by as much as 40% and 60%, respectively, under ...

Gardens in the sky: growing green roofs for healthier city air

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jul. 3, 2008)

Air quality can play a significant role in the well being of people living in cities. New research suggests that planting vegetation on rooftops to make 'green roofs' could substantially reduce the impact of urban air pollution, thus enhancing city life. People in cities are exposed to high levels of pollutants, which adversely affect human ...

Honeywell and Safran to Demonstrate Electric Green Taxiing System at Paris Air Show

by Honeywell  (Jun. 16, 2013)

PARIS, June 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Safran (NYSE Euronext Paris: SAF) have completed the first major phase of testing of their electric green taxiing system (EGTS), and will make the first public demonstration of the technology, installed on an Airbus A320 aircraft, during the ...

Greening the battlefield - marines enlist green energy in Afghanistan

by GLOBE Foundation  (Aug. 17, 2010)

Solar-powered generators and water-cooling systems that already are helping to save civilian lives in Haiti will be put to use by Marines fighting in Afghanistan. Under desert conditions similar to those found in Afghanistan, a company at the Marine Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms recently finished training with what is considered ...

Practical introduction to Green IT

by Carbon Trust  (Jan. 28, 2013)

Carbon Trust Wales' Green IT seminar explored practical opportunities to drive down IT energy consumption and associated carbon footprint. Businesses and public sector organisations in Cardiff have received free expert advice on implementing Green IT practices thanks to a recent workshop held by Carbon Trust Wales at Cardiff City Stadium. The ...

It is easy being “green”

by FleetMind Solutions, Inc  (Jul. 21, 2016)

With all due respect to Kermit the Frog and his “It’s not easy being green” song, being green just got a whole lot easier with “smart truck” technologies that deliver tangible environmental benefits to the waste management industry. ABI Research cites such benefits as over 12 percent increases in service ...

France green building market

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jul. 2, 2008)

Over the past few years there has been an increased interest for sustainable development and green building programs. Every year since 2001, a full week has been dedicated to promoting sustainable development and educating the public on environmental issues and solutions. Consensus around a need for change has steadily been growing culminating in ...

All green roofs are not equal

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Oct. 3, 2008)

Green roofs, covered with growing vegetation, help conserve energy and water by cooling temperatures inside buildings in hot weather and containing storm water runoff. New research shows striking differences in the ability of different types of green roof to retain water. Researchers compared six different green roof designs with non-reflective ...

Can you be comfortable in a green building?

by GLOBE Foundation  (Sep. 10, 2009)

Building performance and its evaluation have earned increased attention in recent years, particularly relating to green buildings. Much of the emphasis has been on optimizing energy and resource efficiency. Despite the recent media buzz around the actual performance of LEED-certified buildings, surprisingly little attention is being paid to the ...

The top fifty green start ups

by MIOX Corporation  (Mar. 22, 2010)

Posted by Michael Kanellos Venture capital firms have invested almost $20 billion into hundreds of greentech startups since 2005. Very few of these firms will actually make it. At Greentech Media, we put our energy reporters and analysts to the task of picking fifty VC startups in greentech that have at least a fighting chance of succeeding as ...

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