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CEO Alan Mulally said Ford will continue to improve fuel economy across their range, asserting that the internal combustion engine won’t be going away anytime soon. “The number one thing we can do is improve fuel mileage every year” via a need to “continually improve the internal combustion engine,” he told bloggers this week.
John Deere partners with federal agencies, academic institutions and 17 other companies to form the Manufacturing Innovation Institute in North Carolina. The focus of the institute will be on developing the next generation of semiconductors that could shrink the energy use of an electric vehicle fast-charging station down to the size of a household microwave oven.
As a lead-up to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Jan. 18-25, Masdar sponsored a blogging contest called “Engage: Cities and Sustainable Development.” The following post, a fictional piece set in 2050 that examines the potential of sustainable urban development, was the winner.
New York State races up the path to energy independence with new statewide community solar and distributed solar initiative to reduce solar “soft costs.”
After a three-month delay, the EPA has published its proposed new carbon and GHG emsissions performance standards for new power plants in the Federal Register. Staunchly opposed by coal, fossil fuel and utility industry interests, the proposed new performance standards conform with “EPA’s original factual and legal rationale for selecting CCS (carbon capture and storage) technology as the basis for the emission standards.”
It’s going to be a good year for the solar panel installation industry, according to a new report published by Deutsche Bank Market Research. And the upswing, which is expected to be challenging at first, is poised to only get better in 2015.
With the last leg of the gradual incandescent light bulb phase-out already in effect, Home Depot released a data-driven map that uses sales numbers to create a per capita look at U.S. adoption of energy efficient bulbs.
From the first cities in ancient Mesopotamia to modern metropolises, urban locales have served as cultural and commercial hubs for societies across the globe. As of 2008, the world’s urban population finally surpassed that of the rural — and this trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. By 2050, it is estimated that 70 percent of the 9 billion people then-living on this planet will reside in cities.
Sustainability and resilient cities: We are now an urban species and cities offer the best opportunity to adapt to change and adopt sustainable development
What will tomorrow’s sustainable city look like? Most likely, the focus will be not on how we can bend the environment to meet our needs, but how we can live within the means of tomorrow’s environment.
Volkswagen’s Think Blue Factory in Chattanooga has been getting noticed lately for its success in eco-friendly operations. Given its recent awards, it’s no surprise that the facility is to become Volkswagen’s model for sustainable development.
While the first three installations are in the Eastern region of the Ghana, PEG plans to expand into the island communities in the Volta Region and then into the Northern Region.